The new trailer for The Equalizer 2has its share of action which is to be expected, but the bottom line is ex-agent Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) needs a day job to pay the bills. Killing or severely injuring a group of bad guys within mere seconds is a rare skill, and now that he has a job as Lyft driver, passengers should be on their best behavior.
While Denzel Washington has done a couple of remakes (The Magnificent Seven and The Manchurian Candidate), The Equalizer 2 is his first sequel. This time out McCall is seeking revenge for the death of a close friend. The original flick grossed over $200 million, and this is a franchise that may have a pretty long run. Check out the latest trailer to The Equalizer 2 and tell us what you think!
Co-starring Melissa Leo and Bill Pullman, The Equalizer 2 opens nationwide July 20.
Blindspotting centers on Collin (Daveed Diggs), an Oakland denizen who must stay on the right path during his final three days of probation. Unfortunately his childhood friend Miles (Rafael Casal) is not exactly a positive influence, and when Collin witnesses a police shooting all bets are off.
The film was a labor of love for Diggs and Casal, as the actors wrote and produced the Blindspotting. “It feels like our whole lives,” said Diggs who was seen last year in Wonder. “It’s been nearly 10 years of work on this project. Getting out is unbelievable, actually. Most of those 10 years was us being like ‘This will never happen, I don’t know why we’re working on this.’ And then not being able to put it down.”
Click on the media bar to hear Diggs talk about the collaborative spirit of Blindspotting:
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’sbox office weekend was a successful one as it was #1 with a $150 million domestic take. Though this figure falls short of Jurassic World’s $208 million opening three years ago, Fallen Kingdomhas amassed $711 million. Incredibles 2was #2 with $80.9 million. Here’s the top 10:
Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom – Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reunite with a bunch of dinosaurs and make $150 million in the process.
On a cinematic level, Ray Liottais a veteran who has starred in a diverse array of films. Though its hard to beat the iconic impact of Goodfellas, Liotta has carved out an array of indelible work in such films as Narc, No Escape, and the highly underrated Killing Them Softly.Shades of Blue was a completely different working experience for Liotta, as he and the ensemble had a ton of material to memorize on a given weekend!
“We would do two episodes at a time, so it was extremely challenging to bring depth and dimension to things that – you had an idea what was happening because you know the character and you kind of know where the story is going,” said Liotta. “I just loved doing it. I would do a 13 episode (series) again (with this character). Especially now with the way the business is.”
Click on the media bar to hear the actor discuss what audiences can expect from Matt Wozniak (Ray Liotta) on this season of Shades of Blue:
Shades of Blue airs Sunday nights on NBC (10 pm et/pt).
You’ll find a familiar face in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, as Jeff Goldblum returns to the film franchise. He played Dr. Ian Malcolm in both Jurassic Park and The Lost World, and the character is back for the new movie. Goldblum was thrilled to step into the role again, because he loves the movies and their messages. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jeff Goldblum)
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is playing now in theaters everywhere.
With three television projects going on simultaneously, Lisa Edelstein’s busier than she’s ever been. Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce is in the midst of its fifth season, she’s part of Chuck Lorre’sThe Kominsky Method for Netflix, and she’s signed on for a recurring role on ABC’s The Good Doctor. That last role was one she probably couldn’t turn down, since the show comes from producer David Shore, who cast her on a medical show he created back in 2004: House. She told us landing that role has made these past 14 years the happiest of her life. (Click on the media bar below to hear Lisa Edelstein)
Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce airs Thursday nights at 10/9c on Bravo, and Edelstein will begin her gig on The Good Doctor starting with the show’s Season Two premiere this fall on ABC.
Thirty-four years after The Terminator debuted in theaters, the franchise is still living up to its catchphrase: “I’ll be back.” Filming has begun on yet another Terminator movie, with Linda Hamilton coming back to the series for the first time since the original 1991 sequel. Arnold Schwarzenegger will be returning as well, and he told us that as soon as he learned they wanted to make another Terminator movie, he was all in. (Click on the media bar below to hear Arnold Schwarzenegger)
The new Terminator movie, which doesn’t have an official title yet, will be released in November 2019.
Jane Fonda will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Traverse City Film Festival. The honor will be presented to Fonda during the festival, which runs July 31 to August 5 in Traverse City, Michigan. The fest was founded by filmmaker Michael Moore.
“I can think of no other artist who has given more to her country,” said Moore. “What an honor for our festival audience to welcome and to be inspired by the work of this American Icon. Her voice is as needed today as much as ever.”
Fonda’s work will be an integral part of the fest thanks to a 40th anniversary screening of Coming Home, a screening of Juliaand a free nighttime screening on Nine to Five (it will be projected on a 65-foot screen near the shores of Lake Michigan).
Josh Brolin returns as take no prisoners CIA operative Matt Graver in Sicario:Day of the Soldado. Though Matt has a great relationship with his lethal right hand man Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), there union may be threatened due to a recent mission that went south.
“I really like what this movie does,” said Brolin. “Because it took the arrogance of who these guys are and their set up and it cracked it. And then you suddenly start to see the humanity and sensitivities and the consequence of all that arrogance which I find a very interesting exploration.”
Click on the media bar to hear Brolin discuss his longtime working relationship with Del Toro and how the film brings a “fresh” approach to its storytelling:
Sicario: Day of the Soldado, co-starring Matthew Modine opens June 29.
One of America’s guiltiest pleasures is back, as Big Brother returns for its 20th season on CBS. This time, the infamous Big Brother house has undergone an extreme makeover, incorporating a Silicon Valley theme filled with all kinds of technological upgrades. But rather than go through a list of the cyber-inspired renovations, we figured we’d let the show’s host, Julie Chen, take you on a tour of the new house.
The two-part season premiere of Big Brother begins next Wednesday night at 8/7c on CBS.