Jon Stewart used to be a welcome voice of reason in the world of politics as the host of The Daily Show. After leaving the news satire program on Comedy Central, he’s mostly been laying low, but now he’s back in the political arena again, this time as a writer/director with a new comedy about the convoluted and perplexing election process in the United States.
Irresistible follows Steve Carell, himself a former correspondent of The Daily Show, as Democratic political consultant who tries to turn a retired Marine colonel (Chris Cooper) into a mayoral candidate in a small Wisconsin town. This gets the attention of the national Republican party, and they bring in their own consultant in the form of Carell’s rival, played by Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids). And that’s when the game of politics really heats up in the new Irresistible trailer. Read More »
Too many female-led comedies focus on the romance of it all. The chick flick, the rom-com – they’re terms that are interchangeable. But there is so much more depth of emotion that women feel, so many more nuanced relationships that women have, that are rarely show on the big screen. Only a handful of so-called “rom-coms” dig into them, but they’re often mislabeled because it’s less about the romance, or even the comedy, then it is about the women at the center of them.
One of the more recent films to nail the complexity of female relationships was Nisha Ganatra‘s 2019 dramedy Late Night, which followed Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling as a reluctant late-night show employer and employee pairing who become close friends. Ganatra seeks to repeat this formula with The High Note, a flashy comedy/drama that stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Dakota Johnson in those roles, but now set in the glamorous music industry. But with newcomer Flora Greeson on the script and none of Kaling’s winking humor to drive the drama, Ganatra’s attempt to recapture the success of her previous female-led workplace dramedy unfortunately falls a bit flat.
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Last Night in Soho has a new release date. Edgar Wright‘s upcoming psychological thriller starring Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) was one of our most highly anticipated movies of 2020, with an initial release date set for this fall. But after last week’s reports saying that Last Night in Soho would be moving to next year, Wright and Focus Features have confirmed that the new release date has been set for April 2021.
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While a lot of big blockbuster movies intended for release this summer have been pushed back to a new release date, some of the smaller movies are heading straight to VOD. Jon Stewart‘s political comedy Irresistible falls into the latter category as Focus Features has announced the movie will premiere on VOD in June. And there’s a new featurette about the film, too. Read More »
Tracee Ellis Ross comes from Supremes lineage, but the actress has worked hard to set herself apart from her music superstar mother, Diana Ross. But she’ll be channeling a little of her mother with the upcoming workplace dramedy The High Note, directed by Late Night filmmaker Nisha Ganatra. In The High Note, Ross plays legendary pop diva Grace Davis, who yearns to do more than Vegas residencies and performances of her greatest hits. With the help of ambitious assistant Maggie (Dakota Johnson), she decides to record a new album. Focus Features has released one of the songs performed by Ross’ fictional diva in The High Note, in which she channels a little of the real-life diva she’s related to.
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Another day, another disappointing update about movies intended to be released this year getting delayed to sometime in the unknown future. This time it’s Edgar Wright‘s horror thriller Last Night in Soho, the film starring Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit), Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones), and Terence Stamp (recently seen in Murder Mystery). Originally slated for release this fall, the movie has been pushed back to 2021. Read More »
Producers, studios, and filmmakers are all holding out hope that most movie theaters will be back up and running again soon. But as that continues to seem less and less likely, some distributors are making the decision to forgo the theatrical experience entirely and head right to VOD. The latest movie to take this approach is The High Note, a comedy starring Dakota Johnson and Tracee Ellis Ross. The movie was originally aiming for a May 8 theatrical release, but will now premiere at home on demand at the end of the month.
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Writer/director Eliza Hittman‘s new film, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, won a special jury prize for neorealism at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and went on to win the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. But the coronavirus interrupted its theatrical release, causing Focus Features to rethink its strategy and ultimately make the film available through Video On Demand platforms.
Now we’re giving away five streaming codes for the movie so you can check it out for yourselves. Read on to get details about how to win. Read More »
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Since movie and television productions are currently on hold, entertainment companies are showing solidarity by making a lot of free content available for people to enjoy while they self-quarantine at home. HBO is the latest to offer up some premium content for free, and even Marvel Comics is getting in on the free content supply. Now Focus Features is launching their own Focus Movie Mondays, where they will live stream one of their films on Facebook for free throughout the month of April. Read More »
Never Rarely Sometimes Always, the third feature film from writer/director Eliza Hittman, was released in theaters on Friday, March 13 – one of the unluckiest release dates in the history of Hollywood. Theaters began shutting down due to the coronavirus crisis, cutting short the film’s box office prospects and its ability to continue riding the wave of acclaim that began cresting when it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
Thankfully, after a short break, Focus Features has decided to make the movie available on VOD beginning today, and this morning I caught up with Hittman on the phone to talk about her film’s unusual release, how she captured this movie’s particular texture, and more. Read More »