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A thriller based on a failed attempt to overthrow the government of East African nation Equatorial Guinea, which bizarrely involved Margaret Thatcher.s son, is in the works.
The protagonist is Simon Mann, a mercenary and a former officer in the British Army who was the alleged mastermind of the planned coup to depose President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and replace him with the exiled opposition leader Severo Moto.
The plot was exposed in March 2004 when a plane carrying more than 60 alleged mercenaries including Mann was seized by police in Harare, Zimbabwe, and they were arrested for attempting to send weapons into Equatorial Guinea.
Mann was extradited to Equatorial Guinea where he confessed to his involvement and served 15 months of a 34-year sentence. In 2009 he was pardoned by President Obiang, »
- Don Groves
Stretch I don't know what happened at Universal when it came to Joe Carnahan's Stretch, but they really decided to bury it. They didn't market it, delayed it's release date, tried to dump it, finally released it as a streaming only title and now it comes to DVD (no Blu-ray) without any notice. I didn't know it was coming out today until ten minutes before posting this article. As anyone that reads this site regularly knows, I liked this movie. It's a batsh*t fun good time, give my review a read and see if it's up your alley.
The Giver I just have no interest in this film and that's a little weird I think considering it's directed by Phillip Noyce and stars the likes of Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges, but I just can't bring myself to be interested.
The November Man Remember when there was going »
- Brad Brevet
Brenton Thwaites is in final negotiations to play a lead role in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. He.ll play Henry, a British soldier, in the Jerry Bruckheimer/Disney production that is is set to shoot in Queensland early next year. There.s no word yet on who will play Carina, a young woman who may be Henry.s romantic interest. According to wire reports Thwaites beat other contenders including The Fault in Our Stars. Ansel Elgort, In the Heart of the Sea.s Sam Keeley and Pride.s George Mackay. Javier Bardem, Christoph Waltz, Geoffrey Rush and Jack Devonport reportedly are set to join Johnny Depp in the film scripted by Jeff Nathanson and. directed by Kon Tiki's Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg.
Australian taxpayers' financial contribution to the production may be as high as $60 million, including a $21.6 million grant from the federal government, the »
- Don Groves
It takes a high-brow director to deliver quality low-brow entertainment. Just look at thrillers from the 1990s. Say what you will about John McTiernan, but the man knew character as well as he knew action. "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger" Philip Noyce balanced out his action resume with movies like "Rabbit Proof Fence" and the upcoming "American Pastoral." And Martin Scorsese, David Cronenberg, and Richard Donner shot some of the best genre movies of that decade. So it gives me great hope that Kevin MacDonald, seasoned documentarian and occasionally solid narrative filmmaker ("The Last King of Scotland, "How I Live Now"), can turn the upcoming "Black Sea" into a down-and-dirty thriller a la the best of the '90s. Early glimpses at the film point to something along those lines. Following the submarine thriller’s intriguing, just-the-right-amount-of-silly trailer, a new poster for "Black Sea" arrives with all the right vibes. »
- Matt Patches
Manuel here with some Streeptastic news.
Meryl Streep has just signed on to play Florence Foster Jenkins in an upcoming Stephen Frears film. Florence will follow the eponymous protagonist, a New York heiress whose lack of musical talent didn’t stop her from pursuing a career in opera in the early twentieth century. This should be good news for us Streep fans because it means we may get three back-to-back-to-back musically-centered Meryl films in a row. Remember she’s set to play Maria Callas for Mike Nichols’ HBO adaptation of Terence McNally’s Master Class while she’s currently filming Ricky and the Flash, the Diablo Cody-penned Jonathan Demme film about an aging rock-star. More thrillingly, the Frears/Demme/Nichols triple punch is the closest we’ve gotten in a while to Streep committing to working with top-tier directing talent (no offense to David Frankel, Philippa Lloyd and Philip Noyce »
- Manuel Betancourt
Update: The list has been amended to include the three segments from "Treehouse of Horror Xxv." That's right: In honor of The Simpsons' 25th (!) annual Halloween special, EW didn't just rank the top 25 "Treehouse of Horror" segments. We took things a step further by ranking every single "Treehouse" segment ever seen on the show—and you'll find entries 72 through 26 in the list below. Even when longtime fans sniff that The Simpsons' Golden Age is long past, they can agree that late-period Simpsons Halloween shows still pack a punch. Why? Because "Treehouse" segments give the series' writers a break »
- Hillary Busis
She first came to Hollywood's attention in The Odd Life Of Timothy Green, but since then Odeya Rush has been flitting between genres, showing up most recently in novel adaptation The Giver. She’s now landed one of the lead roles in Jonathan Mostow’s action thriller Hunter’s Prayer.The film, once known as For The Dogs, sounds a little like Leon, albeit with a twist. Sam Worthington plays Lucas, an assassin who is initially assigned to take out Ella’s (Rush) family. But he develops a bond with the young woman and ends up helping her track down and punish the person who is actually responsible for the killings.Mostow took over the project from Phillip Noyce, and the script, adapted from Kevin Wignall’s novel, has been through the word processors of Paul Leyden, Oren Moverman, John Brancato and Michael Ferris. Shooting is scheduled to start next month here in the UK. »
The Giver, 2014.
Directed by Phillip Noyce
A dystopian tale of a community intentionally living without emotions.
As The Giver begins Jonas (Breton Thwaites) and his friends Fiona (Odeya Rush) and Asher (Cameron Monaghan) are anxiously awaiting hearing what job they will spend the rest of their lives doing in their community. There are a lot of rules in Jonas’ community, restricting what people can and cannot do and even what words they are allowed to use in their conversations.
In this dystopian future the decision has been made to “save” humans from their own emotions, their own choices. Because as Master Elder (Meryl Streep) says at one point, “When people have the power to choose, they choose wrong.”
For Jonas, however, there is a twist. He is chosen to be The »
- Amy Richau
Audrey Long, actress in B film noirs and Westerns, and widow of author Leslie Charteris, dead at 92 (photo: Audrey Long publicity shot ca. late '40s) Actress Audrey Long, a leading lady in mostly B crime dramas and Westerns of the '40s and early '50s, and the widow of The Saint creator Leslie Charteris, died "after a long illness" on September 19, 2014, in Virginia Water, Surrey, England. Long was 92. Her death was first reported by Ian Dickerson on the website LeslieCharteris.com. Born on April 14 (some sources claim April 12), 1922, in Orlando, Florida, Audrey Long was the daughter of an English-born Episcopal minister, who later became a U.S. Navy Chaplain. Her early years were spent moving about North America, in addition to some time in Honolulu. According to Dickerson's Audrey Long tribute on the Leslie Charteris site, following acting lessons with coach Dorothea Johnson, whose pupils had also included »
- Andre Soares
In the end it was no contest: doomsday action- thriller The Maze Runner easily took line honours at Australian cinemas last weekend.
The adaptation of James Dashner's young adult novel starring Teen Wolf.s Dylan O'Brien as a young man whose memory is erased before being dropped into a post-apocalyptic maze, grabbed $3.7 million including previews.
Pro-rata, that.s even stronger than the Us debut of $US32.5 million and it positions the Fox film to clean up during the school vacation.
Paramount.s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a distant second, conjuring up $2.3 million in its second weekend, bringing the tally to $9.9 million. With a total of three weeks. vacation ahead around Australia, the Turtles could end up with as much as $20 million.
However business fell away badly beneath the top 10 as nationwide takings inched up by 1% to $10.7 million according to Rentrak.s estimates.
Disney.s Planes: Fire & Rescue fetched »
- Inside Film Correspondent
Coote, who passed away in June, is a former chairman and CEO of Dune Entertainment, which co-financed more than 60 movies with Fox. He is the recipient of the AiF Orry-Kelly Award, which recognises Australians who have contributed to the success of other Australians in the industry.
.Greg Coote was an important advisor to Australians in Film from the beginning, helping to shape our early strategy, with a particular focus on supporting emerging Australian talent in Hollywood,. said AiF president Simonne Overend.
.He played such a major part in our success and really did »
- Don Groves
A very simplistic Dystopia for Dummies — with a bit of Terrence Malick for Dummies thrown in — and inoffensive enough until it devolves into all kinds of stupid. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m a big fan of science fiction
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It would be easy to let The Giver slide if its only problem were that it bears too close a resemblance to some of the other examples of young adult science fiction that have gotten recent transfers to the big screen. Such as (and most uncomfortably) Divergent, with which it shares a setting of a seeming utopia that shoehorns its happily conformist citizens into narrow roles until one oddball comes along who chaffs at the system. After all, the Lois Lowry novel this is based on was published almost 20 years before Divergent, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
After taking something of a left turn with his latest, the lighthearted TV miniseries "P'tit Quinquin," Bruno Dumont is moving in yet another interesting, unforeseen direction. The filmmaker is sticking in the world of TV, preparing a musical titled "Jeanette" for the channel Arte. It is about the childhood of Joan of Arc, and is based on the works of writer Charles Péguy, who wrote poetry and plays about the religious figure and "her personal struggle to come to terms with evil and her despair regarding the coming of God's kingdom." If anyone can pull off a musical about that, we suppose it's Dumont. [Telerama] "Hunter Killer" has hooked many directors over the years—Antoine Fuqua, Phillip Noyce, McG and Steven Quayle—without actually being made, and now Martin Campbell ("Casino Royale") is the latest to come in through the rotating doors of the forever developing movie. If it actually films. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Cut off from all outside communication, a submarine commander and an elite Navy special forces unit are all that stand between the Russian assault and all-out war.
Campbell is just the latest name attached to the helm of the project, and this would mark his first film since "Green Lantern".
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
The game of Hot Potato over the spy thriller Hunter Killer continues. The film has seen directors like Phillip Noyce, Antoine Fuqua, and most recently McG attached at one point or another, but has failed to come to fruition in the years that it’s been in development. Relativity is still trying, though, and The Wrap now reports that Casino Royale helmer Martin Campbell is in early talks to direct the pic, which is an adaptation of the novel Firing Point by George Wallace and Don Keith. The story revolves around an American sub commander and a Navy Seal team that must rescue the Russian president and defeat a renegade admiral who’s attempting a coup. Campbell hasn’t directed a film since 2011’s Green Lantern, and while he wasn’t a great match for superhero material, he helmed the excellent The Mask of Zorro and rebooted the James Bond »
- Adam Chitwood
Nicole Kidman and Sam Neill play the couple who take a yachting trip to forget the death of their child only to pick up deranged killer Billy Zane when he drifts by. Director Philip Noyce achieves terrifying levels of dread and tension in this three-handed horror-thriller with all the action taking place on board or below ship. Another version by Orson Welles - The Deep - never reached cinemas because of the death of its star, Laurence Harvey. »
Phillip Noyce.s The Giver is based on a young adult novel that sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, packed with a cast headed by Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, rising Australian star Brenton Thwaites, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift.
On paper that's an appealing package but the futuristic sci-fi drama based on the Lois Lowry novel, the first in a series of four books, has not enthralled audiences in Australia or the Us.
The film set in a society where there is no conflict, racism or sickness but freedom is curtailed, opened in the Us on August 15 and has raked in an estimated $US41.4 million. That's. much better than young-adult based flops The Host, Beautiful Creatures and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, but no great shakes.
Thwaites plays Jonas, who escapes the overbearing, very doctrinaire regime to embark on a long journey to find a true home. Bridges is The Giver, »
- Don Groves
Welcome to The Best Movie You Never Saw, a column dedicated to examining films that have flown under the radar or gained traction throughout the years, earning them a place as a cult classic or underrated gem that was either before it’s time and/or has aged like a fine wine. This week we’ll be looking at Phillip Noyce’s Dead Calm starring Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill, and Billy Zane! The Story: An Australian couple take a sailing trip in the Pacific to »
- Paul Shirey
While studios tout records, market share and No. 1 status based on box office grosses, we thought it’d be a good idea to look at some of this year’s summer films (tentpoles and not) to see how their budgets stacked up against their worldwide grosses to date. These budget numbers do not include domestic/international marketing and distribution costs, nor do they take into account the splits with exhibitors, but they do give an idea of outlay and income. Bear in mind, that while some of the biggest offshore grosses come from China, the studios are only getting a 25% cut from that territory. Also, some of these pictures will end up doing well in home entertainment and may make a profit over time — as in, a few years.
Here are some of the films we were able to compile from smallest to highest budgets with worldwide grosses (and percentage »
- Anita Busch and Nancy Tartaglione
Composer Marco Beltrami collaborated with director Phillip Noyce to set the tone for the big screen adaptation of The Giver, the beautifully ominous, suspenseful score for director Bong Joon Ho sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer, and Tommy Lee Jones’ Cannes-hit The Homesman.
Beltrami’s new films include the Tom Hardy/James Gandolfini film The Drop and director Roger Donaldson’s latest movie, The November Man, starring Pierce Brosnan, Olga Kurylenko, and Will Patton. Based on Bill Granger’s novel There Are No Spies, the seventh of a thirteen part book series, The November Man centers on an ex-cia operative pitted against his former pupil in a race to find a valuable witness who is hiding from the past, and holds the key to an international conspiracy. Read Jim Batts’ review Here.
- Michelle McCue
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