Last March, Kate Mara signed on to star in 20th Century Fox's sci-fi thriller Morgan, which marks the feature directorial debut of Luke Scott, celebrated commercial director and son of legendary filmmaker Ridley Scott. We haven't heard anything about the project since then, but today we have the first photos from this sci-fi thriller, which offer our first look at Kate Mara and her co-star Paul Giamatti. In addition, the movie's first teaser trailer is set to debut tomorrow, ahead of its September 2 release date.
The new photos from Entertainment Weekly don't shed much light on the story, which centers on a risk management consultant who is brought in to a remote research lab to determine whether or not an "at-risk artificial being" should be terminated or not. Anya Taylor-Joy, who had a breakout performance in this year's horror-thriller The Witch, is playing this artificial being dubbed Morgan, with Rose Leslie, »
It’s that time of year — Emmy season is almost upon us. Before the race for TV’s top trophy takes off in earnest, Variety takes a look at nine key categories and breaks down which of last year’s nominees are in and out of the running and which newcomers have already made an impact on the kudos landscape.
What’s out: AMC’s “Mad Men” retired after seven seasons and eight series noms.
What’s back: AMC’s “Better Call Saul”; PBS’ “Downton Abbey”; Showtime’s “Homeland”; Netflix’s “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black”; and HBO’s reigning champ, “Game of Thrones,” are all eligible again.
Looking to return: CBS’ “The Good Wife,” last nominated in 2011, has one final chance to make its case.
What’s new: Among freshmen contenders, USA’s “Mr. Robot” has a leg up thanks to a Golden Globe victory, »
- Geoff Berkshire
With their addictive cocktail of glamorous parties, shameless infidelity and boardroom backstabbings, TV shows about the super-rich have rarely seemed grounded in reality. But recent programmes like The Night Manager and Billions are thought to offer a truer reflection of the uber-wealthy, with plots drawn from real-life corruption.
Billions, which follows hedge fund manager Bobby “Axe” Axelrod, has been described as “the rare show that understands the rich”. Showrunners Brian Koppelman and David Levien say they have received emails from famous billionaires praising the series, which focuses on the battle between Axelrod (Damian Lewis) and Us attorney general Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), who is convinced Axe is doing illegal insider trading.
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- David Batty and Sarah Hughes
My guest for this month is West Anthony, and he’s joined me to discuss the film I chose for him, the 1977 drama film ¡Alambrista!. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.
This film was written and directed by Robert M. Young We discuss a certain unnamed presidential candidate at length, who has since gone on to become an unnamed presumptive nominee. I’m not going to do this candidate any favors by linking to them Loving Cheeseburgers, Rock and Roll, The Beatles, and Blue Jeans, is pretty damned American Ned Beatty is one of my all time favorite “that guy” actors He was nominated for an Academy Award for Network, and appeared in All the President’s Men, Deliverance, and both Superman and Superman II, among many other films Edward James Olmos has been in quite a few of Robert M. Young’s films He was »
- Arik Devens
Have you lost a bit of self-belief, confidence at work perhaps? Let’s hope you watched new Us import Billions (Sky Atlantic) then. I did, and I picked up a few things. So if anyone reading this online is maybe thinking of leaving a nasty comment below the line (it’s a subject close to the Guardian’s heart at the moment), you know what, I’m not even listening. Or reading. No sir, I’m listening to the voice inside telling me where the alpha is. It’s the voice that got me here, and it’s still there. What’s it saying? That I’m awesome. (I’m now standing up and beating my chest with my fist, awesomely). And »
- Sam Wollaston
Following its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival last month, the first trailer has arrived online for writer-director Noah Buschel’s upcoming baseball drama The Phenom which stars Ethan Hawke, Johnny Simmons and Paul Giamatti; check it out here via EW…
The Phenom stars Hawke as an “ex-con father, whose tough love has turned into a head game for his major league pitcher son Hopper Gibson (Johnny Simmons). When the rookie is demoted to the minor leagues, he looks to an unorthodox sports therapist played by Paul Giamatti to set his head right. It’s there that Hopper learns his father is the root of all anxiety.”
The Phenom is set for release on June 24th in the States.
- Amie Cranswick
Actress Malin Akerman and Dolby Laboratories head scientist Poppy Crum are featured speakers at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast in San Francisco, which will be broadcast via Facebook Live on Wednesday. Akerman, who has been lighting up Hollywood with her beauty and charisma, currently stars in Showtime’s dramatic series “Billions” alongside Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti. Crum leads internal science at Dolby and is also a Consulting Professor at Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics as well as the Program in Symbolic Systems. At Dolby, Crum is responsible for integrating neuroscience and psychophysical knowledge into algorithm design, »
- Wrap Staff
2016 promises to be the year where video game adaptions might turn a corner, with Warcraft, Assassin’s Creed, and maybe even Angry Birds promising to undo the untold years of damage done by lacklustre movies based on previously pixelated properties. Before those though, we get the animated Ratchet & Clank, based on the delightful Playstation platformer/shoot ‘em up that first came our way in 2002, which attempts to kick off this particular revolution. For the uninitiated, Lombax Ratchet (James Arnold Taylor) and robot Clank (David Kaye) are a pair of galaxy spanning adventurers, and their first big screen adventures goes back to the beginning and re-imagines the events of the first game as the pair meet for the first time, after Clank escapes the death factory of the evil Chairman Drek (Paul Giamatti) with knowledge of the villain’s nefarious plans for the galaxy. Been a problem too big for them to deal with, »
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To proclaim that film adaptations of video games have a spotty history of box office success would be an understatement. In fact, the only such effort to inspire more than a single big-screen sequel has been Resident Evil, and most attempts to achieve similar success have resulted in epic disasters like Super Mario Bros., Wing Commander and Bloodrayne over the years. So, it’s worth noting that Ratchet & Clank – the first feature-length film based on the massively successful video game series – had the odds stacked against it from the start.
Whereas some video game films (like the aforementioned Mario adventure) are misguided enough to disregard the mythology that fans have grown to love, the narrative of Ratchet & Clank remains remarkably true to the 2002 game that launched the franchise as well as the revamped PlayStation 4 version that recently hit shelves. The story chronicles the origin story of the titular heroes (voiced »
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
They may seem like unlikely heroes, but the fate of the galaxy is in their hands. In Ratchet & Clank, the oddball duo of Ratchet, an alien mechanic, and Clank, his brainy robot pal, team up with an elite squad of heroes known as the Galactic Rangers in order to thwart the evil plans of the nefarious Chairman Drek. Bella Thorne, Paul Giamatti, Rosario Dawson and Sylvester Stallone headline a stellar cast in this animated film based on the popular video game. In this Fandango...
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I would feel dishonest writing this review if I didn’t mention my attachment to the game series on which this film is based: I am a massive fan and have been playing them since Ratchet and Clank was first released in 2002. I have played every single entry in the franchise and have almost always been completely satisfied with my experience. Naturally, when I heard my beloved duo was making the transition to the big screen, I was delighted. Perhaps it was these admittedly high expectations that led to it being a generally disappointing experience, however there are a few reasons that I think I would have come to this conclusion regardless of my history with the franchise.
The film follows Ratchet (voiced by James Arnold Taylor), a young Lombax hoping to become a hero. Meanwhile, Alonzo Drek (voiced by Paul Giamatti) and his evil partners Dr. Nefarious (voiced by »
- Rocco Tenaglia
Ratchet & Clank, 2016
When the galaxy comes under the threat of a nefarious space captain, a mechanic and his newfound robot ally join an elite squad of combatants to save the universe.
It’s a big year for video game movies. While we only had one last year in Hitman: Agent 47 – which didn’t perform all that well – we’ve got a whopping four adaptations in 2016. But before we get to Warcraft, The Angry Birds Movie and Assassin’s Creed, we’ve got the smaller budget and smaller release Ratchet & Clank from producer Brad Foxhoven, who nearly brought Metroid to the big screen in 2006 with John Woo. So, how does Ratchet & Clank set the tone for the rest of the year?
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- Luke Owen
Ahead of the release of animated family adventure Ratchet & Clank, in cinemas April 29, featuring the voices of John Goodman, Paul Giamatti and Bella Thorne, we’re giving 3 of you the chance to catch-up on some of the funniest kids’ hits with this incredible DVD bundle. Based on the best-selling video game Ratchet &
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Ratchet and Clank review: A wise-talking lombax, Ratchet, and his robot sidekick Clank, set out on an adventure to save the universe.
We take a look at the new animated movie from Lionsgate and Vertigo, which opens on April 29th, 2016. Here’s our Ratchet and Clank review from Kat Hughes.
Ratchet and Clank review
Ratchet & Clank started life as a Sony PlayStation game. Since the first game’s release in 2002, the series has grown and grown and has sold millions of copies worldwide. Given its popularity it was only a matter of time before it made the leap from console to screen, and this is the week that it arrives in cinemas.
Video-game-to-films have a bad reputation, but this is the video-game-to-film adaptation you’ve been waiting for. The plot is basically that of the original game with a few detours which only benefits in making the narrative more streamlined. »
- Kat Hughes
Shooting will take place in May with Cory Finley making his directorial debut from a script based on his play about a tempestuous friendship between two suburban teenage girls — a star student home from her elite boarding school and a young equestrian shunned after injuring her horse.
- Dave McNary
As evinced by a digital graveyard’s worth of game-over attempts, adapting video games for the big screen is fraught with difficulties — not least the introduction of an emotional rooting element, minus first-person interactivity. “Ratchet & Clank” faces a slightly different challenge. As one of the more character-oriented PlayStation franchises, there’s a personal relationship of sorts to be preserved here — though Kevin Munroe and Jericca Cleland’s busy, clattering, soda-pop-hued toon sometimes loses sight of the eponymous duo’s buddy dynamic amid a whirl of zippy space racing. Whether or not they’re familiar with the source property, kids are unlikely to be bothered: There’s just enough blaring sound and color to this knowingly silly tale of interplanetary derring-do to adequately offset its impersonal corporate sheen.
- Guy Lodge
Details have emerged of the international roll-out of Rainmaker Entertainment’s animated feature that opens this weekend in North America and several key international markets.
Ratchet & Clank, based on the PlayStation video game franchise and developed by Insomniac Games, stars the voice talents of Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson and Sylvester Stallone.
It opens across 2,890 screens in North America and is distributed in the Us via Gramercy Pictures and in Canada through Universal Pictures Canada.
Cinema Management Group licensed international deals and the film debuts on Thursday in Germany (Constantin Film), Argentina (Sun Distribution), Brazil (PlayArte Films), Cis (All Media Company), former-Yugoslavia (Blitz Film), and Greece (Tanweer Films).
On Friday it ventures into the UK (Vertigo Releasing), Spain (Precision Comunicacion), Bulgaria (A Plus Films), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Indigo Films), Iceland (Sena), Middle East (Eagle Films), and Vietnam (Phuong Nam Cc).
The film opened earlier in the month in France (Labelle Company), Netherlands (eOne Benelux »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
From Rainmaker Entertainment and Blockade Entertainment, Ratchet & Clank is a CG-animated movie based on the iconic PlayStation video game.
Two unlikely heroes struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. Ratchet is the last of his kind, a foolhardy “lombax” who has grown up alone on a backwater planet with no family of his own. Clank is a pint-sized robot with more brains than brawn. When the two stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team of colorful heroes called The Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy. Along the way, they will learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one’s own identity.
- Movie Geeks
Could have been assembled entirely from clips from other movies — mostly the Star Wars prequels — and would have been better if it had been. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): never hopeful about based-on-videogame movies
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Ah, so there’s my answer, once again.
I was wondering how that standard movie philosophy still applied to me. You know, that standard movie philosophy that is not only the stuff but the actual stuffing of 99 percent of wish-fulfillment genre fantasy movies for decades now. I approached Ratchet & Clank with great anticipation. Can I do anything? Can I be anything I want to be? Am I destined for greatness, to save the world or even the whole galaxy even if I am a foolhardy, thoughtless, unfocused screwup with almost nothing to my name but maybe some undisciplined smarts and outsized aspirations to grandeur? »
- MaryAnn Johanson
yThe beloved Playstation video game Ratchet & Clank has now become a full-blown animated feature film. For those unfamiliar with the critically acclaimed series, it focuses on a lowly mechanic named Ratchet, who idolizes an elite squad of combatants called the Galactic Rangers. He desperately wants to join the team in protecting the galaxy – and he gets the chance when he meets Clank, a robot who escapes from vile alien Chairman Drek.
Clank wants to warn everyone that Drek is hellbent on destroying every planet in the galaxy, and he and Ratchet must prove their worth to the Rangers as they team up to stop Drek.
Voice-over artists James Arnold Taylor as Ratchet and David Kaye as Clank, who have been voicing the characters from the game’s beginning, are joined by an all-star cast here, including Sylvester Stallone, Rosario Dawson, John Goodman, Paul Giamatti and Bella Thorne.
At the film’s recent press day, »
- Kit Bowen
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