Tag - family

Lily Collins to star alongside Simon Pegg in Vaughn Stein’s ‘Inheritance’

Lily Collins Photo by Jeff Vespa

Highland Film Group has announced that Golden Globe nominee Lily Collins (“Les Misérables,” To the Bone, Rules Don’t Apply, Okja) will join Simon Pegg (Mission Impossible, Star Trek, The Cornetto Trilogy) in the high-stakes thriller Inheritance, with British helmer Vaughn Stein directing, fresh off his recent work with Pegg and Margot Robbie in his noir thriller Terminal. Matthew Kennedy penned script, and Richard B. Lewis (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Backdraft, August Rush) is producing through his Southpaw Entertainment banner alongside David Wulf (upcoming The Night Clerk). UTA and Highland Film Group are co-repping the US rights with Highland Film Group handling foreign sales, which will continue in Berlin at the EFM this week.

Inheritance explores what happens when the patriarch of a wealthy and powerful family suddenly passes away, leaving his wife and daughter with a shocking secret inheritance that threatens to unravel and destroy their lives.

Trailer – ‘Everybody Knows”

The film follows Laura (Cruz) on her travels from Argentina to her small home town in Spain for her sister’s wedding, bringing her two children along for the occasion.   Amid the joyful reunion and festivities, the eldest daughter is abducted. In the tense days that follow, various family and community tensions surface and deeply hidden secrets are revealed.

Writer / Director:            Asghar Farhadi (“The Salesman,” “A Separation”) Producers:                        Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Álvaro Longoria Cast:                      Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Ricardo Darín

In select theaters February 8, 2019

Steve Burrows & Ilan Arboleda of HBO’s ‘Bleed Out’

The American Healthcare System has been making errors for a very long time. First-time documentary director Steve Burrows accidentally makes a documentary about his mother’s traumatic health error. Producer llan Arboleda helps bring Burrows’ idea and vision to life with a show titled Bleed Out on HBO. HBO’s Bleed Out is about the scary healthcare journey that is still going on with Burrows and his mother who is in a coma.

ATM: How did having a loved one as a victim to an American healthcare error open your eyes?

SB: I knew nothing when this happened to my mother. I started to ask a lot of questions and started to get a lot of different answers. Some seemed okay, and some did not seem okay. I started to hear from other people that they had problems in their families. Suddenly, it seemed like this was not going to be a one on one thing. Once I started to discover the universality of this problem, I did not want to make this movie a movement.

ATM: Do you think some of the health care reps were giving you the run around instead of saying they did not know?

SB: One of the main problems was that there was a continuation of care with no one in charge. When I look at the whole thing now that it is settled, I see what the problem was in my mom’s case and a lot of others. Who oversees the patients’ care? I still do not know who is in charge after ten years later going through my mom’s care. We have asked. Who is in charge of the healthcare?

ATM: How did you go about picking the right scenes for your mother’s film?

SB: Great question. I have never done a documentary, so I was not sure how to approach it. The first thing I did was writes an outline. It started with my mother, her life, then the coma. It started on a piece of paper the main story points. I went through all the footage. I had several editors that I worked with that helped me go through all the footage and ground things that helped me tell the story. We had over 300 hours of footage. We had to get the film down to 90 minutes. This was rough. When looking at a scene: Does this further the story? Does this help the story? Does this help my mother’s story? We took it in steps. It took a long time. We edited for almost three years. We were changing things up into a week ago. We just finished this.

ATM: As her son, how would you best describe your mother?

SB: My mother was a whirlwind of energy, free spirit, she chose to be a special ed teacher, she was so empathetic to helping others, world traveler, had a great sense of humor, she was full of life. Then she got stuck with this, and it all stopped. I say “was” because she is still inside of all these things, but she cannot articulate it. She cannot outwardly do any of this stuff anymore. She was a beautiful person.

ATM: What tools have you taken from her? What values or teachings has she taught you that you still use today?

SB: Wow, this is a great question. Thank you so much for asking this question. I would say she thought me to be honest. She taught me to be the golden rule, which is to treat others how you want to be treated. She taught me that the truth is always the best way. She taught that when you screw up, own up, take responsibility for it, apologizes, and make it right. She taught me to look outward. She taught me how to be brave and that there is a world out here. You need to see it and appreciate the big picture of everything. She taught me how to love and unconditional love. I tried to use all of these things every single day. Hopefully, it is in the movie. So much of her is in me.

ATM: Emotionally describe this situation with your mother.

SB: Emotionally at times it is hard. You want to keep your friends and family very close because you are going to need them. They are going to need you someday too. When I started doing this, I hope people who never been through this never have to go through what my friends and family did. Some will. When you go into a hospital, all the doctors are heroes, but they are human. You want to go in as an advocate asking questions. Everyone needs an advocate to help them navigate through the hospital. Also, write down your questions on a piece of paper. You are going to forget to live while in the emergency room. When something happens right now basic questions, go with an advocate, and ask the questions. Shop around for hospitals and doctors like your life depends on it because it does.

ATM: A lot of people hold on to materialistic things, but in times like this that become not important. What was the one thing you took with you to remind you of your mother when this event happened?

SB: When something goes wrong as it did with us all the materialistic stuff goes out of the window. None of these things matters. I do not know about the afterlife. All I know is that we have one shot at it here. All that matters are relationships with your friends and your family: parents, brothers, and sisters. You learn very quickly when going through something like this who is going to be with you and who is not. The people that I thought I could trust before this happen were the exact people I could trust. I hope no one has to go through this.

ATM: How does this event with your mother help you get a better sense of life and your health?

SB: This is another good question. Life can be very short. I know it sounds cliché, but we are here for a blank. I learn through my experience with my mother is to not take anything for granted. Do not worry about small things. All these things are going to get worked out. Concentrate on the big stuff and the priorities financially, ethically, morally. What is important? Your health is everything. You must treat your body well. Things are to fail as your body get older in general. I do not have to watch my mother suffer in the hospital. It does not have to be this way. Embrace the moments. There are so many things I used to worry about that I do not anymore. They are not important.

ATM: As the producer on the film, what did you observe about the errors that can occur with the American health care system?

IA: For me, hearing these stories make me think there was a universal issue here. The reason I wanted to get involved with the film was to take these very personal stories to make it a microcosm for a greater healthcare issue in general. We encapsulated and highlighted well how her story was a national problem. While telling her story, we are telling others.

ATM: How did you plan to work with Steve as a first-time director to get his story across?

IA: My company is called Creative Chaos. We are a company that makes documentary features. When he came to us, we knew how to make this a bigger film that is a small personal story. We put a sizzle together of the more important parts of the film. We took it to HBO. Impact Partners and HBO ended up coming on board. We worked with Steve from some ways of managing ten years of footage. It was his personal story, his journey; we thought this was important. We worked with him on a creative and physical process to deliver the film.

ATM: What conversation continues about the errors of the American healthcare system after the film?

IA: It is a cautionary tale. Ultimately the film highlights that you have to be an advocate and have second opinions. You have to continue to be vigilant through the healthcare process. It is never-ending days of going down the rabbit hole and trying to get out — someone who does not have half of his persistence or ability to live in this precarious position.

Blair MacDonald on ‘Team Khan’

Blair Macdonald directed the film Team Khan, a film that follows British boxer, Amir Khan, as he prepares for the fight of his career. Macdonald takes us on a journey to better understand the sport of boxing and what it means to get back up to keep fighting. 

ATM: How do you possess the same endurance seen in a fighter as a director?

BM: The correlations in this film was quite a long game. It was more about the endurance. This is a film that 2 ½ years of filming and a 1 ½ year in post-production. It was two of us, and we were pretty much a two-man game with Oliver Clark and me throughout the production period. We worked with a small budget. Boxing is one of the sports where there is no guarantee. We knew the film needed to be on the fight win or lose to end on. This was the correlation, and it was more about the process with the film. We did not understand boxing when starting the film.

ATM: What ways you showed the essence of life in this film and in your directorial style?

BM: This film is about Amir’s life and everything around him. There themes in the film about family, religion, and the desire to leave a legacy. We can relate to this and wanting success. There is ambition and a human spirit in all of us. We want to leave a mark on this world. Amir’s story was no different. We were set in the backdrop of his fame, religion, and family. This is something we wanted to bring out. We did not want to focus only on the boxing. It was more of a character study of Amir as a person.

ATM: What did you observe about him balancing his career, family, and religion?

BM: Like any person, it is always struggling with finding this struggle. This family has been very involved in this career. There is an overlap, and this creates tension within the family sometimes. He does not want to be speaking to his dad who is his manager, but to his dad. There is an overlap of your dad as manager. You have a different relationship than other people do with their dad. Amir went to the Olympics at 17 and won a silver medal and came back to become famous quite early in his years. A lot of this fast-tracked his years. He spent every weekend with his dad since he was eight.

ATM: Why did you think he keeps fighting regardless of what is against him?

BM: He does not know anything else. He has been fighting since he was a little boy. Boxing has given him everything. It is his career and source of income. He is very knowledgeable in this one subject. He will struggle to find things outside of this world when he retires. He will continue his career in boxing as a commentator or something else. He enjoys the physical nature of this sport and the lifestyle around it.

ATM: What do you see in someone who loses a fight and keeps going?

BM: Amir has lost some fights. This is a clear indication of a fighter’s character. Amir suffers a dramatic loss at the end of the film. He was knocked unconscious in front of people. It is terrifying. He had a concussion. This is no different than getting into a car accident.  This is a very serious sport where you are putting your life on the line every time to go into the ring. 

‘Bumblebee’s’ Jason Drucker Talks Family, the 80s and Now

ATM: Aside from the film, how important is family to you?

JD: I would say family is first. I put family in front of all. It is about taking care of them, staying together through thick and thin in whatever that happens. This is extremely important because one day they might be all you have and one day they may not be there. It is extremely important to stick with your family.

ATM: From your answer, how are those aspects seen in the film?

JD: Through the movie, my character Otis’ relationship with his sister Charlie becomes stronger. We become more like brother and sister relationship. You can see our bond strength in becoming more compassionate with each other. We share more love compare to the beginning of the movie. In the beginning, I am a typical bratty and nerdy little brother who does not take kindly to his sister.

ATM: How can this lack of a bond in the beginning influence a brother and sister relationship?

JD: It can influence it pretty strongly. It is family before all. If you truly do not have a strong relationship with any of your family members, then it can get bad sometimes. It is not a typical relationship you would like to have. Having a strong, nice, compassion relationship between family members is important.

ATM: What are ways that you work in your comic relief personality?

JD: I a bit animated. I am potty and bratty. I bring a bit of comedy to the movie. Instead of just being stubborn and straight up me, I make the scene funny. This is a great mix and audiences will love to see it. I also bring a light-hearted characteristic to the movie because of my relationship with my sister Charlie and how it strengthens as the movie progresses. I also bring a kind of action to it. I do not know why but I kind of intensify a couple of the scenes a little bit.

ATM: What characteristics does Bumblebee bring to the movie?

JD: He is sort of a human. Sometimes he is clumsy and a bad ass fighting other robots in transformers. He brings a lot of comedy to the movie through his clumsiness. He brings a real light-hearted and kindness to the movie because of the way he reacts to Charlie and how their relationship is.

ATM: What were your observations of Charlie’s character being 18 years old trying to figure out her place in the world?

JD: Like you were saying, she just turned 18. She is tomboyish. The period is the 80s. She does not fit in. There are mean girls and they are bullying her of course. All she wants is to feel loved. Our father passed away. She calls it Otis’ stepdad a replacement. She has not really adjusted to it yet. She does not really have anyone in her life to love, care, and be kind to her.

ATM: How does this film add to the Transformer’s franchise being so legendary and iconic?

JD: This Transformers movie is going to go on a different route than the other ones. The other ones were focused on action, explosions, and robot fighting. Here, it is a bit more comedic, light-hearted, and you do not lose the aspect of the fighting in the war. This is not all that it is focusing on. This is why I like the movie.

ATM: Being born in the 2000s and not the 80s, what are some interesting things you learned about this period? What were some differences?

JD: I have learned about the differences between the 80s and the current day. The clothes are so much different than what people wear today. Technology and video games are much more different. The 80s was an extremely simpler time than this decade.

ATM: What were your observations of the dress code during the 80s?

JD: I like it more than what people wear today. It is different. You do not see many people wearing—my character wore a short sleeve that had no sleeves, and it was in the form of a jacket. I am not sure how to define it. It was like a sleeveless jacket. You do not see many people wearing this today. Jeans were a lot more in style. Everything people wore had a high waist in the dress code during the 80s.

ATM: Does your likeness for things fit more during the 80s and its style than the 2000s?

JD: Yes, it is a lot more different.

ATM: What differences did you notice about how people socialized during this time?

JD: Typically, cell phones did not exist. You had to dial your friends’ number, memorized it, and take out your phone book every time you would want to call them. Bikes! People rode bikes a lot more back then to hang out with their friends. Nowadays this is not done as much.

ATM: You noticed that with no technology people became closer?

JD: Yes, this is a great way to define it. They were a lot closer. This was instead of sitting behind your cell phone or computer. You actually went to their house, and people did it face to face.

ATM: What were some similarities with the 80s and now?

JD: The music style. Rap is still more popular. Rap itself has changed for sure. Video games, but they are a lot more advanced. The graphics are so much better. They took the same route as the ones now. The storyline was the same as a princess. There is a different generation of technology. Relationships with friends were better, but I think people still want to go over each other’s house to see them face to face. There are a lot more differences than similarities.

ATM: What do you gather what the 80s represented coming from someone who was born in 2005?

JD: It seemed like a light-hearted time. Nowadays people focus too much on what people wear, what they do as a living, and their hobbies. Back then, during the 80s . . . I have never lived during this time, but people were more humbled than this time. Social media was not around. This blocked off a lot of things that are available in the current day.

ATM: So, more carefree?

JD: Yes, this is a good way to describe it.

Dash Mihok Talks Family Characteristics in ‘Ray Donovan’

ATM: What is the importance of the last name Donovan? What does it signify on the show?

DM: It is a blessing and a curse, but mainly a curse. They are a family full of dark secrets and deep insecurities. They are wild, volatile, and free. They perform violent things and take care of business things at the same time. The one thing about being a Donovan is that even though your family has your back ultimately, despite a feud that goes on internally, the Donovan will have each other’s back first.

ATM: How does your character display masculinity vs. your brother Ray Donovan?

DM: Depends on your definition of masculinity. In real life, I would say having sensitivity, and some femininity is a more masculine thing. Ray is as masculine as it gets. He has a deep insecurity, and he cannot explore it in any other way. It is unsettling for him. Ray feels like he will lose control if he is not ruling with an iron fist. Bunchy cannot help being sensitive and emotional. They were both abused by a priest. They dealt with it differently in ways over time. Bunchy started to find more of his masculinity. Ray started to find more of his sensitive side. This is the beauty of the evolution of these two characters in the less five or six years.

ATM: How does your character’s insecurities help him foster a relationship with his daughter?

DM: It is perfect that a baby comes out in the series and it happened to be Bunchy. He has always been desperate to have something to take care of. No one even thought he could take care of himself. He realized there is this little girl that he made. He will do anything for his daughter as a parent. She has given him great pride, responsibility, and direction in life. This is awesome to contribute to the grand evolution of the character growing up.

ATM: How does Mickey shape your character to be strong during everything he has done?

DM: This is the quandary of Bunch this season. It is about how much damage has Mickey done and is he still willing to protect him. The minute his daughter gets taken from him; he is willing to do anything. Mickey gives him a sense of purpose once again. He is a Donovan, and it is in his blood to take care of his seemingly dying father. Mickey will always be a master manipulator of anything he can. He does love his children, and they somehow love him.

Through the years you never saw Bunchy fighting for anything. Bunchy is macho a lot since Mickey came back into the Donovan’s lives. Ray tried to keep Bunchy away from the more criminal aspects and rough ways. Mickey is bringing Bunchy into it whether they are good for Bunchy or not. It made him feel as if he had something to do. This could have been taking out a bunch of Russians with him or being involved with a prostitution ring. Bunchy is always trying to find a purpose and strength. Mickey will always make this front and center. Whereas, Ray will always try to shield this from him.

ATM: What is your character in constant need of with the people around him? Do you believe your character is trying to feel wanted?

DM: For sure. Since day one Bunch has wanted to feel loved. Everyone does deep down. Certainly, all the Donovan’s do. They show it in different ways, but Bunchy’s is more honest. Bunchy wears his heart on his sleeves. He wants to feel worthy and will do anything to receive that love. He spends all his time wanting this. How it transpires seems to be heartbreaking. Deep down he knows his brothers and his father loves him. Abby is now out of the picture, but she was certainly a strength for him. She was a strong female figure in his life. He is looking for love in any place after this. It is not working out with his wife, and certainly, he wants it from his wife. It is tough without female energy in his life. Expect for his daughter, which is why he wants to hold onto her so badly.

ATM: What would you do to help your character if you saw him walking on the street knowing his insecurities and problems?

DM: It is different in various years. I would have stopped the car and got out to hug me. Now, there is a little bit more protections, virtuosity, and wildness in his eyes. He would have just welcomed a hug earlier in the series. Now it would be a bit leerier and warier of who you are and why you are hugging him. This makes it more complicated. I would approach it by asking him how he was and wait for his answer. If it were one that constituted hugging him, then I certainly would do that. If it were not, then I would ask him if he had a place to stay.

ATM: Why does your character still struggle with his identity when he has a massive number of brothers around him?

DM: He does not identify with him the same way. He desperately wants to. He does start as he begins to flex the muscles in his blood to kick some butt. Also, to take more responsibility and matters into his own hands. This is a kid who was the youngest while being abused. Things deeply break you at such as young age. You look up at your brothers to know that it did not happen to Terry. You were the weak one. You did, or you did not know whether it happened to Ray. Why was it you that the person went after? So, it would be best if you were weak. Growing up with this when paradigms are formed at such a young age, around 8 or 9, will affect you for the rest of your life. The identity struggle will always be, “Why me? Why did I source this abuse? It is my fault, and I did it.” This would make any human struggle with their identity.

ATM: What is your character’s definition of love is?

DM: Oh, this is a great question. I want to answer this in a good way. It is a combination of a lot of things. His definition of love is ultimately being able to give it and figuring out how to do this. Once he realizes the unconditional love with his child, he sees, he is love. Love is serving and giving it to other people. There is a common to it, and it is universal. Feeling safe first and foremost.

ATM: What’s the lineage of your last name?

DM: It is Czech. It is from a Czech Scandinavian name. I do not know much about my father’s side. I know that they are East European. I am not Native American.

 

 

Ada Luz Pla on FX Mayans M.C.

Ada Luz Pla discusses her role on FX’s Mayans M.C where she plays Celia, the mother of Coco and supporting grandmother for Leticia. Her role deals with results of what is wrong and what is right in a person’s life.

 

ATM: How is the theme of brotherhood enforced on the show regarding the actors and the storyline?

Ada: In our world, the closest analogy I can equate it to is fraternities and sororities. It is a brotherhood and sisterhood. Before you enter this organization of fraternity and sorority, you must go through a process of getting to know one another and go through things with one another. They become like a family. You cannot call yourself a family unless you spend time, grow and endure trials together. You can’t just join in and say; “I want to be in your motorcycle club,” but you have to get sponsored. There is also an initiation process of proving that you belong in this brotherhood and that you are like-minded. You must earn your way by becoming a prospect just like in the fraternal life; you first become a pledgee. Once you are in, you are a family for life. Unless, you choose not to be, or you break that bond and you’re no longer part of it.

ATM: How does the exposure of a family secret damage your family on this show?

Ada: Once the cat is out of the bag, this is it, you have to deal with it. One of the things l like about the storyline with Coco, Leticia, and Celia, is that their family struggle is true to life. This is what a family is about, and we deal with family issues daily especially in the Latino community. It is really hush hush. It is kind of that theme of, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” I remember growing up; my mother was big on what happens in the house stays in the house. Everyone has a secret. Once it is out, it is out. You have to deal with it accordingly. Little by little you start to heal. With this family, it is very dysfunctional obviously. They deal with it in some of the harshest ways.

ATM: What do you think the word “family” means in your household on the show?

Ada: There are a whole lot of secrets and pain. Kurt Sutter, Elgin James, and the writers are brilliant in the way they reveal these secrets little by little. This was just the beginning similar to cracking an egg. Now, you have to start cooking this egg. There is a whole lot more to it. Family, dysfunction, and pain do not just start with one family. There is a social history behind it. Celia reacts the way she does because this is how she was brought up, this is all she knows. I am sure there are more secret revelations to come and many more secrets that will deal with this. This is why people are attracted or gravitate to the storyline because we can all relate to family secrets and pain stemming from our pasts that can sometimes tear families apart.

ATM: How do you feel the killing of your character will influence the growth of the character Leticia?

Ada: Wow. This is something she is going to have to live with. I hope it does not change her for the worse, but it probably will. She was the cause of the only woman in her life, good or bad, death. Celia has a lot of good and bad character traits about her, she was definitely flawed, but they all came from a good place of love in the way she only knew how to portray this love. A lot of times it was by inflicting pain. There is going to be a lot of regrets and acting out. I would think Leticia is going to spiral out of control for a bit. This is just what I think; I am not one of the brilliant writers. It makes a good story.

ATM: What can we get out of your relationship with your onscreen son Coco? What are your comments about the mother-son relationship?

Ada: It is interesting that you say this because I almost turned down the audition. When I received the Celia role from my agency, I noticed she was a hooker. I have no judgment, but as an actor, you must really be in a place where you are open to whatever the writers give you. You can sometimes talk to the writers or directors about being uncomfortable when preparing for a heavy or controversial scene. Overall, once you take on a role like this, you have to be ready for whatever the script tells you.

In the end, you’re an actor helping to move the story forward. I was not too sure I could make this full commitment. My agent told me to read the role before turning it down. I had not read it at this point. I read it. As a result, I cried because I got drawn to Celia and her relationship with her son Coco and the pain they share. When you peel the onion back, you discover, there is a sensitive core.

Celia may portray this hardcore badass survivor of the streets but inside she is vulnerable and in need of love and this is what I saw and gravitated toward. As for the mother to Coco, brilliantly played by Richard Cabral, there was a lot of pain and regret in how she raised him. I am hoping this storyline continues and you will see a lot more of me in flashbacks. There is a deep connection between my son and me. I exposed my son to a lot of vices early on that damaged him. This is just me saying this as an actor what I did to prepare for the role of Celia. My character had to live through this; Celia is someone who was ostracized by society. She was the victim of her circumstances of the life that she was born into. As a mom to Coco and Leticia, I inflicted these life atrocities I endured onto my children and granddaughter because it was a social chain that had not gotten broken. There is a pact between us even though my demise ended at the hands of my own son; it was all from a dysfunctional need to be loved. There is a pact and unbreakable bond.

ATM: How did your role as a mother and prostitute bring you out of your comfort zone as an actor?

Ada: I did not look at her as a prostitute, but as someone who got broken. I did a lot of research when I decided to do this role. No one is born and grows up saying, “I want to be a prostitute. When I grow up.” No one says, “I am going to be stripping for a living or become an addict. “This is what I want to do.” We do this because somehow, the hardships of life have brought us to this place. As an actor, I had to figure out what this was.

I drew from people that I know and loved who were addicted to drugs and who suffer from mental health issues. It was a choice for her, or maybe it was not a choice. Maybe this was the life she was born into. I read many stories. In one story there was a woman who was in her 60’s and the uncle raped her when she was ten, and the blame got put on her because of virtue.

In the Latino community, not so much now, but during Celia’s time, this was important. Your virtue, your virginity, and purity. This was the essence of how you left your house. It’s this way in many cultures, but very strong in the Latino culture. This young girl was kicked out and lived in the streets. A woman took her in, but the woman died when she was 13 years old. A pimp took her in, and this was her story. How many women are victims of sex trafficking who were never saved or never rescued?

Celia is no different than any of the other woman. I looked at other stories on television like The Deuce. You have these groups of girls being used and abused in society. We shun these young girls in the world instead of reaching out to help them.

ATM: What message does your character send to men on the show?

Ada: This is interesting. Celia is a no-nonsense woman. I am quite sure if you were to have an entire storyline on Celia alone, then Celia could tell you she has come close to dying a couple of times. She was probably gang raped. This is no different than anyone who is strung out on drugs. I have read stories like this and know people who have lived stories like this. Celia is a badass, a survivor and strong and does not take crap from women or men. She is the type of woman that if a man tried to grab her, then she would take out a knife and try to cut him. I think that on a show like Mayans M.C where the men dominate, Celia holds her own. This is the only life she knows, and she is comfortable in it.

ATM: Why do you feel in our society does not show the male version of your character a lot, which is men in her circumstances? 

Ada: It is a more male dominated society. This is how we have been throughout history and throughout the human race. Men have always viewed women as objects and trophies. We are considered the weaker vessel. This is how we have always been viewed. Little by little, it is starting to change especially with the Metoo movement. It was long overdue. We are going to see a lot more women being much more empowered and even in the playing field.

New Trailer: ‘REPLICAS’

Synopsis: After a car accident kills his family, a daring synthetic biologist (Reeves) will stop at nothing to bring them back, even if it means pitting himself against a government-controlled laboratory, a police task force, and the physical laws of science.

 

A Chat With Modern Family’s Michael Churven

ATM: How do the different cultures on the show resemble elements of family?

MC: I love that it broadens the definition of family. There is an idea that there are so many forms a family could take such as children, step children, parents, step parents, and same sex parents. The whole argument is that they are essentially all the same. They share the same exact core definition, which is to trust their community and raise children. Regardless of someone’s background or position in life, the core definition is the same.

ATM: What do the families most value about one another?

MC: They value the stability of the relationship. None of them are going anywhere. They are bound together by these relationships. This means they are unbreakable. It does not matter what you are going through, or what your mood is, it is never going to change with these people in your life. This is a solid foundation that you can go out into the world to live your own life, but then you will always come back.

ATM: Express the reaction when Modern Family first arrived on American Television.

MC: It was groundbreaking, particularly from the view of having a same sex couple. There were all kinds of different kinds of family. Even back then you knew this was going to be a special kind of show. It was well written and it was a feeling about it right from the pilot. It was all the right ingredients coming together from the same crystallized jewels. You had great acting, great writing, and very interesting story idea at the right time.

ATM: What does this say about our culture today? What could someone from 10 years into the future look back and say about the boundaries that are being pushed?

MC: Modern Family fits into a typical family. It has gone from something that was considered held out to something fresh to something that is common. This is not to disperse the talent, writing, and amazing nature of the show. It is incredibly to see that it has mature into mirroring its landscape.

ATM: What are two characters that have progressed throughout the entirety of the show?

MC: The kids would be the most obvious. It is wonderful to see them grow up. My experience is from the 9th season. It is great to see them grow and mature. They are taking on these great lives now. It is really great to see.

ATM: Do you believe the comedy during the serious moments show us people within the family circle are not perfect?

MC: Yes. You have so much of the fatal flaws in the characters is what makes it funny. You have people who are funny trying to hard to do their best in family. They fail. It is great to encapsulate this so well in the characters who are fully fleshed out.

ATM: There is a lot of flexibility on how the writers are writing these characters. A person can always relate to at least one family member on this show.

MC: There has to be recognition there. When people are able to recognize situations and character. They see that is their mom, dad, aunt, and child. You have to be able to understand a situation to laugh at it.

 

‘Todos La Saben (Everybody Knows)’ To Be Released February 8th, 2019

Two time Academy Award Winning director Asghar Farhadi has finalized his Spanish-language psychological thriller, Todos La Saben (Everybody Knows). The film stars fellow Academy Award winners Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, as well as Ricardo Darin.

Todos La Saben follows Laura (Cruz) on her travels from Argentina to her small hometown in Spain for her sister’s wedding, bringing along her two children. However amongst all the celebration, the eldest daughter is abducted. In the days that follow, family members and community tensions surface and deeply hidden secrets are revealed.

Todos La Saben will be released by Focus Features under limited engagement on February 8th, 2019.