Madeleine Arthur Reflects On Memorable Nicolas Cage Collaboration In ‘Color Out of Space’

There is a lot to unpack, in a good way, regarding Color Out of Space. First off, it marks the return (at least big screen wise as he’s directed documentaries) of Richard Stanley.  A former cinematic wunderkind (Hardware, Dust Devil), Stanley’s career took a drastic turn after being fired from The Island of Dr. Moreau (that experience is spotlighted in the acclaimed documentary Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau). Secondly, the movie, along with featuring another first rate Nicolas Cage performance, is also an immersive cosmic horror tale that will garner its share of fans.

Madeleine Arthur (To All The Boys I Loved Before, Big Eyes) co-stars as Lavinia Gardner, daughter to Nathan (Cage) and Theresa (Joely Richardson), and she also delivers a powerful and emotionally wrenching performance.

“I wasn’t super familiar with his work prior to the movie but now am one of the biggest Richard Stanley fans,” said Arthur. “It’s such a pleasure, a treat and an honor to be part of his first feature in so many years. Fans of Richard’s work will see some of his signature elements and I’m really excited for everyone to see all of those moments as well.”

Click on the media bar to hear Madeleine Arthur talk about going toe-to-toe with Nicolas Cage in Color Out of Space:

Color Out of Space hits theaters January 24.

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Composer Jeff Beal And LA Master Chorale Bring A New Sound To Silent Classic ‘Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans’

Director F.W. Murneau’s Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans will be front and center this Sunday at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, as this 1927 silent film classic will be accompanied by a brand new score from Emmy winning composer Jeff Beal (House of Cards, The Biggest Little Farm). Grant Gershon, the Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, will serve as the conductor for Sunday’s highly anticipated world premiere.

Along with its striking visual compositions, Sunrise’s universal story of a man (George O’Brien) driven torn between his wife (Janet Gaynor) and a liberated woman in the city (Margaret Livingston) continues to strike a chord with modern day audiences. Beal, who describes himself as a “process person,” meticulously delved into the feature’s themes as he crafted the score.

“The idea of togetherness in a couple is so incredibly beautiful, but sort of baked into the seeds of that whole equation are the possibilities for it to go awry,” said Beal who previously collaborated with the Los Angeles Master Chorale on his work The Salvage Men.  “I think everybody that has been in a relationship sees that unbelievable power of that love and friendship, but also that possibility for darkness. I think that was something that I was really fascinated with; the way in which romance and sexuality were really explored the best that they could through these three characters. And the way in which we sort of wrestle today with those same sides of ourselves and try to heal and express them.”

Click on the media bar to hear Beal talk about the “waking dream” aspect of Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans:

Grant Gershon’s leadership over 200 Master Chorale performances is, for lack of a better word, impressive. He illustrates that the unusual “amount of space” within Sunrise’s narrative as well as the feature’s timelessness serves as the perfect vehicle for Beal’s score as well as creating music that is driven by the “human voice.” “This classic film, the Disney Concert Hall, the Master Chorale and of course this incredible music of Jeff Beal,” added Gershon. “It’s a really compelling combination and people are finding it very intriguing. What we really hope is that from this concert event at Disney Hall that this piece with this score will have a new life and that more people will discover this film and really feel this connection between the 21st Century and early 20th Century.”

Click on the media bar to hear Gershon talk about having the Los Angeles Master Chorale being “open to discovery” as they rehearse for the upcoming performance:

 

Tickets for Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (December 26, 7pm at the Walt Disney Concert Hall), are available at https://lamasterchorale.org/sunrise.

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‘Bad Boys For Life’ Bests ‘Dolittle’ For Stellar $59 Million Box Office Debut

Bad Boys for Life was the resounding winner at the box office as it made $59.2 million. Fellow newcomer Dolittle, which received negative reviews by critics, was a distant second with $22.5 million. Here is this weekend’s top 10:

  1. Bad Boys for Life – A 59.2 million opening is an excellent start for the film. Feature has already made over $106.7 million worldwide.
  2. Dolittle – Life after Iron Man yields this box office disappointment for Robert Downey Jr. Feature, which cost an estimated $175 million, will, may go down as one of 2020’s biggest bombs!
  3. 1917 – WWI feature rakes in $22.1 million.
  4. Jumanji: The Next Level – Adventure grosses $9.6 million.
  5. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Feature makes $8.4 million and has made over $492 million domestically.
  6. Just Mercy – Fact based drama collects $6 million.
  7. Little Women – Acclaimed period drama takes in $5.9 million.
  8. Knives Out – Mystery grosses $4.3 million.
  9. Like a Boss – Comedy collects $3.8 million
  10. Frozen 2 – Animated feature, which has amassed $464 domestically, checks in with $3.7 million.

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Sarah Wayne Callies Discusses The “Honor” Of Being Part of ‘Council of Dads’

Sarah Wayne Callies (Colony, Prison Break) has starred in her share of successful shows, and with the upcoming Council of Dads she is venturing into the family drama genre. Inspired by Bruce Feiler’s book, Council of Dads centers on a Scott (Tom Everett Scott) and Robin Perry (Callies), a couple who open up their family to close friends  after Scott is diagnosed with cancer.

During our interview with Callies, the actress candidly pointed out one reason for her success in the entertainment industry.

“They saw a young white woman and that’s not hard to write for in television. If I had been a woman of color, my career would have been massively different,” said Callies who also had an acclaimed run on The Walking Dead. “And so it’s incumbent upon me now that I am writing, producing, and directing – to write roles for women of color and to try and bring women in whose voices have not been heard.

Click on the media bar to hear Callies discuss why it’s an “honor” to be a part of Council of Dads:

Co-starring Tony Phelan and Clive Standen, Council of Dads premieres March 10 on NBC (10 pm pt/et).

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For ‘Snowpiercer’ Stars, The Train Set Became Another Character

When Korean production Snowpiercer was released in 2013, it wasn’t a big box office hit, but it was critically lauded and wound up gaining an immense cult following — helped, no doubt, by the presence of Chris Evans in the cast. Now the film, about a train carrying all that’s left of the human race after a great extinction, is being adapted into a TV series. Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs are two of the show’s stars, and they talked about what it was like to shoot a show that takes place in train cars where the confined space influences everything. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jennifer Connelly & Daveed Diggs)

 

Snowpiercer premieres May 31 on TNT.

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Allison Janney Sees ‘Troop Zero’ As A Perfect Family Movie

Troop Zero tells the story of a young girl who has one obstacle to overcome to win the prize of her dreams: She needs to win a “Birdie Scouts” talent show. The only problem is, she’s not part of the group, so she needs to assemble her own troop to make it into the competition. It’s a sometimes whimsical, sometimes touching movie that co-star Allison Janney says is perfect for a family movie night. (Click on the media bar below to hear Allison Janney)

 

Troop Zero is streaming now on Amazon Prime Video.

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‘Dolittle’ Presented Big Challenges For Robert Downey Jr.

In Dolittle, Robert Downey Jr. works with a long line of big-name co-stars, including Oscar winners Emma Thompson, Octavia Spencer, and Rami Malek, along with Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, and Tom Holland, just to name a few. Except, well, Downey never actually got to work with them. Downey plays the human title character, Dr. John Dolittle, who has the unique ability to talk to animals … and the animals are voiced by that amazing array of talent. Downey told us it was actually a difficult process, because when he was shooting his parts, he was acting against special effects animals who hadn’t been voiced yet, so he had to use a lot of imagination to make it sound credible. (Click in the media bar below to hear Robert Downey Jr.)

Dolittle is playing now in theaters.

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For ‘Bad Boys’ Will Smith & Martin Lawrence, Bonding Was A Laughing Matter

When the original Bad Boys hit theaters in 1995, one of the things critics and audiences loved about the film was the chemistry between stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. At the time, both actors were much better known for their TV sitcoms — The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Martin — than their movie roles, and Bad Boys turned both into bankable leading men at the box office. When we spoke to Lawrence and Smith, they talked about how their common comedic experiences really helped them gel, on-screen and off. (Click on the media bar below to hear Will Smith & Martin Lawrence)

Bad Boys For Life is playing now in theaters.

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Sam Mendes Wanted Unknown Actors On The Front Lines Of ‘1917’

If you go see the Oscar-nominated 1917, yes, you will find a few marquee-level names in the cast, like Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch. The movie’s two main characters, however, are played by actors who weren’t exactly household names: Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay. While the two leads have been working steadily in primarily British productions, neither has had a real breakout role — until now. And that’s exactly why director Sam Mendes says he hired them for the film. (Click on the media bar below to hear Sam Mendes)

1917 is playing now in theaters.

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Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles: Creating The Chemistry That Helped ‘Supernatural’ Survive

TV’s Fall 2005 season launched some memorable network shows (How I Met Your Mother, Bones, My Name Is Earl) and some that were utterly forgettable Reunion, E-Ring, and Hot Properties). Two shows from 2005’s freshman class are still on the air in their 15th seasons — Criminal Minds and Supernatural. And though this season will be Supernatural’s curtain call, there’s no denying the show’s run has been anything short of amazing, especially since it premiered on a network (The WB) that shut down the following year! Why did Supernatural beat the odds and survive for so long? Stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles credit their characters’ brotherly love, backed up by quality writing and the two actors’ incredible chemistry. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles)

Supernatural airs Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW.

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