‘From Here to Eternity’ Returns to the Big Screen for Two Nights

The Acclaimed War-Time Drama Will Show at Movie Theaters Nationwide December 11 and 14

eternity_244x413_r2“A man don’t go his own way, he’s nothing.” Audiences can go their own way to cinemas when Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Sony Pictures Entertainment bring the compelling war-time drama “From Here to Eternity” (1953) back to the big screen for a special two-day event this December as part of Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies’ TCM Big Screen Classics series.

TCM Big Screen Classics: From Here to Eternity” will screen on Sunday, December 11 and Wednesday, December 14 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time (both days) and will include eye-opening commentary from Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewiczon how all is not always fair in love and war, or in this classic film.

frh2e_stl_5_hWinner of eight Academy Awards® in 1953, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Frank Sinatra) and Best Supporting Actress (Donna Reed), this patriotic narrative about war and love is a film to be remembered for all of eternity. Based on the National Book Award-winning novel by James Jones, the film was directed by Fred Zinnemann from a screenplay by Daniel Taradash.

It’s 1941. Robert E. Lee Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) has requested Army transfer and has ended up at Schofield in Hawaii. His new captain, Dana Holmes (Philip Ober), has heard of his boxing prowess and is keen to get him to represent the company. However, ‘Prew’ is adamant that he doesn’t box anymore, so Captain Holmes gets his subordinates to make his life a living hell. Meanwhile Sergeant Warden (Burt Lancaster) starts seeing the captain’s wife (Deborah Kerr), who has a history of seeking external relief from a troubled marriage. Prew’s friend Maggio (Frank Sinatra) has a few altercations with the sadistic stockade Sergeant ‘Fatso’ Judson (Ernest Borgnine), and Prew begins falling in love with social club employee Lorene (Donna Reed). Unbeknownst to anyone, the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor looms in the distance.

Tickets to “TCM Big Screen Classics: From Here to Eternity” can be purchased online atwww.FathomEvents.com (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Game Changer: Clinton Says ‘Doctor Who’ is ‘Boring Garbage’

Wikileaks has uncovered the death nail in the coffin of Hillary Clinton. Game Changer? I think so.

John Podesta is concern about Hillary image amongst the geek and nerd culture. He says, “Need to have discussion about Hillary saying Doctor Who is boring garbage…”

She goes on to describe the early episodes as “a web series created by high school students.”

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Netflix Announces Six New Animated Series for Kids

Netflix Inc., the world’s leading Internet TV network, announced today the addition of six new original animated shows that provide best-in-class storytelling for kids of all ages. The new series (LEGO Elves,The Hollow, Kibaoh Klashers, Robozuna, Treehouse Detectives and Super Monsters) will take viewers on wild rides and enchanting adventures that are sure to captivate young audiences everywhere.

Older kids will be met with suspense and intrigue in four new action-packed shows. In LEGO Elves, viewers will be transported to a magical yet dangerous forest as a group of humans and elves team up to protect their worlds from a wicked goblin king. In The Hollow, strangers-turned-friends scavenge through a surreal mystery world as they desperately search for a way back home. Kids can seek even more thrills as they root for a heroic car-racing beetle in Kibaoh Klashers, and join a quest for freedom in Robozuna, where a teenage boy and his homemade robot fight to take down an evil empire.

The youngest Netflix members will also get in on the fun with two new shows debuting for preschoolers next year. In Treehouse Detectives, they will navigate and solve nature’s mysteries alongside a curious duo of brother-sister bear investigators. And, in Super Monsters, they will meet a kindergarten class of playful young monsters who are learning to master their seemingly untamable super powers through simple readiness skills.

“At Netflix, we celebrate creativity and love sharing stories that expose kids to new and inspiring worlds,” said Andy Yeatman, director of global kids content for Netflix. “We work with the best storytellers in the industry to craft shows like these that unlock children’s imaginations.”

Details on each show can be found below:

LEGO Elves, The LEGO Group – 2017

LEGO Elves picks up with its hero character Emily Jones as she returns through the portal to Elvendale with her little sister, Sophie. After charming many of the Elves upon her arrival, Sophie is taken by the cruel Goblin King and his evil minions. Emily and her cast of Elf friends head deep into a magical forest to save her sister and free Goblin Village from its tyrannical king. Adding to the existing line-up of Netflix original series from The LEGO Group (LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One and LEGO Friends: The Power of Friendship), LEGO Elves will launch worldwide on Netflix in 2017 with 8 new episodes.

Robozuna, ITV – 2018

An orphaned 14-year-old boy, Ariston, and his homemade robot friend, Mangle, attempt to free their oppressed nation from an evil empire and its legion of robot centurions inRobozuna, a new animated kids series from UK’s ITV Studios. Robozuna follows Ariston and Mangle’s quest for freedom and the unending clash of good over evil. Filled with epic battles and unpredictable obstacles, Robozuna tells a story of teamwork and self-discovery through the hardships of finding your way home. Fans can join forces with Ariston and Mangle as Robozuna debuts around the globe in early 2018, and in the UK after its premiere on CITV.

The Hollow, Slap Happy Cartoons Inc. – 2018

Perplexing mystery awaits viewers in the new animated-action series, The Hollow, a Slap Happy Cartoons Inc. production. The series opens with three teens, Adam, Kai and Mira, as they awake confused and alone in an underground bunker. Wandering through a maze of bizarre towns, odd time portals, dangerous beasts and quirky characters, the three strangers are forced to band together as they search for a way back home. Members around the world can look forward to thrills and intrigue when The Hollowdebuts exclusively on Netflix in 2018.

Kibaoh Klashers, Saban Brands – 2017

A young beetle named Dylan realizes his destiny is to become a car racing champion inKibaoh Klashers, a new animated series from Saban Brands. After learning of his parents’ success at the grand Battle Blades racing tournament, Dylan is eager to follow in their winning footsteps. However, when a crooked prime minister plans to use the high-profile event to take the throne of the Beetle Realm, it’s up to Dylan and his ragtag team of friends to challenge evil, win the tournament and save the world. Kids can join Dylan on his heroic path to self-discovery when Kibaoh Klashers launches on Netflix around the world next year.

Super Monsters, 41 Entertainment – 2017

From acclaimed producer Avi Arad comes Super Monsters, an all-new animated series for kids following the adventures of six friends and their not-so traditional preschool experience. As preschoolers with super powers, Drac, Cleo, Lobo, Katya, Zoe and Frankie are students with dual identities: humans by day and magical monsters by night. Enrolled at the prestigious Pitchfork Pines Preschool, the group of friends work together under the leadership of their teachers, Igor and Esmie, as they attempt to master their seemingly untamable powers. Each episode of the series features kindergarten readiness skills like sharing, communicating feelings and respecting others. Pitchfork Pines opens its doors next year, with Season 1 of Super Monsters launching late 2017. The new series is the latest collaboration between Netflix, Arad and 41 Entertainment, who also partnered on Kong: King of the Apes as well as the highly-anticipated Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan and Jane.

Treehouse Detectives, Saban Brands/Sunwoo Animation – 2018

From Saban Brands and Korean studio Sunwoo Animation comes Treehouse Detectives, a new CG animated children’s series following two curious bears that are no strangers to adventure. Big-hearted Toby and his more rational sister Teri form a snap team of detectives, called upon to solve the neighborhood’s mysteries – What happened to the snowman? Where did all the caterpillars go? Why do leaves fall from the trees? Fueled by teamwork and determination, the two bears and their lovable friends leave no mystery unsolved in this animated series for preschoolers. Season 1 of Treehouse Detectives will launch on Netflix around the world in 2018, and at a later date in South Korea.

Segerstrom Center’s Family Series Continues with ‘Walking the Tightrope’ and ‘Goodnight Moon’

Segerstrom Center’s Family Series opens with two shows entirely new to Center audiences: Walking the Tightrope performed by Los Angeles-based 24th Street Theatre on October 15 & 16 and Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, performed by Nova Scotia’s Mermaid Theatre on October 30 & November 5 in Samueli Theater. The popular Family Series engages, enchants and inspires youngsters with the magic of live performance. International artists combine music, dance and theater that can be enjoyed by the entire family, creating experiences that instill an appreciation for the arts and create lifelong memories.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts - Walking the Tightrope - Micaela Martinez as Esme and Shelly Kurtz as Grandad Stan - Photo by Cooper Bates
Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Walking the Tightrope – Micaela Martinez as Esme and Shelly Kurtz as Grandad Stan – Photo by Cooper Bates

Winner of three LA Drama Critics Circle Awards and written by one of England’s leading writers for young audiences, Mike Kenny, Walking the Tightrope is a sweet and funny story of a grandfather who, while trying to tell his five-year-old granddaughter that Grandma is gone, goes about building a beautiful new relationship with her. With the help of a single clown, they discover the meaning of family. Recommended for grades 4 – 7, this acclaimed production uses sophisticated video, sound design and original music to transport audiences from Grandad’s quaint 1959 English seaside cottage to the spectacular big top of the circus. The 10 a.m. performance on Saturday, October 15 will be sensory-friendly and the 1 p.m. performance on Sunday, October 16 will be ASL Interpreted. “Delicately poised between children’s fable and adult reverie at once, only to become another transcendent thing altogether, Walking the Tightrope delivers the evocative, cathartic goods.” – Los Angeles Times

Segerstrom Center for the Arts - Walking the Tightrope - Micaela Martinez as Esme and Shelly Kurtz as Grandad Stan - Photo by Cooper Bates
Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Walking the Tightrope – Micaela Martinez as Esme and Shelly Kurtz as Grandad Stan – Photo by Cooper Bates

Adapted from Margaret Wise Brown’s sixty-year-old classic, Goodnight Moon is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals, while The Runaway Bunny tells the tale of a little bunny who can’t seem to escape his mother’s love, no matter how far he travels. Both feature the endearing animal puppets, stunning scenic effects and evocative music that have earned international recognition for Mermaid Theatre. Recommended for grades Pre-K – 2, the hour-long staged adaptation brings a fresh appreciation of the stories and images that have delighted children for generations. The 1 p.m. performance on Sunday, October 30 will be ASL Interpreted. “This entrancingly beautiful, masterfully designed production will touch anyone who appreciates theatrical excellence.” – Winnipeg Free Press

Tickets are $20 and go on sale Sunday, September 11 and will be available online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. The Center offers many services for patrons with disabilities including removable wheelchair locations, binoculars and assistive listening devices. To learn more visit SCFTA.org/accessibilityinformation.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts applauds The Charles & Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation, Inc. for its support of the Family Series. Parenting OC is the Media Partner of the Family Series. Kia is the Official Automotive Partner of the Center and United Airlines, Official Airline of the Center.

Segerstrom Center’s 2016 – 2017 Family Series continues with Swazzle’s The Little Prince, Dallas Children’s Theater’s Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, Doktor Kaboom – Live Wire! and Compagnia TPO’s The Painted Garden.

NAACP Award Winning ‘Marriage’ Comes to Los Angeles October 8

BASED ON A TRUE STORY: This Play has humor, truth, tragedy, love and hope! It explores MARRIAGE through the lenses of; romance, fear, life’s challenges, naivety and faith. It will have you laughing, crying, singing along, reflecting and will (hopefully) cause you to embrace the sanctity, promises and covenant of the vows of marriage.

In its encore performance, Marriage stars Dawnn Lewis reprising her role as Angelique Charles. The cast also features: Andre Pitre, Richard Gant, Angela Gibbs, Dannon Green, Carlease Burke, Patricia Belcher and more. Marriage is written and directed by NAACP Award Winning Producer and Playwright, Kosmond Russell.

Tickets for the October 8th (Saturday) 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm performances of Marriage are on sale now at West Angeles Performing Arts Theater Box Office at 3020 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles.

Screen Media Acquires Ana Lily Amirpour’s THE BAD BATCH

Screen Media Films has acquired the U.S. rights for Ana Lily Amirpour’s “The Bad Batch” in an all-night bidding session prior to its North American premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. The news comes fresh off the movie’s Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, where it had its world premiere last week. A dystopian love story set in a Texas wasteland amongst a community of cannibals, the film stars Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Giovanni Ribisi, Yolonda Ross, with cameos from Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey, and Diego Luna. “The Bad Batch” is the highly anticipated follow-up to Amirpour’s acclaimed directorial debut, “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night.”

Screen Media will release “The Bad Batch” in theaters in Q1 2017 and will also play at Fantastic Fest later this month.

“We’ve been impressed with Lily as a filmmaker ever since her first film and were blown away by her vision for ‘The Bad Batch.’ We couldn’t pass up the chance to work with her, Annapurna and VICE,” said Seth Needle, SVP Worldwide Acquisitions, at Screen Media Films.

“We couldn’t be more excited about Seth and Tom’s passion for Lily’s beautifully freaky vision,” added VICE’s executive creative director Danny Gabai. “She’s created a film that’s unlike anything else out there, and we can’t wait to get ‘The Bad Batch’ on the big screen so we can start making people’s brains hurt.”

“’The Bad Batch’ is truly a cinematic experience, which needs to be seen on the big screen,” said Ana Lily Amirpour. “It just won’t be the same on a small scale and I’m excited to release it with Screen Media who totally gets that.”

The deal was negotiated by Needle and Tom Yagielski, SVP, Domestic Distribution, at Screen Media, and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers, Annapurna Pictures and VICE Media.

“The Bad Batch” is written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, produced by Sina Sayyah and Danny Gabai, co-produced by Sammy Scher, executive produced by Megan Ellison, Eddy Moretti, and Shane Smith, with cinematography by Lyle Vincent, sound by Chris Terhune, editing by Alex O’Flinn, and production design by Brandon Tonner-Connolly. The production companies are Annapurna Pictures and VICE.

Special Screening of LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE to raise funds for 2016 Dia de los Muertos community event

Join friends and neighbors on September 21 for a special fundraiser screening of director Alfonso Arau’s sumptuous 1992 Mexican classic Como agua para chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate), presented in support of Santa Ana’s Viva La Vida 2016 – Amor Eterno Dia de los Muertos Festival! There will be special food & drink options available, and exclusive Viva La Vida merchandise available for purchase, proceeds of which will be used to facilitate community murals and live art demonstrations that are planned for this year’s event. Come out for a fun filled night! Prizes will be raffled to lucky members of the audience!

Based on the best-selling novel by Laura Esquivel, this internationally popular romantic fable from Mexico centers on a young woman who discovers that her cooking has magical effects. The tale’s heroine, Tita, is the youngest of three daughters in a traditional Mexican family. Bound by tradition to remain unmarried while caring for her aging mother, Tita nevertheless falls in love with a handsome young man named Pedro. Pedro returns her affection, but he cannot overcome her family’s disapproval, and he instead marries Tita’s elder sister. The lovestruck young woman is brutally disappointed, and her sadness has such force that it infects her cooking: all who eat it her feel her heartbreak with the same intensity. This newly discovered power continues to manifest itself after the wedding, as Tita and Pedro, overcome by their denied love, embark on a secret affair.

Director Alfonso Arau, Esquivel’s husband at the time, presents the acts of love and cooking with the same glossy, sensual sheen. Indeed, despite occasional digressions into a magical realist tone, the film often takes on the gloss of Hollywood romance. This combination of traditional melodrama and exotic fairy tale proved extremely popular with audiences, particularly in the United States, where it became one of the highest grossing foreign language films at the time.

Tickets to this fundraising event are $10, and are available at The Frida Cinema’s box office, or online at www.thefridacinema.org.

Godzilla Stomps Across America This October – The Real Godzilla

The iconic science fiction monster Godzilla makes land fall in the U.S. and Canada this October with the North American theatrical release of “SHIN GODZILLA” from Toho Company, Ltd. Fans have been clamoring for news of the film’s theatrical dates ever since Funimation® Films made its surprise acquisition announcement in July at San Diego Comic Con 2016. And today, the company revealed that “SHIN GODZILLA” will roar into theaters for a limited engagement on October 11 – 18. The movie will screen in more than 440 theaters across the U.S. and Canada.  Tickets for “SHIN GODZILLA” will be available for pre‐purchase on the official film website beginning on September 9.

“We are thrilled to bring ‘SHIN GODZILLA’ to theaters across North America this October,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and President of Funimation. “Toho established Godzilla as one of the most iconic monsters in science fiction history and we’re honored to now be a part of that history with the theatrical release of this new movie. Fans will not want to miss this limited theatrical event.“

Co‐directed by Hideaki Anno (creator of “Evangelion”) and Shinji Higuchi (director of Toho’s 2015 “Attack on Titan” live action movies), “SHIN GODZILLA” is the 29th Godzilla film produced by Toho and represents a brand new chapter in the 62‐year history of this celebrated movie monster.  The film stars Hiroki Hasegawa and Satomi Ishihara – both also from the “Attack on Titan” live action movies – as well as Yutaka Takenouchi.

“Movie audiences can look forward to a great time watching ’SHIN GODZILLA’ this October,” said Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of Funimation. “A larger than life monster like Godzilla has to “Shin Godzilla” Stomps Across North America This October be experienced on the big screen.  And we expect this movie to sellout in numerous theaters so we encourage fans to purchase tickets in advance.”

SHIN GODZILLA has been a big hit in Japan since its opening on July 29, 2016, which garnered a box office of ¥ 845,675,500 and total audience of 564,332 during its first three days.  To date in Japan, the movie has grossed ¥ 5,302,014,700 at the box office and 3,637,748 in total attendance.


It’s one of the most celebrated Doctor Who adventures and yet no complete film recordings of The Power of the Daleks are known to have survived. The master negatives were destroyed in an archive purge in 1974.

Doctor Who- The Power of the Daleks, Daleks _ © BBC_BBC AMERICAAnnounced today, BBC AMERICA and BBC Worldwide have commissioned a brand new animation based on the program’s original audio recordings, surviving photographs and film clips that will be released 50 years after its only UK broadcast on BBC One. Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks premieres Saturday, November 12 on BBC AMERICA and will be available the following day to stream on the BBC AMERICA App and BBCAmerica.com.

Doctor Who- The Power of the Daleks, Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) _ © BBC_BBC AMERICAThe six-part adventure features the regeneration, or as it was then called ‘renewal’, of first Doctor, William Hartnell into second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, as the Time Lord and his companions Polly (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze) do battle with the Daleks on the planet Vulcan.

Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks is produced and directed by Charles Norton, with character designs from acclaimed comic book artists Martin Geraghty and Adrian Salmon.

Sarah Barnett, President of BBC AMERICA, commented, “50 years after its inception, Doctor Who continues to be a global phenomenon that perpetually reanimates itself – literally, right now.  “The Power of the Daleks” is the latest uniquely creative storytelling to spring from the extraordinary mythology of the Doctor Who world – there are only a handful of global franchises that have the depth to evolve in this kind of way. We are so proud to present this work to our BBCA Doctor Who fans, who we think will go crazy for this reverent yet shockingly reinvented “mash up”.”

Charles says, “The Power of the Daleks animation is the most ambitious Doctor Who archive restoration ever attempted and we’re all very honored to be a part of such an exciting project. Intelligent, suspenseful and magnificently staged, The Power of the Daleks is one of the great lost classics of 1960s television and a superb example of the black and white era at its finest.”

Paul Hembury, Executive Producer, BBC Worldwide says, “Charles and his team are remarkably talented and passionate about Doctor Who and we are thrilled that fans will soon be able to enjoy this rather sinister but wonderful, classic story.”

BBC AMERICA adds Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks to its Fall slate of original programming includingDavid Beckham: For the Love of the Game on September 20, new season of The Graham Norton Show in October, world premiere of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency on October 22, The Living and the Dead on October 27, Undercover on November 17 and the Doctor Who Christmas Special in December.

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