Jeremy Renner is set to star in an untitled David Armstrong feature for 101 Studios and Expanded Media/LBI Entertainment.
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). Continue reading →
Locksmith Animation, the leading CG animation studio based in London, has awarded the digital production of its second movie That Christmas to DNEG Animation.
The film is based on the successful series of children’s books by filmmaker Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually, Yesterday) and marks the feature film directorial debut of renowned character animation and story artist veteran Simon Otto (How to Train Your Dragon trilogy).
Locksmith and DNEG Animation enjoyed a successful outing on Locksmith’s first film Ron’s Gone Wrong. The film garnered multiple Annie Award nominations and was voted “Best Feature” at the 2022 British Animation Awards. Continue reading →
Varèse Sarabande revisits the glory days of 1980s sci-fi “synthwave” with a new edition of Tangerine Dream’s classic electronic score for Firestarter (1984). This is in conjunction with the new Firestarter (2022) film, released May 13. This 11-track program—released on LP by MCA Records in1984 and on CD by Varèse Sarabande in 1990—has been newly remastered for this reissue.
The new LP and CD packages also contain previously unused film stills and new liner notes by Randall D. Larson explaining how the band did not score to picture but created “wild” cues to be used by the film’s music editors. The re-issues is available on VareseSarabande.com and Intl.VareseSarabande.com. Both the CD and LP are available now for pre-order and will release July 22.
Firestarter, based on a 1980 book by Stephen King and directed by Mark L. Lester, starred eight-year-old Drew Barrymore as Charly, a girl with pyrokinetic powers owing to her parents’ participation in a secret study of hallucinogenic drugs. When the agency behind the experiments comes for Charly to weaponize her powers, led by an assassin played by George C. Scott, she goes on the run with her father.
Firestarter came amidst the 1980s film-scoring heyday of German synth band Tangerine Dream, in their well-known lineup of Edgar Froese, Christopher Franke and Johannes Schmoelling. The band’s pulsating textures and ambient soundscape reinvented film scoring in films as varied as Thief, Risky Business, The Keep, Legend (U.S. version), Three O’Clock High, Near Dark and Miracle Mile, and have cast a long shadow on future styles.
As the Festival de Cannes celebrates its 75th anniversary, IndustryWorks Studios announced today that the studio will present the action-packed and relentless film Bullet Proof to the foreign market this year at the world-renowned Marche du Film in Cannes, France. Grindstone Entertainment Group, a Lionsgate company, will distribute the film in the U.S. and Canada this summer.
Bullet Proof stars tough guy Vinnie Jones (Snatch, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) as the ruthless drug lord Temple.
The talented ensemble cast features breakout performances from Lina Lecompte (“Charmed,” and Monster High), Janvier Katabarwa (‘Deadpool 2, Cold Pursuit) as the deadly character The Frenchman, and a lead performance by James C. Clayton as a cantankerous criminal mind who finds himself with a big bag of money and surprisingly with extra deliverable goods.
In Bullet Proof, a thief who only looks out for number one pulls off the robbery of a lifetime when he robs the psychotic drug lord Temple. The plan goes off without a hitch until the thief discovers a stowaway in his getaway car: Temple’s wife, Mia. With Temple and his top hitman, the deadly and mysterious hitman The Frenchman, in hot pursuit, and torn between making a quick getaway or taking a risky detour to help Mia escape her husband’s abusive grasp, the thief finds the only way to get out alive is to drive. Continue reading →
The MTV Movie & TV Awards are returning this year, with Spider-Man: No Way Home leading the nominations with seven. “Euphoria” followed closely with six nominations and The Batman with four noms.
This year, MTV will be combining the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards and Movie & TV Awards: Unscripted shows into a single event.
The MTV Movie & TV Awards has two new categories, which are best song and “Here for the Hookup” categories. New unscripted show categories include Best Reality Return, Best Music Documentary, Best Reality Romance, and Best Reality Star.
The show’s categories also continues to be gender-neutral, and most of the movie/TV categories have been merged.
Fans are ablee vote at vote.mtv.com through May 18, with the final results to be revealed during the award show’s live broadcast on Sunday, June 5 at 8/7c from Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.
The most defiantly independent film festival, DANCES WITH FILMS (DWF:LA), is celebrating 25 years of championing innovation, talent and creativity with a 2022 lineup that founders Leslee Scallon and Michael Trent declare is “the most dynamic and diverse we’ve ever seen.” The Los Angeles-based indie film event will take place at the TCL Chinese Theater from June 9-19.
The festival will kick off opening night with THE WALK, directed by Daniel Adams and starring Terrence Howard, Jeremy Piven, Malcolm McDowell and Justin Chatwin, a powerful story based on true events about Boston’s 1974 desegregation busing.
Additional titles include ASHGROVE, a pandemic era film starring Amanda Brugel (The Handmaid’s Tale), THE LATIN FROM MANHATTAN, which follows the wild life of adult film icon Vanessa Del Rio, starring Shane West, Jesse Metcalfe, Taryn Manning, Esai Morales, Drea de Matteo and Dita Von Teese. Continue reading →
The gothic thriller with Jeff Wilbusch of Peacock’s The Missing is set for release to digital Platforms June 24, 2022.
Winner of multiple genre awards including Best Feature Film Pumpkin at Fantasy Film Festival and Best Cinematography at FilmQuest Festival, the film is directed by Kevin Kopacka (Hades), and written by Lili Villányi & Kevin Kopacka.
The thriller from Dark Sky Film casts Anna Platen (Para – Wir sind King), Jeff Wilbusch (Peacock’s The Missing, Netflix’s Unorthodox), Luisa Taraz, Frederik Von Lüttichau (Notes of Berlin, Gender Crisis), with Bill Becker, Christopher Ramm, and Elena Gomez Alvarez.
Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
Margo, who comes from a noble family, inherited a castle that she inspects with her ill-tempered husband Dieter. When they arrive at the run-down keep, their relationship is put to a test as their sanity slowly deteriorates. This opens up a new world. As time and space begin to shift around them, a reality that only exists within the walls of the eerie building is exposed – a reality full of warmth and excess.
Things aren’t as they seem in this genre-bending film, that shifts between different story layers in unpredictable ways. It is a love letter to European cinema of the sixties and seventies that will leave viewers guessing what will happen next.
Golden Lion winner & BAFTA nominated film from writer/director Audrey Diwann, “Happening” is set to open in theaters on May 6, 2022, Friday.
Based on L’événement, the film was a winner of the Golden Lion at the 2021 Venice Film Festival. The film stars Anamaria Vartolomei, Kacey Mottet Klein, Luàna Bajrami, Louise Orry-Diquéro and Louise Chevillotte.
IFCFilms is also set to release the film in additional theaters nationwide on May 13, 2022, with openings in Alamo Drafthouse Downtown LA,
AMC Americana at Brand 18 and AMC Orange 30 among others, followed by a release on-demand on Jun 21, 2022.
Audrey Diwan was recently named one of Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch in 2022. Audrey Diwan is a filmmaker, author and screenwriter who has collaborated with Cédric Jimenez, Gilles Lellouche and Valérie Donzelli, among others. She made her feature film directing debut with Losing It, starring Celine Sallette and Pio Marmai. Her second film, Happening, won the Golden Lion in 2021 Venice Film Festival and will be released theatrically in the US by IFC Films in 2022.
Adapted from prize winning author Annie Ernaux’s semi-autobiographical novel, HAPPENING follows Anne (Anamaria Vartolomei), a bright young student with a promising future ahead of her in France during 1963. But when she falls pregnant, she sees the opportunity to finish her studies and escape the constraints of her social background disappearing. With her final exams fast approaching and her belly growing, Anne resolves to act, even if she has to confront shame and pain, even if she must risk prison to do so.
Sometimes, good things come to those who wait. After a couple of release delays, Paramount Pictures’ tentpole made a stop in Vegas, where fans at CinemaCon got their first view of the film and received soaring reviews, with some calling it the “best of the year.”
The film will also play out of competition at Cannes next month.
In Top Gun: Maverick, Tom Cruise reprises his role as the cocky fighter-pilot character Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. This time around, Maverick also recruits to train a new class of aspiring aviators. Val Kilmer also returns as Maverick’s old nemesis, Tom “Iceman” Kazansky.
Oscar and Grammy winner Lady Gaga wrote an original song for the movie, titled “Hold My Hand,” set to be released May 3.
On the final day of CinemaCon 2022 on Thursday, Paramount Pictures also unveiled a thriller trailer for Mission: Impossible 7, and teaser Damien Chazelle’s highly-anticipated film Babylon.
Top Gun: Maverick is scheduled to be released in theaters on May 27, 2022.
The official trailer of Dashcam, the TIFF award-winning Livestream Horror from Blumhouse has been released.
Starring Annie Hardy, Angela Enahoro, Amar Chandha-Patel, the film is from Rob Savage, and produced by Jason Blum, Douglas Cox, Rob Savage.
DASHCAM will be released on VOD & theatrically nationwide on June 3, 2022.
Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
In the midst of lockdown, musician Annie has been livestreaming with her fans, taking their comments, and turning them into rap lyrics as she drives around downtown Los Angeles. Exasperated by her pandemic lifestyle, Annie escapes to the UK to visit her old band mate Stretch, livestreaming the whole way. Her arrival and behavior incite contempt from Stretch’s girlfriend, and she causes chaos when tagging along on his food delivery job.
After an argument, Annie runs off with Stretch’s car and phone, using them to take over his food pickups where she encounters a stranger who asks her for a delivery of a different kind: a frail elderly woman called Angela who is being followed by someone looking to do her harm. Annie identifies with Angela’s plight and with the added incentive of an envelope of cash, she agrees to deliver Angela to a safe address out of town.
Annie and Stretch soon find themselves caught up in a twisted plan with sinister forces at work, and as the night progresses and the chaos builds, they must fight for their lives against a supernatural creature intent on making Annie its new host.