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I thought it would be hard to top Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, but this franchise just keeps getting better. The latest edition, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is not just the best movie of the summer, it is the best summer movie of the summer, with its smart script and direction from Christopher McQuarrie, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Usual Suspects who has a long-standing relationship with star Tom Cruise having penned Valkyrie, Edge Of… »
Read More: Watch: How the Famous 'Mission: Impossible' Heist Scene Was Made Nearly 20 years have passed since Brian De Palma first transformed a snazzy television series into a high-wire act of elaborate Hitchcockian suspense with the first "Mission: Impossible" movie. By now, the very idea of an auteur-driven blockbuster sounds downright quaint. While veterans John Woo, J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird all had the chance to leave a mark on the franchise, with fifth installment "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation," relative newcomer Christopher McQuarrie trades ambition for competent action and typically charismatic worldly spies, but little in the way of fresh ideas — about as much as one can expect these days. McQuarrie's screenwriting career stretches back to "The Usual Suspects," but his directing career is comparatively young, with only two previous credits to his name: 2000's "The Way of the Gun" and 2012's "Jack »
- Eric Kohn
Mission Impossible Rogue Nation review: Tom Cruise is back in quite possibly the best film in the series. Action-packed, unrelenting, fun-filled and extremely funny, Rogue Nation delivers in spades. Mission Impossible Rogue Nation review
It could be questioned as to why the world needed another Mission: Impossible movie. Tom Cruise and his mates have been churning out these films since the mid-nineties, and with him now knocking on into his fifties, we have to ask if he’s still able to keep up with the best of them.
After securing some pretty major directors for the previous four instalments (Brian De Palma, John Woo, J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird), all stamping their own mark and style on the franchise, number five goes to a former writer turned director (with just two other credits to his name) in Christopher McQuarrie – the man that set the world alight in the mid-nineties with The Usual Suspects. »
- Paul Heath
A new Usual Suspects comic announced at San Diego Comic-Con promises to reveal the origin of Keyser Soze.
Red 5 Comics is releasing a prequel set nine years before Bryan Singer's Academy Award-winning crime thriller (via CBR).
Keyser Soze: Scorched Earth will reveal how the mysterious criminal mastermind built his drug empire.
Singer is of course also known for his work on Fox's X-Men franchise, with his next film Apocalypse landing in 2016 and rumors that he could take on Fantastic Four as well.
Keyser Soze: Scorched Earth #1 will be released in 2016. A creative team for the project is yet to be revealed. »
Red 5 Comics and Bad Hat Harry Productions has announced that it is to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Usual Suspects with a new series of comics based upon Bryan Singer’s 1995 film, the first of which is set to delve into the mystery of Keyser Soze.
As per Cbr, Keyser Soze: Scorched Earth “takes place nine years before the events of the acclaimed film as centers on Soze as he establishes a narcotics empire during the time of President Ronald Reagan’s war on drugs.”
Keyser Soze: Scorched Earth #1 is set for release next year. »
- Gary Collinson
Mission Impossible Rogue Nation trailer: The final trailer for the upcoming Tom Cruise action sequel will quite literally take your breath away. Mission Impossible Rogue Nation final trailer
The final trailer for Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation has just been released by Paramount Pictures. We’re really looking forward to seeing what Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) has done with this movie, which stars Tom Cruise opposite Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and Sean Harris, as well as Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson and Jeremy Renner.
Here’s the plot.
With the Imf disbanded, and Ethan (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, the team now faces off against a network of highly skilled special agents, the Syndicate. These highly trained operatives are hellbent on creating a new world order through an escalating series of terrorist attacks. Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with disavowed British agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), who may »
- Paul Heath
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
Thanks to The Wrap, we’ve got a first look photo of the cast for Ricky Gervais’ Netflix original movie Special Correspondents, which sees Gervais starring alongside Eric Bana (Deliver Us From Evil), Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire), Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Raúl Castillo (Looking), Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order), Bill Lake (The Hurricane), Meghan Heffern (Chloe), Ari Cohen (Gangland Undercover) and Mimi Kuzyk (The Day After Tomorrow)…
Special Correspondents sees Bana as “a struggling New York-based radio journalist whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. With his job on the line, he fakes front-line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in the heart of Manhattan.” It is set to land on Netflix some time next year.
- Gary Collinson
Netflix has unveiled the first photo of the complete cast of Ricky Gervais‘ original movie “Special Correspondents,” which debuts exclusively on TheWrap. Eric Bana stars as a struggling New York-based radio journalist whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. With his job on the line, he fakes front-line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in Manhattan. Gervais co-stars alongside Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel”), Kelly Macdonald (“Boardwalk Empire”), Kevin Pollak (“The Usual Suspects”), America Ferrera (“Ugly Betty”), Raúl Castillo (“Looking”) and Benjamin Bratt (“Law & Order”). Also Read: 'Boardwalk Empire's' Kelly Macdonald Joins. »
- Jeff Sneider
In the next Mission: Impossible installment, Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg (Star Trek), and Jeremy Renner (The Avengers: Age of Ultron) are all wanted by the C.I.A. With the Imf disbanded and Ethan Hunt (Cruise) out of a job, the boys defy the C.I.A.’s head honcho (Alec Baldwin) and regroup to take down the Syndicate – an underground society of rogue agents that Pegg’s Benji very appropriately calls the “anti-imf.”
In the newest trailer for Rogue Nation, we get a sneak peek at what we an only guess are the film’s big action scenes, as Ethan Hunt jumps fifty-feet into a whirlpool without an oxygen tank and climbs the side of a 727 mid-flight.
- Sasha James
Read More: Cannes Review: Joachim Trier's 'Louder Than Bombs' is a Complex Family Drama Done Right The Orchard has announced its acquisition of North American rights to Joachim Trier's "Louder than Bombs," which premiered at Cannes earlier this month. Trier's first English-language film, "Louder than Bombs" features a remarkable cast, including Gabriel Byrne ("The Usual Suspects"), Isabelle Huppert ("The Piano Teacher") and Jesse Eisenberg ("The Social Network"), all of whose performances have been lauded by critics. The film's official synopsis reads: "Three years after the death of his wife, acclaimed photographer Isabelle Reed (Huppert), Gene (Byrne) keeps everyday life going with his shy teenage son, Conrad (Druid). A planned exhibition of Isabelle’s photographs prompts Gene's older son, Jonah (Eisenberg), to return to the house he grew up in - and for the first time in a very long time, the father and the two »
- Sara Itkis
This week, we’ve got an insane amount of horror and sci-fi home entertainment choices getting released on Tuesday, including the latest from Scream Factory, Stigmata, and Kino Lorber is bringing us another Mario Bava cult classic to high-def in the form of Evil Ey,e and the recent horror comedy Zombeavers is looking to make a splash on DVD as well.
Anchor Bay is also unleashing The Vatican Exorcisms on May 19th and Olive Films is bringing a double dose of classic terror to Blu-ray with their releases of Peter Benchley’s Creature and It! The Terror from Outer Space. Indie horror fans have a ton of titles this week arriving on DVD to choose from and we’ve also got new high-def releases for both Poltergeist sequels and Terminator 2: Judgment Day too.
While vacationing in Italy, »
- Heather Wixson
Benicio Del Toro is a funny kind of movie star. He broke out thanks to his deeply weird, scene-stealing turn in "The Usual Suspects," and ever since has had the kind of career that's lived up to that performance — he's generally chosen to appear in offbeat movies. But just when you think you've got him pegged, he'll do something huge and mainstream like "The Wolf Man" or "Guardians Of The Galaxy," even if those movies are odder than the average blockbuster, and his idea of a prestige picture is a two-part biopic of Che Guevara. So it's rare that he gets to do the sort of thing that someone like George Clooney has built a career on: be funny, charming and a little romantic. "A Perfect Day" gives him that opportunity, arguably for the first time since "Excess Baggage," and it's fun to see the actor flex those muscles. Unfortunately, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
With production underway on X-Men: Apocalypse, a casting call for extras has landed online, which appears to give us our first plot synopsis for the Bryan Singer-directed superhero sequel. Oh, and it also “confirms” Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and Channing Tatum’s Gambit – although it should be noted that these casting calls are often mistaken and so we should probably wait until we hear something official from Fox before taking that as gospel…
X-Men: Apocalypse will follow the super powered mutants battling their most powerful foe yet, the devious and devastatingly dangerous Apocalypse. This legendary villain uses his incredible abilities to alter his physical form, access other mutant superpowers and telekinesis to recruit a cult-like group called the Four Horsemen to be his servants and do his bidding in an all out war against the X-Men.
See Also: Cyclops, »
- Gary Collinson
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "Misery Loves Comedy," is available now On Demand.] Some audiences know Kevin Pollak best as the actor from hit drams such as "A Few Good Man," "The Usual Suspects" and "Casino," while others remember the stand-up comedian and master impressionist who rose to fame on the 1980's comedy circuit. Regardless of how you see him, the 57-year-old actor is redefining his career once more by stepping into the director's chair for the very first time. In his debut documentary "Misery Loves Comedy," Pollak interviews some of the biggest names in comedy, including Jimmy Fallon, Amy Schumer, Larry David, Steve Coogan and Judd Apatow, in order to understand the relationship between a comedian and his/her deep desire to connect with audiences. During one of Apple and Indiewire's »
- Zack Sharf
All week our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. When I picked this year, it was under the mistaken assumption that we were writing on the best film of a year, and not the best film year in general. But having realized the mistake, I stand by my choice. 1995 is still the best! Straight up: 1995 wins, because Todd Haynes’s “[Safe]" is still my favorite film to have come out since, Idk, I’ve been alive. It’s deeply self-conscious about genre, while still managing to not really resemble anything I’ve ever seen. It’s the perfect film about L.A.; about how space is mobilized in cinema; about the environment; about Gothic horror; about white femininity; about film bodies; about falling in love in the movies. It’s Todd Motherf*#@$^ Haynes’s best film. »
- Jane Hu
1960s icons the Krays live again through the double-barrelled performance of Tom Hardy as he takes on the roles of both Reggie and Ron Kray in Working Title Films and Studiocanal’s beautifully cut trailer for Legend.
Legend takes us into the secret history of the 1960s and the extraordinary events that secured the infamy of the Kray twins.
Hardy leads the cast joined by Emily Browning (Pompeii), David Thewlis (Harry Potter), Christopher Eccleston (Thor), Chazz Palminteri (The Usual Suspects), Tara Fitzgerald (Game Of Thrones) and Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service).
In cinemas Sept 11.
- Michelle McCue
Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis next month! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con May 22nd through the 24th at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!
Sure, you got the comic artists and cosplayers, wrestlers, a St. Louis Ram, a Power Ranger, and of course the ubiquitous Walking Dead stars, but what We Are Movie Geeks is most excited about are the celebrities from movies that will be on hand: Horror legend George Romero, Sharknado legend Tara Reid, horror hostess with the mostest (if you know what I mean) Elvira, Guardians Of The Galaxy tough guy Dave Bautista, Henry the serial killer himself Michael Rooker, Do The Right Thing’s ‘Buggin Out’ Giancarlo Esposito. Lord of the Rings Trilogy’s Pippin Billy Boyd, Captain America squeeze Hayley Atwell, and Silent Bob’s buddy Jay aka Jason Mewes. »
- Tom Stockman
Alex Garland, screenwriter of “28 Days Later,” “Sunshine” and “Never Let Me Go,” makes an impressive directorial debut with cerebral sci-fi thriller “Ex Machina” (in theaters today), but Garland waves off the achievement of leaping to directing as “just next in a continuum.” “The truth was that there was no epiphany moment about directing, because I just don’t dignify the directing role the way we’re supposed to,” the British filmmaker told The Dissolve. “There are a few people — like Woody Allen, he’s an auteur, and I’m cool with that. But for me, directing is about collaboration.” Whether directing is a logical next step or a hard-sought achievement for screenwriters, it’s often done by telling studios, “Hey, here’s my next screenplay. You can have it as long as I get to direct.” Preston Sturges — at the time the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood — is noted for »
- Emily Rome
Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey is an eminent actor and a well-respected performer of his generation. He constantly puts in solid performances in any movie, television or theatrical projects he involves himself in and is a consummate professional. He recently picked up the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series Drama award at this years Golden Globe ceremony in Los Angeles for his much praised role as the conniving Francis Underwood in Netflix Original series ‘House of Cards’. And with the third season of the award-winning series heading our way later this month we thought we’d take a look back at some of the best and most iconic movie roles the 55-year old actor has managed to accumulate over the years.
- David Agnew
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