Logan Lerman (Fury, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) stars in The Vanishing of Sidney Hall, a drama and mystery that centers on three stages of a person’s life.
As a teenager, Sidney Hall (Lerman) is an idealistic youth who has designs of becoming a writer. His overwhelming success as a novelist doesn’t leads to a lifetime of happiness, but instead he becomes a drifter who actually burns as many of his books as possible. Kyle Chandler (Game Night) co-stars as the the detective who searches for Sidney Hall, with Michelle Monaghan co-starring as Hall’s mother.
Lerman had the challenging feat of not just playing three different stages of Sidney’s life, but he’s also an executive producer of the project. Click on the media bar below to hear Lerman talk about the most challenging aspect of acting in The Vanishing of Sidney Hall.
The Vanishing of Sidney Hall opens in theaters March 2.
In Sleepless, Jamie Foxx is a corrupt Las Vegas cop named Vincent Downs whose teenage son (Octavius J. Johnson) is kidnapped by criminals thanks to a drug robbery instigated by Downs. Michelle Monaghan is Jennifer Bryant, an Internal Affairs investigator who’s hot on Downs’ trail.
Since Sleepless is set in Sin City, Monaghan was asked if she’s a casino enthusiast. “I’m not a big gambler,” says Monaghan. “I usually allow myself fifty bucks and then I blow it in about ten minutes at the blackjack table. And that’s it – I’m done. Because I know exactly how it’s going to go. I have no strategy and I usually do it when I first get there . . . (just) get it out of my system because I feel like you can’t go to Vegas and not blow fifty bucks.”
To prepare for her role, Monaghan spent several months training for her impending fight with Foxx, and this elaborate action scene actually led the actress to chip Foxx’s tooth. Click on the media bar below to hear the actors talk about the pivotal Sleepless sequence:
Photo Credit: Erica Parise / Distributor: Open Road Films
Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained, The Kingdom) is an actor who’s no stranger to actions films. Sleepless, co-starring Michelle Monaghan (Patriots Day) and directed by Swiss filmmaker Baran bo Odar (Who Am I), continues Foxx’s love for the genre.
The story centers on Vincent Downs (Foxx), an undercover Las Vegas police officer who’s attempting to unmask a group of corrupt cops and a mob dominated, underground casino. When Downs’ teenage son is kidnapped by gangsters, he undergoes a “sleepless” night to find the culprits and rescue his child. Monaghan co-stars as the internal affairs officer who doesn’t know Downs is on the right side of the law.
Though many action films often rely on extravagant car chases and quick, flashy edits, Sleepless actually is a throwback to cop projects of yesteryear. Click on the media bar below to hear Jamie Foxx explain why Sleepless reminds him of an episode of the Teddy Savalas headlined series Kojak.
One of the many excellent aspects behind director Peter Berg’s Patriots Day lies in the talented, invested ensemble that propel the narrative. The picture, which focuses on the investigation to capture the terrorists responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing, features Mark Wahlberg as Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders and Michelle Monaghan as Tommy’s wife, nurse Carol Saunders (Wahlberg and Monaghan play composite characters).
For Monaghan, working with Wahlberg and director Peter Berg was a unique collaborative experience. “We really just wanted to convey a side of the story which was sort of the untold story,” said Monaghan. “Where it was just every day people coming together and uniting. And feeling fear and helplessness but at the same time conveying strength and doing heroic things”.
Oscar winning actor J.K. Simmons also does great work as Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese, and click on the media bar below to hear how the real life officer helped him prepare for the role:
Patriots Day is now playing in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles. The picture opens nationwide January 13, 2017.
Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg’s passion for non-fiction narratives is on display with Patriots Day. Centering on the Boston Marathon bombings and the capture of the two men responsible for the tragedy, the picture also gives an insightful look at the resilience and strength of the Boston denizens.
With Lone Survivor, Deep Horizon, and Patriots Day, Berg and Wahlberg have been determined to honor the families whose lives are portrayed in these projects.
“This is the third film we’ve done where people have died and we’ve had a lot of meetings with family members of people who’ve lost their children,” said Berg. “Women who’ve lost their husbands, children who’ve lost their parents. This is obviously a very intense experience and it inspires us to have these meetings and tell these stories. We also are very sensitive to not crossing lines and making sure, at the end of the day, when we show the film, because we’ve shown the film to all these family members, that when the lights come up, there might be tears but there’s also hugs and the acknowledgement that we did what we said we were going to do. And that they’re happy that the film was made.”
Click on the media bar to hear why three of the people who died in the Boston Marathon were not portrayed in the film (they were honored, however in the end credits)
Patriots Day, co-starring Michelle Monaghan and J.K. Simmons, opens in select cities December 21.