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Script issues, tricky actor schedules and many, many other things delayed the shooting of the fifth outing of the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise - officially titled Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - but now, with Johnny Depp's injured hand situation getting a little more complicated, the film's production has been delayed yet further.In early March, Depp injured a finger in an "off-set incident", resulting in a delay to production originally pencilled in as two-weeks long. Now, with a pin inserted into Depp's hand to help fix the problem in the long term, in the short term, the cameras won't be point in Depp's direction soon.That leaves co-stars Javier Bardem and Geoffrey Rush twiddling their hopefully still moveable thumbs, and directors Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning (of Kon-Tiki fame) no doubt increasingly stressed.Meanwhile, 400 or so crew have done what they can to »
Annoyed by the poor quality of existing video game movies, we decided to take the matter into our own hands and come up with our own ideas. This is a list of what we came up with.
Earlier this month, we showed you that there are a lot of video game-based movies on their way to theaters. This surely will become a trend that will continue for the next few years. There are countless properties available to use as inspiration, and therefore, it's only a matter of time before someone figures out how to make a great video game movie. Until that time comes, we have to wait patiently. In order to occupy our minds, we asked our contributors to pick a video game that they think would make a great movie and then to create a pitch for that movie. The below list is what we came up with. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
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. »
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
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.
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 »
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
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.
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- Luke Owen
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
“Insurgent” is diverging from the most recent estimates that had pegged it to take about $45 million in its opening weekend.
“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).
- Maane Khatchatourian
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.
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. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
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
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 »
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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The Gunman, 2015.
Directed by Pierre Morel.
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
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
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 opens on Friday (March 20) in the UK and the Us. »
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
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
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
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. »
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