2018 VR Award Nominations Highlight Skyrim, Beat Saber, Coco, And More

JULY 12, 2018

Nominations are in for the 2018 VR Awards which is put on by VR Bound and judged by an expert panel. As of today there’s a shortlist of nominees for 12 different categories including headset of the year, VR game of the year, and even best marketing.

VR Film of the Year Nominee: SPEED KILLS VR

JULY 12, 2018

Working to create an immersive, spatial and original VR media is very new territory for most designers and cinematographers. All nominations must substantially feature virtual reality within their media and work to create a comfortable and enjoyable experience for the viewer. Additional attention is given to the use of positioning and movement within the media. Can include short film, interactive pieces and design work within VR.

Christina Ricci hid her love for John Cusack while filming Distorted

June 29, 2018

Christina Ricci managed to hide her love for John Cusack while the pair filmed their latest movie.

The Hollywood stars both have roles in Rob W. King's Distorted, which is a mystery thriller about a woman who moves into a technologically advanced 'smart apartment,' but is unknowingly being brainwashed by the property itself. And though she is a huge fan of one of John's most famous movies, Say Anything, Christina vowed to be professional on set.

"No (I didn't tell him I was a fan)," the 38-year-old insisted. "When I was doing the second Addams Family, Joan (Cusack, John's sister) took me to meet him. He had an office on the Paramount lot, while we were shooting, so I felt like he knew already. I just tried to be cool and respectful, and a good scene partner."

Christina Ricci on Her Tech-Based Thriller ‘Distorted’ & Saying Goodbye to ‘Z’

June 22, 2018

From director Rob King and writer Arne Olsen, the thriller Distorted follows Lauren Curran (Christina Ricci), a young woman who moves into a luxury condo with state-of-the-art features and security systems with her husband, Russel (Brendan Fletcher). Once they move in, Lauren begins to suspect that the building has a dark side and, with the help of an investigative journalist (John Cusack) with an interest in cyber conspiracy, discovers that it may actually be brainwashing its unsuspecting residents.

Distorted Movie Trailer Goes VR with Christina Ricci and John Cusack

June 18, 2018

The latest trailer for Distorted has been released and it's a 360 degree experience, allowing viewers to choose what they focus on. The movie stars Christina Ricci and John Cusack and the latest 360 degree trailer is also promoting a unique virtual reality experience to coincide with the release of Distorted, which hits theaters later this month. The VR experience is roughly ten minutes long and was shot using 16, synchronized GoPro Hero4s filmed with the GoPro Odyssey and under Jump, which is Google's professional VR video program.

Christina Ricci, John Cusack Make Virtual Reality Debut In 360 Degree Experience For Film ‘Distorted’

June 15, 2018

EXCLUSIVE: Two companies — Minds Eye Entertainment and Sky VR — have produced a scripted, live-action 360 cinematic VR experience tied to the release of the Christina Ricci and John Cusack film Distorted. To get an idea of what this means, click on the trailer above and you will be able to move the footage to see the entire film set (in its narrative form) while the video is playing. The VR drops today and the film releases on June 22nd.


June 11, 2018

Are you really paranoid if someone is actually out to get you? That’s one of the ideas behind Distorted, director Rob King’s upcoming psychological thriller. Christina Ricci stars in the film as Lauren Curran, a troubled artist who has retreated from the city for the sake of her state of mind. Along with her husband, Russel (Brendan Fletcher), Lauren has found a sanctuary at The Pinnacle, a hi-tech luxury condo located in the relative safety of the suburbs. The Pinnacle is a technical marvel with everything Lauren could have hoped to find. However, there’s more to the building than Lauren initially suspected.

Redbox Snags First Exclusive With Rights to New Nicolas Cage Film

Redbox is now exclusively offering discs of The Humanity Bureau, starring Nicolas Cage and Sarah Lind, for rent at all Redbox kiosks. The arrangement marks Redbox’s first movie exclusive. “We’re always looking for opportunities to add to our content offering based on what we know customers like to watch,” says a Redbox spokesperson. The Humanity Bureau is the first film released by distribution company QME Entertainment Inc., a joint venture between Quiver Distribution Inc. and Minds Eye Entertainment. “We’re thrilled to work in partnership with Redbox to ensure that our film The Humanity Bureau will be readily available to consumers nationwide at their more than 41,000 kiosks and Redbox On Demand,” said Berry Meyerowitz, co-president of QME Entertainment. “Their commitment to the rental market is unparalleled and guarantees that we will be able to reach a widespread audience.”

FIU Partners with Bridgegate Pictures on Altered Reality Studio

Miami, FL (May 14, 2018) – FIU’s College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) has partnered with virtual reality purveyor Bridgegate Pictures to create iSTAR, theImmersive Studio for Altered Reality, at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus (BBC).
 Supported by a $1.2 million donation from Bridgegate Pictures, iSTAR is set to open in Fall 2018 and will provide FIU students vital career training in the creation of virtual reality and augmented reality. Goldman Sachs estimates this industry will grow to $95 billion by 2025.

Christina Ricci & John Cusack in Trailer for Action Thriller 'Distorted'

"What are you experiencing?" Minds Eye has released an official trailer for indie action-thriller Distorted, the latest from director Rob W. King, who also made the very cheesy sci-fi film The Humanity Bureau with Nicolas Cage. This film stars Christina Ricci as a woman with biopolar disorder who moves into a "smart apartment" with her husband.

First Look: Ricci and Cusack’s DISTORTED

Looks like two of our genre’s favorite actors Christina Ricci and John Cusack are teaming up for a new cyber-thriller called Distorted. The flick comes to us from director Rob King and screenwriter Arne Olsen and today we have your first look via the movie’s poster and two stills.

Christina Ricci & John Cusack Star in 'Distorted' - Watch the Trailer Now!

The official trailer for Distorted is here! The movie dropped a sneak peek on Wednesday (May 2), ahead of its premiere in theaters this June. Distorted co-stars Christina Ricci, John Cusack and Brendan Fletcher.

Exclusive Poster for Distorted, Starring Christina Ricci and John Cusack

ComingSoon.net has your exclusive first look at the poster for Distorted, starring Christina Ricci (Z: The Beginning of Everything, The Opposite of Sex), Brendan Fletcher (The Revenant, The Killing) and John Cusack (Love & Mercy, High Fidelity).

INTERVIEW: Travis Cloyd On The Rise Of Virtual Reality

Recently Cultured Vultures talked with Travis Cloyd, the VR Producer of upcoming releases Distorted, starring John Cusack and Christina Ricci, and Speed Kills, starring John Travolta. Here’s how we got on.

For our readers who might not know what exactly a VR Producer is or does, would you mind giving a quick description?


Film Review: ‘The Humanity Bureau

Though not so long ago nearly every Nicolas Cage movie was a big-budget, wide-release affair, these days his movies are mostly so low-profile you might be forgiven for not knowing he still makes ’em — let alone that he’s done some of his best-ever work very recently. The gonzo displays of blackly comedic quasi-horror pics “Mom and Dad” and “Mandy” fall into that category (though recent thriller “Looking Glass” served no one particularly well), and new Canadian feature “The Humanity Bureau” is none too shabby a showcase, either.


College of Communication, Architecture + the Arts (CARTA) Teams Up with Bridgegate Pictures to Create STAR Labs, Studio for Altered Reality

(MIAMI) March 22, 2018-- FIU's College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) has partnered with Hollywood's premier Virtual Reality purveyor, Bridgegate Pictures, to create STAR Labs, the Studio for Altered Reality. Brian Schriner, Dean of CARTA, and Lee Caplin, Bridgegate Pictures CEO,


College of Communication, Architecture + the Arts (CARTA) Teams Up with Bridgegate Pictures to Create STAR Labs, Studio for Altered Reality

(MIAMI) March 22, 2018-- FIU's College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) has partnered with Hollywood's premier Virtual Reality purveyor, Bridgegate Pictures, to create STAR Labs, the Studio for Altered Reality. Brian Schriner, Dean of CARTA, and Lee Caplin, Bridgegate Pictures CEO,


Cinequest 2018 Wrap and Awards

Following a dynamic 13 days that presented 130 world and US premiere Films and VR experiences, the 2018 Cinequest Film & VR Festival today announced its full list of jury and audience award winners. With record-breaking attendance exceeding 105,000 guests, this year’s Cinequest broke new ground as it continued its legacy as a bastion of discovery for filmed media as well as the technologies that reshape creativity


17 January, 2018

Nicolas Cage’s ‘Humanity Bureau’ Set for Theatrical, Virtual Reality Releases (EXCLUSIVE)

Nicolas Cage’s sci-fi action-thriller “The Humanity Bureau” has been set for a March 2 release as a standalone episodic virtual reality series “The Humanity Bureau VRevolution.”

The film, set in the near future with global warming wreaking havoc in parts of the American Midwest, will be released in standard theatrical theaters, Barco Escape format theaters and Premium Video On Demand on April 6. The title takes its name from a government agency that exiles members of society deemed unproductive and banishes them to a colony known as New Eden.

11 December, 2017

Speed Kills Is A Feature-Length VR Movie Starring John Travolta

We’ve been hearing for years how VR could be the next big thing for Hollywood, and now one of its biggest stars is finally appearing in a VR movie.

Announced this month, the Speed Kills VR Experience is a new episodic film directed by Travis Cloyd, and produced by Richard Del Castro, Guy Griffithe and Cloyd, in conjunction with TopDogVR. It also happens to star John Travolta. Yes that John Travolta, the one from Pulp Fiction, Face/Off and Grease. Based on the book by Arthur J. Harris, the film follows the life of speedboat racing champion. Interestingly, though, the film has been shot in both standard format and in VR. While a big screen release will take place in 2018, the VR component will be distributed a little different.

1 December, 2017

John Travolta-Starring ‘Speed Kills’ Ups Action With VR Version

JEXCLUSIVE: The upcoming John Travolta- and Kellan Lutz-starring action film Speed Kills will feature an extra edition: Speed Kills VR Experience, augmenting the standard format HD 4K with an hourlong virtual reality version.

26 June, 2017

John Cusack, Christina Ricci to star in 'Distorted'

John Cusack and Christina Ricci is all set to star in cyber thriller 'Distorted'. Ricci will play an artist who suffers from bi-polar disorder and has just endured the tragedy of losing her child and Cusack will portray the role of a journalist.

26 June, 2017

Mauro Borrelli to Direct Action-Thrillers ‘Trigger,’ ‘Gemini’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Mauro Borrelli, best known for his collaborations with Tim Burton as an illustrator, has signed on to direct a pair of action-thriller movies from Bridgegate Pictures — “Trigger” and “Gemini,” Variety has learned exclusively.

09 May, 2017

Christina Ricci, John Cusack, Brendan Fletcher to Star in Drama ‘Distorted’

Christina RicciJohn Cusack, and Brendan Fletcher are starring in the independent drama “Distorted,” with production starting May 28 in Kelowna and Vernon, British Columbia.

Production companies are Minds Eye Entertainment, in association with Bridgegate Pictures and Invico Capitol. Voltage Pictures will handle international rights with Minds Eye International managing domestic and Canadian rights.

Kevin DeWalt and Danielle Masters will produce, with Andrew Holmes and Ben DeWalt Co-Producing. Executive producers include Guy Griffithe, Allison Taylor, Jason Brooks, Darren Benning, Frank White, and Nicolas Chartier.

09 May, 2017

Bridgegate Pictures Names Guy Griffithe as President

CORONA, CA--(Marketwired - May 9, 2017) - Bridgegate Pictures (OTC PINK: BBGP) announced today that Executive Producer Guy Griffithe has been named President of the company.

"Guy's experience and clout in Hollywood is invaluable to us," said CEO Lee Caplin. "His performance on behalf of the company has exceeded all expectations."

04 May, 2017

Bridgegate Pictures Announces Release of Wesley Snipes' Thriller, THE RECALL

CORONA, CA--(Marketwired - May 4, 2017) - Bridgegate Pictures (OTC PINK: BBGP), in association with Minds Eye Entertainment, announces the limited theatrical release on June 2nd of THE RECALL, an Action/Horror thriller, starring Hollywood legend Wesley Snipes.

02 May, 2017


Damn, dude! Simon says that Wesley Snipes looks fantastic for a 54-year-old badass. Honestly, I don't think I've seen him act in anything since the 2004 release of BLADE: TRINITY. That being said,

17 February, 2017

Bridgegate Pictures and Minds Eye Entertainment Distribution Partner VMI Worldwide Sets Deals in Multiple Territories for Nicolas Cage Action Dystopian Thriller The Humanity Bureau

CORONA, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 17, 2017) - Bridgegate Pictures (OTC PINK: BBGP) and Minds Eye Entertainment Distribution Partner VMI Worldwide announced today that they have secured deals during European Film Market in Berlin, Germany in multiple territories for their action dystopian thriller THE HUMANITY BUREAU, which stars Nicolas Cage (SNOWDEN, DOG EAT DOG) and is directed by Rob King (SOMETHING MORE, Netflix's Original "Tokyo Trial"). The film is the second title in a six-picture deal with Canadian production company, Minds Eye Entertainment.

07 February, 2017

Wesley Snipes Fights Aliens in The Recall VR Abduction

The guy who saved humankind from vampires time and again (and looked cool doing it) is about to save us from aliens, as Wesley Snipes will be appearing the the upcoming interactive short The Recall VR Abduction, which takes place in the same universe as the upcoming feature length film The Recall.

02 February, 2017

Wesley Snipes Makes His Virtual Reality Debut in ‘The Recall VR Abduction’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Next up in Hollywood to catch the virtual reality bug is none other than Wesley Snipes: The action film star is making his debut in the new medium with “The Recall VR Abduction” this summer — a 10 minute VR short about an alien abduction that is going to play in the same universe as “The Recall,” Snipes’ upcoming Sci-Fi horror feature film.

“The Recall VR Abduction” is being directed by Mauro Borelli, and Snipes is being joined by R.J. Mitte, Jedidiah Goodacre, Niko Pepaj, Laura Maria Bilgeri, and Hannah Rose May. It’s the same cast as the feature film, but this time around, viewers actually experiencing all the action through Mitte’s point-of-view.

07 July, 2016

Hollywood Reporter : Cineplex to Open First Barco Escape Theaters in Canada

The three-screen movie experience will launch here in time for the release of a special version of 'Star Trek Beyond' for Barco-equipped auditoriums. Barco is entering the Canadian market with its three-screen digital cinema designed to immerse viewers in a movie with a Cinerama-like experience. Canadian exhibition giant Cineplex, which already has enormous Imax screens to attract premium ticket buyers, has inked a deal for three Barco Escape auditoriums to open in Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton. The Escape format is designed with three screens and three projectors — one in the front of the auditorium and one on each side — to create an immersive experience. The Barco Escape theaters will open in time for the July 22 release of a special version of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Beyond. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions remastered Star Trek Beyond to include an expanded 20-plus minutes, to reach out across the young Escape format's panoramic tri-screen display.

18 May, 2016

Minds Eye Entertainment Focuses on New Projects

Minds Eye Entertainment, in association with Bridgegate Pictures and VMI Worldwide, have financed and greenlit a six-picture production slate of sci-fi, action, and thriller films. Minds Eye Entertainment will distribute the films in North America, while VMI Worldwide will distribute the titles internationally. The six films will also be shot for the new Barco Escape three-screen, panoramic theatrical format, which fully surrounds audiences and offers the ultimate immersive cinema experience. Portions of the films will also be shot in Virtual Reality. Kevin Dewalt, CEO of Minds Eye Entertainment, made the announcement today at the 69th Cannes International Film Festival.

“Minds Eye Entertainment’s strength has always been to deliver exceptional production value with a talented cast at managed costs,” said Dewalt. “It’s a natural progression for us to now finance and produce multiple pictures concurrently to manage budgets wisely without sacrificing first-class crews and talented art departments across six films. I am delighted to partner with VMI led by Andre Relis and Bridgegate Pictures’ Guy Griffithe on this new venture.”

13 May, 2016

Sci-fi 'The Recall' leads six-strong Minds Eye, VMI slate

Canadian producer Minds Eye Entertainment in association with US-based Bridgegate Pictures and VMI Worldwide has financed and greenlit a six-film production slate of sci-fi, action and thriller films.

Minds Eye Entertainment will distribute the films in North America and VMI Worldwide will handle international sales.

Minds Eye CEO Kevin Dewalt and Danielle Masters will produce the slate and Bridgegate CEO Guy Griffithe, VMI Worldwide president Andre Relis and Frank White will serve as executive producers.

13 May, 2016

The Exchange Snaps Up ‘Mapplethorpe’; ‘The God Four’ Casts Up; Minds Eye Pics Set – Cannes Briefs

The Exchange has boarded international sales on Mapplethorpe, a biopic of the controversial photographer that’s helmed by Ondi Timoner. Doctor Who’s Matt Smith and Girls’ Zosia Mamet star. Timoner, a two-time Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner for documentaries Dig! and We Live In Public, wrote the script which follows the life of the artist from his rise to fame until his untimely death in 1989.

The film is produced by Timoner under her Interloper Films banner; Eliza and Nate Dushku of Boston Diva Productions; and Sirad Balducci. It is made in collaboration with the Mapplethorpe Foundation. CAA and UTA are handling U.S. rights.

13 May, 2016

6-Picture Partnership Announced At Cannes; Minds Eye Entertainment, Bridgegate Pictures and VMI Worldwide working on Fresh Sci-Fi/Horror Slate

Announced today at the 69th annual Cannes International Film Festival, Minds Eye Entertainment, in association with Bridgegate Pictures and VMI Worldwide, have financed and green lit a SIX (!) -picture production slate of sci-fi, action, genre and thriller films. Minds Eye Entertainment will distribute the films in North America, while VMI Worldwide will distribute the titles internationally. The six films will also be shot for the new Barco Escape three-screen, panoramic theatrical format, which fully surrounds audiences and offers the ultimate immersive cinema experience. Portions of the films will also be shot in Virtual Reality. Personally, I think this is great news, with a six-picture guarantee, meaning that we’ll be getting a fair amount of new and original genre films. I’m all for exciting and interesting horror and Sci-Fi flicks and this deal just proves that there is more than a market and interest for the types of films we all know and love.