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Kilburn Media has announced the start of production on Cut Bank , a thriller directed by Matt Shakman ("Mad Men," "Six Feet Under") that has also added Liam Hemsworth ( The Hunger Games , The Expendables 2 ) to its cast. The film also stars two-time Academy Award nominee John Malkovich ( Red , In the Line of Fire ), Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton ( Bad Santa , Monster.s Ball ), Teresa Palmer ( Warm Bodies , I Am Number Four ), Cannes Film Festival 2013.s Best Actor winner and Academy Award nominee Bruce Dern ( Nebraska , Django Unchained ), Oliver Platt ("The Big C," Love & Other Drugs ) and Golden Globe nominee Michael Stuhlbarg ( A Serious Man , Hitchcock . From an acclaimed Black List script by Roberto Patino ("Sons of »
Chicago – “Clint Eastwood: 20 Film Collection” is a great Father’s Day gift that’s nonetheless a bit difficult to describe. It’s not exactly a greatest hits collection of its legendary star since it’s missing some of his most iconic films and includes some of his most notable failures. At the same time, every Eastwood fan would be happy to have at least half of these films in their collection and there’s no better way to do it then this set. It also may allow for some reevaluation and reappreciation of some of Eastwood’s less-beloved movies. I wish that Warner Bros. had taken the opportunity to upgrade a few Eastwood films that still need HD restoration but there’s enough brilliance in this box that it’s tough to complain.
Which ones are the classics in this impressively-packaged set? There are undeniable, iconic ones like “Dirty Harry, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The assassination of U.S. president John F. Kennedy was a horrific event that forever scarred the American psyche. Perhaps this is why this brutal and public murder finds its way into film and television again and again, from the gritty superhero drama Watchmen, to the Clint Eastwood action movie In the Line of Fire, and Oliver Stone's Academy Award-winning historical drama JFK. Even Tom Hanks is developing a drama about this defining moment for our nation. But no one has approached this topic as David Mamet plans to. Variety reports Mamet has penned and will direct a thriller that offers a new and likely mind-boggling possibility for the hows and maybe whys of Kennedy's murder. Far from historical drama, this feature is being described as a Hitchcockian nailbiter. And the casting of Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett in the lead role suggests this screenplay is something sensational. Of course, »
Avnet will be recognized for his contributions to AFI while Bigelow and Coates are being heralded for their “contributions of distinction” to the art of the moving image.
The degrees will be presented during the AFI Conservatory’s commencement ceremony on June 12 at the El Capitan Theater.
Previous AFI honorary degrees have been given to Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Mel Brooks, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, James Earl Jones, Nora Ephron, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Helen Mirren, Haskell Wexler and John Williams.
Avnet is an AFI alumnus and serves as vice chair of the board of trustees. His credits as a director, writer and producer include “Black Swan,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Risky Business” and “The History Boys.”
- Dave McNary
Take a look at a complete preview of the shows coming your way, and mark your calendars. It looks good for NBC this year, and while I’m not sure all of these look like winners, I think you’ll find at least a couple that you’re really going to like.
Blacklist – Fall
The Blacklist — (Photo by: NBC)
For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) has been one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. Brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe, Red was known by many as “The Concierge of Crime.”
Now, he’s mysteriously surrendered to the FBI with an explosive offer: he will help catch a long-thought-dead terrorist, Ranko Zamani, »
- Marc Eastman
If you missed the hilarious and heart warming Warm Bodies starring Nicholas Hoult (X-Men Days of Future Past) when it was in theaters, you have a chance to redeem yourself coming this month. You could wait until June 4th for the Blu-Ray and DVD release, or you can catch the early digital download release May 14th. Here’s the press release.
Cold Body. Warm Heart. “An inspired mash-up of zombie heart and romantic comedy brains”
– Peter Debruge, Variety “The perfect date movie!”
– Kevin McCarthy, CBS Radio “The greatest zombie love story ever told.”
- Jess Orso
The decidedly odd zombie flick, Warm Bodies, is coming your way on Blu-Ray, DVD, VOD, etc., etc., on June 4th, but there’s an early window opening May 14th for download.
If you caught this one in theaters, there’s a pretty good chance you want to see it again. It’s that kind of film. Even I want to see it again, and I’m rather picky about what I watch more than once. This early window trend is pretty interesting actually, and several other movies have been pushing this recently. Why not get that one last chance to see the film a few weeks before you can pick up the Blu-Ray?
The Blu-Ray looks like a solid release as well, with a lot of bonus features – see full list below. I’m thinking the commentary track will be worth it alone.
While you’re at it, check out »
- Marc Eastman
You can’t keep a zombie down. Jonathan Levine’s “Warm Bodies” arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Ultraviolet June 4th, 2013 with an early Digital Download release on May 14th. One very unusual zombie forms a romantic relationship with a teenage girl in Warm Bodies, which stars hot young actors Nicholas Hoult (Jack the Giant Slayer, X-Men: First Class) and Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice), along with an all-star supporting cast including Primetime Emmy® winner Rob Corddry (Outstanding Special Class – Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Programs, “Children’s Hospital,” 2008; Rapture-Palooza), Dave Franco (21 Jump Street), Analeigh Tipton (Crazy Stupid Love), Cory Hardrict (upcoming Lovelace, Battle Los Angeles) and Academy Award® nominee John Malkovich (Actor in a Supporting Role, In the Line of Fire, 1993; Red, Burn After Reading),. Written for the screen and directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50) and based on the novel by Isaac Marion, the film arrives on »
- BeyondHollywood Staff
Feature Simon Brew 3 May 2013 - 07:03
It's a risky business, filmmaking. Simon looks back at some bold, expensive 1990s movies where the gambles didn't quite pay off...
This summer's blockbuster season has got off to a startling start, with Iron Man 3 being widely praised for its willingness to rip up the rule book a little, as it continues the story of Tony Stark.
In fact, there's a subset of modern blockbusters - Nolan films, some X-Men features for instance - that are garnering increasing praise for taking bold choices with the material. That they're wagering a lot of movie studio money on projects and stories that once upon a time would have struggled to get through the system.
However, we'd argue that the 1990s was rich with such gambles too, it's just most of them never really made quite the levels of cash we're seeing now. So, here's a »
DC Comics delivers more excitement with Batgirl Volume 2: Knightfall Descends. The graphic novel collects issues #0 and 7 through 13 of the monthly title. It's written by series regular Gail Simone and illustrated by Ardian Syaf, Ed Benes, Alitha Martinez, and Vincente Cifuentes.Batgirl Volume 2: Knightfall Descends consists of four different storylines with interweaving subplots. "A Fire in the Heavens" tells the tale of the first time Barbara Gordon donned a costume and embraced her destiny as an agent of the Bat.
"A View from Below" and No Darker Shadow" pits Batgirl against a murderous masked metahuman calling himself Grotesque. He's bent on taking the finer things in life from the rich and privileged of Gotham City for himself.
"In the Line of Fire" puts Batgirl in the middle of the Night of the Owls as she comes face-to-face with a female Talon.
"All Snug in Their Beds," "Heart of Cold Steel, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Shirey)
Clint Eastwood will have lost a few Brownie points for his bizarre and frankly ill-advised conversation with an empty chair at the Republican National Congress last autumn, but he is still much-adored Hollywood royalty – old and craggy, but still directing and acting to a phenomenally high standard and responsible as actor and/or director for some of the greatest and most iconic films ever to have come out of Hollywood.
Most often associated with Westerns and understandably so (the Dollars trilogy, High Plains Drifter, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Pale Rider, Unforgiven), Eastwood also has a sterling track record within the crime genre (Dirty Harry, Mystic River, In the Line of Fire, Play Misty for Me) and with straight dramas too (Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, A Perfect World, Changeling). With Oscar statuettes and nominations coming out of his ears, he is clearly much loved by the Academy, but critics and »
- Dave Roper
This week, Steven Spielberg's classic dinosaur thriller "Jurassic Park" gets rereleased in theaters –- in 3D! I vividly remember being in high school when it came out in the summer of 1993 and jumping out of my seat next to my best friends. It was an amazing year in theaters, with a mix of unforgettable Oscar-winning dramas ("Schindler's List," "Philadelphia," "The Piano"), hilarious comedies ("Mrs. Doubtfire," "Groundhog Day") and action flicks ("The Firm," "The Fugitive," "In the Line of Fire"). If you've got a tween or teen who has yet to see "Jurassic Park," get yourself to a theater, but if your clan isn't ready for lawyer-gobbling t-rexes and Samuel L. Jackson-chomping velociraptors, take a look at three more family friendly 20-year-old movies. Animated Classic - "Nightmare Before Christmas" (PG, 1993, 76 minutes) Netflix Amazon Instant iTunes Kids Will Love: The stop-motion animated Christmas-meets-Halloween musical is irresistible to kids who will »
- Sandie Chen
Back in December we got an early look at Jonathan Levine (All The Boys Love Mandy Lane)’s zombie rom-com adaptation Warm Bodies (read that review here), where I said “Basically, Warm Bodies is just cute, and geared for teenagers looking for an alternative to Twilight, or zombies in general. In that regard, it’s par for the course.”
If you missed it in theaters this past February, Lionsgate/Summit has set a June 4th Blu-ray & DVD release date! Check out the press release and specs below!
One very unusual zombie forms a romantic relationship with a teenage girl in Warm Bodies, which stars hot young actors Nicholas Hoult (Jack the Giant Slayer, X-Men: First Class) and Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice), along with an all-star supporting cast including Primetime Emmy® winner Rob Corddry (Outstanding Special Class – Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Programs, “Children’s Hospital,” 2008; Rapture-Palooza »
- Justin Edwards
One very unusual zombie forms a romantic relationship with a teenage girl in Warm Bodies, which stars hot young actors Nicholas Hoult (Jack the Giant Slayer, X-Men: First Class) and Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four, The Sorcerer's Apprentice), along with an all-star supporting cast including Primetime Emmy winner Rob Corddry (Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Programs, Childrens' Hospital, 2008; Rapturepalooza), Dave Franco (21 Jump Street), Analeigh Tipton (Crazy Stupid Love), Cory Hardrict (upcoming Lovelace, Battle: Los Angeles) and Academy Award nominee John Malkovich (Actor in a Supporting Role, In the Line of Fire, 1993; Red, Burn After Reading). Written for the screen and directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50) and based on the novel by Isaac Marion, the film arrives on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital Copy and Ultraviolet), DVD (plus Digital Copy and Ultraviolet), Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View June 4th from Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company. Warm Bodies will also be available on Est May 14th, »
Summit Entertainment has announced that Warm Bodies will be released to Blu-ray and DVD on June 4th, with an early digital download window that begins in May. Continue reading for more release details, information on bonus features, and a look at the official cover artwork:
“One very unusual zombie forms a romantic relationship with a teenage girl in Warm Bodies, which stars hot young actors Nicholas Hoult (Jack the Giant Slayer, X-Men: First Class) and Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice), along with an all-star supporting cast including Primetime Emmy® winner Rob Corddry (Outstanding Special Class – Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Programs, “Children’s Hospital,” 2008; Rapture-Palooza), Dave Franco (21 Jump Street), Analeigh Tipton (Crazy Stupid Love), Cory Hardrict (upcoming Lovelace, Battle Los Angeles) and Academy Award® nominee John Malkovich (Actor in a Supporting Role, In the Line of Fire, 1993; Red, Burn After Reading),. Written for the screen and directed »
- Jonathan James
Los Angeles — In a week when North Korea posted a homemade video showing the U.S. Capitol building being destroyed by a missile, what more logical response could Hollywood offer than a macho thriller about a Secret Service agent who takes on North Korean terrorists who attack the White House? The first of two similarly themed action dramas set for this year ("White House Down" arrives in June), "Olympus Has Fallen" will put to the test the question of whether American audiences are ready, 12 years after 9-11, to watch, strictly as disposable popcorn entertainment, a film in which the United States and some of its most prominent landmarks are devastated by foreign terrorists.
The answer almost undoubtedly will be yes, as the tough-guy former agent played by Gerard Butler gets to kick a whole lot of badass butt while trying to rescue the president. Although this is the sort of »
Last night I was trying to come up with some ideas on something I could do in conjunction with the release of Olympus Has Fallen and one idea was to come up with a list of the best political action thrillers. The problem is that word "action" really limits the number of films... at least when it came to the titles my fiancee could come up with last night. The word "action", in this case, almost seems to remove all meaning from the word "political". Sure, Olympus Has Fallen is based on a terrorist takeover at the White House, but just how political will it really be? White House Down and G.I. Joe: Retaliation are working with similar themes as trailers have already shown us, are they too political films? Certainly there is a nugget of politics in there, it's something that gives the narrative added weight over simply being about guns, »
- Brad Brevet
This story first appeared in the March 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. On Feb. 14, La Weekly published a list of the 341 people allowed by the Sheriff's Department to carry a concealed weapon around town. Most were usual suspects, including reserve officers and judges like O.J. Simpson adjudicator Lance Ito. But hidden amid the tally were a handful of pistol-packing industry players. Photos: In the Line of Fire: Sylvester Stallone's On-Screen Arsenal of Guns Through the Years At your next meeting, be careful not to do anything to trigger producers Arnold Kopelson, Jerry Weintraub and Richard Donner, as well as Westwood One founder Norman Pattiz. The
- Gary Baum
Prolific film & television producer Barry Josephson (Enchanted, Bones) has signed on with Magic Storm Entertainment to produce the legendary Stan Lee's creation Annihilator. The film script has been penned by Dan Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy/Real Steel).
Annihilator tells the story of a young Chinese expatriate, Ming, who must choose between remaining in prison or enlist in a secret Us super soldier program. The program uses targeted genetic enhancements from various animal species. Ming chooses to undergo this nearly fatal procedure and through his extreme resolve, gained as a result of his family's tradition of practicing Qijong and martial arts, he survives. Now, armed with remarkable abilities, he must confront a former rival with his own set of enhanced faculties. Our reluctant hero is forced not only to face his personal demons, but also to defeat the villain who will destroy everything that he knows and loves.
Here's what »
The upcoming action thriller Olympus Has Fallen described as Die Hard meets In the Line of Fire will hit theaters in just a little over four weeks, so we have a six new photos to share with you from the Antoine Fuqua‘s R-rated flick. As you probably know the film focuses on a former Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) who must save the President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) after the White House is overrun with terrorists. Morgan Freeman as Speaker of the House, Martin Trumbull and Angela Bassett as Director of the Secret Service, Lynne Jacobs, are trying to keep the country running. »
- Nick Martin
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