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Movie review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws

Mary Queen of Scots

Focus Features, Perfect World Pictures and Working Title Films present an R rated, 124 minute, Biography, Drama, History film, directed by Josie Rourke, screenplay by Beau Willimon and based on the book “Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart” by John Guy with a theatre release date of December 7, 2018.

Review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 out of 4 paws

Crazy Rich Asians

Warner Bros. Pictures, Color Force, Ivanhoe Pictures and SK Global present a 120 minute, PG-13, Comedy, Romance, Drama, directed by Jon M. Chu, screenplay by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim with a theatre release date of August 15, 2018.

A24 TO DONATE 5% OF FLORIDA PROJECT PROCEEDS TO COMMUNITY HOPE CENTER

FIRST WEEK SALES OF FILM WILL GO TO HOMELESSNESS RELIEF ORGANIZATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jan 30th, 2018

A24 will donate 5% of proceeds from first week digital sales of Sean Baker’s award-winning film The Florida Project to the Community Hope Center, an organization that assists families that are either homeless or living in motels along Osceola County's Highway 192 corridor, where the film was shot. 

The Community Hope Center’s primary emphasis is serving the homeless and those living in motels and hotels. Through programs designed to restore dignity and self-sufficiency to those in need in Central Florida, the Center uses a holistic approach to case management, funds assistance, and life skills. The program—a collaborative effort between local churches, social service agencies, Osceola County, the city governments, and community businesses—is intended to provide gap services that other agencies are not currently providing. Find more information at http://hope192.com/

Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee and her rag-tag gang of friends. Moonee and her rebellious mother Halley live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget motel managed by Bobby (Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion. With The Florida Project, Sean Baker gives life and a voice to a community rarely seen on screen. Through the eyesof Moonee, Halley, and Bobby, Baker has created a spellbinding and transformative portrait of contemporary lives lived in the margins. The Florida Project declares, boldly and proudly, that anywhere can be a Magic Kingdom—it just depends on how you see it.

Willem Dafoe’s performance in The Florida Project has been called a “career best” and earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The Florida Project appeared on over 200 Top 10 lists and was named the Best Film of the Year by The New York Times.

The title is now exclusively available to own in digital HD before it is released on DVD and      Blu­ray. Buy the film between 1/30 and 2/5 on iTunes, Amazon, Google, Xbox, Playstation, Vudu, Fandango, Comcast, and Verizon to help support families in need.

The Stray movie to open nationwide this Fall

Experience the power of one dog to change everything

(June 15, 2017) LOS ANGELES, CA.. Struck Films, Purdie Distribution and Motive Entertainment announce the upcoming release of The Stray, a heartwarming family film written and directed by Mitch Davis (The Other Side of Heaven) based on a screenplay by Parker Davis with Ken Brailsford executive producing.

Set for release in select markets in the United States on October 6, 2017, The Stray tells the true story of how a one stray dog impacts a struggling family.

That stray dog is “Pluto” who comes out of nowhere and quickly makes himself at home with the Davis family, which is on the brink of falling apart. Dad (Michael Cassidy; Argo, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice ), is a career-driven personality who’s neglecting his marriage and family. Mom (Sarah Lancaster; Everwood, The Judge) is at her wit’s end raising three young kids. The last thing they need is another mouth to feed. Or is it?

In just a short time with the Davis family, Pluto the “wonderdog” manages to save a lost toddler, bring comfort and companionship to a hurting 9-year-old boy (Connor Corum; Heaven is for Real), help restore a marriage, and repair a broken father-son relationship. Pluto is not only a guard dog - he’s a guardian angel.

The Stray received the Dove Family Approved seal for its portrayal of positive values and is a film you can take your entire family to see.

The Stray is a heartwarming family movie that is wonderfully entertaining, while teaching about love for a pet, love of family and making time for family,” said Donna Rolfe, Dove Foundation.

“It’s really not a stretch to say that Pluto gave me my life back,” said Mitch Davis. “He saved me and my family in more ways than one. And although The Stray reflects my personal story, I know there countless families across America who could say the same thing about a pet that greatly impacted them with its unconditional love - which is why I hope families will see this film together.”

Sometimes help comes from the most unlikely places. Sometimes our prayers get answered in strange ways. Sometimes one dog can change everything.

The Stray will be screened for leaders around the United States this summer. If your organization would be interested in partnering with us on The Stray by hosting a screening or movie premiere on October 5, 2017 in your city, please contact the Motive Screenings Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Visit The Stray movie website at www.TheStrayResources.com and follow The Stray movie on Facebook and Twitter and follow the conversation at #TheStray.

KATE MARA STARS IN THE INSPIRATIONAL FILM BASED ON A TRUE STORY
 
MEGAN LEAVEY
 
AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL HD AUGUST 22, 2017
AND ON BLU-RAY™ AND DVD SEPTEMBER 5, 2017
FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
 
Universal City, California, July 13, 2017 - Follow the devotion and partnership in the remarkable film, Megan Leavey, coming to Digital HD on August 22, 2017 and on Blu-rayTM, DVD and On Demand on September 5, 2017, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Kate Mara ("House of Cards," The Martian) shines in her role as a military officer, beautifully capturing the unbreakable bond between two soldiers and their fight for survival. The film also includes outstanding performances from Common (Selma, John Wick: Chapter 2), Tom Felton (Harry Potter franchise, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Edie Falco ("The Sopranos," "Nurse Jackie") and Bradley Whitford (Get Out, "The West Wing"). Megan Leavey on Blu-rayTM and DVD and Digital delivers a powerful and moving portrayal of the powerful bond between human and dog.
 
Megan Leavey is based on the life of a young Marine Corporal (Mara) whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. When she is assigned to clean up the K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, Leavey identifies with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex, and is given the chance to train him. Over the course of their service, Megan and Rex completed more than 100 missions until an IED explosion injures them, putting their fate in jeopardy.
 
BLU-RAYTM, DVD AND DIGITAL HD BONUS FEATURES:
  • Never Give Up: An inside look at how Megan Leavey learned to trust Rex.  
 
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FILMMAKERS:
Cast: Kate Mara, Ramón Rodríguez, Tom Felton, Bradley Whitford, Will Patton, Sam Keeley, Common, Edie Falco
Directed By: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Written By: Pamela Gray, Annie Mumolo, Tim Lovestedt
Produced By: Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon, Jennifer Monroe
Executive Produced By: Robert Huberman, Scott Holroyd, Josè Luis Escolar, Nicole Stojkovich
Director of Photography: Lorenzo Senatore
Production Designer: Ed Verreaux
Edited By: Peter McNulty
Music By: Mark Isham
Music Supervised By: Julianne Jordan
Costumes By:  David Tabbert
Casting By: Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee
 
TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY™:
Street Date: September 5, 2017
Copyright: 2017 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 57187474
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2.40:1
Rating: Rated PG-13 for war violence, language, suggestive material and thematic elements
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Run Time: 1 hour and 56 minutes        
 
TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:
Street Date: September 5, 2017
Copyright: 2017 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 57187470
Layers: Dual Layer
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1
Rating: Rated PG-13 for war violence, language, suggestive material, and thematic elements
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1
Run Time: 1 hour and 56 minutes
 
About Bleecker Street
Bleecker Street (bleeckerstreetmedia.com) is an independently financed U.S. film distribution company founded in 2014 by Andrew Karpen. The company's recent releases include MEGAN LEAVEY starring Kate Mara, Academy Award nominated, CAPTAIN FANTASTIC, Gavin Hood's hit thriller, EYE IN THE SKY, the Academy Award nominated TRUMBO, the Blythe Danner starrer I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS, and the Golden Globe nominated DANNY COLLINS with Al Pacino and James Gray's THE LOST CITY OF Z. Upcoming films include Steven Soderbergh's LOGAN LUCKY, BREATHE directed by Andy Serkis, and THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS with Dan Stevens and Christopher Plummer.
 
About Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE- www.uphe.com) is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios. Universal Studios is a part of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

Festival to benefit L.A. nonprofit, Michelson Found Animals Foundation

Bennington, Vermont (TBD, 2017) – Following overwhelming success last year in Los Angeles, and a national tour to 10 cities in 2016, the 2nd Annual NY Dog Film Festival™ will be returning to the City of Angels on August 5th, 2017.

WHAT:Perfect for dog lovers of all ages, the 2nd Annual NY Dog Film Festival™ will feature two programs each with a different medley of documentary, animated and live-action short canine-themed films from around the world. The films illuminate human-canine love and are uplifting, with happy outcomes. Each program runs approximately 75 minutes.

WHEN: Saturday, August 5th

            5 p.m. “Outdoors and Adventures with Dogs”

            7 p.m. “Who Rescued Whom?”

WHERE: Writer’s Guild Theater at 135 So. Doheny Drive in Beverly Hills

WHO: NY Dog Film Festival Founder/ Director Tracie Hotchner, a well-known pet wellness advocate and author of The Dog Bible: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know,willbring local dog aficionados together to share a communal experience of watching short films that celebrate the remarkable bond between people and dogs.

WHY: The NY Dog Film Festival shares Founder/Director Tracie Hotchner’s appreciation of the love between dogs and their people, while giving a portion of every ticket to local animal welfare group, Michelson Found Animals, to help support their life-saving animal efforts.

COST: Tickets are $15 per program, with a portion of every ticket going to Michelson Found Animals.

“I’m delighted to bring together animal lovers in the community to experience the many ways that people love and need their dogs, while recognizing Michelson Found Animals’ great work in keeping pets and their people together,” said Hotchner, who is also the host/producer of 10 pet talk radio shows on her Radio Pet Lady Network (including her award-winning NPR show DOG TALK).

“We’ve seen firsthand what a passionate community of pet lovers we have here in Los Angeles,” said Aimee Gilbreath, Executive Director Michelson Found Animals. “We’re so excited to have the festival return to Los Angeles and thrilled to be a part of this entertaining celebration of the human-animal bond.”

Click here for complete program and film descriptions. For more information including how to buy tickets, visit www.dogfilmfestival.com.

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About the NY Dog Film Festival

In 2015 the first NY Dog Film Festival premiered in New York City, which grew out of Tracie Hotchner’s desire as a pet wellness advocate to expand her Radio Pet Lady Network’s outreach to educate the public about adoption, health issues and philosophical aspects of pets in our lives. Hotchner created the Festival as a unique way of honoring dogs as true family members by bringing together like-minded people to experience the remarkable human-canine bond on film. The NY Dog Film Festival shares proceeds from its ticket sales with local shelters wherever it travels.

About Michelson Found Animals

The Michelson Found Animals Foundation is a nonprofit supporting pet owners and animal welfare organizations with the mission of Saving Pets, Enriching Lives. After celebrating a decade of service to animals, they continue to grow and find innovative ways to help pets and the people who care for them. In addition to creating the first free microchip registry, they now have their own adoption centers, research next generation spay/neuter technology and sell affordable high quality products – all in the service of pets. Their unique perspective into all aspects of animal welfare allows them to better support pet owners and pet professionals alike. All of this possible thanks to the generous funding from Dr. Gary Michelson and Alya Michelson.

See how they’re using their brains and expertise to obtain real, sustainable, results at foundanimals.org. To learn more about their free microchip registry, and the many innovative tools that are making it easier to connect lost pets to their people, check out found.org. The spay/neuter technology research is at michelsonprizeandgrants.org. And to find out more about Michelson Found Animals Adopt & Shop locations, where all profits go back to caring for our adoptable pets, visit adoptandshop.org.

The Impossible Karaoke challenge with DESPICABLE ME 3?

Starting today, fans can record themselves singing along with the Minions and submit their video at DespicableMeChallenge.com for a chance to be featured on the Despicable Me social pages.

Please be sure to scroll down to unlock the new #DespicableMeChallenge Snapchat Lens!

Click on link http://talkinpets.com/new/movies-reviews.html to see the sing-a-long video

DESPICABLE ME 3 – In Theaters June 30, 2017

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Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3.  Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon.  Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date.  The film will be released in theaters on June 30, 2017.  www.despicable.me

Genre: 3D-CG Comedy-Adventure                    

Cast:  Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Nev Scharrel, Steve Coogan, Jenny Slate and Julie Andrews

Directed by: Pierre Coffin & Kyle Balda

Co-Director: Eric Guillon

Writers: Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio

Produced by: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy

Executive Producer:  Chris Renaud

Review written by Jon Patch with 1.5 out of 4 paws

Wilson

Fox Searchlight Pictures, Ad Hominem Enterprises and Next Wednesday Productions present an R rated, 94 minute, Comedy, directed by Craig Johnson with screenplay and graphic novel by Daniel Clowes with a theater release date of March 24, 2017.

Review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws

Life

Columbia Pictures, Skydance Media and Sony Pictures Entertainment present an R Rated, 103 minute, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller, directed by Daniel Espinosa, written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick with a theater release date of March 24, 2017.

Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws

Kong: Skull Island

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Entertainment present a PG-13, 120 minute, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, screenplay by Dan Gilroy and Max Borenstein with a theater release date of March 10, 2017.

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