14 items from 2017
If there’s one thing you can count on when you see a Tom Cruise franchise action movie, it’s the look on his face. It is cool and poised, sleek and alert; it’s all dashing resolve. But during “The Mummy,” I kept looking at Cruise and having a strange sensation, which is that the emotion those familiar features seemed to be radiating was, in a word, confusion. Throughout the movie, he looked a little slack and a little blank, a little what-the-heck-is-going-on? It could, theoretically, have been an element of Cruise’s performance. His character, a tomb raider named Nick Morton, gets invaded by the spirit of an Egyptian mummy; his soul then becomes a battleground between good and evil (at least, that’s the idea). That could be enough to leave one confused. The truth is, though, that the slightly discombobulated look on Cruise’s face throughout »
- Owen Gleiberman
9 June 2017 6:40 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
After roughly 40 films made across 35 years, Tom Cruise has starred in notably few absolute stinkers. Sure, Cocktail, Vanilla Sky, Lions for Lambs and Knight and Day were pretty bad, but, by and large, he's maintained a pretty good batting average. Certainly nothing he's ever done before compares in its absolute awfulness to his latest, The Mummy. As we fled the screening the other night, my son joked that we had just witnessed the collision of the Hindenburg and the Titanic, while my first thought was that the film should go directly to its proper home on Mystery Science »
- Todd McCarthy
Cruise plays the hero with a megawatt smile yet again in The Mummy. But a survey of his less likable characters reveals an actor born to play the baddie
Tom Cruise is stuck in a holding pattern of total heroism and diminishing artistic returns, and he badly needs to break out of it. Look at the last decade of his work: he’s been almost tediously unstoppable. He has had three outings as the indestructible, comically resourceful and courageous Ethan Hunt in three of the Mission: Impossibles (with another one in the pipeline for next summer). He has played Lee Child’s tough and indefatigable loner action hero Jack Reacher. Plus, he was another super-heroic secret agent in Knight and Day, he went to war against the off-world 1% in Oblivion and took on Hitler himself in Valkyrie. But even he couldn’t nail the Führer. It was a rare day of failure for Tc. »
- John Patterson
Gadot is noted for her role as 'Wonder Woman' in the 'DC Extended Universe', starting with "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (2016), continuing as the lead in "Wonder Woman" (2017), and thereafter in the first part of the "Justice League" films.
At the age of 20, Gadot carried out two years of service as an enlisted soldier in the 'Israel Defense Forces', serving as a combat instructor. She says of her time as a soldier: "You give two or three years, and it's not about you. You learn discipline and respect".
A casting director called her to audition for the part of 'Bond' girl 'Camille Montes' in the film "Quantum of Solace". Although she lost the part to Olga Kurylenko, the same casting director hired Gadot for the role of 'Gisele' in »
- Michael Stevens
Indian actor Tiger Shroff is taking on a big challenge, stepping into the role of Rambo for an upcoming Hindi remake. The character was introduced in 1982’s First Blood, which of course starred Sylvester Stallone — and he recently encouraged the filmmakers in their task (see below). Siddharth Anand, who remade Fox's Knight And Day as Bang Bang in 2014, is directing. Shroff has a martial arts background and has been seen in such pics as Baaghi and Heropanti. I sat down… »
The Indian remake of “Rambo” doesn’t start shooting until next February, but director Siddharth Anand has already earned something every filmmaker in his shoes would want: a vote of confidence from the original Rambo.
“I actually get excited in my heart whenever young artists get a rare opportunity to reach for the stars!” Sylvester Stallone wrote in an Instagram post on Saturday, referring to the 27-year-old Bollywood actor Tiger Shroff who will play the titular character. “I am sure you will put all of your heart and soul into it.” Stallone also tweeted the recently unveiled poster for the movie and wished the filmmakers good luck, adding “I like the energy of Bollywood.”
Based on 1982’s “First Blood, »
- Graham Winfrey
Indian filmmaker Siddharth Anand and martial arts expect Tiger Shroff are teaming up for an official remake of Rambo, which is set to begin production early in 2018 ahead of a release later in the year. Thanks to IndieWire, we’ve got a look at the first poster featuring Shroff in the role made famous by Sylvester Stallone…
The new film “will follow the last surviving member of an elite covert unit of the Indian Armed forces who returns home to discover a war waging in his own land. Forced into the dangerous jungles and frozen mountains of the Himalayas, he unleashes mayhem and destruction, becoming the unstoppable machine he was trained to be.”
Rambo marks the first production under a five-film deal between Original Entertainment and Millennium Films, which included the rights for Bollywood remakes of Rambo, The Expendables, 16 Blocks, 88 Minutes and Brooklyn’s Finest. Director Anand’s last film »
- Gary Collinson
This big budget action feature will follow the last surviving member of an elite covert unit of the Indian Armed forces who returns home to discover a war waging in his own land. Forced into the dangerous jungles and frozen mountains of the Himalayas, he unleashes mayhem and destruction, becoming the unstoppable machine he was trained to be.
Director Siddharth Anand said, “Rambo is one of the most iconic action blockbuster films from my generation. I grew up looking up to heroes such as Stallone, and in a time where the Indian industry is lacking action characters of Rambo’s caliber, this is a perfect time to introduce Tiger in this role. I cannot wait to work with Tiger on this film; he has that aura about him, »
- Stacey Yount
“Rambo” is coming to Bollywood. Filmmaker Siddharth Anand is teaming up with Indian actor and martial arts expert Tiger Shroff for a official remake. “Rambo” is scheduled to begin shooting in February 2018 and be released later that year. Anand and Shroff are officially announcing the project next week at the Cannes Film Festival.
Read More: Cannes: 10 Indian Filmmakers That Should Be on the Festival’s Radar
The action film will follow the last surviving member of an elite covert unit of the Indian Armed forces who returns home to discover a war waging in his own land. Forced into the dangerous jungles and frozen mountains of the Himalayas, he unleashes mayhem and destruction, becoming the unstoppable machine he was trained to be.
M! Capital Ventures, Original Entertainment, Impact Films and Siddharth Anand Pictures will co-produce the film. Original Entertainment closed a five-picture deal with Millennium Films in 2013 for Bollywood remakes of “Rambo, »
- Graham Winfrey
On the surface, Edge of Tomorrow seemed like a gimmicky sci-fi film at best. Its Groundhog Day-esque premise didn’t do much to rope audiences in, and it also arrived at an odd time in Tom Cruise’s career, following a string of mediocre releases like Knight and Day, Rock of Ages and Oblivion – all fairly forgettable affairs that had everyone thinking that maybe, the movie star just wasn’t the box office draw that he used to be. That’s why it was such a surprise then when Doug Liman’s brainy thriller turned out to be one of the very best films of the year, delivering a gripping and clever ride that’s now sitting pretty at an impressive 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.
- Josh Wilding
The film follows a cynical woman who doesn’t believe in love and then wakes up to discover that her life has become a romantic comedy.
Wilson starred in both “Pitch Perfect” movies and is attached to the upcoming “Pitch Perfect 3.” Credits for the Australian actress include “Bridesmaids,” “How to Be Single,” “The Brothers Grimsby,” and “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.”
Garner produced both the “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” movies, along with “Into the Storm” and “Knight and Day.” Scharbo and Matthews were executive producers on several TV series, including “The Gates,” “Missing,” and “Rush.” Matthews was also a producer on the feature »
- Dave McNary
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast.
On today’s season finale, Jenelle Riley and I try to make sense of one of the wildest closes to an Oscars ceremony in history. The Academy had plenty of surprises up its sleeve throughout the crafts categories, and the apparent runaway train for “La La Land” wasn’t a runaway train at all as “Moonlight” made monumental history with the best picture victory. We chew on the fallout with another Oscar season in the books.
For more, listen to the latest episode of “Playback” below. Please keep in mind there are Spoilers from the film in the conversation. “Playback” will be taking a break for a few weeks, but be sure to check back after »
- Kristopher Tapley
MaryAnn’s quick take… The X-Men series — the entire superhero genre — has never seen a film like Logan before: raw, rageful, tormented, human. Best of the series yet. I’m “biast” (pro): mostly love the X-Men movies; love Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
With their extended metaphor about mutation as a stand-in for all the many reasons humans find to be bigoted toward other humans, the X-Men stories have always been perhaps the most grounded of the superhero universes, at least in their exploration of what it means to be “super” in a world where “super” is feared and hated, where “super” is ostracized. The mutants of X-Men are just ordinary people with unusual talents that, for the most part, they have to hide, and the movies in this series — of which we have had 10, counting this one, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Comedy hit creators Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (Scary Movie franchise, Epic Movie, Vampires Suck) are set to write and direct their newest project Star Worlds Episode Xxxive=MC2: The Force Awakens The Last Jedi Who Went Rogue, a Star Wars spoof, it was announced today by Covert Media's CEO Paul Hanson (District 9, W. Ophelia) who is producing the film alongside Broken Road Productions' Todd Garner (Knight and Day, True Memoirs of an International Assassin). With over a billion dollars at the worldwide box office, the kings of spoof movies have poked fun at every genre in film, from five Scary Movies, Epic Movie and Date Movie, to Meet the Spartans and Vampires Suck. Now they are at it again, daring to spoof the biggest movie empire on Earth by taking us to a galaxy far, far away in... Star Worlds.
With their comedic take on »
14 items from 2017
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