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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines showed that a Terminator universe without James Cameron was its own kind of wasteland. Schwarzenegger wasn’t enough, and retreading the same premise as T2—T-800 comes back in time to protect John Connor from a more advanced Terminator—made the third installment mostly pointless. The only part of that movie that significantly moved anything forward was the ending, and we already knew where that ending would take us. Terminator Salvation wasn’t so much a salvation for the franchise, but a salvage operation. Director McG went for the reality that the first three movies had tried to avoid, and while Salvation removes all hope from the previous installments, it also theoretically could have carved its own path. It’s set in the future; it doesn’t have Arnold Schwarzenegger (the crummy body double and digital masking doesn’t count); and it introduces us »
- Matt Goldberg
Sci-fi more than any other genre, dates badly. What makes The Terminator an endlessly re-watchable classic is that, conversely, it feels more relevant with each passing year and with every new-fangled gadget that comes along promising to do all of your thinking for you. It's not just a slick, exciting action-thriller, it's also a shrewd cautionary tale for our tech-obsessed times and three decades on, the story continues to unspool with a fourth sequel Terminator Genisys opening in July.
Skynet, a self-governing computer network, is bent on destroying humankind in 2029, but director James Cameron co-penned the script with his future-wife Gale Anne Hurd in the early '80s, well before the rise of the internet. That was the first genius stroke, and then there was the casting of one Arnold Schwarzenegger.
He was a bodybuilder who had just made a significant dent at the box office in 1982's Conan the Barbarian »
Beachside partners Alex Turtletaub and Michael B Clark, whose credits include People Places Things and Tig, produce alongside Horowitz and Gary Gilbert for Gilbert Films. Gilbert and Horowitz were among the producers roster on The Kids Are All Right.
Miss Stevens film is being produced in association with Hart’s production company Original Headquarters. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The film marks Julia Hart’s directorial debut, from a script co-written by Hart and Jordan Horowitz. She previously wrote the Blacklist screenplay for the upcoming Drafthouse film “The Keeping Room,” starring Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld and Sam Worthington, and is currently writing the HBO series “Madame X” for Anna Paquin and Jack Black.
Alex Turtletaub and Michael B. Clark will produce for Beachside, with Horowitz and Gary Gilbert producing for Gilbert Films in association with Hart’s production company Original Headquarters. Beachside is financing the pic.
Rabe portrays a high school teacher who chaperones three of her kids (Chalamet, Reinhart and Quintal) on a weekend field trip to a regional drama competition — where nothing turns out as expected.
Beachside produced “People, Places and Things” and the documentary “Tig, »
- Dave McNary
Sumire Matsubara has joined the cast of The Shack, the faith-based pic based on William Paul Young’s best-seller. It centers on a man (Sam Worthington) who receives a mysterious note inviting him to the Shack. The letter is signed Papa, his wife's nickname for God. Mack responds and finds himself in the presence of God (Octavia Spencer) and takes a life-transforming journey of truth, forgiveness and ultimately acceptance. Matsubara will play Sarayu, aka the Holy Spirit… »
Independence Day Resurgence
A new piece of concept art from the upcoming "Independence Day" sequel has gone online. The art shows the military piloting an alien craft through what was once a city. Roland Emmerich returns to helm the follow-up to the 1996 alien invasion tale which is currently filming ahead of a release next summer. [Source: Empire]
The general release of Baltasar Kormakur's climbing disaster tale "Everest" has been pushed back by a week from September 18th to September 25th. The move has been designed to give an extra push to the movies IMAX run which will still continue on the 18th and have a one week exclusive run in the premium large-format.
Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Robin Wright, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, John Hawkes Michael Kelly and Sam Worthington star in the film about the 1996 disaster that left climbers stranded high atop the world's highest mountain. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
Imax and premium large-format theaters are getting an early jump at screening Everest, director Baltasar Kormakur's epic retelling of the 1996 disaster that left climbers stranded high atop the world's tallest mountain. The nationwide release of the movie is being pushed back from Sept. 18 to Sept. 25 in order to allow for an exclusive Imax and Plf debut Sept. 18. Everest, spearheaded by Universal partner Working Title, stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Robin Wright, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, John Hawkes Michael Kelly and Sam Worthington. Cross Creek Pictures and Walden Media also are partners on the
- Pamela McClintock
Director: Daniel Barnz
Running Time: 102 minutes
Claire is a bitter and angry depressive who has succumbed to her pain; heavily reliant on drugs and booze she medicates to keep herself numb which is hindering her rehabilitation and life progression in the process. Her only supporter is Silvana, her heavily put-upon housekeeper. After the death of a woman in her pain support group, Claire finds herself drawn to the family of the deceased and finds herself re-evaluating her perspective on life.
It’s unfortunate that Aniston didn’t receive an Oscar nomination for her turn in Cake as it really does tick all of the usual academy criteria. Bodily disfigurement that makes it hard to recognise her, »
- Kat Smith
What it also offers is a gigantic back catalogue of films, from obscure works of artistic genius to classics you haven't thought of in decades.
We dug deep into the Sky Store library to bring you a selection of our favourite hidden gems:
A new addition and Digital Spy favourite is Alex Garland's directorial debut, Ex Machina.
Another recent Digital Spy favourite is Whiplash, a small-budget drama about the intense relationship between an ambitious jazz student and his fearsome instructor.
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
Tim McGraw has been added to the cast of The Shack, an upcoming film based on the 2007 bestselling novel by William Paul Young. The faith-based drama stars Sam Worthington as a father whose young daughter was kidnapped and believed to have been murdered while on a family camping trip. Years later, he receives a note from "Papa" — which is his wife's nickname for God — asking him to return to the shack where his daughter's bloodied clothes were found. It is there where his mourning is met with a spiritual epiphany. »
First it was Bradley Cooper, then Luke Evans, now Jack Huston and I wouldn't be surprised if I'm forgetting someone in the middle (wasn't Sam Worthington one time a candidatec), but the upcoming remake of The Crow has once again lost its lead actor as announced by director Corin Hardy. "Jack Huston is unfortunately unavailable to continue with us on The Crow," Hardy said in a statement to Variety. "The Crow is an amazing project, and I am grateful that we have the time and patience to get it right. We look forward to unveiling our new lead and starting to film over the next several weeks." Word is they are already looking for a replacement with the likes of Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Jack O'Connell (Unbroken) on the shortlist among others. As far as I can tell, Jessica Brown Findlay is still aboard playing Shelly, fiancee to the film's lead character, »
- Brad Brevet
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley (in motion capture as Chappie), and Hugh Jackman star in this thought-provoking sci-fi film from Neill Blomkamp, director of "District 9." The Blu-ray comes with a ton of features, including an alternate ending, extended scenes, and eight featurettes: "Chappie: The Streetwise Professor," "Arms Race: The Weapons and Robots," "Bringing Chappie to Life: The Visual Effects," "From Tetra Vaal to Chappie," "Keep It Gangster," "The Reality of Robotics," "Jozi: Real City and a Sci-Fi Setting," and "Rogue Robot: Deconstructing the Stunts & Special Effects."
Liam Neeson plays a mobster hit man caught between his crime family and his estranged son in this action thriller co-starring Joel Kinnaman, Ed Harris, and Vincent D'Onofrio. The Blu-ray features "Shoot All Night, »
- Gina Carbone
After stills, a poster and the first official trailer dropped for Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest last week, a behind-the-scenes featurette has now been released. The featurette, released by Universal Pictures, follow…
Inspired by the incredible events surrounding a treacherous attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest of elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival.
Everest is set for release on September 18th, with a cast that includes Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, John Hawkes, Keira Knightley, Robin Wright, Emily Watson, Clive Standen, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Debicki, Vanessa Kirby, Mia Goth, Naoko Mori, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson, Tom Goodman-Hill, »
- Jake Wilson
The first, epic trailer for Everest arrived last week, and for those whose jaw automatically dropped at the pure scale of the production, a new behind the scenes feature has come our way that sheds light on what the cast and crew went through filming on location and battling against the elements. Released: September 18th (U.S.)/ September 25th (Irl/U.K.) Synopsis: Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival. The epic adventure stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
This summer’s Terminator Genisys has received what might be considered its first and most important stamp of approval - from James Cameron. In a promo clip for the sci-fi action sequel, directed by Thor 2 and Game Of Thrones’ Alan Taylor, Cameron said he felt that the franchise has been “reinvigorated” by Genisys.
Cameron then went so far as to say that, “In my mind, I think of [Genisys] as the third film.”
That’s praise indeed from a filmmaker who’s rarely diplomatic when expressing his opinion. Twelve years ago, the BBC asked Cameron what he thought of Alien 3 - David Fincher’s sequel which, of course, followed on directly from Cameron’s 1986 classic, Aliens. “Hated it,” Cameron said. “Simple as that. I hated what they did. I »
Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis continues his weekly look at what treats are in-store this week on Blu-ray in the UK: Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, some incoherence in Inherent Vice, Johnny Depp in Mortdecai and some society parties in Brian Yuzna’s Society…
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Both a critical and public darling, Matthew Vaughn’s hugely exciting spy adventure has been a massive success across the globe as well as in the UK and Us. Colin Firth, Taron Edgerton, Mark Strong and Michael Caine are part of an elite British espionage team trying to track down the evil Samuel L. Jackson.
See Also: Read our review of Kingsman: The Secret Service
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Incoherent Vice is more like it – Paul Thomas Anderson’s hugely anticipated new film split audiences like Marmite, with many loving it’s eccentricities and humour, »
- Scott J. Davis
“Tomorrowland’s” Tim McGraw and “Elyisum” star Alice Braga will join Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer in Lionsgate’s adaptation of “The Shack,” director Stuart Hazeldine revealed on Facebook on Sunday.Based on the bestselling 2007 novel by William Paul Young, “The Shack” is a faith-based drama stars Worthington as a man whose youngest daughter is abducted during a family vacation. Evidence found in an abandoned shack leads authorities to believe she was murdered. Four years later, the man receives a note, apparently from God, inviting him back to the shack. Against his better judgment, he accepts the invitation and finds something there. »
- Jeff Sneider
The cameras are about to start rolling on Exam director Stuart Hazeldine’s latest, the adaptation of William Paul Young’s 2007 novel The Shack. He’s just added some new actors to the cast, including Radha Mitchell, Graham Greene and Aviv Alush.Adapted by John Fusco from Young’s book, the story follows a man (Sam Worthington) whose youngest daughter is kidnapped during a family holiday. Evidence turns up in an abandoned shack to suggest she was murdered, which stymies the case. But then, four years later, he receives a note, apparently from God, inviting him to go back to the ruined building. He accepts, against his better judgment, and what he finds there changes his life forever. As it turns out, he might be in luck twice over, as Greene is on to play Male Papa, a calm and serene representation of the deity, with Spencer playing the female take. »
Exclusive: Graham Greene, most recently on the A&E (and now Netflix) crime drama Longmire, has joined Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer in Lionsgate’s faith-based feature film The Shack. The pic is based on the bestselling Christian novel by William Paul Young; the book was initially self-published in 2007 and has sold more than 10 million copies. Initially, Forest Whitaker was circling to adapt, star and direct, but he left to do The Story Of Your Life. Stuart… »
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