Jami Philbrick

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Opening in theaters on January 30th is the new drama from accomplished writer/director Mike Binder entitled Black or White.

Binder actually began his career as a standup comedian/actor and has appeared in such popular movies as The Contender, Minority Report and One Day. But he is best known for his work behind the camera writing and directing critically acclaimed films like Indian Summer, The Upside of Anger, and Reign Over Me.

Black or White reunites Binder with his The Upside of Anger co-star, Academy Award-winner Kevin Costner (Draft Day), who also produced the project. The film follows Elliot Anderson (Costner), a grieving widower that is drawn into a custody battle over his granddaughter Eloise (Jillian Estell), whom he helped raise her entire life. Fighting Elliot for custody is Eloise’s paternal grandmother Rowena Jeffers (Academy Award-winner Octavia Spencer), and her cousin/lawyer Jeremiah Jeffers (Anthony Mackie). Rowena believes Eloise needs to be around her extended family more often in the wake of her mother and maternal grandmother’s deaths, and is concerned about Elliot’s drinking. While Elliot blames Rowena’s drug addicted son Reggie Davis (Andre Holland), Eloise’s father, for the loss of his daughter. In addition to Costner, Estell, Spencer, Mackie, and Holland, the film also features performances from Bill Burr (The Heat), Gillian Jacobs (Life Partners), Jennifer Ehle (Contagion), and Paula Newsome (Little Miss Sunshine). 

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with writer/director Mike Binder to talk about his work on Black or White. The accomplished filmmaker discussed his new movie, what excited him about the material, why it was so difficult to get made, reuniting with Kevin Costner, how the Oscar-winning director made Binder a better filmmaker, and the irony of the film’s title. 

Opening in theaters on February 6th is the new science fiction fantasy Jupiter Ascending, which was directed by visionary filmmakers Andy and Lana Wachowski (Cloud Atlas, The Matrix trilogy). The film stars Channing Tatum (Haywire), Mila Kunis (Oz the Great and Powerful), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), Douglas Booth (Romeo & Juliet), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights), James D'Arcy (Hitchcock), and Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring).  

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with the great Sean Bean to talk about his work on Jupiter Ascending. The popular veteran actor discussed his new movie, what it's like on the Wachowskis' set, working with two directors, making the characters seem real, fighting with Channing Tatum, and the new way he chooses his roles.

Opening in theaters on January 30th is the new submarine thriller Black Sea, which was directed by Kevin Macdonald (Marley, How I Live Now). The film stars Jude Law (Dom Hemingway), Scoot McNairy (Argo), and Ben Mendelsohn (The Place Beyond the Pines). 

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of sitting down with director Kevin Macdonald to talk about his work on Black Sea. The acclaimed filmmaker discussed his new movie, how he conceived the story, the plot, casting Jude Law, and drawing inspiration from classic submarine films. 

Opening in theaters on January 30th is the new drama from acclaimed writer/director Mike Binder (The Upside of Anger) called Black or White. The film stars Academy Award-winner Kevin Costner (Draft Day), Academy Award-winner Octavia Spencer (Paradise), Anthony Mackie (Captain America: Civil War), Bill Burr (The Heat), Gillian Jacobs (Life Partners), Jennifer Ehle (Contagion), Paula Newsome (Little Miss Sunshine), and newcomer Jillian Estell.  

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with Anthony Mackie and Bill Bur to talk about their work on Black or White. The talented actor and popular comedian discussed their new film, working with Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, how Burr got cast in the movie, and Mackie's experience acting opposite Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer

Opening in theaters on January 30th is the new music documentary Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of, which was directed by Stephen Kijak (Jaco). The film features behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with members of the popular boy band Backstreet Boys including Brian Littrell, Kevin Scott Richardson, A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough, and Nick Carter

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with Brian Littrell, Kevin Scott Richardson, A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough, and Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys to talk about their work on Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of. The legendary pop group discussed their new documentary, McLean's cool Drive jacket, struggling with being grown men in a boy band, how they will all be connected with each other for the rest of their lives, and how the music business has changed over the years. 

Opening in theaters on January 30th is the new found footage time travel film Project Almanac, which was helmed by first time director Dean Israelite. The movie stars Jonny Weston (John Dies at the End), Sofia Black-D'Elia (The Immigrant), Sam Lerner (Nobody Walks), Allen Evangelista (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), and Virginia Gardner (TV's The Goldbergs). 

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Allen EvangelistaVirginia Gardner and Sam Lerner to talk about their work on Project Almanac. The three talented young actors discussed their new film, the importance of using the found footage technique, if it changed their acting approach, why kids love food trucks, the themes of the film, where they would time travel to if they could, and why you should stay away from dinosaurs. 

Opening in theaters on January 30th is the new drama from acclaimed writer/director Mike Binder (The Upside of Anger) called Black or White. The film stars Academy Award-winner Kevin Costner (Draft Day), Academy Award-winner Octavia Spencer (Paradise), Anthony Mackie (Captain America: Civil War), Bill Burr (The Heat), Gillian Jacobs (Life Partners), Jennifer Ehle (Contagion), Paula Newsome (Little Miss Sunshine), and newcomer Jillian Estell.  

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the honor of sitting down with the absolutely lovely Octavia Spencer to talk about her work on Black or White. The Oscar-winner discussed her new movie, balancing art with commerce, acting with the great Kevin Costner, why he's her favorite actor, her favorite movie of his, trading looks on set with Paula Newsome, the magic of Mike Binder, and why she likes working with writer/directors. 

Available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and Digital HD beginning January 27th is the new DC Universe Original Movie - Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, which is a follow up to Justice League: War. The animated movie features an all-star cast of voice talent that includes Jason O'Mara (Resident Evil: Extinction) as Batman, Jerry O'Connell (Stand By Me) as Superman, Rosario Dawson (Gimme Shelter) as Wonder Woman, Nathan Fillion (TV's Castle) as Green Lantern, Christopher Gorham (TV's Covert Affairs) as Flash, Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) as Captain Marvel, Shemar Moore (TV's Birds of Prey) as Cyborg, Sam Witwer (TV's Smallville) as Orm, Sumalee Montano (TV's Beware the Batman) as Mera, and Matt Lanter (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as Aquaman. 

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to attend the world premiere of Justice League: Throne of Atlantis at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles. Philbrick spoke exclusively with voice director Andrea Romano, screenwriter Heath Corson, and actors Christopher Gorham and Sumalee Montano about the new animated film, casting the voices, combining comic book writer Geoff Johns' original source material with Aquaman's origin story, Mera's importance in the DC Universe, if Flash is still a fanboy, Aquaman and Mera's relationship, Flash's role in the Justice League, how Corson's work on Batman: Assault on Arkham got him his job on Atlantis, and if Gorham will play Flash in another DC Universe Original Movie. 

Opening in theaters on January 30th is the new found footage time travel film Project Almanac, which was helmed by first time director Dean Israelite. The movie stars Jonny Weston (John Dies at the End), Sofia Black-D'Elia (The Immigrant), Sam Lerner (Nobody Walks), Allen Evangelista (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), and Virginia Gardner (TV's The Goldbergs). 

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Jonny Weston and Sofia Black-D'Elia to talk about their work on Project Almanac. The two talented young actors discussed their new film, their favorite time travel movies, the importance of using the found footage technique, and the themes of the film. 

Available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning January 27th is the animated musical The Book of Life, which was directed/co-written by Jorge R. Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro (Crimson Peak). The film stars Diego Luna (Cesar Chavez), Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy), Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher), Ron Perlman (Drive), Ice Cube (Ride Along), Christina Applegate (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), and Danny Trejo (Machete Kills). 

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with with the great Danny Trejo to talk about his work on The Book of Life, as well as possibly making Machete Kills Again ... In Space! The iconic actor discussed his latest film, adjusting for voice-over work, using his own voice, why people want to work with Danny Trejo, not being a method actor, working with director Jorge R. Gutierrez and producer Guillermo del Toro, the themes of the film, the future of the Machete franchise, and why you should Tweet #MacheteInSpace. 

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