JAMIE DORNAN AND DAKOTA JOHNSON STAR IN THE SECOND TANTALIZING INSTALLMENT OF THE GLOBAL PHENOMENON
FIFTY SHADES DARKER
AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL HD APRIL 25, 2017 AND 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY™, DVD AND ON DEMANDMAY 9, 2017 FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
IN 50 DAYS, BRING HOME THE EXCLUSIVE UNRATED EXTENDED EDITION FEATURING AN ALL-NEW SNEAK PEEK OF FIFTY SHADES FREED
Universal City, California, March 20, 2017 – The countdown begins for one of the most highly anticipated home entertainment debuts of the year. In 50 days, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will unleash Fifty Shades Darker Unrated Edition, plunging fans even deeper into the mesmerizing, hidden world of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, as the year’s hottest romance comes home on Digital HD on April 25, 2017 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand, on May 9, 2017. The global film phenomenon sparked by E.L. James’ best-selling book trilogy returns with the second chapter of the darkly alluring tale that captivated the world. Fans can now stay in and have the ultimate at-home movie night with Fifty Shades Darker Unrated Edition, and this time, there are no rules and no secrets.
When a wounded Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan, “The Fall,” Anthropoid) tries to entice a cautious Anastasia Steele
(Dakota Johnson, How to Be Single, Black Mass) back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple. Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson, “The Knick,” “Smallville”) and Elena Lincoln (Kim Basinger, L.A. Confidential, 9 ½ Weeks) intensify the story, determined to destroy the couple’s hopes for a future together.
Directed by James Foley (“House of Cards,” Fear), Fifty Shades Darker also features Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows, “The Man in the High Castle”), as well as returning cast members Oscar® winner Marcia Gay Harden (Fifty Shades of Grey, Miller’s Crossing) and Rita Ora (Fifty Shades of Grey).
In addition to both the original theatrical version and a steamy new unrated version with over 13 minutes of footage not seen in theaters, Fifty Shades Darker Unrated Edition on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD comes with more than 30 minutes of never-before-seen bonus content, including cast interviews, behind-the-scenes features, and a peek at what lies ahead in the upcoming Fifty Shades Freed!
BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO BLU-RAY™:
A Darker Direction – Director James Foley explains how his vision had to meet with fans’ expectations.
New Threats – An introduction to some new, dark and threatening characters, including Jack Hyde, Leila and, of course, Elena Lincoln – aka Mrs. Robinson!
The Masquerade – This featurette about one of the film’s most iconic scenes — the masquerade benefit event at Grey Mansion — explores the production design and costumes and goes behind-the-scenes with the filmmakers and main cast members.
Intimate With Darker – An intense look and discussion about the intimate, sensual and provocative world of Fifty Shades Darker, including a visit to the Red Room and, of course, the new “toys!”
BONUS FEATURES on BLU-RAY™ and DVD:
A Tease to Fifty Shades Freed– A tease to the next Fifty Shades film.
Writing Darker – Author E.L. James and screenwriter Niall Leonard trace back the history of the book and introduce viewers to the much darker story and its adaptation to the big screen.
Dark Reunion – The filmmakers and cast members discuss being reunited for this second film, and where we find Ana, Christian and their friends.
The film will be available on 4K Ultra HD in a combo pack which includes Ultra HD Blu-rayTM, Blu-ray™ and Digital HD. The 4K Ultra HDcombo pack will include all bonus features on the Blu-ray™ disc.
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FILMMAKERS: Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Kim Basinger, Marcia Gay Harden Music By: Danny Elfman Music Supervisor: Dana Sano Costume Designer: Shay Cunliffe Edited By: Richard Francis-Bruce ACE Production Designer: Nelson Coates Director of Photography: John Schwartzman ASC Produced By: Michael De Luca p.g.a, E.L. James p.g.a, Dana Brunetti p.g.a, Marcus Viscidi p.g.a Based on the Novel By: E.L. James Screenplay By: Niall Leonard Directed By: James Foley
IMMERSIVE AUDIO TECHNOLOGIES Fifty Shades Darker features DTS:X®. DTS:X® and DTS Headphone:X™ immersive audio technologies replicate and convey the fluid movement of sound to create a richer experience than previously possible by moving sound to precisely where the mixer placed it.
TECHNICAL INFORMATION 4K ULTRA HD: Street Date: May 9, 2017 Copyright: 2017 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Selection Number: 61186831 (US)/ 61186830 (CDN) Layers: BD-66 Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2.40:1 Rating: Rated R for strong erotic sexual content, some graphic nudity, and language. Languages/Subtitles: English/English SDH, Spanish and French Sound: DTS:X Immersive Audio; 2.0 DTS Headphone:X; DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital1, Spanish and French (Canadian) DTS Digital Surround 5.1 Run Time: 1 Hour, 58 Minutes/ 2 Hours, 12 Minutes
TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY™: Street Date: May 9, 2017 Copyright: 2017 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Selection Number: 61180932 (US)/ 61180944 (CDN) Layers: BD-50 Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2.40:1 Rating: R for strong erotic sexual content, some graphic nudity, and language. Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles Sound: DTS:X; DTS Headphone:X; DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital2,3, Spanish and French (Canadian) DTS Digital Surround 5.1 Run Time: 1 Hour, 58 Minutes/ 2 Hours, 12 Minutes
TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD Street Date: May 9, 2017 Copyright: 2017 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Selection Number: 61180933 (US)/ 61180943 (CDN) Layers: Dual Layer Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1 Rating: R for strong erotic sexual content, some graphic nudity, and language. Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1/ Dolby Digital 2.02,3, Spanish and French (Canadian) Dolby Digital 5.1 Run Time: 1 Hour, 58 Minutes/ 2 Hours, 12 Minutes
In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet — never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot — an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing with a team of scientists. While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he's never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa. When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he's eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars — from the most simple to the extraordinary. But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner's organs can't withstand Earth's atmosphere. Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes and joins with Tulsa on a race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be, and where he belongs in the universe. Vitals: Director: Peter Chelsom. Stars: Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino, Britt Robertson. 2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 120 min., Science Fiction, Box office gross: $7.829 million, Universal.Extras: Alternate ending, deleted scenes "Love" featurette, commentary with Director Peter Chelsom.
Facets partners with the Moholy-Nagy Foundation to bring all nine films to wider audience.
Facets is proud to offer nine László Moholy-Nagy films on DVD: Impressions of the old Marseille Harbor, Lightplay: Black White Gray, Berlin Still Life, Big City Gypsies, Architects' Congress, Lobsters, The New Architecture and the London Zoo, Design Workshops, and Do Not Disturb.
László Moholy-Nagy was one of the most prolific and versatile artists of the 20th Century. His contributions laid the groundwork for modern photography, art and design, and his ideas and institutions continue to influence artists today.
These short films include experimental works, documentaries, and travelogues shot and directed by Moholy-Nagy from the late 1920's to mid 1940's. His best known film was made in 1930, called Ein Lichtspiel schwarz weiss grau (A Lightplay: black, white, gray) which became a classic of early experimental film. It records the movements and light effects produced by a kinetic sculpture he designed. Variously referred to as The Light-Space Modulator, The Light Machine, and Light Prop for an Electric Stage, it was constructed of metal and glass and driven by an electric motor. It has become Moholy-Nagy's most iconic work.
Born in 1895 in southern Austria-Hungary, László Moholy-Nagy was "a modern artist of the twentieth century," known as a painter, photographer, typographer, sculptor, designer, writer and filmmaker. He was also known as a teacher of Bauhaus — Germany's design school — a hotbed for ideas, revolutionary curriculum and home to some of the most inventive minds in art and design. Its stated goal was to promote "a new unity of art and technology in the service of humanity." Moholy-Nagy saw art and the artist as active agents in improving society.
In Chicago, Illinois he promoted this philosophy through his school, The School of Design, which is now a department of the Illinois Institute of Technology. Many of the teaching methods and exercises were essentially those of the Bauhaus, adapted to the American context. The objective was also the same, namely to educate the whole person, so that he or she could make a contribution to society.
"The Illiterate of the future will be the person ignorant of the use of the camera as well as the pen." ~ László Moholy-Nagy
"The reality of our century is technology: the invention, construction and maintenance of machines. To be a user of machines is to be of the spirit of this century. Machines have replaced the transcendental spiritualism of past eras." ~ László Moholy-Nagy
Dan Stevens (Beauty and the Beast, FX series Legion), Malin Akerman (Billions, Watchmen), Kerry Bishé (Halt and Catch Fire, Argo) and Oliver Platt (Chicago Med, Fargo) star in Ido Fluk’s THE TICKET.
After James (Dan Stevens), a blind man, inexplicably regains his vision, he becomes possessed by a drive to make a better life for himself. However, his new improvements—a nicer home, a higher paying job, tailored suits, luxury car—leave little room for the people who were part of his old, simpler life: his plain wife (Malin Akerman) and close friend Bob (Oliver Platt). As his relationships buckle under the strain of his snowballing ambition, it becomes uncertain if James can ever return from darkness. Director Ido Fluk paints a visual world that reflects the mesmerizing effect that newfound sight has on James; the vibrant backgrounds and the sun-drenched rooms are captivating in their beauty. His dreamy and subjective style combines with an astute sense of character to craft a tale of desire, perception, and what it really means to be blind.
THE TICKET, a film by Ido Fluk, had its World Premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. The film will open in U.S. cinemas and available on VOD April 7, 2017.
Directed by Ido Fluk and written by Fluk and Sharon Mashihi, THE TICKET was produced by Lawrence Inglee, Oren Moverman, William L. Walton, Matthew Malek and A Blackbird Production in association with Rush River Entertainment, Cave Pictures and Initiate Productions.
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ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Ido Fluk is a writer director based in New York. After attending New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, he travelled to Israel to write and direct his debut, the crowd-sourced Israeli road film, NEVER TOO LATE. The film went on to premiere at Edinburgh Film Festival, won the Regard D'or at Fribourg Film Festival, and screened around the world, leading Variety to dub Fluk 'a talent to watch.' THE TICKET is his first American film.
The sexy, gripping and shocking thriller Indiscretion comes to iTunes, VUDU, Google Play and Amazon on March 28. Starring Academy Award Winner Mira Sorvino, Cary Elwes, Katherine McNamara and Christopher Backus.
"This must-see will keep you guessing and shocked to the end." – The Best Darn Girls Movie Review
"Reminiscent of the 1987 Glenn Close film Fatal Attraction." – Bustle
"Smart and sexy thriller with a solid cast." – LM Mental
Granfalloon Productions has announced the release of John Stewart Muller’s Indiscretion on March 28 on VUDU, iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. Academy Award Winner Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite) stars as Veronica a New Orleans psychiatrist and a politician's wife, whose brief affair with a troubled young artist comes back to haunt her when he begins to infiltrate every part of her life. While her husband and daughter are away, she enjoys a weekend fling with Victor (Christopher Backus), an alluring young sculptor. But after Veronica calls off the affair, Victor refuses to let go and will stop at nothing to have Veronica for himself. Just how far will Victor go to get what he wants, and is there anything Veronica can do to stop his mad obsession before it destroys her family?
Sorvino is joined on-screen by Cary Elwes (SAW, The Princess Bride), Katherine McNamara (“Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”) and Christopher Backus ("Underground", “Bosch”).
While set in modern day New Orleans, Indiscretion is imbued with the look and feel of the 1980s. Directly alluding to stylish films from that era like Body Heat, The Big Easy, and 9 1/2 Weeks, it features everything from modern and colonial architecture to neon signage and rain-soaked streets: a city eerily familiar yet utterly unique.
Veronica and Victor’s affair goes from passionate to dangerous, and this is mirrored by the city’s lively, visually dynamic, and multicultural environment. From classically romantic settings like the French Quarter and Garden District, to the studios and galleries of the booming Arts District, Indiscretion’s New Orleans is as much a part of the story as the characters who drive it. Contemporary gentrification contrasted with architectural neglect illustrate the duality between rich and poor, love and hate, creation and destruction, even life and death.
The filmmakers created the retro trailer below to showcase both the fun of the film and pay homage to the '80s and '90s psychosexual thrillers that influenced them.
On May 19, 2017, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release another pair of titles in The Frank Sinatra Collection on DVD and digital formats. On license from Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE), the definitive collection pulls together some of the finest performances on television and in concert from the greatest entertainer of the 20th century. The Frank Sinatra Collection brings together some of Frank Sinatra’s finest performances on television and in concert.
The Timex Shows Vol.1 The Frank Sinatra Timex Show / An Afternoon With Frank Sinatra
This release combines his first two Timex TV shows from the late ‘50s.
THE FRANK SINATRA TIMEX SHOW – First broadcast by ABC on October 19, 1959. This was the first of four Timex-sponsored television specials that Sinatra hosted. It’s a fun and energetic show that captures Frank Sinatra at the top of his game. Guests include Dean Martin, Mitzi Gaynor and Bing Crosby, who join forces for an opening rendition of “High Hopes” and later Jimmy Durante makes a surprise appearance.
AN AFTERNOON WITH FRANK SINATRA – First broadcast by ABC on December 13, 1959, ‘An Afternoon With Frank Sinatra’ was the second of Sinatra’s four Timex television specials. The show includes guest appearances from Peter Lawford, Hermione Gingold, The Hi-Lo’s, Red Norvo’s jazz combo, dancer Juliet Prowse and the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald. Sinatra sings such hits as “I’ve Got The World On A String,” "I'll Never Smile Again" and duets on "Can't We Be Friends" with Ella.
The Timex Shows Vol.2 To The Ladies / Welcome Home Elvis
This release combines his two final Timex TV shows from 1960.
TO THE LADIES – First broadcast by ABC on February 15, 1960, ‘To The Ladies’ surrounded Frank Sinatra with a host of wonderful female performers for his third Timex-sponsored television special. It’s a mix of comedy, opera, dancing and great songs. Guests include Lena Horne, Mary Costa, Barbara Heller, Juliet Prowse and special guest star Eleanor Roosevelt.
WELCOME HOME ELVIS – First broadcast by ABC on May 12, 1960, ‘Welcome Home Elvis’ was Frank Sinatra’s fourth and final Timex special. It marked Elvis Presley’s first TV appearance after coming home from military service. Elvis performs “Fame And Fortune” and “Stuck On You” then Presley and Sinatra join forces on great renditions of “Witchcraft” and “Love Me Tender.” Joining in the fun is Nancy Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop.
FULL TRACKLISTING INFORMATION
‘THE TIMEX SHOWS VOL. 1’
THE FRANK SINATRA TIMEX SHOW
1) High Hopes (Bing Crosby/Dean Martin/Mitzi Gaynor) 2) Day In, Day Out (Frank Sinatra) 3) Together, Wherever We Go (Frank Sinatra/Bing Crosby/Dean Martin) 4) Hurricane (Mitzi Gaynor) 5) Talk To Me (Frank Sinatra/Mitzi Gaynor) 6) Cheek To Cheek (Bing Crosby/Dean Martin/Mitzi Gaynor) 7) Wrap Your Trouble In Dreams (Dean Martin 8) Medley: Good Old Songs/Down By The Old Mill Stream/The Old Gray Mare/In Shade Of The Old Apple Tree/That Old Feeling/Down The Old Ox Road/Old Rockin’ Chair/Old Devil Moon/You’re An Old Smoothie/My Old Flame/Ol’ Man River (Frank Sinatra/Bing Crosby/Dean Martin) 9) High Hopes (Frank Sinatra) 10) Medley: Just One Of Those Things/Angel Eyes/The Lady Is A Tramp (Frank Sinatra) 11) Medley: Start Each Day With A Song/Inka Dinka Doo/Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home (Frank Sinatra/Bing Crosby/Dean Martin/Mitzi Gaynor/Jimmy Durante)
AN AFTERNOON WITH FRANK SINATRA
1) Spend The Afternoon With Me (Frank Sinatra) 2) I’ve Got The World On A String (Frank Sinatra) 3) The Desert Is Calling (The Hi-Lo’s) 4) Comes Love (Hermione Gingold/Peter Lawford) 5) There’s A Lull In My Life (Ella Fitzgerald) 6) It’s All Right With Me (Frank Sinatra) 7) Juliet Prowse Dance Routine 8) Too Marvelous For Words (Frank Sinatra/Red Norvo Quintet) 9) Here Is That Rainy Day (Frank Sinatra/Red Norvo Quintet) 10) Just You, Just Me (Ella Fitzgerald) 11) I’ll Never Smile Again (Frank Sinatra/The Hi-Lo’s) 12) Can’t We Be Friends (Frank Sinatra/Ella Fitzgerald) 13) Puttin’ On The Ritz (Hermione Gingold/Peter Lawford/Juliet Prowse) 14) He Loves And She Loves (Ella Fitzgerald) 15) Love Walked Right In (The Hi-Lo’s) 16) Our Love Is Here To Stay (Frank Sinatra) 17) Love Is Sweeping The Country (Frank Sinatra/Hermione Gingold/Peter Lawford/Juliet Prowse/Ella Fitzgerald)
‘THE TIMEX SHOWS VOL. 2’
TO THE LADIES
1) Here’s To The Ladies (Frank Sinatra) 2) I’ve Got You Under My Skin (Frank Sinatra) 3) Ouvre Ton Coeur (Mary Costa) 4) By Strauss (Barbara Heller) 5) Ring The Bell (Lena Horne) 6) Come Cha Cha With Me (Juliet Prowse) 7) It’s A Lonesome Old Town (Frank Sinatra) 8) But Beautiful (Lena Horne) 9) From This Moment On (Lena Horne) 10) Harold Arlen Medley: As Long As I Live/It’s Only A Paper Moon/One For My Baby/Accentuate The Positive/Stormy Weather/Get Happy/Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (Frank Sinatra/Lena Horne) 11) My Heart Stood Still (Frank Sinatra) 12) Yours Is My Heart Alone (Mary Costa) 13) Afraid Of Love (Barbara Heller) 14) My Heart Belongs To Daddy (Lena Horne) 15) My Funny Valentine (Juliet Prowse) 16) High Hopes (Eleanor Roosevelt) 17) Here’s To The Ladies (Frank Sinatra)
WELCOME HOME ELVIS
1) It’s Nice To Go Trav’ling (Frank Sinatra/Joey Bishop/Sammy Davis Jr/Nancy Sinatra) 2) It’s Nice To Go Trav’ling (Frank Sinatra/Joey Bishop/Sammy Davis Jr/Nancy Sinatra/Elvis Presley) 3) Witchcraft (Frank Sinatra) 4) Come On Bess (Sammy Davis Jr) 5) Oriental Dance (Leona Irwin & The Tommy Hansen Dancers) 6) Gone With The Wind (Frank Sinatra) 7) Uh Oh! (Nutty Squirrels) 8) All The Way (Sammy Davis Jr) 9) Shall We Dance (Sammy Davis Jr/Peter Lawford) 10) Fame And Fortune (Elvis Presley) 11) Stuck On You (Elvis Presley) 12) Medley: Witchcraft/Love Me Tender (Frank Sinatra/Elvis Presley) 13) Medley: Witchcraft/Love Me Tender – Reprise (Frank Sinatra/Elvis Presley) 14) You Make Me Feel So Young (Frank Sinatra/Nancy Sinatra) 15) Let’s Dance (Nancy Sinatra)
About Frank Sinatra
Throughout his nine-decade career, Frank Sinatra performed on more than 1,400 recordings and was awarded 31 gold, nine platinum, three double platinum and one triple platinum album by the Recording Industry Associated of America. He extends his record to 57 for the most top 40 albums on the Billboard 200 with this year’s new Ultimate Sinatra release. Sinatra has had Top 40 hits on the charts for eight decades, which is as long as the Billboard charts have existed. He received nine GRAMMY Awards over the course of his career, including three for the prestigious Album of the Year, and an Oscar. Sinatra demonstrated a remarkable ability to appeal to every generation and continues to do so; his artistry still influences many of today’s music superstars. He also appeared in more than 60 films and produced eight motion pictures.
Sinatra was awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards from The Recording Academy, The Screen Actors Guild and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), as well as the Kennedy Center Honors, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. Today, he remains a legend and an inspiration around the world for his contributions to culture and the arts.
About Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE)
Frank Sinatra Enterprises is a joint venture between the Sinatra family and Warner Music Group. FSE owns Sinatra’s recordings from the Reprise era as well as a treasure trove of films, television specials and unreleased footage, photos and audio recordings, which collectively represent one of the foremost bodies of artistic work of the modern era. FSE also owns and manages Sinatra’s name and likeness rights and represents the artist’s rights to the Columbia and Capitol catalogues. FSE pursues innovative new product and venture opportunities with respect to the legendary entertainer’s name and likeness, as well as Sinatra’s audio and visual recordings. (www.sinatra.com)
This June, Criterion will bring three of the most beloved classics of French cinema to Blu-ray for the first time with a newly restored edition of Marcel Pagnol's Marseille Trilogy, a sweeping saga set in the author's native Provence that tracks the lives and loves of its characters over the course of a generation. A legend is born in The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, the silent serial-killer thriller that Alfred Hitchcock considered his true debut, which is accompanied in our release by Downhill, another variation on the "wrong man" theme that the Master of Suspense returned to throughout his legendary body of work. Nicholas Ray kicked off his own renowned career with They Live By Night, a lyrical film noir that would be imitated by decades of lovers-on-the-run thrillers to come, now on Blu-ray for the first time. Dustin Hoffman stands his ground in Sam Peckinpah's notorious shocker Straw Dogs, presentedin a new 4K transfer with extensive features that explore the film's production and controversies. And not to be missed: Kenji Mizoguchi's Ugetsu, an indisputable classic of world cinema and perhaps the finest achievement of the master whom Jean-Luc Godard called "quite simply one of the greatest of filmmakers."
June 6: Ugetsu
June 13: They Live By Night
June 20: The Marseille Trilogy
June 27: The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog
June 27: Straw Dogs
"Elle" is one of the most deliciously wicked and nasty films of the year, featuring a terrifically convoluted scenario, great performances (including a tour-de-force turn by Isabelle Huppert, who received this year's Golden Globe for Best Actress), and lots of off-kilter sex. It's a psychological thriller that casts a jaundiced eye at marriage, family, business, and relations between the sexes. Michele (Huppert) is the strong-willed head of a leading French video game company, divorced from her husband, having an affair with her best friend's husband, emotionally estranged from her narcissistic mother, and financially responsible for her wimpy son. Her emotional baggage includes being the daughter of an infamous mass murderer, who is soon coming up for a parole hearing. After being attacked and raped in her home by an unknown assailant, Michele's life gets more complicated. Leery of contacting the authorities because of her previous bad experiences with the police, she resolutely tracks the man down on her own, leading to suspicious and at times violent confrontations with those around her. Director Paul Verhoeven has lost none of the directing hubris that was so on display in such films as "Turkish Delight," "Soldier of Orange," "RoboCop" and "Basic Instinct." Here he presents a host of characters (Elle in particular) who are so amoral, mean and selfish that you have difficulty liking any of them — but like them you do. And, perversely, you get sucked into their lives. A stunning film. Vitals: Director: Paul Verhoeven. Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling, Virgine Aefira. 2016 — France, CC, MPAA rating: R, 130 min., Mystery/Thriller Box office gross: $1.107 million, Sony.Extras: "A Tale of Empowerment: Making Elle," "Celebrating an Icon: AFI’s Tribute to Isabelle Huppert." –
This month MHz Networks premieres The Scent of Rain in the Balkans, the first TV series from Serbia released in the United States, on its SVOD platform MHz Choice.
Based on Gordana Kuić's blockbuster novel and directed by critically-acclaimed actor/director Ljubiša Samardžić, The Scent of Rain in the Balkans is an epic saga that follows the fortunes of a Sephardic Jewish family from 1914 through 1945. Amidst cultural change, political upheaval and the threat of extermination, the six Salom siblings cling to their identity as Spanish Jews and to their commitment to each other.
Get a first look at The Scent of Rain in the Balkanshere.
Also making its U.S. premiere on MHz Choice this month is the third season of Swiss drama The Undertaker (Der Bestatter) starring Swiss comedian Mike Müller, as well as Swedish Noir series Inspector Winter (Kommissarie Winter) based on the best-selling novels of Åke Edwardson.
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New customers receive a free 30-Day Trial. For more information or to subscribe, go to www.mhzchoice.com.
"Passengers," a sci-fi yarn about an interstellar spaceship on a 90 year mission to a distant planet that malfunctions and wakes one of its hibernating passengers too early, is a B-film outing with an A-list cast and A-list special effects. The film begins as an existential journey when the Avalon, with some 5200 sleeping colonists and crew members headed across the galaxy, is bombarded by meteors, causing the computer to malfunction and awaken Jim (Chris Pratt), who, faced with nothing but robots and holograms, must eke out a lonely existence before figuring out a way to find companionship. That comes in the form of Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence), a writer also on her way to the new world. The rest of the film revolves around their love story and their subsequent efforts to save the now deteriorating spacecraft from destruction. Viewers looking for a "Star Wars" actioner will have to look elsewhere for their sci-fi fix; this is basically a love tale between two gorgeous people, set on a spaceship. There's solid acting by Pratt and Lawrence, and their chemistry holds the film together. Aside from the spectacular special effects that creates a "real" spaceship in "real" space, the film is fairly predictable. Vitals: Director: Morten Tyldum. Stars: Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, Inder Kumar, Jamie Soricelli. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 116 min., Science Fiction, Box office gross: $97.986 million, Sony.Extras: "Outtakes from the Set"; three featurettes: “Casting the Passengers,” “Creating the Avalon” and “On Set with Chris Pratt”; "Book Your Passage": Looking for a new life? Learn more about the Homestead Company. See what awaits you. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, “Space on Screen: The Visual Effects of Passengers” featurette.