The Protégé isn’t just your typical action movie. And Maggie Q is absolutely not your typical Hollywood action hero. Indeed, Q and this movie represent something special for Asians like myself; more so especially for Asian women. In the history of American-made action films, how many have been led by Asian women? And no, Scarlett Johansson doesn’t count for obvious reasons. I bet if you’re counting at home, you have barely finished counting on one hand.Continue reading “NOC Interview: Maggie Q on Representing Powerful Asian Women in ‘The Protégé’”
We’re counting down to the release of the exciting, action-packed thriller, The Protégé. And to celebrate, Lionsgate has a new clip for you all!Continue reading “New Clip from ‘The Protégé’ Teases Maggie Q and Samuel L. Jackson’s Chemistry”
Die in a Gunfight stars Alexandra Daddario, Diego Boneta, Justin Chatwin, Wade Allain-Marcus, Billy Crudup, Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Travis Fimmel. The new movie is directed by Collin Schiffli and written by Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari. Lionsgate has just released multiple new official clips from the film as well as posters for all of the individual characters.Continue reading “Check Out the Official Character Posters and New Clips From ‘Die in a Gunfight’”
Wanna be a Bad Motherf–, like Samuel L. Jackson? Want a three-day trip for two to their Gibson Garage and Factory in Nashville, TN for full VIP tours, as well your own ’58 Flying V guitar? If you answered yes to both, then Lionsgate and Gibson have teamed up to make your dreams come true!Continue reading “Lionsgate and Gibson Team Up for ‘The Protégé’ Giveaway”
Lionsgate has just dropped the official trailer for Die in a Gunfight! The movie is directed by Collin Schiffli and stars Alexandra Daddario, Diego Boneta, Justin Chatwin, Wade Allain-Marcus, Billy Crudup, Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Travis Fimmel. Die in a Gunfight was written by Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari. Along with the trailer, the official poster was released as well.Continue reading “Watch the New Trailer for ‘Die in a Gunfight’ Starring Alexandra Daddario and Diego Boneta”
The highly-anticipated horror comedy The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2, the follow-up to the 2016 indie hit Meet The Blacks, is arriving in theaters on Friday, June 11 and I recently had the rare opportunity to speak with both Comedy Legend, Katt Williams, whom stars in the film as Dr. Mamuwalde and the Co-Writer/Director, Deon Taylor!Continue reading “‘Meet the Blacks 2’ Star Katt Williams and Director Deon Taylor”
Jesse Plemons is set to star opposite Elizabeth Olsen in the new Max Original limited series Love and Death as “Allan Gore.” Olsen was previously announced to portray “Candy Montgomery.” Love and Death is produced by Lionsgate. Executive producers include David E. Kelley (who will also write the series) through David E. Kelley Productions, Nicole Kidman and Per Saari through Blossom Films, Lesli Linka Glatter (director of the series), Scott Brown and Megan Creydt through Texas Monthly, Matthew Tinker, Michael Klick, and Helen Verno.Continue reading “Jesse Plemons Joins Elizabeth Olsen in the Max Original ‘Love and Death’”
Marisol Nichols portrays Captain Angie Garza in the new chapter of the iconic Saw series, Spiral, which premieres in theaters on May 14. The actress is a three-time ALMA Award nominee and known for her role as Hermione Lodge on The CW’s Riverdale. Some of her other many notable credits include Teen Wolf, NCIS, Criminal Minds, Resurrection Blvd, 24, and Vegas Vacation.Continue reading “NOC Interview: Marisol Nichols Discusses Joining the ‘Saw’ Franchise in ‘Spiral’”
Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, and Morgan Freeman star in The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, which hits theaters on June 16. As we get closer to the film’s premiere, the cast shared an all new trailer and poster with fans on social media!Continue reading “Check Out the New Trailer and Poster for ‘The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’”
Do you see that line up? Whom do I give my money to?! I need this now. Yes, NOC readers! Some of our faves are coming together for a brand new project and my friends over at Lionsgate came thru with the 411 to get us hype and ready! Check out the new trailer and official teaser poster for the film!Continue reading “Michael Keaton, Maggie Q, and Samuel L. Jackson Star in ‘The Protégé’”
Who in the world green lit a sequel to Meet the Blacks? Well, Hidden Empire Film Group did, and they announced today that they will release the highly-anticipated horror comedy The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2, the follow-up to the 2016 indie hit Meet The Blacks, in theaters on Friday, June 11. Okay, so, when I first read the press release I was like, “You can’t be serious?” But… yes, it’s happening NOC readers! Check out the new trailer and official poster for the film!Continue reading “Mike Epps and Katt Williams Star in ‘The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2’”
Are you ready for the horrifying new chapter from The Book Of Saw? Get ready; a criminal mastermind is unleashing a twisted form of justice in Spiral. The star-studded cast includes Chris Rock, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols, and Samuel L. Jackson. The film is also produced by the original Saw team of Mark Burg and Oren Koules. Darren Lynn Bousman is the director, and Spiral is written by Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger.Continue reading “Lionsgate’s ‘Spiral’ is Less Than a Month Away, and We Are Counting Down the Days”
Fans of Hitman’s Bodyguard are hyped because the sequel finally has a trailer, poster, and official release date. Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, and Morgan Freeman all star in The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, which comes out on June 16, 2021.Continue reading “Everything You Need to Know About ‘The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’”
Dylan O’Brien is one of those actors that truly masters any role he plays, making audiences eager for each new project he has. After the release of his recent film Love and Monsters, fans can now start counting down the release of his new Lionsgate thriller, Flashback.Continue reading “Dylan O’Brien’s ‘Flashback’ Trailer Leaves Fans on Edge”
On the morning after his 85th birthday party, acclaimed mystery writer Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead in his study, a cut carotid and blood splashed everywhere. His family, a classic Christiean cast of characters, are all waiting to find out the contents of his will. It’s with this well-known whodunit premise that Rian Johnson’s uproariously hilarious Knives Out begins.
If you have been a human being with an internet connection over the last several weeks, you may have noticed Keanu Reeves is kind of everywhere. From John Wick toppling the Avengers at the box office and a scene-stealing turn as Ali Wong’s lover in Always Be My Maybe, to taking fans’ breaths away at E3, Keanu’s career is hotter than ever. Like a Keannussance, if you will. But why now? I’m going to attempt to retrace each milestone in the timeline of why 2019 is the year of Keanu.
This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill — the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill — you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.
Daniel Dae Kim has been a busy man.
Since 2004, Kim has been a fixed entity on our television screens through ABC’s mystery series LOST and CBS’s Hawaii Five-0. Since leaving Five-0, Kim has been working nonstop on acting and being an executive producer.
By the time the Power Rangers craze first swept through in the early ’90s, I was just starting college, paying $290 a month in rent for a studio apartment in the Whittier neighborhood of South Minneapolis with a bed that pulled down from a wall, going to see Hong Kong flicks like Swordsman II and The Bride with White Hair Fridays at midnight, organized by Asia Media Access. I was still into nerd shit, but honestly the Power Rangers seemed, to me, corny and commercial. I thought it was funny that the Black Ranger was Black, the Yellow was a Vietnamese woman, and the Pink Ranger was a white woman.
My love of all things nerd grew in Phillips: Minnesota’s largest, poorest, and most racially diverse neighborhood, not all that far from my college apartment. As refugees from war with not a lot of money to spare, I learned to walk to the Franklin Avenue library where reading and checking out books was free. Comic books were less than a dollar, and watching television shows like Robotech and Dungeons and Dragons just meant having the discipline to wake up in time. I had friends of all colors and genders and backgrounds, and bullies of all colors and backgrounds. Things were difficult for us since my family were among that first wave of refugees that became the first large visible concentration of Asian American people in Minnesota. But there was also joy, and love, and friendship to go along with all the pain and conflict.
Flash forward to 2017.
Originally posted at Just Add Color
If you told anyone that the movie that was going to shake up the superhero genre in the best way would be the film adaptation of Power Rangers, they would be shocked and probably, in some strange, elitist, I’m-too-old-for-Power Rangers way, appalled. But Power Rangers has come out of the blue as the film when it comes to portraying a diverse group of people in a way that is both organic and makes sense for today’s world and today’s multicultural and diverse audience.
Gods of Egypt is a mess. You can look at the myriad of reviews trashing it and see it for yourself. Heck, you can look at the trailer — or its box office receipts — to see how much of a joke it is. Have you seen such bad CGI in the modern era? But even more insidious than the CGI is that the film went out of its way to cast white actors in an ancient Egypt-set story. This is the second film within two years that showed audiences a white Egypt. You might recall how spectacularly Exodus: Gods and Kings failed.
Technically, Gods of Egypt had all of the ingredients necessary to make a fun “swords and sandals” fantasy. It’s a fantasy that’s not just set in ancient Egypt, but involves gods and goddesses interacting with their human subjects. Who wouldn’t want to see Ra and Horus get into it on the big screen? But where the film’s team went wrong is that they treated it like a “traditional” fantasy. What’s a traditional fantasy, and why was that the wrong approach? Let’s find out.
Because Hollywood never learns its lesson, Summer 2016 is going to bring yet another whitewashed movie about Ancient Egypt. Late last week Lionsgate shocked the world and unveiled character posters for God of Egypt, a movie that, until now, literally no one had heard about. Then yesterday, they dropped an even more ridiculous trailer.
The number of PG or PG-13 films that really move or inspire me is not that large. Somewhere at the top of that list is Finding Neverland. It’s tough to remember exactly what was going on with me at the time, but I remember it hit me hard. There is now a new contender: Spare Parts. The movie is based on this Wired article about four undocumented high school students from Arizona with a shoestring budget that enter and win a national robotics competition. Oh, and they end up at the college level knocking off the likes of MIT students.
Originally posted at Black Nerd Problems
While the book Mockingjay was released in 2010, this is your spoiler alert for both the book in its completion and the movie, Mockingjay: Part 1.
Several years ago I was introduced to The Hunger Games, a new book gaining popularity as a young adult dystopian novel featuring a female lead. I borrowed a copy from the library and was introduced to Katniss Everdeen from District 12, and she was everything I wanted her to be. Clever, bold, and independent, The Hunger Games’ leading lady was instantly a crowd favorite, and the world of Panem made for a breezy thrill ride as I sped through it in 3 days of subway rides and bedtime reading. When the second book came out, Catching Fire expanded the world from the Battle Royale of the games, to the larger theme of dystopia and revolution. “Tread carefully,” I remember thinking. But most of my thoughts were still preoccupied with wishing Katniss would finally leave Peeta to die and ride out with Team Gale, so I was still a fan, to say the least. Before the first movie was even announced I tried to pre-order tickets by holding my Fandango app in my hands and concentrating really hard.
All of that ignores the existence of Mockingjay.