Rebecca Ferguson and Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation.
Rebecca Ferguson, the lovely 31-year-old Swiss ingénue who stars alongside Tom Cruise in the latest Mission: Impossible film, Rogue Nation, doesn’t scare easily. On her first full day on set, in location in Vienna, she had to jump off a large building while being wrapped around Mr. Cruise, facing her fear of heights, and her fear of accidentally crushing the ribcage of the most famous movie star in the world. The espionage thriller finds her jetting around on a high-octane motorcycle in Morocco, holding her breath underwater for minutes at a time in order to save Cruise’s character from an underwater centrifugal chamber, and beating the living hell out of a bunch of turned-agent thugs all over the world. In Philly to promote the film, she happily plopped down on a couch in a posh suite at the Ritz Carlton, and held forth on the responsibility she felt toward the franchise, doing her own stunt work while suffering from vertigo, and what it was like to work with the aforementioned Mr. Cruise.
Come October, you could own a piece of Rocky history for the right price–you know, if living on the film’s set isn’t enough for you. AP reports that Sylvester Stallone will put hundreds of props and costumes from his 40-year film career on the auction block, including Rocky Balboa’s gloves, robe and boxing trunks.
Three local filmmakers will debut their newest documentary, BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, at the fourth-annual BlackStar Film Festival. Janet Goldwater, Barbara Attie and Sabrina Schmitz-Gordon teamed up nearly five years ago to begin the project on renown wordsmith—and Philly’s first Poet Laureate—Sonia Sanchez. Sanchez, who is now 80 years, has been writing and reciting poems for nearly 50 years.
“She’s a very dynamic character and she just kept giving us more content to use,” says Goldwater, when asked why it took five years to finish the film. Goldwater and Attie teamed up in the early 1990s for their first documentary, Motherless, and have since made eight feature-length broadcast films. They first collaborated with filmmaker Schmitz-Gordon in 2009 on Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter, a nitty-gritty documentary about the horrors of female genital mutilation.
On Tuesday, a civil complaint was filed by MichelleGhent claiming that her ex-husband, Lafayette Hill-based actor TerrenceHoward, punched and strangled her during a vacation in Costa Rica in 2013. More from The Hollywood Reporter, who broke the story:
The Prince Music Theater hasn’t been the “Prince Music Theater” since Philadelphia Film Society purchased it in March and changed the name to a simple and straight-forward Prince Theater. The name, they’ve said, better reflects the mission of the theater, which has been hosting much more than music-centric events since its new programming schedule kicked off this spring. Most importantly, though, they want people to recognize it as a movie theater—the only place in Center City where you can catch a mainstream flick, like Disney’s Tomorrowland or, more recently, Inside Out.
It’s been hard to adapt to the name-change, since it’s been called Prince Music Theater for years, but this week, the alteration finally became official with the incorporation of a new logo on its marquee that puts the new name in lights and better exemplifies their further-reaching mission. @ThePrincePFS tweeted out a photo of it this week. Check it out below:
This is officially the dead zone for most sports fans. Unless, you know, you are seriously in to golf or the WNBA, you find yourself with all sorts of extra time sitting in front of a TV and not knowing what to do with yourself. Might we suggest some streaming-film entertainment on the world’s most comprehensive cinematic streaming site? Splendid, let’s get to it, then. Here are some of our picks for the best and most interesting offerings from Netflix streaming in July.
An Honest Liar (2014)
The Amazing Randi (James Randi) is a magician of some professional renown, a title he is happy to embrace, now entering into old age. He has used slight-of-hand and misdirection to produce fantastic illusions throughout his career. Where he directs his ire is toward members of the guild who suggest what they are doing is actual conjuring, be it seances with the dead or bending spoons with their minds. To them, Randi is their worst nightmare: A professional skeptic with the trained eye and the skills to debunk the nonsense they’re pitching to a gullible public. A fascinating doc.
Grammy-winning songwriter and musician Scot Sax aims to show audiences the not-so-glamorous side of being a successful songwriter in his debut documentary, Platinum Rush, premiering tonight at the sixth annual New Hope Film Festival.
Sax has spent years as a renown songwriter for Warner Chappell, co-writing the Grammy-winning song “Like We Never Loved At All” by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw and writing catchy tunes for countless TV shows. Sax is also the frontman of power-pop band Wanderlust.
Nina Simone wanted to be a classical pianist. In fact, the iconic star that we know as a soulful singer never wanted to sing.
These and many, many more revelations about the late performer can be found in the totally gripping Netflix-produced documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? The film chronicles the, at times, painful life of Simone—the suicidal thoughts, the terrible abuse of her husband, her manic-depressive behavior. What makes the documentary so effective is the huge amount of archival footage from interviews and live performances that you most likely have never seen before, even if you are a staunch Simone fan. Read more »