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Most Guys Are Losers

His script included 20 revisions, but writer/director Eric Ustian never wavered about where his film, Most Guys Are Losers, would take place and be shot—Naperville, IL. “I always knew it had to take place in Naperville.,” says Ustian. “I wanted to promote the city and I love this place. I loved growing up here and in Chicago and wouldn’t shoot it anywhere else,”  

While the script attracted Hollywood heavyweights like Mira and Paul Sorvino, Ustian cast about 75% of the actors from the Chicago area, many of them being familiar names. Ustian said, “Belmont Cameli originally auditioned for a different role. We knew he had talent and wanted to see him read for the role of ‘Trevor,’ a former Naperville North High School quarterback. When Belmont presented his next read, he was wearing a Naperville North football jersey. I thought—this kid is either a method actor, or he actually played football at Naperville North… turns out he did play there.”  

In addition to Cameli, Ustian also cast a then-unknown South Side actor Kevin Miles. But, chances are you know him from the endless stream of national commercials he’s done as “Jake from State Farm.” Ustian took advantage of his hometown, with some “hometown discounts” as well. He managed to stretch his movie budget by filming part of it in his mom’s house.  “Her rates were pretty impressive,” he said, “You can’t beat Free.”  

Some of the film was shot at his friend’s bar, Frankies Blue Room, and the crew took advantage of capturing scenes on Naperville’s scenic Riverwalk. Most Guys Are Losers is a romantic comedy taking place over Thanksgiving weekend in Chicago. There, a college kid from California seeks approval from his girlfriend’s dad, a bar owner and author of the dating book, “Most Guys are Losers.” 

The cast includes: 

The film began shooting in November 2019. The pandemic put a pause on the intended production timeline, but it’s finally expected to premier in major cities this July 1. 

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Pirates

Coming-of-age movie Pirates will be released digitally on April 1st. The film is written and directed by Reggie Yates and starring Elliot Edusah, Jordan Peters, and Reda Elazouzar

It’s New Year’s Eve in 1999. Cappo (Elliot Edusah), Two Tonne (Jordan Peters), and Kid (Reda Elazouzar) drive through London in their tiny Peugeot 205, pumping a live garage set from the stereo and arguing about their Avirex jackets and Naf Naf imports. As the eighteen-year-olds step into adulthood, they know their lives and friendships are on the brink of change. Determined to end the century on a bang they drive from place to place in a desperate search for tickets to the best millennium party ever. In their efforts to end up somewhere, they end up closer together.

The film is being produced by Polly Leys and Kate Norrish and under Gunpowder & Sky Production company, known for 69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez and Netflix’s Cam, among various other projects. 

Screen Daily called the film, “Joyous… revolutionary… fresh and familiar, wholesome yet a little bit punky.” Black Girl Nerds stated, “What we get to see in Pirates is Black Boy Joy to its fullest.” The Observer referred to the film as a “grin-inducing romp” Reggie Yates is primarily a British television and radio actor, known for being a co-presenter of The Voice UK  and Top of the Pops, and playing Leo Jones in Doctor Who. He wrote and directed five short and feature-length films previously, including 2014’s Date Night which won best UK short film at the London Independent Film Festival.

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Twenty Eighth SLO Film Festival

The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival has announced five initial selections for the 28th edition of this year’s film festival. They include a recent hit out of Sundance, an award winner and an audience favorite from the film festival tour, an indie comedy with some familiar faces, and an international drama. As SLO Film Fest prepares to return to theaters and in-person events in April with signature and always-popular screening events like Surf Nite, and the Central Coast Filmmaker Showcase, these five films preview the variety and scope of the programming film fans can look forward to in what might be the most highly anticipated year yet for the film festival in the past three decades.

“This is a great sample size of films to tease what’s in store for our audiences this year,” said SLO Film Fest Festival Director Skye McLennan. “While we are hard at work to nail down the logistics and production details to make sure we come back in style and with all the fun and all of the great movie-loving energy that this film festival is known for, ultimately everything we do is built on the films we have selected. And we couldn’t be more thrilled with what we have got in store for everyone.” 

Mye Hoang‘s documentary Cat Daddies about men who have had their lives changed thanks to their pet cats is already a certified crowd-pleaser on the film festival tour, Justin Monroe‘s you-gotta-see-it-to-believe-it documentary Holy Frit, about artist Tim Carey and the artistic predicament he creates for himself won Best Documentary Feature at the Naples International Film Festival, and Rita Baghdadi‘s Sirens, about the growth pains of the first all-female thrash metal rock band in Lebanon, was a critical and popular hit out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

On the narrative side, Fabio Frey‘s My Dead Dad is a classic comic indie about a young man who inherits an apartment complex from his estranged dad and finds out from the tenants that he didn’t actually know the man. Among the film’s cast are Breaking Bad‘s Raymond Cruz, Red Rocket‘s Simon Rex, and Scarface‘s Steven Bauer. Representing the international offerings is Peter Luisi‘s Switzerland/Ukraine co-production, Princess, about the unexpected friendship that develops between a broken-down alcoholic and the young niece of his sister. Several years later, the now-grown woman is in trouble and the old man has an opportunity to repay her for her kindness when he was in need.

Passes are now on sale and information on the film festival can be found HERE

About San Luis Obispo International Film Festival

Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, San Luis Obispo’s laid-back vibe and serene natural beauty is the perfect setting for this highly regarded annual film celebration. Filmmakers rave about the warmth and attentiveness that is so much a part of the SLO Film fest experience, as does the swelling tide of industry pros and film critics who are fast discovering the film festival’s thoughtful audiences and unique programming sensibility.

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SPOTLIGHT: CARSON MACCORMAC

While chasing his dreams of becoming an actor, Canadian actor Carson MacCormac has established himself in the industry, and has plans to only expand his career as we head into 2022.

Carson can be found starring in East of the Middle West in the role of “Chris.” The film follows “Chris” as he navigates his life following his involvement in a fatal accident that leaves a mother and child dead. Through his interpretation of “Chris” in the film, Carson has been honored with the Best Actor award at the Montreal Independent Film Festival. Moreover, East of the Middle West was the closing film at the Chelsea Film Festival and won Best American Indie at the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival.

Carson additionally joined the cast of the withstanding Netflix series Locke and Key for both Season 2 and 3. The series follows the three Locke siblings as they work through their father’s peculiar murder. The siblings seek refuge in their mother’s ancestral home, also known as Keyhouse. Carson takes on the role of “Benjamin Locke,” a vague ancestor of the siblings, whose storyline is set in the 1700s. Season 2 of Locke and Key premiered in October 2021, and Season 3 premieres TBD in 2022.

Notorious for his role in DC Comics superhero movie SHAZAM!, Carson plays “Brett Breyer.” Carson can soon be found in the upcoming Netflix and Lionsgate thriller, Luckiest Girl Alive. 360 MAGAZINE had the opportunity to chat with Carson about his acting career, and what we can expect to see for the future of his career.

When did you know that you wanted to pursue a career in acting?

Before I realized how much work it would take to become one. When I was a kid, I would sit and watch movies and think “I could totally do that.” Little did I know just how much training goes into becoming an actor with even a basic level of competency. However, I knew I would pursue it for a living near the end of high school. Interestingly enough, it was once I started having to seriously work at the craft that I fell I became obsessed. A career is a kind way of putting what I lovingly refer to as an addiction. Once I fell in love with the work my course was kind of set for me.

What is the process that you go through to prep for a new role?

A lot of writing initially. I have a 5-page cheat sheet I made to ensure I always flesh out my characters, but that is only usually the initial prep. The fun work comes in the imagining of who my character is and why. Writing I find helps me organize my thoughts. It also ensures that any fleeting ideas I have to add depth to a role are jotted down for me to refer to later. Physicality is an important one for me, getting a character into my body as at the end of the day, that physical work is the majority of what the camera picks up. When I get my head around a character, get my body into the role and get my lines down, I just let it all go and have fun with it.

What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned from the acting world?

One of my personal favorites is the reminder to stay curious and imaginative through all assets of life. Curiosity of self, of others and of things is, in my opinion, one of the purest forms of purpose humans can have. Acting has forced me to question everything, oftentimes myself included, and plunge into characters with circumstances and motives far removed from my own. That curiosity I find is a stream to the more pleasant qualities of people such as empathy, perspective, and self-reflection.

What is a bucket list goal that you want to accomplish in your career?

I would love to star in something that I wrote. It would have to come down the line, as I still have a lot to learn as a writer, but to take a page out of Good Will Hunting, I think the chance to build-a-bear a role that I could then portray would be incredibly enjoyable. That, to me, is also one of the most terrifying tasks I can think of for myself, which is why I think it excites me so much.

What is your #1 piece of advice for aspiring actors/ actresses?

Number one is to always ask why. Ask it about everything, as curiosity and a questioning mind is what I found helped me grow the most as an actor. Another important one that I found helped me a lot is to not take yourself too seriously. Actors are asked to play make believe for a living, oftentimes in highly emotional situations. The industry and the world is going to be hard enough on you, and so I find it important to be forgiving and understanding with yourself if the industry starts to wear you down. Your instrument will grow much faster in a healthy mindset than in one that is self-deprecating or judgmental.

What was the biggest takeaway from being a part of “East of Middle West?”

Externally, a lot of friends. I wish I could have taken that whole cast and crew home with me back to Canada but alas, airlines have a baggage limit. Personally, East of Middle West helped me learn to trust myself. Our shooting schedule was incredibly fast paced, with emotional scenes and high stakes. With such little prep time, a large part of my process became just letting go and flowing within scenes and seeing what would happen. It was at first, terrifying, but as filming went along, I found it to be an incredibly freeing experience. It forced me to trust myself as our timing constraints allowed for no other choice.

How was your experience joining a withstanding show/ team on “Locke and Key?”

It helped that I could watch season 1 and get a sense for how I fit into the cast but more than anything, I noticed the benefits in how efficiently everything was running. Even with the added pressure that COVID put on the production, the whole set was one giant, well-oiled machine. Outside of the whole ‘acting; part of my job, I find that being on set can often feel like being a toddler sitting at the parents’ dinner table: don’t interject in the adult conversations you barely understand and make sure you stay in your spot and listen carefully to your parents’ direction. Locke and Key made me feel as if that internal child was being spoiled rotten at every step of the way. It was truly a joy to be part of such a talented team.

What role, would you say, pushed you out of your comfort zone the most thus far?

Maybe because it’s still fresh in my memory, but my upcoming role in Luckiest Girl Alive. It is such a far cry from anything I have played before, with stakes higher and more brutal than a lot of my previous work. Not to mention the director, Mike Barker, was incredibly gracious in allowing me to experiment with improvisation in my scenes. Scary at first, but with time thinking about ‘what can I throw into this scene?’ became something I looked forward to every day.

What can we expect from Carson MacCormac in the future?

Luckiest Girl Alive, as I mentioned, is coming out sometime in 2022 and I couldn’t be more excited for audiences to see it. I think this film is necessary, timely, and pushes the industry as a whole in an important direction. It also just happens to be one entertaining ride. I worked on a show premiering in January called Astrid and Lily Save the World and boy oh boy, is it crazy. The show is outrageous, wild, and I’m thrilled to be part of it. I have a few projects coming out in 2022 that I can’t quite talk about just yet… and another feature film being released in 2023 that I am very excited to share…. Stay tuned!

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NEW SING 2 SINGLE RELEASED

ILLUMINATION, UNIVERSAL PICTURES AND REPUBLIC RECORDS RELEASE NEW SING 2 SINGLE “CHRISTMAS (BABY PLEASE COME HOME)” BY KEKE PALMER FEATURING SCARLETT JOHANSSON, TARON EGERTON, REESE WITHERSPOON & TORI KELLY

SING 2 ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK AVAILABLE ON DECEMBER 17, 2021

SING 2 IN US THEATERS DECEMBER 22, 2021

Today, Illumination, Universal Pictures and Republic Records unveil the latest single from the Sing 2 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” by Keke Palmer [feat. Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Reese Witherspoon & Tori Kelly].

Energizing a holiday classic, Palmer uplifts the Mariah Carey staple with a rafter-shaking performance. Meanwhile, Johansson, Egerton, Witherspoon and Kelly shine just as brightly, carrying this powerhouse collaborative cover to the heavens. Don’t miss Keke Palmer and ToriKelly performing the tune with the Top 13 artists from NBC’s The Voice on the hit music competition series’ December 14 finale.

“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” arrives on the heels of the previous Sing 2 single “Suéltate” by Sam i [feat. Anitta, Bia, & Jarina de Marco]. The video for the high-energy bilingual banger has already amassed more than 2.1 million YouTube views and the song has generated more than 1 million total streams.

The Sing 2 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack releases Friday December 17, 2021. The soundtrack accompanies the new chapter in Illumination’s blockbuster animated franchise, Sing 2, which opens in US theaters on December 22, 2021.

The album’s first single “Your Song Saved My Life” marks the first new music from U2 since 2019. Bono, lead singer of U2, makes his animated film debut in Sing 2 as the voice of rock legend Clay Calloway. The band are very familiar with creating original songs for film, having received two Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song among their many honors over the years. 

The soundtrack features three original works – U2’s “Your Song Saved My Life,” Sam i feat. Anitta, BIA & Jarina De Marco on “Suéltate,”, and a record from Adam Buxton with Fancy Feelings feat. DSCOSTU entitled “Tippy Toes”. The soundtrack also features a special Sing 2 Mix of the record “Soy Yo” by Bomba Estéro as well as a cover of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” from Keke Palmer ft. Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Reese Witherspoon & Tori Kelly.

The soundtrack also includes additional music from the film, including contributions from superstars Halsey, Pharrell Williams, Elton John and Billie Eilish, as well as performances by cast members Tori Kelly, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, Nick Kroll, Taron Egerton and more. 

Check out the full track listing below.

TRACKLISTING:

  • Your Song Saved My Life (From Sing 2) – U2
  • Let’s Go Crazy – Tori Kelly, Taron Egerton, Reese Witherspoon & Nick Kroll
  • Can’t Feel My Face – Kiana Ledé
  • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John
  • Heads Will Roll – Scarlett Johansson
  • Holes – Mercury Rev
  • bad guy – Billie Eilish
  • Sing 2 Audition Medley – Sing 2 Cast
  • Where the Streets Have No Name – Tori Kelly, Taron Egerton, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon & Nick Kroll
  • Higher Love – Kygo x Whitney Houston
  • There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back – Taron Egerton & Tori Kelly
  • Suéltate (From Sing 2) – Sam i feat. Anitta, BIA & Jarina De Marco
  • Stuck In a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of – Scarlett Johansson
  • Soy Yo (Sing 2 Mix) – Bomba Estéro
  • A Sky Full of Stars – Taron Egerton
  • Could Have Been Me – Halsey
  • I Say A Little Prayer – Tori Kelly & Pharrell Williams
  • Break Free – Reese Witherspoon & Nick Kroll
  • I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – Scarlett Johansson & Bono
  • Tippy Toes – Adam Buxton with Fancy Feelings feat. DSCOSTU [BONUS TRACK]
  • Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Keke Palmer feat. Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Reese Witherspoon & Tori Kelly [BONUS TRACK]

About Sing 2

This holiday season, the new chapter in Illumination’s smash animated franchise arrives with big dreams and spectacular hit songs as the ever-optimistic Buster Moon and his all-star cast of performers prepare to launch their most dazzling stage extravaganza yet …all in the glittering entertainment capital of the world. There’s just one hitch: They first have to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star—played by global music icon Bono, in his animated film debut—to join them.

Buster (Oscar® winner Matthew McConaughey) has turned the New Moon Theater into a local hit, but Buster has his eyes on a bigger prize: Debuting a new show at the Crystal Tower Theater in glamorous Redshore City.

But with no connections, Buster and his cast—including harried mother Rosita (Oscar® winner Reese Witherspoon), rocker Ash (Scarlett Johansson), earnest Johnny (Taron Egerton), shy Meena (Tori Kelly) and, of course, provocateur Gunter (Nick Kroll)—have to sneak their way into the world-famous Crystal Entertainment offices, run by ruthless mogul Jimmy Crystal (Emmy winner Bobby Cannavale). 

In a desperate attempt to get Mr. Crystal’s attention, Gunter spontaneously pitches an outrageous idea that Buster quickly runs with, promising that their new show will star rock legend Clay Calloway (Bono). Problem is, Buster has never met Clay, an artist who shut himself away from the world more than a decade ago after the loss of his wife. Even worse, Buster has failed to realize that Mr. Crystal is an egocentric gangster who would rather drop somebody off the roof of a building than be lied to.

As Gunter helps Buster dream up an out-of-this-world theatrical masterpiece, and the pressure (and sinister threats) from Mr. Crystal mount, Rosita’s leading role in the show gets ripped away and handed to Mr. Crystal’s spoiled daughter, Porsha, played by Grammy-nominated artist Halsey. Desperate to save the show, and his life, Buster embarks on a quest to find Clay and persuade him to return to the stage.

What begins as a dream of big-time success becomes an emotional reminder of the power of music to heal even the most broken heart.

Sing 2 is written and directed by acclaimed returning filmmaker Garth Jennings and features additional new characters played by music superstar Pharrell Williams, Black Panther’s Letitia Wright and comedians Eric André and Chelsea Peretti. The film is produced by Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and by Janet Healy. Sing 2 combines dozens of hit songs from pop to rock, K-pop to Latin, and from artists including Billie Eilish, Drake, U2, The Weeknd, Prince, Taylor Swift, BTS, Cardi B, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello. With electrifying performances, breathtaking artistry and Illumination’s signature humor and heart, Sing 2 is sure to be the definitive feel-good cinematic event of the year.

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Christmas in Tahoe

Laura Osnes makes a holiday return to the Hallmark Channel this Christmas season, starring in an original movie, Christmas in Tahoe, premiering this Sunday, November 28, 2021 at 6 PM ET / 5 PM CT. 

Osnes has become a familiar and beloved face to Hallmark fans, starring in One Royal Holiday, In the Key of Love, Raise a Glass to Love, as well as in A Homecoming for the Holidays for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

Broadway aficionados have long been privy to Osnes’ talent. The two-time Tony Award nominee has headlined multiple musicals on the great white way, including the Tony-Award winning Bandstand, starring as Cinderella in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Anything Goes, Bonnie and Clyde, South Pacific and Grease.

Osnes enjoys her work with Hallmark stating: “These movies are such a joy to make! This Thanksgiving weekend, I am so grateful to share Christmas In Tahoe with the Hallmark viewers and lovers of Christmas movies! Not only will Pat Monahan and Kyle Selig sing for you in this film, but they both kept me laughing every day on set. I just know it’s going to bring a smile to a lot of faces and ring in the Christmas season.”

Osnes has had quite the career so far, with New York and regional credits including The Scarlet Pimpernel and Crazy for You (Manhattan Concert Productions); The Threepenny Opera (Drama Desk Award nomination; Atlantic Theater Company); City Center Encores! productions of The Band Wagon, Randy Newman’s Faust; The Sound of Music (Carnegie Hall); On the Town (Boston Pops); Carousel (Lyric Opera of Chicago) and Broadway: Three Generations (Kennedy Center).

Her television credits include Dynasty (The CW), Fosse/Verdon (F/X), Elementary (CBS), Six by Sondheim (HBO), Live from Lincoln Center: Bernstein on Broadway, A Capitol Fourth (PBS), Sondheim: The Birthday Concert, the HBO pilot The Miraculous Year and the The Kennedy Center Honors : A Celebration of the Performing Arts (2011), The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors (2012) and The 43rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors (2021). In addition to touring the country with Broadway Princess Party, her popular concert series, her many concerts and cabarets include performing with Michael Feinstein, the New York Philharmonic, The New York Pops, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, The Boston Pops, The San Francisco Symphony and The National Symphony Orchestra, as well as appearing in such venues as Carnegie Hall, The Café Carlyle, Lincoln Center, The Smith Center in Las Vegas and the Minnesota Orchestra Hall. 

Osnes can be heard on several original cast recordings and her two solo albums, Dream A Little Dream: Live at The Café Carlyle and If I Tell You: The Songs of Maury Yeston.

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Encanto Soundtrack

Set for release on Nov. 19 from Walt Disney Records, the Encanto Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features eight original songs by Tony and Grammy-winning songwriter/composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton,” “Moana”) with score by award-winning composer Germaine Franco (“Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” “Little,” “Tag”). Sebastiaĭn Yatra performs the original song “Dos Oruguitas” in Spanish in the film, as well as “Two Oruguitas,” the English language version of the song, in the end-credits. Previously announced artist Carlos Vives performs “Colombia, Mi Encanto.” The soundtrack is available now for pre-order. The physical soundtrack will be available on Dec. 17. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Encanto” opens in theaters November 24, 2021.

Born in Medellin, Colombia and raised in Miami, Latin GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Yatra said, “It’s always been a dream of mine to be a part of a Disney movie and it really hits the heart when it’s a Disney movie about my country and showing the best of what we have to offer, which is love and family and miracles.”

“Dos Oruguitas” marked a first for Miranda. “This is the first song I ever wrote beginning to end in Spanish,” he says. “It’s about the journey of Mirabel’s grandparents, their realization that sometimes you have to let go, you have to do the impossible.” The song is performed in the film in Spanish by Yatra.

On diving into the music of the Colombian-set story, Miranda said “A lot of the rhythms are familiar to me, but the instrumentation and orchestration is different and often unique to Colombia. One of the most fun things is that the accordion is so central to the music. It was really a joy immersing myself in artists I didn’t know and doing deeper dives into those I’ve grown up loving like Carlos Vives, who we’re lucky enough to work with on this movie. This entire process has been about falling in love with Colombian music and culture and getting to play in that space.”

The Encanto Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features eight original songs and a full original score, plus one reprise and one end-credit version of a song from the film. The digital version of the soundtrack also includes instrumental versions of the songs.

The Songs of Encanto

“The Family Madrigal” – performed by Stephanie Beatriz, Olga Merediz & Cast

“Waiting on a Miracle” – performed by Stephanie Beatriz

“Surface Pressure” – performed by Jessica Darrow

“We Don’t Talk About Bruno” – performed by Carolina Gaiten, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz & Cast

“What Else Can I Do?” – performed by Diane Guerrero & Stephanie Beatriz

“Dos Oruguitas” – performed by Sebastiaĭn Yatra

“All of You” – performed by Stephanie Beatriz, Olga Merediz, John Leguizamo, Adassa, Maluma & Cast

“Colombia, Mi Encanto” – performed by Carlos Vives

“Two Oruguitas” – English language end-credit version of “Dos Oruguitas” performed by Sebastiaĭn Yatra

Award-winning composer Germaine Franco is behind the original score for “Encanto.” Franco worked closely with filmmakers and Miranda to create a signature score that complemented the songs and story.

“Encanto” is directed by Byron Howard (“Zootopia,” “Tangled”) and Jared Bush (co-director “Zootopia”), co-directed by Charise Castro Smith (writer “The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez”) and produced by Clark Spencer and Yvett Merino. Bush and Castro Smith are screenwriters on the film.

In the film, the magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift from super strength to the power to heal every child except one, Mirabel. But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, might just be her exceptional family’s last hope. The voice cast includes Stephanie Beatriz, Maria Cecilia Botero, Wilmer Valderrama, Adassa, Diane Guerrero, Mauro Castillo, Angie Cepeda, Jessica Darrow, Rhenzy Feliz and Carolina Gaitaĭn.

RESPECT – Starring Jennifer Hudson

Own it on Digital Now, Blu-Ray and DVD Release November 9, 2021

Jennifer Hudson stuns with her performance Brian Truitt, USA Today

Experience the cinematic music event of the year featuring Oscar and Grammy Award winner and vocal powerhouse Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) as legendary singer Aretha Franklin in the inspiring true story RESPECT, available to own for the first time on Digital now and on Blu-ray and DVD November 9, 2021 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Hailed by critics as electrifying (David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter) and extraordinary (Pete Hammond, Deadline), MGMs musical biopic gives an authentic inside look at the life and legacy of one of the greatest, most influential recording artists of all time.

Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, ”RESPECT” is the remarkable journey of the music icons path to find her voice. Directed by Tony Award nominee Liesl Tommy (Insecure, The Walking Dead) from a screenplay written by Emmy Award nominee Tracey Scott Wilson (Fosse,Verdon, The Americans) and story by Academy Award winner Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise), ”RESPECT” is the biggest female-led musical drama in recent history and a must own film with extraordinary show stopping performances to watch over and over in spectacular Dolby Atmos quality sound, available exclusively on Blu-ray.

Hand selected by Aretha herself, Hudson leads an all-star ensemble cast including Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker (Black PantherThe Butler), Marlon Wayans (SextupletsFifty Shades of Black), six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (Beauty and The Beast, Private Practice), Marc Maron (JokerGlow), five-time Emmy Award nominee Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Addams Family), and Grammy Award winner and Academy Award nominee Mary J. Blige (MudboundRock of Ages) along with Tony Award nominees Saycon Sengbloh (The Wonder Years Delilah) and Haley Kilgore (Amazing Stories).

The ”RESPECT” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features Jennifer Hudson’s uplifting vocal performances of 17 Aretha Franklin classic songs along with the original song “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home),”  which Hudson wrote alongside four-time Grammy Award winner, Kennedy Center Honoree, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee Carole King and Jamie Hartman [Lewis Capaldi, Christina Aguilera]. The soundtrack is now available to own on digital/streaming services, CD and vinyl from Epic Records.

BLU-RAYTM & DVD EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES:

  • The Making of ”RESPECT” – Explore the unique telling of this Aretha Franklin story, what the project meant to all involved and how music played a pivotal role in crafting this film.
  • Becoming Aretha – Take a behind the scenes look at Jennifer Hudsons incredible transformation into the Queen of Soul including her commitment to the character, her connection with the late singer, and why inhabiting the legendary artist felt more like destiny than anything else.
  • Capturing a Legacy – A celebration of director Liesl Tommy’s artistry and professionalism as the cast and crew express their appreciation and admiration for her and her process.
  • From Muscle Shoals – Sit-down with the cast, crew and some of the original musicians that recorded with Aretha at Muscle Shoals to learn about this crucial time period in Aretha’s life and how it helped propel her evolution.
  • Exploring the Design of ”RESPECT”– Production designer Ina Mayhew and costume designer Clint Ramos discuss the research they conducted in order to create the beautiful sets in the film as well as the various custom-made wardrobes that span three decades of style.

“RESPECT” will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.

  • Blu-ray – unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • Digital – lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly buy or rent.
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Stillwater out now on DVD × Blu-ray

A mesmerizing and emotionally powerful suspense film starring Academy Award winner Matt Damon (Bourne franchise) and directed by Academy Award winner Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), STILLWATER is available to own for the first time on Digital October 12, 2021, on Blu-ray and DVD October 26, 2021 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Packed with twists and turns from beginning to end, the “brilliant” (Variety) and suspenseful film follows an oil-rig worker from Stillwater, Oklahoma who will stop at nothing to free his daughter who insists she has been wrongfully convicted and imprisoned in France. 

Camille Cottin (“Call My Agent!”) and Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) star alongside Damon in this edge-of-your-seat story about an ordinary father who, as a stranger in Marseilles, must rise to the occasion, unravel a dangerous mystery, and find redemption. Featuring brand-new bonus content not seen in theaters, STILLWATER on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD comes with exclusive behind-the-scenes features about the movie’s authentic characters, filming in beautiful Marseilles, France, and director Tom McCarthy’s filmmaking methods, taking audiences deeper into the captivating story. Receiving a standing ovation at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival during its world premiere, STILLWATER is the must-own thriller of the year! 

STILLWATER follows Bill Baker (Damon), an American oil-rig roughneck from Oklahoma who travels to Marseilles to visit his estranged daughter (Breslin), in prison for a murder she claims she did not commit. Confronted with language barriers, cultural differences, and a complicated legal system, Bill builds a new life for himself in France as he makes it his personal mission to exonerate his daughter. 

Blu-ray and DVD Bonus Features

  • An Alchemy of Viewpoints: The cast of STILLWATER discuss their characters and the research that went into portraying them authentically.          
  • An American in Marseilles, The Locations of STILLWATER: Much of the authenticity that comes across in STILLWATER is due to the dedication of filming on location. Hear from the cast and filmmakers on what it was like filming in locations such as the streets of Marseilles and the Calanques along the coast.    
  • With Curiosity & Compassion, Director Tom McCarthy : Cast and filmmakers discuss the thought and interest that goes into director Tom McCarthy’s stories, and how he uses his natural curiosity about real life interactions to guide his filmmaking style.

Blu-ray, DVD and Digital

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The Movies Anywhere Digital App simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-ray and DVD disc packages from participating studios and stream or download them through Movies Anywhere.  Movies Anywhere is available only in the United States.

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LICORICE PIZZA

Licorice Pizza is the latest from Oscar nominated director Paul Thomas Anderson and tells a romantic coming of age story. Starring Alana Haim, lead singer of the band Haim making her major film debut, Copper Hoffman, son of the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Bradley Cooper who looks to be leaving it all out there in this performance.

Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures and Focus Features Present

In Association with BRON Creative

A Ghoulardi Film Company Production

A P.T. Anderson Picture

LICORICE PIZZA

In Select Theaters on November 26

LICORICE PIZZA is the story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and falling in love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973. Written and Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, the film tracks the treacherous navigation of first love.

Written and Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson

Produced by:Sara Murphy, Paul Thomas Anderson, Adam Somner

Executive Producers:Joanne Sellar, Daniel Lupi, Susan McNamara, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Cloth

Cast: Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman, Sean Penn, Tom Waits, Bradley Cooper, Benny Safdie

Rating:R for language, sexual material, and some drug use

Coming soon only to theaters

Watch the Official Trailer