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"The Rock" Writer Talks That Iraq War Report

One of the strangest stories of recent weeks was that of The Chilcot Inquiry, the results of a seven-year investigation the U.K.'s role in the U.S.-led Iraq War of 2003. The conclusions drawn in a 2.6 million-word report spoke of massive intelligence failures within the British Secret Service, but it was one particular passage that caught people's attention.

Namely an unnamed source used elements from the plot of Michael Bay's 1996 action-thriller "The Rock" and feed them to British intelligence as fact. It was surprising news, most of all to the film's co-writer David Weisberg who was e-mailed about the story by a a friend from National Geographic magazine.

THR spoke with Weisberg, who co-wrote the film's script with the late Douglas S. Cook, and the writer admitted he "had no idea" this had happened and that it "boggles the mind". He and his co-writer did research and
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Criminal Review – Costner And Crew Posit Psychological Action To No Effect At All

Kevin Costner is in a strange place in his career, though his odd choices have managed some wins in the last few years, and Criminal is either the result of an overly powerful actor being too interested in a film’s theory, or an actor who just has a bucket list of roles he’s checking off.

Costner plays Jericho Stewart, a special breed of psychopath who fits in well for an experimental medical procedure that hopes to transfer memories from one person to another. CIA operative, Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is the only person who knows where he stashed “The Dutchman” (Michael Pitt), but Pope gets killed before he can tell anyone, and the CIA is scrambling now, because if the Dutchman falls into the wrong hands, he can hand over the U.S. military arsenal.

After Jericho undergoes the procedure, more than Pope’s memories infiltrate his brain.
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Criminal Review

If the Razzies institute a “Worst Nicolas Cage Movie That Doesn’t Star Nicolas Cage” award this year, Ariel Vromen’s Criminal will be a 2:1 favorite. Fugitive-on-the-run action teases an energetic 90s vibe, but as generic thrills take over, an uber-serious agenda reveals a more serious core. Could people actually believe they were making a high-class experience, here?

What’s essentially a reverse Self/Less scenario follows one of 2016’s most dimwitted plotlines, which isn’t helped by a strive to attain some semblance of straight-laced integrity. Vromen has handled loaded casts before, chilling audiences with The Iceman, but Criminal’s inexcusable waste of such a stacked, Mt. Olympus-sized cast suggests quite the opposite. You want to know what the real crime here is? Pretty much everything.

The film opens with Reynold’s CIA Agent character, Bill Pope, refusing to give up the location of a man codenamed ” The
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 35 Pairs of Passes to ‘Criminal’ With Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 35 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new crime drama “Criminal” starring Kevin Costner and Ryan Reynolds!

Criminal,” which opens on April 15, 2016 and is rated “R,” also stars Gal Gadot, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Alice Eve, Antje Traue, Scott Adkins, Michael Pitt and Natalie Burn from director Ariel Vromen and writers Douglas Cook and David Weisberg. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.

To win your free passes to “Criminal” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!
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Film Review: ‘Criminal’

Film Review: ‘Criminal’
Considering the number of bad high-concept action-movie ideas that have passed all the way through development, the notion of adapting “Flowers for Algernon” into a Luc Besson-style hyperviolent spy pic really isn’t a terrible one. That’s the basic thrust of Ariel Vromen’s “Criminal,” which casts Kevin Costner as a brain-damaged, sociopathic convict implanted with the memories of a dead CIA agent, giving him a three-day window in which to unravel an international conspiracy, and perhaps also learn the meaning of love, before the effects wear off. Unfortunately, the film ends up in a position best described as the top of the bottom of the barrel: a tetchy, pummeling experience devoid of any real wit, invention or suspense, but boasting enough of a professional sheen and a sufficiently stacked cast to carve out some niche space overseas and on VOD. Domestic box office should be a different story.
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Here’s a new clip from ‘Criminal’; Kevin Costner leads the impressive cast

Criminal movie clip: Kevin Costner’s Jericho meets Gary Oldman’s CIA Chief and Tommy Lee Jones doctor in this new look.

A second clip for the upcoming Criminal movie has landed online. Kevin Costner leads the impressive cast of the movie, which arrives in cinemas on April 15th. Check out the Criminal movie clip below.

We’ll be featuring Criminal a lot over the next couple of days, and we’ll even have a chat with the film’s director Ariel Vroman on these pages early next week, and of course, we’ll also have our review too. Here’s a bit more about the film.

Starring Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern, The Proposal) and Oscar-winner Kevin Costner (Draft Day, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), Criminal follows a CIA operative (Reynolds), whose memories and skills are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous death-row inmate (Costner) in a last-ditch effort to stop an international terrorist plot.
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Exclusive Clip: Kevin Costner endures head games in 'Criminal'

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Exclusive Clip: Kevin Costner endures head games in 'Criminal'
Kevin Costner is a bad man…or is he? In the upcoming film Criminal, Costner plays Jericho Stewart, a death row inmate who has had the skills of a deceased CIA operative (Ryan Reynolds) implanted in his brain. The feds do this so that they can stop an international terrorist. HitFix has an exclusive clip of the first time Stewart realizes that something’s afoot. In one of the better collection of actors you’ll find, Costner (a two-time Oscar winner) shares the scene with Tommy Lee Jones (also an Oscar winner) and Gary Oldman (an Oscar nominee). As you can imagine, Costner’s character is none too pleased to find he’s basically had a hole drilled in the base of his head. It’ll only get worse when he finds out what this all means. Criminal was written by Douglas Cook and David Weisberg, the team behind The Rock.
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First Look at action-thriller ‘Criminal’ starring Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman and Ryan Reynolds

I’m starting to get the impression that Ryan Reynolds likes to get in the minds of his craft-mates…literally.

Not satisfied with ‘shedding’ Ben Kingsley in Self/Less and his delusional self in The Voices (which may help to explain his sojourn as the Green Lantern), Reynolds finds his deceased memories, secrets and skills as a CIA operative implanted into apathetically dangerous death-row inmate Jerry Stewart (Kevin Costner) in hopes that he will complete the deceased operative mission and prevent a diabolical plot.

Scripted by Double Jeopardy writers Douglas Cook and David Weisberg, the Ariel Vromen directed action-thriller with a hint of sci-fi also stars Gary Oldman and Tommy Lee Jones.

This high-concept offering from Summit Entertainment looks promising at first glance so check the clip and poster art out for yourself and let us know what you think:

Criminal opens in UK and Us cinemas on 15th April,
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One Man’s Memory is Another Man’s Mission in This New Trailer for Criminal

Summit Entertainment and Millennium Films have released the trailer for Criminal, starring Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, and Gal Gadot. Film is directed by Ariel Vromen from a screenplay written by Douglas Cook & David Weisberg.

The story of the right man in the wrong body. In a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot, a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets, and skills are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous death-row inmate in hopes the he will complete the operative’s mission.

Check out the trailer and character posters below.

Criminal will hit theaters on April 15, 2016.

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First Trailer: Costner & Oldman In "Criminal"

Summit Entertainment and Millennium Films have released the first trailer for the heightened action-thriller "Criminal" which boasts quite the stellar cast. Ariel Vroman directs from a script by Douglas Cook and David Weisberg and the film opens April 15th.

Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds star in the film in which Costner Plays a death-row prison inmate who is implanted with the memories of a dead CIA operative in hopes the he will complete the operative's mission in order to prevent a large-scale catastrophe.
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Douglas Cook, ‘The Rock’ Screenwriter, Dies at 56

Douglas Cook, ‘The Rock’ Screenwriter, Dies at 56
Screenwriter Douglas Cook, whose credits included “The Rock,” died Sunday of undisclosed causes in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 56.

Cook teamed with partner David Weisberg for the scripts for 1996’s “The Rock,” 1999’s “Double Jeopardy” and the upcoming thriller “Criminal.” The duo shared screenplay credit with Mark Rosner on “The Rock,” starring Nicolas Cage.

Cook was represented by Gersh and Benderspink. Services are pending.

Cook’s death evoked tributes on Twitter, including one from “Minions” screenwriter Brian Lynch.

Rip Douglas Cook. Love love The Rock.

Brian Lynch (@BrianLynch) July 20, 2015
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Douglas Cook Dies: Screenwriter Of ‘The Rock’, ‘Double Jeopardy’ Was 56

Douglas Cook Dies: Screenwriter Of ‘The Rock’, ‘Double Jeopardy’ Was 56
Screenwriter Douglas Cook died at noon Sunday in Santa Monica. He was 56 and was surrounded by his family when he passed away. Cook and his writing parter David Weisberg wrote the screenplays for The Rock, Double Jeopardy and the upcoming picture Criminal. The Rock, for producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson, starred Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris. The 1996 action thriller about a threatened nerve gas attack on San Francisco was directed by Michael Bay and…
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Jason Statham’s Mechanic: Resurrection Opening On January 22, 2016

Millennium Films has two big films coming to a theater near you in 2015 and 2016.

Mechanic: Resurrection will open on January 22, 2016 in wide release, from Summit Entertainment.

Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) returns as the Mechanic in the sequel to the 2011 global hit. When someone from his past forces him back into the business, Bishop has to complete an impossible list of assassinations of the most dangerous men in the world.

Statham can next be seen in Wild Card (Dec 7) and Furious 7 (April 3).

Mechanic: Resurrection’s cast also features Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, and Michelle Yeoh. The action film is directed by Dennis Gansel.

Before that, Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Gal Gadot, and Alice Eve will star in Criminal. The action movie from director Ariel Vromen (The Iceman) will open in cinemas on August 21, 2015 from Summit Entertainment. Principal photography began on September 4, 2014, in London.

From writers Douglas Cook,
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Release dates for Kevin Costner thriller Criminal and Mechanic: Resurrection

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Summit Entertainment has announced release dates for a couple of their films. One I'm quite excited for, the other, well to be honest I had no clue a sequel to The Mechanic was in the works. First up though is Ariel Vromen's (The Iceman) Criminal, which has a great cast that includes Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Ryan Reynolds, Tommy Lee Jones, Gal Gadot and Alice Eve. Written by The Rock and Double Jeopardy screenwriters Douglas Cook and David Weisberg, the action thriller...
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Casting: Traue, Banderas, Winnick, Wesley

Criminal

Antje Traue ("Man of Steel") is the latest to join Ariel Vroman's thriller "Criminal" at Millennium Films, playing a terrorist henchwoman. Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman and Tommy Lee Jones also star.

Douglas Cook and David Weisberg's script follows a dangerous prison inmate (Costner) implanted with the memories and skills of a dead CIA operative in hopes of stopping a diabolical plot. [Source: Heat Vision]

Altamira

Antonio Banderas is set to star in Hugh Hudson's English-language period drama "Altamira" which begins shooting in Cantabria, Spain this week. Olivia Hetreed ("Girl With a Pearl Earring") penned the script.

The story is set in 1879 and charts the story of an amateur archaeologist (Banderas) and his daughter who discover early cave art. At first celebrated, the family is thrown into crisis following a backlash against them led by the Catholic Church, scientists and other powerful forces. [Source: Screen]

Geostorm

Katheryn Winnick has joined the cast of
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'Man of Steel' Actress Joins Kevin Costner in 'Criminal'

'Man of Steel' Actress Joins Kevin Costner in 'Criminal'
Man of Steel's Antje Traue is the latest to join Criminal, a thriller from Millennium Films that will star Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones and others. The film follows a dangerous prison inmate (Costner) implanted with the memories and skills of a dead CIA operative in hopes of stopping a diabolical plot. It'll be directed by The Iceman helmer Ariel Vroman from a script by The Rock scribes Douglas Cook and David Weisberg. Traue will play a terrorist's henchwoman. Read more Man of Steel: Film Review The actress, repped by UTA and Troika in the UK, will next be seen

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Ariel Vroman’s Criminal underway

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Ariel Vroman’s Criminal underway
Principal photography has begun in London on director Ariel Vroman’s thriller Criminal.

Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Ryan Reynolds, Alice Eve and Gal Gadot star in the Millenium Films backed-film written by Douglas Cook and David Weisberg.

Criminal charts how in a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot, a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets and skills are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous prison inmate in the hopes that he will complete the operative’s mission.

Producers are J.C. Spink, Chris Bender, Mark Gill and Matt O’Toole.

Executive producing is Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, John Thompson, Doug Urbanski, Les Weldon, Christine Crow, Lati Grobman, Christa Campbell and Jason Bloom. Paul Ritchie is co-producer.
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Wonder Woman Actress Gal Gadot Joins Kevin Costner in 'Criminal'

Wonder Woman Actress Gal Gadot Joins Kevin Costner in 'Criminal'
Gal Gadot, who is currently playing Wonder Woman in Warner Bros.' Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, has signed on to star alongside Warner Bros./DC Comics alums Kevin Costner (Man of Steel) and Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight trilogy) in Millennium Entertainment's Criminal.

Ryan Reynolds and Tommy Lee Jones are also set to star in this crime thriller, which follows a prison inmate (Kevin Costner) who is implanted with the memories and skills of a deceased CIA operative in hopes that he can stop an evil plot. Gal Gadot is playing the wife of Ryan Reynolds' character.

Ariel Vromen (The Iceman) is directing from a screenplay by David Weisberg and Douglas Cook (The Rock, Double Jeopardy), with Chris Bender, J.C. Spink and Matt O'Toole producing. No production schedule was given.

Before she landed the iconic role of Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gal Gadot
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Criminal Adds Alice Eve To Its Cast

Ariel Vromen’s next film – Criminal – is shaping up to be proof positive of the filmmaker’s ability to attract fascinating casting combinations. Where his previous movie – 2012’s The Iceman – featured Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta and David Schwimmer, his forthcoming venture is bringing in names even more legendary in nature.

The plot centres around a dangerous criminal, who is tasked by the CIA to complete a dead agent’s mission after they implant that agent’s memories and experiences into his brain. Kevin Costner will feature in the leading role, with Ryan Reynolds, Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Oldman also signing up. By anyone’s standards, that’s quite a lot of testosterone, so we now have the announcement that Alice Eve will also co-star.

Having built a solid foundation for herself in recent years, with supporting roles in films such as The Raven,
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Casting Net: Alice Eve joins 'Criminal'

Alice Eve (Stark Trek Into the Darkness) has signed on for Criminal, joining Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds, Tommy Lee Jones, and Gary Oldman. Ariel Vromen will helm the thriller, which tells the story of a convict who has a dead CIA operative’s memories implanted into his brain in the hopes that he can complete the agent’s mission. Douglas Cook and David Weisberg wrote the script. Chris Bender, J.C. Spink, Mark Gill, and Matt O’Toole are producing. Avi Lerner, John Thompson, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, Lati Groman, Christa Campbell, Christine Crow, and Jason Bloom are executive producing. [THR]

Jillian Bell
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