Directed by Deon Taylor (Traffik), The Intruder centers on a couple (Michael Ealy, Meagan Good) who buy their dream domicile in the Napa Valley with designs of having children. The previous owner (Dennis Quaid) won’t let his old property go, however, and he continues to insinuate himself into their lives! In the 2003 flick Cold Creek ManorQuaid played the homeowner who becomes harassed, and now he gets to play the villain!
The Intruder, from Good’s vantage point, is not a fantastical tale. “Because it’s real,” said Good. “There’s a real possibility that something like that could happen and people could have that type of psychological breakdown.”
Click on the media bar to hear Ealy talk about the “tangible” storytelling approach of The Intruder:
Breakthrough is the true story of Joyce Smith (This Is Us actress Chrissy Metz), a mother whose adopted son John (Marcel Ruiz) is in serious condition after falling in an icy Missouri lake. Though the odds of John surviving the incident are slim, Joyce refuses to give up and prays for her son’s recovery. Grant Nieporte, who scripted the Will Smith feature Seven Pounds, is the screenwriter for the feature which is directed by Roxann Dawson.
“The through lines for me were so important,” said Metz. “We’re all purposeful. We’re all loved, and that we’re all stronger truly together than we are apart. Collective consciousness in positive forms, like prayer, is so powerful.”
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Breakthrough, co-starring Josh Lucas, hits theaters April 17.
Long Shotcenters on Fred (Seth Rogen), an average Joe who may have a “shot” at romancing his childhood crush Charlotte (Charlize Theron). Hired to be her speechwriter as she eyes the presidency, Fred must balance a possible romance while ensuring he doesn’t get Charlotte in hot water.
“You can fake it,” said Rogen about generating chemistry with his co-stars. “It is highly fakeable. We do like each other but I’ve had good chemistry with people I don’t like very much. It’s a bonus that we also do like each other (laughs).”
Click on the media bar to hear Rogen and Theron talk about what makes Long Shot the perfect summer movie:
Trial By Fireis the true story of Cameron Todd Willingham (Jack O’Connell), a death row inmate who strikes up a friendship with a woman named Elizabeth Gilbert (Laura Dern).
Willingham, who was convicted of an arson related triple homicide in 1992, spent 12 years on death row before his execution. The film explores Gilbert’s determined attempts to seek his freedom due to questionable methods and suppressed evidence that surrounded his case.
Acclaimed filmmaker Edward Zwick (Courage Under Fire, The Last Samurai) directs the film which is based on The New Yorker article by David Grann and the letters of Cameron Todd Willingham.
Brian De Palma is back in his first film since 2012’s Passion, and the cat and mouse thriller Dominolooks to be another intriguing project from one of cinema’s most revered (and controversial) visualists.
A Copenhagen police officer named Christian (Game of Thrones’Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is seeking vengeance for his partner’s murder by Imran (Eriq Ebouaney, who previously worked with De Palma in Femme Fatale) a member of ISIS. Guy Pearce (L.A. Confidential) is the CIA Agent who sees Irman as a valuable asset in capturing other ISIS, which in turn complicates Christian’s mission. Fellow Game of Thrones member Carice Van Houten rounds out the ensemble. Check out the trailer and tell us you think!
Marsai Martin’s early acting success is thanks to the acclaimed and popular series Black-ish, and now she has a shot at staking a huge claim in cinema with her new comedy Little. The project centers on Jordan Sanders (Regina Hall), a rude and intimidating CEO who wakes up as her 13-year-old self (Martin). Issa Rae co-stars as April, the co-worker who helps Jordan throughout this crisis.
“We have a bunch of black girl magic in this film,” said Martin. “We have Issa. We have Regina. Tina (Gordon) as a our director. It can’t be much better than that. I just think that could actually inspire girls or teenagers like me to actually – it doesn’t matter how old you are. You don’t have to wait until you’re 32 or 42 whatever, just do it whenever. That’s the point I’m trying to get to.”
Click on the media bar to hear Martin explain how, as an executive producer, she helped develop Littleas a story (she mentions producers Kenya Barris and Will Packer in the clip):