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Point Break makes no sense. It doesn’t seem to be trying very hard to make sense, either. A remake of the improbably fun 1991 crime thriller of the same name, 2015’s version only serves to inject excess adrenaline into this updated version of an already flimsy conceit.
After his future in the world of extreme sports takes a cliff dive, Johnny “Utah” Brigham completes a Ged, undergraduate, and law degree before entering the FBI’s training academy. His experience becomes an essential tool when a gang of skydiving thrill-seekers steals a pallet-load of stacked cash from a cargo plane, only to cut the ties and rain money on the poor villagers below. It somehow takes the expressionless lunk Utah to consider that fellow extreme athletes are behind these Robin Hood heists.
Not that the investigation really matters. Utah is assigned to gather information on these philanthropist adrenaline junkies but instead »
- Zachary Shevich
Absolutely Anything, 2015.
Directed by Terry Jones.
An absolutely average earthling (Simon Pegg) is given the galactic power to do absolutely anything by a group of sinister aliens. Whether he uses his power for good or evil will determine whether Earth will be destroyed.
Seeing the Monty Pythons’ names attached to any film should be a guarantee for laughs, as should the rest of this film’s A-list cast, yet Absolutely Anything falls rather short on the comedy front, feeling more like a clumsy collage of tropey high concept sci-fi, slapstick comedy, and tired jokes which are in dire need of a humour upgrade.
- Kat Kourbeti
Kate Beckinsale and Len Wiseman have called it quits, E! News has learned. The Total Recall actress and her husband "have been separated for a while," one source tells E! News. The estranged couple have informed their friends of their split, a separate insider adds, and tells us, "They have not been together for a few months." The news comes on the heels of Wiseman being spotted out and about without his wedding ring over the past months, hanging out with 24-year-old model Cj Franco. Beckinsale, on the other hand, has been busy filming Underworld 5 in Prague. She hasn't been spotted with her husband since June, when she and Wiseman went out for a low-key date night at The »
British action star Jason Statham has signed on to star in a new action thriller from writer Kurt Wimmer (Salt, Total Recall, Point Break), which is centered around an Ex-Pat Brit in Hong Kong who goes on the run with a high-level female Chinese agent to solve a kidnapping with global implications.
“Jason and I both have been wanting to work with Kurt for a long time,” states producer Steven Chasman. “He has such an incredible vision for this film that this collaboration is particularly exciting for us. The narrative Kurt creates is incredibly rich and while our story is rooted in adventure, it is also very much character driven. We couldn’t be more fortunate to be working with him, as well as our new partners from Road Pictures, Gongming Cai and Julien Favre, who really comprehend the global potential for the film.”
This is a perfect vehicle for »
- Gary Collinson
Jason Statham is one of the more consistent and prolific action stars working in Hollywood today, with many entries in the genre under his belt. As such, it makes sense that he's now been cast to play the lead in a Hong Kong action movie, written by Kurt Wimmer, which is as yet untitled.
Hong Kong action movies tend to be quite stunt-intensive, with a general inclination to do things practically (though to a lesser extent in recent years). Jason Statham is a very logical choice for this kind of filmmaking, since he has Mixed Martial Arts training, and a lot of action experience, preferring to do as many stunts as possible himself. Obviously, some are going to be too difficult or too dangerous for the star to do them all himself, so he's worked with numerous stuntmen over his career, who he has tremendous respect for.
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Jason Statham, star of Spy, Furious 7 and all-round action stalwart, has agreed to topline Sj Pictures and Road Pictures yet-to-be-titled kidnapping thriller, which will take place primarily in Hong Kong.
Details are thin on the ground regarding The Stath’s latest picture, though we understand that he’ll headline the actioner as a British expatriate living in the Chinese metropolis, who becomes embroiled in a sprawling kidnapping case and opts to make tail and go on the run with a skilled Chinese operative. No word yet on a director to take the reins on the nascent project, though Road Pictures’ Gongming Cai and Julien Favre – attached to produce the picture along with Steve Chasman – are evidently excited to work with a genre expert.
“This is a perfect vehicle for Jason Statham to conquer the Chinese market — he is a true global superstar who has such an authentic connection with audiences around the world, »
- Michael Briers
Jason Statham will star in an untitled action-thriller set in Hong Kong with shooting taking place in fall 2016.
The project is a production between Jason Statham, Steven Chasman’s Sj Pictures and China-based Road Pictures. Written by Kurt Wimmer, the movie is centered around an expatriate Brit in Hong Kong who goes on the run with a high-level female Chinese agent to solve a kidnapping with global implications.
Producers are Chasman along with Gongming Cai and Julien Favre of Road Pictures. The film will shoot in China and in Europe.
The news was announced Thursday during the American Film Market.
“Jason and I both have been wanting to work with Kurt for a long time,” Chasman said. “He has such an incredible vision for this film that this collaboration is particularly exciting for us. »
- Dave McNary
As you probably already know, Fox is squeezing whatever it can out of the "Die Hard" franchise, with plans for a prequel, "Die Hard: Year One," with Len Wiseman involved. Yes, the guy behind "Live Free Or Die Hard," the shoddy "Total Recall" remake, and the mastermind of the "Underworld" franchise. The idea is that the proposed movie will follow young, '70s era John McClane as we learn how he got so die hard-esque — a story that doesn't need to be told, and betrays the everyman roots of the character — with Bruce Willis popping up in present day sequences for some reason, probably to cash a paycheck. And shocker, Willis thinks the concept has merit. Read More: 'Die Hard' Prequel 'Die Hard: Year One' In The Works, Bruce Willis Eyed To Return "It's a very good idea, a really tricky idea, and I'm very happy about it. It's a really cool idea, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Okay, best sit down.
It's little secret that Fox wants another Die Hard movie, and Bruce Willis - having sleepwalked his way through the piss-poor A Good Day To Die Hard - is seemingly keen to give John McClane one last hurrah too. But we never quite saw it happening like this.
Deadline is reporting that Die Hard 6 is to be something of an origins movie.
Take a minute.
It'll be a story part set in 1979, with McClane coming up as a cop in New York City, showing how he became the character we met at the start of the first movie (not that he was much of a superhero or anything at the start of the first Die Hard, but we'll park that there for the minute). Furthermore, »
Lorenzo di Bonaventura is also producing. Bruce Willis is expected to return for “Die Hard 6” in a story that would focus on the origins of the younger John McClane character, set in New York City in 1979. The plan is for Willis to appear in the narrative as a present-day version of McClane.
The actor has not signed a deal yet. Willis previously worked with di Bonaventura in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.”
Wiseman directed the fourth installment of the franchise in 2007 with “Live Free or Die Hard,” which grossed $383 million worldwide. The fifth film, 2013’s “A Good Day to Die Hard,” was directed by John Moore and grossed $304 million worldwide. »
- Dave McNary
Following the first trailer from May and an action-packed preview released last week, Warner Bros. has debuted the second full trailer for their Point Break remake, arriving in theaters Christmas Day. Edgar Ramirez stars as the enigmatic Bodhi, who leads a group of thieves that have a far different agenda than most criminals. Luke Bracey plays FBI agent Johnny Utah, who infiltrates Bodhi's group and learns about their path to enlightenment.
You may recall that the first Point Break poster revealed a group of skydivers watching a huge pallet full of money plummet to the ground. We get to see how this scene unfolds in the new footage, which reveals that Bodhi and his crew need to "give more than they take," as he dumps millions of dollars on an unsuspecting village. In addition to the trailer, we also have even more posters which showcase some of the extreme sports in the remake. »
Ever since the Point Break remake was announced, we learned that this new version of Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 classic will still feature Johnny Utah and Bodhi, only this time the story will be set within the world of extreme sports, not just surfing. The first poster released back in May featured a skydiver chasing after a huge pile of money, but today, Warner Bros. released a new one-sheet that brings the remake back to its roots, showcasing the new Utah (Luke Bracey) and Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez) riding a massive wave. The original poster came just one day before the first trailer arrived, so that could mean the second trailer is just around the corner.
In the fast-paced, high-adrenaline Point Break, a young FBI agent, Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey), infiltrates a cunning team of thrill-seeking elite athletes - led by the charismatic Bodhi (Édgar Ramírez). The athletes are suspected of »
Jessica Biel definitely has that new mommy glow. The actress made her first red carpet appearance since giving birth four months ago to her and Justin Timberlake's son Silas last night in Santa Monica. She was on hand at RonRobinson to celebrate the latest collection of Bare, the eco-accessories line she helped launch about two years ago with her brother Justin Biel and designer Grason Ratowsky. The Total Recall star stunned with her hair up in a bun and wearing an embroidered black and blue culottes ensemble that showed off her gorgeous bod. In her first post-baby interview, she talked exclusively to E! News at the fashion event. I asked her what's been the most magical thing »
Colin Farrell’s a great actor, but he’s kind of box-office poison.
Just look at this track record.
Total Recall? Bombed.
Fright Night? Nobody bothered.
Dead Man Down? Yup, I don’t really remember that either.
In fact, aside from his hysterical supporting turn in 2011’s Horrible Bosses, S.W.A.T was the actor’s last legitimate hit. That came out in 2003. Granted, since Miami Vice 9 years ago, he’s not been making particularly commercial choices, but for a man still considered an A-lister that reads pretty alarmingly.
Well that’s likely to change with the news he’s been cast in Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Directed by David Yates and written by original novelist J.K Rowling, Farrell has landed a major role alongside Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice).
Farrell will play Graves, a wizarding accomplice of Redmayne’s protagonist, »
- Daniel Kelly
Giovanni Ribisi stars as a conman in deep with a family of bounty hunters in this Amazon pilot, which also features an appearance by the Breaking Bad star. But will that be enough to claim those all-important user ratings?
Spoiler alert: this blog contains details from the pilot episode of Sneaky Pete, which is available to view free on Amazon Prime Instant Video
In Breaking Bad, he was the one who knocks. Then, with his armful of best actor Emmys and a last-gasp Golden Globe, Bryan Cranston knocked TV on the head, cashing in on the sustained critical hoopla surrounding Bb’s lopped-in-half final season to rack up some movie roles. He was a sporadic goodie in the sporadically good Godzilla update, and a roaring baddie in the roaringly bad Total Recall reboot.
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- Graeme Virtue
Opinions are (rightfully) divided when they come to "True Detective"'s second season, but almost everyone should agree Colin Farrell is doing some fine work. It's far from his best character, and all too often he's reduced to glum dialogue and sullen character traits. But he brings a fine gravitas, if you will, to the character and often makes even his worst lines have a dignity or weight behind them. It's a welcomed presence and, in a world defined by what they deserve, he's owed a better due. So, hopefully, with his next role, he'll get a better rep. Farrell is the latest to join the extensive cast of Warner Bros' Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. He joins the J.K. Rowling-scripted feature as Graves, a New York wizard our lead Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) meets during a visit. The impending film takes place 70 years »
- Will Ashton
Fox’s upcoming adaptation of the DC/Vertigo comic series Lucifer has gone through a bit of a casting shuffle. According to Deadline, the show has lost actor Nicholas Gonzalez, who will be replaced by True Blood and Arrow alum Kevin Alejandro.
The role is that of a gruff homicide detective for the Lapd, who grows wary of the eponymous former Underworld ruler’s burgeoning relationship with his wife and daughter.
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No reason for Gonzalez’s exit was given, and it sounds like his part in the pilot will remain intact despite the role swap. That means there’s going to be a slight bit of confusion for viewers when the show debuts next midseason. Still, Alejandro should be a fine replacement, so I’m excited to see what he does with the role.
- James Garcia
The new season moves to California from the Deep South, and sees a whole new cast involved, including Colin Farrell (Total Recall), Vince Vaughn (Dodgeball), Rachel McAdams (The Vow), Taylor Kitsch (Battleship) and Kelly Reilly (Flight). Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 3-6) directs the first two episodes of the new season.
A bizarre murder brings together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal, each of whom must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California. Colin Farrell is Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective in the all-industrial City of Vinci, La County. Vince Vaughn plays Frank Semyon, a criminal and entrepreneur in danger of losing his life’s work, while his wife and closest ally (Kelly Reilly), struggles with his choices and her own. »
- Scott J. Davis
Spike is taking film screenwriter Kurt Wimmer into the world of TV. The scribe behind “Salt,” 2012’s “Total Recall” and the upcoming remake of “Point Break” will team up with the network for scripted series “When the Levee Breaks,” Spike announced on Tuesday. In “When the Levee Breaks,” an illegal strike by the Lapd threatens chaos in Los Angeles. An African-American cop, the series’ central character, is the only officer with the courage to cross the picket line to investigate the true motivations behind the murders of the two racist cops whose deaths provoked the strike — and whose murders he himself may. »
- Debbie Emery
Spoiler alert: Interview reveals certain details about the film The Lobster. While Hollywood has piled on a number of reboots on Colin Farrell’s lap (read Fright Night and Total Recall) the Irish actor continues to revolutionize his craft by playing against his swaggering type in such smart titles as Seven Psychopaths, In Bruges and Ondine. In Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster, Farrell portrays a sensitive, single guy, David, adrift in the middle-age relationship world. He… »
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