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The unusual pairing of Darren Aronofsky and Arnold Schwarzenegger proved too potent for foreign buyers to ignore at this year’s American Film Market. Their newly announced revenge-thriller, 478, has closed a raft of major territory deals for the Highland Film Group, which is is handling international sales. Aronofsky is producing 478 via his Protozoa Pictures alongside Randall Emmet and George Furla of Emmet/Furla/Oasis. Since stepping down as governor of California, Schwarzenegger has had trouble reviving his acting career, with movies including Escape Plan and Maggie disappointing both in North America and overseas. Still, 478 sparked strong interest at Afm.
- Pamela McClintock
London — U.K. distributor Signature Entertainment has inked a slate deal with the U.S. production company Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films.
The six-film pact comes after a deal the two companies signed on the upcoming movie “Precious Cargo” at the Cannes Film Market. The actioner, which stars Bruce Willis, is slated to hit theaters next year.
The first project to come from this new partnership is “Shadow Warrior.” While no details have been released on the film, it is set for release at the end of 2016.
Owned by Randall Emmett and George Furla, Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films has had success in producing star-driven films, including “Lone Survivor,” “Escape Plan” and “Everest.” The company is currently working on the post-production for Martin Scorsese’s latest offering, “Silence.”
Signature’s owner and managing director, Marc Goldberg, said: “Randy and George are two of the most exciting and commercial film producers in the world, »
- Rohaizatul Azhar
Signature will distribute six Emmett Furla Oasis Films titles, commencing with Shadow Warrior in 2016.
UK distributor Signature Entertainment has signed a six-film slate deal with American production company Emmett Furla Oasis Films (Efo Films).
The first title under the new deal will be previously unnanounced modern war thriller Shadow Warrior, which is scheduled for a Q4 2016 release.
Emmett Furla Oasis Films is owned by established producers Randall Emmett and George Furla [pictured], the outfit’s previous guise Emmett/Furla Films produced titles such as End Of Watch, Rambo and Escape Plan.
Signature owner and MD Marc Goldberg said: “Randy and George are two of the most exciting and commercial film producers in the world and we are delighted to be collaborating »
Many years ago, Mikael Håfström (1408, Escape Plan) made Shanghai, a ’40s-set mystery with a splashy international cast that included his 1408 star John Cusack along with Chow Yun-fat, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Franka Potente, Gong Li, David Morse and Ken Watanabe. The film saw release in many countries, but sat on the shelf in the Us after being purchased by — you guessed it — The […]
- Russ Fischer
In a world filled with secrets, solving a mystery can be murder. The Weinstein Co has debuted the official Us trailer for a film called Shanghai, which you may remember hearing about because we ran the first trailer for this in 2010. The film has been delayed for release here in the Us for 5 years, and TWC is just now putting it out quietly this month. John Cusack stars in Mikael Håfström's Shanghai (the film Håfström made before going on to do The Rite and Escape Plan) as an expat who goes to Shanghai when it's occupied during WWII and falls for a woman and uncovers gangland secrets. Also starring Chow Yun-Fat, David Morse, Ken Watanabe, Franka Potente & Jeffrey Dean Morgan. It doesn't look so good. Have fun. Here's the official Us trailer for Mikael Håfström's Shanghai, on YouTube (via The Playlist): A '40s period piece which »
- Alex Billington
Way back in 2012, Harvey Weinstein promised that the star-studded "Shanghai," which by that point had already opened in several overseas territories, but had been sitting on the U.S. shelf for years, would finally be released via Radius. That didn't happen. Fast-forward a few years and now the movie is being dumped in a couple of weeks in limited release, and a trailer has been put together. Mikael Håfström ("1408," "Escape Plan") directs the international ensemble of John Cusack, Chow Yun-fat, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Franka Potente, Gong Li, David Morse and Ken Watanabe, in the 1940s-set story that follows an American Naval Intelligence agent named Paul Soames who travels to Shanghai, posing as a pro-Nazi journalist, in order to investigate the death of his good friend Connor, only for things to be complicated by a love triangle. So, is this a long lost treasure? Probably not, but as a rainy Sunday. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle “Terminator Genisys” and Channing Tatum starrer “Magic Mike Xxl” are set to go toe-to-toe this weekend, with both new movies expected to hit at least $40 million at the five-day holiday weekend box office, according to early forecasts on Wednesday.
First estimates showed both films finishing their opening days Wednesday in the $9.5 million to $10 million range. The Wednesday estimates included Tuesday-night preview showings, with “Magic Mike Xxl” taking in $2.4 million, edging out “Terminator Genisys” with $2.3 million at 2,527 locations.
The top end of five-day forecasts for Paramount-Skydance’s “Terminator Genisys” has been $55 million at 3,600 locations, while Warner Bros.’ “Magic Mike Xxl” is predicted to finish in the mid-to-high 40s at 3,355 sites, with one tracker suggesting “Mike” would finish under $40 million.
- Dave McNary
Arnold Schwarzenegger is hoping to reinvigorate his faltering film career this holiday weekend by breaking out a certain cyborg’s trademark sunglasses and leather jacket.
Paramount’s “Terminator: Genisys,” which finds Schwarzenegger back in his star-making role, is on track to debut to between $50 million to $55 million over its first five days of release and should pull in $30 million to $35 million over the July 4th weekend. The fifth film in the Terminator series debuts Wednesday across 3,700 locations. It looks at ongoing fallout from Skynet’s ill-conceived forays into artificial intelligence, following human resistance leader John Connor (Jason Clarke) on another time-bending adventure. Reviews have been lukewarm, with critics handing the film a 38% rotten ranking on Rotten Tomatoes.
The “Terminator” series has »
- Brent Lang
Steven Seagal as back once again in his latest action movie The Mercenary: Absolution, which sees him as an ex-oprative being brought back into the field of action (presumably to punch people). And we’ve got two Exclusive clips for you which you can check out below:
Operative John Alexander (Steven Seagal) is recruited by his old boss to assassinate an Afghan drug dealer named Kamaal. After meeting a victim of human trafficking, John is convinced that Kamaal and the trafficking is somehow linked. In the process of saving her life, he has a realisation that he has been fighting for the wrong side and vows to help get her out of the city.
- Luke Owen
Liam Neeson is in final negotiations to star in yet another cat-and-mouse action-thriller, A Willing Patriot. The actor will play an FBI agent who is trying to outwit a terrorist and capture him before he can carry out a deadly attack. No other cast members have been confirmed at this time, but with Liam Neeson on board, the supporting cast should fill up quickly.
Martin Zandvliet is directing from a screenplay by Jason Keller (Escape Plan, Machine Gun Preacher), which was originally developed at Warner Bros. before it was moved to MadRiver Entertainment, which is fully financing the movie. The project is being shopped to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival, with a domestic distribution deal expected to be announced at the festival. Here's what producer Marc Butan had to say about Liam Neeson's casting in a statement.
"Liam Neeson is one of the defining actors of our generation »
In light of Liam Neeson currently filming Martin Scorsese's "Silence," you might think that the actor would want to take a break from action films. You couldn't blame the guy after the dreadful "Taken 3," and the goofy but somewhat tolerable "Run All Night." But you would be mistaken. Deadline reports that the actor will lead "A Willing Patriot" (I can already see the stars-and-stripes inspired poster right now). Jason Keller, whose credits include failed Oscar bait "Machine Gun Preacher," fairy tale flick "Mirror Mirror" and Arnie/Sly vehicle "Escape Plan," penned a none too taxing story which will find Neeson dusting off his special set of skills as a CIA agent who has to find a terrorist. Yep, sounds like another Mad Libs movie from Neeson. Martin Zandvliet will direct the movie, which is expected to pick up domestic distribution at Cannes, then to clutter up a couple thousand cinema. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Oscar nominee Liam Neeson has found an unlikely second career wind in action fare like Taken and March’s Run All Night, and though the actor claims he only has a couple of years of action movies left in him, he’s now in final negotiations for another one: terrorism-themed thriller A Willing Patriot.
Neeson will play a veteran CIA agent who is plunged in a deadly battle of wits with a sinister terrorist who is on the cusp of executing a devastating attack against the United States. Desperate to stop his opponent from carrying out the plot, the agent is willing to sacrifice anything, even his own life, for this final chance at absolution for his past sins.
- Isaac Feldberg
Maggie pits Arnold Schwarzenegger against zombies, but not in the way you’d expect. The titular character (Abigail Breslin) is infected, but Wade (Schwarzenegger) isn’t driving into the city to put down the zombie threat, he’s bringing his daughter home before the disease reaches its inhumane conclusion. Protocols are implemented to keep the virus contained to the small midwestern town, but doctors set aside regulations to let Wade spend time with his daughter before she is sent away to the quarantine zone.
The stage of Maggie’s infection is still in its infancy, but any sign of worsening symptoms will get her sent straight to a quarantine area. Wade’s second-wife (Joely Richardson) has sent her children to stay with family outside of town, so it’s just the three of them in a makeshift farmhouse as they wait for inevitable to come. »
- Colin Biggs
For someone who has been making films as long as he has, there is a surprisingly short list of films where I would argue that Arnold Schwarzenegger gives genuinely good performances. As a movie star, he doesn't really have to give good performances. That's one of the things that makes being a movie star so weird. There are legitimate legendary movie stars who have never given what I would call a good performance, but who do their jobs perfectly well. Being a movie star is far more about having a particular personality that you bring to every role. Most of the most famous Schwarzenegger films, he's just playing variations on himself. Even though I adore films like "Conan The Barbarian" and the first two "Terminator" films, I think his work in them is good because the directors of those films knew exactly what they wanted out of Schwarzenegger, and they »
- Drew McWeeny
It was not a fun experience watching Michael Mann's Blackhat. Not only was it a terrible film, but it was a terrible film from one of my favorite filmmakers, a filmmaker that seems to be moving closer to the lackluster output of Ridley Scott and farther away from the man that made the likes of Collateral, The Insider and Heat. So, just as my interest in Scott's The Martian isn't too high, I can't say I'm all that intrigued when it comes to Mann's next project, which Variety reports is the long-gestating "Ferrari" biopic, about Italian automotive mogul Enzo Ferrari. We first reported on this project back in May 2011 when word was 20th Century Fox would distribute Go Like Hell, a film based on A.J. Baime's "Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans" with a script by Jason Keller »
- Brad Brevet
The DC Cinematic Universe is about to get a lot bigger with the arrival of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice next year, which not only introduces the new Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), but also reportedly gives us our first look at Justice League members Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher). Each of these superheroes will be getting their own stand alone theatrical adventure, but we haven't heard much about the development of these individual projects lately. Today we have a new report from Latino Review's El Mayimbe, who reveals that John Wick directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch are being eyed for a future DC Comics movie, which may be Aquaman.
There is no confirmation that the directing duo are being sought for this particular project, but El Mayimbe reveals that the directors are reportedly good friends with Jason Momoa. »
I don’t know about fright fanatics, but I have loved every film Schwarzenegger has made after coming out of acting retirement. Sure, The Escape Plan was “eh”, but everything else, right up my alley. I’m absolutely in love with the idea of Arnold fronting a drama, this one (Maggie) being about a man (played by Schwarzenegger) stuck in post apocalyptic USA with a zombie invasion in full effect, trying to save his daughter (Abigail Breslin), who is unfortunately slowly turning into one of the undead herself. While this whole concept of a loved one becoming a zombie could quite easily head into cheesy fare (Life After Beth), judging from the trailer for Maggie, the laughs are absent, and Arnold plays the role very subtlety, something I for one, am looking forward to. What do you fright fanatics think? Will you be seeing this one, when it hits theaters »
- Jerry Smith
As previously stated, we at Flickering Myth love Commando. Which is why we’re always upset that it never got a sequel – only it very nearly did! One of the Internet’s most famous rumours is that the script for Commando 2 eventually became Die Hard, the movie that launched the action career of Bruce Willis. However, screenwriter Steven de Souza has confirmed that this is not the case.
“I don’t know how this story started on the Internet – it’s completely wrong,” he told Bristol Bad Film Club. “Die Hard is based on a novel called Nothing Lasts Forever by the author Roderick Thorpe, which is a sequel to his early book The Detective. In fact, a good bar bet if you want to make some cash is to ask someone, ‘Who was the first actor to play John McClane and in what movie?’ They will say, ‘Bruce Willis »
- Luke Owen
Just one day after production started on CBS' Supergirl pilot, yet another new cast member has been added, with Faran Tahir signing on to play a character known as The Commander. While there is no Commander character in the DC Comics, he is described as an alien who is also "a military expert leading the forces aligned against Supergirl." It's possible that The Commander character name is just a ruse to cover up a more established comic book character, but that has not been confirmed.
Faran Tahir joins a cast that includes Melissa Benoist as Supergirl, a.k.a. Kara Zor-El, Mehcad Brooks as Kara's CatCo co-worker and photographer James Olsen, Laura Benanti as Alura Zor-El, Kara's birth mother, Chyler Leigh as Kara's foster sister Alexandra "Alex" Danvers, Jeremy Jordan as Winslow "Winn" Schott, a CatCo programmer and Kara's neighbor, and David Harewood as Hank Henshaw, who in the comics »
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has this week officially announced the Blu-ray details for the Academy Award nominated film Birdman, due for release on February 17th, details of which you can view below.
The film, which has garnered nine Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor, was included in hundreds of top 10 lists across the globe for 2014 (including Flickering Myth’s own list), and has already won multiple awards through the awards season over the last few months.
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s extraordinary film stars Golden Globe winner Michael Keaton (Batman), Edward Norton (Fight Club), Emma Stone (Easy A), Naomi Watts (Mulholland Drive), Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion) and Amy Ryan (Escape Plan).
Gallery: Chivo’s On-Set Photos
English DTS-hd Master Audio 5.1
English Descriptive Audio 5.1
Spanish Dolby »
- Scott J. Davis
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