Before Fruitvale Station, Michael B. Jordan was glimpsed sporadically in supporting roles on TV shows like "The Wire" and "Friday Night Lights," and in films like Chronicle and Red Tails.
That changes emphatically with Fruitvale Station, a Sundance hit that premiered Thursday night at the Cannes Film Festival. In the film, he plays Oscar Grant, the 22-year-old victim of the infamous 2009 police shooting on the Oakland, California, transit system.
To humanize Grant, first-time filmmaker Ryan Coogler fashioned the movie around his last day: Jordan hardly leaves the frame.
It's the true story of mafia hit-man Richard Kuklinski.
The Iceman, as he was nicknamed - partly from his stone-cold demeanour and partly because he used to store bodies on ice, was interesting because he was also a devoted family man. He loved his wife and kids, and in the movie, claimed he didn't kill women or children. Quite a trait/code for a contract killer, wouldn't you say?
Michael Shannon portrays Kuklinski in an eerily intimidating, appropriately cold-as-ice way. His co-stars include a barely recognizable Chris Evans, David Schwimmer, James Franco, Stephen Dorff, Ray Liotta as mob-boss Roy Demeo and Winona Ryder as Kuklinski's wife Deborah.
We had a chance to sit down with Liotta and Ryder in September during the Toronto International Film Festival to talk about their movie.
Whether you know him best as Harold, BFFs with fellow pot enthusiast Kumar for three movies, or he served as your introduction to the term MILF, with his upcoming return to the final frontier, John Cho again gets to play dependable helmsman Hikaru Sulu and this time he even gets to sit in the captain's chair. But don't worry; it still very much belongs to Chris Pine's Captain Kirk.
The boyish-looking Cho, 41, recently stopped in Toronto to chat about J.J. Abrams' sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, watching Benedict Cumberbatch turn into a villain and what it was like sitting in the iconic captain's chair. Apparently it could use more cushioning.
Watch the interview after the jump before Star Trek Into Darkness beam into theatres May 16.
Self-confessed sci-fi geek Simon Pegg returns to screens this month in Star Trek Into Darkness, the sequel to 2009’s Star Trek, director J.J. Abrams' hit reimagining of the seemingly immortal franchise.
With an all-new look (lots of lens flares, of course) and cast, the 2009 film was a special-effects blockbuster with heart that managed to tick all the right boxes for both Trekkies and casual fans.
Now, four years later, the crew of the Enterprise takes on a cold, calculating terrorist from within Starfleet (Benedict Cumberbatch) who threatens the entire world but develops a particular hate-on for Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), who'll need Spock (Zachary Quinto), Bones (Karl Urban), Uhura (Zoe Saldana) and Scotty (Simon Pegg) to help him save the day.
We sat down with Pegg at London's Soho Hotel to talk about the new film and his role as chief engineer Montgomery Scott.
Baz Luhrmann knows a thing or two about provocation, reinvention and throwing a good party.
The silver-haired Australian director of such bombastic cinematic rides as Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet was actually born Mark Anthony Luhrmann and changed his name to Baz after moving to Sydney from a small rural town, taking on the nickname he'd earned for his resemblance to TV character Basil Brush, and has been doing things his own oway ever since.
With the upcoming release of his supremely extravagant adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic, we got the chance to speak with the fashionable Luhrmann who shared his thoughts on the joys of letting party scenes get out of control, watching Leonardo DiCaprio grow up and working with passionate artists to make his vision come true.
Watch our 1-on-1 interview now and catch The Great Gatsby in theatres May 10.
Gwyneth Paltrow wants you to know that Pepper Potts is no pushover.
Paltrow plays Tony Stark's (a.k.a. Iron Man) business partner and significant other in Iron Man 3, the third film of the franchise that put Marvel Studios on the map and helped usher in this unprecedented age of superhero movies.
Take a peek at the film's trailers and you'll see Potts has more to do than just worry about her man. The usually calm and collected character gets in on the action, even donning the Iron Man suit to help Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) battle terrorist The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley).
Of course, the extent of that action remains a closely guarded secret.
"Call me Jamie."
So says James Cromwell upon meeting in a cozy room at the Trump Hotel in Toronto to talk about his Canadian Screen Award-winning performance in Michael McGowan's sweet drama Still Mine. With a hearty handshake, ready smile enveloped by a white goatee, and wearing a plaid shirt and bulky sweater similar to what his character sports in the movie, Jamie instead of James seems about right.
Cromwell, who you may know better as a cinematic president – he's played POTUS four times in movies ranging from The Sum of All Fears to W. – or as the farmer from Babe, is a towering figure, standing at 6'7" but his thoughtful and candid nature make him seem as if he's at eye-level with all those around, a relatability that serves him well for his role here, which requires a fine balance of folksy charm and intrepid resolve.
Still Mine finds him playing real-life New Brunswicker Craig Morrison whose wife of 60-plus years Irene (the luminous Quebecoise actress Genevieve Bujold) is exhibiting the first signs of dementia, leading Craig to build a more practical, single-level home for her, for them. He's soon blindsided by government red tape that he, as a life-long lumber man and experienced builder, didn't anticipate and doesn't much respect.
What may seem like another gloomy, confronting investigation of death and dying a la Oscar winner Amour is instead a movie about not giving up, holding fast to the small moments and, as Cromwell enthusiastically describes it, being alive.
Cineplex visited the set of Pain & Gain to chat with one of the stars of the Michael Bay film, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Johnson opened up about the film, pumping iron on the set, and the incredible true story of the Sun Gym gang, a trio of bodybuilding gym rats who wanted to live the American Dream by taking it from someone else.
Dwayne Johnson talks weightlifting competitions with the cast and the absurdity of Pain & Gain in the video after the jump!
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