New Movies Weekend of April 2nd

The first big tent-pole hits theatres and streaming, and it’s the first real test of the new theatre+streaming release model. I know Raya & The Last Dragon was a big test for Disney, but it wasn’t a franchise, it was still early enough in the vaccination process that people still weren’t going to the theatres a lot. It was low risk as it wasn’t expected to put up, say Marvel or Frozen numbers. I think it would have done very well in any other year. But Godzilla vs. Kong… that’s a real test. Especially with Warner Bros. and Universal flipping to a shorter six week theatrical window soon. But we’ve got some theatrical and some streaming offerings for our viewing pleasure.

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Bill and Ted Face The Music: A Nigh Perfect Contemplation On Ageing

Directed by Dean Parisot
Written by Chris Matheson & Ed Solomon
Starring Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, William Sadler, Hal Landon, Jr., Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Kid Cudi, Beck Bennett, Erinn Hayes, Jayma Mays, Holland Taylor, Kirsten Schaal, Jillian Bell, Anthony Carrigan and Amy Stoch

The Bill & Ted films have long been a part of my life, and indeed a part of whatever The Empty Theatre has been. I used “Be Excellent To Each Other” as a sign off for the brief video series I produced. #BETEO has been my own personal hashtag in all my socials for almost four years. I went into Face The Music with equal parts excitement and caution. But in the midst of the career renaissance Keanu is having (Keanussance?), and with all the other madness of the world, this was the right film at the right time.

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‘Bill and Ted Face The Music’ Announces Combo VOD/Theatrical Release With New Trailer

Rumours had been circulating for years of a long gestating third entry into the saga of Bill S. Preston, Esquire and Ted “Theodore” Logan, and finally last year it became official from Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves themselves.

The first trailer dropped on June 9th with an anticipated August 21st theatrical release, but as theatre reopenings keep getting pushed back, as well as major tent-pole release dates, it was a matter of time before Orion Pictures and United Artists Releasing had to make a call on what to do.

That brings us to today, about a month away from the anticipated release, and they’ve officially announced a release to select theatres and VOD platforms for September 1st! And this came along with a most excellent new trailer.

The official film’s synopsis, courtesy IMDb:

Once told they’d save the universe during a time-traveling adventure, 2 would-be rockers from San Dimas, California find themselves as middle-aged dads still trying to crank out a hit song and fulfill their destiny.

– IMDb

Bill & Ted Face The Music is directed by Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest), written by original Bill & Ted scribes Chris Matheson & Ed Solomon, and stars Reeves & Winter reprising their beloved roles of Ted and Bill (respectively), William Sadler returning as Death, Hal Landon, Jr. back as Ted’s father, Amy Stoch back as Missy… I mean Mom… and they’ll be joined by newcomers Samara Weaving (Ready or Not), Brigette Lundy-Paine (Bombshell), Beck Bennett (Saturday Night Live), Kid Cudi, Erinn Hayes (Childrens’ Hospital), Jayma Mays (Glee), Holland Taylor (Legally Blonde), Kirsten Schaal (Bob’s Burgers), Jillian Bell (Britney Runs A Marathon), and Anthony Carrigan (Barry). 

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