Monday, June 30, 2014

WISH I WAS HERE | Zach Braff Live Tumblr Q&A Tomorrow + New Clip!

Zach Braff is answering questions live on Tumblr tomorrow! Don't miss the first non-musician installment of the Q&A series, "Dashboard Confessions," tomorrow Tuesday, July 1st at 3:30pm EST. Fans can submit their questions HERE. And to help get you ready, check out Zach alongside Donald Faison, Joey King & Pierce Gagnon in a new clip  from their upcoming comedy WISH I WAS HERE -- opening in select theaters Friday, July 18th!
Tumblr Q&A with Zach Braff
Make sure to catch Zach tomorrow for a Dashboard Confessions Q&A live on Tumblr. The fan mail Q&A series allows artists to take over users' Dashboard by answering their questions and curating choice content. Tumblr users can submit their questions HERE and tune in for the live interview on the WISH I WAS HERE Tumblr. This is the first non-musician to take part in this Q&A platform.  Past participants include John Mayer, Brendon Urie, Sky Ferreira, Joey Bada$$, mø, Loiter Squad, and more! The best highlights from the interview will also be re-blogged at Zach Braff's Garden State (which helped put The Shin's on the map with the song 'New Slang') was declared one of the top movie soundtracks by Time.comand Paste Magazine, while said it changed indie rock making it mainstream. The new soundtrack for WISH I WAS HERE also features a new song by The Shins titled 'So Now What'.


In Select Theaters on July 18th

Expands on July 25th & August 1st


The new movie from director Zach Braff ("Garden State") tells a funny, touching, universal story of what it means to be at a major crossroads as a parent, spouse, and child -- all at once.


Director: Zach Braff ("Garden State")

Writers: Adam Braff & Zach Braff

Cast: Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Joey King, Pierce Gagnon

Distributor: Focus Features

Genre: Comedy



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Official Trailer //  Official Poster // Official Images


New Trailer for The Dog | True Story behind Dog Day Afternoon

Lover. Husband. Soldier.
Activist. Mama's Boy.
Bank Robber. 

The story behind the man that inspired Al Pacino's legendary role in 
the Oscar®-Nominated Dog Day Afternoon. 
On behalf of Drafthouse Films, we are excited to announce that Apple Trailers has premiered the NEW Trailer for THE DOG, In Theaters August 8th and On-Demand August 15th!

THE DOG - Trailer Debut

THE DOG - In Theaters August 8th and On Demand August 15th!
Directed By: Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren 
Running Time: 100 Minutes
An intimate portrait of the vivacious John Wojtowicz, the inspiration behind Al Pacino's character in Sidney Lumet's Oscar®-Nominated Dog Day Afternoon.
Coming of age in the 1960s, John Wojtowicz took pride in being a pervert. His libido was excessive even by the libertine standards of the era, with multiple wives and
lovers, both women and men.
In August, 1972, he attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to finance his lover's sex reassignment surgery. The attempted heist resulted in a fourteen-hour hostage situation that was broadcast on TV. Three years later, Pacino portrayed his character instigating the unforgettable crime on the big screen. The award-winning film had a profound influence on Wojtowicz, and when he emerged from prison six years later, he became known as "The Dog."
Filmed over the course of a ten-year period by co-directors Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, and interweaving extraordinary archival footage on the robbery, 70s era interviews and the early gay liberation movement in which "The Dog" played an active role, the documentary captures the many sides of John Wojtowicz's larger- than-life persona: he is by turns lover, husband, soldier, lover, activist, New Yorker, mama's boy and bank robber. 


Jamie Lee Curtis recording session for HALLOWEEN COMPLETE COLLECTION Blu-ray Deluxe Edition

Behind-the-scenes photo of the actress who helped launched the historic franchise -- Jamie Lee Curtis, as she sat down withHALLOWEEN H20  director Steve Miner (r) and moderator Sean Clark (c) for a new commentary track and interview that you'll hear and see starting September 23rd!

Friday, June 27, 2014

In honor of Anchor Bay's Success, Here Is A Link To My Original 2013 Blu-ray Disc Review of Halloween: 35TH Anniversary Edition!

FANDOR | July Film Highlights


Featured Films


MY AMERICA (2014) dir. Hal Hartley "Who are you, America?" To mark its fiftieth anniversary, the prestigious New England theater Center Stage asked fifty celebrated writers to create monologues answering that question and then entrusted independent icon Hal Hartley to film the results. This feature version draws on twenty of those wildly disparate explorations. Their voices include a beauty pageant contestant who’ll never win a prize for brains; a U.S. soldier stationed in Afghanistan; a man talking about his crack-addicted sister, and another whose selling of "ten dollars of pot" led to a life in prison; a minister whose views on gays differ from his congregation; a crusty dowager worried about her coddled descendants; and a 1960s-bred free spirit still flying the freak flag decades later. There is room for an absurdist historical lesson as well as an entirely sung baseball anecdote. By turns angry, comic, political and poetical, MY AMERICA is a smorgasbord of distinctive character snapshots offering plenty of virtuoso acting and idiosyncratic style.


STARLET (2014) dir. Sean Baker STARLET explores the unlikely friendship between twenty-one year old aspiring actress Jane (Dree Hemingway) and elderly widow Sadie (Besedka Johnson) after their worlds collide in California's San Fernando Valley.  Jane spends her time getting high with her dysfunctional roommates and taking care of her chihuahua Starlet while Sadie passes her days alone, tending to her garden.  After a confrontation at a yard sale, Jane finds something unexpected in a relic from Sadie's past. Her curiosity piqued, she tries to befriend the caustic older woman. Secrets emerge as their relationship grows, revealing that nothing is ever as it seems


A YOUNG COUPLE (2009) dir. Barry Jenkins John and Jenn are young, in love and living together. But this is no dreamy tale of magical romance from Medicine for Melancholy director Barry Jenkins, who trains his camera on his friends to learn what it actually takes to share a life. As he explores the shared space of their tiny San Francisco apartment and observes their rhythms, they answer his gentle questions with a fumbling authenticity that communicates volumes about commitment.


BLACK SUN (2005) dir. Gary TarnAfter French artist Hugues de Montalembert was blinded by robbers who threw paint thinner in his face, he learned to take in the world with his other senses. He narrates his journey from darkness in this portrait by musician-turned-filmmaker Gary Tarn, who finds a cinematic equivalent to the sensations of light and color that de Montalembert "sees" behind his eyes. There's no room for self-pity in this unique tale of triumph over adversity.

Featured Fandor Events


At the IFC Centre, NY, with Hal Hartley & Ted Hope Q&AA beauty pageant contestant, a minister at odds with his congregation, a man in prison for selling drugs. These are a few of the twenty voices heard in cinema icon Hal Hartley’s feature, which draws on original monologues to the question “Who are you, America?” 


At the Roxie, SF with Tom Gilroy Q&AMother dead and wary of the authorities, 11-year =-old Atticus flees deep into the forests, relying on whatever food and shelter he can find. He latches on to Carter, a pot smoking drifter, and as their interdependence grows, neither is sure they made the right decision.

JULY 18 - SPOTLIGHT ON SEXPLOITATION Fandor have selected a group of films that charts a (roughly) thirty year period where sex and nudity emerged from the underground, starting with nudist films and documentaries that covered "adult" topics under the auspices of being somewhat "educational." These frequently low-budget and boundary pushing films outgrew the grindhouses in the 60s with productions becoming increasingly artistic on an international level between the 70s and 80s. 


(July 8 - The Business / July 22 - The Festivals, Schools & Non Profits)Fandor is partnering with Reinventors to create a series that will envision a film ecosystem that would work better for the artists, the industry, and society at large.  The series, led by Fandor CEO Ted Hope is divided into six episodes, with each part focused on a topic that addresses the larger issue at hand – the future of film. Learn more at  


Fandor is a film streaming community, whose mission is the advancement and preservation of film culture and art, where audiences connect with films across genres and decades. Fandor offers a broad library of independent and international cinema specially curated to make discovering new and classic favorites easy and accessible. Fandor’s member-based service allows audiences to watch unlimited movies wherever they are: on TVs, computers, tablets and mobile devices. Fandor showcases and supports the world’s best filmmakers and returns half its revenue to them. For more information, visit


HALLOWEEN 35TH ANNIVERSARY Blu-ray honored at 40th Annual Saturn Awards!



June 27, 2014

35 IS THE NEW 40




Seminal Horror Classic Nabs “Best DVD/BD Classic Film Release” From

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Halloween, the 1978 John Carpenter terror classic that transformed the modern horror film, received yet another validation of its legendary status when the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films awarded Anchor Bay Entertainment’s Halloween 35thAnniversary Blu-ray™ the Saturn Award for “Best DVD/BD Classic Film Release” at tonight’s ceremony. The event, marking the 40th anniversary of the Saturn Awards, was held at the Castaway in Burbank, California. Dean Cundey, the cinematographer (who supervised the new HD transfer for the Blu-ray™) and Malek Akkad, son of the original film’s producer Moustapha Akkad, accepted the honor from presenters Eric Balfour and Joanna Cassidy (who worked with Cundey onWho Framed Roger Rabbit). 

"This award is really a testament to the talents of John Carpenter and the original artists that made a film that is still so compelling 35 years after it's release," said Trancas International Films' President Malek Akkad.   "We worked hard with our partners at Anchor Bay to make this a special release, and we thank the Academy for their recognition." 

"Halloween is one of my proudest accomplishments, not only because it was early in my career, but it's especially rewarding to know that audiences continue to appreciate it,” said Cundey. “Receiving this Saturn Award thirty five years later is a wonderful reminder of the film’s social and historical significance.” 

“Anchor Bay has proudly featured the original Halloween in our library for almost 20 years,” noted Bill Clark, President of Anchor Bay Entertainment. “We thank the Academy for validating all our hard work here to create a definitive Blu-ray release of one of the greatest horror films ever made.”


For last year’s 35th Anniversary ofHalloween,  Anchor Bay Entertainment and Trancas International partnered on the Halloween 35th Anniversary Blu-ray™. For this very special release, an all-new HD transfer was created, personally supervised by the film’s original cinematographer, Academy-Award® nominee Dean Cundey (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Apollo 13, theBack to the Future trilogy), as well as a new 7.1 audio mix, a brand-new feature length audio commentary by writer/director John Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis, an all-new bonus feature with Ms. Curtis, and selected legacy bonus features from previous ABE releases.


Halloween 35th Anniversary bested truly stellar competition in the category, including  Fantastic Voyage, The Haunting, House of Wax, Nosferatu, andThe Wicker Man. The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films was founded in 1972 by Dr.Donald A. Reed to recognize and honor excellence among filmmakers in the science fiction, fantasy, horror and action/adventure/thriller genres


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Excellent One Sheet For Under The Skin, Which Is Now Available To Own As A Digital Copy.

Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Fourth Season on DVD set Review

Nominated for a 2014 People's Choice Award for favorite Cable TV Drama for three years in a row, Warner Home Video has released Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Fourth Season on DVD. The 5-disc set contains all 24 episodes from season 4, plus three new featurettes. The crux of the season focuses upon a mysterious red coat discovered by the girls who then wonder what significance this coat will play in the drama of their lives.

The extra featurettes focus upon the wearer of the read cult and who it turns out to belong too. Please note I am being deliberately vague here to prevent spoilers. The other featurettes entitled, The Lair and Pretty Little Scenes wrap up the added content. Collectively the featurettes have a running time of approximately 40 minutes. Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and French, Spanish, Chinese and Thai Languages are encoded as options. The series itself is presented in a clear 16 by 9 aspect ratio   

Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Fourth Season is available now at retailers on and offline courtesy of Warner Home Video. The fifth season is airing now on ABC Family. Please check your local listings for channel number, date and time. Thank you.

(C) Copyright 2014 By Mark Rivera
All Rights Reserved.

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A Hal Hartley Film

Releasing July 4th only on Fandor

Webpage & Trailer:

Originally commissioned by Centerstage (the State Theater of Maryland), MY AMERICA is comprised of twenty-one monologues written by some of the nation’s most exciting playwrights, (including Neil LaBute, Danny Hoch, Dan Dietz, Marcus Gardley) which form a sort of fractured portrait of the American collective psyche. Ranging from the sad to the hilarious, from the angry to the tentatively celebratory, many of the major and recurrent issues associated with our fraught but beloved union are reconsidered with elegance, wit, brutal honesty, and a little outright insanity.  The keenly observed and crafted monologues are performed by notable actors from Jefferson Mays to Kathleen Chalfant, as well as Hartley regular Thomas Jay Ryan.

Hartley is a prolific American filmmaker whose work has won numerous awards at Cannes and Sundance. His work includes such feature films as SIMPLE MEN starring Bill Sage and Robert John Burke, NO SUCH THING with Sarah Polley and Helen Mirren, and FAY GRIM with Parker Posey and Jeff Goldblum. Hartley’s works off-screen have included various acclaimed theater productions and MY AMERICA marks the first of Hartley’s films to capture stage-work on film.

The release of MY AMERICA on Fandor marks the eleventh collaboration between Hartley and Fandor’s CEO Ted Hope. Their first film together was THE UNBELIEVABLE TRUTH (1989), an unconventional love story about a teenager falling in love with a mechanic with a criminal past, which was Hartley’s first film. They have been frequent collaborators and colleagues since. 


Director: Hal Hartley

Runtime: 78 Minutes

Distributor: Fandor

Additional Information:


MY AMERICA will make its world premiere on Fandor on July 4th

About Fandor:

Fandor is where the film community comes together, where filmmakers and enthusiasts are advancing film culture, and where audiences are connecting with films across genres and decades. Fandor offers a broad library of independent and international cinema specially curated to make discovering new and classic favorites easy and accessible. Fandor’s member-based service allows audiences to watch unlimited movies wherever they are: on TVs, computers and mobile devices. Fandor showcases and supports the world’s best filmmakers and returns half its revenue to them. For more information,

New Trailer for The Last of Robin Hood | Starring Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon, Dakota Fanning


Starring Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon & Dakota Fanning, 
this film hit theaters on August 29, 2014!


As always, please feel free to share this information with your readers!

The Last of Robin Hood - In Theaters August 29th!  
Starring: Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon, Dakota Fanning 
Written and Directed By: Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland
Rating: R
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Errol Flynn, the swashbuckling Hollywood star and notorious ladies man, flouted convention all his life, but never more brazenly than in his last years when, swimming in vodka and unwilling to face his mortality, he undertook a liaison with an aspiring actress, Beverly Aadland. The two had a high-flying affair that spanned the globe and was enabled by the girl's fame-obsessed mother, Florence. It all came crashing to an end in October 1959, when events forced the relationship into the open, sparking an avalanche of publicity castigating Beverly and her mother - which only fed Florence's need to stay in the spotlight. THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD is a story about the desire for fame and the price it exacts. 

Falling Skies Fourth Season Premiere Review

The fourth season of Falling Skies, which aired on Sunday, June 22, 2014 (ET/PT) following the the launch of the new TNT drama The Last Ship, feels like a bit of a cheat. Having had a won a victory against the Espheni  and even stood up against their alien allies, who wanted to relocate humanity to Brazil, where they said it was "Safe" is all but negated within minutes of the premiere. The Espheni now have improved their war machine and driven most of the alien Volm race off of Earth to protect their own people. Meanwhile the daughter of Tom and Ann, who is somehow a hybrid humanoid who looks like a younger version of the exiled Queen with the Dragons on Game of Thrones, but also feels like a ripoff of the Star Child from the original V miniseries and TV series from the 1980s, is the head of some cult and we learn that the Espheni are fighting a much larger galactic war against an opponent who may or may not be an even more malevolent force placing humanity at the crosshairs again.

It is my hope that like previous seasons of Falling Skies, this season will pick up and get better over the course of the series, but the show feels like it is being stretched beyond it's means and so it is my hope that whatever comes, TNT and the series producers consider ending the series satisfactorily by the end of the fifth season if the show is renewed. I would rather remember Falling Skies as one of the better sci-fi dramas of the new decade than watch it wither. Falling Skies season four airs on Sundays at 10pm (ET/PT) on TNT.

(C) Copyright 2014 By Mark Rivera
All Rights Reserved.

Falling Skies: The Complete Third Season on Blu-ray Disc Set Review

The third season of the TNG original series Falling Skies was the best yet because it gave the viewer insight into the invaders they were fighting as well as intrigue from the new aliens who appear benevolent, but still encounter distrust from characters within the group. Noah Wyle is sharp as Tom, a freedom fighter, who was once a history teacher and finds himself as both a representative of the 2nd Mass and an elected political official in Charleston. The series costars Moon Bloodgood, and Will Patton. The season features recurring Guest Stars Robert Sean Leonard as a scientist with severe agoraphobia recruited to the cause and the one and only Doug Jones once again buried deep under makeup as the benevolent Volm alien representative nicknamed "Cochise."

Falling Skies is presented in a 1080p full HD (1.78:1) aspect ratio across two Blu-ray Discs with English DTS-HD lossless audio and English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired as well as Spanish, Portuguese, and Thai Language Subtitles. Several documentaries and multipart featurettes are included and the discs come housed in a Blue BD case within a glossy cardboard slip. A coupon for a limited time only free Ultraviolet HD Digital Copy is included as well.

It is important to have patience with Falling Skies as it tends to start slow, but then always develops rapidly to an action packed conclusion.

Falling Skies: The Complete Third Season is available now Blu-ray Disc at retailers on and offline courtesy of Warner Home Video. The fourth season is now airing on TNT with the premiere having aired on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 10pm (ET/PT).

(C) Copyright 2014 By Mark Rivera
All Rights Reserved.

Mark Wahlberg + John Goodman - six degrees of separation

All this time we have all believed that Kevin Bacon is living proof of six degrees of separation or as the feature film and television star put it in a humorous TV commercial, "Hi I'm Kevin Bacon. Center of the Universe..."  Well I have always felt we are all basically mutts despite whatever we are raised to believe we are from. I mean sooner or later I am sure we would be shocked to find out who our ancestors are. 

Yet you never know? Case and point, movie star Mark Wahlberg, who is next to be seen in Transformers: Age of Extinction" hitting theaters on June 26, is featured as an example of family history and surprising relations and researched and documented by the leading global family history website MyHeritage (, who looked into the actor's family tree, records and genealogy and found some "hot" family facts about two of the top tier actors in the movie.

According to MyHeritage's team of Family Historians with Geni.comfound:

·      Mark Wahlberg (Cade Yeager in Transformers):

·      Related to Co-Star John Goodman: They are 13th cousin twice removed.

·      Former Co-Star Is Family: Megan Fox (previous Transformers star) is Mark's 17th cousin once removed.

·      Connection to Former "Ted" Director/Co-Star: Seth MacFarlane is Mark's 13th cousin once removed. 

·      Boston Pride: Matt Damon (The Departed co-star) is Mark's 12th cousin once removed.

·      King Of Rock and Roll: Elvis Presley is Mark's 11th cousin thrice removed.

·      Sharing Comedic Talent: Mark is sharing comedic talent with Ellen DeGeneres--13th cousin once removed.

·      8 Mile Connection: Eminem is Mark's 13th cousin twice removed.

 John Goodman (Voice of Hound in Transformers):

·      Argo Connection: Ben Affleck (Argo co-star & director) is John's 10th cousin once removed.

·      Gotta Love Clooney: George Clooney (Monuments Men co-star) is John's 15th cousin.

·      Both Actors are Connected with Spike Lee: John is 14th cousin and Mark's 15th cousin with Spike.

·      "Royals": Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom is John's 14th cousin four times remove.

·      Political: Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the USA is John's 8th cousin twice removed.

·      Writer in the Family: William Shakespeare is John's fourth cousin 15 times removed.

·      Computer Wiz: Bill Gates is John's 8th cousin twice removed.


Interested in discovering more? Explore the family trees for yourself at

Six Degrees of Seperation. It's more than a play and a movie or a clever theory. It's seems to be a fact of life!

Monday, June 23, 2014

FANDOR | Reinvent Hollywood Part 3: "The Audience" - Tune-in Tomorrow @ 11am PT





2PM ET / 11AM PT



“The Audience” Landing Page:


Google+ Page:




“Increasingly, audiences are built, not found,” Said series host Ted Hope. “It’s a new collaborative era. The barrier between creator and audience is dissolving. Film-goers will not only applaud from their seats, but participate in the creation of the movies and the buzz-building that happens later.”



Series Host:

Ted Hope

(CEO, Fandor)



Anne Thompson

(Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Thompson on Hollywood)



Ivan Askwith

(Associate Producer, Veronica Mars (film))


Gillian Robespierre

(Writer & Director)


Tim League

(CEO, Alamo Drafthouse)


Marc Schiller

 (CEO & Founder, BOND Strategy)


Sheri Candler

 (Director of Digital Marketing, The Film Collaborative)


Marc Hofstatter

(Head of Film, Indiegogo)


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Main Page:


If you could redesign the film industry into the best possible system for the artists, the audience, and the business, what would it look like?

Ted Hope, CEO of Fandor, along with Reinventors, and a group of industry luminaries, will answer that very question in the six-part interactive web series “Reinvent Hollywood.”

With the advent of low-cost digital production and post-production technology, the tools to create and distribute both short and long-form filmed entertainment have never been more accessible, and yet the Hollywood power structure continues to rely on an antiquated methodology of finding and presenting this entertainment to the world.

But what does this mean for the status quo in the film industry? How can those interested parties, the artists and the audiences, work with the distributors and the rest of the existing power structure to affect these changes and create a bigger tent, helping the industry as a whole move forward? That’s what Reinvent Hollywood will answer.

“Art, regardless of the medium, has always been advanced by the audience, creators, and technology – far more than business or the market can,” said Hope. “Fandor’s mission is to help build the world’s film community through the advancement and preservation of film art and culture. When good movies go unseen, talented filmmakers cannot support themselves and our government is not defending Net Neutrality, it is time to demand change.”

Hope and a team of industry experts will discuss the state of the film industry throughout this six-part series streamed live A recording of each episode will be available the following day Each 90-minute session is edited into a recap and a short trailer, and write-ups of what was accomplished will be available on the series’ landing page after each roundtable.

The series is divided into six episodes, with each part focused on a topic that addresses the larger issue at hand – the future of film. The topics for each of the six episodes are: The FormThe ArtistsThe AudienceThe BusinessThe Festivals, Schools, and Non-Profits, and The Rules of the Game.

Fandor and Reinventors are also asking you to do your part as the audience. For each episode, Hope will be joined not only by a team of experts in the field, but also by you, the general public. You can join the conversation for each episode via Google Hangout, along with Hope and his ever-growing list of industry experts as we all collectively move Hollywood forward. The episodes will also be available indefinitely online for those that miss it live.


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Fandor is where the film community comes together, where filmmakers and enthusiasts are advancing film culture and where audiences are connecting with films across genres and decades. Fandor offers a broad library of independent and international cinema specially hand-picked to make discovering new and classic favorites easy and accessible. Fandor’s member-based service allows audiences to watch unlimited movies wherever they are: on TVs, computers and mobile devices. Fandor showcases and supports the world’s best filmmakers and returns half of its revenue to them. For more information, visit