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It's no small feat having co-written and starred in the hallowed Cornetto Trilogy, but Simon Pegg has also managed to carve out a sizable back catalog of generally entertaining if sometimes forgettable features. Between lending support to the "Mission: Impossible" and "Star Trek" franchises, you'd think the "Nerd Do Well" author wouldn't have the time to turn in full-fledged leading man performances in "A Fantastic Fear of Everything" and again, in the upcoming "Hector and the Search for Happiness." Now, a new trailer has dropped, looking suspiciously reminiscent of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." Based on François Lelord's novel of the same name, Pegg portrays the titular hector, a psychiatrist whose well-organized, positively banal life is beginning to suffocate him. He leaves a doting wife (Rosemund Pike) and appears to travel the world, running across Stellan Skarsgård, Jean Reno, and »
- Mark Zhuravsky
After a four-year vacation from international espionage, Ethan Hunt and friends will return on Christmas Day in 2015 for Mission: Impossible 5, which may or may not still get a cool subtitle like Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. That subtitle certainly succeeded in drawing audiences, as the most recent installment in the franchise ended up being one of the top five highest-grossing movies of 2011.
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol introduced Jeremy Renner as Ethan Hunt’s fellow Imf agent William Brandt and also saw the return of Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn, both of whom will reprise their roles in Mission: Impossible 5. The film was also in need of a new female lead ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
In Mission: Impossible 5, written by Will Staples and Drew Pearce, Baldwin would play the head of the CIA, while Ferguson is set to play the female lead opposite Tom Cruise. The fifth installment also stars Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg in the respective roles.
The lead female role in the fifth film in the Mission: Impossible franchise was first offered to Jessica Chastain, but she passed on the offer. Ferguson seems like a solid replacement. She recently nabbed a Golden Globe nomination for her English-language debut in the title role of BBC’s The White Queen.
The pic is set to open in theaters on Christmas Day 2015.
Source: Deadline »
- Laura Frances
According to Variety, Alec Baldwin (30 Rock, Blue Jasmine) is in talks to join Mission: Impossible 5. His mission, if he chooses to accept it, is to play a high-ranking CIA officer to oversee Tom Cruise’s division, similar to the role played by Laurence Fishburne (Hannibal, The Matrix) in Mission: Impossible III.
All other details about the film have been kept under wraps, though we should likely hear more news soon as it begins production in August for a December 25, 2015 release date. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher), the film stars Tom Cruise, Rebecca Furguson (The White Queen), Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), Jeremy Renner (The Avengers), Simon Pegg (The World’s End) and Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction).
We’ll have more news about Mission: Impossible 5 as it develops.
- James Garcia
Over the last 18 years, the Mission: Impossible franchise has lined up an impressive list of actresses to play opposite Tom Cruise' Ethan Hunt. On that list are Emmanuelle Béart, Thande Newton, Michelle Monaghan, Keri Russell, Maggie Q, and Paula Patton - and now the latest female lead has been found for Mission: Impossible 5. Word has come down that Rebecca Ferguson, the lead of the BBC series The White Queen, has taken a key role in the next chapter of the blockbuster franchise. Set to be directed by Christopher McQuarrie and based on a script by Iron Man 3's Drew Pearce, Mission: Impossible 5 doesn't currently have an official plot synopsis, but is expected to bring back the stars from Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol - including Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and the aforementioned Paula Patton (not to mention possibly Ving Rhames and Michelle Monaghan). Deadline »
Public interest in the Tom Cruise-anchored Mission: Impossible franchise had started to wane after the lackluster second installment, but 2011′s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol did a tremendous job of breathing new life into the blockbuster series by bringing in The Incredibles director Brad Bird and introducing appealing characters played by Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton. So, now that casting for Mission: Impossible 5 is finally getting under way, we’re definitely interested in who’s joining Cruise’s super-spy Ethan Hunt for his next adventure.
Luckily for fans, the main cast of Ghost Protocol, including Renner, Patton and Simon Pegg, is returning, and today brings news that two more terrific actors have been brought into the fold. Deadline reports that 30 Rock alum Alec Baldwin, who previously played another iconic spook in Tom Clancy adaptation The Hunt for Red October, is circling a role in the film, while Variety is »
- Isaac Feldberg
If a deal is finalized, Alec Baldwin will play a high-ranking CIA officer who oversees the division lead by Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt. The role is reportedly similar to Laurence Fishburne's Theodore Brassel in 2006's Mission: Impossible III.
No formal offer has been issued to Rebecca Ferguson, but the actress is reportedly the top choice of both Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie. Jessica Chastain was offered the role back in April, but she ultimately passed because she could not commit enough time to the extensive shoot. Sources indicate that the studio wants the actress to start training in the near future, which would go all the way through to production, scheduled to wrap in January. »
Plot details are being kept under wraps but sources say Baldwin’s character would be a high-ranking CIA officer who oversee Cruise’s division, similar to the role Laurence Fishburne had in “Mission: Impossible III.” Drew Pearce penned the script.
The studio is still looking to find the female lead after Jessica Chastain passed on the part. The pic is set to bow on Christmas Day 2015.
He is repped by CAA and N2N Entertainment and can be seen next in Cameron Crowe’s untitled film »
- Justin Kroll
Paula Patton and Robin Thicke's future together is anybody's guess—even their own. "We honestly don't know," Robin's dad Alan Thicke told me yesterday while promoting Unusually Thicke, his pseudo-reality show on Tvgn. "I'm sure they don't really know either. Robin's put it all out there. He's put it hard on the table and poured it into his music." "He's suffering," Alan's wife Tanya said. "He's in pain. There's no doubt that they love each other. She loves him and he loves her." The Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol actress and the singer split in February after nine years of marriage. Robin has been on »
The official Twitter account for J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot production company today posted a photo that seems to confirm a longstanding rumor - that at least part of the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VII" is being shot with IMAX cameras.
Abrams directed "Star Trek Into Darkness" and produced "Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol," each of which boasted approximately half an hour of their final runtimes using footage shot with IMAX cameras.
The shot below, taken on the Abu Dhabi set doubling for Tatooine, at least indicate that some of the scenes set on that backwater desert planet will boast the larger scale format.
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) July 8, 2014
Source: Twitter »
- Garth Franklin
The 2009 french feature A Prophet gave many international film fans their first look at Tahar Rahim, who garnered critical acclaim for his performance, going on to roles in movies such as Love and Bruises and The Past. Léa Seydoux has, over the course of her career, garnered her own fans and acclaim in movies such as Inglourious Basterds, Midnight in Paris, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, and Blue is the Warmest Color. Fans of both performers were thus intrigued to learn that their next project would see the duo work together. Titled Grand Central, the film is directed by Rebecca Zlotowski, who co-wrote the screenplay with Gaëlle Macé. A UK trailer for the feature, which has yet to gain Us distribution, has now been released, and can be seen below. Sound on Sight was able to see the film at Gff 2014, and our review can be read here.
The post ‘Grand Central »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Looks like Axel Foley is getting back to his roots for the upcoming Beverly Hills Cop, which was once titled Beverly Hills Cop 4 but is now going by the shorter title (hardly surprising, given how long it’s been since Eddie Murphy last played Axel). In a statement announcing the approval of a film incentive for Beverly Hills Cop, the Michigan Film Office stated that the movie would be rolling cameras in Detroit and even provided a new synopsis.
There’s nothing too revealing about what the Michigan Film Office found out, but there is one interesting tidbit that makes me wonder just what writers Josh Appelbaum and Andre Neme (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) have in mind for Beverly Hills Cop:
The newest installment of Beverly Hills Cop, from the ultimate “fish-out-of-water” franchise, takes Axel Foley, who has been living a cushy life as a Beverly Hills Detective, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Directed by Michael Bay.
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Victoria Summer, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Titus Welliver and Li Bingbing and featuring the voice talents of Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, John Goodman, Ken Watanabe and Mark Ryan.
An automobile mechanic and his daughter make a discovery that brings down the Autobots – and a paranoid government official – on them.
During my screening of Transformers: Age Of Extinction I could hear a man a few rows away from me talking out loud. I looked over and saw he was telling the kid behind him to stop kicking his chair; the kid didn’t hear him at first so he spoke a bit loud and the message was understood. It dawned on me at this point that this brief dialogue between two strangers had captivated my attention in a way the action on screen had failed »
- Gary Collinson
At the start of Doug Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow our hero, Major Bill Cage (Tom Cruise), is a coward. He’s more than ready to run from a fight he knows he’s not equipped for. That’s not the kind of hero we expect from a blockbuster, but it’s the type of subversive choice we should expect from screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie, who had a hand in bringing Hiroshi Sakurazak’s graphic novel, All You Need Is Kill, to the big screen. A protagonist unwilling to help save the world isn’t the only fresh idea in Edge of Tomorrow. Even when Cage becomes a fierce soldier, he’s still no match for the bad-ass helicopter-blade-wielding Rita Vrastaski (Emily Blunt). She is the hero of this movie. Vrastaski drives the story. Cruise, once again playing a role a lot of movie stars would pass on, consistently pushed for his co-star to be this film’s »
- Jack Giroux
Once Lee Child fans got over Tom Cruise not having the exact physicality of Jack Reacher, they realized Cruise nailed the most important part of the character: his spirit. By the end of writer/director Christopher McQuarrie‘s adaptation you wanted more adventures with the tiny brawler. The 2012 film managed to do that without any loose threads or blatant sequel flags, but instead ended on a note that says everything about the titular character. Reacher is a rare blockbuster protagonist: he knows who he is, there’s no self-doubt, and, best of all, he has a good sense of humor. Make no mistake, the character spawned a blockbuster hit. The film only cost $60m to make and earned over $218m worldwide, before going on to make a killing on home video. The character doesn’t face costly world-ending scenarios, so this is a series that could continue without an astronomically advancing price tag. On »
- Jack Giroux
The Thief series of videogames is making its way to the movies...
The latest videogame series to jump across to the big screen looks like being the Thief franchuse. The Tracking Board reports that Vertigo and Prime Universe are developing a film of Thief, which is set to be produced by Roy Lee and Adrian Askarieh.
Centred around an intriguing hero in Garrett, the Thief games actually seem quite a good fit for a film, with the usual caveat that they'd need to get the tone and the story right. With stealth very much the key weapon in the games, if all concerned can resist the urge to turn this into an action festival, and instead focus on more Mission: Impossible-esque tense set pieces, then this could be a lot of fun. Heck, get Brian De Palma in to direct it.
There's no timescale that we know of »
Two films into the Expendables franchise, fans eagerly await the arrival of the third instalment. Thus far we have come to expect certain things. Firstly of course, lots of stuff gets blown up. That’s a given considering the cast which is a group of 80’s and 90’s action Gods. Then there’s the referential humour, that in the second film in particular was almost non-stop. Did the first two films entertain? For many yes. Did they fully deliver on the promise? Not really. The balance has never quite been right. The scripts always felt a bit jumpy and in many cases some key cast members felt wasted (namely Mr Van Damme in number 2).
Now, expectation and the end result can often be two very different beasts. Many felt upon the first announcement of the original Expendables film that this »
- Gary Collinson
Eddie Murphy's headed back to Detroit in the upcoming fourth installment of the Beverly Hills Cop franchise. According to the Associated Press, the state of Michigan approved $13.5 million in film incentives, based on an estimated $56.6 million of filmmaker spending in the state. The film will be shot in and around Detroit, creating jobs for an estimated 352 workers, the Michigan Film Office announced on Thursday.
Murphy Going Family Friendly and 9 More Annoying Movie Star Behaviors
Beverly Hills Cop 4 – the first in the series since 1994 – will find Murphy reprising his »
The movie star isn't a thing of the past - it's just a changing phenomenon in the face of the web, Ryan writes...
Taken at this year’s Academy Awards, a photograph of a huddled group of Hollywood actors quickly became the most shared image in social media’s short history. In this single shot - taken by Bradley Cooper and posted by Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres, who are surrounded by such familiar faces as Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt, we get a glimpse of how the modern movie star has changed in the past 20 years.
The movie star phenomenon began in the early 20th century, when actors such as Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin became famous enough to secure ticket sales by themselves. Hollywood studios initially resisted the rising phenomenon of the movie star with all the strength they could muster; with stardom came a demand for things like higher salaries, »
The fourth film in the Beverly Hills Cop series will, once again, star Murphy’s Detroit cop, Axel Foley. Murphy originated the role in 1984’s Beverly Hills Cop, one of his first big film projects after his four-year tenure at Saturday Night Live. The movie, an instant classic, spawned two sequels, Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) and Beverly Hills Cop III (1994).
Production on Beverly Hills Cop 4 is predicted to generate $56.5 million in in-state revenue from production costs employ around 350 Michigan workers during production. As incentive, Michigan approved a 24% rebate of $13.5 million.
“We are excited to welcome Axel Foley and the Beverly Hills Cop franchise back to Michigan. This project will highlight locations throughout metro Detroit that speak to the city’s heritage while »
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