If Solo: A Star Wars Story is going to work, the bond between Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) and Chewbacca has to pop off the screen. A brief teaser trailer released by Lucasfilm shows us glimpses of the pair’s initial meeting, and it’s also funny to see Chewie skeptical over Han’s card game playing skills.
Speaking of skepticism, there was initial doubts by critics and Star Warsenthusiasts if Ehrenreich could pull off the iconic role, but the trailers that have been released show off an actor who feels completely comfortable in the role. It’s impossible to follow in Harrison Ford’s footsteps, but considering Ehrenreich was excellent in Warren Beatty’s 2016 feature Rules Don’t Apply, it’s apparent he has the chops to carry his own film. Though Phil Lord and Chris Miller left the project over “creative differences,” having Ron Howard as the director is another plus for Solo: A Star Wars Story’s prospects.
Are you excited about the film? Check out the teaser and tell us what you think!
Solo: A Star Wars Story, co-starring Woody Harrelson, opens May 25.
As evidenced with the critically acclaimed In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, filmmaker Martin McDonagh knows how to find humor amidst tragedy. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri centers on a mother (Frances McDormand) who is attempting to find justice for her murdered daughter. Under different hands, this story would be a straight ahead drama, but McDonagh has other plans.
“Well because it sort of starts off in such a sad place I didn’t want to stay or dwell in that place for too long,” said McDonagh. “My natural metier as they say in France is to try and find some kind of humor in most situations. Not to stay in the darkness but to try and find something a little bit lighter than that.”
It wouldn’t have been funny if Frances McDormand rejected the part, as she was McDonagh’s first and presumably only choice for the part. Click on the media bar below to hear McDonagh talk about casting McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri opens in select theaters on Friday, November 10.
War for the Planet of the Apes was an excellent way to close out a successful trilogy, as Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes had an epic showdown with a human army led by an unrelenting leader named Colonel (Woody Harrelson). Although the picture grossed over $490 million worldwide, the feature was still one of this year’s more underrated films (its predecessor, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, grossed over $710 million worldwide). Along with another excellent performance from Andy Serkis as Caesar, Harrelson was also memorable as the antagonist, and their anti-climactic final conflict, at least in my opinion, was one of this year’s most surprising cinematic moments.
Click on the media bar below to hear Serkis talk about the “brilliantly real” CGI behind War for the Planet the Apes:
The Blu-ray’s special features include audio commentary from director Matt Reeves, several featurettes on the making of the film, and a plethora of deleted scenes (with optional commentary from Reeves). One of the deleted scenes, however, is worth watching especially if you’re a fan of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The sequence features a discussion between Caesar and the Colonel which deals with the ultimate fate of Malcolm (Jason Clarke).
War for the Planet of the Apes is now out on on Blu-Ray and DVD.
The Glass Castle, which is based on Jeannette Walls’ bestselling memoir, hits Blu-ray and DVD November 7 via Lionsgate. The movie chronicles Walls’ (Oscar winning actress Brie Larson) relationship with her dysfunctional father (Woody Harrelson) which in term inspired her to pursue a career in writing. Naomi Watts co-stars in the feature which marks a reunion between director Destin Daniel Cretton and Larson (they worked together on Short Term 12).
Larson was playing a real life character, Walls was not possessive over the material and gave Larson free reign over the role. Click on the media bar to hear the actress talk about meeting Walls during the production of The Glass Castle:
Special features on the Blu-ray include 9 deleted scenes and several featurettes (The Glass Castle: Memoir to Movie, A Conversation with Jeannette Walls, Making of ‘Summer Storm’ by Joel P. West, and “Scoring The Glass Castle“).
Director Rob Reiner has tackled the presidency before with 1995’s The American President, and now he teams with Woody Harrelson in the biopic LBJ. Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice, Changeling) co-stars as John F. Kennedy and Jennifer Jason Leigh is Johnson’s wife Lady Bird.
Though the Kennedys have been immortalized on cinema (most notably with last year’s Jackie), projects on Johnson and his legacy on the political and social landscape has been few and far between. Running at a brisk 98 minutes, the feature will deal with Johnson’s challenges as president as he butts heads with Attorney General Bobby Kennedy (Michael Stahl-David) and attempts to honor JFK’s legacy by signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
With War for the Planet of the Apes, Wilson, and The Glass Castle, Harrelson has been all over the screen this year, and the actor may receive an Oscar nod for at least one of these movies. Check out the trailer for LBJ below and tell us what you think!