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The Weinstein Company has acquired the U.S. rights to sci-fi romance movie, Passengers, starring Keanu Reeves and Reese Witherspoon. The company has committed to a multi-million dollar guarantee and will spend a minimum $25 million on marketing the release. Wayfare Entertainment is financing and producing the film. Developed by Reeves and Stephen Hamel at their Company Films, the script was written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). The film will be the feature directing debut of Irish TV director Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire). Reeves plays a
- Patrick Brzeski
Exclusive: The Weinstein Company has won the bidding for the Keanu Reeves-Reese Witherspoon sci-fi romance movie Passengers. I’m hearing the distributor has committed to a multi-million dollar minimum guarantee and a P&A commitment in the $25 million range for a wide release in 2014. I understand FilmDistrict and Open Road were in the mix here in Cannes for the project, which was written by Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts and will be directed by Game Of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire helmer Brian Kirk in his major feature film debut. Wayfare Entertainment is financing and producing the pic. The plot: A spacecraft transporting thousands of people to a distant colony planet has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result, a single passenger (Reeves) is awakened 90 years before anyone else. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he eventually decides to wake up a »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 9, 2013
Price: DVD $26.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Farrell stars as Victor, a hit man whose life was ruined by the crime lord Alphonse (Terrence Howard, Red Tails). Victor infiltrates Alphonse’s crew, rising up to his right-hand man. When he’s about to strike, he meets Beatrice (Rapace), who wants her own revenge from Alphonse. Together they execute a violent and cathartic plan.
The R-rated film also stars Dominic Cooper (The Devil’s Double) and Isabelle Huppert (In Another Country) and was directed by Niels Arden Oplev, who helmed the original Swedish The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which also starred Rapace. Dead Man Down is written by J.H. Wyman (TV’s Fringe).
Despite all that cache, the movie got generally bad reviews from critics, »
Coming soon this fall from Fox: Everybody Hates Lindelof! To say writer Damon Lindelof divides movie fans is a bit of an understatement. While he has won the support of many people because of his work on Star Trek, Prometheus and the television series Lost, those same projects have also earned Lindelf the scorn of countless fanboys. Recently Damon Lindelof defended the misdirection that was used in the marketing for Star Trek Into Darkness and now he's apologizing for a certain »
- Jesse Giroux
Damon Lindelof is on the interview circuit, mostly explaining what he did with Star Trek Into Darkness. Lost ended in 2006, and Lindelof is waiting to hear if HBO will pick up his Rapture series The Leftovers, which would throw him back into the grind of producing a television show. In the transition years, Lindelof has tackled a variety of sci-fi tentpoles: Star Trek, Cowboys & Aliens, Prometheus. The next is Tomorrowland, an intriguing project at Disney that Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol) will direct. George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, and Raffey Cassidy are on board to star. Rumored plot details leaked in March. Lindelof didn't elaborate much on what was out there other than to say some of the public information is "completely and totally erroneous." But he did discuss the inspiration behind the project, how he wants to give Tomorrowland a story (the Pirates of the Caribbean treatment), and his fascination with Disney history. »
- Brendan Bettinger
Disney’s Tomorrowland is among the more intriguing sci-fi movies due to arrive next year, and not only because it unites filmmaker Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) alongside Damon Lindelof (Prometheus) and Entertainment Weekly contributor Jeff Jensen as the screenwriters. If the rumored story details are correct, then the final film should be an imaginative change of pace from this year’s crop of dystopian and/or post-apocalyptic sci-fi blockbusters (Oblivion, After Earth, Elysium, etc.).
The eponymous Tomorowland is described as being a wondrous and technologically advanced realm that exists in another dimension. Bird’s film is rumored to revolve around a middle-aged man (George Clooney) who – to save the Earth – must set out and return to that fantasy land, after he was kicked out as a ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Loved it or hated it, the fact remains that Ridley Scott’s Prometheus was a major film that set up the distinct possibility – probability, really – of at least one more sequel to tie up the many many loose ends. It has developed into a difficult slog to get Prometheus 2 off the ground, though, what with screenwriter Damon Lindelof leaving the whole script up in the air, and director Ridley Scott taking on other projects. But for those of you who desperately want to know what happens to Elizabeth Shaw and Michael Fassbender’s head-in-a-bag, good news! Ridley Scott has been chatting up a young actor about a supporting role in Prometheus 2.
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
In the film Statham plays Joey Jones, a shamed former special forces soldier who's fallen into alcoholism.
On the run from a military court martial, Jones takes on another man's identity and sets out on a quest for revenge that takes him through London's criminal underworld.
The film will open in UK and Us cinemas on June 28 through Lionsgate.
Watch a new TV trailer for Hummingbird below: »
When Ridley Scott brought on Damon Lindelof to take a look at the script for "Prometheus," the duo completely reworked it to make a story that takes the franchise in a completely different direction. Scott and Lindelof also came up with all the ideas that will be used for a "Prometheus" sequel. Even though 20th Century Fox has greenlit "Prometheus 2," we have yet to hear about any official progress. But now comes word that Scott is already casting and has met numerous times with Rik Barnett for a role that could be connected to Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace). Barnett is an English actor who's mostly unknown. His last role was in the 2010 independent comedy, "Rebels Without a Clue," which barely got a release. Since Scott is taking time to meet with him, it's safe to say that his "Prometheus 2" role will be a major one. Even though several sources have apparently confirmed this, »
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Man of Steel, Justice League, Iron Man 3, The Avengers 2, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man, Arrow, Booster Gold, Wonder Woman, Teen Titans Go!, Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Superheroes Unite, Avengers Assemble, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Ultimate Spider-Man, The Incredibles 2 and more...
Seeing as Marvel has pretty much dominated the headlines these past few weeks (well, months actually), we'll start things off this week with the year's next superhero offering Man of Steel. With less than a month to go until its eagerly-anticipated release a full-on marketing blitz is imminent, and this past week saw Warner Bros. debuting three new posters, two TV spots, two new »
- Flickering Myth
Recent hot cinema topics such as the portrayal of the Mandarin character in Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 and speculations about what classic Star Trek villain Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in J.J Abrams’ Star Trek: Into Darkness was modeled after leading up to the film’s release, among others, underline the importance of great villains in genre cinema.
Creating a great cinematic villain is a difficult goal that makes for an incredibly rewarding and memorable viewer experience when it is achieved.
We’ll now take a look at the greatest film villains. Other writing on this subject tends to be a bit unfocused, as “greatest villain” articles tend to mix live-action human villains with animated characters and even animals. Many of these articles also lack a cohesive quality as they attempt to cover too much ground at once by spanning all of film history.
This article focuses on the 1970’s, »
- Terek Puckett
So any of you guys remember all of those rumors of Prometheus 2 beign stuck in development hell? At first we heard that Prometheus 2 was struggling to find a story, which was quickly debunked by Prometheus co-scribe Damon Lindelof, when he personally put the rumor to rest. Apparently the Facebook page Prometheus posted an article which says that Ridley Scott has met plenty of times with English actor Rik Barnett. According to the source[Who claims that he is from the sequel's production] the actor will play a character who could be connected to Noomi Rapace's character (Elizabeth Shaw). Now this news is to be taken with a grain of salt since no confirmation has been given by 20thCenturyFox. Now the question is who is Rik Barnett!? Well, He is an English actor who won »
[Update: This morning, a Ubisoft rep confirmed that indeed, the May 22, 2015 date is correct, putting their "Assassin's Creed" movie square in the big budget summer blockbuster free-for-all]
I'm trying to find some independent verification (and I have a mail out to Ubisoft to confirm), but a lot of sites are reporting that the Michael Fassbender-starring "Assassin's Creed" will be holding on to the Memorial Day 2015 release date.
It all stems from a release date posted on Box Office Mojo, which alleges that the feature based on the bestselling Ubisoft franchise will be out on May 22, 2015. That would put the still director-less "Assassin's Creed" within range of J.J. Abrams' "Episode VII" and Joss Whedon's "The Avengers 2." Now "Avengers 2" has a confirmed release date of May 1, leaving the Marvel franchise the better part of the month to earn all of the world's money before another blockbuster comes along, but would Ubisoft want to launch its first independently-developed film so close to the Disney/Marvel 800-lb gorilla? »
- Charles Webb
Assassin's Creed: The Movie has been given a release date.
Twentieth Century Fox has scheduled the film for a May 22, 2015 opening, IGN reports.
Michael Fassbender is currently attached to the project and is expected to produce and star, while Michael Lesslie is scripting the adaptation of the Ubisoft video game franchise. A director for the movie has yet to be announced.
The Prometheus star first became attached to the role last July and was described as the "first choice" by Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet.
"Michael is an extremely smart, talented, versatile and committed actor," said Baronnet.
The games' storyline follows a bartender who learns that he is a descendant of famous assassins after being kidnapped by the Knights Templar. The action takes place during the Crusades and Renaissance.
It was around this time last year when we first heard news about the Assassin’s Creed movie. Coming off the back of X-Men: First Class and Prometheus, Michael Fassbender was also confirmed to don the coveted white robes as the central assassin. And now, courtesy of 20th Century Fox and New Regency – the two studios responsible for the big screen adaption – the film has been given a firm release date for May 22nd, 2015.
A Memorial Day weekend is an ambitious window to deploy a cinematic adaptation of Assassin’s Creed. Not to mention the rather infamous adage that filmmakers struggle to capture the essence of video games on the silver screen, but over the past few years, the latter stages of May have hosted blockbusters such as Pirates of the Caribbean: The World’s End which, incidentally, is the highest grossing film in that period. A bold decision, no doubt. »
- Michael Briers
About a year ago, it was reported that Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, X-Men: First Class) signed on to produce and star in "Assassin's Creed," a big screen adaptation of Ubisoft's video game franchise. Ubisoft teamed up with New Regency and 20th Century Fox for the project. The plan was to have a director, cast and script by summer of 2013. English playwright Michael Lesslie was recently hired to write the script and now comes word that the film will be released on May 22nd, 2015 (Memorial Day weekend). That's a tricky release date, since it's only three weeks after "The Avengers 2," and while we have yet to get a release date for "Star Wars: Episode VII," it will likely hit theaters a week before Memorial Day weekend. "Assassin's Creed" revolves around a man (Fassbender) who learns his ancestors were trained assassins after he is kidnapped by a secret organization with ties to the Knights Templar, »
Having arrived in UK theatres last weekend, J.J. Abrams’ anticipated blockbuster sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, has now officially been released into the Us multiplex, and is reportedly on track for a nine-figure four-day opening across the Atlantic.
The early reviews and the reception from our audiences have been very positive – you can read our review here – and we’re looking forward to seeing how it fares at the box office in the States this weekend.
Adding to all the brilliant things we’ve seen from the film already, Paramount have released a new music featurette in which composer Michael Giacchino talks a little about scoring Abrams’ blockbuster.
When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.
With a personal score to settle, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Damon Lindelof (Prometheus, Star Trek Into Darkness) has offered some advice to Warner Bros. about their planned Justice League movie, which will tie together their superhero properties of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, etc - just like Marvel did with The Avengers / Avengers Assemble.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Lindelof was asked whether he would help WB solve their 'Justice League problem' if they called. He deflected the question with his superpower of Suggestion Shield...
"I think a lot of that depends on Man of Steel. The Justice League problem is not a problem of, who is the bad guy that Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, Superman, whoever you decide to pit them against. The problem is: What’s the tone of that movie? They’ve been struggling with launching their own tone. The tone of Green Lantern is very different from the tone of The Dark Knight. They »
- Chris Villeneuve
Who knows what horrors are contained within the Earth. Unless you have one of those nifty Total Recall remake elevators, there's just no way to know. Luckily for us monster movie fans, some poor souls are about to find out for themselves.
Screen Daily reports that Av Pictures’ Cannes slate includes in-demand sci-fi thriller Scintilla, which eOne has picked up for multiple territories. Billy O’Brien directs the story of a disparate group of mercenaries hired to a lead a special unit deep into a former Soviet state to retrieve data from an underground militia base. John Lynch, Morjana Alaoui, Ned Denehey, Beth Winslet, and Antonia Thomas star in the thriller, now in post-producution.
Also new to Av’s slate is horror Let Us Prey (previous story here), currently in pre-production. Liam Cunningham »
- Uncle Creepy
With J.J. Abrams Star Trek Into Darkness now playing around the world, we recently landed an exclusive phone interview with Damon Lindelof. During the interview, the Into Darkness screenwriter/producer talked about making the sequel, the length of the first cut, deleted scenes, how the beginning of the film changed during the editing process, whether an extended cut of Into Darkness will be on the Blu-ray, when a third film could possibly get made, and a lot more. Hit the jump for what he had to say. Question: What have the last few days been like for you? This is a hardcore press junket. Damon Lindelof: First off, when you’re a writer and you’re a producer, traditionally the junkets are really focused on the beautiful people and nobody wants to talk to you. But I think when you get involved in this type of sci-fi legend, whether »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
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