Roseanne finishes up its “revival season” this week, and it’s undoubtedly been one of the biggest success stories of the TV season. Already renewed for another season, the show brought back everyone from the original run of the series, and Roseanne Barr told us that having the whole crew back together again was one of the biggest reasons why the new season went as well as it did. (Click on the media bar below to hear Roseanne Barr)
The season finale of Roseanne airs Tuesday night at 8/7 on ABC.
Alden Ehrenreich was born in 1989, 12 years after the character he is now playing, Han Solo, was introduced in the original Star Wars. That meant he had a little bit of catching up to do, if he was going to be as much of a Han Solo expert as the die-hard fans who will be judging his performance. So, along with watching the original movies, did Ehrenreich Google everything he could find about Solo and Star Wars ?
Solo: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters everywhere this Friday.
Part of the fun of starring in Supergirl for Melissa Benoist is getting to play two distinct characters — awkward misfit Kara Danvers and her super-confident superhero alter ego, Supergirl. Naturally, one of the two characters is closer to Benoist’s real-life personality, and she told us it’s certainly not the super-confident one. (Click on the media bar below to hear Melissa Benoist)
Ryan Reynolds stars as Deadpool in Twentieth Century Fox’s DEADPOOL 2. Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox.
Though Deadpoolproved Ryan Reynoldswas tailor made for the titular role (actually he proved that in X-Men Origins: Wolverine), the original film had its share of flaws. With respect to Ed Skrein, Ajax wasn’t the most memorable of villains, the non-linear structure, at least for me, was a bit too jarring.
With the origin story out of the way, Deadpool 2 flies in a much different and more liberating dimension. The merc with a mouth is still annoying (and at times funny) as can be, but this time out he has a worthy adversary in a tough guy from the future named Cable (Josh Brolin).
Determined to kill a powerful young mutant named Russell (Julian Dennison) for his own, understandable motivations, Cable is a force of nature who the seemingly indestructible Deadpool can’t even stop. After a botched mission with his X-Men buddies Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) to reign in Russell, Deadpool eventually bonds with the kid. Vanessa’s (Morena Baccarin) desires to start her own family brings paternal yearnings from our hero, so it’s easy to see why he’ll risk life and limb for this troubled kid.
After assembling a ragtag group he calls X-Force (Zazie Beetz as the luck infused Domino is particularly memorable), Deadpool is ready to save Russell, defeat Cable, and become the ultimate team leader in the process. Since Deadpool is unpredictable as they come, things immediately go south, leading to a ton of destruction and carnage in the process.
Fans of the character will undoubtedly love both films, but even if you get annoyed by Deadpool’s constant chatter (like most of his colleagues), Deadpool 2 is engaging and often eye-popping action fare. David Leitch, who directed one can’t miss sequence from the otherwise blah Atomic Blonde, takes over the directing duties of original filmmaker Tim Miller and does an excellent job. A chase sequence spearheaded by Beetz is bordering on sensory overload, and it’s terrific (the final fight, though not as memorable as the chase, is also finely tuned). Thanks to an excellent ensemble (though Leitch pays a bit more attention to the newer characters, the Deadpoolreturnees each have their small moments to shine) and a first rate screenplay (Reynolds is a co-writer), Deadpool 2is a creative highpoint in the comic book genre.
Unpredictable to the core and filled with more easter eggs and self-referential jokes than one can imagine, Deadpool 2succeeds on all fronts (the end credits are also to die for), proving that the sophomore slump isn’t part of the merc’s verbose vocabulary.
Jeff Goldblum, Zachary Quinto and Jodie Foster in HOTEL ARTEMIS to be released by Global Road Entertainment.
Jodie Foster is back on the silver screen with Hotel Artemis, a flick set in the not too distant future of Los Angeles. Foster plays the Nurse, a woman who runs an exclusive emergency room that treats criminals.
The film’s art-deco, film noir infused aesthetic gives Hotel Artemis a distinct, eye-catching look, and Foster had nothing but praise for filmmaker/writer Drew Pearce. “Best first time director I’ve ever worked with actually,” said Foster, whose last feature directing effort was 2016’s Money Monster.. “Most prepared. Had everything in his head. A complete vision. He really loves old Los Angeles. He’s not a native. He just came here and fell in love with it and I grew up here and I feel that same way. This film really reflects that.”
Click on the media bar to hear Jodie Foster talk about the diverse cast that inhabits Hotel Artemis:
Hotel Artemis, co-starring Dave Bautista and Sofia Boutella, opens nationwide June 8.
Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) and Colossus in Twentieth Century Fox’s DEADPOOL 2. Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox.
Leave it to another comic book movie to unseat another comic book movie off the box office throne, as Deadpool 2 beat Avengers: Infinity War with a $125 million weekend. Avengers: Infinity War was hardly a slouch, though it came in a distant #2 with $26.6 million. Book Club had a solid opening weekend with $12.5 million. Here’s the top 10:
Deadpool 2 – One wonders how many more sequels are left for the merc with a mouth, but considering the reception, Ryan Reynolds’ superhero job is safe for years to come. $125 million.
Avengers: Infinity War– A worldwide gross of $1.8 billion is highly impressive. It scores $26.6 million this weekend.
Book Club– It does good enough business with a $12.5 million debut.
Life of the Party – Melissa McCarthy comedy has performed sub-par with a total domestic gross of $31 million. It takes in $7.7 million in its second weekend.
Breaking In – Gabrielle Union thriller collects $6.5 million.
Show Dogs – This one is literally for the dogs, as it barely makes a dent with a $6 million debut.
Overboard – Comedy makes $4.7 million and to date it’s taken in $49 million worldwide.
A Quiet Place – John Krasinski directed sleeper is still ticking with $4 million.
Rampage – Dwayne Johnson headlined film has raked in over $406 million worldwide. This weekend it collects $1.5 million domestically.
Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin star in the true story Adrift, a project based on Tami Oldham’s memoir Red Sky in Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss and Survival at Sean. Engaged couple Oldham and Richard Sharp set sail from Tahiti to San Diego, only to encounter a hurricane weeks into their travels.
“As soon as I read the script I knew there was no way that I could not do this film,” said Woodley. “There was no way I could let the opportunity to portray this character and to express the love that these two people shared in a way that was so uniquely formatted and written. The way that they had written the script was so different compared to how most films are formulated. It was sort of a dream come true in every sense of the way.”
Click on the media bar to hear Woodley recount her first meeting with Oldham:
Book Club is to the big screen what The Golden Girls was to TV: Four legendary actresses, all over 60 years old, making people laugh hysterically. The film stars Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen, and co-star Don Johnson told us there’s a reason why those four women have earned legendary status. (Click on the media bar below to hear Don Johnson)
In four seasons of The Flash, the show’s characters have traveled to alternate Earths and been in alternate timelines, and they’ve faced scores of treacherous metas, so they’ve had all kinds of adventures. With so many to choose from, it’s interesting that both Carlos Valdes and Tom Cavanagh both chose one particular episode as their favorite, an episode Cavanagh directed called The Once and Future Flash. (Click on the media bar below to hear Carlos Valdes & Tom Cavanagh)
The Season 4 finale of The Flash airs Tuesday night at 8/7c on The CW.
Billy Dee Williams was a fan favorite in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as Lando Calrissian, an old friend of Han Solo’s (and the original owner of the Millennium Falcon). In the new movie Solo: A Star Wars Story, we get to see how that friendship developed, with Atlanta’sDonald Glover playing the role. Director Ron Howard told us he thought the Golden Globe winner found a great balance between making the character his own and paying homage to the classic Williams version of the character. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ron Howard)
Solo: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters next Friday.