'Upside Down Magic,' An Enchanting Twist on a Classic Story of Friendship and Self-Discovery
A new adventure following friendship and self-discovery has arrived and we are here for it. Because self-discovery is beautiful at all ages. Upside Down Magic is an enchanting twist on a classic story of a beautiful friendship and the discovery of self. There's color, there's magic, there's adventure. A film for them, you, or the entire family.
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This classic adventure is based on the novel, Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins. Directed by Joe Nussbaum, the teleplay was written by Nick Pustay and Josh Cagan. The cast includes: Izabela Rose as Nory Boxwood Horace; Siena Agudong as Reina Carvajal; Kyle Howardas Budd Skriff; Max Torina as Andres Padillo; Elie Samouhi as Elliot Cohen; Alison Fernandez as Pepper Paloma; Vicki Lewis as Headmaster Knightslinger; Yasmeen Fletcher as Chandra; Callum Seagram Airlie as Phillip; Cynthia McWilliams as Professor Argon; Elaine Hao as Professor Han; Amitai Marmorstein as Professor Lewis.
Upside-Down Magic is now available on Disney DVD.
Featuring Exclusive Bonus Content Including Bloopers and Five Deleted Scenes
Bloopers (DVD Exclusive) – Laugh along with the cast as they flub their lines, make mistakes and act goofy on set.
Deleted Scene #1 (DVD Exclusive) – “Night Before Sage”
Deleted Scene #2 (DVD Exclusive) – “How’d You Do?”
Deleted Scene #3 (DVD Exclusive) – “Hey, Goat”
Deleted Scene #4 (DVD Exclusive) – “Don’t Wait Up”
Deleted Scene #5 (DVD Exclusive) – “Ready for Anything”
Music Video #1 – “Everything’s Magic” Performed by the Cast
Music Video #2 – “A Place For Us” Performed by Izabela Rose & Siena Agudong
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'Heroes of Lucha Libre' on Crackle
Crackle Plus, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) company and one of the largest operators of streaming advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) networks, announced the U.S. premiere in early November of its original series, Heroes of Lucha Libre.The series launched on Wednesday, November 25.
Directed by Alfredo Widman(The Red Thread), the 11-part scripted series stars professional luchadores Rey Mysterio Jr., Mil Mascaras, Tinieblas Jr , Alushe, Dragon Lee andBlue Demon.
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Heroes of Lucha Libre celebrates the rich cultural tradition of the Lucha Libre sport while integrating an imaginative comic book storyline. With a contemporary spin on the action in the ring, the series features superhero elements making it unique to other content of its genre. Produced and created by Joaquin Vodanovich alongside Alejandro Ortiz the series is written by Ortiz.
“I grew up watching these heroes with my grandfather in Mexico. Now I want to share all those emotions and admiration with the world and help to inspire future generations,” said producer Alejandro Ortiz. Producer Joaquin Vodanovich added, “Lucha Libre tradition has been in our culture for over 100 years and we want to honor that heritage in the way it deserves. We think Crackle is the best partner to do just that.”
The deal was negotiated by Patrick Hughes, Harvey Russell and Pablito Vasquez of Foundation Media, who are also executive producers on the project.
As one of the only AVODs continually adding original and exclusive programming that uplifts, entertains, and inspires audiences, Crackle adds Heroes of Lucha Libre alongside original and AVOD exclusive titles including Lennox Lewis: The Untold Story, Robert the Bruce, Corporate Animals, Blue Iguana, Spides, Road to Race Day, Cleanin’ Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters, On Point, Anything is Possible – The Serge Ibaka Story, The Clearing, and Going From Broke, which was recently picked up for a second season.
“We are proud to add Heroes of Lucha Libre to Crackle’s growing list of original series,” said Philippe Guelton, president of Crackle Plus. “This family friendly show spotlights the exciting and historic cultural traditions for the sport and its famous Luchadors.”
Heroes of Lucha Libre is distributed worldwide by Screen Media, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment company and the supplier of exclusive and original content for Crackle Plus.
Watch free on Crackle! Crackle linear and VOD networks are available in the U.S. and can be accessed on up to 27 devices and services by the end of the year including Amazon FireTV, RokuTV, Apple TV, Smart TVs, gaming consoles, Plex, iOS and Android mobile devices and on desktops at Crackle.com. Fun fact, Crackle is also available in approximately 500,000 hotel rooms in the Marriott Bonvoy chain.
CRACKLE PLUS, A CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY
Crackle Plus owns and operates ad-supported VOD networks Crackle and Popcornflix and garners 50 million streams of its movies and TV shows per month, making it one of the largest AVOD streaming platforms in the U.S. Crackle Plus has over 80,000 hours of content available across all its networks, and premieres at least one original and one exclusive program each month, differentiating it from other AVODs. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) owns a majority stake in the company formed with Sony Pictures Television. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment also acquires and distributes video content through its Screen Media subsidiary and produces original long and short-form content through Landmark Studio Group, its Chicken Soup for the Soul Originals division and APlus.com. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment is a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, which publishes the famous book series and produces super-premium pet food under the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand name.
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A Film for One or Two or Everyone
Grab your hot cocoa, blanket and goodies. It's time to enjoy one of those good and heart-warming films... over and over again.
Set at Christmas time, Godmothered is a comedy about Eleanor, a young, inexperienced fairy godmother-in-training (Jillian Bell) who upon hearing that her chosen profession is facing extinction, decides to show the world that people still need fairy godmothers. Finding a mislaid letter from a 10-year-old girl in distress, Eleanor tracks her down and discovers that the girl, Mackenzie, is now a 40-year-old single mom (Isla Fisher) working at a news station in Boston. Having lost her husband several years earlier, Mackenzie has all but given up on the idea of “Happily Ever After,” but Eleanor is bound and determined to give Mackenzie a happiness makeover, whether she likes it or not.
Directed by Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bridget Jones’s Baby) Godmothered also stars Santiago Cabrera, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Jane Curtin, June Squibb, Jillian Shea Spaeder, Willa Skye, Artemis Pebdani, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Stephnie Weir. The film is produced by Justin Springer (“Dumbo”), Diane L. Sabatini (“Lady and the Tramp”), Tom Pollock (“Ghostbusters: Afterlife”), Ivan Reitman (“Ghostbusters”) and Amie Karp (“Ghostbusters: Afterlife”) served as executive producers.
Godmothered is now streaming on Disney+!
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Indie Latinx Filmmakers Shine a Light On the Latino Essential Workers Who Are Keeping American Running During COVID-19
Latinos Are Essential, a New Series of Short Films Now Playing
Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) announced in early November a new series of short films, Latinos Are Essential. The series premiered on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 and is available for streaming on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android, Roku streaming devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV and Chromecast. The episodes will also be available on PBS Voices, a YouTube channel from PBS Digital Studios that aims to explore what unites us through short-form documentaries.
PBS and LPB invite the public to contribute to the project by creating their own essential worker portraits and posting them on social media using the hashtags, #Esenciales and #LatinosAreEssential.
“While this year has been devastating, it has also given us a chance to reflect on all the work that our community does to keep Americans safe, fed and comfortable,” says Sandie Viquez Pedlow, LPB Executive Director. “We wanted to honor these extraordinary people while also providing emerging Latinx filmmakers with work, empowering them to tell the stories of essential workers in their communities. These short films provide a glimpse into the lives of people often unseen but so deserving of our recognition and gratitude.”
The Latinos Are Essential films will be supported by a robust social media campaign led by LPB, PBS and station and community partners. Latinos Are Essential partners include LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens), LCLAA (Labor Council for Latin American Advancement), HACU (Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities), HIP (Hispanics in Philanthropy), the IMAGEN Foundation, and Latinarrific as well as public television stations including WPBT/WXEL South Florida PBS, KLRN, Valley PBS, New Mexico PBS, WKAR, KERA, PBS El Paso, Texas Tech Public Media, PBS SoCal/KCET, Arizona PBS, WGCU Public Media, Austin PBS/KLRU and WORLD Channel.
Latinos Are Essential Films:
ALL AROUND US
Filmmaker: Andres Caballero
Location: New York, NY
Maria Hinojosa, host of NPR’s “Latino USA,” discusses her work reporting on the pandemic’s effect on Latino communities and her own bout with the virus.
Filmmaker: Claudia Zamora Valencia
Location: New York, NY
Astrid is a construction and domestic worker from Colombia who finds a temporary job cleaning subway cars at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City.
CHELSEA – AN ESSENTIAL CITY
Filmmaker: Sabrina Aviles
Location: Chelsea, MA
Two-thirds of the residents of the port city of Chelsea are Latino and four out of five are essential workers. Meet a young city councilwoman and a sanitation worker who are keeping their city running.
EL PASO ESTA PRESENTE
Filmmaker: Ramon Villa-Hernandez
Location: El Paso, TX
Monica Navarro is an associate at the Cielo Vista Walmart, the site of the devastating 2019 shooting that left 23 dead. Despite the tragedy, she takes pride in her work and her role in her family and community.
GROWING IN THE SHADOWS
Filmmaker: Lidieth Arevalo
Location: Kennett Square, PA
Anel Medina is a 28-year-old registered nurse and one of the 200,000 DACA recipients who are classified as essential workers, serving Americans across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Filmmaker: Juan Carlos Davila
Location: Corozal, Puerto Rico
In Puerto Rico, wracked by the aftermath of recent natural disasters and with unreliable electricity and internet access, two married teachers struggle to teach their students virtually while raising their own children.
Filmmaker: Raúl O. Paz-Pastrana
Location: Denver, CO
Twenty-two-year-old Dulce Bueno is a first response EMT who works long nights driving an ambulance for one of Colorado’s busiest trauma centers. Her job takes an enormous emotional toll, especially during the difficult days of the pandemic.
A PESCADOR IN THE TOWN
Filmmaker: Yvan Iturriaga, María José Calderón
Location: Oakland, CA
Meet Pancho Pescador, a self-taught Chilean artist and teacher, who spends his pandemic-era days bringing art and life to the struggling streets of Oakland.
Filmmaker: Rhonda Mitrani
Location: Miami, FL
Melanie is a Cuban-American first-grade teacher who is navigating the new experience of teaching her students online while caring for her three-year-old daughter and coping with sudden single parenthood.
Filmmaker: Jennifer Maytorena Taylor
Location: San Francisco, CA
Jon Jacobo, a first-generation Salvadoran American policy analyst and community activist from San Francisco’s Mission District, shares the story of the city’s Latino Task Force and its groundbreaking partnership with medical researchers to create large-scale COVID testing for Latinos and essential workers.
TODOS UNIDOS Y YO
Filmmaker: Esau Melendez
Location: Chicago, IL
Alfonzo Seiva is a Mexican immigrant living with his wife and son, who has been diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy. After his maintenance business declined due to the pandemic, Alfonzo began a program that brings meals and groceries to people in need.
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Renato, a successful Mexican aviation executive, is shocked to discover he has an American half-brother he never knew about, the free-spirited Asher. The two very different half-brothers are forced on a road journey together masterminded by their ailing father, tracing the path their father took as an immigrant from Mexico to the US.
Half Brothers will be available on demand starting December 23!
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The American Comedy of Latina Proportions Is Back With: Latina Christmas Special "Special"
Latina Christmas Special, the American comedy of Latina proportions, is back for one night only with Latina Christmas Special "Special". The live virtual event starring María Russell (TruTV's Tacoma FD,MTV's Teen Wolf), Diana Yanez (Margaret Cho's The Sensuous Woman) and Sandra Valls (Showtime's Latin Divas of Comedy) will be hosted by multi-Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Sharon Gless (Cagney & Lacey, Queer as Folk). It's all happening on Sunday, December 13th at 3:00 p.m. PST.
The Special will be streamed live on social media and is free of charge. Additionally, they will be raising funds for future productions of Latina Christmas Special and Toys for Tots, a charity program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas.
Directed by Geoffrey Rivas, Latina Christmas Special is an Off-Broadway smash hit bursting with laughs, music and escándalo. The original play made its NYC debut at SoHo Playhouse.
You thought your holidays with the family were dramatic? Try these three hilarious, touching and surprisingly personal Christmas stories of holidays past told (in English with a sprinkling of español) by three first-generation Latina comedians: the Miami-born, Cuban-American Yanez; the half Mexican-half Lithuanian California native Russell; and the Mexican-American Valls, who hails from Laredo, Texas.
"These stories touch each and every audience member on so many levels no matter their background" Rivas said. "They are also a window into some of the beautiful traditions we have within the Latinx community."
According to Yanez, "The 'special' in the title is an homage to all the TV shows we watched growing up - all those 'Christmas Specials' that we so closely identified with during the holidays, but that had absolutely no Latinos in them (or maybe just Jose Feliciano)."
Discover the secrets that helped make this hybrid comedy such a success. Get to know the cast as they spill the beans on their show (and each other), share backstage memories, and answer your burning questions that you send and ask us online. This show will feature sneak peek backstage pictures and videos documenting their extraordinary 6-year run, most recently at the SoHo Playhouse in NYC. Plus special celebrity guests!
Join Diana Yanez, Sandra Valls, and Maria Russell in Latina Christmas Special "Special" on Sunday, December 13th at 3:00 p.m. PST. The show will stream live on YouTube and Facebook.
Sign up at www.latinachristmasspecial.com for free.
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