Weekend Dispatches: Mark Meily’s “Maledicto”, Cinema ‘76 unveils second branch, and more

An inhumane amount of development happens even over the weekend, and there’s only so much your trusty Unreel team can cover. So, say hello to “Weekend Dispatches”, a weekly news roundup we’re starting in a bid to catch up with developments that have dropped over the last weekend and beyond.

This week, we share news about what’s possibly our favorite theater—now, a chain of theaters—in the Philippines, talk about the “Sesame Street” lawsuit, and round up a bunch of new trailers, including Drew Pearce’s slick-looking piece of genre cinematic gem, “Hotel Artemis”.

Here’s what you missed last weekend:

Cinema ‘76 opens its second theater

The second Cinema ‘76 theater is finally unveiled. Taking to Facebook, the sought-after microcinema has announced its second theater, which will have its grand opening on June 8th. “Experience a better way to watch movies. With its trademark comfy, laid-back couch seats and pillows, coupled with high-quality sound system,” the post reads. “Cinema ’76 Anonas is your new favorite go-to cinema.”

The first Cinema ‘76 theater sits beside the TBA Studios office, the film outfit behind such films as “Heneral Luna”, “I’m Drunk, I Love You”, and “Smaller and Smaller Circles”. We’ll make sure to pay the new theater a visit and give you a proper tour.

“The Expanse” finds a new home in Amazon

Reparations for the wreckage left after the cancellation of “The Expanse”, Syfy’s space opera set 200 years into the future, are afoot. And we have Amazon to thank, according to TV Line, noting that the tech giant is in final talks to swoop in and renew the sci-fi series for its fourth season. The deal isn’t official yet, but there’s little information that point otherwise.

Lav Diaz’s “Ang Panahon ng Halimaw” opens today

If you haven’t heard us talk about Lav Diaz’s new film, the rock opera “Ang Panahon ng Halimaw”, you’re not really following Unreel. We’ve told our readers many times and more, that the film is bound to be great. And having experienced all (almost) four hours of it, we can confidently say it is.

“Ang Panahon ng Halimaw” is slated to hit theaters today. Watch it. Go.

Jasmine Curtis-Smith stars in Mark Meily’s new horror film, “Maledicto”

Jasmine Curtis-Smith (“Siargao”, “Dementia”) took to Instagram to post a first-look photo for Mark Meily’s “Maledicto”, a new horror film produced by Fox. Smith plays the role of Sister Barbara alongside Matt Escudero, Franco Laurel, Noni Buencamino, Tonton Gutierrez, Liza Lorena, Miles Ocampo and Menggie Cobarrubias.

Details about the movie are currently kept under a tight-lid, but we’ll let you know as new information emerge.

“Sesame Street” is suing the filmmakers behind “The Happytime Murders”

Remember “The Happytime Murders” last week? Well, apparently the people behind “Sesame Street” have grown salty over its raunchy humor, and have now filed a lawsuit against the Brian Henson-directed film, per The Wrap.

The case, apparently, comes from the film’s tagline: “All Sesame. No Street.” Sesame Workshop appeals that the tagline is an unauthorized use of their brand. The film, which is set in a reality in which humans and puppets coexist.

Character Posters: “Mission Impossible: Fallout” and “The Incredibles 2”

Character posters to arguably two of the biggest releases this year—Christopher McQuarrie’s “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” and Brad Bird’s “The Incredibles 2”—have dropped character posters leading up to both their releases. Check them out below.

“Mission: Impossible – Fallout”

“The Incredibles 2”

Trailer Dispatches: “Home Shopper”, “Hotel Artemis”, and more

A lot of trailers have popped up over the week, including more films out of the festival circuit. One such film is Paul Dano’s “Wildlife,” which casts Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan in a domestic drama based on 1990 novel by Richard Ford. Dev Patel’s short film, “Home Shopper”, starring Armie Hammer, has also dropped its trailer for the recently concluded Cannes.

Below is our list of interesting trailers that came out this week.