14 items from 2015
Early tracking suggests that reports of the “Men in Black’s” star’s demise as a bankable leading man appear to be premature. The Warner Bros. film should open to $21 million when it debuts in 3,323 locations, capturing the top spot in what is shaping up to be an otherwise lackluster week at the box office.
“Focus” cost $50.1 million to produce and is leaning heavily on Smith’s charisma in its television spots and posters. At 46, the actor is definitely at a career crossroads, but his recent rap as a faltering box office draw is unearned.
Yes, “After Earth” bombed with $60.5 million domestic on a $130 million budget, but it did do $183.3 million overseas, where Smith remains popular. Take that out of »
- Brent Lang
Will Smith’s reputation as one of Hollywood’s most bankable leading men will be on the line when the con man comedy “Focus” opens Friday for Warner Bros. That’s because “Focus” is Smith’s first film since “After Earth,” the pricey 2012 sci-fi bomb that he starred in with his son, Jaden Smith. Before that, enthusiastic foreign audiences offset disappointing domestic returns on the $225 million “Men in Black 3” in 2010, and 2008’s “Seven Pounds” failed to break out as well. In his latest outing, Smith plays an aging grifter trying to impart the wisdom of his trade to a young newcomer, »
- Todd Cunningham
In Men in Black 3, Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are back... in time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K's life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him - secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save his partner, the agency and the future of humankind. »
It could take several months at the minimum before the post-Pascal priorities come into focus. And of course much depends on who her successor turns out to be. If Pascal’s top lieutenant, SPE Motion Picture Group president Doug Belgrad, gets the gig as many expect, there could be minimal changes to the line-up.
Pascal will remain in place through May, at which point she will segue to a producing deal at Sony. Besides Belgrad, other possible replacements from within are former Fox studio chief Tom Rothman, who runs TriStar Pictures; and Columbia Pictures Production President Michael De Luca, who »
- Dave McNary and Justin Kroll
A delightfully engaging, convention-busting slice of of-the-moment America that is far from the typical culture-clash romantic dramedy. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Sam (Martin Starr: Veronica Mars) is an army veteran just back from the wars who is uncomfortable with the role he finds himself cast to play in civilian society. Amira (Dina Shihabi) is an Iraqi immigrant to New York who has good reason to be suspicious of American soldiers, and who also pushes back against the constraints her Arabic community places on her as a woman. But what starts out as a favor to his old army buddy (Laith Nakli), a former military translator and Amira’s uncle, quickly develops into a warm friendship and the beginnings of a romance between the unlikely couple. This is far from the typical culture-clash romantic dramedy, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The Maze Runner star Kaya Scodelario is in early talks to take on the female lead in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The news comes just one month after she was named as one of five finalists for the role, alongside Gabriella Wilde (Endless Love), Lucy Boynton (Miss Potter), Jenna Thiam (The Returned) and Alexandra Dowling (The Musketeers). The female lead role is said to be the main love interest for Brenton Thwaites' character, a British soldier who teams up with Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp).
Javier Bardem is also on board as the villainous Captain Brand, a ghost who seeks revenge against Jack for the death of his brother. Original Pirates of the Caribbean star Orlando Bloom also hinted last month that he may be back as Will Turner, and that Disney may be eyeing the project as a potential reboot of the entire franchise. »
Warner Bros just unveiled a new trailer for its upcoming "Get Hard" comedy, starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. Check it out below. Plot: The story follows a rich bank manager (Ferrell) who is wrongfully convicted and sentenced to time in a maximum security prison. To prepare himself for his incarceration, Ferrell's character hires the man who washes his car (Hart) to toughen him up in his final 30 days of freedom. The new movie is directed by Etan Cohen (writer of "Men in Black 3") and is set to hit theaters on March 27th. Trailer: »
The newest trailer for the questionable comedy Get Hard starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart has arrived. The movie marks the directorial debut of writer Etan Cohen (Men In Black 3, Tropic Thunder) and if you still like a good prison rape joke, there might be something here for you. While it would be very easy for some to be offended by this movie, I’m leaning towards thinking this movie is just stupid and shouldn’t be taken too seriously. That’s just me though, »
- Graham McMorrow
"I don't think they've ever seen a white person before." With the release of the Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard just over a couple months away, a second trailer has arrived. This time, we get to see a little bit more of the preparation in store for the rich bank manager (Ferrell) as he tries to toughen up before serving some time in prison with the help of his car washer (Hart), who isn't exactly a tough street thug. This time we get to see Ferrell try to join a gang that will keep him safe in prison, which makes for some amusing interaction with rapper T.I., and also an alternative way to avoid getting beat up in prison. Here's the second trailer for Etan Cohen's Get Hard from Warner Bros. Pictures: You can still watch the first trailer for Get Hard right here. Get Hard »
- Ethan Anderton
During a Doug Loves Movies podcast, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was asked about performing the motion capture for Groot’s ‘I Want You Back’ dance at the conclusion of the blockbuster Marvel space opera, during which he decided to give an impromptu performance. Of course, cameras were there to capture it, so take a look at Gunn busting out his moves here…
Guardians of the Galaxy sees James Gunn directing a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) as The Collector, Lee Pace (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Ronan the Accuser, Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) as Nebula, Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) as Korath, John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) as Rhomman Dey, »
- Gary Collinson
Barry Sonnenfeld has signed on to direct the high-concept comedy Nine Lives for EuropaCorp. Dan Antoniazzi and Ben Shiffrin wrote the screenplay, which centers on a workaholic businessman who becomes inexplicably trapped in the body of his family's cat. Here's what filmmaker Barry Sonnenfeld had to say about the project in a statement.
"I'm very excited to be working with Christophe (Beck), Lisa (Ellzey), Luc (Besson) and the rest of the EuropaCorp team on this funny, emotional, commercial comedy. Perhaps I'll also get over my severe allergy and dislike of cats."
EuropaCorp will finance and produce Nine Lives, with the project set to be one of the first releases through their new distribution initiative Red, which EuropaCorp co-owns with Relativity Media. The Transporter Legacy, arriving in theaters this June, will be the first release through Red, followed by director Steven Quale's The Lake and Shut In starring Naomi Watts. »
Exclusive: After EuropaCorp generated another hit in Taken 3, Luc Besson and Christophe Lambert’s company has hired Barry Sonnenfeld to direct Nine Lives, a high-concept comedy scripted by Daniel Antoniazzi and Ben Shiffrin. The film is about a workaholic businessman who has to figure his way out of a dilemma: A terrible accident leaves him trapped in the body of the family cat. Pic’s being shepherded by EuropaCorp U.S. film president Lisa Ellzey.
The film will be financed and produced by EuropaCorp and will be one of the early releases through Red, the distribution pipeline that EuropaCorp co-owns with Relativity. The distribution venture gets underway with The Transporter Legacy, with the Steven Quale-directed The Lake and the Naomi Watts starrer Shut In coming right behind.
“I’m very excited to be working with Christophe, Lisa, Luc and the rest of the EuropaCorp team on this funny, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
We started this website back in 2007, and since then, the names of some sequels seem to come up with reasonable regularity, albeit with no sign of the film itself. And in the time we've been going, yet more names have added themselves to the list of follow-ups that are seemingly stuck in development hell.
With the new Ghostbusters film set to escape and become a real thing in the next year or two, here's just a sample of the other projects struggling to get off the ground (with one or two edging closer to a greenlight than others...)
What is it?
"There is an acting gene that has been passed down to me by my parents," said Eve. "It's nature, not nurture..."
Eve is best known for her roles in the films "Starter for 10" (2006), "Crossing Over" (2009), "She's Out of My League" (2010), "Sex and the City 2" (2010), "The Raven" (2012), "Men in Black 3" (2012) and "Star Trek Into Darkness" (2013).
Eve is also known for a notorious but innocent scene in "Star Trek Into Darkness", when her character, science officer 'Carol Marcus' strips down to her underwear (as an homage to Sigourney Weaver as 'Ripley' in "Alien")...
...while preparing to pull on a 'special torpedo disarming' outfit.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Alice Eve...
- Michael Stevens
14 items from 2015
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