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.

Thriller ‘Spell’ Coming to PVOD and Digital Oct. 30

The horror thriller Spell will be released on PVOD and digital Oct. 30, in time for Halloween, from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The film will also be released in select theaters.

Omari Hardwick (“Power,” Sorry to Bother You), Loretta Devine (“Black-ish,” Crash) and John Beasley (The Sum of All FearsThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) star.

In the film, while flying to his father’s funeral in rural Appalachia, an intense storm causes Marquis (Hardwick) to lose control of the plane carrying him and his family. He awakens wounded, alone and trapped in Ms. Eloise’s (Devine) attic, who claims she can nurse him back to health with the Boogity, a Hoodoo figure she has made from his blood and skin. Unable to call for help, Marquis desperately tries to outwit and break free from her dark magic and save his family from a sinister ritual before the rise of the blood moon.

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‘Another Shot’ Driving to Digital and DVD May 14 From Well Go

The basketball feature Another Shot will come out on digital and DVD May 14 From Well Go USA Entertainment.

Based on the true story of Stephon Marbury’s fall from the NBA and his journey to rediscover his passion in China, Another Shot stars Marbury, Chun Wu, Bing He, Jessica Jung, Qingxiang Wang, Loretta Devine and Frankie Faison, with special appearances by Allen Iverson and Baron Davis.

In the film, Marbury teams up with a group of ambitious young professional basketball players in China, who dare to dream of one day winning the country’s professional basketball championship. With some intense training and a supportive coach, Marbury helps bring the team to the finals where they must face the seven-time championship team, considered by most to be unbeatable.

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Marbury played in the NBA from 1996 to 2009. He was selected out of Georgia Tech by the Milwaukee Bucks with the fourth overall pick in the 1996 NBA draft, but was traded shortly thereafter to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He  also played with the New Jersey Nets, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks and Boston Celtics. He was an NBA All-Star with the Suns in 2001 and 2003, and was voted into the All-NBA Third Team in 2000 and 2003.

After five years with the Knicks, Marbury and the team agreed to a buyout in February 2009 and Marbury became a free agent. He soon signed with the Boston Celtics. Marbury was offered a one-year contract by the Celtics for the 2009–10 season but he turned the team down. He later announced that he would take a year off from basketball to attend to his business interests.

Marbury then played in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) from 2010 to 2018, winning three CBA championships with the Beijing Ducks in 2012, 2014 and 2015.