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Labor Day represents the last gasp of summer, the final opportunity to wear white, and the end of Hollywood’s busiest time of year.
It tends, however, to close things out with something of a whimper, as opposed to a bang, and this year will be no exception. For studios, it’s the box office equivalent of Arbor Day. Blink and you miss it.
Two new wide releases enter the market this holiday weekend, the Pierce Brosnan action thriller “The November Man” and the found footage horror film “As Above, So Below,” both of which are shaping up to be modest performers.
“Labor Day is traditionally one of the slowest holiday weekends of the year, if not the slowest,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “Expectations are not that high and the focus has shifted away a little bit from the movies.”
“The November Man” will get a jump on the festivities, »
- Brent Lang
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The story follows a team of U.S. archaeologists who discover they are being hunted by unknown forces after finding a lost pyramid in Egypt. Ashley Hinshaw, James Buckley, Denis O'Hare, Amir K and Christa Nicola star.
- Garth Franklin
Twelve years. That's how long it's been since Pierce Brosnan last portrayed James Bond on the silver screen. That history, where he played the iconic British agent for four films, is what the producers of The November Man are hoping will draw you to their movie. Even the tag line, "A spy is never out of the game" is meant to convey the idea that "he's back!" Much of the promotional work for the film centers around "Look! It's Pierce Brosnan, back as a spy!" even though it has little to do with the movie. The idea that his character, Peter Devereaux, was ever "out" of the spy world and returns to it is barely emphasized in the actual film. It's clear this is all about Brosnan. And to really drive that point home, they even cast a former Bond Girl to run around with him through exotic locales.
- Mario-Francisco Robles
With apologies to Irving Berlin and Annie Oakley, for Hollywood there’s no business like spy business, especially in the last decade or so. Now, secret agents and undercover operatives have been the protagonists of thrillers since the silent movie era. But things really popped in those swingin’ sixties when 007 twirled around and fired at the camera lens. Bond is the franchise that would never die and aside from Matt Helm and Derek Flint in that early decade, never had any serious competition until Matt Damon floated up as Jason Bourne a dozen years ago. He ushered in an era of more realistic, grittier spies who also helped inspire new film versions of the works of John le Carre’ such as the recent A Most Wanted Man. Much in this same vein comes The November Man, a flick combining the mystery and deception of that author along with that brutal Bourne action. »
- Jim Batts
In A Walk Among the Tombstones Liam Neeson plays an ex-cop, now a private investigator hired by a man to find out who kidnapped and killed his wife. The first of the three clips is called “snooping” and in it Liam Neeson would rather not take that big knife and stick it in that other […]
Read A Walk Among the Tombstones – Clips and Behind the Scenes on Filmonic.
Universal has released a couple of new TV spots for Scott Frank's upcoming crime thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones. The film stars Liam Neeson as an alcoholic ex-cop who investigates the kidnapping of a heroin drug lord’s wife, teaming up with a heroin trafficker (Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens) and his brother to hunt down the men responsible for the crime. Judging by the TV spots, it looks like Taken meets Saw, a concept that's amusing enough for me. Bring on the Neesons. Hit the jump to check out A Walk Among the Tombstones TV spots. The film also stars David Harbour and Boyd Holbrook. A Walk Among the Tombstones opens in theaters on September 19th. Via Universal Pictures. Here’s the official synopsis for A Walk Among the Tombstones: Based on Lawrence Block’s bestselling series of mystery novels, A Walk among the Tombstones stars Liam Neeson as Matt Scudder, »
- Matt Goldberg
September 5, 2014
Director: Jake Kasdan
Running time: 94 mins
Director: Rowan Joffe
Running time: 92 mins
Director: Adam Wingard
Running time: 100 mins
Director: David Wain
Running time: 81 mins
September 12, 2014
Running time: 97 mins
Director: Anton Corbijn
Running time: 122 mins
Director: Matthew Warchus
Running time: 120 mins
September 19, 2014
20,000 Days on Earth
Running time: 97 mins
Director: Phillip Noyce
Running time: Tbc mins
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Colin Firth, »
A new t.v. spot for A Walk Among The Tombstones has come online, proving Liam Neeson has his current action star persona down to a tee. His current crop of movies, Taken 2 aside, have proved enjoyable, but I have a feeling this will give his acting muscles a work out, as well as his trigger finger. Released: 18th September Synopsis: Matt Scudder is an ex-nypd cop who now works as an unlicensed private investigator operating just outside the law. When Scudder reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker hunt down the men who kidnapped and then brutally murdered his wife, the Pi learns that this is not the first time these men have committed this sort of twisted crime…nor will it be the last. Blurring the lines between right and wrong, Scudder races to track the deviants through the backstreets of New York City before they kill again. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
A world with no mercy needs a man with no fear in two new TV spots and three clips from Universal Pictures' A Walk Among the Tombstones. Liam Neeson stars as Matt Scudder, a former NYPD cop who is now an unlicensed private investigator, who agrees to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) find his missing wife, the latest in a rash of kidnappings and murders.
An ex-nypd cop and recovering alcoholic haunted by regrets, Matt Scudder (Liam Neeson) has a lot to make up for. When a series of kidnappings targeting the wives of drug dealers escalates to grisly murder, Scudder reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) and his brother (Boyd Holbrook) hunt the two men down and bring them to bloody justice. An unlicensed private detective, »
4th Update, 2:33 Pm Pt: Universal, Sony and Lionsgate have weighed in, so we have nine more titles reporting (see below for final numbers on all films).
3Rd Update, 12:45 Pm Pt: Actuals are coming in for the international weekend with Disney, Paramount, Fox and Warner Bros reporting. There were no major discrepancies, although Guardians Of The Galaxy jumped from an estimated $20.7M to $21.3M for the weekend. In the reverse, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For was less sexy than predicted in Russia with $3.35M versus an initial estimate of $4.7M. Fox is releasing there on behalf of A Company Russia. Figures have been updated for the films above as well as How To Train Your Dragon 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Into The Storm, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Hercules, Transformers: Age Of Extinction, The Fault In Our Stars, Relatos Salvajes, Let’s Be Cops, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
There's a lot of prestige fare coming in the weeks and months ahead, but sometimes you just need the comforting, gravelly voice of Liam Neeson to remind you that it's okay to see a movie that aspires to be nothing more and nothing less than pure genre material. Movie titles don't get more pulpy than "A Walk Among The Tombstones," and four clips and a batch of new images have arrived to show you what's been aggravating Neeson lately. Based on the book by Lawrence Block, the movie follows former NYPD cop and unlicensed private investigator Matt Scudder (Neeson), who toes some dark ethical lines when he helps a pair of drug dealers seek out the kingpin who murdered their wives. The scenes below give you a sampling of the movie, with Dan Stevens looking pretty serious, and That Guy From "True Detective" going all sinister again. But we do »
- Kevin Jagernauth
If action cinema has taught us anything over the past few years, it’s this – don’t, under any circumstances, screw with Liam Neeson. Alas, the generic baddies at the heart of this fall’s dark crime thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones do exactly that and, in predictable fashion, pay for it dearly.
With Taken, its sequel, Unknown and Non-Stop under his belt, Neeson has a pretty winning formula for action fare – growl some threats, bark some commands and kick some serious ass. Whether this upcoming pic, less high-octane than high-atmosphere, will deviate from those three steps remains to be seen, but even it doesn’t, there are worse tickets to plunk down cash for than one that allows you to watch Neeson go through those same badass motions one more time.
At the least the new crop of images from A Walk Among the Tombstones reminds us that »
- Isaac Feldberg
Several new photos worth a look today including Samuel L. Jackson in Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service, David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. in the potential Oscar contender Selma, and shots of Liam Neeson and Dan Stevens in A Walk Among the Tombstones.
In an unexpected and extremely rare move, Radius-twc has announced both the limited theatrical revenue And the VOD revenue for its indie release "The One I Love". The film opened on eight screens with a $55,126 weekend haul, and has also made just over $500,000 on VOD where it has been available on demand since August 1st.
The company also announced that Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" has racked up over $6 million on VOD alone compared to its $4.4 million theatrical gross. [Source: Deadline]
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- Garth Franklin
Universal Pictures has released some new A Walk Among the Tombstones images from director Scott Frank’s (The Lookout) upcoming dark crime thriller. The film stars Liam Neeson as an alcoholic ex-cop who investigates the kidnapping of a heroin drug lord’s wife, teaming up with a heroin trafficker (Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens) and his brother to hunt down the men responsible for the crime. While on the surface this could be seen as another cash-in on Neeson’s “badass hunting down bad people” movie genre, I’m highly encouraged by the involvement of Frank. He penned the scripts for Out of Sight and Minority Report and I was a big fan of his previous directorial effort The Lookout, so it’s with some degree of anticipation that I’m looking forward to this one. Moreover, Stevens proves in The Guest that he’s more than capable of handling a darker role, »
- Adam Chitwood
Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, who co-wrote 2011′s breakout black comedy Horrible Bosses, are teaming up again to produce All Day and a Night, a prison-set action-comedy scribed by Paul Ruehl and the late Lester Lewis from an idea by Goldstein and Daley.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, All Day and a Night (which is prison slang for a life sentence without possibility of parole) will follow “a TV news crew that heads to prison to chronicle the life of two guards. But when a violent prison riot breaks out, the crew becomes stranded inside with the guards.” No cast has yet been set for the comedy, but Relativity Studios is attached to produce, finance and distribute.
Ruehl was a writer and co-producer for MTV’s raunchy high school comedy series The Hard Times of Rj Berger, while Lewis, who died in March of last year, worked as a »
- Isaac Feldberg
Though her supporting role as a flight attendant in the Liam Neeson actioner Non-Stop was a bit of a bust, not giving the talented actress much of an opportunity to show off her dramatic chops, Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery still feels like she’s on the cusp of a major Hollywood breakthrough. Now, the actress has joined another promising project that should help her star rise even higher – indie thriller Queen of the Earth.
Dockery stars with Top of the Lake actress Elisabeth Moss in the psychological thriller, which will be directed by Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip). It centers on two women who take a trip to a remote beach house in hopes of escaping the daily grind and other pressures in their busy lives. Though they’re lifelong best friends, the pair eventually acknowledge the growing disconnect between each other, allowing their suspicions about one another to cross over into reality. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Dockery and Moss will play two former best friends who retreat to a beach house to escape the pressure of their busy day-to-day lives. The pair soon discover how distanced and separated they've become from one another, leading to suspicion and isolation.
Dockery recently received her third Emmy nomination her role as Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey. She is in contention for the Lead Actress prize at this year's ceremony, »
Joel Kinnaman has inked with Wme for representation.
He continues to be managed by Shelly Browning of Magnolia and attorney Hansen Jacobson.
- Justin Kroll
Wme has signed The Killing‘s Joel Kinnaman, the agency said in a wide announcement. The Stockholm-bred thesp crossed over stateside as the street-tough Detective Holder on AMC’s cop show and starred in MGM and Sony’s RoboCop reboot earlier this year. The Killing was revived for a fourth season on Netflix this month. Kinnaman, previously with CAA, stars opposite Liam Neeson in WB’s 2015 crime actioner Run All Night and has Summit/Lionsgate’s Child 44 with Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, and Noomi Rapace opening in April. The fast-ascending actor first broke out in his native Sweden thanks to roles in the Johan Falk film series and Daniel Espinosa’s Snabba Cash (Easy Money) trilogy. He also appeared in Espinosa’s English-language crime pic Safe House, Lola Versus, and David Fincher’s The Girl With THe Dragon Tattoo. Kinnaman continues to be repped by manager Shelley Browning at Magnolia and attorney Hansen Jacobson. »
- Jen Yamato
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