It was Atonement, based on Ian McEwan’s novel, which placed Saoirse Ronan on the map (and earned her an Oscar nomination), and now she’s back in the writer’s playground with On Chesil Beach. Ronan recently received her third Oscar nod for her work in Lady Bird.
Based on McEwan’s 2007 novel, On Chesil Beach centers on Florence (Ronan), a violinist who marries a grad student named Eddy (Billy Howle). The narrative centers on their eventful honeymoon in the summer of 1962 as they explore their sexuality. The first few days of marriage should be a hot and heavy one, but instead these lovebirds have their share of conflicts. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Co-starring Emily Watson and Anne-Marie Duff,On Chesil Beach hits theaters May 18.
Dennis Quaid stars in I Can Only Imagine, a feature which delves into the genesis of the MercyMe’s inspiring hit song. Quaid plays Arthur Millard, the abusive father of MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard and inspiration behind “I Can Only Imagine.”
Quaid had a very straightforward way in dealing with the film’s tougher scenes. “In between takes I’d drop it like a hot potato and go into my trailer and watch whatever (was on) the satellite TV,” said Quaid. “Just drop it, and then go back to it. What we were going for was the truth. Bart was there on the set and we wanted to make it real for him more than anything.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Dennis Quaid talk about the “spiritual awakening” of Arthur Millard and how that affected his relationship with his son.
I Can Only Imagine, co-starring Madeline Carroll,opens nationwide March 16.
Black Panther continues to beat all comers at the box office as it mde $108 million and easily remained at the #1 spot. Coming in a distant second was newcomer Game Night with $16.6 million, followed by Peter Rabbit with $12.5 million. Here’s the top 10:
1. Black Panther – It makes $108 million this weekend and has earned over $400 million domestically.
2. Game Night – Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams comedy debuts with $16.6 million
3. Peter Rabbit – $1.25 million
4. Annihilation – Sci-fi thriller staring Natalie Portman debuts with a sub-par $11 million.
5. Fifty Shades Freed – $6.9 million
6. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Hit flick takes in $5.6 million.
7. The 15:17 to Paris – $3.6 million
8. The Greatest Showman – Hugh Jackman musical continues to do solid business with $3.4 million.
9. Every Day – $3.1 million
10. Early Man – Stop motion flick barely hangs on with $1.7 million
Bokeem Woodbine plays Officer Daryn Dupree in Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G., and the 10-episode USA project had a personal resonance for the actor.
Woodbine struck up a friendship with Tupac and also worked with the artist on the “I Ain’t Mad At Cha” music video. The actor also reunites with Unsolved filmmaker Anthony Hemingway (the pair worked together on the series Underground).
For folks who believe Tupac and Biggie Smalls could have easily squashed their beef or simply extricate themselves from a situation, Woodbine offers up his take. “I think it’s a very natural assumption to make while these guys were making plenty of money, they could just leave the life as it were, but it’s just that cut and dry,” says Woodbine. “And in those days, artists were living their words. Their reality was intertwined with their artistry. It wasn’t as homogenized and sterilized as hip-hop has become.”
Click on the media bar to hear how Woodbine talk about the acting “tightrope” he encountered while working on Unsolved:
Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G., co-starring Josh Duhamel,premieres February 27 on USA Network. (10 PM et/pt).
Some of Matt LeBlanc’s co-stars on Man With a Plan were totally unaware of his role on Friends until the show aired in reruns. Can’t blame ’em, though… they weren’t born yet! LeBlanc is a stay-at-home dad on the show, and he told us he really loves working with the kids. (Click on media bar below to hear Matt LeBlanc)
Man With a Plan airs Monday nights at 8:30/7:30c on CBS