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Director Sean Penn has received some of the worst reviews of his career with his latest effort The Last Face, a Liberia set drama headlined by Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem. With a critics rating of 8% on Rotten Tomatoes, this movie is currently available as a DirecTV exclusive and will hit select theaters and On Demand July 29.

The picture centers on the love affair between two doctors (Bardem, Theron) set against the backdrop of an insurmountable crisis. Though their humanitarian efforts are pure, the doctors find themselves understandably shaken and conflicted by their respective journey. Bardem previously worked with Penn in 2015’s The Gunman.

With such first rate dramas as Into The Wild and overlooked The Crossing Guard under his belt, Penn has carved out a solid directing career, and I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt and give The Last Face a shot. Check out the trailer below and tell us if The Last Face, even with a slew of bad word of mouth, is something you’ll put on your cinematic playlist!!

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Tilda Swinton reunites with Snowpiercer filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho with his latest epic adventure Okja. The narrative centers on a determined young girl’s (An Seo Hyun) quest to rescue the animal (aka the titular protagonist) she raised in the mountains of South Korea. Swinton is the head of the Mirando Corporation, a powerful business entity that has commissioned farmers to raise this genetically manufactured pigs and show the world a more efficient way of consuming meat. Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano co-star in the feature.

Okja’s cinematic influences reaches at the top of the ladder, as the filmmaker behind Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle played an important role int he movie’s aesthetic. “Director Bong talked about Hayao Miyazaki who we both worship like so many,” said Swinton. “There is something about the environment of a Miyazaki film that is beyond emotion and it’s beyond cinema . . . it’s a place you can go to. I always think if I’m in a coma I want someone to play me some Miyazaki music from (My Neighbor Totoro) or show me a screen with a Miyazaki sky.That atmosphere and environment is something that informed Okja’s mountain.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Swinton talk about the themes behind Okja:



Okja is now streaming on Netflix and is playing in select theaters.

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The Big Sick The Big Sick is based on the real-life story of its writers, Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) and Emily Gordon. It’s about the trials and tribulations the two of them faced as a young couple, including some serious medical issues and cross-cultural hurdles, on their way to becoming man and wife. Adding to the realism is the fact that Nanjiani is essentially playing himself in the film. We spoke to Nanjiami and Gordon, who said that seeing their story on the big screen was both emotional and scary.

The Big Sick is currently playing in theaters in Los Angeles and New York.

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With its new reality competition, ABC is aiming to find the next great Boy Band. The series will follow 30 young singers as they vie for a spot in the winning group. One of the judges in the competition — which is calling them “architects,” since they’re building the band — is Nick Carter. He’s had a little bit of experience in the field, since he’s been in the Backstreet Boys for more than two decades, so he thinks Boy Band is a perfect showcase for his talents and qualifications.

Boy Band airs Thursday nights at 8/7c on ABC.

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It was 20 years ago this week that Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones donned their fitted suits and designer sunglasses to preserve alien law and order in the film Men In Black. It wound up becoming the year’s second-biggest movie (behind only Titanic) and helped cement Smith’s status in the upper echelon of Hollywood’s A-List. The film was produced, of course, by Steven Spielberg, and when we spoke to Smith, he told us he thought Spielberg’s initial call was really just a friend’s idea of a prank! (Click on the media bar below to hear Will Smith)

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One of this year’s most underrated flicks was director Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and hopefully this film will reach a wider audience when it hits Blu-ray and DVD August 8 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The narrative traces Arthur’s (Charlie Hunnam) journey from a street wise hustler (he was raised by prostitutes) to an initially reluctant leader. Heir to the throne, Arthur simply wants to exist away from the spotlight, but he must do the right thing after his uncle Vortigern’s (Jude Law) evil influence spreads across the land. The epic co-stars Eric Bana as Arthur’s father and Djimon Hounsou as one of Arthur’s fellow knights.

The Blu-ray version comes with the featurettes “Arthur with Swagger,” “Sword from the Stone,” “Parry and Bleed,” “Building on the Past,” and “Inside the Cut: The Action of King Arthur,” “Camelot in 93 Days,” “Legend of Excalibur,” and “Scenic Scotland.” The DVD version’s sole special feature is “Arthur with Swagger.”

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It’s hard for Andy Serkis to top his work as Gollum in director Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit, but he’s reached similar creative heights as sheltered ape turned leader Caesar in the latest Planet of the Apes films. War for the Planet of the Apes puts a cinematic exclamation point on the trilogy as it’s the finest film of the lot.

Part of the franchise’s success comes from director Matt Reeves who helmed War and 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

“He was very willing to take it as far as he could,” said Serkis. “And we completely connected. He’s all about discovering the scenes and properly rehearsing the scene with apes as actors and finding the beat and rehearsing scenes with the crew standing around waiting to shoot. He would always wait until the moment was right and . . . that  everybody (understood) what that scene was about.”

Click on the media bar to hear Serkis talks about the incredible use of CGI in the film, especially when it comes to capturing the apes’ eyes.


War for the Planet of the Apes, co-starring Woody Harrelson, opens July 14.


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Lady GagaWhen Lady Gaga broke out with Just Dance and Poker Face in the fall of 2008, she appeared to be an overnight sensation. That wasn’t the case, though. Her rapid rise came only after a series of setbacks and a lot of hard work. When we talked to her, she remembered those early days, and some of the trials and tribulations she went through before becoming a superstar. (Click on the media bar below to hear Lady Gaga)

Lady Gaga, who is currently filming a remake of A Star Is Born with Bradley Cooper, also has a new single climbing the charts. Check out the video for The Cure here.


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Michael Keaton, Tom Holland and Robert Downey JrSpider-Man: Homecoming brings us a superhero reunion of sorts: The film features both Robert Downey Jr., reprising his regular Marvel role as Iron Man/Tony Stark, and Michael Keaton, who starred in Batman and Batman Begins. Both Downey and Keaton redefined the way superheroes were played for their generation, and Downey says that, in hindsight, he feels like they made the right artistic choices, and he can see how they’ve helped influence the new generation of superheroes.

Spider-Man: Homecoming spins its way into theaters on July 7.

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If you’ve seen a promo teasing some of the acts on a new episode of America’s Got Talent, you’ve already seen more than the judges have when they start taping. Yes, Simon Cowell says that when each new act takes the stage, they’ve got to be ready for anything. Because, like the famous line in Forrest Gump, they never know what they’re going to get. (Click on the media bar below to hear Simon Cowell)

Find out what surprises America’s Got Talent has in store every Tuesday night at 8/7c on NBC.

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