News Bits: Moms, T5, Katwe, End, Snow

Bad Moms
STX Entertainment has released the first photo from their summer comedy “Bad Moms” which opens July 29th. Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith and Annie Mumolo star in the film about a mother pushed too far by the alpha moms at her kid’s school – prompting her to team with two other misfit moms to get a taste of freedom. [Source: FM]

Transformers 5
Jonathan Sela, the cinematographer on “John Wick,” has joined the crew of Michael Bay’s fifth “Transformers” film at Paramount Pictures. He takes over from Amir Mokri (“Man of Steel”) who serve as cinematographer on the previous two films. [Source: Variety]

Queen of Katwe
Disney has given the Mira Nair-directed chess drama “Queen of Katwe” an awards-season release date of September 23rd. The film will initially score a limited release before expanding the following week.

Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo and Madina Nalwanga star in the story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess. She receives support from her family and community, and is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream. [Source: Variety]

It’s Only the End of the World
Xavier Dolan’s “It’s Only The End Of The World” it not yet confirmed but seems a certainty to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May, and today comes word that the film will open in his native Quebec on September 21st.

The story follows a writer who returns home after a twelve-year absence to announce his impending death, and details the reunion with his family that follows. Marion Cotillard, Lea Seydoux, Vincent Cassel, Nathalie Baye, and Gaspard Ulliel star. [Source: The Playlist]

Let It Snow
Universal has pushed back its film adaptation of the holiday-themed short story anthology “Let it Snow” by almost a full year – from December 2016 to November 2017. John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle penned the book about three unexpected romances that take place over the course of one Christmas Eve. Luke Snellin was recently tapped to direct while Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber (“The Fault in Our Stars”) revised the screenplay. [Source: Variety]