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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 ]
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- 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
Filmmaker Pierre Morel ("Taken") will direct the Lifetime drama pilot "The Clan Of The Cave Bear" for Fox 21 TV Studios, Lionsgate TV, Imagine TV and Allison Shearmur Prods. The work is based on the first book of Jean M. Auel's Earth’s Children series.
The story is set more than 25,000 years ago when Neanderthals shared Earth with the first early modern humans and a band of cave dwellers adopt blond and blue-eyed Ayla (Millie Brady) a child of the 'Others'. Linda Woolverton wrote the pilot and is executive producing with Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Allison Shearmur, Francie Calfo and Jean M. Auel.
Meanwhile, "Charlie's Angels" and "Terminator Salvation" director McG has signed on to direct the pilot episode and serve as an executive producer on ABC Family's "Shadowhunters" series. Ed Decter wrote the pilot script and will serve as show runner.
An adaptation of Cassandra Clare's »
- Garth Franklin
Taken helmer Pierre Morel will direct the Lifetime drama pilot The Clan Of The Cave Bear, from Fox 21 TV Studios, Lionsgate TV, Imagine TV and Allison Shearmur Prods. Based on the first book of Jean M. Auel's Earth's Children series, The Clan Of The Cave Bear takes place at a time in prehistory more than 25,000 years ago when Neanderthals shared Earth with the first early modern humans and a band of cave dwellers adopt blond and blue-eyed Ayla (Millie Brady) a child of… »
Cannes – Shaping up as one of the big event TV series to come out of Europe as it ramps up ever more ambitious TV fiction, Rola Bauer’s Germany-based Tandem Productions (“Pillars of the Earth”), a Studiocanal company, is said to be developing epic TV drama “Lionshearts: The Crusade,” linking with the BBC and “24’s” Robert Cochran.
Helmer of the 2008’s first “Taken,” which gave Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp its biggest movie franchise ever, France’s Pierre Morel (“Taken”) is believed to have committed to direct the first two episodes.
Producer and co-creator of Fox’s “24,” Cochran is attached to “Lionshearts,” which turns on the most famous crusade of all, the Third Crusade of 1191-92. English-language and almost certainly a big epic BBC primetime series,
“Lionhearts: The Crusade” looks a firm candidate for a U.S. deal of some sorts. As Tandem prexy Bauer pointed out last month, made over the last 15 years, »
- John Hopewell
Taken created a genre of action films starring older male protagonists. Why are they all men? Because in movies, women still aren’t allowed to take vengeance on behalf of others – they have to be victimised first
At this point, the thing that Pierre Morel, Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen created with Taken, and what Liam Neeson gave his shovel-shaped Gaelic face to, has become its own genre. Call it whatever you’d like – dadsploitation, old-man vengeance and on-screen midlife crisis come to mind – but with Neeson having expanded beyond the Taken films into similarly pitched affairs like Non-Stop and Run All Night, and other ageing male movie stars like Kevin Costner (3 Days to Kill) and Sean Penn (The Gunman) trying to out-Neeson the man himself, this is more than just a franchise of films. It’s a trend, and as long as these movies keep costing next to nothing and keep making money, »
- Kevin Lincoln
★★☆☆☆ 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 Flickering Myth Podcast grabs some guns…
On today’s episode of the Flickering Myth Podcast, Luke Owen, Scott Davis and Rohan Morbey sit down to give their thoughts on Sean Penn’s attempt at “doing a Liam Neeson” with The Gunman, from the director of Taken. The trilogy also discuss the idea of having older action stars and whether this fad is over before its started in the wake of The Gunman bombing at the box office.
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- Luke Owen
It's hard to feel sorry for Sean Penn, but after "The Gunman," which he starred in and produced, got whacked this weekend by "The Divergent Series: Insurgent," maybe a little sympathy is in order. Then again, maybe he's just one more aging male movie star this winter -- after Will Smith, Vince Vaughn, and Liam Neeson -- who's run up against the hard fact that girls and young women are the driving forces behind the box office so far in 2015.
"Insurgent's" success should have been a surprise to no one. It opened with an estimated $54.0 million, only about $600,000 less than the original "Divergent" opened with on this same weekend a year ago. Since the first film, "Insurgent" stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Miles Teller have become bigger draws. Plus, the new movie has a 3D ticket surcharge that the first one didn't. Even if it didn't reach the »
- Gary Susman
Ever since the release of Taken in 2009, it seems that older actors are trying to jump on board the action train. Sean Penn’s The Gunman is the next stop, but his first attempt has not been overly successful.
Opening to very middling reviews (the film currently holds 14% on Rotten Tomatoes and 39 on Metacritic), The Gunman has opened to just $5 million domestically with no word yet on how it did internationally. The reported budget for the film is $40 million, so this is undoubtedly unfortunate news for the various production companies who financed the movie.
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This puts The Gunman on par with other 2015 box office flops Mortdecai, Blackhat, Unfinished Business and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and is a fraction of what 3 Days to Kill made last year on its opening weekend – perhaps showing that the popularity of this subgenre has started to fall already. »
- Luke Owen
"The Divergent Series: Insurgent" took first place at the domestic box office this weekend with slightly under $54 million, which is almost exactly what the first installment grossed during its opening weekend a year ago. Internationally, "Insurgent" took in another $47 million for a worldwide debut of $101 million. The new movie cost $110 million to make, which means that it will easily become profitable. "Insurgent" has a 32% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. Meanwhile, Sean Penn attempted to replicate Liam Neeson's success in the action genre with "The Gunman," which is directed by Pierre Morel (Taken). Unfortunately the film flopped, grossing only $5 million, which was only good enough for fourth place. It is the lowest opening for a Penn movie (in more than 2,000 theaters) ever. It also has a terrible 14% fresh rating. »
Robert Schwentke’s The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the second entry in the Divergent franchise adaptation of Veronica Roth’s novels, took home $54 million to rise to the top of the box office on its opening weekend. The opening roughly matches the first weekend total of the film’s prequel, which bowed with $54.6 million. Last week’s box office champion Cinderella saw a drop of nearly 50 percent to end up with $34.5 million over the weekend, landing it in second place, while Jaume Collet-Serra’s newest feature Run All Night saw a similar drop in revenue from last weekend to round out the top three.
Taken director Pierre Morel’s newest action feature The Gunman also made its debut by landing in the top ten, as the Sean Penn-starring film’s $5 million total landed it in fourth place. The other opening weekend film to land in the top ten was Do You Believe? »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Final numbers will tell the true story on Monday, but based on estimates we can confirm the "Divergent" fan based definitely showed up for the the series' second installment this weekend. "Insurgent" took in an estimated $54 million over the three-day compared to the $54.6 million "Divergent" earned a year ago. Initially, "Insurgent" was behind the original by $1.4 million following Friday's opening day. On Saturday, however, "Insurgent" actually grossed more than "Divergent did by roughly $220,000 and Lionsgate has the Sunday estimate for "Insurgent" as $870,000 higher than how "Divergent" performed. That's a bit aggressive and might help the studio with shareholders paying attention to weekend box office reports, but Monday's finals will prove whether the estimate holds or not. Even if it doesn't, the sequel basically preformed on par with the first film in the franchise. The results also let the studio know that despite pre-release polling that claimed more men were interested in "Insurgent, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Solid ground doesn’t exist in the cinema of Jaume Collet-Serra and Liam Neeson. Theirs is an action cinema of distress where the mental instability of each protagonist blurs the boundaries of seemingly tight spatial parameters. Conflict unfolds violently and manipulatively within manmade (and psychological) bubbles, as vast as the multiple boroughs of New York City or as small as the cramped fuselage of a passenger jet. There is no escape, only the desperate and unflinching pursuit of truth, moral direction, and family safety. The bad guys often win, but the good guys always gain closure.Angular compositions and desperate tracking shots populate 2011’s Unknown, 2014’s Non-Stop, and 2015’s Run All Night. Images overlap, tip, ascend and dive to visualize the world as one big box of quick sand. The camera propels through space like a boomerang, challenging logic and defying gravity with reckless abandon. Every step forward brings us »
- Glenn Heath Jr.
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