Kumail Nanjiani Talks Comedic Balance And No Sidekick Factor With ‘Stuber’

Silicon Valley cast member Kumail Nanjiani made a big splash movie wise with 2017’s The Big Sick, an autobiographical tale that received critical acclaim. In Stuber he plays an Uber driver whose latest passenger (Dave Bautista) is a cop who’s trying to catch a killer. Mismatched pairings when done just right can lead to excellent films (Twins comes to mind!), and hopefully Stuber is worth the comedic ride.

“We wanted to feel the entire time that these guys are in danger,” said Nanjiani. “If any joke breaks the reality that they are in danger then the whole movie doesn’t work. I hope it’s really funny. The stuff we shot felt really funny.”

Though many buddy films feature one person being the alpha dog, Nanjiani claims that there are no sidekicks with Stuber (click on the media bar to hear Nanjiani).

Stuber hits theaters July 12.

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Documentary ‘Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles’ Spotlights Origins Of Iconic Musical

Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles spotlights the making of Fiddler On The Roof, one of Broadway’s most beloved musicals. “Matchmaker” and “If I Were A Rich Man” were just two of the songs featured in the musical, and in 1971 its film adaptation became the highest grossing film of the year.

The original production of Fiddler On The Roof won several Tonys, including for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Actor (Zero Mostel). John Williams received an Oscar for his score of the 1971 feature (Oswald Morris also received an Academy Award for Best Cinematography).

Original cast member Austin Pendleton, Joel Grey, Chaim Topol, Harvey Fierstein, lyricist Sheldon Hanick, director Norman Jewison, and producer Hal Prince are just some of the interviewees featured in the documentary.

Directed by Max Lewkowicz (Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro), Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles hits theaters August 23 via Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn Films.

Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!

Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles hits theaters August 23.

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Marc Maron Embarks On Priceless Antique Journey In ‘Sword of Trust’ Trailer

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 Trust also 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.

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Brad Pitt Journeys Into Space For Tommy Lee Jones In ‘Ad Astra’ Trailer

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!

Ad Astra hits theaters September 20.

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Gremlins Lands 4K Ultra HD Treatment With October Blu-Ray Release

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’s Chris 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, 

Are you excited about the Gremlins 35th anniversary release? Feel free to comment below!

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Guillermo Del Toro Has ‘Scary Stories’ To Tell In Spooky New Trailer

Director Guillermo del Toro’s latest producing effort is Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. Though it’s rated PG-13, the movie should deliver its share of frightening moments!

Set in suburban America in 1969, the tale centers on Stella (Zoe Colletti), a girl who, along with her friends, finds a magical book in a haunted house. This discovery ultimately leads these youths down a tragic path, as the book’s succeeding chapters have an influence on their respective fates.

Based on the book series by Alvin Schwartz, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is not an anthology. Rather, the feature incorporates Schwartz’s tales and blends them into a singular narrative. The movie co-stars Lorraine Toussaint (The Village) and Gil Bellows (The Shawshank Redemption).

Directed by Andre Øvredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe), Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark opens nationwide August 9. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!

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