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Film Review: ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul’

15 May 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Until the dread day when CGI replaces actors outright, there will be dilemmas like the one that faced makers of the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” features: After three films adapted from Jeff Kinney’s hugely popular books, the juvenile thespians aged out of their roles. There’s been some fan grumbling about their unfortunate if inevitable replacement in “The Long Haul,” which reboots the series after a five-year layoff. But the entirely new cast steps in seamlessly — in some instances they might actually be improved models — and returning producer-director David Bowers, this time sharing screenplay credit with Kinney himself, delivers an amiable, fast-paced entry that should win over fans.

The ninth volume so far (No. 12 is due this fall), “Long Haul” isn’t necessarily among the best, but it provides the Heffley family with various changes of scenery that sufficiently differentiate this latest screen installment from its predecessors. The »

- Dennis Harvey

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Exclusive Interview: Johnathon Schaech on ‘Southern Fury’ & Working with Nicolas Cage

26 February 2017 7:03 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

This weekend brought us the latest Nicolas Cage release, Southern Fury, a film about two brothers that find themselves in a sticky situation with a crime kingpin. I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to chat to one of the lead stars, Johnathon Schaech, who plays Mikey Lindel in the film.

Schaech is a talented actor, who’s work spans the likes of many B-films like Southern Fury, and Marauders, as well as various TV appearances in shows such as Quantico, and – most notably – he took on the role of DC’s beloved antihero Jonah Hex in The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow. I had the chance to chat to him about Southern Fury, and we talked about B-films, working with Nicolas Cage and about Legends. Check it out:

What was it about Southern Fury that initially attracted you to the project?

I had just finished a film about »

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