Gravitas Ventures Acquires ‘Queen Bees,’ Coming to Theaters and On Demand June 11

Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights from Arclight Films to distribute the dramatic comedy Queen Bees. The film will come out in theaters and on demand June 11.

The Astute Films production, directed by Michael Lembeck, stars Ellen Burstyn, James Caan, Ann-Margret, Jane Curtin, Christopher Lloyd, Loretta Devine, Elizabeth Mitchell and French Stewart.

In the film, while her house undergoes repairs, a fiercely independent senior Helen (Burstyn) moves into a nearby retirement community — just temporarily. Once behind the doors of Pine Grove Senior Community, she encounters lusty widows, cutthroat bridge tournaments and a hotbed of bullying “mean girls” the likes of which she hasn’t encountered since high school, all of which leaves her yearning for the solitude of home. But somewhere between flower arranging and water aerobics Helen discovers that it’s never too late to make new friends and perhaps even find a new love.

A heartwarming and humorous look at life’s second act, Queen Bees (previously known as At Last) is inspired by the true story of producer Harrison Powell’s own grandmother’s second chance at love after moving into a retirement community as a widow.

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“As a witness to the joy that finding love at 80 can bring, we knew it was a film we wanted to make and the amazing cast really brought it to life,” producer Dominique Telson said in a statement.

Queen Bees is a feast for the heart,” Arclight Films’ chairman Gary Hamilton said in a statement. “The astounding performances of Ellen Burstyn, James Caan and the rest of the star cast make us laugh and feel good. Michael did an extraordinary job in making this a film for all ages united by the universal topic of love. We trust this gem in the hands of our longtime valued friends at Gravitas Ventures and are certain that with them, this diamond will shine and bring joy to domestic audiences.”

“Michael’s film is the breath of fresh air audiences need right now, a hilarious and life-affirming story with excellent performances from an iconic cast. We look forward to presenting the film to North American audiences,” Tony Piantedosi, VP of acquisitions at Gravitas Ventures, said in a statement.

‘Requiem for a Dream’ Director’s Cut on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Oct. 13

Lionsgate will release Requiem for a Dream on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for its 20th anniversary Oct. 13.

The combo pack will include the director’s cut of Darren Aronofsky’s adaptation of Hubert Selby Jr.’s novel about four people pursuing their visions of happiness through drugs, plummeting with their dreams into a nightmarish, gut-wrenching freefall.

The cast includes Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly and Marlon Wayans.

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The 4K disc includes Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos sound with a transfer supervised by cinematographer Matthew Libatique, plus four new featurettes: “On Set: 1999,” “Transcendent Moments: The Score of Requiem for a Dream,” “Ellen Burstyn on Requiem for a Dream” and “Through Their Eyes: Revisiting Requiem for a Dream.”

The standard Blu-ray included in the combo pack includes legacy extras such as “The Making of Requiem for a Dream” featurette, the “Memories, Dreams, & Addictions: Ellen Burstyn Interviews Hubert Selby Jr.” featurette, deleted scenes with optional commentary by Aronofsky, and a marketing gallery

Both the 4K and regular Blu-ray discs include separate audio commentaries by Aronofsky and Libatique.

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