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In an early scene in Ashby, an English teacher asks the film’s young protagonist Ed (Nat Wolff) to expound on the themes of Ernest Hemingway. Wolff answers, “Proving you’re a man by trying to get killed,” tossing off the line as if it were an absurd relic of a less enlightened era. He then spends the remainder of the film embracing that antiquated view of American masculinity, whether it be in pursuing classmate Emma Roberts, taking a hit on the football field or befriending his terminally ill, ex-cia assassin neighbor Ashby (Mickey Rourke). Ashby writer/director Tony McNamara describes the film as […] »
- Matt Mulcahey
Want to win “Blunt Force Trauma” on Blu-ray? Tweet @ShockYa to enter (or comment below) and we’ll pick an entry at random. Entries Must be in by 12Pm Est on Friday October 9th. U.S. Only Please. Thanks for entering and good luck!! Two duelists wearing Kevlar vests stand in opposing circles; face each other, draw and shoot. The one left standing in the circle wins. John (Ryan Kwanten), a talented young shooter seeks the ultimate due with the champion, Zorringer (Mickey Rouke), while Colt (Freida Pinto) seeks revenge for the death of her brother. The new movie stars Mickey Rourke, Freida Pinto, Ryan Kwanten, and Maruia Shelton. “Blunt Force Trauma” [ Read More ]
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- Rudie Obias
After the comic romp in Welcome Back, audiences were supposed to go straight to John Abraham's action avatar in Nishikant Kamat's Rocky Handsome. While Welcome Back opened in the first week of September, Rocky Handsome was scheduled for the first week of October. But now Rocky Handsome will open on February 5. Explaining the reason for the change John said, "Rocky Handsome again has me and Shruti Haasan in the lead. It would've been a bit of an overdose especially considering that I had not been seen in any film for two years before Welcome Back." John Abraham is very confident about Rocky Handsome. "It doesn't matter when it is released. It is a very powerful story. It's got terrific action. But action on its own cannot attract audiences. Rocky Handsome also has a solid emotional content. People have liked the bond between the hero and the little girl in Bajrangi Bhaijaan. »
- Subhash K. Jha
Blunt Force Trauma follows the journey of John (Kwanten) and the aptly-named Colt (Pinto) as gunfighters and lovers, as they attempt to climb the ranks in the underground dueling world.
Speaking about the movie, Kwanten told us that it's not your typical Taken-style action film: "It really had some interesting existential throwbacks to the 1970s-style films, which I really like.
"I obviously grew up in the '70s, I remember my dad showing me High Plains Drifter when I was way too young! There was some nice allusions to that, »
This year’s San Diego Film Festival again partners with Variety to honor four stars: Adrien Brody will receive the Cinema Vanguard Award; the Reframed Humanitarian Award will go to Geena Davis; the Auteur Award is being given to Brit Marling; and John Boyega will get the Rising Star Award.
Sdff will fete the honorees on Oct. 1 at Variety’s Night of the Stars tribute and party.
Two high-profile films anchor the fest: It opens with “Septembers of Shiraz” (pictured), Wayne Blair’s Iranian thriller starring Brody and Salma Hayek; and it will host the world premiere of Lawrence Roeck’s “Diablo,” starring Scott Eastwood, Camilla Belle, Walton Goggins and Danny Glover.
“This is a nice coup for us,” says programming VP Tonya Mantooth.
- Iain Blair
Three Months to Kill: McNamara’s Derivative Hodge-Podge
You’ll neither laugh nor cry, but hover somewhere in an emotionally dysthymic plateau watching Tony McNamara’s sophomore debut, Ashby. It’s the Australian director’s sophomore feature, his first time behind the camera in over a decade following the well-received 2003 film The Rage in Placid Lake. Since then, he has worked exclusively as a writer for television, experience readily evident in certain verbal witticisms glancing through this latest feature. And yet, this also feels like some oddball made-for-television feature, mashing a handful of genres into pulpy goo made up of assassin espionage, familial bonding, and adolescent melancholia tinged with romance.
Improbably focused on the relationship of a terminal ex-assassin bonding with his next door neighbor, a precocious high school student, the developing relationship changes their trajectories—in all the ways you could possibly predict considering each of their backgrounds. But »
- Nicholas Bell
To mark the release of Blunt Force Trauma on 5th October, we’ve been given 5 copies to give away on DVD. Starring Mickey Rourke (Sin City), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) and Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), Blunt Force Trauma follows the journey of John (Kwanten) and Colt (Pinto), gunfighters and sometimes lovers, on parallel but very
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Filming wrapped a year ago and was shot entirely in Bogota, Colombia. Rourke portrays a champion of underground gunfights, while Kwanten’s character seeks the ultimate duel and Pinto’s character seeks revenge for the death of her brother.
Voltage is handling international sales.
- Dave McNary
Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 2 was expected by most to take the top spot at the box office this weekend, but the estimates from Box Office Mojo reveal that the animated sequel actually set a box office record. Hotel Transylvania 2 took in an impressive $47.5 million this weekend, surpassing its predecessor Hotel Transylvania's September opening weekend record of $42.5 million. The sequel opened in 3,754 theaters, over 400 more than the original movie, pulling in a solid $12,653 per-screen average. September isn't typically a huge month for box office receipts, but this animated franchise proves that families will still come out in full force, even though summer is officially over.
Hotel Transylvania 2 brings back original voice cast members Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi and David Spade, with new additions including Keegan Michael Key and Mel Brooks. The animated movie sequel didn't fare terribly well with the nation's critics, »
Lionsgate's "Sicario" is the breakout of the fall specialized season, with a great $30,000 per theater average as it expands to 59 theaters ahead of its wide release. On the limited opening front, two films, "99 Homes" (Broad Green) and "Mississippi Grind" (A24) showed promise in their initial New York-only grosses. Toronto 2015 premiere film "Stonewall" debuted disastrously, as gay and other audiences showed no interest at all (unlike last year's seminal 1960s event film "Selma"). Four Sundance films opened, including three documentaries (not included below are grosses for Sundance doc "Western," which despite a staggering 89 Metacritic score could not land a mainstream distributor). Available on VOD are two big studio releases (through subsidiaries), Paramount's "Ashby" starring Mickey Rourke, Emma Roberts and Sarah Silverman, and Universal's British thriller "The Anomaly." IFC's Asia »
- Tom Brueggemann
Starring Mickey Rourke as a retired CIA assassin turned improbable mentor to Nat Wolff’s next-door-neighbor misfit, “Ashby” is a genre jumble that makes half-baked use of high-school sports, crime comedy, teen romance and other formulae to mildly diverting ends that are never quite convincing or funny enough. Paramount launched a limited theatrical rollout on Sept. 25, simultaneous with on-demand availability, but Aussie tube scribe Tony McNamara’s U.S. feature will definitely fare best as a viable if innocuous cable/rental time-filler.
Moving from Oregon to some heartland small town (the pic was shot in North Carolina, though no one onscreen sports a regional accent), 17-year-old Ed Wallis (Wolff) is a round peg in a square hole — an early-John-Cusack-type wise-guy newbie in a school environment where having read Hemingway makes you “gay,” and football is the religion of the land. He’s landed here after a divorce that has left »
- Dennis Harvey
Plot: A dying hit-man (Mickey Rourke) takes a quirky teen (Nat Wolff) under his wing in an attempt at redemption that might involve a killing or two. Review: Ashby is a good news/bad news situation for Mickey Rourke fans. The good news is that after years of wasting himself in Dtv dreck, Rourke.s finally found himself a solid indie role . easily his best since The Wrestler. The bad news is Rourke, with his... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
This is a reprint of the review that ran during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. No one knows their neighbors anymore. Tony McNamara’s off-kilter but admirably good-hearted “Ashby” makes such a case. Young Ed Wallis’ (Nat Wolff) neighbor is a former CIA agent with nearly a hundred kills under his fashionably distressed belt. Who would want to live next door to someone like that? Conveniently enough, Ed would. He's the new kid in town and doesn’t have any friends to speak of, and the combination of a contrived school assignment (basically, “meet an old person, talk to them, write about it”) and the discovery of the bluehair next door inspires Ed to make a pal out of Ashby (Mickey Rourke). Too bad the guy has secrets —government-sanctioned murder the least among them— that just might keep him from letting Ed in. Just kidding! Ashby takes to Ed well enough, »
- Kate Erbland
After the second biggest summer season in box office history this year, September is proving to be more lucrative than usual. Each weekend this month is up significantly from last year's grosses, and this weekend looks to be no different, with three new movies debuting in wide release, Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 2, Warner Bros.' The Intern and High Top Releasing's The Green Inferno, with the buzzworthy Sicario and Everest also expanding into more theaters. According to the projections from BoxOffice.com, Hotel Transylvania 2 should easily come away with a convincing win, although it's actually tracking less than its predecessor, 2012's Hotel Transylvania.
Hotel Transylvania 2 is projected to take the top spot with $37 million, which isn't too surprising since the animated movie sequel will have the widest release of this trio of newcomers. While we don't have an exact theater count yet, Hotel Transylvania 2 is »
A group of kids trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland squared off against a legendary gangster at the box office this weekend. According to the estimates from Box Office Mojo, the kids prevailed, with 20th Century Fox's The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials taking the top spot this weekend with $30.3 million, while Warner Bros.' crime drama Black Mass took second place with $23.3 million. Black Mass received a much better reception from the nation's critics, scoring a solid 76% "Fresh" rating from Rotten Tomatoes, while The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials posted a 49% "Rotten" rating from the site. Both of those ratings are down from earlier this week, though, when Black Mass had an 87% rating and The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials had a 62% rating.
The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials opened in 3,791 theaters this weekend, posting a solid $7,993 per-screen average in its opening weekend. While it did take the top spot, »
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Ryan Kwanten, Freida Pinto, Maruia Shelton, Carolina Gómez, Jon Mack, Ruben Zamora, Steven Galarce, David Villada, Jason Gibson, Tatiana Ronderos, Daniel Abril | Written and Directed by Ken Sanzel
Blunt Force Trauma follows the journey of John (Kwanten) and Colt (Pinto), gunfighters and sometimes lovers, on parallel but very different journeys through an underground dueling culture. From cockfighting rings and train yards, to basements and barns across South America, modern-day warriors put on bulletproof vests and duel one another in underground gunfights to gain riches and respect. It’s known only as the Game, and Zorringer (Rourke) is its elusive champion. John is looking for the ultimate duel with Zorringer while Colt is seeking revenge for the death of her brother. The two gunslingers travel from one shootout to another on a dangerous journey of love, violence, and clandestine battles.
Where to start with Blunt Force Trauma. How about the plot – which, »
- Phil Wheat
Jane Krakowski's perfection has many sides. She won a Tony for her saucy in performance in "Nine." She won an Olivier Award for her performance as Adelaide in the West End revival of "Guys and Dolls." Plus she's been nominated for two Daytime Emmys and now five Primetime Emmys -- but she still hasn't picked up a TV statuette. Now that she's back in the running with a nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series thanks to "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," we get to vaunt her many gifts once again. Here are five other times the "30 Rock"/"All McBeal" vet deserved accolades for her onscreen flair. 1. That time she announced her love for Bill Gates It was the 2000 American Comedy Awards, and Jane Krakowksi decided to proclaim her lust for Bill Gates. "Floppy/hard" innuendos abound. 2. Jane helpfully tells Tina Fey she sees herself in her. When Tina Fey »
- Louis Virtel
Actor Mickey Rourke has nothing good to say about Gop candidate Donald Trump. In a TMZ video, Rourke called Trump “nothing but a big-mouthed bitch bully,” and that he would “love 30 seconds in a room with the little bitch.” Meanwhile, Rourke endorsed Ben Carson when the TMZ reporter asked him who will get his vote. Also Read: Chris Pratt Reveals Directing Dreams, and Awkward Encounter With Mickey Rourke “I like the doctor — the black dude. I like him,” said Rourke. Rourke is a trained boxer who has also starred in movies like “Iron Man 2,” “The Expendables” and “Sin City. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
[[tmz:video id="0_z26ev8w9"]] Mickey Rourke does not mince words ... he detests Donald Trump, or as he calls him, a "bitch bully." Mickey showed up at Mr. Chow Wednesday night when he revealed his choice for Prez. Advice for Ben Carson ...you need to get your name out there more. Read more »
- TMZ Staff
September is typically a slow month in theaters, but thanks to an emerging young adult franchise and a highly-anticipated biopic, there could be some fireworks at the box office reminiscent of summer totals. This weekend, fans will return to author James Dashner's dystopian world with The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, while mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger's story is told on the big screen in Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp. If the projections at Pro.BoxOffice.com are accurate, then The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials should have no trouble at all securing the top spot at the box office this weekend.
The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is projected to take in an estimated $48 million this weekend, which would far surpass its predecessor, The Maze Runner, which took the top spot at the box office almost exactly one year ago, with $34 million. The Maze Runner would go on to »
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