‘Please Stand By’ With Dakota Fanning Hits Blu-Ray In May


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.

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Blu-Ray Spotlight: Noomi Rapace Holds Action Keys With ‘Unlocked’

unlocked5Although it featured a couple of wonderfully choreographed action scenes, the spy thriller Atomic Blonde was a bit of a disappointment. Flying much more under the radar was Unlocked, a thriller headlined by Noomi Rapace that, unlike the aforementioned film, hits the target.

Rapace plays Alice Racine, a talented CIA interrogator who is haunted by a terrorist attack in Paris. Determined to make up for what she believed was her own failure to complete a mission on time, Racine attempts to stop an impending attack on London. Michael Douglas, Toni Collette and John Malkovich serve as her superiors in various departments (Douglas is her mentor and close friend), and they help Alice on her perilous mission. Orlando Bloom co-stars as a thief who also joins Alice, but he might have motivations of his own.

Noomi Rapace, seen earlier this year in What Happened to Monday, does a great job as the determined agent and she once again proves she’s adept at handling dramatic and action sequences. Michael Apted, a veteran craftsman who also directed the James Bond feature The World Is Not Enough, was also the perfect choice to direct Unlocked. Filled with a ton of action and more twists than your average pretzel, Unlocked is a flick that’s definitely worth a look.

The Blu-ray version comes with a 13-minute featurette on the making of the film and has interviews with Apted, Rapace, the producers, and the rest of the supporting cast.

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Molly Shannon And Toni Collette Party Up In ‘Fun Mom Dinner’ Trailer


A movie featuring the diverse talents of Molly Shannon (Other People) and Toni Collette (Lucky Them) is always a must watch for me, and though both actresses have shown their dramatic talents over the years, it’s great to see them pair up for a straight up comedy.

Fun Mom Dinner, penned by Julie Rudd (Paul Rudd’s wife) and directed by first timer Alethea Jones, centers on four moms (Collette, Shannon, Katie Aselton, Bridget Everett) who have an unforgettable evening. The ladies, whose kids attend the same preschool class, get together for a seemingly innocuous dinner that turns into a much wilder experience. Adam Levine (Begin Again), Paul Rudd, and Rob Heubel make cameos in the comedy.

Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!

Fun Mom Dinner opens in theaters and On Demand August 4.

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That’s a Wrap: The Week in Movies

twins_ver3Can you imagine Christian Bale as Dick Cheney? Variety reports that Bale will re-team with his Big Short director Adam McKay in an untitled project about the former Vice-President. Steve Carell would play Donald Rumsfeld in the film, while Amy Adams would star as Lynne Cheney.

Get ready for a sequel nearly two decades in the making. Arnold Schwarzenegger has stated that he’s positive about the prospects for Triplets, a sequel to the 1988 comedy Twins. The original starred Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, who both would reportedly return, while Eddie Murphy would join in as well, and Ivan Reitman would return as director.

According to Deadline, Sly Stallone has decided to bow out of The Expendables franchise. Even though he was due a large payday, the actor exited after he and Nu Image / Millennium could not come to an agreement on the director and script.

Is it Bat vs. Rock? The Walking Dead‘s Jeffrey Dean Morgan will star opposite Dwayne Johnson in the upcoming monster movie Rampage. The film, which also stars Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello, Jake Lacy and Marley Shelton, is expected to be released on April 20, 2018. Morgan will play a government division chief while Johnson is the soldier tasked with stopping the giant monsters.

Jeremy Renner and Hannibal Buress are in talks to join the Ed Helms-led comedy Tag. Variety reports that the film is based on the true story of a group of friends who have been playing a no-holds-barred version of the children’s game Tag for over 30 years.

Director Barry Levinson and comedy great Billy Crystal have joined the new comedy Revival. The film centers on a once great Broadway director who gets stuck writing jingles after a bitter divorce. Deadline reports that Crystal would play the composer, who finds out a nearby high school is staging his most famous musical and becomes obsessed with shutting it down.

If you liked Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., they’re about to team up again in the Ben Wheatley-directed film Freakshift. The action thriller centers on a group of misfit cops who hunt and kill nocturnal underground monsters.

Speaking of on-screen reunions, Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church are reuniting for the indie comedy Shriver. Church stars as the titular depressed and frequently inebriated loner who is mistaken for a reclusive author with the same name. Collette is an English professor who takes a liking to Shriver.

The cast for Ridley Scott‘s drama on the Getty kidnapping is coming together. Deadline reports that Michelle Williams is circling the role of Gail Harris, Kevin Spacey is in talks for the role of J Paul Getty and Mark Wahlberg is circling another major role in the film, which is titled All the Money in the World. In other Ridley Scott news, the director reportedly has interest in helming the war epic Battle of Britain.

Jackie director Pablo Larrain has signed on to direct The True American, starring Tom Hardy. The movie is set in Texas in the days after 9/11 and follows a Muslim immigrant and Bangladesh Air Force vet who narrowly survives a killing spree that claimed two other immigrants.

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will reportedly write, direct and produce the feature film Invincible based on the comic series from Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Ryan Ottley and Cory Walker. The film comes from Kirkman’s deal with Universal Pictures. The movie centers on a normal high school student whose father is the most powerful superhero on the planet.

The Reese Witherspoon-starring film Home Again has been given a Sept. 8 release date. The film, directed and written by Hallie Meyers-Shyer, follows a recently separated mother of two whose new life in L.A. is turned upside down when she takes in three charismatic guys who become her unconventional family. According to Deadline, the cast also includes Nat Woff, Jon Rudnitsky, Pico Alexander, Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen and Lake Bell.

Amy Madigan and Peter Fonda have joined the cast of The Last Pull Measure. Deadline reports the project is based on the true story of a young Pentagon investigator (Sebastian Stan) who unravels what really happened in a bloody Vietnam War battle that led to fight to persuade Congress to award the Medal of Honor to an Air Force Pararescue Jumper. Lisa Gay Hamilton, Robert Pine, Samuel L. Jackson, William Hurt, Christopher Plummer, Bradley Whitford, Grant Gustin, Michael Imperioli, Linus Roache and Alison Sudol also star.

Deadline reports that John Travolta has signed on to star in Speed Kills, a John Luessenhop-directed drama based on the life of speedboat racing champ Don Aronow.

Simon Pegg has signed on to star in Katharine O’Brien‘s Lost Transmissions. O’Brien will direct the film which is based on her own script about a shy songwriter who discovers that her friend Theo, a respected record producer, has lapsed in his medication for schizophrenia. Hannah and her friends then try to catch up to Theo and have him committed while he flees following his delusions through the streets of L.A.

‘Miss You Already’ Is A Drew Barrymore & Toni Collette Tearjerker

Miss You Already - Photo Credit: Nick WallDirector Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Thirteen, Red Riding Hood) collaborates with Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore in the new drama Miss You Already.

The narrative centers on Jess (Barrymore) and Milly (Collette), best friends whose lives are profoundly changed after Milly is diagnosed with cancer. The best friendships survive through storm and weather, and with two fine actresses leading the way, expect the film to have its share of tear inducing moments. It’s also great to see Barrymore back on the screen, the three movies she’s shot since 2010 (Going the Distance, Big Miracle, and Blended) haven’t had the dramatic import of 2009’s Grey Gardens.

The project premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival in the World Premiere Category and hits theaters November 6. Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine, Tyson Ritter, and Jacqueline Bisset also star in the Morweena Banks penned project.

Check out the Miss You Already trailer and feel free to comment below!

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