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Thank You For Your Service Trailer #1 (2017)

*Text from Coming Soon

Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures have just posted the first trailer for Thank You For Your Service, the military drama starring Miles Teller (Whiplash, The Spectacular Now) which opens in theaters on October 27. 

 The film follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield.

The film features a huge ensemble cast led by Miles Teller and also includes Haley Bennett (The Girl on the Train, The Magnificent Seven), Amy Schumer (Trainwreck), Joe Cole (Green Room), Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar J. Dorsey and Jayson Warner Smith, the drama is based on the bestselling book by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author David Finkel.

Jason Hall, who wrote the screenplay of American Sniper, makes his directorial debut with Thank You for Your Service and also serves as its screenwriter. Jon Kilik (The Hunger Games series, Babel) produces the film, while Ann Ruark (Biutiful) executive produces.
Miles Teller and Beulah Koale in Thank You for Your Service

American Assassin Trailer #2 (2017) *It Takes One to Kill One*

If you’re a fan of the Robert Ludlum/Tom Clancy military espionage thriller genre of novels, you may have discovered Vince Flynn when his literary career took off in the late 1990’s.  His main protagonist, Mitch Rapp, is a really interesting creation and I always enjoyed the series which is now being continued by author Kyle Mills since Flynn’s tragic death at only 47.  American Assassin is chronologically the first novel in the Rapp series, and the first two trailers for the film adaptation (click here to watch the first) starring Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner) and Michael Keaton is impressive and looks like it could be something to liven up the traditional doldrums of September when it debuts on September 15, 2017.
Michael Keaton, American Assassin

Disney Fires Han Solo Directors With 3 Weeks Left in Filming. What Now?

Han Solo Star Wars Spin-off

Recently, I wrote an article urging Disney to keep Star Wars at Christmas release dates.  The changeover was to begin with next year’s Han Solo spin-off being released in May 2018 (click here to read that article).  It looks like that’s a given, at least for Han Solo as the entire project has been thrown into upheaval following the announcement that Disney had fired directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie) from the project just three weeks before the completion of principal photography.  Directors leaving a project before a film begins isn’t uncommon.  Directors leaving during a project is a huge deal.  Directors, who seemed absolutely perfect for this sort of film, being fired three weeks before they finished their cut is astounding.  I have never seen directors removed this late in the process.  While Disney scrambles to find a replacement, fans are freaking out on Twitter, and the entire future of the project seems in doubt. Continue reading Disney Fires Han Solo Directors With 3 Weeks Left in Filming. What Now?

My Favorite Scene: Beauty and the Beast (2017) “Evermore”

Beauty and the Beast was a polarizing film (that still managed to end up being #8 on the all-time U.S. box office chart). Some felt it bettered the 1991 animated classic, some felt that film could never be touched, and some-like me-feel that both can be spectacular. I don’t think the live-action film surpasses its original the way 2016’s The Jungle Book did, but I loved Beauty and the Beast (you can read my review here), despite some flaws, and a huge reason why is Dan Stevens and his musical number: “Evermore”. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Beauty and the Beast (2017) “Evermore”

Brad Pitt’s 10 Best Movies

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt has already put together an amazing resume of memorable performances in the 25 years he’s been in Hollywood. Initially ogled more for his looks than talent, Pitt seems to embrace even more challenging roles as he ages, though it looks like he’s going to be on magazine covers for the rest of his life no matter how old he gets.  Pitt does a fantastic job of character creation, be it Aldo Raines, Tyler Durden, Billy Beane, Tristan Ludlow, Benjamin Button, or any one of a dozen more memorable screen turns.  What people may not realize about Pitt is that he is one of the most powerful producers in Hollywood.  Pitt’s won an Emmy, an Oscar, and a Golden Globe, but only the Golden Globe is for acting.  Similar to George Clooney and Tom Hanks, Pitt gets deeply involved in projects you may not even realize he’s attached to, and that’s a talent that may even outlive his still vibrant acting career. Continue reading Brad Pitt’s 10 Best Movies