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Last year’s WWE Battleground pay-per-view is widely regarded among fans as one of if not the worst event of 2013. From a mediocre match from Cm Punk and Ryback to a WWE Championship main event ending in a no contest, it was a pretty atrocious event that it is better off unremembered. The only memorable match from Battleground was Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns with the Rhodes brothers’ jobs on the line, the single saving grace of that show.
By some miracle, Battleground managed to get renewed for a second installment this year, airing on the WWE Network this Sunday, July 20. This time around, the card appears to be much better on paper and has potential to be excellent. Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins, the WWE Tag Team Championship match and even Aj Lee vs. Paige are all matches highly anticipated by fans and should be stellar. »
- Graham GSM Matthews
Not being the biggest fan of last year’s home invasion-oriented The Purge, I was hopeful that returning writer/director James DeMonaco would find a way to nail down his promising premise with his follow-upand boy, does he deliver. Not only does The Purge: Anarchy address so many of the questions I was left with after the original, but it also amps up the action, story, and mythology, and gives us likable and engaging characters to root for this time around.
If you saw The Purge, you pretty much already know the basics going into the sequel. As a way to keep crime and unemployment to a minimum, the New Founders of America created the annual Purge where the “haves” in this new world can cleanse their souls with violence against the “have-nots” when killing is made legal for 12 hours throughout the country. This time, DeMonaco takes his story to »
- Heather Wixson
Hot on the heels of the first teaser trailer [which you can see here], Century Fox has released a trio of stills from its upcoming biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, which see Christian Bale’s (American Hustle) Moses joined by director Ridley Scott (Prometheus)…
From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings, the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
- Gary Collinson
One doesn’t have to be an analyst or expert in all things cinema to note the decline of certain genres and niches within the film-making machine. While comic-book movies and superhero franchises have risen to soaring heights over the last fifteen years, we have seen a dramatic drop in other, classic outputs, seemingly to make way. A perfect example of this would be the procedural crime thriller, tales of murder investigation and corruption, a hallmark of hard boiled fiction from the 1970′s onwards that by now have tailed off. It says a lot that the most recent archetypal release from said field was last year’s Broken City, a box office and critical failure from highly rated scribe Stephen Knight. A production line that once gave us the likes of Chinatown, Serpico and Seven is now decrepit and seemingly unfit for purpose.
Not only is this genre starved, it »
- Scott Patterson
Its common knowledge by now that Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra will soon be seen essaying the roles of Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton respectively in the remake of the 2011 film Warrior. Now we hear that Jackie Shroff has been roped in to essay the role of the sibling's alcoholic father, originally played by Nick Nolte for which the actor even won an Oscar. The film revolves around two brothers who meet each other in the boxing ring, and will be directed by Karan Malhotra. Confirming the news, Jackie Shroff says that he is pretty excited about the film and will commence shooting for the same from September onwards. However Jackie's role will be tweaked to suit the Indian audience. In the original directed by Gavin O'Connor, the story follows two brothers, one a former Marine and the other a former Ufc fighter-turned-schoolteacher, on opposite ends of a three-way family »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
Last week we saw a few stills from Ridley Scott’s next directorial offering Exodus: Gods and Kings [check them out here], and now we have the first three posters for the biblical epic, which feature Christian Bale (American Hustle) as Moses and Joel Edgerton (Warrior) as the Egyptian Pharoah Ramses II…
Exodus is set for release on December 12th 2014 and also features Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), John Turturro (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3), Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), Emun Elliott (Prometheus), María Valverde (Cracks), Golshifteh Farahani (Body of Lies), and Indira Varma (Game of Thrones).
- Gary Collinson
Ahead of the trailer debut later today, 20th Century Fox has released the first Exodus: Gods and Kings posters as well as some new high-resolution images from director Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic. The film finds Christian Bale filling the role of Moses while Joel Edgerton (Warrior) plays Ramses, and it looks to be a rather curious picture. The Australia-born Edgerton isn’t exactly the epitome of an ancient Egyptian, and the eclectic cast is filled out by the likes of Aaron Paul, Sir Ben Kingsley, John Turturro, and Sigourney Weaver. We’ll have a much better idea of what to expect once the trailer hits, but for now these posters and images are certainly tantalizing. Hit the jump to take a look at the new Exodus: Gods and Kings posters and images, and check back later to watch the trailer. The film opens in theaters on December 5th. Posters courtesy of Yahoo! »
- Adam Chitwood
Joel Edgerton has begun to carve out an excellent niche for himself the mainstream cinematic world. He’s had bang-up parts in Warrior, The Great Gatsby, and Zero Dark Thirty, and will soon be seen as the Pharaoh in Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings. Now, the actor has returned to his native Australia for his most recent film, the tense cop thriller Felony.
Edgerton plays Mal, a celebrated detective injured in the line of duty who ends up in a struggle between himself and two other detectives (Jai Courtney and Tom Wilkinson) over the truth about an accident that has placed a child in a coma. The trailer tells us everything we need to know – possibly even a little too much, given the nature of the film. Nevertheless, it gives a complete picture of the film and the possible routes that the narrative could take.
Based on this trailer, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Unlike his “Warrior” co-star Tom Hardy, Australian actor Joel Edgerton has stuck to being part of smaller films and taking smaller roles like his outing as a member of Seal Team Six in “Zero Dark Thirty," Baz Luhrmann’s gaudy adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” notwithstanding. Edgerton’s latest is the Australian film “Felony” which, in addition to starring in, he both wrote and produced. The film’s first trailer and poster have both arrived online for your keen minds to investigate. Co-starring Jai Courtney (in his native accent), Tom Wilkinson and Melissa George, the thriller centers on Edgerton as celebrated detective Mal, who sets off a tense struggle between himself and two other detectives (Courtney and Wilkinson) over the truth of the accident that sent a child into a coma. While the trailer seems to spell things out a little too clearly, it does promise that the four leads »
- Cain Rodriguez
Toh! has been calling out Brit Tom Hardy since "Bronson" as one of the most exciting actors working today. Hollywood casting directors too notice--Hardy landed back-to-back roles in Christopher Nolan's "Inception" and "The Dark Knight Rises" as well as "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and "Lawless." And Gavin O'Connor showcased him in fight film "Warrior" (see my video interview here). But it takes time for a great actor to reach audiences and become a real marquee draw. Hardy isn't a household name--yet. But anyone who tracks acting knows he has the right stuff. Make sure to check out Steven Knight’s intense man-in-a-car drama “Locke" (my interview here). Hardy's also collaborating with Knight (who created UK TV hit "Peaky Blinders") on the BBC series, "Taboo," executive produced by Ridley Scott. Hardy's coming up in a number of films at various stages of production. »
- Anne Thompson
While it remains that Kristen Stewart isn't expected to return as the lead in Snow White and the Huntsman 2, it's now being reported that The Walking Dead's creator, Frank Darabont, will direct said sequel.
According to TheWrap, Darabont is in early talk to direct Swath 2. Universal Pictures and producer Joe Roth are very interested in Darabont's take on the sequel/spinoff, but they have yet to make him an official offer. Gavin O'Connor (Warrior) and Andy Muschietti (Mama) were on the shortlist of directors who were considered for the gig.
As for Stewart–she's not expected to return. The film will focus more on Chris Hemsworth's huntsman. But given that the script isn't finalized yet, we could see Stewart make a brief cameo or appear in a handful of scenes.
- Laura Frances
Mistaken for Strangers, the documentary about The National frontman Matt Berninger and his wayward filmmaker brother Tom, arrives in UK cinemas today (June 27), and is a reminder that siblings can sometimes make for great cinema.
Whether it's the constant squabbling of Will Ferrell and John C Reilly in Step Brothers, the epic Corleone rivalry in The Godfather or Marlon Brando and Rod Steiger in On the Waterfront, brothers can make for highly-charged drama.
The National to release "huge bonus version" of Mistaken for Strangers doc
Digital Spy takes a look back at 5 movies about brothers - from entirely different genres - that are essential viewing for film fans.
Dead Ringers (1988)
The marriage of World War II and football, Escape To Victory, is getting a big screen remake...
Well, that's a headline we never expected to write.
With Edge Of Tomorrow earning lots of audience love, even if it's not had quite as much audience money as it warrants, director Doug Liman is heading off in a different direction for his next venture. For you remember Escape To Victory, starring Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine, Pele, Ossie Ardiles and Russell Osman, formerly of Ipswich Town Football Club? He's remaking that.
Known as Victory in the Us, Escape To Victory is the only film to date where Sylvester Stallone plays a goalkeeper. The new take on it is being scripted by Gavin O'Connor, who directed the film Warrior, and it will once more be set during World War II.
Liman is now in talks to direct the film for Warner Bros. We »
Unfortunately, audiences unwisely avoided the Tom Cruise sci-fi action flick Edge of Tomorrow here in the Us, but the film is doing fine overseas. We just wish there was a bigger reception for the film from The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman, because he crafted one of the most fun films of the summer. But Liman is already looking to the future with a new project that feels pretty timely because of World Cup fever sweeping the globe. THR reports Liman is in talks to direct Victory, a remake of the 1981 film of the same name (starring Sylvester Stallone and Michael Caine) with Warrior director Gavin O'Connor scripting. In what sounds like a soccer version of Miracle, the film follows allied prisoners of war who prepare for a soccer match against the German National Team to be played in Nazi-occupied Paris. But while the game is being set up, the »
- Ethan Anderton
For his next movie to follow Edge Of Tomorrow, Doug Liman is already in active development on the Tom Clancy videogame adaptation Splinter Cell, which has Tom Hardy attached to star. That's only one of several projects that Liman has on the boil, however, and he may just have added another to the list. With the World Cup in full swing, it seems appropriate that he's in talks to direct Victory, a remake of the WWII football favourite Escape To Victory.The original film, made in 1981, involves a group of POWs using a propaganda footie match with their German captors as an escape opportunity, with some help from the French Resistance tunnelling in from the sewers outside the Paris ground. John Huston directed, and the film is much loved and remembered for its unusual onscreen mix of actors and professional footballers: Michael Caine and Sylvester Stallone co-star with Bobby Moore and Pele. »
After landing on the short list earlier this month to direct Snow White and the Huntsman 2, Frank Darabont is now in negotiations to direct the sequel for Universal Pictures. However, it seems the title may need to be changed, since Kristen Stewart may not be returning.
The studio is now considering the project a spin-off instead of a sequel, although it hasn't been confirmed one way or another if Kristen Stewart will be coming back as Snow White. Back in December 2012, Kristen Stewart said she was returning, but that was long before Frank Darabont entered the picture. If this does turn out to be a true spin-off, it could certainly keep the door open for Kristen Stewart to reprise her role as Snow White.
Just as was rumored in 2012, it looks like Kristen Stewart won't be back for the sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman for Universal Pictures, meaning the film will focus on a story involving Chris Hemsworth as the other title character. In all honesty, this is probably a better option anyway since Hemsworth has become a bigger star thanks to his role as Thor in Marvel's cinematic universe, and Stewart seemed to hold the first film back a bit (that and a bland story). But maybe we'll get something good since The Wrap also reports The Shawshank Redemption director Frank Darabont will be at the helm this time. A deal isn't finalized yet but, he's the studio's choice to take the job, beating out Gavin O'Connor (Warrior) and Andy Muschietti (Mama) for the gig. However, a script still has to be finalized, and that might include a cameo for Stewart »
- Ethan Anderton
Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Mist) is in talks to direct Snow White and the Huntsman 2, reportedly beating out Gavin O'Connor (Warrior) and Andy Muschietti (Mama). Additional word is Kristen Stewart is not expected to return as Snow White, though she may have a small cameo appearance. Darabont's take on the story apparently focuses on Chris Hemsworth as the titular Huntsman. The Wrap Scoot McNairy (The Rover) is joining Zack Snyder's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice in an unspecified role. Deadline Benjamin Bratt is set to join Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in Ride Along 2 for Universal with Tim Story (Think Like a Man Too) returning to direct. In typical sequel fashion, the story will move to a sunny locale, this time Miami where I'm sure Cube and Hart will get involved with some drug lord or something. The film hits theaters January 15, 2016. Variety »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
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