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Tom Cruise's latest film Mena has been in production since late May in Colombia, with Universal Pictures setting a January 6, 2017 release date. Deadline reports that tragedy struck the set last night, as a small plane crashed near the Medellin, Colombia set, claiming the lives of two crew members. A third passenger who was aboard the twin-engine Aerostar plane survived the crash, but none of the victims have been identified.
Sources confirmed to Deadline that star Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman were not on the plane, since they had both just wrapped a scene when the crash took place. The director is said to be very shaken up over the deaths. The plane was heading to Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport in Medellin when the crash occurred. Here's what a spokesperson for Universal Pictures had to say about the crash.
An aircraft carrying crew members crashed while returning to Enrique »
The accident, which happened in Columbia where shooting of the film was taking place, is believed to have been caused by bad weather, Variety reports.
American film pilot Alan David Purwin and Colombian Carlos Berl have been named as the victims of the crash, while another American pilot, Jimmy Lee Garind, has been admitted to hospital with severe injuries.
Universal later released a statement on the accident, saying: "An aircraft carrying crew members crashed while returning to Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport in Medellin following production wrap on the film Mena resulting in two fatalities.
"Further details are not available at this time. On behalf of the production, our hearts and prayers go out to the crew members and their families at this difficult time."
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. 2015.
Directed by Andy Fickman.
After six years of keeping our malls safe, Paul Blart has earned a well-deserved vacation. He heads to Vegas with his teenage daughter before she heads off to college. But safety never takes a holiday and when duty calls, Blart answers.
Kevin James is back as Paul Blart in the sequel that nobody asked for.
I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t mind the first film. Sure it wasn’t great but I didn’t flat out hate it either. Despite his very lackluster film career so far I do like Kevin James and think he can be funny given the right material – just look at Hitch and his years on The King of Queens. Since the first film was »
- Jake Peffer
Episodes: 34 (half-hour)
TV show dates: October 3, 2013 -- July 18, 2015
Series status: Cancelled
TV show description:
In this comedy series, Nathan Miller (Will Arnett) is a recent divorced local news reporter. He's looking forward to living the life of a single man -- until his parents' marital problems unexpectedly derail his plans.
After Nathan breaks the news of his divorce to his parents -- Carol (Margo Martindale) and Tom Miller (Beau Bridges) -- his father is inspired to follow his lead. He stuns his family when he leaves his wife of 43 years.
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Netflix has already released a set of official photos for the upcoming series, and now a new poster and trailer have been released for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp…
The trailer shows Camp Firewood in all its glory, and many of the returning all star cast. The trailer features a motorbike-driving Paul Rudd, a polo-shirted Bradley Cooper and a foul-mouthed Amy Poehler in a prequel to the “cult series.” Frankly, it is almost impossible to state all the huge names involved in this series, so we’ve included a helpful list below…
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp see the return of original cast members Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, Janeane Garafalo, David Hyde-Pierce, Molly Shannon, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni alongside newcomers Lake Bell, John Slattery, Randall Park, Richard Schiff and Jayma Mays, as well as the many other additions present in the trailer above. »
- Jake Wilson
Are you ready to return to Camp Firewood? Are you? Are you really ready though? Because “the summer of your life is just around the corner,” according to a new trailer for Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. Styled as an 80s promotional video (complete with the occasional random scene that pops up from taping over something else) on a VHS player that needs a head cleaner (you either know about this or you don’t!), the video gives us our first look at the upcoming series, and it seems absolutely amazing. One, two, three, let’s go! Did you spot all of the cameos? Is that Christopher Meloni with a mop of hair?? All of the film’s original cast will be returning, including Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander,Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, »
- Allison Keene
The second season premiere of HBO's "True Detective" drew 3.2 million viewers in Live+Same Day ratings, a 36% increase over the first season's opener (2.3 million). It also marked the drama's second most-watched episode to date behind only the first season's finale.
It wasn't the only success for HBO on Sunday with the Dwayne Johnson-led "Ballers" scoring 2.2 million viewers, marking the network's best half-hour show launch in six years. War comedy "The Brink" didn't score as high with 1.6 million viewers. [Source: TV Line]
AMC has unveiled the first artwork for the sixth season of the zombie drama "The Walking Dead" ahead of the show's Comic Con Panel on July 10th. Actors Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chandler Riggs, Michael Cudlitz, Lennie James and Sonequa Martin-Green will all be on hand for the Hall H panel which "Talking Dead" host Chris Hardwick is on board to moderate. »
- Garth Franklin
Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson (About Time) and former Breaking Bad actor Jesse Plemons have joined Tom Cruise in director Doug Liman’s in-production action/drama Mena. The 80s-set film is currently shooting over in Georgia and Cruise has already been spotted plodding around in some fantastic eighties costume, complete with Top Gun style aviator shades (see below).
Mena revolves around the character of Barry Seal (Cruise), ‘a hustler and Twa pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history — one that spawned the birth of the Medellin cartel and eventually almost brought down the Reagan White House through the Iran Contra scandal.’
The film sees Cruise reunite with director Liman. This is their first collaboration since the rather excellent Edge of Tomorrow, a true highlight of 2014 which really did deserve more at the box-office in terms of dollars taken. If you haven’t seen it, »
- Paul Heath
Mena centres on the international exploits of Barry Seal, a hustler and pilot whom the CIA recruited to run one of the biggest covert operations in Us history.
Cross Creek Pictures finances Mena with Christopher Woodrow’s new Vendian Entertainment on board as co-financier and executive producer alongside Greek ship owner Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis’ Hercules Film Fund and Terry Douglas’ Rhea Films.
Universal has set a January 6 2017 release.
Warner Bros has set Keanu for April 22 2016 and Going In Style for May 6 2016. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Universal Pictures announced today that principal photography is underway in Georgia on director Doug Liman’s “international escapade” Mena. The film reunites Liman with his Edge of Tomorrow star Tom Cruise as it tells the true story of Barry Seal, a hustler and pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history. Liman had this to say about his interest in the source material: “I love stories of improbable heroes working against the system, and Barry Seal took the government, and our country, for an unbelievable ride. Interpreting his story has the makings for an entertaining film that is equal parts satire, suspense and comedy—and always surprising.” [caption id="attachment_217084" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Paramount Pictures[/caption] Gary Spinelli penned the initial draft of the script, but Universal’s press release does not have final screenwriting credits. Liman is known for finding his way as he goes throughout production, »
- Adam Chitwood
Cruise is portraying Barry Seal, a hustler and Twa pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history — one that spawned the birth of the Medellin cartel and eventually almost brought down the Reagan White House through the Iran Contra scandal.
“I love stories of improbable heroes working against the system, and Barry Seal took the government, and our country, for an unbelievable ride,” said Liman. “Interpreting his story has the makings for an entertaining film that is equal parts satire, suspense and comedy — and always surprising.”
Variety reported last month that Domhnall Gleeson (“Unbroken”) had been cast opposite Cruise and Sarah Wright in “Mena.” E. Roger Mitchell (“Selma”), Lola Kirke and Alejandro Edda have also joined the cast. »
- Dave McNary
A couple of key release date announcements have been made today. First up, the Tom Cruise-led and Doug Liman-directed "Mena" has just begun shooting in Georgia and has been scheduled for a January 6th 2017 release.
Domhnall Gleeson, Jesse Plemons, Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Wright, Jayma Mays, E. Roger Mitchell, Lola Kirke, Alejandro Edda and Benito Martinez have joined the cast of the film which follows a hustler and Twa pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history which ultimately spawned the Medellin cartel.
Next up, Warner Bros. Pictures has set an April 22nd 2016 release date for comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele's pet kidnap comedy "Keanu," followed by a May 6th 2016 release for the Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman-led remake of 1979's heist-themed comedy "Going In Style".
Finally, The Weinstein Company have settled on a December »
- Garth Franklin
See Also: Watch the trailer for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp see the return of original cast members Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, Janeane Garafalo, David Hyde-Pierce, Molly Shannon, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni alongside newcomers Lake Bell, John Slattery, Randall Park, Richard Schiff and Jayma Mays.
- Gary Collinson
Netflix has released the first images from its Wet Hot American Summer revival series, First Day at Camp, and they are everything fans could hope for. The prequel to the 2001 film again takes place in 1981, which of course only augments the hilarity that the cast (originally in their 30s playing teenagers) are 15 years older now, and playing even (ever so slightly) younger characters. All of the film's original cast will be returning, including Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander,Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon and Michael Showalter. And, as previously reported, other returning actors are H. Jon Benjamin, Nina Hellman, A.D. Miles, Marisa Ryan, Kevin Sussman, and David Wain (who will again write and direct, with Showalter serving as showrunner). New cast members will include Michaela Watkins, Josh Charles, John Slattery »
- Allison Keene
Exclusive: Paris-based Other Angle has secured a brace of key sales for Us comedy Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant.
The Airplane-style comedy has landed with pan-Middle East distributor Front Row and South Africa’s M-Net ahead of its market premiere in Cannes with director Sam Friedlander and star Mark Feuerstein in attendance.
Read More: Orion Releasing Acquires SXSW 2014 Award Winner 'Fort Tilden' Sam Friedlander’s feature film directorial debut "Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant" has been acquired by Orion Releasing, a company focused on multi-platform releases via specialized theatrical runs and premium video on demand services, and Latin American distribution through MGM. Directed by Sam Friedlander and written by Mike Sikowitz, the comedy tells the story of Larry Gaye, a rebellious ladies man who is forced to spring into action when his airline tries to replace human flight attendants with robots. Expert flight attendant Larry has to battle a FlightPal200 (Romijn) to prove why human customer service can never be replicated properly by robots. "Larry Gaye" stars Mark Feuerstein ("Royal Pains") as Larry, and features a stellar ensemble cast including Danny Pudi, Jayma Mays, Rebecca Romijn, Stanley Tucci, Patrick Warburton, Ian Gomez, Henry »
- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
Domhnall Gleeson has been building himself a rather impressive resume the last couple years -- including roles this year in Ex Machina, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, and The Revenant -- and it appears the actor has no plans of slowing down as Variety reports Gleeson is in talks to join the cast of Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation followup, Mena. Directed by Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow), Mena centers on Barry Seal (Cruise), a fired Twa pilot who became a major drug smuggler for the Medellin cartel in Central America and was later recruited by the DEA and CIA to provide intelligence for one of the biggest convert operations in the history of the United States, one that nearly brought down the Reagan White House through the Iran Contra scandal. Gleeson joins a cast that includes Cruise, Jayma Mays ("Glee"), and Sarah Wright »
- Jordan Benesh
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 returns Kevin James to the role of the titular mild mannered, Segway-riding, mustache-clad, mall security guard. Six years ago, Blart stopped a heist and the kidnapping of his daughter by taking down a gang of criminals in the West Orange Pavilion Mall. This time around, he’s once again forced to dispatch of an “elite” group of criminals while saving his daughter… but in Las Vegas!
Beginning with some archival footage from the last installment, Blart quickly dispatches of the Jayma Mays love-interest-turned-wife from Paul Blart by explaining that they divorced six days later. Then, his loving mother gets hit by a milk truck. These developments both leave Blart crying as he quickly shuffles away to his bedroom, running past his dutifully supportive young daughter Maya (Raini Rodriguez). He’s such a helpless sad sack that when Maya gets accepted to UCLA, she’s afraid »
- Zachary Shevich
Nothing aired by WikiLeaks could possibly be more destructive to Sony’s reputation than the release of “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” the sort of movie that goes beyond mere mediocrity to offer possible evidence of a civilization in decline. Predicated, like the 2009 original, on the repeated spectacle of Kevin James falling on his face or colliding with a series of heavy objects, this tacky, numbingly inane sequel also functions as a veritable product-placement playground — only this time, the playground isn’t a New Jersey shopping mecca but rather the Wynn Las Vegas & Encore Resort, whose participation saved the studio some $4.2 million in Nevada tax credits. And a good thing, too, insofar as the result is expected to post respectable numbers while falling short of the first pic’s $146 million domestic B.O. haul.
Falling short, of course, is what that lovable loser Paul Blart (James) does again and again — quite literally, »
- Justin Chang
Jayma Mays ("Glee") has been cast opposite Tom Cruise in Doug Liman's fact-based, drug-pilot drama "Mena" at Imagine Entertainment and Universal Pictures. Cruise plays Barry Seal, a pilot who was a gun runner and drug trafficker who transported contraband for the CIA and the Medellin cartel during the 1980s.
Mays will play Dana Sibota, the Assistant Attorney General of Arkansas. Foul-mouthed, unreasonable, demanding and the kind of boss everyone hates, she desperately wants to take Seal down. [Source: Deadline]
Paulson has starred in three of its first four seasons, scoring an Emmy nomination for her lead role in 'Coven'. She's also attached to star in FX's "American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson" series where she plays prosecutor Marcia Clark. »
- Garth Franklin
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