On today’s edition of the HOLLYWOOD INSIDER, Dean on the Scene talks to John David Washington. The Morehouse grad got his acting by playing a small role in the biopic “Malcolm X” working with director Spike Lee. Twenty-five years later, he not only stars in the HBO drama “Ballers” but he’s also working with Spike Lee once again in the new Focus Features film “BlacKkKsman”. Based on a true story, the movie follows Ron Stallsworth, a newly minted Colorado Springs detective who sets out to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. I sat down with J.D. to talk about playing Ron on the big screen and playing football again on the small screen.
Beginning Friday, August 25th, Focus Features will stream one of three classic films – The Motorcycle Diaries, The Constant Gardner and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – on Facebook each Friday, as part of the company’s 15th Anniversary celebrations.
Production has begun on Mary, Queen of Scots – starring Saoirse Ronan as Mary and Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth I.
Mary, Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne – but Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth 1…
Written by Beau Willimon and directed by Josie Rourke, Mary, Queen of Scots is slated for a 2018 release.
Atomic Blonde may not be as supple, flexible and dynamic is its lead, but still punches above its head in odd and intriguing ways.
To begin with, the action set pieces feel like they could have been part of a John Wick movie. Then there’s the feeling you get watching Charlize Theron – if she’s not having fun in this film, I will eat my shirt. And finally, there’s the two timelines running parallel to each other.
The Beguiled is Sophia Coppola’s take on the novel by Thomas Cullinan – a tale of how a wounded Union soldier is taken in by the women of a Southern girls’ school and taboos are broken while dangerous rivalries develop.
The Beguiled stars Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning and Colin Farrell. It will be in theaters on June 30th.
Charlize Theron stars as the titular Atomic Blonde of Universal’s new action flick – based on the hit comic from Oni Press. She’s MI6’s most lethal operative – the one you call on to fix things when others screw up badly (or if the job is just. that. important.).
Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.
Atomic Blonde is directed by David Leitch (John Wick, Deadpoool 2). It opens on July 28th.