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Earning a rather meagre $31 million at the domestic box office, it's fair to say that Sony was likely disappointed in the results for Neill Blomkamp's "Chappie." And it's probably just as likely that they are really hoping the international box office takes out some of the sting of the North American haul for the sci-fi film. Which may be why they've decided to ensure "Chappie" can capture the broadest audience possible, no matter what the cast. Read More: Review; Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie,' Starring Die Antwoord, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver, And Hugh Jackman Sony Pictures Japan has released an official statement announcing that "Chappie" has been re-edited for Japan to ensure a PG-12 rating (equivalent to the MPAA's PG-13). They are open that this has been done “to appeal to a wider audience,” and imply that the changes were made with the director's approval. But that's far from the truth. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
We love a good horror here at Thn and were rather impressed with new release Dark Summer. The film stars It Follows actor Keir Gilchrist as Daniel, a teenage boy whose obsession with female classmate Mona. His obsession with her leads to some very dark places, including Mona’s death and being placed under house arrest for the summer. It is then that he realises that he is not alone, someone or something is haunting him, and he has no place to run.
Playing Mona is up-and-coming young actress Grace Phipps. Phipps started her career in the David Tennant starring Fright Night before going onto a regular role in American television show The Nine Lives of Chloe King. This was followed with a recurring stint on the phenomenally successful The Vampire Diaries. Then she landed a role in the newest Disney craze Teen Beach Movie. In-between Teen Beach and it’s sequel, »
- Kat Smith
Panama – “I have to thank my wrinkles,” Geraldine Chaplin jokes in the lobby of the American Trade Hotel in Panama City as she prepares for the festival screening of the critically acclaimed “Sand Dollars” (“Dólares de Arena”). The film, which premiered in Toronto, has already won the hard-working actress, winkles and all, a number of awards including in Cairo, Chicago and Havana. Expect more to follow throughout the year.
Chaplin, who is making her second visit to the Panama Film Festival, is a big fan of film festivals in general and credits a festival for her involvement in “Sand Dollars.”
“I was at a festival, I think it was Lima, and I watched a film called ‘Jean Gentil’ that was directed by Laura Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas. I really liked the film, and it was a film that stuck in my head,” Chaplin explains. “I thought I would contact the »
- Christopher Pickard
Kristen Stewart, 'Camp X-Ray' star, to join cast of 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' Kristen Stewart to join 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' movie After putting away her Bella Swan wig and red (formerly brown) contact lenses, Kristen Stewart has been making a number of interesting career choices. Here are three examples: Stewart was a U.S. soldier who befriends an inmate (Peyman Moaadi) at the American Gulag, Guantanamo, in Peter Sattler's little-seen (at least in theaters) Camp X-Ray. She was one of Best Actress Oscar winner Julianne Moore's daughters in Wash Westmoreland and the recently deceased Richard Glatzer's Alzheimer's drama Still Alice. She was the personal assistant to troubled, aging actress Juliette Binoche in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria, which earned her a history-making Best Supporting Actress César. (Stewart became the first American actress to take home the French Academy Award. »
- Andre Soares
A Royal Affair, Ex Machina star to voice documentary set for Cannes Film Festival.
Speaking to ScreenDaily, Björkman described Vikander as “the Bergman of today”.
The film, sold by TrustNordisk, receives its world premiere at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in mid-May prior to its Swedish release on August 28 - the day before the centenary of Ingrid Bergman’s birth. Cannes will also commemorate the centenary by featuring the late Casablanca star on its poster.
Björkman has unearthed unique personal records of Bergman - including home movies, films of her as a child, diary entries and many letters.
“I’ve met Alicia a couple of times over the years and I like her very much »
- email@example.com (Geoffrey Macnab)
“It just… popped in there.” says Ray Stantz, as played by Dan Aykroyd in the climax of the ’80s classic movie Ghostbusters. An inter-dimensional super-villain named Zuul has started to breach the worldly barriers, and ghosts are appearing in 1980s New York City. These ghosts aren’t friendly. They’re decidedly unfriendly. In fact, they’re generally causing a scene. Cue the Ghostbusters, a rag-tag bunch of college layabouts who discover the secret to catching said spirits, and more importantly, a way to monetize their capture. That’s capitalism, folks.
Zuul, as it happens, is just a minion for a millennia old God named Gozer the Destructor, and (s)he instructs the ‘Busters to choose a form for Gozer to take when he arrives to lay waste to their city. Whatever they think of, that’s what will come to destroy them. And so, our heroes attempt to clear their minds of all thoughts. »
- John Cal McCormick
We at Thn collectively love Keanu Reeves and have been immensely excited about his return this year in John Wick. Although not released in UK cinemas until April, Thn have been lucky enough to have already seen it and we can tell you that it is all kinds of awesome.
John Wick was so brilliant that it has awoken my long-forgotten admiration for Mr Reeves and compelled me to revisit his extensive back catalogue immediately. As readers of previous instalments will remember Keanu Reeves was one of my teenage girl crushes alongside Christian Slater. Given that I was a teen during the early noughties these choices might seem a little odd to some of you. Me and my friend though had different tastes to our more mainstream friends – and my choices make a little more sense than Val Kilmer and cartoon character Gambit. Keanu celebrated 50 last year but doesn’t »
- Kat Smith
For every Harry Potter or Hunger Games series, there are those franchises that didn't quite set the world on fire...
Since Insurgent came out, I’ve been thinking about those less fortunate: the franchise wannabes. While Divergent may have succeeded financially, (a film that rode on the coat-tails of the even more lucrative The Hunger Games franchise) there are others who didn’t quite make it into the movie world’s big leagues. These are the franchise-starters that flopped, the films produced with the optimistic hope that they will bring in the readies and kick-start Hollywood’s latest franchise. Worse luck for them, really.
For the sake of simplicity, this list will zero in on Ya franchise-starters, films adapted from a young adult novel or with that audience in mind. There are plenty of more mature films that struggled such as Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time, The A-Team »
Speculation is and will continue to swirl around Neill Blomkamp’s as-yet-untitled Alien sequel until either 20th Century Fox or the director himself divulges more information as to what we can expect. And while we’re still a long way out from a release date or even an official synopsis, the filmmaker has shared some intriguing tidbits about his approach to the sci-fi franchise and, crucially, how his installment won’t “tread on the toes” of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus 2.
Speaking to Empire, here’s what the South African director had to say about the film existing in the same space as Scott’s sequel and how the two filmmakers have been collaborating on Blomkamp’s vision.
“I changed the one thing [Scott] felt was bumping Prometheus a little bit,” reveals Blomkamp. “One thing that makes me feel good about it is that Ridley is producing it. He likes the »
- Michael Briers
Irish filmmaker Ruairi Robinson's three-and-a-half-minute concept video has already notched up 1.2 million views on Vimeo and hundreds of thousands of plays on YouTube.
Set in the early 22nd century, the film centres around slaves used to harvest the produce that mankind develops across the many worlds it has colonised.
The colonisation has been made possible since travel has become faster than the speed of light.
X Men writer and producer Simon Kinberg has also signed up for The Leviathan, according to Deadline.
Anyone worried Alien 5 might take Prometheus 2 off course shouldn't be. The upcoming Xenomorph thriller from Neill Blomkamp will actually help tell the story of Prometheus 2 in the long run, as the director promises not to 'step on' Ridley Scott's toes. It also helps that Scott is producing both entries in the long running sci-fi horror franchise. Neill Blomkamp recently chatted with Empire, where he discussed how welcoming Ridley Scott was to the whole project. He also revealed more about the impending title reveal, and that he has changed his Alien so that it will fall in line with what is being planned for Prometheus 2:
"I changed the one thing [Scott] felt was bumping 'Prometheus' a little bit. One thing that makes me feel good about it is that Ridley is producing it. He likes the idea of what I want to make."
"I changed the one thing (Ridley) felt was bumping Prometheus a little bit," he told Empire.
"Where it went after Aliens to me, as a fan, was wrong," he said. "There's a s**tload missing as a fan that I would want to see."
From what we’ve heard so far about Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5, it’s going to take place after Aliens, but will not undo the work of Alien3 or Alien: Resurrection. According to Sigourney Weaver, she was convinced to do the movie while he told her the story he had planned out during the production of Chappie.
Well, it looks like that story may now have changed.
During an interview with Empire Magazine here in the UK, Blomkamp revealed that discussions between himself, 20th Century Fox and Ridley Scott have made it clear that an element of his story needed to change as it would affect the plot of Scott’s own Prometheus 2.
“I changed the one thing [Ridley Scott] felt was bumping Prometheus a little bit,” Blomkamp said, adding that he has a title – but it would be a major spoiler to reveal it, “it’s kinda quite bold, but »
- Luke Owen
Dipping one of his occasional toes into the waters of social media, Michael Biehn has confirmed that, as was widely expected and hoped, he will indeed be joining Neill Blomkamp and Sigourney Weaver on their surprise new jaunt to the Alien universe. Hicks is officially back. Let the nuking from space begin. It's the only way to be sure.As it turns out, Biehn actually made his announcement a couple of weeks ago, but it seems to have gone widely unnoticed because he hadn't made his Instagram profile public. He currently only has about 200 followers, which is insane. Everybody head to Instagram and follow Michael Biehn immediately!"It's official," Biehn says. "I will be reprising my role as 'Cpl.' (Not for long...) Dwayne Hicks. With the go-ahead, Hicks will return with Ripley in mid 2017. Perhaps Hicks and Ripley well eventually get to second base in this one..."Hicks is up for a promotion then? »
Here’s some news that’s bound to please fans of 80s sci-fi action! Michael Biehn has confirmed that he’s set to reprise the role of Corporal Duane Hicks from 1986’s Aliens in Neill Blomkamp’s as-yet-untitled Alien sequel.
Posting on Instagram in response to a comment about his scheduled appearance at Sheffield Film and Comic-Con in the UK, Biehn stated that, “I’m not looking at scheduling conflicts with the Sheffield Comic Con, due to my contract for Aliens to begin filming during then.”
Fan favourite Hicks was featured in the original concept art that Blomkamp posted for his then-unofficial Alien sequel, which has since been given the greenlight from Fox and will also see Sigourney Weaver back as Ripley.
Are you excited about the prospect of seeing Michael Biehn back on the big screen as Hicks? »
- Gary Collinson
Based on the gallery of concept artwork that the director unveiled earlier this year, his proposed movie takes place sometime after the events of the 1986 sequel Aliens. Those snaps included imagery of Lt. Ellen Ripley and Corporal Dwayne Hicks; the latter replete with scars from his final tussle with a xenomorph. While it’s expected that Sigourney Weaver will be back, what sparked the most excitement was the very presence of the steely marine. Partly because – and this is a big one – he dies offscreen before the events of Alien 3.
But hey, this is Hollywood! Anything goes in a creative industry, and Blomkamp’s enthusiasm for the first two instalments saw him focus his efforts on developing a movie that »
- Gem Seddon
Neil Blomkamp once again captures the current situation in South Africa through an inventive action narrative. Chappie is a star-studded message film features Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver and Sharlto Copley.
At a New York Q&A for the film - the cast and director spoke about imbedding real world themes into science fiction, having an international cast and why Jackman chose to rock a mullet.
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The duo were confirmed for the sequel in February, just weeks after Blomkamp had fuelled interest in the project by posting production art on Instagram.
Weaver gave a coy answer when quizzed on the plot for the next Alien movie during an interview on SiriusXM's Town Hall Radio.
"Let's just put it this way, we've found the host and it's been embedded," she hinted, before adding: "It's gestated."
A photo posted by Brownsnout (@neillblomkamp) on Jan 1, 2015 at 6:06pm Pst
Among the production art posted by Blomkamp was an image that appeared to be a hybrid of a Xenomorph alien and Weaver's character Ripley.
Blomkamp recently insisted that Alien 5 will not ignore the events of the last two franchise films, »
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Did you know Neill Blomkamp’s got a new film out? Probably not, because, even though Chappie has been moderately successful, all everyone’s been talking about is the director’s recently announced Alien project. Part of that’s down to Chappie being a lazy cut-and-copy exercise from Blomkamp’s own earlier work, but mainly because his new Alien is the most exciting thing to happen to a franchise in years (and, after Alien: Isolation, that’s saying something).
Blomkamp released some unofficial concepts for a new Alien movie back in January and since then it’s gone from being some pretty polished fan art to a resuscitation of a presumed dead franchise; following the overwhelmingly positive reaction to his posts, 20th Century Fox announced they were going to actually make the movie, with both Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn confirming they’d look to »
- Alex Leadbeater
Alien is one of the more beloved cinematic franchises in movie history. That.s why when Neill Blomkamp first teased that he was working on a new edition to the series, the world-wide movie community went ballistic. This hysteria then went into overdrive when it was teased that he.d been doing so with Sigourney Weaver - and it became cataclysmic when it was confirmed that Blomkamp.s vision would become a reality. But there.s more! The South African filmmaker has now hinted that there will be more than one new Alien adventure from him coming in the future. Blomkamp, who is currently doing the rounds promoting his upcoming film, Chappie, recently sat down with Empire about his vision for the future Alien films when he teased that he has enough ideas to expand into multiple stories. He explained, When I met Sigourney [Weaver] on the set of Chappie, »
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