MoviePass Films Partners with Neon for Indie Releases

MoviePass Films, the production company co-owned by MoviePass parent Helios and Matheson Analytics (HMNY), has partnered with independent distributor Neon for upcoming releases of Sundance award-winner Monsters and Men and Cannes award-winner Border, both of which are anticipated to open in the U.S. in the next few weeks.

Neon, which distributed Oscar-nominated I, Tonya, Three Identical Strangers and Ingrid Goes West, shares equity ownership in Monsters and Border.

HMNY launched MoviePass Films as an ancillary revenue stream – streaming, DVD sales, transactional sales, international rights, retail – from its branded theatrical subscription ticket service.

“The films are high-caliber, prestige titles and are great fits for the MoviePass audience,” MoviePass Films CEO Randall Emmett, said in a statement.

The partnership kicks off with the New York City premiere of Monsters and Men on Sept. 25, ahead of the drama’s New York and Los Angeles opening on Sept. 27. The film will be available in theaters nationwide in mid-October.

Border, which was selected as Sweden’s entry for best foreign-language film at the Academy Awards, took home the top prize in the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard category earlier this year.

Fiscally-challenged MoviePass will make the films available to subscribers as bonus movies, which will not count toward monthly in-theater movie allotments. Select subs will also have a chance to attend the film’s red-carpet premieres and receive other special perks throughout the duration of the partnership.

“It’s great to see the different Helios media companies coming together and working towards generating more business for each other,” said Helios CEO Ted Farnsworth.

Farnsworth could use all the synergies he can find. HMNY shares are currently trading at 1.6 cents, with the stock in threat of being delisted by Nasdaq. HMNY has a market cap around $10.5 million.

MoviePass Films’ partnership with Neon follows just-wrapped production on 10 Minutes Gone, starring Bruce Willis. Previously, MoviePass Films produced Gotti, The Row, co-acquired American Animals through MoviePass Ventures, and claims to have a slate of 10 films being prepared for production.

 

 

‘Schindler’s List’ Coming in 4K to Theaters, Home Market From Universal

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the release of director Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List, Universal Pictures will re-release the film with picture and sound digitally remastered —including in 4K, Dolby Cinema and Dolby Atmos — for a limited theatrical engagement on Dec. 7 across the United States and Canada.

The remastered film will also be available in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos sound on home entertainment platforms subsequent to the theatrical release.

Schindler’s List, starring Liam Neeson as a German businessman who saves more than 1,000 Jews during the holocaust, won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

“It is difficult to believe that it’s been 25 years since Schindler’s List first arrived in theaters,” said Spielberg in a statement. “The true stories of the magnitude and tragedy of the Holocaust are ones that must never be forgotten, and the film’s lessons about the critical importance of countering hatred continue to reverberate today. I am honored that audiences will be able to experience the journey once again on the big screen.”

“We are proud to bring the remastered Schindler’s List, one of the most important movies of the 20th century, to a new generation of filmgoers,” said Ron Meyer, vice chairman of NBCUniversal, in a statement. “The lesson that one person — during one of the darkest chapters in humankind’s history — can make a difference is as relevant now as ever before.”

In advance of the re-release, free educational screenings of the film — coordinated by USC Shoah Foundation — will be available for high-school educators and their students in selected AMC, Regal, Cinemark, Marcus Theatres, Cineplex, Harkins and National Amusements locations in major markets in North America Dec. 4 and Dec. 5.

“As curators of the world’s largest collection of firsthand accounts about the consequences of hatred, USC Shoah Foundation is uniquely positioned to educate and inspire humanity to counter hate through empathy and action,” said Spielberg, who established the Shoah Foundation after his experiences filming Schindler’s List, in a statement. “Those who engage with this eyewitness testimony make deeply meaningful connections, develop critical thinking and empathy, and learn to reflect on the choices they can make to counter hatred.”

The film score by John Williams also will be released by La-La Land Records with never-before-heard material, and the remastered version of Schindler’s List will be re-released in theatres internationally across select territories in early 2019.

USC Shoah Foundation — under its Stronger Than Hate initiative — will work with partner organizations to provide classroom-ready resources through its educational website IWitness to accompany the theatrical and home entertainment releases of the film.

Italian Oscar Entry ‘A Ciambra’ Due on Disc July 10 from IFC

Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, A Ciambra, Italy’s entry for the 2018 Academy Awards, will come out on DVD and Blu-ray Disc July 10 from IFC Entertainment.

The second feature from director Jonas Carpignano (Mediterranea), the Cannes Film Festival award winner follows 14-year-old Pio (Pio Amato) who wants nothing more than the respect of his older brother, whom he emulates in every way — including his career as a petty criminal. When both his father and brother are arrested, Pio is determined to prove he can step up and be the head of his sprawling Romani family.

Both the Blu-ray and DVD include the making-of documentary “A Ciambra: The Other Side of the Story” and deleted scenes.

Oscars Provide Boost to Fandango, FandangoNow

Academy Awards season has been good to Fandango and its on-demand service FandangoNow.

For the second consecutive year, the company offered a special Awards Season gift card — good for tickets to see the Oscar contenders on the big screen (via Fandango) or at home (via FandangoNow).

By the time the Oscar ceremony aired, FandangoNow had seven of the nine Best Picture nominees available on the service.

“It definitely provided several of our biggest weekends in the history of FandangoNow,” said Fandango SVP Adam Rockmore.

It was also a benefit for customers who wanted to visit theaters.

“We’re a company that has one very specific goal, which is we want consumers to consume movies,” Rockmore said. “And we think that if we can get more people into the theater that bodes well for home entertainment and if we can get more people to watch at home that actually helps theatrical so it a virtuous cycle.”

Oscar-lauded films were front and center on the site, employing a strategy of curation that the company uses with other subjects as well.

“We continue to make sure that we’re staying very topical in things that are happening in the space — like Oscars,” Rockmore said. “At the same time, we’ll continue putting out really great curated lists from Rotten Tomatoes [a sister site] or other things that we think are in the pop culture.”

The site promotes previous installments of franchises, such as “Fifty Shades” and the Marvel universe, with the release of the latest theatrical release.

“Because we are a theatrical and at home service we always make sure we tie together the theatrical release to whatever the franchise is so, in effect, we’re drafting on the history,” he said.

Upcoming Titles on FandangoNOW

  1. Father Figures (Owen Wilson) – 3/20/2018

  2. The Greatest Showman* (Hugh Jackman) – 3/20/2018

  3. Insidious: The Last Key* (Lin Shaye) – 3/20/2018

  4. Proud Mary* (Taraji P. Henson) – 3/27/2018

  5. All The Money In The World* (Christopher Plummer) – 3/27/2018

  6. Paddington 2* (Hugh Grant) – 3/27/2018

  7. Phantom Thread* (Daniel Day-Lewis) – 3/27/2018

  8. Condorito: The Movie (Omar Chaparro) – 3/27/2018

  9. The Post* (Meryl Streep) – 4/3/2018

  10. The Commuter (Liam Neeson) – 4/3/2018

  11. Forever My Girl (Alex Roe) – 4/10/2018

  12. Hostiles (Rosamund Pike) – 4/10/2018

  13. Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool (Annette Bening) – 4/24/2018

  14. The Insult (Adel Karam) – 5/1/2018

*Indicates 4K Ultra HD availability

 

Top Movies on FandangoNOW

  1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle* (Dwayne Johnson)

  2. Thor: Ragnarok* (Chris Hemsworth)

  3. Coco* (Gael Garcia Bernal)

  4. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Frances McDormand)

  5. The Shape of Water (Sally Hawkins)

  6. I, Tonya (Margot Robbie)

  7. Pitch Perfect 3* (Anna Kendrick)

  8. Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan)

  9. Darkest Hour* (Gary Oldman)

  10. Justice League (2017)* (Gal Gadot)

*Indicates 4K Ultra HD availability

 

Top TV Shows on FandangoNOW

  1. “The Walking Dead”

  2. “Game of Thrones”

  3. “Atlanta”

  4. “Riverdale”

  5. “Survivor”

  6. “Shameless”

  7. “The Big Bang Theory”

  8. “The Blacklist”

  9. “Street Outlaws”

  10. “American Crime Story”

Oscar-Nominated ‘The Post’ to Hit Digital April 3, Disc April 17

The Post, which earned Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Actress (Meryl Streep), will come out on digital April 3, followed by DVD and 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Disc April 17 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The film will be available on digital locker service Movies Anywhere.

Based on a true story and directed by Steven Spielberg, the film stars Streep as Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham and Tom Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee as they wrestle with publishing the Pentagon Papers, government documents revealing secrets about the Vietnam War.

Special features include:

  • “Layout: Katharine Graham, Ben Bradlee & The Washington Post” (Blu-ray only), which explores the real-life characters at the heart of the story, Kay Graham and Ben Bradlee;
  • “Editorial: The Cast and Characters of The Post” (Blu-ray only), which covers the casting;
  • “The Style Section: Re-Creating an Era,” about the 1970s style of the film;
  • “Stop the Presses: Filming The Post,” with footage from filming; and
  • “Arts and Entertainment: Music for The Post,” in which Spielberg and composer John Williams talk about their 44-year partnership.

McDormand Oscar Acceptance Speech Gets Top Kudos in Fandango Survey

In the hours after the Academy Awards, Fandango surveyed more than 1,000 Oscar-watching moviegoers on their feelings about the show, host, speeches, snubs and surprises, and Best Actress winner Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri) gave the best acceptance speech at the Oscars, according to the survey, leading the field with 37% of the fan vote.

As for the biggest omission of the night, 44% of moviegoers point to the virtual shutout of Lady Bird as the Academy’s top snub. At the same time, 48% of fans claim Jordan Peele’s Best Original Screenplay win for Get Out was Oscars’ happiest surprise.

According to the survey, the biggest Oscar snubs were: Lady Bird, for a total shutout in all categories (44%); “This Is Me” (The Greatest Showman), Best Song (20%); and War for the Planet of the Apes, Best Visual Effects (14%).

The happiest Oscar surprises were, according to the survey: Get Out, Best Original Screenplay by Jordan Peele (48%); The Shape of Water, Best Picture (29%); and Call Me by Your Name, Best Adapted Screenplay by James Ivory (11%).

The best Oscar acceptance speech, according to the survey was:  Frances McDormand, Best Actress (37%);  Guillermo Del Toro, Best Director (18%); and  Jordan Peele, Best Original Screenplay (13%).

About the show itself, according to survey respondents:

— 76% claimed Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel did a good job.

— 73% liked the shout-outs to diversity and to the “Time’s Up” and “Me Too” movements.

— 72% enjoyed the Oscar stars surprising moviegoers at the theater next door.

— 61% said Kimmel should host the Oscars again next year.

“Film fans were hoping that Greta Gerwig’s fresh and funny coming-of-age tale Lady Bird would bring home some gold, but at the same time, moviegoers are happy to see Get Out get proper recognition as the most strikingly original screenplay of the year,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis in a statement. “It makes perfect sense that moviegoers would pick Frances McDormand’s unforgettable acceptance as the evening’s most memorable speech, as ‘inclusion rider’ has been trending on Twitter ever since she introduced the concept to many at the Oscars.”

The majority of Oscar-winning movies are already available on Fandango’s premium on-demand video service FandangoNow. Fandango is also offering its Awards Season Gift Card here, good for catching up with all the Oscar winners on the big screen (via Fandango) or at home and on-the-go (with FandangoNow).

Best Picture Winner ‘Shape of Water’ Among Oscar Honorees Ready to Score on Home Video

The Shape of Water won the big prize at the 90th annual Academy Awards ceremony March 4, taking Best Picture among its four trophies, in addition to Best Director for Guillermo del Toro, Best Original Score and Best Production Design. The film is available now digitally and comes to Blu-ray and DVD March 13 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Fox’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won Best Actress for Frances McDormand (who previously won 20 years ago for Fargo) and Best Supporting Actor for Sam Rockwell. The film is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and digitally from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, available on disc and digital from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, won three Oscars — Best Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.

Best Actor went to Gary Oldman for his performance as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, available on home video from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The film also won best Makeup & Hairstyling, primarily for the work transforming Oldman into Churchill.

Best Supporting Actress went to Allison Janney for I, Tonya, which was released digitally March 2 and arrives on Blu-ray and DVD March 13.

Pixar’s Coco, available on home video from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, won Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song for “Remember Me.”

Netflix’s Russian-doping documentary Icarus won Best Documentary Feature. It’s Netflix’s second-ever Oscar, after winning Best Documentary Short last year for The White Helmets.

Universal’s Get Out won Best Original Screenplay for Jordan Peele.

Sony Pictures’ Call Me by Your Name won for Best Adapted Screenplay for James Ivory, who became the oldest-ever Oscar winner at age 89.

Warner’s Blade Runner 2049 won two Oscars, for Best Visual Effects and Best Cinematography for Roger Deakins, his first win in 14 nominations.

Phantom Thread won for Best Costume Design. Universal releases the film digitally March 27 and on Blu-ray and DVD April 10.

A year following one of the biggest snafus in awards-show history, which saw the announcement of the wrong Best Picture winner, the Oscar ceremony offered a measure of atonement for presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway (now marking the 51st anniversary of Bonnie and Clyde), who were brought back again to give out the top award of the night. This time things went off without a hitch, no doubt helped by envelopes with the correct categories written on them twice in big bold gold letters.

A complete list of winners is available at Oscars.com.

Fandango Survey: Last Year’s Oscar Mix-up Boosts Interest in Watching Ceremony

Last year’s best picture envelope mix-up has increased interest in watching the Academy Awards ceremony March 4, according to Fandango survey of more than 1,000 Oscar-watching moviegoers.

In the survey, 71% of respondents said that last year’s envelope mix-up makes them more interested in watching this year’s Oscars, and 65% said they plan to watch till the very end, as anything could happen during the Best Picture announcement. Last year, Warren Beatty got the wrong envelope and mistakenly announced La La Land as the Best Picture when Moonlight had actually won.

“In a weird twist of fate, last year’s nightmarish Best Picture mix-up may turn out to be a good thing, driving tune-in for this Sunday’s ceremony,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis in a statement. “The possibility of another outrageous moment is a PR boon, as it encourages more viewers to watch till the very end to make sure nothing goes wrong this year. It might actually boost the show’s ratings.”

In a separate survey about Oscar contenders, Fandango asked moviegoers which nominated movies and performances deserve to take home Academy Awards. The fan favorite for Best Picture was The Shape of Water with 19% of the vote, followed by Dunkirk with 17% and Get Out with 16% of the vote. When asked about the impact of the Oscars on their moviegoing decisions, 87% of film fans claimed Academy Award recognition makes them more interested in seeing the nominated pictures.

Fandango is also offering fans the ability to see all of the nominated films with Fandango’s special edition Awards Season 2018 gift card available here. The gift card is good for tickets to see the Oscar contenders on the big screen (via Fandango) or at home (via FandangoNOW). Seven of the nine Best Picture nominees are already available to watch on Fandango’s premium on-demand video service FandangoNow.

Oscar Nominee ‘Lady Bird’ Coming to Disc March 6

Lionsgate will release the Oscar-nominated coming-of-age comedy Lady Bird on Blu-ray and DVD March 6, two days following the Oscar ceremony. The film is available now through digital retailers.

Lady Bird stars Saoirse Ronan as a wildly opinionated and adventurous young woman searching for her true identity as she navigates through adulthood.

The film also stars Laurie Metcalf, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Odeya Rush, Beanie Feldstein and Tracy Letts. Greta Gerwig makes her directorial debut and also wrote the screenplay, which is semi-autobiographical.

The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress for Ronan, Best Supporting Actress for Metcalf, and Best Original Screenplay.

Extras on the Blu-ray and DVD include commentary by Gerwig and cinematographer Sam Levy, and a “Realizing Lady Bird” featurette.

‘Shape of Water’ Favorite Best Picture Oscar Contender in Fandango Survey

The Shape of Water — debuting on VOD service FandangoNow for rental and purchase Feb. 27 — was the fan favorite to win the Best Picture Academy Award in a Fandango survey of more than 7,000 moviegoers in February.

The Shape of Water tallied 19% of the vote, followed closely by Dunkirk with 17% and Get Out with 16% in the Best Picture fan survey.

“It’s an incredibly competitive year, where the Oscar winner for Best Picture is anyone’s guess,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis in a statement.  “Fandango moviegoers give a slight edge to the beautifully-realized fantasy The Shape of Water and its visionary director Guillermo Del Toro for top honors, for an unexpectedly uplifting romance with a lot of heart and even more imagination.”

When surveyed about the impact of the Oscars on their moviegoing decisions, 87% of fans said that Academy Award recognition made them more interested in seeing the nominated pictures, according to the survey.

Seven of the nine Best Picture nominees are already available to watch on FandangoNow with Call Me By Your Name, in addition to The Shape of Water, also available for purchase.

Fandango is also offering fans the ability to see all of the nominated films with a special edition Awards Season 2018 gift card available here. It’s billed as the only gift card that’s good for tickets to see the Oscar contenders on the big screen (via Fandango) or at home (via FandangoNow).

Fandango’s full list of Oscar moviegoer survey results are:

 

BEST PICTURE:

The Shape of Water 19%

Dunkirk 17%

Get Out 16%

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 14%

Darkest Hour 10%

Lady Bird 9%

The Post 9%

Call Me By Your Name 4%

Phantom Thread 2%

 

BEST DIRECTOR:

Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape of Water) 31%

Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) 29%

Jordan Peele (Get Out) 23%

Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) 14%

Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread) 3%

 

BEST ACTOR:

Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) 44%

Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) 23%

Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel) 15%

Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread) 11%

Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) 7%

 

BEST ACTRESS:

Frances McDormand (Three Billboards) 30%

Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) 20%

Margot Robbie (I, Tonya) 19%

Saorsie Ronan (Lady Bird) 16%

Meryl Streep (The Post) 15%

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards) 28%

Woody Harrelson (Three Billboards) 23%

Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water) 18%

Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World) 16%

Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project) 15%

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Allison Janney (I, Tonya) 30%

Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water) 30%

Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird) 24%

Mary J. Blige (Mudbound) 10%

Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread) 6%