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Wtf?! UK DVD release of ‘Megan Leavey’ pretends the movie isn’t about Megan Leavey

Perhaps you can imagine my rage when I saw this:

The terrific soldier-and-her-dog movie Megan Leavey, which had a theatrical release in the Us last June, is going straight to VOD/DVD in the UK… and the film has been renamed Rex.

That’s right: the female protagonist has been erased, in the film’s UK marketing, in favor of the dog. The tagline on the DVD cover reads:

The true story of a Marine’s best friend.

Spoiler: This movie is Not about the dog.

But let’s assume some marketing genius decided that animal movies are easier to sell than lady movies. In that case, there should be a honking big banner across this DVD cover that reads “From Gabriela Cowperthwaite, director of the BAFTA-nominated Blackfish.”

(Blackfish is her incredible documentary about captives orcas, which has raised awareness and radically changed the cultural conversation about the issue.)

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Dogwoof Will Distribute Sundance New Frontier Documentary ‘Zikr: A Sufi Revival’

In a deal brokered yesterday — the final day of the 34th annual Sundance Film Festival — Dogwoof purchased worldwide distribution rights to “Zikr: A Sufi Revival,” by director Gabo Arora. A U.K. company founded in 2004, Dogwoof has released 18 Oscar-nominated documentaries, plus films like “Blackfish” (2013) and “Weiner” (2016), two of the most popular investigative films ever to premiere at Sundance.

The first virtual-reality documentary to come away from the festival with a buyer, “Zikr” debuted as part of the New Frontiers section on January 19.

Read More:Anthony ‘Weiner’ Doc Finds Foreign Distribution with Dogwoof and NonStop Entertainment

Sufism is often referred to as “Islamic mysticism,” and this film takes its name from a song-and-dance-based devotion exercise in which followers praise Allah. Currently, four people at once can take part in the interactive Vr experience. The purchasing agreement stipulates that additional funds will be allocated to develop the program, with the intent of making
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Sundance 2018 Women Directors: Meet Heather Lenz — “Kusama — Infinity”

“Kusama — Infinity”

Writer, director, and producer Heather Lenz has worked on film and television projects in various roles including as a researcher on programs for The History Channel and Food Network. She was also an Associate Producer for a PBS series about the environment. Her short documentary “Back to Back” was nominated for a Student Academy Award.

“Kusama — Infinity” premieres at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 21.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Hl: “Kusama — Infinity” is the story of a woman breaking free of the restrictive society in which she was raised and overcoming sexism, racism, and mental illness while pursuing her dream of becoming a successful artist.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Hl: At the time I became interested in Yayoi Kusama, I felt that she had not been properly appreciated by the American art world. I was also drawn
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Film Review: ‘Kangaroo — A Love-Hate Story’

The provocative documentary “Kangaroo — A Love-Hate Story” drills deeply into the complex question of why Australia’s beloved and iconic creature is also regarded as a dangerous pest that must be slaughtered and turned into everything from fancy fashion products to pet food and gourmet cuisine. In their examination of the kangaroo from cultural, environmental, economic and political perspectives, co-directors Mick McIntyre (“Aussie Rules the World”) and Kate McIntyre Clere (“Yogawoman”) have gathered high-quality testimony from experts and stakeholders on all sides of the issue. With glorious footage of kangaroos bounding through the Outback juxtaposed with graphic images of night-time “culling” of the marsupials, “Kangaroo” is guaranteed to prompt plenty of discussion when it hops into limited U.S. cinemas Jan. 19. Australian theatrical release is set for March 15.

Though the film does present views from farmers, kangaroo industry representatives and politicians explaining why numbers must be kept in check, there’s no doubt “Kangaroo” will be read
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‘Megan Leavey’ Blu-ray Review: Teary Film About A Soldier’s Best Friend

There are plenty of war film’s about the camaraderie between soldiers but not many about the bond between human soldiers and their dogs. And perhaps after Megan Leavey, the true story about the title character and her bomb sniffing K-9 named Rex, there should be. The film, directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite (Blackfish), opens on Megan Leavey (Kate […]

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Jenny Mollen Hoping for a 'Miracle' After Brother's Hospitalization: 'As Far as Answers Go, We Have None'

Jenny Mollen Hoping for a 'Miracle' After Brother's Hospitalization: 'As Far as Answers Go, We Have None'
Jenny Mollen‘s brother has been hospitalized, the actress revealed in a lengthy personal essay published by Marie Claire on Monday.

“This was a very hard piece to write but a story I wanted to share,” she prefaced on Instagram. “A little over a month ago, my family suffered a devastating blow when my older brother landed in the hospital. It’s my hope that this piece serve not just as an account of what transpired but also an explanation to all our friends who have questions and concerns. If you know any of the people involved, please respect the
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Baby Beluga Mysteriously Dies Moments After Birth at SeaWorld

Baby Beluga Mysteriously Dies Moments After Birth at SeaWorld
A baby beluga born into captivity at SeaWorld Orlando died of unknown causes just moments after it was born to 17-year-old mom Whisper.

The theme park announced the death of the calf on Friday, stating in a press release that the beluga was born earlier in the week and was “unusually weak.”

“Unfortunately the unusually weak calf surfaced only briefly before sinking to the bottom of the pool. The animal care and veterinary teams reacted quickly and were able to reach the calf and begin emergency care. Despite their best efforts and expertise, we are saddened to confirm that the calf did not survive,
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Megan Leavey movie review: a soldier and her dog

MaryAnn’s quick take… This deeply satisfying military drama demonstrates that a simple, even familiar story can be powerfully effective when told with big heart and solid craft. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about women; I’m a sucker for stories about dogs

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I might have had something in my eye there by the end of this deeply satisfying military drama, which demonstrates that a simple story — even a familiar one — can be powerfully effective when told with big heart and solid craft.

This one isn’t entirely familiar, however. The honking big freshness to Megan Leavey is right there in the title: here it’s a young woman with no direction in life and few skills for coping with adult relationships who gains confidence and finds purpose when she joins the Marines,
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Forget Film Critics: For Indie Films With Wider Aims, It May Come Down to CinemaScore

Forget Film Critics: For Indie Films With Wider Aims, It May Come Down to CinemaScore
Recent box-office struggles of “The Mummy” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” have studios shaking their fists at reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes for alerting audiences to negative critical consensus. (Or, as an indie marketing exec tartly observed to Vanity Fair, “It’s a ridiculous argument that Rotten Tomatoes is the problem. Fuck you — make a good movie!”)

However, two films from specialized distributors in last weekend’s top 10 reveal another powerful critical voice at work. A24’s “It Comes at Night” placed at #6 with $6 million, while Bleecker Street’s “Megan Leavey” landed at #8 with $3.8 million. Neither take is especially impressive, but the key to assessing the films’ longer-term futures may lie not in the reviews from respected critics — on whose opinions indie films traditionally live and die — but from the lowly CinemaScore, the 39-year-old opening-night polling service that asks audiences to grade movies on a scale of A to F.

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“Megan Leavey” Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite Talks Dogs, War, and Feminism

Megan Leavey

Megan Leavey” is both a story of war and a story of love. Based on a true story, the movie centers on Megan (Kate Mara), a woman at the end of her rope. She joins the Marines and winds up in a K9 unit with a problematic and intense dog, Rex. They become partners in more ways than one.

While women weren’t supposed to be on the front lines, Megan and Rex were actually in front of the front lines searching for IEDs. The pair were inseparable, and once Megan left the Marines she worked for years to adopt Rex after he was decommissioned. She fought as if her life depended on it all the way to Congress. She was finally able to bring him home to be with her until he died.

This is a wonderful, emotional film helmed by the award-winning director of “Blackfish,” Gabriela Cowperthwaite.

Megan Leavey” is in theaters now. Head over to the film’s official site for tickets and screening information.

This interview has been edited. It was transcribed by Joseph Allen.

W&H: I loved the movie. I am a dog person. I’m also a short person who has a very large dog, so it resonated with me a lot.

Gc: Right, watching Kate [Mara] be about the same size as Rex, I’m sure you were like “I feel the same.”

W&H: So, you’re best known for “Blackfish,” which has had such a profound effect on our culture, so talk about how and why you wanted to make the shift into narrative.

Gc: You know, it kind of came to me right when “Blackfish” was starting to strike a nerve. Some agents and managers approached me and said “Have you ever thought of doing narrative?” And I hadn’t really, but to me it was story-dependent.

I’m a storyteller, and I thought “This sounds amazing, I love movies so let me give this a try.” It’s been amazing. A lot of tools transfer over from one to the other, but all in all I do hope to be able to do both in the future. Whether it’s documentary or whether it’s narrative is all story-dependent to me.

W&H: Do you worry that now that you’ve made a documentary about animals and now a narrative about animals, that you’re going to be the go-to person for anything that has an animal in it?

Gc: I definitely see a lot of scripts and get a lot of documentary ideas that revolve around that world, and I love that world, but to me, as I said, it’s story-dependent. “Blackfish” — to me — worked in spite of the fact that it was about an animal.

There have been plenty of animal documentaries. I think “Blackfish” struck a nerve more directly and got that mainstream audience because it had a compelling story and compelling characters.

If you’re going to have your film do work out there in the world, you have to kind of back into issues. I think they work better that way — backing into an issue is much more effective in my experience than preaching an issue.

W&H: Megan Leavey” is such an intense film. I was reading some of the material that said it’s not really about war — it’s about a relationship between a woman and her dog and getting her life together. But what about that story made you say, “Okay, this is the first narrative that I’m going to do?”

Gc: I had worked on Iraq documentaries before in a previous life, all these squad-level stories of mostly marines in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. I don’t remember, but I don’t think we ever interviewed a woman, which was so surprising to me that it didn’t occur to me back then.

I was so curious about how a female marine comes up in that world, and especially in the context of those wars. And we had never done canine, I knew nothing about the canine unit, so it was two fresh entry points into a war story and the opportunity to get people to understand the context of this world by having characters that were not acceptable to them before.

That was exciting for me, and in terms of the animal thing, I read it, and I thought “This is a special story.” Because I think just like “Blackfish,” the animal in this, similar to the killer whales in “Blackfish,” can remind us of what we love most about ourselves: compassion, friendship, loyalty, and all these things. To me, I think animals have a way of reminding us of the things we love the most about ourselves.

And yet it’s set in a war, so it was just a really fresh take on a story that you might think you’ve heard before. It was just a very unique opportunity to tell this story.

W&H: I was also reading that Kate was attached to the film before, and because she was so in love “Blackfish,” she suggested you for this. Talk about how that happened.

Gc: Yeah, she was attached as you said, and she sent me the script and said “If this resonates with you, I’d love to work with you.” And she also suggested me to the producers, so really I went in, read the script, went in and pitched it, and I was on a plane three weeks later. It all happened very, very fast.

W&H: That’s impressive.

Gc: Yeah. It’s very cool, it’s a pretty special connection. I think the producers are the types of producers that roll the dice with a director who’s never directed narrative, because basically Mickey Liddell had a feeling. That’s so rare that a producer will say that, so that was a cool thing.

W&H: And I feel that one of the untold stories of these wars has been the role that women played in them and how they have been in combat, even though people say women are not in combat. There have been several films that have really shown that, and this one is another one of these films that says “Let’s not pretend anymore that women are not doing what they are doing.”

Gc: Right, I’m glad you picked up on that. It’s interesting because in documentary we just tell the truth, and we need a lot of story discipline in documentary, and yet you put truthful things throughout your narrative. This is based on a true story, so my point with “Megan Leavey” is I read the script, and being the political person that I am, there are things you want to say kind of outright and on the nose about the war, or about women in the military.

And what was interesting was we tried to slide those things in — we couldn’t be on the nose with that stuff because it’s just not what this story is about. It’s really about this relationship between her and her dog, but what was cool was being able to slide some of that stuff in there, so you almost absorb it via osmosis. You’re sort of absorbing it without it being a movie about women fighting in combat in Iraq.

We throw in a line there where she’s told, “You’ll only go to checkpoints, you’ll never go on missions.” And then two scenes later she’s going on a mission, so it’s cool when people pick up on that.

W&H: That’s such bullshit.

Gc: It’s totally that, and women need to be commended for really being on the front lines, and in Megan’s case, being in front of the front lines. That fact that this has been this secret that’s just starting to come out is crazy, and yet it was cool to be able to subtly slide that in there, and have people like you pick up on it.

W&H: Are there a lot of women handlers like her? Or is it rare?

Gc: There are female handlers. I don’t know what the numbers are. I think there are just more men in every rank and file, but I don’t know.

W&H: I found it very exciting seeing the war from a woman’s perspective. All the war movies that we see where there is one woman in a platoon of men, it always goes really quickly into how they sexually harass the woman.

Gc: Totally, yeah.

W&H: And this I felt was so different because there was none of that, “Oh, what are you doing here girl?”

Gc: Right, right.

W&H: She’s here, she belongs, she’s a part of this. There was the subtle thing of “I’m clearly the only girl here and I have my own place to sleep,” but it wasn’t like, “Oh my God, I feel like she’s going to be raped at any instant.”

Gc: No that’s right, and it isn’t a movie about that. It suggests it in certain scenes but it’s not a movie about that. What’s cool about it is I want that issue to be covered: I think it’s tremendously important to recognize what they’ve been doing in the military. That said, what was so cool about this is that pretty shortly after she’s in country, you kind of forget about the gender thing.

She emerges not only as a marine that joins a very elite canine unit, which means she had to pass all the tests with flying colors, but then she emerges as a leader in the elite unit, and she’s the one who wants to go in to confront the people that made the Ied and tried to kill her.

And you don’t question it — you don’t think to yourself, “That’s not something she would do.” You just think to yourself, “She’s a marine.” You don’t think, “Oh, how strange that a female marine is doing that.”

It kind of sneaks up on you and I love that. She’s where she is and she’s doing what she’s doing because she’s earned it, just like anybody else would earn it.

W&H: And it’s interesting with her family, army is always a tool in narrative film for men who are floundering in the world and need to get their shit together. It’s really very rare where it’s, “I don’t know what I’m going to do with my life, I’m floundering as a woman. Oh, I’m going to go into the marines.”

Gc: Right, and we’re always going to get that question. “Yeah, but why that [the army] for her?” That’s just not a question a lot of people are asking for men, and it’s unfair. But, you do have to remember there’s certain parts of the country where there are not a lot of prospects, this is a post-9/11 world, she’s a New Yorker, it’s like “Why not?”

Another thing that’s just cool about the movie is that I do see war movies [and it’s nice to make one with a female lead.] I think some of the war movies that have come out in the last 20 years, even since I was little and I saw “Platoon,” and then “The Hurt Locker,” these are masterpieces. Some of them are masterpieces. And I think to myself when I watch them, I never find myself in them.

W&H: Right.

Gc: Do you know what I mean? I look and I’m like “Would I be that sergeant or would I be that lieutenant? Who am I here? Or would I be the wife, the girlfriend who’s left at home?” None of those seem to fit, none of those roles feel like me. And what was cool about reading this script is Megan could be my friend, Megan could be me, Megan could be my sister.

There’s something so accessible about her and you could see yourself in your teenage years going that direction. And for me that was just so important just an entry point there that just makes this story digestible to a totally different audience. An audience of young girls, you know?

W&H: No, I agree with you, and that’s interesting because we do see war movies always from the male perspective, and everything is about the bombs that are going off, and the dismemberment, and the limbs.

Gc: Totally!

W&H: It’s trying to shock you into whatever emotion you’re going to have, but it’s always about assault of your senses, whereas here it was a war movie. We can’t say that there wasn’t a war going on, yet it was a war story from a feminine perspective. And we never see that. It’s important to remind ourselves that women and children suffer so much in war and that’s hardly ever shown.

Gc: That’s right. That’s a really good point that I hadn’t really thought of. I totally think that, and I think the third act of the movie is so important. Yes, it’s going to have all that muscular action scene stuff because that is the reality of what Megan went through. Combat is real, by and large, it’s a centerpiece of a lot of people’s experience there.

That said, for me, it was when you come out of those combat situations, yes there’s all these fireworks, and all this craziness that happened to you, and yet how you process that as a human being is totally internal. Right? It’s emotional.

For me it was so important with this film to show what it means to come home, and to maybe physically not. To be physically intact, but to be broken in some profound way. So, to me it was like, you’re going to devote an entire third act to just what that means for her.

I knew it was a risk, and I know it’s a risk, because once you tell people it’s a war film and once they see all that action, maybe they’ll miss it. Maybe they’ll be like. “Oh, well that was all the adrenaline rush stuff, now where are we? We’re in a therapy session?”

I know it’s a risk, but that said, I think it’s so much more spot on to a vet’s experience, and to being able to come out of that darkness.

W&H: What was the hardest part of the shoot for you?

Gc: It’s funny, everybody thinks it’s the big combat scenes, but those were so much easier. Those were all technical and technique and I could see it in my head, so it was just working with great people to make sure that those hit.

Honestly, I think the hardest part was trying to strike a very specific tone that didn’t feel to saccharine and too sweet because my worry was that suddenly you have a woman and a dog and people are going to already try to cast your film as schmaltzy. I was just really trying to stay authentic, and as gritty as I could possibly make it while trying to deliver an emotional thread. That’s a tightwire, you know? Walking a tightrope.

And I backed away from the “awww” factor. The little close-ups of the dogs, that was something that a lot of people want, but I refuse to do that. You have to earn your love of Rex, he should be formidable, he should be scary in the beginning. He shouldn’t be like “Awww, it’s a dog.” So it’s just a fine line.

W&H: I always ask woman directors this: We still have such a low amount of women operating at the top level of the business, and this weekend we saw the success of “Wonder Woman” and things like that. In the conversations that you have with colleagues, peers, and friends, what do you talk about in terms of what needs to change or the conversation that you might have with other directors about these types of issues?

Gc: It’s absolutely at the forefront of how we go about working in this business. My hope is, of course, to be able to have more women, more people of color, more everything at the table. I think the bigger hope is that it’s not like people are checking off boxes: I want it to evolve where studio heads and everybody just realizes that it’s actually making film better.

This is making film better, more interesting, and more unpredictable. I think that’s where art is at its best and most exciting — when you have a voice come in from left field. Well, not left field: Women are the mainstream, and it’s ridiculous that we talk about them as though [they account for the] left field.

Really, rather than just being like, “Okay, we should be checking off these boxes because we’re going to be in trouble if we don’t,” I want there to be an evolved realization that this is only making art better. That’s a harder thing — that means you’re going to have to tap into people’s psyche.

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Megan Leavey: Kate Mara and Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite Talks About The True Story and Working With Dogs

In one of the most touching stories, Megan Leavey will leave you with a tearful joy on a story about a female marine and a bomb sniffing dog.

Based on a true story, a female marine develops a relationship with a military combat dog while being deployed in Iraq. The dog manages to save her life as she attempts to save his life in return.

The film stars Kate Mara, Tom Felton, Bradley Whitford, Common, Geraldine James, Edie Falco, Will Patton and Ramon Rodriguez. It marks the feature narrative film debut for director Gabriela Cowperthwaite (Blackfish).

Megan Leavey is currently playing in theaters nationwide today.

Check out our sit-down interview below with actress Kate Mara and director Gabriela Cowperthwaite.

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Kate Mara on ‘Megan Leavey’ and Meeting the Title Hero of This Real-Life War Story

Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite (Blackfish), the war drama Megan Leavey is based on the truly touching real-life story of a young woman (played beautifully by Kate Mara) who was aimless and unhappy until she found purpose in the Marine Corp, where she was paired up with an unruly German shepherd named Rex from the K-9 unit. Over the course of their service, Megan and Rex completed more than 100 missions, until an Ied explosion injured them and she made it her mission to convince the military to let her adopt Rex and give him a loving home. During …
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'Megan Leavey' Review: True Story of War Veteran and Her Dog Earns Your Tears

'Megan Leavey' Review: True Story of War Veteran and Her Dog Earns Your Tears
Confession: I'm a dog lover. So take this praise with a grain of salt if you must – but Megan Leavey had me at first bark. Based on a true story (no, really!), this war drama deftly sidesteps the paths that suck you down in sentimental quicksand. Oh, you'll cry all right. But the movie earns your tears.

Kate Mara is raw and riveting in the title role, a marine who ends up in combat in Iraq with Rex, a bomb-sniffing German shepherd in the Military Police K9 unit. Nobody likes Rex.
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Meridian acquires 'Megan Leavey' for China

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Film opens this week in Us through Bleecker Street.

Meridian Entertainment has acquired Chinese theatrical rights from Sierra/Affinity to the drama Megan Leavey starring Kate Mara.

Ld Entertainment produced and financed the film, which opens in the Us this week via Bleecker Street and is based on the true life story of a young Marine officer and her military combat dog.

Leavey was assigned to the Army’s K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing and formed a strong bond with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex. Together, they saved many lives on deployment in Iraq. Edie Falco, Ramón Rodríguez, Bradley Whitford, and Common round out the key cast.

Gabriela Cowperthwaite of Blackfish fame directed from a screenplay by Pamela Gray and Annie Mumolo and Tim Lovestedt.

Meridian Entertainment will release the film through its distribution arm United Entertainment Partners in the fourth quarter of the year.

Nicholas Sherry negotiated the deal on behalf of Sierra /Affinity.

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‘Megan Leavey’ Review: Kate Mara Heroically Saves An Uneven Military Biopic That Can’t Stop Chasing Its Tail

‘Megan Leavey’ Review: Kate Mara Heroically Saves An Uneven Military Biopic That Can’t Stop Chasing Its Tail
A true story so pure that it almost grants its teller the permission to be sloppy, Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s “Megan Leavey” is a bit of a mess from the moment it starts, but it’s hard to completely dismiss any movie with a soul this strong, just as it would be hard to dismiss a disobedient puppy so long as its tail keeps wagging. An unlikely mutt that crossbreeds the cuteness of “Must Love Dogs” with the suspense of “The Hurt Locker,” “Megan Leavey” is the kind of movie that writes itself, and often feels as though it has.

Based on the very real, very believable bond between a young marine corporal and the volatile German Shepherd with whom she partners during her tours of duty in Iraq, this broadly engaging drama is gripping when it deals with the details of being a woman on the front lines, and it
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Kate Mara’s ‘Megan Leavey’ Sold to China’s Meridian

Kate Mara’s ‘Megan Leavey’ Sold to China’s Meridian
Meridian Entertainment has acquired theatrical distribution rights for China to Kate Mara-starring drama “Megan Leavey.” Meridian expects to release the film through United Entertainment Partners in the fourth quarter.

The film was produced and financed by Ld Entertainment. International rights were handled by Sierra/Affinity.

Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite (“Blackfish”) from a screenplay by Pamela Gray, Annie Mumolo and Tim Lovestedt, the fact-based film tells the story of a Marine Corporal who sees military service together with a particularly difficult dog. The picture also stars Edie Falco, Ramon Rodríguez, Bradley Whitford, and Common.

“With our unparalleled capability and expertise in securing quotas, distributing nationwide, and employing effective marketing strategies and campaigns for all of the titles we acquire, Meridian and Uep strive to be the major supplier for the best foreign films the global market has to offer in China,” said Meridian chairwoman Jennifer Dong.

Meridian has a multi-year,
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Meridian Picks Up Kate Mara's Iraq War Drama 'Megan Leavey' for China

Meridian Picks Up Kate Mara's Iraq War Drama 'Megan Leavey' for China
Meridian Entertainment has scooped up China distribution rights to Iraq War drama Megan Leavey, starring Kate Mara.

Gabriela Cowperthwaite, best known for the documentary Blackfish, directed the real-life drama, which centers on the lifesaving bond between a young Marine corporal and her combat dog during the Iraq war.

Edie Falco also stars in the feature, along with Ramon Rodriguez, Bradley Whitford and Common.

Meridian picked up the rights from Sierra/Affinity and plans to release the film through its distribution arm, United Entertainment Partners, in the fourth quarter. The film was financed and produced by Ld Entertainment. The deal was...
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‘Megan Leavey’ Review: Kate Mara Is Semper Fi for Man’s Best Friend

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‘Megan Leavey’ Review: Kate Mara Is Semper Fi for Man’s Best Friend
There are certain types of stories that go together perfectly, and others that just don’t feel like natural matches. Unless you’re coming to the material with the experience of, say, Steven Spielberg, “violent war biopic” and “inspirational animal drama” are a tricky combo. So while it’s perhaps no surprise that director Gabriela Cowperthwaite struggles to weave these disparate threads together in “Megan Leavey,” she ultimately does her heroes — both of them — proud. Cowperthwaite is a documentary filmmaker best known for “Blackfish,” which bluntly upended any fond memories of family trips to SeaWorld. She takes a similarly straightforward approach to this fictionalized account.
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Film Review: ‘Megan Leavey’

Film Review: ‘Megan Leavey’
Megan Leavey” is a wartime romance, the twist being that it’s of the platonic interspecies variety. Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s based-on-a-true-story drama recounts the deep bond shared by a Marine and her German Shepherd, which was forged in training, strengthened in combat, and cemented in retirement. Often too clunky for its own good, and (ahem) doggedly apolitical throughout, this earnest feel-good tale nonetheless manages to pull on the heartstrings with sufficient gentleness. Aided by a charismatic lead turn from star Kate Mara (and her canine sidekick as well), it should receive a warm, if perhaps not heroic, welcome from theatrical audiences.

Her life going nowhere fast in 2003, Megan (Mara) finds it untenable to continue living at home in Valley Cottage, New York, with her shrill divorced mother (Edie Falco), who’s now shacked up with the man (Will Patton) for whom she left Megan’s father (Bradley Whitford). Thus, for reasons only briefly sketched,
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Free Screenings of Megan Leavey for Military Personnel at Regal Theaters on May 30th

Bleecker Street & Ld Entertainment have joined forces with At&T Thanks, Regal Cinemas and to bring the true life story, Megan Leavey, directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite to service members ahead of the June 9, 2017 nationwide release of the film.

At&T Thanks, Regal Cinemas and will generously sponsor over 190 screenings of the film on May 30th as part of National Military Appreciation Month at participating Regal Cinemas. Active and retired service members will be invited to attend a free screening of the film in advance through At&T Thanks and Regal Cinemas. will facilitate ticket fulfillment.

Tickets will be available starting Monday, May 22, 2017 at For a list of participating locations, please visit

Tyler Dinapoli, President of Marketing, Media and Research for Bleecker Street, said, “We’re proud to work with At&T Thanks, Regal Cinemas and MovieTickets.
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