Jessica Chastaindelivers another first rate performance in Molly’s Game, the directorial debut of Oscar winning scribe Aaron Sorkin(The Social Network, Jobs). The true story centers on Molly Bloom (Chastain), a world class skier whose career was cut down after an accident. Slated to go to law school, Bloom instead traveled to Los Angeles where she eventually was managing a high stakes poker game. After a successful run in the City of Angels, she moved to New York and launched another successful operation before drug addiction and an FBI raid led her down a dangerous path. Kevin Costner co-stars in the feature as Bloom’s father, with Idris Elba playing the talented lawyer who tries to keep Bloom out of prison.
“Aaron’s been friends with Molly for a long time – he knows her very well,” said Chastain. “He’s very protective of her story and I’m not sure he would have ever felt comfortable handing over the screenplay to another director. I can’t imagine anyone else directing this story.”
Click on the media bar to hear Chastain discuss why she loved the “underdog” aspect of Molly’s Game:
Loosely based on the real-life story of show biz pioneer P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an old-style musical saluting — what else? — showmanship. So it makes perfect sense that they brought in a musical veteran, Zach Efron, as one of the movie’s stars. As part of an ensemble that also includes Hugh Jackman, Zendaya, and Rebecca Ferguson, Efron pointed out that everyone involved with the movie was giving 110% to making the story and its music come alive on the screen. (Click on the media bar below to hear Zac Efron)
The Greatest Showman opens in theaters on December 20.
David Ayer is this generation’s go-to guy when it comes to cop movies, as his star immediately rose thanks to his Training Day screenplay. With the underrated Street Kings and End of Watch, under his belt, Ayer brings the fantastical element from Suicide Squad into the world of Los Angeles with Bright.
The story, penned by Max Landis (American Ultra) centers on a cop (Will Smith) who reluctantly is paired with the first orc (Joel Edgerton) to join the LAPD. Their unease with each other will have to take a backseat, however, as a powerful relic has surfaced that may lead to the ultimate eradication of humanity. Netflix has just released the final trailer – check it out and tell us what you think!
Co-starring Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Jay Hernandez, and Edgar Ramirez, Bright hits Netflix December 22.
What would happen if overpopulation dramatically reduces Earth’s natural resources and the cost of living would skyrocket beyond measure? In director Alexander Payne’s latest feature Downsizing Norwegian scientists have discovered a process to shrink people to five inches tall. Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) have decided to become part of this downsized community increase their net worth and enhance their quality of living.
Payne reteams with writer Jim Taylor for the film, and it’s their first writing collaboration since 2004’s Sideways. In the audio clip below, Payne explains why Downsizing, though it has a pointed message about climate change, is at heart a biting satire like his earlier works Citizen Ruth and Election (Taylor is also heard in the clip).
Downsizing, co-starring Golden Globe nominated actress Hong Chau, opens nationwide December 22.
Having been through all 14 cycles of The Voice together, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine are great friends, even if it doesn’t always come across that way on TV. Sure, they get catty. Sure, they get competitive. But Shelton told us that the friction we see is actually one of the things that has brought them closer together and made the job a lot more fun! (Click on the media bar below to hear Blake Shelton)
The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday nights at 8/7c on NBC.