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Criterion Announces April 2019 Releases

I pity the fool who doesn't find something to buy this month.
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You'd be a fool to miss out on these April releases from Criterion. New to the collection are Jan Němec's Diamonds of the Night, Elia Kazan's A Face in the Crowd, Jackie Chan's Police Story and Police Story 2, and Gillian Armstrong's My Brilliant Career. Two by Jim Jarmusch are getting a Blu-ray upgrade: Stranger Than Paradise and Night on Earth. Read on to learn more about them. Stranger Than Paradise (#400) out Apr 9 With this breakout film, Jim Jarmusch established himself as one of the most exciting voices in the burgeoning independent-film scene, a road-movie poet with an

The Old Man & the Gun is The Pick of The Week

Who knew January was such a great time for new releases?
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Robert Redford is one of the all-time classic movie stars. He has the looks, the charm, and the acting chops. He starred in lots of great movies over his long career including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President’s Men, Out of Africa, and The Horse Whisperer. With The Old Man & the Gun, he has declared he is retiring from film acting. At 82 years of age and a whole lot of films to his credit as actor, director, and producer, I think he’s earned it. The Old Man & the Gun is based on the true

The Paley Center for Media Announces Festival Lineup for Paleyfest LA 2019

The premier Television festival takes place at the Dolby Theatre March 15-24, 2019.
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Press release: The Paley Center for Media today announced the lineup for PaleyFest LA 2019, which will take place March 15-24 at the iconic Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Citi cardmembers, plus Paley Patron, Fellow, and Supporting Members, will have an exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets first during a special presale from January 15-16. This year’s festival will open with the cast and creative team from Amazon Prime Video’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (March 15 at 7:30 pm) followed by Netflix’s Grace and Frankie (March 16 at 2:00 pm); CBS’s An Evening with Stephen Colbert (March 16 at 7:00 pm); VH1’s

The 2019 Short Shorts Film Festival in Hollywood Takes Place January 17

Academy Awards-accredited festival celebrates 20 years in the industry as it returns to Hollywood with premier Japanese film talent Naomi Kawase.
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Press release: JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles and Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (SSFF & Asia) have partnered to showcase Short Shorts Film Festival in Hollywood on January 17, 2019. The free one-day film festival will bring together premier film talent from Japan, including Cannes Film Festival judge Naomi Kawase and actor and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) member Tetsuya Bessho, at the historic TCL Chinese 6 Theatres. The two-part program aims to bring a sense of intrigue and cultural discovery to festival attendees through the art of short contemporary visual storytelling. The festival opens with Master Class with Naomi Kawase:

Castle Rock: The Complete First Season Is the Pick of the Week

Hope you have some Christmas money left because this week brings some interesting new releases.
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Over the last year or so, I’ve become quite the Stephen King fan. I’d read some of his work before then and seen many of the cinematic adaptations based upon his words, but I’d never really engulfed myself into his stories. It started with the audio book of his recent novel Mr. Mercedes and blossomed from there. I’m currently in the middle of IT which, if my pace continues, I’ll finish sometime in 2021. It's a really big book, and I’m a slow reader. But I dig it. I don’t know it that behemoth will cure me of my King

Bad Times at the El Royale is the Pick of the Week

The new year starts with some new titles.
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Those of you who pay attention to these things might be wondering what happened to this article over the last two weeks. Never fear, faithful reader. I have answers. Two weeks ago, I was at the beginning of a week-long bout with a virus that kept me bed-bound and mostly comatose. This last week, I was on the mend but there really was nothing worth talking about. Last Tuesday, otherwise known as New Release Day was also known as Christmas. The people who make decisions, such as what new Blu-rays to release and when had spent the previous four weeks

Fathom Events Launches Celebration for the Legendary Diana Ross's 75th Birthday in Cinemas Worldwide

The event features a remastered version of Diana Ross: Live in Central Park
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Press release: The magic of Diana Ross has touched millions of hearts around the world. Her magnificent life and unparalleled career have influenced music, film, fashion and stage with her spirit forever woven in the fabric of humanity. 2019 will be remembered as a milestone in history with a year-long Diamond Diana Celebration, marking the 75th birthday of one of the greatest entertainers of all time. Fathom Events will launch the festivities on her birthday, March 26, with an exclusive two-day, global theatrical release of Diana Ross: Her Life, Love and Legacy featuring Diana Ross: Live in Central Park. The

This Valentine's Day, Fall in Love with Dirty Dancing All over Again

Playing Sunday, February 10 and Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at select theaters nationwide.
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Press release: Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the timeless, music-filled love story Dirty Dancing will be back in movie theaters nationwide. For two days only, on Sunday, February 10 and Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. (local time), Baby and Johnny will return and give movie lovers (or any kind of lovers) the chance to experience this perennially popular audience favorite on the big screen. Set in the summer of 1963 and featuring a soundtrack filled with songs that helped define the 1980s, Dirty Dancing is filled with both romance and nostalgia. Directed by Emile

Criterion Announces March 2019 Releases

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It's movie madness next March from Criterion with the release of six titles. They are Ted Wilde's The Kid Brother, Edgar G. Ulmer's Detour, Barbara Loden's Wanda, Robert Zemeckis's I Wanna Hold Your Hand, and Carlos Reygadas's Japón. Ingmar Bergman’s The Magic Flute is getting a Blu-ray upgrade. Read on to learn more about them. The Magic Flute (#71) out Mar 12 This scintillating screen version of Mozart’s beloved opera showcases Ingmar Bergman’s deep knowledge of music and gift for expressing it cinematically. Casting some of Europe’s finest soloists—Josef Köstlinger, Ulrik Cold, Håkan Hagegård, and Birgit Nordin among them—the director

De Niro & De Palma: The Early Years From Arrow is The Pick of the Week

Here's a few new releases to add to your Christmas stocking.
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Over the years, I’ve become a pretty big Brian De Palma fan. It has been a slow process. I first came to him through the Oscar-winning, Al Capone-drama The Untouchables in 1987, then it was likely another decade before I caught him again in Mission:Impossible. I’d then catch a film here, a film there. Then the last couple of years, I’ve really started to pay attention. I’ve caught up on a lot of his older films - The Fury, Blow Out, Dressed to Kill - and while his stories are often a gloriously mess, I really dig his visual style.

61st Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees in Visual Media

The ceremony will be held on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019.
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The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States released their nominees for the 2019 Grammy Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry. The eligibility period was October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018. The ceremony will be held on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 8-11:30 pm ET/5-8:30 pm PT. Honoring the "best" music in Visual Media are the following categories. Links go to our coverage of the films. Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media (Award to the artist(s) and/or ‘in

[Updated] 2019 Golden Globes Winners Announced

Did your favorites get nominated?
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The Hollywood Foreign Press has selected their nominations in film and television for the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg, the Golden Globe Awards will air live coast-to-coast on NBC on Sunday, Jan. 5 at 5-8 p.m. PT/8-11 p.m. ET from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Winners in Bold. Best Motion Picture-Drama: BlacKkKlansman | Review Black Panther | Review Bohemian Rhapsody | Review If Beale Street Could Talk A Star Is Born | Review Best Motion Picture-Musical Or Comedy: Crazy Rich Asians | Review The Favourite | Review Green Book | Review Mary Poppins Returns

Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies Reveal 14 Movie Masterpieces Returning to Cinemas in 2019

Movie lovers can journey from Oz to outer space as films play in hundreds of movie theaters nationwide for 2019 TCM Big Screen Classics series.
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Press release: Film fans can take a yearlong journey through Hollywood history in 2019 when Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) come together for the fourth annual TCM Big Screen Classics, presenting 14 film favorites throughout the year, spanning seven decades. From the Golden Age of Hollywood to groundbreaking movies from the seventies, eighties and nineties, the TCM Big Screen Classics series combines each film with little-known facts and insight provided by TCM Primetime Host Ben Mankiewicz. In addition, every film is presented in its original aspect ratio, offering audiences the chance to see these movies on the big

Mission:Impossible - Fallout is the Pick of the Week

This pick of the week will self destruct in seven days.
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I have pretty much completely given up on action movies over the last decade or so. I long ago grew tired of more car chases, more explosions, more bigger and bigger guns. I still do watch superhero movies which I suppose are kind of like action flicks, but with capes, but whatever. Straight up action is pretty much gone from my movie queues. The exceptions being the Bond films (which I can call spy films and still get away with my "no action movies" mantra) and the Mission:Impossible films (also technically spy films, but who are we trying to kid?).

Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal & Rob Reiner to Open 2019 TCM Classic Film Festival with When Harry Met Sally

The 30th Anniversary screening kicks off TCM's 10th annual classic film festival.
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will kick off the 10th annual TCM Classic Film Festival on Thursday, April 11th with a 30th anniversary screening of the seminal romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally… with beloved stars Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan and acclaimed director/producer Rob Reiner in attendance. The 2019 TCM Classic Film Festival, held in the heart of Hollywood April 11th-14th, marks the 10th annual celebration of classic films on the big screen from TCM. The TCM network will also celebrate its 25th anniversary on closing night of the festival. Celebrated director Rob Reiner had no idea he

Peter Jackson's WWI Documentary 'They Shall Not Grow Old' Receives U.S. Release December 17 and 27

This two-night theatrical event featuring an introduction from Jackson followed by a special piece on the creation of this trailblazing documentary.
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Press release: Fathom Events has partnered with Warner Bros. Pictures to bring Academy Award winner Peter Jackson’s poignant WWI documentary They Shall Not Grow Old to movie theaters across the U.S. on Monday, December 17, with an encore presentation on Thursday, December 27. The film is presented in 2D and RealD™ 3D, and tickets go on sale on Friday, November 16, at www.FathomEvents.com and participating theater box offices. Jackson recorded a special introduction to the film—which he has called his most personal—offering his perspective on why the film is important for audiences, who have never experienced WWI footage as anything

Sharp Objects is the Pick of the Week

Christmas is coming and with it loads of new releases.
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I regularly complain that there is just too much good television out these days. It's more than any one person can watch. This is especially true of me this past year as I have mostly concentrated on watching movies over television. Sometimes, I tell myself to take a week and binge-watch a few shows, but then the question becomes which one? Sharp Objects is a good place to start, I think. Based upon Gillian Flynn’s debut novel of the same name, it stars Amy Adams as an alcoholic reporter recently discharged from a psychiatric hospital after years of self-harming. She

For the First Time Ever, Two Jim Henson Holiday Favorites Hit the Big Screen: Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas and The Bells of Fraggle Rock

On December 10 and 16 only, families can celebrate the season with Jim Henson's Holiday Special.
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Press release: Two heartwarming holiday specials that many of today’s parents grew up with on television are making their cinematic debuts when Fathom Events and The Jim Henson Company present Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas and The Bells of Fraggle Rock on December 10 and 16 only. This first-ever Jim Henson’s Holiday Special brings together these two holiday classics - each recently remastered - as well as an all-new featurette, “Memories of the Jug-Band,” with a surprise celebrity guest, along with a special greeting from Cheryl Henson, daughter of Jim Henson and president of the Jim Henson Foundation. Tickets for Jim

Black Panther Comes to Art House Theaters with Free Screenings and a Live Q&A with Director Ryan Coogler, November 27

All attendees will receive a free one-year digital subscription to Film Comment magazine.
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Press release: Black Panther returns to the big screen with free screenings at nonprofit art house theaters nationwide on Tuesday, November 27 at 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET. Presented by Film Comment, a publication of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and supported by the Art House Convergence, the event will feature a post-screening Q&A with director Ryan Coogler, taking place at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, CA, streamed live to participating theaters. A full list of theaters can be found below. Check local theater listings for more details. The one-night-only event offers audiences an opportunity to

Sleepless in Seattle Returns to Movie Theaters This December

On December 2 and 5 only, moviegoers will fall in love all over again as the Fathom Spotlight Series presents the 1993 classic.
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Press release: Twenty-five years ago, moviegoers fell in love with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan as two strangers searching for a soulmate in Sleepless in Seattle. As the romantic-comedy by director Nora Ephron marks its silver anniversary, Fathom Events and Sony Pictures Entertainment are bringing the enchanting film back to cinemas nationwide for two days only. Tickets to Sleepless in Seattle are now available at www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. The Fathom Spotlight Series will present the 1993 box-office smash - along with a brand-new introduction by Meg Ryan and producer Gary Foster - in nearly 400 movie

Ingmar Bergman's Cinema is the Pick of the Week

Santa's gonna have a big list this year.
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Ingmar Bergman was one of the great pioneers of cinema. He made films that spoke directly to the soul. He made films about the soul, about faith and doubt, about life and metaphysics. He made art about the struggles between those things, always questioning, always exploring. He often made difficult movies, never popcorn affairs. His films could sometimes feel pretentious which is why I suspect most people who don’t like foreign films think of Bergman when making their argument. This is a man who literally made one of his characters play chess with Death in what is arguably his most

34th Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Anounced

Winners will be announced at the Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 23, 2019.
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Press release: This morning, Film Independent announced the nominations for the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The Spirit Awards are the primary fundraiser for Film Independent’s year-round programs, which cultivate the careers of emerging filmmakers and promote diversity in the industry. Film Independent President Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at the W Hotel in Hollywood, with actors Gemma Chan and Molly Shannon presenting the nominations. Nominees for Best Feature included Eighth Grade, First Reformed, If Beale Street Could Talk, Leave No Trace and You Were Never Really Here. “This year’s nominees reflect the bold originality that is

Criterion Announces February 2019 Releases

Criterion sets the bar high this month.
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The groundhog says Criterion will add four new titles to the collection. They are Ingmar Bergman’s Shame, Henri-Georges Clouzot’s La vérité, Luchino Visconti's Death in Venice, and Charles Burnett's To Sleep with Anger. Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s fifteen-hour Berlin Alexanderplatz is getting a Blu-ray upgrade. Read on to learn more about them. Shame (#961) out Feb 5 Ingmar Bergman’s Shame is at once an examination of the violent legacy of World War II and a scathing response to the escalation of the conflict in Vietnam. Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann star as musicians living in quiet retreat on a remote

See a Special Advance Screening of The Romanoffs: Episode 8 in Hollywood, CA

The screening will take place at Arclight Hollywood on Tuesday, November 20 with a start time at 7 PM.
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From the creator of Mad Men, The Romanoffs is a contemporary anthology series set around the globe featuring eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family. Starring Aaron Eckhart, Diane Lane, Isabelle Huppert, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Amanda Peet, Jack Huston, Kathryn Hahn, Noah Wyle, Paul Reiser, Andrew Rannells, and more. The Romanoffs premiered on Amazon Prime Video October 12 with new episodes released weekly, on Fridays. The Romanoffs presents a different story and a different set of characters in each episode, so attendees do not need to see the previous episode

Juliet, Naked is the Pick of the Week

Star Trek, Blood Island, and giant sharks are just some of the great Blu-ray releases this week.
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As a non-fiction writer, Nick Hornby writes passionately and magnificently about the things he loves. I’ve utterly enjoyed his writings about music, reading, and even football. When he incorporates those passions into his fictional novels, he’s quite good. But when he leaves those things aside, his books tend to get sappy, preachy and uninteresting, at least to this reader. I was very happy to see that with Juliet, Naked he had returned to his musical roots. It tells the story of Duncan, a man obsessed with reclusive singer-songwriter Tucker Crowe, and his long-suffering girlfriend Annie. When Annie meets and develops

Special Superman Double Feature Screening Set for Jan 13-14

Fathom Events, Warner Bros. and DC present The Death of Superman / Reign of the Supermen Double Feature in more than 500 select movie theaters on Sunday, January 13 at 12:55pm and Monday, January 14 at 8:00pm.
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Press release: Superman’s greatest adventure - his death and rebirth - will be unveiled in a special two-day exclusive theatrical event as Warner Bros. and DC join forces with Fathom Events for a double feature presentation of the previously released The Death of Superman and the first in-theater screening of the all-new Reign of the Supermen nationwide on January 13 and 14, 2019. As the second half of the double feature, Reign of the Supermen will be seen nationally in theaters ahead of its Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release on Digital starting January 15, 2019, and on Ultra HD™ Blu-ray

See a Special Advance Screening of The Romanoffs: Episode 7 in Hollywood, CA

The screening will take place at Arclight Hollywood on Thursday, November 15 with a start time at 7 PM.
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From the creator of Mad Men, The Romanoffs is a contemporary anthology series set around the globe featuring eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family. Starring Aaron Eckhart, Diane Lane, Isabelle Huppert, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Amanda Peet, Jack Huston, Kathryn Hahn, Noah Wyle, Paul Reiser, Andrew Rannells, and more. The Romanoffs premiered on Amazon Prime Video October 12 with new episodes released weekly, on Fridays. The Romanoffs presents a different story and a different set of characters in each episode, so attendees do not need to see the previous episode

Grateful Dead Documentary, Long Strange Trip, Arrives on DVD / Blu-ray November 16

Career-spanning documentary from director Amir Bar-Lev and executive producer Martin Scorsese.
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Press release: The Grateful Dead’s first official career-spanning documentary, Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story Of The Grateful Dead, will make its DVD and Blu-ray debuts this fall. In addition, a new Deluxe Edition featuring unreleased bonus content will be available exclusively from Dead.net. Both versions arrive more than a year after the acclaimed four-hour documentary premiered at Sundance, followed by its exclusive release on Amazon Prime. Directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev (“Happy Valley,” “The Tillman Story”) with Martin Scorsese serving as executive producer, Long Strange Trip brings together never-before-seen performance footage, vintage interviews, and other candid moments

A Bad Moms Christmas Ticket Giveaway

Three lucky readers will win a pair of tickets to see the movie on Thursday, December 6
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Cinema Sentries has teamed up with Fathom Events and STXfilms to award three lucky readers a pair of tickets to see A Bad Moms Christmas, which is playing in hundreds of select movie theaters nationwide on Thursday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m. local time. To find a theater near you, check www.FathomEvents.com. For those wanting to learn more, the press release below: Moviegoers are invited to a wild, one-night Christmas party on Thursday, December 6, as the Fathom Spotlight Series presents STXfilms’ hilariously inappropriate comedy hit A Bad Moms Christmasin movie theaters nationwide. A box-office hit when it was released

Superman: The Movie Ticket Giveaway

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the landmark film, Fathom Events will present Superman in its original theatrical version.
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Cinema Sentries has teamed up with Fathom Events to award three lucky readers a pair of tickets to see Superman: The Movie, which is playing in hundreds of select movie theaters nationwide on November 25 and 27, and December 3. To find a theater near you, check www.FathomEvents.com. For those wanting to learn more, read the press release below: To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the landmark film and the 80th anniversary of the beloved DC character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster, Fathom Events will present Superman in its original theatrical version, as audiences saw it upon its

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