Mike (WILL SMITH), Marcus (MARTIN LAWRENCE) on the streets of Miami in Columbia Pictures’ BAD BOYS FOR LIFE. Photo Credit Ben Rothstein
The term “chemistry” is thrown around pretty indiscriminately in the movie business. It’s that elusive quality that helps co-stars bond and makes their performances better than they might have been otherwise. Martin Lawrence and Will Smith have definitely had chemistry as the stars of the Bad Boys franchise, and they were able to pinpoint the precise reason why that chemistry was so good: balance. (Click on the media bar below to hear Martin Lawrence & Will Smith)
Bad Boys for Life is now available for streaming rentals.
Margot Robbie got to play Harley Quinn in the ensemble cast of Suicide Squad film a few years ago. Now, she’s the headliner in Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn. She told us she was thrilled to have a strong supporting cast backing her up, and that working with them helped her breathe fresh life into her own character. (Click on the media bar below to hear Margot Robbie)
Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn is now available for streaming purchases and rentals.
Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island hits Blu-ray and DVD on May 12, and its digital release is set for April 14. Directed by Jeff Wadlow (Cry Wolf), the feature made $48 million worldwide (it had an estimated $7 million budget).
The feature centers on Mr. Roarke (Michael Peña), a man who can supposedly make everyone’s dreams come true. Ricardo Montalban played Mr. Roarke in the TV series, and while that show had a more positive spin in realizing one’s fantasies, this movie takes a darker turn. As the guests discover, their granted wishes can turn into tragic regrets, and they must solve the island’s mystery if they want to survive the experience.
Lucy Hale, Maggie Q, and Ryan Hansen are among the ensemble in this different take on the iconic program. Special features include deleted scenes and an unrated director and cast commentary with Jeff Wadlow and the Cast (unrated version only).
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Directed by Eliza Hittman, Never Rarely Sometimes Always centers on Autumn (Flanigan), a pregnant teen who travels to New York with her cousin Skylar (Talia Ryder) to get an abortion. Their trip to the Big Apple has its share of trials and tribulations, as Hittman delivers an incisive look at the challenges of teen abortion. Co-starring Ryan Eggold (New Amsterdam) as Autumn’s deadbeat stepfather, the feature was honored with the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival.
Never Rarely Sometimes Always also focuses on the detrimental effect men have on younger women, and its relatable journey appealed to Ryder. “I think a lot of women watching this will see these moments in the supermarket and on the bus and all these little interactions throughout the day in relation to that and – you don’t see the male gaze portrayed so honestly really ever in film,” said Ryder, who will be seen later this year in Steven Spielberg’s version of West Side Story. “And I think a lot of people will watch the film and be shocked (and think) ‘Oh my gosh, that happened to me too.'”
Click on the media bar to hear Sidney Flanigan talk about the bond she continues to share with Hittman and Ryder:
Never Rarely Sometimes Always hits On Demand Friday, April 3.
The late Leslie Nielsen’s 55-year show business career can be neatly divided into two halves: pre-Airplane! and post-“Airplane!” During the first part of his career, he was known as a serious dramatic actor, with notable starring roles in Forbidden Planet and Tammy and the Bachelor. But in his post-Airplane! years, he reigned as Hollywood’s silver-haired bastion of buffoonery, willing to do nearly anything to get a laugh in movies like Spy Hard, Dracula: Dead and Loving It, and, of course, the infamous Naked Gun trilogy, based on his Emmy-nominated role in the short-lived cop comedy Police Squad. Nielsen told us he loved the sudden change, because he’s always had a great sense of humor. (He was known to often carry a Whoopie Cushion with him.) And he worked hard on his comedic persona, wanting to make sure that he could deliver even the most tasteless lines in a tasteful way. (Click on the media bar below to hear Leslie Nielsen)
Nielsen’s hysterical Naked Gun movies are streaming now on Netflix.
Melissa (Britt Robertson) and Jeremy (KJ Apa) in I STILL BELIEVE. Photo Credit: Michael Kubeisy
In the film I Still Believe, KJ Apa plays Christian music star Jeremy Camp, and the movie tells the story of Camp’s first marriage to wife Melissa. Sadly, it was a short-lived marriage, as she succumbed to ovarian cancer within half a year of their wedding. Britt Robertson plays Melissa in the film, and Apa told us it was an on-screen match made in heaven. (Click on the media bar below to hear KJ Apa)
I Still Believe is available now for streaming rentals.