First Look at Amazon’s THE LORD OF THE RINGS Series and Premiere Date Announced

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Production has wrapped on the first season of Amazon Studios’ highly anticipated fantasy series The Lord of The Rings, which is based on the J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth stories. It’s been announced that the series will premiere on Friday, September 2, 2022.

Amazon also released a photo from the show giving us our first look at the series and it looks just as epic and beautiful as what we saw in Peter Jackson’s films. Obviously, those films were the template for this series. Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios said in a statement:

“The journey begins September 2, 2022 with the premiere of our original The Lord of the Rings series on Prime Video. I can’t express enough just how excited we all are to take our global audience on a new and epic journey through Middle-earth! Our talented producers, cast, creative, and production teams have worked tirelessly in New Zealand to bring this untold and awe-inspiring vision to life.”

The Lord of the Rings “brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.”

Game of Thrones alum Bryan Cogman is serving as a consulting producer on the show, and J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay are leading the charge on the project as the writers and showrunners. The show it being helmed by J.A. Bayona, Wayne Che Yip, and Charlotte Brändström. The first season of the show is estimated to already cost $465 million and it features an ensemble cast of 39! Payne and McKay shared:

“As Bilbo says, ‘Now I think I am quite ready to go on another journey.’ Living and breathing Middle-earth these many months has been the adventure of a lifetime. We cannot wait for fans to have the chance to do so as well.”

The cast for the series includes Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Budge, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Daniel Weyman, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Maxim Baldry, Ian Blackburn, Kip Chapman, Anthony Crum, Maxine Cunliffe, Trystan Gravelle, Sir Lenny Henry, Thusitha Jayasundera, Fabian McCallum, Simon Merrells, Geoff Morrell, Peter Mullan, Lloyd Owen, Augustus Prew, Peter Tait, Alex Tarrant, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker, and Sara Zwangobani.

I can’t wait to see what this series actually ends up being! I’m super pumped up about it and I really hope that it actually delivers something incredible and special. What do you think of our first look?

A Serial Killer Escapes From Prison in Trailer For The Thriller THE GIRL WHO GOT AWAY

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Quiver Distribution has released a trailer for an upcoming serial killer crime thriller titled The Girl Who Got Away. The story follows a serial killer who escapes from prison and hunts down a girl she kidnapped twenty years before, who ended up escaping, while four other girls were murdered. She’s the one who got away, she’s all grown up, and the killer wants to finish the job she started.

The story is set in Massena, New York, 1998. “A decade of terror comes to a close with the capture of Elizabeth Caulfield, a serial killer who abducted and murdered the young girls that she pretended were her own. All but one. Christina Bowden lives a lonely and unassuming existence until Caulfield escapes from prison. Under new investigation, the stories of Christina’s past begin to unravel. There’s good and evil in everyone, but as the lies are unearthed, Christina needs to choose a side before the darkness of her secrets swallows her whole.”

This looks like a demented and horrific movie. The film stars Lexi Johnson, Chukwudi Iwuji, Kaye Tuckerman, Willow McCarthy, Ned Van Zandt, Audrey Grace Marshall, and Geoffrey Cantor.

The Girl Who Got Away is both written and directed by Michael Morrissey and will be released in US theaters and on VOD starting August 20th, 2021.

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Bruce Campbell Joins The Peacock Series A.P. BIO

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The Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell is set to join the fourth season of a show that I’ve never heard of before titled A.P. Bio.

If you’re not familiar with the series either, it stars Glenn Howerton as Jack Griffin a disgraced Harvard philosophy scholar who, “after losing out on his dream job, is forced to return to Toledo, Ohio, and work as a high school Advanced Placement biology teacher. As he comes crashing in to Whitlock High School, Jack makes it absolutely clear he will not be teaching any biology. Realizing he has a room full of honor roll students at his disposal, Jack decides instead to use the kids for his own benefit.”

The series originally aired on NBC, but they ended up canceling it after two seasons. Not long after that Peacock ended up picking up the show for a third season and it was then renewed for a fourth. The series also stars Patton Oswalt, Mary Sohn, Lyric Lewis, Jean Villepique and Paula Pell.

Campbell will guest star as John Griffin, “father of Glenn Howerton’s Jack Griffin in the series. An absent father to Jack most of his life, he recently had a spiritual awakening with hopes to reconnect with his adult son.”

I might have to give this show a shot now that it’s one my radar. Have any of you watched the series? If so is it good and worth watching?

A.P. Bio was created by Mike O’Brien, who writes and executive produces. Lorne Michaels serves as executive producer. Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker also serve as executive producers.

Source: Deadline

General Hospital Actor Jay Pickett Passes Away on Film Set

Actor Jay Pickett, best known for his work on such daytime soap operas as General Hospital and Port Charles, died last week in Idaho while acting in a western he co-wrote, Treasure Valley. He was 60 years old. At the time of this writing, Pickett’s cause of death has not been released, but the film’s director Travis Mills believes that the longtime actor suffered a heart attack while sitting on a horse.

“Jay Pickett, our leading man, writer, producer, and creator of this movie passed away suddenly while we were on location preparing to film a scene. There is no official explanation for the cause of his death but it appears to have been a heart attack,” Mills wrote in an emotional Facebook post. “Everyone present tried as hard as they could to keep him alive. Our hearts are broken and we grieve for his family who are so devastated by this shocking tragedy.”

Mills went on to say that Pickett was “an incredible man” who was “kind, sweet, and generous” to all those who collaborated with him. “It is difficult to find the words right now to say more,” he added. “His closest friends have said that he was very happy making Treasure Valley and my hope is that he truly was. He was doing what he loved: acting, riding horses, making movies. And he was magnificent.”

Pickett’s co-star, Jim Heffel, provided more insight into his death with a Facebook post of his own. Jay died sitting on a horse ready to rope a steer in the movie Treasure Valley in Idaho. The way of a true cowboy. Jay wrote the story and starred in it. He was also co-producer with myself and Vernon Walker. He will be truly missed. Ride like the wind partner,” he wrote.

Jay Pickett appeared on such 80s classics like China BeachMr. BelvedereJake and the Fatman, and Matlock before transitioning into daytime soaps. Later in his career, Picket made several guest spots on such shows as DexterThe MentalistNCIS: Los AngelesRosewood, and Queen Sugar. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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Lena Waithe’s The Chi Renewed For a Fifth Season at Showtime

Showtime has officially renewed Emmy winner and series creator Lena Waithe’s hit drama series The Chi for a fifth season, which is slated to debut in 2022. The renewal comes after the series had just aired its fourth season finale last night. The latest season is currently on pace to become the most-streamed Showtime series ever, with an average of 4.2 million weekly viewers.

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The Chi is a timely coming-of-age story centering on a group of residents who become linked by coincidence but bonded by the need for connection and redemption. Season 4 spotlights the benefits and challenges of community policing on the South Side after Jake has a fateful run-in with a group of officers. Newlyweds Emmett and Tiff deal with the repercussions of his affair with Dom by exploring open marriage. Kiesha grapples with her pregnancy, while Jada bravely faces a health crisis. The relationship between Kevin and Jemma takes a turn, and Papa launches a new podcast venture. New mayor Douda harnesses his newfound power while navigating his complicated relationship with his wife Roselyn. Meanwhile, Trig and Imani are on a personal mission to help their community.

The series currently stars Michael V. Epps, Birgundi Baker, Shamon Brown Jr., Curtiss Cook, Luke James, Jacob Latimore, Alex Hibbert, and Yolonda Ross. Season 4 features guest-stars including Tabitha Brown, Jason Weaver, Vic Mensa, Tai Davis, Da Brat, Tyla Abercrumbie, Miriam A. Hyman, Hannaha Hall, La La Anthony, Jasmine Davis, Kandi Burruss, and Judae’a Brown.

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The Chi is created and executive produced by Lena Waithe. Executive producers are Common, Aaron Kaplan, Rick Famuyiwa, Rishi Rajani, Derek Dudley, and Shelby Stone. Produced entirely in its namesake city, the series is produced by 20th Television.

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ARROW August 2021 Schedule: New Movie Additions

Arrow Video has announced the August 2021 lineup of their new subscription-based ARROW platform, available to subscribers in the US, Canada, the UK, and Ireland.

The August lineup leads with the ARROW release of Noel David Taylor’s bizarre filmmaking comedy Man Under Table. The feature debut from writer/director Noel David Taylor, who also stars as Guy, a beleaguered, hilariously obnoxious scriptwriter navigating his way through the chaotic indie film scene in a dystopian Los Angeles, Man Under Table world premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival and screened at the Chattanooga Film Festival. The film will debut on ARROW August 2nd.

Man Under Table is an inventive and quirky comedy that skewers the hustle and grind of independent filmmaking, as seen in ARROW’s doc Clapboard Jungle.

Ahead of the release of his debut feature, Taylor shared: “For as long as I have been making videos, I have been making odd, absurdist, borderline camp videos. It is not an easy thing to find an audience for such films. Which is why when something fits as effortlessly into a catalog as Man Under Table does into Arrow’s, it’s not only a relief — but a homecoming of sorts. The first time one explores the arsenal of films Arrow has arranged, you find yourself hard-pressed to not be overwhelmed with not only a magnificently varied beaucoup of horror, camp, and just plain evocative films, but also an abundance of style, humour, and fun. I could not have found a better home for my film if I conjured it from the ether. To whom it may concern: go watch these films!”

ARROW Stories will be home to a number of exclusive extras for Man Under Table, including a making of featurette, deleted scenes, a commentary from Taylor, a Man Under Table music video, and a number of Taylor’s early short films, including The Hermit and Dos Hombres.

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August 2nd will see the arrival of Man Under Table, Hagazussa, Mesrine: Killer Instinct, Mesrine: Public Enemy #1, Blind Beast, Suture, Death Line, Stage Fright, The Toolbox Murders, and Amsterdamned.

August 2nd’s Seasonal arrivals dive deep into smut with ARROW Extreme and Ban this Sick Filth Presents: Moral Outrage. ARROW Extreme is a curation of films that pull no punches, push audiences to the brink, and dare them to look away. Featuring the vicious work of Lucio Fulci, Abel Ferrara, Takashi Miike and Shohei Imamura, and more, titles include: Audition, Island of Death, Toys Are Not for Children, Manhattan Baby, The Hills Have Eyes.

Ban this Sick Filth Presents: Moral Outrage features disgusting films that star scream queens and adult film stars and looks back at the attempts in the UK to ban heinous horror video cassettes during the Video Nasties era. Titles include Vice Academy, We Are Twisted F***ing Sister, Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship and Videotape, Orgies of Edo, and Underwater Love.

August 6th sees the arrival of another installment of Hammer House of Horror: Charlie Boy.

August 6th’s Season shoots up with Your Own Supply, a selection of ARROW titles where smoke, dust, and needles reign supreme in the lives of antiheroes. Titles include The Hooked Generation, Reefer Madness, Whiskey Mountain, and Ivans xtc.

August 9th’s Season takes audiences to Hauntology 101 with the bow of What the Folk?, a lineup of pastoral darkness and pagan blood sacrifices. Titles include Season of the Witch, Hagazussa, Dark August, The Ballad of Narayama.

Check out ARROW’s August highlight reel below:

August 13th will debut with another installment of Hammer House of Horror: The Silent Scream, Vice Academy, Vice Academy Part 2, Vice Academy Part 3, The Visitants, Blood Theatre, Hobgoblins, and two short films from Rafael De Leon Jr: Momma, Don’t Go, and Goodbye Old Friend.

August 16th goes hardcore into history with the release of We Are Twisted F***ing Sister, a doc chronicling the heavy metal band’s early years, as well as two guides into the public hysteria of the Video Nasties era: Moral Panic, Censorship, and Video Tape, and Draconian Days.

On August 16th, ARROW celebrates the height of summer with a Season that goes deep in the lonely places the daylight doesn’t reach. Be it the sewers below New York or the London Underground, there are things down there that are waiting for you, and ARROW has found them. Titles include Trapped Alive, The Witch Who Came From the Sea, The Cold Light of Day, and In the Aftermath.

August 20th debuts an international smorgasbord of sex and violence: Andrea Bianchi’s sexploitation film Malabimba, Michel Levesque’s prison thriller classic Sweet Sugar, A.C. Stephen’s gore and sex-filled rampage Fugitive Girls, and Robert Vincent O’Neil’s sci-fi action thriller Wonder Women, featuring an all-girl army, The features are joined by another installment of Hammer House of Horror: Children of the Moon (US).

August 21st will see the release of Joe Angio’s acclaimed Melvin Van Peebles documentary How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It).

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ARROW is available in the US, Canada, and the UK on all Android devices, all Amazon Fire devices, all Roku devices, and on all web browsers, with the platform offering fans a free 30-day trial and subscriptions as low as $4.99 monthly or $49.99 annually.

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Netflix’s Michael Keaton-Led Drama Pic Worth Gets Release Date & Poster

Netflix has announced the release date for their upcoming biographical drama feature titled Worth, starring Michael Keaton, Stanley Tucci, and Amy Ryan. The post 9-11 drama has been slated to make its debut on Friday, September 3. The date announcement also came with the release of the first key art poster which you can check out below, providing us our first look at the leading trio’s characters.

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Based on true events, Worth is a moving reminder of the power of empathy and the value of human connection. In the filmfollowing the horrific 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, Congress appoints attorney and renowned mediator Kenneth Feinberg to lead the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Assigned with allocating financial resources to the victims of the tragedy, Feinberg and his firm’s head of operations, Camille Biros, face the impossible task of determining the worth of a life to help the families who suffered incalculable losses. When Feinberg locks horns with Charles Wolf, a community organizer mourning the death of his wife, his initial cynicism turns to compassion as he begins to learn the true human costs of the tragedy.

The film will be led by Michael Keaton, Stanley Tucci, and Amy Ryan. It will also feature Tate Donovan, Shunori Ramanathan, Talia Balsam, Laura Benanti, Marc Maron, Ato Blankson-Wood, Chris Tardio, Carolyn Mignini, and Victor Slezak.

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Worth is directed by Sara Colangelo from a screenplay written by Max Borenstein. It is produced by Keaton, Borenstein, Marc Butan, Anthony Katagas, Michael Sugar, Bard Dorros, and Sean Sorensen.

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