|Review by Joshua Gravel|
Imprint Launches with Slate of Enduring Cult Favorites and Unheralded Gems
Further underscoring its position as a leading curator of the very best of pop culture, Shout! Factory is proud to announce the launch of a new home entertainment series, Shout Select. Handpicked by the film buffs at Shout! Factory, Shout Select shines a light on films that deserve a spot on your shelf. From acknowledged classics to cult favorites to unheralded gems, Shout Select celebrates the best in filmmaking, giving these movies the love and attention they deserve.
Debuting this August, Shout Select boasts an exciting slate of fan-favorite releases making their Blu-ray debuts. Titles include the pulp sci-fi rom-com classic The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension, John Carpenter’s Emmy Award-nominated biopic Elvis, the brilliant action-comedy Midnight Run, the rowdy action-thriller Road House and the most excellent sci-fi comedies Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. Each title will be presented in anamorphic widescreen, and when possible will be released as a Collector’s Edition, with new bonus content, archival materials, collectible cover artwork, and more!
Shout Select’s inaugural release is the Collector’s Edition of the beloved ’80s cult classic The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension (Collector’s Edition), available August 16, 2016. On Blu-ray for the first time, this Collector’s Edition comes loaded with bonus features, including a comprehensive retrospective featuring brand-new interviews with members of the cast and crew, with an additional disc of bonus features to be revealed closer to street date. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com
|Written by Alex C. Telander|
The legendary Bob Hope, one of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century, was best known for his Christmas specials. Traveling with special guests, he visited US troops in dozens of locations around the world, performing on battleships and battlefields -- and sometimes even accompanied by the sound of fighter jets overhead. His missions were often dangerous, his schedule brutal, yet for thousands of servicemen and women far from home there was no one like Hope for the holidays.
On May 10, Time Life, creator and direct marketer of unique music and home entertainment products, will deliver BOB HOPE: ENTERTAINING THE TROOPS, a single DVD featuring three TV Christmas Specials: a rare, never-before-released 1951 special from The Korean War Era , along with shows from 1970 and 1971 - two of the most-watched shows in TV history! Featuring Hope's hilarious monologues and guest stars aplenty, these shows prove that laughter is truly the best medicine, regardless of the time zone or terrain. With this DVD release, Hope's fans will enjoy more than two and a half hours of Hope's house calls across three special troop shows:
The Bob Hope Christmas Special: Around the World with the USO
(Original Airdate: January 15, 1970) -- Hope and company embark on another Christmas tour to entertain the troops, starting with a send-off from the White House. The 16-day tour then continues through Germany, Italy, Turkey, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Guam, and on-board the USS Ranger and the USS Sanctuary. Highlights include Neil Armstrong, recently back from his historic moon walk, answering questions from the service members, and Connie Stevens singing the "Wedding Bell Blues" to four service members named Bill.
The Bob Hope Christmas Special: Around the Globe with the USO
(Original Airdate: January 14, 1971) -- Hope visits U.S. military bases to entertain the troops and bring them Christmas cheer, starting with rehearsals at West Point and with stops in England, Germany, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, Alaska, and to the USS John F. Kennedy in the Mediterranean, and the USS Sanctuary in the South China Sea. Highlights include Hope and Lola Falana doing a song and dance, Hope trading zingers with Cincinnati Reds catcher Johnny Bench, plus a routine with Ursula Andress, Gloria Loring and Miss World Jennifer Hosten.
Chesterfield Sound Off Time
(Airdate: December 23, 1951) - This rare, never-before-released special was filmed during the Korean War aboard the aircraft carrier the USS Boxer. Highlights include Hope and Connie Moore crooning "I Wanna Go Home (With You)", the Nicholas Brothers performing their acrobatic style of tap dancing, and Hope, in an extended comedy sketch, taking command of the ship and sailing it on a secret mission.
Peanuts, the brand-new animated series based on one of entertainment’s most iconic brands, heads to Boomerang on Monday, May 9. For the first time, the individual Peanuts print comic strips come to life in vignettes filled with humor and heart for the whole family. New episodes premiere daily at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT.Read more »
From novelist Nicholas Sparks, the author of classic love stories The Notebook and Dear John, the year’s most moving romance, The Choice, will be available on Digital HD April 19 and on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) on May 3 from Lionsgate. Based on Sparks’ best-selling novel, written for the screen by Bryan Sipe (Demolition), and directed by Ross Katz (Adult Beginners), The Choice stars Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies), Maggie Grace (Taken series), Alexandra Daddario (San Andreas), Tom Welling (TV’s “Smallville”) and Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson (Best Actor, In the Bedroom, 2001), in a touching love story that will make viewers laugh, cry, and wonder how far they would go to keep the hope of love alive.
Travis is a fun-loving, smooth-talking bachelor who’s never considered a serious relationship—until he falls hard for his beautiful new neighbor, Gabby. But when fate threatens Travis and Gabby’s love, Travis must make a choice that will alter their lives forever in this unforgettably moving romance.
The home entertainment release of The Choice include in-depth special features including audio commentary with director Ross Katz and actor Benjamin Walker, four behind-the-scenes featurettes and deleted scenes.
On June 28th, Dark Horse Comics will release the hardcover graphic novel of the full, 10-series run of Fight Club 2. And to mark this occasion, Chuck will be matching that number with a 10-city signing tour! This is Chuck’s first “signing tour” since Tell-All in 2010!
Each fan at an event will meet Chuck, have their copy of Fight Club 2 signed, and up to two backlist books/memorabilia signed as well. Not to mention a photo with Chuck!
Before we post the dates though, we gotta set the rules out. After all, this is Fight Club, right?
- These FIGHT CLUB 2 appearances are signings ONLY.
- Chuck will not be performing or reading at any events.
- These are ticketed events and each ticket will include a copy of the FIGHT CLUB 2 hardcover ($29.95).
- Tickets must be purchased in order to join the signing line.
- In addition to FIGHT CLUB 2, Chuck will sign TWO other items (a piece of memorabilia or book).
- Chuck will happily pose for photos with fans.
- Line formation times will be posted at the links of each event location below.
Again: The above rules apply to all events below. Any further questions about specific locations, times, addresses, etc, should be sent directly to the venues below. Contact information should be provided. If it's not, it should be included on the links for each location.
|Explore more of Zootopia with an exciting lineup of bonus features!|
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ (WDAS) comedy-adventure, “Zootopia” has broken records worldwide earning more than $900 million at the global box office to date. The best reviewed movie of 2016, critics and audiences around the world have fallen in love with the wonderfully innovative animal metropolis of “Zootopia” and the comedic chemistry of rookie rabbit officer Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) and scam-artist fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman). It’s been called one of the best buddy cop comedies in years! Thankfully, there’s more—much more.Read more »
When the runaway hit arrives home on Digital HD, Blu-ray, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand (does not include bonus) platforms June 7, 2016, viewers will not only be able to enjoy the vibrant world of Zootopia and reunite with their favorite characters, but also discover more about the evolution of this extraordinary tale through in-depth bonus offerings.
Features include candid conversations with filmmakers and artists behind Zootopia, an alternate opening, never-before-seen characters and deleted scenes and a sneak peek at some of the hidden Easter Eggs that make reference to Disney Animation’s most beloved films and characters.
|Five-Disc Set Presents New Restorations|
of Keaton's 32 Silent Short Comedies
The original Sentinel of Liberty returns! Recently restored to his super-powered self, Steve Rogers makes his triumphant return to the red, white and blue this May in the all-new CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #1! Hot off the blockbuster Avengers: Standoff crossover, creators Nick Spencer and Jesus Saiz bring Steve back into the field with a new mission, a new costume, a new shield and wall-to-wall action!Read more »
“The country is as divided as it’s ever been, and Steve is one of a kind,” says Nick Spencer, in an interview with Marvel.com. “He’s a unifying figure, someone we can all look up to, [and] someone we can all put our faith in. It’s no secret the Marvel Universe is about to enter a period of serious conflict with Civil War II looming on the horizon, and as such, it feels like the perfect moment to bring Steve back into fighting shape.”
He may be back but the celebration will be short lived. Steve isn’t the only one who’s returned stronger than ever. Hydra has re-emerged. Led by his greatest foe, the Red Skull, Hydra has begun to worm its way into every corner of the Marvel Universe. Anyone can be a threat. Trust no one. Even a restored Captain America may not be enough to stop the far reaching tentacles of Hydra.
With a rallying cry of “Avengers Assemble”, the Sentinel of Liberty charges headlong into the fight once more. But will his first day back on the job be his last? Find out when CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #1 explodes into comic shops and digital devices this May!
Plus – don’t miss an exciting prologue to this monumental first issue, coming exclusively to comic shops on Free Comic Book Day. Head to your local retailer on May 7th to get your hands on FCBD Captain America #1!
"Paul Davis' new book BEWARE THE MOON is a complete and accurate account
of the making of An American Werewolf In London as told by the filmmakers, both
cast and crew. It's terrific! Fans of the film will love it." -- John Landis
“If this book is half as good as his doc it will be great!” -- Rick Baker
If you're a cinegeek of any worth, there's little doubt that John Landis' An American Werewolf in London is among your favorite monster movies. Combining horror with humor along with amazing special effects (How amazing? The Academy created an award category to recognize Rick Baker's work in this film), An American Werewolf in London still resonates over 35 years later.Read more »
Now, Paul Davis, writer and director of the award-winning documentary Beware the Moon and Dead Mouse Productions Ltd who brought you 245 Trioxin: The Story of the Return of the Living Dead and You’re so Cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright Night comes Beware the Moon: The Story of An American Werewolf in London. This new, two-hundred page, hardback book delves deeper into the memories and experiences of over 35 of the cast and crew including, John Landis, Rick Baker, David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne, John Woodvine, Frank Oz and many more.
|Written by Erin Maxwell|
Inks, Drinks, and Catfinks: The Custom Cartoon Art of Shawn Dickinson is a special book in many ways. It is a stunning, large-format, deluxe art book. It is a profusely illustrated monograph of cult-favorite artist Shawn Dickinson and it is the first book of a brand-spanking-new imprint of IDW’s: Yoe Brow.Read more »
“Actually Shawn’s book comes through what could be called an imprint of an imprint,” says Craig Yoe. “We have been excited about pushing the perimeters of Yoe Books/IDW and Shawn’s fun-filled, bad-ass, often good-naturedly sexy art is the perfect way to start to do this. Our new line called Yoe Brow will publish coffee table art books of contemporary alternative artists. Shawn is the ideal guy to jumpstart the program since his rock/punk/surf/hot rod stylings are so informed by comics and cartoonists so it’s a perfecto fit. You can see Max Fleischer, R. Crumb, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, Mad’s Jack Davis, Rick Griffin, and John Kricfalusi in Shawn’s amazing work!”
|Review by Benn Robbins|
|Review by Sharon Knolle|
Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios and DeVito Artworks LLC are excited to announce Kong of Skull Island, an original, limited comic book series debuting in July featuring the famous gargantuan ape, King Kong, created by Merian C. Cooper, and grounded in artist/author Joe DeVito’s ground-breaking literary property Skull Island. Kong of Skull Island is exclusively authorized and endorsed by the Cooper family as their official King Kong/Skull Island prequel and sequel origin story. BOOM!’s comic series will be written by James Asmus (All-New Inhumans) and illustrated by Carlos Magno (Planet of the Apes).Read more »
“King Kong is the progenitor of an entire section of genre fiction. It is truly an honor to be a part of that gigantic legacy,” said BOOM! Studios President of Publishing & Marketing Filip Sablik. “We’re thrilled to be working with Joe DeVito to create a comic series that is authentic to the origins of Kong.”
BOOM!’s Kong of Skull Island comic series takes place well before Carl Denham, Jack Driscoll, and the rest of the Wanderer’s crew set foot on the island. Two fractured and combative civilizations are forced to band together as they venture onto Skull Island, their new home, which they are soon horrified to realize is home to dinosaurs, giant creatures...and Kongs.
Dark truths come to light in the intense thriller Remember directed by Academy Award nominee Atom Egoyan. Featuring critically acclaimed performances by Academy Award winners Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau, the captivating drama follows a Holocaust survivor who will stop at nothing to get justice for his family.
Remember is the suspense-filled story of Zev (Plummer), an Auschwitz survivor who discovers that the Nazi guard who murdered his family some seventy years ago is living in America under an assumed identity. With the aid of a friend (Landau), Zev sets out on a gripping journey that tests both his will and his fading memory as it brings him closer to the retribution he seeks.
Starz Digital announced today the acquisition of all U.S. distribution rights to FLOCK OF DUDES and is planning to release the film in select theaters and on VOD this fall. The directorial debut of Bob Castrone, the film stars Chris D’Elia (“Undateable”), Hannah Simone (“New Girl”), Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect), Bryan Greenberg (Friends with Benefits), Brett Gelman (The Other Guys), Eric Andre (The Internship), Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”), Hannibal Buress (“Broad City”), Melissa Rauch (“The Big Bang Theory”), Jamie Chung (The Hangover Part III), Marc Maron (“Maron”), Timothy Simons (“Veep”) and Jeffrey Ross (“The Burn”) as well as Jamie Chung (The Hangover Part III), Hilary Duff (Cheaper by the Dozen) and Ray Liotta (Goodfellas). FLOCK OF DUDES was written by Castrone, Brian Levin and Jason Zumwalt and produced by Aaron Kaufman (Machete, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Brian Levin, Mark C. Manuel and Ted O’Neal. UTA negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.Read more »