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Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb…
Scott Mendelson notes the flaws with the decision on dropping the rating for The Expendables 3 to PG-13:
“Is a PG-13 Expendables film, which may end up being a strong action picture that merely lacks blood and F-words, at a disadvantage by virtue of its “lesser” rating? Will this attempt to snare potentially uninterested younger audiences in turn scare away the very audience who otherwise would be most excited to see the film?”
Read the full article, on Forbes, here.
The argument is whether the lower rating will put off the adult market that The Expendables 3 depends upon. The attempt at attracting a younger audience simply isn’t worth the potential loss of the adult audience. Mendelson writes how “box office failures of The Last Stand, Parker, Bullet to the Head, Escape Plan, and Sabotage” may be responsible for the change in rating. »
- Simon Columb
Katheryn Winnick has signed with CAA. She plays Queen Lagertha on History’s hit drama series Vikings, which starts production shortly on a third season. Winnick has appeared in Ed Zwick’s Love And Other Drugs and Robert Luketic’s The Killers. She continues to be managed by Alchemy Entertainment and is with the law firm Jackoway Tyerman. Justin Long has inked with Gersh. His recent credits include TV’s Mom, New Girl and Unsupervised, and he stars in Fox’s comedy pilot Sober Companion. Long also has appeared in such features as Ask Me Anything, Live Free Or Die Hard, The Break-Up and Dodgeball […] »
Eric Koretz was the cinematographer for Sam Esmail's "Comet." His previous credits include the award-winning documentary "Dragonslayer" and AMC webseries "The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks." The film stars Emmy Rossum ("The Phantom of the Opera," "Mystic River") and Justin Long ("Live Free or Die Hard," "Dodgeball") and will have its world premiere on the 13th of July. [Editor's Note: Indiewire reached out to filmmakers with films playing at the 20th La Film Festival (June 11-19) to ask them about how they shot their indie, and what advice they had for other filmmakers. We'll be posting their responses throughout the run of the festival. Go Here for the master list.] What camera and lens did you use? Red Epic with Cooke S4 primes. What was the most difficult shoot on your movie and how did you pull it off? The scenes at the cemetery were difficult because we couldn't control the time of day in which to shoot because we didnt have much time there. »
- Oliver MacMahon
For a while now, many have deemed RoboCop to be popular culture’s most recognisable crime-fighting characters of all time. In line with its Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook, Blu-ray and DVD release on 9th June 2014 from StudioCanal, we count down – not only the 10 most recognisable crime-fighters – but best ten the entertainment world has had to offer…
Played by: Clint Eastwood
It’s quite impressive that Clint Eastwood has played Harry Callahan, his defining cop not afraid to cross ethical boundaries to serve justice, a total of five times over his illustrious career. An Inspector with the San Francisco police department, his primary concern is to protect and avenge the victims of violent crime by any means necessary.
Played by:Gene Hackman
Based on real-life New York City police detective Eddie Egan, »
- Phil Wheat
With the holiday weekend about to begin, Amazon has updated their site with a number of great DVD/Blu-ray deals and I've grabbed the highlights and linked them below. If you see anything you like don't wait too long since prices are subject to change. Marvel Bundle (The Wolverine, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men, X-Men 2, X-Men 3, X-Men First Class, Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four 2, Daredevil, Elektra) [Blu-ray] (2014) - $64.99 (68% off) Moonrise Kingdom (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - $9.99 (71% off) Fantastic Mr. Fox (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) - $10.95 (56% off) 4 Film Favorites: Batman Collection (Batman / Batman Returns / Batman Forever / Batman & Robin) [Blu-ray] (2013) - $12.96 (48% off) 4 Film Favorites: Lethal Weapon, Lethal Weapon 2, Lethal Weapon 3, Lethal Weapon 4 [Blu-ray] (2013) - $12.96 (48% off) Django Unchained (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy/UltraViolet) - $12.99 (68% off) Die Hard: 25th Anniversary Collection (Die Hard / Die Hard 2: Die Harder / Die Hard with a Vengeance / Live Free or Die Hard / Decoding Die Hard) [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (67% off) Boy Meets World: »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The relevant recommendation for Fox‘s new series, Gang Related, may begin and end with the knowledge that it is created/written by Chris Morgan. If the writing abilities that brought you the last five Fast & Furious films, Wanted, and 47 Ronin has left you impressed, you’re all set. Lock in to your new favorite show now.
If that fact alone doesn’t mean much to you, the show obligingly lays all its cards on the table in the first fifteen minutes of the pilot. You only have to invest that amount of time to know exactly what’s coming your way, I imagine for the entirety of the show’s run, but at least for the first few episodes. The show, and you have to give it some credit really, puts it out there and says, “Look, you’re in, or you’re out.”
In one of the quickest »
- Marc Eastman
The Batmobile is almost as iconic as Batman himself, and director Zack Snyder has given fans a little peek into what the newest Caped Crusader will be driving in the upcoming Batman-Superman pic.
Snyder’s latest tease comes in the form of a tweet that included a picture of the tarp-covered car with the caption “Could be time to pull the tarp…Tomorrow?” Although the image shows only the back of the superhero’s new wheels, fans should stay tuned for more information — potentially tomorrow.
Pic bows May 16, 2016.
Could be time to pull the tarp…Tomorrow? »
- Francesca Bacardi
Superhero movies have been big business for quite some time now, but not every production company out there has access to a Marvel or DC Comics character, so every now and then we see a studio attempt at making its own superhero-esque franchise. Some of the most notable examples are Push, Hancock and Chronicle, and while they all have their fans, none have gone on to become franchises. And now we can add a new title to that roster of not-quite-superhero superhero movies: Black Chapter. Written by Zak Penn (X-Men 2, Elektra, The Avengers) and directed by Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard, Total Recall), Black Chapter is about an FBI agent ushered into a secret government program that trains people to develop and use paranormal abilities. Apparently the idea came about after...
- Peter Hall
Today, Underworld director Len Wiseman signed on to direct a supernatural sci-fi thriller titled Black Chapter for Skydance Productions. The project, which boasts a script from The Incredible Hulk writer Zak Penn, will focus on an FBI agent “who is drawn into a classified military program that trains its operatives to use paranormal abilities.”
Though the Hellboy series (among others) utilized a similar-sounding set-up, the sky’s really the limit for where Penn and Wiseman (who collaborated with Penn on the original story) can take Black Chapter.
Paul Schwake will executive produce for Skydance Productions, while David Bernardi will executive produce for Wiseman’s Sketch Films. Wiseman will produce alongside David Ellison and Dana Goldberg of Skydance Productions. Of the project, Ellison said:
“Len and Zak have created a truly original piece of science fiction that reimagines the spy genre set in the world of the supernatural… This is exactly »
- Isaac Feldberg
Before taking on the lackluster remake of Total Recall in 2012, director Len Wiseman hadn't been behind the camera since 2007 with the equally disappointing sequel Live Free or Die Hard. Last year Wiseman directed the pilot for the seemingly silly Fox series "Sleep Hollow," and after his plan to direct the reboot of The Mummy for Universal fell through, he seems to have finally found a new project. Deadline has word that Wiseman is set to direct a film called Black Chapter, a paranormal sci-fi thriller about an FBI agent who enters a secret military program where spies are specially trained in paranormal abilities. More below! We're not sure just what kind of paranormal abilities the program will deal with, but Wiseman gives some insight saying, "Black Chapter is a science fiction story that draws from our own history. I’ve always been fascinated by the mysteries surrounding the CIA’s »
- Ethan Anderton
Len Wiseman, the man behind Underworld, Live Free or Die Hard and the Total Recall reboot, is set to direct a supernatural thriller called Black Chapter, Variety reports. Zak Penn (Last Action Hero, The Incredible Hulk) will provide the screenplay based on a story he formed with Wiseman. Details are few as to the specific…
The post Len Wiseman Takes on Supernatural Thriller Black Chapter appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Silas Lesnick
Filmmaker Len Wiseman looks to be zeroing in on his next project. Variety reports that the Underworld director is set to helm the supernatural thriller Black Chapter for Skydance Productions, with a script by Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk). The story—which was hatched by Wiseman and Penn—revolves around an FBI agent “who is drawn into a classified military program that trains its operatives to use paranormal abilities.” Wiseman will also produce the pic, and while Skydance has a partnership with Paramount Pictures, they are not currently onboard Black Chapter. Wiseman last directed the 2012 reboot Total Recall to rather disappointing results, but his 2007 film Live Free or Die Hard was actually quite fun, so hopefully he can inject some of that levity into Black Chapter in order to keep things from delving into the bland territory of Recall. He was recently attached to direct a reboot of The Mummy at Universal, »
- Adam Chitwood
Len Wiseman may have gained some notoriety for directing Live Free Or Die Hard and Total Recall, but he continues to land plum projects in Hollywood. Visually, he is very talented but his scripts often leave something to be desired. His next project looks to be the paranormal action thriller Black Chapter which will team him with a screenwriter of some merit. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wiseman will team with Zak Penn on the film. Penn wrote X2, The Incredible Hulk and has a »
- Alex Maidy
Len Wiseman, the man behind Underworld , Live Free or Die Hard and the Total Recall reboot, is set to direct a supernatural thriller called Black Chapter , Variety reports. Zak Penn ( Last Action Hero , The Incredible Hulk ) will provide the screenplay based on a story he formed with Wiseman. Details are few as to the specific plot of Black Chapter , but it is said to follow a FBI agent inducted into a top-secret program that trains its operatives in the use of extraordinary abilities. Skydance Productions' David Ellison and Dana Goldberg are producing with the company's Paul Schwake executive producing. Wiseman, meanwhile, will also produce through his Sketch Films with that company's David Bernardi executive producing. (Photo Credit: Brian To / WENN.com) »
20th Century Fox is rumored to currently be seeking writers for Die Hard 6, which, according to Latino Review's El Mayimbe, will reunite Bruce Willis as John McClane with his Die Hard: With a Vengeance co-star Samuel L. Jackson as Zeus Carver.
— elmayimbe (@elmayimbe) April 14, 2014
@BrianWCollins@_RyanTurek All I know is that writers are being asked to come up with a take that involves bringing back Zeus.
— elmayimbe (@elmayimbe) April 14, 2014
Back in October 2010, we reported that Bruce Willis plans to retire his iconic John McClane character after Die Hard 6. Then in February 2013, just before A Good Day to Die Hard was released, the actor confirmed that the project is still moving forward. The last we heard about the sequel was in April 2013, when little-known writer Ben Trebilcook »
The Die Hard franchise has run its course. Let's get that straight. However, if Fox feels it absolutely must continue then I guess I can throw my support behind a Die Hard 6 if this new rumor is indeed true. Reported by Latino-Review.com correspondent, El Mayimbe, the scooper says Fox is meeting writers for takes on Die Hard 6, the catch is it must involve not only Bruce Willis's John McClane, but it must also include Samuel L. Jackson's Zeus Carver character from 1995's Die Hard: With a Vengeance, which was directed by John McTiernan back in 1995. https://twitter.com/elmayimbe/statuses/455852596751007744 Shortly after the release of the awful fifth installment, A Good Day to Die Hard, Fox reportedly began moving on a sixth film, which was said to be an earlier draft of Ben Trebilcook's treatment for what would have been Die Hard 4 before it became 2007's Live Free or Die Hard. »
- Brad Brevet
The project is based on Navy Seal Chris Kyle's memoir, which he co-wrote with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. The soldier was known as the deadliest American sniper in military history and nicknamed The Devil by enemies and fellow service members. He had 150 confirmed kills between 1999 and 2009.
Bradley Cooper will be portraying Chris Kyle with Sienna Miller playing his wife. Jake McDorman will take on the role of Ryan 'Biggles' Job, who was the expert sniper's comrade during his time in the military. Several real Navy Seals are also expected to co-star in the film, including Kevin 'Dauber' Lacz. The Seal was a close friend of the sniper.
After toplining The CW’s tenacious action thriller Nikita for four low-rated seasons, it appears that Maggie Q has landed her next television gig, with news today that The Following creator Kevin Williamson has signed her for a leading role in his still-untitled stalker pilot at CBS.
Q, who also co-starred in Live Free or Die Hard and has a major role in this week’s Divergent, will star in the pilot alongside American Horror Story alum Dylan McDermott, whose involvement was concerned back in February. The actress will play Detective Beth Davis, the “opinionated and obsessive, workaholic division captain of Lapd’s Threat Assessment Unit,” according to Deadline. The show, which CBS is aiming to pick up for premiere during the 2014-15 fall season, will also use narration from Q’s character.
Meanwhile, McDermott is set to play Detective Jack Larsen, a recent addition to the Tau from New York. »
- Isaac Feldberg
The Divergent cast includes fan-favorite stars Maggie Q and Mekhi Phifer – who are both currently starring in hit television shows. Q, who leads as the title role in Nikita, is also known for her role in J.J. Abrams’ Mission Impossible III, in which she starred alongside Tom Cruise and in Live Free or Die Hard with Bruce Willis. A strong action star, Q is aptly cast as a divergent, Tori, an exotic tattoo artist who is in the faction Dauntless. She acts as a mentor to Tris (Shailene Woodley).
Phifer, whose character, Max is at the top of the Dauntless leadership, took a break from shooting the Showtime series, House of Lies to film Divergent in Chicago. His movie credits include: Spike Lee’s Clockers with Harvey Keitel and John Turturro, Dawn of the Dead ...
- Tiffany Rose
Working nonstop since the end of "Nikita" last fall, Maggie Q is now eying her next regular TV role. After spending four-ish seasons on The CW and Wbtv's espionage thriller, Maggie Q will stay in the corporate family, landing a lead in CBS and Wbtv's Untitled Kevin Williamson Project. The network and studio confirm that Maggie will play Detective Beth Davis, division captain of the Lapd's Threat Assessment Unit. The character is described as "opinionated and obsessive" and as a guarded workaholic. The Threat Assessment Unit handles stalking threats for the Lapd. Written by Williamson and directed by his frequent TV cohort Liz Friedlander, "Ukwp" will also star Dylan McDermott and Marian Klaveno thus far. News of Maggie's casting here breaks on the morning after the "Mission: Impossible III" and "Live Free or Die Hard" veteran walked the red carpet for her latest franchise feature film, "Divergent." This isn't the »
- Daniel Fienberg
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