You definitely won’t have any problem distinguishing Cobie Smulders’s role on the new series Stumptown from her career-defining role on How I Met Your Mother. Stumptown is most definitely a drama, with Smulders playing an army vet-turned-private investigator. She told us she wasn’t necessarily looking to go in such a different direction with her next role, but when she became aware of the character, she felt like she could live with it for a long time. (Click on the media bar below to hear Cobie Smulders)
Stumptown premieres Wednesday, September 25 on ABC.
Andie MacDowell’s cinematic debut was back in 1984 with the underrated Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes and since then she has starred in her share of iconic films (Four Weddings and a Funeral and Groundhog Day are just the tip of the iceberg). MacDowell’s daughter Margaret Qualley can currently be seen in a prominent role in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
With Ready or Not, MacDowell plays Becky, a powerful matriarch whose son Alex (Mark O’Brien) has just been married to a woman named Grace (Samara Weaving). Grace becomes a pawn in the family’s deadly hide-and-seek game, as her new relatives are literally out to kill her (Alex, at least from the looks of the trailer, intends to keep her safe).
“There’s so many layers to this character,” said MacDowell who relished the complex layers of the role. “Because she has to be likable and she has to bring the daughter-in-law in and make her feel safe. But there is also a bit of malice underneath (her exterior).”
Click on the media bar to hear MacDowell discuss how her own father’s “blue blood” characteristics helped inform her role in Ready or Not:
Ready or Not, co-starring Adam Brody, opens August 21.
The Seth Rogen produced comedy Good Boys was the clear winner over the weekend, as it made $21 million in its debut. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw took in $14.1 million to capture the second position. Here’s the top 10:
Good Boys – Comedy cost an estimated $20 million and it made $21 million in its debut.
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw – Feature is still going strong with $14.1 million.
The Lion King– Live action remake takes in $11.9 million and to date it’s made over $496 million domestically.
The Angry Birds Movie – Animated feature collects $10.5 million
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – Horror feature makes $10 million.
In Brittany Runs A Marathon, Jillian Bell stars as Brittany Forgler, a New York whose hard partying weighs leads her to an unhealthy lifestyle. Advised by her doctor to lose weight, Brittany gradually becomes passionate about running with the aid of her neighbor (Michaela Watkins). Ultimately, her goal is to run the New York City Marathon.
“One of the main themes of this film is it can be so difficult to make that first step,” said Bell. “But it’s so beautiful if you choose yourself and really push forward and do something that is just for you. I think that’s something everyone can relate to.”
Click on the media bar to hear Jillian Bell discuss why Brittany Runs A Marathon, directed and penned by Paul Downs Colaizzo, is a “different” film:
Brittany Runs A Marathon opens in theaters August 23.
The Terminator franchise is returning with a bang this fall, reuniting Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and Edward Furlong in Terminator: Dark Fate. With the T2 trio reunited, co-star Diego Boneta — who plays the brother of a woman targeted by a new Terminator — says the new movie is sure to give fans of the franchise everything they’re expecting from it … and more. (Click on the media bar below to hear Diego Boneta)
Terminator: Dark Fate opens in theaters on November 1.
Knives Out is a dark comedy, a murder mystery that plays out like a twisted game of Clue. Writer/director Rian Johnson has assembled an all-star list of suspects for the film, including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, and Jamie Lee Curtis. When we spoke to Curtis, she said the idea of a new take on the old “whodunit” genre made the movie something she couldn’t resist. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jamie Lee Curtis)