To help share the experience of film from the comfort of their own homes, TIFF and Bell Media’s Crave announced that today at 7pm EDT audiences across Canada can join TIFF Artistic Director and Co-Head Cameron Bailey in the first of a series of virtual Q&As and screenings. Audiences can tune in to watch Cameron and award-winning actor and star Mandy Patinkin (Crave’s Homeland) for a chat via Instagram Live @tiff_net before being invited to screen TIFF’s 1987 People’s Choice Award winner, The Princess Bride, on Crave.
“TIFF has a longstanding partnership with Bell Media and Crave, so it was a natural progression to work together during this global health crisis,” said Joana Vicente, TIFF Executive Director and Co-Head. “Both organizations value their audiences and want to bring the best of our programming to as many people as we can. We are all looking to connect with each other, and what better way to do this than through cinema.”
“During these challenging times, we continue to look for ways to keep people connected, comforted, and entertained, and the power of film and TV accomplishes just that. It was important for us to work with TIFF on bringing these meaningful films to life,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “We’re thrilled to work with our partners at TIFF to enhance the experience of revisiting these cinematic classics, by hearing from the beloved stars and inspiring creators behind these films, as well as media personalities who will consider their enduring impact. Stay tuned for more!”
TIFF’s Stay-at-Home Cinema experience with Rob Reiner’s timeless classic The Princess Bride is the first in a series TIFF and Crave will be rolling out over the next few weeks. Additional movie titles — all available on Crave — along with special guests will be announced each week on TIFF and Crave’s social media channels.
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Actor Vinnie Favale’s Tribute Video To Italy Goes Viral
Posted on March 26, 2020, 9:00 am
When the videos of Italian’s singing from their windows went viral last week, Vinnie Favale had a visceral reaction. A first generation American [his parents and two older brothers were born in Italy) Favale was deeply moved by the sight of Italians singing from their hearts in the face of adversity during the nationwide Coronavirus quarantine.
“I was raised on nothing but Italian music during my formative years.” said Favale. “Music was a constant in our lives including helping us through some of the most the most heart breaking loses in our family.”
With plenty of time on his hands, Favale produced a music video made up of some of the most moving images of Italians at their windows and balconies singing to each other. And he couldn’t have picked a better song.
“One of my favorite Italian songs is “L’Italiano (Lasciatemi Cantare)” by Tuto Cutugno which was a big hit in Italy in 1983. I heard this song one day playing on the Italian radio station and fell in love with not only the beautiful melody but also with its sentiment. The singer is not bragging about being Italian, he’s just laying out the day to day rituals of the Italian life and he can’t help but exclaim, ‘hey this is who I am and this is who we are and let me sing my song’.”
So, when Favale saw all of the news clips of Italians singing from their windows, he knew he just had to put these two incredible things together.
“I hope it will give people a small measure of comfort to see how other people are dealing with exactly what we are going through right now. We have a large family in Italy, including six nieces and nephews and hundreds for cousins. So far everyone is safe, and they are just as concerned for us as they are for themselves.
Dreamworks’ Trolls Partner Up for a Delicious Sweepstakes
Posted on March 25, 2020, 9:00 am
Fans of DreamWorks Animation’s global smash Trolls franchise don’t have to wait until next month’s highly anticipated release of the new movie Trolls World Tour to see their favorite characters from the films. Starting today, fans can find their favorite Trolls characters –Poppy, Branch, and friends at a snack aisle near them before the Trolls hit the big screen on April 10, 2020 – through a new rockin’ collaboration between Lay’s® Poppables and DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour. The new limited-edition Lay’s Poppables feature five beloved characters from the upcoming film – serving as this season’s must-have movie snack for Trolls fans to enjoy.
To celebrate the sequel, each limited-edition bag of Lay’s Poppables gives fans a chance to instantly win a pair of tickets to see Trolls World Tour in theaters – with one grand-prize winner receiving their very own “World Tour” of six musical festivals across the county. To enter the sweepstakes for the Musical World Tour and the chance to win a free pair of movie tickets, fans can visit Poppables.com now through May 15, submit the on-pack code from any participating bag of Lay’s Poppables, and learn about more ways to enter for a chance to win.
“Lay’s Poppables’ airy crunch and colorful packaging already perfectly match the vibrant world of the ‘Trolls’ films, so we wanted to bring both worlds together to create a fun experience for our fans,” said Sadira Furlow, vice president of marketing at PepsiCo. “We know how much they love the ‘Trolls’ franchise so we’re excited to transform our look in the snack aisle and offer exclusive prizes to help them immerse themselves in the ‘Trolls’ universe ahead of the premiere.”
Trolls fans can collect their favorite characters across five Lay’s Poppables flavor varieties: Lay’s Poppables Sea Salt featuring Poppy, Lay’s Poppables Sea Salt & Vinegar featuring Branch, Lay’s Poppables Creamy Jalapeño featuring Tiny Diamond, Lay’s Poppables Honey BBQ featuring Barb, and Lay’s Poppables White Cheddar featuring Delta Dawn. The specially-marked bags will be available at retailers nationwide for $3.79. To learn more, fans can visit Poppables.com.
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Mobile Drive-In Movies: The Ultimate Social Distancing Entertainment
Posted on March 24, 2020, 9:00 am
Ultimate Outdoor Entertainment is helping cooped up communities and families find ways to entertain themselves outside while maintaining safe social distances during this difficult time. They are providing Drive-In Movies that come directly to customers’ locations nationwide.
“We were looking forward to releasing a full summer program of drive-in movies this year, but now UOE is more focused on the current issues at hand – helping communities find safe entertainment alternatives while helping our employees get work. We aim to continue supporting our office staff and dozens of audio-visual technicians across the country by providing a useful community activity during this crisis,” said Laura Landers, who is the owner of UOE and its drive-In division, Full Moon Drive-In®.
“UOE and Full Moon Drive-In offer the unique service of mobile drive-ins that can be setup anywhere. Neighborhoods, parking lots, community parks, sporting venues, colleges – anywhere that a customer wants to setup a drive-in movie night – we can make it happen. We also offer something that no stationary drive-in can offer, and that’s a daytime drive-in with our super-bright mobile LED screen,” Laura said. “Having the ability to start movies well before sunset is something that traditional projection screens simply can’t do, and it lets us start movies earlier, which is perfect for families with young children that don’t want to start a movie after 8 PM.”
UOE is also partnering with Blue Starlite Drive-In theater by providing them with UOE’s Mobile LED Screen so they can do special matinee viewings for screenings during the day, especially during the extended spring break students are experiencing. UOE also offers even larger LED Screens that can accommodate more vehicles, and all of their LED screens are completely weatherproof, so they can show movies rain or shine, day or night.
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Movie Lovers Express Demand for Return to Cinemas When Coronavirus Outbreak Ends
Posted on March 23, 2020, 9:00 am
Maoyan Entertainment (“Maoyan” or “the Company”) (Hong Kong: 1896), a leading platform providing innovative Internet-empowered entertainment services in China, today released details of a survey revealing the pent-up demand among China’s movie lovers for the experience of a theatrical release after months of being cooped up in their own homes and apartments to stem the spread of the Coronavirus.
More than half of movie lovers in China expressed greater eagerness to go to the cinema when the virus outbreak ends than they had prior to the outbreak, according to the survey Maoyan Research Institute conducted among movie lovers in February. The survey sheds light on their entertainment behavior during the epidemic, as well as their willingness to return to movie theaters after the epidemic.
About 97% of respondents watched movies at home through online streaming platforms from January 21 to February 20. On average, each respondent watched seven movies during the period.
Going back to cinemas was among top entertainment choices after the epidemic.
More than half of movie lovers were more inclined to go to cinemas after the epidemic than they were before it.
Comedy, sci-fi, action, and suspense movies were among the most-wanted movie genres after the pandemic ends.
Watching movies online was a major entertainment during the epidemic
According to the survey, 97% of respondents watched movies at home through online streaming platforms from January 21 to February 20. On average, each respondent watched seven movies during the period, which means each respondent watched one movie every four days.
About 81% of respondents watched movies through platforms operated by Baidu, Tencent, or Alibaba (iQiyi, Tencent Video and Youku), and 44% chose ByteDance platforms, including TikTok, Xigua Video, and Toutiao.
One of the most-watched movies during the epidemic was the Chinese comedy “Lost in Russia”, which became the first Chinese movie released online after its theatrical release was canceled. Disaster movies, such as “The Flu”, “Contagion” and “The Captain”, and Oscar-winning films including “Parasite”, “1917”, and “Joker”, were also widely searched and watched.