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This February sees Keanu Reeves returning to the role of retired assassin and killing machine John Wick for a sequel to the 2014 action thriller, and director Chad Stahelski has been speaking to Collider about the approach they adopted for John Wick: Chapter 2, comparing it to that of James Cameron’s Aliens.
“We decided to stop competing with the first one,” said Stahelski. “Once we stopped worrying about ourselves it was fun. I mean is it as good as the first one? I don’t know. Did we go better in some ways? Yes. Did we experiment with the characters more? Yes. Everything there is better. Is the enjoyment better? I think the enjoyment is there, but it’s different. All the other director friends I have don’t like doing sequels or don’t like doing other people’s sequels, which is even worse I think. But then there’s other examples. »
- Gary Collinson
Anghus Houvouras on why more franchises should embrace the Alien model…
First off, let’s go ahead and address the giant-sized Space Jockey in the room: When referring to ‘The Alien model’, I’m taking about the original four films. I’m not talking about the ridiculous Alien vs. Predator duology or the beautifully rancid idiocy of Prometheus and the poison fruits that eventually will fall from it.
I wrote a column last week about the most banal and overused metaphor to describe the second film in a franchise in a little hate letter called “Does every second movie have to be Empire Strikes Back” [read it here]. A good conversation ensued and someone brought up an example of one of the best second franchise films ever produced: James Cameron’s masterpiece Aliens.
It got me thinking: Why don’t more franchises embrace the Alien model. A model that saw the story and »
- Anghus Houvouras
This review contains a spoiler for True Lies.
We have to handle Keeping Up With The Joneses carefully, because it's something of an antique. Except for a couple of jokes about waterboarding and Siri, we're convinced that the script must have been hanging around since at least 1986. This film looks as if someone walked into an office at Fox and pitched 'The Burbs meets The In-Laws' a long time ago and they literally never looked back.
At the start of the film, Jeff Gaffney (Zach Galifianakis) and his wife Karen (Isla Fisher) fretfully send their two kids off to summer camp. Jeff is the Hr manager for a defence contractor and Karen is an unhappy interior designer, »
The “Deadpool” sequel has just lost director Tim Miller, who dropped out of helming the project due to creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds. Deadline reported the news early Saturday, stating that Miller had not formally signed on to direct the sequel, but was in the process of developing the script and was expected to return.
Sources told the site that the split was amicable and he will work on another big Fox project: “Influx,” an adaptation of David Suarez’s novel and is expected to launch a film trilogy.
The “Deadpool” sequel isn’t scheduled to be released until January 12, 2018, but now the studio will have to find a new director to take the reigns. Fox co-chairman Stacy Snider confirmed during CinemaCon in April that screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick would return to pen the script. No other actors, except Reynolds, have been confirmed to reprise their roles. »
- Liz Calvario
After the first trailer for John Wick: Chapter 2 debuted at New York Comic Con earlier this month, anticipation has never been higher for this action-packed sequel. Keanu Reeves is back as the title character, along with several characters from the original John Wick and director Chad Stahelski, who co-directed the first movie with David Leitch, and original writer Derek Kolstad. While we wait for the next batch of footage from this sequel, director Chad Stahelski revealed that he took the same approach to making John Wick 2 as another highly-regarded sequel, James Cameron's 1986 sci-fi classic Aliens.
While Aliens and John Wick 2 are obviously quite different in terms of their stories, Chad Stahelski revealed that he wanted to use the same approach as Aliens. Instead of making the same movie over again, the director revealed he wanted to stop "competing with the first one" and go outside of the box with this sequel. »
Things didn’t seem to be looking good for John Wick at first. This is a film that didn’t get a trailer drop until around a month or so before its release. It was almost as if the studio behind it was trying to bury it for fear of embarrassing themselves. But when the film hit theaters, enough folks went to go see it to kickstart the positive word of mouth. Both critics and moviegoers at the film up, and the film managed to take in $86 million worldwide, a solid recoup of its $20 million investment.
Apart from the amazing role that managed to utilize actor Keanu Reeves’ skill set perfectly, one of the big stories was how great a job the directing duo did to bring the action to life. In fact, the pair were so good, that the Russo Brothers went so far as to bring them into »
- Joseph Medina
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Despite boasting Keanu Reeves’ name on the masthead, few would have predicted that John Wick, David Leitch and Chad Stahelski’s Ott R-rated romp, would go on to spawn a bona fide film series. And yet, here we are. Four months out from the release of its hotly-anticipated sequel, John Wick: Chapter 2, and Lionsgate is already drafting up ideas for a third entry in the budding action franchise. No pressure, then.
But if Stahelski is feeling the heat, it doesn’t show. Upon assuming directing duties after David Leitch made tracks for The Coldest City, the filmmaker began to slowly piece together his vision for the 2017 follow-up, one which will see Keanu Reeves’ glowering one-man army jet off to Rome to attend a “social affair.” In typical John Wick fashion, our lone wolf goes in guns blazing, »
- Michael Briers
“Mahershala” is my nickname,” he told me at the Toronto International Film Festival (video interview, below).
It’s an unusual name that will become memorable; Ali has a swath of projects hitting screens, three of which he shot at the same time. (A fourth, “Hidden Figures,” in which he woos a Nasa math whiz played by Taraji P. Henson, comes out December 25.) In New York, he was violent New York gangster Cottonmouth on Marvel’s Netflix series “Luke Cage.” In Baltimore, he continued the fourth (and last) season of his Emmy-nominated role as Remy Danton, the slick former communications director for Frank Underwood, in “House of Cards.” And in Miami, on three successive weekends, he shot his pivotal supporting part in Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight. »
- Anne Thompson
We’ve got a pretty decent month of Netflix additions to recap with Marvel’s Luke Cage, Christopher Guest’s Mascots and the Amanda Knox documentary leading the list of original content over the past 30 days. Other major additions in the U.S. include James Cameron’s Titanic, Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven, Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the […] »
Chrissy MetzÂ is more likely to makeÂ youÂ cry these days on her inspiring role inÂ This Is Us, but the actress reveals she was the one dealing with the waterworks after bookingÂ her firstÂ guest-starring gig.
With a small role opposite Oscar-winning director James Cameron on a 2005 episode ofÂ Entourage, Metz told People Now on Tuesday that she was paralyzed by fear when her line turned out to be trickier on set than at the audition.
“IÂ remember going to the bathroom and calling my manager and crying. I’m like, »
- Lanford Beard
Robert Rodriguez is directing and Cameron will produce with Jon Landau through his Lightstorm Entertainment banner. Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis will write the screenplay, based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga series.
The story is set in a 26th-century dystopian future and follows an amnesiac cyborg who’s rescued from a scrap heap and becomes a bounty hunter tracking down criminals. Fox has already set a July 20, 2018, release date for “Alita: Battle Angel.”
Wu will play the Kinuba cyborg character in the movie. Earlier this year, Wu joined the second season of “Marco Polo” as a series regular. He also appeared in feature films “17 Again,” “Crush the Skull,” and “Revenge of the Green Dragons.”
Wu is repped by Martin Management and Joseph Le Talent Agency. »
- Dave McNary
Visual effects specialist Paul Franklin, who won Academy Awards for “Inception” and “Interstellar” and shot the “Dark Knight” trilogy, will direct the action-thriller “Resurface” with Covert Media financing.
Covert Media is also handling international sales, which will launch at next month’s American Film Market. Covert CEO Paul Hanson (“District 9”) is producing alongside Broken Road Productions’ Todd Garner.
Franklin will direct from a script by Pete Bridges in which a scientist and an engineer are trapped 35,000 feet underwater after an earthquake separates them from their crew. “Resurface” is the first project announced out of the two-year first look deal between Covert and Broken Road.
- Dave McNary
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” introduced a new generation to the galaxy far, far away, as well as became the highest grossing installment of the franchise, earning more than $2 billion worldwide. While the next film in the saga won’t be released for another year, fans can look forward to the release of the “Force Awakens’” 3D collector’s edition. The Blu-ray contains tons of new exciting content, including commentary from director J.J. Abrams. In anticipation of its arrival, Lucasfilm shared a clip of Abrams narrating one of the movie’s most pivotal scenes. *Warning Spoilers Ahead.
- Liz Calvario
Simon Brew Oct 19, 2016
Fantastic Beasts is now five films. There's a further Planet Of The Apes movie planned. Whatever happened to the traditional movie trilogy?
Amongst the flood of movie news that arrived in our inbox last week, two stories in particular caught my eye.
The first was that War For The Planet Of The Apes, the eagerly-awaited continuation – and assumed conclusion – of the story thus far told in Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes – would be the conclusion of that particular story. That the new trilogy of films would be complete upon its release.
Classy spies, Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot, team up with unlikely neighbourhood do-gooders, Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher in upcoming spy comedy Keeping up with the Joneses on 21st October. If you love espionage date movies with unlikely duos, mistaken identities and hidden secrets then Keeping up with the Joneses is the film for you on date night.
To mark the release we’ve pulled together a list of date films we love.
A classic case of spontaneity and mistaken identity lands the Fosters (Steve Carell and Tina Fey) in a whole heap of trouble with the district attorney and his dirty secrets. Inadvertently caught up in the confusion, pursued by henchmen and in search of the real targets the Fosters turn their regular boring date night routine into an unforgettable experience. With surprising appearances from Mark Wahlberg, James Franco and Mila Kunis, Date Night has a few »
- The Hollywood News
While perhaps best remembered for emotional dramas like “Brokeback Mountain” and “The Ice Storm,” filmmaker Ang Lee has constantly been pushing and testing the limits of cinema through technology. The director adopted early (perhaps too early) motion capture techniques for “Hulk,” brought the visual dynamism and wire work of wuxia films to mainstream audiences with “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and enveloped moviegoers with the expansive 3D of “Life Of Pi.” We may think of Peter Jackson and James Cameron as the forerunners of modern day movie technology, but Lee is arguably running at pace.
Continue reading Ang Lee’s ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ Emotionally Distances Rather Than Enhances [Nyff Review] at The Playlist. »
- Rodrigo Perez
DMG Entertainment has nabbed worldwide film and licensing rights to “The Grace of Kings,” with an eye toward turning the fantasy series into a franchise, Variety has learned exclusively.
The company is fast-tracking production and has tapped Michael Ross (“Fallen”) to write the screenplay. The deal is not only for “The Grace of Kings” but for its two upcoming sequels. The book was the debut of Ken Liu and focused on two men, one a bandit and the other the son of deposed duke, who rise up against a cruel emperor. Later, their alliance cracks and they find themselves fighting over how best to run society. It is the first volume in what Liu has called “The Dandelion Dynasty” series. Liu has described the genre as “silk punk,” by which he means it’s a blend of science-fiction and fantasy that integrates elements of classical East Asian antiquity. That should »
- Brent Lang
X-Men: Apocalypse star Lana Condor has become the latest addition to the cast of Alita: Battle Angel, the upcoming manga adaptation from director Robert Rodriguez and producer James Cameron. Condor – who portrayed Jubilee in Apocalypse and will next be seen in Patriots Day – is set to play the character of Koyomi, an orphaned teen with connections to several characters.
Alita: Battle Angel sees Rosa Salazar (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials) leading the cast as the titular Alita, an amnesiac cyborg who puts her martial arts skills to use as a bounty hunter after being rescued from a junk yard. She will be joined in the big budget sci-fi by Christoph Waltz (Spectre), Keean Johnson (Nashville), Jackie Earle Haley (Preacher), Ed Skrein (Deadpool), Eiza Gonzalez (From Dusk Till Dawn), Mahershala Ali (Luke Cage) and Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Spider-Man: Homecoming).
Production on Alita: Battle Angel will begin this month ahead of the »
- Gary Collinson
"In season 2 of Stranger Things, Lucas' parents (Leslie Jones, Kenan Thompson) put a stop to Lucas (Sasheer Zamata) spending so much time with Mike (Kyle Mooney), Dustin (Lin-Manuel Miranda) and Eleven (Kate McKinnon)."
Featuring a tone influenced by James Cameron's big approach to sequels (Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgment Day), The Duffer Brothers tell EW that the second season of Stranger Things will bring back most of the characters from season 1, will cross town lines, explore more of the Upside Down, incorporate at least four new characters (one of whom is called "The Lost Brother"), and consist of nine episodes compared to the first season's eight installments.
Although an exact premiere date has yet to be announced, Stranger Things Season 2 is expected to debut in 2017 on Netflix. »
- Derek Anderson
20th Century Fox's highly-anticipated Alita: Battle Angel has added yet another cast member, with X-Men: Apocalypse star Lana Condor signing on to join the cast. She will play Koyomi K, who, in the original story, is an orphaned teen who has connections to several characters. It isn't known when production will begin, but the studio has set a July 20, 2018 release date for this manga adaptation.
Lana Condor joins a cast that includes Rosa Salazar as the title character, alongside Christoph Waltz, Eiza Gonzalez, Jackie Earle Haley, Mahershala Ali and Ed Skrein, according to Variety. 20th Century Fox hasn't announced a production schedule yet, and it remains to be seen how many major roles are needed to be cast. James Cameron was originally set to direct this adventure for many years, before ceding the director's chair to Robert Rodriguez.
Alita: Battle Angel is set in the 26th century, as the story »
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