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The Curious Languor of Robert Mitchum

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Everyone notices the eyes first, languid, those of a somnambulist. Robert Mitchum, calm and observant, is a presence that, through passivity, enamors a viewer. His face is as effulgent as moonlight. The man smolders, with that boozy, baritone voice, seductive and soporific, a cigarette perched between wispy lips below which is a chin cleft like a geological fault. He’s slithery with innuendo. There’s an effortless allure to it all, a mix of malaise and braggadocio, a cocksure machismo and a hint of fragility. He’s ever-cool, a paradox, “radiating heat without warmth,” as Richard Brody said. A poet, a prodigious lover and drinker, a bad boy; his penchant for marijuana landed him in jail, and in the photographs from his two-month stay he looks like a natural fit. He sits, wrapped in denim, legs spread wide, hair shiny and slick, holding a cup of coffee. His mouth is
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Top Ten Tuesday – Baby Driver Opens This Week, So Here Are the Best Car Chase Movies of the 1970’s

There’s nothing like a good car chase in a movie. Maybe it’s the daring-do of the stunt drivers that makes you feel you’re in danger even though you’re comfortably in your seat, or the high stakes of the moment in which the characters we’re rooting for will either get out of the situation or have a gruesome finale, but an impressive car-chase scene can make even a mediocre movie a beloved classic. What makes a car chase legendary, you ask? They’re the ones that keep you at the edge of your seat and actually fit in with the rest of the plot.

Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver opens Wednesday, June 28th. Baby (Ansel Elgort), is an innocent-looking getaway driver who gets hardened criminals from point A to point B, with daredevil flair and a personal soundtrack running through his head. That’s because he
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Cars 3 – Review

As we creep along to the midway point of Summer, this can only mean one thing at the multiplex (aside from added matinees): another installment of a big studio franchise (formerly a series) will be occupying several screens. We’ve already had a new Alien, and another Depp pirate pic as the Planet Apes and Transformers wait in the wings, along with that wall-crawling wonder. I suppose we’re due for an animated sequel, but this one’s from the most celebrated studio of the last couple of decades, Pixar. Aside from Toy Story, they avoided follow-ups to their other hit films until 2011 when the Cars gang refueled for Cars 2. Then one of the other hits got a prequel, Monster University, and another spawned last year’s box office smash, Finding Dory. Now here’s the automotive, track-burnin’ “hat trick” as good ole’ number 95, Lightning McQueen roars back
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Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi, Madonna and More Rally for Clinton in Days, Hours Leading Up to Election: She ‘Is Made of Steel’

Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi, Madonna and More Rally for Clinton in Days, Hours Leading Up to Election: She ‘Is Made of Steel’
Election day is now underway, and a slew of A-list musicians have continued to voice their support of Hillary Clinton, rallying for the Democratic presidential nominee across the country.

On the eve of the election, Lady Gaga took the stage in North Carolina, addressing Clinton backers at a midnight rally.

“If we are true, true Americans, we must go from viewing his followers as our adversaries to viewing them as our allies. What does she say? What do we say? We are stronger together. And what I see in this remarkable woman is that she is ready to restore peace in this country.
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‘Naja’ Heading for Big Screen From ‘Huntsman: Winter’s War’ Director (Exclusive)

‘Naja’ Heading for Big Screen From ‘Huntsman: Winter’s War’ Director (Exclusive)
Updated: Thunder Road Pictures, Entertainment 360, and Nickel City Productions have partnered to produce “Naja,” a big-screen adaptation of the acclaimed French graphic novel, Variety has learned. Telepool will executive produce.

Thunder Road optioned the graphic novel. J. P. Davis (“The Neighbor”) is writing. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan (“The Huntsman: Winter’s War”) will direct.

“Naja” centers on a beautiful assassin, who is all the more deadly because she is unable to register pain. Her mercenary ways get upended after she finds herself targeted by contract killers. The story is said to be in the vein of action hits such as “Lucy,” “Le Femme Nikita,” and “John Wick.”

“Naja” was written by Jean-David Morvan and illustrated by Bengal. It was published in France by Dargaud, whose roster of properties includes “Valerian,” the graphic novel currently getting the big-screen treatment from Luc Besson. Magnetic Press published “Naja” in the U.S.

The deal was
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‘John Wick Chronicles’ Virtual Reality Game Unveiled

‘John Wick Chronicles’ Virtual Reality Game Unveiled
Lionsgate and Starbreeze have unveiled a “John Wick Chronicles” virtual reality game, based on the upcoming Keanu Reeves sequel “John Wick: Chapter 2.”

The studio began offering a seven-minute preview of the first-person shooter game for the Htc Vive Vr headset on Thursday at New York Comic Con as part of the campaign for “John Wick: Chapter 2,” which opens on Feb. 10. The game will launch that month on the digital distribution platform Steam.

The preview is titled “John Wick Chronicles: An Eye for an Eye.” Lionsgate also announced that it’s offering pre-orders of the game along with the original “John Wick” as part of an exclusive U.S. bundle.

Chad Stahelski, who co-directed the original with David Leitch, is helming the sequel. Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk is returning to produce.

Lionsgate began selling foreign markets for the sequel at Cannes. The original movie grossed $43 million domestically and
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Spike Jonze Unleashes a Totally Wild Margaret Qualley in Quirky New Kenzo Short Film – Watch

Spike Jonze Unleashes a Totally Wild Margaret Qualley in Quirky New Kenzo Short Film – Watch
“When we think about perfume campaigns, we think about a pretty girl with a bottle. This clip is exactly the opposite. It’s very multi-faceted and different; it takes the spectator by surprise.”

So says actress (and former dancer and, yes, that little bit of trivia will become very important very soon) Margaret Qualley of her turn in the Spike Jonze-directed short film-and-also-commercial for the company’s new fragrance Kenzo World. The latest snippet of cinematic expression from the fashion house is a short entitled “My Mutant Brain” that has been helmed by Jonze — and his stamps are all over the very funny, very energetic short — with Qualley starring as a charmingly bored young socialite who quite literally breaks free of the trappings of what looks to be a dreadfully boring event, all to dance her troubles away.

Read More: Carrie Brownstein’s Short Film Trailer For Kenzo Features
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ShortList 2016: ‘Thunder Road’ Turns Bruce Springsteen Song Into Funeral Eulogy (Video)

ShortList 2016: ‘Thunder Road’ Turns Bruce Springsteen Song Into Funeral Eulogy (Video)
Bruce Springsteen borrowed the title for his 1975 song “Thunder Road” from a 1958 Robert Mitchum movie, and since then it’s been borrowed back for a couple of TV movies. But filmmaker Jim Cummings not only took the title for his short film that won the Grand Prize at Sundance this year, he based his film around a performance of the Springsteen song, and even wrangled permission to use the song from the always-picky rock star. “Thunder Road,” one of the finalists in TheWrap’s ShortList Film Festival, is an alternately funny and wrenching story about a cop (played by Cummings
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Rutger Hauer, Paul Anderson, Liam Cunningham join '24 Hours To Live'

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Shanghai-based Fundamental Films and Thunder Road Pictures of Los Angeles announced the casting additions on Tuesday.

Thriller 24 Hours To Live stars previously announced Ethan Hawke and China’s Xu Qing. CAA handles Us rights and Sierra/Affinity international sales.

Brian Smrz directs from a screenplay by Zachary Dean based on an original script from Ron Mita and Jim McClain and principal photography is underway in Cape Town, South Africa.

The story centres on an assassin who is given a chance at redemption after his employer brings him back to life temporarily when he dies on the job.

Fundamental Films is fully financing the project and Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road, Fundamental chairman Mark Gao and international president Gregory Ouanhon serve as producers

Jon Kuyper, Kent Kubena, Jonathan Fuhrman and Gary Glushon are the executive producers.

Fundamental and Thunder Road are also collaborating on Outlaws Inc., announced earlier this year. Fundamental is also the lead financier on [link
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Paul Anderson, Liam Cunningham & Rutger Hauer Have ‘24 Hours To Live’; Christopher Lambert Joins ‘Kickboxer: Retaliation’

Paul Anderson, Liam Cunningham & Rutger Hauer Have ‘24 Hours To Live’; Christopher Lambert Joins ‘Kickboxer: Retaliation’
Exclusive: Paul Anderson, Liam Cunningham and Rutger Hauer have joined the cast of 24 Hours to Live, a thriller from Fundamental Films and Thunder Road starring Ethan Hawke and Chinese actress Xu Qing. Production is under way in Cape Town, South Africa on the pic, which follows a career assassin who is given a chance at redemption after his employer brings him back to life temporarily, just after being killed on the job. No details on the roles for Anderson, Cunningham or…
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Watch: Steven Spielberg’s Short War Film ‘Escape to Nowhere’ From 1961

Watch: Steven Spielberg’s Short War Film ‘Escape to Nowhere’ From 1961
In 1961, a 14-year-old Steven Spielberg produced and directed one of this first short films, the ominously named “Escape to Nowhere.” In the opening sequence to the movie, a title card reads “Produced and Directed by Steve Spielberg” before one of the first shots that states the setting is “Somewhere in East Africa.”

There is no dialogue in the two-minute clip that has surfaced online, just battle scenes that play to the sound of Richard Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries.” (Something tells us Spielberg was not able to license the rights to the music.) Spielberg’s sister Anne Spielberg is the only person credited in the cast on IMDb, which states that the entire short is 40 minutes long.

Though the production value is exactly what one would expect from a teenage filmmaker, Spielberg’s eye for dramatic action scenes and swiftly-paced editing are apparent even at this young age. “Escape
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Marie Colvin biopic sets 'Cartel Land' director Matthew Heineman

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Marie Colvin biopic sets 'Cartel Land' director Matthew Heineman
Exclusive: Director of Oscar-nominated documentary set for war biopic produced by Charlize Theron’s Denver & Delilah and Thunder Road.

Cartel Land director Matthew Heineman has been tapped to direct Charlize Theron-produced biopic Marie Colvin, about the eponymous Us war correspondent who died in 2012 while covering the Syrian conflict.

Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Pictures is producing the prestige package with Theron’s Denver & Delilah Productions and What Maisie Knew executive-producer Marissa McMahon.

Screen understands that the production could get underway at the end of the year however there is still no official word on whether Theron will also take on the lead role in the film, something she has done on most films produced by Denver & Delilah to date, including Aileen Wuornos biopic Monster, for which Theron won an Oscar.

Script comes from Arash Amel (The Titan) and is based on Marie Brenner’s Vanity Fair article about Colvin’s revered life as a war correspondent
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‘The Grand Tour’ Photos: First Look at Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond & James May’s Sweeping New Amazon Series

‘The Grand Tour’ Photos: First Look at Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond & James May’s Sweeping New Amazon Series
Amazon has just released the first set of images from its new original series, which is currently on location in Johannesburg, South Africa. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May appear in the “first-ever studio tent recording” of their new show “The Grand Tour,” which follows the trio’s post–”Top Gear” automotive adventures.

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Clarkson, Hammond and May co-presented the highly popular BBC series for more than a decade until their joint departure last year. This new venture continues in a similar vein, with the three hosts traveling the world and driving around in various exotic locales. Naming the show proved difficult, with “Gear Knob” being floated as a possible title before the three eventually settled on “The Grand Tour.”

Read More: Amazon 2016 Pilots: ‘The Interestings’ and ‘The Last Tycoon,’ Reviewed

The show, which is
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Invisible Invaders

"Earth Given 24 Hours to Surrender!" Invisible murderous moon maniacs invade, with invisible troops and invisible flying saucers! John Agar, Jean Byron and John Carradine do their best to keep this underfed sci-fi turnip on its feet --- and we diehard monster fans love it. Invisible Invaders Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1959 / B&W /1:66 widescreen / 67 min. / Street Date July 12, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring John Agar, Jean Byron, Philip Tonge, Robert Hutton, John Carradine, Paul Langton. Cinematography Maury Gertsman Film Editor Grant Whytock Original Music Paul Dunlap Written by Samuel Newman Produced by Robert E. Kent Directed by Edward L. Cahn

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

At the tail end of the '50s monster boom the pickings became lean indeed. For every killer matinee filler like The Blob or The Fly, cheap double bills encouraged by American-International's example became even cheaper. Producers at Columbia, Allied Artists and United Artists turned out
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Female Led Movie Trigger Warning In Development At Thunder Road

Thunder Road – the production company that most recently delivered John Wick and Sicario – has snapped up a spec script written by Josh Olson (A History Of Violence) and John Brancato (Terminator: Salvation), titled Trigger Warning. The film is an original action tale with a female hero at its centre – and its development ensures the chance of women-oriented stories beyond the planned remakes and re-boots of male-led movies.

Little is known about the specific plot of Trigger Warning but, unsurprisingly, it is described in broad terms through comparison to well-known male-led movies. This is almost unavoidable, since the genre has historically been dominated by male-centric tales and so, Trigger Warning is characterised as a female Rambo: First Blood, with a dash of John Wick thrown in.

The significance of this project cannot be overstated. There has, for some time, been an increasingly vocal call for better female representation in leading roles in movies,
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Thunder Road Buys ‘Trigger Warning’ Spec: A Female John Wick?

Thunder Road Buys ‘Trigger Warning’ Spec: A Female John Wick?
Exclusive: We’ve got a female-driven Ghostbusters, and a female-driven Ocean’s Eleven from Gary Ross and Steven Soderbergh. Why not an action film with a female heroine who’s one part John Wick and one part Rambo? Thunder Road has closed a deal for Trigger Warning, a spec script by A History Of Violence scribe Josh Olson and Terminator: Rise of the Machines‘ John Brancato. The script is described as a female First Blood with John Wick thrown in for good measure, where the…
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Sicario 2 Isn't a True Sequel, Sicario 3 Already Being Planned

Sicario 2 Isn't a True Sequel, Sicario 3 Already Being Planned
One of last year's surprise hits was the critically-acclaimed Lionsgate film Sicario, which wasn't exactly a box office blockbuster, but did fare decently for a September movie, taking in $84 million worldwide from a $30 million budget. Just a month after this thriller starring Emily Blunt hit theaters, Lionsgate announced that a follow-up was coming, and just last month, Italian director Stefano Sollima (Suburra) stepped in to take the helm. While there is still much we don't know about the story, this sequel, entitled Soldado ("soldier" in Spanish), will not be your typical follow-up. The director also teased that a third installment is already in the works.

Last year's Sicario is set in the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, where an idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) is exposed to the brutal world of international drug trafficking by members of a government task force (Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro
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Tilda Cobham-Harvey to star in John Collee, Anthony Maras film Hotel Mumbai

Tilda Cobham-Hervey.

Tilda Cobham-Hervey is joining Dev Patel and Armie Hammer in Hotel Mumbai, a film about the 2008 attacks on the Taj Mahal hotel.

The script was co-written by Hopscotch's John Collee (Happy Feet, Master and Commander) and South Australian Anthony Maras, who will direct.

The four-day siege on the hotel killed 160 people, with many more injured.

As first reported by THR, Basil Iwanyk is producing through his Thunder Road banner alongside Arclight's Gary Hamilton and Mike Gabrawy..

Andrew Ogilvie and Julie Ryan will also act as producers, with Kent Kubena and Jonathan Fuhrman executive producing.

Cobham-Hervey broke out in Sophie Hyde's 2013 feature 52 Tuesdays, and had a small role in Rosemary Myers' Girl Asleep, which premiered at Adelaide Film Fest last year before world premiering at the Berlinale.

She's repped by CAA and Australia's United Management.
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Film Execs: Financing Means Going Global, And Going Bold – Produced By

Film Execs: Financing Means Going Global, And Going Bold – Produced By
When it comes to getting films financed, paying attention to global distribution and choosing bold projects is paramount in 2016. That's according to several top producers and film sales company executives at a state of film financing panel today at the Produced By Conference. "If you're going to be an independent producer, you have to pay attention to the international marketplace," said Basil Iwanyk, founder and owner of financing and production company Thunder Road Pict…
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Cannes: Weinstein Co. Nabs Jeremy Renner Drama 'Wind River' (Exclusive)

The Weinstein Co. is in negotiations to acquire North American rights to Jeremy Renner starrer Wind River. Directed by Taylor Sheridan, the film follows a Fish and Game Department employee (Renner) who stumbles upon the body of a teenage girl frozen in the desolate wilderness. He is enlisted by a rookie FBI agent unfamiliar with the terrain to help find those responsible. Elizabeth Olsen and Jon Bernthal also star. Basil Iwanyk's Thunder Road (Sicario), Peter Berg's Film 44 (Lone Survivor) and Matthew George's Savvy Media Holdings (Lbj). Savvy is financing Wind River along with Acacia Entertainment and Wayne Rogers' Synergics

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