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Simon Brew Sep 30, 2016
There’s little sign of a new James Bond film yet, and Spectre has left lots of questions behind. So what now, 007?
Update: here's a story that landed this morning, of relevance to this article.
This article contains light spoilers for Spectre.
At the end of October 2015, the 24th James Bond film, Spectre, enjoyed its global premiere. Following the massive success of Skyfall, hopes were understandably high for Spectre, and it quickly notched up some strong – and not so strong – reviews. Originally rumoured to be the first of a two part story (with a suggestion that it be filmed back to back with James Bond 25), Spectre would prove to be a big box office hit too. As Bond drove off into the sunset at the end of the film, the next adventure was surely an inevitability.
But something wasn’t quite right. And one year later, »
Agnes Nixon, known as the grande dame of daytime drama for creating, writing, and producing soap operas including “All My Children,” “One Life to Live” and “Search for Tomorrow,” died Wednesday in Pennsylvania. She was 88.
TMZ reported Nixon had been suffering complications of Parkinson’s disease.
The prolific producer was highly regarded as a pioneer for women in television who made an effort to weave real-world issues into her shows.
Nixon was also co-creator of CBS’ long-running “As the World Turns” with her mentor, Irna Phillips, who is credited with creating the soap opera genre on radio. Early in her career, Nixon was a writer on CBS’ “Guiding Light” and NBC’s “Another World.”
I am devastated to learn that we have lost Agnes. I adored her and admired her–and I am… https://t.co/fZHBamiDnN
— Susan Lucci (@Susan_Lucci) September 28, 2016
A native of Chicago, Agnes Eckhardt attended Northwestern University and decided to focus on a »
- Cynthia Littleton
Pierce Brosnan has more than a few network issues in I.T., a techno-thriller from Director John Moore. The film is essentially the psycho stalks family storyline. It starts off promising; then falls prey to convention. That said, Brosnan is a more than capable actor in any role. He delivers his standard strong performance and saves I.T. from being altogether rote.
Pierce Brosnan stars as Mike Regan, a wealthy businessman on the verge of taking his aviation company public. His press presentation encounters a technical glitch that is quickly addressed by a new temp, Ed Porter (James Frecheville). Mike has been having Wi-Fi issues in his ultra-modern mansion. He invites Ed over to work his technical magic. Ed takes a keen interest in Mike's seventeen year old daughter (Stefanie Scott). He begins to stalk the girl, much to the alarm of his boss. As Mike drops the hammer on Ed's intrusions, »
I.T. is one of those VOD sleepers you expect absolutely nothing from, yet – in the most base-value sense – John Moore’s creepy tech-driven thriller gets the job done. Scenes may feel like a tutorial in suspense and predictable plot movement, but Pierce Brosnan is just too damn smooth to ignore (like that matured, smokey Scotch he’s sipping on above).
Age hasn’t dampened this ex-Bond stud’s charms in the least, and he works well as a billionaire family man who turns primal when some jabroni threatens the ones he loves. Admittedly, you won’t be challenged by material here, but minimal genre satiation is achieved through “Peeping Tom” surveillance and satirical warnings directed towards our own internet-obsessed lifestyles.
Hey, not everything can be a five-star experience – there’s a time and place for a Burger King quickie.
Brosnan stars as company man Mike Regan, whose aviation conglomerate is »
- Matt Donato
Exclusive: Pierce Brosnan has just signed on to star in The Only Living Boy In New York, the Marc Webb-directed film for Amazon Studios. He joins Jeff Bridges, Kate BeckinsaleCallum Turner, and Kiersey Clemons in the drama that follows a recent college graduate who begins a relationship with his father's mistress. The script is by Allan Loeb with Albert Berger, John Fogel and Ron Yerxa serving as producers. Brosnan’s thriller I.T. from director John Moore, opened today in… »
Since nowadays we can’t go two seconds without checking our cell phones and everyone seems to be spending enormous amounts of time online, cautionary tales about our overdependence on technology have suddenly become all the rage. I.T. is the latest, very modest entry into this little subgenre. Mike Regan (Pierce Brosnan in full “rich bastard” mode) is an aviation tycoon living in an inmaculate, top-of-the-line smart house with wife Rose (a wasted Anna Friel) and daughter Kaitlyn (Stefanie Scott). He has it all, until he makes the mistake of inviting over his company’s weird I.T. guy Ed Porter (James Frecheville), in appreciation for saving his behind during a work presentation. Ed, of course, is a loon with a few screws loose and pretty soon he...
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John Moore's thriller I.T. will be in cinemas and on VOD on September 23, 2016. ScreenAnarchy has an exclusive clip to share with you from the film. In the clip an unexpected and not entirely welcome guest shows up at Mike Regan's daughter's field hockey match. Mike Regan (Pierce Brosnan) is a successful, self-made man who has it all: a gorgeous wife, a beautiful teenage daughter and a sleek, state-of-the-art “smart home.” But he soon finds himself in a deadly, high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse when his I.T. consultant, Ed (James Frecheville), starts using his skills to stalk Mike’s daughter and endanger his family, his business, and his life. In a world where there is no privacy, and personal secrets can go viral by the...
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Appropriately enough for a movie titled “I.T.,” there is a preponderance of hard drives, software, satellite tracking networks, cutting-edge surveillance systems, and banks of large-format monitors on display throughout director John Moore’s slickly produced techno-thriller. But it falls largely on the shoulders of lead player Pierce Brosnan to provide a welcome human touch to the proceedings, with his persuasive portrayal of an analog man in a digital world.
With his Irish accent a tad more pronounced than usual, Brosnan plays Mike Regan, a private aviation tycoon who’s poised to expand his business with a new Uber-style app that will allow aircraft owners to sublet their jets. Normally, Regan is not a man who’s comfortable with innovative technology; truth to tell, he often needs help from his wife Rose (Anna Friel) just to operate the coffee maker in their lavishly appointed “smart home.” And he’s extremely uncomfortable »
- Joe Leydon
Plot: An air transport tycoon (Pierce Brosnan) has his world turned upside-down by a psychotic I.T. consultant (James Frecheville). Review: I can’t say I expected all that much from Pierce Brosnan’s latest vehicle, I.T. The trailers seemed pretty goofy, positioning this as a kind of ‘Mr. Robot’ vs Taken, and I was especially wary of John Moore directing in the wake of Max Payne... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
“I.T.” is basically one of those “Psycho acts benign as he/she befriends innocent family before turning out to be a psycho” thrillers that the ’90s loved to pump out. “Single White Female”, “The Hand That Rocks The Cradle” (Rip Curtis Hanson), take your pick. Only this time, the beat-by-beat predictable story comes with a techie slant, as an unhinged I.T.
- Oktay Ege Kozak
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
Yikes. What a terrible weekend we just had, not only for the new movies released but also for the Weekend Warrior’s predictions. Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks’ Sully won its second weekend in a row with just under $22 million, but as far as the new movies, neither Lionsgate’s Blair Witch nor Universal’s Bridget Jones’s Baby did very well, putting the last nail in the coffin (hopefully) for sequels/remakes trying to play upon nostalgia that just isn’t there. (Good luck to the Rings movie opening next month!) Blair Witch ended up with $9.6 million to take second place and both Bridget Jones’s Baby and Oliver Stone’s Snowden ended up with around $8 million, so »
- Edward Douglas
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (action-adventure sequel; Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Stephen Amell; rated PG-13,) Free State of Jones (action-drama; Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw; rated R) Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (comedy; Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Rose Byrne; rated R) I.T. (thriller; Pierce Brosnan, Anna Friel; premieres 9/20 on cable Mod and in theaters; not rated) Miss Stevens...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Nicolas Cage will star in the independent thriller “Looking Glass” with production starting this fall, Variety has learned.
Music video and commercials director Dori Oskowitz will helm from a script by Jerry Rapp (“Mojave Phone Booth”) and Matthew Wilder, who wrote “Dog Eat Dog,” which also starred Cage and premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival.
“Looking Glass” follows a couple who, after experiencing a tragic loss, purchases a desert motel only to discover a series of disturbing, unexplained events that take place within one of the frequently requested rooms. Highland Film Group is handling worldwide sales.
Braxton Pope (“The Canyons”) is producing. Pope just wrapped the Fullscreen series “The Deleted,” written and directed by Bret Easton Ellis, and worked with Cage and Highland Film Group as a producer on the crime thriller “The Trust,” which premiered at SXSW.
- Dave McNary
A new trailer has arrived online for director Aaron Kaufman’s thriller Urge which stars Pierce Brosnan, Justin Chatwin, Ashley Greene and Danny Masterson; take a look below after the official synopsis…
A weekend getaway takes a dangerous turn when a mysterious nightclub owner (Pierce Brosnan) introduces a group of friends to a new designer drug. Stripped of their inhibitions, they start living out their wildest fantasies — but what starts out as a fun night of partying quickly turns deadly, as the island paradise deteriorates into a tropical madhouse.
- Amie Cranswick
Actor Pierce Brosnan has had a busy year so far. He previously starred in the dark thriller “Urge” as a mysterious nightclub owner who introduces his friends to a new designer drug and drags them into a deadly trap. Now, he stars in another action thriller “I.T.” as Mike Regan, a successful, self-made man with a state-of-the-art “smart home,” but when his I.T. consultant Ed (James Frecheville) starts stalking his daughter and threatening his entire life, he’s drawn into a complex cat-and-mouse game where the normal rules don’t apply. The film also stars Anna Friel (“Pushing Daisies”), Stefanie Scott (“Flipped”), and Michael Nyqvist (“John Wick”). Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
Read More: Pierce Brosnan Says ‘Spectre’ Story Was “Weak” And The Movie Was “Too Long”
- Annakeara Stinson
So an old Bond and a new Bond villain meet at last! Pierce Brosnan (who, thanks to N64 and Goldeneye, is my personal Bond) and Dave Bautista (who played a good henchman in the otherwise uneven Spectre) are going to star together in a new action/thriller Final Score. Here's the official synopsis: At a major sporting event, during which the stadium is seized by a group of heavily armed... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
Exclusive: Highland Film Group has closed a number of key international territory deals in Toronto for Scott Mann's Final Score, starring Dave Bautista and Pierce Brosnan. Alexandra Dinu and Julian Chen also star in the thriller written by the Brothers Lynch and Jonathan Frank. The story sees an ex-soldier forced to use his military skills to save the lives of a stadium full of people when it is seized by a group of heavily armed criminals demanding ransom at a sporting… »
It kind of goes without saying but La’s annual Screamfest is one of our favorite events of the year. With every passing year, many genre titles are featured at the hellish (in a good way) Fest that was founded in 2001 by film producer Rachel Belofsky and there are always enough great films, whether they be short or feature length, to please any and every horror fan. Thanks to crew over at EW, the festival’s first wave of titles have officially been announced (This year’s fest runs October 18-27, 2016 at the Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood)and I’ll be the first to say, Hell Yes. We’re looking forward to attending this year’s fest and hope to see you fright fanatics there!
First Wave of Titles:
The Master Cleanse (USA) 2016
Directed by Bobby Miller
Written by Bobby Miller
- Jerry Smith
With the Halloween season around the corner, this year's Screamfest Horror Film Festival is almost upon us, and the first wave of films for the fest have now been announced, including Fear, Inc., Trash Fire, and The Master Cleanse (starring Johnny Galecki).
Press Release: "Hollywood – Sept. 7, 2016 – America’s largest and longest running horror film festival, Screamfest Horror Film Festival, announces the first wave of its official 2016 film line up. The festival, which will run from Oct. 18-27, 2016 at the TLC Chinese in Hollywood, has launched careers - providing a platform for filmmakers and actors to showcase their latest work to enthusiasts and general audiences. Actress Lydia Hearst (Condemned, #Horror) will serve as ambassador for the festival.
“We’re so thrilled to announce such a diverse group of films this year,” said Rachel Belofsky, Screamfest Founder and Festival Director. “Even in our 16th year, filmmakers continue to push the envelope and »
- Derek Anderson
Chicago – When meeting an interview subject for the third time, and remembering him as the first professional interview I ever did, results in a comfortable familiarity. Director Ira Sachs is the subject, and his latest film is “Little Men.” Taking on adolescent friendship, adult passive-aggressiveness and gentrification all in one film, it also spotlights the expansiveness of this talented filmmaker.
“Little Men” features Greg Kinnear in one of his best performances, as a guilty and conflicted property inheritor named Brian who now lives in Brooklyn, in the midst of the hottest real estate markets in America. His late father owned the property, which included a dressmaker’s shop run by Leonor (Paulina García), who cared for her landlord more than his heirs. Meanwhile, Brian’s son Jake (Theo Taplitz), has found a friend and fellow traveler in Tony (Michael Barbieri), who happens to be Leonor’s son. Property, negotiations and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
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