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“We have some concerns,” an admissions officer tells Tracey (Mary-Louise Parker). It's a prelude to the administration's lengthy list of reasons why her son James (Spencer Lofranco) won't be attending high school. In fact, maybe he belongs in a prison. Based on the true story of James Burns, Jamesy Boy is the story of a teenager who drifts from life in a street gang to a maximum-security institution, surrounded by convicts. What James can't find in schools, he discovers in jail. While incarcerated, he bonds with a convicted murderer (Ving Rhames), who becomes a much needed mentor in
- Matt Patches
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 19 Dec 2013 - 06:30
Our journey through the lesser-known films of the 2000s continues. This week, it's 2003...
It was the year that Arnold Schwarzenegger went from Terminator actor to Governor of California, and when The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King dominated the global box office with a gross of more than $1bn. 2003 was also the year the Wachowskis' Matrix trilogy thundered to a close, the year Freddy Krueger clashed with Jason Voorhees in, er, Freddy Vs Jason, and the year Pixar scored another hit with Finding Nemo.
But as you've probably gathered by now, 2003 was also a year of quite brilliant, less lucrative films. The movies we've included in this week's list were chosen for a variety of reasons - some were ignored in cinemas, while others were harshly treated by critics. Some were modestly popular or given awards on release, »
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? This little Texan indie is part romance and part dramatic thriller. Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, and Ben Foster headline this top-notch cast about a man on the run, the woman he loves, and the sheriff who tries to get between them. (Not in a romantic way, just, you know, because he's a man of the law and Affleck's character broke out of jail.)
Why We're In: It's a slow and sweet Sundance favorite, and the Texas weather looks a whole lot hotter than the snow most of us are dealing with every day.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" (1920) - Deluxe Edition
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- Jenni Miller
Anchor Bay's action thriller Force of Execution hits Blu-ray and DVD shelves on December 17th, 2013, and we've got 2 clips as well as the box art from the film starring Steven Seagal, Ving Rhames and Danny Trejo. Keoni Waxman directs from the writing by Richard Beattie and Michael Black. Steven Seagal stars as mob kingpin Mr. Alexander, an old-school boss who rules his criminal empire with both nobility and brutality. For a simple prison hit, he sends his best enforcer and protégé Roman Hurst (Foster). But when the hit goes wrong, Hurst is forced to pay the price of his “failure:” banishment in the city that he almost once ruled. But a war is brewing for the soul of the city between Alexander, a cold-blooded gangster known as ‘The Iceman” (Rhames), and a merciless Mexican cartel. Hurst, with the help of an ex-con restaurant owner (Trejo) who has a few hidden moves of his own, »
From Anchor Bay Films, Sneak Peek footage from director Keoni Waxman's new action feature "Force Of Execution", starring Steven Seagal, Ving Rhames, Bren Foster and Danny Trejo, available in a Blu-ray/DVD combo and DVD, December 17, 2013:
"...criminal kingpin 'Mr. Alexander' is an old-school boss who rules his criminal empire with both nobility and brutality.
"For a prison hit, he sends his best enforcer 'Roman Hurst'. But when things go wrong, Hurst is forced to pay the price of his 'failure': banishment in the city that he almost once ruled.
"But a war is brewing for the soul of the city between 'Alexander', a cold-blooded gangster known as 'The Iceman' and a merciless Mexican cartel. Hurst, with the help of an ex-con restaurant owner, who has a few hidden moves of his own, will rediscover his own will to survive the coming conflict…and to wreak vengeance on those who have wronged him. »
- Michael Stevens
Vin Diesel loves his fans, and he has no hesitation about teasing them regarding future projects. His relentless self-promotion is kind of grating if you're not a Diesel devotee, but hustling is part of Hollywood. He's supposedly voicing Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, and has talked about "merging brands" with Marvel (whatever the hell that means). Diesel may be content to be part of ensemble films, but since the most successful thing about Riddick is that it got made, he could be looking for another solo franchise. About a year ago, Diesel signed on to play the lead in a film adaptation of the TV show Kojak. The series ran from 1973-1978, and starred Telly Savalas as New York City Police Department Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak. The tough but good-hearted cop was a colorful character and returned to TV in 2005 as a short-lived series starting Ving Rhames. So what »
- Matt Goldberg
Oh, Vin Diesel. Your legion of gushing fans always swoon whenever you post something on your official Facebook page. The busy actor’s latest contribution to the world of social media suggests that Ang Lee might be the person who directs the upcoming big screen adaptation of “Kojak.” As long as Diesel is sucking on a lollipop, chances are his fan’s won’t care who steps behind the camera for the project. Of course, I could be wrong. When a curious fan asked the actor which filmmaker he’d love to work with at some point in the not-too-distant future, Diesel offered up the following response. It’s not a confirmation of Lee’s involvement, mind you, but it’s worth mentioning just in case. “Kojak… New York… Ang Lee,” Diesel posted. You tease! Although Ving Rhames tried his best to keep the character alive on the small screen »
- Todd Rigney
Vin Diesel is notoriously open about his Hollywood goings on. Having recently used his Facebook page to announce his involvement with Marvel, he has once again used the social networking site to give us a big tease concerning his Kojak adaptation. On his Facebook page he answered a question posed by a fan:
Damien Telle Livia Lelong: -wrote- With what director would you like to work soon?
Kojak… New York…
Ang Lee, is known for making huge jumps in genre, with Life Of Pi, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Ice Storm and Hulk on his resume. This could just be a “want” of Diesel’s, but the fact he gives a location to go with the film and director, suggests the two may have met/be meeting concerning the project. Kojak was a hugely popular TV show during the 1970s and received numerous TV movies along with star Telly Savalas. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Five years ago Millennium Films produced a remake of George Romero's Day of the Dead. You'd be forgiven for either never knowing this or forgetting all about it, because it was an instantly forgettable film. It was directed by Steve Miner (Friday the 13th Parts II and III), and it did star Mena Suvari and Ving Rhames, but it was just an all around not good film clearly made to cash in on the brand recognition that comes with any "of the Dead" title. Even though no one really liked it and it quickly went away, its financial prospects must have been okay, because now Millennium Films is returning to that well to produce yet another remake of Day of the Dead. This one is set to be directed by Mark Tonderai (of the very generic House at the End of the Street), and it...
- Peter Hall
Actor Lyriq Bent, shared the above on-set photo on Twitter, with the caption... Coming soon..."A Day Late And Dollar Short" with kool peeps like Mekhi Phifer and the beautiful @TichinaArnold He's referring to the Lifetime film adaptation of Terry McMillan's A Day Late and a Dollar Short, based on her New York Times bestseller. Whoopi Goldberg stars in the film, and is joined by Kimberly Elise and Ving Rhames. There doesn't seem to have been a formal announcement that the trio in the above photo had been cast in the film (unless we just missed it), but it looks like they're in it. I did find a post on Tichina Arnold's Facebook »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Actor Lyriq Bent, shared the above on-set photo on Twitter, with the caption... Coming soon..."A Day Late And Dollar Short" with kool peeps like Mekhi Phifer and the beautiful @TichinaArnold He's referring to the Lifetime film adaptation of Terry McMillan's A Day Late and a Dollar Short, based on her New York Times bestseller. Whoopi Goldberg stars in the film, and is joined by Kimberly Elise and Ving Rhames. There doesn't seem to have been a formal announcement that the trio in the above photo had been cast in the film (unless we just missed it), but it looks like they're in it. I did find a post on Tichina Arnold's Facebook page from August, confirming this. In that post, it's also revealed that Anika Noni Rose is in the film's cast as well. There isn't an IMDb page for the project yet, which is odd, and »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Set years after a zombie plague has wiped out most of Earth’s population, a group of scientists and survivors attempt to find a cure - instead unleashing something worse.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
It was recently announced that Mission: Impossible 5 will come out on Christmas Day 2015, and while we know that star Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie are attached, there's been no news on the supporting cast. Until now. Simon Pegg (The World's End, Star Trek Into Darkness) was asked about Mission: Impossible 5 during an interview with MTV, and came straight out with an answer and said he's certainly coming back.
Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol was a great movie and one of the reasons why was its ensemble cast. As The Lord of The Rings, The Avengers, Toy Story and several other movies have shown us, having a team is a great way to add a constant sense of fun and can make up for the rest of a movie's shortcomings. Anybody remember the villain in Ghost Protocol? Anyone roll their eyes when Ethan Hunt was betrayed by someone in the organization? »
- Gary Collinson
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 21 Nov 2013 - 05:51
The underappreciated films of 1999 are the focus in our last list of 90s overlooked greats...
The year 1999 was a significant year for film in many ways. Apart from being the year that George Lucas began his Star Wars prequels with The Phantom Menace, it also saw the release of The Blair Witch Project, a horror film which became one of the first to use the internet as a marketing tool, resulting in a massive hit. The Matrix ushered in a new age of special effects filmmaking, arguably paving the way for the superhero blockbusters crowding into multiplexes today.
Mainly, though, 1999 was simply a brilliant year for film. Justly lauded movies like Fight Club, The Green Mile and Eyes Wide Shut aside, there were a huge number of films that didn't get the critical or financial success they deserved - so many, »
Less than a week after Paramount issued a Christmas Day 2015 release date for Mission: Impossible 5, actor Simon Pegg confirmed that he is coming back as tech specialist Benji Dunn. Here's what he had to say during a recent interview, joking about his new diet to get in shape.
"Yes, absolutely. I'm looking forward to doing that. I've already started eating one carrot a day in order to be in shape."
Christopher McQuarrie is directing Mission: Impossible 5 from a screenplay by Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3). Tom Cruise is returning as Imf agent Ethan Hunt, and it has been rumored that Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol stars Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Ving Rhames will also come back, although »
Now almost two decades old, Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction almost singlehandedly changed the way Hollywood wanted to make movies in the '90s. Now, a comprehensive new book on the film -- Pulp Fiction: The Complete Story of Quentin Tarantino's Masterpiece (by Jason Bailey from Voyageur Press) – reveals some intriguing casting near-miss and what if? details, from the possibilities of Daniel Day-Lewis as Vincent Vega (the role now owned by John Travolta) and Meg Ryan as Mia Wallace (the role now defined by Uma Thurman) to even Ellen DeGeneres starring in a supporting role...
Related: 5 Shocking Truths About the Making of 'Pulp Fiction'
After being reduced to playing third wheel to talking babies and dogs in the Look Who's Talking movies, Travolta's career was practically flatlining before the role of Vincent Vega gave him a second lease on life in Hollywood. But the role originally was meant for Michael Madsen, who played »
After the fourth film in Tom Cruise’s action film series Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, revitalised the decade old franchise a fifth film from Paramount Pictures and Cruise was inevitable. When it was released in December 2011 the film went on to gross almost $700 million worldwide which is considerably more than any previous entry in the franchise.
A fifth Mission: Impossible film was predictably announced soon after the previous entries phenomenal success with Cruise expressing his enthusiasm and excitement ever since. The star even began to scout out shooting locations for big scale action sequences earlier this year before Jack Reacher helmer Christopher McQuarrie was announced as the sequels director. Now Mission: Impossible 5 has been penciled in for a Christmas 2015 release date which puts it just one week after Disney’s gargantuan Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters.
- Ben Read
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to pay for the fifth time to see the further adventure installments of Ethan Hunt. Yep, Paramount has set a date for "Mission Impossible 5," which is now scheduled for a Christmas 2015 release. Currently, its only direct competition is Ben Affleck's directorial effort, "They Live By Night," but of course, "Star Wars: Episode VII," opens the weekend before and will presumably be a box-office juggernaut for at least a few weeks afterwards (everyone thus assumes the same-day-dated Duncan Jones' "Warcraft" is probably going to have to move to another date, or the following year). Principal cast — Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Ving Rhames — are all expected to return, but who knows, they could switch things up if they liked. Christopher McQuarrie, the writer/director behind Cruise's underperforming "Jack Reacher" is at the helm and he's going to really »
- Edward Davis
Paramount Pictures has announced that it will release the upcoming action sequel Mission: Impossible 5 in theaters December 25, 2015. The last entry in this long-running franchise, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, which earned more than $700 million worldwide, opened just a few days before Christmas in 2011.
As of right now, the movie's only direct competition is Warner Bros.' Live by Night, the adaptation of Dennis Lehane's novel that Ben Affleck is starring in and directing. However, it will debut just one week after the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII, with Warcraft also opening on December 18, 2015 and Kung Fu Panda 3 debuting on December 23, 2015.
Tom Cruise is producing and returning as Imf agent Ethan Hunt. Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) is directing from a script by Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3). We reported last month that production will start this February in London.
Kevin Sorbo demonstrates that Hercules truly does go where we wishes with his twisted serial killer role in Julia X, set to seduce and slash its way into your home on DVD and Blu-ray 3D come January 27, 2014, courtesy of Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment.
Internet dating has never been more deadly as Julia is about to find out. What starts out as a night of romance ends up being anything but as the man of Julia’s dreams, known only as ‘The Stranger’, turns out to be the sort of guy your mother warns you about...
Trapped in The Stranger’s sights, Julia soon finds out his true identity is not the suave, smooth-talking lover but a sadistic and amoral killer who wants to play a deadly and possessive game. Branding his victims with an ‘X’, Julia is destined to be the next in the long line of ex-dates, but unbeknownst to The Stranger, »
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