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:
Phone: 0408196950

The Verdict On The Boogeyman: Is It Worth Your Time Or Money??

Plot: The Boogeyman is based on the 1973 short story of the same name by Stephen King. Still reeling from the tragic death of their mother, a teenage girl, and her younger sister find themselves plagued by a sadistic presence in their house and struggle to get their grieving father to pay attention before it’s too late.

Cast: This horror film is directed by Rob Savage from a screenplay by Scott Beck, Bryan Woods, and Mark Heyman and a screen story by Beck and Woods. The film stars Sophie Thatcher, Chris Messina, Vivien Lyra Blair, and David Dastmalchian.


“The Boogeyman,” adapted from a Stephen King short story from the 1970s, delves into the eerie realm of a creature that has haunted children’s imaginations for generations. However, while the story itself is gripping, the film could benefit from a more captivating title that doesn’t sound like a bargain DVD.

The narrative introduces us to psychiatrist Will Harper (Chris Messina), his teenage daughter Sadie (Sophie Thatcher), and her younger sister Sawyer (Vivien Lyra Blair). As the plot unfolds, we encounter the classic horror movie trope of a monster lurking in the closet or under the bed. This malevolent entity preys on emotionally troubled children, reveling in fear before claiming its victims. Young Sawyer Harper finds herself next in line unless her older sister Sadie can intervene.

The recent loss of their mother has plunged Sawyer into night terrors, while Sadie struggles with her own challenges at school. The film brings to mind other recent horror offerings, such as “Mama,” “Smile,” “The Babadook,” and “Lights Out,” which explore similar themes.

Will, grappling with grief, descends into a downward spiral until a mysterious stranger (David Dastmalchian) enters his life, revealing a horrifying truth—that a supernatural entity is responsible for the deaths of his own three children. It appears this malevolence may have followed him into the lives of the Harper family.

Terrifying events begin to unfold, with ominous black webbing appearing on walls and ceilings. However, the film poses intriguing questions: Where did this entity come from? What does it truly desire? And is there more than one of its kind?

“The Boogeyman” weaves together elements of family values, grief, and childhood fears, using them as metaphors for the monstrous entity at its core. The film is shrouded in deep shadows and darkness, leaving the audience only fleeting glimpses of the undefined monster lurking within. One chilling scene involves a drawing depicting the creature. The combination of darkness, silence, and an enigmatic demon provides an effective visual metaphor.

While the demon is undeniably terrifying, the film refrains from showcasing it in intricate detail. Instead, it relies on a pervasive atmosphere of darkness to ignite the viewer’s imagination. The characters, however, often behave foolishly, with a notable lack of practicality, such as refusing to turn on lights when it would be the most logical course of action. In one scene, a character chooses to burn candles instead of flicking a switch, which feels contrived.

Sophie Thatcher delivers a remarkable performance, carrying the film on her shoulders with emotional depth and complexity. Her tangible on-screen sisterly bond with Vivien Lyra Blair adds authenticity to their characters’ shared fear. Additionally, David Dastmalchian leaves a lasting impression despite his limited screen time.

“The Boogeyman” stands as one of the most unsettling PG-13 horror movies in recent memory. It excels in sound design, mixing, and a captivating musical score that effectively builds anticipation for each scare while maintaining an unwavering tension throughout the film.

Overall, “The Boogeyman” is an above-average scare-fest that deserves a recommendation for horror enthusiasts seeking a well-crafted, genuinely chilling cinematic experience.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Master the Art of Directing: Insights and Inspiration from WIFT NSW and the Australian Directors’ Guild Workshop

The Director’s workshop hosted by WIFT NSW and the Australian Directors’ Guild was a fantastic evening filled with knowledge and inspiration. Held at the prestigious Actors Centre Australia, the event featured the remarkable Bina Bhattacharya and Hattie Archibald, who shared their expertise and insights into the captivating world of directing.

Attendees were treated to a unique opportunity to delve into the art of directing and gain a sneak peek into the diverse styles and approaches directors bring to their craft. The workshop provided a platform for attendees to explore the intricacies of the directorial process, from script interpretation to visual storytelling and everything in between.

The Director’s workshop organized by WIFT NSW and the Australian Directors’ Guild proved to be an invaluable opportunity for aspiring and established directors alike. It not only provided a platform for learning and growth but also served as a testament to the power of collaboration and the importance of nurturing creative talent within the industry.

As the workshop came to a close, participants left with a renewed passion for the art of directing, armed with a wealth of new techniques, perspectives, and inspiration. The evening truly celebrated a director’s craft and the boundless potential it holds in shaping the storytelling landscape.

With heartfelt gratitude to WIFT NSW, the Australian Directors’ Guild, Bina Bhattacharya, Hattie Archibald, and the Actors Centre Australia, we reflect on a noteworthy Director’s workshop that left attendees inspired, enlightened, and eager to embark on their own directorial journeys.