City of Lies

We recently wrote about how City of Lies, a movie starring Johnny Depp and Forest Whitaker that takes place in the aftermath of rapper Biggie Smalls’ murder, was pulled from the release calendar. At the time, reports implied that the primary reason for the movie being yanked was a lawsuit filed against Depp by the film’s location manager, but it appears there were more problems brewing beneath the surface. Distributor Global Road Entertainment is in financial trouble, and they’re now shopping City of Lies around to other studios. Read More »

While speaking with Drew Pearce, it’s obvious he has no shortage of good memories from making his first feature film, Hotel Artemis. Having Jodie Foster star in the first movie you’ve directed should help make for a positive experience, but even when the Iron Man 3 co-writer talks about the most challenging days on set, he does so with enthusiasm.

Hotel Artemis is an original independent movie coming out during the crowded summer moviegoing season. For Pearce, he’s hoping some originality and personality will connect with moviegoers. He’s also hoping all the love that went into making his movie about a hospital for assassins shines through. As Pearce told us, “I always say the movie costs $14.5 million and $20 million in favors.”

If you haven’t yet, check out part one of our conversation with Pearce. Below, you can find part two of our Drew Pearce interview, in which he talks about his Marvel experience, nods to Casablanca and Mary Poppins, and more.

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Drew Pearce interview

Drew Pearce‘s feature-length directorial debut, Hotel Artemis, is the sort of movie that’s a real breath of fresh air during the summer moviegoing season. It’s an original story, for starters, but it’s also a movie that relies more on its characters and all-star cast to generate spectacle than the set pieces. Jodie Foster playing a fast-talking, hard-drinking nurse tending to criminals and Jeff Goldblum as “The Wolf King of Los Angeles” has far more entertainment than watching a city get destroyed.

Pearce’s first movie isn’t heavy on action, but it is heavy on star power, in front of and behind the camera. The Iron Man 3 co-writer and the director of Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King couldn’t have assembled a better team for Hotel Artemis, including cinematographer Chung-hoon Chung, who shot OldboyThe Handmaiden, and most recently, It. Together, Pearce and Chung create a location full of color, history, and personality. Even with one primary location, never does Hotel Artemis feel claustrophobic or small in scale.

About a month ago, I had a chance to sit-down with Pearce for an extended interview covering his work with the DP, his influences, writing with Shane Black, and more.

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show dogs trailer

There’s a Bible verse in the Book of Revelation that states, “And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour, and the Show Dogs trailer appeared.” That time is now, folks. The end is nigh. The new Show Dogs trailer is here.

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Show Dogs Trailer

While movies like Moana, How to Train Your Dragon and Inside Out may try to entertain kids with stories that are funny, touching and family friendly, there are other movies that try to appeal to the lowest common denominator of children’s entertainment. Thankfully, Show Dogs is not one of those movies.

Instead, Show Dogs is so much worse. It’s the kind of trainwreck that you can’t help but stare at in awe with your mouth wide open. But what else would you expect from a movie about a detective (Will Arnett) being paired with a dog partner (voiced by Chris “Ludacris” Bridges) in order to thwart some kind of animal smuggling ring unfolding at a fancy dog show?

Watch the Show Dogs trailer and see this beautiful disaster for yourself. Read More »

Midnight Sun trailer

17-year-old Katie Price (Bella Thorne) is finally asked out by her secret crush, Charlie (Patrick Schwarzenegger, son of the Governator). Great news, right? There’s only one problem: Katie can’t ever go outside during the day because she has a rare genetic condition that gives her extreme sensitivity to sunlight.

Shockingly, Midnight Sun is not an adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks movie. But you know those rip-off movies from Asylum – movies like Transmorphers or Snakes on a Train? If there’s a weepy romantic drama equivalent to those, but something that rips off the vibe of Sparks adaptations instead of bigger budget blockbusters, this is it. Check out the Midnight Sun trailer below…if you think you can handle a heaping helping of cheese.
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all i see is you

A life-altering event puts a serious cramp in Blake Lively and Jason Clarke‘s relationship in All I See is You. The first trailer for the film is loaded with unsettling elements, and reminds us all that the trailer trend of creepy children singing pop songs is alive and well.

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Marshall Trailer

Chadwick Boseman has already played a few significant figures from pop culture history with solid performances as the color barrier-breaking Jackie Robinson in 42 and the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, in Get On Up. Now he’s playing one of the most significant figures in legal and United States history in Marshall.

The courtroom drama sees Chadwick Boseman as Thurgood Marshall, long before he would change the course of American history by becoming the first black United States Supreme Court Justice leading the charge in the case of Brown v. Board of Education. The first trailer has just arrived to showcase the film, and it’s being sold almost as a superhero origin story for the the man from our history books.

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Home Again Trailer - Reese Witherspoon

Over the past few years, Reese Witherspoon has taken on an eclectic batch of projects like the animated musical comedy Sing, Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Inherent Vice, an Oscar-nominated turn in Wild, and an impressive recent turn in the intriguing HBO series Big Little Lies. But now she’s going back to the well with a new romantic comedy, but this one comes from the offspring of two filmmakers best known for their work in the genre.

Home Again stars Reese Witherspoon as a 40-year old woman named Alice, recently separated from her husband, who decides to start her life anew by moving back to her hometown in Los Angeles. Choosing to live a little more spontaneously, she allows three young filmmakers to crash at her place for a bit, which creates all sorts of new surprising relationships.

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The Promise Trailer

Even though a triangle is one of the strongest geometric shapes, a love triangle makes things far less stable. It certainly doesn’t help matters any in Terry George‘s new film The Promise.

A young woman named Ana (Charlotte Le Bon of The Walk) strikes up a close relationship with a medical students (Oscar Isaac) while she’s still in a relationship with an American photojournalist (Christian Bale), all while war breaks out around them in the middle of the Ottoman Empire. It makes for some complicated romantic drama, but it may not turn out to be as important as helping the people around them get to safety in the middle of the turmoil surrounding them.

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