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Sparke Films has secured the television rights to the “Axis of Time” trilogy, the best-selling novels by John Birmingham. The epic drama television series, tentatively titled “Weapons of Choice” after the first book in the series, is in late development with offers out to first-choice cast. “Weapons of Choice” will explore the far-reaching effects of time, war, and the human condition.
 
Written by Luke Sparke (the Occupation franchise), “Weapons of Choice” is a historical sci-fi military-techno epic drama, based on Birmingham’s best-selling “Axis of Time” trilogy, comprised of “Weapons of Choice”, “Designated Targets” and “Final Impact”.
 
As talent is approached and locations are scouted, Birmingham enthused: “I am stoked to see Luke and his crew turn this favourite, much loved story into something new and madly exciting. His Occupation films are enormous fun and his plans to blast “Weapons of Choice” onto the screen promise even more. More fun, more action, more head-spinning concepts and adventures. I’ve always had a movie of this series running somewhere in my head and reading his script, seeing the artwork, it was like it suddenly exploded all around me.”
 
The pilot is a collaboration between executive producer and showrunner Luke Sparke and co-writer Jay Thames. Carly Imrie and Carmel Imrie will produce, alongside Trimax Media’s Alan Glazier (The Bank Job, Get Smart) and Zachary Garred (Occupation Rainfall).
 
The “Axis of Time” trilogy deals with the radical rip in the fabric of time when a technologically advanced naval task force from the near future is accidentally transported back through time to 1942, landing in the middle of WWII.
 
A military experiment in the near future has thrust an American-led multinational armada back to 1942, right into the middle of the U.S. naval task force speeding toward Midway Atoll, and what was to be the most spectacular U.S. triumph of the entire war.
Thousands die in the chaos, but the changes in the time space continuum have only begun. For the veterans of Pearl Harbor, led by Admiral Spruance, have never seen a helicopter, or a satellite link, or a nuclear weapon. And they’ve never encountered an African American colonel or a mixed-race female British naval commander. While they embrace the armada’s awesome firepower, they may find the twenty-first century sailors themselves far from acceptable.
Initial jubilation at news the Allies would win the war is quickly doused by the chilling realization that the time travelers themselves, by their very presence, have rendered history null and void. Celebration turns to dread when the possibility arises that other elements of the twenty-first century may have also made the trip, and might now be aiding Yamamoto and the Japanese.
 
“When I read John’s “Weapons of Choice” on its release back in 2004, I knew immediately it would make an amazing TV series. That book and the subsequent trilogy became my “Catcher in the Rye”. When I reached out to John with my ideas, I got to work developing the first season. Five years later, we have a series that is extremely relevant and timely with everything going on in the world. There’s never been a better time to look back on our history and see how far we have come, let alone throwing our current culture 80 years back in time and see the two worlds collide. This series is very dear to my heart and will be developed for the screen with loving care,” Sparke said in a statement as he courts interest from multiple networks, streamers and sales agents.
 
Luke Sparke is repped by Seth Nagel Management and John Birmingham by Russell Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency.

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The comic “Bluntman and Chronic” is based on real-life stoners Jay and Silent Bob, so when they get no profit from a big-screen adaptation, they set out to wreck the movie.

Year: 2001

Cinema Release Dates:  31st January 2002 (Australia), 30th November 2001 (UK), 24th August 2001 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: Available in all regions.

Country: USA

Director: Kevin Smith

Screenwriter: Kevin Smith

Cast: Joey Lauren Adams (Alyssa Jones), Ben Affleck (Holden McNeil/Ben Affleck), Jeff Anderson (Randal Graves), Jules Asner (herself), Diedrich Bader (Miramax Security Guard Gordon), Jerome Benton (himself), Jason Biggs (himself), Marc Blucas (The Guy), Gavin Brooks (Baby Jay (voice)), George Carlin (Hitchiker), Wes Craven (himself), Matt Damon (himself/Will Hunting), Morris Day (himself), Shannon Doherty (herself), Eliza Dushku (Sissy), Shannon Elizabeth (Justice), Dwight Ewell (Hooper LaMont), Will Ferrell (Federal Wildlife Marshall Willenholly), Carrie Fisher (Nun), Walter Flanagan (Walt Grover The Fan Boy), Mark Hamill (Cocknocker), Renee Humphrey (Tricia Jones), Matthew James (The Dude), Bryan Johnson (Steve-Dave Pulasti), Garry Johnson (himself), Steve Kmetko (himself), Zak Knuton (The C.L.I.T. (voice)), Ali Larter (Chrissy), Jason Lee (Brodie Bruce/Banky Edwards), Jason Mewes (Jay), Jamie Kennedy (Chaka’s Production Assistant), Monte Moir (himself), Tracy Morgan (Pumpkin Escobar), Alanis Morissette (That Woman (God)), Scott Mosier (GWH2 Assistant Director/William Black), Judd Nelson (Sheriff), Brian O’Halloran (Dante Hicks), Chris Rock (Chaka Luther King), Torrell Ruffin (himself), Brian Andrew Saible (Baby Jay), Sean William Scott (Brent), Scott Sener (Quiet Scott), Rusty Sheridan (Afroed Whitney), Harley Quinn Smith (Baby Silent Bob), Jennifer Schwalbach Smith (Missy), Kevin Smith (Silent Bob), Ricky Smith (himself), Jon Stewart (Reg Hartner), James Van Der Beek (himself), Gus Van Sant (himself), Scott William Winters (Clark/himself), Quentin Wright (William Dusky)

Running Time: 104 mins

Classification: MA (Australia), 18 (UK), R (USA)

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Humans in a fascist, militaristic future wage war with giant alien bugs.

Year: 1997

Cinema Release Dates:  5th February 1998 (Australia), 30th December 1997 (Thailand), 2nd January 1998 (UK), 7th November 1997 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: Available in all regions.

Country: USA

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Screenwriter: Edward Neumeier

Cast: Curnal Achillies Aulisio (Sgt. Gillespie), Marshall Bell (General Owen), Ungela Brockman (Corporal Birdie), Clancy Brown (Sgt. Zim), Erik Bruskotter (Breckinridge), Jake Busey (Ace Levy), Christopher Curry (Mr. Rico), Denise Dowse (Sky Marshall Meru), Matt Entriken (Marco), Steven Ford (Lt. Willy), Tami-Adrian George (Djana’D), Seth Gilliam (Sugar Watins), Bruce Gray (Sky Marshall Dienes), Neil Patrick Harris (Carl Jenkins), Kaius Harrison (Cpl. Allen), Michael Ironside (Jean Rasczak), Brad Kane (Lanny), Lenore Kasdorf (Mrs. Rico), Matt Levin (Kitten Smith), Blake Lindsley (Katrina), Dina Meyer (Dizzy Flores), Patrick Muldoon (Zander Barcalow), Denise Richards (Carmen Ibanez), Anthony Ruivivar (Shujimi), Amy Smart (Pilot Cadet Stack Lumbreiser), Brenda Strong (Captain Deladier), Teo (Corporal Bronski), Casper Van Dien (Johnny Rico)

Running Time: 129 mins

Classification: MA (Australia), 18 (UK), R (USA)

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Heroes unite to save the world! Funimation, the market leader in anime serving fans worldwide, is bringing the next exciting cinematic installment of the popular anime My Hero Academia to theaters this fall.

My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission, from Toho Co Ltd., continues the journey of the young heroes-in-training as they try to save the world in a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat addition to this global phenomenon franchise. The film, shown in both English subtitles and dub, arrives in more than 1,500 theaters in the United States and Canada on October 29 (with tickets on sale October 1); in the United Kingdom and Ireland (October 29); and in Australia and New Zealand (October 28).  The film will be coming soon to Latin America (in Spanish and Portuguese) and to Scandinavia by Funimation Global Group’s Wakanim in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland, all with subtitles in English as well as in each country’s corresponding language (except Iceland).

In My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission, U.A. High School students Izuku Midoriya, Shoto Todoroki, and Katsuki Bakugo face the greatest crisis in My Hero Academia history, with only two hours to save the world! During their internship with the number one Pro Hero Endeavor Agency, Deku and his new friend Rody find themselves wanted nationwide for a crime they didn’t commit.  Can Deku and his friends stop Humarise’s global plans of eliminating all Quirks?

The film’s English and Japanese cast delivering includes:

Izuku Midoriya – Justin Briner (English), Daiki Yamashita (Japanese) 

Katsuki Bakugo – Clifford Chapin (English), Nobuhiko Okamoto (Japanese)

Shoto Todoroki – David Matranga (English), Yuki Kaji (Japanese) 

Endeavor – Patrick Seitz (English), Tetsu Inada (Japanese) 

Flect Turn – Robbie Daymond (English), Kazuya Nakai (Japanese)

Pino – Cristina Vee (English), Megumi Hayashibara (Japanese) 

Rody Soul – Ryan Colt Levy (English), Ryo Yoshizawa (Japanese) 

The film is directed by Kenji Nagasaki. My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission is not yet rated and has an approximate running time of 104 minutes.

My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission is the third My Hero Academia film and comes on the heels of the launch of the fifth season of the My Hero Academia series currently streaming on Funimation.  The previous two My Hero Academia films are My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (2020) and My Hero Academia: Two Heroes (2018).

“Funimation brought My Hero Academia to U.S. audiences and has championed the anime through all five television seasons on Funimation, three movie releases, merchandise and the rise of an incredible community of fans,” said Colin Decker, CEO for the Funimation Global Group. “We’re proud to team up with Toho and the production committee to deliver another outstanding adventure for Deku, Bakugo and the characters from the My Hero Academia universe that fans have come to love.”  

My Hero Academia has captivated audiences beyond the core anime and Japanese entertainment fans through unique storytelling around the global superhero phenomenon. The series has introduced a number of diverse characters who each have their own special “Quirk” (a special superhuman ability that a person can have), allowing fans the opportunity to connect with their favorite characters on a personal level. My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission serves as a standalone film that will continue bringing superhero action and adventure to a wide range of audiences to enjoy.

For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighbourhood hero is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life from the high-stakes of being a Super Hero. When he asks for help from Doctor Strange the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.

Starring Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jon Favreau, Jacob Batalon with Marisa Tomei

Directed by Jon Watts.

Brilliant. Bad. A little bit mad. Hello, Cruel World. Starting Friday, August 27, Disney+ subscribers will be able to enjoy Disney’s “Cruella.” All the fun, fashion and edge served up by Academy Award® winners Emma Stone and Emma Thompson will be available for streaming again and again, exclusively on Disney+.
 
Academy Award® winner Emma Stone (“La La Land”) stars in Disney’s “Cruella,” an all-new live-action feature film about the rebellious early days of one of cinemas most notorious – and notoriously fashionable – villains, the legendary Cruella de Vil. “Cruella,” which is set in 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution, follows a young grifter named Estella, a clever and creative girl determined to make a name for herself with her designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they are able to build a life for themselves on the London streets. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman, a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifyingly haute, played by two-time Oscar® winner Emma Thompson (“Howard’s End,” “Sense and Sensibility”). But their relationship sets in motion a course of events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella. 
 
“Cruella” stars Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Mark Strong. The film is directed by Craig Gillespie, with screenplay by Dana Fox and Tony McNamara, story by Aline Brosh McKenna and Kelly Marcel & Steve Zissis, based upon the novel “The One Hundred and One Dalmatians” by Dodie Smith. “Cruella” is produced by Andrew Gunn, Marc Platt and Kristin Burr, p.g.a., with Emma Stone, Michelle Wright, Jared LeBoff and Glenn Close serving as executive producers.

A dejected bartender and an aging drag queen fight to survive the eccentric and hostile nightlife of a corrupt city, as a masked maniac slaughters young gay men and drains them of blood.

An ode to the wicked work of John Waters, festival fave Death Drop Gorgeous – Seattle Queer, Chicago Horror, Wicked Queer, VideoScream and over 20 more festivals worldwide – features divine work by directors Michael J. Ahern, Christopher Dalpe, Brandon Perras-Sanchez, and a superlative cast headed by Wayne Gonsalves, Payton St. James, Brandon Perras-Sanchez, and Christopher Dalpe.

DEATH DROP GORGEOUS is released on Digital by Dark Star Pictures September 10.