Romance ‘Love in Taipei’ Available for Digital Sale Nov. 14, Digital Rental Nov. 28

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the coming-of-age romantic drama Love in Taipei, based on the New York Times best-selling novel Loveboat, for digital sale Nov. 14 and digital rental Nov. 28.

The film debuted on the Paramount+ streaming service Aug. 10.

Love in Taipei stars Ashley Liao (Physical, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes) as Ever Wong, whose summer takes an unexpected turn when her parents surprise her with a trip to Taipei for a cultural immersion program. Ever is surprised to discover that she hasn’t signed up for homework and history lessons, but instead for a summer-long free-for-all the locals and other students call “Loveboat.” It quickly lives up to its name when Ever finds herself trying not to fall for two attractive, but wildly different boys who are vying for her attention, while at the same time finding the courage to defy her parents’ high expectations and pursue her true passion: dancing.

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In addition to Ashley Liao, the feature also stars Ross Butler (Shazam! Fury of the Gods, “To All the Boys” franchise) as Rick Woo, a prominent sports and scholastic prodigy; Nico Hiraga (BooksmartMoxie) as Xavier Yeh, a free-spirited artist and heir to an international tech empire; Chelsea Zhang (DaybreakTitans) as Ever’s friend Sophie, whom she meets at Loveboat; and Cindy Cheung (The Sinner13 Reasons Why) as Ever’s Aunt Shu.

HarperCollins publishes the book series, which continues with Loveboat Reunion and the upcoming Loveboat Forever.

‘Stand by Me’ Headed to 4K Ultra HD Steelbook Dec. 5

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the 1986 coming-of-age classic Stand by Me in a 4K Ultra HD limited-edition Steelbook (plus Blu-ray) Dec. 5.

In the film based on the novella The Body by Stephen King., in a small woodsy Oregon town, a group of friends — sensitive Gordie (Wil Wheaton), tough guy Chris (River Phoenix), flamboyant Teddy (Corey Feldman), and scaredy-cat Vern (Jerry O’Connell) — are in search of a missing teenager’s body. Wanting to be heroes in each other’s and their hometown’s eyes, they set out on an unforgettable two-day trek that turns into an odyssey of self-discovery. They sneak smokes, tell tall tales, cuss ’cause it’s cool and band together when the going gets tough. When they encounter the town’s knife-wielding hoods who are also after the body, the boys discover a strength they never knew they had. 

On the 4K disc, the feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos + DTS-HD MA 5.1 and Mono audio options. Special features on the 4K disc include deleted and alternate scenes (presented in HD).

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The Blu-ray Disc includes the feature in HD and 5.1 audio and the following special features: picture-in-picture commentary with director Rob Reiner and actors Wil Wheaton and Corey Feldman; “Walking the Tracks: The Summer of Stand By Me”; audio commentary with director Rob Reiner; and a music video.

Disney+ to Launch Original Sci-Fi Adventure Movie ‘Crater’ May 12

The Disney+ original movie Crater will debut exclusively on the service on May 12.

Directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez, the coming-of-age sci-fi adventure stars Isaiah Russell-Bailey, Mckenna Grace, Billy Barratt, Orson Hong, Thomas Boyce and Scott Mescudi. 

Crater is the story of Caleb Channing (Russell-Bailey), who was raised on a lunar mining colony and is about to be permanently relocated to an idyllic faraway planet following the death of his father (Mescudi). But before leaving, to fulfill his dad’s last wish, he and his three best friends, Dylan (Barratt), Borney (Hong) and Marcus (Boyce), and a new arrival from Earth, Addison (Grace), hijack a rover for one final adventure on a journey to explore a mysterious crater.

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LGBTQ+ Coming-of-Age Film ‘Sweetheart’ Due Digitally Feb. 10 From Film Movement

The LGBTQ+ coming-of-age film Sweetheart will be released via VOD and digital sellthrough Feb. 10 from Film Movement.

The film follows socially awkward lesbian teenager A.J. (Nell Barlow), who begrudgingly joins her family on a seaside vacation. She finds herself constantly at odds with her painfully “normal” mother and older sister, neither of whom can understand why she doesn’t smile more or “dress like a girl.” Her anticipated “week of hell” takes an unexpected turn when Isla (Ella-Rae Smith), a free-spirited and sun-loving lifeguard, catches her eye. Full to the brim with teen angst and romantic fumbling, Sweetheart wryly captures the bittersweet pangs of adolescent yearning, self-realization and personal connections, all against the hilarious ups and downs of the quintessential British family holiday.

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Director Marley Morrison’s feature debut, the film’s accolades include British Independent Film Awards for Breakthrough Performance (Nell Barlow) and Breakthrough Producer (Michelle Antoniades), as well as nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Jo Hartley), Best Debut Screenwriter (Marley Morrison), and the Douglas Hickox Award (Marley Morrison); Frameline SF Int’l LGBTYQ FF nomination for Outstanding First Feature Award; Glasgow Film Festival winner of the Audience Award and Best First Feature; Inside Out Toronto LGBT FF winner of the International Juried Award (Marley Morrison, Hazey Jane Films); L.A. Outfest award for Outstanding Performance in an Int’l Narrative (Nell Barlow); London Critics Circle Film Awards nomination for Breakthrough British Filmmaker of the Year.      

Coming-of-Age Drama ‘Reversal’ Available for Digital Purchase and Rental Dec. 6 From Virgil

The coming-of-age drama Reversal will be released for digital purchase and on VOD Dec. 6 from Virgil Films and Entertainment.

Set in the competitive world of high school wrestling and based on a true story, the story follows Leo Leone, who has been wrestling since he was 7 years old. As the only son of wrestling coach (and ex-state champion) Edward Leone, Leo’s dedication to the sport is tied up in his love for his father. Now Leo is 17. His life has been an endless cycle of training, sacrifice, and starving to make weight — a process that is becoming ever more difficult during adolescence. He’s tired of denying himself everything, and is feeling the lure of a world beyond the mat.

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Living paycheck to paycheck, working a dead-end job in the mines while coaching for no money, Leo’s father Ed sees a wrestling scholarship as his son’s only chance to escape the treadmill of life in a small Pennsylvania town. But though his motives are good, Ed is pushing his son too hard. As the high school state championships near, the struggle between father and son escalates. The pressure leads Leo into excessive training and life-threatening behavior, and creates rivalries within the team.

With the help of his friends and the love of his girlfriend Shaw, Leo finds the strength to grow up and make serious choices between living his own life or letting his father live through him, following the path prescribed or following his dreams.

 

Well Go Picks Up North American Rights to ‘The Loneliest Boy in the World’

Well Go USA Entertainment has acquired North American rights to the coming-of-age horror comedy The Loneliest Boy in the World.

The film will be released in theaters Oct. 14 before landing on VOD platforms Oct. 18.

In the modern fairytale — except with zombies — when the sheltered and unsocialized Oliver is tasked with making new friends after the sudden and devastating death of his mother, he discovers that his newly acquired friends have mysteriously come to life overnight, launching them all into a series of misadventures as they try to keep their secret safe from neighbors, classmates and social workers alike. 

The film features Screen International “Star of Tomorrow” Max Harwood, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Susan Wokoma, Evan Ross, Tallulah Haddon, Hammed Animashaun, Jacob Sartorius, Ben Miller, Alex Murphy, Nicola Roberts and Ashley Benson. 
 
“I feel very privileged to bring this wonderful story to the screen, particularly alongside such an incredible cast,” director Martin Owen said in a statement. “Each actor brought their own quirky, nuanced style to the table, and it would be impossible to overstate the stylistic impact every single person made on the finished product. I am beyond excited for audiences to join in the fun of this heartfelt, wacky, zombie-infused 80s fairytale.” 

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The Loneliest Boy in the World is imbued with dark humor and clever, macabre irony, but at its core, it is simultaneously sweet and nostalgic, a true testament to the value of friends who help you carve out your place in the world even in the midst of some really tragic circumstances,” Doris Pfardrescher, president and CEO of Well Go USA, said in a statement. “The film exquisitely pulls off the sort of Burtonesque, gothic-suburbia aesthetic and charm that audiences are so hungry for every October, and the story been brought to life (so to speak) by a truly unbeatable cast.”

The Loneliest Boy in the World was written by Piers Ashworth and produced by Matt Williams, Pat Wintersgill, Piers Ashworth, Ryan Hamilton and Karl Hall. The deal was negotiated by Doris Pfardrescher on behalf of Well Go USA and the filmmakers. Voltage Pictures is handling international sales and distribution.

 

Italian Film ‘The Fashion Lover’ Due on Digital May 17 From Ariztical

The foreign coming-of-age drama The Fashion Lover will be released through digital retailers May 17 from Ariztical Entertainment.

In the Italian film, young Sardinian shepherd boy Giovannino dreams of becoming a fashion designer. Unfortunately, his small rural town is a long way from the bright lights. With his cheating father out of the picture, Giovanni must reckon with an angry mom. But two friends, a fashion teacher with connections and a buddy who’ll do anything for him, give Giovanni hope.

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Directed by Marco Pollini, the film stars Pino Ammendola, Frencesco Desogus, Mariandrea Cesari, Valentina Sulas and Davide Garau.

The Fashion Lover – Trailer from Ariztical Entertainment on Vimeo.

 

Oscar-Lauded ‘Licorice Pizza’ Headed to Blu-ray and DVD May 17

MGM’s Oscar-nominated Licorice Pizza will be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD May 17 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film is already available for digital purchase.

From multi-Oscar nominated director, writer, producer and cinematographer Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Phantom Thread), the film was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It stars Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman, Sean Penn, Tom Waits, Bradley Cooper and Benny Safdie.

It’s the story of Alana Kane (Haim) and Gary Valentine (Hoffman) growing up, running around and falling in love in the San Fernando Valley in 1973. 

Bonus features include camera tests, pre-production camera tests and unused takes; “The Handman Scene,” a deleted scene from the film; “Fat Bernie’s Commercial,” an in-universe commercial for Fat Bernie’s as shot by Gary Valentine; and a glimpse behind the scenes of Licorice Pizza through a collection on-set photos and videos.

Netflix Renews ‘Never Have I Ever’ for Fourth and Final Season

Netflix has renewed “Never Have I Ever” for a fourth and final season as season three is set to return in summer 2022.

“Never Have I Ever” is a coming-of-age comedy about the life of a modern-day first-generation Indian American teenage girl. The series stars Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Devi, an overachieving high school sophomore who has a short fuse that gets her into difficult situations.

The series is created by executive producer Mindy Kaling, with Lang Fisher serving as co-creator, executive producer, showrunner and writer. “Never Have I Ever” is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, and executive produced by 3 Arts Entertainment’s Howard Klein and David Miner.

“We can’t wait to reveal all the steamy romance and hilarious adventures we have in store for you,” Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher said in a statement.

“We are thrilled to have two more seasons of ‘Never Have I Ever,'” Bela Bajaria, Netflix head of global TV, said in a statement. “It’s everything we want in a Netflix comedy series: authentic, specific, funny, and full of heart. I love that a story I relate to so deeply — about a young, Indian-American girl — hits on so many universal truths that resonate with just about everyone. We’re eternally grateful to Mindy, Lang and the wildly talented cast. And we can’t wait for everyone to see the final two seasons!”

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“Four seasons of ‘Never Have I Ever’ is truly exciting and a little bittersweet because, as a loyal fan, I’d love Devi’s journey to go on forever,” Erin Underhill, president, Universal Television, said in a statement. “But just like high school, all great things must come to an end. A big shout out to our fearless Cricket Queens, Mindy and Lang, and our exceptional cast and crew, who have authentically captured the emotional rollercoaster ride that defines our teenage years. We can’t wait to experience all of the messiness, the LOLs and the tears that will surely unfold in Devi’s senior year.”

FilmRise Acquires N.A. Rights to ‘Marvelous and the Black Hole’

FilmRise, the New York-based film and television studio and streaming network, has acquired exclusive theatrical, digital and broadcast distribution rights to Marvelous and the Black Hole for the United States and Canada.

The feature, about an unlikely bond between a young girl and an eccentric magician, stars four-time Emmy Award-winner Rhea Perlman (“Cheers,” “Matilda,” “The Mindy Project”) and Miya Cech (Always Be My Maybe, “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”). In the film written and directed by Kate Tsang, a teenage delinquent (Cech) befriends a surly magician (Perlman) who helps her navigate her inner demons and dysfunctional family with sleight of hand magic. 

Refinery 29 named Miya Cech an “Unforgettable Breakout Star” of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

“The combination of releasing Kate Tsang’s directorial debut film featuring the terrific performance of 2021 Sundance Film Festival breakout star Miya Cech opposite the masterful comic timing of Rhea Perlman in a unique coming of age comedy, was irresistible,” Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise, said in a statement. “This film is a stellar addition to our growing library of films by underrepresented filmmakers telling untold stories.”

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The film had its worldwide premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, its New York premiere at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival and received the Grand Jury Award from the 2021 IFF Boston Film Festival. The film also screened at the 2021 Mill Valley Film Festival; the 2021 Atlanta Film Festival; the 2021 Sun Valley Film Festival, where the film won the One in a Million Narrative award; the 2021 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Emerging Filmmaker Award; and the 2021 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Audience Award.

The film is the third recipient of AT&T and the Tribeca Film Institute’s Untold Stories grant, an initiative that selects one project per year by an underrepresented filmmaker with an “untold story.”