There’s a huge buzz on director Luca Guadagnino’s coming of age drama Call Me By Your Name. The third part of his Desire trilogy, it’s the story of a 17-year-old boy, played by Timothée Chalamet, who becomes romantically involved with Oliver (Armie Hammer), one of his father’s students. Both of its stars deliver outstanding performances, and the chemistry between Chalamet and Hammer in a movie built on intimate moments is remarkable. The two actors hadn’t worked together before starting this movie, so we asked them what their first impressions were when they met each other.
Call Me By Your Name is playing now in selected theaters.
Last year, The CW attempted an ambitious endeavor with its slate of superhero shows: A crossover story that played out over the course of that week’s episodes. It was a resounding success, and a lot of viewers (including us) thought the story was better than what we’ve seen in the Justice League movies. Since it worked so well last season, the network is doing it again, with another story that brings together Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Arrow. While the crossover episodes may be great fun for viewers, they’re a logistical nightmare for producers. Each of the four shows is already on a demanding schedule, and The Flash star Grant Gustin told us things get even crazier when the crossover episodes are filmed. (Click on the media bar below to hear Grant Gustin)
The second half of this season’s CW crossover event airs tonight, with The Flash airing Part 3 at 8/7c, followed by Part 4 on DC’s The Legends of Tomorrow at 9/8c.
Although it featured a couple of wonderfully choreographed action scenes, the spy thriller Atomic Blonde was a bit of a disappointment. Flying much more under the radar was Unlocked, a thriller headlined by Noomi Rapacethat, unlike the aforementioned film, hits the target.
Rapace plays Alice Racine, a talented CIA interrogator who is haunted by a terrorist attack in Paris. Determined to make up for what she believed was her own failure to complete a mission on time, Racine attempts to stop an impending attack on London. Michael Douglas, Toni Collette and John Malkovich serve as her superiors in various departments (Douglas is her mentor and close friend), and they help Alice on her perilous mission. Orlando Bloom co-stars as a thief who also joins Alice, but he might have motivations of his own.
Noomi Rapace, seen earlier this year in What Happened to Monday, does a great job as the determined agent and she once again proves she’s adept at handling dramatic and action sequences. Michael Apted, a veteran craftsman who also directed the James Bond feature The World Is Not Enough, was also the perfect choice to direct Unlocked. Filled with a ton of action and more twists than your average pretzel, Unlocked is a flick that’s definitely worth a look.
The Blu-ray version comes with a 13-minute featurette on the making of the film and has interviews with Apted, Rapace, the producers, and the rest of the supporting cast.
Season three of Chicago Med is in full swing and Colin Donnell, who plays cardiothoracic surgeon Connor Rhodes, had some valuable insight on the creative joys of working on the show.
“One of the great pleasures of television, I think, is getting that new script and learning something new about your character that you didn’t know the previous week,” said Donnell, a stage vet who’s worked on Anything Goes and Meet Me In St. Louis. “It’s like opening up a new chapter of a book – we’re getting to peel away the layers of these people as we go along. The greatest thing that any writer, actor, producer, or director can hear is you get to tell more stories.”
Click on the media bar to hear Colin Donnell, who is also known for his run on TV’s Arrow, talk about why he loves working in the “wonderful” city of Chicago.
Chicago Med, co-starring Nick Gehlfuss andBrian Tee, airs Tuesdays on NBC (10/9c).
ABC’s medical drama The Good Doctor has established itself as the biggest hit of the new television season. The ensemble cast is led by Freddie Highmore, who does a fantastic job of playing the brilliant doctor whose autism creates interesting, and sometimes awkward, situations with his patients and co-workers. When we spoke to Highmore about the show’s success, he told us that while everyone on the show is happy it’s doing well, they really haven’t had an opportunity to enjoy that success because they’re so busy working on the show! (Click on the media bar below to hear Freddie Highmore)
The Good Doctor airs Monday nights at 10/9c on ABC.