Focus Features, in partnership with Indian Paintbrush, has set a limited theatrical release for Wes Anderson’s ASTEROID CITY on June 16, 2023, with a wider expansion set for June 23, 2023. Focus will distribute the film domestically with Universal Pictures International handling international distribution.
The pic is written and directed by beloved auteur, Wes Anderson, based on a story by Anderson and Roman Coppola. The film is produced by Anderson and longtime collaborators Steven Rales, founder of Indian Paintbrush, and Jeremy Dawson.The movie has an all-star ensemble cast including Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Jeffrey Wright, Tilda Swinton, Bryan Cranston, Ed Norton, Adrien Brody, Liev Schreiber, Hope Davis, Stephen Park, Rupert Friend, Maya Hawke, Steve Carell, Matt Dillon, Hong Chau, Willem Dafoe, Margot Robbie, Tony Revolori, Jake Ryan, Grace Edwards, Aristou Meehan, Sophia Lillis, Ethan Lee, Jeff Goldblum, and Rita Wilson.
ASTEROID CITY takes place in a fictional American desert town circa 1955. Synopsis: the itinerary of a Junior Stargazer/Space Cadet convention (organized to bring together students and parents from across the country for fellowship and scholarly competition) is spectacularly disrupted by world-changing events.
Filmhub and Sleeperwave Films have skedded the film adaptation of RICKSHAW GIRL for a December 8 – yep, tomorrow! – rollout on digital platforms.
Daring and determined, teenage girl Naima longs to earn money for her poor Bangladeshi family, but her unrivaled artistic talent is of little use. When her father grows gravely ill, Naima feels she has no choice but to leave her small village for the bright lights of Dhaka.
In the big city, Naima finds the same economic, societal, and gender pressures faced by most young girls in Bangladesh. She cleverly disguises herself as a boy and takes the difficult job of a rickshaw puller. When her gender is revealed and her livelihood vanishes, Naima finds an unconventional solution to her problems.
“I was brought up in Dhaka, and from a young age, I traveled by rickshaw. Usually I could never remember the face of the rickshaw puller. Maybe because we usually don’t see their faces but only their backs. I could always see their muscular bodies drenched in sweat, but never understood the meaning of the sweat,” explains director Amitabh Reza Chowdhury. “As I grew up and my social and economic understanding got better, I realized that our country’s destitute people were oppressed by the upper class. I always wanted to tell a story about them.”
“I was moved and thrilled when I saw the film version of Naima’s journey,” said Mitali Perkins, writer of the beloved novel, and one of the top 100 children’s books of the last 100 years, of the same name. “The story is deeper, richer, wider, and more authentically Bangladeshi. Amitabh Reza Chowdhury’s direction is genius, and the acting and cinematography are so captivating.”
RICKSHAW GIRL, starring Novera Rahman, Naresh Bhuiyan, Allen Shubhro Gomes, Momena Chowdhury, and Gulshan Champa, the first ever US-Bangladesh co-production, available exclusively on Apple TV+, Amazon, Kanopy, and Hoopla from December 8.
Warner Bros has moved the release of THE FLASH up from June 23, 2023 to June 16, 2023.
Directed by Andy Muschietti, the film stars Ezra Miller, Michael Keaton, Sasha Calle, Ben Affleck, Maribel Verdu, Kiersey Clemons, Ron Livingston, Saoirse-Monica Jackson and Rudy Mancuso.