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From RedBand.Ca, Sneak Peek restricted 'red band' footage, plus images from the upcoming Millennium Films, Cristal Pictures action comedy feature, "The Hitman's Bodyguard", directed by Patrick Hughes, produced by David Ellison and written by Tom O'Connor, starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Élodie Yung and Salma Hayek, opening August 18, 2017:
"...a bodyguard (Reynolds) takes his former enemy, a degenerate 'hitman' (Jackson), as a client so they can defeat a dictator..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Hitman's Bodyguard"...
- Michael Stevens
If you've been dreaming of the day where Deadpool and Nick Fury trade R-rated barbs on the big screen, you may have to just keep dreaming. But, if you'll settle for Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson cursing and shooting up a storm in a non-superhero movie, then the red band trailer for The Hitman's Bodyguard should be right up your alley, along with a new photo. Fans and exhibitors who attended CinemaCon earlier this month got to see an early screening of this action thriller, the rest of us will have to wait until August 18, and judging from this trailer, this could be a sleeper hit of the summer
The world's top protection agent (Ryan Reynolds) is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world's most notorious hitmen (Samuel L. Jackson). The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end »
Written by Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg, the series will follow Joe Turner (Max Irons), a young CIA analyst whose idealism is tested when he stumbles onto a terrible but brilliant plan that threatens the lives of millions. Smilovic also serves as showrunner and Katzberg executive produces alongside David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Larry Trilling and Marcy Ross. MGM Television and Skydance Television will produce while the series was developed in association with Paramount TV.
Hurt will play Bob Partridge, a decorated CIA field operative who is rusty and a little soft after 20 years behind a desk. He’s tried to make changes for the better while at the CIA, including recruiting a team of the country’s top young minds to come up with out-of-the-box solutions to some of the United States’ most intractable problems. Balaban »
- Joe Otterson
“Grace and Frankie” has been renewed for Season 4 at Netflix less than three weeks after the premiere of Season 3, Variety has learned.
The 13-episode Season 4 will debut in 2018. In addition, “Friends” alum and Emmy winner Lisa Kudrow will join the show in a guest-starring arc as Sheree, Grace’s longtime manicurist whose newfound friendship with Grace irks Frankie and threatens to drive a wedge between the titular ladies. Kudrow’s role will see her reunite with “Friends” co-creator Marta Kauffman, who co-created the Netflix series and serves as an executive producer.
The series stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as Grace and Frankie respectively, sworn enemies who find common ground when their husbands leave them for each other. Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston also star, along with Brooklyn Decker, Ethan Embry, Baron Vaughn and June Diane Raphael.
The critically-acclaimed series hails from Skydance Television, and executive producers Kauffman, by way of her Okay Goodnight production company, co-creator »
- Joe Otterson
Back in February, a report surfaced that the new Mission: Impossible sequel will start filming this spring in Paris, although no details about the story or the returning cast have been confirmed yet. There wasn't a concrete production start date given either, but over the weekend, writer-director Christopher McQuarrie reveale that filming has in fact started, sharing the first set photo. Unfortunately, this image doesn't feature Tom Cruise or any of the other cast members, but it does reveal the first slate for the first scene being filmed.
Christopher McQuarrie shared this new image on Twitter, which comes just after we recently found out that one of the beloved cast members will not be back. While no details of his return in Ant-Man 2 were given, it was said that the actor is expected to shoot both Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp back-to-back. Avengers: Infinity War started filming in January, »
Multiple projects to be announced in coming months, parties say.
The studio has multiple projects in development with Raimi that will be announced in the coming months.
His television producer credits include Ash vs. Evil Dead, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and its spin-off, Xena: Warrior Princess. He is also the executive producer of the Spartacus franchise that airs on Starz.
Liebling is a film and television executive and producer known for Bridesmaids, Borat and South Park.
“Over Sam’s prolific decades-long career, he has proven time and again his capacity to tell stories that simultaneously embrace action, adventure, humour, thrills, and mystery »
Skydance Television has sealed a multi-year first-look deal with Sam Raimi and his television producing partner Debbie Liebling. The studio has multiple projects in development with Raimi, which will be announced in the coming months. "Over Sam's prolific, decades-long career, he has proven time and again his capacity to tell stories that simultaneously embrace action, adventure, humor, thrills and mystery," said David Ellison, CEO of Skydance Media. “On behalf of our… »
“Over Sam’s prolific decades-long career, he has proven time and again his capacity to tell stories that simultaneously embrace action, adventure, humor, thrills, and mystery,” said David Ellison, CEO of Skydance Media. On behalf of our entire team, I’d like to welcome Sam into the Skydance family.”
Raimi is primarily known for his work as a film director, producer, and screenwriter who created the cult horror “Evil Dead” film franchise and directed the original “Spider-Man” trilogy. His television producing credits include “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” and its spinoff “Xena: Warrior Princess.” He is also the executive producer of “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena,” “Spartacus: Vengeance,” and “Spartacus: War of the Damned.” He is repped by CAA and Hansen Jacobson.
Liebling is a film and television executive and »
- Joe Otterson
Sam Raimi has signed a multi-year first-look deal with Skydance to develop projects for television, the company announced Wednesday. Raimi and his TV producing partner Debbie Liebling have “several” projects in development with Skydance, though none are being announced at this time. “Over Sam’s prolific decades-long career, he has proven time and again his capacity to tell stories that simultaneously embrace action, adventure, humor, thrills, and mystery,” said David Ellison, Chief Executive Officer of Skydance Media, in a statement. “On behalf of our entire team, I’d like to welcome Sam into the Skydance family.” Also Read: 'Ash vs Evil Dead »
- Linda Ge
Author: Scott Davis
Despite all the recent signs pointing to the final “power down” on the Terminator franchise, it will never be dead if star Arnold Schwarzenegger has anything to do with it – for it seems that the 33-year-old franchise still has life in it.
Related: “I’m old, not obsolete” – Where did the 80’s Action Heroes go?
Speaking to Fandango while promoting his new film Aftermath, Schwarzenegger was asked about the future of the series given that in the last couple of weeks word had reached the film community that it was, well, terminated. After the critical and financial disappointment of 2015’s Terminator Genisys, which was seen as the jump-off for a new trilogy of films, a mooted sixth film was nixed from Paramount Pictures’ schedule.
Then David Ellison, CEO of Skydance who produced Genisys said the series would continue and had a “bright future”. Rumours abound that said »
- Scott Davis
Simon Brew Apr 4, 2017
Last month, outlets – including this one (we’ve updated the original story) – suggested that Arnold Schwarzenegger had left the Terminator franchise, in the light of Paramount’s decision to scrap the Terminator Genisys sequel, and seemingly opt out of making a further Terminator movie altogether.
Following that, David Ellison – producer, and CEO of production company Skydance – was quick to clarify that the Terminator series still had “an incredibly bright future”. Even though that future didn't involve Genisys 2.
Instead, it turns out that future may still involve Arnold Schwarzenegger. In a new interview with Fandango, Schwarzenegger said that “I don’t want to call it, like, fake news, like the president calls it, »
A few weeks ago, we reported that Paramount Pictures declined to pick up their options on two Terminator Genisys sequels, which had previously been set for release in 2017 and 2018, respectively. While this move certainly marks the end of Paramount's involvement, franchise star Arnold Schwarzenegger revealed that it is by no means the end of the franchise as a whole. Here's what the actor had to say during a new interview to promote his movie Aftermath, which debuts April 7.
"I'm looking forward to doing another Terminator movie, yes. I don't want to call it, like, fake news, like the president calls it, but I think people just write things, I have no idea why. Just because Paramount doesn't want to pick up the Terminator franchise, you have 15 other studios willing to do it, that doesn't mean the Terminator franchise is finished, right? It just means they are on their way to negotiate with another studio, »
Last month, a report surfaced that claimed Paramount's Mission: Impossible 6 will start shooting this spring, with the upcoming action sequel filming in Paris. That raised some questions among many fans, who had been wondering for months if Jeremy Renner would be able to reprise his role as Brandt from Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol and Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. While that production date has still not been confirmed yet, a new report claims that Jeremy Renner won't be coming back, due to scheduling conflicts with both Avengers: Infinity War, and Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Even though no confirmed cast list has been released yet, it wasn't terribly surprising to learn that Jeremy Renner was returning as Hawkeye in Avengers: Infinity War, although his role in Ant-Man and the Wasp hasn't been revealed until today's report from Showbiz 411. While no details of his return in Ant-Man 2 were given, it was »
Daniel Clowes’ Wilson is now playing in theaters across the country and hopefully, those who’ve had a chance to see it still have some questions about how the filmmakers and cast captured the tone of Clowes’ graphic novel so well. (It didn’t hurt that Clowes adapted it into a movie himself.)
In the movie, Woody Harrelson plays the title character, a cantankerous and unfiltered loner who tries hard to be social but ends up putting those he interacts with off. When he tries to reconnect with his ex-wife Pippy (Laura Dern), he finds out that he had a baby daughter she gave up for adoption. The two of them go look for their now teen daughter Claire »
- Edward Douglas
In this edition of sequel bits: A new actor boards Escape Plan 2. Producer David Ellison hopes that David Fincher will direct World War Z 2. Director Brett Ratner comments on the status of Rush Hour 4. Jay Baruchel is more than confident How to Train Your Dragon 3 will satisfy fans. Principal photography is underway […]
- Jack Giroux
It might not be surprising that Jessica Chastaine’s upcoming Holocaust drama The Zookeeper’s Wife was directed by a woman as much as it was directed by New Zealand filmmaker Niki Caro, who once again proves herself capable of working with an international cast on a scale that’s far bigger than her earlier films, including Whale Rider.
Adapted from the novel by Diane Ackerman, it stars Chastaine as Antonina Zabinska, wife of the zoologist and owner of the biggest zoo in Warsaw, Poland, which is devastated when the Nazis invade in 1939. Trying to make lemonade out of the lemons delivered to them by the Nazis liquidating their zoo, Antonina and her husband Jan (Johan Heldenbergh) come up with a plan to save the Jews from Warsaw who are being herded into ghettos, and being treated horribly. Turning the zoo into a pig farm, the couple begin to sneak »
- Edward Douglas
David Ellison first created Skydance Productions for his own 2005 directorial debut When All Else Fails, but Skydance Media really started making waves in 2010 when it teamed up with Paramount Pictures for the Coen Brothers Western True Grit.
It went on to become the highest grossing Western ever and cemented the relationship between Skydance Media with Paramount who teamed-up for World War Z, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and other franchises like Star Trek and 2014’s Terminator: Genisys. (Obviously, some of those movies did better than others.)
For his new science fiction movie Life, based on an idea that Ellison came up with, he’s teamed with Sony Pictures, bringing together a cast that includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson as part of the crew of the International Space Station who must examine a sample of life that’s been brought back from Mars.
Lrm got on the phone with »
- Edward Douglas
Hollywood writing duos are a long-standing tradition that’s continued through the years and there have been even more recently, but Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have created a particularly creative knack for tackling genre and franchise.
I personally met the duo on the set of their 2009 movie Zombieland many years ago, and watched them taking on other big genre movies including G.I. Joe: Retaliation, before working with Ryan Reynolds to develop a Deadpool movie that was hugely popular with superhero fans.
Their new movie Life is an outer space thriller also starring their Deadpool collaborator Ryan Reynolds, along with Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson as half the crew of the International Space Station, who have recovered a sample of life from the surface of Mars. It’s a single cell organism that’s been frozen, but when they try to revive it, it starts growing, becoming stronger and more violent towards its would-be captors. »
- Edward Douglas
For decades, the pinnacle of the sci-fi horror genre was Ridley Scott’s Alien, although it’s territory John Carpenter explored just as well with his version of The Thing in 1982 and plenty of others have followed suit.
Life, written by Deadpool scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese and directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), pays tribute to both those classics with a film that offers insight into the fairly simple idea of what it might be like to find life on another planet and what might happen if that existence proves to be hostile. This type of premise has driven the best science fiction in all formats, and while the way Life sometimes falls back on ways this premise has worked before that might make it feel derivative, it also offers enough tension to keep you invested throughout.
The Iss (International Space Station) Pilgrim 7 is about to receive samples »
- Edward Douglas
Simon Brew Mar 22, 2017
Just yesterday, we were reporting the news that Terminator 6 – the follow-on from Terminator Genisys – had been abandoned, and that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s commitment to the series is now over. Schwarzenegger and the Terminator series are seemingly done.
But the Terminator series itself isn’t. Producer David Ellison, of production company Skydance, was one of those who helped shepherd Terminator Gensys to the screen. And in a new interview, he’s hinted that happier times are ahead.
“I will say we have resolved the future of the franchise and believe me it’s an incredibly bright future”, he told Collider. »
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