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A new trailer and poster are now available for Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Love and Thunder,” revealing new details about the God of Thunder’s latest adventure—including a trek to Olympus where Zeus (Russell Crowe) reigns supreme. 

The film finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a search for self-discovery. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.

Directed by Taika Waititi (“Thor: Ragnarok,” “Jojo Rabbit”) and produced by Kevin Feige and Brad Winderbaum, “Thor: Love and Thunder” opens in Australian cinemas July 6, 2022.

The teaser trailer for Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning has just been released.

Directed by Christopher McQuarrie and starring Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Hayley Atwell, Shea Whigham, Pom Klementieff, Esai Morales, Henry Czerny, Rob Delaney, Cary Elwes, Indira Varma, Mark Gatiss, Charles Parnell, Greg Tarzan Davis and Frederick Schmidt the film is set for release on July 13th 2023.

ELVIS is an epic, big-screen spectacle from Warner Bros. Pictures and visionary, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Baz Luhrmann that explores the life and music of Elvis Presley, starring Austin Butler and Oscar winner Tom Hanks.

A thoroughly cinematic drama, Elvis’s (Butler) story is seen through the lens of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Hanks).  As told by Parker, the film delves into the complex dynamic between the two spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America.  Central to that journey is one of the significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge).

Starring alongside Hanks and Butler, award-winning theatre actress Helen Thomson (“Top of the Lake: China Girl”, “Rake”) plays Elvis’s mother, Gladys, Richard Roxburgh (“Moulin Rouge!” “Breath”, “Hacksaw Ridge”) portrays Elvis’s father, Vernon, and DeJonge (“The Visit”, “Stray Dolls”) plays Priscilla.  Luke Bracey (“Hacksaw Ridge”, “Point Break”) plays Jerry Schilling, Natasha Bassett (“Hail, Caesar!”) plays Dixie Locke, David Wenham (“The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy, “Lion”, “300”) plays Hank Snow, Kelvin Harrison Jr. (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”, “The High Note”) plays B.B. King, Xavier Samuel (“Adore”, “Love & Friendship”, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”) plays Scotty Moore, and Kodi Smit-McPhee (“The Power of the Dog”) plays Jimmie Rodgers Snow.

Also in the cast, Dacre Montgomery (“Stranger Things”, “The Broken Heart Gallery”) plays TV director Steve Binder, alongside Australian actors Leon Ford (“Gallipoli”, “The Pacific”) as Tom Diskin, Kate Mulvany (“The Great Gatsby”, “Hunters”) as Marion Keisker, Gareth Davies (“Peter Rabbit”, “Hunters”) as Bones Howe, Charles Grounds (“Crazy Rich Asians”, “Camp”) as Billy Smith, Josh McConville (“Fantasy Island”) as Sam Phillips, and Adam Dunn (“Home and Away”) as Bill Black.

To play additional iconic musical artists in the film, Luhrmann cast singer/songwriter Yola as Sister Rosetta Tharpe, model Alton Mason as Little Richard, Austin, Texas native Gary Clark Jr. as Arthur Crudup, and artist Shonka Dukureh as Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton.

Oscar nominee Luhrmann (“The Great Gatsby”, “Moulin Rouge!”) directed from a screenplay by Baz Luhrmann & Sam Bromell and Baz Luhrmann & Craig Pearce and Jeremy Doner, story by Baz Luhrmann and Jeremy Doner.  The film’s producers are Luhrmann, Oscar winner Catherine Martin (“The Great Gatsby”, “Moulin Rouge!”), Gail Berman, Patrick McCormick and Schuyler Weiss.  Courtenay Valenti and Kevin McCormick executive produced.

The director’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Mandy Walker (“Mulan”, “Australia”), Oscar-winning production designer and costume designer Catherine Martin (“The Great Gatsby”, “Moulin Rouge!”), production designer Karen Murphy (“A Star Is Born”), editors Matt Villa (“The Great Gatsby”, “Australia”) and Jonathan Redmond (“The Great Gatsby”), Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor Thomas Wood (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), music supervisor Anton Monsted (“Australia”, “Moulin Rouge!”) and composer Elliott Wheeler (“The Get Down”).

Principal photography on “Elvis” took place in Queensland, Australia with the support of the Queensland Government, Screen Queensland and the Australian Government’s Producer Offset program. 

A Warner Bros. Pictures Presentation, A Bazmark Production, A Jackal Group Production, A Baz Luhrmann Film, “Elvis” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and released in Australian cinemas on June 23, 2022.

Production on Heath Davis’ latest feature film CHRISTMESS is underway in Campbelltown, Greater Western Sydney. Written and directed by Davis (Book Week, Broke, Locusts), the film stars Steve Le Marquand (Last Train to Freo), Darren Gilshenan (No Activity) and musician and vocalist Hannah Joy of alternative indie rock band Middle Kids, in her feature film debut.

Fresh out of rehab, a desperate, once famous actor – Chris Flint (Steve Le Marquand) – takes a job as a Santa Claus in a suburban strip mall where he unexpectedly encounters his long-estranged daughter (Nicole Pastor) and infant grandson. With the love and support of his sponsor, Nick (Darren Gilshenan), and a young, sharp tongued, gay musician in recovery named Joy (Hannah Joy), Chris sets about staying sober in order to win his daughter’s forgiveness for Christmas.

CHRISTMESS is the fourth feature that brings together long-time friends Steve Le Marquand and Heath Davis, with Le Marquand starring in Davis’ previous three films Book Week, Broke and Locusts. Hannah Joy’s highly-anticipated role as ‘Joy’ will see her contribute original music to the film, as well as Christmas covers. 

Davis comments “I love Christmas movies, but I’ve never really seen a Christmas movie that depicts the reality of what the holiday season is for many of us – crippling stress, anxiety, malaise and economic struggle, all too often underpinned by alcohol abuse. At its core, CHRISTMESS is a celebration of the human spirit, the kindness of strangers and the healing power of forgiveness. It feels amazing to finally be in production with an incredible team and I can’t wait to share the film with audiences.”

Producer Daniel Fenech adds “Our unconventional Christmas movie has heart, and with Heath and I both having spent a large portion of our upbringing in Greater Western Sydney, it feels right to be shooting the film here in Campbelltown. We have a strong local contingent of cast and crew from the Macarthur region, and there’s a lot of love and community support behind the project.”

CHRISTMESS is written and directed by Heath Davis, and produced by Daniel Fenech, Cindy Pritchard and Matthew McCracken. Executive Producer is Nick Cole. The shoot is taking place over three weeks in Campbelltown, with the cast and crew adhering to COVID-safe filming practices.  CHRISTMESS has been financed through crowd funding and the generous support of partners. 

 Stan today announced that all seven episodes of the highly anticipated series Everything I Know About Love will premiere Wednesday 8 June, same day as the U.K, only on Stan. Based on Dolly Alderton’s internationally bestselling memoir of the same name, Everything I Know About Love stars Emma Appleton (The Witcher), Bel Powley (The Morning Show), Marli Siu (Alex Rider) and Aliyah Odoffin (Better Get Better). 

To watch and share the trailer click here: https://youtu.be/i8LXuvuVln0

Inspired by her own wildly funny, occasionally heart-breaking memoir, Dolly Alderton’s Everything I Know About Love will give an unflinching account of surviving your 20s. From the producers of Bridget Jones’ Diary and Love ActuallyEverything I Know About Love is written and created by Dolly Alderton, and directed by China Moo-Young.

Set in a 2012 London house-share, with flashbacks to suburban adolescence in the early noughties, the series is an unflinching deep dive into bad dates, heartaches and humiliations and begs the question: can platonic love survive romantic love as we grow up?

Alongside Emma Appleton as Maggie, Bel Powley as Birdy, Marli Siu as Nell and Aliyah Odoffin as Amara, Everything I Know About Love stars Connor Finch (Professor T) as Street, Jordan Peters (Flowers in the Attic: The Origin) as Neil and Australia’s Ryan Bown (Lambs of God) as Nathan.

Everything I Know About Love is executive produced by Dolly Alderton; Surian Fletcher-Jones, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner for Working Title Television; Jo McClellan for the BBC; and produced by Simon Maloney. The series is distributed internationally by NBCUniversal Global Distribution, and is produced by Working Title Television which is part of Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group.

Everything I Know About Love premieres 8 June, with all episodes available at once, same day as the U.K and only on Stan

UK’s dark rock legends The Sisters of Mercy will be returning to Australia & New Zealand this October and November, playing shows in 
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Auckland & Wellington

Fans can access early bird tickets by signing up prior to pre-sale now at 
sbmpresents.com/tour/the-sisters-of-mercy-2022 

Pre-sale starts Friday, May 27 at 11am local time. 
General public tickets on sale Tuesday, May 31 at 11am local time.

 Recently celebrating their 40th anniversary, The Sisters of Mercy are one of the most important bands to emerge from the post punk scene, with the imposing presence and the heavily melancholic voice of Andrew Eldritch giving their mark. They are a reference point for the dark rock sound and the dark culture in general with their music gaining cult status and has since been cited as a major influence by the likes of MetallicaNine Inch Nails and My Chemical Romance

A statement accompanying the tour news says, “It howls, it’s grindingly beautiful, and it’s probably heading your way.” Continuing in a similarly poetic vein, the statement adds, “New and hence unreleased songs make up half of any Sisters’ set these days, although the classics get a good thrashing in rotation. Having derived their light show from the Big Bang (gleefully inventing rave lighting in the process), the Sisters see no reason to tone it down, and will be exploding in all their usual glory.”. 

Over the course of four decades The Sisters of Mercy released three, utterly brilliant and hyper influential studio albums scaling the charts around the globe and have amassed a legion of devoted fans who flock to see classics such as ‘Lucretia My Reflection‘, ‘Temple Of Love‘ and ‘This Corrosion‘, a testament to their incredible live shows. 

Watch the Tour trailer video here
https://youtu.be/4E2VwvcRKXs

THE SISTERS OF MERCY
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND TOUR 2022
  Tuesday, Oct 25: Powerstation, Auckland
Wednesday, Oct 26: Hunter Lounge, Wellington
Friday, Oct 28: Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane
Sunday, Oct 30: Enmore, Sydney
Tuesday, Nov 1: The Gov, Adelaide
Thursday Nov 3: Astor, Perth
Saturday Nov 5: Forum, Melbourne
Early Bird Ticket Pre-Sale Starts Friday, May 27 @ 11am Local Time
Sign Up Here

General Tickets On Sale From Tuesday, May 31 @ 11am Local Time
sbmpresents.com

 The Love Wins Film Festival, celebrating the power and magic of film as an art form and as a medium for multi-cultural exchange and social responsibility, is on again this year – in both physical and virtual formats.

The hybrid event includes Films featuring Woody Harrelson, Tom Brady, Jason Mraz, Gisele, Ian Somerhalder, David and Patricia Arquette, Alec Baldwin, Rosario Dawson, Abigail Hawk, Lukas Hassel, Deborah Twiss and more!

Jaret Martino in association with Awareness Media, Love Wins Productions and My Mind Enterprises envisioned this festival to further the mission of bringing like-minded artists together as our way of helping the shift in global consciousness.

Creating awareness for subjects deserving attention through all art forms. Turning pain into positive and starting important conversations is the focus of this Festival.

“It was important to me that a platform was created that gave Filmmakers something tangible and built a safe space. This home is unique as we value what love stands for, and the power in this is that we never have to be caught up in the commercial motivations that undo all the rich and important elements of Art”, says Martino.

The line-up includes Heart Centered, Message Driven Films, with a focus on Women’s Empowerment, LGBTQIA+, Diversity and Inclusion, Health and Wellness. 

Hybrid Event. In person at The Plaza Cinema:

20 Terry Street, Patchogue, NY 11772

Virtually Streaming on Love Wins Channel

*Health and Wellness

(June 17-19)

* Women’s Empowerment

(June 24-26)

* Diversity and Inclusion / LGBTQIA+

(June 30-July 2)

As a community-supported organization, The Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center in Patchogue is a safe, inclusive, and equitable public forum for various community groups, individuals, artists, musicians, filmmakers, and non-profit advocacy groups to connect, collaborate, discuss, and support each other, particularly when facing life’s ups and downs.

Buy tickets here

One of the most common cries in the Australian Music Scene when tours and festivals are announced is: “What? No Adelaide?” Well, South Australians, your cries have been heard and your prayers have been answered, thanks to Destroy All Lines!

Thursday 11th August will see Karnivool, Cog, sleepmakeswaves and Alt + special guests grace Adelaide’s newly-minted Hindley Street Music Hall!

Heading up the line-up is Karnivool, reanimated off the back of their #1 Decade of Sound Awake live Blu-ray & first new music in eight years, the recently released All It Takes. Karnivool are established  as one of the most vital global forces in progressive modern music with their acclaimed debut, Themata, the ground breaking follow-up, Sound Awake and the ARIA Award winning #1 album Asymmetry, the band have gained high praise from international press titans such as Rolling Stone, Billboard Magazine, Kerrang! and Rocksound whilst touring their euphoric live show.

Since their return in 2016 after their critically acclaimed albums The New Normal and Sharing Space and subsequent 5 year hiatus, COG have been immersing themselves in their craft with renewed vigour, already having a plethora of new ideas and structures from which to draw new material. Since they released ‘The Middle’ in 2018 – the first new material released by COG in ten years and ‘Altered States’ and ‘Drawn Together’ followed, each song providing further proof that although Cog had lost NONE of their firepower.

Rounding out the line-up in Adelaide is the iconic instrumental post-hardcore legends sleepmakeswaves, who have been smashing out EPs and singles relentlessly to their rabid fanbase throughout the past few pandemic-riddled years, and hometown heroes Alt., who have been turning heads left, right and centre with their 2020 EP Dysfunctional and their 2021 single Devil’s Cut.

Sign up for early bird pre sale tickets https://bit.ly/ADL-SU – Early bird pre sale begins Wednesday 1 June 9am and Tickets are on sale Friday 3 June 9am. This once-in-a-lifetime event and chance to see Karnivool, COG and sleepmakeswaves on the same line-up in Adelaide is NOT to be missed.

If you’ve ever endured an anxiety or panic attack – you will know that it SUCKS. Perth’s Ratking are today tackling that issue with the video for their single ‘Panic Station’. The single dropped late last month and it’s been getting love from all over – premiering on Short Fast Loud on triple j and copping love from blogs, radio and podcasts all over.

They also announced their EP Nervous Nature will be out on Friday June 17th (with vinyl to arrive later on in 2022), released via Collision Course/MGM Distribution. Digital and Physical copies can be pre-ordered/pre-saved NOW at https://ffm.to/nervousnature.

Ratking vocalist AJ Teo says that “Much like the song, the video for Panic Station focuses on anxieties and how we react to them. We chose an anxiety each (Tom with claustrophobia, Nic with work anxiety, AJ with phone anxiety and Josh with his own headspace) and did our best to portray it on the screen. We initially had the idea to properly put ourselves in incredibly anxiety inducing situations (Doing open mic stand up, burying ourselves alive with a camera etc, but realised that that would be way too hectic so we decided with the safety of a green screen instead!” Fair call. That sounds terrible.

New EP Nervous Nature is a culmination of all things Ratking, with production duties handled by Sam Bassal of Ocean Grove, the record is a reflection of themselves both lyrically and musically. Focussing on self growth, anxiety, depression and self love. Unapologetically truthful and pensive.

If you aren’t across their epic DIY ethic and attitude to getting to work – Ratking just don’t slow down. Over the years, they’ve Supported major bands such as Suicidal Tendencies, Stray From The Path, Counter Parts, Stick To Your Guns, Terror, Phil Anselmo and the Illegals, King Parrot, Deez Nuts, Body Jar, Clowns, Make Them Suffer, Jesus Piece, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes and more, accumulated over 400k+ Spotify Streams, seen love on triple j across Home and Hosed + Short.Fast.Loud, they were invited to and played SxSW in Austin, Texas and Hosted a ‘Boat Show’ on a boat in the Swan River, which sold out in less than 24 hours!

After living in the high walled state of WA for the last 2 years, Ratking are primed and ready to enact their new EP Nervous Nature unto the world and 2022 will be the year where Ratking are able to do just that – rack up the frequent flyer miles and show everyone just what they have been up to all this time.

Nervous Nature is out on Friday June 17 – pre-order, pre-save here. Panic Station is out now – purchase/stream it at https://ffm.to/panicstation.

Summary:  When her all-male house-cleaning business gets out of control, a mature woman must embrace her own sexuality, if she is to make a new life for herself.

Year: 2022

Cinema Release Dates:  19th May 2022 (Australia), 22nd July 2022 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA.

Country: Australia

Director: Renee Webster

Screenwriter: Renee Webster

Cast: Nicola Bartlett (Prue), Caroline Brazier (Sandra), Emily Rose Brennan (Alice), Ying Chu (Officer Lim), Troy Coward (Harry), Cameron Daddo (Adrian), Hannah Day (Officer Tremby), Sam Dudley (Detective Noakes), Alexander England (Tom), Andrea Gibbs (Detective Elliott), Liam Graham (Officer Mason), Milu Green (Officer Cooper), Julia Hales (Kylie), Roz Hammond (Claudia), Megan Hollier (Molly), Emma Jackson (Bree), Lee Jankowski (Officer Levi), Ryan Johnson (Anthony), Priscilla Le (Alia), Monica Main (Adrianna), Katherine Marmion (Nerida), Hayley McElhinney (Hayley), Maggie Meyers (Maggie), Catherine Moore (Fiona), Takia Morrison (Mandy), Ben Mortley (Gary), Claire Munday (Jules), Fraser Murray (Officer Trent), Alexandra Nell (Biatta), Dan Paris (Mike), Sally Phillips (Gina), Myles Pollard (Richard), Suesha Rana (Wendy), Alexandria Steffensen (Pamela), Erik Thomson (Steve), Josh Thomson (Ben), Sherrilee Walsh (Amanda), Tasma Walton (Monique), Oliver Wenn (Brett), Asher Yasbincek (Chloe), Nina Young (Jane)

Running Time: 107 mins

Classification: TBC (Australia)

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David Griffiths’ How To Please A Woman Review:

Often when people talk about the Australian cinema industry they will pull out the old line “oh we make great cult films.” Well as an industry I have to say we do more than just that. We also make some pretty intense dramas and we’ve made some classic comedies over the years as well. Actually when I really think about it we have made some brilliant comedies over the years – films like The Castle, Crocodile Dundee and Crackerjack that have all become classics and could only have been created with that unique Australian sense of humour.

That tradition of good Australia comedy continues with brand new film How To Please A Woman – a film that sees director/screenwriter Renee Webster (The Heights) deliver a film I found to mix just the right amount of comedy and drama.

The film centres around Gina (Sally Phillips – Bridget Jones’s Diary) a middle-aged woman who finds herself stuck in a sexless marriage with her husband, Adrian (Cameron Daddo – Hope Island), and fired from her job which she excels at.

Her friends from the local swimming club decide to spice things up for her on her birthday and hire her a male giggalo, Tom (Alexander England – Gods Of Egypt). However, when the awkward Gina decides that she doesn’t want to have sex with him but would love for to clean her house an idea forms in her mind. Then when she discovers that Tom works for a removalist company that is about to close down she suddenly comes up with an idea for a new business where she would hire Tom and his colleagues Steve (Erik Thomson Somersault), Anthony (Ryan Johnson – Son Of The Mask) and Ben (Josh Thomson – The New Legends Of Monkey).

What I found I enjoyed most about this film was that Webster found the perfect tone for the film. Yes at the heart of this film is a comedy but also the more dramatic elements of the film explore a lot of topics that are often taboos to be talked about in society. The film explores middle-aged women wanting to have sex in a tasteful way, it also looks at women being fired from their jobs because of their age and also what happens when a long-lasting marriage starts to fizzle out.

Male audience members also shouldn’t feel like they are going to be left out while watching the film. Through the character of Steve it explores the depression that can sink in when a middle-aged man loses both his marriage and his business and it respectfully looks at how many men have no idea how to pleasure a woman when it comes to sex (through no fault of their own) and the looming cloud of unemployment in modern society.

One part I especially loved is the fact that the film also doesn’t make Gina out to be a flawless character, in fact there is one touching storyline that sees Gina judge one of her colleagues and why she isn’t one of the ones losing her job only too later find out not only has she body-shamed the women but also judged her intelligence and worth because of her looks.

I hope though what I have said here makes you feel that How To Please A Woman is a film that will bog you down with serious tones because that simply isn’t the case. There are a lot of comedic moments to be found throughout the film but Webster is a gifted enough filmmaker to fit them in amongst the film’s message in a well-written and subtle manner.

When it comes to the acting side of things Sally Phillips and Erik Thomson steal the show. Phillips matches the tone of the film well knowing the right time to deliver comedy and really delivering when she is called to act out the more dramatic moments of the film. Erik Thomson also delivers a solid performance alongside Phillips while Alexander England is almost guaranteed to land some Hollywood work off the back of this film.

How To Please A Woman is a pleasurable drama-comedy that reveals a new talent in Australia’s filmmaking alumni with the arrival of Renee Webster in a big way. Thoroughly delightful from start to finish with a really important message at its core.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

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