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Fans who were looking forward to the return of Axel Foley next year will have to wait a bit longer. Paramount Pictures has taken Beverly Hills Cop 4 off its release schedule. It was initially slated to debut on March 25, 2016, but no new release date was given for the sequel. If it would have stayed in that release slot, it would have had to go up against the superhero adventure Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Eddie Murphy is set to return as Axel Foley, but the actor revealed in January that the script isn't quite ready yet, which could be the reason why this was pulled from the release schedule. Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) are writing the screenplay, with Brett Ratner attached to direct and Jerry Bruckheimer producing. It isn't known if any of the other original Beverly Hills Cop stars such as Judge Reinhold »
Director: Martin Brest
Running Time: 126 mins
In 1988 Universal released Midnight Run, a high-profile action comedy. It contained several elements that were unusual for a film of its type. For starters, Robert De Niro was the lead. The idea of this brooding method actor playing it light was virtually unthinkable at the time, with Analyze This a decade away. He appeared alongside Charles Grodin, hardly a stellar name. The men improvised some of their dialogue. Danny Elfman delivered a score about as far removed from his usual style as it was possible to get. It found success at the box office, though perhaps it’s inevitable the result ended up as more of a cult offering, »
- Steve Palace
Midnight Run, 1988.
Directed by Martin Brest.
Back in 1988, when Midnight Run was originally released, mismatched buddy movies were all over the place so in order to stand out from the crowd a new buddy movie would need something special to rise to the top. Luckily somebody managed to blag Robert De Niro (The Godfather Part II), an actor not known for his comedic prowess back then but fresh off the success of The Untouchables and clearly on top of his game, and a supporting cast featuring the considerable talents of Yaphet Kotto (Live & Let Die), Dennis Farina (Crime Story), Joe Pantoliano (The Goonies »
- Gary Collinson
Beginning in medias res, Uncle John spins a delicate web of intrigue and mystery. The titular character (John Ashton) is introduced as he's (probably) up to no good, a suspicion that is quickly confirmed for the audience but not for the other characters in the movie. John appears to be quite normal, an older gentleman who meets regularly with his senior-citizen pals at the local diner. He lives on a decent-sized piece of property outside of a small town in Wisconsin; he's friendly and pleasant and otherwise quite forgettable. Meanwhile, a young man in Chicago named Ben (Alex Moffat) works as a graphic designer in a small company. His eyes light up when Kate (Jenna Lyng) joins the company as a middle manager. She's his...
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Written and directed by Steven Piet, "Uncle John" follows (as the title might suggest) John (John Ashton) and his nephew, Ben (Alex Moffat). Things heat up as troubling murder allegations swirl around the well-loved John, just as Ben heads into town for the first time in years. Part mystery and part romance, "Uncle John" is Piet's first feature film -- after working in short films, broadcast commercials and music videos, he's branching out. What's your film about in 140 characters or less?Dutch, a small town bully turned born again Christian, has gone missing. John, a loved and well-respected member of the community, is not a suspect, but has everything to do with it. Now what's it Really about?Contrasting worlds that are mere miles away. Generational differences. Parental sacrifice. Gossip. Tell us briefly about yourself.I’m born and bred in Chicago, Il. I’d like to think that has »
- Rosie Narasaki
London — Emily Watson, who was Oscar nominated for “Hilary and Jackie” and “Breaking the Waves,” has joined the cast of Starz and the BBC’s TV movie “The Dresser,” which stars Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen.
Watson, whose recent credits include “The Theory of Everything,” plays the part of “Her Ladyship,” while Sarah Lancashire, who is best known for “Happy Valley” and “Last Tango in Halifax,” also joins the cast, as stage manager Madge.
Also in the cast are Vanessa Kirby as Irene, Edward Fox as Thornton, Tom Brooke as Oxenby/Edmond, John Ashton as Gloucester, Ian Conningham as Kent, Annalisa Rossi as Goneril, Helen Bradbury as Regan, Carl Sanderson as Cornwall, Matthew Cottle as Albany, and Martin Chamberlain as “Gentleman. »
- Leo Barraclough
The made-for-television film based on the famous play is loaded with stars, and is going to be one of the most interesting efforts to come along in quite some time. At least, if the cast itself can be taken as grounds for extremely high hopes. McKellan and Hopkins are perfect for the roles, and the story has proven itself, not only as a great story, but one that holds up over time.
Get all the details below, and make sure you watch out for this one.
Starz, in partnership with the BBC, today announced that production has officially begun on the movie for television “The Dresser,” an adaptation of Ronald Harwood’s play, to be directed by Richard Eyre (Notes on a Scandal, Iris). The production will film in and around London. »
- Marc Eastman
First-time filmmaker Steven Piet takes his debut drama starring longtime character actor John Ashton to South by Southwest this March. This rural mystery was co-written by Piet and producer Erik Crary, who was also a producer on David Lynch's "Inland Empire." That may indicate the influences at play here. Official synopsis and an artfully tense Toh! exclusive trailer below: Dutch, a small town bully turned born again Christian, has gone missing. John, a loved and well-respected member of the community, is not a suspect, but has everything to do with it. Rumors and theories about Dutch’s fate are main topics of discussion all around town. Dutch’s younger brother, Danny, who shares the family’s bad reputation, has his own theory about the mystery and it centers on John. Meanwhile, John’s nephew, Ben, leads a life replete with snarky jokes and gourmet coffee as a hip Chicago motion graphics designer. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
With Sundance in the rear view mirror and Berlin just around the corner, another huge festival that’s now very much in mind is the 2015 South By Southwest Film Festival (SXSW 2015), to be held in Austin, Texas, this March. And this year, the lineup looks no less eclectic than in any previous year for the festival.
SXSW 2015 will see the debut of two big-studio comedies (Paul Feig’s Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy; and Etan Cohen’s Get Hard, starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart), some red-hot documentaries (none more so than Alex Gibney’s Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine) and a vast array of smaller indie titles. Intriguingly, Judd Apatow’s Amy Schumer vehicle Trainwreck will be screened as a work-in-progress.
- Isaac Feldberg
South by Southwest, the multi-faceted film, music and technology festival held annually in Austin, TX will feature such upcoming films as Paul Feig’s Spy, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, and Ondi Timoner’s Russell Brand profile Brand: A Second Coming as headliners in this year’s film festival lineup.
SXSW runs from March 13 to 21 in Austin and is now in its 22nd year. Variety has details of the 145 films and 100 world premieres bowing at this year’s festival. Brand, as previously reported, will be the festival’s opening night film.
Other notable titles on the list are the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard, a rough cut of Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, the directorial debut of 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, Ex Machina, and a new comedy by Michael Showalter, Hello, My Name is Doris.
On the small screen, »
- Brian Welk
Top brass at the 22nd South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival have announced the feature line-up for the upcoming festival, set to run from March 13-21 in Austin, Texas.
SXSW will showcase 145 features. The line-up includes 60 films from first-time film-makers and comprises 100 world premieres, 13 North American premieres and 11 Us premieres.
Head of film Janet Pierson and her team of programmers culled selections from a record 2,385 feature-length submissions composed of 1,614 Us and 771 international features. The record of 7,335 total submissions marks a 13% gain on 2014.
For the first time the number of films in the juried Narrative Feature and Documentary Feature selections have risen from eight to ten. The complete Conference line-up and schedule will be released on February 17.
Besides the Narrative Feature Competition and Documentary Feature Competition selections listed below, feature entries include Judd Apatow’s work-in-progress comedy Trainwreck starring Amy Schumer in Special Events, music film 808 (pictured) in 24 Beats Per Second and Alex Garland’s sci-fi »
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