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Elodie Yung has been cast on ABC’s biblical drama pilot “Of Kings and Prophets,” TheWrap has learned exclusively. The epic Biblical saga about faith, ambition and betrayal is told through the eyes of a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd on a collision course with destiny. Yung will play Rizpah, the royal concubine to King Saul (Ray Winstone), a major recurring role if ABC orders the pilot to series. Also Read: ‘Degrassi’ Star Alex Steele Joins ABC Pilot ‘Original Sin’ (Exclusive) The actress has appeared in feature films “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and “The Girl With the Dragon. »
- Jethro Nededog
Veteran British actor, who recently directed his second feature A Little Chaos, to give on stage interview in London.
Actor Alan Rickman is to discuss his craft and career at a ‘BAFTA A Life in Pictures’ event in London on April 15.
The event, to be held at BAFTA’s HQ in London’s Piccadilly, is the latest in a series of onstage interviews in which some of the film world’s leading talent share insights into the experiences that helped them hone and develop their craft.
The series has hosted such figures as Kenneth Branagh, Cate Blanchett, Jim Broadbent, David Fincher, Tom Hanks, Ethan Hawke, Dustin Hoffman, Helen Mirren, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Quentin Tarantino, Emma Thompson and Ray Winstone.
Rickman began his acting career in theatre, where his credits include a Tony nomination for his performance in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
His feature film debut came in 1988 alongside Bruce Willis in [link »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The Flickering Myth Podcast grabs some guns…
On today’s episode of the Flickering Myth Podcast, Luke Owen, Scott Davis and Rohan Morbey sit down to give their thoughts on Sean Penn’s attempt at “doing a Liam Neeson” with The Gunman, from the director of Taken. The trilogy also discuss the idea of having older action stars and whether this fad is over before its started in the wake of The Gunman bombing at the box office.
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- Luke Owen
Ever since the release of Taken in 2009, it seems that older actors are trying to jump on board the action train. Sean Penn’s The Gunman is the next stop, but his first attempt has not been overly successful.
Opening to very middling reviews (the film currently holds 14% on Rotten Tomatoes and 39 on Metacritic), The Gunman has opened to just $5 million domestically with no word yet on how it did internationally. The reported budget for the film is $40 million, so this is undoubtedly unfortunate news for the various production companies who financed the movie.
See Also: Movie Review – The Gunman (2015)
This puts The Gunman on par with other 2015 box office flops Mortdecai, Blackhat, Unfinished Business and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and is a fraction of what 3 Days to Kill made last year on its opening weekend – perhaps showing that the popularity of this subgenre has started to fall already. »
- Luke Owen
The Divergent Series returned to theaters this weekend with the second of four movies in the film franchise. One year after Divergent opened at number one with $54 million, its sequel did exactly the same thing. Insurgent debuted in the box office top spot with $54 million, neither improving on or falling behind its predecessor. That's good news for Lionsgate given that the first and second parts of the third book which will make up the third and fourth movies (after all, it wouldn't be a young adult book-to-movie franchise if the last installation wasn't split to be mined for every penny it was worth) are set to hit theaters in March of the next two years. Sean Penn's latest, The Gunman, which has an international leading man appeal with a cast that include Jaiver Barden, Idris Alba and Ray Winstone, flopped hard. Following a harsh pounding at the hands of »
Chicago – If you’re going to see a Sean Penn action movie, I guess “The Gunman” would be appropriate. As he and the filmmakers inject some reality in the usual motivations, the puzzle pieces don’t connect well and in the end are not that interesting. That is not to say that the film is bad.
Sporting a body that he doesn’t mind exposing as shirtless while in his fiftysomething status, Penn is a thinking man’s action hero, part assassin and part humanitarian. It’s rather interesting that he kills someone Lee Harvey Oswald style, but after that the story devolves into a vague revenge on that hit, seemingly seven years later, yet with the same ripples over Sean’s muscly form. There are some good moments, including a booby trap that needs to be reactivated, but overall the movie almost dares you not to care, and the female lead follows suit. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Chicago – There were basically two careers for Pierre Morel, before he directed the mega-hit “Taken,” starring Liam Neeson, and afterward. The French-born cinematographer, camera operator and now director is releasing “The Gunman,” an action film that stars Sean Penn. Like “Taken,” the motivations for the action are based in the real world, and “The Gunman” travels to Africa, London and Barcelona on his way to redeeming his soul.
Morel has had an adventurous career, in both European cinema and in notable films, beginning with his days as a camera operator on “The Truth about Charlie” (2002), “The Dreamers” (2003) and “Before Sunset” (2004). He was the cinematographer on “The Transporter” (2002) and Director of Photography on “Love and Other Disasters” (2006). His breakthrough came in 2008, when he directed “Taken.” The film resonated with audiences, and allowed his career to move into a new direction.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
We at Thn collectively love Keanu Reeves and have been immensely excited about his return this year in John Wick. Although not released in UK cinemas until April, Thn have been lucky enough to have already seen it and we can tell you that it is all kinds of awesome.
John Wick was so brilliant that it has awoken my long-forgotten admiration for Mr Reeves and compelled me to revisit his extensive back catalogue immediately. He might not be known as being the most heavyweight of actors but you have to admit the man knows how to make an entertaining movie, and he’s not bad to look at. Even if everything else about the film is terrible or ridiculously over the top, Keanu is always awesome – Jonnhy Mnemonic and Chain Reaction would be nothing without him.
Every Friday between now and the release of John Wick on 10th April, »
- Kat Smith
The Gunman, 2015.
Directed by Pierre Morel.
A sniper on a mercenary assassination team, kills the minister of mines of the Congo. Terrier’s successful kill shot forces him into hiding. Returning to the Congo years later, he becomes the target of a hit squad himself.
In 2009 director Pierre Morel resurrected Liam Neeson’s career while simultaneously transforming him into an action star that as of late, is simply allergic to playing hard-boiled, down on their luck bad-asses that have a score to settle or someone to protect. You can’t go two months without Liam Neeson invading your local cinema, which makes the accomplishment of Morel’s Taken franchise that much more remarkable. So here we have The Gunman, which doesn’t star Liam Neeson but rather Sean Penn. Why? Maybe they thought lightning would strike twice, »
- Robert Kojder
Aloha, Mr. Hand! The grades are in and Sean Penn has not passed his ‘Basic Action Hero’ class. As Penn sneers and scowls his way through the routine globe-hopping hitman adventure The Gunman, his angry, sour puss sucks all of the joy out of every scene. Penn plays Martin Terrier (Martin Pitbull would be more badass!), an ex-special forces operative turned hired hitman working for one of those unnamed outfits that hires ex-special forces operatives turned hired hitmen. He’s good at his job, but he’s one miserable guy and his heart really isn’t into killing. All he wants is some tasty waves, a cool buzz and to settle down with his sweetheart, the French doctor Annie played by Jasmine Trica. Terrier is introduced doing mercenary work in the Democratic Republic of Congo. His local connection Felix (Javier Bardem) is the go-between when Terrier is contracted to assassinate »
- Tom Stockman
The geo-political thriller casts Penn as expert assassin Jim Terrier, whose desire to live a quiet life leads his employers to turn against him.
Jim's former superior Felix (Javier Bardem) sets off a massive operation across Europe to take down the spurned assassin at any cost.
The Gunman opens on Friday (March 20) in the UK and the Us. »
The Gun Show: Morel’s Failed Fashioning of Penn Into Unlikely Action Star
If anything, it’s safe to say that The Gunman, the latest film from Luc Besson acolyte Pierre Morel, is hardly as silly as previous action films, such as 2010’s From Paris With Love and the first ‘chapter’ of the Taken (2008) trilogy, which lands the French helmer the distinction of revitalizing the career of Liam Neeson. On the surface, it looks like the director is priming Sean Penn for a similar autumnal invitation to action star status, but while the performer’s hermetic seriousness may downplay the film’s camp value, it also neutralizes any aspect of entertainment.
Not smartly written enough to be a truly intelligent thriller with either a political or activist inclined angle we’re used to seeing from Penn’s increasingly infrequent on-screen performances, the end result is a leathery prune of a film, »
- Nicholas Bell
Rob Brydon ("The Trip"), Alexandra Roach ("Cuban Fury") and Sheridan Smith ("Jonathan Creek") have all signed on to play three new dwarfs in Cedric Nicolas-Troyan's "The Huntsman," the upcoming prequel to 2012's "Snow White and the Huntsman" which is in development at Universal Pictures.
Nick Frost has already signed on to reprise his dwarf role from the original, at the time it was indicated that the film would only feature two dwarfs. Seems that stance has been reconsidered, though Frost is the only actor who played a dwarf in the first film who is coming back for the sequel.
Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Ian McShane, Johnny Harris, Ray Winstone and Brian Gleeson played the other dwarfs in 'Snow White' and aren't expected back - though Jones and Marsan were said to have been contacted about the job.
- Garth Franklin
Less than a month after actor Nick Frost signed on to reprise his Snow White and the Huntsman dwarf role Nion in Universal Pictures' sequel The Huntsman, Rob Brydon, Alexandra Roach and Sheridan Smith have signed on to play three new dwarfs. We reported in January that the sequel will only feature two dwarfs, but it seems Universal has reconsidered that stance. No details were given regarding these new characters, but this is the first time female dwarfs are being introduced into the fairy tale storyline.
In Snow White and the Huntsman, Nick Frost, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Ian McShane, Johnny Harris, Ray Winstone and Brian Gleeson played the seven dwarfs. Our report from January revealed that Toby Jones could not come to terms with the studio to reprise his role, while Eddie Marsan had scheduling complications with the Showtime series Ray Donovan. It isn't known why the others »
In advance of Sean Penn's The Gunman hitting theaters this Friday, you can get a sneak peek of all of the high-adrenaline action in five new clips and an extended TV spot from the film, available now! Sean Penn plays Jim Terrier, a sniper on a mercenary assassination team who kills the minister of mines of the Congo. Terrier's successful kill shot forces him into hiding. Returning to the Congo years later, he becomes the target of a hit squad himself. Now, he must go on a mission to clear his name!
The first clip features Terrier chatting with Idris Elba's DuPont about Interpol, while the second features the hitman showcasing his hand-to-hand combat skills. Terrier is seen stealing a dinner jacket before surprising Felix (Javier Bardem) and Annie (Jasmine Trinca) over dinner in the third clip, and he sets up an elaborate and explosive trap in the fourth scene. »
Back in January, there was some concern that the Snow White And The Huntsman prequel – simply called The Huntsman – would be rather lacking in the dwarfular department thanks to story directions and scheduling issues. Good news on that front! Nick Frost, who played Nion in the first film, will be back for this one, with Sheridan Smith, Rob Brydon and Alexandra Roach also signing on. This news signals that the likes of Ian McShane, Ray Winston, Johnny Harris, Eddie Marsan and Brian Gleeson are unlikely to return, though we’re counting none of them out given the change in Frost’s status.Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is handling directorial chores for this one, which finds Chris Hemsworth’s title character in the years before he first met Snow, and his early encounters with Charlize Theron’s beguiling, dangerous Ravenna. Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain are also set for the film, which will »
It’s easy to imagine Sean Penn watching Liam Neeson’s transformation from character actor to action hero with envious eyes. Penn, primarily known for intensely played socially conscious roles, has apparently been nursing a secret desire to run around in a filthy shirt blowing away faceless goons with a high-powered assault rifle (haven’t we all?). Now, with the director of Taken on board and an impressive supporting cast, The Gunman is Penn’s moment to prove that he’s got what it takes to “pull a Neeson.”
The actor plays Jim Terrier, an ex-special forces operative engaged in shady mercenary work in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He exists in the boozy moral grey area of bodyguarding and security work, with the only bright spot in his life being a passionate romantic entanglement with sexy French aid worker Annie (Jasmine Trica). But in these tense circumstances tension is brewing. »
- David James
Director: Pierre Morel; Screenwriter: Don MacPherson, Pete Travis, Sean Penn; Starring: Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Javier Bardem, Mark Rylance, Ray Winstone, Jasmine Trinca; Running time: 115 mins; Certificate: 15
There used to be a time when nothing was more cringe-worthy than a middle-aged action hero. Remember Roger Moore smooching Bond Girls 30 years his junior in the twilight years of his 007 reign? Or Sean Connery trying to recapture the glory days next to Catherine Zeta-Jones in Entrapment? That was then and this is now.
The slightly creaking older leading man is now a sizeable mini-industry in itself, primarily thanks to Liam Neeson's Bryan Mills in the Taken series. Beyond that Denzel Washington had The Equalizer, Kevin Costner had 3 Days to Kills and every action icon you remember from the '80s united for The Expendables.
The latest seasoned star to throw his hat into the still-got-lead-in-the-pencil ring is Sean Penn, teaming with »
Since modern movie making began Hollywood executives have always looked upon something successful and wondered "How can we do it again"? Whether it was the rash of formulaic teen comedies in the '90s that followed "Clueless" or the attempts to clone the Japanese horror trope of "The Ring" or countless other examples, movie studios and producers haven't been able to help themselves avoid ridiculous levels of copycat syndrome. All you need to do is cast a similar star, hire a director to mimic the first film's tone, find a way to make it just different enough to seem "original" and you've got an easy product to market to a global audience. The latest trend producers can't seem to get enough of? Rip offs of the Liam Neeson blockbuster "Taken" and that’s likely why someone decided to option Jean-Patrick Manchette's 1981 novel "The Prone Gunman” as a movie in the first place. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Critics are in love with Sean Penn as he takes on his first full-fledged action movie in The Gunman! Open Road Films has let us debut an exclusive TV spot, which brings plenty of praise for this taut thriller. Based on Jean-Patrick Manchette's novel "The Prone Gunman," this adaptation centers on Sean Penn's Jim Terrier, a former Special Forces soldier and military contractor suffering from Ptsd who tries to reconnect with his long time love. But first, he must go on the run from London to Barcelona and across Europe in order to clear his name.
Though Jean-Patrick Manchette passed away in 1995, his novel was later translated by James Brooks and published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti's City Light Books in 2002. The novel's main character is named Martin Terrier, who is renamed Jim Terrier for this adaptation, although the story is expected to follow the same basic plot from the novel. »
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