Vudu Offering Deal for ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Theatrical Tickets

Vudu is hosting a special movie ticket offer toward seeing Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick on the big screen.

Vudu customers can receive a $5 promo code towards a Fandango movie ticket for Top Gun: Maverick with the purchase of participating titles on Vudu. Titles include previous Tom Cruise classics, such as the original Top Gun, Mission: Impossible, Mission: Impossible II, Mission: Impossible III, Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation and Mission: Impossible — Fallout.

The deal runs through May 30.

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Thriller ‘Private Property’ Available Via On Demand and Digital May 13 From Lionsgate

The neo-noir thriller Private Property will be available via on demand and digital May 13 from Lionsgate. It will also be available in select theaters.

The film stars Ashley Benson (“Pretty Little Liars”), Shiloh Fernandez (Evil Dead), Logan Miller (Escape Room: Tournament of Champions) and Frank Whaley (Pulp Fiction).

In the film, stuck in a marriage to a rich Hollywood producer (Jay Pharoah, “SNL”), struggling actress Kathryn (Benson, “Pretty Little Liars”) finds herself attracted to Ben, her new gardener. Then she meets Ed, the eccentric millionaire who’s just moved in next door, and a BBQ turns into a drunken party. Kathryn awakens to discover that Ben and Ed have been hiding secrets, and that her home — and life — may now be in grave danger.

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Analysts: Netflix Could Release 12 Movies a Year in Theaters

When the theater trade group National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) last month called out Netflix to release its original movies in theaters, Wall Street saw the gesture as win-win for the streaming behemoth and exhibitors.

Specifically, following Netflix’s underwhelming first quarter that saw the company lose 200,000 subscribers globally, and project a further decline of 2 million subs worldwide in the current second quarter, ending June 30, Mike Hickey, analyst with venture capital firm Benchmark, contends the streamer could debut from 10-to-12 original movies a year in theaters — and in the process generate incremental revenue and publicity.

Netflix heretofore has offered to release select movie in theaters concurrent with global streaming access — a stance that has seen exhibitors boycott previous Netflix movie releases. With theaters looking to lure moviegoers with content beyond studio superheroes, Netflix, which has produced original movie hits Red Notice, Don’t Look Up, The Adam Project, and Bird Box, among others, could be a rich source for content, according to Benchmark’s Matthew Harrigan.

Indeed, with the Apple TV+ Best Picture Oscar win for CODA, analysts suggest the momentum could enable Netflix to follow Apple and Amazon Prime Video’s lead launching original movies in an abbreviated theatrical window.

“Given Netflix’s big data expertise, it is likely to test various approaches on release windows, splits, and share of marketing relative to exhibitors in narrow geographic markets,” Harrigan wrote in a note. The analyst believes that Hollywood’s foray into day-and-date theatrical releases with a streaming video component (i.e., Warner Bros. Pictures/HBO Max in 2021), has “gone by the wayside.”

Netflix has made no comment about possibly altering its ubiquitous distribution strategy.

Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Cryo’ Headed to Digital and On Demand June 28

The sci-fi thriller Cryo will be released in theaters June 24 and on digital and on demand June 28 from Saban Films.

In the film, five scientists wake from a cryogenic sleep and find themselves trapped in an underground facility. With no memory of who they are or how long they’ve been asleep, they begin to realize they may have been part of a scientific experiment gone wrong. After a series of strange events, the scientists find themselves being hunted. They do not know who is hunting them or for what reason, but the scientists begin to suspect that one of them may be the killer.

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Fandango Survey: Majority Plan to See Three or More Films on the Big Screen This Summer

A Fandango survey found 83% of respondents plan to see three or more films on the big screen this summer.

The second annual “Moviegoing Trends & Insights Study” was conducted by the movie ticketing service with more than 6,000 ticket buyers during the first quarter of 2022.

The study also saw an uptick in consumer satisfaction with the moviegoing experience over the past year, with 99% of moviegoers saying they are happy with their recent cinema visits, compared to 93 percent during the prior year. 

Survey respondents’ top 10 most anticipated summer movies were:

  1. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 6)
  2. Thor: Love and Thunder (July 8)
  3. Jurassic World: Dominion (June 10)
  4. Top Gun: Maverick (May 27)
  5. Minions: The Rise of Gru (July 1)
  6. Lightyear (June 17)
  7. Elvis (June 24)
  8. Nope (July 22)
  9. Bullet Train (July 29)
  10. Downton Abbey: A New Era (May 20)

 

Other key takeaways from Fandango’s study include:

  • 93% of respondents said they will see films across multiple genres in theaters (not just superhero/comic book movies);
  • 93% will purchase concessions at the theater (up from 84% the prior year), with popcorn and soda ranking as the most popular items;
  • 89% indicated that moviegoing is their favorite activity outside of the home (ranking higher than dining out, shopping or sporting activities);
  • 85% said they prefer films in immersive premium formats (like Imax and Dolby), feeling they make the moviegoing experience more enjoyable; and
  • 68% said they believe believe that only-in-theater movies are of a higher quality than straight-to-streaming titles.

 

In the study, moviegoers were asked about the top factors influencing their moviegoing decisions and:

  • 95% said they look for their favorite genres;
  • 93% said they select films based on the trailers;
  • 91% said they ask for recommendations from families or friends;
  • 90% said they want to see their favorite stars on the big screen;
  • 90% said they pick the latest installment of a favorite franchise; and
  • 88% said they search for positive ratings and reviews.

 

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“As film fans head back to theaters, we are starting to see growing signs of recovery as we make the turn towards a great summer of movies ahead,” Fandango VP of domestic ticketing Melissa Heller said in a statement. “Our study shows moviegoers are happier than ever to be back at the theater. With more in-theater releases on the horizon, film fans plan to see multiple movies in the cinema, enjoying all their favorite concessions throughout the summer season.” 

The demographic breakdown of respondents was 72% ages 18-54, with 58% identifying as female, 41% male and 1% non-binary. Sixty-one percent described themselves as Caucasian; 21% Latino/Hispanic; 8% Black/African American; 8% Asian/Pacific Islander; and 5% other. There were a few respondents who identified with multiple ethnicities.

Gravitas Ventures Acquires Rights to Thriller ‘Glimpse,’ Due on Demand May 6

Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide rights to the thriller Glimpse, which will be released in theaters and on demand on May 6. 

Written and directed by Theresa Rebeck, the film stars Janet McTeer, Raul Esparza, Erin Darke, Carrie Preston, Jonathan Preston, Michael Emerson, Alysia Reiner, David Alan Basche, Ashley Nicole Black, Krysta Rodriguez, Van Hughes and Joseph Collins.

The ensemble thriller explores a sinister world where corporate espionage reaches into the homes and minds of its employees. Panic rises as lives are compromised and controlled by a ruthless oligarch who manipulates reality with unsettling pleasure. 

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“We actually shot the movie on an iPhone during the early days of the pandemic, when everyone in this amazing cast was under quarantine, so the shoot itself was a bit of a high-wire act,” Rebeck said in a statement. “I am in awe of my cast, and also, my iPhone.”

Glimpse was produced by Andrew Carlberg (Academy Award-Winner Skin, Feeling Through) and Rebeck. Alysia Reiner and David Alan Basche executive produced the film with Roxanne Donovan, Mêlisa Annis and Peter Tadros as co-producers.

Black Comedy ‘Deadly Cuts’ Due on Demand March 11 From Level 33

The black comedy Deadly Cuts will debut on demand March 11 from Level 33 Entertainment.

It will also have a limited theatrical release on the same date.

In the film, in a working-class neighborhood of Dublin known as Piglinstown, gang violence and gentrification threaten the community. Salon owner Michelle employs Stacey, Gemma and Chantelle at Deadly Cuts, where they accidentally murder gang leader Deano and dispose of his body. Meanwhile, the women set out to save the salon from gentrification by winning a hair-styling competition against their posh rivals.

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Paramount Celebrates ‘The Godfather’

Paramount Pictures Feb. 22 held a 50th anniversary celebration of The Godfather on the Paramount Studios lot in Los Angeles. The celebration consisted of a street-naming ceremony on the lot for director Francis Ford Coppola, followed by a panel discussion with Coppola and stars James Caan and Talia Shire and then a screening of the film in the Paramount Theater.

Coppola’s Academy Award-winning classic will have a limited theatrical release in Dolby Vision beginning Feb. 25 exclusively in Dolby Cinema at AMC Theatres in the United States, as well as in international territories around the world.

All three films in the epic trilogy have been meticulously restored under the direction of Coppola and will be made available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc for the first time ever on March 22.

‘So Cold the River’ Due in Theaters March 25, on Digital and On Demand March 29 From Saban Films

The thriller So Cold the River will be released in theaters March 25 and on digital and on demand March 29 from Saban Films.

Written and directed by Paul Shoulberg, the film is an adaption of the New York Times bestseller of the same name by Michael Koryta.

It follows a documentary filmmaker (Bethany Joy Lenz, “One Tree Hill,” “Dexter”) who soon realizes that the subject of her investigation isn’t who he claims to be. Hired by Alyssa Bradford-Cohen (Alysia Reiner, “Orange Is the New Black”) to profile her dying father-in-law, the enigmatic millionaire Campbell Bradford, Erica is presented with a substantial sum of money and a relic, an antique bottle filled with water from a local spring, one of the few clues connecting Bradford to the town he once dominated. While researching Bradford as a guest of a massive, opulent resort with a dark past, Erica meets unofficial town historian Anne McKinney (Tony Award-winner Deanna Dunagan), fanatical intern Kellyn (Katie Sarife, Annabelle Comes Home) and hotel maintenance worker Josiah (Andrew J. West, “The Walking Dead”), a descendant of Bradford’s who reveals the familial curse of mysterious deaths and suicides. Seemingly possessed by the relic, Erica begins drinking from the antique bottle, experiencing terrifying visions and, ultimately, unleashing unspeakable evil.

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Suspense Thriller ‘The Ledge’ Due Digitally Feb. 18 From Saban and Paramount

Saban Films and Paramount Pictures will release the high-climbing suspense thriller The Ledge in theaters, on demand and for digital purchase Feb. 18.

Directed by Howard J. Ford (The Dead, Adventure Boyz), the film stars Brittany Ashworth (Hostile, Accident Man), Ben Lamb (Now You See Me 2), Louis Boyer (Outside the Wire), Nathan Welsh (Trust Me), Anaïs Parello (Parlement) and David Wayman (13 Seconds in Kent State).

In the film, a climber trapped on the face of a mountain fights off four killers standing on an overhanging ledge 20 feet above her.

After Kelly (Ashworth) captures the murder of her best friend on camera, she becomes the next target of a tight-knit group of friends who will stop at nothing to destroy the evidence and anyone in their way. Desperate for her safety, she begins a treacherous climb up a mountain cliff and her survival instincts are put to the test when she becomes trapped with the killers.

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