A Cure for Wellness Sparks Conversations

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.

Dane Dehaan

Gore Verbinski

Mia Goth

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.

Gael García Bernal Romantic Comedy Trailer

You're Killing Me SusanaGael García Bernal stars in You’re Killing Me Susana by Roberto Sneider-Film opens this Friday in theaters in Los Angeles and New York; next week nationwide!

Mayes C. Rubeo Costume Designer for The Great Wall

Mayes Rubeo, Angela Ortíz, Mayes C. Rubeo, The Great Wall

Mayes Rubeo and Angela Ortíz

Mayes C. Rubeo is known for her work on Warcraft (2015), World War Z (2013), Avatar (2009), and Apocalypto (2006).Mayes Rubeo, Angela Ortíz, Mayes C. Rubeo, The Great Wall

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.

Natalie Martinez is Back in Uniform in FOX’s APB

Angela Ortíz, Natalie Martinez, APB

Angela Ortíz and Natalie Martinez

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.

Natalie Martinez

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.

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.

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