Jennifer Lopez has a new movie called Second Act, a comedy about a woman who gets the chance to reinvent her career and, with it, her life. She’s not alone on her mission — she’s got her best friend along for the ride. Fortunately for Lopez, her co-star also happens to be a real-life friend, Leah Remini, and she says their off-screen chemistry made their on-screen relationship — and the movie — that much better. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jennifer Lopez)
Christian Bale received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his work in The Big Short, a feature directed by Adam McKay. The pair reunite for Vice, a look into the life of former Vice President Dick Cheney. Bale gained over forty pound to play Cheney, and since the actor is definitely used to drastically changing his body in various films (The Machinist, Rescue Dawn, and Batman Begins come to mind), taking on the physicality of Cheney wasn’t the biggest challenge of Vice.
Instead, Bale wanted to make sure he didn’t deliver a predictable impersonation of Cheney, and thought it was a “vast undertaking,” the actor was determined to capture the essence of his character (click on the media bar to hear Bale).
Vice, co-starring Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush, opens nationwide December 25.
Director J.C. Chandor has not made a film since 2014’s critically acclaimed A Most Violent Year, but now he’s back in full force with an A-list cast in Triple Frontier. Co-written by Chandor and Zero Dark Thirty scribe Mark Boal, the narrative centers on former Special Forces operatives (Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, Pedro Pascal) who attempt to orchestrate a heist in South America. Taking money from a drug cartel obviously seems like risky business, but these men are desperate to land what they believe is a much deserved payday. Isaac delivered one of his finest performances in A Most Violent Year, and it will be great to see him reunite with Chandor.
The compelling trailer immediately pulls us into the high stakes actions of these highly skilled men, and since Chandor’s body of work is excellent (other credits include All Is Lostand Margin Call), we’re guessing that Triple Frontier will be must see cinema. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Dwayne Johnson’s athletic career, from his college football days to his WWE dominance, has been well documented. So it should come as no surprise that he’s developed an athletic competition for TV. Johnson is not only hosting, but producing The Titan Games, which will put its contestants through epic physical and mental challenges. Johnson told us that, so far, the response to the show has been amazing, and they’ve found a really incredible group of competitors. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dwayne Johnson)
Thanks to such films as Henry V, Hamlet, and Much Ado About Nothing, Kenneth Branagh is known for successfully bringing William Shakespeare’s works into the silver screen. Now he takes it one step further by actually playing the bard in All Is True. Judi Dench, who worked with Branagh last year in Murder on the Orient Express, co-stars as Shakespeare’s wife Anne Hathaway.
Set in 1613, Shakespeare returns to Stratford after the renowned Globe Theatre burns down, and he now spends his final days in seeming respite with his family. Years of neglect has understandably caused a rift between him and his loved ones, and Shakespeare must make amends as well as find the inspiration to write once more. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
All Is True hits Los Angeles for a one-week Oscar qualifying run on December 21.
After finishing up The Hobbittrilogy, filmmaker Peter Jackson has also spent time co-writing and producing the upcoming feature Mortal Engines. The post apocalyptic tale centers on scribe Philip Reeve’s young adult book series, and Jackson initially read the books for pleasure. After finishing the series, Jackson was determined to get these stories on the silver screen.
“These massive cities is something I’ve never seen before,” said Jackson. “How often do we go to the movies today and see things that we genuinely seen before in any form whatsoever and I’ve never seen a city the height of the Empire State Building and the length of 10 football films rumbling along the ground and chasing other smaller cities. That factor alone makes it visually appealing from a movie point of view.”
Peter Jackson talks about what appealed to him about Philip Reeve’s vision of the future in Mortal Engines (click on the media bar to hear Jackson):