One of cinema’s most successful collaborations is between filmmaker Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan. Their previous films Fruitvale Station and Creed were critical successes, and now the duo are receiving tons of praises for their work in Black Panther. It’s a partnership that is akin to Martin Scorsese’s early collaborations with Robert De Niro, and hopefully Black Panther is just another step in a long and successful union.
“We continue to grow,” said Jordan who plays villain Erik Kilmonger in the film. “We’re growing together. We raise the bar – we try to one each project that we do. I’m forever impressed by his talent and ability. We have a connection that can’t be broken.”
Click on the media bar to hear Jordan discuss what Wakanda means to him.
Black Panther, co-starring Chadwick Boseman, opens nationwide February 16.
The poster to I Kill Giants has just been revealed, as actress Madison Wolfe (The Conjuring 2) is ready to go hammer time on a monster (possibly of her own imagination?).
Based on Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura’s graphic novel, I Kill Giants centers on Barbara (Wolfe), a Norse warhammer wielding youth who believes she hunts down and kills giants in the forest. Barbara’s faculty therapist (Zoe Saldana) as well as her bigger sister (Imogen Poots) are trying to connect with her, but our protagonist has bigger monsters to slay!
The trailer promises its share of action sequences, and Wolfe looks like she can carry her own film. It does feel a bit reminiscent to A Monster Calls, but movies about exploring a child’s fantasy world shouldn’t be relegated to one film!
Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
I Kill Giants hits theaters, On Demand, and Digital March 23.
Don’t let the the plotline fool you, as Wonder is not an overly sappy family drama that aims for the lowest common denominator. For one, the picture, which is based on R.J. Palacio’s 2012 novel, is directed by The Perks of Being a Wallflower filmmaker Stephen Chbosky. As with Perks, Chbosky approaches the material with insight, preferring to let this refreshingly intricate story (and not cloying emotion) lead the way.
The storyline centers on Auggie (Room’s Jacob Tremblay), a boy with a facial deformity who enters fifth grade. Home schooled and sheltered by his parents (Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson) and older sister Via (Izabela Vidovic), Auggie has a hard time fitting in thanks to a bullying classmate (Bryce Gheisar) and his friends. Slowly but surely, Auggie makes a couple of friends and gradually finds that school actually has its merits.
The tale may be predictable, but Chbosky frames his narrative by giving various characters their own moment in the film to shine. For example, Via has her very own subplot which deals with her own feelings of neglect (Vidovic, who does a stirring monologue in the picture, is a revelation). Noah Jupe, who plays Auggie’s best friend Jack, is also given his own section of the story which also bolsters the narrative. Roberts and Wilson, though they are the film’s A-list stars, are just a small part of the overall picture, as Tremblay’s excellent performance is ultimately the star of the picture.
Special features on the Blu-ray include a five-part documentary, three featurettes (a look at the making of the soundtrack, “What a Wonderful World”, “A Child’s Sense of Wonder”), audio commentary from Chbosky and Palacio, and a music video (“Brand New Eyes”). The DVD version comes with the commentary, music video, and the soundtrack featurette.
Click on the media bar below to hear Julia Roberts talk about one of the themes behind Wonder:
The final chapter of E.L. James’s Fifty Shades saga, Fifty Shades Freed, easily won this weekend’s box office contest. James has loved how her books played out on the big screen, and she gives a lot of the credit to the trilogy’s charismatic stars, Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. (Click on the media bar below to hear E.L. James)
Fifty Shades Freed is playing in theaters everywhere.
While Christina Hendricks has become one of Hollywood’s most recognizable actresses, it’s actually been more than a decade since she starred on a broadcast network TV series. That changes later this month with the premiere of Good Girls on NBC. As Hendricks tells us, the show revolves around a group of suburban women facing a variety of life-altering crises, and the drastic measures they take to overcome them. (Click on the media bar below to hear Christina Hendicks)
Good Girls, also starring Mae Whitman and Retta, makes its debut Monday, February 26 on NBC.