19 items from 2015
Opening a week after Star Wars: The Force Awakens pretty much guarantees that Mission: Impossible 5 will fail to hit the #1 spot at the box office. Sensibly, Paramount Pictures have now moved the movie five months way from it!
Mission: Impossible 5’s new release date is July 31st, this year. This means it will open opposite Southpaw (starring Jake Gyllenhaal), the Point Break remake, and Tarsem Singh’s science fiction thriller Selfless starring Ryan Reynolds.
It’s also sandwiched right between Ant-Man and Fantastic Four, so the busy July will be very interesting to see play out at the box office. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol earned just under $700 million when it opened in 2011.
- Josh Wilding
Now here's a sign of confidence. We hear plenty of times about a studio moving a blockbuster movie back, and buying itself some more time at the last minute to sort things out. But how often, within a year of release, does a studio being a film forward by five months?
Paramount, in turn, has moved the film Monster Trucks (a live action/animation mash-up) from May to Mission: Impossible 5's original December release date.
The new Mission: Impossible film sees Tom Cruise reprising the role of Ethan Hunt, and teaming up again with his Jack Reacher director, Christopher McQuarrie. Co-starring in the movie are Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, »
The latest instalment of the spy movie franchise had been scheduled to open at Christmas, but will be moved up for a July 31 release in the Us.
Paramount has also shifted the animated/live-action hybrid movie Monster Trucks to Mission: Impossible 5's prior Christmas Day slot.
Filming took place over the last six months in Austria, Morocco, Monaco and the UK.
Watch a clip from Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol below: »
This summer marks the release of a few tentpole films, each vying for a space at the top. The biggest is most certainly Avengers: Age of Ultron, but there’s also Jurassic World, Ant-Man, and Terminator: Genisys to contend – not to mention all the animated films in the offing. Now we can add yet another franchise installment to our ever-growing list of summer releases, as Mission: Impossible 5 has secured a July 31 release date.
Mission: Impossible 5 marks the return of Tom Cruise and his crew from Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, including Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, and Ving Rhames. The film is directed by Christopher McQuarrie (who also worked with Cruise in Jack Reacher) from a script by Will Staples and Drew Pearce. There are no plot details available yet, though with this new release date we can expect a bit more information to be forthcoming.
The date shift is »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
After originally being set for release on Christmas Day this year, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions have just announced that Mission: Impossible 5 will arrive in theaters five months earlier. The studio has set a new release date of July 31st, 2015 (while also pushing back their Monster Trucks movie from this summer to the December 25th slot instead). The film directed by Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) is still in production, so this is surprising. I can't remember a movie getting bumped up so far, but maybe they were worried about Star Wars: The Force Awakens the week before. But at the same time, moving the movie up five months feels like a weird decision. Though Paramount probably didn't want to dump it in the fall, and the end of summer proved to be very lucrative for Guardians of the Galaxy (it came out on August 1st last year), mostly »
- Ethan Anderton
Well, it was only a matter of time…
In what is sure to be a wise move on Paramount Pictures’ part, the studio has shifted the release of the fifth instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise to avoid confrontation with Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, bringing the date forward almost a full five months to July 31st 2015.
Mission: Impossible 5 was originally slated to arrive on Christmas Day, one week after the release of J.J. Abrams’ surefire blockbuster. Mi:5 becomes the second film to move clear of The Force Awakens after Kung Fu Panda 3, which will now land in March 2016.
Mission: Impossible 5 is directed by Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher), and sees franchise veterans Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner returning alongside Rebecca Ferguson (Hercules), Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) and Sean Harris (Prometheus).
- Gary Collinson
Paramount has rethought its plan to open the next Mission: Impossible sequel this coming Christmas, instead moving it up to the heart of summer. Skydance’s Tom Cruise-Jeremy Renner actioner Mission: Impossible 5 from Christopher McQuarrie, who directed Cruise in 2012’s Jack Reacher, now will open July 31. It will face off against Warner Bros’ action remake Point Break, Focus’ sci-fi thriller Self/Less and the Weinstein Company’s boxing drama Southpaw. Moving into M:I5‘s December 25 slot is the studio’s live-action/CGI hybrid Monster Trucks, which had been set for May 29. It will rev up against a pair of Fox pics: kids sequel Alvin And The Chipmunks 4 and drama Joy.
- Erik Pedersen
Good news for Tom Cruise fans! Paramount Pictures has moved the impending sequel Mission: Impossible 5 from it's Christmas Day 2015 release slot to a much more appealing summer date. The shift was presumably made to get the movie out of the way of next winter's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is set to open a week earlier on December 18.
Mission: Impossible 5 moves from December 25 to July 31, a full five months earlier than expected. While no plot details have been officially divulged at this time, it is known that Tom Cruise will return as Ethan Hunt. He will be joined by past franchise stars Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg. Director Christopher McQuarrie, who worked with Tom Cruise on the 2012 adaptation Jack Reacher, has already completed principal photography on Mission: Impossible 5, and is in the midst of pos-production on the film. A trailer is expected to arrive shortly. »
No official reason was given by Paramount for the switch, though perhaps the studio wanted to release the sure-to-be-blockbuster flick in the summer months, when big action movies dominate the box office. It could also want "Mission" to avoid getting swallowed by "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which opens on December 18, only a week ahead of "M:i 5"'s original Christmas Day release date. (And is directed by J.J. Abrams, who's also a producer on "M:i 5.")
According to TheWrap, "M:i 5" will now go up against the "Point Break" remake, Ryan Reynolds's sci-fi flick "Self/Less," and boxing drama "Southpaw," starring Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Antoine Fuqua. In exchange for swapping out "Mission," Paramount has »
- Katie Roberts
Grace: The Possession, 2014.
Directed by Jeff Chan.
A virginal Catholic teenager leaves her religious grandmother’s house to go to college and soon finds that drink and drugs are the least of her worries.
The trouble with making a possession film in the 21st century is that it has been done quite definitively already. The Exorcist pretty much covered all the bases back in 1973, and although there have been some entertaining knock-offs since then – Amityville II: The Possession basically re-told the same story but with the touch of Dino De Laurentiis adding some unintentional quasi-comic hilarity – and a bit of a re-invention with the likes of The Last Exorcism adding a found footage spin on things, you’ve really got to work hard these days to make a movie about possession stand out. »
- Gary Collinson
Werner Herzog is one quirky dude, but I love the German filmmaker. How many other Oscar-nominated directors have also starred in a Tom Cruise action flick (Jack Reacher), voiced characters on animated TV series (The Boondocks, Metalocalypse), and guest appeared on a hit sitcom (Parks and Recreation)? The back of the recent Paul Cronin book Werner Herzog - A Guide for the Perplexed (which you can purchase through Amazon here) has 24 fantastic proverbs from Mr. Werner. It's a good »
- Jesse Giroux
Pike's big break was the role of 'Bond' girl 'Miranda Frost' in "Die Another Day" (2002).
Pike recently voiced 'Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward' for the upcoming ITV series "Thunderbirds Are Go !"
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- Michael Stevens
There are directors, and there are artists, and then there is Werner Herzog. He stands alone, occupying his own Werner Herzog-ian place in the movie world, and even when he pops up as a villain in "Jack Reacher," or in a cameo role in "Parks And Recreation," he can't escape the distinct essence of being Werner Herzog. Nor would we want him to. But for those not familiar with the man or his work, describing those qualities that make Herzog, well, Herzog, can be difficult. But this should help. On the back cover of the recent book "Werner Herzog—A Guide for the Perplexed" by Paul Cronin, are 24 maxims by German director. Some apply to film, some apply to life, and all of them are worth reading. Revenge, bears, bolt cutters, jail...Herzog has you prepared for any and every situation, if only you follow these simple rules. If »
- Kevin Jagernauth
By Anjelica Oswald
The nominees for the 87th Academy Awards were announced this morning live from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills in a two-part announcement. Joining some Oscar veterans, such as Meryl Streep, Marion Cotillard and Wes Anderson, are a number of first-time Oscar nominees. Of the five nominees for actor in a lead role, only Bradley Cooper has been nominated before. Two actresses in a lead role and two actresses in a supporting role are newcomers and one director and one supporting actor have never been nominated before. First-time Oscar nominees include:
Morten Tyldum — Achievement in directing
The Norwegian filmmaker who helmed The Imitation Game earned a spot in the top five for best director. He was also nominated for a Hollywood Film Award. The film received eight nominations, including best picture. His film was also recognized by the Human Rights Campaign “for bringing the »
- Anjelica Oswald
I had a hell of a time trying to figure out how to tackle a list of my most anticipated movies of 2015. I'm not going to take the time to count the number of sequels, remakes, spin-offs, reboots, parts two of two or re-imaginings that are hitting theaters this year because, quite frankly, it doesn't matter any more. Trying to figure out where a film like Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens fit into a list of most anticipated films that weren't anything like it was impossible. Even then, how much am I "anticipating" the new Star Wars film versus how curious am I to simply see how it will turn out now that it's out of the hands of George Lucas and into the hands of J.J. Abrams, whose last Star Trek film was a complete messc Therefore, I decided on two distinctions in film, the blockbusters and then everything else. »
- Brad Brevet
The arrival of Taken 3 leaves James pondering the appeal of vigilante movies...
Taken 3 is set to take cinemas by storm, with force and with Bryan Mills showcasing that particular set of skills and his especial resolve. Mills is, of course, played by the indomitable Liam Neeson, and the plot for this threequel revolves around the battle to clear his good (?) name.
He's been accused of a brutal murder that he didn't commit or witness, so now Mills is going to use that infamous skillset to hunt and find the real killer, all while evading the authorities who'd put him behind bars and his film franchise on hiatus. Oh, and the murder victim was his ex-wife Lennie (Famke Janssen), so there's bonus devastation and a whole can of emotional worms for the man to wrestle with.
For the third movie, then, it isn't just a family member that's been »
One of the most prominent members of the New German Wave happens to be Werner Herzog, an auteur who has remained a vibrant cinematic icon going on five decades. Lately working almost exclusively in documentary (and starring as a villain in 2012’s Jack Reacher), Herzog returns with his first feature since his pair of bizarre 2009 titles, Queen of the Desert. Starring a heady, glitzy cast made up of Nicole Kidman, James Franco, and Robert Pattinson, the film is a chronicle of Gertrude Bell’s life, a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.
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- Nicholas Bell
It’s 10 p.m. in London, and Rosamund Pike has just roasted a chicken, finished the washing up, folded the laundry and tended to a wee sick one. Now she sits for a moment in her kitchen, spent but happy, her four-day-old baby son snoozing in his basket beside her.
The setting may be calm and pastoral, in keeping with Pike’s new life, but it’s sharply at odds with the actor we now know her to be. This year she delivered a career-making performance as Amy Dunne, the stunningly beautiful, dangerously secretive and cynically vicious wife in David Fincher’s “Gone Girl, »
- Sharon Waxman
In years past on Daily Dead, I’ve gone back and forth on whether we should run an end of the year list. There are always movies that I recognize are really well made, but I didn’t like and is it even fair to run a “Best” list when there’s the odd movie that I didn’t get a chance to see? It was enough to drive me insane and so I decided to do something a bit different in 2013. This year, we return with our “Favorites of the Year” lists and the difference here is that we’re not just highlighting movies. Instead, we’re sharing our favorite genre experiences of the year with our readers, which could be a favorite movie, collectible, event, or person. Check back every day this week to find out what made the cut for the rest of the Daily Dead team. »
- Jonathan James
19 items from 2015
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