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Conspiracy films can captivate an audience in surprising ways, and Hollywood has a long tradition of bringing these theories to life. In the upcoming film Pioneer, director Erik Skjoldbjærg explores a real life Norwegian big oil cover-up that includes murder, extortion, and diving in the North Sea.
In celebration of Pioneer‘s release today, we are counting down six of the best conspiracy thrillers.
5. Shutter Island (2010)
Perhaps better known for violent-gangster films than conspiracy theories, Martin Scorsese teamed up with Leonardo DiCaprio for the fourth time to stunning effects. Using conspiracy-theory tropes unapologetically, Shutter Island turns the genre on its head and questions the nature of conspiracy theorists within our society.
4. The Insider (1999)
Focused solely on their shareholders, corporations will often go to morally extreme lengths to maximize profits. There is perhaps no better instance of this than within the cigarette industry, where companies denied the harmful effects of cigarettes for years, »
- Phil Wheat
One of the most irritating things in life has to be hearing a spoiler about a movie or TV show. Even just finding out there's a twist in a film can be the worst, just ask Roy Trenneman.
Bearing that in mind, you may want to avoid the following video, which collects some of cinema's most iconic movie endings, including The Sixth Sense and The Usual Suspects. To be fair, if you haven't seen or at least heard about these endings by now, you've only got yourself to blame. If you're unsure whether to click play, a full list of films is also below.
Films featured: Citizen Kane, Fight Club, Primal Fear, Signs, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chinatown, The Empire Strikes Back, Psycho (1960), Carrie (1976), Scream, The Sixth Sense, The Departed, The Shawshank Redemption, The Crying Game, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), Planet of the Apes (1968), Planet of the Apes (2001), The Mist, »
Writer-director Christopher Denham's Preservation will make its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival and we've got two new images from the film to show off. Wrenn Schmidt, Aaron Staton, Pablo Schreiber, Jennifer Dubin and Cora Olson star for Denham who also directed 2008's Home Movie. He has also starred in Argo, Sound of My Voice, Shutter Island and Forgetting the Girl.
- Ryan Turek
We all miss James Gandolfini but have no fear, if you didn't get a chance to see last year's fantastic "Enough Said," the late star still has a final appearance in the crime thriller "The Drop" from director Michaël R. Roskam and written by Dennis Lehane ("Shutter Island," "Gone Baby Gone," "Mystic River"). The main star of the film is Tom Hardy as Gandolfini's onscreen nephew. Fox Searchlight will release the movie on September 19. And it looks intriguing!
Another late star we missed is Brittany Murphy but finally, her last film is being released after hiding on the shelf for a while. "Something Wicked" will open in Eugene, Ore. Why Eugene? Because that's where the movie was shot. If you're in Eugene and want to see Murphy's "Something Wicked," the release date is April 4th and it will expand to 19 other locations. It's a psychological thriller about a couple falling apart. »
If Breaking Bad has taught us anything, it’s that dealing with illegally obtained funds can be a real headache. Michaël R. Roskam’s new thriller The Drop – formerly known as Animal Rescue – is all about the flow of that crime cash and what happens when it gets disrupted.
Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and James Gandolfini star in the first trailer for The Drop, which was penned by Dennis Lehane (Shutter Island) and is based on one of his short stories. Gandolfini sadly passed away last summer, and The Drop was his final film project. Though he’s best known for his role as New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano in HBO’s The Sopranos, this crime thriller sees him playing a loan shark turned bar owner who works on the periphery of New York’s ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
Many moviegoers presumed that James Gandolfini’s sweet natured role in Enough Said, which was released last September and earned him a Screen Actors Guild nomination, was his last film. However, Gandolfini’s final big screen appearance is actually in The Drop, a new thriller from Bullhead director Michaël R. Roskam with a screenplay from crime author Dennis Lehane (novelist of Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island), based on his short story.
Although Enough Said was a lighthearted venture for the actor best known for playing Tony Soprano on HBO, The Drop feels like a more appropriate legacy for him, given his omnipresence in crime dramas over the years in both film and television.
In The Drop, Gandolfini plays Marv, the cousin of a New York bartender Bob Saginowski (played by Tom Hardy). The film’s title comes from how the “drop bar” Saginowski manages is a place where criminals drop their dirty money. »
- Jordan Adler
Of course, I use the names Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace in the headline because it's more eye-grabbing for more people. I could have also used James Gandolfini (in his final film) or Matthias Schoenaerts if I had more space, but the big draw for me with this first trailer for The Drop (previously titled Animal Kingdom) is that it comes from Bullhead director Michael R. Roskam and was written by "Shutter Island" and "Gone Baby Gone" author, Dennis Lehane (based upon his short story "Animal Rescue"). The film takes an inside look at Organized crime's use of local New York City bars as money-laundering 'drops'. When lonely Brooklyn bartender Bob Saginowski (Hardy) uncovers a drop of a different sort in the form of a battered pit bull puppy that he rescues from certain death, he comes into contact with Nadia (Rapace), a mysterious woman hiding a dark past. The Drop »
- Brad Brevet
After stills released a few days ago we now have the first trailer for The Drop starring Tom Hardy & James Gandolfini available for your viewing pleasure. The crime drama is based on Hardy’s character who runs a bar where the local criminals hide their money. The bar is robbed and Hardy, along with his Uncle played by Gandolfini, are caught up in an investigation and possible revenge from the criminals whose money has been taken.
From the looks of the trailer we can expect a dark, gritty and intense drama with some powerful performances; we dread to think what cruel fate awaits Hardy’s pet dog and the fact the movie was originally called Animal Rescue doesn’t install much hope into proceedings.
- Victoria Bull
Byung-hun Lee, the actor who played Storm Shadow in both "G.I. Joe" films, has joined the ensemble cast of the upcoming Terminator: Genesis , says The Hollywood Reporter , along with "Mad Men" actor Michael Gladis and "House of Cards" actress Sandrine Holt. No word on who these three will play in the upcoming reboot, though production is expected to begin on the film later this month. The first in a stand-alone trilogy, Terminator: Genesis will also star Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Dayo Okeniyi, and J.K. Simmons. David Ellison will produce with Laeta Kalorgridis ( Avatar , Shutter Island ) and Patrick Lussier ( Drive Angry ) attached to write the »
2013 was a pretty awful year for Hollywood in terms of the actors we lost, and perhaps no death was as shocking and unexpected as that of The Sopranos star James Gandolfini, who passed away from a heart attack at age 51 last June. However, filmgoers have still not seen the last of the prolific actor, who posthumously touched our hearts with the bittersweet romantic comedy Enough Said and is also set to star in an upcoming drama titled The Drop.
Today, the first images from The Drop, which also stars Tom Hardy as a bartender whose life takes an unusual turn after he rescues a wounded dog, have surfaced online, and you can check them out below. Of course, while seeing images of Gandolfini is a melancholy experience, I’m also looking forward to seeing his final performance. The actor was such an indomitable presence on screen, as any watchers of The Sopranos surely know, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Sadly the world lost James Gandolfini last June, leaving us just a couple of final opportunities to see him at work. There was Enough Said, the comedy drama with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, which he shot in the autumn of 2012 and was released last October. His last role was in The Drop, completed just a couple of months before he died. Based on Dennis Lehane’s short story Animal Rescue (and originally titled that), the film co-stars Tom Hardy and is directed by Michael R. Roskam (Bullhead). It’s out in the UK at the end of this year, and the first stills have just surfaced at USA Today.Head to USA Today for more stillsLehane (original author of Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River and Shutter Island) served as his own adaptor for The Drop, which marks his first screenwriting credit. The story involves Bob, a lonely Boston barman (Hardy) and ex-criminal trying to go straight, »
The first images from director Michaël R. Roskam’s (Bullhead) crime drama The Drop (formerly titled Animal Rescue) have landed online, offering us a first look at what will sadly be James Gandolfini’s final film. Tom Hardy leads the pic as a former criminal and current bartender working at a place that serves as a money “drop” for local gangsters. Gandolfini plays his cousin, and the story kicks into gear when Hardy's character rescues a pit bull puppy, only to become the target of the dog’s abusive and mentally unstable former owner. Mystic River and Shutter Island author Dennis Lehane penned the screenplay, and the impressive cast also includes Noomi Rapace and Matthias Schoenaerts. Hit the jump to check out the debut images. The Drop opens in theaters on September 19th. Via USA Today. [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="322487,322490,322492,322488,322491"] »
- Adam Chitwood
Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells exchange a quick look with each other before both yelling out, in perfect unison, "No!" and then start laughing hysterically. The two British actresses know they've probably answered a little too quickly, but given the nature of the project under discussion — the very reason that they are sitting together in the Bowery Hotel's lobby, sipping late-afternoon tea — they understand that it's natural to ask some rather personal questions.
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by Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com
What looks to be a killer new indie horror film, The Suffering has completed filming and in now in post production. In order to complete the movie, the producers have a Kickstarter campaign going. See how you can get involved here. Check out all the details below and keep your eye out for this one.
The Suffering follows a man’s descent into madness after accepting a mysterious assignment to assess the aristocratic, supernatural property of a reclusive shut-in. The film combines thematic elements of The Shining and Shutter Island while remaining original in its perspective on morality and redemption.
The Suffering is the second production brought to you by Rob Hamilton, who directed in 2012 the indie mystery Key, which secured two awards at the World Music and Independent Film Festival in Washington DC. Production includes Marco Scola (Project X), Ian Coyne (Nuclear), and David Newbert (Marfa Girl, »
James Mangold recently attached his name to the John D. MacDonald adaptation The Deep Blue Good-By at Fox, with a script from Dennis Lehane (author of "Shutter Island" and "Gone Baby Gone"), which had people wondering when they should expect him to film the as-yet Untitled Wolverine Sequel since he also has Three Little Words with Amanda Seyfried on his plate. Well, when asked directly about the Wolverine sequel on Twitter he replied saying, "We are figuring it all out. At the moment, I'm shooting The next Wolverine after X-Men: Apocalypse." https://twitter.com/mang0ld/status/444911156826619904 X-Men: Apocalypse, because I know you're wondering, is set to hit theaters on May 27, 2016 which means we might not see Wolverine 2 until 2017 or late 2016 at the earliest. As far as Hugh Jackman's involvement is concerned, he has yet to commit, but would a sequel without Jackman really make much sensec Jackman is »
- Brad Brevet
Principal casting for the upcoming Terminator franchise reboot – unofficially known as Terminator: Genesis right now – appears to be done at this stage, with the key characters from the sci-fi property’s mythology (Sarah Connor, John Connor, and Kyle Reese) having been cast anew for this relaunch of the series.
Rumor has it that the Genesis screen story – written by Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) – will revisit key and/or iconic sequences featured in the series’ first two installments (James Cameron’s Terminator and T2: Judgement Day), albeit with the frame of a larger time-travel storyline.
- Sandy Schaefer
James Mangold has set his sights on a film titled The Deep Blue Good-By at Fox, picking up where Oliver Stone and Leonardo DiCaprio were once attached and working on a draft of the screenplay previously written by Dennis Lehane (author of "Shutter Island" and "Gone Baby Gone"). amz asin="B009FKTTMQ" size="small"The story is based on the books by John D. MacDonald centering on his long-running character Travis McGee, this being the first in the series. Here's the book's plot: Travis McGee isn't particularly strapped for cash, but how can anyone say no to Cathy, a sweet backwoods girl who's been tortured repeatedly by her manipulative ex-boyfriend Junior Allenc What Travis isn't anticipating is just how many women Junior has torn apart and left in his wake. Enter Junior's latest victim, Lois Atkinson. Frail and broken, Lois can barely get out of bed when Travis finds her, »
- Brad Brevet
As you know, Leonardo DiCaprio signs up for a lot of projects, and as you might expect, not all of them get made. Way back in 2010, the actor was attached to star in "The Deep Blue Good-By," with Oliver Stone to direct. It was viewed as a potential franchise starter, but for whatever reason, it never really got moving and the pair moved on. But now, 20th Century Fox are turning to James Mangold to make to it happen. "The Wolverine" helmer is now slated to direct 'Good-By,' with the latest draft of the script penned by Dennis Lehane ("Mystic River," "Shutter Island"). Based on the 1964 book by John D. MacDonald, the story centers on Travis McGee, a Florida-based “salvage consultant” who, as is usual with this genre of pulpy fare, tends to get mixed up with women and in far deeper than you might expect. Here's the Amazon »
- Kevin Jagernauth
If you are determined to reboot a fractured and scattered movie franchise such as Terminator, there is only one way to tie it all together before moving forward, and that’s with the original cyborg himself. Speaking recently to TheArnoldFans.com at the Arnold Sports Festival, Schwarzenegger took time to tease the upcoming fifth instalment – Terminator: Genesis.
“I’m really looking forward to that because, as you know, the last time they did the Terminator, it was when I was Governor, and so I couldn’t be in that movie. But, now I’m back again and they are very excited about having me in the film, and David Ellison, who has produced all the big movies lately, has plenty of money to do it well. He’s in partnership with Paramount Pictures who are going to release the movie through their distribution. I’m really looking forward to that »
- Sarah Myles
Non-Stop and Son of God ruled the box office over Oscar weekend. The Liam Neeson action movie took first place with $28.9 million, while Son of God was an impressive runner-up.Meanwhile, Disney Animation's Frozen became the 18th movie ever to earn over $1 billion worldwide. More importantly, it's only the fifth movie ever to hit that milestone that's not a sequel or prequel. With an opening in Japan on the way, Frozen will likely end its run in the Top 10 all-time.Playing at 3,090 locations, Non-Stop led the way with $28.9 million. That's a significant step up from recent Neeson movies Unknown ($21.9 million) and The Grey ($19.7 million). It's also on par with similar movies like Olympus Has Fallen ($30.4 million) and Inside Man ($29 million). Following Lone Survivor and Ride Along, this is the third movie from Universal Pictures to open in the top spot this year. Even more impressive is the fact that all »
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