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The Assignment, the jaw-dropping audacious revenge thriller from legendary director Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hrs.), starring Michelle Rodriguez and Golden Globe winner Sigourney Weaver (Best Actress, Motion Picture – Drama, Gorillas in the Mist: The Adventure of Dian Fossey; 1989; Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture, Working Girl, 1989,) heads home to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and Digital HD on June 6 from Lionsgate. The film is available On Demand now. Rodriguez stars as a lowlife killer put through a full male-to-female gender reassignment surgery by a score-settling surgeon played by Weaver. Also starring Emmy® and Golden Globe® winners Tony Shalhoub (Golden Globe®: Best Actor, Television Series – Comedy, “Monk”, 2003) and Anthony Lapaglia (Golden Globe®: Best Actor, Television Series – Drama, “Without a Trace,” 2004), The Assignment Blu-ray Combo Pack and »
- Tom Stockman
We are closer than ever to seeing the Marvel/Netflix Universe unite in the form of The Defenders. Aside from Daredevil, every other team member has only had one season so far, and so there’s still a lot for the individual heroes to learn as they continue their crimefighting careers. How will The Defenders change its key players, for better, or worse? Well, according to Finn Jones, his character Danny Rand, at least, will learn quite a bit.
Speaking to CinemaBlend, the Iron Fist actor describes how being exposed to other superheroes will influence his character:
“The thing [with] Danny is that we’re taking an ordinary kid with a lot of issues and we’re trying to iron those out first before getting to Danny as Iron Fist. And what we’ll [see] in Defenders is Danny coming to terms with being a superhero. In the Defenders when he first starts, »
- Jordan Jones
“With great power comes great comes great responsibility.” It’s a line that’s so ingrained in the Marvelverse that many fans could rhyme it off without so much as a second thought, and there is perhaps no other superhero that needs to take heed of Uncle Ben’s famous words more than Danny Rand.
The kid with the Iron Fist is one of four reluctant heroes poised to join forces in time for The Defenders – the others being Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage – but if Danny Rand’s standalone series introduced Netflix subscribers to a slightly more immature version of the iconic martial arts expert, Finn Jones is confident that his superpowered Defender will spend much of Marvel’s imminent team-up series grappling with his newfound abilities and subsequent responsibilities.
While appearing on the It’s All Connected podcast for McU Exchange (via Screen Rant), the former Game of Thrones »
- Michael Briers
In January, we learned that director James Cameron was crafting a new “Terminator” film and was in talks with “Deadpool” helmer Tim Miller to direct the project. Now, Arnold Schwarzenegger has confirmed that he is on board to star in the film. The actor spoke to /Film at the Cannes Film Festival, where he is presenting Jean-Michel Cousteau’s documentary “Wonders of the Sea 3D,” which he narrates.
Read More: he 2017 IndieWire Cannes Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival
“It is back. It is moving forward,” Schwarzenegger told the site, adding that Cameron, who would produce the film, “has some good ideas of how to continue with the franchise. I will be in the movie.” This will mark Cameron’s return to the franchise he created back in 1984. The filmmaker also penned and directed the 1991 sequel “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” It is still unknown whether »
- Yoselin Acevedo
God bless the Criterion Collection for their forthcoming Blu-ray of a nifty 2K restoration of The Breaking Point (1950), the second swipe at Ernest Hemingway’s novel To Have and Have Not, which is on the company’s release schedule for August 2017. You may have heard of the first version… Bogie, Bacall, Hawks, “You know how to whistle, don’t ya?” Remember that one? Well, this one, the story of a down-on-his-luck charter boat captain Harry Morgan (John Garfield) who gets manipulated into a deadly smuggling run to help make ends meet, is directed by Michael Curtiz, and it trades Hawks’ larky, Casablanca-derived vibe for something decidedly darker, a daylight-splashed noir that somehow ferrets out all the chiaroscuro shadows in Hemingway’s material nonetheless. Throughout The Breaking Point, but especially in the movie’s riveting second half when Morgan allows himself to get roped into a second, even more dangerous scheme, »
- Dennis Cozzalio
A noticeable improvement over Adam Sandler’s previous three Netflix originals — in much the same way that a glass of Manischewitz is a noticeable improvement over drinking one of those ominous puddles that forms in the groove of a New York City subway seat — “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” isn’t the wittiest or most exciting movie that Noah Baumbach has ever made, but it might just be the most humane.
Too familiar to stand out from Baumbach’s career, but too funny and textured and true to not be one of its highlights, “The Meyerowitz Stories” harkens back to the more savage and sprawling comedies that Baumbach made before he teamed up with Greta Gerwig (whose ebullient influence is noticeably absent from this material, if not always missing from it). Still, this even-handed, mutually destructively, and inextricably Jewish-American family saga marks a major departure for Baumbach in one »
- David Ehrlich
Katherine Waterston is sprawled on the floor of her dressing room. "I hurt my back a few days ago," she explains, slightly embarrassed. "It's not as bad as it looks, trust me." Waterston is backstage at the Good Morning America studios in Manhattan, having just appeared with a handful of her Alien: Covenant costars to stump for the movie on the morning-show circuit; right now, however, she's half-prone, half-sitting on the ground, and well aware that she resembles a vulnerable tangle of limbs stuck in the middle of an advanced yoga position. »
The Defenders stars Finn Jones and Mike Colter were in attendance at Houston’s Comicpalooza last weekend, during which Jones revealed that the story for the hotly-anticipated Marvel team-up series will unfold over a couple of days.
“It takes place in a very short amount of time,” said Jones (via McU Exchange). “It’s 8 episodes but it takes place over a couple of days. So it has this real-time frenetic energy to it which I think adds to the impending doom. So we’re all kind of brought together not through choice, but through necessity. We don’t want to work with each other but our backs are against the wall and we kind of have to.”
This differs from the previous solo series, which have spanned weeks and even months across their thirteen episodes, and have sometimes felt a little drawn out pacing-wise as a result.
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- Gary Collinson
While Hollywood might have moved away from producing mid-budget movies for adults, Spain has moved in. Two broadcaster-backed production houses, Mediaset España’s Telecinco Cinema and Atresmedia Cine, can now create event movies that can blow even Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters out of the water in Spain.
They have snagged Academy Award nominations, including for Naomi Watts in “The Impossible,” and yielded some of the world’s highest-grossing independent movies; “The Impossible” garnered $180 million worldwide. Though all made out of Spain, given their high budgets, they attract Hollywood partners, especially if shot in English. Produced by Apaches Ent., Telecinco Cinema and Peliculas La Trini, “A Monster Calls” was financed and distributed by Focus Features, River Road, Participant Media and Lionsgate.
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- John Hopewell
That’s more than enough to deny a third straight box office title to Disney-Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which is heading for about $32 million at 4,347 sites. The tentpole sequel’s taking in about half of its gross from last weekend and should push “Guardians 2” to nearly $300 million by the end of this weekend — trailing only Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” among 2017 titles.
The launch of Warner Bros.-MGM’s teen romance “Everything, Everything” was performing somewhat above modest estimates with a projection of about $13 million at 2,850 sites. Fox’s debut of family comedy “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” appeared to be in line with expectations with about $10 million at 3,157 venues. Fox’s second weekend of Amy Schumer- »
- Dave McNary
Maybe humans are the real monsters, and xenomorphs have just been misunderstood all along. That, I suppose, was the logic that spawned Alien: Covenant, another franchise film that buys into the current trend that every villain needs an empathetic origin story.
Covenant, a prequel to the classic 1979 creature feature, Alien, begins with its own prologue: David, the android introduced in Prometheus and played by Michael Fassbender, discusses creation with his maker and asks him "the only question that matters": Where do we come from? Covenant, as with Prometheus before it, is all about creation and, boy, is that creation gross.
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The movie then shifts focus to the crew of a ship, the Covenant, on a colonizing mission to the planet Origae-6. Coinciding with a catastrophic malfunction aboard the spacecraft, a previously »
Alien: Covenant is a strange hybrid of Prometheus and the original Alien. If you thought adding "Alien" to the title was a sign that director Ridley Scott was in some way erasing Prometheus or righting the ship after fan response to that film, you're dead wrong. Prometheus is essential viewing before seeing Alien: Covenant. Though the film steps into far too familiar territory with the return of eggs, facehuggers, and the Xenomorph -- all seen in the trailer -- it is still Prometheus 2; not so much a prequel to Alien as continuation of the last film and a set-up for whatever comes next. It delivers plenty of blood, gore, and fantastic scares, but falls short in terms of characterization, narrative, and pacing.
The title refers to the colony ship, Covenant, just as Prometheus was named after the featured spacecraft in that film. The Covenant is unlike the ships we've »
- Nick Doll
The “Alien: Covenant” preview number is similar to Warner Bros.’ “Mad Max: Fury Road,” which opened on the same weekend in 2015 with $3.7 million on Thursday night on its way to a $45.4 million weekend. “Alien” held screenings at about 3,000 in North America.
Recent estimates have projected Fox’s R-rated horror-thriller to launch in the $40 million to $45 million range at 3,760 sites. That’s probably enough to deny Marvel-Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” a third consecutive victory as it heads for a weekend in the $35 million range. The Marvel-Disney sequel, still playing at 4,347 locations, has already taken in more that $265 million domestically in its first two weeks. It’s the second-biggest domestic grosser of 2017 and is nearing $650 million worldwide.
- Dave McNary
Warning: bloody, bloody spoilers for Alien: Covenant below. Even from the first trailer of Alien: Covenant, we knew things were going to get bloody. Between that, the R rating, and all those grisly plot details, it seemed like the latest addition to the Alien legacy might just outdo the others. Having seen the film, allow me to assure you that it's stressful, gory, and worthy of a watch. And as for the alien Xenomorphs themselves, they seem craftier, faster, and more savage than ever. Wondering how everything tumbles together in the thrilling and kind of bleak conclusion? If you're too scared but morbidly curious, or if you just can't wait to see the film in theaters, we're breaking down all the highlights of that wild ending. Just to add a little perspective, we start this film with a 15-person crew. The spaceship called the Covenant is on a colonizing mission. »
- Ryan Roschke
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[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Alien: Covenant]
Despite a winning performance by Katherine Waterston, Alien: Covenant's focus on Michael Fassbender's dual characters cements what might not be the most obvious — but may perhaps be the most important — difference between the Alien franchise-as-was and the prequel series that began with 2012's Prometheus: The series has gone from being a series about female power to being all about men… or, at least, male-presenting robots.
- Graeme McMillan
Like a mysterious parasite that infects your body and results in a demon-faced alien spawn bursting from your chest and rapidly growing into a murderous eight-foot creature, the Alien franchise has made its presence known over the past 30-something years, itself spawning a number of sequels (Aliens, Alien 3, Alien: Resurrection), crossovers and 2012's it's-not-a-prequel-but-really-it's-a-prequel, Prometheus.
If you've never seen Prometheus -- or if you saw Prometheus, hated Prometheus and had a sort of Ptsd reaction to Prometheus that now renders you incapable of remembering anything that happened in that movie -- you may think the latest installment, Alien: Covenant, is not for you. But it can be! There's even a section in the middle of the movie where it stops to just kind of...explain the plot of Prometheus. But while Covenant proves an easy enough entry point for those new to the Alien franchise, you may still have a few questions. Hopefully, ahead »
Sometimes Emily Hampshire slips into character during dates.
Things get awkward, the Canadian actress tells Et, when her courter suddenly realizes that she's not Stevie Budd, the deadpan, buttoned-up motel clerk she hilariously portrays on Pop TV's Schitt's Creek, which just finished airing a critically acclaimed third season earlier this year. In fact, Hampshire, who frequently breaks into uproarious giggle fits during our freewheeling interview, couldn't be more infectiously giddy and refreshingly forthcoming.
"I feel bad that I'm not Stevie for them, that I'm not as cool as Stevie," the 35-year-old actress says. "They meet me and they're like, 'Oh, you're way more animated than Stevie is.' I can hear the disappointment in their voice."
That's when, she acknowledges, "I try to overcompensate for not being Stevie."
So then they get Jennifer Goines, the brainy but unhinged heroine she plays on Syfy's 12 Monkeys. If you know Jennifer, you know this means Hampshire's dates end with »
The Defenders represents a very different creative proposition when compared to its superpowered progenitors – and we’re not just referring to the ways in which Marvel’s team-up series focuses on four core characters as opposed to a single, reluctant hero.
Whereas Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist all adhered to Netflix’s 13-episode template, the forthcoming ensemble series bucks tradition by opting for a truncated, eight-episode stint. On the one hand, it ought to allay fears that The Defenders will succumb to the mid-season slump – an issue that has arguably affected all four of Marvel and Netflix’s solo efforts thus far – but it’ll also pave the way for a much more “frenetic” season. Or so Finn Jones believes.
- Michael Briers
Near the end of “Alien 3,” Ellen Ripley delivers her most tragic line: “You’ve been in my life so long, I can’t remember anything else.” Why should it be any different for us? Sigourney Weaver’s defining character defiantly takes her own life shortly thereafter, marking a moral victory against both the creature and the corporation that have come to shape her existence.
Spanning three centuries — “Prometheus” is set in 2089, “Alien: Resurrection” in 2379 — and more than one life cycle for its embattled heroine, the enduring sci-fi saga is among the most mutable cinematic enterprises ever created. I hope it lasts as long in the real world as it does in its own.
Unlike certain other franchises, “Alien” is neither based on pre-existing materials nor beholden to anything resembling real life. There’s no book for us to say is better, no set-in-stone mythology to upend. Anyone worried about »
- Michael Nordine
Two years ago Marvel launched it's first Netflix series Daredevil, starring Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page and Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson. With an overwhelming positive response, the studio soon also launched Jessica Jones starring Krysten Ritter as Jessica, Rachel Taylor as Trish Walker and David Tennant as Kilgrave. In that series was the introduction to Luke Cage who is played by Mike Colter, who soon debuted in his own series. Finally, this year we got Iron Fist, starring Finn Jones as Danny Rand and Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing. The reason we are taking this trip down memory lane is that these characters are now set to come together in August in a new Netflix series The Defenders.
- Emmanuel Gomez
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