Fresh off the box office smash Beauty and the Beast, Emma Watson is back with The Circle, a thriller that co-stars Karen Gillan, Tom Hanks, and the lateBill Paxton.
Mae (Watson) is a bright young upstart who lands a job at a powerful tech company. She gradually develops a father-daughter type bond with the her charismatic boss Eamon Bailey (Hanks), and her ascent through the ranks is seductive at first. Things go south when she discovers that the company’s stranglehold on society has its damaging effects.
“As someone who has been in the public eye quite a bit and obviously since i was very young, I did always feel that the boundaries between the personal and the private – I always felt like they were important,” said Watson.”But I think even more so playing this role and exploring this world. I think it made me think about it more than I was before.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Watson explain why The Circle is a movie that, though filled with technology, is a tale that’s ever so prescient.
Now that This Is Us has wrapped up its first season, we can look back in retrospect at the amazing moments and touching storylines the first 18 episodes brought us. Our vote for the most affecting plot of the season goes to the one that got a whole episode to itself: Memphis, where Randall took his dying biological father on a “bucket list” road trip back to his hometown. It was one of the more profoundly moving hours of television we’ve ever seen, and definitely one you should watch (or watch again, whatever the case may be). Ron Cephas Jones, who played Randall’s father, say he wasn’t prepared for the outpouring of emotion he got from the show’s fans after that episode aired. (click on the media bar below to hear Ron Cephas Jones)
While you wait for the season two premiere of This Is Us, you can watch (or re-watch) the entire first season on the NBC app.
Kurt Russell has starred in several noteworthy movies over the course of his career. In fact, they’re so noteworthy, many have either been remade or are being remade! The Thing was redone for the big screen, Stargate and Backdraft got the TV treatment, and two of his most iconic movies are on deck. Escape From New York, which has been in development for over a decade, has finally gotten a screenwriter (Neil Cross, the creator/writer of the BBC hit Luther). Big Trouble in Little China has hired Dwayne Johnson to take over the Russell role. When we spoke to Russell, he said he was happy his old projects were getting the love they deserve, but aside from sending his best wishes, he hasn’t been involved with any of the remakes. (Click on the media bar below to hear Kurt Russell)
Kurt Russell is currently starring in America’s #1 movie, The Fate of the Furious, and will likely be in another box office topper, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, when it opens on May 5.
Eugenio Derbez is charming and likable in the engaging comedy How To Be A Latin Lover. Derbez plays Maximo, a gigolo whose rich elderly wife leaves him with another man (Michael Cera). Forced to reunite with his estranged sister (Salma Hayek) and his nephew (Raphael Alejandro), Maximo sets his sights on another woman (Raquel Welch) in an attempt to continue his luxurious lifestyle. Directed by Ken Marino, the flick, along with featuring fine comedic work from Derbez and Hayek, contains fine supporting work from Rob Riggle, Kristen Bell, and Rob Corddry.
Also covered this week is Black Rose, an action thriller which centers on a Moscow cop (Alexander Nevsky who also directs) who is transferred to Los Angeles to catch a serial killer. Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, BloodRayne) plays his partner, with the ever dependable Robert Davi (Profiler, Licence to Kill) starring as their superior.
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Although it clocks in at nearly two minutes, the trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle, with its quick cutting and bevy of star-studded cameos, is much more of a tease than an actual explanation of things to come. That’s absolutely fantastic, however, as our appetites have already been whetted with the return of Harry Hart (Colin Firth), aka Eggsy’s (Taron Egerton) late mentor from the original film. Is Harry resurrected from the dead, or is Harry’s appearance simply a figment of Eggsy and Merlin’s (Mark Strong) imagination?
Channing Tatum and Halle Berry are among the A-list stars taking part in director Matthew Vaughn’s deliriously fun escapade, but The Big Lebowski fans are probably psyched to see Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore in another film together (a sequel featuring the Dude and Maude needs to be made!).
Check out the trailer to Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which features the wonderful inclusion of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” below!
Kingsman: The Golden Circle, co-starring Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones), hits theaters September 22nd.