Please Stand By, an overlooked drama headlined by Dakota Fanning, hits Blu-ray and DVD May 1. If you’re a fan of Star Trek and also appreciate Fanning as an actress, this picture should be up your alley.
The story centers on Wendy (Fanning), a woman with autism who lives in a group home and works at a local Cinnabon. Life is very regimented for her, and by sticking to a daily plan, she is able to live a productive life.
Her life gets thrown a curve ball when she enters a 500-page Star Trek script into a screenplay competition but realizes that she will not be able to meet the mailing deadline. With her script in tow, Wendy travels to Los Angeles on a trek that has its share of bumps and minor victories. Alice Eve plays Wendy’s understandably concerned sister Audrey, with Toni Collette serving as the protagonist’s nurtured (yet harried) therapist. Patton Oswalt also chimes in, delivering some of the movie’s best scenes as a cop who bonds with Wendy’s Star Trek passions.
The Blu-ray and DVD versions come with cast and crew interviews, a making-of featurette, and deleted scenes. My favorite sections of Please Stand By deal with Wendy’s relationship with the Star Trek universe (her script is actually pretty good!), and hopefully one of these sequences will be one of the deleted scenes.
Pretentiousness is not a lovable trait, and it’s great to see when a bit of comeuppance enters the picture. In the new sitcom A.P. Bio, Glenn Howerton is Jack Griffin, a Harvard philosophy scholar who is forced to return to Toledo, Ohio and work as an Advanced Placement biology teacher. Instead of working in the higher echelons of academia, Jack is now employed at Whitlock High School where he butts heads with students, faculty, and Principal Durbin (Patton Oswalt).
“When you see someone who thinks so highly of themselves get handled, you get a certain amount of pleasure watching that,” said Howerton.
That being said, having a lack of filter may be somewhat of an admirable quality. “It’s also fun to see a character who is all id,” adds Oswalt. “Whatever he is feeling in the moment, he lets you now. For all of the times in your life when you have to kind of hide (what you’re feeling) – you envy those people. Whatever they feel, they just let it go out. It’s pretty amazing.”
Click on the media bar to hear Howerton talk about how improvising helps enhance the quality of the show, even if many of those moments don’t make it in the final cut.
A.P. Bio premieres February 1 on NBC (9:30/8:30c).
Star Trek fans may not have to wait too long for another Spock and Captain Kirk story, as PleaseStand By might do the trick.
Dakota Fanning plays a young autistic woman named Wendy who has a regimented day which includes working at the local Cinnabon and watching an episode of Star Trek. Determined to deliver her 500 page Star Trek script for a writing competition, Wendy leaves her caregiver and goes on a cross country journey filled with setbacks and (one would hope) life affirming moments. Patton Oswalt co-stars as the police officer who shares Wendy’s love for the Klingon language and, in a very clever stroke, Alice Eveplays Wendy’s concerned sister (Eve starred in 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness). Ben Lewin, who helmed the acclaimed flick The Sessions, is the director.
Please Stand By hits theaters and On Demand January 26, 2018.
The Confirmation centers on Walt (Clive Owen), a carpenter who takes care of his kindhearted eight-year-old son Anthony (Jaeden Lieberher) while his ex-wife (Maria Bello) and her new husband (Matthew Modine) go out of town.
Walt’s relationship with Anthony isn’t exactly a solid one, but during their weekend misadventures in finding Walt’s stolen toolbox, the pair form a gradual bond.
The story behind The Confirmation comes from a personal place, as director/writer Bob Nelson’s (Nebraska) father was a tradesman who also would lose his toolbox. Inspired by such films as Winter’s Bone and The Bicycle Thief, Nelson wanted to infuse The Confirmation with a healthy dose of realism. Our Hollywood Outbreak interview with Clive Owen and Jaeden Lieberher is below, and if you want to check out my thoughts on the film (I loved it!), check out our new podcast CinemAddicts.
The Confirmation (PG-13, 90 minutes), co-starring Patton Oswalt and Tim Blake Nelson, opens Friday in select theaters and On Demand.
Actor Patton Oswalt will provide his voice for Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Games Series, a collaboration between Mojang and Telltale Games. The five-part, episodic game series is set in the Minecraft universe brings new characters to the equation.
The narrative centers on Jesse (Oswalt) who, along with his friends, revere the legendary Order of the Stone. These four adventures (Warrior, Redstone Engineer, Griefer, Architect) were famed for slaying an Ender Dragon. The worlds of fantasy and reality mesh at EnderCon, as Jesse and his buddies embark on a journey to find the Order of the Stone in an attempt to save their world from destruction.
“We’ve worked closely with the amazing team at Mojang to ensure this story is a natural fit for the Minecraft world fans already know and love,” said Telltale Games CEO and co-founder Kevin Bruner. “As Jesse, players will steer their own path through a tale of adventure and survival; all brought to life by an all-star cast. Through Telltale’s choice-based gameplay and a story spanning from the Nether to the Farland, the End, and beyond, we can’t wait for fans to experience this new take on the beloved world of Minecraft.”
Along with Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Ashley Johnson, Scott Porter, Martha Plimpton, Corey Feldman, Billy West, Dave Fennoy, and Paul Reubens are among the actors that will lend their voices to the series.
Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Game Seriesis currently in development and will be available for download later this year on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and iOS and Android devices.