To throw your child off a roof for her own safety, you have to be stuck in a really dire situation. Such a hellish, last resort scenario is experienced by Jack Dwyer (Owen Wilson) in the first trailer for No Escape, a thriller featured along with Big Game in our latest trailer round-up. No Escape (formerly titled The Coup) comes from the writing duo of brothers John Erick and Drew Dowdle (As Above/So Below, Quarantine) and stars Wilson and Lake Bell as Americans caught up in a coup. To get their daughters to a U.S. Embassy alive, they must rely on each other and their friend Hammond (Pierce Brosnan). Big Game, meanwhile, comes from Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale writer/director Jalmari Helander and stars Samuel L. Jackson as an on-the-run President of the United States who is striving to survive in Finland after Air Force One is shot down. »
- Derek Anderson
Can you imagine what Titanic would be like without Leonardo DiCaprio?! During a visit to HuffPost Live this week, Jeremy Sisto relived his audition and screen test for the lead role in the hit 1997 flick opposite Kate Winslet. "That was one of the many, many jobs I didn't get," the 40-year-old said. "It's always fun to see a movie that you know really well and love with this alternate universe person in there. So while I was a little embarrassed to like reveal one of my many failures in life, at the same time I couldn't deprive Titanic lovers of seeing that alternate universe." Sisto says he "read with Kate as well as three other actresses. It was »
In the rugged countryside of Finland, a young thirteen-year-old (Onni Tommila) embarks on a traditional quest to prove himself by spending 24 hours alone in the wild, armed with only a bow and arrow. After witnessing a spectacular crash, he discovers the escape pod from Air Force One, containing the President of the United States (Samuel L. Jackson). When they realize a group of kidnappers is hot on their trail with the intention of taking the president, this unlikely duo must escape their hunters as they search for the American Special Forces team sent out to find them.
This could be the good time, sleeper hit of the summer. Given its end of June release, Big Game is the type of over the top, action »
- Michelle McCue
The actor, best known for his roles in The Phantom, Titanic and Back to the Future, has been cast as .Master Crane. and will appear alongside cinema great Jack Thompson and the film.s leading man, Jake Ryan.
Directed by Canberra locals Ché Baker and Dallas Bland, Blue World Order follows Jake Slater (Ryan), an ordinary man who accidentally discovers an unknown civilisation called The Order. Believing it may hold the cure for his comatose daughter Molly, he seeks out mad scientist Madcap (Stephen Hunter), only to discover there.s much more at stake than he ever could have predicted.
.This film is a first for Canberra in terms of the scale of production and the calibre of people we.ve attracted,. Baker says.
- Emily Blatchford
The picture also stars Australian screen legend Jack Thompson (“The Man from Snowy River,” “In the Garden of Good and Evil,” and “The Great Gatsby”) and Jake Ryan (“The Great Gatsby,” TV’s “Underbelly”).
The story involves Ryan as a reluctant hero who discovers an unknown civilisation, which he wrongly believes may hold the key to curing his comatose daughter.
Principal photography wrapped this week after location shooting in and around the Australian federal capital Canberra, which is a relatively rare location for film-making. Production is by Canberra-based Full Point Films and producer Sarah Mason.
The film is set for release in early 2016. Arclight Films will handle international sales. Label is set as the local distributor.
“’Blue World Order’ has been completely independently financed through a group »
- Patrick Frater
Variety reported in September that “Into the Storm” director Steven Quale was attached to the project, written by EuropaCorp topper Luc Besson and “The Equalizer” screenwriter Richard Wenk. The story focuses on a group of Navy SEALs attempting to solve a long-forgotten mystery while uncovering an immense treasure hidden in a lake in war-torn Serbia.
EuropaCorp’s slate includes “The Transporter Legacy” and recent Toronto Film Festival acquisition “Big Game.” It announced in February that it was forming the Red joint distribution venture for the U.S. with Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity.
Stapleton also stars in the Cinemax series “Strike Back.” He »
- Dave McNary
When I sat down to revisit the 1998 film Lost in Space, it was a lark. Drinks were poured. Joe Tribbiani jokes were prepared. Wills were strengthened. The guy who brought the Blu-ray insisted that it wasn't nearly as bad as we remembered. 130 minutes later, my suspicions were confirmed: he was wrong. Stephen Hopkins' adaptation of the campy '60s television series of the same name is just as bad today as it was 17 years ago, when it become noteworthy for about three seconds when it was the first film to knock James Cameron's Titanic off its months-long box office perch. Today, that remains the only interesting piece of trivia about this debacle, which quickly vanished from the public consciousness. It didn't even have the decency to be a memorably bad movie...
- Jacob S. Hall
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Movies On Demand. Catch up on last year’s Awards Season contenders and past winners On Demand. Today's list is a selection of classic Oscar-winning epics.] "Titanic" On the Rms Titanic, Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) meets Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) and gives her the time of her life. The ship hits an iceberg and Rose must find Jack while the ship sinks deeper into the freezing water. From director James Cameron, "Titanic" has lived on for nearly two decades as the love story of our times. Tragically romantic and stunningly staged, it went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture and remains one of the most successful and influential movies of all time."Chariots of Fire"This classic look at the competitive spirit features two runners competing for Olympic glory in their own fashion and for their own separate reasons. "Chariots of Fire" is based on the amazing true story »
- David Canfield
Who would have thought it? Leonardo DiCaprio, the handsome Lothario from Titanic with boy-ish good looks and an infinite well of charisma at his disposal, would go on to become of the best and most accomplished actors of his generation – and one of the most popular. Yes, Leo was once pegged as an actor defined entirely by his good looks, and yet – over the course of the past decade – he’s managed to shatter perceptions and crush opinion.
Apart from being an award-winning actor, dater of super models and millionaire philanthropist of the highest order, DiCaprio has also managed to earn a reputation for being one of the nicest guys in Hollywood – a humble chap who goes out of his way to ensure that everybody’s having a ruddy good time. No, he hasn’t won an Oscar (aren’t those memes hilarious?), but it’s surely just a matter of time. »
- Sam Hill
Sony clearly have no idea what they’re doing with Spider-Man. Sam Raimi’s trilogy of films started off strong, before dropping off a quality cliff into a terrible movie ravine with the final instalment. So precipitous was the descent, they decided to just junk the whole thing and start again with The Amazing Spider-Man reboot, which has already disenfranchised fans within two movies.
They considered starting again, bringing back Sam Raimi, and even pushing forward with an animated film from the makers of The Lego Movie. In the end they’ve gone ahead and thrown in with Marvel Studios, who will co-produce the next Amazing Spider-Man film – although, apparently, with a new cast and director. So they’re basically starting again.
If that seems like a bunch of bad ideas strung together, however, just know that it could’ve been worse. So much worse. In the early nineties Marvel weren’t doing so well, »
- Tom Baker
Sony Pictures Entertainment endured a corporate tsunami last winter on the scale that few Hollywood players have ever faced, after its inner workings were laid bare by hackers.
By picking Tom Rothman, 60, an exec who approaches business and life with hurricane-force intensity, to run the studio, Sony’s leadership is unleashing another round of disruption in Culver City.
The surprise appointment by Spe chief executive Michael Lynton is intended to forsake the status quo, rein in costs and create more movie franchises to compete with rival studios. Rothman’s elevation is also expected to roil Sony’s executive suite and on-lot producers, and could potentially strain relations with some top talent.
The safe bet in the days leading up to Rothman’s ascension was that Sony would tap Doug Belgrad, the well-liked motion picture group president, to succeed ousted studio chief Amy Pascal. But Rothman’s prior experience co-running Fox Filmed Entertainment, »
- Brent Lang and James Rainey
What if Jack Dawson was really some guy from the future, sent back in time to keep Rose from killing herself? And what if his efforts drastically altered the course of Titanic's fate? One Titanic fan came up with a pretty clever theory about the truth behind Leonardo's wandering character. On the surface, there's no evidence that suggests Titanic's lead character is actually a time traveler. But looking at a theory by Matt (last name hidden) on Facebook, and shared on K. Tempest Tumbles tumblr page, it certainly does throw a fun sci-fi spin on James Cameron's historical fiction. It begins as follows: Jack from Titanic was a time traveler that was only there to save Rose from Committing suicide and altering the timeline. This may seem ridiculous but think about it for a moment... if Rose jumped to her demise then the ship would have stopped »
What if Titanic isn’t an epic love story set against the backdrop of a maritime tragedy? What if Titanic is actually an epic...sci-fi movie?! That’s what one fan theory making its way around the World Wide Web proposes.
The theory started with someone named Matt on Facebook before going viral on Tumblr. Here’s the gist of it “Jack from Titanic was a time traveler that was only there to save Rose from committing suicide and altering the timeline.”
Watch: This deleted scene from ‘Titanic’ contains a terribly cheesy pun
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The scene he’s referring to is when Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) finds Rose (Kate Winslet), hanging off the back of the boat, ready to throw herself into the ocean, and manages to talk her off the ledge.
“This may seem ridiculous but think about it for a moment,” it says. “If Rose jumped to her demise then the ship would »
Deadline is reporting that TriStar's Tim Rothman will become the new head of Sony Pictures, taking the place of former studio chief Amy Pascal, who left her post earlier this month after the fallout from the Sony hacks (though it wasn't just that). Rothman is known for his long career leading 20th Century Fox — a studio tenure that produced James Cameron's blockbuster hits Avatar and Titanic — though he's also notoriously hands-on when it comes to comic-book films, a genre that has only grown in importance over the last decade. Best of luck, Spider-Man franchise! »
- Lindsey Weber
Sorry, God: You’re No. 6 on the list of individuals historically thanked in Oscars acceptance speeches — apparently you just can’t complete with the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Steven Spielberg, among other Hollywood heavy-hitters. Spielberg is the most-thanked person ever during Academy Award podium time — the “Saving Private Ryan” director has been acknowledged a whopping 42 times, according to a study by Vocativ. Weinstein — who produced “Shakespeare in Love” — is the runner-up, scoring 34 of his own “Thank Yous.” In third place historically is “Titanic” director James Cameron, with 28 thanks. “Star Wars” visionary George Lucas is fourth with 23, »
- Tony Maglio
The 87th Academy Awards are this Sunday evening, and we're counting down the minutes!
We've already given you our Oscar predictions, and now we're bringing you a few of the best (and craziest) Academy Awards facts. From the first Best Actor winner to the "one dollar" Oscar rule, here are 25 things you (probably) don't know about the Oscars.
1. The youngest Oscar winner was Tatum O'Neal, who won Best Supporting Actress for "Paper Moon" (1973) when she was only 10 years old. Shirley Temple won the short-lived Juvenile Award at 6 years old.
3. After winning Best Actress for "Cabaret" (1972), Liza Minnelli became (and still is) the only Oscar winner whose parents both earned Oscars. Her mother, Judy Garland, received an honorary award in 1939 and her father, Vincente Minnelli, »
- Jonny Black
The Academy Award for Best Production Design can be a tricky one to predict, as it oftentimes doesn't correspond with the leading contender for Best Picture. In order to correctly predict it, let's turn first to the Art Directors Guild Awards: since 1996, the Adg has rewarded the eventual Oscar winner a total of 11 times. -Break- Oscars predictions: Experts predict 'Grand Budapest Hotel' will win Costume Design A little bit of background: from 1996 to 1999, the Adg gave out only one award for Feature Film. From 2000-2005, they gave out two prizes: one for Period or Fantasy Film, the other for Contemporary. Beginning in 2006, the award for Period or Fantasy was split in two, thus creating a total of three categories in which films could compete. In addition, starting in 2007, the award went solely to the production designer: 1996: Stuart Craig, et al, "The English Patient" 1997: Peter Lamont, et al, "Titanic" 1999: Rick. »
Best Cinematography is one of the most closely watched technical categories at the Oscars, due largely to the fact that it’s often so difficult to predict. Indeed, since 1986, when the American Society of Cinematographers first started handing out prizes, only 11 of its winners went on to triumph at the Oscars: -Break- 1990: Dean Semler, “Dances with Wolves” 1995: John Toll, “Braveheart” 1996: John Seale, “The English Patient” 1997: Russell Carpenter, “Titanic” 1999: Conrad L. Hall, “American Beauty” 2002: Conrad L. Hall, “Road to Perdition” 2005: Dion Beebe, “Memoirs of a Geisha” 2007: Robert Elswit, “There Will Be Blood” 2008: Anthony Dod Mantle, “Slumdog Millionaire” 2010: Wally Pfister, “Inception” 2013: Emmanuel Lubeszki, “Gravity” Updated: Experts' Oscars predictions in 24 categories This year, th...' »
Vidhu Vinod Chopra, who has produced such great films as Pk and 3 Idiots, has taken up a new challenge, that of director. His debut film in that avatar is titled Broken Horses and is set to release on April 10th. It may surprise you, but this is not a Hindi film; in fact it is an English language film set in the Us. Chopra also wrote the film and it is being produced and distributed by Vcf (Vinod Chopra Films). In addition, the film stars some of the best, including Vincent D’Onofrio, Anton Yelchin, Chris Marquette, Sean Patrick Flanery, María Valverde, and Thomas Jane. Broken Horses, set in the shadows of the turbulent American-Mexican border, is described as a gritty, epic thriller about bonds of brotherhood, laws of loyalty and the futility of violence.
Synopsis: Having left town as a child after the death of his father, a young music prodigy, »
- Stacey Yount
If the on-screen chemistry between Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades of Grey leaves you more bothered than hot, don’t fret, there’s plenty of other sexy movies out there to watch instead.
From steamy rom-coms (Pretty Woman, Love and Other Drugs) to swoon-worthy classics (Titanic, The Notebook) to those movies that definitely put the adult in adult drama (Unfaithful, Ghost) we’ve picked out some of the sexiest films — and their sexiest moments — of all-time to suit your every need. Who needs Fifty Shades when you’ve got these 15?
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Sexiest Moment: The lovers sneak away to the steerage and get it on in the back of a car. Steamy, both literally and figurative.
- Aly Semigran
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