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Summer doesn't officially begin until Sunday, June 21. But don't tell Hollywood that. Looking to get an earlier jump on things every year, it appears that the Hollywood Summer Season officially starts in April. And that's apparent in the fact that we're getting one very big blockbuster next week. To get you fully prepared for the month ahead, we've pulled together 7 other big movies coming your way that you don't want to miss! Things kick off with what will surely be one of the biggest movie of the year, followed by a slapstick comedy, a teen slasher flick, a romantic drama, a sci-fi thriller, a time travel adventure and a kung fu action masterpiece! You could say that April has a little bit of everything to offer. Take a look:
1Furious 7 - April 3
Dominic Torretto and his crew thought they left the criminal mercenary life behind. They defeated an international terrorist »
Swedish filmmaker Daniel Espinosa proved he had an eye for the thriller genre with 2012’s Safe House, and now the director has a meaty subject matter on his lap with the upcoming adaptation, Child 44.
Based on Tom Rob Smith’s eponymous novel, the story centers around Soviet Russia circa 1953, a time when the Cold War was beginning to spread its tentacles and corruption was rife. Playing the part of Leo Demidov is Mad Max: Fury Road star Tom Hardy, a secret police agent who soon finds himself in political hot war after he refuses to denounce his wife, Rasia (Noomi Rapace).
Thereafter, the pair find themselves exiled from the country and crossing paths with Gary Oldman’s General Mikhail Nesterov, who together must uncover the government conspiracy surrounding a number of child murders in the country.
- Michael Briers
A politically-charged serial killer thriller set in 1953 Soviet Russia, Child 44 chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace), as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov )Gary Oldman) to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys.
Child 44 opens nationwide April 17, 2015.
- Melissa Thompson
Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace are determined to seek justice against a depraved child serial killer in the newly released character posters for their upcoming crime thriller, ‘Child 44.’ The posters for the politically-charged drama were unveiled by the film’s distributor, Summit Entertainment, which is set to release the movie in theaters nationwide on April 17. The script for ‘Child 44,’ which is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Tom Rob Smith, was penned by ‘Freedomland’ scribe, Richard Price. The thriller was directed by ‘Safe House’ helmer, Daniel Espinosa, and produced by Ridley Scott. Besides Hardy, Oldman and Rapace, the drama also features Paddy [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Lionsgate has released three new Child 44 posters. Based on the novel by Tom Rob Smith, the film takes place in 1953 Soviet Russia and stars Tom Hardy as Leo Demidov, a secret police agent who is exiled to a provincial outpost when he refuses to denounce his wife, Rasia (Noomi Rapace). While working at the outpost, he and Raisa team up with General Mikhail Nesterov (Gary Oldman), and must investigate a string of child murderers that are being covered up by the government. I’m not sure why this movie is flying so low under the radar. It’s got a great premise, the trailer looks solid, and it’s got an excellent cast. While I wasn’t a fan of director Daniel Espinosa’s previous movie, Safe House, I’ve got some hope for Child 44, and maybe it will be a nice bit of counterprogramming as we charge into blockbuster season. »
- Matt Goldberg
Summit has released a trio of noirish, character posters for the upcoming thriller Child 44 starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace adapted from the novel by Tom Rob Smith. Set in 1953 Soviet Russia, the movie chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (Hardy), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Rapace), as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov (Oldman) to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. Their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up enforced by Leo's psychopathic rival Vasil (Joel Kinnaman), who insists "There is no crime in Paradise." The movie hits theaters on April 17, check out the posters below. sb id="1399843" height="272" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
It’s Tom Hardy versus the Soviet Union circa 1953 in Child 44 – Bane versus Stalin, if you like - and it could go either way. Hardy’s Soviet police office find himself spun in a web that may have no obvious exit, bar the gulag or cemetery, as the movie’s new TV spot shows. It’s debuting here courtesy of Entertainment One.brightcove.createExperiences();Adapted from the first of a book trilogy by Tom Rob Smith, Child 44 finds Soviet police officer Leo Demidov (Hardy) investigating a serial killer who is targeting children. The twist? Stalinist Russia doesn’t recognise the existence of crime, so Demidov’s enquiries only arouse the suspicions of dangerous apparatchiks. And as he digs deeper into the case, his government begins to suspect him of treason when a colleague frames him.Noomi Rapace is playing his conflicted wife, Raisa, and Gary Oldman is the »
Next month we'll see how Daniel Espinosa fares with his latest thriller Child 44 starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace (watch the trailer right here). But the director of Safe House is already looking ahead to his next project, and it's going to take him into the realm of sci-fi. The Wrap reports that Espinosa is in talks to be at the helm of Morningstar, a secretive sci-fi flick set up at Warner Bros. Pictures. Details are being kept under tight wraps, but the script from David Birke is said to have the potential for some world-building (which means potential franchise) and has a story in "the tradition of a Cold War thriller." That doesn't give us much to go on, but original science fiction ideas at the studio level are hard to come by, so count us intrigued for the time being. Espinosa hasn't exactly blown me »
- Ethan Anderton
I knew I liked the directing team of Moorhead & Benson even before I talked with them. Their new movie Spring blew me away when I saw it at Fantastic Fest in Austin this past September, but when I saw writer and co-director Justin Benson sitting with a coffee mug bearing the face of my long time celebrity crush Eva Green (something he got as a gift from the director of Cockneys Vs. Zombies), I knew this was going to be a good interview. Now with a full cup of coffee in my own mug that sported a silhouette of the Frankenstein creature, Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, and I embarked on a long journey discussing monsters, love, Alan Moore, their upcoming Aleister Crowley film, and riding bikes around Cannes in $25 suits.
Talk about the process of writing, making, and getting Spring released
- Michael Haffner
He flirted with the Assassin's Creed movie for a while, but Daniel Espinosa's desire to move off real-world thrillers and into something with a bit of a sci-fi tinge has ultimately led him in a different direction. He's in talks to direct Warner Bros.' top secret Morningstar project, from a screenplay by David Birke (13 Sins).Espinosa previously made the international hit Snabba Cash, followed by his mainstream debut Safe House, with Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington. Most recently he's been at work on Child 44, based on Tom Rob Smith's novel and sporting the pitch-hitting cast of Tom Hardy, Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace and Vincent Cassel. Ridley Scott is among the producers.In short, his is becoming an increasingly safe pair of hands where real-world thrillers are concerned, so something fantastical that calls for "world building" is a surprising tangent. While nothing is known about Morningstar's story, »
See Also: Watch the trailer for Child 44 here
A politically-charged serial killer thriller set in 1953 Soviet Russia, Child 44 chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace), as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov (Gary Oldman) to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. Their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up enforced by Leo’s psychopathic rival Vasili (Joel Kinnaman), who insists “There is no crime in Paradise.”
- Gary Collinson
Read More: Here Are the 10 Films That Inspired 'Mad Men,' As Picked by Matthew Weiner "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner has hopped aboard his Carousel to provide fans of the series a nostalgic look at prominent scenes from seasons past. Responding to requests submitted via Facebook, Weiner explains the origins of five fan favorite moments with such telling titles as The Lawnmower, Peggy Quits, Lane Punches Pete, Pete Chucks Dinner and Bert Serenades Don. If you're curious if watching Peggy finally leave Don will still get you choked up, the answer is a resounding yes. Watch the clips below and tide yourself over until "Mad Men" returns for one final season on Sunday, April 5 at 10pm. Read More: 7 Lines from 'Mad Men' Season 7 to Get You Ready for the End Read More: Watch: Gary Oldman, David O. Russell, Sarah Silverman And More Profess Their 'Mad Men »
- David Ballard
Ever since finding fame in the '80s thanks to sitcom Moonlighting and explosive action movie Die Hard, Bruce has been a regular on our screens, appearing in films great, good, not-so-good and Cop Out.
With John McClane himself celebrating the big 6-0, Digital Spy staff reminisce about their favourite Bruce Willis movies, while you can vote for your personal favourite in the poll below...
Die Hard - Morgan Jeffery (TV Editor)
There's a million reasons to love 1988's Die Hard - the colourful supporting characters like Al (Reginald VelJohnson), Ellis (Hart Bochner) and Argyle (De'voreaux White), action cinema's greatest ever villain in Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), Michael Kamen's brilliantly '80s score...
But the big reason is Bruce. Sure, New York cop John McClane was a tough guy, but what Willis brought to the part »
We have a Beauty (that would be Emma Watson). We have a Beast (that’d be Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens). We also have Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Kevin Kline as Belle’s father, Maurice, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts.
Can we all agree that whoever is casting Disney’s upcoming live adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is absolutely Nailing it? We don’t want to step on any toes, but we have a few suggestions for the rest of the cast:
Jean Dujardin as Lumiere
Dujardin was born to play the charming French candelabra. We literally cannot think of anyone who is more perfect for this part. And it’d be a good return to U.S. cinema, after mostly French films following his Oscar win for The Artist.
Gary Oldman as Cogsworth
A couple of actors immediately came to mind Cogsworth -- Nathan Lane has the »
Next month, AMC bids farewell to their first big hit series, when Mad Men returns with its final seven episodes starting Sunday, April 5. Last week, AMC released a series of tribute videos, with celebrities such as Gary Oldman, David O. Russell, Gayle King and many others paying tribute to the show. Today, AMC has released five new videos, featuring the stars of Mad Men reflecting on their characters' journeys throughout the 1960s.
Jon Hamm discusses Don Draper's big secret, that he is really a man named Dick Whitman, as his facade begins to erode throughout the series' run. Elisabeth Moss talks about how Peggy Olsen rose from a secretary to a copywriter and her evolution as a person. We also hear from Vincent Kartheiser about how Pete's cockiness eventually becomes his downfall, Christina Hendricks on Joan's ambition and John Slattery on Roger's awakening.
Unfortunately, the cast members don't shed too »
In this thrilling action-adventure based on the best-selling novel, a teenager named Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive, ever-changing maze with a group of other boys who have no memory of the outside world. Facing dangerous obstacles at every turn, Thomas must piece together clues he discovers within the maze in order to figure out his true purpose—and find a way to escape. From the visionary director of La Femme Nikita and The Professional and starring Scarlett Johansson and Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman comes an action-thriller about a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors. Altered by a dangerous new drug allowing her to use 100% of her brain capacity, Lucy transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell and Andy Serkis star in the thrilling next chapter of Planet of the Apes. »
Fast & Furious 7
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Cobain: Montage of Heck
Director: Brett Morgen
Running time: 132 mins
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Starring: Adam Scott, Craig Robinson
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Starring: Saoirse Ronan, »
Some movies spend an eternity in development hell before finally becoming a reality. Others become warnings to filmmakers or bedtime stories that keep Hollywood executives awake. The live action remake of Akira is one of those films. For years, everyone from Leonardo DiCaprio, Stephen Norrington, Allen and Albert Hughes, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zac Efron, Morgan Freeman, James Franco, Keanu Reeves, Keira Knightley, and Gary Oldman were involved and nothing happened. Most recently, Orphan and »
- Alex Maidy
In anticipation of the final seven episodes of Mad Men, which premiere on Sunday, April 5 at 10pm Et/Pt, AMC released a series of tributes about the iconic series. Gary Oldman, David O. Russell and Gayle King, among others, reminisce about the pilot, memorable moments and the end of the Mad Men era. Gary Oldman calls the series a 'masterpiece', describing it's achievements as "breathtaking". He truly believes its the 'jewel in the crown of television'.
Set in 1960s New York, the sexy, stylized and provocative AMC drama Mad Men follows the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising. The AMC drama made history as the first basic cable series ever to win the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series in four consecutive years. Created by Emmy winner and executive producer Matthew Weiner, Mad Men is anchored by an ensemble cast, including Jon Hamm, January Jones, »
Harrison Ford injured in plane accident (image: Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff in 'Ender's Game') Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark actor Harrison Ford was supposed to be in critical condition – later reports have upgraded that to "fair" or "stable" condition – following an accident with a small airplane on Los Angeles' Westside. Earlier this afternoon (March 5, 2015), a vintage, one-engine two-seater crash landed at the Penmar Golf Course, located in the Los Angeles suburb of Venice, not far from the Pacific Ocean and just west of Santa Monica Airport. Its pilot, 72-year-old Harrison Ford, was found "seriously" injured. He was alone on the plane. There were no injuries on the ground. As explained in the Los Angeles Times, "fire officials would not identify the victim of the crash but said he was conscious and breathing when paramedics arrived." Ford was later transported to an unidentified hospital. Eleven »
- Zac Gille
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