America Ferrera Praises “Epic” Nature Of ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ Franchise

America Ferrera continues her journey as Astrid in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Along with the TV series Dragons: Riders of Berk and Dragons: Race to the Edge, Ferrera has been immersed in the franchise’s universe for over nine years.

“For me it rivals any big epic out there,” said Ferrera. “The Star Wars type epics. The Harry Potter type epics. The fundamental themes that we relate to as humans. Relationships and change and stepping into your destiny and the courage and the bravery it takes to live the life you’re meant to live. I think Dean (director Dean DeBlois) and the entire team protected the heart of the movie so fiercely that no matter how big and exciting the action and the animation got, it was always grounded in truth and in heart and I think that is what is going to make it have a legacy that goes beyond this generation.”

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How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World opens nationwide February 22.

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Rosa Salazar Talks “Fearless” And “Dynamic” Approach To ‘Alita: Battle Angel’

Alita: Battle Angel has been a dream project for James Cameron for over 15 years, and he even penned a script for the project back in 2004. Cameron is one of the co-writers and producers of the film, which was ultimately developed and made into a project by writer/director Robert Rodriguez.

Based on the graphic novel by Yukito Kishiro, the tale centers on Alita (Rosa Salazar) a cyborg who has no memory of who she is. Thanks to the help of a cyberphysician named Ido (Christoph Waltz), Alita gradually pieces together the puzzle of her life, realizing that she’s much more powerful than she ever imagined.

Click on the media bar to hear Salazar talk about the “fearless” nature behind her character in Alita: Battle Angel:

Alita: Battle Angel opens nationwide February 14.

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‘Cinemaddicts’ Podcast Spotlights Top Flight Flicks ‘Arctic’ and ‘Piercing’

On this month’s episode of CinemAddicts, we cover Arctic and Piercing, two under the radar films that are definitely worth your attention. 

Arctic centers on Overgard (Mads Mikkelsen), a man who is stranded in the freezing cold after a plane crash. After a helicopter pilot (Maria Thelma Smáradóttir) crash lands in the same area, he attempts to beat all odds and lead both of them to safety. Directed and penned by Joe Penna (it’s co-written by Ryan Morrison), Arctic is a visually arresting and resonant look at pushing forward even through the bleakest of conditions.

Directed by Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother), Piercing centers on a man (Christopher Abbott) who is attempting to commit the perfect murder. His intended victim is an erratic call girl (Mia Wasikowska) who may turn that tables on him during one fateful evening. Pesce, a fan of giallo cinema and director Brian De Palma (the film has several eye catching split screen sequences), is in full command of his material, and if you don’t mind a little blood in your storytelling, then Piercing should be worth your time.

Check out this month’s episode of CinemAddicts below!

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Kate del Castillo Is “Very Proud” of the Huge “Ambition” Behind ‘La Reina del Sur’

Kate del Castillo (All About Nina) has achieved worldwide fame as an actress, and after eight years she is reprising her role as Teresa Mendoza in La Reina del Sur. Even with all of her experience, coming back as Mendoza was a daunting (yet welcome) adventure.

“You get more mature during the years,” said del Castillo. “I’ve been working so hard all these years in TV and movies and then you become a little more mature as a woman and as an actress. To portray a character that for me was gone – I buried her. I mourned her, because it was such an amazing character and now to bring her back, it’s like ‘oh my God, are you kidding me?’ How am I going to portray her again? . . . It’s a special character that I dearly, dearly have in my heart.”

Click on the media bar to hear Kate del Castillo talk about why she was “very proud” of headlining “La Reina del Sur.”

La Reina del Sur’s second season begins this spring on Telemundo.

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Robin Williams Had A “Double Drive” That Influenced A Legendary Career

One of Robin Williams’ many attributes was his ability to defy expectations, as he deftly mixed in comedy and drama throughout his career. With the 1996 hit film The Birdcage, Williams was initially offered the showier part of Albert Goldman, a role which Nathan Lane knocked out of the park. Williams decided to play Armand Goldman, a part which was much more conservative and buttoned down.

During the interviews for that film, Williams was inspired by the dry humor of Mike Nichols (who directed The Birdcage) and the peerless writing of Elaine May. “Elaine wrote this script that was so precise,” said Williams. “It’s like espresso – it’s the essence. Mike said, just give (the script a chance) because she’s worked hard on every word and she knows that they have a weight and a dept. It”s timed out. It’s like a piece of music.”

Click on the media bar to hear Robin Williams reflect on his career and why there was a “double drive” when it came to his acting journey.

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Jessica Rothe Is Enamored With “Intense Connection” Of ‘Happy Death Day 2U’

Happy Death Day, budgeted at just $4.8 million, went on to become one of 2017’s sleeper hits with a worldwide take of $125 million. Now Happy Death Day 2U is a reality, and in the sequel Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) must yet again live the same day over and over again!

For Rothe, the Happy Death Day franchise is not just your average horror experience. It’s very rare to find emotional stakes like that in a horror film” said Rothe. “(With director Christopher Landon) I have to sing his praises because not only has he written this script that is so funny and dark and twisted and amazing but it also has truly, truly heartbreaking moments and moments of intense connection.”

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Happy Death Day 2U opens nationwide February 13.

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