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Les Hill will play one of the leads and co-produce Bride of the Dead, an Australian zombie horror/romance/adventure/comedy.
The film will mark the feature writing and directing debut of Ryan Eckersley, who cut his teeth as a director on Neighbours and Big Brother. Eckersley has teamed up with executive producer Robert Lewis Galinsky and they are confident of raising the budget of $5-8 million from private investors..
Set in a post-Apocalyptic world, the plot follows a woman named Samantha who gets engaged to her boyfriend Peter. During his buck.s party at a zombie strip club, Peter is bitten on the arm. He flees the city to protect Samantha and she hires Jack, who is struggling to let go of his past, to help find her fiancé before he becomes a zombie. Jack and his band of brothers are zombie hunters, employed by life insurance companies to find infected people, »
- Don Groves
Parker Contest Giveaway Sweepstakes. This Parker (2013) Blu-ray contest, giveaway, sweepstakes illustrates Parker‘s release on Blu-ray and DVD on May 21, 2013. Taylor Hackford‘s Parker‘s cast includes: Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis, Wendell Pierce, Clifton Collins Jr., Bobby Cannavale, Patti LuPone, Carlos Carrasco, Billy Slaughter, and Carl J. Walker. Parker‘s [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
If you thought you saw the last of Frank Martin in theaters, think again. THR reports that Luc Besson's production company EuropaCorp announced at the Cannes Film Festival that as part of a three year co-production agreement with Chinese film company Fundamental Films we'll be getting three new Transporter movies. There's no word as to whether Jason Statham will reprise his role of Martin, though the cable TV spin-off starred a different actor in British actor Chris Vance. The productions will be budgeted around $30 million to $40 million with at least one of the films likely to shoot in China. I can picture the Great Wall of China chase sequence already. The partnership between the two companies stipulates a minimum of 15 Europa films will be released...
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No one can ever accuse Jason Statham of phoning it in. He may not make the best films in the world, but the guy has to stay in crazy good shape. With the announcement from Cannes that three more films in Luc Besson’s Transporter series are in the works, there’s a high likelihood that Statham will remain in good shape for several years to come.
Luc Besson’s production company EuropaCorp plans to co-produce numbers 4, 5, and 6 in the Transporter franchise, along with the Chinese company Fundamental Films. This means that at least one of the films will likely be shot in China. The films are budgeted between $30 and $40 million.
There’s no news yet if Jason Statham will carry on his lead role as Frank Martin, the badass in the dark suit who delivers packages with no questions asked. The actor has been doing his franchise thing elsewhere »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
A new trilogy of Transporter movies has been announced at the Cannes Film Festival.
Luc Besson's EuropaCorp and Chinese production company Fundamental Films have teamed up to co-finance, co-produce and co-distribute the three movies, which will be budgeted in the $30 million to $40 million region.
At least one of the new Transporter films will be shot in China, says The Hollywood Reporter.
The Transporter movies have grossed more than $200 million at the worldwide box office, with the last movie opening in 2008.
The property was spun off into a TV series in 2012 starring Chris Vance as Martin.
Watch a fight scene from Transporter 3 below: »
Check out what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pre-theatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Side Effects (Steven Soderbergh's psychological thriller; Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Channing Tatum, Catherine Zeta-Jones; rated R) The Last Stand (action; Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville; rated R) Beautiful Creatures (Ya fantasy romance; Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson; rated PG-13) Parker (action; Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez; rated R) Kid-Thing (dramedy; Sydney Aguirre, Nathan Zellner; pretheatrical release...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
It's a long five years since Jason Statham last fastened his seatbelt for a Transporter movie. In the meantime, Stath has gone on to bigger things in the Expendables and others, and The Transporter has continued quietly without him, as a TV series with Chris Vance. More movies are finally on the way though, with Luc Besson's EuropaCorp just striking a deal at Cannes for another three instalments.Before you get too excited, there's no mention at all yet that Statham will be returning to his signature role of Frank Martin, the driver who never changes the deal and never opens the package. Statham played the role in three films (four if you include his cameo in Collateral) and sad as it feels to say it, we'd kind of be surprised to see him return: it would feel like a step backwards for a man recently confirmed to be »
Side Effects Thanks to my visit to Cannes I no longer have to cite Side Effects as the only good movie of 2013 so far. In fact, once Friday rolls around another one of my favorite films of 2013 hits theaters in the form of Before Midnight. However, back to Side Effects, a truly fantastic, smart and intriguing film from Steven Soderbergh. The disc arrived shortly before I had to leave for Cannes so I haven't had a chance to watch it again, but I did see it twice in theaters and will welcome another visit once I get back home.
True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season I started watching this right before I left for Cannes as well and actually took the DVD discs with me to Cannes, hoping I'd have some opportunity to watch at least a couple more episodes. No dice. I really enjoy the "True Blood" series »
- Brad Brevet
A week ago we shared some great images from the upcoming action thriller Redemption (originally titled Hummingbird), hope you enjoyed? Ok then, time for more Jason Statham madness, ’cause we finally have the very first TV spot for the whole thing! Beneath the city lies a darker story, and it definitely looks promising… Written and directed by Steven Knight, the movie tells the story of Joey Jones, a damaged ex-special forces soldier trapped in London’s criminal underworld. When he meets a young nun Cristina, Joey will get an opportunity to transform himself into an avenging angel. Beside Statham who plays the above mentioned Joey and »
- Jeanne Standal
The indie dramedy The English Teacher tells the story of Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore), a 40-year-old, unmarried high school English teacher in small town Pennsylvania. With no children and no relationships to speak of, her life is uncomplicated, which is just how she likes it. Her greatest passion and her biggest fulfillment comes from helping her impressionable young students discover their own creative voices, until a former star student (Michael Angarano) returns and threatens to undo it all. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, co-stars Julianne Moore and Michael Angarano talked about how they came to the project, what they enjoyed most about playing their characters, and how much they enjoyed the experience of working with each other. Julianne also spoke about the next film she’ll be shooting, Maps to the Stars, directed by David Cronenberg, while Michael spoke about how he’s shooting the remake of Heat with Jason Statham, »
- Christina Radish
Moviefone's New Release of the Week “Side Effects” What's it about? Side effects may occur in this psychological thriller about a new prescription drug gone awry starring Rooney Mara and Jude Law. Why we're In: This film manages to bring sexy and scary into balance, and the cast is a winning combination. Moviefone's Blu-ray of the Week “My Neighbor Totoro” What's it about? A classic animated film about two Japanese girls who meet a furry forest sprite, created by acclaimed Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki and featuring voice performances by young Dakota Fanning and her little sister Elle Fanning. Why we're In: “Totoro” is a beloved classic, and we're glad to see it being brought to life once again in Blu-ray. New on DVD & Blu-ray “The Last Stand” What's it about? Arnold Schwarzenegger is a Los Angeles cop-turned-border town sherriff in this shoot-‘em-up, action-packed movie. Johnny Knoxville provides the yucks. »
- Natasha Young
The hit crime thriller Parker is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on May 21. To celebrate, we have an exclusive featurette that takes a look at novelist Donald E. Westlake and his creation of professional thief Parker (Jason Statham), who follows a strict ethics code when attempting various heists. Watch and learn more about the origins of this fan-favorite character, with interviews from the cast and crew.
Parker was released January 25th, 2013 and stars Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis, Wendell Pierce, Clifton Collins Jr., Bobby Cannavale, Patti LuPone, Carlos Carrasco. The film is directed by Taylor Hackford. »
On Demand DVD New Releases May 20-26. This week’s features include Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to the big screen, The Last Stand, and a film that director Steven Soderbergh claims is his last, Side Effects. Other familiar faces on the list this week include Jeremy Irons in Beautiful Creatures, Camilla Belle and Andy Garcia in Open Road, and Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis, and Jason Statham in Parker. Beautiful Creatures This supernatural romance, based on the best-selling young-adult fantasy series, takes place in a Southern town where dark secrets are about to come out, as a young man finds he can’t fight his attraction to a [...]
The post On Demand DVD New Releases May 20-26 appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Meredith Ennis
The man who might already be a British cult-legend, Jason Statham, continues to work, work, work and this time taking on Hummingbird. This looks like it has a lot of potential, and a rather great-looking neon effect, echoing the likes of Drive and Taxi Driver.
The film is written and directed by Steven Knight in his first major feature, Knight also wrote Eastern Promises so this should be brutal, in a good way. In Hummingbird, Statham plays Joey Jones, a homeless man on the run from a military court martial. But, you knew there’d be one, he’s a damaged ex-special forces soldier navigating London’s criminal underworld and then he seizes an opportunity to assume another man’s identity and transforms into an avenging angel. I say: Bring It On.
The only thing that worries me for it’s distribution is the name change that’s taken place in different countries, »
- Dan Bullock
The fourth, fifth and six films will be budgeted in the $30-40 million range each. One of the three installments will likely lense in China where Fundamental is based.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
In the film Statham plays Joey Jones, a shamed former special forces soldier who's fallen into alcoholism.
On the run from a military court martial, Jones takes on another man's identity and sets out on a quest for revenge that takes him through London's criminal underworld.
The film will open in UK and Us cinemas on June 28 through Lionsgate.
Watch a new TV trailer for Hummingbird below: »
Luc Besson and his EuropaCorp have partnered with China's Fundamental Films to develop a slate of movies as part of the two companies' three-year deal that was announced last July. Part of the agreement is to co-finance, produce and distribute the next three installments in the "Transporter" franchise. Each film will have a budget between $30 million and $40 million, and at least one of them will be shot in China. No word if Jason Statham will reprise his role. The first "Transporter" film hit theaters in 2002 and went on to gross $44 million on a budget of $21 million. EuropaCorp decided to move forward with a sequel and was rewarded with earnings of $85 million. The third film was soon greenlit and went on to become the highest-earning installment in the franchise, with $109 million. »
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In the sixth film in this profitable sex, speed and demolition franchise, Dwayne Johnson (formerly known as "the Rock") as an Interpol officer uses moral blackmail and promises of amnesties to lure a crowd of freewheeling, fast-driving international criminals from their romantic lairs in sunny climes to defeat a renegade Sas man who has accumulated top-secret military equipment to hold the world to ransom. This is an excuse for mayhem on a spectacular scale mostly in Britain and Spain as a band of petrolheads led by the appropriately named Vin Diesel use mechanical torsion to defeat malevolent extortion.
The endless chases, stunts and fights are as spectacular and preposterous as the occasional verbal exchanges are sentimental and childish. An illegal road race through the night streets of London's West End is particularly brilliantly staged. "The Rock" forces the Metropolitan Police's security to release »
- Philip French
I think I'm one of the few people that absolutely loved Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift. That movie was a lot of fun, and it looks like the seventh film in the franchise will be headed back to Tokyo Japan!
The information comes from Vin Diesel himself who said, "We're definitely going back home, as you know from seeing Fast & Furious 6. We will have a stint in Tokyo and there is the Middle East next, that could be very interesting."
Just to clarify the Fast and Furious franchise timeline, Tokyo Drift actually takes place after the events of parts four, five, and six. Vin Diesel has a cameo at the very end of Tokyo Drift, and that cameo brought him back into the franchise. That could very well be the kickoff point for the upcoming seventh film.
It was recently confirmed that Jason Statham will be playing the villain in the film, »
- Joey Paur
I marveled in my review of 2008′s “The Transporter 3″ that underworld thugs were still hiring Jason Statham’s Frank Martin to ferry their ill-got loots for them, especially after the guy has purposefully ruined two previous transporting assignments because of his conscience. You’d think this little “conscience” thing would get around the bad guy circuit, but apparently not, because people keep on hiring ol Frank Martin to do their transporting for them, only to get royally screwed as a result. What a bunch of numbnuts. If Luc Besson has his way, Martin will be doing another transporting gig. And another one. And yet another one after that. Yup, the prolific French director/producer and his EuraCorp have signed on the dotted line with Chinese partners to co-fund and co-distribute three more “Transporter” movies in the coming years, which each movie expected to be in the $30 to $40 million dollar range. »
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