Sundance winner ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’, the second project from indie writer-director Cooper Raiff, has unveiled its official trailer. The film stars Raiff and Dakota Johnson in an unconventional love story between a college graduate and a single mother.
The film follows 22-year-old Andrew (played by Raiff), who is just out of college and at home with his family in New Jersey, with no clear life path. Andrew has no ambition and no real skills, except for one: he knows how to start a party. This skill lands him the perfect job of motivating bar dance and bat mitzvah for his younger brother’s classmates. Things change for Andrew when he meets a local mom named Domino, played by Johnson. He befriends the mother and her daughter, Lola, and finally discovers a future he wants.
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The cast is completed by Brad Garrett, Leslie Mann, Raúl Castillo, Odeya Rush and newcomers Vanessa Burghardt and Evan Assante.
In 2020, Raiff’s first-ever movie, “Shithouse,” was released to critical acclaim. The film, reportedly on a $15,000 budget, follows a lonely freshman as he bonds with his assistant assistant at a college party. Raiff’s directorial debut was picked up by IFC after it won the Grand Jury award for best story at the South by Southwest festival in 2020.
“Cha Cha Real Smooth” is produced by Picturestart, TeaTime Pictures and Endeavor Content. Raiff, Johnson, Erik Feig, Jessica Switch and Ro Donnelly act as producers. The film will be released in select theaters and will premiere worldwide on June 17 on Apple TV+.
Watch the full trailer below.
“Bullet Train” delayed a week
Sony’s upcoming action movie “Bullet Train” will leave the station a week later than expected. The film moved its release date from July 29 to August 5. Brad Pitt stars as a hit man who must fend off other colorful assassins while traveling around Japan aboard a bullet train. The cast includes Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon and Bad Bunny.
Cinespia Announces Lineup for Summer 21st Screening
Cinespia, the classic Los Angeles cinema experience presented by Amazon Studios, returns for its 21st season over Memorial Day weekend at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery with screenings of “Mean Girls” and “Back to the Future.” Additionally, a special “Jurassic Park” screening will be held this Friday at the Los Angeles Historic Park.
“Mean Girls” and “Back to the Future” will be shown at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on May 28 and 29, respectively. In addition to the screenings under the stars, each event includes pre- and post-movie DJ sets, a beer and wine bar, concession stands, and a themed photo booth. The following weekend there are screenings of ‘Twilight’ and ‘American Psycho’.
“We are beyond excited to be back in Hollywood Forever and kicking off our 21st season over Memorial Day Weekend with two screenings,” said Cinespia founder, John Wyatt. Alia Penner, Cinespia’s creative director, added, “We’re looking forward to seeing our clients film under the stars at some of LA’s most iconic locations this summer.”
Los Angeles’ first and longest-running outdoor series began 21 years ago with a screening of “Strangers on a Train” in front of several hundred people. Cinespia now welcomes up to 4,000 moviegoers every night and has become the most popular outdoor movie theater event in Southern California. Guests are invited to bring their own blankets, food and drinks before settling down under the stars for the movie experience. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.cinespia.org.
Siân Heder Receives Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal from American Film Institute
Siân Heder, award-winning writer and director of “CODA”, will receive the 30th Annual Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal at the upcoming AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Julie Andrews.
The Schaffner Alumni Medal recognizes outstanding creative talents of AFI Conservatory Alumni who embody the qualities of filmmaker Franklin J. Schaffner, including talent, taste, dedication, and dedication to telling high-quality stories in film and television. Past recipients of the honor include Darren Aronofsky, Lesli Linka Glatter, Patty Jenkins, Janusz Kamiński, Mimi Leder, David Lynch, Terrence Malick, Melina Matsoukas and Rachel Morrison.
“Siân Heder is a voice the world needs now more than ever,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO. “We are proud to honor her as an Alumna of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women – and, more importantly, as a storyteller who propels culture forward with an inspiring alchemy of intellect and heart.”
Heder is a graduate of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women, where she made her first short film ‘Mother’. Her feature film debut, ‘Tallulah’, is a feature film adaptation of ‘Mother’ starring Elliot Page and Alison Janney. The creative also earned multiple WGA nominations for her work as a writer and producer on three seasons of the hit Netflix series “Orange is the New Black.”
“CODA”, Heder’s second feature, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2021, where it became the first film in the festival’s history to win all four major awards: the Grand Jury Prize, the Audience Award, Best Director and a Ensemble Acting Award. The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture, as well as Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Troy Kotsur. In 2021, Heder announced a multi-year blanket deal with Apple.
Future projects include directing, writing and producing “Being Heumann”, as well as writing and directing a feature film adaptation of Sarah Lotz’ novel “Impossible”.
The Schaffner Medal will be presented during the AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute to Julie Andrews on June 9. The special will be broadcast on TNT on Thursday, June 16 at 10 p.m.
Outfits Expands Screenwriting Lab in Partnership with Netflix
Founded in 1997 as a screenwriting competition, the Outfest Screenwriting Lab has become the cornerstone of Outfest’s education and creative development programming.
As the arts, media and entertainment organization celebrates its 40th anniversary and the lab its 25th anniversary, Outfest has expanded the program with the support of partner Netflix, waiving all submissions and providing grants to each of the selected screenwriters to provide financial support. them.
“Everyone knows that a great movie, a great series and a great story starts with the screenplay,” said Outfest Executive Director Damien S. Navarro. “Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Screenwriting Lab was Outfest’s first foray outside our festival of the same name. The expanded partnership with Netflix allows us to further expand the reach and impact of this announced program.”
This year, 10 LGBTQIA+ screenwriters will participate in the week-long intensive lab. The program takes place virtually in October, making it accessible to storytellers around the world.
There, the fellows receive one-on-one mentorship from top showrunners, studios and network executives, and writers who provide professional development, screenplay support and insight into the latest industry trends. The 2022 roster of mentors includes: showrunners Jaclyn Moore (“Dear White People,” “Queer as Folk”), Alvaro Rodriguez (“Seis Manos,” “American Rust”), Micah Schraft (“Mrs. America”) and Mikko Alanne (“The Long Way Home”); writers Eduardo Cisneros, Chuck Hayward and MW Wilson; executives. Manny Jaquez, Bianca Quesada, David Ruby, Andrew Wang and Julie Waters; and industry representatives Biz Hurst, Clifford Murry, Cora Olson and Martin To.
The partnership between Outfest and Netflix is part of the Streamer’s Fund for Creative Equity, an effort to create more behind-the-camera opportunities for underrepresented communities in the TV and film industry.
“By partnering with Netflix to provide more financial assistance to creators, whether it’s removing the financial barrier to applying or providing grants to each of our screenwriters, we can continue Outfest’s mission to empowering LGBTQIA+ storytellers,” added Outfest’s Artistic Director. Farida Gbadamosi. “We are excited to continue building the next generation of Hollywood storytellers.”
Applications for the Outfest Screenwriting Lab are now open.
HBO Max Releases ‘Father of the Bride’ Remake Trailer
HBO Max has released the first trailer for ‘Father of the Bride’, the new romantic comedy starring Andy Garcia.
The film is the third adaptation of the 1949 Edward Streeter novel “Father of the Bride,” which previously formed the basis for film versions starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor in 1950, and starring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton in 1991. The incarnation follows the story of a father who is taken aback when his daughter unexpectedly announces her engagement to her recent boyfriend, and struggles with the stressful wedding preparations.
The latest “Father of the Bride” focuses on a Cuban family, with Garcia playing the titular father, Gloria Estefan his wife Ingrid, and Adria Arjona their daughter Sophie. Diego Boneta plays her fiancé Adam, while Isabela Merced and Chloe Fineman complete the cast. Gaz Alazraki directs from a script written by Matt Lopez. The film was executive produced by Garcia, Jesse Ehrman and Ted Gidlow, with Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Paul Michael Perez producing.
“Father of the Bride” premieres on HBO Max June 16. Watch the full trailer below.
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