The summer hit “Baby Driver” not only used music well. One way or another, it got a surprising number of musicians in front of the camera. In an exclusive clip, director Edgar Wright names them.
Bryan Cranston earned an Oscar nomination for playing the blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in Trumbo and Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for his portrayal of President Lyndon B. Johnson in the HBO movie All the Way. If he’s looking to do another biopic, may we suggest Clint Eastwood.
Star Trek Beyond isn’t considered a comedy — yet thanks to all the witticisms in a script co-written by Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), the latest sequel decidedly funnier than your average endeavor on the Enterprise.
It didn’t perform as well at the box office as its 2014 predecessor, but Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising was a worthy sequel to that gut-busting frat comedy. And hey, if you were going to rate all comedy sequels on a curve (see Dumb and Dumber To, Zoolander 2), the Neighbors‘ follow-up would be a bona fide masterpiece.
If you blinked, you probably missed “Weird Al” Yankovic’s cameo in this summer’s Lonely Island joint Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. The UHF alum and musical parodist extraordinaire turned up in the film’s closing moments looking nearly unrecognizable (and a bit like an older version of Mark McGrath from Sugar Ray) as the lead singer of the band Hammerleg, who introduces Conner4Real (Andy Samberg) at the Poppies award show. Weird Al gave co-directors (and co-writers and co-stars) Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone a few different takes to choose from, and they’ve included a look at them on the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release.
As a sort of late Valentine’s Day gift to film buffs, the Collection, which reissues select films with a boatload of special features, is hosting a 24-hour flash sale, in which its entire inventory is available at a 50 percent discount. It’s about time my 3-year-old learns about the Criterion Collection, and I couldn’t think of a better movie to introduce her than Wes Anderson’s whimsical stop-motion animation gem. Years before he was full-on cool in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, Robert Forster stepped into the eye of the political storm in this drama/documentary hybrid set around the Chicago Democratic Convention in 1968.