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Being that I don’t enjoy — and, by extension, bother with — much contemporary TV, perhaps you should take it with a grain of salt when I say that Sense8 is my favorite series in at least a decade, if not longer. Still, that prerequisite shouldn’t dull the effect of the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski‘s show — directed by the former pairing, Tom Tykwer, James McTeigue, and Dan Glass — which is immensely entertaining, always takes advantage of the endless number of possibilities its concept offers, and evinces a crucial understanding of the many opportunities afforded by long-form storytelling.
It’s also a formally accomplished bit of work, which is thanks in no small part to the helping hand of cinematographer John Toll. It might be surprising that the who shot The Thin Red Line, Braveheart, and Almost Famous would head to a conceptually bizarre sci-fi TV show, but his »
- Nick Newman
The film is the story of a blind Chinese girl unknowingly caught in a plot to expose a top-secret assassination program. Although blind, she is able to use her other heightened senses to fight back and become a hero.
Casting is currently underway for top roles, including an A-list Chinese actress to star as the female action hero lead.
The film is the first to be made by Aurora Alliance Films the joint venture banner between Huace, one of China’s leading TV producers, and Sydney- and Los Angeles-based Arclight. The joint venture company was announced in September with a $300 million slate of high concept action pictures.
De Palma, an iconic member of the ‘New Hollywood’ wave, is one of Hollywood’s top brand name directors. He was recently »
- Patrick Frater
In the past two years, Zhejiang Huace has emerged as one of the most important new forces not only on the Chinese film and TV scene, but also on the international one.
Founded only 10 years ago by Zhao Yifang, the company — with roots in the independent TV business — had the backing of the provincial government of Zhejiang and the municipal government of Hangzhou, the same home town as e-commerce giant Alibaba.
These days the company stretches from TV production to feature film, and from artist management in China to theatrical distribution in South Korea. It has its own stock market listing, but also counts the backing of Baidu, the online giant built around China’s largest search engine and which also owns iQIYI.
Huace describes its strengths as being primarily in developing screenplays and distribution, rather than in production. That distribution capacity was recently highlighted when Huace boarded Hou Hsiao »
- Patrick Frater
“Ant-Man” solidified its place at the top of the Chinese box office. But there was no Middle Kingdom rescue for “Pan” which suffered a dismal opening.
“Ant-Man” added $39.1 million over the week to Sunday, according to data from Ent Group, expanding its cumulative total to $81.9 million after 10 days. That put it solidly ahead of “Goodbye Mr. Loser,” which topped the previous week, but lost the weekend to “Ant-Man.”
“Loser” added $22.6 million over the week, to expand its cumulative total to $212 million after 23 days.
European animation, “The Little Prince” held on to third place and added $9.09 million. That lifted its 10 day cumulative to $20.9 million.
Japanese animation Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno,” opened in fourth place with a $9.06 million in three days. That is a strong score, but is unlikely to challenge the performance of “Stand By Me Doraemon” which earlier this year achieved an unprecedented $86.9 million.
Fifth was “Youth Never Returns, »
- Patrick Frater
Often times in Hollywood it seems like filmmakers are either working from the same script, or are unable to see past the success of a previous film. Which is why film when a film like Olympus Has Fallen (or the very similar, and frankly better, White House Down) finds a modicum of success and popularity – enough to spawn a sequel in fact – it can have such a heavy influence on other action movies. Which leads us to Survivor.
The front of the UK DVD and Blu-ray are emblazoned with the slogan “From the makers of Olymps Has Fallen” and with good reason. This UK-set film follows the same story formula as the Gerard Butler-starrer, with and underdog government employee Kate Abbott (Mila Jovovich) pitted against »
- Phil Wheat
Gary Hamilton has struck a partnership with president Zhao Yifang of China’s Huace Group to collaborate on a slate of at least three high-concept features a year.
Huace and Aurora Alliance, a new venture created through the partnership, will jointly produce the slate of Chinese, Us and Australian co-productions, while Arclight will handle sales outside China.
The parties claim to have secured “top-tier Hollywood directors” to each project and are in final talks with James McTeigue to direct what they say will be one of the most expensive Chinese co-productions ever, which is being developed with Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Huace Group, one of China’s leading studios, has struck a pact with Los Angeles- and Sydney-based Arclight Films to produce a slate of films through a new joint venture company.
Arclight and Huace are to set up Aurora Alliance Films, which will develop, finance and produce a slate of “high concept” international co-productions and deliver three films per year. The companies said that the first pictures under the new banner have all secured Hollywood directing talent.
James McTeigue is in advanced talks to direct an untitled Chinese co-production being produced by Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road (“Gods of Egypt”). The film is an international action thriller that will shoot in Australia and China, and which Arclight says will be one of the biggest budgeted Chinese productions ever mounted.
Huace and Arclight are also working on “Safecracker, »
- Patrick Frater
His companies have filed a copyright infringement suit in Oregon against sixteen individuals who they claim to have pirated spy thriller "Survivor" which starred Milla Jovovich, Pierce Brosnan and Dylan McDermott. The James McTeigue-directed film opened in May in limited release and VOD.
In a complaint filed in federal court the other week, it says: "The motion picture Survivor is being wrongfully distributed on the Internet through the BitTorrent network and is now being widely pirated limiting its ability to gain access to and benefit from conventional market outlets. Plaintiff comes to court seeking relief as the motion picture Survivor has been downloaded through BitTorrent hundreds of thousands of times with over 10,000 instances of »
- Garth Franklin
James McTeigue's Survivor wasn't exactly one of the biggest blockbusters on the block this summer, but that doesn't mean that the folks behind it are any less pissed off about piracy. To prove it, they've filed a copyright infringement suit against 16 individuals in Oregon who reportedly uploaded the film and allowed it to be downloaded "hundreds of thousands of times" via BitTorrent. According to Deadline, Avi Lerner.s Nu Image and Millennium Films filed the lawsuit back on August 20th, and while the plaintiffs don't have names quite yet, there are plans in the works to reveal them. Currently the production companies only have the IP addresses for those responsible for uploading the film, but the complaints notes that they are seeking a subpoena that will force Comcast to reveal the owners of the accounts. There is also apparently an offer on the table to the "John Does" stating »
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
The planned remake of Logan's Run has been chuntered about now for over five years. At one stage, back in 2010, director Carl Rinsch was attached to the movie (he eventually made 47 Ronin instead), with producer Joel Silver wanting to make the film in 3D. Then, Drive helmer Nicolas Winding Refn was attached at one stage, with the idea being that Ryan Gosling would star. Previously, Bryan Singer and James McTeigue have been linked with the film too.
And yet the Logan's Run remake never got going. At least until now.
The project has come back to life, with the news that X-Men: Apocalypse, Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One and Fantastic Four writer Simon Kinberg has been hired to write and produce the new Logan's Run. Joel Silver remains attached to the project too. »
Carl Rinsch was in talks in 2010 to direct “Logan's Run” for Warner Bros. with Silver and Akiva Goldsman producing. At that point, the project — focused on a man trying to escape a mandatory death sentence on his 30th birthday — had been in development at Warners for more than a decade, with Bryan Singer, Skip Woods, Robert Schwenke and James McTeigue associated at various points as possible directors.
- Dave McNary
Turns out The Wachowskis have still got it, whatever “it” is exactly. The directors of The Matrix trilogy are back on form – after disappointing with pretty much everything they did ever since the first Matrix, including anime adaptation Speed Racer and the racially troubling Cloud Atlas adaptation – thanks to their Netflix series Sense8. You may not have heard.
Unfortunately, a lot of the hype behind their sci-fi show has been swept aside in favour of the streaming service’s other blockbuster original series, Orange Is The New Black, which returned for its third season. There’s likely plenty more surprising plot twists and developments in that prison dramedy, but nothing that compares to the madness of Sense8.
In collaboration with Babylon 5 writer J Michael Straczynski and directors Tom Tykwer and James McTeigue, the Wachowskis’ latest project is even more out there than 2015’s Jupiter Ascending. And that’s »
- Tom Baker
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
Survivor is a film so lazy the only way to rationalise its existence is to imagine the crew only had a long weekend to make it. It’s one of those cheap spy thrillers that fills out the few screens at the multiplex not taken by big budget spectacle in the summer months and the film has seemingly no qualms with aiming that low. Not only is the acting phoned in and the plot paper-thin, but the whole production is so irritatingly sloppy that you’d feel robbed if you’d got this from the direct-to-dvd section of Poundland.
The cast feel like they’ve been brought over from a different film by mistake. Milla Jovovich is Kate Abbott, an illustriously regarded American immigration officer, which could be read as an attempt to go against type (if a starring role in one lowest common denominator franchise can be »
- Alex Leadbeater
If there’s a thriller to be found in international travel regulations, this is not it. Makes a mockery of the unsung heroes it’s meant to celebrate. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Not even from Milla Jovovich (The Three Musketeers, Stone). She’s a badass security consultant — that’s a thing, it seems — riding a desk at the U.S. embassy in London, and she is on the lookout for suspicious physician and pharmaceutical types trying to travel to the United States, because bombs can be made from stuff you find in the Or . I’m sure that’s true… »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Director: James McTeigue; Screenwriter: Philip Shelby; Starring: Milla Jovovich, Pierce Brosnan, Dylan McDermott, Robert Forster, Angela Bassett, Frances de la Tour, James D'Arcy; Running time: 96 mins; Certificate: 12A
There's little to enjoy about this daft spy thriller beyond the sight of Pierce Brosnan looking vaguely like a Spanish pimp when he wears a pencil-thin moustache as a disguise. Survivor is played straight, but laden with laughs that are entirely unintentional and make you feel somewhat sorry for the impressive cast.
You can vaguely understand why actors of the calibre of Brosnan, Milla Jovovich, Dylan McDermott, Robert Forster, Angela Bassett, Frances de la Tour and James D'Arcy signed up to the project. After all, the basic premise is an intriguing one, involving the capture of an American soldier in the Middle East leading to severe repercussions in London.
Security expert Kate (Jovovich) notices something suspicious at the Embassy, propelling her into »
Flexing his rarely used bad guy muscles, Pierce Brosnan is the Watchmaker, big bad of James McTiegue’s (V for Vendetta) Survivor, a master assassin who is sent to eliminate Mila Jonovich’s State Department worker after she uncovers a terrorist conspiracy. It may be hard to imagine the one time James Bond as the bad guy, so thankfully a new clip has come our, showing the assassin going about his job with ruthless efficiency. Released: June 5th »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Read More: Watch: Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan are Divorcées Turned Crime Capers in New 'Love Punch' Clips [Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. "Survivor," is available now On Demand. Need help finding a movie to watch? Let TWC find the best fit for your mood here.] You could be forgiven for confusing James McTeigue's new film "Survivor" with the long-running reality television series of the same name. Watch the clip from the film above to clear that all up. It features Milla Jovovich being scolded by a U.K. bureaucrat for unorthodox work tactics. In the film, Jovovich ("The Fifth Element," "Resident Evil") stars as a security officer who is forced to go on the run after accidentally uncovering a terrorist conspiracy at the U.S. embassy in London. Pierce Brosnan ("Goldeneye," "The World Is Not »
- Becca Nadler
Milla Jovovich plays a falsely accused Foreign Service Officer who works to thwart a terrorist plot as she runs from the authorities in “Survivor,” a sturdy wrong-woman thriller that feels grotesque in its citations of 9/11 and other intimations of real-world import, but also steals a few good moves from “North by Northwest” and “The Fugitive” for a solid middle section. A generic title and low buzz factor are hurdles for this day-and-date release, a meat-and-potatoes offering from helmer James McTeigue (“V for Vendetta,” “The Raven”).
The prologue, in which two Americans in Afghanistan are captured after a helicopter crash, gets the proceedings off to an unpromising start; the poorly staged action and a lack of background density give off the vibe of a videogame cut scene. One of the men is identified as a potential bargaining chip, and his fellow soldier is quickly immolated.
Cut to London, several months later, »
- Ben Kenigsberg
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