16 items from 2015
There was a time when the release of a heist film with Robert De Niro would have made for one of the most interesting things of the year, and would be a surefire draw to theaters. If you mixed in a lot of other actors that could draw their own crowd (here – Dave Bautista, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Gina Carano, Morris Chestnut, and more), you’d have something of a lock.
Heist, which foregoes delusions with a genre title, has released a trailer which seems to contain undercurrents of self-doubt. It isn’t sure people are going to be interested, but thinks it has a new spin that makes the whole thing worth the trouble.
It certainly has something new to bring. Though not completely unique, the story isn’t really about the heist, but what happens after things go wrong. Jeffrey Dean Morgan plays Vaughn, who tries to rob a casino, »
- Marc Eastman
Following his highly successful role in Guardians Of The Galaxy, former WWE Champion Batista (Dave Bautista) has been expanding his reach in Hollywood. His next role features the former professional wrestler starring alongside one of the film industry’s most legendary actors, Robert De Niro.
In the upcoming film Heist, Batista plays a character named Cox, a burglar who attempts a big-time robbery against Pope (De Niro’s character). Pope is a mob boss who a group of burglars are attempting to take down. The robbery goes sour, forcing Cox and his partner Vaughn (Jeffrey Dean Morgan of Supernatural) to go on the run, hijacking a city bus in the process. Shoot-outs and action galore are the result.
- Ryan Droste
Given the title of the film, you could be fooled into thinking that Scott Mann’s upcoming actioner Heist was a full remake of David Mamet’s 2001 film of the same name – alas, the reality is somewhat more disappointing.
Yahoo Movies has debuted the maiden trailer for Mann’s thriller. Starring Robert De Niro, Jeffery Dean Morgan and Guardians of the Galaxy alum Dave Bautista, Heist orbits around the attempts of two men desperate to rob De Niro’s crime boss, The Pope. Channeling the fast-editing and style of Ocean’s Eleven in the beginning, the trailer then switches abruptly to high-speed pursuit, with Mann’s actioner – originally titled Bus 657 – switching gears into all-out hostage thriller.
It’s a tense situation that plays out similarly to Keanu Reeves’ Speed only with less flair and even less Keanu Reeves, and the general feeling of been there, done that doesn’t have us too optimistic. »
- Michael Briers
"The wheels on the bus go 'round and 'round..." Gulf Film has debuted the first full trailer for action thriller Bus 657, about a desperate father's bus heist gone wrong. Jeffrey Dean Morgan stars as the hijacker, a father without the means to pay for his daughter's medical treatment. Robert De Niro plays kingpin "The Pope" and the cast includes Dave Bautista, Kate Bosworth, Gina Carano, Morris Chestnut and D.B. Sweeney. While this seems to be bordering on straight-to-dvd quality, I don't think it looks awful. I like the way this trailer is cut to the music, and focuses on the action more than anything. Give it a look below. Here's the first official trailer for Scott Mann's Bus 657 Heist, direct from YouTube (via The Playlist): A father is without the means to pay for his daughter's medical treatment. As a last resort, he partners with a »
- Alex Billington
Exclusive: Spike Lee flies in to Toronto for a few hours today to give international buyers a sneak peak at some footage of his eagerly anticipated Chi-Raq. The first feature to be fully financed by Amazon Studios, Chi-Raq once more finds Lee — one of the greatest chroniclers of America for over 30 years — front and center in the heart of the debate on gun laws and race relations in America. Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, D.B. Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve… »
The film wrapped production with the WWE Hall of Famer Michaels as part of the cast. The film also stars Brett Dalton (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Anjelah Johnson-Reyes (“Moms’ Night Out”), D.B. Sweeney (“Suits,” “24”) and Neil Flynn (“The Middle”). It’s written by Andrea Nasfell (“Moms’ Night Out”) and directed by Dallas Jenkins (“What If…”).
“The Resurrection of Gavin Stone” tells the story of a former child star turned washed-up and troubled actor. After receiving a 200-hour community service sentence, Gavin Stone (Brett Dalton) pretends to be a Christian so he can play Jesus in a mega-church Easter production in order to fulfill his hours of service. Along the way, he reconnects »
- John Canton
WWE Studios has acquired worldwide rights to The Resurrection Of Gavin Stone, a faith-based title from the Harvest Bible Chapel's Vertical Church Films. The film is toplined by Brett Dalton, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, D.B. Sweeney and Neil Flynn and features former WWE champ Shawn Michaels. Andrea Nasfell (Moms' Night Out) wrote the pic and Vertical Church founder Dallas Jenkins (What If…) helmed it. The outfit’s first feature-length effort is a long way the studio’s usual… »
Brett Dalton, star of ABC’s “Agents of Shield,” portrays the title character. The film, which recently wrapped production, also stars Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, D.B. Sweeney, Neil Flynn and retired WWE star Shawn Michaels.
Vertical Church films founder Dallas Jenkins directed “Resurrection” from a script by Andrea Nasfell. Dalton plays a former child star turned washed-up and troubled actor. After receiving a 200-hour community service sentence, Stone pretends to be a Christian so he can play Jesus in a mega-church Easter production to fulfill his hours of service, but then discovers that his most important role is far away from Hollywood.
“It is a privilege to be working with the Harvest Bible Chapel and Vertical Church Films, as they share our understanding of »
- Dave McNary
Top brass at the digital sleeping giant have confirmed Spike Lee’s film about the inner city violence in Chicago as their first Amazon Original Movie and hinted at an accompanying theatrical release.
Lee directed from the screenplay he co-wrote with Kevin Willmott that is said to be composed entirely in verse. “I’m honoured to be part of the film that will launch Amazon Studios and to tell a story that is so important,” he said. “Please don’t be fooled by the title of Chi-Raq – this new Spike Lee joint will be something very special. We have assembled a stellar cast.”
According to THR »
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With rumours doing the rounds over the past few weeks, it has now officially been announced that Spike Lee’s new film Chi-raq will be the first original movie to debut on Amazon.
The film, which looks at inncer-city gun-violence in Chicago, was shot entirely in Chicago and has recently finished shooting, will be the very first feature to be made exclusively for Amazon and will debut on the website’s subscription service next year
“Spike Lee is one of the most distinct and visionary filmmakers of our time,” said Ted Hope, Head of Motion Picture Production at Amazon Studios. “It would be impossible to find a better filmmaker with whom to launch our studio. He has a unique voice, a distinct eye, and he tackles important subjects with humor and heart, pointing to solutions and not exploiting the problems. Chi-Raq may be his greatest, and definitely his boldest film »
- Scott J. Davis
Teyonah Parris, Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Teyonah Parris, D.B. Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris, Angela Bassett, John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson star in the film which was shot entirely in Chicago and wrapped last week.
Lee directed and co-wrote the film with Kevin Willmott ("C.S.A.: Confederate States Of America") with the film set to explore violence in inner city Chicago.
Ted Hope, Head of Motion Picture Production at Amazon Studios says: "Spike Lee is one of the most distinct and visionary filmmakers of our time. It would be impossible to find a better filmmaker with whom to launch our studio. He has a unique voice, a distinct eye, and he tackles important subjects with humor and heart, »
- Garth Franklin
With Netflix now edging into the theatrical space, and gunning for Oscars this year with Cary Fukunaga's "Beasts Of No Nation," they won't be the only streaming service looking to make a bigger impact. Amazon has their sights set on the awards race, and have their own contender gearing up to to get in the game. THR reports that Amazon, who have officially picked up the film after months of rumors, will give Spike Lee's "Chiraq" an Oscar qualifying theatrical run in December. Apparently, the plan was for the movie debut at the Cannes Film Festival next year, but everyone is so pumped for the flick, they want to get it out there in time for the Oscars, before jumping to Amazon Prime in 2016. And as a plan has come into focus for the film, so too has the cast. While lots of names have been bandied about »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Read More: Roadside Attractions Acquires 'Touched With Fire' Starring Katie Holmes Spike Lee's "Chi-Raq" was originally set to premiere at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, but both Lee and Amazon Studios feel so strongly about the project that they are hopping into the awards race this year by opening the picture this December. "Chi-Raq" stars Teyonah Parris in a modernized version of the classic Greek play "Lysistrata," in which the titular character goes on a sex strike to protest black-on-black gun violence. Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, D.B. Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris, Angela Bassett, John Cusack and Sameul L. Jackson also star in the film. The title, "Chi-Raq," derives from the nickname that developed for Chicago after being compared to Iraq and its violence. The film is set to premiere in theaters and become available to Amazon Prime users shortly after, which will be the model for all Amazon Studio's releases. »
- Kaeli Van Cott
Amazon Studios announced that Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq,” a drama about inner-city gun violence in Chicago, will be its first original movie production with plans to debut the pic in theaters later this year.
“Chi-Raq” stars Teyonah Parris (“Dear White People,” “Mad Men”) alongside Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Teyonah Parris, D.B. Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris, Angela Bassett with John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson.
Written by Lee and Kevin Willmott (“C.S.A.: Confederate States Of America”) and directed by Lee, “Chi-Raq” was shot on location in Chicago with principal photography wrapping last week. An Amazon rep said it does not have a confirmed release date yet for the movie.
The pic is the first official film pickup for Amazon Studios, which hired indie producer Ted Hope to lead its newly created film division in January. Amazon has said it ultimately expects to produce about 12 movies per year, »
- Todd Spangler
As had been widely expected — and reported — Amazon has now confirmed that Spike Lee’s Chi-raq will be its first original movie. Chi-Raq will feature Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, D.B. Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris, Angela Basset with John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. Teyonah Parris will play the lead role. Chi-Raq was shot entirely in Chicago and wrapped last week. Written by Lee and Kevin Willmott, (C.S.A: Confederate States Of America), Chi-Raq… »
Is this heaven? Nope, it’s Opening Week.
It all started Sunday night with the Cardinals at the Cubs with St. Louis winning 3 to 0.
To celebrate the first pitch of Opening Week, here’s our list of the best Baseball movies.
One of the best baseball biopics to come along over the years, The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid, tells the true story of Jim Morris, a man who finally gets a shot at his lifelong dream-pitching in the big leagues. A high school science teacher/baseball coach, Morris’ players make a bet with him:if they win district, »
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16 items from 2015
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