KEANU REEVES STARS IN THE 3D EPIC ACTION-ADVENTURE
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Universal City, California, February 4, 2014— Keanu Reeves (The Matrix trilogy, The Day The Earth Stood Still) stars in a reimagining of one of Japan’s timeless tales, 47 Ronin, available on Blu-ray™ 3Dand Blu-ray™ Combo Packs, DVD, DIGITAL HD including UltraViolet™ and On Demand on April 1, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
Based on an epic story, this extraordinary tale of inspiring courage has its origins in the early 18th century. After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and reclaim their honor. Transformed into a thrilling, visually stunning 3D film by director Carl Rinsch, 47 Ronin tells the story of a small group of warriors, or ronin, on a quest to avenge the death of their master. Battling across a savage world of mythical beasts, shape-shifting witches and wondrous terrors, the ronin must seek help from kai (Reeves), an enslaved half-breed they once rejected – in their ultimate fight for redemption.
Keanu Reeves leads an international cast that includes Hiroyuki Sanada (Sunshine, The Last Samurai) as Oishi, the leader of the ronin; Tadanobu Asano (The Wolverine, Thor: The Dark World) as Lord Kira, the treacherous villain who will stop at nothing to destroy his enemies; Academy Award®-nominated actress Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, Pacific Rim) as the Witch, a siren who executes Kira’s deadly plans; and Ko Shibasaki (The Lady Shogun and Her Men, One Missed Call) as Mika, the forbidden love of Kai’s life.
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- KEANU & KAI — Keanu Reeves embodies one of cinema’s most richly imagined heroes as Kai, the outcast who leads a small band of rebels against an army and supernatural enemies. Along with Reeves, director Carl Rinsch and other key voices from the filmmaking team reveal how this adventure would not be possible without Reeves’ mastery of martial arts and total immersion in the role.
- STEEL FURY: THE FIGHTS OF 47 RONIN — This featurette explores the intense research, choreography and rehearsals that went into creating the film’s unique action sequences, including Kai’s epic battle against the silver Samurai and the heart-stopping Kirin hunt sequence.
- MYTHS, MAGIC & MONSTERS: THE FX OF 47 RONIN — 47 Ronin’s world-class creative team reveals the technological magic it used to bring to life the creatures of ancient Japanese folklore, including The Kirin (a giant hybrid beast with the head of a dragon and the body of a deer), the Kitsune witch, the Oni troll and the demonic Tengu Monks.
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RE-FORGING THE LEGEND — The story of 47 Ronin is one of Japan’s most time-honored legends. The filmmakers talk about how they brought this “dream world” to the big screen, from script to costumes, visual design, and culture. · DELETED SCENES
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THE FLUFFY MOVIE – COMEDY CONCERT FILM FEATURING GABRIEL “FLUFFY” IGLESIAS
COMING TO THEATERS JULY 11, 2014
Los Angeles, CA, February 13, 2014 – Open Road Films has acquired worldwide rights to THE FLUFFY MOVIE, the upcoming comedy concert film featuring Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias. THE FLUFFY MOVIE will hit theaters July 11, 2014. The announcement was made today by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films and Gulfstream Pictures’ partners Mike Karz and Bill Bindley.
Financing and producing THE FLUFFY MOVIE are Gulfstream Pictures’ Mike Karz and Bill Bindley, with Arsonhouse Entertainment’s Joe Meloche and Ron DeBlasio, Gabriel Iglesias and his company Fluffy Inc., and Levity Entertainment Group (LEG) also producing, and John Bravakis executive producing.
Open Road Films and Gulfstream Pictures worked with Iglesias on the animated hit family film THE NUT JOB, which had the highest grossing opening for an independent animated film when it was released last month. Iglesias voiced the role of Jimmy, a groundhog, alongside Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Liam Neeson and Maya Rudolph.
THE FLUFFY MOVIE will capture the wild on-stage hilarity and inspirational success story of Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, one of America’s most popular comedians who performs year-round in sold-out concerts across the United States and abroad.
Iglesias’ journey is an American success story, coming from very humble beginnings, and achieving success through determination and years of hard work. His unique and animated stand-up comedy is a mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters and sound effects that bring all his personal experiences to life and have made him widely popular among fans of all ages. He made Forbes magazine’s 2013 “Ones to Watch” list.
THE FLUFFY MOVIE will be filmed at two upcoming sold-out comedy shows on February 28 and March 1, 2014 in San Jose, California.
“Finally, a comedy that everyone can see!” said Iglesias.
“Gabriel has worked incredibly hard to become a massive success in the world of stand-up comedy,” stated Ortenberg. “With his roles in Magic Mike and The Nut Job and a hilarious performance in our upcoming film A Haunted House 2, he is a rising star on the big screen and this new film is certain to be a hit with comedy-lovers everywhere.”
“It was great working with Gabriel on The Nut Job,” said Karz. “His contributions both on screen and in promoting the film helped make The Nut Job a huge success.”
Added Bindley: “Gabriel’s global appeal coupled with the popularity of comedy concert films make this a perfect next collaboration for us.”
Born in Chula Vista, California, Gabriel Iglesias is the youngest of six children, raised by a single mother. Growing up, the family lived in Section 8, low-income housing in the city of Long Beach. It was during his childhood that he developed a strong sense of humor to deal with the obstacles he faced. In 1997, he set out to hone his comedic skills and started performing stand-up anywhere he could find an audience including biker bars and “hole in the wall” joints. In 2011, after more than 35 years, Gabriel was reunited with his father. As a young boy, he never could have foreseen the incredible success he has experienced.
Today, Iglesias is one of America’s most successful stand-up comedians and he performs year-round in sold-out concerts across the United States and abroad. His stand-up comedy is a mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters and sound effects that bring all his personal experiences to life. His unique and animated comedy style has made him popular among fans of all ages. This past April Comedy Central premiered “Gabriel Iglesias: Aloha Fluffy” in an unprecedented two-night comedy special. The hit special is currently available on DVD and digital download from Amazon, iTunes and at Wal-Mart. It follows in the footsteps of his highly successful first two DVD specials, “Hot & Fluffy” and “I’m Not Fat…I’m Fluffy” which have sold well over 1 million copies.
In addition to performing as a stand-up comedian, Iglesias is making a name for himself in both the feature film and television arenas. His voice was featured in the recent box-office record-breaking hit animated family film The Nut Job – which was released by Open Road Films – and also starred Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl and Liam Neeson. Iglesias appeared in the 2012 blockbuster film Magic Mike, co-starring alongside Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey. Tatum, a long-time fan of Iglesias’, personally sought him out for the role. In 2013 Iglesias voiced the characters of Ned and Zed in the Disney hit animated feature film Planes where he starred with Dane Cook, Val Kilmer, Brad Garrett and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. His voiceover talent will also be featured in the upcoming animated film El Americano. Iglesias will next be seen in A Haunted House 2 – from Open Road Films – starring alongside Marlon Wayans and Jaime Pressly, which will hit theaters April 18, 2014.
His television appearances include “Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution,” which premiered on Comedy Central in October 2011 and was one of the highest rated stand-up series on the network. Season 3 tapes this fall and is set to air in the spring of 2014. Iglesias’ talents were recognized when he was individually nominated for a 2012 ALMA Award in the category of Favorite TV Reality, Variety, or Comedy Personality or Act.