(L to R) Cadets Amara (CAILEE SPAENY) and Jinhai (WESLEY WONG) in the Bracer Phoenix Conn-Pod in “Pacific Rim Uprising.” The globe-spanning conflict between otherworldly monsters of mass destruction and the human-piloted super-machines built to vanquish them was only a prelude to the all-out assault on humanity. Photo Credit: Jasin Boland
Initially focused on pursing a music career, Cailee Spaeny is making huge strides as an actress thanks to her scene stealing work in Pacific Rim Uprising. As the brave and determined Amara Namani, the Springfield, Missouri native spent six months in Australia and China.
Pacific Rim Uprising is her feature film debut and before shooting that movie, she had never traveled outside the U.S. It’s an exciting time for the actress, who also landed a plum role in director Drew Goddard’sBad Times at the El Royale. Co-starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, and Dakota Johnson, the feature centers on a cast of individuals whose lives collide at a Lake Tahoe area hotel.
Click on the media bar to hear Cailee Spaeny discuss her upcoming role at Bad Times at the El Royale.
Pacific Rim Uprising, now playing nationwide, co-stars John Boyega and Scott Eastwood.
12 Strong, the true story of an elite U.S. Special Forces unit who was sent to Afghanistan in the days after 9/11, hits Blu-ray May 1 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Chris Hemsworth, seen last year in Thor: Ragnarok, is Captain Mitch Nelson, the leader of the outfit that spearheaded this dangerous mission. Michael Shannon and Michael Peña co-star in the feature. The project is based on Doug Stanton’s book Horse Soldiers.
Along with learning more about the inner workings of this military mission, one of the sequences I’m interested in checking out is the cavalry style charge that’s featured in the flick. Click on the media bar to hear Hemsworth talk about the visual aesthetic behind 12 Strong:
Blu-ray special features include the featurettes “12 Strong: The Making of an Impossible Mission” and “Monumental Effort: Building America’s Response Moment.”
Chris Hemsworthhas wielded the most powerful hammer as his work as Thor and has even collaborated some of cinema’s most revered filmmakers (he worked with Michael Mann in Blackhat). With 12 Strong, Hemsworth is up for a different ride, playing an Army Special Forces captain who leads a military attack in Afghanistan in the weeks after 9/11 (on horseback no less).
Based on Doug Stanton’sHorse Soldiers, the war movie is directed by former photojournalist Nicolai Fuglsig, a filmmaker whose career also includes covering the Kosovo War.
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Co-starring Michael Shannon and Trevante Rhodes, 12 Strong opens nationwide January 19.
Thor:Ragnarok, one of 2017’s most successful films with a $845 million worldwide box office take, hits Blu-ray, Digital, DVD and On-Demand March 6. For viewers looking for a peak viewing experience, The Ultimate Cinematic Universe Edition is featured in 4K Ultra HD with high dynamic range (HDR) and Dolby Atmos audio.
One of Thor: Ragnarok’s many strengths was its ability to blend comedy within the darkest of storylines (the possible destruction of Asgard by Thor’s nemesis Hela, played by Cate Blanchett). Credit goes to Hunt for the Wilderpeople filmmaker Taika Waititi for turning the film into the franchise’s finest hour (thoughThor: The Dark World is woefully underrated).
Click on the media bar below to hear Chris Hemsworth talk about his collaboration with Taika on Thor: Ragnarok:
Special features on the disc include deleted and extended scenes, audio commentary from Taika Waititi, a gag reel, a plethora of featurettes, and a look at the film’s climactic battle scenes via a retro game format (the segment is titled “8bit scenes”).
Chris Hemsworth has gone into big-screen battles before. After all, he has played superhero Thor. But his new movie, 12 Strong, put him on a much more realistic battlefield. The film is based on the true story of a Special Forces squad, sent into Afghanistan to take down Taliban operatives in the days after 9/11. For Hemsworth — who plays the captain — and his squad to do the scenes with authentic military precision, they underwent a lot of training. Hemsworth told us it was a rigorous, grueling program, but it really helped him and the other actors come together as a team. (Click on the media bar below to hear Chris Hemsworth)