We love Rosario Dawson in just about everything she does and we even thought Katherine Heigl did pretty well as a psycho in this psychological thriller. I’ve seen many of these films before: Fatal Attraction, Mommy …
We are proud to continue our relationship as an outreach partner for the 18th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival Chilean Spotlight event. This year’s spotlight is Family Life (Vida de Familia), a major Chilean film, followed …
The story: Beatriz (Salma Hayek), an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a spiritual health practitioner in Los Angeles. Doug Strutt (John Lithgow) …
Gore Verbinski, the director of The Ring, comes a new psychological thriller, A Cure for Wellness. At first, it felt like an old Ingmar Bergman film, and then it took some turns I didn’t care for. I realized this film didn’t do it for me and I was hoping for a true psychological thriller, with that said, I’ve learned that they are films for every audience.
Synopsis: An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure.
We got a chance to talk to some of the film stars, Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth, and director Gore Verbinski. The film opens on February 17.
Thanks Jose Ángel Torres for audio input.
Mayes C. Rubeo is known for her work on Warcraft (2015), World War Z (2013), Avatar (2009), and Apocalypto (2006).
Rubeo, born in Mexico City, Mexico; moved to Los Angeles, attended a technical school; later on she took a few classes at UCLA Extension and some courses in Italy. Following her studies, she managed to get a job as designer Enrico Sabbatini’s personal assistant, a highly important figure in Italy’s movie industry. It was he who trained her, and put her on the right path to personal and professional growth. She started working on independent films, where she learned to create great things with very few resources, she worked as a costume assistant on films like Total Recall and Born on the Fourth of July; then the director John Sayles asked her to do the design of the costumes for a film called Men with Guns. Right after that, other directors started seeking her out, since they’d already seen her work.
For her, “costumes are a distinctive and highly important element of a film.”
Next on her plate is, Thor: Ragnarok, which will be the third film in the saga, starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Cate Blanchett, to be released in November 2017.
In the video below, we talked about her resent work on The Great Wall, which opens on February 17.
It is always fun catching up with Natalie Martinez. At the FOX Winter TCA, we talked about her being back in uniform for the new series, APB. I enjoyed the episode I watched and I feel that the show could be more than your usual police procedural.
Now you can listen in on our conversation then watch a behind the scenes video with Natalie, who plays the tough-as-nails, no non-sense Chicago cop, Theresa Murphy.
The show also stars Justin Kirk, Ernie Hudson, Taylor Handley, Caitlin Stasey, Tamberla Perry, and Nestor Serrano as the mayor.
APB, Mondays on FOX at 9P.
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.
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).
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.
A first look of Bates Motel with Rihanna as Marion Crane. Premieres on February 20 on A&E.
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.
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.