Genesis Rodriguez has signed with ICM Partners. The move marks a return to the agency for the actress, currently on screens with Warner Bros.’ Liam Neeson thriller Run All Night, who moved to CAA in May 2014. Rodriguez made up part of the voice cast of Disney’s Oscar-winning animated feature Big Hero 6 and last year starred in Kevin Smith’s Tusk. Other credits include Identity Thief, Man on a Ledge, Casa de mi Padre and a stint on Entourage. She is also the new face of L’Oreal Paris. Read More CAA vs. UTA, Corporate Raiding and the Ghost of
- Borys Kit
"I am a prisoner. My crime? Poetry." After debuting at the Cannes Film Festival last year, the animated drama The Prophet is finally coming to the United States this year. Based on the book of prose and poems of the same name, the film features the voices of Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina and more, along with a myriad of animation styles to bring the friendship between a little girl and an imprisoned poet to life. Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar and more lend their animation expertise to the film that looks absolutely beautiful and breathtaking. Watch! Here's the teaser trailer for Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet from Gulf Film (via The Playlist): The Prophet is directed by Roger Allers, Paul and Gaëtan Brizzi, Joan C. Gratz, Mohammed Saeed Harib, Tomm Moore, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar, and Michal Socha. Inspired by the »
- Ethan Anderton
Considering it premiered last year at the Cannes Film Festival, with a lot of star power among the voice cast, and lineup of directors ten strong, you would think that the animated "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" might've attracted more notice. Instead, it's been quietly bubbling under the radar. But now, the first international trailer has arrived, and perhaps it's one to start paying attention to. Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina, and more, feature in this effort that is inspired by the titular book of prose essays, and weaves together a story involving a little girl and a poet. Here's the official synopsis: Inspired by the beloved classic, Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a young, mischievous girl and an imprisoned poet. Interwoven with Gibran’s lyrical and inspiring words on topics such as the true nature as love, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Taken created a genre of action films starring older male protagonists. Why are they all men? Because in movies, women still aren’t allowed to take vengeance on behalf of others – they have to be victimised first
At this point, the thing that Pierre Morel, Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen created with Taken, and what Liam Neeson gave his shovel-shaped Gaelic face to, has become its own genre. Call it whatever you’d like – dadsploitation, old-man vengeance and on-screen midlife crisis come to mind – but with Neeson having expanded beyond the Taken films into similarly pitched affairs like Non-Stop and Run All Night, and other ageing male movie stars like Kevin Costner (3 Days to Kill) and Sean Penn (The Gunman) trying to out-Neeson the man himself, this is more than just a franchise of films. It’s a trend, and as long as these movies keep costing next to nothing and keep making money, »
- Kevin Lincoln
This month on Blu-ray and DVD, Liam Neeson gets revenge the third time around in Taken 3, Oscar Isaac has A Most Violent Year, Paul Thomas Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix reteam for Inherent Vice, children.s lit favorite Paddington gets his own movie, The Babadook jumps from the page, Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz paint Big Eyes, Jennifer Aniston has her Cake, Mark Wahlberg plays The Gambler, Marion Cotillard takes the stage in The Immigrant, David Cronenberg sells Maps To The Stars, Kevin Hart »
- Mathew Plale
Sci-fi epic Interstellar picked up the best film prize at the Empire Awards in London last night (March 29).
Chastain, who plays Matthew McConaughey’s daughter in the film, was on hand earlier in the evening to present Nolan with the Empire Inspiration honour, which also earned the director of Inception and the Dark Knight Trilogy a standing ovation.
Nolan was back on stage shortly after to accept the best director award.
The awards, voted for by the public, delivered a surprise in the best actor category as Andy Serkis picked up the prize for his performance-captured turn in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, beating Oscar-winner »
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Interstellar, Imitation Game among major winners at Empire Awards 2015
Nolan also won Best Director for the sci-fi drama.
Ralph Fiennes was honoured at the annual ceremony with a "legend" award presented by Schindler's List co-star Liam Neeson. Rosamund Pike was named Best Actress for her Oscar-nominated role in Gone Girl, but was sadly absent.
“Interstellar” took the awards for director and film, and Nolan was also honored with the Empire Inspiration award, presented to him by “Interstellar” actress Jessica Chastain. Star of “Man of Steel” and the forthcoming “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice,” both produced by Nolan, Henry Cavill presented the director award, while Kit Harington and Peter Firth, stars of “Spooks: The Greater Good,” presented the film award.
The cast of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” received the Empire Hero Award in celebration of the popularity of the series, marking the first time an Empire Award has gone to a TV show. As previously announced, the Empire Legend honor went to Ralph Fiennes, who received his award from Liam Neeson.
Andy Serkis picked up the actor award for his role as »
- Leo Barraclough
Busan — Local comedy “Twenty” opened in top spot on March 25 and won this weekend.
Lee Byeong-heon’s youth comedy with young stars Kim Woo-bin (“The Con Artist”), K-pop boy band 2Pm’s Lee Jun-ho and Kang Ha-neul (“Empire of Lust”) earned $7.91 million from 1.14 million admissions in its opening five days.
With a huge opening, “Twenty” accounted for almost half the total box office revenue for the weekend, according to Kobis, the box office tracking service of the Korean Film Council (Kofic). The single territory release by Next Entertainment World (New) was enough to make “Twenty” the seventh biggest film globally this weekend, according to Rentrak.
With a week-on-week decline of 33%, “Whiplash” dropped to second place. The Oscar-winning title earned $1.88 million from 253,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday, extending its cumulative score to $8.95 million from 1.24 million admissions after three weekends.
Third place was taken by “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” which earned $1.63 million »
- Sonia Kil
The tale as old as time (starring Lily James in the title role and our own Cate Blanchett as her wicked stepmother) scooped $4,321,814 over 271 screens in its opening weekend, which, including previews, takes its Australian box office to $4,757,185 thus far.
Unsurprisingly distributed by Disney, Branagh.s take on the magical fare has avoided the darkness of the Grimm version to deliver what The Guardian has described as .straight-faced sentimentality. with an .unfashionable absence of post-Enchanted irony.. Not that that.s a bad thing . The Daily Mail hails the production as .witty, charming and a delight for little girls everywhere..
Dystopian teen drama Insurgent fell by an average of 51 per cent in its second week of release, taking $2,073,925 over 269 screens. Distributed by eOne, the action-packed sequel to Divergent has amassed an Aus box office taking of $7,108.432.
- Emily Blatchford
Final Update, Sunday 10 Am: Star power actually worked at the box office this weekend. For weeks, we’ve seen stars who couldn’t open films with their names: Johnny Depp, Liam Neeson and Vince Vaughn. The films failed for an array of reasons from mismatched genres to fatigued formulas. But this weekend, it was clear – star power can still drive a film’s success. While we can’t see the stars onscreen in DreamWorks Animation’s Home (distributed by 20th Century Fox), the… »
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— Mangold (@mang0ld) March 29, 2015
There isn’t a single actor who has been playing a superhero as long and as well as Hugh Jackman as X-Men’s Wolverine. Across six films, seven if you count his blink and you’ll miss it cameo in X-Men First Class, he’s built himself up as a real movie star with character, charisma and a tough-guy, who gives a shit attitude that just about no one wearing superhero tights today can match. Robert Downey Jr. comes pretty close and will soon surpass Jackman, but Jackman is a great example that you »
- Brian Welk
★★☆☆☆ With The Gunman (2015), Sean Penn becomes the latest inductee into that club slowly being filled by older gentlemen with a particular set of skills. Pierre Morel was a key figure in the meteoric rise of the 'geriaction' genre with his explosive Taken (2008), not only launching Liam Neeson's own brand of ass-kicking but transforming the subgenre from camp silliness to exploitation gold. It's now seven years later and a raft of imitators have tried their hands with varying success, while the Taken series has itself suffered from diminishing returns. If this latest staid entry into the canon is anything to go by, few lessons have been learned in recent times. »
- CineVue UK
Producer-writer Rob Long, one of the co-founders of the conservative site Ricochet, says that there are a number of reasons why the entertainment industry has for some time leaned left politically — maybe even more so today than a decade ago.
There have been a lot of theories as to why the industry — which, during the studio era, was actually quite conservative — is now lopsided in favor of Democrats.
“I think that in Hollywood, part of the problem is that everyone gets paid a lot of money — the ones who are setting the culture, the tone of the culture,” Long tells Variety‘s “PopPolitics” on SiriusXM. “They don’t always see what they get. I always say the best piece of direct mail persuasion for the Republican Party is the pay stub. Everybody has that experience when you look at your check. You look at your pay stub, and you see »
- Ted Johnson
Stephen Ohl and Jonah Ehrenreich are ready to embark on an uninhibited party across Barcelona in the official trailer for their upcoming horror film, ‘Hooked Up.’ The thriller’s intriguing clip was released by its distributor, Uncork’d Entertainment, which is set to unveil the movie on VOD on April 7, and DVD on June 9. First-time feature film director, Pablo Larcuen, both helmed and co-wrote the horror comedy with Eduard Sola. ‘Hooked Up’ was also executive produced by Jaume Collet-Serra, who’s known for helming the Liam Neeson action movies ‘Non-Stop,’ ‘Unknown’ and ‘Run All Night,’ as well as making his feature film directorial debut with the 2005 horror thriller remake, ‘House [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Vincent D’Onofrio may have once played the good guy, but he harbors no worries whatsoever that he’s now been typecast as quite the opposite. Gone are those Law & Order days, as D’Onofrio is trekking out west for Antoine Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven. And if the ‘villainous’ descriptor in the title didn’t give it away, he’s not going to be one of that titular crew.
The Magnificent Seven was originally ushered to the big screen back in 1960 by John Sturges and a starry cast of leading men. For Fuqua’s re-telling, it’s believed that the story will unravel after the Civil War, and depict a similar plot about a small town threatened by thugs. When one resident stands up to a crew of drug barons intent on ruining their community, she hires a bounty hunter and his gang to scare them away. »
- Gem Seddon
Sony and MGM are splitting the cost evenly with Sony distributing the pic. MGM will oversee production.
The 1960 film, itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai,” starred Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. It centered on seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws.
Production is expected to start within the next month as Fuqua assembles the remaining cast.
- Justin Kroll
Politicos, business titans and stars gathered for a press gala in the fall of 2012 to hear the big news: Joel Silver would bring his movie company to Venice’s historic post office. To hear the producer and his backers talk, the move would unleash a creative renaissance for both Silver and the beach community.
“The man who brought us ‘The Matrix,’ ‘Lethal Weapon’ and ‘Predator’ will have an address that matches his grand imagination,” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa proclaimed to a crowd that included actor Tobey Maguire and former Yahoo chief Terry Semel, his longtime pal from their days at Warner Bros. Silver pledged to “help change the paradigm of Hollywood,” by turning a refurbished Venice post office into a creative hub, a center for technological innovation and a meeting place for friends and neighbors.
Nearly two and a half years after that elaborate rollout, though, work on Silver »
- James Rainey
The movie chronicles a naval captain being forced against his will to navigate a cocaine-filled submarine past the Us coast guard.
This could be the next major action project for Neeson, who recently hinted that he would like to give up the high-impact film genre.
Watch a trailer for Run All Night below: »
Just days after the 39th anniversary of the conviction of Patty Hearst back on March 20, 1976, Deadline is reporting that Fox 2000 has acquired the rights to a new, untitled book being written by Jeffrey Toobin about the life and kidnapping of Hearst. The writers behind Big Eyes, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, will be adapting Toobin’s account.
Deadline is also speculating the role might also be in development for Jennifer Lawrence, but those talks are currently preliminary.
Hearst was 20 when she was kidnapped from her wealthy parents in the Hearst Publishing Family. She was later found to have changed her name to Tania and had joined up with her kidnappers, the Symbionese Liberation Army and eventually robbed a bank in San Francisco. Hearst’s story, based on her own novel, was first adapted into a film in 1988 by Paul Schrader, with Natasha Richardson in the role. Hearst is now 61.
- Brian Welk
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