Revered filmmaker Ingmar Bergman would have turned 100 in July (he died in 2007 at 89), and in honor of his birthday Janus Films is celebrating Bergman with a career retrospective. The event begins Friday, May 4 at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre with a screening of The Seventh Seal. The Los Angeles run of the retrospective ends June 23 at the UCLA Film & Television Archive with a screening of Fanny and Alexander.
Most of Bergman’s movies will be shown across the country, as movie buffs will see such films as The Magic Flute, The Magician, Through a Glass Darkly, Wild Strawberries and Winter Light fully restored.
“Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema” will also have a run in Boston, Chicago, Houston, Minneapolis, Portland, Toronto, Tucson, and Washington D.C. Check out Janus Films’ official site for further information!
Paula Patton and Omar Epps topline Traffik, a film about a couple (Patton, Epps) who are hanging on to dear life thanks to a violent biker gang that houses a horrific secret. Epps, who had a long run in the successful series House (and more recently Shooter), loved working within the indie driven confines of Traffik.
“It’s just refreshing,” said Epps who first gained his share of notices with the 1992 drama Juice. “It reinvigorates me. Deon Taylor, who wrote and directed the film, I love his directing style because he’s very collaborative. He’s not restricted to the words on the paper. Especially with a film like this that process lends itself to a sort of chemistry and a dance between the cast that just pops off on screen.”
Click on the media bar to hear Epps talk about collaborating with Paula Patton on Traffik.
Game Night, a hit comedy which made over $108 million worldwide, hits Blu-ray and DVD May 22 via Warner Bros. Entertainment.
The feature centers on Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) a couple who host a weekly game night that, though fun, gets extremely competitive. When Max’s brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) shows up out of the blue and decides to invite Max’s crew to a game night of his own, things get extremely dangerous. Jesse Plemons, who worked with Chandler on Friday Night Lights, co-stars in the comedy that’s directed by Vacationfilmmakers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein.
Click on the media bar to hear Bateman talk about how he related to Max’s dorky behavior on Game Night:
Special features on the Blu-ray include the featurette “An Unforgettable Evening: Making Game Night” and a gag reel (the DVD does not come with the gag reel).
Snoop Dogg and Nichelle Nichols behind the scenes on Unbelievable!!!!!
Indie films usually face an uphill battle in finding distribution, but the sci-fi parody Unbelievable!!!!! has a couple of big assets behind the project. First off, hip hop icon Snoop Dogg plays Major LeGrande Bushe, the bad guy who, as seen from the trailer, is taking over the world with his army of plants. Star Trek vet Nichelle Nichols also stars and produces the project which marks the feature directing debut of Steven L. Fawcette. Steven produced the film with his wife Angelique Fawcette (who also stars in the flick).
The family affair’s biggest draw, especially if you’re a Trekker, lies in its casting, as over 40 formerStar Trekactors (including Nichols, Garrett Wang, Chase Masterson, Linda Park, Marina Sirtis, Walter Koenig, Michael Dorn, and Julie Warner) are featured in the film.
Post production has finished on the feature, and hopefully the flick will be available sooner than later. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Omar Epps and Paula Patton star in Traffik Photo: Scott Everett White
Paula Patton stars in the Deon Taylor directed thriller Traffik, the story of Brea (Patton) and John (Omar Epps), a couple who passionate about each other. Their romance, as well as their lives, are threatened when a biker gang crosses their paths.
“Great entertainment is meant to take you away from your own life,” said Patton, whose previous credits include the overlooked epic Warcraft and Precious. “And in whatever way that is whether it’s to scare you, turn you on, and not make you think about your own life for a moment. That’s what art is meant to do but it’s also meant to educate you and it’s best hopefully (in shedding) a light on things you may not have known about.”
Click on the media bar to hear Patton discuss the evolving bond between Brea and John that’s featured in Traffik:
Traffik, co-starring Roselyn Sanchez and Laz Alonso, opens nationwide April 20.
Photo Credit: Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures / Pantelion Films
Remakes are understandably given a bad rap since many of them fail to live up to the original or simply end up being a waste of time retread that brings nothing new to the table. Though Kurt Russell andGoldie Hawn’s chemistry in Overboard is undeniable, the comedic skills of Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez should bring its share of entertainment to the table.
Derbez, seen last year inHow To Be A Latin Lover, also produces the film and ingeniously flipped the roles (this time out, it’s the woman who’s the blue collar worker, not the man) to bring a fresh take on the remake. This creative decision is just one reason why Faris was “proud” to be part of the Overboardexperience. Click on the media bar to hear Faris talk about why she signed on to Overboard (Derbez is also heard on the clip):
Overboard, co-starring Eva Longoria, hits theaters May 4.