The first two seasons of Star Trek: Discovery have won plenty of acclaim among both viewers and critics. Maybe it’s because the series is streaming, rather than airing on a broadcast network, but the show really does seem to be taking more risks, boldly going where no other Star Trek show has gone before. That was made all too clear by the season-ending cliffhanger at the end of Season Two, which found the starship mysteriously jumping hundreds of years into the future, setting up a third season that would seem to be vastly different than the first two. At a press event executive producer Alex Kurtzman spoke about the new season of Discovery, and he gave us a little insight into what we can expect. (Click on the media bar below to hear Alex Kurtzman)
The third season of Star Trek: Discovery will begin streaming next year on CBS All Access.
You’ll see two versions of the same character in Gemini Man, both played by Will Smith. Well, they’re both kind of played by Will Smith. There’s an older version of the character, a top government assassin, designed to reflect Smith’s real-life current age (50). But there’s also a version that’s several years younger — a clone designed to kill the original. The film is directed by acclaimed Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee, and just as he placed a digital tiger in a boat for Life of Pi, the young clone — as Smith told us — is completely the creation of Lee and his team of artists. (Click on the media bar below to hear Will Smith)
Considering he made a name for himself playing an attorney on L.A. Law, Jimmy Smits is coming full circle with his role on the new NBC series Bluff City Law. Three decades later, his character certainly isn’t the brash young upstart that Victor Sifuentes was, and he’s a long, long way from L.A., but Smits thinks his new role is every bit as intriguing. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jimmy Smits)
Bluff City Law premieres next Monday night (9/23) on NBC.
Oscar seems to love real people. So it makes a lot of sense that Matt Damon is getting some serious awards season buzz for his role as real-life car designer Carroll Shelby in the upcoming biopic Ford v. Ferrari, about Ford’s attempt to create a race car that could challenge Ferarri’s dominance back in the 1960s. For all the Oscar talk that he and the film are getting, though, Damon says that neither he nor director James Mangold are particularly crazy about cars, which made understanding the characters a bit of a challenge. (Click on the media bar below to hear Matt Damon)
If you’re a fan of the Watchmen graphic novels, you’ll undoubtedly see that the new Watchmen series on HBO doesn’t stick to the script, as it were. There are certain elements of the show that have never been seen in any of the previous Watchmen media, leading some purists to question whether it’s really Watchmen at all. But the show’s producer and writer, Damon Lindelöf (Lost), told us he made some changes to the source material in order to make the show more sustainable and, in the spirit of Watchmen,take more risks. (Click on the media bar below to hear Damon Lindelöf)
It: Chapter 2 continued to dominate the box office this past weekend. Having earned $150 million in just 10 days, this It is another feather in the cap for author Steven King and director Andy Muschietti. One of the movie’s stars, James McAvoy, gives a lot of credit to Muschietti. McAvoy says that, on the set, Muschietti felt much more like a peer than a boss, and it gave the entire production a great vibe. (Click on the media bar below to hear James McAvoy)
In The Shadow Of The Moon is a crime thriller with a sci-fi twist. Boyd Holbrook (Logan) is a Philadelphia detective who witnessed a serial killer (Cleopatra Coleman) meet her demise at a subway station. Nine years later, she reappears to commit more killings, but maybe she’s not who she appears to be!
One huge reason why In The Shadow Of The Moon could be something special is that it’s directed by Jim Mickle, the filmmaker behind the stylized noir thriller Cold In July. Bokeem Woodbine and Michael C. Hall, who was the lead in Cold In July, co-stars in the feature. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
In The Shadow Of The Moon hits Netflix on September 27.
Laurence Fishburne stars in the character driven narrative Imprisoned, as he plays a vengeful prison warden named Daniel Calvin. Dylan Burke (Juan Pablo Raba) is a reformed ex-convict who is now settled down with a loving woman named Maria (Juana Acosta). Daniel is determined to exact revenge over Dylan and ultimately the film becomes a battle of wills between the strong willed individuals.
Shot in Puerto Rico, the picture was penned, produced, and directed by Paul Kampf, an artist whose background in theater helped inform him as a filmmaker. Building a theater from the ground up as well as becoming a founder at Equitas Entertainment, Kampf understands that sometimes one needs more than one particular job to get a film made.
“Now I’ve come to understand that it tends to be what’s required to get something going,” said Kampf, who cites his theater experience as a foundation for taking a big picture approach to his filmmaking. “You’re the writer and you try to introduce it to financiers to get behind it and then you have to convince them the project is worthwhile to invest in as a producer. And then you have to convince them that you’re the right director for the project. The hats just shift around depending on which room you’re in.”
One of Imprisoned’s strongest assets lies in the tension and chemistry between Juan Pablo Raba and Laurence Fishburne. Click on the media bar to hear Kampf talk about the actors’ working dynamic during production.
Imprisoned, now playing in New York, hits Los Angeles on Friday, September 20 and Chicago on September 27.
In his new film, Ad Astra, Brad Pitt plays a second-generation astronaut who seems predestined for a flight across the cosmos after his father disappeared on a space mission. Of course, there are plenty of young kids who hope to reach for the stars and become an astronaut. For Pitt, was going into space — even in the make-believe world of movies — a dream come true for his younger self? (Click on the media bar to hear Brad Pitt)
Modern Family has been a dream come true for Sofia Vergara. After all, what woman wouldn’t want a TV marriage to the guy who used to be Al Bundy? Seriously, though, as the show enters its 11th and final season, Vergara has been doing a lot of reflecting back on the years she’s spent on the show, and one thing that stands out for her is the fact that she felt like she was part of something special from the very moment the cast was assembled on the soundstage for the first time. (Click on the media bar below to hear Sofia Vergara)
Modern Family’s final season premiere will air next Wednesday night (9/25) on ABC.