Category: Film News

Based on the true story that will inspire the world, Warner Bros. Pictures’ “King Richard follows the journey of Richard Williams, an undeterred father instrumental in raising two of the most extraordinarily gifted athletes of all time, who will end up changing the sport of tennis forever.  Two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith (“Ali,” “The Pursuit of Happyness,” “Bad Boys for Life”) stars as Richard, under the direction of Reinaldo Marcus Green (“Monsters and Men”). Driven by a clear vision of their future and using unconventional methods, Richard has a plan that will take Venus and Serena Williams from the streets of Compton, California to the global stage as legendary icons.  The profoundly moving film shows the power of family, perseverance and unwavering belief as a means to achieve the impossible and impact the world.

Aunjanue Ellis (“If Beale Street Could Talk,” TV’s “Quantico”) plays the girls’ mom, Oracene “Brandi” Williams, Saniyaa Sidney (“Hidden Figures,” “Fences”) stars as Venus Williams, Demi Singleton (TV’s “Godfather of Harlem”) stars as Serena Williams, with Tony Goldwyn (the “Divergent” series, TV’s “Scandal”) as coach Paul Cohen and Jon Bernthal (upcoming “The Many Saints of Newark,” “Ford v Ferrari”) as coach Rick Macci.  The ensemble also includes Andy Bean (“IT Chapter Two”), Kevin Dunn (the “Transformers” films, HBO’s “Veep”) and Craig Tate (“Greyhound”). Green directed “King Richard” from a screenplay written by Zach Baylin.  The producers were Tim White and Trevor White under their Star Thrower Entertainment banner, and Will Smith under his Westbrook banner.  Isha Price, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, Adam Merims, Lynn Harris, Allan Mandelbaum, Jon Mone and Peter Dodd served as the executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar-winning director of photography Robert Elswit (“There Will Be Blood”), production designers Wynn Thomas (“Da 5 Bloods,” “Hidden Figures”) and William Arnold (“The Hate U Give”), Oscar-nominated editor Pamela Martin (“The Fighter”), and two-time Oscar-nominated costume designer Sharen Davis (“Dreamgirls,” “Ray”).  The music is by Oscar-nominated composer Kris Bowers (“Space Jam: A New Legacy,” “A Concerto is a Conversation”). A Warner Bros. Pictures Presentation, A Star Thrower Entertainment Production, A Westbrook Production, A Keepin’ It Reel Production, “King Richard” is slated for international theatrical release from in November.

From filmmaker Reinaldo Marcus Green (MONSTERS AND MEN; upcoming KING RICHARD),along with the Academy Award winning writing team behind BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (Diana Ossana & Larry McMurtry) and Academy Award nominee Mark Wahlberg, JOE BELL tells the intimate and emotional true story of an Oregonian father who pays tribute to his gay teenage son Jadin, embarking on a self-reflective walk across America to speak his heart to heartland citizens about the real and terrifying costs of bullying.

JOE BELL is directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green and stars Mark Wahlberg, Reid Miller, Connie Britton, Gary Sinise.

Maslow Entertainment has today announced the release date for, RIDE THE EAGLE. Directed and written by Trent O’Donnell (New Girl, The Moodys, No Activity) and starring Jake Johnson (New Girl, Let’s Be Cops), D’arcy Carden (The Good Place) and Academy Award winners J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, Juno) and Susan Sarandon (Blackbird, Thelma & Louise), the charming comedy is set to arrive in Australian cinemas nationally on September 9, 2021. The film will be distributed by Maslow Entertainment in partnership with Umbrella Entertainment. 

When Leif’s (Johnson) estranged mother Honey (Sarandon) dies she leaves him a “conditional inheritance”. Before he can take ownership of her picturesque Yosemite cabin, he has to complete her elaborate, and sometimes dubious, to-do list. Leif steps into Honey’s wild world as she tries to make amends from beyond the grave in this hilarious and heartfelt comedy.

‘RIDE THE EAGLE’ WILL BE AVAILABLE IN AUSTRALIAN CINEMAS NATIONALLY ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2021

Today, Disney+ released the trailer for star-studded, comedic murder mystery “Only Murders In The Building”. The Star Original series will premiere the first three episodes on Tuesday August 31st exclusively on Disney+. 

From the minds of Steve Martin, Dan Fogelman and John Hoffman, “Only Murders In The Building” follows three strangers (Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez) who share an obsession with true crime and suddenly find themselves wrapped up in one.

When a grisly death occurs inside their exclusive Upper West Side apartment building, the trio suspects murder and employs their precise knowledge of true crime to investigate the truth. As they record a podcast of their own to document the case, the three unravel the complex secrets of the building which stretch back years. Perhaps even more explosive are the lies they tell one another. Soon, the endangered trio comes to realise a killer might be living amongst them as they race to decipher the mounting clues before it’s too late.

“Only Murders in the Building” hails from co-creators and writers Steve Martin and John Hoffman (“Grace & Frankie,” “Looking”). Martin and Hoffman executive produce along with Martin Short, Selena Gomez, Jamie Babbitt, “This Is Us” creator Dan Fogelman and Jess Rosenthal.

The Dune trailer has just been released and we have some special news for fans.

The Dune Ticket Lottery – launching at midnight tonight!

Universal Pictures on behalf of Warner Bros. have launched The Dune Ticket Lottery – an online hub for fans to enter the ultimate game of chance, registering for their opportunity to be the first in the country to witness DUNE at pre-release screening events as well as winning custom merchandise to keep.

Website: (live from midnight tonight): http://www.dunelottery.com.au/ 

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.

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.

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

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 Storywill premiere Friday, 30 July only on Stan.

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

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 BaldwinChristian 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.