Ang Lee’s love for visual effects is on display with his films Hulk, Life of Piand most recently Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. With Gemini Man, Lee teams up with Will Smith in an ambitious thriller that employs the de-aging visual effects process (which was used this year for Samuel L. Jackson in Captain Marvel).
Smith plays Henry Brogan, an elite assassin who is being targeted by younger operative (also Smith) who knows his very move. The flick co-stars Clive Owen and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. As much as I am excited about the Smith and Lee pairing, the picture slightly reminds me of Looper (sans the time travel element). Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
One of the many strong aspects of Abby’s lies in its diverse (and most importantly funny) ensemble. Actress Natalie Morales headlines the series as the titular character, a Marine vet turned bartender to her friends.
With diversity being a part of Abby’s, Morales, the actress was asked about her thoughts on affirmative action. “When you give an opportunity to someone who is hungry, who may not have had as much experience as someone else, you can push them forward and to me that is what the idea of affirmative action is,” said Morales. “You’re giving an opportunity to someone who might not have it otherwise. It doesn’t mean that you’re choosing them just because of their color or just because it’s a woman, (It’s because) you’re going ‘I need to balance these scales out.’ And then hopefully it will all work itself out.”
Morales’ drive to expand her career horizons has also led her down the directing path. Click on the media bar to hear Morales talk about her passion for filmmaking (co-star Neil Flynn is also heard in the clip):
Abby’s airs Thursday nights on NBC (9:30 pm et/pt).
Brenton Thwaites (Titans, An Interview With God) stars in A Violent Separation as Norman Young, a deputy who is torn between a bond with his brother Ray (Animal Kingdom’sBen Robson) and his duty as an officer.
When Ray commits a criminal act, the right thing to do would be to put him behind bars. Norman, however, believes in the blood is thicker than water rule and covers up the crime. To further complicate matters, Norman is romancing Frances (Alycia Debnam-Carey), the sister of the victim (Claire Holt).
The brotherly dynamic of A Violent Separation should be covered with an insightful touch, as the midwestern town thriller is directed by siblings Michael and Kevin Goetz (Scenic Route, Martyrs).
A Violent Separation hits theaters and On Demand May 17 via Screen Media Films. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Child’s Play is not a remake of the 1988 horror classic, but rather it’s dubbed as a “re-imagining” of the tale. Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) is single mom Karen who gifts her son Andy (Gabriel Bateman) a Buddi doll. As well all know, this doll is not as lovable as can be and actually is all about mayhem and murder!
The big draw for folks who are not diehard fans of the Chucky franchise may be Mark Hamill (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) who is the voice of Chucky. In preparation for the flick, Hamill saw all seven of the previous films and since he’s one of the entertainment industry’s most beloved voice actors (he voiced Joker in Batman: The Killing Joke), he should knock this role out of the park. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think of Hamill’s interpretation of Chucky (his voice is teased at the end of the clip)!
UglyDolls is an animated musical adventure that centers on Moxy (Kelly Clarkson), an individual who aims to break free from environment of Uglyville and celebrate her individuality. Nick Jonas voices Lou, a seemingly “perfect” individual who is not a fan of the UglyDolls’ aesthetic. The first single from the UglyDolls soundtrack is the Clarkson track “Broken & Beautiful,” with Jonas also contributing with the original song “The Ugly Truth.” Janelle Monae and Blake Shelton round out the ensemble.
Click on the media bar to hear Jonas talk about why the theme of celebrating one’s differences drew him to UglyDolls:
UglyDolls, directed by Smurfs: The Lost Village director Kelly Asbury, hits theaters May 3.
Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) was noticeably absent from Avengers: Infinity Warbut now he’s back with Avengers: Endgame. This time out Hawkeye, like the rest of the world, is a changed person. Thanos’ tragic actions has affected Hawkeye’s own life, and now he’s changed his moniker to Ronin.
That being said, being a loner is not exactly the Avengersexperience, and Renner relished the part of working with his colleagues once again.
“That’s the best part of this movie because I’ve been with everybody for so long it’s all pretty much like family,” said Renner. “It’s the best part of the movie.”
Click on the media bar to hear Renner talk about the “awesome” experience of being part of the Marvel Universe.