9 items from 2014
Liam Neeson has a specific set of skills. Namely, he can look stern and kick ass. We didn't always know he had this capability. He was a doctor alongside Jodie Foster in Nell. He was Mr. Schindler in Schindler's List. But I've never seen either of those films, one of which is my dirty movie secret (the definition of a dirty movie secret is the film you should be most ashamed that you haven't seen). In 2008, we felt the Neeson Shift as historians call it. He starred in Taken, and with the help of a tight, basic script cowritten by Luc Besson and directed by Pierre Morel, Neeson had a new direction. It hasn't stopped. That's right, his direction is nonstop, which is probably why they named his new film Non-Stop. The Lead Taken...
- Jeff Bayer
Finding Nemo encompasses a tremendous amount of positive imagery that makes up Disney and Pixar’s populous appeal. From learning how to trust family and friends, to overcoming biggest fears and obstacles, Finding Nemo understands how to tap into the audience’s heartstrings and neatly ties in a meaningful message for the viewer to take home. Yet with every good side, there is a dark presence that even Disney can’t back away from. Like many Disney films, from Bambi to Frozen, Finding Nemo deals with a story whose basis stems from a broken household struggling with a great deal of separation. Why does Disney cling onto threads of such despair and heartache? Perhaps it’s a factor many can relate to. Or perhaps it’s a working formula that sweetens the arc of a happy ending. Either way, separation is a tapped fountain of which Hollywood has dipped into time after time again. »
- Christopher Clemente
Inevitably, with the former film marking his final full role and the latter his incomplete final role, both Brick Mansions and Fast & Furious 7 will be inextricably bound with the actor’s tragic and untimely death last year.
Ever one to take up a challenge, Walker leads the American adaptation of Pierre Morel’s acclaimed French-actioner, District 13. And with the film soon heading into cinemas, the first domestic and international trailers have debuted online, along with the recent first poster.
In a dystopian Detroit, abandoned brick mansions left from better times now house only the most dangerous criminals. Unable to control the crime, the police constructed a colossal containment wall around this area to protect the rest of the city. For undercover cop Damien Collier (Paul Walker) every day is a battle against corruption. »
- Kenji Lloyd
Berlin — Olivier Courson, chairman and CEO of European mini-major Studiocanal, and Rola Bauer, prexy and partner of Studiocanal’s Tandem Communications, will deliver a joint keynote address at television mart MipTV in Cannes on April 8.
Under the title “Tandem/Studiocanal: European Sensibility — Global Appeal,” the keynote will highlight the companies’ international productions, and announcements of new productions for primetime programming worldwide. In addition, the keynote will cover how they are optimizing synergies and opportunities within Studiocanal.
Courson has built Studiocanal into a top European studio, among the leaders of feature film production, acquisition and distribution, and a leading international television studio with its acquisition of Tandem two years ago, and Red Production Company in December last year.
Among the many Studiocanal productions Courson has developed include: the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis”; “Non-Stop,” directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, with Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and Michelle Dockery; “The Gunman,” produced by Joel Silver, »
- Leo Barraclough
The shocking and sad death of likeable actor Paul Walker late last year was always going to put a spotlight on his films still to be released. While he gave a great sympathetic performance in indie drama Hours (released in the Us last December), his final completed film was always going to catch the eye a little more as a big-budget remake of Pierre Morel’s terrific 2004 French actioner District 13 (aka Banlieue 13).
The film has been retitled Brick Mansions, with the original free running superstar David Belle taking the same role as an ex-con forced to team with Walker’s undercover cop (previously played by Cyril Raffaelli) in an effort to take down a ruthless crime lord with access to a neutron bomb.
- Craig Hunter
When news spread of the death of Paul Walker, fans began wondering what would happen to the actor's remaining projects. We know now that Fast & Furious 7 has been pushed back to 2015 in order to allow director James Wan and producers to work on the film and figure out how to carry on without Walker involved. But Brick Mansions, a film Walker had already completed has just gotten a release date of April 25th. The film is an English-language remake of Pierre Morel's District B13 following an undercover cop tasked with going into a tenement named Brick Mansions in order to disarm a neutron bomb ticking down. And now a new first look photo featuring Walker with co-star RZA has just popped up. Look below! Here's the new image from Camille Delamarre's Brick Mansions from THR (with an extra below it): Brick Mansions is directed by Camille Delamarre »
- Ethan Anderton
Pierre Morel’s 2008 film Taken was surely a frontrunner in that year’s films-least-likely-to-get-a-franchise awards (we’re pretty sure that’s a thing, right?), but in a classic case of sticking it to the audience, Liam Neeson returned for some reason with 2012′s Taken 2 (squandering the possibility of such classic titles as ‘Taken Again’, ‘Also Taken’ and ‘Taken Too’).
And now it appears one sequel wasn’t enough for Hollywood, as Taken 2′s director Olivier Megaton is back for more with Taken 3 – a film where, according to Liam Neeson, nobody will actually get ‘taken’:
‘They called me up and I said ‘I’ll do it… but only as long as nobody gets Taken.”
The actor also promised a ‘really, really good story‘, so it seems scriptwriters Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen might actually be mixing things up a bit for the threequel. In the original action thriller, »
- Chris Wharfe
Liam Neeson's been taken with the idea of Taken 3 for quite some time, but now he's saying that no one will actually be taken. Follow that? Neeson will return for a third installment in the Bryan Mills' skills saga (for a reported $20 million paycheck) which saw him rescue his kidnapped daughter in Pierre Morel's 2008 original, only to be taken himself in Olivier Megaton's 2012 follow-up. Megaton will also return to helm Taken 3, but a new report quotes Neeson himself saying "nobody gets taken." Hit the jump for more. Word via Bleeding Cool has Neeson promising a "really, really good story," but also throwing a bit of a curveball, saying: They called me up and I said "I'll do it... but only as long as nobody gets Taken." Apparently he wasn't joking. So will the Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen script shy away from kidnapping in »
- Dave Trumbore
Exclusive: Big shakeup at Silver Pictures, Joel Silver‘s producing label. I’m told that his two top creative executives — president Andrew Rona and Evp Alex Heineman – have just left the company. Both Rona and Heineman came there after Universal sold Rogue Pictures to Relativity and Rona, who ran that label, moved on. He took the Silver Pictures job after longtime head Susan Downey exited to partner in Team Downey with husband Robert Downey Jr. I’m told that Rona and Heineman intend to start their own production shingle. A spokesperson for Silver confirmed the moves, and said Silver wished them well as they set up their new venture. Silver kept a prolific pace even as the producing great transitioned from a longtime Warner Bros producing deal to being backed by StudioCanal and distributing through Universal Pictures. During Rona and Heineman’s time at Silver, the label produce 12 movies including »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
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