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Sean Penn: Honorary César goes Hollywood – again (photo: Sean Penn in '21 Grams') Sean Penn, 54, will receive the 2015 Honorary César (César d'Honneur), the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts has announced. That means the French Academy's powers-that-be are once again trying to make the Prix César ceremony relevant to the American media. Their tactic is to hand out the career award to a widely known and relatively young -- i.e., media friendly -- Hollywood celebrity. (Scroll down for more such examples.) In the words of the French Academy, Honorary César 2015 recipient Sean Penn is a "living legend" and "a stand-alone icon in American cinema." It has also hailed the two-time Best Actor Oscar winner as a "mythical actor, a politically active personality and an exceptional director." Penn will be honored at the César Awards ceremony on February 20, 2015. Sean Penn movies Sean Penn movies range from the »
- Steve Montgomery
Following a potential political sex scandal through the eyes of the politician, “Zipper” plays like an odd hybrid of “Shame” and a season-long subplot on “House of Cards.” Tawdry but cripplingly self-serious, the second feature from Mora Stephens (a full decade after her little seen, and also politically themed, debut “Conventioneers”) benefits from Patrick Wilson’s committed star turn. Still, the awkward end product would inevitably struggle in theatrical venues, making it more advisable to play to the base and go straight to VOD and premium cable.
Federal prosecutor Sam Ellis (Wilson) is on the fast track in national politics. He’s got it all: high-profile career success, good looks, charm, a well-connected and shrewdly strategic wife, Jeannie (Lena Headey), and a clean-cut image as someone who wants to punish the bad and protect the good. Sam even rejects the advances of comely intern Dalia (Dianna Agron) when they share »
- Geoff Berkshire
At this point, watching the development of The Huntsman has become something of a sport. The sequel to 2012’s phenomenally successful Snow White And The Huntsman is now a case-study in what can be achieved when Universal has the commitment of two stars, a confirmed release date, and then just holds on tight.
When the first film opened to great fanfare and financial success, the idea of a sequel was immediately and predictably bandied about. The main cast – Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron – was on board and happy to return. Then came a wave of high profile controversy surrounding Stewart and the film’s director, Rupert Sanders – which led to both of them stepping away from the project. But, with Hemsworth and Theron still attached, a release date was set for April 22nd 2016, and attentions turned to the development of a screenplay, without Snow White in it.
- Sarah Myles
Universal Pictures is currently moving forward with The Huntsman, a sequel to their 2012 action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman that will primarily focus on Chris Hemsworth's title character and Charlize Theron as the evil Ravenna, with Emily Blunt also in talks for an unspecified villain role. We already know that Kristen Stewart is not returning as Snow White, but a new report from Deadline reveals that Nick Frost, Toby Jones and Eddie Marsan, who played three of the seven dwarfs in Snow White and the Huntsman, will not be back for the follow-up.
The sequel will only feature two of the dwarfs, although it isn't entirely clear yet which two they will be. Eddie Marsan was forced to bow out due to schedule complications with Showtime's Ray Donovan, while both Nick Frost and Toby Jones "appear not to have agreed on terms for the second installment." The remaining dwarfs »
Nick Frost ("Shaun Of The Dead"), Toby Jones ("Captain America: The First Avenger") and Eddie Marsan ("The World's End") will not reprise their Snow White & The Huntsman roles in Cedric Nicolas-Troyan's The Huntsman, according to Deadline. In fact, only two dwaves will be back for the follow-up. Who are they? Deadline doesn't know at this time. Well, you count out Bob Hoskins too. The actor passed away shortly after the film came out. That leaves Ian McShane, Johnny Harris, Ray Winstone and Brian Gleeson as possibilities to return. Deadline did provide reasons as to why Frost, Jones and Marsan aren't coming back. Marsan was never a consideration. His schedule is too busy based on his role in the Showtime series, Ray Donovan. As for Frost and Jones, they couldn't agree on the terms Universal offered them. Boo! The sequel sends the Huntsman on a quest to find the magic »
It sounds like a George Rr Martin title, but a dearth of dwarves is apparently the situation in The Huntsman, the follow-up to Snow White And The Huntsman. There's no Snow White this time, but there's also a scarcity of the little fellas.Given that The Huntsman is a prequel, taking place well before Snow White encountered the dwarves in the first place, we might have guessed this anyway. If you're raving about the decision, however, rest assured that at least two of the previous eight (yes, there were eight, rather breaking with Disney tradition) will appear again.Which two? That's unclear at this stage. Bob Hoskins is sadly no longer with us, while Deadline reports that Nick Frost, Toby Jones and Eddie Marsan are all already out of the running for various reasons. That leaves Ian McShane, Ray Winstone, Johnny Harris and Brian Gleeson as the four actors possibly still drawing straws with Universal. »
An adaptation of Jean-Patrick Manchette’s “The Prone Gunman.” Sean Penn stars as Jim Terrier, an international operative who is betrayed by the organization he worked for, and must go on the run in a relentless game of cat and mouse across Europe.
- Gary Collinson
Open Road will release Sean Penn's first action movie, called "The Gunman," in theaters on March 20th. And today, we have an international trailer. Check it out below. The story centers on an international operative named Martin Terrier (Penn) who is betrayed by the organization he works for and must go on the run in a relentless game of cat-and-mouse across Europe. The new movie is directed by Pierre Morel, who turned Liam Neeson into an action star in "Taken." It co-stars Javier Bardem, Idris Elba and Ray Winstone. Trailer: »
Even though Taken 3 may have shown that the “old guy fighting a bunch of people” model may be dying out, it seems like Sean Penn will try to revive it with the help of the director of the first Taken film.
The first trailer for The Gunman hit the web on Tuesday and showed that Penn could join the ranks of Liam Neeson and Denzel Washington as aged action stars. Penn stars as a former Special Forces soldier and military contractor suffering from Ptsd who tries to reconnect with his long time love, but first must go on the run from London to Barcelona and across Europe in order to clear his name. Directed by Taken’s Pierre Morel, The Gunman also stars Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, and Javier Bardem.
- Zach Dennis
We saw the first poster for The Gunman last week and although it basically reminded me of Liam Neeson, I passed over that point, but this new trailer resurfaces those feelings because it’s basically the next step in the Taken-style world and, of course, Pierre Morel directed that film and this one!
In terms of the cast it’s pretty darn impressive but the vibe here is something that’s suddenly getting a little tiresome already. This trailer makes it look like a mash-up of Taken, The Transporter, the Bourne franchise and other high-octane based movies and although this isn’t always a bad thing, the international trailer shows an awful lot of what to expect.
- Dan Bullock
Sean Penn may have starred in several more dramatic pictures of late – The Tree of Life, Gangster Squad and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, for instance — but for the actor’s next outing, the Academy award winner is set to go full Liam Nesson. That’s because Penn’s next venture will be headlining Pierre Morel’s The Gunman, which recently debuted an explosive new trailer.
We reference Liam Nesson’s foray into the action genre because Morel just so happens to be the director behind Taken, though going off of this latest clip, it appears as though The Gunman is venturing down a considerably different path. For the film, Penn will play the part of James Terrier, a former military ops specialist suffering from Ptsd who sets out to clear his name.
Perhaps what separates The Gunman from its generic action contemporaries is the movie’s eye-catching cast, »
- Michael Briers
Sean Penn apparently wants his own Liam Neeson-style action movie, so it makes sense that The Gunman comes from Pierre Morel, the director of the first Taken film. StudioCanal UK dropped the new international trailer for the film on its YouTube page, and this one looks very much like you'd expect: a good guy who's done bad things goes on the run from the government that's after him. Penn has an incredibly talented supporting cast backing him up in this one, including Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Javier Bardem, and Mark Rylance.
The plot feels pretty standard for an action movie, and the trailer indicates that it will hit all of the familiar beats. But for me, action films have always been more about execution than anything else. Can this group of filmmakers give us something memorable, entertaining, and maybe create an action sequence we haven't seen before? Those are »
- Ben Pearson
A new international trailer along with the official domestic poster for the new action thriller The Gunman from director Pierre Morel (Taken) and starring Sean Penn has been released. amz asin="0872864022" size="small"The film, based on Jean-Patrick Manchette's novel "The Prone Gunman", co-stars Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone and Mark Rylance and centers on a former special forces soldier and military contractor (Penn) suffering from Ptsd. He tries to reconnect with his long time love, but first must go on the run from London to Barcelona and across Europe in order to clear his name. The Gunman hits theaters on March 20, check out the trailer and poster below. sb id="1377011" height="360" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
The international preview for the March 20 Open Road Films release sets up Penn as a former special forces soldier attempting to repent for “the biggest mistake” of his life: The assassination of an important public figure in Africa.
According to the synopsis, »
- Greg Gilman
Years after publicly calling his former friend Nicolas Cage out for starring in one too many bad action movies, acting icon and notoriously choosy raconteur Sean Penn is finally starring in his own action movie. Only, this shoot-em-up looks decidedly more serious than your typical Liam Neeson affair. Studio Canal has launched the first international trailer for The Gunman, which finds Sean Penn in dire need of a bullet proof vest and some massive firepower.
An adaptation of Jean-Patrick Manchette's The Prone Gunman, Sean Penn stars as Jim Terrier, an international operative who is betrayed by the organization he worked for, and must go on the run in a relentless game of cat and mouse across Europe. The movie also stars an impressive lineup that includes Ray Winstone, Jasmine Trinca, Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, and Mark Rylance,
The film is an adaptation of Jean-Patrick Manchette's "The Prone Gunman." Sean Penn stars as Jim Terrier, an international operative who is betrayed by the organization he worked for, and must go on the run in a relentless game of cat and mouse across Europe.
Have a look at the international trailer below and let us know what you think.
"The Gunman" will hit theaters March 20, 2015.
- Kellvin Chavez
A two-time Oscar winner with a Golden Globe under his belt and a Palme d'Or nomination to top it off, Sean Penn's next career move? Starring in the kind of movie we'd expect from Liam Neeson. Indeed, "The Gunman" is directed by Pierre Morel who helmed the original "Taken," and so it's no surprise that a lot of that DNA is found in this film, which is shockingly not produced by Luc Besson (Joel Silver gets those honors). Anyway, the bonafides of this one are somewhat better. Firstly, it's based on a book, so perhaps there's a bit more thematic depth, and the cast has guys like Javier Bardem, Idris Elba and Ray Winstone, chewing the grizzled scenery along with Penn. But the story? You've probably heard it before. A former military operative has some dangerous information, some people want him dead, and he must engage his special skills to survive. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
An international trailer for The Gunman has been released, providing us with a new look at the upcoming Pierre Morel (From Paris With Love, Taken) directed action flick. Based on the Jean-Patrick Manchette novel The Prone Gunman, the film stars Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Idris Elba and Ray Winstone, and will follow a former special forces soldier and military contractor suffering from Ptsd (Penn) who must go on the run in order to clear his name. "Let the real hunt begin!" »
- Jesse Giroux
Chicago – This Thursday marks the beginning of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and yours truly will be in attendance to cover the fest for HollywoodChicago.com. Last year, the Park City, Utah event introduced the world to its 2014-defining sensations like “Whiplash” and “Boyhood”.
Those titles followed in the paths of indie landmarks such as “sex, lies and videotape,” “Clerks,” “Hoop Dreams,” “American Movie,” “Memento,” “Frozen River,” “Winter’s Bone,” and “Fruitvale Station,” among many others.
In pursuit of new favorite films for a new year, I’ve composed a relatively solid schedule so that I can devour as much diverse Sundance goodness as possible. Narratives, documentaries, white supremacists, nasty babies, Neil Hamburger, Chiwetel Ejiofor, stolen cop cars, and much, much more are all in play. But with hopes that everything I witness is the next “Boyhood”-like zeitgeist, I’ll be sure to report back here on what’s worth, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The singing competition attracted 8.46m (38.5%) from 7pm, an increase of more than 400k compared to last week's series premiere.
The National Lottery: Win Your Wish List followed with 4.92m (23%), before Casualty was watched by 5.04m (23.6%).
BBC Two's snooker coverage of The Masters averaged 1.31m (6%) across the night.
On Channel 5, a CSI repeat appealed to 569k (2.6%) from 8pm, before the latest Celebrity Big Brother instalment earned 2.24m (10.3%).
The multichannels were topped by ITV3's Midsomer Murders, which garnered 1.24m (5.7%) from 8pm. »
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