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Stars: Takayuki Yamada, Howard Harris, Fumi Nikaidô, Shôta Sometani, Hideaki Itô, Ruth Sundell, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Rio Kanno, Yukito Nishii, Ken’ichi Takitô, Daniel Genalo, Noriko Nakagoshi, Erina Mizuno, Fujiko Kojima, Kento Hayashi | Written and Directed by Takashi Miike
I learnt from watching Audition that you never take Takashi Miike movies at face value, he won’t let you. That movie was my introduction into the twisted world of the director, and this is the reason he has quickly become one of my favourites. From horror to gangsters, historical and even school movies like Crows Zero he shows a flexibility and an ability to bring fun to his work, while also masterfully handling the extremes. Lesson of Evil is a movie that risks coming across as boring especially in the first half when it is setting the scene for the violence to come. Whether you find it dull or the characters interest you, »
- Paul Metcalf
Fleming: I found it interesting that audiences turned up their noses at A Walk Among The Tombstones, a thriller that had what should have been all you need for a hit — Liam Neeson on a one-sheet, holding a gun. The filmmaker Scott Frank made a throwback to the ’70s films he grew up loving. The title didn’t help: didn’t it evoke memories of being dragged to the cemetery to pay posthumous respects to Grandpa? In my view, it got maligned unfairly by critic squeamishness over grisly scenes that weren’t there. Kenny Turan called it Eli Roth torture porn, though Roth told me last week the critic told him he’d never actually watched a Roth film. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
We are only just on the cusp of October and you can already put the “No Vacancy” sign out on the Best Actor Oscar race. Sorry, no room. Don’t even think about jumping in. Every year of late, it seems the Actor race gets richer while the Actress contest actively searches for candidates. Remember how “sure things” Tom Hanks and Robert Redford didn’t even make the cut last year? Perhaps that is just a reflection of what juicy roles the industry is offering on either side of the gender divide.
Nevertheless, for 2014 it’s worse than ever and we have a serious glut of qualified Best Actor possibilities — just under 30 by my count, and even more seem to be trying to gain entry. This is the year the Board Of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences really ought to amend the rules, just as »
- Pete Hammond
Rumour has is that Robert Downey Jr. will say goodbye to the character of Tony Stark after just two more movies, the first of which is next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, followed by a third Avengers film expected in 2017/2018. Many cannot imagine anyone else taking over the iconic role. However, President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige has suggested that the role will eventually be recast and this will be a continual process as seen with long-standing franchies such as James Bond and Doctor Who. But Kevin Feige has also expressed the possibility of introducing new Avengers and phasing old ones out, giving characters a definitive ending and avoiding the need to recast.
Despite his immense popularity as Tony Stark, Robert Downey Jr. recently stated in an interview that as an actor playing a character, »
- Thomas Roach
A new featurette for Ridley Scott’s upcoming biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings has arrived online, which gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s action sequences with Scott alongside production designer Arthur Max, stunt coordinator Rob Inch; check it out below…
From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings, the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
- Gary Collinson
Ridley Scott has been a busy man recently. He’s currently in post-production on his latest movie Exodus: Gods and Kings starring Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul and Sigourney Weaver for which he’ll have to do some major promotional work prior to it’s December 2014 release date. In between that he’s been dishing the dirt on two highly anticipated movies that he’s involved in, the sequels to Blade Runner and Prometheus. He’ll soon be starting pre-production on his next project The Martian and according to Variety his cast is about to bolster it’s ranks with the inclusion of Michael Pena (End Of Watch, American Hustle).
Pena is currently in talks for a role he is “very interested in” although it’s being reported that it may not work out due to his upcoming busy schedule. Pena will next pop up on the big screen »
- Gavin Logan
As promotion for Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic Interstellar amps up, The Playlist have gathered together over 100 behind-the-scenes images from Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises -- which must undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest trilogies of all time. As I said, many of the snaps will be familiar to you, but there are quite a few rarities in there too. Enjoy. The Dark Knight Trilogy is a set of three Christopher Nolan Batman movies. It includes Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and the last movie The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Only Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, and Cillian Murphy appeared in all three movies. All cast and crew members worked on all three movies, except for music composer James Newton Howard who did not work on The Dark Knight Rises. Composer Hans Zimmer composed the soundtracks for all three movies. »
Ridley Scott freely gave some updates on two of his anticipated sequels, Prometheus 2 and Blade Runner 2. The new details aren't anything out of this world, but at the very least they offer some hope/evidence that Scott is still working on them.
"I've had 15 drafts evolving. I definitely want to do that again because I really enjoyed doing Prometheus."
(I sense a slight bit of doubt in his tone, but that might just be me losing hope. What do you guys think?) Scott also talked about the reaction to Prometheus and the aliens:
“The beast is done. Cooked,” he says simply. “I got lucky meeting Giger all those years ago. It’s very hard to repeat that. I just happen to »
- Laura Frances
Currently hard at work doing post-production on Exodus: Gods And Kings, the biblical epic starring Christian Bale, Ridley Scott’s probably not heading off afterwards to a remote tropical island for a much-needed vacation. Nope, there’s no time for that. His crowded slate is brimming with a ton of exciting projects – The Martian, Blade Runner 2 and Prometheus 2.
The first Prometheus, released in 2012 divided critics and fans on account of not being everything everyone wanted it to be! While there’s definitely moments that require deeper investigation to understand (the lack of brainpower in a couple of scientists), it’s not the disaster that so many xenomorph die-hards claim it is.
Speaking to Yahoo!, the British director gave an update on the status of the sequel to the Alien prequel. The most interesting tidbit negated rumours afloat since late last year, with regards to the status of the script. »
- Gem Seddon
(Cbr) Aaron Paul, the three-time Emmy-winning star of "Breaking Bad," will play a lead role in Miramax’s supernatural thriller "The 9th Life of Louis Drax." According to The Hollywood Reporter, he’ll appear alongside Jamie Dornan ("Fifty Shades of Grey") in the adaptation of Liz Jensen’s bestselling 2006 novel about a brilliant boy whose lifetime of mishaps culminates on his ninth birthday, when he falls off a cliff. Paul will star as the boy’s father, who becomes the focus of a criminal investigation following the near-fatal accident. Dornan plays Dr. Pascal Dannachet, who tries to unravel the mystery surrounding the fall. Alexandre Aja ("Horns," "The Hills Have Eyes") will direct from a screenplay by Max Minghella. Paul next appears opposite Christian Bale in "Exodus: Gods and Kings," and Russell Crowe in "Fathers and Daughters." »
- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources
Alexandre Aja is directing the pic.
The film is based on Liz Jensen’s best-selling novel, which revolves around a psychologist (Dornan) who begins working with a young boy who has suffered a near-fatal fall and finds himself drawn into a mystery that tests the boundaries of fantasy and reality.
Paul will play the boy’s father.
Paul, who is repped by UTA and Leverage Management, recently won his third Emmy for his role as Jesse Pinkman in AMC’s “Breaking Bad.” He was last seen in DreamWorks’ “Need for Speed” and recently wrapped production on Open Road’s “Triple Nine.”
- Justin Kroll
Exclusive: Heisenberg, on the Great Wall of China? Bryan Cranston is in early talks to co-star in The Great Wall, the Legendary Pictures film the great Chinese helmer Zhang Yimou signed on to direct. This development closely follows Deadline’s Saturday scoop that Legendary and Matt Damon are trying to see if they can work out his busy schedule (he shoots Ridley Scott’s The Martian and likely follows with the Paul Greengrass-directed Bourne Identity sequel) so that he can play the lead in the China-set epic. Damon is keen on working with Zhang, and nearly did so on Flowers Of War, the picture that Christian Bale starred in. The Bourne Identity‘s Tony Gilroy wrote the most recent draft of the adventure film. Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro did the earlier draft.
- Mike Fleming Jr
There's been a lot of buzz surrounding actor Matt Damon lately, from the talk of reteaming with Paul Greengrass for another outing with Jason Bourne, to a reunion with director Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester-by-the-Sea. Now there's another project on the horizon that the actor is circling and that's The Great Wall, a film that has been developing at Legendary Pictures since 2011 and once had Ed Zwick slated to be at the helm with Henry Cavil and Benjamin Walker starring. But now Deadline reports Hero director Zhang Yimou will direct the film, and Damon is interested in a role if it jives with his schedule. Damon also had the lead role that eventually went to Christian Bale in Flowers of War, but it didn't work out. Plot details still aren't available, but the film is said to focus on the mystery behind why the Great Wall of China was built, and »
- Ethan Anderton
Colin Farrell will star in season two of HBOs noir detective thriller True Detective, he confirmed at the weekend. In an interview with Irelands Sunday World, the star of In Bruges and Phone Booth said: Im doing the second series. Im so excited.
The revelation comes after months of speculation as to who will lead the show, with huge name Oscar-night regulars such as Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain and Christian Bale rumoured to be in the running for parts. All three denied they would be involved.
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- Guardian TV
The film has been in development for years with Ed Zwick (Glory) previously set to direct with Henry Cavill and Benjamin Walker attached to play the leads. However, that plan crumbled, and Zwick eventually left to go direct Pawn Sacrifice, so Zhang Yimou (Hero) stepped in. The story—based on an idea by Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull and World War Z author Max Brooks—explores the mystery of why the Great Wall of China was built. You think it was to keep out the Mongolian hordes? You fool! It Is So Much More. It's also a tourist destination and a way for studios to tap into the lucrative Chinese market. Hit the jump for more. According to Deadline, Damon is interested in working with Zhang, and the two almost got together on Flowers of War, but that film ultimately starred Christian Bale. Scheduling conflicts might get in the way »
- Matt Goldberg
Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro's script deals with British soldiers traveling through 15th century China who witness the construction of the massive edifice that will one day be known as the Great Wall of China. They soon discover that its intended purpose is not to keep out human beings, but terrifying otherworldly creatures.
Attempts have been made to film the project for years now, with little to no success. The closest it came to filming was last year with the likes of Henry Cavill and Benjamin Walker attached to star and Ed Zwick to direct. That version fell apart though.
Damon previously was slated to work with Yimou on "The Flowers of War" in a role that eventually went to Christian Bale.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Bourne 5 isn't the only movie Matt Damon is interested in at the moment. He is also eyeing a role in the upcoming drama The Great Wall, which offers a history lesson on how and why the Great Wall of China was built.
The Great Wall was set to shoot last year, which would have given Legendary a foothold in the Chinese market. At that time, Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai) was going to direct, with Henry Cavill and Benjamin Walker set to star, but the project fell apart.
Exclusive: While all the buzz this week about Matt Damon focused on Deadline’s reveal that he’ll reteam with Paul Greengrass in their third Bourne Identity film, there’s another very exotic international film that Damon is also flirting with. That is the lead role in The Great Wall, the Legendary Pictures film the great Chinese helmer Zhang Yimou signed on to direct. Legendary Pictures principal Thomas Tull has been trying to mount the China-set epic for several years now. Script is by Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro, but the most recent draft is by Tony Gilroy, who is familiar to Damon in that he scripted those terrific Bourne Identity films. The Great Wall was going to shoot last year and give Legendary a foothold into the China market, with Ed Zwick helming. While Zwick went as far as casting Henry Cavill and Benjamin Walker, it just didn’t »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Jack Huston cast in 'Ben-Hur' remake? 'Boardwalk Empire' actor to follow in the footsteps of Ramon Novarro and Charlton Heston Jack Huston, best known for playing World War I veteran-turned-bootlegger-cum-assassin Richard Harrow in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, may star in the latest Ben-Hur "remake," to be jointly produced by Paramount and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. I have "remake" between quotes because officially this fourth big-screen version of the semi-biblical epic (more on that below) isn't an actual remake of either the multiple Oscar-winning 1959 Ben-Hur or its 1925 predecessor, but a direct adaptation of former Civil War general Lew Wallace's 1880 bestselling novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, which happens to be conveniently in the public domain. Timur Bekmambetov, whose credits include the Angelina Jolie-James McAvoy thriller Wanted and the supernatural cult classic Night Watch, has been attached as director of what is in fact A Tale »
- Andre Soares
In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
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