Gravitas Picks Up Rights to Doc ‘Meet Me Where I Am’

Gravitas Ventures has secured the U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to the documentary film Meet Me Where I Am, due on digital and cable VOD May 21.

The film presents an intimate look at the experiences of individuals grappling with loss, offering viewers a glimpse into the complexities of grief and the possibilities of finding meaning amidst pain. Through personal narratives and expert insights, the film aims to normalize discussions around grief and inspire hope in viewers, guiding them through their own paths of healing.

In Meet Me Where I Am, director Grant Garry explores the intricacies of grief, dissecting its stages and offering profound insights into the dynamics of support during loss. The documentary presents a diverse array of perspectives, notably featuring actor Anthony Rapp (RENT, Star Trek: Discovery). Rapp provides an intimate glimpse into the real Jonathan Larson (RENT, Tick Tick…Boom!), the Tony Award-winning Broadway production RENT, and the profound impact of losing Larson and his own mother. As a personal touch, Garry wanted to include Anthony’s story from RENT, as a poignant “Easter egg” reflecting his own journey of healing through musical theater.

The film also features author and grief expert David Kessler (Finding Meaning, ABC’s “Good Morning America” contributor), and John Farley, brother of Chris Farley (“SNL,” Tommy Boy, Beverly Hills Ninja). John discusses being an actor, growing up with Chris Farley, and what it was like to lose him.

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“I am thrilled to collaborate with Gravitas Ventures for the release of Meet Me Where I Am,” director Grant Garry said in a statement. “This film is a testament to the power of human connection and the resilience of the human spirit. It was important for me to let people know that it’s perfectly normal to be sad, to be in pain, and it’s okay to not ‘get over it.’ My hope is that people can find new meaning in their lives as they move forward with their grief.”

“Gravitas is honored to be bringing the incredibly moving and impactful documentary Meet Me Where I Am to audiences this May,” Bill Guentzler, SVP, acquisitions and operations, said in a statement. “Through sincere interviews and personal stories, director Grant Garry presents a guide for humanity to come together and process grief.”

Meet Me Where I Am premiered at Dances with Films film festival in Los Angeles 2023, where it took home the Audience Award for Best Documentary. 

Actioner ‘The Beekeeper’ Returns to Top of Weekly Fandango at Home Chart

The Jason Statham actioner The Beekeeper topped the chart of the 10 most-popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Fandango at Home (previously Vudu) for the week ended April 7.

The film, available for digital rental and on sale for digital purchase, rose from No. 4 on the chart the previous week. The Amazon-MGM Studios film follows a former operative of a powerful organization known as the Beekeepers (Statham), who upends his cover life and embarks on a brutal revenge mission to dismantle corruption at the highest levels of society.

Dropping to No. 2 from the top spot on the chart was the Blumhouse horror flick Imaginary, which became available for premium digital rental and sale March 26. In the film, when Jessica moves back into her childhood home with her family, her youngest stepdaughter Alice finds a stuffed bear named Chauncey. As Alice’s behavior becomes more and more concerning, Jessica intervenes only to realize that Chauncey is much more than the stuffed toy bear she believed him to be.

Debuting at No. 3 on the chart was Saban Films’ Knox Goes Away, directed by and starring Michael Keaton and starring Al Pacino and James Marsden. Available for premium digital rental and sale, the thriller features Keaton in the title role as a hit man attempting to make amends before his recently discovered dementia takes over. Aided by a trusted friend (Pacino) with his own shady past, Knox races against the police — and his own rapidly deteriorating mind — to save his estranged son (Marsden) from a vengeance-fueled mistake.

Falling from No. 2 to No. 4 on the chart was Lionsgate’s faith-based Ordinary Angels, available for premium digital rental and sale starting March 26. In the film, Hilary Swank stars as a struggling hairdresser in small-town Kentucky who discovers a new sense of purpose when she meets a widower and his two daughters. With the youngest daughter seeking a liver transplant, she sets her mind to helping the family.

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Rising from No. 7 to No. 5 on the chart was the Paramount actioner Land of Bad, starring Liam Hemsworth and Russell Crowe and available for digital purchase and rental. In the film, a covert Special Forces operation in the South Philippines quickly spirals into a 48-hour battle for survival. When an elite extraction team is ambushed deep in enemy territory, rookie officer Kinney (Hemsworth) is left outnumbered but determined to leave no man behind. With an air strike closing in, Kinney’s only hope hinges on the guidance of Air Force drone pilot Reaper (Crowe).

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Fandango at Home’s top 10 titles for the week ended April 7, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The Beekeeper
  2. Imaginary
  3. Knox Goes Away
  4. Ordinary Angels
  5. Land of Bad
  6. Madame Web
  7. Migration
  8. Bob Marley: One Love
  9. The American Society of Magical Negroes
  10. Anyone But You

‘Kung Fu Panda 4’ Headed for Premium Digital Release April 9

DreamWorks’ animated Kung Fu Panda 4 — the No. 2 box office film so far this year — will be released for premium digital purchase and rental April 9 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film has earned more than $410.4 million at the global box office. The franchise has grossed more than $2 billion globally.

Emmy winner and Golden Globe nominee Jack Black returns as the voice of Po, the world’s most unlikely kung fu master, in the fourth film in the franchise. After learning he must find a new hero to take over as Dragon Warrior so that he may fulfill his destiny as the next spiritual leader of the Valley of Peace, Po decides to take one last adventurous mission. He teams up with a quick-witted thief named Zhen, voiced by Awkwafina, a corsac fox, to discover the truth about recent sightings of villains he’s defeated in the past. In a journey that puts both to the test, it will take a wicked, powerful sorceress, The Chameleon, voiced by Oscar winner Viola Davis, to bring them together and remind Po that heroes can be found in the most unexpected places.

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The never-before-seen animated short “Dueling Dumplings” will be available with purchase from participating retailers nationwide including Apple, Fandango at Home (formerly Vudu), Comcast Xfinity, Cox and Verizon.

 

Ethan Coen’s Road Trip Caper ‘Drive Away Dolls’ Due on Peacock and Digital April 12, on Disc April 23

The road trip caper Drive Away Dolls, the solo directorial debut of Academy Award winner Ethan Coen (The Ballad of Buster ScruggsThe Big Lebowski), will be released on the streaming service Peacock and on regular digital (after a premium run) April 12 and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD April 23 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film earned $6.4 million at the global box office.
 
The comedy stars Primetime Emmy Award nominee Margaret Qualley (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), Geraldine Viswanathan (Blockers), Matt Damon (Oppenheimer, Ford v Ferrari), Primetime Emmy Award nominee Pedro Pascal (“The Last of Us”), Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart, Lady Bird), Colman Domingo (The Color Purple, Sing Sing) and Primetime Emmy Award nominee Bill Camp ( “The Queen’s Gambit,” “The Night Of”).
 
Written by Ethan Coen and Tricia Cooke, the film follows Jamie (Qualley), an uninhibited free spirit bemoaning yet another breakup with a girlfriend, and her demure friend Marian (Viswanathan), who desperately needs to loosen up. In search of a fresh start, the two embark on an impromptu road trip to Tallahassee, but things quickly go awry when they cross paths with a group of inept criminals along the way.

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Bonus features on digital, DVD and Blu-ray include:

  • “The Drive-Away Gang,” in which the cast and filmmakers discuss their roles, getting into character, and the cameo appearances;
  • “Drive-Away Dolls: An Ethan and Tricia Project,” in which Ethan Coen and Tricia Cooke discuss what inspired them to write this story, why they waited 20 years to bring it to life, and what it was like working together on a project from start to finish for the first time; and
  • “Road Trip Essentials.”

Horror Flick ‘Imaginary’ Available for Regular Digital Purchase May 7, on Disc May 14

The Blumhouse horror flick Imaginary arrives for regular digital purchase (after a premium digital run) May 7 and on Blu-ray (plus DVD and digital) and DVD May 14 from Lionsgate.

The film has earned $35.5 million at the global box office.

In the film, when Jessica moves back into her childhood home with her family, her youngest stepdaughter Alice,finds a stuffed bear named Chauncey. As Alice’s behavior becomes more and more concerning, Jessica intervenes only to realize that Chauncey is much more than the stuffed toy bear she believed him to be.
 
The film also stars DeWanda Wise (Jurassic World Dominion), Tom Payne (“The Walking Dead”), Taegen Burns (“The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers”), Pyper Braun (Desperation Road), Betty Buckley (Carrie), Matthew Sato (“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”), and Veronica Falcón (“Ozark”).

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Special features include:

  • audio commentary by producer-cowriter-director Jeff Wadlow and executive producer-actress DeWanda Wise;
  • “Meet Your New Imaginary Friends,” in which the cast discusses the meaning behind their characters and the terrifying creatures of the Never Ever, as well as the universal childhood experience of imaginary friends and how that plays such a crucial part in how they worked through this film;
  • “Frills and Thrills,” in which costume designer Eulyn C. Hufkie uncovers the real-life inspirations behind her designs for the leading ladies of Imaginary;
  • “Crafting the Beasts of Imaginary,” in which the Spectral Motion team and puppeteers behind Chauncey the Bear and Bear Beast guide viewers through the magic behind each practical effect and how they breathe life into the world of Imaginary; and
  • “Bringing Nightmares to Life,” unveiling the builds, craftsmanship, and attention to detail that brings Jessica’s nightmares to life, from the writing on the walls to the haunting crawl space entrance into Never Ever.

‘American Society of Magical Negroes’ Available for Premium Digital Purchase and Rental April 2

Focus Features’ satire The American Society of Magical Negroes will be available for premium digital sale and rental April 2 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
 
The comedy, which earned $2.4 million at the domestic box office, is about a young man, Aren, who is recruited into a secret society of magical Black people who dedicate their lives to a cause of utmost importance: making white peoples’ lives easier.

Directed, written and produced by Kobi Libii (“Madam Secretary,” “Alpha House”), the film stars Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Pokemon: Detective Pikachu), David Alan Grier (The Color Purple, “Joe Pickett”), An-Li Bogan (After Yang, “The Unsettling”), Drew Tarver (“The Other Two,” “Bless the Harts”), Michaela Watkins (You Hurt My Feelings, “Search Party”), Rupert Friend (Asteroid City, “Anatomy of a Scandal”) and Nicole Byer (“Grand Crew,” “Rugrats”).

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Rock Limited Series ‘Pistol’ Available on Digital May 13

Lionsgate will release the six-episode rock limited series “Pistol” on digital May 13.

At the center of this series is Sex Pistols founding member and guitarist Steve Jones. Jones’s hilarious, emotional, and at times heart-breaking journey guides viewers through a kaleidoscopic telling of three years in the history of music. Based on Jones’s memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, this is the story of a band of working-class kids with “no future,” who shook the establishment to its core, threatened to bring down the government and changed music and culture forever.

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The film stars Maisie Williams (TV’s “Game of Thrones,” The New Mutants, The Book of Love), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (TV’s “The Queen’s Gambit,” “The Maze Runner” movie franchise, Love Actually), Toby Wallace (The Bikeriders, Babyteeth, TV’s “The Society”) and Talulah Riley (TV’s “Westworld,” Pride & Prejudice, Bloodshot).

‘Bob Marley: One Love’ Tops Weekly Fandango at Home Chart

The biopic Bob Marley: One Love topped the chart of the 10 most-popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Fandango at Home (previously Vudu) for the week ended March 24.

Available for premium digital rental and sale starting March 19, the Paramount film follows Marley’s story of overcoming adversity and the journey behind his revolutionary music. 

Landing at No. 2 on the chart was the Paramount actioner Land of Bad, starring Liam Hemsworth and Russell Crowe and available for digital purchase starting March 19. In the film, a covert Special Forces operation in the South Philippines quickly spirals into a 48-hour battle for survival. When an elite extraction team is ambushed deep in enemy territory, rookie officer Kinney (Hemsworth) is left outnumbered but determined to leave no man behind. With an air strike closing in, Kinney’s only hope hinges on the guidance of Air Force drone pilot Reaper (Crowe).

Falling from No. 2 to No. 3 on the chart was the Jason Statham actioner The Beekeeper, available for digital purchase and rental. The Amazon-MGM Studios film follows a former operative of a powerful organization known as the Beekeepers (Statham), who upends his cover life and embarks on a brutal revenge mission to dismantle corruption at the highest levels of society.

Dropping from the top spot to No. 4 on the chart was the Marvel Comics-based Madam Web. Part of Sony’s franchise of “Spider-Man” characters, Madam Web, available for premium digital rental and sale, tells the standalone origin story of a Marvel heroine. It stars Dakota Johnson as Cassandra Webb, a paramedic in Manhattan who may have clairvoyant abilities. Forced to confront revelations about her past, she forges a relationship with three young women destined for powerful futures — if they can all survive a deadly present.

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Returning to the chart at No. 5 was The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, available for digital rental and sale. Based on the Suzanne Collins best-selling novel of the same name, the latest installment in the “Hunger Games” franchise is a prequel set 64 years before Katniss Everdeen volunteered as tribute. It follows a young Coriolanus as he unites with Lucy Gray Baird in the 10th Hunger Games and battles his instincts for both good and evil.

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Fandango at Home’s top 10 titles for the week ended March 24, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Bob Marley: One Love
  2. Land of Bad
  3. The Beekeeper
  4. Madame Web
  5. The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes
  6. Anyone But You
  7. Migration
  8. Argylle
  9. Oppenheimer
  10. Wonka

Gravitas Picks Up Rights to Family Comedy ‘The Present,’ Due on Digital and VOD June 18

Gravitas Ventures has acquired U.S. rights to the family comedy The Present and will release the film on digital and cable VOD on June 18.

In the film, when a brilliant boy discovers he can manipulate time using an enchanted family heirloom, he and his siblings team up to go back to the eve of their parents’ separation in hopes of changing the outcome. As their schemes become more elaborate, the siblings learn about family bonds and what they can and can’t control. In this magical comedy, Isla Fisher and Greg Kinnear play the parents in search of reconciliation, and Easton Rocket Sweda, Shay Rudolph and Mason Shea Joyce are the siblings who just might be the only people who can make that happen.

“I’m thrilled Gravitas will unveil The Present just in time for the summer holidays! Available on all major platforms, it will allow everyone and their families to have fun watching our on-screen family rise to the challenges of life, love, laughter — and time travel,” filmmaker Christian Ditter said in a statement .

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“We are so thrilled to be the domestic distribution partner for The Present. Greg Kinnear and Isla Fisher deliver a funny and heartfelt performance in this wonderful comedy — reminiscent of The Parent Trap,” Danielle Gasher, Gravitas Ventures’ VP of acquisitions and international sales, said in a statement.

Mill Creek to Bow ‘The Mysteries of Bradshaw Ranch’ on DVD and Digitally April 2

Mill Creek Entertainment will release the sci-fi title The Mysteries of Bradshaw Ranch on DVD and through digital retailers April 2.

Outside of Sedona, Ariz., is Bradshaw Ranch, a paranormal hotspot that has captivated researchers’ imagination for decades. Purportedly where the mystical dance of vortexes and interdimensional portals unfold, it has beckoned the curious and the brave to unravel its secrets.

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In this program, for six months, a team of intrepid explorers, a fusion of paranormal investigators, psychics, and open-minded scientists, delve into the heart of this enigma. Their mission: to capture on film and record on scientific instrumentation the elusive truth behind the high strangeness of Bradshaw Ranch. What they uncover transcends the boundaries of our understanding, purportedly revealing a profound revelation: We are not alone in the universe.