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The master magicians known as the Four Horsemen return for their most daring and astounding caper ever, elevating the limits of stage illusion to new heights in hopes of clearing their names and exposing the ruthlessness of a dangerous tech magnate. 'Now You See Me 2', starring Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers), Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games), Dave Franco (Neighbours) and Daniel Radcliffe (the Harry Potter franchise) arrives on 4th July and we have 3 great merchandise packs up for grabs. Each pack comes with a branded t-shirt, playing cards, pen and portable phone charger.. Contest Ends on Monday, July 11, 2016 »
After helping to launch The Hunger Games franchise with a $700M hit, some would assume writer-director Gary Ross wouldn’t have much trouble making another film. And yet, following that box-office and critical success, Ross still struggled to get a passion project of his made. For a decade, the director behind Seabiscuit and Pleasantville worked on Free State of Jones, which has finally made its […]
- Jack Giroux
Chances are you've seen the face but didn't know the name. In the last few years, Mahershala Ali has appeared on Treme, House of Cards, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay and this weekend's new release, Free State of Jones. While promoting that film with USA Today, Ali briefly touched on the next Marvel and Netflix live-action collaboration, Luke Cage, where he plays Cornell Stokes aka Cottonmouth, a character he describes as a "Godfather-Mafioso type" villain. Ali particularly focused on the importance of the new show's diverse cast and Luke Cage (Mike Colter) as an African-American superhero. "There are going to be so many kids out there who get to see a black man on that screen and aspire to be like him. We didn’t have that. They get to be included. When I grew up, it was a lie to us that you could be anything you wanted to be. »
It is easy to see why Matthew McConaughey might have been attracted to the new Civil War drama, Free State Of Jones, because if ever there was a role that fits this actor like a glove it has to be Newt Knight, the Mississippi farmer who led a group of white farmers and runaway slaves in a revolt against the confederacy during the Civil War. Writer-director Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit) reportedly spent ten years researching this true, but relatively unheralded… »
Matthew McConaughey remembers tromping through the Mississippi woods to spend a moment in front of Newton Knight’s grave.
“It was an extremely groun-ding and powerful moment that’s for sure,” he says in his distinctive Texas drawl that has a way of softening the edges of his words. “Mainly I was there to just listen, stand still, smell, feel, see how people spoke about Newt, the different ways people revered what he did,” McConaughey continues on the line from Los Angeles.
The actor plays Newt Knight in this month’s Free State of Jones, which recounts the real-life exploits of the Mississippi farmer who reluctantly joined the Confederate army during the U.S. Civil War.
However, fuelled by his belief that all people, regardless of colour, were created equal in the eyes of God, and angered by Confederate forces raiding and destroying local farms (including his own), Knight deserted »
- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine
With summer beginning in earnest this weekend, movie patrons will be able to choose from an earthlings vs. aliens tentpole, one of the hottest animated films in history and a comedy starring two of the world’s most bankable stars. “Independence Day,” “Finding Dory,” and “Central Intelligence,” with Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, are poised to blot out all challengers at the the multiplex.
But an upstart studio with big ambitions is hoping it can find a niche in the market with a gritty historical drama about a 150-year-old slice of Americana that few people had ever heard of.
“Free State of Jones” may be the most audacious piece of counter-programming on the 2016 summer calendar. Its June 24 opening is flying against, not only the headwinds of bigger, splashier competition, but of also a history of tough results for adult summer films. The movie’s tracking is weak, with weekend opening estimates of just $11 to $13 million, »
- James Rainey
The Gary Ross (“The Hunger Games,” “Pleasantville“)-helmed “Free State of Jones” starring the one and only Matthew McConaughey is slated to hit theaters nationwide this weekend, bringing the Oscar-winner back to dramatic territory as he plays Newt Knight, a farmer during the Civil War who decided to take matters into his own hands. In order to fight back against the […]
- Samantha Vacca
In cinema, differentiating it from most other mediums, one has the ability to give life to drama: time to flesh out characters, fill an unfolding story with intricate details, and capture it in a way that is enthralling to the eyes. Free State of Jones, written and directed by Gary Ross, clearly has a fascinating historical figure at its center and a story that is unlike a multitude of other Civil War era dramas, yet it too often feels (quite literally, in some cases) that we’re retreading the bullet-point notes from a fourth-grade homework assignment rather than experiencing an emotionally rousing, visually distinct journey.
From the get-go, it’s quite easy to tell what attracted the The Hunger Games and Pleasantville director to the material in the first place. In the early-to-mid-1860s, Newton Knight broke free from the Confederate army to form his own company of “deserters,” women, »
- Jordan Raup
Walt Disney Studios’ “Zootopia” kept the No. 1 spot on the home video sales charts the week ended June 19, topping the Npd VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, as well as the dedicated Blu-ray disc chart.
The animated adventure had debuted in the top spot on both charts a week earlier and doubled the unit sales of the No. 2 debut of “London Has Fallen,” a Universal-distributed sequel to 2013’s “Olympus Has Fallen.” The follow-up again stars Gerard Butler as a secret service agent protecting the president (Aaron Eckhart) from terrorists, but transplants the setting from the White House in the first movie to the city of London. “London Has Fallen” earned $62.5 million in U.S. theaters.
Fox’s “Deadpool” stayed at No. 3 and Paramount’s “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” dropped to No. 4.
Another newcomer, Paramount’s “10 Cloverfield Lane,” debuted at No. »
- John Latchem
With mere hours to go until the two decade wait is finally over, Flickering Myth has been getting ready for the new alien invasion by speaking to the cast and filmmakers behind Independence Day: Resurgence. Scott J. Davis got to chat to new recruit Jessie Usher about the film, his memories of the first film and his “close encounters” with blue screen…
When it was released in 1996, Independence Day smashed box-office records, grossing over $817million worldwide. While many flocked to the cinema to see it, Usher says he didn’t see it first time round: “I don’t remember seeing it in 96 but I can remember watching the film was around 9 to 10 years away. I was confused by what was happening! There was so much stuff happening, aliens were destroying everything, everybody’s all panicked but it looked cool. It catches you from the moment you start watching it.”
- Scott J. Davis
Just last week, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media debuted the trailer for their new sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. The first look footage arrived as an exclusive for Entertainment Tonight, and had several key scenes missing. Now, the studio has finally premiered the full-length uncut trailer, which brings Tom Cruise back in all of his action-packed glory!
Jack Reacher 2 follows an Army major named Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), who took over as a Military Police commander after Jack Reacher walked away from the armed forces. After Susan is accused of espionage, Jack springs back into action to help her, while dealing with his own personal issues. All hell breaks loose as Jack and Susan team-up. Soon, they are on the run, and stay that way for the duration of this action drama. The story is based on author Lee Child's 18th book in the bestselling Jack Reacher series, »
Two days out from its long-anticipated theatrical bow, Stx Entertainment have rolled out an extended, six-minute preview of Free State of Jones, Gary Ross’ gruelling Civil War drama that places Matthew McConaughey at the forefront of an historic uprising.
He’ll take point as Newt Knight, a relentless Southern farmer who takes matters into his own hands when launching a revolt against the Confederacy and, in the process, carving out a democratic slice of land known as Jones County. Flanked by Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell and Mahershala Ali, there’s plenty of awards talk swirling around Free State of Jones even when you factor in its atypical release window. Or, should Stx’s decision to shoehorn Ross’ drama into a mid-summer date be considered a red herring? Time will tell.
Expect Free State of Jones to march into theaters on June 24. The question now is, will you be checking out »
- Michael Briers
The challenge of bringing history to life is not only finding a way to make it entertaining, but to create a realistic portrayal of the events. In Free State Of Jones, writer/director Gary Ross (The Hunger Games) has crafted a detailed account of Newton Knight, a man who forms a rebellion against the Confederate army during the Civil War. And while the story merges two different time periods thanks to... Read More »
'Together we are more.' That's the simple tagline on the first teaser poster for Saban's highly anticipated TV adaptation Power Rangers, which hit theaters next year. We don't get to see this team of superheroes in their costumes just yet. But we do find this group of 5 wayward high schoolers as they gather around their shared station wagon to stare at the stars. And low and behold, up in the cosmos, it's their unique Power Rangers logo, beckoning them to fight a force they can't even image.
Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove, and the world, is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have »
Now that Godzilla and Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has been instated as the Rangers’ mentor, Zordon, Lionsgate is quietly beginning to jump-start its promotional campaign for Power Rangers, the live-action spectacle that is booked in for a theatrical release in early 2017.
We’re still a ways away from clocking eyes on some footage, given that Dean Israelite’s (Project Almanac) feature just wrapped principal photography late last month; even still, the film’s first teaser poster has surfaced via Twitter, bringing together Angel Grove’s unassuming heroes under a breathtaking skyline.
Featuring all five of Lionsgate’s Rangers in civvies, our fresh-faced heroes stand tall directly below that famed lightning bolt, this time painted in a constellation of stars. It’s a fairly effective teaser, teeing up both the movie’s sci-fi elements along with the everyday teenagers destined for greater things – “Together we are more.”
Putting their mettle »
- Michael Briers
The Power Rangers movie just got a little bit more exciting. Bryan Cranston, known for his Emmy winning role as Walter White on the AMC drama Breaking Bad, has joined the cast of the film as Zordon. Power Rangers’ fans know that Zordon is the wise galactic being that aids the young super heroes in their quest to save the world. This exciting casting news comes several months after it was announced that The Hunger Games’ Elizabeth Banks would be part of the movie, based on the 1993 children’s series, as the evil Rita Repulsa. The sorceress had a long standing battle with Zordon which resulted in her being
- Tim Gerstenberger
Stx Entertainment's epic action-drama Free State Of Jones opens this Friday June 24, in theaters nationwide and in doing so they have released a special 5-minute preview featuring Matthew McConaughey in an intense battle sequence that occurs near the opening of the film.
Directed by four-time Oscar nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), and starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, Free State of Jones is an epic action-drama set during the Civil War, and tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.
Check out the 5-minute preview clip below.
Source: Stx Entertainment »
- Kellvin Chavez
After several weeks of underperforming sequels, including Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, X-Men: Apocalypse, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Pixar's Finding Dory helped breathe new life into the summer box office with a whopping $135 million opening weekend. This weekend, the lovable yet forgetful fish squares off against four new movies all opening in wide release, 20th Century Fox's Independence Day: Resurgence, Sony's The Shallows, Stx Entertainment's Free State of Jones and Broad Green Pictures' The Neon Demon. While Independence Day 2 will put up the biggest fight, Finding Dory will most likely prevail at the box office for a second week in a row.
Finding Dory's opening weekend haul breaks Shrek the Third's $121.6 million record as the biggest debut for an animated movie, while also surpassing Toy Story 3's $110.3 million mark for the biggest debut in Pixar history. Finding Dory, which features a star-studded voice cast including Ellen DeGeneres, »
This article contains spoilers for Season 6 of Game of Thrones…
During Flickering Myth’s chat with DeObia Oparei about Independence Day: Resurgence, the actor’s previous role before the science fiction blockbuster came up: Areo Hotah in HBO’s fantasy drama Game of Thrones.
Despite being a narrative presence in the book, the character was somewhat sidelined for the television adaptation. And just the week before we spoke, Hotah had been unceremoniously killed off at the beginning of Season 6.
“Yeah, I was disappointed,” Oparei revealed. “I didn’t expect that. I kind of heard about it a few months before we started shooting season 6. And, of course, I’d read the books, and Areo is quite a presence in the books, so I was expecting that to follow through. But also I think it’s really difficult to bring a whole new clan in a story that’s five seasons in, »
- Oli Davis
The 1992 film’s production was marred by frequent clashes between first-time feature director David Fincher and the ever-present 20th Century Fox’s studio executives on set.
“I think it was quite a tense set,” Opearei remembered. “I mean, that was my first film and I was quite young – about 21 or 22 – and suddenly I’m in the middle of this huge movie, and I think Sigourney Weaver said that was the first time that she was not just the star in it, but one of the producers of it, too. And it was David Fincher’s first film. He’d just done a music video. I think he’d just come off of one of Madonna’s videos. I think that was his first feature. So »
- Oli Davis
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