Sci-fi, stop animation, new series, movies and so much more! There’s a lot that has been announced this week in entertainment, including a date change or two. Keep an eye out for more screenings and other fun opportunities!
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Movie and Entertainment Updates:
KING OF KILLERS- In Theaters, On Digital, and On Demand Now
Based on a graphic novel by writer-director Kevin Grevioux, King of Killers follows former Agency hitman Marcus Garan (Alain Moussi) as he attempts to unravel the mystery behind a tragic incident. When offered a $10 million contract to eliminate the world’s greatest assassin, Marcus travels to Tokyo to meet the client (Frank Grillo), but discovers other professional killers have been invited as well. Now Marcus and the others must confront this deadly, mythical assassin…or die trying.
DISNEY AND PIXAR’S “ELEMENTAL” BEGINS STREAMING ON DISNEY+ SEPTEMBER 13th
Disney+ revealed this morning that the fiery young woman Ember and go-with-the-flow guy Wade from Disney and Pixar’s “Elemental” are venturing to the streamer next week. The original feature film begins streaming on Disney+ Sept. 13—also debuting that day is the making-of documentary “Good Chemistry: The Story of Elemental,” and Pixar Animation Studios’ short “Carl’s Date,” featuring the fan-favorite talking dog Dug. Check out a 15-second spot and key art celebrating the upcoming streaming launch of “Elemental.”
Also shared this morning: Through September 20, new and returning customers can subscribe to Disney+ Basic (with ads) for $1.99/month for three months by visiting www.disneyplus.com.
Opening in theaters this summer, Disney and Pixar’s “Elemental” is among 2023’s top 10-grossing films worldwide, earning $480 million in global box office. Set in Element City, where Fire-, Water-, Earth- and Air-residents live together, the original feature film introduces Ember (voice of Leah Lewis), whose friendship with a fun and sappy guy named Wade (voice of Mamoudou Athie) challenges her beliefs about the world they live in. Directed by Peter Sohn, produced by Denise Ream, p.g.a., and executive produced by Pete Docter, “Elemental” features a screenplay by John Hoberg & Kat Likkel and Brenda Hsueh with story by Sohn, Hoberg & Likkel and Hsueh.
Pixar director Peter Sohn takes viewers on a humorous personal journey through the inspiration behind Disney and Pixar’s feature film “Elemental.” “Good Chemistry: The Story of Elemental” traces his parents’ voyage from Korea to New York, explores his dad’s former grocery shop in the heart of the Bronx, and delves into his choice of a career in animation, rather than the family business. The documentaryis a delightful look at the unexpected influences that led to the making of the comedy-adventure “Elemental.” “Good Chemistry” is directed by Tony Kaplan and produced by Sureena Mann.
A Haunting in Venice – New Featurette Available Now – In Theaters September 15th
A featurette from 20th Century Studios’ “A Haunting in Venice,” an unsettling supernatural thriller directed by Oscar® winner Kenneth Branagh (“Belfast”) based upon the novel “Hallowe’en Party” by Agatha Christie, is available now. The film, which stars Branagh as famed detective Hercule Poirot and features a brilliant acting ensemble portraying a cast of unforgettable characters, including Kyle Allen, Camille Cottin, Jamie Dornan, Tina Fey, Jude Hill, Ali Khan, Emma Laird, Kelly Reilly, Riccardo Scamarcio, and Michelle Yeoh, will open exclusively in theaters September 15, 2023.
“A Haunting in Venice” is set in eerie, post-World War II Venice on All Hallows’ Eve and is a terrifying mystery featuring the return of the celebrated sleuth, Hercule Poirot. Now retired and living in self-imposed exile in the world’s most glamorous city, Poirot reluctantly attends a séance at a decaying, haunted palazzo. When one of the guests is murdered, the detective is thrust into a sinister world of shadows and secrets.
Reuniting many of the filmmakers behind 2017’s “Murder on the Orient Express” and 2022’s “Death on the Nile,” the film is directed by Kenneth Branagh with a screenplay by Oscar® nominee Michael Green based upon Agatha Christie’s novel “Hallowe’en Party.” The producers are Kenneth Branagh, p.g.a., Judy Hofflund, p.g.a., Ridley Scott, and Simon Kinberg, with Louise Killin, James Prichard, and Mark Gordon serving as executive producers.
“A Haunting in Venice” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack featuring score by Hildur Guðnadóttir is available September 15, 2023.
Advance Tickets for “A Haunting in Venice” on Sale Now
Advance tickets for 20th Century Studios’ “A Haunting in Venice,” an unsettling supernatural thriller directed by Oscar® winner Kenneth Branagh (“Belfast”), are now available for purchase at Fandango or wherever tickets are sold. The film, which is based upon the novel “Hallowe’en Party” by Agatha Christie, stars Branagh as famed detective Hercule Poirot and features a brilliant acting ensemble portraying a cast of unforgettable characters, including Kyle Allen, Camille Cottin, Jamie Dornan, Tina Fey, Jude Hill, Ali Khan, Emma Laird, Kelly Reilly, Riccardo Scamarcio, and Michelle Yeoh. “A Haunting in Venice” opens exclusively in theaters September 15, 2023.
Experience It In IMAX® Beginning September 9th With Special Advance IMAX Screenings!
Special advance screenings of 20th Century Studios’ “A Haunting in Venice,” an unsettling supernatural thriller directed by Oscar® winner Kenneth Branagh (“Belfast”), will take place at select IMAX theatres across the U.S., beginning September 9.
Saturday, September 9th – five exclusive IMAX locations (NYC, LA, Olathe, KS, Bellevue, WA and Dublin, CA) will offer advance screenings with catered pre-receptions, special photo ops and a collectable poster giveaway. To purchase tickets: https://www.imax.com/news/haunting-venice-imax-special-screening-event
Wednesday, September 13th – select IMAX locations will conduct early access screenings featuring exclusive luggage tag giveaways (while supplies last) and the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a trip to Venice, Italy. For details and to purchase tickets: A Haunting in Venice Early Access IMAX Screenings
THE INVENTOR – In Theaters September 15th
Award-winning filmmaker Robert Rippberger is thrilled to announce the theatrical release of his and Ratatouille writer Jim Capobianco’s stop-motion animated film THE INVENTOR – releasing in theaters nationwide Friday, September 15th.
Rippberger serves as lead producer (p.g.a) on THE INVENTOR, which follows the story of Leonardo da Vinci as he tackles the meaning of life with the help of French princess Marguerite de Nevarre. The film stars Stephen Fry, Daisy Ridley, Marion Cotillard, and Matt Berry.
Rippberger initially got the project going with Capobianco before there was even a script. Rippberger found the production partner, Foliascope, in France after years of traveling Europe for the right home. He brought on both Universal and Blue Fox Entertainment and negotiated the agreements himself over 9 months. He helped cast with Capobianco and secured all the talent with the agencies during the height of the pandemic, while raising all of the senior financing and equity for the film, and helped with delivery and post supervising.
Rippberger has spent the last few months in France working with Capobianco on this film that will give audiences a glimpse into the life of da Vinci, while undoubtedly capturing the hearts of families and children worldwide.
WAITING FOR THE LIGHT TO CHANGE debuts in NYC and Chicago starting September 15th
Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group, is pleased to announce both theatrical and digital release dates for filmmaker Linh Tran’s debut film, the dramatic feature WAITING FOR THE LIGHT TO CHANGE — the 2023 Slamdance Film Festival ‘Grand Jury Prize’ winner for ‘Best Narrative Feature.’ WAITING FOR THE LIGHT TO CHANGE will be available to rent/own on all digital HD internet, cable, and satellite platforms in North America, as well as on DVD,starting on October 20, 2023 through Freestyle Digital Media. The acquisition of WAITING FOR THE LIGHT TO CHANGE kicks off Freestyle Digital Media’s first-look with DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts and its Indie Studio Initiative, which produces DePaul student feature films.
Prior to the October 20, 2023 digital release date, 2 limited week-long theatrical engagements for WAITING FOR THE LIGHT TO CHANGE are scheduled in New York and Chicago.
- New York — September 15-21, 2023 at Manhattan’s Quad Cinema. Immediately following both the Friday (9/15/23) evening and Saturday (9/16/23) evening showings, there will be Q&A sessions with WAITING FOR THE LIGHT TO CHANGE director/writer Linh Tran, actor/producer Sam Straley, producer Jewells Santos, and producer Jake Rotger. Tickets are now available for purchase on the Quad Cinema website:www.quadcinema.com
- Chicago – September 22-28, 2023 at Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center. Immediately following the Saturday (9/23/23, 6:00pm), Sunday (9/24/23, 3:00pm), and Wednesday (9/27/23, 6:00pm) showings, there will be Q&A sessions with WAITING FOR THE LIGHT TO CHANGE director/writer Linh Tran (9/23 and 9/24 showings only), actress Jin Park, producer Jewells Santos, and executive producer James Choi. Tickets are now available for purchase on the Gene Siskel Film Center website: https://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/waiting-light-change
WAITING FOR THE LIGHT TO CHANGE takes place over the course of a week-long beachside getaway. Set over several days in and around a lake house in Michigan, the film follows five twenty-somethings who gather for a small getaway in the early spring. But with little to do in the small, lakeside town, everyone finds themselves dealing with the sort of malaise that happens in one’s early-to-mid twenties: growing older, establishing a career, finding a purpose in life, going over past regrets, and anxious about what the future might hold.
Directed by Linh Tran, WAITING FOR THE LIGHT TO CHANGE was co-written by Lihn Tran, Jewells Santos, and Delia Van Praag. Producers are Jake Rotger, Jewells Santos, and Sam Straley. James Choi served as executive producer. The film’s cast includes Sam Straley (‘Jay’), who appeared in the Hulu series THE DROPOUT, and as a series regular on THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT (ABC) and WELCOME TO FLATCH (Fox). Actors Eric Barrientos (‘Alex’), Qun Chi (‘Lin’), Joyce Ha (‘Kim’), and Jin Park (‘Amy’) round out the cast.
SWAN PRINCESS: FAR LONGER THAN FOREVER – Available on Digital September 19th & on DVD October 24th
Eager to discover the truth about his late father, King Derek and Queen Odette set off on an epic adventure. As newly appointed members of the Council of Crowns, Derek and Odette begin to “smoke out” the true story. But an attempt on their lives drives them undercover, where they pose as the Barrymores, world-famous traveling magicians. With the help of Rogers, Scully, and the animals, Derek and Odette piece the mystery together, only to have it all unravel. Will they ever know the truth about King Max?
The Super Models – Trailer Debut – Streaming on Apple TV+ on September 20th
Apple TV+ released the trailer for “The Super Models,” the highly anticipated four-part documentary event spotlighting the remarkable careers of Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington. The series is set to premiere globally on September 20, 2023.
Hulu’s “The D’Amelio Show” Season Three Trailer – Streaming September 20th
While the outside world beckons with bigger and better opportunities for the D’Amelios, their toughest challenges come from within their own relationships. Sisters Dixie and Charli experience their highs and lows together, but without Marc and Heidi to mediate, things come to a head when they can’t see eye-to-eye. Charli has leapt from phone screens to performing live, but young love and family strife take center stage. Dixie, newly in her single era, is living large as a young celebrity in Hollywood, but will the high life bring her down? And with their futures on the line, the D’Amelios work to build their family business into an empire, but are Dixie and Charli yearning for more independence?
Hi BARBIE in IMAX! – Tickets Now On Sale – September 22nd
To live in Barbie Land is to be a perfect being in a perfect place. Unless you have a full-on existential crisis.
Or you’re a Ken.
No One Will Save You – On Hulu September 22nd
AN INVASION IS IMMINENT, according to Brian Duffield, who wrote and directed 20th Century Studios’ “No One Will Save You,” a sci-fi psychological thriller told through the eyes of a lonely young woman with a painful backstory. “I wanted the movie to take the lead of a small intimate character study and drop an alien invasion on top of them,” says Duffield. “The end of the world won’t only be for those that are ready for it, and the idea of an alien movie rudely bursting the bubble our character has spent years building and cultivating felt like a unique way to tell a favorite story.”
Duffield set out to create a character so compelling, viewers would want to learn more about her with or without aliens. Unfortunately for her, he says, they show up about eight minutes into the movie. “I think there’s a deeply buried feeling that every alien invasion movie could turn out to be true because they remain such an unknown in our daily lives. As our world careens more and more out of control, maybe there’s even a desire that there’s something out there smarter than us that can help put us on a more sane path. The aliens in ‘No One Will Save You’ are superior to humans in every way, which makes Brynn and her surprising resistance somewhat puzzling to them.”
Kaitlyn Dever stars as Brynn, who’s a formidable fighter when it comes to her unwelcome and unearthly intruders. Duffield believes the actor is one of the best of her generation. “We were so excited to have Kaitlyn join us because—like Brynn being thrust into a whole new world—Kaitlyn had never done a movie so aggressively physical and sci-fi before,” he says. “I think audiences will be blown away by how commanding Kaitlyn is on screen as she uses her solitude and silence to create a truly unique and complex character.”
“No One Will Save You” is Duffield’s sophomore film—he wrote, produced and directed 2020’s “Spontaneous,” an adaptation of Aaron Starmer’s young adult novel starring Katherine Langford and Charlie Plummer that’s Certified Fresh (96%) on Rotten Tomatoes. Duffield most recently produced “Cocaine Bear,” directed by Elizabeth Banks for Universal, as well as the upcoming “Borderline,” directed by Jimmy Warden.
From 20th Century Studios, “No One Will Save You” is an action-packed face-off between Brynn and a host of extraterrestrial beings who threaten her future while forcing her to deal with her past. Written and directed by Brian Duffield, the film features music by composer Joseph Trapanese. Tim White, Trevor White, Allan Mandelbaum and Duffield produce; Dever and Joshua Throne executive produce. “No One Will Save You” begins streaming on Sept. 22, 2023, exclusively on Hulu in the U.S., Star+ in Latin America, and Disney+ in all other territories.
STOP MAKING SENSE Exclusively in IMAX – In Theaters September 22nd
Newly restored in 4K to coincide with its 40th anniversary, the 1984 film was directed by renowned filmmaker Jonathan Demme and is considered by critics as the greatest concert film of all time. Stop Making Sense stars core band members David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, and Jerry Harrison along with Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, Steve Scales, Lynn Mabry and Edna Holt. The live performance was shot over the course of three nights at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater in December of 1983 and features Talking Heads’ most memorable songs.
On Monday, September 11th fans from around the world will have the opportunity to celebrate Jonathan Demme’s groundbreaking Talking Heads concert film, complete with a 4K restoration via a special IMAX Live premiere event from the Toronto International Film FestivalⓇ followed by a live streamed Q&A reuniting the four original band members – David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, and Jerry Harrison – moderated by Spike Lee. Tickets for this special IMAX Live global premiere event can be purchased via https://tickets.stopmakingsense.movie/
ADVANCE TICKETS on sale for THE CREATOR in IMAX® and Standard – Tickets Now on Sale – In Theaters September 29th
Advance tickets for 20th Century Studios’ “The Creator,” the epic sci-fi action thriller directed by Gareth Edwards, are now available for purchase at Fandango or wherever tickets are sold. “The Creator,” which stars John David Washington, Gemma Chan, Ken Watanabe, Sturgill Simpson, newcomer Madeleine Yuna Voyles and Allison Janney, opens exclusively in theaters September 29, 2023.
An epic sci-fi action thriller set amidst a future war between the human race and the forces of artificial intelligence, Joshua (Washington), a hardened ex-special forces agent grieving the disappearance of his wife (Chan), is recruited to hunt down and kill the Creator, the elusive architect of advanced AI who has developed a mysterious weapon with the power to end the war…and mankind itself. Joshua and his team of elite operatives journey across enemy lines, into the dark heart of AI-occupied territory, only to discover the world-ending weapon he’s been instructed to destroy is an AI in the form of a young child (Voyles).
STORY AVE – Opens in Theaters September 29th
South Bronx teen Kadir (Asante Blackk) is a gifted visual artist who loses his way following the death of his younger brother. Overcome with grief and struggling with the pressures of school and family, he escapes into the thrilling yet dangerous world of graffiti gangs. To prove himself and join his neighborhood’s ruling gang, Kadir tries to rob no-nonsense MTA conductor Luis (Luis Guzmán), but is caught off guard when Luis agrees to give Kadir cash if he’ll sit down to have a meal with him. Following their conversation and the delicate, transformative friendship that grows out of it, Kadir sees for the first time how his artistic talent could lead to a better life.
THE RE-EDUCATION OF MOLLY SINGER – IN THEATERS: September 29th
In college, attorney Molly Singer (Britt Robertson) was the life of every party. Now, she’s about to be fired because she can’t leave her partying ways behind. Molly’s boss, Brenda (Jaime Pressly), tells Molly there’s one way to save her job: re-enroll at her old alma mater, befriend Brenda’s socially awkward son, Elliot (Ty Simpkins), and take him from zero to campus hero. Aided by her best friend (Nico Santos), Molly goes to battle with stuck-up hall monitors, boozed-up frat brothers, and her old archenemy in a hilarious quest through the past to save her future.
THE PLUS ONE – In Theaters September 29th and VOD October 3rd
Lizzie (music superstar Ashanti) is looking to have the perfect destination wedding thanks to her doting father (Cedric the Entertainer) but her carefully laid plans are thrown into disarray when her “man-of-honor”, Marshall (Jonathan Bennett, Mean Girls), brings his “ex-from-hell”, Marie. It is going to take an all-out effort from Lizzie’s friends and family to keep Lizzie from losing her mind as her “happily ever after” is faced with ruin. THE PLUS ONE is an uproarious and charming romantic comedy.
CREEPY CRAWLY – Now on digital & Blu-ray October 3rd
Prepare to be terrified by an ancient creature from local Thai folklore in the horror thriller CREEPY CRAWLY,debuting on Digital, Blu-ray™ and DVD just in time for Halloween on October 3 from Well Go USA Entertainment. When travelers arrive in Thailand during the pandemic, they must quarantine for 14 days at a hotel run by a secretive manager and staff. Unusual incidents begin at night, but no one is prepared for the shocking horror of a hundred-legged monster taking over the bodies of guests. Co-written and co-directed by Chalit Krileadmongkon (The Beast Below) and Pakphum Wongjinda (Possessed), CREEPY CRAWLY stars Chanya McClory (Sang Krasue 2), Pirat Nitipaisalkul [AKA Mike Angelo] (The Misfits), and Benjamin Joseph Varney (Friend Zone).
While quarantining at a Thailand hotel, guests begin disappearing with no explanation from staff, leaving the group to wonder whether there may be some truth to local urban legends about a terrifying creature rumored to possess its victims.
Universal Pictures Release of THE EXORCIST: BELIEVER will move from Friday October 13, 2023 to Friday October 6, 2023
Exactly 50 years ago this fall, the most terrifying horror film in history landed on screens, shocking audiences around the world. Now, on Friday, October 6, 2023, a new chapter begins. From Blumhouse and director David Gordon Green, who shattered the status quo with their resurrection of the Halloween franchise, comes The Exorcist: Believer.
Since the death of his pregnant wife in a Haitian earthquake 12 years ago, Victor Fielding (Tony winner and Oscar® nominee Leslie Odom, Jr.; One Night in Miami, Hamilton) has raised their daughter, Angela (Lidya Jewett, Good Girls) on his own.
But when Angela and her friend Katherine (newcomer Olivia Marcum), disappear in the woods, only to return three days later with no memory of what happened to them, it unleashes a chain of events that will force Victor to confront the nadir of evil and, in his terror and desperation, seek out the only person alive who has witnessed anything like it before: Chris MacNeil.
For the first time since the 1973 film, Oscar® winner Ellen Burstyn reprises her iconic role as Chris MacNeil, an actress who has been forever altered by what happened to her daughter Regan five decades before.
The film also stars Emmy winner Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale, Hereditary) as Victor and Angela’s neighbor, and Grammy winner Jennifer Nettles (Harriet, The Righteous Gemstones) and two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz (Fosse/Verdon, Bloodline) as the parents of Katherine, Angela’s friend.
When The Exorcist, based on the best-selling book by William Peter Blatty, was released, it changed the culture forever, obliterating box office records and earning 10 Academy Award® nominations, becoming the first horror film ever nominated for Best Picture.
The Exorcist: Believer is directed by David Gordon Green from a screenplay by Peter Sattler (Camp X-Ray) and David Gordon Green, from a story by Scott Teems (Halloween Kills), Danny McBride (Halloween trilogy) and David Gordon Green, based on characters created by William Peter Blatty.
Experience THE EXORCIST: BELIEVER in IMAX® – Tickets Now on Sale!
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A SONG FILM BY KISHI BASHI: “OMOIYARI” – Theatrical Release October 6th
MTV Documentary Films has set October 6th as the theatrical release for the deeply moving, visual and music-filled film – A SONG FILM BY KISHI BASHI: “OMOIYARI.” The film received rave reviews at the SXSW FILM FESTIVAL and is directed by acclaimed director Justin Taylor Smith and musician/composer/filmmaker Kaoru Ishibashi. It is produced by JJ Gerber and Jim Angelo and executive produced by Ryan Suffern, Jenny Mills and MTV Documentary Films’ Executive Producer Sheila Nevins with music by Kishi Bashi.
In A SONG FILM BY KISHI BASHI: “OMOIYARI,” internationally acclaimed composer and songwriter K Ishibashi (professionally known as “Kishi Bashi”) embarks on a personal quest by creating his music in locations relevant to the Japanese American Incarceration during WWII. It is on this journey in which Kishi Bashi comes to terms with his own Japanese American identity and uncovers a myriad of social issues that have gripping modern relevance. OMOIYARI is a genre breaking, artistic exploration that fuses history, music, and the complexities of the human condition.
Kishi Bashi (K) had been commissioned by Nu Deco Ensemble to create a multimedia piece surrounding Executive Order 9066. He and co-director Smith started to film K’s musical improvisations at these historical Japanese American incarceration camps across the US, with the original vision of making a behind-the-scenes short film. However, what transpired with the up-close and personal filming and intimate performances became this emotional and beautiful feature documentary that has now become a “song film.”
“This release of A SONG FILM BY KISHI BASHI: “OMOIYARI” is the culmination of a six-year artistic project that was an experimental blend of music, history, and social justice documentary filmmaking,” says director/composer/musician Kishi Bashi. “Calling it a ‘Song Film, ’ we began by documenting a musical and historical research journey. But, in time this unfolded into a transformative dive into my own personal minority identity and painting a broad survey of the Japanese American experience, from immigration to incarceration, generational struggles with assimilation, and the compassion and healing that we hope will resonate with anybody who has been otherized. ‘Omoiyari’ is a Japanese word about having that empathy and compassion for another person that is necessary for diversity and inclusivity. We are so proud to be able to contribute to the dynamic conversations that are taking place in this country right now. And partnering with MTV Documentary Films is a perfect match for us and the film to reach people.”
“We wanted an audience to learn the story of Japanese American incarceration through a new lens, through K’s musical journey and from the people whose lives were uprooted and changed forever,” further adds co-director Justin Taylor Smith. “The goal was to connect viewers emotionally to the story through strong visuals and music, to cultivate empathy, and to go beyond the cliff-note version of this atrocity that they may have learned in grade school history books. Kaoru’s music is incredibly emotional. When we first started production, we started naturally by shooting scenes at what’s left of the 10 camps. There’s not much left of them today but dust, dirt, sagebrush and in some cases just a small memorial. Filming K improvise new songs at these locations, seeing him connect with that past trauma to create music on the spot was powerful. I knew in those early moments that those scenes would become the backbone of the film.”
“Kishi Bashi created an unusual music documentary born from his awareness of the Japanese incarceration camps of 1942,” says Executive Producer Sheila Nevins. “His music helps him find his place as a Japanese American. The music talks about sorrow, redemption, and self-discovery.”
A SONG FILM BY KISHI BASHI: “OMOIYARI” will open theatrically on October 6 in select cities including New York and Los Angeles with performances by Kishi Bashi at planned screenings. A national roll out will continue throughout the fall. In addition, planned screenings/performance tours with Kishi Bashi will also be starting at the end of October along with the release of the film’s soundtrack.
A SONG FILM BY KISHI BASHI: “OMOIYARI” will serve as a special screening at the upcoming Woodstock Film Festival this coming September 30 in Woodstock, NY.
THE BURIAL – Official Trailer Available – In Select Theaters October 6th, Streaming Globally on Prime Video October 13th
Inspired by true events, when a handshake deal goes sour, funeral homeowner Jeremiah O’Keefe (Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones) enlists charismatic, smooth-talking attorney Willie E. Gary (Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx) to save his family business. Tempers flare and laughter ensues as the unlikely pair bond while exposing corporate corruption and racial injustice in this inspirational, triumphant story.
IMAX: DEEP SKY Poster Revealed – In Theaters October 10th
“Deep Sky”, the highly anticipated documentary, brings the awe-inspiring images captured by NASA’s Webb Telescope to IMAX® — taking audiences on a journey to the beginning of time and space, to never-before-seen cosmic landscapes, and to recently discovered exoplanets, planets around other stars. Directed by Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn and narrated by Oscar®-nominated actress Michelle Williams, “Deep Sky” follows the high-stakes global mission to build JWST and to launch it into orbit one-million miles from Earth, in an attempt to answer questions that have haunted us since the beginning of time: Where did we come from? How did the universe begin? Are we alone? 13 billion years in the making, “Deep Sky” reveals the universe as we have never seen it before; immersing audiences in the stunning pictures beamed back to earth by NASA’s new telescope — and capturing their vast beauty at a scale that can only be experienced on the giant IMAX screen.
“Deep Sky” goes behind the scenes of JWST, capturing its launch and the release of the mindblowing first full-color images seen by billions around the world. The film is a thrilling story that begins during the telescope’s construction, following it to the harrowing launch stage, and through the release of the first full-color images to the public on July 12, 2022 and beyond.
“Deep Sky” is written, produced and directed by Nathaniel Kahn, produced by Bonnie Hlinomaz and executive produced by John Turner, Matt Mountain, Sandra Evers-Manly, and Gerry Ohrstrom. The film was financed in part by a grant from the Northrop Grumman Foundation and is co-financed by IMAX. IMAX and the filmmakers are grateful to NASA, ESA, CSA, the Space Telescope Science Institute, and AURA for their assistance is making this film.
GODZILLA RETURNS ON LIMITED EDITION 4K ULTRA HD October 24th
Following French atomic bomb tests in the South Pacific, an unknown creature is spotted passing through the Panama Canal. Scientist Niko Tatopoulos is called in to investigate the matter, and he quickly arrives at the conclusion that a giant, irradiated lizard has been created by the explosions. Godzilla then makes its way north, landing in Manhattan to begin wreaking havoc in the big city.
DISC DETAILS & BONUS MATERIALS
4K ULTRA HD DISC
- Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision
- Dolby Atmos + 5.1 audio
- Special Feature:
- Theatrical Trailers
- Feature presented in High Definition
- 5.1 audio
- Special Features:
- Visual Effects Commentary
- Behind the Scenes of Godzilla® with Charles Caiman
- All Time Best of Godzilla® Fight Scenes
- “Heroes” Music Video by The Wallflowers
First Look Photos of Cord Jefferson’s AMERICAN FICTION – In Theaters in November
AMERICAN FICTION is Cord Jefferson’s hilarious directorial debut, which confronts our culture’s obsession with reducing people to outrageous stereotypes. Jeffrey Wright stars as Monk, a frustrated novelist who’s fed up with the establishment profiting from “Black” entertainment that relies on tired and offensive tropes. To prove his point, Monk uses a pen name to write an outlandish “Black” book of his own, a book that propels him to the heart of hypocrisy and the madness he claims to disdain.
Quiz Lady – New TRAILER AND POSTER Available – Streaming on Hulu November 3rd
The trailer and poster for 20th Century Studios’ “Quiz Lady,” a hilarious and heartfelt comedy starring Awkwafina and Sandra Oh about a dysfunctional family and the game show which just might be the key to their salvation, is now available. “Quiz Lady” will premiere November 3, 2023, exclusively on Hulu in the U.S., Star+ in Latin America, and Disney+ in all other territories.
The original film will premiere at the 48th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, on Saturday, September 9.
In “Quiz Lady,” a brilliant but tightly wound, gameshow-obsessed young woman, Anne (Awkwafina), and her estranged, train-wreck of a sister Jenny (Sandra Oh), must work together to help cover their mother’s gambling debts. When Anne’s beloved dog is kidnapped, they set out on a wild, cross-country trek to get the cash the only way they know how: by turning Anne into a bona-fide gameshow champion. The movie, which also stars Jason Schwartzman, Holland Taylor, Tony Hale, and Will Ferrell, is directed by Jessica Yu, written by Jen D’Angelo, and produced by Will Ferrell, Jessica Elbaum, Maggie Haskins, Itay Reiss, Jen D’Angelo, Awkwafina, and Sandra Oh, with Alex Brown and Erika Hampson serving as executive producers.
THE MARVELS – New Featurette – In Theaters November 10th
Today, Marvel Studios released an exciting new featurette for the upcoming feature film “The Marvels.” Watch “Journey to The Marvels,” and see Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers as you’ve never seen her before on her journey to team up with Captain Monica Rambeau, her alienated niece, and Ms. Marvel, Jersey City’s own teen-age Super Hero.
In Marvel Studios’ “The Marvels,” Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel has reclaimed her identity from the tyrannical Kree and taken revenge on the Supreme Intelligence. But unintended consequences see Carol shouldering the burden of a destabilized universe. When her duties send her to an anomalous wormhole linked to a Kree revolutionary, her powers become entangled with that of Jersey City super-fan Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, and Carol’s estranged niece, now S.A.B.E.R. astronaut Captain Monica Rambeau. Together, this unlikely trio must team up and learn to work in concert to save the universe as “The Marvels.”
The film stars Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris, Iman Vellani, Zawe Ashton, Gary Lewis, Seo-Jun Park, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Saagar Shaikh, and Samuel L. Jackson. Nia DaCosta directs, and Kevin Feige is the producer. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Mary Livanos and Matthew Jenkins serve as executive producers. The screenplay is by Nia DaCosta and Megan McDonnell and Elissa Karasik.
Marvel Studios’ “The Marvels” hits U.S. theaters on November 10.
RUDY – FEATURING AN ALL-NEW DIRECTOR’S CUT DEBUTING ON 4K ULTRA HD November 14th
All his life, people have told Rudy he’s not good enough, not smart enough, not big enough. But nothing can stop his impossible dream of playing football for Notre Dame. From the time he’s a young boy, Rudy (Sean Astin) is determined to join the Fighting Irish. But his blue collar family only laughs at his ambitions – they know Rudy will follow his father and brothers to the local steel mill. And, for four long years after high school, he does just that. But some dreams won’t die, as Rudy proves when he goes to heroic, occasionally hilarious, lengths to win admission to Notre Dame. Once there, he becomes a walk-on player, serving as little more than a human tackling dummy against the starting players. Bloodied but unbeaten, Rudy wins the respect of legendary coach Ara Parseghian and the other Irish players, who give him one shot at gridiron glory. An incredible true story from the creators of Hoosiers, RUDY is an unforgettable testament to the power of dreams and the triumph of the common man.
DISC DETAILS & BONUS MATERIALS
“I’m so pleased to share this new version of RUDY, now in its full and intended Director’s Cut presentation. It’s a different movie, but in a very good way! The 4K and Atmos upgrades also perfectly enhance the experience, making this the ideal gift for RUDY fans everywhere. Never give up!” – David Anspaugh, Director
4K ULTRA HD DISC
- NEW: 127-minute Director’s Cut of the film
- Also includes the original 114-minute Theatrical Cut of the film
- Both versions of the film remastered in 4K resolution from the original camera negative and presented in 4K with Dolby Vision
- Both versions also include all-new Dolby Atmos immersive audio mixes
- 4K picture and Atmos sound mix approved by director David Anspaugh
- Also includes English 5.1 for both versions + 2-channel surround for the Theatrical Cut
- Special Features:
- NEW: Feature Commentary with Director David Anspaugh and Screenwriter Angelo Pizzo (Director’s Cut Only)
- NEW: 5 Additional Deleted Scenes
- Theatrical Trailer
- Theatrical Cut presented in High Definition
- 5.1 audio
- Special Features:
- Rudy: The Real Story Featurette
- Production Featurette
- First Down with Sean Astin
THE HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS & SNAKES | New Character Posters – In Theaters November 17th
THE HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS & SNAKES follows a young Coriolanus (Tom Blyth) who is the last hope for his failing lineage, the once-proud Snow family that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol. With his livelihood threatened, Snow is reluctantly assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler), a tribute from the impoverished District 12. But after Lucy Gray’s charm captivates the audience of Panem, Snow sees an opportunity to shift their fates. With everything he has worked for hanging in the balance, Snow unites with Lucy Gray to turn the odds in their favor. Battling his instincts for both good and evil, Snow sets out on a race against time to survive and reveal if he will ultimately become a songbird or a snake.
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Apple TV+’s “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” Teaser Trailer – Streaming November 17th
Apple TV+ unveiled the first teaser for “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters,” and shared that the highly anticipated ten-episode series will premiere globally on Friday, November 17. Based on Legendary’s Monsterverse, and starring Kurt Russell, Wyatt Russell, Anna Sawai, Kiersey Clemons, Ren Watabe, Mari Yamamoto, Anders Holm, Joe Tippett and Elisa Lasowski, “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” will debut with the first two episodes, followed by one episode every Friday through January 12.
Following the thunderous battle between Godzilla and the Titans that leveled San Francisco, and the shocking revelation that monsters are real, “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” tracks two siblings following in their father’s footsteps to uncover their family’s connection to the secretive organization known as Monarch. Clues lead them into the world of monsters and ultimately down the rabbit hole to Army officer Lee Shaw (played by Kurt Russell and Wyatt Russell), taking place in the 1950s and half a century later where Monarch is threatened by what Shaw knows. The dramatic saga – spanning three generations – reveals buried secrets and the ways that epic, earth-shattering events can reverberate through our lives.
Hailing from Legendary Television, “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” is co-developed and executive produced by Chris Black and Matt Fraction. Matt Shakman directs the first two episodes and serves as executive producer alongside Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell from Safehouse Pictures, Andy Goddard, Brad Van Arragon, and Andrew Colville. Hiro Matsuoka and Takemasa Arita executive produce on behalf of Toho Co., Ltd., the owner of the Godzilla character. Toho licensed the rights to Legendary for “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” as a natural byproduct of their long-term relationship with the film franchise.
Legendary Entertainment’s Monsterverse is an epic entertainment universe of interconnected stories that bring together popular culture’s most titanic forces of nature. Witness humanity’s greatest battle for survival as we fight for our world in the face of a catastrophic new reality—the monsters of our myths and legends are real. Beginning in 2014 with Godzilla and continuing with 2017’s “Kong: Skull Island,” 2019’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” and 2021’s “Godzilla vs. Kong,” the Monsterverse has accumulated close to two billion dollars globally at the box office and is ever-expanding, with the highly anticipated sequel “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire.”
The Bikeriders Arrives in U.S. Theaters on December 1st
20th Century Studios released the trailer and poster for the upcoming feature film, “The Bikeriders.” “The Bikeriders,” written and directed by Jeff Nichols, was screened last week at the Telluride Film Festival to critical acclaim.
Sheri Linden of the Hollywood Reporter comments, “From beginning to end, the visual beauty of the film pays tribute to the source material….” The Playlist’s Gregory Ellwood writes, “Nichols has crafted a highly entertaining period piece on a legendary biker club that is at times sexy, funny, and filled with fisticuffs.” Matt Neglia, reporting for Next Best Picture, offers, “‘The Bikeriders’ is an evocative and masculine piece of storytelling.” Deadline’s Pete Hammond wrote, “This ensemble cast is superb all around,” in describing the performances led by Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve,” “The Last Duel”), Austin Butler (“Elvis”) and Tom Hardy (“Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Revenant”).
The cast, most of whom did their own riding on an array of period-correct bikes, also includes Michael Shannon (“Bullet Train”), Mike Faist (“West Side Story”), Boyd Holbrook (“Logan”) and Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”). From writer-director Jeff Nichols (“Loving,” “Midnight Special,” “Mud”), 20th Century Studios and New Regency, “The Bikeriders” is a furious drama following the rise of a fictional 1960s Midwestern motorcycle club through the lives of its members. Inspired by Danny Lyon’s iconic book of photography,“The Bikeriders” immerses you in the look, feel, and sounds of the bare-knuckled, grease-covered subculture of ’60s motorcycle riders. Kathy (Comer), a strong-willed member of the Vandals who’s married to a wild, reckless bikerider named Benny (Butler), recounts the Vandals’ evolution over the course of a decade, beginning as a local club of outsiders united by good times, rumbling bikes, and respect for their strong, steady leader Johnny (Hardy). Over the years, Kathy tries her best to navigate her husband’s untamed nature and his allegiance to Johnny, with whom she feels she must compete for Benny’s attention. As life in the Vandals gets more dangerous, and the club threatens to become a more sinister gang, Kathy, Benny and Johnny are forced to make choices about their loyalty to the club and to each other. Sarah Green, p.g.a., Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, p.g.a. and Arnon Milchan are the producers. Yariv Milchan, Michael Schaefer, Sam Hanson, David Kern and Fred Berger are the executive producers.
Next up, “The Bikeriders” will screen at the London Film Festival, which runs from October 4-15. “The Bikeriders” opens in U.S. theaters on December 1.
MAY DECEMBER – In Select Theaters November 17th and On Netflix December 1st
Twenty years after their notorious tabloid romance gripped the nation, a married couple (Julianne Moore, Charles Melton) buckles under the pressure when an actress (Natalie Portman) arrives to do research for a film about their past.
CANDY CANE LANE – on Prime Video December 1st
Eddie Murphy stars in this holiday comedy adventure about a man on a mission to win his neighborhood’s annual Christmas home decoration contest. After Chris (Eddie Murphy) inadvertently makes a deal with a mischievous elf named Pepper (Jillian Bell) to better his chances of winning, she casts a magic spell that brings the 12 Days of Christmas to life, and wreaks havoc on the whole town. At the risk of ruining the holidays for his family, Chris, his wife Carol (Tracee Ellis Ross), and their three children must race against the clock to break Pepper’s spell, battle deviously magical characters, and save Christmas for everyone.
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID CHRISTMAS: CABIN FEVER TO DEBUT DECEMBER 8th ON DISNEY+
The original animated adventure, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid Christmas: Cabin Fever,” the latest animated movie based on Jeff Kinney’s wildly successful book series, will premiere December 8, 2023, exclusively on Disney+. The film is a hilarious and heartfelt holiday tale centered around everyone’s favorite disaster-prone middle school student.
The winter holidays are turning out to be especially stressful for Greg Heffley this year. After accidentally damaging a snowplow while making a snowman with best friend Rowley Jefferson, Greg worries he won’t get the new video game console he so desperately wants for Christmas. To make matters worse, he gets snowed in with his family, including his grumpy older brother Rodrick and annoying younger brother Manny. Directed by Luke Cormican (“Teen Titans Go!) and written and produced by Jeff Kinney, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid Christmas: Cabin Fever” features the voices of Wesley Kimmel (“The Mandalorian”), Erica Cerra (“Power Rangers”), and Hunter Dillon (“Deadpool 2”).
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid Christmas: Cabin Fever” will stream December 8, 2023, exclusively on Disney+.
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CHICKEN RUN: DAWN OF THE NUGGET – Streaming on Netflix December 15th
The cat, or should we say chicken, is finally out of the bag. Sure to ruffle feathers once more is the return of Melisha Tweedy, better known as Mrs. Tweedy and Ginger’s arch nemesis in the stop-motion animated sequel, Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget. Catch a first glimpse of Mrs. Tweedy, voiced by accomplished stage, film and television actress Miranda Richardson, who has refashioned herself for a new era of fowl-play in the teaser trailer out today. Also joining the cast is British actor, comedian, director and screenwriter, Peter Serafinowicz who voices Reginald Smith. Serafinowicz voices a humourless businessman and along with Tweedy poses a new and bigger threat to chicken-kind.
From the multi Academy and BAFTA award-winning Aardman (Creature Comforts, Wallace & Gromit, and Shaun the Sheep), and Academy Award® and BAFTA-nominated director Sam Fell (ParaNorman and Flushed Away, respectively), comes Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget, the eagerly anticipated sequel to the beloved and highest-grossing stop-motion animated film of all time, Chicken Run. Having pulled off a death-defying escape from Tweedy’s farm, Ginger has finally found her dream – a peaceful island sanctuary for the whole flock, far from the dangers of the human world. When she and Rocky hatch a little girl called Molly, Ginger’s happy ending seems complete. But back on the mainland the whole of chicken-kind faces a new and terrible threat. For Ginger and her team, even if it means putting their own hard-won freedom at risk – this time, they’re breaking in!
Character Cheese Pizzas inspired by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem
Cowabunga!! Today is #NationalCheesePizzaDay Dudes and Dudettes! To celebrate, check out this totally tubular character cheese pizza bites inspired by TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: MUTANT MAYHEM, which is Available Now on Digital! Click the link to join in the cheesy fun- remember, the more mayhem, the better! https://bit.ly/TMNTMMCheesePizzaDay
Character Fortune Teller inspired by PAW Patrol: ALL PAWS ON DECK
Check out this fun and classic character fortune teller inspired by PAW Patrol: ALL PAWS ON DECK, which is now available on DVD! Click the link to join the fun: https://bit.ly/PPAllPawsOnDeckFortuneCraft