Animated ‘Birds Like Us’ Available on Digital, On Demand and DVD Jan. 25

The animated family film Birds Like Us will debut digitally, on demand and on DVD Jan. 25 from Lionsgate.

Academy Award winners Alicia Vikander, Jeremy Irons and Jim Broadbent lend their voice talents to the film that explores the journey of an unlikely group of animals trying to make their way back home. Trapped in a village ruled by the meddling Kondor (Irons), Huppu the bird (Vikander) dreams of having the freedom to hatch her own egg. Suddenly, she, Kondor, and their friends are blasted to a distant land, and they must trust in a wise, eccentric bat to guide them on a strange, dazzling odyssey back to the tree they call home.

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Action-Horror Thriller ‘Amityville Uprising’ Due Via on Demand, Digital and DVD Jan. 11

The action-horror thriller Amityville Uprising will be released on demand, for digital purchase and on DVD Jan. 11 from Lionsgate.

A chemical blast at a military base sets off a supernatural disaster in the action-horror thriller. As Sgt. Dash tries to keep the peace at the local police station, the explosion unleashes a toxic acid rain that dissolves the flesh of anyone trapped in it. Even worse, it causes the dead to rise again and attack the living. Dash and fellow officer Nina Rossi must figure out who is friend and foe, fend off the attacks, and defend their colleagues until the savage cataclysm subsides.

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Animated ‘Kung Food’ Due in Theaters and On Demand Nov. 19 From Level 33

The animated family film Kung Food, based on the animated TV series, will be released in theaters and on demand Nov. 19 from Level 33 Entertainment.

In the film about a magical world inhabited by living food items with hidden talents, Super Bao, an innocent and passionate steamed stuffed bun, dreams of becoming a great hero like his ancestor. In order to realize this dream, he must use his martial arts skill to battle the evil Pirate King and keep him from obtaining the powerful Five-Flavor Stone before he can use it to destroy the World of Foods.

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Crime Thriller ‘La Flamme Rouge’ Available On Demand From Level 33

The crime thriller La Flamme Rouge is available in theaters and on demand from Level 33 Entertainment.

Executive produced by Balthazar Getty (Lord of the Flies) and written and directed by the Maze Brothers Brent and Derek (Cyanide Syndicate: Blueprint, A$AP Lotto: Smooth City), the film stars an ensemble cast of “Twin Peaks” alums (Balthazar Getty, Nicole LaLiberté, George Griffith), as well as Clint Howard (Solo: A Star Wars Story), Todd Lowe (HBO’s “True Blood”), Josh Martin (“Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection”), Colby Coash (Former Nebraska State Senator, It Snows All the Time), Charlie McElveen (12 Midnight) and Sebastian Quinn (TV Series “Doomsday”). 

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In the film, a violent night sends cycling champ Rick Van Pelt into a neon drenched fever dream. Fueled by scotch and paranoia, he confronts Isaac about an affair with his fiancée. A shocking turn of events unveils their scheme to rip off a reclusive art dealer. Eccentric friends, old and new, fail to save Rick from the nocturnal underworld and his demons personified. A renegade detective is his only hope.


Action Thriller ‘The Gardener’ Due on Digital, On Demand and DVD Dec. 28 From Lionsgate

The action film The Gardener will be released on demand, DVD and for digital purchase Dec. 28 from Lionsgate.

Gary Daniels and Robert Bronzi star in the home-invasion thriller, which follows an immigrant living a quiet life as a gardener at a manor house in England who has to rely on old skills to save the family he works for from home invaders.

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The quiet of the English countryside is shattered when a troubled wealthy family gathers in a quaint manor home for the holidays, never suspecting that bloodthirsty, sadistic Volker (Gary Daniels, The Expendables) and his crew linger at the gates, ready to attack, rob and maim them at nightfall. But the invaders don’t count on the estate’s quiet gardener Peter Juhasz (Robert Bronzi, Death Kiss), who must return to the savage ways he learned as a soldier to save the family.

‘Hard Luck Love Song’ Headed to PVOD Nov. 9, Digital and On Demand Dec. 21

The noir crime thriller Hard Luck Love Song arrives on premium VOD Nov. 9, and for digital purchase and on demand Dec. 21 from Lionsgate.

Based on the song “Just Like Old Times” by singer-songwriter Todd Snider, the film stars Michael Dorman (“For All Mankind,” “Patriot,” The Invisible Man), Sophia Bush (John Tucker Must Die, “One Tree Hill,” “Love, Victor”), Dermot Mulroney (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Arrested Development,” My Best Friend’s Wedding), Primetime Emmy Award nominee RZA (2020, Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music, TV’s “Wu-Tang: An American Saga”), Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts (1985, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Runaway Train), and Melora Walters (Magnolia, Boogie Nights, Dead Poets Society).

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The film follows Jesse (Dorman), a charismatic but down on his luck troubadour hustling pool in dive bars, living out of cheap motels and making bad decisions. Jesse finds himself at an existential crossroads during a chance encounter with Carla (Bush), an old flame, as their complicated past and current troubles threaten to destroy their blissful reunion.

Animated ‘Mosley’ Available on Demand and Digital Dec. 10, DVD Dec. 14

The animated film Mosley will be released in theaters, on demand and digitally Dec. 10, and on DVD Dec. 14 from Saban Films and Paramount Home Entertainment.

Featuring the voices of Lucy Lawless, Rhys Darby, Temuera Morrison and John Rhys-Davies, the family adventure follows a species of creatures known as “thoriphants” who rebel against their life of servitude and embark on a treacherous journey to find the fabled city of Upright. Discovering he belongs to a heroic tribe of two-legged giants, Mosley is determined to prove he is more than just a farm animal.

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Resonate: 82% of U.S. Consumers Watch Some Form of OTT Content

A large majority — 82% — of U.S. consumers now watch some form of OTT content, with only 55% still watching cable TV, according to data from the from the “State of Streaming” report from Resonate, a provider of A.I.-driven consumer data and analytics.

The report suggests live TV resonates well with older demographics that are used to viewing live TV through traditional broadcast. The live TV streaming only audience skews older, with the largest age group being 45-54 years old, while the streaming on-demand only audience is on the younger side, with the largest group being 25-34 years old.

Streaming live-TV viewers are mainly using ad-support or free services (AVOD), such as Pluto TV, Roku Channel and Tubi TV. They under-index against all paid live TV services. Streaming live-TV-only viewers skew male. The majority uses Pluto TV to stream live TV programming. They enjoy programming produced by CBS and Fox, especially “American Dad” and “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

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Streaming on-demand only viewers skew female. The majority of the audience watches Netflix and Amazon Prime Video regularly. Out of the top four on-demand streaming services, their favorite shows are on Netflix.
This audience tends to binge-watch their favorite TV shows using their smart-TVs.

Resonate also examined the different characteristics among the customers of streaming services. According to the research, Peacock and Paramount+ subscribers vary significantly in terms of gender and tastes in TV shows. Peacock subscribers skew male, while Paramount+ subscribers skew female. Peacock subscribers prefer comedy shows, while the Paramount+ subscribers have more eclectic tastes, ranging from comedy to crime genres. Overall, both Peacock and Paramount+ subscribers are avid sports fans. However, the Peacock subscribers are supporters of their local professional sports teams, while the Paramount+ subscribers enjoy sports programming overall without any local professional team affiliations.

The Resonate proprietary data set includes more than 14,000 relevant data points that describe more than 230 million individual U.S. consumers, according to Resonate.

‘American Insurrection’ Due on Digital and DVD Dec. 7

The action thriller American Insurrection will be released for digital purchase, on demand and DVD Dec. 7 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

In the film, after a powerful militia seizes control of the United States, a group of friends attempt to escape the escalating violence and oppression. They must move undetected as their only hope is to cross a heavily guarded border. But as the militia closes in, the friends will need to do whatever it takes to survive.

Directed by William Sullivan, the film stars Nadine Malouf, Nick Westrate, Brandon Perea, Sarah Wharton, Jarret Kerr, Toby Leonard Moore and Michael Raymond-James.

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Horror Film ‘The Lockdown Hauntings’ Due Digitally Oct. 19, on DVD Nov. 16 From Alliance

The horror film The Lockdown Hauntings will be released on digital and on demand Oct. 19 and on DVD Nov. 16 from Alliance Entertainment.

In the film, with the streets empty, free from activity of humans and machines, it is not just nature that takes advantage of a global lockdown. A notorious serial killer is back from the dead, with more potential victims than ever before.

Written and directed by Howard J. Ford, the film stars Tony Todd, Angela Dixon and Heather Peace.

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