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Ridley Scott’s latest sci-fi endeavor “The Martian” lifted off with $18 million in Friday receipts, suggesting it will finish its opening weekend with a total of over $50 million, according to studio estimates.
The 20th Century Fox release, which stars Matt Damon as a stranded astronaut attempting to survive alone on Mars, bowed in 2,800 locations Thursday night to $2.5 million. The pic, which was made on a budget of $109 million, expanded to 3,826 locations on Friday. Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jeff Daniels also star in “The Martian,” which is drawing praise for its optimism, something of a novelty in the space-exploration genre.
Based on Andy Weir’s novel, “The Martian” is on track to join the ranks of high-grossing October releases. Current top-dog “Gravity,” which launched on the same weekend in 2013, is the one to beat with its $55.8 million haul, followed by 2011’s “Paranormal Activity 3” with $52.6 million, 2010’s “Jackass 3D” with »
- Marianne Zumberge
20th Century Fox’s release, which carries the fortuitous coincidence of Nasa’s recent discovery of water on Mars, is dominating moviegoing. Its opening day looks to take in $17 million, including $2.5 million at Thursday night previews — far above the $1.4 million from “Gravity” two years ago and the biggest preview gross since “Straight Outta Compton” pulled in $4.9 million in mid-August.
Ridley Scott’s action-adventure, starring Damon as an astronaut stranded on the Red Planet, is launching amid strong reviews following last month’s premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Rentrak, said that the initial “Martian” performance is impressive on several counts.
“Despite not being a sequel or a franchise film, it has truly captured the imagination of »
- Dave McNary
Although Taken 3 was Liam Neeson’s final outing as retired CIA agent Bryan Mills, according to Deadline, NBC has given a straight-to-series order to a Taken prequel drama, which will focus on a younger version of Mills. The site states that much of the series will be about how the character developed his “very particular set of skills” that he famously mentions in the first Taken film.
The show will take place before Mills gets married or has a child, and interestingly enough, it will be set in present day and not in the past.
Currently, Luc Besson, who produced all three of the Taken films, is on board as an executive producer, along with Matthew Gross, EuropaCorp Television U.S. president, and Edouard de Vesinne and Thomas Anargyros, EuropaCorp Television co-chairs. A writer/showrunner for the series, however, has not been found yet.
Reviews for each Taken film »
- Justin Cook
NBC has ordered a prequel series to Liam Neeson’s Taken films. It's set in the modern day, though...
Ever wondered how Liam Neeson's Bryan Mills acquired his very particular set of skills? Just how long was his ‘very long career’? When did he first threaten someone over the phone? And most importantly - do the CIA hire a lot of Northern Irish hard men?
According to Deadline, “in Taken the series, Bryan Mills […] is a young man with no wife and kids.” It seems like they could be planning a rather long series, then.
Also, “the series will bend time as it will be set in modern day, not decades in the past.” That decision will make set-building and costume design easier, »
After a trilogy of successful movies, producer Luc Besson is taking his Taken franchise to the small screen with a new prequel TV series from NBC. Deadline reports that NBC has issued a straight-to-series order, with EuropaCorp's Luc Besson producing and conducting the search for a writer/showrunner to shepherd the series. The show will be set several years before the movie franchise, centering on a young Bryan Mills.
In the original Taken, Liam Neeson starred as Bryan Mills, a retired CIA agent who springs into action when his daughter (Maggie Grace) is kidnapped during a trip to Paris. After contacting one of the thugs who took his daughter, Mills delivered an iconic speech to one of his daughter's kidnappers, revealing the "very particular set of skills" he acquired over a long career, which makes him "a nightmare for people like you." We see these skills in action throughout the rest of the movie, »
The Transporter Refueled, 2015.
Directed by Camille Delamarre
In the south of France, former special-ops mercenary Frank Martin enters into a game of chess with a femme-fatale and her three sidekicks who are looking for revenge against a sinister Russian kingpin.
Why does The Transporter Refueled exist? No one begged for it let alone asked for it, and whatever interest potentially left evaporated once Jason Statham was replaced from the role that played a heavy hand in catapulting his career into action hero stardom. Maybe if the studio had gotten a semi-revered and high-profile actor on board, or even a rookie capable of matching Statham’s stoic no-nonsense charm, the stupidity would be easier to swallow, but grabbing random Game of Thrones alumni Ed Skrein isn’t exactly a sell for a supposed new trilogy kickstarter. »
- Robert Kojder
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
The Gunman, 2015.
Directed by Pierre Morel.
Eight years after a hit on the Congo mining minister, the assassin finds that he is now the target in a game of cat and mouse.
Spurred on by the inexplicable success of Taken (seriously? Watch it again – it isn’t That good), its sequels and the subsequent fad of middle-aged actors starring in revenge thrillers, Sean Penn (Carlito’s Way/Casualties of War) has joined the likes of Liam Neeson, Kevin Costner and Denzel Washington by starring in The Gunman, directed – funnily enough – by Taken director Pierre Morel.
Penn plays Jim Terrier, a sniper who has been selected to be the shooter in the assassination of the mining minister in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After the hit Jim has to leave the continent as »
- Gary Collinson
Internationally-renowned editor Vincent Tabaillon has joined the crew of Telugu hit Baahubali: The Beginning to oversee the film’s international cut.
Tabaillon’s credits include The Incredible Hulk, Clash Of The Titans and Now You See Me. He will edit the international version of Baahubali, which will be screened at international film festivals and shown to sales agents and distributors ahead of a non-Indian diaspora global release.
Born in France, Tabaillon started his career editing French films, notably for Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp. He regularly collaborated with French director Louis Leterrier on films such as Transporter 2 and The Incredible Hulk, followed by Now You See Me.
Directed by S. S. Rajamouli, Telugu-language epic Baahubali had a record-breaking opening last weekend, grossing $20m in India and another $5m in Indian diaspora venues. The film was »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
London — India’s most expensive film “Baahubali: The Beginning” that cost $40 million to make together with its 2016 sequel “Baahubali: The Conclusion” will get a new international cut.
Vincent Tabaillon, whose credits include “Now You See Me”, “Taken 2” and “The Incredible Hulk”, is on board to edit the international version. The cut, which will be completed by the end of August, will be shown to film festivals, sales agents and distributors with a view to a wide international release. It will be different from the version released on July 10 in India and Diaspora markets.
Since release, “Baahubali” has been shattering Indian box office records, setting new opening day and opening weekend numbers. The five day gross worldwide now stands at $33.8 million.
- Naman Ramachandran
UK TV ratings roundup – data supplied by Barb
Prized Apart dipped slightly to 2.5 million last night (June 27), according to overnight figures.
The BBC One show averaged 2.48m (17.6%) from 7pm, before The National Lottery: Who Dares Wins earned 3.53m (21.1%).
Casualty treated 3.99m from 8.55pm, and The John Bishop Show appealed to 2.76m (16.7%) afterwards.
ITV aired Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix from 7pm, which was enjoyed by 2.21m (13.9%).
Channel 5's latest Big Brother highlights took 877k (4.8%) in the 9pm hour.
★☆☆☆☆ Audiences could be forgiven for their slack jaws when venerated thesp Liam Neeson blazed onto screens as the hard-as-nails lead in EuropaCorp's dark and deliciously brutal genre flick, Taken, back in 2008. Since then, the actor has gone on to define not only his own brand of throwback action antihero, but a personal cult sub-genre affectionately dubbed 'Neesploitation'. Alas, the series that originally launched this unexpected career reinvention has struggled to maintain its star's giddy momentum and if the ludicrously overblown Taken 2 was flirtatiously eyeing the shark, then Olivier Megaton's Taken 3 (2014) has not just jumped it, but landed on the other side with a combat roll.
- CineVue UK
Irish actor Liam Neeson made his feature debut in 1978 in the big screen adaptation of Paul Bunyon’s Pilgrim’s Progress. It was the beginning of a varied and celebrated career which has seen the actor appear in action films such as The Delta Force (1986), The Grey (2012) and The A-Team (2010), biopics such as Michael Collins (1996), Kinsey (2004) and Schindler’s List (1993) (for which he was Oscar-nominated), as well as lending his distinctive voice to projects such as Ponyo (2009), The Lego Movie (2014), and The Chronicles Of Narnia (2005). Neeson has also had key roles in huge franchises such as Batman Begins (2005), Star Wars (1999) and Taken (2008). In Taken 3, Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, Special Forces agent and family man, »
- The Hollywood News
Irish actor Liam Neeson made his feature debut in 1978 in the big screen adaptation of Paul Bunyon’s Pilgrim’s Progress. It was the beginning of a varied and celebrated career which has seen the actor appear in action films such as The Delta Force (1986), The Grey (2012) and The A-Team (2010), biopics such as Michael Collins (1996), Kinsey (2004) and Schindler’s List (1993) (for which he was Oscar-nominated), as well as lending his distinctive voice to projects such as Ponyo (2009), The Lego Movie (2014), and The Chronicles Of Narnia (2005). Neeson has also had key roles in huge franchises such as Batman Begins (2005), Star Wars (1999) and Taken (2008). In Taken 3, Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, Special Forces agent and family man, who faces new threats to his loved ones.
- Phil Wheat
The problem with the new Point Break remake has nothing to do with your inability to grow-up. It's doing nothing to your childhood unless you still identify with a man and his mullet. Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 original is still a great film for those of us that saw it when it was released and the fact it was remade into The Fast and The Furious ten years later and is now being remade just shy of 25 years after its original release simply means they're looking to bring a similar story to a new kind of audience, and I'm actually interested in the story they are aiming to tell. As was evident in the trailer and described in the film's plot synopsis, the gang of criminal rogues led by a man named Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez) are killing whoever may be in their way toward "liberating" the world's riches, sending the global economy into a tailspin. »
- Brad Brevet
This week, we’ve got an insane amount of horror and sci-fi home entertainment choices getting released on Tuesday, including the latest from Scream Factory, Stigmata, and Kino Lorber is bringing us another Mario Bava cult classic to high-def in the form of Evil Ey,e and the recent horror comedy Zombeavers is looking to make a splash on DVD as well.
Anchor Bay is also unleashing The Vatican Exorcisms on May 19th and Olive Films is bringing a double dose of classic terror to Blu-ray with their releases of Peter Benchley’s Creature and It! The Terror from Outer Space. Indie horror fans have a ton of titles this week arriving on DVD to choose from and we’ve also got new high-def releases for both Poltergeist sequels and Terminator 2: Judgment Day too.
While vacationing in Italy, »
- Heather Wixson
Last year, Luc Besson steered the sci-fi movie Lucy to box office gold, marking his latest foray into a genre that he's served really rather well over the course of his career. Whether writing, producing or directing, Besson's pawprints have been on projects such as The Fifth Element, Lockout and Arthur And The Invisibles. His next film as director, however, he's already calling the "biggest challenge of my career".
The film in question is Valerian, based on the French science fiction comics series by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres. Set for release in the summer of 2017, the film is set to star Dane DeHaan as a time travel agents, trying to maintain law and order in the 28th century. Cara Delevingne, currently shooting Suicide Squad, is set to co-star. »
The Taken franchise has worked at all thanks to two people: Luc Besson and Liam Neeson. Besson has seemingly been coasting since 1994’s The Professional and certainly has returned to familiar territory with this franchise. Neeson has stopped showing his considerable acting chops by going the action route pretty much since he picked up a lightsaber. Despite its utter predictability, the first Taken proved enormously popular, especially considering its early 2009 release date.
The inevitable sequel, Taken 2, mined much the same ground although it varied things just enough that the rescued daughter (Maggie Grace) now helps dad find their missing mom Lenore (Famke Janssen). Enough seemed to be enough and Neeson thought a third chapter was out of the question. 20th Century-Fox thought otherwise and asked Neeson and cowriter Robert Mark Kamen for one more. We were told things would go in another direction but I doubt anyone anticipated it going even lower, »
- Robert Greenberger
But we’re not sure if it’s ironic. I don’t recall having seen a reboot/relaunch/rehash so eager to self-parody but simultaneously crave for attention; What do you want from us Terminator Genisys?!
There’s no doubt that The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day were fine examples of something unique, original and exciting. In the first instance, the premise for this 2015 approach was interesting but then the first trailer was bafflingly bad and now another TV Spot throws us into the world of comedy, or is it a spoof, or a homage?
Anyway, I’m just one of millions and people are sure to flock to this like they did for Taken 2, it’s all about the cast names and the popcorn will get munched to the bottom of the box. Probably. I feel sad, does anyone else feel sad?
Watch and let us know »
- Dan Bullock
Hungry for the delectable and deadly atmosphere of Michael Dougherty's Trick ’r Treat following the announcement last week that Legendary comics is releasing graphic novels of Trick ’r Treat and the upcoming Krampus? If so, then you might dig Cavity Colors' Cakepop Sam print, the latest addition to their Deadly Desserts line. The print depicts the creepy creature from Trick ’r Treat as a cake pop that's a festive feast for the eyes. Also featured in our latest round-up are details on the Kickstarter campaign for world-renowned special effects master Hiroshi Katagiri's debut film, Gehenna – Where Death Lives, as well as release details on Scream Factory's Blu-ray of the Patricia Arquette-starring possession film, Stigmata.
Cake Pop Sam Print: Cavity Colors' "Cakepop Sam" print is now available to purchase for $15.00:
"Signed by Aaron Crawford High quality 8 x 10 inch Giclee Print Printed with Archival Inks on Acid Free »
- Derek Anderson
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