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Summary:  When her all-male house-cleaning business gets out of control, a mature woman must embrace her own sexuality, if she is to make a new life for herself.

Year: 2022

Cinema Release Dates:  19th May 2022 (Australia), 22nd July 2022 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA.

Country: Australia

Director: Renee Webster

Screenwriter: Renee Webster

Cast: Nicola Bartlett (Prue), Caroline Brazier (Sandra), Emily Rose Brennan (Alice), Ying Chu (Officer Lim), Troy Coward (Harry), Cameron Daddo (Adrian), Hannah Day (Officer Tremby), Sam Dudley (Detective Noakes), Alexander England (Tom), Andrea Gibbs (Detective Elliott), Liam Graham (Officer Mason), Milu Green (Officer Cooper), Julia Hales (Kylie), Roz Hammond (Claudia), Megan Hollier (Molly), Emma Jackson (Bree), Lee Jankowski (Officer Levi), Ryan Johnson (Anthony), Priscilla Le (Alia), Monica Main (Adrianna), Katherine Marmion (Nerida), Hayley McElhinney (Hayley), Maggie Meyers (Maggie), Catherine Moore (Fiona), Takia Morrison (Mandy), Ben Mortley (Gary), Claire Munday (Jules), Fraser Murray (Officer Trent), Alexandra Nell (Biatta), Dan Paris (Mike), Sally Phillips (Gina), Myles Pollard (Richard), Suesha Rana (Wendy), Alexandria Steffensen (Pamela), Erik Thomson (Steve), Josh Thomson (Ben), Sherrilee Walsh (Amanda), Tasma Walton (Monique), Oliver Wenn (Brett), Asher Yasbincek (Chloe), Nina Young (Jane)

Running Time: 107 mins

Classification: TBC (Australia)

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David Griffiths’ How To Please A Woman Review:

Often when people talk about the Australian cinema industry they will pull out the old line “oh we make great cult films.” Well as an industry I have to say we do more than just that. We also make some pretty intense dramas and we’ve made some classic comedies over the years as well. Actually when I really think about it we have made some brilliant comedies over the years – films like The Castle, Crocodile Dundee and Crackerjack that have all become classics and could only have been created with that unique Australian sense of humour.

That tradition of good Australia comedy continues with brand new film How To Please A Woman – a film that sees director/screenwriter Renee Webster (The Heights) deliver a film I found to mix just the right amount of comedy and drama.

The film centres around Gina (Sally Phillips – Bridget Jones’s Diary) a middle-aged woman who finds herself stuck in a sexless marriage with her husband, Adrian (Cameron Daddo – Hope Island), and fired from her job which she excels at.

Her friends from the local swimming club decide to spice things up for her on her birthday and hire her a male giggalo, Tom (Alexander England – Gods Of Egypt). However, when the awkward Gina decides that she doesn’t want to have sex with him but would love for to clean her house an idea forms in her mind. Then when she discovers that Tom works for a removalist company that is about to close down she suddenly comes up with an idea for a new business where she would hire Tom and his colleagues Steve (Erik Thomson Somersault), Anthony (Ryan Johnson – Son Of The Mask) and Ben (Josh Thomson – The New Legends Of Monkey).

What I found I enjoyed most about this film was that Webster found the perfect tone for the film. Yes at the heart of this film is a comedy but also the more dramatic elements of the film explore a lot of topics that are often taboos to be talked about in society. The film explores middle-aged women wanting to have sex in a tasteful way, it also looks at women being fired from their jobs because of their age and also what happens when a long-lasting marriage starts to fizzle out.

Male audience members also shouldn’t feel like they are going to be left out while watching the film. Through the character of Steve it explores the depression that can sink in when a middle-aged man loses both his marriage and his business and it respectfully looks at how many men have no idea how to pleasure a woman when it comes to sex (through no fault of their own) and the looming cloud of unemployment in modern society.

One part I especially loved is the fact that the film also doesn’t make Gina out to be a flawless character, in fact there is one touching storyline that sees Gina judge one of her colleagues and why she isn’t one of the ones losing her job only too later find out not only has she body-shamed the women but also judged her intelligence and worth because of her looks.

I hope though what I have said here makes you feel that How To Please A Woman is a film that will bog you down with serious tones because that simply isn’t the case. There are a lot of comedic moments to be found throughout the film but Webster is a gifted enough filmmaker to fit them in amongst the film’s message in a well-written and subtle manner.

When it comes to the acting side of things Sally Phillips and Erik Thomson steal the show. Phillips matches the tone of the film well knowing the right time to deliver comedy and really delivering when she is called to act out the more dramatic moments of the film. Erik Thomson also delivers a solid performance alongside Phillips while Alexander England is almost guaranteed to land some Hollywood work off the back of this film.

How To Please A Woman is a pleasurable drama-comedy that reveals a new talent in Australia’s filmmaking alumni with the arrival of Renee Webster in a big way. Thoroughly delightful from start to finish with a really important message at its core.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

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Summary:  Stars Gerard Butler as a man whose soon-to-be ex-wife mysteriously vanishes at a gas station. The film delves into the town’s criminal underbelly while running from the authorities in a race against time to find her.

Year: 2022

Cinema Release Dates:  19th May 2022 (Australia)

VOD Release Dates: TBA.

Country: USA

Director: Brian Goodman

Screenwriter: Marc Frydman

Cast: Jaimie Alexander (Lisa Spann), Robert Walker Branchaud (Jo Paul), Gerard Butler (Will Spann), Dani Deette (Sgt. Anderson), Cindy Hogan (Anna Adams), Russell Hornsby (Detective), Alphonso A’Qen-Aten Jackson (Larry), David Kallaway (Frank), Jordan Salloum (Peter)

Running Time: 95 mins

Classification: M (Australia), R (USA),

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 Stan today announced that Yellowstone – the global phenomenon led by Oscar®-winner Kevin Costner and the #1 drama on U.S. cable television – will return for a highly anticipated fifth season on 14 November, only on Stan.

Kevin Costner confirmed the news this morning, telling fans: “Hope you’re ready for another wild ride.”

The fifth season of the acclaimed SAG and PGA nominated series is currently in production in Montana. Season 4 guest stars Jen Landon and Kathryn Kelly have been upped to series regulars for Season 5, alongside the impressive ensemble that includes Kevin CostnerLuke GrimesKelly ReillyWes BentleyCole HauserKelsey AsbilleBrecken MerrillJefferson WhiteForrie SmithDenim RichardsIan Bohen, Australia’s own Finn LittleRyan Bingham and Gil Birmingham, who are all returning for the brand new season.

Since its launch, Yellowstone has shattered viewing records in the U.S. with the Season 4 premiere garnering over 14 million total viewers and the finale delivering over 15 million total viewers.

The original drama series chronicles the Dutton family, led by John Dutton (Costner), who controls the largest contiguous cattle ranch in the United States. Amid shifting alliances, unsolved murders, open wounds, and hard-earned respect – the ranch is in constant conflict with those it borders – an expanding town, an Indian reservation, and America’s first national park.  

Yellowstone is co-created by Oscar®-nominated screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (Wind RiverHell or High Water and Sicario) and John Linson. Executive producers include John Linson, Art Linson, Taylor Sheridan, Kevin Costner, David C. Glasser, Bob Yari and Stephen Kay.

Yellowstone Season 5 will premiere 14 November, same day as the U.S. and only on Stan.

Expanded Media/LBI Entertainment and 101 Studios announced today that two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner will star as Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist David Armstrong who – through a riveting and perilous journey – uncovered the secrets of how the Sackler family and Purdue Pharma fueled a national nightmare. Over a four-year investigation, Armstrong discovered evidence that, in order to maximize their profits, members of the Sackler family knew of and supported Purdue’s concealment of the strength and addiction risks of the drug OxyContin. Since the release of OxyContin, more than two hundred thousand Americans have died from prescription painkiller related overdoses.  The film will be written and directed by the award-winning, husband-wife filmmakers Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly (Beneath The Harvest Sky, Queenpins).  “The real David Armstrong is a man of utmost integrity. We could not be more thrilled to have Jeremy on board to infuse that same integrity into his portrayal of David. We’re excited to work with such a great team to bring this story to a global audience,” said filmmakers Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly.
Journalist David Armstrong says: “I am gratified that a movie audience will learn of the story behind this crisis, which has ruined so many lives. I am impressed with the vision Gita and Aron have for making this film and thrilled that an actor of Jeremy’s talent and ability will be a major part of telling this story.”
“I can’t think of anyone better than Jeremy Renner to bring David Armstrong’s vital story to audiences,” shares David C. Glasser, CEO of 101 Studios: “We have been lucky enough to see Jeremy’s tremendous talent first-hand working together on Mayor of Kingstown. We can’t wait to see him tackle a project that we know will resonate with audiences.”
Julie Yorn, Head of Production for Expended Media/LBI Entertainment adds: “We are thrilled to be collaborating with such a talented team. David Armstrong’s honor and conviction are a model of what we should all aspire to, and an example of the importance of speaking truth to power. Aron and Gita’s remarkable vision and passion for this story has found its perfect match in Jeremy Renner. We are proud to be working in partnership with the entire team at 101 on this important story. “ 
Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner has established himself as one of Hollywood’s most versatile and respected actors. Throughout the 2000s, he appeared largely in independent films including Dahmer and Neo Ned. Shortly thereafter he began starring in blockbuster features including The Hurt Locker (Academy Award nomination for Best Actor) and The Town (Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor) as well as starring in Mission Impossible-Ghost Protocol, The Bourne Legacy and originating the role of Hawkeye in Marvel’s Avengers. Jeremy also starred in the award-winning movie American Hustle, Arrival with Amy Adams, the critically acclaimed picture Wind River, and he reprised the roll of Hawkeye in the box office hit Avengers: Endgame.
Most recently, Jeremy starred as the titular character in Marvel’s series Hawkeye for Disney+ and is currently playing the lead in the Paramount+ drama series Mayor of Kingstown, which re-teams Renner with Wind River creator/writer/director Taylor Sheridan.
Julie Yorn and Patrick Walmsley from Expanded Media/LBI Entertainment and 101 Studios’ David C. Glasser will produce. David Hutkin, Ron Burkle and Bob Yari will executive produce for 101 Studios.

 Stan today released the brutal full trailer for the highly anticipated second season of the critically acclaimed criminal drama series Gangs of London. Starring Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù, alongside a renowned ensemble castGangs of London Season 2 is coming soon and will premiere same day as the U.K. and only on Stan.

To watch and share the full trailer, click here: https://youtu.be/XSZ8Wtbw6H4 

One year after the violent reckonings of the first season, the map and soul of London has been redrawn. The surviving Wallaces are scattered, the Dumanis broken and estranged, and ex-undercover cop Elliot is now being forced to work for the investors.

To restore order, the investors have aligned behind heroin baron Asif Afridi and together they have installed a new ruling force in London in the form of brutal gang leader – Koba.

His vision for the criminal landscape is a dictatorship, a world in which old-school gangster codes don’t exist and in which he holds a complete monopoly over London’s drug trade. But this monopoly can’t last forever. The gangs are fighting back – who will win the battle for London’s soul?

Season two will see the return of Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù (Humans), Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You), Lucian Msamati (The Good Liar), Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones), Orli Shuka (EastEnders), Pippa Bennett-Warner (Chloe), Brian Vernel (The Tunnel), Narges Rashidi (The Allegation), Asif Raza (Khalish) and Valene Kane (The Fall) reprising their roles.  

Joining the ensemble cast this season includes Waleed Zuaiter (Baghdad Central, The Spy) as Koba, French rapper Jasmine Armando in her first TV role as Saba, Fady El-Sayed (Baghdad Central, A Private War) as Faz, Salem Kali (Un Prophete, Dealer) as Basem and Aymen Hamdouchi (SAS: Red Notice, Criminal: UK) as Hakim. 

The award-winning series is created by Gareth Evans and his creative partner Matt FlanneryGangs of London is a Pulse Films production in association with SISTER for Sky Studios and AMC.

Gangs of London Season 2 is coming soon and will premiere same day as the U.K. and only on Stan.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge join Tom Cruise, and co-stars Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Jay Ellis, Danny Ramirez, Lewis Pullman, Greg Tarzan Davis, along with filmmakers Joe Kosinski, Jerry Bruckheimer & Christopher McQuarrie at the Top Gun: Maverick Royal Film Performance & UK Premiere in London.

Only two years after their incredibly successful latest album No Absolution, Finnish modern metal squad LOST SOCIETY have come back ferociously with the first single from their upcoming manifesto If The Sky Came Down, which will be released on September 30th via Nuclear Blast.

Frontman Samy Elbanna shares some insights:

‘’The upcoming album is a portrayal of how you see the world after you have come to terms with the fact that all hope has been lost. A world where all your insecurities and worst fears come to life. It’s my story, and ‘112’ is where it all begins. It’s the moment you realise your life has started to unravel and you can finally be fully honest with yourself and admit: you’re not okay. There’s something incredibly purifying and serene about letting go, and finally starting to build something new. Since writing the lyrics and chorus to this song, it was clear that this was the first song people have to hear from the album.”

He continues:

During the recording of the album, I had compiled a few different music video ideas that I really wanted to do for the album – and the synopsis that I had for 112 was just something we knew we HAD to do.

The AMAZING Vita Pictura team immediately grabbed the idea and supercharged it, and I think together we made something absolutely magical. The music video depicts the whole theme of the album, and in particular the feeling talked about on the track itself. Going through a period in time where you feel as though you keep waking up in the exact same time, same place and same emotion without any help. You try to mess with your own “hell loop” but you just keep falling down and finding yourself back where you started.”

Progressive heavy metal vehicle, INTERLOPER is keeping busy in 2022 with the releases of their album Search Party and completing a very successful 7-week tour across North America with label mates OBSCURA. To keep the momentum going, the band releases a music video for their new single, ‘My Flame Deadened’.

Miles Baker comments, “We are very happy to release this one. This song was created and written about a tragedy in one of our lives. The focus of this one was to embrace a minimalist approach and force ourselves to be creative with dynamics without losing focus of the song. We hope you love it and look forward to playing it on an upcoming tour this fall!”