What Movies Are Out This Weekend: Pete's Dragon, Florence Foster Jenkins, Anthropoid

Kylie Erica Mar hosts Made in Hollywood
Kylie Erica Mar hosts Made in Hollywood

Made in Hollywood Previews What Movies Are Out This Weekend

Prepare to confront the impossible this weekend with movies featuring a boy living with a dragon, a tone-deaf singer performing at Carnegie Hall and an assassination plot that could change the course of human events.

This week’s Made in Hollywood goes behind the screen of “Pete’s Dragon,” “Florence Foster Jenkins” and “Anthropoid,” all opening Friday, and gives a sneak peek at next week’s “Hell or High Water.”

In the Disney reboot of the children’s favorite “Pete’s Dragon,” star Bryce Dallas Howard not only had to imagine a giant reptile that could fly — but learn to act opposite one that didn’t exist on set, as the beast Elliot was created by computer animation.

“What was so great was that even before we started shooting … they kind of gave us a presentation where they essentially introduced us to Elliot,” the actress tells Made in Hollywood reporter Kylie Erica Mar. “We saw that first of all he’s super fuzzy and cuddly and that he’s playful and he kind of acts like this sweet puppy dog. To see his personality and his emotion did a lot for us in terms of us being on set to act opposite an Elliot that wasn’t there yet. It was very helpful.”

The 1940s-set “Florence Foster Jenkins” tells the real-life story of a socialite, played by Meryl Streep, whose profound lack of singing talent is offset by her contagious love of music.

“It’s endearing because of her passion and enthusiasm,” Streep’s costar Hugh Grant tells reporter Julie Harkness Arnold. “I also loved the fact that in a way that it’s a celebration of the oddity of human beings and a little group of eccentrics, really. What an insane trio they ended up being. She can’t sing, but she sings. I can’t act, but I act. … We all ended up loving each other.”

In another story that takes place in the ’40s, “Fifty Shades of Grey” star Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy of “The Dark Knight” show a different kind of heroism as regular soldiers called upon to carry out an extraordinary mission.

“These men trained in England, and they were parachuted in withe the mission to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich, who was the third-ranking Nazi,” Murphy tells reporter Patrick Stinson. “It’s kind of this extraordinary mission: impossible in the truest sense. … And it changed the course of the second world war and as a result changed the course of history.”

And the bank heist film “Hell or High Water” has Chris Pine working with his acting idol — and number one man-crush — Jeff Bridges. “I’m madly in love with Jeff Bridges,” Pine says. “I”ll marry him. “