If you ask Al Pacino to describe himself, chances are he won’t use the word “director.” Yes, he has four directing credits — two dramas based on stage plays, a “making of” documentary, and a documentary about Shakespeare. But these projects have certainly given him an appreciation for the world-class directors he’s worked with, such as The Irishman director Martin Scorcese. So when Pacino does look back at his time behind the camera, he’s thankful for the education he got and the way it’s helped shape him into a more complete Hollywood professional. (Click on the media bar below to hear Al Pacino)
The Irishman is now playing in selected theaters, but will begin streaming November 27 on Netflix.
The origins of Charlie’s Angels goes back more than four decades, to the original 1970s TV series. Then, it was revived for a couple of movies with a new set of Angels after the turn of the century. And though the stars have changed once again, Naomi Scott told us that the new Charlie’s Angels movie exists in the same universe as the other Angels properties, but the story carries even more weight and relevance for women in the present day. (Click on the media bar below to hear Naomi Scott)
Working on an animated movie isn’t exactly the same as working on a live-action movie. Instead of acting into a camera, you’re acting into a microphone. These days, it’s also rare when the voice actors do their lines together, so they don’t necessarily get to feed off the emotion of the moment. But Jonathan Groff says that the Frozen 2 cast — which includes him, Josh Gad, Kristen Bell, and Idina Menzel — knows each other so well that it feels like they’re all working together. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jonathan Groff)
The hit TV series Fantasy Island was a feel good show wherein Mr. Roarke (Ricardo Montalban) granted a wish for each of his visitors, and one would expect a predictable movie version would have followed the show’s similar beats.
But Fantasy Island is not a reboot of the series, and as the trailer suggests it’s a darker reimagining of that universe. This time out Mr. Roare (Michael Peña) is more manipulative and maybe downright evil, as the guests (which includes Lucy Hale) gradually realize that their island dream vacation has turned into a nightmare.
Director Jeff Wadlow, who previously worked with Hale on Truth or Dare, is the man behind the camera, and since Fantasy Island is a Blumhouse production, one can expect a healthy share of scares in this feature. It’s a wonderful twist on the program, and hopefully Wadlow and company will pull it off!
The marketing behind Fantasy Island is already off to an ingenious start, as the poster, which gives us a top down view of the island, actually looks like the silhouette of a person who is screaming “never coming home.” Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Co-starring Maggie Q and Jimmy O. Yang, Fantasy Islandhits theaters on February 14, 2020!
Set during The Vietnam War, Danger Close centers on a company of inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers who took part in The Battle of Long Tan. Against all odds, these 108 men attempt to overcome an estimated 2,500 Viet Cong soldiers who are attacking from all corners.
Luke Bracey (Hacksaw Ridge) plays Sergeant Bob Buick, and along with meeting the veterans of the battle it was working with an experienced crew that made Danger Close an enriching production.
“For me being able to meet men that were at the battle – and one thing that helped during the film was all of our extras were Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in Australia,” said Bracey. “Men that came and helped build the sets. They helped as extras in the background. To be able to converse and talk to them and become mates with them – I’m still friends and I still stay in contact with a number of those boys. That was a really interesting part for me was getting their nod of approval to say ‘yes, thank you so much for doing this’ and ‘don’t feel silly being an actor, we really appreciate you doing this.’
Click on the media bar to hear Bracey talk about why it was an honor to immerse himself in the “harrowing” journey of Danger Close:
Danger Close, co-starring Travis Fimmel, is now playing in theaters and is available on Digital and On Demand.
On its surface, the movie 21 Bridges is about a police manhunt as they try to track down a pair of cop killers. Once you dig beneath the surface, though, things get a little bit messier. Chadwick Boseman, who stars in the movie as the detective leading the manhunt, says that, as the story unfolds, it will be up to audiences to figure out who the good guys are, who the bad guys are, and who is somewhere in between. (Click on the media bar below to hear Chadwick Boseman)