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Principal photography begins Tuesday, April 22, on location in Australia for San Andreas, starring Dwayne Johnson. The action thriller from New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow Pictures reunites Dwayne Johnson with director Brad Peyton and producer Beau Flynn, following their collaboration on the global hit Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.
After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter. But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning, and when they think the worst may be over...it's just getting started.
The film also stars Carla Gugino (Night at the Museum, TV's Entourage), Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, TV's True Detective) and Archie Panjabi (TV's The Good Wife), as well as Hugo Johnstone-Burt (Australian TV's "Home and Away »
The action thriller from New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow Pictures reunites Johnson with director Brad Peyton and producer Beau Flynn, following their collaboration on the global hit Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.
San Andreas is slated to open in theatres on Friday, June 5, 2015.
After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter. But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning, and when they think the worst may be over…it’s just getting started.
- Michelle McCue
Deadline is reporting that Matt Gerald has been cast as a villain in Marvel’s Ant-Man. Which villain you ask? I have no idea, so here’s a pic of Gerald so you can tell me who you think he could possibly be playing.
Gerald joins Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Patrick Wilson and Evangeline Lilly in the film. Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, The World’s End) is directing from a script he wrote with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block).
Ant-Man is scheduled to hit theatres July 17, 2015.
- Philip Sticco
Though 2015 is all but assured to be one of the most competitive summers in box office history, New Line has every reason to still be confident in the ability of their blockbuster, earthquake thriller San Andreas, to make waves. After all, it stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, one of the most consistently bankable action stars working today. In fact, Forbes named him 2013′s top-grossing actor, for the cumulative successes of Snitch, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Pain & Gain and Fast & Furious 6.
San Andreas will see Johnson playing a special-ops firefighter who journeys into San Andreas with his ex-wife (Carla Gugino) after “The Big One” hits, intent on rescuing his daughter (Alexandra Daddario). Now, New Line is rounding out the cast with some more familiar faces.
- Isaac Feldberg
Deadline is reporting another actor has joined Marvel's Ant-man, and it's Matt Gerald. The actor isn't a household name, but he's appeared in a few films, including Escape Plan, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Red Dawn, and Avatar, and played White Power Dave in the Marvel One-Shot All Hail The King. There's no word on if Gerald will be reprising his role from the One-Shot, but according to Deadline, he will be playing an unspecified villain in Edgar »
- Jesse Giroux
He’s faced down wrestling champions, giant reptiles, drug traffickers, car-racing mercenaries and the evil Cobra organization, but 2015 will find Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson taking on his most daunting opponent yet: Mother Nature. In Warner Bros.’s disaster flick San Andreas, he’ll play a rescue chopper pilot who travels across an earthquake-ravaged California in order to save his estranged daughter (Alexandra Daddario). Luckily, it looks like Johnson won’t be making the trek alone, with news that Carla Gugino has signed on for a major supporting part.
Gugino, known for her roles in Sin City and Watchmen, is set to play the ex-wife of Johnson’s character, who journeys with him from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their daughter after a gargantuan earthquake destroys California.
- Isaac Feldberg
The story follows a special ops firefighter (Dwayne Johnson) and his ex-wife (Carla Gugino) who make the arduous journey from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their daughter (Alexandra Daddario), after a massive earthquake hits.
Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island) is directing from a script most recently worked on by Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes (The Conjuring). Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore (Red Dawn) sold the original pitch based on a story by Beau Flynn, with Carlton Cuse also working on the script. Beau Flynn is producing with Village Roadshow, although it isn't clear when production may begin.
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 7, 2014
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
The second installment in the franchise, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire scored even better than the original at the box office and with critics.
Based on the second book in the novels by Suzanne Collins, the science-fiction movie continues the story of reluctant heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence, X-Men: First Class), who’s now on a victory tour after winning the Hunger Games in the first film. This time, she has to go through the deadly games again, with even higher stakes as rebellion is sparked in the outer lying districts of the dangerous Capitol.
Josh Hutcherson (Red Dawn), Woody Harrelson (Seven Psychopaths), Liam Hemsworth (The Expendables 2), Donald Sutherland (The Eagle Has Landed), Lenny Kravitz (Lee Daniels’ The Butler), Stanley Tucci (Jack the Giant Slayer) and Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect) all return in their roles, and additions »
Hell hath no fury like an android scorned in Vice, a low-budgeted sci-fi thriller from Lone Survivor producer Emmet/Furla/Oasis Films. In the film’s quasi-utopian future, people are encouraged to carry out their most vicious and sadistic desires within the confines of luxurious resorts, where they are supplied with as many humanlike androids to brutalize in however many ways they see fit.
Yesterday, it was announced that action icon Bruce Willis will star in the film alongside Ambyr Childers, an actress known for prominent roles in Paul Thomas Anderson’s acclaimed drama The Master, Showtime’s Ray Donovan and the spine-tingling horror flick We Are What We Are. Willis is set to portray Julian, the sadistic owner of the Vice resort, while Childers will play an android who becomes self-aware and, horrified at the travesties being committed inside the resort, escapes and returns with a plot to bring »
- Isaac Feldberg
The story is set in a futuristic city where humans can live out their fantasies with androids at a resort known as Vice. The plot thickens when one robot (Ambyr Childers) becomes self-aware, threatening to destroy this lurid organization. Bruce Willis is playing Julian, who owns the Vice resort.
Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore (San Andreas: 3D, Red Dawn) wrote the screenplay, with George Furla, Randall Emmett and Adam Goldworm producing. The project does not have a director attached at this time, with casting still under way for supporting roles. Production is scheduled to begin on March 15 in Alabama.
After last week’s onslaught of new stuff, it was perhaps inevitable that this week would be something of a comedown with not much going on. There is some worthwhile new stuff added, the John Milius documentary for one which has debuted on Lovefilm the same time as DVD more or less and, of course, a contender for the worst film of all time. I have used this opportunity to catch up on some titles that were added last week and I didn’t have space for which are definitely worth writing about. I hope you enjoy.
The Host (2013)
Once upon a time, a bright young writer from New Zealand wrote a brilliant and ahead of its time screenplay called The Truman Show which then became a pretty fantastic film and a career peak for Jim Carrey which predicted the world’s obsession with reality television. The year before, his »
- Chris Holt
The Epix documentary “Milius” poses an interesting question: Why didn’t John Milius – writer extraordinaire, and director of some renown – become a household name like film-school contemporary George Lucas and other famous pals, including Steven Spielberg? The answer, however, proves more wishy-washy, or at least indecisive, than a Milius character would appreciate, with the director asserting he was blacklisted for his reactionary politics, while others cite his prickly and eccentric behavior, such as bringing a pistol to a notes meeting. Either way, Milius is a fascinating character, but beyond highlighting his filmography, the film leaves its central enigma unresolved.
A mass of contradictions prone to larger-than-life flourishes, Milius loved surfing and guns and consciously zigged where the counterculture movement zagged, embracing militarism and a macho mentality that produced a memorable body of work. As a writer, that ranged from “Dirty Harry” (uncredited) to “Apocalypse Now,” from Quint’s speech about »
- Brian Lowry
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