‘MEAN GIRLS’ Is Back With A Fresh Spin And An Awesome Cast!

In the dynamic realm of high school dynamics, the eagerly awaited film “MEAN GIRLS,” a brainchild of Tina Fey’s creative genius, offers a contemporary twist to the cherished modern classic. The official trailer, teaser poster, and a glimpse into 10 captivating images unveil a stellar cast, featuring Angourie Rice as Cady Heron, Auli’i Cravalho as Janis ‘Imi’ike, Reneé Rapp as Regina George, Jaquel Spivey as Damian Hubbard, Avantika as Karen Shetty, Bebe Wood as Gretchen Wieners, Christopher Briney as Aaron Samuels, Jenna Fischer as Ms. Heron, Busy Philipps as Mrs. George, Ashley Park as Madame Park, Tina Fey as Ms. Norbury, and Tim Meadows as Mr. Duvall, among others.

The storyline follows Cady Heron, portrayed by Angourie Rice, as she steps into the intricate world of high school social dynamics. Embraced by the coveted group known as “The Plastics,” led by the cunning Regina George (Reneé Rapp) and her loyal companions Gretchen (Bebe Wood) and Karen (Avantika), Cady’s journey takes an unexpected turn when she becomes entangled with Regina’s ex-boyfriend, Aaron Samuels (Christopher Briney). This romantic misstep propels Cady into the crosshairs of Regina’s schemes.

Guided by her outcast allies Janis (Auli’i Cravalho) and Damian (Jaquel Spivey), Cady maneuvers the complexities of high school life, aiming to dismantle the apex predator that is Regina George. The narrative captures the essence of staying true to oneself in the challenging jungle of high school.

“MEAN GIRLS,” presented by Paramount Pictures and produced by Broadway Video/Little Stranger Production, is executive produced by Jeff Richmond, Nell Benjamin, Eric Gurian, Erin David, and Pamela Thur. Producers Lorne Michaels and Tina Fey, with Tina Fey contributing the book, Jeff Richmond providing the music, and Nell Benjamin crafting the lyrics, lead the creative team. Based on the stage musical “MEAN GIRLS,” Tina Fey pens the screenplay, while the film is directed by Samantha Jayne and Arturo Perez Jr.

With a stellar cast, including talents like Angourie Rice, Auli’i Cravalho, Reneé Rapp, Jaquel Spivey, Avantika, Bebe Wood, Christopher Briney, Jenna Fischer, Busy Philipps, Tina Fey, with Tim Meadows, the film promises to breathe new life into this reimagined classic on the big screen. Brace yourself for the captivating world of “MEAN GIRLS” as it unfolds its laughter, drama, and timeless lessons in the hallways of high school.

Production Commences on ‘The Sloth Lane’: A Heartwarming Addition to the Tales From Sanctuary City Franchise

In a groundbreaking partnership, Like A Photon Creative, alongside Sola Media, proudly announces the initiation of production for ‘The Sloth Lane.’ This delightful addition to the beloved Tales From Sanctuary City franchise unfolds a touching narrative of self-discovery, family bonds, and enduring friendships.

As an Australian and female-owned production house, Like a Photon Creative takes the helm in bringing this animated gem to life, while Sola Media secures its distribution, having recently acquired international rights for the next trio of animated features within the Sanctuary City franchise.

The film boasts a dynamic cast of stellar talents, blending Australian and international flair. Leslie Jones, the renowned stand-up comedian (known for Ghostbusters, The Angry Birds Movie 2, and Sing), lends her voice to Dotti Pace, a clever and ambitious cheetah. Teo Vergara embodies the excitable and energetic sloth, Laura, while Olivia Vásquez voices Gabby, Laura’s mother. Ben Gorroño brings Luis, the big lovable sloth, to life, and Facundo Herrera gives voice to Mani, the ‘most sloth’ of the family. Remy Hii takes on the role of Platy, the Platypus technician, and Matteo Romaniuk voices Arlo, a short-beaked Kiwi with boundless optimism.

Sola Media will showcase initial materials to international buyers at the AFM, expressing anticipation for the audience to meet the adorable family of sloths. Solveig Langeland, Managing Director of Sola Media, remarks, “Their journey to the fast-paced world of Sanctuary City with their slow food truck entertains with humor, emotions, and a timely message. We are expecting international buyers to move fast on our slow sloths.”

Synopsis of ‘The Sloth Lane’:

“The Sloth Lane” unfolds the story of Laura, a swift 12-year-old sloth, and her uniquely odd sloth family, left devastated by a storm that destroys their family restaurant and only home. Forced to embark on a journey with their rickety old food truck, the family heads to Sanctuary City.

Armed with generations-perfected family recipes, their food truck becomes a huge success, catching the attention of the snappy entrepreneur, Dotti Pace. Deceived into giving up their secret recipes, this tight-knit family of sloths must defy the odds to reclaim their beloved recipe book.

Combining heartwarming coming-of-age elements with an action-packed thriller, ‘The Sloth Lane’ urges its audience to savor life’s delicious, funny, and wonderful moments.

Through intricate handcrafted 3D art, the captivating story of Laura and her family is poised to enchant audiences globally.

Produced by Kristen Souvlis, Nadine Bates, and Ryan Greaves, and directed by Tania Vincent & Ricard Cussó, the film is supported by Screen Queensland’s PDV funding and financier Alceon Entertainment.

Media Release sent by Lily Maxwell of Feature Communications

Rev Your Engines: 20th Century Studios Drops Trailer, Poster, and Exclusive Stills for ‘The Bikeriders’!

Prepare to rev your engines as 20th Century Studios has dropped the highly anticipated trailer and poster for their upcoming feature film, “The Bikeriders.” Directed and written by Jeff Nichols, this film made its debut at the Telluride Film Festival last week and has already received critical acclaim.

Deadline’s Pete Hammond hails the ensemble cast, led by Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve,” “The Last Duel”), Austin Butler (“Elvis”), and Tom Hardy (“Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Revenant”), as superb.

The cast, many of whom performed their own motorcycle stunts on a variety of era-appropriate bikes, also includes Michael Shannon (“Bullet Train”), Mike Faist (“West Side Story”), Boyd Holbrook (“Logan”), and Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”). “The Bikeriders,” brought to life by writer-director Jeff Nichols (“Loving,” “Midnight Special,” “Mud”), is a gripping drama that traces the ascent of a fictional 1960s Midwestern motorcycle club through the lives of its members. Inspired by Danny Lyon’s iconic photography book, it immerses viewers in the gritty, oil-soaked subculture of ’60s bikers.

Kathy (played by Comer), a determined Vandals club member married to the wild and reckless Benny (Butler), recounts the Vandals’ journey over a decade. The club begins as a local assembly of outsiders united by camaraderie, roaring bikes, and their unwavering leader, Johnny (Hardy). As time passes, Kathy grapples with her husband’s untamed spirit and his loyalty to Johnny, with whom she competes for Benny’s attention. With the Vandals veering toward a more menacing path, Kathy, Benny, and Johnny are confronted with choices about their allegiance to the club and each other.

Produced by Sarah Green, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, and Arnon Milchan, “The Bikeriders” promises to be a gripping and visceral cinematic experience. Yariv Milchan, Michael Schaefer, Sam Hanson, David Kern, and Fred Berger serve as executive producers.

Next on the agenda, “The Bikeriders” will be showcased at the London Film Festival from October 4th to 15th. Australian audiences can also anticipate its arrival in cinemas in the near future. Get ready for a wild ride!

Unleashing Turtle Power: Inside the TMNT Mutant Mayhem Experience in Sydney

In a remarkable fusion of pop culture and immersive entertainment, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) recently descended upon Sydney’s Central Station Grand Concourse, offering fans a unique opportunity to bask in the glory of the iconic “heroes in a half shell.” The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem Experience, held from September 1 to September 3, served as a captivating precursor to the Turtles’ imminent cinematic return on September 7.

The TMNT Underground Lair: A Portal to Childhood Nostalgia

The centerpiece of this extraordinary experience was an intricately designed underground lair, meticulously recreated to emulate the very essence of the TMNT universe. From the moment attendees set foot within its confines, they were transported into a world of animated enchantment. The attention to detail was nothing short of astonishing, as every corner of the lair pulsated with the vivacity of the beloved series. This interactive exhibition offered fans a tangible connection to the Turtles’ secret sanctuary, an unparalleled opportunity to delve deep into the lore that has captivated audiences for generations.

A Culinary Affair, TMNT Style

To satisfy the insatiable cravings of attendees and align with the Turtles’ notorious love for pizza, the event featured a delectable spread from Pizza Hut. It was a culinary delight that brought smiles to the faces of fans and made them feel like true denizens of the Turtles’ world. Gelatissimo’s tantalizing ice cream creations rounded off the gastronomic journey, leaving attendees with a sweet aftertaste of nostalgia, much like the heartwarming lessons imparted by the TMNT franchise.

Nostalgia Meets Modern Entertainment

The TMNT: Mutant Mayhem Experience catered to a diverse audience, bridging generational gaps with finesse. Retro TVs showcased classic TMNT episodes, evoking waves of nostalgia among long-time aficionados while introducing younger fans to the enduring magic of the series. The training ground designed for kids and the skateboard spot were hits with the younger crowd, offering them a taste of the Turtles’ life of action and adventure. Classic arcade games transported attendees back to a time when arcades were the epicenters of entertainment, reminiscent of the Turtles’ own adventures.

Notably, a wall space was allocated for attendees to leave heartfelt messages for the Turtles, underlining the emotional bond that fans have cultivated with these beloved characters. It was a touching gesture that acknowledged the enduring impact of the TMNT franchise on multiple generations.

In Conclusion, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem Experience was an unparalleled fusion of entertainment, nostalgia, and gastronomy. It served as a testament to the enduring appeal of the TMNT franchise and its ability to bring people of all ages together. In a world where the line between reality and fiction is often blurred, this experience was a resounding affirmation that the magic of childhood heroes can be relived and cherished in the most extraordinary of ways. Here’s to the TMNT and their indomitable Turtle Power, which continues to captivate and inspire fans worldwide.

Nintendo Australia Unveils Emma Watkins as New Face of Nintendo Switch Campaign

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In an exciting announcement, Nintendo Australia has revealed that the multi-talented Australian children’s entertainer, singer, actress, and dancer Emma Watkins is the latest celebrity to grace the screens in a dynamic brand campaign for the Nintendo Switch.

Emma skillfully showcases how the Nintendo Switch seamlessly integrates into her active lifestyle in this fresh campaign. With captivating games like Ring Fit Adventure, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Pikmin 4, the Nintendo Switch provides Emma with moments of relaxation and enjoyment amid her bustling work schedule and touring commitments.

A genuine aficionado of the Nintendo Switch, Emma enthuses, “It’s been such a thrill to partner with Nintendo Australia for this campaign and show how these games, and Nintendo Switch, form a part of my home routine and help me to relax and unwind by myself and with family. Sharing the fun with my husband and sister has been great too!” 

The campaign commercials also showcase the involvement of Emma’s sister, Hayley Watkins, and her husband, Oliver Brian, adding a heartfelt touch to the narrative. The debut TV commercial, highlighting the entertaining gameplay of Ring Fit Adventure and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, is already captivating audiences.

Explore the captivating world of Nintendo Switch with the first commercial starring Emma Watkins and her sister, Hayley. Immerse yourself in their journey of unwinding and connecting through the magic of Nintendo Switch.

Stay tuned for more engaging content and inspiring narratives as Nintendo Switch continues to bridge the gap between entertainment, lifestyle, and innovation.

For further updates and to stay connected with Emma and Hayley Watkins, join the conversation on social media and explore the endless possibilities of the Nintendo Switch experience.

Beyond the Octagon: ‘STYLEBENDER’ Documentary Explores the Complex Life of Israel Adesanya

Prepare for an enthralling journey into the life of MMA superstar Israel Adesanya as the trailer for the much-awaited documentary, “STYLEBENDER,” takes center stage. Directed by the accomplished Zoë McIntosh, renowned for her works like “Dark Tourist” and “The World in Your Window,” this documentary promises an intimate perspective on Adesanya’s life. Set to hit cinemas on September 28, 2023, “STYLEBENDER” boasts of an international premiere that graced the esteemed Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. The film’s captivating narrative was captured over five years, offering unprecedented access into the world of UFC World Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya and his dedicated team.

“STYLEBENDER” isn’t just a documentation of Adesanya’s fights within the octagon; it’s a profound exploration of his journey, his essence, and the complexities that shape him. The documentary delves beyond the veneer of a fighter to reveal the intimate aspects of Israel Adesanya’s life. Born in Nigeria and rooted in New Zealand, Adesanya’s trajectory is far more than a conquest in the ring. This cinematic narrative traverses the realms of masculinity, the aftermath of bullying, the intricate maze of mental health, and the transformative power of dance. “STYLEBENDER” delves deep, providing a poignant and multi-dimensional portrait of this electrifying figure who is nothing short of enigmatic. Aptly nicknamed ‘The Last Stylebender,’ Israel Adesanya’s journey is a testament to his resilience, the scars he carries, and the triumphs that define him.

This cinematic odyssey is a FluroBlack production, a collaborative effort that brings together filmmakers of note. The skilled hands of Fraser Brown (known for “McLaren” and “Dawn Raid”), Leela Menon (acclaimed for “Dawn Raid” and “Mothers of the Revolution”), and Tom Blackwell (noteworthy for “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a #@%!”), are at the helm of “STYLEBENDER.” The film’s realization has been made possible through the support of the New Zealand Film Commission and the New Zealand Government’s Screen Production Grant. The film’s completion was further aided by funding from the New Zealand Government’s Screen Production Recovery Fund.

The captivating tale of Israel Adesanya, as unveiled in “STYLEBENDER,” is set to captivate audiences in New Zealand and Australia. Ahi, the distributor of this compelling documentary, ensures that the journey of Adesanya will resonate deeply with audiences, serving as an inspiring testament to the power of determination, the complexity of the human experience, and the capacity for transformation.

As the cinematic stage is set to welcome “STYLEBENDER” into its fold, the anticipation mounts. The life, the struggles, and the triumphs of Israel Adesanya, a fighter whose journey transcends the ring, will illuminate screens, minds, and hearts. This documentary is more than a depiction; it’s an exploration, a revelation, and an invitation to witness the layers of a man who embodies the spirit of a champion both within and beyond the octagon.

From Sundance Triumph to National Debut: SHAYDA’s Powerful Storyline Is About to Make Waves Across Australia!

Mark your calendars for a significant cinematic event on September 28, 2023. The highly anticipated Australian drama, SHAYDA, is set to make its nationwide debut. Madman Entertainment has just unveiled the trailer for this compelling film, which marks the directorial debut of Iranian-Australian writer and director, Noora Niasari.

SHAYDA, a film that has already garnered attention, is gearing up for its Australian release on September 28th, following its triumphant World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January. At Sundance, the movie received the prestigious World Cinema Audience Award. Additionally, Australian audiences can look forward to its domestic premiere on August 3rd, as the film takes center stage at the Melbourne International Film Festival.

In the heart of SHAYDA’s narrative, a young Iranian mother and her six-year-old daughter seek solace within an Australian women’s shelter during the fortnight of Iranian New Year, known as Nowrooz—a period symbolizing renewal and rejuvenation. United by the resilient community of women within the refuge, they embark on a journey towards liberation in their newfound realm of opportunities. However, their path is soon obstructed by the very violence they fought to leave behind.

SHAYDA stands as an impressive inaugural directorial effort from Noora Niasari, who hails from Tehran and grew up in Australia. A writer-director and a co-founder of Parandeh Pictures, Noora’s portfolio includes short films and documentaries showcased at esteemed film festivals worldwide.

Bringing SHAYDA to life is a collaborative effort, produced by Vincent Sheehan and Niasari, with executive production by Cate Blanchett. The cast boasts the presence of Cannes Best Actress awardee Zar Amir Ebrahimi (known for ‘Holy Spider’), along with Osamah Sami, Leah Purcell, Jillian Nguyen, Mojean Aria, and Selina Zahednia.

A production by Origma 45 in conjunction with Dirty Films and Parandeh Pictures, SHAYDA received substantial backing from Screen Australia in partnership with The 51 Fund. Additional financial support was provided by VicScreen and the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) Premiere Fund.

Powerful Voices: Women Film Composers and Industry Leaders Gather for ‘Future is Diverse

The entertainment industry has witnessed a significant shift in recent years, with an increasing emphasis on diversity and inclusivity. One such remarkable event that embraced this change was the ‘Future is Diverse’ panel discussion, organized as a collaboration between the Alliance for Women Film Composers, Women in Film and Television NSW (WIFT NSW), and the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC). The event occurred at the esteemed Church Street Studios and saw a full house of attendees eager to participate in a meaningful and empowering discussion.

Bringing together influential voices from various fields of the film industry, the panel aimed to shed light on the challenges and triumphs women face in their respective professions and how they are shaping the future of entertainment. Caitlin Yeo expertly moderated the discussion, and the panel featured an impressive lineup of influential women, each excelling in their unique roles and fields. Among them were Julie Kalceff, Kylie Aoibheann, Ana Tiwary, Allyson Newman, Angela Little, and Yantra de Vilder.

The ‘Future is Diverse’ panel provided a platform for the panelists to share their experiences, challenges, and successes in their beloved industry. From breaking stereotypes to overcoming gender bias, the panelists spoke candidly about their journeys and the importance of empowering the next generation of women filmmakers and creators.

Marvel’s Powerhouse Trio Unite in New Trailer for “The Marvels” – A Must-See Cosmic Adventure!

In the highly anticipated Marvel Studios’ feature film “The Marvels,” Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, and Captain Monica Rambeau are ready to soar higher, further, and faster together. The exhilarating new trailer, released ahead of its Australian cinema debut on November 9, promises an action-packed cosmic adventure that will thrill fans worldwide.

The trailer begins by showcasing Carol Danvers, also known as Captain Marvel, in her full superhero glory. Having reclaimed her identity from the oppressive Kree and settled old scores with the Supreme Intelligence, Carol finds herself grappling with unintended consequences that threaten the stability of the entire universe. As she navigates her newfound responsibilities, Carol’s journey leads her to encounter an anomalous wormhole connected to a Kree revolutionary.

This is where the plot takes an unexpected turn, intertwining Carol’s powers with those of a remarkable duo. Enter Kamala Khan, the vivacious Ms. Marvel, a die-hard super-fan from Jersey City. Kamala’s admiration for Captain Marvel has now manifested into a real-life meeting with her idol as their destinies become entangled.

But the surprises don’t end there. The trailer introduces another essential player in this cosmic ensemble – Captain Monica Rambeau, a S.A.B.E.R. astronaut, and Carol’s estranged niece. As Monica steps into the spotlight, it becomes clear that she possesses her own formidable abilities, making her a force to be reckoned with in this epic superhero saga.

With a formidable team formed by Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, and Captain Monica Rambeau, the universe is in for an adventure like never before. Their unique powers and personalities collide, pushing them to learn to work in harmony, relying on each other’s strengths to overcome formidable challenges. As the trailer aptly declares, they are united as “The Marvels” – a trio that stands strong and fights for the greater good of the cosmos.

The star-studded cast of “The Marvels” includes Brie Larson reprising her role as Captain Marvel, Teyonah Parris as Captain Monica Rambeau, and the talented Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel. Joining the ensemble are Zawe Ashton, Gary Lewis, Park Seo-Jun, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Saagar Shaikh, and the iconic Samuel L. Jackson.

Under the skilled direction of Nia DaCosta, the film promises to deliver an immersive cinematic experience, thrilling fans with jaw-dropping action sequences and heartwarming character interactions. The project is produced by the visionary Kevin Feige, who has been instrumental in shaping the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the global phenomenon it is today.

Behind the scenes, a team of accomplished executive producers, including Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Mary Livanos, Jonathan Schwartz, and Matthew Jenkins, work in tandem to ensure the film’s success. The screenplay is a result of the collective efforts of Megan McDonnell, Nia DaCosta, Elissa Karasik, and Zeb Wells, bringing their creative talents together to craft a compelling narrative that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

As the excitement continues to build for “The Marvels,” fans eagerly anticipate its arrival in Australian cinemas on November 9. The film promises to be a celebration of female empowerment, camaraderie, and superhero prowess, inviting viewers to join Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, and Captain Monica Rambeau on an unforgettable journey to save the universe. With their combined strength, courage, and determination, “The Marvels” will be a captivating addition to the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, inspiring and entertaining audiences.

Get a Life, Alright: The Trailblazing Romantic Comedy-Musical Premiering on Australian Television

Excitement is in the air as the groundbreaking romantic comedy-musical “Get a Life, Alright,” takes center stage with its Australian television premiere. Produced by an all-female team, this refreshing film will be streaming on Channel Nine (9Go), boasting a stellar cast that includes Abril Tolnay, Satish Kala, Aileen Huynh, Dilshan Rain, Sukraj Deepak, Paul Hughes, Dilroop Khangura, Amelia Conway, Yannick Lowry, Belinda Delaney, Danny Barton, Michael Giglio, and many more. This production marks the third romantic comedy by Joy House Productions, written by the talented duo Shamini Singhal and Joy Hopwood.

At its heart, “Get a Life, Alright” tells the story of a young struggling actor who stumbles upon a stroke of luck while delivering flowers on set. He falls head over heels for the leading actress, only to become entangled in a web of jealousy fueled by fame. This unique blend of romance, drama, and musical numbers promises to captivate audiences, leaving catchy tunes lingering in their minds for days to come.

Abril Tolnay, one of the film’s stars, expresses, “People should see Get a Life, Alright because it has everything people want in a romantic drama. It has the added bonus of a few musical numbers that will stay in your head for days. It’s the first Australian Indie film of its kind, led by an incredible team of talented women.”

Beyond its surface as a romantic comedy, “Get a Life, Alright” delves into the importance of female friendships and explores mental health in a nuanced manner. The film captures comic moments through captivating 90s-style music videos, infusing nostalgia and humour into the story.

The visual allure of “Get a Life, Alright” is a testament to the work of the talented crew, including cinematographer Linda Ung, set designer Valentina Iastrobova, sound designer Lara Cross, and a team of four accomplished female associate producers—Cat Dibley, Katrina Olsen, Meret Hassanen, and Shamini Singhal.

Prepare to laugh, cry, and be moved as “Get a Life, Alright” unravels the value of family and friendships. Each character is endearing and relatable, ensuring a captivating viewing experience. Don’t miss the premiere on the Nine Network (9Go) on July 21, 2023, at midday.

For further information, please contact Joy Hopwood:
Email: joyhouseproductions@gmail.com
Phone: 0408196950