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Fox Int’l productions punches with UK comedy 'Panther'

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Fox Int’l productions punches with UK comedy 'Panther'
Exclusive: Stephen Graham, Dave Johns, Jill Halfpenny star in wrestling comedy; first look.

Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire), Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake) and Jill Halfpenny (Humans) have been set for comedy Walk Like A Panther, which is now underway in the Yorkshire, England for Fox International Productions.

Screen can reveal the first look at the project, on which British director Dan Cadan makes his feature debut from his own original screenplay.

The ensemble British cast also includes Sue Johnston (Downton Abbey), Lindsey Coulson (EastEnders), Julian Sands (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), Jason Flemyng (Snatch), Stephen Tompkinson (Wild At Heart), Michael Socha (This Is England) and hip hop artist/poet Scroobius Pip (Taboo).

The story revolves around a group of ‘80s wrestlers who are forced to don the lycra one last time when their beloved local pub is threatened by closure.

Led by father-son duo, Mark (Graham) and Trevor Bolton (Johns), the unlikely bunch of underdog heroes
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Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman Begin Filming The Hitman’S Bodyguard

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Principal photography began today on Millennium Films’ The Hitman’S Bodyguard starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Elodie Yung and Salma Hayek. The film is directed by Patrick Hughes (Expendables 3) from a script by Tom O’Connor. Lionsgate is distributing in the Us and the UK.

The Hitman’S Bodyguard is an action comedy about the world’s top protection agent (Reynolds) and his new client: a notorious hitman who came in from the cold (Jackson). They’ve been on opposite ends of a bullet for years. They hate each other. Now they’re stuck together and have 24 hours to get from England to The Hague. The only thing standing in their way is everything a murderous Eastern European dictator (Oldman) can throw at them.

Criminal/Lionsgate

The film stars Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool, The Proposal) as protection agent Michael Bryce, Samuel L. Jackson (The Legend of Tarzan,
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'The Hitman's Bodyguard' Begins Filming With Ryan Reynolds and More

Principal photography began today on Millennium Films' The Hitman's Bodyguard starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Elodie Yung and Salma Hayek. The film is directed by Patrick Hughes (Expendables 3) from a script by Tom O'Connor.  Lionsgate is distributing in the Us and the UK. 

 

The Hitman's Bodyguard is an action comedy about the world's top protection agent (Reynolds) and his new client: a notorious hitman who came in from the cold (Jackson).  They've been on opposite ends of a bullet for years.  They hate each other.  Now they're stuck together and have 24 hours to get from England to The Hague. The only thing standing in their way is everything a murderous Eastern European dictator (Oldman) can throw at them.

 

The film stars Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool, The Proposal) as protection agent Michael Bryce, Samuel L. Jackson (The Legend of Tarzan, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenDjango Unchained,
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Hitman's Bodyguard Begins Shooting with Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson

Hitman's Bodyguard Begins Shooting with Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson
Ryan Reynolds has finally decided what comes next after the blockbuster superhero adventure Deadpool. And that movie is The Hitman's Bodyguard. Principal photography began today on Millennium Films' The Hitman's Bodyguard starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Elodie Yung and Salma Hayek. The film is directed by Patrick Hughes (Expendables 3) from a script by Tom O'Connor.&#160Lionsgate is distributing in the Us and the UK.

The Hitman's Bodyguard is an action comedy about the world's top protection agent (Reynolds) and his new client: a notorious hitman who came in from the cold (Jackson). They've been on opposite ends of a bullet for years. They hate each other. Now they're stuck together and have 24 hours to get from England to The Hague. The only thing standing in their way is everything a murderous Eastern European dictator (Oldman) can throw at them.

The film stars Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool, The Proposal
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Film Review: ‘2016 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live Action’

Film Review: ‘2016 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live Action’
In a year in which the best picture presenter could conceivably announce, “And the Oscar goes to … ‘The Big Short,’” will the little shorts get any love? The answer is: They already have. Thanks to an 11-year effort by ShortsHD to bring Oscar’s least-seen categories to audiences, the nominated short films have collectively out-earned previous editions — which is more a testament to the company’s dedication than any one of its individual nominees. The live-action shorts themselves represent a range of solid if somewhat calculated calling cards from helmers who’ve studied at film schools around the world, now enjoying exposure across nearly all conceivable platforms.

Though amusingly irreverent, Basil Khalil’s nonsensical “Ave Maria” serves up a comedic detente between Arabs and Israelis, centered around an implausible crisis in which a Jewish family’s car breaks down outside a Palestinian convent along the road through the West Bank.
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Christian Bale quits Ferrari film over weight gain worries

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Michael Mann needs a new lead actor for his Enzo Ferrari film, as Christian Bale leaves the project...

Once upon a time, back in 2004, Christian Bale lost an awful lot of weight to take on the lead role in The Machinist. Straight afterwards, he had to bulk up to play Batman in 2005's Batman Begins. And since then, the actor has been willing to add or lose weight, depending on the role.

However, Michael Mann's upcoming biopic of Enzo Ferrari may have been a project too far.

Bale had been earmarked to play the car maker, for the movie that begins shooting this spring. Yet Deadline reports that Bale has had to back out, due to the short time frame that gives him to gain the weight required for the role.

Director Michael Mann is now on the hunt for a new actor to take on the role,
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Kick-Ass 2 home entertainment release announced, special features revealed

Kick-Ass 2 didn't quite manage to set the box office alight this summer, but Universal will be hoping that much like its predecessor the superhero sequel finds a second life on DVD and Blu-ray, and the studio has now revealed that the film will hit DVD and Blu-ray just in time for Christmas. Here's the official press release, which includes a rundown of the bonus features...

The holidays will pack an extra punch this year as Kick-Ass 2, the second installment in the irreverent action-comedy franchise, comes to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack including Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital HD with UltraViolet™ and On Demand on December 17, 2013, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film will also be available on Digital HD on December 3, 2013. In addition to more than an hour of behind-the-scenes featurettes, filmmaker commentary, and extended scenes, the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack also comes with an exclusive alternate opening.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Savage, Anna Karenina), Chloe Grace Moretz (Carrie,
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Kick-Ass 2 Blu-ray and DVD Arrive December 17th

Kick-Ass 2 Blu-ray and DVD Arrive December 17th
The holidays will pack an extra punch this year as Kick-Ass 2, the second installment in the irreverent action-comedy franchise, comes to Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD with UltraViolet&#8482 and On Demand on December 17, 2013, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film will also be available on Digital HD on December 3, 2013. In addition to more than an hour of behind-the-scenes featurettes, filmmaker commentary, and extended scenes, the Blu-ray Combo Pack also comes with an exclusive alternate opening.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Savages, Anna Karenina), Chloe Moretz (Carrie, Let Me In) and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (This Is the End, Pitch Perfect) return for another action-packed, over-the-top round of extreme crime fighting, joined this time by Jim Carrey (Yes Man, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), Donald Faison (Scrubs, Remember the Titans), John Leguizamo (Ice Age, One for the Money) and Morris Chestnut (The Call, Identity Thief).

The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray,
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Film Review: ‘Kick-Ass 2’

Film Review: ‘Kick-Ass 2’
A crudely entertaining genre hybrid that merges smart-alecky comicbook satire and semi-plausible vigilante fantasy to weird and wobbly effect, “Kick-Ass 2″ improves on its 2010 predecessor in at least one respect: It doesn’t make the mistake of trying to pass off its bone-crunching brutality as something shocking or subversive. Chloe Grace Moretz remains the standout asset of a series that, like Hit Girl herself, has entered an awkward adolescent stage; as diverting as this action-packed caper often is, it feels not just weightless but emotionally and morally stunted whenever it veers into grown-up dramatic territory. Still, thanks to a fresh infusion of comic energy from writer-director Jeff Wadlow, the screw-loose sequel is certain to command a degree of attention, despite or perhaps even because of its maddening unevenness.

The 2010 Lionsgate film (budgeted at $30 million) grossed $96 million worldwide and became a sizable homevid hit, suggesting enough of a core fanbase to
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Win A Pass To The Advance Screening Of Kick-ass 2 In St. Louis

Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010′s irreverent global hit: Kick-ass 2. After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) – reborn as The Mother F%&*^r – only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation.

When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she’s forced to retire – leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own.
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Production designer Russell De Rozario on Kick-Ass 2, borrowed Ferraris

Interview Ryan Lambie 5 Aug 2013 - 07:06

In our latest on-set roundtable interview, production designer Russell De Rozario talks about Kick-Ass 2, and borrowed Ferraris...

Nb: This interview contains quite a lot of spicy language

During our visit to the set of Kick-Ass 2 last autumn, we were lucky enough to meet some particularly famous faces, including Mark Millar, John Romita, Jr, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloe Grace-Moretz (the movie must surely win the record for the most double-barrelled names in one cast). But one of the most engaging and funny people we spoke to was undoubtedly production designer Russell De Rozario, whose anecdotes about making Kick-Ass 2 were often priceless.

The highlight? Easily De Rozario's story about the acquisition of a very expensive sports car for the villains' lair. "It's not as dodgy as it sounds," he said, as we guffawed incredulously. But, really, the whole interview's a lively
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Jeff Wadlow on Kick-Ass 2, sequels and 15 ratings

Interview Ryan Lambie 31 Jul 2013 - 13:01

The writer and director of Kick-Ass 2 chats to us about its making, and getting a 15 certificate in the UK...

Nb: This interview contains a bit of swearing.

It’s after eight on an autumn evening at Pinewood Studios, and another hard day’s filming has just finished on the set of Kick-Ass 2. As the dozens of extras exit the sound stage, we take a look around at the oppulent space around us for the first time; this is the lair of Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s villain, and as you might expect from a young, slightly sociopathic comic book villain, it’s packed full of expensive cars, arcade machines, plush furniture, a bar, and somewhat incongruously (if you haven’t read Mark Millar’s source comic), there’s a gigantic water tank with a dead shark in it.

It was in this huge, extravagant
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Visiting the set of Kick-Ass 2

Feature Ryan Lambie 29 Jul 2013 - 09:39

During the shoot of Kick-Ass 2 last year, we were lucky enough to visit the set of the forthcoming movie. Here’s what happened...

Nb: This article contains strong language from the outset.

It’s an ordinary damp Autumn day outside the South Dock Stage at Pinewood Studios. But inside, two armies of superheroes clash in a dervish of gaudy colour and smoke. Every inch of the sound stage interior has been retrofitted to look like the lair of The Mother Fucker, Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s rebranded super villain from the original Kick-Ass.

Now outfitted in a kinky new get-up that’s part Gene Simmons, part gimp suit and almost all patent leather, he looks maniacal with his spiky hair and be-feathered shoulders. In fact, the twin armies of good and evil, gathered as they are in this one room, look uncannily like a Slipknot
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'The Other Side' Home Invasion Short to Screen at Screamfest

By Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com

The home invasion horror short The Other Side from GroundBreak Films has just completed a 20 minute 'home invasion' short horror film sponsored by Panavision.

The film has been accepted by ScreamFest.

Check out the trailer (which looks promising) below the synopsis.

Also, check out the killer artwork on the larger version of the movie poster which was illustrated by legendary artist Graham Humphreys (The Woman in Black & Old Boy).

"The Other Side" Synopsis

When fresh-faced nanny Sophie (Jennie Jacques) arrives at her new job on a creaky farm in the English countryside, caretaker James (Nick Moran) is struggling to provide for his family and wife Rachel (Amelia Warner) is unable to cope with the demands of her newborn baby.

As night falls on the secluded farmhouse, a sinister intruder invades the property, unraveling a night of gruesome bloodshed & unprecedented terror. Who is behind it? What do they want?
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X-Men: First Class crew news and casting gossip on Frank Dillane, Aaron Johnson, Gambit

There have been some further updates on crew hired for Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class prequel, as well as casting rumours.

Russell De Rozario is on board as production designer; he worked with Vaughn on Kick-Ass and with Guy Ritchie on the Madonna-starring Swept Away.

John King has been hired as supervising art director. He also worked on Kick-Ass, as well as on Robin Hood, Bablyon Ad, Kingdom of Heaven and the first two Harry Potter movies.

The cinematographer will be Ben Davis, who worked on Vaughn's Kick-Ass, Stardust and Layer Cake, while the costume designer is Sammy Sheldon (Kick-Ass, Green Zone, Stardust, Hellboy 2, V for Vendetta, Black Hawk Down).

Meanwhile, rumours persist of Kick-Ass star Aaron Johnson being involved, following an earlier photograph in which he was seen alongside the director and James McAvoy, who is playing the younger Professor Charles Xavier.

According to The Playlist, UK
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