Director Daniel Adams‘ satire An L.A. Minute centers on Ted Gould (Gabriel Byrne), a bestselling novelist who, despite living in the lap of luxury, is frustrated by his life’s work and is in need of a spark. A chance encounter with a performance artist named Velocity (Kiersey Clemons) may inject some long forgotten humanity in the now jaded millionaire, but this is Los Angeles, and things can absolutely turn on a dime. During our discussion with Adams, he talked to us about the evolution of his narrative and why, even though it was written over 20 years ago, it’s a very timely (and in my opinion, refreshingly uncompromising) tale.
There will be naysayers who won’t buy writer/director Brett Haley’s bittersweet yet ultimately sentimental Hearts Beat Loud, but don’t be deterred. Open hearted to the core, and blessed with lived in performances from Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons, Hearts Beat Loud is a total charmer.
Already generating great word of mouth prior to its June 19 release, Dopecenters on Malcolm (Shameik Moore), an Inglewood, CA. resident with big dreams of attending Harvard. An invitation to an underground party leads to a series of potentially dangerous (and often humorous) escapades for Malcolm and his friends (Kiersey Clemons, Tony Revolori). During a recent roundtable interview with Moore, he talked about the lessons he learned about playing a leading man in Dope.
Pharrell Williams serves an an executive producer on Dope, the inspired comedy/drama about a trio of Inglewood, Ca. high schoolers (Shameik Moore,Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons) who are all about ’90s hip-hop. Their passion is translated with their own punk band Awreeoh, and the film’s soundtrack contains the fictional group’s rousing tune “Don’t Get Deleted,” which is produced and penned by Pharrell.