Jeremy Renner Finds The Comedic Truth Behind ‘Tag’ Storyline

Actor Jeremy Renner, known to millions as Avengers member Hawkeye, has also starred in such critically acclaimed work as The Hurt Locker, The Arrival, and most recently Wind River. Now he tries his hand at comedy in Tag, the true story of a group of friends who take a seemingly innocuous game to the limit.

“(Tag) is rooted in truth (and) rooted in situations,” said Renner. “I think if it’s just the words that are funny, maybe I’m not your dude. Maybe if it’s sort of character traits and character work, then maybe I can take a stab at it. I just had a lot of fun doing it.”

Click on the media bar to hear Renner talk about how director Jeff Tomsic (Broad City) made a game of tag into a visually interesting film.

Tag, co-starring Jon Hamm and Ed Helms, is now playing nationwide. 

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‘Ant-Man’s’ Paul Rudd: Big Changes For Little Character

The character of Ant-Man has come a long way from its last stand-alone movie — after all, it was an origin story. With a new movie, Ant-Man and the Wasp, on the way, Paul Rudd says you’ll see a much different, more highly evolved character on the screen. (Click on the media bar below to hear Paul Rudd)

 

Ant-Man and the Wasp opens July 6 in theaters everywhere.

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Tiffany Haddish Reflects On Lifelong Friendship With ‘Uncle Drew’ Co-Star Lil Rel Howery

Tiffany Haddish and Lil Rel Howery were co-stars on The Carmichael Show and now they are back together with the basketball comedy Uncle Drew. Their bond, however, was formed way before their latest collaborations.

“I’ve worked with him for years now,” said Haddish. “And we’ve known each other for years and it’s basically a dream come true because we always said we were going to work together in some kind of capacity, some kind of way. We have accomplished that goal, for sure. We continue to work together in different capacities, whether it be husband and wife, ex-husband and wife, brother and sister, boyfriend and girlfriend. We always have a good time.”

Click on the media bar to hear Haddish discuss how she relates to Jess, the character she plays on Uncle Drew:

Uncle Drew, featuring Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving, opens nationwide June 29.

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Benicio Del Toro Aims For Balance With ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’

Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin return for another round of drug war storytelling with the highly anticipated Sicario: Day of the Soldado. Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan, who received acclaim for his directing debut Wind River, also penned the sequel. 

With all the explosions and killings that are bound to happen, Sicario: Day of the Soldado still has space for character driven storytelling.

“That was the tricky thing about this film,” said Del Toro. “How do we get this evolution . . . because this movie takes place in real time. It’s short (the movie takes place within a 3-4 day period) and packed with action. It’s packed with all kinds of interesting stuff. I think the movie has a great balance of the thriller (elements) and character (development). It’s a good balance.”

Click on the media bar to hear Del Toro praise teenage actress Isabela Moner, who may be one of the biggest surprises to come out of the film:

Sicario: Day of the Soldado opens nationwide June 29.

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How Producer Got ‘White Boy Rick’ To Click

Based on a true story, the movie White Boy Rick is about a teenager who went undercover and became an FBI informant during the 1980s. Eventually, though, he became a drug dealer himself and wound up in prison for 30 years. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern, and newcomer Richie Merritt as the title character. The movie’s getting a lot of good pre-release buzz, especially now that the trailer’s out, and producer Jeff Robinov says he’s extremely proud of the movie they’ve made. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jeff Robinov)

 

White Boy Rick opens in theaters on September 14.

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‘Dog Days’ Barks Up The Right Tree With Charming New Trailer

If you’re passionate about canines, Dog Days should be a movie that’s on your radar. The Los Angeles set comedy, directed by How To Be A Latin Lover filmmaker Ken Marino, boasts an all-star cast (Vanessa Hudgens, Eva Longoria, Nina Dobrev, Adam Pally, Tig Notaro, Ron Cephas Jones) and actually looks promising thanks to its just released trailer.

Dog Days feels like a homage to late filmmaker Garry Marshall’s ensemble driven comedies Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, and New Year’s Eve. Marino proved with How To Be A Latin Lover that he can offer up a light touch to comedy while still injecting a bit of subversive humor into the mix, and hopefully that element will also be a part of Dog Days. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!

Dog Days opens nationwide August 10.

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