Disney’s Christopher Robin, a feature which has the titular character (Ewan McGregor) meeting his youthful friends (Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, Owl), hits Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on November 6. The picture, directed byFinding Neverland filmmaker Marc Forster, also stars Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter). The picture was a hit for Disney, as the family film made over $186 million worldwide.
Extras on the Blu-ray and Digital HD releases include the featurettes “In Which . . . A Movie Is Made for Pooh,” “In Which . . . Pooh Finds His Voice,” “In Which . . . Pooh and Walt Become Friends,” and “In Which . . . Pooh and Friends Come to Life.” The Digital release also comes with the bonus featurette “In Which . . . We Were Very Young.”
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Michael Doneger makes his feature writing and directing debut with Brampton’s Own, an indie film centering on Dustin (Alex Russell), a tunnel vision minor league baseball player who moves back to his hometown after striking out on his dreams to make the big leagues. Shot in just 15 days, the feature is an ambitious undertaking that, along with Russell, features a first rate ensemble cast (iZombie’sRose McIver is Dustin’s ex-girlfriend, and Jean Smart, recently seen in Life Itself, plays his mother).
First impressions will lead moviegoers to believe that Brampton’s Own is a straight up baseball movie about reconnecting with one’s past, but the narrative takes a refreshingly different approach.
“From the get go, the goal was just to tell an honest story of what happens to someone when he sets out and chases a dream and that dream doesn’t come to fruition,” said Doneger. “I just wanted to unravel the aftermath of that and how does one move on? How does one return to this hometown that he was once a celebrated athlete in and everyone else seems to have passed him by – yet he is still stuck in the same mind and body.”
Click on the media bar to hear Michael Doneger discuss why baseball served as the perfect backdrop for Brampton’s Own and how this tale came from a personal place.
Brampton’s Own, co-starring Spencer Grammer (Greek) and John Getz (Blood Simple), opens in theaters and various digital platforms on October 19.
Thanks to Pretty Little Liarsand more recently Lifetime’s freshman series You, Shay Mitchell has carved out a successful career on television. With The Possession of Hannah Grace, Mitchell is front and center as Megan Reed, a woman who works at a morgue.
In the trailer, Megan believes that “when you die, you die,” but what happens when a dead lady (Kirby Johnson) was the subject of an exorcism? Apparently, some corpses still have a little life in them, and Megan will soon find out that working the graveyard shift may eventually put you six feet under!! Stana Katic (Bones) and Grey Damon (Aquarius) round out the ensemble. The trailer suggests the tale may have its share of jump scares, but the final moments of the clip show that the film also has the chance of being absolutely terrifying!
The Possession of Hannah Grace opens nationwide November 30.
For playing the role of Lynn Bracken, a call girl made to look like actress Veronica Lake, L.A. Confidential’sKim Basinger won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. During the interviews for L.A. Confidential, Basinger admitted she could relate to the image versus reality world that surrounded Bracken.
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” said Basinger. “That’s number one. What someone thinks as beautiful might not be to someone else. Especially if you come to L.A. and just do movies that you are drawn to do and one of them ends up giving you a tag at the end of your name (which says” ‘sex symbol.’ Then yeah, it causes a lot of problems for you to be taken seriously, to be given the opportunity to do what it is you know you can do. There are hurdles you have to get over, absolutely.”
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Melissa McCarthy trades in the humor for drama in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, as she plays late author Lee Israel (the picture is based on her memoir). Israel carved out a successful career as a writer, but when her career started to wane and the proverbial writing jobs started to dry up, she became a literary forger. The project is directed by Marielle Heller, who received acclaim back in 2015 for her debut feature The Diary of a Teenage Girl.
McCarthy hopes Israel’s story will have a resounding effect on moviegoers. “I hope (we) are reminded that the people that we pass all the time on the street that we don’t notice and that seem invisible maybe (we) should look up and actually see them,” said McCarthy. “You don’t know when they’re amazingly talented or just needs someone to see them. I think everybody needs to be seen by someone.”
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Can You Ever Forgive Me? opens in select theaters October 19.
Gerard Butler (Den of Thieves) stars in Hunter Killer as Captain Joe Glass, a man who leads a group of Navy SEALs to rescue the kidnapped Russian president and hopefully put prevent World War III. Rounding out the cast are Gary Oldman (Dark Hour), Linda Cardellini (Mad Men) and Toby Stephens (Die Another Day).
“I loved it immediately,” said Butler. “Classic script. Great action. Very involved, detailed plot. Fantastic characters and heroes from all different walks of life. Between the Army, the Navy, the Russians – it was such a well put together story”
Click on the media bar to hear why Butler, who also produces the film, believes Hunter Killer is a timely story.
Hunter Killer, directed by Donovan Marsh (Avenged, Spud) opens nationwide October 26.