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When Brad Bird's "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" drew rave reviews and $694 million at the global box-office in 2011, it gave the film franchise a much needed kick in the pants and led to the relatively fast release (by this series' standards anyway) of the next chapter.
Christopher McQuarrie's "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" opened this Summer, less than four years later, and the result has essentially matched its predecessor - earning only slightly less coin ($682 million) but nabbing slightly better reviews (75/100 over 73/100 on Metacritic).
Paramount and Skydance are certainly happy with it, so much so that they're keeping McQuarrie onboard as they've hired him to write and potentially direct the next installment which aims to go into production and begin filming by August next year. Sources tell Variety that talks are progressing towards a deal being closed and McQuarrie has nothing major on his upcoming slate to impede him from doing this 'Mission'. »
- Garth Franklin
After leading the critical darling that was 2009’s “The Hurt Locker,” Jeremy Renner dived headfirst into the blockbuster world with an eye towards toplining his own franchise. He took over for Matt Damon in “The Bourne Legacy” as Aaron Cross, was cast in “Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol” with the possibility of taking over for a then-unpopular Tom Cruise in future installments, and nabbed the superhero role of Hawkeye in the Marvel universe. Although he’s not exactly hurting financially, it’s pretty clear that his stock as a leading man never really took off with Damon returning to the “Bourne” series, Cruise sticking around, and Hawkeye still playing second fiddle to the other heroes in the Marvel-verse. Now, Deadline reports Renner will lose out on another franchise. 2013’s “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” may not have been loved by critics but the film was a modest success with audiences and that was enough. »
- Cain Rodriguez
A new attempt at a distribution model within the United States looks like it may need a re-think.
True story dramas "Everest" and "The Walk" both attempted something different this Fall - opening exclusively in several hundred IMAX cinemas for a bit over a week before they opened wide theatrically across several thousand screens. The results have not been good.
"Everest" kicked off with a very good $7.2 million from its IMAX run, but then when the wide release hit the early run did not pay off - the opening weekend being only just $13.2 million and the total domestic gross so far being a very disappointing $33.3 million. Internationally it has fared better with $104.1 million from overseas ticket sales.
"The Walk" however was a disaster - the film grossed just $1.6 million from 448 IMAX screens last weekend, that's behind even a live Met Opera transmission on October 3rd. With the wide release slated for Friday, »
- Garth Franklin
Earlier this year, we visited the Mexico City set of the latest Daniel Craig-as-James Bond adventure, "Spectre" (the follow-up to "Skyfall," the most successful James Bond movie ever). It was an incredible experience, which required 1,520 locals and took five months of preparation, and much of what we saw on location can be seen in the latest "Spectre" trailer, which is the moodiest and most intense look at the Sam Mendes film yet. But we did more than just watch a complicated helicopter stunt while in Mexico City, we also talked to many of the Spectre principles, including Christoph Waltz, Dave Bautista, and Léa Seydoux.
In this three-minute mash-up of our interviews, you can hear Seydoux talk about the differences between her character and the role she played in "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" (she's the only actress to appear in both franchises), Bautista joke about how everyone automatically assumed »
- Drew Taylor
On the surface, things played out as expected at the weekend box office.
As analysts predicted, "The Martian" won the top spot with an estimated $55 million, coming within spitting distance of the October record set two years ago this weekend by the similar "Gravity."
Art-house crime drama hit "Sicario" expanded wide and grossed $12.1 million, as expected, and finished in third place. And "The Walk," playing only on a few hundred large-format screens before it expands wide next week, earned $1.6 million, debuting at No 11.
Behind the scenes, however, this week's results reflect the ongoing fight for your premium-ticket dollar -- the surcharge you pay for 3D, IMAX, and other large-format screenings. With the moviegoing audience dwindling, the effort to wring more cash from every ticket buyer is the theater owners' last hope for increasing revenue -- and their last major battleground.
These days, most U.S. moviegoers are used to coughing »
- Gary Susman
The cast and crew of "Star Trek Beyond" showed up in Dubai this morning for a press conference to talk about the commencement of filming on location in the United Arab Emirates.
Dubai's sandy surroundings and hi-tech urban planning has been used as a location several times on screen in recent years including "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," "Furious 7" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".
Producer Jeffrey Chernov says the choice of location was easy: "Dubai represents the future of what the frontier would be like in our film, and is an excellent place to shoot the movie as well as a special opportunity for all of us. This is not just the third of three movies, but has a new, refreshing twist, and Dubai's great visuals really fit the story."
Approximately two hundred extras will be on hand for scenes to be filmed on the project over »
- Garth Franklin
Once the fuse has been lit, there's really no stopping it. After debuting with the largest opening day ever recorded for a 2D film in China, Paramount Pictures & Skydance Productions' Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation has now crossed the $100 million mark with a 10-day gross of over $102.05 million. The Chris McQuarrie-directed film, which stars megastar Tom Cruise in the lead, has now officially surpassed the entire $101 million Chinese run of the previous installment Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. The critically acclaimed film is expected to cross the $700 million mark early next week, if not, by the end of this weekend. Its worldwide total currently stands at approximately $630-640 million with a domestic collection of about $190-195 million and an international collection of about $424-$430 million. Last weekend, the film earned over $91 million overseas, it's expected to earn at least $60 million this weekend. With the Imf disbanded, and Ethan (Tom Cruise »
Daniel Craig will make his 007 comeback later this year with the release of Spectre, a continuation of the story started in Sam Mendes's Skyfall. Craig has re-energised the Bond franchise since his debut in 2006's Casino Royale, and all signs point towards Spectre being another worthy addition to the series.
Here's a rundown of everything you need to know about Spectre ahead of its cinema debut on October 26, 2015.
Sam Smith is performing the theme song, 'Writing's on the Wall'
Smith's track will be called 'Writing's on the Wall' and is available to buy and stream from September 25. As a bit of tasty trivia, Bond fans, he's the first British male solo artist to record a Bond theme since Tom Jones's 'Thunderball' in 1965.
Update: Warner Bros. is reporting Black Mass took in an estimated $1.4 million from preshows on Thursday night. The original forecast article follows. This is a fascinating weekend. Two major titles are vying for the attention of two different audiences and are looking at a possible battle for the #1 position. Add to that Universal's premium large format-only release of Everest and we may have a lot to discuss come this Sunday. The most likely film to take the top spot is the young adult sequel Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. The first film opened this same weekend a year ago with $32.5 million and an "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences. The film had strong legs domestically, not dropping more than 50% until its tenth weekend in release. Early reviews for the sequel, however, haven't necessarily been kind. MetaCritic scores put the sequel at a "40" as of this posting, fifteen points below the »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Deadline Hollywood is reporting that director Rupert Wyatt (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes) has dropped out of 20th Century Fox's upcoming X-Men spin-off film Gambit, which is set to star Channing Tatum (21st Jump Street) as the Ragin' Cajun and Léa Seydoux (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol) as Bella Donna Boudreaux. Details about his departure are still coming in, but The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the primary reason he decided to leave was because of script complications, which have led to an increased budget and in turn, a delayed production start date causing a conflict with one of Wyatt's prior committments. Wyatt confirmed his departure in a statement released earlier today: "I was very much looking forward to working with my friend Channing and the team at Fox, but regrettably a push in the start date now conflicts with another project. I thank them for the opportunity, »
Across film and TV, there have been many Star Trek projects that never got the greenlight. Such as these...
Since 1964 (yep) there have been Star Trek projects that simply didn't make it to the big or small screen. And before Star Trek's second (proper) coming in 1979's Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the franchise had more than its fair share of attempts to come to life, and then be reborn.
This lot in fact...
Star Trek – The (original) Original Series
The pilot that sold the show to NBC was in fact the second pilot, after the original, entitled The Cage, filmed at the end of 1964, was deemed too cerebral. That's on top of having other multiple issues that TV executives (and test audiences) of the time couldn't cope with – you know, like gender equality in the workplace. »
Today we have the first trailer for the upcoming "Colonia" thriller, starring Emma Watson (Harry Potter), Daniel Bruhl (Rush) and Michael Nyqvist (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol). Check it out below. Plot: The story of Lena (Watson) and Daniel (Bruhl), a young couple entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973. Daniel is abducted by Pinochet's secret police and Lena tracks him to a sealed off area in the South of the country, called Colonia Dignidad. The Colonia presents itself as a charitable mission run by lay preacher Paul Schafer (Nyqvist) but is actually a place nobody ever escaped from. The new movie is directed by Florian Gallenberger, who won the Best Short Film Oscar in 2000. It's set to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, which is going on right now. Trailer: »
Fresh off his breakout role as rapper Eazy-e in F. Gary Gray's critically acclaimed biopic Straight Outta Compton, actor Jason Mitchell has signed on for a role in Universal & Legendary's upcoming monster epic Kong: Skull Island, which hits theaters March 10, 2017 and is being helmed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings Of Summer) with a script from Derek Connolly (Jurassic World). According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mitchell will portray an easy going pilot, who will likely be a part of the crew of explorers that find themselves on the mysterious Skull Island, which coincidentally is also the residence of the king of the apes Kong. This move reunites Mitchell with his Compton co-star Corey Hawkins (Iron Man 3). He also joins a cast that already features Tom Hiddleston (Thor), Brie Larson (21 Jump Street), Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers), John C. Reilly (Guardians Of The Galaxy), and Tom Wilkinson (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol »
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation's impressive run continues as it remains a top 2 film for the fourth week in a row. The critically acclaimed Chris McQuarrie-directed action sequel finished #2 to F. Gary Gray's biopic Straight Outta Compton after raking in approximately $11.7 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic total to over $157 million. Overseas, Tom Cruise and the Imf continued to dominate, pulling in between $25.2 million, possibly more, and raised its overseas total to over $280 million. Its worldwide total gross currently stands at over $438 million with releases in Greece & China still on the way. Also, considering the previous installment, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, collected over $100 million in China back in 2011, the Chinese release should bode well for Cruise & company. Speaking of China, Paramount's other major release this summer, the sci-fi sequel Terminator: Genisys finally debuted there over the weekend and had a huge opening »
After taking on the Fantastic Four and Caeser, it sounds like Toby Kebbell is gearing up to take on something much, much bigger... King Kong! The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Kebbell is currently in talks to join the cast of Universal & Legendary's upcoming monster origin story Kong: Skull Island, which hits theaters March 10, 2017 and is being helmed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings Of Summer). He joins a cast that already features Tom Hiddleston (Thor), Brie Larson (21 Jump Street), Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton), Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers), John C. Reilly (Guardians Of The Galaxy), and Tom Wilkinson (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol). In addition to his villainous roles in Fantastic Four and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, which were both produced by 20th Century Fox, Kebbell is also widely known for his roles in the British anthology series Black Mirror and in Walt Disney's Prince Of Persia »
The late summer success of Christopher McQuarrie's particularly enjoyable Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation may yet give Tom Cruise the biggest hit of his career. Right now, the movie has already grossed $373m worldwide, after three weeks on release, and once done, it's got a sporting chance of getting to the $694m taken by Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, its immediate predecessor in the series. Even if it doesn't, it's proven lucrative enough for Paramount Pictures to gamble again on Tom Cruise's star power, by getting Jack Reacher 2 before the cameras this year.
Cruise is one of the last few bona fide movie stars, one of the few instantly recognisable faces who can get people along to one of his productions. The problem, in recent times, »
Summer starts early when it comes to blockbuster movies - this year we saw Fast & Furious 7 and Avengers: Age of Ultron hit cinemas in April, with big movie following big movie as the weeks rolled on.
But which popcorn movie had you jumping for joy and which had you running for the exits? Digital Spy has ranked all of 2015's major tentpole releases below - but which movie's top of your list?
He came back! But deep down Arnie probably should have stayed away from the role that turned him into a movie star some 30 years ago. Terminator Genisys was a jumbled, tired retread of the franchise's former glories that made one thing abundantly clear: if you're going to make a Terminator movie, it better be directed by James Cameron.
14. Fantastic Four
Fox's bid to resurrect Marvel's first family felt like a disaster from day one. A »
Tom Cruise is enjoying one of the biggest hits of his career right now, as Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is proving to be a sizeable late summer hit. It's on course to outgross Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, and that in turn will make it the most lucrative (in revenue terms) film of Cruise's career.
But is it Cruise's name or the power of the Mission: Impossible films that have helped give the film a springboard? It helps enormously that the film was very good of course, but Paramount Pictures is keen to test Cruise's star power, by moving ahead with Jack Reacher 2 later this year.
Channing Tatum is finally signed and ready to lead Fox's X-Men spin-off Gambit. Whether you think it's a smart move for Tatum to hitch his rising star to a superhero movie is up for debate, but the one thing I appreciate about Tatum's film selection is he seems to make movies he wants to make, something he might have learned after starring in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. To be directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and plans to begin shooting this fall, the film is now looking to fill out the rest of the cast, beginning with a female lead and Remy LeBeau's (aka Gambit) love since childhood, Bella Donna Boudreaux. Deadline reports Lea Seydoux (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Spectre), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation) and Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) are testing for the role. Apparently Bella Donna »
- Brad Brevet
Sean Witzke has put together the following video essay exploring the work of Brian De Palma, John Woo, J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird over the Mission: Impossible franchise and it's a fascinating study of influence from a director's perspective and what has come of the franchise, primarily following Abrams' taking over ever since Mission: Impossible III. Witzke spends a ton of time exploring De Palma's contributions and influences when it comes to Mission: Impossible (1996) and as he moves on the time spent on each film decreases, which is interesting in and of itself. Talk of the influence of Alfred Hitchcock on all the films, as well as Ronald Neame's Gambit, Jules Dassin's Topkapi (which I have not seen, but desperately need to) and Roman Polanski's Macbeth are all referenced and he also discusses, as I have before, the fact Woo's Mission: Impossible II is essentially a »
- Brad Brevet
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