18 items from 2015
The Half Shell Heroes will be squaring off with a humanoid warthog in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, with news that Gary Anthony Williams has been cast in the supporting role of BeBop. His rhinoceros buddy, Rocksteady, has not yet been cast, but the pair are expected to develop into major antagonists.
As in the cartoon series, BeBop and Rocksteady will be introduced as foot soldiers of the villainous Shredder, tasked with taking revenge on the Turtles. BeBop will start the film as a punkish street thug member of a motley crew of misfits, who is wrongly convinced of his intellectual superiority. Over the course of the movie, he’ll evolve into the villainous, trigger-happy pig that fans know and love.
Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek and Noel Fisher reprise the roles of Raphael, Donatello, Leonardo and Michelangelo, with Johnny Knoxville again handling voice duties for Leonardo. The human »
- Isaac Feldberg
As bizarre a headline as that is, it’s true – three-time Oscar nominee Laura Linney, best known for her powerhouse parts in films such as Mystic River and TV series like HBO’s John Adams, has become the latest star to board Paramount’s big-budget sequel Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2.
The nature of Linney’s role is, at least for now, a closely guarded secret.
Megan Fox and Will Arnett will reprise the roles of reporter April O’Neil and cameraman Vernon Fenwick, while the sequel will also see Arrow actor Stephen Amell, Brian Tee, Tyler Perry and supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio join the cast as the heroic Casey Jones, archvillain the Shredder, scientist Baxter Stockman and an unspecified love interest for Vernon, respectively. As with Linney’s involvement, news of Perry’s casting was met with surprise followed by mild amusement.
Of late, Linney’s filmography has largely included period flicks and prestige dramas, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Positioning itself as the self-serious alternative to the bloodthirsty zombie horror on shows like The Walking Dead or in movies like Zombieland, Maggie is an inert examination on the futility of hope when faced with a zombie outbreak. Playing out like the parody of a Terrence Malick-directed zombie movie, Henry Hobson’s directorial debut confuses restraint for complexity, and is lifeless in all the wrong ways. The fact that the film held its premiere during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival – after briefly being scheduled to debut during Tiff 2014 – feels like a clever trick to disguise this messy new movie for something that’s actually artful.
Opening with a panicked voicemail from Abigail Breslin’s Maggie, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Wade drives his truck through the vast, grey Midwest while fields burn and alarms blare around him. After two weeks of searching for her, Wade arrives at “shelter for the infected” to »
- Zachary Shevich
Very cool news! More comic book movies from Hot publisher Valiant! I personally collect & read both Bloodshot & Ninjak which I highly recommend you do! The full press release below!
.Valiant Entertainment and Sony Pictures today announced a deal to bring two of Valiant’s award-winning comic book superhero franchises—Bloodshot and Harbinger—to the big screen over the course of five feature films that will culminate in the shared universe crossover film, Harbinger Wars.
Bloodshot, arriving in theaters in 2017, will kick off the five-picture plan leading to Harbinger Wars and will be directed by David Leitch & Chad Stahelski (John Wick) from a script by Jeff Wadlow (Kick Ass 2) and Eric Heisserer (Story of Your Life). Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe from Original Film (The Fast and the Furious franchise) and Dinesh Shamdasani from Valiant Entertainment will produce the film. Matthew Vaughn and Jason Kothari will serve as executive producers. »
- El Mayimbe
Known for her roles as a tough, independent women in action films including as Letty Ortiz in the Fast & Furious films, as well as for her appearances in “Blue Crush”, “Avatar” and “Battle: Los Angeles”, the Texan has been on the Hollywood scene since the early-2000s and she continues to prove a success on screen.
Often seen all-made-up in glamorous frocks and dresses on the red carpet at film premières or at award ceremonies, Rodriguez has regularly appeared on various lists of the “World’s Sexist Women”, including FHM’s and Maxim’s.
Interestingly, though, Rodriguez fits the bad-girl image of the Fast & Furious film franchise arguably a little too perfectly – having spent »
- Chris Waugh
Stars: Adrian Paul, Brandon Auret, Reiley McClendon, Rick Ravanello, Douglas Tait, Joe Reegan, Nic Rasenti, Andy Davoli, Matthew Holmes, Sven Ruygrok, Scott E. Miller, Kenneth Fok, Darron Meyer | Written by Jabbar Raisani, Blake Clifton | Directed by Jabbar Raisani
Jabbar Raisani, a former visual effects maestro, who here turns director – makes his feature debut with a film that mixes a myriad of stereotypes and cliches of the alien invasion genre with the modern war movie (there’s a very good reason the film is described as Independence Day meets Black Hawk Down) in a faux-documentary that sees a camera crew join an elite unit of soldiers at Outpost 37, the most hostile region of what remains of our planet, as they face one of their greatest battles against the “Heavies” alien intruders who, a decade earlier, had invaded Earth with the intention of total annihilation.
- Phil Wheat
Harper has worked on some of Bad Robot’s biggest movies, including “Mission: Impossible III” and “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “Star Trek” and “Star Trek Into Darkness.” He is currently serving as executive producer on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
In the newly created position, Harper will report directly to company founder Abrams and oversee daily operations, while also helping to create strategic initiatives.
“I’ve been lucky enough to work with Tommy Harper for years,” Abrams said. “Again and again he has proven to be an impressively responsible, dedicated and hard-working leader. His insights and experience will help Bad Robot across all departments, in countless ways. Despite how impeccably he dresses, »
- James Rainey
Some of you may have already seen this video, but I still feel it is worth sharing. Kaipotainment (the same peeps who do the X-Cats videos) has created a very awesome short called "Star Wars: Invasion Los Angeles." It's pretty much Jonathan Liebesman's Battle: Los Angeles, but shorter, and featuring Imperial Forces invading the City of Angels instead of generic looking aliens. The special effects are a little spotty and definitely not on par with what »
- Jesse Giroux
A first look at “Suicide Squad” lit up the Internet late Wednesday after a tweet from writer-director David Ayer showed his stars assembled for the film’s first table read. Jim Parrack (“Battle: Los Angeles), Adam Beach (WB’s “Flags of Our Fathers”) and Ike Barinholtz (“The Mindy Project”) joined previously announced stars including Will Smith, Viola Davis and Margot Robbie. Parrack is a strong addition to the ensemble, as not only is he a physically imposing actor, but he recently worked with Ayer on “Fury.” Jared Leto is playing the Joker in “Suicide Squad,” as TheWrap first reported, but »
- Matt Donnelly
It was announced last week by the actor himself that Stephen Amell will be playing fan-favourite Casey Jones in the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2. At the Vancouver Expo Q&A session over the weekend to promote Arrow, Amell was asked about the similarities between Casey Jones and the character he plays in the show.
“Obviously the similarities are right there on the surface, but if the audition process and the script is any indication [Casey Jones] is going to be fundamentally different [from The Arrow],” he said. “As a matter of fact, it’s almost like the character of Casey Jones in this iteration of Ninja Turtles is almost a little bit more like the Oliver Queen that people know from the older comic books.”
Set for release on June 3rd 2016, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 will be »
- Luke Owen
Last year’s Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles performed so well at the box office on its opening weekend, that Paramount announced its sequel before a director or cast had been set. It’s expected many of the cast will return, but now we have our first new addition.
Variety are reporting that Arrow star Stephen Amell has landed the role of Casey Jones, having beaten out several other actors who screen tested for the role with Megan Fox over the weekend. No word yet on who the other actors were. Amell himself seemingly also confirmed it via Twitter:
Somebody find me a hockey mask!!! #TMNT2 pic.twitter.com/V9bw4ok3VB
— Stephen Amell (@amellywood) April 1, 2015
- Luke Owen
I don't know how exactly this happens in Hollywood, but rival movies isn't necessarily uncommon. A lot of the time one will fade away and other times you'll get your White House Down meets Olympus Has Fallen. Today we get news of another such situation. We have Guy Ritchie working on his King Arthur movie Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur and today we learn Jonathan Liebesman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Battle: Los Angeles) will direct Man at Arms, described as an epilogue to the Arthur legend Ritchie is said to be exploring in his film. Jeremy Lott penned the screenplay, which has been likened to Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, following the adventures of Sir Lancelot as an older man who is bent on making amends after his love for Guinevere (and hers for him) ended up destroying Arthur's Camelot. This is the second project Lott has seen go into »
- Brad Brevet
Steven Knight adapted the script from Sam Munson’s 2011 novel about two teenagers who venture into the underbelly of Washington, D.C., to investigate a friend’s murder while falling in love for the first time.
Spwa acquired distribution rights for the film in January; production is under way in D.C., and Beth O’Neil (“Jack Goes Boating”) is producing alongside Erika Olde of Black Bicycle Entertainment and Lotus. Black Bicycle Entertainment is also co-financing the film with Lotus, which is handling remaining international sales.
Following “American Sniper,” Hardrict has already finished filming on the Legendary thriller “Spectral” and the indie drama “Brotherly Love,” starring Keke Palmer. Past credits include “Battle: Los Angeles” and “Warm Bodies.”
He is repped by Paradigm and Luber Roklin Entertainment. »
- Justin Kroll
We have your first look at Aaron Eckhart and Miles Teller in Ben Younger's third feature film Bleed For This. You do not get a really good look at Eckhart but a buff Teller is front and center in the image. For every popcorn flick that the young Mr. Teller takes part in (Fantastic 4 and Divergent) he finds a balance by taking up some really inspiring projects like Whiplash and he may be a part of another one in Bleed For This. The same could be said for Eckhart if you wish, who needs something like this so we do not remember movies like Battle Los Angeles and I, Frankenstein. Based on the incredible true story of one of boxing's most charismatic and exciting figures, Bleed For...
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If you watch any war documentaries—you can feel the realism of the firefights and soldiers during conflicts. Now just add invading space aliens to a war.
Director Jabbar Raisani brought a sci-fi alien war on Earth in a documentary point of view in “Alien Outpost.” The film follows documentarians filming a group of soldiers defending a military outpost from aliens in the Middle East.
Latino-Review had an exclusive phone interview with the first-time director and “Games of Thrones” special effects supervisor on bringing the sci-fi war documentary to life.
Latino-Review: Let’s start with this—how you came up with the concept of “Alien Outpost?”
- Gig Patta
If you thought 2015 would bring an end to horror’s found footage obsession, you’re a silly, optimistic soul who doesn’t understand what makes these films perfect studio fodder. Alien Outpost isn’t even the first found footage film I’ve seen this January, but thankfully it’s leaps and bounds ahead of the competition – only by comparison. Writer/Director Jabbar Raisani goes about reinvigorating one of my least favorite horror genres – alien invasions – and actually makes the extraterrestrial assault more enticing than it probably should be thanks to a video-game-like intensity favoring run-and-gun shooters. Raisani might have developed his special effects skills beheading noble types throughout Game Of Thrones, but the budding talent shows an eye for visual grandeur and succinct delivery in his future-blasting directorial debut.
Raisani’s vision takes us to a post-war-torn Earth after alien forces attempted to invade. Even though the battle is fierce and costly, »
- Matt Donato
Exclusive: Paradigm has inked actor Cory Hardrict just as the American Sniper actor is eyeing a busy 2015. Hardrict is currently in theaters in Clint Eastwood’s Oscar contender, starring as fellow soldier ‘D’ opposite Bradley Cooper as real life Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle. He also stars with Emily Mortimer and James Badge Dale in the sci-fi thriller Spectral, which Legendary Pictures will release on August 12, 2016.
On the indie side Hardrict plays parallel roles in Destined, a Sliding Doors-esque tale of a young man who becomes a drug dealer and a successful architect in different destinies determined in one fateful instant. Hardrict is also executive producer on the drama helmed by writer-director Qasim Basir. He will also appear in Car Dogs with Octavia Spencer and in Brotherly Love, about a promising Philadelphia high school basketball player dealing with the pressures of hood fame.
- Jen Yamato
Some new concept art from last year’s live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot has surfaced online, giving us a look at unused designs for Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady…
And here’s some additional concept art featuring Splinter, Leonardo, Raphael and Donatello…
As it happens, we’ve already had confirmation that Bebop and Rocksteady will feature in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, which will once again see Michael Bay producing, and David Green (Earth to Echo) directing.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stars Megan Fox (Transformers) as April O’Neil, Pete Ploszek (Parks and Recreation) and Johnny Knoxville (Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa) as Leonardo, Alan Ritchson (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) as Raphael, Jeremy Howard (How the Grinch Stole Christmas) as Donatello, Noel Fisher (Battle Los Angeles) as Michaelangelo, Danny Woodburn (Seinfeld) and Tony Shalhoub (Monk) as Splinter, William Fichtner (The Dark Knight) as Eric Sachs, Will Arnett (The Lego Movie) as Vernon Fenwick, »
- Gary Collinson
18 items from 2015
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