Shout! Studios Fall Slate Has Stuntwomen, Miss World & Mongols

Fall is arriving and it’s time to enjoy new movies either at home or your favorite socially distanced movie theater. Shout! Studios is coming out with five movies that go from documentaries to pure action to a documentary about pure action and a touch of horror. Jay Sebring….Cutting To the Truth is about one of the victims of the Manson Family who rarely gets covered in specials about that tragic night. Sebring knew how to shape the manes of the famous with his hairdresser artistry. The documentary goes deep into a man who did so much. Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story gets into how a select group of women broke into the male dominated Hollywood profession. Misbehaviour is about the night the Miss World beauty pageant shocked the world on a few levels. The film stars Keira Knightley. Let’s Scare Julie is a frightfest shot with a single camera take when a group of girls try to prank Julie. Bad idea. The Rising Hawk has a historical camping trip go bad when Robert Patrick (Terminator 2) discovers the Mongolians are invading his turf. Here’s the press release from Shout! Factory with more details on the films:


Movie launch date: September 22, 2020 (Digital and VOD)
Director: Anthony DiMaria
Genre: Documentary Feature
Distributor: Shout! Studios

A fascinating, in-depth look at the legacy of revolutionary sixties Hollywood trendsetter Jay Sebring, JAY SEBRING….CUTTING TO THE TRUTH, a film by Anthony DiMaria, follows Sebring’s meteoric rise as a cultural icon and his untimely murder at the hands of the Manson family.

Hollywood style maker and power celebrity hair designer Jay Sebring was on the verge of worldwide success in the late ’60s. His hairstyling shops were expanding from Los Angeles and Las Vegas to San Francisco with plans to open in London and Paris. Elektra Records hired him to design a new image to transform roadhouse singer Jim Morrison into a rock ’n’ roll sex symbol. For over a decade, Sebring created and defined the iconic looks of many Hollywood luminaries and recording artists, including Frank Sinatra, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Marlon Brando, The Rat Pack, Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, Bobby Darin, and many others. He also helped Bruce Lee break into Hollywood. Sebring not only influenced the times, but also embodied the 1960s. On Friday, August 8, 1969, Sebring canceled his Las Vegas trip to spend the evening with former fiancée Sharon Tate and their friends Abigail Folger and Wojciech Frykowski. Just after midnight, all inhabitants at the Tate residence were massacred by a band of killers known as the Manson Family. Headlines shocked the nation – “Sharon Tate And Four Others Killed.” Jay Sebring, in an instant, reduced to a nameless, faceless victim.

JAY SEBRING….CUTTING TO THE TRUTH is an illuminating portrait of Sebring, the long-forgotten artist, designer, and entrepreneur who created a billion-dollar Men’s hair & fashion industry and defined iconic Hollywood styles for men. The documentary traces Sebring’s life from his humble Michigan roots to his meteoric rise as a groundbreaking trendsetter and further examines the facts and myth leading up to the fateful night on Cielo Drive and the endless media reports on the murders that followed.

Filmmakers Johnny Bishop (producer/editor) and Sebring nephew Anthony DiMaria (director/producer) embarked on a 12-year quest to decipher the facts. Among those interviewed in the documentary include Dennis Hopper, Nancy Sinatra, Quentin Tarantino, Quincy Jones, Robert Wagner, Paul Anka, Andy Williams, Vidal Sassoon, Max Baer Jr., Vanity Fair’s Dominick Dunne, Fred Segal, Barbara Luna, forensic specialist Dr. Michael Baden (JFK/Warren Commission), Sebring protégé Joe Torrenueva, Debra Tate, Manson Prosecutor Stephen Kay, Linda Lee (Bruce Lee’s wife), Stuart Whitman, and Vic Damone.

Additional cultural context is provided by David Milch (NYPD Blue/Deadwood), Los Angeles District Attorney Patrick Sequeira, author Stephen Davis (Hammer of the Gods), USC Professor of Media Ed Cray, and Los Angeles historian D.J. Waldie. Never-before-seen materials from Sebring’s personal collections and exclusive b-roll footage of his childhood roots, his Fairfax salon, and his Beverly Hills residence (formerly owned by Jean Harlow) are explored in the Jay Sebring story.

Directed by Anthony DiMaria and produced by Johnny Bishop and DiMaria, JAY SEBRING….CUTTING TO THE TRUTH is co-produced by Noor Ahmed and features original scores by Emmy® Award-winning composer Jeff Beal (House of Cards, Monk). Chad Layne and Voss Boreta are executive producers.

Hits On-Demand and Digital for Watch-At-Home on September 22
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Narrated by Michelle Rodriguez
Movie launch date: September 22, 2020 (Digital)
Director: April Wright
Genre: Documentary Feature
Distributor: Shout! Studios

Directed by April Wright (Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace) and narrated by Michelle Rodriguez (Widows, The Fast and the Furious), STUNTWOMEN: THE UNTOLD HOLLYWOOD STORY is the inspiring untold story about the unsung professionals, their struggles on screen to perform at the highest level, and their fight off-screen to be treated fairly and equally. The movie takes us behind-the-scenes and introduces us to the female stunt performers who drive the action and thrills of Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster movies from the silent age of cinema to present day.

STUNTWOMEN: THE UNTOLD HOLLYWOOD STORY, based on the best-selling book by Mollie Gregory, introduces us to the secret stars who provide the electrifying action that makes the best Hollywood movies and television, from the first black-and-white “flickers” to today’s high-tech mega epics. These unheralded heroines are the generations of stuntwomen who risked their lives in front of the camera, while behind it they fought for equal rights with male stunt performers, battled sexism and harassment, sustained life-threatening injuries and returned to the fray after each battle. Michelle Rodriguez meets some of the stuntwomen who have doubled for her in numerous action sequences. Film historian Ben Mankiewicz (Turner Classic Movies) guides Michelle and two stunt performers through film clips from the early days of cinema, when women performed their own stunts. Directors Paul Verhoeven, Paul Feig and Anne Fletcher and producer Al Ruddy discuss the importance of stunt performers in their films and reveal some tricks of the trade. Nell Scovell (Lean In, Sabrina the Teenage Witch) has written the provocative and insightful narration.

This captivating film spotlights some of the most extraordinary stuntwomen of our time and skillfully weaves personal interviews with a treasure trove of archival materials, including rare onset footage and photos. Among the pioneers and rising stunt performers interviewed include Jeannie Epper (Wonder Woman, Charlie’s Angels), Julie Ann Johnson (Caprice, Charlie’s Angels), Jadie David (Foxy Brown, Escape from L.A.), Donna Evans (Total Recall, The Italian Job), Debbie Evans (The Fast and the Furious, The Matrix Reloaded), Donna Keegan (True Lies, Scarface), Amy Johnston (Captain America: Winter Soldier, Suicide Squad), Alyma Dorsey (Captain Marvel, Birds of Prey), Heidi Moneymaker (Black Widow, Captain America: Civil War), Keisha Tucker (Black Panther, Birds of Prey), Jessie Graff (Wonder Woman, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Angela Meryl (Kill Bill Vol. 1, Skyfall), Cheryl Lewis (Orange is the New Black, Luke Cage), Jennifer Caputo (Jason Bourne, The Amazing Spider-Man), Kelly Roisin (Venom, Ant-Man), Deven McNair (Green Lantern, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), among many notables. The film also features original song, “Without A Net” written by Academy Award® nominee Diane Warren and performed by Mickey Guyton.

STUNTWOMEN: THE UNTOLD HOLLYWOOD STORY is directed by April Wright and produced by Stephanie Austin, Michael Gruskoff, and Marion Rosenberg; narration written by Nell Scovell; executive producers Michelle Rodriguez, Alex Hamilton, Jay Strommen, Larry Nealy, Robert Hickman, Lynwood Spinks, Ryan Bury, James Andrew Felts; associate producers, Daniel Pour and Deborah Miller; cinematographer, Svetlana Cvetko; editor, Jonathan P. Shaw; executive music producer, Bonnie Greenberg; composer, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum. A production of Gruskoff Films, Neasden Productions, Beachwood Productions, Inc., JBird Entertainment, and Cheshire Kat Productions, Inc. in association with Motion Picture Exchange.

Debuts on Digital Platforms for Watch-At-Home on September 22, 2020
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Movie opening date: September 25, 2020 (In select theaters and on VOD)
Directed by Philippa Lowthorpe
Written by Gaby Chiappe & Rebecca Frayn
Cast: Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jessie Buckley with Keeley Hawes, Lesley Manville, and Greg Kinnear
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Distributor: Shout! Studios

The charmingly provocative true story of how two very different groups of women made their voices heard in the fight for equality. A spirited comedic drama, Misbehaviour opens in select theaters nationwide and on VOD everywhere September 25, 2020 from Shout! Studios.

In 1970, the Miss World competition took place in London, hosted by US comedy legend, Bob Hope. At the time, Miss World was the most-watched TV show on the planet with over 100 million viewers. Claiming that beauty competitions demeaned women, the newly formed Women’s Liberation Movement achieved overnight fame by invading the stage and disrupting the live broadcast of the competition. Not only that, when the show resumed, the result caused uproar: the winner was not the Swedish favourite but Miss Grenada, the first black woman to be crowned Miss World. In a matter of hours, a global audience had witnessed the patriarchy driven from the stage and the Western ideal of beauty turned on its head.

Movie opening date: October 2, 2020 (Premiering in home theaters on digital & VOD)
Written and Directed by Jud Cremata
Cast: Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson, Isabel May, Odessa A’zion, Brooke Sorenson, Jessica Sarah Flaum, and Dakota Baccelli.
Genre: Horror
Distributor: Shout! Studios

A suspenseful contemporary ghost story about how making the wrong choices can end with horrific results. A group of teen girls set out to scare their reclusive new neighbor, but the prank turns to terror when some of them don’t come back.

Filmed in real time on a single camera in one uninterrupted, continuous take, the tension in the film rapidly escalates as the girls’ seemingly harmless pranks start to have life-altering consequences.

In Let’s Scare Julie, Emma, (Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson), who recently moved in with her cousin Taylor (Isabel May) after her father’s untimely death, becomes the victim of a prank perpetrated by Taylor’s group of friends: Madison (Odessa A’zion), Jess (Brooke Sorenson) and Paige (Jessica Sarah Flaum).

Wanting to up the ante, the girls hatch a plan to scare Julie, the reclusive girl across the street, who they have never seen and know nothing about. All they know is Julie is alone at her house tonight – a house rumored to be haunted after a little boy vanished many years ago.

What starts off as a simple plan to have a good laugh quickly escalates as some of the girls don’t come back from Julie’s house. Is it all just a set up for the girls to play an elaborate prank on Emma or are the dark rumors about the house across the street actually true? As more people start to disappear, including Emma’s younger sister Lilly (Dakota Baccelli), the clock is ticking for Emma to figure it out.

Movie opening date: October 2, 2020 (VOD & digital)
Directed by John Wynn, co-directed by Akhtem Seitablayev
Cast: Robert Patrick, Tommy Flanagan, Poppy Drayton, and Alex MacNicoll
Genre: Action Adventure
Distributor: Shout! Studios

Directed by John Wynn and Co-directed by Akhtem Seitablayev, THE RISING HAWK boasts an international all-star cast including Robert Patrick (Terminator 2), Tommy Flanagan (Sons of Anarchy), Poppy Drayton (The Shannara Chronicles), Alex MacNicoll (The Society), Alison Doody (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade), Tsegmid Tserenbold (Marco Polo), Rocky Myers (Animal Kingdom), and Oliver Trevena (The Reckoning).

During the 13th Century, Zakhar Berkut (Robert Patrick) and his wife Rada (Alison Doody) lead a group of highlanders in the Carpathian Mountains. Unfortunately, their tranquil existence is soon threatened by Burunda Khan (Tsegmid Tserenbold), a powerful Mongolian general who leads his massive armies west in search of new lands to conquer.

Forced to protect their village, Zakhar and Rada send their sons, Ivan (Rocky Myers) and Maksim (Alex MacNicoll), to ask for help from Tugar Volk (Tommy Flanagan), a wealthy boyar overseeing the land. After his strong-willed daughter Myroslava (Poppy Drayton) and Maksim survive a dangerous encounter together, Tugar Volk pledges to defend the villagers against the Mongols. But when a mutual attraction sparks between Myroslava and Maksim, Tugar Volk forbids them from continuing their relationship. Meanwhile, Burunda Khan faces questions from his warriors about his motivation and military strategy for the impending invasion.

As war breaks out, both sides suffer devastating casualties. Redoubling his efforts, Burunda Khan unleashes the full fury of his forces. Faced with certain doom, Maksim and Myroslava must choose to flee or make the ultimate sacrifice to save their people.

THE RISING HAWK Hits On-Demand and Digital October 2, 2020

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