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The original thriller, directed by Adrian Lyne, starred Tim Robbins as a Vietnam veteran who suffers from bizarre hallucinations while trying to uncover clues about his checkered past. The new film is said to be more of a contemporary homage than a remake, introducing new characters and situations while tackling the same existential themes as the original.
Jeff Buhler (Midnight Meat Train) is writing the script, based on a first draft by Jake Wade Wall (When a Stranger Calls). Ld Entertainment's Mickey Liddell and Jennifer Monroe are producing with Michael J. Gaeta and Alison R. Rosenzweig. No production schedule was given.
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Peter Bradshaw on action movies
In some ways, it should be the quintessential cinema genre. After all, what does the director shout at the beginning of a take? Action – at times a euphemism for violence and machismo – evolved into a recognisable genre in the 80s. Gunplay and athleticism resurfaced in a sweatier and more explicitly violent form, with movies such as Sylvester Stallone's First Blood. The hardware was all-important, and the metallic sheen of the guns was something to be savoured alongside the musculature of the heroes. The genre spawned the action hero. These were not pretty-boys there to melt female hearts: they were there to get a roar of approval from the guys. »
Did you watch last night's pilot episode of "The Blacklist"c Did you like itc Personally I found it to be a sloppy, cheaply made mess and was astonished to learn Joe Carnahan (Narc, The Grey) not only produced it, but directed it on what I can only assume was a shoestring budget based on how plastic and low-rent each set piece and location felt. To begin, what was with the plastic box James Spader's Raymond 'Red' Reddington was being kept in and what was with the 30-second opening of the boxc Watch the clip above and just as the extra walks across the screen around the 20-second mark as the box begins sliding just a bit quicker as if someone on the production was yelling, "Move faster! This is taking forever!" Reddington had just surrendered (to an army of men pointing guns and rifles for some reason) and »
- Brad Brevet
Exclusive: Jon Bokenkamp, the creator/executive producer of NBC‘s upcoming fall drama The Blacklist, has inked a two-year overall deal with the series’ producer Sony Pictures TV. Blacklist, which NBC said was its highest-testing drama pilot in 10 years, is set to launch Monday, September 23, in the post-The Voice slot — the network’s best time period. James Spader stars as a most-wanted fugitive who mysteriously surrenders to the FBI to help catch a terrorist under the condition that he speaks only to a rookie profiler (Megan Boone) fresh out of Quantico. Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix, Ryan Eggold and Ilfenesh Hadera star. Blacklist marks Bokenkamp’s TV debut after a feature film career that includes a story credit on this year’s Halle Berry-starring The Call, Berry’s 2007 pic Perfect Stranger and 2004′s Taking Lives starring Angelina Jolie. He is repped by ICM Partners, manager Brian Lutz, and Fred Toczek »
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The 18th Busan International Film Festival (Biff) has unveiled 27 selections for this year’s Asian Cinema Fund (Acf) in the categories of Script Development, Post-production and Asian Network of Documentaries (And).Scroll down for full list
Out of a total of 438 submissions, Acf selected 16 non-Korean Asian projects and 11 Korean projects.
“When we’re looking at which projects to fund from around Asia, we try to choose the ones that would not be likely to get support from anywhere else except us. As for the Korean projects, we look at overall quality. And for all projects, we look for how prepared they are, and whether they have a new approach,” said Acf director Hong Hyosook.
She added that documentary submissions this year were particularly strong.
“We had about 90 Asian documentary submissions alone, about 30 more than last year. Overall, they were good in quality, well-prepared and planned out. We had a limited number of slots, so it was »
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Comic-Con International announced the programming schedule for the first day of San Diego Comic-Con 2013 on Thursday, July 18. You can clickHere for the full schedule, including comic book-related events, but we have all the movie, DVD, and TV-related panels for you right here. You can also clickHere to check out the TV pilots that will be presented on Preview Night, Wednesday, July 17. Take a look at what panels and events are happening in San Diego, two weeks from today.
Thursday, July 18
10:00 Am - 11:00 Am Intelligence
Stars Josh Holloway (Lost), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and Marg Helgenberger (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) and executive producers Michael Seitzman (North Country), René Echevarria (Terra Nova, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), and Tripp Vinson discuss the new CBS dramatic thriller. Holloway plays Gabriel, a high-tech intelligence operative enhanced with a supercomputer microchip in his brain. With this implant, Gabriel is the first »
Coming off an excellent opening, Oz The Great and Powerful easily hung on to first place this weekend. Among the newcomers, The Call exceeded expectations, while The Incredible Burt Wonderstone was far from incredible. Overall, the Top 12 earned an estimated $97.3 million this weekend, which is about even with the same period last year.Oz added $42.2 million in its second outing for a 10-day total of $145 million. That's a 47 percent drop from last weekend, which is about on par with Alice in Wonderland's 46 percent decline at the same point. If Oz plays out at the same pace as Alice, it could be in line for a final tally over $230 million. The Call took second place with an estimated $17.1 million. That's way above 2007 Halle Berry thriller Perfect Stranger ($11.2 million), and also higher than similar titles Untraceable ($11.4 million) and Lakeview Terrace ($15 million). It was a bit off from Berry's 2003 thriller Gothika ($19.3 million »
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As expected, Oz The Great and Powerful held on to first place on Friday by a wide margin. The more interesting story, though, was what happened with the newcomers: The Call got off to a surprisingly strong start, while The Incredible Burt Wonderstone bombed. Oz added an estimated $11.4 million yesterday, which is off 53 percent from opening day. That looks like a steep drop, but it is noticeably better than Alice in Wonderland's 58 percent decline at the same point in 2010. Still, Oz's $114.2 million is nearly $50 million less than Alice's eight-day total. For the three-day weekend, Oz should wind up earning just over $40 million. In second place, The Call exceeded most expectations with an estimated $6.2 million from 2,507 locations. Among Halle Berry thrillers, that's a drastic improvement over Perfect Stranger ($3.9 million), though it's a tad below Gothika ($6.7 million), which opened a full decade ago. For the weekend, the movie will absolutely open above $15 million, »
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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and The Call arrive in theaters this weekend, though neither will come close to taking first place away from reigning champion Oz The Great and Powerful. Nearly a decade after they starred together in Bruce Almighty*one of the highest-grossing comedies ever at $242.8 million*Jim Carrey and Steve Carell are once again on screen together in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, which is opening in 3,160 locations this weekend. This time around, though, Carell is the title character, while Carrey is relegated to the scene-stealing supporting role. This switch makes sense, given the actors current career trajectories. While Carrey has contributed to 12 $100 million movies, his only nationwide live-action release of the past four years was the slightly disappointing Mr. Popper's Penguins ($68.2 million). Carell, on the other hand, has been fairly consistent since breaking out in 2005's The 40-Year-Old Virgin, though even he has the occasional slip-up (last Summer's »
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Brad Anderson’s The Call, a particularly fine little thriller in the doldrums of March, sports a welcome return for thriller-maven Halle Berry. Sure Berry is a so-called ‘serious actor’; but in between her “Things We Lost In The Fire” and “Monster’s Ball”, she has a penchant for mixing it up with decidedly and proudly ‘B’ pictures. The Rich Man’s Wife, Gothika, Swordfish, Perfect Stranger, Dark Tide… In The Call, the newest and best of this bunch, Berry stars as Jordan Turner – a 911 operator, whose mishandling of a call leaves a young girl dead and Berry/Jordan beyond shaken. Cut to six-months later and Jordan finds herself once again on the other line attempting to help a young girl (Abigail Breslin) out of the clutches of a madman. It’s a difficult role – in that for a majority of the film, Berry is seated behind a computer, on »
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Spader will play Raymond 'Red' Reddington, who is described as a dignified, worldly and magnetic former Army intelligence offer who went Awol.
Now the world's most-wanted criminal, Red sees himself as a facilitator who brokers deals for criminals - his only allegiance is to the highest bidder.
The series begins when Red mysteriously turns himself in and offers to give up everyone he has ever worked with. Said offer comes with the condition that he gets to work exclusively with a certain young female FBI agent (Megan Boone) with whom he seemingly has no connection.
Ryan Eggold ("90210") also stars as the easy-going husband of the agent who secretly has betrayed her.
Source: Vulture »
- Garth Franklin
Penned by Jon Bokenkamp (Perfect Stranger) and exec-produced by John Eisendrath (Alias), John Fox and John Davis, the prospective series follows Red (Spader), the world’s most wanted criminal who suddenly turns himself in and offers to give up anyone he’s ever worked with. The catch: He’ll only work with a new FBI agent (played by Blue Bloods‘ Megan Boone), one with whom he has no known connection.
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- Megan Masters
In the high-stakes, edge-of-your-seat thriller The Call, a thin thread of survival separates a teenage kidnap victim from her only hope: a compassionate, steady voice on the other end of a cell phone marshaling all the resources she can to find her.
Veteran 911 Emergency Call Center operator Jordan (Halle Berry) has the kind of job that’s not for the faint of heart: navigating the public’s distress in order to save lives. But when a young woman’s frantic report of a prowler ends tragically, Jordan is devastated. Reassessing her life, Jordan wonders if perhaps she’s experienced her last fraught-filled phone call. With a supportive cop (Morris Chestnut) for a boyfriend, maybe it’s time to step back, enjoy life, and teach others the ins and outs of her high-pressure profession.
That lifeline to strangers isn’t over yet, though. When average American teenager Casey (Abigail Breslin), is »
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The domestic box office took a dive in February, and the March lineup doesn't look strong enough to really turn things around.There are some bright spots coming up: movies like Oz The Great and Powerful and The Croods should tap in to the family audience that's been neglected so far this year, while G.I. Joe: Retaliation should deliver a late-month boost. Even if all of those movies over-perform, though, there's still no chance that March 2013 tops March 2012's record $943 million (led by The Hunger Games and The Lorax). March 1Four new nationwide releases hit theaters on the first weekend of March, though each one seems plagued by some kind of issue. The biggest one*and also the most problematic*is Jack the Giant Slayer, a mega-budget fantasy movie directed by X-Men's Bryan Singer. Originally titled Jack the Giant Killer and slated for June 2012, the movie was unceremoniously pushed »
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According to Entertainment Weekly, NBC has offered Sutherland a starring role on "The Blacklist" pilot, which follows a master criminal as he agrees to turn in everyone he's ever worked with. The pilot comes from "Perfect Stranger" screenwriter Jon Bokenkamp, and "Alias" veteran John Eisendrath will serve as showrunner should "The Blacklist" picked up.
EW reports that Sutherland's been offered the role of said mastermind. But, of course, there's a catch: According to The Wrap, Sutherland's criminal will only work with a "newly-minted FBI agent with whom he seemingly has no connection." That role has not yet been cast.
"It's a second position offer, since no decision has been made on the future of the Sutherland starrer 'Touch,'" EW reports.
"Touch" Season 2 had a rough go of it on NBC before even premiering. »
- Jaimie Etkin
We got a round of casting news for you from a trio of films, that between them deal with a couple separated by a coma, a washed-up novelist and an Audrey Hepburn-like villain. Onwards... First up is the James Foley-helmed “fantasy drama-romance” “Sands” which, per Variety, is lining up Ralph Fiennes for the lead role. The Renata Bovara-written project focuses on a New York-based surgeon and wife after an accident puts the wife in a coma. Here's the description: “Caught between life and death, the woman’s spirit travels to India where she is drawn to an imaginary man. She must choose between her love for that man and her husband, who is desperate to bring her back to life.” Most famous for directing the film adaptation of “Glengarry Glen Ross,” Foley’s last feature-length effort was the Halle Berry and Bruce Willis-starring shlock thriller “Perfect Stranger. »
- Cain Rodriguez
The network’s vehicle for Hayes, from Better Off Ted creator Victor Fresco, is a multi-camera project centering on a man attempting to both parent the teenage daughter who just moved in and appease a temperamental new boss. Hot In Cleveland‘s Todd Milliner will also produce.
Spitzer’s Holding Patterns, meanwhile, is a multi-cam ensemble about a group of friends whose lives are altered after surviving a plane crash. Rachel Kaplan »
- Megan Masters
Eisendrath’s project is dubbed The Blacklist, a project that’s also from Jon Bokenkamp (Perfect Stranger) that’s been described as follows: “The world’s most wanted criminal mysteriously turns himself in and offers to give up everyone he has ever worked with. His only condition is he will only work with a newly minted FBI agent with whom he seemingly has no connection.”
Cuse’s project is called The Sixth Gun, »
- Lynette Rice
NBC has ordered the drama pilot "The Blacklist," in which a master criminal agrees to turn in everyone he's ever worked with -- but there's a catch.
- Tim Molloy
NBC has handed out its fifth drama pilot order. The network on Tuesday ordered to pilot The Blacklist, a crime drama from Perfect Stranger writer Jon Bokenkamp and Alias' John Eisendrath, who will serve as showrunner on the project. Photos: Midseason 2013: TV's Newest Series The Blacklist, from Sony Pictures Television, revolves around the world's most wanted criminal mysteriously who turns himself in and offers to give up everyone he has ever worked with. His only condition is he will only work with a newly minted FBI agent with whom he seemingly has no connection. John Fox and John Davis
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20 items from 2013
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