With her recent turn in Netflix’s Outlaw King and the lead role in the upcoming mini-series The Little Drummer Girl, Florence Pugh is primed for A-list stardom. That road will probably come sooner than later as she’s the lead in the drama Fighting With My Family, a project that co-stars and is executive produced by Dwayne Johnson (who plays himself in the flick).
The project is based on the true story of retired WWE superstar Paige (Pugh), a woman who was raised in a family that was filled with wrestling ambitions. Written and directed by Stephen Merchant (The Office, Hello Ladies), the project already has a built-in audience thanks to its WWE connections, but will it go down as one of cinema’s best wrestling films? Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Fighting With My Family opens nationwide February 22, 2019.
The new comedy Instant Familycenters on a couple (Rose Byrne, Mark Wahlberg) who enter the world of foster care adoption and become parents to three children. Filmmaker Sean Anders (Daddy’s Home), who co-wrote the film, took parts of his own life as a parent and infused that experience into this semi-autobiographical account.
Byrne was attracted to the film due to its personal nature, and that was a huge reason she decided to became a part of Instant Family. “To be honest, I don’t know if it hadn’t been,” said Byrne. “Because it gives an authenticity and a sensitivity and intimacy that you wouldn’t have otherwise. For me that was really important and a huge part of agreeing to be a part of it was this was Sean’s story. It’s so important to him, so it make me feel like it’s important to do a really good job more than ever.”
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Instant Family, co-starring Octavia Spencer and Tig Notaro, opens nationwide November 16.
The world lost a legend this week with the passing of Stan Lee. In a career that lasted nearly 80 years, Lee created enough characters to populate an entire universe — the Marvel Universe, that is. Writing his first professional comic book story when he was just 18 years old, Lee honed his craft for more than 30 years before giving life to his most famous characters, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, and the X-Men. We spoke to Lee on many occasions, and he always found it difficult to believe that his creations have not only lasted, but grown even more popular, after all these decades. (Click on the media bar below to hear Stan Lee)
In its first season, Star Trek: Discovery won rave reviews and brought a lot of new subscribers to the CBS All Access streaming service. Now, the show is back for a second season. We asked two of its stars, Doug Jones and Mary Wiseman, if there’s less pressure now that the show has one successful season to its credit already. (Click on the media bar below to hear Doug Jones & Mary Wiseman)
The new season of Star Trek: Discovery will premiere January 17 on CBS All Access.
Mariska Hargitay didn’t get to direct her first episode of Law & Order: SVU until the show was in its 15th season. Now that the show is in its 20th season, she’s been able to direct for a sixth time, shooting the episode that airs this week. Getting the chance to direct six episode of the series has been a real treat for her, but she’s more impressed by the fact the show has stuck around long enough to give her that opportunity. After all, not many shows in television history have run as long, and she’s been there since the very beginning. (Click on the media bar below to hear Mariska Hargitay)
Smallfoot, an animated feature that made over $204 million in worldwide box office, hits Blu-ray and DVD December 11 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The digital release is set for December 4.
The storyline centers on a young Yeti named Migo (Channing Tatum) who discovers a human being (which the fellow Yetis call the “smallfoot”) named Percy (James Corden). Along with Migo and Percy’s friendship comes the realization that there is a whole wide worlds outside the snowy village of the Yetis! Zendaya, Common, and LeBron James are among the featured voice actors in the flick.
Special features on Smallfoot’sBlu-ray version include featurettes (“Migo in the Secret of the Yeti Stones,” “Yeti or Not, Here They Come! Imagining Smallfoot”), music videos (“Finally Free,” “Moment of Truth,” “Wonderful Life: In 28 Languages, Sung Around The World”), a sing-along segment, and theatrical promos. The DVD version contains the “Yeti or Not” featurette.
After her work in Rogue Oneand A Monster Calls in 2016, Felicity Jonesdid not appear in a film in 2017. Thankfully the Oscar nominated actress (The Theory of Everything) is back with On The Basis of Sex, a biopic on U.S. Supreme Court of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Armie Hammer co-stars as her husband Marty, with Cailee Spaeny co-starring as their daughter Jane. The film comes on the heels of the success of the Ginsburg documentary RBG.
“It’s her beliefs that have gotten her through,” said Jones. “She’s an incredibly principled woman and she hasn’t waved from those in a second.”
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In her new movie, WidowsViola Davis leads a group of women who need to pick up where their dead husbands left off — trying to pull off a huge heist. Of course, the women bring an entirely different kind of energy to the job than the men did. Will they be more successful? Davis told us the movie shows an entirely different kind of female empowerment at work.
Nobody expected Roseanne to come back after a 21-year break, but it did. It seemed just as unlikely that the show would continue after ABC dumped it following its star’s controversial Twitter rant. But it’s gotten yet another chance as The Conners, and Laurie Metcalf hopes the show’s viewers will stick with it, even after all of the changes, and she told us why she thinks they will. (Click on the media bar below to hear Laurie Metcalf)
In its third year, This Is Us still has the power to tell stories that amaze its viewers. But it’s not just viewers who are amazed — the show’s cast members are constantly in awe, not just of the scripts, but also the performances they witness from their cast mates. For example, Sterling K. Brown was mesmerized by the Season 2 storyline involving his on-screen father, Jack Pearson, and how it was played by Milo Ventimiglia. (Click on the media bar below to hear Sterling K. Brown)