Mar 27, 2020

Watch a sneak peek of DISNEY INSIDER Episode 2


Ep. 102 “Diary Days, Making Mulan, Animation Legends” 

Writer Ilana Peña tells us how she turned her real life diary into the hit Disney+ show "Diary of a Future President.”

Director Niki Caro tells us how she created her new film "Mulan."

Legendary Disney animators Burny Mattinson and Andreas Deja take us inside the Walt Disney Animation Vault.

“DISNEY INSIDER” is a docuseries taking fans behind the curtain of The Walt Disney Company.

The series peels back the curtain of The Walt Disney Company like never before.

Tune in each week as the series takes fans behind movies, theme parks, destinations, music, toys, and more.

Each episode offers three unique stories that capture the magical moments and heartfelt storytelling that is Disney.

We will be there first, to share our amazing stories, and through unrivaled access fans will see the true magic behind all things Disney.

Mar 26, 2020

FilmBox On Demand now available on HUAWEI Video


SPI/FilmBox and HUAWEI have inked a new agreement that allows FilmBox On Demand content to be featured in HUAWEI’s new platform HUAWEI Video in 23 countries including UK, Germany, France, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Poland, Turkey and Russia

SPI/FilmBox and HUAWEI, one of the leading global ICT infrastructure providers and smart phone manufacturers, have partnered to bring FilmBox On Demand content to HUAWEI Video in 23 countries, including UK, Germany, France, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Poland, Turkey and Russia.

Through this collaboration, HUAWEI smart device users will be able to access specially-curated and localized SPI movie titles, ranging from Hollywood blockbusters, award-winning world cinema gems to arthouse classics.

Other VOD content accessible to users through this collaboration include TV series, visually ground-breaking documentaries, lifestyle programming, adrenaline sports entertainment, esports and mixed-martial arts tournaments.

HUAWEI announced today that its entertainment service HUAWEI Video will now be available to more countries together with its new mobile flagship P40 series, which will allow users to access the FilmBox On Demand VOD content easily and efficiently.
“We are very excited to bring the rich and curated catalogue of FilmBox On Demand to many countries across the globe through HUAWEI’s new VOD service HUAWEI Video, available on HUAWEI mobile devices that offer premium viewing and sound experience,” Berkin EcevitSales & Business Development Director at SPI International, said.
“We’re pleased to offer our HUAWEI Video service so people across Europe can easily explore the thousands of videos and movies available from our partners, anywhere and anytime,” Jervis Su, Vice President of Mobile Services, HUAWEI Consumer Business Group, said. 
HUAWEI Video has integrated a range of services from multiple international and European entertainment providers, to offer an extensive library housed all in one place and making them natively pre-installed in the app.

Premium content can be enjoyed via subscription, rental or for some news, factual and entertainment content, for free.  

FilmBox On Demand allows specially-curated SPI titles, including movies and thematic content, to be served through the OTT extensions of established platforms under a branded corner. The titles could be delivered to meet the needs of each platform.
 
About SPI International 
SPI International is a global media company operating 40 television channels on six continents. FilmBox being its flagship channel, SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. Working with over 1,400 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 65 million subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox channels on any Internet-connected device via major global streaming media players as well as local OTT providers. SPI recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in the Netherlands, including four movie channels and digital services.

For over 25 years, SPI International has been a leading distributor of theatrical films and television programming in the international market. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand. 

About HUAWEI Consumer BG 
HUAWEI’s products and services are available in more than 170 countries and are used by a third of the world’s population. Fifteen R&D centres have been set up in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India and China. HUAWEI Consumer BG is one of HUAWEI’s three business units and covers smartphones, PC and tablets, wearables and cloud services, etc. HUAWEI’s global network is built on almost 30 years of expertise in the telecom industry and is dedicated to delivering the latest technological advances to consumers around the world.

20TH Century Studios’ THE CALL OF THE WILD, Searchlight Pictures’ DOWNHILL to arrive early on Digital


Films available for digital purchase on March 27

The Walt Disney Studios announced that 20th Century Studios’ “The Call Of The Wild” and Searchlight Pictures’ “Downhill” will be available to buy digitally and on Movies Anywhere beginning March 27 in the U.S.
 
Both films debuted in theaters in February.

With cinemas currently impacted by closures due to the global health crisis, “The Call Of The Wild” and “Downhill” will be available ahead of schedule to purchase on digital platforms in the U.S. for $14.99 and $9.99 respectively.
 
“The Call of the Wild” delighted audiences upon opening February 21, earning an 89% Verified Audience Score on RottenTomatoes®.

Adapted from the novel by Jack London, it vividly brings to the screen the story of Buck, a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Canadian Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s.

As the newest rookie on a mail delivery dog sled team — and later its leader — Buck experiences the adventure of a lifetime, ultimately finding his true place in the world and becoming his own master.

As a live-action/animation hybrid, “The Call of the Wild” employs visual effects and animation technology in order to bring the animals in the film to life.

“The Call of the Wild” is directed by Chris Sanders and stars Harrison Ford, Omar Sy, Dan Stevens, Karen Gillan, Bradley Whitford, Cara Gee, Michael Horse, Jean Louisa Kelly, Colin Woodell, Adam Fergus and Abraham Benrubi. Erwin Stoff, p.g.a. and James Mangold, p.g.a. are producing with Diana Pokorny, Ryan Stafford and screenwriter Michael Green serving as executive producers.
 
“Downhill” debuted in theaters on February 14 after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, a married couple is thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell star in this biting comedy.

“Downhill” is directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, written by Nat Faxon, Jim Rash and Jesse Armstrong and stars Will Ferrell, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Zach Woods, Zoe Chao, Giulio Berruti, Kristofer Hivju and Miranda Otto.

Anthony Bregman p.g.a., Julia Louis-Dreyfus p.g.a. and Stefanie Azpiazu p.g.a. are producing with Erik Hemmendorff and Ruben Östlund serving as executive producers.
 
About The Walt Disney Studios
For over 95 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today it brings quality movies, episodic storytelling, music, and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. The Walt Disney Studios encompasses a collection of respected film studios, including Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Disneynature, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Studios, Searchlight Pictures, and Blue Sky Studios. It is also home to Walt Disney Records, Hollywood Records, and Disney Theatrical Productions, producer of world-class stage shows.

Guitarist Raff Sangiorgio launches new side project Devil’s Mist with video for BURNING SUN featuring Soilwork vocalist Bjorn Strid


Raff Sangiorgio, guitarist for Italian technical death metal band Gory Blister, has launched his new side project, DEVIL'S MIST, with a lyric video for the song “Burning Sun,” featuring vocals from Soilwork’s Bjorn Strid.

For a sample of DEVIL’S MIST, check out “Burning Sun” at youtu.be/pWmAmI87CTw.
“‘Burning Sun’ is one of the songs from the set that has got the most rock attitude in the sound and arrangements,” Sangiorgio said. “The lyrics deal with the loss of an unconditional love, such as love for a child or for a pet.” 
After releasing six albums with Gory Blister, Sangiorgio wanted to explore and expand his writing style, but knew Gory Blister was not the place for this new music.

So, in 2016 he released Rebirth, a solo instrumental guitar album leaning in the direction of modern metal-rock style with bluesy influences.
“I love playing the guitar and I like attempting the exploration of different genres and arrangements,” Sangiorgio said. “I've always played death metal inspired by bands who had a more progressive streak in their approach , such as Death, Cynic, Atheist, Theory in Practice and Coroner. In writing the songs for my band Gory Blister, I've always tried not to be trivial. After six albums, I realized that I had no more room to explore without distorting the band's sound.”
During this time, Sangiorgio came in contact with Megaforce Records founder Jon Zazula, who began offering valuable advice to the guitarist, encouraging him to experiment in his playing, and eventually leading to the formation of DEVIL’S MIST. DEVIL’S MIST is metal at heart, but incorporates influences of mainstream rock, blues and electro rock for an eclectic feel.

DEVIL’S MIST is currently working on a debut full-length.

DEVIL’S MIST and Raff Sangiorgio online:

Court TV adds more trials for free online streaming


Court TV is making more of the nation's most compelling trials from its vast library available for free viewing on the Trials on Demand page at CourtTV.com.

Among the cases now available for free streaming:
  • California v. O.J. Simpson (1995) - Known as "The Trial of the Century" as Hall of Fame football legend, actor and spokesperson O. J. Simpson stands trial for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and aspiring restaurateur Ron Goldman. Court TV is releasing the trial in its entirety in coordination with episodes of the network's original true crime series OJ25 seen Thursday nights at 9/8c. 
  • Arizona v. Jodi Arias (2013) - Jodi Arias faces the death penalty for the murder of her lover, 30-year-old Travis Alexander. The body of Alexander, a devout Mormon, was discovered by friends - stabbed repeatedly, his throat slit & being shot in the head. His girlfriend Arias testified that she killed Alexander in self-defense. 
  • New Hampshire v. Pamela Smart (1991) - In the first-ever televised murder trial in the United States, 23-year-old Pamela Smart is accused of orchestrating her 24-year-old husband's murder. Gregory Smart was shot to death in the couple's Derry, NH home. Over the following months, Pamela, a local high school employee, sat down for multiple interviews portraying herself as a devastated young wife searching for her husband's killer. It's later revealed Pamela had plotted Greg's murder with four of her students, including 15-year-old Billy Flynn with whom she was having an affair. 
  • Texas v. Amber Guyger (2019) - Former Dallas police officer Amber Renee Guyger, 31, stands trial for allegedly murdering 26-year-old Botham Jean after entering the wrong apartment. Guyger, who had reportedly just finished a 15-hour shift, claims she thought unarmed Jean was an intruder in her apartment when she fatally shot him. Her defense team calls it a tragic accident while prosecutors claim the shooting was intentional. 
  • Florida v. Aileen Wuornos (1992) - Sex worker and serial killer Aileen Wuornos stands trial for the murder of 52-year-old Richard Mallory. At the time of her trial, she had confessed to murdering seven men who had picked her up while hitchhiking. She claimed the murders were in self-defense. Although she was tried for Mallory's murder, evidence from the six other slayings was used to prosecute Wuornos. The events in the case were the basis for the motion picture Monster starring Charlize Theron, who won an Academy Award® for her performance. 
  • Florida v. Dalia Dippolito (2011) - Dalia Dippolito is charged with the attempted murder of her husband. Unbeknownst to her, police set up an elaborate sting with the help of her former husband and recorded her trying to hire a hitman, who really was an undercover cop. Police also staged a fake crime scene at the couple's home and recorded Dippolito's reaction to her husband's presumed death. 
  • Cosby v. Corkery (1994) - Richard Corkery, a New York Daily News photographer, claims Bill Cosby assaulted him without provocation at a Metropolitan Museum of Art reception. Corkery was on assignment, taking pictures of Cosby and his wife Camille, who was being honored for her charity work. After being photographed during the event, Cosby allegedly picked up Corkery by his lapels and threw him out of the museum. Cosby takes the stand during the trial.
About Court TV: 
Court TV is devoted to live, gavel-to-gavel coverage, in-depth legal reporting and expert analysis of the nation's most important and compelling trials. It is a multi-platform network, available to be seen on cable, over-the-air and over-the-top. Court TV is also live streamed on CourtTV.com as well as the Court TV app for Roku®, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Android and Apple devices. All feature robust and exclusive content from the massive Court TV library, including the nation's most compelling, high-profile cases over the past 20 years available on demand.

Disney+ honors Earth month with new DisneyNature Films debuting on April 3


Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex Lends Voice to “Elephant”   

Academy Award® Winner Natalie Portman Narrates “Dolphin Reef”

April Earth Day-Themed Collection on Disney+ To Also Feature Titles From National Geographic and Disneynature

In recognition of Earth Month, Disney+ announced the Disneynature film “Elephant,” narrated by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, will premiere on April 3 alongside previously announced “Dolphin Reef,” with narration by Academy Award®-winning actress Natalie Portman. 

Following its theatrical release last year, the Disneynature film “Penguins” will also make it’s Disney+ debut on April 3. 

The Earth Month collection on Disney+ will also contain additional Disneynature titles premiering on the service on April 3 including “In the Footsteps of Elephant,” “A Life on the Edge” and “Diving with Dolphins” which give viewers behind-the-scenes access into the unique filmmaking process of all three films.
 
These captivating films will join an already robust collection of animal and nature titles highlighted throughout the month including National Geographic’s “America’s National Parks,” “Wild Yellowstone,” “The Flood,” “JANE,” “Before the Floods,” “Planet of the Birds,” “Sea of Hope: America’s Underwater Treasures,” “Kingdom of the White Wolf,” “Tree Climbing Lions,” Hostile Planet” and “Wild Russia.”
 
Directed by Mark Linfield, co-directed by Vanessa Berlowitz and Alastair Fothergill, and produced by Mark Linfield, Vanessa Berlowitz and Roy Conli, “Elephant” follows African elephant Shani and her spirited son Jomo as their herd make an epic journey hundreds of miles across the vast Kalahari Desert.

Led by their great matriarch, Gaia, the family faces brutal heat, dwindling resources and persistent predators, as they follow in their ancestor’s footsteps on a quest to reach a lush, green paradise.
 
In recognition of “Elephant,” Disneynature and the Disney Conservation Fund are supporting Elephants Without Borders, an organization working in Botswana to ensure people and elephants thrive.

Elephants Without Borders is working on strategies to protect Botswana’s elephant haven, helping to reduce human-wildlife conflict through education, economic development, and solutions that either redirect elephant migration away from people, or provide communities with tools that help to protect themselves and their properties when elephants are nearby.
 
“Dolphin Reef” dives under the sea to frolic with some of the planet’s most engaging animals: dolphins.

Created with Disneynature’s signature storytelling style, the film introduces Echo, a young Pacific bottlenose dolphin who can’t quite decide if it’s time to grow up and take on new responsibilities.

Dolphin society is tricky, and the coral reef that Echo and his family call home depends on all of its inhabitants to keep it healthy.

But Echo has a tough time resisting the many adventures the ocean has to offer.

Keith Scholey, who directed Disneynature’s “Bears,” helms the film.
 
Disney has a long history of supporting oceans and marine life around the world.

Grants from the Disney Conservation Fund and expertise from Disney Conservation Team Wildlife have helped leading conservation organizations and communities to establish coral nurseries to help to re-grow their damaged reefs, build fisheries that save fish and provide local job opportunities, rescue stranded dolphins, and inspire children to explore and protect coastlines, reefs and other marine habitats.
 

About Disney+
Disney+ is the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more. From The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International segment, Disney+ is available on most internet-connected devices and offers commercial-free programming with a variety of original feature-length films, documentaries, live-action and animated series and short-form content. Alongside unprecedented access to Disney’s incredible library of film and television entertainment, the service is also the exclusive streaming home for the latest releases from The Walt Disney Studios. Visit DisneyPlus.com to subscribe and/or learn more about the service.
 
About Disneynature
The first new Disney-branded film label from The Walt Disney Studios in more than 60 years, Disneynature was launched to bring the world's top nature filmmakers together to share a wide variety of wildlife stories on the big screen in order to engage, inspire and educate theatrical audiences everywhere. All seven of Disneynature's theatrical film releases - "Earth," "Oceans," "African Cats," "Chimpanzee," "Bears," "Monkey Kingdom" and "Born in China" - rank among the top 10 highest overall grossing feature-length nature films to date, with "Chimpanzee" garnering a record-breaking opening weekend for the genre. Disneynature's commitment to conservation is a key pillar of the label and the films empower the audience to help make a difference, with each film driving significant conservation outcomes, supporting wildlife featured in the films.

Estefan Enterprises partners with CVS Health to match temporarily displaced workers with employment opportunities


As the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to challenge the hospitality and restaurant industries, Estefan Enterprises announced that they will partner with CVS Health to match up to 300 workers in South Florida, Orlando and Vero Beach with immediate employment.

Estefan owned-and-operated establishments, such as restaurants and hotels have been mandated to close or restrict business operations in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Estefan Kitchen Miami Design District, Larios On The Beach Ocean Drive, Estefan Kitchen Orlando, The Wave at Costa d’ Este in Vero Beach and the Cardozo South Beach hotel have all been temporarily closed with the exception of offering take-out and delivery at all restaurant locations.
“We’ve all been faced with making very difficult and unfathomable decisions as we navigate our way through this crisis. Gloria and I are doing everything in our power to find opportunities for our employees and we are very grateful to CVS Health for partnering with our companies,” Emilio Estefan said.  
Estefan employees have already been placed in CVS Health’s screening process and are expected to be matched with jobs within the next 24-48 hours.

This partnership is part of CVS Health’s recent announcement on its accelerated plans to fill 50,000 full-time, part-time and temporary roles across the country.

Roles include store associates, distribution center employees and member/customer service professionals.

This includes positions at CVS Pharmacy, CVS Pharmacy y Más and Navarro Discount Pharmacy locations. 
“CVS is a critical resource for health care, prescriptions and other supplies in communities across South Florida, and we’ll continue to be here for customers, members and patients in these trying times,” Ahmed Velez, Region Director, CVS Health, said. “At a time when the hotel and hospitality industry is facing its most significant challenge, we are proud to be part of a community of leading companies lending a hand in these unprecedented times. Team members at Estefan Enterprises are a ready and well-trained workforce, and we can see them helping us address the urgent and significant demands of this community.

THE TRADE final episode airs March 27 at 9 p.m. on Showtime, THE TRADE is now streaming on Showtime


“THE TRADE” is a vérité, character-driven docu-series that focuses on the illicit trades of human smuggling and trafficking.

The series tracks the cycle of Central American migrants coming to the United States and being deported back to their home countries, focusing on the shadow industries that surround them at every step of the journey.

By documenting smugglers who prey on the migrant’s vulnerability, traffickers who exploit their illegal status to abuse them, and law enforcement who try to catch them at the border, the series will take audiences inside the underbelly of the migrant world.

Shot with unparalleled access in the gang ridden slums of Honduras, stash houses of Mexico, and the riverbeds of the Texas border, “THE TRADE” journeys beyond the headlines to tell a complex, nuanced story of the dark side of the American dream.

THE TRADE
Season 2
Final Episode Airs March 27 At 9 p.m.
All Episodes Streaming on Showtime

G FUEL, FaZe Clan expand eight-year partnership, launch FaZeberry hydration flavor


G FUEL, The Official Energy Drink of Esports®, today announced it has expanded its partnership with the world's most popular esports organization, FaZe Clan.

The two iconic brands will further collaborate across talent, content, retail distribution, apparel, and merchandise — starting with the launch of the new and highly-anticipated G FUEL Hydration flavor, "FaZeberry."
"FaZe Clan and G FUEL have one of the more storied partnerships in all of gaming," FaZe Clan Chief Revenue Officer, Jeff Pabst, said. "Product development has been a key area of focus with numerous FaZe Clan x G FUEL-themed flavors that have been introduced over the past eight years. We are excited to partner in 2020 on the launch of FaZeberry G FUEL Hydration and bring the new flavor to our community of FaZe Clan fans."
FaZeberry G FUEL Hydration combines the juicy strawberry, blueberry, and pomegranate taste of G FUEL's beloved FaZeberry energy formula flavor with the focus, energy, and hydration benefits of G FUEL's Hydration line.

In particular, FaZeberry G FUEL Hydration is:
  • Enhanced with the amino acid L-Tyrosine to keep you focused 
  • Fortified with vitamins C, E, B12, and B6 to help you stay on top of your game 
  • Enhanced with electrolytes sodium, potassium, and magnesium to keep you hydrated and firing on all cylinders 
  • Caffeine-free, sugar-free, and calorie-free
The expanded partnership between G FUEL and FaZe Clan also includes the following:
  • Building a cutting-edge "G FUEL Studio" in the new FaZe Clan house for gaming and content creation 
  • Creating captivating long-form content with FaZe Clan members Apex, Rug, Ewok, Mongraal, Sway, Nate Hill, and a whole lot more 
  • Release of G FUEL FaZeberry Cans in select Walmart, Sheetz, Speedway, Circle K, and other convenience store locations throughout the U.S.
"We're thrilled to expand our long-standing partnership with FaZe Clan and celebrate our eight-year anniversary by launching FaZeberry G FUEL Hydration," G FUEL Founder and CEO Cliff Morgan said. "Our millions of passionate gaming fans can finally enjoy the timeless taste of our FaZeberry flavor while also staying hydrated, laser-focused, and energized — all benefits that traditional sports drinks can't provide."
FaZeberry G FUEL Hydration is now available for sale in 30-serving tubs at gfuel.com. It is the fifth flavor in G FUEL's Hydration line, which also includes Peach Pineapple, Blue Rocket Pop, Dragon Fruit, and Strawberry Lemonade.

About G FUEL
As The Official Energy Drink of Esports®, G FUEL provides gamers with a healthier, more performance-driven alternative to standard energy drink products. With an ever-expanding, sugar-free product lineup that includes a powdered energy formula, ready-to-drink cans, a hydration formula, and edible energy crystals, G FUEL has firmly established itself as the market leader in the gamer energy drink industry.

With over 165,000 5-star Shopper Approved Ratings, a shipping network that spans over 125 countries, a newly-forged nationwide retail campaign, and a global social media footprint of over 400 million followers, G FUEL maintains the industry's largest and most passionate community of fans, customers, content creators, and partners. Content creators and partners who include the likes of FaZe Clan, PewDiePie, KSI, Roman Atwood, Bethesda Game Studios, HYPEMAKER, and WWE.

Join the movement today at GFUEL.com and follow on social media @GFuelEnergy.

Watch the official trailer for EVIL LITTLE THINGS


FEATURING "GREMLINS" STAR ZACH GALLIGAN

Zach Galligan (Gremlins) won’t be getting much sleep this May when “Evil Little Things” hit town.

From director Matt Green, and starring Hannah Fierman, Courtney Lakin and Jonathan Horne, comes a deliciously wicked new horror anthology in the tradition of Creepshow.

A young boy finds a mystical toymaker with stories to tell.

The first is of a leprechaun seeking revenge on a defenseless family.

The second is of a doll who works evil on her fragile owner.

The toymaker gives the boy a clown named Giggles.

Clowns are supposed to be the guardians of happiness, right?

These Evil Little Things will cause you many sleepless nights.

Written by Yasmin Bakhtiari and Nancy Knight.

EVIL LITTLE THINGS
Are Unleashed May 12 On DVD, Digital

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