Sci-Fi Rom-Com ‘Molli and Max in the Future’ Headed to Theaters Feb. 9 From Level 33

Level 33 Entertainment will release the sci-fi fantasy rom-com Molli and Max in the Future in theaters on Feb. 9.

A sci-fi rom-com about a man and woman whose orbits repeatedly collide over the course of 12 years, four planets, three dimensions and one space cult, Molli and Max in the Future takes the character-driven romance of When Harry Met Sally and combines it with an eclectic sci-fi universe like “Futurama.” Classic practical effects combined with cutting edge technology create Molli and Max’s unique universe.

Directed by Michael Lukk Litwak, the film stars Zosia Mamet, Aristotle Athari, Erin Darke, Okieriete Onaodowan, Arturo Castro, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Aparna Nacherla, Grace Kuhlenschmidt, Matteo Lane, Michael Chernus and Danny Burstein.

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Molli and Max in the Future premiered at SXSW 2023 and won the Jury Award Best Film at the Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival; the Lost Weekend Award Best Story at the Film Club’s The Lost Weekend; the Prix D’or Best of Fest at the Lower East Side Film Festival; and the Grand Jury Prize Best Narrative Feature at the Oak Cliff Film Festival. It was nominated at SXSW for the Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award and for the American Independent Award Best Feature Film at the Denver International Film Festival.

‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3’ Due on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Oct. 31

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 will be available on regular digital (after a premium release), Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 31 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the comedic romance drama, the Portokalos family travels to Greece to fulfill the final wish of their beloved patriarch.

The film, which has earned $38.1 million at the global box office, is written and directed by Academy Award nominee Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek WeddingMy Life in RuinsConnie and Carla).

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 stars Vardalos along with John Corbett (“Sex and the City,” “And Just Like That …,” God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness), Louis Mandylor (Code of HonorRambo: Last Blood), Elena Kampouris (My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2), Gia Carides (Austin Powers: The Spy who Shagged Me), Joey Fatone (The Opposite SexBring It On), Maria Vacratsis (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again), Elias Kacavas (“Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin”) and Melina Kotselou (Magma), with Lainie Kazan (BeachesYou Don’t Mess with the Zohan) and Andrea Martin (Night at the Museum: Secret of the TombLittle Italy).

Bonus features include a gag reel; deleted and extended scenes; “On Set With Nia Vardalos”; “Opa! The Making of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3“; “Wedding Drum Song” extended take; and feature commentary with Vardalos.

Romance ‘Love in Taipei’ Available for Digital Sale Nov. 14, Digital Rental Nov. 28

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the coming-of-age romantic drama Love in Taipei, based on the New York Times best-selling novel Loveboat, for digital sale Nov. 14 and digital rental Nov. 28.

The film debuted on the Paramount+ streaming service Aug. 10.

Love in Taipei stars Ashley Liao (Physical, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes) as Ever Wong, whose summer takes an unexpected turn when her parents surprise her with a trip to Taipei for a cultural immersion program. Ever is surprised to discover that she hasn’t signed up for homework and history lessons, but instead for a summer-long free-for-all the locals and other students call “Loveboat.” It quickly lives up to its name when Ever finds herself trying not to fall for two attractive, but wildly different boys who are vying for her attention, while at the same time finding the courage to defy her parents’ high expectations and pursue her true passion: dancing.

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In addition to Ashley Liao, the feature also stars Ross Butler (Shazam! Fury of the Gods, “To All the Boys” franchise) as Rick Woo, a prominent sports and scholastic prodigy; Nico Hiraga (BooksmartMoxie) as Xavier Yeh, a free-spirited artist and heir to an international tech empire; Chelsea Zhang (DaybreakTitans) as Ever’s friend Sophie, whom she meets at Loveboat; and Cindy Cheung (The Sinner13 Reasons Why) as Ever’s Aunt Shu.

HarperCollins publishes the book series, which continues with Loveboat Reunion and the upcoming Loveboat Forever.

Comedy ‘Shortcomings’ Headed to Digital Oct. 10 and Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 17

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the comedic drama-romance Shortcomings on digital Oct. 10 and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 17.

In the film, the directorial debut of Randall Park, Ben (Justin H. Min), a struggling filmmaker, lives in Berkeley, Calif., with his girlfriend Miko (Ally Maki), who works for a local Asian American film festival. When he’s not managing an art house movie theater as his day job, Ben spends his time obsessing over unavailable blonde women, watching Criterion Collection DVDs and eating in diners with his best friend Alice (Sherry Cola), a queer grad student with a serial dating habit. When Miko moves to New York for an internship, Ben is left to his own devices and begins to explore what he thinks he might want.

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Classic Romance ‘Roman Holiday’ Headed to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Aug. 15

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the classic 1953 romance Roman Holiday for the first time on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Aug. 15 for its 70th anniversary.

In the film, Audrey Hepburn stars as a European princess who escapes her secluded lifestyle and embarks on an adventure in Rome with an American journalist played by Gregory Peck.

Roman Holiday originally premiered in the United States on Aug. 27, 1953. Director William Wyler’s fairy tale was one of Hollywood’s first on-location motion pictures and memorably captures the bustling streets and iconic sites of Rome.

Ranked as the No. 4 greatest love story of all time by the American Film Institute, Roman Holiday earned 10 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and won Best Actress for Hepburn, Best Costume Design for legendary designer Edith Head, and Best Writing (Motion Picture Story) for Dalton Trumbo.

Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was blacklisted for refusing to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee and his name was not included in the film’s original credits. In 1992 the Board of Governors of the Academy voted to finally credit Trumbo for the “Story Writing” Oscar and his widow received a statuette in 1993. In 2011, the WGA restored Trumbo’s name to the screenwriting credits. This release correctly credits Dalton Trumbo with both the screenplay and story by credits.

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Fully restored and remastered, Roman Holiday is presented in 4K Ultra HD in a two-disc set that includes access to a digital copy of the film and a Blu-ray Disc with more than an hour of previously released special features. They include:

  • “Filmmaker Focus: Leonard Maltin on Roman Holiday ”             
  • “Behind the Gates: Costumes”
  • “Rome with a Princess”
  • “Audrey Hepburn: The Paramount Years” 
  • “Dalton Trumbo: From A-List to Blacklist”
  • “Paramount in the ’50s: Remembering Audrey”
  • theatrical trailers
  • four photo galleries: production, the movie, publicity, the premiere

Romance ‘Love in Taipei’ to Debut on Paramount+ Aug. 10

Paramount+ will debut the young adult romance Love in Taipei, based on the New York Times best-selling novel Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen, on Aug. 10 in the United States and Canada.

It will debut in the United Kingdom and Australia on Aug. 11. Premiere dates for Latin America, Brazil, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, South Korea and additional territories will be announced at a later date.

Love in Taipei stars Ashley Liao (Physical, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes) as Ever Wong, whose summer takes an unexpected turn when her parents surprise her with a trip to Taipei for a cultural immersion program. Ever is surprised to discover that she hasn’t signed up for homework and history lessons, but instead for a summer-long free-for-all the locals and other students call “Loveboat.” It quickly lives up to its name when Ever finds herself trying not to fall for two attractive, but wildly different boys who are vying for her attention, while at the same time finding the courage to defy her parents’ high expectations and pursue her true passion: dancing.

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In addition to Ashley Liao, the feature also stars Ross Butler (Shazam! Fury of the Gods, “To All the Boys” franchise) as Rick Woo, a prominent sports and scholastic prodigy; Nico Hiraga (Booksmart, Moxie) as Xavier Yeh, a free-spirited artist and heir to an international tech empire; Chelsea Zhang (Daybreak, Titans) as Ever’s friend Sophie, whom she meets at Loveboat; and Cindy Cheung (The Sinner, 13 Reasons Why) as Ever’s Aunt Shu.

HarperCollins publishes the book series, which continues with Loveboat Reunion and the upcoming Loveboat Forever.

Comedic Drama ‘Montreal Girls’ Due Digitally June 27 From Level 33

Level 33 Entertainment will release comedic drama Montreal Girls in select theaters beginning May 12, and via VOD and digital sellthrough starting June 27. 

The film follows Ramy, a Middle Eastern poet who is off to Montreal to study medicine. There he meets his wild cousin Tamer who introduces him to the city’s underground subcultures and thrilling nightlife. This world inspires Ramy’s innate desire to dedicate himself to poetry and hurls him into a tumultuous relationship with two young women who shatter his perceptions and reveal his destiny.

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Directed by Patricia Chica, the film stars Hakim Brahimi (Antigone), Jasmina Parent (Assassinaut, The Fireflies Are Gone), Sana Asad (The Fight Machine) Jade Hassouné (“Shadowhunter,” “Heartland”), Nahéma Ricci (Antigone, Like the First Time), Manuel Tadros (Singer-songwriter, X-Men: Apocalypse, The American Trap), Arno Schultz  (Saving Grace Tattoo Artist, Bass Player) and Chadi Alhelou (“Jack Ryan,” “Chaos”).

The film won Best Feature at the Los Angeles International Film Festival.

 

French Drama ‘One Fine Morning’ Due on Digital, DVD and Blu-ray April 11

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the French drama One Fine Morning digitally and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc April 11.

In the film, Sandra (Léa Seydoux) is a widowed young mother raising her daughter alone, while also caring for her sick father Georg (Pascal Greggory). She’s dealing with the loss of the relationship she once had with her father, while fighting to get him the care he requires. At the same time, Sandra reconnects with Clément (Melvil Poupaud), a friend she hasn’t seen in a while and, although he’s married, their friendship soon blossoms into a passionate affair.

Directed and written by Mia Hansen-Løve, the film also stars Nicole Garcia and Camille Leban Martins.

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Sports Romance ‘Nothing Is Impossible’ Due on DVD and Digital Feb. 14 From Sony

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the Pureflix Entertainment sports romance Nothing Is Impossible on DVD and digital Feb. 14.

The film follows Scott Beck (David A.R. White), whose life has not gone to plan. Working as the janitor at the high school where he was once the star of the basketball team, he is dealing with an ailing father, a busted truck and memories of Ryan (Nadia Bjorlin), the girl he loved long ago. But opportunity arises when Ryan, now the owner of the Knoxville Silver Knights, decides to hold open tryouts for the team. Scott attempts to make the impossible happen by not only making the team but getting back the woman he loves in this inspiring and winning drama.

The film also stars Mark Christopher Lawrence, Robert Amaya, Stella Parton, Leanna Crawford, Steven Bauer and Harry Lennix.

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Paramount+ Debuts Romance Collection for Valentine’s Day

Paramount+ has debuted “Peak Romance,” a new seasonal collection featuring more than 200 romance-themed movies and seasonal series episodes.

Released in time for Valentine’s Day, the library includes a curated assortment of love stories spanning from tales of modern love and popular rom-coms to nostalgic ’90s films and twisted romances.

The upcoming new rom-com At Midnight, premiering exclusively on Paramount+ Feb. 10, will join the collection as well as a special Valentine’s Day episode of “Ghosts” Feb. 16.

At Midnight centers on Alejandro (Diego Boneta, Father of the Bride), a hotel manager, and Sophie (Monica Barbaro, Top Gun: Maverick), a movie star. He’s focused on opening his own hotel; she’s trying to concentrate on her new superhero film. When Sophie catches her co-star and boyfriend (Anders Holm) cheating, fate strikes when the shoot brings them all to Alejandro’s hotel in Mexico. Despite their radically different lives, Alejandro and Sophie begin to secretly meet at midnight. 

The romantic episode of the CBS Original series “Ghosts” is called “A Date to Remember.” In the episode, Sam and Jay help Thorfinn create a perfect first date with Flower.

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The collection includes more than 10 carousels:

  • “Classic Romance,” which includes the movies Grease, Dirty Dancing, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Great Gatsby (1974), Funny Face and Some Like It Hot;
  • “’90s Love or Something Like It,” which includes Clueless, Runaway Bride, Shakespeare in Love, Almost Famous, Home for the Holidays and Soapdish;
  • “2000s Rom-Coms,” which includes How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Mean Girls, The Wedding Planner, Save the Last Dance, No Strings Attached and She’s the Man
  • “Modern Love,” which includes movies such as The Lost City, Licorice Pizza, Elizabethtown and Last Holiday and shows such as “Bob Hearts Abishola” and “The Neighborhood”;
  • “Twisted Romance,” which includes movies and shows that explore the darker side of love such as Significant Other, Basic Instinct, House of Gucci, “Why Women Kill” and Vanilla Sky;
  • “LOL (Lots of Love),” with comedic Valentine’s-themed episodes from shows including “Frasier,” “Drunk History,” “Workaholics,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” and “I Love Lucy”;
  • “From Showtime With Love,” which features content for Paramount+ with Showtime bundle subscribers such as Fatal Attraction, The Holiday, “The Twilight Saga,” “The Chi,” “George & Tammy,” Moonstruck, Midsommar and Like Water for Chocolate;
  • “Heartthrobs & Heartbreak,” with unscripted dramas including “Are You the One?,” “All Star Shore,” “Love & Hip Hop,” “The Real World,” “The Real Love Boast” and “Catfish: Trolls”;
  • “Valentine’s Yay!,” with episodes for kids from such shows as “Hey Arnold!,” “Rugrats,” “Peppa Pig,” “Blue’s Clues,” “Paw Patrol,” “Big Nate,” and “Spongebob Squarepants”;
  • “Swoon-Worthy,” with romantic dramas and period stories including If Beale Street Could Talk, The Cider House Rules, Becoming Jane, A Walk on the Moon, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre
  • “Offbeat Relationships,” with quirky love stories such as Edward Scissorhands, Superstar, The Switch, Heaven Can Wait, Election, Love Sick and A Night at the Roxbury

 

In addition, “The Price Is Right at Night” will feature the episode “Date Night” (Feb. 22) featuring couples getting a chance to win prizes including romantic getaways for two.