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From the moment that Benicio del Toro (Sin City) and Edgar Ramirez (Elite Squad) were linked to the role of the villain in Star Trek Into Darkness, the fact that Chris Pine's Kirk would find himself up against his nemesis Khan Noonien Singh in the sequel to the 2009 reboot was perhaps the worst kept secret in Hollywood history. Sure, the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) as 'John Harrison', the continuous denials from the cast and crew, and Karl Urban namedropping Gary Mitchell might have had us questioning ourselves, but let's face it, was there a Star Trek fan out there who didn't think "I knew it!" when Cumberbatch dropped his "My name is Khan!" line?
Well, in an interview with MTV, director J.J. Abrams has admitted that he regrets the decision to keep Khan's identity a secret in the run up to the film's release: "The truth is, I »
- Gary Collinson
"I train like an athlete very day, believe it or not," says the singer. (We believe it.) "My commitment to this character demands that I not only physically get ready, but also become him," he says. "The hair, the personality, the manner he conducts himself in — all that. He's an incredible man." Usher, in a Mens Health profile 2 months ago, showing off his newly-minted bod, and sharing his workout routine, after dropping several pounds to play boxer Sugar Ray Leonard in Hands of Stone, starring opposite Robert De Niro and Edgar Ramirez (replacing Gael García Bernal) in a story that will center primarily on Panamanian boxer Roberto »
- Tambay A. Obenson
A pioneering joint venture of Im Global and Mexico and L.A-based Canana, founded by Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna and Pablo Cruz, Mexico City-based film sales-financing entity Mundial launched one year ago on the very eve of Ventana Sur. It is the most ambitious initiative ever to sell Latin American films to the world. One year later, Mundial has acquired world sales rights on seven titles, placing three, a considerable feat, at Toronto: “Paradise,” a Mexico City-set love story from Mariana Chenillo (“Nora’s Will”); Alberto Arevalo’s Venezuelan epic “The Liberator,” starring Edgar Ramires (“Carlos”) and Fernando Coimbra’s questioning abduction thriller, “A Wolf at the Door.” All three now play Ventana Sur. “The Well,” Matthew Rowe’s follow-up to Cannes Camera d’Or winner “Leap Year” makes its market premiere in Buenos Aires. Diego Luna’s English-language debut “Chavez” is shaping up as one of Mexico’s »
- John Hopewell
The Counselor, 2013.
Directed by Ridley Scott.
A slick lawyer gets in over his head after becoming involved in drug trafficking to ease his financial difficulties.
Cameron Diaz removes her underwear and slowly steps out of the bright yellow Ferrari. She climbs onto the bonnet, sensually, and performs a lurid sex act with the windscreen. Javier Bardem compares it to that fish that suckles on the fish tank. Cormac McCarthy wrote this. The writer of No Country For Old Men and The Road, maybe the greatest living writer, wrote Cameron Diaz having sex with a car. Of the many problems that plague The Counselor, the aimless script may trump the stale acting and poor direction.
- Gary Collinson
There’s been a lot of jiggling round of release dates again today following yesterdays news on Fifty Shades Of Grey and Independence Day 2. We can now confirm Jake Kasdan’s adult comedy Sex Tape and Scott Derrickson’s supernatural thriller Beware The Night have both been moved.
Both projects come from Sony, with the R-rated comedy now taking on Marvel comic adaptation Guardians Of The Galaxy and James Brown biopic Get On Up, all released on August 1 2014. Sex Tape, starring Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz, follows a couple who unfortunately misplace their kinky um… sex tape (terribly careless). Jack Black, Rob Corddry and Rob Lowe co-star.
Also, the Paranormal horror Beware The Night gains a prime summer release date, after being moved from January. Scott Derrickson’s new fright feature about cops, priests and demons stars Eric Bana, Oliva Munn, Sean Harris, Edgar Ramirez and is out July 2 2014.
- Claire Joanne Huxham
Though it's often said that good things are worth the wait, I admit to being pretty bummed to learn that Sinister director Scott Derrickson's next film wasn't going to be released until January of 2015. Thankfully, that long wait has just been slashed by nearly six months!
Screen Gems has just announced that they'll be releasing Beware the Night way ahead of schedule, putting it into theaters on July 2nd of next year. This move speaks volumes in regards to how confident they are about the movie, which they hope will scare up big time box office numbers, the way The Conjuring did this past summer. We shall see!
Joel McHale, Sean Harris, Edgar Ramirez, and Olivia Munn star in Beware the Night alongside Eric Bana. The film re-teams Clint Culpepper’s Sony-based company with The Exorcism of Emily Rose tandem of Scott Derrickson and Paul Boardman. The film is »
- John Squires
When a major project like Universal's Fifty Shades of Grey shifts its release date, that usually starts a ripple effect with other studios making changes to their slate. Sony Pictures has moved Sex Tape up from July 18, 2014 to the E.L. James adaptation's former release slot on August 1, 2014. The comedy, which stars Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz as a couple trying to locate their missing sex tape, will now go up against the James Brown biopic Get on Up and Marvel's Phase Two sequel Guardians of the Galaxy.
Sony has also moved up Beware the Night from its January 16, 2015 release to July 2, 2014, where it faces the Warner Bros. comedy Tammy, starring Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon. Beware the Night, which stars Eric Bana, Olivia Munn and Joel McHale, follows a New York detective who investigates supernatural cases.
Finally, the studio has moved The Kitchen Sink from October 25, 2014 to January 9, 2015. The thriller »
After originally setting Scott Derrickson’s Beware the Night for a January 2015 release date, Sony will now release the movie in 2014. Those looking forward to this movie will be happy to hear that it will be released six months earlier on July 2nd, 2014. With this being a prime release spot, Sony must be confident in the movie and is likely hoping to replicate the success that The Conjuring saw last July.
Beware the Night stars Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez and Olivia Munn. The script was written by Scott Derrickson and Paul Boardman, who previously worked together on The Exorcism Of Emily Rose, and tells the story of a cop that teams up with a local priest to battle demons:
[Plot details via Deadline] ”Bana plays an Irish Catholic cop working a case when he meets a renegade priest. Despite the cop’s beliefs, he’s convinced by the priest that there is a demonic »
- Jonathan James
The past two days have been a couple of the busiest in release date news history, and Sony has a pair of shifts to add to the fold. With Fifty Shades of Grey now vacating the August 1, 2014 release date, Sony has decided to push director Jake Kasdan’s (Walk Hard) comedy Sex Tape to that date from its previous July slot. The film stars Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz as a married couple who set out to retrieve their missing sex tape, and it will now act as a bit of counter-programming to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy on its new release date. Additionally, Sony has decided to give Sinister director Scott Derrickson’s upcoming horror film Beware the Night a prime summer release date of July 2, 2014, bumped all the way up from January 2015; Sony is no doubt hoping to mimic the success of this summer’s The Conjuring. »
- Adam Chitwood
Beware the Night is the story of a New York cop who meets a renegade priest when he is pulled into a case which the priest convinces him, against the officer's religious beliefs, is demonic related. Together they work to solve the case and combat the paranormal forces working against them. Starring Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn and Joel McHale, Beware the Night is written by Derrickson and Paul Harris Boardman based on the book by Lisa Cool. The production filmed in New York City and Abu Dhabi in the summer of 2013. Originally slated for release sometime in 2015, ShockTillYouDrop.com learned that Sony's Screen Gems has now moved it up to July 2nd, 2014. Along with the well received 2012 horror film Sinister, Derrickson also directed The Exorcism of Emily Rose and The Day the »
- Pietro Filipponi
Although Universal and Focus Features moved Fifty Shades of Grey from August 1, 2014 to February 13, 2015 this morning, we'll still have some sex on August 1st! Shortly after the announcement, Sony Pictures told us that they will now open Sex Tape on August 1, 2014. Starring Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz, the Jake Kasdan comedy was previously scheduled for July 18, 2014. On its new date it will face Universal's Get On Up and Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy . Switching to a totally different genre, Sony also announced it will now release the horror movie Beware the Night on July 2, 2014. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Scott Derrickson, the film was previously scheduled for January 16, 2015. Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn and Joel McHale star. »
Exclusive: Blumhouse continues to refine its micro-budget genre formula, and it looks like one evolving factor is the casts are getting better. Jason Blum’s division is negotiating with Isla Fisher, Ellen Barkin and Jim Parsons to star in Visions, a Kevin Greutert-directed thriller that Blumhouse International is selling at Afm. In the Lucas Sussman-scripted film, a pregnant woman joins her husband at his vineyard home and begins to have unsettling visions that get increasingly more realistic and terrifying. Fisher’s coming off Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, Barkin is starring with Robert De Niro and Edgar Ramirez in the Roberto Duran pic Hands Of Stone, and Big Bang Theory‘s Parsons wrapped Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here. They are all repped by CAA. Barkin is additionally repped by Untitled after she signed there last week. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Kristen Stewart continues to line up her post-"Twilight" schedule with interesting gigs. Having already wrapped the Guantanamo Bay drama "Camp X-Ray" and Olivier Assayas' "Sils Maria," she'll next tackle the indie "Anesthesia." The actress has booked a small role in Tim Blake Nelson's film "about a group of New Yorkers whose lives are touched by the same philosophy professor." Production is now underway in New York City. [Deadline] You might have forgotten but earlier this year, Robert De Niro and Edgar Ramirez signed up for the boxing flicks "Hands Of Stone," telling the story of legendary Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran. Now Ellen Barkin is getting in the ring playing "the wife of Duran’s trainer Ray Arcel, whom De Niro plays." R&B star Usher, Ryan Kwanten and Michelle Rodriguez round out the cast of Venezuelan helmer Jonathan Jakubowicz's film. [Variety] Here's your unlikely pairing of the day: Christopher Walken and. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
• Jake Gyllenhaal, who has been widely praised for his recent performance in Prisoners, is in talks to team up with Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) for the boxing pic Southpaw. Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter was hired to write the script, which tells the story of a disgraced title-winning fighter who tries to rehabilitate his image for the sake of his daughter. Eminem was attached to the role at one point. [The Wrap]
- Lindsey Bahr
Édgar Ramírez is attached to star as boxing legend Roberto Durán in the biopic, which follows his rise from the slums of Panama to boxing greatness, and his intense rivalry with Sugar Ray Leonard, portrayed by singer/actor Usher Raymond. Robert De Niro plays Roberto Durán's trainer Ray Arcel, with Ellen Barkin portraying his wife.
Jonathan Jakubowicz (Secuestro Express) is writing and directing the drama. The filmmaker is also producing alongside Jay Weisleder, Carlos Garcia de Paredes and Claudine Jakubowicz. It isn't known when production is slated to begin.
The film marks the third time that Ellen Barkin is starring with Robert De Niro, following This Boy's Life and The Fan. The actress most recently starred in Another Happy Day and the NBC series The New Normal.
Script is based on the true story of legendary boxer Duran who rose from the slums of Panama to become one of the great boxers of his era. His rivalry with Sugar Ray Leonard is considered one of the fiercest in boxing history.
Barkin will play the wife of Duran’s trainer Ray Arcel, whom De Niro plays. Ramirez portrays Duran while Raymond plays Leonard.
- Justin Kroll
Court Appointed: Scott’s Grand Mal Misfire
Arriving with an unceremonious thud, Ridley Scott’s latest effort, The Counselor, a much anticipated adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s bestseller, sets the standard for greatest cinematic disappointment of the year, thus far. A cavalcade of notables scurry in front of and behind the camera in this defatigable exercise that hurls philosophical monologues and violent actions in equal pokerfaced measure, obviously unaware that it sinks miserably under the weight of its own lofty pretensions, attempting amateurishly to explore the elusive comparison of self-preservation versus an innate human instinct for greed.
A respected lawyer known as the Counselor (Michael Fassbender) simultaneously falls in love with a sexy woman (Penelope Cruz) and enters into an illegal business deal involving drugs, and, of course, a large amount of money. He’s ushered into the shady deal by his friend Reiner (Javier Bardem), a woman hungry hedonist »
- Nicholas Bell
Ridley Scott is one of those directors whose films are automatic must-sees, even if the filmmaker is going through a rough patch creatively. Scott has had a number of ups and downs in his career, but remains one of the most in-demand directors working today. Love him or hate him, you just can't keep him down.
Scott's newest movie, "The Counselor," is playing now, and is notable if only for the fact that it was based on the first original screenplay by Cormac McCarthy, the beloved American author of "Blood Meridian," "No Country for Old Men," "The Road," and "All the Pretty Horses" (more on that in a minute). It features a stellar cast that includes Penelope Cruz, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Rosie Perez, Cameron Diaz and, in the title role, Michael Fassbender, who plays a greedy lawyer who gets in over his head with a drug deal gone wrong. »
- Drew Taylor
Rated R for graphic violence, some grisly images, strong sexual content and language Cast: Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Rosie Perez, Edgar Ramirez, Ruben Blades, Goran Visnjic, Dean Norris, John Leguizamo, and Brad Pitt Written By: Cormac McCarthy Directed By: Ridley Scott The Counselor has all the necessary staples of a dark crime thriller set […]
Read Review: The Counselor on Filmonic. »
- Andrew Shuster
A couple of gruesome beheadings, Javier Bardem in fine, yet baffling, form, Cameron Diaz having sex with a car windshield, Brad Pitt in a cowboy hat and cheetahs everywhere. What's not to lovec Yet, thinking back on The Counselor these memories seem scattered and attached to nothing. They're memorable, yes, but not as part of a larger picture, but more as disjointed fragments of a shattered story that never comes together. Greed, trust, the battle of the sexes and the search for wealth are at the core of this first time drug deal gone bad, but these most simplest of themes are either vaguely underwritten or drastically overwritten to the point you're either struggling to figure out what's going on or rolling your eyes at the obviousness of it all. Written by Cormac McCarthy (author of "No Country for Old Men") and directed by Ridley Scott, The Counseslor has the »
- Brad Brevet
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