They've Gotta Have Us - David Oyelowo

The history of Hollywood has been chronicled endlessly in various kinds of feature and television documentaries. But Ava DuVernay‘s film collective ARRAY is getting a little more specific with a new documentary series called They’ve Gotta Have Us, focusing on art, activism and race as it pertains to black cinema in Hollywood. The series features an assembly of some of the most influential black actors, actresses, writers and directors over the years, all talking about the evolution of black cinema and its major milestones. See some of them in the They’ve Gotta Have Us trailer below. Read More »

Come Away review

When animation directors make the jump to directing live-action, the transition can be fraught. Just ask Andrew Stanton, whose live-action debut, John Carter, was a huge bomb for Disney several years ago. Thankfully though, Brenda Chapman, the director of Prince of Egypt and Pixar’s Oscar-winning Brave, successfully makes the leap with Come Away, a delightful fairytale that imagines what might have happened if Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland were siblings before they became the characters we know and love. Read More »

don't let go trailer

The latest film starring actor David Oyelowo, Don’t Let Go, is a difficult one to categorize. And the odds are good that if you don’t try to, you might really end up finding it one of the more intriguing concepts of any film out there right now. In it, Oyelowo plays a police detective, whose brother (Brian Tyree Henry) and his family are murdered mysteriously, and shortly after this horrible crime, he receives a phone call from niece Ashley (Storm Reid, from A Wrinkle In Time), who was among those killed. Through circumstances that are thankfully never explained, Ashley is somehow calling from two weeks in the past and is therefore hopefully able to manipulate things with the help of her uncle to avoid being murdered.

Writer/director Jacob Estes leaves open the possibility that Oyelowo’s character has gone crazy from grief or maybe Ashley is nothing more than a ghost, but it genuinely seems like he has willed this situation out of extraordinary grief. The film began life at the Sundance Film Festival under the title Relive, and has since been reworked considerably, according to Oyelowo, to de-emphasize questions about the time travel elements of the story and focus more on family and the emotional weight of the proceedings.

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don't let go trailer

Don’t Let Go premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival under the somewhat clunky title Relive. It didn’t make much of an impression at the fest, but now Blumhouse hopes audiences will be interested enough based on its much better title, and its pretty engaging trailer. The film stars David Oyelowo as a cop who suffers a terrible blow when members of his family, including his beloved niece (Storm Reid), are murdered. Then things get even weirder when the dead niece calls Oyelowo’s character on the phone…from the past. Watch the Don’t Let Go trailer below.

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Inside the Actors Studio Reboot Hosts

Last fall, we got word that James Lipton would be leaving Inside the Actors Studio, the series featuring intimate interviews with actors, filmmakers and musicians about their craft, origins in entertainment, and much more. The longtime host and dean emeritus at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University in New York City was said to be replaced with a rotating chair of guest hosts filling in, and now the first two hosts and guests for the Inside the Actors Studio reboot have been revealed. Read More »

The LEGO Movie Airline Safety Video

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch a new airline safety video for Turkish Airlines created entirely with the characters of The LEGO Movie 2. Plus, go behind the scenes of Pixar’s latest SparkShorts project Smash and Grab, and watch as a roundtable of actors and actress from the Sundance Film Festival sit down for a chat about their movies and more. Read More »

Relive review

Remember the TV series Day Break? Probably not, because it only aired for one season back in 2006. It starred Taye Diggs as a detective stuck in a Groundhog Day situation, forced to experience the same day again and again until he solves the murder of an important public official. Jacob Aaron Estes’ new movie Relive feels like that show mixed with Frequency, the Dennis Quaid/Jim Caviezel movie in which father and son communicate across time.

Selma star David Oyelowo plays L.A.P.D. detective Jack Radcliff, whose family is mysteriously murdered in the first few minutes of the film. As he mourns their deaths, he receives a seemingly impossible phone call from his niece (A Wrinkle in Time’s Storm Reid) – she’s very much alive, and is somehow calling from a few days before the murders take place. So it’s up to Radcliff to put the pieces together and prevent their deaths before they happen. Read More »

les miserables first look

Les Misérables is coming to Masterpiece Theatre. However, it won’t be the popular musical version that you fondly refer to as “Les Mis,” but a straight adaptation of Victor Hugo‘s classic novel. So how does the cast of the PBS Masterpiece-BBC adaptation look in the Les Miserables first look images? Not too different from how they look in the musicals. Read More »

Gringo trailer

After watching the newest Gringo trailer, I only have one question: what kind of dirt does the casting director have on David Oyelowo and Charlize Theron?

I’m joking, but once you see the antics on display in this corporate drug “comedy,” you might understand that line of thinking. How did such a solid cast – which also includes Thandie Newton, Joel Edgerton, Amanda Seyfried, Kenneth Choi, and Sharlto Copley – get roped into…this? Read More »

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