Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves first worked together in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, all the way back in 1992. They came together again in 2006 for A Scanner Darkly, and now they’re back together again in a new comedy, Destination Wedding. When we spoke to Ryder and Reeves, they told us their long history as co-workers and friends certainly helped them create good chemistry as a couple coming together under less than ideal conditions.
Haley Lu Richardson and Regina Hall in SUPPORT THE GIRLS, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
Regina Hall’s career has been filled with its share of hits (including the Scary Movie franchise, The Best Man, and most recently Girls Trip), and now she headlines the critically praised indie comedy Support The Girls.
Penned and directed by Andrew Bujalski, Support The Girls centers on Lisa (Hall), the nurturing manager of a sports bar named Double Whammies. The waitresses are tasked with wearing low cut uniforms and serving their share of ogling customers, and it’s Lisa’s job to keep everyone’s head above water, even if it means placing her own job on the line.
In the video below, Regina Hall gives a brief mention to a previous indie film she worked on (People PlacesThings) and discusses how she approached her character in Support The Girls.
Searching is a movie about every parent’s worst fear – the abduction of a child. When Jaws came out, it heightened people’s fear of open water and even kept people from swimming in the ocean! Debra Messing stars in Searching, and we asked her if it’s a movie that parents might want to avoid.
Puzzlecenters on Agnes (Kelly Macdonald), a housewife who has raised two children with her auto mechanic husband Louie (David Denman). When she receives a puzzle for her birthday, Agnes finds a completely new passion in what she believes has been a rather monotonous and predictable life. Irrfan Khan (The Lunchbox) co-stars as Robert, a Manhattan based inventor who becomes Agnes’ puzzle partner (they are practicing for an impending competition).
Marc Turtletaub, a prolific producer whose credits include Little Miss Sunshine and Loving, directs the narrative (The Messengerfilmmaker Oren Moverman co-wrote the script) with a refreshing level of nuance and subtlety. In the video below, Macdonald and Denman discuss why a ton of rehearsal was not needed to capture the essence of Puzzle.
Puzzle opens in New York and Los Angeles on July 27.
Although Barry Manilow’s 75th birthday is less than a month away, he’s not ready to give up performing just yet. Though he’s cut back on his touring, Manilow has signed a deal for a residency at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, with shows running through early October. Manilow told us that when he was offered the residency, it was just too good to pass up.
With a career to draw from that has now spanned five decades, Manilow said his fondest memories are of the decade that started it all for him, the ’70s.
One of the things Manilow finds surprising is that there’s a whole new audience at his shows, one that wasn’t even born in the ’70s! And he thinks it’s wonderful that new generations have been finding his music… and singing along!
Barry Manilow: The Hits Come Home is running selected weekends through early October at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
In celebration of the upcoming release Avengers: Infinity War, a new featurette recaps Marvel Studios’ ten-year cinematic journey that was leading up to the earth shattering confrontation with Thanos (Josh Brolin). It all started with 2008’s Iron Man, a feature that turned Robert Downey Jr. into a box office star and served as one of Jon Favreau’s finest moments as a filmmaker. The picture also served as a great foundation for the Marvel features to come, as each successive movie has been a success for Marvel Studios.
Click on the the media bar below to hear Robert Downey Jr. talk about how he fulfilled much of his creative goals with the Iron Man experience:
Avengers: Infinity War, co-starring Tom Hiddlestonand Karen Gillan, opens nationwide April 27. Will this installment be just as good, if not better, than Iron Man (which is still considered to be one of Marvel’s finest outings)? Feel free to comment below!