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The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Rila Fukushima has officially signed on for DreamWorks' Ghost In The Shell, which is the first live-action film adaptation of the popular Japanese manga of the same name. The report provided no further details on her character, but there's a chance she could be one of the members of Section 9. She'll join a cast headlined by Scarlett Johansson (Captain America: Civil War) as the Major and that also features Pilou Asbæk (Game Of Thrones), Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire), Takeshi Kitano (Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen), and Juliette Binoche (Godzilla). Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) is directing with a script from Jonathan Herman (Straight Outta Compton) & Jamie Moss (Street Kings). Fukushima is undoubtedly best known for her work in James Mangold's The Wolverine, where she starred along X-Men mainstay Hugh Jackman. She also appeared in the fifth season of HBO's hit fantasy »
Pantelion, the leading distributor of Latino-oriented theatrical releases stateside, is ready to score another box-office success during this year's Labor Day weekend, which has proven to be a particularly profitable date for them. Following last year's animated hit "Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos," a new Spanish-language comedy titled "No Manches Friday," starring Omar Chaparro ("Compadres") and Martha Higareda ("Street Kings"), is set to captivate audiences both in Mexico and the U.S. Directed by Spanish helmer Nacho G. Velilla, "No Manches Frida" is a remake of the highly successful German film "F... You Goethe."
The film opens nationwide on September 2nd, 2016.
The official synopsis reads as follows:
"No Manches Frida" is the story of Zequi (Omar Chaparro), a recently released bank robber who goes to recover stolen money buried by his ditzy accomplice before going to jail. They return to the site only to find that Frida Kahlo High has built a gymnasium over the loot. To get the money, he poses as a substitute teacher for a school that can’t seem to keep any teachers around. He meets the sweet and earnest Lucy (Martha Higareda), as well as an unruly classroom. Lucy and her fellow teachers (Fernanda Castillo and Adal Ramones) have no control over the students, and Zequi comes in ready to lay down the law- but he quickly finds out that life on the inside may havebeen easier to deal with than a school full of wild and rebellious teenagers.
Take a look at the official one-sheet poster and check out the trailer above. »
- Carlos Aguilar
A new calendar, featuring the characters from David Ayer's DC villain team-up flick Suicide Squad, is on the way. A preview for said calendar brings with it some new images. This is where your eyeballs come into play. You may now use them to scope the images, which I've amassed for your viewing pleasure below.
It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Since its inception, Suicide Squad has screamed of subversiveness. From the premise- which pits a deranged pack of DC villains together on a suicide mission- to some of the casting choices, from the wild stories of Jared Leto letting his freak flag fly to prepare for Joker, and right down to the hiring of David Ayer- who isn't exactly known for making safe Hollywood fare- we've known that Suicide Squad wasn't going to be, in anyway, paint-by-numbers.
Now comes another behind-the-scenes tale from the making of the next film in the Dceu...
According to Cara Delevingne, who plays Enchantress in the film, she was given some rather peculiar advice by her director upon getting the part. The director, best known for writing and/or directing films riddled with violence, antiheroes, and complex characters having to make tough decisions like Training Day, Street Kings, and End Of Watch, didn't have »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
The tremendous success of blockbuster Marvel movie Deadpool has single-handedly sparked a conversation in Hollywood about making more R-Rated superhero movies. And this notion isn't going to go away until the first R-Rated superhero movie bombs. It's already been noted that this August's Suicide Squad will be rated PG-13. But that doesn't mean its sequel can't have a little 'Adults Only' fun. Director David Ayer, who has yet to be confirmed for Suicide Squad 2, thinks that an R rating might be something to push for.
Many in Hollywood are currently pondering how to move forward in a market place where an R-rated superhero movie can and will make a lot of money. Warner Bros. has already announced a Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice R-rated Ultimate Cut is coming to the home market. And there's even a rumor that it will be released in theaters. 20th Century Fox »
Rapper turned actor, Common, has been keeping busy in Hollywood since he first appeared in 2007’s Smokin’ Aces. He has five movies coming out this year alone, but, the one everybody is talking about the most is David Ayer’s film adaptation of Suicide Squad. Like everyone else, even Common himself knows that people want to hear as much as they can about Jared Leto’s turn as The Joker. Common recently gave an interview and had this to say about his director and co-star:
“I’ve gotta say, one of the major reasons I knew it would be something cool and could be special is (director) David Ayer. I love his work. I got to work with him on Street Kings, but then I watched End of Watch and the dude is good, man.I was excited about working with him, being a movie with Will Smith and Viola Davis and Jared Leto, »
- Jonathan Ricco
Alas, perhaps in response to the blowback against the po-faced Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. recently forked out “tens of millions of dollars” to allow for creative reshoots designed to add more humor and levity. Even taking that into consideration, musician-cum-actor Common (Barbershop: The Next Cut) still believes that Ayer and Co. are crafting a superhero movie unlike anything the genre has seen before.
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Confirming that he won’t be involved in those aforementioned reshoots, Common, who worked with the director on Street Kings, spoke to Collider about his minor role in Suicide Squad, heaping praise on David Ayer’s vision for the 2016 release.
I just knew that world was »
- Michael Briers
Warner Bros. and DC are apparently responding to critics who have bashed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for being too dark and humorless by adding more jokes to this summer's Dceu adventure Suicide Squad. According to Bmd, reshoots are currently happening as we speak. And these reshoots will reportedly alter the tone of the movie as it currently exists.
Sources close to the DC Comics adventure alerted Bmd to the fact that the second trailer, released in January and set to Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, contains every single joke seen in the movie. That trailer, which was different from the one released during Comic-Con 2015, doesn't actually represent what is in the finished movie. But fan response to the trailer was overwhelming. This led Warner Bros. to request that director David Ayer go back and reshoot some of the movie.
The idea is to bring more lightness to what is an extremely dark film. »
Earlier this month, a hot new sci-fi project came on the market entitled Bright, which has Will Smith and Joel Edgerton attached to star and David Ayer (Suicide Squad) directing from a script by Max Landis (American Ultra). That report revealed that Warner Bros. would be the likely home for this project, and that they want to get production started this year so Will Smith and David Ayer could reunite again for Suicide Squad 2. As it turns out, the project sparked a massive bidding war, and Netflix emerged as the winner, with Deadline reporting that the streaming service will be committing $90 million to the project, which includes a whopping $3 million for Max Landis' script alone, the largest spec script deal in several years.
The report reveals that the movie itself will cost just $45 million to shoot, with the rest of Netflix's $90 million commitment likely going towards talent fees and securing their back-end payments. »
For a brief moment there, it looked very much as though the Will Smith blockbuster train was grinding to an unfortunate, disappointing halt. The actor’s career took a giant hit with the critical failure of After Earth, and was only partially redeemed by Focus and Concussion. But, along came the soon-to-be-released Suicide Squad, and suddenly the train is rolling once more. It is little surprise, then, to hear that Smith is already on board for the next project helmed by his Suicide Squad director – Bright.
Characterized as a “contemporary cop thriller with fantastical elements,” the script is written by Max Landis (Chronicle), and also has Joel Edgerton (The Gift) attached to the cast. It is being sold as an action spec package, with Eric Newman (Robocop), Bryan Unkeless (the Hunger Games franchise), and Max Landis producing.
As a movie prospect, Bright is intriguing. Director David Ayer is renowned for the power of his characters, »
- Sarah Myles
David Ayer knows cop movies. As the screenwriter of films such as "Training Day," and "S.W.A.T.," and the director of "Street Kings," "Sabotage," and "End Of Watch," the filmmaker knows the milieu of those who wear the badge, and are sometimes corrupted by it, inside and out. And it's a subject he certainly hasn't grown tired of as he's lining up a new movie that will dive into that world again — albeit with a completely wild twist. Will Smith (who stars in Ayer's upcoming "Suicide Squad") and Joel Edgerton will star in "Bright" for the director. Penned by Max Landis ("Chronicle," "American Ultra," "Victor Frankenstein"), the movie will take place in a world where faeries and orcs live with humans, and will center on an orc cop. Uh, okay then. Frankly, I'd rather two talented guys like Smith and Edgerton make a normal cop flick, than one set in a magical world, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Action/thrillers about cops and robbers have been around for eighty years, but writer/director David Ayer successfully carved out a niche of his own over the past decade and a half with films that ramp up the intensity, immediacy, and authenticity on both sides of the law. Movies like Training Day, Dark Blue, Street Kings, and End of Watch drop viewers into the murky and restless grey area where both the good guys and bad guys move. Ayer’s last effort in this direction, Sabotage, is a ridiculous mess, and since then he’s moved further away with the WWII tank warfare film, Fury, and the upcoming comic adaptation, Suicide Squad. “Who will take up his mantle during this sabbatical?”, ask fans of testosterone-fueled, graphically violent, morally scattershot action films about law and disorder. (Okay, fine, it’s just me asking…) Turns out John Hillcoat is your huckleberry, apparently. Triple 9 »
- Rob Hunter
John Hillcoat’s Triple 9 opens this Friday, and the fact that it’s not a David Ayer movie doesn’t stop it from being the best David Ayer movie since 2008. That’s not to say it’s necessarily a good movie, but it feels very much like one of Ayer’s testosterone-fueled explorations of man’s unstoppable pull towards violence. So of course I came home and threw in Ayer’s 2008 gem, Street Kings. I don’t care what anyone says, this is fantastic goddamn entertainment. Thrilling action sequences, real suspense, and a strong cast (who occasionally chew the Los Angeles scenery) make it a fun descent into hero-cop hell. Having already seen the film multiple times I decided to check out Ayer’s commentary this time around. He’s no stranger to movies about the blue and the grey — cops and fuzzy moralities — having written and/or directed Training Day, Dark Blue »
- Rob Hunter
Actor Amaury Nolasco's character in Eva Longoria's "Telenovela" is based on his real-life struggles with being stereotyped in Hollywood. In the new NBC comedy premiering Monday, January 4, "Telenovela" goes behind the scenes of a soap opera in which he plays the villain, but on the show his "Rodrigo" character really wants to play the "nice guy" on screen. Nolasco (Prison Break, Street Kings, Max Payne) who often plays villains in films and televsion, tells CineMovie why he'd rather play the romantic leads to actresses like Rachel McAdams.
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