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100 Essential Action Scenes: Foot Chases

21 hours ago | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.

Part 1 of 10: There’s nothing like the thrill of a chase. A bank robber pulls off an elaborate heist only to be pursued by a dogged detective on foot. A soldier escapes from enemy territory but must outrun the angry combatants on his tail. A man wrongly accused of murder has just his wits and his two legs to flee the authorities. It’s the immediacy that appeals: characters relying on their stamina, agility, and wit to stay alive, without the aid that a car, boat, or plane gives them. For filmmakers, »

- Shane Ramirez

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Lionsgate Officially Announces John Wick 2; Keanu Reeves Set To Return

4 May 2015 8:00 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Last fall, Lionsgate's action thriller John Wick won over both critics and fans alike as it reached sleeper hit status after grossing over $78 million worldwide on a modest $20 million budget. Rumors have circulated for months about a potential sequel, but nothing substantial had presented itself until now. Earlier today, Lionsgate officially announced that John Wick 2 is a go. Star Keanu Reeves (The Matrix) will return alongside original directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch and original screenwriter David Kolstad. A release date is Tbd. Check out the full press release below: Lionsgate Reloads “John Wick 2Keanu Reeves, Directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski Return Santa Monica, Calif, May 4, 2015 – Lionsgate (NYSE: Lgf) has confirmed plans to produce a sequel to 2014’s critically-acclaimed breakout hit “John Wick,” it was announced today by Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, Co-Chairmen of the Theatrical Motion Pictures Group. Keanu Reeves along with directors David Leitch »

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Deep Web Review [Hot Docs 2015]

4 May 2015 6:20 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

I’m not sure if it’s the intention of Alex Winter to carve out a niche for himself as the chief explainer of the digital age, but it seems like that’s what he’s doing. In 2012, he released Downloaded, a look at how Napster and file sharing has changed the music business and the perception of copyright, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg of how computers and the internet have changed things. Winter’s latest, Deep Web, tackles notions of privacy, intelligence and law enforcement in the internet age through the story of the man who may or may not be the most prolific drug trafficker in history.

The title, Deep Web, refers to a wide swath of the internet that’s hidden underneath all the cat videos, remixes and other bric-a-brac that makes up the internet as we know it, or what the computer literate call “the surface web. »

- Adam A. Donaldson

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My Guilty Pleasure Movie: Speed Racer

4 May 2015 2:17 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Every movie can’t be dynamite. Often enough, they suck. Speed Racer is one of those films that many people agree to be not so great. Although this is the popular consensus, it’s a film that some of us can’t help but enjoy.

Many of us know a good movie when we see one. We appreciate what it brings to the table, and for whatever reason it just speaks to us. On the other hand, we can pick out bad movies too. We know when a movie is not living up to its potential. We know when the actors or director are phoning it in. It’s those bad movies that make us appreciate the good ones so much more.

Unfortunately the quality of a film isn’t always black and white. Sometimes a film may be absolutely rubbish, yet we enjoyed the time we spent watching it. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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'Furious 7' cinematographer to direct 'Full Throttle'

1 May 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Malaysian motorcycle action thriller marks Stephen Windon’s directorial debut

Fast & Furious 7 cinematographer Stephen Windon is make his directorial debut with action thriller Full Throttle, produced by Kuala Lumpur-based DragonSlate Media.

Windon is swapping cars for motorcycles in the action thriller, which is written by Todd Slawsby and set to start production in the first quarter of 2016.

Full Throttle will be produced DragonSlate founder Leon Tan. The production team will be led by Andrew Mason, executive producer on The Matrix trilogy and producer on Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner.

The film centres on a motorcycle racer who becomes a courier in Kuala Lumpur following a career-ending crash. When his girlfriend is abducted, he has to race against the clock across the city, all while being blackmailed by a criminal mastermind.

Windon said: “The timing for my transition into the directing seat has been made possible with the confluence of the right material and a great »

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Mason to produce action thriller

30 April 2015 2:48 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

.Fast & Furious 7 cinematographer Stephen Windon will make his directorial debut on DragonSlate.s motorcycle action-thriller Full Throttle, produced by Andrew Mason and set to shoot in the first quarter of 2016. Mason, executive producer of The Matrix trilogy and producer on Russell Crowe.s The Water Diviner, will lead the Full Throttle production team.

DragonSlate Media CEO LeonTan will also serve as a producer, while Sukee Chew, Andrew Ooi, Harriet Spalding and Robert Lundberg will executive produce. Full Throttle follows a motorcycle racer who, after a career-ending crash during a race in Singapore, plies his skills as a courier in Kuala Lumpur. After his girlfriend is abducted, he is forced to crisscross the city against the clock, avoiding capture by relentless authorities while being blackmailed to perform escalating acts of crime by a twisted criminal mastermind. Windon is an Emmy-nominated cinematographer whose 35 years of working behind the movie camera include numerous international accolades and awards. »

- Staff writer

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Why 1999 was the best year in movie history

30 April 2015 8:40 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century? Check here for a complete list of our essays. The end of the 1990s was the end of an era on the big screen. The independent filmmaking movement that started the decade had taken full bloom and infiltrated the business. Major studios had begun to jump headlong into the "dependent" game, amping up prestige product and utilizing the awards season as a marketing tool. The blockbuster landscape at the summer multiplex had been interesting, full of original concepts (good and bad), but something else was on the way — a new overlord in the business of film, and one that would more or less make the age of the movie star (at least as we had come to know it) a thing of the past. For those reasons and a slew of others, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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The Epic Saga of Joel Silver: Money Struggles, Feuds and (Another) Second Chance

29 April 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the May 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. On the evening of Saturday, April 4, Joel Silver, the storied and controversial producer of The Matrix and Lethal Weapon series, attended Robert Downey Jr.'s birthday party at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica with a wealthy friend in tow. It was quite a dazzling Hollywood event, with Steely Dan and Duran Duran entertaining guests, including Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Edward Norton. Silver had told associates that after a long search, he had found a wealthy investor

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- Kim Masters

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Joel Silver finds financing to expand company

27 April 2015 12:51 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Joel Silver has secured financing from Canadian drug store mogul Daryl Katz to beef up his long-running company.

Former head of international and media finance at ICM Hal Sadoff joins as CEO of Silver Pictures Entertainment, which now has the capital source to independently develop, produce, finance and package a slate of film, TV and digital projects.

Silver’s former Silver Pictures folds into the new venture and as such the veteran producer maintains his quarter-century relationship with Warner Bros, where he has set up the third Sherlock Holmes film and a Project X sequel. Additional titles under the arrangement include Logan’s Run, Ben 10 and The Galton Case.

Silver evp of production executives Ethan Erwin, svp of production Aaron Auch and svp of production Sarah Meyer continue to oversee production and development.

Silver has produced more than 70 films including the Sherlock Holmes franchise, The Matrix trilogy, four-part Lethal Weapon series, Die Hard and [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Joel Silver finds financing to boost company

27 April 2015 12:51 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Joel Silver has secured financing from Canadian drug store mogul Daryl Katz to beef up his long-running company.

Former head of international and media finance at ICM Hal Sadoff joins as CEO of Silver Pictures Entertainment, which now has the capital source to independently develop, produce, finance and package a slate of film, TV and digital projects.

Silver’s former Silver Pictures folds into the new venture and as such the veteran producer maintains his quarter-century relationship with Warner Bros, where he has set up the third Sherlock Holmes film and a Project X sequel. Additional titles under the arrangement include Logan’s Run, Ben 10 and The Galton Case.

Silver evp of production executives Ethan Erwin, svp of production Aaron Auch and svp of production Sarah Meyer continue to oversee production and development.

Silver has produced more than 70 films including the Sherlock Holmes franchise, The Matrix trilogy, four-part Lethal Weapon series, Die Hard and [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Silver Pictures finds financier

27 April 2015 12:51 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Joel Silver has secured financing from Canadian drug store mogul Daryl Katz to beef up his long-running company.

Former head of international and media finance at ICM Hal Sadoff joins as CEO of Silver Pictures Entertainment, which now has the capital source to independently develop, produce, finance and package a slate of film, TV and digital projects.

Silver’s former Silver Pictures folds into the new venture and as such the veteran producer maintains his quarter-century relationship with Warner Bros, where he has set up the third Sherlock Holmes film and a Project X sequel. Additional titles under the arrangement include Logan’s Run, Ben 10 and The Galton Case.

Silver evp of production executives Ethan Erwin, svp of production Aaron Auch and svp of production Sarah Meyer continue to oversee production and development.

Silver has produced more than 70 films including the Sherlock Holmes franchise, The Matrix trilogy, four-part Lethal Weapon series, Die Hard and [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Top VFX Specialist Richard Kidd Joins Artemple-Hollywood Along With Scott McCullough

20 April 2015 12:41 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Veteran visual-effects specialist Richard Kidd – who has worked on films such as Titanic, Twilight, The MatrixTransformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Hancock and What Lies Beneath – has joined Artemple-Hollywood as creative director and senior VFX supervisor, company principal Wei Zheng announced. The company also has hired award-winning commercial director Scott McCullough as in-house director and director of photography. "This is an exciting time," said Zheng. "We're… »

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Top VFX Specialist Richard Kidd Joins Artemple-Hollywood Along With Scott McCullough

20 April 2015 12:41 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Veteran visual-effects specialist Richard Kidd – who has worked on films such as Titanic, Twilight, The MatrixTransformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Hancock and What Lies Beneath – has joined Artemple-Hollywood as creative director and senior VFX supervisor, company principal Wei Zheng announced. The company also has hired award-winning commercial director Scott McCullough as in-house director and director of photography. "This is an exciting time," said Zheng. "We're… »

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Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter and David Tennant featured in Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones set photos

15 April 2015 12:53 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week has already given us our first look at David Tennant’s Zebediah Kilgrave and Mike Colter’s Luke Cage from Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series A.K.A. Jessica Jones, and now thanks to SpoilerTV we have a few more photos showing Tennant, Colter and leading lady Krysten Ritter on set; check them out here…

 

Working as a private investigator in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen, a troubled ex-superhero’s past comes back to haunt her in the live-action series, ‘Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones.’”

A.K.A. Jessica Jones stars Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad) as Jessica Jones, Mike Colter (The Following) as Luke Cage, David Tennant (Doctor Who) as Kilgrave, Rachael Taylor (Transformers) as Trish Walker / Hellcat, Eka Darville (The Originals) as Malcolm, Erin Moriarty (The Kings of Summer) as Hope, Wil Traval (Red Widow) as an NYPD officer and Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) as Harper.

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- Gary Collinson

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First look at David Tennant as The Purple Man in Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones

13 April 2015 3:26 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

As production continues on Marvel’s second Netflix series A.K.A. Jessica Jones, we’ve got our first look at former Doctor Who star David Tennant as the villain Zebediah Kilgrave thanks to a set photo showing Tennant in costume as the Purple Man…

A.K.A. Jessica Jones stars Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad) as Jessica Jones, Mike Colter (The Following) as Luke Cage, David Tennant (Doctor Who) as Zebediah Kilgrave / Purple Man, Rachael Taylor (Transformers) as Trish Walker / Hellcat, Eka Darville (The Originals) as Malcolm, Erin Moriarty (The Kings of Summer) as Hope, Wil Traval (Red Widow) as an NYPD officer and Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) as Harper.

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- Gary Collinson

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Movie Review – John Wick (2014)

10 April 2015 10:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

John Wick, 2014.

Directed by David Leitch and Chad Stahelski.

Starring Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane and Lance Reddick.

Synopsis:

An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.

Since that fateful day when Keanu Reeves fired his gun in the air and yelled “aaaarrrrgggh” he’s become a regular in the action genre. He dipped his toes with Point Break. He experienced box office and pop culture success with Speed, before ending the century as Neo in The Matrix, arguably the most significant action movie of the last 20 years in terms of cult-following, pop culture reference and blue printing future action films (even if The Matrix pilfered from more sources, than films in turn have since aped The Matrix).

Whilst Reeves has often been dismissed as someone lacking in acting range, »

- Gary Collinson

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John Wick movie review: deadly dancing

10 April 2015 9:08 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Funky-elegant, weirdly funny, visually intoxicating. I love this movie so much for how it’s different about being more of the same old stuff we always love. I’m “biast” (pro): love Keanu Reeves more than is probably healthy

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

And then sometimes a movie comes completely outta nowhere to wow you. John Wick has no right — no right at all — to be as good as it is. As funky-elegant and as weirdly funny as it is. As smart about being fresh and cool with hoary clichés as it is. As visually intoxicating as it is. This is written by Derek Kolstad, whose only previous credits are a couple of cheesy direct-to-dvd Dolph Lundgren vehicles. It’s directed by stuntman turned director Chad Stahelski, with an apparently uncredited assist from David Leitch… who is another stuntman turned director. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Giveaway – Win The Signal on DVD

10 April 2015 4:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To celebrate the release of the new astonishing science-fiction thriller The Signal – available on digital download April 6th and on DVD April 13th – we are giving away a copy on DVD!

Starring Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix, Hannibal), Olivia Cooke (The Quiet Ones, Bates Motel) and Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent, Oculus) The Signal is packed with big action and even bigger ideas, with shades of modern science-fiction classics such as Source Code and Looper.

The Signalis available to order via Amazon and iTunes.

The competition closes at midnight on Sunday, April 26th. UK readers only please. To enter, use one of the following methods…

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By entering this competition you agree to our terms and conditions, which you can read here. »

- Gary Collinson

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Keanu Classic: John Wick

10 April 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We at Thn collectively love Keanu Reeves and have been immensely excited about his return this year in John Wick. Thn have been lucky enough to have already seen it and we can tell you that it is all kinds of awesome. Our review is finally live so why not have a butcher’s at it once you’ve finished this feature.

John Wick was so brilliant that it has awoken my long-forgotten admiration for Mr Reeves and compelled me to revisit his extensive back catalogue immediately. The man has made some brilliant movies over the years as well as the odd turkey. The interesting thing about a Keanu Reeves turkey though is that somehow you still enjoy it. For example, Johnny Menmonic and Chain Reaction are some of the silliest films – Mnemonic has a mind-reading dolphin for Pete’s sake – and yet we’re still completely charmed by Reeves and his old Ted persona. »

- Kat Smith

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John Wick, film review: Dialogue is strictly secondary as Keanu Reeves seeks revenge

9 April 2015 2:25 PM, PDT | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

John Wick was made by stuntmen – and it shows. Its director, Chad Stahelski, was a stunt co-ordinator and double for Keanu Reeves on The Matrix. He and his partner David Leitch run a top Hollywood stunt company. They've delivered a film which plays like one prolonged, glorified action sequence, in which dialogue and characterisation are strictly secondary. "He stole John Wick's car, sir, and killed his dog," one character explains to a mobster boss, summing up the entire plot in the process. »

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