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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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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Swings To Hit Blu-ray On March 19th With Tons of Extras!

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Swings To Hit Blu-ray On March 19th With Tons of Extras!

The Academy Award® Nominee for Best Animated Feature Film, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, swings onto Digital February 26 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD on March 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Sony Pictures Animation. From Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the uniquely creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, the film offers a fresh vision of the Spider-Man universe with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind.

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, a film that has grossed over $350 million in theaters worldwide to date, introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the iconic mask. “One of the most rewarding experiences in recent months has been to hear that children are telling their parents that they see themselves in Miles, or that they want to grow up to be like Spider-Gwen, anyone can be a hero. Thats why we made this film, and we hope that feeling of empowerment is something that both audiences young and old can take away,” say Directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman.

The out-of-this-world voice cast includes Shameik Moore as Miles Morales alongside Jake Johnson (“New Girl”) as Peter B. Parker, Hailee Steinfeld (Bumblebee) as Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen, Mahershala Ali (Green Book) as Miles’ Uncle Aaron, Brian Tyree Henry (“Atlanta”) as Jefferson Davis, Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”) as Aunt May, Luna Lauren Velez (“How To Get Away with Murder”) as Rio Morales, Zoë Kravitz (“Big Little Lies”) as Mary Jane, John Mulaney (“Big Mouth”) as Spider-Ham, with Nicholas Cage (The Croods) as Spider-Man Noir, Kathryn Hahn (Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation) as Doc Ock and Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”) as the villain Kingpin.

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE arrives filled with engaging bonus materials that are fun for the whole family and give fans even more of the unique comic book style action that they loved in theaters with over 90 minutes of bonus content. In his very own original short,  Spider-Ham: Caught In a Ham, fan favorite Spider-Ham defeats his greatest foe, delivers sidesplitting puns, and get sucked into another dimension! It actually can get weirder! Don’t miss the thrilling Alternate Universe Mode where fans can view the film in an entirely new way to discover alternate scenes, plotlines, characters, and more with the filmmakers as their guide. Also included is The Spider-Verse Super-Fan Easter Egg Challenge, where fans are challenged to find every single Easter Egg hidden within the Spider-Verse (and there are a lot of them!).  Explore the character design in the visually stunning film including specific looks at the now-iconic Spider-Ham character as well as the classic villains who inhabit the Spider-Verse. Additional special features include a celebration of the diversity in the film and the idea that anyone can wear the mask in a feature called We Are Spider-Man, a featurette called Spider-Verse: A New Dimension, where fans can hear from the artists and filmmakers who pushed the boundaries of the comic book artform to create a visual experience unlike anything done in animation before, a showcase of all the amazing fan favorite characters featured in the Spider-Verse and the actors who bring them to life, and  a touching tribute to comic legends Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, who originally created the Spider-Man character. Other bonus materials include two lyric videos featuring “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee and “Familia” by Nicki Minaj and Anuel AA (feat. Bantu).

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE is directed by Bob Persichetti (The Little Prince), Peter Ramsey (Rise of the Guardians) and Rodney Rothman (22 Jump Street), and screenplay by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman from a story by Lord. The film is produced by Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Chistopher Miller, and Chrstina Steinberg. The executive producers are the late Stan Lee, Brian Michael Bendis, and Will Allegra.

Bonus Materials Include:

  • We Are Spider-ManExploring and celebrating one of the key themes of the film, We Are Spider-Man takes a deep dive into the diversity of the characters and aspirational core that any person from any gender or cultural background can wear the mask.
  • Spider-Verse: A New Dimension: With a stunning visual style and state of the art animation designed to take the viewer into the pages of a comic, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is not only a love letter to comic books but a groundbreaking take on the super hero genre. Hear from the artists and filmmakers who pushed the boundaries of the artform as they discuss their journey.
  • The Ultimate Comics Cast: Enjoy this showcase of all of the fan favorite characters featured in the Spider-Verse and the spectacular cast who were chosen to bring them to life.
  • A Tribute to Stan Lee & Steve Ditko: Celebrate the amazing legacy and powerful spirit of the creators of Spider-Man.
  • The Spider-Verse Super-Fan Easter Egg Challenge: The Spider-Verse is loaded with Easter Eggs, from cameos to comics references. Fans are challenged to find them all!
  • Designing Cinematic Comics Characters: A breakdown of all aspects of the character design including costume, movement in animation, and distinct powers for each character.
    • Heroes & Hams: Meet the amazing Spider-people of the Spider-Verse.
    • Scorpions and Scoundrels: Explore the classic villains who wreak havoc on the Spider-Verse.
  • Alternate Universe Mode: In this all-new viewing experience, discover alternate scenes, plotlines, characters, and more with the filmmakers as your guide.
  • 2 Lyric Videos
    • “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee
    • “Familia”  by Nicki Minaj & Anuel AA (feat. Bantu)
  • All-New Original Short “Spider-Ham: Caught In a Ham” It’s another normal day for Peter Porker, a.k.a. the Spectacular Spider-Ham, fighting bad guys and loving hot dogs, until a mysterious portal starts messing with the very fabric of his cartoon reality.

4K Ultra HD Disc Includes:

  • Feature film presented with High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos sound
  • Also includes the film and special features on the included high-def Blu-ray

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE has a run time of approximately 117 minutes and is rated PG for frenetic sequences of animated action violence, thematic elements, and mild language.

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‘The Street Fighter’ Collection To Hit Blu-ray On March 26th Via Shout Select!

‘The Street Fighter’ Collection To Hit Blu-ray On March 26th Via Shout Select!

Shout Select will release The Street Fighter Collection on Blu-ray for the first time on March 26th, 2019. This set comes jam-packed, containing all three Street Fighter films with uncut versions, new 2K scans of the original film elements, and bonus features including new interviews with star Sonny Chiba and Filmmaker Jack Sholder. Fans can preorder the trilogy now at shoutfactory.com.

Meet the meanest and most lethal karate master ever to rule the streets. He’s Sonny Chiba (Kill Bill, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift), one of the greatest martial arts actors to ignite the screen. In The Street Fighter, Chiba stars as Terry Tsurugi, a mercenary who has been hired by both the yakuza and the mafia to kidnap a wealthy heiress, but when he isn’t paid, a violent clash will ensue. Chiba is back in Return Of The Street Fighter. This time Tsurugi is hired by the mob to kill two informants, but when he realizes one is an old friend, he refuses, and now he is the one being hunted. When Tsurugi is double crossed by the Ôwada clan, he takes off with something they want in The Street Fighter’s Last Revenge. Soon he is being chased by a group of deadly assassins.

Sonny Chiba was one of the first actors to achieve stardom through his skill as a martial artist. He earned black belts in multiple disciplines of Japanese martial arts and studied Kyokushinkai Karate under World Karate Grandmaster, Masatatsu “Mas” Oyama. His incredible talent in this hard edged, brutal art is displayed to perfection in the series of hit motion pictures contained in the Street Fighter Trilogy.

Complete List of Special Features:

THE STREET FIGHTER
· UNCUT VERSION
· NEW 2K Scan of the original film elements of the U.S. cut and HD inserts
· Two English dubs – the theatrical dub and the New Line Home Video dub
· NEW Street Fighting Man – an interview with star Sonny China
· NEW Cutting Moments – THE STREET FIGHTER trailer – an interview with filmmaker Jack Shoulder
· U.S. Theatrical Trailer
· Japanese Theatrical Trailer
· Still Gallery

RETURN OF THE STREET FIGHTER
· UNCUT VERSION
· NEW 2K Scan of the original film elements of the U.S. cut and HD inserts (Uncut Version)
· U.S. Teaser Trailer
· U.S. Theatrical Trailer
· Japanese Theatrical Trailer
· Still Gallery

THE STREET FIGHTER’S LAST REVENGE
· Uncut Version and U.S. Cut
· NEW 2K Scan of the original film elements of the U.S. cut
· NEW 2K Scan of the original film elements of the U.S. cut with standard definition inserts from the original Japanese cut
· U.S. Theatrical Trailer
· Japanese Theatrical Trailer
· Still Gallery

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‘Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1’ Begins Streaming On Hulu On February 14th!

‘Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1’ Begins Streaming On Hulu On February 14th!

Hulu and Lionsgate today announce that UNBANNED: THE LEGEND OF AJ1, the powerful and inspiring true story of how Air Jordan 1 (AJ1) transcended sports to become a global phenomenon, will stream exclusively on Hulu.  From first time filmmaker Dexton Deboree, the documentary interviews culture-defining titans, including NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan himself, Quincy Jones, Spike Lee, Lena Waithe, Carmelo Anthony, Chuck D, and Phil Knight among others, to explore how AJ1 was not just a sneaker, but a worldwide movement that broke through barriers of race, age, and gender to define the culture in which we now live. Lionsgate acquired the documentary which is set to make its exclusive streaming debut on Hulu on February 14.

“Sneaker fans all over the world remember the thrill of getting their first pair of Air Jordans, and this film explores the story behind and incredible impact of that iconic shoe,” said Heather Moosnick, Senior Vice President Content Partnerships, Hulu. “At Hulu, we’re focused on bringing highly compelling films and series to our viewers that reflect the culture and inspire conversation – and UNBANNED: THE LEGEND OF AJ1 is exactly that.”

“We were thrilled to get behind Dexton’s captivating film exploring the cultural phenomenon of the AJ1,” said Jared Goetz, Lionsgate President of North American Television Distribution. “With Hulu’s longstanding commitment to premium quality content, we’ve found the perfect partner to launch this film.”

This is the story of Air Jordan 1, the shoe that tapped a cultural nerve deep inside a generation, unlocked the voice of so many voiceless and transcended sports to become a global phenomenon. Beyond the shoe’s iconic image and deeper than the legend of its namesake – Michael Jordan – UNBANNED: THE LEGEND OF AJ1 explores AJ1’s role in giving birth to sneaker culture, re-shaping the game of basketball and the very identity of the NBA. It revolutionized the business of the professional athlete as a brand and radically disrupted a generation to define our modern global culture on and off the court. Through a riveting journey of powerful voices that also include Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, actor Anthony Anderson, DJ and record producer DJ Khaled across all aspects of culture from then and now, the film chronicles the shoe’s explosive impact on history and our modern world.

“I’m excited for the world to witness a story that breaks some rules and explores some new ground in expressing a tale as remarkable as any great fable we’ve heard or seen before,” said writer/director Dexton Deboree. “This film unearths a very powerful story that is beneath a cultural icon to share something that transcends sport, sneakers, and the popular zeitgeist of much of what happened not only with AJ1 and even Michael Jordan himself, but the radical cultural revolution that unfolded in its wake.”

UNBANNED: THE LEGEND OF AJ1 chronicles the dawn of the sneaker craze and the sneaker’s explosive cultural impact on music, fashion, art, and entertainment through powerful voices of then and now. The film is produced by Dexton Deboree and Stef Fink. 

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Official Trailer For ‘Madonna and the Breakfast Club’ Docudrama Unveiled!

Official Trailer For ‘Madonna and the Breakfast Club’ Docudrama Unveiled!

The incredible untold story of pop icon Madonna’s struggling pre-fame years in New York City with her musician boyfriend, Dan Gilroy, and their first band Breakfast Club arrives on Digital and Video OnDemand on March 12th from The Orchard.

The film centers around Madonna, played by Jamie Auld, during her early days as a drummer, guitarist, keyboard player, and songwriter for the Breakfast Club. She had formed the group in 1979 with Dan Gilroy, who she had been dating at the time. The docudrama is split between reenacted scenes from Madonna’s time with the band, alongside recent interviews with Gilroy, his brother Ed, and bandmate Gary Burke scattered throughout the film.

Check out the trailer for ‘Madonna and the Breakfast Club’ below!

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First Gory Trailer For Lars Klevberg’s ‘Child’s Play’ Reboot Springs To Life!

First Gory Trailer For Lars Klevberg’s ‘Child’s Play’ Reboot Springs To Life!

Chucky’s back in the first gory trailer for the Child’s Play remake from director, Lars Klevberg. The 2019 reboot, which arrives this summer, centers around Karen Barclay (Aubrey Plaza) a mother who unwittingly buys a murderous doll for her young son, Andy (Gabriel Bateman).

Check out the trailer below and weigh in with your thoughts!

MGM and Orion have slated ‘Child’s Play’ for a June 21st, 2019 release date.

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Ridley Scott’s ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’ To Hit Blu-ray On March 12th!

Ridley Scott’s ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’ To Hit Blu-ray On March 12th!

A stunning New York socialite and a down-to-earth city cop are caught in a deadly web of illicit passion and heart-stopping suspense in the taut, stylish thriller film classic, SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME. Directed by Ridley Scott (The Martian, Blade Runner), the film stars Tom Berenger (Inception, Platoon), Mimi Rogers (Bosch, Lost in Space) and Lorraine Bracco (Blue Bloods, The Sopranos). On March 12, 2019, Shout! Select will release SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME on Blu-ray™. Movie collectors and fans can now pre-order SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME Blu-ray at ShoutFactory.com.

Newly appointed detective Mike Keegan (Tom Berenger) finds his life turned upside-down when he’s assigned to protect Claire Gregory (Mimi Rogers), the beautiful eyewitness to a brutal murder. Lured into danger and the dizzying heights of Gregory’s glamorous lifestyle, Keegan struggles to walk the line between protection and obsession — while trying to stay one step ahead of the psychotic killer. Acclaimed director Ridley Scott paints an erotically seductive portrait of high-stakes suspense in America’s power playground in SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME.

Special Feature:
• New interviews with Writer Howard Franklin and Director of Photography Steven Poster.

1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)/English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/English SDH Subtitles/1987/Color/Approximate Feature Running Time +/- 106 Minutes. Rated R.

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Dominic Sena’s Cult Classic ‘Kalifornia’ To Hit Blu-ray In March Via Shout Select!

Dominic Sena’s Cult Classic ‘Kalifornia’ To Hit Blu-ray In March Via Shout Select!

On March 5, 2019, Shout! Select will unleash the 1993 cult thriller classic KALIFORNIA Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. This home entertainment release contains the theatrical cut and unrated version of the movie, and special bonus content. Movie collectors and fans can pre-order KALIFORNIA Collector’s Edition Blu-ray at ShoutFactory.com

Excitement, adventure and unimaginable terror await on the road to KALIFORNIA, a film directed by Dominic Sena (Swordfish, Gone in Sixty Seconds). “Brad Pitt is outstanding” (Rolling Stone) and “Juliette Lewis is utterly, heartbreakingly convincing” (Boxoffice) in this chilling psychological thriller co-starring David Duchovny and Michelle Forbes.

When urban intellectuals Brian (Duchovny) and Carrie (Forbes) set out on a cross-country trip to research a book about serial killers, they share the ride with a couple they barely know — Early Grayce (Pitt) and his girlfriend Adele (Lewis). Locked in a car hurtling westward, the four travelers struggle to find some common ground. But when they finally do connect, Early’s violent nature abruptly emerges and the terrified Brian and Carrie realize that they don’t need to go very far to learn about ruthless killers…because they are already face-to-face with one!

KALIFORNIA Collector’s Edition Blu-ray
Special Features:

  • NEW An interview with director Dominic Sena
  • NEW Also includes  The Theatrical Cut – available for the first time on Blu-ray
  • Original Featurette
  • Cast Interviews
  • Trailers and TV Spots

1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)/English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/EnglishSDH Subtitles/1993/Color/Approximate Feature Running Time +/- 117 Minutes (Theatrical), 118 Minutes (Unrated)

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The ‘Legally Blonde Collection’ To Hit Blu-ray On February 26th From Shout Factory!

The ‘Legally Blonde Collection’ To Hit Blu-ray On February 26th From Shout Factory!

Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) takes on the world and brings it to order in The Legally Blonde Collection, coming to Blu-ray™ on February 26, 2019, from Shout! Factory’s Shout Select line, available now for pre-order from Shoutfactory.com, and Amazon.

In Legally Blonde, Elle’s boyfriend Warner Huntington III (Matthew Davis) dumps her for mean girl Vivian Kensington (Selma Blair), and Harvard Law, so she decides she should go too – what, like it’s hard? With her loyal sidekick Bruiser, the handsome Emmett (Luke Wilson), and new friend Paulette (Jennifer Coolidge) by her side, Elle hits the books and fights to be taken seriously, while she helps her friends stand up for themselves. Directed by Robert Luketic, the film cited as “impossible to dislike” by Roger Ebert also stars Victor Garber, Holland Taylor, Ali Larter, Linda Cardellini, and Raquel Welch.

“Never underestimate a woman with a French manicure and a Harvard Law degree,” says Congresswoman Rudd (Sally Field) In Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde. In this charming sequel, Elle (Witherspoon) storms the Capital in her one-of-a-kind fashion to pass a bill against animal testing, turning DC on its stuffy, boring head. Directed by Charles Herman-Wurmfeld, Legally Blonde 2 also stars Regina King, Jennifer Coolidge, Luke Wilson, and Bob Newhart.

Bonus Features:

• NEW 4K Scan Of The Original Legally Blonde Negative

• NEW Interview With Actress Jessica Caulfiel

• Audio Commentaries

• Featurettes

• Deleted Scenes

• Gag Reel

• Music Videos

• Theatrical Trailers

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Scream Factory Conjures Up ‘The Craft’ Collector’s Edition Blu-ray For March Release!

Scream Factory Conjures Up ‘The Craft’ Collector’s Edition Blu-ray For March Release!

Welcome to the witching hour. Scream Factory brings The Craft [Collector’s Edition] to Blu-ray™ on March 12, 2019. The release contains a slate of exciting new bonus features, including new interviews with director and co-writer Andrew Fleming, producer Douglas Wick, co-writer Peter Filardi, and the makeup effects supervisor.

This spectacular horror thriller stars Neve Campbell (Scream, Wild Things) as Sarah, the new kid at St. Benedict’s Academy. Having always been a bit unusual, she fits right in with the school’s outsiders. There’s something different about them though, and it’s not just that they won’t settle for being a group of powerless misfits. They have discovered The Craft … and they are going to use it.

The Craft also stars Robin Tunney (Supernova, The Zodiac), Fairuza Balk (The Island Of Dr. Moreau, American History X), Rachel True (Half Baked, Embrace Of The Vampire) and Skeet Ulrich (Scream, Riverdale).

The Craft [Collector’s Edition] Special Features:

• NEW Directing The Craft – an interview with co-writer and director Andrew Fleming

• NEW Producing The Craft – an interview with producer Douglas Wick

• NEW Writing The Craft – an interview with co-writer Peter Filardi

• NEW Effecting The Craft – an interview with makeup effects supervisor

• Audio Commentary with director Andrew Fleming

• Vintage Featurette – Conjuring THE CRAFT

• Vintage Featurette – The Making of THE CRAFT

• Deleted Scenes with optional audio commentary

• Theatrical Trailer

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