Claire Shannon discovered her mother’s suicide as a child. Now, she’s bullied in high school and embarrassed by her hoarder dad – until he brings home old music box that promises it will grant her seven wishes. And, at first it seems to help…
Never look a gift horse in the mouth. Be careful what you wish for. Two very contradictory bits of advice. Maybe Claire should have chosen the other one.
Wish Upon stars Joey King, Ryan Phillippe and Stranger Things’ Shannon Purser. It will be in theaters on July 14th.
Fargo’s Joey King (Wish I Was Here) has been attached to play the lead in Chicago’s Corn Bred Film production of Oriole Park. The story revolves around ‘a young woman struggling with the death of her mother and her father’s descent into alcoholism in late 1978, just as the Chicago neighborhood she lives in is rocked by a string of disappearances leading up to the arrest of serial killer John Wayne Gacy.’
This is King’s first major lead after the best thing about an number of projects like White House Down and Oz The Great and Powerful. She joins a cast that includes Joel Murray (Mad Men, God Bless America), Tom Arnold (True Lies, Happy Endings), Christian Stolte (Chicago Fire) and Thomas Beaudoin. The film will be directed by Kevin Slack, a finalist in YouTube/Ridley Scott’s Your Film Festival. His short, The Drought, screened at the Venice Film Festival.
Wish I Was Here is the movie that Zach Braff partially funded from Kickstarter. He wanted to do that so he could make the movie he wanted – and it’s several steps up from his decent but not quite wonderful Garden State. This is a movie about a man who has wake up and realise that his dream – which he has followed most of his life – needs to be adjusted to the realities of his life with his family. It’s another coming of age tale about a man-child. It’s also pretty good.
Although this is the second invasion of the White House of the year, it’s bigger, louder and, paradoxically, safer – thanks to its PG-13 rating – than Olympus Has Fallen. Also, it has an outstanding cast supporting an equally excellent core of stars who appear to be having the times of their lives. It takes the basic idea of bad guys invading the White House for nefarious purposes and then spins out all kinds of fun sub-plots.