Blu-Ray Spotlight: Aubrey Plaza Stalks Elizabeth Olsen In ‘Ingrid Goes West’


Out today on Blu-ray and DVD, Ingrid Goes West is a stalker film that could be considered today’s version of Single White Female. Director Matt Spicer, however, has much more on his mind than telling the story of a mentally unstable young woman named Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza) who becomes instantly fixated on a sunny Californian (Elizabeth Olsen). Rather, this flick is a pointed satire on the vapidity of social media, and it’s at its best when it skewers the beguiling the facade of this understandably addictive world.

After a brief stint at a mental institution, Ingrid heads to Venice, Ca. with her mother’s inheritance (she’s left with over $60,000) to stalk an Instagram celebrity named Taylor Sloane (Olsen). After brilliantly insinuating herself into Taylor’s life, Ingrid becomes fat friends with the object of her affections, and their bond leads both down a much darker path. O’Shea Jackson Jr. nearly steals the show as Ingrid’s constantly vaping landlord and Wyatt Russell plays Taylor’s failed artist husband.

Special features on the disc include deleted scenes and audio commentary from Plaza, Spicer, and writer David Branson Smith. The commentary is pretty informative and funny (thanks to Plaza’s deadpan humor), and most of the deleted scenes are actually extended versions of sequences that made it to the final cut. One deleted scene, dealing with a table read conducted by O’Shea Jackson Jr. (the landlord is also a wannabe screenwriter), is actually one of the funniest moments of the narrative and is worth checking out.

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Gerard Butler And 50 Cent Face Off In ‘Den of Thieves’ Trailer


Although it will be hard to top director Michael Mann’s heist thriller Heat, that doesn’t mean the genre shouldn’t rest its head on just one movie. Gerard Butler and 50 Cent are on opposite sides of the law in Den of Thieves, an action thriller about a group of bank robbers (including 50 Cent and O’Shea Jackson Jr.) who are planning to take down the Federal Reserve! Obviously these criminals are looking for a big score to set them for life, and attempting to stop them in their tracks is an elite unite of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (led by Butler).

The picture is the directing debut of Christian Gudegast, and like Heat this film mainly takes place in Downtown Los Angeles. Shootouts, car chases, and explosions should be part of this cinematic cocktail, and kudos to the trailer for effectively employing Kendrick Lamar’s “m.A.A.d City” to whet our appetites. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!

Den of Thieves opens nationwide January 19, 2018.

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That’s a Wrap: The Week in Movie News

MCDPADA EC027There’s casting news on the sixth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise, and one familiar face won’t be returning. Cinema Blend reports that Jeremy Renner‘s William Brandt character is reportedly not part of the upcoming film, but Tom Cruise‘s Ethan Hunt will be flanked by returning cast members Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin and Sean Harris. Newcomers to the franchise include Henry Cavill, Sian Brooke and Vanessa Kirby, though the nature of their characters has yet to be revealed. Christopher McQuarrie will direct the film for a July 2018 release.

Beyonce is reportedly the first choice of director Jon Favreau to voice Nala in a Disney live-action remake of the 1994 hit film Lion King. Variety reports that the singer-actress has not committed to the role as of yet though. Donald Glover has signed on as Simba and James Earl Jones will be reprising his role as Simba’s father Mufasa.

Speaking of voice roles, Channing Tatum will voice the first president of the United States, George Washington, in an upcoming animated film, America: The Motion Picture. Netflix is backing the film, which will be an R-rated revisionist history take on how the U.S. came to be.

Jake Gyllenhaal has been cast in Stronger, a film centered around the Boston Marathon Bombing. Deadline reports that Gyllenhaal will star as Jeff Bauman, a working class Bostonian who struggles to recover after losing both his legs while watching his girlfriend cross the finish line in the marathon. Though traumatized by the explosion, Bauman helped Boston law enforcement identify the killers. The film is set to arrive on Sept. 22.

Coming off an Oscar nomination for Hacksaw Ridge, actor Andrew Garfield has signed on to star in and produce Black Lion. Deadline reports that the film is about the memorable life and controversial death of war correspondent Carlos Mavroleon. The shipping empire heir left his job as a Wall Street trader to become a war correspondent in Afghanistan. During his final assignment he was tasked with sneaking into tribal territories not long after President Clinton’s missile strikes against Osama bin Laden’s camps. He was found dead in his hotel room under mysterious circumstances.

Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg are ready to team up again on Mile 22, a film that may turn into an action franchise. Not much is known about the film as of yet, but Wahlberg told Variety that it was “an intelligent, adult action film.”

O’Shea Jackson Jr., who broke out starring as his father Ice Cube in the film Straight Outta Compton, is reportedly in talks to join Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The film is a sequel to the 2014 Godzilla film that starred Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Ken WatanabeVariety reports that Watanabe may be the only cast member returning, but Jackson joins a cast that also includes Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga and Millie Bobby Brown. The movie isn’t expected to arrive until 2019.

Amber Heard has landed the lead role in the upcoming crime thriller The Kind Worth Killing. The movie is based on Peter Swanson‘s 2015 novel, with Heard playing a mysterious killer who meets a man on a flight from London to Boston who wants to murder his unfaithful wife. The pair then strike up a bond while plotting his wife’s demise.

Though the film has yet to receive an official title, director Paul Thomas Anderson‘s latest collaboration with actor Daniel Day Lewis is expected to arrive in time for Christmas this year. Focus Features confirmed that the movie would be part of their 2017 release schedule. The Playlist reports that the untitled film is set in the couture world of 1950s London. The story illuminates the life behind the curtain of an uncompromising dressmaker commissioned by royalty and high society.

The Whedonverse may soon include Batgirl. Deadline reports that Joss Whedon is in negotiations to write, direct and produce a stand-alone Batgirl film for Warner Bros.

The story of incorruptible lawman Elliott Ness has been a favorite big screen character over the years, and it looks like we’re about to get an update. Deadline reports that director Paul Greengrass is negotiating to helm Ness, a project written by Brian Helgeland for Paramount Pictures. The project is based off a graphic novel titled Torso penned by Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko.

Singer, producer and frequent Voice coach Pharrell Williams is reportedly the muse for a new musical that’s been acquired by 20th Century Fox. Deadline reports that the story would follow Williams’ childhood in Virginia Beach, with Michael Mayer set to direct.

Back Into Compton: Reliving N.W.A. With Ice Cube

znwaStraight Outta Compton is a bonafide hit having earned over $75 million at the box office in less than a week. The film has won over audiences and critics alike. The movie centers on the beginning and rise of N.W.A and tribulations of what the group had to deal in the 1990s. Considered the progenitors of the gangsta rap genre, N.W.A. is now one of the most legendary groups in hip hop history.

Long before he was a worldwide movie star, Ice Cube was a founding member of N.W.A. and he lent that experience as a producer of Straight Outta Compton. Ice Cube says it was a dream come to not only make the movie but to also have his son O’Shea Jackson, Jr. portray him in the film.

Click on the media bar below to hear Ice Cube elaborate on his Straight Outta Compton experience.

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