Country Crush is a musical that’s available starting March 14 (it’s a Walmart exclusive) and I’ll be posting a review this week on Hollywood Outbreak. I really enjoyed the performances and music featured in the project (if you love old-fashioned entertainment that’s filled with good songs, this may be your cup of tea).
Actress/singer Sophie Tweed-Simmons, who plays a sassy and uninhibited woman named Ainsley in the feature, talked about Country Crush and her own promising music career. Check out our interview after the jump!
Beauty and the Beast, one of this year’s most anticipated films, may be a grand romance and adventure. However, it also manages to subtly spotlight the importance of reading and expanding one’s knowledge and imagination. Audio from Emma Watson, as she talks about how Paige O’Hara influenced her as a child, is found after the jump.
One of the surprise takeaways from Priceless is David Koechner’s dramatic performance as Dale, a principled and brave man who helps James (Joel Smallbone) in his mission to save two women (Bianca Santos, Amber Midthunder) from a sex trafficking ring.
During the TV interviews for Priceless, I asked Koechner why many comedians make a seamless transition to drama. Jim Carrey, Robin Williams, Jerry Lewis, and Will Ferrell (check out the underrated Stranger Than Fiction) are just a few to excel in both genres, and Koechner shows that dramatic acting is also part of his creative arsenal. Check out his answer after the jump.
Natalie Portman takes a huge chunk of ambition and runs with it as the writer, director, and lead actress behind A Tale of Love and Darkness, a feature based on Amos Oz’s coming-of-age bestseller. This is Portman’s feature writing and directing debut, and thanks to her deep connection to the material the narrative is infused with a self-assured and subtly evocative flair.
Powered by naturalistic, unadorned performances and nuanced filmmaking, Little Men centers on Jake (Theo Taplitz), a 13-year-old who moves from Manhattan to Brooklyn with his parents (Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle) after his grandfather’s passing. Jake’s introspective nature (he’s budding artist) leads to very few friends. His fate takes a turn for the better after he befriends Tony (Michael Barbieri), the gregarious son of a dressmaker (Paulina Garcia) who owns a shop downstairs from Jake’s residence.
“As a writer, you’re always an observer,” says Sian Heder, an Orange Is The New Black scribe who’s the director/writer of the new film Tallulah. Centering on an impulsive yet often well meaning young woman (Ellen Page is Tallulah) who steals a baby from a neglectful mother (Tammy Blanchard) at a New York Hotel, the feature is an uncompromising tale that blends melodrama, dark humor, pathos, and a sliver of fantasy into the mix. Allison Janney co-stars as Margo, the mother of Tallulah’s boyfriend (Evan Jonigkeit).