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Eva Longoria, who was recently honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has had a successful and diverse career in both cinema and television. Best known for her long running role in the iconic TV series Desperate Housewives, Longoria has also branched out as a producer (Devious Maids, Telenovela) and director (the documentary Latinos Living the American Dream). Now she’s co-starring with longtime friend Mel Rodriguez (they met on the 2002 feature Deuces Wild) in Overboard, a remake of the Kurt Russell/Goldie Hawn feature of the same name. Eugenio Derbez and Anna Faris topline the feature.
“This is a general market movie that has universal themes,” said Longoria. “So everybody’s going to relate to it. Everybody’s going to understand it. Everybody’s going to identify with it. Taking on a remake of one of the most iconic films from the 80s seemed daunting but once we read the script and heard the gender switch and the cultural infusion it was so different and stood on its own while at the same time paying homage to the original, we just knew it was going to be a home run.”
Click on the media bar to hear Longoria talk about the diversity behind Overboard (Rodriguez is also heard in the clip):
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Remakes are understandably given a bad rap since many of them fail to live up to the original or simply end up being a waste of time retread that brings nothing new to the table. Though Kurt Russell andGoldie Hawn’s chemistry in Overboard is undeniable, the comedic skills of Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez should bring its share of entertainment to the table.
Derbez, seen last year inHow To Be A Latin Lover, also produces the film and ingeniously flipped the roles (this time out, it’s the woman who’s the blue collar worker, not the man) to bring a fresh take on the remake. This creative decision is just one reason why Faris was “proud” to be part of the Overboardexperience. Click on the media bar to hear Faris talk about why she signed on to Overboard (Derbez is also heard on the clip):
Overboard, co-starring Eva Longoria, hits theaters May 4.
Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez in “Overboard.” Photo Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures / Pantelion Films
Eugenio Derbez, seen last year opposite Salma Hayek in How To Be A Latin Lover, takes on the daunting task of remaking the Kurt Russell/Goldie Hawn comedy Overboard. The original featured the innate chemistry between the longtime couple, but Derbez and co-star Anna Faris are both topline comedic talents, so the prospects are good for this remake.
Overboard was also a personal venture for Derbez, who admits that he was a fan of Hawn as a youth. Though Derbez is an international star, that doesn’t mean he gets a bit nervous when he sees people he admires in public. Although he was remaking Overboard, bumping into Goldie Hawn at the local Starbucks wasn’t exactly a meet and greet affair. Click on the media bar to hear Derbez explain why he didn’t approach Hawn and tell her about his Overboard plans (Faris is also heard in the clip)!
Overboard, co-starring Eva Longoria, opens nationwide May 4.
As proven by his work in How To Be A Latin Lover, Eugenio Derbez is a talented comedian who seems like the perfect partner for Anna Faris (TV’s Mom). The pair have their work cut out for them as the remake of Overboard is a rather daunting task, considering the original featured such great chemistry from lifelong companions Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell.
The genius stroke for the remake was to have the spoiled rich person be a dude (Hawn gets her comeuppance in the original) with Faris starring as the blue collar head of the family. Though matching the chemistry of Hawn/Russell is impossible, I’m betting Faris and Derbez do a fine job with this version. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Overboard, co-starring Eva Longoria, opens nationwide April 20, 2018.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe keeps moving along in the right direction, and one of the main reasons for their success is their ability to creatively think outside the box. Case in point is the choice of Super filmmaker James Gunn to direct 2014’s mega-hit Guardians of the Galaxy. Gunn’s character and genre driven sensibilities seamlessly blended into the film’s epic visual scale and narrative.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 could have been a rehash of the original, and fans would have probably forgiven the sequel if Gunn solely relied on the eye catching special affects and the pure chemistry of the leads. Though the heart of this story centers on Star-Lord’s (Chris Pratt) relationship with his long lost father Ego (Kurt Russell), the rest of the Guardians are given ample time to develop their respective arcs (one surprising element features the growing bond between Drax and Mantis). As evidenced by Gunn’s prominent use of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain,” Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 centers on the importance of family, and the film doesn’t chintz on developing meaty back stories for its seemingly most incidental characters. The aforementioned Mantis (Pom Klementieff), gold-faced antagonist Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki), Gamora’s vengeful sister Nebula (Karen Gillan), and returnee Yondu (Michael Rooker, delivering the film’s most memorable performance) all get their chance to shine. Instead of littering his 136 minute film with wall to wall action, Gunn also spends time developing the relationships among the Guardians and the extended family who may either break their chain or enhance their lives. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 may take a few more left turns than its predecessor, but these seeming detours pay off with a resonant final act.
Along with several informative special features that delve into the making of the film, the Blu-ray also comes with five minutes worth of deleted scenes. One sequence is an expansion of an end credits sequence that, without giving too much away, displays Pratt’s improvisational gift. Another deleted scene, which again is an extended version of a scene that’s in the film, offers up a bit more screen time to Mantis and it’s also worth a look if you’re a fan of the character.
Thankfully Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 doesn’t suffer from the sophomore slump and as one of the end credits teased the Guardians will have an even more interesting villain to face them in the future.
Click on the media bar below to hear Zoe Saldana discuss Gamora’s bond with Star-Lord:
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is now out on Blu-ray.