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Mena centres on the international exploits of Barry Seal, a hustler and pilot whom the CIA recruited to run one of the biggest covert operations in Us history.
Cross Creek Pictures finances Mena with Christopher Woodrow’s new Vendian Entertainment on board as co-financier and executive producer alongside Greek ship owner Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis’ Hercules Film Fund and Terry Douglas’ Rhea Films.
Universal has set a January 6 2017 release.
Warner Bros has set Keanu for April 22 2016 and Going In Style for May 6 2016. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Originally a 2014 Black List spec script by Gary Spinelli, Liman's reconnaissance thriller is based on the outrageous and real exploits of hustler and pilot Barry Seal, a CIA recruit tasked with bringing down a burgeoning communist threat in Central America. This covert operation spawned the Medellin cartel and nearly brought down the Reagan White House during the days of the Iran Contra scandal. Seal was eventually gunned down in Baton Rouge. "Mena" has now begun filming in Georgia, where star Tom Cruise will be joined by a hot cast including Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, Jesse Plemons, E. Roger Mitchell Caleb Landry Jones and Lola Kirke. Cross Creek Pictures will fully finance Mena. The film is produced by Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson, alongside Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer and Kim Roth, and Quadrant Pictures’ Doug Davison. "Mena" will film through July in counties throughout Georgia including Cherokee, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Doug Liman is now busy cranking his cameras on Tom Cruise-starring drug drama Mena and he’s been boosting the ensemble. Jesse Plemons, Caleb Landry Jones and Benito Martinez have all jumped aboard the film.The title refers to Mena, Arkansas, the site of much of the action in the extraordinary life of Barry Seal, the focus of the film. Seal (Cruise) was a pilot for Twa in the 1970s that lost his job when he was caught flying plastic explosives from Miami to Mexico for an anti-Castro group. He subsequently went solo as an aviation consultant, and began a lucrative second career smuggling cannabis and cocaine between South and North America, eventually getting entangled with the notorious Colombian Medellin Cartel. When he was caught, he made deals with the CIA and DEA to continue his activities as an informant and spy. His adventures saw him encounter infamous names »
Universal Pictures announced today that principal photography is underway in Georgia on director Doug Liman’s “international escapade” Mena. The film reunites Liman with his Edge of Tomorrow star Tom Cruise as it tells the true story of Barry Seal, a hustler and pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history. Liman had this to say about his interest in the source material: “I love stories of improbable heroes working against the system, and Barry Seal took the government, and our country, for an unbelievable ride. Interpreting his story has the makings for an entertaining film that is equal parts satire, suspense and comedy—and always surprising.” [caption id="attachment_217084" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Paramount Pictures[/caption] Gary Spinelli penned the initial draft of the script, but Universal’s press release does not have final screenwriting credits. Liman is known for finding his way as he goes throughout production, »
- Adam Chitwood
Cruise is portraying Barry Seal, a hustler and Twa pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history — one that spawned the birth of the Medellin cartel and eventually almost brought down the Reagan White House through the Iran Contra scandal.
“I love stories of improbable heroes working against the system, and Barry Seal took the government, and our country, for an unbelievable ride,” said Liman. “Interpreting his story has the makings for an entertaining film that is equal parts satire, suspense and comedy — and always surprising.”
Variety reported last month that Domhnall Gleeson (“Unbroken”) had been cast opposite Cruise and Sarah Wright in “Mena.” E. Roger Mitchell (“Selma”), Lola Kirke and Alejandro Edda have also joined the cast. »
- Dave McNary
The forthcoming drama also examines Fischer's troubled personal life as he began to slip into anti-us fervour and anti-Semitism that would dominate his later years.
Pawn Sacrifice opens on September 18 in the Us. »
Mena, the team-up between Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman that Deadline broke back in January, now has a full flight plan and a January 6, 2017, release date. Universal Pictures has confirmed that Cruise is reteaming with his Edge Of Tomorrow helmer (a most underrated film) for the true and truly outrageous exploits of Barry Seal, a hustler and pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history. Given Cruise’s penchant… »
A couple of key release date announcements have been made today. First up, the Tom Cruise-led and Doug Liman-directed "Mena" has just begun shooting in Georgia and has been scheduled for a January 6th 2017 release.
Domhnall Gleeson, Jesse Plemons, Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Wright, Jayma Mays, E. Roger Mitchell, Lola Kirke, Alejandro Edda and Benito Martinez have joined the cast of the film which follows a hustler and Twa pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history which ultimately spawned the Medellin cartel.
Next up, Warner Bros. Pictures has set an April 22nd 2016 release date for comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele's pet kidnap comedy "Keanu," followed by a May 6th 2016 release for the Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman-led remake of 1979's heist-themed comedy "Going In Style".
Finally, The Weinstein Company have settled on a December »
- Garth Franklin
"The Silence of the Lambs" This is definitely my favorite Best Picture-winning horror movie featuring Chris Isaak in a supporting role. Let's just think about the glamor of 1991 for a minute: "Point Break" occurred. Kate Nelligan was in whatever movie she wanted. CeCe Peniston was a reigning pop star, which is important because her last name has "penis" in it. And "Silence of the Lambs" was an ominous and unconventional movie that everyone agreed was fantastic. Anthony Hopkins is in "Silence of the Lambs" for less than 20 minutes but his performance lingers far after the credits roll. Jodie Foster is charismatic and august as Clarice Starling, who is no mood for fava beans by the time the movie is over. "Rain Man" I keep pretending I'm incapable of enjoying Tom Cruise in movies anymore, yet "Rain Man" is about as timeless and likable as a 1988 drama is allowed to be. »
- Louis Virtel
Brad Bird got his start in animation (he directed both The Iron Giant and The Incredibles), so it would be totally appropriate for him to include animation in his live-action work. Unfortunately, we never got to see a cartoon Tom Cruise running around in a special sequence of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. And also unfortunately, we won't get to see the animated sequence produced for his latest, Tomorrowland, as part of the movie. But we do at least get to see it online. Check it out below. This little animated short, created by the folks at Pixar, functions as a backstory prequel laying out some alternate history informing the plot of the feature, which is inspired by the same-named section of Disney's theme parks. Here we learn that Jules Verne, Thomas...
- Christopher Campbell
Generally, there's been a wait of at least three or four years between Mission: Impossible films. This summer's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, the fifth in the series, follows that last adventure by just under four (although that's in part down to Paramount shifting it forward nearly five months). And that's sprightly by the standards of the series thus far.
However, it may be that Mission: Impossible 6 follows even sooner.
It's being reported that Paramount Pictures is already working with Bad Robot and Skydance Productions on Mission: Impossible 6, which would presumably once again see Tom Cruise take on the role of Ethan Hunt.
Cruise is certainly set to produce again, alongside Jj Abrams, David Ellison and Dana Goldberg. Elizabeth Raposo, reports The Tracking Board, has been appointed to oversee the development of whatever Mission: Impossible 6 ends up being called. »
Brad Bird got his start in animation (he directed both The Iron Giant and The Incredibles), so it would be totally appropriate for him to include animation in his live-action work. Unfortunately, we never got to see a cartoon Tom Cruise running around in a special sequence of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. And also unfortunately, we won't get to see the animated sequence produced for his latest, Tomorrowland, as part of the movie. But we do at...
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[As in years past, this week, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned. I'm also probably gonna ignore that I have a fancy new six-tuner DVR that means that I really don't have to make choices anymore. This will assume that I make choices for my own sanity.] Monday Nights 8:00 p.m. ABC: "Dancing with the Stars" CBS: "Big Bang Theory"/"Life in Pieces" (through October) and "Supergirl" The CW: "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" Fox: "Gotham" NBC: "The Voice" 9:00 p.m. ABC: "Dancing with the Stars" CBS: "Scorpion" The CW: "Jane the Virgin" Fox: "Minority Report" NBC: "The Voice" 10:00 p.m. ABC: "Castle" CBS: "NCIS: Los Angeles" NBC: "Blindspot" What's Changed: The night's biggest change is conceptual, since you may not be a regular "2 Broke Girls" or "Mike & Molly" viewer, but this is the first time since 1949 that CBS has had a comedy-free Monday. Or at least it will be once Thursday Night Football ends and CBS isn't airing "Big Bang Theory" and "Life in Pieces" here. Will "Supergirl" prove to be a family friendly blockbuster return to the comic book world for CBS? We'll see. After "State of Affairs" failed post-"The Voice" and "Night Shift »
- Daniel Fienberg
“Tomorrowland’s” middling debut points to a nagging problem in Hollywood. As much as people claim they love fresh and unique movies, they’re more likely to shell out money for sequels and reboots.
Despite the combined star power of George Clooney and “The Incredibles” director Brad Bird, audiences weren’t sure what to make of this fantasy adventure. The film opened to $41.7 million, and with a production budget of $180 million, plus millions more in promotion and distribution expenses, “Tomorrowland” looks like a money loser for Disney.
“‘Tomorrowland’ is an original movie and that’s more of a challenge in this marketplace,” said Dave Hollis, Disney’s distribution chief. “We feel it’s incredibly important for us as a company and as an industry to keep telling original stories.”
Hollis is right that if Hollywood wants to replenish the franchise cupboard it will need to continue signing big checks in »
- Brent Lang
Franchise fatigue? Not for Ethan Hunt. Despite the fact Rogue Nation isn’t due to hit theaters until July 31 – bumped from its initial Christmas release – Paramount is allegedly pushing ahead with Mission: Impossible 6.
That’s according to Tracking Board, who published a report stating that the studio is already drafting up ideas for another installment in the spy series, likely bringing back the likes of Tom Cruise et al. for another globe-trotting mission. TB continues to note that Cruise will once again produce the as-yet-unconfirmed sequel, reuniting with David Ellison and Dana Goldberg of Skydance Productions.
Mind you, it’s worth taking this tidbit with a grain of salt – and even holding that for a closer inspection, too – considering that Tracking Board doesn’t divulge much in terms of concrete details. Nevertheless, ever since Brad Bird’s Ghost Protocol, Mission: Impossible as a franchise has been on the up and up, »
- Michael Briers
The wait between Mission: Impossible II and III was roughly six years. It took around five years for Ghost Protocol to come after the last installment. Now, less than four years after Brad Bird's film does Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation come to the screen. In descending fashion, though, it looks like the wait between July 31's new movie and Mission: Impossible VI will be even shorter, as plans to make the Tom Cruise sequel apparently are already happening. No confirmation has come from the studio yet, and none of the stars are attached if this is true, but The Tracking Board has the exclusive on the sequel news. J.J. Abrams, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Cruise would all return to produce, as they did for the last three installments, with Don Granger and Matt Grimm attached as executive producers and Elizabeth Raposo to oversee development. Additionally, it's expected »
- Will Ashton
This week, Neil Calloway takes a dim view of Simon Pegg’s comments on the film industry…
This week Simon Pegg cited the French philosopher Jean Baudrillard in an attempt to clarify comments made in an earlier interview about the infantilization of film. Pegg said this “as a society, we are kept in a state of arrested development by dominant forces in order to keep us more pliant. We are made passionate about the things that occupied us as children as a means of drawing our attentions away from the things we really should be invested in, inequality, corruption, economic injustice etc.”
Not only does it sound like slightly like the crazed, paranoid ramblings of a minor character from Spaced, it’s also not true; media moguls do not sit in smoke filled rooms with politicians trying to work out how to distract from famine and pestilence; they make money »
- Neil Calloway
The fifth installment of Mission: Impossible hasn.t even hit theaters, but it looks like the next film in the series is already under way. With the continuing success in the franchise it comes as no surprise that Tom Cruise will be taking on yet another impossible mission, but with more than two months left until Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation hits theaters, it is quite the quick turnaround. Obviously details are very limited at this moment, as word rolls in that tentatively titled Mission: Impossible 6 is only recently underway. The Tracking Board first broke the news that the franchise has apparently already set a new film in motion with Tom Cruise back to reprise his role as Ethan Hunt. The publication also noted that Cruise is returning to produce along with David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and J.J. Abrams. Don Granger and Matt Grimm are set as executive producers »
According to The Tracking Board, Paramount, Bad Robot and Skydance Productions are already in early development on Mission: Impossible 6, which will see Cruise returning to produce alongside DaviD Ellison, Dana Golberg and J.J. Abrams.
See Also: Watch the trailer for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
The site reports that “none of the cast members are officially set, but the team ensemble is expected to return, having been on board for the first two installments of the somewhat rebooted new trilogy.”
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is set for release on July 31st, with Christopher McQuarrie directing Cruise alongside fellow franchise veterans Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames and new additions Rebecca Ferguson (Hercules), Sean Harris (Prometheus) and Alec Baldwin »
- Gary Collinson
Considering the high-octane action sequel Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, which stars superstar Tom Cruise (Edge Of Tomorrow) alongside an ensemble cast that includes Jeremy Renner (Avengers: Age Of Ultron), Simon Pegg (Star Trek), Ving Rhames (Mission: Impossible), Rebecca Ferguson (Hercules), and Alec Baldwin (The Departed), hasn't even opened yet, this new report may be a tad premature, but according to The Tracking Board, Paramount may already be in the early stages of developing Mission: Impossible 6, which is expected to round out the new trilogy that started with Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. Cruise, J.J. Abrams, David Ellison, and Dana Goldberg are all back on as producers for the sixth film with Don Granger and Matt Grimm serving as executive producers and Elizabeth Raposo overseeing development. It's too early to say which cast members will be back, but the report claims that the full ensemble is expected to return, which »
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