Filmmaker Danny Boyle’s creative forays has led him into a plethora of genres. Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting(and its 2017 sequel T2 Trainspotting), and the underrated sci-fi flick Sunshine are just several films which spotlighted Boyle’s innate storytelling gifts. He teams with writer Richard Curtis (Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral) with Yesterday, the story of a struggling musician named Jack (Himesh Patel) who finds himself in a very surreal and unbelievable position.
The world has never heard of The Beatles, and he’s living in a world where the Fab Five, at least as a group, doesn’t exist. Jack decides to play their songs and, of course, he becomes an international superstar.
Click on the media bar to hear Boyle discuss what makes Curtis such a unique writer.
Yesterday, co-starring Lily James hits theaters June 28.
Godzilla: King of the Monsterswas the #1 film domestically but managed just $49 million, and Aladdin was close behind with a #2 showing of $42.2 million. Coming in third was the Elton John biopic Rocketman. Here’s the top 10:
Godzilla: King of the Monsters– Monster flick’s disappointing $49 million is counterbalanced by its $130 million worldwide gross. Still, the movie cost over $170 million!
Aladdin – A strong weekend for this live action remake. $42.3 million.
Rocketman– It makes a solid $25 million and should make a profit considering it cost $40 million to make.
Ma – Thriller takes in $18 million.
John Wick: Chapter 3: Parabellum – Action flick rakes in $11.1 million.
Avengers: Endgame – Comic book feature continues to generate income. $7.8 million.
Pokemon Detective Pikachu – Box office hit which has generated $130 million domestically, collects $6.6 million this weekend.
Sophie Turnerhas just ended her journey on Game of Thrones, and one might think that her work as Jean Grey may close another chapter with Dark Phoenix. The feature deals with Grey’s ultimate transformation into an all-powerful being, and it’s up to the X-Men to stop her from destroying the world.
Turner was actually a fan of the Dark Phoenix saga and read her journey in comic book form as a youngster, and now she gets to play the actual character. Click on the media bar to hear Turner discuss the challenges of playing the titular character in Dark Phoenix:
Dark Phoenix co-starring Jessica Chastain, hits theaters June 7.
Last year’s Suspira remake was more of a reimagining of the story than a homage to filmmaker Dario Argento. In Fabric, helmed by The Duke of Burgundy director Peter Strickland, definitely feels like an Argento homage that ventures off into new horizons.
The narrative centers on a woman (Blindspot vet Marianne Jean-Baptiste) who purchases a red dress to make an impression on a date. She assumedly regrets that decision after the dress seems to have a mind of its own, and even after being ripped to seeming shreds it actually restores itself back to one piece!
The plotline feels like something one would see on The Twilight Zone, and with Strickland’s vision and Jean-Baptiste’s acting (one of her best performances is the 1996 feature Secrets & Lies), In Fabric should be a memorable film.
There is no firm release date for In Fabric (A24 just state that it was “coming soon”), but check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Emma Thompson plays a talk show host named Katherine Newberry in Late Night, a feature that’s written by co-star Mindy Kaling. Newberry’s talk show needs a bit of a creative makeover, and new hire Molly (Mindy Kaling) may be the person to turn things around.
“I loved everything about it because it was a whole,” said Thompson, an Oscar winner for her screenplay for Sense and Sensibility. “It’s so rare. You’ll read a script and one character will be good but every single character was finely tuned and very funny. I loved the fact that it was completely authentic.”
Click on the media bar to hear Emma Thompson talk about the horrible notion that women aren’t funny:
Late Night, co-starring John Lithgow and Amy Ryan, opens nationwide June 7.
The genius and influence of Leonard Cohen’s work has been captured in documentary form before (2005’s Leonard Cohen I’m Your Man), but with Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love are given different and more intimate look at his life.
Leonard Cohen met Marianne Ihlen on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, and during that time he was an unknown fiction writer. Ihlen was the mother of a young son and fixture in an expat scene in the community, and she became Cohen’s muse to several of his songs, most notably “So Long, Marianne.”
Though these soulmates’ relationship would ultimately end in 1967, the pair would have a lifelong friendship that would last until their deaths in 2016. The documentary features previously unseen shot by Nick Broomfield (Whitney: Can I Be Me) and documentarian D.A. Pennebaker (Don’t Look Back).
Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love, directed by Broomfield, hits theaters July 5.