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‘Sabotage’ Review

25 July 2014 9:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Arnold SchwarzeneggerSam Worthington, Joe Maganiello, Terrence HowardOlivia WilliamsHarold Perrineau | Written by David Ayer, Skip Woods | Directed by David Ayer

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s journey back to the big screen has been fraught with financial peril. While the Expendables films have done decent enough business, his other ventures since his return from government have proven to be fairly rocky. The Last Stand only scrapped past making back its production budget worldwide, and although his Stallone co-starrer Escape Plan managed to make over $100 million, his latest solo starring vehicle Sabotage has made less than $20 million across the globe which used to turn out in their droves, once for a film when the Austrian Oak got pregnant. Oh how times change…

In all honesty though, its easy to see why Sabotage would not bring in wide audiences. David Ayer, who has made his name on manly men being men films »

- Ian Loring

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The Expendables 3 leaks online just weeks before release

25 July 2014 2:06 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This morning the internet is abuzz with word that a high-quality version of the upcoming blockbuster action sequel The Expendables 3 has somehow leaked online. While we here at Flickering Myth don’t condone piracy or illegal downloading in any way, this is now very much in the public domain, and is perhaps the most high profile leak to happen over recent years.

With Comic-Con in full swing in the Us, the news that a major film, which is being represented at the festival, has leaked online before its world bow will be a massive blow to distributors Lionsgate, who were hoping this would be a decent moneymaker for them. Whether it affects the film’s cinema release and its box office taking remains to be seen.

There hasn’t been this high-profile a film leak since X-Men Origins: Wolverine back in 2009, when a work-print of the film, which was finished bar some missing CGI, »

- Scott Davis

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Alan Alda and Amy Ryan join Tom Hanks for Steven Spielberg’s new film

22 July 2014 7:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In gestation since early last year, Tom Hanks (Saving Private Ryan) is prepping himself for his re-teaming with Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park) in the still-untitled film about the incident involving a U-2 spy plane. And if the re-team of Hanks and Spielberg, as well as a script from Joel & Ethan Coen (Inside Llewyn Davis) wasn’t enough to get you salivating, the supporting cast in slowly filling up with some great talent.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Amy Ryan (Escape Plan) has signed on to play Hanks’ wife and that Alan Alda (M*A*S*H), Eve Hewson (Enough Said) and Billy Magnussen (Into The Woods) are all currently in negotiations to join them.

Based on the true story of James Donovan, the project follows the American attorney who was tasked with negotiating the release of pilot Gary Powers in the wake of the 1960 international incident, which will be co-financed »

- Scott Davis

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11 Potential Surprises at This Year’s Comic-Con

22 July 2014 5:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s no secret that studios like to surprise and delight fans at San Diego Comic-Con, and they spend hundreds of thousands of dollars cutting special footage and first looks to debut in Hall H. While the Variety staff likes a good surprise as much as the next person, we’re going to hedge our bets because there are just some things we can’t imagine not being dropped at the fest. A few studios have announced at length what they’re planning, while others have remained hush-hush.

In order of most to least likely, here are our best educated guesses:

1. The Avengers - The trifecta of Con gods, better known as Kevin Feige, Joss Whedon and all things Avengers related, specifically those in the “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” are coming to San Diego. Simply put, how could they not? Last year Whedon and Feige blew the roof off Hall »

- Alexandra Cheney

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Beyond Fright Review: Sabotage

20 July 2014 2:58 AM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

A film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger comes with a decently hefty amount of expectations, due to his filmography being completely full of films that helped establish his role as the guy who has blown more buildings up, delivered more one liners, and muscled his way through more bad guys than any other badass working today. When an actor gets that insanely huge amount of baggage, it’s hard for viewers to think of him as anything other than that, causing any testing of the waters to be less successful and well received. Thankfully though, Schwarzenegger is able to rise above that and give fans a very unexpected yet interesting performance in David Ayer’s gritty as hell film Sabotage.

Following a covert operation that ends with 10 million dollars of drug cartel money missing, DEA Agent Breacher (Schwarzenegger) and his hardcore team of undercover agents are put under investigation, with each member »

- Jerry Smith

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Sabotage Blu-ray Review

16 July 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to the big screen can’t be called much of a comeback as The Last Stand, Escape Plan and Sabotage were all bombs.  Sabotage tanked the hardest as it was barely able to cross the ten million dollar mark.  Perhaps Arnie will regain his footing from his role in the upcoming Terminator sequel, but it seems unlikely that he will ever front a non-sequel again (or at least for another five years).  That’s too bad as Sabotage is a fun throwback to his early eighties action movies which delivers the “red meat city” PG-13 action movies of late are unable to do.  Mixing Commando with a slasher sensibility, Sabotage has Schwarzenegger leading a team of DEA agents (including Mireille Enos, Josh Holloway, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, and Sam Worthington) who are being hunted and by a mysterious killer.  My Sabotage Blu-ray review follows after the jump. »

- Andre Dellamorte

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Paul Rudd says he won’t get “too jacked” for Ant-Man

29 June 2014 11:28 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

As far as acting chops go, Paul Rudd has what it takes to make the perfect Ant-Man and will likely embody the role of Scott Lang with his trademark comedic stylings. Physically, however, Rudd isn’t the first person you picture when thinking of the word “superhero,” but that’s why they invented Hollywood trainers.

Rudd recently appeared on The Colbert Report, where he discussed his training for the role. Apparently, he’s working on getting in shape but won’t be making a Chris Pratt-esque transformation, and humorously explained:

“I’ve had to kind of try and get in better shape. I don’t get too jacked. It doesn’t make sense for someone trying to be an ant.”

So, Rudd wont’ be sporting any Thor-sized biceps or doing any Oliver Queen salmon ladder routines; but he’s got a good point. Someone whose superhero schtick involves shrinking »

- James Garcia

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‘Pudsey the Dog: The Movie’ Travels the World

19 June 2014 6:31 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Edinburgh, Scotland — “Pudsey the Dog: The Movie,” which stars the canine winner of “Britain’s Got Talent,” is continuing to sell well internationally, with sales company Content racking up multiple distribution deals. The film is co-produced by Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment.

Buyers include Square One in Germany, Swen in Latin America, UA in China, Cascade Film in the Cis and Baltics, Blitz in Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia, Tanweer in Greece, Turkey, India and Poland, Golden Scene in Hong Kong, Queen International in Indonesia, Selim Ramia in the Middle East, Silverline in the Philippines, Lusomundo in Portugal, Cathay in Singapore, Videovision in South Africa, 9ers Entertainment in South Korea, Pomi in Taiwan, Caribbean Film Services in the Caribbean, Star in South East Asia, and Jaguar for airlines and ships.

Content has also locked in a string of sales for Emilis Velyvis’ “Redirected,” including Koch Media in the U.K., Marco Polo in France, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Simon Pegg comments on Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man departure

13 June 2014 8:52 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

While Edgar Wright has remained silent in the week’s following his split from Marvel (well, apart from this image he posted to Twitter), his good buddy and regular collaborator Simon Pegg has shared a few thoughts on Wright’s Ant-Man departure during an interview with Alex Zane for Sky Movies:

“I get why perhaps it’s happened,” said Pegg (via HeyUGuys). “Maybe they want a particular thing in line with a particular other thing, but if you hire a director who has a particular vision, you’ve got to expect him or her to make a such and such film. An Edgar Wright film. That’s what that script was and it was interesting. The characters had a real journey. I can’t really say too much about it because obviously it’s not my thing, but it’s their loss.”

Wright has since been replaced on Ant-Man by »

- Gary Collinson

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Peyton Reed replaces Edgar Wright on Ant-Man, official synopsis released

7 June 2014 11:13 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Well, the search is over…

After being turned down by Adam McKay (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) and Rawson Marshall Thurber (We’re the Millers), Marvel Studios has finally secured a replacement for Edgar Wright on Ant-Man, with Peyton Reed (The Break-Up) signing on to direct. Meanwhile Adam McKay will also contribute to the script, which has originally been written by Wright and Joe Cornish.

In addition to the news, Marvel has also released an official synopsis for the film, which reads as follows…

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Ant-Man »

- Gary Collinson

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Another two directors in contention for Marvel’s Ant-Man

7 June 2014 1:02 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It’s been more than two weeks since Edgar Wright left Marvel’s Ant-Man, but it seems the studio is making slow progress in securing a replacement director for the Phase Three movie.

Having identified a list of potential successors that included Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), Adam McKay (Anchorman) and Rawson Marshall Thurber (We’re the Millers) – with the latter two both seemingly declining the opportunity – Marvel then widened its search, adding both Nicholas Stoller (Neighbors) and Michael Dowse (Goon) to its radar.

Now it seems they’ve cast the net even wider, with The Wrap reporting that Peyton Reed (The Break-Up) has emerged as front runner for the film, while The Hollywood Reporter add that David Wain (Role Models) is also under consideration. With production due to get underway next month, we should probably expect an official announcement on Wright’s replacement soon, assuming Marvel isn »

- Gary Collinson

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Michael Douglas comments on Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man departure

6 June 2014 12:38 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Since the announcement a fortnight ago that Edgar Wright had vacated the director’s chair on Marvel’s Ant-Man, there’s been complete radio silence from everyone involved with the project with regards to the whole situation. However, during a promotional interview for his latest film And So It Goes, Schmoes Know managed to get a few comments from Michael Douglas, who is set to play Dr. Henry ‘Hank’ Pym in the Phase Three film…

“I was very disappointed. I am a big fan of his movies. It’s a very disappointing situation. Happened very late in the game. I don’t think anybody’s quite recovered. My heart goes out to Edgar – he’s been involved with the project for a long time. But he’s talented enough that you’ll be hearing a whole lot from him and I’m sure with a little vengeance.”

Ant-Man will see »

- Gary Collinson

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50 Cent is a Really Good Sport as 'MaleFiftyCent' on 'Jimmy Kimmel' (Video)

6 June 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

50 Cent has been making the rounds lately to promote his latest projects, a TV show called "Power" that will air on Starz and his new album, "Animal Ambition." It's been a mixed bag for 50 lately; he threw out a terrible first pitch at last week's Mets game, but his explanation, which he shared via Reddit earlier this week, was, well, pretty unique. (Hint: He claims he has the sort of shoulder injury you get from continual jerking gestures.) His appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last night shows both the power of Kimmel's persuasion and 50's ability to laugh at himself.

In "MaleFiftyCent: Get Witch or Die Tryin'," the rapper dons some Angelina Jolie-worthy horns and conjures up some scary green fog. "This s**t just got magical!" In real life, the rapper wrote in his Ama that he'd want to be in a Marvel movie or "Star Wars," given his druthers. »

- Jenni Miller

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Two more directors join the Ant-Man shortlist

4 June 2014 1:55 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After Edgar Wright decided to bail on Ant-Man, Marvel Studios identified a shortlist of potential candidates to replace him in the director’s chair, only for two of the names – Adam McKay (Anchorman) and Rawson Marshall Thurber (We’re the Millers) – to subsequently decline the studio’s offer.

Well, with next month’s planned production start date looming, it seems Marvel has now cast its net a little wider, with Deadline revealing that Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Neighbors) and Michael Dowse (Take Me Home Tonight, Goon) are now both on the studio’s radar, although Thurber apparently remains the number one pick.

What do you make of these latest names? Suitable replacements for Edgar Wright? Or at this point, do they just need to anyone someone in the director’s chair?

Ant-Man is currently scheduled for release on July 17th 2015 and will see Paul Rudd (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues »

- Gary Collinson

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Rawson Marshall Thurber passes on Marvel’s Ant-Man

3 June 2014 11:34 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Well Marvel certainly isn’t have much luck filling the director’s chair vacated by Edgar Wright on the upcoming Phase Three-launching Ant-Man. Last week Anchorman helmer Adam McKay entered talks with the studio before promptly pulling out of negotiations, and now it seems that another of Marvel’s shortlist has followed suite, with Rawson Marshall Thurber (We’re the Millers) also deciding to pass, according to Jeff Sneider of The Wrap.

McKay and Thurber were reportedly joined on Marvel’s shortlist by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) and Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), so it remains to be seen whether either of those directors are willing to take on the job. Fleischer is also being eyed by Sony for Ghostbusters III while Levine is currently prepping an ‘Untitled Christmas Eve Project’ with Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, so Marvel may need to cast its net even further afield.

Ant-Man is currently scheduled »

- Gary Collinson

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Blu-ray Review – Escape Plan (2013)

2 June 2014 4:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Escape Plan, 2013

Directed by Mikael Håfström.

Starring Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 50 Cent, Jim Caviezel, Vinnie Jones, Sam Neill, Faran Tahir, Vincent D’Onofrio and Amy Ryan.


When a structural-security authority finds himself set up and incarcerated in the world’s most secret and secure prison, he has to use his skills to escape with help from the inside.

It’s fair to say that Schwarzenegger’s return to the big screen has been somewhat anti-climactic. Despite it being great to see “Arnie” back on the big screen, the movie-going public just aren’t buying into it and The Last Stand and Sabotage have shown that he just doesn’t have the box office drawing power he once had. Conversely, Sylvester Stallone always seems to do well for himself but, like Schwarzenegger, isn’t proving to be the hit with audiences the way he did in the 1980s and 90s. »

- Luke Owen

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Anchorman director Adam McKay in talks to replace Edgar Wright on Marvel’s Ant-Man

31 May 2014 1:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last night a shortlist of potential directors to succeed Edgar Wright on Marvel’s Ant-Man emerged, featuring the likes of Adam McKay (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy), Rawson Marshall Thurber (We’re the Millers) and Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland).

While early talk seemed to suggest Thurber was the front runner, it’s now being reported that McKay has emerged as Marvel’s favourite, and has entered formal talks with the studio about taking on the long-gestating Phase Three project. McKay has of course worked with Ant-Man’s leading man Paul Rudd before, directing him in both Anchorman and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

Is Adam McKay a good choice to replace Edgar Wright on Ant-Man? Or would you have liked to see Marvel going with one of the other candidates?

Update: According to THR, McKay has now decided against taking on the job, pulling out of negotiations with Marvel. So »

- Gary Collinson

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Ruben Fleischer, Adam McKay, Rawson Thurber and Jonathan Levine among contenders for Ant-Man

30 May 2014 9:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Despite rumours that Marvel Studios co-president and Agent Carter helmer Louis D’Esposito is set to step up to the plate, Heat Vision is reporting that Marvel has identified a list of potential candidates to replace Edgar Wright on the studio’s first Phase Three offering Ant-Man. Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), Adam McKay (Anchorman), Rawson Thurber (We’re the Millers), and Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) are all said to be in the mix, although the latter will likely be ruled out due to other commitments.

Ant-Man is currently scheduled for release on July 17th 2015, and with filming due to get underway in July, Marvel has little time to secure a replacement for Wright, who left the project last week after spending eight years attached to the film, reportedly owing to enforced rewrites from Marvel chief Kevin Feige.

Ant-Man will see Paul Rudd (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) leading the cast as »

- Gary Collinson

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The reason behind Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man departure

28 May 2014 2:28 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last Friday brought the news that Marvel and Edgar Wright have parted ways after eight years of development on Ant-Man, throwing the first Phase Three offering of the Marvel Cinematic Universe into turmoil as the studio looks to keep the production on track for its proposed July 17th, 2015 release date.

Now The Hollywood Reporter has revealed the reason behind Wright’s departure with a report that echoes an earlier post from Latino-Review, suggesting that the split came about due to enforced rewrites from Marvel chief Kevin Feige. Apparently Marvel was unhappy with the script by Wright and Joe Cornish for several weeks, and produced rewrites without Wright’s involvement, which the British filmmaker subsequently deciding to walk from the project.

As well as having to find a new director for Ant-Man, Marvel will also need to fill several other key production roles, with the film’s heads of department also »

- Gary Collinson

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Edgar Wright exits Marvel’s Ant-Man

23 May 2014 1:16 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having spent close to a decade developing an adaptation of Marvel’s miniature superhero Ant-Man, it has just been announced that British filmmaker Edgar Wright (The World’s End) has now left the project owing to creative differences with Marvel Studios.

“Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on Ant-Man due to differences in their vision of the film,” reads an official statement. “The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17th, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly.”

Considering the length of time Ant-Man has been in development, it’s a little strange that the two parties have only just realised their vision from the film differs from one another, and there’s bound to be a sense of disappointment from fans who have been patiently waiting on Wright’s adaptation since it »

- Gary Collinson

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