A Sneak Peek At The New York World Premiere Of Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 29: Ansel Elgort, Corey Stoll, Rachel Zegler, Josh Andres Rivera, Steven Spielberg, Mike Faist, Rita Moreno, Brian d’Arcy James, Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Kevin McCollum, Alan Horne, Kristie Macosko Krieger, and Tony Kushner attend the New York premiere of West Side Story on November 29, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for 20th Century Studios)

 

West Side Story, directed by Steven Spielberg, had its New York world premiere in New York City earlier last month, sponsored by Dolby Cinema. In attendance were director-producer Spielberg; cast members Ansel Elgort, Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, Brian dArcy James, Corey Stoll, Josh Andrés Rivera, Rita Moreno (who also served as one of the films executive producers) and Rachel Zegler; screenwriter and executive producer Tony Kushner; producers Kristie Macosko Krieger and Kevin McCollum; and choreographer Justin Peck in attendance. Photos from the premiere are available now.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 29: Rachel Zegler attends the New York premiere of West Side Story on November 29, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for 20th Century Studios)

 

ABOUT THE FILM

Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner Tony Kushner, West Side Story tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City. This reimagining of the beloved musical stars Ansel Elgort (Tony); Ariana DeBose (Anita); David Alvarez (Bernardo); Mike Faist (Riff); Brian dArcy James (Officer Krupke); Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank); Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino); with Rita Moreno (as Valentina, who owns the corner store in which Tony works); and introducing Rachel Zegler (María). Moreno  one of only three artists to be honored with Academy®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, Tony® and Peabody Awards  also serves as one of the films executive producers.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 29: Steven Spielberg (L) and Ansel Elgort attend the New York premiere of West Side Story on November 29, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for 20th Century Studios)

 

Bringing together the best of both Broadway and Hollywood, the films creative team includes Kushner, who also served as an executive producer; Tony Award® winner Justin Peck, who choreographed the musical numbers in the film; renowned Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor and GRAMMY Award® winner Gustavo Dudamel, who helmed the recording of the iconic score; Academy Award®-nominated composer and conductor David Newman (Anastasia), who arranged the score, Tony Award®-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie), who supervised the cast on vocals; and GRAMMY®-nominated music supervisor Matt Sullivan (Beauty and the Beast,” “Chicago), who serves as executive music producer for the film. The film is produced by Spielberg, p.g.a., Academy Award®-nominated producer Kristie Macosko Krieger, p.g.a. and Tony Award®-winning producer Kevin McCollum. West Side Story has been adapted for the screen from the original 1957 Broadway show. Original choreography by Jerome Robbins, based on the stage play, book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, play conceived, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, music by Leonard Bernstein.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 29: (L-R) Ariana DeBose, Steven Spielberg, and Rachel Zegler attend the New York premiere of West Side Story on November 29, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for 20th Century Studios)

 

From 20th Century Studios, The Walt Disney Company will release West Side Story in Australian cinemas on BOXING DAY, 2021 (with Advance Screenings 17, 18 & 19 December, 2021).

“Measure Of A Man” Single From “The King’s Man” Is Now Available

The music video of Measure of a Man” was released, following the singles premiere last week on Clara Amfos Hottest Record on Radio 1 in the U.K. A collaboration of two of the U.K.s most groundbreaking artists, FKA twigs and Central Cee,  Measure of a Man (released by MARV Music) is from the upcoming 20th Century Studios film,  The Kings Man, and was released by MARV Musica joint venture of MARV and Warner Records.

Discover the origins of the very first independent intelligence agency in The King’s Man, in a story that follows one man who must race against time to stop a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gathering to plot a war to wipe out millions.

The Kings Man is directed by Matthew Vaughn and stars Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, with Djimon Hounsou, and Charles Dance. Matthew Vaughn, David Reid and Adam Bohling are the producers, and Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons, Stephen Marks, Claudia Vaughn and Ralph Fiennes serve as executive producers. The Kings Man is based on the comic book “The Secret Service” by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, and the story is by Matthew Vaughn and the screenplay is by Matthew Vaughn & Karl Gajdusek. The Kings Man opens in Australian cinemas January 6, 2022. 

ABOUT FKA TWIGS

Throughout her career, including three EPs (EP1, EP2 and M3LL155X), Mercury Prize and Brit Award-nominated debut album LP1, and most recent album, MAGDALENE, FKA twigs has established herself as one of the most innovative artists, performers, producers and directors of her generation. MAGDALENE was declared one of the best albums of 2019 – by NPR, The Guardian, The New Yorker, Billboard, Complex, Crack, Loud & Quiet, PAPER, TIME, USA Today and Vice, among others—and received twigs’ second GRAMMY Award nomination for “cellophane” as best music video. Pitchfork declared, “MAGDALENE is not just on the vanguard of pop, it’s in a breathtaking class of its own.” 

FKA twigs has taken a complete approach to every facet of her art and career, and has been honored with a Webby Special Achievement Award for her “incredible contributions to digital culture.” She’s directed and starred in campaigns for Nike, Google Glass, Calvin Klein and Apple, and made her big-screen debut in “Honey Boy.” Most recently FKA twigs collaborated with Hiro Murai on her acclaimed “Sad Day” short film. 

ABOUT CENTRAL CEE

Currently breaking globally in a way no U.K. rapper has done before, since Central Cee dropped breakout single Loading” (now certified GOLD) in October 2020, his rise has been exponential. He counts two U.K. Top 10 singles, a further three Top 20s and over 600 million global streams. His first mixtape Wild West is the years highest selling U.K. debut album, and his latest single Obsessed With You is a certified viral smash, now certified Silver after peaking at number 4, and still remaining within the Top 10 after 12 weeks. But Central Cee is just warming up, with a new mixtape on the horizon.

CCs independently released debut mixtape Wild West is the highest selling independent album of 2021 and on track to be 2021s only U.K. debut album to go Gold. He is breaking internationally, with an ex-U.K. audience share of over 60%, and his 2021 U.K. headline tour sold out in just two minutes. Central Cee went on to win Best Male Artist and Breakthrough Artist of The Year at the GRM Awardsaccolades which add to his already incredible position as Spotifys Radar Artist and YouTubes Artist On The Rise.

With co-signs from The Guardian, Pitchfork, NME, Clash, Complex, Crack, Lil Baby, Big Sean, Wizkid, Virgil Abloh and Drake, Central Cee went on to be hand-picked to star in Drakes latest Nike NOCTA Campaign.

In a couple of years where the unexpected has become normal, Central Cee has been making his name heard, displaying a grime-esque flow over melodic, forward-thinking beats. His blend of concise lyricism, layered with introspective thought and social commentary, has given listeners from his area, someone to champion as a new and rising voice in West Londons rap scene. With over half a billion collective streams, Central Cee is impossible to ignore.

The Encanto Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Is Now Available From Walt Disney Records

Available now from Walt Disney Records, the Encanto Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Encanto Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features eight original songs by Tony®- and Grammy®-winning songwriter/composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton,” “Moana) with original score by award-winning composer Germaine Franco (Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Little,” “Tag).   The soundtrack also features Colombia, Mi Encanto by Carlos Vives and Sebastián Yatra performs the original song Dos Oruguitas” in Spanish in the film, as well as the English language version of the song, in the end-credits. The physical soundtrack will be available on Dec. 17. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Encanto opens in Australian cinemas on December 2, 2021.

On diving into the music of the Colombian-set story, Miranda said A lot of the rhythms are familiar to me, but the instrumentation and orchestration are different and often unique to Colombia.  One of the most fun things is that the accordion is so central to the music. It was really a joy immersing myself in artists I didnt know and doing deeper dives into those Ive grown up lovinglike Carlos Vives, who were lucky enough to work with on this movie. This entire process has been about falling in love with Colombian music and culture and getting to play in that space.

Miranda wrote and produced eight original songs for Encanto. Mike Elizondo (“96,000” from In The Heights,” “My Shot (Rise Up Remix) from The Hamilton Mixtape) co-produced the songs. I hope audiences come away singing these songs just like so many classic Disney movies, said Elizondo. There are so many positive messages about family and our relationships to one another. I also hope they realize how much variety there is in Colombian music. I learned so much about their rhythms and styles during the production process and I hope the audience can use the soundtrack as a gateway to discover Colombian music.

The Encanto Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features eight original songs and a full original score, plus one reprise and one end-credit version of a song from the film. The digital version of the soundtrack also includes instrumental versions of the songs. 

Award-winning composer Germaine Franco is behind the original score for Encanto. Franco worked closely with filmmakers and Miranda to create a signature score that complemented the songs and story.

Commenting on the score, Franco said, Collaborating with Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Charise Castro Smith, and Yvett Merino was a dream!  We created new textures and sonorities, using traditional Colombian instruments such as tiples, bandolas, cununos, marimba de chonta, arpa llanera from Latin America mixed with orchestra. The sound of the score is infused with many Colombian rhythmic styles including bambuco, mapalé, cumbia, and joropo. The score weaves in and out of the beautiful songs of Lin-Manuel Miranda. I hope that the musical imagery of the score evokes the resonant landscape of Colombia, the tenacity of our lead character, Mirabel, the strength of family, and our shared humanity.

Encanto is directed by Jared Bush (co-director Zootopia) and Byron Howard (Zootopia,” “Tangled), co-directed by Charise Castro Smith (writer The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez) and produced by Yvett Merino, p.g.a., and Clark Spencer, p.g.a.  Castro Smith and Bush are screenwriters on the film.

In the film, the magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift from super strength to the power to healevery child except one, Mirabel. But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, might just be her exceptional familys last hope. The voice cast includes Stephanie Beatriz, María Cecilia Botero, Wilmer Valderrama, Adassa, Diane Guerrero, Mauro Castillo, Angie Cepeda, Jessica Darrow, Rhenzy Feliz and Carolina Gaitán. 

You can watch the Music Featurette below:

A New Trailer For “Nightmare Alley” Is Now AVAILABLE

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

Release date: In Cinemas January 20, 2022

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Rooney Mara, Ron Perlman, Mary Steenburgen, David Strathairn

Synopsis: In Nightmare Alley, an ambitious carnival worker (Bradley Cooper) with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words hooks up with a female psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who is even more dangerous than he is. A film by Guillermo del Toro.

The Official Poster & Trailer For Wyrmwood: Apocalypse Has Just Dropped

Wyrmwood: Apocalypse is a post-apocalyptic zombie film that follows soldier Rhys who lives in a zombie-infested Australian wasteland. Rhys is on an arc of redemption as he turns against his evil bosses and joins forces with a group of rebel survivors to help rescue a girl who holds the cure to the virus.

The film which has been hailed as ‘Mad Max Meets Dawn Of the Dead’ – has picked up an audience award at the 2021 Sydney Film Festival for Best Feature Film.

Release Date: February 10,2022

Cast: Luke McKenzie as Rhys, Shantae Barnes Cowan as Maxi, Jake Ryan as the Colonel, Bianca Bradey as Brooke, Tasia Zalar as Grace, Jay Gallagher as Barry and Nick Boshier as the Surgeon General

Directed By: Kiah Roache-Turner

Written By: Kiah & Tristan Roache-Turner

Produced By: Tristan Roache-Turner & Blake Northfield

Check out the trailer below:

Disney and Pixar’s “Turning Red” Introduces Film’s Heartthrob Boy Band 4*Town

According to Turning Red” director Domee Shi, if you set a 13-year-old girls coming-of-age story in the early 2000s, its pretty much mandatory to include a boy band. We needed our character Mei to be obsessed with something that her mom would not approve of, said Shi. Boy bands were the first step into the world of boys for a lot of girls that age. The guys were all super pretty, polished, soft and loving, and they had of way of bringing girls and their besties together. Plus, I thought itd be really cool to create an animated boy band.

Enter Pixars first-ever boy band, 4*Town. Filmmakers called on GRAMMY®-winning singer-songwriters Billie Eilish and FINNEAS to write the fictional bands songsthree in total, including the song Nobody Like U featured in the new trailer. When we first started talking about Billie Eilish and FINNEASback before theyd won a billion GRAMMYSwe could see then how they had their finger on the pulse, said producer Lindsey Collins. We were big fans. We met with them and pitched this crazy idea of a boy band, asking if theyd be interested in writing and producing the songs. They were! 

Eilish, whose sophomore album, Happier Than Ever, debuted at No. 1 in the Billboard 200 in the U.S. and in 19 countries worldwide, made history as the youngest artist to win in all the major categories at the 62nd GRAMMY® Awards, receiving an award for best new artist, album of the year, record of the year, song of the year, and best pop vocal album.

FINNEAS, the youngest ever to win the GRAMMY® for producer of the year (non-classical), built a sterling discography penning and producing smashes for a cadre of superstarsnot only for his sister, Billie Eilish, but also Justin Bieber,  Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Camila Cabello, Tove Lo, Kid Cudi and Ben Platt, among others. His debut solo album Optimist is out now.

GRAMMY®-, Oscar®- and Emmy®-winning Swedish composer Ludwig Göransson (Black Panther,” “The Mandalorian) is composing the score for Turning Red.” “Ive been a fan of his for a while, said Shi. We were drawn to his versatilityhes a composer, but he also produces pop music. We knew he would help us create a very unique sound.

Joining previously announced Rosalie Chiang and Sandra Oh, who lend their voices to Mei and her mother Ming, are Orion Lee as the voice of Meis dad, Jin, and Wai Ching Ho as the voice of Grandma. Meis tightknit group of friends are voiced by Ava Morse as Miriam, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Priya, and Hyein Park as Abby. Tristan Allerick Chen voices classmate Tyler, and Addie Chandler lends his voice to Meis secret crush Devon. Providing the harmonious voices of the members of 4*Town are Jordan Fisher, Grayson Villanueva, Josh Levi, Topher Ngo and Finneas OConnell. Rounding out the voice cast are James Hong, Lori Tan Chinn, Lillian Lim, Mia Tagano, Sherry Cola, Sasha Roiz and Lily Sanfelippo. 

ABOUT THE MOVIE

Disney and PixarTurning Red” introduces Mei Lee (voice of Rosalie Chiang), a confident, dorky 13-year-old torn between staying her mothers dutiful daughter and the chaos of adolescence. Her protective, if not slightly overbearing mother, Ming (voice of Sandra Oh), is never far from her daughteran unfortunate reality for the teenager. And as if changes to her interests, relationships and body werent enough, whenever she gets too excited (which is practically ALWAYS), she poofs into a giant red panda! Directed by Academy Award® winner Domee Shi (Pixar short Bao) and produced by Lindsey Collins Turning Red releases March 31, 2022.

You can view the new trailer below:

The Trailer & Release Date For BERGMAN ISLAND Has Just Dropped

Maslow Entertainment has recently announced the release date for, BERGMAN ISLAND. Directed and written by Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden, Things to Come) and starring Mia Wasikowska (Judy & Punch, Tracks, The Kids Are All Right), Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction, The Hateful Eight), Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread, OLD) and Anders Danielsen Lie (22 July, Personal Shopper, The Worst Person In The World), the beguiling drama about life, love, and art is set to arrive in Australian cinemas nationally on January 6, 2022. The film will be distributed by Maslow Entertainment in partnership with Umbrella Entertainment.

A filmmaking couple, Chris (Krieps) and Tony (Roth), retreat to the breathtaking and mythical Fårö Island in Sweden for the Summer, a place where the legendary director Ingmar Bergman shot some of his most celebrated films. While hoping to find creative inspiration, but spending most of their days apart, memories of Chris’ first love are evoked and the lines between reality and fiction progressively begin to blur, ultimately making her question her current relationship.

‘BERGMAN ISLAND’ WILL BE AVAILABLE IN AUSTRALIAN CINEMAS NATIONALLY ON JANUARY 6, 2022

Check out the trailer below:

A New “Sneak Peek” At Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” Just Dropped

Rachel Zegler as Maria and Ansel Elgort as Tony in 20th Century Studios’ WEST SIDE STORY. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2021 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

 

The Walt Disney Company released a new sneak peek  at Academy Award®-winning director Steven Spielbergs film adaptation of the musical West Side Story, which will open in Australian cinemas on Boxing Day, 2021.

Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner Tony Kushner, West Side Story tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City. This reimagining of the beloved musical stars Ansel Elgort (Tony); Ariana DeBose (Anita); David Alvarez (Bernardo); Mike Faist (Riff); Brian dArcy James (Officer Krupke); Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank); Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino); with Rita Moreno (as Valentina, who owns the corner store in which Tony works); and introducing Rachel Zegler (Maria.) Moreno – one of only three artists to be honored with Academy®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, Tony®, and Peabody Awards  also serves as one of the films executive producers. 

Bringing together the best of both Broadway and Hollywood, the films creative team includes Kushner, who also served as an executive producer; Tony Award® winner Justin Peck, who choreographed the musical numbers in the film; renowned Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor and GRAMMY Award® winner Gustavo Dudamel, who helmed the recording of the iconic score; Academy Award®-nominated composer and conductor David Newman (Anastasia), who arranged the score, Tony Award®-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie), who supervised the cast on vocals; and GRAMMY®-nominated music supervisor Matt Sullivan (Beauty and the Beast,” “Chicago), who serves as executive music producer for the film. The film is produced by Spielberg, p.g.a., Academy Award®-nominated producer Kristie Macosko Krieger, p.g.a. and Tony Award®-winning producer Kevin McCollum. West Side Story” has been adapted for the screen from the original 1957 Broadway show. Original choreography by Jerome Robbins, based on the stage play, book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, play conceived, directed, and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, music by Leonard Bernstein. 

From 20th Century Studios, The Walt Disney Company will release West Side Story in Australian cinemas on Boxing Day, 2021.

This article was sourced from a media release sent by Vanessa Lastro of Disney

The Trailer For Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch Has Just Dropped

From Director WES ANDERSON

Starring BENICIO DEL TORO, ADRIEN BRODY, TILDA SWINTON, LÉA SEYDOUX, FRANCES MCDORMAND, TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET, LYNA KHOUDRI, JEFFREY WRIGHT, MATHIEU AMALRIC, STEPHEN PARK, BILL MURRAY and OWEN WILSON

Synopsis: THE FRENCH DISPATCH brings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th-century French city.

Check out the trailer below:

Clifford The Big Red Dog New Trailer & Featurette Available Now!

Darby Camp and Jack Whitehall star in CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG from Paramount Pictures. Photo Credit: Courtesy Paramount Pictures.

Introducing CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG… The more you love him the bigger he gets!

Check out the BRAND NEW TRAILER & FEATURETTE for CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG, coming to cinemas DECEMBER 30.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS:

When middle-schooler Emily Elizabeth (Darby Camp) meets a magical animal rescuer (John Cleese) who gifts her a little, red puppy, she never anticipated waking up to find a giant ten-foot hound in her small New York City apartment. While her single mom (Sienna Guillory) is away for business, Emily and her fun but impulsive uncle Casey (Jack Whitehall) set out on an adventure that will keep you on the edge-of-your-seat as our heroes take a bite out of the Big Apple. Based on the beloved Scholastic book character, Clifford will teach the world how to love big!