15 items from 2016
Exclusive: Australian actor Martin Dingle Wall has joined the cast of Simon West’s Salty opposite Antonio Banderas and Olga Kurylenko. Known for such Oz TV series as Upper Middle Bogan, Home And Away and Cops Lac, he also recently starred in feature Strangerland. Salty, which began principal photography last month in Chile, sees Banderas as an aging rock star and reformed sex addict married to a supermodel who is abducted by pirates while on vacation. The story is adapted… »
As you may have determined, there will be a Top Gun sequel at some point in the very near future. Jerry Bruckheimer teased an image with Tom Cruise a little while ago via his Twitter account, but since then things have gone a little bit quiet.
Cruise is currently shooting The Mummy for Universal and then he’ll reprise his role as Ethan Hunt in a sixth Mission: Impossible movie for Paramount. In between he’ll hit the road to promote the Jack Reacher sequel and then, hopefully, we hope he’ll turn his attention to Top Gun 2 – after all, the original film is thirty years old next year.
What we haven’t considered is who will direct it. As we all know, Tony Scott sadly passed away a couple of years ago, and his legendary shoes are going to be really difficult to fill.
Scott was a truly unique, »
- The Hollywood News
Kirsten Howard Jul 5, 2016
We dig through the ten recent straight-to-dvd films of Mr Nicolas Cage. Can we find a gem in there?
My mum, having just gone through an acrimonious divorce, was trying to drum up the optimism to find love again, and apparently that involved watching a lot of rom-coms where an idealised – or at least intrinsically whimsical – version of love prevailed over boring old steadfast responsibility.
She would watch Dirty Dancing three or four times in a day, rewinding the ending relentlessly and bawling her eyes out. A VHS of Baby Boom was worn down until the tape resembled a type of grey, flimsy nylon. I hesitate to imagine what she was projecting with repeated viewings of Overboard, »
Shoot underway in Chile on crowd-funded action-comedy from Con Air director.
Kurylenko will play Sheila Enry wife of Banderas’ Turk Enry, an ageing rock star and reformed sex addict married to a supermodel who is abducted by pirates on holiday in Chile.
Producers are Jib Polhemus (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) and Harry Stourton (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) with screenplay by Mark Haskell Smith (TV series Star Trek Voyager) and Toby Davies (The Mitchell and Webb Look).
Director West said: “‘I’m delighted Olga has joined Antonio and the rest of the cast. Her talents in both action and comedy make her the perfect ‘Sheila’. I’m excited »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Remaking the 1972 Charles Bronson flick of the same name, 2011’s The Mechanic proved to be pretty sick action thriller, with Jason Statham in full bad ass mode as the titular hit man, Arthur Bishop. Swapping out original director Simon West for We Are the Night’s Denis Gansel, Mechanic: Resurrection sees Bishop make his triumphant return to the world of contract killing, bringing Jessica Alba and Tommy Lee Jones along for the ride, with a tale that sees him tasked with pulling off a series of seemingly impossible assassinations on the most dangerous men in the world. Even though there’s a new guy at the helm, there’s no denying that Resurrection captures the style of the original perfectly, and Statham is on top form doing what he does best. As well as promising some bad ass action beats (the opening with the glass bottomed pool looks suitably impressive »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
But thankfully, the drought is coming to an end.
This August, he’s returning for The Mechanic sequel, entitled Mechanic: Resurrection. He’s leading quite a cast, too. Alongside him this time are Tommy Lee Jones (with some quite excellent facial hair, Jessica Alba and Michelle Yeoh.
The first poster for the film has landed, which suggests that a trailer can’t be too far away. You can see »
The 12th Man
Jonathan Rhys Meyers has signed on to play German commander Kurt Stage in Harold Zwart's WW2 drama "The 12th Man". The story follows Jan Baalsrud, a Norwegian resistance fighter, one of a dozen saboteurs trained by British intelligence to carry out a raid on an air traffic control tower in the Norwegian city of Bardufoss in 1943. [Source: THR]
Daniel Bruhl has signed up for the ten-episode TV series "Mafiya" for The Weinstein Co. and ITV Studios. William Nicholson ("Gladiator," "Shadowlands") penned the script which is set around the fall of the Soviet Union as criminal gangs and private armies clashed over wealth and control. Bruhl plays a man who goes from street trader to one of the richest and powerful individuals in the country. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
Read More: 5 Ways the Cannes Market Will Impact Indie Film The Cannes Market is an oftentimes overwhelming source of breaking news stories, so we're sorting through the clutter this year to present a roundup of the biggest and best breaking news stories. From major casting announcements to filmmakers boarding exciting new projects, you can find a complete rundown of the stories below. Content will be updated as news breaks straight from the Cannes Market. Wednesday, May 11 - Antonio Banderas will play the lead in Simon West's action-comedy "Salty." The actor will play an aged rock star and sex addict who must save his supermodel wife after she is kidnapped by pirates. According to THR, the film is being billed as "'The Hangover'-meets-'Spinal Tap'" West is best known as the director of "Con Air" and "Tomb Raider." - Idris Elba and Naomie Harris are teaming up to star »
- Zack Sharf
Antonio Banderas has been set to star in Simon West's action-comedy, Salty. Principal photography begins next month in Chile. Banderas will play Turk Henry, an aging rock star and reformed sex addict married to a supermodel who is abducted by pirates while on vacation. The story is adapted from the novel by Mark Haskell Smith. Carnaby Sales & Distribution is handling world rights on the film which is said to be the largest equity crowd-funded project ever. Deals are… »
Set in 1356, after decades of relentless war between the French and English armies, an English solider is awarded the castle of his French assassin enemy. But in the walls and the lands that surround it, someone has reawakened the Loup de Guerre, a nightmarish creature on a killing spree.
West will direct from a script by Andy Briggs and Paul Finch for what is a first in a planned franchise. Ileen Maisel, Lawrence Elman and Jib Polhemus are producing and filming begins in Italy in November.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Fortitude International will launch international sales in Cannes. “War Wolf” is the first in a planned franchise of films under a partnership between West, Fortitude International and Amber Entertainment centered around the magical world of the Loup de Guerre.
Finch, author of the “Heck” crime novels, is currently working on a novelization of the project.
“War Wolf” is set in 1356, after decades of relentless war between the French and English armies, with English solider Earl Hugo awarded the castle of his enemy, the French assassin Mauchet. But in the walls of the castle and the lands that surround it, someone has reawakened the Loup de Guerre, the »
- Dave McNary
Independent German distributor SquareOne Entertainment has acquired all German-speaking rights to five high-profile independent movies, including “The Billionaire Boys Club,” starring Taron Egerton, Ansel Elgort and Kevin Spacey, “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir,” featuring Uma Thurman and Gemma Arterton, and the Simon West-directed “The Blob” with Samuel L. Jackson.
SquareOne also picked up French box office comedy hits “Le Grand Partage” and “All Gone South.”
James Cox’s “The Billionaire Boys Club,” which was acquired from Good Universe, is based on the true story of a group of wealthy young men in Los Angeles during the early 1980s who established a get-rich quick scam that turned deadly.
- Leo Barraclough
Based on Pulitzer Prize winning correspondent David Zucchino’s non-fiction book Thunder Run - The Armored Strike To Capture Baghdad, the script has been adapted by Black Hawk Down screenwriter Ken Nolan and Robert Pot (Numb3rs).
Jib Polhemus and Harry Stourton will produce under the Simon West Productions banner together with Carnaby’s Sean O’Kelly and Andrew Loveday. Production is planned for Q1, 2017, with casting underway and Carnaby planning a buyer presentation in Berlin.
Set in 2003 Iraq, Thunder Run is the story of the capture of Baghdad by American forces at the onset of the Iraq War.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Horror Channel has announced eight petrifying premieres for Friday and Saturday nights this February, including the UK TV Premiere of Daric Gates’ possession thriller The Appearing and the Network premieres of Paul Hyett’s disturbing directorial debut The Seasoning House, Stephen King’s psychological thriller Secret Window, starring Johnny Depp and Renny Harlin’s supernatural cult favourite The Covenant.
Other network premieres for Friday nights include Christian Duguay’s dystopian Sci-Fi actioner Screamers and Robert Heath’s Brit revenge shocker Truth or Dare, whilst Saturday night’s exclusive line-up embraces haunting chiller Darkness Falls and Simon West’s frenzied pulse-racer When a Stranger Calls.
Full details in transmission order:
Fri 5 Feb @ 10.55pm – Screamers (1995) *Network Premiere
Based on Philip K. Dick’s short story “Second Variety”, this cult favourite stars Peter Weller as Cmdr. Joe Hendricksson, who sets out across the surface of Sirius 6B, hoping to settle a violent labour »
- Gary Collinson
Cheer on local talent with these potentially great UK films from 2016, including drama, comedy, action, horror, fantasy & more…
While Batman Vs Superman, Captain America: Civil War, X-Men Apocalypse and other mega franchises are expected to dominate cinemas in 2016, let’s hear it for the films below. None are sequels, few have titanic budgets, all of them are British and each of them has the potential to be great.
2016 looks to be a particularly strong year for UK crime drama, with Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, Adam Smith’s Trespass Against Us and Michael Apted’s Unlocked on their way. Military thrillers are also well represented this year, with Gavin Hood’s Eye In The Sky, Fernando Coimbra’s Sand Castle, and Simon West’s Stratton incoming. There’s also comedy, fantasy, drama, horror and even a musical waiting for you below.
A Street Cat Named Bob (dir. »
15 items from 2016
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