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After surveying 1,000 parents exposed to multiple clips of on-screen sex and violence in movies, a study found that parents become increasingly desensitized to acts of sex and violence with repeated viewing which appears to lead to an increasing acceptance to both. The result is that these parents are less likely to shield their kids from movies that contain sex and violence. In addition, the authors note that people who rate movies for the MPAA (themselves parents) could also be subject to the same desensitization “and thus more likely to be lenient when it comes to evaluating the appropriateness of such content for children.” Those behind the study said this effect could help to explain the “ratings creep” that has allowed more violence into films aimed at our youth.
The MPAA has long acknowledged that its standards have shifted over time but has traditionally attributed this to the changing standards of parents. »
- Anita Busch
Is Hollywood's fascination with the older male asskicker a new thing? Its resurgence certainly seems to be. I know there were Death Wish sequels in the '80s; and before that, I know John Wayne kept shooting at people long past the age most people stop. Unforgiven took the form and turned it into meaningful criticism. Et cetera, et cetera. But this thing that's going on now, where Liam Neeson has a particular set of skills and/or Denzel Washington works at Home Depot but secretly kicks ass? It feels new. And it feels like it has something of a surly, selfish purpose. I mark the start of the operation at around 2007, or Live Free Or Die Hard (sometimes called Die Hard 4). We could also,...
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Cliff Curtis won’t talk about his new movie. He’ll write notes about it. Type on his laptop. Make elaborate, affirmative gestures in response to a question. But talking? No. Not right now. The New Zealand native, who gives a career-making performance in Kiwi director James Napier Robertson’s “The Dark Horse” (now playing the Toronto International Film Festival), is serious about his craft. So serious, in fact, that for the role of Robertson’s real-life Genesis Potini – chess savant, teacher and bi-polar Maori – he put on 30 kg, or about 66 pounds. How? “Beer. Carbs. Carbs. Carbs,” Curtis wrote. Why the silence? Because Curtis, who played the bad guy in an earlier Maori-themed hit (“Once Were Warriors”) and has appeared in such disparate features as “Runaway Jury,” “The Fountain” and “Live Free or Die Hard,” is currently shooting Kevin Reynold’s new film “Clavius,” which takes place in the days following Christ’s crucifixion. »
- John Anderson
Charlie Hunnam is about to be seen in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy" on FX and after that it will likely be a long stream of movies and the schedule is starting to fill up. He was recently named the title star of Guy Ritchie's Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, he will almost certainly be back for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim sequel and now he's rumored to be the top contender to play Snake Plissken in the remake of John Carpenter's Escape from New York alongside a couple others still in the mix. Hunnam as well as Dan Stevens ("Downton Abbey", The Guest) and Jon Bernthal (Fury, "The Walking Dead") are reported to be the top three choices for the lead role, looking to pick up after Kurt Russell as Plissken, a convicted bank robber in a crime-riddled New York City-turned-maximum security prison, coerced »
- Brad Brevet
Brosnan will star as a successful publisher who falls out with his young It consultant friend.
He discovers that the other man is using technology to attack his family, business and life.
Brosnan was announced for the project last year, and the movie will enter production in the autumn.
Audiences will see Pierce Brosnan get back into action mode this weekend with The November Man (and there's already a sequel on the way), but that's not the only action he'll be seeing on the big screen. The former James Bond is set to star in I.T., another thriller set up at Voltage Films with A Good Day to Die Hard helmer John Moore attached to direct. But it sounds like there won't quite be as much action as either of their recent projects since the story follows Brosnan as a publisher whose relationship with a young I.T. consultant sours, causing the young man to use technology to threaten his family, business and life. Deadline reports the script originally comes from Dan Kay, based on an idea from David T. Friendly and his Friendly Films banner. But now Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Live Free or Die Hard writer William Wisher Jr. »
- Ethan Anderton
We first reported on this project back in October 2013, when Pierce Brosnan signed on to play a successful book publisher whose friendship with a young I.T. consultant goes awry. The publisher soon finds his life being turned upside down, as his former friend begins threatening everything and everyone close to him.
William Wisher Jr. (The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Abyss, Live Free or Die Hard) has signed on to rewrite the original script by Daniel Kay, and he will also serve as co-executive producer. Nicolas Chartier and Craig J. Flores are producing through their Voltage Pictures company, alongside Friendly Films' David T. Friendly and Pierce Brosnan's producing partner Beau St. Clair. No production schedule was given, but Voltage will be selling the project »
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
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