8 items from 2017
While the summer movie season is still in full swing, fans of Vince Flynn's iconic Mitch Rapp novel series will likely be waiting for the summer to end, with the fall release of the highly-anticipated American Assassin. CBS Films has released a new red band trailer, with R-rated language, an all-ages green band trailer and a new poster and character banners for this upcoming action-thriller, hitting theaters September 15 from CBS Films and Lionsgate. This movie could be the start of a big franchise for the studio, with 15 novels based on this character that could also be adapted for the big screen.
American Assassin tells the story of legendary CIA agent Mitch Rapp. Long before he began hunting terrorists, Rapp was a gifted college scholar/athlete. Then, tragedy struck and Rapp was recruited into the nation's most elite covert operations program, where he is trained by a legendary soldier named »
Exclusive: Wme has signed screenwriter/producer Allan Loeb. Loeb’s scripting credits include Collateral Beauty, which he also produced, The Space Between Us, Rock of Ages, Just Go with It, 21, and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. His next film is the Marc Webb-directed The Only Living Boy in New York, which Roadside Attractions releases August 11, with Kate Beckinsale, Pierce Brosnan and Jeff Bridges starring. Loeb, who had been repped by CAA, continues to be managed… »
Oliver Stone and Vladimir Putin are a match made in heaven. Stone’s upcoming documentary series “The Putin Interviews” could be just the project to give the filmmaker’s career the shot in the arm in desperately needs. The director of iconic films like “Platoon” and “JFK” has never wavered from tackling challenging political stories, both documentaries and narrative features, but the results as of late have been lackluster.
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“The Putin Interviews,” a four-night series airing on Showtime this June, could change all that. While Stone has always been an outspoken critic of governments around the world, the recent rise of issues like surveillance, hacking and cyberwarfare have made him even more energized, and concerned, about current events.
“What’s going on right now is pretty shocking,” Stone said at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. »
- Graham Winfrey
Halfway through its penultimate fifth season, FX’s The Americans is enjoying a popular and, for many, long-delayed critical acclaim. Nominated for 57 acting, writing and directing awards since it debuted in 2013, the show snagged a WGA award for best dramatic series in 2016. Stephen Schiff, an executive producer and a co-writer on the show since its second season, has had a hand in its success. A former staff writer at The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, Schiff has written screenplays for Lolita (1997), True Crime (1999) and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010). In addition to his work on »
- Scott Johnson
Lionsgate and CBS Films has debuted the first trailer and poster for the long-awaited adaptation American Assassin, based on author Vince Flynn's iconic novel series following the character Mitch Rapp, played by Dylan O'Brien. With 15 novels and counting in this series, CBS Films could very well have a franchise on their hands, if American Assassin becomes a big hit at the box office. But as of now, no sequel plans have been confirmed. This footage gives us some early insight into Mitch Rapp's past, teasing the path that lead him to the CIA.
American Assassin follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O'Brien) a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three »
MaryAnn’s quick take… A gripping précis of what Edward Snowden learned at the CIA and Nsa, why he went public, and why it matters. Entertaining yet also deeply unsettling. I’m “biast” (pro): big fan of Oliver Stone, and of Edward Snowden; love the cast
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Snowden opens in June 2013, as journalists Laura Poitras (Melissa Leo: London Has Fallen, The Big Short) and Glenn Greenwald (Zachary Quinto: Star Trek Beyond, Hitman: Agent 47) first meet and interview, over several days, Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt: The Night Before, The Walk), in a hotel in Hong Kong. My first thought upon my second viewing this weekend of Oliver Stone’s (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, W.) gripping docudrama about these shocking real-life events is »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Antico, who made the announcement on his Facebook page, has been a longtime critic of SAG-aftra’s elected leadership and its executive staff. He has credits on dozens of films, including “Pearl Harbor,” “Danny Collins,” “Daredevil,” “Training Day,” “Monster Trucks,” and “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.”
“SAG-aftra is run by actors who are not educated in corporate finance, nor governance,” he said. “We must restore ethics and sound business practices to SAG-aftra, through education, transparency, love and forgiveness. We are all responsible, good or bad, for what has taken place in SAG-aftra to date. Join me in affecting a change that benefits the ideology of the highest good for all.”
The election will take place in August with all dues-current members eligible to vote. The performers union has about 160,000 members. Antico is the »
- Dave McNary
Josh Brolin looks nearly unrecognizable in his upcoming film role.
The 48-year-old actor shared a before-and-after post on Instagram, revealing that he gained 73 pounds. The first photo showed Brolin at 167 pounds, while the second image was of him at 240 pounds.
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Prior to the post, he put up a pic from 2007, where he looked noticeably thinner. "One hundred and sixty-seven pounds, 2007 #afilmbyoliverstone," Brolin captioned the photo. The actor worked with Oliver Stone on W. (2008) and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010).
While on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in January 2015, Brolin revealed that he had gained over 40 pounds for his role in Danny McBride and Jody Hill's comedy, Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter. He even unbuttoned his shirt to show off his belly. "I have to get rid of this weight," he insisted.
Photo: Josh Brolin Goes Naked in the Desert, Has Absolutely »
8 items from 2017
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