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It’s helped give Keanu Reeves an action career boost, may spawn a sequel and launched stunt experts-turned-co-directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski into sought-after filmmakers. But Ott action thriller John Wick hasn’t even – officially at least – reached these shores after sparking so much interest in the States. He’ll finally arrive in April, with a new poster trumpeting his British presence. Reeves is the titular hard nut, who has given up bullet slinging for a quiet life after the death of his wife, who left him the gift of a beagle puppy named Daisy and instructions not to let go of love in his world. But then he runs afoul of some gangsters who take a shine to his car. Rebuffed, they track him down and take everything, even killing the beloved pup. Enraged, Wick picks up the tools of his trade once more and soon no one is safe. »
John Wick has come to VOD and home video, and if you haven’t seen it, you really fucking should, seriously. Not since films like Equilibrium or A Better Tomorrow have I seen innovative “gun fu” executed onscreen with such passionate detail, and I’ll bet, neither have you. If I am preaching to the choir, you may feel free to get off here, if not then bear with me for a moment.
Before I go any further I should note that what prompted me to go on this tangent is that I’m truly tired of seeing entertaining movies going unnoticed due to weak marketing; that and I had asked almost all of my die hard action fan friends if they had seen John Wick and they either had not seen it or was otherwise unsure of which movie I was referring to.
John Wick is the result of »
- Robert Jefferson
Director: Woody Allen
Running Time: 96 Minutes
Although theatrically released in 2006, this is the first time Woody Allen’s Scoop has come to the Home Entertainment format in the UK and whether it’s playing on the back of the success of Jackman and Johansson, it seems a strange title as it’s one of his weaker movies despite sparks of the classic, clever wit.
Scoop has a more peculiar setup than usual, whereas in some contexts it could be a lot of fun, the film feels ten years older than it actually is. In the film, Allen plays old school illusionist Splendini, real name Sid Waterman, who has a show on the London stage with an act that basically consists of card tricks and making someone disappear in a wardrobe. During an opening gambit, Scarlett Johansson’s young journalist Sondra »
- Dan Bullock
Spoiler Alert: Do not read on unless you’ve seen the Feb. 2 episode of “Jane the Virgin,” titled “Chapter Twelve.”
Sin Rostro’s identity has finally been revealed. And no, it’s not who we thought. In fact, the prime candidate for “Jane the Virgin’s” mastermind villain, Rafael’s father, Emilio Solano, was killed by the real Sin Rostro — his wife, Rose!
To recap: Jane’s (Gina Rodriguez) detective ex-fiancé, Michael (Brett Dier), and his police partner-turned-hookup buddy, Nadine (Azie Tesfai), have been suspicious of Jane’s baby daddy, Rafael, and Emilio (Carlo Rota). Rafael finally caught wind of the evidence and by episode 12, with the help of his step-mom, Rose (Bridget Regan), he, too, was convinced that his father was the bad guy. But then Rose doused her hubby, Emilio, in fresh cement, burying him alive. In other words, in the best we-didn’t-see-that-coming turn of events, Rose »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
CEO Jon Feltheimer made the announcement Friday during a conference call with analysts to discuss the studio’s earnings for the third quarter ended Dec. 31.
“We see ‘John Wick’ as a multiple-title action franchise,” Feltheimer said.
The movie grossed $43 million domestically and $35 million internationally following its October launch. Feltheimer noted that the title had performed well in ancillary markets.
“John Wick,” directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, also starred Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, and Willem Dafoe. In the action pic, Reeves plays a retired hitman seeking vengeance for the killing of his puppy, a gift from his late wife.
The film was produced by Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road Pictures, Leitch, Eva Longoria and Michael Witherill. Stahelski and Leitch previously worked with Reeves as stunt doubles on The Matrix trilogy. »
- Dave McNary
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Best of Me (romance adapted from yet another Nicholas Sparks novel; James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan; rated PG-13) Dracula Untold (horror-action; Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper; rated PG-13) John Wick (action-thriller; Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe, Ian McShane; rated R) Ouija (horror; Olivia Cooke, Douglas Smith; rated PG-13) The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (romantic drama; Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy; rated R) Hector and...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Lionsgate is bringing the action-packed thriller John Wick home on Blu-ray and DVD formats February 3. Action icon Keanu Reeves stars as John Wick, the ultimate hitman, in this heart-pounding revenge thriller from Summit Entertainment. Directed by Chad Stahelski and produced by David Leitch, p.g.a., masters of Hollywood action, and written by Derek Kolstad, John Wick was Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and took in over $76 million worldwide from just a $20 million budget.
John Wick's legendary cast also includes Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan and Dean Winters, along with Ian McShane, John Leguizamo (The Lincoln Lawyer, Gamer) and Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man trilogy, The Grand Budapest Hotel). When sadistic young thugs senselessly attack John Wick - a brilliantly lethal ex-assassin - they have no idea that they've just awakened the boogeyman. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, Wick embarks on a merciless rampage, hunting »
Jason Butler Harner is boarding Ray Donovan. He'll recur as Varick Strauss, Andrew Finney’s (Ian McShane) cool, calculating right-hand man in the third season of the Showtime drama starring Liev Schreiber as L.A.'s best professional fixer. Harner joins other recent additions to the cast, including Katie Holmes, Guy Burnet and McShane. The third installment of Ray Donovan will include 12 episodes and will no longer be run by its creator, Ann Biderman, who stepped down from her showrunning duties last August. See more THR's Cover Shoot With the Stars of Showtime Harner is currently recurring on Scandal, having made his
- Bryn Elise Sandberg
Katie Holmes is to star in 'Ray Donovan'. The former 'Dawson's Creek' star - who has eight-year-old daughter Suri with ex-husband Tom Cruise - is joining the Showtime drama as ''shrewd and chic'' businesswoman Paige, the daughter of billionaire producer Andrew Finney (Ian McShane) who hires fixer Ray (Liev Schreiber). The 35-year-old beauty has a bust few months ahead as she will reprise her role as Jackie Kennedy in 'The Kennedys: After Camelot' in the spring. She is also preparing to make her directorial debut in 'All We Had, in which she will also star, and she will be seen in 'Woman in Gold' opposite Ryan Reynolds and Dame Helen Mirren. Katie recently admitted she is pleased to be back working after a few years off, and is ''excited'' about what other acting roles she might be offered in the future. She added: ''Work ebbs and flows »
At this point, watching the development of The Huntsman has become something of a sport. The sequel to 2012’s phenomenally successful Snow White And The Huntsman is now a case-study in what can be achieved when Universal has the commitment of two stars, a confirmed release date, and then just holds on tight.
When the first film opened to great fanfare and financial success, the idea of a sequel was immediately and predictably bandied about. The main cast – Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron – was on board and happy to return. Then came a wave of high profile controversy surrounding Stewart and the film’s director, Rupert Sanders – which led to both of them stepping away from the project. But, with Hemsworth and Theron still attached, a release date was set for April 22nd 2016, and attentions turned to the development of a screenplay, without Snow White in it.
- Sarah Myles
Deadline reports that only two of the seven dwarves from the first film will be back, though which dwarves they are is still unclear. Three of them though - actors Nick Frost, Toby Jones and Eddie Marsan - are Not going to return.
- Garth Franklin
She is described as “a shrewd and chic businesswoman” and should be a challenge for movie stalwart Holmes, who made her name on the small screen in Dawson’s Creek. She returned properly to TV in 2011 for The Kennedys mini series (a sequel to which is coming next year) but this recurring role is an interesting change of pace. The actress was most recently seen in The Giver.
Entering production for its third season, Ray Donovan concerns a “fixer” for the great and good in Los Angeles who has to juggle the personal and the professional whilst keeping one step ahead of an ever-inquisitive FBI. In the past it’s boasted an array of meaty acting names, such as James Woods, Elliott Gould and Rosanna Arquette. »
- Steve Palace
It’s interesting that the titular figure (Keanu Reeves) in John Wick, a visceral and vivid actioner of uncommon simplicity, is presented as the fresh face of a brand-new action franchise when he’s actually a throwback to the unstoppable juggernaut in James Cameron’s The Terminator. That’s not a knock so much as a raised eyebrow aimed at the kinds of characters that directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch and writer Derek Kolstad think modern-day audiences want to watch. And after sitting through the slick and stylish feast of action trash they’ve whipped up, it’s easy to nod your head and acknowledge that they’re onto something.
After all, even though Wick – an ex-assassin who goes back to work when the pig-headed son (Alfie Allen) of New York’s uppermost Russian mob boss (Michael Nyqvist) steals his prized Mustang and brutishly kills the puppy that Wick »
- Isaac Feldberg
Holmes, whose breakthrough role came playing Joey Potter on Dawson's Creek, will guest star in the Showtime crime drama's third season, set to debut this summer.
Ray Donovan, Showtime's second-highest rated drama behind the political thriller Homeland, stars Liev Schreiber as a "fixer" in Los Angeles who is hired by the rich and famous to make their problems go away, often outside the means of the law.
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Universal Pictures is currently moving forward with The Huntsman, a sequel to their 2012 action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman that will primarily focus on Chris Hemsworth's title character and Charlize Theron as the evil Ravenna, with Emily Blunt also in talks for an unspecified villain role. We already know that Kristen Stewart is not returning as Snow White, but a new report from Deadline reveals that Nick Frost, Toby Jones and Eddie Marsan, who played three of the seven dwarfs in Snow White and the Huntsman, will not be back for the follow-up.
The sequel will only feature two of the dwarfs, although it isn't entirely clear yet which two they will be. Eddie Marsan was forced to bow out due to schedule complications with Showtime's Ray Donovan, while both Nick Frost and Toby Jones "appear not to have agreed on terms for the second installment." The remaining dwarfs »
Nick Frost ("Shaun Of The Dead"), Toby Jones ("Captain America: The First Avenger") and Eddie Marsan ("The World's End") will not reprise their Snow White & The Huntsman roles in Cedric Nicolas-Troyan's The Huntsman, according to Deadline. In fact, only two dwaves will be back for the follow-up. Who are they? Deadline doesn't know at this time. Well, you count out Bob Hoskins too. The actor passed away shortly after the film came out. That leaves Ian McShane, Johnny Harris, Ray Winstone and Brian Gleeson as possibilities to return. Deadline did provide reasons as to why Frost, Jones and Marsan aren't coming back. Marsan was never a consideration. His schedule is too busy based on his role in the Showtime series, Ray Donovan. As for Frost and Jones, they couldn't agree on the terms Universal offered them. Boo! The sequel sends the Huntsman on a quest to find the magic »
It sounds like a George Rr Martin title, but a dearth of dwarves is apparently the situation in The Huntsman, the follow-up to Snow White And The Huntsman. There's no Snow White this time, but there's also a scarcity of the little fellas.Given that The Huntsman is a prequel, taking place well before Snow White encountered the dwarves in the first place, we might have guessed this anyway. If you're raving about the decision, however, rest assured that at least two of the previous eight (yes, there were eight, rather breaking with Disney tradition) will appear again.Which two? That's unclear at this stage. Bob Hoskins is sadly no longer with us, while Deadline reports that Nick Frost, Toby Jones and Eddie Marsan are all already out of the running for various reasons. That leaves Ian McShane, Ray Winstone, Johnny Harris and Brian Gleeson as the four actors possibly still drawing straws with Universal. »
Katie Holmes is ready to meet Ray Donovan. The Dawson’s Creek actress will be joining the cast of the Showtime drama for its third season in what is being described as a “major” role. Holmes will play Paige, a businesswoman that is described as “shrewd” and “chic” and who also happens to be the daughter to another new Ray Donovan character, Andrew Finney, who will be played by Ian McShane. As we already reported last week, McShane’s Finney will be “a prominent movie producer and billionaire who hires Ray (Liev Schreiber) to get his family out of a potentially catastrophic situation.” While McShane’s casting creates the possibility of a Deadwood reunion between him and his former co-star Paula Malcomson, who plays Ray’s wife Abby on the Showtime series, Holmes’ casting also allows for a reunion of sorts, since she and her former Dawson’s Creek co-star »
- Chris King
Katie Holmes is headed back to the small screen!
The 36-year-old actress will appear on Showtime's "Ray Donovan," the network announced on Tuesday.
Katie will appear in a major season-long arc in the upcoming Season 3.
She will play Paige, a shrewd and chic businesswoman, who is the daughter of billionaire producer Andrew Finney (Ian McShane), who enlists Ray’s services, according to the network.
The Liev Schreiber-starring series is currently in production on the third season’s twelve episodes.
-- Jesse Spero
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)
Katie Holmes is returning to TV to join the third season of Showtime's Ray Donovan. Marking her first major series commitment since her breakthrough role on teen drama Dawson's Creek, Holmes is set to appear in a season-long arc as a "shrewd and chic businesswoman and the daughter of a billionaire producer (played by another recent major hire for the drama series -- acclaimed actor Ian McShane) who enlists fixer Ray’s (Liev Schreiber) services. Holmes had a small-screen role in the 2011 cable miniseries The Kennedys and is known for film roles like The Ice Storm and Batman Begins. Ray Donovan »
- James Hibberd
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