The long-awaited film, The Forgiven, is a fictionalised account of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s efforts as the head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The drama follows Archbishop Desmond Tutu, masterfully portrayed by Forest Whitaker (Black Panther, Rogue One), and his struggle – morally and intellectually – with brutal murderer and member of a former apartheid-era hit squad, Piet Blomfeld (Eric Bana – King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Lone Survivor), over redemption and forgiveness.
While it has been two decades since the TRC concluded, director Roland Joffé’s new film returns to that time to grapple with the terrible truths of apartheid and its legacy. The film opens at South African cinemas nationwide this Friday, 5 October, 2018.
THE FORGIVEN highlights Archbishop Tutu’s efforts to confront the atrocities of apartheid in an attempt to heal and unite South Africa. When Tutu receives a highly articulate letter pleading for clemency, written by the convicted murderer, he becomes intrigued enough to visit the prisoner in his cell; here the two men have a series of intense conversations about guilt and forgiveness.
The film will be shown at the following cinemas around the country:
Ster-Kinekor Blue Route
Ster-Kinekor V&A Waterfront
Ster-Kinekor Cedar Square
Nu Metro Hyde Park
Nu Metro V&A Waterfront
Labia Orange Street
Based on Michael Ashton’s play, The Archbishop and the Antichrist (the playwright collaborated with Joffé on the screenplay), Joffé explains the reasoning behind the film: “This is a subject that’s both social and political but also rather personal, because let’s be honest, we’ve all done things in our lives that we need forgiveness for, that we haven’t come to terms with. We’re all prisoners of our history, whether it’s social, cultural or family.”
Two-time academy nominee Joffé has gained a reputation for hard-hitting political stories and THE FORGIVEN, like his 1984 cinematic breakthrough The Killing Fields, is cerebral and unflinchingly violent in its depiction of South Africa’s recent political history.
Academy Award winner Whitaker delivers a finely nuanced performance, conveying Tutu’s formidable inner strength, dignity and compassion. Having previously portrayed a South African in the film Zulu (2013), he already had an informed understanding of South Africa’s history, which he utilises to add depth and power to his performance as the Archbishop.
Despite being one of Hollywood’s most acclaimed actors, Whitaker confessed that playing Tutu proved to be one of the biggest challenges of his career. “I knew his laugh, his sense of humour, how he felt, his passion, and his faith. But he has a graceful way in which he looks at the world. Trying to pull those things together, to capture the spirit of the man, was challenging.”
Bana, too, delivers a powerhouse performance, using his physicality and charisma to make a loathsome character suitably scary, but also very human.
“This is probably the most intimidating character I’ve ever played,” admits the Australian actor. “The key to the character, for me, was just throwing myself into South African history. There was so much that I needed to know, before I could stand any chance of understanding where Blomfeld’s warped sense of entitlement came from. It was just one of those roles where you have to really jump into the deep end, and trying to learn and understand a lot of the history was the first step.”
Produced by Craig Baumgarten and South African producing partner, Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat from Light and Dark Films, the film was shot completely in and around Cape Town, including at one of the world’s most dangerous prison facilities, Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison. It also boasts strong performances by South African actors Jeff Gum, Morné Visser and Thandi Makhubele.
According to the producers, the story is poignant and timely. “It reminds us of Archbishop Tutu’s gift of forgiveness and the healing it brings, and we are honoured to tell this story.”
The Archbishop himself has given the project his blessing, saying: “This timely, compelling and intelligent film, movingly, and above all humanely, captures what it felt like to be working with those selfless members of the TRC who strove, often against the odds, to help bring both truth and reconciliation to the ordinary people of South Africa. The film is a tribute to the remarkable and healing power of forgiveness and the outstanding compassion and courage of those who offered love and forgiveness as an antidote to hate and inhumanity. This is not only a film about a certain time and place, it is a pean of hope to humanity at large.”
With potent acting, relevant social commentary, adept writing and direction, THE FORGIVEN is a powerful film, and the ultimate testament to the power of forgiveness and finding common ground in our humanity.
THE FORGIVEN was produced by international award-winning feature film and television production company Light and Dark Films. The film will be released in cinemas, nationwide, on 5 October 2018, and is distributed by Filmfinity (Pty) Ltd.
From writer / director Tyler Perry, comes a Paramount Pictures comedy, starring Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, Mehcad Brooks, Amber Riley, Whoopi Goldberg.
Trying to get back on her feet, wild child Tanya (Tiffany Haddish) looks to her buttoned-up, by the book sister Danica (Tika Sumpter) to help her get back on track. As these polar opposites collide with hilarious and sometimes disastrous results, Tanya discovers that Danica’s picture-perfect life including her mysterious boyfriend may not be what it seems.
Nobody’s Fool opens 2 November 2018, in South African cinemas.
“An epic adventure between an old man and a loveable young boy, with a captivating storyline and the cutest baby rhino that will make you want to laugh and cry. It is a kickass visual comedy about villains that get outsmarted in the African bush. Come and experience this unforgettable journey on the big screen and don’t forget your tissues!”, says funnyman, Leon Schuster, about his latest quirky comedy, FRANK & FEARLESS, of which the trailer has just been released. The film officially opens at cinemas nationwide on November 23rd, 2018.
Set in Africa, this hilarious movie takes you on the thrilling adventure of four loveable characters in the African bush. Insecure railway chef, Sonny Frank (Leon Schuster), and a ten year old rural boy, Fearless (Themba Ntuli), set out to kidnap the ambassador of a South-East Asian country in an attempt to stop rhino slaughtering. They are joined on this mission by two four-legged friends; Reini, a baby rhino whose mother was killed by poachers and Fearless’ big and faithful black dog called Dog. When things go terribly wrong, they have no choice but to take on a platoon of merciless poachers, who are led by the terrifying ranger turned poacher, Dolf (Kenneth Nkosi), with whom Sonny has a past.
Written by Gray Hofmeyr, Leon Schuster and Geoff Newton, the motion picture was created by a dynamic team of experts, with acclaimed filmmaker Gray Hofmeyr (Jock of the Bushveld, Sweet and Short, There’s a Zulu On My Stoep) as director and André Scholtz and Menzi Thabede as producers. Schuster is absolutely brilliant in the lead role of this captivating and emotional story, which is unlike anything else previously produced by this legendary entertainer whose films, like Mr Bones and Mad Buddies, are some of the highest-grossing local productions with impressive international sales.
FRANK & FEARLESS promises some incredibly funny laughs combined with a powerful message and some heartfelt personal revelations that will keep audiences captivated until the credits start rolling. Aside from brilliant cinematography, the movie also boasts high-tech 3D animation (Luma Creative Studio), animatronics (DreamSmith) and special effects (Refinery), and the best experts were called in to make the film as authentic as possible.
“I became involved after being approached by a promotions company and have not looked back since. Hopefully, the film will make viewers aware of how critical this situation is and make them realise the emotional impact it has on those who have to see the effects of rhino poaching on a daily basis,” shares The Rhino Pride Foundation’s, Dr Jana Pretorius.
The star-studded cast, which includes Kenneth Nkosi (Tsotsi), Khanyi Mbau (Happiness is a Four Letter Word), Jennifer Steyn (Goodbye Bafana, Madam and Eve) and David Dennis (Soul City), are also praised for their outstanding performances in this heartwarming movie.
The film, which will be released in local cinemas on 23 November 2018, was produced by Thabede Menzi Films, Schus Productions & Dapple Films, in association with M-Net, Film Chrome, SANParks, The Department of Environmental Affairs, the IDC and the DTI and will be distributed by Filmfinity (Pty) Ltd.
CHARACTERS & CAST
Sonny Frank (Leon Schuster)
A fanatical chef, ageing reprobate and collector of wild indigenous herbs and spices. When we first meet Sonny, he is being fired for fighting with a passenger on the high-class tourist train where he works as a chef. He teams up with Fearless to get a free ride to Pretoria for a job interview, while pretending, even to himself, that he is doing it to support Fearless in his bid to save the rhinos. Sonny’s journey is to acknowledge to himself that he is a fraud and to take responsibility for his actions, thereby becoming quite a nice guy.
Leon Schuster began working for the South African Broadcasting Corporation. During his time at the SABC, he created the Afrikaans radio series, Vrypostige Mikrofoon with Fanus Rautenbach – which involved disguising his voice and playing phone pranks on unsuspecting victims.
In 1982, he was approached by Decibel Records to compile a series of sports songs and his first record, Leon Schuster, sold 10 000 units. His second album, Broekskeur, sold more than 40 000 units and was followed by Briekdans and Leon Schuster – 20 Treffers, which sold more than 270 000 copies.
His hit CD Hier Kom Die Bokke garnered an FNB Sama Music Award for Biggest Selling CD of 1995. His following CD, Gatvol in Paradise, sold more than 125 000 units and gave rise to the unofficial Gauteng anthem, Gautengeling.
Schuster’s first feature, You Must Be Joking!, produced in collaboration with Johan Scholtz and Elmo de Witt, became popular with South African audiences and gave rise to the sequel You Must be Joking! Too. These films were candid camera sketches and Schuster made many more of these as well as other slap-stick films, including Mr Bones, his most successful film, which earned more than R33-million at the South African box office.
In 2012, Leon starred opposite funny man Kenneth Nkosi in Mad Buddies and the film was very successful at the South African Box office.
Schuster is well-respected and admired in South Africa. Some even dub him as the best comedian South Africa has produced. He was rated at number #3 in SABC’s greatest South Africans poll for his comedic work and creating a new South Africa.
Leon’s impressive film resume includes You Must Be Joking!, You Must Be Joking! Too, Oh Schucks… It’s Schuster!, Oh Schucks! Here Comes UNTAG, Sweet ‘n Short, Yankee Zulu, Panic Mechanic, Millennium Menace, Mr Bones, Oh Schucks… I’m Gatvol, Mama Jack, Mr Bones 2: Back from the Past, Schucks Tshabalala’s Survival Guide to South Africa, Mad Buddies, Schucks! Your Country Needs You, and Schucks! Pay Back the Money.
His discography is equally impressive – since 1982, he has released 20 albums, including Hie’ Kommie Bokke, Catchup Song And Every Cricket Hit, Op Dun Eish and Dra Die Bok.
Fearless (Themba Ntuli)
Fearless is twelve-year-old rural African boy who is afraid of his own shadow. He was given his name in a failed bid by his mother to change his personality. His best friends are his big black dog, Dog, and an orphaned baby rhino, who inspires him to embark on a mission totally at odds with his character. His hopeful naivety leads him to trust the unreliable Sonny and the ensuing disaster almost leads him to his death. But, with the help of Dog he finds his inner courage and, through his passion for the rhinos, becomes an inspiration and example to the children of the world.
Themba Ntuli is an aspirant filmmaker, actor, writer, director and concept /story developer. He is also a motivational speaker and youth leader. Described as a go getter and a lover of life, Themba’s working career spans more than a decade in the film industry – he has worked on a number of local and international productions such as Rhythm City, Soul BuddyZ, Mampara, Meerkat Maantuig, Ntunjambili, The Last Face, Young Leonardo, The Legend of Black Snake, Mad Dogs, Resident Evil, and more.
Inspired by his calling, he created #ThembaTalksMIND, a brand that focuses on reintroducing and further establishing the Christian faith, good morals, values and living in hope for young people around the world by means of multimedia and entertainment, motivational speaking tours and missions in Africa and around the world.
Dolf (Kenneth Nkosi)
Head ranger of a huge and prestigious wildlife sanctuary, Dolf is sarcastic, two-faced, arrogant and cruel. In short, he is a very bad man.
Kenneth Nkosi is a well-respected, award-winning South African actor. He trained at the Market Theatre laboratory and has appeared in numerous plays at the Market Theatre, Civic Theatre and the Windybrow Theatre.
Kenneth also acted in the highly acclaimed theatrical productions The Graduate, Best Wedding Ever and Monk. In addition, he has appeared in numerous successful TV Shows, including Isidingo, The Toasty Show, Kenny Makenzo and Mzee wa 26.
The talented actor has also donned the hat of filmmaker and has produced movies such as White Wedding, Paradise Stop, Task Force, Perfect Sishebo and Laugh Out Loud. Add to this his scriptwriting ability, which he showcased in Paradise Stop and Hard To Get, and it’s easy to see why his talents are in such high demand.
That said, Kenneth is best known for his charismatic and larger than life roles in the blockbuster movies Tsotsi, Jerusalema, Skeem, Mad Buddies, Nothing For Mahala, Ayanda, Hatchet Hour, Five Fingers For Marseilles, District 9 and Otela.
Beauty (Khanyi Mbau)
Working as a junior ranger under Dolf, Beauty is insecure, easily led, partially sighted and pretty. Her journey is to believe in herself, stand up to her boss, and escape a path to failure, criminality and ultimately, jail.
Raised in a family that celebrated arts, Khanyi Mbau was destined for a career in the arts. She landed her first television role at the age of 8 and presented a children’s fitness show at the age of 12. With the demands of school, she then had to focus on her education.
In 2004 she landed a role on the popular drama series Soul City as Katlego. After the tragic shooting of Lindiwe Cibi, she took on the biggest role of her career, playing the troubled villain, Doobsie, on Muvhango. With her personal life taking the lead, she then met Mandla Mthembu and became the tabloid queen, which signalled the start of a dark period in her life.
Khanyi’s other screen credits include roles in Mzansi and After 9. She was a guest judge on Turn It Out, starred in Ekasi: Our Stories, featured in the documentary I Am and portrayed Sindisiwe Sibeko in the mini-series Like Father Like Son. In 2013 she featured in the docu-reality television series Reality Check, and began hosting her own talk show, Katch It With Khanyi, for which she received a SAFTA nomination. In 2014, she featured in the seventh season of Strictly Come Dancing South Africa.
She made a comeback in 2016, with her first feature film Happiness is a Four-Letter Word, breaking box office records. The film also landed her the Best Supporting Actress nomination for the 2017 Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards. She then joined the cast of Umlilo as a razor sharp public prosecutor and woman of strong principles.
Ruby (Jennifer Steyn)
Ruby is middle-aged American beauty who has a history with Sonny. Why she has a soft spot for the ageing reprobate no-one knows.
Jennifer Steyn is a South African actress and director best known for her starring television roles in Madam & Eve, Jacob’s Cross, Fallen and Abo Mzala. Other television series she has acted in include Shado’s, Shooting Stars, Sorted, Zero Tolerance, End of the Road, Onder Draai die Duiwel Rond, Soul Buddyz, Jozi Streets, Charlie Jade, Home Affairs, Justice for All, Jozi-H, The Human Family, The Principal, The Big Time, Clean Hands and Natural Rhythm.
Jennifer also has an extensive film resumé, having appeared in Cry the Beloved Country, Master Harold and the Boys, Gums and Noses, Goodbye Bafana, Red Dust, The Lovers, Merlin: The Return, Glory Glory, Pure Blood, Borderline, Duma, Free Fall, Windprints, Zimbabwe, Night Drive and Black Butterflies, among others.
Some of her theatre highlights include roles in Macbeth, The Dark Outsider, Old Boy’s, Green Man Flashing, Molly Bloom, The Show – a live performance collaboration between Jennifer and dance guru Tossie van Tonder, A Dolls House, The Milktrain doesn’t stop here anymore, and The Inconvenience of Wings.
In 2015, Jennifer participated in the development of two new South African plays – Chien et Loup by Clare Stopford and Florence by Myer Taub. In the same year, she also directed Tossie Van Tonder in Cathonia for Dance Umbrella.
Over the past 15 years she has shared her craft, teaching voice and performance, in a private capacity and as consultant for various institutions in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Jennifer is also a respected dialogue coach and facilitator of text development.
Gogo (Mary Twala)
Fearless’s devoted, lusty, crazy, village mother.
Mary Twala has had an extensive career as an actress, performing in roles in film, television and theatre.
Her film career includes such films as He Who is Without Sin, The Dark Tower, Vaya, Beyond the River, Leading Lady, Sarafina!, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, A Love in Africa, Malunde, Dr Lucille, Deliwe, Friends, Game for Vultures, Taxi to Soweto, Waati, Science Classic and Score.
Her television career is equally impressive, and includes performances in productions such as Ambitions, The Imposter, Scandal, Hopeville, Dream Hotel, Rooibos with Milk, The Calling, Hard Copy, Home Affairs and Soul Buddyz.
During her long career, she has won a number of awards, including a Golden Horn for Best Actress in a TV Comedy for Skwizas, Best Actress in a Comedy for Undenzani, Best Supporting Actress for Taxi to Soweto, and the PAWE Veteran Recognition Award.
The film boasts fabulous cameos by Alfred Nthombela, David Dennis, Annabel Linder, Camilla Waldren, Tiro Venter, Coco Merckel, Shelly Meskin, Reggie Ndlovu and Tebogo Selebogo.
Fearless’s large, black, long-suffering and devoted canine and second-in-command. After all, someone has to keep Sonny Frank in line.
Adam, or as his owner Julie Bezuidenhout lovingly calls him, Addy Waddy, was born in 2013. Julie knew from the start that Adam was destined for greatness and, after learning to socialise for the first year of his life, Adam went on to do television commercials and series. He trained for an additional 10 months to perfect the commands for his role as Dog in Frank & Fearless.
Adam, who lives in Johannesburg, is the perfect family dog, adores children and people, and loves to show off and make people happy. His all-time favourite thing, however, is food! He shares his home with six Rottweiler buddies, two cats, a Yorkshire Terrier and a Dachshund.
Reini (Animated Rhino)
Along with Dog, this charming, tragic and beloved orphaned baby rhino is Fearless’s closest friend.
Paul Meyer, founding member and CEO of Luma Creative Studio, created Reini and supervised all CGI animation featuring rhinos in the film. Having a fully animated and entirely CGI main character for significant parts of the film is a first for the South African film industry.
Being trusted to bring Reini to life is a dream come true for this internationally acclaimed, award-winning digital content creation studio.
Under Paul’s leadership, Luma has produced VFX for ABC (Disney) and Video Game Products for Microsoft.
Their internally developed animated series, Bun & Bunee, has been sold to Disney XD Latin America & Japan amongst others and was shortlisted as a finalist in the Best Animated Series Family Category of the KidScreen Awards in 2011. In the game development space Luma has produced high end games for iPhone, iPad, Web, PC, Mac, and various Mobile platforms.
Jaco Snyman has been in the film industry for nearly 20 years and has worked on over 60 feature films,
including Mad Max – Fury Road, District 9 and Dark Tower, among others. In 2016 he won a Guild Award for his work on Mad Max – Fury Road, while the collective hair and make-up team won both an Oscar and BAFTA for their work on the film.
Jaco founded DreamSmith, a prosthetic make-up company based in Johannesburg, in 2013. The DreamSmith team designed, sculpted and moulded Reini, an animatronic puppet, into an adorable and functional baby rhino for FRANK & FEARLESS. They also collaborated with the VFX team in bringing Reini to life, ensuring a homogenised performance and end result on screen.
Girlfriends Getaway promises a night of drama, suspense and the journey of best friends
Ladies, mark your calendars for 26 September 2018 and gather your BFFs for this month’s Girlfriends Getaway, which will be hosted at select Cine Prestige cinemas and Ster-Kinekor cinemas.
The ladies-only event will feature the pre-screening of the mystery, thriller, A Simple Favor, and will be hosted at Blue Route, Brooklyn Mall, Cavendish, Cradlestone, Cresta, Eastgate, Gateway, Greenstone, Irene, Mall of Africa, Sandton, The Grove, Tygervalley and The Zone in Rosebank. Look forward to a girls’ night out and prepare to be wowed by the relaxing, luxurious, exciting and surprising activities that makes Girlfriends Getaway the place hottest place to be!
Because Ster-Kinekor understands that a girl can survive it all as long there is some beauty and treats, this month’s girlfriend getaway includes welcome drinks, delicious finger foods, gift bags & much more.
The film will release nationally on 28 September 2018 at Ster-Kinekor cinemas.
If you miss the event, you can still have the Cine Prestige experience. Relax in large, reclining, leather chairs and watch the A Simple Favor play out on the big screen. Choose a gourmet platter from a variety of options. Treat yourself to delicious coffee and cake, a soft drink and freshly-popped popcorn!
A Simple Favor follows three small-town characters: Stephanie Ward, a mummy blogger (Anna Kendrick), her mysterious, stylish and rich best friend, Emily Nelson (Blake Lively) who disappears suddenly and Emily’s husband, Sean Nelson (Henry Golding). After Emily calls Stephanie asking for a simple favour, Emily vanishes. In the pursuit to find her friend, secrets unravel, emotions run high, loyalty is tested, and tragedy and betrayal follow. A Simple Favor will make you appreciate your besties, and there will be plenty of group hugs when you leave the cinema.
Run Time: 1h57 minutes
Age Restriction: 16
Ster-Kinekor commercial sites are situated across the country.
Cine Prestige theatres are situated across the country. You can find them at Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth, Cavendish (Cape Town), Cradlestone (Roodepoort), Cresta Mall (Johannesburg), Eastgate (Johannesburg), Gateway (Durban), Mall of Africa (Midrand), Sandton (Johannesburg), The Grove Mall (Pretoria), The Zone Rosebank (Johannesburg), Vaal Mall (Vaal), and Ilanga Mall (Nelspruit).
Book your tickets now by visiting www.sterkinekor.com or download the SK App on your smartphone. You can also book at the box office. For news and updates, go to Facebook: Ster-Kinekor Theatres | follow Ster-Kinekor on Twitter: @Ster-Kinekor. For all queries, call Ticketline on 0861-Movies (668 437).
Psychological thriller ‘The Tokoloshe’, directed by Jerome Pikwane and starting Petronella Tshuma (Rhythm City, Scandal!), opens at cinemas countrywide on 2 November. The film recently screened at the first-ever Comic Con Africa, from 14 to 16 September, and audiences reacted positively both to the film itself as well as the visual effects presentation by the VFX and sound design team.
“As a distributor of films, it was great to show The Tokoloshe at Comic Con while South Africans were dressed up as super heroes and monsters from films like Batman, Black Panther or Star Wars”, said Helen Kuun, head of Indigenous Film Distribution.
The chilling film has generated much interest at fantasy and horror festivals around the world. It had its European premiere at Frightfest in London, the UK’s largest international horror film festival. Known as the ‘dark heart of film’, the festival showcases the best and most exciting horror from around the globe.
The South African film, a tale about a terrifying predator, tells the story of Busi (Tshuma), a young woman who is desperate for money and takes a cleaning job at a rundown hospital. There she befriends a young girl, Gracie (Kwande Nkosi), who believes she is being terrorised by a supernatural being called the Tokoloshe, a diminutive, malevolent spirit with sexual desires who can cause illness or even death. When children start being taken, Busi is forced to ask if the Tokoloshe is indeed responsible.
Frightfest reviewer Kat Hughes said, “It’s a slow-building supernatural story that teases the scares as the film unfolds. It’s not a jump-scare fest like a lot of Hollywood movies, it’s much more sophisticated and intellectual…It perfectly conveys that fear of the dark that you felt as a child, and also works as a brilliant homage to ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’.”
UK horror movie review site, Love Horror, said, “director Pikwane has done himself proud with this unnerving and progressive piece”, adding that the visual bleakness of the aesthetic and the choice of a dingy setting with low lighting brings about “an uncomfortable stifling mood which remains a consistent element of the film”.
“Audiences responded positively both in the UK and at the world premiere of ‘The Tokoloshe’ in South Korea,” says Pikwane. “The story has universal appeal – Busi must confront the demons from her past so that she can save her young friend from the unrelenting monster that hunts them. It’s an evil that has pursued her all her life.”
Producer Dumi Gumbi said, “Film reviewers in the UK have given ‘The Tokoloshe’ a ‘4 out of 5’ rating, which is meaningful coming from international horror experts. We are hoping that South Africans will love seeing how this film deals with a scary South African myth.”
‘The Tokoloshe’ releases on 2 November at cinemas in South Africa – just in time for the Halloween season.
‘The Tokoloshe’, which has already seen several international sales, was funded by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and M-Net Movies, and will be released by Indigenous Film Distribution.
Empire Entertainment is releasing ON THE BASIS OF SEX on the 25th of January. The film stars Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer and tells an inspiring and spirited true story that follows young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she teams with her husband Marty to bring a ground breaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals and overturn a century of gender discrimination. The feature will premiere in 2018 in line with Justice Ginsburg’s 25th anniversary on the Supreme Court.
KESHA has announced her single from the film via her socials and has written an essay to the message behind it on Refinery 29. A lyrics video also debuted today (“Here Comes The Change: We’re Coming of Age… This is Not a Phase… You know it’s time”) to send the message that this moment is our chance to pick up the baton and realize our destiny is in our hands.
Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Joker,” starring Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, alongside Oscar winner Robert De Niro, and directed, produced and co-written by Oscar nominee Todd Phillips.
“Joker” centres around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck (Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.
The film also stars Zazie Beetz (“Deadpool 2”), Bill Camp (“Red Sparrow,” “Molly’s Game”), Frances Conroy (TV’s “American Horror Story,” Hulu’s “Castle Rock”), Brett Cullen (“42,” Netflix’s “Narcos”), Glenn Fleshler (TV’s “Billions,” “Barry”), Douglas Hodge (“Red Sparrow,” TV’s “Penny Dreadful”), Marc Maron (TV’s “Maron,” “GLOW”), Josh Pais (upcoming “Motherless Brooklyn,” “Going in Style”), and Shea Whigham (upcoming “First Man,” “Kong: Skull Island”).
Phillips (“The Hangover” trilogy) directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with writer Scott Silver (“The Fighter”), based on characters from DC. The film is being produced by Phillips and Bradley Cooper under their Joint Effort banner, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. It is executive produced by Richard Baratta, Joseph Garner and Bruce Berman.
Behind the scenes, Phillips is joined by director of photography Lawrence Sher (upcoming “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” “The Hangover” trilogy), production designer Mark Friedberg (“Selma,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”), editor Jeff Groth (“War Dogs,” “The Hangover Part III”), and Oscar-winning costume designer Mark Bridges (“Phantom Thread,” “The Artist”).
A Warner Bros. Pictures presentation, in Association with Village Roadshow Pictures, in Association with BRON Creative, a Joint Effort Production, “Joker” is set for release October 4, 2019, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Sgt. Stubby documents the true story of a stray dog that joined his master on the battlefields of the First World War and takes the audience through a captivating journey of teamwork, courage and the power of friendship.
Stubby, a stray Boston Terrier cross who becomes a hero during World War I. Narrated by Conroy’s sister Margaret (voiced by Carter) tells this epic tale of how Conroy gives his new friend a name, a family, and a chance to embark on the adventure that would define a century.
Sgt. Stubby documents scenes where Stubby sniffed out incoming gas attacks as well as finding wounded allies under war ruins and even catching a German infiltrator in the trenches.
Sgt. Stubby opens in cinemas, nationwide THIS FRIDAY!
Running time: 1h 24min
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Principal photography began this week on Warner Bros. Pictures’ inspiring drama “Just Mercy,” based on the award-winning nonfiction bestseller by Bryan Stevenson. The film stars Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther,” “Creed,” upcoming “Creed II”) and Oscar winners Jamie Foxx (“Ray,” “Baby Driver,” “Django: Unchained”) and Brie Larson (“Room,” “The Glass Castle,” upcoming “Captain Marvel”). Award-winning filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton (“The Glass Castle,” “Short Term 12”) is directing “Just Mercy.”
A powerful and thought-provoking true story, “Just Mercy” follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan might have had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them.
The film is being produced by two-time Oscar nominee Gil Netter (“Life of Pi,” “The Blind Side”) and Asher Goldstein (“Short Term 12”), with Mike Drake, Michael B. Jordan, Bryan Stevenson, Gabriel Hammond, Daniel Hammond and Niija Kuykendall serving as executive producers. Cretton is helming the film from a screenplay he co-wrote with Andrew Lanham (“The Glass Castle”), based on Stevenson’s bookJust Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Published in 2014 by Spiegel & Grau, the book has spent 118 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers List, and counting, and was named one of the year’s best books by a number of top publications, including TIME Magazine. For the book, Stevenson also won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, an NAACP Image Award, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction.
The main cast also includes O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton”) as Anthony Ray Hinton, another wrongly convicted death row inmate whose cause is taken up by Bryan; Rob Morgan (“Mudbound”) as Herbert Richardson, who also sits on death row awaiting his fate; and Tim Blake Nelson (“Wormwood”) as Ralph Myers, whose pivotal testimony against Walter McMillian is called into question.
The creative team working with Cretton behind the scenes includes director of photography Brett Pawlak, production designer Sharon Seymour, editor Nat Sanders and composer Joel P. West, all of whom previously collaborated with the director on “The Glass Castle.” They are joined by costume designer Francine Jamison-Tanchuck (“Detroit,” “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”).
“Just Mercy” is being shot almost entirely on location in and around Atlanta, Georgia, with a few scenes also filmed in Montgomery, Alabama.
A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, a Gil Netter Production, an Outlier Society Production, “Just Mercy” is slated for release on January 17, 2020, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.
At the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Pokémon World Championships, The Pokémon Company, along with its partners from Legendary Entertainment, unveiled the official title and logo for the first-ever live action Pokémon movie, POKÉMON Detective Pikachu. Mr. Tsunekazu Ishihara, president of The Pokémon Company, welcomed the movie’s director, Rob Letterman, and actors Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton to the stage for the surprise reveal. The stars also engaged the room full of the world’s best Pokémon players in a chant of “Pikachu!” which was recorded for use in the upcoming film, premiering in theaters May 10, 2019.