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Having largely survived the trial by executive notes, critics and audiences that was making his first Hollywood film with the RoboCop remake, Jose Padilha is busy setting up potential new projects, albeit ones where he will have a little more control. He’s now picked Nekome, a post-World War II action pitch from John Hlavin, to potentially direct.Padilha’s Cold Mountain company is working with producer Eric Newman to develop the film for StudioCanal. Hlavin, who wrote Underworld Awakening and has several unproduced scripts floating around different development pools, cooked up the idea, which takes its name from the Yiddish word for revenge. The setting is the days shortly after the conflict, with two young Holocaust survivors sent to Brazil to hunt down the Nazis who ran their concentration camp.Given his experience working in his home country for the much-praised Elite Squad films, it’s not surprising to »
Exclusive: GrandElectric Entertainment, a new shingle formed by ex-Strike Entertainment partner Eric Newman, has teamed with director Jose Padilha‘s Cold Mountain to preemptively purchase Nekome, a period action pitch by John Hlavin. Studiocanal will finance development and production of the film. The title is the Yiddish word for revenge and the film is set in the days following the end of World War II. Two young Holocaust survivors are sent by the Jewish underground to Brazil to hunt down and kill the escaped Nazis who ran their concentration camp. The film will shoot in Brazil. Studiocanal is committed to finance the film, but Newman and Padilha retained distribution rights in Brazil, where Padilha is a movie god after his Elite Squad films. Deal marks a growing relationship between Newman and Padilha, and also Studiocanal’s Olivier Courson and Ron Halpern. Newman first began working with them in 2010 on The Last Exorcism, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Like all our episodes this one pretty much touches on everything from what happened over the weekend as Brad went to a Mariners' game and the casino, to all the latest movie news including rumors of an Die Hard 6, David Fincher dropping out of directing Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic, the Blended trailer, the weekend box office results, new DVDs and Blu-rays and much, much more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. »
- Brad Brevet
Let me start by saying “Nordic Noir” has a lot to answer for… Desperate to ride the popularity of Norwegian dramas such The Killing, Borgen and The Bridge, UK distributors are seemingly snatching up any and all crime dramas that emanate from the region; and obviously not all can be the next The Killing… Just look at Easy Money 2 (aka Snabba Cash II in it’s original Swedish).
Foregoing rich storytelling and an engrossing plot, director Babak Najafi instead ups the violence and action for this sequel to the 2010 original. Once again starring Joel Kinnaman (Robocop) and based upon the novels by Jens Lapidus, Easy Money 2 follows Jw (Kinnaman), the promising business student who became an organized coke smuggler in Easy Money, is serving hard time in prison and struggling to »
- Phil Wheat
With directors Joe and Anthony Russo‘s Marvel sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening in North America this weekend, every day this week I’ve been posting a new video interview for the film. In the fantastic sequel, we find Captain America (Chris Evans) joining forces with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to expose a conspiracy, fight off professional assassins, and battle a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Loaded with amazing action, a fantastic script, and great character moments, Captain America: The Winter Solider is going to be a huge hit with Marvel fans and regular moviegoers alike. The film also stars Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson. For more on the movie, here’s Matt’s review and all our previous coverage. During my exclusive »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Robocop didn’t do what we wanted, and we couldn’t quite get to an average rating, but there were some fun moments. A lot of what went wrong had to do with overshooting, over-thinking, and abandoning the see-through layers of the original. It tried to push the themes, and forgot to have fun.
It liked the idea that the way to make a movie better is to throw more money at it, and it didn’t temper that attitude with enough actual storytelling, or workable action.
Nevertheless, there were bits here and there that we liked. If nothing else, it made us envision the way things should have been, which potentially means that the slew of other remakes that are bound to come along have some chance at legitimacy. On the other hand, we won’t be making those either.
Joel Kinnaman was actually better than I’d predicted, »
- Marc Eastman
Brazil’s top film star Wagner Moura will bring back to life the charismatic trafficker and politician Pablo Escobar in a Netflix Original Series Narcos from acclaimed director Jose Padilha and Gaumont International Television.
An all-new take on the amazing story of the Medellin Cartel, once the world’s most ambitious and violent trafficking organization, Narcos reunites the creators of the ultimate Brazilian cop action and political film, Elite Squad: Moura (Elysium) and Padilha (Robocop).
Executive produced by Padilha, Eric Newman (Children of Men), the team of Doug Miro and Carlos Bernard (Sorcerer’s Apprentice), and Chris Brancato (Hannibal), the ten episode initial season of Narcos will soon begin filming in Colombia with the series arriving in all Netflix territories in early 2015.
“Jose and Wagner together created one of the most sophisticated and chilling portraits of criminality and official corruption ever in their Elite Squad movies. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Here at Moviefone, we think America's greatness should be celebrated all year long -- or, at the very least, for an extra week. That's why we're declaring March 31 - April 4 "America F@$& Yeah" week, with five days of patriotic interviews and features that honor America and the movies.
I'm nervous. Why? Because I'm about to enter a room and interview Samuel L. Jackson, one of those great actors who kind of defines the term "badass" in Hollywood. You need attitude, a sharp tongue, and a withering way with words? Call Samuel L. Jackson.
Marvel called him seven years ago to play Nick Fury, director of covert government agency S.H.I.E.L.D., in a cameo at the end of the first "Iron Man," and has kept him on speed dial ever since. Now, having played Fury six times -- and being bumped up to a lead in "The Avengers" and this week's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier »
- Don Kaye
Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes was one of the best reboots of a franchise to come along in many years. It set the bar high for its follow-up. The sequel, under the direction of Matt Reeves, carries great expectations from fans. Can the film live up to fan anticipation? From what stars Andy Serkis and Gary Oldman have to say, the film seems very promising.
At CinemaCon, Andy Serkis discussed the story. He said, “This is now a community of about 2,000 apes. For the first eight years, after the devastating virus, the apes were looking down from Muir Woods to San Francisco and could see lights and fires, but now it's gone very quiet. Until this day in our film, when this small band of humans comes up. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Stuns me with its scathing commentary on what is happening in the real world today, wrapped up in what is some of the most delicious, most comic-booky fantasy ever. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the first movie, love Chris Evans, love the Avengers series
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I saw an ad on British TV last Friday night — it came, perhaps unsurprisingly, during a break in the broadcast of the latest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — in which Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury helped British ISP Sky Broadband cheer on its new automatic censoring filters… the ones that new customers have to opt-out of if they don’t want them, and that have been found to block legitimate sites, including those offering rape counseling, sex education, and legal file sharing. (You can watch that ad here.) Is S.H.I.E.L.D. pro-censorship now? »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo.
Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Robert Redford, Cobie Smulders, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, and George St-Pierre.
Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.
Ever since Iron Man kicked off Marvel's Cinematic Universe back in 2008, there has been one phrase that crops up again and again from press notes, critics and fans - "this is the best Marvel movie yet". So it seems quite cliche and pointless to highlight in this opening paragraph, but Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the best solo movie in Marvel's Cinematic Universe yet.
And while the movie doesn't offer up anything truly new for the genre, it does have a drastic change »
- Luke Owen
Exclusive: Wme has signed Michael Kenneth Williams, better known as Chalky White if you have HBO and are as addicted to Terence Winter’s Boardwalk Empire as I am. Williams, who first made his mark on HBO’s The Wire playing Omar, the elusive man who robbed crack dealers, is currently starring opposite Mark Wahlberg in the Rupert Wyatt-directed remake of The Gambler at Paramount Pictures. He appeared in the Robocop remake as well as Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave and most recently wrapped Inherent Vice for Paul Thomas Anderson. Williams returns for the fifth and final season of Boardwalk Empire this fall. He had been repped at ICM Partners. Williams continues to be managed by Matt Goldman and Sam Maydew at Silver Lining Entertainment. The other thing to know about Williams is that while Quentin Tarantino chose Jamie Foxx to play the title role in Django Unchained »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Miami - One of the pleasures of smaller film festivals, where one's viewing is less dutifully structured around competitions and mandatory big-name premieres, is pick-and-mix scheduling -- selecting the day's viewing on a mixture of gut instinct and chance convenience, and seeing what unexpected patterns and conflicts emerge. Coincidentally enough, I wound up seeing two Brazilian films back to back yesterday -- not such an improbable occurrence in a festival programme that accommodates Latin-American markets so generously, but their wildly contrasting impressions of urban social malaise and personal distrust proved mutually enhancing. Mexico and Germany were selected by the Miami programmers for dedicated showcases this year; on yesterday's evidence, however, Brazilian film is fighting fit. There's a fierce, Pablo Trapero-like sense of purpose to "A Wolf at the Door," a jumpy, pile-driving directorial debut for Fernando Coimbra that seems a gateway to more illustrious things -- as plausibly within »
- Guy Lodge
Most moviegoers regard the idea of adapting a video game franchise (no matter how popular) into a movie with the same raised eyebrows as a week-old sandwich, and given the subgenre's track record, it's hard to blame them.
So it's safe to say there might be a little skepticism surrounding the new "Need for Speed" movie. After all, we can already get our physics-defying car movie adrenaline fix from the "Fast and Furious" franchise, right? Well, yes and no. Here's five reasons why you should turn to director Scott Waugh and Aaron Paul's "Need for Speed" if you should find yourself needing more certifiably insane vehicular mayhem in your life.
1. We miss Aaron Paul:
- Rick Mele
Thinks it’s poetical and epic, and the more dramatic it thinks it’s being, the more hilariously histrionic it all is. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It’s a Fast & Furious ripoff! No, wait, it’s based on a popular videogame!
Which one makes Need for Speed sound more junky and more calculated to trick audiences into parting with their hard-earned cash? Cuz: that one.
And if throwing away 2D dollars on this doesn’t thrill you enough, know that the 3D version was created in postproduction– which never, never looks good — as an extra bonus cash grab. If you want to feel like you’re driving a car in 3D, you could just go drive a car.
There’s no story and no characters in the Electronic Arts series of games this »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Trevor Hogg chats with production visual effects supervisor Jamie Price and visual effects supervisor Nordin Rahhali about bringing a robotic enhanced law enforcement officer to the futuristic streets of Detroit once again...
“I saw the original in the theatre when it came out in 1987,” recalls Jamie Price (The A-Team) who was chosen by filmmaker José Padilha (Bus 174) to supervise the visual effects for RoboCop (2014). “I watched it and the sequels again before we made this movie to re-familiarize myself because sometimes your recollections don’t always match the reality of it. One of my first questions to José was, ‘What approach are you thinking for the movie?’ In a lot of ways the original is untouchable. He had the same feeling and was clear that we weren’t remaking RoboCop. We were making our version of it.” The subject matter would be the same though the tone shifted away from »
The sudden death of Paul Walker late last year was a tragedy for a number of reasons. It also left a hole in the 2014 schedule for a muscular, action-driven car movie, since the seventh entry in the "Fast and Furious" franchise has been rescheduled for April 2015. Just because we don't have a "Fast and Furious" movie in the pipeline doesn't mean that we will be denied some gasoline-drenched mayhem, as "Need for Speed," based on the series of wildly popular Electronic Arts video games, races into theaters nationwide this week.
It's the story of a young man (played by "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul) who is framed for a horrible crime and decides to exact revenge by entering into a dangerous cross-country race. You know, like you would do if someone set you up. It's got a bunch of hunky dudes (like Kid Cudi) doing things that you should probably never do with a car, »
- Drew Taylor
Sharing in the skepticism that many actors feel- and $omehow overcome- regarding appearing in a reboot, Jai Courtney told IGN that he wasn’t sure about taking the role of Kyle Reese in Terminator: Genesis. Echoing statements made by other actors in recent updates of older properties- like Joel Kinnaman in RoboCop & Miles Teller in Fantastic Four- Courtney implies that it took the inclusion of other great talent involved to make him feel like Terminator: Genesis was a worthy project. He also points out how this won’t be the first time he’s done something like this.
“I’ve always had a bit of skepticism about something being rebooted. I remember when [A Good Day to] Die Hard came around a few years ago, I was like, ‘Really? They’re gonna make another one?’ and then I found myself in it and totally invested in it. I think it’s healthy to have »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
This could have been the one. After years of being served up with terrible video game adaptations, Need for Speed looked like it could've bucked the trend. EA's high-speed racing franchise is largely story-free, so the Scott Waugh-directed film wasn't bound by endless developer-enforced caveats. All it needed was the title and fast cars - making a good movie wasn't out of the question.
Sadly, the wait for a great game-to-film translation continues because Need for Speed the motion picture squanders its strong cast (led by Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul) and narrative potential thanks to a duff script that rebounds from one listless action sequence to another.
This is classic Big Dumb Action Movie territory, the kind of film that feels like it's been »
A decision to screen Sony and MGM's rebooted RoboCop in 3D in China has paid off handsomely in the world’s second biggest film market, where an enduring affection for enhanced format movies can often translate into significantly higher box office. RoboCop’s cume after six days of release (March 5) was $27.62 million (169.2 million yuan). This is particularly strong for end of February/early March, which is traditionally a weak period at the box office after the Chinese New Year blitz and with most kids back at school. Story: The Many, Many Post-Movie Lives of RoboCop The movie
- Clifford Coonan
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