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.

‘Brooklyn Love Stories’ Available on Demand Feb. 2 From Level 33

The dramatic romance anthology Brooklyn Love Stories will be available on demand on Feb. 2 from Level 33 Entertainment.

The film follows a young graffiti artist, a middle-aged widow, a teenage poet, a vampire and two lovers stuck in separate timelines. Though their paths don’t always cross, their lives unfold in Brooklyn’s vibrantly multicultural neighborhood of Bushwick, which becomes a distinctive character that ties together six diverse stories about the power of unconditional love.

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It stars Britt Baron, Justine Lupe, Ronen Rubenstein, Henny Russell, Britne Oldford, Max Baker, Hazelle Goodman and Nadia Dajani.

Cyber-Thriller ‘Dark Web: Cicada 3301’ Uploading to Digital March 12, Disc March 16

The cyber-thriller Dark Web: Cicada 3301, will come out on digital and on demand March 12, and on on Blu-ray and DVD March 16 from Lionsgate.

Inspired by “Cicada 3301,” one of the most famous online puzzles in internet history, the film stars Jack Kesy (The Outpost), Conor Leslie (“The Man in the High Castle”), and Alan Ritchson (upcoming “Jack Reacher” TV series), along with Ron Funches (Trolls) and Andreas Apergis (X-Men: Days of Future Past).

When disenfranchised hacker Connor (Kesy), his affable best friend Avi (Funches), and the cunning librarian Gwen (Leslie) discover a mysterious online treasure hunt, they must elude aggressive NSA agents, led by Agent Carver (Ritchson), as the trio race to find the clues and claim their prize.

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Bonus features offer more about the making of the thriller and the elaborate online puzzle that inspired it and include a commentary and deleted scenes.

Crime Thriller ‘Coming From Insanity’ Heading to Digital and On Demand Jan. 12 From Level 33

The crime thriller Coming From Insanity will be released on digital and on demand Jan. 12 from Level 33 Entertainment.

The film — based on the true story of a notorious currency counterfeiter with genius-level intelligence — follows Kossi, one of many children trafficked and sold into servitude in Nigeria. He grows up and becomes frustrated with his life as a domestic worker. Dreaming of a better life, he turns to his natural abilities and masters the art of counterfeiting U.S. dollars. Floating the most flawless bills in town, he lands on the radar of a determined currency agent who will stop at nothing to bring him to justice.

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The film won the Programmer’s Best First Feature Narrative at the Pan African Film Festival; Best Screenplay at the Five Continents International Film Festival; Best Thriller Feature at the Five Continents International Film Festival; and the Audience Choice Award Best Feature at the PressPlay Film Festival. It picked up a Special Mention, Team Performance Feature Film, at the Five Continents International Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize Best International Narrative Feature at the American Black Film Festival.

Thriller ‘Don’t Tell a Soul’ Due in Theaters and on Digital Jan. 15 From Lionsgate

The thriller Don’t Tell a Soul will come out in theaters, on digital and on demand Jan. 15 from Lionsgate and Saban Films.

In the film, while stealing money to help their sick mother (Mena Suvari), teen brothers Matt and Joey (Fionn Whitehead and Jack Dylan Grazer) are surprised by Hamby (Rainn Wilson), a security officer who gives chase and is then trapped in a well.

Over the next few days, Joey and Hamby forge an uneasy relationship. Hamby tells Joey he’ll keep quiet if Joey sets him free. But Hamby holds another secret, one that will threaten Joey and his family, in this twist-filled, cat-and-mouse thriller.

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Comedy ‘Buddy Games’ Coming to Digital and DVD Nov. 24 From Paramount

The comedy Buddy Games will come out on digital, on demand and DVD Nov. 24 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Josh Duhamel (Transformers) stars in the comedy, which follows six lifelong friends who have a five-year falling out. Bob (Duhamel), aka “The Bobfather,” reunites his pals for the Buddy Games, a competition of absurd physical and mental challenges with the chance to win a $150,000 pot. The determined dudes fight, claw and party for the big bucks in this bro-fest featuring Dax Shepard (CHiPs), Olivia Munn (Office Christmas Party) and Kevin Dillon (“Entourage”).

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Thriller ‘American Dream’ Due on DVD and Digital Jan. 12 From Lionsgate

The crime thriller American Dream debuts on DVD, digital and on demand Jan. 12 from Lionsgate.

Academy Award-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (Saving Private Ryan) directs this intense thriller about the brutal struggle for success. Desperate for cash, entrepreneurs Scott (Luke Bracey, Point Break 2015) and Nicky (Michiel Huisman, “Game of Thrones”) turn to Russian mobster Yuri (Nick Stahl, Sin City). After they refuse the funding he offers, Yuri gets revenge by trying to take over their construction project. The partners are terrified, until Nicky’s tough Russian girlfriend, Ana, decides to take action herself.

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Comedy ‘The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee’ Due on Digital and On Demand Dec. 11 From Lionsgate

The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee will premiere on digital and on demand Dec. 11 from Lionsgate.

Paul Hogan (Crocodile Dundee) plays himself in the comedy, which also stars John Cleese (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, A Fish Called Wanda), Chevy Chase (Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation), Olivia Newton-John (Grease) and Jacob Elordi as Hogan’s son (HBO’s “Euphoria, Netflix’s The Kissing Booth).

In the film, Hogan is reluctantly thrust back into the spotlight as he desperately attempts to restore his sullied reputation on the eve of being knighted by the queen of England. Hogan gets caught up in a series of comical scandals that dominate gossip shows and social media feeds.

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Actioner ‘Dragon Soldiers’ Due on DVD and Digital Dec. 15

The action fantasy Dragon Soldiers will arrive on DVD, digital and on demand Dec. 15 from Lionsgate.

In the film, when locals start vanishing from a small Colorado town, the mayor hires a squad of elite mercenaries to fight off the menace — whoever or whatever it may be. Leader Cameron (Ruben Pla, Insidious, Contracted, Dead Air) and his team suspect a ruthless gang of mercenary survivalists until they come face to face with a massive, airborne, fire-breathing reptile. Stopping the creature and surviving the attacks will take weapons, explosives and gunfire.

The film also stars Antuone Torbert (Soul Hunters, “Blader”) and Heath C. Heine (Jurassic Thunder, Return of the Ghostbusters, Ink).

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Tom Green Comedy ‘Interviewing Monsters and Bigfoot’ Due on Demand Oct. 6 From Level 33

The comedy Interviewing Monsters and Bigfoot will come out on demand Oct. 6 from Level 33 Entertainment.

The Canadian duo of Tom Green (Road Trip, Charlie’s Angels, Freddy Got Fingered, “The Tom Green Podcast”) and Les Stroud (“Survivorman,” “Beyond Survival,” 100 Days: Yukon) star in the film about a dysfunctional protagonist, a twisted narrative, and a series of events that builds into a shocker of an ending. It follows by-the-book forest ranger Billy Teal, who is dead set on preventing Cory Mathis from finding the truth about the Mark Twain forest. Mathis, a professor, claims Bigfoot killed his wife turning him into a man obsessed with revenge and partners up with a team of misfits for the capture of the creature, but Ranger Teal, a covert government agency and a serial hoaxer (Rick Dyer) have other plans.

The film also stars Jessi Combs, Teri Eckerle and Stacy Brown Jr.

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