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Things are really beginning to heat up on Universal’s action sequel Bourne 5 – and we’re not just referring to Matt Damon’s ripped physique. Now that the cameras are rolling on Paul Greengrass’ marquee feature, which has set up shop in Tenerife, Spain for the next few weeks, the studio is wasting no time in filling the vacant roles around Damon’s titular super spy.
Greengrass and Co. may have already recruited Vincent Cassel to play the role of the villain, but now The Hollywood Reporter states that Django Unchained alum Ato Essandoh is between the director’s crosshairs. No further details were given about his character or how big a role he will play when the actioner opens in July.
- Michael Briers
Ato Essandoh has joined Universal's upcoming Bourne 5, which features the return of both Paul Greengrass as director and Matt Damon as Jason Bourne. Details about his character are being tightly kept under wraps. Essandoh is probably best known for his roles on CBS' Elementary and on BBC America's Cooper. He's also appeared in several films, including Django Unchained, Blood Diamond, Hitch, Get Him To The Greek, and Garden State. He'll next be seen in Martin Scorsese's upcoming HBO drama Vinyl. What do you guys think of this latest addition? Sound off with your thoughts below! Global superstar Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role as Jason Bourne in the fifth installment of Universal Pictures’ Bourne franchise. Acclaimed director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, Captain Phillips) also returns for this much-anticipated chapter, and Frank Marshall again produces alongside Jeffrey Weiner and Ben Smith for Captivate Entertainment. »
The cast includes Jennifer Jason Leigh as Lady Bird Johnson, Michael Stahl-David as Bobby Kennedy, Richard Jenkins as Richard Russell, Bill Pullman as Ralph Yarborough and Kim Allen as Jackie Kennedy.
Filming is slated to begin in late September in New Orleans, Dallas and Washington, D.C.
Donovan’s credits include “Burn Notice”, “Hitch”, “Changeling” and the upcoming “Sicario.” Johnson was John F. Kennedy’s running mate in the 1960 election and his 1963 assassination marked the beginning of a turbulent decade in American history.
- Dave McNary
When you add a pinch of '80s nostalgia with a dash of action and gore and mix them together you get Turbo Kid, which will be released in the U.K. on Blu-ray in October. Also: an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from Extinction and first details on the web series It Came from Candi's Lab.
Turbo Kid: Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release Turbo Kid on Blu-ray in the U.K. on October 5th. Turbo Kid stars Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Michael Ironside, Edwin Wright, and Aaron Jeffery.
From Blu-ray.com: "Synopsis: Turbo Kid is a celebration of all things that were awesome about the age of movies on VHS. It's packed with nods to 1980s pop culture (even down to Atari-style credits and its synth-tastic score) and riffs on the kids' adventure movies such as BMX Bandits, The Monster Squad, and The Goonies.
And for the hardcore fans, there's »
- Tamika Jones
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. 2015.
Directed by Andy Fickman.
After six years of keeping our malls safe, Paul Blart has earned a well-deserved vacation. He heads to Vegas with his teenage daughter before she heads off to college. But safety never takes a holiday and when duty calls, Blart answers.
Kevin James is back as Paul Blart in the sequel that nobody asked for.
I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t mind the first film. Sure it wasn’t great but I didn’t flat out hate it either. Despite his very lackluster film career so far I do like Kevin James and think he can be funny given the right material – just look at Hitch and his years on The King of Queens. Since the first film was »
- Jake Peffer
As you’ve hopefully been notified by a letter from the government, the interruption of news broadcasts, or a series of terrifying premonitions, this Friday sees the release of “Pixels,” in which aliens attack the Earth pretending to be '80s video game characters, for reasons surely scribbled on the back of a napkin by a screenwriter. It’s notable partly for being one of the more unpromising movies of the summer of 2015, but also because it is the seventh film in which Adam Sandler and Kevin James have paired up. Both are talented comic actors (Sandler is great in “Punch Drunk Love” and “Funny People,” and James is legitimately charming in “Hitch”) who’ve become to a certain audience a modern-day Hope and Crosby, thanks to movies like “Grown Ups,” “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry” and now this film, in which James plays the President (!) who enlists an »
- Jessica Kiang and Oliver Lyttelton
Criterion digitally restores this earlier release, a combination offering of Robert Siodmak’s 1946 film noir masterpiece The Killers paired with Don Siegel’s retro 1964 remake. Famed adaptations of Ernest Hemingway’s short story, both filmmakers take liberties with the original material to create aggressively different products. Siodmak’s version is not only the German ex-pat’s enduring masterpiece, it’s a definite cornerstone of classic American film noir. Though Siegel’s 60s rehash is considered tacky pastiche of the era, it’s brutal, hard boiled B-grade pulp, notable for its own significant instances.
Siodmak’s version arrived during a golden era of noir, premiering a year after WWII officially ended, with cinematic masculine representation on the eve of an overhaul as method acting would soon reign supreme. Hemingway’s spare story gets a face life from Anthony Veiller (The Stranger; Night of the Iguana), using the murder as a jumping »
- Nicholas Bell
Eva Mendes is spilling her secrets! Mendes hosted a Facebook Q &A on Wednesday, where fans could ask and share beauty and fitness tips. So, if you want glowing skin like the mother of Ryan Gosling's child... For instance, as far as staying healthy goes, Mendes says, "Drinking warm water and lemon every morning before my coffee and staying hydrated all day long really helps me stay healthy and helps my skin look its best." And when the day is over, the Hitch star recommends a simple solution for removing your makeup: "Coconut oil on a damp washcloth." 1. Be Consistent in Your Workout: Mendes isn't one who will be in the gym every day, but writes, "I do »
Ryan Gosling hasn't always been considered a heartthrob! The "Drive" star recently chatted with The Daily Telegraph while promoting his directorial debut, "The Lost River," where he opened up about his days before hitting it big. Ryan appeared on "The Mickey Mouse" club in the '90s when he was just a kid, alongside fellow soon-to-be stars like Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Keri Russell. A video from Gosling's "Mickey Mouse" days recently hit the web, which showed off the Canadian native's hilarious dance moves. "If you watch those videos, you see how you might want to take the confidence out of that kid a little bit," Gosling joked. "I’ve always been a little more confident than my talent warranted: ‘fake it ’til you make it’ philosophy." The 34-year-old's passion for dance didn't do him any favors in high school, though -- the girls he went to school with »
- tooFab Staff
Eva Mendes is the face of Estée Lauder's 'New Dimension' line. The 41-year-old actress stuns in the beauty brand's latest campaign which promises users a ''positive transformation'' with the help of two new products. Jane Hertzmark Hudis, the company's global brand president said of the line - which consists of the New Dimension Shape + Fill Expert Serum and the New Dimension Expert Liquid Tape: ''Women have many dimensions. The new vision of beauty goes beyond skin to the whole face. ''The notion of structure and volume being the new beauty and wanting to look good from every angle are big ideas in our industry. It's not about problem-solution, it's about positive transformation.'' The 'Hitch' star is a huge fan of Estée Lauder's products and swears by the collection - which also features two new contouring compacts, the Shape + Sculpt Face Kit and the Shape + Sculpt Eye Kit »
“These guys can not be my groomsmen. It looks like the entire cast of Goonies grew up and became rapists!”
When Jim Batts reviewed The Wedding Ringer here at We Are Movie Geeks, he wrote: “…….First time feature director Jeremy Garelik tries to give the flick a frenzied pace by quickly cutting in for close-ups constantly, which never exhilarates, but merely exhausts the viewer. Every bit of business is hammered home, with little room for characterization. Subtlety? No way! No time! Got to get to the next big “gut-buster”…..(read all of Jim’s review Here)
I didn’t see The Wedding Ringer when it played theatrically, but after catching up with it on Blu-ray, I’d have to say I liked it a bit better than Jim did, but of course I watched it at home as opposed to a theater full of people who may or may have not been laughing. »
- Tom Stockman
When you mix #FlashbackFriday and National Sibling Day, you are blessed with gifts from the Internet that you never thought you could imagine. Eva Mendes is just one of many celebs to celebrate how grateful she is for having siblings, and she honored Friday's holiday by posting an epic throwback photo of herself hanging out with her sisters. The hair, the outfits, the accessories, the hair...everything makes this photo so perfect. "Big sisters rule. #NationalSiblingDay," she captioned the pic. While big sisters definitely rule, we have to say the Hitch actress' mullet is the real winner of this picture. Then again, both of her sisters are rocking some seriously awesome hair. Even though »
The new deal will see the company not only produce new projects for Sony, but also see James headline a new sitcom for them. In addition, the deal also continues James’ association with Columbia Pictures, who has a similar first-look deal with the comedian through to 2017.
Television is where James got his first big break in hit series King of Queens, which ran from 1998-2007, and led to his first big-screen breakout role opposite Will Smith in 2005 smash-hit comedy Hitch. James became a producer on King of Queens and formed his company in 2007 with partner and manager Jeff Sussman.
James is soon to return to the big-screen later this month with comedy sequel Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, which opens on April 17th in the UK and Us, »
- Scott J. Davis
Eva Mendes is really starting to understand what is means to be a mother! The actress recently opened up to Extra's Aj Calloway, where she revealed how being a mother has made her appreciate her own mom more and how she keeps boyfriend Ryan Gosling happy. "Now I understand so much, my mother’s never gotten more 'I love you so much mommy' texts, I mean, randomly… ya, I get it now," the "Hitch" star confessed about parenting. While Mendes and Gosling welcomed their first child together, Esmeralda, last September, the new parents are only starting to get used to the sleep schedule of their 6-month-old baby. "But you never know, right, something random can happen and she’s just suddenly not sleeping through the night and you’re like, wait, I thought we were sleeping through the night, what’s up?!," she joked. "Why does it always happen at »
- tooFab Staff
Keeping the love alive! Eva Mendes regularly stuns on Hollywood red carpets in flirty skirts and figure-hugging dresses, and she keeps her style on point even when she gets to the comfort of her own home. Asked in a new interview with Extra whether she ever gets cozy in her house in a pair of sweatpants, the Hitch actress looked flabbergasted and repeated "No, no, no!" "Sweatpants, no, no, no, no," Mendes, 41, stressed. "No, no, you can't do sweatpants. Ladies, number one cause of divorce in America [...] »
Yesterday, Sony Pictures finally released the first official teaser trailer for their upcoming Chris Columbus-directed film Pixels, which stars Adam Sandler (Happy Gilmore), Peter Dinklage (Game Of Thrones), Michelle Monaghan (Mission: Impossible 3), Kevin James (Hitch), Josh Gad (Frozen), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), and Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars) in key roles. While most of the stars were seen in the trailer, one notable absence was Ashley Benson, who is slated to play a video game character brought to life in the film, but after a more thorough examination, it seems her perceived exclusion in the trailer may have been a little more deliberate than not. If you had a keen eye, you may have spotted this Easter Egg yesterday, but if you were one of the many that didn't catch it, scroll down to the bottom of this article, play the trailer, and skip ahead to around the 1:38 mark. »
In this week’s instalment of our series tracking the global box office …
• Sony fails to weaponise Neill Blomkamp’s robot parable
• American Sniper becomes top Us film of 2014
• Strong Chinese opening gives Jupiter Ascending consolation prize
Improved news for our slightly shopworn fresh prince, as Will Smith and Warner’s con caper Focus jumps to the global top spot, expanding from 32 to 50 territories. A flush of No 1 openings – in Mexico, Italy, Australia and Argentina – bolster the theory that Smith’s primary constituency these days is overseas. More specifically, it’s developing economies that are clinging, as with many an ageing A-lister, to the Men in Black star: openings are up from 2005’s romcom Hitch (the comparison point used last week) in Argentina (Focus: $641K; Hitch: $154K), Czech Republic (Focus: $58K; Hitch: $34K) and Slovakia (Focus: $53K; Hitch: $10K); Russia, in its second week, »
- Phil Hoad
Eva Mendes is loving motherhood! The actress shows off her incredible post-baby body on the April cover of Women's Health magazine, where she opens up about her baby girl, Esmeralda, and shares some of her diet and mental health secrets. Just six months ago, the brunette beauty and boyfriend Ryan Gosling welcomed their first child together ... and while she's dealing with the normal struggles of raising a newborn, Mendes says she's enjoying every second of it. "I'm actually enjoying the sleepless nights because it's bonding with my little girl," she tells the mag. But don't ask the "Hitch" star for parenting advice, she's still trying to figure it all out herself! "I don't feel like I've really earned the right [to dish parenting advice]," she admits. "I want to respect all the moms out there. They're going to be like, 'You know what? You're a few months in. Just shut up.'" The 41-year-old »
- tooFab Staff
The narrative going into this weekend was that "Focus" would mark a comeback of sorts for Will Smith. His first lead role since the career stumbling block two years ago that was "After Earth," "Focus" was supposed to be an easy lay-up for Smith, a sleek, star-powered caper comedy that would face little competition in the doldrums of February. Pundits predicted a debut in the low $20 millions.
Nonetheless, when the snow flurries cleared on Sunday, "Focus" hadn't even crossed $20 million; estimates had the film's weekend premiere scoring just $19.1 million. That's the first time, since Smith's Oscar-baiting prestige drama "Seven Pounds" in 2008, that he's failed to crack $20 million on an opening weekend. (Even "After Earth" pulled off a $27.5 million debut.)
With two relative flops in a row (three if you count his rare supporting role in last year's "Winter's Tale"), it's officially time for pundits to start wondering if Smith has »
- Gary Susman
Will Smith, star of numerous blockbusters over the course of his career, re-established his box office draw, as his latest feature Focus won the box office over the weekend, finishing with $19.1 million. The film marks Smith’s first prominent role since 2013’s After Earth, as he has been largely absent from the big screen since then, save for minor roles in Anchorman 2 and A Winter’s Tale. This is also Smith’s first no. 1 opening weekend since 2012’s Men in Black 3, adding to a number of commercial successes to the star’s credit in a filmography that includes Independence Day, Wild Wild West, and Hitch.
Barring the entry of Focus in the top spot, the weekend’s top 3 remained unchanged, as Kingsman: The Secret Service and The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water held on to the second and third spot respectively, finishing with a difference of less than a million, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
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