On this episode, we talk with David Oyelowo about his new film “Captive” and take you behind the scenes of the September issue of RELEVANT featuring Jim Gaffigan. Also, we debrief after our live anniversary show and learn a dark secret about our illustrious producer. Read More
No, really. Tom Hardy’s date to the premiere of his new film Legend was a dog. Not only did the actor bring his wife Charlotte Riley, he was accompanied by his Labrador mix, Woody—who dolled up for the occasion with a bow tie attached to his collar. Apparently, this isn’t the first time Hardy has brought a four-legged friend along for the ride. In 2014, he starred in The Drop with a pit bull named Zora, and carried her to the premiere in New York City. What can we learn from this? Man’s best friend may be a dog, but clearly dog’s best friend is Tom Hardy. Discuss
Spielberg isn’t out to steal any thunder. The iconic director, whose new film Bridge of Spies is out October 16, says he wasn’t out to step on any toes, particularly 007’s. “I've always wanted to make a spy movie,” he notes in a recent Associated Press interview. “This is not James Bond. Only James Bond can be James Bond. I've always been fascinated with the entertainment value of the James Bond spy series of movies, as well as the serious John le Carre spy novels, especially the Martin Ritt movie The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. Also spy pictures like The Quiller Memorandum and The Ipcress File, and Torn Curtain by Hitchcock in the '60s.
The filmmaker goes on to note that genre trends in Hollywood are cyclical, hinting that big blockbusters could one day fade from favor. “We were around when the Western died, and there will be a time when the superhero movie goes the way of the Western,” he says. “It doesn't mean there won't be another occasion where the Western comes back and the superhero movie someday returns. Of course, right now the superhero movie is alive and thriving. I'm only saying that these cycles have a finite time in popular culture. There will come a day when the mythological stories are supplanted by some other genre that possibly some young filmmaker is just thinking about discovering for all of us.”
In a stroke of casting genius, Cate Blanchett will play Lucille Ball in an upcoming biopic written by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing). The Australian actress hasn’t had too many opportunities to flex her comedic muscle—having won Oscars for her roles in both Blue Jasmine and The Aviator. But then again, before I Love Lucy, much of Hollywood was convinced that beautiful women couldn’t be funny. Blanchett's already got the blessings of film producers/Ball children Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., and production on the film is slated to begin sometime next year. Discuss
Filmmaker Eric Demeusy has created this trailer, presenting his own vision for what a Boba Fett's origin story could look like as a stand-alone film in the Star Wars franchise. A real Boba Fett movie is actually in the works, though the studio is still looking for a director. Josh Trank (Fantastic Four, Chronicle) recently stepped away from the project. Discuss
Risen operates under a pretty unique premise for a biblical film. In the movie, Joseph Fiennes plays a Roman official tasked with finding the body of Jesus after the resurrection. In an interview with USA Today, Fiennes said that the film, which also stars Harry Potter’s Tom Felton, is an “ incredible noir detective tale” that “takes us on this journey through the eyes of a nonbeliever." His character, Clavius, does not believe in the supernatural, and must interrogate Jesus’ followers in an effort to find out what happened after the crucifixion. Fiennes told the paper, “The Bible is the most extraordinarily rich source of narratives, featuring the most beautiful stories ever written or handed down." Risen hits theaters in January. Discuss