RLJE Films has set an Oct. 19 DVD and Blu-ray Disc release date for the thriller No Man of God, about serial killer Ted Bundy.
Directed by Amber Sealey (No Light and No Land Anywhere), No Man of God stars Elijah Wood (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy), Luke Kirby (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Aleksa Palladino (The Irishman) and Robert Patrick (Terminator 2). It was written by Kit Lesser.
The DVD and Blu-ray Disc include a making-of documentary, “The Making of No Man of God.”
In 1980, Ted Bundy was sentenced to death by electrocution. In the years that followed, he agreed to disclose the details of his crimes, but only to one man. During the early days of the agency’s criminal profiling unit, FBI analyst Bill Hagmaier met with the incarcerated Bundy in the hopes of understanding the psychology of the serial killer and providing closure for the victim’s families.
As Hagmaier delves into Bundy’s dark and twisted mind, a strange and complicated relationship develops that neither man expected. Based on actual transcripts of interviews between FBI analyst Bill Hagmaier and the incarcerated Ted Bundy, No Man of God, according to the Reel News Daily, is “nothing short of riveting. It is a must-see.”
The Cohen Media Group has set October release dates for The Awakening and Casanova Last Love, which are coming to Blu-ray. The Awakening will release Oct. 5 and Casanova Last Love, Oct. 12
The Awakening is a 2011 mystery about the death of a child at a boarding school. When the death is blamed on a ghost, hoax exposer Florence Cathcart is certain that science and reason can explain it. But the truth she discovers is more terrifying than she could ever imagine, and soon the ghost hunter becomes the hunted. Starring Rebecca Hall (The Town), Dominic West (The Wire) and Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter films), The Awakening is filled with haunting twists.
Casanova, Last Love is the latest romantic period piece from director Benoit Jacquot (Farewell, My Queen). Set in 18th century London, the film is centered on Casanova (Vincent Lindon), famous for his taste of pleasure and gambling. Exiled from Paris, Casanova in this city he knows nothing about meets on several occasions a young prostitute, Marianne de Charpillon (Stacy Martin). She attracts him to the point he starts disregarding all other women. The legendary seducer is ready to do anything to get her, but Charpillon always escapes under various excuses. She challenges Casanova: “You will only have me if you stop desiring me!”
Dark Pictures has set an Oct. 5 release date for The Old Ways, a horror film that will be available through digital retailers as well as on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.
The film, from Christopher Alender, follows Cristina, a journalist of Mexican origin, as she travels to her ancestral home in Veracruz to investigate a story of sorcery and healing. There, she is kidnapped by a group of locals who claim she’s the devil. The cast includes Brigitte Kali Canales, Andrea Cortés and Julia Vera.
Film Threat called The Old Ways “the greatest exorcism movie since The Exorcist.”
Special features on the DVD and Blu-ray include a behind-the-scenes documentary called “The Old Ways: A Look Beyond” (Blu-ray exclusive), director and writer commentary tracks, storyboard comparisons and deleted scenes.
Disney+ has set a 2022 production date for season two of “Big Shot,” a basketball dramedy centered on Marvyn Korn (John Stamos) after he is ousted from his position as head coach for an NCAA basketball team.
He is given a chance at redemption with a coaching position at Westbrook, an elite private high school for girls, and soon learns that the teenage players require empathy and vulnerability — foreign concepts for the stoic Coach Korn. By learning to connect with his players and his daughter, Marvyn starts to grow into the person he’s always hoped to be. The girls learn to take themselves more seriously, finding their footing both on and off the court.
“This show represents everything Disney is to me — family, inclusion, and unity,” Stamos said in a statement. “But at its core, ‘Big Shot’ is about guts and heart, and that is what Disney + demonstrated by giving us a second season. I am sending lots of love to the critics and fans that got up on their feet and cheered for us from the sidelines. I’m so grateful to continue to play Coach Korn, a man who learns to let go of pre-conceived judgments and learns from an incredible group of women, helping him to evolve and grow. And yet, he still has so much more to learn. Thankfully he’ll get that chance in season two.”
The series was created by David E. Kelley (“Big Little Lies”), Dean Lorey (“My Wife and Kids”) and Brad Garrett (“Single Parents”) and executive-produced by Kelley, Lorey, Garrett and Bill D’Elia (“Chicago Hope”). Dean Lorey will return as showrunner. The Disney Branded Television series is produced by ABC Signature.
Shout! Factory will release the animated adventure film Little Vampire on digital platforms Sept. 21, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on Oct 5.
Directed by popular French cartoonist and filmmaker Joann Sfar (“Little Vampire” TV series, The Rabbi’s Cat), Little Vampire is the movie adaptation of Sfar’s popular series of graphic novels, “Petit Vampire.”
A fantastical adventure story that celebrates the importance of friendship and family, the film was nominated for a César Award for Best Animated Feature and a Cristal Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Little Vampire will screen at this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival in August ahead of its home entertainment release.
The physical media release will be available in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, as well as a standalone DVD from Shout! Kids in collaboration with Studio Canal.
Amazon Studios has announced theatrical and home release dates for My Name Is Pauli Murray, a film about social justice crusader Pauli Murray, a non-binary Black lawyer, activist and poet who influenced both Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Thurgood Marshall.
The film will be released in theaters Sept. 17 and on the Prime Video streaming service on Oct. 1.
By the time the Supreme Court overturned separate-but-equal legislation, Murray was already knee-deep fighting for social justice. A pioneering attorney, activist, priest and dedicated memoirist, Murray shaped landmark litigation—and consciousness— around race and gender equity. As an African American youth raised in the segregated South, Murray understood what it was to exist beyond previously accepted categories and cultural norms. Both Murray’s personal path and tireless advocacy foreshadowed some of the most politically consequential issues of our time.
IFC Films has set a Sept. 21 release date for Last Call, a comedy-drama starring Jeremy Piven, which will arrive on DVD at a suggested list price of $24.98.
IFC Films is a leading distributor of talent-driven independent films.
Piven portrays Mick, a local success story and real estate developer who returns home to his offbeat blue-collar Irish neighborhood in the shadows of Philadelphia for a funeral and is obligated to stay to ensure his parents’ ailing family business gets back on course.
Amid all of this, he grows closer to his childhood crush (Taryn Manning), who is also back in town, while enduring the constant ridicule of his old hometown crew. As Mick begins to reconnect with the neighborhood he grew up in, he finds himself at a crossroads when forced to either raze or resurrect the family bar.
Piven is best known for his role as Ari Gold in the comedy series “Entourage,” for which he won a Golden Globe Award and three consecutive Emmy Awards.
Manning appeared in the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black” as well as the films Hustle & Flow and 8 Mile.
The film also stars Zack McGowan, Jamie Kennedy of Scream fame, and legendary actor Bruce Dern, who received Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nominations for Nebraska and Coming Home, respectively.
Disney+ on Aug. 25 will release five new episodes in the original series “Behind the Attraction,” which takes an inside look at some of Disney Parks’ most iconic attractions.
Executive produced by Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia from Seven Bucks Productions and Brian Volk-Weiss from The Nacelle Company, the five new episodes will focus on the Disney theme parks’ castles; the Disneyland Hotel; the “It’s a Small World” musical ride; the parks’ trains, trams and monorails; and the Hall of Presidents. The five new episodes are:
“The Castles” — Castles are at the heart of Disney Parks around the world. The original at Disneyland Resort in California quickly became a symbol of The Walt Disney Company on par with Mickey Mouse. Hear the unique story behind each one and learn how Imagineers designed and built them.
“Disneyland Hotel” — This episode takes a look at the original Disneyland Hotel, which Walt Disney personally pushed through.
“It’s a Small World” — This attraction’s origins came at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. If a chance encounter between an Academy Award-winning actress and Walt Disney hadn’t taken place, this beloved attraction might never have been created.
“Trains, Trams, and Monorails” — Everything moves at Disney Parks, especially the guests — by land, water and air. Walt Disney loved locomotion of all kinds — trains, trams, monorails, and boats — but had a particularly affinity for monorails, which he believed could end traffic congestion in America’s biggest cities.
“Hall of Presidents” — This unprecedented presidential attraction in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom brings our commanders in chief to life. Walt Disney created the world’s first human Audio-Animatronics figure based on his childhood hero, Abraham Lincoln.
Strike Back Studios has set a Nov. 16 Blu-ray Disc and DVD release date for the action movie Overrun. The film, which marks the directorial debut of filmmaker Josh Tessier, is currently available to buy or rent on select digital platforms.
Overrun, from Turbo Panda Productions, follows former military extraction specialist Marcus Lombardi (Omid Zader), whose only chance of saving his informant sister and their family is to track down a mysterious briefcase.
Overrun includes plenty of martial arts action work and epic gun fights. The film stars Omid Zader (3 Days to Kill, Vice, Star Trek: Into Darkness), Johnny Messner (Tears of the Sun, Believers, The Whole Ten Yards), Bruce Dern (The Hateful Eight, Nebraska, The Peanut Butter Falcon), and William Katt (The Greatest American Hero, Carrie), among others.
Shout! Factory and Eleven Studios have set an Oct. 26 home release date for Shirobako the Movie, arriving on digital and in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack.
Bonus features on the physical-media edition include a teaser and trailer never before seen in North America, and a four-page booklet with character art.
The film is the sequel to the television anime series of the same name, which has also been adapted as a manga series. Director Tsutomu Mizushima (Girls und Panzer, Prison School) and screenwriter Michiko Yokote (Naruto, Cowboy Bebop) lent their talents to the movie after working on the series.
The movie takes place four years after the events of the series. Musashino Animation has gone through drastic changes and things are looking bleak for the studio. One day, Aoi Miyamori is offered a role managing a new theatrical animation project and, with only a few months left before the deadline, races to finish the project.
Eleven Arts is a Los Angeles-based distribution company known for bringing acclaimed anime films to North America. Eleven Arts’ anime titles most recently include A Silent Voice, Millennium Actress, Penguin Highway, Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms and others.