Set in the late ’60s as Chicago is about to witness a major political upheaval sparked by the assassination for Martin Luther King Jr.. CALL JANE tells the story of Joy (Elizabeth Banks), whom after becoming pregnant, faces a life-threatening condition. She decides to get an abortion, but is faced with great obstacles. She is able to find the support of the Jane Collective, an underground group of women who support one another in their fight for women’s rights and safer abortions. We see in Joy’s own abortion how risky the procedure is. Directed by Phyllis Nagy, whom wrote the Screenplay for Carol, the Film takes us back to a time of revolution when women demanded to be heard in their right to make decisions about their own bodies, and took matters into their own hands when they weren’t being heard.
The Film explores the dynamics of Joy’s life at home in her marriage to lawyer husband Will (Chris Messina) and how her growing involvement with the Jane Collective begins to present challenges in their relationship. This at a time when a wife is expected to be home for her family unconditionally. We also see bonds form in the collective among these women united in their values and a key figure in this is charismatic Virginia (Sigourney Weaver). From here, we really see Joy begin to find her greatest purpose as her world expands and mind opens.
Joy is our guide into the era in which the story is set and the secretive nature of the work that the Jane Collective do. In her, we feel and see the obstacles women faced and the weight they bore at the time (and still do), and Banks delivers an engaging, accessible performance in the lead role. This Film should makes a timely statement in the ongoing dialogue about women’s reproductive rights and deserves to be seen.
See CALL JANE at Sundance as follows:
JAN. 21 7:45PM EST Available Until Jan. 21 10:45PM EST
SECOND SCREENING – JAN. 22 10:00AM EST Available Until Jan. 25 10:00AM EST
It is the Year of Beanie! Apple TV+ have announced they will be streaming upcoming Feature THE BEANIE BUBBLE! This comes on the heels of recent HBO Max Doc BEANIE MANIA.
The Beanie Bubble” is inspired by the story behind one of the biggest speculative crazes that blazed through American culture in the 90s. It pulls back the curtain on the absurdities and injustices of the American Dream — particularly the female relationship to it. It’s a celebration of the women who helped power Ty Warner’s success, whose strengths and good instincts shaped and amplified the phenomenon, but whose names are not on the Beanie Babies’ heart-shaped tags.
Kristin Gore (“Saturday Night Live,” “Futurama”) and Grammy Award-winner Damian Kulash (OK Go) will co-direct, with Emmy Award winner Zach Galifianakis (“Between Two Ferns,” “Baskets”), Emmy Award nominee Elizabeth Banks (“The Hunger Games,” “Love and Mercy”), Emmy and Critics Choice Award nominated, and Golden Globe-winner Sarah Snook (“Succession,” “Predestination”), and Geraldine Viswanathan (“Broken Hearts Gallery,” “Hala”) set to lead the star-studded cast.
It was a star-studded weekend indeed in Toronto and adding further to it all were a couple stars we spotted returning back to the City to work! Gina Rodriguez (Jane The Virgin) stars in Netflix Thriller AWAKE. The Series centers around a global event which wipes out all electronics, leading to people not being able to sleep and the chaos that results from this. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Barry Pepper, Shamier Anderson and Gil Bellows also star, and the Product wraps end of September. We’ve always remembered Rodriguez to be incredibly-kind in our travels to New York seeing her there and also back here when she came to TIFF with Deepwater Horizon! And newsflash! She hasn’t changed.
We love Elizabeth Banks so much and were so surprised to see her back in town to work on F/X Mini-Series MRS. AMERICA, directed by Cate Blanchett. The Series documents an Activist’s fight against the Equal Rights Movement and boasts an incredible Cast led by Blanchett, also starring Tracey Ullman, John Slattery, James Marsden, Rose Byrne, Sarah Paulson, Uzo Aduba and several more, including Banks. We are so stoked to see Banks’ take on Charlie’s Angels (out November), which she helmed. She also continues to be an amazing Horse Racing ambassador and we hope to see her at the Breeders’ Cup this Fall if she’s done work on Mrs. America! We are so delighted to hear she loved going to Saratoga as a kid. And we just returned from our first trip there a couple weeks ago!
Box Office Queen Melissa McCarthy is back and this time as you’ve never seen her before. Check-out this new Trailer for THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS.
No Sesame. All Street. Two clashing detectives, one human (Melissa McCarthy) and one puppet, are forced to work together to solve the brutal murders of the former cast of a beloved classic puppet television show.
In theaters this summer. Brian Henson directs with a Cast including Maya Rudolph, Elizabeth Banks and Joel McHale.
See the Trailer:
VVS Films release THE HAPPYTIME MURDERSFriday, August 17, 2018.
Universal Pictures Canada x Mr. Will want to take Readers to see PITCH PERFECT 3! Screenings take place Wednesday, December 20, 2017 as follows:
Now graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than a cappella to get by, the Bellas return in Pitch Perfect 3, the next chapter in the beloved series that has taken in more than $400 million at the global box office.
After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.
Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp,Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Alexis Knapp, Chrissie Fit, Kelley Jakle, Shelley Regner, Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins all return and are joined by additions including John Lithgow and Ruby Rose.
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Universal Pictures Canada release PITCH PERFECT 3Friday, December 22, 2017.
Hot off the news that she’ll be filming in Toronto this August the new Paul Feig Thriller A SIMPLY FAVOR alongside Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick returns once again in this awesome action-packed new Trailer for PITCH PERFECT 3! It hits theatres this holiday!
Synopsis: Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson headline the returning cast of Pitch Perfect 3, the follow-up to 2015’s blockbuster hit that took the honor of highest-grossing live-action movie-musical opening of all time. The eagerly awaited next chapter is led by series producers Paul Brooks of Gold Circle Entertainment and Max Handelman & Elizabeth Banks of Brownstone Productions. The film will be directed by Trish Sie (Step Up All In).
See the Trailer:
Universal Pictures Canada release PITCH PERFECT 3 this Christmas!
Re-imagining the wildly-popular ’90s children’s series from Saban Entertainment, the return to the big screen of upcoming blockbuster POWER RANGERS is an eagerly-awaited cinematic event for several fans, new and old. Helmed by second-time feature Director Dean Israelite (Project Almanac), the Action-Fantasy brings together a promising cast of new faces and familiar characters, add to that a dash of major star power with the likes of Elizabeth Banks, Bill Hader, Bryan Cranston, starring in the Film too.
In town to promote the Film earlier this month were a trio of emerging talent in Naomi Scott (Pink Ranger/Kimberly Scott), Ludi Lin (Black Ranger/Zack Taylor) and Dacre Montgomery (Red Ranger/Jason Lee Scott), all three who could see major stardom with the potential of several sequels to come from the Film, the first in its famed franchise this 21st Century. Montgomery already has been cast in the upcoming second season of Netflix‘s massively-popular Stranger Things.
This latest Film sees five teenagers brought together by coincidence, making them the latest in line of illustrious Power Rangers. They are pitted against powerful witch Rita Repulsa (Banks) who launches an assault, in full pursuit of the Zeo Crystal, a powerful object producing enormous amounts of energy.
We chat with the Trio on the very unconventional and international casting process which went the Film which ranged from auditioning on an iPhone to reading sides for other Power Rangers and more. The Cast also tell us what Power Rangers meant to them growing-up and also what it was like to work with seasoned veterans like Banks (Scott tells us she’s “fierce”) and Cranston, the latter whom we learned actually was added late to the Film.
eOne Films x Mr. Will want to take Readers to an Advance Screening of POWER RANGERS! Screenings take place as follows:
Wed March 22
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In the small town of Angel Grove, five teenagers (Dacre Montgomery, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Naomi Scott, Becky G) who are treated like outcasts by their peers find themselves in a strange cave with colorful, glowing coins. When they fall into the water, they’re amazed to find their bodies are glowing, each in a different color.
The next morning they discover that they all have super strength. The kids who once bullied them are surprised to find the five teens are invincible. In order to find out how and why this happened, the five teens decide to go back to the cave where it all began. There they encounter a voice that informs them they are the Power Rangers and they must defeat an evil alien named Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks).
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eOne Films release POWER RANGERSFriday, March 24, 2017.
Also stay tuned for our upcoming Chat with the cast of POWER RANGERS!
“The summer of your life is just around the corner.”.
The Cast is back and we’re pumped for the hilarious antics of WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP! The eight-episode Series, to stream next month on Netflix unites a brilliant Cast including Elizabeth Banks, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Michael Ian Black, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Janeane Garofalo, Judah Friedlander and Molly Shannon in what surely will be our fave Summer Getaway!
See the Teaser:
Gotta love the quick flash of erased sex they threw in VHS style!
Netflix Canada streams WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER on Friday, July 31, 2015.
We absolutely LOVED 2012’s PITCH PERFECT and we wait for PITCH PERFECT 2 with great excitement! Universal Pictures Canada + Mr. Will want to take Readers across Canada to see this eagerly-awaited Sequel as we join the Barden Bellas on their new Musical Adventures! Screenings take place Wednesday, May 13, 2015 in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and Winnipeg!
See the official Canadian Trailer:
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Universal Pictures Canada release PITCH PERFECT2 on Friday, May 15, 2015.