Saturday Night Live came back this weekend for their first episode of March. Hosting duties fell upon the shoulders of Oscar winner Octavia Spencer. While the actress appeared to be up to the challenge, the writing staff didn’t really seem to meet her in the middle. The result was a mostly mediocre episode with some bumpy and poorly paced sketches. The only exceptions were a couple of pre-recorded sketches, one great live sketch, and an outstanding round of Weekend Update.
We run through the best and worst sketches from the Octavia Spencer hosted Saturday Night Live. Read More »
Even though Sam Worthington is the star of the highest grossing movie of all time, James Cameron’s Avatar, he’ll never quite be the box office draw as an actor like Will Smith. But it looks like he’ll try to follow closely in his footsteps on the dramatic side of things by starring in a movie that is basically his own Collateral Beauty.
The Shack, based on The New York Times bestselling novel of the same name, follows a father (Worthington) who falls into a deep depression after his daughter is abducted on a family vacation and found murdered in a remote cabin in Oregon. But one day, he receives a mysterious letter calling him back to the cabin, and what he finds may be exactly what he needs to get his life back on track.
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After delivering the charming St. Vincent starring Bill Murray last year, director Theodore Melfi is setting out to inspire with his latest true story Hidden Figures.
Hidden Figures comes from 20th Century Fox, but it has all the makings of the kind of uplifting story you’d see from Disney as it follows three African-American women working at NASA who not only helped break barriers in space, but also back home in their own offices. Now a new Hidden Figures trailer shows more of their inspirational work that helped move the human race forward in more ways than one. Read More »
Before he made the critically slammed The Amazing Spider-Man films, director Marc Webb was a darling of the indie film world. A music video and commercial director who broke onto the movie scene with the fantastic 500 Days of Summer. He returned to the more moderately-budgeted world of dramatic films (read: less studio and producer meddling) and reuniting with Fox Searchlight for his next film Gifted.
Chris Evans (Captain America) stars as a single father raising a child prodigy played by Mckenna Grace (Independence Day: Resurgence, Designated Survivor) and the struggle for him to retain custody. The movie has an excellent cast which also includes Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer, and Lindsay Duncan. Watch the Gifted trailer now embedded below.
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Posted on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
Following a Sundance premiere back in January, Jason Lew‘s The Free World is now headed to theaters. Boyd Holbrook and Elisabeth Moss lead the downbeat romantic drama. He plays Mo, fresh out of prison after spending two decades locked away for a crime he didn’t commit. Nowadays he spends his days working at an animal shelter, which is where he meets Doris (Moss), the abused wife of a police officer.
She’s desperate for help and he’s helpless to turn her away, and the two strike up an intensely emotional bond that blossoms into a romance. Octavia Spencer and Sung Kang also star. Watch The Free World trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 by Angie Han
Officially, Hidden Figures does not open until January 13, 2017. But it’s hard not to suspect Fox 2000 is considering an awards season push for the historical drama, which centers around three black female NASA mathematicians and engineers who helped launch John Glenn into outer space in 1962. And if so, that campaign got off to a rousing start this weekend at TIFF.
Fox 2000 brought about half an hour of footage to present at the festival, followed by a panel presentation. The latter got emotional as star Taraji P. Henson came onstage wiping away tears, surrounded by co-stars Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae and producers Pharrell Williams and Jeno Topping. Read More »
I’m excited about all of the project that filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim) is developing but I never believe any of them are actually going to happen until the first day of filming begins. That day has come for his cold war fantasy film The Shape Of Water, which begins principal photography today in Toronto Canada. Learn more about The Shape of Water, after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, August 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
John Glenn might get most of the glory for being the first American to orbit Earth, but behind him were dozens of brilliant scientists, mathematicians, and engineers, and more working to make his journey happen. The new movie Hidden Figures tells the story of three of them.
Taraji P. Henson leads the cast as NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015 for her pioneering work. Octavia Spencer plays fellow NASA mathematician Dorothy Vaughn, and Janelle Monáe rounds out the central trio as NASA engineer Mary Jackson.
Also starring are Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Aldis Hodge, Mahershala Ali, and Glen Powell as John Glenn. Watch the first Hidden Figures trailer below. Read More »
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It’s not remotely surprising when Guillermo del Toro manages to attract top-level talent for his movies, but it’s welcome news all the same. Michael Shannon is the latest actor to sign on for del Toro’s next movie, an otherwordly Cold War romance that also stars Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, and Michael Stuhlbarg. More details on the Guillermo del Toro Michael Shannon casting below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 by Angie Han
Guillermo del Toro has about a hundred different projects cooking at any given moment, but as we reported back in March, his next directorial effort is a Cold War romance starring Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, and Michael Stuhlbarg. Of course, del Toro being del Toro, this isn’t just your run-of-the-mill period piece.
Earlier reports vaguely alluded to an “otherwordly” element, and now we might have a better idea of just what that might mean. A new report claims Richard Jenkins is looking to join the del Toro project… and that the story might involve an amphibious man. Read More »