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With the holiday season soft, it’s clear the 2014 domestic box office is going to wind up down from last year by nearly 5 percent. So why aren’t we hearing more groans and gnashing of teeth from Hollywood executives?
It’s because despite the downturn, the majority of the studios made money on their movies. Fox, Disney, Paramount, Universal, Warner Bros. and Sony should all — to varying degrees — wind up in the black on their film slates.
The fact that 2015 has a shot to be the biggest on record is brightening Hollywood’s mood, too. Among the heavyweight films set »
- Todd Cunningham
The boys of “Entourage” are back for one last hurrah, this time on the big screen, and the first trailer for the sequel to HBO’s hit comedy teases all the partying, girls, excess and douchebaggary fans of the series are used to.
With Ari (Jeremy Piven) running his own studio, he’s given $100 million to Vince (Adrian Grenier) and E (Kevin Connolly) to make a movie, with Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) and Drama (Kevin Dillon) tagging along as always.
Also Read: 15 Movies You Already Forgot About: TheWrap’s Best & Worst 2014 (Photos)
The movie apparently involves Vince as a DJ who »
- Linda Ge
Warner Bros. has released their upcoming slate of movies for the New Year. 2015 promises to be a big one for the studio, as plenty of exciting and anticipated releases make their way into theaters throughout the next 12 months. Included in this preview are new photos and synopsis for 21 sure-fire hits, including movies such as Inherent Vice, Jupiter Ascending, Get Hard, Mad Max: Fury Road, Entourage, Magic Mike Xxl, the Vacation reboot and a whole lot more. Take a look, its going to be a blockbuster banner year:
Inherent Vice - January 9
Inherent Vice is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel. When private eye Doc Sportello's ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife »
With the passing of every year comes the arrival and departure of an unfathomable number of films from theatres around the globe where they earned either a lot of or precious little screen time, depending on the circumstances. Notwithstanding smaller budgeted, independent-minded motion pictures that find unexpectedly impressive legs to remain in theatrical exhibition for longer than most would have foreseen (surely including the exhibitors themselves in many cases), it is safe to argue that for the most part, the movies that are awarded the most screenings rooms and screening times are the big budget blockbusters.
There exists a myriad of reasons why it often feels so terribly easy to aim criticisms at these so-called motion picture events. Some of them are related to the perceived quality, others have to do what certain cinephiles with attuned tastes expect from their movie going experiences as patrons. Movies for which so much »
- Edgar Chaput
When we first get to know who Liam Neeson's Bryan Mills really is in Pierre Morel's Taken, it's basically because he's delivering his resume over the phone to a bunch of kidnappers. We all know the line: "If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you." Well, with Taken 3 on the horizon, 20th Century Fox has taken it to the next level by actually giving Bryan Mills his own LinkedIn profile. Set up with the profile name "BryanMillsSecurity," the page is fully filled out to sell Bryan Mills as one hell of a professional ass-kicker. Selling himself as a "security consultant," the profile explains that he is looking for covert operations »
Now This is how you do social media marketing. 20th Century Fox has created a LinkedIn profile for Bryan Mills, the character Liam Neeson plays in the "Taken" franchise, to help promote the film which is due out in early January. Mills is listed as a Security Consultant and describes himself thus:
"My decades of hands-on experience has given me a particular set of skills. Skills that make me very useful - or very dangerous - to certain people. People like you.
But there are some situations which I cannot foresee. Situations that will require a particular set of skills that I don't possess. Skills that would make you very useful to a man like me.
Be very specific. Tell me everything you believe might be of assistance in evaluating your effectiveness. You will only have one opportunity to reach me and connect with my network."
He speaks Russian, Pashto, »
- Garth Franklin
20th Century Fox has made the decision for the UK release despite both previous films receiving 18 and 15 certificates for their extreme scenes, with so-called 'harder' cuts also available on DVD.
The BBFC explained the change in a statement, saying: "During post-production, the distributor sought and was given advice on how to secure the desired classification. Following this advice, certain changes were made prior to submission.
"This film was originally seen for advice in an incomplete form. The BBFC advised the company that the film was likely to receive a 15, but that their requested 12A could be achieved by making reductions in scenes of violence. When the finished version was submitted for formal classification, those changes had been made and the film was classified 12A."
It's not clear whether the film has been edited for the UK audience only. »
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we now have the first photo from the upcoming "Ted" sequel, giving us a look at Mark Wahlberg and the title character, voiced by Seth MacFarlane. Check it out below. In the movie, John Bennet (Wahlberg) is separated from Lori (Mila Kunis) and finds a new love-interest (Amanda Seyfried). Wahlberg said that Ted won't like that John has a new woman in his life, but has bigger things to deal with. Morgan Freeman steps in as a famous civil rights lawyer who helps Ted take care of some legal issues. The rest of the cast includes Liam Neeson, John Slattery and Dennis Haysbert. "Ted 2" is set to hit theaters on June 26th, 2015. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
On the heels of the launch of the unique Taken 3 LinkedIn competition where Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) will record an endorsement video for one winning fan's profile page, 20th Century Fox has worked with LinkedIn to create a new profile page for Bryan Mills! This is only the second time that LinkedIn has permitted a fictional character to have a profile page for promotional purposes; the first was Santa Claus.
20th Century Fox has also just released a kick-ass New video featuring Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills in 'Stop Taking My Sh*t'. People really need to learn not to take stuff from Bryan Mills! Featuring new footage shot with Bryan Mills specifically for this unique rock and roll clip, it will soon become obvious that you never, ever want to take anything from the man, especially after you see his special set of skills in action.
Mark Wahlberg and his best friend, a living teddy bear, are ready to hit the high seas in the first photo from the upcoming sequel Ted 2. The image was released as part of Entertainment Weekly's 2015 preview, though it only hints at some of the highjinks these two are bound to get themselves into. The duo return to the big screen this summer.
Seth MacFarlane returns to write and direct Ted 2. He also returns to voice the popular bear. While not much is known about the plot, it is known that Amanda Seyfried will be taking over the female lead from Mila Kunis. Though, Mila Kunis will still be present in some capacity as John Bennett's former lover.
The lovable foul-mouth teddy bear is back in “Ted 2.”
Plot details are still under wraps, but reports earlier leaked that part of the story will have Ted in a court fight for the right to have a child with a human girlfriend. Don’t really know on how that will work out. So good luck, Ted.
“Ted 2” will be released next summer on June 26.
Check out the first look image below.
Source: Entertainment Weekly »
- Gig Patta
The first image from Seth MacFarlane’s upcoming comedy sequel Ted 2 has arrived online, which shows Ted (MacFarlane) and John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) about to go scuba-diving – although quite why Ted has a shovel is anyone’s guess…
Ted 2 is set for release on April 3rd 2015, with a cast that also includes the returning Sam Jones (Flash Gordon) alongside A Million Ways to Die in the West stars Amanda Seyfried and Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman (Now You See Me), Patrick Warburton (Family Guy), Dennis Haysbert (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Michael Dorn (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and David Hasselhoff (Baywatch).
- Gary Collinson
The plush foul-mouthed bear who cleaned up at the 2012 box office returns to the big screen for more tomfoolery in Ted 2. Set for release next year, the sequel will attempt to replicate the success of the original by enlisting Mark Wahlberg once more to assist the pint-sized plushie. After it took a whopping $550 million worldwide, Ted went on to become one of the most successful R-rated movies of all time. The question is, however, will the second adventure for the thunder buddies do the same?
Writer, director and star Seth MacFarlane is doing all he can to ensure that Ted 2 is bigger and flashier than the first. Upping the jokes, scoring bigger locations and bagging a supreme cast suggest we’re in for an even-more bonkers ride next summer. One part of which appears to take place in the water. Thanks to this latest image courtesy of EW, »
- Gem Seddon
The first official photo from Seth MacFarlane's Ted 2 is out, and it features Mark Wahlberg and his stuffed bear getting ready to do a little deep sea diving. Not sure why, but Ted's got a shovel, so they are obviously going down to look for something.
All we know about the story at this point is that it will focus on Ted fighting in court for the right to have a child with his human girlfriend. Morgan Freeman plays a legendary civil rights lawyer who helps him out.
Amanda Seyfried co-stars in the movie, and Liam Neeson and John Slattery will have small roles. The movie hits theaters on June 26th, 2015. I thought the first film was hilarious, and I'm hoping that the sequel will be even funnier.
Thanks to EW for the image. »
- Joey Paur
Liam Neeson does not look happy. Admittedly, Bryan Mills often looks peeved or displeased, but that’s the nature of his life, where anyone from his family can be kidnapped at any time and he has to go and rescue them while taking out the bad guys. But in Taken 3, it appears – for UK audiences, at least – he’ll have to do so with a little less violence. 20th Century Fox has decided to edit the movie to receive a 12A.The lower certification is in line with the studio’s release of recent films such as A Good Day To Die Hard, and is aimed at boosting the box-office potential. But it also runs the risk of alienating action fans that want Mills to be at his neck-snapping, head-crunching, bullet-firing best. Especially following the release of this 12 Skills Of Christmas promo.UK classification board the BBFC announced the new rating, »
Some of you may be looking at Andy Poon's concept art of Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable) and thinking to yourself, is that Oded Fehr ("The Mummy") or Liam Neeson ("Batman Begins")? If you had either of those thoughts you'd be correct on both accounts. Poon, or as I like to call him Poontang, illustrated his Ra's al Ghul costume designs before the role was cast. For fun, he decided to incorporate the likeness of each actor based on the rumors linking Fehr and Neeson to the part. It does Not in anyway mean they were actually considered. Still neat to look at though. Then there is John Gallagher's awesome Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) costume design, which was not chosen. Boo! Gallagher used elements of the New 52 look for hie Captain Cold design, but producers decided to go in a different direction. The final image below, is »
January 2, 2015
Director: James Marsh
Running time: 123 mins
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death
Director: Tom Harper
Running time: 98 mins
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Running time: 119 mins
Director: Paul Schrader
Running time: 92 mins
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Running time: 90 mins
January 9, 2015
Director: Olivier Megaton
Running time: Tbc
Director: Bennett Miller
Running time: 134 mins
Director: Rob Marshall
Running time: 125 mins
January 16, 2015
Director: Clint Eastwood
Running time: 132 mins
Director: James Kent
Starring: Alicia Vikander, »
"Who's the toughest actor in Hollywood?" Frank Grillo asks, wrapping his hands in preparation for training. Grillo's posing the question to Terry Southerland, his trainer of more than 20 years. Lacing up Grillo's gloves, Southerland doesn't hesitate before responding, "You are." Standing in the middle of an underground boxing gym in New York City, Grillo is just one of the guys. He walks like a fighter, he talks like a fighter, and other than having the best hair in the gym—according to his trainers—he looks like a fighter. In this moment, there's almost nothing that points to the fact »
- Samantha Highfill
First his daughter was kidnapped. Then his wife. How much can one man have taken from him?
Liam Neeson and Fox, the studio behind the film, get in on your jokes and put that theory to the test in a cheeky new music video featuring their star who just can’t seem to get people to stop taking his stuff.
The latest theatrical outing sees Neeson’s ex-government operative Bryan Mills accused of a murder he didn’t commit. Relentlessly tracked by the police, Mills attempts to flush out the real killers while he is on the run from the law.
Thanks in part to his first outing as Bryan Mills in 2008’s Taken, Neeson has become a late-in-life action hero, becoming the go-to guy for »
- Rachel West
This story first appeared in the Jan. 9 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. At last month's Governors Awards, Liam Neeson rose to pay tribute to the legendary Maureen O'Hara and, as if confessing a schoolboy crush, testified, "She started in black-and-white films and later became the queen of Technicolor, leaving us mesmerized not just by her performances but by her fiery red hair and gorgeous green eyes." For O'Hara's fellow redheads who are vying for Oscar's attention this year --
- Gregg Kilday
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