Thriller ‘Leave Yourself Alone’ Due on Digital and VOD Oct. 9 From Virgil

The cinema verite thriller Leave Yourself Alone comes to Digital HD and VOD Oct. 9 from Virgil Films & Entertainment.

The feature debut by Nicole Eckenroad is the story of a young tormented Hollywood actress followed by a pair of documentary filmmakers as she loses control of herself in method acting. In May 2006, a 19-year-old Hollywood actress moves to Philadelphia to escape her bad reputation and restart her acting career. The documentary filmmakers follow her to an undefined end as she experiments with Meisner technique, taking on the characteristics and behaviors of the characters she plays more often than her own. After losing countless roles to A-list talent, Nicole commits recklessly to a leading role in a story too close to her own and spirals into the abyss of her darkest secret, depicting the lasting effect of a sexual assault.

In 2015, Eckenroad was selected by Kathy Schulman, Stephanie Meyer, and Lionsgate to direct one of their seven original Twilight shorts, The Groundskeeper. She was honored at the Crystal and Lucy Awards as a Voice of the Future, and the film was presented at the ArcLight Hollywood followed by a Q&A with Stephanie Meyer. She is currently in development on her second feature, Shade.

Watch the trailer for Leave Yourself Alone here.

FandangoNow Unveils 25 ‘Freshest’ Zombie Movies List to Celebrate ‘Living Dead’ Anniversary

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of zombie classic Night of the Living Dead, Fandango’s on-demand video service FandangoNow Oct. 1 launched a list of the 25 “freshest” zombie movies with the George Romero film taking the top spot.

The list was curated by movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes based on the movies’Tomatometer scores. (A movie gets a “Fresh” designation when at least 60% of its critic reviews are positive.)

On Oct. 1 only, fans can rent any (or all) of the zombie movies on the list at a discounted rate of $1 off the regular price when using the promo code LIVINGDEAD50 at checkout.

“Zombies owe their popularity today to a little low-budget film from Pittsburgh released 50 years ago today, and Night of the Living Dead has lost none of its power to shock, stun and terrify,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis. “With its stark, in-your-face black-and-white imagery of the dead coming back to flesh-eating life, director George Romero’s film made it clear to 1968 audiences that visceral horror no longer took the shape of Gothic frights like werewolves and vampires. It now looks just like your friends and neighbors, and there is no escape. To celebrate the ‘Dead’s 50th-anniversary FandangoNOW is hosting the top 25 zombie movies that you can view at home today, starting of course with the film that started it all.”

The list with Tomatometer scores is:

Night of Living Dead (1968) 97%
Train To Busan 96%
Dawn of the Dead (1978) 93%
Shaun of the Dead 92%
I Walked with a Zombie 92%
The Cabin in the Woods 91%
Return of the Living Dead 91%
Zombieland 90%
ParaNorman 89%
White Zombie 89%
[Rec] 88%
28 Days Later 87%
Dead Alive 86%
Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead 83%
The Plague of the Zombies 80%
Warm Bodies 80%
Dawn of the Dead (2004) 75%
Planet Terror 74%
Land of The Dead 73%
The Crazies 71%
28 Weeks Later 71%
Dead Snow 68%
Night of the Living Dead (1990) 68%
World War Z 66%
The Serpent and the Rainbow 61%

 

‘Afraid’,’ Asian Actioners on Tap From Well Go for the Fall

The Halloween month kicks off Oct. 2 for Well Go USA Entertainment with the horror film Afraid on DVD and digital.

Alanna Masterson (“The Walking Dead”) and George Byrne star as a couple on a romantic getaway at a secluded cabin that takes a frightening turn. Shortly into their vacation, the young couple realizes that the cabin isn’t nearly as secluded as they think because their every move is being watched by the cabin’s creepy owner. The film is directed by Jason Goldberg (co-creator, “Punk’d”).

Coming on VOD and digital Oct. 9 is the South Korean sports comedy Champion, in which a former arm-wrestling champion raised in the U.S. returns to South Korea for a tournament that could return him to glory, but finds his life complicated by the appearance of the biological family he never knew.

Due Oct. 16 is the actioner Buybust, from the Philippines, on digital, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD. In the film, after surviving the slaughter of her entire squad in a drug raid compromised by dirty cops, an anti-narcotics special operative is eager to go head-to-head with the drug cartels that hold a bloody grip on Manila. But when her new mission in the city’s most dangerous slum goes south, the angry civilians turn on her squad. Special features include a making-of featurette and a 2018 Comic-con panel.

Also on tap Oct. 30 from Well Go is the South Korean film Believer, directed by Lee Hae-Young (The Silenced), the remake of Johnnie To’s Drug War. The film is available on digital, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD. The story follows an investigator who, in an effort to bring down the boss of Asia’s biggest drug cartel, conspires with a lowly member of the gang seeking revenge against the boss.

Coming on digital Oct. 2 and DVD Nov. 6 is the Chinese film Girls Vs. Gangsters, the sequel to 2014’s Girls. After a drinking contest with some questionable local spirits at an out-of-control bachelorette party, five friends wake up naked on a beach to discover one of them is handcuffed to a locked suitcase, one has a strange new tattoo, and none of them have any clue what happened the night before.

FandangoNow to Bow Rental Bundles Aug. 31

FandangoNow Binge Bundles, a rental initiative offering multiple titles from franchises and special-themed collections to double features and more, bundled together for one price, bows Aug. 31.

Fandango’s on-demand video service will be offering more than 100 popular movie rental bundles. The bundles will feature blockbuster franchises such as the Jack Ryan Collection (including The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears), the Spider-Man Complete Collection (featuring all six movies), the Hotel Transylvania movies, “The Twilight Saga,” faith-based double feature Miracles from Heaven and Heaven Is for Real, and the Seth Rogen comedy double feature Pineapple Express and Sausage Party. Select bundles will also be available in 4K Ultra HD.

“Our goal with Binge Bundles is to give movie lovers a complete home entertainment experience in a way that hasn’t been offered anywhere in the digital rental market,” said Cameron Douglas, VP of home entertainment, Fandango, in a statement. “This program enables us to highlight FandangoNow’s vast catalogue of movies — including major studio releases in 4K Ultra HD, indie movies, and classics — while also providing a unique and affordable opportunity for fans to binge on their favorite films.”

FandangoNow Binge Bundles will feature an ever-changing assortment of movie packages and complete franchise collections (some including up to six titles) for rent starting as low as $1.50 per movie. For each Binge Bundle rental, consumers will have 30 days to watch all of the movies in the bundle, and 48 hours to finish each title.

‘The Great Escape’ Tribute Documentary ‘The Coolest Guy Movie Ever’ Available Now From Virgil Films

The Coolest Guy Movie Ever, a tribute to the John Sturges classic The Great Escape, is available now on DVD ($14.99), EST and VOD from Virgil Films.

The documentary follows hardcore fans that return to the locations where the film was made, revealing little known facts about The Great Escape, which starred Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson and James Coburn.

Narrated by an actor in the film, Lawrence Montaigne, The Coolest Guy Movie Ever celebrates the 55th anniversary of the theatrical release of The Great Escape.

Horror Film ‘Diane’ Coming to Digital, VOD Sept. 17 From Random Media

Michael Mongillo’s horror film Diane, the story of a wounded veteran and the beautiful corpse he stumbles across, is coming out on digital and VOD Sept. 17 from Random Media.

The film, which will have a limited theatrical release, had its U.S. premiere at the New York City Horror Film Festival and was a nominee for Best Independent Limited Release at the Rondo Classic Hatton Horror Awards.

In the film, Steve’s lingering physical and emotional scars from the war in Afghanistan plunge him into a soulless routine.  He continues his drab existence until the corpse of a beautiful singer, Diane, is dumped in his backyard, shaking him back to reality. Steve takes a photo of her before calling the police and soon becomes obsessed with the dead woman’s image. Steve is scrutinized by the police, becoming the prime suspect. Before long, the malevolent ghost of Diane begins to work a dark spell that leads Steve to strange and startling revelations.

Epix Partners With Dish and Layer3 TV to Offer 4K Ultra HD Content

Pay TV network Epix has partnered with Dish and Layer3 TV, a T-Mobile company, to roll out its new 4K Ultra HD offering.

Epix subscribers on Dish and Layer3 TV will have access to a VOD package of 4K Ultra HD content directly on their set-top boxes. Additionally, all Epix subscribers from all affiliates can access 4K Ultra HD content through the authenticated Epix Apple TV app.

Dish and Layer3 TV subscribers now have access through multiple platforms to select Hollywood movies in 4K Ultra HD, including Arrival, The Magnificent Seven, Star Trek Beyond, Ben Hur and Transformers: The Last Knight and, coming later this year, films from the James Bond franchise, Die Another Day, GoldenEye, Licence To Kill, Tomorrow Never Dies, Goldfinger, From Russia With Love, and The Spy Who Loved Me.

“Epix is committed to embracing new technologies to provide subscribers with the best viewing experience of our premium original programming and movies,” said Monty Sarhan, EVP and GM of Epix, in a statement. “We are pleased to partner with Dish and Layer3 TV to deliver this advanced offering to a wider audience, and look forward to working with more distributors to include 4K Ultra HD as part of their entertainment packages.”

“While 4K televisions have become a staple in households throughout the U.S., 4K shows and movies are still a bit of a rarity,” said Vivek Khemka, Dish EVP and chief technology officer, in a statement. “That’s why we’re continuously working to bring more of this content into our customers’ homes, and are pleased to work with Epix so subscribers can access more TV in crystal-clear clarity, directly from their Hopper 3 and 4K Joey set-top boxes.”

“We’re hyper-focused on delivering the highest quality content to Layer3 TV customers,” said Jeffrey Binder, EVP home and entertainment, T-Mobile, in a statement. “It’s something our customers have come to expect, and we’re thrilled to be one of the first to partner with Epix to deliver their premium 4K content to Layer3 TV subscribers.”

DISH has carried Epix programming since 2010 and provides television entertainment and technology to millions of customers with its satellite Dish TV and streaming Sling TV services. Layer3 TV launched Epix in 2017.

Vubiquity Inks Deal With Verizon

Vubiquity, a provider of content services and media technology solutions, has inked a deal with Verizon to provide the processing and packaging of Verizon’s video on-demand and pay-per-view portfolio across the Fios multiscreen platform.

Vubiquity is owned by Amdocs.

The deal continues to include a content licensing component, which is an extension of the prior relationship, according to an Amdocs press release.

“Verizon remains vigorously focused on making content personal with video that can go anywhere to meet the demands of even the most discerning customers,” said Heather McDavitt, VP of Verizon Fios Consumer Products.

“We are pleased to expand our partnership with Verizon as they continue to innovate for consumers across the complex and transformative media landscape,” said Darcy Antonellis, head of the Amdocs Media Division, in a statement.

As the bridge to more than 630 content owners, Vubiquity will be supplementing Verizon’s expansive collection of assets across existing and future formats, including but not limited to 4K and high dynamic range, for a variety of business models, including TV on-demand, rental, PPV and electronic sellthrough, according to the release.

“This will allow Verizon’s customers to watch a robust selection of films and TV shows from major blockbusters to smaller independent films, as well as television series and digital assets from more than 100 media brands on any device,” according to the release.

Comedy ‘Across the River’ Due on Disc, Digital July 17 from Random Media

Indie Random Media will release director Warren B. Malone’s comedy Across the River on digital, DVD and VOD July 17.

The film is the story of one couple’s second-chance at goodbye. The film stars Elizabeth Healey as Emma and Keir Charles as Ryan, first loves reunited by accident as they seek to get home amidst a public transportation strike in London.

The film has been an official selection at the Manchester Film Festival, the Int’l Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema Milan, the Footcandle Film Festival, the Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival, the Maryland Int’l Film Festival and the East End Film Festival.

Watch the trailer here.

Stadium Media Picks Up Digital and VOD Rights to Joan Jett Pic ‘Undateable John’

Stadium Media has picked up the worldwide digital and VOD rights to distribute Blackheart Films’ comedy Undateable John.

Undateable John follows a slacker surf instructor who is on and off the wagon. He seemingly gets his life together when he falls for a beautiful but troubled young woman he meets in an AA meeting. The film stars rock icon Joan Jett, Daryl Hannah, Shannen Doherty, Estella Warren, Tom Arnold, Margaret Cho and Meredith Baxter.

“Stadium is extremely excited about the addition of Undateable John,” said Stadium Media founder and CEO Mitch Mallon in a statement. “It has an all-star cast that will do extremely well in the digital marketplace and on VOD.”

“We are pleased that Undateable John has found a home with Stadium Media,” said Blackheart’s Carianne Brinkman, in a statement. “We look forward to working with Mitch and his team for a release later this year.”