Category: Film News

 

The Walt Disney Studios has announced that the heartwarming adventure “The One and Only Ivan,” an adaptation of the bestselling, award-winning book about one very special gorilla directed by Thea Sharrock, will premiere exclusively on Disney+ August 21, 2020. 

The film, which was previously scheduled to be released theatrically by The Walt Disney Studios, is an unforgettable tale about the beauty of friendship, the power of visualisation and the significance of the place one calls home.

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

“The world has changed in a heartbeat. People all over the globe have shared important, life changing experiences in ways we have not seen for a century,” said Thea Sharrock.

“In response to this, I am so happy that we can share Katherine Applegate’s delightful and original story, ‘The One and Only Ivan’ with the world this August on Disney+, bringing some joy through this unique movie of true friendship, inspired by a true story.”

The film features the voices of: Sam Rockwell as the gorilla Ivan; Angelina Jolie as Stella the elephant; Danny DeVito as Bob the dog; Helen Mirren as Snickers the poodle; Chaka Khan as Henrietta the chicken; Mike White as Frankie the seal; Brooklynn Prince as Ruby the baby elephant; Ron Funches as Murphy the rabbit; Phillipa Soo as Thelma the parrot; and stars Ramon Rodriguez, Ariana Greenblatt and Bryan Cranston.

“The One and Only Ivan” is directed by Thea Sharrock from a screenplay by Mike White based on Applegate’s novel and is produced by the late Allison Shearmur, p.g.a., Angelina Jolie and Brigham Taylor, p.g.a. Sue Baden-Powell and Thea Sharrock serve as executive producers.

Ivan is a 400-pound silverback gorilla who shares a communal habitat in a suburban shopping mall with Stella the elephant and Bob the dog. 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.

 

Dave G and Harley are back with a brand new episode of Subculture: The Podcast.

In this episode they discuss whether the cinematic world needs to forget about the US market and begin releasing new films post Covid. They are also look at the rise of Drive-In theatres like Lunar Drive In in Australia.

To top it off they dissect the last season of 13 Reasons Why and look at how Community could be brought back to life.

Yes, it is all your geek talk in one spot. Check out the new episode right here.

 

 

 Stan today announced that after smashing viewing records worldwide, the gritty, unapologetic crime drama series Hightown has been officially picked up for a second season.

Hightown is set on idyllic Cape Cod, and follows one woman’s journey to sobriety, intertwined with an unfolding murder investigation. Jackie Quiñones (Monica RaymundChicago FireThe Good Wife), a hard-partying National Marine Fisheries Service agent, has her free-wheeling life thrown into disarray when she discovers a body on the beach – another casualty of Cape Cod’s opioid epidemic.

As a result of this trauma, Jackie takes the first steps toward becoming sober— until she becomes convinced that it’s up to her to solve the murder. Now at odds with Sergeant Ray Abruzzo (James Badge DaleOnly the Brave), an abrasive but effective member of the Cape Cod Interagency Narcotics Unit, Jackie starts to spiral. And she’s not alone. Ray, too, spins out of control; losing himself in the investigation. The lives of everyone connected to this murder crash and converge, reminding us just how complicated – and deadly – our addictions can be. Riley Voelkel (Roswell, New MexicoThe Originals), Shane Harper (Code BlackHappyland), Amaury Nolasco (Prison BreakDeception), Atkins Estimond (The ResidentLodge 49) and Dohn Norwood (MindhunterThe Sinner) also star.

Hightown is created and executive produced by Rebecca Cutter (Gotham) with Gary Lennon (PowerEuphoria) executive producing with Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Top Gun: Maverick, The Amazing Race), Jonathan Littman (LuciferThe Amazing RaceCSI franchise) and KristieAnne Reed (LuciferL.A.’s Finest) from Jerry Bruckheimer TV; Ellen H. Schwartz also serves as executive producer. Oscar®-nominated cinematographer Rachel Morrison (Black Panther, Fruitvale Station) directed the first two episodes of the series.

Hightown was an Official Selection of the 2020 SXSW Film Festival.

Hightown is streaming now only on Stan, same day as the US, with new episodes weekly.

 

The trailer for new Australian documentary Slim & I has just been released.

For over 50 years country music legend Slim Dusty and his wife Joy McKean trail-blazed their way across Australia performing, writing and collecting songs of the bush and its people. They created a musical legacy that to this day continues to entertain and inspire, a catalogue of plain speaking yet profoundly insightful music documenting the rural Australian experience. Theirs is perhaps one of the greatest partnerships in Australian music history.

 

SLIM & I is a feature documentary that tells the incredible story of that partnership and of the brilliant woman who lived beside, rather than behind, the legend. Australia’s own “Queen of Country Music”, Joy McKean.

Slim & I will be released in Australian cinemas on August 20th.

Artsploitation Films has announced the acquisition of a new horror film: Welcome to the Circle, a supernatural thriller centered around a murderous cult. The film will be released later this fall on DVD/Blu-ray and VOD/Streaming.

A camping misadventure forces a young girl and her father into the realm of a madman worshiping cult known as The Circle. As the pair become trapped in The Circle’s increasingly frightening sphere of indoctrination, a case-hardened professional cult deprogrammer and his two clients attempt to kidnap/reclaim one of group’s members. Grizzly rituals are soon revealed to be part of a terrifying, surreal, alternate reality that has been constructed by the cult’s mysterious, isolated leader. Escape is the only objective, but all of them are trapped in The Circle.

 

Stan today announced that the smash hit romantic comedy anthology series Love Life has been renewed for a second season and will be heading exclusively to Stan. Season one stars Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick, and its last four episodes premiered last night on Stan in Australia.

Season two will remain set in New York City but will focus on a new character’s journey – one which explores what happens when you’ve lived your whole life knowing who your soulmate is, only to find out years into a marriage that it’s not the right fit at all. The new season will also cleverly key off characters in season one, and “Darby” (Anna Kendrick) will appear.

“It’s been a labor of love working with everyone on Love Life and all who helped shaped Darby and brought her story to life. I am excited to be able to collaborate again with the team on a new character and their journey,” said executive producer and season one lead Anna Kendrick.

Love Life is produced by Lionsgate Television and Feigco Entertainment. The series comes from creator Sam Boyd (In a Relationship), who co-show runs with Bridget Bedard (Transparent, Ramy). Boyd and Bedard serve as executive producers alongside Anna KendrickPaul Feig (A Simple Favour, Bridesmaids) and Dan Magnante (Someone Great).

Love Life Season 2 will premiere only on Stan. All episodes of Season 1 are available to stream now in 4K.

ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST — Episode 108 — Pictured: Jane Levy as Zoey Clarke — (Photo by: Sergei Bachlakov/NBC)

Stan today announced that the hit musical series Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist has been renewed for a second season and will return exclusively to Stan.

The series centres on Zoey Clarke (Jane Levy), a whip-smart computer coder forging her way in San Francisco. After an unusual event, Zoey, who always preferred podcasts over pop songs, suddenly starts to hear the innermost wants, thoughts and desires of the people around her – her family, co-workers and complete strangers – through popular songs. At first, she questions her own sanity, but after getting some guidance from her musically adept neighbour, Mo (Alex Newell), and making a breakthrough with her ailing father, Zoey soon realises this unwanted curse may just be an incredibly wonderful gift as she connects with the world like never before.

Season one stars Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, Peter Gallagher and Mary Steenburgen, with Lauren Graham is special guest star.

All episodes of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (Season 1) are available to stream now, only on Stan

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (Season 2) will return exclusively to Stan. 

As cinemas plan to re-open their doors for business, Universal Pictures is excited to announce it will celebrate its return to cinema by offering consumers a wide selection of films releasing from July 9, including the two highly anticipated films The High Note and The King of Staten Island.

Also among the newly announced slate of films is Australian film Babyteeth releasing in cinemas on July 23rd. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2019 to stunning reviews and Universal is thrilled to unveil the film to Australian audiences in cinemas.

According to a consumer survey conducted by Event Cinemas of over 20,000 cinema goers, 98% are eager to return to the cinema, and Universal has scheduled a diverse slate of films so audiences can once again be completely immersed in high quality content on the big screen. The selection of films will be available in the immediate corridor once cinemas re-open, ensuring there will be something for everyone. From a highly polished flick for the girls, quality arthouse cinema, clever comedies and family films, all tastes will be catered for. 

Universal Pictures slate of films from July to September:

  • WAVES – July 9th – Told from the viewpoint of its teenage protagonists, Waves is an emotional and grounded look at how one tragic accident can change a family. With stunning visuals and a powerful score, this film should be seen on the big screen.  Starring Kelvin Harrison Jr., Sterling K. Brown, Taylor Russell, Lucas Hedges, Alexa Demie and Renée Elise Goldsberry. Directed by Trey Edward Shults.

 

  • BABYTEETH – July 23rd – Starring some of Australia’s finest talent, including rising star Eliza Scanlan, Toby Wallace, Ben Mendelsohn and Essie Davis. Directed by Shannon Murphy. Premiere Screening details forthcoming. (Trailer)

 

  • THE HIGH NOTE – July 30th – A glamourous comedy that offers the perfect opportunity to get the girls together and enjoy a stylish film set against the dazzling world of the LA music scene. It’s the fun feel good movie female audiences have been waiting for. Starring Dakota Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Ice Cube & Kelvin Harrison Jr. (Trailer)

 

  • THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND – August 6th – From acclaimed writer-director Judd Apatow comes a smart comedy with a lot of heart. Starring Pete Davidson, Marissa Tomei, Steve Buscemi and a very funny supporting cast including Bill Burr, Bel Powley and Maude Apatow. (Trailer) 

  • NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS – August 6th – currently sitting at a stunning 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, this is for the discerning film-goer and delivers an intimate portrayal of two teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania.  Faced with an unintended pregnancy and a lack of local support, Autumn and her cousin Skylar embark on a brave, fraught journey across state lines to New York City.  Starring Sidney Flanigan, Talia Ryder. Directed by Eliza Hittman.

 

  • SLIM & I – August 20th – An elegant and intimate portrait of Slim Dusty and his wife, Joy McKean and their musical legacy that to this day continues to entertain and inspire. Directed by Kriv Stenders.

 

  • WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE – August 27th – Acclaimed Director Richard Linklater brings Maria Semple’s best-selling novel to the screen starring Australia’s Cate Blanchett in her Golden Globe award nominated performance. An inspiring comedy about a loving Mom who becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passion after years of sacrificing herself for her family.

  • IRRESISTIBLE – September 3rd – Starring the ever-popular Steve Carrell and Australia’s own Rose Byrne. From writer/director Jon Stewart comes the comedy of a Democrat political consultant (Carell) who helps a retired Marine colonel run for mayor in a small Wisconsin town. This political satire also stars Topher Grace, Debra Messing, Natasha Lyonne, Mackenzie Davis, CJ Wilson, and Will Sasso. 

 

  • LET HIM GO – September 10th – Led by the critically acclaimed Kevin Costner and Diane Lane, Let Him Go follows a retired sheriff and his wife who set out to rescue their grandson from an abusive family. Based on the enthralling novel by Larry Watson, this tense drama asks how far must good people go? 

 

  • TROLLS WORLD TOUR – September 17th – Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick are back! The Happiest Movie ever made will land in cinemas right in time for the September school holidays. Crowd favourites Poppy and Branch are back to discover their world is about to get a lot bigger and a whole lot louder with six different musical Trolls tribes! (Trailer)

  • DIRT MUSIC – Release date TBC – Based on the critically acclaimed novel by iconic Australian writer Tim Winton, Dirt Music is directed by Gregor Jordan and set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of the Australian West. Coming soon. (Trailer) 

 

Bill Sage (American Psycho, “Power”) and Jeremy London (Mallrats, The Devil’s Dozen) star in writer-director Miles Doleac’s The Dinner Party, now available on DVD and Digital from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Renowned surgeon and culinary enthusiast, Carmine Braun, invites playwright, Jeffrey Duncan, and his wife to join his eccentric friends at their semi-annual dinner party, having promised to fund Duncan’s new play to Broadway. As the evening descends into madness, the group’s true intentions are revealed, along with an ancient secret that will change the Duncans’ lives and fortunes forever.

Lindsay Anne Williams, Mike Mayhall, Alli Hart, Ritchie Montgomery and Miles Doleac also star.

The Dinner Party  is now available on DVD and Digital from Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, Fandango Now, Xbox, Dish Network, Direct TV and through local cable providers.