Ride the Eagle is a buddy comedy between the living and the departed. New Girl and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse star Jake Johnson co-wrote and stars in Trent O’Donnell‘s film, which is about a son following his mom’s (Susan Sarandon) final wishes, and their bond growing stronger after death. Despite the tragic storyline, Johnson wanted to make a movie that was more uplifting than heartbreaking.
As he told us: “Fuck man, give me an hour and a half where I could take a hit of weed and just enjoy myself. I’m not looking for anything too heavy. Give me a glass of wine, let me chill out, man.”
During a recent interview, Johnson talked about making the movie during the pandemic, his process as a writer, and some memories from making New Girl.
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If there’s one thing Hollywood loves to make movies about it’s the making of Hollywood movies. The Academy eats that shit up and, as a cinephile, I can’t say I’m jaded against this trend just yet. Ed Wood, Argo (kind of), Shadow of the Vampire, The Disaster Artist, Singin’ in the Rain… the list of hits goes on and on.
Paramount+ has a new title to add to the pile and it’s called The Offer, a miniseries that follows the behind-the-scenes exploits of producer Albert S. Ruddy as The Godfather was developed and shot.
To celebrate the start of production, Paramount+ released the teaser trailer and it’s pretty fun.
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Well, that was fast. We found out less than a week ago that HBO was nixing Misha Green‘s second season of Lovecraft Country and now she’s already been scooped up by a competing streaming service. Apple TV+ is giving Green a multi-year deal to develop new content for their streaming service. Read More »
Much like its many victims, it seems like we can expect Pet Sematary to keep coming back. Paramount rebooted Mary Lambert‘s original film in 2019 and now they’re headed back to that particular bit of sour ground beyond the deadfall for another attempt at Stephen King‘s world. This time they’re doing a prequel story which will debut on the Paramount+ streaming service, and the Pet Sematary prequel cast that was recently announced may hint at what the story will entail. Read More »
Hold on to your Witcher hats! (Is that a thing? If not, it should be.) Netflix has revealed that The Witcher is coming back for a second season this December.
That’s right, in just a few short months, we’ll be able to see Geralt (Henry Cavill), Ciri (Freya Allan), and everyone’s favorite bard, Jaskier (Joey Batey), getting into trouble on The Continent. During WitcherCon, Netflix shared some first-look images as well as the names of the upcoming episodes. Read More »
No Sudden Move would fit right in with a classic Hollywood noir marathon. Out of director Steven Soderbergh‘s diverse filmography, it’s most reminiscent of his movie The Good German in its intent. Together, the filmmaker and screenwriter Ed Solomon sought to capture a visual language rarely seen anymore. Benicio del Toro‘s Ronald Russo and Don Cheadle‘s Curt Goynes could pop in a ’50s noir and never look or sound out of place.
From the patience of the camerawork to the characters who are often as mysterious as the plot to the crackling dialogue, it’s a wonderful homage. It’s also, like many rewarding noirs, a well-put-together towering deck of cards. Seeing how it all comes together is a part of the fun, especially for Solomon, who embraces, not fights, how a story evolves.
The screenwriter, perhaps best known for Men in Black and the Bill & Ted films, previously worked with Soderbergh on HBO’s Mosaic. The two started to kick around ideas for a crime picture akin to the Ocean’s 11 trilogy, but No Sudden Move was the end result. We sat down with Solomon, who told us how the film grew into what it ultimately became.
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Black Adam is bringing Dwayne Johnson into the big-screen world of DC Comics as the titular anti-hero who was granted powers by the wizard Shazam thousands of years ago. Joining him will be the superhero team known as Justice Society, but they won’t be the only DC Comics team making an appearance in the movie. According to Black Adam co-star Sarah Shahi, the supervillain team Intergang will be making their debut in Black Adam. Read More »
Dune may be one of our most anticipated pandemic-delayed movies currently on the calendar. Let’s put it this way: if vaunted filmmakers such as Alejandro Jodorowsky (whose planned project ultimately fell through, though that doesn’t mean he has any shortage of Dune opinions) and David Lynch (whose idiosyncratic 1984 film of the same name, love it or hate it, is set for a 4K release) found the appeal in adapting Frank Herbert’s touchstone novel, we should be on pins and needles to see what auteur and Film Twitter favorite Denis Villeneuve has up his sleeve for his two-part blockbuster. Now, courtesy of an interview with /Film’s very own Jack Giroux, we have some more insights straight from cast member (and apparent Dune super-fan) David Dastmalchian.
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Naomi Osaka is only 23 years old and has already been ranked No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association. Oh, and she is also the first Asian player to hold the top ranking in singles as well as a four-time Grand Slam singles champion and is currently the reigning champion at the U.S. Open and the Australian Open. To chronicle her personal and professional journey, Netflix announced a new documentary series, aptly titled Naomi Osaka, in Osaka’s honor and recently revealed its inspiring trailer.
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What a time for David Dastmalchian. For starters, we’ll soon see him as Polka-Dot Man in The Suicide Squad. What was once an obscure comic book character may soon be, thanks to James Gunn and the actor, a character we won’t soon forget. Dastmalchian is also in the adaptation of one of the most celebrated science fiction novels of all time, Dune. It’s the actor’s third collaboration with filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, who previously cast him in Prisoners and Blade Runner 2049.
Plus, the actor recently finished writing a script for a horror movie he sounds jazzed about. Genre is his jam, having grownup with horror movies and comic books. He even wrote a Dark Horse Comic, Count Crowley: Reluctant Midnight Monster Hunter, which was a dream come true for him. Dastmalchian is making big impressions on the screen, but he’s also making them on the page with two personal dramas he wrote: All Creatures Here Below and Animals.
Recently, the actor talked to us about the year he’s having, his past roles, how David Lynch changed his life, and one suggestion he has for anyone after they read this interview.
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