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Wizard World To Ring In 35th Anniversary of ‘Ghostbusters’ With  ‘Ghostbusters Fan Fest’ — Tickets On Sale Now!

Wizard World To Ring In 35th Anniversary of ‘Ghostbusters’ With ‘Ghostbusters Fan Fest’ — Tickets On Sale Now!

Are you troubled by strange noises in the middle of the night? Do you experience feelings of dread in your basement or attic? Have you or your family ever seen a spook, specter or ghost? Well, if you have, Ghostbusters fans, get ready for mass hysteria! Tickets go on sale today for the first-ever Ghostbusters Fan Fest, presented by Wizard World, as Sony Pictures, Ghost Corps, and Wizard World announce an initial lineup of special guests, events, and treats that await attendees. The premier live event will be held June 7-8 on the famed Sony Pictures Studio Lot in Culver City, California.

Stars Dan Aykroyd (Dr. Raymond Stantz) and Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore), director Ivan Reitman and Ghostbusters theme song singer-songwriter Ray Parker Jr. are all confirmed to attend. The stars of The Real Ghostbusters animated series (1986-91) will also be well-represented at Fan Fest, with Maurice LaMarche (Dr. Egon Spengler), Frank Welker (Dr. Raymond Stantz) and Dave Coulier (Dr. Peter Venkman) scheduled to attend.

Ghostbusters Fan Fest presented by Wizard World will be the ultimate celebration of the franchise. For the 35th anniversary of the legendary film (and the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters II), fans will participate in exclusive panels with the stars and original crew members, meet the Ghostbusters creators, talent and crew and experience Ghostbusters augmented reality gaming. Other planned Ghostbusters-themed activities include a screening of the original film, a special musical performance by Parker, costume contests, meet-ups, documentary screenings, laser tag, interactive photo booths, exhibitor booths, and much more.

Tickets for the premier event are on sale now at https://www.tixr.com/pr/gbffpr/12066.  Packages range in price from $499 to $1499 (and a $99 youth package), with autographs and photo ops included in some packages.

Fans can learn more about the Ghostbusters Fan Fest presented by Wizard World at http://www.ghostbusters.com/news/ghostbusters-fan-fest.

Jeffrey Godsick, Executive Vice President, Brand Strategy and Global Partnerships for Sony Pictures said: “We’re thrilled to be opening up our doors to Ghostbusters fans for the first time. For fans, this is the ultimate event – an insider’s look at the franchise from the people who created it and are bringing it into the future. As Winston Zeddemore might say, when someone asks you if you want to go to Ghostbusters Fan Fest, you say YES!”

John D. Maatta, CEO of Wizard Entertainment said: “The Ghostbusters Fan Fest is an extraordinary homage to all that is great about the iconic Ghostbusters. It is exciting news for Ghostbusters fans that Sony Pictures and Ghost Corps have worked with us to create this once-in-a-lifetime event.”

Following the event on June 7-8, Wizard World will continue its Ghostbusters touring experience at its conventions throughout the country featuring a pop-up shop featuring exclusive Ghostbusters merchandise. Details will be linked at www.wizardword.com.

The original 1984 film starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, and Ernie Hudson and was directed by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis.

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‘When Harry Met Sally…’ 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Arrives January 8th!

‘When Harry Met Sally…’ 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Arrives January 8th!

In celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary, Shout Select will release the seminal romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally… in a collector’s edition Blu-ray set on January 8th, 2019. This release features a new transfer restored from a 4K scan of the original camera negative, and comes packed with bonus features, including new interviews with Rob Reiner and Billy Crystal. Fans can preorder this Collector’s Edition set now at shoutfactory.com.

Acclaimed director Rob Reiner (Misery, Stand By Me), screenwriter Nora Ephron, and stars Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan take you on a journey of love and friendship like no other in When Harry Met Sally…, the magnificently witty love story that has been deservedly hailed as one of the greatest romantic comedies of all time.

Will sex ruin a perfect relationship between a man and a woman? That’s what Harry Burns (Crystal) and Sally Albright (Ryan) debate while sharing a drive from Chicago to New York. Eleven years of friendship later, they’re still no closer to finding the answer. Will these two best friends ever accept that they’re a perfect match … or will they continue to deny the attraction that exists between them?

Also starring Carrie Fisher and Bruno Kirby, When Harry Met Sally… is a true classic, with the kind of laughs, love, and chemistry that are impossible to fake.

Special Features:

  • NEW transfer restored from a 4K scan of the original camera negative
  • NEW Scenes from a Friendship – interview with Rob Reiner and Billy Crystal
  • Audio Commentary with Rob Reiner, Nora Ephron, And Billy Crystal
  • Audio Commentary with Rob Reiner
  • How Harry Met Sally Documentary
  • Vintage Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Music Video by Harry Connick Jr.

About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast entertainment distribution network which delivers culturally relevant programming, movie and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America and across multiple platforms. Shout! Factory owns and operates Shout! Studios, Scream Factory, Shout! Factory Kids, Shout! Factory Films, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Timeless Media Group and Shout! Factory TV. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.

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WASTED TALENT: Lillo Brancato On His Life, Addiction & The Road To Redemption

WASTED TALENT: Lillo Brancato On His Life, Addiction & The Road To Redemption

‘Wasted Talent’ tells the story of Lillo Brancato’s meteoric rise and fall.

“I learned to give love and get love unconditionally. You just have to accept people for what they are. And I learned the greatest gift of all: the saddest thing in life is wasted talent and the choices that you make will shape your life forever.”— Those were the immortal lines delivered by Lillo Brancato as Calogero Anello in “A Bronx Tale.” It was his first role as an actor and yet it’s one of the most powerful performances ever put to film. Brancato would have no idea in that moment that the words uttered in his teens would foreshadow his own life in so many ways. After his debut in Robert De Niro’s 1993 directorial debut, Brancato was widely considered to be “the next De Niro” and went onto star in high profile films such as “Renaissance Man,” “Crimson Tide” and the landmark series “The Sopranos.” Unfortunately, as many child stars before, Brancato became embroiled in the underworld of Hollywood. He became addicted to drugs and was arrested for the murder of an NYPD officer during a drug excursion that took a terrible, wrong turn. Despite being cleared of the murder charge, he still spent more than eight years in prison on an attempted burglary conviction. During his time in prison, the once-heralded actor was finally able to get clean and sober. Now, free from the chains of addiction, Brancato is sharing his story in the hopes of helping those who may be headed down the dark paths that he once haunted.

Director Steve Stanulis (“Clinton Road,” “The Fifth Boro”), a decorated and retired NYPD officer himself, is the man bringing Brancato’s story to the screen. The no-holds-barred documentary, “Wasted Talent,” traces Lillo Brancato’s rise from obscurity to movie stardom, to his crushing fall from grace, while shining a much needed light on the opioid crisis that paralyzes so many Americans from all walks of life. Of the project, Steve Stanulis states, “When Lillo approached me to direct the project, I told him the only way I would consider it is if it was an impartial piece from both sides; as many people think he deserves a second chance, there are just as many that do not. That objectivity was very important to me as a former NYPD officer. We look forward to people finally seeing the resulting film and to audiences forming their own opinions.” Also featuring insights from Drea de Matteo (“The Sopranos”), music producer Damon Dash, Fredro Starr, Paula Devicq (“Party of Five”) and legendary columnist A.J. Benza, the film recently won “Best Documentary” at the New York City International Film Festival.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with Lillo Brancato for an uncensored look at his past struggles, what it took to turn his life around, and the work he is doing as an outreach coordinator to help others escape the crippling grip of addiction. Along the way, we also get a glimpse of what the future may hold for him, both on-screen and off.

You first came onto everyone’s radar with your classic role in Robert Dinero’s directorial debut, “A Bronx Tale.” How did you land the role way back when?

I was just on my summer vacation after finishing 10th grade back in 1992. I was 15 years old, going to be 16. I was on the beach on July 5th, 1992. There was a scout who was walking around handing out flyers that said they were looking for a boy who was 16 or 17 years old with no acting experience to play Robert De Niro’s son in a film that would be De Niro’s directorial debut.

It’s interesting that they wanted someone with no experience. Was it ever explained why they wanted to go that route?

I guess he just wanted authenticity. He was looking for the film to be as authentic as possible. I think when you watch the finished product, it definitely worked!

I couldn’t agree more. The film had a tremendous buzz surrounding it when it was going into production. Did you have any idea that the film would go on to become a true classic?

I thought it would do well but not nearly as well as it has done through the years. The film just celebrated its 25th anniversary on September 29th and it’s like the film just came out! People quote it all the time and things like that, so I don’t I knew it could have the impact that it has had on people.

Lillo Brancato taking direction from Robert De Niro on the set of “A Bronx Tale.”

What is it about “A Bronx Tale” that still resonates with people a quarter century later?

The film runs the gamut of so many things. I mean, you have the wiseguy/monster thing that people really gravitate to and love. Then you have the whole love story between a young boy and girl. Then you also have the whole father and son dynamic. There is just so much going on and there are so many moving parts in that movie. I think it’s a movie everyone loves because it does cover so much ground. In addition, every aspect of it was done so well and so tastefully that people really, really like it and it stands the test of time.

How did your world change once the movie was released?

You know, you had people coming out of the woodwork. There are the people you knew when you were younger showing up and you hadn’t spoke to them in years. Everyone wanted to be your friend and be around you. With all of that comes the temptation, the drugs and the women. At 16 years old, you don’t have nearly enough experience to be able to navigate through all of these outside forces and put yourself in a position where you’re going to be able to move forward in a successful way.

Tell us a little about you struggle with addiction. When did these dark forces begin to take hold?

I started using marijuana when I was 16 years old and cocaine when I was about 17. I would say that my early 20s was when the addiction really got a hold of me and I just couldn’t stop. It obviously continued to spiral further out of control with every single time that I used.

What was rock bottom for you and what ultimately started to turn things around for you?

Obviously, there was the fateful night of December 10th, 2005, where a heroic New York City police officer lost his life at the hands of my addiction, which is something I take full responsibility for. You would think that would be rock bottom, but it wasn’t. When I was incarcerated and charged with murder, I was still using. On November 12th, 2006, I overdosed in my cell and I still continued to use. On November 18th, I got an attorney visit from a friend and my cousin. They were really, really disappointed in me. For some reason, that day something just clicked. I made the decision that I didn’t want to live my life like that any longer. I decided what was important, and that was fighting my case in an effort to go home. I stopped using drugs and I started learning more about the law and started to get more involved in everything that was necessary for me to prevail. It was a really, really dark time in my life because I didn’t have much experience in being incarcerated and what I was up against, so I just learned day by day. It was a very dark time in my life and I thank God every single day that he got me through it.

As I explain the the documentary, “Wasted Talent,” when you’re in a situation like I was…I always say, “When you’re in prison or the hospital is where you see who your real friends are.” I say that because in those two places, you have nothing to offer people. Nothing. It’s all about what they can offer you. A lot of times people might have an ulterior motive and it’s what you can do for them but when you’re in those two places, you can’t do anything for anyone. A lot of people I was very close to growing up were no longer there. When you’re in prison, you don’t see these people anymore and a lot of people left my side. One person who never left my side was God. I saw that with my own eyes and realized that he really does exist. Once I saw, I became much closer to Him. There were times in my life where I doubted God and I doubted faith. A lot of bad things happened in my life and I couldn’t find a way to explain them, or how to explain God letting these things happen and justifying why they happened. It was when I was there that I saw that I was wrong. As the days went by and I got sober, I began to see how things started to play themselves out. I saw that it was all to my benefit and God did that. He put me in that horrible situation for me to use the experience to get better. It was day by day that I saw that!

‘Wasted Talent’ is a must-see documentary.

You mentioned the powerful new documentary,”Wasted Talent.” How did the ball get rolling on this project?

I’ve been approached to do a documentary on my life, obviously, more than once. However, the biggest reason I wanted to do it now was because of the whole opioid epidemic we are seeing in this country, which is probably at an all-time high. There are kids dying every single day. I just thought that after all that I went through and knowing what it’s like to be an addict of opiates, and knowing how dangerous they are that this would be the perfect time for the project. I love the whole dynamic between director Steve Stanulis and I, in that Steven was a former member of law enforcement. You know, this isn’t about “Let’s get Lillo back and show what a great person he is.” No, this is about the reality of what drug addiction is all about. I had the world at one point. I had gold. I was offered the lead role in Robert De Niro’s directorial debut, a film that went on to become a beloved classic. People love this film and, in a lot of ways, that was better than winning the lotto. I squandered such a beautiful opportunity that was given to me. It’s all because of drugs. This is what happens and this is why I wanted to show this fall from grace through this film. I want to show kids that if it happened to me it could also happen to them. When I was a kid, like many people, I thought I was invincible and nothing can happen to me, but it happened. I saw it with my own eyes and I want kids to see with their own eyes what happened to me. Maybe they will say, “Hey, ya know what? Maybe I shouldn’t do this. Maybe I shouldn’t try this.”

How did you and Steven Stanulis initially cross paths?

We crossed paths through a mutual friend, Noel Ashman, who was also a producer on the documentary. He introduced us and thought it would be a good idea for us to meet. Steven was interested in doing a documentary, so I met with him and he was a really good guy. He stressed to me over and over, “Lillo, this is not going to be a puff piece.” I said, “Yeah. Let’s do it.” I love the fact that he was a former cop and has that perspective.

No matter who was involved with a documentary like this, it could have gone a lot of ways. Did you have reservations going into a project like “Wasted Talent”?

Absolutely. The way I looked at it was that other than death there is not much worse that can happen to me that hasn’t already happened. The bottom line is that the message would get out there, the message being what I went through and how dangerous it can be if you make similar decisions to use and abuse drugs.

Director Steve Stanulis and Lillo Brancato in “Wasted Talent.”

This is a powerful documentary. It was interesting to see this from many different angles. Ultimately, I find it really inspiring to see making the most from your life experience. What can you tell us about the work you are doing in terms of outreach?

I was doing a lot of this through my social media. People would reach out to me and tell me what an inspiration I was to them and someone took notice. They said, “Why don’t you keep doing what you’re doing but we would like to work with you as well.” I’m a national outreach coordinator for a company called Amatus Health. Basically, what I do is try to get people into treatment. I’m living proof that you can overcome addiction. That’s important because when you are in the grips of the addiction, it robs you of almost all of your ambition to ever want to get better. I’m showing people daily that recovery is a possibility. I’ll put it this way, I know God didn’t get me through everything that He got me through to come out and be the same person I was. He did that to help me do his work, which I intend to do until the day I die.

In addition to the work you are doing for others, you have ventured back into the world of film. In fact, I see you recently wrapped shooting a film with Steve Stanulis called “The Fifth Boro.” Without giving too much away, what can you tell us about your role?

This is a great role. It’s the second lead in the film. My character’s name is Sonny Finici. The story is basically about Steven’s character, Nico, whose daughter has cancer. The cancer treatment drugs cost a lot of money, so he goes back on the street to commit crimes to get enough money to pay for his daughter’s treatment. My character is one of his close friends and we go on quite a ride together in this film!

One of the projects you took on shortly after your release was “Monsters of Mulberry Street.” You play Father Palladino in the film. It’s a great role. How did it come to you and what did you bring to it?

Initially, the kid who did the film, Frankie Montero, went to Sacred Heart High School in Yonkers, which is where I went. Obviously, he is a lot younger than I am. He came to my house with a script and a box of cookies and wanted me to play the role of Rocco in the film. When I read the script, this is literally a few months after I came home, I saw that the character was involved in all this violence, gunplay and this and that. I just didn’t think it was something I would want to do at that point in time. I felt it would be a slap in the face to the family of members of law enforcement in general. I said, “Listen man, I can’t do this. This is not what I want to do right now at this point in my career.” He said, “Well, we really want you to be in this. There is the role of a priest in this script. He’s written a little bit older but we could write him a little bit younger, if you are serious and want to do this.” I thought to myself, “Wow! A priest! That’s definitely something I would want to do.” And what better role to play than a priest, a man of God, as my first film after all that had happened. So, we did it! This character, this priest, had also made some bad decisions earlier on in his life and turned his life over to God, so there were certain parallels between the character and myself.

What’s your typical process for bringing a new character to life?

If there is a profession the character is involved in, I try to delve into that first to see what that entails. Usually, a lot of these characters are pretty similar to what I am. Based on what the character is and the way he is written, I try to get myself in that headspace to play that character the best way I know how.

We have seen you grow as an actor from your first role to the point where you are now. How do you feel you have most evolved as an actor?

For one thing, after everything I went through and going to trial — that’s nerve-racking. Before, I thought being in front of a camera was nerve-racking but that is actually a blessing. That’s the way I perceive it now. One of the biggest ways I’ve evolved as an actor is that I just don’t feel that nervousness or tension. I can take those moments, not anticipate what’s going to be said and it becomes much more real. I have the ability now to dig deep inside of me and channel into the emotions that I had never felt prior to being incarcerated. These are emotions I probably would have never felt had I not been incarcerated. So, I know that I now have these emotions in my arsenal and I can bring that depth to the characters I portray and convey on film. As an actor, I think I have evolved a lot in that way.

What else do you have on your plate at the moment when it comes to acting?

I was in a movie called “Dead On Arrival,” which you can get on Amazon TV or VOD. It’s out there right now. It’s a really awesome independent film. I also have a film called “The Fury,” which is probably going to come out around March or April. In the film, I play a member of law enforcement, so that is going to be pretty interesting.

Lillo Brancato

What are you looking for in the material you take on these days?

If you remember a film I did call “Renaissance Man,” I recited Shakespeare in the rain. I’m not necessarily saying I want to do Shakespeare for the rest of my life but I think I am much more capable than the roles I’ve been playing. I just want people to be able see that. I guess, I’m just looking for something that is really challenging to me. You know what I mean?

I definitely do and I’m really glad to see you getting some of those opportunities. I ask this question of a lot of people I speak with, but I think it’s very important to ask you. What is the best lesson we can take from your journey so far?

All I can say is that no matter how bad things might get, they always get better or your ability to deal with them get better. It’s important to not make impulsive decisions. I think that is what you can take away from my story.

Lillo, I thank you for your time today. I will definitely keep in touch as you move forward. I’m truly looking forward to seeing more of your work and hearing more about the work you are doing behind-the-scenes.

Thank you so much, man! I appreciate that, I really do.

‘Wasted Talent’ will be released on November 13th via Freestyle Digital Media. Follow Lillo Brancato’s story and connect with him through social media via Instagram

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‘Rudy’ Returns To Theaters In Celebration of The Iconic Film’s 25th Anniversary!

‘Rudy’ Returns To Theaters In Celebration of The Iconic Film’s 25th Anniversary!

He’s five-feet-nothin’, a hundred and nothin’ and barely has a speck of athletic ability, but Rudy Ruettiger still became a sports legend. As the 2018 football season begins, the film that introduced the world to “Rudy” will return to movie theaters nationwide for two days only on August 28 and September 2, in celebration of its 25th anniversary.

Accompanying these theatrical screenings of “Rudy” is an introduction featuring the real-life Rudy Ruettiger and a Q&A hosted by Michael Phillips, film critic for the Chicago Tribune, and filmed in front of a live audience at Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre.

Tickets for “Rudy” are available now at www.FathomEvents.com and participating theater box offices.

Fathom Events and Sony Pictures Entertainment present “Rudy” in more than 600 select movie theaters on Tuesday, August 28, and Sunday, September 2, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time (both days) through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). A complete list of theater locations will be available July 27 on the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Rudy” will play in theaters just as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish play their first game of the year on September 1, facing the Michigan Wolverines and continuing a rivalry that dates back to 1887.

It’s been 43 years since Rudy Ruettiger became the first player to be carried off the field in Notre Dame history during the Notre Dame-Georgia Tech game in November 1975. The film “Rudy” was originally released in October 1993, and stars Sean Astin as Ruettiger, whose dream of making the football team at Notre Dame seems entirely out of reach. Through his relentless determination and exuberant spirit, Rudy endures every possible obstacle to follow his life’s true passion – a dream he refuses to let die.

Directed by David Anspaugh (Hoosiers) and written by Angelo Pizzo, “Rudy” has experienced both critical acclaim and enduring popularity among movie and sports fans. Roger Ebert wrote that “Rudy” is “more than simply sports sentiment. It’s a small but powerful illustration of the human spirit.” Moreover, “Rudy” has been named one of the best sports films of all time by Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Esquire and Bleacher Report.

With an impressive cast that includes Ned Beatty, Charles S. Dutton, Robert Prosky, Jon Favreau and Lili Taylor, “Rudy” also features a rousing, enduring musical score by Academy Award® winner Jerry Goldsmith.

“This is truly one of the most popular and well-loved sports movies ever made, and it’s a spectacular way to usher in the football season,” Fathom Events VP of Studio Relations Tom Lucas said. “Seeing ‘Rudy’ on the big screen, with an audience of people equally inspired by Rudy Ruettiger and his ambition, is an experience no movie or sports fan will want to miss.”

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‘Planet of The Apes’ Returns To Theaters Nationwide for Two Days Only — July 24 and 27!

‘Planet of The Apes’ Returns To Theaters Nationwide for Two Days Only — July 24 and 27!


The legendary 1968 science fiction masterpiece “Planet of the Apes” will return to the big screen, crash landing in U.S. cinemas on July 24 and 27 as part of Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies’ (TCM) yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics series.

As part of this special presentation, TCM host Ben Mankiewicz will provide exclusive commentary before and after the feature, offering an inside look at the out-of-this-world classic. The event will screen at more than 650 select movie theaters nationwide, four times only, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time each day.

Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowall star in this legendary science fiction masterpiece. Astronaut Taylor (Heston) finds himself on a distant planet ruled by apes who use a primitive race of humans for experimentation and sport. Soon, Taylor finds himself among the hunted, his life in the hands of a benevolent chimpanzee scientist (McDowall).

When it was released in February 1968, the film was a commercial and critical success, also breaking ground with its revolutionary prosthetic makeup techniques created by artist John Chambers. The “Planet of the Apes” franchise is still going strong today with the 2011 reboot and its 2014 sequel achieving box office success and strong support amongst critics. The highly anticipated third film in that trilogy will debut in 2017.

Tickets to TCM Big Screen Classics: PLANET OF THE APES can be purchased online from Fathom Events.

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Shout! Factory Unveils New Home Entertainment Product Line Shout Select™ For Summer 2016!

Shout! Factory Unveils New Home Entertainment Product Line Shout Select™ For Summer 2016!

shout-select-2016-1Further underscoring its position as a leading curator of the very best of pop culture, Shout!  Factory is proud to announce the launch of a new home entertainment series, Shout Select. Handpicked by the film buffs at Shout! Factory, Shout Select shines a light on films that deserve a spot on your shelf. From acknowledged classics to cult favorites to unheralded gems, Shout Select celebrates the best in filmmaking, giving these movies the love and attention they deserve.

Debuting this August, Shout Select boasts an exciting slate of fan-favorite releases making their Blu-ray debuts.  Titles include the pulp sci-fi rom-com classic The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension,  John Carpenter’s Emmy Award® -nominated biopic Elvis, the brilliant action-comedy Midnight Run, the rowdy action-thriller Road House and the most excellent sci-fi comedies Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey Each title will be presented in anamorphic widescreen, and when possible will be released as a Collector’s Edition, with new bonus content, archival materials, collectible cover artwork, and more!

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

shout-select-2016-3Shout Select’s inaugural release is the Collector’s Edition of the beloved ’80s cult classic The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension (Collector’s Edition), available August 16, 2016.  On Blu-ray for the first time, this Collector’s Edition comes loaded with bonus features, including a comprehensive retrospective featuring brand-new interviews with members of the cast and crew, with an additional disc of bonus features to be revealed closer to street date. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com

Brilliant brain surgeon Banzai (Weller) just made scientific history. Shifting his Oscillation Overthruster into warp speed, he’s the first man ever to travel to the Eighth Dimension and come back sane! But when his sworn enemy, the demented Dr. Lizardo (Lithgow), devises a plot to steal the Overthruster and bring an evil army of aliens back to destroy Earth, Buckaroo goes cranium to cranium with the madman in an extra-dimensional battle that could result in total annihilation of the universe! Starring Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd, Lewis Smith , The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8thDimension  has developed a loyal cult following since its release in 1984.

Special Features

o   Retrospective documentary featuring brand-new interviews with members of the cast and crew

o   Additional disc of bonus features to be announced


John Carpenter’s Elvis
Film aficionados should get ready for a rockin’ good time with a release fit for a king, when Shout Select releases John Carpenter’s Elvis on August 16th, 2016. Restored from the original film elements and making its Blu-ray debut, John Carpenter’s Elvis is the complete, uncut version of the film, and features the featurette “Bringing a Legend to Life” with Kurt Russell and John Carpenter, rare clips from American Bandstand, and more! Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com

shout-select-2016-2Synopsis: Just two years after Elvis Presley died, Kurt Russell brought him back to life in the original biopic about the King of Rock ’n’ Roll. Broadcast on ABC in 1979, Elvismarked the first time director John Carpenter and Russell would work together in what would become a legendary partnership in film history.

Elvis traces Presley’s life from his impoverished childhood  to his meteoric rise to stardom and then to his triumphant conquering of Las Vegas. Elvis garnered several Emmy® nominations including Outstanding Lead Actor for Kurt Russell, and features an all-star supporting cast including Shelley Winters as Gladys Presley, Season Hubley as Priscilla Presley, Bing Russell (Kurt’s real-life dad) as Vernon Presley, Pat Hingle as Colonel Tom Parker, Joe Mantegna as “Memphis Mafia” member Joe Esposito, and Ed Begley Jr. as drummer D.J. Fontana.

John Carpenter’s Elvis Special Features:

o   “Bringing a Legend to Life” featurette with archival interviews with Kurt Russell and John Carpenter (1979)

o   Rare Clips from American Bandstand

o   Photo Gallery

Midnight Run (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

shout-select-2016-1Shout Select’s final inaugural release will be Midnight Run (Collector’s Edition) on August 23rd, 2016.  This Collector’s Edition release marks the film’s Blu-ray debut, and will include a bevy of bonus features including a new interview with actor Robert De Niro, interviews with actor Charles Grodin, actor Joe Pantoliano, actor John Ashton, actor Yaphet Kotto, wrtier George Gallo and more!  Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com.

Jack Walsh (Robert De Niro) is a tough ex-cop turned bounty hunter. Jonathan “The Duke” Mardukas (Charles Grodin) is a sensitive accountant who embezzled $15 million from the Mob, gave it to charity and then jumped bail. Jack’s in for a cool $100,000 if he can deliver The Duke from New York to L.A. on time…and alive.

Sounds like just another Midnight Run (a piece of cake in bounty hunter slang), but it turns into a cross-country chase. The FBI is after The Duke to testify. The Mob is after him for revenge and Walsh is after him to just shut up. If someone else doesn’t do the job, the two unlikely partners may end up killing each other in this hilarious, action-filled ride from producer-director Martin Brest (Beverly Hills Cop).

Midnight Run (Collector’s Edition) Special Features:

    • New interview with actor Robert De Niro
    • We’ve Got the Duke – an interview with actor Charles Grodin
    • Moscone Bail Bonds – an interview with actor Joe Pantoliano
    • Hey Marvin! – an interview with actor John Ashton
    • I’m Mosely! – an interview with actor Yaphet Kotto
    • Midnight Writer – an interview with writer George Gallo
    • Vintage “Making of” featurette
    • Theatrical Trailer

September 2016 will bring Road House (Collector’s Edition) and  Bill & Ted’s Most Excellent Collection, a Collector’s Edition Double Feature that includes Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. Shout! Factory will be presenting additional Shout Select home entertainment releases in 2016 and 2017 Meanwhile, fans will are encouraged to follow us on the official Shout Select Facebook page www.facebook.com/ShoutSelect for up-to-the-minute updates.

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Retro Review: Olive Films Releases ‘My Summer Story’ On Blu-ray!

Retro Review: Olive Films Releases ‘My Summer Story’ On Blu-ray!

'My Summer Story'

‘My Summer Story’

This week, our resident movie reviewer, Jeremy Morrison, is back with a fresh review of one of Olive Films most exciting new releases, “My Summer Story.”

My Summer Story’ is a sequel to the 1983 nostalgia fest ‘A Christmas Story.’ Your enjoyment of this film depends on you checking your emotions at the door and actually watching the film like an adult, and not like some spoiled toddler waiting for Santa on Christmas Eve. You’ve been warned.

So check this out, folks. ‘My Summer Story’ is a film I didn’t even know existed prior to the upstanding citizens over at Olive Films announcement of its release. The film, made in 1989, brings back almost all of the Characters from the Christmas classic, but none of the actors that brought those roles to life. This will make some people feel sketched out. Get over it. Grodin, Steenburgen, and the Culkins are fabulous in this quaint story set the summer following “The Old Man” being the recipient of that “fragile” package and gifting young Ralphie his Red Ryder BB-Gun.

The film, inspired by a novel by as well as a script co-written by Jean Shepherd, whom also is the lone return from the previous film as the Narrator, is a fun look into the life of The Parkers as they spend their summer in good ol’ Hammond Indiana. Bob Clark sets the tone from the opening scene and proves (yet again) he is a fantastic filmmaker capable of jumping genres as a hired gun that treats every film with the respect it deserves.

I highly recommend you check this out if you haven’t before. The story is packed with fun for the whole family. Grodin is caught channeling Darren McGavin more often than not, but he still brings enough of his classic Grodin dickisms to lay stake to the role being his own this time out. The disc Olive Films out together is as bare bones as they come, but gosh is it wonderful to look at. The picture and sound are good enough to warrant a spot on your shelf that still holds physical media. — Jeremy Morrison, Film Geek

Check out this film and a plethora of other amazing releases from Olive Films via their official website — www.olivefilms.com.

Jeremy Morrison – Staff Writer
Co-creator/host of the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, film reviewer, screenwriter, Jeremy has more than eight years experience in television and film production. His childhood fascination with the naked breasts featured in the “Friday the 13th” franchise prepared him for absolutely nothing in life. J-Mo lives by one motto: #wecantallbezacksnyder
Twitter: @acidpopcult
IG: @almostgothim

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‘Back To The Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy’ To Be Released On October 20th!

‘Back To The Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy’ To Be Released On October 20th!


Great Scott! In 1985 Director Robert Zemeckis, Executive Producer Steven Spielberg and Producer/Screenwriter Bob Gale embarked on a three-part journey through time that broke box-office records worldwide and catapulted Back to the Future into one of the most beloved trilogies in motion picture history.  In 1989, the filmmakers gave us a glimpse of the future in Back to the Future Part II as Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to 2015…or, if our calculations are correct, October 21, 2015, to be exact.  “The Future” has finally arrived.

'Back To The Future' 30th Anniversary Trilogy

‘Back To The Future’ 30th Anniversary Trilogy

Now, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment celebrates this once-in-a-lifetime date, as well as the 30thAnniversary of the groundbreaking first film, with three new releases debuting on October 20, 2015.  Available on Blu-ray™ & DVD, the Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy will include all three movies plus a new bonus disc with more two hours of content. Back to the Future: The Complete Animated Series will be released for the first time ever on DVD featuring all 26 episodes from the award-winning series and Back to the Future: The Complete Adventures will include all three movies, the complete animated series, a new bonus disc, a 64-page book and collectible light-up “Flux Capacitor” packaging.  Featuring more than two hours of content, the bonus disc will include all-new original shorts, documentaries, two episodes from the animated series and more.

In addition to the home entertainment release, the Back to the Future celebration continues in theaters when the films go back to the big screen on October 21, 2015.  Check local listings for show times.  Additionally, Universal Music Enterprises is reissuing an all-new 30th Anniversary picture disc vinyl soundtrack, available October 16th in stores and through all digital partners.

About Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy (Blu-ray & DVD)
Experience the future all over again with the Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy! Join Marty McFly(Michael J. Fox), Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and a time traveling DeLorean for the adventure of a lifetime as they travel to the past, present and future, setting off a time-shattering chain reaction that disrupts the space time continuum! From filmmakers Steven SpielbergRobert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, this unforgettable collection features hours of bonus features and is an unrivaled trilogy that stands the test of time.


  • Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part II, Back to the Future Part III
  • Bonus Disc with More than Two Hours of Content
  • Digital HD with UltraViolet (Blu-ray™ Exclusive)
  • Collectible Packaging (Blu-ray™ Exclusive)

Bonus Features:

  • All New Original Shorts:  Including Doc Brown Saves the World!, starring Christopher Lloyd.
  • OUTATIME: Restoring the DeLorean: An inside look at the 2012 restoration of the most iconic car in film history.
  • Looking Back to the Future: A 9-part retrospective documentary from 2009 on the trilogy’s legacy.
  • Back to the Future: The Animated Series: 2 episodes (“Brothers” and “Mac the Black”) from the 1991 series featuring live action segments with Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown.
  • Tales from the Future 6-Part Documentary

Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy (Blu-ray & DVD) Bonus Features Continued:

  • The Physics of Back to the Future
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Michael J. Fox Q&A
  • Eight Archival Featurettes
  • Behind the Scenes Footage
  • Music Videos
  • Audio Commentaries
  • Back to the Future: The Ride

About Back to the Future : The Complete Animated Series (DVD)
It’s about time!  The adventures continue with all 26 episodes of the award winning Back to the Future: The Complete Animated Series, in its entirety and uncut! Join Marty McFly and Doc Brown, Doc’s wife Clara, sons Jules and Verne, and dog Einstein for more hilarious escapades as they time travel to Prehistoric Hill Valley, Ancient Rome, Medieval England, the Civil War, the days of the pirates, the far future and beyond.  Featuring live action segments with Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown, science experiments by Bill Nye the Science Guy and the vocal talents of Mary Steenburgen (Clara), Thomas Wilson (Biff) and Dan Castellaneta (Doc), it is family entertainment at its best and a true treasure for all Back to the Future fans!

Bonus Features:

  • Drawn to the Future: New interview with creator/writer Bob Gale and writer John Ludin.
  • Galleries: Rare archival materials featuring character art, DeLorean designs and more.

About Back to the Future : The Complete Adventures (Blu-ray & DVD)
Great Scott! For the first time ever, Back to the Future: The Complete Adventures pairs together the original beloved trilogy starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd along with the complete TV series.  Join Marty McFly, Doc Brown and a time traveling DeLorean for the adventure of a lifetime as they travel to the past, present and future, setting off a time-shattering chain reaction that disrupts the space time continuum.


  • Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part II, Back to the Future Part III
  • Back to the Future: The Complete Animated Series DVD
  • Bonus Disc with More than 2 Hours of Content
  • Digital HD with UltraViolet (Blu-ray Exclusive)
  • Back to the Future: A Visual History 64-Page Book
  • Light-Up “Flux Capacitor” Packaging

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On The Rise: ROK Stars Launches Bogart’s Gin

On The Rise: ROK Stars Launches Bogart’s Gin

Bogart's Gin: A True Classic

Bogart’s Gin: A True Classic

ROK Stars, the consumer products company co-founded by U.S. billionaire John Paul DeJoria and U.K. entrepreneur Jonathan Kendrick, has partnered with the Humphrey Bogart Estate to launch Bogart’s Gin.

John Paul DeJoria, who is no stranger to success in the spirits business, could not conceal his enthusiasm when discussing Bogart’s Gin: “We have the world’s best small-batch, hand-crafted artisanal gin!  Botanically infused and distilled in England, each bottle will feature the name and face of Humphrey Bogart, one of the biggest Hollywood icons of all time and a true gin enthusiast.  We cannot wait for people to hold the bottle and taste our gin.  It’s spectacular!”

“My father loved gin” added Stephen Bogart, son of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall “so I am thrilled about this partnership.  For the Bogart Estate to lend my father’s name to a project, we look for a great partner and an authentic connection.  It doesn’t get any better than teaming with the co-founder of Patron Tequila to bring Bogart’s Gin to the world.  Like Bogie, the gin is classic, no-nonsense, and smooth.  Since my father was a very quotable man, each bottle will contain a great Bogart quote.”

Robbert de Klerk, who co-manages the Humphrey Bogart Estate with Stephen Bogart, further explained the Estate’s enthusiasm about the authenticity of the partnership: “Gin was invented in The Netherlands and perfected in England and Humphrey Bogart is of Dutch and English ancestry.  Bogie loved gin, and it was one of his private passions that he incorporated in his film performances.  Casablanca’s Rick Blaine was a chess player because Humphrey Bogart was a passionate chess player.  The boat in Key Largo was named Santana after Bogie’s own boat.  And gin featured in his films because Humphrey Bogart loved to drink gin.  We are very proud of Bogart’s Gin.”

Jonathan Kendrick, the British entrepreneur who co-founded ROK Stars with his friend John Paul DeJoria, added: “We believe the Bogart name is a perfect fit to our outstanding botanically-infused English gin.  With gin’s popularity on the rise, and given Humphrey Bogart’s on-screen and off-screen love of gin, this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

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YEAH! Launches As First Streaming Movie Site To Curate Original Content Around Iconic Films!

YEAH! Launches As First Streaming Movie Site To Curate Original Content Around Iconic Films!

yeah-logo-2013AMC Networks, which owns and operates AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv and IFC Films, announces the launch of YEAH! www.YEAHTV .com, the first streaming movie service that is an entirely new way to watch movies online. Each YEAH! film is enhanced with interactive features including 400-500 individual pieces of original content curated from in-depth research. The new bonus content is displayed on-screen seamlessly without obscuring the movie, offering fans a choice of unique extras to engage with such as:

  • Intimate, never-before-seen, exclusive interviews with filmmakers and stars – with just a click the movie pauses and the interview plays
  • Little-known facts about characters and scenes minute-by-minute throughout each film
  • Quizzes that test how well you really know your favorite movies

YEAH! launches today during the South by Southwest Conference and Festival with films immediately available for rent online at www.YEAHTV.com. A YEAH! iPad app will be introduced this summer.

YEAH! features iconic genre films — including sci-fi, horror and action-adventure. By renting films on YEAH! you’ll:

  • Hear Richard Donner describe how Marlon Brando wanted his Superman character “Jor-El” to look like a bagel
  • Watch Juliette Lewis and Tom Sizemore disagree on how his nose was broken while filming Natural Born Killers
  • Learn from Michael Madsen how Quentin Tarantino and Lawrence Tierney nearly came to blows on the set of Reservoir Dogs
  • Find out real-life events that inspired Wes Craven to create A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • And discover so much more about the films you love to watch… and then watch again

“YEAH! is the ultimate movie viewing experience,” said Lisa Judson, General Manager of YEAH! “The films on YEAH! are curated by a team of Emmy Award winning producers who are true movie fans. Two months of in-depth research goes into every film curation to create an entirely new way for fans to enjoy their favorite movies.”

Films that will be available for rent on www.YEAHTV.com in the coming months include:

Scream, Reservoir Dogs, 300, The Terminator, Clerks, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Crow, The Exorcist: Director’s Cut, Superman: The Movie, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2, Kill Bill Volumes 1 & 2, Child’s Play, No Country for Old Men, Pulp Fiction, The Expendables, Blade Runner: The Final Cut, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Dirty Dancing, The Shining, Watchmen, This is Spinal Tap, The Blair Witch Project, Jackie Brown, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Apocalypse Now Redux, From Dusk Till Dawn, Natural Born Killers, Hannibal

YEAH! films cost $4.99 at www.YEAHTV.com and are currently available for 48 hours.

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