Seven Blue Rider Films Air on Cable in December 2013In December 2013, seven films produced and/or financed by Blue Rider are airing on North American cable television. Spooky movie WITHCHBOARD: THE POSSESSION screens at Epix Drive-in. Political drama THE TIGER'S TAIL (starring Brendan Gleeson and Kim Cattral) can be seen at MGM. Jackie Chan stars in comedy adventure AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, seen at Starz and Stars Kids and Family. Period heist film FLAWLESS (Michael Caine, Demi Moore) airs on Cinemax Action. Escape drama RESCUE DAWN can be seen on The Movie Channel X. Rodney Dangerfield comedy MY 5 WIVES is on Starz Cinema. And the thriller SURVEILLANCE (Julia Ormond, Bill Pullman) appears on Showtime Extreme.
Night of the Demons Coming to Blu-Ray, Makes Top Horror Film ListKevin Tenney's 1988 Horror classic, NIGHT OF THE DEMONS, starring Linea Quigley, is coming out on Blu-Ray early next year, in a Collectors' Edition with lots of extra items. It was Blue Rider's first bigscreen hit, executive produced by Walter Josten and associate produced by Jeff Geoffray.
It has recently made several "Best Horror Picture "lists. In Tyler Joupe's "Nine of Horror Cinema's Most Memorable Jokesters" article on FEAR NET, he writes: Stooge (Hal Havins) is a really big, really dumb oaf in Kevin Tenney’s 1988 supernatural horror film, but he also provides ample comic relief. Perhaps his most memorable line in the film is 'Eat a bowl of fuck. I am here to party.' Stooge is like a bull in a china shop… a bull with one of the most distinctly ugly hairstyles ever to come across a movie screen."
At DAILY DEAD NEWS, Jonathan James writes: “It’s Halloween night and Angela is throwing a party, but this is no ordinary spook bash. Everybody’s headed to Hull House, a deserted funeral home with a shocking secret in its past and something evil alive in its basement. Now the guests are becoming possessed, and this party’s treats include tongue ripping, eyeball gouging and gratuitous nudity."
Blue Rider's WITCHBOARD will also be coming out on DVD soon.
"Backstory Today" Videos Debut on Blue Rider WebsiteOn October 9, Blue Rider's sister company Vumanity, which creates original web content, begins offering a selection of sample videos called "Backstory Today." It can be reached via the "Video" tab on our homepage(or by linking to www.backstory.com). Initially, 36 videos are presented,including those with Larry King, Joey Travolta, Cara, Randy Moss, Washinton Redskins Cheerleaders and Heath Evans. Talk show topics include film business success, diet, travel, music, social media, politics and books. Ultimately, "Backstory Today" will offer an online channel devoted to filmmaking.
Rescue Dawn Makes EW's 50 Best Films ListWerner Herzog's RESCUE DAWN, which Blue Rider helped finance and which Jeff Geoffray and Walter Josten associate produced, was recently selected number 41 on Entertaiment Weekly's "50 Best Movies You Never Saw" list.
A WARRIOR'S HEART Opening in Germany on November 8.A WARRIOR'S HEART, a sports drama starring Kellan Lutz, Gabrielle Anwar and Adam Beach, debuts in Germany on November 8, 2012. As of June 18, 2012, more than 59.5% of those who rated it at The Internet Movie Database, gave it thumbs up, and 29.4% rated it 10 out of 10.
Former Blue Rider Lead Actor John Gatins Nominated for Best Script OscarJohn Gatins, who starred in the early Blue Rider films LEPRECHAUN 3 and WITCHBOARD 2: THE DEVIL'S DOORWAY, has been nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award for penning the hit 2012 Robert Zemeckis-Denzel Washinton film FLIGHT. In it, Washington plays commercial airline pilot with a penchant for cocaine, alcohol and flight attendants, who heroically lands a broken jetliner only to have his sobriety questioned during the follow-up investigation. Although Gatins has been sober for 20 years, he was once a serious abuser of drugs and alcohol, who also had a fear of flying. Blue Rider's Jeff Geoffray says, "John is a great guy whom we loved working with. It is wonderful to see that a young man we had such faith in has overcome personal obstacles to succeed in such a way." Los Angeles Times article on Gatins:http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-flight-screenwriter-john-gatins-20121103,0,4364957.story
The Big Bang, Starring Banderas Out on DVD and in TheatresThe $17 million action mystery thriller THE BIG BANG--starring Antonio Banderas, Sienna Guillory, William Fichtner, Sam Elliott, Delroy Lindo, Thomas Kretschmann and Rebecca Mader--was bridge-financed by Blue Rider. It opened in the U.S. on May 13, 2011 and had 2011 debuts in Poland (DVD), Chile, Lebanon, Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece, Paraguay, Bahrain, Kuwait, Japan, Sweden and Uruguay. The North American DVD came out on May 24, 2011. It is due to bow in Portugal on Sept. 6, 2012. Through June 18, 2012 more than 60.4% of the 4,076 people rating it at the Internet Movie Database gave it thumbs up.
Vumanity Does First Interview with Rachel from Chick-Fil-AVumanity Media, Blue Rider's affiliated company, just produced and made public the first, exclusive interview with Rachel from Chick-fil-A ,who was video ambushed last week by a man protesting Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy's views against gay marriage. Emmy-Award-winning journalist Val Zavala of KCET-TV Los Angeles, conducted the interviews for Vumanity with Rachel and her fiancé Robert.
On August 1, Rachel was working the drive-through window at a Tucson Chick-fil-A when Adam Smith ordered only a water as part of an organized protest against the company's views. He told her, “I don’t know how you live with yourself and work here” and “This is a horrible corporation with horrible values.”
The video went viral on YouTube and has been viewed more than one million times, propelling "Rachel from Chick-fil-A" to celebrity status. Despite posting a video apology, Smith has lost his job with Vante Inc. and “Rachel from Chick-fil-A” has been embraced by millions across the U.S. as the victim of hate speech.
In the five-part interview, just posted on Vumanity's YouTube Channel (http://youtube.com/vumanitymain) Rachel discussed her feelings about the incident and how shaken it left her.
Vumanity co-founder Jeff Geoffray noted, “This exclusive interview with Rachel gives us the opportunity not only to showcase the speed and power of Vumanity, but also to spread her message: that we really do need to find ways to get along."
Interview can be seen at http://www.backstorytoday.com/chick-fil-a-manager-rachel/.