Dakota Johnson and Cooper Reiff find love on the dance floor in ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’ trailer – Film Brief

Sundance winner Cha Cha Real Smooth, the second project from independent writer and director Cooper Reiff, 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 is about 22-year-old Andrew (played by Raiff) who just graduated from college and is stuck at home with his family in New Jersey, with no clear path in life. Andrew has no ambition, no real skills, except for one thing: he knows how to start a party. With this skill, he excels at motivational bar dances and bat mitzvahs for his younger brother’s classmates. Everything changes for Andrew when he meets a local mother named Domino, played by Johnson. He befriends his mom and her daughter Lola and finally discovers the future he wants.

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Rounding out the cast are Brad Garrett, Leslie Mann, Raul Castillo, Odeya Rush and newcomers Vanessa Burghardt and Evan Assante.

In 2020, Reiff’s first-ever film Shit was released to positive reviews. The film, which reportedly had a budget of $15,000, is about a lonely college freshman who forms a bond with his regular assistant during a frat party. Raiff’s directorial debut was picked up by IFC after he won the Grand Jury Award for Best Story at South by Southwest 2020.

Cha Cha Real Smooth is produced by Picturestart, TeaTime Pictures and Endeavor Content. Reiff, Johnson, Eric Feig, Jessica Switch and Ro Donnelly serve as producers. The film will be released in select theaters and will premiere worldwide on Apple TV+ on June 17.

Watch the full trailer below.

High-Speed ​​Train Postponed for a Week

Sony’s upcoming action movie “Bullet Train” will leave the station a week later than expected. The film’s release date has been moved from July 29 to August 5. Brad Pitt plays an assassin who must fight off other colorful assassins while aboard a bullet train through Japan. The cast includes Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon and Bad Bunny.

Cinespia Announces Lineup for 21st Summer Show

Cinespia, the classic Los Angeles outdoor theater showcased by Amazon Studios, returns for its 21st season on Memorial Day weekend at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery with screenings of Mean Girls and Back to the Future. In addition, there is a special screening of Jurassic Park this Friday at Los Angeles Historical Park.

“Mean Girls” and “Back to the Future” will air on May 28 and 29, respectively, at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. In addition to a screening under the stars, each event will feature pre- and post-movie DJ sets, a beer and wine bar, pavilions and a themed photo booth. Twilight and American Psycho will be shown next weekend.

“We are thrilled to be returning to Hollywood Forever and kicking off our 21st season on Memorial Day with two screenings,” said Cinespia founder John Wyatt. Alia Penner, Creative Director of Cinespia added, “We look forward to seeing our patrons this summer under the stars celebrating cinema in some of LA’s most iconic locations.”

Los Angeles’ first and longest-running outdoor series began 21 years ago with Strangers on a Train screening to several hundred people. With up to 4,000 moviegoers each night, Cinespia is now the most popular outdoor theater in Southern California. Guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets, food and drinks before settling under the stars for a movie. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.cinespia.org.

Shian Heder to receive the American Film Institute’s Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal

Sian Heder, Oscar-winning writer and director of CODA, will receive the 30th Annual Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal at the Julie Andrews AFI Life Achievement Award Gala.

The Schaffner Alumni Medal recognizes the outstanding creativity of AFI Conservatory alumni who embody the qualities of director Franklin J. Schaffner, including talent, taste, dedication, and commitment to quality storytelling in film and television. Past recipients of this honor include Darren Aronofsky, Leslie Linka Glatter, Patty Jenkins, Janusz Kaminsky, Mimi Leder, David Lynch, Terrence Malick, Melina Matsoukas, and Rachel Morrison.

“Shian Heder is the voice the world needs now more than ever,” said Bob Gazzale, President and CEO of AFI. “We are proud to honor her as an alumnus of the AFI Filmmaking Workshop for Women and, more importantly, as a storyteller who drives culture forward through an inspiring alchemy of the intellect and heart.”

Heather is a graduate of AFI’s Women’s Directing Workshop, where she made her first short film Mother. Her feature film debut, Tallulah, is a feature-length adaptation of Mother starring Elliot Page and Alison Janney. Creative has also received several WGA nominations for his work as a writer and producer on three seasons of the hit Netflix series Orange Is the New Black.

KODA, Heather’s second feature film, debuted at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, where it became the first film in the festival’s history to win all four major awards: Grand Jury Award, Audience Award, Best Director and 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 deal with Apple.

Future projects include directing, writing and producing Being Heumann and writing and directing a fictional adaptation of Sarah Lotz’s novel Impossible.

The Schaffner Medal will be presented on June 9 at the AFI Life Achievement Award Julie Andrews. The special will air on Thursday, June 16 at 10:00 pm on TNT.

Outfits expands Script Lab in partnership with Netflix

Established in 1997 as a screenwriting competition, Outfest’s Script Lab has become the cornerstone of Outfest’s learning and creative development program.

As the arts, media, and entertainment organization celebrates its 40th anniversary and the lab celebrates its 25th, Outfest has expanded the program with the support of partner Netflix, waiving application fees for all applicants and providing grants to each of the selected screenwriters for financial support. them.

“Everyone knows that a great movie, a great series, a great story starts with a script,” said Outfest Executive Director Damien S. Navarro. “Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Screenwriting Lab was Outfest’s first foray outside of our eponymous festival. An expanded partnership with Netflix allows us to further expand the reach and impact of this announced program.”

This year, 10 LGBTQIA+ screenwriters will take part in a week-long intensive. The program takes place virtually in October, making it accessible to storytellers from all over the world.

There, fellows receive one-to-one mentorship from top showrunners, studio and network executives, and writers who offer professional development, scriptwriting support, and insight into the latest industry trends. The list of mentors for 2022 includes: showrunners Jacqueline Moore (Dear White People, Queer as Folk), Alvaro Rodriguez (Seis Manos, American Rust), Mika Schraft (Mrs. America) and Mikko Alanne. (“Long way home”); writers Eduardo Cisneros, Chuck Hayward, and M. W. Wilson; principals Manny Jaques, Bianca Quesada, David Ruby, Andrew Wang and Julie Waters; and industry representatives Biz Hurst, Clifford Merry, Cora Olson and Martin To.

The partnership between Outfest and Netflix is ​​part of the Creative Equity Streamer Fund, which aims to help create more behind-the-scenes opportunities for underrepresented communities in the TV and film industry.

“Working with Netflix to provide further financial assistance to creators, whether that’s removing the financial barrier to apply or providing grants to each of our fellow writers, helps us further our Outfest mission of empowering LGBTQIA+ storytellers,” added Outfest’s Artistic Director. Farida Gbadamosi. “We’re excited to continue building the next generation of Hollywood storytellers.”

Applications for the Outfest Screenwriting Lab are now open.

Andy Garcia (as Billy) and Adria Arjona (Sophie) at Warner Bros.  Pictures' and HBO Max's Father of the Bride.  - Credit: Claudette Barius

Andy Garcia (as Billy) and Adria Arjona (Sophie) in Warner Bros. Pictures and HBO Max Father of the Bride. – Credit: Claudette Barius

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HBO Max releases trailer for ‘Father of the Bride’ remake

HBO Max has released the first trailer for Andy Garcia’s new rom-com Father of the Bride.

The film is the third adaptation of Edward Streeter’s 1949 novel Father of the Bride, which had previously been the basis for film versions starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor in 1950 and starring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton in 1991. Incarnation follows the story of a father who is stunned when his daughter unexpectedly announces her engagement to her recent boyfriend and struggles to cope with stressful wedding preparations.

The newest “Father of the Bride” focuses on a Cuban family, with Garcia playing the titular father, Gloria Estefan playing his wife Ingrid, and Adria Arjona playing their daughter Sophie. Diego Boneta plays her fiancé Adam, while Isabela Merced and Chloe Fineman complete the cast. Gaz Alazraqui is directing from a script written by Matt Lopez. The film was executive produced by Garcia, Jesse Erman and Ted Gidlow, and produced by Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Paul Michael Perez.

Father of the Bride premieres on HBO Max on June 16. See the full trailer below.

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