One of this year’s finest films, the heartbreaking and uplifting documentary Gleason (R, 110 minutes), hits DVD November 1 and digital October 25 via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The project centers on Steve Gleason, a former New Orleans Saints defensive back who was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 34. Several weeks after receiving the news, Gleason and his wife discover that they are having their first child. Saints quarterback Drew Brees, former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita, and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder are among the participants in the documentary.
The documentary chronicles Gleason’s determination to bond with his son via the use of video journals and the formation of his Team Gleason foundation.
Both the DVD and digital releases feature commentary from Gleason’s wife Michel Varisco and director Clay Tweel. For our review on Gleason, check out our CinemAddicts episode below (the show is a collaboration between Hollywood Outbreak and Cold Cockle Productions):
Chicago P.D. actor Jesse Lee Soffer, who plays Detective Jay Halstead on the show, has never been afraid to express his opinions on his Twitter account, and it’s refreshing to come across someone who isn’t afraid of dishing out some honest insights. During our interview with Soffer, said that Chicago P.D. offers viewers, no matter what side of the political fence they’re on, a break from the daily tensions of the day.
“We do get to portray the police in a light we think justifies them staying in good standing with the community,” said Soffer. “Because we work with cops, day in and day out, who see the problem and hate the problem just as much as you or I or anyone else in the country. Because they’re doing a good job and they’re pissed off when someone makes a terrible mistake and gives (the) police a bad name . . . that’s not to say that it isn’t a problem . . . but it’s a fine line to walk in this gray area.”
Click on the media to hear Jesse Lee Soffer explain why there hasn’t been any backlash with Chicago P.D.
Chicago P.D., co-starring Sophia Bush and Jason Beghe, airs Wednesday evenings on NBC (10 pm et/pt).
Planning a movie takes a lot of work, as coordinating a filmmaker’s and an actor’s schedule’s isn’t an easy task. But sometimes putting movies together can happen very quickly. That was the case with Sully. Tom Hanks told us he has witnessed the challenges of making a movie, but with Sully the decision to jump on board was an easy decision. After reading the script and calling director Clint Eastwood, it was was a relative no-brainer for Hanks. (Click on the media bar below to hear Tom Hanks)
After clobbering Blair Witch and Bridget Jones’s Baby over the weekend, Sully is not just a box-office hit but will also be remembered come awards season.
Tim Burton has made some great movies throughout his illustrious career. Films such Edward Scissorhands, Batman, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and Beetlejuice are some of his biggest hits that are as popular today as they were when they were first released.
Burton has received many accolades, including two Oscar nominations. However, he just received what to him is one of his biggest honors he has ever received - his hand and footprints on the famed Hollywood Walk of Fame. Burton told us he is in awe of getting such an honor in the city where he grew up. (Click on the media bar below to hear Tim Burton)
Burton’s imprints are located right outside the legendary Chinese Theater, the location of his first movie premiere (Pee-wee’s Big Adventure). (Click on the media bar below to hear Tim Burton)
Burton’s next film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children opens September 30.
The Emmy nominated comedy series Black-ish is one of the best comedies on television. The great ensemble cast, led by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, put in great work every week.
Part of what makes the show so great are the universal and often humorous storylines that originate from the writers’ room. Anthony Anderson, who also produces Black-ish, told us he is very proud of that show has resonated with viewers. The actor, whose movie credits include The Departed and Scream 4, also says the feedback he is getting from show is what drives him to work hard every day and make great television. (Click on the media bar below to hear Anthony Anderson)
Black-ish returns for its third season Wednesday 9:30/8:30c on ABC.
Dear Esther, a critically acclaimed, atmospheric narrative that was initially released on PC by The Chinese Room, is now available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
The story centers on a man who travels through Hebridean Island, a seemingly uninhabited world that may hold the clues to his wife’s death. The Dear Esther: Landmark Edition also features commentary from the original development team (Jessica Curry, Rob Briscoe, Dan Pinchbeck) as they look back on the crafting of this unique title.
“Dear Esther has been with us for eight years now, but our passion remains undiminished - and we are as excited about it now as we were the first time,” says The Chinese Room’s Dan Pinchbeck. “This Landmark Edition is the culmination of the work of an extraordinary team of individuals and we’re excited to see how console players will respond.”
In celebration of its console release, Dear Esther: Landmark Edition is just $7.99, 20% off its SRP ($9.99).
Since I’m a huge fan of ambiguity and mystery, Dear Esther: Landmark Edition is a title I’ll play immediately, but I’d love to hear from gamers who’ve actually embarked on this hopefully intriguing adventure. Feel free to comment below!!
The oft-used phrase “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” may come to mind with movie buffs enamored with Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai and John Sturges’ The Magnificent Seven. But director Antoine Fuqua’s latest film The Magnificent Seven will hopefully stand on its own while paying subtle homage to its predecessors. Fuqua, who once again teams with Denzel Washington (the pair previously worked together on Training Day and The Equalizer), is confident his movie will deliver the goods.
“Akira Kurosawa - he’s like Shakespeare,” said Fuqua. “Kurosawa was a master. Fear is the mother of failure - you can’t be afraid of what everybody’s going to think once you take on that job. I believe he would have loved to have seen a version today. He was a very forward thinker. As long as the DNA stayed the same as far as (Kurosawa’s) film and John Sturges’ film, then I felt like we were in good shape.”
Although it’s downright surprising that Denzel Washington has never seen The Magnificent Seven, at least we’ll know it’s a performance that was borne out of the actual screenplay rather than previous iterations. Click on the media bar below to hear Denzel Washington explain why he’s never seen The Magnificent Seven.
The Magnificent Seven, co-starring Ethan Hawke and Chris Pratt, opens Friday.
Many franchises would dream of longevity and capturing the imagination of an audience over a long period of time. However, it’s easier said than done. Yet, for Transformers it has become a reality. From toys, to games and blockbuster movies, we just can’t get enough of the toy line that was introduced in 1984 and has now become a major hit.
As mentioned, 1984 was the first year for Transformers to reach the public when Japanese manufacturer Hasbro released the toy line. It contained some names that would stay with fans for years including Optimus Prime, Megatron and Starscream. The legend was born.
After the popularity, Transformers: The Movie was released in 1986 and that would be the first sign of the franchise branching into different platforms, but there was a huge audience for it, so why not? Twenty years after that, with several adaptations and new additions to the toy line, the movie was re-released as a special DVD edition and that was the beginning of a real focus of making a mark on the big screen for the franchise.
From 2007 to 2011, three movies were released all with decent levels of success, however, it was 2014 that saw the biggest impact of any of the movies up to that point. Transformers: Age of Extinction would go on to break a huge $1bn at box office, which clearly demonstrated how Transformers had continued to attract new generations of fans after starting and being so successful since 1984.
As well as that, the fact they could branch out allowed their popularity to spread and that’s something they’ve continued to capitalise on. You can even play Transformers as one of your favourite mobile slots. Check out the latest slots review on LadyLucks and then you will be able to load up the game and play Transformers in a new capacity!
The future looks promising too, when Hasbro announced that there would be at least ten more years of Transformers as recently as last year.
That’s because it still remains popular with the people to this day, you can find the toys stocked at the biggest retailers like Toys R Us, John Lewis and Argos. Meanwhile, the movies will be released and attract attention and return real high figures.
After all these years we still cannot get enough of Transformers. Whether it is on your phone enjoying the slot, watching the movies or playing with the toys, it has been passed from generation to generation and continues to appeal to new fans. That’s why they’re still going strong and gearing up for at least another decade of fun!
For 13 seasons, Michael Weatherly played Anthony DiNozzo on the CBS hit series NCIS. In the middle of last season, Weatherly announced he was leaving the show. Fans of NCIS were shocked that one of the most beloved characters and integral part of NCIS would leave the show which is the most watched show in the world. After it was announced Weatherly would be leaving, CBS cast him in a new drama Bull. The project centers the early days of Dr. Phil McGraw as he ran a successful consulting service before embarking on his career in television. While many would be nervous leaving a show after 13 seasons, Weatherly was ready for the change and believed Anthony DiNozzo’s journey came full circle. Weathely goes on to say he was very happy with the way the DiNozzo’s storyline wrapped and he is very excited and humbled to star on Bull. (Click on the media bar below to hear Michael Weatherly)
Bull airs Tuesday night’s 9/8 on CBS.
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Throughout Mark Wahlberg’s film career, he has starred in a few movies based on true stories such as The Basketball Diaries, Invincible, The Fighter, and Lone Survivor. You can also include his newest film Deepwater Horizon, which is based on the Deepwater Horizon explosion which happened in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
Making a film based on a true story is not an easy thing to do for the actors and crew, especially since honoring these men and women while also delivering a solid story is a balancing act. Wahlberg told us that the ensemble and crew members were committed to making sure that the people and their families were proud of the project. The actor admits he gravitates to these true stories, especially since each of these movies have been a special experience. (Click on the media bar below to hear Mark Wahlberg)
Deepwater Horizon opens in theaters September 30.