The age of peak TV continues with some of Hollywood’s biggest names venturing into the world of streaming. This time it’s Julia Roberts starring in a new series at Amazon, from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail.
Homecoming follows Heidi Bergman (Julia Roberts) as she recalls her former job at a facility that helped soldiers transition back into everyday civilian life. However, when she is asked to recount why she left the Homecoming facility by a Department of Defense auditor (Shea Whigham), she begins to realize there was more to her old job than she’s been letting herself remember. That’s when things get a little unnerving in the new Homecoming trailer. Read More »
This awards season will see two different stories of drug addiction hitting theaters. There’s Beautiful Boy showing the turmoil that addiction creates between a father and son played by Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet, and then there’s Ben Is Back, the new film from director Peter Hedges showing how addiction impacts an entire family, with Julia Roberts doing everything she can to keep her addict son Lucas Hedges from heading down a dangerous path when he returns home. And the latter just released a harrowing new trailer to pull at your heartstrings.
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Homecoming started its life as a podcast, and now it’s an Amazon original series helmed by Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, and starring Julia Roberts. Roberts plays a caseworker at a secret government facility dealing with some mysterious goings-on. The series also features Bobby Cannavale, Stephen James, Sissy Spacek, and Shea Whigham. Check out the first enigmatic Homecoming trailer below.
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Let’s just get this out of the way right off the bat since comparisons are inevitable, both at the Toronto International Film Festival and upon general release: Ben Is Back and Beautiful Boy (read our review here) are different films with different approaches to the topic of addiction. While both follow a young addict as he struggles to stay clean, Peter Hedges’ Ben Is Back opens his film outwards to reflect on the topic in a larger conversation. He acknowledges that while the film is about one substance abuser and one family, their story does not exist inside a vacuum.
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Quick, someone call Timothée Chalamet and tell him that Lucas Hedges has yet another prestige pic coming out. The Oscar nominee just gained some ground in the pair’s ongoing “It Boy” war with a new drama directed by Hedges’ own father, Peter Hedges.
Hedges stars as a recovering drug addict teenager who attempts to reconcile with his mom, played by Julia Roberts, in the Ben is Back trailer. See the official teaser trailer below.
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Homecoming, the mysterious new show from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, marks the first major TV series for Julia Roberts, one of the most recognizable movie stars on the planet. The new show – which is based on a popular podcast – just debuted its first trailer at San Diego Comic-Con International, and you can check it out for yourselves below and find out some new details about the series straight from Esmail himself. Read More »
Every now and then, you might need to go see a good tear-jerker. Wonder is here to help you out with that. Adapted from R.J. Palacio‘s novel, the film follows a young boy with facial differences who attends public school for the first time after years of homeschooling. The family drama marks the directorial return of The Perks of Being a Wallflower writer and helmer Stephen Chbosky. Grab a box of tissues for your copious tears and watch the Wonder trailer below.
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In this edition, Julia Roberts takes just under 10 minutes to act out nearly her entire film career with James Corden on The Late Late Show. Plus, find out how a drunken extra inadvertently improved a scene in Being John Malkovich, and learn about the origins of Rick and Morty in a special Adult Swim featurette. Read More »
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Stephen Chbosky is returning to hallways and homework with his sophomore effort as a filmmaker, Wonder. The Perks of Being a Wallflower author and director showed a real love and understanding of his young protagonists with his first feature. I’m hoping he does the same for the young leads in his next film, which is a bit of an ensemble story with August “Auggie” Pullman (Jacob Tremblay) at the center of it. Like Perks of Being a Wallflower, maybe Chbosky’s next movie will pull at the heart strings without much difficulty.
Below, check out the new Wonder trailer.
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In this edition of TV Bits:
- The next season of Archer gets a new title
- Westworld season 2 casts two more actors
- Julia Roberts will star in a TV show based on a podcast
- A first look at season 3 of the USA series Mr. Robot
- The premiere date of Comedy Central’s Nathan For You
- And more!
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