Diego Luna and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Diego Luna, Kelly Ripa, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Photo: David M. Russell//Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution, ©2016 Disney ABC. All Rights Reserved.

L-r: Diego Luna, Kelly Ripa and Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Photo: David M. Russell//Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution
©2016 Disney ABC. All Rights Reserved.

Diego Luna has been making the talk show rounds talking about his role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. He’s very proud to be part of the Star War franchise.

Diego Luna, Ellen DeGeneres, Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.

Diego Luna and Ellen DeGeneres
Photo: Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.

We have a few clips of him on Live Kelly, where he tells Kelly Ripa, “I am a hero to my son again!” and on Ellen, he exclaimed “A Mexican in Star Wars? Come on!” We liked these and wanted to share and hope you enjoy them.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first standalone anthology film set within the cinematic universe. Luna portrays a veteran Intelligence Officer for the Rebels named Captain Cassian Andor, alongside Felicity Jones (Jyn Erso), Donnie Yen (Chirrut Imwe), Forest Whitaker (Saw Gerrera), Riz Ahmed (Bodhi Rook), and Jiang Wen (Baze Malbus).

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in U.S. theaters December 16 in 3D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D. — A.O.

The Secret Life of Pets Giveaway!

the-secret-life-of-petsWe have 5 Blu-ray Combo Packs of The Secret Life of Pets to give to some lucky winners. The dics comes with three mini movies too! With the talented voices of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Steve Coogan, and Albert Brooks.

The Blu-ray Combo Packs will be available in stores on December 6.

Would you like to win one? Then just click here to send us an email with your name and address. And that’s all!

We’ll draw the winners at 6P (PT) ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2.

Lucy Dahl Talks to Us about Her Dad Roald Dahl and The BFG

Lucy Dahl, The BFG, Roald Dahl, Mark Rylance, Penelope Wilson, Ruby Barnhill

Lucy Dahl

I had a fun talk with Lucy Dahl a British screenwriter and the daughter of author Roald Dahl. We talked about stories she enjoyed from her dad and about her own writing work and the things we will find on the Bluray/DVD release.Lucy Dahl, Steven Spielberg, The BFG, Roald Dahl, Mark Rylance, Penelope Wilson, Ruby Barnhill

This past summer we got to sit in and chat with director Spielberg and the stars of The BFG, Mark Rylance, Penelope Wilson, and Ruby Barnhill. You can listen in and find out what happened. They are some GREAT interviews and all you need to do is click here and click below on the audio box to listen to my talk with Ms Dahl.

Lucy Dahl, Steven Spielberg, The BFG, Roald Dahl, Mark Rylance, Penelope Wilson, Ruby Barnhill

Lucy Dahl

Disney’s release of The BFG this year was very fitting, because it was the celebration of Roald Dahl’s 100-year birthday.

The release of the Bluray/DVD is on November 29. The other stars of the film are Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall, and Bill Hader.

Director Fede Álvarez on Don’t Breathe

Fede Álvarez, Don’t Breathe

Fede Álvarez
Photo: NuketheFridge.com

Yeah, this is the young (and very handsome) Uruguayan director we wrote about way back when. Here’s what we said:

More than three years ago, a wild little short film called Panic Attack hit the interwebs. “Giant Robots invade Montevideo!” the slugline reads, and the exotic location made perfect sense: it wasn’t exotic at all for the creator/writer/director of the chilling pseudo-documentary of alien attack: after all, Fede Álvarez was a native of Uruguay and a resident of Montevideo when he used the modest resources of his commercial-production firm to make the movie.

In the mysterious ways that no one can predict and every one wishes for, Panic Attack went viral. Today the YouTube upload of the entire short has been seen by more than 7 million people, and you can still see it here. Álvarez was whisked to Hollywood, feted by agents and studios all over town…and then, quietly, disappeared.

There’s no telling how many meetings he took, how many pitches he made, how many promises got broken, but now—finally–we’ll be getting a chance to see what Fede Álvarez can do. He’s just wrapped principle photography as director of the long-awaited remake of the horror classic Evil Dead.don’t breathe, dvd

Alvarez was hand-picked by Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, and Bruce Campbell. The careers of all three of them–as director, producer, and actor–were launched by this audacious, hilarious, cheesy and scary little horror film, and they have held tight control of the property ever since. Fans may not be happy that this is a completely new story–no Ash, no chainsaw arm, and no Bruce Campbell–but now that the original star himself as seen a roughcut, he’s 100% behind the project. In an interview with Digital Spy, he said, “We’re really excited and really behind it, [but] it’s going to take a bit to get the Evil Dead fans behind it. We know we’ve pissed a lot of them off. We appreciate that and we appreciate their anger and their zeal, but the only thing we want to impress upon them is that we didn’t screw it up. This is going to be just as memorable as [the original] Evil Dead without being the same movie. It’s a contemporary movie–just like Evil Dead was contemporary in 1979, this is contemporary for young adults now…It’s basically five new kids who are going to have a really bad night with a brand new director. I’ve seen it already; I think it’s definitely fabulous.”

Post-production is underway, but we’ll still have to wait awhile to see if all the promise of Panic Attack in ’09 and all the hoopla since is worth it. Evil Dead is scheduled for release in 2013.

Fede Álvarez

Fede Álvarez

…and of course Evil Dead came out about 3 ½ years ago (April 2013) and made about $100 million in worldwide box office (Lord knows how much more in DVD and VOD by now), on a $17 million budget. Now Don’t Breathe, after only 11 weeks, has made close to $100 million itself (about two-thirds in foreign box office), and it’s still in theaters.

Now with the release of the Don’t Breathe DVD on November 29, I got to chat with Fede about the making of the film and now you can listen in too. — A.O.

Disney’s Moana Music Video and Trailer

Moana, Ron Clements, John Musker, Lin Manuel Miranda, Dwayne Johnson, Auli’i Cravalho, Opetaia Foa’I, Osnat Shurer.

Ron Clements, John Musker, Lin Manuel Miranda, Dwayne Johnson, Auli’i Cravalho, Opetaia Foa’I and Osnat Shurer.
©2016 Angela María Ortíz S.

One of my favorite image of Lin Manuel Miranda and Dwayne Johnson from the Moana pressday. ©2016 Angela María Ortíz S.

One of my favorite image of Lin Manuel Miranda and Dwayne Johnson from the Moana press day.
©2016 Angela María Ortíz S.

I think Moana is a new Disney classic. We really enjoyed it. The animation work is just wonderful, the little details in each scenes keeps you captivated. I loved the way the hair curls looked.

The characters of Moana and the grandmother were my favorites. I think girls and boys have a new heroine to cheer for and some new music to sing along with, You’re Welcome.



Now sit back and listen in on the conversation with the casts, directors and producer and a couple of treats below.

From the Walt Disney Animation Studios, you can get a first listen of “You’re Welcome,” the brand new song from Moana performed by Dwayne Johnson and written by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, In the Heights)!

In the movie clip, Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) encounters the demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson).

Disney’s Moana in theaters in 3D November 23. — A.O.

You Better Watch Out:Bad Santa 2 is Coming to Town

Bad Santa 2, Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Brett Kelly, Kathy Bates

Bad Santa 2 returns Academy Award-winner Billy Bob Thornton to the screen as America’s favorite anti-hero, Willie Soke; and joining him is, Tony Cox, Brett Kelly, and Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy-winner Kathy Bates as Willie’s horror story of a mother, Sunny Soke, and Christina Hendricks of Mad Men fame.

Bad Santa 2, Brett Kelly, Mark Waters, Tony Cox, Billy Bob Thornton, Christina Hendricks, Kathy Bates

Brett Kelly, Mark Waters, Tony Cox, Billy Bob Thornton, Christina Hendricks and Kathy Bates

It has been thirteen years since the first Bad Santa and I don’t remember much of it and I will have to re-watch it. This one has a few laughs and at times it made you pause and think. Yes, it’s over the top and everyone looks like they are all in on the joke. We got to sit in on a q&a with the main cast and director Mark Waters and we had some good laughs. Now you can listen in too.

Bad Santa 2

Bad Santa2

Also starring Jenny Zigrino, Ryan Hansen, and Cristina Rosato.

Check out the Red Band trailer, it’s a wild one! In Theaters November 23.


Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them in Theaters

fantastic-beasts-imaxWithout taking the whole film apart, here are the things that worked really well. The film is visually stunning! and it has a sweet quality to it.

I loved all the creatures. The actors, Dan Fogler and Alison Sudol stole the film for me. They are superb. Colin Farrell is also good as Graves. — A.O.

Trailers of Upcoming Films and in Theaters Now

The holiday season is coming and so are the films. Here are a few trailers for you to check out.

In theaters now

Manchester by the Sea
November 18

November 23

Rules Don’t Apply
November 23

Miss Sloane
November 25

Trolls in Theaters

Trolls, Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande, Anna Kendrick, Gwen StefaniTrolls is in theaters and bringing back memories of those crazy dolls. Here is one I still have.my-troll

Here’s a little about the film: After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy (Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious curmudgeonly Branch (Timberlake) set off on a journey to rescue her friends. Together, this mismatched duo embarks on a rescue mission full of adventure and mishaps – trying to tolerate each other long enough to get the job done.

Utilizing music to further the film’s narrative, the TROLLS soundtrack is produced by Justin Timberlake and features five original songs including songs by Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande, Anna Kendrick and Gwen Stefani, in addition to a number of classic hits from the 60s through the 80s.

Almost Christmas Looks Really Funny!

almost-christmas-movie-posterAlmost Christmas tells the festive story of a beloved patriarch who asks his family for one gift this holiday season: to get along.

A new comedy from writer/director David E. Talbert (Baggage Claim) and starring Kimberly Elise, Omar Epps, Danny Glover, Romany Malco, Mo’Nique, Nicole Ari Parker, J.B. Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Jessie Usher, and DC Young Fly.

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