Action Thriller ‘American Insurrection’ Coming to Digital and On Demand Oct. 8

The action thriller American Insurrection will be available in theaters, for digital purchase and on demand Oct. 8 from Saban Films and Paramount.

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 in this suspenseful action-thriller.

Nadine Malouf, Nick Westrate, Brandon Perea, Sarah Wharton, Jarret Kerr with Toby Leonard Moore and Michael Raymond-James star.

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New App Aids in Streaming Movie Search, Discovery

A new app called Picticular promises to help movie fans easily and conveniently find films currently streaming on all platforms as well as upcoming releases. The app also offers recommendations and, in the future, will allow movie ticket sales.

Similarly to a dating app, users can either swipe right or left to accept or reject film choices as suggested by the app’s proprietary AI technology.

Conceived in 2018 and co-founded by serial entrepreneur Todd Courtney, pioneering Google senior executive Marcel Van Lohuizen and former iHeartMedia executive Lasse Hamre, Picticular says its advantage is its laser focus on films and how to easily access them — either on a streaming platform for immediate viewing or for marketing purposes for a new film.

“We’re all film enthusiasts and there were countless times when I just gave up on my search for a film,” Courtney said. “There had to be a better and more convenient way to access films, particularly with the growing universe of streaming platforms. With Picticular, the fun of discovery begins while the frustration ends.”

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Beyond the ability to easily find films on streaming platforms, Picticular also offers:

    • Immediate accessibility of content: Users can click on films in the app and can immediately begin viewing the film on the streaming platform’s app;
    • Friend matching: App allows friends to privately share selections with each other;
    • Ticket purchasing: Moviegoers can soon purchase theater tickets directly from the app;
    • Entertainment news: Movie fans will receive celebrity and entertainment news updates;
    • Recommendations: With proprietary AI technology, the app will provide film suggestions to the user, based on previous selections.

 

Picticular also has established relationships with Hollywood. Most recently, Saban Films, which releases around 30 films per year through Paramount or Lionsgate, has been using the app since last December. For the Mel Gibson film Fatman, Picticular captured comprehensive user data and the trailer had nearly two million views.

“As a studio executive, the benefits are significant,” said Jonathan Saba, SVP of distribution and marketing for Saban Films. “For example, Picticular’s private swiping feed ensures an impulsive decision around each film that ultimately provides us with invaluable data. The app allows for full visibility of past or current films with a critical monetization model and branding opportunities.”

Richard Dreyfuss Film ‘Crime Story’ Available for Rental Aug. 13 From Saban and Paramount

Crime Story, starring Academy Award winners Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl, Jaws) and Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite, Mimic), will open in select theaters and for digital rental Aug. 13 from Saban Films and Paramount Home Entertainment.

In the film, a man suffering from cancer seeks revenge on the thieves who have destroyed his life.

When ex-mob boss Ben Myers (Dreyfuss) is targeted in a home robbery, he goes on a deadly rampage of vengeance. But with his family caught in the cross hairs, Myers must finally face the consequences of his dark past in this action-packed crime thriller.

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Roku Inks Pay 1 Window Rights Deal With Saban Films

Roku and Saban Films May 27 announced a landmark agreement granting Roku its first-ever Pay 1 window streaming rights to movies released by Saban Films. Under the agreement, a selection of Saban’s 2021 film slate will stream free exclusively on Roku’s ad-supported streaming service, The Roku Channel, in the U.S. and Canada following theatrical and home entertainment release.

“Streaming has become an incredible way to experience movie-making magic from the comfort of your own home and we are thrilled to bring an extraordinary lineup of entertainment to The Roku Channel,” Bill Bromiley, president of Saban Films, said in a statement.

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Saban’s first film to premiere on The Roku Channel will be Echo Boomers, starring two-time Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon and Patrick Schwarzenegger on June 15. The crime thriller was released last December on DVD by Paramount Home Entertainment.

Future film debuts include Happily, starring Joel McHale and Kerry Bishé; Percy vs Goliath (U.S. only), starring Academy Award winner Christopher Walken, Christina Ricci and Zach Braff; Under the Stadium Lights, starring Laurence Fishburne and Milo Gibson.

“Saban Films is a great partner with a history of creating standout films,” said Rob Holmes, VP of programming for Roku. “This first-of-its-kind agreement allows us to bring these compelling films exclusively to our large, engaged audience for free.”

Launched in 2017, The Roku Channel is the home of free and premium entertainment on the Roku platform, including a lineup of more than 40,000 free movies and programs and 190+ free live linear television channels. The Roku Channel licenses and distributes content from more than 175 partners. In addition to Roku devices, The Roku Channel is available on Web, iOS and Android devices, Amazon Fire TV and select Samsung TVs and can be accessed internationally in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.

In the first quarter of 2021, The Roku Channel reached U.S. households with an estimated 70 million people.

Saban Films remains active in the acquisition, production and distribution space. The company’s recent projects run the gamut from theatrical films such as The Homesman, starring Hilary Swank, to two of the biggest Fathom events with Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell and Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, the sequel to the 2001 comedy Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, which the company partnered on after coming onboard at the script stage.

Mena Suvari Film ‘Locked in’ Opening on DVD July 6

The Saban Films action thriller Locked in, starring Mena Suvari and Jeff Fahey, will debut on DVD July 6 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

It is available now in theaters and on digital and on demand.

In the film, after a diamond heist takes a fatal turn, a pair of thieves must entrust their fortune with an accomplice at a high-tech storage facility while they lay low. Hiding the goods within the labyrinth of storage units, the thieves’ inside man pays the ultimate price when he turns against them. Hellbent on recovering the missing stones, they seize the facility and kidnap surviving employee Maggie (Suvari, American Beauty), threatening her family unless she helps them. Locked in with nowhere to run, Maggie’s only chance to escape alive is to fight back and stay one step ahead of her captors.

The film also stars Manny Perez, Costas Mandylor, Bruno Bichir and Jasper Polish.

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Christopher Walken Drama ‘Percy vs. Goliath’ Due on DVD June 29

The drama Percy vs. Goliath will come out on DVD June 29 from Paramount Home Entertainment and Saban Films.

It is already available in select theaters, for digital purchase and on demand.

Christopher Walken, Zach Braff and Christina Ricci star in this true story of a small-town farmer taking on one of the largest agricultural and food manufacturing corporations. Percy Schmeiser (Walken), a third-generation farmer, is sued by a corporate giant for allegedly using their patented seeds. With little resources to fight the giant legal battle, Percy joins forces with up-and-coming attorney Jackson Weaver (Braff) and environmental activist Rebecca Salcau (Ricci) to fight one of the most monumental cases all the way up to the Supreme Court.

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Paramount Bringing ‘Wildcat’ to DVD June 29

Paramount Home Entertainment will release Saban Films’ Wildcat on DVD June 29. The film is now available in select theaters, on demand and for digital purchase.

Written and directed by Jonathan W. Stokes, the thriller focuses on an ambitious reporter (Georgina Campbell) stationed in the Middle East who is taken captive after a militant group ambushes her convoy. Convinced that the young woman is hiding her true identity, they’ll stop at nothing to extract information crucial to the success of their upcoming terrorist attack. With time running out, she must find a way to survive and turn the tables on her assailants.

The cast also includes Luke Benward, Ibrahim Renno, Mido Hamada, Ali Olomi and Maz Siam.

Wildcat is rated ‘R’ for violence/torture and language.

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Action Thriller ‘Night of the Sicario’ Coming to DVD June 22

The action thriller Night of the Sicario will come out on DVD June 22 from Paramount Home Entertainment and Saban Films.

It is available now in select theaters, on digital and on demand.

In the film, while transporting the family of a key witness in a federal trial against the cartel, DEA agents are ambushed in a fatal shootout. Now the survivors, including the young daughter of the witness, must take refuge in a nearby home as the ruthless sicarios hunt them down. With danger at every corner and a violent hurricane wiping out any chance of outside help, they must play a deadly game of cat and mouse with the cartel to live through the night.

Natasha Henstridge (Species) and Costas Mandylor (“Saw” franchise) star.

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Crime Thriller ‘City of Lies’ Due on Blu-ray and DVD June 8

The crime thriller City of Lies will come out on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD June 8 from Saban Films and Lionsgate.

Based on the book LAbyrinth by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Randall Sullivan, the film follows the investigation into the infamous murder of iconic rap artist Notorious B.I.G. Johnny Depp stars as determined LAPD detective Russell Poole, who spends nearly 20 years trying to solve the murder, and Forest Whitaker as Jack Jackson, a journalist who teams up with Poole in search of the elusive truth. Together they explore why the case remains cold — and why a secretive division of the LAPD is seemingly set on keeping it that way.

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Extras include seven deleted scenes; “Crafting the Characters in City of Lies”; and audio commentary with director Brad Furman and author Randall Sullivan.

Crime Thriller ‘Pixie’ Due on DVD May 11 From Paramount

The Saban Films feature Pixie will come out on DVD May 11 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The film is already available on digital and on demand.

Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One) and Alec Baldwin (The Departed) star in this crime story set in Ireland. On a path to avenge her mother’s death, Pixie Hardy (Cooke) attempts a heist that will give her the means to leave her small-town life behind.  When the plan goes horribly wrong, she’s forced to team up with a pair of misfits who are clearly in over their heads. On the run from an organized gang — criminal priests and nuns, led by Father McGrath (Baldwin) — the trio will scheme and swindle anyone they come across in this hilarious and thrilling adventure.

The film also stars Ben Hardy, Daryl McCormack and Colm Meaney.

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