Miles Teller (Bleed for This, upcoming Only The Brave) stars in Thank You For Your Service as Adam Schumann, a returning soldier from Iraq who, along with his fellow colleagues, finds it difficult readjusting to civilian life. The piece is adapted from Pulitzer Prize winning author David Finkel’s book of the same name, and in the audio below Teller explains why “accuracy” and “authenticity” were integral to Thank You For Your Service.
Most of director Luc Besson’s body of work is praised for its visually eye-catching action set pieces and epic scope, but it’s also obvious that his celebration of strong minded and courageous women is a focal point in his storytelling.
Opening July 29, Bad Moms centers on Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis), an overextended career woman and mother who is taking an entirely new direction in her life. Although she’s always placed family first, she is now demanding her kids and deadbeat husband (David Walton) start having a bit more responsibilities around their house and in their own lives. The project also stars Kathryn Hall and Kristen Bell.
Author and artist Moon Zappa has thrown her full support behind Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words, a documentary that takes a clear-eyed, incisive look at one of music’s most iconic and diverse talents.
Actress Jessica Van (TV’s Rush Hour & The Messengers) stars in Seoul Searching, a comedy that captures the spirit of John Hughes’ films from the 1980s (The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink) and is inspired by director Benson Lee’s experiences at a summer program in Seoul, Korea. The movie, which I reviewed on Hollywood Outbreak, also received a great write-up in the New York Times, and I had the pleasure of sitting down with Van to talk about Seoul Searching.
Skyler Gisondo (Vacation, The Amazing Spider-Man) gets his first shot as a leading man with Hard Sell, a coming of age story about Hardy, a high school senior who’s trying to take care of his mentally unstable mother (Kristin Chenoweth) and raise a bit of money to pay for the family dog’s impending medical bills. When a beautiful woman named Bo (Katrina Bowden) walks into Hardy’s life claiming to be an ex-stripper, the pair hatch a mutually beneficial plan to alleviate their problems.
Along with serving as the host of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Nick Cannon has carved out a successful acting, directing, producing and music career to boot. Since we’ve come to expect the unexpected with Cannon, the announcement that he was named Chief Creative Officer of Radio Shack was more of a pleasant surprise than a total shocker.
As much as staying in one’s lane has its benefits, expanding one’s creative horizons my be even more important. Throughout her diverse career, Queen Latifah has expressed herself through hip hop, jazz, acting, and producing, proving that complacency isn’t one of her traits. She stars with Jennifer Garner in the drama Miracles from Heaven, a movie based on Christy Beam’s 2015 memoir.
One of the biggest takeaways from The Finest Hours, which is now playing nationwide, is that Holliday Grainger is a star in the making. Though the meat of the film deals with the true story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s bold rescue of the SS Pendleton, the picture also has a wonderful romantic subplot with Coast Guard Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) and his resilient fiancee Miriam (Grainger).