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Ariel Vromen to direct spy thriller The Angel for Netflix

Variety is reporting that Netflix has picked up The Angel, an upcoming spy thriller from director Ariel Vromen (The Iceman), which has been scripted by Vromen and David Arata (Children of Men) and is based upon Uri Bar-Joseph’s bestselling novel The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel.

The $12 million-budgeted film depicts “he true story of high-ranking Egyptian official Ashraf Marwan, who became a spy for Israel despite being the son-in-law of former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser and close adviser of his successor, Anwar Sadat. Marwan, who died in 2007 under mysterious circumstances in London, is perhaps the most famous spy in the history of the Middle East, and was regarded as a national hero in both Israel and Egypt.”

Production on The Angel is underway in London, and stars Marwan Kenzari (The Promise), Toby Kebbell (The East), Sasson Gabai (The Band’s Visit), Waleed Zuaiter (Omar), Mickey Leon
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Netflix Boards Ariel Vromen’s Spy Thriller ‘The Angel’ (Exclusive)

Netflix Boards Ariel Vromen’s Spy Thriller ‘The Angel’ (Exclusive)
Netflix has boarded “The Angel​,” a $12-million spy thriller to be directed by Israeli helmer Ariel Vromen (“The Iceman”). The film is based on Uri Bar-Joseph’s bestselling novel “The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel.”

The Netflix Original will depict the true story of high-ranking Egyptian official Ashraf Marwan, who became a spy for Israel despite being the son-in-law of former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser and close adviser of his successor, Anwar Sadat. Marwan, who died in 2007 under mysterious circumstances in London, is perhaps the most famous spy in the history of the Middle East, and was regarded as a national hero in both Israel and Egypt.

“The Angel” begins shooting this month in London under cinematographer Terry Stacey (“Elvis & Nixon”). It will also shoot in the U.K., Bulgaria, and Morocco this summer.

The film will topline Marwan Kenzari (“The Promise”), Toby Kebbell (“The East”), plus a number of well-known Middle Eastern actors
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Newswire: Sylvester Stallone absolutely won’t be in the Indian First Blood remake

Sylvester Stallone has no problem teasing things that may or may not be in upcoming movies, but he’s very serious when it comes to things that he definitely knows won’t be in upcoming movies—especially if he’s one of those things. According to Deadline, Stallone has flat-out denied any possibility that he’s going to appear in Tiger Shroff’s Indian remake of First Blood, saying that “any involvement” in the film is not happening “under any circumstances.” Stallone goes on to say that he has nothing against the project, but he wants it to be clear that he doesn’t have anything to do with it.

Back in October, director Ariel Vromen was tapped to direct an english-language reboot of the Rambo series, also without Stallone’s involvement, but it’s unclear if that project is still happening.
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Sylvester Stallone says he has no involvement with Bollywood Rambo remake

Back in May it was announced that filmmaker Siddharth Anand and martial arts expect Tiger Shroff are teaming up for an official Bollywood remake of First Blood, which is set to begin production in 2018 under the title of Rambo [take a look at the teaser poster here].

Amid rumours that Sylvester Stallone will be involved with the production, the action icon has spoken to Deadline to clarify that “any involvement in Tiger Sharoff’s Rambo is not happening, under any circumstances” although he has nothing against the project, and “I wish them well on their own.”

Stallone had ambitions to reprise the role of John J. Rambo for a fifth movie, Rambo: Last Blood, although the project failed to materialise. He was also linked to a Rambo TV series which would have paired the Vietnam veteran up with his son, but declined to get involved, leaving the show dead in the water.

Meanwhile, back in October of last year,
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Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom Reunite at Vanity Fair Oscars Party But ‘Didn’t Spend Much Time’ Together: Source

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom Reunite at Vanity Fair Oscars Party But ‘Didn’t Spend Much Time’ Together: Source
Katy Perry and boyfriend Orlando Bloom were reunited at the annual Vanity Fair Oscars party on Sunday after weeks of jet-setting travels apart.

The couple continued their tradition of only posing together inside events, and cozied up for the camera – Perry in a shimmering, bronze gown and still sporting her platinum locks and Bloom in a dapper black tux.

However, an onlooker tells People the duo — who have been dating for more than a year — didn’t haven’t much interaction aside from posing for the photo together and mainly mingled with their own friends.

“Katy didn’t spend much time with Orlando,
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Rambo Reboot Is Happening Without Sylvester Stallone

Rambo Reboot Is Happening Without Sylvester Stallone
The Rambo franchise is coming back with some new blood! Unfortunately, it looks like the old blood is getting left behind this time around. Nu Image and Millennium Films are reportedly working on a fifth entry in the Rambo series, titled Rambo: New Blood. The movie may be paying a bit of homage to First Blood in name, but star Sylvester Stallone won't be back this time around.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news and confirmed that the studio is now treating Rambo as more of a "James Bond" type franchise. That seems to imply they will occasionally revamp the series with a new actor as long as it is bringing in money at the box office. Rambo: New Blood will be the first attempt at this. No specific plot details for the movie were revealed in this initial report.

Brooks McLaren has been tapped to write Rambo: New Blood
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‘Rambo’ Reboot in the Works Without Sylvester Stallone

‘Rambo’ Reboot in the Works Without Sylvester Stallone
Nostalgia is ruling the entertainment industry with reboots and remakes being frequently announced. Now word has spread that another iconic character is returning to the big screen: John Rambo.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a “Rambo” reboot is being developed by Nu Image/Millennium Films. The project, still in its early stages, is titled “Rambo: New Blood” and will have “The Criminal” helmer Ariel Vromen as director. Brooks McLaren is penning the script. Sylvester Stallone, who starred in the 1980s franchise, will not be starring and the studio is looking to cast a new, younger actor as the action hero.

No additional plot details were revealed, only that the company is looking to treat Rambo as a character akin to James Bond.

Read More: ‘Sneakers’: NBC Plans Series Reboot of Robert Redford’s Hacker Comedy

John Rambo was created by David Morrell in his 1972 novel “First Blood,” which was
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New Rambo Reboot Moving Forward Without Sylvester Stallone, Ariel Vromen To Direct

John Rambo is bound for the big screen once more only this time, a new actor (actress?) will be filling the role made famous by Sylvester Stallone.

It’ll be titled Rambo: New Blood and will, according to The Hollywood Reporter, be directed by Ariel Vromen. Brooks McLaren (How It Ends) has been tapped to flesh out a screenplay, with the idea being that Nu Image/Millennium Films are treating Rambo “as a character akin to James Bond.” As such, expect a younger actor to take up arms as the troubled Vietnam War veteran turned one man army.

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A surprise hit from the get-go, Rambo was initially adapted from David Morrell’s novel First Blood. Its success spawned three more movies, the most recent of which releasing in 2008 when Stallone once again took point as the title lead. This latest interpretation will not only
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Newswire: There’s a new Rambo movie in the works, sans Sylvester Stallone

Millennium Films has announced that it’s putting a new Rambo movie into production, without the assistance of series star Sylvester Stallone, who said he was finished with the franchise earlier this year. The studio has tapped Criminal director Ariel Vromen to helm Rambo: New Blood, a movie with a title that’s now so on the nose, it’s practically a nostril.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio hasn’t settled on a new actor to play John Rambo, the Ptsd-afflicted war veteran first introduced in David Morrell’s novel First Blood and its 1982 film adaptation, and transformed by Stallone into a hulking murder monster in three subsequent bloody films. And while the 70-year-old action star has been reticent in the past to discuss passing his flamethrower on to any other Hollywood actor, he did express a preference for a new Rambo last year: Ryan Gosling. It ...
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Rambo reboot Rambo: New Blood in development without Sylvester Stallone

If you were hoping to see Sylvester Stallone reprising the role of John J. Rambo one last time, then it appears you may be out of luck as THR is reporting that Nu Image and Millennium Films are in development on a reboot of the action franchise.

Titled Rambo: New Blood, the reboot is set to be directed by Ariel Vromen (Criminal) from a script by Brooks McLaren (Line of Sight), and will see a younger actor taking over the iconic role a la James Bond, with Stallone not involved in any capacity.

There has been talk for a good few years now that Stallone would return for Rambo V (which at one point could have seen Rambo on the hunt for a genetically-engineered creature/beast), while a TV project – also titled Rambo: New Blood – was announced last December, but quickly fell apart when it was revealed that Stallone had ruled out his involvement.
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New Rambo Film In The Works…Without Sylvester Stallone

Image via Millennium

While Stallone has definitely made his mark on the film industry in many ways, it goes without saying that the two roles he’s best known for are Rocky Balboa and John Rambo. Both franchises contain far too many movies than was ever necessary, and in the 2000s, Stallone revisited both franchises for what was supposed to be one final go. These "final" movies were respectively entitled Rambo and Rocky Balboa. Both were relative high points for their franchises in terms of quality, and gave some pretty good closure on these decades-old characters.

Of course, we now know that Rocky would return in Creed, a film that many consider to be almost on par with the original Rocky, and now it sounds like we may be seeing John Rambo return to the silver screen yet again — except with one key change.

According to THR, a new Rambo
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Rambo is Getting a Feature Film Reboot Without Sylvester Stallone

Say it ain't so! Nu Image and Millennium Films are planning a reboot of the classic action film franchise Rambo. I'm a huge fan of Rambo and I've been waiting to see if Sylvester Stallone would ever make that fifth installment of the franchise, but it looks like that's dead now. 

The worst part of the news is that Stallone will not be a part of the reboot. According to THR, this film will "see a younger actor inhabit the role. The company is looking at Rambo as a character akin to James Bond." Stallone is Rambo and replacing him with a new actor just seems utterly ridiculous. 

The reboot will be called Rambo: New Blood and the production company has hired Brooks McLaren (Xoxo) to write the script and Ariel Vromen (Criminal) to direct the movie.

There are no plot details to share right now but I imagine they
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New ‘Rambo’ Movie in the Works; Sylvester Stallone Won’t Return

New ‘Rambo’ Movie in the Works; Sylvester Stallone Won’t Return
John Rambo is bursting back onto the big screen. Nu Image / Millennium Films is firing up Rambo: New Blood, with Ariel Vromen (Criminal) set to direct and Brooks McLaren on board to write. The catch? This isn’t a Rambo sequel, but rather a Rambo reboot that’s moving ahead without Sylvester Stallone. According to The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the […]

The post New ‘Rambo’ Movie in the Works; Sylvester Stallone Won’t Return appeared first on /Film.
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'Rambo' Reboot in the Works With 'Criminal' Director (Exclusive)

'Rambo' Reboot in the Works With 'Criminal' Director (Exclusive)
One man army John Rambo is poised for a return the big-screen. Nu Image/Millennium Films is plotting a reboot of the classic 1980s action franchise that starred Sylvester Stallone, tapping Brooks McLaren to pen the script and Ariel Vromen to direct the feature. Titled Rambo: New Blood, the new reboot would not see Stallone return as the action hero, like he did in Millennium’s 2008 outting, but would see a younger actor inhabit the role. The company is looking at Rambo as a character akin to James Bond. Rambo was the lead character in a 1972 novel by

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Watch: The Director of 'Criminal' Is In Awe of His Accidental 'JFK' Reunion

If you've never seen JFK before, watching it will probably blow your mind a little bit. Not because of its swirling conspiracy theories (it also doesn't matter if you believe any of it-- the drama of it all is simply fantastic), but because its cast is simply unbelievable. You basically can't go 10 minutes of watching JFK without going, "Wait, this person is in this, too?!" And that's saying something considering JFK is approximately 10,000 hours long. It is an all time great cast. The JFK cast is also huge, which is why it's understandable that director Ariel Vromen didn't even realize he had cast a JFK reunion when he was putting together his own twisty thriller, Criminal. Kevin Costner stars as an inmate implanted with a CIA agent's...

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‘Criminal’ Is An Underrated Piece Of Cinema – Subhash K Jha

Criminal (in Hindi)

Starring Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Gal Gadot

Directed by Ariel Vromen

Having read the vicious reviews, Criminal, which I braved in Hindi, turned out to be as misunderstood and misinterpreted as The Jungle Book would be if it was taken literally to be a jungle fable (did someone just say, it is?).

There is a lot more to Criminal than the outrageously absurd premise of a ruthless criminal Jericho (Costner, knock-out in his malevolent makeover) whose brain is implanted with a slain CIA agent’s memory to get vital earth-saving information on a terrorist before catastrophe strikes civilization.

Catastrophe struck this film in angry welters with critics dubbing Criminal as one of the worst films in recent times. In brief, a ‘criminal’ waste of time and energy, the critics chorused.

In actuality Criminal has a lot going for itself. The action sequences on the
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Kevin Costner leads the impressive cast of the unimpressive Criminal...

When you think of how best to describe Criminal, the new body swap action thriller starring Kevin Costner, it wouldn't be by that name. As a title, Criminal is so hopelessly vague that it could apply to anything from Goodfellas to Les Misérables. The premise of this one isn't anywhere near that bland, but the film is not a whole lot better than it sounds either.

Seemingly flowing from the same vein of Euro-trash action films that Liam Neeson opened up with Taken, the film is driven by what CIA agent Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) knows, or rather what he knew, before a deal in London with a hacker known as the Dutchman (Michael Pitt) went awry and he was tortured to death by Spanish anarchist Xavier Heimdahl, (Jordi Mollà.)

His handler, Quaker Wells (Gary Oldman), needs
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Criminal Review – Costner And Crew Posit Psychological Action To No Effect At All

Kevin Costner is in a strange place in his career, though his odd choices have managed some wins in the last few years, and Criminal is either the result of an overly powerful actor being too interested in a film’s theory, or an actor who just has a bucket list of roles he’s checking off.

Costner plays Jericho Stewart, a special breed of psychopath who fits in well for an experimental medical procedure that hopes to transfer memories from one person to another. CIA operative, Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is the only person who knows where he stashed “The Dutchman” (Michael Pitt), but Pope gets killed before he can tell anyone, and the CIA is scrambling now, because if the Dutchman falls into the wrong hands, he can hand over the U.S. military arsenal.

After Jericho undergoes the procedure, more than Pope’s memories infiltrate his brain.
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Exclusive interview with Criminal director Ariel Vromen: “Field of Dreams is Ryan Reynolds’ favourite film”

Out now in cinemas, Criminal is the new film from acclaimed director Ariel Vromen (The Iceman), and Flickering Myth’s roving reporter Scott J. Davis sat down with him to discuss his latest effort.

See Also: Read our review of Criminal here

The new action thriller is set in London and stars Kevin Costner as a notorious criminal named Jericho, who feels no emotion. But when the CIA’s top man Bill Pope (played by Ryan Reynolds) is killed, they make the decision to transfer Bill’s memories into Jericho’s mind so that they can continue to track terrorists known as the Spanish Anarchist and The Dutchman before its too late.

On the film, Vromen spoke about casting Kevin Costner against type and also about bringing Gary Oldman and Tommy Lee Jones into the film: “I guess they all just wanted to do a reunion for JFK!”

Vromen originally
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Criminal review – fantastically stupid

Brainless brain-transplant action flick – complete with Piers Morgan cameo

In last year’s dopey dud Self/less, a dying Ben Kingsley had his mind transplanted into the body of Ryan Reynolds. Now, a dying Reynolds has his mind transplanted into the body of Kevin Costner in their fantastically stupid thriller from The Iceman director Ariel Vromen. “They messed with my brain…” complains Costner’s damaged-goods criminal in the opening voiceover, before setting off on a face-punching tour of Merrie London, replete with gorblimey cabbies, disposable coppers, and people who say “Oi, that’s bang out of order!” while Kevin kicks their heads in. He’s been brainsplanted because of some nuclear nonsense involving a “Spanish anarchist” and a hacker called “the Dutchman” (yes, really), but all this thinking is making Kevin’s head hurt. And ours too. Gary Oldman is the CIA chief who Shouts Every Line in a wobbly American accent,
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