NEWS…. AMERICAN VS. MAGNA …HELLDRIVER..GOOD MORNING VIETNAM AND MORE……
by Elaine Hegwood Bowen
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Indomina Media creates exclusive DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME
Graphic novel contest as a lead up to the film’s street release on December 13
Graphic novel voting runs through November 14 at 12 AM EST
Cast your vote at www.Facebook.com/DetectiveDeeFilm
On the heels of the international success of the critically acclaimed wuxia epic, Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame and in celebration of the DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital/On Demand release on December 13, Independent Film and Distribution Company, Indomina Media, Inc., has created an exclusive contest featuring two notable graphic artists – Melissa DeJesus and Andy Belanger. The contest will run between November 1 to November 14 at 12 a.m. EST, where fans can visit www.Facebook.com/DetectiveDeeFilm to vote for their favorite comic. The winning artist’s graphic novel will be converted into a motion comic book as part of a bonus feature for the DVD and Blu-Ray release, as well as a grand cash prize.
The artists will face off in a battle between which comic book style works best – American or Manga style. DeJesus will represent the Manga Comic Style and Belanger will represent the North American Comic Style. The contest will give both artists the opportunity to create a digital graphic novel based on a Detective Dee treatment, which was provided by Indomina.
The artists completed their artwork between October 7 and October 28 (which includes pencils, inks and lettering) before voting started. Once the voting ends on November 14 at 12 a.m. EST, the winner will be announced on Facebook.
About The Artists:
Melissa DeJesus (representing the Manga comic style)
Mel was born and raised in Queens, New York. She studied cartooning in Art & Design High School and animation at The School of Visual Arts. Mel also taught cartooning to children for several years at a local community college in Queens, teens at Hostos Community College in the Bronx, and substituted a senior portfolio class at The School of Visual Arts.
While not slaving over her desk buried in work, Mel likes to play video games and paint model kits…which isn’t very often.
Andy Belanger (representing the North American comic style)
Andy Belanger works as a freelance cartoonist/illustrator out of the Toronto-based Royal Academy of Illustration & Design. He does work in the mainstream and children’s comic market, plus a wide variety of work for the Canadian Film and Television industry. In the mainstream comic market, Andy has worked for such comic publishers as D.C. comics, Wildstorm, Devil’s Due, and Boom! He is currently the artist on IDW’s new title Kill Shakespeare. For D.C. Comics’ Andy is the creator of the digital comic series, Bottle of Awesome, which is launching its second season. In the web collective ‘Transmission-X’, Andy is the writer/artist on Raising Hell.
The Indomina Group is a vertically integrated independent studio launched in 2008 by Vice Chairman and CEO Jasbinder Singh Mann. Operating in Los Angeles and the Dominican Republic, Indomina takes a transmedia approach to collaborating with content creators around the world to bring innovative entertainment properties to the market. The company’s global operations include the production and distribution of motion pictures, television, music, interactive games, and the ownership of world-class studio facilities and production services.
A BETTER TOMORROW AND HELLDRIVER
A Better Tomorrow debuts on DVD/Blu-ray November 8.
Helldriver debuts on DVD/Blu-ray November 22.
A Better Tomorrow - From Executive Producer John Woo comes the stylish action drama starring Jin-mo Ju and Seung-heon Song,
Debuting on Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack and DVD November 8
The accent is on action when Jin-mo Ju (A Frozen Flower, The Warrior) and Seung-heon Song (So Close, Ghost) star in the remake of John Woo’s 1986 cult classic A Better Tomorrow, debuting on Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack and DVD November 8 from Well Go USA. Double-dealing among rival Thai and Korean mob syndicates provide the fuel for this fast-paced crime thriller that also stars Kang-woo Kim (Marine Boy) and Han Sun Jo. Bonus materials include deleted scenes, a photo gallery, behind-the-scenes interviews with director Hae-sung Song and the film’s actors, and a 30-minute interview with executive producer John Woo. A Better Tomorrow will be available in a Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack for $29.98 SRP and on DVD for $24.98 SRP.
Japanese Splatter King Yoshihiro Nishimura Delivers a Blood-Soaked Gore Fest on Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack and DVD November 22
From director Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police, Vampire Girl Vs. Frankenstein Girl) comes the epic, apocalyptic Zombie-fighting road movie Helldriver, featuring non-stop, over-the-top splatter action debuting on Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack and DVD November 22 from Well Go USA. The latest cult film from the prolific Japanese production company Sushi Typhoon, Helldriver takes place in a Japan where half the population has become not-so-sexy flesh eaters and the economy has gently withered away … until Kika (Yumiko Hara) arrives. A stunning high school girl armed with an artificial heart-powered chainsaw sword, she leads a motley crew of desperados on a secret mission into the zombie-infected wilds to exterminate zombie queen Rikka (Eihi Shiina, Tokyo Gore Police) and put an end to the plague of the living dead.
It takes two passionate pooches to show their owners the true meaning of family.
Jennie Garth, Jay Mohr and Nikki Cox star with Tom Arnold, Brad Rowe and Emmy® nominated actor Catherine Hicks in A Christmas Wedding Tail.
A pair of passionate pooches fall head-over-tails in love and conspire to get their owners to fall for each other in A Christmas Wedding Tail, a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere, Saturday, November 19 (6p.m. ET/PT, 5C). Jennie Garth (“90210,” “Accidentally in Love”), Tom Arnold (“Rosanne”), Brad Rowe (“General Hospital”) and Emmy® nominated actress Catherine Hicks (“7th Heaven”) star in one dog of a tail. Jay Mohr (“Suburgatory,” “Ghost Whisper”) and Nikki Cox (“Las Vegas”) lend their voice talents to Labrador Rusty and Poodle Cheri. Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas features more true holiday-themed programming than any other network.
Susan (Garth), an unemployed Los Angeles museum curator and widowed single mom temporarily lives in a small California town with her three sons. Jake (Rowe) is a single dad of two tomboys who owns the local winery. When Susan’s Labrador Rusty (Mohr) and Jake’s Poodle Cheri (Cox) fall for each other, these canine matchmakers help their owners fall in love too. Now with a Christmas Day wedding to plan – and major complications threatening to unravel it all – the two mismatched broads must find a way to make one happy family.
A Christmas Wedding Tail is a Hybrid Production in association with Landom Television. Stewart F. Lane, Bonnie Comley, Jeffrey Schenck, Zelma Kiwi, Barry Barnholz, Jess Sagansky and Jennie Garth are executive producers. Duane Poole is the co-executive producer. Michael Feifer is the producer and director. Screenplay by Peter Sullivan. Story by Jeffery Schenck, Peter Sullivan and Jeff Sagansky.
For more information, please visit www.HallmarkChannel.com
Magnolia Takes U.S. rights to Fernando Meirelles’ 360
The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures recently announced they have acquired U.S. rights to 360, the sweeping new film from two acclaimed artists: director Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener) and writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon). With a stellar international cast that includes Rachel Weisz, Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Ben Foster, Jamel Debbouze and Moritz Bleibtreu, 360 is a moving and exciting dramatic thriller that dazzlingly weaves together the stories of an array of people from disparate social backgrounds through their intersecting relationships.
Cast and crew of Southland hit the streets of L.A. as production begins on fourth season of acclaimed TNT Drama Series
The cast and crew of Southland are back on the streets of Los Angeles this week as production begins on a fourth season of the acclaimed TNT drama series. The intensely personal, first-person look at cops and detectives on the beat stars Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King and Ben McKenzie, who will be joined this season by special guest star Lucy Liu. TNT’s Southland is set to launch its new season Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT).
Redefining the police drama with its raw, authentic look at the lives and work of Los Angeles detectives and beat cops, Southland centers on four main characters: Officer John Cooper (Cudlitz), a seasoned cop who will have to prove himself again after recovering from surgery; Officer Ben Sherman (McKenzie), who still has much to learn after recently completing his training rotation; Detective Lydia Adams (King), who seems to take every case personally; and Sammy Bryant (Hatosy), a former detective who decided to go back to being a uniform cop after the traumatic death of his partner.
This season on Southland, Detective Adams will take on another new partner, this time a former Marine, while also facing a major upheaval in her personal life. Cooper will be back on the job after surgery to repair the back problems that led to his drug addiction. He will be teamed up with a new partner, Jessica Tang (Liu), who will bring her own set of emotional baggage to their patrol car. Cooper’s former trainee, Sherman, is now a full-fledged cop, partnered with Bryant, who continues to struggle with the trauma of the past.
Shot on location in the streets and neighborhoods of Los Angeles, Southland captures a realistic, natural environment where similar situations can and often do occur in real life. The series comes to TNT from Warner Bros. Television and Emmy®-winning producer John Wells (ER, The West Wing). Created by Emmy winner Ann Biderman (NYPD Blue, Public Enemies), the series is executive-produced by Emmy winners Christopher Chulack (ER, Third Watch) and Wells. Chulack is also a primary director of the series, while Andrew Stearn (Shameless, The West Wing) and Jonathan Lisco (The District) serve as co-executive producers.
To launch the start of production, cast members will provide Twitter updates using the hashtag #tntbackontheset.
DEAD POETS SOCIETY graduates To Blu-ray™, January 17, 2012
Robin Williams return to Blu-ray™, Carpe Diem – Seize the Day!
Academy Award® Winner for Best Original Screenplay!
Academy Award winner Robin Williams (Best Supporting Actor, Good Will Hunting, 1997) delivers one of his most memorable performances in Dead Poets Society –digitally restored and presented for the first time ever in breathtaking Blu-rayTM High Definition.
For generations, Welton Academy students have been groomed to live lives of conformity and tradition – until new professor John Keating inspires them to think for themselves, live life to the fullest and “Carpe Diem.” This unconventional approach awakens the spirits of the students, but draws the wrath of a disapproving faculty when an unexpected tragedy strikes the school. With unforgettable characters and beautiful cinematography, Dead Poets Society will captivate and inspire you time and time again.
It’s been 25 Years since its release…GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM, and it finally lands on Blu-ray™, January 17, 2012
For the first time in stunning Blu-rayTM High Definition, Academy Award winner Robin Williams (Best Supporting Actor, Good Will Hunting, 1997) delivers a tour-de-force performance in the 25th Anniversary Edition of the hit comedy Good Morning, Vietnam!
Enjoy the unsurpassed digital sound quality of Blu-ray High Definition as Army deejay Adrian Cronauer (Williams) spins a red-hot soundtrack of ‘60s hits. His sidesplitting comedy and rapid fire wit make him a hero to the troops, but quickly get him in hot water with his by-the-book superiors. Featuring a behind-the-scenes look at Williams’ hilarious radio monologues, Good Morning, Vietnam remains the quintessential Robin Williams comedy.
Elaine Hegwood Bowen is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago, who also serves as a news editor for FilmMonthly.com.
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