Nazneen Contractor may not yet be a household name, but trust us, she's heading for stardom at warp speed.
A veteran of stage and screen, as well as a formidable dancer, the actress is familiar from her performances on television series such as Rules of Engagement, The Border, and Last Resort. She is perhaps best known, however, for her more-than-meets-the-eye role as Kayla Hassan on the eighth season of Fox's 24.
With Star Trek Into Darkness, Contractor is making her debut appearance in a massive franchise blockbuster. Now playing in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D nationwide, the follow-up to the 2009 reboot returns director J.J. Abrams to the series. The secretive story finds an act of terrorism rocking the Federation from within Starfleet itself. When the U.S.S. Enterprise is tasked with capturing the culprit, it's a quest that will test Captain Kirk and potentially cost him his crew.
With Cloud Atlas arriving on Blu-ray, audiences can experience a film that's unlike any other they've ever seen, and they can do it from the comfort of their own home.
On Tuesday, May 15th, one of last year's most underrated and misunderstood movies finally hits shelves both physical and virtual on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download. But if you want to truly feel the scope, size, and emotion of Cloud Atlas, only the topnotch presentation provided by Blu-ray will do.
This Friday, May 3rd, Marvel Studios cuts the ribbon on Phase 2 with the nationwide release of Iron Man 3.
Hard to believe that it was just five years ago (almost to the day) that Tony Stark first declared "I am Iron Man." That first film in this series marked the kick-off to Marvel's shared universe of cross-pollinating franchises, and last year's The Avengers represented the culmination of Phase 1.
When last we saw Stark, he was enjoying shawarma with his fellow superheroes after saving New York from alien invasion and nuclear devastation. In Iron Man 3, though, Tony's been unmoored by his Avengers experience, obsessed with improving his armor to defend from the next inevitable threat. When that threat arrives in the form of Iron Man's comic book archnemesis the Mandarin, it's worse than Tony could have imagined, and our hero must battle this unprecedented foe while also defending against a dangerous and powerful new technology.
Robert Downey Jr. reprises his starring role as genius billionaire playboy philanthropist Tony Stark, joined once again by Gwyneth Paltrow as the love of his life Pepper Potts and Don Cheadle in his second turn as Tony's best friend/fellow superhero James "Rhodey" Rhodes. These franchise fixtures star alongside new additions Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin and Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian, a fellow tech-titan with eyes on Pepper and plans for a new innovation called Extremis.
IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick was present at the Iron Man 3 press day in Los Angeles. Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley, and Guy Pearce were on hand to discuss the sequel's relationship to The Avengers, some big character arcs, bringing Mandarin to the screen, improvisation, suiting up as big-time superheroes, green screen, new director Shane Black, and Tony Stark's cinematic future.
This week, the law comes down on Mickey Cohen like a ton of bricks.
On Tuesday, April 23rd, Gangster Squad finally arrives on Blu-ray combo pack, bringing the battle for the soul of Los Angeles into your living room and all your high-tech devices.
Tom Cruise has saved the planet onscreen a time or two, but in Oblivion, hitting theaters this Friday, the battle for Earth ended decades ago.
A rare event movie that's also an original work of science fiction, Oblivion takes place sixty years after a massive war with alien invaders left humanity intact, but utterly devastated Earth.
While most of the species has departed for greener pastures elsewhere in the solar system, Jack Harper is tasked with repairing the high tech drones that protect the last of the planet's resources from remaining aliens called "Scavs." After years of lonely work on Earth, Harper and his partner Victoria are in the final weeks of their assignment when a series of incidents – an encounter with creatures on the surface and the crash of a space capsule carrying a beautiful woman who seems to know Harper – upend his notions of himself and the universe.
The film is the sophomore feature for director Joseph Kosinski, who holds the title of highest-grossing first-time director thanks to Tron: Legacy. Cruise (Jack Reacher) stars as Jack Harper, and the supporting cast includes Morgan Freeman (Olympus Has Fallen), Olga Kurylenko (To The Wonder), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (HBO's Game of Thrones), and Zoe Bell (Death Proof).
IAR was among the outlets present on the Universal lot to take a peek at some of Oblivion's impeccably designed hardware and speak to the creative figures behind the film. Kosinski, Kurylenko, and Freeman were all on hand to discuss the origins of Oblivion, the attraction of the project, crafting original sci-fi, working with Tom Cruise, building up a sense of mystery, participating in onscreen action, and making movies that leave the audience talking.
42, hitting theaters nationwide this Friday, April 12th, is a film that not only presents a historical story with vitality and emotion, but it is a cinematic testament to real life courage and true heroism.
There's no shortage of heroes at our multiplexes, but more often than not our onscreen heroes wear spandex costumes and perform acts of elaborate, visual effects-aided derring-do.
The new drama 42 focuses on the heroism of Jackie Robinson, who in 1947 broke the color barrier, becoming the first African American to play Major League Baseball. 42 isn't simply a biopic tracing Robinson's life story, however. It takes place over several years and focuses on both Robinson and Branch Rickey, the General Manager with the vision and wherewithal to sign Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers. Facing opposition and entrenched racism from the public, the press, and even other players, Number 42 and the coach met their critics with grace, humility, talent, and endurance. In the process, the two men changed not just the game, but the country.
Chadwick Boseman (TV's Persons Unknown and Lincoln Heights) stars as Jackie Robinson, with Harrison Ford (Raiders of the Lost Ark) as Branch Rickey. Oscar-winning LA Confidential screenwriter Brian Helgeland (A Knight's Tale, Payback) directs the film from his own script.
At the Los Angeles press day for 42, Boseman, Ford, and Helgeland were all hand to share their enthusiasm for the film. All three members of this trio were happy to discuss the real life history, how 42 developed at Legendary Pictures, casting Boseman in the role of a lifetime, playing against a star of Ford's caliber, and collaborating with Rachel Robinson.
One of 2012's biggest blockbusters brings the fantasy setting of Middle Earth into your living room this Tuesday, March 19th, as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arrives on both 2D and 3D Blu-ray, as well as DVD and digital download.
Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson made motion picture history a decade ago with The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Having redefined epic fantasy onscreen with that sprawling depiction of the War of the Ring and Frodo Baggins' desperate attempt to reach Mount Doom, Jackson returns to the vivid setting for this adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's first Middle Earth novel. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first in a prequel trilogy, to be followed by The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: There and Back Again in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
In Carter Beats the Devil, his unimpeachable novel about a magician in the early Twentieth Century, author Glen David Gold cautioned, "Tragedies with happy endings. Never underestimate them."
In The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, hitting theaters this Friday, March 15th, the tragedy is the eponymous illusionist's success.
Struck by a pure love for the wonders of professional magic as a youngster, Burt Wonderstone recruits his best friend to be Anton Marvelton, his sidekick in a magic act built on pure enthusiasm and childlike wonder. More than three decades later, Wonderstone and Marvelton are the biggest magic act on the Las Vegas strip, and Wonderstone has grown arrogant, jaded, and miserable. When Steve Gray, a hipper street magician, breezes into town and usurps the duo, however, Wonderstone must rediscover his love of illusion in order to redeem himself and bring crowds back to his act.
Steve Carell (The 40 Year Virgin, Crazy, Stupid, Love.) stars as Wonderstone, with Steve Buscemi (Fargo) as Marvelton, Jim Carrey (Dumb & Dumber) as Gray, Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy) as Wonderstone's assistant Jane, and Alan Arkin (Argo) as Rance Holloway, a legendary magician who inspired Burt. The supporting cast also includes James Gandolfini (Zero Dark Thirty), Brad Garrett (TV's Everybody Loves Raymond), Gillian Jacobs (TV's Community), and Jay Mohr (Street Kings).
Appropriately enough, the press day for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone was held in the air-conditioned neon oasis of Las Vegas, where stars Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, and Steve Buscemi were eager to talk up their new comedy. The trio discussed building their outrageous yet human characters, comedy versus drama, the similarities between magicians and actors, working with David Copperfield, filming on location in Vegas, and Carrey's paunch, which he calls "Mr. Cuddly."