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Only The Brave – Cast tells us all

On Friday, October 20, Columbia Pictures Only The Brave hits U.S. theaters. Directed by Joseph Kosinski, the film stars Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, James Badge Dale, Taylor Kitsch and Jennifer Connelly. The film, written by Ken Nolan and Eric Warren Singer, based on the GQ article “No Exit,” by Sean Flynn, is about all men are created equal… then, a few become firefighters. Only the Brave, based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, is the heroic story of one unit of local firefighters that through hope, determination, sacrifice, and the drive to protect families, communities, and our country become one of the most elite firefighting teams in the country. As most of us run from danger, they run toward it – they watch over our lives, our homes, everything we hold dear, as they forge a unique brotherhood that comes into focus with one fateful fire.

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“Supe” Eric Marsh (Josh Brolin) leads the Granite Mountain Hotshots up the trail at Yarnell Hills (Photo by: Columbia Pictures)

Only one member of the firefighting team survived, Brendan McDonough, because he was assigned a scouting location apart from the rest of the team. Brendan was hired as consultants alongside with former hotshot Pat McCarty.

During a press conference that happened a couple of weeks ago in Beverly Hills, the actors recalled what it was like making such an emotional film that recreated the tragic events but also sheds light on the dedicated firefighters who regularly put their lives on the line to protect civilians and their cities, sleeping in the dirt without tents in the New Mexico, and much more. Let’s check it out:

Did you guys form a kind-of brotherhood like the real Hotshots when you were filming this on location?

Miles Teller – I think I underestimated the physical aspect of the job. I knew it was going to be tough but I wasn’t versed on Hotshot training before I showed up. I had seen some videos but it was tough, man, we were hiking and we shot in Santa Fe, which I also didn’t know was the highest altitude capitol in the country. It’s like 7,500 feet above sea level. We were filming some locations that were 10,000 feet above sea level. Josh (Brolin, who plays Eric Marsh, the crew’s superintendent) was giving everybody chlorophyll. I guess that was something that helps your body, your blood oxygenates better. But it was tough. It was a kick in the gut. I think the boot camp, as far as a cast rehearsal goes, I don’t think anything brings you closer together than collective suffering. It didn’t matter if it was somebody’s first movie because they looked like the actual guy or you’re Josh. Josh had an open-door policy and he really was the catalyst and energy behind this. He was our leader, top of the call sheet and he just carried that through the whole production. It was such a wonderful experience. I think anybody you talk to that was involved would echo that.

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“Supe” Eric Marsh (Josh Brolin) berates Brendan McDonough (Miles Teller) during training in Prescott National Forest (Photo by: Columbia Pictures)

Josh Brolin – There’s a lot to that but it’s such a personal experience what we went through. To talk about it, we want you to think we went through hell, in order to become a Hotshot but the truth of the matter is, it’s like what Dwayne Steinbrink (Bridges’ character) said at the end, “You’ll never be a Hotshot but we’re glad that you guys represented.” He made that very clear and it was nice to get that honesty from somebody who was there and trained these guys but I think, as actors, we put ourselves in a situation where there was no comfort. It was very uncomfortable and I made sure that it was as uncomfortable as possible. There were no laggards. There was no entitlement. Everybody had a lot of respect for the story so they were willing to give 150 percent and it was great.

What was the one thing you wanted to make sure you captured about these real people?

Taylor Kitsch- To go back to the training as well, to have Pat and Brendan there, it really is, to me, a small percentage of why we’re there. Serving Chris) MacKenzie and Steve and Marsh and McDonough and these guys, it’s a responsibility that I think all of us absolutely loved and were honored by. That’s where that communal comes in, where everybody goes through their own fear of wanting to make people watching MacKenzie or Marsh that didn’t know them, know who there are after this movie comes out. It’s our responsibility to show that story. Yeah, there’s that responsibility and I that’s what drives you as an actor, a storyteller with Joe. Having this relationship with Brandon and having him with me talking about MacKenzie was invaluable and sharing laughs and going through that whole full spectrum of that as well is why you do it.

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Brendan McDonough (Miles Teller) and Taylor Kitsch-(Chris Mackenzie) (Photo by: Columbia Pictures)

What was your favorite part of working with this cast?

Taylor – We’re very lucky obviously to be in this craft and this job. I wasn’t exposed to these Hotshots. I didn’t know. To have these opportunities to breathe life into MacKenzie and meet this dad and have that relationship that I have with him now but also to learn these trades, to go in and work with these guys that have real jobs and sacrifice on a real level, that was something that hit me over the head when I was doing this. We had a great time going to work with these guys up in the mountains with Kosinski. We did have a lot of laughs. You don’t want to forget about that either. In the worst of times, the worst scenario, these guys are literally laughing. That’s just how you deal with it sometimes. I’d say there’s a bunch of good memories.

What was your biggest concern in bringing your character to the screen?

Jeff Bridges – Everyone in the company wanted to do justice to the tale that we were telling. It’s invaluable to have people who actually went through that onboard. Brendan was there just about every day. Duane, the fellow I play, was there often. He came out to my place and spent a couple of days helping me figure out my costume and talking to me about the emotions he was feeling. When Joe invited me onboard, one of the things I couldn’t believe, was that Duane also is a singer, and has a band called The Rusty Pistols, and we’re going to put that in the movie. So, Duane came out and we jammed together. There’s nothing like music to bring people together. My friend, T Bone Burnett, ended up producing the song that I sing in the movie, and we used the real Rusty Pistols as the band in the movie.

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Director Joseph Kosinski (Photo by: Columbia Pictures)

What previous knowledge did you have about Granite Mountain Hotshots and this horrible tragedy? Were you aware of what happened to them before you signed on for your role?

Josh – I knew about it because I basically grew up in a firefighting community. I became a volunteer Wildland firefighter when I was 21. Even though I was working at the time, I didn’t tell production that I was a firefighter. I preferred spending time with firefighters more than actors. I spent three years in Tucson working with that community. So, it meant a lot to me to play Eric Marsh and I know a lot of firefighters who went to the funeral. As an actor, you want to be involved in a story, when you choose a movie, that resonates. Playing Cable is fun, but this is something different. It becomes very personal. I think it was very emotional for everybody involved. Everything was forward moving, and there’s something wonderful about that.

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Pantaya, the new streaming service in Spanish

Global content leader Lionsgate and Hemisphere Media Group launched PANTAYA, the first Spanish-language over-the-top (OTT) service dedicated to premium content for the Hispanic community in the United States. The target is the high growth Latin American markets.

The service features the largest, most current, and most diverse selection of Spanish-language blockbusters and critically acclaimed films from Latin America and Hollywood, the majority appearing exclusively on the PANTAYA platform.  The service’s deep slate of current and classic films will be complemented by documentaries, concerts and other original premium content.

I had the pleasure to sit down with Mexican actors Omar Chaparro and Maite Perroni, both spokespersons for the brand, to talk about this new service. Let’s check it out:

For only $5.99 per month after a 7-day free trial, PANTAYA is available through the web and on iOS, Android and the Roku platform in the U.S. and Puerto Rico as well as to Prime members on Amazon Channels in the U.S. To learn more about PANTAYA, please visit www.pantaya.com


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Cómo Cortar a Tu Patán – Interview

I’m very excited to share my interview with Mexican actors Christopher Von Uckermann and Mariana Treviño. We talked about the romantic comedy, Cómo Cortar a Tu Patán or, in English, How To Break Up With Your Douchebag.

 Amanda, played by Mariana Treviño, is a successful psychologist with expertise in ending destructive relationships… she is also great at keeping her distance from any emotional commitments.  The things most important in her life are her career and keeping her sister Natalia, played by Camila Sodi, safe.  When she discovers her sister is in love with a douche bag, played by Sebastian Zurita, she plots an adventure that forces her to face her biggest challenge yet… love.

Cómo Cortar a Tu Patán is now playing!!!

Let’s check it out the interview:

 


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The New Mutants Trailer

The Brazilian actress Alice Braga is on in Hollywood!!! 20th Century Fox Studios released the first trailer for the action movie of Marvel’s coolest mutants, The New Mutants. Alice, who plays Dr. Cecilia Reyes, appears almost entirely in the trailer. We are very proud of her success! Such a talented actress!

Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves. The film is directed by Josh Boone who also wrote the script based on the comics by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod.

The New Mutants debuts on April 13, 2018!


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Pacific Rim Uprising – New Poster Reveal

Pacific Rim fans get ready to rise up!

 The new poster for Pacific Rim Uprising debuted online today.

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Pacific Rim Uprising – In Theaters March 23, 2018

Pacific Rim Uprising director Steven S. DeKnight will be joined by stars John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Burn Gorman and Cailee Spaeny—as well as moderator Aaron Sagers, SYFY WIRE’s editor-at-large—to discuss the upcoming action-adventure from Legendary and introduce the world premiere of the new trailer.  The follow-up to 2013’s cinematic epic of monsters and mechs, the film will inspire a new generation to become the biggest heroes to ever walk the earth.  Also starring Jing Tian, Rinko Kikuchi, Adria Arjona and Charlie Day.

John Boyega leads the cast of Pacific Rim Uprising, the follow-up to 2013’s cinematic epic of monsters and mechs, inspiring a new generation to become the biggest heroes to ever walk the earth. The 3D epic adventure is directed by Steven S. DeKnight and also stars Scott Eastwood, Jing Tian, Cailee Spaeny, Rinko Kikuchi, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona and Charlie Day.


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TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT on Blu-Ray & DVD

Transformers Last Knight Box ArtTRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT explodes on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D Combo Packs on September 26 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The groundbreaking adventure will also be available as part of the TRANSFORMERS’ 5-MOVIE BLU-RAY COLLECTION arriving September 26. The Digital HD is available since September 12.

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, and OPTIMUS PRIME is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager, played by Mark Wahlberg; BUMBLEBEE; an English Lord, played by Sir Anthony Hopkins; and an Oxford Professor, played Laura Haddock.  There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, the hunted will become heroes.  Heroes will become villains.  Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.

The latest installment in the global Transformers franchise also stars Josh Duhamel, Stanley Tucci, Isabela Moner, Santiago Caberera, and Jerrod Carmichael.

The TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D Combo Packs include a bonus disc with over 80 minutes of behind-the-scenes content and interviews. Travel to Cybertron to explore the TRANSFORMERS home world, then visit the UK to delve into the locations used to bring the epic adventure to life.  In addition, go inside the secret mythology of the legendary robots in disguise, check out the incredible vehicles used in the film and much, much more.

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT Blu-ray Combo Pack

The TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD compatible), English 5.1 Discrete Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Discrete Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The DVD in the combo pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Discrete Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The combo pack includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film as well as the following:

Blu-ray Disc 1

  • Feature film in high definition

Blu-ray Disc 2

  • Special Features:
    • Merging Mythologies– Explore the secret TRANSFORMERS history
    • Climbing the Ranks– Military training
    • The Royal Treatment: Transformers in the UK
    • Motors and Magic
    • Alien Landscape: Cybertron
    • One More Giant Effin’ Movie

DVD

  • Feature film in standard definition 

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack

Fans can enjoy the ultimate viewing experience with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes the two Blu-ray Discs detailed above, as well as an Ultra HD Disc presented in 4K Ultra HD with English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD compatible), English 5.1 Discrete Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Discrete Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description with English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The Combo Pack also includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film.

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack

The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack includes the two Blu-ray Discs detailed above, as well as a Blu-ray 3D presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD compatible), English 5.1 Discrete Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Discrete Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description with English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The Combo Pack also includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film.

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT Single-Disc DVD

The single-disc DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Discrete Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The disc includes the film in standard definition and access to a Digital HD copy of the film.

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT will also be available in a 5-movie Blu-ray Collection that includes TRANSFORMERS, TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN, TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON and TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, as well as the bonus Blu-ray Disc detailed above and access to Digital HD copies of all five movies.

 


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MAZE RUNNER: The Death Cure – First Trailer Released

Every maze has an end. 20th Century Fox has debuted the first trailer today for MAZE RUNNER: The Death Cure, the final installment of the trilogy from director Wes Ball. All questions are answered as Thomas and the remaining Gladers lead their final charge to save their friends and defeat WCKD in their most grueling maze yet on January 26, 2018!

In the epic finale to the Maze Runner saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.