Today, Disney+ revealed the official trailer for “Chip ‘n’ Dale: Park Life” premiering Wednesday, July 28. Comprised of three seven-minute stories, each episode follows two tiny troublemakers, Chip and Dale, trying to live the good life in a big city park while having giant-sized, sky-high adventures. Nervous worrier Chip and laid-back dreamer Dale make the perfect odd couple: they’re best buddies and they drive each other nuts. In their perpetual pursuit of acorns, these ultimate underdogs are joined by Pluto, Butch and other iconic Disney characters as they face down bullies great and small.
Filled with laugh-out-loud cartoon comedy, wacky adventures and heartfelt storytelling, the 12-episode series will debut new episodes weekly on Disney+.
“Chip ‘n’ Dale: Park Life” is produced by Xilam Animation with Marc du Pontavice as Executive Producer/Producer and Jean Cayrol as Director. Vincent Artaud serves as the series composer.
The trailer and poster are available now for 20th Century Studios’ “Vacation Friends,” debuting August 27 streaming as a Star Original on Star on Disney+. The film stars John Cena (“F9,” “The Suicide Squad”), Lil Rel Howery (“Get Out,” “Judas and the Black Messiah”), Yvonne Orji (“Insecure,” “Night School”), Meredith Hagner (“Search Party,” “Palm Springs”), Robert Wisdom (“The Alienist,” “Ballers”), Andrew Bachelor (“The Babysitter,” “Holidate”) and Lynn Whitfield (“Greenleaf,” “Madea’s Family Reunion”). “Vacation Friends” is 20th Century Studios’ first film to have a global release on the Disney+ streaming platform.
In this raw and raunchy comedy, straight-laced Marcus and Emily (Howery, Orji) are befriended by wild, thrill-seeking partiers Ron and Kyla (Cena, Hagner) at a resort in Mexico. Living in the moment, the usually level-headed couple lets loose to enjoy a week of uninhibited fun and debauchery with their new “vacation friends.” Months after their walk on the wild side, Marcus and Emily are horrified when Ron and Kyla show up uninvited at their wedding, creating chaos and proving that what happens on vacation, doesn’t necessarily stay on vacation.
Directed by Clay Tarver (“Silicon Valley”), “Vacation Friends” was written by Tom Mullen & Tim Mullen and Clay Tarver and Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley. The producers are Todd Garner (“Tag,” “Playing with Fire”) and Timothy M. Bourne (“Love, Simon,” “The Hate U Give”), with Steve Pink and Sean Robins serving as executive producers.
Summary: Natasha Romanoff confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises.
Cinema Release Dates: 8th July 2021 (Australia), 29th July 2021 (Thailand), 7th July 2021 (UK), 9th July 2021 (USA)
VOD Release Dates: Out in all regions.
Director: Cate Shortland
Screenwriter: Ned Benson, Eric Pearson, Jac Shaeffer
Cast: Ever Anderson (Young Natasha), Ryan Kiera Armstrong (Young Antonia), Nanna Blondell (Ingrid), Jordyn Curet (Young Ingrid), O-T Fagbenie (Mason), David Harbour (Alexei), William Hurt (Secretary Ross), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff), Olga Kurylenko (Antonia/Taskmaster), Michelle Lee (Oksana), Violet McGraw (Young Yelena), Florence Pugh (Yelena Belova), Olivier Richters (Ursa), Liani Samuel (Lerato), Rachel Weisz (Melina), Ray Winstone (Dreykov)
Running Time: 134 mins
Classification: M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)
OUR BLACK WIDOW REVIEWS
David Griffiths’ Black Widow Review:
Despite the fact she has many people’s favourite Avenger it was easy to start to think that Black Widow was the forgotten Avenger. Hardcore Marvel fans were furious when Captain Marvel became the first female led Avengers movie, they saw it as disrespectful to Black Widow who had basically been there since Day One.
Well now Black Widow gets her chance and finally actress Scarlett Johansson (Lost In Translation) gets her chance to step up in a film that not only tells the origins story of Black Widow but also fills in the gaps of what happened to her in between Civil War and Infinity Wars.
Directed by award winning Australian director Cate Shortland (Somersault), who was hand-selected by Johansson for the job, Black Widow reveals Natasha Romanoff’s (aka Black Widow) Russian spy ‘family’ including her ‘mother’ Melina (Rachel Weisz – The Constant Gardener), ‘father’ Alexei (David Harbour – Suicide Squad) and ‘sister’ Yelena Belova (Forence Pugh – Lady Macbeth).
While Natasha is on the run from Secretary Ross (William Hurt – Lost In Space) she reunites with Yelena and despite a testy relationship they decide to find Melina and Alexei and get them to help hunt down the man who created them and now wants them dead – the evil Dreykov (Ray Winstone – The Departed).
The early stages of this film have Shortland’s DNA all over them. When it comes to directing Shortland normally prefers gritty dramas and early on it feels like Black Widow is going to be more like an episode of Alias or La Femme Nikita then anything we have ever seen in the Marvel universe previously. To be honest that look and feel suited what kind of film Black Widow should be and it was almost disappointing when the film seemed to capitulate about halfway through and become yet another all action and very little plot clog in the Marvel machine.
That is not to say that Black Widow is not an enjoyable film – it is to a certain extent. But you would have to stay that the clichéd ending to the film makes it an average film rather than the brilliant film that could have changed Marvel forever if it had continued with the Shortland hard-edge that the film had during the open scenes. Most of the disappointing aspects of Black Widow lay with the screenplay – the finale is derivative of the end action sequences of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and introduces us to a villain that wouldn’t be out of place in one of the lamer James Bond films.
On the plus side though are the acting performances. Johansson shows that she deserved her own Avenger film a lot sooner with a performance that shows both heart and pure action skills no matter what she has to do during a fight sequence. David Harbour steals the show with his comedic timing while Florence Pugh puts in a brilliant performance and it is exciting to know that we get to look forward to her character returning in Hawkeye later this year. Eager fans will notice that the post-credit scene with Black Widow strongly shows how she will enter into the Hawkeye series.
While some people feared that Shortland’s style of filmmaking would not fit the Marvel universe the truth is that her style almost pulled off one of the best Marvel films to date… it’s just sad that it was pulled back by her overly Marvelised ending. The film does hold up due to the acting performances of its leads but it could have been so much better.Black Widow is currently available on Disney+ and will be released in Phuket cinemas on July 29th.
Nobody quite does twisted horror like M. Night Shyamalan and if you are a fan of his you may want to check out this new giveaway that we are doing for the release of his brand new film Old – The new edge of your seat thriller from Writer & Director M.Night Shyamalan. OLD, Only in Cinemas July 22
Thanks to our good friends at Universal Pictures we have some double passes to the film giveaway.
THE NINTH TOWER, a narrative short film about last year’s controversial hard lockdown at the nine towers in Flemington and North Melbourne housing estates, will premiere next month at the Melbourne International Film Festival.
The film, inspired by real events, was written, directed and produced by Kauthar Abdulalim, an Australian filmmaker with East-African and South-Asian heritage.
THE NINTH TOWER focuses on the story of one tower resident, teenager Hassan (played by Aslan Farooqui), a carer for his ill mother, who is pushed to the brink when the state government suddenly imposes the lockdown and it becomes impossible for him to leave to buy the medicine that his mother critically needs.
Hassan’s confrontation with the police exemplifies the distress and cultural barriers faced by many tower residents, often already traumatised by experiences with authorities in their countries of origin.
“I was privy to what was happening in the towers from the inside. The hard lockdown was difficult for me to watch with the narratives portrayed on mainstream media not matching the ones I was hearing. The film is my attempt to portray an alternate perspective about what actually happened; and to capture the intensity and trauma of what it felt like to be caged in forcefully with little to no access to essentials,” Kauthar says.
Tower resident and collaborator on the film, Mahir Muhammad, says: “THE NINTH TOWER has helped capture and amplify the voices and experiences of residents in a way that’ll remain long after the Covid-19 pandemic has ended. It’s important to acknowledge this film not only as a testament to the traumatic events that took place last year but as a lesson for the future; there are clear learnings on how not to engage and treat disadvantaged communities and public housing residents; especially as we continue to navigate out of the pandemic and expect future lockdowns.”
Kauthar won the BMW Short Film Competition at the 2018 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne with her film FOUND, set on the day of the Lindt Cafe siege in 2014 exploring the issue of Islamophobia in Australia. Kauthar is a graduate of Film Victoria’s Story Lab initiative. She has worked on feature documentary productions with the ABC and SBS in the capacities of an Impact Producer and Production Manager and has founded her own independent production company, Blacksand Pictures, where she is developing a slate of projects. Kauthar also has a degree in Islamic Studies.
Kauthar has also just been announced as a participant in this year’s Screen Diversity Showcase, an initiative of MEAA’s Equity Foundation with major support from Screen Australia and partners the Australian Directors’ Guild and Australian Writers’ Guild. The Showcase brings together five writers, five directors and ten performers from diverse backgrounds. The selected creatives will collaborate on five distinct projects, all to be filmed as five-minute proof of concepts. The program will culminate with all participants gathering in Sydney to film and edit their projects, before exhibiting them at the Showcase event, attended by the key decision-makers in Australian television and film.
THE NINTH TOWER premieres at MIFF on Wednesday August 11 at 9.15pm and on Saturday August 14 at 4.15pm.
Summary: The stunning landscape of Western Australia is the backdrop for an impassioned tale of love and grief in Gregor Jordan’s adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Tim Winton.
Cinema Release Dates: 8th October 2020 (Australia)
VOD Release Dates: 19th July 2021 (Australia), 19th July 2021 (UK), 17th July 2020 (USA)
Country: Australia, UK
Director: Gregor Jordan
Screenwriter: Jack Thorne, Tim Winton (novel)
Cast: Syd Brisbane (Chugger), Ava Caryofyllis (Bird), Jacob Clayton (Josh), Luke Elliott (Red), Kelly Belinda Hammond (Jude), Chris Haywood (Warwick), Garrett Hedlund (Lu Fox), Kelly MacDonald (Georgie), George Mason (Darkie), Kohen Mills (Brad), Fern Nicholson (Ava), Jessica Niven (Lois), Aaron Pederson (Beaver), Julia Stone (Sal), David Wenham (Jim), Dan Wyllie (Rusty)
After OUIJA SHARK made a splash with B-movie shark fans just over a year ago, Wild Eye Releasing has announced that the official sequel is currently filming with principal photography to be completed this year.
A team up between Wild Eye Releasing and Survival Zombie Films, the Ouija Shark follow-up will see fan favorite John Migliore from the first film revive his shield-slinging shark fighter dad Anthony, as well as taking over directing duties for the film.
Also reprising their roles from the original film are Kylie Gough (as Illyana) and Simon Wheeldon (as Caldura). Deborah Jayne Reilly Smith appears as a mysterious new character named Cressida.
Mike Trebilcock and Semetary Spawn will be providing the movie’s dramatic score as well as some new songs for the film.
The film is packed with shark action special effects and promises to offer even more bizarre and inter-dimensional weirdness for fans than the first film.
Migliore also penned the sequels’ script, and previously directed Creature from Cannibal Creek (2019), Exorcism of the Dead (2017) and Poltergeist Encounters (2016).
“The world of Ouija Shark is steeped in both fantasy and the occult, making almost anything possible. I’m looking forward to providing more than a few surprises,” Migliore said.
Wild Eye Releasing has released a few screenshots from the movie to whet fans shark sized appetites. Ouija Shark Sequel (Title TBA) Starring: John Migliore as Anthony Deborah Jayne Reilly Smith as Cressida Kylie Gough as Illyana Simon Wheeldon as Caldura
Stan today released the body slamming trailer for its upcoming pro wrestling drama series Heels, with the eight-part hour-long series set to pile drive its way onto screens from Sunday, 15 August – same day as the U.S. and only on Stan.
Written and created by Executive Producer Michael Waldron (Loki, the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) with Executive Producer Mike O’Malley (Shameless, Survivor’s Remorse) as showrunner, Heels stars Stephen Amell (Arrow) as Jack Spade, with Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games, Vikings) playing his younger brother, Ace. Peter Segal (Get Smart, 50 First Dates, Tommy Boy, Shameless), who directs several episodes, also serves as executive producer.
Heels is a story about the men and women who chase their dreams in the world of small town pro wrestling. Set in a close-knit Georgia community, it follows a family-owned wrestling promotion as two brothers and rivals war over their late father’s legacy. In the ring, somebody must play the good guy and somebody must play their nemesis, the heel. But in the real world, those characters can be hard to live up to — or hard to leave behind.
The drama series also stars Alison Luff as Staci Spade, Jack’s wife who learns that she has to contend with the emotional stakes her in-laws have invested in their wrestling goals and the demands it puts on her family; Mary McCormack as Willie Day, Jack’s business partner and the logistical brains behind the local wrestling organisation; Kelli Berglund as Crystal Tyler, Ace’s valet and love interest; Allen Maldonado as Rooster Robbins, one of the best wrestlers in the circuit who always has something to prove and always backs it up; two-time Super Bowl champion James Harrison as Apocalypse, a been-around-the-block journeyman wrestler who’s been at it for decades and has no illusions of fame or glory; and Chris Bauer as Wild Bill Hancock, a larger-than-life former wrestling star who is now a high-level pro wrestling scout.
Along with Waldron, O’Malley and Segal, LBI Entertainment’s Julie Yorn (Hell or High Water, White Boy Rick, The Dirt), Christopher Donnelly and Patrick Walmsley will also serve as executive producers. Heels is produced by Lionsgate TV for STARZ in association with Paramount Television Studios and is distributed internationally by Lionsgate.
The brand new series Heels premieres Sunday, 15 August only on Stan.
After the spine-tingling premiere of Stan’s acclaimed true crime drama series Dr. Death, Stan today announced the brand new four-part docuseries, Dr. Death: The Undoctored Story, will premiere Friday, 30 July only on Stan.
Dr. Death: The Undoctored Story is the first docuseries about Dr. Christopher Duntsch – nicknamed “Dr. Death” – an infamous neurosurgeon who was sentenced to life imprisonment after maiming, harming, or killing 33 patients who came in for complex but routine spinal surgeries in the Dallas, Texas area in the early 2010s.
The four part docuseries will offer audiences the chance to hear and see the whole story, told by the real people who survived it. In addition to interviews with the real-life Dr. Robert Henderson, Dr. Randall Kirby and Michelle Shughart (played by Alec Baldwin, Christian Slater and AnnaSophia Robb, respectively, in the scripted series), the docuseries will feature new conversations with others closest to Duntsch and his criminal case including Jerry Summers, Duntsch’s best friend who he paralyzed following two surgeries; Wendy Young, the ex-girlfriend of Duntsch and mother to his two sons; Dr. Joy Gathe-Ghermay, the anesthesiologist during Jerry Summer’s horrific surgery; Dr. Mark Hoyle, a Texas surgeon who physically tried to stop Duntsch during a surgery; Tex Muse and Pamela Trusty, two of Duntsch’s victims; and lawyers from the trial.
The story was popularised by Wondery’s 2018 podcast Dr. Death. The scripted true crime drama series, starring Joshua Jackson, with Christian Slater and Alec Baldwin, is now streaming only on Stan.
Produced by UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, Dr. Death: The Undoctored Story is executive produced and directed by Sara Mast. Aaron Hart, Hernan Lopez and Marshall Lewy executive produce on behalf of Wondery.
Dr. Death: The Undoctored Story premieres 30 July, only on Stan. Every episode of the true crime drama series Dr. Death is now streaming.