Sony Pictures Home Entertainment & Scholastic Donate 20,000 Books to Be Distributed by Save the Children
Culver City, Calif. (January 26, 2016) – On the heels of the Goosebumps movie release on Blu-ray™ and DVD, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) has joined together with Scholastic, the global children’s publishing and education company, to donate 20,000 books to children in underserved communities as well as those recovering from crises or natural disasters in the United States. The books, featuring a selection of Goosebumps books by bestselling author R.L. Stine, are being donated through the Scholastic Possible Fund and will be distributed by Save the Children.
“These books will make a lasting difference in the lives of young children in some of our nation’s most under-resourced communities. We work to give children in need the best opportunity to succeed in school and life, and encouraging reading together as a family early in a child’s life is critical to that goal. Sadly, many families we serve have no children’s books in the home when we start working with them. We thank Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Scholastic for this generous donation,” said Carolyn Miles, Save the Children CEO.
Scholastic is the global publisher of Goosebumps, one of the best-selling children’s book series of all-time. Today, there are more than 400 million Goosebumps books in print, 350 million in English and another 50+ million internationally in 32 languages. Goosebumps continues to be a powerful force in children’s lives for decades, making voracious readers out of reluctant ones. The motion picture adventure grossed $112 million worldwide and is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.
“We are happy to partner with Scholastic and support Save the Children’s efforts to promote literacy nationwide. Just as the Goosebumps creatures were brought to life in the movie, we hope children are inspired to use their imagination and continue to bring R.L. Stine’s beloved stories to life,” said Lexine Wong, Sr. EVP, Worldwide Marketing, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
“R.L. Stine has brought delighted chills to millions of young readers around the world through his scary and funny stories, and we are so happy to work with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Save the Children to help even more children around the world have the opportunity to own a book and discover the joy and power of reading,” said Ellie Berger, President of Scholastic Trade Publishing.
The Scholastic Possible Fund was established as part of the Company’s Open a World of Possible reading initiative to provide donations of quality books to children who need them most. Books from The Scholastic Possible Fund are distributed through non-profit partner organizations that work to help children and families understand the importance of books and reading with the goal of improving global literacy. To learn more about Scholastic and The Scholastic Possible Fund visit Mediaroom.scholastic.com.
GOOSEBUMPS is now available from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in Blu-ray and other formats. It stars Jack Black (School of Rock) as Goosebumps author R.L. Stine, along with Dylan Minnette (Prisoners), Ryan Lee (Super 8) and Odeya Rush (The Giver). The plot begins as Zach (Minnette) unwittingly unleashes magical monsters on the town, and must team with his new friends Champ (Lee), Hannah (Rush), and Stine (Black) to send the ghouls back into their books before it’s too late.
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“A frightfully fun flick for families.” –Peter Martin, Twitchfilm.com
Jack Black Stars In The Worldwide Monster Phenomenon GOOSEBUMPS
Arriving on Digital Jan. 12 and Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & DVD Jan. 26
Special Features include Alternate Opening and Ending Not Shown in Theaters, Cast Blooper Reel, Deleted Scenes and more!
Culver City, Calif.(Dec. 7, 2015) – Kids and parents will believe in monsters when GOOSEBUMPSdebuts January 12 on Digital and January 26 on Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD. Based on Scholastic’s worldwide best-selling book series, with over 400 million copies in print, the motion picture adventure stars Jack Black (School of Rock) as Goosebumps author R.L. Stine, along with Dylan Minnette (Prisoners), Ryan Lee (Super 8) and Odeya Rush (The Giver). When Zach (Minnette) unwittingly unleashes magical monsters on the town, he must team with his new friends Champ (Lee), Hannah (Rush) and Stine (Black) to send the ghouls back where they came from before it’s too late. The film is directed by Rob Letterman (Shark Tale, Monsters vs. Aliens) and produced by Deborah Forte (The Golden Compass) and Neil H. Moritz (22 Jump Street). The screenplay is by Darren Lemke (Turbo) based on a story by star screenwriting team Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski (Big Eyes).
The Blu-ray™ Combo Packs and DVD have ‘spook-tacular’ special features, including an alternate opening and ending, deleted scenes, a blooper reel, and a casting gallery. In addition, there are two all-new featurettes (Beginners Guide to Surviving a Goosebumps Creature and Strange Things are Happening…On-Set) with Dylan Minette and Ryan Lee. Exclusive to the Blu-ray™ sets are All About Slappy in which Slappy talks about his favorite subject…himself!; and Creaturefied!, where makeup FX artist Steve Prouty demonstrates how to become your favorite Goosebumps creature.
Goosebumps by R.L. Stine, published by Scholastic, is one of the best-selling children’s book series of all-time.
The official website is www.scholastic.com/goosebumps.
For more information, visit http://mediaroom.scholastic.com/Goosebumps.
After moving to a small town, Zach Cooper (Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets next-door neighbor Hannah (Rush), the daughter of best-selling Goosebumps series author R.L. Stine (Black). Stine is very mysterious and a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and he protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their manuscripts. When the monsters are accidentally unleashed and begin to terrorize the town, it’s up to Stine, Zach and Hannah to get them back in their books where they belong!
DVD Special Features include: (also on Blu-ray & Digital)
Beginners Guide to Surviving a Goosebumps Creature
Strange Things are Happening…On-Set
Blu-ray and Digital Special Features include:
Cast Blooper Reel
All About Slappy
GOOSEBUMPS has a running time of 103 minutes and is rated PG for scary and intense creature action and images, and for some rude humor.
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