Greg Berlanti has made a name for himself by creating superhero shows like The Flash, Supergirl,Legends of Tomorrow, and Black Lightning. Berlanti, who last directed a movie in 2010 (Life As We Know It), has a new film coming that goes in a completely different direction — Love, Simon is about a closeted gay teenager who’s trying to find balance in a chaotic life. Berlanti explained to us that the challenge of doing something totally new is why he wanted to direct the film. (Click on the media bar below to hear Greg Berlanti)
Love, Simon starring Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, and Jennifer Garner, opens in now playing in theaters.
On the surface, it’s easy to classify Red Sparrow as a spy thriller, but Jennifer Lawrence says you wouldn’t be doing it justice. Lawrence told us the movie is packed with all kinds of head-spinning twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the film. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jennifer Lawrence)
In the ballet world, apparently, it’s all about colors and birds. First we had Black Swan; now Jennifer Lawrence stars in Red Sparrow, a movie about a Russian ballerina recruited to be a spy Lawrence told us this was one of her most difficult roles, simply because of the exhaustive level of training she went through. (Click on the media bar to hear Jennifer Lawrence)
You can see Lawrence’s newfound ballet skills on display when Red Sparrow hits theaters on March 2. (A month late… a ballet movie should have been released on 2/2, right?)
As we get toward the end of the year, we’ll see a lot more “prestige movies” opening for awards season consideration. And what would an awards season be without a potential contender from legendary director Steven Spielberg? This year, he’s got The Post, a drama based on the true story of The Washington Post’s battle with the government to publish the infamous Pentagon Papers from the Vietnam War. Starring in the movie are multiple Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, but Spielberg’s also assembled a pretty deep bench, with Bradley Whitford, Allison Brie, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, and Bruce Greenwood all part of the ensemble cast. Spielberg told us they were all people he specifically wanted for the film, and he was fortunate to get them. (Click on the media bar below to hear Steven Spielberg)
The Post opens in limited release on December 22, and it will open nationwide in the new year.
Loosely based on the real-life story of show biz pioneer P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an old-style musical saluting — what else? — showmanship. So it makes perfect sense that they brought in a musical veteran, Zach Efron, as one of the movie’s stars. As part of an ensemble that also includes Hugh Jackman, Zendaya, and Rebecca Ferguson, Efron pointed out that everyone involved with the movie was giving 110% to making the story and its music come alive on the screen. (Click on the media bar below to hear Zac Efron)
The Greatest Showman opens in theaters on December 20.