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THE GREEN ROOM

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By Sameen Amer
Fri, 07, 20

War drama; during WWII, an inexperienced U.S. Navy captain must defend an Allied convoy being attacked by Nazi warships....

COMING SOON

Out this week

* Albums

  • Such Pretty Forks in the Road by Alanis Morissette: The ninth album by the Canadian-American singer, her first studio release in eight years, following 2012’s Havoc and Bright Lights; includes the singles ‘Smiling’, ‘Diagnosis’, and ‘Reckoning’.
  • Black Is King by Beyoncé: Visual album created by the American singer; serves as a companion to the 2019 album The Lion King: The Gift which the singer curated for last year’s remake of the Disney movie.

Movies

  • Unhinged (starring Russell Crowe, Caren Pistorius, Gabriel Bateman, Jimmi Simpson) – thriller; an unstable stranger (Crowe) starts stalking a woman (Pistorius) following a road rage confrontation at an intersection.
  • Summerland (starring Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lucas Bond, Penelope Wilton, Tom Courtenay) – drama; a reclusive writer (Arterton) reluctantly bonds with a young boy (Bond) who has been entrusted to her care after the London Blitz.

Star

Benjamin Joseph Manaly Novak

  • Born on 31st July 1979 in Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
  • Has two younger brothers, Jesse and Lev.
  • Graduated from Harvard University in 2001. Majored in English and Spanish literature.
  • Started working as a stand-up comic after graduation.
  • Gained recognition after being cast in the U.S. adaptation of The Office (2005 – 2013); was also a producer and writer for the show.
  • Has since appeared in movies including Inglourious Basterds (2009), Saving Mr. Banks (2013), and The Founder (2016).
  • Has also written books, including One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories (2014).
  • Had an on and off relationship with Mindy Kaling, who played his onscreen love interest in The Office. Is the godfather of Kaling’s daughter.

Also born today: Zac Brown, Emilia Fox, Ben Chaplin, Dean Cain, J. K. Rowling, Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Wesley Snipes, Mark Cuban, Michael Biehn, Gary Lewis

Spotlight

Greyhound

Cast: Tom Hanks, Stephen Graham, Rob Morgan, Elisabeth Shue

Director: Aaron Schneider

  • War drama; during WWII, an inexperienced U.S. Navy captain must defend an Allied convoy being attacked by Nazi warships.
  • Is based on the 1955 C. S. Forester novel The Good Shepherd, with the screenplay written by Tom Hanks.
  • Was initially scheduled to be theatrically released but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Apple TV+ eventually acquired the distribution rights and released the film digitally.
  • Had a budget of around $50 million. 
  • Has received mixed to positive reviews; its tension and fast pace has been praised by critics.
  • Score composed by Blake Neely.