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"This is a damn suicide mission..." "Full speed ahead." A new international trailer has debuted for the film USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage, about the tragic sinking of the USS Indianapolis during World War II. Nicolas Cage stars as Captain Charles B. McVay, who was court-mailed for "failing to zigzag" as the Captain of this ship, then exonerated more than half a century later. The full cast includes Tom Sizemore, Thomas Jane, Matt Lanter, Weronika Rosati, Brian Presley and others. This trailer is extensive and explains most of the story, including attempting to survive in shark-infested waters after sinking. You can still see the first trailer here for something shorter, otherwise dive in to this epic, full 3 minute trailer below. Here's the new official trailer (+ poster) for Mario Van Peebles's USS Indianapolis, direct from YouTube: The harrowing true story of the crew of the USS Indianapolis, who were stranded »
- Alex Billington
Today in film history, August 23, 1996, Mario Van Peebles’ “Universal Soldier”/”Terminator”/”Robocop” mash-up movie, aka “Solo,” was released in USA theaters. The Columbia/Tristar Studios picture was directed by Norberto Barba, who has since primarily produced television series. The film was… Continue Reading → »
Ryan Lambie Jul 25, 2016
It's famously one of the worst sequels ever, but why did Jaws The Revenge go so wrong? Ryan looks at its disastrous nine-month production...
It's an oft-repeated adage that nobody sets out to make a bad movie, but Jaws The Revenge is so legendarily, comically bad that it almost looks like an inside job. The fishy sequel, released in 1987 to scathing reviews, famously stars a rubbery shark that growls when its head rears out of the water, Michael Caine spouting bizarre dialogue and some of the most glaring continuity errors this side of an Ed Wood movie.
What separates Jaws The Revenge from the usual bad-movie crowd is its otherwise decent pedigree. It was the product of a major Hollywood studio. The budget was generous. The director, Joseph Sargent, was far from a hack - a veteran of TV and film, he'd previously made the classic thriller »
Bokeem Woodbine got his start as an actor working with such directors as Spike Lee, Forest Whitaker, Mario Van Peebles and the Hughes brothers, but 22 years after his screen debut, Woodbine reintroduced himself in a major way with the second season of FX’s “Fargo.” As a charming, cunning, mob henchman in the 1979-set limited series, Woodbine’s smooth-talking Mike Milligan stood out among an incredible ensemble cast. As he says, he’s now thinking of his career as “everything before ‘Fargo,’ and everything after ‘Fargo.’”
Season 2 episode 10, “Palindrome”
Bokeem Woodbine: “‘Fargo’ was something I didn’t see coming. It was kind of like dreaming with your eyes open. From the moment I first saw the audition sheet, throughout the entire process, up till now, it almost doesn’t seem real. I pride myself on being able to see »
- Geoff Berkshire
Sony Pictures is giving the Greatest of All Time one final victory lap. Michal Mann’s 2001 Muhammad Ali biopic, “Ali” — starring Will Smith as the late boxer — will be released back into several hundred locations around the U.S., the studio said Wednesday. The film charts 10 years in the legend’s career from 1964 to 1974 and costars Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight, Jeffrey Wright, Mario Van Peebles, Nona Gaye and Jada Pinkett Smith. Also Read: Watch Will Smith Recall Muhammad Ali's Legacy: 'What He Did in the Ring Is Not What We Think About' (Video) “With the passing of Muhammad Ali, »
- Matt Donnelly
"This is how I heard about the boy, Kunta Kinte," Alex Haley (Laurence Fishburne) tells us in the opening moments of History's new miniseries Roots. "And this is how I'll tell you the story." The importance of stories, and the way that we tell them, form the heart of the new Roots, which debuts Monday night at 9 (the eight-hour project will air over four straight nights, simulcast on History, A&E, and Lifetime). From the time we meet Kunta (Malachi Kirby) as a young man abducted from his home in Juffure, Gambia by slavers, until we leave his descendants over 100 years later in the post-Civil War American South, Roots prizes the power of stories and tradition, from how Kunta's Uncle Silla (Derek Luke) teaches him the ways of the Mandinka warrior, to how Kunta's grandson Chicken George (Rege-Jean Page) will tell his own offspring stories about the grandfather he never met, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Latoya Luckett will play Warwick in the forthcoming film from the writer of The Doors.
The Us singer-songwriter will play the late Liverpudlian performer in Dionne, it was announced at a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival today.
Mario van Peebles is in advanced discussions to direct and legendary singer Warwick was in town herself to tell the press that she will be played as a younger woman by Latoya Luckett - an original member of Destiny’s Child.
Other cast names confirmed include Danny Glover as Warwick’s father Mansell and Olympia Dukakis, who will co-star as Marlene Dietrich, Warwick’s mentor. Dietrich, the singer joked, was the woman who introduced her to high couture and made a hefty dent in her bank balance in the process.
Randall Jahnson (The Doors »
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Warwick announced the project in Cannes on Friday and included Lady Gaga in the list of cast members with Gaga to play Cilla Black, her 'musical nemesis'. Reps for Gaga however quickly sent out a statement saying she had never heard of the project.
In "Dionne," Luckett will play Warwick while Dukakis is her mentor Marlene Dietrich and Glover her father Mansel Warwick. Mario Van Peebles is in talks to direct while Andrea Iervolino, Jack Binder and Monika Bacardi will produce.
Randall Jahnson ("The Doors") wrote the screenplay for the film which covers the period early in Warwick's career from 1962 to 1968. Filming begins later this year.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Former Destiny's Child member LeToya Luckett has signed on to play Dionne Warwick in a new biopic about the legendary singer that is set to costar Lady Gaga, it was announced at the Cannes Film Festival Friday morning, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film, aptly titled Dionne, will follow the singer's early career spanning from 1962-1968, during which time she created some of her biggest hits including "Alfie" and "I Say a Little Prayer." Warwick, 75, said she was pleased that Luckett would portray her on the big screen. "She is perfect and she has exactly the right look," Warwick said at the film festival, »
- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3
Legendary singer Dionne Warwick was in Cannes this morning to unveil a new biopic about her life. Dionne will star Grammy winner LeToya Luckett of Destiny’s Child fame as Warwick; Danny Glover as her father; Olympia Dukakis as Marlene Dietrich; and Lady Gaga as Cilla Black who Warwick today called her “nemesis.” Mario Van Peebles is in talks to direct with shooting to begin in October. There are also “a couple of surprises” in store among the cast. Andrea Iervolino and… »
On Friday morning, at the Cannes Film Festival, Dionne Warwick appeared before a room of journalists to announce her new biopic “Dionne.” She proudly revealed that LeToya Luckett (one of the original members of Destiny’s Child) would be playing her, and that Lady Gaga would be portraying the late singer Cilla Black. Warwick went on to describe the character as “her nemesis.” “She stole my songs,” Warwick said of Black. “I was not a very happy camper about that.”
She’s not the only one. A few hours later, Lady Gaga’s publicist issued a statement, saying that the “Born This Way Singer” was not attached to the movie and would not be taking the role. According to a source, Gaga wasn’t even aware of the film.
The (fake) news of Gaga’s attachment to the film made international headlines. When Warwick presented the project, she stood in »
- Ramin Setoodeh
"For some people, it might be a job but for us it was history," Mario Van Peebles said of directing a portion of the new Roots. The New Jack City helmer was speaking to a full DGA Theater during the A+E Networks' panel at Deadline's The Contenders Emmys all-day event on April 10. "If you don't make film that says something or starts a conversation or provokes a conversation, then you are kind of wasting space," he added. Based on Alex Haley's 1976 best selling novel, and… »
The first trailer has arrived online for director Mario Van Peebles’ upcoming World War II drama USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage which stars Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore, Thomas Jane and Cody Walker. Check it out here, along with the official synopsis…
In the waning days of WWII, the USS Indianapolis secretly delivered one of two atomic bombs that would eventually end the war. The Japanese attacked and sank the heavy cruiser. The USS Indianapolis’ mission was so classified it was not reported missing. No one knew they had been attacked until four days later. Of the 1196 crewmen, nearly 300 went down with the ship. The remaining survivors were stranded in the shark-infested waters of the Philippine Sea. The crew of the USS Indianapolis endured hunger, thirst, heat, delirium, relentless shark attacks and the death of many shipmates. Five days later only 317 men survived and eventually were rescued.
- Amie Cranswick
Stars: Jonathan Bennett, Talulah Riley, Rosa Salazar, Samuel Hunt, Cody Christian, Giles Matthey, Denzel Whitaker, Willa Ford, Mario Van Peebles, Tim Daly | Written by Scott Milam | Directed by Steven C. Miller
Horror movies that trap a character or group of characters in one confined location can be quite effective in the right hands, and two of the best recent examples are Adam Green’s Frozen and Rodrigo Cortes’ Buried. It’s quite impressive to see what a filmmaker can do with such a limited set of resources, and both Green and Cortes pulled incredible amounts of suspense out of premises that seemed destined to sink. As for Steven C. Miller’s attempt to do the same, well, it just kind of sinks.
- John Squires
"The Japanese are extremely disciplined adversaries, sir." Hannibal Classics and Patriot Pictures have debuted the first trailer for a WWII movie called USS Indianapolis, or in full the title is actually USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage. It's about the WWII ship the USS Indianapolis, which carried the Enola Gay bomber and pats of the atomic bomb across the Pacific, then later was torpedoed in the South Pacific in July of 1945. It sunk leaving many of the crew left stranded, drowning or dying in the ocean waiting 4 days for rescue. Nicolas Cage stars as Captain Charles B. McVay, who was court-mailed for "failing to zigzag", then exonerated more than half a century later. This looks like it has solid action, not so sure about the rest. Here's the first official trailer for Mario Van Peebles's USS Indianapolis, originally from Variety: The harrowing true story of the crew of the USS Indianapolis, »
- Alex Billington
Hannibal Classics and Patriot Pictures have unveiled the first international trailer to the Nicolas Cage-led WW2 disaster tale "USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage". Mario Van Peebles helms from a script by Cam Cannon and Richard Rionda Del Castro.
Cage plays Capt. Charles Butler McVay, whose ship was torpedoed in the South Pacific in July of 1945 after delivering parts for the first atomic bombs.
Without an escort and not reported missing until four days later, only 317 of the 1,197 crewmen aboard survived as the rest either went down with the ship or died from exposure, dehydration, saltwater poisoning or shark attacks. McVay was court-martialed, then exonerated more than half a century later.
- Garth Franklin
Cage stars as Capt. Charles Butler McVay, whose ship was torpedoed in the South Pacific in July of 1945, after delivering parts for the first atomic bombs. “President Truman has selected you to lead a highly classified mission,” Cage is told.
Because the ship was without an escort, the Indianapolis was not reported missing until four days later. Of 1,197 crewmen aboard, approximately 300 went down with the ship, while the rest faced exposure, dehydration, saltwater poisoning and shark attacks as they waited for assistance. Only 317 sailors survived, and McVay was court-martialed, then exonerated more than half a century later.
The trailer shows several shark attacks during those five days and the subsequent court martial.
- Dave McNary
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“A limousine joyride goes berserk in this breathless, pulse-pounding thriller. Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls) stars as an ex-soldier turned bodyguard hired to protect a young woman. But while cruising with a group of friends one night, their stretch limo is run off the road and »
- Derek Anderson
“A limousine joyride goes berserk in this breathless, pulse-pounding thriller. Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls) stars as an ex-soldier turned bodyguard hired to protect a young woman. But while cruising with a group of friends one night, their stretch limo is run off the road and into the water by a gang of ruthless kidnappers — who then dive in to finish the job. Suddenly it’s sink or swim, as the bodyguard must fight to keep the vehicle from becoming a watery grave.
This edge-of-your-seat thriller, directed by Steven C. Miller (Silent Night, Under the Bed), also stars Cody Christian (TV’s Teen Wolf), Talulah Riley (Thor: The Dark World), Rosa Salazar (Maze Runner: The »
- Tamika Jones
"If there is one thing worse than being offered bad scripts it's being offered none at all," Michael Caine once noted - an admission that might explain some of the roles he's taken on over his long and often wonderful career.
Michael Caine may have attained national treasure status now, but from the late 70s to the middle of the 90s, classic roles like Dr Frank Bryant in Educating Rita and Scrooge The Muppet Christmas Carol were interspersed with some - shall we say - less acclaimed movies. Yet even when the production values were awful, the script stank and the films flopped, Michael Caine's performances often remained fascinating. This isn't to say he was necessarily putting his heart and soul into them - »
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