Henry Cavill Relished Practical Stunt Opportunities With ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’

Henry Cavill as August Walker in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT, from Paramount Pictures and Skydance

Henry Cavill stars in Mission: Impossible – Fallout as August Walker, a CIA operative who ends up butting heads with Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and the IMF team on their latest job. Thanks to his work as Superman, Henry Cavill knows a thing or two about doing action scenes, but he relished working on practical stunts with his latest film.

“I was excited about going to everywhere in the world, not just Paris, and doing these things for real,” said Cavill. “It was more of an opportunity. I got to meet the stunt team and work with them on building and developing stuff and then do it. I take pride in that.”

Click on the media bar to hear Cavill discuss how the stunts were created in Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout, directed by Christopher McQuarrie, opens nationwide July 27.

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Would Kate McKinnon Dump Acting And Become A Spy?

Kate McKinnon stars with Mila Kunis in The Spy Who Dumped Me, an action comedy that leads the women into a web of international intrigue. Of course, Hollywood has glamorized the life of spies for decades, so we asked McKinnon how she felt about playing a spy, and whether she thought she could take on the job in real life. (Click on the media bar below to hear Kate McKinnon)

 

The Spy Who Dumped Me opens in theaters on August 3.

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Slappy Is Back For More Scares With ‘Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween’

Goosebumps was a hit in 2015, as it amassed over $158 million in worldwide box office, and now Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween is just around the corner. Based on R.L. Stine’s popular book series, the franchise should be in good hands with director Ari Sandel (he recently helmed the engaging romantic comedy When We First Met).

Though Jack Black isn’t back as R.L. Stine for Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, it does feature a selection of scene stealing veterans (The Goldbergs’ Wendi McLendon-Covey, Archer’s Chris Parnell, Ken Jeong) to pair with up and coming actors Jeremy Ray Taylor (It), Caleel Harris (Castle Rock), and Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle).

The real star, however, is Slappy the dummy and all the creatures that come to life with the opening of one of Stine’s books (the abominable snowman is prominently featured in the clip). Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween opens nationwide October 12.

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Review: ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ Is Ethan Hunt’s Crowning Moment

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF mates (Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin) are back with Mission: Impossible – Fallout. the great news is Director/writer Christopher McQuarrie, who helmed Cruise in the first rate Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Jack Reacher, is behind the camera, and his top notch skills are on full display. Years ago McQuarrie penned the script for The Usual Suspects, and his adept touch at crafting twisty narratives is well suited for the M:I franchise.

Hunt’s nemesis Solomon Lane (Sean Harris), though imprisoned, continues to hold power thanks to three plutonium bombs that need to be retrieved. The IMF’s goal is to retrieve the bombs before they detonate, and as usual their mission has friction from the government, as CIA operative August Walker (a buff and ready to slug it out Henry Cavill) joins the team with his own agenda at the insistence of his boss (Angela Bassett). Scene stealer Rebecca Ferguson returns as Ilsa, and like before her true motivations are unclear. The Crown actress Vanessa Kirby is thrown in for good measure as the White Widow, a powerful middle person who may hold the key to the IMF’s ultimate success or doom. 

The Paris and London locales are the backdrops from several of the movie’s stunning and immersive action sequences, while the climactic sequence serves as a slight nod to the second M:I flick. At 56, Cruise doesn’t look any worse for wear, even if he was seriously injured during the London building to building jump. To give away any other plot details would lead us into spoiler territory, and the only clue I’ll share is that Hunt’s personal life, and not just the actual mission, is given a ton of attention this go round.

While Brian De Palma’s Mission: Impossible was wonderful at delivering the double cross and intrigue (plus who could forget that train sequence?), Fallout is actually the most well rounded of the series. It’s great to see Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg fully engaged in the mission, and this time around Hunt is not just the star of the show, he’s really part of the team. Hunt’s taped messages may destruct in several seconds, but the franchise is currently at its peak, with no “fallout” in sight.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout opens July 27.

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Daveed Diggs Has Lifelong Bond With ‘Blindspotting’ Co-Star Rafael Casal

Longtime friends and collaborators Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal have been developing Blindspotting for years, and now that dream has finally been realized. The story centers on Collin (Diggs), a guy whose chances at staying on the straight and narrow path during three days probation is compromised by his best friend Miles (Casal).

“We didn’t believe it that it was actually going to be shot,” said Diggs about the Oakland set comedy/drama. “And we had been told that before and it had never worked out. I think when we were actually, finally on set shooting every 15 seconds there was pretty much a moment of ‘this is really happening.’ I think we were both exceptionally proud of the film that came out of it but also the way in which it was made.”

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Blindspotting, co-starring Janina Gavankar, opens nationwide July 27.

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Emily Mortimer Opens Up A New Page With ‘The Bookshop’ Trailer

As evidenced from the first rate drama Learning to Drive, director Isabel Coixet knows how to craft finely tuned and subtly evocative drams. One hopes she strikes a similar chord with The Bookshop, a 1959 tale about Florence Green (Emily Mortimer), a widow who opens a bookshop in a conservative, English coastal town.

Florence, who is inspired by reading the works of Ray Bradbury and Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita is prominently featured in the trailer), simply wants her fellow neighbors to enhance their passion for reading. Her path hits a giant road block when  an influential woman (Learning to Drive’s Patricia Clarkson) objects to the bookshop, but with the support of a reclusive widower (Bill Nighy) maybe Florence will read happily ever after.

Based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel, The Bookshop opens nationwide August 24. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!

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