Relativity Media is pleased to announce its upcoming collaboration with Grammy® Award-winner Keith Urban for the heart-pounding Navy SEAL action-thriller Act of Valor.Urban’s “For You,” co-written by Urban and Monty Powell, marks the first time that Urban has written and recorded a song specifically for a motion picture, and it will be featured during the film’s end credits. In theatres February 24, 2012, the Bandito Brothers’ Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs along with Roselyn Sanchez, Alex Veadov, Jason Cottle and Nestor Serrano and tells a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism. Urban’s current single “You Gonna Fly” is currently #10 on the country radio charts and climbing.
“I loved the challenge of writing for a film,” said Urban. “I’ve never done that before. After seeing Act Of Valor, my co-writer (Monty Powell) and I wanted to capture the essence of not only what these men and women do so extraordinarily, but how that relates to all of us. ‘Valor’ shows us what they are willing to give their all for, which made me wonder, ‘what am I willing to give my life for?’ ‘For You’ is intended to allow the listener to define who that is for them.”
“For You” was co-produced by Dan Huff and Urban and was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee at Starstruck Studios. The song was engineered by Mark Dobson and Todd Tidwell, mixed by Mike Shipley at Animal House, and mastered by Brent Blackwood at Euphonic Masters.
The Act of Valor soundtrack, featuring the song “For You” by Urban, will be available digitally on iTunes® and physically in music retail locations on Tuesday, February 21st. Also to be announced, are additional original songs inspired by the film from more of today’s top country music artists.
Keith Urban was also recently nominated for International Artist and Music Video of the Year awards for Australia’s 2012 Country Music Channel Awards.
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To celebrate Poe’s life and support the upcoming release of Relativity Media’s THE RAVEN on March 9, 2012, black-wrapped cars, mannequins, and trash cans with “RIP EAP” emblazoned on them, along with QR codes that linked to the October 7, 2011 debut of the trailer at apple.com, appeared in the Fells Point section of Baltimore, Maryland. October 7th being a special date since it marked the 162nd anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s death.
Look for The Raven in theaters on March 9th, 2012. John Cusack, Luke Evans, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson and Oliver Jackson-Cohen star, working from a script by Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare.
About THE RAVEN:
Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack, Being John Malkovich) joins forces with a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans, Immortals) to hunt down a mad serial killer who’s using Poe’s own works as the basis in a string of brutal murders. Directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin), the film also stars Alice Eve (Sex and the City 2), Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges) and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Faster).
When a mother and daughter are found brutally murdered in 19th century Baltimore, Detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) makes a startling discovery: the crime resembles a fictional murder described in gory detail in the local newspaper—part of a collection of stories penned by struggling writer and social pariah Edgar Allan Poe. But even as Poe is questioned by police, another grisly murder occurs, also inspired by a popular Poe story.
Realizing a serial killer is on the loose using Poe’s writings as the backdrop for his bloody rampage, Fields enlists the author’s help in stopping the attacks. But when it appears someone close to Poe may become the murderer’s next victim, the stakes become even higher and the inventor of the detective story calls on his own powers of deduction to try to solve the case before it’s too late.
Did You Know? Some Unusual Facts about Poe, the “Enigmatic Master of Darkness”:
• Poe wrote a fabricated news story of a balloon trip across the ocean to garner attention and publicity in New York City.
• Poe was a champion for higher wages for writers and international copyright law, as his writings were continuously published without him getting credit or compensation.
• Prior to becoming Poe’s wife at the age of 13, his female cousin Virginia acted as a courier, delivering letters to Poe’s lady loves.
• From 1949 to 2009, a mysterious figure has left a half-empty bottle of cognac and 3 roses on Poe’s grave every day on his birthday.
• Poe formulated rules for the short story, including that it should relate a complete action and take place within one day in one place.
• Poe was deeply interested by cryptography, the creation and translation of secret codes, and was very proud of his ability to translate them. He would chAllange readers of various publications where he worked to send him codes to decipher and, by all accounts, he seemed able to unlock the secrets to any he received.
• Poe’s lifelong dream of owning and operating his own publication never came to fruition.
• Poe met with Charles Dickens while Dickens was in the US on a lecture tour, and solicited his help with getting published in England—nothing ever came of it.
• Poe’s grandfather was an important figure in the American Revolution, contributing a large sum of his own money to outfit local branches of the Continental Army. His wife, Poe’s grandmother, personally sewed over 500 soldiers’ uniforms for Lafayette’s troops as they passed through Baltimore.
• Poe joined the Army in 1827, lying to recruiters about his age and name. He also published his first collection of poetry during this time. He achieved the rank of Sergeant Major.
• Poe experienced periods of extreme destitution, often having to burn his furniture to keep warm during the winter.
• Poe successfully sought expulsion from West Point. That being said, he was one of the top students in his class.
• Poe’s childhood hero was Lord Byron
• Wrote poetic tributes to all the pivotal women in his life.
• Poe had two biological siblings, but all were raised in separate foster homes.
• The Poe House and Museum in Baltimore is in jeopardy of being closed in mid-2012 due to Baltimore City budget cuts. The city eliminated the Museum’s funding in 2010.
• Edgar Allan Poe was buried in Westminster Burying Ground and had no headstone for years after his death. In 1860, Poe’s relatives commissioned a small headstone that erroneously listed Poe’s birth date as January 20 instead of January 19 and was destroyed in a train accident before it made it to the gravesite.
• In 1875 Poe’s remains were dug up and moved to a memorial site to be near his family and a gravestone was placed in the wrong spot and was moved around several times. This lead people to wonder not only where Poe’s original burial spot was but also if the man who was moved to the spot by the memorial is even Edgar Allan Poe.
Edgar Allan Poe’s Body of Work:
“A Dream” (1827)
“Evening Star” (1827)
“The Happiest Day, the Happiest Hour” (1827)
“The Lake. To” (1827) “Song” (1827)
“Stanzas” (1827) “Al Aaraaf” (1829)
“Fairy Land” (1829) “Romance” (1829)
“To The River” (1829)
“Sonnet – To Science” (1829)
“Spirits of the Dead” (1829)
“The City in the Sea” (1831)
“The Sleeper” (1831)
“The Coliseum” (1833)
“Manuscript Found in a Bottle” (1833)
“The Assignation” (1834)
“Bridal Balad” (1837)
“Sonnet – To Zante” (1837)
“Silence – A Fable” (1838)
“The Fall of the House of Usher” (1839)
“The Haunted Palace” (1839)
“Sonnet – Silence” (1840)
“The Murders in the Rue Morgue” (1841)
“William Wilson” (1842)
“The Conqueror Worm” (1843)
“The Gold Bug” (1843)
“The Angel of the Odd” (1844)
“The Balloon Hoax” (1844)
“A Descent Into The Maelström” (1845)
“Hop-Frog” (1845) “The Black Cat” (1845)
“The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” (1845)
“The Man of the Crowd” (1845)
“The Purloined Letter” (1845)
“The Purloined Letter” (1845)
“The Raven” (1845)
“The Valley of Unrest” (1845)
“The Cask of Amontillado” (1846)
“Annabel Lee” (1849)
“The Bells” (1849)
“For Annie” (1849)
“Mesmeric Revelation” (1849)
“A Dream Within A Dream” (1850)
“A Valentine” (1850)
“The Imp of the Perverse” (1850)
“The Island of the Fay” (1850)
“The Masque of the Red Death” (1850)
“Never Bet the Devil Your Head” (1850)
“The Oval Portrait” (1850)
“The Pit and the Pendulum” (1850)
“The Premature Burial” (1850)
“Some Words With a Mummy” (1850)
“The Spectacles” (1850)
“The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether” (1856)
“The Tell-Tale Heart” (1850)
“Loss of Breath” (1850)
“The Domain of Arnheim” (1850)
“The Devil in the Belfry” (Unknown)
Relativity Media is pleased to present the Official Trailer for their upcoming action-packed thriller ACT OF VALOR, starring active duty Navy SEALs.
An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism. Inspired by true events, the film combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the minute battlefield technology and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure.
Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plotagainst the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that couldkill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home.
Each time they accomplish their mission, a new piece of intelligence reveals another shocking twist to the deadly terror plot, which stretches from Chechnya to the Philippines and from Ukraine to Somalia. The widening operation sends the SEALs across the globe as they track the terrorist ring to the U.S.-Mexico border, where they engage in an epic firefight with an outcome that has potentially unimaginable consequences for the future of America.
Relativity Media and Virgin Produced have teamed up with CollegeHumor.com, a leading comedy-driven entertainment website, to launch a sweepstakes for 21 and Over, the comedy starring rising cast Justin Chon (The Twilight Saga), Skylar Astin (Taking Woodstock), Sarah Wright (The House Bunny) and Miles Teller (Footloose), written and directed by The Hangover writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.
CollegeHumor’s “21 and Over” sweepstakes will fly the lucky winner and two 21-year-old friends to the Seattle, Washington set of 21 and Over ,courtesy of Virgin America, for the opportunity to win a walk-on-role in the raucous comedy. Submissions open on September 1st and the winner will be selected on September 12th. Hotel arrangements will be accommodated. Winners will also be provided with handheld cameras to capture their behind-the-scenes adventures during production, which will be featured on CollegeHumor.com at time of release.
21 and Overis a hilarious comedy in which two childhood friends drag their straight-arrow buddy out to celebrate his twenty-first birthday the night before an all-important medical school interview. But when one beer leads to another, the evening spirals into a wild epic misadventure of debauchery and mayhem that none of them will ever forget.
Between September 1, 2011 and September 10th, 2011
Prize: One (1) Grand Prize winner and up to two (2) Guests shall win a walk on role in the upcoming movie “21 and Over.” Trip consists of round-trip main cabin airfare on Virgin America from one of their U.S. destinations to Seattle to Seattle, WA from September 19th to October 1st, and one (1) hotel suite, (triple occupancy, minimum one  night, maximum two  nights depending on flights, shoot schedules, etc.), and ground transportation to/from airport/hotel/studio. If winner resides within a 100-mile radius of Seattle, Washington, ground transportation will be provided in lieu of air transportation and no compensation or substitution will be provided in lieu thereof. (Approximate Retail Value of up to $4,999.99).
Relativity Media’s President of Worldwide Production Tucker Tooley and Edward R. Pressman, the prolific producer behind The Crow franchise, announced today they have closed a deal for Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) to direct a re-invention of The Crow, the 1994 smash hit film based on the comic book series and comic strip by James O’Barr. Relativity and Pressman will be teaming with Spain-based Apaches Entertainment on the production which is targeted to start in Fall 2011.
Relativity confirmed that the new film would use the Eric Draven version.
Fresnadillo is best known for directing 28 Weeks Later, the post-apocalyptic horror sequel to 28 Days Later, which he co-wrote and produced with long-time producing partner, Apaches Entertainment’s Enrique López Lavigne. Fresnadillo also directed the critically-acclaimed Spanish-language film Intacto and is currently in post-production on Intruders starring Clive Owen, also being produced by Apaches Entertainment.
The Crow adaptation will be a reboot of the iconic cult character Eric Draven, who’s resurrected as The Crow to avenge his wife’s murder so he can reunite with her in the hereafter, as first envisioned by graphic novelist James O’Barr.
“Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is an incredibly talented and imaginative filmmaker,” said Tooley. “We are thrilled to have him at the helm and are excited to work with both Pressman and Apaches on what we all believe will be a compelling and innovative reimagining of The Crow.”
Producer Edward R. Pressman remarks, “The original Crow was groundbreaking cinema; its gothic visual and musical ideas influenced a generation and cinema itself. With Juan Carlos, we have every confidence that his new Crow will have a similar impact on the contemporary audience.”
Fresnadillo will collaboratively develop the script once a writer is attached to adapt the screenplay. Casting has not yet been announced.
Me thinks this will end up fantastic, but it will also end up with a phenomenal soundtrack!