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Ion Television Sets Holiday Lineup Headed By ‘Christmas Cupid’s Arrow’

  • Deadline
After setting company ratings records in 2017, Ion is decking the holiday halls for the 10th year in a row, setting a lineup of six original movies to air between November 25 and Christmas Day.

The half-dozen new titles, led off by Christmas Cupid’s Arrow, will join more than 25 library movies in a weekend rotation the network bills as “Bring the Holidays Home.” Last year’s holiday lineup, the company said, delivered Ion’s highest household ratings ever, averaging 887,000 viewers in primetime. The most popular title, A Prince for Christmas, posted a 1.2 million average.

“The holiday movie season has become a significant part of Ion Television’s programming strategy, and it continues to prove its value to both the network and our advertisers,” said Brandon Burgess, Chairman and CEO of Ion Media.

Ion is hardly the only TV programmer leaning into the holidays. A+E Networks’ Lifetime, Crown Media’s Hallmark Channel
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‘The Perfect Weapon’ DVD Review

  • Nerdly
Stars: Steven Seagal, Sasha Jackson, Richard Tyson, Johnny Messner, Vernon Wells, Lance E. Nichols, Kimberly Battista, Emilien De Falco | Written by Titus Paar, Alex Brenner, Jesse Cilio, Ulysses Oliver | Directed by Titus Paar

When you see a DVD cover like the one pictured above, for Steven Seagal’s latest opus, you expect yet another derivative action movie in which Seagal will, probably, lumber around the screen, trying to act like his old bad-ass self and failing miserably. What you Don’T expect, and what you get here with The Perfect Weapon, is a cyberpunk, Blade Runner-esque sci-fi action thriller in which Seagal plays The Bad Guy and our hero is an unstoppable assassin played by Johnny Messner, in total hard-ass, take no prisoners, mode!

The Perfect Weapon is set in a not too distant future, where a totalitarian state secret government organization controls all aspects of life. All “Enemies of the State
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Afm '15: Boundless Pictures Launches New Genre Label 'Firebrand'

Boundless Pictures' Founder Courtney Lauren Penn and Co-Founder Brandon Burrows have announced the launch of their new subsidiary label Firebrand, which will now handle its growing slate of elevated-genre pictures $10 million and under in budget.

Firebrand's inaugural picture is "The Perfect Weapon," which wrapped production last week (Monday, Oct 26th) starring Steven Seagal, Johnny Messner ("Tears of the Sun"), and Sasha Jackson ("'Till Death," "One Tree Hill"). The sci-fi actioner is directed by Titus Paar, written by Jessie Cillio, Alex Brenner, Ulysses Oliver, produced by Rafael Primorac, Andre Relis, Brandon Burrows, Courtney Lauren Penn and financed by the Fyzz Facility and Boundless Pictures through its Firebrand label. Next up for Firebrand is "Dead on Arrival."

Burrows will oversee finance and production for Firebrand's slate, while Penn will continue on in her position as President and Founder of Boundless Pictures, overseeing the parent company's slate of larger-budget, theatrical fare, $10 million and above. They include the upcoming time-travel thriller "Timeless," actioner "Run N Gun," K9 cop drama "Cry Justice," and a sequel to its Wesley Snipes actioner "Gallowalkers."

"Firebrand gives us the opportunity to ignite fierce, thrilling, elevated-genre stories and characters that, with the right tincture of release strategy and star power, demand a focused producing strategy of it's very own. We're thrilled to have partners like the Fyzz, work with a legend like Steven and from here on out, give this core part of our company focus and it's own development team," said Brandon Burrows

"We recognized a bifurcation in our slate and the growing need to allocate our resources accordingly. We've been fortunate lucky enough, since our inception in 2010 to developmentally and strategically grow such that we can now grant each label the attention and support it needs to serve the stories and storytellers to the best of our ability. All storytelling is enhanced by focus and I'm thrilled that my partner Brandon is picking up our proverbial Firebrand and running with it," added Courtney Lauren Pen.

Firebrand has access to a private lending facility and Boundless Pictures Parent Company is backed by UK and Us-based private equity.
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Boundless partners launch Firebrand

  • ScreenDaily
Us-based Boundless Pictures founder Courtney Lauren Penn and co-founder Brandon Burrows have launched subsidiary label Firebrand to handle elevated-genre pictures budgeted up to $10m.

The inaugural slate includes sci-fi action title The Perfect Weapon starring Steven Seagal, Johnny Messner and Sasha Jackson.

Burrows will oversee finance and production on the Firebrand slate while Penn will continue in her role as president and founder of Boundless Pictures, overseeing the parent company’s slate of larger-budget, theatrical fare.

That slate features the upcoming time-travel thriller Timeless, action title Run N Gun, police drama Cry Justice and the sequel to the company’s Wesley Snipes actioner Gallowwalkers.
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Afm: Boundless partners launch Firebrand

  • ScreenDaily
Us-based Boundless Pictures founder Courtney Lauren Penn and co-founder Brandon Burrows have launched subsidiary label Firebrand to handle elevated-genre pictures budgeted up to $10m.

The inaugural slate includes sci-fi action title The Perfect Weapon starring Steven Seagal, Johnny Messner and Sasha Jackson.

Burrows will oversee finance and production on the Firebrand slate while Penn will continue in her role as president and founder of Boundless Pictures, overseeing the parent company’s slate of larger-budget, theatrical fare.

That slate features the upcoming time-travel thriller Timeless, action title Run N Gun, police drama Cry Justice and the sequel to the company’s Wesley Snipes actioner Gallowwalkers.
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Dorothy and the Witches of Oz expands theatrical release

The family fun adventure Dorothy and the Witches of Oz is following the yellow brick road to six more theaters on Friday, March 16th . including College Square in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and 20 Grand in Omaha, Nebraska. The epic fantasy film will also now be playing in at Addison Cinemas in Addison, Illinois, Marcus Cinemas Elgin in Elgin, Illinois, AMC Mayfair Mall 18 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Marc Sheboygan in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and Cinema Oshkosh in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Inspired by the writings of L. Frank Baum, the film was written and directed by Leigh Scott and stars Christopher Lloyd, Lance Henriksen, Billy Boyd, Paulie Rojas, Eliza Swenson, Barry Ratcliffe, Sasha Jackson, Mia Sara, Jeffery Combs, Ethan Embry, Sean
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Director Leigh Scott talks Dorothy and the Witches of Oz

The family fun adventure Dorothy and the Witches of Oz is now playing in select cities and is an entertaining from start to finish. Inspired by the writings of L. Frank Baum, the film was written and directed by Leigh Scott and stars Christopher Lloyd, Lance Henriksen, Billy Boyd, Paulie Rojas, Eliza Swenson, Barry Ratcliffe, Sasha Jackson, Mia Sara, Jeffery Combs, Ethan Embry, Sean Astin and Noel Thurman. Dorothy and The Witches of Oz follows the exploits of the grown Dorothy Gale, now a successful children's book author. As she moves from Kansas to present day New York City, Dorothy quickly learns that her popular books are based on repressed childhood memories, and that the wonders of Oz
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Dorothy and the Witches of Oz - Movie Review

Dorothy and the Witches of Oz is simply a fun time at the movies. It manages to capture what an epic film of its scope should . pure entertainment from start to finish. Fun for the whole family and with a perfect blend of fantasy and comedy, Dorothy and the Witches of Oz reminds of some of the classic family films - such as The NeverEnding Story, The Dark Crystal, Willow and of course The Wizard of Oz. Inspired by the writings of L. Frank Baum, the film was written and directed by Leigh Scott and stars Christopher Lloyd, Lance Henriksen, Billy Boyd, Paulie Rojas, Eliza Swenson, Barry Ratcliffe, Sasha Jackson, Mia Sara, Jeffery Combs, Ethan Embry, Sean
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Today in Soap Opera History (August 1)

On this date in...

1980: Beverlee McKinsey made her final appearance as Iris on Another World. The show aired its final 90-minute episode that Friday. The following Monday, Iris would be spun off into her own show, Texas.

1981: MTV first aired at 12:01 a.m. General Hospital's Rick Springfield had the No. 1 song in the U.S. that week with "Jessie's Girl," but the new network did not play a Springfield video that first day.

1993: Leonard J. Stabb, Guiding Light's Hart Jessup, was hospitalized in critical condition after a hang-gliding accident.

2005: The BBC World Service launched its first online soap opera, The Flatmates.

Celebrating a birthday today are:

Dana Sparks (ex-Grace/Faith, Passions; ex-Victoria, Falcon Crest) - 50

Jennifer Gareis (Donna, The Bold And The Beautiful; ex-Grace, The Young And The Restless) - 41

Nic Robuck (James, One Life To Live)

Sasha Jackson (ex-Kylie, One Tree Hill) - 23

Jack O'Connell (Cook,
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Blue Crush 2 – Blu-ray Review

The Film:

Gone are the days of Gidget or the awesome drive-in features from American International Pictures of summer fun, the ocean, and beautiful girls in bikinis, yet nearly a decade ago Blue Crush tried to fill this little void. It had the girls in bikinis (Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez). It had the ocean, which they used the sub-culture of surfing as a backdrop. Yet it wasn’t really summer fun, since that film was unfocused and needlessly over-dramatic. Would an in-name only sequel overcome those issues and bring in some summer fun to the party? Surprisingly, yes, and Blue Crush 2 is a great little film waiting to be seen.

Blue Crush 2 isn’t the most original film out there, or within the Beach Party genre, but it hits all of the right notes, for a breezy, perhaps predictable fun time. Whatever demons the Kate Bosworth character was chasing in the original film,
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Interview: Sasha Jackson on Blue Crush 2

In 2002, a film based on a magazine article was released in Blue Crush, starring Kate Bosworth and Michelle Rodriguez. Bikinis, surfing, exotic locations, what’s not to like? Nearly 9 years later, Universal is stepping back into the surf culture with Blue Crush 2, which stars equally as hot starlets, in Elizabeth Mathis (Unstoppable), Sharnie Vinson (Step Up 3D and the upcoming Bait 3D), and Sasha Jackson (TV’s One Tree Hill).

The film’s plot: Haunted by the memory of her deceased mother, Dana (Jackson) leaves Malibu behind and heads to South Africa to fulfill her mother’s dream of surfing Jeffery’s Bay.

Killer Film caught up with the film’s star Sasha Jackson to talk about her co-stars, the South African locations, and everything else on Blue Crush 2.

Jon: How did Blue Crush 2 come to you and what got you excited to sign on to play Dana?
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Exclusive: Elizabeth Mathis Talks Blue Crush 2

Exclusive: Elizabeth Mathis Talks Blue Crush 2
Actress Elizabeth Mathis discusses playing Pushy in Blue Crush 2, learning how to surf, shooting in South Africa, and more.

Elizabeth Mathis is an actress you may have seen pop up in big moves over the past few years. She portrayed Tess in Enchanted, Nicole in Unstoppable, and one of the "sirens" in the sci-fi hit Tron: Legacy. The actress will surely get a big push from her latest project, Blue Crush 2, where she plays, ironically, a character named Pushy. The story follows a young surfer named Dana (Sasha Jackson) who journeys to South Africa to fulfill her recently-deceased mother's dream: to surf the legendary waves of Jeffrey Bay. Elizabeth Mathis' Pushy is one of the South African surf locals Dana gets into adventures with along the way.

Blue Crush 2 will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on June 7, and I recently had the chance to speak
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This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: June 7, 2011

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Deal Alert: I don't catch the deals at Amazon all that often, but when I do I like to share them and I noticed that right now you can buy the Alien Anthology (Alien, Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection) on Blu-ray for only $52.99 (list price $139.99) and for anyone that read my review you already know I consider this one of the best Blu-ray sets ever released. Click here to purchase.

Additionally, the Back to the Future Blu-ray trilogy is on sale for just $24.99 (list price $79.98) and it's another one where I reviewed it and was thoroughly impressed with the transfers. You can click here to purchase that one.

That said, the deals are done, though one thing I point out below is that with this week's releases all of the ten films in my top ten movies of 2010 are now available to own.
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Blu Monday: June 7, 2011

Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 Barry Pepper & Thomas Jane portray baseball legends in Billy Crystals’ 61* (2001) The Adventure Of Priscilla: Queen Of The Desert (1994) The comedian’s life is documented in American: The Bill Hicks Story (2009) Ian McKellen & Brad Renfro star in Bryan Singer’s chilling Apt Pupil (1998) Sasha Jackson & Elizabeth Mathis star in Blue Crush 2 - Blu-Ray/DVD Combo (2011) David Lean’s Academy Award-winning war epic The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957) Adam Sandler & Damon Wayans star in Bulletproof (1996) Andrea Bianchi’s Italian horror Burial Ground: The Nights Of Terror (1981) Clint & Clyde – Double Feature: Every Which Way But Loose / Any Which Way You Can Nathan Fillion voices Green Lantern: Emerald Knights – Blu-Ray/DVD Combo (2011) John Savage & Treat Williams star in Hair (1979) Adam Sandler stars in Happy Gilmore (1996) G.I. Clint – Double Feature: Firefox / Heartbreak Ridge Jackie plays himself in Jackie Chan Kung
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102.7 Kiis FM's Wango Tango 2011 Blue Crush 2 DVD Release Promotion Pictures

Elizabeth Mathis, Sasha Jackson, Sharni Vinson attend 102.7 Kiis FM's Wango Tango 2011 Blue Crush 2 DVD release promotion Nokia Plaza.Photo copyright Missb / PR Photos. Elizabeth Mathis, Sasha Jackson, Sharni Vinson attend 102.7 Kiis FM's Wango Tango 2011 Blue Crush 2 DVD release promotion Nokia Plaza.Photo copyright Missb / PR Photos. Elizabeth Mathis, Sasha Jackson, Sharni Vinson attend 102.7 Kiis FM's Wango Tango 2011 Blue Crush 2 DVD release promotion Nokia Plaza.Photo copyright Missb / PR Photos. Sharni Vinson attends 102.7 Kiis FM's Wango Tango 2011 Blue Crush 2 DVD release promotion Nokia Plaza.Photo copyright Missb / PR Photos. Elizabeth Mathis, Sasha Jackson, Sharni Vinson attend 102.7 Kiis FM's Wango Tango 2011 Blue Crush 2
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Blue Crush 2 Film Clip and Wango Tango Photo

Universal City, California, February 24, 2011.A young woman takes the journey of a lifetime along the jaw-dropping beaches of South Africa in the all-new surfing adventure Blue Crush 2, coming exclusively to Blu-rayTM and DVD June 7, 2011. From Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Imagine Entertainment . the filmmakers behind the original Blue Crush . Blue Crush 2 follows a high-spirited California surfer girl as she treks across the magnificent beaches of South Africa, making new friends, finding romance and riding epic waves. Filmed along one of the most exotic and dangerous shorelines in the world, Blue Crush 2 is available for a limited time only as a Blu-ray. Combo Pack featuring Blu-ray., DVD and downloadable digital copy.

Blue Crush 2 .Surf Montage. Film Clip

Blue Crush 2 is directed and produced by Mike Elliott (Beethoven.s Big Break). The film is an official South African/German Co-Production, produced in South Africa by Universal Pictures
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Blue Crush 2 Blu-ray Release Date and Details

Universal is returning to the formula that made Blue Crush a moderate success with the direct-to-video sequel Blue Crush 2. You'll find it in stores on Blu-ray and DVD beginning June 7.

Blue Crush 2 stars a young cast led by Sasha Jackson ('One Tree Hill') and was shot entirely on location in South Africa which is home to the "perfect wave." A slew of professional surfers will also get their surf on in front of the camera. When fit bodies aren't riding waves, there's a story about a California girl trying to fulfill her mother's dream of surfing Jeffrey's Bay.

Bonus features include the following:

Deleted Scenes Gag Reel The Making Of Blue Crush 2.Dive into the world of Blue Crush 2 as the cast and crew of the film offer an inside look at the film's behind-the-scenes secrets. Surf Safari! Filming In South Africa.From Durban's
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The Witches of Oz 3D Featurette and Posters

Check out the first featurette and three posters from the upcoming Leigh Scott’s fantasy/comedy The Witches of Oz 3D.

The Witches of Oz 3D story takes a fresh angle on L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wizard of Oz andfollows the exploits of Dorothy Gale, now a successful children’s book author, as she moves from Kansas to New York City.

Dorothy quickly realizes that the dreams on which she based her books were actually childhood memories, and that the wonders of Oz are very, very real. When the Wicked Witch of the West appears in Times Square, Dorothy must find inner courage to stop her.

The Witchesof Oz 3D Poster

The film began principle photography in December 2009 and wrapped in early February 2010. It was filmed on location in various cities in Connecticut including Hartford, Norwalk, Bridgeport, Easton and Ridgefield as well as utilizing studio space at Palace
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"Blue Crush 2" To Premiere Exclusively On Blu-Ray And DVD

The anticipated sequel to the 2002 surfer film "Blue Crush" is coming to Blu-ray and DVD. The follow-up film, currently filming on location in South Africa, will feature bone crushing waves and adrenaline pumping adventure in spring 2011.

Directed by produced by Mike Elliott, "Blue Crush 2" stars Sasha Jackson as an award-winning teen surfer who flees her Beverly Hills home for the beaches of South Africa, her late mother's home country, when her father pressures her to go to college.

Sharni Vinson, Elizabeth Mathis, Ben Milliken, and newcomer Chris Fisher also star, while some of the world-class female surfers from the Roxy team - Sally Fitzgibbons, Laura Enever, Bianca Buitendag, Rosy Hodge, Tanika Hoffman, and Danielle Le Roux - are also featured.

The film, officially distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment, will premiere exclusively on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD in spring 2011.
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Blue Crush 2 Makes Waves on DVD and Blu-ray Spring of 2011

Sasha Jackson stars in the sequel to the hit surfing film The search for the ultimate wave becomes an exotic and exhilarating journey of self-discovery and heartfelt friendship in Blue Crush 2, currently filming on location along the wild coast of South Africa, famous for its bone crushing waves. The all-new movie installment based on 2002's hugely popular Blue Crush, which starred Kate Bosworth and Michelle Rodriguez, follows an adventurous young woman on the surf adventure of a lifetime. Blue Crush 2 is directed and produced by Mike Elliott (Beethoven's Big Break). Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind) and Ron Howard (Angels & Demons) are also producing for Imagine Entertainment. The film is an official South African/German Co-Production, produced in South Africa by Universal Pictures Productions GmbH and Moonlighting Blue Crush Productions, and is co-produced by Genevieve Hofmeyr and Ralph Tuebben. The film will premiere exclusively on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD
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