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Keifer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, and William Baldwin. If these names sound familiar to you then it is because they were the cast in the original Flatliners movie that took in more than $61 million. The reboot with Ellen Page opened with a heart stopping (in a bad way) $2 million. Since the focus of this article is on Ellen Page, we’ll avoid reviewing the movie here, though it is worth mentioning that it has a 3% critical Rotten Tomatoes score. Page, of X-Men and Juno fame, has people wondering what is going wrong with her movie
Is Ellen Page’s Movie Career in a Downward Spiral? »
- Nat Berman
[[tmz:video id="0_nbpgeq5b"]] Billy Baldwin thinks anyone who gets up in arms over the right to bear arms is grossly misguided. We got the second-youngest Baldwin brother Tuesday at Lax, and he scoffs at the NRA and anyone else who thinks the 2nd Amendment gives people an absolute right to possess any type of weapon they want. He also has high praise for Jimmy Kimmel, who he has developed a voice more powerful than the President's or members »
- TMZ Staff
"Is man ready to re-constitute it?" What the heck is this? A full trailer has debuted for a film titled The Broken Key, some sort of weird sci-fi mashup involving historical artifacts and modern technology and all kinds of wacky things. It's set in the near future, at a time when paper has become a rare item, "a luxury possession", and printing is now a crime. The main character is a British scholar of ancient Italian origins, who gets caught up in a series of murders taking him "on the path traced, so many centuries before, by Dante Alighieri and by the painter Hieronymus Bosch." This stars Rutger Hauer, Michael Madsen, Christopher Lambert, Geraldine Chaplin, Franco Nero, William Baldwin, Maria de Medeiros, Kabir Bedi, and Marc Fiorini. This really looks way too weird for my tastes, another film straight from the 90s destined to find its way into VHS bargain bins. »
- Alex Billington
Danish director Niels Arden Oplev is still best known for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (what, you mean you don’t remember Dead Man Down?), and he brings the same flat, TV movie aesthetic to this “sequel” to Joel Schumacher’s 1990 sci-horror. The original’s high concept plot is retained and given a 21st century makeover – although it’s still as hokey and dumb as Schumacher’s film, and once again fails to capitalise on its central conceit.
The premise of Flatliners is that a young med student, Courtney (Ellen Page), comes up with the bright idea of having her heart stopped, then started again, under controlled conditions. She employs the help of a group of fellow students, who see the experiment as a shortcut to bountiful medical careers. »
- Rupert Harvey
29 September 2017 12:17 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
How many "Do Not Resuscitate" jokes will be made about Flatliners, Hollywood's latest attempt to bring a long-forgotten hit back from the dead for an audience raised on reheated cultural leftovers? A few, no doubt. But at least this remake (not a sequel, as previously reported) can in theory cite a reason for its existence: Joel Schumacher's 1990 original, cast with some of the hottest up-and-coming stars of its day (and also William Baldwin), glossed its actors up with an overheated visual style, but it displayed less visual imagination in its expressionistic near-death sequences, leaving room for improvement by a »
- John DeFore
The new Flatliners? Best not.
You can probably think of all the best and worst puns that we could load into this review without even seeing Flatliners. So, with apologies in advance, there's no better way to describe Niels Arden Oplev's mis-sold remake than this - it just lies there on the slab.
1990's Flatliners is a sci-fi inflected psychological horror, directed by Joel Schumacher and boasting an all-star cast. In the original, Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt and William Baldwin star as medical students who conduct ill-advised experiments on themselves in the hope of proving that there is life after death.
In the 2017 version, it's Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton and Kiersey Clemons in the lead roles. The likeliest reason it wasn't shown to critics ahead of release is because, bizarrely, it's not the sequel that we've been led to believe it would be, »
Smart, self-aware and groundbreaking, the cinema of the 1990s is worth getting nostalgic over. No wonder studios are so keen to resurrect it
Related: Pulp Fiction to Magnolia: the best films of the 90s – as chosen by critics
Cinema is once again mining its recent past for hits. Joel Schumacher’s 1990 medic-goth thriller Flatliners is the latest cult classic to be remade for a contemporary audience. Almost three decades on, the original – in which a group of medical students deliberately kill and then revive themselves in order to report back on the afterlife – resembles in parts a crossover episode between Buffy and Holby City. But in the shiny 2017 sequel, the gritty, steamy streets have been replaced by brightly lit high-rises, its rudimentary computers have been given an upgrade, and the astonishing amount of angular yet floppy hair sported by Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon and Billy Baldwin has been closely cropped for more austere times. »
- Rebecca Nicholson
“Did you know that Monday was this man’s 39th birthday? He looks great,” said Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman, before he gave the film’s producer a big hug outside of the Ace Theater.
The Los Angeles premiere additionally marked a special occasion for Douglas since he also produced the original 1990 film, which starred Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt, and Kiefer Sutherland. The updated version of the thriller, penned by Ben Ripley, features Ellen Page, Nina Dobrev, Diego Luna, Kiersey Clemons, and James Norton.
“All of the actors in the first one were really on the cusp of becoming stars,” Douglas recalled. “And the same can really be said [now], so to see these young actors about to really make it in their careers is a compliment to us.”
- Mannie Holmes
28 September 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The Hollywood Reporter was concerned, 1990's Flatliners was dead on arrival. The Joel Schumacher film's title comes from ER slang for someone whose absence of vital signs produces a straight line on the Ekg — i.e., they're a goner. In the movie, a group of medical students (Kiefer Sutherland, then 23; William Baldwin, 27; Kevin Bacon, 32; Oliver Platt, 30; and Julia Roberts, 22, who'd just had a massive hit with Pretty Woman) perform experiments where they stop one another's hearts, rendering themselves technically dead. After being resuscitated, they have memories of the experience.
Schumacher once »
- Bill Higgins
This Friday will see the release of a horror film called “Flatliners,” a movie title that should be instantly familiar to anyone who spent the ’90s trawling the shelves of their local video store in search of something — anything — to watch that weekend. Perhaps best remembered as the crusty VHS that was always sandwiched between “The Fisher King” and “Fried Green Tomatoes,” the original “Flatliners” was an asinine but atmospheric psychological horror thing that starred Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, and Billy Baldwin as foolhardy med students who start experimenting with life after death. Nothing goes wrong and they all live happily ever after.
Now, perhaps motivated by the fact that the mere act of making a movie in 2017 feels like an experiment with life after death, Hollywood is about to unleash a remake starring Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, and Kiersey Clemons. Directed by Niels Arden Oplev, »
- David Ehrlich
Heroes alumni Greg Grunberg and Taylor Cole have been added to the cast of the Ali Atshani-directed comedy 1st Born, a U.S./Iranian co-production. The two join Val Kilmer, William Baldwin, Robert Knepper, Jay Abdo and Armin Amiri in the film, which follows a young mixed-nationality couple, Iranian born Ben and American Kate, who are experiencing complications in their first pregnancy. This forces the whole extended family to put aside their differences and come together… »
Just like this group of medical students in this upcoming thriller, the Flatliners franchise has been brought back from the dead with a new movie hitting theaters later this month. To get fans ready for this "revival" that continues the story from the original 1990 movie, Sony Pictures has dropped a new trailer, that shows how these medical students' lives change drastically after an experiment where they're brought back from the dead. The trailer also reveals the sequel's new tagline, "You haven't lived until you've died."
In Flatliners, five medical students, obsessed by the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring and dangerous experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods of time, each triggers a near-death experience giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife. But as their experiments become increasingly dangerous, they are each haunted by the sins of their pasts, brought on »
With just under one month left until Sony Pictures' Flatliners remake hits theaters, the studio has released four new character posters that shows completely different sides to the main characters. The posters feature Ellen Page's Courtney, Diego Luna's Ray, Nina Dobrev's Marlo and Kiersey Clemons' Sophia. While each of these characters has a seemingly normal expression, these one-sheets literally show another side of them, and it's clear they're truly terrified.
The posters surfaced on the Flatliners Twitter earlier today, although it remains uncertain if we'll get any more footage between now and the September 29 release date. The first Flatliners trailer didn't debut until mid-June, and with the release just a few weeks away, hopefully there will be more footage for fans to explore, before this reboot hits theaters. For fans of the original movie, there will be a familiar face involved, although he isn't seen on any of these posters. »
In today’s film news roundup, Robert Knepper and Armin Amiri join “1st Born,” Cynthia Erivo will star in “Bad Times at the El Royale,” Lior Raz joins “Operation Finale,,” SXSW announces more speakers, Mark Duplass’ “Creep 2” gets a release date and “Dunkirk” gets a special promotion this weekend for the U.S. military.
“1st Born,” a joint feature film co-production between Iran and Hollywood, is set to start filming in Los Angeles next month. It centers on a newlywed couple — Iranian-born Ben and American Kate — who are living the American dream in sunny California. When their first pregnancy has complications, it brings the whole family together.
Amiri will portray Ben and Abdo will play his father. Knepper’s character is a Iraqi War veteran who befriends Abdo’s character »
- Dave McNary
William Baldwin (The Squid and the Whale, Flatliners) and Jay Abdo (A Hologram for the King, Queen of the Desert) are set to co-star opposite Val Kilmer in the indie comedy 1st Born, from Iranian director Ali Atshani. The film, a Iranian-us joint production, follows young newlywed couple, Iranian born Ben and American Kate. When their first pregnancy has complications, it takes the whole family to come together, which is no small feat. Ben's father Hamid (Adbo) a virulent… »
In the world of Flatliners, death is merely the beginning.
That’s a clichéd phrase that is so often tossed around Hollywood’s marketing departments year in, year out, but in Niels Arden Oplev’s long-rumored horror sequel, death is literally the beginning of a new life for five whip-smart medical students attempting to play God.
Headed up by Ellen Page, Diego Luna (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Nina Dobrev, James Norton and Kiersey Clemons (The Flash), Flatliners toys with the fine line between life and death, as our group of characters undergoes terrifying near-death experiences in the hope of gaining a new lease of life. Talk about poetic irony. But venturing over to the other side has consequences of its own, and after showcasing its first teaser trailer, Sony has now rolled out a handful of foreboding images that find Ellen Page and the rest of the gang »
- Michael Briers
Before fame propelled Brad Pitt above the heights of the Hollywood sign, he was an overly polite, amateur actor who was almost passed over for the role of the seducer-meets-robber J.D. in the 1991 film Thelma and Louise. Now, a new book reveals inside details of his sex scene with Thelma (played by Geena Davis) — a scene so “racy” that it kick-started his reputation as a sex symbol and, if left uncut, would have shot the movie’s rating “past R.”
- Sam Gillette
Black Panther, Detroit, War for the Planet of the Apes, and more make our weekly movie newsBlack Panther, Detroit, War for the Planet of the Apes, and more make our weekly movie newsZachary Dent6/16/2017 2:43:00 Pm
We've got a whole whack of trailers, posters, and clips coming at you in this week's movie news!
The first trailer for Marvel's Black Panther dropped last weekend! Chadwick Boseman looks bad-ass in this one. T'Challa (Boseman), the new ruler of the advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must defend his land from being torn apart by enemies from outside and inside the country. Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, and Forest Whitaker round out an all-star cast. Check out the trailer below and catch Black Panther in Cineplex theatres on February 16th, 2018!
- Zachary Dent
What happens when you die? It's one of those age-old questions we've always longed to answer... but what if there were a way to finally learn the truth? In Flatliners (in theaters September 29), a group of medical students will attempt just that, and in the process deliver an edge-of-your-seat thriller that confronts the chilling consequences of life’s greatest mystery. Fandango is excited to premiere first official trailer for Flatliners. Check it out below along with some brand-new images from the film. This isn't the first time we've seen a movie called Flatliners that deals in experimenting with near-death experiences. Fans will surely remember the 1990 Flatliners starring Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts, William Baldwin and Kiefer...
- Erik Davis
Trailers are coming your way in today's movie news!
Medical students experiment on "near death" experiences that involve past tragedies until the dark consequences begin to jeopardize their lives. The remake stars Nina Dobrev, Ellen Page, and Kiefer Sutherland returns for this one too. Check out the poster and trailer below and see Flatliners September 29th! (Make sure to have a defibrillator handy)
The first teaser trailer just dropped for Brigsby Bear! Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children's TV show produced for an audience of one: James. When the show abruptly ends, James's life changes forever, and »
- Zachary Dent
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