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Eye in the Sky Blu-ray Review: “Important, reflective and compelling”

14 August 2016 5:25 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

“The cost of war…” comments Alan Rickman‘s high-ranked character in response to a reflective and hugely important moment in Eye in the Sky but it’s not one of dismissal to a throwaway act, it’s that of honesty, regret and the seemingly modern necessity of humanity fighting against each other in a world of continual unknowns.

It’s difficult to rate Eye in the Sky on a separate, fictional level because much like the topical and intensely realistic Homeland it feels all so very relevant to today’s society. Although personally I don’t sit in fear every day of possible terrorism, it would be foolish to disregard the dirt in any part of the history we find ourselves in right now. That being said, Gavin Hood‘s direction gets right into the reality of the choices different people make even if they’re politicians or soldiers, they »

- Dan Bullock

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Interview with Director Gavin Hood for ‘Eye In The Sky’

20 July 2016 8:14 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

With the world burning from new conflicts and wars, drone wars are definitely here as part of any military operation.

Eye In The Sky is a very intense edge-of-your-seat thriller that follows the dramatic debates between military officers, politicians and drone pilots on whether to eliminate a small group of terrorists while facing civilian collateral damage.

The film stars Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Barkhad Abdi and Alan Rickman in his last live-action role. The project is directed by Gavin Hood.

Lrm had an exclusive phone interview with director Gavin Hood to discuss the details with the movie in promotion of the Blu-ray/DVD release in America. We discussed the moral obligations, ethical dilemmas, CGI effects, Helen Mirren and the late Alan Rickman.

Eye In The Sky is available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download today.

Check out the full transcript of the interview below.

Lrm: Just like any obligatory interview, »

- Gig Patta

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Phoebe Fox joins Sam Rockwell in 'Blue Iguana'

7 July 2016 10:48 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Woman In Black 2 star joins comedy, which is set to shoot this month.

Phoebe Fox has joined Sam Rockwell in Blue Iguana, a comedy from writer-director Hadi Hajaig, who last directed Charlotte Rampling-Sean Bean thriller Cleanskin in 2012.

The project, which will be financed by UK Film Studio Productions, will start principal photography in London this month.

Hajaig also produces with 3 Arts Entertainment’s Tom Lassally, who is also working on the Edge of Tomorrow sequel at Warner Bros.

The black comedy centres on a low level criminal (Rockwell) with no future who is just out of prison. Fox will play a low level lawyer who falls in love with him. The cast also includes comedy actor Ben Schwartz (Parks & Recreation, House Of Lies).

Fox, a Screen International Star Of Tomorrow in 2011, is perhaps best known for her role in horror sequel The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death (2014) but was more recently seen in »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Steve Rabineau Moves To Wme From UTA, Reuniting With Top Partners

7 July 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Steve Rabineau has just jumped from UTA to join Wme as a partner in the agency's Motion Picture Literary department. Rabineau, who represents directors and writers, has a strong list that is expected to follow him. That includes Oscar-winning Gravity helmer Alfonso Cuaron, Roger Donaldson, Todd Graff, Gavin Hood, Ron Hutchinson, Phillip Noyce, John Romano, Don Roos, Brad Silberling, John Waters and Simon West. Rabineau had been a partner at UTA, where he spent… »

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Composer Cliff Martinez Set to Score 'The Wolverine' Sequel

2 July 2016 6:36 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

According to Film Music Reporter, composer Cliff Martinez is set to score the untitled "Wolverine" sequel for 20th Century Fox and director James Mangold. Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner are producing with a script by screenwriter David James Kelly. The film stars Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Stephen Merchant, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Eriq La Salle and Elise Neal.

Composers who scored the music for the previous two "Wolverine" films include Harry Gregson-Williams, who scored Gavin Hood’s "X-men Origins: Wolverine", and Marco Beltrami, who composed James Mangold's "The Wolverine".

Martinez recently scored the music for director Nicolas Winding Refn's "The Neon Demon" starring Elle Fanning. His upcoming projects includes Todd Philip's "War Dogs" with Jonah Hill and Miles Teller and Martin Campbell's "The Foreigner" starring Pierce Brosnan and Jackie Chan.

The untitled third Wolverine film is set to be released on March 3, 2017. »

- J.B. Casas

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Review: Eye in the Sky

27 June 2016 11:15 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

If it takes a village to raise a child, it seems to require an international village to kill a terrorist.  In the contemporary military thriller Eye in the Sky, the moral and legal issues resulting from the decision to launch a drone strike against three of the most wanted causes discussion,  consternation, and a lot of hand wringing. Out Tuesday from Universal Home Entertainment, the movie is available as a blu-ray combo with Digital HD.

Helen Mirren is the woman in the center of the action, orchestrating the American done opeeators, consulting with Alan Rickman, safe at headquarters,  and desperate to take these enemy combatants out. The problem: they are readying suicide bombers in a residential neighborhood so collateral damage is a given so limiting it becomes the challenge as they race against the clock.

Director Gavin Hood wrings as much tension out of the situation for 92 minutes, but he »

- Robert Greenberger

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Giveaway: Win the Helen Mirren-Led ‘Eye on the Sky’ on Blu-ray

22 June 2016 1:38 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Arriving on Blu-ray next week is Gavin Hood‘s drone thriller Eye in the Sky starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, and Alan Rickman. We’ve teamed with Universal Home Entertainment to give away two Blu-rays of the film. See how to enter below and all entries must be received by 11:59 Pm Est on Sunday, June 26th.

To enter, do the first two steps and then each additional one counts as another entry into the contest.

1. Like The Film Stage on Facebook

2. Follow The Film Stage on Twitter

Follow @TheFilmStage

3. Comment in the box on Facebook with your favorite Helen Mirren film.

4. Retweet the following tweet:

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— The Film Stage (@TheFilmStage) June 22, 2016

We will select the winners at random and notify via Facebook or Twitter message. One entry per household. »

- The Film Stage

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New to Streaming: ‘Knight of Cups,’ ‘Mountains May Depart,’ ’45 Years,’ ‘Eye in the Sky,’ and More

17 June 2016 8:48 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

45 Years (Andrew Haigh)

Andrew Haigh’s third feature as a director, 45 Years, is an excellent companion piece to its 2011 predecessor, Weekend. The latter examined the inception of a potential relationship between two men over the course of a weekend, whereas its successor considers the opposite extreme. Again sticking to a tight timeframe, the film chronicles the six days leading up to a couple’s 45th wedding anniversary. »

- The Film Stage

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Contest: Win Eye In The Sky Blu-Ray

16 June 2016 3:02 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Much like Good Kill before it, Gavin Hood served up a pulse-pounding and, crucially, thought-provoking thriller in last year’s Eye in the Sky, placing Helen Mirren in the shoes of a conflicted Colonel who is thrust into a moral conundrum upon overseeing a drone strike in Kenya.

Joined by a stellar supporting cast that boasts Aaron Paul, the late, great Alan RickmanBarkhad AbdiJeremy NorthamIain Glen and Phoebe Fox, Eye in the Sky is part of a growing trend of drone warfare movies in the works, with the Anne Hathaway-fronted Grounded still to come.

But long before that adaptation zooms into theaters, Eye in the Sky will be launching across Blu-ray and DVD on June 28. To celebrate its arrival, We Got This Covered has one Blu-ray copy of the thriller to give away.

And so, to be in with a chance of winning, simply subscribe to »

- Michael Briers

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Movie Review – X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

25 May 2016 10:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

X-Men: Apocalypse, 2016.

Directed by Bryan Singer.

Starring James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Oscar Isaac, Sophie Turner, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Hardy, Olivia Munn, Lana Condor and Evan Peters.

Synopsis:

10 years after the events of the last movie, the X-Men reunite to battle Apocalypse, the world’s first mutant, who’s decided that the world needs to torn down and rebuilt.

Spoilers Ahead…

It’s been a rocky road for the X-Men franchise over the last 16 years. Bryan Singer got it off to a great start with the first two installments, then he jumped ship to direct Superman Returns, leaving the franchise in the not-so-capable hands of Brett Ratner, who gave us The Last Stand – a film that, along with Spider-Man 3 and Fantastic Four, would become a textbook example of how to not do a superhero film. After that came Gavin Hood »

- Amie Cranswick

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X-Men: The real Apocalypse is its continuity!

24 May 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tony Black attempts to make sense of the continuity of the X-Men franchise…

Have you ever attempted to make sense of the X-Men movie continuity? As in pick apart the entire timeline of events across the eight, soon to be nine films in the franchise? Of course not, you all have lives. You have friends and family and loved ones, and probably spend time with them. I, on the other hand, give a worrying amount of time over in my brain space to consider these things, and recent conversation with my good friend Lee Chrimes, ostensibly about the merits (or lack thereof) of the brand new X-Men: Apocalypse, led to a very deep exploration of X-Men chronology which drove us toward one inescapable conclusion: the writers have no idea, and are probably hoping we’re past the point of worrying about it. Well I have news for you, Simon Kinberg – this matters. »

- Tony Black

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Elise Neal Joins ‘Wolverine 3’

5 May 2016 4:43 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Elise Neal has joined the cast of Fox’s “Wolverine 3” starring Hugh Jackman.

Stephen Merchant and Boyd Holbrook are also on board. James Mangold is directing.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, as are details behind Neal’s character.

Fox has scheduled “Wolverine 3” for March 3. “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” directed by Gavin Hood, was the fourth film in the X-Men series and grossed $375 million worldwide in 2009. Four years later, Mangold directed “The Wolverine,” which grossed $415 million worldwide.

The Wolverine” was the sixth film in the X-Men universe, followed by “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Deadpool” and “X-Men: Apocalypse,” which opens May 27. “Wolverine 3” will be the 10th film in the franchise.

Neal was most recently seen in “First Impression.”

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- Justin Kroll

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Eriq Lasalle Joins Cast of ‘Wolverine 3’

4 May 2016 4:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Eriq Lasalle is set to join the cast of “Wolverine 3” starring Hugh Jackman.

Boyd Holbrook and Stephen Merchant are also on board. James Mangold is directing.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, as are details behind Lasalle’s role. David James Kelly penned the script.

Fox has scheduled “Wolverine 3” for March 3. “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” directed by Gavin Hood, was the fourth film in the X-Men series and grossed $375 million worldwide in 2009. Four years later, Mangold directed “The Wolverine,” which grossed $415 million worldwide.

The Wolverine” was the sixth film in the X-Men universe, followed by “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Deadpool” and “X-Men: Apocalypse,” which opens May 27. “Wolverine 3” will be the 10th film in the franchise.

Best known for his portrayal of Dr. Peter Benton on NBC’s smash medical drama “ER,” Lasalle most recently recurred on CBS’ “A Gifted Man” and “The Widow Man.”

Lasalle has also been directing »

- Justin Kroll

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Eye in the Sky Lands at Home on June 14

29 April 2016 2:50 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

The moral implications of modern warfare are confronted in Bleecker Street’s powerful drama, Eye in the Sky, coming to Digital HD on June 14, 2016 and Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on June 28, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.  Tackling an ethical dilemma in a thought-provoking suspenseful story, the gritty film stars Academy Award® Winner, Helen Mirren (Trumbo, The Queen), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, Need for Speed), Academy Award®  Nominee Barkhad Abdi (Captain Philips), Iain Glen (Game of Thrones, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) and the late Alan Rickman (Die Hard, Harry Potter) in his final on-screen performance.  Eye in the Sky “holds us in a vise and keeps squeezing” according to Peter Travers of Rolling Stone. Directed by Academy Award® Winner Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, Ender’s Game) and written by Guy Hibbert (ComplicitFive Minutes of Heaven), Eye in the Sky follows Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren), a UK-based military officer in »

- ComicMix Staff

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Stephen Merchant Joins Hugh Jackman’s ‘Wolverine 3’

27 April 2016 5:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

British actor-producer Stephen Merchant has joined Fox’s “Wolverine 3,” opposite Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart.

The film will start shooing in May, with James Mangold directing David James Kelly’s script. Jackman has asserted that the third “Wolverine” film will be his final appearance as the character.

Boyd Holbrook came on board two weeks ago as the main villain in “Wolverine 3.”

Fox has scheduled “Wolverine 3” for March 3. “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” directed by Gavin Hood, was the fourth film in the X-Men series and grossed $375 million worldwide in 2009. Four years later, Mangold directed “The Wolverine,” which grossed $415 million worldwide.

The Wolverine” was the sixth film in the X-Men universe, followed by “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Deadpool” and “X-Men: Apocalypse,” which opens May 27. “Wolverine 3” will be the 10th film in the franchise.

Merchant co-created the original British sitcom “The Office” with Ricky Gervais. He also worked on “The Ricky Gervais Show” and “Life’s Too Short. »

- Dave McNary

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[Tribeca Review] National Bird

24 April 2016 6:52 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Calling for a national conversation that we ought to be having on the use of lethal force, National Bird considers all sides of the program, from those pulling the trigger from remote facilities to the collateral damage on the ground. Directed by Sonia Kennebeck, National Bird tells three interconnected stories, some of which are linked by defense attorney Jesselyn Radack, famed for her work with whistleblowers including Edward Snowden.

Heather is a combat vet and drone pilot who finds herself in an uncomfortable position: unable to get the help she needs, she speaks out, finding herself branded a traitor when she makes certain unclassified information public about the drone program. Suffering from Ptsd, she finds herself in an unfortunate maze when she seeks mental health services. She can only talk to a counselor with a security clearance and she can only talk with one of those approved for services through the Va. »

- John Fink

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Exclusive interview with Eye in the Sky director Gavin Hood

18 April 2016 11:05 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With modern warfare thriller Eye in the Sky out now in cinemas [read our reviews here and here], Scott J. Davis sat down with director Gavin Hood to discuss the film.

Eye in the Sky features a stellar cast including Helen Mirren (Woman In Gold), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) and the late Alan Rickman (A Little Chaos), and director Hood spoke about how he “auditioned” to get the role on the film as well the decision to change the lead role (played by Mirren) from a male to a female character.

On the gender swap, Hood said: “In the original script the character that Helen Mirren plays was originally a man and I asked Guy Hibbert, the film’s writer)if he felt comfortable with us making a change and he didn’t hesitate for too long once I explained why. My essential reasoning was first of all I could think of no-one better than Helen to play the role… »

- Scott J. Davis

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Eye in the Sky review – a morality tale of modern warfare

17 April 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman star in Gavin Hood’s tense thriller exploring the ethics of drone strikes

The peculiarly disengaged nature of modern warfare has been explored in several recent dramas, from Rick Rosenthal’s 2013 thriller Drones to Andrew Niccol’s more celebrated 2014 drama Good Kill. Here, the South African director Gavin Hood assembles an A-list ensemble cast (including Alan Rickman in his last on-screen role) for a provocatively tense thriller that negotiates the moral minefields of its thorny subject matter in crowd-pleasing fashion.

The premise finds geographically disparate players, linked by phones and video screens, arguing the pros and cons of an ongoing drone operation that is unfolding in what feels like real time. While the set-up may be melodramatically contrived, weighing the cost of collateral damage – in this case, an innocent girl’s life against the prospect of multiple terrorist deaths – the result is still impressively ambivalent »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Eye in the Sky review – a morality tale of modern warfare

17 April 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman star in Gavin Hood’s tense thriller exploring the ethics of drone strikes

The peculiarly disengaged nature of modern warfare has been explored in several recent dramas, from Rick Rosenthal’s 2013 thriller Drones to Andrew Niccol’s more celebrated 2014 drama Good Kill. Here, the South African director Gavin Hood assembles an A-list ensemble cast (including Alan Rickman in his last on-screen role) for a provocatively tense thriller that negotiates the moral minefields of its thorny subject matter in crowd-pleasing fashion.

The premise finds geographically disparate players, linked by phones and video screens, arguing the pros and cons of an ongoing drone operation that is unfolding in what feels like real time. While the set-up may be melodramatically contrived, weighing the cost of collateral damage – in this case, an innocent girl’s life against the prospect of multiple terrorist deaths – the result is still impressively ambivalent »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Eye in the Sky movie review: in the eyes of 21st-century warriors

15 April 2016 1:43 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

As entertaining on an escapist level as it is irrefutably engaging on a level that is essential for citizens who are players in our political environment. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

This is warfare today. It’s a colonel in a bunker in outer London (surrounded by computers) and a general in an office building in Whitehall (surrounded by politicians) and a drone pilot in Las Vegas (flying a robot armed with missiles and also, more importantly, with cameras, from thousands of miles away) and a facial-recognition technician at a workstation in Pearl Harbor and an agent of the Kenyan military on the ground in Nairobi collaborating in an operation to capture most-wanted terrorists in a civilian suburban neighborhood in a country that neither the Us nor the UK is at war with. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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