The Report Sundance Review - Adam Driver

Scott Z. Burns has plenty of Hollywood experience as the writer of The Bourne Ultimatum, Side Effects, Contagion and The Informant. With his feature directorial debut The Report, one of our most anticipated titles of Sundance this year, the filmmaker shows that he’s picked up a step or two from directors Paul Greengrass and Steven Soderbergh. The result is a quiet but boiling political thriller that explores the infuriating and ethically questionable enhanced interrogation tactics employed by the CIA following the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Read More »

bad times at the el royale clip

Bad Times at the El Royale opened in theaters this fall to muted reception. The film had everything going for it: a star-studded cast including Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, and Cynthia Erivo, a rising director following up his acclaimed debut feature, a seedy neo-noir thriller premise. But audiences didn’t check in for Drew Goddard‘s Bad Times at the El Royale.

Now, before we could finish unpacking why this movie fizzled, Bad Times at the El Royale is making its way to home video. With a digital release already out, 20th Century Fox advertises the upcoming Blu-ray release with an extended Bad Times at the El Royale clip.

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good omens trailer

The heavens truly are blessing us today: The first Good Omens trailer is here.

The Amazon Prime series finally brings the acclaimed Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett novel to life, and there’s no one better to headline the dark comedy than David Tennant and Michael Sheen. The duo star as a demon and angel, respectively, who work together to stop the apocalypse prophesied to be brought about by none other than Satan’s son, the Antichrist (Sam Taylor Buck).

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Bad Times at the El Royale Review

Drew Goddard’s Bad Times At The El Royale is Tarantino Lite, but not as an insult. Crooked paths collide in the heart of Lake Tahoe’s hospitality crossroads. Drifters clutch onto secrets – in addition to the hotel’s own chequered history – and that’s expected, but buildup material is often more exciting than any elongated payoff. For a twisty border-straddling government conspiracy thriller, Goddard plays it a wee bit safe. Maybe another character stereotype or two could have livened the party up? As is, unsavory room renters are mere vessels for Vietnam war rhetoric and an inevitable gyration by virtue of Chris Hemsworth’s always-unbuttoned Abercrombie model look.

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bad times at the el royale featurette

It’s clear from the trailers so far that Bad Times at the El Royale is going to be loaded with twists and surprises. A new Bad Times at the El Royale plays the mystery factory up considerably, as the cast and crew vaguely talk about how wild and crazy everything is…without giving anything away. Watch the Bad Times at the El Royale featurette below.

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Bad Times at the El Royale interviews

In June, I visited Lake Tahoe, California to attend an early press day for Bad Times at the El Royale, a new crime thriller from writer/director Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods). That’s the setting for the new film, a mystery that unfolds in 1969 and centers on a run-down motel on the state line between California and Nevada. That duality is an integral part of the movie – characters aren’t always what they seem, and their shaky allegiances can switch sides in an instant when things go wrong (and naturally, things go very wrong).

During the junket, I jumped in a small boat and was taxied out to a yacht on Lake Tahoe, where I interviewed Goddard about why surveillance plays a large part in his movies, how he makes movies that reveal more layers on multiple viewings, and more. I also had the chance to speak with stars Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson, and Jeff Bridges about the details in Goddard’s script, how the setting informed their physicality, and a lot more. Read More »

Top Gun 2 character names

Top Gun: Maverick is in the midst of a casting blitz. A whole slew of actors, including Ed Harris and Jon Hamm, recently signed on for the Tom Cruise sequel. Now, some Top Gun 2 character names have surfaced, giving us an idea of the many new characters Cruise’s Pete “Maverick” Mitchell will be sharing the screen with. Fair warning: these names are goofy.

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Jon Hamm and Ed Harris

Yesterday, the cast of Top Gun: Maverick added some young faces to the mix, filling out what appears to be a new slate of trainees who will go through a rigorous flight school training regimen. But we’ll be getting some more grown-up faces as well.

Jon Hamm and Ed Harris are joining the cast, and it’s not too hard to picture them being among the upper tiers of a naval flight school program. Read More »

pale blue dot first look

Natalie Portman plays an astronaut who loses touch with reality in Noah Hawley‘s upcoming drama Pale Blue Dot. And in our first look at the film, perhaps that first starts with her haircut.

Fox Searchlight has released a first image of Portman in character as a married NASA astronaut who returns home and begins an affair with a fellow astronaut (Jon Hamm), only to steadily spiral out of control.

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good omens sneak peek

Heaven help us, our first glimpse of Good Omens has arrived. A behind-the-scenes Good Omens sneak peek has been released, giving us a glimpse at the Amazon miniseries starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen. And the series looks as offbeat and weird as the Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett 1990 novel that inspired it — and as amazing as Michael Sheen’s platinum blonde hair.

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