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A new video featuring director Ruairi Robinson and actress Olivia Williams waxing on from Cannes regarding their new flick, The Last Days on Mars, has surfaced online, and we have that and the first still ready and waiting for you!
Liev Schreiber (Scream 2, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) alongside Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense, Rushmore), Romola Garai (One Day, Atonement), Elias Koteas (Shutter Island, Zodiac), Tom Cullen (Weekend), Goran Kostic (In the Land of Blood and Honey, Taken), and Johnny Harris (Snow White and the Huntsman) star in the film.
The Last Days on Mars, which was previously titled The Animators, follows the story of an astronaut crew on Mars on the verge of a major breakthrough, having collected rock specimens that reveal microscopic evidence of life. »
- Uncle Creepy
In recent years London’s Shoreditch area has been spruced up rather a lot. The former factories and warehouses that were once abandoned and left to run down have found a new life as trendy shops, cafes bars and restaurants. It would seem, however, that the Montana production team have found one that’s been left to rot.
As we wander around the loft space that’s being used for the day’s filming, it’s impossible to tell which bits of twisted metal are set dressing, and which are going to give us tetanus. We make sure not to touch anything, just to be safe.
“I come from a music video background, so anything visual has to stand out to make sense,” director Mo Ali explains, “I’m avoiding doing the whole council estate aesthetic; it’s almost slightly fantastical locations, but they suit the characters.”
Montana – the story of a young boy, »
- Ben Mortimer
Hunter Killer, the submarine thriller derived from Don Keith and George Wallace’s book Firing Point, has been pinging the development radar for a few years now. Several directors and more than one actor have come and gone, but it has now apparently reached McG’s desk.Jamie Moss wrote the script, which finds an untested submarine captain working alongside a Navy Seal team to rescue the Russian president when he’s taken prisoner during a political coup. The unlikely allies must work together to stop a rogue general bent on kicking off World War III. Which, you must admit, is pretty typical for a rogue general. They’re never about making sure everyone has enough ice cream, are they?Originally planned as a directing gig for Taken’s Pierre Morel, production company Relativity Media then approached Phillip Noyce. Once he passed, it sat on the shelf until Antoine Fuqua and Gerard Butler got interested, »
Cannes - Action movie The Gunman, starring Sean Penn, has a shot at a global sellout here at the Cannes film market as a slew of territory deals have already been signed and U.S. majors are circling the film. Story: 'Taken' Director to Helm Sean Penn Thriller 'Prone Gunman' (Exclusive) Director Pierre Morel (Taken) was in town earlier this week to drum up excitement for the film from France's Studiocanal, which is part of entertainment and telecom conglomerate Vivendi. E-stars has acquired rights for China, Mgn Paradise has struck a deal for Russia, and Mislabel has taken the film
- Rhonda Richford
Bower and Fimmel will play car thief brothers whose permanent vacation in the South of France turns deadly after they fall foul of a local crime kingpin.
Shooting begins in southern Europe at the end of the year.
Source: Screen Daily »
- Garth Franklin
Two of the biggest names in European and Chinese movie biz, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam at Paris’ Stone Angels and Bruno Wu at China’s Seven Swords, have created Angel Storm, a joint venture to develop and produce action thrillers and franchises with global appeal.
First projects on Angel Storm’s slate are “Shanghai,” to go into production early 2014, and “Triangle.”
Wu and Le Pogam will produce. Stone Angels will handle distribution rights in France, Seven Stars will distribute in China. Films will have European and Chinese talent and settings: “Shanghai” reportedly moves from southern France to Shanghai. Le Pogam will arrange international and U.S. distribution.
Wu was very busy in the global entertainment scene last year. In February 2012 he announced the creation of an $800 million film fund, with help from CAA. He also pacted with helmer Justin Lin to create Perfect Storm Entertainment; backed John H. Lee’s remake »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
Just once, it'd be nice if the couple fleeing from a trigger-happy hit man through, say, a crowded hospital, would yell out -- "Run for your lives!" And if the hospital's in Belgium, say, it'd be nice for them to yell it in French.
"Erased" has such a scene, where Aaron Eckhart, as a security contractor whose company, bank records and recent history have been "erased," is fleeing with his daughter (Liana Liberato). And you can't help but feel for the innocent doctors, nurses and patients on gurneys who catch a bullet during the mayhem. Don't they deserve a warning?
"Erased" is a run-of-the-mill "Bourne" imitation in which covert operatives are desperate to tidy up a scheme in which American expat Ben Logan may be the only witness. It's an exposition-heavy thriller with that generic Euro-thriller blue-grey color palette and duller-than-grey villains, all chasing the good guy and his daughter through scenic Brussels and Antwerp, »
French director Louis Leterrier’s latest film, the magician heist thriller Now You See Me, is poised to hit theaters in a couple of weeks, but it appears that the filmmaker is gearing up to commit to his next project. Variety reports that the Incredible Hulk director is in early discussions to take the helm on a secretive project called Sea at War that was penned by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Taken). Besson is also producing through his EuropaCorp banner, but plot details are being kept very firmly under wraps—Leterrier couldn’t even read the script outside of Besson’s office. Nevertheless, the pic is rumored to be a mermaid adventure film, which would put Leterrier back in the fantasy realm that he explored with 2010’s Clash of the Titans. Should he firmly commit to the project, we should start hearing more about Sea at War soon. »
- Adam Chitwood
Catalina Denis cast in Paul Walker thriller Model and film actress Catalina Denis has been cast as the female lead opposite Paul Walker (Fast & Furious 6) and David Belle (Malavita) in Camille Delamarre’s Brick Mansions. The action thriller is EuropaCorp and Relativity Media’s English-language remake of the 2004 French-made action / thriller District B13. In Brick Mansions, Paul Walker incarnates an undercover cop out to defuse a bomb in possession of drug warlord RZA. Catalina Denis will play David Belle’s romantic interest. Luc Besson, who specializes in run-of-the-mill, Hollywood-style French-made action thrillers, is one of the film’s producers. Directed by Pierre Morel (Taken, From Paris with Love), and co-written by Luc Besson and Bibi Naceri, District B13 / Banlieue 13 stars David Belle, Cyril Raffaelli, Dany Verissimo-Petit, and co-screenwriter Naceri. The film performed modestly at the French box office; according to Box Office Mojo, District B13 was no. 51 on France’s 2004 box-office chart, »
- Zac Gille
Interview Duncan Bowles 15 May 2013 - 07:08
Ever since her major breakthrough as infamous Bond villain Xenia Onatopp, Famke Janssen has remained a constant presence in the world of geekdom. Yet despite roles in such high profile blockbusters as the superb GoldenEye and the mostly great X-Men franchise, she’s managed to avoid typecasting and continues to mix mainstream movie hits with both TV and independent features.
While GoldenEye may rank among the best Bond movies of all time, it’s one of my absolute favourites. It put the great Famke Janssen firmly on my radar and I’ve remained a fan of her work ever since, through the underappreciated fun of schlock-fest Deep Rising, the duality of her Miss Burke in The Faculty, to »
The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the first announced today. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on NBC.
The Peacock did not have a good year. Only one of its new shows, "Revolution," was a true hit. Another, "Chicago Fire," got renewed by the skin of its teeth whilst the fate of a third, "Hannibal," remains uncertain.
None of last year's new comedies survived, neither did two mid-season dramas, which leaves the network with some big holes to fill. Three dramas and three comedies will debut in the Fall ahead of three more dramas and two comedies mid-season. Two further dramas and a comedy are presently unscheduled.
Several other pilots didn't make the final cut and won't become series including the high-profile Charlize Theron-produced drama about the Hatfields and McCoys, the Bruckheimer-produced »
- Garth Franklin
Take a look at a complete preview of the shows coming your way, and mark your calendars. It looks good for NBC this year, and while I’m not sure all of these look like winners, I think you’ll find at least a couple that you’re really going to like.
Blacklist – Fall
The Blacklist — (Photo by: NBC)
For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) has been one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. Brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe, Red was known by many as “The Concierge of Crime.”
Now, he’s mysteriously surrendered to the FBI with an explosive offer: he will help catch a long-thought-dead terrorist, Ranko Zamani, »
- Marc Eastman
NBC added one comedy and two more dramas to its 2013-14 roster, all from Sony Pictures TV.
Drama “Blacklist” has major heat. It centers on a white-collar criminal who turns himself in and offers to give up others. “Night Shift” is a medical drama set in a San Antonio hospital.
Here are the descriptions:
Parents Dan Yoder (Mike O’Malley, “Glee,” “My Name Is Earl”) and wife Karina (Mary McCormack, “In Plain Sight,” “The West Wing”) find out on the day their daughter Molly (Ella Rae Peck, (“Deception,” “Gossip Girl”) is graduating from high school with an acceptance to college, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Untaken Legacy: Stolzl’s English Debut a Clunky, Derivate Actioneer
Originally titled The Expatriate, German director Philip Stolzl’s English language debut gets the dumbed down title of Erased, which unfortunately only makes it an easy target for jokes concerning what the film does with your time. While the film manages to avoid being completely asinine, nicely packaged and more smartly written than your general fare in the Taken vein, Stolzl’s film can never quite manage to feel like an original concept, instead feeling like a European tinged, anemic subset of the Jason Bourne franchise.
Ben Logan (Aaron Eckhart) is an expatriate American living in Belgium, trying to start his life over working for a multinational corporation specializing in high-tech security. Only recently, his 15 year old daughter Amy (Liana Liberato) has left the Us to come live with him, and the two don’t seem to know each other very well, »
- Nicholas Bell
So many names have been tossed around over the years for The Crow reboot, but news started to pick up over the last few weeks. You may have heard rumors of Tom Hiddleston and Alexander Skarsgard, but someone else is going to be playing Eric Draven. According to Deadline, Luke Evans is currently in negotiations to start in Relativity’s remake of The Crow.
Evans was previously seen in The Raven and Immortals, and recently signed on for Universal’s new Dracula movie. Before he appears in Dracula, we’ll see him as the villain in Fast & Furious 6 this summer. Apparently, Evans has been the first choice for the role, but his busy schedule was causing conflicts. In order to accommodate his schedule, the movie will not begin filming until next year.
- Jonathan James
Luc Besson has found a new butt-kicking lady to lead his next film: Scarlett Johansson. The "Don Jon's Addiction" actress is in final negotiations to play the main character in Besson's next film, "Lucy."
The action thriller is about a woman forced to become a mule for a drug that ends up transforming her into someone with superhuman powers, The Hollywood Reporter explains. According to the site, the female character can "absorb knowledge instantaneously, is able to move objects with her mind and can't feel pain and other discomforts."
Though this isn't a done deal, Johansson is definitely someone we'd love to see work with Besson. She's proved she's got the stuff of an action hero thanks to "Iron Man 2" and "The Avengers," and he showed us all how great his heroines can be in "The Fifth Element," so they definitely would work well together. Plus Besson is great with action tales in general, »
- Terri Schwartz
In "Iron Man 2," "The Avengers," and next spring's "Captain America: Winter Soldier," Scarlett Johansson has exhibited (and will exhibit) her ability to kick, punch, and head-butt with the best of them. And now she's going to get to use those skills again, after just having signed on to Luc Besson's forthcoming thriller "Lucy," according to the Hollywood Reporter. The ludicrously amazing (or is it amazingly ludicrous?) plot of "Lucy" involves Johansson's character having to become a drug mule for some nefarious types. But instead of transporting the drug, it goes into her system and basically turns her into Bradley Cooper from "Limitless" –- according to the report she can "absorb knowledge instantaneously, is able to move objects with her mind and can't feel pain and other discomforts." Presumably she uses these new abilities to get back at the guys who forced her into the drug mule business. »
- Drew Taylor
Remember when Luc Besson said he was retiring? That was pretty funny (and short-lived). Dude has never been busier and is a mogul now, first and foremost, at the head of the very successful production house EuropaCorp. And the Besson brand, for better or worse, now stands in for mid-budget action fare like "Taken," "Columbiana" and "Lockout" that even if they don't do well in theaters, don't cost much to make, and tend to have a long shelf life. And while as a director he's currently working on "Malavita" with Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, it looks like he's ready to return to his familiar milieu of women kicking ass. Besson is lining up his next action flick, entitled "Lucy," and has snagged Scarlett Johansson to lead the movie. Besson penned the script as well and it follows a woman who is forced to become a drug mule -- okay, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Natalie Portman. Mila Jovovich. Anne Parillaud. All female actresses that were suitably moulded into action heroines courtesy of Luc Besson. And now, the French director has found a new female protagonist in the shape of Scarlett Johansson for his latest project Lucy. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the American actress is in final negotiations for the role of the titular character.
Fresh from her action-orientated role in last summer’s The Avengers, Johansson may have discovered a new-fangled career path within this particular genre. Written by Besson himself, the script centres on Lucy who, after becoming a drugs mule against her will, experiences abnormal reactions that transform her into a powerful superhuman. Martial Art skills, telekinesis, and a peculiar resistance to pain all make Lucy a formidable force. Hell, if that wasn’t enough, she can even absorb knowledge instantaneously, too.
While the plot certainly sounds interesting, it’s difficult »
- Michael Briers
Luc Besson, who directed "The Fifth Element" and "The Professional," as well as produced "Taken" and "Transporter," has written a script for "Lucy" action thriller with plans of directing. Now comes word that Scarlett Johansson is in final negotiations to star in the film, which centers on a woman forced to become a drug mule. But the drug instead goes into her system, giving her superpowers. She can absorb knowledge instantaneously, is able to move objects with her mind and can't feel pain and other discomforts. "Lucy" is another film for Besson that focuses on strong female characters, like "La Femme Nikita," "Joan of Arc" and "Colombiana." It's also a continuation of action films for Johansson, who starred in "Iron Man 2," "The Avengers," and is now shooting "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." »
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