17 items from 2016
War Dogs, 2016.
Directed by Todd Phillips.
During the Iraq War, two twenty-somethings living in Miami exploit the government’s initiative to allow small businesses to bid on Us Military contracts.
The War Dogs prologue, narrated by Miles Teller, will stun audiences in the revelation that modern warfare is less concerned with patriotism, and in defeating the (nondescript) terrorists, but it’s all about money and private contracts. Well, I say ‘stun’ – really, it’s the film that thinks it will stun its audience with this little factoid (one that has been common knowledge for nearly a decade). This conservative shock tactic may startle those born circa 2000, but for its target audience they will roll their eyes, and mumble, “Yes, movie, we know! I’m sure you’re about ‘stun’ us more with the notion that the »
- Matthew Lee
Joining Helman is current Ufc middleweight champion Michael Bisping as his arch rival, Roy .Pretty Boy. Shaw as well as veterans Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, Hail Caesar) and Nick Moran (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels).
Van Carter said that Salon was "delighted to finally bring the legend of Lenny to life by making an intelligent and intimate film with our amazing cast. »
- Staff Writer
With production getting underway today, Salon Pictures has released a first look image of Josh Helman as Lenny McClean in the upcoming biopic My Name is Lenny. The image shows Helman alongside This Is England star Chanel Cresswell, who plays his wife Val…
My Name Is Lenny chronicles Lenny McLean’s origin as a young street fighter in 1970s East End London, the haunting effects of horrific childhood abuse, and his bitter rivalry with Roy Shaw across three unlicensed boxing matches, culminating in Lenny taking the championship title of “The Guv’nor”.
Josh Helman (X-Men: Apocalypse; Mad Max: Fury Road) stars as Britain’s toughest man, with BAFTA winner Chanel Cresswell (This Is England: 90; The Aliens) as his wife, Val McLean, and current Ufc middleweight champion Michael Bisping (Twin Peaks; xXx: Return of Xander Cage) as his arch rival, Roy ‘Pretty Boy’ Shaw. The supporting cast also features Michael Gambon »
- Gary Collinson
South Africa's Akin Omotoso is on something of a hot streak. Already a well known and respected actor seen in titles such as Blood Diamond, Shake Hands With The Devil and Lord Of War, Omotoso came to international attention as a director with 2011 drama Man On Ground. Omotoso has kept busy on both sides of the camera since then, scoring a huge local boxoffice hit with romcom Tell Me Sweet Something and is now back on the international festival circuit with his latest directorial effort Vaya, due to have its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Nhlanhla has no money to pay for his girlfriend’s dowry. His problems seem to be solved when his cousin Xolani, from the big city tells him...
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A comedy only in the bleakest way, satire only in the sense that the whole world has become a parody of itself. Appalling and amusing in equal measure. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
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War Dogs was originally called Arms and the Dudes, which is a clever title, except it makes the movie sound like some sort of stoner comedy about bumbling weapons dealers from the guy who made the Hangover movies. And it’s not that at all. Oh, it is directed and cowritten by Todd Phillips, who wrote two and directed all three of the Hangover flicks, and it is about young arms dealers who frequently partake in illegal substances. But it’s not The Hangover with Guns. War Dogs is a comedy only in the darkest, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Picture this: An old sedan comes to a stop at a desolate pile of rubble in the blue-hued ruins of modern Albania. A handful of masked men leap out of the car and forcibly remove the hooded hostage who’s been flailing around in the trunk. They throw him to the ground, shove an Ak-47 in his face and pull back the cloth covering his face. It’s Miles Teller. Freeze frame. Cue the voiceover: “My name is David Packouz, and you might be wondering how I got myself into this mess.”
Those aren’t his exact words (pretty close, though), but you get the idea — from its cold open to its abrupt closing line, there isn’t a single moment of Todd Phillips’ “War Dogs” that won’t make you feel as though you’ve seen this stridently American movie a hundred times already. In some respects, that’s »
- David Ehrlich
Ryan Lambie Published Date Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 06:32
Whatever you think about 2016‘s crop of mainstream American movies, maybe we can at least agree that it hasn’t exactly been a classic year for big-screen villainy. The otherwise spectacular Oscar Isaac looked awkward and out-of-sorts as the blue-faced supervillain at the heart of X-Men Apocalypse. Jessie Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor in Batman V Superman was more a caffeineated milquetoast than the bull-necked puppet master of the DC comics. As for the main threat in Suicide Squad... all we can say is, dancing and CGI smoke don’t an imposing villain make.
And yet, as the summer fades to autumn, along comes Jonah Hill to bring us one of the most mesmerising bad guys of the year so far. Not that, with his smiling blue eyes, high-pitched giggle and “Hey bro!” persona, he seems all that villainous at first. But then, »
Nicolas Cage and his wife Alice Kim have been separated since January, the actor's rep confirms to People. The couple, who would have celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary in August, share one son, Kal-el Coppola Cage, 10. Cage, 52, met Kim, 32, in February 2004 when she served him while working as a waitress in a Los Angeles restaurant. They were engaged two months later before tying the knot on a ranch in Northern California. This is Cage's third marriage: He was wed to Lisa Marie Presley for almost four months in 2002 before filing for divorce, and, prior to that, to Patricia Arquette for five years. »
- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble
Title sequences don’t have to be boring. They can be just as exciting, creative, or innovative as the films they introduce. These are our picks for the 10 best opening title sequences of feature films.
Spring is upon us, and what better way to celebrate the beginning of brighter days than to celebrate the best film beginnings of all time! Check back all month long as we look at the films with the best beginnings.
The title sequence for a film is more than a bunch of letters spelling words on a screen. A title sequence is an opportunity for a filmmaker to grab the attention of his or her audience. It’s an ideal spot to introduce musical themes, set a stylistic tone, or establish a directorial style. During the opening titles a filmmaker has the opportunity to explain a backstory, show a flashback, or even dictate the setting to the audience. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Time to get your Netflix on, before it's too late. While there are a ton of exciting new titles hitting the streaming service in April, there are also a handful that are leaving for good. 2 Fast 2 Furious, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Rock Star, and Nine to Five are among the month's casualties. Been waiting to binge on M*A*S*H? There's no time like the present! (Seriously though, it's leaving.) Take a look below; you've been warned. Expiring April 1 101 Dalmatians 2 Fast 2 Furious Along Came a Spider Along Came Polly Amistad Bad Johnson Bandslam Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics Collection: Collection 1 Berkeley in the Sixties The Butcher's Wife Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Chuck's Eat the Street Collection: Collection 1 Craigslist Joe Dear Genevieve Collection: Collection 1 Eureka: Season 4.0 Flashdance Hook Hotel Rwanda House of Wax I'll Be Home for Christmas The Inexplicable Universe with Neil deGrasse Tyson Léon: The Professional M »
- Maggie Pehanick
"The Hangover" director Todd Phillips has been getting darker and meaner in his various works with time, not always to his benefit as his knack for that style of comedy isn't as strong as his skill with more outrageous slapstick gags.
With his newest film though, he's going for an outright drama with darkly comedic elements, a film about two twenty-something friends (Miles Teller and Jonah Hill) who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. military contracts - raking in big money in the process. Things get out of hand when they win a contract to arm the Afghan army.
Though described as a more fratboy-ish version of "Lord of War," the trailer is simply begging for viewers to make comparisons to Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" but lacks the obvious sheen and quality that comes with that film. Still, it has »
- Garth Franklin
April is last call for some great movies on Netflix streaming, including "Flashdance," '"Leon: The Professional," and "Let The Right One In."
Here's a complete list of the movies and TV shows leaving Netflix in April:
Leaving April 1, 2016
"101 Dalmatians" (1996)
"2 Fast 2 Furious" (2003)
"Along Came a Spider" (2001)
"Along Came Polly" (2004)
"Bad Johnson" (2014)
"Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics Collection: Collection 1
"Berkeley in The Sixties" (1990)
"The Butcher's Wife" (1991)
"Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" (2003)
"Chuck's Eat The Street Collection: Collection 1
"Craigslist Joe" (2012)
"Dear Genevieve Collection: Collection 1
"Eureka": Season 4.0
"Hotel Rwanda" (2004)
"House of Wax" (2005)
"I'll Be Home for Christmas" (1989)
"The Inexplicable Universe with Neil deGrasse Tyson" (2013)
"Leon: The Professional" (1994)
"M*A*S*H": Season 11
"Nanny McPhee" (2005)
"The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear" (1991)
"Nine to Five »
- Sharon Knolle
"Gary Busey (Lethal Weapon, Celebrity Apprentice), as Wilford Wexler, April’s father and a lead scientist at Astro-x. He’s at the forefront of advances in the field of robotics.Tommy Davidson (Black Dynamite, Living In Color), as Aston Reynolds, playboy tech billionaire. Aston is the CEO of tech company Astro-x, developers of a revolutionary energy system that can stabilize the atmosphere and prevent the formation of tornadoes.Imani Hakim (Everybody Hates Chris), as Gabrielle, Matt’s best friend and a fellow soldier. Gabrielle is tough and no-nonsense, can take care of herself and isn’t afraid to show what she’s capable of doing.Cody Linley (Hannah Montana, Melissa & Joey), as Matt, Fin and April’s eldest son. »
- Joseph Medina
The Oscar-winning actor is attached to star in Vengeance: A Love Story and will direct the project.
Production is scheduled for April 4 in Atlanta, Georgia.
“Storytelling has always been my passion and I’m honoured to work with this talented team to tell a tale of the suffering too many women have endured.”
“I love working with Nicolas Cage. He is a scholar, gentleman, and a talented actor. Delighted to work »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Queensland is set host the production of major international film, Jungle, which will provide about 100 screen industry jobs and inject $5.4 million into the local economy.
The Arclight Films/Screen Australia production, starring Daniel Radcliffe, is based on Yossi Ghinsberg's bestselling memoir of the same name and will be shot in South East Queensland as well as at Village Roadshow studios.
Jungle is produced by Dana Lustig (Dancing at the Blue Laguna, Thousand Kisses Keep), Gary Hamilton (Lord of War, Bait 3D, The Bank Job), Mike Gabrawy (Resident Evil, Bait 3D, Outcast), and Greg Mclean (Wolf Creek, The Darkness). Executive producer is Todd Fellman (Bait 3D, A Few Best Men).
- Brian Karlovsky
The film will shoot at least 50% on location in South East Queensland as well as the Village Roadshow Studios on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Other locations have still to be determined. Production starts in April.
The news was announced Thursday by the state’s Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk.
Scripted by Justin Monjo (“Rush,” “The Untold Story of Inxs”,) the screenplay is based on an internationally bestselling memoir of the same name by Yossi Ghinsberg. It tells the story of four travellers who set off into the heart of the Amazon rainforest on a dream adventure which quickly turns into a nightmare.
- Patrick Frater
London — Clive Owen has boarded sci-fi thriller “Anon,” which is written and directed by Andrew Niccol, whose writing credits include Peter Weir’s “The Truman Show” and Steven Spielberg’s “The Terminal.”
Owen plays a detective in the psychological thriller set in a world with no privacy, ignorance and anonymity. It’s the end of crime. However, when Owen’s character stumbles on a young woman who doesn’t exist, he discovers it may not be the end of crime but the beginning.
The production is in the process of casting the anonymous young woman and is looking to announce within the coming weeks.
Owen is also starring in Luc Besson’s sci-fi fantasy film “Valerian,” which is shooting. »
- Leo Barraclough
17 items from 2016
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