BOSTON COMMON – After acclaimed performances in What Men Want and Clemency, actor Aldis Hodge continues his big year with City on a Hill. Debuting June 16 on Showtime, the drama stars Hodge and Kevin Bacon as a pair of law enforcement officers taking on corruption in Boston. “This show is going to be fire,” Hodge promises. We chatted with the actor about the series, working with executive producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, and even food.
What made you want to get involved with City on a Hill?
I love the show because it’s gritty and raw. We’re dealing with Boston in the ’90s, crooked cops and robbers, that kind of thing. What really captures me about the show is that regardless of the scenario and what brought us all together, we’re still dealing with the life of Boston. We’re dealing with these people as representations of the life of Boston and how harsh it can be or has been for some.
Did you enjoy filming in Boston? Find any favorite spots around town?
I grew up between New York and New Jersey, and I had family in Boston. We would go up to Boston in the winters. I have no idea why the winters, because they were terribly cold. Boston’s changed a little bit, but I will say my favorite place that I hit was Ostra. The first place that Kevin and I met and had dinner at was Ostra. We had a fantastic conversation and got to know one another, but the food was brilliant. I was there a couple times a week. Their sauces are fantastic.
How involved were Matt and Ben?
This whole idea was really born in Ben Affleck’s head. They were both completely involved. Ben’s actually been on set a couple of times. It would be nice to actually see him direct. That would be really cool. What are your favorite Boston movies? Of course, I love Good Will Hunting [written and starring Damon and Affleck]. I also really like The Town [Affleck starred and directed]. I thought it was done really well. Then again, The Departed [Damon starred in] is damn good, man. It’d be a toss up between those.
After years of dramatic roles, the “What Men Want” star wants to make you laugh and fulfill his dreams of being a super-powered badass
Hodge has amassed a colorful acting resume that includes stints on shows like A.T.O.M.: Alpha Teens on Machines, Friday Night Lights, Supernatural and Leverage. But it was his moving portrayal of a restless slave named Noah on WGN’s Underground that made viewers sit up at attention and cheer with their fingers across social media. In the same year his appearance in Black Mirror as a somewhat single father named Jack living with his girlfriend’s voice literally in his head, allowed him to blend his piercing stares with subdued comedic timing. But now Hodge gets to go for the full belly laughs in the R-rated comedy What Men Want as the bartending, romantic, very single father named Will, who gets caught up in Taraji P. Henson’s mind-reading male-strom.
During a stop at BET, Hodge is adorned in gold, beads and denim fabrics that accent flawless skin that has benefited from the sun’s full attention. He walks with squared shoulders inherited from his retired Marine parents. His cape is invisible. If not for the disarming laughs cracking his intense looks, you might think he’s one cartoonish horn blare away from taking off through the ceiling to catch a meteor hurtling toward earth. Between bites of his lunch we talk about the comedy of sex, his fascination with controlling time, engineering the perfect date and being a champion for the people.
It was kind of meta for you to have your thoughts read by Ali in What Men Want, because in the “Black Museum” episode of Black Mirror your lover was LITERALLY in Jack’s head. Did you draw on that experience at all for this role?
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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!
DEADLINE – The Star Trek franchise is expanding on CBS All Access. The streaming service has announced Star Trek: Short Treks, four stand-alone short stories that will begin rolling out on Thursday, October 4 ahead of the early 2019 Season 2 return of Star Trek: Discovery.
Each of the four stories will center on a key character, including familiar faces from Star Trek: Discovery: Mary Wiseman (Tilly), Doug Jones (Saru) and Rainn Wilson (Harry Mudd), in a short he will also direct, as well as a new character unfamiliar to fans, Craft, played by Aldis Hodge.
Star Trek: Discovery follows the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. The series features a new ship and new characters while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. The series is produced by CBS Television Studios, Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment.
Descriptions and premiere dates of the four installments follow below.
Runaway – Thursday, Oct. 4
Onboard the U.S.S. Discovery, Ensign Tilly (Mary Wiseman) encounters an unexpected visitor in need of help. However, this unlikely pair may have more in common than meets the eye.
Written by Jenny Lumet & Alex Kurtzman. Directed by Maja Vrvilo.
Calypso – Thursday, Nov. 8
After waking up in an unfamiliar sickbay, Craft (Aldis Hodge) finds himself on board a deserted ship, and his only companion and hope for survival is an A.I. computer interface.
Teleplay by Michael Chabon. Story by Sean Cochran and Michael Chabon. Directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi.
The Brightest Star – Thursday, Dec. 6
Before he was the first Kelpien to join Starfleet, Saru (Doug Jones) lived a simple life on his home planet of Kaminar with his father and sister. Young Saru, full of ingenuity and a level of curiosity uncommon among his people, yearns to find out what lies beyond his village, leading him on an unexpected path.
Written by Bo Yeon Kim & Erika Lippoldt. Directed by Douglas Aarniokoski.
The Escape Artist – Thursday, Jan. 3
Harry Mudd (Rainn Wilson), back to his old tricks of stealing and double-dealing, finds himself in a precarious position aboard a hostile ship – just in time to try out his latest con.
Written by Michael McMahan. Directed by Rainn Wilson.
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.