Tickets are now on sale for the April 4th kick off the Phoenix Film Festival!!

To kick off the Phoenix Film Festival this year, they’ve planned for us a wonderful evening full of film, food and music!
Attending the kick off is also the best way you can show your support for the student education programs of the Phoenix Film Festival… something they’re very proud of.

Here are the details…


The Film is:

‘EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL, AND VILE’

Starring Zac Efron, Lily Collins, and directed by Academy Award Nominated Director, Joe Berlinger, who will be in attendance to participate in a Q&A following the film.

A picture of domestic bliss, the happy couple seems to have it all figured out until out of nowhere, their perfect life is shattered. Ted is arrested and charged with a series of increasingly grisly murders. Concern soon turns to paranoia and, as evidence piles up, Liz is forced to consider that the man with whom she shares her life could actually be a psychopath.

The Food is:

Food and festivities will be held in the Party Pavilion with tastes from some of the best restaurants in town including:
Brat Haus, The Capital Grille, The Dhaba, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Cien Agaves, Paul Martin’s American Grille, PAZ Cantina, and The Melting Pot. And when you’re full, it’s time to go to the theatre for the Phoenix Film Festival’s Opening Night Film.

The Music is:

76th STREET PERFORMS

Haley & Spencer/76TH STREET are Dynamic Singer, Songwriter, Entertainers. 
Engaging audiences with their stories of Strength, Independence and Love throughout the Western States, performing 100+ shows annually, they are Arizona’s #1 Indie/Pop Power Duo.

How exciting!  Come sample some tasty delights, listen to live entertainment and see a star-packed film with a live Q&A afterward. Hurry and get your tickets now for the Phoenix Film Festival event!
This is what you wait all year for. See you there!

FREE Screening of Oscar-Winning Film, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, at Sun Devil Stadium!

Missed it at the theatre??  Here’s your chance to see it for free!! Come catch a screening of the Oscar-Winning Film, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, at Sun Devil Stadium! Here’s all the information you need:

WHAT: Arizona State University students and the extended Phoenix community will have a chance to watch SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE inside Sun Devil Stadium. The event will feature a special pre-recorded interview with the directors of the film, Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti and Rodney Rothman, made especially for us!! The interview and free screening were inspired in part by the Projecting All Voices initiative at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Students and the public can RSVP here!

WHEN: Friday, March 29 | 6:30 p.m.   *Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Sun Devil Stadium at Arizona State University

500 E. Veterans Way, Tempe, 85287

Parking free in LOT 59 (north side of stadium)

Use NORTHEAST and SOUTHEAST stadium gates for entry   


DETAILS: 
This year’s Oscar-winning film for Best Animated Feature promotes a message of innovation and inclusion.  

Directors Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti and Rodney Rothman bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind.  Spider-Man™: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

The directors will speak about the importance that inclusion had on the making of the film. The storyline and its theme of inclusion inspired the hashtag #AnyoneCanWearTheMask. Attendees will be given Spider-Man masks to put on when prompted by the directors at the end of the interview.

This event is hosted by ASU 365 Community Union. The interview was made possible by ASU Film Spark, Marvel Studios, Sony Pictures Animation and ASU alumnus, Michael Helfant.

For more information, please visit the Facebook event page.

To RSVP, visit the ASU 365 Community Union website.

The Phoenix Film Festival has announced that the family-friendly, ‘Kids’ Day’ will take place on Saturday, April 6!!

PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL TO HOST KIDS’ DAY SATURDAY, APRIL 6

PHOENIX (March 20, 2019) – The Phoenix Film Festival has announced the family-friendly, Kids’ Day to take place on Saturday, April 6. Kids’ Day is a great way for kids of all ages to come out and experience the festival. Attendees can select from a series of hands-on activity stations focusing on different aspects of film production and geared to various age and ability levels. Stations are age-appropriate and run the full gamut of the filmmaking process…and best yet, it’s FREE! Some of the fun activities include:

  • Test out your acting chops against a green screen presented by Arizona State University
  • Learn techniques of stop motion animation
  • Create your own soundtrack with instruments from the Musical Instrument Museum
  • Create your own festival poster
  • At the conclusion of the activities, guests are invited to a $5 family-friendly screening of DisneyNature’s “Penguins” (Showing at 1:05 pm)

Disneynature’s all-new feature film “Penguins” is a coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family. None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he’s targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after. From the filmmaking team behind “Bears” and “Chimpanzee,” Disneynature’s “Penguins” opens in theaters nationwide in time for Earth Day 2019.

The 19th Annual Phoenix Film Festival, occurring this year from its opening night on April 4th to its conclusion on April 14th, is rapidly approaching. Continually breaking attendance records since its inception, last years’ festival saw over 28,000 attendees and there are hopes to pull in even more film enthusiasts this year.  The week-long Festival will be held once again at Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theaters located at 7000 E. Mayo Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85054. 

If you are a movie lover, this is an event that is not to be missed. Tickets and passes are on sale now and available through the Phoenix Film Festival website www.phoenixfilmfestival.com.  Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Phoenix Film Festival Ticket Center next to the Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theater. Tickets range in price from $15 for a single screening to $450 for a platinum pass.   For more information call 602-955-6444 or go to www.phoenixfilmfestival.com.

THE PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL STARTS APRIL 4th! Get some info here!!

Today is the first of March! What this means is the Phoenix Film Festival, which runs from April 4th to 14th, is fast approaching!

The festival already has the first round of the film’s up on their site and will be adding more films to it over the next few weeks. Time to start looking at what to go see and get your tickets early so you don’t miss out… as I did a few times last year!

Prepare ahead of time! You don’t want to miss out!

A Star Is Born IMAX announcement!

BRADLEY COOPER’S “A STAR IS BORN” RECEIVES SPECIAL

ONE-WEEK IMAX® ENGAGEMENT

 

The director’s critically acclaimed and hugely successful debut will screen for one week beginning December 7 at select IMAX theatres across North America, followed by

special, behind-the-scenes footage featuring Cooper and co-star Lady Gaga

Burbank, CA – December 3, 2018 – Beginning on December 7 and for just one week, Warner Bros. Pictures’, Live Nation Productions’ and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures’ “A Star Is Born” will receive a national engagement in select IMAX® theatres throughout the U.S. and Canada.  In addition to experiencing the film for the first time in IMAX, audiences will be treated to “The Road to Stardom,” an exclusive look at the making of “A Star Is Born,” featuring director/star/writer/producer Bradley Cooper and star Lady Gaga, both of whom also wrote and produced many of the film’s songs, as well as performed them live for the movie.

            Jeff Goldstein, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, said, “Securing premium IMAX screens in this competitive holiday window, ten weeks into release, speaks to the quality of the film Bradley Cooper has delivered and the passion audiences have for this story.  We are thrilled to be able to give moviegoers a chance to see ‘A Star Is Born’ again, or for the first time, in such an experiential format as IMAX.”

About “A Star Is Born”

In “A Star Is Born,” Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga fuse their considerable talents to depict the raw and passionate tale of Jack and Ally, two artistic souls coming together, on stage and in life.  Theirs is a complex journey through the beauty and the heartbreak of a relationship struggling to survive.

In this new take on the iconic love story, four-time Oscar nominee Cooper (“American Sniper,” “American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook”), makes his directorial debut, and also stars alongside multiple award-winning, Oscar-nominated music superstar Gaga in her first leading role in a major motion picture.  Cooper portrays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally.  She has given up on her dream to become a successful singer until she meets Jack, who immediately sees her natural talent.

            The film also stars Andrew Dice Clay (“Blue Jasmine”), with Dave Chappelle (“Chi-Raq”) and Sam Elliott, whose nearly 50-year career includes standout performances in such films as “Mask,” “Tombstone” and, most recently, “The Hero.”

In addition to playing Ally, Gaga—who earned an Oscar nod for the song “Til It Happens to You” from the film “The Hunting Ground”—performs original songs in the film with Cooper, which they wrote with a handful of artists, including Lukas Nelson, Jason Isbell and Mark Ronson.  The music is original and all vocals for the movie were recorded live during filming.

            “A Star Is Born” was produced by Bill Gerber, Jon Peters, Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips and Lynette Howell Taylor.  Ravi Mehta, Basil Iwanyk, Niija Kuykendall, Sue Kroll, Michael Rapino and Heather Parry served as executive producers.  The screenplay was written by Oscar-winner Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump”) and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters.

Cooper’s behind-the-scenes team included Oscar-nominated director of photography Matthew Libatique (“Black Swan”), production designer Karen Murphy (“The Light Between Oceans”), three-time Oscar-nominated editor Jay Cassidy (“American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Into the Wild”), and costume designer Erin Benach (“Loving”).

            Warner Bros. Pictures Presents, in association with Live Nation Productions, in association with Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures, a Jon Peters/Bill Gerber/Joint Effort Production, “A Star Is Born.”  The film is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.  It is rated R for language throughout, some sexuality/nudity and substance abuse.

www.astarisbornmovie.com

Mission: Impossible – Fallout | New Featurette Available Now!

Experience Mission: Impossible – Fallout in theatres, RealD 3D and IMAX on July 27, 2018

 

SYNOPSIS

The best intentions often come back to haunt you. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) along with some familiar allies (Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan) in a race against time after a mission gone wrong.  Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Kirby also join the dynamic cast with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie returning to the helm.

 WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY

Christopher McQuarrie

PRODUCED BY

Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie, Jake Myers, J.J. Abrams

STARRING

Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kirby,

Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin, Wes Bentley, Frederick Schmidt

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BOY ERASED and ON THE BASIS OF SEX Release Date Announcements

Focus Features will release Anonymous Content’s BOY ERASED on November 2, 2018 (limited), moving off of September 28, and Participant Media’s ON THE BASIS OF SEX on December 25, 2018 (limited), moving off of November 9, both in North America.  

About BOY ERASED:

Academy Award® nominee Lucas Hedges (Manchester By the Sea) stars alongside Academy Award® winners Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”, The Hours) and Russell Crowe (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind) in Anonymous Content’s BOY ERASED.  Joel Edgerton (The Gift, Loving) directs, writes, produces and co-stars in the emotional coming-of-age and coming out drama about a young man’s journey to self-acceptance.  

BOY ERASEDtells the story of Jared (Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents (Kidman and Crowe) at age 19.  Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a conversion therapy program – or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith.  Boy Erased is the true story of one young man’s struggle to find himself while being forced to question every aspect of his identity. 

Edgerton produces alongside Anonymous Content’s Kerry Kohansky-Roberts and Steve Golin, an Academy Award-winning producer of Best Picture Oscar winner Spotlight.  Troye Sivan, Xavier Dolan, Cherry Jones, Michael “Flea” Balzary, Joe Alwyn, Emily Hinkler, Jesse LaTourette, David Joseph Craig, Théodore Pellerin, Madelyn Cline, and Britton Sear co-star. BOY ERASED will be released by Focus Features.

About ON THE BASIS OF SEX

Academy Award® nominee Felicity Jones stars in ON THE BASIS OF SEX, the inspiring and spirited true story that follows young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she teams with her husband Marty to bring a groundbreaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals and overturn a century of gender discrimination.  The feature will premiere in 2018 in line with Justice Ginsburg’s 25th anniversary on the Supreme Court.

For ON THE BASIS OF SEX, Jones is joined by co-stars Armie Hammer as Marty Ginsburg, Justin Theroux, Academy Award® winner Kathy Bates, Academy Award® nominee Sam Waterston, Jack Reynor, and Cailee Spaeny.  Mimi Leder (Deep Impact, “The Leftovers”) directs with Robert Cort producing a screenplay written by Daniel Stiepleman.  ON THE BASIS OF SEXwill be released by Focus Features.

EVIL RESURFACES IN DERRY AS CAMERAS ROLL ON NEW LINE CINEMA’S “IT CHAPTER TWO”

BURBANK, CA, July 2, 2018 – Principal photography has begun on New Line Cinema’s “IT CHAPTER TWO,” director Andy Muschietti’s follow-up to 2017’s critically acclaimed and massive worldwide box office hit “IT,” which grossed over $700 million globally.  Both redefining and transcending the genre, “IT” became part of the cultural zeitgeist as well as the highest-grossing horror film of all time.

Because every 27 years evil revisits the town of Derry, Maine, “IT CHAPTER TWO” brings the characters—who’ve long since gone their separate ways—back together as adults, nearly three decades after the events of the first film.  Bill Skarsgård returns in the seminal role of Pennywise.  James McAvoy (“Split,” upcoming “Glass”) stars as Bill, Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Mama”) as Beverly, Bill Hader (HBO’s “Barry,” “The Skeleton Twins”) as Richie, Isaiah Mustafa (TV’s “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”) as Mike, Jay Ryan (TV’s “Mary Kills People”) as Ben, James Ransone (HBO’s “The Wire”) as Eddie, and Andy Bean (“Allegiant,” Starz’ “Power”) as Stanley. 

Reprising their roles as the original members of the Losers Club are Jaeden Lieberher as Bill, Wyatt Oleff as Stanley, Sophia Lillis as Beverly, Finn Wolfhard as Richie, Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben, Chosen Jacobs as Mike, and Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie.

Muschietti directs from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman (“IT,” “Annabelle: Creation”) based on the novel by Stephen King.  Barbara Muschietti, Dan Lin and Roy Lee are producing the film.  Marty Ewing, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg are the executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Checco Varese (“The 33”), Oscar-winning production designer Paul D. Austerberry (“The Shape of Water”), editor Jason Ballantine (“IT,” “Mad Max: Fury Road”), and Oscar-nominated costume designer Luis Sequeira (“The Shape of Water,” “Mama”).

Production will take place in Toronto, Canada.

Set to open in theaters September 6, 2019, “IT CHAPTER TWO” is a New Line Cinema production.  It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Photo Caption:

(L-r) JESSICA CHASTAIN as Beverly, JAMES McAVOY as Bill, ISAIAH MUSTAFA as Mike, JAY RYAN as Ben, JAMES RANSONE as Eddie, BILL HADER as Richie and ANDY BEAN as Stanley in New Line Cinema’s horror thriller “IT CHAPTER TWO,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.   Photo by Brooke Palmer

COMPLETELY FREE “MAMMA MIA!” event happening on Mother’s Day at Harkins Camelview at Fashion Square!

Need something for your mother and you to do this weekend?

Take her to a free screening of ‘Mamma Mia!’ as you both get ready for ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again!’ to release on July 20th!!

Only 25 markets will be getting this special MammasDaySingAlong version of the film and Phoenix is one of them!!

These screenings are 100% free at all 25 locations, no strings attached.

This means you don’t even need a ticket to enter.

You just show up at the theater and if there are seats available, they’ll let you in.

No ticketing needed, nothing to reserve in advance, and no purchases required.

-Find out more at WWW.MammasDaySingAlong.com

Ten years after Mamma Mia! The Movie grossed more than $600 million around the world, you are invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA.  With the film’s original cast returning and new additions including Lily James (Cinderella, Baby Driver), the musical comedy will open on July 20, 2018.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman, producers of the original film.  Craymer is also the creator and producer of the worldwide smash-hit stage musical.

Ol Parker, writer of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, writes and directs the sequel from a story by Catherine Johnson, Richard Curtis and Parker.  Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus return to provide music and lyrics and serve as executive producers.  Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Phyllida Lloyd, Richard Curtis and Nicky Kentish Barnes also serve as executive producers.

Reprising their roles from Mamma Mia! The Movie are Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep as Donna, Julie Walters as Rosie and Christine Baranski as Tanya.  Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper reunite as Sophie and Sky, while Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård and Oscar® winner Colin Firth return to play Sophie’s three possible dads: Sam, Bill and Harry.

As the film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present, James will play the role of Young Donna.  Filling the roles of Young Rosie and Young Tanya are Alexa Davies (A Brilliant Young Mind) and Jessica Keenan Wynn (Broadway’s Beautiful).  Young Sam will be played by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), while Young Bill is Josh Dylan (Allied) and Young Harry is Hugh Skinner (Kill Your Friends).

Genre: Musical Comedy

Cast: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Lily James, Josh Dylan, Hugh Skinner, Jeremy Irvine, Alexa Davies, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Andy Garcia and Cher

Written and Directed by: Ol Parker

MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN – In Theaters July 20

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Hidden Content Launches With World Premiere of “The Caretaker” VR at Tribeca Film Festival

New York, NY (April 23, 2018) – Filmmakers Jacob Wasserman, Adam Donald and Ant Gentile announced today the formation of Hidden Content, a full-service virtual reality. Their first project was unveiled yesterday at the Tribeca Film Festival with the world premiere of their narrative 360 Cinema project The Caretaker, the first installment of an original horror anthology series.

Created by Wasserman and Donald as well as filmmaker Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes Of My Mother, Piercing),  The Caretaker stars Adelaide Clemens, Tom Lipinski, Clara Wong and Diana Agostini, was produced by Max Born and Schuyler Weiss and executive produced by Gentile and Kimberly Parker. The pilot was a co-production with RealMotion Inc. and audio services were provided by Hobo Audio.

Hidden Content has also teamed with film producer and financier Max Born to produce and acquire a slate of VR films and series, as well as develop a VR/AR distribution platform.

Wasserman, Donald and Gentile have been working in the virtual reality and 360 cinema space for some time, having produced high profile VR commercials and branded content experiences, including Samsung’s “Anatomy of Ski” 4D VR Experience for the 2018 Winter Olympics, featuring Olympic gold medalist downhill skier Bode Miller and “360 Meals,” a journey inside celebrity chef Daniel Boulud’s Michelin-starred flagship restaurant, Daniel.

The trio’s first narrative effort, the interactive VR thriller Broken Night starring Emily Mortimer and Alessandro Nivola, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2017 and was also featured at Cannes NEXT 2017.

Hidden Content and Max Born are currently in development on three additional VR genre series and are in talks with outside creators to acquire new content to build out their 2018 project slate.