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With director Robert Schwentke’s Divergent sequel, Insurgent, opening last weekend, I recently sat down with Theo James for an exclusive interview. He talked about what it was like on the set of the sequel, favorite drinks, how there were a lot of barbecues on set, making London Fields with Johnny Depp, the status of Underworld 5, the fact that they start shooting the next Divergent sequel, Allegiant, in May, and more. In The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the second in what will be a four-film adaptation of author Veronica Roth’s dystopian sci-fi series, the principal characters are on the run in the fringes of society and searching for answers after breaking open the world as they knew it. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Kate Winslet, Daniel Dae Kim, Maggie Q, Ray Stevenson, and Zoe Kravitz. For more on the film, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
I actually thought this project was dead. Our last update on it was 3 years ago, when it was announced that Beyoncé had dropped out of Clint Eastwood's "A Star Is Born" remake, citing a jam-packed schedule; and jazz singer Esperanza Spalding was said to be Eastwood's next choice for the role. Although it was never reported officially that Spalding was ever cast. Warner Bros. had no comment, with the project, at the time, still searching for its male lead, in what had been a casting carousel that included Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise, Christian Bale, Johnny Depp and, most recently, Bradley Cooper, who »
- Tambay A. Obenson
It’s not uncommon for R-rated movies to put out an “unrated” (and therefore sexier and/or bloodier) cut for the home video market. But Mortdecai, unconventional rogue that he is, is going the other direction. Lionsgate is releasing a PG-13 version of the Johnny Depp flop through Digital HD. You know, to reach all those ninth graders who were dying […]
The post Wtf: ‘Mortdecai’ Gets PG-13 Home Video Release appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
While "Fifty Shades of Grey" is getting an unrated cut when it hits home video, two other films are undergoing some modifications in attempts to appeal to a wider audience.
First up, the Johnny Depp-led caper comedy flop "Mortdecai". The film itself will hit DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD services on May 5th in its theatrical R-rated cut. However, Lionsgate is also offering an edited PG-13 version for streaming.
The new rating is for "sexuality including references and innuendo, action/violence and brief strong language" and the press release claims: "And now, even more comedy lovers can experience the hilarity with the uproarious PG-13 cut of the film, Mortdecai PG-13, available exclusively on Digital HD and On Demand."
- Garth Franklin
While we have yet to declare that Johnny Depp's career is in danger — with roles in "Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" and "Alice In Wonderland 2" he'll still be swinging a big blockbuster stick yet — it would seem audiences at least are wary of the actor when he's not Jack Sparrow. Indeed, no one could be bothered to show up for the actor's R-rated caper comedy "Mortdecai" when it opened and subsequently bombed in wide release in January. A movie once dreamed of as a potential franchise, Lionsgate quickly saw those hopes dashed when it barely mustered $7.5 million at the domestic box office (coughing up $30 million total worldwide), so they are hoping to recoup that $60 million budget any way they can. Even if it means cutting the film. Forbes reveals that "Mortdecai" is curiously being offered in a couple of different flavors: the R-rated version »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis looks at this week’s big Blu-ray releases in the Us…
All roads have led to this point, as they say. The final film in both The Hobbit Trilogy and J.R.R. Tolkien adaptations (at least for now), director Peter Jackson bids a fond farewell to Hobbits, Orcs and Wizards alike. Martin Freeman, Ian e, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lily and Orlando Bloom return amongst the stellar cast, as Bilbo and friends face the final battle to save Middle-earth from the deadly Smaug.
You read what Flickering Myth contributor Alfie Nobes made of the final chapter here.
Order The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies On Blu-ray Here
While it failed to make as much of an impact along the awards season over the last few months, Angelina Jolie’s excellent sophomore directorial effort made over $160 million »
- Scott J. Davis
“I was raised to be charming, not sincere.”
When Michael Haffner reviewed Disney’s Into The Woods here at We Are Movie Geeks, he wrote “.….Into The Woods soars when it focuses on the music and character development. The multiple stories occasionally slow down the film, and the fact that some aren’t entirely given a clear resolution speak to how overstuffed it often feels.” (read all of Michael’s review Here).
Unfamiliar with the stage version, I recognized Into The Woods’ flaws but enjoyed it for the most part. It performed well at the Bo but wasn’t well-received by critics last Christmas. Perhaps most disappointed were people waiting for a more typical Disney story with perfect adorable characters expressing themselves through singing. It’s not a movie for the whole family like we all are used to from the studio. I was looking for more from Johnny Depp, »
- Tom Stockman
It’s late afternoon, halfway through a 12-hour-long rehearsal day for Finding Neverland, the musical version of the 2004 Johnny Depp movie about the playwright J.M. Barrie — creator, 111 years ago, of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, which made his career and also inspired the 1953 Disney animated movie, the 1960 stage-to-screen version starring Mary Martin, the peanut-butter brand, the bus company, the solidly mediocre NBC live event starring Allison Williams last year, and Michael Jackson’s ranch (not to mention the so-called syndrome, which describes commitment-phobic arrested development). At the moment, Matthew Morrison, who plays Barrie, is stage right in the 1,505-seat Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, practicing his dance spins. The previews of Finding Neverland are timed almost exactly to the wrap of Morrison’s six-year run as the earnestly encouraging Ohio high-school singing-club coach Will Schuester on Fox’s once-game-changing sing-along dramedy Glee. Morrison has traded his Mr. Schue sweater-vest for an Edwardian »
- Carl Swanson
We at Thn collectively love Keanu Reeves and have been immensely excited about his return this year in John Wick. Although not released in UK cinemas until April, Thn have been lucky enough to have already seen it and we can tell you that it is all kinds of awesome.
John Wick was so brilliant that it has awoken my long-forgotten admiration for Mr Reeves and compelled me to revisit his extensive back catalogue immediately. He might not be known as being the most heavyweight of actors but you have to admit the man knows how to make an entertaining movie, and he’s not bad to look at. Even if everything else about the film is terrible or ridiculously over the top, Keanu is always awesome – Jonnhy Mnemonic and Chain Reaction would be nothing without him.
Every Friday between now and the release of John Wick on 10th April, »
- Kat Smith
The production of the latest Pirates Of The Caribbean movie is currently on the lookout for busty ladies that are willing to portray wenches for the fifth instalment to the franchise. Dead Men Tell No Tales. casting agent, producer and directors are currently witling down the appropriate candidates, before deciding who will star opposite the regularly intoxicated swashbuckler Jack Sparrow (as always, played by Johnny Depp). Charne Louise, an ample breasted Australian, has now been talking to Gold Coast Bulletin about the call-out, and she is hopeful that she will be able to impress the powers be with her assets and then take to the film.s set. Filming on Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales started just last month in Australia and Charne Louise has explained that her agent only had two questions for her when the announcement was made, which were, "Are your boobs real? »
Pharrell Williams has won the Cfda Fashion Icon Award for 2015. The 'Happy' hitmaker has been announced as the recipient of the prestigious accolade and will be honoured with the award when the ceremony takes place on June 1 at Alice Tully Hall in New York. The 41-year-old singer joins last year's winner Rihanna and past honourees Johnny Depp, Lady Gaga, Iman, Kate Moss and Nicole Kidman in receiving the award which is ''given to an individual whose style has made a significant impact on popular culture on an international stage''. Fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg, who is president of the Cfda, said of their decision: ''If cool was a person, it would be Pharrell, not just for his looks and sense of style but for his kindness and openness. I cannot imagine anyone not seduced by him.'' Also in with a chance of being honoured at the event is fashion »
The Broadway version of Finding Neverland is finally taking flight. The new musical, which is based on the 2004 movie starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, began previews Sunday in New York City - and People got an exclusive sneak peek at photos from the show. The Harvey Weinstein-produced adaption of the Peter Pan backstory stars Tony nominees Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer. The Glee actor, 36, stars in the leading role as Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie, while the Frasier alum, 60, plays famed stage producer Charles Frohman. Directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus, the show tells the story of »
- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos
The director of Clerks revealed on Friday that a sequel to his 1995 film is on the way. Speaking with Tucson’s Rock 102 Kfma radio, he spilled the beans on an idea that he was working on that would make sense for a return to this world.
According to Smith, the film is “half scripted right now” so it could be ready to shoot very soon. He added that they were trying to raise funds and planned on filming to start in May 2016. This didn’t include any details on who from the original film would be returning though.
He did elaborate on the idea for Mallrats 2, which was born solely out of a desire to entertain himself, as opposed to every thing he’s ever done. »
- Zach Dennis
On the heels of the premiere of the first footage from Mad Max: Fury Road at the SXSW Film Festival the film has now scored a hard-r rating from the MPAA for "intense sequences of violence throughout, and for disturbing images." That should make fans of the franchise happy as we are now just under two months away from the film's May 15 release. Also in today's bulletin in Fox Searchlight's Sundance acquisition and Oscar hopeful Brooklyn, David Gordon Green's Manglehorn starring Al Pacino, the new Melissa McCarthy comedy Spy (read Mike's review from SXSW right here) and a re-rate of Johnny Depp's Mortdecai, most likely for home video release. You'll also notice an R-rating for a movie called Tooken, which is, as you probably guessed, a Taken parody starring the likes of Donnie Wahlberg, Lukas Haas and Jenny McCarthy. Check out the complete bulletin below. The 100-Year Old »
- Brad Brevet
The picture centers on Brian Nichols, who captivated national attention in 2005 after he escaped from a courthouse jail and murdered four people. His crime spree turned into a hostage situation.
“Captive” stars “Selma’s” David Oyelowo and “House of Cards” alum Kate Mara. It will debut on September 18, 2015, facing off against the sequel to “The Maze Runner,” a Whitey Bulger biopic with Johnny Depp, and “Everest” with Jake Gyllenhaal.
Jerry Jameson (“Last Flight Out”) directs the adaptation of the book “Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero” by Ashley Smith with Stacy Mattingly. The film’s screenplay is by Brian Bird (“Touched by an Angel”).
Bn Films fully financed the picture.
- Brent Lang
Kevin Smith is headed back to the mall. The director confirmed to radio show Rock102 Mornings with Shmony & Carolina that's he currently working on a sequel to his 1995 hit Mallrats. "Yeah, that's what we're working on," Smith said in response to rumors of the sequel. "It's half a script right now, and we're pulling our loot together. We've got up until the beginning of 2016. By the time we get to May 2016, we’re going to be shooting." Smith is currently working on a third Clerks film, as well as a hockey comedy called Hit Somebody and a horror film entitled Moose Jaws. »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
“Cinderella” enchanted audiences this weekend, racking up a royal $70.1 million to lead the domestic box office and $132 million globally.
The adaptation of the fairy tale follows Walt Disney Studios’ strategy of raiding its animated favorites for live action blockbusters — an approach that led to such prior successes as “Maleficent” and “Alice in Wonderland,” and one the studio plans to employ on “Dumbo” and “Beauty and the Beast.”
“Cinderella’s” popularity left Liam Neeson’s latest action-adventure, “Run All Night,” huffing and puffing at the finish line. The Warner Bros. release pulled in a lackluster $11 million from 3,171 theaters, lower than pre-release tracking which suggested a debut in the $15 million range. The audience was 52% female and 86% over the age of 25.
It’s possible that Neeson, who was recently seen making short work of European bad guys in January’s “Taken 3,” has simply been brandishing the gun a bit too much of late. »
- Brent Lang
This week in 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Things are moving forward for “Fifty Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson’s next book-to-screen project. Her film adaptation of 2013 novel “Forever, Interrupted” has found a screenwriter in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” scribe Tricia McAlpin. Plus: Alex Trebek and Vanna White aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, Johnny Depp was injured on the set of the fifth "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie (are they really on #5 already?!), Josh Gad a.k.a. Olaf has signed on to another Disney movie, Fox’s “Luther” reboot has stalled now that they've realized Idris Elba is irreplaceable, summer premieres are set for Fox and May finales are set for the CW, Muse unveiled some new music, and more. »
- Emily Rome
Disney's Into the Woods adds a musical twist to the well-traveled universe of classic fairy tales. Chicago director Rob Marshall helms this tale of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel discovering their fates will all cross paths with a baker and his wife.
Into the Woods stars Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski and Johnny Depp, and is set to make its Blu-ray, DVD and Digital debut on March 24. Thanks to the awesome folks at Disney we are going to award one lucky reader a Disney Movies Anywhere code for Into the Woods that will grant access to watch the film online on either a computer or mobile device.
For a chance to win the Into the Woods Disney Movies Anywhere digital code, please fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning »
After a few slow weeks at the box office, there should once again be some positive news this weekend.While Disney's Cinderella may not quite match Oz The Great and Powerful*which opened to $79 million around this same time two years ago*it is still shaping up to be a huge hit. A debut north of $60 million seems very realistic.Meanwhile, Liam Neeson's Run All Night also opens nationwide this Friday. Don't expect this to wind up on par with past Neeson efforts, though: a result on par with last Fall's A Walk Among the Tombstones wouldn't be surprising.Opening at 3,845 locations, Cinderella is the latest in Disney's recent spell of live-action fantasy movies. The first was Alice in Wonderland (2010), which remarkably earned over $1 billion worldwide. The next installment wasn't quite as successful: Oz the Great and Powerful took in a mighty $234 million domestically, but a comparatively modest $258 million overseas. »
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