HBO Max Acquires Seth Rogen Film ‘An American Pickle’ From Sony

HBO Max has acquired worldwide rights to the Seth Rogen starrer An American Pickle from Sony Pictures.

The film will be released under the upcoming platform’s Warner Max label. HBO Max acquired the film from Sony so that it would not be delayed due to COVID-19 theater closures and will now reach audiences this year via the new streaming platform, according to an HBO Max press release.

Starring Rogen in dual leading roles, An American Pickle is an adaptation of the 2013 New Yorker series “Sell Out” by Simon Rich. Rogen stars as Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling laborer who immigrates to America in 1920 with dreams of building a better life for his family. One day, while working at his factory job, he falls into a vat of pickles and is brined for 100 years. The brine preserves him perfectly and when he emerges in present day Brooklyn, he finds that he hasn’t aged a day. But when he seeks out his family, he is troubled to learn that his only surviving relative is his great grandson, Ben Greenbaum (also played by Rogen), a mild-mannered computer coder whom Herschel can’t even begin to understand.

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“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be partnering with HBO Max to release this film,” said Rogen in a statement. “We worked very hard and put as much of ourselves in this story as possible. We’re very proud of the end result and we can’t wait for people to get to see it”

“HBO Max is in the market for motion pictures that stand out. And An American Pickle does stand out — with Seth in this wonderfully original, funny, and heartfelt film that we look forward to debuting this summer,” said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer at HBO Max, and president of TNT, TBS and truTV.

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“I am a huge fan of the original New Yorker story ‘Sell Out’ and am in awe of how brilliantly Seth, Simon and Brandon translated it to film as only they could have,” added EVP of original films Jessie Henderson.

‘Greed’ Due on Disc and Digital May 5 From Sony

The satire Greed will come out on Blu-ray, DVD and digital May 5 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Directed by Michael Winterbottom, it’s the story of self-made British billionaire Sir Richard McCreadie (Steve Coogan), whose retail empire is in crisis. For 30 years he has ruled the world of retail fashion, but after a damaging public government investigation, his image is tarnished. To save his reputation, he decides to bounce back with a highly publicized and extravagant party celebrating his 60th birthday on the Greek island of Mykonos. A satire on the grotesque inequality of wealth in the fashion industry, Greed sees McCreadie’s rise and fall through the eyes of his biographer Nick (David Mitchell).

Bonus materials include a deleted scene and a behind-the-scenes featurette.

Sony to Bow Six Classics in 4K UHD Exclusively in Limited Edition Set

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment June 16 will bow six classics — Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Lawrence of Arabia, Jerry Maguire, Dr. Strangelove, Gandhi and A League of Their Own — exclusively in a limited-edition set called the “Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection.”

The six films are only available on 4K Ultra HD disc within this special collector’s set with a limited-edition run of fewer than 8,000 units in the United States. Included with the collection is a hardbound 80-page book, featuring in-depth sections about the making of each film within the set via an all-new essay written by film historian Julie Kirgo. In addition, the set also includes an exclusive disc featuring excerpts from Columbia Pictures’ televised 50th anniversary special, which originally aired in 1975 and has never been officially available. These excerpts feature rare on-camera insights from such luminaries as Frank Capra, Phil Silvers and Orson Welles. The exclusive disc also includes the vintage behind-the-scenes documentary “Mr. Attenborough and Mr. Gandhi,” which was filmed on the set of Gandhi and features interviews with cast and crew.

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In a recent Sony Pictures Home Entertainment poll, consumers were asked which modern classics they wanted to see included in a 4K gift set. Out of more than 30,000 responses, A League of Their Own and Jerry Maguire were picked as No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

‘Fantasy Island’ Unrated Edition Traveling to Digital April 14, Disc May 12

The horror adaptation Fantasy Island will emerge on digital April 14 and Blu-ray and DVD May 12 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

A Blumhouse horror reimagining of the TV show, Fantasy Island follows the enigmatic Mr. Roarke (Michael Peña) who makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come  true  at  a  luxurious  but  remote  tropical  resort. When the fantasies turn into nightmares, the guests have to solve the island’s mystery in order to escape with their lives.

The film also stars Maggie Q, Lucy Hale and Michael Rooker.

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Blu-ray, DVD and digital special features include deleted scenes, unrated and theatrical versions of the movie, unrated commentary by director Jeff Wadlow and the cast (on the unrated version only).

Sony Romantic Comedy ‘Holly Slept Over’ Due on Digital and Redbox March 3

The romantic comedy Holly Slept Over will debut on digital and exclusive DVD rental at Redbox March 3 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, when Audra (Britt Lower, TV’s “Man Seeking Woman”) confesses to her husband (Josh Lawson, Bombshell) that she once had sex with Holly (Nathalie Emmanuel, TV’s “Game of Thrones), her college roommate, their lives take an unexpected turn. Holly’s surprise visit and undeniable charm enliven both Noel and Audra, sparking new insight into their relationship. A door opens for the three of them to experience something they never could have anticipated.

The film also stars Ron Livingston (Office Space).

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‘The Grudge’ Arrives on Digital March 10, Disc March 24 From Sony

Horror film The Grudge will come out on digital March 10 and Blu-ray and DVD March 24 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Producer Sam Raimi brings the untold chapter of this horror classic in which a curse born in Japan is simultaneously unleashed in the United States. Those who encounter it are consumed by its fury and meet a violent fate.

The film stars Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho and Betty Gilpin, with horror movie legend Lin Shaye (Insidious, Ouija) and Jacki Weaver.

The film made $44 million at the global box office.

Special features include:

  • “The Cast of the Cursed” featurette, an inside look at the evil that lurks behind the doors at 44 Reyburn Dr., as key creatives and cast members explore The Grudge characters and discuss their experience working with writer-director Nicolas Pesce;
  • “Designing Death” featurette, exploring the character make-up design process and the film’s visual look involved in creating the myriad of ghosts;
  • “Easter Egg Haunt” featurette, in which Pesce brings to light the plethora of hidden Easter Eggs throughout the film, which are homages to the previous works in the Ju-On franchise; and
  • extended scenes and an alternative ending.

 

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Oscar-Lauded ‘Little Women’ Coming Home on Digital March 10, Disc April 7

Director Greta Gerwig’s Oscar-nominated film adaptation Little Women is coming out on digital March 10 and Blu-ray and DVD April 7 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film picked up an Academy Award for Best Costume Design and five nominations, including Best Picture, Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay), Best Music (Original Score), Best Actress in a Leading Role for Saoirse Ronan and Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Florence Pugh. The film is only the third Best Picture nominee in history to have been written, directed and produced entirely by female filmmakers.

Gerwig’s modern adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott masterpiece stars Ronan, Emma Watson, Pugh and Eliza Scanlen as Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth March, with Timothée Chalamet as their neighbor Laurie, Laura Dern as Marmee and Meryl Streep as Aunt March. The film draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life.

Little Women earned $177.2 million at the global box office.

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The Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases include more than 45 minutes of bonus features, exploring how writer-director Gerwig led this modern adaptation of a literary classic and took inspiration from the real-life Orchard House where Alcott lived and wrote Little Women.

Sony Links With Nextdoor on ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ Promotion

To celebrate the home entertainment release of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks in his Academy Award-nominated role as Fred Rogers, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has joined with Nextdoor, the neighborhood hub, to launch a sweepstakes promotion “aimed at elevating simple acts of kindness in neighborhoods across the country,” according to the studio.

Members on Nextdoor can share the story of a neighbor who has gone above and beyond to cultivate kindness in his or her neighborhood at us.nextdoor.com/beautifulday. Those who submit a story will be entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to win a free local screening of the film. Ten additional Nextdoor members will be selected at random to win the film on Blu-ray and a copy of Penguin Books’ A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: Neighborly Words of Wisdom from Mister Rogers.

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Neighbors will be able to enter the sweepstakes from Jan. 29 through Feb. 14. The promotion will culminate on National Random Acts of Kindness Day Feb. 17, when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Nextdoor will be sharing select entries via the film’s and Nextdoor’s social channels (@Nextdoor).

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“Neighbors everywhere continue to show us that the simple acts of gathering together, sharing a smile, and showing each other kindness can have profound effects on our lives,” said Nextdoor CEO Sarah Friar in a statement. “We are thrilled to work with Sony and help promote A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood as we continue to cultivate a kinder world where everyone has a neighborhood they can rely on.”

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, available on digital Feb. 4 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 18, is based on the real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Rogers (Hanks), he overcomes his skepticism, learning about kindness, love and forgiveness from the star of the children’s series “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

Consumers can create a free Nextdoor account at nextdoor.com to connect with your neighbors and enter for a chance to win at us.nextdoor.com/beautifulday. Sweepstakes terms and conditions are at the Nextdoor Help Center.

‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ Coming to Digital Feb. 4, Disc — Including 4K — Feb. 18

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks as the venerable Fred Rogers, will debut on digital Feb. 4, and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 18 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Hanks, who picked up an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for the role, portrays children’s television icon Mister Rogers of “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” in this film based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about kindness, love and forgiveness from America’s most beloved neighbor.

The film also stars Susan Kelechi Watson and Chris Cooper.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood made $60.9 million at the global box office, all but about $300,000 of it in U.S. and Canadian theaters.

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Bonus features on the 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD include more than 15 minutes of additional scenes, a blooper reel, an all-new featurette starring Daniel Tiger, filmmaker commentary and a behind-the-scenes look at the film.

‘Charlie’s Angels’ Coming to Digital Feb. 18, Disc — Including 4K — March 10

The rebooted Charlie’s Angels will come out on digital Feb. 18 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD March 10 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film earned $68 million at the global box office.

Director Elizabeth Banks takes the helm for the next generation of Charlie’s Angels, Kristen Stewart (Sabina), Naomi Scott (Elena), and Ella Balinska (Jane). The Angels are working for the mysterious Charles Townsend, whose investigative agency has expanded internationally. Under the guidance of Bosley (Banks), the Angels have to protect a revolutionary technology from becoming weaponized.

Bonus materials include a gag reel, five deleted scenes, and four making-of featurettes.

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