Charlize Theron Loves “Under Pressure” Feeling Of ‘Atomic Blonde’

Atomic Blonde (2017)Oscar winning actress Charlize Theron stars in Atomic Blonde as Lorraine Broughton, an M16 agent who is tasked with delivering a dossier out of Berlin. James McAvoy is the seen-it-all station chief who helps Lorraine on her dangerous mission.

“I don’t know if I can articulate it,” said Theron, who also stars this year in the Sean Penn directed feature The Last Face. “I just saw an incredible amount of potential in exploring her through this journey. I think that’s the first thing that made me go ‘there’s something there, I’m excited about this.'”

One of the standout features of Atomic Blonde lies in its use of such popular tracks as “Under Pressure” (David Bowie & Queen), “Father Figure” (George Michael) and “Just Like Heaven” (The Cure). Click on the media bar below to hear Theron talk about the music behind Atomic Blonde:

Atomic Blonde, co-starring Sofia Boutella and John Goodman, opens nationwide July 28.

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Chris Pine Discovers ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ With Ava DuVernay


With his Star Trek features and even with his stint as Jack Ryan, Chris Pine knows a thing or two about franchise movies. But like Star Trek, the highly anticipated A Wrinkle in Time has its share of resonant themes. Penned by Madeline L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time centers on Meg Murry (Storm Reid), a middle school student who goes on a life changing quest to find her physician father (Chris Pine). Gugu Mbatha-Raw co-stars as Meg’s mother, with Oprah Winfrey (Mrs. Which), Reese Witherspoon (Mrs. Whatsit) and Mindy Kaling (Mrs. Who) playing important roles in Meg’s journey.

Click on the media bar to hear Chris Pine discuss what makes A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay (Selma) a unique filmmaker:

The teaser trailer debuted over the weekend at Anaheim’s D23 expo. Check it out below and tell us what you think!

A Wrinkle in Time, co-starring Zach Galifianakis and André Holland, opens nationwide March 9.

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Blu-Ray Spotlight: ‘Free Fire’ Brings The Big Guns In Engaging Action Romp

freefire2Director Ben Wheatley is blessed with an A-list cast in Free Fire, and with Martin Scorsese on board as an executive producer, the gun crazy, shootout driven movie seems like a can’t miss.

Running a brisk 90 minutes, the feature centers on Justine (Brie Larson), an American business woman who arranges a black-market weapons deal between an IRS arms buyer Chris (Cillian Murphy) and South African gunrunner Vernon (Sharlto Copley). Her humorous (yet deadly) associate Ord (Armie Hammer). serves as her muscle just in case the deal gets bloody.

After a disagreement between a member (Sam Riley) of Chris’ crew and an employee (Jack Reynor) of Vernon’s leads to gunfire, both sides take their respective stations at an abandoned warehouse and shoot it out. Babou Ceesay and Michael Smiley round out the cast.

Along with the sheer pleasure of watching a group of excellent actors simply cut loose in an action packed romp, Free Fire is also a showcase for Wheatley’s technical and visual acumen. The story gives ample enough time to the players involved in this deadly encounter, and Wheatley also throws in a bit of reality in the proceedings (for example, many of the characters, when shot, are dragging themselves across the floor and not limping their way across the floor).

Along with audio commentary from Wheatley, the Blu-ray features an informative “making of” featurette which includes interviews with the cast and crew. In the featurette, Wheatley talks about how, after being tired of CGI driven, big spectacle action films, he aimed for a grittier approach to his 70s set feature. The picture’s genesis also came when Wheatley talked about doing a project with Murphy (he wanted to shoot a movie starring both Murphy and Smiley).

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‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Takes Box Office Throne With $56 Million Debut


War for the Planet of the Apes was the resounding winner at the box office as it made $56.5 million in its debut weekend. Spider-Man: Homecoming was second with. Here’s the top 10:

1. War for the Planet of the Apes – $56.5 million

2. Spider-Man: Homecoming – $45.2 million

3. Despicable Me 3 – $18.9 million

4. Baby Driver – It’s director Edgar Wright’s biggest hit, and this weekend it took in $8.75 million

5. The Big Sick – Romantic drama starring Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan is doing solid business with a $7.6 million showing.

6. Wonder Woman – $6.88 million

7. Wish Upon – Thriller has a weak debut with just $5.5 million

8. Cars 3 – $3.16 million

9. Transformers: The Last Knight – $2.7 million

10. The HouseWill Ferrell and Amy Poehler comedy has made just $23 million domestically. This weekend, it takes in $1.7 million.

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Footage Focuses On The Force That Powers “Family”


As expected, a behind the scenes video on the making of Star Wars: The Last Jedi was unveiled over the weekend at Anaheim’s D23 Expo. Though it’s great to see Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver sharpening their Jedi skills in the clip, the best moment came from late actress Carrie Fisher, who reflected on the transcendence of the Star Wars universe.

“It’s about family,” said Fisher. “And that’s what’s so powerful about it.”

Regulars Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, and Gwendoline Christie were part of the D23 experience, and joining them on stage were Star Wars newcomers Laura Dern (Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo), Kelly Marie Tran (Resistance mechanic Rose), and Benicio Del Toro (as a character named D.J.).

Check out the behind the scenes video and tell us what you think!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, directed and penned by Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick) opens nationwide December 15, 2017.

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