8 items from 2015
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
8 items from 2015
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