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Every year during summer blockbuster season there’s always one movie that seems a little out of place. Despite a big budget, and an even bigger name cast, they just don’t seem to build much buzz or excitement. An obvious example would be 2012’s Battleship, which was a mega budget would-be franchise starter with Liam Neeson and Rihanna, but all the explosions in the world couldn’t get people jazzed about the unholy fusion of a board game with a Transformers movie. Battleship sank real quick. Pun completely intended.
And the black sheep of summer 2015 looks to be Josh Trank’s reboot of the Fantastic Four. The film was kept under wraps for a suspiciously long time and reports of a rocky shoot, huge changes to the comic lore and director/producer fights have left fans worried. But despite this there’s plenty of reason to »
- Padraig Cotter
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
Back from the Taiwan set of Martin Scorsese’s “Silence,” which just wrapped shooting, Niels Juul, CEO of L.A.-based Cecchi Gori Media, is now shifting his energies to several other projects he has in various stages, including pics with Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Kafka as central characters.
“It’s been an amazing experience,” Juul (pictured with Scorsese) enthused about “Silence,” on which he is an executive producer, having been instrumental in bringing to the screen the eponymous Shusaku Endo novel about God’s silence in the face of human suffering. Cecchi Gori holds the movie rights.
“Everyone has been bending over backwards to get this amazing movie made. Everyone taking a [pay] cut; everyone basically working for scale,” he recounted. “We are all making an amazing effort to make an independent $51 million movie.”
It’s been tough working “under extremely hard conditions,” Juuls said. But “Marty has come in on budget and on time, »
- Nick Vivarelli
2012: the year the movie universe sparked, Universal struggled, and young adult adaptations really took off...
The big blockbusters of summer 2011 were the ones that followed fairly straightforward rules. The majority of them were sequels in linear movie franchises - Harry Potter, Transformers, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Fast & Furious - and it felt for the most part like a template was being followed.
Sure, there were surprises. Bridesmaids broke through and proved to be a massive R-rated hit. X-Men: First Class, meanwhile, came through unscathed - and in fine shape - from its reboot, whilst Jj Abrams took us temporarily back to the 1980s with Super 8. But other than that, the pattern was set: the big, pre-ordained films took the lion's share of the cash, and regular sequels were the order of the day.
The signs of change were there in 2011, of course. Thor was a bigger hit than most were expecting, »
At a press event in Taipei on Monday, Scorsese spoke of the long journey to making the film, which is based on Shusaku Endo’s novel “Silence” about God’s silence in the face of human suffering. Scorsese had prepared a draft of the screenplay as early as 1992, but said that the origins were deeper still.
“The subject matter presented by Shusaku Endo was in my life since I was very, very young. I was very much involved in religion, I was raised in a strong Catholic family,” Scorsese said.
While the book is set in 17th century Japan, Scorsese located the production in Taiwan, following an introduction by Ang Lee. It was entirely shot in the territory with various locations in Taipei (Yangmingshan, »
- Patrick Frater
When there was an explosion on a Bp oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, it spewed oil into the water for 87 days. Peter Berg (Battleship) is turning the real life disaster into a cinematic thriller, Deepwater Horizon, and in the process he.s putting together an impressive cast. There were a couple of stars already in place, and they just added two more high-profile actors to beef up the call sheet. There were eleven crew members killed in the blast, and Berg, who took over the project after J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year) left over creative differences, has said that he wants to tell the story about the "real heroes" working on the rig. He hopes to honor the ones aboard who tried to prevent the explosion and subsequent calamity, and it sounds like he.s taking a similar approach as he did with the real »
Original: Summit’s Deepwater Horizon, about the 2010 Bp oil-rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico that took the lives of 11 people and spilled oil into the ocean for a horrific 87 days, got a whole lot less interesting when A Most Violent Year director J.C. Chandor exited and was replaced by Battleship helmer Peter Berg, but the talent that’s being assembled in front of the camera for the pic is undeniably exciting. Mark Wahlberg and Jane the Virgin breakout Gina Rodriguez are already attached, and now The Maze Runner star Dylan O’Brien is in talks for a major role.
O’Brien, who first hit it big with the teen crowd back in 2011 with the hit MTV series Teen Wolf (now gearing up for its fifth season), has been a star »
- Isaac Feldberg
17 year old Scottish actor John Bell leads the cast in WWII drama The Man in the Box which started filming on location near Innsbruck in Tirol (Austria) in mid-December, with filming now recommencing on location in Austria and Germany, as well as in Italy, near Bressanone.
John (represented by Independent Talent) plays 15 year old Niki, who's family, with some reluctance, take into hiding a Jewish doctor who saved the boy's life before the war. A member of Hitler Youth, Niki is appalled by the idea, his mother frightened, but his father insists. Combined with the growing attraction between him and an almost blind neighbour girl (Sigi), a relationship gradually evolves between the boy and Doctor Weiss, the 'man in the box', »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (ScreenTerrier)
Read More: 'Friday Night Lights' and 'Parenthood' Creator Jason Katims on When It’s Time to Say Goodbye Despite ratings low enough to keep season renewals in suspense every year, "Friday Night Lights" became a star-maker for an impressive number of actors over the years. Taylor Kitsch landed roles in high profile blockbusters like "John Carter," "Battleship" and "Lone Survivor." Adrianne Palicki has co-starred in everything from "John Wick" to "Agents of Shield." Michael B. Jordan snagged roles in breakout hits like "Chronicle," "Fruitvale Station," plus the upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot and "Rocky" spinoff. Yet Kyle Chandler may have benefitted the most from his time in Dillon, TX. The show's star was the only actor to win an Emmy for his work on the show, and he capitalized on that accolade — as well as a newfound and well-defined fandom — in a big way. After "Friday »
- Ben Travers
Read More: 'Friday Night Lights' and 'Parenthood' Creator Jason Katims on When It’s Time to Say Goodbye Despite ratings low enough to keep season renewals in suspense every year, "Friday Night Lights" became a star-maker for an impressive number of actors over the years. Taylor Kitsch landed roles in high profile blockbusters like "John Carter," "Battleship" and "Lone Survivor." Adrianne Palicki has co-starred in everything from "John Wick" to "Agents of Shield." Michael B. Jordan snagged roles in breakout hits like "Chronicle," "Fruitvale Station," plus the upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot and "Rocky" spinoff. Yet Kyle Chandler may have benefitted the most from his time in Dillon, TX. The show's star was the only actor to win an Emmy for his work on the show, and he capitalized on that accolade — as well as a newfound and well-defined fandom — in a big way. After "Friday...
- Ben Travers
Just as one one might wonder why it is that extraterrestrial life hasn’t been discovered yet, you’d think the existence of a solid 3D-animated film about a loveable alien is something we could confirm by the year 2015. From E.T. to Lilo & Stitch, the slam-dunk appeal of adorable interlopers from space has proven itself time and time again, but cracking this particular old chestnut in the age of 3D has only bred the likes of Planet 51 and Escape From Planet Earth. (Monsters vs. Aliens fails this test on account of siding squarely with the Monsters). Safely designed to minimize any potentially alienating elements, Home, the newest effort from DreamWorks Animation, does not mark an end to the search for a higher form of animated entertainment.
- Sam Woolf
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
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