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Last year, we saw Matt Damon in astronaut mode in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar (above). And now The Bourne Identity star is returning to space with The Martian, the adaptation of Andy Weir‘s novel of the same name. Alien director Ridley Scott is at the helm of the sci-fi drama which follows an astronaut (Damon) who […]
- Ethan Anderton
Following the first trailer a couple of months ago, Sony have dropped a new trailer for Pixels, which sees Adam Sandler (Grown Ups 2) take on classic 80s arcade characters like Donkey Kong and Pac-Man.
Check out the trailer below:
Pixels is directed by Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) and also stars Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Michelle Monaghan (Playing it Cool), Sean Bean (Jupiter Ascending), Josh Gad (Frozen) and Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity). Listen to the Flickering Myth Podcast review of the first trailer using the player below:
- Luke Owen
Director George Miller's films are notorious for one thing: tyre-screening, metal-crunching, gear-shifting car chases. To mark Max's comeback, Digital Spy takes a look at some of cinema's greatest ever vehicular pursuits below...
1. Bullitt (1968)
Tearing through San Francisco in a Ford Mustang 390 Gt, Steve McQueen pretty much re-wrote the rule book when it comes to movie car chases in his '60s classic Bullitt. Nobody has looked this cool behind the wheel on the big screen before or since.
2. The Italian Job (1969)
NBC has revealed trailers for a few of its fall series, including Blindspot, People Are Talking, The Player and Heartbreaker – and the result is an expectedly mixed bag. My first impressions of the trailers, below:
Out of everything that’s coming to the major networks this fall, Blindspot seems like one of the most promising. It boasts a highly capable cast in Jaime Alexander and Sullivan Stapleton, and the story is basically a TV blend of Memento and The Bourne Identity, which I’m entirely on board with. Unless the story is mind-numbingly stupid (of which there’s a disconcertingly high possibility), Blindspot could be the rare NBC thriller that actually draws eyeballs.
Unfortunately, I can’t say that I feel anything apart from irritation toward People Are Talking, simply because even though the trailer, true to this comedy’s title, features a lot of people talking (about sex, sex »
- Isaac Feldberg
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
Since 1962, the James Bond franchise has come to define the spy genre, for good or ill. More broadly, every thriller and action film that comes out now either uses them as inspiration, or attempts to ignore or re-work the tropes that have come to be associated with the series.
Coming off the release of Kingsman: The Secret Service, and with the release of a new Bond film this year, now seems like the perfect time to take a look at a sample of the films which have been inspired by James Bond — either as homages, parodies or reactions.
The Ipcress File (1965)
Produced by James Bond producer Harry Saltzman as a more grounded alternative to the largesse of Bond, The Ipcress File is more concerned with the intricacies of real spy-work — the endless paperwork, »
Ending the Bourne trilogy with a jolt, director Paul Greengrass delivers the most widespread installment yet with The Bourne Ultimatum. Picking up where The Bourne Supremacy left off, with Bourne bleeding in Moscow, the action then finds us visiting locales in France, England, Spain, Morocco and finally the U.S. This was easily the most challenging map of the three to make, primarily because I almost tried to map the entire sequence in London's Waterloo Station and because once the action moves to Tangier, Morocco it was nearly impossible to find any of the locations used as streets didn't seem to exist and there is no Google street view in the city. Nevertheless, I try to make as much sense of all the commotion as possible to the point I was even able to locate one of the slight turns Bourne makes in New York while being chased by Paz »
- Brad Brevet
Jason Bourne returned to theaters in 2004 with Paul Greengrass at the helm of The Bourne Supremacy and the franchise and action films would never be the same again. Some may argue Greengrass' decision to use handheld camera work, what is now not-so-affectionately-referred-to-as "shaky cam", was a detriment to cinema as others tried to mimic it, but I think it's safe to say it will never be duplicated. Greeengrass brought a third person feel to his shooting and in putting together the location maps for not only Supremacy, but also The Bourne Ultimatum (map coming tomorrow) offered up an interesting task. It was almost like I became a cinematic detective as Greengrass goes wide and tight with so many of his shots. I was having to go through the movie frame-by-frame at times, searching for clues, street signs and business signs in hopes of nailing down the exact location for some »
- Brad Brevet
I can still remember going to see The Bourne Identity with a friend in 2002 and coming out incredibly charged. In fact, six months later I would end up starting this website and before I ever made the movie location map for Collateral, the Bourne trilogy was going to be my first movie map. Well, three years later, the time has finally arrived. Today we will make our way through Doug Liman's introduction to Jason Bourne, the title character played by Matt Damon that would spawn two direct sequels, one spin-off and a fifth film on the way. Identity is just the start, offering locations in Italy, Prague, France and finally Greece, as this is a franchise that takes us all over the globe. Just below are links to maps for The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, which take us to India, Germany, Russia, Madrid, Morocco and, of course, »
- Brad Brevet
This week I started work on a feature I'll be publishing this coming week related to the Bourne trilogy, which meant I had to watch The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum and then, on top of that, I only watched The Water Diviner in theaters, which made for a rather standard week of movie watching. In addition to movies, though, I am one chapter away from finishing Dennis Lehane's "The Given Day", which is the first book in his Joe Coughlin series of novels, the second of which is "Live by Night", which Ben Affleck will be bringing to the big screen and the third book in the trilogy is "World Gone By", which actually just came out last month. I can't wait to get my hands on that one, though before that I am going to dive into some Ian Fleming novels. I've never »
- Brad Brevet
Some movies leave fans hungry for more, with films like "The Godfather," "Star Wars," "Lethal Weapon" and "The Bourne Identity" tailor-made for sequelization. However, Hollywood has a depressingly long track record of truly unnecessary sequels. The previous weekend brought us "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2," and we thought it was the perfect time to take a look at 16 of the least necessary sequels ever made. »
- Gregory Ellwood, Daniel Fienberg, Katie Hasty, Alan Sepinwall, Kristopher Tapley
In case you hadn't heard, Valiant Entertainment is gearing up to begin their own cinematic universe, and they're beginning with a five picture deal at Sony Pictures that will kick off with adaptations of their Bloodshot and Harbinger comics. The former will be the first to arrive, with an eye towards being released sometime in 2017, and THR reveals John Wick directing duo David Leitch & Chad Stahelski will be at the helm with a script from Kick-Ass 2 scribe Jeff Wadlow and The Thing remake writer Eric Heisserer. Even if you're not interested in Valiant comics, it's Leitch and Stahelski directing is great. For those who don't know, Bloodshot follows a soldier brought back from the dead by a secret government agency and turned into an unstoppable killing machine with no memory, not unlike a fantastical version of The Bourne Identity or a less hellish version of Spawn. This project has »
- Ethan Anderton
Sony Pictures Entertainment has announced that the upcoming action-comedy Pixels has set a new studio record for trailer views, with over 34 million worldwide views in its first 24 hours of release online.
Released across the globe via various Sony platforms including their electronic, retail, online (including Sony PlayStation networks) and television avenues, Pixels beat the previous record holder, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with 22 million views, to become the studio’s number one trailer launch.
In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. Directed by Chris Columbus, the film stars Adam Sandler (The Wedding Singer), Michelle Monaghan (Playing it Cool), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Sean Bean (Jupiter Ascending), Josh Gad (Frozen) and Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity).
You can »
- Scott J. Davis
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In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds »
- Luke Owen
Game on! After a brief 10 second teaser yesterday, Sony Pictures has released the first full trailer for Pixels, the new comedy starring Adam Sandler (Grown Ups 2), which sees him defending the world from an alien invasion force of 1980’s arcade heroes and villains. Who knew Pac-Man could be so violent?
Check out the full trailer below…
In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper (Kevin James) has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with »
Welcome back to "The Week in Horror," HitFix's ongoing series that rounds up the 10 most pertinent fright-genre stories to break over the last seven days. In this week's edition: Even more "Alien 5" news, our favorite supernatural horror remake gets a bump and what "Parks and Recreation" star is appearing in a movie about a pagan demon who murders children? See below for the full roundup. 1. Sigourney Weaver says Neill Blomkamp's "Alien" sequel will "break new ground" “I can’t think of a better director,” Weaver told Variety “He’s a real fan. I think he’ll be true to the world and take it in unexpected directions. It’s got a lot of sinew in it. It will certainly stand up to the others and probably break a lot of new ground as well.” On a related note, is Michael Biehn reprising his role as Hicks? Will there be more than one film? »
- Chris Eggertsen
Exclusive: Emile Hirsch (Lone Survivor) and Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity) have signed on to star as co-leads in The Autopsy Of Jane Doe, the English-language debut of Norwegian director Andre Øvredal (Trollhunter). Stuart Ford’s sales-finance-production powerhouse Im Global will fully finance the film through its Octane genre label. Fred Berger (La La Land) and Eric Garcia (Matchstick Men) produce under their Impostor Pictures banner alongside Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh… »
Julia Stiles has said that she is hopeful of returning for the next Bourne movie.
Stiles famously played Treadstone operative Nicky Parsons in 2002's The Bourne Identity, and later appeared in sequels.
The actress recently told reporters that she "would love" to reprise her role as Parsons in the next Bourne movie.
"Yeah, they're writing it now so I'm hoping that my character fits into the storyline somehow," she said.
"But Matt and Paul have so much integrity that they waited a long time before making another one, for many reasons, but largely because they wanted a good story there.
"And they're so much fun to shoot, I would love to be a part of it."
Stiles stopped »
An action-thriller in the vein of The Bourne Identity and Memento, the series will focus on a beautiful “Jane Doe” who finds herself at the center of an FBI investigation when she awakens inside a duffel bag in the middle of Times Square in New York City with no idea who she is or what the tattoos covering her body signify. Using clues found on her body, FBI agents begin to piece together a larger conspiracy.
Blindspot certainly sounds like an intriguing star vehicle for Alexander, who has been looking for a way to establish herself as a leading actress for some »
- Isaac Feldberg
Kingsman: The Secret Service is, hopefully, a watershed moment for spy action movies. Much in the way The Bourne Identity did in 2002, Kingsman has such a fresh new take on the genre that it begs to be the new standard these films are compared to. Kingsman could have so easily been the lazy bit of satire I feared it would be in the run up to the movie and it avoided nearly all of the pitfalls that could have felled it. It did step in to one big pit and while it put a bit of a crimp in my enjoyment of the movie it was at least a spectacular and bold piece of failure and I suppose tasteless and vexing is always better than boring.
Matthew Vaughn directs action sequences in Kingsman that are nothing short of brilliant. He shoots action with wider angles and without cuts like they »
- Arthur Tebbel
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