JENNIFER LOPEZ SCHOOLS WANNABEES ON STRIPPER POLE: The trailer for the upcoming STX Film Hustlers is as spicy as you’d expect it to be. The clip opens with Jennifer Lopez schooling Constance Wu on how to approach a stripper pole like a pro. “Front hook. Ankle hook. Knee hook,” Lopez says as she wraps an acrylic heel around the pole. The film was inspired by a Jessica Pressler piece in New York Magazine about how former strip club workers turned the tables on Wall Street clients. The cast includes Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, with Mercedes Ruehl, Cardi B and Lizzo. Hustlers will take a bow on September 13th.
CHRIS EVANS IS ON A MISSION: A bearded Chris Evans is back in action in a new trailer for the Netflix refugee drama, The Red Sea Diving Resort. Inspired by a true story, the film follows international agents and Ethiopians who use a deserted resort to smuggle thousands of refugees to Israel in the 1980s. Michael Kenneth Williams, Greg Kinnear and Ben Kingsley also star. The Red Sea Diving Resort, and Evans’ bearded glory, will begin streaming on Netflix July 31.
TAIKA WAITITI TO HELM THOR 4: Marvel has snagged Taika Waititi to direct the sequel to his 2017 blockbuster Thor: Ragnarok. He will do double duty as the writer too. Thor: Ragnarok, the third iteration about the crown prince of Asgard (played by Chris Hemsworth), garnered $854 million worldwide in 2017. Hemsworth is widely expected to star again.
LOCARNO FILM FESTIVAL 411: This year’s Locarno Film Festival (August 7-17) lineup will include Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s plane thriller 7500, which will premiere at the Swiss fest. The 72ndedition will feature a mix of European and Asian arthouse films, plus a smattering of films with broader mainstream appeal. John Waters will receive the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award.