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Michael Peña (The Martian, Ant-man, Fury) has signed on as the starring lead in the action-thriller The Worker for Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield’s production outfit, The Combine, and Content Media. Dan Bradley (Red Dawn) is directing the film from a screenplay by Kyle Rankin.
Producers are The Combine’s Academy Award® nominee Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, The Avengers, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation) and Don Handfield (The Founder, Knightfall, Kill The Messenger) and Content Media’s Tom Butterfield. Peña will executive produce through his Strata Films banner, with Philip G. Flores.
Content Media will handle international sales for The Worker and introduce the project to distributors for the first time at the European Film Market (Efm) in Berlin next month. CAA will represent the film’s N. American distribution rights.
The Worker is Taken meets Bourne – equipped with spectacular gun fights, car chases and lethal hand-to-hand combat, »
- Joseph Medina
I’m a sucker for films that hold the “Inspired by True Events” stamp on them. Sure, most of them are Very far from what the source crime happened to be, but still, it’s the quickest way to instantly get under my skin for a terrifying time. It’s with that approach that filmmaker Adam Mason’s Hangman sets genre fans up for a big scare, telling the story of a couple being stalked by an intruder and the events that follow. Led by Amy Smart (The Butterfly Effect, Crank, Road Trip), Jeremy Sisto (Wrong Turn, TV’s “Wicked City”) and Kate Ashfield (Shaun of the Dead, The War Zone, Secret Smile), Hangman is set to hit DVD/Bluray on February 9th, via Alchemy.
Returning from vacation, the Miller family find their home has been broken into. After cleaning up the mess they continue with their lives, shaking off the feeling of being violated. »
- Jerry Smith
This is definitely the time of year when film critic types (I’m sure you know who I mean) spend an inordinate amount of time leading up to awards season—and it all leads up to awards season, don’t it?—compiling lists and trying to convince anyone who will listen that it was a shitty year at the movies for anyone who liked something other than what they saw and liked. And ‘tis the season, or at least ‘thas (?) been in the recent past, for that most beloved of academic parlor games, bemoaning the death of cinema, which, if the sackcloth-and-ashes-clad among us are to be believed, is an increasingly detached and irrelevant art form in the process of being smothered under the wet, steaming blanket of American blockbuster-it is. And it’s going all malnourished from the siphoning off of all the talent back to TV, which, as everyone knows, »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Fast & Furious 8 is set to be the first big Hollywood movie to film in Cuba for half a century...
This time around, the director's going to be F Gary Gray, who last helmed the smash hit Straight Outta Compton. He was also the director on The Italian Job remake that came out in 2003. He knows his brum brums.
There had already been reports that Fast & Furious 8 was set to film in New York. But now we learn too that the movie is likely to be set in part in Cuba.
As Universal officially confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter, "Universal Pictures is currently in the process seeking approval from the United States and Cuban governments to explore shooting »
Den of Geek doesn't usually accept five minute interview slots, as it’s not really enough time to conduct an interview in. But when the opportunity for this one arose, we decided to make an exception. In this case, I can do something with five minutes. Aren’t five Tarantino minutes the equivalent to ten minutes with most other interview subjects? And, most importantly, how else are we going to find out his favourite Jason Statham film?
So we sat down with the director, and someone with a stopwatch who would make sure we didn’t run over our five minutes. Here’s how it went.
Quentin Tarantino: Is that a vintage Ninja Turtle shirt?
Den of Geek: It’s a new shirt, but it is the original comic book art on there. »
5 items from 2016
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