Weekly Entertainment Digest – March 30th

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Are you looking for something creepy to watch? it looks like we’ll get some new horror movies soon and a new way to watch some of your favorites too. There are new giveaways and plenty of screening opportunities too!

Looking for the latest release information? Check out the release schedule here.

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Movie and Entertainment Updates:

“The Omen” Complete Franchise, Streaming Now On Hulu

“The First Omen,” which is a prequel to the classic horror film franchise, is coming to theaters on April 5. To celebrate the new theatrical release, catch up on the supernatural saga with all five films available to stream on Hulu!

THE OMEN (1976) 

American diplomat Robert (Gregory Peck) adopts Damien (Harvey Stephens) when his wife, Katherine (Lee Remick), delivers a stillborn child. After Damien’s first nanny hangs herself, Father Brennan (Patrick Troughton) warns Robert that Damien will kill Katherine’s unborn child. Shortly thereafter, Brennan dies and Katherine miscarries when Damien pushes her off a balcony. As more people around Damien die, Robert investigates Damien’s background and realizes his adopted son may be the Antichrist. 

DAMIEN: THE OMEN II (1978) 

Richard (William Holden) and Ann Thorn (Lee Grant) have taken their 13-year-old nephew, Damien (Jonathan Scott-Taylor), into their Chicago home following the death of Richard’s brother seven years earlier. The Thorns love the child, whom they are sending to military school, but not everyone is so sanguine about his presence. Soon after Great Aunt Marion (Sylvia Sidney) expresses concerns about the boy, she dies suddenly and unexpectedly. And she is certainly not the last. 

OMEN III: THE FINAL CONFLICT (1981) 

In this second sequel to “The Omen,” Antichrist Damien Thorn (Sam Neill) is now a successful 32-year-old businessman ready to fulfill his destiny. As Damien is appointed United States ambassador to Britain, priests led by Father DeCarlo (Rossano Brazzi) try to kill him. While Damien prepares for the return of Jesus Christ, he takes advantage of his relationship with Kate Reynolds (Lisa Harrow) to recruit her son, Peter (Barnaby Holm), as his follower. 

OMEN IV: THE AWAKENING (1991) 

A Virginia congressman (Michael Woods) and his wife (Faye Grant) see signs of the devil in their adopted daughter, Delia (Asia Vieira).

THE OMEN (2006) 

A new age of evil threatens to arise when an American diplomat (Liev Schreiber) and his wife (Julia Stiles) learn that the child (Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick) they adopted may be the son of Satan. Mystical signs point to the Antichrist’s coming battle for dominion over heaven and Earth. 

THE TASTE OF THINGS – Available Everywhere You Rent Movies Now

Set in France in 1889, the film follows the life of Dodin Bouffant (Benoît Magimel) as a chef living with his personal cook and lover Eugénie (Oscar®-winner Juliette Binoche). They share a long history of gastronomy and love but Eugénie refuses to marry Dodin, so the food lover decides to do something he has never done before: cook for her. 

THE FIRST OMEN – Advanced Tickets on Sale now – In Theaters April 5th

The first omen

Advance tickets for 20th Century Studios’ upcoming psychological horror film “The First Omen,” are now available for purchase at Fandango or wherever tickets are sold. And check out a new film clip, TV spot, and new poster for the prequel to the classic horror film franchise, which opens April 5, 2024, exclusively in theaters nationwide.

When a young American woman is sent to Rome to begin a life of service to the church, she encounters a darkness that causes her to question her own faith and uncovers a terrifying conspiracy that hopes to bring about the birth of evil incarnate. “The First Omen” stars Nell Tiger Free (“Servant”), Tawfeek Barhom (“Mary Magdalene”), Sonia Braga (“Kiss of the Spider Woman”), Ralph Ineson (“The Northman”), with Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”), and Bill Nighy (“Living”).

The film is directed by Arkasha Stevenson based on characters created by David Seltzer (“The Omen”), with a story by Ben Jacoby (“Bleed”) and a screenplay by Tim Smith & Arkasha Stevenson and Keith Thomas (“Firestarter”). The producers are David S. Goyer (“Hellraiser”) and Keith Levine (“The Night House”) and the executive producers are Tim Smith, Whitney Brown (“Rosaline”), and Gracie Wheelan.

THE PENULTIMATE – Exclusive Premiere on Film Movement Plus on April 5th

HE PENULTIMATE is a Kafkaesque tale of an insignificant Water Inspector who arrives at a giant remote building in order to register the residents’ water meters. Before he knows of it, he finds himself trapped inside the building facing an “Alice in NO-Wonderland”-like maze of obstacles. In his attempt to escape, perception of reality, the rational, and the remnants of his human existence is turned upside down.

A favorite on the international film festival scene, Jonas Kærup Hjort’s debut feature notched 10 nominations including Best Cinematography and Best Production Design from the Danish Film Awards (2022), the CineRebels Award from the Munich Film Festival (2022), and the First Feature Competition Award at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (2020).

STING: Opening Nationwide April 12th

After raising an unnervingly talented spider in secret, 12-year-old Charlotte must face the facts about her pet—and fight for her family’s survival—when the once-charming creature rapidly transforms into a giant, flesh-eating monster.

ENTER THE CLONES OF BRUCE – Coming to 21 Markets Starting April 12th

Severin Films and Alamo Drafthouse today announced the 21-market theatrical engagement of the award-winning documentary ENTER THE CLONES OF BRUCE beginning April 12th at Alamo Drafthouse in Los Angeles. In addition – and direct from Hong Kong – legendary Bruce clone Bruce Le will make rare personal appearances at screenings in LA (4/12-14), San Francisco (4/16), Austin (4/18) and New York City (4/20-21), which will also feature screenings of Le/Bruceploitation classics that include THE DRAGON LIVES AGAIN, ENTER THE GAME OF DEATH, NINJA STRIKES BACK and THE CHALLENGE OF THE TIGER.

On May 21st, Bruceploitation is globally unleashed with the Blu-ray releases of ENTER THE CLONES OF BRUCE, along with Severin’s unprecedented THE GAME OF CLONES: BRUCEPLOITATION COLLECTION VOLUME 1a 7-disc collection presenting 12 of the very best – and frequently very bizarre – films starring Bruce Li, Bruce Le, Dragon Lee, Bruce Liang and more, all restored for the first time ever from original elements. GAME OF CLONES also includes ENTER THE CLONES OF BRUCE, along with hours of specially produced extras and featurettes. 

THEATRICAL DATES

  • *4/12 – 4/14 – Alamo Drafthouse DTLA (Los Angeles, CA) +
  • ENTER THE GAME OF DEATH (4/12), THE CHALLENGE OF THE TIGER (4/13),
  • NINJA STRIKES BACK (4/14)
  • *4/16 – Alamo Drafthouse New Mission (San Francisco)
  • *4/18 – Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar (Austin, TX) +
  • THE CHALLENGE OF THE TIGER
  • *4/20 – 4/21 – Alamo Drafthouse Lower Manhattan (NYC) +
  • THE CHALLENGE OF THE TIGER
  • 4/10 – PhilaMOCA (Philadelphia, PA) + THE DRAGON LIVES AGAIN
  • 4/12 – Stray Cat Film Center (Kansas City, MO)
  • Week of 4/12 – Mayfair (Ottawa, ON)
  • 4/16 – Hollywood Theater (Portland, OR)
  • 4/18 – Roxy 14 (Santa Rosa, CA) + THE DRAGON LIVES AGAIN
  • 4/19 – Jengo’s Playhouse (Wilmington, NC)
  • 4/19 – 4/21 – Gateway Film Center (Columbus, OH)
  • Week of 4/26 – Grand Illusion (Seattle, WA) + THE DRAGON LIVES AGAIN
  • Austin Drafthouse South Lamar (Austin, TX)
  • Alamo Drafthouse Seaport (Boston)
  • Alamo Drafthouse Wrigleyville (Chicago)
  • Alamo Drafthouse Sloans Lake (Denver)
  • Alamo Drafthouse DTLA (Los Angeles)
  • Alamo Drafthouse Lower Manhattan (New York City)
  • Alamo Drafthouse Raleigh
  • Alamo Drafthouse La Vista (Omaha)
  •  Week of 5/3 ­- Alamo Drafthouse Montecillo (El Paso)
  • Alamo Drafthouse LaCenterra (Houston)
  • Alamo Drafthouse Lubbock
  • 5/31 – Hot Docs (Toronto, ON)

Hulu’s “Under the Bridge” – New Trailer – Streaming April 17th

“Under the Bridge” is based on acclaimed author Rebecca Godfrey’s book about the 1997 true story of fourteen-year-old Reena Virk (Vritika Gupta) who went to join friends at a party and never returned home. Through the eyes of Godfrey (Riley Keough) and a local police officer (Lily Gladstone), the series takes us into the hidden world of the young girls accused of the murder — revealing startling truths about the unlikely killer.

Experience SPY X FAMILY CODE: WHITE in IMAX – IN Theaters April 19th

He’s a spy. She’s an assassin. Together, Loid and Yor keep their double lives to themselves while pretending to be the perfect family. However, their adopted daughter Anya, a telepath, knows both of their exciting secrets unbeknownst to them. While under the guise of taking his family on a weekend winter getaway, Loid’s attempt to make progress on his current mission Operation Strix proves difficult when Anya mistakenly gets involved and triggers events that threaten world peace!

BLOOD FOR DUST in Select Theaters April 19th

Cliff (Scoot McNairy), a former salesman with a checkered past, is pulled back into a life of crime after losing his job. Desperate to keep his family afloat, lured by his old colleague, Ricky (Kit Harington), into trafficking drugs and guns for a cartel. As Cliff delves deeper, his once straight-laced life turns into a high-stakes game of survival in this gripping thriller hailed as “Breaking Bad meets Fargo” (Variety). Also starring Josh Lucas and Stephen Dorff.

DOWNTOWN OWL AVAILABLE TO BUY OR RENT ON DIGITAL April 23rd

Searching for a break from her cosmopolitan life in Milwaukee, Julia Rabia (Lily Rabe), arrives in the close knit Reagan-era town of Owl, North Dakota for a one-semester high school teaching job. But when the small town turns out to be a wonderland of second-string poets, smoldering Marlboro Men, and a social hierarchy that echoes high school, Julia doesn’t know if she’s come to town to get away from home or to find it. Ed Harris, Vanessa Hudgens, Henry Golding, and Finn Wittrock also star in this Great Plains dark dramedy directed by Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater. Based on the novel by Chuck Klosterman.  

CHALLENGERS- New Clip – In Theaters April 26th

the challengers

From visionary filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, Challengers stars Zendaya as Tashi Duncan, a former tennis prodigy turned coach and a force of nature who makes no apologies for her game on and off the court. Married to a champion on a losing streak (Mike Faist – West Side Story), Tashi’s strategy for her husband’s redemption takes a surprising turn when he must face off against the washed-up Patrick (Josh O’Connor – The Crown) – his former best friend and Tashi’s former boyfriend. As their pasts and presents collide, and tensions run high, Tashi must ask herself, what will it cost to win.

EAST BAY in theatres on April 26th and On Demand May 31st

An unexpectedly uplifting comedy about 39-year-old Jack Lee, who is forced to accept that he’s a failure. He turns to his friends, whose lives also haven’t exactly gone as planned. Each struggle with the constant pressure to be happy and successful. As Jack tries to get back on track, he has hallucinations that make him question reality.

CATCHING FIRE: THE STORY OF ANITA PALLENBERG | IN THEATERS & ON VOD May 3rd

Anita Pallenberg was at many points in her life a newspaper headline: a “rock n’ roll goddess,” a “voodoo priestess,” and an “evil seductress.” She was accused of trying to break up the Rolling Stones, among other things. But those who loved her considered her an exciting cultural force, and a loving mother – and innocent of the accusations. Never-seen-before home movies and family photographs explore life with the Rolling Stones and tell a bittersweet tale of both triumph and heartbreak. From Barbarella to the Swiss Alps, and the Lower East Side to London, Anita Pallenberg was a creative force ahead of her time.

ALL-NEW DOCUMENTARY FILM “THE BEACH BOYS” – TO STREAM ON DISNEY+ BEGINNING MAY 24th

Disney+ announced that “The Beach Boys,” an all-new documentary, will stream exclusively on Disney+ beginning May 24, 2024.

“The Beach Boys” is a celebration of the legendary band that revolutionized pop music, and the iconic, harmonious sound they created that personified the California dream, captivating fans for generations and generations to come. The documentary traces the band from humble family beginnings and features never-before-seen footage and all-new interviews with The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, David Marks, Bruce Johnston, plus other luminaries in the music business, including Lindsey Buckingham, Janelle Monáe, Ryan Tedder, and Don Was. Viewers will also hear from the group’s Carl and Dennis Wilson in their own words, plus view a new interview with Blondie Chaplin and hear audio from Ricky Fataar. A Kennedy/Marshall and White Horse Pictures Production, “The Beach Boys” is directed by Frank Marshall and Thom Zimny and written by Mark Monroe. The film is produced by Frank Marshall, Irving Azoff, Nicholas Ferrall, Jeanne Elfant Festa, Aly Parker, with Nigel Sinclair, Mark Monroe, Tony Rosenthal, Cassidy Hartmann, Glen Zipper, Thom Zimny, Beth Collins, Jimmy Edwards, Susan Genco, Marc Cimino, Jody Gerson, Bruce Resnikoff, and Ben J. Murphy serving as executive producers.   

The official soundtrack for “The Beach Boys,” featuring songs from the film, will be available to stream and download on May 24, and the group’s iconic 1964 album “Shut Down, Vol. 2” is being released on limited edition blue and white marble vinyl on March 29 (stream or purchase these Capitol/UMe albums at https://stream.lnk.to/TheBeachBoysPR). Additionally, the group’s only official book, “The Beach Boys by The Beach Boys,” will be released on April 2, via Genesis Publications (for more information and to pre-order: https://geni.us/beachboysbook).

LA FEMME NIKITA AVAILABLE ON 4K ULTRA HD STEELBOOK June 11th

From director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) comes the must-see thriller about a vicious street punk turned sexy, sophisticated and lethally dangerous assassin. Starring Anne Parillaud, Jeanne Moreau and Jean Reno, La Femme Nikita is “slick, stylish and tremendously entertaining” (The New York Times)! Rescued from death row by a top-secret agency, Nikita (Anne Parillaud) is slowly transformed from a cop-killing junkie into a cold-blooded bombshell with a license to kill. But when she begins the deadliest mission of her career, only to fall for a man who knows nothing of her true identity, Nikita discovers that in the dark and ruthless world of espionage, the greatest casualty of all…is true love.

DISC DETAILS AND BONUS MATERIALS

  • 4K ULTRA HD DISC
  • Restored from the original camera negative and presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision
  • French & English 5.1 + French 2-Channel Surround
  • This 4K UHD release does not include a Blu-ray™

THE KARATE KID AVAILABLE ON 4K ULTRA HD June 18th

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the coming-of-age classic — from Academy Award®-winning director John G. Avildsen (1976, Rocky) — that will leave you cheering! There is more to karate than fighting. This is the lesson that Daniel (Ralph Macchio), a San Fernando Valley teenager, is about to learn from a most unexpected teacher: Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki “Pat” Morita in his Academy Award®-nominated performance, Best Supporting Actor, 1984), an elderly handyman who also happens to be a master of the martial arts. His training and these vital lessons will be called into play when an outmatched Daniel faces Johnny (William Zabka), the skilled leader of the Cobra Kai — a vicious gang of karate school bullies — in a no-holds-barred karate tournament for the championship of the Valley.

DISC DETAILS AND BONUS MATERIALS

4K ULTRA HD DISC

  • Restored from the original camera negative, presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision
  • English Dolby Atmos + English 5.1 + English Stereo
  • Special Features:
  • ALL-NEW: Commentary with the Creators of Cobra Kai Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg
  • ALL-NEW: Over 30 Minutes of Deleted Scene Dailies – go behind the scenes of this classic favorite like never before with raw footage from a variety of unused scenes!
  • 4 Deleted Scenes
  • Remembering The Karate Kid Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer

BLU-RAY DISC™

  • Feature presented in high definition
  • English 5.1
  • Special Features:
  • Blu-Pop™ Pop-Up Track
  • Commentary with Director John G. Avildsen, Writer Robert Mark Kamen and Actors Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita
  • “The Way of The Karate Kid” Multi-Part Making-Of Featurette
  • “Beyond the Form” Featurette
  • “East Meets West: A Composer’s Notebook”
  • “Life of Bonsai” Featurette

Yorgos Lanthimos’ KINDS OF KINDNESS | Teaser Trailer Debut – In Theaters June 21st

KINDS OF KINDNESS is a triptych fable, following a man without choice who tries to take control of his own life; a policeman who is alarmed that his wife who was missing-at-sea has returned and seems a different person; and a woman determined to find a specific someone with a special ability, who is destined to become a prodigious spiritual leader.

Cast: Emma Stone, Jesse Plemons, Willem Dafoe, Margaret Qualley, Hong Chau, Joe Alwyn, Mamoudou Athie, and Hunter Schafer

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