The LEGO Movie became one of 2014’s surprise box-office hits, taking in more than $250 million in its theatrical run. So it’s hardly surprising that the LEGO team reassembled for a follow-up. It’s not really a sequel as much as it is a spin-off, since this film belongs to the Batman characters introduced in the first movie. Will Arnett, who voices Batman (and his alter ego, millionaire Bruce Wayne), was just as surprised as anyone that the new movie would focus in on his character; it’s something he never expected.
With an opening weekend box office of more than $55 million, The LEGO Batman Movie certainly proved they made a good decision. It’s playing now in theaters everywhere
With his starring role on The Goldbergs and his recurring role on Larry David’sCurb Your Enthusiasm, Jeff Garlin has established himself as one of the funniest actors on TV today. Like several other sitcom stars, Garlin made his way up through the standup comedy ranks before Hollywood came calling. It’s the realization of the dream he had as a child growing up in Chicago, where a hometown hero was one of his big inspirations. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jeff Garlin)
The Goldbergs airs Wednesday nights at 8/7c on ABC.
Based on the New York Times bestselling book, The Shack centers on Mack Phillips (Sam Worthington), a man who’s struggling with his faith. After receiving a mysterious letter that leads him to an abandoned shack in the Oregon wilderness, Mack goes on a life changing journey spurred on by three strangers.
Though the movie should appeal to fans of faith based dramas, the project, from Worthington’s perspective, has universal appeal. “I liked the fact that the story could connect to you even if you weren’t religious or you weren’t spiritual,” says Worthington who starred last year in the Mel Gibson directed Hacksaw Ridge. I think there are still ideas and arguments that were proposed in the book and the script that we deal with every day or have thought of at least in our lifetime. Just to go into that journey of exploration I thought would be a challenge.”
Click on the media bar to hear Worthington explain why he sees The Shack as “great filmmaking.”
Co-starring Octavia Spencer and Radha Mitchell, The Shack opens nationwide March 3rd.
Dan Stevens, who can currently be seen in FX’s ambitiously surreal Legion, has another interesting project just around the corner. In The Ticket, the Downton Abbey vet plays James, a blind man who inexplicably regains his vision.
Instead of deepening his faith or embarking on a enriching, humanistic journey, James chases the American Dream of materialistic success. Climbing the corporate ladder and increasing your financial assets are all fine and dandy, but as the trailer suggests James’ relationships with his wife (Malin Akerman) and close friend (Oliver Platt) are going south. Kerry Bishé, cast member of the highly underrated series Halt and Catch Fire, co-stars in the feature.
Directed by Ido Fluk (Never Too Late), The Ticket had its world premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Shout! Factory Films, the studio behind such excellent features as Beauty and the Beast (the Christophe Gans version) and Long Way North, are the distributors behind the project. Hopefully The Ticket continues Shout! Factory Films’ creative momentum.
The Ticket opens in select cities April 7th. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
One of the things that has made This Is Us so refreshingly watchable is the way it has treated its marriages. They’re neither storybook fairy tales nor nightmares… they just feel real. The best example might be Randall and Beth Pearson’s marriage; Sterling K. Brown and Susan Kelechi Watson shared their thoughts about playing the loving, yet sometimes flawed, couple.