Actor Jason Momoa Takes A Stand Against Single-Use Plastics In Hollywood
Posted on June 2, 2021, 5:00 am
Mananalu and Earth Angel, a sustainable production service provider, has recently announced a partnership that advances the mission of both organizations to protect our planet. Mananalu will provide its aluminum-packaged water to Earth Angel’s film and television production sets, effective immediately.
“Seeing the entertainment industry take meaningful steps toward sustainability is a passion of mine and one of the reasons I founded Mananalu,” says actor and Mananalu Founder Jason Momoa. “There is a lot of work to be done, but this partnership with Earth Angel is a big step in the right direction.”
While communal water stations were once a staple of Earth Angel’s on-set programs, the COVID-19 pandemic brought about a desire for more single-use options to mitigate the spread of the disease. Plastic water bottles were not an option, as they are counter to Earth Angel’s work to reduce the entertainment industry’s impact on the environment. To date, Earth Angel has avoided using over 2.5 million single-use plastic water bottles on their sets.
Mananalu’s water offers the perfect solution—single-use cans of water, packaged in aluminum, a material that is infinitely recyclable. “We strive for sustainability in everything we do at Mananalu. It’s the reason we exist,” says Mananalu CEO David Cuthbert. “In this way, we are very proud to partner with the exceptional Earth Angel team in the sharing of these values and supporting sustainability around the world.”
Mananalu is also able to meet the volume and demands of a production set, with Earth Angel’s client roster including The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Steven Spielberg’s The Post, Emmy-winner The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Lin Manuel Miranda’s upcoming In the Heights. Momoa’s involvement in the industry is another added bonus.
“What Jason is doing in terms of leveraging his status in the industry to invest in sustainable solutions and companies is exactly what we advocate for,” says Earth Angel Founder & CEO Emellie O’Brien. “We want to make sure our clients have access to sustainable products and options. With Mananalu, they get to avoid single-use plastics and support a mission-based company, while still remaining COVID-compliant.”
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Movies Coming Out This Week – June 1st
Posted on June 1, 2021, 5:00 am
Changing The Game – NR – Documentary
Emmy® award-winning filmmaker Michael Barnett’s urgent and subsuming sports documentary illuminates what many have called the civil rights issue of our time: transgender inclusion in sports. Changing The Game takes us into the lives of three high school athletes-all at different stages of their athletic seasons, personal lives, and unique paths as transgender teens. Their stories span across the U.S. – from Sarah, a skier and teen policymaker in New Hampshire, to Andraya, a track star in Connecticut openly competing on the girls track team. The film centers on Mack Beggs, who made headlines when he became the Texas State Champion in girls wrestling – as a boy.
Clare Tucker, Michael Barnett, Alex Schmider, Terry Miller, Mack Beggs, Sarah Rose Huckman
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It – R – Suspense, Horror
Reveals a chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. One of the most sensational cases from their files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they’d ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense.
Vera Farmiga, James Wan, Patrick Wilson, Sterling Jerins, Shannon Kook, Dave Neustadter, David Leslie Johnson, Bonnie Aarons
Vivo – PG – Family, Adventure, Musical
An animated musical adventure that follows VIVO, a one-of-kind kinkajou (aka a rainforest “honey bear,” voiced by Miranda), who must find his way from Havana to Miami in order to deliver a song on behalf of his beloved owner and mentor Andres (Buena Vista Social Club’s Juan de Marcos Gonzáles).
Michael Rooker, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Laurence Mark, Zoe Saldana, Kirk DeMicco, Rich Moore, Ynairaly Simo, Lisa Stewart
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McConaughey Opens Up About His Career, His Home Life and His Future in New Interview
Posted on May 28, 2021, 5:00 am
After a three-decade movie career that has taken him from a young heart throb to one of the world’s most respected actors, Matthew McConaughey is increasingly shaping and telling his own story. And he is proving to be a master storyteller of great depth and dimension. In an exclusive interview with AARP The Magazine for the June/July 2021 issue, the 51-year-old Academy Award®–winning actor candidly reflects on the diverse array of characters that he has played, his important role as a father, stepping down from his position as the “King of Rom-Coms” and more. McConaughey also opens up about the challenges of writing his 2020 memoir, “Greenlights,” a New York Times Bestseller.
On stepping down from his position as the “King of Rom-Coms”:
“I went on a sabbatical away from Hollywood. I said no to every rom-com script that came my way. I turned down one for $14.5 million. Word got around Hollywood I’d done that, and they said, “McConaughey’s not bluffing. Quit sending him romantic comedies!””
On how his family raised him:
“Outlaw logic is the individualism of my family’s thinking. Don’t follow the flock with how you’re supposed to think or what you’re supposed to like or what you’re supposed to wear or what game you’re supposed to play or what entertainment you’re supposed to like or how you’re supposed to treat somebody. They’re rule breakers.”
On his love for music and dancing:
“I still love banging on drums, whether they’re congas, djembes or bongos. I’ve got a roomful. I really enjoy music and dancing. I’ve not found any place where a little bit of a jig is the wrong time. You can find a rhythm anywhere, and it’s relaxing. I like breaking a sweat on the dance floor late into the wee hours.”
On what he and his wife Camila do for fun:
“We love to cook. We love a good bottle of wine. We love a good bourbon. Also enjoy thoughts and ideas.”
On his passion for storytelling:
“I just knew I wanted to be part of a story. I learned to find the rhythm of a story and to trust the pauses—to find the music of a good story.”
On the challenges of writing his 2020 memoir:
“How do I show the humanity in my stories through just the written word? I didn’t have the ability to perform it or show you my raised eyebrow or give you pregnant pauses. You couldn’t see my wet eyes when I’m telling you about my mom and dad fighting, to understand I’m not crying because it was a horror story—I’m crying because it was a love story.”
On lessons for his children:
“I want my kids to be conscientious and understand the world we live in and that there are certain expectations, rules and regulations. But hey, be an original thinker, too.”
Horror-Thriller ‘Blood Pageant’ Set For Summer Release From Vision Films
Posted on May 25, 2021, 5:00 am
Vision Films Inc. has just announced the North American release of the horror-thriller feature Blood Pageant from Red Velvet Entertainment in association with Snakebyte Productions and 828 Media Capital on June 29, 2021. The film was written by Chris Gilmore and Anthony J. Sands, directed by Harvey Lowry, and produced by Robert Burton. Executive producers are Stacy Fouche, Gayle Gaston, Chris Gilmore, Pamela Higgs, Todd Lundbohm, and Richard Muscio. A summer theatrical release is also scheduled.
Set in the ubiquitous world of reality television, where it’s easy to question whether or not a life and death situation has been fabricated for television or if it’s dangerously genuine, the American Dream Pageant quickly devolves into an American Nightmare. The contestants are quickly locked in a battle for their very lives. With a wink and a nod, this good vs evil story pokes fun at the pop culture stereotypes of reality competition shows, vision boards, chakras, and life coaches.
Synopsis: What began as a million-dollar reality show competition between seven beautiful women turns into a battle for life itself when one contestant uses black magic to gain an edge over the competition. An ancient curse dating back to the Salem Witch Trials is unleashed and the competition becomes a Blood Pageant of death, destruction, and evil forces. Forget about who will win… who will survive?
Starring Stephen Baldwin (The Usual Suspects), David Chokachi (Baywatch), Ted Lange (The Love Boat), Beverley Mitchell (7th Heaven), and Ellia English as Madame Destiny (The Jamie Foxx Show)
The film also features Snoop Dogg, Matthew Marsden (Transformers, Resident Evil: Extinction) and Danielle C. Ryan (Criminal Minds, Lost & Found, The Cat in the Hat) playing themselves as the pageant’s celebrity judges.
Blood Pageant will be available on all major streaming platforms on June 29, followed by DVD at major online retailers on July 20.
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Movies Coming Out This Week – May 24th
Posted on May 24, 2021, 5:00 am
Endangered Species – R – Action, Adventure
Starring Rebecca Romijn (X-Men) and Jerry O’Connell (Showtime’s “Billions”) this gripping adventure tale unfolds beneath a brutal African sun. Jack Halsey takes his wife (Romijn), their adult kids, and a friend for a dream vacation in Kenya. But as they venture off alone into a wilderness park, their safari van is flipped over by an angry rhino, leaving them injured and desperate. Then, as two of them go in search of rescue, a bloody, vicious encounter with a leopard and a clan of hyenas incites a desperate fight for survival.
MJ Bassett, Rebecca Romijn, Chris Fisher, Isabel Bassett, Michael Johnston, Jerry O’Connell, Philip Winchester
Women – NR – Drama, Thriller
How far would you go to survive?… A small town detective while investigating the disappearance of a local woman comes across an unassuming Sociology professor who lives a double life.
Anton Sigurdsson, Anna Marie Dobbins, Anna Maiche, Adam Dorsey, Michael Simon Hall
New Order – R – Drama
While protests rage in the streets, Marianne’s high society family prepares for her wedding. At first, only splatters of green paint and the appearance of Rolando, a former employee seeking emergency medical funds, intrude on the festivities. But soon the party is unable to keep the reckoning at bay, and what follows is a swift disintegration of law and order defined first by class lines, then by disastrous government recapitulation.
Michel Franco, Naian González Norvind, Fernando Cuautle, Diego Boneta, Dario Yazbek Bernal, Patricia Bernal