How would “The Heart of the Ocean” looked on Claire Danes? We’ll never know. But we almost did. Danes was under serious consideration for the role of Rose, but turned it down. Kate Winslet wound up getting an Oscar nomination for the role, so why would Danes turn it down? Well, it had to do with the leading man. Director James Cameron recently revealed the casting decision came down to two young actors — Matthew McConaughry and Leonardo DiCaprio. Had McConaughey won the role, we might have seen Danes acting opposite him. But when DiCaprio was cast, Danes knew she had to let somebody else have the role. It wasn’t that she didn’t like DiCaprio, she points out … it was because she had just finished doing another movie with him! (Click on the media bar below to hear Claire Danes)
Even without Titanic on her resume, Danes has done pretty well for herself. The last season of her Emmy-winning series Homeland will premiere on Showtime later this year.
Cole Sprouse (Riverdale) and Haley Lu Richardson (Support The Girls) play teenagers who have cystic fibrosis in Five Feet Apart. The latest trailer shows the gradual and inevitable bond between Stella (Richardson) and Will (Sprouse), and though romances that survive even the direst of circumstances isn’t a new thing, Five Feet Apart definitely has a purposeful intent.
Director Justin Baldoni, best known as actor (Jane the Virgin), also produced Five Feet Apart, and his production company Wayfarer Entertainment has just expanded its storytelling possibilities a $25 million content fund. The studio is aimed at creative narratives that focus on “the power of human connection,” and hopefully Baldoni’s passions lead to memorable moviegoing experience.
Five Feet Apart opens nationwide March 15. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
With the success of Happy Death Day, a sequel was definitely in the offing. Israel Broussard, who plays Tree’s (Jessica Rothe) boyfriend Carter. Broussard, who was also featured in the hit romantic comedy To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (which is also prepping for a sequel), said Happy Death Day 2U is not a carbon copy of the original.
“The main players – they’re still the main players but there are sides of them you don’t get to see in the first one,” said Broussard. “That brings up a lot of questioning who they really are. So there’s subtle differences and there are not so subtle differences.”
Click on the media to hear Broussard and Jessica Rothe talk about the creative energy of the sequel.
Movie audiences first met Madea in 2005, when Tyler Perry made her first film, Diary of a Mad Black Woman. Over the course of 14 years and nine sequels, we’ve gotten to know the character really well — warts and all. As Perry gets set to retire the character with Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral, we asked him why he feels Madea has become such a fan favorite over the years. (Click on the media bar below to hear Tyler Perry)
Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral opens in theaters on February 28.
Clint Eastwood’s latest film The Mulehits Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, and DVD on April 2 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Viewers who prefer checking out their films via Digital will be able to check out the film on March 19.
The project, penned by Million Dollar Baby screenwriter Nick Schenk, is inspired by the New York Times Magazine article “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-year-old Drug Mule.” Eastwood stars in the film as Earl Stone, an elderly horticulturalist who is caught transporting $3 million worth of cocaine for a drug cartel. Bradley Cooper, who worked with Eastwood on American Sniper, co-stars.
Special features on the Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD editions include the featurette “Nobody Runs Forever: The Making of The Mule” and the Toby Keith music video “Don’t Let the Old Man In.” The DVD extras include the featurette but not the music video.
Ever since the release of 1992’s El Mariachi, Robert Rodriguez has been pushing the envelope of cinema, influencing a whole new generation of filmmakers in the process. His do it yourself style of filmmaking predated the YouTube generation, and no matter how big (Sin City and Spy Kids films) his movies gets, Rodriguez continues to stick to that aesthetic.
That style is put to the test, as Robert Rodriguez is armed with a $170 million budget and producer James Cameron as a collaborator in Alita: Battle Angel. Based on manga series by Yukito Kishiro, the story centers on a cyborg (Rosa Salazar as the titular character) who has no memory of her past. When a doctor named Ido (Christoph Waltz) comes to her aid, Alita gradually pieces back her memory and realizes she has an immeasurable level of power.
Click on the media bar to hear Rodriguez talk about the warrior spirit of Alita: Battle Angel.