18 items from 2013
Australian drama Secrets & Lies will air on Channel 5 in the UK, it has been announced.
The series follows the story of an everyday family man, whose life falls apart when he is accused of murdering a 4-year-old boy.
A six-part mini-series written by Stephen M Irwin, Channel 5 has said that the show will be at the cornerstone of its schedules in 2014.
Channel 5's head of acquisitions Katie Keenan said: "Channel 5 viewers love compelling, character-led drama packed with twists and turns. Secrets & Lies ticks all these boxes. We're thrilled to add it to our 2014 drama line-up."
The show launches in 2014 on Network Ten Australia.
Head of the network Rick Maier said: "This is a sensational early response and full credit to the cast and crew. We can't wait »
Odd List Simon Brew 22 Nov 2013 - 06:34
Ben Affleck's enjoyed a career resurgence as well as internet ire of late. Here's a look at a few of his underappreciated films...
Ben Affleck doesn't need us. He's got a directorial career of three strong movies from three outings. He has a movie star spouse. He has two Oscars, one for both his downstairs and upstairs toilet, and he gets to tell his kids that he's Batman without having to lie. Furthermore, it's scary to think how good the boxset of his directorial work is going to be in 30 years' time.
But the resurgence of the Affleck, culminating in his Best Picture winning movie Argo, and his casting as Batman in Batman Vs Superman, overlooks the fact that his CV is hardly short of really good films, really good choices, and some really good performances. Whilst most of the press he's »
Oh, Joe Carnahan, what are we going to do with you? The notoriously outspoken filmmaker has long been a fan favorite thanks to his films Narc, The A-team, Smokin' Aces, and The Grey which all elevate action movies above the rest of the crop. Well, except for The A-team. But Carnahan's involvement with a gritty potential Daredevil movie and the remake of Death Wish had movie fans excited to see what he would deliver next. Unfortunately, both projects are now in the hands of other studios »
- Alex Maidy
Gravity is your heir apparent to the box office crown this weekend, tracking indicating another easy victory, IMAX and 3-D dollars providing Warner Bros. with a winner. With the $80 million production budget already released, it's also a fairly simple exercise to project that Cuaron's latest film will have no problem getting to the $200 million worldwide that would indicate a profit. Why is my call of $44.9 million over trackingc Because I believe this is the rare film that heavily appeals to the female demographic as well, regardless of your personal feelings for Sandra Bullock. It's often noted that this is Alfonso Cuaron's first film since 2006's Children of Men, with the inference being how odd that is, but the numbers on the (admittedly great) Children of Men were pretty bleak: Children of Men Production Budget: $76 million (x2.5= $190 million) Worldwide Box Office: $70 million DVD Sales: $20 million Projected Loss: $100 million (not factoring in television rights, »
- Laremy Legel
Following up on an article we posted August 2012 about Ben Affleck acting in and directing a developing "Justice League" film, Sneak Peek footage from Affleck's past and upcoming films, to see if he has the chops to deliver the goods as Warners' next 'Batman', based on the DC Comics superhero, in director Zack Snyder's developing "Man Of Steel" sequel, with the working title "Batman Vs Superman".
Films include "Runner Runner", "Argo", "The Town", "To The Wonder", "The Company Men", "Hollywoodland", "State Of Play", "He's Just Not That Into You", "Smokin' Aces", "Gigli", "The Third Wheel" and "Daredevil".
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- Michael Stevens
I'm a big fan of director Joe Carnahan. I like the diversity of his filmography, and I've even had a blast with his panned pictures like Smokin' Aces and The A-Team. They're both action movies that have a lot of spark and lunacy to them, and his upcoming film Stretch seems to have the same kind of energy according to star Patrick Wilson. For those unfamiliar with the film, Wilson stars as "a down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back." The film is low-budget, but the cast includes Chris Pine (who worked with Carnahan on Smokin' Aces and was great), Ed Helms, Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Dekker, James Badge Dale, Shaun Toub, Ray Liotta, and David Hasselhoff. Hit the jump for the kind of craziness we can expect from the movie. Stretch opens March 21, 2014. We spoke to Wilson »
- Matt Goldberg
We reported in June that Patrick Wilson is starring as a man named Stretch, who takes a limo driver job to pay off his gambling debts. He picks up an eccentric billionaire (Chris Pine) who turns Stretch's life upside down, with Stretch agreeing to his every demand in hopes of scoring the huge tip he needs.
Shaun Toub is playing the owner of the limo company who hires Stretch, while David Hasselhoff and Ray Liotta are expected to cameo as themselves. Ed Helms, Brooklyn Decker, and James Badge Dale also star.
Before he landed the role of Captain Kirk in Star Trek, »
The casting process for Joe Carnahan's upcoming action comedy Stretch has mostly been about fun reunions between the director and former stars, including The A-Team's Patrick Wilson and Smokin' Aces' Chris Pine. But the newest addition to the production is not only a Carnahan first-timer, but also set to play one of the film's two biggest roles. Ed Helms, who was just seen wrapping up the end of the Hangover trilogy last month and returning as real estate agent James Carri in the fourth season of Arrested Development, has signed on to Stretch, which has been confirmed to be Carnahan's next film. The story centers on a unlucky limo driver - played by Wilson - who tries to work off a major debt by chauffeuring a mysterious billionaire around town. Things wind up going horribly wrong, however, and the two men end up going through a night of hell. »
Star Trek Into Darkness star Chris Pine is going to re-team with director Joe Carnahan for the comedy thriller Stretch. Before Pine became a big star, he worked with Carnahan on the action film Smokin' Aces. There's no word on whom Pine will play in the film, but hopefully it's a decent-sized role. The movie stars Patrick Wilson (Insidious) as "a down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back."
What's your favorite Pine movie role?
Source: The Wrap (https://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-post/chris-pine-stretch-joe-carnahan-exclusive-91511) »
- Joey Paur
I'm not sure if this is a story or not, it all depends on how Joe Carnahan's new action-thriller/comedy Stretch is set up as it focuses on a down-on-his-luck chauffeur played by Patrick Wilson (Insidious) who is attempting to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back. Low budget genre king Jason Blum and his newly formed Blumhouse Productions is launching Blumhouse International with the title at Cannes alongside Sinister 2 and to help bolster sales, Carnahan has cast Chris Pine (Star Trek Into Darkness) in a cameo role, reuniting the director with his Smokin' Aces co-star for the first time since Pine played one of the Tremor brothers in Carnahan's 2006 film. The question is to wonder whether Pine will be one of a series of cameos that steps into the backseat of Wilson's limo or simply be a passer-by »
- Brad Brevet
Chris Pine is back in theaters this weekend with "Star Trek Into Darkness," but don't expect him to jump back into the captain's chair for the likely third "Trek" adventure any time soon. According to THR, Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal are in early negotiations to join Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp in Rob Marshall's adaptation of the musical "Into the Woods." Pine and Gyllenhaal would play a pair of obnoxious and self-involved princes in the film, and for those wondering: yes, they will have to sing.
"Into the Woods" isn't the only big project Pine has on his radar. On Tuesday, TheWrap noted that Pine will make a cameo appearance in "Stretch," an indie comedy from director Joe Carnahan. Pine and Carnahan made "Smokin' Aces" together in 2006, back before Pine became a global star thanks to J.J. Abrams' 2009 "Star Trek" film.
This is to say nothing of Pine's »
- Christopher Rosen
The Wrap reports that Pine's role in the comedy thriller is being kept under wraps.
Wilson's character is described as a down-on-his-luck chauffeur who agrees to drive around a mysterious billionaire in a bid to get out of debt.
Pine will next appear in the title role in Kenneth Branagh's Jack Ryan reboot.
The story follows a chauffeur (Patrick Wilson) who starts working for a demanding billionaire. Filming aims to begin later this year.
The darkly comic mash-up of classic fairy tales revolves around a childless Baker and his wife, who attempt to lift a family curse by journeying into the woods to confront the witch (Meryl Streep) that put the spell on them.
Pine and Gyllenhaal reportedly sang for director Rob Marshall for their parts - »
- Garth Franklin
The Grey director Joe Carnahan is in talks to direct a big screen adaptation of Chuck Hogan's book Devils in Exile. The film will be called Sugar Bandits, and the author of the book also adapted the screenplay.
The story follows "an Iraq war vet named Neal Maven who is facing dead-end jobs and small futures in Boston. When he and some other soldiers team up in a scheme to rip off local drug dealers for profit, he soon finds his life in jeopardy. Doesn't help that he ends up sleeping with his employer's girlfriend, either."
This seems like a good project for Carnahan, who's also directed film like Smokin' Aces and The A-Team. His directing style should be a good fit for the adaptation. Hogan also wrote The Town, which Ben Affleck directed, as well as co-authored The Strain with Guillermo del Toro.
Here's a description of the »
- Joey Paur
Chuck Hogan is adapting his own novel "Devils in Exile" for the script, which centers on Iraq War veteran Neal Maven who is now living in Boston and stuck in dead-end jobs.
Maven and some other soldiers team up in a scheme to rip off local drug dealers, destroying the product and grabbing their money.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Old-school Vegas magic takes on new-school street magic in this Steve Carell comedy – but the best stuff is in the opening 20 minutes
The creepy-stroke-cheesy Vegas magician is in danger of becoming a stereotype. Jeremy Piven played one in Joe Carnahan's Smokin' Aces (2006), and Toby Kebbell was something similar in Jon Turteltaub's The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010). Now Steve Carell gets to play a permatanned illusionist in this comedy written by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley. It's funnier and more likable than their previous script, Horrible Bosses. Carell is Burt Wonderstone, who has a big-haired Las Vegas double act with his old friend, Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi). His desperately old-school act and his self-belief are put under extreme pressure by a fashionable badass street magician, Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), and Wonderstone must reach down deep inside himself to see if the magic is still there. As ever with comedies like this, »
- Peter Bradshaw
What is beginning to make 'Movie 43' look like a significantly small cast list is Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' sequel. No less that another trio of stars have joined the comic book adaption which is quite frankly already jam packed with talented performers left, right and centre. Ray Liotta ('Identity'), Jeremy Piven ('Smokin' Aces') and the sexy Juno Temple ('Maleficent') have been signed up to fill the apparent spaces already surrounded by one heck of a damn fine cast that includes Josh Brolin ('Planet Terror'), Joseph Gordon-Levit ('Looper'), Mickey Rourke, Jamie Chung, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Jessica Alba, Playboy hottie Crystal McCahill and Dennis Haysbert to name but a few. »
Violent, witty and peppered with references to past pop culture, Tarantino's film-making style has its own dictionary entry. Do any other modern directors have the same clout?
Tarantinoesque (adj) – referring to or reminiscent of the work of the American film-maker and actor Quentin Tarantino (born 1963), known for the violence and wit of his films.
No one these days, not even the Collins English Dictionary, doubts how influential Tarantino has been over his 21-year career. Any lippy thriller featuring pop culture-fried dialogue and flip violence in the wake of Reservoir Dogs – 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag, The 51st State, the works of Guy Ritchie – were branded you know what. And, impressively, it cemented into an enduring idiom: Joe Carnahan was still painting from the palette in 2007's Smokin' Aces, and reviewers were handing out the Tarantinoesque badge, a touch dog-eared now, as late as this Christmas gone, to Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths. »
- Phil Hoad
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