Thursday, June 29, 2017

'Baby Driver' Review

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By Diego Coya
            Baby Driver is written and directed by Edgar Wright and has an all-star cast which include: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Hamm, and Jamie Foxx. The film tells the story of a character named Baby, who is a getaway driver for an organization of bank robbers. He is highly known for being the best getaway driver there is and he also listens to his music 24/7. As time goes on, Baby realizes that this business is not what he really wants and tries to quit the business for good. Baby eventually meets Lily, a lovely waitress whom he connects with and falls for, from then on, things start going south and we have an incredibly unique film.

            The reason why Baby Driver was one of my most anticipated films of the summer is because of Edgar Wright; I have loved every film he has done thus far, his movies are innovative, original, and different than most movies out there. The trailers also looked fantastic, which made me more hyped to see what Edgar Wright had in store for the audience. Having seen the film, I can safely say that films like Baby Driver make me realize why I love movies so much. Baby Driver is one of the best action movies I have seen in a very long time, and Edgar Wright’s directing style makes it all the merrier.

            The direction from Edgar Wright is nothing short than amazing. The car chase sequences are without question some of the best chase sequences I have ever seen in a film. They are intense, exciting, and so well done; a lot of the chases look like practical effects and if that is the case, then that makes them even greater. Additionally, the action scenes are so stylish to the point where the viewer is able to see Edgar Wright’s fingerprints throughout the film. There is an insane amount of style in this film, but it never is style over substance. The cinematography is also outstanding; it truly is a neat looking film.

            As far as performances go, everyone is on the top of their game. Even though I was excited to see this film, I was somewhat skeptical about Ansel Elgort. Not because he is a bad actor, but because I wasn’t sure how well he would fit the role of a getaway driver. I am so happy to report that I was ever so wrong in having my doubts because Elgort really shined in his role. Even though he does not have much dialogue, he was still a subtle, charismatic, and a likeable lead role. There are some scenes that require some dramatic moments from him since we learn about his backstory. Elgort really pulled it off and I give him major props.

            Lily James was a terrific supporting role; I though the romance between her character and Elgort’s was really sweet and charming. Furthermore, they had great chemistry. Kevin Spacey was also superb in his performance; Spacey is arguably the greatest actor working today since the man can simply do no wrong. However, my favorite performances in the film are Jamie Foxx and Jon Hamm. Both gave a phenomenal performance as people who are insane but have likeability to them. Even though the majority of the characters in the film are criminals, the viewer isn’t able to help but feel engaged to the characters throughout.

            And of course, the soundtrack must be mentioned; it is without question, the absolute best soundtrack of the entire year. The soundtrack has songs from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, and honestly I absolutely loved every song in the soundtrack. Edgar Wright utilizes the songs in an incredibly stylish way; a lot of the action scenes are in sync with whatever song is playing during a specific scene. Like most of Edgar Wright’s films, this is so self-aware of what it is, and you can’t help but be so amazed by the film. As far as flaws go, if I had to pick one it’s that the romance felt a tad bit rushed, but other than that, Baby Driver is a film that I absolutely implore everyone need to go see. People should support great and fantastic films like these, and Edgar Wright should never stop making movies!

Rating: 10/10

First trailer for 'The Greatest Showman' dazzles with PT Barnum biopic

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By Darian Scalamoni
            An exciting movie is on the horizon which stars Hugh Jackman in his first major role post-Wolverine as he stars as P.T. Barnum in the biographical musical titled The Greatest Showman. The movie will follow Barnum through his poor childhood all the way to opening his first circus in New York and you can see that all in the trailer which we’ve posted below.

            This movie looks fantastic. One of my favorite trailers of the year thus far and it has a tremendous cast for the subject matter as Jackman was nominated for his role as Jean Valjean in the musical, Les Miserables, so he’s very capable of doing a role with so much song and dance. The shots are mesmerizing and we have all the trapeze artists, bearded ladies and circus acts you could possibly imagine and I’m excited to see it in theaters.

            Check out the first trailer for The Greatest Showman below! The movie stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Zendaya and Rebecca Ferguson. The Greatest Showman opens on December 25th!

First red-band trailer for 'A Bad Moms Christmas' reveals the holiday's raunchiest comedy

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Bad Moms was one of the most profitable and surprising movies of 2016 grossing $183 million on a $20 million budget. There was originally talk of it leading to a spinoff called Bad Dads (which is no longer in development, thank god), but the sequel titled A Bad Moms Christmas just got a trailer and we have it for you below!

            The film should do really well with female audiences as it goes up against Thor: Ragnarok. I have high hopes for it too as I’m a huge fan of all three leads and with holiday shenanigans to follow, it could be this year’s version of A Night Before. It really plays up on how chaotic the lives of moms are during Christmas time and it should get a ton of laughs.

            Check out the trailer below for A Bad Moms Christmas! The movie stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Jay Hernandez, Cheryl Hines, Peter Gallagher, Justin Hartley, David Walton, Christine Baranski and Susan Sarandon. A Bad Moms Christmas opens in theaters on November 3rd

Melanie Lynskey joins J.J. Abrams/Stephen King Hulu series, 'Castle Rock'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            J.J. Abrams and Stephen King is a dream pairing and with them working on a new series for Hulu titled, Castle Rock, it makes it one of the most anticipated series currently gearing up for production. They continue to bolster the cast as The Tracking Board reports that Melanie Lynskey has joined Andre Holland, Sissy Spacek and Jane Levy for the drama.

            The show is based in a fictional town in the state of Maine. We’re told it has plenty of mythological elements but it’s also character driven so an actress of Lynskey’s talents will really benefit this series. Lynskey will play Molly Strand, a woman with a rare medical condition who’s a real estate agent and every third property is the site of someone’s worst nightmare. It certainly sounds like a unique character and one that I think Lynskey could have a field day with.

            Lynskey previously had a role on Two and Half Men on CBS, as well as starred in Togetherness on HBO with Mark Duplass. She also starred in in Netflix movie, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore earlier this year.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Netflix cancels 'Girlboss' after one season

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Netflix is continuing their trend of canceling original shows after years of creating new content week by week for audiences. Deadline has reported that Girlboss is the latest show to not be renewed by the streaming service after a 13-episode first season.

            I just started the show after reading this news to see what the show is all about and it was a decent pilot but didn’t hook me like other Netflix shows in the past have. The show is based on the popular autobiography of the same name about Sophia Amoruso. Girlboss joins other recent high-profile cancellations at the network The Get Down and Sense8. It makes a lot of sense as the show didn’t do well critically and featured a rather unlikable lead that the audience couldn’t relate to.

            Girlboss is the first comedy series that Netflix has canceled since producing comedies for the service in 2015. The show starred Britt Robertson, Ellie Reed, Johnny Simmons, Dean Norris and Alphonso McAuley. Girlboss began streaming on Netflix on April 21st.

First trailer for 'Pitch Perfect 3' has the Bellas going to Europe

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Pitch Perfect was a bona fide surprise hit when the first movie hit theaters in 2012, grossing over $110 million on a $17 million budget. The second movie did even better making $284 million on a $29 million budget and also served as Elizabeth Banks’ directorial debut. Now, the Barden Bellas are back, post-graduation to go on a USO tour in Europe and we have the first trailer for you below.

            It seems like more of the same from the franchise to be honest; the first film was a solid entry but the sequel didn’t capture the same magic that made the first movie so good. Still has an impressive cast, I’m a huge fan of Anna Kendrick and Hailee Steinfeld so I’m always rooting fot them. I’m sure plenty diehard Pitch Perfect fans are hyped for this movie though that hits close to Christmas.

            Check out the trailer for Pitch Perfect 3 below! The movie stars Anna Kendrick, Hailee Steinfeld, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Shelley Regner, John Lithgow, John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks. Pitch Perfect 3 hits theaters on December 22nd.

            How do you guys feel about the first trailer for Pitch Perfect 3? Are you excited for the third film in the franchise? Let us know in the comments!

Friday, June 23, 2017

First trailer 'Marshall' reveals Chadwick Boseman playing yet another historical figure

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Chadwick Boseman is the king of the moniker of biopics. After portraying Jackie Robinson and James Brown in 42 and Get on Up, respectively, he’ll be playing Thurgood Marshall in the upcoming drama, Marshall. We have the first trailer for you below!

            The story follows the earlier days of Thurgood Marshall before he fought the Brown v. Board of Education and became the nation’s first African-American Supreme Court justice. It looks to be a hell of a movie and another great role for Boseman. Marshall is obviously a very compelling figure and since he’s being portrayed by one of the best black actors in the industry today, it should be a really solid film. Plus, the rest of the ensemble isn’t too shabby either.

            Check out the trailer below for Marshall! The movie stars Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Sterling K. Brown, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens and James Cromwell. Marshall hits theaters on October 13th

First trailer for 'Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later' showcases the return of Camp Firewood in 1991

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Netflix provided a fantastic comedic surprise in 2015 with Wet Hot American Summer: The First Day of Camp, an eight-episode continuation of the cult classic film from 2001 that was directed by David Wain. Now, there’s yet another limited series upcoming titled Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later and we have the trailer for you below!

            The feature film featured a scene in which all of the characters promised to meet up again ten years later, to the day, which will be the premise of this new series that will take place in the year 1991. If you’re a fan of the movie and the insanely kooky last limited series done by creators Michael Showalter and David Wain, then you’ll love this trailer and most likely love the show.

            Check out the trailer below for Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later! The film stars Showalter, Wain, A.D. Miles, Amy Poehler, Beth Dover, Christopher Meloni, Chris Pine, David Hyde Pierce, Elizabeth Banks, Eric Nenniger, H. Jon Benjamin, Janeana Garofalo, Jason Schwartzman, Joe Lo Truglio, John Early, Josh Charles, Ken Marino, Kristen Wiif, Lake Bell, Marguerite Moreau, Marisa Ryan, Michael Ian Black, Molly Shannon, Nina Hellman, Paul Rudd, Rich Sommer, Sarah Burns, Zak Orth and Jai Courtney. The show is available to stream on Netflix starting on August 4th!

Carnage expected to be the villain in the 'Venom' movie, Sony also developing spinoffs for Kraven the Hunter and Mysterio

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Spider-Man: Homecoming is just a couple of weeks away and though I’m highly-anticipating seeing that movie, Sony can’t stop announcing more exciting stuff for their spinoffs. According to THR, Carnage will be the villain in the upcoming Venom movie that will star Tom Hardy and has Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad). Not only that but in another report, THR also revealed that the studio is looking to make films based around villains, Mysterio and Kraven the Hunter.

            Carnage first appeared in the comics as Cletus Kassidy, a serial killer who shared a prison cell with Eddie Brock (Venom). Some of the symbiote that Brock used to escape jail was left behind and merged with Kassidy which helped him form into Carnage. His powers include super strength, shapeshifting and every power that Spider-Man has as well. Mysterio is known as the master of illusions in the Spider-Man comics while Kraven, is obviously a hunter who believes that chasing down Spidey is the best hunting challenge ever.

            It seems with this news that maybe Sony wants to build towards that Sinister Six movie they had in development back when Andrew Garfield was playing Spider-Man but at least they’ll build with solo movies before the team-up of all the villains. It’s definitely a smart move as Suicide Squad looked to just make a movie based around a rag-tag group of villains and we all know how that turned out.

            How do you guys feel about Carnage as the villain in Venom? Do you want to see Kraven and Mysterio get their own movies? Sound off in the comments.

Pablo Picasso to be the focus of Season 2 of Nat Geo's 'Genius'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            With the first season of the National Geographic anthology series, Genius in the can, the network and its producers have announced the subject of Season 2. According to Indiewire, the upcoming season will focus on the legendary artist, Pablo Picasso.

            This comes after the well-received first season that focused of the life of Albert Einstein in which Geoffrey Rush and Johnny Flynn played the older and younger versions of Einstein respectively. Picasso lived from 1881-1973 and is famed for his unforgettable artwork and a movement that changed the landscape of the art world entirely. Picasso has been portrayed on screen many times before but there is no news yet on who will play the artist on the show but we do know that there will again be two actors portraying him as younger and older versions.

            This is exciting news as we’re seeing the change of pace from science to art for the sophomore season. I was a huge fan of this season and this subject matter has me even more hyped for who they’ll cast in the lead role. The producers are also considering a female subject for Season 3 which is great to hear. Season 2 is expected to begin filming this Fall and it will air Spring 2018.

            How do you guys feel about Pablo Picasso being the focus of Season 2 of Genius? Who would you like to see portray him? Let us know in the comments section!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

New trailer for 'Game of Thrones' Season 7 brings the war of Winter to the forefront

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By Darian Scalamoni
            The new season of Game of Thrones is rapidly approaching and though we’re here in the hot days of Summer, when it comes to the HBO dramatic series, Winter is Here. Just a few days ago, the new trailer for Season 7 of the epic series was released and wow it looks absolutely incredible.

            It’s not easy to talk much about Game of Thrones without spoiling for those who haven’t watched yet, but if you haven’t, you’d be in the small amount of people around the world who haven’t watched. Having said that, I enjoyed this trailer way more than the first we saw for the upcoming season. It’s filled with great narration, flaming swords, dragons, White Walker’s and tons of battles between EVERYBODY. It’s an incredibly intense trailer and I’m excited to finally see Thrones back on my television.

            Check out the new trailer for Season 7 of Game of Thrones below. The show stars Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Conleth Hill, John Bradley, Hannah Murray, Kristofer Hivju, Gwendoline Christie, Rory McCann, Kit Harington, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Ellie Kendrick, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Aiden Gillen, Liam Cunningham, Peter Dinklage, Nathalie Emmanuel, Bella Ramsey and Emilia Clarke. Game of Thrones Season 7 premieres on HBO on July 16th.

Ron Howard to take over directing duties as Phil Lord and Chris Miller exit the untitled Han Solo movie

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Earlier this week, news broke that the directors of the Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street) were fired from the production due to creative differences between them and long-time Lucasfilm producers, Kathleen Kennedy and Lawrence Kasdan. Now, the replacement is signed on as THR reports that Ron Howard, will take over as director on the project.

            In a quote from the report, “Howard is considered to be a safe choice to complete the task, someone who will more than ably finish the movie while being a calming presence on set,” and on paper, his hiring makes sense. He’s an accomplished veteran who won’t rock the boat, and he’ll get the job done. According to THR, Howard will meet with the actors “to soothe a rattled set and will pore over a rough edit to see what the project has and still needs.”

            There’s three and a half weeks of shooting left in principal photography but having said that, this still rubs me the wrong way. I was very excited to see this movie with Lord and Miller directing and the other question is, who gets the credit for direction here? They did direct about 75-80% of the film so that remains to be seen. Howard has had some great movies but other than Rush, he hasn’t had a good movie in quite a few years. It’s a bit underwhelming but because he’s a veteran in the business, it makes sense. The still-untitled Han Solo movie opens in theaters on May 25th, 2018.

            How do you guys feel about Ron Howard taking over the Han Solo movie? Are you upset that Lord and Miller are no longer directing? Is there someone else you would’ve liked for the job? Let us know in the comments section!

New images highlight Season 2 of 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story'

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By Darian Scalamoni
             With the recent announcement of Katrina: American Crime Story getting pushed to Season 3 from Season 2, due to the large water effects they’ll need more time on to adapt the actual natural disaster, we now know that the season based around the Versace’s will take that spot. Entertainment Weekly just released new images for the upcoming season that will go by the insanely long title of, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story which you could check out below.

            Though last season’s, The People vs. O.J. created a production design driven by dull colors and courtroom detailing, this new season takes place in Miami and has tons of neon colors and lavishing sets for obvious reasons. The pictures reveal the whole cast in their respective roles and this has me pretty excited to see this on screen.

            Check out the images below for The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story! The show stars Penelope Cruz, Edgar Ramirez, Ricky Martin and Darren Criss. Expect to see Versace to air in early 2018.

            What do you guys think about the upcoming season of American Crime Story? Do these images intrigue you? Sound off in the comments and let us know!

Phil Lord and Chris Miller's Animated 'Spider-Man' movie adds Mahershala Ali and Brian Tyree Henry to voice cast

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Though Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street) recently exited the Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film but their other project, the animated Spider-Man movie is chugging along with even more actors being added to the voice cast. According to The Tracking Board, Oscar-winner, Mahershala Ali and Brian Tyree Henry have joined the cast.

            Mahershala Ali will voice Miles Morales’ uncle, Aaron Davis, who operates on the wrong side of the law. Brian Tyree Henry will voice Miles’ detective father, Jefferson Davis. Though Lord and Miller won’t direct this movie, they wrote and will produce it together while Bob Persichetti (The Little Prince) and Peter Ramsey (Rise of the Guardians) will direct. Miles Morales will be the star of this movie, the half-black, half-Latino teenager who adopts the costume as Spider-Man after Peter Parker dies. I’m a big fan of both of these actors and what they’ve been doing recently so this is great news to me.

            Ali won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar this past year for his role in Moonlight, which also won Best Picture. He also appeared in Hidden Figures, another Best Picture nominee and will appear in Alita: Battle Angel and Triple Frontier in 2018. Brian Tyree Henry also had a huge year last year with his role in FX’s, Atlanta and has been racking up film roles as of late. He’ll appear in White Boy Rick and Steve McQueen’s Widows, both set to arrive in 2018.

            How do you guys feel about this casting news? Are you excited to see the animated Spider-Man movie? Let us know in the comments!

Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson to star in crime film 'Highwaymen'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Legendary actors Robert Redford and the late, great Paul Newman were developing a couple of projects before the latter passed away back in 2008. One of those was A Walk in the Woods, which Redford later made with Nick Nolte. Another one of those was a crime movie titled Highwaymen. In 2013, the movie cast Woody Harrelson and Liam Neeson as the new leads and while Neeson has exited, the movie is back on tracks with Netflix (who else) coming on to produce with Harrelson and now, Kevin Costner to star, per Deadline.

            John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks) will direct the movie and also has done the re-write on the script. The movie follows Frank Hamer and Manny Gault, lawmen who brought Bonnie and Clyde to justice. It’s a great directing vehicle for Hancock, who I really quite enjoy and premise for both Costner and Harrelson to star.

            Harrelson can be seen in three big-time projects this year with War for the Planet of the Apes and The Glass Castle due out later this Summer. He’ll also reunite with Martin McDonagh for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as well as star in the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film which will be released in 2018. Costner will star in Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, Molly’s Game with Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba and star in the TV series, Yellowstone helmed by Taylor Sheridan.

            You guys excited to see this long-gestating project come to fruition? How do you feel about a Kevin Costner/Woody Harrelson team-up? Let us know in the comments below!

First trailer for 'To the Bone' has Lily Collins battling anorexia

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Sundance Film Festival is a good test for what we could see come awards season but now it’s also become a great place for streaming networks like Amazon and Netflix to buy movies to put on their respective networks. One of those acquired by Netflix is To the Bone, which we have a trailer for you guys below!

            The movie stars Lily Collins as a 20-year-old girl who suffers from anorexia and is sent to a group home for youths where she tries to overcome her disorder. The trailer shows a really nuanced story and looks to have a terrific performance for Collins. It garnered positive reviews at Sundance and I actually think Netflix is the perfect home for a movie like this.

            Check out the trailer below for To the Bone! The movie stars Collins, Keanu Reeves, Carrie Preston, Alex Sharp, Lili Taylor and Liana Liberato. The movie hits Netflix on July 14th.

What do you guys think of the trailer? Do you want to check out To the Bone? Let us know in the comments.

Corey Stoll, Kyle Chandler and Jason Clarke join Damien Chazelle's 'First Man'

By Darian Scalamoni
            Many have been awaiting news on Damien Chazelle’s (La La Land, Whiplash) next movie, First Man that will star Ryan Gosling and we have some updates on more casting news. According to multiple sources, Corey Stoll, Kyle Chandler and Jason Clarke have all joined the cast for Chazelle’s next movie based on the book of the same name written by James R. Hansen.

            The film will tell the story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, mostly focusing on Neil Armstrong from 1961-1969. It’s expected to extensively showcase one of the most dangerous missions in America’s history. Gosling will star as Armstrong and Claire Foy will play his wife; while Stoll will play Buzz Aldrin, the second man who stepped foot on the moon and uttered the words “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” on July 21st, 1969. Chandler will play Deke Slayton, a WWII flyer, aeronautical engineer and test pilot who was selected as one of the original NASA Mercury Seven astronauts along with Armstrong. Clarke will play Ed White, who also stepped foot on the moon first along with Armstrong.

            This casting news is terrific as all of the actors are great workers with great dramatic work and will build off of the great direction from Chazelle. He’s one of my favorite directors working today and with Oscar-winning screenwriter, Josh Singer (Spotlight, The West Wing) adapting the book, it could wind up being a major awards player next year. First Man will hit theaters on October 12th, 2018.

            Stoll can be seen on FX’s final season of The Strain on July 16th. He also stars in The Seagull, due out later this year with Elisabeth Moss and Saoirse Ronan. Chandler stars in the third and final season of Netflix’s Bloodline which can be seen now. He will appear in Game Night with Rachel McAdams and Jason Bateman and Godzilla: King of the Monsters, co-starring with Millie Bobby Brown and Vera Farmiga in 2018. Clarke could get involved in this year’s awards season as he stars in Dee Rees’ Mudbound which was a huge hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

            How do you guys feel about Stoll, Chandler and Clarke being cast in Damien Chazelle’s next movie? Are you excited to see First Man? Sound off in the comments below.

Daniel Day-Lewis retiring from acting, upcoming P.T. Anderson film, 'Phantom Thread' will be his last

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By Darian Scalamoni
            One of, if not, arguably the best actor in Hollywood’s history is retiring from acting. According to Variety, 3-time Oscar winner, Daniel Day-Lewis is set to retire. This was learned as a statement was obtained from his publicist, Leslee Dart.

            “Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor. He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.”

            It’s not a huge surprise for me that Day-Lewis is leaving the business as he’s just as method of an actor as you can ever have. He’s also 60-years old and while other actors like Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Morgan Freeman are later in their 70’s, they clearly don’t commit themselves so much to a role as Day-Lewis.

            He’s won three Best Actor Oscars for his leading roles in My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood and Lincoln and also was nominated for In the Name of the Father and Gangs of New York. He’s expected to be back in the awards race in the Fall with Paul Thomas Anderson’s next movie, Phantom Thread, which will be Day-Lewis’ last. He plays a dressmaker who’s commissioned to design frocks for members of high society and the royal family in 1950’s London. Phantom Thread will open on Christmas Day.

            We wish Daniel Day-Lewis the best in his post-acting life. We expect him to spend plenty of time with his three children and writer/director wife, Rebecca Miller. Thank you, Mr. Day-Lewis for your amazing talents and dedication to the craft over the years.

            How do you guys feel about Daniel Day-Lewis’ retirement from acting? What’s your favorite performance of his over the years? Comment below and let us know which role and why!

Dan Gilroy reuniting with Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo for untitled project

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Nightcrawler was one of my favorite movies of the last ten years because of how different and dark of a take it was in the news underworld. Luckily for us, the team behind that movie is coming together again for another movie. According to Deadline, Dan Gilroy will direct Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo in an untitled project and many studios are trying to buy the hot project.

            There’s not much news known about the film other than it’s set in the art world, which is interesting especially since Gyllenhaal just starred in an art-based Broadway musical, Sunday in the Park with George. I’m incredibly excited to see this come to fruition as Gyllenhaal is one of my favorite actors in the industry today. He also worked incredibly well with Russo in Nightcrawler so I’d love to see the dynamic between them on screen yet again.

            Gilroy is currently filming Inner City, another Los Angeles based thriller that stars Denzel Washington and Colin Farrell that will be released in 2018. Russo will next appear in Villa Capri alongside Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones. Gyllenhaal has one of the busiest schedules in Hollywood today with Okja due out in just a few days on Netflix. He also will star as a Boston Marathon Bombing victim in Stronger and Paul Dano’s directorial debut, Wildlife later this year.

            How do you guys feel about the news of a Nightcrawler team reunion? Are you interested in seeing a Dan Gilroy-directed movie set in the art world? Sound off in the comments and let us know!

Oona Chaplin joins 'Avatar' sequels

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By Darian Scalamoni
            After years of development and even a whole section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando being dedicated to the highest-grossing film of all-time, Avatar, there is some movement forward on the many sequels that director, James Cameron has been working on for years. Now, we have more casting news as The Tracking Board is reporting that Oona Chaplin is joining the cast of the Avatar sequels.

            Chaplin will play Varang, a strong and lively central character who will appear in every sequel for the franchise going forward. Chaplin joins another newcomer to the world of Pandora, Cliff Curtis as well as Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Sigourney Weaver and Joel David Moore who appeared in the original 2009 movie. I’m a fan of Chaplin and she joins the wave of primary TV actors and actresses who are heading into the movie-verse. The bigger news with this is that the cast is coming together quickly which means that these movies will finally start shooting sooner rather than later.

            Chaplin starred in Game of Thrones and also, Taboo earlier this year which aired on FX. She’s also appeared in feature films over the years such as The Longest Ride, Quantum of Solace and What If.

            What are your thoughts on Chaplin on joining the Avatar franchise? Are you excited for the years ahead in this franchise? The four Avatar sequels will open wide on December 18th, 2020; December 17th, 2021; December 20th, 2024 and December 19th 2025 respectively.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

First trailer for 'Thank You for Your Service' reveals the PTSD drama starring Miles Teller

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Thank You for Your Service is the latest PTSD drama based on a nonfiction book that is getting the movie treatment and we have a first-look trailer for you right here! The book follows a few soldiers returning home from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life.

            This ensemble is led by Miles Teller, who is showcasing his acting talents yet again. This movie looks to be an impressive turn for the actor who we I happen to really like due to performances in Whiplash, War Dogs and Bleed for This. Even crazier is that, Amy Schumer has a role in this movie and though she’s not in the trailer for the film, I’m intrigued to see her show off her dramatic chops.

            Check out the trailer for Thank You for Your Service! The movie stars Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Amy Schumer, Joe Cole, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beter, Omar J. Dorsey and Jayson Warner Smith. Thank You for Your Service opens in theaters on October 27th.

First trailer for 'Daddy's Home 2' brings Mel Gibson and John Lithgow for the Holidays!

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By Darian Scalamoni
            For anyone who was a fan of the second team-up between Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, Daddy’s Home, there is a second film upcoming and we just got out first trailer this past weekend! The trailer showcases the two lead actors now, more cohesive as shared dads to their kids but their own fathers are coming for the Holidays.

            The comedy sequel is coming off of the heels of the first movie’s booming box-office numbers as it received $242 million worldwide. Though I haven’t seen the first movie, I’ve heard it got mixed reactions but this trailer is laugh out loud funny as soon as you see Mel Gibson and John Lithgow heading down the escalators at the airport. They’re perfect choices to be the fathers of Wahlberg and Ferrell, respectively, and I’m excited to see this movie.

            Check out the trailer below for Daddy’s Home 2! The movie stars Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, John Lithgow, Linda Cardellini and John Cena. Daddy’s Home 2 opens in theaters on November 10th.

New trailer for Netflix series, 'Friends from College' looks to be one of the best new comedies this Summer

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Netflix has yet another series set to debut its first season in July, another comedy titled Friends from College just in time for graduation season. The show is quickly approaching so the streaming giant released a trailer over the weekend which we have for you below!

            The show follows a group of friends that graduated from Harvard who are now in their forties and are looking forward to their reunion. The show builds off of comedic exploration, balancing adult life years after college and all the nostalgia the group of friends have together for the past. I’m a fan of all of the actors involved in this project and think it should be a relatively fun watch to be honest.

            Check out the trailer below for Friends from College! The show stars Cobie Smulders, Keegan Michael-Key, Fred Savage, Nat Faxon, Annie Parisse and Jae Suh Park. The show is available to stream starting on July 14th on Netflix!

Danai Gurira cast in 'Avengers: Infinity War'

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By Darian Scalamoni
            We’re under a year away from the biggest comic book movie of all-time, Avengers: Infinity War and yet, we’re still getting casting announcements for even more characters joining the fray. According to Deadline, Danai Gurira will appear in her second Marvel feature and star in the next installment of the Avengers franchise.

            Gurira is expected to portray Okoye, the female warrior who watches the royal family of Wakanda in the upcoming Black Panther. This is yet another casting announcement that isn’t too surprising but the Russo brothers continue to add more talent to this humungous project that is due out on May 4th, 2018.

            Gurira can be seen as one of the leads on the incredibly popular AMC drama, The Walking Dead as Michonne. She also plays Tupac Shakur’s mom, Afeni Shakur in All Eyez on Me which is in theaters now.

First trailer for 'Transparent' Season 4 shows the return of the Pfefferman's

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By Darian Scalamoni
            If you’ve been following Cinema Wave since its inception, it would be no surprise for you that Transparent is one of my favorite shows on television. Season 4 of the comedy series has a new trailer and we have that for you below.

            The hit series that has won multiple awards, especially Jeffrey Tambor for leading the show as Maura Pfefferman. As the seasons have gone along though, the rest of the family have been central cogs to Maura’s story and their own story arcs as well. If you haven’t watched the show yet, you should absolutely begin your binge. It’s an easy watch too due to the half hour format and three seasons of episodes to catch up on.

            Check out the trailer for Season 4 of Transparent below! The show stars Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, Judith Light and Kathryn Hahn. There is no current release date but expect this one to hit Amazon sometime in the Fall.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

First trailer for 'Goodbye, Christopher Robin' tells the story of the creation of Winnie-the-Pooh

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Ever since we first reported the casting for Goodbye, Christopher Robin, I’ve been excited about the prospect of the biopic based on A.A. Milne, the man who created Winnie-the-Pooh and his world of friends. Today, we have the first trailer for the movie which you could see below!

            The movie, set in the aftermath of WWI, Goodbye, Christopher Robin follows the life of Milne and his son, Christopher Robin, who created the legendary storybook characters and helped Milne with his post-war sadness. It’s based on a true story and looks to show a visually stunning and heartwarming story of the author of one of the most beloved children’s franchises ever. It looks to have a lot of similarities to Finding Neverland, which told the story of the making of Peter Pan and looks to be just as great as that movie.

            Check out the trailer below for Goodbye, Christopher Robin! The movie stars Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly MacDonald and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. It opens in the UK in September and in the United States on November 10th.

'X-Men: Dark Phoenix' brings back Fassbender, Lawrence and McAvoy plus adds Jessica Chastain as villain

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By Darian Scalamoni
            Jessica Chastain is one of the best dramatic actresses in the biz today but she hasn’t done well in her limited blockbuster fare. The multi-time Oscar-nominated actress recently appeared in Huntsman: Winter’s War (which was not the right choice for her) but now, she’s jumping into the comic book waters for her next try. According to THR, Chastain is in talks to star in X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

            Chastain will play the villain of the movie, Princess Lilandra who rules the alien race, Shi’ar. Not only that, but veterans of the series, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence will return for the movie as well. The movie will revolve around Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey character from X-Men: Apocalypse though. Simon Kinberg, who wrote X-Men Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Sherlock Holmes, will make his directorial debut for the film.

            X-Men: Dark Phoenix is expected to be one of Fox’s biggest upcoming movies and will open on November 2nd, 2018. Chastain will appear in Woman Walks Ahead with Sam Rockwell and Ciaran Hinds later this year. She’ll also star in Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, Molly’s Game alongside Idris Elba, Kevin Costner and Michael Cera.