Book Club centers on the lifelong friendship of four women (Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen) whose lives take a turn after reading 50 Shades of Grey. Jane Fonda is Vivian, the most confident of the friends who has no-strings attached relations with men.
“It’s about friendship and sex,” said Fonda. “(It’s about a) woman being able to decide from a fully authentic place when she is ready to give up hope for a relationship, hope for sensuality, hope for a love affair. It’s not meant to make people who are older and not having sex feel bad about it. Nobody has to keep on being sexual later in life. But it should be up to us to make the decision.”
Click on the media bar to hear Jane Fonda explain why, no matter what age, on can stay engaged in life and relationships:
Book Club, co-starring Don Johnson and Andy Garcia, opens nationwide May 18.
Diane Keaton stars in Book Club as Diane, a widow who finds comfort in her friends (Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen). The friends also get inspired after their book club reads Fifty Shades of Grey, and the narrative focuses on their respective journey.
The movie’s central theme centers on the importance of lasting friendships. “It’s a bond, it’s a love,” said Keaton. “Finally, you find people you can trust and you’re happy to be with them really because you have your struggles with them. It’s like family in a certain sense. (Your relationship) with really close friends especially as you’re older, because you’ve lost a lot of your family.”
Click on the media bar to hear Keaton talk about the generous spirit behind Book Club and why she thinks a sequel would be a great idea (she mentions Book Club director/co-writer Bill Holderman in the clip).
Book Club, co-starring Andy Garcia, opens nationwide May 18.
Director/writer Dean Devlin, best known for his Independence Day and Stargate screenplays, is behind the camera with the underrated disaster epic Geostorm. Recently released on Blu-ray and DVD, the picture had a worldwide gross of $220 million, but it should have received much more attention stateside (it reached just $33 million in receipts).
For one, Gerard Butler is an engaging protagonist as Jake Lawson, the creator of the network of satellites that has kept Earth from succumbing to natural disasters and the destructive effects of climate change. Lawson’s understandable aversion to authority leads to his eventual unemployment, but he’s needed three years later when a “geostorm” threatens the planet.
Jim Sturgess is Jake’s brother Max, a career driven climber in politics who’s tasked by his superior (Ed Harris) to enlist Jake for the latest mission, with Abbie Cornish starring as Max’s girlfriend (and agent) Sarah. Andy Garcia rounds out the A-list cast as the President, a man who, upon seeking reelection, may be a conspirator behind the latest satellite debacle.
Click on the media bar below to hear Butler talk about working with Geostorm co-star Jim Sturgess:
The Blu-ray comes with the featurettes “Wreaking Havoc,” “Search for Answers,” and “An International Event.” In the “Search for Answers” segment, Devlin added that he rifles through his first draft of a screenplay in a quick manner to give even more time for the succeeding drafts and edits. He also adds that Geostorm’s idea came from his own daughter, who asked him why there wasn’t a big machine to actually combat climate change.
Move over Eddie Murphy, there’s a new doctor in town. Variety reports that Robert Downey Jr. will take on the popular role of Dr. Dolittle in the upcoming film The Voyage of Dr. Dolittle. Stephen Gaghan will direct the film, which finds Downey in the titular role as the doctor with a knack for being able to communicate with animals.
Could we sell you on a film starring Kyle Chandler and Jason Bateman as siblings? Deadline reports that Game Night stars Chandler as Brooks, the more successful brother of Max (Bateman), who end up getting entangled in a real-life murder mystery during a gathering of couples. Rachel McAdams, Jesse Plemons, Kylie Bunbury and Lamorne Morris have also been cast in the film, which is being created by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein.
Steve Carell, Amy Schumer and Nicole Kidman have all signed on for She Came to Me. Deadline describes the film, written and directed by Maggie’s Plan director Rebecca Miller, as a comedic dramedy set in the world of contemporary opera and tug boats that cuts into the layer cake of American society with wit and heart.
Speaking of Amy Schumer, the actress-comedian has bowed out her plans to star in a live action film about the popular doll Barbie. Scheduling issues came into play, but Schumer has expressed her enthusiasm of the movie making it to the big screen.
Deadline reports that Kristen Wiig is in negotiations to star in Richard Linklater‘s upcoming film, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? The film centers on a once famous architect who becomes a recluse, so much so that when she disappears, her husband and 15-year-old daughter conduct a search to determine her whereabouts. Wiig would play a high strung neighbor of Bernadette’s in the film
Karl Urban, Sofia Vergara and Andy Garcia have all been cast in Bent, a new film written and directed by Bobby Moresco. According to Deadline, the film follows discredited narcotics detective Danny Gallagher (Urban), who is out for revenge agains the man who framed him and killed his partner. Vergara stars as a ruthless government agent whose motives are unclear, while Garcia is Gallagher’s lifelong mentor who has fought corruption throughout his career.
Oscar-winner Brie Larson is now attached to star in Victoria Woodhull for Amazon Studios. The Room thespian will play the titular suffragette, who became the first female candidate to run for the presidency of the United States. Larson will also serve as a producer on the film.
Chris Evans, soon to be seen in Gifted, is set to star in Red Sea Diving Resort. Deadline reports that the Gideon Raff-directed drama revolves and the transport of Ethiopian Jews to Israel in 1981, with Evans playing the Israeli agent Ari Kidron who assembled the tame to help with the exodus on the ground.
Tika Sumpter, who turned heads as a young Michelle Obama in Southside With You, has joined the cast of The Old Man and the Gun. The film centers on a police officer (Casey Affleck) who becomes fascinated with a career bank robber (Robert Redford) with a history of prison breaks and the commitment from a woman who loves him despite his profession. Sumpter will star as Affleck’s wife in the film. Danny Glover and Sissy Spacek have also been cast in the movie.
Issa Rae, the breakout star of HBO’s Insecure, has landed a role opposite Bill Hader in the new film Empress of Serenity. Hader plays a man named Sheldon whose attempts to woo back his ex-wife get derailed when his widowed father guilts him into a cruise. Rae plays Michelle, a reclusive kindred spirit who both aids and becomes an obstacle in Hader’s plans.
Julianne Nicholson, Emma Roberts and Zachary Quinto have all joined the cast of Who We Are. Deadline reports that Matthew Newton is directing the film, which centers on convicted felon (Nicholson) who strikes up an alliance with a public defender (Roberts) that comes in handy when she decides to try to get back the son she lost when she went to prison for manslaughter.
Edward James Olmos has joined the cast of the upcoming Predator reboot. Shane Black, who helped pen the original film decades ago, will be directing the movie, which stars Boyd Holbrook, Sterling K. Brown, Trevante Rhodes, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key and Jacob Tremblay among others.
Mike Epps and Bruce Willis are set to star in Acts of Violence, their second film together in the past year. The action flick centers on vigilante brothers who infiltrate a human trafficking ring to free a loved one. Cole Hauser, Shawn Ashmore, Sophia Bush and Melissa Bolona also star in the film.
Variety reports that Nicolas Winding Refn is set to produce a remake of the 1988 cult classic, Maniac Cop. The film would be set in present day and would focus on one cop’s attempt to uncover the truth about one of her fellow officer’s role in the murders of several innocent people.
The Libertine is on hold! According to director Brett Ratner, the film about a 2011 incident involving French politician Dominique Strauss, has been put on hold while star Johnny Depp deals with events in his personal life. Ratner told EW, “That was a movie I was going to direct next. I put it on hold. Johnny had some issues with his divorce and stuff. So we pushed it off. There’s another movie I’m going to direct. I’m hoping in 2017. I’m very excited about that. I know what it is but don’t want to say what it is yet.”
Denise Richards and Mischa Barton have signed on to star in the horror film The Toybox. The supernatural thriller centers on a family on a cross-country trip who get stranded in the desert by a force that is slowly picking them off. According to Deadline, Richards plays the mother of the family, while Barton is another traveler who gets caught up in the carnage.
Out on DVD today, A Dark Truth (R, 102 minutes) features Andy Garcia as Jack Begosian, a radio talk show host and former CIA agent who travels to Ecuador and rescues environmental activists (Forest Whitaker, Eva Longoria) targeted by a corrupt corporate head (Sons of Anarchy’s Kim Coates). Deborah Kara Unger stars as the CEO’s sister who hires Begosian, and scene stealer Kevin Durand (Robin Hood, TV’s Lost) is the assassin hired to clean up all the mess.
Shot in Northern Ontario and the Dominican Republic, A Dark Truth features an array of talented character actors (Devon Bostick makes a cameo, and Steven Bauer is also a co-star). The movie, although injected with a level of political consciousness, succeeds best as an action thriller. As always, Garcia brings a dogged craftsmanship to his role, and although it’s a brief encounter, his interaction with Durand during the film’s final moments is worth a look (if you’re a fan of both actors, of course).
A Dark Truth Special Features:
* The DVD comes with “Behind the Truth,” a thirteen minute featurette which, although it features the requisite interviews from all the main actors in the cast, also delves into aspects of the film’s production.
* Director Damian Lee talks about the challenges of working on a low budget yet still giving the film solid production values. Lee’s collaboration with cinematographer Bobby Shore and production designer Tony Cowley is also covered in the featurette.
* “Behind The Truth” also contains footage of Andy Garcia working with the stunt crew as they shoot the final action sequence in the film.
* Favorite Quote from the Featurette: “For me, the greatest part of acting is to learn it and then forget it,” said Kim Coates. “You have to have it, and then you forget it.”
* Also included on the DVD are the trailers for Kill Me, Intouchables, Looper, Company of Heroes, and Zero Dark Thirty.
To check out a clip from the “Behind The Truth” featurette, click on the video below: