THE HUNT
Rating: About Ratings
Opens: 03/13/2020
Running Time: 90
Rated: R
Cast: Hilary Swank, Betty Gilpin, Ike Barinholtz and Emma Roberts.
Crew: Director: Craig Zobel. Producers: Jason Blum, Damon Lindelof and Jennifer Scudder Trent. Executive Producers: Craig Zobel, Nick Cuse and Steven R. Molen. Screenwriters: Nick Cuse and Damon Lindelof. Cinematographer: Darren Tiernan.
REVIEW: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

Universal’s controversial movie “The Hunt” was scheduled for release last year on Sept. 27.

However, after the mass shootings in Dayton Ohio and El Paso, Texas and along with a wave of criticism surrounding it’s political messaging—some of the chatter even came from President Trump--the film was shelved.

Now, “The Hunt” is on again. This time it’s being marketed not just as a dark, political satire, but also a horror/thriller movie. It kind of works on both fronts which isn’t all that surprising since it’s from Blumhouse productions the creators of the socially conscious movies, “Us,” “Get Out” and “The Purge.”

With “The Hunt,” director Craig Zobel (TV’s “One Dollar”) and writers Damon Lindelof (TV’s “Lost” and Nick Cuse (TV’s “Watchmen”) build their story around America’s current cultural divide. “The Hunt” is meant to be offensive.

It’s meant to shock and awe. It takes aim at liberals, conservatives, vegans, Jews, blacks/African-Americans, rednecks and the rest of those “basket of deplorables.”

“The Hunt” is a loose update of Richard Connell’s classic 1924 short story, “The Most Dangerous Game” where humans prey on each other for sport.

The reason? Politics of course. Both the left and right hate each other.

“The Hunt” begins when a dozen people wind up in a remote facility called The Manor House. Among the group is Emma Roberts, (TV’s “American Horror Story”), Sturgill Simpson (“Queen & Slim”) and Ike Barinholtz (TV’s “The Twilight Zone”) and Justin Hartley (TV’s “This is Us”).

Their mouths are gagged, and they have no clue how they got there. There’s a giant, wooden crate nearby. They open it and find a ton of weapons and a live pig inside. No clue as to why the pig is there.

Within minutes, they’re being hunted by a group of elitists: (Steve Coulter, (“Just Mercy”), Vince Pisani, TV’s “Legacies”), Glenn Howerton, TV’s “A.P. Bio”) and Teri Wyble, (TV’s “The Resident”) among others. They’ve devised all sorts of ways to kill them from using a spike pit and piercing arrows, to a barrage of high-tech weaponry.

These elitists revel in this deadly, bloody game that’s orchestrated by their leader, Athena (a terrific Hilary Swank, TV’s “BoJack Horseman”).

The only person savvy enough to survive this onslaught is Crystal (a terrific Betty Gilpin, “The Grudge”). There’s a reason Crystal is so tough. As this crazy and insanely violent movie rolls along we see why especially during a thrilling fight scene between them.

“The Hunt” is the kind of movie that Quentin Tarantino would undoubtedly love for its gratuitous violence and political incorrectness.

Even so, while “The Hunt” has some exciting moments, it’s still just a solid B-movie and not quite the political juggernaut it was hyped up to be.

Editor's Note: Be sure to catch my N2Entertainment.net movie talk segment on the Kitty O'Neal Show Fridays now at 6:20 p.m. on radio station KFBK 1530 AM and 93.1 FM.

Check Out This Trailer For "THE HUNT"

Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), The Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC), The Alliance Of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.
 

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<b>“The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings.”</b> Title: “The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings.”
Year Released: 1977
Running Time: 110
Production Company: Universal Pictures
Director: John Badham
Director of Photography: Bill Butler
Screenwriter: William Brashler
Author: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

REVIEW: It must have been my recent chance meeting with former Dodger legend Dusty Baker that turned my attention to the Dodgers and baseball in particular. Then again, baseball season is right around the corner, so this review was just meant to me.

The truth is, I realized I hadn’t reviewed any baseball movies in a long time. One of my favorite...
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Bombshell <b> (March 10)</b> Title: Bombshell (March 10)
Year Released: 2019
Running Time: 109
Production Company: Summit Inc/Lionsgate
Director: Jay Roach
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“BOMBSHELL”

In “Bombshell” director Jay Roach (“Trumbo”) doesn’t pull many punches and rips the skin right off to expose the Fox News organization for its alleged involvement in a shocking sexual harassment scandal in 2016 that nearly toppled the network and spawned the #MeToo movement.

Charlize Theron is spot on as newscaster Megyn Kelly. So is Nicole Kidman’s portrayal of Gretchen Carlson, Margot Robbie plays a fictional character and John Lithgow channels former Fox CEO Roger Ailes.

“Bombshell” earned three Oscar nominations at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards, “Best Actress” (Theron), “Best Supporting Actress” (Robbie) and it won for “Best Makeup and Hairstyling.”

The movie focuses on the women reporters and the sexist environment they stated they were subjected to. When Carlson (Kidman) is fired, she sues Ailes for sexual harassment and that sets this drama into motion.

While “Bombshell” is a film with an important message, it also feels rushed and limited and doesn’t go deep enough into the issues. Still, it shines a much-needed spotlight on women standing up, speaking up and refusing to be bullied and sexually harassed in the newsroom and beyond.
(Recommended).

Editor’s Note: Here are the “Bombshell” Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Special Features:

1. "No Easy Truths: The Making of Bombshell" 7-Part Documentary:
2. "Convergence: Genesis of the Film" Featurette
3. "Quid Pro Quo: Charlize, Nicole, Margot, John" Featurette
4. "Human Dynamics: The Ensemble Cast" Featurette
5. "Breaking the Fourth Wall: Visual Design" Featurette
6. "Layer by Layer: Makeup, Hair & Clothing" Featurette
7. "A Unique Skill Set: Jay Roach" Featurette
8. "Catalyst for Change: Parting Thoughts" Featurette.

Uncut Gems <b>(March 10) </b> Title: Uncut Gems (March 10)
Year Released: 2019
Running Time: 135
Production Company: A24 Productions
Director: Benny And Josh Safdie
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

UNCUT GEMS:

In “Uncut Gems,” Adam Sandler gets serious and ditches his goofball comedy routine for a serious and impressive, hard-core turn as a slick, New York City jeweler and compulsive gambler.

Directed by Josh and Benny Safdie (“Good Time”), “Uncut Gems” is set in 2012 in New York City’s Diamond District. It’s here that Howard Ratner (Sandler) has a popular jewelry store that’s frequented by regular folks but mostly high-end clientele; pro athletes like NBA star Kevin Garnett who loves that bling.

When Howard’s right-hand man, Demany (Lakeith Stanfield, “The Photograph”) convinces KG to come in and see a rare opal stone that Howard somehow managed to hide in a dead fish and smuggle from Ethiopia, Kevin accepts the invite.

Once Kevin sees the piece, he wants to hold on to it as a good luck charm for his upcoming game. He offers to give Howard his championship in return.
Talk about tit for tat. Howard is a gambler. So, his instincts kick in and he hocks the ring and bets on it hoping to use his winnings to purchase the ring back.

Nothing quite goes the way Howard plans. Not only is Howard a bad gambler, but a terrible liar too.
His sleazy lifestyle has taken a toll on his wife, Dinah (Idina Menzel, “Frozen II”) who has had enough of him and his side chick Julia (Julia Fox, “PVT Chat”). The loan sharks are circling too because Howard owes them tons of money.

These goons are only going to wait so long before they make him pay one way or the other. The smartest thing Howard ever did was bullet proof his office glass doors and hire some intimidating guards out front to keep out the riffraff. However, trouble, still manages to find Howard at most every turn. The guy just never learns.

You know it’s just a matter of time before Howard runs out of luck. But the buildup to how it’s all going to come crashing down on him and watching as he tries to weasel his way out of every predicament, is what makes “Uncut Gems” a real gem.
(Recommended).

The Lion King <b>(Oct. 22)</b> Title: The Lion King (Oct. 22)
Year Released: 2019
Running Time: 118
Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures
Director: Jon Favreau
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“THE LION KING”

Disney’s “The Lion King” is a stunning re-imagining of the 1994 original movie.

Directed and produced by Jon Favreau (“Spider-Man: Far from Home”) who also helmed 2016’s outstanding movie, “The Jungle Book.”

When it comes to a classic like the original “Lion King,” sentimentality among fans runs deep. But, for those experiencing “The Lion King” for the first time, there is plenty of magic and wonder to be found in this beautifully rendered version.

Aside from the live setting, Favreau didn’t change much from the original. Even the dialogue is pretty much word for word.

What makes “The Lion King” really roar is how spectacular it looks and how realistic the animals are. It’s as if while watching the film you’re transported to an African Savanna.

Favreau and his talented filmmaking crew utilized state of the art motion capture technology and it’s a seamless transition that makes it appear as if the lions: Mufasa (voiced by the legendary James Earl Jones, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”), young Simba, played by JD McCrary (“Little” and TV’s “American Soul”) and Donald Glover (TV’s “Atlanta,”), Nala (a terrific Beyoncé), Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave” ) really can talk.

“The Lion King” is just a fabulous story. You’d have to go to great lengths to mess this up which is why I appreciate the few subtle liberties the filmmakers did take with it.

I like its dark moments that play out especially among the hyenas which are led by Kamari (a terrific Keegan-Michael Key, “Toy Story 4”). Ejiofer is also outstanding as Scar, the low-down dirty brother of Mufasa and the uncle of Simba. Scar manipulates his way to become king of the Pride Lands.


Seth Rogan as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon the meerkat are hilarious and have scene stealing moments. Although I would have enjoyed seeing and hearing more from Sarabi (Alfre Woodard, TV’s “Luke Cage”).

Simba also reconnects with his childhood friend Nala first voiced by (Shahadi Wright Joseph, “Us”) and later as Beyoncé who shines. They all convince Simba of his rightful place and that he must retain control of the Kingdom which is everything the light touches.

The music of “The Lion King” is unforgettable this time around too. When Nala/Beyoncé and Simba/Glover belt out “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” it’s palpable.

Equally moving is McCrary and Wright Joseph’s snappy, “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” and McCrary holds nothing back on “Hakuna Matata.”

Elton John’s new track “Never too Late” is a winner too.

It really is possible to love the original “Lion King” and this one too. It stands on its own and is a classic for a new generation.
(Highly Recommended).

Editor’s Note: The Blu-ray and Digital DVDs of “The Lion King” offers viewers bonus features:

AUDIO COMMENTARY – By Director Jon Favreau.

PROTECT THE PRIDE – Director Jon Favreau, the Lion Recovery Fund and conservationists highlight efforts to protect the majestic lions and their home.

PERFECTING THE PRIDE – Join the filmmakers on their research trip to Africa as they immerse themselves in the real world of “The Lion King.” From the animals in the pride, to the smallest of insects and the grasslands in the savanna, experience the attention to detail that brought the film to life.

DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE-- Pride Lands Pedia —Dung beetle shares the importance of his “roll” in the African Savanna in a fun, bug’s eye view of the land and its inhabitants.

BLU-RAY & DIGITAL BONUS: The Journey to “The Lion King”

THE MUSIC-- Go inside the studio with the cast and crew as they work to honor and elevate The Lion King’s beloved music.

THE MAGIC– Discover how the filmmakers blended the traditional filmmaking techniques with virtual reality technology to create amazing movie magic.

The Timeless Tale– Filmmakers and cast reflect on the story that has moved generations and share how this Lion King carries a proud legacy forward.

MORE TO BE SCENE – Recording studio and layer-by-layer progressions of some of most iconic moments in “The Lion King.”

“CIRCLE OF LIFE”– Peel back the layers of effects and go behind the scenes of this iconic musical moment from the film.

“I JUST CAN’T WAIT TO BE KING”-- See all the effects, talent and fun that went into creating this vibrant version of “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” for the movie.

“HAKUNA MATATA”-- Join Donald Glover (Simba), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa) and Billy Eichner (Timon) in the studio for the making of this memorable scene.

MUSIC VIDEOS: “Never Too Late” (lyric video) by Elton John and “Spirit” performed by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.

SONG SELECTION: “Circle of Life,” “I Just Can’t Wait to be King,” “Be Prepared,” “Hakuna Matata,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “Spirit” and “Never Too Late.”

Stuber <b> (Oct. 22)</b> Title: Stuber (Oct. 22)
Year Released: 2019
Running Time: 93
Production Company: 20th Century Fox
Director: Michael Dowse
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“STUBER”

The outlandish dramedy“Stuber” is an over-the-top, violent, actioner that features a hilarious star turn from Kumail Nanjiani (TV’s “Silicon Valley”) and Dave Bautista (Drax The Destroyer, “Avengers: Endgame”/”Guardians of the Galaxy”).

Nanjiani plays a mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu. When you put Stu and Uber together you get “Stuber.”
By day, Stu works as a sales associate at a sporting goods store run by his jerk boss Richie Sandusky (Jimmy Tatro, TV’s “Modern Family”). Stu hates him and the lame job. He drives an Uber to make ends meet, but it’s really to try and get next to the girl of his dreams, Becca (Betty Gilpin, TV’s “GLOW”).

Although they had a one-night stand, their relationship hasn’t taken off and it’s driving Stu crazy. He loves Becca, wants more than a friendship and is willing to take things to the next level. So much so, he even invested a chunk of his money in a new “Spinster” cycling-class business Becca is launching.

However, Becca is kind of in a relationship with a pro basketball player who has agreed to be a spokesperson for her new company. Despite his best intentions, Stu is pretty much an afterthought for Becca.

Can life possibly get any worse for poor Stu?

Oh yes, it can.

What should have been just another routine day of driving customers around in his nice, leased Nissan Leaf, becomes a real nightmare.

That’s because LAPD police detective Victor "Vic" Manning, (Bautista) got a lead on a heroin dealer named Tedjo (Iko Uwais, “The Raid 2”). He’s been after this guy for years. Tedjo killed Vic’s partner Sarah Morris (Karen Gillan, “Avengers: Endgame”) so it’s payback time.

Here’s the thing. Vic just had Lasik eye surgery and can barely see. The doctor told him he can’t really do anything for a few days until his vision is fully restored.

Vic refuses to just sit around and let Tedjo get away again. Plus, he has a lot to prove to his boss Angie (Mia Sorvino, TV’s “The Code”). So, Vic hops in his car, all blurry eyed and runs over his neighbor’s yards and ultimately lands in a ditch. He finally realizes he can’t drive. He decides to call an Uber. It’s a good thing his art sculptor daughter Nicole (Natalie Morales, TV’s “Abby’s) set up the app on his phone.

When Stu gets the call, he picks up Vic not knowing the wild ride he’s about to take. Really all Stu is worried about is getting that coveted 5-Star Uber rating.

Vic and Stu are such opposites. They bicker back and forth about pursuing Tedjo, you expect they’ll kill each other before they catch him.

Yet, watching Vic’s brash, super masculine persona clash with Stu’s meek and calm demeanor as they get into one dangerous and crazy predicament after the other, is when the film really revs into high gear.
(Recommended).
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Which Of The Following Stars of "The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings" Won A Tony Award As "Best Supporting Actor In A Musical?"
"Ted Ross"
"Richard Pryor"
"Billy Dee Williams'"
" James Earl Jones"
 
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andy serkis By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

ANDY SERKIS GOES ALL IN TO LAUNCH 12-HOUR "HOBBITATHON"

Andy Serkis will undertake a live, continuous, reading (approx 10-12 hours) of the entire “Hobbit” novel this Friday May 8 to raise money for NHS Charities Together and Best Beginnings.

Starting at 10 am GMT, the marathon read-along will be live-streamed for free and will see Andy reading the entire book from start to finish with no breaks. Along with raising spirits, Andy hopes this marathon performance will drive much-needed donations for two charities very close to his heart. All of the money raised will be split equally between NHS Charities Together and Best Beginnings, for which Andy has been an ambassador for more than six years.

Andy is calling on fans from all over the world, (including Middle Earth and beyond) to unite and to donate via the GoFundMe campaign.

Andy comments: “So many of us are struggling in isolation during the lockdown. While times are tough, I want to take you on one of the greatest fantasy adventures ever written, a 12-hour armchair marathon across Middle Earth whilst raising money for two amazing charities which are doing extraordinary work right now to help those most in need”.

Editor’s Note: The live stream will start at 10 am GMT (5am EST, 2am PST) on Friday, May 8. The live-stream link will be posted on the GoFundMe page on Friday morning. Donations can be made at: https://www.gofundme.com/thehobbitathoncovid19appeal

ABOUT BEST BEGINNINGS: Best Beginnings is working tirelessly during the #COVID19 pandemic to support babies, toddlers, pregnant families and new parents and reduce inequalities. The charity empowers and informs parents of all backgrounds through their NHS accredited pregnancy and parenting, Baby Buddy App. Baby Buddy, provides the up-to-date and clinically assured information and more than 300 video clips to support families during this difficult time when they are separated from their wider support networks. From within Baby Buddy, parents and expectant parents in emotional pain or crisis can click through to the clinically supervised 24/7 “Baby Buddy Crisis Messenger”.

Funding will help Best Beginnings support the mental and physical health of tens of thousands of pregnant families and new parents of all backgrounds across the UK. By supporting Best Beginnings to support parents we can all play our part in helping protect babies and toddlers at this time of national emergency and protect their futures.

ABOUT NHS CHARITIES TOGETHER: NHS Charities Together is the umbrella organisation that brings together all the official charities of the NHS. In response to the COVID-19 emergency, it launched an urgent appeal to support NHS staff, volunteers and patients and hanks to fantastic support from the public, the appeal has raised over £100 million in just 6 weeks.

£20 million has already been given out in grants to NHS charities across the UK and is being used to meet the immediate and urgent needs of staff, volunteers and patients – providing somewhere comfortable so they can take a break, nutritious food and drink, use of electronic-tablets so patients, staff and volunteers can stay in contact with loved ones, counselling support to protect mental health and help staff and volunteers process what they are dealing with. The funding is also going towards helping vital partnerships outside hospitals, such as hospices, community healthcare and social care, making sure patients who leave hospital have access to the care they need to recover. In the longer term it will also fund programmes to help staff and families recover fully once the crisis has abated, reducing the long-term impact on them and the people they care about.

Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures.


ScoobWarnerbrothers By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

#SCOOBDANCE TIKTOK CHALLENGE CAPTURES OVER 1 BILLION VIEWS IN ADVANCE OF MAY 15 “SCOOB!” MOVIE HOME PREMIERE

Fans across the country are jumping on TikTok’s #ScoobDance Challenge, launched May 3 by 14-year-old TikTok celebrity dancer Jalaiah Harmon with original music from Movers+Shakers to celebrate the upcoming May 15 Home Premiere of the animated feature film “SCOOB!”

Sharing content and making their own videos, creative choreographers, families, dogs, and people who just love to dance on the internet got into the spirit with Scooby-Doo and Jalaiah or created their own original moves to the tune of more than a half billion views in less than two days and have now crossed an amazing 1 billion—and counting —in just over three days.

Marking her first official brand partnership since choreographing the viral “Renegade” dance craze, Jalaiah’s performance is driving the bulk of the conversation, with another original piece by @JustMaiko also leading the pack with more than 785,000 likes, so far.

Key influencers include: @justmaiko, @hi.this.is.tatum, @mr_mrs_wash @jelinuh @alaskatheshepsky.

There’s still time to join the fun and invite yourself to the party, as TikTok’s #ScoobDance challenge runs through May 8.

On May 15 the brand new, fully animated, full-length action adventure “SCOOB!” will be available for a 48-hour rental via Premium Video On Demand for $19.99, or premium digital ownership for $24.99, beginning May 15. The title will be available on participating digital platforms. For more details please visit https://www.watchscoob.com to preorder your copy now.

“SCOOB!” reveals the never-before-told story of Scooby’s origins. It shows how one of history’s most famous friendships began when an adorable, homeless puppy met a lonesome young boy named Shaggy, and how the two of them joined forces with aspiring young detectives

Fred, Velma and Daphne to become the celebrated Mystery Inc.

Now, with hundreds of cases solved and adventures shared, Scooby and the gang face the biggest and most challenging mystery of their careers: a plot that will unleash the legendary ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this “dogpocalypse,” they discover that Scooby has a secret legacy and an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined. Ruh-roh!

“SCOOB!” features an all-star ensemble cast led by: Will Forte, two-time Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Kiersey Clemons, Ken Jeong, Tracy Morgan, Simon Cowell, and Frank Welker.

It is directed by Warner Bros. animation stalwart Tony Cervone, an Annie Award nominee for the feature film “Space Jam,” two-time Emmy nominee for his work on “Duck Dodgers” and one of the creators of the popular Scooby-Doo series “Mystery Incorporated.”

“Scoob” was produced by Pam Coats and Allison Abbate. Adam Sztykiel, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Jesse Ehrman, Dan Povenmire, and Chris Columbus served as executive producers.

The “SCOOB!” screenplay is by Adam Sztykiel and Jack C. Donaldson & Derek Elliott and Matt Lieberman, story by Matt Lieberman and Eyal Podell and Jonathon E. Stewart, based on characters created by Hanna-Barbera Productions.

Cervone’s creative team included editors Ryan Folsey and Vanara Taing, and composer Tom Holkenborg.

A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group, “SCOOB!” is rated PG for some action, language and rude/suggestive humor.

Editor’s Note: Information for this article obtained from Warner Bros. publicity.


THE NIGHT HOUSE By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES ACQUIRES WORLDWIDE RIGHTS TO DAVID BRUCKNER’S “THE NIGHT HOUSE”

Searchlight Pictures recently announced that it has acquired worldwide rights to David Bruckner’s psychological thriller “The Night House” following its world premiere in Park City as part of the Sundance Midnight program of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

Based on an original screenplay by Ben Collins & Luke Piotrowski (“Stephanie”), “The Night House” follows a widow (Rebecca Hall of “The Town”) who begins to uncover her recently deceased husband's disturbing secrets. Bruckner returns to Sundance with this film, having most recently premiered his first solo-directorial feature, “The Ritual,” at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

“The Night House”financed and produced by Sébastien Raybaud’s company, Anton. David Goyer’s Phantom Four developed the script, and also produced. The producers are Phantom Four’s David Goyer (“The Dark Knight”), and Keith Levine (“47 Meters Down”), and Anton’s John Zois (“Hotel Artemis”). Executive Producers are David Bruckner, François Callens, Ben Collins, Rebecca Hall, George Paaswell, Luke Piotrowski, and Anton founder Sébastien Raybaud.

“The Night House” instantly drew us in,” said Searchlight Pictures Chairmen Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula. “David Bruckner’s masterful direction creates an unrelenting suspense thriller anchored by an astonishing performance by Rebecca Hall.”

“Searchlight is a beacon of quality and inspired curation. To be working with them on “The Night House” is nothing short of a dream come true,” said Bruckner. "This is the perfect home for this film. Searchlight's exemplary taste and their global campaigns are masterful,” added Anton’s founder Sébastien Raybaud.

"For a challenging, layered and lingering film like “THE NIGHT HOUSE, we couldn't be in better hands," said Phantom Four’s Keith Levine. "We are thrilled to bring the film into the Searchlight family."

“The Night House” features a musical score by Ben Lovett (“The Signal”), editing by David Marks (“The Last Black Man in San Francisco), cinematography by Elisha Christian (“Columbus”) and costumes by Samantha Hawkins (“Jonathan”). The deal was brokered by Searchlight Pictures’ EVP Business Affairs Megan O’Brien, SVP Acquisitions Chan Phung and SVP Legal Affairs Ben Wilkinson, with Endeavor Content and Sébastien Raybaud of Anton. “The Night House” is scheduled for a theatrical release in 2020.

Searchlight Pictures recently released Radio Silence’s hit horror-comedy “Ready Or Not,” which grossed nearly $60 million worldwide, and on April 17, 2020 unveiled Scott Cooper’s supernatural horror thriller “Antlers” starring Keri Russell. With “The Night House,” the trio of films mark a return to acclaimed genre filmmaking hearkening back to the company’s 2002 breakout hit “28 Days Later” directed by Danny Boyle.

Editor’s Note: Information used in this report obtained from Searchlight Films publicity.