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‘Moonage Daydream’: Release Date, Details, Trailer, and Everything We Know So Far

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Who is he? What is he? Where did he come from? These are questions that often cross people’s minds when talking about David Bowie. These are also the questions that the new documentary about the rock legend, Moonage Daydream, will finally answer. His various personas are a spectacle to behold, and his music is an experience that you’ll never have from anything else. After six years since his passing (maybe to another planet), filmmaker Brett Morgen brings you a showcase of the Starman’s musical journey in the all-new documentary where the Starman is sure to blow your minds.

Moonage Daydream is billed as an “immersive, interactive, cinematic odyssey” to the musical legend. The documentary film follows Bowie’s professional and personal life and how he brought it all together to create masterpieces every single time. From behind-the-scenes footage to his creative process, the film includes his music, shows, interviews, and more of the British rock star and music legend. It’ll also explain the arrival of Ziggy Stardust, but more on that later.

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Written, directed, and produced by Brett Morgen and co-produced by Andrew Murray, Moonage Daydream will give you the best insight you have ever had into the mind that made David Bowie as we know him. Tony Visconti, Bowie’s long-time producer, serves as the music producer on the film.

From the release date, trailer, and other details, here’s everything we know so far about the new David Bowie documentary.

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When Is Moonage Daydream’s Release Date?

Moonage Daydream had its world premiere at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. The documentary is set to release in theaters across the United States in September 2022. Watch this space for the latest update on the exact date of release. Moonage Daydream is also expected to arrive for streaming on HBO Max (and air on HBO as well) sometime in the spring of 2023. But since there’s no official news on this yet, you can watch this space for the latest updates.

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The official trailer for Moonage Daydream depicts the enigma that David Bowie had always been. His art style, often considered eccentric and overwhelming, is highlighted in the one and half minute trailer.

If you expect this film to be a biography of a sort, then you may be disappointed as this is not that at all, as the trailer reveals. In fact, the trailer gives you glimpses of what exactly to expect from this film, namely, how Bowie changed the course of music culture around the world, and how he challenged societal and gender norms, way before the world was ready to talk about it. The sound, light, and animation effects, as the trailer proves, look extraordinary and psychedelic enough to put you in a trance and make you feel you are right there.

To summarize, Moonage Daydream seems like an audiovisual extravaganza that will make you plunge into the world of Ziggy Stardust, like never before.

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Who Is Making Moonage Daydream?

Moonage Daydream is written, directed, and produced by American filmmaker Brett Morgen. Morgen is an Academy Award-nominated documentary film director, producer, writer, and editor. He is best known for previously making the musical documentaries Say It Loud: A Celebration of Black Music in America, in 2001, and Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, in 2015, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program. He has also directed Crossfire Hurricane in 2012, a documentary about the Rolling Stones, as well as Jane in 2017, a documentary on philanthropist and primatologist Jane Goodall.


Morgen worked on Moonage Daydream for five years to bring together the rock star’s 54 years of legacy into one holistic, two-hour film.

Toni Visconti serves as a music producer for the film. Visconti is an American record producer, musician, and singer, who had the longest association with Bowie, from the production and arrangement of the 1968 single, “In the Heat of the Morning” to his final album, Blackstar, in 2016. Visconti also occasionally performed on many albums of Bowie.

When is Moonage Daydream set?

The documentary covers Bowie’s live performances and media interactions between 1970 and 1977, his peak

What is the background of Moonage Daydream?

The title of the documentary film is inspired by the eponymous song by David Bowie. Moonage Daydream, the song, was first recorded in 1971 and released as a single with his short-lived band, Arnold Corns. The song was re-recorded with Spiders from Mars (comprising Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder, and Mick Woodmansey) and released in 1972. Moonage Daydream is the song on the album that introduces one of Bowie’s popular personas – Ziggy Stardust – a bisexual alien rock star who is going to save the Earth from its impending doom. So, in a way, the documentary film Moonage Daydream, befitting the essence of the eponymous song, highlights the Ziggy Stardust era of Bowie.

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What Is Moonage Daydream About?

Moonage Daydream is Brett Morgen’s homage to that creative, musical, and spiritual arc of the legend that David Bowie is.

One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Bowie had a remarkable career spanning nearly six decades of groundbreaking, stimulating, and norm-defying music, art, and videography. Throughout his career, he has been many personalities wrapped into an icon. From Major Tom to Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Halloween Jack, The Thin White Duke, and finally, The Blind prophet, he was everything all at once. His nonconformity to conventions and rules is what made him a legend that lives on, years after his death (or transcendence, whichever you want to believe). What he portrayed was way too futuristic for his time. Although the film does not cover every persona or every aspect of the musician, it focuses on his glam rock and Berlin eras, exploring more of the Ziggy Stardust persona and his work during that phase.

This documentary is the first-ever film about David Bowie to be sanctioned by his estate and covers over five million assets in the musician’s archives. The film also features 40 exclusively remastered songs from Bowie’s portfolio, including “Changes”, “Starman”, “The Jean Genie”, “Life on Mars”, “All The Young Dudes”, “Rebel”, “Fame”, and many more.

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Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

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Hitting the three-quarter-century mark usually means a retirement home, a nursing facility, or if you’re lucky to be blessed with relatively good health and savings to match, living in a gated community in Arizona or Florida.

For Sylvester Stallone, however, it means something else entirely: starring in the first superhero-centered film of his decades-long career in the much-delayed Samaritan. Unfortunately for Stallone and the audience on the other side of the screen, the derivative, turgid, forgettable results won’t get mentioned in a career retrospective, let alone among the ever-expanding list of must-see entries in a genre already well past its peak.

For Stallone, however, it’s better late than never when it involves the superhero genre. Maybe in getting a taste of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) with his walk-on role in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel several years ago, Stallone thought anything Marvel can do, I can do even better (or just as good in the nebulous definition of the word).

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The property Stallone and his team found for him, Samaritan, a little-known graphic novel released by a small, almost negligible, publisher, certainly takes advantage of Stallone’s brute-force physicality and his often underrated talent for near-monosyllabic brooding (e.g., the Rambo series), but too often gives him to little do or say as the lone super-powered survivor, the so-called “Samaritan” of the title, of a lifelong rivalry with his brother, “Nemesis.” Two brothers entered a fire-ravaged building and while both were presumed dead, one brother did survive (Stallone’s Joe Smith, a garbageman by day, an appliance repairman by night).

In the Granite City of screenwriter Bragi F. Schut (Escape Room, Season of the Witch), the United States, and presumably the rest of the world, teeters on economic and political collapse, with a recession spiraling into a depression, steady gigs difficult, if not impossible, to obtain, and the city’s neighborhoods rocked by crime and violence. No one’s safe, not even 13-year-old Sam (Javon Walker), Joe’s neighbor.

When he’s not dodging bullies connected to a gang, he’s falling under the undue influence of Cyrus (Pilou Asbæk), a low-rent gang leader with an outsized ego and the conviction that he and only he can take on Nemesis’s mantle and along with that mantle, a hammer “forged in hate,” to orchestrate a Bane-like plan to plunge the city into chaos and become a wealthy power-broker in the process.

Schut’s woefully underwritten script takes a clumsy, haphazard approach to world-building, relying on a two-minute animated sequence to open Samaritan while a naive, worshipful Sam narrates Samaritan and Nemesis’s supposedly tragic, Cain and Abel-inspired backstory. Schut and director Julius Avery (Overlord) clumsily attempt to contrast Sam’s childish belief in messiah-like, superheroic saviors stepping in to save humanity from itself and its own worst excesses, but following that path leads to authoritarianism and fascism (ideas better, more thoroughly explored in Watchmen and The Boys).

While Sam continues to think otherwise, Stallone’s superhero, 25 years past his last, fatal encounter with his presumably deceased brother, obviously believes superheroes are the problem and not the solution (a somewhat reasonable position), but as Samaritan tracks Joe and Sam’s friendship, Sam giving Joe the son he never had, Joe giving Sam the father he lost to street violence well before the film’s opening scene, it gets closer and closer to embracing, if not outright endorsing Sam’s power fantasies, right through a literally and figuratively explosive ending. Might, as always, wins regardless of how righteous or justified the underlying action.

It’s what superhero audiences want, apparently, and what Samaritan uncritically delivers via a woefully under-rendered finale involving not just unconvincing CGI fire effects, but a videogame cut-scene quality Stallone in a late-film flashback sequence that’s meant to be subversively revelatory, but will instead lead to unintentional laughter for anyone who’s managed to sit the entirety of Samaritan’s one-hour and 40-minute running time.

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Samaritan is now streaming worldwide on Prime Video.

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  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton
  • Pilou Asbæk

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Matt Shakman Is In Talks To Direct ‘Fantastic Four’

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According to a new report, Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct the upcoming MCU project, Fantastic Four. Marvel Studios has been very hush-hush regarding Fantastic Four to the point where no official announcements have been made other than the film’s release date. No casting news or literally anything other than rumors has been released regarding the project. We know that Fantastic Four is slated for release on November 8th, 2024, and will be a part of Marvel’s Phase 6. There are also rumors that the cast of the new Fantastic Four will be announced at the D23 Expo on September 9th.

Fantastic Four is still over two years from release, and we assume we will hear more news about the project in the coming months. However, the idea of the Fantastic Four has already been introduced into the MCU. John Krasinski played Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The cameo was a huge deal for fans who have been waiting a long time for the Fantastic Four to enter the MCU. When Disney acquired Twenty Century Fox in 2019 we assumed that the Fox Marvel characters would eventually make their way into the MCU. It’s been 3 years and we already have had an X-Men and Fantastic Four cameo – even if they were from another universe.

Deadline is reporting that Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct Fantastic Four. Shakman served as the director for Wandavision and has had an extensive career. He directed two episodes of Game of Thrones and an episode of The Boys, and he had a long stint on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. There is nothing official yet, but Deadline’s sources say that Shakman is currently in talks for the job and things are headed in the right direction.

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To be honest, I was a bit more excited when Jon Watts was set to direct. I’m sure Shakman is a good director, but Watts proved he could handle a tentpole superhero film with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Wandavision was good, but Watts’ style would have been perfect for Fantastic Four. The film is probably one of the most anticipated films in Marvel’s upcoming slate films and they need to find the best person they can to direct. Is that Matt Shakman? It could be, but whoever takes the job must realize that Marvel has a lot riding on this movie. The other Fantastic Four films were awful and fans deserve better. Hopefully, Marvel knocks it out of the park as they usually do. You can see for yourself when Fantastic Four hits theaters on November 8th, 2024.

Film Synopsis: One of Marvel’s most iconic families makes it to the big screen: the Fantastic Four.

Source: Deadline

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Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase Star in ‘Zombie Town’ Mystery Teen Romancer (Exclusive)

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Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase have entered Zombie Town, a mystery teen romancer based on author R.L. Stine’s book of the same name.

The indie, now shooting in Ontario, also stars Henry Czerny and co-teen leads Marlon Kazadi and Madi Monroe. The ensemble cast includes Scott Thompson and Bruce McCulloch of the Canadian comedy show Kids in the Hall.

Canadian animator Peter Lepeniotis will direct Zombie Town. Stine’s kid’s book sees a quiet town upended when 12-year-old Mike and his friend, Karen, see a horror movie called Zombie Town and unexpectedly see the title characters leap off the screen and chase them through the theater.

Zombie Town will premiere in U.S. theaters before streaming on Hulu and then ABC Australia in 2023.

“We are delighted to bring the pages of R.L. Stine’s Zombie Town to the screen and equally thrilled to be working with such an exceptional cast and crew on this production. A three-time Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award winner with book sales of over $500 million, R.L. Stine has a phenomenal track record of crafting stories that engage and entertain audiences,” John Gillespie, Trimuse Entertainment founder and executive producer, said in a statement.

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Executive producers are Trimuse Entertainment, Toonz Media Group, Lookout Entertainment, Viva Pictures and Sons of Anarchy actor Kim Coates.  

Paco Alvarez and Mark Holdom of Trimuse negotiated the deal to acquire the rights to Stine’s Zombie Town book.

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