Gugino, Robertson, Butterfield in The Space Between Us

Britt Robertson, Carla Gugino, Rodies, Wayward Pines, Spy Kids, Spin City, Electra Luxx, The Space Between Us, Asa Butterfield, Peter Chelsom, Richard Lewis, G. Scott Hubbard, Gary Oldman, BD Wong, Janet Montgomery

L-r: Carla Gugino, Carla Gugino, Britt Robertson and director Peter Chelsom

The Space Between Us starts off a bit slow but once it gets going it moves pretty well. I found the female leads, Britt Robertson and Carla Gugino to be quite compelling in their roles and fun to watch.Britt Robertson, Carla Gugino, Rodies, Wayward Pines, Spy Kids, Spin City, Electra Luxx, The Space Between Us, Asa Butterfield, Peter Chelsom, Richard Lewis, G. Scott Hubbard, Gary Oldman, BD Wong, Janet Montgomery

The plot: In this interplanetary adventure, shortly after arriving to help colonize Mars, an astronaut dies while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet–never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield)–an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing. While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he’s never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street-smart girl named Tulsa (Britt Robertson).

Britt Robertson, Carla Gugino, Rodies, Wayward Pines, Spy Kids, Spin City, Electra Luxx, The Space Between Us, Asa Butterfield, Peter Chelsom, Richard Lewis, G. Scott Hubbard, Gary Oldman, BD Wong, Janet Montgomery

Carla Gugino

Britt Robertson, Carla Gugino, Rodies, Wayward Pines, Spy Kids, Spin City, Electra Luxx, The Space Between Us, Asa Butterfield, Peter Chelsom, Richard Lewis, G. Scott Hubbard, Gary Oldman, BD Wong, Janet Montgomery

Butterfield & Robertson

Britt Robertson, Carla Gugino, Rodies, Wayward Pines, Spy Kids, Spin City, Electra Luxx, The Space Between Us, Asa Butterfield, Peter Chelsom, Richard Lewis, G. Scott Hubbard, Gary Oldman, BD Wong, Janet Montgomery

Peter Chelsom

Britt Robertson, Carla Gugino, Rodies, Wayward Pines, Spy Kids, Spin City, Electra Luxx, The Space Between Us, Asa Butterfield, Peter Chelsom, Richard Lewis, G. Scott Hubbard, Gary Oldman, BD Wong, Janet Montgomery

Lewis & Hubbard

We got to talk to some of the stars, the director Peter Chelsom, producer Richard Lewis and professor G. Scott Hubbard (science expert) about the making of the film. The fun they had and the difficulties they encountered; and you can listen in on it here. The film also stars Gary Oldman, BD Wong and Janet Montgomery.

All in all, a very sweet film and folks should read the book too.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

guardians galaxy 2They’re back! Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, in theaters May 5, 2017 in RealD 3D and IMAX 3D.

Bates Motel Season 5 Trailer with Rihanna

A first look of Bates Motel with Rihanna as Marion Crane. Premieres on February 20 on A&E.

Harley Quinn and Kevin Smith for Compassionate Meals

Harley Quinn Smith, Kevin Smith

Harley Quinn Smith and her dad, Kevin Smith

I have many friends who are vegetarians or vegans; I am neither, but I enjoy vegetables and fruits very much. And we thought this would be a fun video to share because we are fans of Kevin Smith and we love his daughter’s name, Harley Quinn.

Disney’s Pinocchio Now on Digital HD and Out on Blu-ray™

Angela Ortíz, J.B. Kaufman, Pinocchio, Disney, Walt Disney, Digital HD, Bluray, Film Historian

Angela Ortíz and J.B. Kaufman

Pinocchio joins Walt Disney Signature Collection, first time on Digital HD and on Blu-ray™ now. Pinocchio is considered one of the greatest animated films ever made, with two Academy Awards® for best original score and best original song When You Wish Upon a Star.

I had the great pleasure of talking to Fox Carney who is manager of research of the Animation Research Library. A twenty-four-year veteran of the Walt Disney Company, he has spent nearly twenty one of those years, assisting in providing access to the estimated 65 million pieces of production art and material in the ARL collection for authors, artists and Disney project teams.

It was so much fun to see some of the original art created for all the Disney animations many of us grew up watching.

After Talking with Fox, I got to talk to film historian and author, J.B. Kaufman, who has written and lectured on Disney animation, American silent film, and related topics. His books include Pinocchio: The Making of the Disney Epic, The Fairest One of All, and South of the Border with Disney; and he is coauthor, with Russell Merritt, of Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies and the award-winning Walt in Wonderland: The Silent Films of Walt Disney.

Now watch my interviews in the videos below. — A.O.

Star Wars: Episode VIII Title Revealed

Courtesy of Lucasfilm Ltd.

Courtesy of Lucasfilm Ltd.

After 11 years, Xander Cage is BACK!

xXx: Return of Xander Cage, D. J. Caruso, Deepika Padukone, Toni Collette, Ruby Rose, Nina Dobrev, Tony Jaa, Kris Wu, Michael Bisping, Rory McCann, Nicky Jam, Neymar Jr., Samuel L. JacksonxXx: Return of Xander Cage, the third chapter of the blockbuster franchise, that redefined the spy thriller finds extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) coming out of self-imposed exile and on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang (Donnie Yen) and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box.

xXx: Return of Xander Cage, D. J. Caruso, Deepika Padukone, Toni Collette, Ruby Rose, Nina Dobrev, Tony Jaa, Kris Wu, Michael Bisping, Rory McCann, Nicky Jam, Neymar Jr., Samuel L. Jackson

FR: Nicky Jam, Ruby Rose, Donnie Yen, Vin Diesel, Deepika Padukone, Nina Dobrev and Director D. J. Caruso
BR: Tony Gonzalez, Hermione Corfield, Kris Wu, Arianda Gutierrez and Tony Jaa

In this chapter he recruits an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments.

I thought the second half of the film was much better than the beginning.

xXx: Return of Xander Cage will do fine with its fan base and they can listen in on the press conference here, which was quite funny. And we, the press, got an acapella serenade by Nicky Jam.

xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Director D. J. Caruso, Nicky Jam, Ruby Rose, Donnie Yen, Vin Diesel, Deepika Padukone, Nina Dobrev, Tony Gonzalez, Hermione Corfield, Kris Wu, Arianda Gutierrez, Tony Jaa

xXx Cast

Directed by D. J. Caruso and also starring Deepika Padukone, Toni Collette, Ruby Rose, Nina Dobrev, Tony Jaa, Kris Wu, Michael Bisping, Rory McCann, Nicky Jam, Neymar Jr., and Samuel L. Jackson.

xXx: Return of Xander Cage is in theaters now.

Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan in Sleepless

Jaime Foxx, Michelle Monaghan, director Baran Bo Odar, Sleepless, Sleepless Night

T-b: Jaime Foxx, Michelle Monaghan and director Baran Bo Odar

Director Baran Bo Odar Sleepless has nearly as much crazy action as the French version, Sleepless Night.

The fight scenes between stars, Jaime Foxx and Michelle Monaghan are crazy—they felt like they were out to hurt each other. The stars told us about how they did the scenes and all about the bumps and bruises they got.

Foxx & Monaghan

Foxx & Monaghan

Baran Bo Odar

Baran Bo Odar

For me, it is hard to watch films based on other versions that are made so well already. This version has its own take on the storyline and definitely aimed to the U.S. market.

Knowing that this was director Odar first U.S. film, he did a good job with what he had to work with. He talked to us about the making of the film and future plans. The film also stars Dermot Mulroney, David Harbour, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Scoot McNairy, Gabrielle Union, and Octavius J. JohnsonSleepless opens January 13. — A.O.

I Am Not Your Negro Documentary

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO PosterAt the time of James Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript for I Am Not Your Negro. Now, in his new documentary, filmmaker Raoul Peck (Lumumba, Sometimes in April) envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of Black Lives Matter.

Eugenio Derbez’ How To Be A Latin Lover

How To Be A Latin Lover436Eugenio Derbez is back with a new comedy in which he wares two hats, producer and star.

The plot follows; Maximo (Derbez) who has a dream to be rich without ever having to work a day in his life. Having made a career of seducing rich older women, he marries a wealthy woman more than twice his age. 25 years later, spoiled and bored from waking up next to his now 80-year-old wife—he gets the surprise of his life when she ends up dumping him for a younger car salesman. Forced out of his mansion and desperate for a place to stay, he must move in with his estranged sister, Sara, (Salma Hayek) and her nerdy but adorable son, Hugo in their small apartment. Anxious to return to the lap of luxury, Maximo uses his nephew’s crush on a classmate to get to his new target—her grandmother, Celeste, a widowed billionaire.

You know with Eugenio involved, it’s going to be pretty funny. It also stars, Kristen Bell, Raquel Welch, Rob Lowe, and directed by Ken Marino, and it hits theaters on April 28.

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