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Exclusive Clip: “Where Hope Grows” Coming To DVD / Blu-ray August 25

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DVD arrives on Digital HD August 11 and on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand August 25 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Receiving 5 out of 5 Doves from The Dove Foundation, Where Hope Grows is an uplifting tale of an ex-baseball player who finds salvation when he befriends a grocery-store clerk who has Down syndrome.

Theatrically released in 2015, and written and directed by Chris Dowling (Rock Slyde), the heartwarming film features touching performances from a stellar cast including Kristoffer Polaha (TV’s “Ringer,” TV’s “Life Unexpected”), Billy Zabka (The Karate Kid), Brooke Burns (Shallow Hal, TV’s “Baywatch”), Kerr Smith (TV’s “The Fosters,” TV’s “Dawson’s Creek”), Michael Grant (TV’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”), Alan Powell (The Song) with Danica McKellar (TV’s “The Wonder Years”) and introducing David DeSanctis as “Produce.”

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New Film “Faith, Hope & Love” In Theaters March 15

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Rom-Com story of Two Broken-Hearted People Who Discover a Second Chance at Romance Through a “Pro-Schmo” Dance Contest.

Film Stars Peta Murgatroyd (DANCING WITH THE STARS), Robert Krantz, Corbin Bernsen and Natasha Bure.

Ellinas Multimedia announces the release of the inspirational rom-com feature film FAITH, HOPE & LOVE coming to theaters on March 15th.

The film stars Peta Murgatroyd (Dancing with the Stars), Robert Krantz (Back to the Future), Natasha Bure (Hallmark’s Switched for Christmas), Corbin Bernsen (L.A. Law), Ed Asner (Lou Grant), Nancy Stafford (Matlock), Michael Richards (Seinfeld), M. Emmet Walsh (Blade Runner), Aria Walters (“Malibu Dan the Family Man”) and Maks Chmerkovskiy (Dancing with the Stars).

FAITH, HOPE & LOVE shares the romantic journey of dance instructor, “Faith Turley” (Murgatroyd), who has recently divorced her unfaithful husband and enters a “Pro-Schmo” dance contest to raise money and save her dance studio. She becomes partners with Jimmy Elpidas (Krantz), a widower father, whose two daughters have coaxed him into entering the contest.

Audiences cheer on the couple as they overcome personal obstacles, relationship resistance and discover a renewed passion for their lives, their dreams and their faith through the beauty of dance. The film features original dance numbers choreographed by Murgatroyd and her husband Maks Chmerkovskiy.
“They both connect emotionally; they just fit together like a jigsaw puzzle,” says Murgatroyd, who makes her film debut. “They are guarded and shut-off people because of what has happened to them. But then they confide in each other and rediscover the beauty in their lives.”

For Jimmy, who is trying to raise his two daughters, that means putting to rest memories of the past while opening himself up to the promise of the future. Jimmy surprises Faith with his unspoken dedication towards winning the contest.

For Faith, it means rediscovering God in her life, as she is comforted by the example of Jimmy’s faith. When she’s not teaching him hip-hop, ballroom and Latin numbers for the contest, she’s joining Jimmy at a weekly Bible study at his church, led by his pastor (Walsh) and a wise longtime parishioner (Asner) who sense the romantic sparks between Faith and Jimmy before they do.

“Those who have seen the film have repeatedly said it’s a film they have been looking for and how wonderful it makes them feel about life,” says Krantz who stars in and produced the film. “My goal was to reflect life and give audiences hope – especially those Christian families that are trying to keep their faith and their marriages going strong, and that are trying to raise their kids the right way.”

Directed by Robert Krantz and J.J. Englert, the film is rated PG. Additional information is available at the web site www.FHLMOVIE.COM.

The film is distributed through ArtAffects, a boutique distributor for faith and family films, formed in 2003 as distribution consultants on Icon’s The Passion of the Christ.

ABOUT THE CAST: 

PETA MURGATROYD (Faith Turley) is a New Zealand-born Australian professional Latin dancer. She performed in the international tour of the dance production Burn the Floor, including its Broadway run. She is best known for her appearances on the American edition of Dancing with the Stars, which she has won twice.

ROBERT KRANTZ (Jimmy Elpidas, writer, co-director, producer and editor), a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Film and Television program, has acted in some of the highest rated and most successful movies (Back to the Future, Woman in Red), mini-series (The Billionaire Boys Club, Onassis) and sitcoms (Who’s the Boss, Silver Spoons). He has also written, directed, produced and stared in two award-winning independent films, Do You Wanna Dance? and Christmas with the Karountzoses, along with having written the best-selling novel, Falling in Love with Sophia. Krantz lives in Aliso Viego, California, with his wife, Tricia, and their triplet sons. 

Michael Richards (Daddy Hogwood) is an American actor, writer, television producer and comedian, widely known for his portrayal of Cosmo Kramer on the television sitcom Seinfeld, for which he received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series three times.

Natasha Bure (Gia Elpidas) is a singer, author, and YouTuber. With over 400,000 Instagram followers and 100,000 YouTube subscribers, she has quickly become a social media celebrity. Natasha performed on THE VIEW with the Grammy award winning band For King & Country and was a contestant on NBC’s hit show THE VOICE. Natasha is the author of teen advice book, Let’s Be Real: Living Life as an Open and Honest You. She starred in Hallmark Channel movie Switched For Christmas. Natasha is the 20 year old daughter of actress Candace Cameron Bure, and former NHL player Valeri Bure.

Corbin Bernsen (Brian Fuller) is an American actor and director, known for his work on television. He is known for his roles as divorce attorney Arnold Becker on the NBC drama series L.A. Law, as Dr. Alan Feinstone. He also starred in The Dentist, Psych and CUTS. He has starred in feature films that include Major League, Major League II, and Major League: Back to the Minors.

Ed Asner (Harry Karetas) is an American actor, voice actor and a former president of the Screen Actors Guild. He starred as Lou Grant on both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off series Lou Grant, making him one of the few television actors to portray the same leading character in both a comedy and a drama. He is also known for portraying Santa Claus in the comedy

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The Official Trailer For Disney’s Live-Action “Aladdin” Is Here!

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Check out the official trailer for Walt Disney Pictures upcoming live-action adaptation of the classic Aladdin!

A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, “Aladdin” is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie, who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, “Aladdin” is written by John August and Ritchie based on Disney’s “Aladdin.” The film stars Will Smith as the Genie; Mena Massoud as Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Jasmine; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar; Navid Negahban as the Sultan; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia and Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders.

“Aladdin” is produced by Dan Lin, p.g.a., and Jonathan Eirich, p.g.a., with Kevin De La Noy and Marc Platt serving as executive producers. Eight-time Academy Award®-winning composer Alan Menken provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Oscar®-winning lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and includes two new songs written by Menken and lyrics by Oscar and Tony Award®-winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

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Captain Marvel

Brie Larson Surprises Fans at Captain Marvel Screenings During Opening Weekend

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Brie Larson stops by theaters to surprise moviegoers during the opening weekend of “Captain Marvel”

“Captain Marvel” star Brie Larson visited a few theaters during opening weekend and surprised moviegoers.

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A Star Is Born

Watch Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper perform “Shallow” at the Oscars

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Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper took the stage on Sunday night during the 91st annual Oscars and performed a song from the best picture nominee A Star is Born. The duo received a standing ovation from the audience after their emotional performance of “Shallow”. Watch the performance below.

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Ma Movie

Trailer Released For Upcoming Film “Ma” Featuring Corey Fogelmanis

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The official trailer has been released for the upcoming film “Ma” featuring Corey Fogelmanis. The thriller opens in theaters on May 31st.

The film centers on Sue Ann (Octavia Spencer), a loner who keeps to herself in her quiet Ohio town. One day, she is asked by Maggie (Silvers), a new teenager in town, to buy some booze for her and her friends, and Sue Ann sees the chance to make some unsuspecting, if younger, friends of her own.

She offers the kids the chance to avoid drinking and driving by hanging out in the basement of her home. But there are some house rules: One of the kids has to stay sober. Don’t curse. Never go upstairs. And call her “Ma.”

But as Ma’s hospitality starts to curdle into obsession, what began as a teenage dream turns into a terrorizing nightmare, and Ma’s place goes from the best place in town to the worst place on earth

Ma also stars Juliette Lewis (August: Osage County) as Maggie’s mom, Luke Evans (Beauty and the Beast) as a local dad, Missi Pyle (Gone Girl) as his girlfriend, and McKaley Miller (TV’s Hart of Dixie), Corey Fogelmanis (TV’s Girl Meets World), Gianni Paolo (TV’s Power) and Dante Brown (Lethal Weapon TV series) as Maggie’s friends.

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Frozen 2

Disney Drops “Frozen 2” Teaser + Release Date

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Watch the new teaser trailer from Disney’s “Frozen 2.”

From the Academy Award®-winning team—directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and producer Peter Del Vecho—and featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, and the music of Oscar®-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2019.

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Mary Poppins Returns

Listen To Composer Marc Shaiman Perform “The Place Where Lost Things Go” From “Mary Poppins Returns”

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Marc Shaiman, composer and co-lyricist of Mary Poppins Returns, recently performed a song from the film titled ‘The Place Where Lost Things Go,’ at an event hosted by Sirius XM.


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Macaulay Culkin Featured In “Home Alone” Google Assistant Ad

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Kevin McCallister had to fend off two bumbling burglars all alone on Christmas in the iconic 1990 movie “Home Alone.” If only he’d had a little help back then. 

Now, 28 years later, Macaulay Culkin is reprising his role as Kevin McCallister, fending off burglars in a new ad. But this time help has arrived — in the form of his Google Assistant.

Google recreated scenes from the holiday classic in a new ad released Wednesday. Culkin, as McCallister, wakes up home alone once again and asks Google what’s on his calendar. “You have the house to yourself,” the virtual assistant replies.

He then goes through his day at home as usual, this time using Google Assistant to order more aftershave, set reminders, and speak to the pizza man at the front door – of course telling him, “Keep the change, you filthy animal.”

The ad quickly went viral as it was shared by “Home Alone” fans across social media. And there appears to be some strategy behind Google’s movie choice – search interest in “Home Alone” increased 1,900 percent last Christmas, CNET reports. The film hasn’t lost its relevancy nearly 30 years later, and Google is only helping to bring it into the 21st century.

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See Mary Poppins Returns in theatres December 19, and get your tickets now: http://bit.ly/MryPpnsTx

In Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” an all new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. Emily Blunt stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.

“Mary Poppins Returns” is directed by Rob Marshall. The screenplay is by David Magee and the screen story is by Magee & Rob Marshall & John DeLuca based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers. The producers are John DeLuca, p.g.a., Rob Marshall, p.g.a. and Marc Platt, p.g.a. with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer. The music score is by Marc Shaiman and the film features all new original songs with music by Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman. The film also stars Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; Julie Walters as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen; Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and introducing Joel Dawson as the Banks’ children, with Colin Firth as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank’s William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy. Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from the PL Travers books and Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes, Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character.

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