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In this September’s Black Mass, Johnny Depp returns to the life of crime as Whitey Bulger, a character light-years away from Mortdecai’s moustache-twirling eponymous art dealer, or the wacky world of his frequent collaborator Tim Burton.
Bulger is perhaps best known to film audiences as the real-life inspiration behind Jack Nicholson’s Boston mob kingpin in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. If Jack’s Frank Costello is only the carbon copy of Bulger, then we should be in for a hell of a ride with Black Mass and the real deal.
“He could be charming. He could be ruthless. He was like a cobra—you never knew where he could strike,” says director Scott Cooper of Bulger, a regular on the FBI’s ten most wanted fugitives list.
Bulger isn’t the first notorious crime lord brought to the big screen by Depp. He portrayed the infamous drug trafficker George Jung in Blow, »
- Sasha James
Just when we thought we didn’t like Johnny Depp anymore, here he is doing what appears to be quality work again portraying notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger in Black Mass. If he looks and sounds like Jack Nicholson, particularly in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, that’s partly because that character was partly based on Bulger. He actually sounds more like Nicholson as Frank Costello and Ray Liotta’s aged Henry Hill in Goodfellas than the real Bulger. Unlike Depp’s other portrayal of a balding icon in the Hunter S. Thompson adaptation Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, here he may not be attempting full authenticity but rather one of his hodgepodge characterizations. Either way, that main steak dinner scene at the center of this first trailer is intense, and the extended showcase of Depp’s creepy-eyed performance piques our interest. As does the whole ensemble, which we barely get a look at here. Black Mass »
- Christopher Campbell
Apparently the first look at the upcoming Point Break remake from director Ericson Core was shown during CinemaCon down in Las Vegas yesterday and with that comes the first looks at Luke Bracey and Edgar Ramirez in the film playing FBI agent Johnny Utah and extreme sports enthusiast and criminal Bodhi respectively. The duo are playing roles made popular by Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze in Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 film, and for many this remake is completely unnecessary, but it's set to arrive on December 25 nonetheless. One week after Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, which is to say... we'll see how this turns out. This updated version will follow a similar premise as the first as a young FBI agent, Johnny Utah (Bracey), infiltrates a cunning team of thrill seeking elite athletes, led by the charismatic Bodhi (Ramirez). The athletes are suspected of carrying out a string »
- Brad Brevet
Let's hope Jack Nicholson has a pleasant birthday on Wednesday, or at least a less disturbing one than the birthday when pal Hunter S. Thompson showed up outside his house, turned on a spotlight, blasted a recording of a pig being eaten alive by bears, fired several rounds from his 9mm pistol, and (when the terrified actor and his kids refused to open the door) left an elk's heart on the doorstep.
Nicholson turns 78 on April 22, and even though he hasn't been in a movie for five years, he still looms large in our collective imaginations. Younger viewers know him from his flamboyant performances in "The Departed," "The Bucket List," "Something's Gotta Give," and "Anger Management," but his older films remain ubiquitous on TV as well, including "As Good as It Gets," "A Few Good Men," "Batman," "The Witches of Eastwick," "Terms of Endearment," "The Shining," and "Chinatown." A late bloomer, »
- Gary Susman
In the film, a young FBI agent, Johnny Utah (Bracey), infiltrates a cunning team of thrill-seeking elite athletes – led by the charismatic Bodhi (Ramirez). The athletes are suspected of carrying out a spate of crimes in extremely unusual ways.
Deep undercover, and with his life in imminent danger, Utah strives to prove they are the architects of this string of inconceivable crimes.
The film stars Édgar Ramírez (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “Carlos the Jackal”) as Bodhi, and Luke Bracey (“G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” “November Man”) as Johnny Utah, along with Ray Winstone (“Noah,” “The Departed”), Teresa Palmer (“Warm Bodies”) and Delroy Lindo (“Sahara,” “Gone in Sixty Seconds”).
The stunt performers include surfers Laird Hamilton, »
- Michelle McCue
At the end of Mojave, a devilish drifter played by Oscar Isaac poses a question to a jaded Hollywood star played by Garrett Hedlund: “Do you know yet which one of us is the bad guy?” That, I guess, is the question being posed by writer-director William Monahan (The Departed) in this odd thriller. But the […]
- Angie Han
When a writer-director's latest film focuses on the mental turmoil and soul searching of a writer-director, one can only assume that there's some kind of autobiographical journey in play. William Monahan, who won and Academy Award for writing the screenplay for Martin Scorsese's "The Departed," does just that with his second directing effort "Mojave." While the story may be fantastical, its commentary on the Hollywood system is unequivocal. Unfortunately, the movie's erratic tone is a different story. Garrett Hedlund plays Thomas, a rich and famous filmmaker who ventures into the Mojave Desert for either a bit of soul searching or to drink himself into obliteration (possibly both). Out there, he's stumbled upon by a creepy drifter named Jack (Oscar Isaac), who sports long hair and a fanny pack and carries a rifle. Jack shares the story of Jesus' temptation by the devil in the desert in a feeble attempt to prove his intellectual prowess. »
- Casey Cipriani
Garrett Hedlund plays a rich, spoiled Hollywood star. Oscar Isaac plays a drifter who might be the devil himself. And in William Monahan‘s seriously twisted “Mojave,” which had its world premiere on Saturday night at the Tribeca Film Festival, it’s sometimes hard to tell which of them is worse. The directorial debut of the man who won an Oscar for writing Martin Scorsese‘s blood crime drama “The Departed,” “Mojave” takes noir to another level, mixing biblical and Shakespearean allusions, philosophical discussions and Hollywood satire with beatings, shootings, car wrecks and lots of thoroughly unpleasant behavior. It’s sometimes messy and overwrought and. »
- Steve Pond
Meryl Streep has three Oscars and 19 nominations. Something she didn't have coming into this weekend? An MTV Movie Award. Well, she can cross that one off the ole' bucket list. Awards season's truly dominant champion took home a Golden Popcorn statue for Best Villain at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards Sunday. Her performance in the musical "Into the Woods" beat out Oscar winner J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash") as well as Jillian Bell ("22 Jump Street"), Peter Dinklage ("X-Men: Days of Future Past") and Oscar nominee Rosamund Pike ("Gone Girl"). While Streep may be a perennial fixture on the Oscar circuit, though, this was only her second MTV nomination to date. She was also nominated in the Best Villain category eight years ago for "The Devil Wears Prada," which also netted her an Oscar nomination. And a fun fact: She lost that year to fellow Oscar magnet Jack Nicholson ("The Departed"). More from the »
- Kristopher Tapley
The indie horror title has worked up a deal with WB to become a movie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, indie horror game Five Nights At Freddy's will join Minecraft in becoming WB's latest movie adaptation.
So far that is pretty much all we know. The film has Roy Lee (The Departed, The Lego Movie) and Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg of KatzSmith Productions (the upcoming Beetlejuice sequel) as producers, but so far no rumored cast, director, or writers are being hinted at.
The studio is said to be working closely with Scott Cawthon, the creator of the game, but that is about as much as we know. Perhaps Chucke E. Cheese's will be the set? Who knows.
The game revolves around a person taking place as a security guard and as the night goes on some creepy stuff happens. Eventually you will get jump scared by robotic characters and die. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Dustin Spino)
We’ve been delighted in the last few years to see veteran character actor James Badge Dale break out to bigger and better things. The actor’s been a familiar face for a while thanks to “The Departed” and “The Pacific,” but racked up a string of high-profile credits and scene-stealing performances in things like “Shame,” “The Grey,” “Flight,” “Iron Man 3,” “The Lone Ranger” and “Parkland,” and finally looks to be graduating to lead roles, with horror-actioner “Spectral” due in 2016. Read More: The Breakout Performances of 2012 First up though is something smaller in scale, as Badge Dale takes the lead in indie Civil War drama “Echoes Of War,” which hits theaters next month. Written and directed by Australian helmer Kane Senes, it sees the actor play a haunted soldier who returns home to Texas from the conflict, only to spark up a conflict between his family and a cattle rancher neighbor. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
After a successful film festival run for Wild Canaries and a SXSW Grand Jury Award nomination for narrative feature, Lawrence Michael Levine’s film opened recently on a limited run in the States and we wanted to share the trailer with you.
In Wild Canaries, Barri (Sophia Takal) and Noah (writer-director Lawrence Michael Levine) are a newly engaged Brooklyn couple disheartened by the death of their elderly downstairs neighbor, Sylvia. Though Noah sees nothing unusual about the old woman’s death, Barri suspects foul play and sets out to investigate, enlisting her roommate Jean (Arrested Development‘s Alia Shawkat) to join her on a mission to trail a possible suspect…
Check it out now:
For other recommended trailers from our Indie Sunday series, »
- Dan Bullock
There are now officially two competing movies about the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013. 20th Century Fox already has "Boston Strong" in development with Daniel Espinosa ("Safe House") directing. Now, CBS Films has announced "Patriot's Day" is in the works from screenwriter Matt Chapman ("Bridge of Spies") and producers Scott Stuber, Mark Wahlberg, Dylan Clark, Stephen Levinson and Michael Radutzky. Based on the personal account of Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, "Patriot's Day" is the first collaboration between "60 Minutes" and CBS Films and will feature information revealed in a report by Radutzky. The studio has also secured Davis' life rights to tell the story and Mark Wahlberg is likely on board to play him. According to a release from CBS, "Commissioner Davis played an integral role in working with the FBI, Watertown Police Department, Boston Police Department, Massachusetts State Police and local first responders to track, identify and apprehend the suspected bombers. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The film is said to be in the tradition of a Cold War thriller and requires a director capable of "world-building," but plot specifics are under wraps. David Birke ("13 Sins," "Elle") wrote the script while Doug Davison ("The Departed") is producing.
In other director news, Anders Walter (Oscar-winning short film "Helium") has signed on to makes his feature directing debut on a film adaptation of Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura's award-winning graphic novel "I Kill Giants" for Treehouse Pictures. Chris Columbus is slated to produce.
The story follows a young girl who escapes from her troubled reality into a fantasy world where she has much more power. Joe Kelly will write the adapted screenplay and production is slated for later this year.
- Garth Franklin
Daniel Espinosa is in talks to direct the sci-fi action movie “Morningstar” for Warner Bros., an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Representatives for Warner Bros. and Espinosa did not immediately respond to requests for comment. David Birke wrote the script, which calls for a director capable of “world-building,” as WB has high hopes for the project. While plot details are being kept under wraps, the film is said to be in the tradition of a Cold War thriller. Doug Davison (“The Departed”) is producing via his Quadrant Pictures along with Madhouse Entertainment. Also Read: Tom Hardy Hunts a Serial Killer. »
- Jeff Sneider
“Cake” producer Kristin Hahn has launched her own Los Angeles-based production company, Hahnscape Entertainment, which will focus on acquiring rights to and developing literary material she will write and produce.
Hahnscape’s first project to be developed under the banner will be “Tumbledown,” which was written by Desiree Van Til and directed by Sean Mewshaw. It will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18.
The film follows a young woman (Rebecca Hall) who is forced to confront the loss of her acclaimed folk-singer husband and the ambiguous circumstances surrounding his death when a brash New York writer (Jason Sudeikis) visits her hometown in rural Maine to investigate the tragedy.
The banner is also developing the film “In the Flesh,” which Hahn is currently writing. She will also produce the pic along with Temple Hill.
“I’m excited to build Hahnscape Entertainment into a home for compelling, character-driven stories with »
- Justin Kroll
After yesterday’s tantalising tease of the latest instalment of Mission: Impossible, now titled Rogue Nation, the first full trailer for the film has been released by Paramount Pictures, and you can watch in all its plane-surfing glory below…
Helmed by Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher), the latest sequel sees the return of Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, as he and team take on “their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the Imf.”
Jeremy Renner (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Alec Baldwin (The Departed), Simon Pegg (Star Trek), Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction), Simon McBurney (The Theory of Everything), Sean Harris (Prometheus) and Rebecca Ferguson (Hercules) co-star.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation will hit 2D and IMAX cinemas July 31st.
- Scott J. Davis
Light the fuse. Based on a series of tweets from superstar Tom Cruise, director Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher), Simon Pegg (Mission: Impossible 3; Ghost Protocol), Alec Baldwin (The Departed), and the official Twitter accounts for Mission: Impossible and Skydance Productions, it looks like we should expect our first official look at Mission: Impossible 5 tomorrow! Check out the tweets below and keep scrolling to read a little more: Light the fuse. — Tom Cruise (@TomCruise) March 21, 2015 Tomorrow… #MI5Diary (Final entry) — ChristopherMcQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) March 21, 2015 A new mission awaits. #MissionImpossible — Mission: Impossible (@MissionFilm) March 21, 2015 @MissionFilm tomorrow. — Skydance Productions (@Skydance) March 21, 2015 Benji's going back to work. #MissionImpossible Sh — Pegg News (@simonpegg) March 21, 2015 Get ready for something big. #MissionImpossible — ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) March 21, 2015 The squad is back, big #MissionImpossible news drops tomorrow.— Jeremy Renner (@Renner4Real) March 22, 2015 It's currently unknown what we'll be getting, but when the film wrapped about ten days ago, McQuarrie did »
Here’s another movie review for the The Hollywood News. It’s a very loosely adapted remake of the 1974 James Caan (The Godfather’s Sonny Corleone) vehicle of the same name about an English literature professor with a compulsive gambling problem, this time starring Mark Wahlberg (The Departed, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch), Michael Kenneth Williams (Omar from The Wire), Brie Larsen (Rachel from Community), as well as veterans Jessica Lange (The postman always rings twice) and John Goodman (Barton Fink).
And this gambling problem becomes the driving force of the movie as Jim Bennett (Wahlberg) struggles between trying to achieve an iota of normalcy in his life and his overwhelming desire to have everything, visually represented by having Bennett place increasingly larger bets at casinos, doubling and tripling his winnings, »
- Paul Heath
China is certainly where the money is these days. With an ever expanding box-office take each year, and more and more foreign films being allowed a release, it’s no wonder that Hollywood and the big studios want a piece of the pie. Unfortunately this has lead to a lot of needless pandering, such as Chinese exclusive scenes in Iron Man 3 and lots of behind kissing in Transformers: Age Of Extinction. Legendary, the studio behind the likes of Pacific Rim and Godzilla, look to be taking a more organic approach with The Great Wall, an American/Chinese co-production with Universal Pictures, China Film Co. Ltd., and Le Vision Pictures.
The film, directed by the incredible Zhang Yimou, sees humanity making a last stand on the titular wonder of the world against mythical monsters in 15th Century China. Yimou is most famous for his wuxia films, Hero and House Of Flying Daggers. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
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