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Pierre Morel’s 2008 cult actioner Taken really is the gift that keeps on giving for Liam Neeson. Barely a week has passed since we brought you the news that the Northern Irish acting vet signed on to topline Ruben Fleischer’s action-comedy The Revenger, and Deadline reports that Neeson is now on the cusp of joining another genre piece in the form of The Commuter.
Remaining in the wheelhouse of one-word action titles for the time being, the actor’s latest venture is to be scripted by Byron Willinger and Phil de Blasi, placing Neeson in the shoes of an unassuming businessman looking to make ends meet in New York City when, suddenly, he’s caught up in the middle of a criminal conspiracy. If you’re a fan of the star’s renaissance as a bona fide action star, you can probably guess where we’re heading with this one. »
- Michael Briers
The story centers on two car thieves who journey to the south of France for new opportunities and wind up in the crosshairs of the local crime boss.
Filming aims to run from late November through mid February in Marseilles.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
The powerful new Netflix film Beasts of No Nation, starring Idris Elba, recently had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and will screen at the Telluride Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, and London Film Festival. Before this upcoming drama debuts in limited theaters and on Netflix October 16, the streaming service has released the first trailer. Given the buzz surrounding this film, don't be surprised if you start hearing about its Oscar prospects by the end of the year.
Written and directed by Emmy Award winner Cary Fukunaga (True Detective, Sin Nombre) and starring Golden Globe winner Idris Elba (Luther, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Beasts of No Nation will debut Friday, October 16, 2015, the same day in Landmark theatres in the U.S. and worldwide on Netflix in all territories where the world's leading Internet TV network is available. If the film is received well, it could be the »
It looks like The Transporter: Refueled, the latest in the franchise once fronted by Jason Statham, isn.t the only action movie with eyes for the south of France. Hunky actor Scott Eastwood is set to star in the high-octane flick Overdrive, which will also burn rubber all over those exotic, luxurious environs. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Eastwood, the 29-year-old son of legendary actor/director Clint Eastwood, will take the lead in Overdrive, which has put together a solid action pedigree. Taken director Pierre Morel is producing the film along with Christopher Tuffin. Derek Haas and Michael Brandt, the duo behind the likes of Wanted, 2007.s 3:10 to Yuma remake, and 2 Fast, 2 Furious, are handling the script part of the program. And at the helm of this particular ship this will be Antonio Negret, who directed the Jim Caviezel-starring Transit, as well as a few recent episodes »
The story centers on two car thieves, brothers, who journey to the south of France for new opportunities and wind up in the crosshairs of the local crime boss.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Sitting in the development garage since at least 2011, action project Overdrive has hardly lived up to its name so far, generating a lot of interest without actually gaining any momentum. Producer Pierre Morel and director Antonio Negret are hoping that will change now they have The Longest Ride’s Scott Eastwood on board to star.Assuming everything comes together this time, the film, written by Wanted’s Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, focuses on two American brothers who decide to push their car-thief career into top gear by heading to France. But they end up running afoul of a much more dangerous criminal. In its long road to the screen, the film has attracted several variations of the sibling duo with Alex Pettyfer and Matthew Goode, Karl Urban and Ben Barnes and Jamie Bell and Garrett Hedlund all loosely attached at one time or another, with the film passing through »
Overdrive is getting back in gear. Scott Eastwood will star in Overdrive, an action project being produced by Taken director Pierre Morel and Christopher Tuffin. The story centers on two car thieves, brothers, who journey to the south of France for new opportunities and wind up in the crosshairs of the local crime boss. Michael Brandt and Derek Haas wrote the script and are also producing. Antonio Negret, who helmed the Jim Caviezel action flick Transit, is directing. Sentient Entertainment's Renee Tab is executive producer. The project has been around since at least 2011 and has gone through a
- Borys Kit
There’s a moment in Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation — Tom Cruise career-saver, franchise Mvp and the summer's best non-Imperator Furiosa action blockbuster — where the CIA director refers to the film's relentless hero as "the living manifestation of destiny." As a government official talking about an unpredictable agent, the line is patently (if knowingly) ridiculous. As Alec Baldwin talking about Tom Cruise, the dialogue sounds right on the money. That phrase could be dropped into the first sentence of his biography and nobody would think twice.
When the superstar first stepped »
Stars: Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Jasmine Trinca, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance, Billy Billingham, Peter Franzén, Daniel Adegboyega, Ade Oyefeso, Rachel Lascar | Written by Don MacPherson, Pete Travis, Sean Penn | Directed by Pierre Morel
After working as a mercenary in the Congo, Terrier (Sean Penn) lives a life away from action, his health, and his life affected by his past deeds. When it seems he has been marked out for assassination he tries to reconnect with past colleagues to discover the reason for his sudden targeting, suspecting a clean-up job is in progress. With the net closing in and past crimes coming back to haunt him, it is not until he re-connects with Felix (Javier Bardem) and past girlfriend Annie (Jasmine Trinca) that events take a deadly turn.
The Gunman would like to be a movie with a message, and there are moments where you are made to think »
- Paul Metcalf
★★☆☆☆ With The Gunman (2015), Sean Penn becomes the latest inductee into that club slowly being filled by older gentlemen with a particular set of skills. Pierre Morel was a key figure in the meteoric rise of the 'geriaction' genre with his explosive Taken (2008), not only launching Liam Neeson's own brand of ass-kicking but transforming the subgenre from camp silliness to exploitation gold. It's now seven years later and a raft of imitators have tried their hands with varying success, while the Taken series has itself suffered from diminishing returns. If this latest staid entry into the canon is anything to go by, few lessons have been learned in recent times. »
- CineVue UK
The Gunman, 2015.
Directed by Pierre Morel.
Eight years after a hit on the Congo mining minister, the assassin finds that he is now the target in a game of cat and mouse.
Spurred on by the inexplicable success of Taken (seriously? Watch it again – it isn’t That good), its sequels and the subsequent fad of middle-aged actors starring in revenge thrillers, Sean Penn (Carlito’s Way/Casualties of War) has joined the likes of Liam Neeson, Kevin Costner and Denzel Washington by starring in The Gunman, directed – funnily enough – by Taken director Pierre Morel.
Penn plays Jim Terrier, a sniper who has been selected to be the shooter in the assassination of the mining minister in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After the hit Jim has to leave the continent as »
- Gary Collinson
Director: Pierre Morel
Running Time: 115 mins
Special Features: Featurettes / Interviews
A surprising feature of the mature action movie’s unexpected rise has been the calibre of names attracted. Oscar-winner Liam Neeson reinvented his career via the Taken franchise, and now director Pierre Morel nets Sean Penn for butt-kicking duties in The Gunman. Of course Penn is as known for his staunch political views as his acting, so there’s a bit more going on here than a simple case of a tin opener and a can of whup-ass.
He plays the hilariously-named Jim Terrier, who operates in the murky world of private security in the Democratic Republic of Congo. With one foot in the humanitarian end of the equation (alongside surgeon girlfriend Jasmine Trinca) and the other working at the behest of corporate interests, »
- Steve Palace
After remaining on the straight and narrow with a string of dramatic performance in recent years, including Gangster Squad and the Ben Stiller-fronted The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the Oscar-winning actor is following in the footsteps of one Liam Nesson for Pierre Morel’s The Gunman.
Beyond sharing a director, Morel’s latest feature also harbors similarities to Taken in that Penn’s former special forces soldier will be called out on one last job. That said, by having our grizzled protagonist suffering from Ptsd, The Gunman is arguably more visceral than its genre contemporaries, and with a supporting cast that includes Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance and Jasmine Trinca, you’ll search far and wide for an unashamed B-movie actioner with a bigger heart.
To celebrate The Gunman‘s arrival on Blu-Ray and DVD at the end of this month, We Got This Covered »
- Michael Briers
We've partnered with Universal Home Entertainment to celebrate the release of The Gunman by giving away 2 Blu-Ray copies! Two-time Academy Award® winner Sean Penn (Milk, Mystic River) is the object of a deadly international manhunt in the pulse-pounding thriller The Gunman, coming to Digital HD on June 16, 2015 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD as well as On Demand on June 30, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The latest nail-biting adventure from director Pierre Morel (Taken), The Gunman is an electrifying combination of suspense, non-stop action and sheer star power that Steve Prokopy of Ain’t It Cool News calls “Spectacular!” It has been eight years since Jim Terrier (Penn) worked as a black-ops assassin and now someone from his old organization wants him dead. Pursued across Africa and Europe by a team of elite hit men, Terrier is dragged back into his dangerous past as he engages in »
David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike are in negotiations to star whilst "Belle" director Amma Asante has come aboard to direct the racial drama "A United Kingdom" at Pathe International. Filming begins in October.
Written by Guy Hibbert, the true story tale follows Seretse Khama, a member of the royal family in the country of Bechuanaland which became Botswana. Khama sparked international outrage when he married a white woman in 1948 and survived a deposition attempt by his uncle. [Source: THR]
Provocative hip-hop artist Azealia Banks has scored her first starring role in a feature film, playing the title character in RZA's second feature "Coco" for Lionsgate and Codeblack Films. Common, Jill Scott, Lucien Laviscount, Lorraine Toussaint and Hana Mae Lee also star.
In the Brooklyn-set drama, Banks plays an aspiring twenty something rapper who wants a career in hip-hop but is torn by her parents’ dreams that she finish college. »
- Garth Franklin
France’s Studiocanal has opened a full-time, multi-functional office in Beijing to expand its presence in the fast-moving China market.
That makes it the first major European film group to build a permanent structure in China. It follows the example of the Hollywood majors and a handful of leading independents, such as Im Global, Legendary Pictures and Arclight Films. And it puts it ahead of French rivals Wild Bunch and Europacorp, which is partnering with Shanghai-based Fundamental Films on a slate of productions.
Studiocanal’s Beijing office is headed by Emilie Blezat, a former diplomat who was previously a Paris-based producer at Sciapode with co-producer credits including “Free Fall,” “Mary Queen of Scots” and “Blush.”
Blezat had been a regular visitor to the Chinese capital on Studiocanal’s behalf since September. Just last month, the company received a business license, allowing it to start hiring local staff.
The office »
- Patrick Frater
Title: The Gunman Director: Pierre Morel Starring: Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance, Jasmine Trinca, Javier Bardem. Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel ‘La Position du tireur couché’ (The Prone Gunman), gets adapted for the silver screen by French cinematographer and film director Pierre Morel, known for ‘District 13,’ ‘From Paris With Love,’ and ‘Taken.’ The American action thriller, stars Sean Penn as an ex-soldier who carried out an assassination in the Democratic Republic of Congo and finds his past catching up with him eight years later. The cast also includes Javier Bardem, Italian actress Jasmine Trinca, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone and Mark Rylance. The film begins with utter promise: the [ Read More ]
The post The Gunman Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
We present the fourth industry report on the South Korean Cinema.
During April more than 12 million people attended the South Korean cinemas, resulting in sales over $95 million dollars. Korean Films manage to attract almost 4 million spectators while most of the admissions went to Foreign Films, which gathered more than 9 million views. Korean Film got more than $23 million dollars on sales and Foreign Films gather more than $72 million dollars on ticket sales.
Taking into account the numbers obtain this month with the ones from 2014 we can see that there is a small increase of the industry. April is known to be the month with the less activity especially for local films because most of international productions are release this month. Despite this the numbers show something interesting. The Total Admissions grew 23.03% compared to last year. The Korean Film admissions grew 93.19%, reaching almost 4 million viewers. As for the Foreign Films it »
- Sebastian Nadilo
Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced the date and official details for the release of director Pierre Morel’s (Taken) action-thriller The Gunman, which is set for June 30th in the States and July 20th in the UK.
Oscar winner Sean Penn (Mystic River) heads a cast that includes Idris Elba (Luther), Ray Winstone (The Departed), Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall), Jasmine Trinca (Saint Laurent) and Javier Bardem (Skyfall).
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From the director of Taken comes The Gunman, a pulse-pounding film with two-time Academy Award winner Sean Penn. It’s been eight years since Jim Terrier (Penn) worked as a black ops assassin and now someone from his old organization wants him dead. Pursued across Africa and Europe by elite hit men, Terrier is dragged back into his dangerous past as he engages in a relentless cat-and-mouse game to take out the man who betrayed him. »
- Scott J. Davis
Shadowhunters, Rain, American Horror Story: Hotel, and other TV productions have made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on FX. American Horror Story: Hotel (FX) Sarah Paulson has officially joined the cast of “Ahs: Hotel.” Rain Katee Sackhoff is set to topline [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
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