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"You want some advice, Baker? Go back home to the beach, man, come back when you've lived a little..." IFC Films has debuted a trailer for the indie film Born to Be Blue, which stars Ethan Hawke as jazz legend Chat Baker. The film premiered at Tiff but never got any real buzz - this is the first time I've even heard about it. It's supposedly a creative blend of "fact with fiction" that "unfolds with all the stylistic brio and improvisatory genius of great jazz." The cast includes Carmen Ejogo and Callum Keith Rennie. This really looks quite awful, even worse than musician film I Saw the Light, and that got abysmal reviews at Tiff as well. If you want to see a good film about a jazz legend, stick with Miles Ahead for now. Take look. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Robert Budreau's Born to Be Blue, »
- Alex Billington
Fans of jazz, or simply great musicians, will have something to celebrate this spring. Not only does Don Cheadle‘s Miles Davis biopic (although it’s more of a buddy comedy) Miles Ahead arrive in April, but a week prior we get Born to Be Blue, a biopic of jazz icon Chet Baker.
Played by Ethan Hawke and written and directed by Robert Budreau, the film premiered back at Toronto International Film Festival last fall and now we have the first trailer. Not detailing his whole life, it picks up his story late in his career in the late 1960’s where he attempts to mount a comeback.. Check out the trailer and poster below for the film also starring Carmen Ejogo and Callum Keith Rennie.
- Jordan Raup
Absurdity turns quickly to boredom in Alejandro Amenábar’s Regression, the latest picture unceremoniously dumped by The Weinstein Company to your local multiplex with excess capacity. Set in a 1990 rural Minnesota, the story follows the adventures of Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) as he investigates a local “outbreak” of demonic possession that comes across his desk. Enlisting Professor David Rains (David Thewlis), they go on a wild adventure that eventually finds them briefly in Pittsburgh chasing a cult and a dark family secret that, at first glance, is less than what it might have been. Who would have thought a small town police department had those kinds of resources?
Amenábar gets the atmosphere right even if there’s not much lurking in the shadows, all while Hawke does his best to keep a straight face. At the heart of the film is a strong performance by Emma Watson as Angela, »
- John Fink
Lionsgate UK have announced that they have scooped up the UK rights to Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets from writer/director Luc Besson. The film – which stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne, along with Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock and Kris Wu – started principal photography in Paris on January 6th 2016.
Besson based his screenplay on the French science fiction comic series “Valerian and Laureline” created by artist Jean-Claude Mézières and writer Pierre Christin, which tells the story of Valerian and Laureline, special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe.
We are thrilled to add such a unique and exciting project to our 2017 slate. Luc is a one-of-a-kind filmmaker and has a visionary way to bring stories to life, so we can’t wait to see how he brings Valerian to life for cinemagoers. »
- Phil Wheat
Following The Purge, which terrorized Ethan Hawke and his family at their suburban home, and The Purge: Anarchy, which followed Frank Grillo as he sought his own sort of vengeance in the city, The Purge: Election Year finds Mr. Grillo evidently employed as a bodyguard for politician Elizabeth Mitchell, who is sufficiently daring to suggest that the U.S. legislation known as "the purge" should be repealed. James DeMonaco returns as writer/director. The first trailer for the new film suggests it will very much be in the fashion of the two previous installments; though they were more social dramas than horror thrillers, as advertised, both had their moments. And the new movie may be just what we need in the middle of a very long political year.You...
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Trying to predict what will turn into a horror franchise is a fool's errand, and no one could've guessed that three years ago, Universal's $3-million cheapie "The Purge" would've turned into a nearly $90-million worldwide hit. A year later, "The Purge: Anarchy" did even better, with $111 million globally. And now, the studio is hoping audiences are up for a third with "The Purge: Election Year." Read More: Review: 'The Purge' Starring Ethan Hawke & Lena Headey That's quite the title for the movie, which finds Frank Grillo back in action in a story that finds a United States Senator campaigning to end The Purge once and for all. As you might guess, there are some folks who aren't too happy about that. Here's the official synopsis: Expanding the universe introduced in the hit franchise that electrified the culture and earned $200 million at the worldwide box office, Universal Pictures’ The Purge »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Principal photography began in January on the film, which is based on French comic series Valerian And Laureline.
The story centres on Valerian (DeHaan) and Laureline (Delevingne), special operatives for the government who are charged with maintaining order throughout the universe.
Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets is scheduled for a release in 2017. »
Berlin — Lionsgate U.K. has taken U.K. rights to “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” which Luc Besson has written and is directing. The film stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne, and started principal photography in Paris on Jan. 6.
Besson based his screenplay on the French science-fiction comic series “Valerian and Laureline,” created by artist Jean-Claude Mezieres and writer Pierre Christin. Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock and Kris Wu also star in the film.
- Leo Barraclough
Lionsgate UK has swooped on Luc Besson's big-budget sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets for the U.K. market. First announced in Cannes last year, the $180 million film is based on the comic series created by artist Jean-Claude Mezieres and writer Pierre Christin and stars Dane Dehaan as a time-traveling cop with Cara Delevingne as his companion. The eclectic cast also includes Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock and Kris Wu. Likened to Besson's 1997 hit The Fifth Element, Valerian started production in Paris in January. "We are thrilled to
- Alex Ritman
With just a little over a month to go before the 2016 South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival, organizers have put the final touches on its impressive slate by announcing the remaining programs that will round out its 23rd edition, including Midnighters, Festival Favorites, Shorts Programs and Special Events. The 10 genre movies playing the Midnighters section join the 13 Festival Favorites, 5 Special Events and additional feature titles as part of the 139 total features screening at SXSW Film 2016. Read More: Ethan Hawke, Jake Gyllenhaal and More Headline 2016 SXSW Features Lineup "Deep and dark character studies, crazy Japanese Manga come to life, daddy-issues, handicaps, survival, revenge and even a little remastering are all on display this year," said SXSW Producer & Senior Programmer Jarod Neece in an official statement. "You’ll hear from veteran directors and producers perfecting their craft to filmmakers that are about to burst »
- Zack Sharf
Twenty years ago this week - Feb. 9, 1996 - the romcom-dramedy Beautiful Girls first opened in theaters. The film centers around Willie (Timothy Hutton), who returns home for his high school reunion in a small Massachusetts town. It's funny, it's heartwarming, and it features one of the better ensemble casts of the 1990s. In honor of the film's 20th anniversary, we're pulling out the yearbook and looking up the film's cast to what they've been up to over the past 20 years. Timothy HuttonHutton won Best Supporting Actor in 1981 for Ordinary People when he was only 20. To this day he's the youngest-ever »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
Israeli actress Odeya Rush, who starred in both “Goosebumps” and “The Giver,” has signed with management company Mgmt Entertainment, TheWrap has learned. She joins an impressive crop of talent at Mgmt, which also represents Melissa McCarthy, Michael B. Jordan, Keira Knightley, Ethan Hawke and Aubrey Plaza, among many others. Rush landed on Hollywood’s radar after she secured a role in Disney’s family film “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” which led to a supporting turn in Jim Mickle‘s cannibal movie “We Are What We Are.” Also Read: 'Goosebumps' Author R.L. Stine on Movie Cameo, Stephen King »
- Jeff Sneider
The hit animated sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 ended the first month of 2016 on a high note at the box office, taking in $48 million in its opening weekend. In the first frame of February, this adventure will face three new movies, Universal's Hail, Caesar!, Sony's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Lionsgate's The Choice. As expected, none of these new releases could beat Kung Fu Panda 3, which won for a second weekend in a row with an estimated $21 million.
The animated sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 currently has a solid 80% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and it opened in 3,955 theaters, which will still make it the widest release in theaters this weekend, by a long-shot. Kung Fu Panda 3 marks the return of one of the most successful animated franchises in the world, with its biggest comedy adventure yet. When Po's (Jack Black) long-lost panda father (Bryan Cranston) suddenly reappears, »
Kung Fu Panda 3 topped Super Bowl weekend, finishing #1 for a second weekend in a row while the weekend's three newcomers didn't exactly inspire upon release. The Coens' Hail, Caesar! performed as expected, though that isn't saying much, while The Choice ended up topping Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which couldn't even reach $6 million. Meanwhile, the big winner of the weekend is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which crossed $900 million domestically and became only the third film to ever make over $2 billion worldwide. With an estimated $21 million, Kung Fu Panda 3 took home the #1 position for a second weekend in a row. The 49% drop is a bit steeper than expected, but could also have to do with some hesitation with predicting too high a Sunday gross. Nevertheless, with no serious competition arriving until Zootopia on March 4, this one still has a lot of time to rake in a few dollars. »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Last week it was announced that CBS has placed a pilot order for a TV series based upon the 2001 crime thriller Training Day, which would take place in the present day and revolve around a new rookie cop and their veteran partner.
Well, it seems that Ethan Hawke may be set for a return to the role of Jake Hoyt, with Deadline reporting that the actor has been approached about appearing in the series in a supporting/recurring role, and talks are said to be ongoing.
The Training Day series has been developed by director Antoine Fuqua and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, with Will Beall (Gangster Squad) writing the script, and “centers on an idealistic young African-American police officer, Kyle, who is given an assignment by the Deputy Chief to go undercover with an elite squad of the Lapd and take down a morally ambiguous Caucasian detective, gaining the trust of »
- Gary Collinson
Hollywood fumbled the ball during a quiet Super Bowl weekend at the multiplexes as new releases such as “Hail, Caesar!” and “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” failed to make much noise.
For the second weekend in a row, DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 3” easily topped box office charts. The animated sequel added $21 million to its $69 million domestic haul. The film is playing particularly well in China, where it is being distributed by Oriental DreamWorks, a $330-million East-West joint venture. It crossed the $100 million mark in the People’s Republic this weekend after opening day-and-date in the U.S. and China on Jan. 29.
Universal’s “Hail, Caesar!,” a sendup of the Hollywood studio system from the Coen brothers, fared best among the new entrants, though that’s grading on a generous curve. It picked up a mediocre $11.4 million for a second place finish. A C-minus CinemaScore could spell trouble for the film’s long-term prospects, »
- Brent Lang
Consider yourself warned: Regression is not a horror movie. Despite the involvement of writer-director Alejandro Amenábar, best known for ghost story The Others, and a marketing campaign that has focused on the Satanic cults and human sacrifices wrapped up in the film’s messy premise, Regression is actually a finger-patronizing parable about the dangers of hypnosis and hysteria – and a largely intolerable one at that.
It all starts out promisingly enough, with committed Minnesota detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigating the bizarre case of Angela Gray (Emma Watson), a 17-year-old girl who fled her family for the safety of a nearby church after saying she was ritualistically raped and scarred. It doesn’t take long for her father (David Dencik) to admit to molesting her – not because he remembers doing so, but because he is convinced Angela would never lie.
In an attempt to draw out his repressed memories, Kenner »
- Isaac Feldberg
Ethan Hawke has signed up for the Brian Smrz-directed thriller "24 Hours to Live" which goes on sale shortly at the upcoming European Film Market. The story follows an assassin given another shot at life after being revived by his employer.
The casting comes as CBS is reportedly seeking Hawke to reprise his role of Jake Hoyt from 2001 cop drama "Training Day" in the upcoming TV series based on the property says Deadline.
The new show will follow a now corrupt older white cop taking a young black detective under his wing, a reverse of the original film's setup. At least two versions of the pilot script existed, the one that got greenlit has Hoyt in support as the Deputy Chief.
- Garth Franklin
17 years after the original Cruel Intentions debuted on the big screen, the story will continue with a new NBC series. The network recently gave a green light for the Cruel Intentions pilot episode, and now Deadline reports that the network is eyeing one of the original movie's stars, Sarah Michelle Gellar, to return. No offer is on the table yet, but the actress has been approached by the network, although it's unclear if she will come back.
The original Cruel Intentions movie, based on the novel of the same name by Choderlos de Laclos, centered on Sarah Michelle Gellar's Kathryn Merteuil, who seeks revenge after being dumped by her beau Court Reynolds (Charlie O'Connell) for the innocent Cecile (Selma Blair). Kathryn challenges her step-brother Sebastian Valmont (Ryan Phillippe) to seduce Cecile, while, at the same time, they have an ongoing bet about whether or not Sebastian can seduce Annette »
Storyscape Entertainment’s Bob Cooper and Richard Saperstein have partnered with Robert Kravis and Karl Herrmann of Pioneer Pictures on “Champion,” an action-thriller in the world of Thai prison fighting.
Gary Scott Thompson, whose credits include the original “The Fast and the Furious,” “Hollow Man” and NBC’s “Las Vegas,” wrote the original screenplay. The story, based on real events, explores a centuries-old tradition within Thailand’s prison system where inmates compete in state-sanctioned Muay Thai tournaments to win early release.
“Champion” follows the journey of an American who is locked up overseas and must learn Muay Thai in order to fight for his freedom.
Storyscape Entertainment has a first-look feature deal with Broad Green Pictures. The company is also developing “FBI Wedding” at Universal with Jason Bateman starring and directing, and “The War Magician »
- Dave McNary
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