The hit TV series Fantasy Island was a feel good show wherein Mr. Roarke (Ricardo Montalban) granted a wish for each of his visitors, and one would expect a predictable movie version would have followed the show’s similar beats.
But Fantasy Island is not a reboot of the series, and as the trailer suggests it’s a darker reimagining of that universe. This time out Mr. Roare (Michael Peña) is more manipulative and maybe downright evil, as the guests (which includes Lucy Hale) gradually realize that their island dream vacation has turned into a nightmare.
Director Jeff Wadlow, who previously worked with Hale on Truth or Dare, is the man behind the camera, and since Fantasy Island is a Blumhouse production, one can expect a healthy share of scares in this feature. It’s a wonderful twist on the program, and hopefully Wadlow and company will pull it off!
The marketing behind Fantasy Island is already off to an ingenious start, as the poster, which gives us a top down view of the island, actually looks like the silhouette of a person who is screaming “never coming home.” Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Co-starring Maggie Q and Jimmy O. Yang, Fantasy Islandhits theaters on February 14, 2020!
Set during The Vietnam War, Danger Close centers on a company of inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers who took part in The Battle of Long Tan. Against all odds, these 108 men attempt to overcome an estimated 2,500 Viet Cong soldiers who are attacking from all corners.
Luke Bracey (Hacksaw Ridge) plays Sergeant Bob Buick, and along with meeting the veterans of the battle it was working with an experienced crew that made Danger Close an enriching production.
“For me being able to meet men that were at the battle – and one thing that helped during the film was all of our extras were Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in Australia,” said Bracey. “Men that came and helped build the sets. They helped as extras in the background. To be able to converse and talk to them and become mates with them – I’m still friends and I still stay in contact with a number of those boys. That was a really interesting part for me was getting their nod of approval to say ‘yes, thank you so much for doing this’ and ‘don’t feel silly being an actor, we really appreciate you doing this.’
Click on the media bar to hear Bracey talk about why it was an honor to immerse himself in the “harrowing” journey of Danger Close:
Danger Close, co-starring Travis Fimmel, is now playing in theaters and is available on Digital and On Demand.
On its surface, the movie 21 Bridges is about a police manhunt as they try to track down a pair of cop killers. Once you dig beneath the surface, though, things get a little bit messier. Chadwick Boseman, who stars in the movie as the detective leading the manhunt, says that, as the story unfolds, it will be up to audiences to figure out who the good guys are, who the bad guys are, and who is somewhere in between. (Click on the media bar below to hear Chadwick Boseman)
Based on an NFL player’s real story, All American is a show about a football star from South Central L.A. who faces all kinds of adjustments and challenges after he transfers to a school in Beverly Hills. Taking the role of a football star was certainly a challenge for Daniel Ezra. He’s from the UK, where “football” refers to soccer. Now that he’s had a chance to learn more about the game, how does Ezra feel about American Football? (Click on the media bar below to hear Daniel Ezra)
Midway has been a passion project for director Roland Emmerich, who worked tirelessly for years getting the film approved and then made. It features the heroic stories of real-life military figures during one of World War II’s most notable battles. Dennis Quaid joined the ensemble cast as U.S. Navy Vice Admiral William Halsey, and he told us he was drawn to the film, in large part, because of Emmerich’s passion. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dennis Quaid)
Sure, there’s plenty of talent on The Voice, but one of the things that keeps viewers tuning in week after week is the competition — and the chemistry — between the show’s coaches. And while there have been plenty of mentions (and jokes) made about the bromance between Blake Shelton and former coach Adam Levine, now Shelton’s on the show with his real-life romantic partner, Gwen Stefani. So maybe Stefani’s a little bit biased, but when we asked which of her fellow coaches was her favorite, she (not surprisingly) raved about Shelton. (Click on the media bar below to hear Gwen Stefani.)
The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday nights at 8/7c on NBC.
Nicolas Cage is having a busy year as he’s been seen in A Score to Settle, Running with the Devil, Primal, and Kill Chain. Don’t expect him to slow down in 2020, as Color Out of Space is on the horizon.
Nathan Gardner (Cage) is a family man whose life takes a turn for the worse after a meteorite lands on his farm. Gardner and his family attempt to battle this mutant organism which ultimately takes over their minds and bodies, ultimately infusing a rush of color and tragedy into their lives.
What makes Color Out of Space super interesting is it’s directed by Richard Stanley, the filmmaker behind Dust Deviland Hardware. Stanley was also replaced by John Frankenheimer for 1996’s troubled production The Island of Dr. Moreau, and one wonders what would have happened to Stanley’s career if he actually directed that film (he penned the flick’s screenplay).
Color Out of Space, co-starring Joely Richardson and based on an H.P. Lovecraft short story, hits theaters January 24, 2020. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Love Is Blind centers on Bess (Shannon Tarbet), a 24-year-old who is suffering from “selective perception,” a condition that makes her unable to see her own Carolyn (Chloe Sevigny). Although a suicidal construction worker named Russell (Aidan Turner) becomes smitten with her, she is also unable to acknowledge his presence.
Although the plot may seem far-fetched, co-director Monty Whitebloom has crafted a nuanced tale of how one tries to find a sliver of hope even if tragedies literally and figuratively impedes our own vision. Both Tarbet and Turner deliver charismatic performances in the role, and Whitebloom discussed what makes Turner such a unique actor.
“He is completely like any role he plays,” said Whitebloom. “He’s actually like a great mate, someone you’d like to hang with in the pub. When he’s actor he translates into these characters and literally inhabits them. He has a star quality – you can’t deny it the camera loves him. He has a sense of power of strength yet there is a real naivete and charm to him. He’s charming and boyish and really great company but not full of himself. There is a fragility to him.”
Click on the media bar to hear Whitebloom talk about the why he wanted to bring a “significant edge” to the storytelling behind Love Is Blind:
Love Is Blind, co-starring Matthew Broderick and co-directed by Andy Delaney, is now out in theaters, Digital, and VOD.
Riding with critical acclaim did not help Doctor Sleep take the box office crown, as that honor belongs to the $17.5 million debut of Midway. Doctor Sleep underperformed with $14.1 million. Overall it was a pretty weak weekend even with for newcomers involved in the mix. Here’s the top 10:
Midway– Epic WWII feature takes in $17.5 million.
Doctor Sleep – The Shining sequel underperforms with $14.1 million
Playing with Fire – John Cena comedy debuts with $12.8 million.
Last Christmas – Romantic comedy takes in $11.6 million in its first weekend.
Terminator: Dark Fate – Action flick collects $10.9 million and to date it has amassed $199 million worldwide.
Joker – Joaquin Phoenix’s biggest hit rakes in $9.2 million
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil– Hit film makes $8 million.
Harriet – Drama on Harriet Tubman grosses $7.2 million.
Zombieland: Double Tap– Sequel is still doing well with $4.3 million.
The Addams Family– Feature takes in $4.2 million and it has made over $91 million domestically.
The Irishmancenters on the life of hit man Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro), a member of the Bufalino crime family who also became a close friend of Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino). Directed by Martin Scorsese, the feature is a shoo-in for a slew of Oscars this season, and even with his recent comments on comic book movies, this may be Scorsese’s year. Now playing in select theaters, The Irishman is set for a November 27th debut on Netflix.
Another film we highly recommend on is Danger Close, the true story of 108 Australian and New Zealand soldiers who engaged in The Battle of Long Tan. The Vietnam War feature, starring Luke Bracey, Travis Fimmel, and Daniel Webber, is ably directed by filmmaker Kriv Stenders. Danger Close is now playing in theaters and is also available on Digital and On Demand.