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With its combination of horror and racial commentary, “Get Out” (Universal) is the best bet to lead the Top 10 this weekend. With a chance to be not only a hit but also a game-changer, it looks like both a breakout for first-time director Jordan Peele and yet another winner for producer Jason Blum.
The timing on Oscar weekend, particularly in the aftermath of #oscarssowhite, is fortuitous, and it moves into release with a whopping 100% on Rotten Tomatoes after 85 reviews. Horror maven Jason Blum is also an Oscar-nominated producer (“Whiplash”) as well as the force behind M. Might Shyamalan’s “Split,” the first film of 2017 to gross over $100 million domestic.
“Get Out,” as befits its origins from comic actor/writer Jordan Peele (who stays behind the camera), is a mix of humor and horror in its tale of an interracial couple meeting her wealthy liberal white parents for the first time. »
- Tom Brueggemann
The new action thriller Collide boasts an A-list cast: Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley all star. In it, Hoult plays an American backpacking through Europe who hopes to help pay for his girlfriend's (Jones) medical emergency by running drugs for an eccentric smuggler (Kingsley). Unfortunately, a heist goes terribly wrong, and now his girlfriend's life -- or death -- may be in the hands of an evil mob boss (Hopkins). Can he beat the clock and save...
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Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
Presidents' Day weekend was an interesting one at the box office, and as with most holiday weekends, it was particularly difficult to figure out how things might fare, other than The Lego Batman Movie, which remained at #1 with almost $45 million over the four-day weekend. Fifty Shades Darker followed with $21.3 million, about a 50% drop. Last week, I thought that the Ice Cub comedy Fist Fight would beat The Great Wall, although it seemed like it could be a close race. Nope. Matt Damon’s action epic came in third place with $21.6 million, which is a couple million more than my original prediction, but The Fist Fight fell short of my prediction by almost $10 million, grossing $14.5 million in its first four days. »
- Edward Douglas
Author: Dave Roper
The Directors, The Auteurs, the Commanders of the Ship, Masters of All They Survey. Too much credit is undoubtedly given to them (film is as collaborative an artistic medium as any), but at the same time they still exert incomparable influence over the end product. We’ve recently looked at writers, with whom all films originate, then to the actors, and now we turn to the greatest directors and all they do to hold the infernal enterprise together.
We can only speculate on what might have been, had Charles Laughton followed up on the unbelievable promise of his debut Night of the Hunter. But he never directed again and so is regrettably out of the running. But hopefully there remains a little something for everyone below and of course the intention is to stimulate debate so by all means add a comment for any glaring omissions.
- Dave Roper
Not much is known about Nomis, the psychological thriller starring Henry Cavill (Justice League, Batman v Superman, Sand Castle), Ben Kingsley (The Jungle Book, Night at the Museum 3) and Alexandra Daddario (Baywatch, San Andreas), which is set to start shooting in Canada this month.
The movie is written and directed by David Raymond and produced by Enderby Entertainment. According to Raymond, the film is “about an American police force who trap an online predator, only to realize the depth of his crimes goes far beyond anything they had anticipated.” Two unofficial synopses of the movie popped up on IMDb last week and have now been confirmed by Enderby Entertainment in a tweet to a Henry Cavill fan site this morning.
Both work for us. Multiple versions out there. https://t.co/cPtA3v8gS2
— Enderby Ent. (@Enderbyent) February 21, 2017
As of this writing, the unofficial synopses are no longer on the IMDb page, »
- Tai Freligh
Warner Bros.' animated spin-off The Lego Batman Movie has had no trouble taking down a other high-profile competitors in its first two weeks in theaters, beating Fifty Shades Darker and John Wick Chapter 2 in its opening weekend, while handily defeating The Great Wall, Fist Fight and A Cure For Wellness last weekend. This Friday, it may face its greatest challenge yet, with the critically-acclaimed thriller Get Out debuting alongside the action film Collide and the animated family comedy Rock Dog. We're predicting that Get Out will just barely win over The Lego Batman Movie, with the thriller opening to the tune of $23.4 million, as The Lego Batman Movie drops to second place with $19.8 million.
None of this weekend's new releases will have anywhere near the type of wide release of The Lego Batman Movie, which is currently playing in 4,088 theaters. Box Office Mojo reports that Get Out will open in an estimated 2,700 theaters, »
The latest horror flick filled with immense badassery to be added to Shudder's library is the fifth sequel in the Phantasm franchise, Phantasm: Ravager. Also in today's Highlights: details on the Clive Barker Reel Fear Contest, Portland International Film Festival's After Dark program, release details for Slasher.com and The Eyes, a new poster for Atomica, and production news and photos for A Haunting at Silver Falls II.
Clive Barker Reel »
- Tamika Jones
With less than a month to go until its Us release, a new trailer has arrived online for the upcoming historical drama The Ottoman Lieutenant. Directed by Joseph Ruben, the film stars Hera Hilmar, Josh Hartnett, Michiel Huisman, and Ben Kingsley; watch it below after the official synopsis…
A beautiful, strong-willed woman, who, frustrated by ongoing injustice at home, leaves the United States after meeting Jude, an American doctor who runs a remote medical mission within the Ottoman Empire – a world both exotic and dangerous, and on the brink of what is about to become the first World War. There, she finds her loyalty to Jude and the mission’s founder tested when she falls in love with their perceived enemy, a lieutenant in the Ottoman Imperial Army. Now, with invading army forces at their doorstep, and the world about to plunge into all-out war, she must make a decision »
- Amie Cranswick
A World War I love story with Josh Hartnett? No, this isn’t a prequel to “Pearl Harbor” (thank the gods), it’s the trailer to the upcoming film, “The Ottoman Lieutenant.” The film, starring Hera Hilmar tells the story of a strong-willed American woman who decides to leave the United States after meeting Jude (Hartnett), an American doctor who runs a hospital within the Ottoman Empire as the first World War looms.
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As depicted in the dramatic trailer (filled with fezzes!), it is there where she falls for an Ottoman soldier played by “Game of Thrones” star Michiel Huisman (Daario, your love life’s a mess), inevitably causing friction between her and her Armenian allies. If the trailer’s tagline –“When the world is at war the worst place to be is in love”– is any indication, this love »
- Juan Diaz
Starring Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Ben Kingsley and Anthony Hopkins, Collide is a new action thriller from director Eran Creevy (Welcome to the Punch). Well, I say new, but Creevy’s film is one of handful of movies trapped in release limbo following the bankruptcy issues faced by Relativity Media.
After a heist goes terribly wrong, Casey Stein (Nicholas Hoult) finds himself on the run from a ruthless gang headed by mob boss Hagen (Anthony Hopkins). Now Casey has precious cargo that belongs to Hagen, who will stop at nothing to retrieve it. Left with no choice, Casey calls his former employer and drug smuggler Geran (Ben Kingsley) to protect his long-time girlfriend Juliette before Hagen gets his hands on her. Casey sets out on an adrenaline-fueled car chase on the German highways to save the love of his life before it’s too late.
Picked up by Open Road Films, »
- Phil Wheat
The Berlin Film Festival has only just kicked off, but already it’s proven to be tremendously busy, with numerous high profile projects coming together and many actors and actresses finding their next roles. Everyone from Jake Gyllenhaal to Tom Hanks have been making headlines over in Germany and now, we’re learning of three more talented individuals who’ve found a new project to sink their teeth into.
That’s because David Raymond’s Nomis has picked up Justice League‘s Henry Cavill, Ben Kingsley and Alexandra Daddario. The psychological thriller will be arriving courtesy of Fortitude International as it looks for buyers in Berlin this week. Written by Raymond, who will also produce, the story follows “an American police force who trap an online predator, only to realize the depth of his crimes goes far beyond anything they had anticipated.” No word yet on who’s stepping into which roles, »
- Josh Wilding
With just two weeks to go until Collide arrives in cinemas, an action-packed clip has arrived online for Eran Creevy’s upcoming thriller which sees Nicholas Hoult daringly steal a getaway vehicle whilst narrowly escaping a group of armed men; take a look below after the official synopsis…
After a heist goes terribly wrong, Casey Stein (Nicholas Hoult) finds himself on the run from a ruthless gang headed by mob boss Hagen (Anthony Hopkins). Now Casey has precious cargo that belongs to Hagen, who will stop at nothing to retrieve it. Left with no choice, Casey calls his former employer and drug smuggler Geran (Ben Kingsley) to protect his long-time girlfriend Juliette before Hagen gets his hands on her. Casey sets out on an adrenaline-fueled car chase on the German highways to save the love of »
- Amie Cranswick
Internet predators. You’ve gotta be really careful while messing around online, man. Seriously, you just have no idea what kind of loonies are sitting there behind the anonymity of their computer screens… or even scarier… what they are capable of.… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
Henry Cavill, Ben Kingsley and Alexandra Daddario are set to star in David Raymond's psychological thriller Nomis. Fortitutde International will introduce the pic to buyers in Berlin this week. Raymond writes and directs the project and will also produce alongside Fortitude's Robert Ogden Barnum, Arise Pictures' Chris Pettit and Buffalo Gals' Jeff Beesley. Rick Dugdale will also produce while Fortitudes' Nadine De Barros will serve as exec producer. Story follows an… »
Henry Cavill (Batman v Superman, Man From U.N.C.L.E., Man of Steel) will join Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3, The Boxtrolls, Night at the Museum 3) in the psychological thriller, Nomis, which begins filming in Canada later this month.
The movie is written and directed by David Raymond and produced by Enderby Entertainment. Cavill posted an update to his Facebook page this morning, mentioning that Alexandra Daddario (San Andreas, Baywatch) would also be added to the cast.
Rick Dugdale with Enderby Entertainment was location scouting in March of last year and described the movie as “dark and suspenseful — something in the vein of Gone Girl meets Seven.” According to Raymond, the film is “about an American police force who trap an online predator, only to realize the depth of his crimes goes far beyond anything they had anticipated.”
In a statement, Raymond said of the cast: “Henry »
- Tai Freligh
9 February 2017 1:58 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
David Raymond wrote and will direct the film about an American police force who trap an online predator, only to realize the depth of his crimes goes far beyond anything they had anticipated.
Raymond will also produce the pic alongside Fortitudes’ Robert Ogden Barnum, Arise Pictures’ Chris Pettit and Buffalo Gals’ Jeff Beesley. Rick Dugdale will also produce, and Fortitudes’ Nadine De Barros will serve as executive producer.
Fortitude International will introduce the film to buyers at the Efm in Berlin. Production is set to begin at the end of February »
- Ashley Lee
Last year Scream Factory released all three of the Species sequels on Blu-ray, and now they’re sure to make fans of the franchise (and completist collectors) happy with their announcement of a Collector’s Edition release of the original Species.
Directed by Roger Donaldson (Dante’s Peak), Species stars Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina, Forest Whitaker, Marg Helgenberger, Natasha Henstridge, and Michelle Williams. Will you be adding it to your home media shelf?
From Scream Factory: “Well the cat (or alien, in this case) is out of the bag. Due to some recently unplanned leaks on various outlets we are moving up our reveal that we are planning a Collector’s Edition »
- Derek Anderson
Jackson and Walsh have been involved with the project for several years, having optioned the rights from Scholastic in 2001. Ken Kamins — Jackson, Walsh, and Boyens’ longtime manager — brought the project to Mrc.
Zane Weiner (“The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies), Amanda Walker (“The Hobbit”), and Deborah Forte (“The Golden Compass”) are serving as producers, along with Walsh and Jackson. Kamins (“The Hobbit” trilogy, “District 9”) will executive produce, while Boyens co-produces.
Peter Jackson and ‘Lord of the Rings’ Team Set Next Project With Universal and Mrc
- Justin Kroll
By: Carson Blackwelder
The first few days of Donald Trump’s presidency have been filled with a slew of sweeping policy changes that have garnered plenty of criticism — but the recent changes to America’s immigration policy have topped headlines. With an executive order that has been considered a Muslim ban by many, let’s take a look at some great films about immigration to the United States. There are plenty of them, but here is just a sampling of 16 that you should definitely watch.
A Better Life (2011): This film was directed by Chris Weitz and is a drama about a gardener in East L.A. who struggles to keep his son away from both gangs and immigration agents all while trying to give him opportunities he never had. A Better Life — written by »
- Carson Blackwelder
Starring Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Ben Kingsley and Anthony Hopkins, Collide is a new action thriller from director Eran Creevy (Welcome to the Punch). Well, I say new, but Creevy’s film is one of handful of movies trapped in release limbo folowing the bankruptcy issues faced by Relativity Media. Picked up by Open Road Films, Collide has finally (hopefully) settled on an official release date of February 24th. With that in mind, check out the trailer, poster and a selection of images from the film below…
To pay for his girlfriend’s (Jones) medical emergency while abroad, Casey (Hoult) schemes to pull a drug heist for an eccentric gangster (Kingsley). After a failed attempt, he embarks across Europe on an action-packed chase in a race against time to save his girlfriend’s life from being taken by an evil druglord (Hopkins).
- Phil Wheat
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