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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Facebook, Fitbit, Industrial Light & Magic, Instagram, Twitter, Google and Lucasfilm Join Forces With littleBits to Inspire the Next Generation of Inventors at Droidathon



Facebook, Fitbit, Industrial Light & Magic, Instagram, Twitter, Google and Lucasfilm Join Forces With littleBits to Inspire the Next Generation of Inventors at Droidathon

Kathleen Kennedy, Daisy Ridley, and Kelly Marie Tran Named As Judges For littleBits Inventor Competition Running November 15 - January 10

San Francisco, CA – November 15, 2017 – littleBits, the award-winning company that empowers kids to be inventors, joined Lucasfilm today to reveal never-before-seen Droids designed by technologists from top Bay Area innovators, all created in celebration of a global competition aimed to inspire the next generation of inventors and shed light on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math).

Held at the Lucasfilm San Francisco campus, iconic Bay Area technology companies came together for the first-ever “Droidathon,” an event for kids from local organizations including the Black Girls CODE, Booker T. Washington School Community Center, The Boys & Girls Club, and the YMCA where inventors showcased their Droid creations and discussed their ideation and inspiration.

Using the littleBits Droid Inventor Kit as a starting point, teams of engineers, programmers, and designers created innovative Droids using the core electronic building blocks together with 3D printing, craft material, soldering and programming. Initial photos from the event can be found here. More content will be available the morning of November 16.

The Droidathon kicked off the littleBits Competition: Droid Inventor Kit which invites kids, families, and Star Wars fans—residing in the US, UK, and Canada - to share their own unique Droid creations with the inventor community.  The competition will run from November 15, 2017 to January 10, 2018.


Fans and families will be able to submit their own Droid design creations, with qualifying submissions judged by Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley (the actress who portrays Rey in the current Star Wars trilogy) and Kelly Marie Tran (the actress who portrays Rose Tico in Star Wars: The Last Jedi) alongside Ayah Bdeir (founder and CEO of littleBits) and Kathleen Kennedy (president of Lucasfilm).

“Star Wars has always expanded kids’ imaginations and inspired them to see what is possible,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “We’re excited to collaborate with all of these incredible companies and littleBits to showcase the power of STEAM in action and inspire the next generation of inventors.”

Both the Droidathon event and competition seek to inspire kids to explore technology and think of themselves as inventors: to accept challenges, make mistakes, persevere, and feel the triumph and pride of creating something with their own two hands. The littleBits Droid Inventor Kit is a gender-inclusive product that celebrates kids’ own self-expression and ingenuity, while showcasing the same characteristics of imagination, grit and invention that are embodied in the Star Wars franchise.

For more information about how young inventors can get involved, visit www.littlebits.com/droidinventorkitcompetition.

“We believe the two best way to inspire kids about STEAM is through fun and role models. What could be more fun and inspiring than seeing the world’s top innovators and role models creating the
weirdest Droids anyone has ever seen?” said Ayah Bdeir, founder and CEO with littleBits. “We’re thrilled to work together to inspire kids of all ages, backgrounds, genders and interests to become tomorrow's change-makers."

About littleBits
littleBits empowers kids around the world to become inventors. Founded in 2011 by Ayah Bdeir MIT Media Lab alum, its innovative platform of easy-to-use electronic blocks allows anyone to create and invent with electronics, independent of age, gender or technical ability. As the leader in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) learning, littleBits believes in inspiring invention by creating products that encourage self-directed exploration and problem solving; support grit and tenacity; and create a safe place to experience both failure and accomplishment. The company is dedicated to successfully bridging the gender gap with its gender-neutral platform, attracting an industry high thirty five percent of young girls to invent with littleBits. By embracing STEAM, both girls and boys can invent solutions to the problems that matter to them. The company’s products have won over 150 industry awards in the toy and education industries. littleBits is headquartered in New York. For more information and inspiration, go to www.littleBits.cc.

Lucasfilm, STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.



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Thursday, November 16, 2017

"THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT" -- See New Teaser Trailer and One-Sheet Now



THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT

Release: March 9, 2018

A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted.

Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive.

Johannes Roberts directs this horror film inspired by the 2008 smash hit THE STRANGERS.

WATCH THE TRAILER:


Director: Johannes Roberts
Writers: Bryan Bertino and Ben Ketai
Producers: Wayne Marc Godfrey, James Harris, Robert Jones, Mark Lane

Cast: Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison, Lewis Pullman



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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

THE RED SKELTON HOUR IN COLOR: DELUXE EDITION -- DVD Review by Porfle



I remember loving "The Red Skelton Hour" when I was a kid, but over the years I sort of lost touch with my former TV comedy pal.  With Time-Life's 22-disc DVD collection THE RED SKELTON HOUR IN COLOR: DELUXE EDITION, I've discovered a treasure trove of prime comedy gold that brings the reasons I loved Red in the first place rushing back in waves of laughter.

One of the most endearing and uninhibited laugh-getters in TV comedy history, Red took an obvious delight in performing which was highly infectious to any audience he happened to be in front of.  One-liners, silly stories, wacky characters and voices, and a master's skill at pantomime were all parts of the comedy arsenal he wielded so exquisitely in his endless quest to entertain.

In these priceless segments, Red is an ad-lib machine who clearly has a ball churning out jokes and one-liners off the cuff while keeping the audience, and often his co-stars, howling with laughter.  This gives the impression that we're watching the dress rehearsal, the preliminary run-through of the show in which everything's loose and improvisational (in his later taped shows, this may in fact be true!)


Red doesn't just break the "fourth wall"; he acts as though it doesn't exist, and never did.  The audience is always in on every joke from start to finish, and his adlibs are almost always directed at them.  This gives the whole thing a delightful audience-participation vibe that heightens our enjoyment of the show.

This is especially true in the early live shows (recorded onto 16mm film as kinescopes) with exciting live-audience performances that capture Red at his most energetic and uninhibited.  Eight discs in this set make up the four-volume "The Red Skelton Show: The Early Years (1951-1955)" which is prime early Red at the beginning of his 20-year network run on NBC and CBS.

These are brisk half-hour shows in black-and-white which are solid comedy save for the occasional musical guest.  Red performs some of his greatest characters including country hick Clem Kadiddlehopper, quickwitted tramp Freddy the Freeloader, washed-up boxer Cauliflower McPugg, tippler Willie Lump-Lump, Sheriff Deadeye, Lord Beaverhead, George Appleby, seagulls Gertrude and Heathcliff, and several others.


Familiar guest performers include Billy Barty, Sheree North, Charles "Buchinski" Bronson, Ann Southern, June Foray, Mike Mazurki, Gil Perkins, Benny Rubin, Ed Sullivan, Johnny Carson, Jackie Gleason, Milton Berle, Bob Hope, and John Wayne, as well as Red's wife Georgia ("Little Red") and kids Valentina and Richard. Red also works the plugs for that night's sponsor, such as Tide or Geritol, into the skits in humorous ways. 

The 10-disc set "The Red Skelton Hour In Color" continues the fun and hilarity onward into Red's later shows with 31 hour-long color episodes from the 60s.  These keep the fun going full-tilt with twice the amount of jokes and pantomime (the latter represented by the regular feature "The Silent Spot").

Among Red's guests are John Wayne (spoofing his "Rooster Cogburn" character), Milton Berle, Martha Raye, Tim Conway, Phyllis Diller, Mickey Rooney, Nipsey Russell, George Gobel, Robert Goulet, Merv Griffin, Mike Connors, Liberace, Carol Wayne, and more.  (Look for ubiquitous extra Bess Flowers in one of the "Silent Spot" segments.)  Musical guests include Simon and Garfunkel, the Fifth Dimension, the Association, and Lou Rawls. 

A special treat for horror fans is the episode featuring guests Boris Karloff and Vincent Price as father-and-son mad scientists who try to turn Clem Kadiddlehopper into a robot.  (Boris and Vincent even sing!)  The set also features a bonus Skelton biography, "America's Clown", and interviews with Vicki Lawrence and Bobby Rydell.



"The Best of Red Skelton: The Complete 20th Season" encompasses Red's final hours of network series TV in 23 episodes on three discs.  These shows get a lot of mileage poking fun at the hippies and other aspects of the era, featuring several then-current stars as well as some old favorites.  Among these are Raymond Burr, Jerry Lewis, Barbara Anderson, Robert Wagner, Jill St. John, Walter Brennan, Gene Barry, Dan Blocker, Eva Gabor, Wally Cox, Tony Randall, Telly Savalas, Godfrey Cambridge, and Michael Landon.

Finally, "Red Skelton: The Farewell Specials" contains four hour-long shows that Red did for HBO years after he'd gone off the air but was still going strong.  "Red Skelton's Christmas Dinner" is a Yuletide Freddy the Freeloader adventure with Vincent Price and Imogene Coca playing fellow vagrants who understand the true meaning of the season.  (Look for Cec Linder, who played Felix Leiter in GOLDFINGER.) 

"More Funny Faces", "Funny Faces III", and "A Royal Command Performance" capture Red's enduring brilliance as a live stage performer as he mesmerizes crowds in Canada and England, including members of the royal family. 

Red Skelton was one of the best stand-up comics of all time and a master of pantomime, endlessly energetic and inventive, appealing to all ages, versatile, and bursting with fun and goodwill.  Even his tendency toward maudlin sentiment can be forgiven (and, if need be, fast-forwarded through) in light of the wealth of comic brilliance one can enjoy watching his priceless recorded performances.  For fans of Red and of comedy in general, THE RED SKELTON HOUR IN COLOR: DELUXE EDITION is a treasure chest of comedy gold.


Order it from Time-Life


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"FAST CONVOY" -- Action-Thriller VOD Release 12/5



FAST CONVOY

"A film that kicks off at 100 mph and manages to maintain that pace" -- THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Opening on VOD in US & CANADA Nationwide on Tuesday, December 5 on all major platforms including iTunes, Sony, Google Play, Amazon, Microsoft, Vudu, Comcast, Charter, Cox, Vimeo, and various other cable operators.

Seven men, four cars and 1,300 kilos of cannabis leave Malaga, southern Spain, headed for Creil on the outskirts of Paris.

But for Alex, Yacine and Majid, what should be a regular run turns into a fatal convoy.

When Nadia, a young tourist traveling home from Morocco joins them, she’s dragged into their high adrenaline adventure. For one night, she and the audience are immersed in the violent reality of drug trafficking.

VIEW TRAILER:


From director Frédéric Schoendoerffer, master of the French thriller genre movies (Secret Agents, Crime Insiders) and starring Benoît Magimel (The Piano Teacher, La Haine), Reem Kherici, and Tewfik Jallab.

Action/Thriller- France | 112 mins | Color | In French with English subtitles

OTHER INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED FILMS ALSO RELEASED BY UNDER THE MILKY WAY ON ALL MAJOR VOD PLATFORMS ON DECEMBER 5:

THANK YOU FOR CALLING
French Biopic based on the life of the man who invented the "CEO scam"
Starring: Vincent Elbaz, Julie Gayet
(Directed by: Pascal Elbé, France, 98 mins)

DALIDA
French Biopic of the legendary singer and performer Dalida.
Starring: Sveva Alviti, Riccardo Scamarcio, and Jean-Paul Rouve
(Directed by Lisa Azuelos (LOL, QUANTUM LOVE), France, 124 mins)



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"THE STAR" -- Sony Pictures Animation's New All-Star Take On The Classic Christmas Story



"THE STAR"

From Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, and Walden Media

Animated
November 17, 2017


In Sony Pictures Animation's The Star, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill.

One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a loveable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations.

Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become unlikely heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas.

WATCH THE TRAILER:



Directed by: Timothy Reckart
  
Screenplay by: Carlos Kotkin

Story by: Simon Moore and Carlos Kotkin

Executive Producers:     DeVon Franklin
Lisa Henson
Brian Henson

Producer:     Jennifer Magee-Cook

Cast:
Steven Yeun (Bo the donkey)
Gina Rodriguez (Mary)
Zachary Levi (Joseph)
Keegan-Michael Key (Dave the dove)
Kelly Clarkson (Leah the horse)
Anthony Anderson (Zach the goat)
Aidy Bryant (Ruth the sheep)
Ving Rhames (Thaddeus the dog)
Gabriel Iglesias (Rufus the dog)
Patricia Heaton (Edith the cow)
Kristin Chenoweth (Abby the Mouse)
Christopher Plummer (King Herod)
and Tracy Morgan (Felix)
and Tyler Perry (Cyrus)
and Oprah Winfrey (Deborah)

This film is not yet rated by the MPAA. For future ratings information refer to http://www.filmratings.com. Credits not final



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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

"Seinfeld: The Complete Series" Available to Download to Own on Digital For The First Time



"Seinfeld: The Complete Series" Available to Download to Own on Digital For The First Time Including All Nine Seasons

Starring the multiple award-winning quartet of  Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards and Jason Alexander, Seinfeld: The Complete Series is now available to download to own on Digital today for the first time ever from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Fans now have an all-access pass to all 180 episodes across the series' nine seasons and have the option to purchase individual episodes, full seasons or the entire series.


From classic episodes like "The Soup Nazi," "The Bubble Boy," and "The Muffin Tops," to historic moments such as Jerry's Today show appearance in the infamous Puffy Shirt and George's scenes with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner to the emergence of iconic catch phrases like "Yada Yada Yada," "Double-dipping," "No soup for you!" and "Shrinkage," fans can finally complete their digital collection with all things Seinfeld.

http://www.sonypictures.com/tv/seinfeld/



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Monday, November 13, 2017

"BABES WITH BLADES" Steampunk Action-Fantasy Slices Its Way to North American Audiences Early 2018 -- DVD/VOD Release (1/2)



BREAKING GLASS UNLEASHES BABES WITH BLADES

Action-Fantasy’s North American DVD & VOD
Roll-Out Begins January 2


Philadelphia, PA, November 13, 2017--Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to the steampunk, action-fantasy film BABES WITH BLADES. Breaking Glass acquired rights to the film in August in a deal negotiated between Breaking Glass CEO Rich Wolff and Brian Sweet of APL Films. The film will arrive on DVD & VOD January 2.

Featuring UK stuntwomen from the infamous Babes with Blades Theater Group, BABES WITH BLADES stars Cecily Fay (Prometheus, The Huntsman: Winters War, Star Wars), Lauren Okadigbo (Justice League, Wonder Woman), Yennis Cheung (Skyfall, Death Race 4), and punk icon John Robb.

On the dark streets of Draiga, a mining colony occupied by the Visray Empire, lives Azura, the last of a fearsome warrior race known as the Sarnians. After witnessing her once beautiful home world turn into a lifeless husk, Azura must fight to the death in the gladiatorial ring to stay alive.

Meanwhile, a group of human freedom fighters form a resistance, seeking to try and protect their families from the oppressive and cruel rule of the Visray Section Commander Sorrentine.

Unbeknownst to Azura, the fate of all humans on Draiga is about to rest in her hands. Can she survive long enough to save her colony?

Starting January 2, BABES WITH BLADES will be available to buy/rent on the following platforms: iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play, PlayStation, Xbox, Vudu, and On Demand through local cable and satellite providers.

WATCH THE TRAILER:


BABES WITH BLADES
 Genre: Action/Fantasy
Running Time: ​​​​​​​96 min.
Rating: NR
Language: English
Audio: Dolby 5.1
SRP: $24.99
UPC Code: 855184007242

Cast: Cecily Fay, Lauren Okadigbo, Yennis Cheung, John Robb
Director: Cecily Fay
Written by: Cecily Fay
Producer: Cecily Fay



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Terror Films Wants To Takes You On A Ride to Hell with "DEATH ON SCENIC DRIVE"



Terror Films Wants To Takes You On A Ride to Hell with DEATH ON SCENIC DRIVE!

LOS ANGELES, CA (Monday, Nov. 13th, 2017): This November, Terror Films suggests you take the scenic route with their new, thriller DEATH ON SCENIC DRIVE. This horrifying film will be available on Friday, November 17th on multiple digital platforms. This genre distributor is sharing the official poster, trailer and several stills ahead of the film’s release, right here.

The story follows a young woman named Larissa who takes a housesitting job in the secluded, snow-covered countryside. What she expects to be a simple, relaxing job -  soon takes a dark, twisted turn. While exploring the property, she discovers a set of disturbing drawings that include illustrations of satanic symbols. This leads to the appearance of an entity that haunts the property. Its goal is to transform Larissa into Death itself!


DEATH ON SCENIC DRIVE has a large cast and crew. The film was directed by Gabriel Carrer (In the House of Flies, 2011). As well, the film stars: Ry Barrett (The Demolisher, 2015), Stephanie Ash, Brianna Lamarre, Faith Singleton, and Amanda Lamarre.

Also, DEATH ON SCENIC DRIVE was an Official Selection at the Dedfest International Genre Film Festival (Canada, 2017), the Lund International Fantastic Film Festival (Sweden, 2017), Hard:Line International Film Festival (Germany, 2017) and Feratum (Mexico, 2017). The film will soon be available to many more fans this week.

In their ongoing effort to bring the best and most diverse indie horror content to the masses, Terror Films will release this film across multiple digital platforms. Platforms will include: iTunes, Amazon Instant/Prime, Vudu, Google Play/YouTube and XBox Live, in North America. This release will be followed by a worldwide digital release through iFlix, shortly.

The official DEATH ON SCENIC DRIVE trailer:

A fan page: https://www.facebook.com/deathonscenicdrive
For more information on Terror Films, visit: www.terrorfilms.net
Or: www.facebook.com/TerrorFilmsLLC/



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