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Review written by Jon Patch with 1.5 out 4 Paws
The 5th Wave
Columbia Pictures, GK Films and LStar Capital present a PG-13, 112 minute, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, directed by J Blakeson, screenplay by Akiva Goldsman and Susannah Grant with a theater release date of January 22, 2016.
Green Apple Entertainment Proudly Presents
Sometimes We all Need to be Rescued …
Based on a True Story, Moving Family Drama on DVD Jan. 5th
Sales Benefit the Susie’s Hope Nonprofit to End Animal Abuse
“The actors – human and canine alike – bring a palpable sincerity to their performances.”
— Yes! Weekly
“A very dramatic tale that will warm your heart.”
— The Dove Foundation
“(out of 4)”
— Winston-Salem Journal
BOCA RATON — Jan. 18, 2016 — For Immediate Release — The motion picture Susie’s Hope – which portrays the real-life story of a pit bull-attack survivor, a brutally abused, pit bull-mix puppy and their journey
to heal and forgive together – will be available on DVD Jan. 5 from Green Apple Entertainment.
Based on a touching, true story that led to the successful passing of Susie’s Law in North Carolina – which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers – Susie’s Hope brings to
life the inspirational relationship between pit bull-attack survivor Donna Lawrence and a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left to die.
The eight-week-old puppy had licked the face of her owner’s newborn baby and, for the offense, was beaten so severely that her jaw was broken and her teeth knocked out.
She was then set on fire and left for dead. Ten days later, the puppy was discovered in a Greensboro, N.C., park, barely alive. She was suffering from second- and third-degree burns over 60 percent of her tiny
body—leaving the young animal with egregious injuries that would cause permanent damage and scars across her back and with her ears burned beyond recognition.
Realizing neglect and abuse were to blame for the tragic pit bull attack that Donna had endured just 10 months earlier –
which nearly claimed her life, caused her to miscarry her baby and left her with the inability to have children – Donna rescues the puppy, naming her Susie.
Despite a veterinarian’s recommendation to euthanize the critically injured puppy, Donna raises the funds for Susie’s extensive treatment (daily over the course of two months) and – despite objections from family and friends –
welcomes Susie into her home. Together, they learn to heal and forgive as they lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but for all animals, in this incredible story of love, loss and redemption.
Directed byJerry Rees(Disney’s California Adventure TV special, The Marrying Man, The Brave Little Toaster), Susie’s Hope stars Emmanuelle Vaugier (ABC’s Mistresses, WB’s Two and a Half Men, CBS’ CSI: NY, Saw II,
Secondhand Lions, 40 Days and 40 Nights), Burgess Jenkins (CBS’ The Young and the Restless, Lifetime’s Army Wives, The Reaping, Remember the Titans) and Andrea Powell
(Ender’s Game, The Twilight: Breaking Dawn Saga: Part 2, Get Low, The Legend of Bagger Vance).
The Susie’s Hope soundtrack features recordings by Charlie Daniels (“Susie Q”) and Vince Gill (“Wake up Little Susie”).
A Dove Foundation family-approved film, Susie’s Hope will be carried in Walmart stores across the nation and is also available via Amazon.com and select digital retail outlets.
A portion of the proceeds from DVD sales benefits the Susie’s Hope Nonprofit, a 501(c)(3) charity, to foster awareness of the animal abuse that exists in our nation and to work to end this epidemic
by providing education to people of all ages. Together, Donna and Susie attend events and visit schools, churches and other organizations. The charity also produces life-like Susie’s Hope plush animals with embroidered
scars (carried by Toys & Company), which serve as an educational tool. Susie is the 2014 American Humane Association Therapy Dog and the 2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog.
Susie’s Hopeis presented in widescreen with an aspect ratio of 16 x 9 (1.78:1) and 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound. A production of Susie’s Hope Movie, LLC, in association with
Stone’s Throw Films and ALTAIR Casting and Productions Services, distributed by Green Apple Entertainment.
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DVD screener available upon request.
About Susie’s Hope Nonprofit:
Susie’s Hope™ (High Point, NC) is a nonprofit organization formed to foster awareness surrounding the animal abuse that exists in our nation and to work to end the tragic epidemic by providing
education to people of all ages. In a team effort, Donna and Susie visit schools, churches and organizations and attend pet adoption fairs and fundraisers to motivate and educate people. The life-like
Susie’s Hope plush animals with embroidered scars (carried by Toys & Company) serve as a nurturing social and educational tool. For more information, visit: www.susieshope.com.
About Green Apple Entertainment:
Green Apple Entertainment is a leading international distributor of quality, independent entertainment on DVD, Blu-ray, download and streaming platforms and cable VOD. Headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla.,
Green Apple works directly with filmmakers to cultivate superior filmmaking for a variety of genres – including action, drama, romance, thrillers, horror/sci-fi, documentaries, family and animation –
and fresh new viewing experiences for a diverse array of audiences. Green Apple was founded in 2005 by industry veteran Tim Warren. Visit www.GreenApple.com
Green Apple Entertainment
Genre: Family Drama
Original Air Date: UP TV, August 2014
Running Time: Approx. 105 Minutes
Suggested Retail Price: $9.96
Street Date: January 5, 2016
Catalog #: GAE-F305
UPC Code: #818768011042
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Year of action and celebration will honor the 50th Anniversary of the film Born Free, and a significant portfolio of critical work to protect lions globally
Washington D.C./Horsham, West Sussex, January 4, 2016 -- On the 50th anniversary of the iconic, award-winning motion picture Born Free, the Born Free Foundation and Born Free USA have declared 2016 The Year of the Lion. The initiative was announced today by Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation, and co-founders of both organizations, Virginia McKenna OBE and Will Travers OBE, President.
Elsa the lioness captured the hearts and minds of a worldwide audience in the 1966 classic film Born Free, but today the international wildlife charity that bears its name sounds the alarm over the future of lions. The film starred legendary actress Virginia McKenna and her late husband Bill Travers portraying the pioneering conservationists George and Joy Adamson and their successful rehabilitation of Elsa to the wild.
According to Roberts, “Born Free’s Year of the Lion campaign is reflective of the film’s anniversary that started it all, as well as the fact that today the fight for the survival of lions in the wild has never been more urgent. Experts believe their numbers have plummeted to fewer than 20,000 across Africa, as their habitat dwindles and becomes more fragmented; horrific retaliatory killings are perpetrated; and lions by the hundreds are slaughtered each year by trophy hunters in the name of ‘sport.’ It is imperative that their plight is taken seriously, immediately. The species’ decline has been rapid and steep and without concerted action at all levels of government globally, the species could disappear from significant parts of Africa during our lifetime.”
Lions across West, Central and East Africa have declined by 60% or more over the past 20 years, and in West Africa they have been declared critically endangered. More than a dozen African countries are already thought to have lost their lion populations, and the international demand for lion bones and body parts is further exacerbating this downward spiral. From 2003-2012, over 24,000 lion specimens were declared to have been exported from 102 countries, including 19 lion range states -- countries where lions still roam naturally in the wild.
Across the globe, the public is more aware than ever about the need to save lions before it is too late. The slaying of Cecil the lion made headlines worldwide in 2015, and the recent documentary Blood Lions revealed the horrors of professional and canned hunting to audiences in over 100 countries. Many airlines have stopped shipping lion trophies; France and Australia have banned lion parts imports; and field conservation projects are underway across Africa to save this beleaguered species.
McKenna said, “There was a time, fifty years ago, when wild lion numbers were in excess of 100,000. Though aware of the challenges lions faced, even then, I could never have foreseen the devastation that was about to befall this iconic species. Filming Born Free was a life-changing experience. It taught us to understand and respect lions and their nature. We could never have imagined the impact the film would have, not only on our family but also on the many millions that watched it. It is unimaginable to contemplate the possible extinction of these extraordinary animals and we must do whatever is in our power to stop their further decline.”
In 2016, the spotlight will be on lions at the meeting of The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), convening in Johannesburg where, in September, more than 180 countries from around the world will debate, and possibly decide, the future level of protection afforded to lions. Born Free is calling for an end to commercial trade and an up-listing of African lions to CITES Appendix I (highest priority).
During Born Free’s Year of the Lion, the organization will also participate in a major scientific lion census in the heritage site of Meru, the heartland of George and Joy Adamson and Born Free, to establish how many lions remain in the area. Steeped in the history of wild lions and their conservation, Meru is still home to the descendants of Girl, Boy and Ugas, three of the lions featured in the Born Free movie.
According to Travers, “It is hoped that with Year of the Lion and the poignant anniversary of the much-loved film, people will again look at what is happening to this most majestic and iconic of wild animals. Lions are in our DNA. It is still within our grasp to reverse this devastating trend, but only if we wake up now and take action.”
There will be special screenings, events, news, and information online throughout 2016 to mark the 50thanniversary of the film.
President Barak Obama said “I think I may have teared up at the end (Born Free) when they release Elsa. I couldn’t have been more than four or five.”
Born Free USA is a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic "pets," trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA brings to America the message of "compassionate conservation," the vision of the U.K.-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film Born Free, along with their son Will Travers. Born Free's mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. More at www.bornfreeusa.org, www.twitter.com/bornfreeusa, and www.facebook.com/bornfreeusa.
Review written by Jon Patch with 4 paws out of 4
20th Century Fox. New Regency Pictures, Anonymous Content and Appian Way present an R rated, 156 minute, Adventure, Western, Drama, directed and written by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, novel by Michael Punke with a theater release date of January 8, 2016.
Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws
The Hateful Eight
The Weinstein Company presents an R rated, 182 minute, Western, directed and written by Quentin Tarantino with a theater release date of December 25, 2015.
Review written by Jon Patch with 4 out of 4 paws
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Lucasfilm, Bad Robot, Truenorth Productions and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures present a PG-13, 135 minute, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, directed by J.J. Abrams, written by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan with a theater release date of December 18, 2015.
Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws
Universal Pictures and Little Stranger Productions present an R rated, 118 minute, Comedy, directed by Jason Moore and written by Paula Pell with a theater release date of December 18, 2015.
Review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws
In the Heart of the Sea
Warner Bros. Pictures, Image Entertainment, Village Roadshow Pictures, Enelmar Productions and Cott Productions present a PG-13, 121 minute, Action, Adventure, Biography, directed by Ron Howard, screenplay by Charles Leavitt, story by Leavitt, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver and book “In the Heart of the Sea” by Nathaniel Philbrick with a theater release date of December 11, 2015.
Review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws
The Weinstein Company, Number 9 Films, Film4 and Killer Films present an R rated, 118 minute, Romance, Drama, directed by Todd Haynes, screenplay by Phyllis Nagy and novel by Patricia Highsmith with a theater release date of November 20, 2015.