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With the summer movie season at its peak, MoviePass couldn’t have chosen a worse time to go dark

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With the future of movie theater subscription service MoviePass now more uncertain than it ever was, the company strangely announced on July 4 that it would be “temporarily interrupting its service in order to complete its work on an improved version of the MoviePass mobile application.”

But given that it’s currently the peak of the summer movie season, with the likes of Spider-Man: Far From Home and Toy Story 4 dominating the box office this past Independence Day weekend, MoviePass couldn’t have chosen a worse time to halt operations for its roughly 225,000 subscribers.

“There’s never a good time to have to do this,” said MoviePass Inc. CEO Mitch Lowe admitted. “But to complete the improved version of our app, one that we believe will provide a much better experience for our subscribers, it has to be done.”

MoviePass says it will use the time that its service is down “to recapitalize in order to facilitate a seamless transition and improved subscriber experience,” a sign that the company’s funding is limited. Helios and Matheson Analytics, MoviePass’ parent company, lost more than $329 million in revenue last year, according to a May financial statement obtained by Silver Screen Beat, and it stands to lose even more money should they fail to find a solution to MoviePass’ ever-evolving list of problems in a timely manner.

“We have listened and we understand the frustrations of our subscribers,” Lowe added. “To provide the level of service you deserve and we can be proud of, we need to improve our mobile app. We plan to make this improvement by utilizing an enhanced technology platform, which is in the final stages of completion.”

In March, MoviePass rolled out its new $14.95 per month subscription plan, dubbed “Moviepass Uncapped,” that would once again allow users to see an unlimited amount of movies, something that subscribers have been wanting to see the service reintroduce since last year.

Unfortunately, the rollout came with an impressive list of restrictions and the plan’s fine print allows MoviePass to “limit the selection of movies and/or the times of available movies” users could see, putting into question whether or not the service’s “unlimited” plan is truly unlimited.

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‘The Call of the Wild’ trailer finds Harrison Ford, his dog embarking on an epic adventure

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20th Century Fox has released the trailer for The Call of the Wild, the first live-action effort from Lilo & Stitch and How to Train Your Dragon director Chris Sanders starring Harrison Ford.

Based on the novel by Jack London, The Call of the Wild chronicles the story of Buck, a dog whose life is turned upside down when he’s uprooted from his California home and taken to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon where he meets John Thornton (Ford), a seasoned gold prospector, during the Klondike Gold Rush in the 1890s.

In addition to Ford, the film’s cast ensemble cast also includes the likes of Dan Stevens, Karen Gillan, Omar Sy, Bradley Whitford, Colin Woodell, Scott MacDonald, and Cara Gee.

Michael Green scripted the film, which is produced by Erwin Stoff, with Diana Pokorny serving as executive producer and Ryan Stafford co-producing.

The Call of the Wild hits theaters February 1.

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Contest: Enter to win ‘Angel Has Fallen’ on Blu-ray from Lionsgate Home Entertainment

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Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release Angel Has Fallen on Blu-ray/DVD on November 26 and it’s giving Silver Screen Beat readers a chance to win a Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital) of the film.

Our readers can click this link right now to enter to win an Angel Has Fallen combo pack, which includes several behind the scenes featurettes and a 3-part audio commentary with director Ric Roman Waugh.

The contest is currently ongoing and will end Sunday, November 24, at which point winners will be selected and notified. Below is the official trailer for Angel Has Fallen as well as some additional details about the film.

Directed by: Ric Roman Waugh

Cast: Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Alan Siegel, Matt O’Toole, John Thompson, Les Weldon, Yariv Lerner, and Mike Touzard

Rating: R for violence and language throughout

4K UHD / BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “Even Angels Fall: The Story” Featurette
  • “Someone to Watch Over Me: New Blood” Featurette
  • “Calling All Angels: Casting” Featurette
  • “True Faith: Authenticity” Featurette
  • “Fight for You: Stunts and Action” Featurette
  • “Earth Angel: Recreating DC” Featurette
  • “Angel Declassified” 3-Part Audio Commentary with Director Ric Roman Waugh

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Paramount taps ‘Fargo’ creator Noah Hawley to write, direct next installment in ‘Star Trek’ series

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Fresh off the release of his feature directorial debut Lucy in the Sky last month, Noah Hawley has been set to write and direct the upcoming next installment in the Star Trek franchise, according to Deadline.

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, and the rest of the principal cast are all expected to return for Star Trek 4, which Hawley will also produce for his 26 Keys banner along with JJ Abrams and Bad Robot.

The film is not in any way related to the R-rated spinoff Abrams and Quentin Tarantino have been developing with writer Mark L. Smith and will serve as a direct sequel to 2016’s Star Trek Beyond.

S.J. Clarkson had been attached to direct Star Trek 4 as recently as last year and was poised to become the first woman to helm a film in the sci-fi series but reportedly parted ways with the project after development stalled in mid-2018.

Hawley — perhaps best known for his work on FX series such as Fargo and Legion — recently made his directorial debut with the Natalie Portman-led drama Lucy in the Sky, which tanked at the domestic box office amid harsh reviews from critics.

Production on Star Trek 4 is expected to get underway in 2020.

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