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Happy Father's Day from ShadowShine Pictures!

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Happy Father's Day from ShadowShine Pictures!

Dads come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Literally! Some are tech nerds, some our sports fanatics, some are basically clowns, and some are simply put our best friends. But no matter the type of dad we each have, biological or adopted, or discovered, our dads have been our hero's from day one. Whether it was tossing the ball around with us in the backyard, teaching us how to build our first working train set in the basement, comforting us after our first breakup, teaching us how to shave, helping act interested when we were picking out our dress for the first school dance, or simply being that shoulder to lean on whenever things got tough: our dads have been there, always.

We can all probably admit we don't call home enough, or show our best side to him as often as we should, but the dads in our lives never stop loving us. They continuously point us towards the path of truth, being a good person, and working with everything we have in us to make this world a better place - even if it's just one bad dad joke at a time. So this Father's day remember to celebrate the man in your life that gets to wear the title "dad" honorably.

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Happy Mother's Day from ShadowShine!

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Happy Mother's Day from ShadowShine!

If we are being honest our moms are basically superheros, so we thought we'd give an extra special gift this year in our latest team film, dedicated soley to these amazing women on Mother's Day!

They gave us life, they raised us, they struck fear in us when necessary, and overflowing joy more often than not. They've always been there as a warm embrace ready to make all our problems go away, and they are always just a phone call away when we've had a less than amazing day. Our mothers may all look different both internally and externally, but they all have one thing in common: they love us unconditionally. 

We each, every single person around this world, are better because of the mothers in our lives. Whether by birth or nurture they are the women who have shaped us into who we are today and continue to teach us what it is to be compassionate, driven, and a good person all ways round. We'll never be able to fully thank them for all that they have done for us, all that they have poured into our lives, or all of the many phone calls we should have made but that they forgive us for nonetheless.

This weekend make sure to join us in wishing each of our moms the very happiest of Mother's Days!

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Cornerstone University: 2017 Commencement Commercial Video Series

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Cornerstone University: 2017 Commencement Commercial Video Series

Every year, we get excited for one of our largest corporate cinematography pieces, the Cornerstone University Commencement Series where we have the privilege of showcasing a few of these unique and weaving colorful stories that make up CU's students. People of varying ages and walks of life, seemingly so different, but united under a hunger for knowledge and a search for a deeper understanding of our Creator. It is a converging of many distinct stories. Different walks of life and experiences meeting and cooperating to reach a goal together that is both individual and collective: Commencement. This is a time of celebration and reflection, but it also serves as a checkpoint, a chapter change in a larger narrative of lives.

These are just a small sampling of the students and lives that have been changed by the community and experience here and we are so excited to see where each of these nine students' journeys take them in their continuing adventure. 

From everyone here at ShadowShine Pictures, congratulations and best of luck to the 2017 Cornerstone University graduates!

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Making Dollars and Sense at the Box Office: Weekend Seventeen

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Making Dollars and Sense at the Box Office: Weekend Seventeen

It was a little less furious and a lot more subdued this weekend in theatres as audiences continued to throw their money at ticket booths just trying to pass the time until this coming weekend when the real summer fun gets here – but more on that later. This weekend at the Box Office however was overall relativity so-so and the films with the best performances were the ones with the most meager of star power and theatre count.

Taking the top of the Box Office for a third weekend in a row was Universal’s The Fate of the Furious which pulled in an additional $19.9 million this weekend, bringing it overall worldwide cume to over $1 billion. That’s sweet tire squealing music to Universal’s ears as that makes it the 5th film from the studio to cross the billion-dollar threshold.

Coming in second this weekend was Lionsgate and Pantelion’s How to Be a Latin Lover, which despite only opening in just over 1,100 theaters, took home an impressive $12.3 million dollars domestically and scored a spicy “A+” on Cinemascore from opening day audiences. For me it is so awesome to see this film from Ken Marino receive such support from the Hispanic community whom made up 89% of the audience this weekend. No the movie isn’t going to shatter any glass ceilings or snag any awards or honors, but I’m hoping this film will be an encouragement to other filmmakers to continue telling their stories on the big screen that are reflective and authentic to their cultural upbringing and background. 

And speaking of just that, taking third this weekend was Great India Films, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion which came out of nowhere with a weekend haul of $10.4 million from only 425 theatres! While a $24,000 per theater average isn’t the best average of all time it is quite notable for a film this time of year and the fact that this film, a largely unheard of sequel follow up to Blue Sky Cinema’s 2015 first chapter, topped a poorly conceptualized, weakly written film starring Tom Hanks does prove to me that maybe the American masses are waking up and realizing that substance and story trumps name notability.

And bringing this weekend’s recap full circle then, we find our second nationwide release newcomer, The Circle ringing in at spot number 5 this weekend with $9 million dollars. Overall while this film had the premise to bring audiences something eerily familiar to our current technological-centered and monitored world, while still alluding to a far more alarming possible near-future, the film didn’t close the loop and instead brought us unimagined characters and a satire so lacking in innovation that The Circle feels like it’s more from the stone-age of storytelling than the glossy computer-screen age it so tries to warn us against fully buying into.

But despite a weekend so boring that I almost want to shoot myself in the foot just so I have something to talk about, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 premieres this weekend in over 4,000 theatres.

It’s the name to beat this weekend and looks like it’s going to be just as wild a ride as the original Guardians which premiered in August of 2014. Fans and comic book nerds the world over are going to be coming out in droves this weekend to see Star Lord, Gamora, Rocket, Groot, and Drax all hitting the big screen again in this summer’s first blockbuster which is sure to set the tone for what I can only hope and pray for is an awesome summer of fantastic movies in theaters.

The film is posed to crack over $150 million opening weekend which would make it the first film of 2017 to surpass the $100 million bench marker opening weekend. I’d put my money on Disney taking home bank after this Sunday given that the film just premiered this past weekend in over 58% of the international markets and cumulatively scored $101.2 million. Whether or not it hits the $150 prediction Guardians is going to be taking the Galaxy on a hilarious, classic rock filled, cosmic trip that is sure to get us all laughing and pumped for all the excitement and energy this summer has in store for us!

-Matthew Miller

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Making Dollars and Sense at the Box Office: Weekend Sixteen

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Making Dollars and Sense at the Box Office: Weekend Sixteen

Fate of the Furious took the top of the charts again, and not a single one of our newcomers cracked the top five…could this be the calm before a massive Summer cinema storm? Or were these newcomers truly this unappealing to audiences? Let’s check the tire pressure in this week’s Making Dollars and Sense! I’m running out of car puns…

The eighth film in a multimillion dollar franchise about automobiles was the highest grossing film for the second weekend in a row with $38 million, a -61% drop from last weekend, followed by The Boss Baby with $12 million, and then Beauty and the Beast, Going In Style, and Smurfs all making less than $10 million. On top of that, none of the new movies from this past weekend even broke $5 million, with the highest earning of them being Born in China with almost $4.8 million? Are audiences “bearly” interested in something that they were probably hoping would spark “panda-monium” or are they just clawing to get out of this furry situation? Let’s look at the reviews.

Born in China received mixed-to-positive reviews, with many saying it proves to be one of the stronger DisneyNature documentaries. Then again, it’s a documentary, and the family audience it tries to attain probably saw The Boss Baby or Smurfs again, or even Beauty and the Beast, so perhaps it was a bad time for a documentary about adorable, fuzzy pandas. Unforgettable was close to Born in China with its weekend haul, but the reviews were lukewarm-to-negative, saying that even though the cast was able to make it fun to watch, it’s still just another “crazy ex” movie and doesn’t bring anything new to the table. 

The Promise barely broke $4 million and the reviews weren’t terrible, but a historical drama isn’t going to do well as we’re amping up for the Summer season. Phoenix Forgotten was exactly what I said it would be last week: just another bland shaky-cam found footage mess. And lastly, Free Fire didn’t break a million, but still holds solid reviews. I didn’t get a chance to see it yet, but I did see a review that mentioned how this is a film about humanity’s quickness to fall into a cycle of violence without knowing why, and that sounds right up my alley. So if I don’t see either of this weekend’s newcomers, I know exactly what I’ll be seeing instead.

And speaking of this coming weekend, let’s take a look at what’s hitting theaters! First up is a sci-fi thriller called The Circle starring Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, and John Boyega. Based on the novel by Dave Eggers, The Circle tells the story of a massive Internet corporation that surveys every employee’s every move and life detail. What could go wrong?

The other newcomer entering theaters this weekend is How To Be A Latin Lover. It’s a comedy about a man who has lived his life seducing older rich women, but years after he finally settles down with one of his senior suitors, she leaves him for a younger man. He’s then forced to figure out how to rekindle his spark, and maybe learn to love his family in the process. It sounds quirky, and could either prove to be a heartwarming comedy or a boring raunchy flop. I’m certainly intrigued, but I’ll probably wait until I hear some reviews before I spend an evening with this Latin lover.

Overall, I’m predicting another bland weekend because, let’s be honest, we’re all just waiting for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 the following weekend. But hey, there’s still movies worth seeing, so get out there and support public film exhibition instead of just watching something at home!

-Adam Stutsman

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Making Dollars and Sense at the Box Office: Weekend Fifteen

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Making Dollars and Sense at the Box Office: Weekend Fifteen

Fate of the Furious revved its engines this weekend, but even though it won the box office race, are fans and critics feeling like the series is running out of gas? Try not to laugh at my uneducated attempts to make car puns, and let’s take a look under the hood.

Fate of the Furious, the eighth film in the franchise that started as being about illegal street racing and turned into, somehow, one of the most successful action franchises of all time, left every other movie in the dust at the box office this weekend with a record-breaking worldwide opening gross of $532 million making it the highest worldwide first-weekend opening of all time, surpassing even Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Granted, much of this has to do with the fact that it was released everywhere on the exact same day, but even still, this is impressive. On top of that, it’s now the highest grossing film ever to be directed by an African-American filmmaker, F. Gary Gray (who directed last year’s excellent Straight Outta Compton).

Not to mention, it blew away its $350 million production budget, and it’s just getting started. I wouldn’t be surprised if this took the top spot again this weekend, but I guess that’s kind of up in the air since reviews of the film were mixed which might put a damper on repeat drives. Some fans and critics were thrilled that we got more of the same over-the-top action, zippy one-liners, and, of course, the diverse cast of characters and cars. However, some moviegoers were let down after the massive success that was the seventh film, but this disappointment is kind of like going to a theme park and not being as thrilled by the new coaster when the most recent new coaster before that was so great; it’s all just fun, so why complain?

Shifting gears to this weekend, we’ve got a slew of newcomers hitting theaters. First up is DisneyNature’s new documentary Born in China, about pandas! Look at them! They’re so cute! This looks like another knockout from the DisneyNature documentary series, and it’s narrated by John Krasinski, so it’s probably delightful. And it comes out a day before Earth Day! It’s all just so positive!

Next is Free Fire, an action-comedy distributed by the near-flawless A24 Pictures. It’s a one-location slow-burn with an excellent cast, and early reviews have been glowing, so if this little gem is coming near you, definitely catch it and settle in for a wild ride.

Phoenix Forgotten is our next newcomer, which is a found footage horror film that looks like Blair Witch in the desert with aliens. Honestly, the biggest draw is that it’s produced by Ridley Scott, and the true events of the Phoenix Lights are intriguing, but to be blunt, this looks like a flat horror film that doesn’t quite capitalize on its interesting source material, meaning this Phoenix probably going to be forgotten pretty quickly.

And speaking of forgetful films, Unforgettable comes to theaters this weekend. It’s a thriller about an ex-wife tormenting her ex-husband and his new wife. And that’s it. Now, if this was rated PG-13, it would probably do alright with high school kids looking for something to watch if they don’t want to see Fate of the Furious again, but I’m predicting the R-rating is going to deeply cut into its audience base. This kind of story is nothing new, so Unforgettable is probably going to be anything but unforgettable.

The Promise is our final newcomer of the weekend, which is a historical drama about the last years of the Ottoman Empire, during the Armenian genocide. Reviews of the film have been underwhelming, but it has Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale, so perhaps an American audience response will be a little warmer due to the star power!

-Adam Stutsman

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Peep-TSD (Easter Bunny Challenge)

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Peep-TSD (Easter Bunny Challenge)

Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s almost time for warm nights and campfires! Well, we decided to get a jump start on a campfire game with our Easter-themed version of “chubby bunny” using marshmallow Peeps! The competition is fierce, and choosing a winner comes down to splitting “hares” with how close it gets!

Sure, we get a little choked up, but we thought it would be a colorful way to say “hoppy” Easter! And trust us…it gets awfully colorful with all this sugar. But in all seriousness, we at ShadowShine Pictures hope you have the sweetest holiday this Resurrection Sunday!

Happy Easter friends!

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