Regina Hall Stars in ‘Honk for Jesus’ Trailer

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Regina Hall stars in “Honk For Jesus.” Save Your Soul.” as Trinitie Childs, the first lady of a Southern Baptist megachurch who stands by her man, Pastor Lee-Curtis Childs (Sterling K. Brown), as the couple resist to a scandal that drove out their congregation, which once numbered tens of thousands.

“It’s going to tell the ultimate comeback,” Brown says as the clip opens.

The trailer follows Trinitie and Lee-Curtis’ attempt to reopen their church and rebuild their congregation by any means necessary — including ‘shaking it for the lord’ — as a group of documentarians film their every move. .

“I just want to clarify a few things before we start. Not every woman is cut out for the great responsibility of being a First Lady,” says Hall’s Trinitie. “Lee-Curtis and I are going to cross to the other side.”

The two-and-a-half-minute clip, which features a remixed version of Big Tymers’ 2002 hit “Stay Fly,” showcases Brown and Hall’s comedic chemistry and timing, while sharing a taste of the film’s satirical take. on mega-church culture as a couple scrap with the community and each other in their fight to regain the upper hand.

“I’m Rocky in this fight,” Brown says, punching the air, over breakfast.

When Hall shrewdly asks, “But Rocky didn’t win?”, he reasons, “But he won in ‘Rocky 2.’ Lord baby, how many times do I have to tell you? Get past the first movie. That was our setup!

The winners are already the filmmaker siblings behind the film – writer-director Adamma Ebo and producer Adanne Ebo, known as the Ebo Twins – as they make their theatrical debut with the “Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul,” which is adapted from their 2018 short film of the same name. After making its world premiere as an Official Selection at Sundance in January, the film rights were sold to Focus Features, Peacock and Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw for $8.5 million.

The film is produced by Peele, with Daniel Kaluuya on board as producer through his 59% production company along with Amandla Crichlow; alongside the Ebo twins; Jessamine Burgum and Matthew Cooper of Pinky Promise; Rowan Riley; Kara Durret; Hall and Brown.

“Honk for Jesus. Save your soul.” makes its theatrical debut and launches on Peacock on September 2.

Watch the full trailer below:

Unearthed Films Launches New Banner, Sets August Release Date For ‘The Old Man’

Unearthed Films launched a new animation branch Unearthed Animation as part of the 20th anniversary of independent distributors.

“Unearthed Films has successfully released many animated titles over the years,” Unearthed Films CEO Stephen Biro said in a statement. “With our releases of ‘Rock & Rule’, ‘Where The Dead Go to Die’, ‘City of Rott’, ‘Mecanix’ and ‘Dead Fury’, we have decided to launch a dedicated distribution arm called Unearthed Animation to present wonderfully demented and outrageous animation, glorious stop motion movies, and giving fans something unique and fun to watch over and over again.

The banner will launch its first project, “The Old Man: The Movie”, an Estonian stop-motion feature film based on the popular web series by Peeter Ritso and Mikk Mägi. The film follows three city kids who spend their summer with the grandfather in a remote village and find themselves in a mad dash to retrieve the man’s cow before it causes a milk pocalypse. Unearthed Animation will release the film on August 9 on DVD and Blue-ray, both in the original Estonian and in a new English dub directed by Jimmy ScreamerClauz. The film was directed by Ritso and Mägi, and produced by Mägi with Veiko Esken, Erik Heinsal and Tanel Tatter.

The distribution deal was handled by Biro for Unearthed Animation and Eurooscura’s Marco Magni for Bop Animation and Apollo Film Productions. Watch the trailer for “The Old Man: The Movie” below.

“Icon” from Tony Ahedo’s Coming of Age Acquired by KDMG, Inc.

Kaczmarek Digital Media Group, Inc. (KDMG) has acquired Pretty Sweet Films’ production of Tony Ahedo’s feature debut, “Icon.” KDMG, Inc. will release the film on all TVOD/Digital and Blu-Ray/DVD platforms in North America on August 1st.

“Icon,” a coming-of-age drama starring Parker Padgett and Devon Hales, follows a young man who is forced to deal with the brutal realities of adulthood and responsibility due to a surprise pregnancy. Things quickly spin out of control as he simultaneously tries to uncover the truth about why his absent father hasn’t come into his life since he was a year old.

Inspired by a true story, “Icon” also stars Julia Denton, Tony Demil, Bryce Anthony Heller and Ronald Sansone’s feature debut. The film was shot in Ahedo’s hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida, and it significantly draws elements from his own childhood in the 1990s and early 2000s as inspiration for the movie story.

Cinematographer Harrison Stagner used different cameras, including a Canon C200 and a BMCC4K with a vintage ’60s lens, to embody the film’s evolving timeline. “Icon” also features an original score by Chris Carlone.

Apple TV+ Reveals Trailer for Original Animated Film ‘Luck’

Apple TV+ has released the trailer for “Luck,” an Apple Original movie premiering August 5 on the streamer. The film follows the story of Sam Greenfield (Eva Noblezada), the luckiest person in the world. When she accidentally stumbles upon the magical land of luck, she begins a journey to bring luck back to her best friend. But humans aren’t allowed in this new realm, so she must team up with the magical inhabitants to help her on her mission.

The film also features the voice talents of Jane Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg, Simon Pegg, Flula Borg, Colin O’Donoghue, John Ratzenberger and Adelynn Spoon. “Luck” is produced by Skydance Animation and is directed by Peggy Holmes from a script by Kiel Murray, with John Lasseter, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and David Eisenmann producing for Skydance Animation.

Watch the full movie trailer below.

‘Devotion’ delays November release

“Devotion,” the upcoming war movie starring Jonathan Majors and Glen Powell, has changed its flight plan.

The film, which is produced by Columbia Pictures and distributed by Sony Pictures, will now open Nov. 23, ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. It was previously slated for an October platform release, opening in select theaters on October 14, expanding on October 21, and releasing on October 28.

Based on the book by Adam Makos, “Devotion” tells the true story of Jesse Brown (Majors) and Tom Hudner (Powell), famous US Navy pilots during the Korean War. Christina Jackson, Joe Jonas and Thomas Sadoski co-star in the film, which is directed by JD Dillard from a screenplay by Jake Crane and Jonathan AH Stewart. Dillard and Powell are executive producers while Molly Smith, Rachel Smith, Thad Luckinbill and Trent Luckinbill are producing.

With the move, Majors fans will still get their fix of the actor on November 23, which was the original release date for “Creed III.” Majors joins the boxing franchise – a spinoff of Sylvester Stallone’s “Rocky” films – as a mysterious new antagonist who takes on Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis Creed. Jordan makes his directorial debut with the feature film.

Documentary on the collapse of the Champlain Towers in development

101 Studios, Grain Media and the Miami Herald team up for a documentary about the horrifying collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium building in Surfside, Florida that killed 98 people in 2021.

The film, about one of the deadliest construction failures in modern history, will be based on the Herald’s Pulitzer Prize-winning report. “Surviving Surfside” will include interviews with survivors, first responders, loved ones of the victims, as well as journalists and engineers examining the event. It will reveal “Miami’s checkered history” and examine suspects who may have contributed to the collapse of the 12-story beachfront condo.The survey finds that “this crisis could have been avoided”, revealing “profound truths about how profit so easily trumps human life”, according to a press release.

“As a newsroom, we have poured our hearts into breaking news and continued daily coverage, as well as subsequent investigative coverage, of the story of the Champlain Towers South condominium collapse,” said Miami Herald editor Monica Richardson. “It was our story to tell because the people and families of Surfside who have been affected by this unthinkable tragedy are part of our community.”

The doc is the second ongoing project about the tragedy. “Surfside,” a three-part documentary series about the collapse, is also in development by director Stephanie Soechtig and former “E! News” host Jason Kennedy.

David Hutkin, COO of 101 Studios, which produces “Yellowstone” and “Mayor of Kingstown,” said “Surviving Surfside” is a story “obviously about unthinkable tragedy, but it’s also a story that demonstrates the power of ‘human”. the spirit and importance of tenacious journalism fighting for the truth. We are very proud to partner with the Herald and Grain Media to bring this high-stakes mystery to audiences in a way that has never been seen before.

Indie Rights acquires Nicola Rose’s “Goodbye, Petrushka”

Indie Rights has acquired worldwide rights to the coming-of-age comedy “Goodbye, Petrushka” and is set to give the film a theatrical and streaming rollout.

The studio will partner with Parsley Productions for a week-long engagement at Cinelounge Sunset in Los Angeles from July 15-21, as well as a one-night howl on July 17 in New York. The film will then premiere on Amazon Prime in the United States and Canada, followed by other major streaming platforms. The deal was brokered by Linda Nelson for Indie Rights and “Goodbye, Petrouchka” producer Tierney Boorboor.

Directed by Nicola Rose, “Goodbye, Petrushka” stars Lizzie Kehoe as Claire, a student and puppeteer who impulsively moves from New York to Paris after meeting a French figure skater. The film is produced by Mark A. Baum, Ed Cuffe, Mike Reuten and Imraan Farukhi.

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