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Neve Campbell Is Back As Sidney Prescott In Spyglass Media Group And Paramount Pictures Relaunch of “Scream”

Neve Campbell has signed on to reprise her iconic role as Sidney Prescott from the preceding four films in the “Scream” franchise, it was announced today by Spyglass Media Group, LLC (“Spyglass”) and Paramount Pictures. Campbell joins previously announced legacy cast members David Arquette and Courteney Cox who will return as Dewey Riley and Gale Weathers, as well as new cast members Jack Quaid (“The Boys”), Melissa Barrera (“In The Heights”) and Jenna Ortega (“You”). Production will shoot in Wilmington, North Carolina. Spyglass and Paramount Pictures will release the film worldwide on January 14, 2022. Casting updates to follow.

Radio Silence said, “We’re pinching ourselves! It’s hard to express how much the character Sidney Prescott shaped our love of movies and to have the chance to work with Neve is truly a dream come true. It just wouldn’t be a ‘Scream’ movie without Neve and we’re so excited and honored to join her in Woodsboro.”

Campbell said, “After spending time speaking with Radio Silence, they have shown such love, respect and admiration for Wes Craven and all that he’s created in the ‘Scream’ franchise. I am beyond excited to step back into the role of Sidney Prescott and return to Woodsboro.”

Up next, Campbell will star in the inspiring film “Clouds,” based on the life of Zach Sobiech and book by Laura Sobiech “Fly A Little Higher: How God Answered a Mom’s Small Prayer in a Big Way,” which debuts on Disney+ this Fall. Campbell is well-known for playing Julia Salinger in the hit series “Party of Five” and held prominent roles in such films as “The Craft,” and “Three to Tango.” She starred in and produced “The Company,” directed by Robert Altman. She also starred in Netflix’s political thriller series “House of Cards.” Most recently, she starred in the action thriller “Skyscraper,” the political dramatic comedy “Hot Air,” and the drama “Castle in the Ground.”

“Scream” is being directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett of the filmmaking group Radio Silence (“Ready or Not,” “V/H/S”) from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt (“Murder Mystery,” “Zodiac,” “The Amazing Spider-Man”) and Guy Busick (“Ready or Not,” “Castle Rock”). Creator Kevin Williamson and the third member of the Radio Silence trio, Chad Villella, are executive producing with Project X Entertainment’s Vanderbilt, Paul Neinstein and William Sherak serving as producers.

“Scream” is a long-running genre-busting horror franchise which generated four feature films including “Scream” (1996), “Scream 2” (1997), “Scream 3” (2000) and “Scream 4” (2011). Directed by famed “maestro of horror,” the late Wes Craven, the films went on to gross more than $600 million in worldwide box office receipts.  Williamson wrote the original film as well as “Scream 2” and “Scream 4.”

Spyglass launched as a partnership between Gary Barber and Lantern Entertainment. The company has strategic investment backing from Warner Bros. Pictures, leaders in the motion picture industry; Eagle Pictures, the largest independent distributor in Italy; and Cineworld Group, the second largest theater chain in the world. Spyglass is home to more than 250 film library titles, scripted and unscripted television series, including Academy Award winners “The King’s Speech” and “The Artist;” box office hits “The Upside,” “Inglourious Basterds,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “The Hateful Eight,” “Django Unchained,” “Lee Daniel’s The Butler,” “Spy Kids” and “Paddington;” genre franchises “Hellraiser” and “Scream,” and the television series,  “Project Runway.”

Campbell is represented by CAA, Mosaic, attorney Jeff Bernstein and Viewpoint.

About Spyglass Media Group, LLC

Spyglass Media Group, LLC, is an independent premium content company, focused on developing, producing, financing and acquiring motion pictures and television programming across all platforms for worldwide audiences. The company now owns and controls a library of more than 250 films as well as a development slate of films and television series. Spyglass has strategic partnership backing from global industry leaders Lantern Entertainment, Warner Bros. Pictures, Eagle Pictures and Cineworld Group.

About Paramount Pictures Corporation

Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of ViacomCBS (NASDAQ: VIAC; VIACA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television Studios, and Paramount Players. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

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Decca Records Reveals Album Cover For Much-anticipated Bond Film Soundtrack “No Time To Die”

Today, Decca Records reveals the new album cover for Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack for the 25th James Bond film, No Time To Die, as well as a new release date for the record: 13th November 2020.

The soundtrack will include Billie Eilish’s electrifying title track No Time To Die, co-written (with brother Finneas O’Connell) and performed by Eilish, which topped the Official UK Singles Chart in its first week of release, following a captivating performance with Hans Zimmer at the BRIT Awards. 18-year-old Eilish joins an incomparable line-up of singers including Dame Shirley Bassey, Madonna, Adele and Sam Smith as specially selected artists given the prestigious honour of providing a Bond theme.
James Bond Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said: ‘Hans and his team have delivered an exceptional and emotional score for No Time To Die.  It has been a privilege to work with this legendary composer on one of the best Bond soundtracks ever.  Billie and FINNEAS have created a powerful and moving title song for our 25th movie.’
Joining Zimmer on scoring the soundtrack is Johnny Marr, who is also the featured guitarist on the album, with additional music by composer and score producer Steve Mazzaro. Marr, who since co-founding The Smiths has enjoyed a glittering international career working as a session musician and solo artist, is a long-time collaborator with Zimmer. Mazzaro, based in Los Angeles, has previously worked with Zimmer on the 2019 live-action movie The Lion King and his live tour dates, and recently scored the music to the film The Rhythm Section, starring Blake Lively and Jude Law.

The film’s director Cary Joji Fukunaga added: “I’m beyond excited that Hans scored No Time To Die. The music of Bond has always been iconic and I’ve already witnessed Hans adding his touch of genius to the Bond legacy.”

Decca will also release Bond 25 in celebration of the release of the 25th Bond film. This album includes brand new arrangements of the 25 iconic title themes, spanning nearly 60 years of cinema, including From Russia With Love, Diamonds Are Forever, Live And Let Die, GoldenEye and Die Another Day, newly recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios.

No Time To Die from EON Productions, Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios (MGM), and Universal Pictures International is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and stars Daniel Craig in his fifth appearance as James Bond. Craig is joined by Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Léa Seydoux, and Christoph Waltz, who reprise their roles from previous films, with Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, and Ana de Armas joining the cast.

The film will have its theatrical release from 12th November in the UK through Universal Pictures International and in the US from 20th November through MGM via their United Artists Releasing banner.

With award-winning credits scoring some of the biggest blockbusters in recent history, Zimmer adds his magic touch to an enduring film franchise – creating an unforgettable soundworld for a new generation of fans to enjoy.

No Time To Die – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is released on Decca Records on 13th November 2020

“No Time To Die” Film Synopsis

Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

About Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer has scored more than 200 projects across all mediums which, combined, have grossed more than 28 billion dollars at the worldwide box office. Zimmer has been honoured with an Academy Award®, two Golden Globes®, three Grammys®, an American Music Award, and a Tony® Award. Zimmer’s work highlights over the past few years include Widows, which reteamed the composer with director Steve McQueen after previously working together on the critically acclaimed 12 Years A Slave; Blade Runner 2049 which he co-scored alongside Benjamin Wallfisch and earned Grammy, BAFTA and Critics’ Choice nominations for Best Score; and Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk which earned him nominations for an Academy Award, Grammy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA Award, and Critics’ Choice Award. 

Other notable scores of Zimmer’s include Gladiator, The Thin Red Line, As Good as It Gets, Rain Man, The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, Thelma and Louise, Black Hawk Down and The Last Samurai. Zimmer most recently scored the live-action remake of The Lion King, for which he received a Grammy® nomination for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media. The film, which was released by Disney on July 19, 2019, grossed over $1.7 billion at the box office. Upcoming projects include Wonder Woman 1984 set to be released by Warner Bros. June 5, 2020, Top Gun: Maverick, which will be released by Paramount on June 26, 2020, and the latest James Bond film No Time to Die, which will be released by MGM on April 10, 2020. Recently, Zimmer completed highly successful Hans Zimmer Live tour stops across Asia and Australia and continues to perform concerts around the globe including an upcoming European tour beginning in February 2021.

About Decca Records

Decca is one of the world’s iconic record labels. The logo has been associated with some of recorded music’s defining acts: The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Luciano Pavarotti and Ella Fitzgerald to name a few. Decca has a strong association with soundtracks – from early Rogers and Hammerstein to James Horner and Hans Zimmer; from hit movie musicals to the London 2012 Olympics. The label has a long history of best-selling soundtrack releases such as ‘Gladiator’, ‘Braveheart’, ‘Shine’, right through to ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy, the last Bond soundtrack for ‘Spectre’, the Oscar-winning soundtrack to ‘The Shape of Water’ and the soundtrack to the multi-award-winning film ‘Judy’. Decca is also home to such diverse and distinctive artists as Gregory Porter, Melody Gardot, Ludovico Einaudi, Aurora, Imelda May and The Lumineers. Find out more at www.decca.com.

About EON Productions

EON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Broccoli/Wilson family. Danjaq is the US based company that co-owns, with Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios, the copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce future James Bond films. EON Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK based production company that has made the James Bond films since 1962 and together with Danjaq controls all worldwide merchandising. No Time To Die, the twenty-fifth 007 film, will be released in November 2020. For more information, visit www.007.com.

About MGM

Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content as well as the premium pay television network EPIX, which is available throughout the U.S. via cable, satellite, telco, and digital distributors.  In addition, MGM has investments in numerous other television channels, digital platforms, interactive ventures, and is producing premium short-form content for distribution. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.

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Bogoshi Bjaka Bags International Film Awards

New South African film spotlights royal battle between Bapedi blood brothers

Bogoshi Bjaka, a new film by Percy L Maboane, is making waves on the global movie circuit. The film was nominated for best film at the Hollywood International Golden Film Awards in Los Angeles on 17 August and made it to the finals. On 19 August it was again nominated at Crown Wood International Film Festival in Kokata, India, where it won two awards – for best feature film and best women filmmaker for producer Lizzy Moloto.

The film is a good-versus-evil drama about two blood brothers from a royal family who are at loggerheads over the chieftaincy. The conflict between Mothapo and Lerumo angers the ancestors and their gravely ill father, Chief Mothapo III. Lerumo seeks to take the throne forcefully and will destroy anyone who prevents him from succeeding his father. Will Lerumo succeed to take the throne by force or will the rightful heir sit on the throne?‘Bogoshi Bjaka’ focuses on the customs and traditions of the Pedi people from the Limpopo, northern Gauteng and northern Mpumalanga region. Sepedi, also referred to as Northern Sotho, is spoken by approximately 4,7 million people and is one of 11 official languages in South Africa.

The film features veteran South African actors Candy Moloi, and Charles ‘Big Boy’ Maja, both of whom passed away in July. It also stars Sipho Eric Ndlovu, David Mello and Innocent Sadiki.

“We are delighted that the film won an award for producer Lizzy Moloto in National Women’s Month,” says director Percy Maboane. “We are proud to share and celebrate the film’s success with South Africans, and we congratulate the cast and crew for making the country proud.”

Moloto says she was honoured that her first feature film to have represented the country internationally came back with two awards. “To receive this recognition signifies a job well done and I am grateful for the outstanding work done by our director, cast, crew, production, and post. I look forward to Mzansi’s support for the film.”

Moloto founded television and film production company LMOL in 2009, and it has produced a significant amount of content for local channels, including ‘Ditokelo’, ‘The Calling’, ‘Masheleng’, ‘Pushy Passion’, ‘Sisters’, and ‘Nyaope Gangsters’.

‘Bogoshi Bjaka’ will be distributed in South Africa by Indigenous Film Distribution.

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Paul Slabolepszy’s New Film “Mr. Johnson” To Have World Premier At Garden Route International Film Festival

Mr. Johnson starring Paul Slabolepszy and Jana Cilliers will have its international premiere at the Garden Route International Film Festival which runs from 21 September through 11 October 2020. In line with the international festival trend, this year’s GRIFF will go virtual.

Paul Slabolepszy and Jana Cilliers

Directed by William Collison (Dis Koue Kos, Skat, Jagveld), Mr Johnson is the fourth film from Azania Productions the team behind the box office hit Broken Promises Forever and the recent sleeper hit Blessers.

“We are thrilled to be able to premiere this charming film at GRIFF,” says producer Aimee Dherman. “The virtual nature of the festival means that we can showcase this film to a much wider audience than we ordinarily could.”

Mr Johnson is a bitter-sweet drama that examines some of the ways old people are disregarded, side-lined and invisible in society.

When David Johnson awakes from a 47-year coma at the age of 73, he has a hard time dealing with his aged body and the fact that he has missed out on more than half his life. As he slowly steps into this strange new world, his youthful exuberance is undimmed and, with a little prodding, he tackles life and love with the energy and passion of a man half his age. However, like many other people of his age, he also has to wrestle with issues of loneliness and alienation.

“The inspiration for Mr Johnson came to me when I was going through an existential crisis a few years ago and suddenly became aware of my own mortality,” says writer/director William Collison. “What would it be like to slip into a coma, wake up in old age, and, with only a few years left, have to figure out the meaning of life”.

The film also stars Frank Rautenbach (The Bang Bang Club), Sisanda Henna (Griekwastad), Graham Hopkins (Eye in the Sky), Jailoshini Naidoo (Keeping Up with the Kandasamys), Carla Claassen, Drikus Volschenk (Dis Ek, Anna), Anthony Cole, Heike Brunner, Clayton Boyd, Marinus Gubitz (Onortodoks), and Mila Guy (Wonderlus).

Mr Johnson was made with support of the Department of Trade and Industry, National Film and Video Foundation and Indigenous Film Distribution.

The film is scheduled for release in 2021.

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Louw Venter’s “Stam” (The Tree) To Premiere On DStv BoxOffice

Stam’ (The Tree), a new film written and directed by Louw Venter and produced by the team behind the multi-award winning ‘Inxeba’ (The Wound, 2017), will be released on DStv’s BoxOffice in October.

The film is already generating a lot of buzz in the industry, and is being hailed as uniquely Afrikaans, utterly unpredictable, and without pretention or political correctness in its exploration of the inner world of a set of characters seeking to belong.

There will be a private screening of the film for the industry at the 2020 kykNET Silwerskermfees, which will be held as a three-day webinar, from 2 to 4 September. ‘Stam’ will have its world premiere in competition at this year’s Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), which runs from 10 to 20 September. For the first time in its 41-year history, DIFF will go virtual. ‘Stam’ will also be available on KKNK’s (Klein KarooNasionale Kunstefees) digital screening platform in late September.

‘Stam’ is a choral narrative which follows the interlinked lives of five very different characters over the course of a few hours in inner city Cape Town. “Now, more than any other time in living memory, we are being forced to look at the meaning and importance of human connection, a theme that lies at the heart of the film,” says director Louw Venter. “The pandemic has proved unequivocally that there are inextricable forces binding us together more powerfully than we could ever imagine. We are all part of each other’s stories. ‘Stam’ is an exploration of these invisible chains that bind us. Connections and relationships that go far beyond familiarity, economics, gender, race or social standing.”

‘Stam’ boasts a strong ensemble cast, lead by Inge Beckmann (‘8’, ‘The Dark Tower’, ‘Troy: Fall of a City’, ‘Escape Room’), Gideon Lombard (‘Suidooster’, ‘Lien se Lankstaanskoene’, ‘Black Sails’, ‘Twee Grade van Moord’), Tarryn Wyngaard (‘Tess’, ‘Noem My Skollie’, ’Arendsvlei’) Niza Jay (‘Inxeba’, ‘Validictory’), with supporting performances by Armand Aucamp (‘Sterlopers’, ‘Ballade vir ‘n Enekling’, ‘Wat kook by Andre Aucamp’), Nicola Hanekom (‘Sinbad’, ‘Song vir Katryn’, ‘Isidingo’, ‘Charlie Jade’, ‘Fishy Feshuns’, ‘Shado’s’ and ‘Heartlines’), Jill Levenberg (‘Noem my Skollie’, ‘Suidooster’, ‘Rugby Motors’, ‘Final Verdict’ ‘Stokvel’, ‘A Place Called Home’), and Oscar Peterson (‘Vloeksteen’, ‘Die Byl’, ‘Traffic!’, ‘Suidooster’, ‘Die Boland Moorde’, ‘Swartwater’, ‘Sara se Geheim’ and ‘Parlement Parlement’).

Cape Town too, with its particular brand of tribalism, decay, magic, gentrification, globalisation and regeneration, plays a central role in the film. “It’s a city quite unlike anything anywhere else on earth,” Venter says.

2020 has seen the global film industry pivoting to a virtual experience, and South Africa is no different. “We live in a hyper-connected, mobile world,” says Helen Kuun, MD of Indigenous Film Distribution, and distributor of ‘Stam’. “From screening movies at theatres, we are sending audiences to streaming sites, which gives consumers instant gratification. They are in control of what they watch, and how and when they watch it, which is good news for local film as we are seeing an increase in engagement. In terms of character, plot and storytelling, ‘Stam’ is an excellent film that is bound to benefit from this increased amount of viewing time at home.”

The film will follow a new model of theatrical release on BoxOffice in early October. “It’s exciting to be trying something totally new by partnering with BoxOffice for ‘Stam’s’ commercial South African début,” says producer Elias Ribeiro of production company Urucu. “We look forward to the film being so widely available to audiences in the safety and comfort of their homes.”

‘Stam’ was produced with the support of M-Net, kykNet, the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa (DTI), the Netherlands Film Fund, the Netherlands Film Production Incentive and the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF).