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Deadline reports that Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire, This Is England, Snatch) will play the lead in USA Network’s small-screen adaptation of Idw Publishing comic series, Brooklyn Animal Control. Created by J.T. Petty, the story deals with a of a group of officers assigned to a highly secret subdivision of the NYPD that functions as social services for the city’s werewolf population. Graham will play Officer John Crean, who will serve as “cop, counselor and diplomat” for the small community of lycanthropes he's on good terms with - but “when backed against a wall, he will buck tradition and risk everything to protect his miscreant son.” Game Of Thrones director Brian Kirk will helm the pilot, and will also executive produce alongside David S. Goyer. Brooklyn Animal Control doesn't have a premiere date yet. »
Earlier this year, Jason Statham announced that filming on Viva La Madness would get underway next year, and now it has been has revealed that the adaptation of Jj Connelly’s Layer Cake follow-up is heading to the small screen, with Gaumont International Television announcing a TV drama series.
“Viva La Madness, with its riveting characters and twisting storyline, is a volatile cocktail of action and comedy that only J.J. Connolly can create,” states Gaumont CEO Katie O’Connell Marsh. “Jason Statham, known for his roles in the Transporter trilogy, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, The Bank Job, as well as the recent Furious 7 and Spy, brings such strength and credibility to his characters but also has an effortless shade of vulnerability that gives him so much dimension on screen.”
Viva la Madness follows on an anonymous hero who is stranded in the Caribbean itching for the »
- Gary Collinson
Two things that have been happening more and more, recently: big movie stars moving to the small screen, and recognisable film titles filling the telly schedules (Minority Report, Limitless and many more).
This story has them both – the mighty Jason Statham will star in Viva La Madness, a TV sequel to Layer Cake. You may have already heard that The Stath was attached to a Viva La Madness project, and now we know that it will definitely be a TV show - not a film.
The show is based on a book, Viva La Madness by J.J. Connolly. This book was a sequel to the Layer Cake novel. It’s unclear whether the TV adaptation will be set within the same universe as the 2004 Layer Cake film starring Daniel Craig, »
When last we heard about Viva La Madness, a follow-up to the 2005 cult crime thriller Layer Cake starring Daniel Craig, it was set to be a feature length movie starring Jason Statham. The action icon confirmed in an interview earlier this year that the movie was set to start shooting in 2016. That part was true. Except now, instead of a movie sequel, Viva La Madness has been reconfigured as an episodic TV crime drama. The good news is that it will still star Jason Statham. This may be the true reason he dropped out of Marvel's Daredevil Season 2 talks, which would have seen him playing the villain Bullseye.
Gaumont International Television is developing Viva La Madness as an hour-long TV show that will be directly based on J.J. Connolly's novel of the same name. The company is also behind the now canceled NBC horror-crime series Hannibal and the Netflix horror series Hemlock Grove, »
"Jason Statham, known for his roles in the Transporter trilogy, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, The Bank Job, as well as the recent Furious 7 and Spy, brings such strength and credibility to his characters but also has an effortless shade of vulnerability that gives him so much dimension on screen. »
Aside from a few talk show appearances, Jason Statham’s screen career has largely been limited to the cinema. But he’s got plans to change all that, aiming to star in and produce a telly adaptation of J.J. Connolly’s book Viva La Madness.Connolly is best known for writing Layer Cake (the adaptation of which launched Matthew Vaughn’s directorial career), and this is the follow-up. The plot finds an anonymous hero stranded in the Caribbean thanks to his criminal activities back home in London. Looking for a way back into that life he knew, he joins forces with two London gangsters, Sonny King and Roy “Twitchy” Burns.“Viva La Madness, with its riveting characters and twisting storyline, is a volatile cocktail of action and comedy that only J.J. Connolly can create,” says Gaumont International TV CEO Katie O’Connell Marsh in a statement picked up by The Hollywood Reporter. »
The unstoppable global franchise built on speed delivers its best, biggest and boldest film yet as Furious 7 blasts onto Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on September 15, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Grossing over $1.5 billion worldwide at the box office, Furious 7 tears up the screen with more gravity-defying stunts, adrenaline-fueled fight scenes and pulse-pounding action than ever before. The Blu-ray™ features the all new extended edition with even more explosive thrills, along with the official music video of the chart-topping “See You Again” performed by Wiz Khalifa andCharlie Puth and over 90 minutes of exclusive bonus features, making an indispensable addition to the Fast franchise collection.
The entire Fast & Furious cast unites in purpose for an epic international adventure, hunted by a vengeful assassin from Abu Dhabi toLondon to Tokyo and the Dominican Republic as they try to retrieve a highly advanced piece of espionage technology, and rescue the gifted hacker who created it. »
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At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Watch "Downton Abbey" star Lily James rock that iconic glass slipper in Disney's live action version of the classic fairy tale, which is out on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo back on September 15. Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, and Helena Bonham-Carter co-star in the family favorite, directed by Kenneth Branagh. Bonus features include "A Fairy Tale Comes to Life," "Costume Test Fun," "Staging The Ball," "Ella's Furry Friends," "Ella's Childhood," an alternate opening, and the Disney short "Frozen Fever."
Take one last ride with Paul Walker and company when the blockbuster finally arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on September 15. The Blu-ray has tons of extras, including all-new extended edition of the movie, plus more than 90 minutes of exclusive bonus features, »
- Gina Carbone
Writer-director Steve Nesbit’s (North v South) feature follows a former boxer who must train a charge for a bare-knuckle encounter in a bid to raise money to save his local gym.
Brad Moore (Montana) stars (and co-writes) alongside Alan Ford (Snatch), Denise Van Outen (The Only Way Is Essex) and Matt Barber (Downton Abbey), while there are also roles for Ricky Tomlinson (The Royle Family), Paul Barber (The Full Monty) and stand-up Tom Crane.
Shoot will take place in and around Leeds until October 16. »
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Director: James Wan
Running Time: 131 minutes
Special Features: Extended Feature / Inside the Fight / Deleted Scenes / Talking Fast / Flying Cars / The Cars of Furious / Race Wars: Fast & Furious 7 / Making of the Fast Ride / Back to the Starting Line / Snatch & Grab / Tower Jumps / See You Again music video
I’ll be honest with you, after the first Fast & Furious I didn’t come back until the sixth but when I did it was with colossal love for the renewed franchise. I don’t think there are many people – critics nor the public – who thought it would speed back into life with such praise and the seventh? Well, they’ve hit the ground running once again.
Fast & Furious 7 doesn’t waste any time in continuing from where the last one finished. We all know »
- Dan Bullock
Director Guy Ritchie has joined Spotify, sharing the inspirations behind his latest film The Man From Uncle.
This comes after his tentative toe-dipping into the world of social media with Twitter (@realguyritchie) and Instagram (@guyritchie).
Talking about how he compiled the playlist, Ritchie told Spotify: "Daniel Pemberton [the film's composer] and I had… well, we're very excited about the soundtrack and it meant a lot to do it.
"But let's just say there's lots of shouting going on in that relationship."
Fingers crossed Ritchie will reveal some more playlist inspirations for his previous films, such as Lock, Stock and Snatch.
And now he's on the music-streaming website, be sure to follow him to see how many times he listens to One Direction before he realises other people can see his play history.
If you haven't seen the under appreciated spy romp The Man From Uncle yet, check out the below: »
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 wondrous Wednesday? A parody of video essays targets The Dark Knight, a supercut of every punch Jason Statham has ever thrown on camera and Straight Outta Compton gets a hilarious Batman-themed mashup. But first, Mad Max: Fury Road gets an honest trailer that you surely won't want to miss. Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Mad Max: Fury Road Honest Trailer
The Screen Junkies crew is back with yet another Honest Trailer, this week turning their snarky gaze to Mad Max: Fury Road. While this video is far less critical than most of the others in this long-running series, they do take director George Miller to task for essentially turning »
At least once a month, Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. This month we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of Guy Ritchie as director.
Guy Ritchie didn’t attend a prestigious film school, or become an understudy of a famous filmmaker to home his craft. Instead, he has worked his way up from the bottom, literally. He dropped out of secondary school and took a low paying job for a film studio. Over time he made commercials and short films. People liked what they saw, and when he came up with the idea for a feature length film, he was able to raise the money he needed for production. That film became Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), which was well received, and eventually became an international hit. His follow-up was Snatch, which followed a similar premise, »
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The Man From U.N.C.L.E., 2015.
Directed by Guy Ritchie.
In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and Kgb operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons.
My familiarity with The Man From U.N.C.L.E. television series is non-existent (I was born in 1989 dammit) but I feel pretty confident in assuring viewers that this film reboot is nothing like the series from the 60s. Director Guy Ritchie has made a name for himself by employing a major over-dosage of style over substance in films such as Snatch and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels; something that oozes out of every scene in The Man From U.N.C.L.E
That stylistic decision turns out to be the film’s greatest »
- Robert Kojder
Say Uncle: Ritchie Continues String of Studio Pastiche
In a continuation of our culture’s insistence on plumbing the depths of past artifacts from the annals of entertainment, Guy Ritchie continues to spearhead the platitudinal safety of broadly realized studio fare with The Man from U.N.C.L.E., a revamp of the popular mid-60s television series starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum. Shallow and superficial, but spruced up with Ritchie’s usual zest for slickly edited, often comical action sequences, it’s the sort of bauble someone spent significant time painting with materials prone to oxidizing quickly.
Though pleasing in a sort of rudimentary tradition, the sort of consumption geared solely towards the visual splendor of pretty people wearing elegant outfits goes, it’s hardly an enthusiastically rendered reboot.
When a mysterious international organization seems to have kidnapped a top nuclear scientist, opposing CIA and Kgb forces must unite to »
- Nicholas Bell
Guy Ritchie's The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a breath of fresh air at the summer box office. It's an ultra-stylish throwback to the spy films of the sixties. Sleek secret agents and their sexy foils against nuclear armageddon. We've seen this set-up a million times before, but Ritchie succeeds in taking established convention and infusing it with a jolt of energy. My familiarity with the classic television show is limited, so I won't pretend to know how close this adaptation sticks to the original. It has a je ne sais quoi, a sophisticated charm; that just grabs you. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a distinctively Guy Ritchie film. If you liked his previous work: Snatch, RocknRolla, and Sherlock Holmes; you're going to love this.
Directors including Steven Soderbergh, Quentin Tarantino and Matthew Vaughn once circled the project, as did stars like George Clooney, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling and Channing Tatum. However, the hoped-for bigscreen adaptation didn’t get real traction at Warner Bros. until Guy Ritchie, the director who reimagined the studio’s 2009 blockbuster “Sherlock Holmes” and its sequel two years later, pitched his take.
“There were several screenplays along the way, but it never got to the starting line before Guy,” says Greg Silverman, president of creative development and worldwide production at Warner Bros. Pictures. “It needed a direction, it needed someone who had a point of view and a real voice. It’s very particularly Guy Ritchie’s ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ ”
That said, “U.N.C.L.E.,” which cost $75 million to produce, and tens of millions more to market and release, poses a sizable risk for the Burbank studio. »
- Jenelle Riley
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is, on paper, a good fit for writer/director Guy Ritchie, who made his name with Tarantino-esque London gangster flicks like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and Snatch, and has gone on to produce Hollywood’s rebooted take on Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr.: very stylish, hyper-realistic action movies packed to the brim with quips, one-liners, intricately-staged fight sequences, and buddy comedy banter.
You get all that in his rebooted Man From U.N.C.L.E movie, too – a motion picture based on the ’60s TV series starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum – and not a whole lot else. That’s not to deride a film that is – for all intents and purposes – highly watchable from its very first exposition-heavy action scene to its final eureka moment, in which its smarmy heroes are told they’ve been assigned to the team of the title. »
- Sam Hill
The Man From Uncle review: Guy Ritchie delivers a high-octane, machine-gun edited caper, that while some fun, is more often that not really quite dull. The Man From Uncle review
Guy Ritchie lends his hands to a remake of the classic 1960s television show The Man From U.N.C.L.E. which pits the CIA versus the Kgb; a retro actioner with customary Ritchie humour, high-octane shoot-outs and machine-gun one-liners.
41 years on from the debut of the original TV series which starred the legendary Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, Ritchie and producing and writing partner Lionel Wigram, opt to take us back to Europe at the height of the Cold War era. It’s 1964 and Henry Cavill‘s CIA Napoleon Solo is pitted against Armie Hammer‘s Kgb operative Illya Kuryakin. Following a rough struggle at the start of the movie which is essentially in place to prove who has the biggest manhood, »
- Paul Heath
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