Kenneth Branagh Praises Actors Who Boarded The “Orient Express”

Murder on the Orient Express


Kenneth Branagh stars as Hercule Poirot and directs Murder on the Orient Express. While promoting the film, Branagh talked about what Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, and Michelle Pfeiffer bring to the table as collaborators. Check out Branagh’s thoughts below (audio is included) on working with members of the ensemble!

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Kevin Smith Thriller ‘Tusk’ Hits Blu-ray Next Week

Tuck, filmmaker Kevin Smith’s return to cinema, hits Blu-ray and DVD December 30 via Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
Tusk - Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Tusk – Lionsgate Home Entertainment

The story, penned by Smith, centers on a podcaster (Justin Long) who travels to remote area of Canada to interview a recluse (Michael Parks) who has a strange fixation for walruses.

Believing he’s landed a huge story, the podcaster is transformed in more ways than one. Genesis Rodriguez, Haley Joel Osment, and Johnny Depp are among the film’s co-stars.

Special features on the Blu-Ray and DVD include:
  1. Deleted Scenes
  2. Audio commentary with Kevin Smith
  3. “20 Years to Tusk” featurette
  4. SModcast #259: The Walrus and the Carpenter


‘For No Good Reason’ Delves Into Ralph Steadman’s Artistic Journey

“For No Good Reason’s” main selling point as a documentary is the interaction between Johnny Depp and Ralph Steadman, the British artist who’s best known for his collaboration with author Hunter S. ThompsonSteadman’s expressionistic, larger than life images of an America gone mad, coupled with Thompson’s gonzo journalism swagger, made for an iconic pairing. The doc investigates their close knit and frequently tumultuous relationship.

Although the pleasurable conceit of the documentary has Depp visiting Steadman at his Old Loose Court in Kent residence during one lazy day, “For No Good Reason” was shot over a 15-year period. Such a lengthy process did not deter filmmaker Charlie Paul, who found himself consistently intrigued by Steadman and his work.

Ralph Steadman – “For No Good Reason” (Sony PIctures Classics, CR: Charlie Paul)

Ralph has been an artistic hero of mine since I was in art college,” said Paul. “To be allowed access into the world of someone like Ralph obviously was such an engaging thing for another artist to make a film about. Ralph is constantly surprising so there was never a time when I thought I’m running out of subject here. When things got dry, we’d turn ten degrees and suddenly a whole new world is there.”

I’ll be doing more posts on “For No Good Reason,” but for now check out this following clip as Charlie Paul discusses how having tons of footage on Steadman lead to his crafting an “honest” and “open” documentary (producer Lucy Paul is also heard in the clip):

“For No Good Reason,” which also features interviews with director Terry Gilliam, Jann Wenner, and actor Richard E. Grant, opens in New York on April 25 and the following week in Los Angeles.