After Sons of Anarchy finished up its successful seven-season run on FX, fans weren’t quite ready to say goodbye to the world on wheels that Kurt Sutter had created. Rumors rumbled about that there would be more — possibly a Sons prequel called The First 9 — but ultimately, Sutter decided to turn his focus to the Sons’ rival crew, and the Mayans M.C. spinoff was born. We talked to him about why he chose to go in that direction instead of revisiting Sons. (Click on the media bar below to hear Kurt Sutter)
The Girl in the Spider’s Web picks up the story of Lisbeth Salander, who we first met in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. In this, the fourth film in the American series, a new actress has been cast in the role — Claire Foy replaces Rooney Mara, who earned an Oscar nomination for playing the part in 2011. With a new face playing the character, Foy told us it’s fitting that, in the new film, Lisbeth is dealing with issues about her own identity. (Click on the media bar below to hear Claire Foy)
The Girl in the Spider’s Web opens in theaters on November 9.
With health care in America becoming increasingly corporate and impersonal, Ryan Eggold thinks the time is right for New Amsterdam. As he explained, the new drama tells the story of a hospital administrator who decided to change the status quo at his facility and do things the way he thought good doctors should do them. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ryan Eggold)
New Amsterdam premieres Tuesday, September 25 after the This is Us season premiere on NBC.
Ant-Man and the Wasp, which made over $617 million worldwide, is coming out on Blu-ray October 16 (it hits digital on October 2). As usual with Marvel titles, the extras on the disc are plentiful. Along with returnees Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, the movie co-stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, and Walton Goggins.
Special features on the Blu-ray include several making-of featurettes (“Back in the Ant Suit: Scott Lang,” “A Suit of Her Own: The Wasp,” Subatomic Super Heroes: Hank & Janet,” “Subatomic Super Heroes: Hank & Janet,” “Quantum Perspective: The VFX and Production Design of Ant-Man and The Wasp,” Gag Reel and Outtakes, and director’s intro by Peyton Reed. Fans of deleted scenes will be treated to two sequences (“Worlds Upon Worlds” has Janet taking Hank through the quantum realm and “Sonny’s on the Trail,” which contains an extra scene with Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins) and his crew).
Digital exclusives include the featurettes “10 Years of Marvel Studios: The Art of the Marvel Cinematic Universe” and “Online Close-Up Magic University.
Are you a fan of Ant-Man and the Wasp, and if you haven’t seen it, are you looking forward to its Blu-ray and Digital release? Feel free to comment below!
As evidence with This Is Us and the engaging feature film Danny Collins, filmmaker/scribe Dan Fogelman is passionate about people who are constantly in flux. Whether it’s a lifelong regret of one’s past or the vagaries of fate, there are forces that simply shape our existence whether we like it or not.
Life Itselffocuses on Will (Oscar Isaac) and Abby (Olivia Wilde), a New York couple who seem to have everything going their way with the birth of their first child Dylan (Olivia Cookeplays the 21-year-old version of Dylan). But things don’t turn up roses and rainbows for the pair, and Dylan’s closest bond ends up being her loving grandfather Irwin (Mandy Patinkin).
“(Dylan) is in search of ferocious emotion,” said Cooke. “She is the embodiment of everything that’s happened in her head. She’s unashamed and unapologetic and it was really fun playing someone like that.”
Click on the media bar to hear Olivia Cooke talk about seeing Life Itselfwith a captive audience:
The Predatorwas the #1 film at the box office, making $24 million domestically. Although that seems like a solid number, the picture’s budget is estimated at $88 million, and to date it’s generated just $54 million worldwide. Coming in second was The Nunwith $18.2 million. Here’s the top 10:
The Predator – Unfortunately this film doesn’t look like a big money maker for 20th Century Fox. $24 million.
The Nun – The latest film from The Conjuring universe does well with $18.2 million.
A Simple Favor – First rate suspense thriller with Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively debuts with a solid $16 million.
White Boy Rick – Matthew McConaughey film debuts in just 2500 theaters (compared to The Predator’s 4,000) and makes $8.8 million.
Crazy Rich Asians– Feature continues to over deliver with an $8.7 million weekend. Domestically, it’s made over $149 million!
Peppermint– Jennifer Garner revenge film takes in $6 million.
The Meg – Jason Statham shark movie is still swimming! $3.8 million
Searching – John Cho headlined thriller takes in $3.2 million.
Unbroken: Path to Redemption – Unbroken sequel makes $2.35 million in its first weekend.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout – Tom Cruise flick grabs $2.31 million for the final spot!
A Simple Favorcenters on Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), a single mom and vlogger who befriends another mom named Emily (Blake Lively). With a high powered job in New York and an attractive writer husband to boot (Henry Golding), Emily seems to have it all – until she goes missing. It’s up to Stephanie to put the puzzle together behind her new friend’s disappearance, even if it leads her down an expectedly troublesome and dangerous path.
Directed by Spy filmmaker Paul Feig, A Simple Favor does have its share of suspense thriller moments, but it also has a comedic light touch that is part of Feig’s body of work. “There are definitely moments that will make you laugh,” said Kendrick. “But I wouldn’t describe it as a funny movie because it’s so dark. Movies like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang– thrillers where I feel like there’s a smile on your face the entire time. That’s one of those subgenres that is really tricky and I think one of the most entertaining.”
Click on the media bar to hear Kendrick discuss why Blake Lively was the perfect person to play Emily.
Kelly Clarkson had such a great time last season on The Voice that she’s coming back again… and again! Clarkson’s been confirmed as a coach for Seasons 15 and 16 of NBC’s hit singing competition, and she told us that she expects each season to be just as surprising and unpredictable as the first. (Click on the media bar below to hear Kelly Clarkson)
Clarkson joins fellow coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Jennifer Hudson when The Voice returns to NBC on Monday, September 24 at 8/7c.
Hugh Jackman’s new movie, The Front Runner, is based on the 1988 presidential candidacy of Sen. Gary Hart and the sex scandal that ended it. Jackman knows that politically themed movies can be polarizing, but he told us this movie doesn’t take sides — it just tells the story and lets people draw their own conclusions. (Click on the media bar below to hear Hugh Jackman)
The Front Runner, which also stars Vera Farmiga and Sara Paxton, opens in theaters on November 21.
The very first episode of The X-Files was about missing time, and plenty of fans will surely be able to relate when they find out that this week marks the 25th anniversary of that pilot episode airing. The show ran for nine seasons, spawned two feature films, and was brought back for two seasons as an event series, making it one of the most successful and beloved sci-fi shows in television history. A big part of that success, as any fan of the show will tell you, is due to the chemistry between the show’s two leads, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. We talked to Duchovny and Anderson, who said the chemistry was apparent from the very first time they met. (Click on the media bar below to hear David Duchovny & Gillian Anderson)
While there’s been no word about whether The X-Files will return for a third encore, episodes of the series are streaming on Hulu