Based on the Dark Horse comic book series, Resident Aliencenters on Harry (Alan Tudyk), an alien who crash lands on Earth and attempts to pass himself off as a small town doctor.
A veteran of his share of TV series (Firefly, Suburgatory, Powerless) and films (3:10 to Yuma, Tucker and Dale vs Evil), Tudyk is a master at being a chameleon. Thus playing an alien in human form should be as easy as pie for Tudyk.
Click on the media bar to hear Tudyk explain how the series slightly differs from the comic book series:
Co-starring Sara Tomko and Corey Reynolds, Resident Alien premieres this summer on SyFy. Are you a fan of Tudyk’s work and is Resident Alien on your radar? Feel free to comment below!
Director Guy Ritchie (Aladdin) returns to his adrenalized gangster based roots (Snatch, RockNRolla) with The Gentleman. The feature centers on Mickey (Matthew McConaughey), an American expat who heads a money making marijuana empire in London. When rumors surface that he may be selling off his business, a plethora of predators attempt to muscle in on his territory.
Colin Farrell, Hugh Grant, Michelle Dockery, Henry Golding, and Charlie Hunnam (who worked with Ritchie in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) are just several of the A-list talent featured in the ensemble.
Click on the media bar to hear McConnaughey discuss who he was influenced by director Guy Richie’s “eye for detail” and style during the making of the film.
The Gentlemen, which is also penned and produced by Ritchie, hits theaters January 24.
Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, Just Mercy is the true story of civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson’s (Michael B. Jordan) attempts to prove the innocence of death row inmate Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx). Brie Larson, who worked with Cretton in Short Term 12 and The Glass Castle, co-stars as Eva Ansley, an advocate who teamed with Stevenson to create the Equal Justice Initiative in 1989. The picture’s biggest surprise comes from the standout performance of Rob Morgan (The Last Black Man in San Francisco) who plays fellow prisoner Herbert Richardson.
Also covered on the latest episode of CinemAddicts is a preview of the Robert Downey Jr. film Dolittle and The Lighthouse. Take a listen below!
Just Mercy, now in limited release, hits theaters nationwide on January 10.
Laura Dern received her fifth Golden Globe Award for her work in director Noah Baumbach’s acclaimed Marriage Story. Playing a divorce attorney who will do everything in her power to get the best deal for her client (Scarlett Johansson),
The actress, who has collaborated with her share of visionary filmmakers (Steven Spielberg, Mike White, Alexander Payne), had high praise for Baumbach’s script. “I have never read a more perfect screenplay in my life. Every moment is seamlessly directed on the page . . .It’s just meticulous,” said Dern. “It’s like mastery playwrighting. As a cast, we know how incredibly lucky we are to be with that level of screenwriter and directing.”
Marriage Story is partly inspired by Baumbach’s marriage to actress Jennifer Jason Leigh (he is married to filmmaker Greta Gerwig). Click on the media bar to hear Dern elaborate on why Marriage Story was a “deeply personal” story for her and various members of the cast and crew.
Laura Dern can also be seen in Little Women, a feature directed by Gerwig.
Though he has, on occasion, played darker characters (most notably as the antagonist in The Circle), Tom Hanks is known as one of cinema’s nicest guys. Basically he’s a modern day James Stewart, and that’s why he was perfect for the role of Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.
Hanks also choked up as he briefly talked about his family while accepting Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards, so the actor is essentially as likable as they come.
That said, Hanks is venturing into “bad guy” territory, as he will be playing Colonel Tom Parker in a still untitled Elvis biopic directed by Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge). Austin Butler, recently seen in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is set to play Elvis.
Click on the media bar to hear Hanks discuss working with Luhrmann on the planned feature, which is set to shoot in Australia:
The first season of Manifest, thanks to its intriguing storyline and concept, garnered a loyal following and now it’s carrying that momentum for a whole new batch of episodes.
Manifest centers on the lives of the crew and passengers of Montego Air Flight 828 as they return to a world that has grown five years since their disappearance. It’s a twist filled and layered storyline that would make Rod Serling (The Twilight Zone) proud, and along with its visually driven narrative, the series features its share of A-list collaborators (Flight filmmaker director Robert Zemeckis is an executive producer).
Click on the media bar to hear cast member Athena Karkanis talk about how the “death date” is a driving force in the second season:
Season two of Manifest premieres January 6 on NBC (10/9c).