Netflix seems to be on a cancelation streak as of late, and the science fiction space drama Away is the streaming service’s latest victim.
In the wake of cancelations handed down to Netflix shows like Glow, I Am Not Okay with This, Teenage Bounty Hunters, The Society, Altered Carbon, and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Away has been canceled after one season. You can read star Hilary Swank‘s response to the news below. Read More »
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 as Hilary Swank pays a visit to NASA in conjunction with the release of her space drama Away from Netflix. Plus, see the major differences between the new live-action Mulan and Disney’s original animated version. And finally, take a look back at Howie Mandel‘s animated series Bobby’s World and see how it was basically a kid’s version of Seinfeld. Read More »
Being an astronaut isn’t easy, and that job is made all the more difficult when there are missions taking these space explorers away from their family for extended periods of time. In Netflix’s new drama series Away, a mission to Mars will take an international group of astronauts away from their families for three years. For Emma Green (Hilary Swank), it might just be too much to handle as she struggles with leaving behind her family and staying strong as the commander of the mission. Read More »
Earlier this year, Hilary Swank got caught up in The Hunt. But over at Netflix, she’ll be leaving Earth behind in the new space drama series Away, which finds her as an astronaut on a high stakes mission to Mars. Not only does she have to deal with the pressure of her job, but also of leaving behind her family and home. The first Away trailer has arrived, teasing a series that looks much more interesting than Netflix’s last foray into space. Read More »
It hasn’t even been two weeks since Universal Pictures released the first trailer for the satirical action thriller The Hunt, but the studio has decided to scrap the release of the movie starring Betty Gilpin and Hilary Swank after a series of mass shootings, political controversy and uproar surrounding the premise of the series. Find out more about The Hunt movie release canceled by Universal below. Read More »
When humanity has gone extinct, it’s up to a robot simply called Mother (Rose Byrne) to raise a new generation of people to repopulate the Earth. Her first subject grows into a teenage girl (Clara Rugaard) that adores Mother and believes everything she says — until a mysterious stranger (Hilary Swank) arrives at the bunker where she lives and shakes up her entire existence.
A high-concept apocalyptic sci-fi movie, I Am Mother made waves at the Sundance Film Festival where it was picked up by Netflix for release this summer. Watch the first I Am Mother trailer below.
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One of the best movies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival now has North American distribution. StudioCanal had already committed to releasing Grant Sputore‘s directorial debut I Am Mother in Australia and New Zealand, but this morning, Netflix swooped in and picked up the distribution rights for North America.
Why should you be excited about I Am Mother? Because it features one of the best robot creations in cinematic history. Learn more about the film below.
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Raised in total isolation by a robot, a young woman’s world is turned upside down when a survivor from the outside bangs on their airlock door one day. What is true? What is real? Is there a difference between the two?
I Am Mother takes a familiar premise and executes it to near-perfection, with first-time feature filmmaker Grant Sputore aided by a fantastic script, a star-making performance from UK actress Clara Rugaard, a strong supporting turn from Hilary Swank, and a brilliantly realized new robot that instantly cements its status in the pantheon of classic genre creations. Put this on your radar – you don’t want to miss it. Read More »
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Hilary Swank has been acting since she was a teenager, but it’s only been recently when she’s taken on the role of mother with a degree of regularity. In her latest film, What They Had, she plays mother to a troubled college student, played by Taissa Farmiga. But her real trial comes when Swank’s Bridget returns to her hometown of Chicago after a medical scare regarding her mother (Blythe Danner). Her father (Robert Forster) refuses to even acknowledge that his wife is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, while her brother (a very funny Michael Shannon, in full smarmy jerk mode) already has the paperwork ready to put both his parents in quite nice assisted-living facilities.
What They Had is about a lot of things, most of which are related to a family’s inability to talk about medical care, but bigger-picture dramas like the inability to please our parents no matter how hard we try and how we sometimes lose our voice and dreams by trying to live up to certain familial expectations. These weighty subjects courtesy of actor-turned-first-time-writer/director Elizabeth Chomko, who debuted the film at Sundance in January. The Chicago native based a great deal of the story on her own experiences returning home over the years, and Swank was especially keen on capturing that feeling of being a prodigal offspring, returning to the place that both shaped her and rejected her desires.
/Film spoke to Swank — a two-time, Academy Award-winner for Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby — recently via phone about her connection to the journey her character takes in the movie, what made her trust and value her writer/director’s vision, and how great it is having Michael Shannon as your pretend brother. What They Had is currently in select theaters and will expand in the coming weeks.
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Alzheimer’s, estranged family, life lessons, Hilary Swank – just add a free space and you’ve gotten a winning card in prestige drama card bingo! And yet, in that incalculably magic way that movies can achieve, What They Had manages to come out to something more than the sum of its imperfect parts. The film, written and directed by newcomer Elizabeth Chomko, often feels like the first feature that it is. But with some help from a crack team of actors as well as her own reservoir of compassion, she steers the film confidently through some turbulent waters.
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