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Doctor Strange: Veteran actor Mads Mikkelsen (TV's Hannibal) is in early talks to play an unspecified role in Marvel's Doctor Strange. Benedict Cumbarbatch is set to star as the good doctor, Earth's protector against "magical and mystical threats," while Tilda Swinton will play the doctor's mentor and Chiwetel Ejiofor will portray the doctor's chief nemesis; Mikkelsen would reportedly play a villainous character. Production is expected to get underway later this year, with the movie aiming for release on November 4, 2016. [Variety] The Titan: Sam Worthington (Wrarth of the Titans) and Ruth Wilson (The Lone Ranger) will star in The Titan, a love story set in the "not too distant" future. The film will revolve around a military...
- Peter Martin
It's been announced that Sam Worthington and The Affair and The Lone Ranger actress Ruth Wilson are set to star alongside Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service) in an "elevated sci-fi" flick called The Titan. Lennart Ruff will make his feature film directorial debut with the movie, with Motion Picture Capital, Grace Of Monaco screenwriter Arash Amel, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones of... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Warner Bros. Pictures
The big release of the past week (at least internationally) was Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Normally I’d do the usual highly opinionated review, but seeing as we had one of those last week, I thought instead I’d focus in a bit more depth on the film’s defining problem.
Overall I wasn’t a massive fan of the movie. Ritchie’s action was incomprehensibly constructed and often relegated to the background, the repeated “but you missed this bit” twists quickly went from cute to aggravating and any moments of flair (the truck scene was pretty cool) were undercut by a pervading obviousness. But these are all just symptoms of a more all-encompassing problem.
As you’ll be at least acutely aware, The Man From U.N.C.L.E was originally a TV series made in the sixties. Now there’s an »
- Alex Leadbeater
'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' 2015: Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' movie is a domestic box office bomb: Will it be saved by international filmgoers? Directed by Sherlock Holmes' Guy Ritchie and toplining Man of Steel star Henry Cavill and The Lone Ranger costar Armie Hammer, the Warner Bros. release The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has been a domestic box office disaster, performing about 25 percent below – already quite modest – expectations. (See also: “'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Movie: Bigger Box Office Flop Than Expected.”) This past weekend, the $80 million-budget The Man from U.N.C.L.E. collected a meager $13.42 million from 3,638 North American theaters, averaging $3,689 per site. After five days out, the big-screen reboot of the popular 1960s television series starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum has taken in a mere $16.77 million. For comparison's sake: »
- Zac Gille
Box Office Sabermetrics is a weekly column that will attempt to apply the statistical analysis Sabermetrics, used in Baseball, to the box office results each weekend.
There are a few things of note going on in the top 10 this past weekend, first and foremost that Straight Outta Compton just made a ton of money. Like, nearly-twice-its-budget-just-domestically ton of money. It’s set the new domestic box office record for an R-Rated opening in August. That’s great for many reasons: a bright future for its young stars, F. Gary Gray is relevant again, and hopefully this will encourage more high-profile films about the rap and hip-hop community.
But looking down the list, something is amiss with the low receipts for The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which means that’s two straight franchise starters that have bombed for star Armie Hammer. A very disconcerting question arises: Is Armie Hammer suffering from the Taylor Kitsch syndrome? »
- Dylan Griffin
Opening on 3,700 screens, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. made just $13.5 million, opening third behind Universal’s Straight Outta Compton and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation in its third week of release. The reported budget of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was $80 million, so this can’t be seen as good news for Warner Bros.
See Also: Read our reviews of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. here and here
Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. centers on U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin. The two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile »
- Luke Owen
Warner Bros. hopes of building a franchise based on a once-popular 1960s TV series now seem mission: impossible.
Director Guy Ritchie.s The Man From U.N.C.L.E is an instant flop, opening with just $1.6 million in Australia and $US13.4 million in the Us last weekend.
Against the trend of a soft weekend at Oz cinemas, Icon.s Last Cable to Darwin showed great resilience, dipping by just 11 per cent and taking $1 million in its second weekend.
The weekend B.O. fell by 26 per cent to $10.1 million, according to Rentrak.s estimate. In the Us The Man from U. »
- Don Groves
The Man from U.N.C.L.E., 2015.
Directed by Guy Ritchie.
In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and Kgb operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons.
Television to movie adaptations are tricky to pull off. In one hand you have the mammoth critical and commercial success of the Mission: Impossible franchise or you have the financial disaster and rather dull The Lone Ranger. In terms of entertainment, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. sits somewhere in the middle. It’s entertaining, well-acted and highly stylised – it is however one of those films that you forget about within an hour of leaving the cinema.
The convoluted plot plays a large part in this. We’re introduced to American agent Napoleon Solo (Cavill »
- Helen Murdoch
'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' with Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' box office: Bigger domestic flop than expected? Before I address the box office debacle of Warner Bros.' The Man from U.N.C.L.E., I'd like remark upon the fact that 2015 has been a notable year at the North American box office. That's when the dinosaurs of Jurassic World smashed Hulk and his fellow Halloween-costumed Marvel superheroes of Avengers: Age of Ultron. And smashed them good: $636.73 million vs. $457.52 million. (See also: 'Jurassic World' beating 'The Avengers' worldwide and domestically?) At least in part for sentimental (or just downright morbid) reasons – Paul Walker's death in a car accident in late 2013 – Furious 7 has become by far the highest-grossing The Fast and the Furious movie in the U.S. and Canada: $351.03 million. (Shades of Heath Ledger's unexpected death »
- Zac Gille
Masked heroes were popular in the 1930s, the decade that saw the introduction of The Lone Ranger, The Green Hornet and Batman. In Mexico, crowds flocked to see masked combatants wrestle each other into submission, with each luchador giving such a theatrical performance that audiences knew who was the tecnico (good guy) and who was the rudo (villain).
Most famous of all was El Santo, whose popularity inspired a comic book and, years later, a film series. Rodolfo Guzman Huerta, who portrayed El Santo in the ring, turned down an appearance in 1952’s El Mascadero De Plata (The Man In The Silver Mask), though he later relented and took supporting roles in Santo Vs The Evil Brain and Santo Vs The Infernal Men, initiating a franchise that lasted into the 1980s.
By the time of Santo Vs The Zombies (1961), the formula had been established: in between wrestling matches, Santo »
- Ian Watson
'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' with Henry Cavill. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' box office: Hollywood's third domestic bomb in a row Right on the heels of Chris Columbus-Adam Sandler's Pixels and Josh Trank's Fantastic Four comes The Man from U.N.C.L.E., a big screen adaptation of the 1960s television series, directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Man of Steel hero Henry Cavill and The Lone Ranger costar Armie Hammer. (See updated follow-up post: “'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Movie Box Office: Bigger Bomb Than Expected.”) Budgeted at a reported $88 million, to date Pixels has collected a mere $61.11 million in North America. Overseas things are a little better: an estimated $73.6 million as of Aug. 9, for a worldwide total of approx. $134.71 million. Sounds profitable? Well, not yet. First of all, let's not forget that distributor »
- Zac Gille
At D23 today, Johnny Depp was inducted as a Disney Legend along with George Lucas and several others. Depp has been a powerhouse for Disney thanks to the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise and Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland. We won't talk about the bath Disney took on The Lone Ranger. Before he becomes Captain Jack Sparrow one more time, Depp will return to Wonderland as the Mad Hatter in next... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
Guy Ritchie’s spy-themed GQ fashion shoot. Pure popcorn nonsense, sleek and chic and vaguely funny, but instantly forgettable. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I’ve literally just come from a multiplex showing of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and already I’ve forgotten it. I seem to recall not disliking it while it was unspooling, so I guess that’s good? Now, though, I’m struggling to come up with a reason for the existence of this movie at all. Was there a demand for a big-screen version of the 60s TV show that I was unaware of? Or has Hollywood simply run out of old properties to do over? Is there a trend thinktank working somewhere in New York or London that is desperately trying to get us all into Cold War chic »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Sean Fahey, founder of Black Jack Press and mastermind behind the outstanding weird west anthology series, Tall Tales from the Badlands, has begun a Kickstarter campaign to launch a new anthology, Sagas of the Northmen, featuring one of medieval Europe’s most feared cultures: the Vikings. On the Kickstarter page, Fahey states, “In the tradition of the medieval Icelandic Sagas, our book features tales about (seemingly) ordinary men and women finding themselves in extraordinary circumstances. The subject matter explored in this inaugural volume is expansive and includes stand-alone tales about the infamous raid on Lindisfarne, Leif Erikson, the Icelandic justice system, the Viking funeral ritual, the Varangian Guard, the Viking warrior ethos and Freydis Eiriksdottir’s expedition to North America.” These are some truly epic tales from Viking history. The raid on Lindisfarne was a brutal attack by the Vikings on English villagers and marked the beginning of the “Viking Age. »
- Merriell Moyer
Guy Ritchie's The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a breath of fresh air at the summer box office. It's an ultra-stylish throwback to the spy films of the sixties. Sleek secret agents and their sexy foils against nuclear armageddon. We've seen this set-up a million times before, but Ritchie succeeds in taking established convention and infusing it with a jolt of energy. My familiarity with the classic television show is limited, so I won't pretend to know how close this adaptation sticks to the original. It has a je ne sais quoi, a sophisticated charm; that just grabs you. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a distinctively Guy Ritchie film. If you liked his previous work: Snatch, RocknRolla, and Sherlock Holmes; you're going to love this.
In June, it was widely reported that Universal is set to reboot Arnold Schwarzenegger's 1990 action comedy hit Kindergarten Cop. Though, the muscles from Brussels wouldn't be participating in any way. Now we have confirmation that this will actually be a sequel, tentatively titled Kindergarten Cop 2. And guess what? It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger's Expendables co-star Dolph Lundgren! Don't believe us? We have the first look at the action legend on set.
Maybe Kindergarten Cop 2 with Dolph Lundgren sounds so ridiculous that you can't fathom such a thing. But 90s nostalgia is in full-force, and while a Kindergarten Cop 2 might not be worthy of a big screen release, enough kids who are now adults remember it, and will probably give it a change once it hits home video in 2016. At this time, there is no confirmed release date. But we may see the first trailer around Christmas time.
A vague »
Welcome to Outrage Watch, HitFix's semi-regular rundown of entertainment-related kerfuffles. Not anxious enough already? Get your fix of righteous indignation below, and stay posted for outrage updates throughout the week. Marilyn Manson presumably shares many interests in common with his good friend Johnny Depp -- and one of them appears to be playing Native American characters on the big screen. The rock icon is coming under attack from online commenters based on the trailer for his upcoming film "Let Me Make You a Martyr" (watch it here), in which Manson stars as a Native American hitman hired by "a drug dealer, pimp and all-around scumbag" (Mark Boone Junior) to hunt down the adult son (Niko Nicotera) who has turned against him. "We choose @marilynmanson to play a Native American character when we have so many amazing Native actors? Why?" wrote Twitter user Megan Red Shirt-Shaw, who engaged in an extended »
- Chris Eggertsen
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Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. centers on U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin. The two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe.
- Luke Owen
This summer has been both a financially & critically successful one for pure action films with Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road leading the way with both of them earning certified fresh ratings in the upper 90s from review aggregator RottenTomatoes. Also, it's been quite a big year for espionage films as well as in addition to the Chris McQuarrie-directed M:i-5, Paul Feig's Spy & Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service were also well-received when they arrived in theaters earlier this year. This Friday, another action/spy comedy thriller joins the fray as Guy Ritchie's The Man From U.N.C.L.E., which stars Henry Cavill (Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice), Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger), Alicia Vikander (Bourne 5), Elizabeth Debicki (Everest), & Hugh Grant (Notting Hill), hits theaters. Does it live up to the lofty expectations set by the films that came before it? »
Light on its feet, utterly inconsequential, and quite often a pleasure to look at and listen to, "The Man From Uncle" is Guy Ritchie's big-screen reboot of the classic '60s spy show. Showcasing the charms of Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, and Alicia Vikander, it is a piffle, a fetish piece for anyone who loves the pop side of the '60s, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. It is not a non-stop action movie, though, and I suspect that on the heels of "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation," it's going to be treated more roughly than it deserves. Ritchie has been working with writer/producer Lionel Wigram since "Sherlock Holmes," and they seem to have settled into a pretty happy system of doing things. They share screenplay credit on this one, with the story attributed to Jeff Kleeman & David C. Wilson as well as Wigram and Ritchie, and it's a pretty simple, »
- Drew McWeeny
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