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Happy Rambo Day!

Rambo is getting the ultimate medal of service. For 37 years he has been an icon of pop culture and cinema and on Wednesday, September 18th, John Rambo will be celebrated through a series of promotions, ceremonies and special events that recognize Rambo Day.

Since its debut nearly four decades ago, the Rambo series starring Sylvester Stallone has become one of the most iconic action-movie franchises of all time. An ex-Green Beret haunted by memories of Vietnam, the legendary fighting machine known as Rambo has freed POWs, rescued his commanding officer from the Soviets, and liberated missionaries in Myanmar. The Rambo character has endured as one of the greatest reluctant heroes of cinema giving a face to countless veterans affected by PTSD. On September 20th, Lionsgate and Millennium Films will release RAMBO: LAST BLOOD, marking the last chapter of the legendary series, as John Rambo must confront his past and unearth his ruthless combat skills for one final mission – for his family.

Among the notable highlights of Rambo Day:

The City of Los Angeles will proclaim September 18th Rambo Day in LA
“The World’s Greatest Rambo Fan” Challenge will award prizes and declare “The World’s Greatest Rambo Fan” based on short videos of fans doing their best Rambo impressions. Fans from around the world are encouraged to enter to win using the #RamboDay
The City of Bowie, Arizona, hometown of John Rambo, is proclaiming September 18 Rambo Day. Bowie, Arizona gained worldwide attention when it was revealed in Rambo: First Blood Part II that Bowie was Rambo’s home. “As we work to increase Bowie’s economic footprint, this national exposure as John Rambo’s hometown is priceless to us,” says Nancy-Jean Welker of the Bowie Chamber of Commerce. “We are deeply grateful for and proud of this distinction!”
Alamo Drafthouse theatres will celebrate Rambo Day with a RAMBO Movie Marathon, which is taking place at Alamo Drafthouse locations during opening weekend. For more information on the movie marathons in your area, visit https://drafthouse.com/show/rambo-marathon. For any fan who purchases a ticket to the Rambo Marathon on September 18, $1 will be donated to organizations to support veterans and active duty members of the military.
Rambo Day will wind down with a New York Fan Extravaganza. Sylvester Stallone, the rest of the cast and filmmakers will join fans at the AMC in Lincoln Square as they screen RAMBO: LAST BLOOD. Local promotional ticket giveaways will be distributed on Q104.3 and flyaway contests will be held in Chicago and Baltimore for Rambo’s biggest fans to join Sylvester Stallone at the fan event in NYC.
Media around the country will be sent special Rambo kits encouraging local on air personalities to join in the festivities and commemorate the day.


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Brad Pitt to Space Station?

As NASA prepares to send the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024 under the Artemis program, Brad Pitt is playing an astronaut in his latest film. Now the actor will have the opportunity to discuss what it’s truly like to live and work in space with a NASA crew member living aboard the International Space Station.

Pitt’s Earth-to-space call will air live at 11:35 a.m. EDT Monday, Sept. 16 on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

NASA astronaut Nick Hague will answer questions from the actor. For nearly 20 years, astronauts have continuously lived and work on the International Space Station, testing technologies, performing science and developing the skills needed to explore farther from Earth.

In Ad Astra, which Hague and his Expedition 60 crewmates recently watched during their downtime aboard the orbiting laboratory, Pitt travels across the solar system, including to the Moon and Mars. Without providing spoilers, the parallels between the movie and the current state of human spaceflight stop there, making the film more science fiction than reality. However, the agency did provide visuals for the film and some technical expertise.

“We reviewed a script of Ad Astra early in production,” said Bert Ulrich, the agency’s liaison for film and TV collaborations at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “Although there was no NASA storyline, we provided some of the exciting images and footage for the film especially of the Moon and Mars. Sci-fi films like Ad Astra, the Martian, Interstellar, and Gravity take movie audiences out of this world incorporating some of NASA’s most inspirational photography and footage.”

Inspiring the next generation of explorers – the Artemis Generation – ensures America will continue to lead in space exploration and discovery. Additional information about working with the agency on a feature or fictional film is available online under the Media Usage Guidelines.

The agency is planning to return astronauts to the Moon in the next five years with commercial and international partners. First, NASA will send a suite of new science instruments and technology demonstrations to the Moon on commercial landers.

Following the 2024 crew landing, NASA will send astronauts to the Moon about once per year thereafter and establish sustainable lunar exploration by 2028. After gaining experience at the Moon testing new systems, such as NASA’s Space Launch System rocket, Orion spacecraft, Gateway, and human landers, NASA will take humanity’s next giant leap, sending astronauts to Mars.


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One Night Only ‘QT8: The First Eight,’ Exploring Quentin Tarantino

Fathom Events is bringing a new documentary film chronicling the thrilling journey of Quentin Tarantino’s first eight movies to theaters nationwide for just one night on October 21. “QT8: The First Eight,” directed by Tara Wood (“21 Years: Richard Linklater”), gives its audience an inside look at the legendary filmmaker’s body of work through interviews with former cast members, film industry experts.

Fathom Events presents “QT8: The First Eight” in more than 800 select movie theaters on Monday, October 21 at 7:00pm local time, through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). For a complete list of theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change)

“I’m thrilled to partner with Fathom events to bring ‘QT8: The First Eight,’ to Tarantino’s voracious fans throughout the country,” said director Tara Wood. “Quentin’s filmography is on its own incomparable level. His films inspire, provoke and challenge us individually and as a society to the utmost extremes, all stemming from his passion for people and continuous exploration of the human condition.”

The documentary offers an in-depth look at Tarantino’s first eight movies, and features interviews with his contemporaries, former cast members and industry experts, including Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Kurt Russell, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Jason Lee, Lucy Liu, Diane Kruger, Zoe Bell and more. “QT8: The First Eight” sheds new light on the life and legacy of Quentin Tarantino, and gives viewers unprecedented access to his vision throughout his career.

“Fathom continually strives to bring premium, exclusive documentaries to audiences across the country,” said Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt. “In bringing ‘QT8: The First Eight’ to cinemas nationwide, we certainly achieve that goal, giving behind-the-scenes access to the career of one of the greatest filmmakers of all time.”


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Emmy-Nominated ‘Personal Statement’ Documentary Returns to PBS’ ‘America Reframed,’ Oct. 8

‘Personal Statement,’ the Emmy-nominated story of three high school seniors who sought to close the college opportunity gap for students at their low-income schools, makes an encore Oct. 8 at 8/7 Central on PBS’ ‘America Reframed’ and the World channel.

In an era when the college admission scandal underlines the lengths to which well-heeled parents will go to get their kids into prestigious schools, this documentary directed by Juliane Dressner offers the stark reminder that for financially challenged families, mere entrance to any college can feel like an impossible goal.

Uplifting and inspiring, the film ‘Personal Statement’ profiles three seniors from three different Brooklyn high schools, who struggle not only to attend college, but to help all of their classmates do so too.

“College access is one of the dominant civil rights issues of our time. We made the film because we wanted to shed light on the fact that the vast majority of students don’t have access to the support they need to navigate the increasingly complicated college application and financial aid application process,” says Dressner. “Many people aren’t aware of the fact that we have a huge college guidance gap.”

‘Personal Statement’ will be available for streaming for 10 days after the PBS broadcast while community screenings are being organized in various markets throughout the U.S.

The feature-length documentary has been lauded by the New York Times, the Washington Post and CBS News, among other outlets. In March, Enoch Jemmott, one of the students profiled in ‘Personal Statement,’ drew attention to the issues chronicled in the documentary in a New York Times opinion piece titled “The Implicit Punishment of Daring to Go to College When Poor.”

Most public high schools don’t have dedicated college counselors, instead, school counselors provide college guidance and the typical student-to-counselor ratio is 464-to-1. And school counselors say they can only spend 20 percent of their time on college counseling. That’s why the three inspirational stars of the film decided to close the guidance gap in their schools by working as peer college counselors, even though they were applying to college themselves. As you see in the film, navigating the byzantine college and financial application process can be especially daunting for low-income students who would be the first generation in their families to attend college, making college feel like an elusive dream.

The three seniors chronicled in ‘Personal Statement,’ Karoline, Christine and Enoch – called “captivating” by the Washington Post – were determined to get themselves and their classmates to college.

A series of educational and impact screenings and events across the country are taking place to help bring awareness to this issue. The goal is to bolster efforts to increase access to college for low-income students by building support for more resources to close the college counseling gap and to eliminate other systemic barriers to college. More information about upcoming and previous educational and impact screenings can be found here.

‘Personal Statement’ has been featured in more than a dozen film festivals throughout the country, including AFI DOCS where it was the opening night film, Margaret Mead Film Festival, SXSW EDU and the Woodstock Film Festival. It was also selected for the State Department’s film diplomacy program, American Film Showcase. It is an official selection at the upcoming Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, taking place Nov 1-10, 2019.


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John Carpenter’s Horror Classic HALLOWEEN Returns To Select Theatres Nationwide Beginning September 27th

CineLife Entertainment®, the event cinema division of Spotlight Cinema Networks, teams up with Compass International Pictures to bring the seminal 1978 original classic John Carpenter’s Halloween back to select theatres across North America beginning September 27th.

In the film, Michael Myers has spent the last 15 years locked away inside a sanitarium under the care of child psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis after brutally murdering his sister when he was 6 years old. On October 30, 1978, Myers escapes and makes his way back home to Haddonfield, Illinois, turning a night of tricks and treats into something much more sinister for the locals, including Laurie Strode, the star-making role for Jamie Lee Curtis.

John Carpenter’s Halloween premiered in cinemas and on drive-in screens on October 25, 1978, changing the landscape of horror cinema. It stunned audiences worldwide and has since inspired countless films in the genre. In 2006, it was selected by the Library of Congress as one of a select few films to be preserved in the U.S. National Film Registry for its cultural significance.

“I’m thrilled to have the original make its way back into theatres,” says director John Carpenter.

Fans will be treated to view big screen presentations of the restored and remastered digital print, created under the supervision of the world-renowned cinematographer, Dean Cundey. Tickets go on sale September 10th.

“We are excited to bring the most prominent and enduring horror film back to cinema screens giving new and old fans a slasher film treat they’ll never forget,” said Bernadette McCabe, Executive Vice President, CineLife Entertainment.


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