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The Statham stars as a tough Las Vegas bodyguard in action thriller, Wild Card. Here's the new UK trailer and poster...
In 1986, there was Heat, a thriller written by William Goldman and starring Burt Reynolds. Far from a hit critically or financially, Goldman later described the film as "One of my major disasters" - in no small part because its production was such a nightmare.
Heat was initially headed up by Robert Altman, but he was quickly replaced by Dick Richards, who got into a fight with Reynolds and left the set in an ambulance. Richards later returned, only to fall from a camera crane and depart, once again, on a stretcher.
Wild Card is essentially a remake of Heat, this time starring Jason Statham. But director Simon West says this is a more faithful version of William Goldman's original script, which was unfortunately compromised by the 1986 film's revolving door of directors. »
Given the cult status of The Mechanic, it’s no wonder that it has only taken four years for director Simon West to reunite with his no-nonsense star Jason Statham for another bout of high-octane action. Only this time around, the filmmaker is shifting the action to Sin City for Wild Card, which will see the Stath step into the shoes of an ex-marine with an uncontrollable penchant for gambling.
With a script from William Goldman — creative mind behind Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid and The Princess Bride – there’s certainly an air of promise with the pair’s latest outing. Centering around Nick Wild (Statham), Wild Card will see our protagonist get in deep with the sharks when he steps up to protect a friend, only to find that he has gotten on the wrong side of some of the most ruthless mob bosses in town.
Granted it »
- Michael Briers
“Twin Peaks” meets frozen tundra in “Fortitude,” a visually arresting series whose snail’s pace and drabness starts out intriguing and, by later episodes, slides toward irritating. Pivot’s first foray into scripted drama opens with a two-hour premiere, which makes sense, since marquee star Stanley Tucci doesn’t show up until well into the second hour. Shooting in Iceland (standing in for the Arctic) gives the proceedings an “Insomnia”-like feel, but as constructed, the show itself might actually be a cure for insomnia if things don’t pick up relatively soon.
The title doubles as the name of the small outpost where the series is set, a place where everyone has a specific job, so there’s ostensibly no poverty or crime, other than the occasional unfortunate run-in with a polar bear population that exceeds the number of people.
The bears, however, are behaving oddly, and shifting weather »
- Brian Lowry
With the debut of multiple exciting new series (plus the return of many existing favorites), February truly marks the beginning of 2015’s spring season. Here are five new shows to check out over the next month. Jan. 29: Fortitude (Pivot) Though Fortitude sounds like yet another Twin Peaks iteration, with a touch of Fargo thrown in for good measure, it could be a promising new show for the dual venture between Pivot and Sky. Starring Stanley Tucci as a detective flown into a small Artic town to assist Richard Romer with a murder investigation (and also featuring Michael Gambon and Jessica Raine), Fortitude doesn’t appear to be some half-baked attempt at entering the scripted television game. Feb. 4: Fresh Off the Boat (ABC) (regularly Tuesdays at 8pm, beginning Feb. 10) From the mind of Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23 creator Nahnatchka Khan comes one of the spring’s most promising new, »
- Randy Dankievitch
If you happen to be out and about in London today, then don't be alarmed if you come across this polar bear...
An 8ft long puppet is roaming the streets of the capital to promote Sky's new series Fortitude, which begins later this week.
The unusual commuter surprised travellers at Charing Cross Tube station this morning (January 27), before making its way to Hampstead Heath and the South Bank.
The startlingly realistic puppet took 19 Hollywood prop specialists eight weeks to design, and requires two performers to control it using internal monitors and cameras.
The performers have studied the gait and movements of polar bears in advance, in order to make today's stunt as realistic as possible.
The 51-year-old actor adds another flop to his already long streak, but other actors aren’t betting their careers on only box-office bankability
The actor plays the Wolf in Disney’s ensemble musical “Into the Woods,” but his last leading man hit was 2011’s installment of “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Last year’s “Transcendence” fizzled, as did 2013’s “The Lone Ranger” and »
- Linda Ge
The film is set around a global pandemic of mutated rabies.
The disease creates a new human species, addicted to violence and with its own emerging language.
An immune survivor (Smith), who can communicate with the predators, leads a hunt for patient zero and a potential cure for the epidemic.
Tucci will play an infected scientist attempting to destroy the hero's work.
He was most recently seen reprising his role as Caesar Flickerman in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 alongside Dormer.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer announced the news on Twitter, confirming her involvement in the film which begins shooting next month in Australia.
Wakd will play the French head of security at an international space station when the earth’s climate control satellites fail to function. Katheryn Winnick, Ed Harris, Andy Garcia and Sterling Jerins also star. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
"There was an expansiveness that I'm sure informed everybody's performance," Eccleston - who plays Professor Stoddart - said of the Icelandic locations. "It gave it a scale and a sense of wonder."
The series begins on Thursday, January 29 at 9pm on Sky Atlantic. »
We’re back with another news round-up. This time around we have a casting update on the Matt Smith-starring Patient Zero, special features details for Shout! Factory’s 4-disc Mystery Science Theater 3000 DVD box set, and news on The Jetsons in-development animated feature film.
Deadline reveals that Stanley Tucci is lined up to play the head villain in Patient Zero, the upcoming horror-thriller from Screen Gems. Tucci will play “a deliciously evil role: a professor who becomes infected, and highly violent. He becomes determined to crash the lab that’s working on a cure and thwart the search for Patient Zero.” Matt Smith (Doctor Who) and Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) star and Stefan Ruzowitzky (Deadfall) directs off a script by Mike Le (Dark Summer).
“In Patient Zero, an unprecedented global pandemic of a super strain of rabies has resulted in the evolution of a new species driven by violence. »
- Derek Anderson
Welcome to "This Week in Horror," HitFix's ongoing series that rounds up the most pertinent fright-genre news to break over the last seven days. In this week's edition: Ryan Murphy's latest anthology series casts a pint-sized Mariah Carey, a beloved '90s series may be coming back and, yes, another unnecessary remake is in the works. 1. Lea Michele and Ariana Grande may be forced to share a soundstage, God help us The "Glee" star and the diminutive pop idol have joined Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts in Ryan Murphy's latest anthology series, which has also signed on "True Blood" bear magnet Joe Mangianello, permanently scowly former child actor Abigail Breslin and fictional spelling bee champion Keke Palmer. Season 1 of the 15 episode horror-comedy will be set on a college campus that's been rocked by a series of murders. It's slated to premiere this fall on Fox. #2 The "Blob »
- Chris Eggertsen
In Digital Spy's exclusive video, the stars discuss their roles as scientists who work at the Arctic Research Centre.
The pair play Natalie Yelburton and Vincent Rattrey in the drama, which will premiere on Thursday, January 29 through Sky Europe.
Guillroy described her character as "a sexually licentious scientist who doesn't trust anyone".
"She has this insatiable need to find things out," the 39-year-old added. "She is an immense explorer of people and things and she's quite mercurial. She's fun."
Treadaway added of Vincent: "He's arrived at Fortitude to study at the Arctic Research Centre, so it is a way of seeing this place to a new arrival. It's a very strange place.
"It's an amazing adventure for anyone. They're really at the cutting edge of where they could be in the world of study in the Arctic but it all goes horribly wrong. »
Stanley Tucci is easily one of Hollywood's most reliable character actors. Even when he's not given much to work with in terms of character, he always puts in a memorable performance that you're thinking about as you're leaving the theater. That really shouldn't be a problem at all with his latest project, Patient Zero, as he'll be playing a psychotic, rabies-infected doctor. This news has come to us from Deadline,which notes that Stanley Tucci is joining a rather geek-friendly cast. Natalie Dormer, with whom he co-starred in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, is playing the movie's female lead, while the former Doctor Matt Smith is also attached. The project is based on a script by up-and-coming screenwriter Mike Le, and is set in a world where the world has been affected by a pandemic of a "super strain of rabies." More than just getting people sick, it »
Zac Efron has signed on to Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, a film about two brothers who create an online ad to find dates for a wedding only for the ad to go viral. Chernin Entertainment and Fox are looking to fill the role of Efron's brother for the film, which they hope will be similar to the Sandra Bullock-Melissa McCarthy team-up, The Heat. [Variety] Adam Pally (The Mindy Project) will be joining Robert De Niro and Zac Efron for Dirty Grandpa. The comedy, set to come out in summer 2016, is about an uptight guy in his 20s »
- Jennifer Maas
Lionsgate's global juggernaut The Hunger Games franchise continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 arriving on Digital HD February 17 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand Friday, March 6, the Company announced today. Mockingjay - Part 1 became the highest-grossing domestic release of 2014 when it reached nearly $333.2 million at the domestic box office yesterday. The last two installments of The Hunger Games franchise (Catching Fire and Mockingjay - Part 1) have become the highest-grossing releases at the domestic box office each of the past two years, the first time in decades that a studio has scored back-to-back #1 films of the year and the first time ever for back-to-back sequels. Mockingjay - Part 1, which opens in China on February 8, has already grossed more than $700 million worldwide, bringing global box office for the franchise to over $2.2 billion. Here's »
The third instalment in The Hunger Games franchise has just overtaken Marvel’s space opera Guardians of the Galaxy to become the highest-grossing domestic release of 2014, with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 having now pulled in $333.2 million since its release in November. This marks the first time ever that two entries from the same franchise has topped the U.S. box office in two consecutive years, and the first time the same studio has achieved that feat since records began in 1982.
See Also: Read our review of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 here
Worldwide, Mockingjay – Part 1 remains the sixth biggest film of 2014 behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($714.1 million), X-Men: Days of Future Past ($748.1 million), Maleficent ($757.8 million), Guardians ($772.8 million) and Transformers: Age of Extinction ($1.087 billion).
- Gary Collinson
For the second year in a row, Katniss Everdeen stands alone atop the box office heap. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, which opened in November and is still playing in over 1,200 theaters, has earned $333.18 million as of yesterday, surpassing the Marvel blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy as the top-grossing movie of 2014. Despite already being released on Blu-ray and DVD, Guardians of the Galaxy is still playing, though it was only screening in 65 theaters nationwide last weekend, meaning its domestic take of $333.17 million won't increase too much over the next few weeks.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 still has some work to do if it wants to surpass its predecessor, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which was 2013's top movie at the box office with $424.7 million. While That movie's take was bolstered by 3D and IMAX screenings, Deadline's sources claim that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 was screened in, »
In Digital Spy's exclusive video from the set of the Sky drama, the trio discuss the show's complex relationships.
Frank Sutter (Pinnock) and Jules Sutter (Raine) come to Fortitude in a last ditch attempt to save their marriage, but it quickly becomes clear that Frank is having an affair with Elena Ledesma, played by Echegu.
Speaking about her character's marriage, Raine said: "Previously to living there she has been an army wife and you get the feeling that this is a last ditch attempt to save their marriage, as things haven't been going very well."
Pinnock added: "Frank and Elena have a very strange relationship - maybe not one a married man should be having. That is a really interesting turning point in Frank's story and it kind of has a ripple effect through the town. »
Imitation is the sincerest form of television, and the biggest hits will be imitated over and over and over again — sometime well after they've gone off the air. "House" was one of the defining hits of the last decade on Fox, and it inspired clones in various traditional TV fields, with lawyers (James Woods in "Shark"), and even other doctors (Stanley Tucci in "3 Lbs") playing the part of the misanthropic, sarcastic rule-breaker who's too good at the job to fire. Fox's "Bones" has never exactly been a "House" clone — Temperance insults people not because she's a jerk, but because (it's implied) she has Asperger's — but it debuted in the wake of "House" and was tagged early on as "House, FBI." Now, though, longtime "Bones" showrunner Hart Hanson has a new series — "Backstrom," which debuts tonight at 9 on Fox — that's impossible to view as anything but "House, P.D.," even though »
- Alan Sepinwall
In Digital Spy's exclusive clip from the Sky1 drama, Harris explains how Ronnie Morgan is "old school" in the way he lives his life.
"You don't tell anyone your problems, you keep yourself to yourself," he says. "If someone hits you, you hit them back twice as hard, all of that kind of nonsense.
"There's an old saying, you're as sick as your secrets, and he's got this big secret and things start to go wrong."
Meanwhile, Michael Gambon - who plays photographer Henry Tyson - says his character finds himself in a troublesome situation.
"He seems to be quite a content person, until this happens, and he gets into trouble. As the show progresses, it seems to get worse and worse, the difficulties, problems and horrors grow."
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