Silicon Valley cast member Kumail Nanjiani made a big splash movie wise with 2017’s The Big Sick, an autobiographical tale that received critical acclaim. In Stuber he plays an Uber driver whose latest passenger (Dave Bautista) is a cop who’s trying to catch a killer. Mismatched pairings when done just right can lead to excellent films (Twinscomes to mind!), and hopefully Stuber is worth the comedic ride.
“We wanted to feel the entire time that these guys are in danger,” said Nanjiani. “If any joke breaks the reality that they are in danger then the whole movie doesn’t work. I hope it’s really funny. The stuff we shot felt really funny.”
Though many buddy films feature one person being the alpha dog, Nanjiani claims that there are no sidekicks with Stuber (click on the media bar to hear Nanjiani).
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood may be a fictional story, but it’s set in real-life Hollywood, circa 1969, and some of the characters in the film are infamous figures from that period. Margot Robbie plays Sharon Tate, the actress who was killed by members of the notorious Manson Family. Obviously, there’s been a lot said and written about Tate and her tragic fate; Robbie went through a lot of it while researching the role, and she talked to us about how she wanted to present her character. (Click on the media bar below to hear Margot Robbie)
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood opens in theaters on July 26.
Fiddler: A Miracle of Miraclesspotlights the making of Fiddler On The Roof, one of Broadway’s most beloved musicals. “Matchmaker” and “If I Were A Rich Man” were just two of the songs featured in the musical, and in 1971 its film adaptation became the highest grossing film of the year.
The original production of Fiddler On The Roof won several Tonys, including for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Actor (Zero Mostel). John Williams received an Oscar for his score of the 1971 feature (Oswald Morris also received an Academy Award for Best Cinematography).
Original cast member Austin Pendleton, Joel Grey, Chaim Topol, Harvey Fierstein, lyricist Sheldon Hanick, director Norman Jewison, and producer Hal Prince are just some of the interviewees featured in the documentary.
Directed by Max Lewkowicz (Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro), Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles hits theaters August 23 via Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn Films.
Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles hits theaters August 23.
Podcast enthusiasts know Marc Maron for his seminal work on WTF with Marc Maron, and Netflix users probably known him for GLOW. The 55-year-old’s popularity is at an all-time high, and on the cinema side the improv-based feature Sword of Trustalso looks to be a keeper.
The project, which reteams him with director Lynn Shelton (she’s directed several GLOW episodes), centers on a pawnshop owner (Maron) who discovers an antique, Civil War era sword owned by a woman named Cynthia (Jillian Bell) is actually a hot ticket on the black market. Michaela Watkins and Jon Bass round out the ensemble. Check out the the funny trailer below and tell us what you think!
Sword of Trust hits New York July 12 and the following week it comes out On Demand and in Los Angeles.
Yesterday centers on a struggling musician named Jack (Himesh Patel) who for some odd reason is the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles. Lily James, whose previous work includes Baby Driver, Cinderella, and Mama Mia! Here We Go Again, stars as Jack’s close friend and confidante Ellie.
Along with the title track, “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Something,” and “Let It Be” are also featured in the film. Click on the media bar to hear Lily James talk about the joy of getting to perform of The Beatles’ most iconic tunes on Yesterday:
Yesterday, directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and penned by Richard Curtis (Love Actually), hits theaters June 28.
Though the movies have come sparingly, Men In Black has been part of intergalactic culture for the past 22 years, ever since the first film exposed us to the aliens among us, making more than half a billion dollars worldwide. The fact that the franchise, along with its signature suits and sunglasses, has become so iconic was a big factor in Chris Hemsworth’s decision to sign on for the newest film in the series, Men In Black: International. (Click on the media bar below to hear Chris Hemsworth)
Men In Black: International opens in theaters on Thursday.