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S Korea's Showbox hails 'Taxi Driver'

10 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Song Kang-ho to star in story of a Korean taxi driver who accompanies a German journalist reporting on the 1980 Gwangju Massacre.

South Korea’s Showbox has picked up Taxi Driver (working title) starring top Korean actor Song Kang-ho (The Attorney, Snowpiercer) for local distribution and world sales.

Based on a true story that happened during the 1980 Gwangju Democratization Movement - a.k.a. the Gwangju Massacre, when the military regime declared martial law and slaughtered protestors in the Southern city, the film is directed by Jang Hun, whose credits include Secret Reunion, Rough Cut and The Front Line.

Song plays a Korean taxi driver who accompanies a German journalist who smuggles into the city to report on the scenes and relay the news to the world.

Thomas Kretschmann from The Pianist, King Kong and Wanted is set to feature alongside Song, who previously worked with Jang on Secret Reunion.

The film, in »

- hjnoh2007@gmail.com (Jean Noh)

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Common, Xu Qing Join Ethan Hawke’s ’24 Hours to Live’

10 May 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actor-musician, Common and Chinese actress Xu Qing have joined Ethan Hawke in the cast of thriller “24 Hours to Live.” To be directed by Brian Smrz, the film starts production in South Africa next month.

The announcement was made by China’s Fundamental Films, which is fully financing the movie and has distribution rights in China, and by Basil Iwanyk’s production company Thunder Road Pictures.

Common, who recently won an original song Academy Award with John Legend for “Selma,” has had film roles including “Run All Night” and “Wanted.” Xu (aka Summer Xu) started her film career in Chen Kaige’s “Life on a String” and was recently seen in “Looper” and hit comedy drama “Mr Six.”

Scripted by Zachary Dean and based on an original story from Ron Mita and Jim McClain, “24 Hours to Live” follows a career assassin who is given a chance at redemption after his employer »

- Patrick Frater

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Mark Millar and Stuart Immonen’s Empress heading to the big screen

4 May 2016 12:03 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Another week, another Mark Millar comic heading to the big screen. According to THR, the latest of Millar’s books headed to the silver screen is Empress, which just hit comic book store shelves in April.

Empress, which Millar co-created with artist Stuart Immonen, centers on the wife of a galactic dictator who decides to leave her evil husband and take her three children – ages 15, 10, and 18 months – with her to her home world. Needless to say, he isn’t happy about the idea, and sends his armies after her. The comic includes dinosaurs fighting in gladiator arenas and lots of cool sci-fi stuff, so it could lead to a pretty fun film adaptation.

The story is only the latest in a string of Millar-created projects that are in various stages of development. Just last week, Waypoint Entertainment bought the rights for Supercrooks and American Jesus, while titles like Huck, Chrononauts, »

- James Garcia

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"Supercrooks" and "American Jesus" to The Big Screen

27 April 2016 7:17 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Comic book writer Mark Millar of "Wanted", "Kick-Ass" and "Kingsman: The Secret Service" fame, reports that his creator-owned 'Millarworld' comic book properties "American Jesus" and "Supercrooks" have now been optioned by Waypoint Entertainment and Addictive Pictures to develop for the big screen:

"The level of talent we’re talking about behind the camera has us all ridiculously excited," said Millar about "American Jesus" and "Supercrooks. "Fans of the books are in for an absolute treat."

Millar is also noted as the creator of Marvel Comics' "Civil War", that has been adapted into "Captain America: Civil War"...

...plus the comic book properties "Huck", "Empress", "Superior", "Chrononauts" and "Starlight" that are in various stages of film development.

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- Michael Stevens

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Waypoint picks up two Mark Millar properties

26 April 2016 4:55 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ken Kao and Dan Kao will partner with Addictive Pictures to produce under their first-look deal.

Waypoint Entertainment has acquired rights to American Jesus and Supercrooks from Mark Millar, the comic book writer behind original properties Wanted, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and Kick-Ass.

The Kaos will serve as producers alongside Addictive’s Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder.

American Jesus was drawn by artist Peter Gross and centres on a 12-year-old boy who realises he is the second coming of Jesus Christ sent to save earth

Leinil Francis Yu illustrated Supercrooks, a comic heist story about eight super-villains who attempt to rob the world’s most notorious crime boss.

Millar has worked on comic books including Captain America: Civil War, and The Ultimates.

“I only come to La one week a year and do all my meetings in the pub during those seven days every September,” said Millar.

“On my most recent trip I met these guys and »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Waypoint Developing Two Movies From ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Author

26 April 2016 12:29 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Waypoint Entertainment has acquired movie rights to “American Jesus” and “Supercrooks” — both written by Mark Millar, who authored the “Captain America: Civil War” series.

Waypoint Entertainment’s Ken Kao (“The Nice Guys”) will produce with partner Dan Kao and Addictive PicturesRussell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder under their first-look deal.

American Jesus,” drawn by artist Peter Gross, follows a modern 12-year-old boy who realizes he is the second coming of Jesus Christ who has returned to Earth in the present day in a final effort to save mankind.

Supercrooks,” with illustrations by Leinil Francis Yu, is a comical heist story about eight super-villains forced out of retirement in an attempt to rob the world’s most notorious crime boss.

Several of Millar’s original works — “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “Wanted” and “Kick-Ass” — have been adapted into feature films. He has other comic series such as “Superior,” “Chrononauts,” “Empress,” “Huck,” “Mph »

- Dave McNary

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Waypoint Acquires Properties From Mark Millar, Comic Book Writer Of ‘Captain America: Civil War’

26 April 2016 11:45 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Breaking: Waypoint Entertainment has acquired the rights to two Mark Millar properties: American Jesus and Supercrooks. Millar is the comic book writer of Wanted, Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service as well as Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War. Waypoint's Ken Kao (The Nice Guys) will produce with partner Dan Kao and Addictive PicturesRussell Ackerman (Mama) and John Schoenfelder. Waypoint has a first-look deal with Addictive. American Jesus was drawn by artist… »

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Hardcore Henry Review

9 April 2016 6:21 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Good ideas on paper or in a 10 minute youtube video are generally good ideas. In fact some of them are phenomenal. Turning one of the aforementioned good ideas into a feature length movie is also a good idea. The whole nothing ventured nothing gained cliche springs to mind. And then we have Hardcore Henry. Originally an Indiegogo project, this first person action flick is unfortunately too much of a good thing. Yes, you read that right. This is a first person movie. I repeat, a first person movie, not a video game. And if you don't know what a first person video game is, then this certainly isn't the movie for you. Directed by Ilya Naishuller  and produced by Wanted's Timur Bekmambetov, Hardcore Henry follows the tale of Henry, who wakes up in a Moscow laboratory to learn that he's been brought back from the dead as a half-human, »

- noreply@blogger.com (Vic Barry)

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‘Hardcore Henry’ Producer Timur Bekmambetov on Head Explosions, Cameraman as Lead Actor

8 April 2016 1:26 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ilya Naishuller’s “Hardcore Henry” storms into theaters this weekend courtesy of Stx Entertainment with an inventive gimmick: It’s shot entirely from the first-person point of view of its unseen title character, who goes to violent lengths to rescue his wife (Haley Bennett) from a telekinetic albino warlord (Danila Kozlovsky) with the help of a human chameleon played by Sharlto Copley. The buzzy new film has an unseen force of its own, Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted,” “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”), who produced “Hardcore Henry” after watching Naishuller’s innovative “Bad Motherfucker.” Here, Behmambetov shares his thoughts about the new film, »

- Jeff Sneider

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'Hardcore Henry': Inside the Insane First-Person Shooter Movie

8 April 2016 7:26 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

You're dangling off a van driving at an ungodly speed down a three-lane Moscow highway; suddenly, you hear a raucous, jarring thump. With all the violent jostling, it’s impossible to tell if it was a bump in the road or a tire crushing a stuntman's head. You look everywhere for clues; it's only once the Russian daredevil, previously lying prostrate in the middle of hectic traffic, flashes the thumbs up and yells, "Did you get?! Did you get?!" that you realize no one has died. Not yet, at least. »

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The Great Lengths Hardcore Henry Went To To Prevent Audience Motion Sickness

7 April 2016 12:55 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

An interesting problem that has developed in the world of modern cinema has been the increased use of hand-held cameras and the issue of nausea that it can create. Films like The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield are famous examples, but some movie-goers have even take some issue with the cinematography featured in Paul Greengrass. Bourne titles. You.d think that this would be a serious issue for the new action movie Hardcore Henry - which plays out entirely in first person . but the reason it doesn.t is because a great deal of experimentation and testing was done to make sure it wouldn.t. In advance of Hardcore Henry.s release this week, I had the opportunity to hop on the phone with producer Timur Bekmambetov (best known as the director of Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer) and while we touched on a number of topics . including »

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The Great Lengths Hardcore Henry Went Through To Prevent Audience Motion Sickness

7 April 2016 12:55 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

An interesting problem that has developed in the world of modern cinema has been the increased use of hand-held cameras and the issue of nausea that it can create. Films like The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield are famous examples, but some movie-goers have even take some issue with the cinematography featured in Paul Greengrass. Bourne titles. You.d think that this would be a serious issue for the new action movie Hardcore Henry - which plays out entirely in first person . but the reason it doesn.t is because a great deal of experimentation and testing was done to make sure it wouldn.t. In advance of Hardcore Henry.s release this week, I had the opportunity to hop on the phone with producer Timur Bekmambetov (best known as the director of Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer) and while we touched on a number of topics . including »

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Exclusive: Lr Talks to Timur Bekmambetov About 'Hardcore Henry', 'Ben-hur' and More

7 April 2016 11:26 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Opening this Friday, April 8 is one of the more innovative action films you’re likely to see anytime soon when Hardcore Henry opens nationwide.

It’s the directorial debut by Ilya Naishuller, a Russian punk rocker-turned-filmmaker who caught the eye of Russia’s most successful filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) with the music video for his band Biting Elbows, and the two of them set out to create something similar for the big screen. (You can watch Ilya’s original video here, but Warning: it’s not really safe for work or for young kids.)

The Hardcore Henry of the title is a man who died but was brought back to life by his wife (Haley Bennett), who is then promptly kidnapped by a powerful warlord named Akan (Danila Kozlovsky) who sends his army of mercenaries to stop Henry from getting her back. Then there’s the mysterious Jimmy (Sharlto Copley »

- Edward Douglas

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Video Interview: Director Ilya Naishuller, Co-Star Sharlto Copley & Producer Timur Bekmambetov Talk Hardcore Henry

6 April 2016 3:27 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Probably one of the coolest movies I had the pleasure of experiencing at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival was Ilya Naishuller’s Hardcore Henry, the violently frenetic actioner that puts you, the viewer, squarely into the mix of all the insanity with its first-person Pov. Produced by the always forward-thinking Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Unfriended), the film stars Haley Bennett (The Equalizer), Danila Kozlovsky, Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs), and Sharlto Copley (District 9), who also became a huge part of the process in getting Hardcore Henry successfully made.

At a recent press day for the film, Daily Dead had the chance to speak with Bekmambetov, Copley and Naishuller about their experiences working together on Hardcore Henry. The trio discussed the difficulties of telling the story via an action-driven vision, the challenge of sustaining the Pov format, collaborating on the project, and how Hardcore Henry pushed their limits as a collective filmmaking unit. »

- Heather Wixson

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Gareth Edwards Might Still Make "Forever"

31 March 2016 6:26 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Breaking through with "Monsters" which led to the "Godzilla" reboot and this year's "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," filmmaker Gareth Edwards appears to be getting back around to another project he's had in the works and had hoped to make it as his "Monsters" follow-up.

Speaking with Slashfilm, Edwards' co-partner on the film is "Wanted" director Timur Bekmambetov says he's hopeful Edwards' earlier project - once titled "Forever" - will get made: "It was the next project he wanted to make. He's busy now with these big, giant movies, but I hope we'll make it. I thought it was a very cool, very warm story."

The story is said to follow a young child and a robot on a galaxy-spanning journey in search of mankind's origin in a world void of humanity and filled with robots, but the script is reportedly still being figured out.

Once wrapping "Rogue One, »

- Garth Franklin

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Screening Room: ‘Hardcore Henry’ Producer Timur Bekmambetov Lends His Support (Exclusive)

22 March 2016 3:30 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Timur Bekmambetov, the director of “Wanted” and producer of Stx Entertainment’s upcoming action movie “Hardcore Henry,” has come out in support of Screening Room in an interview with TheWrap. Backed by Sean Parker and Prem Akkaraju, Screening Room proposes that consumers watch new movies over a 48-hour window beginning the day of its theatrical release via a set-top box that would cost roughly $150. According to the proposal, theater owners and studios would collect as much as $20 each of the $50 fee for a new movie. Screening Room has divided Hollywood’s top directors this month, with Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Latest 'Hur' Remake Gets a Loud, Bombastic Trailer for the Fast and Furious Crowd

18 March 2016 12:49 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Ben-Hur' 2016 with Jack Huston: Chariot race to the death. 'Ben-Hur' 2016 trailer: 'Gladiator' meets 'Fast Seven' meets 'Star Wars' meets… Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer have released the trailer for their 2016 Ben-Hur remake (or reboot or readaptation) – a.k.a. Fast and Furious A.D., as one wag called it in an online comment. Instead of grandiose spectacle featuring at its core a “human” story with Christian overtones, this chariot-and-sandals epic is being sold as Gladiator meets Fast Seven meets Spartacus: Blood and Sand meets Star Wars – with Morgan Freeman's Sheik Ilderim as the Roman Empire's dreadlocked version of Alec Guinness' Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi. Say what you will, the trailer-makers sure know their target audience. And that's not the same crowd that would go check out what's usually referred to in the U.S. media as “faith” (i.e., Christian) movies. One assumes that particular audience segment will be getting »

- Andre Soares

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Timur Bekmambetov Explains How a Facebook Message Led to 'Hardcore Henry'

17 March 2016 6:21 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Language comes up a lot when talking to Timur Bekmambetov, director of Wanted and Night Watch and producer of Unfriended and 9. But we're not talking about the language barrier between his Russian tongue and English. It's the barrier between what he sees in his head and what the language of cinema will allow him to do. That cinematic language barrier has never been more apparent than with Bekmambetov's newest film as a producer, Hardcore Henry. This already notorious action movie shatters the traditional language of cinema. While the first person perspective is certainly not new to movies, what separates Hardcore Henry from others is writer-director Ilya Naishuller made it entirely from a first person perspective. The cameramen were basically extreme sports...

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‘Miracles From Heaven’ and the Changing Face of Religious Films

17 March 2016 11:41 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Passion of the Christ” became a box office phenomenon in 2004, earning $370.8 million domestically by pitching its account of the crucifixion directly to churches and ministries.

Though no religious-themed film has come close to matching its success, Hollywood’s fixation on faith-based films has only intensified in the ensuing decade, with mixed results. For every low-budget breakout such as “War Room,” there’s a costly flop along the lines of “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” Having the elements align can sometimes require something just short of a miracle.

“People underestimate not just about how much the core faith-based community, but also the public at large, wants movies that can inspire and uplift them,” said Devon Frankin, a producer on “Miracles from Heaven” and an ordained minister.

Despite the challenges, studios show no sign of abandoning their quest for religious-themed hits. This year has already brought about “Risen,” a detective story about the »

- Brent Lang

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Ben-Hur Trailer Paints An Odd Picture Of Film’s Own Relevance

17 March 2016 9:50 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Ben-Hur is coming your way in August, and if you weren’t aware of the fact, it isn’t much of surprise. There’s a trailer for the film, which showcases the obvious – Romans, chariots, betrayal…, sand – but, it’s a trailer that doesn’t seem to have a way to speak to anyone.

The film stars Jack Huston, who you probably aren’t overly familiar with, but recognize from Boardwalk Empire, and has Morgan Freeman in it. Other than that, the film isn’t really drawing any crowds off name recognition.

It’s directed by Timur Bekmambetov, of Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which isn’t likely to sell Ben-Hur to you.

But, oddest of all, the trailer zips through its own premise in a way that makes it hard to figure who, if anyone, it expects to show up.

It’s already a film that will make cinephiles nervous, »

- Marc Eastman

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