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What did we learn from the Spectre teaser trailer?

28 March 2015 3:21 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The first teaser trailer for James Bond 24 has been released, but what did it tell us about the upcoming movie, Spectre?

After letting the sky fall when it crum-balled to the tune of a billion dollars at the global box office, Spectre may be the most anticipated James Bond movie since the last one. Daniel Craig's fourth feature as 007 won't arrive in UK cinemas until October, but the response to the teaser trailer released over the weekend has been very positive.

Four is hardly a magic number for Bond actors. Sean Connery's fourth outing was the less-than-stellar Thunderball, Roger Moore's was the all-too-interstellar Moonraker and Pierce Brosnan closed out his four-movie tenure with the infamously poor Die Another Day.

That makes Craig the fourth actor to rack up four turns as Bond, and if you're superstitious about this sort of thing, maybe that's why this looks to be the combo breaker. »

- simonbrew

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Cannes: New Movies From Pixar, Woody Allen Expected at 68th Film Festival

26 March 2015 11:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There are still three weeks to go before the Cannes Film Festival unveils its official-selection lineup, but so far, the latest Pixar 3D animated extravaganza and new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve and Arnaud Desplechin appear to be securing their positions in the event’s 68th annual edition (May 13-24).

In keeping with his longtime habit of avoiding festival accolades, Allen will likely receive an out-of-competition berth for his 45th feature, “Irrational Man,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone (who starred in the director’s “Magic in the Moonlight”). Among other U.S. fare, Cannes will get an early start on the summer blockbuster season with Disney/Pixar’s feature toon “Inside Out,” marking a second trip to the Croisette for director Pete Docter (who co-helmed with Ronaldo Del Carmen) after his “Up” opened the festival in 2009. As already announced, George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road, »

- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy

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And the Cannes line-up is…?

26 March 2015 4:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Gazing into the crystal ball, Screen rounds up its Cannes predictions.

With the unveiling of Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection now exactly three weeks away buzz over the titles that Thierry Fremaux and his team will select for the 68th edition is hitting fever pitch.

Official teaser announcements have started to roll this week, led by the confirmation on Wednesday that George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road would premiere in an Out of Competition screening on May 14.

Earlier the week, Cannes unveiled its poster featuring Ingrid Bergman to mark the centenary of the late big screen’s birth and it was announced that Stig Bjorkman’s documentary Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words would show in Cannes Classics as part of the commemorations.

For the rest of the Official Selection, except perhaps the opening film which is traditionally revealed in advance, Cannes watchers will have to wait for the announcement press conference in Paris on April »

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Veteran actors who can follow the Tom Cruise/Liam Neeson action hero path

24 March 2015 2:48 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Between last week’s Liam Neeson release Run All Night marking one of the final times that Neeson will play an action hero and yesterday’s debut of Tom Cruise defying age in the new Mission: Impossible trailer, I got to thinking about who could take their places going forward. Obviously, Neeson is almost done and Cruise won’t be kicking ass forever, so there must be an heir apparent or two out there, right? Well, no one who is out and out gunning for that gig, but there’s plenty of middle aged actors who have at least dipped their toes in the water. As such, I came up with a list of actors who could certainly take the mantle from these two, perhaps even pushing this sub genre of action to a slightly new level. It’s mostly a list in good fun, but there’s certainly some truths contained within. »

- Joey Magidson

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Flickering Myth Podcast Review – The Gunman (2015)

23 March 2015 1:12 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Flickering Myth Podcast grabs some guns…

On today’s episode of the Flickering Myth Podcast, Luke Owen, Scott Davis and Rohan Morbey sit down to give their thoughts on Sean Penn’s attempt at “doing a Liam Neeson” with The Gunman, from the director of Taken. The trilogy also discuss the idea of having older action stars and whether this fad is over before its started in the wake of The Gunman bombing at the box office.

See Also: Sean Penn’s The Gunman bombs at the box office

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An adaptation of Jean-Patrick Manchette’s “The Prone Gunman.” Sean Penn stars as Jim Terrier, an international »

- Luke Owen

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Sean Penn’s The Gunman bombs at the box office

23 March 2015 1:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ever since the release of Taken in 2009, it seems that older actors are trying to jump on board the action train. Sean Penn’s The Gunman is the next stop, but his first attempt has not been overly successful.

Opening to very middling reviews (the film currently holds 14% on Rotten Tomatoes and 39 on Metacritic), The Gunman has opened to just $5 million domestically with no word yet on how it did internationally. The reported budget for the film is $40 million, so this is undoubtedly unfortunate news for the various production companies who financed the movie.

See Also: Movie Review – The Gunman (2015)

This puts The Gunman on par with other 2015 box office flops Mortdecai, Blackhat, Unfinished Business and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and is a fraction of what 3 Days to Kill made last year on its opening weekend – perhaps showing that the popularity of this subgenre has started to fall already. »

- Luke Owen

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Box Office: ‘Insurgent’ Trailing ‘Divergent’ With $50 Million

21 March 2015 7:47 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Insurgent” is diverging from the most recent estimates that had pegged it to take about $45 million in its opening weekend.

“The Divergent Series: Insurgent” is still trailing the first installment, last year’s “Divergent,” but is closing the gap as it looks to be headed for an opening weekend of $50 million-plus.

However, the film is short of initial estimates of nearly $60 million. “Insurgent” is also annihilating this weekend’s other major new entry, Sean Penn’s “The Gunman.”

Insurgent” made $21.3 million on Friday at the U.S. box office — just $1.5 million shy of the Friday numbers delivered by “Divergent” this weekend last year, when the film opened to No. 1 with $54.6 million. It went on to haul in $151 million at the domestic box office ($288.7 million worldwide).

The movie is sure to do strong business overseas, considering Shailene Woodley’s rising star power and the popularity of Veronica Roth’s bestselling young-adult trilogy. »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Film Review: Lack of Cohesiveness, Intrigue Stymies ‘The Gunman’

20 March 2015 9:03 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – If you’re going to see a Sean Penn action movie, I guess “The Gunman” would be appropriate. As he and the filmmakers inject some reality in the usual motivations, the puzzle pieces don’t connect well and in the end are not that interesting. That is not to say that the film is bad.

Rating: 3.0/5.0

Sporting a body that he doesn’t mind exposing as shirtless while in his fiftysomething status, Penn is a thinking man’s action hero, part assassin and part humanitarian. It’s rather interesting that he kills someone Lee Harvey Oswald style, but after that the story devolves into a vague revenge on that hit, seemingly seven years later, yet with the same ripples over Sean’s muscly form. There are some good moments, including a booby trap that needs to be reactivated, but overall the movie almost dares you not to care, and the female lead follows suit. »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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The 83rd Academy Awards: If I had been a voter

20 March 2015 2:05 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

After a brief delay, this series has returned. Yes, once again I’m going to be taking a look back at a recent Oscar lineup and explaining what my vote would have been in each of the big eight categories we all follow so intently each season. I previously mentioned that potentially I could do this once a week with previous Academy Award ceremonies, and while I’m going to be truing to do that, time will still tell. Again, if nothing else, this gives you an interesting look into my cinematic tastes. Over the course of the year you can sort of get a feel for what my current favorites are, but now we can look to the past a bit more. Alright then, here goes nothing folks…behold my picks: Best Picture – The Social Network The nominees here for this ceremony were 127 Hours, Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, »

- Joey Magidson

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Lake Bell and Simon Pegg Fall For Each Other in the Trailer For Man Up

20 March 2015 11:50 AM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Bell and Pegg's romantic comedy Man Up looks really cute - Vulture Javier Bardem is excited about the new Bond movie - HuffPost Entertainment The 17 most complicated families on TV - Hitfix The best live-action fairy-tale films in movie history - Moviefone Bizarre mashups that work surprisingly well together - Cracked What life will be like for The Bachelor's Chris and Whitney - BuddyTV Bella Thorne will star in a new ABC Family series - Pretty Little Liars Bill Murray proves he is a man of many talents - Splitsider Jennifer Lopez steals the spotlight on American Idol - Popsugar Fashion »

- Marina-Liao

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Interview: Director Pierre Morel on Sean Penn, Liam Neeson & His Latest ‘The Gunman’

20 March 2015 8:10 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – There were basically two careers for Pierre Morel, before he directed the mega-hit “Taken,” starring Liam Neeson, and afterward. The French-born cinematographer, camera operator and now director is releasing “The Gunman,” an action film that stars Sean Penn. Like “Taken,” the motivations for the action are based in the real world, and “The Gunman” travels to Africa, London and Barcelona on his way to redeeming his soul.

Morel has had an adventurous career, in both European cinema and in notable films, beginning with his days as a camera operator on “The Truth about Charlie” (2002), “The Dreamers” (2003) and “Before Sunset” (2004). He was the cinematographer on “The Transporter” (2002) and Director of Photography on “Love and Other Disasters” (2006). His breakthrough came in 2008, when he directed “Taken.” The film resonated with audiences, and allowed his career to move into a new direction.

Man of Action: Sean Penn in ‘The Gunman,’ Directed by »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Movie Review – The Gunman (2015)

20 March 2015 3:29 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Gunman, 2015.

Directed by Pierre Morel.

Starring Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Jasmine Trinca, Mark Rylance, Ray Winstone and Javier Bardem.


A sniper on a mercenary assassination team, kills the minister of mines of the Congo. Terrier’s successful kill shot forces him into hiding. Returning to the Congo years later, he becomes the target of a hit squad himself.

In 2009 director Pierre Morel resurrected Liam Neeson’s career while simultaneously transforming him into an action star that as of late, is simply allergic to playing hard-boiled, down on their luck bad-asses that have a score to settle or someone to protect. You can’t go two months without Liam Neeson invading your local cinema, which makes the accomplishment of Morel’s Taken franchise that much more remarkable. So here we have The Gunman, which doesn’t star Liam Neeson but rather Sean Penn. Why? Maybe they thought lightning would strike twice, »

- Robert Kojder

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The Gunman – The Review

19 March 2015 5:06 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Aloha, Mr. Hand! The grades are in and Sean Penn has not passed his ‘Basic Action Hero’ class. As Penn sneers and scowls his way through the routine globe-hopping hitman adventure The Gunman, his angry, sour puss sucks all of the joy out of every scene. Penn plays Martin Terrier (Martin Pitbull would be more badass!), an ex-special forces operative turned hired hitman working for one of those unnamed outfits that hires ex-special forces operatives turned hired hitmen. He’s good at his job, but he’s one miserable guy and his heart really isn’t into killing. All he wants is some tasty waves, a cool buzz and to settle down with his sweetheart, the French doctor Annie played by Jasmine Trica. Terrier is introduced doing mercenary work in the Democratic Republic of Congo. His local connection Felix (Javier Bardem) is the go-between when Terrier is contracted to assassinate »

- Tom Stockman

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Watch The Gunman extended promo: Sean Penn is a hunted man

19 March 2015 1:35 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sean Penn is being hunted in a final television spot for The Gunman.

The geo-political thriller casts Penn as expert assassin Jim Terrier, whose desire to live a quiet life leads his employers to turn against him.

Jim's former superior Felix (Javier Bardem) sets off a massive operation across Europe to take down the spurned assassin at any cost.

The Gunman also features action movie favourites Idris Elba and Ray Winstone in supporting roles.

Director Pierre Morel (From Paris with Love) has adapted the movie from Jean-Patrick Manchette's novel The Prone Gunman.

The Gunman opens on Friday (March 20) in the UK and the Us. »

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The Gunman | Review

19 March 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Gun Show: Morel’s Failed Fashioning of Penn Into Unlikely Action Star

If anything, it’s safe to say that The Gunman, the latest film from Luc Besson acolyte Pierre Morel, is hardly as silly as previous action films, such as 2010’s From Paris With Love and the first ‘chapter’ of the Taken (2008) trilogy, which lands the French helmer the distinction of revitalizing the career of Liam Neeson. On the surface, it looks like the director is priming Sean Penn for a similar autumnal invitation to action star status, but while the performer’s hermetic seriousness may downplay the film’s camp value, it also neutralizes any aspect of entertainment.

Not smartly written enough to be a truly intelligent thriller with either a political or activist inclined angle we’re used to seeing from Penn’s increasingly infrequent on-screen performances, the end result is a leathery prune of a film, »

- Nicholas Bell

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The Gunman – video review

19 March 2015 9:24 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In an excerpt from this week's Guardian Film Show, Henry Barnes, Catherine Shoard and Peter Bradshaw get given a gun show by a musclebound Sean Penn, who plays a contract killer on the run in Taken director Pierre Morel's The Gunman. The film, which also stars Javier Bardem and Mark Rylance, is released in the UK on Friday Continue reading »

- Henry Barnes, Catherine Shoard, Peter Bradshaw, Mona Mahmood and Joan Portillo

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Weekend Movies: 'Insurgent,' 'Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter,' & More (Video)

19 March 2015 6:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This weekend, Shailene Woodley and Theo James continue their fight against a powerful alliance in "Insurgent," and a jaded Japanese woman goes on a peculiar treasure hunt in "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter" after discovering a hidden copy of the Coen brothers' "Fargo" on VHS.

Also in theaters this weekend: "The Gunman" stars Sean Penn as a mercenary sniper who becomes the target of a hit squad in the Congo years as successfully assassinating a government official. Javier Bardem and Idris Elba star in supporting roles. "Do You Believe?" follows a pastor whose religious journey impacts everyone around him after he's shaken by the visible faith of a street-corner preacher. "Danny Collins" stars Al Pacino as an aging rock star who decides to change his life after he discovers a 40-year-old letter written to him by John Lennon. Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, and Bobby Cannavale round out the cast. "Spring" follows »

- Jonny Black

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5 'Gunman' Clips Set Up Sean Penn's Deadly Mission

18 March 2015 3:01 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In advance of Sean Penn's The Gunman hitting theaters this Friday, you can get a sneak peek of all of the high-adrenaline action in five new clips and an extended TV spot from the film, available now! Sean Penn plays Jim Terrier, a sniper on a mercenary assassination team who kills the minister of mines of the Congo. Terrier's successful kill shot forces him into hiding. Returning to the Congo years later, he becomes the target of a hit squad himself. Now, he must go on a mission to clear his name!

The first clip features Terrier chatting with Idris Elba's DuPont about Interpol, while the second features the hitman showcasing his hand-to-hand combat skills. Terrier is seen stealing a dinner jacket before surprising Felix (Javier Bardem) and Annie (Jasmine Trinca) over dinner in the third clip, and he sets up an elaborate and explosive trap in the fourth scene. »

- MovieWeb

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The Gunman movie review: the yawn identity

18 March 2015 11:48 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A tired old piece of action junk that expects us to sympathize with a very bad man. We don’t. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Aww, is Sean Penn very sorry for having destabilized an entire African nation and bringing about the deaths of countless innocent people? Apparently. A few years back, as a private security contractor — the nice way we say “mercenary” these days — he assassinated the Minister of Mining for the Democratic Republic of Congo, which ignited a civil war. To atone for his crime, these days he brings clean water to Congolese villages, and his naughtiest misdeed is sneaking out of the Ngo compound against the advice of security to get in a little surfing before breakfast.

Now, though, someone who knows what he »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The Gunman Review

18 March 2015 11:26 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s easy to imagine Sean Penn watching Liam Neeson’s transformation from character actor to action hero with envious eyes. Penn, primarily known for intensely played socially conscious roles, has apparently been nursing a secret desire to run around in a filthy shirt blowing away faceless goons with a high-powered assault rifle (haven’t we all?). Now, with the director of Taken on board and an impressive supporting cast, The Gunman is Penn’s moment to prove that he’s got what it takes to “pull a Neeson.”

The actor plays Jim Terrier, an ex-special forces operative engaged in shady mercenary work in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He exists in the boozy moral grey area of bodyguarding and security work, with the only bright spot in his life being a passionate romantic entanglement with sexy French aid worker Annie (Jasmine Trica). But in these tense circumstances tension is brewing. »

- David James

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