Mark Steven Johnson Crafts A “Complicated” Heist Film With ‘Finding Steve McQueen’

Director/writer Mark Steven Johnson has helmed such ambitious projects as Daredevil and Ghost Rider, but with Finding Steve McQueen he embarks on another deceptively challenging feature.

Based on the true story of Ohio crooks who attempted to steal $30 million in illegal contributions from President NIxon’s secret fund. Instead of giving a linear account of the events, screenwriters Ken Hixon and Keith Sharon deliver a multi-layered narrative that jumps through various time periods. Travis Fimmel (Vikings, Lean On Pete) is Harry Barber, the driver of the crew who, years later, attempts to come clean with his girlfriend (Rachael Taylor).

Click on the media bar to hear Mark Steven Johnson talk about the “complicated narrative” that actually makes Finding Steve McQueen a refreshingly engaging experience:

Finding Steve McQueen hits theaters, On Demand, and Digital on March 15.

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Deck Building RPG ‘Monster Slayers’ Hits Nintendo Switch In April

Monster Slayers, a deck building RPG adventure that employs an immersive card-based battle system, hits Nintendo Switch on April 5. As players create a hero to join the Monster Slayers Guild, they undergo a quest through the dangerous Northern Valley to defeat an all powerful villain named Harbinger to become a true Monster Slayer. Developed by Nerdook Productions (Reverse Crawl), the game is inspired by Peter Whalen’s inspired roguelike game Dream Quest.

Gamers battle undead goblins, outlaws, and mighty dragons during the adventure, and they can choose 12 different classes to choose from as they start their journey (Rogue, Ranger, Knight, Barbarian, Cleric, Wizard, Assassin, Beastmaster, Apothecary, Brute, Monk, and Necromancer). To stave off monotony, the developers ensure that each play through is different as each enemy encounter and loot discovery are randomly generated.

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‘Trek’ Respect: ‘Discovery’ Star Earned Lt. Uhura’s Blessing

In the history of the Star Trek franchise, Sonequa Martin-Green is the first African-American woman to get top billing on any of its shows or movies. When she was first offered the role, she approached Nichelle Nichols — beloved in the Trek universe as the original series’ Lieutenant Uhura — and asked for her advice. Martin-Green told us Nichols could not have been any more supportive, and that the diversity seen on the series is right in line with the original vision set out by Star Trek’s creator, Gene Roddenberry. (Click on the media bar below to hear Sonequa Martin-Green)

The second season of Star Trek: Discovery is now streaming on CBS All Access.

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Michael Keaton Reunites With The One & Only Tim Burton

The new live-action version of Dumbo brings together a pair that hasn’t worked together in over 25 years: actor Michael Keaton and director Tim Burton. For a few glorious years, the pair was synonymous, as they made Beetlejuice, Batman, and Batman Returns together. Even though they didn’t work together again until “Dumbo” entered production, Keaton has never lost his respect for Burton, telling us that he’s always viewed him as one of Hollywood’s true originals. (Click on the media bar below to hear Michaerl Keaton)

 

 Dumbo lands in theaters on March 29.

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‘Whiskey’s’ Got Lauren Cohan Working Harder Than Ever

Whiskey Cavalier stars Scott Foley and Lauren Cohan as a pair of spies — him from the FBI, her from the CIA — who find themselves getting involved in all kinds of action-packed situations. Just like they’re a mixed-agency duo, the show itself is a mixture of action, drama, and comedy. Because of that, Cohan told us that working on the series stretches all of her acting muscles … and some of her body’s muscles, too. (Click on the media bar below to hear Lauren Cohan)

Whiskey Cavalier airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on ABC.

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Review: Non-Stop Action Propels Guilty Pleasure ‘Welcome to Acapulco’

 

Welcome to Acapulco is not an A-list film that was released by big time Hollywood studios, but that doesn’t mean a ton of fun can’t be had. Directed with panache by Guillermo Ivan, Welcome to Acapulco is a diverting experience that should appeal to folks in need of an adrenalized action comedy.

Video game designer Matt Booth (Michael Kingsbaker) is scheduled to attend the Video Game Awards in New Mexico but thanks to getting drunk with a friend at the airport he winds up in Mexico.

Rescheduling his flight once he lands seems to be easy enough business, but now he’s being targeted by federal agents and criminals who are looking for a package that he’s supposed to be carrying. Michael Madsen co-stars as the enforcer who’s tasked with getting the package at any cost, and Ana Serradilla is the mysterious woman who attempts to keep Matt alive during this deadly journey. William Baldwin also stars as one of the high powered figures looking to capture Matt for his own personal gain.

For 88 minutes, Welcome to Acapulco doesn’t let up on the action and the comedy, and thanks to the film’s beautiful locales and solid lensing from Ivan, the picture is also blessed with eye catching visuals. Ivan knows he’s making a guilty pleasure, wall to all action movie, and he succeeds even with a modest budget. Kingsbaker and Serradilla also have enough chemistry to pull the whole thing off, making Welcome to Acapulco one of this year’s more pleasurable cinematic surprises.

Welcome to Acapulco is now available On Demand and Digital.

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Matthias Schoenaerts Delves Into “Passion Project” With ‘The Mustang’

Directed and co-written by Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, The Mustang centers on Roman (Matthias Schoenaerts), a convict who takes part in a state-mandated social rehabilitation program. With the help of a veteran trainer (Bruce Dern) and a fellow inmate (Jason Mitchell), Roman gradually becomes adept at training his seemingly unbreakable mustang.

Schoenaerts’ diverse and acclaimed career (Rust and Bone, Far from the Madding Crowd) leads one to assume he would deliver a first rate performance in The Mustang, so the film’s biggest surprise is Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, whose self-assured direction anchors the narrative.

“It was a passion project,” said Schoenaerts. “(Laure) had been working on it for six years. She was very personally involved and engaged. She was fighting for it for many years. That was a trigger for sure. Then I read the script and I wasn’t aware of the existence of this very program so that was already fascinating because it had such a poetic but also synergistic quality to it.”

Click on the media bar to hear Schoenaerts talk about finding the right balance of horsemanship in The Mustang:

Executive produced by Robert Redford, The Mustang opens nationwide March 15.

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With ‘This Is Us,’ Milo Ventimiglia Sees Signs Of Life For Network TV

It’s no surprise that Milo Ventimiglia has been getting plenty of fan feedback about This Is Us. After all, the writing and acting on the show have been top-notch, and the episodes always seem to strike an emotional chord with viewers. What’s been a little surprising to Ventimiglia, though, is how many fans the show has attracted. After all, he’d been hearing about “the decline of network TV” for years, and he feels like This Is Us proves that people will still turn to the networks if the show is right.

This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on NBC.

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Idris Elba’s Not Sorry For ‘Charlie’ Landing On Netflix

Fresh off the fifth series of his acclaimed BBC series Luther, Idris Elba has a brand-new series getting ready to stream on Netflix. Instead of another intense drama like Luther, though, Turn Up Charlie is a comedy in which he plays a struggling DJ who gets a job as a manny. Elba is also a co-creator and executive producer series, and he believes the streaming service was the perfect place for the project.

Turn Up Charlie premieres March 15 on Netflix.

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Grant Gustin Loved ‘The Flash’s’ Slow-Moving Love Story

Thanks to the time-bending tech on The Flash that showed Iris West-Allen’s byline on future news stories, we knew that Barry Allen and Iris West were destined to fall in love. But while the series may be about the fastest man alive, the show certainly didn’t rush into that relationship, letting it develop over a few seasons before they even went out on their first proper date. Grant Gustin has always been a fan of the soulmates’ storyline, and he feels like it’s played out exactly the way it should have. (Click on the media bar below to hear Grant Gustin)

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW.

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