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Award-Winning Documentary ‘Skid Row Marathon’ Comes to Movie Theaters Nationwide for a One-Day-Only Cinematic Event on October 14

On the heels of a successful festival run, the acclaimed documentary “Skid Row Marathon” will debut in more than 700 cinemas nationwide for a one-day event on Monday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. local time. The film follows criminal court judge Craig Mitchell, who starts a running club on Los Angeles’ notorious skid row and begins training a motley group of former addicts and criminals to run marathons as they fight to pull themselves out of homelessness and addiction. “Skid Row Marathon,” which tells a story of hope, friendship and dignity, has won 23 festival awards across the country and around the world. Screenings in all locations will be concluded with a special follow up piece featuring Judge Mitchell journey, discussing where his running club is now.

Tickets for “Skid Row Marathon” can be purchased online beginning Friday, August 30 at www.FathomEvents.com and participating theater box offices. A complete list of theaters will be available August 30 at the Fathom Events website.

Filmmaking team Mark Hayes (writer/director) and Gabriele Hayes (producer) were inspired to document Judge Mitchell and his running club when they read a newspaper article about his uplifting story. Since they were both runners themselves they decided to join his efforts.

“Los Angeles County has over 59,000 homeless people which represents the largest concentration of homeless in America,” stated Mark Hayes. “Our hope is that the powerful stories of Judge Mitchell and the members of the Skid Row Running Club we follow in the film will empower people across the nation to become part of the conversation and the eventual eradication of homelessness.”

Gabriele Hayes added “We are thrilled that moviegoers across the country will be able to see ‘Skid Row Marathon’ and experience how one simple commitment to kindness can change lives for the better.”

“Fathom is pleased to give this documentary a nationwide platform for its message and to expand our documentary offerings to cinema audiences,” Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt said. “This is a deeply inspiring film that not only offers an intimate look at Judge Mitchell’s story and his impact on the members of his running club, but also provides an insightful way in to explore and understand homelessness and addiction in our country and how we can all make a difference.”

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An Update on Kevin Hart’s Condition Post Car Accident

It has been reported that on September 1st, actor and comedian, Kevin Hart was involved in a pretty brutal car accident. Kevin sustained major back injuries after his 1970 Plymouth Barracuda veered off Mulholland Highway and landed in a ditch in the Calabasas neighborhood of Los Angeles just before 1 a.m. on Sunday, September 1. The Upside star was a passenger in the car at the time of the crash. He “left the scene to his nearby residence to get medical attention” before going to Northridge Hospital Medical Center in L.A., according to a police report.

The driver of the vehicle, producer Jared Black, was also hospitalized with back injuries. He was not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident, according to police. Black’s fiancée, Rebecca Broxterman, who is Eniko’s personal trainer, was in the car too, but she managed to escape without any serious injuries.

Most of the details of the accident and Hart’s condition have been kept private, understandably so. However the comedian’s wife, Eniko Hart, has expressed some details on where Hart is. And the answer is that he is on the mend.

TMZ asked Eniko about the situation, and gave a promising update on the stand-up comedian’s condition after a scary car accident left him hospitalized
“He’s great,” Eniko, 35, told TMZ Opens a New Window. on Monday, September 2, on her way to visit Kevin, 40, at the hospital. “He’s going to be just fine.”

Eniko (née Parrish) continued, “He’s good. Everybody’s good, thank God. … He’s fine. He’s awake.”

When asked whether the actor is back to laughing and joking yet, Eniko responded, “Nah.”

Kevin successfully underwent back surgery on Sunday night, according to multiple reports. He is expected to make a full recovery.

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Movies Coming Out This Week – September 4th


Not Yet Rated |1 hr 40 min

Plot Summary
With two tattoos of Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor on his shaved head, Vikar rides a bus into Hollywood and soon makes an impression on a beautiful actress — thus beginning a dreamlike journey through the film business in the 1970s.

Cast: James Franco, Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson

Director: James Franco

Genres: Comedy

IT: Chapter Two

Not Yet Rated

Plot Summary
The evil clown Pennywise returns 27 years later to torment the grown-up members of the Losers’ Club.

Cast: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Jaeden Martell

Director: Andrés Muschietti

Genres: Horror , Thriller

The Fanatic

Not Yet Rated

Plot Summary
A rabid film fan stalks his favorite action hero.

Cast: John Travolta, Devon Sawa, Jessica Uberuaga, Josh Richman, Ana Golja, James Paxton, Luis Da Silva Jr.

Director: Fred Durst

Genres: Thriller

Photo Credit: Kzenon / Shutterstock.com

China’s Box Office Sets New Summer Record of US$2.45 Billion

Maoyan Entertainment (“Maoyan” or “the Company”) (Hong Kong: 1896), a leading platform providing innovative Internet-empowered entertainment services in China, announced that China’s box office set a new record this summer with total revenues rising to RMB17.6 billion (US$2.45 billion).

According to the data jointly released by Maoyan and Weibo, the summer box office (from June to August) increased to RMB17.6 billion in mainland China, up from RMB17.4 billion for the summer of 2018 and RMB 16.3 billion for same period of 2017. IMAX theaters also reaped record box office this summer, with revenues rising 18.2% year over year to RMB669 million.

Movie ticket sales this summer in mainland China reached 499 million, up from 496 million in 2018 and 474 million in 2017. The average price of a movie ticket was RMB35.3 this summer, an increase of RMB0.3 from last summer.

During the summer, the box office in June exceeded RMB4 billion for the first time, up 16.3% year over year, to RMB4.16 billion. August also set a new record for the month with the box office hitting RMB7.77 billion, an increase of 13.7% year over year.

Among all moviegoers this summer, about 19.5% were students, up from 18.8% last summer.

The best performing movies at the box office this summer were the Chinese animation movie “Ne Zha” (RMB4.68 billion), Chinese disaster drama “The Bravest” (RMB1.63 billion), and Marvel’s superhero movie “Spider-Man: Far From Home” (RMB1.41 billion). As the first animation movie to top the summer box office, “Ne Zha” has become the highest-grossing movie in box office in the country so far this year.

About 26 imported movies were released this summer in mainland China, about half of which were animated movies. The box office for imported movies accounted for 33% of the total this summer, up from 24% for the summer in 2018. Among the top 10 movies at the box office this summer, five were imported movies.

On Weibo, a leading social media platform in China, there were more than 9 billion playbacks of movie-related videos and 12 billion views of movie-related content and reviews in the summer this year.

As a comprehensive platform servicing the entire entertainment industry in China, Maoyan updates box office statistics in China in real time, based on its highly scalable and reliable technology infrastructure and artificial intelligence capabilities.

Based on its large user base and unique data insights, Maoyan provides innovative one-stop entertainment services for the industry. This summer, Maoyan is the producer and distributor for such hit movies as “Looking Up” and “Line Walker 2”. It is the co-producer and co-distributor for movies, including “The White Storm 2” and “My Best Summer”. Maoyan also provided marketing and data support for several other movies.

With 250 million users, Maoyan’s WeChat mini program launched marketing campaigns, including “Super Day”, summer discounts and ticket lotteries, for several movies this summer. Maoyan’s targeted WeChat advertisements could reach the core viewers for movies. Maoyan’s media matrix also supported movie promotions with over 1.2 billion playbacks of related videos. Among them, videos for “Ne Zha” generated more than 300 million views.

Photo Credit: Javier Brosch / Shutterstock.com

Marvel’s first Asian superhero, Simu Liu Scores a Magazine Cover

Available September 5th, Bay Street Bull is proud to present its 2019 fall Food, Drink, and Entertainment issue featuring Kim’s Convenience actor, Simu Liu, on the cover. Recently announced as the lead of the upcoming Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Liu takes on the mantle of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) first Asian superhero in the studio’s first Asian-led film franchise.

“I’ve always had a special attachment to superheroes,” says Liu. “The fact that we now have an Asian character who is among that pantheon, and not in an auxiliary way but really his own character with his own movie, is extremely profound.”

In the interview, the Canadian actor discusses the immigrant experience, representation in popular culture, and taking on the biggest role of his life.

“Championing diversity and celebrating Canadian talent continue to be core pillars at Bay Street Bull. As an actor that has redefined the media landscape, Simu Liu was the perfect choice for the cover of our Entertainment issue,” says Editor-in-Chief, Lance Chung. “He represents a part of the Canadian immigrant diaspora, and we could not be more excited to see him take on one of the biggest stages in the world as he continues to advocate for equality and representation in film.”

Bay Street Bull is a national media brand for men and women that focuses on the intersection of Canada’s most dynamic communities: business, technology, and culture. Available through print, digital, and experiential platforms, it has featured some of today’s most notable leaders as it continues to highlight Canada’s various faces of success.

Photo Credit: Marvel Entertainment

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