Trailer Debut For Family Fantasy Throwback “Man And Witch”

Family-Fantasy-Throwback-Man-And-WitchTami Stronach, the iconic Childlike Empress in The NeverEnding Story (celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year), makes her long-awaited return to the big screen in the new fantasy film “Man And Witch: The Dance Of A Thousand Steps, which is in theaters this July.

When a lonely goatherd discovers that he has been cursed at birth to never take a wife, he makes a bargain with a reclusive witch to reverse the spell, only to find that if he can’t complete her three impossible tasks, he will never find true love.

Directed by Michael Hines, the film stars Tami Stronach, Greg Steinbruner, Daniel Portman; with Michael Emerson, Shohreh Aghdashloo and Christopher Lloyd; the voices of Sean Astin, Bill Bailey, Eddie Izzard and Jennifer Saunders

Tami Stronach, Executive Producer and star of Man and Witch, began her acting career as The Childlike Empress in Wolfgang Petersen’s 1984 cult-classic The NeverEndingStory. In 2015, she co-founded the award-winning entertainment studio Paper Canoe Company with husband and Man and Witch co-star Greg Steinbruner to create family-oriented content for the stage and screen.


Eerie Trailer for Horror Film “Dancing Village: The Curse Begins” Released

Dancing-Village--The-Curse-Begins.jpgLionsgate has revealed an official US trailer for horror thriller from Indonesia titled Dancing Village: The Curse Begins,

It is Directed by Indonesian filmmaker Kimo Stamboel (Macabre, Headshot, The Queen of Black Magic). The screenplay for Dancing Village is by Lele Laila and is produced by Manoj Punjabi.

“The village still holds many mysteries”, says the film’s synopsis. “Piece by piece of mystery is revealed, including the terror of the most feared entity, namely, Badarawuhi.”

The movie stars Maudy Effrosina, Aulia Sarah, Jourdy Pranata, Ardit Erwandha, Moh Iqbal Sulaiman, Claresta Taufan Kusumarina, Aming Sugandhi, Dinda Kanyadewi, Pipien Putri, Zainal Abidin Zetta

Lionsgate is set to release “Dancing Village: The Curse Begins” in select US theaters on April 26, 2024.


Official Teaser Trailer for Joker: Folie à Deux Released

“Joker: Folie à Deux,” brings Joaquin Phoenix back as Arthur Fleck and introduces Lady Gaga’s Harley Quinn. On Tuesday night, fans finally got their glimpse to the sequel to 2019’s Warner Bros.’ Joker.

“I’m nobody. I haven’t done anything with my life like you have,” Harley Quinn tells Joker as she mimes shooting herself in the head.

The teaser trailer shows Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck meeting Lady Gaga’s Harley Quinn as inmates at Gotham’s Arkham Asylum and the subsequent romance and chilling mass mayhem to the tune of Tom Jones and Sammy Davis Jr.’s “What the World Needs Now Is Love.”

The 2019 Joker earned Joaquin Phoenix an Oscar for Best Actor and was a massive blockbuster, earning more than $1 billion at the box office.

Joker 2 also features in the cast Catherine Keener, Brendan Gleeson and Zazie Beetz, and is directed by Todd Phillips who helmed the original.

Joker: Folie à Deux is set to open in theaters on October 10.


New trailer for “Abigail”, a New Horror/thriller Starring Kathryn Newton Released

Abigail-horror-thrillerChildren can be such monsters.

After a group of would-be criminals kidnap the 12-year-old ballerina daughter of a powerful underworld figure, all they have to do to collect a $50 million ransom is watch the girl overnight. In an isolated mansion, the captors start to dwindle, one by one, and they discover, to their mounting horror, that they’re locked inside with no normal little girl.

From Radio Silence—the directing team of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett behind the terrifying modern horror hits Ready or Not, 2022’s Scream and last year’s Scream VI—comes a brash, blood-thirsty new vision of the vampire flick, written by Stephen Shields (The Hole in the Ground, Zombie Bashers) and Guy Busick (Scream franchise, Ready or Not).

Abigail is an upcoming horror thriller from Universal Pictures. See trailer below.

The film stars Melissa Barrera, Dan Stevens, Alisha Weir, Kathryn Newton, William Catlett, Kevin Durand, Angus Cloud, Giancarlo Esposito

Abigail is set for release in theaters on April 19, 2024.


A24 Shares Trailer for Mother and Daughter Drama “Janet Planet”

Janet-Planet-drama-filmJulianne Nicholson and Zoe Ziegler stars in the latest drama film from A24 “Janet Planet”. It is directed by Annie Baker in her directorial debut and has been receiving praise around 2023 festival circuit.

Set in rural Western Massachusetts, 11-year-old Lacy spends the summer of 1991 at home, enthralled by her own imagination and the attention of her mother, Janet. As the months pass, three visitors enter their orbit, all captivated by Janet and her spellbinding nature. In her solitary moments, Lacy inhabits an inner world so extraordinarily detailed that it begins to seep into the outside world.

The film is set for release on June 28, 2024.

The cast also includes Sophie Okonedo, Elias Koteas, Will Patton, Luke Bosco, June Walker Grossman, Abby Harri, Edie Moon Kearns, Mary Beth Brooker


Semi-autobiographical “PURE O” Trailer And Release

PURE-OIn PURE O, a rehab counselor (Daniel Dorr, Fury, 20th Century Women) questions his sanity when he is diagnosed with a crippling form of OCD known as Pure Obsessional. With the help of his friends, a therapy group, and his addiction recovery clients, he discovers the life-affirming power of community in order to fight through the darkest moment of his life.

The film is set for digital release on major platforms Friday, April 12, and atrically in Los Angeles Friday April 5.

PURE O marks the directorial debut of veteran actor-musician-filmmaker Dillon Tucker, who has drawn from his own struggle with OCD to create a singular cinematic portrait of American life. Featuring subtle, natural light-filled cinematography by Tucker’s longtime creative collaborator, Ricky Fosheim, and a vibrant soundtrack of original songs by Tucker.

Along with Daniel Dorr, the film also stars Hope Lauren (CW’s The Republic of Sarah), Landry Bender (Best Friends Whenever, Hulu’s Looking for Alaska, The Sitter, Fuller House), Jeffery A. Baker

Said Dillon, ‘Pure O is a semi-autobiographical account of my life around the time I was diagnosed with OCD while working as a counselor at a drug and alcohol rehab. It is a true ensemble piece that shows how mental health affects not only the sufferer, but also the loved ones who surround them. This film is a story about the power of human connection and how vulnerability is the greatest form of courage.

PURE O was nominated for the Grand Jury award at 2023 SXSW, and received critical acclaim. Script Magazine called it “vulnerable, honest, and remarkably, it feels real, “ and Signal Horizon said the film is “ one of the most poignant and optimistic films I have ever seen.”


Catching Fire: The Story of Anita Pallenberg Trailer Debut

catching-fireDirected by Alexis Bloom and Svetlana Zill, CATCHING FIRE: THE STORY OF ANITA PALLENBERG is a vital portrait of the charismatic and fierce rock ‘n’ roller, actress, muse, and mother who rose to prominence in the 1960s and 1970s after a chance encounter with the Rolling Stones. Scarlett Johansson voices Anita (based on the words of her unpublished memoir) and the film includes her children, Marlon and Angela Richards, and their father, Keith Richards.

Anita Pallenberg was at many points in her life a newspaper headline: a “rock n’ roll goddess,” a “voodoo priestess,” and an “evil seductress.” She was accused of trying to break up the Rolling Stones, among other things. But those who loved her considered her an exciting cultural force, and a loving mother – and innocent of the accusations.

Never-seen-before home movies and family photographs explore life with the Rolling Stones and tell a bittersweet tale of both triumph and heartbreak. From Barbarella to the Swiss Alps, and the Lower East Side to London, Anita Pallenberg was a creative force ahead of her time.


SFFILM Announces Full Lineup for the 67th San Francisco International Film Festival

sffilmToday, SFFILM  announced the full lineup for the 67th San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM Festival), the longest running film festival in the Americas.

This year’s program, curated from nearly 5,000 submissions and invitations, will screen exclusively in theaters in San Francisco’s Marina and Presidio neighborhoods, and in Berkeley from April 24–28. A selection of titles, curated from the full festival, will be presented from May 2–4 as SFFILM Festival Encore Days at the historic Roxie Theater.

“We have been boldly imagining a future where the San Francisco Bay Area is thriving in its celebration of and engagement with the arts and community,”  said Anne Lai, Executive Director of SFFILM. “Film—always a reflection of and beacon for society—remains the gateway to a vibrant, healthy future of our culture and city.
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Zoe Saldaña in ‘The Absence of Eden’ Trailer

The-Absence-of-EdenRoadside Attractions has released an official trailer for its upcoming border thriller “The Absence of Eden”, which stars Zoe Saldaña and Garrett Hedlund.

‘The Absence of Eden’ is the directorial debut of Saldaña’s husband, Marco Perego, who wrote the film along with Rick Rapoza.

In the film, an ICE agent struggling with the moral dilemmas of border security and an undocumented woman fighting to escape a ruthless cartel cross paths and work together to save the life of an innocent girl.

Also in the film are Adria Arjona, Chris Coy, David Bortolucci, Tom Waits.

‘The Absence of Eden’ is set to be released in the United States on April 12, 2024. You can check out the new trailer below.


Final Trailer for Dev Patel and Producer Jordan Peele “Monkey Man”

monkey-manOscar® nominee Dev Patel (Lion, Slumdog Millionaire) has an astonishing, tour-de-force feature directing debut with “Monkey Man”, an action thriller about one man’s quest for vengeance against the corrupt leaders who murdered his mother and continue to systemically victimize the poor and powerless.

Inspired by the legend of Hanuman, Patel stars as Kid, an anonymous young man, boiling with suppressed rage, who infiltrates the enclave of the city’s sinister elite and unleashes an explosive campaign of retribution against the men who took everything from him.

The trailer looks packed with thrilling and spectacular fight and chase scenes. Monkey Man is directed by Dev Patel and produced by Oscar® winner Jordan Peele (Nope, Get Out). It stars Patel, Sharlto Copley, Pitobash, Vipin Sharma, Sikandar Kher, Sobhita Dhulipala, Ashwini Kalsekar, Adithi Kalkunte and Makarand Deshpande

The film is set for release on April 05, 2024.

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