‘Are You There God? Its Me, Margaret’ First Look: Film News in Brief

Lionsgate has shared first look images of the film adaptation of Judy Blume’s classic novel “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.” In the film, 11-year-old Margaret (Abby Ryder Fortson) is uprooted from her life in New York City for the suburbs of New Jersey, going through the messy and tumultuous throes of puberty with new friends in a new school, relying on her mother Barbara (Rachel McAdams), who is also struggling to adjust to life outside the big city, and her grandmother, Sylvia (Kathy Bates), who isn’t happy that they moved away and likes to remind them every chance she gets.

The film also stars Benny Safdie and is written for the screen and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig, based on the book by Blume, and produced by Gracie Films’ James L. Brooks, alongside Julie Ansell, Richard Sakai, Kelly Fremon Craig, Judy Blume, Amy Lorraine Brooks, Aldric La’auli Porter and executive produced by Jonathan McCoy.

The film is set to open in theaters April 28.

Shochiku Sets Theatrical Release for ‘Last Film Show’ in Japan

Shochiku has acquired Pan Nalin’s “Last Film Show,” which is set to premiere Jan. 20 in theaters in Japan.

“We fell in love with this beautiful and inspiring story instantly,” Reiko Hakui, head of acquisition at Shochiku, said in a statemnt. “This film is not only a love letter to cinema, but also full of love towards family, friends and the pure innocence of following your dream without doubt. We are honored to introduce this wonderful gem from India to the Japanese audience.”

“Last in Show” is among the 15 films shortlisted for the 95th Academy Awards international feature film category. The coming-of-age film is represented in international markets by France’s Orange Studio, which has sold the feature to Italy (Medusa), South Korea (Entermode Corp), Germany and Austria (NeueVisionen), Spain (Karma Films), Portugal (Nos Lusomundo), Russia/CIS (Capella), Cineplex (Taiwan), Czech Republic (Slovakia Bohemia Motion Picture), Israel (Red Cape / Nachson) and Turkey (Filmarti). Samuel Goldwyn Films is the U.S. distributor.

The film is produced by Dheer Momaya, Siddharth Roy Kapur and Pan Nalin in co-production with France’s Virginie Lacombe and Eric Dupont.

American Cinematheque Announces 2nd Annual Tribute to the Crafts Honorees

The American Cinematheque announced the honorees for the 2nd annual Tribute to the Crafts, which will take place Feb. 9 at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. The event will be co-hosted by producers and American Cinematheque Board Members Stephanie Allain and Paula Wagner.

Tribute to The Crafts will honor those who are at the very heart of filmmaking, and have exhibited extraordinary work behind the camera, over the past year. The evening will celebrate individuals in fifteen categories covering all aspects of filmmaking and will showcase clips from each of their respective films. The honorees were selected by a jury of cinephiles, film historians and journalists from outlets across the country.

The Tribute to the Crafts honorees are listed below:

Feature Film

  • Casting: Women Talking (John Buchan and Jason Knight) – UAR
  • Choreography: RRR (Prem Rakshith) – Variance Films/ Sarigama Cinemas
  • Cinematography: Nope (Hoyte van Hoytema) – Universal Pictures
  • Costume Design: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Ruth E. Carter) – Marvel Studios
  • Editing: Everything Everywhere All at Once (Paul Rogers) – A24
  • Hair and Makeup: The Whale (Adrien Morot, Annemarie Bradley and Judy Chin) – A24
  • Production Design/Set Decoration: Babylon (Anthony Carlino and Florencia Martin) – Paramount Pictures
  • Score: Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (Alexandre Desplat) – Netflix
  • Song: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Ludwig Göransson, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler and Tems – “Lift Me Up”) – Marvel Studios
  • Sound: Top Gun: Maverick (Al Nelson, Chris Burdon, James H. Mather, Mark Taylor and Mark Weingarten) – Paramount Pictures
  • Stunts: The Woman King (Danny Hernandez) – TriStar Pictures and Entertainment One
  • Visual & Special Effects: Avatar: The Way of Water (Daniel Barrett, Eric Saindon, Joe Letteri and Richard Baneham) – 20th Century Studios


  • Cinematography: Fire of Love (Katia and Maurice Krafft) – National Geographic Documentary Films
  • Editing: Good Night Oppy (Helen Kearns and Rejh Cabrera) – Amazon Studios
  • Score: Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues (Terence Blanchard) – Apple Original Films

Sponsors and event partners include Astek, The Balvenie, Cast & Crew, First Entertainment Credit Union, Formosa Group, The MBS Group and National Geographic Documentary Films. The event is being produced by Madelyn Hammond and Javier Infante, Madelyn Hammond and Associates. Sponsorship is managed by Diane Salerno, Six Degrees Global. Event production will be handled by Gina Wade Creative.

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