For Brad Pitt, ‘Once’ Meant Working With Tarantino Twice

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood represented a reunion for Brad Pitt and Quentin Tarantino, who first collaborated on 2009’s Inglorious Basterds. While it took them a decade to find another project to work on, Pitt says he was thrilled that they were able to get back together, because Tarantino’s sets are unlike anything he’s ever experienced in his long, successful career. (Click on the media bar below to hear Brad Pitt)

 

Once Upon a Time In Hollywood opens in theaters on July 26.

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Working With Watts Was A Powerful Experience For Samuel L. Jackson

Having appeared in more than a hundred movies, Samuel L. Jackson has had the opportunity to watch plenty of directors at work, including legends like Quentin Tarantino, George Lucas, and Martin Scorsese. Of course, all of those directors run their sets in their own unique ways, and Jackson’s been on enough to know what he likes. Getting the opportunity to work on Spider-Man: Far From Home with director Jon Watts, he told us, was one of his best experiences ever because of the enthusiasm Watts brought to work every day. (Click on the media bar below to hear Samuel L. Jackson)

 Spider-Man: Far From Home is playing now in theaters.

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Noomi Rapace Is An Obsessed Mother On A Mission In ‘Angel of Mine’ Trailer

Noomi Rapace knows her way around a suspense thriller as witnessed by The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Brian De Palma’s Passion.

With Angel of Mine she plays a mother who believes the daughter of her neighbor (Yvonne Strahovski) is actually her own child. On a mission to make the little girl part of her family, she becomes a stalker, putting the family’s own safety in danger. Luke Evans and Richard Roxburgh round out the ensemble.

The picture is directed by Kim Farrant, the filmmaker behind the 2015 Nicole Kidman feature Strangerland. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!

Angel of Mine hits theaters and On Demand come August 30.

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‘Sea of Shadows’ Documentary Rides The Wave Of A Cinematic Aesthetic

Directed and shot by Richard Ladkani, Sea of Shadows centers on the multi-pronged attempts to save the vaquita porpoise, an endangered species that lives in the Sea of Cortez. Illegal nets are cast in the ocean to catch totoaba, a fish whose swim bladders are sold on the black market. With the Sinaloa drug cartel and Chinese traffickers involved in this operation, saving the vaquita seems like an uphill battle.

One of the greatest strengths of Sea of Shadows is its aim to be more than just a talking head documentary. Ladkani along with editors George Michael Fisher and Verena Schönauer spent ten months editing the documentary. “When I do a film, especially about a tough topic when it’s about the extinction and saving our planet, I really want to focus on the positive sides of the story. I look for heroes,” said Ladkani “I look for inspiration. And I also want to make the movie very cinematic and a beautiful experience.”

Click on the media bar to hear Ladkani talk about his continued collaboration with Earth League International’s Andrea Crosta (the pair worked together on the Netflix documentary The Ivory Game):

Sea of Shadows is now playing in theaters.

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Dwayne Johnson Wanted ‘Fast & Furious’ Spin-Off To Rev Even Higher

With the Fast & the Furious film franchise starting to wind down (the two series-ending films are already in production), it seemed almost inevitable that it would spawn some character-driven spinoffs. The first one is about to arrive in theaters, as Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham are bringing their characters, Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, together for Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. When we spoke to Johnson, he told us it was important to give the new film a Fast & Furious feel, but to make it something that would stand on its own merits, too. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dwayne Johnson)

 

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw opens in theaters on August 2.

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Maeve Higgins Goes For Ghostly Laughs In New ‘Extra Ordinary’ Trailer

Extra Ordinary centers on Rose (Maeve Higgins), a driving instructor who can talk to spirits. Rose uses her talents to aid Martin (Barry Ward) in his attempts to save his daughter Sarah (Emma Coleman). Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) co-stars as Martin, a has been rock star who has Sarah under his spell as he tries to complete a Satanic pact which he believes will ensure his fame! The narrative is set in a small Irish town.

The picture marks the feature directing debut of Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman, and the feature received its share of great reviews when it hit the SXSW Festival. It has a pretty funny trailer, and this seemingly charming comedy runs a scant 93 minutes. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!

Extra Ordinary hits theaters this Fall.

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