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Oscar Contender “Hidden Letters” Sets US Release

Oscar Contender Hidden Letters Release SetOscar contender “Hidden Letters” is set to open this Friday, December 9 in select U.S. theaters.

The film is directed by Violet Du Feng and Zhao Qin.

Spanning between past and present, Hidden Letters follows two millennial Chinese women who are connected by their fascination with a secret language of sisterhood, and their desire to protect it against a perpetually patriarchal society.

Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
For centuries in China, the once-secret written language of Nüshu was calligraphed on folded fans and handkerchiefs as hidden letters so women could share stories and express solidarity in a repressive era when many women were denied literacy. Confronting patriarchy, two modern women find solace in Nüshu, rediscovering connections between traditional Chinese womanhood and contemporary feminism.

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“Indiana Jones 5” First Trailer Released

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” is officially the new title of the upcoming 5th Indiana Jones film, which sees Harrison Ford reprising iconic role as the hero archaeologist. The film is also said to be Ford’s final time to play the role.

Disney has unveiled the first trailer for the film, which shows a de-aged Ford in various death defying action sequences and a thrilling car chase sequence. The trailer does not reveal a lot of details about the film’s plot, but it is heavy on action and nostalgia, and ending in a hilarious scene where a dozen guns are pointed at Indiana Jones. The film is set in the 1960s this time around, during the Space Race between the US and the Soviet Union.

Lucasfilm has also unveiled the film’s a new poster, which features a face close-up shot of Ford’s Indiana Jones character wearing his signature fedora hat and leather jacket.

John Rhys-Davies is reprising his role as Sallah A new set of cast members include Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas, Shaunette Renée Wilson, Thomas Kretschmann, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook, Olivier Richters, Ethann Isidore, and Mads Mikkelsen.

Directed by James Mangold (Logan, Ford v Ferrari). “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” is set for release into theaters June 30, 2023. Watch the full trailer below.

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Angela Bassett To Receive 38th Annual SBIFF Montecito Award

Angela Bassett To Receive 38th Annual SBIFF Montecito AwardAngela Bassett To Receive 38th Annual SBIFF Montecito AwardAngela Bassett will be honored with the Montecito Award at the 38th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Bassett will receive the award on Thursday, February 9th, 2023 at an in-person conversation about her career leading up to this year’s performance in Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER directed by Ryan Coogler from Disney Studios.

“Ms. Bassett has had an illustrious career as an actor, director and producer and in WAKANDA FOREVER reminds us why she’s so greatly revered. She’s regal, fierce and commanding as Queen Ramonda. We bow down.” SBIFF’s Executive Director Roger Durling stated.

Angela Bassett is an actress, director, and executive producer known for captivating, emotionally-tinged performances full of dignity in treasured films such as MALCOLM X, BOYZ IN THE HOOD, WAITING TO EXHALE, HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK, and of course, WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?, for which she received an Academy Award nomination. She has since made star-turns in the historic BLACK PANTHER, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE-FALLOUT, BUMBLEBEE from Paramount, as well as the television hits 9-1-1, and MASTER OF NONE. Other recent projects include Disney and Pixar’s Academy Award-winning animated feature SOUL, for which she lent her melodious voice for the character, Dorothea Williams; feature films OTHERHOOD and GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE from Netflix; and THE FLOOD from National Geographic, for which she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Narrator. Further, she was nominated for two Emmys, including Outstanding Narrator for the IMAGINEERING STORY: THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for A BLACK LADY SKETCH SHOW. Bassett recently wrapped production on the Netflix Originals feature film, DAMSEL, opposite Millie Bobby Brown.

The Montecito Award is named after one of the most beautiful and stylish areas in Santa Barbara. Past recipients include Penélope Cruz, Amanda Seyfried, Lupita Nyong’o, Melissa McCarthy, Saoirse Ronan, Isabelle Huppert, Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts and Javier Bardem.
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The Killers, The Lumineers, Muse To Headline Shaky Knees Music Festival 2023

The Killers The Lumineers Muse To Headline Shaky Knees Music Festival 2023The Killers, The Lumineers and Muse will headline the tenth anniversary of Shaky Knees Music Festival. The festival’s 10th anniversary edition will run over the first weekend of May, taking place May 5- May 7, 2023, at Central Park in downtown Atlanta.

The impressive lineup features over 60 bands on four stages, including Greta Van Fleet, Tenacious D, Hozier, The Mars Volta, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Flaming Lips performing “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots,” Cypress Hill performing “Black Sunday,” and many more.

“We are thrilled to be headlining @ShakyKneesFest’s 10 year anniversary,” The Lumineers tweeted on Wednesday following the announcement of their headlining slot. They hold the closing slot on Sunday, May 7. Muse headlines the bill on Saturday, with The Killers taking top billing on Friday night.

For the entire lineup, and performances by day, please visit at www.shakykneesfestival.com. 3-Day and 1-Day General Admission, GA+, VIP, and Platinum Presale Tickets go on sale Friday, December 2 at 11am ET, followed by a general on sale at 1pm ET at www.shakykneesfestival.com, for any remaining tickets.

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New Trailer For “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” Released

super mario bros movie trailerNintendo and Illumination has released a new trailer for its upcoming movie “The Super Mario Bros. Movie”. The film is based on the video game series of the same name, Super Mario.

The stunning new trailer comes after the teaser trailer was released last month. There is more details on the movie this time around. This time we hear the voice of Chris Pratt as Mario, and also showcases Anya Taylor-Joy and Seth Rogan’s characters as Princess Peach and Donkey Kong.

Directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic (in Jelenic’s feature directorial debut), the ensemble voice cast also includes harlie Day, Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, Armisen, Sebastian Maniscalco, Charles Martinet, and Kevin Michael Richardson.

A poster was also released on the film’s official Twitter movie account. It shows a stunning interior view of Princess Peach’s castle.

The film is set to be released by Universal Pictures in the US on April 6, 2013.

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Hellcat Claws Her Way Through A Super Hero Murder Mystery In New Solo Comic Series

HELLCAT CLAWS HER WAY THROUGH A SUPER HERO MURDER MYSTERY IN NEW SOLO COMIC SERIESChristopher Cantwell’s recently acclaimed run of Iron Man set the character of Hellcat on an exciting new path and now, the Eisner-nominated writer will continue his transformative take on Patsy Walker in an all-new solo series.

Kicking off in March, HELLCAT will be a five-issue saga written by Cantwell and drawn by Alex Lins, a rising star known for his work on New Mutants and Moon Knight: Black, White & Blood.

The events of Iron Man saw Patsy confront the darkest moments of her past and now she’s ready to step up as one of Marvel’s A-List super heroes! Hellcat’s upcoming saga will embrace the character’s rich and unique comic book history including her fascinating ties to the supernatural and her infamous relationship with Daimon Hellstrom. Framed for murder, Hellcat finds herself investigating an action-packed mystery where she’ll cross paths with the fan-favorite character Sleepwalker.

Patsy is back on the West Coast, living in a house haunted by the ghost of her mother! When someone close to Patsy’s inner circle is murdered, Hellcat becomes the prime suspect! Now Patsy must prove her innocence and evade both the police and the supernatural threat of the Sleepwalkers. To add to the perils she faces, her demonic ex Daimon Hellstrom shows up and that’s never a good thing.
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Metallica Announces M72 World Tour 2023-2024

Metallica Announces M72 World Tour 2023-2024Today marks the announcement of every Metallica show booked through 2023 and 2024. Presented worldwide by Liquid Death and Blackened American Whiskey (in North America only) and promoted by Live Nation, Metallica’s M72 world tour will see the band playing two nights in every city it visits—with each No Repeat Weekend featuring two completely different setlists and support lineups.

The M72 tour will feature a bold new in-the-round stage design that relocates the famed Metallica Snake Pit to center stage, as well as the I Disappear full-tour pass and the debut of discounted tickets for fans under 16 years of age.

Two-day tickets will be on sale Friday, December 2nd at ticketmaster.com and will include the option of pre-ordering 72 Seasons vinyl and/or CD. Single day tickets will be available beginning January 20th. For further information including fan club presales, enhanced experiences and more, go to metallica.com/m72-info.
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Hulu Releases Trailer For “Darby And The Dead”

Darby and the Dead poster20th Century Studios’ has released the trailer for its upcoming supernatural teen comedy “Darby and the Dead”.

Directed by Silas Howard, the film stars Riele Downs, Auli’i Cravalho, Chosen Jacobs, Asher Angel, Wayne Knight, with Derek Luke and Tony Danza. Also released is the film’s poster.

The film tells a story of a high school student, Darby, who moonlights as a spiritual messenger for lonely spirits, until her frenemy Capri, the Queen Bee of the most exclusive clique dies in a freak hair straightening accident, forcing the undead diva to turn to Darby for help.

“Darby And The Dead” will be released by 20th Century Studios as a Hulu original film on December 2, 2022.

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Rogue State Is Highest Selling Premier Issue In Black Mask Studios History

Rogue State Is Highest Selling Premier Issue In Black Mask Studios HistoryRogue State #1 becomes all time best seller for Black Mask, selling out on launch day with a second printing announced. Black Mask is rushing Rogue State to second printing with two covers by Jasmin Darnell (Godkiller) that will arrive in both standard and ‘gallery’ (no-text) editions.

While Jasmin Darnell’s cover art presents a powerful image of post-apocalyptic street artist Dust Girl, Ramon Villalobos’ Tour Cover pays homage to the history of socially-engaged public art in San Francisco’s Mission District, where Rogue State is set.

Rogue State #1 reunites C. Granda and Matteo Pizzolo, who first collaborated on the acclaimed CALEXIT: SAN DIEGO project which partnered with Indivisible on a 2018 midterms Voter Registration campaign at San Diego Comic Con as well as a California-wide Get Out The Vote initiative and raised funds for migrant families separated at the US-Mexico border.

Rogue State combines Granda’s experiences coming of age amid political violence in Medellín-Colombia with Pizzolo’s street-politics, crafting the story of a near-future America overrun by political violence set in the embattled blue-enclave of ‘Occupied San Francisco.’

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“I Didn’t See You There” Acclaimed Docu Debuts Jan. 9 On POV

I Didn't See You There Debuts Jan 9Gotham & Independent Spirit Award nominee and Sundance winner, “I Didn’t See You There” documentary from director Reid Davenport, is set to debut on Jan. 9 on POV.

The award-winning documentary feature will have its national broadcast premiere on PBS television series POV on Monday, January 9, 2023 at 10:00 pmET (check local listings) and will be available to stream with no PBS Passport membership necessary until February 9, 2023 at pbs.org, and the PBS Video app.

Shot entirely from the filmmaker’s literal physical perspective, both from his wheelchair and his two feet, I Didn’t See You There is a groundbreaking work of documentary cinema by first-time feature director Reid Davenport.

Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
As a visibly disabled person, filmmaker Reid Davenport sets out to make a film about how he sees the world, from either his wheelchair or his two feet, without having to be seen himself. The unexpected arrival of a circus tent outside his apartment in Oakland, CA leads him to consider the history and legacy of P.T. Barnum’s Freak Show and its lingering presence in his daily life in the form of gawking, lack of access, and other forms of ableism. Informed by his position in space, lower to the ground, Davenport captures indelible images, often abstracted into shapes and patterns separate from their meaning. But the circus tent looms in the background, and is reverberated by tangible on-screen interruptions, from unsolicited offers of help to careless blocking of ramps. Personal and unflinching, I Didn’t See You There forces the viewer to confront the spectacle and invisibility of disability. Offering both a perspective and stylistic approach that are rarely seen, Reid brings an urgently needed storytelling eye to filmmaking with a documentary that is powerful and emotional, thoughtful and raw, intimate and political.

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