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Bill Lawrence and Cougar Town executive producer/showrunner Blake McCormick are writing the pilot episode for this one-hour action-comedy series, which is expected to stick close to the original 1998 movie that starred Chris Tucker as an outspoken L.A.P.D. cop who partners with a Hong Kong inspector (Jackie Chan) to solve a kidnapping.
Brett Ratner will serve as an executive producer of the TV series alongside Arthur M. Sarkissian. It isn't clear if the producers and Warner Bros. Television are aiming for a network or cable TV home for this project, once the script is complete.
Rush Hour was one of the biggest surprise hits at the box office in 1998, pulling in $141 million domestically and over $244 million worldwide, spawning the 2001 sequel Rush Hour 2 ($226 million domestic, »
Exclusive: Jai Courtney has joined the cast of Man Down, the psychological thriller from helmer Dito Montiel that’s ramping up to begin filming next month in Louisiana. The A Good Day To Die Hard and Divergent actor joins Shia Labeouf, Gary Oldman, Kate Mara and Toby Kebbell in the story of Gabriel Drummer, a haunted Afghanistan war veteran who attempts to come to terms with his past while searching for his family in a post-apocalyptic America. Courtney will play the role of Devin, Gabriel’s best friend who served with him in the war. Montiel is directing from a screenplay by Adam Simon. Dawn Krantz, Stephen McEveety, and Jon Burton are producers. Courtney’s upcoming slate includes studio sci-fiers Terminator: Genisys and Insurgent, in which he reprises his role from Ya hit Divergent, as well as Russell Crowe’s war drama The Water Diviner and Angelina Jolie’s award season biopic Unbroken. »
- Jen Yamato
This Aussie drama from director Matthew Saville was released down under at the end of August, and so far the critical reception has been mixed. Felony has all the makings of a sturdy police thriller, with a sterling cast giving it their all in this morality fable. The new clip that’s arrived offers a decent extended look at a scene involving a car accident.
The story revolves around Detectives Malcolm Toohey (Joel Edgerton), Carl Summer (Tom Wilkinson) and Jim Melic (Jai Courtney) following an accident that leaves a child in a coma. Based on the first clip alone, it seems like that is the incident being explored as Summer and Melic arrive at a crime scene. Wilkinson is just brilliant, as he always is, and to be honest, he’s worth watching in anything. Check it out for yourself, below.
Felony is available now on VOD and opens in theatres October 17th. »
- Gem Seddon
Despite the proverbial suggestion of the title, bad things mostly happen to less-than-upstanding citizens in “Good People,” a capable crime caper that nonetheless disappoints, considering the flavorful talent involved. With off-kilter Danish genre specialist Henrik Ruben Genz (“Terribly Happy”) making his English-language debut from a script by “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” writer Kelly Masterson, it’d be reasonable to expect a few more blackened twists in the tale of a hard-up Yank couple (James Franco and Kate Hudson) dragged into the Cockney underworld after pocketing a stash of dirty money from their deceased tenant. Both stars are in agreeable if uncharacteristically muted form, doing little to distinguish Genz’s pic from any amount of formula-following filler in the same B-movie ballpark; commercially, “VOD People” is the more apt moniker for this multi-platform release.
If nothing else, “Good People” serves as a relatively novel entry in Franco’s »
- Guy Lodge
Written for the screen by Kelly Masterson
Directed by Henrik Ruben Genz
Tom and Anna Wright (James Franco and Kate Hudson) are a financially-struggling American couple giving UK life a try. The money from a robbery-gone-wrong ends up in their basement and they make the ill-fated decision to hold onto it, unaware that the cash will bring two separate criminal gangs and a worn police detective charging into their lives.
Good People plays out like a combination of A Simple Plan and Shallow Grave, though it has neither the cold irony of the former nor the sweaty shiftiness of the latter. Still, director Henrik Ruben Genz’s stateside debut is a capable thriller with sequences of strong suspense.
- Neal Dhand
One mistake followed by a lie changes the life of one dedicated cop in the Aussie crime flick/moral fable "Felony." Written by and starring Joel Edgerton, the film offers more than your standard procedural, with a twisty tale about loyalty and the untruths we tell ourselves and others to stay out of trouble. Co-starring Tom Wilkinson and Jai Courtney and directed by Matthew Saville, the story follows cop Malcolm Toohey (Edgerton), whose night of celebrating a major drug bust becomes a nightmare when he accidentally runs over and kills a young boy on his way home. Initially claiming he found the already injured child on the street, soon Malcolm is trying to cover his tracks from dogged investigator Jim Melic (Courtney), while the veteran Carl Summer (Wilkinson) tries to help Malcolm cover it up. It's a tense triangle from which no one emerges unscathed. In the exclusive clip below, »
- Edward Davis
People Are People: Genz’s English Debut a Satisfactory B-Grade Noir
Expectations may a bet set a bit too high for Danish filmmaker Henrik Ruben Genz’s descent into the English language with his adaptation of Markus Sakey’s novel, Good People. Considering that 2008’s Terribly Happy, the director’s last film to play stateside, drew comparisons to the Coen Bros. and David Lynch, this latest effort pales severely in comparison, resembling more of a kitchen sink noir drowning in its own sea of dirty dishwater. Bereft of any vicious underpinnings or subversive class commentaries that would have at least presented something to chew on, we’re treated to the kind of deceptive web that doesn’t seem altogether probable from all its various angles.
- Nicholas Bell
Sydney drugs cop Mal Toohey (Joel Edgerton, who also wrote the script) is saved from a rap by fellow officer Carl Summer (Tom Wilkinson) when he runs over a small child after celebrating a successful dope bust. However, Summer's young partner Jim Melic (Jai Courtney) doesn't like what he sees and decides to push for a full examination of the accident. An intriguing glimpse into a moral minefield where old-fashioned guilt seems set to emerge as the dominant force. »
The Oscar race is in full swing now that the Telluride, Venice and Toronto Film Festivals are coming to a close and for those of you that may be interested, I'll be chatting Toronto and the Oscar race this afternoon around 1:30 Pm Pst on Huffington Post Live with Jeff Wells from Hollywood Elsewhere and Anne Thompson from Indiewire as things are starting to shape up in terms of the Oscar race, though this is looking like it could be a particularly volatile year. In terms of updating predictions, I'm going to begin with the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor races, neither of which I have really given much attention just yet and the Supporting Actor charts I haven't touched since first opening the doors back in early August. So how much have things changedc Well, quite a bit and not so much depending on how you look at it. »
- Brad Brevet
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Belle (period romance based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle; Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Sam Reid, Miranda Richardson; rated PG) Brick Mansions (action; Paul Walker, RZA; rated PG-13) Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Marvel superhero sequel; Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Anthony Mackie; also available in 3D; rated PG-13) Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (animated family film; voices...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
On Demand DVD New Releases Sept. 8-14 Belle Inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, this powerful film stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw as the mixed-race daughter of a British Navy officer raised by her wealthy great-uncle (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson). (PG, 1:44) 9/9 Borgman In this dark, surreal suburban fable, an enigmatic vagrant enters the lives of an upper-class family and quickly unravels their carefully curated lifestyle. Jan Bijvoet, Hadewych Minis (Tvma, 1:53) 9/9 Dutch, subtitled in English. Brick Mansions In the criminal underworld of Detroit, the streets are overrun with violence and drugs. The hand of corruption reaches into the lives … Continue reading →
The post On Demand DVD New Releases: Sept. 8-14 appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Meredith Ennis
Although the crime thriller Felony premiered in its native Australia (as well as premiering at last year’s Tiff), the United States have still not been favored with the film, which stars Joel Edgerton, Tom Wilkinson, and Jai Courtney. This has at last been remedied, and we’re finally going to see it stateside in October. Before then though, we have to be reminded what it’s about, hence a Us trailer that introduces us to the players in what looks like a complicated game.
Felony stars Edgerton as decorated cop Malcolm Toohey, who becomes involved in a tragic accident that puts a young boy in a coma. He’s not quite certain what happened (the trailer makes it look like perhaps he was driving home having had one too many), but his superior Carl Summer (Tom Wilkinson) decides to cover up the truth. Enter Courtney as Jim Melic, a »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
A full year after debuting at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, the Australian thriller Felony is poised to hit theaters in the United States this fall. Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Animal Kingdom) wrote the film and stars in the story of a detective trying to hide a drunk driving accident after celebrating a major drug bust earlier in the day. One of his colleagues (Tom Wilkinson) tries to cover up the truth while another (Jai Coutney) is intent on finding out what really happened. This doesn't look half-bad, and Jai Courtney actually seems like a decent actor when he's using his native Australian accent. Watch the trailer! Here's the Us trailer for Matthew Saville's Felony from YouTube: Watch the much different trailer for the release of Felony in Australia right here. Felony is directed by Australian filmmaker Matthew Saville, from a screenplay written by actor/producer Joel Edgerton, »
- Ethan Anderton
Following the international trailer released in June, Gravitas Ventures has debuted the first domestic trailer for Felony, which marks the screenwriting debut of star Joel Edgerton. The actor-writer-producer portrays Detective Malcolm Toohey, whose life is turned upside down after he's responsible for a tragic accident following a night of drinking. Jai Courtney and Tom Wilkinson star as Jim Melic and Carl Summer, the two cops assigned to the case, with Jim focusing his investigation on Malcolm while Carl tries to cover up the truth.
Take a look at the latest footage from director Matthew Saville's thriller, co-starring Melissa George, which will be released on iTunes and VOD formats September 16 before arriving in theaters October 17.
Malcolm Toohey is a committed husband, father and a dedicated detective who's not afraid to put his body on the line. After surviving a shot through his bullet proof vest during a major drug bust, »
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
Woody Allen’s back catalogue casts a long shadow across contemporary romantic comedy. His tropes and trademarks are as ingrained into the collective sense memory as mother’s perfume. At the first tremble of a clarinet, mutter about mortality or meander across a Manhattan neighbourhood, we inhale the nostalgia like Bisto kids. And arguably we’d never have met Harry and Sally, walked the Sidewalks of New York or dined alongside Friends with Money without his influence.
The Longest Week is peppered with Woody base notes. Over the course of seven days, Conrad (Jason Bateman) has been stripped of the safety net of his wealth and the cushion of his ego, moved in with his cynical best friend (Billy Crudup) and accidentally fallen in love with his girl (Olivia Wilde). His eventual dilemma – to be or not to be a better man – is as timeless as Annie Hall.
Now, to coincide with its DVD release, »
- Emily Breen
Fox Searchight has released its period drama "Belle," directed by Amma Asante, on VOD platforms, like iTunes, today, August 26, 2014. The period drama about the trials and tribulations of a mixed-race girl, in the 1700s, which made its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Miranda Richardson, Tom Wilkinson, Sarah Gadon, Sam Claflin, and Matthew Goode. Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay. It’s a name all but lost to history, but in director Amma Asante’s "Belle," the illegitimate daughter of a British Naval officer and an African slave, raised as a noblewoman »
- Zeba Blay
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? This 18th century English romance is about Dido Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a biracial woman raised by her aristocratic great uncle and aunt, Lord and Lady Mansfield. She grows up alongside her cousin Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) as equals and best friends, but as they come of age, their differences become all too apparent -- to each other and to their would-be suitors. Meanwhile, Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) is facing a trial as Lord Chief Justice of England that could change the future of slavery. Will Dido find love on her own terms?
Why We're In: It's an elegant period piece perfect for Jane Austen fans, and it's a subtle but effective examination of the intersection of class and race in 18th century England. Mbatha-Raw is fantastic, and director Amma Asante has an excellent eye for detail.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the »
- Jenni Miller
After racially-charged unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, made headlines this summer, there’s no denying that civil rights biopic Selma is going to strike a chord with many when it releases this winter. Starring David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. and Carmen Ejogo as his wife Carmen Scott, the Ava DuVernay-directed pic centers on the influential march from Selma to Montgomery, which paved the way for the 1965 passage of the Voting Rights Act.
Whether the inspiring, resonant story at the heart of Selma will make it an Oscar contender remains to be seen. The latter half of 2014 will be filled with similarly high-profile biopics, many of which are already earning awards buzz. In the coming months, Tim Burton will unveil Big Eyes, about Margaret Keane and her husband Walter; Angelina Jolie »
- Isaac Feldberg
Paramount Pictures has released a couple of stills giving us our first look at their upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. drama Selma. The film tells the story of King Jr.‘s fight to pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
David Oyelowo plays the civil rights leader, and it has an impressive supporting cast that also includes Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson, with Tim Roth, Giovanni Ribisi, Cuba Gooding Jr., Common, Wendell Pierce, and Lorraine Toussaint. The photos give us a look at some of these actors. Here's a short synopsis:
Selma is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The movie will be released in theaters on December 25th. »
- Joey Paur
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