Podcast enthusiasts know Marc Maron for his seminal work on WTF with Marc Maron, and Netflix users probably known him for GLOW. The 55-year-old’s popularity is at an all-time high, and on the cinema side the improv-based feature Sword of Trustalso looks to be a keeper.
The project, which reteams him with director Lynn Shelton (she’s directed several GLOW episodes), centers on a pawnshop owner (Maron) who discovers an antique, Civil War era sword owned by a woman named Cynthia (Jillian Bell) is actually a hot ticket on the black market. Michaela Watkins and Jon Bass round out the ensemble. Check out the the funny trailer below and tell us what you think!
Sword of Trust hits New York July 12 and the following week it comes out On Demand and in Los Angeles.
Yesterday centers on a struggling musician named Jack (Himesh Patel) who for some odd reason is the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles. Lily James, whose previous work includes Baby Driver, Cinderella, and Mama Mia! Here We Go Again, stars as Jack’s close friend and confidante Ellie.
Along with the title track, “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Something,” and “Let It Be” are also featured in the film. Click on the media bar to hear Lily James talk about the joy of getting to perform of The Beatles’ most iconic tunes on Yesterday:
Yesterday, directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and penned by Richard Curtis (Love Actually), hits theaters June 28.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film as a director, and it’s amazing to chart his growth as a storyteller since his 1992 debut Reservoir Dogs. Some of cinema’s top filmmakers (John Ford, Martin Scorsese, Robert Altman, Orson Welles) have employed a troupe of actors to work with from film to film, and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood has Tarantino reuniting with Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained) and Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds).
Tarantino adds that his latest film is a bit of a “summing up” of his previous films. Click on the media bar to hear Quentin Tarantino discuss how his longtime assistant director William Paul Clark reacted to the film’s screenplay.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, co-starring Margot Robbie, opens nationwide July 26.
Brad Pitt had designs on starring in director James Gray’s The Lost City of Z, and although the role eventually went to Charlie Hunnam, Pitt remained on board as an executive producer.
Pitt is back on another Gray project, this time in front of the camera, in the sci-fi epic Ad Astra. The picture centers on Rory McBride (Pitt), an astronaut who goes on the search for his father (Tommy Lee Jones), who disappeared two decades ago looking for life on Neptune.
Gray has likened Ad Astra’s narrative to the Joseph Conrad novel Heart of Darkness, a tale which inspired filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now. Coincidentally Gray actually turned to Coppola for advice as he pondered whether or not to make The Lost City of Z, so one wonders how much of an imprint Conrad and Coppola will have on Ad Astra.
Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
Penned by Michael and Lily Idov, Letois a wistful and seductive look at the relationship between a young Viktor Tsoi (Teo Yoo) and musician Mike Naumenko (Roman Bilyk). Mike, a more seasoned artist, believes in and nurtures Viktor’s potential. When Mike’s partner Natasha (Irina Starshenbaum) becomes smitten with Viktor, Mike stands aside and lets nature take its course, and a love triangle begins.
“We wanted to tell the story of love and friendship and youth and this slightly misguided energy of youth that could have taken place in the U.S. in 1960s or the UK in the 1970s,” said Michael Idov. “It happened to benefit from being set in the Soviet Union in the 1980s, it wasn’t our intention to just be a deep dive into what it was like in the pre-perestroika Soviet Union.”
“We were trying to capture that moment in time when people find their freedom from music and, as Michael said, that could happen in a different place and time,” added Lily Idov.
The picture, shot in black and white, is a visually arresting narrative that is both a coming of age story and a musical. Click on the media bar to hear Michael Idov talk about how director Kirill Serebrennikov transformed their original script into more of a musical fantasy.
Leto, based on Natalya Naumenko’s memoirs, opens in New York on June 7 and his Los Angeles on June 21.
In celebration of its 35th anniversary, Gremlins will be released on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital on October 1 via Warner Bros. Entertainment. This will be the first time Gremlins will be released in 4K resolution with high dynamic range (HDR).
Helmed by Innerspace filmmaker Joe Dante and penned by Home Alone’sChris Columbus, the tale centers on a youth named Billy Peltzer (Zach Galligan) whose new pet Gizmo (voiced by Howie Mandel) multiplies into more mischievous iterations after Billy makes some fateful mistakes. The ensemble includes Phoebe Cates and Hoyt Axton.
Special features on the Blu-ray (these extras were available on a previous Gremlins release) include two commentaries, a behind the scenes along with several more featurettes, photo gallery, theatrical trailers, additional scenes,
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