On this week’s Behind The Lens, I joined program host/film reviewer/journalist debbie lynn elias to talk about Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast, the Wayne Federman International Film Festival, and the new partnership with Arclight Cinemas and the Slamdance Film Festival. These were just a few topics we covered in the hourlong show, which airs live Mondays at 11:00 a.m. pt on AdrenalineRadio.com.
Fox Searchlight has announced that Brooklyn hits theaters November 6, 2015. If you’re expecting a gentrified area filled with yoga studios and farm to table restaurants, your time machine is set on the wrong dial.
Singer/actress Bridgit Mendler joins the second season of Undateable as Candace, an eager and naive bartender who, as the actress says, sticks out like a “sore thumb” amidst the show’s sarcastic crew. While promoting Undateable at the Television Critics Press Association, Mendler talked about the challenges behind her latest TV venture.
“The hardest thing when you’re documenting is where do you cut,” said director Denny Tedesco, who started editing his documentary The Wrecking Crew in 2006. Of the 75 subjects Tedesco interviewed, 29 made it into his film’s final cut.
The easy play would be to trivialize White Comanche, as the thought of William Shatner playing twin brothers in a Western (one’s a bloodthirsty Comanche, the other is a quickdraw drifter named Johnny Moon) should elicit some laughter (and depending where you stand on Mr. Shatner’s acting skills, either derision or unabashed affection). Since I’m a biased fan of the Star Trek icon, White Comanche was definitely a guilty pleasure.
Gary Hook (Jack O’Connell) is an idealistic British soldier who’s accidentally stranded by his unit after a street riot in Belfast. Alone and scared beyond belief, Gary’s life is hanging by a thread, and this tense, suffocating universe is effectively captured in ’71 .
Double-cross, manipulations, twists and turns, and snap, crackle and pop dialogue are among the trademarks in Will Smith’s latest venture Focus. Master thief Nicky Spurgeon (Smith) may have the world on a string, that is until seductive (and whip smart) con artist Jess Barrett (Margot Robbie) walks into his life. Rodrigo Santoro and Gerald McRaney co-star.
Although Focus’ narrative has its share of sleight of hand tactics, its seductive allure isn’t just all about flash: the story originates from the minds of Crazy, Stupid, Love writer-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa.
During the Focus press conference, Will Smith admitted that during his childhood he was a bit of a jokester:
Focus is now playing nationwide.
Taken 3 (PG-13, 105 minutes), which has ex-CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) seeking vengeance for ex-wife’s (Famke Janssen) killers, hits Blu-ray on April 21 via Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Oscar winning actor Forest Whitaker co-stars as the police inspector who’s tasked with tracking Mills down, with Maggie Grace back as Mills’ beleaguered daughter.