Mission: Impossible II (2000)
The brass at 20th Century Fox and a cadre of financiers were descending on New York City to decide whether or not to give the greenlight to a musical biopic about circus impresario P.T. Barnum — one that by 2015 had been in development for seven years. In order to convince the studio, director Michael Gracey and star Hugh Jackman had arranged to do an elaborate read-through, with several Broadway greats playing supporting parts.
There was just one catch. Twenty-four hours before the presentation, Jackman had gone to the doctor to have a basal cell carcinoma removed from his nose.
“‘Michael, I have some good news and some bad news,’” Jackman said on the phone to Gracey. “The operation was a huge success; that’s no problem. But I’m in the surgeon’s office, and he’s not letting me leave until I call you and say there’s no way
The new Mission: Impossible 6 photo looks great, in stark black and white, with Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt out in front and Simon Pegg's loyal Benji Dunn behind him. The photo doesn't really tell us anything about the movie, but it does serve as a reminder that we're in for another (hopefully) excellent spy adventure next year. With Spectre having disappointed in 2015, Mission: Impossible really has become the premiere spy franchise in Hollywood at the moment.
For me, there’s only one important issue: Do they like popular movies?
Careful, this is a trick question, because “popular” is hard to define, especially when it comes to Oscar.
This year, worldwide box office was led by “Beauty and the Beast,” which earned $1.2 billion. The global top 20 also includes awards possibilities like “Logan,” “Dunkirk” and “Wonder Woman.” There are other 2017 films that make you feel better at the end than you did at the start, including “The Big Sick,” “The Disaster Artist,” “Downsizing,” “Call Me by Your Name” and “Get Out.”
But what are their Oscar chances? In the past 15 years, Oscar voters have leaned toward dark material.
For most of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ 90 years, popular films got regular Oscar attention. Among the many
Still, after nine films in the space of 17 years, Jackman is now ready to pass down the adamantium claws. Who will replace him is obviously unknown, and that’s not likely to change for a while, but in an interesting interview with THR, the actor shared a story about the time he met the man who was originally supposed to play Wolverine.
You see, Jackman wasn’t always the first choice for the X-Men leader.
What some fans may not know is that, we were almost quite close to having a much different Wolverine. British actor Dougray Scott was originally cast as Logan/Wolverine in the original 2000 film X-Men, but he was forced
Indeed, soon after Logan‘s theatrical release in March, which signaled Jackman’s final appearance as the titular X-Men member, the Aussie actor acknowledged that it’s only a matter of time before 20th Century Fox begins toying with the idea of a Wolverine reboot.
Fast forward to now, and with news that Fox and writer-director James Mangold are beginning to put pen to paper on an X-23 spinoff, Hugh Jackman has reiterated his desire for Wolverine to be recast. It should be noted that Jackman is ostensibly finished with the mutant universe, after revealing that he won’t be producing the Laura-centric sequel featuring the up-and-coming Dafne Keen. He will be there on opening night, though, just like the rest of us.
Here’s what the fan-favorite told THR about the
A pity there’s not more logic and coherency...
Yet, the 80s was also an incredible decade for action directors, such as James Cameron, John Carpenter, Richard Donner, and George Miller. However, one of the most unexpected and influential action directors of that era was Hong Kong's John Woo, whose distinct visual style somehow managed to stand apart from his Western contemporaries. Woo was an innovator, a director who borrowed elements from different genres, resulting in something new, unique, and unmistakably visceral. A Hong Kong-based
"The injury is worse than was at first feared. Tom did serious damage and will need months to recover. He is the film's biggest star and everything revolves around him. The movie's bosses had no choice other than to postpone the filming."
The Sun reports that the injury will "wreak havoc" on the production's tight schedule,
Set in Japan, Manhunt is the story of a Chinese man wrongly convicted for rape and multiple murders. He becomes the target of a manhunt by the local Japanese police, while he sets out himself to find the real killers.
The film has Chinese star Zhang Hanyu (The Great Wall, Operation Mekong) and Japanese actor-musician Masaharu Fukuyama (Suspect X, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends) in the lead roles. The predominantly Japanese supporting cast includes Yasuaki Kurata, Jun Kunimura, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Nanami Sakuraba, Naoto Takenaka and Tao Okamoto.
The film is about a prosecutor, played by award-winning Chinese actor Zhang Hanyu, who is framed for robbery, rape and multiple murders and sets out on a difficult solo mission to clear his name. Japanese heartthrob actor and singer Masaharu Fukuyama plays the detective chasing Zhang’s character.
The film, which is a remake of a 1976 Japanese classic action movie, is produced by Hong Kong’s Media Asia.
“Manhunt” marks Woo’s return to the the police thriller genre that made him famous in Hong Kong with “The Killer” and “Hardboiled” before he relocated to Hollywood in the 1990s, where he shot studio blockbusters such as “Mission: Impossible II,” “Face/Off” and “Windtalkers.” Woo recently returned to Asia, directing epics including “Red Cliff” and “The Crossing” and also executive producing a remake of cult hit
"Mission accepted. So thrilled to be reuniting w/ @TomCruise for #MI6! Can't wait to show you guys more of Julia's story #missionimpossible"
Director Christopher McQuarrie first hinted at her return earlier today, posting a photo of the actress on Instagram, although he didn't reveal anything else in the caption, before Michelle Monaghan released her statement on Twitter. No further details were given about what her character has been up to for the past few years, or how
The director didn't divulge any addition details with this Instagram photo, but Henry Cavill is sporting the same mustache look as the first time we saw him on set, in a photo Christopher McQuarrie sent out back in April, when the film was still shooting in Paris. The director revealed a few weeks ago, just before the Memorial Day holiday,
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Directed by former stunt coordinator Brian Smrz, “24 Hours to Live” stars Hawke as a career assassin who turns rogue after his latest mission goes awry. Chinese actress Xu Qing, Paul Anderson, Liam Cunningham and Rutger Hauer co-star. Saban plans a U.S. theatrical release later this year.
The film was written by Zachary Dean, based on an original script from Ron Mita and Jim McClain. It is produced by Iwanyk of Thunder Road Pictures and Mark Gao and Gregory Ouanhon of Shanghai-based Fundamental Films, which also fully financed the film. Kent Kubena, Jon Kuyper, Jonathan Fuhrman and Gary Glushon serve as executive producers.
“We’ve been following this project from the script stage, and are very excited we were able to make a deal,” said Bill Bromiley, president of Saban Films.
The former Paramount Studios CEO, and the first woman to ever be president of a major movie studio, is telling all in a new book about her life, Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker. Though she retired in 2005 after decades in the business, the former exec still fondly remembers her time in Hollywood and is talking to People about some of the movie superstars she worked with.
Read on for behind-the-scenes stories straight from the
The actors whose role in a film was shot, but chopped out of the final cut...
Yep, I know. I’ve read lists like this too, and I know that Eric Stoltz was cut out of Back To The Future. If it’s all well and good, I’ll leave that example out.
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What I’ve tried to find here is a mix of reasonably known and less known instances of an actor being cut out of a film after they’ve filmed sequences for it. I’ve also tried to get to the reason they were left out as well.
Whilst all this may still sound like an exercise in clickbait, being cut out of a production does have a consequence beyond ego hurting a bit. For the side effect
Crackle's most-watched original drama lands a second season, with Harry Potter's Rupert Grint set to return...
Only very loosely based on Guy Ritchie's 2000 movie of the same name, the Snatch TV series has been a hit for Sony streaming service Crackle, and they've decided to give it a second season.
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"Rupert, Luke [Pasqualino] and the rest of the cast have created memorable characters who truly resonated with our viewers," Crackle's manager Eric Berger said, "and we look forward to following their adventures in season 2 of Snatch."
Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint plays Charlie Cavendish in the organised crime caper, and it's the second piece of good news he's has this month, after his other show Sick Note was renewed earlier in April for a second season over at Sky Atlantic, before the first has even started airing.
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