Director Colin Trevorrow scored a huge hit with Jurassic World, but before that he received accolades for his crafty indie drama Safety Not Guaranteed. Now the versatile filmmaker tries his hand with the coming of age genre with The Book of Henry. The great news, right off the bat, is the ensemble cast is top notch.
The story centers on a suburban mom named Susan (Naomi Watts) who works at a diner with her close friend Sheila (Sarah Silverman).Susan’s blessed with Henry (Jaeden Lieberher), her 11-year-old son who has an active imagination and isn’t afraid of stepping outside that proverbial box. Henry is also a wonderful older brother to Peter (Room’s Jacob Tremblay) and he’s also attempting to help a classmate (Maddie Zielger) who harbors a dangerous secret. Will Henry’s overreaching need to help land him in trouble or will he change everyone’s lives in the process?
The picture opens nationwide June 16th and the trailer just made its debut today. It’s wonderful to have a movie that’s not an animated or super hero flick come out this summer, and we’re hoping this movie reaches similar creative heights of previous coming of age dramas (most notably Stand By Me). Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
If you’re a fan of Mad Men actress Kiernan Shipka and Scream Queen’s Emma Roberts, then this week’s episode of CinemAddicts is worth checking out.
Kat (Shipka) is a teenager who is left alone at school while most of the other students have just left for vacation. Rose (Lucy Boynton), a fellow student, is also left behind but for different reasons. When a strange force influences Kat, the lives of the people at the school as well as Rose are immediately threatened. Emma Roberts is Joan, a troubled woman who is determined to get to Kat’s school at any cost. Directed by Oz Perkins, The Blackcoat’s Daughter is an atmospheric thriller that’s filled with a memorable final act. As Kat, Shipka proves she can anchor her own movie, and she, along with Boynton and Roberts, are very good in the film.
Directed by Logan Sandler, Live Cargo centers on Nadine and Lewis (Dree Hemingway and Lakeith Stanfield), a grieving couple who travel to a remote Bahamian island for a bit of comfort. Roy (The Wire’s Robert Wisdom) is the island mayor who’s had a big influence on Nadine’s life. He also attempts to serve as a surrogate parent to a homeless teenager named Myron (Sam Dillon). Unfortunately Myron is seduced into the human trafficking operation that’s being conducted by a criminal named Doughboy (Leonard Earl Howze). Shot in black and white, the picture is powered by a memorable performance from Wisdom and Dillon. Live Cargo initially had a release date of March 31, but this week it was pushed back to April 7.
Last but definitely not least, we also talk about the 15th anniversary release of Donnie Darko. Arrow Films spearheaded a 4K restoration of the film which was supervised by Donnie Darko filmmaker Richard Kelly. Check out this week’s episode of CinemAddicts below!!
The 2012 animated smash Wreck-It Ralph is finally getting a sequel, as Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 hits the silver screen March 9, 2018. The news was announced at CinemaCon. Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch are among the actors who are returning to the roster with leads John C. Reilly (Ralph) and Sarah Silverman (Vanellope).
The project also reteams the film’s original director Rich Moore and scribe Phil Johnston to the project (both Moore and Johnston collaborated on last year’s Disney hit Zootopia).
Wreck-It Ralph was a loving homage to 8-bit gaming, and now its sequel is taking video games to an entirely different level. “To take these characters we love and have them enter the enormous world of the internet has given us so much to explore,” said Moore. “Our production team has been hard at work designing a world that takes something we all think we know - the internet - but shows it in a whole new, imaginative way.”
The Oscar nominated film was named Best Animated Feature by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, and expectations are definitely high with Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.
Are you excited for the sequel, or was one film dealing with Ralph’s gaming universe enough? Feel free to comment below!
Actress Bitsie Tulloch’s experience on Grimm was a profound one, as she’s engaged to series co-star David Giuntoli. The show, which ran for six seasons, was a successful one, and Tulloch reflected on what made the program resonate with viewers.
“There’s something to me about the format of a fairy tale where you have this protagonist overcoming the odds and you have all these fantastical creatures,” said Tulloch. “That’s just really fun and it’s nice to get lost in an other worldly aspect. I also think it’s one of those shows that was successful internationally. It’s one of those shows that’s not easily lost in translation and countries all over the world has loved it because it’s relatable and you really feel like this could happen.”
After a few stops and starts, Bitsie Tulloch’s last day on the set of Grimm was a memorable one, as she prepared a speech thanking the production’s hard working cast and crew. Click on the media bar to hear Tulloch talk about her final day on Grimm:
Grimm’s series finale airs Friday, March 31 on NBC (8/7c).
Thanks to his scene stealing work as the friendly neighborhood webslinger in Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland’s star is on the rise. Expect that star to climb even bigger heights with the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming.
“This is a very different take on Spider-Man,” said Holland, whose previous credits include The Impossible and Wolf Hall. “This is something we haven’t seen before. I’m obviously a lot younger so we can really play on the youthful side of the character. We’ve seen the soldier. We’ve seen the billionaire. We’ve seen the god. And now it’s time to see the kid. It’s fun to see what would happen if you gave a 15-year-old super powers and I think what would happen is he’d have a pretty great time.”
The actor was recently at Sony Pictures’ CinemaCon to talk about playing Peter Parker. Click on the media bar to hear Tom Holland’s take on the enduring popularity of Spider-Man.
Spider-Man: Homecoming, co-starring Michael Keaton as the Vulture, opens nationwide July 7.
Directed by Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man), Gifted centers on Mary (Mckenna Grace), a seven-year-old who is a mathematical genius. Though education wise Mary deserves the best schooling as possible, her concerned and loving uncle Frank (Chris Evans) is also a proponent of giving her the most normal childhood as possible.
The picture co-stars Jenny Slate, an actress who’s best known for her scene stealing comedic chops (as witnessed by the first rate 2014 feature Obvious Child). With Gifted, Slate plays a straight laced and focused teacher, so comedy wasn’t in the cards for this gratifying role.
“That’s the ultimate challenge is to lean on what you know works,” said Slate. “She’s sturdy and she’s not showcasing herself in any way. She sees herself as a facilitator and as someone who speaks the truth. Those are very simple things that need to be respected. And I’m usually called upon to be a more ‘character-y’ type of person and I really gravitated towards this character because she’s straightforward. She’s whole. She’s self-possessed. It’s very old-fashioned and clean and fresh to make education your first priority.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Slate talk about playing a teacher and working with kids on Gifted.
Gifted opens in select cities April 7 and opens nationwide April 21.
What the stars of Going In Style lack in youth, they more than make up for with accolades. Sir Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Alan Arkin have all won Academy Awards, and co-star Ann-Margaret is a two-time Oscar nominee. The allure of working with such a decorated cast brought director Zach Braff to the project, a remake of the 1979 heist caper starring George Burns. Braff – who previously wrote and directed the critically acclaimed film Garden State — told us the movie is a love letter to fans of its legendary stars. (Click on the on the media bar below to hear Zach Braff)
Going in Style opens in theaters April 7.
As lead singer for three-time chart-toppers Maroon 5, Adam Levine has learned his fair share about the music industry over the past two decades. But even a string of hit songs, #1 albums and sold-out tours don’t teach you everything, and Levine says the situations he’s encountered as a judge and mentor on The Voice have continued to educate him. (Click on the on the media bar below to hear Adam Levine)
What will Adam Levine learn next? Watch The Voice, Monday and Tuesday nights at 8/7c. on NBC, to find out.
On September 13, 2005, viewers were invited into the Jeffersonian Institute for the first time. Tomorrow night, they’ll revisit (what’s left of) it for the last time. Over the 244 episodes that aired in between, Bones became a fan favorite and a testament to resilience. It may very well be the only prime-time series in television history to be scheduled in eight different time slots — including at least one on every weeknight — and survive to a double-digit age.
The premise of Bones was a new twist on an old formula made popular at the time by CSI: Scientists and law enforcement team up to solve puzzling murders. And while the team behind Bones has to be given credit for inventing plenty of unique (and often quite grisly) ways to discover dead bodies, it wasn’t the corpses that kept viewers tuning in. It was the chemistry between FBI agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) and forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) that drove the show. (Click on the media bar below to hear (Emily Deschanel & David Boreanaz)
Tomorrow night, when we return to the rubble of the bomb-stricken Jeffersonian lab, we’ll learn the fates of Booth and Brennan, along with Hodgins, Angela, Cam, and the Squinterns on the scene. Long-time fans are sure to shed a few tears during the series finale of Bones, airing Tuesday at 8/7c on FOX.
Want more behind-the-scenes interviews from the cast and crew? Fox has put together a full-length series retrospective, and you can watch it here.
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In the futuristic thriller Ghost in the Shell, Scarlett Johansson is Major, a human whose life is saved from a terrible crash thanks to cyber enhancements. When Major discovers that she has been lied to by her superiors, she embarks on a quest of revenge to uncover the mysteries of her past.
For the part, Johansson did her share of physical preparation.
“Of course I did a lot of training because I wanted to be able to have the physical presence of somebody who seemed very capable,” said Johansson. “And then, of course, I had to actually be quite capable. Luckily I had a lot of fight training and weapon training for all those “little” Marvel movies (laughs). So it actually comes in quite handy because (the films) have a (similar) vocabulary. It’s a lot of repetition and then a lot of tactical training which I had never done before with room clearing. And just to be efficient with a weapon as much as possible.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Johansson talk about the first time she came across Ghost in the Shell.
Ghost in the Shell opens nationwide March 31.