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Leatherface Arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital December 19th

The origins of the infamous Texas Chain Saw Massacre are finally revealed when Leatherface arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital), DVD and Digital December 19 from Lionsgate. The film is currently available On Demand. Starring Stephen Dorff as a vengeful Texas sheriff and Lili Taylor as the Sawyer family matriarch, the legendary monster gets his mask after three asylum inmates escape and leave a blood-soaked trail. From French filmmakers Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (Inside), the Leatherface Blu-ray and DVD are loaded with never-before-seen special features, including deleted scenes, an alternate beginning and alternate ending, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.

In Texas, years before the events of the Texas Chain Saw Massacre, in the early days of the infamous Sawyer family, the youngest child is sentenced to a mental hospital after a suspicious incident leaves the sheriff’s daughter dead. Ten years later, he kidnaps
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Ariel Vromen to direct spy thriller The Angel for Netflix

Variety is reporting that Netflix has picked up The Angel, an upcoming spy thriller from director Ariel Vromen (The Iceman), which has been scripted by Vromen and David Arata (Children of Men) and is based upon Uri Bar-Joseph’s bestselling novel The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel.

The $12 million-budgeted film depicts “he true story of high-ranking Egyptian official Ashraf Marwan, who became a spy for Israel despite being the son-in-law of former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser and close adviser of his successor, Anwar Sadat. Marwan, who died in 2007 under mysterious circumstances in London, is perhaps the most famous spy in the history of the Middle East, and was regarded as a national hero in both Israel and Egypt.”

Production on The Angel is underway in London, and stars Marwan Kenzari (The Promise), Toby Kebbell (The East), Sasson Gabai (The Band’s Visit), Waleed Zuaiter (Omar), Mickey Leon
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Netflix Boards Ariel Vromen’s Spy Thriller ‘The Angel’ (Exclusive)

Netflix Boards Ariel Vromen’s Spy Thriller ‘The Angel’ (Exclusive)
Netflix has boarded “The Angel​,” a $12-million spy thriller to be directed by Israeli helmer Ariel Vromen (“The Iceman”). The film is based on Uri Bar-Joseph’s bestselling novel “The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel.”

The Netflix Original will depict the true story of high-ranking Egyptian official Ashraf Marwan, who became a spy for Israel despite being the son-in-law of former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser and close adviser of his successor, Anwar Sadat. Marwan, who died in 2007 under mysterious circumstances in London, is perhaps the most famous spy in the history of the Middle East, and was regarded as a national hero in both Israel and Egypt.

“The Angel” begins shooting this month in London under cinematographer Terry Stacey (“Elvis & Nixon”). It will also shoot in the U.K., Bulgaria, and Morocco this summer.

The film will topline Marwan Kenzari (“The Promise”), Toby Kebbell (“The East”), plus a number of well-known Middle Eastern actors
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Gifted review: Dir. Marc Webb (2017)

Gifted review: Chris Evans leads the cast of this endearing drama; a pleasing and enjoyable movie from director Marc Webb.

Gifted review by Andrew Gaudion.

Gifted review

It is hard to disassociate actors from certain roles that they have played, but it is particularly hard to with actors who play superheroes. That is very much the case with Chris Evans, an actor whose social media presence and subsequent choice of roles since playing Captain America (bar his turn in The Iceman) seem designed to cultivate an earnest, good-natured man always trying to do the right thing, even if he’s not always wearing red, white and blue. That argument is certainly evident in his latest Indie-flick, Gifted, a film which positions Evans once again as a figure with a strong and noble moral compass. And it is as endearing as the man himself.

Evans plays Frank, a single boat repairman
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Inspired by The Mummy, our monster movie fantasy casting!

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Inspired by The Mummy, our monster movie fantasy casting!Inspired by The Mummy, our monster movie fantasy casting!Zachary Dent5/15/2017 4:17:00 Pm

The Mummy hits theatres June 9th and is the first monster movie of Universal’s new Monster Universe. This “shared universe” will include rebooted versions of original monster movies including Dracula, Wolf Man, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Van Helsing, and the Invisible Man.

Sofia Boutella (Star Trek Beyond, Kingsman: The Secret Service) plays the title monster in The Mummy and from what we’ve seen in trailers we can’t imagine anyone else in the role. Universal has already cast Johnny Depp as the Invisible Man and Javier Bardem as Frankenstein in upcoming remakes… but that still leaves plenty of monsters to be cast. So, we’ve taken the liberty of "fantasy casting" the remaining monsters with actors/actresses we think would be perfect for the roles.
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Is Chris Evans ‘Gifted’ Enough to Lead a Non-Marvel Film?

His history of underperforming at the box office makes predicting a post-Marvel career tricky.

If the image of a bearded, flannel-clad Chris Evans playing a single uncle isn’t enough to lure throngs of women to the movies, I don’t know what will. In his latest film, Gifted, Evans plays Frank Adler, the aforementioned single uncle to a spunky six year-old gifted child, Mary (Mckenna Grace). Frank is caring for his niece after the unexpected death of his sister and he yearns for the child to have a normal and healthy life. After he sends Mary off on her first day of school, her teacher, Bonnie (Jenny Slate), notices the child’s remarkable abilities and alerts the school’s principal. Mary is offered a chance to attend a prestigious school for gifted children, which Frank promptly declines. This kicks off a custody battle between Frank and his estranged mother, Evelyn
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Update: Michael Shannon frontrunner for Cable casting

After the news that none other than Brad Pitt looked to be a casting option for the role of Cable in Deadpool 2, it has been said that Man of Steel (2013) actor Michael Shannon is now the frontrunner for the vied after role.

Shannon, who is also known for roles in The Iceman (2012), Nocturnal Animals (2016) and the fantastic Midnight Special (2016), now looks to be a favourite for the time-travelling robot/man Cable.

It has been said that whilst no official deal has been made, Fox Studios (the company behind the hugely successful first film) has been drawn towards Shannon’s casting.

Out of the many potential actors to fill the role, Shannon is probably one of the best people to do it. His role as Zod in the Superman film was actually really good, he could easily become a firm favourite in the comic book movie world.

I doubt it
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Deadpool 2: Michael Shannon Emerges As Frontrunner To Play Cable

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Here at Lrm we're kind of into Deadpool. Ryan Reynolds' sarcastic Merc with a Mouth jolted new life into the flagging superhero genre last year and anticipation for the sequel has grown exponentially over the last several months. The internet has been buzzing over the recent announcement of actress Zazie Beetz securing the role of mutant marksman Domino, but there's been far greater debate (and some crazy speculation) over who should portray the time-travelling super-soldier, Cable.

A list of plausible, potential actors has made the rounds, including Stranger Things' fearless sheriff David Harbour and Friday Night Lights alum Kyle Chandler; on the sligtly less-likely side, rumors include Brad Pitt, Dolph Lundgren, Ron Perlman, WWE's Adam Copeland (Edge), and even Charlize Theron; and yet, here's not been a clear frontrunner for the part.

Until today.

If you're unfamiliar with the character, Cable is the offspring of X-Men's Cyclops/Scott Summers
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Michael Shannon Frontrunner to Play Cable in ‘Deadpool 2’

Michael Shannon Frontrunner to Play Cable in ‘Deadpool 2’
Michael Shannon is the frontrunner to play Cable in “Deadpool 2.”

While no deal is yet in place, Shannon has been the top choice for about a week. Fox, the studio handling the film, had no comment on the news.

The debut date for Ryan Reynolds’ “Deadpool 2” is in a year’s time — March 2, 2018. “John Wick” director David Leitch came on board to direct “Deadpool 2” last fall after Tim Miller dropped out due to creative differences with Reynolds.

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The superhero sequel also recently cast “Atlanta” breakout Zazie Beetz as mutant mercenary Domino. Fox had announced at CinemaCon in April that Reynolds would be back, as well as Miller. “Deadpool” gave Fox its biggest hit of 2016 after opening on Valentine’s Day to $782.6 million worldwide, supplanting “The Matrix Reloaded” to become the highest-grossing R-rated film in history.
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Five Michael Shannon Performances To Watch

First making his mark in our collective consciousness’ opposite Bill Murray in the cult classic Groundhog Day, over the past few years the supremely talented Michael Shannon is securing roles that showcase his range earning him much deserved recognition. He’s been nominated for Academy Awards, SAG Awards, Golden Globes, and his intense brooding style has gained him serious critical plaudits.

Speaking of the Oscars, with the AMPAS polls closing on Tuesday 21st, this is a great time to remind any voters out there why Michael Shannon is amazing. His powerful characters with mysterious, potentially dark depths, has served him very well in the last 12 months, with huge critical acclaim for Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, he now stars in Frank & Lola, a modern film noir that looks at the nature of romantic obsession, violence, and all consuming passion..

As you can see from the trailer below, it’s going to be an intense one,
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‘Criminal’ director to take on ‘Rambo’ reboot

Criminal director Ariel Vroman is being lined up to head-up a reboot of the Sylvester StalloneRambo’ movies. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news over the weekend that Vroman, who also directed the respectable Michael Shannon-led crime movie The Iceman, will helm Rambo: New Blood for Nu Image/Millennium Films.

Stallone is not involved in the new movie, which will be written by Brooks McLaren and would see a younger actor inhabit the role. The trade says that the makers are looking for a character akin to James Bond.

There have been four ‘Rambo’ movies to date, the first of which was 1982’s First Blood, which followed former Green Beret John Rambo as he is pursued into the mountains surrounding a small town by a tyrannical sheriff and his deputies, forcing him to survive using his combat skills. Three films that followed, the last of which was John Rambo,
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Rambo Reboot Is Happening Without Sylvester Stallone

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Rambo Reboot Is Happening Without Sylvester Stallone
The Rambo franchise is coming back with some new blood! Unfortunately, it looks like the old blood is getting left behind this time around. Nu Image and Millennium Films are reportedly working on a fifth entry in the Rambo series, titled Rambo: New Blood. The movie may be paying a bit of homage to First Blood in name, but star Sylvester Stallone won't be back this time around.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news and confirmed that the studio is now treating Rambo as more of a "James Bond" type franchise. That seems to imply they will occasionally revamp the series with a new actor as long as it is bringing in money at the box office. Rambo: New Blood will be the first attempt at this. No specific plot details for the movie were revealed in this initial report.

Brooks McLaren has been tapped to write Rambo: New Blood
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Why David Schwimmer Chose ‘Feed the Beast’ as His First TV Lead Since ‘Friends’

Why David Schwimmer Chose ‘Feed the Beast’ as His First TV Lead Since ‘Friends’
Since Ross and Rachel reunited one last time, David Schwimmer hasn’t been eagerly snapping up parts like the rest of his (ahem) friends. Matt LeBlanc has starred in two series since “Friends” ended, and he’s set for a third this fall. Matthew Perry has headlined four TV shows since he last played Chandler, including three separate sitcoms on three of the four major networks (Fox, you’re next). And we all know Jennifer Aniston’s been busy.

But Schwimmer has been a bit more selective. The theatrically-trained Northwestern graduate branched out into directing (from TV shows like “Joey” and “The Tracy Morgan Show” to features like “Run, Fatboy, Run”), all while accepting small but memorable guest spots (“30 Rock,” LeBlanc’s “Episodes”) and supporting roles (“The Iceman,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson”). One could say he diversified his brand, but Schwimmer doesn’t think of it that way. To him,
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Winona Ryder: from teen rebel to screen mum

As the 80s star of Beetlejuice and Heathers returns with a plum role on Netflix, we chart her troubled career

Next month sees the arrival of the Netflix’s drama Stranger Things, a much-anticipated supernatural chiller about a missing boy, which pays homage to everything from Twin Peaks to Poltergeist and has been described by Us critics as “looking like the show Steven Spielberg and Stephen King never made”.

It also marks the next, and perhaps most important, stage in Winona Ryder’s return to Hollywood’s spotlight. Now 44, Ryder has spent the past few years slowly rebuilding her career since it imploded in the early years of this century with a conviction for grand theft, shoplifting and vandalism amid rumours of prescription drug addiction. (She was subsequently sentenced to three years probation and ordered to undergo drug counselling.) Since then Ryder has taken a low-key approach to her career.
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Captain America: Civil War movie review: the consequences of superpowers

Tough, unanswerable human questions frame spectacular, innovative action sequences that are like superhero ballets. This series just keeps getting better. I’m “biast” (pro): love the Marvel movies

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

What is the best way to deploy vastly superior abilities against less capable but nevertheless still very dangerous bad guys? How best to minimize collateral damage — of both the human and the infrastructure kind — when those vastly superior abilities are put to their use? What happens when people of good conscience, all of whom genuinely want nothing more than to increase net happiness and general well-being in the world, disagree over the answers to these questions? And who should get the final say: politicians sitting at desks thousands of miles away from the fields of battle, or the soldiers fighting those battles?

There’s a recent
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Cannes: Nate Parker’s Heist Movie ‘Predilection’ in the Works

Cannes: Nate Parker’s Heist Movie ‘Predilection’ in the Works
2016 Bb Film Productions and Bleiberg Entertainment have announced that they will produce “Predilection” to be directed by Marcio Garcia from a screenplay by Nate Parker (“The Birth of a Nation”).

The movie is inspired by Garcia’s short, “Predileção,” about a low-level criminal who meets a legendary thief during a brief jail stint. Together, they hatch a plan and assemble an international team for an elaborate bank robbery.

Uri Singer, Ehud Bleiberg and Parker are producing and Nicholas Donnermeyer is executive producer. Producers plan on a late 2016 start date.

Bleiberg Entertainment is handling the worldwide sales of the film and will introduce the project to buyers in Cannes.

“Nate is an incredibly talented storyteller and filmmaker,” Singer said. “It’s a fast-paced, twisting script with worldwide appeal.”

Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” was sold to Fox Searchlight at Sundance for a record $17.5 million. He wrote, produced, directed and
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Criminal review

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Kevin Costner leads the impressive cast of the unimpressive Criminal...

When you think of how best to describe Criminal, the new body swap action thriller starring Kevin Costner, it wouldn't be by that name. As a title, Criminal is so hopelessly vague that it could apply to anything from Goodfellas to Les Misérables. The premise of this one isn't anywhere near that bland, but the film is not a whole lot better than it sounds either.

Seemingly flowing from the same vein of Euro-trash action films that Liam Neeson opened up with Taken, the film is driven by what CIA agent Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) knows, or rather what he knew, before a deal in London with a hacker known as the Dutchman (Michael Pitt) went awry and he was tortured to death by Spanish anarchist Xavier Heimdahl, (Jordi Mollà.)

His handler, Quaker Wells (Gary Oldman), needs
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Criminal Review – Costner And Crew Posit Psychological Action To No Effect At All

Kevin Costner is in a strange place in his career, though his odd choices have managed some wins in the last few years, and Criminal is either the result of an overly powerful actor being too interested in a film’s theory, or an actor who just has a bucket list of roles he’s checking off.

Costner plays Jericho Stewart, a special breed of psychopath who fits in well for an experimental medical procedure that hopes to transfer memories from one person to another. CIA operative, Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is the only person who knows where he stashed “The Dutchman” (Michael Pitt), but Pope gets killed before he can tell anyone, and the CIA is scrambling now, because if the Dutchman falls into the wrong hands, he can hand over the U.S. military arsenal.

After Jericho undergoes the procedure, more than Pope’s memories infiltrate his brain.
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Exclusive interview with Criminal director Ariel Vromen: “Field of Dreams is Ryan Reynolds’ favourite film”

Out now in cinemas, Criminal is the new film from acclaimed director Ariel Vromen (The Iceman), and Flickering Myth’s roving reporter Scott J. Davis sat down with him to discuss his latest effort.

See Also: Read our review of Criminal here

The new action thriller is set in London and stars Kevin Costner as a notorious criminal named Jericho, who feels no emotion. But when the CIA’s top man Bill Pope (played by Ryan Reynolds) is killed, they make the decision to transfer Bill’s memories into Jericho’s mind so that they can continue to track terrorists known as the Spanish Anarchist and The Dutchman before its too late.

On the film, Vromen spoke about casting Kevin Costner against type and also about bringing Gary Oldman and Tommy Lee Jones into the film: “I guess they all just wanted to do a reunion for JFK!”

Vromen originally
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Criminal review – fantastically stupid

Brainless brain-transplant action flick – complete with Piers Morgan cameo

In last year’s dopey dud Self/less, a dying Ben Kingsley had his mind transplanted into the body of Ryan Reynolds. Now, a dying Reynolds has his mind transplanted into the body of Kevin Costner in their fantastically stupid thriller from The Iceman director Ariel Vromen. “They messed with my brain…” complains Costner’s damaged-goods criminal in the opening voiceover, before setting off on a face-punching tour of Merrie London, replete with gorblimey cabbies, disposable coppers, and people who say “Oi, that’s bang out of order!” while Kevin kicks their heads in. He’s been brainsplanted because of some nuclear nonsense involving a “Spanish anarchist” and a hacker called “the Dutchman” (yes, really), but all this thinking is making Kevin’s head hurt. And ours too. Gary Oldman is the CIA chief who Shouts Every Line in a wobbly American accent,
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