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Press/Video: FIRST LOOK: Aldis Hodge and Storm Reid in ‘The Invisible Man’

Saturday, Nov 9, 2019

THE GRIO – Get ready for some heart-stopping suspense in the upcoming thriller The Invisible Man starring Aldis Hodge and Storm Reid.

The film that also stars Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale, Us) just dropped its first official trailer and it’s clear that the latest flick from Jason Blum will be quite the mind bender.

Storm Reid speaks on taking on more mature roles in ‘Euphoria’ and ‘When They See Us’: ‘This is what I do this for”

Check out the official description:

Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass (Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister, their childhood friend and his teenage daughter. But when Cecilia’s abusive ex commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turn lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia’s sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.

The Invisible Man hits theaters on February 28, 2020.

 

Press: 2019 SCAD Savannah Film Festival: ‘Clemency’ star Aldis Hodge talks return to Savannah, finding empathy in his character

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2019

DO SAVANNAH: Aldis Hodge is all about the craft and he wants to impart that on the SCAD students at this year’s festival.

One of the 13 honorees at this year’s festival, Hodge is ready to speak with the next generation and start a dialogue that could lead them to great things. He has found great things on his own. He is currently starring alongside Alfre Woodard in the critically-acclaimed “Clemency,” which follows a prison warden who must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.

Do Savannah spoke with Hodge about his new role and what research went into crafting it, but also about what he hopes to impart on the students as he plans a masterclass during the festival.

 

Q: Aldis, first congratulations on the recognition for the festival. What did you make of the honor?

Hodge: I was surprised. I remember my first time getting introduced to SCAD. I think was like 2016 when I was there (in Savannah filming) ‘Underground.’ We had a panel there (at SCAD). But getting to experience the full magnitude of what SCAD is and what they’ve done and accomplished over the years. So for me to be a part of that, I very humbled. And, you know, this is new for me to be, you know, acknowledged so I’m like, all right. Absolutely.

I’m really excited to see what some of the programs (at the festival are). I’m hopefully (going to) get to see some of the other folks down there. I just worked with Elisabeth Moss so hopefully we get to cross paths down there and then Camila Morrone, we were just having some fun together. I know she’s going to be down there so it’d be cool to just, you know, cross that and be able to catch up. Also, I’ve been given the opportunity to give a masterclass while I’m down there, so I’m pretty excited about that. I’ve never taught a class. I’ve worked individually when it comes to acting as well, I’m excited to see what that turns out to be.

Q: That’s great, What kind of knowledge are you looking to impart on the students?

Hodge: I think the best way to be a teacher is to understand you’re still a student. I’m still learning a lot. You can learn a lot from the people that you’re trying to teach, but the best way to work with people is to figure out who they are. I can’t go at them with the assumption I know so much more than them regardless of the experience, but it does matter. I know that every person there has something that makes them great. So what I’m searching for is that thing that makes them great and seeing if I can help them identify more and define it more so that they can always call on it and know exactly how to how to pull it out when they need to execute it because the beautiful thing about our craft is that we’re all individuals and that’s what makes it interesting. So I just want to see I want to experience you know what these students actually have to teach me honestly.

Q: Real quickly on Savannah, you were here extensively for ‘Underground,’ is there anything about re-visiting the city that you’re looking forward to most?

Hodge: Definitely want to go check out some of the food. I do remember Savannah was a very beautiful place — really relaxing. Nice little place to walk around and just chill for a minute. So I enjoy the flow down there and I’m definitely trying to get some good food, man.

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Press/Video: Star Trek: Short Treks “Calypso” – Teaser Trailer

Saturday, Oct 27, 2018

IGN – It’s a great time to be a Star Trek fan. Not only do we have the second season of Star Trek: Discovery coming this January from CBS All Access, but there’s also a new show in the works featuring the return of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, several other rumored projects on the table, and a series of short films, dubbed Short Treks, rolling out on the streaming service as a lead-in to Discovery’s return. And today IGN has the exclusive teaser trailer for the next of those shorts, “Calypso.” Check out the trailer above!

Here’s the official logline for “Calypso”:

After waking up in an unfamiliar sickbay, Craft (Aldis Hodge) finds himself onboard a deserted ship, and his only companion and hope for survival is an A.I. computer interface.

Written by Michael Chabon, with a story by Sean Cochran and Chabon, and diirected by Olatunde Osunsanmi, “Calypso” already has a high pedigree based solely on the fact that Chabon is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author. He’s also working on the Picard series, so his time in the Trek universe is just beginning.

We’ve also got an exclusive new image (seen above) of Aldis Hodge as Craft, who is a new character in the Star Trek pantheon. Unlike the other Short Treks coming this year, which deal with pre-existing characters Tilly, Saru and Harry Mudd, “Calypso” is focused on Craft and what, based on this teaser trailer, appears to be a mischievous or very human-like computer.

Also of note in the teaser is the title card which says “1,000 Years After Discovery.” The short appears to be set on the Discovery, or a Discovery sister ship perhaps, so how is this happening a thousand years in the future?!

We’ll have to watch “Calypso” when it debuts on CBS All Access on Thursday, November 8, to find out!

Press/Video: ‘Brian Banks’ First Look

Saturday, Sep 22, 2018

DEADLINE – The Los Angeles Film Festival is on the move from June to this month, where it opens on Thursday with the world premiere of the music documentary Echo in the Canyon. Over the course of the next week, the festival will be offering an array of cinematic programming of all kinds including several more world premiere features.

One of those is the locally based Brian Banks, which marks a return to narrative filmmaking by director Tom Shadyac, whose most recent work was the spiritual documentary I Am in 2010 , and whose most recent commercial film was 2007’s Evan Almighty. A powerful and inspiring film, Brian Banks is a decided departure for the man whose filmography includes Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Liar Liar, Bruce Almighty, Dragonfly and Eddie Murphy’s The Nutty Professor. Independently made, Brian Banks stars Aldis Hodge in the title role alog with Greg Kinnear, Sherri Shepherd, Melanie Liburd, Xosha Roquemore and Tiffany Dupont. It is produced by Shivani Rawat, Monica Levinson and Amy Baer.

The very timely and true story revolves around Brian Banks, an All-American football player already committed to USC when he is falsely accused of rape during his junior year of high school. Despite maintaining his innocence, he is railroaded through the system and sentenced to a decade of prison, parole, and registering as a sex offender. Driven by the same thoughtfulness and focus that propelled him as an athlete, Banks continues to fight to clear his name, ultimately partnering with the California Innocence Project.

Written by Doug Atchison, the movie premieres Saturday at LAFF and is one of the festival’s top distribution prospects.

Video: Actor Aldis Hodge on Portraying Brian Banks in Upcoming Movie

Saturday, Sep 22, 2018

Press/Video: An ICON MANN™ Salute to Sir Sidney Poitier Curated By Lexus

Thursday, Aug 3, 2017

EBONY – Molding and defining the African-American image on screen has been a complex task; particularly in the ever-changing entertainment space. In the midst of unimaginable racial injustice and unequal treatment, Sir Sidney Poitier demanded excellence not just from himself but from an industry that had historically cast Black and brown faces aside. With a career stretching over 70 years, Sir Poitier’s character, grace and profound integrity have helped mold the Black movie star, setting the blueprint for all of the men and women that would grace the screens and stages after him.

 

It was not simply Sir Poitier’s iconic roles in Porgy and Bess and The Defiant Ones that would thrust him into the spotlight. His commanding presence made him one of the biggest box-office draws in the 1960s with a plethora of films including, A Raisin in the Sun, Paris Blues, To Sir, with Love, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner and In the Heat of the Night. Before Sir Poitier, the leading Black male was something of a myth. There certainly weren’t any Black male sex symbols before the Academy Award winner stepped on the scene, taking only roles that garnered a sense of dignity and class.

 

In celebration of Sir Poitier’s extensive career and legacy, Lexus and ICON MANN™ have teamed up to #SaluteALegend. The legendary Louis Gossett Jr., prolific filmmaker John Singleton and critically acclaimed actors, Aldis Hodge and Terrence Howard among others have joined the campaign in celebration of Sir Poitier’s 90th year. “We owe everything that we’re doing now, and will do, to the career that he has had,” Singleton said of the foundation Poitier has laid.

 

Video: “Underground” S2 Outtakes

Friday, Jul 14, 2017

ET – Underground tackles a very serious subject, but sometimes the actors have to let loose!

 

ET has an exclusive sneak peek at the show’s season two gag reel, giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into making the Civil War drama — forgotten lines, laughter and all!

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Don’t Miss Underground Season 2 Finale Tomorrow!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

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Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017


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Sundance Film Festival Videos Part 1

Sunday, Jan 29, 2017

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