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Eva Longoria, who was recently honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has had a successful and diverse career in both cinema and television. Best known for her long running role in the iconic TV series Desperate Housewives, Longoria has also branched out as a producer (Devious Maids, Telenovela) and director (the documentary Latinos Living the American Dream). Now she’s co-starring with longtime friend Mel Rodriguez (they met on the 2002 feature Deuces Wild) in Overboard, a remake of the Kurt Russell/Goldie Hawn feature of the same name. Eugenio Derbez and Anna Faris topline the feature.
“This is a general market movie that has universal themes,” said Longoria. “So everybody’s going to relate to it. Everybody’s going to understand it. Everybody’s going to identify with it. Taking on a remake of one of the most iconic films from the 80s seemed daunting but once we read the script and heard the gender switch and the cultural infusion it was so different and stood on its own while at the same time paying homage to the original, we just knew it was going to be a home run.”
Click on the media bar to hear Longoria talk about the diversity behind Overboard (Rodriguez is also heard in the clip):
Rachel McAdams (left) stars as Esti Kuperman and Rachel Weisz (right) stars as Ronit Krushkain Sebastián Lelio’s DISOBEDIENCE, a Bleecker Street release.Credit: Bleecker Street
Rachel Weisz stars and produces Disobedience, the story of a woman named Ronit (Weisz) who returns home after her father’s passing. Along with processing her grief, Ronit reawakens her passion for childhood friend Esti (Rachel McAdams).
For Weisz, shooting the narrative’s love scene was a standout experience. “In a way, the scene was much more important than it’s ever been than in any film I’ve made before. Sex scenes can often feel gratuitous and you think, ‘Could the story do without this?’ Yeah it probably could. In this case, absolutely not,” said Weiss. It was kind of the center and the heart of the movie. Everything was leading up to this explosion of freedom, particularly from Esti. So it was essential storytelling. It was very emotional. It was very vulnerable. I had never done a sex scene that was (so) emotional. It just wasn’t just about sex and passion (it was also about) tenderness and emotion and release and it had a huge symbolic meaning I think in the film.”
Click on the media bar to hear Weisz explain why she was attracted to the “contemporary” setting of Disobedience:
Krystalcenters on a wide-eyed 18-year-old (Love Simon’s Nick Robinson) who falls in love with an ex-prostitute (Rosario Dawson) and is determined to make her his own. William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman, married for over 20 years, collaborate once again on this labor of love project (Macy, who also directs the flick, had this project in mind even before directing Rudderless and The Layover).
“Bill and I started working together when I was 22 I think,” said Huffman. “So we have a long history. We have a long shorthand. We’ve fallen into a lot of the pitfalls. We’ve made mistakes with each other. We’ve had fights. And now we’re at a place where it’s very easy. It’s very comfortable. It’s joyous.”
Click on the media bar to hear Huffman talk about the film’s stellar cast (she mentions Rosario Dawson, Grant Gustin and Nick Robinson in the clip):
Revered filmmaker Ingmar Bergman would have turned 100 in July (he died in 2007 at 89), and in honor of his birthday Janus Films is celebrating Bergman with a career retrospective. The event begins Friday, May 4 at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre with a screening of The Seventh Seal. The Los Angeles run of the retrospective ends June 23 at the UCLA Film & Television Archive with a screening of Fanny and Alexander.
Most of Bergman’s movies will be shown across the country, as movie buffs will see such films as The Magic Flute, The Magician, Through a Glass Darkly, Wild Strawberries and Winter Light fully restored.
“Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema” will also have a run in Boston, Chicago, Houston, Minneapolis, Portland, Toronto, Tucson, and Washington D.C. Check out Janus Films’ official site for further information!
Paula Patton and Omar Epps topline Traffik, a film about a couple (Patton, Epps) who are hanging on to dear life thanks to a violent biker gang that houses a horrific secret. Epps, who had a long run in the successful series House (and more recently Shooter), loved working within the indie driven confines of Traffik.
“It’s just refreshing,” said Epps who first gained his share of notices with the 1992 drama Juice. “It reinvigorates me. Deon Taylor, who wrote and directed the film, I love his directing style because he’s very collaborative. He’s not restricted to the words on the paper. Especially with a film like this that process lends itself to a sort of chemistry and a dance between the cast that just pops off on screen.”
Click on the media bar to hear Epps talk about collaborating with Paula Patton on Traffik.
Game Night, a hit comedy which made over $108 million worldwide, hits Blu-ray and DVD May 22 via Warner Bros. Entertainment.
The feature centers on Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) a couple who host a weekly game night that, though fun, gets extremely competitive. When Max’s brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) shows up out of the blue and decides to invite Max’s crew to a game night of his own, things get extremely dangerous. Jesse Plemons, who worked with Chandler on Friday Night Lights, co-stars in the comedy that’s directed by Vacationfilmmakers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein.
Click on the media bar to hear Bateman talk about how he related to Max’s dorky behavior on Game Night:
Special features on the Blu-ray include the featurette “An Unforgettable Evening: Making Game Night” and a gag reel (the DVD does not come with the gag reel).