Bryan Cranston Brings The Human Element To Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’

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Bryan Cranston as “Chief” and Koyu Rankin as “Atari Kobayashi” in the film ISLE OF DOGS. Photo Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures. © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

Bryan Cranston goes the stop motion animation route with Isle of Dogs, the latest film of filmmaker Wes Anderson. The actor is the voice of Chief, a homeless dog who is relegated along with other canines to Trash Island. It is in this wasteland where a boy named Atari (Koyu Rankin) searches for his lost dog Spots (Liev Schreiber).

To prepare for the role, Cranston didn’t exactly have to place himself in the mind of a dog, but instead he journeyed to a more personal space. “A dog is capable of love and anger and fear and all those things that humans can feel,” said the actor. “So just bring those human traits to the surface and then whatever note that you’re bringing the other actors are bringing (their) notes and it’s up to Wes Anderson to be the conductor of this orchestra.”

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Isle of Dogs co-starring Bill Murray opens nationwide March 23.

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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Spins New Web With Miles Morales

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What if Peter Parker wasn’t the only crime fighting webcrawler in the Marvel Universe? Of course we’re not even putting Venom into the mix, and now there’s a youth named Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) who has entered the picture with the animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

The teaser trailer, as well as the moniker, blatantly hints that this story may take place in an entirely different universe, and considering the flick is produced by revisionist filmmakers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street), Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse should be a worthy addition to the Marvel universe. With the overwhelming success of Spider-Man: Homecoming, it makes sense that another Spidey story is just around the corner.

Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, and Liev Schreiber are among the voice talent in the feature which opens nationwide December 14, 2018. Check out the teaser, which we’re assuming features Parker in the clip’s final moments, and tell us what you think!

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Seann William Scott Shines Once Again With ‘Goon: Last of the Enforcers’

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As far as hockey movies go, it will be hard to top 2011’s Goon (unless you throw Slap Shot into the mix). Director Jay Baruchel, who co-wrote and starred in the original, takes on the challenging task of ensuring the franchise doesn’t have a sophomore slum with Goon: Last of the Enforcers. Thankfully, he succeeds with flying colors.

Team first and fearless “goon” Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) is back, and during the story’s first act he’s named team captain. Doug’s joy is short-lived after a bloody confrontation with hockey terror Anders Cain (Wyatt Russell) leads to his temporary retirement. With his wife Eva (Alison Pill) expecting their first baby, Doug lands a dead end desk job to pay the bills.

When Anders joins The Highlanders, Doug’s team goes on a losing streak mainly thanks to Anders’ divisive and violent nature. With The Highlanders at their lowest ebb, Doug may have a shot to rejoin the squad once he gets back into playing shape. Helping Doug get back into hockey fighting shape is his old nemesis Ross Rhea (Liev Schreiber). Baruchel also returns as our protagonist’s vulgar best buddy Pat, with Elisha Cuthbert starring as Eva’s crass but lovable BFF Mary.

Goon: Last of the Enforcers predictably doesn’t take any of the proceedings any seriously, and Baruchel unabashedly puts a ton of sport movie tropes into his narrative. Everyone looks like they’re having a great time, and once again Sean William Scott is winning as the ultimately kindhearted enforcer.

The ensemble of Goon: Last of the Enforcers have the best comedic moments in the film, and a big part of the comedy’s success lies in letting the supporting cast have their respective moments in the sun (T.J. Miller nearly steals the show as an obnoxious sportscaster).

Goon: Last of the Enforcers opens in theaters and Digital HD September 1st, and if you’re looking for a winning comedy with a ton of laughs and a bit of heart (not to mention a plethora of fisticuffs), then this movie should be right up your alley.

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Canadian Box Office Fave ‘Goon’ Hits U.S. Theaters Today

goon_ver5Already a box office smash in its native Canada, GOON tells the story of a gentle-hearted bar bouncer who gets drafted into a hockey farm team because of an uncanny ability to kick the bejeezus out of players on the opposite teams. Inspired by the true story of hockey pro DOUG SMITH, the film could be dismissed as just a raunchy version of SLAPSHOT if it weren’t for the tremendous amount of heart imbued in the script. Co-written (with EVAN GOLDBERG) and starring JAY BARUCHEL, GOON is directed by MICHAEL DOWSE and features SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT in the titular role.
Unflinchingly violent and unabashedly crass, the film somehow manages to transcend being offensive or repellant because of the pure humanity of its central character. We spoke with JAY BARUCHEL a few weeks ago and he talked about what his inspiration was in writing the script. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO) 
 
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GOON opens in limited release today

CARLA GUGINO SAYS BRIAN DE PALMA IS NOT JUST A VISUAL DIRECTOR

Carla Gugino in 'Every Day'

Carla Gugino in 'Every Day'

Although she headlined two criminally overlooked and short-lived TV shows (Karen Sisco, Threshold), and is featured this season as Hank’s (David Duchovny) lawyer on Californication, Carla Gugino is not a TV addict herself.  “I’m not a big TV watcher and in fact some of the best writing now is being done on television,” said Gugino, who was promoting her new film, the indie drama Every Day. “And obviously I’m not alone in that.  I just started watching the first season of Breaking Bad, which I just think is amazing.  I watched Californication when they had asked me about this part and I ended up loving the show.  And with Entourage (she plays agent Amanda Daniels), I had known Jeremy Piven for a very long time and I had seen the show before and thought it was really funny.  I’m a huge movie watcher and I own tons of DVDs and laserdiscs.  And the way I end up watching TV is usually on DVD years later when I actually watch full seasons. With my iPad maybe that will change when I start streaming things.  I’ve just been really fortunate to have been asked to do shows that I ended up really liking.”

One of my favorite Gugino projects is the 1998 film Snake Eyes, a Brian De Palma directed thriller starring Nicolas Cage.  The picture featured an ambitious, 13-minute opening tracking shot which gave viewers a look into the corrupt (yet addictive) world of compromised police officer Ricky Santoro (Cage).  Gugino plays a mysterious woman involved with an assassination at Atlantic City’s Millennium Hotel, and it’s up to Ricky to figure out if she and his buddy, Navy commander Kevin Dunne (Gary Sinise), orchestrated the conspiracy.  Snake Eyes also featured an elaborate tidal wave sequence in the film’s final moments, but De Palma left it on the cutting room floor.  The actress divulged that she actually caught pneumonia while filming the scene, but nonetheless Gugino enjoyed working with the filmmaker.  Click on the media bar and listen to the actress talk about Snake Eyes’ tidal wave and working with Mr. De Palma.

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Every Day centers on the trials and tribulations of Ned and Jeannie (Liev Schreiber, Helen Hunt) a married couple who are just going through the motions.  Gugino stars as Robin, a co-worker of Ned’s (they are TV writers) who, for lack of a better word, tickles his fancy.  The indie comedy-drama opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday.

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