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July 9

New Halloween Kills Teaser Released by John Carpenter!

by Kylie Hemmert

Following the news that Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends had their release dates adjusted by Universal Pictures, with Kills now debuting on October 15, 2021, along with an IMAX release that same month, John Carpenter shared a new Halloween Kills teaser, which you can view below!

In the upcoming sequel, Haddonfield Memorial Hospital will be returning to the new canon with Anthony Michael Hall set to play Tommy Doyle, who first appeared as a child in the original Halloween movie as one of the kids Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) was babysitting. The adult version of the character was previously played by Paul Rudd in The Curse of Michael Myers, the sixth movie of the original storyline. The new universe avoids those sequels, however, as the 2018 movie picks up the narrative after the 1978 film.

Nancy Stephens' Nurse Marion is also set to return for Kills with Robert Longstreet as Lonnie Elam (the young bully in the original film) and Kyle Richards as Lindsey Wallace, reprising her role from the 1978 original. It was also previously announced that Halloween filmmaker and composer John Carpenter will be composing the score for both Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends.

Continue Reading at: ComingSoon

July 7

Tom Hanks says new movie 'Greyhound' going straight to streaming is 'heartbreaking'

by Ben Arnold

Tom Hanks says the decision to send his new movie Greyhound straight to a streaming platform instead of cinemas is 'heartbreaking'

The World War II movie, based on the book The Good Shepherd by C.S. Forester and set around the Battle of the Atlantic, was supposed to be released in cinemas in June this year.

However, the coronavirus pandemic put paid that that, with the announcement that it would instead be released on AppleTV+ in July.

Speaking to The Guardian, Hanks said that the change of plans had been 'an absolute heartbreak'.

"I don't mean to make angry my Apple overlords, but there is a difference in picture and sound quality," he added.

Continue Reading at: Yahoo

July 6

Ennio Morricone, Oscar-winning film composer, dies at 91

Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone, seen here in a 2012 file photo, has died at the age of 91 (image courtesy Getty)
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by Javier Romero, Amy Woodyatt

Ennio Morricone, the Oscar-winning film composer, has died at the age of 91, his lawyer told CNN Monday.

He died at dawn in a Rome hospital after falling and breaking his leg, his lawyer, Giorgio Assumma, said.

Morricone is best known internationally as the composer behind the instantly recognizable melodies from "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and "Once Upon a Time in the West."

The Italian composer was famous for the tension-filled scores of spaghetti Westerns, and won an Academy Award for his soundtrack for Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" in 2016, after five previous nominations and an Honorary Award in 2007 that recognized his lifetime's achievement.

The Rome-born composer scored more than 500 films, and was a winner and nominee for numerous BAFTA awards and Golden Globes, as well as being the recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Although arguably best known for creating music for Westerns, the composer also developed soundtracks for cinematic classics including "The Mission" and "Cinema Paradiso."

Continue Reading at: CNN

July 5

A "Rocky IV" Director's Cut On The Way

A promotional image from 1985's "Rocky IV" (image courtesy MGM / UA)
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by Garth Franklin

Sylvester Stallone has confirmed that a director’s cut of 1985's "Rocky IV" is on the way, so Rocky and Drago will fight again.

On Instagram, Stallone was recently promoting the extended cut of "Rambo: Last Blood" which just became available and which he claims is better than the theatrical cut.

In the comments section for that post, someone asked him about a possible director's cut of 2006's sixth film in the "Rocky" franchise – "Rocky Balboa". Stallone wrote every entry and directed the second, third, fourth and sixth movies in the series.

Though Stallone shot down a new 'Balboa' cut, he surprisingly revealed another entry is getting a new version: "I am not doing that but I am doing a director's cut on Rocky IV which will be amazing!!!!!".

It's not clear how that new cut came about whether Stallone decide to revisit it, or if the studio requested it for either a re-release or a streaming service exclusive.

The selection makes sense. The recent "Creed 2" was a critical and commercial success and ties heavily into the events of "Rocky IV" with both the return of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) and the legacy of the death of Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers).

Though reviews were mixed at the time, it remains the highest-grossing entry in the main "Rocky" series to date with more than $300 million at the global box office.

Continue Reading at: Dark Horizons

July 4

Hilarious trailer for Seth Rogen's 'An American Pickle' drops

by Ellise Shafer, Variety

HBO Max has revealed the first trailer for "An American Pickle," an upcoming comedy starring Seth Rogen set to premiere on the platform on Aug. 6.

Directed by his frequent collaborator Brandon Trost, Rogen plays Herschel Greenbaum, a Polish ditch digger who immigrates to the U.S. in 1920 to fulfill his American dream. Herschel finds work at a pickle factory, only to fall into a vat of brine, putting him into suspended animation.

A century later, Herschel emerges from the brine in 2020, fully preserved. Although all of his immediate family members have died, Herschel is able to locate his great-grandson, Ben - who is also played by Rogen.

The two struggle to relate to each other in terms of family values, music and culture, with Herschel even pointing to a poster of David Bowie on Ben's wall and asking, "Is this your father?" Still, Ben helps Herschel adapt to the 21st century, and Herschel guides Ben through the immense grief caused by his parents' untimely deaths years ago.

Check out the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: NY Post

July 3

Michael Bay's Songbird Hits SAG-AFTRA Snag

by Grant Hermanns

Just over a month after the project was first announced, the Michael Bay-produced pandemic thriller Songbird won't be soaring into production anytime soon as Variety has brought word that SAG-AFTRA has hit the film with a "Do Not Work" order.

The project was first announced in mid-May with hopes to shoot the film in Los Angeles on a low-budget and adhering to the proper safety protocols the current global climate is imposing on film and TV productions, but it appears production company On A Lark Productions LLC has failed to "complete the signatory process" with SAG-AFTRA and resulted in the latter slapping the project with a "do not work" order that would result in discipline to any actor who signs on.

"As such, SAG-AFTRA members are hereby instructed to withhold any acting services or perform any covered work for this production until further notice from the union," SAG-AFTRA said in a statement. "Please note, accepting employment or rendering services on 'Songbird' may be considered a violation of Global Rule One. Violating this order may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the SAG-AFTRA Constitution."

In a follow-up statement, a spokesperson for SAG-AFTRA confirmed that the producers of the film have "not been transparent" about the safety measures they intend on utilizing during production, which is something the organization "takes very seriously" before closing with no further comments.

Plot details place the story two years in the future, where the pandemic has not subsided, and worse, continues to mutate. The characters would deal with lockdowns, government conspiracies and paranoia.

Continue Reading at: ComingSoon.net

July 3

Charlize Theron Is An Immortal Warrior In Netflix's 'The Old Guard' Trailer

by Shakiel Mahjouri

Charlize Theron is in trouble, but can also heal from any wound, in an action-packed new trailer for "The Old Guard".

The plot of the new Netflix movie focuses on a pack of immortal, centuries-old mercenaries, led by Theron's character, Andy. Together with her crew of fellow warriors, they protect the world from all manner of unseen threats.

When the "awakening" of another immortal threatens to reveal their secret, they find themselves fighting for their freedom.

Theron stars in the film alongside KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

"The Old Guard" is based on the comic book of the same name. It stomps across Netflix on July 10.

Watch the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: ET Canada

July 1

Oscars voting body hits diversity target with 819 new members

Cynthia Erivo [left] and Eva Longoria are among the new invitees (images courtesy AFP / Getty)
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The latest batch of actors and film-makers to be invited to vote for the Oscars has been unveiled, exceeding the diversity target that was set for 2020.

After the #OscarsSoWhite movement of 2016, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences promised to double the number of female and BAME members.

Eva Longoria and Cynthia Erivo are among those who have been invited to join the organisation this year.

Of the 819 people invited, 45% are women and 36% are non-white.

Figures including Ana de Armas, Zendaya, Awkwafina, Constance Wu and Roma star Yalitza Aparicio have also been invited.

British stars on the list alongside Erivo include 1917 star George MacKay and Little Women's Florence Pugh.

The Academy said 49% of the new invitees were from outside the US. If all 819 accept, it will bring the organisation's total membership to 9,412.

Continue Reading at: BBC

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