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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Hotel Artemis Review

This week brings Hotel Artemis to theaters, marking the directorial debut of Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pearce. Set in a world reiminiscent of John Wick, our story unfolds in and around a hotel for criminals ran by Jodie Foster. She’s surrounded by an ensemble that includes the likes of Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day, and Dave Bautista. But is that enough to make for a praiseworthy action flick?

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Hotel Artemis Trailer

Sure, the action-comedy Hotel Artemis looks like a bit of a John Wick knock-off, but it also looks like a really fun John Wick knock-off, with a killer cast to boot. And a brand new trailer (plus a whole slew of character posters) is here to introduce you to that cast.

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avengers 4 spoilers

After the shocking ending of Avengers: Infinity War, any bit of info the public learns about Avengers 4 is going to be a bit of a spoiler. Case in point: Dave Bautista just provided an update on both Avengers 4 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 that proves it’s impossible to talk about upcoming MCU films without revealing spoilers.

Spoilers follow, obviously.

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Hotel Artemis Red Band Trailer

Hey, did you forget that there’s a new action thriller coming out that takes place in a criminal for hospitals and stars Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day, and Dave Bautista? If you did, this is your official, bloody reminder.

Hotel Artemis has just debuted a new red band trailer to show off the violent shenanigans in store from this movie that feels like it should take place in the John Wick universe (even though, sadly, it doesn’t). Jodie Foster leads the cast as the nurse of this hospital for criminals on the run, but there’s a strict set of rules to follow if you want to be treated, and it looks like one of her latest customers is about to catch the attention of some dangerous people who are ready to break all the rules. Read More »

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hotel artemis clip

Whoa, a John Wick: Chapter 3 clip already? That was fast – they just announced much of the cast this morning. What’s that? Oh, this isn’t from John Wick: Chapter 3, it’s a Hotel Artemis clip instead? Ah yes, it’s that other movie about a secret society of criminals with a strict code of enforced rules. That one actually comes out in just a few weeks, so this all now makes much more sense.

Am I joking? I can’t even tell anymore! It’s probably best just to check out the new clip below.
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escape plan 2 trailer

The sequel you’ve all been waiting for with bated breath is coming. The Escape Plan 2 trailer brings back the things that everyone loved about the first film: Sylvester Stallone, breaking out of insane dystopian-style prisons, and…muscle-y men? Stallone’s last screen buddy Arnold Schwarzenegger is nowhere to be seen, but at least there’s Dave Bautista, stepping up from his frequent appearances as a scene-stealing supporting character. And this time, they’re in China!

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infinity war alternate scenes

The post-Infinity War news dump keeps on coming, and we’re here to help you sort it all out. Here, you can learn about several alternate scenes that never made it into the final film. Plus: read-up on the impressive improv skills of Dave Bautista. Spoilers follow.

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avengers infinity war spoiler review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Avengers: Infinity War.)

Everything dies, baby that’s a fact
But maybe everything that dies someday comes back.

– Bruce Springsteen, “Atlantic City”

Does Avengers: Infinity War live up to the hype? That depends. If you wanted nothing more than to see the majority of the Marvel Cinematic Universe characters up on the screen together, then yes, Infinity War delivers. If you were hoping for something deeper, you might find yourself wanting more. Ultimately, Infinity War is a magic trick of a movie, full of deception and misdirection. It entertains, sure – but when the smoke clears, we can’t help but see the obvious way the trick was designed.

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infinity war tv spot

Avengers: Infinity War smashes into theaters next week (!), but if you can’t wait that long, here’s some exciting new a footage. A new international Infinity War TV spot just arrived online, and it has more of earth’s mightiest heroes in action.

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