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Stripped and chopped for parts, the Transporter trilogy could be reassembled into a single solid (and undoubtedly short) action movie. The first one had a fight scene where Jason Statham whirled around poles and through grease like a lethal Magic Mike; the second featured cinema’s first aerial undercarriage bomb disposal; the third contrived a reason to always keep Statham within 75 feet of the franchise’s real star, an Audi automobile. As a whole, however, the three movies were a shoddy refurbishing of American gearhead actioneers into Euro-thriller jalopies. Returning sans Statham, avec everything else, The Transporter: Refueled makes a poor case for rescuing this series from the scrapheap.
Though the franchise has been kept on dialysis via a TV series for a couple years, this is the first “Transporter” property to be produced by series-creator Luc Besson since 2008’s Transporter 3. That same year, Besson unleashed the Taken franchise on the world, »
- Sam Woolf
Overdrive is getting back in gear. Scott Eastwood will star in Overdrive, an action project being produced by Taken director Pierre Morel and Christopher Tuffin. The story centers on two car thieves, brothers, who journey to the south of France for new opportunities and wind up in the crosshairs of the local crime boss. Michael Brandt and Derek Haas wrote the script and are also producing. Antonio Negret, who helmed the Jim Caviezel action flick Transit, is directing. Sentient Entertainment's Renee Tab is executive producer. The project has been around since at least 2011 and has gone through a
- Borys Kit
There’s a moment in Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation — Tom Cruise career-saver, franchise Mvp and the summer's best non-Imperator Furiosa action blockbuster — where the CIA director refers to the film's relentless hero as "the living manifestation of destiny." As a government official talking about an unpredictable agent, the line is patently (if knowingly) ridiculous. As Alec Baldwin talking about Tom Cruise, the dialogue sounds right on the money. That phrase could be dropped into the first sentence of his biography and nobody would think twice.
When the superstar first stepped »
“How to Get Away With Murder” has cast Amy Okuda in a recurring role for Season 2, Variety has learned exclusively.
Per usual in Shondaland, details on Okuda’s part are being kept under wraps.
Okuda was discovered through the 2014 Disney/ABC Diversity Talent Showcase. She starred in YouTube comedy web series “The Guild,” and has guest credits in “The Middle,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Californication.” She also appears in an arc in Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle.”
“Htgawm” marks a Shondaland reunion of sorts for Okuda, as she guest starred in one episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” during its 10th season.
She joins a recurring roster, which includes “The Vampire Diaries” alum Kendrick Sampson; “Supernatural’s” Matt Cohen, who will play Levi, a sexy, edgy, working-class guy; plus “X-Men” and “Taken’s” Famke Janssen, who will play a brilliant defense attorney who takes her job very seriously.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Director: Howard J. Ford
Running Time: 93 mins
Synopsis: A single mother on vacation, takes the law into her own hands to take back her abducted child.
Ever since Liam Neeson first shook off the cobwebs and muscled his way in to a new on-screen action persona with 2008’s surprise smash hit Taken, movie theatres across the globe have suddenly been flooded with kidnap-thrillers attempting to replicate the shock success of the franchise. The latest of these, Howard J. Ford’s Never Let Go, does little to differentiate itself from the pack, and rather than shaking up the formula with new ideas, seems content to stick firmly to the Bryan Mills – mold. »
- Nick Martin
With summer winding down, EuropaCorp's The Transporter Refueled looks to kick off the fall movie season on Labor Day weekend, bringing a new version of Frank Martin back to the big screen. Ed Skrein, who will also be seen as Ajax in next year's Deadpool, stars as Frank Martin in this all new action-thriller, directed by Camille Delamarre (Brick Mansions), and to celebrate, we have a new contest. We're giving away a $25 Fandango gift card, along with a Transporter Refueled mini-poster, a 28 oz Travel Bottle, a Tool Kit with a Tire Storage Case, and a 3 in 1 Travel Set.
Frank Martin (played by newcomer Ed Skrein), a former special-ops mercenary, is now living a less perilous life - or so he thinks - transporting classified packages for questionable people. When Frank's father (Ray Stevenson) pays him a visit in the south of France, their father-son bonding weekend takes a turn »
Enjoyably intense, if you can get past the cultural narcissism that Western corporate colonialism only matters when it impacts a nice white American family. I’m “biast” (pro): like Owen Wilson and Lake Bell
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
If you took No Escape for a light action movie, something like a flick in which Liam Neeson would beat up villainous cartoon foreigners in a exotic land of generous film-production tax credits, you are forgiven. It’s certainly the way the film has been marketed. Plus it stars Owen Wilson and Lake Bell, comic actors known for lighthearted snark and offhand insouciance. I figured Wilson was making a preemptive bid for aging into Gray Action Hero; it seems an unlikely move for him, but they are the new hotness, after all; see: Neeson. Or maybe Pierce Brosnan, whom we are also promised here, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Ever since the surprise success of 2009’s “Taken,” other actors of Liam Neeson’s stature have taken their stabs at action movie heroics: Kevin Costner, John Travolta and Sean Penn, to name a few. In a couple of weeks, Owen Wilson will get his shot at B-movie glory with “No Escape,” alongside Lake Bell and Pierce Brosnan. A pair of new clips and posters, as well as another trailer, have been released ahead of its Labor Day weekend premiere. The film stars Wilson as an American patriarch who moves his family to Southeast Asia, only to end up in the middle of a violent coup. First up, from Collider, is a short clip showing that even though it’s been thirteen years since his last outing as James Bond, Brosnan still has his action movie chops as he tries buy some time for Wilson and Bell to flee with children in tow. »
- Cain Rodriguez
Photo credit: Cousart/JFXimages / WENN
Principal photography is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ dramatic thriller Unforgettable, which is the first film in the director’s chair for veteran producer Denise Di Novi (“Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “Focus”).
Katherine Heigl (Knocked Up, 27 Dresses) and Rosario Dawson (Sin City films, Netflix’s Daredevil series) star in the film. Unforgettable marks a reunion for Heigl and Di Novi, who previously collaborated on “Life as We Know It.”
Heigl stars as Tessa Connover, who is barely coping with the end of her marriage when her ex-husband, David (Stults), becomes happily engaged to Julia Banks (Dawson) – not only bringing Julia into the home they once shared but also into the life of their daughter, Lilly (Isabella Rice). Trying to settle into her new role as a wife and a stepmother, Julia believes she has finally met the man of her dreams, the man who can help »
- Michelle McCue
Frank Martin (played by newcomer Ed Skrein), a former special-ops mercenary, is now living a less perilous life – or so he thinks – transporting classified packages for questionable people. When Frank’s father (Ray Stevenson) pays him a visit in the south of France, their father-son bonding weekend takes a turn for the worse when Frank is engaged by a cunning femme-fatale, Anna (Loan Chabanol), and her three seductive sidekicks to orchestrate the bank heist of the century.
Frank must use his covert expertise and knowledge of fast cars, fast driving and fast women to outrun a sinister Russian kingpin, and worse than that, he is thrust into a dangerous game of chess »
- Michelle McCue
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
Some of the best things in life come in pairs, and film is no different. No, I don’t mean sequels and/or remakes, because I think we all know how those often turn out. Instead, I mean those actors and directors who very frequently collaborate on films, so much so that it feels odd when the actor does not appear in one of the director’s films.
There have been some incredible collaborations throughout cinema history; Kurosawa Akira and Toshiro Mifune brought the samurai film to life, Clint Eastwood and Sergio Leone breathed new life into the dying western in the 1960s, and Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro brought audiences some of the best films to come out of New Hollywood in the 1970s and into the 90s. And of course there are amazing collaborations in modern cinema: Quentin Tarantino and Samuel L. Jackson, Wes Anderson and his troupe of actors, »
- William Penix
Before he got caught up successfully retrieving people that had been Taken from him, Liam Neeson was a pretty credible actor. In fact, thanks to a string of sterling performances in the early and middle part of his career, he earned a number of award nominations. Now it looks as though he's going to return to more serious dramatic material, as it was revealed that he is in talks to star as U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur. According to Deadline, Neeson is currently in negotiations to play the beloved officer in Taewon Entertainment’s Operation Chromite. This film will be set during the Korean War and mainly focus on the 1950 Battle Of Incheon, which is regarded as a huge turning point in the conflict. Liam Neeson hasn’t signed on the dotted line just yet, however, it’s thought that he’s »
Star of the Taken franchise, Liam Neeson, could be about to sign on to portray another man with a very particular skill-set – this time as U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur, in the upcoming movie, Operation Chromite. Set in 1950 during the Korean War, the film will centre on a group of Korean soldiers participating in MacArthur’s planned military operation, which represented a significant turning point in the conflict.
The Korean War was fought from 1950-1953, though the consequences of the clash are still playing out today. The United Nations stepped in with military force when North Korea invaded South Korea in 1950, and General MacArthur was tasked with leading the United Nations Command in the country, in addition to the job he was already doing – overseeing the occupation of Japan. The five-star General planned the amphibious attack – which would become known as the Battle Of Incheon, but was codenamed Operation »
- Sarah Myles
On behalf of EuropaCorp, we are excited to share a new trailer for their upcoming action movie, The Transporter Refueled. This high-octane action thriller is opening nationwide on September 4, 2015, and you're not going to want to miss it! From the producers of Lucy and the Taken trilogy and directed by Camille Delamarre, The Transporter Refueled is a fresh personification of the iconic role of Frank Martin, that launches the franchise into the present-day and introduces it to the next generation of thrill-seekers. Machinima are the ones responsible for dropping this hot slice of action into our laps.
Frank Martin (played by newcomer Ed Skrein), a former special-ops mercenary, is now living a less perilous life, or so he thinks, transporting classified packages for questionable people. When Frank's father (Ray Stevenson) pays him a visit in the south of France, their father-son bonding weekend takes a turn for the worse when »
Operation Chromite will centre on eight Korean war heroes who carry out a covert operation preceding the Incheon landing which changed the tide of the Korean War, allowing South Korean and Un allied forces to retake the capital of Seoul from the invading North Korean army.
Taewon Entertainment head Jeong Tae-won told Yonhap news agency it plans to start production in late September with a budget of $12.7m (KW15bn). Neeson will travel to Korea for the shoot.
Lee is known for directing the hit tearjerker A Moment to Remember (2004) and 71 - Into the Fire (2010), a film about South Korean student soldiers during the same war, which Taewon Entertainment also produced.
The Seoul-based company has also produced films such as Return Of The Mafia, Three Kingdoms – Resurrection »
- email@example.com (Jean Noh)
Busan — Liam Neeson is play the role of U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur in “Operation Chromite” (a.k.a. “Incheon Landing Operation”), a Korean-made blockbuster set during the Korean War of the early 1950s.
The film is to be produced by South Korea’s Taewon Entertainment. It will be directed by Lee Jae-han, and scripted by Lee Man-hee, who both have war film experience with hit “71: Into the Fire”.
Although Chinese movies are increasingly incorporating Hollywood talent, it is rare in Korea. Neeson has had a career revival following box office success with “The Grey,” “Taken,” “Battleship” and “The Lego Movie.”
“Operation Chromite” focuses on the heroic Korean troopers who carried out the covert “X-ray” operation that preceded the Incheon landing operation in the Yellow Sea. The landing shifted the momentum of the Korean War.
“We plan to go into the production in late September with a »
- Sonia Kil
Animation is traditionally considered a tyke-targeted genre, but films like Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, an uneven but unassailably ambitious adaptation of the Lebanese author’s classic prose poetry collection, challenge that perception. After all, it’s hard to imagine that the children who would be enraptured by the movie’s often gorgeous visuals would find themselves equally stimulated by its dense meditations on life, death, love and the ties that bind us to the natural world. Maybe that’s short-changing the more astute young’uns out there, but there’s no denying that The Prophet, with its steadfast devotion to Gibran’s verse, is layered in the extreme.
Further blurring the intended audience for this take on the book is how it constructs a treacly Disney story within which to communicate the poet’s eloquent musings. Salma Hayek, as performer and producer, seems to have coaxed The Prophet – oft »
- Isaac Feldberg
Fundamental Films has picked up an untitled action pitch from Frank DeJohn and David Hedges, TheWrap has learned. Plot details are being kept under wraps, though the pitch is said to be in the vein of “Taken” and “Man on Fire.” Gary Glushon brought in the pitch for Fundamental Films, the Shanghai-based film financing/distribution/production company that co-produced the upcoming “Transporter” reboot with Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp. Also Read: Fundamental Films, Todd Garner Team on Action-Comedy Pitch (Exclusive) DeJohn and Hedges won the 2013 Nicholl Fellowship award for their script “Legion,” a historical drama that’s currently in development at Dibonaventura Pictures. »
- Jeff Sneider
There are a lot of great movies arriving on VOD for the month of August, which should undoubtedly please all you genre fans who love to catch on some of the best indie horror and sci-fi titles from the comfort of your own homes. We kick things off with The Last Survivors from Dark Sky Films and the very same day, Uncork’d Entertainment is unleashing their werewolf flick Dark Moon Rising which stars Eric Roberts.
On August 7th, A24 is planning on taking viewers to some Dark Places, and we’ve got a handful of movies arriving in mid-month including the thriller Cop Car starring Kevin Bacon and the stylized revenge tale Final Girl featuring the always great Abigail Breslin. A few days later, SpectreVision’s The Boy arrives on VOD and one of my personal favorite films of 2015, the spunky post-apocalyptic action adventure tale Turbo Kid, will be released on August 28th. »
- Heather Wixson
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