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There is a weight and heaviness to being Jason Bourne, nee David Webb, given that your life is constantly being manipulated and/or endangered. Trust doesn’t come easily and those around him tend to get hurt. Through three films, we’ve thrilled to Matt Damon’s interpretation of Robert Ludlum’s espionage hero in part thanks to the excellent filmmaking from directors Paul Greengrass and Doug Liman.
After skipping an installment that shifted the focus to a new agent played by Jeremy Renner, Greengrass and Damon returned this summer with Jason Bourne. Things have changed since 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum as skullduggery has increasingly gone digital so the lengths required to keep secrets buried have to go further. The film, out now from Universal Home Entertainment, explores what all that means.
Bourne has been in hiding these last few years, travelling the world as a bare-knuckled boxer, using physical »
- Robert Greenberger
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical The Secret Life of Pets (animated; voices: Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart; rated PG) Jason Bourne (action-drama sequel; Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles; rated PG-13) The Hollars (comedy-drama; Sharlto Copley, Charlie Day; rated PG-13) Don’t Think Twice (comedy-drama; Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs; rated R) Demon (horror-thriller; Itay Tiran, Agnieszka Zulewska; rated R) Burn Country (drama-thriller; James Franco, Rachel Brosnahan...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Steinfeld shines as an outsider demoted from Bff to third wheel in this derivative yet snappy and heartfelt teen movie
Every few years, a teen movie arrives that may not be wholly original in the timeless impulses it describes, but nevertheless possesses insight and charm enough to become a sleepover perennial, while extending a hand to an actor who’s just been waiting to dance. Alicia Silverstone in Clueless, Julia Stiles in 10 Things I Hate About You, Emma Stone in Easy A: it’s an illustrious modern pantheon, to which we can now elevate Hailee Steinfeld. She’s on career-making form as a sensitive outsider navigating a perilously choppy formative moment on wits alone in writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig’s winning debut.
Craig hones in on a universal teenage crisis: how friendships formed during childhood and fortified in early adolescence often founder once the opposite sex appears on the radar. »
- Mike McCahill
Simon Brew Nov 24, 2016
10 Things I Hate About Life starting filming in 2012. Four years later, it's disappeared. What's happened?
1999’s 10 Things I Hate About You was one of the prize picks from a rich selection of teen movies of that particular era. Loosely based on William Shakespeare’s The Taming Of The Shrew, the movie starred Julia Stiles and the late Heath Ledger in its lead roles, with an impressive supporting cast including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Allison Janney and Larisa Oleynik.
It was, in hindsight, a modest box office success, bringing in just over $50m off a $30m budget. But for those schooled on 1990s teen cinema, 10 Things I Hate About You is regularly cited as a favourite. With good reason, too: it’s a very good film, that’s stood the test of time well. It’s also one more reason why the world misses Heath Ledger.
The film’s director, »
Jason Bourne DVD review, Steve Palace, November 2016.
Director: Paul Greengrass
Running Time: 123 mins
Special Features: Bringing Back Bourne, Las Vegas Showdown featurettes
The last entry in the Bourne franchise was 2012’s The Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner. While that became a one-off, it’s worth examining the character’s true legacy before diving in with this review. The original trilogy helped cement Matt Damon‘s position in Hollywood. Paul Greengrass‘s involvement from part two onwards gave the series an additional layer of quality. More than anything, the films had an impact on movie action in general. When Daniel Craig took the role of 007, it was no coincidence »
- Steve Palace
After a successful theatrical run, earning $162.1 million domestically and $415.2 million worldwide, Universal debuted Jason Bourne on Digital HD this week, ahead of its Blu-ray and DVD release on December 6. Today we have an exclusive preview that takes fans inside the epic Las Vegas car chase scene. This preview features interview segments with star Matt Damon, director Paul Greengrass, producer Frank Marshall and second unit director Simon Crane.
Simon Crane, a legendary stunt coordinator who has worked on Titanic, Braveheart and Saving Private Ryan before transitioning to a second unit director, reveals in this preview from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment that he can't believe what the city of Las Vegas is letting them get away with. Paul Greengrass reveals that they were allowed to shut down the entire Las Vegas strip, which was filled with several stunt cars and stunt drivers for this thrilling action sequence. Matt Damon reveals in »
Devlin’s Electric Entertainment acquired rights to Steve Altieri’s script, centered on a space-obsessed boy who attempts to save his dying father with the help of his friends and a Nasa engineer. Devlin will produce with Electric Entertainment’s Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan.
Electric is currently in post-production on its third season of “The Librarians” for TNT, and in post-production on the Warner Bros. film “Geostorm,” which marks Devlin’s feature directorial debuts and stars Gerard Butler. He produced 1996’s “Independence Day” and “Independence Day: Resurgence” with Roland Emmerich.
He’s in pre-production on his second directing gig on the thriller “Bad Samaritan” and launched pre-sales at the American Film Market. In the film, David Tenant and Robert Sheehan portray car valets who »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Along with co-starring in Sky Atlantic’s upcoming drama Riviera, Adrian Lester will direct two episodes of the sun-soaked thriller. Currently filming in the south of France, Riviera is created by Neil Jordan with a cast led by Julia Stiles and Lena Olin. Lester has already directed for the BBC series Hustle, in which he also starred. He also recently toplined the BBC mini Undercover, opposite Sophie Okonedo, which kicks off Stateside tomorrow on BBC America. Riv… »
Electric is currently in post-production on its third season of “The Librarians” for TNT, and in post-production on the Warner Bros. film “Geostorm,” which marks Devlin’s feature directorial debuts and stars Gerard Butler. He re-teamed with Ronald Emmerich for “Independence Day: Resurgence.”
He’s in pre-production on his second directing gig on thriller “Bad Samaritan,” launching pre-sales at the American Film Market. David Tenant and Robert Sheehan portray car valets who use their business as a front to burglarize houses of their unsuspecting patrons, until they target the wrong house.
“It’s the kind of bread-and-butter drama that major studios have mostly stopped doing,” Devlin said from Portland, where he’s in pre-production to start shooting next month. “It’s not the typical buzzy title but people can »
- Dave McNary
The appointment was announced Wednesday at the opening day of the American Film Market. McNeff will report directly to Devlin and will be responsible for overseeing all day-to-day operations, legal matters and human resources.
McNeff, who joined the company in 2011, most recently worked for Electric as exec VP of operations and legal affairs. McNeff started her industry career as an assistant for Devlin on “Stargate,” then joined Roland Emmerich and Devlin at Centropolis Entertainment in 1995, initially as Devlin’s assistant on “Independence Day”; she later became VP of the company.
Her credits include associate producer on “The Patriot” and executive in charge of production on “Godzilla.” She was a civil litigator for several years before returning to work for Devlin at Electric in 2011.
“I couldn’t be more excited and proud to announce this promotion for Dionne, »
- Dave McNary
Live in Los Angeles and want a little Mick Taylor in your life? Pop TV presents a two-episode screening of the Wolf Creek series at this year's Screamfest on Wednesday, October 19th. Also: Redwood details, trailer, and poster, a new trailer for The Similars, Blood in the Snow 2016 lineup revealed, and A Haunting at Silver Falls II production news.
Wolf Creek Screamfest Screening Details: Press Release: "Pop and Screamfest invite horror fans across Los Angeles out for a night of mayhem and murder with Wolf Creek’s infamous crazed killer Mick Taylor (John Jarratt) at Screamfest 2016 on Wednesday, October 19th. Get your free tickets here while supplies last. More details below!
What: A special two-episode screening of Pop’s television event and primetime limited series “WolfCreek.” A pre-screening reception will include specialty cocktails, fan photos, and trivia hosted by journalist (Blumhouse.com, ComingSoon.net) and author (Curious Goods: Behind the »
- Tamika Jones
Gilly Hopkins is 12 years old. Canadian actress Sophie Nélisse is not (she’s four years older), but in many ways, that’s ultimately to the advantage of director Stephen Herek’s respectful adaptation of the 1979 National Book Award-winning kid-lit classic “The Great Gilly Hopkins,” in which a kid who’s been passed from foster home to foster home reluctantly warms to the evangelical old “hippo” (Kathy Bates) who smothers her with unconditional love.
By casting an actress a bit older than Gilly was on the page, Herek factors in the way naturally aspirational younger moviegoers tend to prefer identifying with characters a bit older than themselves (the way no 17-year-old would be caught dead reading Seventeen magazine, which targets kids in the 12-16 range). So, on one hand, Nélisse is the right choice to help to capture audiences who might benefit most from the movie’s message — in a phrase, »
- Peter Debruge
The film has grossed an estimated $161.8 million in North America and $238.6 million internationally to date. It’s the highest-grossing “Bourne” film of the series abroad and the second-highest-grossing worldwide.
The movie launched in its final international market, Japan, on Friday. “Jason Bourne” scored No. 1 openings in 49 markets and became the highest-f “Bourne” franchise film in 51 territories
The highest-earning markets are: China ($66.3 million), U.K. ($30.3 million), South Korea ($19.1 million), Australia ($16.7 million), and France ($11.6 million).
Paul Greengrass, the director of “The Bourne Supremacy” and “The Bourne Ultimatum,” helmed “Jason Bourne.” Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, and Riz Ahmed also star while Julia Stiles reprised her role in the series.
- Dave McNary
October is upon us. The leaves are changing. Sweaters are becoming more abundant. Awards contenders are popping up in theaters nationwide. But those are far from the only films opening throughout the coming weeks. Below, you’ll find every planned theatrical release for the month of October, separated out into films with wide runs and limited ones. (Synopses are provided by festivals and distributors.)
Each week, we’ll give you an update with more specific information on where these films are playing. In the meantime, be sure to check our calendar page, where we’ll update releases for the rest of the year. Stay warm and happy watching!
Week of October 7 Wide
The Birth of a Nation
Director: Nate Parker
Synopsis: Set against the antebellum South and based on a true story, “The Birth »
- Steve Greene and Zipporah Smith
Jason Bourne was one of the highlights of the summer this year, and the film is hitting soon on Digital and Blu-Ray/DVD, including 4K Ultra HD, and it’s one of the definite buys of the next few months.
The release has plenty of bonuses, including several Bts featurettes, and while it doesn’t have a commentary track, it looks to have quite a lot of interview coverage that possibly manages a lot of what we might get from one anyway.
Take a look at all the details below, and mark your calendar.
Available On Digital HD November 15, 2016
Matt Damon (Bourne Franchise, The Martian) is back and this time it’s personal in Jason Bourne, the action-packed fifth installment of the blockbuster franchise, coming to Digital HD November 15, 2016 and 4K Ultra HD »
- Marc Eastman
As Summer came to an end in 1975, production began on one of the more well-known entries in the horror film canon. A chilling portrayal that depicts the foretold arrival of the Antichrist and the inevitable end of times, The Omen came hot off the success of The Exorcist, a frightening and devilish adaptation that had changed the landscape of the movie genre forever. The Exorcist had been a monstrous hit. To this day, it ranks as one of the top-grossing horror films of all time, having earned over $232 million in revenue. It also earned a staggering 10 Academy Award nominations, which included best picture, best actress, best actor, best supporting actress, and best director. With this kind of success, it seemed like The Omen would be a surefire hit; producer Harvey Bernhard had counted on that. What he might not have expected, though, was the strange set of occurrences that would »
- Ryan Roschke
Rome — Egyptian actor Amr Waked, his country’s biggest international star, has joined the cast of Neil Jordan’s “Riviera” as a French detective investigating the yacht explosion that precipitates the plot of the high-profile TV crime series.
Waked, who also played a French cop in Luc Besson’s “Lucy,” will play a detective named Delormes who is “trying to decipher a very complicated case,” the actor said. The show is being produced by London-based Archery Pictures for pan-European pay-tv network Sky.
Billionaire Constantine Clios is killed in the explosion, after which his new wife, Georgina, played by Julia Stiles, “is shocked to discover [that] the fortune that maintained his immaculate, ever-so-tasteful lifestyle is tainted with dishonesty, double-dealing, crime, and ultimately murder,” according to Sky’s press notes.
The ensemble cast of the series, set amid the sleazy French jet set on the »
- Nick Vivarelli
Take a stroll through your local farmer’s market this weekend, even if it’s only to ogle the foodies reveling in the abundance of their favorite time of year: Heirloom tomato season.
If that’s not enough to inspire you to whip up some fresh gazpacho, check out “Heirloom,” an artful new web series on Vimeo. When the movie that was supposed to be her big acting break suddenly fell apart, creator and star Paten Hughes absconded to her family farm in the Sonoma Valley to grow tomatoes. At the time, she had no clue that those tomatoes would lead to her greatest role yet.
- Jude Dry
The Bourne franchise has been a critical and box office win, so it isn’t at all surprising that we found ourselves with The Bourne Legacy a few years ago, but when it was announced that Matt Damon would return to the series after nearly a decade, that had to make you wonder.
Jason Bourne was either a film with a story impressive enough to pull in the requisite cast and crew, or enough people needed money that they were willing to knock something out. You had to imagine it was one of those.
The first twenty minutes of the film let you know what side we’re on, especially if you’re a fan of the series and director Paul Greengrass.
We open with Bourne apparently going about what has become his humdrum life, traveling from one illegal (I guess) mixed martial arts/boxing/whatever match to another. Audiences »
- Marc Eastman
Convincing Goldie Hawn to come out of retirement was no easy feat for Amy Schumer - especially considering Hawn hadn't really heard of her. "I met her on an airplane a couple of years ago and told her there's a movie I really want to make with her," Schumer explains to The Los Angeles Times. "And she was very nice. 'Ok, honey.' She probably thought I was a psycho. 'Ok, crazy person.' " That's probably because not only had Hawn not made a movie in 15 years, she also wasn't familiar with Schumer's work. But the outspoken comedian is nothing if not persistent. »
- Michael Miller @write_miller
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