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The mind-bending war thriller Man Down heads home on Digital HD on February 21 and Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD and On Demand on March 7 from Lionsgate. Shia Labeouf stars as a former U.S. Marine who returns home from Afghanistan to a completely different world, and sets out on a mission to find his estranged wife and son. Nominated for Best Film at the 2015 Venice Film Festival, this psychological suspense-thriller features stellar performances from Jai Courtney, Academy Award®nominee Gary Oldman (Best Leading Actor, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, 2011), Emmy® nominee Kate Mara (Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, Netflix’s “House of Cards,” 2014) and Emmy® nominee Clifton Collins Jr. (Outstanding Supporting Actor, Thief, 2006). The Man Down Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
When U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer (Shia Labeouf) returns home from his tour in Afghanistan, he finds that the »
- Tom Stockman
Photo courtesy of Stx Entertainment. Motion Picture Artwork © 2017 Stx Financing, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Photo Credit Ð Nicola Dove
For historical film buffs, 2017 is turning out to feature a treasure trove of WWII films focused on the arduous battle Great Britain faced during the war.
Christopher Nolan’s action thriller Dunkirk is due in theaters July 21, 2017, while Focus Features will release director Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, on November 24th, 2017.
With London emptied of its men now fighting at the Front, Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) is hired by the British Ministry of Information as a “slop” scriptwriter charged with bringing “a woman’s touch” to morale-boosting propaganda films. Her natural flair quickly gets her noticed by dashing movie producer Buckley (Sam Claflin) whose »
- Michelle McCue
Chinese conglomerate Recon Holding has signed an agreement to acquire a 51% stake in indie production powerhouse Millennium Films for $100 million (RMB688m).
Listed in Shenzhen, the company is owned by Recon Group, headed by Tony Jiantong Xia, which also owns Aston Villa Football Club. Xia will serve as chairman of Millennium Films, with the company’s founders Avi Lerner and Trevor Short as CEO and COO respectively.
The deal, which includes Millennium’s nearly 300-title film library, also gives Recon Holding the option to acquire the remaining 49% shareholding in the company in the future.
The second and third installments in The Expendables series were co-financed by China’s Le Vision »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
The announcement was made Thursday, nine days after reports had emerged that a deal was in the works.
Recon Holding is controlled by Recon Group, a multinational conglomerate which owns the Aston Villa Football Club and is led by Tony Jiantong Xia. It said that the deal should close in the second quarter.
Millennium is an action specialist with its key properties being the Sylvester Stallone franchises “The Expendables” and “Rambo” along with the films “Olympus Has Fallen” and “London Has Fallen.” Millennium has generated over $1.2 billion in worldwide box office revenues since 2011.
The company’s upcoming film slate includes “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L, Jackson; “Escobar,” starring Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz; and “Hunter Killer,” starring Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman. »
- Dave McNary
See Also: Watch the trailer for Man Down here
In a savage post-apocalyptic America, U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer (Shia Labeouf, Fury), searches desperately for the whereabouts of his estranged son, Jonathan and wife, Natalie (Kate Mara, The Martian). Accompanied by his best friend Devin (Jai Courtney, Suicide Squad), a hardnosed marine whose natural instinct is to shoot first and ask questions later, the two intercept a survivor who carries vital information about the whereabouts of Gabriel’s family. As we revisit Garbriel’s traumatic past through a debrief with military counsellor Peyton (Gary Oldman, The Dark Knight), we are guided in unraveling the puzzle of his life and the origin of this war torn America.
Man Down is set »
- Gary Collinson
Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson play star-crossed lovers in The Space Between Us, a sci-fi romance which, shockingly, is not an adaptation of a novel by Nicholas Sparks or Stephenie Meyer. It's still full of the sort of contrivances that usually get explained away by some well-read fan as being faithful to the source material, but it comes from an original screenplay. However, when you realise that the screenplay was written by Allan Loeb, author of last year's feel-bad turkey Collateral Beauty, you might start to understand why it's utter nonsense.
In the not-too-distant future, 16-year-old Gardner Elliot (Butterfield) is the first human born on Mars. Raised by scientists and kept secret from the people of Earth by aerospace CEO Nathaniel Shepard (Gary Oldman), Gardner rails against his sheltered life and longs to »
The deal is understood to be in the region of $10m, making it one of the biggest deals of the Efm.
The deal, understood to be in the region of $10m, sees Hishow take all Chinese rights to the two titles.
Previous Nu Image/Millennium Films titles such as The Mechanic, The Expendables franchise and London Has Fallen have all been decent hits at the China box office. The second and third installments in the Expendables series were co-financed by China’s Le Vision Pictures.
Directed by Donovan Marsh from a screenplay by Peter Craig, Hunter Killer stars Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman in the story of an American submarine captain who teams with Us Navy Seals to rescue the Russian president.
Spanish filmmaker »
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China’s Hishow Entertainment has boarded a pair of upcoming movies from Nu Image/Millennium Films: “Hunter Killer” and “Escobar.” The deal is one of the biggest completed so far at the European Film Market, alongside the Berlin Film Festival, and also one of the biggest by a Chinese indie in recent months.
The Chinese distributor-investor has paid more than $10 million to buy into the two films. In both cases it is co-financing the movies and acquiring distribution rights for China. Nu Image/Millennium produces the “Expendables” series, which also has Chinese co-producers.
Directed by Donovan Marsh, “Hunter Killer” features Gerard Butler as an untested American captain who teams with Navy Seals for a mission to rescue the Russian president. Butler has significant name-recognition in China after the success there of “London Has Fallen.” Gary Oldman and Billy Bob Thornton also star in the action thriller, which was previously »
- Patrick Frater
The Oscars celebrating the best of 1991 was a little more business as usual when compared to the stellar line-up of a year like the 1976 nominations. We had some good films, but not many that would go on to be iconic. The winner for Best Picture at this ceremony was The Silence of the Lambs, a win that I love because it demonstrated that even horror films could be Oscar worthy – and don’t go saying it’s a thriller, it’s a horror film. End of story.
However, while I love The Silence of the Lambs and the actors were more than deserving of their statuettes, I still feel that it wasn’t deserving of the top award.
- Graeme Robertson
This tale of interplanetary young love falls apart upon take-off with a storyline that offers no surprises and fetishises its protagonist’s debilitating illness
Here is a love story that quickly turns into an insufferable display of sucrose interplanetary Ya ickiness with the most guessable final twist of all time. It features a near-future space travel plot with an awful lot of corporate promotional branding from Nasa – like Ridley Scott’s The Martian but without that movie’s occasional sense of humour. There’s a persistent emo-fetishisation of illness, in the person of a teen visitor from Mars and his romantic infirmity. But it’s not so much The Man Who Fell to Earth as The Fault in Our Stars. Asa Butterfield steps up to his first adult lead as Gardner, whose astronaut mom died giving birth to him 16 years ago, en route to Mars. Since then, he’s been »
- Peter Bradshaw
Author: Stefan Pape
Within the first 10 minutes of Peter Chelsom’s ambitious romantic sci-fi The Space Between Us, we learn that a small collective of astronauts are relocating to Mars to begin a new life for mankind. Then we find out the captain of the aircraft is pregnant. Then she has a baby, on Mars, and then she dies. This complex series of events is overwhelming, and happens before we’ve even had time to settle into our seats, and sadly, it’s a sign of things to come, as a convoluted endeavour that vies to fit far too much in to its already protracted running time.
Fast forward 16 years and the baby that was born is now a curious teenager called Gardner (Asa Butterfield), who has been denied a trip to Earth his entire life for his bones are too brittle to last the seven month journey. His birth »
- Stefan Pape
With so many reboots and sequels happening in Hollywood, there is a lot of desire for some original, or at least non-franchise related movies. Sony is going to provide sci-fi fans with something original next month in the form of Life, which features Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds dealing with a deadly new form of life discovered on Mars. Now, Sony has released a brand new, full-length trailer for Life that gives us a much better idea of what to expect from the new sci-fi thriller.
Sony Pictures uploaded the brand new trailer online, which gives us our best look at Life yet. The studio is also airing a couple of Super Bowl spots for the movie, which have also been released online already. This new trailer expands on what we saw in the first teaser and looks to be a serious homage to Ridley Scott's original Alien. In the video, »
Space – the final Ya-romance frontier. Having already used vampirism, lycanthropy, terminal diseases, time travel, dystopic futures and a televised to-the-death competition as obstacles to young love, the genre would seem to have nowhere left to go – at which point the makers of this sci-fi tearjerker looked to the cosmos and thought, "A-ha!" The fault is not in our stars, people. The fault is our stars.
Ryan Reynolds got a big boost to his career last year with Deadpool, and while we have to wait a while for Deadpool 2, we are going to be seeing him back on the big screen very soon. He is going to be starring alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in the new sci-fi thriller Life, which just so happens to be written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who penned the screenplay for Deadpool. Now, Sony Pictures has released their brand new Super Bowl spot for Life online.
Sony clearly has a lot of confidence in Life, or at the very least they want to get as many eyeballs on it as possible, since a 30-second slot of ad time cost an average of $5 million. In any case, this new video gives us a nice, brisk look at what to expect from the movie, which will be hitting theaters late next month. »
While “Split” may well win its third straight weekend at the box office, Paramount’s newcomer “Rings” took the top slot on Friday with $5.6 million in earnings from 2,931 locations. “Split” followed closely behind with $4.8 million from 3,373 theaters. Both films should finish the sleepy Super Bowl weekend in the $13 to $14 million range.
“Split,” directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring James McAvoy, has performed very well for Universal, Blumhouse and Shyamalan, who self-financed the title for less than $10 million. After three weekends in release, the psychological thriller should be on the brink of $100 million domestically.
“Rings,” revives the franchise started by 2002’s “The Ring,” starring Naomi Watts, which was a remake of a 1998 Japanese horror film. It stars Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Vincent D’Onofrio, Aimee Teegarden and Bonnie Morgan. F. Javier Gutierrez directed “Rings,” and Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producers. The horror sequel, which has a $25 million price tag, »
- Seth Kelley
Paramount’s opening weekend of “Rings” is creeping up on about $800,000 less with $12.7 million at 2,931 locations. Stx’s launch of teen sci-fi romance “The Space Between Us” looks to show little traction with $5 million at 2,812 screens, under-performing what were modest expectations.
Fox’s awards-season stalwart “Hidden Figures” — fresh from winning a SAG Award for best cast — is heading for a third-place finish at $10.3 million at 3,401 locations. That would mean a decline of only 27% from the previous session with the total U.S. box office hitting nearly $120 million by the end of Sunday.
Universal’s second weekend of Amblin’s doggie drama “A Dog’s Purpose” is chasing fourth place with $8.8 million at 3,178 screens, declining 52% from its opening frame — which was »
- Dave McNary
Men may be from Mars, but women are still from Earth in The Space Between Us, a movie that's part intergalactic rom-com, part road trip movie...and part science fiction film and thriller and melodrama. Maybe a few more. It's hard to keep count.
Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield) is literally a Martian -- the first human baby born in Mar's first permanent colony, called East Texas. At 16, he's just as angsty as any teen -- albeit one experiencing puberty on a red rock hundreds of millions of miles away -- and after he falls for earthling Tulsa (Britt Robertson), no amount of space can keep them apart.
Paramount’s horror movie “Rings” has opened with $800,000 in Thursday night preview showings at 2,155 North American locations. STX's sci-fi romance “The Space Between Us” took in a quiet $170,000 on Thursday night in its first showings.
Paramount is expanding “Rings” to 3,371 sites on Friday with muted expectations in the $10 million to $12 million range for the Super Bowl weekend as it battles the third weekend of Universal-Blumhouse’s sturdy “Split.” “The Space Between Us,” is looking at an even more muted debut of between $8 million to $10 million at 2,812 locations.
“Rings” is opening with a straight-forward pitch about an evil videotape — “First you watch it. Then you die.” Paramount is reviving the franchise 15 years after it launched “The Ring,” starring Naomi Watts in a remake of a 1998 Japanese horror film. “The Ring” was a major success with nearly $250 million in worldwide box office as was “The Ring Two” with $160 million in 2005.
- Dave McNary
Young teen girls who believe in sticky-sweet miracles may have an easy time sitting through the poorly-written and relentlessly mawkish The Space Between Us, but for many it will be hard to overlook the combination of cloying sentimentality and gaping plot holes. In 2018 astronaut Sarah Elliot (Janet Montgomery) departs on a mission to Mars overseen by wealthy scientist Nathaniel Shepherd (Gary Oldman) before she realizes she is pregnant (oops!). Shortly after landing on the Red Planet, she dies from complications related to childbirth. Her son Gardner (Asa Butterfield) thus grows up on Mars, reaching the age of 16 only having known only a handful of people in this space colony including Kendra (Carla Gugino), a scientist who looks after him and Centaur, a robot. Using the technology available, Gardner has connected via the internet with a sassy high school girl back on Earth named Tulsa (Britt Robertson) who lives with her »
- Tom Stockman
The Space Between Us Stx Entertainment Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director: Peter Chelsom Written by: Allan Loeb, story by Stewart Schill Cast: Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson, Carla Gugino, Janet Montgomery, Gary Oldman, B.D. Wong Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 1/25/17 Opens: February 3, 2017 “Men are from Mars, women are from Venus,” […]
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- Harvey Karten
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