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For the November issue of Empire, director Christopher Nolan helped pick out an image from his Interstellar for the cover. Apparently Nolan liked the picture quite a bit, because it's also the latest poster for his upcoming film. You can check out the poster and Empire cover below, and to me it looks like they could have been from Ridley Scott's Prometheus, although it's probably only because both were filmed in Iceland and involve astronauts. Matty Ice? »
- Jesse Giroux
First of all, something of an apology. I have been writing this column thinking that every single title due for release the following Monday would of course be released via some kind of pay to stream service. Of course it would, we are living in the future, and this is how things are done isn’t it?
Apparently not, last week I included Jeremy Saulnier’s much loved Blue Ruin in the pay to stream section and then it didn’t come out the way I thought it might. Turns out that some companies still have a fairly limited release pattern so Blue Ruin was released by channel 4’s DVD label and appeared on DVD and Blu but didn’t show up to stream on any of the major providers, not even Sky Store or Playstation Network.
So turns out that being a channel 4 release, you can of course rent »
- Chris Holt
On paper, "Dolphin Tale 2" looked like a stronger box office contender than "No Good Deed." Star-filled, family-friendly, upbeat animal sequel playing on nearly 3,700 screens vs. grim, modest-budget thriller debuting on about 2,200 screens? No wonder pundits predicted an opening around $24 million for "Dolphin" and $17 million for "Deed."
And yet, when Sunday's estimates came in, it was "Deed" boasting a $24.5 million debut and the top slot, while "Dolphin" settled for second place with $16.6 million.
What's behind the upset? A look at how the two films matched up head-to-head in their various elements offers some clues.
Empty Marketplace. Both films were positioned to take advantage of the current box office doldrums. Sure, there were other family films and action movies/thrillers playing, but they were all several weeks old and vulnerable. That said, September is generally not a good time for a family-friendly release (even though the first "Dolphin Tale" opened well »
- Gary Susman
Star power and social media savvy propelled “No Good Deed” to the top of the box office this weekend.
The $13 million film nearly doubled its production budget in its first three days of release, pulling in an impressive $24.5 million. The home invasion thriller was able to trump box office predictions because Sony and Screen Gems, the companies behind the film, expertly deployed Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson on Twitter to hawk the story of a district attorney menaced by a killer.
“You have two terrific actors who have followings and this weekend showed their collective star power is very powerful,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak.
Both actors will likely see their stars rise as a result. Elba has had showy supporting roles in “Thor” and “Prometheus,” but hasn’t carried a film to these kind of heights on his own shoulders since 2009’s “Obsessed.” He retains »
- Brent Lang
‘No Good Deed’ movie going unpunished to top weekend box office? (photo: Idris Elba in ‘No Good Deed’) Apologies for the bad wordplay above, but if Friday estimates are a reliable indicator, No Good Deed should indeed go unpunished to the top of the domestic box office this weekend, September 12-14, 2014. But why "unpunished"? Well, so far the Sam Miller-directed thriller starring four-time Emmy nominee Idris Elba (Luther) and Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) has a downright putrid 10% score and 2.6/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes‘ top critics. Sony Pictures, whose subsidiary ScreenGems is distributing No Good Deed, reportedly opted to skip late Thursday screenings to ensure that the film’s plot twist would be kept under wraps. More likely, however, it was the critics’ derisive remarks that Sony wanted under wraps. For instance: "The final plot twist is about as »
- Zac Gille
Earlier this week, Dark Horse Comics unveiled the first issue of Prometheus: Fire and Stone . a new four-part miniseries that finds a second crew heading to Lv-223 in search of the wreckage (and more.) of the ill-fated expedition featured in Ridley Scott.s 2013 film. With Scott talking regularly about shooting a sequel to Prometheus, we were curious as to what we might be able to glean about a second film.s direction from the new comic series. The short answer? Not as much as we.d hoped. Don.t despair, though. We.ve got a theory or two to share with you. If you.re not up to speed on the comic, Giant Freakin. Robot has a really great breakdown of the first issue. It features some spoilers, but if you.re not planning on grabbing the comics and are still curious as to what.s going on in »
We’ve already seen a few photos from the set of the currently-in-production Mission: Impossible 5, and now director Christopher McQuarrie has posted a behind-the-scenes image featuring cast members Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner. Take a look…
- Gary Collinson
Mission: Impossible 5 is bringing back together the whole team. Tom Cruise is set to reprise his role as Ethan Hunt, along with Jeremy Renner as William Brandt, Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn and Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell. Though Alec Baldwin is also rumored to star, the first set images only show the Cruise, Renner, Pegg and Rhames. Check it out.
Renner posted a photo (via Facebook) of him and three of his co-stars. Check it out:
McQuarrie was also very excited about having the team back that he shared an image via Twitter. Here »
- Laura Frances
Following on from the amazing Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is no easy task, but director Christopher McQuarrie (who has already worked with the franchise's star Tom Cruise on Jack Reacher, as well as scripting Edge of Tomorrow) is more than capable of pulling it off. With production moving forward, McQuarrie took some time out to share with Twitter the first image of the movies Imf team, made up of Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, and Ving Rhames. Nothing much is known about the plot, but Sean Harris (Prometheus) has recently joined the project as the movies big bad. Mission Impossible 5 is set for release December 25th 2015. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Last week's fall-preview edition of the Geek Beat ran through most of the big (and small) movies hitting theaters and arriving on DVD and Blu-ray over the next few months, so this month's guide to movie-related geekery hitting shelves will have a decidedly comics-and-collectibles angle. There's a lot to like about this month's list of stuff to read, collect, and otherwise stash on your shelf. From Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles throwbacks and Universal monster merch to some fresh stories set in the universe of Ridley Scott's Prometheus and Alien films, there's enough geekery to go around. Here are some prime candidates to put a dent in your wallet this September: What To Read Much was made of the link (or for some critics, lack thereof...
- Rick Marshall
Update, 9:23 Am: Millennium has officially confirmed the Madame Bovary acquisition that I scooped was happening over the weekend. The deal was finalized ahead of its Toronto screening set for tomorrow. The full release is below our original exclusive.
Previous Exclusive, Saturday Pm: Millennium Entertainment is getting close to a seven-figure deal to acquire U.S. rights to Madame Bovary, the Sophie Barthes-directed film that stars Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti, and Ezra Miller.
The film is set in period France, and focuses on two years in the life of the beautiful wife of a small-town doctor. She engages in extra-marital affairs in an attempt to advance her social status. I’m hearing that companies like A24 and Sony Pictures Classics are still in the mix, but it looks like this one will close tonight. It premieres Wednesday in the Special Presentations section, but buyers caught it yesterday at a »
- Mike Fleming Jr
If the 2014 festival circuit were a contest — and why shouldn’t it be, since these lofty-minded sprocket operas pit the directors whose work they screen in competition against one another? — then the Venice film festival emerges the winner. That will come as sacrilege to some, who consider Cannes the undisputed titan among international film showcases. And it may baffle the Oscar-obsessed, who look to Telluride and Toronto for indications of what will win Academy Awards.
This year, the litmus test came down to which fest would land the director’s cut of Lars Von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac.” And Venice scored the coup, programming the 5-hour-and-25-minute atom bomb of a movie amid a lineup that included stellar new films from Alejandro G. Inarritu (“Birdman”), Roy Andersson (“A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence”), Ramin Bahrani (“99 Homes”) and Larry Clark (whose “The Smell of Us” is like a French “Kids”).
- Peter Debruge
(Cbr) Ethan Hunt, prepare to meet your new match. Deadline reports, and director Christopher McQuarrie confirms, that Sean Harris is joining the cast of "Mission: Impossible 5," the new installment in the Tom Cruise action franchise. Harris, best knnown for roles in "Prometheus," "The Borgias" and "24 Hour Party People," will play the film’s villain. Details about the character are unknown; for that matter, the plot of "Mission: Impossible 5" is under wraps. At the very least, we know some of the returning actors: Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames. "Mission: Impossible 5" hits theaters on Dec. 25, 2015. »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
With the Middle-Earth grand-finale The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on the way this December and Marvel Studios' "Phase Three" launcher Ant-Man hitting next July, respective franchise stars Orlando Bloom and Michael Douglas are teaming up with the previously-attached Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) for a new thriller, Unlocked. Alex Walton and Ken Kao of Bloom today made the announcement alongside word that they will handle international sales on the film, which is set to be directed by Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader). »
Academy Award Winner Michael Douglas (Ant-Man, The Reach, Behind the Candelabra, Wall Street) and Orlando Bloom (The Hobbit franchise; the Lord of the Rings franchise; the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) will join star Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Child 44, Prometheus) in Unlocked, with Lorenzo Dibonaventura (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Salt, Red, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) producing alongside Georgina Townsley and Erik Howsam.
Alex Walton and Ken Kao’s Bloom will handle international sales on the new thriller directed by Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) and based on a screenplay by Peter O’Brien.
With principal photography beginning on November 3, Unlocked tells the story of a »
- Michelle McCue
His particular brand of intensity-verging-towards-violence has seen Sean Harris hired for several high-profile projects in recent years, including Prometheus and this year’s Deliver Us From Evil. Now Christopher McQuarrie clearly thinks he can bring the right sort of bad guy to life facing off against Tom Cruise, recruiting the actor for Mission: Impossible 5.While Deadline’s story on his casting has him negotiating and cautions that it’s not a done deal, McQuarrie appears much more bullish, welcoming Harris to the film in a Tweet this weekend.Welcome, Sean Harris #MI5Diary— ChristopherMcQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) September 6, 2014 The fifth Mission statement is already shooting, having kicked off work in Vienna recently. Cruise is naturally back as Ethan Hunt, joined once more by Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg, with Ving Rhames and Paula Patton rumoured to return (Rhames is surely a shoo-in; he’s the franchise’s supporting lucky charm). Rebecca Ferguson, »
We recently brought you a fan-made trailer which showed what The Incredibles would have looked like had The Dark Knight Trilogy's Christopher Nolan been in the director's chair (if you missed that, check it out by clicking here), but now one has emerged showing us Monsters, Inc. in the style of Sir Ridley Scott's Prometheus. The monster movie certainly becomes a lot more frightening, and it's not a bad way to pass the time until the release of Prometheus 2 a few years from now. »
Sean Harris, who you might remember as the guy who really loved rocks in Ridley Scott's Prometheus, is being courted by Paramount Pictures to play the bad guy in Mission: Impossible 5. The deal isn't done, but let's speculate anyway.
First off, Harris is British, and you guys already know how much Hollywood loves its British villains. (Just watch this Jaguar commercial, in case you haven't.) Besides that, Harris looks like a good fit for a villain. I don't quite remember him from the Red Riding trilogy, but he was especially nasty and mean in Prometheus–"Congratulations on meeting your maker." Anyway, Harris is also known for his work in The Borgias, and the movie 24 Hour Party People.
- Laura Frances
Iconic filmmaker Ridley Scott has been on quite the busy streak this decade. When his next film, Exodus: Gods & Kings hits theaters this December, 2014 will become the third consecutive year we’ve seen a new offering from the director (after Prometheus in 2012 and The Counselor in 2013). And he’s showing no signs of slowing down, as he’s already beginning work on The Martian – which is set for a November 2015 release.
While his more recent works haven’t reached the level of praise he saw earlier in his career, one thing that most viewers can agree on is that a Scott film always looks impressive (even if the overall content proves to be divisive). The jury is still out on whether or not Exodus will be his big comeback movie, ...
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- Chris Agar
The Mission: Impossible franchise isn’t known for particularly iconic villains, but that could be about to change as British actor Sean Harris has apparently been offered the role of the fifth movie’s lead villain.
The last movie – Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol was a huge box office success with almost $700 million worldwide, and Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) steps into the director’s chair for the fifth instalment, taking over from Brad Bird (The Incredibles). Tom Cruise will of course return as Ethan Hunt.
The currently untitled Mission: Impossible 5 »
- Josh Wilding
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