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Scream Factory To Release Jean-Claude Van Damme Classic, ‘Cyborg,’ On Blu-ray In April!

Scream Factory To Release Jean-Claude Van Damme Classic, ‘Cyborg,’ On Blu-ray In April!

Action legend Jean-Claude Van Damme stars as the future’s most fearsome warrior in the adrenaline-charged sci-fi thriller Cyborg, available on Blu-ray™ in a Scream Factory Collector’s Edition set loaded with new bonus features, on April 24, 2018.

Deteriorating from a deadly plague, 21st-Century America is descending into a barbaric nightmare. Only Pearl Prophet (Dayle Haddon), a beautiful half human/half cyborg, has the knowledge necessary to develop a vaccine. But during her quest to gather data and bring the cure to the world, Pearl is captured by cannibalistic Flesh Pirates who plot to keep the antidote for themselves and rule the world. Now, only saber-wielding hero Gibson Rickenbacker (Van Damme) can rescue her and save civilization.

Customers ordering Cyborg [Collector’s Edition] from ShoutFactory.com will receive a free 18×24 rolled poster featuring brand new artwork, available while supplies last, and will get their items 2 weeks before street date.

Special Features:
· NEW 4K scan from the original film elements
· NEW  Audio Commentary with writer/director Albert Pyun
· NEW A Ravaged Future – The Making of CYBORG  – featuring interviews with writer/director Albert Pyun, actors Vincent Klyn, Deborah Richter and Terrie Batson, director of photography Philip Alan Waters and editor Rozanne Zingale
· NEW Shoestring Fantasy – The Effects of CYBORG – featuring interviews with visual effects supervisor Gene Warren Jr., Go-Motion technician Christopher Warren and rotoscope artist Bret Mixon
· Extended interviews from Mark Hartley’s documentary ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: THE WILD, UNTOLD STORY OF CANNON FILMS with writer/director Albert Pyun and Sheldon Lettich
· Theatrical Trailer
· Still Gallery

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Legendary Character Actor Ethan Phillips Talks Life, Career and Role In “Future ’38″

Legendary Character Actor Ethan Phillips Talks Life, Career and Role In “Future ’38″

Ethan Phillips

With over four decades of work under his belt as a character, Ethan Phillips has created one of the most unique resumes in Hollywood. Originally hailing from Long Island, New York, Phillips caught the acting bug early in life. He cut his teeth as a young actor in roles both on and off-Broadway where he poured his heart and soul into every role he took on. His hard work and dedication to his craft paid off in spades as his work began to capture the attention of casting directors in The Big Apple. It wasn’t long before he made the jump to television, In 1980, Phillips joined the cast of the hit sitcom “Benson” (1979–1986), playing Pete Downey, PR man to Governor Gatling. In 1990 he began his prolific Star Trek career playing the Ferengi character, Dr. Farek, in the “Ménage à Troi” episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” He went on to play Neelix on “Star Trek: Voyager” in 1995, and stayed with the series through its entire seven-season run. The role quickly earned him the adoration of “Star Trek” fans around the globe.

As years go by, Ethan Phillips continues to take on roles that intrigue him and isn’t afraid to take chances with projects that might even seem quite peculiar to others. His latest outing, director Jamie Greenberg’s “Future ’38,” is the perfect example. Shot in fabulous 1938 “Spect-a-color,” an American agent travels through time to hamstring Hitler! Transported to the year 2018, he finds a strange world of silvery sky~scrapers, connected computers, and – GASP! – working women! He hoodwinks hoodlums, infuriates the Fuhrer, and goes gaga for a gal 80 years his junior! To save civilization he must leave his love behind… WHAT’LL HE CHOOSE?

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Ethan Phillips to discuss his journey as an actor, his career defining roles, his latest work in Jamie Greenberg’s “Future ’38″ and what the future may hold for him in the years to come!

Through the years, you’ve become a familiar face in film and television. When did you catch the acting bug?

When I was a kid, I was always fascinated that these people I was seeing on TV, in the movies and on stage were being paid! As a little boy, I used to go to a lot of theatre because my dad had a restaurant in New York City. My sisters and I used to go to Broadway and I thought it was so cool that this is how they made their living! I guess that kind of stuck with me! When I got around to college, I was majoring in English and Latin, I wanted to be a teacher but my girlfriend convinced me to audition for some play. That’s when I got the bug! I was in my early 20s and I started looking around at people who were doing it professionally and I thought I could do it as well as them, plus I really enjoyed it. To be honest, other than translating Latin, I didn’t have a whole lot of skills! [laughs] I thought I would give it a shot and I had some luck! I certainly had endurance and I believe I had some talent but you have to have that third element of luck or nothing is going to happen for you. That can be tough for people sometimes but I was lucky. I was in the right place at the right time, a lot of the time!

What are the keys to longevity when it comes to a career in the arts?

You have to have good representation, people who believe in you. Again, I come back to luck. I started out in New York in the mid-’70s. The way to go then was to spend all your time doing stage work. You would do as many plays as you could get in because that’s where the people who made the money decisions went to look for talent. You might be in some crumby play in some crumby theater way over on the east side of New York but you never knew who would be there and you’d never know who you’d meet who might. Those people might go on to become somebody and tag you along because you got along well and they respected you. It’s just a combination of staying busy and focusing on the craft. I’ve always thought that a night on stage was worth about 50 classes because you really learn up there how to do your own editing, close-ups and everything else. The stage taught me how to act. I just had the chops from doing a lot of that and I got some decent jobs. I met people along the way who led me to some stuff that got some notoriety and some attention. Then it comes back to getting the right auditions because the right people believed in me. There is no true and fast way to do it but I think you are born with this urge to behave privately in public. That’s how I put it. You just have a need to do it, so you never let anything get in your way. If you have a little luck, you never know, you might make it!

What projects, you were involved with early on, had the biggest impact?

I went to Cornell for a Masters of Fine Arts and Acting when I got out of college and I got to do a lot of classics there, particularly Shakespeare. Shakespeare taught me about how to drive a line so the idea of the line gets to the audience. Just by honoring his text, you learn how to drive through to the end of a sentence and send that idea to the people who are watching. That has paid off a lot in stage work. When I got to New York, I tried to use that for every audition. I got a play in 1980 called “Modigliani” that was a big hit. I had done the show off-off-Broadway. It was a really great role with a lot of chances to show off. It became a big hit off-Broadway and a casting director saw it. They went on to put me on a TV show called “Benson.” Then I had enough money to sit out some of the dry spells and wait for other things to come along. “Modigliani” really put me on the map, well, not particularly on the map anywhere … [laughs] If you do find Waldo and me along with him, you can say, “Oh, well that play helped a lot!” [laughs]

What are your biggest creative milestones along the way?

I did a production of “Comedy of Errors” at a beautiful theater called The McCarter Theatre in Princeton. That was in the late ‘70s and my dad came to see it. My dad was not very sure about me doing this for a living. He saw that and came backstage afterwards and told me that he believed I had it, that I knew what I was doing and he was going to support what I was doing. That was a massive event to have his support and belief in me. My mom was always for it. I have many sisters and they were always, “Let’s go, let’s go! You’re going to do it!” My father was born of the Depression and he had worries of financial insecurity and wanted to make sure I was going to be OK. When he saw me in that play, he told me, “I know you’ve got it! Go for it!” It was really a really important moment because everyone needs a pat on the back.

You played a diverse array of characters. Tell us about your creative process and bringing a character to life.

I always wish I had a little director in my head saying, “I don’t believe you,” after everything I do. If I did, I would keep doing it until he shuts up! [laughs] Jodie Foster was asked this once and she had the best answer. They asked her where she studied and she said, “I never studied. I always thought acting was pretending really, really well.” I always thought that was a great answer because it is pretending but it has to be coupled with that urge or need to pretend — whether it’s neurotic, artistic or whatever, you just want to do it! You don’t want to get caught acting! I was reading an interview with Michael Sheen, who played Frost in “Frost/Nixon.” He said, “I’m never acting. I’m always playing myself because if I don’t, then I’m acting and I don’t want to be caught acting.” I learned over and over again to just bring the personal to it and use as much of yourself as you can. It’s kind of a relaxed revelation of who you are through whatever the writer has written and whatever situation they have given you. You just try to respond to that and see what it brings up in you emotionally and physically. From there, you just lay it out in a way that can be good for whatever the story is that’s being told. That’s all I try to do.

We connected today to chat about your role in Jamie Greenberg‘s new film, “Future ’38.” For those who haven’t heard, tell us about the film and what intrigued you about it.

It was a very funny script. For your readers, I’m quoting a synopsis I read that I think hits the nail on the head — “Everybody’s on the brink of World War II and a young guy named Essex, who’s played by the wonderful Nick Westrate, is hired by the U.S. Government on a secret mission to take down the Nazis.” The plan is to travel into the future and he does it via a time machine composed of two industrial fans and a mixing bowl! [laughs] He has to recover this isotope that, when it matures 80 years from now in 2018, it would become like the atomic bomb. Basically, the concept is that there are a bunch of filmmakers in 1938 who want to make a film about the future. They place it in 2018 and when 2018 comes, the film that was made in 1938 is discovered and that’s the introduction. The wackiness of it, the puns and jokes were so inventive that it immediately caught my attention. The character he wanted me to play was such a character from the 1930s, one of those boring scientists! I thought it would be a lot of fun! My agent said, “The director would like to meet with you.” We got together and talked about some possible roles and then I didn’t hear anything for a few months. Finally, they called me and I was free, so I was really happy to do it! How he got everything he did on the amount of money that he had is extraordinary! I’ve worked on some big budget films but this guy got the essence across on not a lot of money. I don’t know what the budget was but I know that when I was paid, I went to the bank and the teller asked me, “How do you want it? Heads or tails?” [laughs] That’s how small my pay was for it! He just nailed the look and feel of those films from the ‘30s, the whole screwball mystique and wrapped it up in all of these vibrant pastels and goofy colors that are totally off the hook! It’s, visually, a joy to watch!

I watched “Future ’38” last night and you’re right, it jumps off the screen visually. The screwball aspect and the jokes suck you in!

That’s great to hear! When I went to the screening, people got a huge kick out of it. Neil deGrasse Tyson was at the screening and, for those who don’t know, he is the person who introduces the film. I got to have a picture taken with him, which I thought was really cool. He said, “This is finally a movie that gets the science right!” It’s like they cracked the code of correctly dramatizing temporal and spatial displacement, which “Star Trek” did an awful lot. It’s like anything that uses time travel. If it’s a great story, and I’m thinking of a novel I read called “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” if it’s done well, you accept it and get into the story. That’s what Jamie did! It’s such a cool story that there may be some physics that might be a little askew but you don’t get bogged down in that. You just go on the ride, ya know?

Absolutely! As you said, you have significant roots in the sci-fi world with your work within the “Star Trek” universe. How did you get involved and has it been like being a part of that legendary franchise through the years?

It started out with an audition in New York for a casting director. They taped me and sent it to the people in Los Angeles, who liked what they saw. I think I was coming in toward the very end of the process. I think they had seen every character actor in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles by the time I got onboard with the audition. I think they were just exhausted and said, “Give it to him! I can’t look anymore!” [laughs] I don’t know if that’s true or not! There was a lot of makeup, probably five hours a day between getting it on, taking it off and keeping it up to par in the studio each day. Prosthetically, it was a difficult job but it was so much fun! I thought the character was really well written and it was great to work for seven years in a row and know you had a place to go! Any actor would love some consistency like that! I know I certainly appreciated it! The world of “Star Trek” is amazing. They are the most dedicated fans you can find anywhere. They are truly fanatics! The thing that they all have in common is that none of them seem to be cynical. They are the most hopeful people! I guess that has to do with the fact that they believe there will be a future! “Star Trek” has really decent morals. It’s not really concerned with what you look like or how wealthy you are, it’s your actions that matter. If they are good and they are kind, then you are respected. I think these people who watch “Star Trek” truly embrace that morality. I know that anyone I have ever met has been a very decent and loving person. It’s fun to get to travel a little bit and see different cultures and parts of the world because of my involvement in that series.

Ethan Phillips as Neelix from ‘Stat Trek: Voyager.”

I’m sure you get offered interesting projects like this with your eclectic resume and notable background in sci-fi. What are you looking for in the work you’re taking on these days?

I’ve been doing this for 45 years and I’ve probably only played a villain or a bad guy three times! I’ve done over 400 television shows and many, many plays but I never get to play the bad guy! So, with that said, I’m kind of looking for the bad guy sometimes! If a character is evil, immediately I’m peaked because it’s a chance to do something I haven’t had luck with yet. That’s one of the things I look for and I also look for anything that keeps paying the bills, along with projects that include the people I want to work with! [laughs] I can be a little choosier now that I’ve been around but any time someone offers you money to act, that old thing kicks in from when you were a kid — “You’re gonna pay me to do this?” So, I still take a lot of what comes along, ya know!

What are some of your favorite roles people just discovering your work should check out?

I certainly enjoyed doing a movie I did fairly recently called “Inside Llewyn Davis,” which is a movie that the Coen Brothers did. That was a terrific movie, particularly because it really shows, in a very correct way, the Greenwich Village of the early ‘60s. That is when I grew up and I lived in Long Island. I used to go into Greenwich Village and I was obsessed with Bob Dylan, Dave Van Ronk and everything. That movie is all about that early time when all of those guys were coming into prominence. It was wonderful to work with the Coens, who are extraordinary! I got a huge kick out of being in something they directed! I also did a wonderful film called “Irrational Man” about two years ago, which was a Woody Allen film. I got to work with Woody and Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone. I’m very proud that I worked in that! It’s funny, if you IMDB me, I’ve done a lot of films but sometimes something will come on TV and I won’t even remember anything about them. That is especially true when it comes to television. My wife will say, “Hey, you are on ‘Jag!’” I’m like, “Oh, wow. Did I do ‘Jag?’ Yeah, I did but I can’t remember the part.” That’s so weird because it’s like someone telling you a dream you had but you have no recollection of it!

As an actor, is there anything you are anxious to tackle when it comes to the projects?

When it comes to film or TV, not really. However, there are still a few roles that I would like to do on stage before I hang up my hat. One of those is Willy Loman in “Death of a Salesman.” I would love to do that! I would love to play the character of Max in the Harold Pinter play, “The Homecoming,” which is one of the plays that got me going early on. There is a role in a Samuel Beckett play called “Endgame” that I would love to play. These are just tremendous, tremendous plays and I would love to get my fingers into those. They are like Mount Everest’s to me and something I would love to do. Times running out, you do what you do and you get the roles you are supposed to get, I suppose.

I love getting the opportunity to speak with someone like yourself who has so much experience. We can look to you as an inspiration. What is the best lesson we can take from your journey?

Thanks, Jason! I would say the best lesson is to show up. If you are trying to do something in the arts, you seem to always be waiting in line. It’s like a line where you are waiting to get a ticket to go to the movie and you never know how long the line is but if you get out of the line, you’re never going to get the ticket! I say it all comes down to tenacity. Tenacity, tenacity and tenacity! Stay on that line and stick it out. Show up no matter how tertiary you think something might be as an actor in terms of an audition. I’ve been to some very, very dicey auditions early on in my career where people happened to be there who went on to be something that was important and they remembered me. There were some that I almost decided not to go to because I thought they weren’t worth it but I went! So, again, I’d say show up for everything you can. You never know where it might lead you!

That’s a great piece of advice! I know our time is short, so I want to thank you for sharing your time with me today! I appreciate it and can’t wait to see where the rest of the journey takes you!

Thank you, Jason! I really appreciate that! I really do! Take care!

“Future ’38” is available NOW in iTunes, Vudu, Amazon, YouTube and more! Learn more about this unique film via the official website, www.future38.com.

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Celebrate COMET TV’s January Lineup — Win An Exclusive ‘The Craft’ Swag Pack!

Celebrate COMET TV’s January Lineup — Win An Exclusive ‘The Craft’ Swag Pack!

January is here and with the start of any new year it’s the perfect time to come up with resolutions and things to accomplish in 2018. Or you can just cast a spell… That’s what the teen witches of ‘The Craft’ did and look what happened to them! Oh… Wait a minute…

This month COMET TV has not just The Craft but amazing films like Labyrinth, Bubba Ho-Tep and more! There are also Edgar Allan Poe double features all month with tantalizing and terrifying tales from one of the grand masters of horror. As The Raven says, “Nevermore!”

To celebrate this eclectic lineup, Icon Vs. Icon is offering up an exclusive prize pack to celebrate the magic of COMET TV. It’s perfect for casting a spell on the new year!

The Comet TV January Pack includes:

1 – Limited Edition The Craft COMET TV T-shirt: One of my favorite films of all time! This The Craft exclusive T-Shirt features all four witchy guardians of the watchtower on the front and a quote from the film on the back! Welcome to the Witching Hour!

1 – The Craft Exclusive COMET TV Clamshell Box: Talk about retro goodness! This The Craft exclusive clamshell box features exclusive throwback artwork and will immediately take you back to the days of waiting in line for new release movies at the video store!

1- The Craft “Witching Hour Cleansing” Kit: Earth, Wind, Water, Fire! This kit will bring a little sage, crystal and spell scroll into your life. Perfect for getting in touch with your inner earth goddess!

2 – Exclusive The Craft COMET TV Tarot Cards : While you may not be able to tell your future with these two cards, they are exclusive to this set and feature The Craft artwork. The best thing to celebrate the cult classic film arriving on COMET TV this month!

HOW TO ENTER THE CONTEST: Let’s face it, we’ve all seen a great cult movie! Send an email to contest@iconvsicon.com and tell us about your favorite cult classic flick and why it tops your list! Make it interesting and tell us why it’s so special! Be sure to use a valid email address, so we can contact you if you win!

RULES: Each household is only eligible to win one (1) prize pack. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

CONTEST ENDS: January 30th, 2018 at 12:01 AM. The winner will be contacted the same day. Open to United States residents only.


The Craft (1996)
Teen movies might want you to believe that high school was all about keggers and beautiful cheerleaders, but we prefer The Craft’s version of events. Featuring a quartet of angsty teens who turn to witchcraft in the face of personal high school horrors, The Craft casts a spell that leaves you wishing you had an occult stor on your local main street.

Friday, January 12 at 8P/7C
Saturday, January 13 at 8P/7C
Sunday, January 21 at 6P/5C
Monday, January 22 at 8P/7C

Labyrinth (1986)
January will mark the second anniversary of the day we lost pop culture legend David Bowie, so this month’s COMET is honoring his memory in the best way we coul think of …. by screening one of the most iconic roles of his career. Back in 1986, Bowie stole the show as the Goblin King in Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, from the music to the costumes, this was Bowie at his best.

Friday, January 19 at 8P/7C
Saturday, January 20 at 8P/7C
Saturday, January 27 at 5:30P/6:30C
Tuesday, January 30 at 6P/7C

Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
Could there be a better way to shake off the post-holiday blues than with the adventures of Elvis in all his hip shaking and breaking glory? Of course not, which is exactly why you should be tuning in to watch Bubba Ho-Tep on COMET this January.

Friday, January 26 at 8P/7C
Saturday, January 27 at 8P/7C
Sunday, January 28 at 2P/1C


Need to warm up on the cold Winter Wednesdays? Look no further than COMET’s brand new 2-hour block of Edgar Allan Poe programming. Each Wednesday evening at 6P/5C, catch the Tomahawk Man’s most beloved creations, including The Raven and Tales of Terror.

Airing Wednesday Nights at 6P/5C throughout January, check schedule at CometTV.com

The Raven (1963)
Wednesday, January 17 at 6P/5C

The Haunted Place (1963)
Wednesday, January 17 at 8P/7C

Masque of the Red Death (1964)
Wednesday, January 24 at 6P/5C

The Tomb of Ligeia (1965)
Wednesday, January 24 at 8P/7C

The Oblong Box (1969)
Wednesday, January 31 at 6P/5C

Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971)
Wednesday, January 31 at 8P/7C


January Theme Weeks

Airing weekdays at 4P/3C throughout January, check schedule at CometTV.com

Killer Creature Movies (1/1 – 1/5)
Outer Space Movies (1/8 – 1/12)
Rubber-Suit Monster Movies (1/15 – 1/19)
Dystopian Movies (1/22 – 1/26)

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THE DARK CRYSTAL: Jim Henson’s Epic 1982  Fantasy-Adventure To Return To Theaters In February 2018!

THE DARK CRYSTAL: Jim Henson’s Epic 1982 Fantasy-Adventure To Return To Theaters In February 2018!

Thirty-five years after it first stunned audiences and critics with its unprecedented visions and mythic storytelling, Jim Henson’s 1982 epic fantasy-adventure “The Dark Crystal,” co-directed by Henson and Frank Oz, will return to big screens nationwide in a special two-night presentation from Fathom Events, The Jim Henson Company and Universal Pictures.

Newly restored in 4K (at select theaters), “The Dark Crystal” is a visually spectacular tale of a young hero who must find a legendary relic in order restore harmony to the universe. A watershed in fantasy filmmaking produced by Gary Kurtz (Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back), “The Dark Crystal” will play in U.S. movie theaters on Sunday, February 25, and Wednesday, February 28, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time (both days).

Each screening of “The Dark Crystal” will also feature a brand-new featurette with Lisa Henson (CEO and President of The Jim Henson Company), who will reflect on the making of the one-of-a-kind film and its creative legacy.

Tickets for “The Dark Crystal” can be purchased beginning Friday, January 12 online at www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. A complete list of theater locations will be available January 12 on the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Following its two-day-only theatrical presentation, “The Dark Crystal” will debut on 4K Ultra HD™ and return to Blu-ray™ and Digital March 6 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The Blu-ray will be presented in an all-new collectible Digibook package, complete with rare photos and behind-the-scenes info about the making of this iconic classic.

The ambitious story of “The Dark Crystal” takes place in the world of Thra, which has been torn asunder by a fracture in a great magic crystal, causing two races to be created: the tranquil Mystics, or urRu, and the evil Skeksis, who all but destroyed Thra’s native species, the Gelflings. Now, the Mystics have summoned Jen, one of the last surviving Gelflings, to find the lost piece of the crystal. The quest sends him on an unbelievable adventure that can restore harmony and peace to Thra.

The Dark Crystal” features performances by Jim Henson as Jen (voice of Stephen Garlick), Kathryn Mullen as the Gelfling Kira (voice of Lisa Maxwell), Frank Oz as the astronomer Aughra (voice of Billie Whitelaw), and Dave Goelz as Fizzgig (voice of Percy Edwards), with Henson, Oz and Goelz also performing as the Skeksis. Kiran Shah also performs the body of Jen, Kira and Aughra. With a screenplay by Dave Odell (“The Muppet Show”), “The Dark Crystal” also features a majestic score by Trevor Jones(Excalibur, Labyrinth).

“Jim Henson created a truly one-of-a-kind experience with ‘The Dark Crystal,’ one that is rarely seen on the big screen,” said Tom Lucas, Fathom Events Vice President of Studio Relations. “Fathom Events could not be more excited about the privilege of working with The Jim Henson Company and Universal Pictures to give movie lovers the chance to see the visual splendor of ‘The Dark Crystal’ in movie theaters.”

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First Trailer Released For Robert Rodriguez’s Visually Stunning ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Film

First Trailer Released For Robert Rodriguez’s Visually Stunning ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Film

20th Century Fox has debuted the official, action-packed trailer for ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL from visionary filmmakers James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez starring Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson! Check out the kickass first look at the film below!

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL will be in theaters everywhere on July 20, 2018 in 3D & IMAX!

Synopsis: Visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY) create a groundbreaking new heroine in ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an action-packed story of hope, love and empowerment. Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. Everything is new to Alita, every experience a first. As she learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield Alita from her mysterious past while her street-smart new friend, Hugo (Keean Johnson), offers instead to help trigger her memories. A growing affection develops between the two until deadly forces come after Alita and threaten her newfound relationships. It is then that Alita discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities that could be used to save the friends and family she’s grown to love. Determined to uncover the truth behind her origin, Alita sets out on a journey that will lead her to take on the injustices of this dark, corrupt world, and discover that one young woman can change the world in which she lives.

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL Official Channels
OFFICIAL WEBSITEAlitaBattleAngel.com

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First Trailer and Poster Revealed For IFC Midnight’s ‘Welcome To Willits’

First Trailer and Poster Revealed For IFC Midnight’s ‘Welcome To Willits’

IFC Midnight has unveiled the official trailer and poster for the release of WELCOME TO WILLITS. Directed by Trevor Ryan, the film is coming to select theaters, VOD, and via digital platforms in the U.S. on SEPTEMBER 22, 2017!

Synopsis: Aliens, burnouts, and clueless campers collide in this bloody and bonkers slasher freak-out. Deep in the woods of Northern California lies the off-the-grid town of Willits, a haven for marijuana growers, meth addicts, and conspiracy theorists. When a gaggle of vacationing friends unknowingly set up their campsite on the property of Willits’ most disturbed resident—a psychotic, drug-addled pot farmer convinced extraterrestrials are out to get him—they’re in for one hell of a bad time. The feature debut from director Trevor Ryan is a no-holds-barred pileup of carnage, twisted comedy, and pure crazy starring Bill Sage, Garrett Clayton, Chris Zylka, Thomas Dekker, and Dolph Lundgren.

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‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’ Returns To The Big Screen For 35th Anniversary Celebration!

‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’ Returns To The Big Screen For 35th Anniversary Celebration!

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” the epic science-fiction adventure that continues to captivate audiences, marks its 35th anniversary with a two-day-only return to cinemas nationwide. “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” will be presented in a digitally remastered Director’s Cut and, as an added bonus for Star Trek and movie fans, William Shatner will appear in a newly produced in-depth interview that will play before each screening.

Fathom Events and Paramount Pictures will present “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”on Sunday, September 10, and Wednesday, September 13, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time each day.

Tickets for “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan 35th Anniversary” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Moviegoers throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy this event in more than 600 select movie theaters. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

“Making Star Trek II seems like only yesterday,” Shatner said. “Even back then, we knew we were creating something really special, and to have The Wrath of Khan back on the big screen 35 years later is a wonderful testament both to the film itself and to the incredible passion of Star Trek fans.”

Director Nicholas Meyer’s “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” was a box-office hit upon its release – the sixth highest-grossing film of 1982 – and continues to be revered and quoted by fans. The film, a continuation of the original Star Trek series episode “The Space Seed,” finds longtime Starfleet nemesis Khan Noonien Singh (Ricardo Montalban) alive and well, marooned on a seemingly lifeless planet. When he’s discovered by Chekov (Walter Koenig), Khan will stop at nothing to exact revenge against the man who exiled him on the barren world: Admiral James T. Kirk.

Kirk must lead his loyal crew – including Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Bones (DeForest Kelley), Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), Sulu (George Takei), Scotty (James Doohan) – and an unprepared group of trainees led by half-human, half-Klingon Lt. Saavik (Kirstie Alley) in a race against time to stop Khan from deploying a device that threatens the entire universe. Bibi Besch, Paul Winfield and Merritt Butrick also star in the film, which features an unforgettable musical score by the late James Horner. The Director’s Cut of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” is currently available on Blu-ray, with more than two hours of in-depth bonus features.

Star Trek II holds a special place in the hearts of Star Trek fans,” Tom Lucas, Fathom Events VP of Studio Relations, said. “Fathom is proud to work with Paramount Pictures to present it again on the big screen, with all of its excitement, action, drama and emotion.”

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SPECIES Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Set To Be Spawned By Scream Factory On July 11th!

SPECIES Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Set To Be Spawned By Scream Factory On July 11th!

Beauty can be deceiving. Loyal fans of the popular sci-fi terror classic SPECIES know well that evil lurks beneath the beauty go unnoticed, especially in the form of a seductive alien-human hybrid.  Directed by Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job, The Recruit) and produced by Frank Mancuso, Jr. (Stigmata, Friday the 13th Part II), SPECIES stars Ben Kingsley (Shutter Island), Michael Madsen (The Hateful Eight), Alfred Molina (Feud), Forest Whitaker (Arrival), Marg Helgenberger (CSI) and introducing Natasha Henstridge (The Whole Nine Yards). Charged with pulse-pounding suspense and thrills, the film features ingenious special effects from Richard Edlund (Star Wars).  On July 11, 2017, Scream Factory™ is proud to present SPECIES Collector’s Edition 2-Disc Blu-ray set. This definitive collector’s edition features new 4K scan of the film and contains insightful bonus content.  A must-have for movie collectors, sci-fi horror enthusiasts and loyal fans, SPECIES Collector’s Edition Blu-ray also includes a collectible slipcover featuring newly rendered artwork and a reversible cover wrap featuring original theatrical key art.

Avid fans and collectors please take not: Order from ShoutFactory.com and get a FREE 18″ X 24″ poster featuring our brand new artwork, available while supplies last! Also get it shipped Two Weeks early!

When a beautiful human-alien hybrid (Henstridge) escapes from observation, scientist Xavier Fitch (Kingsley) dispatches a crew of experts to find her before she is able to fulfill her horrific purpose: to mate with unsuspecting men and produce offspring that could destroy mankind. As her deadly biological clock ticks rapidly, Fitch and his team are hurled into a desperate battle in which the fate of humanity itself hangs in the balance!

SPECIES Collector’s Edition Bonus Content:

Disc One:

  • NEW 4K scan of the film’s inter-positive
  • Audio Commentary with Natasha Henstridge, Michael Madsen and director Roger Donaldson
  • Audio Commentary with director Roger Donaldson, make-up effects creator Steve Johnson, visual effects supervisor Richard Edlund and producer Frank Mancuso Jr.

Disc Two:

  • NEW Afterbirth: The Evolution of SPECIES featuring interviews with director Roger Donaldson, cinematographer Andzej Bartkowiak, production designer John Muto, composer Christopher Young, creature designer Steve Johnson, chrysalis supervisor Billy Bryan and “Sil” creature supervisor Norman Cabrera
  • From Sil To Eve – an interview with actress Natasha Henstridge
  • Engineering Life
  • HR Giger At Work
  • The Making Of Species: The Origin, The Concept, The Discovery
  • Designing A Hybrid
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Alternate Ending
  • Photo Galleries (Production Design, Creature Designs, Film Stills, Behind the Scenes photos, posters and lobby cards)

Shout! Factory will continue to present the on-going SCREAM FACTORY™ home entertainment series in 2017 with specific release dates, extras and key art.  Meanwhile, fans  are encouraged to visit the Scream Factory main website (www.screamfactorydvd.com), follow them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ScreamFactoryDVD) and Twitter (www.Twitter.com/@Scream_Factory) or to view exclusive video content on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/ScreamFactoryTV/Home

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ALIEN: COVENANT: New “She Won’t Go Quietly” Video Released!

ALIEN: COVENANT: New “She Won’t Go Quietly” Video Released!

When survival is her only option, she won’t go quietly. Daniels (Katherine Waterston) teams up with MUTHUR, the Covenant’s onboard Artificial Intelligence, to take out a hostile alien threat. Conceived by Ridley Scott and 3AM, directed by Luke Scott, and produced by RSA Films. Check out the new video below before ALIEN: COVENANT hits theaters everywhere on May 19th!

Synopsis: Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise.  The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world.  When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

ALIEN: COVENANT hits theaters everywhere on May 19, 2017.

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ALIEN DAY Returns On April 26th! Special Fan-Focused Activities Announced!

ALIEN DAY Returns On April 26th! Special Fan-Focused Activities Announced!

Alien Day returns on April 26, a nod to planet LV-426 from the iconic ALIEN films, as the countdown continues for the highly anticipated new chapter in Ridley Scott’s groundbreaking ALIEN sci-fi thriller, ALIEN: COVENANT, releasing in theaters worldwide beginning May 10. Cast members from ALIEN: COVENANT will join fan-focused festivities including a live streaming event, an interactive trivia challenge, worldwide screenings, all-new product launches, special reveals and more.

*  ALIEN DAY livestreaming event at Fox Studios in Los Angeles: Beginning at 10 a.m. PDT on all ALIEN social channels and on the newly launched ALIEN Universe Hub (www.AlienUniverse.com), fans can interact with the cast via a question and answer session as well as view multiple behind-the-scenes segments highlighting the making of ALIEN: COVENANT.

*  Global One-Night Screening Event – Screenings of Ridley Scott’s original 1979 ALIEN starring Sigourney Weaver and his 2012 follow-up PROMETHEUS will be held across the globe on ALIEN DAY.  At participating RPX Regal Cinema U.S. theaters and worldwide partners, fans can watch these sci-fi thrillers and be treated with exclusive content from ALIEN: COVENANT and a one-of-a-kind commemorative item. Participating locations will be listed on www.AlienUniverse.com.

*  The “MU/TH/UR of all ALIEN Trivia Challenges”: Returning for only 24 hours on www.AlienUniverse.com, Fox will unveil a new quiz every 4 hours and 26 minutes. Fans will answer a series of rapid-fire questions for a chance to win a VIP trip to Ridley Scott’s upcoming Imprint Ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood and incredible prizes.

*  Fan Art Contest: Submissions for a Fan Art Contest are now open at AlienUniverse.com.  The chosen artwork will be transformed into a limited edition t-shirt premium available with the purchase of the ALIEN: COVENANT Blu-Ray and 4K Ultra HD, exclusively at Wal-Mart stores and Walmart.com. Pre Order will start on May 19.

Fans can own the complete ALIEN Universe on Blu-ray featuring four limited-edition Mondo ALIEN movie poster cards. Available exclusively at Wal-Mart and Walmart.com on April 18.

Fans should stay tuned for product announcements, limited edition releases and exciting unveils to take place in the weeks ahead and through the theatrical premiere of ALIEN: COVENANT. Among the key licensees joining the ALIEN DAY celebration: Dark Horse Comics, Audible, Titan, NECA, Hallmark, PPW Toys, Cool Props, Funko and more.

Fox Consumer Products is also partnering with multiple retailers including BoxLunch, FYE/TWE, Books-A-Million, and Spencer’s Gifts, which will showcase exclusive ALIEN franchise merchandise, celebrating the day with in-store activations, and social media sweepstakes.

And look out for a special ALIEN DAY broadcast message from Madame Tussauds with further details of a terrifying arrival at one of their iconic locations this summer.

For more information on all ALIEN DAY activities, go to www.AlienUniverse.com. Fans can also join the #ALIENDAY conversation on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

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