John Cho, seen last year in the evocative and visually sumptuous film Columbus, may have another excellent film under his belt with Searching. The latest trailer suggests a twisty Hitchcockian thriller that also owes a debt to the found footage genre, and hopefully first time feature filmmaker Aneesh Chaganty brings us an effective, nail biting thriller.
The story centers on David Kim, a man who is desperately “searching” for his missing 16-year-old daughter (Michelle La). Without one credible lead from the police after 37 hours, David takes matters into his own hands and scours his daughter’s laptop for answers.
Actor Jeremy Renner, known to millions as Avengers member Hawkeye, has also starred in such critically acclaimed work as The Hurt Locker, The Arrival, and most recently Wind River. Now he tries his hand at comedy in Tag, the true story of a group of friends who take a seemingly innocuous game to the limit.
“(Tag) is rooted in truth (and) rooted in situations,” said Renner. “I think if it’s just the words that are funny, maybe I’m not your dude. Maybe if it’s sort of character traits and character work, then maybe I can take a stab at it. I just had a lot of fun doing it.”
Click on the media bar to hear Renner talk about how director Jeff Tomsic (Broad City) made a game of tag into a visually interesting film.
Tag, co-starring Jon Hamm and Ed Helms, is now playing nationwide.
In a reality TV landscape filled with competitions and romance, The Last Defense definitely breaks the mold. The show takes an in-depth look at crimes and trials in which the defendant may have been wrongly convicted, trying to reopen their cases. It’s a show that could literally mean life or death for the featured defendants, and in a country where some think the justice system is broken, executive producer Viola Davis says it’s a show America needs to see. (Click on the media bar below to hear Viola Davis)
The Last Defense airs Tuesday nights at 10/9c on ABC.
The character of Ant-Man has come a long way from its last stand-alone movie — after all, it was an origin story. With a new movie, Ant-Man and the Wasp, on the way, Paul Rudd says you’ll see a much different, more highly evolved character on the screen. (Click on the media bar below to hear Paul Rudd)
Ant-Man and the Wasp opens July 6 in theaters everywhere.
Social media feeds lit up this past week after 13-year-old Courtney Hadwin got the Golden Buzzer from Howie Mandel, sending her directly to the live shows. Could she be the season’s breakout star? Host Tyra Banks is convinced that, after the success of last season’s winner, the show will definitely find another star this time around. (Click on the media bar below to hear Tyra Banks)
America’s Got Talent airs Tuesday nights at 8/7c on NBC.
Life of the Party, Melissa McCarthy’s latest comedy, hits Blu-ray and DVD August 7 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The picture continues McCarthy’s collaboration with husband Ben Falcone, who also directed the actress in Tammy and The Boss.
The story centers on a newly divorced mom (McCarthy) who, deciding it’s never to late to get an education, enrolls in college. Gillian Jacobs and Maya Rudolph co-star in the flick which was written by Falcone and McCarthy. Life of the Party took in $51 million at the domestic box office.
The Blu-ray comes with a plethora of featurettes (“’80s Party,” “Mom Sandwich,” “Line-O-Rama,” “Bill Hate-O-Rama,” “Gag Reel) and deleted scenes. The DVD version comes with the “’80s Party” segment.
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Tiffany Haddishand Lil Rel Howery were co-stars on The Carmichael Showand now they are back together with the basketball comedy Uncle Drew. Their bond, however, was formed way before their latest collaborations.
“I’ve worked with him for years now,” said Haddish. “And we’ve known each other for years and it’s basically a dream come true because we always said we were going to work together in some kind of capacity, some kind of way. We have accomplished that goal, for sure. We continue to work together in different capacities, whether it be husband and wife, ex-husband and wife, brother and sister, boyfriend and girlfriend. We always have a good time.”
Click on the media bar to hear Haddish discuss how she relates to Jess, the character she plays on Uncle Drew:
Uncle Drew, featuring Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving, opens nationwide June 29.
Lucifer fans were put through hell with the news that Fox had canceled their favorite series. And while Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans got almost instant gratification with the show’s NBC pickup, Lucifer lovers were left in limbo for three excruciating weeks, until Netflix announced it would bring the show back from programming purgatory and produce a new season’s worth of episodes for streaming. Netflix credited fan reaction with the decision to bring the show back, and Lucifer star Tom Ellis says he believes it, since he knows first-hand how passionate its audience is. (Click on the media bar below to hear Tom Ellis)
So far, no dates have been set for the streaming return of Lucifer.
With a name like Ocean’s 8, the film may sound like a sequel, but it’s not. For Sandra Bullock, that’s probably a good thing. She’s only done two sequels in her long Hollywood career, and both have been savaged by critics. Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Glamorous earned a paltry 34 score on Metacritic.com, and the New York Times review said that Bullock looked “as if she would rather be shoveling pig waste.” But even that pales in comparison to the reviews for Speed 2: Cruise Control, which had a Metacritic score of just 23. After filming had wrapped, Bullock knew she had a stinker on her hands, but she still had to go out and promote the movie. It wasn’t easy, but she says it taught her some valuable lessons. (Click on the media bar below to hear Sandra Bullock)
Ocean’s 8, with a critics’ score higher than Speed 2 and Miss Congeniality 2 combined, is now playing in theaters everywhere.
Viewers have found the amazingly athletic performances on American Ninja Warrior to be inspirational in many ways. In fact, co-hosts Akbar Gbaja-Biamila and Matt Iseman say they’ve met a lot of “ANW” fans who have been inspired by the show to get in better shape themselves, which they see as a very good thing. (Click on the media bar below to hear Akbar Gbaja-Biamila and Matt Iseman)
American Ninja Warrior airs Monday night at 9/8c on NBC.