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After all, 1959’s “Ben-Hur” was an Oscar-winning smash that remains beloved. Posters for the Charlton Heston epic proclaimed that the film offered “An entertainment experience of a lifetime,” and its chariot races are still considered to be a high-point in action choreography.
In contrast, the new “Ben-Hur” wasn’t even the “entertainment experience of the third weekend of August.” After debuting to a paltry $11.4 million, it is certain to go down as one of the summer’s biggest flops. “The Bfg” just breathed a huge sigh of relief.
It’s not for lack of trying. When it came to “Ben-Hur,” Paramount and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer didn’t stint on spectacle. The partners shelled out $100 million to recreate the arena and bring viewers back in time to »
- Brent Lang
Up until recently, when a movie turned out to be a major bomb — not just a financial failure but a symbol of waste, a legend, a stink bomb — there was usually a movie star’s name imprinted on it. The star became part of the movie’s infamy, and he also took on some of the blame. Just think of a folly like “Ishtar” (1987), in which the combined star wallop of Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty couldn’t add up to a hill of beans in the desert, or “Battlefield Earth” (2000), which proved that John Travolta in the middle of the Travoltassance couldn’t sell a sci-fi epic that was really an obsequious vanity project. “Heaven’s Gate,” the movie that brought down a movie studio, was the exception that proved the rule: No one really thought of it as a Kris Kristofferson film, but that’s because there was »
- Owen Gleiberman
An adaptation of Vince Flynn’s novel of the same name, American Assassin has entered pre-production at CBS Films and Lionsgate, with Michael Keaton and Dylan O’Brien – who is, thankfully, nearing a full recovery after the severe injury suffered while filming The Maze Runner – already on board.
Stephen Schiff is the scribe attached to adapt Flynn’s source material, chronicling the rise and rise of O’Brien’s Mitch Rapp, an “Arab linguistics who joins the CIA as an assassin after his girlfriend is killed in a terrorist attack. Keaton is playing his reluctant mentor, a Cold War veteran. When the two are enlisted by the CIA to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets, the tracks lead to a mysterious operative intent »
- Michael Briers
All this week, IndieWire will be rolling out our annual Fall Preview, including offerings that span genres, a close examination of some of the year’s biggest breakouts, all the awards contenders you need to know about now and special attention to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed fall movie-going season. Check back every day for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up.
“Morgan,” September 2
Stepping out of your father’s shadow is never easy when said father is beloved and successful, but it’s got to be especially difficult when it’s Ridley Scott. Sitting in the director’s chair for his very first feature, Luke Scott looks to bring the kind of white-knuckle tension and mysterious head games to the sci-fi genre as his father has done time and time again. »
- Kate Erbland, Zack Sharf, Steve Greene, David Ehrlich, Graham Winfrey and William Earl
If you count “Battleship” among your favorite movies of the last few years and are inordinately excited for the upcoming “Ouija” sequel, prepare for good news. The Tracking Board is reporting that 20th Century Fox is remaking “Clue” along with Hasbro, most likely to the dismay of fans of the 1985 adaptation — a cult classic that, whatever its flaws, was certainly ahead of the board-game-adaptation curve.
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Josh Feldman will produce from Hasbro’s end, with Daria Cercek of Fox also onboard; Ryan Jones is serving as executive producer. TB further reports “a desire to move the story out of the parlor and make it a game of ‘worldwide mystery’ with action-adventure elements, potentially setting up a possible franchise that could play well internationally.” Because when you think “Clue,” the phrase that first »
- Michael Nordine
Eric Bay-Andersen on trends and the lack of originality in Hollywood…
At the beginning of this year I went to the cinema and saw a preview of all the big films coming out in 2016, and it really depressed me because almost every upcoming ‘event’ film was a sequel, a re-boot, or a prequel to the re-imagined spin-off of a TV show adaptation! It’s gotten to the point where I even get disheartened by book adaptations, which is silly I know because there are so many great published stories out there that are worthy of being adapted for the big-screen. I guess I just find it sad that most film-makers these days seem to look to the best-sellers list for their inspiration, rather than their own imagination. I mean, if a new book comes out and is a big success, then of course someone will make it into a film at some point, »
- Amie Cranswick
Warner Bros. says the female-led Ocean's 8 will start filming in October, and they've lined up an interesting cast. But could they not find three more actors? Directed by Gary Ross (The Hunger Games), the film is being produced by Ocean’s Eleven director Steven Soderbergh with a script from Ross and Olivia Milch. We actually don't know much at this point how the film itself will play out but Deadline reports on the latest casting news: Aside from the previously identified Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett, deals are close with Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling and Awkwafina. The latter is the hip hop moniker of Asian American rapper and actress Nora Lum, who most recently had a role in Neighbors 2. And yes, you didn't miscount, that's only seven actors. They'd still need one more to make their title true unless George Clooney is going to jump back in. »
- Jill Pantozzi
Word comes by way of San Diego Comic-Con, where the show’s producers confirmed that Rihanna – who has flirted with acting via Battleship, Annie, This is the End and, soon, Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – will play the highly-anticipated part of Marion Crane, the hapless visitor originally portrayed by Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal classic.
Have a gander at Rihanna’s official announcement, below.
.@rihanna to check into #BatesMotel as Marion Crane in the 5th and final season!https://t.co/7t2pRL43cf
— Bates Motel on A&E (@InsideBates) July 22, 2016
- Michael Briers
Rihanna becomes a mystical being in the new music video for her single “Sledgehammer.” The song, written by Sia, is featured on the “Star Trek Beyond” soundtrack and was first heard on the latest trailer for the latest installment of the sci-fi franchise.
Wearing alien-esque makeup and an orange ensemble, the singer is seen in a desert-type location on another planet. She uses her supernatural powers to move boulders and create an orb full of energy, until finally becoming one with space. The Starship Enterprise also makes a special appearance at the end.
According to Rihanna, this is the first-ever music video filmed entirely in IMAX.
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- Liz Calvario
With Independence Day: Resurgence hitting theaters this week, we take a look at the last time aliens invaded earth in a big summer blockbuster. Battleship (2012) Director: Peter Berg Stars: Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Brooklyn Decker Aliens travel millions of miles to Earth and use their advanced technology to force humanity to play a large scale Milton Bradley game. ... Read More »
- Jason Adams
It's been "years and years" since Taylor Kitsch reunited with his Friday Night Lights costars, and he can't wait to spend time with his former castmates this weekend. Thanks to Marriott Rewards, Kitsch is teaming up with Zach Gilford, Minka Kelly, and Aimee Teegarden to compete in Saturday's Spartan Race in Chicago, where the group will be tackling obstacles and, as Kitsch joked, possibly calling Kyle Chandler for a prerace pep talk, Coach Taylor style. Over the past few years, the 35-year-old actor has starred in movies like John Carter, Battleship, and Lone Survivor, and last year he was back on the small screen with True Detective. It was his breakout role as Fnl's Tim Riggins, though, that made him a household name, and to talk to Kitsch is to remember why his popular character is such a fan favorite. Like Riggins, Kitsch is charming and quick with the one-liners - which makes sense, »
- Laura Marie Meyers
"We a big company, millions of moving parts... We all work very hard to ensure those moving parts are functioning..." Lionsgate has debuted a second trailer for Peter Berg's Deepwater Horizon, the disaster movie profiling the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The main focus is on Mark Wahlberg as one of the workers on the rig, along with his girlfriend played by Kate Hudson. The ensemble cast also includes Dylan O'Brien, Gina Rodriguez, John Malkovich, Kurt Russell, Ethan Suplee, and others. This certainly looks like a very patriotic, heroic Peter Berg movie, for better or worse. Here's the second official trailer for Peter Berg's Deepwater Horizon, direct from Lionsgate's YouTube: On April 20, 2010, the world’s largest man-made disaster occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. Directed by Peter Berg (The Rundown, Friday Night Lights, The Kingdom, Hancock, Battleship and Lone Survivor previously. »
- Alex Billington
On April 20th, 2010, one of the world’s largest man-made disasters occurred on the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. Directed by Peter Berg (Lone Survivor, Battleship) and starring Kurt Russell and Mark Wahlberg, Horizon looks to bring some real heart-pumping action sequences our way, which you can get a glimpse of with the new trailer! Peter Berg is... Read More »
- Sean Wist
The doc will be one of the first from Berg's new non-scripted production company, Film 45 (the logical offshoot of his film/TV company, Film 44). Berg described the as-yet-untitled movie as an "unfiltered look into Rihanna's life and how she's ascended to become a global icon."
Berg added that he was interested in exploring "a young artist at the top of her professional field »
Sure, there are plenty of reasons why Tim Riggins has your heart, but actor Taylor Kitsch is just as sexy off screen, too. The Canadian star first won over fans as tough, hunky football hero Riggins on Friday Night Lights, and over the past few years, he's been on the big screen thanks to movies like John Carter, Battleship, and Savages. To celebrate the Taylor Kitsch's 35th birthday, take a look back at some of his sexiest snaps from over the years. Brace yourself - there are some really, really good ones. »
- Laura Marie Meyers
After posting some behind-the-scenes photos on social media over the last week, director Luc Besson has today unveiled the first official look from Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, his new sci-fi opus due for release next year.
Based on the comic series created by Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières in 1967, Valerian is a huge sci-fi movie similar in scope to that of James Cameron’s Avatar. The comic has sold over 10million copies since it was first published in 1967. Here’s the official description:
“Valerian and Laureline are exploring Syrte, capital planet of a system of 1,000 worlds. Their mission is to discover whether the Syrtians could present a danger to Earth. What they find is a decaying empire led by decadent aristocrats, »
- Scott J. Davis
Earlier today we got our first look at some images from Deepwater Horizon, a new movie based on the 2014 disaster that saw the destruction of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico and the ongoing environmental catastrophe caused by millions of gallons of oil spewing into the ocean. Summit Entertainment wasted no time in following up those images with a trailer for the movie and wow. Seriously, wow. This is a great, great teaser trailer. Peter Berg may not be everyone's favorite filmmaker. Movies like Battleship make him a bit of an easy target. But Berg is at his absolute best when he's telling stories about everyday Americans just trying to get on with their lives, and Deepwater Horizon almost looks like what would happen if Friday Night Lights suddenly turned into a...
- Peter Hall
Pieces: Taylor Kitsch (Lone Survivor, above) will star in and direct Pieces, described as a drama "about three best friends from Detroit who change the course of their lives by intercepting a drug run." Kitsch wrote the original screenplay and will make his directorial debut. Peter Berg, who worked with Kitsch on the Friday Night Lights TV series and also the big-budget Battleship, as well as Lone Survivor, will serve as one of the producers. [Deadline] An Unnamed State: Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Concussion) will reteam with director Gina Prince-Bythewood to make An Unnamed State, based on a novel by Roxane Gay. Prince-Bythewood and Gay will write the script together; the story follows a privileged Haitian-American woman who is kidnapped and held for ransom. The...
- Peter Martin
On April 20th, 2010, the world’s largest man-made disaster occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. Directed by Peter Berg (Hancock, Battleship), this harrowing story honours the brave men and women whose heroism would save many on board, and change everyone’s lives forever.
The film is based upon an article by David Barstow, David Rohde, and Stephanie Saul published in The New York Times.
Berg and Wahlberg previously collaborated on the superb 2013 American war film Lone Survivor based on the 2007 book. The movie opened to strong financial success and a generally positive critical response.
- Melissa Thompson
One of the worst man-made disasters in history is coming to the big screen.
Deepwater Horizon tells the true story of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 that killed twenty-four oil workers who were hired to drill for oil off the coast of Louisiana. The accident occurred on April 20th, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico.
Mark Wahlberg stars as an oil worker, alongside Kurt Russell, Dylan O'Brien, and John Malkovich. Kate Hudson plays his wife, and the trailer eerily depicts their family teaching their young daughter about dad's job, juxtaposed with the accident. Writer/Director J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year, All is Lost) co-wrote the screenplay, which is being directed by Peter Berg, most known for big action films like Battleship and Lone Survivor.
Check out the new trailer below and see Deepwater Horizon when it hits theatres on September 30th. »
- Adriana Floridia
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