I’ve been looking forward to this one for awhile. The Captains is one of the greatest ideas for a documentary I have heard in a long while. Take away the fact that I am a huge Trek fan, watching the Big Kahuna in one of the biggest pop-culture phenomenons interview others who have followed him and help shape the legend that is Star Trek is going to be a fascinating watch.
I know that Cineplex is having a one-night special screening in Toronto that I will be sure to be at and I hope to see you there.
Oh Look! A press release:
Cineplex Beams William Shatner’s The Captains into Movie Theatres Across Canada Star Trek original takes on his Captain peers and fellow actors in a revealing documentary that speaks to fandom of Trekkies
TORONTO, ON October 6, 2011 – Star Trek fans, set your phasers to stun! William Shatner’s new documentary, The Captains, lands in participating movie theatres across Canada on Thursday, October 13 at 7 p.m. (local time) for a one-night only presentation. This special event, presented by Cineplex Entertainment’s Front Row Centre Events and Ballinran Entertainment, is the final frontier to see this highly anticipated documentary in theatres.
The Captains is a feature length documentary that “boldly goes where no man has gone before,” giving viewers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at one of the most durable and profitable franchises in entertainment history, and the men and women who made the Star Trek brand an international phenomenon since 1966. The Captains is written and directed by William Shatner.
“Movie theatre seats across the country are the closest fans can get to the Captain’s chair on this voyage that looks at the iconic role of a Star Trek Captain,” said Pat Marshall, Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations, Cineplex Entertainment. “Trekkies will not want to miss this one-night only event.” The Captains is produced by Canada’s Ballinran Entertainment and Le Big Boss Productions in association with Movie Central, a Corus Entertainment Company; EPIX; The Movie Network, an Astral Media Network; and Les Chaines Tele Astral – a division of Astral Broadcasting Group; with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Ontario Media Development Corporation Film and Television Tax Credit. Tickets can be purchased at participating theatre box offices, through the Cineplex Mobile Apps and online at www.cineplex.com/events or our mobile site m.cineplex.com. The Captains can be enjoyed at the following theatres across Canada on Thursday, October 13th at 7 p.m. local time:
BRITISH COLUMBIA Burnaby SilverCity Metropolis Cinemas, 4700 Kingsway Avenue Chilliwack Galaxy Cinemas Chilliwack, 8249 Eagle Landing Parkway Coquitlam SilverCity Coquitlam Cinemas, 170 Schoolhouse Street Kamloops LANDMARK – Paramount, 503 Victoria Street Kelowna LANDMARK – Grand 10 Kelowna, 940 McCurdy Road Langford Cineplex Odeon Westshore Cinemas, 2945 Jacklin Road Langley Colossus Langley Cinemas, 20090 91A Avenue Nanaimo LANDMARK – Avalon Cinema Centre, 6631 Island Highway North North Vancouver EMPIRE Esplanade 6 North Vancouver, 200 West Esplanade Prince George Famous Players 6 Cinemas, 172-1600 Fifth Avenue Richmond SilverCity Riverport Cinemas, 14211 Entertainment Way Surrey EMPIRE Studio 12 Guildford, 15051 101st Avenue Vancouver Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver, 900 Burrard Street Vernon Galaxy Cinemas Vernon, 2306 Highway 6
ALBERTA Calgary Cineplex Odeon Sunridge Spectrum Cinemas, 400-2555 32nd Avenue Scotiabank Theatre Chinook, 6455 Macleod Trail SW Empire Theatres Shawnessy, 100-16061 MacLeod Trail SE EMPIRE Studio 16 Country Hills, 300-388 Country Hills Blvd NE Edmonton Cineplex Odeon South Edmonton Cinemas, 1525-99th Street NW Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton , 8882-170 Street EMPIRE Theatres City Centre Edmonton, 10200 102nd Avenue Grande Prairie LANDMARK – Jan Cinema, 9820 – 100TH AVENUE Lethbridge Galaxy Cinemas Lethbridge, 501-1st Avenue SW Red Deer Galaxy Cinemas Red Deer, 357-37400 Highway #2
MANITOBA Winnipeg SilverCity Polo Park Cinemas, 817 St. James Street
SASKATCHEWAN Moose Jaw Galaxy Cinemas Moose Jaw, 1235 Main Street N Prince Albert Galaxy Cinemas Prince Albert, 2995 2nd Avenue Regina Galaxy Cinemas Regina, 420 McCarthy Boulevard N Saskatoon Galaxy Cinemas Saskatoon, 347 2nd Avenue
ONTARIO Ajax Cineplex Odeon Ajax Cinemas, 248 Kingston Road Barrie Galaxy Cinemas Barrie, 72 Commerce Park Drive Belleville Galaxy Cinemas Belleville, 160 Bell Boulevard Bowmanville Cineplex Odeon Clarington Place Cinemas, 111 Clarington Boulevard Brampton SilverCity Brampton Cinemas, 50 Great Lakes Drive Brantford Galaxy Cinemas Brantford, 300 King George Road Brockville Galaxy Cinemas Brockville, 2399 Parkedale Avenue Cornwall Galaxy Cinemas Cornwall, 1325 Second Street E Guelph Galaxy Cinemas Guelph, 485 Woodlawn Road W Hamilton SilverCity Hamilton Mountain Cinemas, 795 Paramount Drive Kingston Cineplex Odeon Gardiners Road Cinemas, 626 Gardiners Road Kitchener EMPIRE Theatres Kitchener, 135 Gateway Park Drive London Cineplex Odeon Westmount & VIP Cinemas, 755 Wonderland Road S SilverCity London Cinemas, 1680 Richmond Street Milton Galaxy Cinemas Milton, 1175 Maple Avenue Mississauga EMPIRE Studio 10 at Square One, 100 City Centre Drive Newmarket SilverCity Newmarket Cinemas and XSCAPE Entertainment Centre, 18151 Yonge Street Niagara Falls Cineplex Odeon Niagara Square Cinemas, 7555 Montrose Road North Bay Galaxy Cinemas North Bay, 300 Lakeshore Drive Oakville SilverCity Oakville and VIP Cinemas, 3531 Wyecroft Road Oshawa Cineplex Odeon Oshawa Cinemas, 1351 Grandview Street N Ottawa Coliseum Ottawa Cinemas, 3090 Carling Avenue SilverCity Gloucester Cinemas, 2385 City Park Drive EMPIRE 7 Ottawa, 111 Albert Street, 3rd Floor Owen Sound Galaxy Cinemas Owen Sound, 1020 10th Street Peterborough Galaxy Cinemas Peterborough, 320 Water Street Sarnia Famous Players Lambton 9 Cinemas, 1450 London Road Sault Ste. Marie Galaxy Cinemas Sault Ste. Marie, 293 Bay Street St. Catharines EMPIRE Theatres Pen Centre, 221 Glendale Avenue Stratford Stratford Cinemas, 750 Palace Street E Sudbury SilverCity Sudbury Cinemas, 355 Barrydowne Road Thunder Bay SilverCity Thunder Bay Cinemas, 850 North May Street Toronto Cineplex Odeon Eglinton Town Centre Cinemas, 22 Lebovic Avenue Cineplex Odeon Queensway Cinemas, 1025 The Queensway Scotiabank Theatre Toronto, 259 Richmond Street W SilverCity Fairview Mall Cinemas, 1800 Sheppard Avenue E Vaughan Colossus Vaughan Cinemas, 3555 Highway 7 W Windsor SilverCity Windsor Cinemas, 4611 Walker Road
QUEBEC Brossard Cineplex Odeon Brossard Cinemas, 9350 boul. Leduc Kirkland Coliseum Kirkland Cinemas, 3200 rue Jean Yves Laval Colossus Laval Cinemas, 2800 rue Cosmodôme Montreal Scotiabank Theatre Montreal, 977 rue Ste-Catherine O Sherbrooke Galaxy Cinemas Sherbrooke, 4204 rue Bertrand-Fabi Ste.Foy Cineplex Odeon Ste. Foy Cinemas, 1200 boul. Duplessis
NEW BRUNSWICK Fredericton EMPIRE Studio 10 Regent Mall, 1381 Regent Street Moncton EMPIRE 8 Trinity Drive, 127 Trinity Drive
NOVA SCOTIA Halifax EMPIRE 8 Park Lane, 5657 Spring Garden Road Sydney EMPIRE Studio 10, 325 Prince Street
NEWFOUNDLAND EMPIRE Studio 12, 48 Kenmount Road
P.E.I. Charlottetown EMPIRE Studio 8 Charlottetown, 670 University Avenue
For additional information on The Captains, please visit www.thecaptainsdocumentary.com.
No sooner than my wish for a trailer for this film, the good folks at Entertainment Tonight Canada drop one. It’s a GlobalTV embed so you will have to suffer through a commercial to get to it, however it definitely gives us a proper look at what it is turning out to be a very good movie.
The trailer reminds of a little of Three Kings mixed with the Bang Bang Club. A
What say you?
The good folks at Alliance Films just dropped a poster for the upcoming film Afghan Luke. Making it’s world premier recently at the Shanghai Film Festival, the movie stars Nick Stahl of Terminator fame who plays a reporter who heads to Afghanistan in the hopes of telling a story close to him. Helmed by Trailer Park Boys creator Mike Clattenburg, the poster looks great I am definitely intrigued. Very much looking forward to the trailer and catching this when it hits theatres.
What say you?
Here is the official synopsis:
Disheartened when his story about Canadian snipers possibly mutilating corpses in Afghanistan is buried, Luke (Nick Stahl) quits his job but is even more determined to return to Afghanistan to get the real story. With his offbeat buddy, Tom (Nicolas Wright), tagging along, Luke returns to Afghanistan and intends to gather enough evidence to get his old story into print. But he soon finds that the country is an even more dangerous place than when he left. To make matters worse, his old friend and fixer, Mateen (Stephen Lobo) has been hired away by Luke’s journalistic nemesis, Imran Sahar (Vik Sahay). Soon the trip for Luke and Tom in Afghanistan turns into a surreal and perilous adventure, a journey into an alternate reality, filtered through a haze of gun smoke.
Afghan Luke is directed by Mike Clattenburg and produced by Barrie Dunn and Michael Volpe and Mike Clattenburg, the same production team who brought Trailer Park Boys to film and television. It is written by Patrick Graham, Douglas Bell, Mike Clattenburg and Barrie Dunn.
Oh Look..A press release:
Santa Monica, CA, Vancouver, BC, and Montreal, Quebec (June 23, 2011) – Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, and Alliance Films, a leading Canadian distributor of motion pictures and television programming, announced that the Alliance group has agreed to purchase Lionsgate’s Canadian distributor Maple Pictures for approximately $38.5 million subject to a working capital adjustment. The announcement was made by Lionsgate President and Co-Chief Operating Officer Steve Beeks and Alliance President Charles Layton and remains subject to approval by Canadian regulatory authorities.
The Alliance group will acquire Maple and its film library and will assume responsibility for Maple’s exclusive five-year output deal with Lionsgate for Canadian distribution of Lionsgate’s motion picture and television product and Maple’s exclusive long-term arrangement for distribution of Lionsgate’s prestigious filmed entertainment library in Canada. Maple founders and Co-Presidents Laurie May and Brad Pelman will join the Alliance team.
“We’re delighted to partner with Alliance, an iconic brand in the Canadian filmed entertainment business, in a long-term relationship that assures that our product will be handled by an experienced team with unparalleled knowledge of the Canadian marketplace,” said Beeks. “This deal also allows us to sharpen our focus on our core assets that are critical to our growth trajectory, and it is an important step in the ongoing process of simplifying our business.”
“This transaction combines two extraordinary distributors in Canada and strengthens the distribution infrastructure we offer to our content partners,” said Layton. “We’re thrilled to add Lionsgate’s new films and very large, renowned library to Alliance. We look forward to working with the entire Lionsgate team in the years to come.”
Maple Pictures was founded in 2005 by May and Pelman, two former Lionsgate executives, and has emerged as one of Canada’s leading distributors, recently releasing such hit motion pictures as Lionsgate’s The Expendables, the Academy Award-winning The Hurt Locker and recent Academy Award nominees Winter’s Bone and Biutiful. Upcoming Maple Pictures releases include Conan, Warrior, Abduction and next year’s first installment of The Hunger Games franchise from Lionsgate as well as Our Idiot Brother from The Weinstein Company and recent Cannes Film Festival winner for Best Director Drive, which will be released in the U.S. by FilmDistrict.
“We’re proud to have helped build Maple Pictures into an important brand in Canada during the past six years, and we’re looking forward to combining our forces with Alliance,” said May and Pelman.
source - Deadline.com.
Apologies to Nikki Finke, however I am going to put her article here as it explains it the best. A full press release will be coming soon.
What I do know is that things in Canada are definitely getting interesting.
Is this good or bad? Looks pretty good…however there are those who don’t like this.
What say you?
Any moment now there’ll be an announcement that Canada’s Alliance Films President Charles Layton has finalized the purchase of his competitor Maple Pictures, which is primarily owned by Lionsgate. “But when you have Charles Layton involved in a deal, anything can happen!” a source tells me about the Alliance chief who’s been in the final due diligence stage. The deal has caused quite a lot of consternation up north because it will change the landscape of film distribution there — and for the worse, not the better. Also a bloodbath is expected: predictions are for the entire Maple staff of 30 to 40 employees to be let go with the exception of the two co-CEOs Laurie May and Brad Perlman, both former Lionsgate execs. Moving forward, Lionsgate’s films will be distributed by Alliance in Canada. This is part of Lionsgate’s divestiture plan to sell off what it considers non-core assets and raise cash to pay down debt following a year of fending of that hostile takeover attempt by corporate raider/shareholder activist Carl Icahn who planned to give LG to his son Brett. Lionsgate stock right now is still stuck in neutral, and the Maple stake is considered peripheral. (Lionsgate still maintains a distribution operation in the UK.)
Multiple sources tell me that Alliance is paying $38M for Maple. What Canada’s No. 1 indie film distributor is buying is an output deal with Lionsgate for Canada and the rights to the library, which is quite impressive, for a limited number of years — reportedly between 4-7 years. Lionsgate owns the vast majority of the economic interest in Maple (not just 10% as has been reported). “The structure was put in place to address the concerns of ‘Invest In Canada’ [the organization that promotes and attracts foreign direct investment into Canada] and the availability of different funding sources offered to Canadian-owned film businesses. Laurie May and Brad Pelman might own the voting shares but none of the economic interest,” one of my sources says. This now leave only 2 major Canadian film distributors, Alliance and eOne. Most recently, Smokewood Entertainment’s Judy Moody And The Not Bummer Summer was released by Maple in Canada and Relativity in the U.S. because of the two companies’ ongoing deal. Maple grew out of Lionsgate in 2005: it was known as Lionsgate Films before the unit was spun off.
Love it or hate it, the Blackberry Playbook recent launch came with a lot of pomp and circumstance to the delight of Blackberry fans of everywhere.
One thing that was pretty much glanced over was the fact that the very robust and must-have app that the National Film Board of Canada released came pre-installed.
The app gives PlayBook users the ability to stream 1,500 films from the NFB catalogue for free, including popular titles RIP! A Remix Manifesto, Madame Tutli-Putli, and The Cat Came Back. Most titles are also available to stream in high-def.
“We are thrilled to work with the NFB to bring their high-definition films to the BlackBerry PlayBook,” said Tyler Lessard, Vice President, Global Alliances & Developer Relations, Research In Motion. “The HD films are especially rich, high-quality projects that showcase the exceptional multimedia capabilities of the PlayBook platform.”
Now if they can only do something about the Playbook.
source - Criticize This!.
If this happens, it will definitely shake up the film landscape up here. Canadians love their film and with Toronto being home to the defacto stop before Oscars with the TIFF Festival, there is a definite audience for mainstream films as well as independent/foreign cinema.
Curious to see how it would play out from a film distribution and promotion point of view. Both are very good at promoting the films with Alliance having a little bit more financial weight behind the screenings.
Might be a good move for the industry.
Too early to tell though.
Here is the blurb from Nikki Finke :
Canada‘s already cozy film market may soon become a little cozier. We hear that the country’s No. 1 independent film distributor, Alliance Films, is angling to acquire one of its largest competitors, Maple Pictures — and is deep into talks with Lionsgate to buy its 10% stake in Maple. Lionsgate is looking to pay down debt following a year during which it fended of a hostile takeover attempt by corporate raider/shareholder activist Carl Icahn to give the company to his son Brett. Lionsgate stock right now is still stuck in neutral. The Maple stake is considered peripheral. Maple grew out of Lionsgate in 2005 – it was known as Lionsgate Films before the company spun off the unit. It’s run by two former Lionsgate executives, Laurie May and Brad Pelman, and continues to distribute Lionsgate films, DVDs, and TV shows in Canada.
source - Deadline.com.