Making its debut in its entirety on NETFLIX this weekend, NARCOS is a ten episode original series detailing the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar (a.k.a. ‘The King of Cocaine’) and the extremely bloody battle that took place between the U.S. DEA and Columbia’s ruthless Medellin Cartel. Executive produced and directed by the renowned JOSE PADILHA (ELITE SQUAD), the series is a sweeping epic that takes an unflinching look at a devastating chapter that had a global reach in the war on drugs.
Mixing actual newsreel footage with scripted drama, the film paints a vivid portrait of ESCOBAR as a supervillain who was both terrifying and charming, saint and sinner.
The international cast includes WAGNER MOURA, STEPHANIE SIGMAN, BOYD HOLBROOK, JOANNA CHRISTIE, LUIS GUZMAN and MAURICE COMPTE and the final outcome is a series that NETFLIX should be proud of and can expect to see mentioned come awards season.
Facing reporters at a recent TCA press conference to promote the series, filmmaker JOSE PADILHA admitted that the cocaine issue is still as big as ever and, while his series makes no attempt to offer a solution to the problem, NARCOS makes it very clear that ‘demand’ is as much at fault as ’supply’. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
The entire 10-episode series NARCOS is streaming now on NETFLIX.
Posted By Bob Healy
Pierce Brosnan is one of the most liked actors working in films in today. The charming Irishman has been part of the entertainment landscape for over 30 years.
Long before he was James Bond and charming audiences from all over the world, he won many hearts playing the titular suave private detective on the 80’s hit romantic comedy Remington Steele.
Remington Steele ran from 1982-1987, turning Brosnan a worldwide television star. Thanks to solid work in The Fourth Protocol, the underrated The Deceivers and the cult hit The Lawnmower Man, Brosnan has also embarked on a successful film career. Twenty eight years since the series left the air, Brosnan told us that the series still has a very special place in his heart (Click on the media bar below to hear Pierce Brosnan)
Pierce Brosnan stars with Owen Wilson and Lake Bell in No Escape, which is in theaters now.
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One on the most anticipated television events if the new fall season is the event series Heroes Reborn.
Since the original series concluded its run in 2010, has lived on in many different variations and is still very much beloved. When NBC announced the show would return for a limited run, the loyal fan base were in heaven and ready to speculate on which “heroes” (and for that matter, villains) will steal the show.
Jack Coleman, who played conflicted agent Noah Bennet, returns for Heroes Reborn, and he told us it’s an incredible feeling to know that Heroes has transcended time and weather. (Click on the video to see Jack Coleman talk about the lasting impact of Heroes)
Heroes Reborn premieres September 24 on NBC.
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Based on the posthumous novel by Robert C. O’Brien, Z for Zachariah presents a post apocalyptic world sans zombies or a rubble filled metropolis. Instead, we are introduced to Ann Burden (Margot Robbie), a young woman who lives in a verdant valley sans any family members or friends (they’ve all moved on to greener pastures). With just a loyal dog in tow, Ann farms her land and occasionally travels into town for sustenance, and though she may be the last living person on Earth, she’s determined to survive.
Her solitary existence is thrown for a loop with John Loomis (an unnerved yet always arresting Chiwetel Ejiofor), an understandably paranoid scientist who enters her sphere and accidentally skinny dips in radiation drenched waters. Ann saves and nurses John back to health, and the pair gradually grow a bond which could eventually lead to intimacy (and thus, the continuation of the human race).
Their “Adam and Eve” existence is threatened (or in Ann’s case, expanded) with the discovery of a charming stranger named Caleb (Chris Pine) who inevitably puts a wedge between Ann and Loomis. The oft-used phrase “three’s a crowd” applies to this collection of survivors, and although they team up to build a proper irrigation system that will immensely enhance their sustainability, living in peace may be far out of reach.
Z for Zachariah is a beautifully mounted production, as the wide open and picaresque spaces of New Zealand serves as the perfect backdrop for this intimately told and finely acted drama. Director Craig Zobel (Compliance) doesn’t fashion this universe with zombies, end of the world conflicts or philosophical treatises on humanity. The lack of operatic and thematic fireworks may turn off viewers who were expecting a more action driven, fantastical narrative, but for viewers searching for a nuance rich experience, Z for Zachariah should fit the bill.
Though both Ejiofor and Pine are actors of import, Z for Zachariah is Margot Robbie’s show. This three-hander is actually Ann’s story, as she learns how to navigate and possibly compromise her own values for the greater good. Her love for Loomis, though based on trust and friendship, also exists out of mutual necessity, while her animal attraction to Caleb (whose affections are more forthright than John’s) is also understandable. We see the world through Ann’s prism, and though Robbie stole the show with her colorful work in Focus and The Wolf of Wall Street, she’s also adept at dialing things down. Z for Zachariah proves Robbie can easily lead the show, and it’s safe to assume she’ll be spearheading even more A-list projects.
Huge credit also goes to Zobel for leaving any kind of histrionics or showy visual theatrics at home. Though such end of the world type narratives could easily summon such viscerally thrilling fireworks, Zobel takes an entirely different path. During the story’s final moments, there are still questions that maybe only the viewer can answer, and though this may prove frustrating to some, it’s a creatively courageous move for the filmmaker.
Survival, as well as finding our way in this life, is paramount whether or not it’s the end of the world. Powered by a standout performance by Robbie and solid supporting work from Pine and Ejiofor, Z for Zachariah is first-rate storytelling which, amidst its intricate subtleties, packs a powerful punch.
Z for Zachariah is now playing in select theaters (New York & Los Angeles) and On Demand.
Posted By: Greg Srisavasdi
Tom Cruise has proven once again why he is one of the Hollywood’s biggest stars as Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation has been one of the top movies for the past month.
Over the span of over three decades. Cruise’s films have grossed over $5 billion at the box office. One of the main reasons why Cruise has been one of the most bankable stars in movie history is because he cares about the audience and when he makes a movie Cruise he takes every element seriously and is very hands on. Whether it’s climbing the side of a mountain or hanging off a plane, Cruise is ready for the challenge.
(Click on the media below to hear Tom Cruise discuss his dedication to film-making)
Posted by AC
One of the most entertaining new series of last season was the CW’s The Flash. The program certainly made an impact for The CW being the top rated show for the network in its freshman season. Along with its top notch writing, The Flash has been blessed with a career making performance from lead actor Grant Gustin. The 25-year-old Glee veteran recently took home a Teen Choice Award in the “Breakout Star” category, beating out The Flash co-star Candice Patton in the process.
Along with a new costume and the addition of Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West (who in the DC Comics universe also became The Flash), the series is moving forward with some highly anticipated changes.
Flash fans can’t to see what in season 2 and The Flash himself Grant Gustin gives a preview what to expect when it returns October 6. (Click on the media bar below to hear Grant Gustin)
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Keanu Reeves was last seen kicking major you know what in John Wick, but this time he’s a family man who has definitely met his match in the Eli Roth (Hostel, upcoming The Green Inferno) directed Knock Knock.
Left alone for the weekend, Evan Webber (Reeves) plays the Good Samaritan by letting two stranded young women (Lorenza Izzo, Ana de Armas) into his domicile. His kindness leads to their eventual seduction, and while a one night tryst with two youths may seem like the dream fantasy for a middle-aged dude, Evan’s adultery turns into a karmic nightmare.
Whether he’s being tied to a bed or about to be thrown into a makeshift grave in his backyard, Evan is definitely in over his head. Will our hapless protagonist survive from this ordeal and can he outwit these young ladies and beat them at their own game? Since this is an Eli Roth movie, we’re guessing the villains come out on top.
Shot for under $10 million, Knock Knock screened earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival and it hits theaters and On Demand October 9.
For insight on why Eli Roth loves infusing humor with his thriller and horror driven narratives, check out Deepest Dream.
Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
Posted By: Greg Srisavasdi
Robbie Kay, best known for his run as Peter Pan in Once Upon A Time, plays Tommy Clarke, a teenager with the power to make people disappear in the upcoming event series Heroes Reborn.
While promoting Heroes Reborn during the NBC/Universal Press Tour, Kay was asked if he envisions more Heroes stories in the coming years. “Absolutely,” said the actor. “I think it all depends where the show goes but I think there is a lot of mystery surrounding this world. That is what is so exciting about Heroes - there is so much suspense. They always leave a little bit more, kind of like a breadcrumb trail so nothing is ever really properly finished up.”
Kay’s acting path started at an early age while living in the Czech Republic. Though his scenes were cut out of the movie The Illusionist, it was still a pivotal moment in the actor’s nascent career.
Click on the media bar to hear Robbie Kay talk about his initial foray into the acting field:
Heroes Reborn premieres September 24 on NBC (8/7c). To read about co-star Ryan Guzman’s journey with Heroes Reborn, check out the following Deepest Dream post.
Posted By: Greg Srisavasdi
Jennifer Aniston is one of the most in-demand actresses in Hollywood. Granted, there are times when we wish she would make better choices about the roles she takes. Because while we love her and the bubbly energy she brings to her movies, some of the films have been painfully unwatchable. Of the more than 20 movies she’s made, the 1999 cult classic Office Space remains the most beloved among her fans.
When we talked with Aniston, she reminisced about Office Space and told us whether she kept any of the “flair.” (Click on the audio player to hear Jennifer Aniston)
Jennifer Aniston currently stars with Owen Wilson in Peter Bogdanovich’s She’s Funny That Way which is currently playing on Demand.
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One of the biggest hits this summer on television has been the freshman USA Network series Mr. Robot starring Christian Slater and Rami Malek will have it’s season finale on September 2. Audiences shouldn’t worry because the show was renewed for a second season before the first episode even aired.
Being renewed early gave series creator Sam Esmail time to think about the future of the show and its many different directions. Malek and Slater are very excited about the future of the show saying there are plans for the show to continue for many years to come.
Check out the video below, as the actors discuss the road ahead for Mr. Robot.
Catch the Mr. Robot season finale September 2 10/9c on USA Network.
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