The Spy Who Dumped Me centers on Audrey (Mila Kunis) and Morgan (Kate McKinnon), best friends whose lives are in danger after Audrey discovers her ex (Justin Theroux) is a spy. The comedy allowed the actresses a chance to travel outside the usual Los Angeles and New York locales that dominate the cinematic landscape. Susanna Fogel, producer of the TV series Chasing Life and the filmmaker behind 2014’s Life Partners, directs the flick.
“We shot the most in Budapest,” said Kunis. “That to me was the most fun because we got to really immerse ourselves in Hungary. (Kate) was trying to learn Hungarian which, let me tell you, is one of the hardest languages I’ve ever encountered in my life.”
Click on the media bar as Mila Kunis talks about a funny sequence in the film which deals with Japanese food puns:
LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 11: Actors Maia Mitchell (L) and Alex Roe attend the Los Angeles Special Screening of “Hot Summer Nights” on July 11, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for A24 )
Set in 1991, Hot Summer Nightscenters on Daniel (Timothée Chalamet), an introverted youth who spends his summer with his aunt in Cape Cod. He immediately strikes up a friendship with Hunter (Alex Roe), a charismatic local who makes a decent buck selling weed. Eventually they team up and grow the business, a decision which they may soon regret. Maia Mitchell (The Fosters) co-stars as Amy, a teen who becomes immediately smitten with Hunter (and vice versa).
Written and directed by Elijah Bynum, the film is recounted in voiceover by a kid who actually had nothing to do with the aforementioned events. “I love the world and these characters,” said Mitchell, who is currently in production on The Fosters spinoff Good Trouble. “They’re such enigmas. You’re seeing this world through the eyes of a young boy who witnessed it from the outside. So it’s really up for interpretation. I love the way this film strips the characters back and you get to see the layers underneath and their vulnerabilities.”
Click on the media bar to hear Mitchell talk about her character’s introduction to the story (it was a memorable flirting sequence between Hunter and Amy):
Hot Summer Nights, co-starring Maika Monroe, opens in theaters July 27.
Rebecca Ferguson, whose mysterious Ilsa Faust played a pivotal role in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, is back with Mission: Impossible – Falloutto confuse Ethan Hunt’s (Tom Cruise) IMF team on a whole different level. While Ilsa proved to be a worthy ally in Rogue Nation, she may be the team’s biggest adversary in their latest “impossible” assignment.
“There are new explosive scenes, there are new challenges, there are new stunts,” said Ferguson. “There are new dynamics with the characters that might have been different than the prior one and finding Ilsa’s relation to (Simon) Pegg’s character. We have a lot of fun. We do all the training that’s needed. I do a lot of pilates just to have good stretches and good movement for every time we do all the stunts and action. Weapons training, and then we generally come in and laugh at each other just to have fun.”
Click on the media bar to hear Ferguson talk about what the hardest aspect of doing weapons training for the Mission: Impossible films.
Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal have been friends and collaborators since high school. That union has lead to their labor of love project Blindspotting, a feature that centers on Collin (Diggs), a guy who’s several days away from probation. Unfortunately, his hotheaded buddy Miles (Rafael Casal) may put Collin in harm’s way.
For the actors, the movie also serves as their love letter to Oakland (they also penned the screenplay). “Hometown pride is a spine of the film,” said Casal. “And loving where you’re from and loving the context in which you grew up in and what it does to you when your context changes. Miles is all about loyalty and pride and hometown love and that is what’s getting ripped away from him in the four days of this film.”
Click on the media bar to hear Rafael Casal talk about his lifelong chemistry with Daveed Diggs:
Hailee Steinfeld, seen last year in Pitch Perfect 3, also contributed her song “Capital Letters” on the hit film Fifty Shades Freed. Along with her flourishing career as a pop star, the Oscar nominated actress is also featured in Bumblebee, the highly anticipated Transformers spinoff.
It’s so fun to come out here and see the excitement on something that we worked so hard on,” said Steinfeld who attended this year’s Comic-Con. “It’s crazy because this turnaround feels like forever but it’s actually quite fast for everything they have to do in post production. I’m excited and I’m even more excited walking here because of the fans.”
Click on the media bar to hear Hailee Steinfeld discuss how Bumblebee is as character driven as the original Transformers film (both flicks are, amidst all the effects, coming of age tales).
Henry Cavill as August Walker in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT, from Paramount Pictures and Skydance
Henry Cavillstars in Mission: Impossible – Fallout as August Walker, a CIA operative who ends up butting heads with Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and the IMF team on their latest job. Thanks to his work as Superman, Henry Cavill knows a thing or two about doing action scenes, but he relished working on practical stunts with his latest film.
“I was excited about going to everywhere in the world, not just Paris, and doing these things for real,” said Cavill. “It was more of an opportunity. I got to meet the stunt team and work with them on building and developing stuff and then do it. I take pride in that.”
Click on the media bar to hear Cavill discuss how the stunts were created in Mission: Impossible – Fallout.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout, directed by Christopher McQuarrie, opens nationwide July 27.