For 75 years, Wonder Woman has been part of our pop culture. The legendary comic book character was one of the first female heroines in the DC universe and possibly the first pro-feminist character ever created. Throughout the years in comic books and on television there have been a few incarnations of Wonder Woman, most notably the 1970’s television show with Lynda Carter in the role and an unaired NBC pilot which starred Adrianne Palicki.
That has changed in the last couple years when it was announced “Wonder Woman” would be back in the Justice League films and she returned in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with a scene stealing performance from Gal Gadot. The actress will next be seen in Wonder Woman and Justice League in 2017..
An exhaustive casting search was done to find who would play “Wonder Woman” and it was the beautiful Gal Gadot. The actress does not take the role lightly and she says it was an honor to portray the beloved DC comic hero in a way that all audiences can relate to. (Click on the media bar below to hear Gal Gadot)
Wonder Woman opens June 2, 2017 and Justice League opens November 17, 2017.
One of the greatest animated films of all time, Pinocchio (1940, 88 minutes) has been added to the Walt Disney Signature Colleciton and will receive its Blu-ray and DVD release on January 31.
The feature, winner of two Academy Awards (including best original song with “When You Wish Upon A Star”), features hours of bonus material which includes never before seen artwork from the movie’s Pleasure Island sequence.
The storyline, which centers on the titular characters journey to become a real boy with the aid of his good friend “Jiminy Cricket,” has transcended time and weather.
Bonus features on the disc include:
1. Walt’s Story Meetings: Pleasure Island - Inside Out director Pete Docter and Disney historian J.B. Kaufman give viewers a peek at recently discovered artwork in Disney’s animation research library.
2. In Walt’s Words - Pinocchio: Walt Disney talks about the making of Pinocchio. Archival recordings and interviews are featured in this segment.
3. Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in “Poor Papa” - This restored 1927 short features “Oswald the Lucky Rabbit” helping the stork deal with a heavy influx of baby deliveries.
4. Classic Bonus Features - These are features culled from previous home entertainment releases which includes deleted scenes, a “making of” Pinocchio featurette, theatrical trailers, and storyboards.
Jessica Chastain delivers a powerhouse and awards worthy performance in Miss Sloane as a talented Washington D.C. lobbyist, but unfortunately a movie shouldn’t be solely judged on an actor’s work. Taking a few pages from Aaron Sorkin’s machine gun delivery dialogue, writer Jonathan Perera crafts an ambitious, twisty political thriller that fails to land the knockout punch.
Elizabeth Sloane’s (Chastain) main goal is to win at whatever cost, even if it means manipulating her fellow team or using surveillance tactics to sway a person’s decision. This take no prisoners approach has acquitted her well as a big time player in an established lobby firm headed by George Dupont (Sam Waterston), but her addiction to new challenges leads to her abrupt exit and decision to take most of her team to a boutique firm (Mark Strong plays her new boss Rodolfo). Alison Pill is Jane, one of Sloane’s most colleagues who decides to stay with Dupont and the old guard. Dupont’s crew is attempting to strike down a bill that would impose heavier regulations on firearms and Rodolfo’s outfit, armed with much less financial backing, is attempting to get the bill passed.
Chastain infuses Sloane with a lightning ferocity and determination that’s absolutely engaging to watch, and it’s a tour de force performance that rivals her best work (Zero Dark Thirty and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby). Though the film is blessed with A-list talent, most of the roles are woefully under developed. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who plays Sloane’s new go-to person, actually has a few meaty scenes but her character also ends up being a simple pawn in Sloane’s universe. During the film’s opening moments, our protagonist confesses that her job is to be the last person to pull out a trump card. A lobbyist must be thinking several steps ahead of the game to outwit their adversary or colleague, and though this revelation makes for an entertaining opening, this opening remark undercuts the rest of the narrative. Miss Sloane may have its share of twists and turns, but if we already know she’s got everything under control, what’s the point? Perera’s skill as scribe is evident, as there are scenes in the film that are downright riveting. Director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) moves things along at a brisk enough pace, but the script is simply an uneven blend of a political thriller and melodrama.
Although it’s great to see Alison Pill and Sam Waterston on the silver screen, considering both worked on The Newsroom is an even bigger reminder that this film is dipping its toes into the Sorkin arena. With its plot heavy dynamic with a charismatic character at its center, Miss Sloane is a project that would have been best suited as a cable film or even a miniseries. Getting a bird’s eye look at a lobbyist’s firm grip on our political landscape is an interesting element to Miss Sloane, but it’s just one of many ingredients behind this muddled gumbo pot.
To its credit, Miss Sloane doesn’t feel bloated at 132 minutes, as there is a ton of story to be covered. If you’re a fan of Jessica Chastain’s work, Miss Sloane is definitely recommended just on her work alone. If the script had been a little tighter and the people in Sloane’s world were better developed, the film could have reached stratospheric heights. Nevertheless, Chastain saves Miss Sloane from its cable ready aesthetic, delivering one this year’s most memorable performances.
Miss Sloane (Rated R), opens in limited release Friday, November 25th with a nationwide release set for December 9th.
After a 15 year hiatus from acting on the big screen and 18 years since he last directed a film, Hollywood icon Academy Award winner Warren Beatty is back at doing both duties in the comedy-drama Rules Don’t Apply. The movie centers on the budding relationship between a young actress (Lily Collins) and her driver (Alden Ehrenreich). Stepping into the mix is Howard Hughes (Beatty), the eccentric billionaire who also happens to be their boss.
It was in 1958 when Beatty was just starting out his career, a time in history where many romanticize about the Golden Age of Hollywood. We asked Beatty what is about why that era was so beloved, to which he told us he doesn’t think it was as magical as many people perceived. The filmmaker also explains how sexual puritanism, a theme that’s covered in Rules Don’t Apply, had its effect on society during that time.
Rules Don’t Apply opens in theaters this Wednesday.
The new season of CBS hit series NCIS has been as good as it’s been in the past. Many wondered how the show would be without the loveable Michael Weatherly who was with the show for 12 seasons. When it was announced that Wilmer Valderrama would join the cast, some fans wondered if the show’s chemistry would be as good and it was before. That question was answered right from the get go.
Valderrama, who plays Special Agent Nick Torres, wasn’t going into the series trying to replace Weatherly. The actor wanted to create his own character and place in the series, which he has easily done. Valderrama told us he is having a great time playing Torres and he is learning new things every episode about his character. The actor has also taken a few aspects of characters from television series he has previously worked on. (Click on the media bar below to hear Wilmer Valderrama)
NCIS airs Tuesdays nights 8/7 on CBS
It’s an amazing time for country superstar Carrie Underwood right now. Underwood is still riding high off her latest album Storyteller which came out a year ago and continues to have hit singles including her chart crossover hit “Dirty Laundry.” She is also currently on tour playing to standing room only arenas.
With the major success of her latest album and tour, Underwood is at the peak of her career and her loyal fans are eagerly awaiting her next album. Her fans might have to wait a while, as Carrie Underwood told us she isn’t thinking about her next album just yet.
An extended TV spot for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has just been released, and the latest clip gives viewers a glimpse into the shared bond between Captain Cassian Andor (Y Tu Mama Tambien’s Diego Luna) and Jyn Erso (Inferno’s Felicity Jones). Plus, seeing Chirrut (Ip Man star Donnie Yen) facing down a group of stormtroopers also gets us going!
During the opening moments of the clip we learn that Jyn has been fending for herself since she was 15, and she’s probably more than capable to lead a talented crew to steal the plans to the Death Star. The talented ensemble, which includes Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen (Doctor Strange), Alan Tudyk, Forest Whitaker, and Riz Ahmed, is one of the movie’s selling points. As much as we love the continuing main Star Wars narrative, a standalone story like Rogue One has been a long time coming. Hopefully Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy have crafted a solid screenplay.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16th. Check out the TV spot below and tell us what you think!
Two of the biggest pieces of advice in filmmaking is to never work with children or animals and to also never put your own money into a movie. Filmmaker Ben Younger, who ascended the Hollywood ranks with the well received films Boiler Room and Prime, certainly knows these facts. But these are lessons he put on the shelf for almost a decade, as Prime was shot back in 2005.
“During those 10 years I became a pilot, I was cooking at a restaurant in Costa Rica,” said Younger, who directs Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart in Bleed for This. “I raced bikes professionally for a year. I like trying different things. The point is, as much as I loved all those things, if you told me there was a chance I’d never walk again if I did one of them, the same question (that was posed to Vinny Pazienza), I would just say, ‘then I won’t direct.’ I don’t have anything in my life that I love enough to risk paralysis.”
Ben Younger actually gave up his salary on the film to get two extra days of shooting Bleed For This, but unfortunately one of those days had to be taken back. When that unfortunate occurrence set in, Younger reflects on how his mother and stepfather made their own sacrifices for the production. Click on the media bar below to hear Ben Younger talk about his emotional dinner with his parents.
Younger is currently prepping for the race drama Isle of Man which is set to shoot in 2017.
Think back to the ’80s when there were such films as The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink that related the experience of being a teen in relatable and in some cases very on-the-nose ways. But in modern day, it feels as if the teen experience is one that has been largely overlooked, which is why it feels somewhat refreshing to have the new film Edge of Seventeen speaking to and for the teen audience.
Writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig centers the story on Nadine, a young girl (Hailee Steinfeld) struggling to find her identity while being overshadowed by her older seemingly perfect brother Darian (Blake Jenner). While he has been the popular kid from day one, she has struggled to make friends and has not blossomed like her brother.
Things are not much better at home, where her mother (Kyra Sedgwick) fawns over her brother while her dad, who was the only family member to truly understand her, dies of a heart attack right as she’s entering her teen years. Luckily for Nadine, she has Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) as her bestie to help her deal with life’s biggest challenges … that is until Krista and Darian bond after cleaning up a house party and fall for each other.
It’s all too much for Nadine to handle, and she shuts down Krista when the relationship with her brother becomes inevitable, making Nadine suddenly left alone with seemingly no outlets for her frustration. Her bonds begin to grow with her cynical teacher (Woody Harrelson) and Erwin (Hayden Szeto), an awkward teen clearly infatuated with her whose lack of game has him in the friend zone while she pines for a guy (Alexander Calvert) she’s never really spoken to.
Nadine, while not always likable, is very relatable as the teen attempting to find her place in the world and how to deal with others. And her insecurities are very real, though her ways of lashing out at her station in life will make some cringe. Sedgwick is also very believable as the mother just struggling to hold it all together after losing her husband while her daughter doesn’t make it easy on her. And Harrelson steals scenes with his frequently sarcastic banter with Nadine during her overly dramatic moments.
Like the films of the ’80s previously mentioned, the film does a great job of examining the experience of trying to figure it all out and also makes the characters in Nadine’s orbit not just cardboard caricatures, but rather nuanced players in her coming of age. The path to self peace is not an easy one, but it’s a rewarding one for those who stick with Nadine. While it may not have the humor of some of those John Hughes films, it does have the spirit and it’s films like this that show the need for more movies to address this audience.
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Eddie Redmayne’s acting momentum continues to the box office with a first place finish for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The Oscar winning actor, who’s a huge J.K.Rowling fan, beat out good buddy Benedict Cumberbatch, whose Doctor Strange checked in at #2 with $17.67 million. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - $75 million
2. Doctor Strange - 17.67 million
3. Trolls - $17.5 million
4. Arrival - Sci-fi flick with Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner makes $11.8 million
5. Almost Christmas - $7 million
6. Hacksaw Ridge - Mel Gibson is back behind the camera, and his flick makes $6.75 million this weekend. Andrew Garfield headlines the WWII drama.
7. The Edge of Seventeen - Hailee Steinfeld teen comedy grabs $4.82 million in its debut. Film co-stars Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, and Haley Lu Richardson.
8. Bleed for This - Miles Teller boxing feature, which centers on the life of pugilist Vinny Pazienza, takes in $2.35 million. Aaron Eckhart co-stars as Vinny’s trainer Kevin Rooney.
9. The Accountant - $2.1 million
10. Shut In - $1.6 million