Action Comedy ‘Adventures of the Naked Umbrella’ Headed to Theaters and Premium VOD Nov. 10 From Level 33

Level 33 Entertainment will release the action comedy Adventures of the Naked Umbrella in theaters and via premium VOD Nov. 10. 

In the film, after his trailer home goes up in flames, convicted arsonist and conspiracy theorist Sam Wanoutsky and his wife Irene must prove his innocence. Off his meds, Sam traverses his relationship with reality and his eternal love for his wife.

The film stars Jeremy Davies (Saving Private Ryan, Twister, “Justified”), Tom Arnold (“The Best Damn Sports Show Period,” Madea’s Witness Protection, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star), Taryn Manning (“Orange is the New Black,” Hustle & Flow, 8 Mile), Richard Riehle (3 From Hell, Texas Chainsaw, Bridesmaids), Darnell Rhea (The Bobby Brown Story, Ray), and Cindy Vela (Run Hide Fight, End Game, Desdemona: A Love Story). 

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Theaters showing the film Include:

  • Cinema 14 Chatham Powered by Emagine DMA: Chicago
  • Emagine Lakeville 21 Lakeview DMA: Minneapolis
  • Emagine Woodhaven 10 Woodhaven DMA: Detroit
  • Galaxy Grandscape 15 The Colony DMA: Dallas
  • Laemmle Glendale DMA: Los Angeles

 

View the trailer here.

‘Black Adam’ Still Flying Atop Weekly Vudu Chart

Warner Bros.’ superhero film Black Adam for the fourth consecutive week led the chart of the 10 most-popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended Dec. 18.

The film, based on DC Comics characters, is newly available for regular digital purchase following a premium digital purchase and rental run. In the actioner, nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the ancient gods — and imprisoned just as quickly — Black Adam (Dwayne Johnson) is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world.

Debuting at No. 2 on the chart was Lionsgate’s Prey for the Devil, available for digital purchase. The horror film follows a nun who believes she is answering a calling to be the first female exorcist. 

Debuting at No. 4 on the chart was Universal Pictures’ The Fabelmans, director Steven Spielberg’s Golden Globe-nominated, coming-of-age story about a young man’s love of film. The title is available for premium digital purchase and rental.

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With the holidays approaching, 2018’s animated The Grinch, the 2000 live-action How the Grinch Stole Christmas starring Jim Carrey, and Elf took the third, sixth and ninth spots on the chart, respectively.

Meanwhile, The Woman King, available for digital purchase and newly available for digital rental, rose two spots to No. 5 on the chart. The Sony Pictures’ historical drama, starring Viola Davis, is inspired by true events that took place in the kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states in Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Dec. 18, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Black Adam
  2. Prey for the Devil
  3. The Grinch (2018)
  4. The Fabelmans
  5. The Woman King
  6. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
  7. Spider-Man: No Way Home — Extended Cut
  8. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
  9. Elf
  10. Yellowstone: Season 5, Part 1

Sony’s ‘The Phantom of the Open’ Headed to PVOD July 8

The dramatic comedy The Phantom of the Open will be released on PVOD July 8 from Sony Pictures Classics.

The film tells the true story of Maurice Flitcroft (Mark Rylance), a dreamer and unrelenting optimist. The humble crane operator from Barrow-in-Furness managed to gain entry to The British Open Golf Championship qualifying in 1976, despite never playing a round of golf before. He shot the worst round in Open history and drew the ire of the golfing elite, but became a folk hero in the process and, more importantly, showed his family the importance of pursuing your dreams.

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‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Stomps to Top of Vudu and FandangoNow Charts

The actioner Godzilla vs. Kong led both the Vudu and FandangoNow charts the week ended May 23.

Both are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

From Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures, the film stars Alexander Skarsgård and Millie Bobby Brown and debuted for digital purchase May 21. In this installment in the MonsterVerse, Kong and his protectors undertake a perilous journey to find his true home, and with them is Jia, a young orphaned girl with whom he has formed a unique and powerful bond. But they unexpectedly find themselves in the path of an enraged Godzilla, cutting a swath of destruction across the globe.

Disney’s animated Raya and the Last Dragon, available for digital rental or purchase, rose to No. 2 from No. 4 on the Vudu chart and remained at No. 3 on the FandangoNow chart for the week. In the fantasy adventure, long ago, in the world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. When sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned, and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the last dragon in order to finally stop the Druun for good.

Falling to No. 2 on the FandangoNow chart (No. 4 on Vudu) after a three-week reign at No. 1 on both charts was the Liam Neeson actioner The Marksman, available for digital rental and purchase. The Universal Pictures film follows a hardened border town rancher (Neeson) who helps a young boy escape to safety across America with vicious drug cartel assassins on their heels.

Rising from No. 9 to No. 3 on the Vudu chart and from No. 8 to No. 5 on the FandangoNow chart was the animated and live-action comedy Tom & Jerry, which became available for digital purchase May 18. The Warner Bros. film, featuring Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña and Colin Jost, follows the iconic mouse Jerry who moves into New York City’s finest hotel on the eve of “the wedding of the century,” forcing the event’s desperate planner (Moretz) to hire Tom to get rid of him. The ensuing cat and mouse battle threatens to destroy her career, the wedding and possibly the hotel itself. But soon, an even bigger problem arises: a diabolically ambitious staffer conspiring against all three of them.

Landing at No. 4 on the FandangoNow chart (No. 6 on Vudu) was Universal Pictures’ Nobody, available for premium VOD rental. The suspense actioner stars Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”) as a seemingly ordinary suburban husband and father whose pent-up fury is unleashed when his home is broken into. His search for vengeance unveils a secret from his past.

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Taking the fifth spot on the Vudu chart (No. 8 on FandangoNow) was Lionsgate’s Chaos Walking, which became available for digital purchase May 14. In the film — based on the best-selling novel The Knife of Never Letting Go and set in the not-too-distant future — Todd Hewitt (Tom Holland) discovers a mysterious girl named Viola (Daisy Ridley). She has crash-landed on his planet, where the women have disappeared and the men are afflicted by “The Noise,” a force that puts all their thoughts on display. In this dangerous landscape, Viola’s life is threatened and, to protect her, Todd must discover his inner power and unlock the planet’s dark secrets.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended May 23, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Godzilla vs. Kong
  2. Raya and the Last Dragon
  3. Tom & Jerry
  4. The Marksman
  5. Chaos Walking
  6. Nobody
  7. The Little Things
  8. Four Good Days
  9. The Croods: A New Age
  10. Justice Society: World War II

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended May 23, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Godzilla vs. Kong
  2. The Marksman
  3. Raya and the Last Dragon
  4. Nobody
  5. Tom & Jerry
  6. Four Good Days
  7. The Little Things
  8. Chaos Walking
  9. Riders of Justice
  10. Together Together

‘Tom & Jerry’ Coming to PVOD April 16, Digital and Disc May 18

The animated and live-action comedy Tom & Jerry will be available via premium VOD rental April 16, followed by release on digital, Blu-ray and DVD May 18 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The film, which previously debuted simultaneously in theaters and on the HBO Max streaming service, is directed by Tim Story (Fantastic Four, Think Like a Man, Barbershop) and features Chloë Grace Moretz (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, The Addams Family), Michael Peña (Cesar Chavez, American Hustle, Ant-Man) and Colin Jost (How to be Single, TV’s “Saturday Night Live”).

In Tom & Jerry, the iconic mouse Jerry moves into New York City’s finest hotel on the eve of “the wedding of the century,” forcing the event’s desperate planner (Moretz) to hire Tom to get rid of him. The ensuing cat and mouse battle threatens to destroy her career, the wedding and possibly the hotel itself. But soon, an even bigger problem arises: a diabolically ambitious staffer conspiring against all three of them.

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Special features include deleted scenes, a gag reel and several featurettes.

Benedict Cumberbatch Thriller ‘The Courier’ Coming to PVOD April 16

The Benedict Cumberbatch thriller The Courier will come out via premium VOD rental April 16 from Lionsgate.

The film is currently in theaters.

In this true-life Cold War spy thriller, unassuming British businessman Greville Wynne (Cumberbatch) becomes entangled in one of the greatest international conflicts in history. Recruited by MI6 and a CIA operative (Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe winner Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Wynne forms a covert partnership with Soviet officer Oleg Penkovsky (Merab Ninidze), and both men risk everything in a danger-fraught race against time to provide the intelligence needed to prevent nuclear confrontation and end the Cuban Missile Crisis.

‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ ‘The Little Things’ Repeat Atop Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

Warner had another big week on the Vudu and FandangoNow charts. The studio’s Wonder Woman 1984 again took the top spot on the Vudu chart and its The Little Things repeated atop the FandangoNow chart for the week ended March 28.

Both are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

The DC comic-based Wonder Woman 1984, starring Gal Gadot, became available for digital purchase March 16 following its PVOD rental run. It also came in at No. 4 on the FandangoNow chart.

The Little Things, available via premium VOD rental starting March 19, is a psychological thriller starring Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto. It follows a Kern County deputy sheriff (Washington), who is sent to Los Angeles for a quick evidence-gathering assignment, but instead becomes embroiled in the search for a killer who is terrorizing the city. The titled landed at No. 4 on the Vudu chart.

Coming in at No. 2 on the Vudu chart was Disney/Pixar’s Oscar-nominated animated film Soul. Featuring the voices of Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey, the film (No. 9 on FandangoNow) became available for digital purchase March 23.

Taking the bronze on the Vudu chart was Monster Hunter, based on the video game franchise. The film stars Milla Jovovich as Capt. Artemis, whose unit is caught in a sandstorm that transports them to a world ruled by dangerous and powerful monsters. The film came in at No. 6 on the FandangoNow chart.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run — available as a premium VOD rental March 4 (and also to Paramount+ streaming subscribers) — took the silver on the FandangoNow chart (No. 6 on Vudu). In the CGI-animated adventure with live action elements, SpongeBob’s beloved pet snail Gary goes missing in a plot hatched by Plankton to get the Krabby Patty recipe, and he and his friend Patrick head to the Lost City of Atlantic City to retrieve him. It features appearances by Keanu Reeves and Snoop Dogg, among others.

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Universal’s Oscar-nominated News of the World, which came out for digital purchase March 9, took the bronze on the FandangoNow chart (No. 5 on Vudu). The film stars Tom Hanks as former Army captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, who moves from town to town sharing the news from the far reaches of the globe. He is tasked with transporting a 10-year-old girl (Helena Zengel) taken in by the Kiowa people back to her family.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended March 28, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Wonder Woman 1984
  2. Soul
  3. Monster Hunter
  4. The Little Things
  5. News of the World
  6. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
  7. The Croods: A New Age
  8. Greenland
  9. The Vault
  10. SAS: Red Notice

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended March 28, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The Little Things
  2. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
  3. News of the World
  4. Wonder Woman 1984
  5. Boogie
  6. Monster Hunter
  7. The Father
  8. The Croods: A New Age
  9. Soul
  10. The Vault

‘Chaos Walking’ Coming to PVOD April 2 From Lionsgate

The sci-fi thriller Chaos Walking, starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley, will come out via premium VOD rental April 2 from Lionsgate.

In the film — based on the best-selling novel The Knife of Never Letting Go and set in the not-too-distant future — Todd Hewitt (Holland) discovers a mysterious girl named Viola (Ridley). She has crash-landed on his planet, where the women have disappeared and the men are afflicted by “The Noise,” a force that puts all their thoughts on display. In this dangerous landscape, Viola’s life is threatened and, to protect her, Todd must discover his inner power and unlock the planet’s dark secrets.

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From director Doug Liman (The Bourne IdentityEdge of Tomorrow), Chaos Walking also stars Mads Mikkelsen, Demián Bichir, Cynthia Erivo, Nick Jonas, Kurt Sutter and David Oyelowo.

‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Due on PVOD April 2, Digital Sellthrough April 27 and Disc May 4

The Academy Award-nominated Judas and the Black Messiah will be available as a premium VOD rental April 2, for digital purchase April 27, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD May 4.

The film came out in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously Feb. 12.

Judas and the Black Messiah is nominated for six Academy Awards, for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield), Best Cinematography (Sean Bobbitt), Best Original Song (“Fight For You,” music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emilie II, lyrics by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas), and Best Original Screenplay (screenplay by Will Berson & Shaka King, story by Will Berson & Shaka King and Kenny Lucas & Keith Lucas). Kaluuya also won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor — Motion Picture.

Directed by Shaka King, marking his studio feature film directorial debut, the film stars Kaluuya as Fred Hampton and Stanfield as William O’Neal. The film also stars Dominique Fishback, Jesse Plemons, Ashton Sanders and Martin Sheen.

The story follows FBI informant William O’Neal, who infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their charismatic leader, Chairman Fred Hampton. A career thief, O’Neal revels in the danger of manipulating both the Panthers and his handler, Special Agent Roy Mitchell (Plemons). Hampton’s political prowess grows just as he’s falling in love with fellow revolutionary Deborah Johnson (Fishback). Meanwhile, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul. Will he align with the Panthers? Or subdue Hampton and the Panthers by any means, as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover (Sheen) commands?

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Special features on Blu-ray include “Fred Hampton for the People,” in which the filmmakers and cast discuss why telling Chairman Fred Hampton’s story is more important now than ever before, and “Unexpected Betrayal,” in which the filmmakers and cast discuss William O’Neil’s complexities and his eventual betrayal of Hampton. “Fred Hampton for the People” is an extra on the DVD.

Judas and the Black Messiah impact campaign, designed by Participant, educates audiences with a more comprehensive history of the Black Panther Party, connecting its legacy to today’s movement for Black lives and empowering audiences to join local organizations advocating for Black communities. To learn more, visit www.LiveForThePeople.com.

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Leads Vudu Chart, ‘The Little Things’ Tops FandangoNow Chart

Warner’s Wonder Woman 1984 lassoed the top spot on the Vudu chart and The Little Things, also from Warner, topped the FandangoNow chart for the week ended March 21.

Both are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

The Little Things, available via premium VOD rental March 19, is a psychological thriller starring Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto. It follows a Kern County deputy sheriff (Washington), who is sent to Los Angeles for a quick evidence-gathering assignment, but instead becomes embroiled in the search for a killer who is terrorizing the city. The titled landed at No. 4 on the Vudu chart.

The DC comic-based Wonder Woman 1984, starring Gal Gadot, topped the Vudu chart after becoming available for digital purchase March 16 following its PVOD rental run. It also came in at No. 2 on the FandangoNow chart.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run — available as a premium VOD rental March 4 (and also to Paramount+ streaming subscribers) — took the silver on the Vudu chart and the bronze on FandangoNow. In the CGI-animated adventure with live action elements, SpongeBob’s beloved pet snail Gary goes missing in a plot hatched by Plankton to get the Krabby Patty recipe, and he and his friend Patrick head to the Lost City of Atlantic City to retrieve him. It features appearances by Keanu Reeves and Snoop Dogg, among others.

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Universal/DreamWorks’ blockbuster animated sequel The Croods: A New Age landed at No. 3 on the Vudu chart and No. 4 on the FandangoNow chart for the week. Available for digital purchase and rental, it’s a follow-up to 2013’s The Croods that finds the prehistoric family facing a new challenge when they encounter a walled-in paradise created by the sophisticated Betterman family. As they try to coexist, the differences between the two families escalate into a full-blown feud, until a new threat forces them to work together. The voice cast includes Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Peter Dinklage, Kelly Marie Tran and Leslie Mann.

Coming in at No. 5 on both charts was Monster Hunter, based on the video game franchise and available for digital rental and purchase. It stars Milla Jovovich as Capt. Artemis, whose unit is caught in a sandstorm that transports them to a world ruled by dangerous and powerful monsters. As they fight to survive, they encounter the mysterious Hunter (Tony Jaa), whose unique skills allow him to stay one step ahead of the powerful creatures.

Two recent Oscar-nominees, Universal’s Promising Young Woman and A24’s Minari, climbed the charts. The revenge thriller Promising Young Woman jumped from No. 10 to No. 6 on the Vudu chart and made its first appearance on the FandangoNow chart, also at No. 6. The five-time Oscar nominee is available for digital rental and purchase. Minari, about a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm, moved up to No. 8 from No. 10 on the FandangoNow chart. The title, available as a premium VOD rental, earned six Oscar nods.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended March 21, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Wonder Woman 1984
  2. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
  3. The Croods: A New Age
  4. The Little Things
  5. Monster Hunter
  6. Promising Young Woman
  7. SAS: Red Notice
  8. Greenland
  9. Wrong Turn
  10. News of the World

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended March 21, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The Little Things
  2. Wonder Woman 1984
  3. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
  4. The Croods: A New Age
  5. Monster Hunter
  6. Promising Young Woman
  7. SAS: Red Notice
  8. Minari
  9. Cosmic Sin
  10. News of the World