Thanks to the films Straight Outta Compton, Mudbound, and the Showtime series The Chi, Jason Mitchell is one of today’s most intriguing actors. In Tyrel, Mitchell plays a dude (his name’s actually Tyler, but someone mistakenly calls him Tyrel) who spends a weekend with relative strangers in the Catskills. Tyler is the only non-white guy of the bunch, and with excessive drinking and obnoxious behavior all around him, this seemingly innocuous getaway turns into a nightmare.
The ensemble is bolstered by talented young actors Caleb Landry Jones (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri), Christopher Abbott (Sweet Virginia), and Michael Cera (Arrested Development). Sebastián Silva, who directed Cera in Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactusand Magic Magic, is the man behind the camera. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Tyrelhits theaters December 5 via Magnolia Pictures.
One of the more diverse and thereby surprising filmmakers working today isDavid Gordon Green. After receiving his share of acclaim early in his career with the indie films George Washington, All The Real Girls, and Undertow, Green has branched out and tried his hands at various genres. Whether he’s dabbling in political satire (Our Brand Is Crisis) or delving into the inspiring true story of Jeff Bauman (Stronger), Green always seems to change it up with each successive film. His latest journey has led him to Halloween.
“The most intimidating part of tackling a franchise like Halloween is how to bring your own fingerprint to it,” said Green. “So many stories have been told of Michael Myers. So much mythology has evolved. How can I make something that feels intimate and epic. My goal was to strip it down to its core essence of evil, tell a story that felt personally self-indulgent and bring great collaborators on board.”
Click on the media bar to hear Green talk about Michael Myers’ transcendent appeal to moviegoers.
Produced by Jason Blum, co-written by Danny McBride (with music composed by Halloweenfilmmaker John Carpenter), Halloween opens nationwide October 19.
Gale Anne Hurd is one of Hollywood’s most successful producers, and her early career was marked with the success in producing The Terminator (and subsequently Terminator 2). Hurd also produced the underrated Brian De Palma thriller Raising Cainand, more recently, is an executive producer on the series Fear The Walking Dead.
Hurd’s early influences include a fellow female producer who also left her mark on the business. “When I first began in the film business, one of my closest friends and mentors was Debra Hill who co-wrote and produced Halloween,” said Hurd. “What really inspires me is back in a time when women weren’t really starring in films – Jamie Lee Curtis was the star of Halloween and she fought back. I love the fact that these kinds of films inspire young women to not give up their power, to fight back, and to not be taken advantage of.”
Hell Fest, headlined by Amy Forsyth (Rise), centers on a masked serial killer who terrorizes a group of friends and patrons at an amusement park. Click on the media bar to hear Hurd discuss the movie’s appeal.
Steve Carell and Timothée Chalametare no strangers to Oscar talk and nominations, and the actors should be prime contenders once again with Beautiful Boy. Based on the memoirs of David Sheff (Carell) and Nic Sheff (Chalamet), the feature centers on Nic’s struggles with drug addiction and its effect on his family. The good news is the film received heaps of critical praise at the Toronto Film Festival, and the trailer suggests that this drama may be an insightful and not overly manipulative or maudlin look at a devastating situation.
The picture, will delve into two different points of view (David’s memoir is titled Beautiful Boy, and Nic penned the book Tweak) on the events at hand, and with two excellent actors steering the ship, this film has definite potential. Check out the new trailer and tell us what you think!
Co-starring Maura Tierney and Amy Ryan, Beautiful Boy opens October 12.
Casey Affleck has collaborated with director David Lowery in the critically acclaimed films Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and A Ghost Story. The pair continue their work with The Old Man & The Gun, but this time out a huge focus of the film is its celebration of Robert Redford’s career. The true story centers on the life of career criminal Forrest Tucker (Redford), and the iconic actor said The Old Man & The Gun will be his last performance.
“I wouldn’t even begin to try to analyze or capture his career because it’s too long and there’s been too many great movies,” said Affleck. “I think this thing fits in with the spirit of what his career is and who he is as a person which is just incredibly charismatic and just genuinely decent all the way to the core. It feels like a Robert Redford movie through and through. If it is his last acting role, it’s a beautiful way to go out.”
Click on the media bar to hear Casey Affleck talk about playing Detective John Hunt in the flick (co-star Tika Sumpter, who plays his wife in the flick, is also heard on the clip):
The Old Man & The Gun opens nationwide September 28.
The Captain Marvel trailer is upon us, and kudos the clip literally starts off with a welcome nod to Blockbuster Video the defunct chain which was a powerful video rental staple some twenty years ago. Captain Marvel, featuring Brie Larson as the titular character, is set in the 1990s, and seeing Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) having both eyes was definitely one of the trailer’s many highlights. The titular character, whose real name is Carol Danvers, is an earthing who, after attaining superhuman powers, becomes involved in the epic war between two alien races (the Krees and the shape shifting Skrulls). Jude Law is briefly seen as Mar-Vell, a mentor to Carol Danvers (and the original Captain Marvel).
What may get lost amidst all the hoopla is that Brie Larson and Captain Marvel directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden have devoted a huge portion of their careers working in independent cinema. Fleck and Boden’s previous work include Mississippi Grind, the underrated baseball film Sugar, and Half Nelson (which featured a memorable performance from Ryan Gosling). Before winning the Best Actress Oscar in Room, Larson starred in the critically acclaimed features The Spectacular Now and Short Term 12.
Check out the trailer to Captain Marvel and tell us what you think!