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Sci-fi action thriller Edge Of Tomorrow sagged at the box office, despite glowing reviews. Was its marketing to blame, Ryan wonders...
Looking back over Edge Of Tomorrow’s brief history, and it seems clear that it was a production with something of an identity crisis. Adapted from a Japanese story called All You Need Is Kill, the movie went by that name right up until the summer of 2013, when Warner Bros abruptly changed the title to Edge Of Tomorrow.
Then, when Edge Of Tomorrow got its home release a couple of weeks ago, it seemed to have been given another name change. On its DVD and Blu-ray box, the tagline Live. Die. Repeat, is far more prominent than Edge Of Tomorrow’s title - the movie’s even listed in some online marketplaces as Live Die Repeat: Edge Of Tomorrow.
It’s the latest curious development in the life of »
Ahead of its U.S. release this coming Friday, a new clip and TV spot for the Keanu Reeves-headlined action thriller John Wick have arrived online, which we have for you below after the official synopsis…
An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the “assassin genre.”
Directed by David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, John Wick also stars Bridget Moynahan (Blue Bloods), Adrianne Palicki (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Michael Nyqvist (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), Bridget Regan (Legend of the Seeker), Willem Dafoe (The Fault in Our Stars), Lance Reddick (The Wire), Daniel Bernhardt (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones) and Dean Winters (Oz).
John Wick is set for release in the States on October 24th. »
- Gary Collinson
Paula Patton appears to be all smiles and looking every bit the rock star, some two weeks after she filed for divorce from estranged husband Robin Thicke. The 38-year-old Mission: Impossible–Ghost Protocol actress and the 37-year-old "Blurred Lines" singer, who share a 4-year-old son, announced they had split in February. Patton filed divorce papers on Oct. 3 in a Los Angeles court and is seeking joint custody of their child. "Everything is good between Paula and Robin," a source told E! News on Friday. "It really is amicable and they're getting along." Meanwhile, Patton, who had begun her relationship with Thicke when they were teenagers, is not »
Before he spiraled into a critical nose-dive from which he’s yet to recover, M. Night Shyamalan was heralded as the next great American filmmaker. (No, seriously.) Before his gimmickry become obvious–all the twist endings, the important details withheld, trickery in lieu of genuine cleverness–Shyamalan crafted a genuine masterpiece that remains as potent as ever, regardless of the spoiling of its sneaky surprises. Bruce Willis has never approached the grace and subtlety of his performance here; his empathetic, sorrowful turn as a child psychologist searching for redemption deserved an Oscar nod. Maybe he woulda gotten one had this movie not come out in the insanely good movie year of our lord 1999. Willis is matched every step of the way by Haley Joel Osment, giving one of the great childhood performances, and lending credence to lines that could have »
- Greg Cwik
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. began its second season by declaring that the show was "going dark" — and it hasn't looked back since. In its quasi-rebooted form, the series has essentially redefined itself as Captain America: The Winter Soldier writ small, with a dedicated band of S.H.I.E.L.D. survivors striking back against a murky, implacable enemy. It's been a largely successful transition — but with 22 episodes in a season, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was going to need to lighten up a little bit eventually.Enter last night's "Face My Enemy," which trades the grimmer themes of the earlier episodes for an attempted heist that could have come straight from an old Mission: Impossible episode. "Face My Enemy" is less ambitious than the trio of strong episodes that kicked off Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2.0, and it makes less of an overall impact — but while it may bring the scope down, it spends »
- Scott Meslow
A review of tonight's "Marvel's Agents of Shield" coming up just as soon as I'm based about five feet from kicking your ass... For a lot of its first season, "Agents of Shield" felt retro in a bad way: as if, in the absence of any clear sense of purpose for the characters or the show as a whole, the creative team was recycling whatever action show beats they recalled fondly from their younger years, and using them in as perfunctory a manner as possible. "Shield" season 2 has offered plenty of retro so far, but it's been the good kind: borrowing the old stuff that still works, and fitting it specifically to these characters and the actors who are becoming ever more comfortable at playing them. The Coulson/Talbot dynamic, for instance, is pretty much straight out of "The A-Team," where Hannibal often got to banter with whatever poor sap »
- Alan Sepinwall
If TV has taught me one thing, it’s that unless you live in Las Vegas, no time spent in Las Vegas will ever end well. So it was with Scorpion‘s trek this week to Sin City, an energetic outing that pushed the nerd herd out of their comfort zone as they tried to prove to Agent Gallo, and themselves, that they’re success battling threats to the Homeland can extend to solving the relatively minor problems of the private sector. The Scorpion gang quite nearly succeeds in impressing their rich tycoon client, but there’s only one problem: they’re framed for a casino heist. It’s like Ocean’s 11, only the team gets caught. And they didn’t do it.
The plot hinges on the fact that the team is aiming to prove themselves without Gallo and Homeland Security by updating The Crimson casino’s security. It »
- Adam A. Donaldson
With James Bond 24's December start date fast approaching, some casting news is finally beginning to surface. First up, Daily Mail reports that Lea Seydoux (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) has signed on to play the "femme fatale" and "will meet fellow cast members, led by Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris, for a script rehearsal in late November,". We reported a couple months ago that Seydoux was being eyed to play a "Lead Female (30-40) Attractive, sophisticated, cool and calm secret agent." If Daily Mail is saying she's the "femme fatale", then it's possible we're still waiting for the "Bond Girl" and Seydoux'x character is in the mold of Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen) from GoldenEye. Hit the jump for more on James Bond 24. The film opens November 6, 2015. In August, we reported that the movie was casting for: the main assassin, with the search specifically focussed »
- Matt Goldberg
A few weeks ago it was revealed that casting for Bond 24 was underway, with the producers looking to return to the roots of the Bond franchise by hiring an actor to play the role of a “physically imposing henchman”. According to Latino Review, wrestler and actor Dave Bautista, best known for his role as Drax in this year’s Guardians of the Galaxy has landed the role.
Here’s the casting description for the henchman role…
We are looking to follow in the tradition of Jaws and Oddjob in finding an iconic baddy.
“Hinx (Male, 30 – 45)”
“Ideally over 6? 2?. Hinx is the main henchman/assassin. We are looking for an imposing extremely physically fit actor. He has several fights with Bond and will have to have stunt training. He has to drive. We are looking for someone very unusual, possibly from a sports background.”
“Height: 180cm – 195cm”
This casting news still »
- Thomas Roach
Imagine sitting in on Deep Throat's first meeting with Woodward and Bernstein. Not like "All the President's Men," shrouded in Gordon Willis shadows or dramatized by William Goldman's cunning ear, but watching as a fly on the wall, witnessing men risk careers, futures and lives in the name of uncovering conspiracy. That's the paranoid exhilaration of "Citzenfour," Laura Poitras' inside look into the 2013 global surveillance disclosures and the man who blew the Nsa whistle: Edward Snowden. Actually, "inside" doesn't do the film justice; Poitras isn't picking the brains of experts and beginning her investigation after the fact. As Snowden and Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald sift through a cache of confidential documents to decide where to strike first, Poitros is there rolling camera, rubbing shoulders with a man whose media profile would explode only a week after their first face-to-face meeting. A reminder of the Nsa's infractions, an indictment »
- Matt Patches
James Bond keeps getting older, but the Bond girls keep getting younger. Blue Is the Warmest Color star Léa Seydoux, who we’ve seen in American hits such as Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Midnight in Paris, has been cast in the role of a femme fatale in the still unnamed Bond 24 movie. The upcoming 007 film starts shooting in six weeks. Seydoux will be working with director Sam Mendes, who returns after Skyfall, and the film’s producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson to nail down her look, undergoing a series of costume, makeup and camera tests. She’ll join costars Daniel Craig (who will also return for Bond 25), Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw for a table read in...
- Alison Nastasi
There's a new Bond Girl in town. Lea Seydoux -- star of last year's controversial Cannes winner "Blue is the Warmest Color" -- is in talks to seduce 007 Daniel Craig in the as-yet-untitled James Bond 24, from "Skyfall" director Sam Mendes. Although not much is known about her part, the French star will be playing a "femme fatale," according to The Daily Mail, who also state that Mendes has had Seydoux in mind for the role for some time. Seydoux has recently been seen in such studio films as “Inglourious Basterds,” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Bond 24 will also feature the return of Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris. It's scheduled to hit theaters November 6, 2015. »
- Dave Lewis
French actress Léa Seydoux has signed on to play a femme fatale in Bond 24, according to a new report from The Daily Mail. The actress is reportedly set to meet co-stars Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw for a script rehearsal in late November, with production scheduled to begin in six weeks. Before the rehearsal, the actress will meet with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson for a series of camera, costume and makeup tests to determine her look for the movie.
We reported in August that Léa Seydoux was being eyed by director Sam Mendes to play Miranda Frost, a character played by Rosamund Pike in the 2002 adventure Die Another Day, which was Pierce Brosnan's last turn as 007. It hasn't been confirmed if the actress is, in fact, playing Miranda Frost or not. It is also unclear if this is the »
Though it’s been rumored for some time now, we finally have confirmation (well, kind of) that Léa Seydoux has signed on for Bond 24. The news comes to us from Baz Bamigboye over at The Daily Mail and while the studio has yet to comment, there’s no real reason to doubt it at this point. Apparently she’ll be playing a femme fatale, but aside from that, we have no other details on her role.
Of course, the actress is no stranger to big-budget action films despite the fact that she doesn’t often appear in Hollywood productions. On her resume you’ll find Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Robin Hood and Inglourious Basterds, to name but a few of her American roles. It’s her long list of French credits, however, that she’s most well known for. Blue is the Warmest Colour sticks out immediately, but the »
- Matt Joseph
When rumors first surfaced at the end of the summer that Léa Seydoux was sought for a role in "Bond 24," we took a wait and see approach. Would the actress want to return to franchise territory after mixing it up in "Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol," or was she content doing indie and arthouse fare? Well, it looks like we have our answer. Baz Bamigboye reports that Seydoux has joined "Bond 24" as the femme fatale. So does this mean Seydoux is the "bond girl" for this film? We'll see, but the stiletto heel fits, and certainly .007 hasn't had the best of luck with the women he beds in the Daniel Craig era. For a super spy, the guy really can't see trouble when it's right in front of him, but we digress. Seydoux will join Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris for a read through of the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Sneak Peek the first teaser revealing footage from the upcoming science fiction/fantasy feature "Tomorrowland", written by Damon Lindelof ("Prometheus") and directed by Brad Bird ("Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol"), starring George Clooney ("Gravity") and Britt Robertson ("Under The Dome"):
"What’s good about the future and what’s scary about it, " said Bird. "We wrestle with those things in a slightly mythical way..."
"...a Florida girl 'Casey Newton' (Roberston) dreams of the future...
"..while watching the launchpads @ 'Cape Canaveral' being disassembled.
"She goes exploring one day...
"...and after landing in a bit of trouble, finds herself in possession of a mysterious pin.
"Her discovery of the pin, and the vision of this futuristic land it reveals, leads her to 'Frank Walker' (Clooney)...
"...a hermit and failed inventor who knows more about 'Tomorrowland' than he wants to tell..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek »
- Michael Stevens
In hot pursuit of yesterday’s first look, Disney has dropped a teaser trailer for sci-fi adventure, Tomorrowland. After being shrouded in secrecy since production began, the excitement surrounding Brad Bird’s latest pic appears to be completely justified.
The film is written by Bird (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) and Prometheus scribe Damon Lindelof, and this first trailer hints at the utopian world of its title, while honing in on Britt Robertson’s leading gal, Casey. Described as a “bright, optimistic teen,” she happens upon a magical pin which transports her to another dimension called Tomorrowland. The location of which is entirely unknown – but who cares when their technology involves jetpacks?!
Along to escort her into this “enigmatic place” is George Clooney’s grizzled former genius, Frank. Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson all co-star.
Thankfully, there are no major reveals in the brief preview. »
- Gem Seddon
Yesterday we got the first images from director Brad Bird’s (The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) upcoming sci-fi fantasy Tomorrowland, and now after showing off the first teaser trailer at the New York Comic Con, Disney has released it online, along with a first poster. Check them out here…
“Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as Tomorrowland.”
Tomorrowland is set for release on December 12th, with a cast that includes Britt Robertson (Under the Dome), George Clooney (Gravity), Hugh Laurie (House), Raffey Cassidy (Snow White and the Huntsman) and Thomas Robinson (The Switch).
- Gary Collinson
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we’ve got the first images from Disney and director Brad Bird’s (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) mysterious sci-fi fantasy Tomorrowland, including a couple of shots of stars George Clooney (Gravity) and Britt Robertson (Under the Dome). Check them out…
The official synopsis for Tomorrowland states that: “Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as Tomorrowland.”
“What Hogwarts is to magic, Tomorrowland is to science: They are both easy to find if you are a wizard and very difficult to find if you’re a Muggle,” states screenwriter Damon Lindelof (Prometheus). “Walt Disney is not a character in our movie, but he is referenced as having some involvement »
- Gary Collinson
The film has gone a bit under the radar, but Michael Cuesta's "Kill the Messenger" deserves your attention this weekend. Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), the film chronicles how the San Jose Mercury News beat writer discovered that the CIA was knowingly funding drug smuggling into the United States during the 1980s. It's not an exaggeration to say breaking the story destroyed his life. Webb uncovered that the CIA knew its Nicaraguan Freedom Fighters -- known as Contras -- were smuggling cocaine into the nation's inner cities in order to fund their battle against the country's new socialist government, which had overthrown the previous regime in 1979. These massive shipments helped fuel the crack cocaine epidemic in major U.S. cities. His reporting was documented in a series of articles titled "Dark Alliance" in 1996. Unfortunately for Webb, he worked for a regional paper, and »
- Gregory Ellwood
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