Oscar-nominated screenwriter Anthony McCarten joins Travis Hopson and Tim Gordon to talk about his latest film, THE TWO POPES, starring screen legends Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins. They play Pope Francis and Pope Benedict at a unique moment in time as the latter prepares to step down amidst controversy, something that hasn't been done in hundreds of years.
In a special interview, Travis Hopson and Tim Gordon talked with WAVES director Trey Edward Shults, along with stars Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Taylor Russell about their acclaimed drama. The film also stars Sterling K. Brown, Renee Elise Goldsberry, and Lucas Hedges.
The Laundromat writer Scott Z. Burns and author Jake Bernstein talk with Travis Hopson about their Panama Papers film, THE LAUNDROMAT. The Netflix film stars Meryl Streep, Antonio Banderas, and Gary Oldman, with Steven Soderbergh directing.
Acclaimed director Kasi Lemmons joins Travis Hopson to talk about Harriet, the first major Harriet Tubman biopic ever on the big screen. The film stars Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo, and Lemmons talks about casting the talented, soulful actress to play such an important figure in civil rights history.
A very special treat as Travis Hopson is joined by screen legend John Travolta to talk about his role as a Hollywood stalker in THE FANATIC. The film is directed and co-written by Fred Durst, and co-stars Devon Sawa. Travolta talks about why he chose to be on the opposite side of the celebrity lens for this role, how he always manages to stay in character, and working with the Limp Bizkit frontman on his feature debut.
In a special bonus edition of Cinema Royale, I chat with The Farewell director Lulu Wang on her deeply personal film, her struggle to get the movie made on her own terms, and casting Awkwafina in a breakout role.
The big red demon is back with HELLBOY, a gory, apocalyptic reboot starring STRANGER THINGS' David Harbour, Ian McShane, and Milla Jojovich! Is Neil Marshall's R-rated take on the popular comic book character enough to win over fans still pissed over Guillermo Del Toro and Ron Perlman's departure?
Plus, we kinda gotta talk about that STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER trailer, don't we? We'll look at the good, the bad, the light, and the dark side to JJ Abrams' end of the Skywalker Saga....
This week's Cinema Royale is loaded up with reviews, so I had to ask AwardsCircuit.com's Karen Peterson to join me on breaking 'em all down! First up, Disney soars back into theaters with Tim Burton's DUMBO! Is the flying elephant with the jumbo ears as magical now as he once was?
Plus we'll take a look at the gripping true-life thriller HOTEL MUMBAI starring Dev Patel and Armie Hammer, and prison drama THE MUSTANG starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Jason Mitchell, and Bruce Dern.
The story of Bonnie & Clyde gets a different spin with THE HIGHWAYMEN! Netflix's film stars Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson as the Texas Rangers who tracked down and killed the most famous criminal couple in history. I had a chance to sit down with the film's director, John Lee Hancock, and writer John Fusco to talk about their motivation for telling the story of Frank Hamer and Maney Gault, who were old school lawmen in a time when the world was at its most chaotic.
Was there any doubt what we'd be talking about on this week's show? But is CAPTAIN MARVEL the hero audiences want to see save the day? Is Marvel's first solo female lead all that it deserves to be? I'll be joined by Jeff Lyles of Lyles' Movie Files and Mae Abdulbaki to break it all down.
Plus, James Gunn's THE SUICIDE SQUAD is shaping up to be something entirely different; Marvel's BLACK WIDOW is casting up, and there's a #SnyderCut out there, ya'll!
It's time to turn the page on the movie year of 2018 with tonight's Academy Awards! And as always, I'm contractually obligated to provide my picks for this year's Oscars. Or at least it feels like I am! Of the eight movies nominated for Best Picture, who has the best shot at winning? Will it be Alfonso Cuaron's ROMA? Will Marvel's BLACK PANTHER crack the vibranium ceiling? Or will it be a dark horse like THE FAVOURITE or Spike Lee's BLACKKKLANSMAN? How awesome would his speech be if he came...
On this week's Cinema Royale, I'm joined by Joblo.com's Chris Bumbray to review James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez's long-awaited ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL! Were the years of technical tweaking worth it? And should you see it in IMAX? Plus, the WWE's biggest film ever hits theaters in Paige biopic FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY!
All of this plus news on the Oscars fixing yet another mistake, and my quick takes on ISN'T IT ROMANTIC and HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U!
Tune in for another jam-packed show!
After being away far too long, I've returned from Park City and that means Cinema Royale is back, too! I've enlisted some expert help in recapping the best of the Sundance Film Festival from Awards Circuit's Karen Peterson.
Plus, is The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part still awesome or what? And how does What Men Want hold up compared to Mel Gibson's What Women Want?
All this and more on a special return episode of Cinema Royale!
Two years after his groundbreaking Best Picture winner, MOONLIGHT, Barry Jenkins returns with a challenging adaptation of James Baldwin's 1974 book, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK. Set in 1970s Harlem, the story follows Tish (Kiki Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James), two young lovers who see their future together torn apart when he is falsely accused of rape.
Jenkins and Layne joined me to talk about the making of IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, the challenge in adapting Baldwin's poetic words into...
It's the busiest movie weekend of the year! We've been waiting to see how this one would play out all year long, and now it's BUMBLEBEE squaring off with AQUAMAN squaring off with MARY POPPINS RETURNS squaring off with VICE squaring off with WELCOME TO MARWEN! We've got reviews of them all so tune in to find out which are worth seeing this holiday weekend!
Holy crap they finally did it! Marvel has unleashed the AVENGERS: ENDGAME trailer on an unsuspecting world of fanboys! Not only did we just find out the movie's title, but the footage we got sets up one climactic clash with Thanos! I'm taking just a few minutes of Cinema Royale time to give my thoughts on the trailer and what to look forward to when the film arrives.
RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston join me to talk about their anticipated Disney sequel, continuing Ralph's hero journey, the creation of Gal Gadot's character, and of course that Disney princesses scene!
'Creed II' director Steven Caple Jr. and star Florian Munteanu join me to talk about the latest chapter in the 'Rocky' saga. What pressure did Caple face stepping in for his friend Ryan Coogler? What does it mean to them to be part of the 'Rocky' family, one of the most beloved and respected franchises in movie history? And how did Florian deal with having to get physical with star Michael B. Jordan without accidentally knocking him out for real?
It's Thanksgiving week, and like a holiday dinner spread there are a ton of options on the table. I'll be joined by fellow Punch Drunk Critic Mae Abdulbaki for a return to the Wizarding World with FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD! Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali travel the deep south in the buddy comedy, GREEN BOOK, and Viola Davis plans a heist in Steve McQueen's WIDOWS! And you know I can't let the show go by without giving my thoughts on CREED II!
All this and more; a show...