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KJ Apa and Britt Robertson's Romance Will Give You All the Feels in I Still Believe Trailer. Love is in the air. The latest trailer for the film I Still Believe is giving fans of romance their new favorite obsession. KJ Apa and Britt Robertson star as Jeremy Camp and Melissa Henning, based on the story of the real life couple. The movie follows Jeremy and Melissa prior to his thriving career as a Christian music artist, as they fall in love in the middle of her cancer diagnosis, and strive to walk through the journey together. "You chose to walk into the fire with her. That's what love is," Jeremy's father tells him in the opening moments of the trailer. The two then have a sweet meet-cute on a beach where Jeremy plays his music for Melissa from the first time. From there, the two embark on a love story like no other. From playing on a small beach for a handful of people to selling out major venues, we see the couple go through it all. Including gut wrenching hospital visits. "You're going to be healed," he tells his future wife in the trailer. "What if I'm not supposed to be healed," she asks in response. It's a bittersweet moment of realization. "Don't say that," he answered teary eyed. The film also stars country singer Shania Twain and Gary Sinise as Jeremy's parents. It's clear from this trailer that both KJ and Britt have an undeniable chemistry that is sure to make this film a classic romantic film for years to come. It's a love story for the ages. I Still Believe hits theaters on March 13. (Eonline)

How 'Dead Day' Brings High Concept Twist to a Holiday. Writer Ryan Parrot explains the origins of the new comic book series, in which the dead rise for one day each year. Closure isn't quite what people might expect. In AfterShock Comics' upcoming series Dead Day, the dead rise for one day each year, but their return doesn't necessarily mean that everyone will be able to come to peace with their dearly departed. Especially when some of the departed use their 24 hours to seek revenge. "I've always been a fan of big event-based world building. Ones where a single moment can create a legion of individual stories, and this premise seemed to do that," writer Ryan Parrott tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I think the inspiration came from the fact that getting older means you start to lose the people you love. I never got a chance to say goodbye to my grandparents before they passed and, I remember for months after their deaths, I would have these insanely vivid dreams were I simply got to talk with them for a few minutes, and then I'd wake up and they were gone. So I thought, what if that actually happened... but worldwide?" Dead Day marks the third time Parrot has worked with AfterShock Comics. "They've always brought a balance of providing creative freedom but keeping you in tune with the commercial sensibilities of the market. They take so many chances in an effort to simply tell a great story. I mean, I've done a futuristic robot murder mystery, an evil fairy Shakespearian road trip and now... a psychological horror series about a holiday where the dead rise. AfterShock has shown tremendous faith and commitment to their creators and I will be eternally grateful." Illustrating the series will be You Are Obsolete artist Evgeniy Bornyakov and colorist Juancho Velez, with the first issue featuring covers from Andy Clarke with Jose Villarrubia, and Francesco Francavilla. Dead Day No. 1 will be available from comic stores and digitally April 15. (Hollywood Reporter)

Sequel to China's $700M Animated Hit 'Ne Zha' to Get U.S. Release. Well Go USA will release 'Jiang Ziya,' produced by Bejing Enlight Pictures, in North American theaters on Feb. 7, shortly after its Chinese rollout. The upcoming sequel to China's biggest film release of 2019 -- fantasy animation Ne Zha -- is heading to North America. Well Go USA Entertainment will release Jiang Ziya, the second in a series of planned films from Beijing Enlight Pictures, in U.S. theaters on Feb. 7. Like its predecessor, Jiang Ziya is loosely based on the classic novel Investiture of the Gods (also known as "Fengshen Yanyi"), one of the most beloved and familiar texts in China. The sequel is the next step in what Beijing Enlight is calling its "Fengshen Cinematic Universe." The studio's plans for the franchise got off to a roaring start in China with the release of Ne Zha in July 2019. Written and directed by first-time feature filmmaker Yang Yu (aka Jiao Zi), Ne Zha became China's blockbuster of the summer, earning a historic $720 million. It is China's second-highest earning film of all time, behind only Wolf Warrior 2. Well Go released Ne Zha at select cinemas in North America in August. The film went on to earn $3.7 million, tiny compared to its home market, but a healthy sum for an imported Chinese title. Jiang Ziya is directed by Cheng Teng and Li Wei and scheduled for release in China for the kickoff of the country's New Year holiday on Jan. 25. The film follows the title character Jiang Ziya, a top commander in the divine army of the Kunlun Sect. Before Jiang Ziya can ascend to his new position among the Gods, he is ordered to execute the Nine-Tailed Fox Demon who threatens the mortal realm's very existence. But when the Fox Demon shows him a dangerous secret, he is unable to complete his task resulting in his banishment. A specialist in bringing top Asian film titles -- both art house and genre fare -- to U.S. cinemas, Well Go's other recent releases have included Lee Chang-dong's Burning, Zhang Yimou's Shadow and Yuen Woo-Ping's Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy. (Hollywood Reporter)

Marvel's 'Black Widow' Offers New Look. Scarlett Johansson returns on May 1, 2020. Scarlett Johansson began the day by landing two acting Oscar nominations, and she is ending it with a new look at Black Widow, her upcoming Marvel Studios standalone. The special look aired Monday night on ESPN and the clip reveals a little more about Black Widow's past and her fraught interaction with her family. Black Widow, from director Cate Shortland, takes place in between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. The film also stars Florence Pugh, David Harbour and Rachel Weisz. "I feel like I'm in control of the destiny of this film, which gives me a lot more peace of mind," Johansson told The Hollywood Reporter in 2019 of executive producing the film. "I know her better than anybody. What was her childhood like? What is her relationship to figures of authority? This character is gritty and multidimensional but has a lot of trauma and has led an unexamined life. In order to operate at this elite level, she has probably had to push away a lot of stuff." Black Widow opens May 1. (Hollywood Reporter)

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