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THE SANDLOT: Fox Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Classic Film With Collector’s Capsule!

THE SANDLOT: Fox Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Classic Film With Collector’s Capsule!

For years, sports collectors have had the opportunity to own mementos from the nation’s most cherished baseball fields, including Old Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field, Fenway Park and more. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of hit classic, The Sandlot, Shop.FoxMovies is offering fans limited-edition collector’s capsules packed with dirt from the field that hosted Ham’s epic home run, Smalls’ lost baseball signed by Babe Ruth, and The Beast, the unforgettable threat that taunted fans’ favorite kids.

To showcase its authenticity, each capsule features an individually-numbered hologram seal. Shop.FoxMovies will offer these limited collectibles free with the purchase of any Sandlot merchandise from its exclusive line of apparel, home goods, stationary and Funko Pop! Figures, while supplies last.

“The Sandlot is a classic film that means so much to people of all ages,” said Craig Radow, VP of Global Marketing of Fox Consumer Products. “To honor the film and the devoted fans it has cultivated since its 1993 theatrical debut, we wanted to share this collector’s item, which can proudly be displayed to simultaneously celebrate the spirit of the film and the cherished game of baseball.”

Though set in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, scenes on the famous baseball diamond of The Sandlot were filmed in Salt Lake City, Utah. Next month, Salt Lake City’s local community of Glendale will continue The Sandlot anniversary celebration by hosting a little league clinic in partnership with The Salt Lake Bees baseball team on August 10th and an evening screening of the film on the iconic field on August 11th, featuring special cast appearances. For more information about this event, please visit their event page.

Additional key licensing partners celebrating The Sandlot’s 25th anniversary include:

  • Funko –  The Sandlot x Funko Pop! Collection knocks it out of the park with memorable characters from the unforgettable coming-of-age film. Now available, the starting lineup includes Smalls, Benny, Ham, Squints, The Beast (GameStop exclusive) and a Squints & Wendy 2-pack (Target exclusive)
  • The Roosevelts (RSVLTS) – A recently launched The Sandlot x RSVLTS
    Collection includes the brand’s signature button down shirts, which have been featured everywhere from ESPN to Good Morning America.
  • New Era – Launched earlier this month, the New Era and Fox Consumer Products collaboration includes a hat line featuring iconic moments from The Sandlot, customized for local Major League Baseball teams.
  • Plus, Fox Consumer Products has teamed with Major League Baseball and Fanatics for Sandlot apparel and jerseys as well as with Tervis for a collection of film-themed drinkware.

Social Media: #TheSandlot25, @SwagByFox (FB, Twitter, Instagram), @SandlotMovie (Twitter), @TheSandLotMovie (FB)

About The Sandlot
In this beloved family-favorite movie, directed by David M. Evans, it’s the early 1960s and fifth-grader Scotty Smalls (Tom Guiry) has just moved into town with his folks (Karen Allen and Denis Leary). Kids call him a dork — he can’t even throw a baseball! But that changes when the leader of the neighborhood team recruits him to play on the nearby sandlot field. It’s the beginning of a magical summer of baseball, wild adventures, first kisses and fearsome confrontations with the dreaded beast and its owner (James Earl Jones) who live behind the left field fence. Soon, nine boys have become best friends, Scotty is part of a team, and their leader has become a local legend in this hilarious and warm-hearted comedy.

Critical acclaim for the movie focused on its charm and nostalgia, the film has become an often-quoted cult hit. THE SANDLOT ranks in the Top 10 Best Baseball Movies of all-time by critics, sport fans and movie-lovers, including: IMDb; Sporting News; Baseball America; Maxim; Bleacher Report; SportsNation/ESPN and others.

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‘The Sandlot’ Returns to U.S. Cinemas To Celebrate 25th Anniversary — Two Nights Only!

‘The Sandlot’ Returns to U.S. Cinemas To Celebrate 25th Anniversary — Two Nights Only!

Play ball! The legendary baseball comedy “The Sandlot” is back in movie theaters across the country for two days only this July – its first national theatrical run since its original release 25 years ago. The film will play with an exclusive sneak preview of an all-new Fox Sports documentary about the making of this coming-of-age comedy.

Tickets for “The Sandlot” can be purchased beginning Friday, June 22 at www.FathomEvents.com and participating theater box offices.

Fathom Events and Twentieth Century Fox, In Association with Island World, present “The Sandlot” in hundreds of select movie theaters on Sunday, July 22 at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday, July 24 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (all local times). A complete list of theater locations will be available June 22 on the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Directed by David Mickey Evans, “The Sandlot” was a well-reviewed box-office success when it was first released in April 1993, but in the ensuing quarter-century it has become an integral film for both baseball fans and movie lovers – so much so that “The Sandlot”has been named one of the best baseball movies of all time by Bleacher Report, Men’s Journal, Esquire and Sporting News, among others.

Told in a charming, rambling fashion, “The Sandlot” is set in the summer of 1962, when Scotty Smalls (Tom Guiry) moves to a new town. Awkward and friendless, Scotty is on the brink of despondency when he runs into the never-ending baseball game that takes place on the sandlot behind a ramshackle house.

He’s befriended first by Benny Rodriguez (Mike Vitar) and ultimately by the whole team, including Hamilton “Ham” Porter (Patrick Renna), Michael “Squints” Palledorous (Chauncey Leopardi), Alan “Yeah-Yeah” McClennan (Marty York), Kenny DeNunez (Brandon Adams), Bertram Weeks (Grant Gelt), and Timmy and Tommy Timmons (Victor DiMattia and Shane Obedzinski). On and off the baseball field, they experience an unforgettable – and unforgettably hilarious – summer of discovery and friendship. “The Sandlot” also stars James Earl Jones, Karen Allen and Denis Leary.

“Watching ‘The Sandlot’ has become an annual event that no summer is complete without – but since its original release, it has never had a nationwide theatrical re-release,” Fathom Events Vice President of Studio Relations Tom Lucas said. “We’re proud to be able to bring ‘The Sandlot’ to families and fans all around the country with this special cinema event, paired with a sneak peek at a brand-new Fox Sports documentary.”

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Blu-ray Review: Olive Films Brings Tupac Shakur’s ‘Gang Related’ Back To Life

Blu-ray Review: Olive Films Brings Tupac Shakur’s ‘Gang Related’ Back To Life

This week, our resident movie reviewer, Jeremy Morrison, is back with a fresh review of one of Olive Films most exciting new releases, “Gang Related,” starring James Belushi, Tupac Shakur, Lela Rochon, Dennis Quaid, James Earl Jones and David Paymer.

"Gang Related" from Olive Films

“Gang Related” from Olive Films

First, a quick synopsis: In his final film appearance, rap icon Tupac Shakur (Poetic Justice) is paired with James Belushi (Red Heat) in the gritty crime drama Gang Related. Corrupt detectives Rodriguez and Divinci (Shakur and Belushi), having framed an innocent man (Dennis Quaid, Undercover Blues) for the murder of an undercover DEA agent, will find their lives unravelling when their activities come under the scrutiny of DEA investigator Richard Simms (Gary Cole, In the Line of Fire). Written and directed by Jim Kouf (Disorganized Crime), Gang Related features supporting performances by James Earl Jones (Star Wars), Lela Rochon (Waiting to Exhale) and David Paymer (Mr. Saturday Night).

REVIEW: I’ve had a pretty great run of luck when it comes to the Olive Films that are sent to me for review. I figured my luck would run out sooner or later and unfortunately this month’s Gang Related finds itself with its finger on the trigger. Pun totally intended.

Listen, I’ll say this for the film, it should have been amazing. My opinion is that the script is fantastic. The direction was there. The focus puller had a helluva shoot. But the film falls victim to its lead actors. Which is upsetting because the film is loaded with great talent. Absolutely every person in this cast was fun to watch and near the top of their game, but Belushi and Shakur drop the ball on this one for me. Maybe it was their chemistry, maybe they were just out of their element of light hearted television comedies and gangsta rap with a heart of gold, but I found myself pretty bored with their performances.

The Verdict: I really wanted to love Gang Related, but unfortunately it wasn’t for me. That isn’t to say it isn’t for you. Give it a chance and let me know.

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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‘ELSTREE 1976’ Documentary Honors The Unsung Extras of ‘Star Wars’

‘ELSTREE 1976’ Documentary Honors The Unsung Extras of ‘Star Wars’

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ELSTREE 1976 explores the lives of the actors and extras behind one of the most celebrated Science Fiction films in cinematic history, Star Wars.

From the man behind film’s most iconic villain, to the actor whose character was completely cut from the final film, the documentary delves into the eccentric community these individuals have formed and how the Star Wars franchise – which spans five decades from A New Hope to The Force Awakens – continues to impact their lives decades later.

Many of the minor characters were merely part of the set design, but eventually gained recognition as the Star Wars universe expanded into books, comics, etc. Fans learned the history of masked characters like Boba Fett and Greedo, but the sci-fi blockbuster also had a lasting impact on the people inside the costumes.

Not all of the interviewees had minor roles in the series however. For example, David Prowse, whose six-foot-eight bulk filled out Darth Vader’s suit and provided the menacing movements of film’s most iconic villain, wouldn’t be recognized on the street by all but the most ardent Star Wars fans. In the final cut of the movie, his face and voice were replaced by Sebastian Shaw and James Earl Jones, respectively. Others got to work on what would become the biggest movie of all time, but saw their characters cut entirely from the finished film.

The movie will start a US theatrical run on May 6th in select cities including Los Angeles and New York City. For the full list of theaters and ticket information, check http://filmrise.com/elstree-1976

The DVD can be pre-ordered now at the MVD Shop or on Amazon.

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Blu-ray Review: Dana Carvey Shines In 1994’s ‘Clean Slate’

Blu-ray Review: Dana Carvey Shines In 1994’s ‘Clean Slate’

Dana Carvey stars in 'Clean Slate'

Dana Carvey stars in ‘Clean Slate’

This week, Jeremy Morrison takes a look back at another often overlooked comedy classic from the 90s with a look at one of Olive Films most exciting new releases, “Clean Slate,” starring Dana Carvey, Dana Carvey, James Earl Jones, Michael Gambon, Valeria Golino, Kevin Pollack, Michael Murphy and Olivia d’abo.

First, a quick synopsis: Clean Slate stars Saturday Night Live alum Dana Carvey as Maurice Pogue, a private detective recovering from amnesia. Pogue suffers a head injury that affects his short-term memory (which disappears every time he falls asleep), an affliction that will jeopardize his professional life as well as a major case against mobster Cornell (Michael Gambon, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), in which he’s a witness. Add to the mix a murder plot, double-crosses and a possible femme fatale (Valeria Golino, Rain Man) and you have the ingredients for a first-rate comic thriller.

Clean Slate, directed by Mick Jackson (L.A. Story) from a screenplay by Robert King, features supporting performances by James Earl Jones (Star Wars), Kevin Pollak (L.A. Story), Michael Murphy (Phase IV), Jayne Brook (Kindergarten Cop) and Olivia d’Abo (Wayne’s World 2).

REVIEW: Olive Films recent release CLEAN SLATE is a hilarious take on the film noir private eye thrillers of the past. I’d never seen this film prior to Olive Films acquiring the title and I’m glad they’ve been able to salvage another film that was off of my radar. Starring Dana Carvey, James Earl Jones, Michael Gambon, Valeria Golino, Kevin Pollack, and Michael Murphy, Olivia d’Abo, and featuring in smaller roles Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Christopher Meloni (Law and Order: Special Victims Unit), the cast is pitch perfect delivering well timed comedy sautéed in a mystery marinara sauce.

The film centers on Maurice Pogue (Carvey) as a private eye with one big problem, while witnessing a murder, Pogue sustains a head injury resulting in amnesia. Now the only way to ensure he catch the killers is by communicating to himself via recordings he tapes for himself prior to falling asleep. The comedy comes in spades as you watch Dana Carvey navigate through his chaotic day-to-day activity while the very man he is set to testify against and a blackmailing F.B.I agent are hell-bent on getting to him before he takes the stand. Years before ‘Momento’ or ’50 First Dates,’ ‘Clean Slate’ is a film that will keep you guessing, and laughing, for the duration of its runtime.

The real gem of this film is watching Carvey and Kevin Pollak share screen time. Friends and roommates dating back to before each one hit the big time, these two bring their real life chemistry to their characters in hilarious fashion. If you’re like me and have never seen this forgotten classic, don’t hesitate to pick it up. If you’re a fan, but are having trouble finding previous releases, look no further. Olive Films has you covered.

CLEAN SLATE is a disc that features a lone trailer for supplemental material, but the audio and video transfers are perfect!

J-Mo says: CHECK IT OUT!

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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