‘Ava,’ ‘Antebellum’ Top Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

The actioner Ava topped the Vudu chart while the premium VOD release Antebellum again topped the FandangoNow chart for the week ended Oct. 4.

Both are transactional video-on-demand services owned by Fandango.

Vertical Entertainment’s action film Ava, starring Jessica Chastain, became available for TVOD Sept. 25. It follows a deadly assassin who works for a black ops organization, traveling the globe specializing in high-profile hits. When a job goes wrong, she is forced to fight for her own survival. It came in at No. 2 on the FandangoNow chart.

From Lionsgate and QC Entertainment — the producer of Get Out and Us Antebellum stars Janelle Monáe in a thriller about a successful author who finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality. It fell from No. 1 to No. 2 on the Vudu chart for the week.

Lionsgate’s The Secret: Dare to Dream, which became available for digital sale Sept. 15 after a PVOD run, took the No. 3 spot on the Vudu chart and landed at No. 6 on the FandangoNow chart. The dramatic romance stars Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas and is based on the best-selling book The Secret.

Taking the bronze on the FandangoNow chart and coming in at No. 5 on the Vudu chart was the Magnolia Pictures thriller Alone, about a killer who hunts a widow in the wilderness after she escapes from his remote cabin.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Oct. 4, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Ava
  2. Antebellum
  3. The Secret: Dare to Dream
  4. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  5. Alone
  6. Hocus Pocus
  7. 2067
  8. Beetlejuice
  9. The Tax Collector
  10. Mama

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Oct. 4, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Antebellum
  2. Ava
  3. Alone
  4. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  5. Then Came You
  6. The Secret: Dare to Dream
  7. Welcome to Sudden Death
  8. Death of Me
  9. The Tax Collector
  10. The King of Staten Island

Magnolia Pictures Bows Ad-Supported Channel on Redbox Free Live TV

Home entertainment distributor Magnolia Pictures May 20 announced new distribution for CineLife, an ad-supported channel from Spotlight Cinema Networks on Redbox Free Live TV. The channel features independent films and documentaries from Magnolia Pictures’ catalog.

Ad-supported Redbox Free Live TV offers 24-hour access to programming, including independent films from Magnolia Pictures. The CineLife channel’s titles include The Last Days on Mars, starring Liev Schreiber; The Magic of Belle Isle, starring Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman; as well as Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Virginia Madsen; and Deadfall, starring Olivia Wilde, Eric Bana and Charlie Hunnam. CineLife will also showcase A Long Way Down, A Royal Affair, Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot, Detour and World’s Greatest Dad, among others.

“Redbox is a leader in the evolving home entertainment landscape and the curated CineLife channel provides Magnolia with the opportunity to present these incredible, award-winning films to as wide of an audience as possible,” Jeff Cuban, COO (and younger brother) of Mark Cuban Companies Entertainment Properties, said in a statement.

CineLife is available for streaming on the Redbox App, Web, iOS, Android devices, Android TV, Chromecast, Roku, LG and Vizio.

“Providing quality entertainment on Redbox’s free streaming service is an important step for our growing brand,” added Jerry Rakfeldt, CEO of Spotlight Cinema Networks.

Magnolia Gerrymandering Doc ‘Slay the Dragon’ Launches Digitally April 3

Magnolia Pictures’ documentary Slay the Dragon, which tackles gerrymandering in the United States, will launch on demand digitally April 3.

The digital release moved up due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Directed by Academy Award nominee Barak Goodman and Emmy Award Nominee Chris Durrance and an official selection of the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, Slay the Dragon maintains there was a calculated campaign in 2010 to manipulate our electoral system to consolidate political power for the next decade. It alleges that after the 2008 election, a secretive, well-funded partisan initiative poured money into state legislative races in key swing states to gain control of their redistricting processes, and used high-tech analytics to dramatically skew voting maps based on demographic data. Gerrymandering, the practice of redrawing electoral maps to serve the party in power, has been around for centuries. But in today’s hyperpartisan political environment it has been taken to unprecedented extremes, the documentary contends.

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The film also looks at how redistricting affects the political system today, following a handful of citizens groups after the 2016 election.

Magnolia Pictures Slashes SVOD Service Annual Fee 50%

Facing another week of turmoil as local, state and federal governments race to contain the coronavirus, Magnolia Pictures March 16 announced it is slashing by 50% the annual fee for its “DOX” documentary SVOD service.

The cost is now $14.99 for a year compared to $29.99 previously, and available only to new subscribers through March 31 who maintain a subscription past the free seven-day trial period. DOX offers a curated collection of non-fiction content from filmmakers across the globe.

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New titles coming to this month include I’m Still Here, starring Academy Award winner for Best Actor (Joker) Joaquin Phoenix in the satirical documentary from Oscar winner Casey Affleck that follows his fictionalized retirement from acting to his pursuit of a new career in hip-hop, and Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, a compilation of the national tour embarked on by late night host Conan O’Brien following his departure from “The Tonight Show” in 2010.

The annual subscription also give users access to Magnolia Pictures’ expansive catalog of critically acclaimed docuseries and award-winning documentaries, including Academy Award winner Man on Wire, BAFTA Award nominee Blackfish, as well as Tickled, Venus and Serena and Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot.

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Magnolia Pictures says the SVOD service was created for moviegoers who enjoy exceptional films from some of the most celebrated documentarians in the world today. The expansive, curated collection represents the very best in non-fiction storytelling.

“Whether audiences are looking for a trip down memory lane or a trip around the world, DOX is sure to entertain and inspire,” said the distributor.

 

‘Magnolia Selects’ SVOD Service Names January Release Slate

Magnolia Pictures’ upstart SVOD service, Magnolia Selects, announced its January slate of curated independent movies and documentaries available for $4.99 per month. The service launched last March.

Titles include Force Majuere, the Academy Award nominated film about the comedic dissolution of a marriage set against an avalanche; Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated I Am Love; and Serena, a sprawling tale of two newlyweds (Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper and winner Jennifer Lawrence) who find that power and happiness are not always connected.

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Other titles available Jan. 7, include Crazy Love, How I Live Now, Force Majuere, Syrup, Take This Waltz and White Bird in a Blizzard.

Titles available Jan. 14 include Europa Report, In Order of Disappearance, Lo & Behold, The Oxford Murders, Results and White God.

Titles available Jan. 21: The Burning Plain, The Dead Lands, Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie, Guerilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst, Serena and Standby.

Available on Jan. 28: I Am Love, Iris, Last Shift, The Little Death and Whitey.

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban sold Magnolia Pictures (and Magnolia Home Entertainment) in 2018 to Cohen Media Group.

Magnolia Pictures’ SVOD Genre Channels ‘Monsters & Nightmares,’ ‘DOX’ and ‘Warriors & Gangsters’ Bow on Dish

Home entertainment distributor Magnolia Pictures Sept. 12 announced it is now offering its digital streaming service, Magnolia Selects, and three genre-specific viewing channels on pay-TV operator Dish Network. Magnolia Selects offers critically-acclaimed libraries of independent movies.

Magnolia Pictures’ standalone channels, including “Warriors & Gangsters,” “DOX” and “Monsters & Nightmares,” provide a curated collection of movies and TV series highlighting the best in action, documentaries and horror for those with an appetite for genre-specific offerings.

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Showcasing top indie and award-winning filmmakers, Hollywood’s biggest stars and more for diverse film viewing audiences, Magnolia Selects is available for $4.99 per month and each channel (“Warriors & Gangsters,” “DOX” and “Monsters & Nightmares”) will be available for $2.99 per month via Dish’s On Demand Subscriptions and the Dish Anywhere app.

Magnolia Selects is also available via Dish’s online TV platform Sling TV, Aamazon Prime Video Channels and Roku, and for download through iOS and Android.

“With Magnolia Selects’ latest expansion on Dish, our films have the ability to reach new audiences on more platforms than ever before,” Eamonn Bowles, president of Magnolia, said in a statement.

Magnolia Selects films, include Lars von Trier’s drama, Melancholia, starring Golden Globe nominee Kirsten Dunst and Golden Globe winner Alexander Skarsgård; World’s Fastest Indian, the inspiring true story from director Roger Donaldson, starring Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins; the fan-favorite comedy, Goon, starring Seann William Scott; Christopher Coppola’s 1993 crime drama, Deadfall and Magic of Belle Isle, starring Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman.

The latest titles added to the collection of films include Alive and Kicking, a high-spirited look inside the resurgence of the international swing dance community; Great Buck Howard, starring Academy Award nominee John Malkovich; Boarding Gate, from French filmmaker Olivier Assayas and Red, the riveting drama starring Golden Globe nominee Brian Cox.

Curated from Magnolia Pictures’ film library, each standalone channel caters to the specific viewing needs of audiences.

Fans can immerse themselves in the “Warriors & Gangsters” channel, featuring a collection of adrenaline-pumping, fist-pounding, bone-breaking excitement and thrills with films including the Ong Bak trilogy, 13 Assassins, Centurion, Black Death, Hammer of the Gods and Skin Trade.

The “Monsters & Nightmares” channel highlights the best horror, thriller, sci-fi and nightmare inducing movies, such as All Good Things, Let the Right One In, Tucker & Dale vs Evil, Shrooms, V/H/S Viral, Grand Piano, Honeymoon and Rubber, while “DOX” showcases exceptional documentaries and docuseries from some of the most renowned filmmakers around the world, including Enron: The Smartest Guys in The Room, Food Inc., Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Man on Wire, Muscle Shoals, Cocaine Cowboys, Fracknation and No Place on Earth.

Magnolia Pictures Bows Streaming Service, Branded Channels on Sling TV

Magnolia Pictures July 10 announced that its streaming service, Magnolia Selects, and three branded genre-specific channels have launched on Sling TV — Dish Networks’ online TV platform.

The home entertainment distributor launched in 2001 by Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner’s 2029 Entertainment, offers critically acclaimed libraries of indie movies.

Magnolia channels “Warriors & Gangsters,” “DOX” and “Monsters & Nightmares,” offer a curated collection of action, documentaries and horror cult films. They are available to Sling subscribers for an additional $3 monthly per channel.

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Magnolia Selects is available for a $5 monthly surcharge.

“By teaming up with Sling TV, Magnolia Selects can continue to be the go-to destination for fans of independent film and premium content,” Eamonn Bowles, president of Magnolia Pictures, said in a statement. “We’ve found a new innovative way to ensure our subscribers have accessibility to our curated library of critically-acclaimed films through Sling TV’s flexible platform and personalized streaming service.”

Magnolia Selects titles include Oscar-winning documentary Man on Wire; Swedish horror film, Let the Right One In; Oscar-nominated documentary from Alex Gibney, Enron: The Smartest Guys in The Room and Andrew Jarecki’s true crime story, All Good Things.

Additional content include comedies Tucker & Dale vs Evil and Goon, starring Seann William Scott, alongside the martial arts masterpiece 13 Assassins from director Takashi Miike.

The “Warriors & Gangsters” channel features films such as Ong Bak, 13 Assassins, Kingdom of War and Troll Hunter.

“Monsters & Nightmares” channel titles include The Host, The ABC’s of Death and Survival of the Dead, while “DOX” documentaries and docuseries include Food Inc., The Wolfpack, Iris and Best of Enemies.

‘Love, Gilda’ Available on Demand and Digital From Magnolia

(L-R) Tom Schiller, Gilda Radner, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin. (Photo courtesy Magnolia Pictures)

‘Love, Gilda,’ a documentary on the late comedian Gilda Radner, is available now on demand, iTunes and Amazon Prime Video from Magnolia Pictures.

The film is also in theaters.

Director Lisa D’Apolito, working with the Radner estate, unearthed a collection of diaries and personal audio and videotapes documenting Radner’s childhood, her comedy career, her relationships and ultimately, her struggles with cancer. The never-before-seen-or-heard footage and journal entries form the narrative spine of the documentary.

The film features appearances by Andrew Alexander, Anne Beatts, Chevy Chase, Bill Hader, Janis Hirsch, Judy Levy, Melissa McCarthy, Lorne Michaels, Laraine Newman, Marcus O’Hara, Amy Poehler, Michael Radner, Maya Rudolph, Stephen Schwartz, Paul Shaffer, Martin Short, Rosie Shuster, Cecily Strong, Jordan Walker-Perlman, Pam Zakheim and Alan Zweibel.