From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” the first of a trilogy of films adapting the endearingly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The three films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”
The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Sorcerers.
Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum.
Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of ingenuity and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities… A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.
Opens in theaters in four different formats on Friday, December 14, 2012.
They are known as Porthos, Athos, and Aramis—three elite warriors who serve the King of France as his best Musketeers. After discovering an evil conspiracy to overthrow the King, the Musketeers come across a young, aspiring hero — D’Artagnan — and take him under their wing. Together, the four embark on a dangerous mission to foil the plot that not only threatens the Crown, but the future of Europe itself.
Opens Friday, October 21st.
SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS
THEATRICAL RELEASE SET FOR SPRING 2011
Film Stars Ruffalo, Christopher Thornton, Juliette Lewis,
Orlando Bloom and Laura Linney
LOS ANGELES, CA (November 4, 2010) – Maya Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Sympathy for Delicious, the feature film directorial debut from Mark Ruffalo, to be released theatrically in Spring 2011. The seven-figure deal positions the film as a key project in Maya’s first quarter 2011 theatrical release strategy.
Written by Christopher Thornton, who also stars in and produced the project, Sympathy for Delicious follows the true story of a newly paralyzed DJ who gets more than he bargained for when he seeks out the world of faith healing. The film also stars Ruffalo, Juliette Lewis, Orlando Bloom and Laura Linney and is based on Thornton’s real-life experiences. The film was produced by Corner Store Entertainment’s Scott Prisand, Matt Weaver and Andrea Sperling, with Mark Ruffalo and Christopher Thornton. The film was awarded a Special Jury Prize for Directing at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Maya also has made a deal with Tom Ortenberg’s One Way Out Media to come on board as a marketing consultant on the project.
“After its successful premiere at Sundance this year, we’re so excited to be releasing this powerful and moving film and working with Mark Ruffalo on his award-winning directorial debut,” said Tonantzin Esparza, Director of Acquisitions for Maya Entertainment. “It’s an honor to collaborate with Mark on a project that has been so important to him.”
Ruffalo added, “This film has been a very personal project for me, and I know Maya will be a wonderful partner to have in our corner.”
Ruffalo will next begin production on Marvel’s The Avengers, in which he plays “The Hulk.” He joins Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johanssen and Jeremy Renner.
The deal for Sympathy for Delicious was negotiated by UTA Independent Film Group co-head Rena Ronson on behalf of UTA client Mark Ruffalo and Wendy Rutland, with Tonantzin Esparza on behalf of Maya Entertainment.
About Maya Entertainment
Maya Entertainment Group, Inc. distributes, acquires, and produces multicultural and Latino themed film and television product for all distribution platforms throughout the world. Recent theatrical and home video releases include the Official 2010 Sundance selection The Dry Land starring America Ferrera, Jason Ritter, Wilmer Valderrama, and Melissa Leo; and the action-drama Across the Line starring Aidan Quinn, Mario Van Peebles, and Andy Garcia. Maya recently completed its second annual Maya Indie Film Series, a branded and sponsored theatrical showcase which toured 8 cities nationwide. Now in its third year of business, Maya Entertainment has established a library of over 100 titles all available via retail, rental and VOD. On the horizon, Maya Entertainment is expanding its production and distribution slate as the premier source for Latino-themed and multicultural, quality entertainment.
From Trailer Addict – In the city that never sleeps, love is always on the mind. Those passions come to life in New York, I Love You – a collaboration of storytelling from some of today’s most imaginative filmmakers and featuring an all-star cast. Together they create a kaleidoscope of the spontaneous, surprising, electrifying human connections that pump the city’s heartbeat. Sexy, funny, haunting and revealing encounters unfold beneath the Manhattan skyline. From Tribeca to Central Park to Brooklyn the story weaves a tale of love as diverse as the very fabric of New York itself.
Opens October 16th in select US Cities.