In 1996, the eyes of the world were on America as Atlanta hosted the summer Olympic Games. However, pride soon turned to shock and horror as a bomb exploded in Centennial Olympic Park. Richard Jewell was a security guard assigned to the park — he actually discovered the bomb and tried to keep people away. Nevertheless, one person died in the explosion and more than a hundred were injured. With investigators in a rush to provide answers, Jewell was implicated in the bombing scheme and named a suspect. His name dominated the headlines until it was proven that another man was the bomber. Director Clint Eastwood has made a movie about the incident, and he told us why he was interested in making Richard Jewell. (Click on the media bar below to hear Clint Eastwood)
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhoodcenters on Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys), a jaded journalist whose life takes a turn for the better after doing a profile piece on Mister Rogers (Tom Hanks). Marielle Heller, who previously helmed Can You Ever Forgive Me?, directs the fact-based feature (it’s inspired by journalist Tom Junod’s own friendship with Rogers).
“His greatest message was to listen to the other person,” said Rhys. “As a result of that, other things can unfold. If you listen properly, then empathy could follow And I think, and I include myself in this, (Lloyd Vogel’s) ability to listen has veered from the path.”
Click on the media bar to hear Matthew Rhys discuss the “alchemy” behind Tom Hanks’ performance as Mister Rogers:
After a three-year run on SyFy, Expanse viewers were disappointed last year to learn the network had cancelled the series. But, as we’ve seen many times in recent years, network cancellation is no longer a death sentence in Hollywood. Two weeks after the cancellation news broke, Amazon head Jeff Bezos personally came to the fans’ rescue, announcing the show had been saved and would produce new seasons for Amazon Prime. So far, a fourth season has been filmed, and the fifth season is already a done deal. For series star Wes Chatham, that’s all great news, because he says the show has been a labor of love for everybody involved. (Click on the media bar below to hear Wes Chatham)
Season Four of Expanse starts streaming December 13 on Amazon Prime Video.
The Courier, an action thriller which stars Oscar winning actor Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) and Olga Kurylenko (The November Man), hits Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on January 21 via Lionsgate. The title is now available On Demand.
The plot centers on a crime boss named Ezekiel (Oldman) who plans to kill a witness (Amit Shah) who can put him behind bars. When he hires a motorcycle courier (Kurylenko) to unknowingly deliver a poison gas bomb, things seem to be going swimmingly until the courier saves the witness. The feature co-stars Dermot Mulroney as an agent who is determined to bring Ezekiel to justice.
Oldman has been in his share of prestige productions, so it’s fun to see him partake in pure popcorn entertainment (he was seen earlier this year in Killers Anonymous, playing a therapist to killers!). Watching Kurylenko headline an action movie should also make for a fun watch. The picture is directed and penned by Zackary Adler, whose film credits include I’m Reed Fishand Casual Encounters.
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Directed by Grammy winning filmmaker Melina Matsoukas (Beyonce’sFormation video) and penned by Lena Waithe (The Chi), Queen & Slim centers on a black couple (Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith) who immediately bond after their first date. Unfortunately this connection is formed through tragedy, as they kill a cop in self defense.
“They’re two people who get thrust into this situation purely by accident,” said Turner-Smith. “And by instinct and by that fight or flight urge that happens when you are facing death. I think it’s very different than just saying ‘Oh these two people are heroes.’ These are just two people that responded to a horrible circumstance in the best way that they knew how.”
Click on the media bar to hear Jodie Turner-Smith elaborate on why it was a “super intense” experience making Queen & Slim:
With more than $400 million in domestic revenues and a worldwide box office figure within shouting distance of $1 billion, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle surprised a lot of people by becoming such a huge hit. What isn’t surprising, of course, is that there’s a sequel. With Jumanji: The Next Level hitting theaters next month, we spoke with stars Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson about what made Welcome to the Jungle so appealing, and why they think The Next Level will offer more of the same. (Click on the media bar below to hear Kevin Hart & Dwayne Johnson)
Jumanji: The Next Level opens in theaters on December 13.