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If next January comes around and brings no Oscar nominations for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 then it will have the unenviable tally of zero nominations from four films. Only The Twilight Saga, Mission: Impossible and Fast and the Furious franchises can claim such a strike rate. There was a time when every film that made over $200 at the American box-office could claim at least one nomination - even Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me! But since Mission: Impossible II in 2000, that has no longer been the case. Still, for Lionsgate’s hugely successful Hunger Games to bow out with nary a single nomination to its name is genuinely surprising.
What’s more, these films are hardly wanting for acclaim and nomination-worthy elements. Salute (or click) for more!
- Glenn Dunks
The 28th edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival took place from the 22th until the 31th of October in the great city of Tokyo. This ten day event is the only Japanese film festival accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (Fiapf). It started in 1985 and since then it became one of the most important festival in the world. The festival offers the audience a great chance to see the very best film from around the world and bring them the best national productions.
Tokyo Grand Prix
Nise – O Coração da Loucura (Nise – The Heart of Madness) by Roberto Berliner – Brazil | 2015 – 109 min.
Special Jury Prize
Nous Trois ou Rien (All Three of Us) by Kheiron – France | 2015 – 102 min.
Award for Best Director
Mustafa Kara for his film Kalandar Soğuğu (Cold of Kalandar) Turkey, Hungary | 2015 – 139 min.
Award for Best Actress
Gloria Pires for the film Nise – O »
- Sebastian Nadilo
Even though Halloween will soon be behind us, that doesn’t mean November is without a few terror-filled tricks up its sleeve, particularly when it comes to genre films arriving on VOD throughout the month. Things kick off in grand style with the release of the creature feature Lavalantula courtesy of Alchemy, as well as the latest anthology, Mexico Barbaro, featuring eight Mexican directors coming together to give us their unique takes on various folklore and traditions.
Lavalantula (Alchemy) - November 3rd
After a dormant volcano erupts miles outside of Los Angeles, something within the molten hot lava is awakened. Birthed from the bowels of the Earth itself, arachnid-like creatures with an obsidian-black exoskeleton swarm out. One man, Colton West, a washed-up, former A-list action star, suddenly »
- Heather Wixson
So would he ever consider a return to Hollywood?
“I have never left. I still enjoy working with Hollywood. I still have a couple of projects developing in Hollywood,” the legendary Hong Kong action director told ScreenDaily at the Tokyo International Film Festival (Oct 22-31).
There has long been talk of an English-language remake of The Killer, the 1989 Hong Kong assassin flick that raised Woo’s profile globally as a director of hard-boiled action films and helped launch his move »
Paramount Home Media Distribution has today announced the official details for the Blu-ray of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, which is set for release on December 15th in the Us.
Pre-order Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Via Amazon UK Or Amazon Us
As well as the film available on its own, a new Mission: Impossible Blu-ray box-set will also be available for the festive season. In addition, Best Buy have a Steelbook release of the film.
Presented with English Dolby Atmos* (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible), and a Digital HD copy of the film, the special features on the Rogue Nation Blu-ray are as follows:
–Lighting the Fuse
–Sand Theft Auto
–The Missions »
- Scott J. Davis
Hailed as “relentlessly thrilling” (Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly) and filled with “jaw-dropping stunts” (Scott Mendelson, Forbes), the global hit Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation takes off on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand December 15, 2015 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.
The critically acclaimed action-thriller will also be available as part of the Mission: Impossible 5-movie Blu-ray collection, the perfect gift for the holiday season. The film arrives four weeks early on Digital HD November 17.
Loaded with “killer action and tight suspense” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone), Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media’s Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation was directed and written for the screen by Christopher McQuarrie. Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames return to their iconic roles and the movie also stars Alec Baldwin and newcomer Rebecca Ferguson in a “star-turning role” (Brian Viner, Daily Mail) as a mysterious double agent.
With his elite organization shut down by the CIA, »
- Michelle McCue
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this wonderful Wednesday? Mad Max: Fury Road gets re-cut with Mel Gibson, the original Peter Pan gets an Honest Trailer and Werner Herzog narrates The Muppets. But first, we have an infographic breaking down the coolest James Bond gadgets and a look at all of the bizzaro alternate Spider-Men who occupy Marvel's lesser known comic book stories. Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
The Most Bizarre Alternate Versions of Spider-Man
Pure Costumes has delved through decades of Marvel comic books to present the most bizarre alternate versions of Spider-Man in one handy infographic. Some of these strange Spidey's include Zombie Spider-Man, Man-Spider and The Bombastic Bag-Man, where Spidey had to get rid of his iconic costume, »
It's not that long ago that a sequel that did 65% of the original's business was deemed a success. Tell that to Spider-Man today...
When Tim Burton's Batman Returns was released in the summer of 1992, Warner Bros had high hopes. It was the follow-up to his 1989 Batman movie, which had shattered the record for a film's opening weekend at the Us box office (marking the first $40m+ opening on record in the States).
Batman went on to gross $251m at the American box office alone, and is credited as being a major stepping stone in the invention of the modern blockbuster (after the likes of Jaws and Star Wars). Hopes were not small for the sequel.
Even as late as the early 1990s, the main indicator of a film's commercial success lay in its American box office takings. By that kind of measure, this summer's Terminator: Genisys would have been »
A new UK trailer for the upcoming horror film The Vatican Tapes has debuted this evening, and we have it for you below, as well as the film’s poster!
Directed by Mark Neveldine (Crank), The Vatican Tapes stars Michael Pena (Ant-Man), Olivia Taylor Dudley (Transcendence), Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible 2), Djimon Hounsou (Fast & Furious 7), Kathleen Robertson (Boss) and Michael Pare (Bone Tomahawk).
After a young woman (Olivia Taylor Dudley) begins to express increasingly erratic and strange behaviors, her father (Dougray Scott) and boyfriend (John Patrick Amedori), along with priest Father Lozano (Michael Peña) and two Vatican exorcists (Djimon Hounsou and Peter Andersson as Cardinal Bruun), come to realise that she’s been taken over by an ancient satanic force. It’s all up to Father Lozano to wage war for more than just Angela’s soul, but for the world as we know it…
- Scott J. Davis
At some point in our lives - most often early on - we were all young. But when it comes to some actors, that's hard to believe... until you watch their fresh-faced audition tapes, that is.
Here, then, are 8 examples of joyfully awkward casting tapes where the now rich and famous were very young and eager to please. Resist the urge the hug the following, if you can...
1. Hugh Jackman
Film: X-Men (2002)
Role: Logan / Wolverine
Age at the time: 33
Did he get the part? Yes
Film: Dazed and Confused (1993)
Role: David Wooderson
Age at the time: 22
Did he get the part? Yes
MTV's heavy metal show Headbangers' Ball, incidentally, was "killed off" in 2012. Fortunately, thanks to this audition tape, it lives on! »
There’s a moment in Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation — Tom Cruise career-saver, franchise Mvp and the summer's best non-Imperator Furiosa action blockbuster — where the CIA director refers to the film's relentless hero as "the living manifestation of destiny." As a government official talking about an unpredictable agent, the line is patently (if knowingly) ridiculous. As Alec Baldwin talking about Tom Cruise, the dialogue sounds right on the money. That phrase could be dropped into the first sentence of his biography and nobody would think twice.
When the superstar first stepped »
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation has crossed the $400 million mark at the global box office, with the fifth instalment of the spy series having grossed $146.1 million domestically and $259.2 million from international markets for a worldwide haul of $405.3 million and counting.
See Also: Read our reviews of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation here, here and here
Tom Cruise’s latest outing as Ethan Hunt has now surpassed the lowest-grossing instalment in the series, Mission: Impossible III ($397.9 million) and will likely catch the $457.7 million made by the 1996 original in the coming weeks. It could still catch Mission: Impossible II ($546.4 million), although franchise leader Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol looks pretty safe with $694.7 million.
See Also: Ranking the Mission: Impossible franchise
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation sees Christopher McQuarrie directing Tom Cruise alongside fellow franchise veterans Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames and new additions Rebecca Ferguson (Hercules), Sean Harris (Prometheus) and Alec Baldwin (Still Alice »
- Gary Collinson
It turns out Tatum is still on board, but the incident got us thinking of some other superhero castings that nearly were but never will be:
(Nb Please take it as read that Jude Law was considered for all of these roles.)
Hugh Jackman has become so synonymous with the iconic X-Man that it's strange to think of anyone else taking on the role (even if they inevitably will). But before he had been cast, Russell Crowe was considered to play the angry Canadian mutant, and is credited with directing Bryan Singer's attention towards his fellow Aussie.
Simon Columb ranks the Mission: Impossible franchise…
Where were you in 1996? It’s weird to imagine Katie Holmes watched Mission Impossible in 1996 like all of us. Young, impressionable and excited by the new action film with Cruise at the centre of it. Then, ten years later, she’s married to him and giving birth (without drugs) to his child.
In 2015, almost twenty years since the first Imf outing, we’re at the fifth instalment, Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation. Things have changed, and the series has changed with the times, so to compare each film is a tricky challenge. Of course, it’s all down to preference. Do you like balls-to-the-wall action (M:i-2) or gun-less espionage (M:i)? Do you like deadly serious stakes (M:i-3) or comedic banter to lighten the mood (M:i-4)? Helpfully, I’ve whittled it down to simple pros and cons – the big question hovering over the series is »
- Simon Columb
Photo: Paramount Pictures Note: This article contains spoilers for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. If you haven't yet seen the movie, you've been warned. I love listening to podcasts. Whether I'm driving across town, going for a run, cleaning my house or relaxing on the couch, you're likely to find me playing a podcast to help score the scene. Some podcasts are better than others, but if you enjoy learning about movies and everything that goes into making them I encourage you to check out "The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith", in which the titular host sits down with actors, directors and writers to discuss what it takes to bring a film to the screen, from both a business standpoint and a creative one. Together they break down scenes, give background, tell stories and lend perspective on a film that listeners might not otherwise hear. Goldsmith's most recent episode is »
- Jordan Benesh
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 31st to Sunday 2nd August 2015…
Despite claiming top spot, Rogue Nation couldn’t overtake the opening weekends of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (£8.19) and Mission: Impossible III (£5.38), although it did nudge out Mission: Impossible II (£4.6) and the 1996 original (£4.2 million).
Number one this time last year: Guardians of the Galaxy
1. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – £5,351,344 weekend (New)
2. Inside Out – £3,574,424 weekend (2 weeks)
3. Southpaw – £1,129,608 weekend (2 weeks)
4. Ant-Man – £1,126,080 weekend (3 weeks)
5. Minions – £1,007,186 weekend (6 weeks)
6. Jurassic World – £455,645 weekend (8 weeks)
7. Hot Pursuit – £311,673 weekend (New)
- Gary Collinson
In this week’s round-up of the global box-office scene:
• Superb Korean debut promises more international growth for Mission: Impossible
Tom Cruise’s box-office purchase has actually been on the wane this decade, with diminished openings and final grosses for his run of work from 2010’s Knight and Day through Rock of Ages and Jack Reacher, to two fairly strong sci-fi films in the shape of Oblivion and Edge of Tomorrow. The $56m (£36m) Us debut for the Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is a tonic for the Cruiser then, reaffirming his A-list status in his fourth decade of stardom: his third-biggest debut behind 2006’s War of the Worlds ($64m) and 2000’s Mission: Impossible II ($57.8m).
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- Phil Hoad
Sean Witzke has put together the following video essay exploring the work of Brian De Palma, John Woo, J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird over the Mission: Impossible franchise and it's a fascinating study of influence from a director's perspective and what has come of the franchise, primarily following Abrams' taking over ever since Mission: Impossible III. Witzke spends a ton of time exploring De Palma's contributions and influences when it comes to Mission: Impossible (1996) and as he moves on the time spent on each film decreases, which is interesting in and of itself. Talk of the influence of Alfred Hitchcock on all the films, as well as Ronald Neame's Gambit, Jules Dassin's Topkapi (which I have not seen, but desperately need to) and Roman Polanski's Macbeth are all referenced and he also discusses, as I have before, the fact Woo's Mission: Impossible II is essentially a »
- Brad Brevet
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, 2015.
Directed by Christopher McQuarrie.
Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the Imf.
After the critical and commercial success of Mi’s fourth outing Ghost Protocol, expectations were high for the fifth instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise and Rogue Nation delivers a great story with more explosions than you thought possible.
Directly following the events of Ghost Protocol, Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his team are on the hunt for the Syndicate. Hunt is a wanted man and his team have been forced to work for the CIA and leave the Imf behind. At the head of the Syndicate is creepy Englishman Solomon Lane (Sean Harris). Whilst not the franchise’s best villain, »
- Helen Murdoch
Having received a variety of rave reviews (read ours here and here and listen to the podcast review here), it seems as though there is still some life and fun to be had in the Mission: Impossible franchise.
Early reports had it down that Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the fifth in the series, would have a soft opening, much like the last movie, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, which only opened to $12 million. Simiarly, Tom Cruise’s last blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow also failed to light up the box office. But this was a different story.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation opened this weekend to a superb $56 million domestically, destroying all the competition, including the much-hyped Vacation reboot. The film also made another $65 million overseas, giving it a total of $121 million worldwide.
- Luke Owen
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