Weekly Entertainment Digest – July 6th

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Weekly Entertainment Digest - July 6th

Even though it’s a holiday week, we’ve got a lot of great announcements and things to look forward to streaming and in theaters. Check out everything that was announced this week. Be sure to stay up to date with the release schedule here, or find the new movies and series coming to this summer on HuluPrime Video and Netflix.

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KILL in Theaters Nationwide Now

Kill movie poster

When army commando Amrit (Lakshya) finds out his true love Tulika (Tanya Maniktala) is engaged against her will, he boards a New Delhi-bound train in a daring quest to derail the arranged marriage. But when a gang of knife-wielding thieves led by the ruthless Fani (Raghav Juyal) begin to terrorize innocent passengers on his train, Amrit takes them on himself in a death-defying kill-spree to save those around him — turning what should have been a typical commute into an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride.

Ahead of the release of the highly acclaimed Indian action film Kill, Lionsgate announced today that 87Eleven Entertainment, the production company behind the billion-dollar John Wick franchise and the upcoming Highlander film, will produce an English-language remake of the film. The announcement was made by Adam Fogelson, chair, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group. 

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions’ release of the original Hindi-language version of Kill opens in U.S. theaters on Thursday, July 4. Kill is written and directed by Nikhil Nagesh Bhat and produced by Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta for Dharma Productions, and Guneet Monga Kapoor & Achin Jain from Sikhya Entertainment.

This week’s release marks one of the first times a mainstream Hindi-language film partners with a Hollywood studio for a theatrical release in North America and the U.K.

Kill is one of the most vivid, wild, and creative action movies I’ve seen recently,” said 87Eleven Entertainment’s Chad Stahelski. “Nikhil delivers relentless action sequences that need to be seen by as wide an audience as possible. It’s exciting to be developing an English-language version—we have big shoes to fill and I’m looking forward to working with Nikhil, Karan, Apoorva, Guneet, and Achin to achieve that.”

In a joint statement, the producers said, “When we made Kill with Nikhil Nagesh Bhat, we dreamed of global love, and seeing North American theaters chant ‘Kill! Kill! Kill!’ was like seeing that vision come alive. As we approach our global release, we are thrilled that 87Eleven Entertainment will produce a remake of our film in English. Partnering with Lionsgate, the award-winning studio behind genre-defining action movies, has been incredibly gratifying. This announcement coming before the original film’s release is unprecedented and a big win for Indian cinema. We are truly honored.”

Kill marks the second collaboration of Dharma Productions and Sikhya Entertainment after the widely loved film The Lunchbox. Dharma Productions is known for their global presence with Karan Johar’s pioneering work in the movies for over 25 years, and Sikhya Entertainment is the award-winning Indian production house that brought India’s first Academy Award® for an Indian production.

Starring newcomer Lakshya alongside Raghav Juyal and Tanya Maniktala, the extreme action film made its world premiere to critical acclaim at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival as a Midnight Madness selection and played earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival.

In the film, star-crossed lovers Tulika (Maniktala) and Amrit (Lakshya) find their clandestine relationship jeopardized after Tulika’s family whisks her aboard the Rajdhani Express bound for New Delhi and an arranged marriage. But commandos Amrit and his friend Viresh are far from willing to let fate dictate their story. They embark on a “rescue” mission that becomes a gory adventure. Blurring the lines between duty and emotion as every twist of the track could mean life or death, Kill paints a portrait of how far a man can go in love to rewrite his destiny.

SPACE CADET | Streaming Globally on Prime Video Now

Space Cadet

Tiffany “Rex” Simpson (Emma Roberts) has always dreamed of going to space, but life isn’t going quite as planned. Determined to turn things around, she aims high and with the embellishing touch of her supportive best friend Nadine (Poppy Liu), her “doctored” application lands her in NASA’s ultra-competitive astronaut training program. In over her head, Rex relies on her quick wits, moxie and determination to get to the top of her class. NASA program directors Pam (Gabrielle Union) and Logan (Tom Hopper) certainly take notice, but can this Florida girl get through training and into the cosmos before she blows her cover? Written and directed by Liz W. Garcia (“Purple Hearts,” “The Sinner”), Space Cadet is a comedy about the power of being yourself, following your dreams and shooting for the stars.

LATENCY On Demand on July 9th

When Hana (Sasha Luss), a professional gamer who suffers from acute agoraphobia, is asked to trial sophisticated new gaming equipment which uses AI to interpret the electrical activity of her brain, she sees an opportunity to enhance her game. As Hana and her best friend Jen (Alexis Ren) experiment with this new technology, the line between reality and Hana’s subconscious quickly begins to blur and she starts to wonder if the device is helping her or serving a more sinister force. 

DANDELION’ IN THEATERS NATIONWIDE ON JULY 12th

Dandelion (KiKi Layne), a struggling Cincinnati singer-songwriter in a downward spiral, takes a last-ditch-effort gig at a motorcycle rally in South Dakota where she meets Casey (Thomas Doherty), a guitarist who walked away from his dream long ago. As Dandelion joins Casey’s nomadic group of struggling musicians, the kindred spirits make music together and strike up a whirlwind romance. The experience moves Dandelion from a narrow view of success to a deeper appreciation of her artistic journey, and the discovery of a voice that is authentically her own.

Me premieres globally on AppleTV+ July 12th

Apple TV+ today released a sneak peek clip from the upcoming live-action family series “Me,” an elevated cinematic coming-of-age story from Barry L. Levy (“Vantage Point,”) premiering globally on Friday, July 12

“Me” follows a 12-year-old kid named Ben who is in the throes of middle school (complete with bullies, crushes and school dances!), as he adjusts to a newly blended family, AND just realized he has super powers. Throughout the 10-episode season, Ben will go on a journey of self-discovery about what having super powers truly means. He finds an ally in his step sister Max, who helps him harness these powers and uncover the secrets behind the mysteries and tragedies of his community… all while trying to come to terms with what it means to be Ben.

The series stars Lucian-River Chauhan (“Encounter”)  as Ben Vasani, Abigail Pniowsky (“Arrival”)  as Max Davis, Dilshad Vadsaria (“Second Chance”) as Elizabeth Vasani, Amanda Reid (“Miss Juneteenth”) as Carter Kennedy, Jessy Yates (“Pulse”) as Morgan with guest stars Kyle Howard (“Orange County”) as Phil Davis and Sharif Atkins (“NCIS Hawai’i”) as Darren Kennedy.

“Me” is an Apple Original created by Barry L. Levy, who also serves as showrunner, executive producer and series writer alongside Michael Dowse, Amy Welsh-Hanning and Eben Russell. Aaron Carew is the supervising producer. Dowse also directs all 10 episodes.

SCALA!!! Opening in Theaters Beginning July 18th

Founded in 1979 by actor, producer, and director Stephen Woolley, for 15 years until its unceremonious closing, the Scala Cinema was THE legendary destination for adventurous London cinephiles with a taste for outlandish and eccentric fare. Inspiring a generation of movie-goers during Britain’s turbulent Thatcher years, over one million movie lovers passed through the Scala’s doors for its iconic daily changing programme of double-bills and All-Nighters, from high art and horror to sexploitation, Kung Fu, and LGBTQ+ featuring battered 35mm and 16mm prints of films by alternative auteurs such as Pier Paolo Pasolini, Walerian Borowczyk, Russ Meyer, John Waters, Derek Jarman and David Lynch, alongside others who pushed even further at the boundaries of taste and convention. 

SCALA!!! (or, The Incredibly Strange Rise and Fall of the World’s Wildest Cinema and How It Influenced a Mixed-up Generation of Weirdos and Misfits), the feature-film debut of co-directors Jane Giles, a former Scala programmer and author of the award-winning Scala Cinema 1978-1993 (FAB Press) upon which this doc is based and Ali Catterall, an award-winning writer, is an anarchic, uproarious, and ultimately heart-breaking big screen feature-length documentary telling the riotous inside story of London’s legendary and notorious moviehouse.

A kaleidoscopic combination of unseen archival film and photography, eye-popping movie clips, graphics and animation, along with a thrilling new score by the celebrated musician Barry Adamson, SCALA!!! features new interviews with a diverse collection of former audience members who would go on to become world-renown filmmakers, musicians, writers, actors, activists and artists, presided over by ‘Pope of Trash’ John Waters, along with Cathi Unsworth, James O’Brien, Mary Harron, John Akomfrah, Ben Wheatley, Isaac Julian, Caroline Catz, Stewart Lee, Adam Buxton, Peter Strickland, Thurston Moore, Jah Wobble and many more. Recalling personal memories of the Scala, viewers will also be regaled with tall-tales such as an unlikely performance by wannabe popstar Boy George, the onstage electrocution of a lead singer, feline chaos, cottaging, ‘the Looking for Mr Goodbar incident’, audience mass participation, Barry the local drug dealer, mushroom-smoking box office staff menaced by tentacled monsters wanting to buy tickets, and the challenges of King’s Cross at 6:00 am on a Sunday morning.

With its universal themes of youthful discovery and the underdog versus the establishment, SCALA!!! is highly evocative but much more than mere nostalgia – it’s film is a universal shout-out to the power of cinemas to inspire impressionable young minds and create a sense of community for outsiders – a place where everyone is welcome.

TWISTERS | Watch the New Featurette – In Theaters July 19th

Twisters Imax

This summer, the epic studio disaster movie returns with an adrenaline-pumping, seat-gripping, big-screen thrill ride that puts you in direct contact with one of nature’s most wondrous—and destructive—forces. 

From the producers of the Jurassic, Bourne and Indiana Jones series comes Twisters, a current-day chapter of the 1996 blockbuster, Twister. Directed by Lee Isaac Chung, the Oscar® nominated writer-director of Minari, Twisters stars Golden Globe nominee Daisy Edgar-Jones (Where the Crawdads Sing, Normal People) and Glen Powell (Anyone But You, Top Gun: Maverick) as opposing forces who come together to try to predict, and possibly tame, the immense power of tornadoes.

Edgar-Jones stars as Kate Cooper, a former storm chaser haunted by a devastating encounter with a tornado during her college years who now studies storm patterns on screens safely in New York City. She is lured back to the open plains by her friend, Javi (Golden Globe nominee Anthony Ramos, In the Heights) to test a groundbreaking new tracking system.There, she crosses paths with Tyler Owens (Powell), the charming and reckless social-media superstar who thrives on posting his storm-chasing adventures with his raucous crew, the more dangerous the better.

As storm season intensifies, terrifying phenomena never seen before are unleashed, and Kate, Tyler and their competing teams find themselves squarely in the paths of multiple storm systems converging over central Oklahoma in the fight of their lives.

Twisters features an exciting new cast, including Nope’s Brandon Perea, Sasha Lane (American Honey), Daryl McCormack (Peaky Blinders), Kiernan Shipka (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Nik Dodani (Atypical) and Golden Globe winner Maura Tierney (Beautiful Boy).

MAPANTSULA Remastered in 4K Will Premiere in Theaters on July 26th

During demonstrations in apartheid-era South Africa, the police arrest Panic (Thomas Mogotlane), a “mapantsula” or petty gangster, while rounding up activists. His interrogation reveals the motivation for his involvement in the township riots. Once only concerned with partying, alcohol and his own interests, Panic finds himself being irreversibly pulled into the fray. Now, he is forced to choose between his personal freedom and taking a stand in the fight against the oppressive apartheid government.

Directed by Oliver Schmitz and written by Schmitz and lead actor Thomas Mogotlane, MAPANTSULA has been hailed as the “first South African film to truly represent apartheid onscreen” (Okayafrica). Banned in its homeland and made while evading the local authorities, the film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes and went on to be selected as the South African entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars. Widely considered one of the most influential African motion pictures of all time, MAPANTSULA has been newly restored in 4K from the original 35MM negative.

RUN LOLA RUN AVAILABLE ON 4K ULTRA HD JULY 30th

A thrilling post-MTV roller-coaster ride, RUN LOLA RUN is the internationally acclaimed sensation about two star-crossed lovers who have only minutes to change the course of their lives. Time is running out for Lola (Franka Potente). She’s just received a frantic phone call from her boyfriend Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu), who’s lost a small fortune belonging to his mobster boss. If Lola doesn’t replace the money in twenty minutes, Manni will surely suffer severe consequences. Written and directed by Tom Tykwer.

DISC DETAILS AND BONUS MATERIALS
4K ULTRA HD DISC 

  • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision
  • German 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Special Features:
    • Audio Commentary with Director Tom Tykwer and Actor Franka Potente
    • Audio Commentary with Director Tom Tykwer and Editor Mathilde Bonnefoy
    • Making-Of Featurette
    • Still Running Featurette
    • “Believe” Music Video
    • Theatrical Trailer

MOUNTAIN QUEEN: THE SUMMITS OF LHAKPA SHERPA – Streaming On Netflix July 31st

The first Nepali woman to summit and descend Mount Everest, Lhakpa Sherpa devoted her life to empowering girls. Now a single mother working at a Whole Foods in Connecticut, she embarks on a dramatic return to the mountain, determined to redeem her life’s purpose and inspire her own daughters.

JACKPOT! | Official Trailer – Streaming on Prime Video August 15th

In the near future, a ‘Grand Lottery’ has been newly established in California – the catch: kill the winner before sundown to legally claim their multi-billion dollar jackpot. When Katie Kim (Awkwafina) moves to Los Angeles, she mistakenly finds herself with the winning ticket. Desperate to survive the hordes of jackpot hunters, she reluctantly joins forces with amateur lottery protection agent Noel Cassidy (John Cena) who will do everything in his power to get her to sundown in exchange for a piece of her prize. However, Noel must face off with his slick rival Louis Lewis (Simu Liu), who also seeks to collect Katie’s commission at all costs. JACKPOT! is directed by Paul Feig and written by Rob Yescombe.

1992 – Only In Theaters August 30th

In 1992, Mercer (Tyrese Gibson) is desperately trying to rebuild his life and his relationship with his son (Christopher A’mmanuel) amidst the turbulent 1992 LA uprising following the Rodney King verdict. Across town, another father and son (Ray Liotta and Scott Eastwood) put their own strained relationship to the test as they plot a dangerous heist to steal catalytic converters, which contain valuable platinum, from the factory where Mercer works. As tensions rise in Los Angeles and chaos erupts, both families reach their boiling points when they collide in this tense crime-thriller.

Never Let Go – ONLY IN THEATERS SEPTEMBER 27th

From visionary director Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Crawl) and the creative minds behind Stranger Things and Arrival comes NEVER LET GO. In this new psychological thriller/horror, as an evil takes over the world beyond their front doorstep, the only protection for a mother, played by Academy Award® winner Halle Berry (Actress in a Leading Role, 2001 – Monster’s Ball), and her twin sons is their house and their family’s protective bond. Needing to stay connected at all times – even tethering themselves with ropes – they cling to one another, urging each other to never let go. But when one of the boys questions if the evil is real, the ties that bind them together are severed, triggering a terrifying fight for survival.

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER- In Theaters November 8th

Based on the beloved book, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever centers on the Herdmans – absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world. But this Christmas, they’re taking over their local church Pageant – and they just might unwittingly teach a shocked community the true meaning of Christmas.

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