Love and Friendship Solidifies The Epic Musical Fantasy Of ‘Leto’

Penned by Michael and Lily Idov, Leto is a wistful and seductive look at the relationship between a young Viktor Tsoi (Teo Yoo) and musician Mike Naumenko (Roman Bilyk). Mike, a more seasoned artist, believes in and nurtures Viktor’s potential. When Mike’s partner Natasha (Irina Starshenbaum) becomes smitten with Viktor, Mike stands aside and lets nature take its course, and a love triangle begins. 

“We wanted to tell the story of love and friendship and youth and this slightly misguided energy of youth that could have taken place in the U.S. in 1960s or the UK in the 1970s,” said Michael Idov. “It happened to benefit from being set in the Soviet Union in the 1980s, it wasn’t our intention to just be a deep dive into what it was like in the pre-perestroika Soviet Union.”

“We were trying to capture that moment in time when people find their freedom from music and, as Michael said, that could happen in a different place and time,” added Lily Idov. 

The picture, shot in black and white, is a visually arresting narrative that is both a coming of age story and a musical. Click on the media bar to hear Michael Idov talk about how director Kirill Serebrennikov transformed their original script into more of a musical fantasy.

Leto, based on Natalya Naumenko’s memoirs, opens in New York on June 7 and his Los Angeles on June 21.

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Mindy Kaling Reaches A “Creative Peak” With Emma Thompson On ‘Late Night’

Mindy Kaling’s film and television career has been a highly successful one. On the cinema side she has worked on A Wrinkle In Time, Ocean’s Eight and The Night Before. Her writing and producing skills have also took flight, on the television end, with The Office, Champions, and The Mindy Project.

With the new film Late Night, Kaling headlines the project (which she also penned) with Emma Thompson. The narrative centers on Molly (Kaling) a chemical plant efficiency expert who is hired to be part of a late night show writing staff. Katherine Newberry (Thompson), the host of the program, is in need of a personality makeover and the program is in a bit of a creative rut, so Molly is hired to inject a little bit of energy and insight into the environment.

Click on the media bar to hear Kaling discuss why doing Late Night with Emma Thompson was a creative peak in her life.

Late Night opens nationwide June 7.

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Danny Boyle Takes A Look Back At ‘Yesterday’ With Intriguing ‘Beatles’ Exploration

Filmmaker Danny Boyle’s creative forays has led him into a plethora of genres. Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting (and its 2017 sequel T2 Trainspotting), and the underrated sci-fi flick Sunshine are just several films which spotlighted Boyle’s innate storytelling gifts. He teams with writer Richard Curtis (Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral) with Yesterday, the story of a struggling musician named Jack (Himesh Patel) who finds himself in a very surreal and unbelievable position.

The world has never heard of The Beatles, and he’s living in a world where the Fab Five, at least as a group, doesn’t exist. Jack decides to play their songs and, of course, he becomes an international superstar. 

Click on the media bar to hear Boyle discuss what makes Curtis such a unique writer.

Yesterday, co-starring Lily James hits theaters June 28.

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Sophie Turner Holds Lifelong Connection With ‘Dark Phoenix’ Saga

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Sophie Turner has just ended her journey on Game of Thrones, and one might think that her work as Jean Grey may close another chapter with Dark Phoenix. The feature deals with Grey’s ultimate transformation into an all-powerful being, and it’s up to the X-Men to stop her from destroying the world.

Turner was actually a fan of the Dark Phoenix saga and read her journey in comic book form as a youngster, and now she gets to play the actual character. Click on the media bar to hear Turner discuss the challenges of playing the titular character in Dark Phoenix:

Dark Phoenix co-starring Jessica Chastain, hits theaters June 7.

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Patton Oswalt Talks Max’s Existential Crisis In ‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’

Patton Oswalt returns as the voice of the lovable terrier Max in The Secret Life of Pets 2. This time out Max is undergoing through his share of anxiety since his owner (Ellie Kemper) is now married and has a toddler. Max has developed a nervous tic since he constantly worries about protecting the child, but a trip to the family farm my bring Max a sense of sensibility thanks to the advice from a veteran farm dog named Rooster (Harrison Ford, who makes his animated film debut).

Oswalt’s mutl-faceted career includes a successful run at animation, as he also voiced Remy in the 2007 hit Ratatouille

Click on the media bar to hear Oswalt talk about Max’s existential crisis in The Secret Life of Pets 2

Co-starring Jenny Slate and Lake Bell, The Secret Life of Pets 2 opens nationwide June 7.

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Emma Thompson Latches On To The “Finely Tuned” Storytelling of ‘Late Night’

Emma Thompson plays a talk show host named Katherine Newberry in Late Night, a feature that’s written by co-star Mindy Kaling. Newberry’s talk show needs a bit of a creative makeover, and new hire Molly (Mindy Kaling) may be the person to turn things around. 

“I loved everything about it because it was a whole,” said Thompson, an Oscar winner for her screenplay for Sense and Sensibility. “It’s so rare. You’ll read a script and one character will be good but every single character was finely tuned and very funny. I loved the fact that it was completely authentic.”

Click on the media bar to hear Emma Thompson talk about the horrible notion that women aren’t funny:

Late Night, co-starring John Lithgow and Amy Ryan, opens nationwide June 7.

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