Mark Ruffalo, last seen in Avengers: Endgame, stars as Cincinnati attorney Robert Bilott in Dark Waters. The feature centers on Bilott’s legal battle against DuPont. Along with consulting with Ruffalo and director Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven) on Dark Waters, Bilott also penned the new book Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s 20-Year Battle Against Dupont.
Ruffalo has nothing but admiration for Bilott, who put his career, health, and friendships on the line throughout the process. “He gave everything,” said Ruffalo. “It’s just a rare journey to take today. He’s the most modest, beautiful soft spoken, lovely guy. He’s a hero. I play heroes – he is a hero.”
Click on the media bar to hear Ruffalo explain why the issues that are explored in Dark Waters transcend time and weather:
Dark Waters, co-starring Anne Hathaway, opens nationwide November 22.
Queen & Slim centers on a lawyer named Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) who goes on a Tinder date with Slim (Daniel Kaluuya), a blue collar guy who’s also looking for love. Their evening turns tragic after Slim kills a police officer in self defense. Directed by Melina Matsoukas and penned by Lena Waithe (The Chi), the feature immediately stood out to Kaluuya.
“It felt radical,” said Kaluuya, whose credits include Get Outand Black Panther. “If I was working at a bank, I’d watch this, which is kind of my litmus test for all kind of scripts that I read. It’s like do my friends that work on trains or I’ve grown up with, would they be excited about it?”
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The hit TV series Fantasy Island was a feel good show wherein Mr. Roarke (Ricardo Montalban) granted a wish for each of his visitors, and one would expect a predictable movie version would have followed the show’s similar beats.
But Fantasy Island is not a reboot of the series, and as the trailer suggests it’s a darker reimagining of that universe. This time out Mr. Roare (Michael Peña) is more manipulative and maybe downright evil, as the guests (which includes Lucy Hale) gradually realize that their island dream vacation has turned into a nightmare.
Director Jeff Wadlow, who previously worked with Hale on Truth or Dare, is the man behind the camera, and since Fantasy Island is a Blumhouse production, one can expect a healthy share of scares in this feature. It’s a wonderful twist on the program, and hopefully Wadlow and company will pull it off!
The marketing behind Fantasy Island is already off to an ingenious start, as the poster, which gives us a top down view of the island, actually looks like the silhouette of a person who is screaming “never coming home.” Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Co-starring Maggie Q and Jimmy O. Yang, Fantasy Islandhits theaters on February 14, 2020!
Set during The Vietnam War, Danger Close centers on a company of inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers who took part in The Battle of Long Tan. Against all odds, these 108 men attempt to overcome an estimated 2,500 Viet Cong soldiers who are attacking from all corners.
Luke Bracey (Hacksaw Ridge) plays Sergeant Bob Buick, and along with meeting the veterans of the battle it was working with an experienced crew that made Danger Close an enriching production.
“For me being able to meet men that were at the battle – and one thing that helped during the film was all of our extras were Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in Australia,” said Bracey. “Men that came and helped build the sets. They helped as extras in the background. To be able to converse and talk to them and become mates with them – I’m still friends and I still stay in contact with a number of those boys. That was a really interesting part for me was getting their nod of approval to say ‘yes, thank you so much for doing this’ and ‘don’t feel silly being an actor, we really appreciate you doing this.’
Click on the media bar to hear Bracey talk about why it was an honor to immerse himself in the “harrowing” journey of Danger Close:
Danger Close, co-starring Travis Fimmel, is now playing in theaters and is available on Digital and On Demand.
Nicolas Cage is having a busy year as he’s been seen in A Score to Settle, Running with the Devil, Primal, and Kill Chain. Don’t expect him to slow down in 2020, as Color Out of Space is on the horizon.
Nathan Gardner (Cage) is a family man whose life takes a turn for the worse after a meteorite lands on his farm. Gardner and his family attempt to battle this mutant organism which ultimately takes over their minds and bodies, ultimately infusing a rush of color and tragedy into their lives.
What makes Color Out of Space super interesting is it’s directed by Richard Stanley, the filmmaker behind Dust Deviland Hardware. Stanley was also replaced by John Frankenheimer for 1996’s troubled production The Island of Dr. Moreau, and one wonders what would have happened to Stanley’s career if he actually directed that film (he penned the flick’s screenplay).
Color Out of Space, co-starring Joely Richardson and based on an H.P. Lovecraft short story, hits theaters January 24, 2020. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Love Is Blind centers on Bess (Shannon Tarbet), a 24-year-old who is suffering from “selective perception,” a condition that makes her unable to see her own Carolyn (Chloe Sevigny). Although a suicidal construction worker named Russell (Aidan Turner) becomes smitten with her, she is also unable to acknowledge his presence.
Although the plot may seem far-fetched, co-director Monty Whitebloom has crafted a nuanced tale of how one tries to find a sliver of hope even if tragedies literally and figuratively impedes our own vision. Both Tarbet and Turner deliver charismatic performances in the role, and Whitebloom discussed what makes Turner such a unique actor.
“He is completely like any role he plays,” said Whitebloom. “He’s actually like a great mate, someone you’d like to hang with in the pub. When he’s actor he translates into these characters and literally inhabits them. He has a star quality – you can’t deny it the camera loves him. He has a sense of power of strength yet there is a real naivete and charm to him. He’s charming and boyish and really great company but not full of himself. There is a fragility to him.”
Click on the media bar to hear Whitebloom talk about the why he wanted to bring a “significant edge” to the storytelling behind Love Is Blind:
Love Is Blind, co-starring Matthew Broderick and co-directed by Andy Delaney, is now out in theaters, Digital, and VOD.