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A few pieces of casting to report: Henry Cavill will star in the action-thriller Stratton, adapted from the book series by Duncan Falconer about British spy John Stratton. Nicole Kidman is in negotiations to replace Gwyneth Paltrow in The Secret in Their Eyes. Julia Roberts and Chiwetel Ejiofor co-star in the remake, directed by Billy Ray (Breach). Lili Taylor and Barry Pepper join the cast of The Maze Runner Chapter II: The Scorch Trials. Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and Patricia Clarkson are set to reprise their roles in the sequel directed by Wes Ball. Hit the jump for more on each project. Per Variety, Cavill will also produce Stratton with his brother Charlie Cavill. Filming is scheduled to begin in the spring. Here's the synopsis for The Hostage, the first book in the John Stratton series: When an undercover operation monitoring the Real Ira goes horrifically wrong, British Intelligence »
- Brendan Bettinger
For every Cruel Intentions, there's at least one MacGruber. Ryan Phillippe has been a working actor for more than two decades now, appearing in films including Gosford Park, Flags of Our Fathers, Breach, and the Oscar-winning ensemble movie Crash. But by his own admission, the majority of the titles on his resume are, in retrospect, just filler. "I've made 30-plus films over 20 years," Reese Witherspoon's ex-husband, 40, told the Los Angeles Times in a recent Skype interview. "And in my opinion, five of them are good. [...] »
[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.] Show: "Secrets and Lies" (ABC - Midseason) The Pitch: "Yet another murder investigation into the death of a dead kid." "Well, I think TV has several of these. What makes this one distinctive?" "The dynamic star power of Ryan Phillippe." "Oh." Quick Response: Although "American Crime" is technically about parents dealing with the death of an older child, it's still the last part of a trio with "Secrets and Lies" and "Gracepoint." Of the three, "Secrets and Lies," based on an Aussie series I haven't seen, is the most sensationalistic and the most hollow, the one trying to say the least as both a commentary on family and grieving or American society or whatever. It's also the least involving as a mystery, because after 44 minutes, I don't especially care whether or not Ryan Phillippe's character did or didn't kill the young boy he finds in the woods and since »
- Daniel Fienberg
YouTube announced a contest this week in collaboration with director Guillermo Del Toro in which entrants with YouTube channels can submit a short horror story to be judged by Del Toro, with the winner getting the opportunity to sign a deal with Del Toro’s Legendary Pictures.
The contest is called “You Tube Space House of Horrors: A Legendary Halloween“, and starting September 22, YouTube will open up YouTube Space locations in Los Angeles, London, New York and Tokyo to applicants to produce their horror film on one of YouTube Space’s custom sets. Variety has details on some of the sets YouTubers can utilize for the contest, all of which are inspired by Del Toro’s films.
And for lucky applicants who demonstrate a well-managed production schedule, a strong concept for their film and promising talent, Del Toro will be on hand to provide support and feedback during the filming and editing process. »
- Brian Welk
If you haven't seen "The Secret in Their Eyes," the Argentine crime thriller that ended up winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Feature (something of an upset, if we recall correctly), please stop reading this silly post and go watch it. In 129 minutes you can return to this post (it'll still be here), but you will be absolutely woozy drunk in love with the power of cinema and the propulsive nature of Juan Jose Campanella's assured storytelling.
All that said: the American remake seems to have been in the works for forever, but it's finally found a super-a-list star in one miss Julia Roberts.
The announcement was made at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the movie is being shopped (it's being fully financed by independent production unit Im Global), according to the Hollywood Reporter. The report also suggests that the production is going to bend over backwards for the recent Emmy-winning star. »
- Drew Taylor
Comfortably one of the best thrillers we've seen in the last five years is Juan Jose Campanella's The Secret In Their Eyes, a a quite brilliant piece of work about a retired attorney writing a book, and dealing with an unsolved case.
The film picked up an Oscar, and deservedly so, but now the Argentinian thriller is getting an English language remake, known as Secret In Their Eyes. But there may not be cause for panic, for the remake is in the hands of Billy Ray, the man responsible for the excellent Shattered Glass and Breach.
Production can't be too far off from starting, »
In 2011, Denzel Washington was reportedly offered the lead role in this Warner Brothers remake of the Oscar-winning Argentine crime thriller "The Secret In Their Eyes," which was directed by Juan José Campanella. Assuming Washington was indeed interested, he has been replaced by Chiwetel Ejiofor - not a bad swap, I'm sure many of you would agree. International sales and distribution company Im Global boarded the project, and shopped it at the Cannes Film Market (Marche du Film) earlier this year. Billy Ray ("Breach," "Shattered Glass"), who was said to be attached to direct the remake, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
You might recall an Argentinian film from a few years back called "The Secret in Their Eyes." It was a significant player in the awards season in that it bested both "The White Ribbon" and "A Prophet" in the Best Foreign Film Category, and ever since, Hollywood has been keen on an English remake. Now, the project has landed a high profile female lead with an eye toward sales in Toronto: Julia Roberts. Juan José Campanella's original film told the story of a federal agent and the murder/rape case he and his partner, as well as a female judge, investigated 25 years before. It builds to a pretty stunning third act revelation that certainly played a major hand in the film's reception by Academy voters, as well as its value as a remake commodity. Now with Roberts, it's sure to take off on the sales market up north. Billy Ray ("Shattered Glass, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Lionsgate has announced plans for a re-release of the original 2004 franchise launching horror film "Saw" in a limited nationwide run this Halloween.
"Saw" will open for a one week 10th anniversary engagement on Friday, October 31st with Thursday midnights in select locations. The micro budget serial killer film spawned a seven film franchise that has grossed $874 million worldwide. [Source: Lionsgate]
Open Road Films has announced a September 11th 2015 release for John Hillcoat's heist thriller "Triple Nine". Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Woody Harrelson, Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet, Gal Godot and Norman Reedus star.
The story centers on a crew of crooked cops executing a heist during which they must manufacture a 999 call, police code for "officer down". The plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
Acise-la, the Academy For Canadians In Sports And Entertainment, has announced three new entertainment ambassadors.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Since as far back as the fall of 2010, director Billy Ray (Breach, Shattered Glass), who just earned an Oscar nomination for writing Captain Phillips, has been attached to write and direct a remake of Best Foreign Language Oscar winner The Secret in Their Eyes (or El Secreto de Sus Ojos in Spanish). The project was once set up at Warner Bros. with Denzel Washington circling a lead role in 2011, but now Deadline has word that Chiwetel Ejiofor is stepping for that part, and Gwyneth Paltrow will be taking the other lead role in a crime thriller about a former Mi-5 agent who returns to Boston, still obsessed with an unsolved murder. As the former agent teams with an FBI task force, he attempts to find closure for this past case, while also dealing with his unreciprocated love with his superior, something else that still haunts him years later. The film »
- Ethan Anderton
First announced way back in 2010, not long after Argentinian film "The Secret In Their Eyes" won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, a remake was in the works at Warner Bros. with Billy Ray ("Shattered Glass," "Breach") slated to write and direct. The project hadn't shown signs of any real momentum, with word surfacing in 2011 that Denzel Washington had been offered the lead. He didn't take it, but two actors are now aboard with the movie now headed to the Cannes marketplace. Chiwetel Ejiofor and Gwyneth Paltrow are slated to star in the thriller, with Ray still on board to pen the script and get behind the camera. Whereas the first film was set firmly against the backdrop of decades of Argentinian politics, this revamp will follow an Mi-5 agent (Ejiofor) who goes to work alongside the FBI in Boston to help close the books on an unsolved murder, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In 2011, Denzel Washington was reportedly offered the lead role in this Warner Brothers remake of the Oscar-winning Argentine crime thriller The Secret In Their Eyes, which was directed by Juan José Campanella. Assuming Washington was indeed interested, he has now been replaced by Chiwetel Ejiofor - not a bad swap, I'm sure many of you would agree. International sales and distribution company Im Global has boarded the project, and will be shopping it at the Cannes Film Market (Marche du Film), which kicks off tomorrow (on the same day the main festival event also begins). Billy Ray (Breach, Shattered Glass), who was said to »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Ray, who wrote and directed "Shattered Glass" and "Breach," is reconfiguring the original which will now focus on a former Mi-5 agent haunted by an unsolved case who discovers a shocking truth about past events.
Im Global is selling the project at Cannes.
Source: Screen »
- Garth Franklin
After dropping another post earlier in the week [see here], Sony's Daily Bugle viral site has now updated with another two viral articles in support of the upcoming solo sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - the first of which speculates over Spidey's origin, while the second concerns the comic book villain Big Man and his Enforcers...
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We asked our readers how they thought Spider-Man got his powers. You answered by email, text, blog, and even a brick through the window (please refrain from that in the future). Here’s what you had to say:
Lashawn F., Soho
Spider-Guy’s probably suffering from some diseases, I bet, like Arachno Syndrome, or Tarantulitis (my little brother came up with those, he’s mad funny)! He climbs walls, he shoots webs, and he eats bugs. He can never show his face cause he’s probably got fly-eyes or something. You know, »
- Gary Collinson
Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) reminisce about their childhoods and the parents who abandoned them in a new clip from The Amazing Spider-Man 2. While Harry still holds a grudge against his father Norman (Chris Cooper) for sending him away, Peter has moved on with his life, with only a "briefcase full of junk" to remind him of his dad. Check out this scene where these old friends skip rocks together, then read on for a new story from the Daily Bugle viral website, which teases The Big Man, Sin-Eater and Rhino (Paul Giamatti).
The Daily Bugle's latest story includes references to a number of Marvel villains, including The Big Man and his gang known as The Enforcers, Detective Stan Carter, who becomes Sin-Eater, and Alexsei Sytsevich, a.k.a. The Rhino (Paul Giamatti). Check out the full article from the Bugle's Frederick Foswell, which details »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 6 Feb 2014 - 06:08
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2007, and another 25 overlooked gems...
For some reason, the number three was a common factor in several blockbuster movies of 2007. The third film in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series (At World's End) dominated the box office, Spider-Man 3 marked Sam Raimi's last entry as director in the series, while Mike Myers went for a hat trick of hits with Shrek The Third.
I Am Legend was the third and most financially successful attempt to bring Richard Matheson's classic novel to the big screen, Rush Hour 3 marked Jackie Chan's last action pairing with Chris Tucker, while Zack Snyder's musky sword-swinger 300 was notable for having the number three in the title.
Iffy attempts at numerology aside, 2007 was also a superb for year for movies in general - particularly underappreciated ones, »
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