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By all accounts, "The Impossible" is one of the best movies of the year. Not just heartwarming but legitimately moving, it stars Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts as a couple who, along with their three children, are flung into chaos and danger during the deadly 2004 tsunami. It's a story that is guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat and leave a lump in your throat as you wonder if any of them can possibly survive.
Unless, of course, you've seen the trailer, in which case you know the answer — and the plot of the entire film.
This seems to be happening more and more these days. Movie studios are turning away from the classic tease, which tries to get you into the theater to find out what happens, and turning towards a new type of trailer where they show you what happens and hope you like it »
- Scott Harris
Blumhouse has been pretty busy as of late, and they are constantly making headlines in the horror community. Next year we will see the company behind the films Dark Skies and Lords of Salem just to name a few. The newest story to come out of their camp is the official plot details for the thriller starring Ethan Hawke, The Purge. Set in a time when chaos and criminal activity is at its peak, The Purge is shaping up to be a film that walks a thin line between survival and protection. Here is the official summary released today:
“If on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do? In The Purge, a speculative thriller that follows one family over the course of a single night, four people will be tested to see how far they will go to protect themselves when »
- Travis "Nyquill" Brown
The newest film from Jason Blum and Blumhouse Productions is The Purge. The movie comes from writer-director James DeMonaco (who wrote The Negotiator, Assault On Precinct 13, and the terrifying Robin Williams film Jack) and stars Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey. We now know what it’s about, thanks to a synopsis. Dig it:
If on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do? In The Purge, a speculative thriller that follows one family over the course of a single night, four people will be tested to see how far they will go to protect themselves when the vicious outside world breaks into their home. In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity—including murder—becomes legal. The police can’t be called. Hospitals suspend help. »
- Andy Greene
“If on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do? In The Purge, a speculative thriller that follows one family over the course of a single night, four people will be tested to see how far they will go to protect themselves when the vicious outside world breaks into their home. In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity—including murder—becomes legal. The police can’t be called. Hospitals suspend help. It’s one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, »
- Jonathan James
Universal Pictures has released the first details on The Purge , the new thriller from director James DeMonaco (writer of Assault on Precinct 13 and The Negotiator . The film is produced by Jason Blum of Blumhouse ( Paranormal Activity , Insidious , Sinister ), Platinum Dunes' partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form ( The Amityville Horror , The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ), as well as Sébastien Kurt Lemercier ( Assault on Precinct 13 ). Starring Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Rhys Wakefield, Max Burkholder and Adelaide Kane, The Purge is described as follows: If on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do? In The Purge, a speculative thriller that follows one family over the course of a single night, four »
Universal Pictures has announced that "The Purge," starring Ethan Hawke, will be released on Friday, May 31, 2013. Directed by James DeMonaco (writer of "Assault on Precinct 13" and "The Negotiator"), "The Purge" is produced by Jason Blum ("Paranormal Activity," "Insidious"), Platinum Dunes' partners Michael Bay (pictured), Brad Fuller and Andrew Form ("The Amityville Horror," "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"), as well as Sébastien Kurt Lemercier ("Assault on Precinct 13.") The film is a speculative thriller that follows one family over the course of a single night when they will be tested to »
- Liza Foreman
1.) Lenny Kravitz will star as singer Marvin Gaye in a biopic directed by Julien Temple. The film will focus on Gaye's battles with addiction during the early '80s before being shot to death by his own father in 1984. The film has reportedly acquired the rights to all the essential songs, which was a hurdle during previous attempts to film Gaye's story. F. Gary Gray (The Negotiator) was also attached to direct a Gaye biopic for the past few years before ultimately focusing his attention on his Nwa biopic Straight Outta Compton. The film will mark Kravitz's first time headlining a picture after playing supporting roles in Precious and The Hunger Games. As for Temple (the father of actress Juno Temple), he's mostly known as a music video director and documentary filmmaker, but he has directed a few features including the 1988 comedy Earth Girls Are Easy and the 1996 Mickey Rourke/Tupac Shakur gangster film Bullet. »
- Kevin Blumeyer
1.) When news came out last week that Sony was looking at Dane DeHaan (Chronicle), Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro) and Brady Corbet (Melancholia) as the frontrunners to play Harry Osborne in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the report noted the studio was taking a "dark and edgy" turn with the character. Well, they seem to have balked on that and are now testing actors who excel in the "athleticism and good looks" department (read: James Franco types). The names include Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Douglas Booth (Noah) and Boyd Holbrook (The Host). Personally, I thought the first approach sounded more interesting, but I am one and teenage girls are many. THR 2.) Universal Pictures is in talks to acquire Straight Outta Compton, a biopic about West Coast hip hop group N.W.A. from director F. Gary Gray (Friday, The Negotiator). The pic will look at the rise of »
- Kevin Blumeyer
Some of us here at Thn often get our panties in a pickle when we see some of the talentless goons gracing our small and silver screens. We don’t want to name and shame (perhaps that could be a follow-up feature), but for now we’re taking a look at some of our favourite unsung heroes and heroines – those who perhaps have been unlucky with high-profile projects, and a few supporting actors who may not have had the chance to shine as a major lead in a big-budget blockbuster or dramatic epic.
Now before we start, we want to state that all these actors make a steady living working in television and/or film still, and some have for many years. We are not saying they’re deadbeats living on the streets unable to find work – they’re a successful bunch in there own niche way. But these are »
- Craig Hunter
NBC is developing a new crime drama with Frasier star Kelsey Grammer. Grammer - who currently stars in political thriller Boss - will executive produce Pariah for the network. The project, written by Kevin Fox (The Negotiator), follows a rogue academic who is placed in charge of a police task force, Deadline reports. The academic conducts experiments on the citizens of San Diego to solve crimes, with his methods proving controversial among the city's police department. Grammer's Grammnet (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
NBC has bought Pariah, a drama project from Lionsgate Television and Kelsey Grammer’s Grammnet Prods. Written by Kevin Fox (The Negotiator, Law & Order: Svu), the police procedural features characters inspired by the economic theory ‘Freakonomics’ made popular by authors/economists Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner. In Pariah, the Mayor of San Diego appoints a rogue academic with no law enforcement background to run a task force using Freakonomics-inspired alternative methods of policing. This causes an uproar within the police department as the morally conflicted, conspiracy-minded academic solves crimes by conducting his controversial experiments on citizens of the city. Grammer and Grammnet’s Stella Stolper and Brian Sher will executive produce, with Levitt and Dubner attached as producers. The project extends Grammnet’s relationship with Lionsgate — the two companies also co-produce the Grammer-starring Starz drama Boss. Grammnet, whose head of development Brian Taylor has spearheaded Pariah, and Levitt & Dubner are repped by Wme. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Samuel L. Jackson is once again a name on the lips of America after his rousing turn as Commander Nick Fury in Joss Whedon’s unyielding summer blockbuster The Avengers. This is definitely a good thing, since we’ve all been huge fans of Sammy L. down at the Complex since we were mere boys. And now riding the crest of this wave of Avengers goodness is another film starring Jackson, The Samaritan.
The Samaritan is about former con-man Foley (Jackson) who gets out of prison after twenty years, ready to go straight. Naturally, his past comes to haunt him in the form of his old partner’s son, who wants Foley in on an ingenious scam (aren’t they all?). The good folks over at Collider managed to get their hot little hands on this clip from the film, wherein Foley meets his love interest for the film, Iris, »
- Jimmy Callaway
Remember Marvel's shortlist of potential "Captain America 2" directors? Well, it just got shorter. F. Gary Gray ("The Italian Job," "The Negotiator") has bowed out of the race. This leaves Anthony and Joseph Russo ("Community") and George Nolfi ("The Adjustment Bureau") as Marvel's top choices to helm the superhero sequel, although the studio is reportedly open to other candidates. Joe Johnston directed 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger." According to Deadline, Gray is in negotiations to direct "Straight Outta Compton" instead. The film will depict the rise of legendary L.A. gangsta rap group N.W.A., which initially included superstars Dr. Dre, Ice »
- HitFix Staff
While we’re all itching to see how awesome Joss Whedon’s Avengers Assemble will be, last summers Captain America: The First Avenger was hardly the action-epic fans expected. Joe Johnston’s rather lukewarm origin tale of Steve Rogers’ transformation from zero to hero had its moments but I, like many comic-book fans, had hoped to be blown away.
With Thor 2 confirmed for November 2013, and Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 set to begin shooting in May, it was only a matter of time before the good ol’ Captain would return for a individual follow-up. And just who will helm a sequel of the star-spangled patriot? Marvel chief Kevin Feige has cut the competition to three of the following; F. Gary Gray, George Nolfi and co-directors Anthony and Joseph Russo.
- Craig Hunter
We’re nearing the date on which we finally get to see The Avengers on the big screen, but Marvel is already busy making plans for their post-Avengers slate. Iron Man 3 begins production in the next few months, followed shortly by Thor 2, and now the studio has whittled down their director shortlist for Captain America 2 to just three names: F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job), George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau), and television directors Anthony and Joseph Russo. Hit the jump for more on these lovely contestants in “Who Wants to Direct a Superhero Movie?” This shortlist comes courtesy of Vulture, who reports that Marvel has narrowed a list of 10 contenders down to three final choices. Gray is probably best known for the fun caper The Italian Job, but his recent resume hasn’t exactly been gangbusters. With a filmography that includes Law Abiding Citizen, A Man Apart, and The Negotiator, »
- Adam Chitwood
Guessing who Marvel are going to pick to direct their movies is increasingly becoming a fool's errand. We could see why Jon Favreau and Louis Leterrier were picked to helm "Iron Man" and "The Incredible Hulk." But since that opening salvo, they've mostly shied away from A-list names and those experienced with action, with names like Kenneth Branagh, Joss Whedon and Shane Black being picked out to helm "Thor," "The Avengers" and "Iron Man 3."
And experience in the genre seems to be even less necessary for their sequels: "Monster" director Patty Jenkins, who's mostly worked on TV, was the original choice to helm "Thor 2," before another small-screen veteran, Alan Taylor ("Game Of Thrones") landed the gig. And now a shortlist has emerged as to who might end up directing the sequel to the company's other 2011 superhero flick, "Captain America: The First Avenger," and it's another unexpected, diverse mix. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Back in 2009, a pre-Avatar Sam Worthington signed on to star in a film version of Rick Remeder's comic The Last Days of American Crime. The Italian Job and The Negotiator director F. Gary Gray stepped in to direct, and it looked as if cameras were going to roll last September. That never happened, and both Gray and Worthington are no longer attached to the film. But that doesn't mean it's not still moving forward. Deadline reports commercial and music video director Anthony Mandler will direct the movie, and they also mention the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Noomi Rapace, potentially involved. The Last Days of American Crime is set in a futuristic world in which America has seen a second major terrorist attack on our soil, so technology is created to remove the population's impulse to commit crime. The protagonist, once to be played by Worthington, leads a »
- Ben Pearson
Variety reports that Lena Headey, who co-stars on HBO’s beloved Game of Thrones, has signed on to play the female lead in Universal’s upcoming, Ethan Hawke-starring sci-fi thriller Vigilandia, written and directed by veteran James DeMonaco. (Screenwriting credits for him include 1998′s The Negotiator and 2005′s Assault on Precinct 13 remake, which also starred Hawke). Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes will handle producing responsibilities on their first attempt at something with a much smaller scale; the budget is being compared to Film District’s Insidious, for a frame of reference. This is where I would tell you what Vigilandia is about, but, as of right now, there are no plot details to pass on. Sorry, guys. I’ll buy you a McRib to make up for it.
Headey may now be best known for Thrones (the second season starts airing April 1st), but a good chunk of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Writer James DeMonaco is stepping behind the camera for the second time with the science fiction thriller Vigilandia, which begins shooting on February 13th. Universal Pictures is teaming with Platinum Dunes, Why Not Productions, and Blumhouse Productions on the low budget project that just scored a lead in Ethan Hawke.
Hawke is no stranger to fantasy film, of course, having appeared in Explorers (1985), Gattaca (1997), and concurrently with Vigilandia, Len Wiseman’s Total Recall redux. DeMonaco last directed Little New York in 2009, and penned Skinwalkers (2006), Assault On Precinct 13 (2005, also starring Hawke), The Negotiator (1998), and Jack (1996).
James DeMonaco ("The Negotiator") penned and directs the story with details being kept under wraps. Jason Blum, Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form will produce and shooting kicks off February 13th. [Source: Reuters]
Abus de faiblesse
The story is based on Breillat’s real-life experiences with celebrity hustler Christophe Rocancourt whom she befriended. He took advantage of her fragile state (she had a stroke in 2004) and embezzled her of €650,000.
Huppert plays self-destructive, hemiplegic film director Maud who enters into a dangerous friendship with flamboyant crook Vilko (Kool Shen). Shooting kicks off later this year. [Source: Screen Daily]
- Garth Franklin
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