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For some reason, 2015 is the year of the spy spoof.
Earlier this year we got "Kingsman: The Secret Service," which turned out to be something of a surprise hit (especially given its brand new IP and R-rating) and on June 5th comes "Spy," the latest collaboration between director Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy (this is their third, after the hugely successful "Bridesmaids" and "The Heat").
"Spy" turns the espionage thriller on its head; instead of a slick male agent, we get McCarthy's bumbling office drone who's recruited after a Bond-ish spy (Jude Law) gets killed in the field. It could be dopey and crass, but Feig treats the material seriously and gets genuinely inspired performances out of a varied cast that includes Rose Byrne and, surprisingly enough, Jason Statham.
"Spy" premiered at this year's South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, where we sat down with Feig to discuss »
- Drew Taylor
Im Global Television has announced it is developing an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s 1963 novel “Cat’s Cradle.”
The story involves the children of a Nobel laureate physicist who helped develop the atomic bomb and a substance called ice-nine, an alternative structure of water that is solid at room temperature. “Cat’s Cradle” will be developed by Brad Yonover and Elkins Entertainment’s Sandi Love, who will co-exec produce.
Im Global Television has also secured rights to the “Darkover” science-fiction book series by Marion Zimmer Bradley (“The Mists of Avalon”). Ilene Kahn Power (“Traffic”) and Elizabeth Stanley will exec produce.
The studio is out to buyers with “Den of Thieves,” a crime drama starring Carla Gugino, written by Sebastian Gutierrez and exec produced by Trigger Street’s Dana Brunetti and Kevin Spacey. All 10 episodes of the first season have been written, and Gutierrez is planning to direct.
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- Dave McNary
I have immersed myself in James Bond lately, taking the time recently to begin diving into Ian Fleming's original novels for the first time (I'll be finishing "Casino Royale" later today) and also purchasing the "Bond 50" Blu-ray set. The goal is what will be nearly six months of features surrounding the Bond franchise leading up to the Nov. 6 global release of Spectre, the 24th Bond film in the franchise. To say I'm excited about it would be an understatement and I'm growing increasingly excited reading Fleming's origin of the character, particularly because I'm learning just how well Martin Campbell handled Casino Royale, though I'm equally anxious to return to that movie as well, but I digress... Today we have a few new pictures and a new video blog for the upcoming Spectre, this one coming from the set of the new film focusing on a car chase through the »
- Brad Brevet
Im Global Television plans to hire a “high-level writer-showrunner” on Cat’s Cradle. Brad Yonover is on board as executive producer and Elkins Entertainment’s Sandi Love will serve as co-executive producer.
Im Global Television is out to buyers with the crime drama Den Of Thieves to star Carla Gugino. Trigger Street’s Dana Brunetti and Kevin Spacey will serve as executive producers and Sebastian Gutierrez has written the first 10 episodes and plans to direct.
The company is also developing the six-hour mini-series 1906, which chronicles the San Francisco earthquake and fire of that year. Writer David S Ward will serve as executive producer with director Martin Campbell. Mark »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The Great Wall follows a solider (Damon) travelling to China with his mercenary group to find gunpowder for Europe, but the group are attacked by mystical creatures.
Dafoe previously starred in The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Fault in Our Stars and Nymphomaniac.
Watch the trailer for The Grand Budapest Hotel below: »
Exclusive: Willem Dafoe is joining Gerard Butler, Billy Bob Thornton and Common for Relativity Studios' submarine thriller Hunter Killer. The film concerns a renegade Russian military leader whose actions lead to the brink of war with the U.S. It’s then up to an elite U.S. Navy unit to stop him from causing World War III. Dafoe has been cast as Russian submarine Capt. Andropoyov. Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Green Lantern) directs from a script by Peter Craig, based on… »
With D.J. Caruso now locked in to direct G.I. Joe 3, after entering negotiations back in January, Paramount has brought on writer Aaron Berg to redraft the script. Jonathan Lemkin came aboard in July to pen the original sequel screenplay, but it isn't known if Aaron Berg is using elements of his draft, or starting over from scratch. Aaron Berg will work with D.J. Caruso to try and "revamp" the G.I. Joe action franchise.
The sequel has been in various stages of development over the past few years, with Martin Campbell once in talks to direct, but a deal never came together. The story will reportedly center on the Roadblock character played by Dwayne Johnson in 2013's G.I. Joe Retaliation, but it's possible the project is going in a completely different direction with this new writer and director team involved. It isn't known if any of the other G. »
By the 1990s, studios were waking up to movie marketing, and the era of the blockbuster. Tim Burton's Batman, released in summer 1989, had introduced the idea of a big opening weekend, and modern movies now target their promotional work to get just that. As such, it's harder and harder for smaller films to snare the top slot at the Us box office, even for one weekend.
In the 1990s, particularly the first half of the 1990s, that wasn't so much the case though. In fact, many films that have long since fallen from the public conscious topped the chart. And in this piece, I've tried to capture some of them.
Inevitably, you're going to have heard of some of them, and what a UK dweller sees as a »
Common will star opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Gerard Butler in the action-thriller “Hunter Killer,” from Relativity, in a story that's set beneath the polar ice cap, and centers on a renegade Russian military leader who pushes the U.S. to the brink of a nuclear confrontation. To be directed by Martin Campbell, from a script by Peter Craig, which is based on the novel “Firing Point” by George Wallace and Don Keith, shooting is set to begin in mid-July in New Orleans. Original Films’ Neal Moritz and Toby Jaffe are producing, along with Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh. No word on what role Common has signed up to play; his casting comes on the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Set beneath the polar ice cap, the story centers on a renegade Russian military leader who pushes the U.S. to the brink of a nuclear confrontation. Cut off from all outside communication, a submarine commander and an elite Navy special forces unit are all that stand between the Russian assault and all-out war.
- Dave McNary
(This review pertains to the UK Region 2 video releases).
By Adrian Smith
Michael Armstrong, the writer and star of Eskimo Nell,once said, "It's hard to wank and laugh at the same time". In the 1970s filmmakers gave it a very good try however, and the British sex comedy was virtually the only kind of film being funded. The problem is that the majority of them were neither funny or sexy. They were generally grubby and embarrassing for the actors and the audience. One of the pioneers of the British sex film was director and producer Stanley Long, responsible for The Wife Swappers (1969) and Adventures of a Taxi Driver (1975) and many others. An occasional cinematographer on prestigious films like Roman Polanski's Repulsion (1965), Long often recognised and nurtured new talent, particularly if he could see a financial reward.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Exclusive: Company signs new deals with Tele München Group, Viva and Imagem.
The company has signed a new output deal with Tele München Group for Relativity Studios productions in Germany and Austria.
A new partnership in the Philippines will see Viva distribute both Relativity Studios films and third-party titles overseen by Relativity International.
Meanwhile, Relativity International president Camela Galano and Imagem have extended the Latin American deal covering Relativity Studios titles and third-party fare on the Relativity International slate.
“Relativity International continues to expand its ability to bring both Relativity Studios’ films and our partners’ films to audiences around the world,” said Galano.
“Tmg, Imagem and Viva are all leaders in their respective territories and we are proud to be working with them.”
Tele Muenchen Group owner and CEO Herbert Kloiber added: “I am delighted »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Details about G.I. Joe 3 are up in the air at the moment. It was announced back in April last year that Jon M. Chu had left the director’s chair of the movie and the studio have since been in talks with D.J. Caruso (I Am Number Four) and Martin Campbell (GoldenEye) to take over.
According to the chaps over at Film Divider, it seems like Paramount are looking to add some new characters to the line-up to keep things fresh. First up will be the villainous Crimson twins Tomax and Xamot, who were big parts of the comic book and cartoon series, but perhaps more interestingly is the possibility of a cross over character.
The site claims that a character by the name of Matt Trakker will be added to the G.I. Joe roster. For those not in the know, Trakker was the leader of the good »
- Luke Owen
Papon, who comes from Martin Campbell Productions, will work on the continued development for ITV Studios America’s scripted programming slate. She will report to Julie Meldal-Johnsen, senior executive vice president, scripted and business development.
“We have had a terrific start to ITV Studio America’s scripted division with several highly anticipated new series launching later this year. With Lucienne’s fantastic creative instincts and wealth of both TV and feature experience, we are looking forward to expanding our already exciting slate,” said Meldal-Johnsen.
Papon launched the television division based at ABC Studios, during her tenure at Martin Campbell Productions, and co-exec produced ABC’s series “Killer Women.” Prior, she was vice president of production and development for film and television at the company with film credits including associate producer on “Edge of Darkness” and co-producer on “Green Lantern. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
20. Dead Man Walking
Directed by: Tim Robbins
Susan Sarandon earned herself an Oscar for her work in “Dead Man Walking,” a film directed by her then husband, Tim Robbins. She plays Sister Prejean, a nun who befriends a death row inmate named Matthew (Oscar nominated Sean Penn) as they confide in one another and build a convincing relationship as the days and hours tick down until his execution. Robbins intercuts the scenes with Sarandon and Penn with moments of the actual crime taking place, creating a storytelling rift that both supports and contradicts moments within the film, creating two very carefully drawn and developed characters. In addition to visiting him regularly, Prejean begins the crusade to find him a lawyer to make an appeal, doing all she can to delay his sentence being carried out. But, as she meets the families of the victims, she finds herself torn between right »
- Joshua Gaul
From humble beginnings as comic book characters, both Batman and Superman have emerged as globally recognisable icons. Whether they appear on the silver screen or as virtual slot icons on mobile websites such as au.royalvegascasino.com, they now front lucrative franchises that generate billions of dollars on an annual basis. These franchises will both gain a new layer in 2016, as DC get set to release the highly anticipated and potentially record-breaking movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
While the true nature and content of this film has yet to be fully understood, we can expect a riotous big screen adventure that incorporates spectacular special effects. What has yet to be determined is where the film will ultimately sit among the pantheon of great DC movies, so let’s consider the competition and the following rival titles: -
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Dark Knight is the most successful Batman-inspired film to date. »
- Kyle Reese
Back in 2012, we heard about a project called The Dive that was going to be produced by James Cameron. The film was said to tell the fascinating true story of Francisco Ferreras and his wife, Audrey Mestre, a free-diving couple who achieved world records in reaching crazy depths with only the breath in their lungs. Mestre died in a tragic accident when she hit 557 feet and couldn't return to the surface in time. At the time Martin Campbell was slated to direct the film, but has since fallen away, and now The Hunger Games: Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence will direct the film instead and Jennifer Lawrence will star. The Lawrences (who aren't related at all) are fresh off finishing The Hunger Games franchise with the two-part finale of Mockingjay, and they must have really liked working together if they're looking to do it again. And with Cameron producing this film, »
- Ethan Anderton
Though he’s been developing the project for years, James Cameron began to realise a couple of years ago that his commitments to the Avatar sequels would keep him from directing The Dive, the true, tragic love story of married free divers Francisco “Pipin” Ferraras and Audrey Mestre. Since then, he’s been handing it off to other filmmakers and now Francis Lawrence is set to call the shots, with his Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence in the lead.According to The Wrap, Lawrence is aboard to play Mestre, who died while she was attempting to beat her own tank-free world record dive of 557.7 feet. Ferraras paid tribute to his wife by diving to the same depth for an attempt that was filmed by Cameron, a man not unfamiliar with the concept of underwater time himself.In the time since realising he needed other people to make the film while he produces, »
James Cameron has been working on "The Dive" for at least a decade, but after "Avatar" became the highest-grossing film of all time, he dropped all other projects to focus on three new sequels. Then in 2012 came word that Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Green Lantern) was in talks to replace him, but that never worked out. And now, Jennifer Lawrence and her "Hunger Games" director Francis Lawrence have stepped up to make the film happen. Cameron is on board to produce. "The Dive" tells the tragic true story of freedivers Francisco "Pipin" Ferraras and his wife Audrey Mestre, who competed to travel as deep as possible underwater on a single breath of air. Lawrence will play Mestre, who died during an attempt to beat her own world record of 557.7 feet. Ferraras paid tribute to his late wife by diving to the same depth in an attempt that was filmed by Cameron. »
The Wrap reports that the pair will team up for The Dive - the biopic based on the real life story of freediving married couple Francisco "Pipin" Ferreras and Audrey Mestre.
James Cameron is slated to produce the 20th Century Fox film after planning to direct himself at one point.
The film will tell the story of how the pair broke records diving without the use of breathing equipment until Mestre lost her life during a 2002 dive.
The screenplay was first written by Laeta Kalogridis before a 2012 rewrite from J Michael Straczynski.
Lawrence is expected to play Mestre but the role of Ferreras is yet to be cast. »
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