No Longer ‘Mad,’ Christina Hendricks Finds A ‘Good’ TV Role

While Christina Hendricks has become one of Hollywood’s most recognizable actresses, it’s actually been more than a decade since she starred on a broadcast network TV series. That changes later this month with the premiere of Good Girls on NBC. As Hendricks tells us, the show revolves around a group of suburban women facing a variety of life-altering crises, and the drastic measures they take to overcome them. (Click on the media bar below to hear Christina Hendicks)

Good Girls, also starring Mae Whitman and Retta, makes its debut Monday, February 26 on NBC.

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Agatha Christie Mystery ‘Crooked House’ Hits Blu-ray In January

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Agatha Christie had a successful cinematic run this year thanks to the success of Murder on the Orient Express, and another of her works is also available as Crooked House hits Blu-ray and DVD January 16.

The tale centers on Charles Hayward (Max Irons), a former spy turned private detective who investigates the death of a wealthy patriarch. Family secrets abound during his investigation as Hayward digs deeper into the lives of a theater actress (Gillian Anderson), the patriarch’s widow (Christina Hendricks) and the family’s matriarch (Glenn Close). Directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, the script was penned by Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park).

Blu-ray extras include three featurettes (Agatha Christie: A Timeless Fascination, Whodunnit? – The Characters of Crooked House, and Elegance & Innovation: The Design of Crooked House). The DVD comes with the two featurettes (the Agatha Christie segment is a Blu-ray exclusive).

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That’s a Wrap: The Week in Movie News

The cast has come together for the upcoming Rampage adaptation for the big screen. Dwayne Johnson will star in the film as primatologist Davis Okoye, who works to find a cure after a rogue genetic experiment turns several alpha predators into raging creatures. Collider reports that Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jake Lacy, Joe Manganiello, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, P.J. Byrne and Marley Shelton are also part of the cast.

According to Deadline, Palmstar Media has optioned a pair of Mary Doria Russell books based upon legendary gunman Doc Holliday. The books will reportedly serve as the base for a new film based on Holliday with Jeremy Renner set to star in the central role.

The cast continues to grow for the upcoming Bad Moms sequel, A Bad Moms Christmas. Deadline reports Susan Sarandon, Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines and Peter Gallagher have all joined the cast, with the three actresses appearing as the mothers of the three central characters.

Brian DePalma will direct the upcoming thriller Domino, starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Christina Hendricks. Coster-Waldau will play a Danish cop who goes rogue and joins with a fellow officer (Hendricks) to track down a killer after his partner is murdered in Europe while being targeted by terrorists. However, the pair are unaware that the assailant is a CIA operative who is on the trail of an ISIS cell behind the attacks.

Director Antoine Fuqua will reunite with actor Denzel Washington in the sequel to The Equalizer. The film is now on schedule for a Sept. 14, 2018 arrival.

Actor Tyrese Gibson has posted on Instagram that he’ll be reprising one of his past film roles, appearing in Baby Boy: Coming of Age. It is not known as of yet if director John Singleton will return. Gibson starred in the original film as a young bike mechanic with two children who clashes with his girlfriend’s ex.

The futuristic romance Zoe just had a major talent infusion to its cast. Christina Aguilera, Theo James, Rashida Jones and Miranda Otto have joined the film, which stars Ewan McGregor and Lea Seydoux. Deadline reports the film centers on two colleagues who work at a revolutionary lab where they are designing technology to improve and perfect romantic relationships, but their work uncovers discoveries more profound than ever expected.

Melissa McCarthy has signed on for the raunchy puppet film The Happytime Murders. Brian Henson will direct the film, with the movie set to take place in a Los Angeles underworld where humans and puppets co-exist. McCarthy is a human detective paired with a puppet partner who must work together to figure out who has been killing cast members of a classic puppet show.

Brie Larson, recently seen in Free Fire, will star in the feature film adaptation of Jeannette Walls‘ best-selling memoir The Glass Castle. Larson will play the central role of a woman with a dysfunctional and very colorful family. Woody Harrelson will play her alcoholic father, while Naomi Watts stars as her painter mother. The film is expected to premiere on Aug. 11.

Variety reports that Clive Owen, Tom Felton, George MacKay and Devon Terrell have all joined the Daisy Ridley-starring film Ophelia. The film starts principle photography later this month with Claire McCarthy directing the romantic tragedy.

The Mindy Project‘s Garret Dillahunt has joined the cast of the Steve McQueen-directed heist thriller Widows. Deadline reports that the film centers on four armed robbers who are killed during a heist, with their widows coming together to try to finish the job. Viola Davis, Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell and Liam Neeson have also been cast in the film.

David Spade and Nat Faxon will star in the Happy Madison film Who Do You Think Would Win? Deadline reports that the movie centers on the playful debate between two friends about whose father would win in a fight, but the ante gets upped when one of the dads takes the bet seriously. Bridgit Mendler, Joey Bragg, Matt Shively and Jackie Sandler have also been cast.


‘Fist Fight’ With Ice Cube And Charlie Day Hits Blu-Ray In May

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The Ice Cube and Charlie Day school comedy Fist Fight will be available as a Blu-Ray combo pack on May 30 and digital on May 16 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The project was directed by Richie Keen, a TV director who’s worked extensively with Day on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

The plotline centers on English teacher Andy Campbell (Day), a guy who’s just trying to make it through the day as his wife is expecting their second baby and the school’s undergoing budget cuts. After Andy’s conflict with his colleague Ron Strickland (Cube) leads to Ron’s dismissal, things immediately go south. Ron challenges Andy to a fist fight after school, leading to a throw down of comedic proportions. Tracy Morgan, Christina Hendricks, and Jillian Bell co-star in the feature.

In the audio clip below, Ice Cube talks about working with Day on Fist Fight.

The Blu-ray disc comes with deleted scenes and a segment titled “Georgia Film Commission.” Hard copy owners who purchase the standard DVD will only receive the deleted scenes extra.

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Bad Santa 2’ Decks The Halls With Laughter

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It would be absolutely impossible to top the 2003 Christmas classic Bad Santa, and maybe that’s why Bad Santa 2 received a lukewarm response when it hit theaters. That being said, watching bumbling crook Willie Soke (Thornton) team up with his consistently angry sidekick Marcus (Tony Cox) for another preposterous caper is definitely worth watching. Brett Kelly, just eight when he played the sandwich loving, golden curled Thurman Murman in the original, returns show Willie that there’s more to life than being on the wrong side of the law.

Kathy Bates joins in on the fun as Sunny, Willie’s horrible mom who teams with her son to rob a Chicago charity that’s organized by a Diane (Christina Hendricks), a woman who may actually have designs on Willie. Mark Waters, whose movies include Mean Girls and Vampire Academy, does a solid enough job with the story. Although the movie doesn’t reach the comedic heights of the original, it’s still an entertaining experience. Fans who want to continue with the adventures of Willie, Marcus, and Thurman will probably love this movie even more.

Special features on the Blu-ray include several featurettes on the making of the movie, an alternate opening, and an alternate ending. The deleted scenes include a funny Santa sequence between Willie and a girl with a special Christmas wish, a failed dinner date with Marcus, and a humorous confrontation between Marcus and Sunny (if you’ve ever wanted to see Kathy Bates in a biker outfit – now’s your chance!).

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