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San Diego — As director Luc Besson and his wife Virginie Besson-Silla laid out in meticulous detail a vision for “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” — based on the French comic series “Valerian and Laureline” — their passion for the heavy genre material was certainly palpable. But it was difficult to ignore the specter of other attempted franchise launches from respected filmmakers that crashed on the rocks of “unproven intellectual property.”
“Finding Dory” broke Andrew Stanton out of director jail after his 2012 Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptation “John Carter” forced Disney to take a $200 million write-down. Warner Bros. took a hit on the titanically budgeted “Jupiter Ascending” last year from Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski, after holding it over from 2014 to delay the pain. Unless it’s tied to successful preexisting brands (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), space opera just seems like a difficult sell these days. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Kirsten Howard Jul 19, 2016
So far in this series of pieces that look at the straight-to-dvd or VOD movies of some of our favourite actors who have fallen on hard times, we’ve only looked at men (to date: Bruce Willis, Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and John Travolta). That’s because, mostly, actresses find themselves almost completely out of the game once they hit 30ish – an unnecessary full stop that a lot of us would like to see removed in the future.
Denise Richards, sadly, is no different. After marrying a man she found herself in an abusive relationship with, her career climb stumbled and she was forced back down into TV roles, where she’s currently still putting in the hours.
Richards had a sparkling, American Dream-like start in life. »
The makers of this cliched action collage banked on Bruce Willis but should have spent more on the script
A crass B-movie that seems to have been entirely constructed from car chases and misogyny, this thuddingly dull-witted thriller makes it to our cinemas on the power of Bruce Willis’s name and little else. Employing a retina-searing colour palette to distract from the fact that the heists make no sense, this production clearly ploughed all its budget into a few slick action sequences and the cameo from Willis. It’s a pity the film-makers didn’t invest in the screenplay.
The characters seem to have been assembled by some kind of random quirk generator: Jack (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) likes to hit golf balls into the sea, which makes him a) a maverick and b) needlessly wasteful with sporting equipment. His sidekicks include a drunk, a badass female sharp-shooter and a browbeaten »
- Wendy Ide
There could be a moment where films like London Has Fallen start to accidentially reflect reality a little too much but in the escapism of cinema, and the vast push towards those classic almost-impossible action movie boundaries, there’s more than enough here to take you away with an entertaining and cheesy, yet action packed, sequel of sorts to Olympus Has Fallen.
Not messing around with the winning formula in any way, Gerald Butler‘s Mike Banning returns to try and save President Ben Asher, played again by Aaron Eckhart, after a routine State visit to London ends up becoming a setup to kill all the world leaders and consequentially a deadly bloodbath. There’s not an excessive amount you can say about the plot because as a whole it involves Banning and Asher trying not to be killed by a seriously high volume of baddies that are both seemingly »
- Dan Bullock
July 15, 1988 must have been the day to celebrate Christmas in July because it’s the day classic Christmas movie (don’t argue) Die Hard was gifted to us. 28 years after the Die Hard hit theaters, it’s difficult to accept that the movie’s great villain is gone, and it’s wild to think about the fact that this was his first Hollywood film role — Alan Rickman was in his first movie at age 42, which makes it all the more tragic that his life and career were cut short this year. Since 1988, Bruce Willis has made four more Die Hard movies. Meanwhile, director John McTiernan’s last completed film was 2003’s Basic, and these days he’s keeping busy bashing modern blockbusters, Captain America and Mad Max: Fury Road included. Die Hard is available for purchase here on Fox Connect Other notable July 15 happenings in pop culture history: • 1963: The »
- Emily Rome
★☆☆☆☆ During the end titles of Precious Cargo we get a close up of some dog muck. It would be nice to think this was a bit of meta-humour or a moment of candid self-awareness from first time director Max Adams, but unfortunately his risible, derivative heist movie has the audacity to actually think it's quite good. Playing like a stuntman's show reel - sans narrative coherence - the only thing more annoying than the general ineptness, predictable story and Bruce Willis, is the film's smug air of self-satisfaction as it seeks to subvert tropes it barely manages to achieve.
- CineVue UK
Tony Sokol Jul 15, 2016
The screenplay was written by Nick Gordon. Willis and Miller previously worked together on the bank heist flick Marauders.
'After a man and his son witness a thug shooting a bank thief while on a hunting trip, the bank robber takes the boy hostage, in order to recover the key to a locker that contains the loot from the bank heist', reads the official synopsis.
Willis’s police chief races against time to solve the case.
Emmett/Furla/Oasis will produce, finance, and release the film through their deal with Lionsgate Premiere. This is the 11th collaboration between Willis and Emmett/Furla »
Willis will play a police chief who tries to solve a kidnapping, with a ticking clock. After a man and his son witness a thug shooting a bank thief while on a hunting trip, the bank robber takes the boy hostage, in order to recover the key to a locker that contains the loot from the bank heist.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
If you weren’t happy with how “Hot Tub Time Machine 2” turned out — which, based on on its critical and financial reception, you probably weren’t — then you have something in common with at least one of its stars. Rob Corddry, in a new Eqsuire interview, bemoans the film’s disappointing box-office returns and suggests that the future of comedies is on VOD, as viewers “don’t run out to the movie theater” to see them.
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He also a recalls an email he wrote to everyone involved on the film during its opening weekend, at which point he felt “the writing was on the wall.” Corddry told his colleagues and executives that “we have a chance here — and I know you’re gonna say ‘No’ because this is crazy — but rip it out of theaters right now. »
- Michael Nordine
Big bangs and a speedboat chase do nothing to rescue this unexciting, unfunny action thriller
A straight-to-video nightmare is all that’s on offer here. Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Bruce Willis star in a cheap-and-cheerless action thriller that contrives to be unexciting, unfunny and crass. Gosselaar is Jack, a supercool tough guy and heist specialist with a heart of gold, in love with a veterinarian he’s cutely trying to impress by showing up at her clinic with a dog borrowed from one of his fellow criminals. Jack is lured into stealing diamonds by his ex, played by the haughty and leonine Claire Forlani, who in turn wishes ill on a certain Mr Big, in which role Bruce Willis smirkingly phones in his standard-issue performance. The production budget has been spent on a series of big, loud and very, very boring explosions, and there is a mind-blowingly uninteresting speedboat chase scene »
- Peter Bradshaw
Exclusive: Bruce Willis has been set to star in First Kill, a Steven C. Miller-directed action thriller that Emmett/Furla/Oasis will produce, finance and release through its U.S. deal with Lionsgate Premiere. It’s the 11th collaboration between Efo and Willis, and the producer/financier’s fourth film with Miller. Highland Film Group is handling international. The script was written by Nick Gordon with production slated to begin late August in Cincinnati, Ohio. Willis will… »
In a summer of VFX crowdpleasers, it's a kick to find Woody Allen out there working with flesh-and-blood actors who deal with emotions that aren't computer generated. Café Society isn't peak Allen, in the manner of such recent high points as Midnight in Paris (2011) and Blue Jasmine (2013), but the film — which could be helpfully subtitled Manhattan v Hollywood — feels lively, lived-in and fallibly human.
The time is the 1930s, the decade of Allen's birth. At a Tinseltown pool party, lit with old-school glamour by camera legend Vittorio Storaro, power agent »
Many articles have been written about the once strapping, now defunct 80s action hero/ era since the golden age of Rambo, The Terminator and Die Hard, but this flat-pack thriller co-starring Bruce Willis is no return to form for the genre, period or signature icon. Even though Willis has been cast against type in a […]
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- Daniel Goodwin
Precious Cargo, 2016.
Directed by Max Adams.
Skilled thief Jack, on the verge of leaving his criminal world behind, is drawn by pregnant ex-lover Karen into a battle against vicious crime boss Eddie, who wants her dead…
If there was one question ringing through my mind by the end of Precious Cargo, it was this: when is Bruce Willis going to fire his agent? That’s perhaps a tad harsh on Max Adams’ debut feature as both writer and director, as it’s not quite as bad as some of the dross Brucey has lowered himself to over the last few years, but equally this action movie isn’t nearly as thrilling, exciting or knockabout as it professes to be. For a start, while it trades off Willis’ mega star wattage, Adams’ film probably only has about »
- Tony Black
Stephen Harber Jul 14, 2016
Low on nightmare fuel? Fill up your tank by reliving your scariest memories from The Real Ghostbusters, a truly twisted 80s cartoon...
The Real Ghostbusters was a pretty messed-up cartoon sometimes. I think that’s one of life’s universal truths. I’m not quite sure why the world needed an unholy amalgam of anime, cheesy 80s synth music, and mind-bending eldritch horror with a chiselled version of Bill Murray on top. But it did, and it still feels so right to this day.
Video of The Real Ghostbusters: Intro and Closing (without credits) [HD]
Ah, Dic Enterprises. What would my childhood have been without you? Well, for starters, I suppose I wouldn't have been terrified of the cartoon demons you dreamt up in your Real Ghostbusters cartoon, you sadistic monsters!
Ahem. Sorry, I didn’t mean to snap. It’s just… Rgb (as the hardcore fans »
Kersey, a 'liberal' thinking architect, becomes an unstoppable late-night vigilante killer, targeting muggers, after a deadly assault against his wife and daughter pushes him over the deep end.
At the time of its initial release, critics were displeased with the film, considering it an 'immoral threat to society' and an encouragement of 'antisocial behavior'.
Despite the negative reviews, producers sensed the 'primal' appeal of the premise with audiences and released five "Death Wish" films.
- Michael Stevens
Christopher Meloni (TV’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) and Bruce Willis (Die Hard franchise) star in the action-thriller Marauders, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), and Digital HD September 13 from Lionsgate. Currently available On Demand, Marauders begins with a string of bank robberies leading one man to uncover a conspiracy that could bring an entire city to its knees. The action-packed thrill-ride also stars Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) alongside Adrian Grenier (HBO’s “Entourage”), Johnathan Schaech (Vice), Lydia Hull (Escape Plan), Tyler Jon Olson (Precious Cargo), and Texas Battle (Final Destination 3).
When an untraceable group of elite bank robbers executes the perfect heist, making off with millions in cash and leaving a dead bank manager in their wake, the FBI agents investigating the robbery/homicide (Christopher Meloni, Dave Bautista, and Adrian Grenier »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Victor Medina)
Ed Williamson Published Date Friday, July 15, 2016 - 05:47
It’s fair to say Bruce Willis has taken his foot off the gas a bit in recent years. Who can blame him? Stars fade, and now everyone’s a 24/7 commentator it’s hard to keep working into advanced age, when the scripts landing on the mat require you to acknowledge the limitations of your age and play up to them, and even dip into the straight-to-digital-download market, without some accusing you of trashing your legacy.
People feel this sense of regret more keenly with Robert De Niro, who had further to fall after he stopped trying in 2002, but he at least continues to play the first or second lead, putting his name to the project and living or dying by it. Willis increasingly takes on roles that seem to require little time investment, and mails it in contentedly.
There’s a »
Santa Monica, CA (July 7, 2016) – Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and Bruce Willis (Die Hard franchise) star in the action-thriller Marauders, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), and Digital HD September 13 from Lionsgate. Currently available On Demand, Marauders begins with a string of bank robberies leading one man to uncover a conspiracy that could bring an entire city to its knees. The action-packed thrill-ride also stars Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) alongside Adrian Grenier (HBO’s Entourage), Johnathan Schaech (Vice), Lydia Hull (Escape Plan), Tyler Jon Olson (Precious Cargo), and Texas Battle (Final Destination 3).
When an untraceable group of elite bank robbers executes the perfect heist, making off with millions in cash and leaving a dead bank manager in their wake, the FBI agents investigating the robbery/homicide (Christopher Meloni, Dave Bautista, and Adrian Grenier) begin to uncover signs of corruption involving the bank »
- ComicMix Staff
Bruce Willis! How do you feel about that name? It’s one that has changed its meaning and sound throughout the years. From sitcom star to unexpected action hero, to taking on challenging prestige roles in the late 90s, Willis hasn’t exactly become stale. Recently however he has given his name to small budget action films, showed up, read his lines, and seen them go straight to DVD or streaming. This isn’t surprising however as the movie star as we know it is pretty much dead. Willis still impresses when he gets into original and challenging material such as Moonrise Kingdom, or Looper, but why not earn a buck on the side?
- Luke Ryan Baldock
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