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When it comes to a film starring Jason Statham, you almost always know what you’re getting into before the opening credits even begin rolling. The British actor is about as bankable as they come, and following a string of balls-to-the-wall performances in The Expendables, Crank and The Transporter, Statham — or “The Stath,” if you prefer — has grown into a bona fide action star, and his latest role is no different.
Starring as an ex-marine with a crippling gambling addiction, Statham is set to topline Simon West’s Wild Card, a revenge tale situated within Sin City itself. In essence, the film is a remake William Goldman’s novel Heat — no, not that Heat — which originally arrived back in 1986, but thanks to a number of production issues that included director changeovers, the thriller was never given a chance in the limelight.
And so, with West and Statham both on board »
- Michael Briers
Exclusive: Reverse gay-bullying drama Love Is All You Need? has bolstered its cast as filming continues in La. Suburgatory‘s Jeremy Sisto, Ugly Betty‘s Ana Ortiz, Deception‘s Katherine La Nasa, Trophy Wife‘s Jenica Bergere, and Drumline‘s Leonard Roberts have joined Briana Evigan, Emily Osment, and Kyla Kennedy in the film set in a world where being gay is the norm and heterosexual persons are bullied. Director Kim Rocco Shields has also tapped Pretty Little Liars‘ Tyler Blackburn for a lead role playing Ryan, the journalist who strikes up a forbidden romance with Evigan’s star quarterback. The feature is based on the provocative short film of the same name that scored over 45 million hits on YouTube. Blackburn, Ortiz, and Sisto are repped by The Gersh Agency. La Nasa is repped by Paradigm. Bergere is repped by Innovative. Roberts is repped by Michael Greene.
Hawaiian model and »
- Jen Yamato
The Digital Era: Real-time Films From 2000 To Today
40 years before, in 1960, lighter cameras enabled a cinéma vérité-flavored revolution in street realism. By 2000, new digital cameras suggested a whole new set of promises, including telling stories that would have been unimaginable within minimum budgets for features even ten years before. In 2000, film purists warned that digital still didn’t look as good as celluloid, but that didn’t stop at least three innovative filmmakers from boldly going where no filmmaker had gone before. Mike Figgis’ Timecode (2000) was the first star-supported (Salma Hayek, Stellan Skarsgard, Holly Hunter, among many others) single-shot project since Rope, underlining that earlier film’s timelessness. If Run Lola Run could do one story three times, then Timecode would do three or four stories one time: the movie is four separate ninety-minute shots shown all at the same time, each in one quadrant of the screen. Where do you look? »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
Exclusive: Danny Masterson has joined Pierce Brosnan in the thriller feature Urge as cameras get set to roll this month in New York. Producer Aaron Kaufman (Machete Kills, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, Chef) is making his directorial debut with the film, about a group of friends on holiday on an island who get caught up in a dangerous new designer drug that makes them lose their ability to control their urges. Masterson will play Neal, the cutthroat but secretly lonely hedge fund tycoon who treats his friends to the island getaway. The That ’70s Show alum, who most recently starred on TBS’s comedy series Men At Work, is also producing Urge alongside Skip Williamson (Underworld) and Mark Neveldine (Crank) who are producing through their Blackmrkt Incorporated banner. Bridgeworks Media Capital, Tci and Tresoro Ventures are backing the project, with Tim Smith, Alastair Burlingham, Lee Vandermolen, Yoram Barzilai, »
- Jen Yamato
Unless you’re Sherman Howard, not many actors get to play a zombie and still talk of their character. Aubrey Plaza gets to do both in Life After Beth, a zom-rom-com as deep as Daniel Radcliffe’s eyes.
Den Of Geek interviewed her during the Edinburgh International Film Festival, where we both left a lot of awkward pauses.
What’s your favourite zombie movie?
…I like all zombie movies. Uh…Night Of The Living Dead. That’s my favourite one.
Have you ever been to Edinburgh for the Fringe?
No. I…someone…people lied to me and told me the Fringe Festival was going on right now, »
Some films keep entertaining us even as the final credits roll. Here are some hidden treats at the end of 16 movies...
We've talked in the past about the current trend for stings at the end of movie credits - we once put together a list of 50 of our favourites. But that's not what this article is about. Instead, inspired by a quite wonderful scene midway through the credits of The Boxtrolls, we've been hunting around for extra goodies that you may have missed in other films. Some of these are just lines of text, others are far more substantial. But also, none of them are new or extended scenes - at least in the strictest sense.
There are inevitable spoilers for one or two things ahead, but we've tried to keep the headers as spoiler-free as possible so you can skip to the next entry if you want to. Let's start with The Boxtrolls, »
This weekend will see the release of The Expendables 3, the latest in a series featuring all your favorite action stars from the 80s and 90s in the same movie. This series is a one trick pony – all your favorite action stars from the past reuniting to relive their collective glory days – but it is a trick I’d happily watch for seven more films. I remember when the first film came out I told my dad I went to see it and loved it, and when he asked what it was I just named the cast. He remarked that that movie would sound cool if it was made in the 90s. I replied oblivious to the dig with “Yeah, it’s awesome, right?” – The fact that these were all action heroes past their prime was the point.
One of the reasons why I enjoy writing and thinking about the »
- Dylan Griffin
How do you rank perfection? Duncan has a go, as he lists the top 25 Jason Statham films...
For regular Den Of Geek readers, it will come as little surprise to see this list come round. We've chosen our favourite Statham films before, but such is the productivity of the great man, it was decided that a mere top ten was no longer large enough to contain his ever growing body of work. Last time I mentioned updating this piece to the man himself back in 2012 due to his insane workload, he cracked up and responded, “My productivity is overwhelming! 'Have a fucking day off!'”
Since this list has now expanded to encompass 25 of his movies, it seemed only right to include multiple sequels, with his big trio of action franchises all spawning some thoroughly entertaining fare worthy of mention, though I’ve tried to exclude the personal bias that »
After storming Hollywood’s gates, Sylvester Stallone’s Expendables franchise has become more event than movie, as his third film cobbles together a script with blockbuster appeal being the only intent. The more characters Sly can dream up, the more opportunities he has to include A-list action names, making The Expendables 3 a bit of a genre fan’s wet dream – if it were the 1980s.
Collectively, there’s a catalog of asskickery including Predator, Indiana Jones, Rambo, Blade, Desperado, Crank and So many other well-known brofests of sleeve-ripping proportion, but a question of expiration dates comes into play when looking at such an undeniably awesome cast of old-schoolers. Fortunately, Stallone agrees that the times are a-changing, so he enlists a team of fresh young talents who don’t respect past methodologies such as running and gunning, brute machismo, and self-punishment – until these young whippersnappers find themselves in trouble and »
- Matt Donato
There’s just no point in even bothering. In the vast conspiracy of stupidity that has overtaken pop culture, the disparagement of this movie by a film critic becomes an endorsement of a sad, twisted sort. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): the franchise had worn out whatever welcome it might have had before the end of the first movie
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
There’s just no point in even bothering. I could huff and puff and moan and groan and explain why The Expendables 3 is a terrible excuse for a movie… even for a dumb cheesy 80s-throwback action movie. I could go into great detail about the laziness of the writing, about how perfunctory the directing is, about the blatant obvious cheapness of the FX.
It doesn’t matter. There is nothing I can say that will »
- MaryAnn Johanson
What's going on with Russia lately? During the Sochi Olympics, they earned rightful heat for their anti-gay beliefs. But as it turns out, that might be part of an even-greater effort to restrict western influence on their country. And now, that effort is reaching into films: despite 70% of their economy coming from American movies, they're going to start minding their language. THR reveals that Russia has actually banned foul language from all films. Repeat: they have banned all foul language. That means no Anthony Hopkins in Nixon yelling "Cocksucker!" That means no John Goodman in The Big Lebowski yelling, "This is what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass!" That means no Edi Gathegi saying Jason Statham should try "that Haitian shit" in Crank. And that means no Samuel L. Jackson saying, "English, motherfucker, do you speak it?" in Pulp Fiction. Heck, that basically means no more Samuel »
Last week, we toddled along to the press conference for The Expendables III, mainly to enjoy the sight of many of our action heroes sat in a line. We've been to press conferences for each of the films. and once again, Sylvester Stallone fielded the majority of the queries (although that obviously defies logic here at Den Of Geek when Jason Statham is sat in the same room as us).
Alongside Stallone and The Statham were Wesley Snipes, who breezily quipped his way through any question sent his way, Antonio Banderas (who we’ll have a full interview with soon), producer Avi Lerner and newcomer/Twilight alumni Kellan Lutz.
Of interest among the usual array of questions that vary from good to weird? Well, when asked if the toned down violence was intentional Sly »
With the release of The Expendables 3 fast approaching, a handful of the cast sat down to discuss the film, their numerous injuries, the team spirit and their most memorable moments. You can read our review here.
Question: Which was the worst injury you suffered while making this film?
Kellan Lutz: (laughs) I mean, we just do stunts. We had motors blowing up in our faces. I didn’t get hurt on anything. I had to learn how to use a motorcycle, so I dropped that a few times over a tank, but that’s about it.
Antonio Banderas: I got injured the first take that I did in the movie. I carried on with the movie but I didn’t say that because I didn’t want them to think that I was getting older. But it was running up the roof to the helicopter – the first shot, »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
We talk to the director of Guardians Of The Galaxy about working with Marvel, 70s music, and the mysterious end credits stinger...
Having made his name as an indie writer and director, James Gunn was given the reins to Guardians Of The Galaxy, Marvel's first new cinematic property since 2011's Captain America. Although seen as an uncertain prospect, Guardians has received almost universally positive praise.
So, the reviews came in last night. I assume you've had time to at least glanced at them?
I've looked fleetingly at them. I know the gist.
It's great! I don't know, it's weird. It's uncomfortable. I'm excited that people go to see the movie and like it. But reading reviews is weird for me. »
Around these parts, Kevin Feige is a man who needs little introduction. As the president of Marvel Studios he holds more power and cinematic sway over the hearts and minds of geeks worldwide than most. For Feige is the man who’s in charge of the Marvel movie master plan that has seen the studio go from taking a boom or bust gamble when it made the first Iron Man, to box office dominance and critical success, while achieving the biggest and most unique multi-film crossover ever when The Avengers hit the big screen back in 2012.
Demon this. Possession that. Even the devil is overstaying his welcome at the box office lately. Maybe that's why Lionsgate has decided to hold back its latest evil-laden film, The Vatican Tapes, until February 27, 2015.
The Vatican Tapes follows the haunting tale of 27-year-old Angela Holmes, who accidentally cuts her finger and ends up in the emergency room. Infection leads to erratic behavior, and she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Priests examine Holmes and believe she is possessed, but when The Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than they imagined.
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- Steve Barton
Summit announced last night Child 44, the new film from Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Vincent Cassel, will hit theaters on April 17, 2015. Hope you weren't counting on it being a major Oscar contender. Mark Neveldine (Crank) has revealed his new film, The Vatican Tapes will hit theaters on February 27, 2015. Starring Michael Pena, Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott, Kathleen Robertson and Olivia Dudley the horror film follows the haunting tale of 27-year-old Angela Holmes, played by 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. »
- Brad Brevet
When the Vatican brings out the heavy artillery and officially sends two priests to handle an exorcism, you know they mean business… and so does the demon they’ve been sent to face. This latest spiritual showdown is at the center of director Mark Neveldine’s upcoming film, The Vatican Tapes, which just received a release date.
Neveldine announced via Twitter that The Vatican Tapes will hit theaters on February 27th, 2015. A frequent collaborator with filmmaker Brian Taylor (they co-directed Crank, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, and two other films) Neveldine makes his solo directing debut with The Vatican Tapes. Here’s the synopsis (courtesy of ComingSoon.net):
“The Vatican Tapes follows the haunting tale of 27-year-old Angela Holmes, played by 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 (Peña), examines »
- Derek Anderson
We don't have long to wait until the next demon possession drama hits theatres. Director Mark Neveldine, making his solo directing debut with The Vatican Tapes, announced last night that this horror thriller will be in theaters this winter.
The Vatican Tapes. February 27, 2015.
— Mark Neveldine (@markneveldine) July 15, 2014
Mark Neveldine made a name for himself with the adrenaline fueled cinematic expressions he crafted alongside longtime partner Brian Taylor. Together, the duo created the infamous Crank franchise starring Jason Statham. They also helmed the Marvel sequel Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance and the cult action favorite Gamer.
The Vatican Tapes follows the haunting tale of 27-year-old Angela Holmes, played by 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 (Michael Peña), examines Holmes and believes she is possessed, but when Vicar Imani (Djimon Hounsou »
Two new release dates were announced today: Summit scheduled Child 44 starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, and Joel Kinnaman for release on April 17, 2015. Director Mark Neveldine (Crank) announced his next feature The Vatican Tapes opens February 27, 2015. More on both projects after the jump. Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) directed the adaptation of the Tom Rob Smith novel, Child 44. Vincent Cassel, Paddy Considine, Jason Clarke, Josef Altin, Sam Spruell, Ned Dennehy, Dev Patel, and Nikolaj Lie Kaas co-star. Here's the official synopsis: Based on the first novel in author Tom Rob Smith’s best-selling trilogy, Child 44 tells the story of a man fighting to reclaim his humanity from a system that requires him to sacrifice it in order to survive. Michael Peña, Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott, Kathleen Robertson, Peter Andersson, Olivia Dudley, John Patrick Amedori, Cas Anvar, and Alex Sparrow star in The Vatican Tapes. The story centers »
- Brendan Bettinger
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