Working With Watts Was A Powerful Experience For Samuel L. Jackson

Having appeared in more than a hundred movies, Samuel L. Jackson has had the opportunity to watch plenty of directors at work, including legends like Quentin Tarantino, George Lucas, and Martin Scorsese. Of course, all of those directors run their sets in their own unique ways, and Jackson’s been on enough to know what he likes. Getting the opportunity to work on Spider-Man: Far From Home with director Jon Watts, he told us, was one of his best experiences ever because of the enthusiasm Watts brought to work every day. (Click on the media bar below to hear Samuel L. Jackson)

 Spider-Man: Far From Home is playing now in theaters.

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Gabrielle Union’s Had Some Help Filling ‘AGT’ Judges’ Shoes

Over the past seven seasons, there had only been a single change on the America’s Got Talent judges’ panel, when Simon Cowell replaced Howard Stern. But this season, viewers were surprised to see not one, but two new judges on the show — Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough were in the seats occupied for the past six seasons by Mel B and Heidi Klum. Union told us it’s not easy to replace judges who’ve become legendary on the show, but they’re getting a lot of help from fellow judges Cowell and Howie Mandel. (Click on the media bar below to hear Gabrielle Union)

America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC.

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Noomi Rapace Is An Obsessed Mother On A Mission In ‘Angel of Mine’ Trailer

Noomi Rapace knows her way around a suspense thriller as witnessed by The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Brian De Palma’s Passion.

With Angel of Mine she plays a mother who believes the daughter of her neighbor (Yvonne Strahovski) is actually her own child. On a mission to make the little girl part of her family, she becomes a stalker, putting the family’s own safety in danger. Luke Evans and Richard Roxburgh round out the ensemble.

The picture is directed by Kim Farrant, the filmmaker behind the 2015 Nicole Kidman feature Strangerland. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!

Angel of Mine hits theaters and On Demand come August 30.

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‘Sea of Shadows’ Documentary Rides The Wave Of A Cinematic Aesthetic

Directed and shot by Richard Ladkani, Sea of Shadows centers on the multi-pronged attempts to save the vaquita porpoise, an endangered species that lives in the Sea of Cortez. Illegal nets are cast in the ocean to catch totoaba, a fish whose swim bladders are sold on the black market. With the Sinaloa drug cartel and Chinese traffickers involved in this operation, saving the vaquita seems like an uphill battle.

One of the greatest strengths of Sea of Shadows is its aim to be more than just a talking head documentary. Ladkani along with editors George Michael Fisher and Verena Schönauer spent ten months editing the documentary. “When I do a film, especially about a tough topic when it’s about the extinction and saving our planet, I really want to focus on the positive sides of the story. I look for heroes,” said Ladkani “I look for inspiration. And I also want to make the movie very cinematic and a beautiful experience.”

Click on the media bar to hear Ladkani talk about his continued collaboration with Earth League International’s Andrea Crosta (the pair worked together on the Netflix documentary The Ivory Game):

Sea of Shadows is now playing in theaters.

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Once Roselyn Sanchez Checked Out ‘Grand Hotel,’ She Wanted In

Having bounced between the TV and movie worlds for the past 23 years, Roselyn Sanchez knows that great parts can come from anywhere. That’s what drew her to the new series Grand Hotel, she told us. Sanchez says she read the script, and she instantly fell head over heels for her character, Gigi Mendoza. Why? Because there’s a lot more to her than meets the eye, and Sanchez says that, deep down, she thinks Gigi is a noble woman. (Click on the media bar below to hear Roselyn Sanchez)

Grand Hotel airs Mondays at 10/9c on ABC.

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Dwayne Johnson Wanted ‘Fast & Furious’ Spin-Off To Rev Even Higher

With the Fast & the Furious film franchise starting to wind down (the two series-ending films are already in production), it seemed almost inevitable that it would spawn some character-driven spinoffs. The first one is about to arrive in theaters, as Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham are bringing their characters, Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, together for Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. When we spoke to Johnson, he told us it was important to give the new film a Fast & Furious feel, but to make it something that would stand on its own merits, too. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dwayne Johnson)

 

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw opens in theaters on August 2.

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‘American Ninja Warriors’ Fight For More Than Victories

On its surface, the idea of American Ninja Warrior sounds simple, right? It’s a competition, with people putting themselves to the test, trying to win. But ever since it premiered back in 2009, it has proven to be something much, much more than that. Co-host Matt Iseman says that if you think the show’s about winners and losers, you’re really missing out on the big picture, because teamwork, camaraderie, and sportsmanship have become the foundation upon which the show’s been based. (Click on the media bar below to hear Matt Iseman)

 American Ninja Warrior airs Mondays at 8/7c on NBC

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Maeve Higgins Goes For Ghostly Laughs In New ‘Extra Ordinary’ Trailer

Extra Ordinary centers on Rose (Maeve Higgins), a driving instructor who can talk to spirits. Rose uses her talents to aid Martin (Barry Ward) in his attempts to save his daughter Sarah (Emma Coleman). Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) co-stars as Martin, a has been rock star who has Sarah under his spell as he tries to complete a Satanic pact which he believes will ensure his fame! The narrative is set in a small Irish town.

The picture marks the feature directing debut of Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman, and the feature received its share of great reviews when it hit the SXSW Festival. It has a pretty funny trailer, and this seemingly charming comedy runs a scant 93 minutes. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!

Extra Ordinary hits theaters this Fall.

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Bethany Joy Lenz Connects With The Character Based Universe of ‘Pearson’

Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill) stars in Pearson as city attorney Keri Allen, the woman who is the boss of Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres). If you have seen any episode of Suits, you know that Pearson is her own person, which obviously causes friction between the two!

Suits is more of a procedural in that way,” said Lenz. “There’s more of an issue that needs to be resolved and I love that about Suits. One of the things I love about this show is we get to really go for a ride with these characters and we get to take the time to watch every layer of the onion get peeled back. There are issues that need to be resolved but it’s less about following the story per episode as it is creating characters than the audience can connect with.”

Click on the media bar to hear Lenz discuss the research she did for her role in Pearson.

Pearson airs Wednesday evenings on USA Network (10/9c).

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‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Continues Box Office Dominance With $45 Million Weekend

Spider-Man: Far From Home continued its dominate box office run with a $45.3 million showing over the weekend. Toy Story 4 came in at #2 with $20.6 million. Here’s the the top 10:

  1. Spider-Man: Far From Home – Spidey flick takes in $45.3 million and to date it’s made over $275 million domestically.
  2. Toy Story 4 – Franchise continues to rake in the bucks with $20.6 million.
  3. Crawl – Horror thriller does solid business in first weekend with $12 million.
  4. Stuber – Comedy disappoints with an $8 million showing.
  5. Yesterday – Beatles centric flick takes in $6.7 million.
  6. Aladdin – Live action remake collects $5.9 million.
  7. Annabelle Comes Home – Horror feature grosses $5.9 million.
  8. Midsommar – Acclaimed feature collects $3.3 million.
  9. The Secret Life of Pets 2 – Sequel makes $3.6 million.
  10. Men in Black International – Franchise installment hangs on to top ten with $2.2 million.

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