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Universal Pictures celebrates 50th anniversary of “The Sting” film




The Sting. (2023, November 26). In Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sting

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Nov. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the landmark Oscar® winning classic, The Sting, Universal Pictures announces an exclusive screening event of the stunning 4K restoration of the 1973 film, starring Academy Award® winners Robert Redford and Paul Newman, at the legendary TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, on December 11, 2023, at 7 p.m. pacific.

The special screening event will include a panel discussion moderated by acclaimed Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz. The panel will feature The Sting‘s Academy Award® winning producers Tony Bill and Michael Phillips, the film’s Oscar® winning screenwriter David S. Ward, former studio executive and Academy Award® nominated producer Mike Medavoy and revered literary agent Stu Miller.

Tickets for the event are available now and can be purchased at tclchinesetheatres.com, here.

The 4K restoration, released in 2021, is available from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and Digital.  

Directed by Oscar® winner George Roy Hill at the dawn of the new Hollywood in the 1970s, The Sting stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford as two con men in 1930s Chicago. After a friend is killed by the mob, they try to get even by attempting to pull off the ultimate “sting.” No one is to be trusted as the twists unfold, leading up to one of the greatest double-crosses in movie history.

Also starring Academy Award® nominee Robert Shaw, Robert Earl Jones, Oscar® nominee Charles Durning, Ray Walston, Academy Award® nominee Eileen Brennan and Oscar® nominee Sally Kirkland, the film, written by David S. Ward and produced by Tony Bill, Michael Phillips and Julia Phillips—the first woman in history to win an Oscar® for Best Picture—would become a critical and commercial phenomenon.

Nominated for 10 Academy Awards® and winning seven —including for Best Picture, Writing, Directing, Editing, Costume Design, Art Direction and for Marvin Hamlisch’s musical score, anchored by Scott Joplin’s unforgettable, iconic song, “The Entertainer”—The Sting would become the second highest grossing film of the year and has endured as a beloved cornerstone of arguably the most innovative and daring decade in American cinema. 

About Universal Pictures Home Entertainment 
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE – www.uphe.com) is a unit of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG). UFEG produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment worldwide in various media formats for theatrical, home entertainment, television and other distribution platforms, as well as consumer products, interactive gaming and live entertainment. The global division includes Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Brand Development, Fandango, DreamWorks Animation Film and Television. UFEG is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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Celebrating 25 Years of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace with a Theatrical Return

“Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace celebrates its 25th anniversary with a limited theatrical return from May 3 – May 5, 2024. May the Force be with you!”



Exciting news has been unveiled for Star Wars fans worldwide as Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace is set to make a grand return to theaters from May 3 to May 5, 2024, in celebration of its 25th anniversary. The announcement, shared by Empire Magazine, comes adorned with a stunning new poster by artist Matt Ferguson, adding to the fervor surrounding this iconic film.

The re-release promises to transport audiences back to the captivating world of Star Wars, featuring unforgettable moments such as the intense Darth Maul vs. Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon Jinn duel, the exhilarating Boonta Eve Podrace, and the epic battle of Naboo. This cinematic experience is a chance to relive the origins of the Skywalker Saga, witness Anakin Skywalker’s initial encounter with the Jedi, the galactic civil war’s nascent stages, and the insidious machinations of Palpatine.

As fans eagerly anticipate the return of The Phantom Menace to the big screen, Empire Magazine has unveiled exclusive photos of the original cast, including beloved characters and thrilling scenes that have left an indelible mark on the Star Wars universe.

To complement this exciting revival, Empire Magazine has prepared an issue dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Star Wars prequels, featuring insightful interviews with key cast members like Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, and more. Additionally, readers can delve into the behind-the-scenes magic with producers, stunt coordinators, and concept designers, exploring iconic sequences and rarely-seen concept art from the trilogy.

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace – Trailer

With the anticipation building up, fans are encouraged to grab a copy of Empire’s special issue, available from February 15, to delve deeper into the legacy of The Phantom Menace. So, mark your calendars for this special cinematic event and relive the magic of Star Wars Episode 1 on the big screen once more.

Don’t miss out on this limited-time opportunity to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace in theaters from May 3. May the Force be with you as you embark on this nostalgic journey!

Source: starwarsnewsnet.com and Empire Magazine


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Exploring Multiverse and Human Emotions: INGRESS Hits Theatres

INGRESS: A mind-bending journey through the multiverse, exploring human emotions. A compelling cinematic experience awaits.



(Los Angeles, CA) February 5th, 2024 marks an exciting day for cinema enthusiasts as Glass House Distribution announces the acquisition of worldwide sales rights and the theatrical release of INGRESS, the directorial debut of the talented Rachel Noll James. An award-winning writer and filmmaker known for her works such as “Don’t Pass Me By,” “The Storyteller,” and “Inheritance,” Noll James steps into the director’s chair for INGRESS, a film that promises to take audiences on an extraordinary journey through the multiverse.

The story of INGRESS revolves around a woman, Riley, who possesses the unique ability to move between parallel realities. After the tragic loss of her husband, she must grapple with her past trauma to traverse different realities and find a world where her husband is still alive. This poignant and mind-bending narrative is a testament to Noll James’ prowess as both a writer and a director.

TRAILER: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjyMgQwoYak

The film, which had its theatrical release on January 23rd across ten theaters in the U.S., has been met with critical acclaim. The Los Angeles screening at the Glendale Laemmle Theatre from February 23rd through the 29th promises an immersive experience, with the director, cast, and crew present for a Q&A session.

Tom Malloy, president of Glass House Distribution, commends the film, stating, “We felt Ingress is compelling and unique, which is something that’s not common in today’s indie scene. This is a movie that makes you think and question the aspect of a multiverse.”

INGRESS has already made waves in the festival circuit, earning accolades such as Best Feature, Best Directorial Debut, and Best Lead Actress for Rachel Noll James at the Climax Festival International de Cinéma Indépendent. Critics have praised the film for its expansively surreal nature and tender, poignant storytelling, further solidifying its impact on audiences.

As Rachel Noll James describes, “As a filmmaker, I have found myself continually drawn to the complexities of human relationships. Ingress is a story seeded from experiences in my own life, and expanded to the farthest reaches of my imagination.” Her passion for exploring the human experience through the lens of the multiverse shines through in every frame of the film.

INGRESS marks the first narrative feature from Emergence Films, the production company co-founded by Noll James and Sienna Beckman, and it serves as a testament to their dedication to thought-provoking storytelling.

For those curious to explore the multiverse alongside Riley, further details about the film can be found on the official website, Instagram, Facebook, and IMDb.

As INGRESS continues to captivate audiences, it stands as a testament to the power of storytelling in exploring the depths of human emotions and the infinite possibilities of the multiverse. With its compelling narrative and powerful performances, INGRESS promises to be a cinematic journey unlike any other.

For more information about the film, visit:

Official Website: www.EmergenceFilms.us/Ingress

Instagram: www.instagram.com/IngressFilm

Facebook: www.facebook.com/IngressTheFilm

IMDb: https://pro.imdb.com/title/tt11557850/?ref_=nm_ovrvw_cr_kf_1

Hashtag: #IngressFilm

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Freestyle Digital Media Acquisition “WHAT HAPPENED AT 625 RIVER ROAD” Has Limited Theatrical Release Starting In New York City



LOS ANGELES /PRNewswire/ — Production company, District 51 Studios is pleased to announce that Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group, is acquiring North American VOD rights to the psychological thriller WHAT HAPPENED AT 625 RIVER ROAD, which will be available to rent/own on all digital HD internet, cable, and satellite platforms in North America, as well as on DVD, starting on January 12, 2024, through Freestyle Digital Media.

Prior to the digital release on January 12, 2024, WHAT HAPPENED AT 625 RIVER ROAD will have a limited city-by-city theatrical run this fall for one screening only in each in the following cities:

  • New York City (Premiere) – Thursday, October 26, 2023 (Regal Union Square)
  • New York City – Thursday, November 2, 2023 (Regal Union Square)
  • Boston – Thursday, November 9, 2023 (Tentative date) (theater TBA)
  • Philadelphia – Thursday, November 16, 2023 (Tentative date) (theater TBA)
  • Washington, DC – Thursday, November 30, 2023 (Tentative date) (theater TBA)
  • Atlanta – Thursday, December 7, 2023 (Tentative date) (theater TBA)
  • Los Angeles – Thursday, December 14, 2023 (Tentative date) (theater TBA)

WHAT HAPPENED AT 625 RIVER ROAD is a psychological thriller that follows two students, Laura and Kelly, who eagerly travel to New York where their seemingly ordinary rental home on 625 River Road becomes the epicenter of a spiral of enigmatic events. As the layers of mystery unfold, the pair must navigate a web of intrigue that blurs the line between reality and illusion. WHAT HAPPENED AT 625 RIVER ROAD entices audiences with a tantalizing blend of gripping, unconventional imagery, faceless figures emerging from the shadows, and eerie story elements.

Directed by Devon Jovi Johnson of District 51 Studios, WHAT HAPPENED AT 625 RIVER ROAD was written by Devon Jovi Johnson & Allen Worrell and produced by Devon Jovi Johnson and Bela Attila Kovacs. The ensemble cast features Francheska Pujols (‘Laura’), Silvana Jakich (‘Ms. Johnson’), Summer Foley (‘Kelly’), Matrell Smith (‘Detective Nickles’), and Pete Alex Marzecki (‘Tom’).

Freestyle Digital Media negotiated the deal to acquire WHAT HAPPENED AT 625 RIVER ROAD directly with Ryan Bury of MPX-Motion Picture Exchange

WHAT HAPPENED AT 625 RIVER ROAD trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJpDaphfBoU
WHAT HAPPENED AT 625 RIVER ROAD still photos: https://app.box.com/folder/232367810199?s=pk8e1bjfu7rrmwvkricn0q2e446sz2ee
WHAT HAPPENED AT 625 RIVER ROAD website: www.imdb.com/title/tt13523166/

About Freestyle Digital Media
The digital distribution unit of Byron Allen’s Allen Media GroupFreestyle Digital Media, is a premiere multi-platform distributor with direct partnerships across all major cable, digital and streaming platforms. Capitalizing on a robust infrastructure, proven track record and a veteran sales team, Freestyle Digital Media is a true home for independent films. Recent releases include DEAR ZOE starring Sadie Sink from the hit Netflix series STRANGER THINGS, Jessica Capshaw and Theo Rossi, BEST SUMMER EVER the teen musical featuring a fully integrated cast and crew of people with and without disabilities, produced by Jamie Lee Curtis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson, THE WEDDING YEAR starring Sarah Hyland and Anna Camp, THE LAST PHOTOGRAPH starring Danny Houston, BERSERK starring Nick Cannon, UNTOGETHER starring Jamie Dornan, Jemima Kirke, Ben Mendelsohn, Alice Eve and Billy Crystal. Other Freestyle titles include the action-comedy BETTER START RUNNING starring Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons and Maria Bello, THE BACHELORS starring Academy Award-winner J.K. Simmons, Julie Delpy and Odeya Rush, the award-winning documentary HONDROS produced by Jamie Lee Curtis and Jake Gyllenhaal, horror documentary DEMON HOUSE starring Zak Bagans, host of Travel Channel’s highest rated show Ghost Adventures, sci-fi thriller THE RECALL starring Wesley Snipes, MILES starring Molly Shannon and Paul Reiser.

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