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For every Harry Potter or Hunger Games series, there are those franchises that didn't quite set the world on fire...
Since Insurgent came out, I’ve been thinking about those less fortunate: the franchise wannabes. While Divergent may have succeeded financially, (a film that rode on the coat-tails of the even more lucrative The Hunger Games franchise) there are others who didn’t quite make it into the movie world’s big leagues. These are the franchise-starters that flopped, the films produced with the optimistic hope that they will bring in the readies and kick-start Hollywood’s latest franchise. Worse luck for them, really.
For the sake of simplicity, this list will zero in on Ya franchise-starters, films adapted from a young adult novel or with that audience in mind. There are plenty of more mature films that struggled such as Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time, The A-Team »
Nemesis has been floating around for years now with various figures attached at different stages, and through a sly post to his social media hub, Millar has kickstarted that craze again.
Post by Mark Millar.
Post by Mark Millar.
For those who are unaware, the comic revolves around a philanthropic billionaire who uses his technological prowess and bags of cash to fight for what’s right! And what’s right to him is pretty much pursuing every violent and sordid whim to its fullest, without any regard for who gets in the way of his selfish endeavors. There’s a reason the character has been dubbed “Batman meets the Joker.”
At one stage, Joe Carnahan was incredibly interested in directing. He even penned a script that Millar himself showered with praise. »
- Gem Seddon
In 2008, if someone mentioned the name of actor Liam Neeson, chances are you immediately thought of him in one of two ways. It is likely that you automatically imagined the actor in his portrayals as historical figures – Oskar Schindler, Alfred Kinsey, Michael Collins – or of the gravitas he lent to franchises such as Star Wars and Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. However, that all changed with the release of Taken six winters ago. With his gruff heroics and thick voice, he became one of Hollywood’s most bankable action heroes. Not bad for a man who was 56 years old at the time.
Since Taken, Neeson’s star power has soared. As the biggest action stars of the previous generation (the Fords, Stallones and Schwarzeneggers) struggle to excite and entice audiences for a bloody time at the cinema, Neeson rose into one of the most in-charge (and in demand) action stars of the current era. »
- Jordan Adler
Like many of you, I was pretty surprised and more than a little bit delighted when Liam Neeson made the next act in his illustrious career an action packed one. No one expected Taken to be a hit, or as satisfyingly enjoyable as it was, but it signaled a new trajectory for Neeson. That’s been all well and good, but one thing that it’s cost us is his performances in Oscar fare. Since Taken, Neeson has more or less dropped off of the Academy’s radar, with only one upcoming project hopefully set to return him to prestige territory. I like when he kicks ass, like he does in Friday’s new release Run All Night, but I prefer it when he contends for awards. Neeson is a very strong dramatic actor and certainly very solid as an action hero, but it’s the former where he’s really been able to shine. »
- Joey Magidson
Following the success of Taken in 2009, Liam Neeson carved out quite a niche for himself as an older action star. His career certainly careened down this path, with the iconic actor appearing in 9 more action-packed thrillers that includ The A-Team, The Next Three Days, Unknown, The Grey, Battleship, Taken 2, Non-Stop, A Walk Among the Tombstones and Taken 3. Now, on the eve of his latest 'geriaction' movie, as some have dubbed them, Liam Neeson has declared that he will stop making action movies in 2 years, if he is able to make it that far.
Good Morning America caught up with Liam Neeson to chat about this weekend's Run All Night, which may certainly leave some fans with a sense of deja vu, as it once again features the actor running with a gun as he sometimes screams into a cell phone. The 62 year-old confirms that his days as an action star are numbered though, »
Right around the time that I started writing here at FirstShowing in 2009, there was a project called Motorcade in the works. At the time, Ryan Reynolds had just been brought in to replace Tom Cruise in the project, and "24" executive producer Jon Cassar was replacing Len Wiseman in the director's chair. But it's been over five years since that news surfaced, and the project has been dead in the water. But today it has new life as Deadline reports DreamWorks is bringing in Smokin' Aces, The Grey and The A-Team director Joe Carnahan to get the project in gear and finally get it into production. So what's this film about again? Motorcade follows a disgraced Secret Service agent who happens to be in the wrong place at the right time when the president's motorcade is commandeered by terrorists in New York in an effort to kidnap the world leader. The »
- Ethan Anderton
Joe Carnahan, one of the most ballsy directors doing his thing at the minute, has decided on his next project after hitting so many stumbling blocks on getting his last movie, Stretch, distributed. Motorcade will see Carnahan return to directing for a studio, namely Dreamworks, in a movie that was probably pitched as Olympus Has Fallen on wheels. When Potus is attacked as he makes his way across Los Angeles, the only person who can save him is a disgraced former Secret Service agent (naturally) who is in the wrong place at the right time. Carnahan's CV suggest he's perfect for this, considering the vehicular mayhem in Stretch, The A-Team and the all out action of Smokin' Aces. If it were up to me I'd throw all of the budget at getting The Rock on board and push for a hard 18's proper action movie. Let us know who you »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Dave Higgins)
The thriller will center on a Secret Service agent who fails to stop a deadly and vicious attack on the President of the United States as he rides in a motorcade.
Hans Bauer and Craig Mitchell originally pitched the pic to DreamWorks back in 2004, and the studio picked it up for a modest sum. Over the years, writers Ehren Kruger, Billy Ray and Robert Rodat have all circled for rewrites, and Jon Cassar was at one point attached to direct, but somehow Motorcade has yet to be made. Carnahan, though, is expected to take it on as his next project.
- Isaac Feldberg
DreamWorks action-thriller centres on an attack on the Us President’s motorcade.
The feature has been long in the works at DreamWorks and centres on an attack on the President’s motorcade as it goes through Los Angeles.
Carnahan is repped by CAA. »
- email@example.com (Ian Sandwell)
DreamWorks action-thriller has been long in the works and centres on an attack on the President’s motorcade as it goes through Los Angeles.
He is repped by CAA. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
The story revolves around terrorists attacking the U.S. president’s motorcade as it navigates through Los Angeles.
Carnahan most recently directed “Stretch,” starring Patrick Wilson, Ed Helms and Chris Pine, and has also been busy on the TV front, exec producing the NBC dramas “Blacklist” and “State of Affairs.” Other past credits include “The Grey,” “The A-Team” and “Smokin Aces.”
He is repped by CAA.
- Justin Kroll and Dave McNary
With the release of Taken in 2009, Liam Neeson wound up completely reinventing his career, fully embracing the role of the aging action hero. Finding incredible success with that movie, he has kept that money train rolling ever since, not only starring in two more Taken films, but also making features like The A-Team, Unknown, The Grey, Non-Stop, and A Walk Among The Tombstones. But this extended run apparently now has a time limit on it, and Neeson has now declared that he will probably only keep it going for two more years. The Academy Award-nominee has recently been doing the press rounds for his latest action movie, Run All Night, and according to The Guardian he has admitted that he will probably stop doing so much cinematic ass-kicking when he hits the age of 64. Discussing the potential longevity of his career as an action star, Neeson said, Maybe two more »
Joe Carnahan's The A-Team didn't do well enough critically or financially to warrant the development of a sequel - but that doesn't mean that the filmmakers behind the first movie didn't have some ideas for a follow-up. As it turns out, one of those ideas was to totally revamp the titular group's classic wheels, and now we know exactly what it would have looked like: For all you A-team fans. Found this. Concept for what the van was going to look like in the sequel. A Knight Conquest pic.twitter.com/pgzw6Pn7T0. Joe Carnahan (@carnojoe) March 6, 2015 In case you couldn't tell, it was director Joe Carnahan himself who revealed this rather sweet ride on his personal Twitter account - identifying it as a modified luxury SUV from Conquest Vehicles' Knight line. This is just concept art rather than an actual car that was built, but it's still »
While there hasn't been any word yet on whether or not The Expendables 4 is moving forward, it was announced today that Expendables Franchise creator Sylvester Stallone is producing a new TV show based on the hit action series, this time uniting action icons of the small screen. This Expendables television event will follow a similar story as the movies, and is being produced for Fox. Sylvester Stallone will executive produce alongside the films' producer Avi Lerner. NCIS veteran Shane Brennan will serve as showrunner.
Ride Along duo Greg Coolidge and Kirk Ward are writing and executive producing the TV adaptation alongside Shane Brennan. The show itself is described as 'a fun action drama that unites iconic TV stars as a new team of highly-skilled heroes who are on a mission to stop a dangerous terrorist.' Lionsgate TV will produce the miniseries along with CBS TV Studios, and Cbstv-based Shane Brennan Prods. »
"He's an engineered human being. Strong. Faster. And more intelligent than normal people." Imagine if The Bourne Identity was a mindless action movie. You should be picturing this first trailer for Hitman: Agent 47, the latest attempt to bring the popular video game franchise to the big screen. This time, Rupert Friend plays the title assassin who starts to learn about his origins in the middle of a bunch of explosions and crazy action. This just looks like cookie-cutter silliness, but enough so that it might be fun. However, the script just sounds awful even from the little dialogue in the film, with one egregious theft form Watchmen. Here's the first trailer for Aleksander Bach's Hitman: Agent 47, originally from Apple: Hitman: Agent 47 is directed by Aleksander Bach, making his feature directorial debut with a script from Kyle Ward (Machete Kills), Skip Woods (The A-Team) and Michael Finch »
- Ethan Anderton
Yesterday was the Super Bowl, that annual sporting event designed for superheroes to make friendly wagers between themselves for charity, and for the showcasing of movie trailers.
One of the very best of this year's crop of trailers (taking the top spot of the Super Bowl spots) was the action-packed trailer for Furious 7, the latest instalment in the Fast and Furious franchise.
Vin Diesel's voice-over informs us that "The most important thing in life will always be family" (which is totally what his vocabulary-limited character Groot was saying, albeit more concisely, at a certain moment in Guardians of the Galaxy). Of course, as the montage shows, he's talking about found family, a group of people who care deeply for each other, despite often not being related. This could also be a thematic statement about the emotional core of the franchise, which has arguably endured so long because the audience cares about the characters, »
He added that "the stress became unbearable" prior to his exit, and was subsequently forced to accept that the 'Perez problem' was not going to go away.
But Alexander is not the only disgruntled celebrity housemate to voluntarily leave, and we doubt he'll be the last.
Some, like Claire King, withdrew from the show due to illness, while others have been removed by producers.
But can you remember some of the former CBB stars »
Liam Neeson’s career has come full circle. After his acting debut in 1978, at a commanding 6’4” Neeson found a niche for himself in action flicks like Excalibur, Krull and even Darkman in 1990 before transitioning into the seriously dramatic roles he was synonymous with throughout most of the 90s and early 2000s: Husbands and Wives, Schindler’s List, Nelland even as Jean Valjean in the non-musical Les Miserables. Sure he dabbled in action and blockbusters along the way, but Neeson was reborn as the latest action hero in 2008 with his role in the sleeper hit Taken.
Spawning not one but two sequels, Taken launched the next chapter in the Irish actor’s career and leading to roles in The A-Team, Battleship, and his latest offering Non-Stop, which flies into Cineplex theatres on Friday. In Non-Stop, Neeson once again takes charge of the action as an air marshal who must spring into »
- Rachel West
He just turned 40, and Bradley Cooper is looking better than ever.
The actor is one of 39 stars highlighted in W Magazine’s special “Movie Issue,” profiling the year’s best acting performances.
Bradley, who is being featured for his role as Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle in American Sniper, stripped down for his spread inside the mag – shielding himself by holding a pair of cream colored slacks over his legs with a matching jacket over his shoulder.
Related: W Magazine's Odd Covers For 2015 Award Show Season
Bradley opened up to W about preparing for his latest movie, telling the mag, “On Uso tours, I went to bases in the middle of nowhere in enemy territory. I was with the soldiers in their barracks, and I really got a sense of it.”
On his cover, he’s a tad more clothed wearing the white pants with a pair of suspenders over his shirtless chest. Other stars featured »
Bradley Cooper has posed semi-nude in a surreal shoot for W Magazine's special movie issue.
In the image taken by Tim Walker, Cooper is covered in chalky white powder while holding up a pair of cream Louis Vuitton trousers to protect his modesty. He models a matching Vuitton blazer across his shoulder while standing in front of a pair of white J.W. Anderson platform shoes.
On the cover, the star is pictured tilting his head to the side while wearing the off-white trousers with a pair of braces and his hair slicked back.
Speaking about his part as former Navy Seal Chris Kyle, known as the most successful sniper in Us military history, he told the magazine: "I had advantages in making a film about the Iraq war.
"On Uso tours, »
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