Stunning New “Parasite” Trailer Released

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Director Bong Joon-ho’s acclaimed black comedy thriller finally has a new trailer.

Bong Joon-ho is known for mixing disparate genres within his films and Parasite looks like its no exception. The trailer looks as captivating as one would expect from the mind behind Snowpiercer, Mother (Madeo), and Okja.

The new trailer was released by Neon this week (see below), showing lives of two families, one wealthy and another impoverished, intersecting and taking a horrific turn.

The film recently took top honor at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, winning the Palme d’Or, making this the first time that a Korean film has won the honor.

Parasite is set to hit theaters on Oct. 11.

Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist, to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks.

First Trailer For Paul Feig’s “Last Christmas” Released

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Universal

Christmas comes early with the release of the first trailer for Universal’s “Last Christmas”, the upcoming romantic comedy from director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat).

The film stars Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding, who had a breakout role last year in “Crazy Rich Asians.”

The trailer shows Kate (Emilia Clarke) as a cynical, down-on-her-luck Londoner who works as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. “I bet nothing’s ever your fault, is it darling?,” says Kate’s flatmate before throwing her out the apartment. Enter Tom (Golding), who seem to regularly bump into Kate. She starts to confide in him, and the two starts a festive romance.

Throughout the trailer, we also hear some of George Michael’s classic songs including of course “Last Christmas,” released in 1984. There’s also brand new unreleased material by the legendary Grammy-winning artist, according to Universal.

“Last Christmas” co-stars Michelle Yeoh and Emma Thompson, with the latter also co-writing and co-producing the film.

The film is set for release on 8 November 2019 by Universal Pictures.

Here’s the film’s official synopsis:

Kate (Emilia Clarke) harumphs around London, a bundle of bad decisions accompanied by the jangle of bells on her shoes, another irritating consequence from her job as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. Tom (Henry Golding) seems too good to be true when he walks into her life and starts to see through so many of Kate’s barriers. As London transforms into the most wonderful time of the year, nothing should work for these two. But sometimes, you gotta let the snow fall where it may, you gotta listen to your heart … and you gotta have faith.

Principal Photography Begins For New Candyman Film

Principal photography commenced in Chicago this week on Candyman from Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM) and Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld’s Monkeypaw Productions. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Us), Teyonah Parris (If Beale Street Could Talk), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Misfits) and Colman Domingo (Euphoria) have signed on to star in the film and will be accompanied by a lineup of talented local actors from the Chicago area.

Written by Peele and Rosenfeld and directed by rising filmmaker Nia DaCosta (Little Woods), Candyman is a spiritual sequel to the 1992 gothic horror film by Bernard Rose, originally based on Clive Barker’s short story The Forbidden. The film will be shot entirely in Chicago and feature various locations throughout the city, including the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified North Side where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood. Universal Pictures will distribute Candyman globally with the U.S. release date slated for June 12, 2020.

Collaborating with DaCosta is a creative team led by EP and UPM David Kern (The Age of Adaline, The Lincoln Lawyer), director of photography John Guleserian (Love, Simon, Like Crazy); production designer Cara Brower (Us, Twin Peaks [2017]); costume designer Lizzie Cook (Sense8, A Nightmare on Elm Street) and VFX supervisor James Mcquaide ( The Boy, Underworld franchise).

Abdul-Mateen II can next be seen in the upcoming HBO superhero series Watchmen. His additional credits include Black Mirror, The Get Down, the box-office smash hit Aquaman and the Oscar-nominated film The Greatest Showman. It was recently announced that Parris will join the cast of Marvel’s upcoming WandaVision series for Disney+, starring as the iconic superhero “Monica Rambeau.” Parris has also given memorable performances in Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk, Spike Lee’s Chi-Rraq and Justin Simien’s breakout independent film Dear White People.
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Dafoe And Pattinson Loses Their Sanity In “The Lighthouse” Trailer

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A24

Robert Eggers is back with his follow up to his 2016 directorial “The Witch”, this time pairing Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson in “The Lighthouse”, an upcoming black-and-white horror film from A24.

The highly-anticipated film’s riveting first trailer has just been released, see below.

Set in a remote and mysterious lighthouse on a New England island in the 1890s, the film follows two lighthouse keepers “just looking to earn a living, on the run,” as they face solitude and their worst nightmares on a storm-ridden deserted island.

“How long have we been on this rock? Five weeks? Two days? Help me to recollect,” Dafoe’s asks Pattinson.

The film had its world premiere on May 19, 2019 at the Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2019, where Dafoe, Pattinson and director Eggers received critical acclaim, along with the film’s technical aspects.

Pattinson has recently appeared in indie films and worked with renowned directors as Werner Herzog and David Cronenberg as well as gained positive reviews in the crime film “Good Time” and this year’s science-fiction horror film “High Life”. He is also set to appear in Christopher Nolan’s film “Tenet,” set to open July 17, 2020, as well as Matt Reeves’ upcoming Batman film.

Dafoe recently portrayed \Vincent van Gogh in At Eternity’s Gate (2018), which earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor nomination, which shockingly is his first in that category throughout his stunning career.

‘The Lighthouse’ is set for release on October 18, 2019.

Trailer Premiere of upcoming horror film “Bliss” from Joe Begos

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Dark Sky Films has released the official trailer premiere for the upcoming horror film, Bliss.
Written, produced & directed by Joe Begos, the film is set to open in theaters and on digital platforms on September 27, 2019.

Here is the film’s official synopsis:
Known for her dark and macabre artwork, painter Dezzy Donahue (Dora Madison) is in a professional rut. Unable to finish her newest commissioned work, Dezzy looks to reignite her creative juices by letting loose-as in, taking every drug in sight and tearing through raucous house parties and heavy metal bars. After a few nights spent with her debauchery-loving friends Courtney (Tru Collins) and Ronnie (Rhys Wakefield), though, Dezzy notices changes within herself. On the positive side, she’s finally painting again, but she’s also developing a strange desire for blood. As someone who has never been able to control her vices in the first place, Dezzy is quickly and violently consumed by this bloodlust.

With his previous films, Almost Human (2013) and The Mind’s Eye (2015), filmmaker Joe Begos won the hearts of horror lovers through his stylistic nostalgia and inhibition-free penchant for brutality. Upping the ante, BLISS roars with searing visuals, kinetic energy, an endearing nastiness, and a ferociously all-in lead performance from Madison. Although it’s set in modern-day Los Angeles, BLISS harkens back to the grimy days of New York City grindhouse cinema, when films like Abel Ferrara’s The Driller Killer and Bill Lustig’s Maniac were the norm.

Joaquin Phoenix To Receive Actor Award At TIFF

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WB

The star of upcoming film “Joker” is set to receive one of the inaugural Tribute Actor Award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, as announced Friday morning by TIFF.

“Displaying both raw instinct and consummate technical skill, Joaquin Phoenix is the complete actor, and one of the finest in contemporary cinema,” festival co-head Cameron Bailey said in a statement. “Over three decades, he has brought a piercing truth to each groundbreaking role. TIFF is thrilled to be celebrating an artist of his caliber with this inaugural award.”

Phoenix will be at the festival to promote his highly anticipated film “Joker”, a psychological thriller based on the DC Comics character of the same name.

Meryl Streep is also set to receive the honor and will also be at the festival in support of her Steven Soderbergh-directed film The Laundromat, which will also screen at the festival.

The 44th Toronto International Film Festival is set to run from Sept. 5-15.

“Joker” is directed by Todd Phillips, best known for writing and directing The Hangover Trilogy and Borat, for which he was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Academy Awards.

Also in the film are Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, Bill Camp, Glenn Fleshler, Shea Whigham, Brett Cullen, Douglas Hodge and Josh Pais.

Joker is set to invade theaters on October 4, 2019.

FUNimation Films Debuts “KINGDOM” Official Character Posters

FUNimation Films has released the official six new character posters and North American theatrical poster for its upcoming film “Kingdom.” 

FUNimation Films’ live-action adaptation of “Kingdom” is set to have North American screening next month.
Feating Kento Yamazaki, Ryo Yoshizawa, Masami Nagasawa, Kanna Hashimoto, Kanata Hongō, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, and Takao Osawa, “Kingdom: is directed by Shinsuke Sato, “Kingdom” is set for limited release on August 16 in the US and Canada.

Produced by Kôji Hirano, Naoaki Kitajima, Shinzô Matsuhashi, Ryôsuke Mori, the film is from a screenplay written by Tsutomu Kuroiwa and Shinsuke Sato, based on the manga created by Yasuhisa Hara. The film has not yet been rated, but will be in Japanese with English subtitles.

Here’s the film’s official synopsis:

Orphaned by war, a young boy and his friend dream of changing their fate and becoming the world’s greatest generals. And after his friend sacrifices himself to protect the future emperor, the young boy’s path to greatness is set in motion. Helping the King reclaim the throne puts the boy’s blade to the ultimate test as they go against deadly assassins, large armies, and the dangerous mountain clan. In a country torn apart by war, only they can fight to unite the warring states! Kingdom is a live-action motion picture based on the bestselling adventure-historical manga series of the same name created by Yasuhisa Hara and presents a fictionalized account of ancient China during the Warring States Period (475-221 BC).

First “Zombieland: Double Tap” Trailer Arrives

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The ragtag survivors of a zombie apocalypse are back in the latest trailer for “Zombieland: Double Tap”, the sequel to the surprise critical and commercial 2009 hit “Zombieland.”

Yep, the whole gang is back: Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), along with the original Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer and writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese.

In addition, there’s also a few characters new in the sequel such as Zoey Deutch, Rosario Dawson, Thomas Middleditch and Luke Wilson.

Why exactly is Harrelson dressed up as Santa in a scene and then as Elvis in another is still unknown, but it sure sets up some pretty intriguing and hilarious situations.

“Zombieland: Double Tap” is set to be released by Released by Sony Pictures on October 18, 2019.

Here is the film’s official synopsis:
A decade after Zombieland became a hit film and a cult classic, the lead cast (Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone) have reunited with director Ruben Fleischer (Venom) and the original writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (Deadpool) for Zombieland 2: Double Tap. In the sequel, written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick and Dave Callaham, through comic mayhem that stretches from the White House and through the heartland, these four slayers must face off against the many new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But most of all, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family.

Dark Star Pictures Acquires all North American rights to THE PREY

Dark Star Pictures

Dark Star Pictures has announced today that it has acquired North American rights to action thriller THE PREY. The company is planning an October theatrical release followed by VOD and DVD release.

The film has excited audiences and critics at festivals including: Busan International Film Festival 2018, BFI London Film Festival 2018, Hawaii Film Festival 2018, Night Visions, and most recently Fantasia Film Festival 2019.

Loosely based on Richard Connell’s story of survival and adventure The Most Dangerous Game, THE PREY comes from writer/director Jimmy Henderson and the team behind genre festival hit JAILBREAK.

Undercover Chinese cop Xin (newcomer Gu Shangwei), is on a secret international mission when a surprise raid puts him in a remote Cambodian jungle prison that plays by its own rules. Ruthless warden (Vithaya Pansringarm of ONLY GOD FORGIVES ) sells prisoners as human prey for rich hunters looking for thrills in the jungle.

After years of hunting down ruthless criminals, Xin suddenly finds himself running for his life. If Xin manages to survive this sadistic game, he’ll walk out of the jungle the same way he came in: as a free man. If Xin fails, he’s just another hunting trophy.

Theatrical openings will include Los Angeles, New York, and more to be announced. The deal was negotiated by Dark Star President Michael Repsch and Pip Ngo of XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.

“THE PREY is an exceptionally fun, high strung action film that is exhilarating from start to finish” said Repsch. “But what really drew us to the film was the societal context – specifically the look at how class systems can be taken to the extreme, which could not be more relevant in our society today.”

Directed by Jimmy Henderson (JAILBREAK) and written by Jimmy Henderson, Michael Hodgson, Kai Miller, the film also starts Byron Bishop, Sahajak Boonthanakit and Nophand Boonyai. The film is distributed by LA-based Dark Star Pictures.

Tom Hanks As Mister Rogers In ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’

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Sony has unveiled the first trailer for its Mister Rogers biographical drama, starring Tom Hanks, and its indeed beautifully heartwarming.

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” is inspired by a real-life friendship between children’s television icon Fred Rogers (Hanks) and journalist Tom Junod (Matthew Rhys).

‘Neighborhood’ is directed by Marielle Heller, whose last film “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” earned Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant acting nominations at the Academy Awards for best actressa nd support actor respectively, as well as for its screenplay adaptation.

“Sometimes we have to ask for help and that’s okay. I think the best thing we can do is to let people know that each one of them is precious,” says in the trailer.

Written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster and based on the Esquire article Can You Say…Hero? by Tom Junod, the film co-stars Susan Kelechi Watson, and Chris Cooper.

The film is set to have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2019 before it is released on November 22, 2019.

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