Romance ‘The Brink Of’ Available on Digital From Distribution Solutions

The romance drama The Brink Of is available on digital from Distribution Solutions and 4 Digital Media.

The film follows Lena and James, who are rising artists whose emotional songs connect with audiences and leave fans wondering if they are more than just bandmates. Their first album leads them to reflect on how deep their relationship really runs.

The film stars Nicolette Norgaard, Tim Hoffman, Mina Tobias and Sara Silver.

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Trailer is here.

Comic Musical Thriller ‘Open’ Due on Digital and VOD Nov. 7, DVD Nov. 14 From Virgil

Virgil Films will release the comic musical thriller Open on digital (EST) and VOD Nov. 7 and on DVD Nov. 14.

In the film, when the Corbins decide to open their marriage, wife Kristina falls for an ex-TV star and longtime object of infatuation, while husband Robert chooses a much safer old friend. As the couple navigate the increasingly-complicated waters of open marriage, Kristina invents a hallucinated ’80s music video paradise, where she fronts a band comprised by the aforementioned players and all the drama that accompanies them.

The film stars Lindsay Ann Williams, Jeremy London, Miles Doleac, Elena Sanchez, Amber Reign Smith, Yohance Myles and William Forsythe.

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Disney+ Launches Sing-Along Version of ‘Hamilton’

Disney+ June 30 released a new sing-along version of the musical Hamilton in time for Fourth of July weekend.

In the sing-along, viewers can follow along with the on-screen lyrics as they watch the film.

The filmed version of the original Broadway production of the 11-time-Tony Award-, Grammy Award-, Olivier Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning stage musical was brought to homes around the world July 3, 2020, when it premiered on Disney+. Filmed at The Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in June of 2016, Hamilton features Tony Award winners Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton; Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler; Leslie Odom, Jr. as Aaron Burr; Tony Award nominees Christopher Jackson as George Washington; Jonathan Groff as King George; Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton; and Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds; Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison; and Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton.

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The cast also includes Carleigh Bettiol, Ariana DeBose, Hope Easterbrook, Sydney James Harcourt, Sasha Hutchings, Thayne Jasperson, Elizabeth Judd, Jon Rua, Austin Smith, Seth Stewart and Ephraim Sykes.


Disney+ Unveils Trailer for Original Movie ‘World’s Best,’ Due June 23

Disney+ has released the trailer and key art for its original movie World’s Best, a hip-hop musical comedy adventure, produced by the director of “Hamilton” and streaming exclusively on the service beginning June 23.

The film is co-written, co-executive produced and starring Utkarsh Ambudkar (Ghosts, Free Guy), who co-wrote the film’s original songs, and directed by radiation oncologist turned filmmaker Roshan Sethi (“7 Days”).

Joining Ambudkar in the film are newcomer Manny Magnus, Punam Patel, Jake Choi, Max Malas, Piper Wallace, Kayla Njeri, Dorian Giordano, Kathryn Greenwood, Christopher Jackson and Doug E. Fresh. World’s Best was written by Jamie King and Ambudkar, with original songs by Ambudkar and Charlie Wilder. Produced by Thomas Kail, who directed Broadway’s Hamilton and produced and directed the 2020 film version, and Kate Sullivan, the film reunites Kail and Ambudkar who first collaborated as director and performer, respectively, of the improvisational hip-hop comedy musical group Freestyle Love Supreme. Terry Gould and Ambudkar serve as the film’s executive producers.

In World’s Best, 12-year-old mathematics genius Prem Patel (Magnus), in the midst of navigating the tumultuous hardships of adolescence, discovers his recently deceased father was a famous rapper and immediately sets out to pursue a career for himself as a rap superstar. While his actions may appear reckless and the quickest way for him to lose everything, Prem, empowered by imaginative hip-hop music-fueled fantasies where he performs with his father (Ambudkar), is determined to find out if hip-hop truly is in his DNA. As his father always used to say, “the world’s best never rest.” 

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Ambudkar’s additional film credits include Brittany Runs a Marathon, Blindspotting and Pitch Perfect. A rapper from a young age, Ambudkar was an original member of The Beatards, a NYC-based underground hip-hop group that performed alongside acts such as Santigold, Azealia Banks, G-Easy, Public Enemy, Questlove and more. His work with the Beatards eventually helped Ambudkar land Pitch Perfect. Originating the role of Aaron Burr in the developmental readings of Hamilton, Ambudkar later reunited with Lin-Manuel Miranda as part of the improvisational rap group Freestyle Love Supreme, which garnered a special Tony Award in 2021. Vanity, Ambudkar’s debut album as a solo artist, dropped in 2019 and was quickly followed by Petty. In 2020, he released “The Misfits EP” and single “Self Respect.”  


‘Chicago’ Blu-ray Steelbook Due Feb. 7 for 20th Anniversary

Director Rob Marshall’s musical Chicago, winner of six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a new limited-edition Blu-ray Steelbook due Feb. 7 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Originally released on Jan. 24, 2003, the musical was nominated for 13 Academy Awards and won not only Best Picture, but also Best Supporting Actress for Catherine Zeta-Jones, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing and Best Sound.  

An adaptation of the Broadway musical, the film stars Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, John C. Reilly and Christine Baranski. 

In Chicago, two death-row murderesses develop a fierce rivalry while competing for publicity, celebrity and a sleazy lawyer’s attention.

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The release includes access to a digital copy of the film.

Bonus content includes feature commentary with director Rob Marshall and screenwriter Bill Condon; “Chicago in the Spotlight,” a retrospective with cast and crew; and extended musical performances.

Elvis Presley 1961 Classic ‘Blue Hawaii’ Due on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Nov. 15

Elvis Presley’s 1961 classic Blue Hawaii has been newly restored for its release on both 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray for the first time Nov. 15 as part of the “Paramount Presents” line from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The Technicolor musical is available in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision and HDR-10 fully restored from the original 35mm camera negative. 

The first of three films that Elvis shot in Hawaii, Blue Hawaii celebrated the new exotic state and features the hit song “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” which was certified platinum.

For the restoration, the original negative was scanned in 4K/16bit, however the opening title sequence was very grainy because it originally used duped film. That sequence was completely rebuilt using the original film elements from the Paramount library. Brand new text overlays were created for the opening sequence.

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The “Paramount Presents” release includes the film on both 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc and on Blu-ray, as well as access to a digital copy of the film.  The Blu-ray additionally includes the original theatrical trailer and the following new bonus content, commentary by historian James L. Neibaur and the Blue Hawaii photo scrapbook, which contains high-res images from the Paramount archives, including behind-the-scenes shots.

‘The Bob’s Burgers Movie’ Headed to Digital July 12, Disc July 19

The 20th Century Studios animated adventure The Bob’s Burgers Movie will be available on digital July 12 and on Blu-ray and DVD July 19 from Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution. A 4K Ultra HD Steelbook featuring custom artwork will be available only at Best Buy.

The film will also begin streaming July 12 on HBO Max and Hulu.

The animated musical comedy-mystery-adventure is based on the long-running, Emmy award-winning series. In the feature, after a ruptured water main creates a sinkhole in front of Bob’s Burgers and blocks the entrance, Bob and Linda Belcher struggle to keep the business afloat, and the kids try to solve a mystery that could save the restaurant. 

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Bonus features include deleted scenes, animation extras, audio commentary and a new short, “My Butt Has a Fever.”

The film has earned more than $33.2 million in theaters.

‘Bob’s Burgers Movie’ to Stream on HBO Max and Hulu Starting July 12

The 20th Century Studios animated film The Bob’s Burgers Movie will debut July 12 on streaming services HBO Max and Hulu.

The animated musical comedy-mystery-adventure is based on the long-running Emmy-winning series. The story begins when a ruptured water main creates an enormous sinkhole right in front of Bob’s Burgers, blocking the entrance indefinitely and ruining the Belchers’ plans for a successful summer. While Bob and Linda struggle to keep the business afloat, the kids try to solve a mystery that could save their family’s restaurant.

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Voice talent includes Kristen Schaal, H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, Larry Murphy, Zach Galifianakis and Kevin Kline. The film was directed by Loren Bouchard and Bernard Derriman. The screenplay is by Loren Bouchard and Nora Smith. The producers are Loren Bouchard, Nora Smith and Janelle Momary.

RuPaul to Join ‘Zombies 3’ Debuting on Disney+ July 15

RuPaul will join the cast of Zombies 3, the third story in Disney Branded Television’s musical franchise, which will premiere globally July 15 exclusively streaming on Disney+.

The threequel, which introduces a new group of mysterious outer space aliens to the diverse student body of zombies, cheerleaders and werewolves at Seabrook High, will make its Disney Channel debut on Aug. 12 with a special encore premiere featuring additional bonus footage and a brand new “lost song” musical number.

Multi-talented actor/host/recording artist RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”) joins the cast as the voice of “The Mothership,” a comedically passive-aggressive UFO that brings the aliens to Earth.

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Zombies 3 stars Milo Manheim as zombie Zed and Meg Donnelly as cheerleader Addison, who are beginning their senior year at Seabrook High in the town that’s become a safe haven for monsters and humans alike. Zed is anticipating an athletic scholarship that will make him the first zombie to attend college, while Addison is gearing up for Seabrook’s first international cheer-off. Then suddenly, extraterrestrial beings arrive in Seabrook, provoking something other than friendly competition. The movie also stars Chandler Kinney as Willa, Ariel Martin as Wynter, Pearce Joza as Wyatt, Carla Jeffery as Bree, Trevor Tordjman as Bucky, Kylee Russell as Eliza, Terry Hu as A-spen, Matt Cornett as A-lan, Kyra Tantao as A-li, James Godfrey as Bonzo and Kingston Foster as Zoey.

Disney+ Orders Fourth Season of ‘High School Musical: The Musical — The Series’

Disney+ has ordered a fourth season of its original series “High School Musical: The Musical — The Series” just ahead of its third-season premiere on July 27.

Each of the eight episodes of the third season will stream weekly on Wednesdays, exclusively on Disney+. The Disney Branded Television series, created and executive-produced by Tim Federle, is inspired by the two-time Emmy Award-winning “High School Musical” franchise. The music-driven, GLAAD Media and Kids Choice Award-winning series has garnered record numbers for its soundtracks across the first two seasons and holiday special, with 2 billion combined streams to date, according to a Disney+ release.

“This series continues to deliver best in class drama, humor, and heart,” Ayo Davis, president of Disney Branded Television, said in a statement. “Tim Federle’s vision and interpretation of this legacy IP keeps evolving season over season and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for the Wildcats next.”

“This series has been an epic adventure from the start and I’m beyond grateful that we get to keep making music, telling these stories, and showcasing these exceptional stars,” Federle said in a statement.

Season three of “High School Musical: The Musical — The Series” is set at Camp Shallow Lake, a sleepaway camp in California, as the Wildcats and their fellow campers are primed for a summer ripe with romance, curfew-less nights and a taste of the great outdoors.  Also, there’s a high-stakes production of Frozen on the horizon and a drama-filled “docu-series” of the production in the works.

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“High School Musical: The Musical — The Series” season three stars Joshua Bassett, Sofia Wylie, Matt Cornett, Julia Lester, Dara Reneé, Frankie Rodriguez, Saylor Bell Curda and Adrian Lyles. Also featured this season are recurring guest stars Aria Brooks, Liamani Segura and Ben Stillwell  as well as guest stars Corbin Bleu, Meg Donnelly, Jason Earles, Kate Reinders, Olivia Rose Keegan, Olivia Rodrigo, Larry Saperstein and Joe Serafini.