Timeless

It’s great that NBC decided at the midnight hour to renew the well written series Timeless another season, and if you haven’t seen the show you can check out Timeless: Season One on DVD starting September 19.

The show centers on a criminal (Goran Visnjic) who is bent on destroying America with a time machine. Attempting to stop his plans is a scientist (Malcolm Barrett), soldier (Matt Lanter), and a history professor (Abigail Spencer). Along with its often twist driven narratives, the show also gives viewers a deeper insight to past historical events (one episode deals with the assassination of President Lincoln).

Click on the media bar below to hear Abigail Spencer about the family dynamic of Timeless:


Special features on the DVD include deleted scenes and a gag reel.

Filming on the second season starts November, as the show is moving from Vancouver to Los Angeles.

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bright4Even though it was unfairly critically savaged last year, Suicide Squad was a box office hit for Warner Bros., proving filmmaker David Ayer can successfully craft top notch, tent pole driven material.

Ayer is back to his Los Angeles stomping grounds, as the Training Day scribe and End of Watch filmmaker talked about his fantasy/cop flick Bright.

“It’s about a really f**ked up L.A.,” said Ayer who attended Comic-Con with Bright stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. “But our world is f**ked up, you know? And that is what’s pretty cool about this movie is I get to explore some really interesting social issues. This is a world where orcs and elves and fairies are real. And if magic was real. What happens if we take it seriously? This isn’t like some bulls**t PG-13 standard issue movie. I was able to do my s**t here. I was really able to tell a f**king story.”

Click on the media bar to hear Smith talk about the “bizarre world” behind Bright:


Bright debuts on Netflix December 22.

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As much as I appreciated the ambition behind Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak, director Guillermo del Toro’s most resonant work came with Pan’s Labyrinth and his finest work The Devil’s Backbone. The Shape of Water doesn’t have the genre bending spectacle behind Pacific Rim or Crimson Peak, but the trailer suggests a more intimate form of storytelling and del Toro has already made the brilliant master stroke of casting under utilized Sally Hawkins as its lead.

Set in the Cold War era of 1963, Elisa (Hawkins) is a lonely woman who works in a high-security government that houses a highly classified experiment (frequent del Toro collaborator Doug Jones). When Elisa gradually bonds with this life specimen, her job, as well as this government secret is compromised. Michael Shannon and Octavia Spencer co-star in the highly anticipated flick. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!

The Shape of Water opens nationwide December 8.

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Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is his most ambitious project to date, and since the filmmaker admits that it cost almost $200 million, there is a lot riding on this movie. The good news is the picture, a beautiful blend of visual spectacle and story, is a must see in 3D. Amidst all the immersive special effects and production design lies the top notch work delivered by Cara Delevigne who plays the confident and responsible heroine Laureline. Valerian (DeHaan) is an entirely different beast, as he has a bit of a devil may care attitude while also a wonderful working partner to Laureline (Valerian is also madly in love with her).

“I really wanted to have this tiny story of this real couple in this totally amazing story in space,” said Besson. “It’s very real in (a world) that is not. I want the salt and sugar in the same story”

While a prospective romance is a huge element of the film, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is also a feast for the eyes. Click on the media bar to hear Besson talk about how Avatar influenced his film:

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets opens nationwide July 21.

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Brace yourself for impact! Dunkirk is coming to theaters this weekend, giving moviegoers one of the most immersive war films in recent memory. The cast is filled with plenty of fresh-faced young actors and several recognizable stars, but you may not need to focus too hard on memorizing the character names. That’s because the real star of Dunkirk is the heightened sense of danger and tension that each character endures.

Clocking in at 106 minutes, Dunkirk wastes no time plopping viewers into the action, with an opening sequence featuring a lone soldier (Fionn Whitehead) fleeing through the streets of Dunkirk to the beach retreat, all while escaping sniper fire at every turn. Aside from an opening scroll that tells that the allied soldiers had been pushed back to the beaches of Dunkirk hoping to evacuate while coming under attack during the early stages of World War II, there is little context in terms of backstory on any of the characters, further putting the audience right in the middle of the emotions and chaos of what’s happening to those involved. Pinned in and waiting for help, this story is about the survival instincts of those soldiers fighting against seemingly insurmountable odds.

Director Christopher Nolan breaks up the stories into three central arcs. Whitehead and Aueurin Barnard are land-based soldiers helping to carry the wounded to a transport vessel, who then attempt use their actions as a way to stowaway on the exiting ship. A second arc centers on the fighter pilots trying to fend off the air assaults, with a mostly hidden under gear Tom Hardy and Jack Lowden playing two of the key airmen. The third arc centers on the civilian volunteers who bravely drove their small commercial vessels into the heart of the action in an attempt to help evacuate the soldiers from Dunkirk’s beaches. Academy Award winner Mark Rylance captains one of the ships, with two youths (Tom Glynn-Carney and Barry Keoghan) risking it all to pull in stranded soldiers on the open seas, including a shell-shocked and reluctant soldier played by Cillian Murphy.

Each of the story has its fair share of heightened tension, though Whitehead and Barnard’s journey has the most twists and turns with the soldiers narrowly escaping a grim fate multiple times and later joining with a third soldier played by Harry Styles in one of the film’s most harrowing moments showing some of the tough choices made in the heat of combat.

Nolan keeps the action intense throughout, rarely letting up and giving the audience a chance to sink back into their seats. But his is not the only name likely to be called during awards season. Hans Zimmer’s score is almost a character unto itself. The incessant sounds of a ticking pocket watch throughout different moments of the film keep the viewer on edge and some of the scenes of engagement are marvelously scored. Meanwhile, director of photography Hoyt Van Hoytema and his crew provide a visually stunning movie, one that comes across at its best within an IMAX theater if you have the opportunity. And the film’s sound, special effects and visual effects departments deserve credit as well.

Though a war film, the movie is not overly bloody, and that’s a good thing. But the threat of danger is no less real and the true victor in this film is the spirit of those involved who merely survived to fight another day.


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The Lion King, an Academy Award winner for Best Original Score and Best Original Song (”Can You Feel the Love Tonight”), hits Blu-ray and DVD August 29 as part of the Walt Disney Signature Collection. The film joins Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Beauty and the Beast and Bambi as part of the collection.

Along with the feature being a classic, it also gives us a cinematic primer to the 2019 live action version of The Lion King (The Jungle Book filmmaker Jon Favreau directs the anticipated epic).

Special features on the disc include a brand new sing-along version, audio commentary (co-directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, producer Don Hahn), a conversation between Nathan Lane (Timon) and Matthew Broderick (Adult Simba), an in-depth look at the original pitches for The Lion King, and a look at the recording sessions with the actors (segment features an interview from Allers and Minkoff).

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Whether we like it or not, emojis are a cutesy, to the point manner of encapsulating our feelings, passions, and what we’re doing on any given moment. There must be think pieces out in the ether about how these innocuous symbols have impacted our world, and now we’re seeing its affect on cinema with The Emoji Movie.

Maya Rudolph co-stars in the animated feature as Smiler, the resident antagonist whose pearly whites mask a darker psyche. “Smiler is a self proclaimed original emoji who takes her job very seriously and everyone else’s for that matter” said Rudolph. “She isn’t satisfied until everyone does their job properly and perfectly. But she does it all with a smile which makes her behavior very bizarre because she is practically demonic.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Rudolph talk about the joys of playing the villain in The Emoji Movie:

The Emoji Movie, co-starring T.J. Miller and Patrick Stewart, opens nationwide July 28.

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Wonder Woman is a huge box office hit, and more importantly it will hopefully usher in a slew of, whether it stems from Marvel or DC, female driven superhero flicks.

In an ode to perfect timing, Professor Marston & The Wonder Women hopes to give us a deeper look into the creators behind this iconic protagonist. The origins behind Wonder Woman’s creation is just as interesting as Princess Diana’s own background, as Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marson (Luke Evans) was a trailblazer in the comic book arena. Inspired and supported by his wife Elizabeth Marston (Rebecca Hall) and their mutual lover Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote), the trio bucked convention much to pop culture’s betterment.

Written and directed by Angela Robinson (D.E.B.S.), Professor Marston & The Wonder Women opens nationwide October 27, 2017. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think below!

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Atomic Blonde (2017)Oscar winning actress Charlize Theron stars in Atomic Blonde as Lorraine Broughton, an M16 agent who is tasked with delivering a dossier out of Berlin. James McAvoy is the seen-it-all station chief who helps Lorraine on her dangerous mission.

“I don’t know if I can articulate it,” said Theron, who also stars this year in the Sean Penn directed feature The Last Face. “I just saw an incredible amount of potential in exploring her through this journey. I think that’s the first thing that made me go ‘there’s something there, I’m excited about this.’”

One of the standout features of Atomic Blonde lies in its use of such popular tracks as “Under Pressure” (David Bowie & Queen), “Father Figure” (George Michael) and “Just Like Heaven” (The Cure). Click on the media bar below to hear Theron talk about the music behind Atomic Blonde:


Atomic Blonde, co-starring Sofia Boutella and John Goodman, opens nationwide July 28.

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With his Star Trek features and even with his stint as Jack Ryan, Chris Pine knows a thing or two about franchise movies. But like Star Trek, the highly anticipated A Wrinkle in Time has its share of resonant themes. Penned by Madeline L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time centers on Meg Murry (Storm Reid), a middle school student who goes on a life changing quest to find her physician father (Chris Pine). Gugu Mbatha-Raw co-stars as Meg’s mother, with Oprah Winfrey (Mrs. Which), Reese Witherspoon (Mrs. Whatsit) and Mindy Kaling (Mrs. Who) playing important roles in Meg’s journey.

Click on the media bar to hear Chris Pine discuss what makes A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay (Selma) a unique filmmaker:

The teaser trailer debuted over the weekend at Anaheim’s D23 expo. Check it out below and tell us what you think!

A Wrinkle in Time, co-starring Zach Galifianakis and André Holland, opens nationwide March 9.

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