Dolphin Island Releases Just in time for Spring Break Staycations

DOLPIN ISLAND creative media timesJust in time for Spring Break, the heartfelt new family-film DOLPHIN ISLAND is out today on all major VOD and streaming platforms across the US. Created by Mr. Puppy Productions and Entertainment Squad, DOLPHIN ISLAND was filmed in The Bahamas and shares the story of a girl, her dolphin, and the power of family.

Producer/writer Shaked Berenson explains, “We wanted to make a film for all ages that would inspire the viewers to consider the power of family-in whatever form we may find it.”

Dolphin Island features fourteen-year-old Annabel who lives with her fisherman grandfather. She is surrounded by an extended family of loving but quirky neighbors and her best friend – a dolphin named Mitzy. Everything changes when her maternal grandparents arrive with a shifty lawyer to bring her back to New York. It’s up to Annabel and her friends to figure out how to save the day and prove that love conquers all!

Dolphin Island stars Peter Woodward (THE PATRIOT), Dionne Lea (NO BAD DAYS), Tyler Jade Nixon (DOLPHIN KICK), Bob Bledsoe (Parks & Recreation), David Raizor (YOU CAN’T TAKE MY DAUGHTER), and introduces Annette Lovrien Duncan and Aaron Borrow.

Dolphin Island was directed by Mike Disa (SPACE DOGS, HOODWINKED TOO!), Produced by Shaked Berenson (SPACE DOGS, A TIGER’ S TALE), and written by Disa, Berenson, and Rolfe Kanefsky (PUPPY SWAP: LOVE UNLEASHED). The filmmakers felt compelled to create a project that could help The Bahamas rebuild after Hurricane Dorian. The film brought jobs and resources to the island nation as planned, but no one could have expected that a pandemic would close travel shortly after the filming was complete.

Berenson adds, “We hope DOLPHIN ISLAND helps families escape to a beautiful island paradise, and possibly choose to travel there as restrictions are being lifted. We also hope that the film will help girls be inspired to seek out careers in science.”

The film was created by Mr. Puppy Productions, the family and animation label of Shaked Berenson’s film finance and distribution company, Entertainment Squad.

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Scarlet Witch, Magik, And More Get The Spotlight On Newly Revealed Women Of Marvel #1 Covers

This April, WOMEN OF MARVEL #1 will spotlight iconic characters from the X-Men to the Avengers in a collection of tales by an all-female lineup of incredible talent from throughout the entertainment industry. And today on International Women’s Day, Marvel reveals new variant covers and share more details about the incredible special

WOMEN OF MARVEL #1 will be packed with inspiring tales from new and established creators including Louise Simonson, Nadia Shammas, Elsa Sjunneson, Sophie Campbell, Anne Toole, Natasha Alterici, and Mariko Tamaki.

In addition, acclaimed Brooklyn Brujas author Zoraida Córdova will be making her Marvel Comics debut with an action-packed story about the deadliest woman in the galaxy, Gamora! Joined by Swedish artist Maria Fröhlich – also making her Marvel debut – Zoraida puts Gamora in the crosshairs of her most lethal enemy yet: love. With astonishing art from Kei Zama, Eleonora Carlini, Skylar Patridge, Joanna Estep, Maria Fröhlich, Peach Momoko, Rachael Stott, Nina Vakueva, Marika Cresta, and June Brigman, this oversized issue will be a spectacular showcase of some of the most amazing talent in the graphic novel industry today. Check out variant covers by Amanda Conner, Maria Wolf, and Marvel’s Stormbreaker artist Peach Momoko.

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Christina Ricci To Star In New Supernatural Thriller “Monstrous”

In partnership with Screen Media, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment company, Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment today announced the acquisition of the new supernatural thriller, MONSTROUS,starring Christina Ricci (MONSTER, SLEEPY HOLLOW). Colleen Camp (SPENSER CONFIDENTIAL) is co-starring. Chris Sivertson (ALL CHEERLEADERS MUST DIE, THE LOST) is directing. The film was written by Carol Chrest.

“We’re thrilled to be teaming up with Screen Media on MONSTROUS, an exciting, commercially viable feature film, with a fresh and current take on one of the most popular genres in the world. Christina Ricci’s unmatched talent with an adept group of filmmakers and a spine-tingling script is a recipe for success that that will please audiences everywhere,” said Epstein.

MONSTROUS centers on a traumatized woman fleeing from her abusive ex-husband with her 7-year-old son. In their new, remote sanctuary they find they have a bigger, more terrifying monster to deal with.
“Carol Chrest created an iconic genre character who Christina Ricci brings to life in a mesmerizing and deeply emotional performance,” said Sivertson.

Robert Yocum, Sasha Yelaun and B.I. Rosen are producing alongside Johnny Remo. Sivertson and Aperture Entertainment’s Adam Goldworm (MY FRIEND DAHMER) are executive producing alongside Omer Paracha, Sean Reilly, Clay Epstein, Craig Albrecht, Carol Anne Watts and Adam Sigal of Scarlett Pictures, and Galen Christy and Mark Silba of High Octane Pictures.

Principal Photography began in early December in Los Angeles, CA throughout Simi Valley, Sherman Oaks and Altadena. Sivertson has written and directed numerous elevated genre films since his critically acclaimed adaptation of Jack Ketchum’s THE LOST. He most recently co-wrote WASH ME IN THE RIVER starring Robert De Niro and John Malkovich and also wrote the upcoming bio-pic SLINKY for director Tamra Jenkins.

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Sci-Film Film “Enhanced” Trailer and Poster Released

enhanced film sci fi creative mediaVertical Entertainment has released the debut trailer and poster for the forthcoming sci-fi action film ENHANCED.

The film follows private military officer George Shepherd (George Tchortov, THE EXPANSE, MOLLY’S GAME) who specializes in capturing mutant fugitives. A super mutant David (Chris Mark, THE BOYS) has emerged who is hunting other enhanced allies in order to gain power. George must join forces with an unlikely partner to end David’s mutant killing spree.

ENHANCED also stars Alanna Bale (CARDINAL, KILLJOYS), Adrian Holmes (NETFLIX’S V-WARS), Eric Hicks (BAD BLOOD) and Michael J. Delaney (MURDOCH MYSTERIES). The film is directed by James Mark, whose stunt credits include SHAZAM!, PACIFIC RIM and SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD.

Directed by James Mark, Enhanced is set for release on March 26, 2021 (VOD).

Here is the film’s synopsis:
George Shepherd is part of an elite private military unit that specializes in capturing mutant fugitives. When David, a super mutant, claims vengeance against the government, he gains power by eliminating his enhanced allies, getting stronger each time he kills others like him. On the cusp of total domination, George must join forces with an unlikely partner to end David’s killing spree.

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46th Annual Saturn Awards Nominees Announced

creative media aiphotoimaging The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films has unveiled the nominations for the 46th Annual Saturn Awards today.

Due to the unprecedented challenges that face the motion picture and television community during this global crisis, the organization made necessary changes to present this year’s awards show. The Academy extended the nomination period 16 months this year covering a wider selection of submissions between July 15, 2019 through November 15, 2020 and the group extended the eligibility rules to include streaming and VOD in addition to the theatrical release of motion pictures.

This year’s show honoring the best and most significant achievements in genre film, television and theater will be held later this year with details to be announced. The recipients of Lifetime Achievement Awards including The Dan Curtis Legacy Award, previously awarded to such luminaries as Vince Gilligan, Bryan Fuller and Sarah Schechter will be announced shortly. The Saturn Awards ceremony will again be produced by the organization and will be honoring the best and most significant achievements in genre film, television and theatre. The Academy was founded in 1972 by Doctor Donald A. Reed and is one year shy of celebrating its 50th Anniversary.

Lucasfilm/Disney’s Star Wars franchise dominated the Saturn nominations with Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker earning 12 noms in features, and The Mandalorian and The Clone Wars in TV/Streaming. Christopher Nolan’s Tenet boasted an impressive 9 nom, Doctor Sleep scared up 8, Knives Out, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, 7 apiece, and Birds of Prey and Disney’s live action Mulan, 6. Directors Gina Prince-Bythewood of Netflix’s The Old Guard and Niki Caro of Disney’s Mulan lead the diverse and talented pack of film nominees, which included such talent as Delroy Lindo (Da Five Bloods), John David Washington (Tenet), Yifei Liui and Donnie Yen (Mulan), Zazie Beetz (Joker),
Jurnee Smollet and Ella Jay Basco (Birds of Prey), Kyliegh Curran (Doctor Sleep) as well as talented screenwriters, editors, costumers and Special FX artists.

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Apple’s Animated Feature “Wolfwalkers” Earns 10 Annie Award Nominations

Apple TV+ Series “Stillwater” Lands Nomination for Best Preschool Series

Apple Original Films’ critically acclaimed, Golden Globe-nominated “Wolfwalkers” has earned 10 Annie Award nominations, including Best Animated Feature – Independent, and the Apple TV+ series “Stillwater” landed a nomination for Best Preschool Series for 11 nominations in total for Apple. The nominations were announced today by ASIFA-Hollywood for the 48th Annual Annie Awards, which recognize the year’s best in the field of animation. In just over a year, Apple Original series and films have won 74 awards, and earned 287 nominations across its original programming.

The Apple Original Film “Wolfwalkers,” the latest from two-time Academy Award-nominated director Tomm Moore and director Ross Stewart, and co-produced by the award-winning animation studios Cartoon Saloon and Melusine Productions has landed numerous prestigious honors since its debut. The film is an AFI Fest and Critics’ Choice Super Award-winner, and has been named best animated film by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Circle, Dublin Critics Circle, Chicago Film Critics Association and San Diego Film Critics Society.

Today’s Annie Award nominations for “Wolfwalkers” include:

Best Animated Feature – Independent
Best FX – Feature
Best Character Animation – Feature
Best Character Design – Feature
Best Direction – Feature
Best Music – Feature
Best Production Design – Feature
Best Storyboarding – Feature
Best Voice Acting – Feature
Best Writing – Feature

The Annie Awards will be announced on Friday, April 16.
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Miss Universe Competition Set To Return In May

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Miss South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi, was crowned Miss Universe.
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The Miss Universe competition is currently set to return on May 16 with a live telecast. The 69th Miss Universe will be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood in Hollywood, Florida.

“We have spent months planning and preparing safety precautions to develop this edition of MISS UNIVERSE—one that will be memorable, special and totally innovative,” said Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization. “I look forward to seeing this work come to fruition and crowning a new Miss Universe in May.”

Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi won the competition in 2019. Last year, the supposed 2020 competition was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, making Tunzi the longest Miss Universe title holder.

“I always knew that my reign as Miss Universe would be unlike any other,” said Tunzi. “While it was nothing like what I had imagined my year to be, this year has opened doors for me I could never have imagined. I am so grateful for the opportunity to connect virtually with people all over the world and elevate the causes I care most about.”

A host is yet to be announced. For the past five years, comedian Steve Harvey has hosted the event.

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Iconic Horror Film “Silent Night, Deadly Night” Slated For Reboot

aiphotographic photography image horror filmOrwo Studios and Black Hanger Studios (JEEPERS CREEPERS: REBORN) announced today that they have acquired the remake rights to the seminal slasher film Silent Night, Deadly Night. The original film’s producers Scott Schneid and Dennis Whitehead of Wonderwheel Entertainment will join Orwo in bringing an exciting new vision of this cult classic to modern movie audiences in 2022.

The project was brought to Orwo by producer Anthony Masi of MasiMedia. Schneid, Whitehead, and Masi will produce along with Jake Seal, Terry Bird, and Jamie R. Thompson of Orwo Studios/Black Hangar. Orwo Studios is financing and representing the film for worldwide sales rights.

Declared as the most controversial film of the 80s – Silent Night, Deadly Night tells the story of a child who is traumatized after seeing his parents killed by a man dressed as Santa Claus. Years later, he dons a Santa suit himself and gets bloody revenge on the naughty list.

Wonderwheel says, “The continued desire for horror content and the ongoing success of the genre meant it was the perfect time to be able to offer up this chilling revival of the iconic title.” Masi adds, “We are thrilled to be working with the original producers as well as Orwo and Black Hangar and are committed to honoring nostalgia for the original while offering surprises for new audiences to discover and embrace.”

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A Cinematic Horror Icon Makes Its Marvel Comics Debut In The Alien #1 Trailer

ALIEN is coming. Marvel’s first venture into the iconic—and terrifying—world of the ALIEN franchise arrives next month. This exploration of never-before-seen corners of the Alien universe will entertain both longtime fans and newcomers to the legendary horror/science-fiction saga as writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson and artist Salvador Larroca tell an all-new tale of the titan of horror and science fiction that has scared audiences for decades.

The new series will introduce readers to Gabriel Cruz who years ago almost literally gave his life to Weyland-Yutani when he barely survived an alien attack. Recently retired, Cruz is trying to patch things up with his abandoned son with the help of his friend, a Bishop-model android, but his re-entry into civilian life is not going smoothly…and his encounters with the deadly Xenomorph are far from over. No one is safe. No one is innocent. And no one can hear you scream. See the terrors in store in this all-new thrilling trailer, featuring never-before-seen artwork from the highly anticipated issue.

“As a lifelong superfan of the franchise, getting to write the launch of Marvel’s ALIEN was one of the biggest thrills of my writing career,” Johnson told Newsarama in a recent interview. “ALIEN coming to Marvel feels like the beginning of a new era for the franchise, especially with the announcement of the upcoming TV series, and the gravity of being the first writer of that era is definitely not lost on me. After all the amazing work Marvel has done with the Star Wars franchise, I know the fans want to see greatness come from ALIEN as well, as they should. We’re all giving everything we have to deliver on that, and I’m confident fans will love what they see.”

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Jeremy Renner to Star in Taylor Sheridan’s “Mayor Of Kingstown”on Paramount+, Executive Produced by Antoine Fuqua

Academy Award® nominee Jeremy Renner tapped as lead and Antoine Fuqua to executive produce Taylor Sheridan’s Mayor of Kingstown from MTV Entertainment Studios exclusively for Paramount+. With 101 Studios to serve as production partner, the drama from Yellowstone Co-Creator follows family of power brokers in small Michigan town. Mayor of Kingstown is one of several projects for Paramount+ under Sheridan’s new overall deal

Jeremy Renner  Antoine Fuqua aiphotoimaging armando aipMTV Entertainment Studios announced during today’s ViacomCBS Streaming Event presentation that Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, Wind River) has been tapped as the lead in the highly anticipated drama Mayor of Kingstown exclusively for Paramount+. Prolific director, Antoine Fuqua (Academy Award -winning Training Day), has signed on as executive producer in the new series from Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Taylor Sheridan – co-creator of Yellowstone, cable’s most watched show of 2020 – who recently signed a multi-year pact with ViacomCBS and MTV Entertainment Group.

Mayor of Kingstown follows the McLusky family – power brokers in Kingstown, Michigan where the business of incarceration is the only thriving industry. Tackling themes of systemic racism, corruption and inequality, the series provides a stark look at their attempt to bring order and justice to a town that has neither. Mayor of Kingstown will be executive produced by Sheridan, co-creator Hugh Dillon, Jeremy Renner, Antoine Fuqua, David Glasser, Ron Burkle, Bob Yari and Michael Friedman. MTV Entertainment Studios, Sheridan’s Bosque Ranch Productions and 101 Studios will produce.

“I am excited to dig into the complex and rough-around-the-edges character of Mike McLusky (the Mayor of Kingstown),” said Jeremy Renner. “In a world otherwise forgotten in society, Mike serves as a flawed system of checks and balances. Taylor has brought to life a layered and poignant universe that is not only incredibly intriguing but also more relevant than ever.”

“When Taylor told me about Mayor of Kingstown, I immediately wanted to be a part of it,” said Antoine Fuqua. “The series offers a comprehensive look into the brutal prison system where sociopolitical issues run rampant. Prisons are a forgotten world to most of the population and yet represent a microcosm of society as a whole.”

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