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“The Coolest Guy Movie In The World” Premieres On Digital This August

From filmmaker and film historian Chris Espenan comes The Coolest Guy Movie Ever — a fascinating forensic documentary about the making of the classic World War II adventure film The Great Escape — to DVD and digital HD from Virgil Films on August 21, 2018, after a special screening earlier this year at Marché du film in Cannes.

Before Evans, Hemsworth, and Downey Jr. there was McQueen, Garner, and Bronson. These men represented what it meant to be tough guys in the 1960s, and they had the acting chops to play the toughest characters around – including the real life airmen who pulled off one of the most improbable escapes in war history.

The filming locations of the enormously popular World War II adventure The Great Escape have become enshrined over the years by film buffs and historians alike, forever changing the landscape of the small German towns that once played host to these Hollywood heavyweights. Now for the first time, Filmmaker Chris Espenan set out to visit all of the locations in Germany where the 1963 film was made, while compiling facts, behind-the-scenes stories, and inside information on how the film was produced.

From visiting Geisel Gastag Studios in Munich to the Bavarian town of Füssen, Espenan assembled a unique team of cameramen, historians, film buffs, and local experts who painstakingly found the exact spots where actors Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, David McCallum, and others toiled in the summer of 1962.

Uncovering treasures such as footage from a German television news shoot — which included a rare interview on the set with Steve McQueen — to getting first person interviews from the locals who were there during filming, The Coolest Guy Movie Ever is a true labor of love, fashioned by filmmakers who exult The Great Escape as one of the most memorable World War II movies ever made, featuring one of the greatest casts ever assembled, and for many, indeed, The Coolest Guy Movie Ever.

“The Great Escape is my favorite film of all time,” said Producer Steve Rubin. “It is the first film I started researching for my book ‘Combat Films 1945-2010’, the subject of my 1993 documentary Return to The Great Escape, and the reason I was nominated for Best Classic Commentary in 2004 for The Great Escape: Special Edition. When filmmaker Chris Espenan came to me with the idea for The Coolest Guy Movie Ever, I literally dropped everything to help him.”

Executive Producer and Virgil Films CEO Joe Amodei echoed Rubin’s sentiments when he said “As a young boy exploring the big wide world of motion pictures for the first time The Great Escape excited me, thrilled me and cemented a love for movies that has stayed with me forever. This is the film that started it all.”

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Horror Icon Jamie Bernadette Stars In “Face Of Evil” From Gravitas Ventures

Horror icon Jamie Bernadette stars in Face of Evil, now available on VOD and DVD from Gravitas Ventures.

Infect yourself with a plague of horrific entertainment from award-winning filmmaker Vito Dinatolo.

On July 4th, private Jay Williams returns home from the Middle East, but a mysterious epidemic breaks out and infects his friends at his party. On the road to salvation, Jay is joined by his ex-sergeant, who reveals chilling secrets leading to a conspiracy. The night has just begun, as they embark on a survival quest for the ultimate truth.

Scott Baxter, Chad Bishop, Jamie Bernadette and Janet Roth star in Face of Evil, now out from Gravitas Ventures.

Taron Egerton And Jamie Foxx Star In “Robin Hood,” In Theaters November 21

Lionsgate is back with a new adaptation of “Robin Hood.” Taron Egerton stars as Robin of Locksley.

Jamie Foxx is given the task of training a young Robin in the film. “Robin Hood” will invade theaters November 21, 2018.

“Robin Hood” stars Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn, Eve Hewson, Tim Minchin, and Jamie Dornan. Watch the full trailer below:

Documentary: BET Networks Presents “VIXEN,” How Video Models Changed The Music Industry

BET Networks is back with a new documentary. “VIXEN” examines how video models changed the music industry.

Melyssa Ford, Buffie the Body, Karrine Steffans, Gloria Velez and more video vixens share their stories. Listen as the ladies write themselves back into hip hop history.

“VIXEN” is a BET Original Documentary. Watch the full documentary below:

Bronx: SIU Starring Brian White And Shanti Lowry Premieres July 19 On UMC And Amazon

Brian White (‘’Chicago Fire’’, ‘’Ray Donovan’’, “The Shield”) leads an outstanding cast in the hot new drama “Bronx SIU”, premiering July 19 on UMC.

Bronx SIU, Special Investigations Unit, focuses on an elite task force, based out of The Bronx, that handles all of New York City’s most demanding and difficult cases. Secrets, lies and double lives intertwine as the story of Bronx SIU unfolds. In this superbly paced, action thriller, where no one comes out the same way they went in.

Shanti Lowry, Miguel A.Nunez Jr (“Tour of Duty”), Denise Boutte (Why Did I Get Married?), Ameer Baraka (“American Horror Story”), Eddie Davenport (“Westworld”), Leticia Jimenez (Assassination Nation) and Keeland Ellis (Lucky Girl) help make up the support cast of the hottest new action-thriller series of the summer. “Bronx SIU” is written and produced by Mike Mayhall and Dan Garcia and directed by Mayhall.

From RJL Entertainment, the eight-episode premiere season of “Bronx SIU” hits UMC July 19.

DJ Rico Banks Interviews Mike Mayhall, Director Of Bronx: SIU For Today’s UGR Podcast Episode

UGR MIKE BROX SIU

Bronx SIU is a new series premiering this Thursday on Amazon Prime. The series follows the shows lead characters, Jimmy and Yolanda, as they solve crimes in the Bronx.

The series stars Brian White, Shanti Lowry and others. It’s also written and produced by Dan Garcia and Mike Mayhall. Mayhall also serves as director for the project.

Today we spoke with Mike Mayhall about the series and more. Listen now below via our podcast:

“King Cohen” Featuring Joe Dante, Larry Cohen And More Gears Up For July 20 Release

The highly anticipated King Cohen, the true story of writer, producer, director, creator and all-around maverick, Larry Cohen, will receive a full theatrical run across the U.S beginning July 20 in L.A (with other cities in the weeks to follow), courtesy Dark Star Pictures.
Cohen, best known for resourceful low-budget horror and thriller films that combine social commentary with prerequisite scares and welcome humor, is responsible for celluloid classics including Black Caesar, It’s Alive, Q: The Winged Serpent, and The Stuff. He was also a major player in the Blaxploitation films of the 1970s, as well as a prominent Hollywood screenwriter (Phone Booth).

The acclaimed film features interviews with such industry luminaries as Martin Scorsese, J.J Abrams, Joe Dante, Mick Garris, John Landis, Fred Williamson as well as Cohen himself. Cohen’s remarkable one-of-a-kind career, from 60’s TV series creator (Branded, The Invaders), to 70’s and 80’s independent film icon and beyond, is chronicled with freewheeling and insightful verve.

Winner of the 2017 Fantasia Fest Best Documentary Feature Audience Award, King Cohen hails from Rondo Award-winning writer/director Steve Mitchell, whose film and television credits include co-writing the beloved cult horror/comedy Chopping Mall. King Cohen is a La-La Land Entertainment production, in association with Big And Tall Pictures and Off The Cliff Productions. It is directed and produced by Steve Mitchell and produced by Matt Verboys and Dan McKeon.

King Cohen begins its theatrical run July 20 in LA, with other cities to follow,.