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Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Get Hard (comedy; Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Craig T. Nelson, Alison Brie; rated R) The Gunman (action-thriller; a super-ripped Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Javier Bardem; rated R) Jackie & Ryan (romance; Ben Barnes, Katherine Heigl, Clea DuVall; premieres 7/3 on cable Mod and in theater; rated PG-13) Digital HD: Rent from $4-$7 or own from $13-$20 (HD may cost more than Sd) Vudu Offers the same movies as cable...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl': Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow. 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' review: Mostly an enjoyable romp (Oscar Movie Series) Pirate movies were a Hollywood staple for about three decades, from the mid-'20s (The Sea Hawk, The Black Pirate) to the mid-to-late '50s (Moonfleet, The Buccaneer), when the genre, by then mostly relegated to B films, began to die down. Sporadic resurrections in the '80s and '90s turned out to be critical and commercial bombs (Pirates, Cutthroat Island), something that didn't bode well for the Walt Disney Company's $140 million-budgeted film "adaptation" of one of their theme-park rides. But Neptune's mood has apparently improved with the arrival of the new century. He smiled – grinned would be a more appropriate word – on the Gore Verbinski-directed Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, »
- Andre Soares
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About The Film
After remaining on the straight and narrow with a string of dramatic performance in recent years, including Gangster Squad and the Ben Stiller-fronted The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the Oscar-winning actor is following in the footsteps of one Liam Nesson for Pierre Morel’s The Gunman.
Beyond sharing a director, Morel’s latest feature also harbors similarities to Taken in that Penn’s former special forces soldier will be called out on one last job. That said, by having our grizzled protagonist suffering from Ptsd, The Gunman is arguably more visceral than its genre contemporaries, and with a supporting cast that includes Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance and Jasmine Trinca, you’ll search far and wide for an unashamed B-movie actioner with a bigger heart.
To celebrate The Gunman‘s arrival on Blu-Ray and DVD at the end of this month, We Got This Covered »
- Michael Briers
A year ago Besson himself was asked "Lucy" sequel prospects to which he replied "I don't see how we can do [a sequel]. It''s not made for that." Looks like someone found a way.
Also on the way are "Shut In" with Naomi Watts, "Nine Lives" with Kevin Spacey, "The Lake" with Sullivan Stapleton, and "Escobar" with Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz which are all due next year. The Dave Bautista-led "Warrior's Gate" and Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne-starring "Valerian" are also due in 2017. »
- Garth Franklin
Say what you will about Luc Besson, but the guy knows how to craft a kick-ass action heroine. At CineEurope 2015, his production house EuropaCorp unveiled a packed slate of upcoming films, and included in the roster were a pair of sequels to two of Besson’s most successful female-driven action-thrillers: Lucy and Colombiana. That’s right – despite Scarlett Johansson’s psychokinetic badass ascending past human form at the end of Lucy, and Zoe Saldana’s revenge-minded assassin slaying the man responsible for her parents’ murders, both characters are gearing up for more carnage-heavy adventures.
It shouldn’t really come as a surprise that Besson is interested in Lucy 2 and Colombiana 2 – both films were solid performers at the box office (especially Lucy) and starred actresses who are becoming more bankable by the week – Johansson is a proven draw for audiences with Marvel fans in her pocket, while Saldana recently led Guardians of the Galaxy »
- Isaac Feldberg
"I don't see how we can do [a sequel]. It's not made for that,” Luc Besson said last summer about the prospect of a sequel to the surprise smash hit "Lucy." “If I find something good enough, maybe I will, but for now I don't even think about it.” Well, it looks like he's thought about it and something is brewing. At CineEurope 2015, production house EuropaCorp (which Besson heads up) announced their slate of upcoming films, which quietly mentioned that "Lucy 2" was "in development." Here's the roster: “Shut In” with Naomi Watts (International Release Date February 19, 2016) “Nine Lives” with Kevin Spacey (International Release Date April 29, 2016) “The Lake” with Sullivan Stapleton (International Release date July 15, 2016) “Warrior's Gate” with Dave Bautista (date undetermined output) “The Transporter Legacy” with Ed Skrein (Release date September 9, 2015) “Escobar” with Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz (Released in 2016) »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Ron Moody in Mel Brooks' 'The Twelve Chairs.' The 'Doctor Who' that never was. Ron Moody: 'Doctor Who' was biggest professional regret (See previous post: "Ron Moody: From Charles Dickens to Walt Disney – But No Harry Potter.") Ron Moody was featured in about 50 television productions, both in the U.K. and the U.S., from the late 1950s to 2012. These included guest roles in the series The Avengers, Gunsmoke, Starsky and Hutch, Hart to Hart, and Murder She Wrote, in addition to leads in the short-lived U.S. sitcom Nobody's Perfect (1980), starring Moody as a Scotland Yard detective transferred to the San Francisco Police Department, and in the British fantasy Into the Labyrinth (1981), with Moody as the noble sorcerer Rothgo. Throughout the decades, he could also be spotted in several TV movies, among them: David Copperfield (1969). As Uriah Heep in this disappointing all-star showcase distributed theatrically in some countries. »
- Andre Soares
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley (in motion capture as Chappie), and Hugh Jackman star in this thought-provoking sci-fi film from Neill Blomkamp, director of "District 9." The Blu-ray comes with a ton of features, including an alternate ending, extended scenes, and eight featurettes: "Chappie: The Streetwise Professor," "Arms Race: The Weapons and Robots," "Bringing Chappie to Life: The Visual Effects," "From Tetra Vaal to Chappie," "Keep It Gangster," "The Reality of Robotics," "Jozi: Real City and a Sci-Fi Setting," and "Rogue Robot: Deconstructing the Stunts & Special Effects."
Liam Neeson plays a mobster hit man caught between his crime family and his estranged son in this action thriller co-starring Joel Kinnaman, Ed Harris, and Vincent D'Onofrio. The Blu-ray features "Shoot All Night, »
- Gina Carbone
We’re all excited for Spectre and not just because it’s a James Bond film but also due to the immense cast. Mr Christoph Waltz is a perfect fit and we never knew it would happen, so after the excellent Javier Bardem last time out, things are surely about to get even darker and better.
There’s been a couple of teasers so far, including this Video Blog for the new Aston Martin and the first trailer, but just enough to not give everything away immediately. Which is how I like my films. Next up is the first TV Spot below, which shows us how Daniel Craig‘s Bond likes to get up close and personal – as expected…
Watch and enjoy Sam Mendes‘ new 007 adventure:
Spectre opens in the UK and across the world on 6th November.
The post First TV spot for ‘Spectre’ gets up close with Bond, »
- Dan Bullock
It’s been a few years since we’ve heard from Chilean/Spanish filmmaker Alejandro Amenábar. He had major international success with the horror/thriller "The Others" with Nicole Kidman in 2001 and "The Sea Inside" in 2004 which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and tons of praise for Javier Bardem’s astonishing performance. But 2009’s “Agora” came and went in the U.S. with little fanfare (this was pre Oscar Isaac as a star), but Amenábar is returning to the thriller genre with “Regression,” an English-language effort starring Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson. And as a TWC-Dimension picture, it sounds like a psychological genre film more than straight psychological drama though the official word dances around that possibility carefully. Here’s the official synopsis: Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable. »
- Edward Davis
The film was originally scheduled to open Jan. 16. “Escobar,” the directorial debut of Italian actor Andrea Di Stefano, combines the true story of Colombia’s drug king Pablo Escobar with a love story between a young Canadian surfer, played by “Hunger Games” star Josh Hutcherson, and Escobar’s niece (Claudia Traisac).
The film received positive notices at Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals. “Escobar” “offers an odd mix of action movie, romantic melodrama and cautionary traveler’s tale, which works better than it should thanks to Del Toro’s fascinating performance and Di Stefano’s assured, muscular helming,” said Variety’s Scott Foundas in his Telluride review.
- Dave McNary
Once upon a time, Ron Howard was to direct the first film, with the plan being for a television series to run in tandem with the movies. The size of the gamble eventually put Universal and Warner Bros off backing the project, but now Sony Pictures is firmly behind The Dark Tower. It's co-financing with Media Rights Capital, and the plan remains for a series of movies, as well as the TV show.
The TV show is being developed by Akiva Goldsman, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Erica Huggins. But now we learn that Howard definitely won't be directing the first The Dark Tower film (although it's looked that way for some time, »
After Ron Howard flirted with the idea of directing the adaptation of Stephen King's fantasy series "The Dark Tower" at both Warner Bros. and Universal with the goal being three movies released alongside an interconnected television series, the project fell apart and has now landed in the lap of Sony. Now it appears they've finally settled on a helmer to direct the first film in the series, which will apparently still include a completementary TV series. According to Deadline, Nikolaj Arcel will direct The Dark Tower for Sony, telling the first part of the story following the path of the last gunslinger, Roland Deschain of Gilead, and his search for titular Dark Tower. Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner co-wrote the current draft of the screenplay, which begins with the first book in King's seven book series, "The Gunslinger" telling of the first meeting of Roland and his protege Jake Chambers. »
- Brad Brevet
It's fitting that Clint Eastwood and John Wayne both have the same birthday week. (Wayne, who died in 1979, was born May 26, 1907, while Eastwood turns 85 on May 31). After all, these two all-American actors' careers span the history of that most American of movie genres, the western.
Both iconic actors were top box office draws for decades, both seldom stretched from their familiar personas, and both played macho, conservative cowboy heroes who let their firearms do most of the talking. Each represented one of two very different strains of western, the traditional and the revisionist.
As a birthday present to Hollywood's biggest heroes of the Wild West, here are the top 57 westerns you need to see.
57. 'Meek's Cutoff' (2010)
Indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt and her frequent leading lady, Michelle Williams, are the talents behind this sparse, docudrama about an 1845 wagon train whose Oregon Trail journey goes horribly awry. It's an intense »
- Gary Susman
This week’s biggest upcoming project was one so weird that we needed a few days to process it. It has been called Godzilla meets Being John Malkovich and Adaptation (possibly even Lost in Translation for good measure), and if it seems like those two titles don’t add up in anyway whatsoever, you’re not far off.
The movie is Colossal, and THR reports is set to star Anne Hathaway. Hathaway plays a woman returning to her hometown from New York after losing her job. Upon returning home, she discovers that a giant lizard is attacking Tokyo, and she feels strangely connected to the incident via her mind.
Colossal isn’t even some tongue-in-cheek Spike Jonze project but coming from Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes), and aiming to be sold at this year’s Cannes Film Festival market. “Colossal is my most ambitious script so far, and probably also the most personal one. »
- Brian Welk
Title: The Gunman Director: Pierre Morel Starring: Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance, Jasmine Trinca, Javier Bardem. Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel ‘La Position du tireur couché’ (The Prone Gunman), gets adapted for the silver screen by French cinematographer and film director Pierre Morel, known for ‘District 13,’ ‘From Paris With Love,’ and ‘Taken.’ The American action thriller, stars Sean Penn as an ex-soldier who carried out an assassination in the Democratic Republic of Congo and finds his past catching up with him eight years later. The cast also includes Javier Bardem, Italian actress Jasmine Trinca, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone and Mark Rylance. The film begins with utter promise: the [ Read More ]
The post The Gunman Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
What is it about infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar that keeps filmmakers hooked on his story? He certainly led an interesting life, and now yet another movie will be made about him, this time starring Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz.Writer/director Fernando León de Aranoa is on board to adapt the script from Virginia Vallejo’s 2008 memoir Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar, with Aranoa also directing the biopic.The film, called Escobar, will see Bardem playing the man himself in a story that charts his days in the Medellin and Cali cartels, his dealings with dictators and the growth of the cocaine industry. Cruz is set to play Vallejo, who had a relationship with him and testified on some of his actions during a 2008 investigation into the 1985 Palace of Justice siege, which left 100 people dead. This is yet another project backed by Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp and the rights will »
Javier Bardem is a real-life Vincent Chase, and has been trying to play Pablo Escobar for years now. He's been forced to pull out every time, after, we assume, his childhood friend turned manager inevitably clashed with each film's talented-but-mercurial director. But likely thanks to a chance meeting with a Hollywood big shot, Bardem is now attached to star in Fernando León de Aranoa's upcoming biopic Escobar, based on Virginia Vallejo's memoir, Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar. That's right: Javier got the movie! Even better: Since Bardem's wife Penélope Cruz is also attached, there's a good chance his brother and driver get to come along as well. Oh yeah! »
- Nate Jones
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