Tom Hiddleston Praises Character Building Aesthetic Of Marvel Universe

Avengers: Infinity

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 08: Tom Hiddleston attends the UK Fan Event to celebrate the release of Marvel Studios’ ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ at The London Television Centre on April 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Disney)

Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Tom Holland were among the actors who attended a UK Fan Event in London, England to celebrate the impending release of Avengers: Infinity War

Hiddleston has been part of the Marvel Universe since playing Loki in 2011’s Thor, and though some cinematic naysayers believe Marvel’s success lies in the special effects bonanza that befits a superhero driven world, the actor believes it all comes down to story.

“I think what’s great about Marvel is they’ve always understood that the power of the films always comes from the character,” said Hiddleston. “They started that with Tony Stark – the first Iron Man film. They really believe in creating characters who are complex and different and work well together or not work well in an interesting way. I think the reason why we’re at this point, (with) 20 or 30 leading characters is all the characters feel like they have their own integrity. That’s always been the first thing . . . if you’ve good characters and a good story, you can’t lose.”

Click on the media bar to hear Tom Hiddleston elaborate on why he continues to love playing Loki:

Avengers: Infinity War opens nationwide April 27.

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Lucy Hale Has A Series of “Firsts” With ‘Truth Or Dare’ Role

Blumhouse's Truth or Dare

LUCY HALE stars as Olivia in “Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare,” a supernatural thriller from Blumhouse Productions. A harmless game of “Truth or Dare” among friends turns deadly when someone—or something—begins to punish those who tell a lie—or refuse the dare. Photo Credit: Peter Iovino

Lucy Hale (Life Sentence, Pretty Little Liars) headlines Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare, a thriller about how seemingly harmless game among youths turns deadly for players who either tell a lie or refuse the dare.

One thing Hale has refused to do is take an extended vacation after Pretty Little Liars finished its run. Instead, Hale is back at work with Life Sentence, a freshman series that’s airing on The CW. Taking part in Truth or Dare was also a no-brainer for Hale, who is a bigtime fan of Blumhouse Productions (she cites Paranormal Activity as one of her favorite films).

Click on the media bar to hear Lucy Hale explain how Blumhouse’s Truth a Dare was a series of firsts for her as an actress (she cites that the film is her first leading role):

Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare, co-starring Teen Wolf’s Tyler Posey, opens nationwide April 13.

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Eugenio Derbez Goes “Overboard” With Goldie Hawn Fandom

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Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez in “Overboard.” Photo Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures / Pantelion Films

Eugenio Derbez, seen last year opposite Salma Hayek in How To Be A Latin Lover, takes on the daunting task of remaking the Kurt Russell/Goldie Hawn comedy Overboard. The original featured the innate chemistry between the longtime couple, but Derbez and co-star Anna Faris are both topline comedic talents, so the prospects are good for this remake.

Overboard was also a personal venture for Derbez, who admits that he was a fan of Hawn as a youth. Though Derbez is an international star, that doesn’t mean he gets a bit nervous when he sees people he admires in public. Although he was remaking Overboard, bumping into Goldie Hawn at the local Starbucks wasn’t exactly a meet and greet affair. Click on the media bar to hear Derbez explain why he didn’t approach Hawn and tell her about his Overboard plans (Faris is also heard in the clip)!

Overboard, co-starring Eva Longoria, opens nationwide May 4.

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Clint Eastwood Feature ‘The 15:17 To Paris’ Hits Blu-Ray In May

The 15:17 To Paris

Clint Eastwood’s latest film The 15:17 To Paris, the true story of the three men (Anthony Sadler, U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Spencer Stone, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos), hits Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Digital on May 22.

Sadler, Skarlatos, and Stone play themselves in the feature, which details their respective lives and eventual thwarting of a 2015 terrorist attack on a train bound for Paris. Over 500 passengers were on board during the incident, and the three men were hailed as heroes. Judy Greer, Jenna Fischer, and Tony Hale co-star in the feature. Click on the media bar to hear Eastwood explain why the men didn’t need acting training for The 15:17 To Paris:

Special features on the Blu-ray include the featurettes “Making Every Second Count,” in which Stone, Skarlatos, and Sadler recount the attack, and “Portrait of Courage,” a look at why Eastwood and his creative team took on the project.

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Guy Pearce Gets Intrigued With “Clever” Construct Of ‘Spinning Man’

Spinning Man

Evan Birch (Guy Pearce) and Ellen Birch (Minnie Driver) in SPINNING MAN. Photo Credit: Lionsgate Premiere.

Guy Pearce (L.A. Confidential, Memento) plays a respected college professor named Evan Birch who has life torn apart in Spinning Man. On the surface Birch is happily married (Minnie Driver is his wife) and is a family man, but his own lusts leads him to off-campus infidelities which should fracture his marriage. After a female student named Joyce (Odeya Rush) goes missing, a gruff detective (Pierce Brosnan) hounds Evan, believing he is the prime suspect.

“We, as human beings, constantly work so hard at maintaining our identity whatever that is and the questions of our identity,” said Pearce. “And sometimes times we feel like we’re a good person and other times we feel like we’re a bad person and those can really blur constantly and so we see that stuff come into the surface for Evan during the course of the film.”

Click on the media bar to hear Guy Pearce talk about the “clever” construct behind Spinning Man and why he didn’t add a backstory to h is character (Pearce mentions director Simon Kaijser in the clip):

Spinning Man hits select theaters and On Demand April 6 via Lionsgate Premiere.

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Jim Gaffigan Takes On ‘Chappaquiddick’ Experience With A “Journeyman” Aesthetic

Chappaquiddick

Jim Gaffigan stars as Paul Markham in director John Curran’s CHAPPAQUIDDICK, an Entertainment Studios release. Credit: Claire Folger / Entertainment Studios

Most people know Jim Gaffigan as a comedian, but in Chappaquiddick he takes on the role of attorney Paul Markham, a confidante of Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke) whose promising career may have been affected by the tragic incident (Kate Mara co-stars as Mary Jo Kopechne). Although he was busy doing shows on the road, Gaffigan managed to balance his schedule and become part of Chappaquiddick’s stellar ensemble.

“I come from a Midwestern, Irish Catholic family so all the Kennedy stories are very alive and well,” said Gaffigan who describes himself as a ‘journeyman’ in relation to his career. “I have a large head and the Kennedys have large heads. But also growing up understanding the impact and historical significance of Chappaquiddick and holding him back from getting the nomination even when . . . I remember there was a (Saturday Night Live) sketch where one of the characters just said Chappaquiddick whenever Ted Kennedy opened his mouth and Ted Kennedy couldn’t say anything.” Click on the media bar to hear Gaffigan talk about how, despite the labels he’s garnered throughout his career, he’s more than just a comedian:

Co-starring Bruce Dern and Ed Helms, Chappaquiddick opens nationwide April 6.

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