WORLDWIDE 

Gino McKoy is pleased to announce that his debut release, LUMINA EP, will be available worldwide on June 14th, 2019. 

LUMINA EP features three singles, written and performed by Gino McKoy

The songs will be available on all major streaming platforms worldwide, including Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Tidal, Deezer and more. 

The three singles will be featured in the upcoming theatrical film, LUMINA, which was written and is to be directed by Gino McKoy. LUMINA will be released to theaters worldwide in early 2020. 

Be sure to check the Gino McKoy Official Website and follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep up to date with the latest news and availability. 

 

June 2nd, 2019 – Hollywood CA
By Daniel Bukszpan
This article originally appeared on CNBC

‘Rocketman’ is winning rave reviews, but don’t expect Elton John to make a huge comeback

“Rocketman,” the biographical movie about rock star Elton John, opened this weekend to rave reviews. 

And it would seem to follow that this will translate into revived interest in Elton’s vast back catalog, but that remains to be seen.

 

If “Bohemian Rhapsody” is anything to go by, Elton John’s catalog is about to enjoy a new lease on life. The 2018 movie about the rock band Queen grossed $51 million in its opening weekend and went on to earn $687 million at the worldwide box office, sending the band’s music back to the top of the charts for the first time in decade. 

The two movies share other associations that make comparison unavoidable. Both share similar subject matter – classic rock and gay central characters – and Dexter Fletcher, the man who took over when “Bohemian Rhapsody” director Bryan Singer was fired from the production, is the director of “Rocketman.” And if that’s not enough, The Washington Post, the New York Daily News, and Newsweek are among dozens of publications running articles comparing the two films. 

Despite the parallels, there are differences between the two movies and these variances are significant enough to make some wonder whether Elton John’s music will really experience the same renaissance that Queen’s did.

For one thing, Rocketman’s opening weekend take was $25 million, less than half  of what “Bohemian Rhapsody” grossed in its first weekend.  

A major sticking point is the release date. “Bohemian Rhapsody” opened in November,with no real competition, but “Rocketman” opened the same day as “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” which is heavily favored to dominate the weekend box office. After that, it has to survive the onslaught of blockbusters scheduled throughout June, including “Dark Phoenix” and “Toy Story 4.”

Jazmine Valencia, President of the JV Agency, a music digital marketing company that has worked with such artists as the Killers and Fall Out Boy, said that the release date isn’t the only issue. The promotion for “Rocketman” simply hasn’t been comparable to the relentless advertising campaign that preceded “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

“Half of my intern team didn’t know the movie was being released,” she said. ”[For] ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ they had all pre-purchased movie tickets, including those who were just really getting into Queen at the time of the release.”

Screenwriter and BMG Music artist Gino McKoy said that while he expects “Rocketman” to find an audience, he doesn’t expect it to give the Elton John catalog a similar boost, for a surprising reason – namely, because Elton John is still alive.

 

“The worldwide release of the film will reignite interest in his music and revive forgotten classics,” he said. “But it will not have the same impact as films about artists who have passed away prematurely tend to have, such as ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’” 

McKoy has a point when he says that death is great for an artist’s back catalog. When Chester Bennington of Linkin Park died in 2017, Variety reported that streams of the group’s music experienced a 7,000% spike the very next day. When Chuck Berry died that same year, streams of his music increased by 9,000%, even though he had last released a new album in 1979. Queen’s Freddie Mercury has been gone since 1991, but his death nevertheless added poignancy to “Bohemian Rhapsody” that may have made viewers want to re-connect with the music.

Absent that kind of emotional response, will a positive reception to “Rocketman” be enough to work miracles on Elton John’s catalog? Mara Kuge, president and founder of Superior Music Publishing, said that the effect is unlikely to be comparable unless the movie overperforms dramatically.

“If ‘Rocketman’ doesn’t gain that mainstream appeal, then it will be mostly seen by an audience already familiar with his music which, to be fair, is very large,” she said. “These fans may be inspired to go take a fresh listen, but it won’t add that much to his already sizable fanbase.”

If, however, “Rocketman” does better than predicted and succeeds in introducing Elton John to a new generation, she expects sales and streaming of his music to increase quite a bit. And given the enduring popularity of his catalog, that’s not out of the question.

“His music is so classic that there is a wide potential audience for it,” she said.

While some may be hesitant to predict a “Rocketman” effect on Elton John’s catalog, music producer, author and rock historian Denny Somach was very confident about it. He said that he expected the movie to be very good for his songs from the early 1970s in particular.

“Many of them have disappeared from radio playlists over the years, songs like ‘Border Song,’ ‘Amoreena’ and ‘Take Me To The Pilot,’” he said. “I do believe the movie will revive interest in his earlier songs.”

He added that Elton John’s fan base is so large that worries about the movie’s commercial viability are likely not even warranted in the first place.

“Elton John’s music has become cross-generational and has such wide appeal that I think the audience will be quite large,” he said.

Whether that audience will go home and download his albums and listen to him on Spotify, only time will tell.

May 19th, 2019 – Hollywood CA
By Daniel Bukszpan
This article originally appeared on CNBC

Game of Thrones Fans Are Angry About the Final Season – and the Franchise Could Suffer for It

On Sunday night, the final episode of the HBO’s “Game of Thrones” will air. This has been the highest-rated season in the show’s history, with last week’s episode watched by 18.4 million people, its most massive audience ever.

With numbers like that, it would seem that the series is going out on a high note, which is good news for the upcoming HBO prequel series, “Bloodmoon.” It would also seem to indicate robust sales of future home video editions and of the “A Song of Ice”and “Fire” book series upon which the series is based.

Unfortunately, many longtime fans have been unhappy with this season, and they haven’t been shy about saying so. The outrage isn’t limited to the fan community either – such mainstream publications as Forbes and The Washington Post have run pieces that are highly critical of the way the show is winding down.

The outrage has even inspired a Change.org petition called “Remake Game of Thrones Season 8 with competent writers,” with over half-a-million signatories and climbing.

Clearly, some have decided that it’s time to take to the streets with torches and pitchforks. So can the franchise withstand this level of ire?

Representatives for HBO could not be reached for comment, but Barna William Donovan at the Department of Communication and Media Culture at Saint Peter’s University said alienating fans could indeed put the franchise in danger as a commercial force.

“If audiences are left as angry once the final episode has aired as they are now, any future plans for spinoffs and DVD sales could very well be in jeopardy,” he said. “Fan communities do not like to be let down by long-running franchises, and they have often shown that they are willing to walk away from entertainment that disappoints them.”

The numbers show that fans will eventually tune out a franchise if it disappoints them enough. 1979’s “Alien” was a surprise hit that grossed $283 million at the domestic box office after adjusting for inflation, but the franchise bottomed out with 2007’s “Aliens Vs. Predator – Requiem” faring the worst at $53 million after inflation. This also holds true for the Terminator franchise, which dropped from the “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” franchise high of $438 million after inflation to $98 million for 2015’s “Terminator: Genisys.”

Donovan added that if the finale leaves a bad enough taste in viewers’ mouths, it could be detrimental to another beloved franchise. Series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been tapped to create the next trilogy of “Star Wars” films, and Donovan believes a disgruntled response to “Game of Thrones” today could jeopardize “Star Wars” tomorrow.

“There is already a faction of ‘Star Wars’ fans who were unhappy with last two entries in that franchise — ‘The Last Jedi’ and ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ — because they felt the films strayed too far from what they originally liked about the series,” he said. “So having Benioff and Weiss take over the franchise might further alienate many ‘Star Wars’ fans.”

Of course, all is not necessarily lost just because a series doesn’t end the way fans wanted it to. The HBO series “The Sopranos” had a famously unpopular final episode, yet the prequel movie “The Many Saints of Newark” is set to debut next year. “Seinfeld” ended on a notoriously dissatisfying note for many fans, but that didn’t stop Hulu from buying the streaming rights to the entire series in 2015 for a reported $180 million. It also didn’t stop series creator Larry David from having his own popular HBO show, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” just two years later.

Still, Andrew Selepak, director of the Master of Arts in Mass Communication Program at the University of Florida, said Benioff and Weiss have reason to be apprehensive about the future.

“While David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were once seen as geniuses for how they were able to adapt George R.R. Martin’s books to the screen, now they are seen by some as incapable of telling a story and only capable at repurposing someone else’s vision to the screen,” he said. Only time will tell if that impression will last among that subset of fans.

Not everyone has such a pessimistic take on the situation. Blake Masters, the creator of the Showtime series “Brotherhood,” said that he doesn’t expect today’s fan reaction to do any damage, in part because of the influence of “A Song of Ice”and “Fire” author George R.R. Martin.

“So as long as they see the prequel as bearing Martin’s authorial stamp, they will eagerly tune in,” he said.

Gino McKoy, director and screenwriter of the upcoming science fiction movie “Lumina,” said that the angry response to the final season is actually a testament to the franchise’s long-term viability.

“The outspokenness of ‘Game of Thrones’ fans speaks to the success of the franchise,” he said. “The buzz this final season creates will help cement its place in entertainment history because the controversy triggers curiosity.”

Daniel Barber, chief strategy officer at the Tangent Agency, agreed. Barber, formerly of Legendary Entertainment, worked with such franchises as “Pacific Rim” and “Godzilla,” and he said that controversy is simply an expression of how engrossed the fans are.

“The opposite of cheering isn’t booing – it’s silence,” he said. “Whether fans love ‘Game of Thrones,’ or love to hate it, they’re hyper-engaged. The same fans who voice their outrage are likely the very same who’ll be first in line for the new series, books, DVD collections, and whatever else comes next.”

With one episode left before the series becomes a part of television history, it remains to be seen how fans will respond when the final credits roll. For Barber’s part, he expects the ending to be as divisive as ever, something he said fans should have seen coming all along.

“‘Game of Thrones’ wrapping up with all fans smiling was never an option,” he said. “As Ramsay Bolton said, ‘If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention.'”

 

March 20, 2019 – Los Angeles CA 

Gino McKoy is in Los Angeles  where he just wrapped shooting the Everything to Me music video. Gino wrote and performed the ballad. He also directed the music video. 

Everything to Me is one of three original songs by Gino McKoy which will be featured in the upcoming theatrical film LUMINA, written and to be directed by Gino McKoy

The video features actors Tehya Johns and Darrius Marcellan in the lead roles. 

The Everything to Me single and music video are slated for release to terrestrial radio and streaming platforms in summer 2019. LUMINA will be released to theaters worldwide in early 2020. 

Dec. 23, 2018 – Toronto ON 

Gino McKoy is back in Toronto to shoot the Sensy Girl music video. The upbeat dance tune features Diamond. 


Sensy Girl is one of three original songs by Gino McKoy which will be featured in the upcoming theatrical film LUMINA, written and to be directed by Gino McKoy. 

The Sensy Girl single and music video are slated for release to terrestrial radio and streaming platforms in summer 2019. LUMINA will be released to theaters worldwide in early 2020. The Sensy Girl music video was on location at the Urban Post sound stages in Toronto, Ontario. 

 

August 23, 2018 – Berlin, Germany

Gino McKoy and Goldove  are pleased to announce that they’re officially part of the BMG Worldwide Music Publishing family.

A new chapter has begun. Praise the King of Kings for blessing us with this rare and exclusive opportunity. Other big news to follow and the release of the music worldwide. 

LUMINA EP features three singles, written and performed by Gino McKoy

June 13th, 2018 – Hollywood CA
By Dave McNary
This article originally appeared in Variety

In today’s film news roundup, Paramount puts Tyler Perry and Michael Bay on “I Am Yours,” sci-fi thriller “Lumina” gets distribution and Matthew Rauch and Zina Wilde join “Chase the Ace.”

PROJECT LAUNCHED

Paramount Pictures is launching development on the thriller “I Am Yours” and has set the project up with Tyler Perry and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller.

The studio acquired the spec script from the writing team of Ryan Belenzon and Jeffrey Gelber. The logline is under wraps besides that it involves a stalking element in the vein of “Fatal Attraction.”

Perry, best known for the Madea movies, is in post-production on “Nobody’s Fool,” starring Tiffany Haddish and Tika Sumpter, with Paramount planning a Nov. 2 release. Platinum Dunes produced “A Quiet Place” for Paramount and “The First Purge,” which Universal opens July 4 . 

Belenzon and Gelbers wrote Roger Clemens biopic “The Rocket,” which was named to 2015 Black List of best unproduced scripts. They are repped by WME and Syndicate Entertainment. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

ACQUISITION

Freestyle Releasing has acquired U.S. theatrical distribution rights to Goldove’s upcoming sci-fi thriller “Lumina,” starring  Grey Damon, Kika Magalhães and Yasmin Kassim.

Gabriel Beristain, who was has photography credits on “Iron Man” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” is attached to make his directorial debut. Lynda McKoy, President and CEO of Goldove Entertainment, is set to produce with Gino McKoy, who also wrote the screenplay.

The story involves a young college graduate whose girlfriend vanishes in a blinding flash of light. Determined to find her at any cost, he is drawn into a dangerous, otherworldly web of distortions as he seeks to discover the truth behind her disappearance.

Pre-production is set to begin in the summer. Financing was arranged by Toronto’s Apophis Capital Group, which is owned by McKoy, formerly a director at Royal Bank of Canada.

“The material is bold and cerebral, distinctive from your standard alien movie fare,” said McKoy. “’Lumina’ is like nothing you’ve seen before.”

CASTINGS

Matthew Rauch (“Blue Bloods”) and Zina Wilde have joined the cast of Laurence Shanet’s action movie “Chase the Ace.”

Nicholas Avenue and Ratul Sharma of Fight or Flight Pictures are producing the film, currently in production in New York. Avenue and Sharma wrote the film and star in it along with Erin Kommor.

“Chase the Ace” follows three brothers caught up in a drug and kidnapping scheme with the Russian mob. They soon uncover a dark secret that exposes the truth about their family’s past. Laurence Shanet is directing in his feature film debut.

May 3, 2018 – Hollywood CA

Gino McKoy, and Goldove Entertainment visited the Los Angeles headquarters of Fandango.com in order to meet with their marketing division. 

Gino McKoy and Fandango discussed plans for their partnership in marketing the feature film LUMINA, which will be in movie theaters in 2019. 


LUMINA by Gino McKoy

LUMINA was written by Gino McKoy and is to be directed by Gabriel Beristain. The film features Kika Magalhães, Grey Damon, and Yasmin Kassim in the starring roles. 

Stay tuned for more news from Gino McKoy and Goldove about this exciting upcoming movie release! 


Fandango is the ultimate source for movie tickets, trailers, and times. The site includes reviews, theater listings, and detailed information about new and upcoming films, as well as a section with DVD reviews, movie photos, trailers, and more.

BEVERLY HILLS CA

Gino McKoy spent the day in meetings related to the upcoming release of his  music singles: Sensy Girl, Everything to Me, and Runaway. The music is part of a crossover project produced by Goldove Entertainment

Gino McKoy took a break after the meetings to have dinner and take a stroll down Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, where he found all gold everything. 

Sensy Girl, Everything to Me, and Runaway will be featured in the to-be-released motion picture LUMINA. Gino McKoy wrote and performed the three songs.


Gino McKoy Music to be Featured in Major Hollywood Movie

 

The music singles will be featured in the upcoming theatrical film, LUMINA, which was written and is to be directed by Gino McKoy. LUMINA will be released to theaters worldwide in early 2020. LUMINA was written by Gino McKoy