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Do sequels ever really work when decades have passed since the first film?

27 June 2016 3:15 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I still haven’t seen Independence Day: Resurgence, and there’s a good chance I won’t. When 20th Century Fox made the decision not to screen the film for Us press in advance of the film’s opening, they sent a very clear message to anyone paying attention, and it’s a message that I believe more and more studios would love to send to critics, especially on their giant event films: not only do we not need you, but we don’t want you. At all. And it’s true. Studios don’t really need to screen movies for critics. It’s a professional agreement that we all participate in, but more and more often, studios screen later and almost begrudgingly. I am amazed how many times this year alone I’ve had to basically beg to even find out when or if a screening is happening. The »

- Drew McWeeny

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Oldest Female Bodybuilder Turns 80, Still Wakes Up at 2:30 a.m. to Train: 'It's My Joy'

27 June 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ernestine Shepherd loves to run, hitting the park at 2:30 a.m. for her daily ten miles. She also loves lifting weights, targeting a different body part each of the four days a week she works out. But more than anything, Shepherd - named Oldest Female Bodybuilder by the Guinness Book of World Records - loves to inspire others. "It's my joy, it's really a joy to me," she tells People. Shepherd celebrated her 80th birthday on June 16, but the nine-time bodybuilding competitor, author and coach isn't slowing down anytime soon. "Exercise keeps me happy and alive, so it's just another day, »

- Julie Mazziotta, @julietmazz

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Eli Roth To Direct Death Wish Remake

21 June 2016 12:47 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Way back in the hazy days of 2006, it was announced that Sylvester Stallone would be directing a remake of Charles Bronson’s classic revenge movie Death Wish, presumably stepping into the murderous boots of vigilante Paul Kersey. It was an interesting prospect, but Stallone eventually left the project. There was still life left in the remake though, and in 2012, it was resurrected once again, with Narc, Smoking Aces, and The A-Team’s Joe Carnahan on board to direct. Carnahan eventually departed, and Narcos director Gerado Naranjo cam on board. This, too, fell through, and for a few years, the project wandered aimlessly through Hollywood. It once again reared it’s head earlier this year, with Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, the directing duo behind the fantastic Israeli comedy horror Big Bad Wolves, being brought on to steer new Paul Kersey, Bruce Willis, on his revenge fuelled killing spree. As is »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Synopsis Teases Classic Marvel Characters

20 June 2016 10:06 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last week, a popular fan theory about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 arose. And it positioned the idea that Kurt Russell, Sylvester Stallone and Sharon Stone are all playing the original Guardians first introduced in the Marvel comic books way back in 1969. Director James Gunn, who is usually quite outspoken on social media, has not personally chimed in on this idea, but today we get the official plot synopsis for the sequel. And boy, does it ever sound like this is what might be happening. Here is the story as it stand, with this short teaser promising the arrival of some classic Marvel characters.

"Set to the backdrop of 'Awesome Mixtape #2,' Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team's adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill's true parentage. »

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New synopses for Marvel’s Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

20 June 2016 8:28 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of their panels at the San Diego Comic-Con International next month, Marvel’s next two superhero blockbusters Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have both received updated synopses, which we have for you here courtesy of Stitch Kingdom.

Marvel’s Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel cinematic universe.

Doctor Strange is set for release on October 28th in the UK and November 4th in the Us, with Scott Derrickson (Sinister) with a cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) as Stephen Strange, »

- Gary Collinson

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Best of the Week: Donald Glover Joined 'Spider-Man,' New 'Jack Reacher' Sequel Trailer Dropped and More

17 June 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

The Important News Marvel Madness: Donald Glover joined Spider-Man: Homecoming. DC Delirium: Suicide Squad revealed a hot full soundtrack song list. Star Wars Mania: Mads Mikkelsen is doing reshoots for Rogue One.  Sequelitis: Eddie Murphy is officially making a new Beverly Hills Cop movie. Helen Mirren joined Fast 8. Steven Spielberg promises he's not killing Indiana Jones. Franchise Fever: Elizabeth Banks is joining Ocean's EightThe Conjuring 2 will spin off The Nun. Remake Report: Angelina Jolie may star in the new Murder on the Orient Express. New Directors, New Films: Doug Liman will direct Chaos Walking. Casting Net: Sylvester Stallone will star...

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'Star Wars' Buzz: Why 'Daredevil' Actor Didn't Play Han Solo

17 June 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Harrison Ford was not George Lucas' first choice to play Han Solo in Star Wars. The director considered actors like Kurt Russell, Nick Nolte, Sylvester Stallone and Bill Murray before deciding to go with Ford. So it should really be no surprise that thousands of actors were reportedly considered to play a younger version of Ford. By January of this year, the candidates had been narrowed considerably; the list included Miles Teller (Fantastic Four) and Dave Franco (Now You See Me 2), who have both spoken about their auditions. Teller said: "I had never even seen any of the original Star Wars movies until maybe a month or a couple weeks before my first audition because I was like, ‘I should check this out’ (laughs). It holds up. I just love Harrison Ford, I...

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Chris Pratt shares behind-the-scenes images from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

17 June 2016 1:06 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following the announcement yesterday that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has wrapped filming, Chris Pratt has shared a couple of behind-the-scenes images from the set of the hotly-anticipated Marvel sequel featuring himself and stunt-man Tony McFarr; check them out here…

“Here’s me and my stunt-man Tony McFarr (also Tommy Harper stunt coordinator and our first Ad Lars Winther) on set,” said Pratt on his Instagram. “Been working with Tony since Jurassic World. Love you buddy! Happy wrap!”

Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is scheduled for release on April 28th 2017 in the UK and on May 5th in the States, with director James Gunn reuniting with »

- Gary Collinson

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Chris Pratt Wraps Guardians 2, Comic-Con Plans Confirmed

16 June 2016 5:20 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

That's a wrap on Chris Pratt! The star who plays Star-Lord, aka Peter Quill, is done with his portion of the shoot on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Director James Gunn announced the news via a new video on Facebook. The filmmaker also used the opportunity to confirm the presence of Guardians 2 at this year's Comic-Con in San Diego.

This special Facebook video was shot and delivered straight from Pinewood Studios in Atlanta. James Gunn introduced Chris Pratt to say good-bye in stellar fashion. The director also goes onto thank the entire cast and crew for all their hard work. He also announces that the Guardians will be landing in Hall H, which indicates that Marvel Studios will have a heavy presence at the con this year. Here's what he had to say about Chris Pratt.

"There's a guy who I've been around for 3 and a half, maybe four years. »

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 wraps production, confirmed for San Diego Comic-Con appearance

16 June 2016 4:48 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Director James Gunn has taken to Facebook to share a video of himself and Chris Pratt announcing that filming has wrapped on next year’s hotly-anticipated Marvel sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, as well as confirming that he’ll be bringing the movie – and the cast – to San Diego Comic-Con next month.

“We, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, are coming to San Diego Comic-Con this year,” states Gunn. “I’m going to be there, Chris Pratt is going to be there, a bunch of the gang is going to be there and we’re going to show you guys something pretty cool.”

Check out the video here…


Just last week, Gunn teased an appearance in San Diego, as did Scott Derrickson, director of November’s Benedict Cumberbatch-headlined Doctor Strange. So, after being absent last year, it looks like Marvel will be back with a bang in Hall H next month. »

- Gary Collinson

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Sylvester Stallone and Director Jim Mickle Are Teaming Up For a Movie That Will Probably Be Pretty Good

15 June 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

After turning in the best performance of his career in Creed (and earning an Oscar nomination for his troubles), it certainly looks like Sylvester Stallone plans to keep that quality streak going. Why else would he team up with director Jim Mickle, one of the most interested and unheralded filmmakers around at the moment, if […]

The post Sylvester Stallone and Director Jim Mickle Are Teaming Up For a Movie That Will Probably Be Pretty Good appeared first on /Film. »

- Jacob Hall

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Jim Mickle to direct Sylvester Stallone in new thriller for Stx Entertainment

15 June 2016 12:25 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

According to Deadline, Jim Mickle (Stake Land, Cold in July) is set to direct Sylvester Stallone in a new thriller for Stx Entertainment, which has been penned by Daniel Casey and was previously titled Godforsaken.

The project will see Sly as “an aging ex-con with more regrets than memories. Upon hearing about his son’s death his solitude is quickly broken as he must now protect the only family he has left and avenge a son he hardly knew.”

Mickle is currently working on an adaptation of John N. Maclean’s novel The Esperanza Fire, while Stallone has several projects on his upcoming slate, including the mob thrillers Scarpa and Omerta, Marvel sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and animated comedy Animal Crackers.


- Gary Collinson

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2: Dave Bautista Will Steal The Show, According To James Gunn

15 June 2016 12:04 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Production on Marvel sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is beginning to wind down, according to James Gunn, now that both Karen Gillan and Dave Bautista have completed filming their scenes.

Taking to his lively social feeds, Gunn confirmed that both Gillan and Bautista had all but wrapped up work on Guardians 2, and it’s likely that their leading co-stars aren’t too far behind. Perhaps most interesting of all is that the filmmaker went on to claim that Dave Bautista “steals the movie” as dim-witted adventurer Drax the Destroyer.

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It’ll be some time yet before moviegoers give their own verdict on Bautista’s performance in the spacefaring sequel – Guardians 2 isn’t due to arrive until May of next year – but if the 2014 original is any indication, expect plenty more rambling monologues and, er, ‘metaphors’ to feature.

Per Twitter:

And that’s a wrap on @DaveBautista on #GotGVol2 Ps I’ll miss you, pal. Pps He steals the movie.

James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 15, 2016

Chris Pratt will reprise his defining role as Star-Lord, joined in the cockpit of Milano by Zoe Saldana’ Gamora, Dave Bautista’s Drax, Bradley Cooper’s pint-sized Rocket Raccoon and Vin Diesel as Groot. Beyond that Karen Gillan (Nebula) and Michael Rooker (Yondu) are on board, too, while there’s also room for franchise newcomers Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Tommy Flanagan as a henchmen of Yondu and, potentially, Sylvester Stallone.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is slated for release on May 5, 2017. »

- Michael Briers

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Movie News: First Look at Disney's 'Inner Workings'; Watch Full 'Kevin Hart: What Now?' Trailer

14 June 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Inner Workings: The first look at the animated short Inner Workings gives a glimpse inside the body of an ordinary person. Story artist Leo Matsuda (Big Hero 6) directed the short, which will screen before Disney's Moana, due for release on November 23. The short will pit a fearful brain against a good-time heart inside an office worker tempted to ditch work and head to a nearby beach. [USA Today]   Sylvester Stallone: Jim Mickle (Cold in July) will direct Sylvester Stallone in a thriller. Currently untitled, the movie will revolve around an aging ex-con who learns that his son has died and decides to seek vengeance against his killers. [Deadline]   Malignant Man: Brad Peyton (San Andreas) will direct Malignant Man, a big-screen adaptation of a comic...

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13 great modern thriller directors

14 June 2016 9:59 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




They’ve made some of the best thrillers of the past six years. We list some of the best modern thriller directors currently working...

Director Guillermo del Toro once described suspense as being about the withholding of information: either a character knows something the audience doesn’t know, or the audience knows something the character doesn’t. That’s a deliciously simple way of describing something that some filmmakers often find difficult to achieve: keeping viewers on the edges of their seats.

The best thrillers leave us scanning the screen with anticipation. They invite us to guess what happens next, but then delight in thwarting expectations. We can all name the great thriller filmmakers of the past - Alfred Hitchcock, Carol Reed, Brian De Palma - but what about the current crop of directors? Here’s our pick of the filmmakers who’ve made some great modern thrillers over the past six years - that is, between the year 2010 and the present.

Jeremy Saulnier - Blue Ruin, Green Room

To think there was once a time when Jeremy Saulnier was seriously quitting the film business.

“To be honest," Saulner told us back in 2014, “Macon and I had really given up on our quest to break into the industry and become legitimate filmmakers. So what we were trying to do with Blue Ruin was archive our 20 year arc and bring it to a close. Really just revisit our stomping grounds and use locations that were near and dear to us and build a narrative out of that.”

Maybe this personal touch explains at least partly why Blue Ruin wound up getting so much attention in Cannes in 2013, signalling not the end of Saulnier and his star Macon Blair’s career, but a brand new chapter. But then again, there’s more than just hand-crafted intimacy in Saulnier’s revenge tale; there’s also its lean, minimal storytelling and the brilliance of its characterisation. Blue Ruin is such an effective thriller because its protagonist is so atypical: sad-eyed, inexperienced with guns, somewhat soft around the edges, Macon Blair’s central character is far from your typical righteous avenger.

Green Room, which emerged in the UK this year, explores a similar clash between very ordinary people and extraordinary violence. A young punk band shout about anarchy and aggression on stage, but they quickly find themselves out of their depth when they’re cornered by a group of bloodthirsty neo-Nazis. In Saulnier’s films, grubby, unseemly locations are matched by often beautiful locked-off shots. Familiar thriller trappings are contrasted by twists of fortune that are often shocking.

Denis Villeneuve - Sicario, Prisoners

Here’s one of those directors who can pack an overwhelming sense of dread in a single image: in Sicario, his searing drug-war thriller from last year, it was the sight of tiny specks of dust falling in the light scything through a window. That single shot proved to be the calm before the storm, as Villeneuve unleashed a salvo of blood-curdling events: an attempted FBI raid on a building gone horribly awry. And this, I think, is the brilliance of Villeneuve’s direction, and why he’s so good at directing thrillers like Sicario or 2013’s superb Prisoners - he understands the rhythm of storytelling, and how scenes of quiet can generate almost unbearable tension.

Another case in point: the highway sequence in Sicario, where Emily Blunt’s FBI agent is stuck in a traffic jam outside one of the most violent cities in the world. Villeneueve makes us feel the stifling heat and the claustrophobia; something nasty’s going to happen, we know that - but it’s the sense of anticipation which makes for such an unforgettable scene.

Prisoners hews closely to the template of a modern mystery thriller, but it’s once again enriched by Villeneuve’s expert pacing and the performances he gets out of his actors. Hugh Jackman’s seldom been better as a father on the hunt for his missing child, while Jake Gyllenhaal mesmerises as a cop scarred by his own private traumas.

Lynne Ramsay - We Need To Talk About Kevin

Ramsay’s We Need To Talk About Kevin may be the most effective psychological thriller of recent years. About the difficult relationship between a mother (Tilda Swinton) and her distant, possibly sociopathic son (Ezra Miller), Ramsay’s film is masterfully told from beginning to end - which is impressive, given that the source novel by Lionel Shriver is told via a series of letters. Ramsay takes the raw material from the book and crafts something cinematic and highly disturbing: a study of guilt, sorrow and recrimination. Tension bubbles even in casual conversations around the dinner table. Miller is an eerie, cold-eyed blank. Swinton is peerless. One scene, in which Swinton’s mother comes home in the dead of night, is unforgettable. Here’s hoping Ramsay returns with another feature film very soon.

Morten Tyldum - Headhunters

All kinds of thrillers have emerged from Scandinavia over the past few years, whether on the large or small screen or in book form. Morten Tyldum’s Headhunters is among the very best of them. The fast-paced and deliriously funny story of an art thief who steals a painting from the wrong guy, Headhunters launched Tyldum on an international stage - Alan Turing drama The Imitation Game followed, and the Sony sci-fi film Passengers is up next. It isn’t hard to see why, either: Headhunters shows off Tyldum’s mastery of pace and tone, as his pulp tale hurtles from intense chase scenes to laugh-out-loud black comedy.

Joel Edgerton - The Gift

Granted, Joel Edgerton’s better known as an actor, having turned in some superb performances in the likes of Warrior, Zero Dark Thirty and Warror. But with a single film - The Gift, which he wrote, directed, produced and starred in - Edgerton established himself as a thriller filmmaker of real promise. About a successful, happily married couple whose lives are greatly affected by an old face from the husband’s past, The Gift is an engrossing, unsettling movie with superb performances from Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall as well as Edgerton.

A riff on the ‘killer in our midst’ thrillers of the 80s and 90s - The Stepfather, The Hand That Rocks The Cradle and so on - The Gift is all the more effective because of its restraint. We’re never quite sure who the villain of the piece is, at least at first - and Edgerton’s use of the camera leaves us wrong-footed at every turn. The world arguably needs more thrillers from Joel Edgerton.

If you haven’t seen The Gift yet, we’d urge you to track it down.

David Michod - Animal Kingdom

The criminals at play in this true-life crime thriller are all the more chilling because they’re so mundane - a bunch of low-level thieves, murderers and gangsters who prowl around the rougher parts of Melbourne, Australia. Writer-director David Michod spent years developing Animal Kingdom, and it was worth the effort: it’s an intense, engrossing film, for sure, but it’s also a believable glimpse of the worst of human nature. Ben Mendelsohn and Jacki Weaver play villains of different kinds; the latter a manipulative grandmother who looks over her brood of criminals, the former a spiteful thief. Crafting moments of incredible tension from simple exchanges, Michod launched himself as a formidable talent with this feature debut.

Ben Affleck - The Town, Argo

Affleck’s period drama-thriller Argo won all kinds of awards, but we’d argue his earlier thrillers were equally well made. Gone Baby Gone was a confident debut and an economical adaptation of Dennis LeHane’s novel. The Town, released in 2010, was a heist thriller that made the most of its Boston setting. One of its key scenes - a bank robbery in which the thieves wear a range of bizarre outfits, including a nun’s habit - is masterfully staged. With Affleck capable of teasing out great performances from his actors and staging effective set-pieces, it’s hardly surprising he’s so heavily involved in making at least one Batman movie for Warner - as well as playing the hero behind the mask.

Anton Corbijn - The American, A Most Wanted Man

The quiet, almost meditative tone of Anton Corbijn’s movies mean they aren’t necessarily to everyone’s taste, but they’re visually arresting and almost seductive in their rhythm and attention to detail. Already a celebrated photographer, Corbijn successfully crossed over into filmmaking with Control, an exquisitely-made drama about Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis. Corbijn took a markedly different direction with The American, a thriller about an ageing contract killer (George Clooney) who hides out in a small Italian town west of Rome. Inevitably, trouble eventually comes calling.

Corbijn’s direction remains gripping because he doesn’t give us huge action scenes to puncture the tension. We can sense the capacity for violence coiled up beneath the hitman’s calm exterior, and Corbijn makes sure we only see rare flashes of that toughness - right up until the superbly-staged climax.

A Most Wanted Man, based on the novel by John le Carre, is a similarly astute study of an isolated yet fascinating character - in this instance, the world-weary German intelligence agent Gunther Bachmann, brilliantly played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Tragically, the film proved to be one of the last before Hoffman’s death in 2014.

Paul Greengrass - Green Zone, Captain Phillips

Mention Greengrass’ name, and the director’s frequent use of handheld cameras might immediately spring to mind. But time and again, Greengrass has proved a master of his own personal approach - you only have to look at the muddled, migraine-inducing films of his imitators to see how good a director Greengrass is. Part of the filmmakers’ visual language rather than a gimmick, Greengrass’ camera placement puts the viewer in the middle of the story, whether it’s an amnesiac agent on the run (his Bourne films) or on a hijacked aircraft (the harrowing United 93). While not a huge hit, Green Zone was an intense and intelligent thriller set in occupied Iraq. The acclaimed Captain Phillips, meanwhile, was a perfect showcase for Greengrass’ ability to fuse realism and suspense; the true story of a merchant vessel hijacked by Somali pirates, it is, to quote Greengrass himself, “a contemporary crime story.”

John Hillcoat - Lawless, Triple 9

We can’t help thinking that, with a better marketing push behind it, Triple 9 could have been a much bigger hit when it appeared in cinemas earlier this year. It has a great cast - Chiwetel Ejiofor, Norman Reedus, Anthony Mackie and Aaron Paul as a group of seasoned thieves, Kate Winslet cast against type as a gangland boss - and its heist plot rattles along like an express train.

Hillcoat seems to have the western genre pulsing through his veins, and he excels at creating worlds that are desolate and all-enveloping, whether his subjects are period pieces (The Proposition, Lawless) or post-apocalyptic dramas (The Road). Triple 9 sees Hillcoat make an urban western that is both classic noir and entirely contemporary; his use of real cops and residents around the film’s Atlanta location give his heightened story a grounding that is believable in the moment. Nowhere is this more in evidence than in the scene in which Casey Affleck’s cop breaches a building while hunkered down behind a bullet-proof shield. Hillcoat places us right there in the scene with Affleck and the cops sneaking into the building behind him; we sense the claustrophobia and vulnerability.

Hillcoat explained to us in February that this sequence wasn’t initially written this way in the original script; it changed when the director and his team discovered how real-world cops protect themselves in real-world situations. In Triple 9, research and great filmmaking combine to make an unforgettably intense thriller.

Jim Mickel - Cold In July

Seemingly inspired by such neo-Noir thrillers as Red Rock West and Blood Simple, 2014‘s Cold In July is a genre gem from director Jim Mickle (Stake Land, We Are What We Are). Michael C Hall plays an ordinary guy in 80s America who shoots an intruder who breaks into his home, and becomes drawn into a moody conspiracy that takes in crooked cops, porn and a private eye (who's also keen pig-rearer) played by Don Johnson. Constantly shifting between tones, Mickel’s thriller refuses to stick to genre expectations. In one scene, after Hall shoots the burglar dead, Mickel’s camera lingers over the protagonist as he cleans up the blood and glass. It’s touches like these that make Cold In July far more than a typical thriller.

Mickel’s teaming up with Sylvester Stallone next; we’re intrigued to see what that partnership produces.

Martin Scorsese - Shutter Island

As a filmmaker, Scorsese needs no introduction. As a director of thrillers, he’s in a class of his own: from Taxi Driver via the febrile remake of Cape Fear to the sorely underrated Bringing Out The Dead, his films are full of suspense and the threat of violence. Shutter Island, based on the Dennis LeHane novel of the same name, saw Scorsese plunge eagerly into neo-noir territory. A murder mystery set in a mental institution on the titular Shutter Island, its atmosphere is thick with menace. Like a combination of Robin Hardy's The Wicker Man and Adrian Lyne’s cult classic Jacob’s Ladder, Shutter Island’s one of those stories where we never know who we can trust - even the protagonist, played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

David Fincher - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl

After the trial by fire that was Alien 3, David Fincher found his footing in the 90s with such hits as Seven and The Game. In an era where thrillers were in much greater abundance, from the middling to the very good, Seven in particular stood out as a genre classic: smartly written, disturbing, repulsive and yet captivating to look at all at once. Fincher’s affinity for weaving atmospheric thrillers continued into the 2010s, first with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, a superb retelling of Stieg Larsson’s book which didn’t quite find the appreciative audience deserved, and Gone Girl, an even better movie which - thankfully - became a hit.

Based on Gillian Flynn’s novel (and adapted by the author herself), Gone Girl is both a gripping thriller and a thoroughly twisted relationship drama. Fincher’s mastery of the genre is all here: his millimetre-perfect composition, seamless touches of CGI and subtle yet effective uses of colour and shadow. While not a straight-up masterpiece like the period thriller Zodiac, Gone Girl is still a glossy, smart and blackly funny yarn in the Hitchcock tradition. If there’s one master of the modern thriller currently working, it has to be Fincher.

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Jim Mickle to Team with Sylvester Stallone for Untitled Thriller

14 June 2016 9:17 AM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Ever since he spearheaded his own comeback in 2006 with Rocky Balboa, Sylvester Stallone’s career has continued to have its ups and downs. I think we can all agree that he seems to fare better when he is directing or at least writing the material himself, although Ryan Coogler’s recent Rocky spin-off Creed was a […] »

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Stallone, Mickle Team On New Project

14 June 2016 8:02 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Sylvester Stallone is set to star while Jim Mickle has been set to direct an untitled mystery thriller previously known as "Godforsaken" for Stx Entertainment.

Stallone will play an aging ex-con with more regrets than memories. Upon hearing about his son's death his solitude is quickly broken as he must now protect the only family he has left and avenge a son he hardly knew.

Daniel Casey wrote the script and Lawrence Grey will produce.

Source: Deadline »

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Sylvester Stallone To Star In New Movie From ‘Cold In July’ Director Jim Mickle

14 June 2016 7:04 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While David Robert Mitchell‘s “It Follows” has earned the most attention in the category of John Carpenter-Inspired ’80s Throwback, another contender that seems to have been slightly overlooked is Jim Mickle‘s “Cold In July.” While I thought it was perhaps less successful than Mitchell’s picture, Mickle no doubt made an impression and showed he’s also […]

The post Sylvester Stallone To Star In New Movie From ‘Cold In July’ Director Jim Mickle appeared first on The Playlist. »

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Jim Mickle to direct Sylvester Stallone-led thriller for Stx Entertainment

14 June 2016 6:32 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

During Stx Entertainment's presentation at this year's CinemaCon, Sylvester Stallone announced that he was attached to star in a new thriller from the studio, and now Deadline is reporting that the film has found a director in the form of Cold In July and We Are What We Are helmer Jim Mickle. The untitled project (previously known as Godforsaken) will see Stallone playing "an aging... Read More »

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Sylvester Stallone adds new action thriller to upcoming slate

13 June 2016 11:15 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Sylvester Stallone action movie on the cards: The untitled film will be directed by Jim Mickie.

The new Sylvester Stallone action movie will see him avenge his son’s death.

A new Sylvester Stallone action movie is on the cards

Sylvester Stallone has chosen his first film since his Oscar-nominated turn in last year’s Creed. The action star will head to an untitled movie over at Stx Entertainment which is being directed by Jim Mickie, the talented filmmaker who brought us Cold In July last year.

Deadline got the scoop on the new headlining project, which will see Stallone play an aging ex-con with more regrets than memories. Upon hearing about his son’s death his solitude is quickly broken as he must now protect the only family he has left and avenge a son he hardly knew. The film has previously been titled Godforsaken, which was written by Daniel Casey.

We don’t know too much about the planned film other than that, but we’ll bring you more news on the new Sylvester Stallone action movie as we get it.

Stallone will next be seen in next summer’s Marvel movie Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, and will also reprise his iconic role of Rocky Balboa in a sequel to Creed, which is expected to start shooting in 2017. He also has the film Scarpa on the cards, a film which is biopic of Gregory Scarpa, a former capo and enforcer for the Colombo crime family, which will be directed by Brad Furman, and also the animated comedy Animal Crackers, to which he will lend his voice. He also has a new Expendables on the cards, though there hasn’t been a great deal of news on that front for a little.

We’re loving the Stallone renaissance though – long may it continue.

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