Ford v. Ferrari is a racing movie in the same way the original Rocky was a boxing movie. Sure, the boxing scenes in Rocky were exciting and dramatic, but they really served one purpose: to provide the motivation and resolution to what was ultimately a very intimate, very human story about setting a goal and beating odds that feel like they’re overwhelming. Ford v. Ferrari star Christian Bale thinks his film’s racing scenes are absolutely thrilling, but he also believes that director James Mangold has tapped into that same Rocky spirit to make it a movie that’s ultimately about the hearts and souls of these characters. (Click on the media bar below to hear Christian Bale)
In their new series, See,Jason Momoa and Hera Hilmar play characters who live in a world where humans have lost their sense of sight. Since neither of them is actually blind, acting like they were presented some interesting challenges, including training techniques that gave them the sense of what blindness would feel like. Having gone through that, we asked Hilmar and Momoa if the experience of “training blind” had heightened any of their other senses, even temporarily. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jason Momoa & Hera Hilmar)
In most years, more than 100 pilots are written and filmed, all of them hoping to be picked up as television series. Most of them don’t succeed. And nearly every actor in Hollywood can tell their own failed pilot stories. So it’s a truly remarkable thing when an actor shoots a pilot, the show gets picked up, becomes a hit, and lasts for more than a decade. But that’s what happened for Eric Stonestreet, who shot the pilot for Modern Family in 2009 and has had a regular gig ever since. Alas, the job will be coming to an end, since this season has been announced as the show’s swan song, so Stonestreet is in the midst of saying a long goodbye. As he looks back on his experience, what will Stonestreet treasure most about his time on Modern Family? (Click on the media bar below to hear Eric Stonestreet)
In a film career that dates back to the 1960s, there isn’t a lot that Martin Scorsese hasn’t done: He’s directed dramas, comedies, biographies, documentaries, thrillers, television episodes, and even music videos. But with The Irishman, Scorsese is doing something he’s never done before — making a movie to be aired by an online streaming service. While The Irishman did get a short theatrical window for awards purposes, it will be available exclusively on Netflix. When we spoke to Scorsese, he acknowledged that the way we get our entertainment is changing quickly — so quickly, he’s not afraid to call it a revolution. (Click on the media bar below to hear Martin Scorsese)
The Irishman will start streaming next Wednesday on Netflix.
A lot of things might have changed in Laurie Metcalf’s life over the past three decades, but her character on The Conners is still the same old Jackie, with a lot of the same old issues. That’s OK, though, because people have always loved the character … and given three decades to figure out the answer, Metcalf finally thinks she understands why. (Click on the media bar below to hear Laurie Metcalf)
On The Flash, Iris West-Allen has been through a lot over the past six seasons. She’s fallen in love with a superhero, gotten married, met and lost her future daughter, and flitted through a variety of timelines and tragedies. Through all the different storylines, though, Candice Patton said she had the most fun when she got to try out the superhero lifestyle herself. (Click on the media bar below to hear Candice Patton)
Millions of Americans knew Fred Rogers. After all, many of them grew up with him being one of their best friends, even if it was just on TV. But nobody knew Fred Rogers better than Joanne Rogers, his wife. Watching Tom Hanks play her late husband in the new movie, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Rogers told us that Hanks shares a lot of traits with the man he’s portraying. (Click on the media bar below to hear Joanne Rogers)
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood opens in theaters on Friday.
As we’ve learned over the past four seasons, This Is Us has about a million ways of touching our hearts. The ones that Susan Kelechi Watson enjoys, though, are the ones that lift her heart and make it smile. She told us she feels like it’s important to the show that they balance the heavy stuff with the light stuff, and she especially loves watching Justin Hartley when he does his scenes. (Click on the media bar below to hear Susan Kelechi Watson)
Revered filmmaker Fritz Lang is best known for his work in Germany (M, Metropolis), and ultimately the U.S. (The Big Heat, The Woman in the Window). What is often overlooked is Lang’s return to Germany to direct The Tiger of Eschnapur and The Indian Tomb. Both films, which underwent a 4K Restoration, hits Blu-ray on December 10 as Fritz Lang’s Indian Epic.
The Tiger of Eschnapur centers on Harold Berger (Paul Hubschmid), an architect who falls in love with a temple dancer named Seetha (Debra Paget) during his journey to India. Their romance leads to the wrath by Chandra (who originally commissioned Berger to India). In The Indian Tomb, the lovers are rescued by villagers in the desert, but ultimately they are given up for ransom and must find a way to survive the social and political turmoil of their environment.
Special features include audio commentaries by film historian David Kalat, The Indian Epic documentary, filmmaker Mark Rappaport’s video essay “Debra Paget, For Example,” and a 20 page booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Tom Gunning.
Directed and penned by Frank Sabetella, The Shedcenters on Stan (Jay Jay Warren) a teenager who discovers a vampire (Frank Whaley) who’s living in the backyard of his grandfather’s (Timothy Bottoms). Having a creature trapped inside the shed becomes a nightmare experience for Stan, but his bullied best friend Dommer (Cody Kostro) sees the vampire as an opportunity to exact vengeance on his abusive colleagues.
Sabatella could have turned The Shed into a blood fest filled with a soaring body count, but instead The Shed is a refreshingly nuanced tale of revenge and the toxic effects of bullying.
“It actually took quite a while,” said Sabatella on writing the final draft of his script. “The core of the story, the vampire trapped inside the shed, was an idea that my film school friend Jason Rice had come up with in a short story. I took his short concept and I expanded it to this present story that we have about the abuse and neglected teenagers and the revenge aspect and all that . . . tt really took time and rewriting of the elements to really bring all that forward and get those striking story elements out.
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The Shedis now playing in theaters and is available on Digital HD and VOD.