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Despite playing everything from dastardly villains to wounded souls over his 38-year career, a certain theme keeps coming up for Bruce Greenwood; authority. He’s played multiple presidents, doctors and military men in his time and with good reason. Capable of bringing a rare balance of kind-hearted but stern gravitas to his roles, Greenwood shone in the likes of Star Trek, Flight and Mad Men, with his recent turn as Lieutenant Colonel Jack Johns in Good Kill continuing the trend.
Casting its beady eye onto the world of drone warfare, Andrew Niccol’s Good Kill isn’t your typical war movie. Reuniting Gattaca writer-director with leading man Ethan Hawke, the film takes place far from an explosive warzone, but raises questions about this controversial and largely unexplored subject.
How does Good Kill differ from other war movies?
It takes place in Las Vegas, where a lot of the drone pilots are stationed. »
- Mike McCarthy
Rio Hackford has been cast as Pat McKenna in the upcoming FX anthology series “”American Crime Story: The People V Oj Simpson,” TheWrap has learned exclusively. McKenna was an investigator for Robert Shapiro, a member of Simpson’s defense team during the former NFL’s star murder trial. Hackford previously appeared in the hit 1996 film “Swingers,” the 2006 Denzel Washington film “Deja Vu,” and in an episode of the first season of HBO’s hit “True Detective” among his many credits. Hackford joins an already star-studded cast. John Travolta will portray Shapiro; “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” alum Courtney B. Vance is Johnnie Cochran; David. »
- Joe Otterson
It's been two years since Destin Cretton's lovely "Short Term 12" premiered at SXSW, became an instant sensation, and went on to win a slew of awards. I would've thought Hollywood would be breaking his down his door and he'd be already at work on his next feature, and indeed, he was set to helm "Glass Castle" with Jennifer Lawrence slated to star, but that project stalled after the actress dropped out. Finally, Cretton will direct a feature adaptation of Bryan Stevenson's multiple award-winning non-fiction book "Just Mercy: A Story Of Justice And Redemption" with Michael B. Jordan attached to star. Even more, Variety reports that the hot property has already attracted the interest of Will Smith and Denzel Washington for possible other roles in the tale of a young man sentenced to death for a murder he didn't commit. Here's the book synopsis: A powerful true story »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Broad Green Pictures has won the film rights to the book "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" and already has Michael B. Jordan attached to star and Destin Cretton ("Short Term 12") set to direct.
The true story tale deals with Bryan Stevenson, a young lawyer who founded a legal practice dedicated to defending the poor, the wrongly condemned and women and children.
One of his first cases was Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn't commit. The case drew Stevenson into a tangle of conspiracy that transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
'Pixels' movie with Adam Sandler. 'Pixels' movie weekend box office: Adam Sandler vs. 'Ant-Man' Despite its underwhelming domestic box office debut last weekend, Marvel's Ant-Man may turn out to be the winner in North America this weekend (July 24–26, '15) thanks to another underwhelming debut: that of the Adam Sandler Pixels movie. According to weekend box office projections found at Variety, the Chris Columbus-directed Pixels is expected to open with $25 million from 3,723 locations – following a $10 million Friday take (including $1.5M from Thursday previews). If so, that'll place Adam Sandler's latest lowbrow comedy – now in 3D – on a par with Sandler domestic disappointments like Jack and Jill and Funny People. Deadline.com, for its part, is expecting $27-$28 million by Sunday evening. Sat., July 25, update: According to studio box office estimates, Pixels underperformed on Friday, taking in $9.2 million. That's below figures for Jack and Jill and, adjusted for »
- Zac Gille
With several studios vying for the property, Broad Green Pictures has won the rights to the book “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” with Michael B. Jordan attached to star and Destin Cretton on board to direct.
Gil Netter will produce the adaptation of the book, which is based on the true story of Bryan Stevenson, a young lawyer who founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending the poor, the wrongly condemned and women and children.
One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Stevenson into a tangle of conspiracy and political machination that transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.
Several major studios, including Paramount and Universal, put bids in for the book before Broad Green landed the rights. »
- Justin Kroll
Chloë Grace Moretz is taking on comedy with a role in Neighbours 2.
The original grossed $269 million and told the story of a couple battling to deal with the fraternity that moves in next door to them.
There is no hint as to which character Moretz will play as yet. Details of the sequel's plot are also under wraps.
Moretz has already got a role in medical drama Brain on Fire and a potential reappearance in another sequel, The Equaliser, co-starring Denzel Washington.
Watch the trailer for the original Neighbours below: »
Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne are getting a new neighbor. Chloe Moretz, the teen actress who recently toplined Ya tearjerker If I Stay and broke out back in 2010 with Kick-Ass, has joined the talented trio in Neighbors 2. Nicholas Stoller is back in the director’s chair for the follow-up to last year’s summer smash hit, working from a script by Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien.
The first film centered on a young married couple (Rogen and Byrne) who moved into a seemingly pleasant neighborhood with their newborn daughter only to come up against the college fraternity next door, headed by charismatic but cold-hearted Teddy (Efron).
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Plot details for the sequel are being kept under wraps, but Moretz makes sense for the role of a sorority sister, perhaps a similar head honcho to Efron’s Teddy, who butts heads with the central couple. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Physicality is central to the films of Antoine Fuqua: though the director’s breakout hit “Training Day” added some signature lines to the pop culture lexicon, it also featured Denzel Washington’s swaggering actions and the camera to follow them. With his latest film “Southpaw,” written by “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, and 50 Cent, that visceral quality is notched up ten-fold. Known previously as the “Eminem boxing movie,” structured similarly to “8 Mile” around the rapper’s experiences and themes, it shifted gears after Eminem dropped out into another gruelling body transformation for Gyllenhaal, his replacement. An initial set photo of Gyllenhaal, bloodied and sweaty in the ring as boxer Billy hope, proved a shocking hint of the visceral drama to come, and Fuqua was right there for all of it, training every day alongside Gyllenhaal until they saw the results needed to serve the film. »
- Charlie Schmidlin
James Horner is gone, but more of the late Hollywood composer’s music is on the way. “Southpaw” director Antoine Fuqua revealed during an appearance on NPR’s “All Things Considered” that Horner not only composed the score for the boxing drama for free, but already composed music for Fuqua’s “Magnificent Seven” remake starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Matt Bomer, Vincent D’Onofrio and Peter Sarsgaard. “I just found out a couple days ago his team flew out here to Baton Rouge, and they brought me all the music from ‘Magnificent Seven,'” Fuqua said. “He had »
- Greg Gilman
Composer James Horner tragically died last month, leaving behind a legacy of incredible work ranging from "Aliens" and "Titanic" to "Braveheart" and "A Beautiful Mind". At the time it was thought that Antoine Fuqua's boxing drama "Southpaw" opening this week, along with the Chilean miner drama "The 33" opening in November, were his last remaining works.
Today though, Fuqua has revealed to NPR (via Movies.com) that there's one last Horner score still to come which we'll see next year - the score for Fuqua's upcoming western remake "The Magnificent Seven". It's surprising news considering the film is still well in the midst of shooting, but it turns out Horner didn't need to see the footage to craft the music:
"James was an incredible human being. He was a filmmaker through and through. He was one of the most gentle people I've ever met. Even the way he spoke was very soft and thoughtful. »
- Garth Franklin
Though Horner died last month, aged 61, in a plane crash in California, his music lives on in not one, but two Antoine Fuqua films. As revealed in a recent NPR interview for Fuqua's "Southpaw," which Horner scored, it turns out the late composer also wrote the score for Fuqua's now-filming "Magnificent Seven" remake starring Chris Pratt, Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. And Fuqua said that Horner paid his "Southpaw" music crew out of his own pocket. Read More: Remembering Oscar-Winning Film Composer James Horner "He called me on a Saturday after he watched [Southpaw], and I said 'I don't have any money,' because it wasn't a big budget movie. And he said to me. "I love the movie. I love the father-daughter relationship. Don't worry about the money, I'm just going to do it," Fuqua told NPR. "And he did it for nothing. He paid his crew out of his own pocket. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Well if this doesn't put a lump in your throat, or speak to the good that can be found in humanity, I'm not sure what will. Speaking with NPR, Southpaw director Antoine Fuqua had some touching words when it came to the late film composer James Horner who passed away last June in a plane crash. The Oscar-winning composer's work will be heard in Fuqua's Southpaw this Friday and in The 33 later this year, but that's not the end of it. Fuqua will turn his attention next to a remake of The Magnificent Seven and while he hasn't shot the film yet he reveals to NPR he already has a score: "James was an incredible human being. He was a filmmaker through and through. He was one of the most gentle people I've ever met. Even the way he spoke was very soft and thoughtful. He was magical. He »
- Brad Brevet
The Gunman, 2015.
Directed by Pierre Morel.
Eight years after a hit on the Congo mining minister, the assassin finds that he is now the target in a game of cat and mouse.
Spurred on by the inexplicable success of Taken (seriously? Watch it again – it isn’t That good), its sequels and the subsequent fad of middle-aged actors starring in revenge thrillers, Sean Penn (Carlito’s Way/Casualties of War) has joined the likes of Liam Neeson, Kevin Costner and Denzel Washington by starring in The Gunman, directed – funnily enough – by Taken director Pierre Morel.
Penn plays Jim Terrier, a sniper who has been selected to be the shooter in the assassination of the mining minister in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After the hit Jim has to leave the continent as »
- Gary Collinson
UK TV ratings roundup – data supplied by Barb
The BBC One show averaged 2.59m (16.3%) from 7pm, before The National Lottery: Who Dares Wins earned 3.34m (19.5%). Casualty rose to 4.15m (23.2%) from 8.55pm, and The John Bishop Show appealed to 3.1m (18.4%) afterwards.
ITV aired Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 from 7pm, which was enjoyed by 2.76m (16.5%). Later on, live boxing between Carl Frampton and Alejandro Gonzalez Jr drew an audience of 1.6m (10.5%).
Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.
But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.
So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck, »
It's a film that's on my Oscar 2016 predictions list, as Chiwetel Ejiofor could see another Best Actor nomination for his performance in the (unpopular, based on fan reactions) American remake of the Argentine crime thriller, "The Secret in Their Eyes." It was a role that Denzel Washington was reportedly offered initially, but it eventually went to Ejiofor, who is surrounded by actresses also lauded for their past work - Nicole Kidman (nominated for Oscar thrice, won once) and Julia Roberts (nominated 4 times, also won once). Billy Ray, known more for his writing of scripts for critically-acclaimed movies like "Captain Phillips," "The Hunger »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Little Mix want to make their own 'Spice World'-inspired movie. The 'Black Magic' hitmakers - made up of Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall - have confessed they'd love to follow in the footsteps of fellow UK girl-band Spice Girls, and make their own movie - and they even know what it would be about and who they'd cast. Speaking to Kiss FM, Leigh-Anne said: ''We know how the sketches would look. Our tour manager actually looks like a proper action hero so we said Liam Neeson could play him and he could get kidnapped. ''We'd love cameos from Denzel Washington, Idris Elba and Cameron Diaz.'' The 'Move' singers have previously said they wanted to make a movie in order to show their ''sensitive side'' off, as well as their humour. Jesy said: ''We want a movie really badly and a world tour. We have so »
Darren Lynn Bousman and company's Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival screening tour in the U.S. will commence this August in Los Angeles. Also in this round-up: details on The Charnel House and U.S. release details for the Morituris Blu-ray / DVD.
Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival: In 2012, director Darren Lynn Bousman and his team hit the road and took Lucifer with them, bringing The Devil's Carnival film and accompanying live entertainment to cities across America. Bousman and company are now back to raise a lot of hell and a little heaven in Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival.
Featuring David Hasselhoff, Paul Sorvino as God, and Terrance Zdunich as Lucifer, Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival kicks off its U.S. theater screenings tour on August 11th in Los Angeles. For tour and ticket info, visit:
"After triumphant collaborations on 2008's Repo! The Genetic Opera and 2012's The Devil's Carnival: Episode One, »
- Tamika Jones
"Orange Is the New Black" star Danielle Brooks (as Sofia), Cynthia Erivo (as Celie) and Jennifer Hudson (as Shug), will make their Broadway debuts in the upcoming fall revival of "The Color Purple." The Oprah Winfrey-produced project is currently set for a December 3 open, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. John Doyle is directing. Just as I pondered when "A Raisin in the Sun" was revived yet again, last year, with Denzel Washington starring, only 10 years after its previous run in 2004, I would love to see some unexplored, original plays, written by black playwrights that are worth exploring, instead of this continuous recycling of tried »
- Tambay A. Obenson
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