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Well this could've been awkward. Exes Charlize Theron and Sean Penn were spotted looking fairly tense while filming re-shoots on the South African set of their flick, The Last Face. The duo has been hard at work on the future flick since last year, where they were seen together in Cape Town shooting an action scene. Penn is directed the movie, while Theron stars alongside Javier Bardem and Blue Is the Warmest Color's Adele Exarchopoulos. The photos mark the first time that the two have been spotted together since the news of their split went public mid-June. At the time, multiple sources confirmed to E! News that the two Oscar winners had ended their »
The performance of an actor playing a villainous role can sometimes be the most interesting part of the film. This is an in-depth look at some of those performances which were awarded with an Oscar.
To get a good character in film, you have to develop that character. The audience needs to see the world through their eyes in order to understand their perspective and motivations. This is especially true with villains, which are arguably more difficult to develop than a traditional protagonist. Often times villains are given the short end of the characterization stick in any given film, which makes sense. It’s not easy making an action that could hurt or harm other people seem logical, so many films don’t put much effort into it. The audience recognizes a villain when they see one, and they know he is bad because of his actions, no matter how questionable they may be. »
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Last week saw the arrival of the first trailer for the revenge/survival thriller “The Revenant,” the new film from recent Oscar-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu. From the looks of the trailer, and the reports that the film was shot chronologically on location in the frozen north of Canada, Iñárritu ought to clear space for another batch of awards on his mantel (once that ending is shot). To go along with the first trailer is this new Cinemasters supercut tribute to the director’s limited, but nonetheless impressive, oeuvre. Featuring scenes from Iñárritu’s debut, “Amores Perros,” the intersecting-lives-dramas “21 Grams" and “Babel” (which together make up “The Death Trilogy”), the Javier Bardem vehicle “Biutiful,” and his most stirring and complex film yet, “Birdman: or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” the short video highlights the director's dazzling visuals and his recurring interest in love, family, and »
- Gary Garrison
Madrid – Cesc Gay’s “Truman,” Federico Veiroj’s “The Apostate” and Pablo Aguero’s “Eva Doesn’t Sleep” will face off in competition at September’s 63rd San Sebastian Film Festival with Asier Altuna’s “Amama,” Agusti Villaronga’s “The King of Havana” and Marc Recha’s “Un Dia perfecto para volar.”
The best-known film event in the Spanish-speaking world, San Sebastian runs Sept. 18-26.
Revealed Thursday at a packed Madrid press conference by San Sebastian fest director Jose Luis Rebordinos, the Spanish nationality movie line-up underscores ever-closer links between Spain and Latin America: Four of the six San Sebastian Golden Shell contenders are co-productions with Latin America.
Bulwarked by titles such as Alex de la Iglesia’s “My Big Night,” playing out of competition, Imanol Uribe’s “Lejos Del Mar,” Fernando Colomo’s “Isla Bonita” and Alvaro Longoria’s “The Propaganda Game,” the 20 movie line-up also confirms San Sebastian »
- John Hopewell
Stars: Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Jasmine Trinca, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance, Billy Billingham, Peter Franzén, Daniel Adegboyega, Ade Oyefeso, Rachel Lascar | Written by Don MacPherson, Pete Travis, Sean Penn | Directed by Pierre Morel
After working as a mercenary in the Congo, Terrier (Sean Penn) lives a life away from action, his health, and his life affected by his past deeds. When it seems he has been marked out for assassination he tries to reconnect with past colleagues to discover the reason for his sudden targeting, suspecting a clean-up job is in progress. With the net closing in and past crimes coming back to haunt him, it is not until he re-connects with Felix (Javier Bardem) and past girlfriend Annie (Jasmine Trinca) that events take a deadly turn.
The Gunman would like to be a movie with a message, and there are moments where you are made to think »
- Paul Metcalf
The Gunman, 2015.
Directed by Pierre Morel.
Eight years after a hit on the Congo mining minister, the assassin finds that he is now the target in a game of cat and mouse.
Spurred on by the inexplicable success of Taken (seriously? Watch it again – it isn’t That good), its sequels and the subsequent fad of middle-aged actors starring in revenge thrillers, Sean Penn (Carlito’s Way/Casualties of War) has joined the likes of Liam Neeson, Kevin Costner and Denzel Washington by starring in The Gunman, directed – funnily enough – by Taken director Pierre Morel.
Penn plays Jim Terrier, a sniper who has been selected to be the shooter in the assassination of the mining minister in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After the hit Jim has to leave the continent as »
- Gary Collinson
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, »
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