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Hollywood’s latest evangelist blew into town without a film degree or a single production credit, but armed with abundant smarts, a knack for salesmanship and buckets of charm. Even Ryan Kavanaugh’s shock of red hair assured he got noticed in any room he entered.
Eleven years later, Relativity Media’s CEO stands on the brink of an inglorious retreat. His Beverly Hills-based company appears on the verge of bankruptcy, a key lender is calling him a “con man” and suing for fraud, and other creditors are pushing for the 40-year-old entrepreneur to be shown the door. While Kavanaugh scrambles to find a savior, the company’s 350 employees are preparing for the worst, with a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing expected as early as this week.
Kavanaugh’s would-be Studio of the Future never fulfilled its brash leader’s promise: to harness clever financing and computer modeling to unlock the formula for winning films. »
- James Rainey and Brent Lang
Glances at fundamental questions of identity and humanity and decides that they are best resolved via fistfights, gun battles, and car chases. I’m “biast” (pro): mostly love Tarsem Singh’s films; big Sf geek
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
A ruthless old real-estate tycoon billionaire, Damian Hale (Ben Kingsley: Exodus: Gods and Kings), is dying of cancer, so he has his mind transferred to a younger body (Ryan Reynolds: Woman in Gold), as you do when you’re a ruthless old man wealthy beyond belief and terrified of your mortality. Of course he doesn’t ask the tough questions about the hush-hush project of clearly dubious morality, not even when the suave mad scientist in charge, Albright (Matthew Goode: The Imitation Game), smoothly notes with a slick grin that he’s not asking the right questions. This is »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The action follows twenty-year-old Dorothy Gale (Adria Arjona) and her K9 police dog who are transported via tornado to a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
I remember when I was young, my father, a sort of rogue ecologist who learned everything he knew about rivers and their ecosystems secondhand, told me about these species of bottom feeders that lived in streams all over the Missouri and Mississippi river basins. I don’t remember what species they were but the thing about them was that they only flourished in polluted bodies of water. They didn’t flourish because of the pollution necessarily so much as their natural predators, killed off by the pollution, ceased to keep them in check and so their population would explode. Despite their usefulness as a gauge for the health of a stream, they were generally unwelcome.
- Chris Melkus
If the twin successes of Mad Max: Fury Road and Ex Machina have something to say about genre fiction in 2015, it’s that a simple premise envisioned with thoughtful craft can pump as much blood to the cognitive parts of your brain as it does the pleasure centers. Meeting nicely in the middle between head-trip and Neanderthal action vehicle is Self/less, the latest film from acclaimed visualist and debatable storyteller Tarsem Singh (Aka Tarsem). Though his last two efforts – the Snow White and 300 also-rans, respectively, Mirror Mirror and Immortals - failed to produce Hollywood fare as bankable as his career-defining The Fall was beautiful, Self/less is unmistakably, uniquely Tarsem, despite the derivative appearance.
An apposite clash between creative forces seen and unseen makes for one of the many engaging threads to pull at while watching Self/less, a twisty thriller all about exteriors and interiors wrestling for control. »
- Sam Woolf
No one in sound mind and body wants to die, and that includes Ben Kingsley in the new film by Tarsem Singh. The director made his feature debut with the visually-striking The Cell in 2000, which raised expectations for bizarre and ambitious The Fall (2006), which was also sumptuous in appearance, if narratively lacking. Since then, he has made Immortals (reviewed here) and Mirror Mirror (reviewed here), two films that continued to demonstrate his preference (and reliance) for imagery and motion over story and sense. As far as the visuals are concerned, Self/Less represents the director's most reality-bound effort yet, following along as the very wealthy New York real-estate developer Damian (Kingsley affecting a New Yawk accent) comes to a decision about his future. Damian...
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Ben Kingsley plays a New York real estate mogul who pays big bucks to have his consciousness microwaved into Ryan Reynolds‘ body in “Self/less,” but the real reheating of leftovers has already occurred: this new science-fiction thriller borrows the foundation of a much better film — John Frankenheimer’s 1966 “Seconds” — and strips it of any larger meaning. Director Tarsem Singh, previously known for such art-direction extravaganzas as “The Fall” and “Immortals,” seems determined to prove that he can handle more mundane material that doesn’t call for as much visual flair. The film he has crafted from the script by. »
- Alonso Duralde
The latest film from visual auteur/director Tarsem Singh (Immortals, Mirror Mirror), Self/less is hitting the big screens next week and we have 15 double passes to give away in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Halifax. To be entered into a draw to win passes to an advance screening, simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Self/less” in the sujbject headline.
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Self/less stars Ryan Reynolds, Matthew Goode, Michelle Dockery and Ben Kingsley, and tells the story of a very rich man dying from cancer, who undergoes an experimental medical procedure which transfers his consciousness into the body of someone younger. Unfortunately, there are consequences to the body that he chose that he must now live with. Watch the trailer below and best of luck!
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In this provocative psychological science fiction thriller, an extremely wealthy man (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley) dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body’s origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause. Director: Tarsem Singh (“The Cell”, “Immortals”) Writers: Alex Pastor & David Pastor (“Carriers,” “The Last Days”) Cast: Ryan Reynolds (“Deadpool”), Natalie Martinez (“Secrets and Lies”), Matthew Goode (“The Good Wife,” “The Imitation Game”), Victor Garber (“The Flash”), Derek Luke (“Empire”), Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”), and Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley Producers: Ram Bergman, James D. Stern, Peter Schlessel Distributor: Gramercy Pictures »
Quick, name the big summer movies that are still on the way. "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation," "Ant-Man," "Magic Mike Xxl," "Terminator Genisys," "Man From U.N.C.L.E.," "Fantastic Four." Well, Gramercy hopes you remember that "Self/Less" is coming too, though with only a couple of weeks to go until it opens, they're going to have to work hard to get the excitement levels up for this one. Read More: Watch The First Trailer For Tarsem's Biogenic Sci-Fi Thriller 'Self/Less' Starring Ryan Reynolds Ryan Reynolds and Ben Kingsley star in the movie about an old, dying rich dude who decides to test the waters of immortality by getting everything in this brain transferred to a new, hunkier body. The problem? It turns out his new body has old memories that come back to the fore, and behind it is a madman scientist who bends ethical boundaries. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Focus Features has released a new featurette and clip for Tarsem Singh‘s latest, Self/less, a psychological science fiction thriller about a man dying from cancer (Ben Kingsley) who decides to transfer his consciousness into the body of a healthy, younger man (Ryan Reynolds). The procedure works, but he soon comes to realize that “immortality has some side effects.” I'm intrigued by Self/less. The ramifications a man faces when he tries to beat god always makes for solid ground to build a riveting science fiction premise on, and Tarsem is a compelling director with an eccentric track record, so I'm always intrigued to see what he'll do next. Stylistically, Self/less looks quite restrained for the director, who can occasionally get so immersed in his visuals that narrative falls by the wayside. When he's at his best we get The Fall, at his worst, Immortals (which I actually »
- Haleigh Foutch
Welcome to your future. There is no turning back. The next phase of the process has begun. Are you ready? The provocative, psychological science-fiction thriller Self/Less comes to theaters nationwide this summer. In this , an extremely wealthy man (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley) dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body's origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause. Directed by Tarsem Singh (Immortals, The Cell) off a screenplay by Alex Pastor and David Pastor, Self/Less stars Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Martinez, Matthew Goode, Victor Garber, Derek Luke, Michelle Dockery, and Academy »
- Pietro Filipponi
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
Freeman Entertainment, which launched its distribution operation in the Czech Republic at the start of the year, will handle theatrical distribution of Warner Bros. titles in the territory.
“Mad Max: Fury Road” will be the first Warner movie to be released by the company in the Czech Republic. Freeman Entertainment will also release titles there produced by leading independents, including Lionsgate/Summit, DreamWorks, Studiocanal, Nu Image and Relativity Media. Radovan Cech is Freeman’s executive director in the Czech Republic.
As well as the Warner titles, its release slate includes “Self/Less,” which is directed by Tarsem Singh (“Immortals”); “Mune,” which is helmed by Benoit Philippon (“Lullaby of Pi”) and Alexandre Heboyan (“Kung Fu Panda,” “Monsters vs. Aliens”); and “The Light Between Oceans,” which stars Michael Fassbender and Rachel Weisz.
- Leo Barraclough
When you direct the biggest hit of the year, you're going to get a lot of good projects coming your way. Such is the case with James Wan, who is coming of the mammoth success of Furious 7, the film that just passed Avatar as the fastest film to cross $1 billion internationally - an utterly fitting status for the franchise. Wan is currently in consideration to helm Aquaman for Warner Bros., there's no doubt Universal wants him for the recently announced Furious 8, and now he's in early talks to helm the Sony's Robotech movie adaptation of the 1980s anime series featuring giant mechanized warriors. Back in February we reported that Hollywood Gang, a production company on the Warner Bros. lot run by Mark Canton and Gianni Nunnari obtained the rights to the long-in-development Robotech movie, and in March the film moved to Sony where Immortals and 300 producers Gianni Nunnari »
- Haleigh Foutch
With Fast & Furious 7 effortlessly hurtling past the magic billion-dollar box-office mark, director James Wan is, shall we say, these days rather in demand. His name has already been mentioned in connection with Warner/DC's Aquaman, but his latest suitors are Sony, who are courting him to man the cameras for Robotech.The project is based on the 1980s Japanese anime, bought by Harmony Gold USA and Japan’s Tatsunoko Productions, which re-edited and redubbed three different series to make into a daily syndicated ‘toon for audiences in the Us and elsewhere.In the series, mankind builds machines using technology developed from a crashed alien spaceship to fend off three different alien invasions, including one race of huge warriors none too happy about us pinching their tech and power source.Sony picked up the Robotech rights when Warner Bros. dropped them last month. The former studio had been developing the »
The May 1 release of Avengers: Age of Ultron marks the "official" start of the 2015 Summer Movie Season and with that in mind, it's only appropriate to offer up a look forward at what's ahead over the next four months. What is ahead over the next four monthsc Well, a lot of movies that cost a lot of money with a few smaller features mixed in for good measure, and as much as some of us may lament the fact studios have become so franchise focused, it's hard not to admit a desire to see some of these bigger features. As a means of whittling down the flock of films arriving over the next several months I've chosen to take a look at my 20 most anticipated, which does mean there are bound to be some titles I probably ought to mention, but didn't make the list for a variety of reasons. »
- Brad Brevet
A panel of Hollywood filmmakers who have gained a foothold in China said the key to doing business — and winning audiences — is to treat the Chinese as partners, rather than a market to be exploited.
Executives from Lionsgate, Stx Entertainment, Im Global and Relativity Media told an audience Monday at the Milken Global Conference in Beverly Hills that doing business in China required patience, sensitivity and nimble strategies.
The filmmakers agreed that American and Chinese entertainment companies are yet to make truly seemless co-productions, something they said would only happened with increased engagement.
The “Can Hollywood Speak Chinese?” panel at the Beverly Hilton Hotel came on the second day of the conference and in the wake of a wave of deals between Chinese financiers and companies and Hollywood filmmakers.
Former Disney executive Dick Cook announced last week that he had formed a partnership with Citic Guoan — the TV, publishing, sports »
- James Rainey
Our weekly feature in which a writer answers the question: If you could force your friends at gunpoint to watch one movie or TV show, what would it be? Released in 2006, Tarsem’s “The Fall” is a gorgeous celebration of storytelling that reveals how stories touch and change the people they are told to and those who tell them. It’s an ode to the very specific mode of storytelling of film. A few minutes into 1915-set “The Fall,” a character played by a pre-stardom Lee Pace attempts to explain to a five-year-old girl, “Pictures, y’know, flickers: moving pictures.” The girl, Alexandria, responds, confused, that she’s never seen one. With a hint of a sly smile, Pace’s Roy replies, “Oh you’re not missing much” – a line that strikes with irony, considering Tarsem’s clear passion for filmmaking and the fact that were “The Fall” to go unwatched, »
- Emily Rome
A new poster has arrived online for the upcoming sci-fi thriller Self/less from director Tarsem Singh (Immortals, Mirror Mirror), which sees Ryan Reynolds and Ben Kingsley leading a cast that also includes Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode, Victor Garber, Natalie Martinez and Derek Luke. Check it out here…
In this provocative psychological science fiction thriller, an extremely wealthy man (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley) dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body’s origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.
Self/less is set for release on July 31st.
- Gary Collinson
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