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Friend's 'Hitman,' Eisenberg-Stewart 'Ultra' Bomb: Weekend Box Office Estimates

22 August 2015 8:47 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Sinister 2' poster. 'American Ultra,' 'Hitman: Agent 47' and 'Sinister 2': Weekend box office bombs American Ultra, Hitman: Agent 47, and Sinister 2 are the new entries at the North American box office this weekend, Aug. 21-23, '15. All three of them are expected to underperform – with American Ultra having a particularly disastrous bow, especially for a movie starring Best Actor Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and former Twilight star Kristen Stewart. Whether you blame it on a glut of movies targeting the same audience, a lack of major box office draws, or poor reviews, only one of the debutantes is expected to score more than $10 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters by Sunday evening. 'Sinister 2' According to early estimates found at Deadline.com, Ciarán Foy's Sinister 2 will lead the pack of newcomers with »

- Zac Gille

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Review: American Ultra

20 August 2015 10:14 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

  Plot: A meek stoner (Jesse Eisenberg) discovers that he.s actually a highly-trained former C.I.A assassin. With his former bosses now out to eliminate him, he must try to elude a crew of assassins while also keeping him similarly stoned girlfriend (Kristen Stewart) in one piece. Review: American Ultra is basically Half Baked meets The Bourne Identity. Now, to some that comparison is enough to make... Read More »

- Chris Bumbray

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Review: American Ultra, Ultra Violent Yet Ultra Forgettable

20 August 2015 5:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

We've seen a lot of Americans at the movies in the past decade or so. American Beauty, American Sniper, American Gangster, American Movie, American Hardcore, American Pie - the list goes on and on. It's been a veritable melting pot of national introspection/navel gazing. But every pot has its boiling point, and with American Ultra, we seem to have arrived. The title tells us everything and nothing about this film, in so much as here we have a movie that aims to put everything it is on the table, but arrives at nothing. It's a surface-deep cheap thrill generator, ultimately about as memorable and as meaningful as its title. American Ultra is essentially The Bourne Identity meets True Romance with comedy, sans the vibrancy or immediacy of...

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American Ultra review: bong ho action comedy puts Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart in a stupor

18 August 2015 9:26 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jesse Eisenberg plays a stoned shop assistant with latent special agent skills in Nima Nourizadeh’s weak rip of The Bourne Identity

Summer 2015: the year half-cocked, medium-budget spins on The Bourne Identity made their way to the American theaters. First there was Self/Less, in which an aging Donald Trump-ish developer transfers his consciousness into a Ryan Reynolds special forces fighter, and now there’s American Ultra.

Jesse Eisenberg plays Mike Howell, a convenience store clerk in Nowheresville, West Virginia, whose primary activities include tokin’ weed, being a bit of an anxious space-case and not-deserving his saintly girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart). One day bad men come to eliminate Mike, but before they do a strange woman comes and “activates” him with a subliminal phrase. Instinctually, he knows how to turn a spoon into a killbot weapon. The very same one with which he was planning to slurp down some Ramen. »

- Jordan Hoffman

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When a Flop Film Isn’t a Flop Film

16 August 2015 7:49 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week, Neil Calloway looks at how public perceptions can affect how a movie is thought of…

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past ten days, you’ll know about the fallout from the Fantastic Four movie, which bombed at the box office during its opening weekend, and was on the receiving end of near universal bad reviews. The film has been out for a matter of days and its fate has been sealed. It’ll become shorthand for the failure of a film, mentioned forever more alongside the likes of Heaven’s Gate, Waterworld and John Carter. Fantastic Four will be a meme; a punchline, the cast and crew having to spend the next few years sheepishly defending their participation in it. Give it 18 months and you’ll see Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan in interviews for their latest movies saying “well, it did really well in Europe, »

- Neil Calloway

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Summer blockbusters 2015, and what's defined as a hit

11 August 2015 10:10 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ant-Man hit, Terminator: Genisys failed, yet both made around the same amount of money. So what actually is a hit movie?

If the hive mind of Twitter is to be believed, then summer blockbuster season 2015 has given the world some very distinct hits and misses. It's fairly obvious that Jurassic World, Fast & Furious 7 and Avengers: Age Of Ultron have all been sizeable successes, not least because each of them has grossed over $1.3bn, and stands in the top ten movies of all time at the global box office.

Furthermore, Terminator: Genisys and Fantastic Four are the lucky recipients of the term 'box office bomb' this season. Right?

Well, maybe. But it's not quite as clear as that.

It's a sign of the times that the measure of success of a movie is determined by its instant box office takings first and foremost. By such a measure, movies such as »

- simonbrew

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UK TV ratings: Casualty was watched by 4.2 million last night on BBC One

9 August 2015 8:02 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

UK TV ratings roundup – data supplied by Barb

Casualty appealed to more than 4 million viewers on BBC One last night (August 8), according to overnight figures.

The drama treated 4.24m (24.2%) from 9.10pm, after The National Lottery: Five Star Family Reunion took 3.01m (18.3%).

Earlier from 6.25pm, an airing of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom averaged 2.49m (17.5%).

On BBC Two, a repeat of Dad's Army entertained 1.49m (8.8%) from 8.40pm, before Keira Knightley's The Duchess was watched by 1.11m (6.7%).

Over on ITV, Keep It in the Family began with 2.77m (18.6%) in the 7pm hour. The Cube followed with 2.35m (14.6%) and The Bourne Identity thrilled 1.29m (8%) from 9pm.

Channel 4's Homes by the Sea averaged 804k (5.4%) in the 7pm hour. The A-Team attracted 784k (4.9%) later on.

On Channel 5, Killer Landslides had an audience of 458k (2.8%), and Football League Tonight opened with 578k (3.4%).

The multichannels were topped at primetime by Lewis, which »

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Krimi

3 August 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

Take any standard Hollywood action thriller and strip out all convoluted backstories, remove all romantic subplots, shoot down any unnecessary exposition, eviscerate all special effects — CGI and practical — and film the whole thing with Super 8 and camcorders. Do all that and you’ve got yourself another Bob Moricz masterpiece.

In Krimi, a mysterious stranger rolls back into town searching for a missing family member and becomes embroiled in the seedy criminal underground that he’s tried so hard to escape. That’s the kind of set-up that’s fueled a zillion movie plots. Here, though, writer/director/editor Moricz has boiled that plot completely down to its absolute essentials and filmed the whole thing in his trademark surrealist lo-fi style that the end product is a trip into a nightmarish netherzone that bears absolutely no resemblance to reality.

Moricz himself stars as that mysterious stranger — the awesomely named Vic Slezak »

- Mike Everleth

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Watch the original Pixels short film

25 July 2015 5:38 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With the release of Adam Sandler’s 80s arcade game actioneer Pixels this week (to less than stellar reviews – read Robert Kojder’s ★ ★ one here), it might be a good time to rewatch the original short film on which it’s based.

“But it’s a Futurama episode!” you cry. Yes. Yes, it is. 2002’s Season 3 episode 18 ‘Anthology of Interest II‘, to be precise. But Sander’s Happy Madison Productions’ direct inspiration was the below 2010 film, directed by Patrick Jean. And at a lean 2 minutes 35 seconds, it sounds a lot more bearable than the feature-length adaptation. Check it out…

Pixels is directed by Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) and stars Adam Sandler (Grown Ups 2), 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 »

- Oli Davis

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Rosamund Pike Tackling High Wire Act With Jon Hamm

20 July 2015 11:12 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After earning an Oscar nomination for her chilling portrayal of maybe-sociopath Amy Dunne in David Fincher’s Gone Girl, Rosamund Pike has landed another role that may be worthy of her formidable talent. The actress has signed on to star opposite Jon Hamm in Brad Anderson’s political thriller High Wire Act, which boasts a script by The Bourne Identity screenwriter Tony Gilroy.

Set in 1980s Beirut, the thriller will follow a former U.S. diplomat named Mason Skiles (Hamm) who is called back into action in order to prevent the murder of a former colleague from the group that may be responsible for his own family’s death. Pike will take on the role of a CIA field agent working undercover at the American embassy, who makes it her mission to keep Mason alive and ensure his top-secret mission goes off without a hitch.

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- Isaac Feldberg

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Adam Sandler discusses The Ridiculous 6 controversy

20 July 2015 4:11 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Speaking to The Associated Press (via The Hollywood Reporter), Adam Sandler has addressed the controversy on the set of his latest film, The Ridiculous 6, which is the comedian’s first venture with Netflix.

At the premiere of his new film Pixels, Sandler was asked about the Native American actors who walked off the set of Ridiculous 6 in April due to the offensive content of the film to their culture. Some actors were reportedly upset over the names of some of the characters, as well as a scene where a Native American woman smokes a peace pipe while urinating.

“It was just a misunderstanding and once the movie is out will be cleared up,” Sandler said over the weekend, while also saying the film was “100 percent pro-American Indian”.

The Ridiculous Six is a spoof-comedy which pokes fun at the Western genre, including the classic The Magnificent Seven.

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- Scott J. Davis

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'Tracking softly', and writing films off before release

19 July 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is the latest film to be 'tracking softly'. But why are we so keen to lambast films we've not seen?

And so here we go again. We're two weeks away from the release of a blockbuster movie, and the dreaded term 'tracking softly' has reared its head. This time, it's apparently the upcoming Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation that's reportedly set for a lower than expected opening weekend when it arrives in cinemas at the end of July. Not withstanding the fact that very few people have seen the film yet (and early reactions from those that have are very positive), and that box office success is rarely determined by American takings only, it's still an indicative state of where we are with big movies right now.

Let's do the factual basics first though.

When a film is said to be 'tracking softly', it means »

- simonbrew

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Pixels featurette focusses on Michelle Monaghan’s Col. Violet Van Patten

16 July 2015 12:02 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its summer release Sony has debuted a new featurette for the upcoming sci-fi action comedy Pixels focusing on Michelle Monaghan’s Col. Violet Van Patten. Check it out below…

As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), and Eddie “The Fire Blaster” Plant (Peter Dinklage) saved the world thousands of times – at 25 cents a game in the video arcades.  Now, they’re going to have to do it for real.  In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults — and now-u.S. President Cooper must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by Pac-man, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders.  Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van »

- Gary Collinson

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Blindspot Pilot Review: NBC’s Action-Mystery Series Is Too Easy to Decode

9 July 2015 12:24 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

It’s not surprising that a recurring element of the pilot for Blindspot is the looking over of the tattoos that cover the body of Jane Doe (Thor’s Jaimie Alexander), the mysterious woman that is found in a duffel bag in Times Square with no memories. The mural of inked images, numbers, and symbols that take up most of the woman’s body is both the obvious hook and only really fascinating element of NBC’s new action-mystery series, which combines elements of The Bourne Identity, Memento, and a handful of procedural shows (NCIS and CSI, primarily) into a competent but hugely derivative and predictable bit of intrigue. Unlike Christopher Nolan’s film or, say, David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises, the tattoos are not expressions of a tormented inner self and personal, cultural history but rather a map of crimes that will ploddingly lead the audience toward a criminal »

- Chris Cabin

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Chris Columbus featurette for Pixels

8 July 2015 10:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sony has released a new featurette for its upcoming sci-fi action comedy Pixels, which sees the cast sharing their admiration for director Chris Columbus. Check it out below after the official synopsis (and picture of a giant alien Pac-Man)…

As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), and Eddie “The Fire Blaster” Plant (Peter Dinklage) saved the world thousands of times – at 25 cents a game in the video arcades.  Now, they’re going to have to do it for real.  In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults — and now-u.S. President Cooper must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by Pac-man, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders. »

- Gary Collinson

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Meet Josh Gad’s Ludlow Lamonsoff in Pixels featurette

29 June 2015 6:36 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Over the past week we’ve seen a couple of character vignettes for Pixels featuring Ashley Benson’s Lady Lisa and Peter Dinklage’s Eddie ‘The Fire Blaster’ Plant, and now Sony has debuted another featurette, which introduces us to Ludlow Lamonsoff, played by Josh Gad

As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), and Eddie “The Fire Blaster” Plant (Peter Dinklage) saved the world thousands of times – at 25 cents a game in the video arcades.  Now, they’re going to have to do it for real.  In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults — and now-u.S. President Cooper must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by Pac-man, »

- Gary Collinson

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Film Casting: Bourne 5, Kojak, Hugh Jackman in X-men: Apocalypse

21 June 2015 8:45 AM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

The Bourne Identity 5, Kojak, and X-Men: Apocalypse have made recent film casting, screenwriting, and director news. These films come from movie studios primarily based in the United States. The castings, screenwriters, and directors are subject to change.

Seducing Ingrid Bergman

James Mangold is attached to direct “Seducing Ingrid Bergman

Arash Amel wrote the script

Seducing Ingrid Bergman” chronicles the torrid, life-changing romance between the “Casablanca” actress and celebrated war photographer Robert Capa that ignited in Paris after WWII.

The Bourne Identity 5

the first confirmed star beyond Matt Damon is Julia Stiles. She has closed a deal to reprise her role as covert agent Nicky Parsons in Universal Pictures’ Untitled Next Bourne Chapter. Stiles appeared in the first three films, emerging as an ally for the amnesiac assassin title character Jason Bourne.

Greengrass is writing the screenplay with Christopher Rouse

Kojak

Philip Gawthorne has been tapped to write the screenplay for Kojak… »

- Rollo Tomasi

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Ashley Benson is Lady Lisa in new Pixels featurette

20 June 2015 1:35 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following on from yesterday’s poster, a new featurette has arrived online for the upcoming sci-fi comedy Pixels featuring Ashley Benson as Lady Lisa. Check it out below…

See Also: New poster, featurette and TV spot for Pixels

See Also: Adam Sandler takes on Donkey Kong in Pixels trailer

As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), and Eddie “The Fire Blaster” Plant (Peter Dinklage) saved the world thousands of times – at 25 cents a game in the video arcades.  Now, they’re going to have to do it for real.  In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults — and now-u.S. President Cooper must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by Pac-man, »

- Gary Collinson

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'Bourne 5' Will Bring Back Julia Stiles, New Details Surface

19 June 2015 3:08 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Julia Stiles has finalized a deal to reprise her role as Nicky Parsons from the first three Bourne movies in Universal's Untitled Matt Damon Bourne Sequel, reuniting her with franchise star Matt Damon, confirms Deadline. Nicky Parsons was a Treadstone employee who helped track down Matt Damon's Jason Bourne in The Bourne Identity, but she became an ally to him in The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, hinting in the final movie that Jason and Nicky may have had a romantic relationship before his amnesia. Aside from Matt Damon, Julia Stiles is the only actor to appear in the first three movies.

We reported last month that Ex Machina star Alicia Vikander is being sought for a major role, but Matt Damon and Julia Stiles are the only two confirmed cast members on board so far. No plot details have been released, but Paul Greengrass is directing and »

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Julia Stiles Enlisted For Next Bourne Movie; Viggo Mortensen Offered Villainous Role

19 June 2015 1:20 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Update: Variety reports that Viggo Mortensen, known for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, has been offered the villainous part of the assassin tracking Bourne, but he hasn’t accepted yet.

Original: The currently untitled Bourne 5 was already going to be a series reunion of sorts, with star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass both returning after having been absent for 2012’s The Bourne Legacy, and now another familiar face has been confirmed. Julia Stiles, who played Nicky Parsons in the first three Bourne movies, has just signed on to reprise her role in Universal’s “Untitled Next Bourne Chapter.”

Parsons, a covert agent, became a close ally of Jason Bourne’s (Damon) over the course of the franchise. Her return begs the question of whether Joan Allen, who also had a pivotal role in The Bourne IdentityThe Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, will be re-enlisted for what seems like a franchise pivot. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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