Filmmaker Joseph Cross Takes Coming Of Age Tale In A New Direction With ‘Summer Night’

Summer Night centers on a group of twentysomethings over a 24 hour period in a small Northern California town as they deal with their respective relationships and their growing steps towards adulthood. The film marks the feature directing debut of actor Joseph Cross (Running with Scissors, Big Little Lies).

With a talented cast that includes Victoria Justice, Analeigh Tipton, and Justin Chatwin, it’s Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood) who serves as the narrative’s central figure. Jameson (Coltrane) is a teacher who, while juggling feelings for his ex-girlfriend (Elena Kampouris) and a new love interest (Justice), feels a bit stagnant in his own life.

“Ellar just has this intrinsic thing where you want to watch him and spend time with him,” said Cross. “He’s got a meditative spirit and I thought that was the right person, he’s obviously not our narrator but he’s a little bit of our de facto eyes into the world in this storyline. We had a really good time.”

Click on the media bar to hear Joseph Cross talk about how Summer Night is not your average coming of age tale:

Summer Night is now playing in theaters and VOD.

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Seth Rogen Prepares ‘The Lion King’ Fans For A “Mind Blowing” Cinematic Experience

The stars were out on Tuesday evening to celebrate the premiere of The Lion King. The screening took place at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, and the voice of Pumbaa (Seth Rogen) was on hand to talk about his own fandom for the iconic feature.

“I saw it in a theater and it was really mind blowing,” said Rogen, who was seen earlier this year opposite Charlize Theron in Long Shot. “I think people aren’t quite ready by how visually incredible it is and I think the marketing has been really alluding to it but really getting to sit in it for a long time is a wonderful experience.”

Click on the media bar to hear Rogen talk about how it is a “badge of honor” to be a part of The Lion King experience:

The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau and featuring Donald Glover as the voice of Simba, hits theaters July 19.

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Renée Zellweger Is Ready For Her Close-Up In New ‘Judy’ Trailer

Oscar winning actress Renée Zellweger should be a shoo-in for another Academy Award nomination with her performance as Judy Garland in Judy. The official trailer shows Garland in her final days, as she embarked on The Talk of the Town in London to perform in front of a sould out audience.

The trailer is a heartbreaking as we see Garland simply want to stay home with her kids. However, the show must go on as Garland has her share of financial problems. Judy co-stars Finn Wittrock as Garland’s fifth husband Mickey Deans and Gemma Leah Devereux and Bella Ramsay as her daughters Liza Minnelli and Lorna Luft. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!

Judy hits theaters September 27 via Roadside Attractions and LD Entertainment.

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Assassination Conspiracy Explored In Immersive ‘Cold Case Hammarskjöld’ Trailer

Cold Case Hammarskjöld centers on the mysterious death of United Nations secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld. Most of the crew, along with Hammarskjöld perished in the 1961 plane crash, and since then speculation arose that the tragedy was actually an assassination.

Hammarskjöld was an activist who sought for Congo’s independence, something that was not popular European mining companies. Danish journalist and director Mads Brügger (The Red Chapel, The Ambassador) takes viewers on a search for the truth. The documentary also addresses an AIDS conspiracy discussed by an ex-militia member, a subject that was addressed in a New York Times article.

The picture has received its share of critical acclaim and currently has a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Cold Case Hammarskjöld hits theaters August 16. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!

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‘Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love’ Spotlights An Eternal Bond Formed On Hydra

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love centers on the relationship between Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen. They met on the Greek island of Hydra, and this idyllic environment also served as a foundation for Leonard Cohen’s growth. That being said, Cohen was that rare individual who actually seemed to flourish, at least on an artistic basis, on the island.

“I think a lot of people went to the island and they couldn’t really exist well on the island,” said director Nick Broomfield, who actually spent time on the island when he was 20. “Many marriages came to pieces. Many of the families – their relationship broke up. They had affairs with other people on the island. They neglected the children. There was a lot of drug taking – this was the ‘60s. But I think all of that – Leonard was able to use it to his benefit and it kind of made his work and his art stronger. And I think he was one of the few exceptions to that. A lot of people have commented on that so I think  it took a particular discipline to survive Hydra.

As for Ihlen, she spent most of her life raising her son Axel and married to her second husband Jan Stang until her 2016 passing. Click on the media bar to hear Broomfield, who was a friend and former lover of Ihlen, recount her “generosity of spirit”:

My full interview with Broomfield is available for CinemAddicts Patreon members. Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love opens in theaters July 5.

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Modern Day Romance ‘The Sun Is Also A Star’ Hits DVD And Digital In August

The Sun Is Also A Star, a movie based on Nicola Yoon’s bestselling novel, hits DVD on August 20 and Digital on August 6.

The plot centers on a college bound youth named Daniel (Riverdale’s Charles Melton) and a young pragmatist named Natasha (Grown-ish’s Yara Shahidi) who become instantly smitten with one another during one day in New York City

Although there is instant attraction between the two, will they be able to hold onto that spark and carve out a real romance? With her family being deported the following day, Natasha’s time in the U.S. may be over, placing these two lovers’ future in jeopardy. Ry Russo-Young, who helmed 2017’s underrated feature Before I Fall, is the director.

The digital features include a deleted scene (“Korean Restaurant”), alternate scene (“Five Years Later), and two featurettes (“The Chemistry of Casting,” “Love is a Universe”). The DVD edition comes with the “Love is a Universe” featurette.

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