It’s hard to believe that Rocky, which is considered to be one of the greatest sports movies of all time, is now 40 years old. Rocky was released in December 3, 1977 became a phenomenon and still is part of pop culture to this day.
Thanks to its first rate and evocative story, Rocky still pulls at our heartstrings. The film won three Oscars and even with six additional Rocky films, the original stands the test of time. We spoke to Stallone who explained to us why people still relate to the character and the film. (Click on the media bar below to hear Sylvester Stallone)
Tuesday night the NBC hit drama Chicago Fire hits a milestone when the series airs its 100thepisode. The series, now its fifth season, premiered back in 2012 and legendary producer Dick Wolf (Law & Order franchise) continues to keep audiences on the edge of their seats every week.
Chicago Fire star Jesse Spencer doesn’t take the success of the show for granted and he appreciates the series’ success. Spencer told us it just felt like yesterday when they filmed the pilot and he’s ready to make another 100 episodes! (Click on the media bar below to hear Jesse Spencer)
Catch the 100th episode of Chicago Fire Tuesday 10/9c on NBC.
The critically acclaimed Move Or Die will not just be an exclusive thing for Steam enthusiasts, as the multiplayer title is heading to consoles in 2017.
“Without fail, the most common question I receive is ‘when Move or Die would be coming to consoles’ - well, it’s finally coming you grateful bastards,” said Those Awesome Guys lead developer and founder Nicolae Berbece. “Not only are we bringing the game with all the updates since the game launched, but we also have new awesome features for the console versions - we definitely plan to test the friendships of console players next year!”
The main innovation behind Move or Die centers on its seemingly difficult yet ultimately engaging adaptability scale, as players will battle each other in min-game modes that change very 20-30 seconds. Complacency is not accepted in this adventure, as players who stay in one place will see their health bar diminish at a rapid pace. To wit, we have yet to play Move or Die but are actually intrigued by its gaming construct, and we’ll be reviewing this title once it hits PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next year. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
In many ways, Loving lives up to its name, a look at a marriage and the strength it takes for bonds to last against all the odds. But this is no ordinary marriage — it’s the love between Richard Loving, a white mechanic, carpenter and car enthusiast and his black girlfriend Mildred, the daughter of Richard’s neighbors and co-workers, and their struggle to return to the home they once knew after being exiled from the state of Virginia for their interracial marriage.
Based on a true story, their journey was one that eventually made its way to the Supreme Court in 1967 and led to the overturning of legislation banning mixed race marriages. But while that ruling was a key turn of events for many in today’s world, it’s not the whole centerpiece of the story. It’s merely the climax for what is essentially a deeper look at the couple’s relationship and how it withstood so many barriers over time to eventually be recognized in the eyes of the law.
When the film starts, we’re introduced to Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton), a crew-cut sporting young man about to learn that his girlfriend Mildred (Ruth Negga) is pregnant with their first child. After learning the news, Richard purchases a plot of land near their neighborhood and proposes to Mildred, getting her father’s permission to travel to Washington, D.C. from their Virginia home to tie the knot. But it’s not long before their taboo relationship is outed to the local authorities who roust the couple from their marital bed and jail them. While Richard is bailed out, his pregnant wife is left to wait until the weekend is over before she can be released. This is where we began to see the realities of the couple’s life start to take hold, with Richard out of his mind about the situation. They eventually get a lawyer who uses his influence to get a deal from the judge that they will leave the state for 25 years or face jail time of a year for their marriage.
Feeling no other options, the couple pack up and head to live out of state with family friends. Unsatisfied with their city life and missing their home, Richard agrees to risk all by returning to their family home for their birth of their first child, a decision that leads to a second arrest that almost lands them in permanent trouble. For years and the birth of two other children, they remain in the city unsatisfied with their life and feeling the need for home, when Mildred sees a Martin Luther King march on TV and is advised by a family relative to write Bobby Kennedy asking for civil rights assistance. She’s referred to an ACLU lawyer named Bernie Cohen (Nick Kroll), and begins her attempts to start the ball rolling on their case.
At first and through most of the film Richard appears uneasy with the attention thrust upon them. Edgerton plays him as a stoic man worried for the danger this will put his family in, but willing to do anything for his wife, including moving to a remote location back in Virginia just to get a piece of their life back. But with the threat of being discovered hanging over them, it’s a tense life that they lead. Mildred, meanwhile, is more open in her desire to pursue the case and shows a quiet calm and steadying influence that all will be alright.
Director/writer Jeff Nichols does an excellent job of portraying the constant sense of unease the couple faced upon re-entering the state of Virginia all while trying to get their case heard and Edgerton and Negga are not only convincing in the lead roles, but are names likely to be called during Oscar season.
Loving takes on a key turning point in the civil rights movement, but focuses more on the humanity behind it than the case itself, and shows us all what Loving is all about.
Fans of the 2012 feature V/H/S will be familiar with the horror thriller SiREN, as it’s an expansion of the segment Amateur Night. Hannah Fierman returns as Lily, a beautiful young woman who’s held captive in an underground sex club.
Several guys celebrating a bachelor party explore this club, and when groom to be Jonah (Chase Williamson) attempts to free Lily from danger, he gets an unexpected surprise. Lily is not a woman at all!
“She’s a primal monster from another realm,” said Fierman. “She’s instinctual. She’s more of a creature, although there are some very human like qualities (to her). She gets her heart broken. She makes you feel uncomfortable sexually - she taps into your emotional levels.”
Taking inspiration from the movements and behaviors of bats and wildcats, as well as working with stunt coordinator Elizabeth Davidovich, Fierman was “extremely proud” of her Amateur Night performance. Though she didn’t have too much time to prep for SiREN, she was more than up to the task. Since Fierman already knew her character inside and out, one of the biggest challenges was shooting in the Georgia swamps (the Chiller Films feature was shot in Savannah and Augusta). Dealing with bug bites must have been irritating, keeping the prosthetics in place in the sweltering summer heat was almost impossible.
“My face was falling off a lot of the time,” laughs Fierman, whose previous credits include Gone By Dawn and The Unwanted.
Though she’s known for her forays into the horror genre, Fierman’s love for acting didn’t take root from a scary place. Rather, it’s a craft that she’s worked on for most of her life.
“My first performance was when I was three and I just remember enjoying it,” said Fierman. “The thing that drew me the most to acting was I really enjoy storytelling. I did theater all throughout childhood and did my first feature when I was a teenager. I just kept going and never really wanted to stop.”
Now playing in select theaters, SiREN hits DVD, Digital HD, and VOD on December 6.
Moana was the #1 film over the weekend once again, as it easily beat the competition with a $28.3 million take. The Dwayne Johnson headlined animated flick has made over $119 million domestically and it’s set to be one of this year’s biggest hits. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, another gem from J.K. Rowling, came in at #2 with $18.5 million. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. Moana - $28.3 million
2. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them - $18.5 million this weekend, and to date the film has made over $607 million.
3. Arrival - One of this year’s most critically acclaimed films makes $7.3 million.
4. Allied - The Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard WWII drama makes just $7 million. Unfortunately, the film has performed below box office expectations.
5. Doctor Strange - $6.49 million this weekend and it’s already taken in over $634 million worldwide!
6. Trolls - $4.6 million
7. Hacksaw Ridge - Mel Gibson’s latest directing effort makes $3.4 million. To date, the feature has made over $75 million worldwide.
8. Bad Santa 2 - $3.28 million
9. Incarnate - $2.65 million
10. Almost Christmas - $2.5 million
Director James Gunn (Slither, Super) was the highlight of this weekend’s Comic Con Experience in Brazil, as he premiered the new teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The filmmaker, whose career has skyrocketed thanks to the overwhelming success of Guardians of the Galaxy, was so overwhelmed with the response to the trailer that he admitted that he almost cried onstage.
Though most teasers usually don’t give too much away, it’s great to see the trademark banter from the original doesn’t feel shopworn or tired with the sequel. The chemistry between Zoe Saldana and Chris Pratt is still evident, and even baby Groot comes off as entirely endearing (even if Groot is mishandling a potentially dangerous bomb!). Guardians of the Galaxy made $773 million worldwide, and the sequel should eclipse that mark.
Co-starring Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Laura Haddock, and Kurt Russell, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits stateside May 2017. Gunn also penned the screenplay. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
Emma Stone’s name is once again being heard this awards season for her performance in the musical La La Land. Stone is also an accomplished singer and dancer who received great reviews back in 2014 for performance as Sally Bowles in the revival of Cabaret.
In La La Land she shows once again she why she is one of best actresses working acting, singing and dancing. Preparing for the film and the great songs and dance sequences wasn’t easy. Stone told us she prepared for the film with an intense regimen that consisted of dance training, working on the music and watching classical musicals from the golden age of Hollywood. (Click on the media bar below to hear Emma Stone)
La La Land opens in theaters December 16.
Kevin James became a household name back in 1998 starring as the loveable starring on the CBS hit series King of Queens which ran for nine seasons. When King of Queens ended in 2007, James went off to have a successful film career and did not return to the small screen until he found the right series. For James that project was Kevin Can Wait, a show which reunites him with CBS.
With Kevin Can Wait, James proves he’s one of the best comedic actors on all of television. Though his TV return was very smooth, at first he it was a surreal experience for the actor. He had flashbacks from his King of Queens days and felt different - but different in a very good way! (Click on the media bar below to hear Kevin James)
Don’t miss Kevin Can Wait Monday nights 8/7 on CBS.
A melange of style, substance, and talent, Bruno Mars is easily one of music’s brightest stars, and his new album 24K Magic debuted at the #1 spot on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart. The album is a worthy successor to his 2012 album Unorthodox Jukebox and the hit single “Uptown Funk,” and it wouldn’t be a surprise if 24K Magic surpasses the success of his earlier work.
Mars took his swag, Tommy Hilfiger tuxedo, and eye-catching fur coat to The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Though Mars is definitely a show stopper, he may be outdone by the telegenic models that appear on the program. Though they probably can’t replicate Mars’ to die for dance moves, these ladies aren’t bad with their lip sync stylings, as evinced with their rendition of of “24K Magic” below:
The North American leg of Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic tour begins July 15 at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas. The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show airs Monday, December 5 on CBS (10/9c).