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"It's time for revenge." If you're still not convinced this is going to be action spectacle of the summer, here's one more trailer to get you in the mood for mayhem. EuropaCorp has debuted another official trailer for The Transporter Refueled, the return of the Transporter franchise. Technically this is the 4th film in the series, following Jason Statham's trilogy. And technically this is the third trailer, even though they're calling it "trailer #2". Ed Skrein takes over and becomes the "Transporter" this time, driving a few special packages in nice cars all over Europe. I'm honestly not sure if this is going to be any good. We'll know soon. Here's the latest trailer for Camille Delamarre's The Transporter Refueled, from YouTube: You can still catch the last official trailer for The Transporter Refueled here, if you're interested. The Transporter Refueled is directed by Camille Delamarre (Brick Mansions) and »
- Alex Billington
For once, a movie based on a Nicholas Sparks book appears to be populated by relatively realistic approximations of human beings dealing with relationship conflict in realistic ways. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of Nicholas Sparks
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I think this might be the first movie based on a Nicholas Sparks novel that I haven’t hated. Oh, sure, it’s set in an American South — specifically, North Carolina — where there are, impossibly, no black people (see also: Safe Haven), and where it only ever rains as an expression of manly sadness that cannot be articulated in any other way. It uses a motif similar to The Notebook’s, in which romantic handwritten documents of a relationship — in this case, love letters — allow for flashbacks to the 1940s, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Much like Ant-Man promises to do something different and have fun with the superhero movies, composer Christophe Beck (you’ve heard his work in everything from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel on t.v. to Tower Heist, The Muppets, and Frozen on the big screen) is planning a really fun and stylish score for Marvel Studio’s Phase Two capper. The man himself has posted the movie’s main theme to Youtube, and I for one absolutely love it. It’s (there’s that word again) fun, and a nice change of pace from the usual bombastic super hero fare. I’m having a great time just listening to it by itself, and can’t wait to hear it in the movie when it opens in a few days. Check it out or yourself below. Released: 17th July Synopsis: Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
With two films, including the next Paranormal Activity, Paramount is to trim the delay between theatrical and home release to just 17 days.
Since the advent of home entertainment, cinema chains have fought to keep a buffer between the moment a movie appears on the big screen and the date it appears on the small. The standard approach to releasing a major film therefore means a wide theatrical release of around 90 days before it's available on DVD, Blu-ray or VOD.
Paramount, however, has announced that it's going to close that gap with a couple of its forthcoming horror movies. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension and Scout's Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse are due out in American cinemas in October, but Paramount has hatched a deal with two major cinema chains - AMC Theatres and Cineplex Entertainment - that could see both films hit small screens before Christmas.
Under the deal, their »
Paramount Pictures is partnering with two leading exhibitors on an initiative that could significantly shrink the amount of time between a film’s theatrical release and its home entertainment debut.
The studio is teaming up with AMC Theatres and Cineplex Entertainment on an unorthodox rollout of two low-budget horror films, “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” and “Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.” The films will be available on home entertainment platforms 17 days after leaving theaters.
One other chain has signed on and is expected to go public as soon as tomorrow, but it’s not clear if other major exhibitors like Regal and Cinemark will show the films.
In recent years, studios and exhibitors have clashed whenever there has been an effort to shorten the window for when a film becomes available on DVD or on-demand platforms, which is traditionally 90 days, as many believe audiences will skip the multiplexes »
- Brent Lang
"No one is getting out of the car, now drive!" "Seatbelts – now!" EuropaCorp has debuted the new trailer for The Transporter Refueled, the return of the Transporter franchise. Technically this is the 4th film in the series, following Jason Statham's trilogy. "Game of Thrones" actor Ed Skrein takes over and becomes the "Transporter" this time, driving a few special packages in slick cars all across Europe. This very much feels like just another retread of the same material, throwing lots of stunts and action into a weird storyline about a driver. It actually doesn't look so bad, but I think I prefer Hitman: Agent 47 a bit more. Take a look! Here's the second trailer (+ new poster) for The Transporter Refueled, found on YouTube: The Transporter Refueled is directed by Camille Delamarre (Brick Mansions) and written by Bill Collage & Adam Cooper (Exodus: Gods & Kings, Tower Heist). This time, it's »
- Alex Billington
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
Just recently, it was reported that The Theory of Everything Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne was in talks for the lead role of Newt Scamander in Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and now an intriguing shortlist has emerged of actors and actresses contending for the other main roles. According to separate reports by TheWrap and Variety’s Justin Kroll, a bevy of talented thespians, along with some unusual choices, are up for the two female leads and the part of Newt’s male rival.
Saoirse Ronan, Dakota Fanning, Lili Simmons and Alison Sudol are all in consideration for the role of a character named Queenie, while Katherine Waterston, Elizabeth Debicki and Kate Upton are being looked at to play Queenie’s older sister Tina. Meanwhile, Steve Zissis, Zack Pearlman and Dan Fogler are apparently testing for the role of Jacob, Newt’s main rival in the field of magizoology. »
- Isaac Feldberg
De Niro stars as Ben Whittaker, a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Hathaway).
The film’s cast also features Rene Russo (“Thor”), Anders Holm (“Workaholics”), Andrew Rannells (“Girls”), Adam Devine (“Pitch Perfect”), Celia Weston (“No Reservations”), Nat Wolff (“The Fault in Our Stars”), Linda Lavin (“Wanderlust”), Zack Pearlman (“The Inbetweeners”), newcomer Jason Orley, and Christina Scherer (“Living with Uncle Charlie”).
- Melissa Thompson
From its new offices atop the tallest building in Burbank, Stx Entertainment literally towers over the competition.
Backlots at Warner Bros., Disney and Universal can be glimpsed from the windows of the start-up company’s gleaming headquarters. The view is emblematic of Stx’s immense ambitions — to carve out a place for itself as the next major Hollywood studio.
Stx was launched last year by film producer Robert Simonds and Tpg managing partner Bill McGlashan with a mission to fill a hole in an entertainment business that has become fixated on budget-busting superhero epics. Instead of cooking up its own answer to the Marvel universe, the studio plans to produce films in the $20 million to $80 million budget range with big-name actors. It aims to release as many as 15 films annually by 2017, and already has lined up projects with Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts, director Gary Ross and “The Purge” producer Jason Blum. »
- Brent Lang
There has been a pause in production for a little while after Johnny Depp sustained a hand injury, but Disney still has Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales on track for release a couple summers from now on July 7th, 2017. And even though Depp has been out of commission for a little but, enough was shot for Disney to begin teasing the film pretty early out with the first photo from the fifth installment of the high seas adventure series. Depp is the only recognizable actor in the picture, and he's wearing one of his signature goofy looks as Captain Jack Sparrow, who has found himself in some trouble. Here's the first look at Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales from Disney: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning (Kon-Tiki) and written by Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can, »
- Ethan Anderton
How much value do consumers place on the ability to see a film at home when it’s still playing in the theaters? Not as much as Hollywood would like, it appears.
According to a recent survey by Rbc Capital Markets, 87% of consumers said they would pay no more than $10 to see a movie on video-on-demand on the same day it is released in theaters — far less than the $60 one-time rental fee proposed by Universal in 2011 for “Tower Heist” (after a three-week hiatus, no less!), which prompted exhibitor outrage at the time.
Interest in seeing movies on video-on-demand doesn’t translate into a willingness to pay premium prices, according to the Rbc survey, which polled about 1,000 consumers. Just 7% of respondents were willing to pay $11-$15 for day-and-date VOD access; 4% were willing to pay $16-$20; and 3% were willing to pay $21 or more.
On the other hand, VOD windows within 90 days of »
- Todd Spangler
Kate Upton may have her eyes set on Hollywood and haute couture, but she still finds time for her bread-and-butter modeling. She poses in scantily clad outfits for fashion brand Express, wearing bikinis, swimsuits and summer items. You can feel the heat. Upton debuted on the big screen in 2011’s “Tower Heist” and also appeared in “The Three Stooges” as Sister Bernice. Her biggest role to date was in the 2014 film “The Other Woman” with Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann. ...Read More »
"People will always need guys like me, right?" Jason Statham is no longer The Transporter, and instead the franchise is going in a new direction with Ed Skrein as Frank Martin, the most skilled man in his dangerous profession, in The Transporter Refueled. Known to his employers only as "The Transporter," he will transport anything, no questions asked, always on time. Skrein is doing his best gruff, intimidating voice, but it comes off as a weak impersonation of Statham, and it just makes me miss him. All the ridiculous action is here, but without Statham, this just feels like a terrible straight-to-dvd sequel. Watch? Here's the first trailer for The Transporter Refueled, originally from Apple: The Transporter Refueled is directed by Camille Delamarre (Brick Mansions) and written by Bill Collage & Adam Cooper (Exodus: Gods & Kings, Tower Heist). This time, it's Ed Skrein ("Game of Thrones") inheriting the action franchise as Frank Martin, »
- Ethan Anderton
Eddie Murphy became a comedy legend during his early Eighties run on Saturday Night Live. But he hasn't graced the show's iconic stage since hosting an episode on December 15th, 1984 – months after leaving the series during Season Nine – with bad blood souring the relationship over the years. Now Murphy is making his long-awaited return for the series' three-hour 40th anniversary special, scheduled for February 15th. "It's just timing," the comedian-musician told News One in a recent interview. "It just never worked out where the timing was right for me to do it. »
The Maze Runner star Kaya Scodelario is in early talks to take on the female lead in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The news comes just one month after she was named as one of five finalists for the role, alongside Gabriella Wilde (Endless Love), Lucy Boynton (Miss Potter), Jenna Thiam (The Returned) and Alexandra Dowling (The Musketeers). The female lead role is said to be the main love interest for Brenton Thwaites' character, a British soldier who teams up with Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp).
Javier Bardem is also on board as the villainous Captain Brand, a ghost who seeks revenge against Jack for the death of his brother. Original Pirates of the Caribbean star Orlando Bloom also hinted last month that he may be back as Will Turner, and that Disney may be eyeing the project as a potential reboot of the entire franchise. »
While producer Jerry Bruckheimer has seemed pretty confident in the past that we'll see the mildly-anticipated Beverly Hills Cop 4 released in March 2016, Eddie Murphy himself isn't so confident. In a new interview with Rolling Stone to promote his Reggae single 'Oh Jah Jah', the comedian-turned-Rastafari revealed that the script for Beverly Hills Cop 4 isn't ready, and he refuses to make another bad sequel. Asked if he thought the franchise reboot was set to shoot soon, he replied:
"Nah, they still trying to get that script right. I'm not doing a 'Beverly Hills Cop' unless they have a really incredible script. I've read a couple things that look like they can make some paper. But I'm not doing a sh*tty movie just to make some paper. The sh*t got to be right."
Michigan Film Office spokeswoman Michelle Grinnell has a conflicting report, though. Back in June, »
We started this website back in 2007, and since then, the names of some sequels seem to come up with reasonable regularity, albeit with no sign of the film itself. And in the time we've been going, yet more names have added themselves to the list of follow-ups that are seemingly stuck in development hell.
With the new Ghostbusters film set to escape and become a real thing in the next year or two, here's just a sample of the other projects struggling to get off the ground (with one or two edging closer to a greenlight than others...)
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Film Music Reporter has news of two upcoming, high-profile scores and their composers.
Christophe Beck is behind the score to the Golden Globe- and Oscar-winning film Frozen. The Frozen soundtrack, certified platinum 11 weeks after its release, has sold more than one million copies, and spent five non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Beck returned to the Muppets in Muppets Most Wanted after scoring The Muppets in 2011. He’s also scored the blockbuster Hangover trilogy, Tower Heist, Due Date, Date Night and Pitch Perfect. He staged the drama for such films as We Are Marshall, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Elektra, The Sentinel, Under The Tuscan Sun, and indie films Year Of The Dog, Phoebe In Wonderland, Saved! and the award-winning documentary Waiting For Superman. »
- Melissa Thompson
19 items from 2015
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