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When a Disposable Action Flick Is Like Comfort Food

When a Disposable Action Flick Is Like Comfort Food
When an eminent veteran actor of screen and stage decides to take a late-stage career pivot from starring in traditionally respectable films to starring in films where dramaturgy takes a backseat to punching people, the least we should expect is for those films to be at least halfway decent. So it'd be an exercise in ungraciousness to complain about Liam Neeson’s string of action roles, rooted in his leading turn in Pierre Morel’s Taken back in 2008 and continuing over the past 10 years with two completely unnecessary Taken sequels, a smattering of Taken look-alikes, and occasional intersections between art house...
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‘Overdrive’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Scott Eastwood, Ana de Armas, Freddie Thorp, Gaia Weiss, Simon Abkarian | Written by Michael Brandt, Derek Haas | Directed by Antonio Negret

Andrew and Garrett Foster (Scott Eastwood and Freddie Thorp) are not only exceptional drivers but are also known for being the best car thieves in the world. In Marseille, they steal a rare and priceless Bugatti 1937 from the local mafia boss Jacomo Morier (Simon Abkarian). In exchange for their lives Morier decides to use their talents for his own profit and to get back at his arch rival. Whilst seemingly agreeing to work with Morier the brothers have actually devised a much more daring plan…

Gone in Sixty Seconds meets 2 Fast 2 Furious… that’s probably the best way to describe Overdrive, a French production from Taken director Pierre Morel that feels like a Luc Besson take on That supercar franchise (before it became all about The Rock and
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Pierre Morel Takes Helm On Tony Mosher Action Spec ‘Sirius’ For Sentient

Exclusive: Lit management/producer Sentient has acquired Tony Mosher’s survival thriller spec script Sirius in competitive bidding, and Taken helmer Pierre Morel has been set to direct it. The film tells the story of two members of a Danish special forces dog sled team — one a sage veteran and the other a bold new recruit — who become ensnared in an international incident while on a mission to one of the coldest and deadliest places on Earth. They face off not only…
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Jennifer Garner Thriller ‘Peppermint’ Adds Kyla Drew & Annie Ilonzeh

Jennifer Garner Thriller ‘Peppermint’ Adds Kyla Drew & Annie Ilonzeh
Kyla Drew (Prisoners) and Annie Ilonzeh (All Eyez on Me) have been cast in Lakeshore Entertainment/STXfilmsPeppermint, the Jennifer Garner-starring action thriller that recently commenced production. They join previously announced cast members John Ortiz, Richard Cabral, Juan Pablo Raba and John Gallagher Jr. in the Pierre Morel-directed film, written by Chad St. John. Garner stars as Riley North, a young mother who awakens from a coma after her husband and daughter are…
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Richard Cabral & John Gallagher Jr. Join Jennifer Garner In ‘Peppermint’

Richard Cabral & John Gallagher Jr. Join Jennifer Garner In ‘Peppermint’
Exclusive: Richard Cabral (American Crime) and John Gallagher Jr. (The Newsroom) have been cast in Peppermint, the Jennifer Garner starring action-thriller from Lakeshore Entertainment. Pierre Morel is at the helm, directing from a screenplay by Chad St. John. STXfilms is distributing. The film follows Riley North (Garner) who awakens from a coma after her husband and daughter are killed in a brutal attack on the family. When the system frustratingly shields the murderers…
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Transformers spinoff Bumblebee casts John Ortiz

As production continues on Bumblebee, Deadline has revealed that John Ortiz (Miami Vice, Kong: Skull Island) has become the latest addition to the cast of the Transformers spinoff, signing on for an unspecified role.

The film, which is being directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings), features a cast that includes Hailee Steinfeld (Edge of Seventeen), Pamela Adlon (Better Things), John Cena (Daddy’s Home 2), Stephen Schneider (Broad City), Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Jason Drucker (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul), Kenneth Choi (American Crime Story), Ricardo Hoyos (Degrassi: Next Class), Abby Quinn (Landline), Rachel Crow (Deidra & Laney Rob a Train) and Grace Dzienny (Zoo).

See Also: Hailee Steinfeld shares set photo from the Transformers Bumblebee spinoff

Meanwhile, in addition to Bumblebee, Ortiz has also been cast alongside Jennifer Garner in the female-led action thriller Peppermint, which sees Garner playing a woman out for revenge
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Film News Roundup: Disney Channel’s Mollee Gray to Star in ‘A Night to Regret’

Film News Roundup: Disney Channel’s Mollee Gray to Star in ‘A Night to Regret’
In today’s film news roundup, Disney Channel star Mollee Gray lands the lead in “A Night to Regret,” Sentient Entertainment signs an output deal with Italia Film, and Bleecker Street dates five movies.

Casting

Disney Channel’s Mollee Gray will star in the upcoming film “A Night to Regret,” opposite Marguerite Moreau, Variety has learned exclusively.

Tom Shell is directing from Christine Conradt’s script. Liz Vacovec is producing and Chris Lancey is the executive producer.

Gray will portray a pre-law college student and aspiring filmmaker who makes a careless choice one night that could cost her her life. When she goes missing, her mother and friends band together to do everything in their power to bring her home.

Gray is best known for her role as Giggles in the Disney Channel original movie “Teen Beach Movie” and its sequel, “Teen Beach 2.” She also starred in Lifetime movie “Double Daddy,” and the indie
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Jennifer Garner in talks for “female John Wick” thriller Peppermint

THR has revealed that Jennifer Garner is in talks to join the upcoming revenge thriller Peppermint, which is being directed by Pierre Morel (Taken) from a script by Chad St. John (London Has Fallen).

Pitched as a “female John Wick”, Peppermint follows “a young mother who, after her husband and daughter are murdered, finds herself with nothing to lose. Ten years later, she vows to take from her rivals the very life they stole from her, targeting everyone from those who pulled the trigger to the lawyers and cops who let them get away with the crimes.”

Garner of course made her name in the action genre, starring in J.J. AbramsAlias before taking on the role of Elektra Natchios in Fox’s Daredevil and its solo Elektra spinoff.
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Jennifer Garner Being Courted to Star in a Revenge Thriller Called Peppermint

Jennifer Garner may be lacing up her ass-kicking boots up once again, that's because she is in talks to star in the revenge thriller Peppermint. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the actress is in the running for the lead role in the movie, which will be directed by Pierre Morel. Morel is known for Taken, the action movie that relaunched Liam Neeson's career. Peppermint in many ways sounds a lot like to Taken:

The revenge thriller centers on a young mother who, after her husband and daughter are murdered, finds herself with nothing to lose. Ten years later, she vows to take from her rivals the very life they stole from her, targeting everyone from those who pulled the trigger to the lawyers and cops who let them get away with the crimes.

The project is being written by Chad St. John (London Has Fallen) and is already being
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Jennifer Garner Returns to The Action Genre in Pierre Morel's Peppermint

Deadline is reporting that Jennifer Garner is in talks to take the lead role in Pierre Morel's upcoming revenge thriller flick Peppermint. It has been quite a while since Garner embraced the action genre, with her breakthrough role in J.J. Abrams' television series Alias and the unfortunate Elektra role in Daredevil and Elektra. When her husband and daughter are gunned down in a drive-by, the heroine wakes up from a coma and spends years learning to become a lethal killing machine. On the 10th anniversary of her family’s death, she targets everyone she holds responsible, the gang that committed the act, the lawyers that got them off, and the corrupt cops that enabled the murderous incidents. The same article in Deadline suggests that this premise...

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Jennifer Garner to Topline Revenge Thriller “Peppermint”

Jennifer Garner in “Alias

Alias” fans, rejoice. Jennifer Garner isn’t reprising her role as Sydney Bristow, but she may be playing another ass-kicking heroine. The “Miracles from Heaven” actress is in talks to star in action revenge thriller “Peppermint,” Deadline reports. The Lakeshore project has been compared to a female-led “John Wick.”

“When her husband and daughter are gunned down in a drive-by, the heroine wakes up from a coma and spends years learning to become a lethal killing machine,” the source summarizes. “On the 10th anniversary of her family’s death, she targets everyone she holds responsible, the gang that committed the act, the lawyers that got them off, and the corrupt cops that enabled the murderous incidents.”

Pierre Morel (“Taken”) is directing and Chad St. John (“London Has Fallen”) penned the script.

While it seemed like Lionsgate snagged worldwide rights at Cannes, Deadline writes that the deal fell apart, and STXfilms is now in talks to distribute “Peppermint” across the globe.

Garner played a CIA agent on ABC’s “Alias” from 2001–2006. She won a Golden Globe and earned four Emmy nods for the role.

“I hope this show is included with all of the shows that have celebrated strong women,” Garner has said of “Alias.” “To me, what’s mattered about this character is how much she’s struggled to hold on to her humanity in the middle of this weird world that she lives in, and how incredibly hard she works at doing the right thing when that isn’t always cut-and-dried.”

Jennifer Garner to Topline Revenge Thriller “Peppermint” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Jennifer Garner in Talks to Star in Revenge Thriller 'Peppermint'

Jennifer Garner in Talks to Star in Revenge Thriller 'Peppermint'
Jennifer Garner is getting back into action.

The actress is in talks to star in the Lakeshore flick Peppermint, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Additionally, STXfilms is in talks to distribute the film worldwide, after an arrangement with Lionsgate has fallen through.

Pierre Morel (Taken) is directing from a script by Chad St. John (London Has Fallen). The revenge thriller centers on a young mother who, after her husband and daughter are murdered, finds herself with nothing to lose. Ten years later, she vows to take from her rivals the very life they stole from her, targeting everyone from those...
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Jennifer Garner Joins Lakeshore & Pierre Morel-Helmed Revenge Thriller ‘Peppermint’; Stx films To Distribute

Jennifer Garner Joins Lakeshore & Pierre Morel-Helmed Revenge Thriller ‘Peppermint’; Stx films To Distribute
Exclusive: Jennifer Garner is in talks to star in Peppermint, the Chad St. John-scripted action film for Lakeshore that will be directed by Pierre Morel. At the same time, the film is in the process of moving: STXfilms is in talks to distribute the film worldwide. It looked like Lionsgate had secured worldwide rights during Cannes, but that arrangement has fallen apart. The high-action revenge thriller premise has been likened to John Wick, with a female protagonist. When…
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Fantasia Fest: Charlize Theron's 'Atomic Blonde,' Robert Pattinson's 'Good Time' Join Lineup

Fantasia Fest: Charlize Theron's 'Atomic Blonde,' Robert Pattinson's 'Good Time' Join Lineup
The Fantasia Film Festival will close its 21st edition with an international bow for Jang Hoon's A Taxi Driver, starring Song Kang-Ho (Snowpiercer), it was announced Wednesday.

North America's largest genre film festival last month announced it will open with North American premieres for Korean director Jung Byung-gil's The Villainess and Takashi Miike's Jojo's Bizarre Adventure.

Also Wednesday, Fantasia said it will give North American premieres to the Safdie brothers' Cannes competition title Good Time, starring Robert Pattinson, and Antonio Negret's Overdrive, starring Scott Eastwood and produced by Taken director Pierre Morel and Christopher Tuffin.

Fantasia also has...
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Scott Eastwood & Clemens Schick Attend ‘Overdrive’ Photocall in Berlin

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Scott Eastwood and Clemens Schick attended the photocall for upcoming movie Overdrive with the rest of the cast in Berlin. Scott Eastwood Photos: Attends Overdrive Photocall Overdrive features Eastwood and Freddie Thorp as two car-stealing brothers who find themselves caught in the crosshairs of a local crime boss in southern France. The film was produced by action fiend Pierre Morel, […]

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Hitman's Bodyguard Trailer #2: Reynolds and Jackson Get Triggered

Hitman's Bodyguard Trailer #2: Reynolds and Jackson Get Triggered
After the first teaser surfaced in April, Lionsgate has now unveiled a second trailer for the upcoming action-comedy The Hitman's Bodyguard, which brings Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson together for one wild ride. Lionsgate has also released the final poster, along with two character posters featuring both the Hitman, Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) and his reluctant Bodyguard, Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds). The studio has also unveiled new photos, which give us a new look at Salma Hayek's Sonia Kincaid, Darius' wife.

The world's top protection agent (Ryan Reynolds) is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world's most notorious hitmen (Samuel L. Jackson). The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for years and are thrown together for a wildly outrageous 24 hours. During their raucous and hilarious adventure from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases,
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Lionsgate & Lakeshore Gunning On Pierre Morel Revenge Thriller ‘Peppermint’ – Cannes

Exclusive: Lionsgate will close a deal with Lakeshore to distribute worldwide Peppermint, the Chad St. John-scripted action film that will be directed by Pierre Morel, sources said. Lakeshore is co-financing. Lionsgate is co-financing and co-producing. The high-action revenge premise has gotten the film likened to John Wick, with a female protagonist. When her husband and daughter are gunned down in a drive-by, the heroine wakes up from a coma and spends years learning to…
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Cannes: Lionsgate Takes Female Action Movie 'Peppermint'

Lionsgate has scooped up worldwide distribution rights to Peppermint, a female-centric action project that has Pierre Morel, the helmer behind action hit Taken, on board to direct.

Lakeshore Entertainment brought the project to Cannes. Chad St. John, a co-writer on the Gerard Butler actioner London Has Fallen, penned the script for the project, which will be produced by Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Richard Wright and Eric Reid.

Peppermint is a revenge story centering on a young mother who finds herself with nothing to lose, and is now going to take from her rivals the very life they stole from...
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Stacey Martin, Star of ‘Redoutable,’ Joins Michale Boganim’s ‘Borough Park’ (Exclusive)

Stacey Martin, the star in Michel Hazanavicius’s “Redoutable” which competes in Cannes on Sunday, is set to topline Michale Boganim’s English-language debut “Borough Park” which Pierre-Ange Le Pogam is producing.

Martin will star as Rebecca, a 22-year-old woman who is disowned by her father, an esteemed rabbi, and is forced to leave Borough Park’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community where she has lived her whole life. Upon arriving in Manhattan, Rebecca meets other Jews living on the margins of the Hasidic community and Anya, an emancipated Russian immigrant and aspiring painter who introduces her to another world before getting deported out of the U.S.

Jewish American reggae vocalist Matisyahu is in discussions to perform a song and play a small part in the film.

“(Stacey) Martin has a sense of determination and a vulnerability that make her perfect for this role: she depicts her woman who as the
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 nears $500 million, Suicide Squad 2 director, Edge of Tomorrow 2 title and more – Weekend News Roundup

Showtime A-holes

After a big opening around the world last weekend, James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hit domestic theatres with a huge return. The film earned around $145 million domestically, which pushes its global total to $428 million. This means the movie should hit the half-billion dollar mark in the next few days. Read more here.

Jane Wick

Following the huge successes of both John Wick and John Wick Chapter Two, The Hollywood Reporter are saying that a “female John Wick” has found its director. Titled Peppermint, the film will be helmed by Taken‘s Pierre Morel from a script by Chad St. John (London Has Fallen). Read more about that here.

Squad 2

It didn’t appeal to many critics or fans, but Warner Bros. still have plans for a follow-up to last year’s Suicide Squad. There have been a couple of names in the director mix
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