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'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' star Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' trailer: Movie stunt combo "Desperate times. Desperate measures," says Tom Cruise aka Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation trailer aka the Mission: Impossible 5 and/or MI5 trailer. Whatever you call it, that particular line could be read in a number of ways: Tom Cruise's superstardom is in the doldrums – at least that's what we hear from those who see reality only through U.S.-focused lenses – and he needs all the box-office help he can get. Hence, MI5. Hollywood is in dire need of a mammoth domestic blockbuster following a year of mediocre-performing tentpoles at the U.S. box office. Hence, MI5. The world's socioeconomic fabric is about to unravel. Hence, MI5 – so humankind can go with a bang. Not only with a bang, but with mirth as well. »
- Andre Soares
The 1996 film Mission: Impossible brought the television series, which ran from 1966 to 1973, to the big screen in a major way, as the film ultimately spawned a franchise, with a revolving door of supporting performers that, over the years, have included Kristin Scott Thomas, Thandie Newton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Tom Wilkinson. A fifth entry was soon announced after the fourth’s premiere in theatres, with the film’s release date getting pushed up by five months earlier this year.
Now the film has a title. The feature, which wrapped product just two weeks ago, will be called Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, and sees franchise stalwart Tom Cruise returning in the role of Ethan Hunt. Cruise will be joined onscreen by returning castmembers Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, and Jeremy Renner, with Rhames being the other connecting factor between all five features. The film’s synopsis is as follows:
Ethan and team »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Eduardo Verastegui, a producer and star of Open Road’s upcoming film “Little Boy,” is offering World War II veterans free tickets to the film, Variety has learned exclusively.
“The freedom that Americans enjoy is because of the sacrifices of these valiant men and women,” said Verastegui. “In light of that, I would like to give two tickets to World War II veterans to thank them and so they can experience the healing power of ‘Little Boy.’”
“Little Boy” is the story of a young boy who sets out to achieve the impossible: to bring his father back from World War II. The film is narrated in the present day by the boy’s adult self, looking back at his childhood in the fictional 1940s-era town of O’Hare, Calif.
More than 16 million Americans served in World War II. It’s estimated that 855,000 of them are still alive.
Tickets are available through Verastegui’s www. »
- Dave McNary
Celebrity chef and peripatetic TV host Anthony Bourdain is credited as an executive producer of “Bone in the Throat,” a free adaptation of his novel about ambitious restaurateurs and minor-league Mafiosi in Manhattan’s Little Italy, so one must presume he approved of director/co-scripter Graham Henman’s decision to reconstitute the source material as a seriocomic tale of haute cuisine and criminal activity in East London. But the shifts in locale and characterization may not be for every taste: Although entertaining in fits and starts, the filmization too often has the flavor of a reheated leftover from the Guy Ritchie menu. Audiences aren’t likely to sample this middling concoction until it’s served in home-screen platforms.
The plot pivots on the aspirations of Will Reeves (Ed Westwick), the white sheep of a family of mob minions. Will has set his sights on the straight life of a master chef, »
- Joe Leydon
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Paramount Pictures will re-release its Academy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning film Selma nationwide for a special encore engagement. The film will play in theaters across the U.S. beginning Friday, March 20th. Tickets are on sale today online and at theater box offices. For a list of theaters and to purchase tickets, visit SelmaMovie.com.
Moviegoers who purchase a ticket to see Selma at a participating theater can receive an additional ticket free. This limited time offer is only available at participating theater box offices. Selma won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for "Glory" by Common & John Legend. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Paramount Pictures will re-release its Academy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning film Selma nationwide for a special encore engagement.
Directed by Ava DuVernay, the film will play in theaters across the U.S. beginning Friday, March 20th.
Tickets are on sale today online and at theater box offices. For a list of theaters and to purchase tickets, visit www.SelmaMovie.com
Moviegoers who purchase a ticket to see Selma at a participating theater can receive an additional ticket free. This limited time offer is only available at participating theater box offices.
Selma won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for “Glory” by Common & John Legend. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.
- Michelle McCue
Anthony Bourdain is an acclaimed chef who has recovered from drug addiction, hosted a handful of TV shows, and written several books and novels. So yes, he's probably done more today than you'll do all month, and the latest Bourdain associated project coming is "Bone In The Throat," based on his debut piece of fiction. It hits SXSW this weekend, and the first trailer has arrived. Ed Westwick, Tom Wilkinson, Rupert Graves, Vanessa Kirby, John Hannah, Steve Mackintosh, and Andy Nyman star in the first feature from director Graham Henman about a talented young chef who is being pulled in the East End London mob scene by his uncle, and must fight to survive. So yes, it's a pulpy tale that just happens to revolve around life in the kitchen, rather than something aiming for a more accurate view of life behind the stove. We'll see how many Michelin stars »
- Kevin Jagernauth
"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" was a surprise hit three years ago and earned a legion of fans around the world. The ensemble drama about a group of British senior citizens taking up residence in an Indian hotel was missing one key moment, however. Oscar winners Judi Dench and Maggie Smith barely had a scene together. Ol Parker, who wrote both "Exotic" and the sequel "Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," takes complete responsibility. "I [expletive] up the first time," Parker says speaking to HitFix earlier this month. "I mean they don’t talk. They literally don’t talk for the first movie." That's not entirely true. Evelyn (Dench) and Muriel (Smith) do have a brief exchange towards the end of the film, but it sadly alludes to their lack of screen time. Muriel notes, "We haven't talked much, you and I" and Evelyn replies, "My looks evidently." Parker recalls, "You’ve got these two titans, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Director Ava DuVernay's depiction of the 1960's Civil Rights movement in the lauded drama Selma will make its Digital HD home video debut on April 21, 2015. The Selma Blu-ray and DVD release date will come a couple weeks later on May 5, 2015.
Selma stars David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a host of other strong actors including Oprah Winfrey, Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Tim Roth, Common, Giovanni Ribisi, Carmen Ejogo, and Lorraine Toussaint. The film was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards and won Best Song for the John Legend and Common tribute, 'Glory.'
The Selma Blu-ray is a combo pack with DVD and Digital HD. It is absolutely loaded with bonus features as a testament for the love the film received by audiences and critics alike.
Here's a rundown of all the Selma extras that will be found on the Blu-ray combo:
A grownup storybook of a movie spun out of candy-colored nonsense that challenges you to embrace its falseness and deny its romance. I’m “biast” (pro): love Wes Anderson
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Thank god for Wes Anderson. Our entertainment ecosystem may be one of bland tediousness in which creatively bankrupt movie machines spit out the same stories over and over again, but once in a while Anderson will commute from the other plane of existence he lives on — I imagine the colors are brighter there, and the air always faintly redolent of baking cookies — to bestow upon us a cinematic bonbon such as The Grand Budapest Hotel. Anderson’s boons are a torment as much as a treat, of course, reminders of just how unoriginal almost everyone else making movies is. Somehow, I endure them anyway.
- MaryAnn Johanson
Paramount Home Media Distribution has revealed the full details for the Blu-ray and DVD Oscar Winning film Selma, starring David Oleyowo, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Roth, Carmen Ejogo and Oprah Winfrey and directed by Ava DuVernay.
Pre-order Selma On Blu-ray Here
The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes:
–DTS-hd Master Audio 5.1 English; Dolby Digital 5.1 French and English Audio Description
English, English Sdh, French, and Spanish Subtitles
–The Road to Selma
–Deleted and Extended Scenes
–National Voting Rights Museum and Institute
–Selma Student Tickets: Donor Appreciation
The single disc DVD will include:
–Dolby Digital 5.1 English, »
- Scott J. Davis
Hailed as “extraordinary” (David Denby, The New Yorker), “deeply moving” (Claudia Puig, USA Today) and “a triumph” (A.O. Scott, New York Times), director Ava DuVernay’s powerful drama Selma debuts on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand May 5, 2015 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.
The film arrives two weeks early on Digital HD April 21, 2015.
Embraced by critics and audiences alike, Selma was named one of the best films of the year by New York Times,New York Post, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Variety, Hollywood Reporter and many more. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and won the Oscar for Best Original Song for John Legend and Common’s compelling tribute “Glory.”
- Michelle McCue
Unfinished Business, the latest gross-out comedy from Vince Vaughn, was not press screened for critics in fear that poor reviews would deter people from going to see it. Well, it looks like that didn’t matter all that much.
The movie only managed to pull in a pathetic $4.8 million domestically, and an even worse $2.6 million overseas. With a budget of around $35 million, this is only disappointing news for 20th Century Fox.
This is now the lowest opening of a Vince Vaughn-led comedy movie and yet another disappointing box office performance from the actor following Delivery Man and The Watch. The Internship, with co-star Owen Wilson, did marginally better with $17.3 million, but its far removed from the likes of Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story ($30 million), Wedding Crashers ($33.9 million), Couples Retreat ($34.2 million) and The Break-Up ($39.1 million).
- Luke Owen
Expect to see a lot of premature eulogies for Vince Vaughn's career today, after the disastrous opening of "Unfinished Business," just like you saw a lot of premature obituaries last week for Will Smith's career after the lackluster debut of "Focus."
True, "Business" was an especially spectacular flop, premiering in 10th place with only an estimated $4.8 million, less than half of the already modest $10 million pundits were predicting. That the movie is only the latest in a string of Vaughn flops (including "The Watch," "The Dilemma," "The Internship," and "Delivery Man") seems reason enough for pundits to start measuring the coffin.
Weep not for Vaughn. His hands and feet were immortalized in concrete outside Hollywood's Chinese Theatre just this past Wednesday. Next month, he'll star in the eagerly-anticipated second season on HBO's "True Detective," which, if nothing else, will remind those viewers who think of him only as »
- Gary Susman
Every now and then, an actor that usually makes good choices will pick a less-than-brilliant movie role that, nevertheless, pays handsomely. Unfinished Business seems to be what happens when you get a whole ensemble cast of players who seemingly have no possible incentive to be here other than the money.
It's no surprise to see Vince Vaughn, but we haven't the foggiest as to what Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco, Sienna Miller, James Marsden and Nick Frost are doing here, if they're not in it for the salary. This mirthless, mercenary comedy is beneath all of them, even Vaughn, although this seems to be the kind of vehicle to which he hitches his wagon all too often these days.
Unfinished Business, 2015.
Directed by Ken Scott.
A hard-working small business owner and his two associates travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every way imaginable – and unimaginable.
I like to think that I have a pretty high tolerance for crude and crass comedy, or at least much higher than the average critic. With that said, even I couldn’t believe the amount of graphic content that Unfinished Business repeatedly hurls your way; the only problem is that most of the time the antics reek of desperation to get a juvenile laugh out of the audience because the rest of the film is so unfocused that, I’m assuming the writers just said “F*** it, let’s just »
- Robert Kojder
20th Century Fox released their new comedy film, "Unfinished Business," into theaters this weekend, and all the reviews have been submitted from the top, major movie critics in the biz. It turns out that they weren't too fond of this one, giving it only an overall 32 score out of a possible 100 at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: James Marsden, Tom Wilkinson, Sienna Miller, Nick Frost, Vince Vaughn and Dave Franco. We've posted blurbs from a few of the critics,below. Michael O'Sullivan at the Washington Post, gave it a 63 grade, stating: "While by no means a masterpiece, the comedy, by Canadian director Ken Scott, is a careful calibration of crass gags and genuine sentiment that succeeds more often than it fails." Dana Rosa Falcone from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 50 score. She stated: " The movie struggles to find its comedic footing by trying to bring out the family »
- Andre Braddox
Neill Blomkamp's "Chappie" got a polarizing reaction from critics and moviegoers appear unsure of the final product as well. The Sci-Fi flick opened to just $4.5 million on Friday for what could be a $13-14 million weekend. That was enough for it to take the top spot at the box office, but considering initial pre-release polling had the film debuting over $20 million that has to be a major disappointment for distributor Sony Pictures. "Chappie" is on track to be Hugh Jackman's worst opening since "Australia" in 2008 and Blomkamp's worst ever after "District 9" debuted to $37 million and "Elysium" found $29.8 million in its first frame. Last weekend's top film, "Focus," dropped to no. 2 with another $2.8 million and $27.4 million to date. The Will Smith and Margot Robbie hustle looks like it will eventually tap out around $50 million. Debuting at no. 3 in just 1,573 screens (under half of the number for "Chappie »
- Gregory Ellwood
The U.S. box office is as glum this weekend as the dystopian future depicted in one of the new releases.
Although off to a soft start, Neill Blomkamp’s robot thriller “Chappie” is No. 1 at the box office, aiming for a lower-than-expected $13 million to $13.5 million this weekend, while the comedy “Unfinished Business” is giving star Vince Vaughn the worst opening weekend of his career.
Sony’s “Chappie” launched to $4.5 million on Friday in the U.S. Blomkamp’s third film is far behind his previous two (dystopian thrillers as well): “District 9,” which opened to $37.4 million in 2009, and “Elysium,” which launched to $29.8 million in 2013.
Made on a modest $49 million budget (financed partly by Mrc and LStar Capital) and shot in South Africa, much like the low-budget hit “District 9,” the Johannesburg-set film could do better business overseas as it opens simultaneously in 53 markets, including the U.K., Germany, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
A new trailer for war comedy-drama Little Boy has debuted.
The forthcoming movie is centred on a 7-year-old boy who desperately wants to end World War II so his father can come home.
Little Boy opens on April 24 in the Us. No UK release date has been set. »
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