After the #MeToo earthquake famously took down Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and his empire, a lot of people seemed to forget that the epicenter of the jolt was the series of scandals that rocked Fox News Channel, incidents that brought down the network’s chief (Roger Ailes) and its top host (Bill O’Reilly), and also costing the network tens of millions of dollars in settlements. Those incidents won’t be forgotten much longer — the highly anticipated film Bombshell tells their story in big-screen glory. Charlize Theron is an executive producer for the movie, and she also stars as Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. She says that the film is an amazing document of a time that literally started a revolution in the media industry … and beyond. (Click on the media bar below to hear Charlize Theron)
When he made the first Star Wars movie, Mark Hamill was still a fresh-faced kid with a limited résumé, mostly made up of guest-starring roles on TV shows. Now known as Episode IV: A New Hope, the original Star Wars would prove to be the movie that propelled Hamill to full-fledged Hollywood stardom. In the film, he worked alongside Sir Alec Guinness, who was a 62-year-old Oscar-winning veteran of both stage and screen. Though Guinness famously wasn’t a fan of Star Wars as it was being shot — the letters he wrote about it, in retrospect, are pretty hysterical — Hamill remembers having a great time with the British actor, who he’d counted as one of his acting heroes. When we spoke to Hamill, he talked about the special relationship the two men developed on the set. (Click on the media bar below to hear Mark Hamill)
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens in theaters on December 20.
When No Time To Die comes out next year, it will officially make Daniel Craig the longest continuously-tenured James Bond in the franchise’s history. Craig’s five Bond films will have spanned 14 years, longer than even Roger Moore (12 years) or Sean Connery (nine years). Since it’s already been announced that this will be Craig’s last film as Agent 007, he’s happy that No Time to Die is ending his tenure on a high note. (Click on the media bar below to hear Daniel Craig)
We’re now less than five months away from the Black Widow movie, and the anticipation for the film’s been raised by the release of a new trailer. Scarlett Johansson is looking fit and fierce as Natasha Romanoff (aka Black Widow), but David Harbour doesn’t fare quite as well. To quote the most memorable line from the trailer, aimed at Harbour: “You got fat!” Still, even if the character of Red Guardian isn’t looking his best, Harbour is still thrilled to be part of the movie, and he told us why he thinks audiences will love it. (Click on the media bar below to hear David Harbour)
Actress Jean Seberg led a life that was as much of a nightmare as it was a dream. Successful both in Hollywood and in the French movie industries, she also attracted more than her fair share of controversy, and she died under mysterious circumstances at the age of 40. Now, she’s the subject of a biopic, Seberg, starring Kristen Stewart. Stewart did plenty of research about Seberg as she prepared for the role, and she talked about some of the things that surprised her the most. (Click on the media bar below to hear Kristen Stewart)
Queen & Slimdebuted last weekend at the box office with a solid $11.7 million, and to date it has grossed over $16 million. Buoyed by excellent reviews, the $17 million budgeted feature directing debut of Melina Matsoukas is expected to continue robust business going into its second weekend.
The story, which centers on a black couple (Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith) that hit the road after killing a cop in self-defense, was penned by The Chicreator Lena Waithe, a scribe whose work is known for its layered characterizations.
“I believe nothing is black and white,” said Waithe, who received an Emmy for her work on Master of None. “I believe everything is grey. Everything is complex. I think it’s easy for people to put things in boxes and say ‘this is what this is’ and ‘this is what that is.’ And it’s just not true.”
Click on the media bar to hear Waithe discuss who the germ of Queen & Slim’s story came from a pitch from writer James Frey.