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Amazon Prime Video Presents The SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection

Amazon Prime Video and SXSW are joining forces to launch “Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection,” following the unprecedented cancellation of the SXSW Conference and Festivals by the City of Austin due to concerns surrounding the Coronavirus.

“Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection” offers filmmakers in the 2020 SXSW Film Festival lineup an invitation to opt in to take part in this online film festival, which will play exclusively on Prime Video in the U.S. for 10-days. The one-time event will be available in front of the Prime Video paywall and free to all audiences around the country, with or without an Amazon Prime membership, all that is needed is a free Amazon account.

Filmmakers who choose to participate will receive a screening fee for streaming their film over the 10-day period. The launch date is yet to be announced, but SXSW and Prime Video are targeting a late April date. SXSW has shared details on the opportunity with 2020 filmmakers, who can opt in starting today.

Films originally announced to screen at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival included Pete Davidson’s Judd Apatow-directed dramedy King of Staten Island, the Issa Rae-Kumail Nanjiani rom-com The Lovebirds; writer Kelly Oxford’s directorial debut, Pink Skies Ahead, a coming-of-age tale inspired by one of her personal essays; and Bad Trip, a hidden-camera comedy starring Eric André, Lil Rel Howery, and Tiffany Haddish in a tale of two best friends embarking on a cross-country road trip filled with pranks.

Stay tuned to SXSW for more information coming soon. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook for the latest SX news.

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Theory 11 Announces Build A Brick Playing Card Collection

Theory 11 has announced the easiest and most fun way to start or build your playing card collection. 

They call it: Build a Brick. A brick, in the playing card world, is a box of 12 decks. Today, Theory 11 has created an all-new way to build a variety pack box, filled with decks that you pick yourself! The best part? 

To celebrate the launch of this new feature, they have priced each brick box at $99. That’s a full 15% off the normal price of the decks inside – not to mention the premium package they arrive in.

Click HERE for more info.

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One World: Together At Home Global Special To Air April 18 In Celebration & Support of Healthcare Workers

International advocacy organization Global Citizen and the World Health Organization today announced the One World: Together At Home — a globally televised and streamed special in support of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. One World: Together At Home will be broadcast live on Saturday, 18 April 2020 at 5:00 p.m. PDT/8:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 a.m. GMT airing on ABC, NBC, ViacomCBS Networks, iHeartMedia and Bell Media networks and platforms in Canada. Internationally, BBC One will run the program on Sunday 19 April 2020. Additional international broadcasters include beIN Media Group, MultiChoice Group and RTE. The virtual broadcast will show unity among all people who are affected by COVID-19 and will also celebrate and support brave healthcare workers doing life-saving work on the front lines.

One World: Together At Home will also be a multi-hour digital broadcast streaming online on multiple global platforms, including: Alibaba, Amazon Prime Video, Apple, Facebook, Instagram, LiveXLive, Tencent, Tencent Music Entertainment Group, TIDAL, TuneIn, Twitch, Twitter, Yahoo and YouTube. This digital special will include additional artists and performances from all over the globe as well as unique stories from the world’s healthcare heroes. For information about how to tune in and take action, visit  www.globalcitizen.org/togetherathome.

The historic broadcast will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon of ‘The Tonight Show,’  Jimmy Kimmel of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ and Stephen Colbert of ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,’ Friends from Sesame Street Also on hand to help unify and inspire people around the world to take meaningful actions that increase support for the global COVID-19 response.

Curated in collaboration with Lady Gaga, the broadcast will include Alanis Morissette, Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Burna Boy, Chris Martin, David Beckham, Eddie Vedder, Elton John, FINNEAS, Idris and Sabrina Elba, J Balvin, John Legend, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kerry Washington, Lang Lang, Lizzo, Maluma, Paul McCartney, Priyanka Chopra Jonas,  Shah Rukh Khan and Stevie Wonder.

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At Home With Olaf: Disney Launches New Animated Digital Series

Following Frozen 2‘s successful run at the worldwide box office last year with a gross of over $1 billion, Walt Disney Animation Studios has officially announced a brand new digital spinoff series titled At Home With Olaf, which will center on one of the animated franchise’s most beloved characters. 

The series is created by Disney animator Hyrum Osman with Josh Gad once again set to reprise his role as the titular kind-hearted snowman. The episodes will be released for free starting this week on Disney’s social media accounts. 

Check out the first episode of At Home With Olaf below!

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LetterPress Publications To Publish Signed And Slipcased Limited Edition Hardcover of 20th Century Ghosts By Joe Hill

LetterPress Publications is pleased to announce the signed and slipcased Limited Edition hardcover of 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill as a “Preorder Only Limited Edition,” meaning the orders received between April 6 and April 30 will set the print run!

This special edition includes a brand-new introduction by Christopher Golden, new story notes by Joe Hill, and seventeen full-color illustrations by Vincent Sammy. Joe Hill, Christopher Golden, and Vincent Sammy are all signing this limited edition as well.

This could easily have the lowest print run for any Joe Hill collector’s edition in many years. This is also the first of several projects by Joe Hill that LetterPress Publications has in the works, and the print run for this book will set the print run for the others.

The retail price is $125, and the print run will be determined by the preorders received by LetterPress Publications and authorized retailers between April 6, 2020 and April 30, 2020. The orders will ship in December 2020.

Special Features:

– Seventeen full-color illustrations by Vincent Sammy
– A brand new introduction by Christopher Golden
– Brand new story notes by Joe Hill
– Two-color interior printing
– Printed on an acid-free specialty paper stock
– Deluxe leatherette binding
– Hot foil stamping and “blind” heat burnishing on the front cover and spine
– Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
– Genuine spine hubs like an old world volume
– Colored head and tail bands
– High-quality, four-color faux marbled endpapers
– Sewn-in satin ribbon page marker
– Full-color signature sheet signed by Joe Hill, Christopher Golden, and Vincent Sammy
– Custom-made slipcase wrapped with a woven cloth and stamped with hot foil
– Extremely collectible print run!

Table of Contents:

The Importance of Wearing Glasses by Christopher Golden
Original Introduction by Christopher Golden
Best New Horror
20th Century Ghost
Pop Art
You Will Hear the Locust Sing
Abraham’s Boys
Better Than Home
The Black Phone
In the Rundown
The Cape
Last Breath
Dead-Wood
The Widow’s Breakfast
Bobby Conroy Comes Back From the Dead
My Father’s Mask
Voluntary Committal
New Story Notes by Joe Hill

Pre-order the book HERE.

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Watch Some Good News Episode 2 With John Krasinski

Your host John Krasinski returns to highlight some good news from around the world… and unveil the perfect #Zoom surprise for his new friend Aubrey. 

Check out Episode 2 of Some Good News!

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Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen Available On Blu-ray On April 21

Get lit in the stylish ensemble caper, The Gentlemen, a star-studded, sophisticated action-comedy written and directed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, Snatch). This engaging and unpredictable film is available now on Digital, lighting up on On Demand April 14, 2020 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on April 21, 2020, from STXfilms and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Set in the underworld cannabis industry in London, Ritchie makes a grand return to his signature, kinetic style, enthralling and surprising audiences with every scene, made even more dynamic by the performances of its star-powered ensemble cast. The home release includes exclusive bonus content bringing audiences deeper into the provocative world of the film.

The Gentlemen follows American expat Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club), who built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he’s looking to cash out of the business forever, it triggers plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his lucrative domain out from under him.

Featuring an all-star cast, The Gentlemen stars Oscar winner McConaughey, alongside Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim, “Sons of Anarchy”), Golden Globe nominee Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey, “Good Behavior”), Golden Globe winner Colin Farrell (The Lobster, In Bruges), Henry Golding (A Simple Favor, Crazy Rich Asians), Golden Globe winner Hugh Grant (The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Love Actually), Jeremy Strong (“Succession,” Molly’s Game) and Eddie Marsan (Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Atomic Blonde).

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Cards Against Humanity: Family Edition

Cards Against Humanity: Family Edition is a new fill-in-the-blank comedy game that’s just like Cards Against Humanity, but it’s written for kids and adults to play together.

The makers of the game have been working on it for over a year in consultation with child development experts and psychologists. The plan was to surprise everyone with this in the fall, but a lot of families need something to do right now.

HERE is the free public beta of Cards Against Humanity: Family Edition which you can print it at home and play it right now with your bored family.

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Somebody Feed Phil Season 3 Coming In May

Somebody Feed Phil made its Netflix debut last year, with one season split into two parts. The hour-long episodes featured Phil Rosenthal giddily eating his way around the world’s great food cities.

The “Everybody Loves Raymond” creator just announced that season 3 will come to Netflix in May. We can wait to see where Phil will take us next on his culinary journeys!

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Dave Pollot “Passengers” Gallery 1988 Show

Dave Pollot is a New York based artist who is known for his altered thrift art paintings.   He finds unwanted artwork and adds his own touch – most often pop culture parodies – and in doing so, bridges the divide between classic and pop art.

His recent show at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles is called “Passengers” and you can check it out HERE. 

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