Mark Ruffalo, last seen in Avengers: Endgame, stars as Cincinnati attorney Robert Bilott in Dark Waters. The feature centers on Bilott’s legal battle against DuPont. Along with consulting with Ruffalo and director Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven) on Dark Waters, Bilott also penned the new book Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s 20-Year Battle Against Dupont.
Ruffalo has nothing but admiration for Bilott, who put his career, health, and friendships on the line throughout the process. “He gave everything,” said Ruffalo. “It’s just a rare journey to take today. He’s the most modest, beautiful soft spoken, lovely guy. He’s a hero. I play heroes – he is a hero.”
Click on the media bar to hear Ruffalo explain why the issues that are explored in Dark Waters transcend time and weather:
Dark Waters, co-starring Anne Hathaway, opens nationwide November 22.
Queen & Slim centers on a lawyer named Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) who goes on a Tinder date with Slim (Daniel Kaluuya), a blue collar guy who’s also looking for love. Their evening turns tragic after Slim kills a police officer in self defense. Directed by Melina Matsoukas and penned by Lena Waithe (The Chi), the feature immediately stood out to Kaluuya.
“It felt radical,” said Kaluuya, whose credits include Get Outand Black Panther. “If I was working at a bank, I’d watch this, which is kind of my litmus test for all kind of scripts that I read. It’s like do my friends that work on trains or I’ve grown up with, would they be excited about it?”
Click on the media bar to hear Kaluuya discuss if he sees Queen & Slim as “heroic” individuals:
Set during The Vietnam War, Danger Close centers on a company of inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers who took part in The Battle of Long Tan. Against all odds, these 108 men attempt to overcome an estimated 2,500 Viet Cong soldiers who are attacking from all corners.
Luke Bracey (Hacksaw Ridge) plays Sergeant Bob Buick, and along with meeting the veterans of the battle it was working with an experienced crew that made Danger Close an enriching production.
“For me being able to meet men that were at the battle – and one thing that helped during the film was all of our extras were Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in Australia,” said Bracey. “Men that came and helped build the sets. They helped as extras in the background. To be able to converse and talk to them and become mates with them – I’m still friends and I still stay in contact with a number of those boys. That was a really interesting part for me was getting their nod of approval to say ‘yes, thank you so much for doing this’ and ‘don’t feel silly being an actor, we really appreciate you doing this.’
Click on the media bar to hear Bracey talk about why it was an honor to immerse himself in the “harrowing” journey of Danger Close:
Danger Close, co-starring Travis Fimmel, is now playing in theaters and is available on Digital and On Demand.
Primal centers on Frank Walsh (Nicolas Cage) a ruthless hunter of exotic and endangered animals who sells them to the highest bidder. When he captures a white jaguar, he expects a huge payday, but the ship he has boarded houses a captured assassin (Kevin Durand) who is ready to create some havoc.
The project marks the second film for Nicolas Cage and director Nick Powell (they previously worked together on 2014’s Outcast). “Nic is kind of an iconic figure,” said Powell. “Whenever Nic is on screen, there is something that draws you to him. He’s got that sort of in a way the old Hollywood leading man feel to him. Even when you see him in real life, Nic Cage is bigger than life even when you’re sitting with him and chatting with him there’s something about him that feels like you’re in a movie when you’re talking. He’s just got an aura about him.”
Being impressed by a movie star is a natural thing, but the key for a movie to work out mainly lies in a successful collaboration between a filmmaker and his or her actors. Click on the media bar to hear Powell discuss what made his partnership with Cage a fruitful one (in fact, they are discussing another project down the road):
Primal, co-starring Michael Imperioli and Famke Janssen, hits theaters and On Demand on November 8.
After the success of Crazy Rich Asians, Henry Golding starred in yet another hit with A Simple Favor, a twisty mystery/comedy that co-stars Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively.
Golding reunites with A Simple Favor director Paul Feig with Last Christmas, a comedy about Kate (Emilia Clarke), a woman who is essentially down in the dumps until she meets a stranger named Tom (Golding) who gives her an entirely different outlook on life. Kate doesn’t really think she has much time to smell the roses, but Tom may change things for the better.
Click on the media bar to hear Golding discuss why he loved doing such “heartfelt” and “moving” scenes with Clarke in Last Christmas.
Last Christmas, co-starring Emma Thompson (she co-wrote the feature with her husband Greg Wise), hits theaters November 8.
Actor Logan Marshall-Green makes his feature directing debut in Adopt a Highway, the tale of Russell Millings (Ethan Hawke), a dishwasher who is gradually readjusting to civilian life after 21 years in prison.
Hawke delivers another first rate performance in the beautifully rendered story. Along with casting Hawke, Marshall-Green made a great decision at hiring Grammy winning artist Jason Isbell as the film’s composer.
“It was only through Ethan’s suggestion that I throw just a solo guitar at the character and see what happens,” said Marshall-Green, whose acting credits include Upgrade and The Invitation. “In seconds, boom – it came to life. We’re finding now who was going to be that storyteller sonically and once Jason Isbell showed an interest, it was a no brainer. And then, the greatest thing, happened. Jason Isbell introduced the film to me and the rest was history to me in many ways. A lot of that is because of Ethan as a leader and Ethan’s understanding of music which is far beyond mine. Sure enough here we are with Jason Isbell, whether he knows it or not, being a character in this (film).”
Click on the media bar to hear Marshall-Green talk about why casting Hawke as the lead was “essential.”
Adopt a Highway, co-starring Elaine Hendrix, opens in theaters, On Demand and Digital on November 1.