Can You Keep A Secret? marks the feature directing debut of Elise Dean, a filmmaker who has also carved out a career as a producer (Real Estate Wars, Below Deck) and as a documentarian (Being Chaz).
The film, based on Sophie Kinsella’s novel, centers on the relationship between Emma (Alexandra Daddario) and her boss Jack (Tyler Hoechlin), a union which started off during a fateful meeting on a plane (Emma had no idea about Jack’s identity). Kimiko Glenn and Sunita Mani co-star as Emma’s supportive roommates, with Orange is the New Black’sLaverne Cox playing Jack’s second in command.
For Dean, bringing a healthy share of improvisation was an important element of crafting the narrative.
“The most important thing about the movie is it all comes from improv,” said Dean. “I love to laugh. I’m a huge fan of comedy. When I cast the movie, I wanted to bring their own sense of humor to the role. I wanted their true personalities to come out.”
Click on the media bar to hear Dean talk about collaborating with Alexandra Daddario and Tyler Hoechlin on the project:
Can You Keep A Secret? is now out in theaters and is available On Demand.
On the latest episode of CinemAddicts, we spotlight writer/director Justin Chon’s evocative second feature Ms. Purple. Set in Koreatown, which is an often overlooked yet substantial section of Los Angeles, the story centers on Kasie (Tiffany Chu) a young woman who is caring for her dying father (James Kang).
Kasie makes money working as a paid hostess at karaoke bars, and when her father’s caregiver abruptly quits, she’s forced to depend on her irresponsible brother Carey (Teddy Lee) to help carry the load.
Justin Chon continues his partnership with Gookcinematographer Ante Cheng, and credit goes to both artists for delivering a slice of Los Angeles life that is rarely portrayed on the silver screen. The feature is currently playing in Los Angeles and it hits New York on September 13 (a wider release on September 20th is also scheduled).
CinemAddicts co-host Anderson Cowan’s debut feature Groupers (also shot in Los Angeles) is also premiering this month for an exclusive Los Angeles run at the Laemmle on September 27. Cowan discusses Groupers to open the the episode, and along with Ms. Purple I also reviewed the excellent film Monos which opens in select theaters this Friday. Take a listen to the latest episode of CinemAddicts below!
Great news is coming from the Toronto Film Festival as A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood is garnering excellent reviews. Tom Hanks plays Mister Rogers in the Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Can You Ever Forgive Me?) directed feature, and Hanks might be slated for another Oscar nomination.
“He just wanted to make little kids feel safe, even if they didn’t have all the answers or couldn’t understand all the answers,” said Hanks.
Click on the media bar to hear Hanks talk about the under appreciated honesty of Fred Rogers:
A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood, co-starring Matthew Rhys and Chris Cooper, opens nationwide November 22.
The Theory of Everything netted an Oscar nod for Felicity Jones and Oscar win for Eddie Redmayne, as the pair delivered memorable work in that 2014 film. Director Tom Harper (Wild Rose) reunites the pair with The Aeronauts, a story which takes the thespians to new heights.
Amelia Wren (Jones) is a daredevil balloon pilot who teams up with meteorologist James Glaisher (Redmayne) in an attempt to fly higher than any person in history. Their journey to further scientific discovery is fraught with their share of challenges.
The feature, co-starring Himesh Patel (Yesterday), hits theaters December 6 and hits Amazon Prime Video on December 20. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
As witnessed in Strangerland and Angel of Mine, director Kim Farrant has a knack for crafting raw and resonate tales of humanity within the seeming constrictions of genre storytelling.
Angel of Mine features Noomi Rapace as a woman who believes her daughter is actually alive and being raised by another couple (Yvonne Strahovski,Richard Roxburgh). Her daughter died in a fire years ago, but that doesn’t stop her from continuing to insinuate herself into this family’s life and eventually reclaim her supposed child.
Though one can initially view Angel of Mine as a stalker infused suspense thriller, it rises above that genre’s often predictable path. Part of the film’s strength lies in Rapace’s performance. “It’s extraordinary to work with actors who are so willing to be exposed and so vulnerable and seen in all the dark extremities and light of their humanity,” said Farrant, who also garnered excellent work from Nicole Kidman in Strangerland. “It’s both thrilling to experience but it’s also a process as well. My job is to create a safe space for those actors so they can feel like they can unravel.”
Click on the media bar to hear Farrant elaborate on her collaboration with Noomi Rapace:
Angel of Mine hits select theaters and On Demand August 30.
Henry Cavill’s (Man of Steel, Mission: Impossible – Fallout) next anticipated role, especially if you’re a gamer, is the TV series The Witcher. With that said, he also is front and center in Night Hunter, a thriller about a cop named Marshall who has arrested Simon (Brendan Fletcher), a serial killer who seems to be two steps ahead of the game.
Catching the killer doesn’t end his overall game plan, as more deaths occur while he’s behind bars. Is there an accomplice who is helping Simon on his murderous quest?
Marshall and his colleagues (which includes Alexandra Daddario as a fellow cop and Ben Kingsley as a former judge out for justice) seem to be way in over their heads, and the trailer shows this thriller definitely has promise. Stanley Tucci (Beauty and the Beast), Nathan Fillion (The Rookie) and Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights) round out the ensemble.
Writer/director David Raymond makes his feature writing and directing debut with Night Hunter. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
Night Hunter, which is available now exclusively on DirecTV, hits On Demand and theaters on September 6.