Sundance Winner”Cha Cha real smooth“, the second project of the independent writer-director Cooper Raiff, 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), fresh out of college and stuck at home with his family in New Jersey, with no clear life path. Andrew has no ambition and no real skills, except one: he knows how to get a party started. This skill earns him the perfect job of motivational dancing at the bar and bat mitzvah for his younger brother’s classmates. Things change for Andrew when he meets a local mother named Domino, played by Johnson. He befriends the mother and her daughter, Lola, and finally discovers a future he wants.
Rounding out the cast are Brad Garrett, Leslie Mann, Raúl Castillo, Odeya Rush, and newcomers Vanessa Burghardt and Evan Assante.
In 2020, Raiff’s first-ever film “Shithouse” was released to favorable acclaim. The film, which reportedly has a budget of $15,000, follows a lonely freshman as he forges a connection with his resident assistant during a frat night. Raiff’s debut film was picked up by IFC after winning the Grand Jury Prize for Best Storytelling at the 2020 South by Southwest festival.
“Cha Cha Real Smooth” is produced by Picturestart, TeaTime Pictures and Endeavor Content. Raiff, Johnson, Erik Feig, Jessica Switch and Ro Donnelly are the producers. The film will be released in select theaters and will have its world premiere on Apple TV+ on June 17.
Watch the full trailer below.
“Bullet Train” delayed for a week
Sony’s upcoming action movie “Bullet Train” will leave the station a week later than expected. The film has pushed back its release date from July 29 to August 5. Brad Pitt stars as an assassin who must fend off other colorful killers aboard a high-speed train across Japan. The cast includes Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon and Bad Bunny.
Cinespia announces its 21st summer lineup
Cinespia, the classic Los Angeles outdoor cinematic experience presented by Amazon Studios, returns for its 21st season on Memorial Day weekend at Hollywood Forever Cemetery with screenings of “Mean Girls and “Back to the Future.” Plus, a special screening of “Jurassic Park” will be held this Friday at Los Angeles Historic Park.
“Mean Girls” and “Back to the Future” premiere May 28 and 29, respectively, at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. In addition to the screening under the stars, each event will include pre- and post-film DJ sets, a beer and wine bar, food stalls and a themed photo booth. The following weekend, screenings of “Twilight” and “American Psycho” will be presented.
“We are beyond thrilled to be back at Hollywood Forever and kicking off our 21st season over Memorial Day weekend with two screenings,” said Cinespia founder John Wyatt. Alia Penner, Creative Director of Cinespia, added, “We can’t wait to see our guests under the stars this summer celebrating cinema at some of LA’s most iconic venues.”
Los Angeles’ first and longest-running outdoor series began 21 years ago with a screening of “Strangers on a Train” in front of a few hundred people. Now welcoming up to 4,000 spectators each night, Cinespia has become the most popular outdoor cinema event in Southern California. Guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets, food and drinks before settling down under the stars for the cinematic experience. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.cinespia.org.
Siân Heder will receive the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal from the American Film Institute
Oscar-winning writer and director Siân Heder will receive the 30th Annual Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal at the upcoming AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Julie Andrews gala.
The Schaffner Alumni Medal recognizes the extraordinary creative talents of AFI Conservatory alumni who embody the qualities of filmmaker Franklin J. Schaffner, including talent, taste, dedication, and commitment to quality storytelling in film and television. Past recipients of this 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 more than ever,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO. “We are proud to honor her as an alumnus of the AFI Filmmaking Workshop for Women – and, more importantly, as a storyteller who pushes 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, “Mother.” Her feature debut, “Tallulah,” is an adaptation of “Mother” starring Elliot Page and Alison Janney. The designer also earned multiple WGA nominations for her work as writer and producer for three seasons of the hit Netflix series “Orange is the New Black.”
“CODA,” Heder’s second feature, debuted at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, where it was the first film in the festival’s history to win all four major awards: the Grand Jury Prize, the Audience Award, Best Director and an Ensemble Acting Award. The film went on to win the Best Picture Oscar as well as Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Troy Kotsur. In 2021, Heder announced a comprehensive multi-year 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’s “Impossible” novel.
The presentation of the Schaffner Medal will take place during the AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute to Julie Andrews on June 9. The special will air Thursday, June 16 at 10:00 p.m. on TNT.
Outfits expands screenwriting lab in partnership with Netflix
Established 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, Outfest has expanded the program with the support of partner Netflix, waiving submission fees for all applicants and providing grants to each of the screenwriters selected to help support them financially.
“Everyone knows that a great movie, a great series, a great story starts with the script,” said Outfest executive director Damien S. Navarro. “Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Screenwriting Lab was Outfest’s first foray outside of our namesake festival. The expanded partnership with Netflix allows us to further extend 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, fellows receive one-on-one mentorship from top showrunners, studio, and network executives, as well as writers who offer professional development, scriptwriting support, and insight into the latest industry trends. . The 2022 list 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; frames. 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 Creative Equity Fund, an effort to help create more opportunities behind the camera for underrepresented communities within the television and film industries.
“Working with Netflix to provide additional financial support for creators, whether it’s removing the financial barrier to applying or providing grants to each of our Screenwriting Fellows, helps us further the mission of Outfest to empower LGBTQIA+ storytellers,” added Outfest’s artistic director. Faridah Gbadamosi. “We’re excited to continue nurturing 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 Edward Streeter’s 1949 novel “Father of the Bride”, which previously served as the basis for film versions starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor, in 1950, and starring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton, in 1991. Each incarnation follows the story of a father who is caught off guard when his daughter unexpectedly announces her engagement to her recent boyfriend and struggles to cope with stressful wedding preparations.
The most recent “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 round out the cast. Gaz Alazraki is directing from a screenplay written by Matt Lopez. The film was produced by Garcia, Jesse Ehrman and Ted Gidlow, while Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Paul Michael Perez are producing.
“Father of the Bride” premieres on HBO Max on June 16. Watch the full trailer below.
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