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San Pedro, Calif. — Director Bryan Singer reminisced about “The Usual Suspects” Friday night as a 20th anniversary screening of his Oscar-winning sophomore effort kicked off the 4th annual San Pedro International Film Festival. The film has a unique connection to the city as many iconic scenes were shot in and around the area, with iconic scenes taking place at the Korean Liberty Bell and the Port of Los Angeles.
“I only knew it would be better than [my first film] ‘Public Access,’ because I had better actors,” Singer said during a post-screening Q&A. “You have no idea if a movie is going to have any longevity or a cult classic nature. None of that ever occurred to me.”
Indeed, many of the film’s memorable moments happened less by design than spontaneity and serendipity. He recalled, for instance, the oft-mentioned story of actor Benicio del Toro showing up on set with a »
- Kristopher Tapley
Press Release: Santa Monica, Calif. September 28, 2015 – From the imaginative mind of Bryan Fuller (TV’s “Heroes” and “Pushing Daisies”) comes the final chapter of the smash hit series Hannibal: Season Three, keeping viewers’ spines tingling on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) December 8th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Based on the series of novels by Thomas Harris that sparked a cult following and major motion picture franchise, the deliciously dark and twisted series brings Hannibal Lecter’s chillingly genius insanity to life.
Based on the characters and elements appearing in the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris, Hannibal, from Gaumont International Television (in association with Sony Pictures Television Networks), stars Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt) as the iconic Hannibal Lecter, Emmy® Award nominee »
- Derek Anderson
Filming commenced on July 15 in Brindisi, Italy before moving to Rome and onto various locations in and around London, UK.
Gfm and West said they plan to continue their contractual relationship with Falconer in “creating a new action hero franchise”, working with the key creative and producing team on Stratton.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
It's worth remembering that between "X-Men 2: X-Men United" and the "X-Men: Days Of Future Past," the directorial efforts of Bryan Singer were a mixed bag. "Superman Returns" failed to give the franchise new life, opinions were divided on "Valkyrie," and the less said about "Jack The Giant Slayer," the better. But Singer is looking to step outside the world of mutants once again, by taking on a literary classic. Read More: Bryan Singer Teases 'X-Men'/'Fantastic Four' Crossover The filmmaker announced on Instagram today that his next movie will be an adaptation of Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea." No, this isn't the project David Fincher had been trying, ultimately unsuccessfully, to mount at Disney. Instead, this one comes from the pens of Rick Sordelet (a stunt coordinator) and Dan Studney ("Jack The Giant Slayer"), which Singer teases as a retelling of the classic story, for all ages, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Melisandre, otherwise known as “The Red Woman” or “The Red Witch” (and several other names by Shireen Baratheon fans that I won’t mention) is one of the most loathed characters on Game of Thrones, but lately fans have had no choice but to put their faith in her as everyone’s favourite, as Jon Snow’s fate lies in her evil little hands.
Back to reality though, Carice van Houten, the actress behind Melisandre, couldn’t be any more likeable. This sexy Dutch actress who’s pushing 40 (unbelievable, right?) is known for a string of roles including Valkyrie, Black Book and Repo Men and has played alongside big shots like Bill Nighy, Jude Law, Eddie Redmayne and Tom Cruise.
Want to know a little more about this little vixen from the Netherlands? Well, you’ve come to the right place.
Some spoilers of the Game of Thrones series will make it on here, »
- M.L Gabriel
Leading German producer Christian Becker (“The Wave,” “Suck Me Shakespeer”) is to adapt Karl May’s stories about Apache chief Winnetou and his companion Old Shatterhand for television. Beta Film is co-financing and handling world sales on the miniseries, which has the working title “Winnetou.”
The books of May’s Winnetou Western cycle are the most successful German adventure series ever. They have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide. The success of the books were cemented by the 1960s Winnetou feature film cycle. May, an adventure writer working around 1900, never actually visited the American West.
In the new TV series, the friendship of hero Old Shatterhand and of the Apache chief Winnetou is given a modern-day treatment as an emotionally moving adventure in the American West. The scriptwriters are Jan Berger (“The Physician”) and Alexander M. »
- Leo Barraclough
The fourth episode of The Driving Dead premiered yesterday on the series' website. The series focuses on the consequences of reckless driving. Also: Blu-ray release details for Navy SEALs vs. Zombies and the Children of the Corn trilogy.
The Driving Dead: Press Release: "Springfield, Ill. (August 24, 2015) – Actor Michael Rooker returns to his starring role in The Driving Dead Series with a new webisode, “The Chase,” premiering today.
The Driving Dead Series launched in August 2014 by the Illinois Department of Transportation (Idot) to thwart dangerous driving behaviors, like drinking and driving and failure to wear a seatbelt, among the most at-risk audience – young men. According to recent Idot data, seat belt usage in Illinois reached an all-time high of more than 95 percent in 2015. This marks an increase over last year representing an estimated 377 lives saved on Illinois roads.
The web-based Driving Dead Series has amassed more than 2.4 million YouTube views with its first three episodes. »
- Tamika Jones
Christopher McQuarrie is a smart filmmaker who is enjoying being in business with Tom Cruise. He wrote Valkyrie and the later drafts of Edge of Tomorrow, and did script duties and also directed Jack Reacher and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Recently, Tom Cruise suggested there’s at least an idea for an Edge of Tomorrow sequel. That […]
- Russ Fischer
The anti-Cruise factor seems to have dissipated, at least among cinemagoers, judging by last weekend's opening for Mission: Impossible . Rogue Nation.
The $150 million Paramount/Skydance picture amassed $5.15 million, including $137,000 in previews, up 21% on the 2011 debut of Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
In 27 of 32 international markets, the action-adventure co-starring Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner registered the biggest opening of Cruise.s career. (His personal best here is still The War of the Worlds. $6.5 million in 2005).
Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie (who wrote Valkyrie, Edge Of Tomorrow and Jack Reacher, which he also directed), the fifth instalment of the franchise rang up $55.5 million in the Us and $64.5 million in the rest of the world.
Australian exhibitors were impressed with the opening, »
- Don Groves
Is the fifth time the charm for “Mission: Impossible”? The almost 20-year-old franchise has gone through some ups and downs over the years, but “Rogue Nation” has arguably earned even better reviews than the last installment, Brad Bird's “Ghost Protocol.” Who knew? One reason “Rogue Nation” works so well is because of relative newcomer Rebecca Ferguson. Actually, you might have caught the Swedish actress in last summer’s terrible “Hercules” (she’s probably hoping you forgot), but to most moviegoers this will be her coming out party. As an undercover agent straddling allegiances between the bad guys (the mysterious Syndicate) and the supposed good guys (MI6) Ferguson is never from the action or the storyline. Without her seductive performance much of “Rogue Nation” might have seemed overtly familiar. Director and co-screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie probably deserves the lion's share of praise, however. McQuarrie is new to the “Mission” creative team »
- Gregory Ellwood
Since 2006, Tom Cruise has been reduced to, for lack of a better phrase, a global joke; a quick source for derision, slander, and mockery among the A-List Hollywood performers for the masses to prod at. There was his Jumping the Couch moment on Oprah, the uncomfortable Scientology interview, his termination with Paramount studios, and M:i:iii underperforming at the box office. In short, 2006 was not a good year for the iconic A-Lister.
Despite such set-backs Cruise still produces and stars in critically and financially successful movies, which proves his presence in Hollywood is unscathed. One needs only to look at 2011’s Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol, which would become Cruise’s highest grossing film to date, or the last few films that have received critical acclaim i.e. Edge of Tomorrow. Further, when one looks at Cruise’s career, one gets a sense that »
- Matthew Lee
Writer/director Christopher McQuarrie might see himself as one of the luckiest men on the planet. The screenwriter won an Academy Award for his second produced screenplay (“The Usual Suspects”) and that launched him into directing. But his first feature, “The Way Of The Gun,” was a box office flop and in McQuarrie’s own words landed him into “director’s jail” for about twelve years. While projects developed in the interim, McQuarrie wouldn’t land another credit until 2008 for “Valkyrie” starring Tom Cruise. But before the film was made, it seemed as if Cruise had kept the faith, and in 2007 the trades reported that McQuarrie would tailor several screenplays that the superstar actor was considering. All of them he liked, but he had handpicked McQuarrie to bring them up to snuff. “Valkyrie” was one of the few projects of that time that Cruise actually made, and the actor and »
- Rodrigo Perez
This Time, It’s Rogue: Cruise Continues Singing It Forever Just Because
Arriving nearly four years after the highly celebrated and significantly lauded fourth Mission Impossible installment, 2011’s Brad Bird directed Ghost Protocol, Tom Cruise and company are back, perhaps nervously expecting to pale in comparison to what remains a difficult act to follow. Though an element of surprise is lacking, it’s safe to say Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is an energetic action comedy manufactured with the utmost attention to detail in its remarkable action sequences. Helmed by favored Tom Cruise scribe Christopher McQuarrie (who wrote Valkyrie, Edge of Tomorrow, directed Jack Reacher, and did uncredited revisions on the last Mi film), the whole endeavor feels like a snug outfit for its headlining celebrity.
- Nicholas Bell
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation has crisp action and pacing, but suffers from a slightly nonsensical plot. It's likely that the script was written around the action pieces. While any movie this fantastic needs suspension of disbelief, there's a point in the story where everything could have been wrapped up neatly. But then you'd have a seventy-minute film without the explosive climax. Tom Cruise, who hasn't aged in a decade, will thrill audiences with his death defying stunts. Hanging from airplanes, pummeling Euro baddies bare chested, hurtling through Morocco on motorcycles; this latest installment is a clear testament to Cruise's viability as an action star.
Rogue Nation begins with the Imf disbanded by congress. A snarky CIA director (Alec Baldwin) has had enough of Ethan Hunt's (Cruise) destructive tactics. While Brandt (Jeremy Renner) deals with government bureaucracy, Hunt is captured by a diabolical organization called The Syndicate. He escapes death »
McQuarrie had previously worked with Mi star Tom Cruise on Jack Reacher (which he wrote and directed) and co-wrote the screenplays for Bryan Singer's Valkyrie and the sci-fi hit Edge of Tomorrow. With Rogue Nation, McQuarrie follow in the footsteps of previous directors Brian DePalma, John Woo, J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird. With the Imf now disbanded and Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, a new threat -- called the Syndicate -- soon emerges. The Syndicate is a network of highly skilled operatives who are dedicated to establishing a new world order via an escalating series of terrorist attacks. Faced with what may be the most impossible mission yet, Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), a disavowed British agent who may or may not be a member of this deadly rogue nation. Click On The Player Below »
Saturday Update: Although we haven't heard directly from Paramount yet, other sources, mostly other studios, are reporting that Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation made $20M on Friday (which includes Thursday's $4M evening screenings) on the path to a $50M weekend. That would make the Chris McQuarrie directed Rogue the second best opening in the M:i series, only trailing Mission: Impossible II and its $57.8M weekend in 2000. There's a big, fat caveat to that, however, which is the cost increase of ticket prices from 1996, when the series began, to now. In fact, adjusted for inflation and using the National Association of Theater Owners recently released Q2 average ticket price of $8.61, Rogue's opening weekend falls below the first three films in the series (Ghost Protocol, the fourth M:i opened up in a healthy limited release in fewer theaters so we'll leave that film out of this comparison).
Mission: Impossible - 1996 wknd: $45M - 2015 Adjusted $72.6M. »
- Keith Simanton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ethan Hunt, aka Tom Cruise, is back for the fifth instalment of the Mission Impossible franchise with ‘Rogue Nation’ – a high-octane adventure that sees the Impossible Mission Force pitted against their most nefarious enemy to date.
Starting life back in 1966 as a hit Us TV show, Mission Impossible has grown into a multi-million dollar franchise spawning a series of hit, slick, action movies.
This next chapter in the series sees Tom Cruise reprise his role as daredevil spy Ethan Hunt, – and his team that includes computer whizz Benji played by Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner as special agent Brandt and Ving Rhames as hacker Luther – pitted against ‘The Syndicate’; an anti-imf agency headed up by the menacing Solomon Lane, played by Sean Harris.
- Paul Heath
★★☆☆☆ Tom Cruise reprises his role as spy Ethan Hunt in Rogue Nation (2015), the fifth instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise, this time helmed by screenwriter-turned-director Christopher McQuarrie. While it may deliver on the expected hi-octane thrills and spills with a slew of outrageous stunts, it also delivers a ham-fisted third act and the predictable, woolly plotting will make audiences yearn for the days when the Impossible Mission Force were in the safe hands of Brian De Palma. McQuarrie previously worked with Cruise on several projects, including the abysmal Valkyrie, the more enjoyable Edge of Tomorrow and Jack Reacher, a bland effort to reignite interest in Lee Child's eponymous hero.
- CineVue UK
I thought it would be hard to top Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, but this franchise just keeps getting better. The latest edition, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is not just the best movie of the summer, it is the best summer movie of the summer, with its smart script and direction from Christopher McQuarrie, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Usual Suspects who has a long-standing relationship with star Tom Cruise having penned Valkyrie, Edge Of… »
This Friday, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation will be released. It’s the fifth film in the iconic franchise, but sadly stands as only the third film of its director Christopher McQuarrie in 15 years since he got behind the camera. That’s a real shame, because Christopher McQuarrie is Hollywood’s best-kept secret when he really should be their pride and joy.
Christopher McQuarrie was so damn hot in the mid-90s. He wrote the script for the classic The Usual Suspects and came home with an Oscar. He ended up using that clout to get his feature-directing debut made with the criminally underrated The Way of the Gun, released in 2000. The film failed both critically and commercially – a domestic gross of $6 million, and a worldwide gross of only $13 million against a $21 million budget – and McQuarrie went from insider to outcast in Hollywood.
Fast forward eight years and McQuarrie had only »
- Dylan Griffin
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