Bryce Dallas Howard is telling a story to the publicity team when I arrive for our interview. She's smiling and animated, and she seems thrilled to talk about Disney's Pete's Dragon where she plays forest ranger Grace Meacham.
Don't look now, but summer seems to be waning even though it feels like it just started. That's the usual story this time of year, and it's why I always try to make the most of things. That's probably my mantra, come to think of it--and at least I've had some great things to work with these last couple of weeks.
Like a lot of movies, 50/50 was not exactly what I expected based on the trailers I had seen. Newcomer Will Reiser wrote a script that I knew would be tough at times, but even though I was prepared for the fact that it was a drama about one man's fight with cancer, I still expected the comedy elements to win out somehow.
Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari try to stay alive and rob a bank this weekend in the action-comedy, 30 Minutes Or Less; a new gang of pretty young 20-somethings take on death in the latest from the horror franchise, Final Destination 5; plus I take a look at The Help and Glee: The 3D Concert Movie.
New releases on DVD and Blu-ray this week include: Clint Eastwood's Hereafter, starring Matt Damon and Cécile De France; The Fighter, starring Mark Wahlberg and Academy Award winners Christian Bale and Melissa Leo; and The Switch, with Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman.
Opening this weekend in theatres: Matt Damon stars in Clint Eastwood's emotional drama, Hereafter; Bruce Willis plays an aging CIA agent on the run for his life in the action-comedy, Red; plus a look at the drama Conviction, and Johnny Knoxville's Jackass 3D.