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Video Interview: Director Michael Dowse Discusses 'What If' & 'Goon'

18 August 2014 7:39 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"It's the essence of flirting." So how do you refresh and revitalize the romantic comedy genre? That's what I was hoping to find out from Canadian director Michael Dowse, the man behind the excellent film What If. I first saw this film at last year's Tiff 2013, and loved it, ranking it as one of my 5 favorite films of that festival. It was known as The F Word back then (and still is in Canada) but was retitled to What If for its Us release, which is something I had to ask him about. What If stars Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan as a young couple perfect for each other–their chemistry was a topic, too. View the full video interview below. Michael Dowse is also the director of the films Fubar, Fubar: Balls to the Wall, It's All Gone Pete Tong and Goon with Seann William Scott. If you've seen any of those films, »

- Alex Billington

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The Definitive ‘What the F**K?’ Movies: 50-41

15 August 2014 7:21 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

So…what do I mean by “What the F**k?” Movies? These are the films that, upon completing your viewing, you seriously worry about the director’s sanity. Or you can’t really comprehend what you just saw. Or you know what you watched was something magical, but can’t really put the pieces together in your mind. Or, worse, you know what happened, but certifiably it’s insane. But with this “definition” comes a few caveats: no horror films and no fully animated films. Those genres lean a little too crazy to begin with – it’s more fun to look at films that force a sense of realism, even if it’s just on the surface.

50. Southland Tales (2007)

Directed by: Richard Kelly

Not all these movies are necessarily “good.” In 2001, writer/director Richard Kelly found cult status with the mind-bending Donnie Darko. It took six years for him to »

- Joshua Gaul

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Interview: What If Goon Director Michael Dowse Tackled an Unconventional Rom-Com?

12 August 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Filmmaker Michael Dowse hasn't exactly broken out in the United States, although in his home country of Canada, he's known for a couple of cult favorites like the two "Fubar" movies and the hockey comedy Goon, starring Seann William Scott and Jay Baruchel. Neither of those movies could possibly prepare his fans for his decision to direct What If, a comedy that looks at the relationship between two young people whose situation forces one of them into "the friend zone." »

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What If

11 August 2014 12:15 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

What If

Directed by: Michael Dowse

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Megan Park

Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: August 8, 2014 (Chicago)

Plot: A young man (Radcliffe) begins to fall for a young woman (Kazan) who has a boyfriend.

Who’S It For? Those who watch romantic comedies so that they can have something on while cleaning the house.

Overall

With respect to its desire for both romance and comedy What If tries too hard. As in, character-falls-out-of-an-open-window-after-getting-pepper-in-his-eye-and-someone-trying-to-help-accidentally-opens-a-door-on-his-face-and-sends-him-to-the-pavement-two-stories-below trying too hard. This is also the same type of film that genuinely uses impulsive international travel, where characters are given certain ideas of financial constraints, but nonetheless travel back and forth because of the need to have a face-to-face confrontation.

What If is this year’s most misguided romantic comedy and is gravely in need of a punchline; it could be the indie comedy’s They Came Together »

- Nick Allen

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Flickering Myth Reaction – Leaked Deadpool Test Footage

31 July 2014 7:05 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Flickering Myth writing team give their thoughts on the leaked Deadpool test footage…

Perhaps the biggest surprise coming out of San Diego Comic-Con was the leaked test footage for the long-gestating Deadpool movie, directed by Tim Miller and featuring voice work by Ryan Reynolds. It was taken down, put back up, taken back down and then put up by Miller himself.

Watch the footage in glorious HD here.

So, what did you writing and editorial team think of the footage?

Anthony Donovan Stokes: I read the script and it’s a pretty close to the footage was saw and was very funny. Pretty much what I want from a Deadpool movie.

Oliver Davis: Bizarre. I like the idea of the super(aware)hero, but whenever I’ve picked up the books in the past, they’re too self-referential for me. Which is weird, because I love stuff like that usually. »

- Luke Owen

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15 American Pie quotes that got us through high school

10 July 2014 3:26 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Start to feel very old, because American Pie celebrates its 15th anniversary this week. The '90s comedy classic was an instant box office hit and helped launch the careers of its leading cast.

Sequels followed, but none of them quite managed to recapture the magic of that glorious first time. There was always something vaguely comforting about American Pie - no matter how bad we had it in school, it was never quite as bad as the experiences of Jim, Oz, Finch and the gang.

To mark American Pie's birthday, Digital Spy has collected 15 of our favourite quotes from the 1999 movie below.

Jim (Jason Biggs)

1. "You realise we're all going to go to college as virgins. They probably have special dorms for people like us."

2. "Guys, uh, what exactly does third base feel like?"

3. "I would like to make an announcement - there is a gorgeous woman masturbating on my bed. »

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400 Days ends production

24 June 2014 4:05 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The 20-day shoot has wrapped on New Artists Alliance and XLrator Media’s psychological sci-fi starring Brandon Routh, Dane Cook and Caity Lotz from UK hit The Machine.

Ben Feldman, Tom Cavanagh and Grant Bowler also star in writer-director Matt Osterman’s story of astronauts on a simulated voyage to a distant planet designed to test psychological effects of deep space travel.

When the crew’s mental state begins to deteriorate they are forced to escape the vessel and learn they may not be in a simulation after all.

Rounding out the key cast are Fernanda Romero, Sally Pressman, Dominic Bogart and Frank Ashmore.

“Matt has penned a mind-bending screenplay that reminds us why we make movies to begin with,” said Naa partner Gabriel Cowan, who expects to announce an international sales agent shortly.

“Its complete sense of awe, mystery and character grabbed us right away. And the crazy reality is that Nasa and the European Space Agency »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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9 movies that prove why nostalgia isn't always a good thing

18 June 2014 7:33 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Remember that thing you loved from your childhood? It's coming back. We're not talking specifics here, we're talking everything.

New movies or TV shows revolving around everything from Scooby Doo to Ninja Turtles, Danger Mouse and Bananaman are on the horizon - you could accuse producers of running out of new ideas, but how long before they run out of old ideas?

Nostalgia can give you a warm and fuzzy feeling, but sometimes it isn't always a good thing. Digital Spy suggests 9 instances when looking back to the past resulted in a questionable present:

The Saint (1997)

A movie adaptation of popular TV series The Saint had been mooted for some time. It finally limped into cinemas in 1997 with Val Kilmer as Simon Templar - he was no Roger Moore, but let's face it, who is?

The film, which is a relatively low-key (if somewhat eccentric) spy caper, suffered because it »

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9 movies that prove why nostalgia isn't always a good thing

18 June 2014 7:33 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Remember that thing you loved from your childhood? It's coming back. We're not talking specifics here, we're talking everything.

New movies or TV shows revolving around everything from Scooby Doo to Ninja Turtles, Danger Mouse and Bananaman are on the horizon - you could accuse producers of running out of new ideas, but how long before they run out of old ideas?

Nostalgia can give you a warm and fuzzy feeling, but sometimes it isn't always a good thing. Digital Spy suggests 9 instances when looking back to the past resulted in a questionable present:

The Saint (1997)

A movie adaptation of popular TV series The Saint had been mooted for some time. It finally limped into cinemas in 1997 with Val Kilmer as Simon Templar - he was no Roger Moore, but let's face it, who is?

The film, which is a relatively low-key (if somewhat eccentric) spy caper, suffered because it »

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John Cusack & Adrien Brody Find 'Dragon Blade' with Jackie Chan

16 June 2014 3:18 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Action star Jackie Chan is already slated to lead a new film called Skiptrace that feels like a throwback to the 90s with Seann William Scott co-starring and Die Hard 2 director Renny Harlin at the helm. Now he's found another odd project, and a pair of somewhat struggling actors have come aboard the film as well. Dragon Blade is a historical epic that is currently in production, heading to Dunhuang and the Gobi Desert for their next location and THR has the news straight from Chan himself at the Shanghai Film Festival that Adrien Brody and John Cusack will also star in the film that is directed by Daniel Lee. The film is inspired by a missing legion of Roman soldiers that traveled into China in 48 Bce and finds Chan playing the Commander of the Protectorate of the Western Regions who teams up with Lucius (Cusack), a Roman general »

- Ethan Anderton

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Evolution

4 June 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

Natural selection gets an extraterrestrial push from Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman when space bugs crash to Earth and start evolving at an alarming rate. So while trainee fireman Seann William Scott tries to prove that the fittest will survive (if not the smartest), it's up to scientist David Duchovny and klutzy government boffin Julianne Moore to save us all from becoming extinct. Mars Attacks! »

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American Pie: The Wedding

27 May 2014 2:33 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

After an adolescence memorable for sticky fillings and flute solos, Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) are finally getting married. But with Stifler (Seann William Scott), Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) and Jim's dad (Eugene Levy) on the guest list, it can't fail to be a hapless occasion. The third in the taste-pushing franchise proves yet again that when it comes to cringe-making comedy, we have a trousers-down winner. »

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Skiptrace: Harlin, Chan, And A Little Bingbing Come Together In Action Comedy

22 May 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

I was just thinking the other day, "Man. It has been some time since I saw Jackie Chan get paired up with a wise-cracking Gweilo". And then it got me to thinking, "Man. It has been a while since I saw Seann William Scott get paired up with an action star who could whip his ass six ways from Sunday for being such a wise-cracker". And lo and behold the universe must have been listening, because the following announcement came to the world (i.e. our email account) yesterday via press release:Renny Harlin To Direct Action Comedy "Skiptrace" Starring Jackie Chan And Seann William SCOTTTo which I said to myself, "Okay. That could be a lot of fun. But if there is anything that previous Jackie Chan/Gweilo...

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Jackie Chan To Star In Renny Harlin’s Skiptrace

21 May 2014 12:32 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Bloom announced Renny Harlin (The Legend of Hercules, Die Hard 2) will direct action buddy comedy Skiptrace which will commence production on August 11, 2014.

Starring Jackie Chan (Rush Hour, The Karate Kid), Seann William Scott (American Pie, Role Models) and Fan Bingbing (Iron Man 3), Skiptrace is written by Jay Longino with revisions by Brian Gatewood & Alessandro Tanaka and Geoff Moore & David Posmentier and BenDavid Grabinski.

Skiptrace follows a Hong Kong detective Bennie Black (Chan), who has been tracking a dangerous crime boss, Victor Wong, for over a decade. When Bennie’s beautiful young niece Bai (Fan Bingbing) gets into trouble with Wong’s crime syndicate, he comes to the rescue and must track down the only man who can help her – a fast-talking American gambler named Connor Watts (Scott) who is also on the run from the mob. The unlikely pair embarks on a hilarious adventure from the wind swept »

- Michelle McCue

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Renny Harlin To Direct "Skiptrace"

20 May 2014 10:27 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Renny Harlin has signed on to direct Dasym Entertainment's action-comedy "Skiptrace" starring Jackie Chan, Seann William Scott and Bingbing Fan.

The story centers on a Hong Kong cop (Jackie Chan) whose niece (Bingbing Fan) is kidnapped by the crime syndicate leader he has been trying to put away for over a decade.

He is forced to track down the only person who can help find his niece, a wise-cracking American gambler (Seann William Scott).

"ParaNorman" helmer Sam Fell was initially attached to make his live-action debut on the film but is now off the project. Brian Gatewood, Alessandro Tanaka and Jay Longino wrote the screenplay, based on an original idea by Jackie Chan.

Filming is scheduled to begin in August.

Source: THR »

- Garth Franklin

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Renny Harlin to Direct Jackie Chan & Seann William Scott in 'Skiptrace'

20 May 2014 8:49 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

After delivering the abysmal Legend of Hercules earlier this year, Die Hard 2 and The Long Kiss Goodnight director Renny Harlin is finally ready to get back to his action roots. A press release from Cannes has revealed that Harlin is set to direct Skiptrace, the film that feels like a throwback to the late 90s with Jackie Chan and Seann William Scott teaming up for the first time. Harlin is replacing ParaNorman director Sam Fell, who was previously on board. X-Men: Days of Future Past star Fan Bingbing also has a role in the film hoping to begin production in August as the project is currently being shopped at Cannes. For those just joining us, Chan came up with the story, turned into a script by Cost of Living writer and director BenDavid Grabinski, which sees the action star playing a good cop whose niece (Bingbing) finds herself in »

- Ethan Anderton

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Lisa Cholodenko To Helm Miniseries 'The Slap,' Catherine Breillat To Make English Language Debut & More

20 May 2014 6:38 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Renny Harlin used to command big budgets and helm would-be blockbusters like “Die Hard 2” but somewhere along the way the workman-like director ended up doing low-rent WWE Films and this year’s other “Hercules” movie. Now Deadline reports Harlin’s teaming up with another star who’s lost his luster, Jackie Chan. Harlin will helm the “buddy action comedy” vehicle, “Skiptrace,” which teams up Chan with Seann William Scott and Chinese star Fan Bingbing. The film finds Chan partnering “up with a mouthy American gambler (Scott) to save his niece and take down the city’s most notorious criminal.” Shooting is scheduled to begin this August.The HBO miniseries “Olive Kitteridge” still hasn’t aired yet – it made our 20 Most Anticipated Shows list – but clearly the experience is something “The Kids Are All Right” director Lisa Chodolenko enjoyed becauase, per Deadline, she’s about to do it again. NBC »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Lisa Cholodenko To Helm Miniseries 'The Slap,' Catherine Breillat To Make English Language Debut & More

20 May 2014 6:38 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Renny Harlin used to command big budgets and helm would-be blockbusters like “Die Hard 2” but somewhere along the way the workman-like director ended up doing low-rent WWE Films and this year’s other “Hercules” movie. Now Deadline reports Harlin’s teaming up with another star who’s lost his luster, Jackie Chan. Harlin will helm the “buddy action comedy” vehicle, “Skiptrace,” which teams up Chan with Seann William Scott and Chinese star Fan Bingbing. The film finds Chan partnering “up with a mouthy American gambler (Scott) to save his niece and take down the city’s most notorious criminal.” Shooting is scheduled to begin this August.The HBO miniseries “Olive Kitteridge” still hasn’t aired yet – it made our 20 Most Anticipated Shows list – but clearly the experience is something “The Kids Are All Right” director Lisa Chodolenko enjoyed becauase, per Deadline, she’s about to do it again. NBC »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Renny Harlin Directing Jackie Chan in ‘Skiptrace’

20 May 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Jackie Chan isn’t yet ready to become Expendable, because he’s busy making his own big action films. One project he’s been developing is called Skiptrace, and features Jackie and Seann William Scott in a globe-trotting action buddy comedy. Now Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, The Long Kiss Goodnight) will direct the film, with a shoot planned for […]

The post Renny Harlin Directing Jackie Chan in ‘Skiptrace’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Russ Fischer

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Jackie Chan, Seann William Scott Doing A Renny Harlin Film Means This Must Be 1999

20 May 2014 5:20 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Finnish director Renny Harlin was once a heavy hitter in Hollywood with hits like Die Hard 2: Die Harder and Cliffhanger to his name. Then came the one-two punch of Cutthroat Island and The Long Kiss Goodnight, action vehicles for his then-wife Geena Davis that both flopped hard at the box office despite being pretty damn fun. Since then, Harlin has been fighting hard with a wide array of attempts to win back his old reputation. At long last, he might have the project that can get him there. THR reports Renny Harlin is in negotiations to direct Skiptrace, a Jackie Chan vehicle that will co-star Seann William Scott. Should he sign on, he'd be replacing ParaNorman director Sam Fell, who was set to make his first live-action feature here. Produced by Chinese companies Talent International Film Co. and Dasym Entertainment, it's not a Hollywood production, but with a cast »

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