Category: Film News

 

Today Disney+ shared the new trailer, key art and first look images from the upcoming film Disney’s “The One and Only Ivan.” Based on the award-winning book by Katherine Applegate, “The One and Only Ivan” tells the story of Ivan, a silverback gorilla who learns that life isn’t defined by place and circumstance but by the power of friendship and the courage to make change happen. Streaming only on Disney+ from August 14.  

An adaptation of the award-winning book about one very special gorilla, Disney’s “The One and Only Ivan” is an unforgettable tale about the beauty of friendship, the power of visualisation and the significance of the place one calls home.

Ivan is a 400-pound silverback gorilla who shares a communal habitat in a suburban shopping mall with Stella the elephant, Bob the dog, and various other animals. He has few memories of the jungle where he was captured, but when a baby elephant named Ruby arrives, it touches something deep within him. Ruby is recently separated from her family in the wild, which causes him to question his life, where he comes from and where he ultimately wants to be.

The heartwarming adventure, which comes to the screen in an impressive hybrid of live-action and CGI, is based on Katherine Applegate’s bestselling book, which won numerous awards upon its publication in 2013, including the Newbery Medal.

The film stars: Sam Rockwell as the voice of Ivan; Angelina Jolie as the voice of Stella; Danny DeVito as the voice of Bob the dog; Helen Mirren as the voice of Snickers the poodle; Brooklynn Prince as the voice of Ruby; Ramon Rodriquez as the mall employee George; Ariana Greenblatt as George’s daughter Julia; Chaka Khan as the voice of Henrietta the chicken; Mike White as the voice of Frankie the seal; Ron Funches as the voice of Murphy the rabbit; Phillipa Soo as the voice of Thelma the parrot; and Bryan Cranston as Mack, the mall’s owner. “The One and Only Ivan” is directed by Thea Sharrock from a screenplay by Mike White based on Applegate’s book and is produced by the late Allison Shearmur, Angelina Jolie and Brigham Taylor. Sue Baden-Powell and Thea Sharrock serve as executive producers.

 Stan, the unrivalled home of Australian original productions, today announced the Stan Original Film I Am Woman, will premiere 28 August, only on StanThe feature, which adds to an ever growing slate of new theatrical and original productions from Stan, with further major announcements still to come in the weeks ahead, is based on the inspirational life of Helen Reddy, one of the most successful performing artists ever to emerge from Australia.

Following the recent announcement of the haunting Stan Original film Relic  – which is available now on Stan  – the new original film also comes after the record-breaking release of Justin Kurzel’s True History of The Kelly Gang – which premiered on Australia Day on Stan; and formed part of Stan’s summer launch of Australia’s biggest ever lineup of originals, plus the recently launched second season of the Logie award-winning, Bloom.

Told for the first time on screen, the Stan Original Film I Am Woman is an inspiring biopic of Australian singer-songwriter Helen Reddy – a Grammy-award winning artist responsible for co-writing and singing ‘I Am Woman’ – a song that went on to become the anthem for the women’s movement in the 1970s.

Directed by Unjoo Moon (The Zen of Bennett), I Am Woman was written by Emma Jensen (Mary Shelley), produced by Rosemary Blight (The SapphiresThe Invisible Man) with Unjoo Moon, and stars Tilda Cobham-Hervey (Hotel Mumbai) as Helen Reddy, Danielle Macdonald (Dumplin’) as Lillian Roxon and Evan Peters (American Horror Story: Cult) as Jeff Wald. The film was shot in Sydney, Australia, by Oscar®-winning cinematographer Dion Beebe (Mary Poppins Returns, Memoirs of a Geisha).

Stan Original Film I Am Woman is the story of Helen Reddy, who in 1966 arrived in New York from Melbourne, with her three-year-old daughter, a suitcase and $230 in her pocket. Within weeks she was broke. Within months she was in love. Within five years she was one of the biggest superstars of her time, and an icon of the 1970s feminist movement, who wrote a song which galvanised a generation of women to fight for change.

I Am Woman had its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival where it opened the prestigious Special Presentations section.The film is a story of fearless ambition and passion, of a woman who smashed through the patriarchal norms of her time to become the international singing superstar she always dreamed of being.

Stan’s Chief Content Officer, Nick Forward said: “Having inspired generations, Unjoo Moon, Tilda Cobham-Hervey and the whole team have done such an incredible job bringing Helen Reddy’s inspirational story to life.”

Screen Australia’s Head of Content, Sally Caplan said: “I Am Woman is a poignant and inspiring story that celebrates the life and legacy of iconic Australian Helen Reddy, portrayed on screen brilliantly by Tilda Cobham-Hervey. Director Unjoo Moon has made her mark with this powerful debut feature film which had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival, and I can’t wait for local audiences to see it.”

Producer Rosemary Blight said: “We are thrilled that I Am Woman has found its home on Stan.  With Stan’s incredible reach, so many Australians will be able to enjoy watching and singing along to I Am Woman in the comfort and safety of their homes. I’d also like to thank our amazing investors, including principal investor Screen Australia, who have supported Unjoo and I since we embarked on the journey of making this film.”

Director/Producer Unjoo Moon said: “I am so thrilled that audiences in Australia will finally get to see our film. During these tough times it’s deeply meaningful to me that the release of Helen Reddy’s inspirational story I Am Woman will kick off with Stan in Australia. Not only did Helen’s story begin in Australia but so did our journey of making this movie.

Stan Original Film I Am Woman is a Goalpost Pictures production in association with Deep Blue Pacific with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with WestEnd Films, Screen NSW, Adelaide Film Festival and South Australian Film Corporation. Financed with support from the Goodship Women’s Fund.

The Stan Original Film I Am Woman will premiere exclusively on Stan on 28 August.

 

SHELTER, a new curated global streaming platform for architecture, design, lifestyle and outdoor living content launches on July 31, bringing together quality films, television series and the exclusive Shelter Originals: Inspired Architecture series.  The innovative new platform has partnered with global magazines Design Anthology and Green Magazine among others, to host and present premium video content from these distinctive international brands.

 

SHELTER creator Dustin Clare said “Design is at the centre of our lives – from our homes and environment, to our aspirations, our holidays and our escapes, and there are so many films and TV series which explore our relationship to our space. With a passionate audience for this genre SHELTER was created as the premium home of quality curated video content.”

 

“The reality of lockdown has made us re-examine our connection to home, our immediate environment, and the world around us. Through SHELTER, we invite you to explore, be inspired, be entertained and engrossed, and most of all, be engaged with the world of architecture, design, lifestyle and outdoor living.”

 

“With a genuine focus on sustainability content on our platform we have partnered with Eden Reforestation Projects, a non-profit org established to reduce poverty and restore healthy forests in countries devastated by deforestation. Each month a tree will be planted to represent every subscriber, with a view to us and each of our subscribers planting many thousands of trees where they are most needed” he said. 

 

This interactive cross-platform approach to content marks a new standard for streaming platforms, delivering a range of fascinating ‘must-watch’ options from feature length films to television series, snackable short series and premium magazine content.  

 

The carousel encompasses stories of inspiring design and architecture, a deep dive into sustainability, history, and real life aspirational stories, and features famous faces including Charlie Luxton, Dermot Bannon, Tim Ross, Sarah Beeney and more. 

 

One of SHELTER’s exclusive offerings is its Inspired Architecture Series. These 6 x 15 minute episodes commissioned by Shelter explore six uniquely Australian structures including JR’s Hut in Gundagai, Permanent Camping in Mudgee and Hart House at Great Mackerel Beach. All in their own way inspirational and isolated, the series explores the narrative of the buildings and their creators, and draws the viewer into an active exploration of modern architecture and design. Each episode includes interviews with the Architects and their commissioning clients, cinematically shot and crafted by award-winning filmmaker Jim Lounsbury (The Meaning of Vanlife, The Infinite Lens).

 

Curated from Australia, New Zealand, Europe, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, United States and South America, SHELTER will feature more than 200 hours of content available July 31, with new content to be added every month. Highlights available from July 31 include:

 o        Festival favourite Tadao Ando: From Emptiness to Infinity (2013) pays homage to one of the world’s most renowned architects: the Japanese ‘Master of Minimalism’ Tadao Ando. The film introduces viewers to his famous buildings and offers an exclusive look into his work process, inspiration and motivations.

o        Winner of Best Documentary at the Atlas Awards International Film Festival, Don Freeman’s Art House (2016) is a film which thoughtfully explores the homes of eleven creatives and examines the integration of their craft with their living spaces including the labyrinthine sculptural home @eliphante.village , hand crafted by Michael Kahn and Leda Livant over the 28 year period of their relationship, beginning in 1979.  

o        Winner of the Green Planet Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival Tiny (2013) is a film about dreaming big and living small. Many are now choosing to focus on flexibility, financial freedom, and quality of life over quantity of space. These self-proclaimed “Tiny Housers” live in homes smaller than the average parking space, often built on wheels to bypass building codes and zoning laws. Tiny takes us inside six of these homes stripped to their essentials, exploring the owners’ stories and the design innovations that make them work.

o        The documentary film Do More With Less (Hacer Mucho Con Poco) (2017) explores the new wave of architecture being developed by contemporary Ecuadorian designers in South America, with creative new ways of existing in the post-financial crisis world. The film is an inspiring look at the future of architecture and the potential for an alternative economic model to exist – one characterised by social, economic and environmental awareness.

o        Microtopia (2013) is a documentary that explores how architects, creatives and home owners are pushing the limits of portability, sustainability and minimalism in our dwellings. The film received a Hone of Tomorrow Special Mention @Cinemambiente Torino

o        Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island.(2014) In a rapidly urbanised world, what does the future hold for traditional rural societies? This is a film about Fogo Island, a small community off the coast of Newfoundland. As the island struggles to sustain its unique way of life in the face of a collapse of its cod fishing industry, architect Todd Saunders and social entrepreneur Zita Cobb’s vision for positive change results in the designing and building of strikingly original architecture that will become a catalyst for social change.

o        Harry Seidler: Modernist (2017), a retrospective celebration of the life and work of Australia’s most controversial architect. Sixty years of work is showcased through sumptuous photography and interviews with leading architects from around the world.

o        Ken Roche – The Quiet Architect (2017) is a feature documentary film that considers many of the key architectural questions through the 70 year career of Pritzker Prize winning Irish-American architect Kevin Roche, including the relationship between architects and the public they serve. Still working at age 94, Kevin Roche is an enigma, a man with no interest in fame who refuses retirement and continually looks to the future regardless of age.

o        The Edge of the Possible (1998) charts the dramatic course of the creation of a masterpiece and includes a rare interview with Jørn Utzon as he reflects on his role in the compelling story of the conception and construction of the Sydney Opera House

o        Feature film Gray Matters (2014) explores the fascinating life and complicated career of architect and designer Eileen Gray, whose uncompromising vision defined the practice of modernism in decoration, design and architecture. Today, with her work commanding extraordinary prices and attention, her legacy, like its creator, remains elusive, contested and compelling. Directed by Marco Orsini “Does justice to a life less ordinary.” – Dwell Magazine @dwellmagazine 

o        Homo Sapiens (2016) is a film about the finiteness and fragility of human existence and the end of the industrial age, and what it means to be a human being. What will remain of our lives after we’re gone? Empty spaces, ruins, cities increasingly overgrown with vegetation, crumbling asphalt: the areas we currently inhabit, though humanity has disappeared. “As gripping as any sci-fi thriller… If the spirit of Stanley Kubrick lives in any current film-maker, it is surely the Austrian director Nikolaus Geyrhalter.” The Guardian Winner of the Wild Dreamer Awards for Best Documentary at the Subversive Festival Zagreb. 

o        Life Architecturally is an intimate documentary that follows internationally acclaimed husband and wife team, architect Robert McBride and interior designer Debbie Ryan, to discover what inspires their groundbreaking architectural concepts and designs

o        Dream Build seasons 1 & 2 follows Australians who have been lucky enough to turn the dream of building their own home into a spectacular reality. Each owner shares their experience of throwing down ambitious briefs to their architect. The architect will discuss their process and how they rose to the challenge of giving their client not only the home but also the lifestyle of their dreams.

o        TV series Charlie Luxton’s Homes by the Sea follows architectural designer and television presenter @charlierluxton as he travels along Britain’s stunning coastline in search of the most outstanding coastal architecture he can find.

o        Winner of Best Feature Film at the Green Lens Environmental Film Festival Growing Cities is a film which explores the importance of such sustainable, locally grown agriculture in an urban setting. Filmmakers Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette speak to people who are challenging the way we grow and distribute food, one vacant city lot, rooftop garden, and backyard chicken coop at a time.

o        Living the Change: Inspiring Stories for A Sustainable Future (2018) Inspiring stories of people pioneering change in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way.

o        Visual Acoustics (2008) Narrated by Dustin Hoffman and winner of the Audience Awards at Palm Springs and Austin Film Festivals, Visual Acoustics explores the life and career of Julius Shulman, widely regarded as the greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought to light the architectural modernist movement. Shulman’s work played a significant role in promoting the careers of legendary architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry. 

o        Herman’s House (2012) ‘What kind of house does a man who has been imprisoned in a six-foot-by-nine-foot cell for over 30 years dream of?’ This film captures the remarkable creative journey and friendship of Herman Wallace, one of the Angola 3, and artist Jackie Sumell while examining the injustice of prolonged solitary confinement.

o        The Art of Architecture (2019) Spend some time with some of the greatest works of architecture the world has ever seen, and find out how art has influenced the great designers of our time.

o        Streets of Your Town (2015) with comedian, broadcaster and architecture enthusiast Tim Ross. A two-part series focusing on the aesthetics of our suburbs.

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Today, Disney+ shared the trailer for its upcoming original series “Rogue Trip,” premiering exclusively on the streaming service on Friday, July 24.

“Rogue Trip”, led by ABC News Correspondent Bob Woodruff and his 28-year-old son Mack Woodruff, takes viewers on a father-son adventure to some of the world’s most unexpected places – roguish nations and territories mostly known for conflict, but each possessing a unique power to surprise, amaze and inspire. They’ll visit Colombia, Papua New Guinea, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Lebanon and Ukraine. Along the journey, Bob and Mack will share raw, big-hearted moments when “going rogue” together changes their perspectives – not just on their own relationship, but on other people and places.

All six episodes of National Geographic’s “Rogue Trip” will be available to stream on Disney+ beginning July 24,2020. 

Tami Stronach, the Childlike Empress from timeless 80’s classic “The NeverEnding Story”, will star in and executive produce a new children’s fantasy film titled “Man & Witch, written by her husband Greg Steinbruner.

Produced and Directed by Indie stalwart Rob Margolies (“She Wants Me”, producer of The Duffer Brothers first short film “We All Fall Down”), team Stronach is joined by an expanding cast of iconic actors including fellow 80’s child star Sean Astin (“The Lord of the Rings”), and Emmy winners Rhea Perlman (“Cheers”), Christopher Lloyd (“Back to the Future”), and Michael Emerson (“Lost”).

“Man & Witch”a heartwarming homage to the lo-fi fantasy films of the 80’s, is a comic adventure that both fulfills and subverts the expectations of what a fantasy universe can be, featuring the long awaited comeback of one of Hollywood’s most enigmatic child stars, Tami Stronach. Stronach plays the reclusive Witch, a being of power and mystery, who loses her heart to a hapless goatherd when he hires her to break a curse by an Evil Wizard.

Further casting to be announced. Production is expected to begin late fall in the New York Tri-State Region.

 

 Stan today released first look teaser art for the brand new series, Power Book II: Ghost, announcing the series will premiere this September, only on Stan. Stan also announced that an exclusive video teaser of the first instalment of the expanded Power Universe will drop on Stan this Sunday at 4PM AEST.

Power Book II: Ghost picks up shortly after the earth-shattering events of Power as Tariq St. Patrick grapples with a new world order: his father dead and his mother, Tasha, facing charges for the murder her son committed. Not to mention the academic rigors of the Ivy League university Tariq is attending to earn his inheritance. Truly on his own for the first time in his life, Tariq is forced to split his time between school and hustling to pay for Davis MacLean, the fame-hungry defense lawyer who is Tasha’s only hope of getting out of jail and escaping prosecution by newly minted U.S. Attorney Cooper Saxe. With no better options, Tariq turns to the familiar drug game, entangling himself with a cutthroat family headed by Monet Stewart Tejada, that’s been at it far longer than him. As Tariq tries to balance his drug operation with his grades, love life, and family, he figures out that the only way to avoid the same fate his father met is to become him — only better.

Cast include Michael Rainey Jr. (PowerLee Daniels’ The Butler) as “Tariq St. Patrick,” Naturi Naughton (PowerFame) as “Tasha St. Patrick,” Mary J. Blige (MudboundThe Umbrella Academy) as “Monet Stewart Tejada,” Shane Johnson (PowerBehind Enemy Lines) as “Cooper Saxe,” Gianni Paolo (MaThe Fosters) as “Brayden Weston,” Quincy Tyler Bernstine (Ray DonovanModern Love) as “Tameika Washington,” Daniel Bellomy (The Real MVP: The Wanda Durrant Story) as “Ezekiel ‘Zeke’ Cross,” Paige Hurd (The OvalHawaii Five-O) as “Lauren Baldwin,” Cliff “Method Man” Smith (The DeuceGarden State) as “Davis MacLean,” Melanie Liburd (This is UsGypsy) as “Caridad ‘Carrie’ Milgram,” Justin Marcel McManus (Star) as “Jabari Reynolds,” Woody McClain (The Bobby Brown StoryThe New Edition Story) as “Cane Tejada,” Lovell Adams-Gray (CoronerSlasher) as “Dru Tejada,” and LaToya Tonodeo (The Oath) as “Diana Tejada.”

Power Book II: Ghost is executive produced by series creator and showrunner Courtney A. Kemp through her company End of Episode and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson through his G-Unit Film and Television. Also serving as executive producers on the series are Mark Canton through his Atmosphere Entertainment MM, End of Episode’s Chris Selak and Danielle De Jesus, Shana Stein and Bart Wenrich. Lionsgate TV produces the series.

Every episode of Power is now streaming — only on Stan.

 

Set in the Melbourne countryside and led by an all female cast spanning three generations, Stan Original Film Relic tells the story of Edna (Robyn NevinThe Matrix Franchise), an elderly and widowed matriarch who goes missing, and her daughter Kay (Emily MortimerThe Newsroom) and granddaughter Sam (Bella Heathcote, Stan Original Series Bloom) who must travel to their remote family home to find her. Soon after her return, they start to discover a sinister presence haunting the house and taking control of Edna.

Premiering to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival, Japanese-Australian director Natalie Erika James’ debut feature serves as a deeply haunting metaphor for the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease and is produced by Jake Gyllenhaal (Spiderman: Far From Home) and executive produced by the Russo Brothers (Avengers: Endgame).

Stan Original Film Relic is now streaming – only on Stan.

 

Warner Bros. will make its new animated feature film “SCOOB!” available for both Premium Video On Demand (PVOD) and for premium digital ownership in Australia and New Zealand from today, providing high-quality family entertainment in the home just in time for school holidays.

 

“We know ‘SCOOB!’ has been highly anticipated in Australia and New Zealand, so we’re pleased we can deliver this action-packed movie for families to experience at home during the school holidays,” said Joel Pearlman, CEO of Roadshow Films.

 

SCOOB!” will be available to premiere at home for a 48-hour rental via Premium Video On Demand or premium digital ownership beginning on Wednesday, July 1. The title will be available on participating digital platforms.

 

A fully animated, full-length Scooby-Doo action adventure for the whole family, “SCOOB!” reveals how lifelong friends Scooby and Shaggy first met and how they joined with young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne to form the famous Mystery Inc. Now, with hundreds of cases solved and adventures shared, Scooby and the gang face their biggest, most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this global “dogpocalypse,” the gang discovers that Scooby has a secret legacy and an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined. 

“SCOOB!” features an all-star ensemble cast led by Will Forte, two-time Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Kiersey Clemons, Ken Jeong, Tracy Morgan, Simon Cowell, and Frank Welker.

 

The film was directed by Warner Bros. animation stalwart Tony Cervone, an Annie Award nominee for the feature film “Space Jam,” two-time Emmy nominee for his work on “Duck Dodgers” and one of the creators of the popular Scooby-Doo series “Mystery Incorporated.” It was produced by Pam Coats and Allison Abbate.  Adam Sztykiel, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Jesse Ehrman, Dan Povenmire, and Chris Columbus served as executive producers. The “SCOOB!” screenplay was by Adam Sztykiel and Jack C. Donaldson & Derek Elliott and Matt Lieberman, story by Matt Lieberman and Eyal Podell & Jonathon E. Stewart, based on characters created by Hanna-Barbera Productions. Cervone’s creative team included editors Ryan Folsey and Vanara Taing, and composer Tom Holkenborg.

 

A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group, “SCOOB!” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and by Roadshow Films in Australia and New Zealand.

 

“Scooby-Doo” and all related indicia are trademarks and copyright of Hanna-Barbera Productions © 2020 Warner Bros. Ent. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Bounty Films is excited to announce the global video-on-demand release of the teen-slasher What Goes Around. It’s now available globally now via Prime VideoGenflix and Vimeo on Demand.

The film centers around Erin, a timid college student with often crippling anxiety, has spent the past semester fawning after the mysterious and quietly charismatic Alex. However, when she accidentally stumbles upon a video of him seemingly committing a murder, she isn’t sure whether to be terrified or intrigued, especially when a group of bullies from her past begin meeting grisly fates.

‘Growing up, the highlight of each week was by far my Saturday morning trip to Blockbuster. Whether it was the attractive teen idols plastered on the covers, or just a craving for something a little bit darker before I ventured into fully-fledged horror, teen thrillers like Fear, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Faculty and Swimfan always seemed to call my name. I used to DEVOUR these titles weekend after weekend and, on an equally endless rotation, would fantasise about making one of my own.

What Goes Around is my answer to those childhood fantasies and a love letter to how those movies (the equivalent of best friends at the time) made me feel. Although the days of the video store are long dead, I hope that my film is found by a group of young souls craving a light scare or cheesy thrill, and can be their own gateway into horror. ‘

– Writer/Directer Sam Hamilton

 

Stream Now:

Prime Video: https://bit.ly/goes2amazon

Vimeo on Demand: https://bit.ly/goestovimeo

Genflix: https://bit.ly/goes2genflix