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After joining the Navy in Peter Berg's action adaptation of the board game Battleship, it looks like Liam Neeson is getting back in uniform again (kind of). The Wrap reports the Taken and Run All Night star is being eye to lead Narco Sub, a drug-trafficking thriller that was once going to be directed by the late Tony Scott before his tragic death in 2012. Since then, filmmakers like Doug Liman and Antoine Fuqua have flirted with the project, but none of them have stuck with it. And now it will be "Game of Thrones" helmer Brian Kirk directing the film for 20th Century Fox and producers Ridley Scott and Simon Kinberg. The story follows a notorious Ecuadorian drug lord who forces a disgraced American naval officer to navigate a cocaine-packed submarine past the U.S. Coast Guard. the title refers to the custom-made ocean-going self-propelled submersible vessel built by drug traffickers to smuggle drugs, »
- Ethan Anderton
Now that even Pixar are making more sequels than original films, it's encouraging to see DreamWorks attempt to launch a fresh franchise story, but is it good enough to rival the likes of Despicable Me and Toy Story?
Based on Adam Rex's 2007 children's book The True Meaning of Smekday, Home follows an alien race called the Boov who, despite being rather incompetent, manage to take over Earth in order to hide from their enemy.
To do this, the Boov move the entire human race in big pockets of desert space, thinking they are doing us a favour in the process. On paper, if this plot was taken by someone like Neil Blomkamp or James Cameron, it could have been transformed into a rather terrifying sci-fi horror film »
Like many of you, I was pretty surprised and more than a little bit delighted when Liam Neeson made the next act in his illustrious career an action packed one. No one expected Taken to be a hit, or as satisfyingly enjoyable as it was, but it signaled a new trajectory for Neeson. That’s been all well and good, but one thing that it’s cost us is his performances in Oscar fare. Since Taken, Neeson has more or less dropped off of the Academy’s radar, with only one upcoming project hopefully set to return him to prestige territory. I like when he kicks ass, like he does in Friday’s new release Run All Night, but I prefer it when he contends for awards. Neeson is a very strong dramatic actor and certainly very solid as an action hero, but it’s the former where he’s really been able to shine. »
- Joey Magidson
Fur fever! Rihanna was spotted at the airport in New York City on Wednesday, sporting leather Simone Rocha mules with feathers on the soles. Even though her furry footwear resembles bedroom slippers, the designer duds actually cost a whopping $560! The "FourFiveSeconds" singer paired her show-stopping shoes with loose-fitting boyfriend jeans, an Anthony Vaccarello gray sweatshirt and a Dsquared2 leather shearling coat. RiRi isn't the only fashionista to wear shoes with eye-catching details. Back in December 2014, Kim Kardashian wore a pair of Celine sandals, which stood out because of the rabbit fur-lined inner sole. The 27-year-old star isn't only creating buzz for her sassy style, but she's also starring in her own documentary. According to Deadline, Peter Berg -- who worked with the singer on "Battleship" -- is directing a film that will examine "Rihanna's life and how she's ascended to become a global icon," and will be a "character study. »
- tooFab Staff
Following the success of Taken in 2009, Liam Neeson carved out quite a niche for himself as an older action star. His career certainly careened down this path, with the iconic actor appearing in 9 more action-packed thrillers that includ The A-Team, The Next Three Days, Unknown, The Grey, Battleship, Taken 2, Non-Stop, A Walk Among the Tombstones and Taken 3. Now, on the eve of his latest 'geriaction' movie, as some have dubbed them, Liam Neeson has declared that he will stop making action movies in 2 years, if he is able to make it that far.
Good Morning America caught up with Liam Neeson to chat about this weekend's Run All Night, which may certainly leave some fans with a sense of deja vu, as it once again features the actor running with a gun as he sometimes screams into a cell phone. The 62 year-old confirms that his days as an action star are numbered though, »
The Bajan star's rise to fame and her current status as one of the most recognised women on the planet will be documented in a theatrical release by the director's new production company Film 45.
It has been described as an "unfiltered look into Rihanna's life and how she's ascended to become a global icon".
Berg added that he liked the idea of examining "a young artist at the top of her professional field", and that the documentary will be "much more a character study than a music film".
It marked Rihanna's first foray into acting, with the star's follow-up »
Deadline reports that Lone Survivor director Peter Berg has formed a new production arm with State Of Play producer Matt Goldberg titled Film 45. The company aims to produce non-scripted and branded entertainment for release across a multitude of platforms. Included in this announcement are details of the outfit’s upcoming slate, which is set to include a reunion for the helmer with his Battleship star Rihanna.
First out of the gate will be a theatrical music documentary that’s described as an “unfiltered look into Rihanna’s life and how she’s ascended to become a global icon.” To gain a better sense of its ambition, it has apparently been dubbed a “contemporary take” on the Bob Dylan 1975 rock documentary masterpiece Don’t Look Back. Berg specifically addressed his intentions for the shoot, which he hopes will examine “a young artist at the top of her professional field” for a »
- Gem Seddon
Peter Berg cast Rihanna in his film Battleship, and now he’s going to direct a documentary about her. With producer Matthew Goldberg, Peter Berg recently launched a new production outfit called Film 45, which will create “non-scripted and branded entertainment for film, TV and other platforms.” One of the first productions from the company will be […]
- Russ Fischer
After giving R&B pop superstar Rihanna a pivotal role in his ridiculous action flick Battleship, director Peter Berg will turn the camera on her real life. Deadline reports the Lone Survivor and Hancock directing is launching a new production company called Film 45 with a specialty in non-scripted programming for television and film, and one of the first projects will be a theatrical feature documentary about Rihanna. Berg will direct the film himself and it's described as a contemporary version of the 1967 Bob Dylan documentary Don't Look Back as the filmmaker intends to dig deep into Rihanna's life and her rise to fame. Berg says this will be "much more a character study than a music film," so while there will certainly be some concert footage, it sounds like this will be more about life as a currently successful pop star than anything. Berg has dabbled in documentary work »
- Ethan Anderton
Hey “Home,” E.T. called — he wants his huggable-alien concept back. Introduced in the film’s opening seconds, when he bumps that little boy with the fishing rod from the DreamWorks Animation logo, over-eager alien invader Oh represents Jeffrey Katzenberg’s best hope at harnessing some of his old pal Steven Spielberg’s intergalactic buddy-movie mojo. Unimaginative and downright predictable by grownup standards, but bursting with elements sure to appeal to younger auds — including cutesy character design, quotable alien catchphrases and solid musical/vocal contributions from Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez, who add a dose of diversity to the human cast — Dwa’s lone 2015 feature release should manage to squeak past the $100 million mark during a relatively competition-free spring, while reinforcing the studio’s recent standing as the Pepsi of the animation world: It’s potable, but a distant second to the real thing.
Still smarting from the dual blows of a »
- Peter Debruge
Three years ago, when Universal adapted Hasbro’s Battleship to the screen, critics understandably turned their nose up at the concept of transforming a board game into a fully-fledged feature film — and rightly so, given Peter Berg’s underwhelming end product. But does one bad apple really spoil the bunch? That’s the question Lionsgate will now ask of We’re the Millers director Rawson Marshall Thurber, who has signed on to helm the studio’s big-screen adaptation of strategy board game, Dust.
News first broke via The Hollywood Reporter, with Thurber revealing his excitement for the idiosyncratic project.
“It’s a cool spin on a genre that I’ve loved for a long time and it opens up narrative avenues that are just thrilling,” said Thurber. “It’s all my nine year-old fantasies wrapped in one thing, a World War Two mash-up.”
Essentially, Dust is a tabletop strategy game and, »
- Michael Briers
For the first week of February, horror fans should get those wallets ready as there’s a ton of great titles making their home entertainment debuts this Tuesday. We’ve got two stellar indie films to look forward to- The Demon’s Rook and Starry Eyes- and Universal is releasing two of their recent theatrical titles, Dracula Untold and Ouija, on Blu-ray and DVD as well.
As if that’s not enough, other notable titles you can add to your personal collection on the 3rd include Exists, The ABC’s of Death 2, Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard, John Wick and the cult classic Kull the Conqueror is making its way onto Blu for the first time ever too.
The Demon’s Rook (Cinedigm, DVD)
Chaos descends upon a quiet town when Roscoe, the pupil of a wizard monk from an ancient race of demons, unknowingly opens a portal that »
- Heather Wixson
Deepwater Horizon is having a bit of difficulty right now. First, there were production delays as the script went into rewrites. Then, director Jc Chandor departed the project, which chronicles the 2010 Bp oil spill, citing apparent “creative differences.” Now, we are hearing that director Peter Berg might replace Chandor in the director’s chair.
Peter Berg sounds like he’ll be a good match for the production: he’s previously worked with star Mark Wahlberg on Lone Survivor and he also has experience with, uh, big ships, as he’s the man behind Battleship. You can take that piece of information about his filmography as you like.
Still, the loss of Chandor is a bit of a blow to the production. The director was responsible for efforts like All Is Lost and the recent A Most Violent Year; both films certainly a cut above Berg’s Battleship or Lone Survivor. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Director Peter Berg (Lone Survivor) is in talks to replace J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year) at the helm of Lionsgate's Deepwater Horizon. J.C. Chandor had been attached to the project for some time now, but he backed away from the adaptation due to creative differences. If Peter Berg's deal is finalized, Deepwater Horizon will reunite him with his Lone Survivor star Mark Wahlberg.
The Wrap reports that Liam Neeson, who starred in Peter Berg's Battleship, and Michael Keaton are being sought to co-star in Deepwater Horizon, although no deals are currently in place and it isn't known what characters they may portray. The project is based on a December 2010 New York Times article entitled Deepwater Horizon's Final Hour by David Barstow, David Rohde, and Stephanie Saul, which chronicles the events leading up to the 2010 explosion on the Bp oil rig dubbed Deepwater Horizon.
After directing Robert Redford in All is Lost, filmmaker J.C. Chandor was slated to return to sea with Deepwater Horizon, a film about the oil rig of the same name and the tragedy that followed after it exploded and unleashed massive amounts of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, making it the second largest environmental disaster in the United States. However, The Wrap reports that Chandor has now been replaced by Peter Berg on the film that will star Mark Wahlberg, who last worked with the director on his military drama Lone Survivor. Reportedly, Chandor left the Lionsgate project due to creative differences. In addition, the trade reports Berg's Battleship star Liam Neeson and Michael Keaton are also being sought for roles in the film, but their specific characters have been revealed. Based on a New York Times article titled "Deepwater Horizon's Final Hour" by David Barstow, David Rohde, »
- Ethan Anderton
While there are no deals in place, Berg’s “Battleship” star Liam Neeson and Oscar frontrunner Michael Keaton are being sought to co-star in the picture, which Chandor left due to creative differences.
Lionsgate and Participant Media are teaming with Lorenzo di Bonaventura on the project, which is scheduled for for release on Sept. 30, 2016.
“Deepwater Horizon” chronicles the 2010 Bp oil spill. »
- Jeff Sneider
In 2014 an actor previously best known for being seven down the cast list in a cult TV sitcom rose to become the star of two of the year’s biggest blockbusters. This time last year Chris Pratt was about as far from a household name as Guardians Of The Galaxy or The Lego Movie were from being sure things at the box office. One year later and the two films have made over a billion dollars between them and Pratt looks like a leading man with genuine star quality. His lead role in this year’s Jurassic World looks set to cement his newfound status as a bona fide Hollywood star.
It sounds like a simple process, but in reality a lot of actors have been poised on the brink of stardom with multiple big movies due for release only to find the movies flop and their careers worse off than before. »
- Jack Gann
If we’ve learned anything from the “Fast and Furious” movies, it’s that it’s perfectly Ok for sequels to get stupider so long as they also get more entertaining and more meticulously crafted.
There’s plenty of stupid on display in “Taken 3,” but otherwise this dispiriting action movie – somehow simultaneously fidgety and flaccid – exists only to give Liam Neeson one more chance to play the role that made him “Liam Neesons,” unlikely autumn-years action star. After seeing Neeson’s Bryan Mills lay waste to sex traffickers and the Albanian mafia in the two previous installments, the filmmakers »
- Alonso Duralde
Finally set to start work on his long-gestating adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence, Martin Scorsese has had to make a quick casting change as Ken Watanabe dropped out due to a scheduling clash. The director has now hired Thor’s Tadanobu Asano to replace him.Silence, which has been scripted by sometime Scorsese collaborator Jay Cocks, sees Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, Adam Driver and now Asano in the story of Father Rodrigues, a 17th century Portuguese Jesuit heading to Japan with a fellow priest to discover whether Rodrigues’s mentor has left the church. Their mission is complicated by the fact that religious persecution is rife in the country, necessitating that they travel undercover with Asano as their interpreter.Asano, who won kudos for his role in Mongol, has also appeared in the slightly less prestigious productions Battleship and 47 Ronin. With his casting falling into place, Scorsese can »
Exclusive: Martin Scorsese has set prolific Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano for a lead in Silence, the film that begins shooting early this year. He joins Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver in the Jay Cocks-scripted adaptation of the novel by Shusaku Endo.
Asano is perhaps best known for starring in the Sergey Bodrov-directed Mongol. He replaces Ken Watanabe in the role of an interpreter who accompanies two Jesuit priests (Garfield and Driver) as they search for their mentor (Neeson) who went to 17th Century Japan to spread the gospel of Christianity. Watanabe needed to drop out when production pushed the dates and they clashed with Watanabe’s commitment to the Broadway revival of The King and I, which begins rehearsals in New York this month.
Asano made his Hollywood debut in the Thor films and he also appeare in Battleship and 47 Ronin. Asano is managed in the »
- Mike Fleming Jr
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