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Jason Statham has destroyed more villainous goons than we’ve had hot (and cold) dinners - and we're greedy buggers. He’s back repeating the trick in Paul Feig/Melissa McCarthy espionage action-comedy, Spy. This time, however, he’s playing things for laughs. A new clip from the film showcases his rather insecure agent and comes off like Alan Partridge channelling Daniel Craig's 007. Job done.brightcove.createExperiences();“This arm has been ripped off completely and reattached with this fucking arm,” he barks, desperately asserting his badass credentials in a way that would raise at least one Chev Chelios eyebrow.Statham, who plays a temper-fuelled spy called Rick Ford, has been on Feig’s wishlist since Lock, Stock and more specifically, those two Crank movies. “When people read the Statham role they assumed I’d go for someone like Will Ferrell, but I felt that it had to be the real guy, »
Tonight, the first series of Caitlin and Caroline Moran's sitcom, Raised By Wolves, comes to an end. Heavily inspired and based on their own adventures growing up in the West Midlands - although this particular writer veers geographically more towards Dudley than Wolverhampton - the six episodes have also given Rebekah Staton in particular a standout role as the kind of mum telly doesn't get very often.
Ahead of the series finale tonight, Caroline put down her pen/quill/word processor/Game Of Thrones boxset to spare us some time to talk about it...
It's a basic question, perhaps, but I'm interested in the answer. How has it been having your own sitcom on the television for the past month? How closely are you monitoring feedback and reaction to it? »
Angela Holmes is ordinary 27-year- old until she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death.
Holmes is examined and possession is suspected, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than ever imagined. It’s all up to Father Lozano (Michael Peña) to wage war for more than just Angela’s soul, but for the world as we know it.
- Michelle McCue
A spiritual showdown between Father Lozano (Michael Peña) and a powerful demon takes center stage in director Mark Neveldine's (Crank, Crank: High Voltage) The Vatican Tapes. The official poster for the exorcism film has been revealed, giving us a glimpse of what this satanic entity is capable of.
"The Vatican Tapes follows the ultimate battle between good and evil- God versus Satan. Angela Holmes is an ordinary 27-year- old until she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Holmes is examined and possession is suspected, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than ever imagined. It’s all up to Father Lozano (Michael PEÑA) to wage war for more than just Angela’s soul, but for the world as we know it."
Directed by Mark Neveldine from »
- Derek Anderson
I’m not going to lie – I had a pretty good time at South by Southwest this year. Between seeing some of tomorrow’s hottest films (The Final Girls/Turbo Kid) and interviewing names that have been on my journalistic hit-list for years (Ryan Gosling), Austin really hit the spot, but the festival’s biggest surprise came in the form of Paul Feig’s new espionage comedy, Spy.
Starring Melissa McCarthy, I wasn’t completely sold on how her bumbling secret agent would stack up against previous films cut from the same spandex cloth, but my expectations were immediately trounced by Feig’s witty screenplay and McCarthy’s ability to play off her supporting cast. As a fan of the actress, this made me very, very happy.
- Matt Donato
Jason Statham will be in cinemas twice this Summer - first with the just opened "Furious 7," and then in June in Paul Feig's comedy "Spy". During press rounds for the films this week though, he spoke about two other franchises he has been a part of.
First up, "Crank". Statham starred in two films in the series, and the actor says that he hopes to do a third despite his character's apparent immolation at the end of the second film. He tells EW:
"I'd love to do Part 3, put it that way... We've been talking for years about Crank 3. The first Crank, for me, was such a great experience. It's a wacky few weeks that you have with such talented directors [Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor].
There's no rules when you're doing the Crank movies. We just keep going: 'How are we going to get this off the ground?' They have a loose idea. »
- Garth Franklin
This will be a big summer for Jason Statham. He has Furious 7 opening today, where he'll get to show his villainous side. And then he'll get to display his comedic chops in the Paul Feig directed Spy starring opposite Melissa McCarthy. Talking to EW about both projects, the action icon reveals that he still very much wants to make Crank 3.
Those who saw Crank didn't think there was any way they could make Crank High Voltage. But somehow Jason Statham's now legendary Chev Chelios survived a fall from a helicopter. If you've seen the movies, you know Chev has to keep moving to stay alive, which sends him on a race for his life. The second installment ended with Chev seemingly burning to a crisp. Following that up has proven to be a challenge, but they'll get their someday. About the movie, Jason Statham says:
"We've been talking »
With Furious 7 set to make an eye-watering amount of money over the next few days, Jason Statham has decided that this is the pristine time to reveal that he wants to make a third Crank film. During his chat with Entertainment Weekly Jason Statham confirmed that he has been pining for Crank 3 for years. In fact the English actor even gave an update on what the status is for the potential film. Statham revealed, "They have a loose idea." But he admitted that the film.s writers and directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor haven.t actually written a script for the film yet. But what are the chances that Crank 3 will actually happen? Well the first Crank film grossed $42 million from a relatively modest budget of $12 million, which was enough to convince Lionsgate to order a sequel that actually proved to be a financial disappointment. Its budget was »
Jason Statham has made a bunch of movies in his career but few can rival the sheer fun of Crank. Both films are off the wall crazy and the closest thing to an adrenaline rush you can get from a motion picture. With participation in multiple franchises, the Crank series is one that the actor would be happy to revisit. There has been talk of a follow-up to Crank: High Voltage for years but Entertainment Weekly got this update from Statham as they discussed his role in Furious 7. »
- Alex Maidy
With several new members added to its cast, cameras are now rolling on Officer Downe, the feature film adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name from Man of Action/Image Comics. Also included in our latest round-up are details on Anchor Bay Entertainment's I Spit On Your Grave: Vengeance is Mine and a look at a new Freddy Krueger-inspired ice cream cone print from Cavity Colors.
Officer Downe: Press Release - "Officer Downe co-creator/screenwriter/producer Joe Casey (Ben 10/Marvel's Avengers Assemble), director/producer Shawn "Clown" Crahan (Slipknot), and producers Man of Action Entertainment (I Kill Giants, The Great Unknown, Big Hero 6 character/team creators), Skip Williamson (Underworld), Mark Neveldine (Crank), Cole Payne (Downloading Nancy) and Cory Brennan (Slipknot manager) have cast Tyler Ross (Zombieland, American Milkshake) as Officer Gable opposite previously announced lead, Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy), in the independent film that »
- Derek Anderson
Den Of Geek is proud to announce the launch of its first-ever print magazine spin-off...
For some time now, many people have been asking us when we're going to take the leap with Den Of Geek. When are we going to launch a magazine to go with our award-losing website?
Well, we're proud as punch to finally take the covers of something we've been working on for a long, long time.
Today, we reveal Statham User, a new monthly magazine dedicated to the high priest of British action cinema himself. Each month, we'll be analysing the key issues in the Jason Statham Cinematic Universe, as well as bringing together a winning collection of puzzles, gossip and readers' own Statham artwork. We'll also be running a regular monthly picture competition, where we freeze frame the aftermath of a Statham fight scene, and ask you to spot the balls. We'll be giving »
An ancient evil is unleashed in a trailer for The Vatican Tapes.
The horror movie depicts a demonic reckoning, thousands of years in the making, manifesting itself in modern times.
The Vatican Tapes opens on May 22 in the Us. No UK release date has been set. »
There are some excellent videogame-influenced movies out there. They're just not based on videogames...
No, no, this isn’t a list of the worst movies ever made. It’s a choice selection of films from the last 20 years that have been based on videogames. And as you can see, it makes for grim reading. But why is that?
But before we get into that, some brief history.
“Videogames can never be art.”
Despite the huge success of the gaming industry, which is now the most profitable form of entertainment, videogames are still seen an inferior art form. The late, great Roger Ebert famously kicked a beehive in 2010 when he proclaimed that “Videogames can never be art.”, Long story short, »
If you’re as big a Crank fan as I am, you don’t let a chance to ask Jason Statham about Crank 3 pass you by. Being the lucky son-of-a-bitch that I am, I had such an opportunity this past weekend while attending the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, where the action star was promoting Paul Feig’s new espionage comedy, Spy.
We’re not here to talk about that film though, because all my thoughts about Feig’s (very funny) movie can be found in my upcoming review. No, we’re here to talk about Crank 3, a film that Mark Neveldine said “is going to happen,” and that “the studios are really excited about – it’s just just all about timing.” But that was in 2011. And it’s now some four years later, with no signs of a Crank 3 in sight. As an anxious, frustrated fan, I »
- Matt Donato
Today we have the first trailer for the upcoming "The Vatican Tapes" horror thriller, starring Michael Pena, Djimon Hounsou, Olivia Dudley, Dougray Scott, Peter Andersson and Kathleen Robertson. Check it out below. Plot: The story follows the haunting tale of 27-year-old Angela Holmes (Dudley), an ordinary girl who begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close to her, causing serious injury and death. The local priest, Father Lozano (Pena), examines Holmes and believes she is possessed, but when Vicar Imani (Hounsou) and Cardinal Bruun (Andersson) are called from the Vatican to exorcise the demon, it proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than they imagined. The new movie is directed by Mark Neveldine, half of the team behind "Crank," "Gamer" and "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance." It's set to hit theaters on May 22nd. Trailer: »
The most interesting thing about The Vatican Tapes is that Mark Neveldine has directed the film, independent of his Crank and Ghost Rider partner, Brian Taylor. He seems to be a lot more even tempered on his own. Not one shot in this appears to have been shot by a chimpanzee on roller blades or hyperactive ferret on a bungee cord. Crank 3 it is not.
You would be forgiven for thinking that was one of Jason Blum’s pictures, but it’s from Lionsgate, the other guys singing from the cheap horror hymn sheet.
But I stand by my comment that the most interesting thing is something from behind the scenes. Everything we see or hear in that trailer was utterly bereft of surprise, controversy or dramatic imperative. It looks like the kind of film I could easily sleep through – the perfect bit of programming for 5am in an all-night horror marathon. »
- Brendon Connelly
Exorcism movies are a sub-genre of horror that’s constantly being mined for new ideas, despite the lack of new perspective on the tired topic. William Friedkin’s definitive film on the subject landed over 40 years ago and has yet to face any serious competition, but could that be about to change? The latest entry into the niche hails from Mark Neveldine, whose forthcoming horror The Vatican Tapes tackles the perils of having one’s body invaded by a nasty demon.
In this case, that unfortunate circumstance is bestowed upon 27-year-old Angela Holmes, played by Olivia Dudley. A seemingly ordinary girl, she starts to realize that her very being causes those around her to either suffer from hideous injuries.
- Gem Seddon
"Norman, stop being dramatic. You're just used to being home, but you've got to rip off that bandage and just go." In our latest video round-up, we take a look at a tense return to school for Norman on the upcoming third season of A&E's Bates Motel—a mother/son moment that's far from anything you'll see on the Hallmark channel. Also featured is the first trailer for Crank and Crank: High Voltage co-director Mark Neveldine's The Vatican Tapes and two clips from Crackle's Dead Rising: Watchtower, the zombie film adaptation of the popular video game franchise.
- Derek Anderson
Another year, another exorcism movie. You might think audiences would already be tired of Hollywood serving one half-baked exorcism movie after another, but the bottom line is that people keep buying tickets, and if budgets are low enough, and profit margins continue to be decent, they'll keep making them. And so, here we are with "The Vatican Tapes." Mark Neveldine, co-director of those "Crank" movies, is at the helm, with Michael Pena starring as a priest who faces a tough case of demon possession, and blah, blah, blah, good and evil must battle again. Yep, there are jump scares and a young woman doing freaky/scary things — the usual ingredients of latter day exorcism movies. Of course, the only thing missing is an original idea, but we're sure everyone got a nice paycheck and access to a good craft services table during the shoot. "The Vatican Tapes" arrives on May 22nd. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Possession movies are a dime a dozen and they really have to offer something unique to get my attention, even though I do have a soft spot for religious thrillers. The appeal of The Vatican Tapes is more straight forward than most: director Mark Neveldine.
One half of the directing duo of Neveldine/Taylor, the guys behind Crank and Gamer among others, Neveldine is taking it solo this time around directing this thriller starring Olivia Dudley as Angela, a 20 something typical girl who becomes possessed by an evil entity. The local priest Father Lozano (Michael Peña) enlists the help of the Vatican who sends over Vicar Imani (Djimon Hounsou) and Cardinal Bruun (Peter Andersson) to help with the exorcism but things really go south when Imani and Bruun discover t [Continued ...] »
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