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Since launching his career in Park City with the World Cinema Audience Award: Dramatic winning No. 2 (2006 Sundance Film Fest), Toa Fraser has been mapping out his filmography with items such as Dean Spanley (2008), Giselle (2013) and The Dead Lands (2014). A true story from 1980, his shot in New Zealand June/shot in London in August fifth feature is an action thriller that features a stellar threesome in Jamie Bell, Mark Strong and the underused Abbie Cornish. Perhaps it’s time for Fraser to reunite with Sundance?
Gist: Co-written by Fraser and Glenn Standring, this is based on the actual events of April 1980 when six armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy at London’s Princes Gate, taking 26 people hostage. Six days of tense stand-off ensued as a group of highly trained soldiers from Britain’s Special Air Service (Sas) prepared to raid the building.
- Eric Lavallee
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Fantastic Four sees Josh Trank (Chronicle) directing a cast that includes Miles Teller (Whiplash) as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara (House of Cards) as Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, Jamie Bell (Nymphomaniac) as Ben Grimm/The Thing, Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Doctor Doom, Reg E. Cathey (House of Cards) as Dr. Storm, and Tim Blake Nelson (The Incredible Hulk) as Harvey Elder/Mole Man.
- Gary Collinson
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Having continually proven that they can repackage the same general structure and archetypes into their cinematic universe for increasing box-office returns, Marvel’s impetus to think completely outside the box is not strong. With varying creative results, Guardians of the Galaxy proved that the right ingredients in the formula can result in an entertaining ride, while the over-stuffed Age of Ultron did little more then exhaust. »
- TFS Staff
Marty Adelstein’s Tomorrow Studios has snapped up the rights for a TV series based upon South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho’s comic book adaptation Snowpiercer, with THR revealing that Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) has signed on to write the script.
“We are very excited to be working with Josh on this incredible story,” states Adelstein. “As such a prolific and innovative writer he is the ideal person to create a massive new world in this adaptation. This is an expansive, high-concept project and we are thrilled to be a part of reimagining it for television.”
“I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity,” Friedman said. “Marty and [executive producer Becky Clements] are the perfect partners to help me bring this world to TV. I’m a huge fan of director Bong’s films, especially Snowpiercer. It’s great the way the best sci-fi is great — thoughtful, political, funny, scary and sly. »
- Gary Collinson
Producer Marty Adelstein and his Tomorrow Studios company has optioned the rights to last year's indie hit Snowpiercer, to turn it into a TV series adaptation. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that screenwriter Josh Friedman (Avatar 2) has been tapped to write the pilot script. No network has been attached to the project at this time. Here's what Marty Adelstein had to say about bringing Josh Friedman on board.
"We are very excited to be working with Josh on this incredible story. As such a prolific and innovative writer he is the ideal person to create a massive new world in this adaptation. This is an expansive, high-concept project and we are thrilled to be a part of reimagining it for television."
Snowpiercer is based on the French graphic novel entitled Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette. The story is set years after a global Ice Age decimated the planet, »
Josh Trank trashed it, Kate Mara claimed she hadn’t seen it and mocked its box office takings, and Rupert Murdoch blamed it for the under performance of his entire company. Now Toby Kebbell has shared his thoughts on Fantastic Four, and specifically the reaction of the fans to the much-derided superhero reboot.
“I was disappointed, but the fans aren’t wrong,” Kebbell told IGN. “The fans want what they want to see and if they don’t get satisfaction, they let you know. I appreciate that as a performer. My job is to come in and perform as best I can, and hopefully be directed in that path, and I felt like I was. I felt like the film was going to go well. It didn’t turn out that the fans felt that way, so their reaction is honest, I can only appreciate honesty.”
Asked what he took »
- Gary Collinson
Even if you're not a gamer, you likely still know about "Call Of Duty." It's nothing short of a sensation, boasting the kind of sales, popularity and hype that allows the marketing team to round up talent like Michael B. Jordan, Cara Delevigne and football player Marshawn Lynch to star in a cinematic rendition, evidenced by this trailer for "Call Of Duty: Black Ops III," soundtracked by The Rolling Stones, whose songs don't usually come cheap. Read More: Review: Josh Trank's 'Fantastic Four' Starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell & Michael B. Jordan The clip features lots of explosions, and Jordan narrates the adventures of extraordinary button masher Kevin, who doesn't even need beast mode to lay down some serious carnage. Well, that's until Delevigne drops in with her own method of dispatching baddies. It's cheeky stuff, and if you want to play the game yourself, it hits store shelves on Friday. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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Xyz Films is handling sales at Afm on Baltasar Kormákur’s Icelandic thriller The Oath, action-thriller 6 Days starring Jamie Bell, Mark Strong and Abbie Cornish and Pilgrimage starring Jon Bernthal, Richard Armitage and Tom Holland. »
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While Jamie Bell and Kate Mara have yet to confirm their relationship status, they definitely look like a couple! The pair, who starred together in this year's reboot of Fantastic Four, was spotted holding hands and wrapping their arms around each other during a chilly stroll in New York City on Thursday. Kate looked cute in a leather jacket and beanie hat while Jamie was handsome in jeans and a sweater. The outing is just the latest time we've seen these two show their affection for each other. In early September, Kate and Jamie looked totally in love during a Malibu beach day. A few weeks later, they stepped out for a coffee date in NYC. What do you think of Hollywood's newest pair? »
- Caitlin Hacker
There's no question that Kate Mara and Jamie Bell are a couple. In May, there was speculation that the Fantastic Four co-stars were secretly an item. In the following months, Mara and Bell were often photographed looking flirty in public (with and without co-stars Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller) but they neither confirmed nor denied being a couple. Each time they were seen together, though, the romance rumors resurfaced. Well, the guessing game is officially over. Throwing caution to the wind, Mara, 32, and Bell, 29, kissed on a street corner in New York City's Soho neighborhood Thursday. And as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Prior to getting together this year, Bell had »
Despite rumors to the contrary, Marvel’s First Family won’t be treading the same path as Spider-Man and returning to their parent company, with 20th Century Fox confirming to ComicBook.com that the rights to Fantastic Four aren’t going anywhere for the foreseeable future.
News of a potential switcheroo first cropped up earlier today, when a report stipulated that, in the wake of Josh Trank’s high-profile flop, the rights to the superhero group would return to Marvel. Brokering a deal with Fox, it was said that Fantastic Four would even have featured in the studio’s Phase 4, with a standalone film coming in 2020.
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This tantalizing rumor came to the fore after yesterday’s announcement of two X-Men television pilots – pilots that both Fox and Marvel’s TV arms are co-producing. In return, Marvel was allegedly on the cusp of seizing the Fantastic Four rights, »
- Michael Briers
With Fantastic Four finishing up its North American box office run with a dismal $56 million, it’s fair to say that 20th Century Fox’s reboot of the Marvel comic book series has been an unmitigated disaster. Speaking to THR, writer-producer Simon Kinberg has revealed that he was “disappointed” by the reception of the film, as well as commenting on Josh Trank’s decision to bash the film on Twitter ahead of its release.
“I haven’t really done a full diagnosis,” states Kinberg when asked where the film went wrong. “It was a hard movie to make, but I’ve made a lot of hard movies. I do think that there is a great Fantastic Four movie with that cast. But there’s so many different elements that need to come together perfectly. It’s like a collaboration between all these strangers. And if there’s a few things that don’t go right, »
- Gary Collinson
From day one, no one seemed particularly enthusiastic about the prospect of a Fantastic Four reboot. Much of that stemmed from a desire to see the rights revert to Marvel Studios, but with Josh Trank (Chronicle) hired to direct and an impressive cast assembled in the form of Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell, things started looking up.
The teaser trailer for Fantastic Four also appeared to signal good things to come, and even those who had been doubting the movie from day one were forced to admit that there was a good chance it would do what X-Men: First Class did back in 2011 and exceed everyone’s expectations.
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That was despite some hard to believe rumours about issues behind the scenes, but those suddenly became a lot easier to buy into when the first wave of reviews for Fantastic Four surfaced. »
- Josh Wilding
As the Hollywood studios attempt to transition to the digital age, there’s been some bumpy roads along the journey as copyright and ways to access get sorted out. Today brings an example of how to do things right as Paramount have launched The Paramount Vault, which, according to their official description “showcases a collection of Paramount full-length films and clips including selections that range from black-and-white to color, comedy to horror, and everything in between.”
While the selection isn’t massive (yet, hopefully), it includes a number of highlights. Notably there’s Sean Byrne‘s deliciously wicked The Loved Ones, John Cassavetes‘ drama Love Streams, Wachowskis‘ impressive debut Bound, Noah Baumbach‘s overlooked Margot at the Wedding, as well as films featuring Jack Nicholson, Audrey Hepburn, Elvis Presley, and more.
Check out our top picks thus far below and it should be noted only those in the United States can view. »
- Jordan Raup
Details on are scarce at the moment, but the new film is called Okja, a “multilingual monster movie” that will feature “a Korean female lead and a host of English-language supporting actors whose scenes will be set in New York.”
Along with Gyllenhaal, the film has already secured the services of Oscar Winner Tilda Swinton (A Bigger Splash), who worked with Joon-ho on Snowpiercer. In addition, Paul Dano (Love & Mercy), Bill Nighy (About Time) and Kelly MacDonald (Anna Karenina) are in talks to join the eclectic castlist.
Joon-ho enjoyed huge international success with Snowpiercer, which has grossed over $82million worldwide despite still not being released in some territories, such as the UK. Chris Evans, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Kang-ho Song, »
- Scott J. Davis
Sources close to the production told Variety that the cast negotiations were “preliminary discussions with old friends.” Swinton, in Korea, at the Busan Film Festival earlier this week, dropped heavy hints that she will soon work again with Bong, though did not name the project.
“I’m already planning more adventures with Bong Joon-ho,” said Swinton this week. “He is a great master.”
“Okja” is currently in early pre-production ahead of a shoot that will begin in April next year and span locations in Korea and the U.S. Delivery of the completed picture is expected in the first or second quarter of 2017.
Production is headed by Korea-based Lewis Pictures, which will likely structure the movie as an indie effort. Budget »
- Patrick Frater
Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot was a disaster. The director took to Twitter on the day of release to publicly disown the movie (which had been plagued by troubling rumours since day one), and a number of reports followed, revealing the shocking and bizarre behaviour of the filmmaker on set.
Throw in reports that Fox made his life pretty difficult with budget cuts and unreasonable sounding demands, and it’s ultimately far from a surprise that the film, which stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell, was a huge critical and commercial flop upon release.
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As a result of that, the fate of the Fantastic Four franchise is unknown. As hard as it is to imagine Fox forging ahead with the sequel – which still holds a 2017 release date – stranger things have happened, and there’s every chance the studio will »
- Josh Wilding
Jamie Bell and Kate Mara cozied up to each other during a coffee date over the weekend in NYC! While neither Kate nor Jamie has officially commented on the status of the relationship, their outing is one of many we've seen over the past few weeks, including a cuddly walk on a Malibu beach earlier this month. The pair recently starred together in the reboot of Fantastic Four alongside Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller. Keep reading to see more pictures from their day, and then find out why Kate Mara is a definite style icon. »
- Ryan Roschke
Back in October, Marvel held a massive press event where the studio unveiled its entire Phase Three lineup. For fans who have only followed the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, and not the comics they're based on, it may have been the first time they ever heard of the comic book characters known as the Inhumans. The studio started integrating these characters into Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. last season, but we still have several years left until the Inhumans' big screen debut on July 12, 2019. Today we have a new report from Blastr, which reveals that the Inhumans will start eliminating the X-Men mutants in the comics.
Back in June, Marvel announced their All-New, All Different initiative, which will reboot every one of their comic book titles. This reboot will happen after Marvel wraps up its massive Secret Wars story line. Today, Marvel revealed preview panels from Extraordinary X-Men #1, which reveals that the Terrigen Mists, »
Despite a critical drubbing and less than stellar box office returns, a Fantastic Four sequel might still be happening - but potentially with a different cast.
The film's writer-producer Simon Kinberg revealed to MTV that he is currently trying to "figure out" how to make a follow-up.
Why The Incredibles 2 will be the Fantastic Four film you've always wanted
"I'm really focused on the next one," Kinberg said, adding that he was disappointed by the reception the film received from comic book fans.
"I was most disappointed that fans didn't like it," he said. "I care more about them than I do anyone else. But I haven't done a full deep dive on it. Do I think it was unfairly treated? I don't know."
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