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1. Wonder Woman is a larger-than-life icon, a character who has existed for more than 70 years. She will probably still be important when everyone breathing now is dead. But for the last decade, she has existed most prominently as a casting rumor. They tried making a movie out of her, or several movies, or a Justice League movie that would’ve produced a Wonder Woman spin-off — a process that engulfed geek demigod Joss Whedon in a mid-’00s Dark Period so painful he has (maybe accidentally, maybe not) devoted years of his life to DC’s comic-studio archnemesis. They tried making »
- Darren Franich
Having fast become one of the leading lights of his generation of actors, Michael Fassbender adds Ridley Scott’s The Counsellor to an impressive string of roles in films as diverse as they are popular and critically acclaimed. He broke through in Zack Snyder’s 2006 blockbuster 300 – his first feature film role – and cemented his talent in the indie one-two punch of Steve McQueen’s Hunger in 2008 and Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank in 2009.
Subsequently, Fassbender has worked with directors such as Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), David Cronenberg (A Dangerous Method) and Steven Soderbergh (Haywire). His first collaboration with Ridley Scott, Prometheus, grossed more than $400m at the worldwide box-office.
Fassbender’s talents are much in demand, and in 2013 and beyond he will be seen in Steve McQueen’s third film, 12 Years a Slave, alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt and Benedict Cumberbatch; in Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, »
- Gary Collinson
Hollywood history always makes for fascinating reading. Hindsight and whatnot. During a month in which Sound on Sight takes an opportunity to tip a collective hat in the direction of recently ‘retired’ workhorse auteur Steven Soderbergh, there is a further chance to reel back the years and examine a period of time when one of modern cinema’s finest acolytes was transforming from indie hero to mainstream heavyweight. Of course, it all seems so predictable now that he would follow up his 2001 Oscar win with 12 years of financial and critical success with unmatched versatility. What is more interesting are two fellow directors sharing the limelight with him that year, the trio hailed as the hottest directorial properties in the business. Chances are many of you do not remember the name Richard Kelly. It’s likely most of you have no wish to recall the work of M. Night Shyamalan. 2001 was a strange year. »
- Scott Patterson
Slammed by populous opinion, 2009′s The Informant! has been ridiculed for being “dull,” with “laughs far and few between.” Although critically acclaimed with an IMDb rating of 6.5/10 and Metacritic score of 66, a staggering 42% user approval lingers over the film at Rotten Tomatoes, without any signs of it becoming a cult classic. Yet it should be. One might say that the positive critical reviews are biased, based on puffery by pretentiousness; or egotism to be liked by all the cool kids in the movie theater. It’s Soderbergh after all. Even with the divide, The Informant! is a great watch, not one that you might expect initially, but great nonetheless. Are you still baffled by that 42%? Well, here are a few good reasons why you should stop reading into mass opinions, and give this solid biopic a solid watch. Get your hands off your mouse, and rent The Informant! now. Whether »
- Christopher Clemente
Written by Lem Dobbs
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
In early 2012, while most of the film world was caught up in Oscar prognostications, one film quietly came and went through theatres, earning less than $20 million domestically, and just over $30 million internationally. That film was Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire, with Gina Carano taking on the lead role of Mallory Kane, and its quiet box office reception is in no way indicative of the film’s quality. While it may appear, on the surface, to be a standard action thriller – and there’s certainly no issue with that, as the genre is littered with efforts that fail to even be competent in their execution – in true Soderbergh style, there’s a lot more going on in Haywire than it may appear at first glance. In fact, the movie seems to be Soderbergh’s answer to common action heroine complaints, and »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Earlier this week we reported on potential casting on the all-female action spin-off The Expendabelles. Yes, Sylvester Stallone’s crazy creation, which is currently shooting its second sequel with Patrick Hughes at the helm, is set to blossom with a group of lovely, ass-kicking ladies leaving the kitchen (sorry) and cleaning up their own chaos. We already know Haywire’s Gina Carano, You’Re Next’s Sharni Vinson and Riddick’s Katee Sackhoff are in the cast with the producers wanting to keep the feminine aspect and have targeted a female director.
Well, it’s looking like Green Street (Hooligans) and the underrated Punisher: War Zone director Lexi Alexander could be the name to let these ladies loose. She’s tweeted a message with an image of the front page of the script suggesting she’s definitely interested!
This just arrived. I’m reading it asap because of all your kind messages, »
- Craig Hunter
Another trio of names could soon be set to join the already confirmed Katee Sackhoff (Riddick), Gina Carano (Haywire) and Sharni Vinson (You’Re Next) in the all-female version of the action ensemble franchise, The Expendables. Millennium Films chief Avi Lerner has claimed in the Bulgarian press that he is negotiating with superstar actresses Meryl Streep, Cameron Diaz and Milla Jovovich to feature in the forthcoming untitled project currently known as The Expendabelles. Lerner also confirmed he’s looking at potential female directors in keeping with everything “all woman”.
The film has a script by Legally Blonde scribes Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith but could this all be bravado on the part of the producer (and would Steep in particular even touch anything like this)? We suspect his back-up (or addition casting) will include Terminator’s Linda Hamilton, Alien’s Sigourney Weaver, The Long Kiss Goodnight’s Geena Davis »
- Craig Hunter
Universal City, California, October 3, 2013— The latest blistering addition to one of Hollywood’s greatest action-movie franchises, Fast & Furious 6, roars into the holiday season as the unbeatable choice for “Highest-Octane action yet!” (Meriah Doty, Yahoo!) A transcontinental caper that reunites fan-favorite stars from the blockbuster franchise’s earlier films, Fast & Furious 6 earned almost $800 million at the box office worldwide. Fast & Furious 6 comes to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack including Blu-ray™, DVD & Digital HD with UltraViolet™ and On Demand on December 10, 2013, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film will also be available on Digital November 19, 2013. Found exclusively only on the Blu-ray™ is a special Extended version with even more intense action, as well as over an hour of exclusive behind-the-scenes bonus features, only available for a limited time in collectible Steel Book packaging
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- ComicMix Staff
Digital Release Date: Nov. 19, 2013, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 10, 2013
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
Earning $238.7 million at the box office, Fast & Furious 6 shows the fast-car franchise has no sign of stopping.
All the old cast members are back, and this time, Vin Diesel (Fast Five), Paul Walker (Taker) and Dwayne Johnson’s (Pain & Gain) Hobbs are on the same team. And they’re all trying to take down a criminal group with former Diesel girl Michelle Rodriguez (Resident Evil: Retribution).
The high-definition Blu-ray/DVD Combo will come with an exclusive extended version of the film. But both formats contain special features. Here’s the list:
deleted scenescommentary with director Justin Lin, who helmed the three of the »
The latest blistering addition to one of Hollywood’s greatest action-movie franchises, Fast & Furious 6, roars into the holiday season as the unbeatable choice for “Highest-Octane action yet!” (Meriah Doty, Yahoo!) A transcontinental caper that reunites fan-favorite stars from the blockbuster franchise’s earlier films, Fast & Furious 6 earned almost $800 million at the box office worldwide.
Fast & Furious 6 comes to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack including Blu-ray™, DVD & Digital HD with UltraViolet™ and On Demand on December 10, 2013, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film will also be available on Digital November 19, 2013. Found exclusively only on the Blu-ray™ is a special Extended version with even more intense action, as well as over an hour of exclusive behind-the-scenes bonus features, only available for a limited time in collectible Steel Book packaging.
- Michelle McCue
Universal Studios Home Entertainment has released the Blu-ray trailer for Fast & Furious 6, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD December 10th, just in time for the holiday season. The action sequel starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson will also be available for purchase on Digital HD starting November 19. Take a look at the trailer and official Blu-ray artwork, then read the press release with all the special features details.
The latest blistering addition to one of Hollywood's greatest action-movie franchises, Fast & Furious 6, roars into the holiday season as the unbeatable choice for "Highest-Octane action yet!" (Meriah Doty, Yahoo!) A transcontinental caper that reunites fan-favorite stars from the blockbuster franchise's earlier films, Fast & Furious 6 earned almost $800 million at the box office worldwide. Fast & Furious 6 comes to Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD with UltraViolet™ and On Demand on December 10, 2013, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The »
Sure, she snagged a small role in the 2009 underground fighting drama Blood and Bone, but it was her leading lady turn as black ops super soldier Mallory Kane in Steven Soderbergh.s Haywire that transformed Gina Carano from Mma fighter to action hero. Shortly after Haywire hit theaters to critical raves, Carano had lined up another action-fueled vehicle called In The Blood, and THR reports Anchor Bay Entertainment is teaming with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment to distribute the thriller that has Carano back in action as a serious ass-kicker. In The Blood will open in limited release in 2014. A VOD, DVD, and Blu-ray releases are also being planned. The thriller pulls inspiration from Taken, but puts Carano in the Liam Neeson role. When Ava (Carano) and her husband are vacationing in the Caribbean, he is abducted. This launches Ava into a quest to recover her beloved other half, and »
Anchor Bay Entertainment is teaming up with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment to release the Gina Carano action movie In the Blood. Anchor Bay picked up the North American rights to the thriller, planning a limited theatrical release in 2014 plus a Blu-ray/DVD/VOD release to be jointly distributed with Fox. Photos: 'Haywire' Premiere Red Carpet Arrivals A showcase for the Mma fighter-turned-action star, Blood sees Carano as a wife whose husband disappears while they're on their honeymoon in the Caribbean. She takes matters into her own hands and pursues the men who took him, uncovering a deeper
- Borys Kit
Vafiadis becomes senior vice president of development at Relativity Television’s Ellen Rakieten Entertainment, the production company set up by The Marriage Ref producer in association with the film company, which coproduced and distributed films including Shark Night 3D, Immortals, Haywire and Act of Valor.
He was previously development and current executive at BBC Worldwide and its La production arm Adjacent Productions, where he managed the sale of series, special, original formats and UK formats to Us broadcasters.
Separately, Relativity has also hired Jennifer Danska as senior vice president of development. She was previously svp of development and current at Kinetic Entertainment, the indie owned by Germany’s Red Arrow, where she exec »
In July, when Zack Snyder announced that Batman would have a role in the Man of Steel sequel, the internet went ablaze with excitement and speculation. A major issue of speculation was casting; who would play Batman? After Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale each succeeded and/or failed at making the character their own, who would be the actor to bring the next wave of Batman films into an eventual Justice League franchise for Warner Brothers and DC?
When that question was finally answered, and Ben Affleck was cast as the Dark Knight, the internet imploded in ways that, well, in ways that wouldn’t implode to such degrees until Miley Cyrus touched herself on MTV one week later. So, yeah, the Batman casting news came and went from the headlines, but we comic’s writers at Sound On Sight decided to bring the debate back, »
- Tony Nunes
Toronto – Shanghai-based Fundamental Films is to co-produce a slate of English-language themed movies.
“Chamber” is pitched as “an espionage story about the infiltration of the Japanese intelligence in 1938 by an American spy recruited by the Chinese military.”
Fundamental says that the film’s cast will be a combination of top Chinese and U.S. talent and that the packaging is typical of its strategy of making commercial European and American films with budgets upwards of $20 million. Fundamental expects to bring on partners, but retain an equity position and Chinese rights.
- Patrick Frater
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It’s the weirdest thing. All I could think of while smack dab in the middle of 2 Guns is Brad Pitt’s advice to Matt Damon in Ocean’s Eleven on how to be invisible, but not noticeably invisible, while pulling a con: “Be specific but not memorable. Be funny but don’t make him laugh. He’s got to like you then forget you the moment you’ve left his side.” Kinda not want you want outta a buddy-cop action comedy. Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur has pulled a repeat of his equally meh Contraband, another »
- MaryAnn Johanson
So Sharni Vinson is set to join Katee Sackhoff, and Gina Carano in what is being called "the female 'Expendables'" by everyone writing about it? You won't hear any argument from me. I think Carano was a badass in "Haywire" and her fights with Michelle Rodriguez are one of the best things about "Furious Six." Sackhoff is great in "Riddick," and talking to her at Comic-Con this year, watching her on that remarkable "Women Who Kick Ass" panel, I'm impressed all over again. For most people, today is their first chance to see Sharni Vinson in action. For those of us »
- Drew McWeeny
I implore you not to miss Adam Wingard’s brutal and brilliant suspense shocker You’Re Next, which arrives in the Us tomorrow and the UK 28th August. The twisted thriller is easily the finest genre hit of the year and part of that is down to the breakout role of the stunning Aussie actress Sharni Vinson (click this link to catch my review).
Her role in the film has certainly caught more eyes than just mine, as she’s now joined the cast of producer Adi Shankar’s currently-untitled all-female Expendables actioner. There are still no plot details but we do know Vinson joins the already onboard Gina Carano (Haywire, Fast & Furious 6) and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, Riddick), in the film currently being written by Dutch Southern.
Seeing how Vinson handles herself in the forthcoming fright flick and you’ll see she makes an excellent addition.
Source: Collider »
- Craig Hunter
If you’ve ever, even for a moment, thought Haywire/Fast & Furious 6 star and Mma phenom Gina Carano would be an excellent choice to portray Wonder Woman in a standalone film or a Justice League blockbuster, take heart: she appreciates the sentiment. More importantly, though, she also believes very strongly in the character’s potential on the big screen, and hopes that when and if Princess Diana makes her way into DC Comics’ movie universe, she’s given her proper due as one the all-time great super heroines.
Carano recently made these comments in an interview about her upcoming film, In the Blood. During the discussion, she briefly chatted about the role and also on fan support for her consideration for the part ...
Click to continue reading Gina Carano Discusses the Power Of Wonder Woman
- Andrew Crump
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