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It was confirmed last night by Deadline that Tom Hanks and Ron Howard are bringing back Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon for a third time after The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons as Inferno, based on the Dan Brown novel, will head into production in April 2015. Worldwide the first two films brought in $1.24 billion worldwide with only 28% of that total coming from the domestic box office, which is to say this has a big overseas following despite the fact reviews for the first two movies were never stellar. As for this next installment, which skips over The Lost Symbol when it comes to the chronological release of the books' publication dates, here's the synopsis: In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon (Hanks), is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces... Dante's Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles »
- Brad Brevet
An unnecessary sequel that’s empty and arduous, little more than vignettes on vengeance and cruel parades of sociopathic power performed as gleefully ultraviolent shadowplays. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the first film
I’m “biast” (con): didn’t see a need for a second
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
There’s the nihilism of Sin City. A place where wounded men have to remind themselves to “never let the monster out,” and a woman can “makes slaves of men,” and even “good men” are turned on by a woman’s tale of rape (which she invented, of course, because this is Sin City, where you can’t trust a dame). A place where men are nothing but how they can use their rage and women are nothing but how they can use their bodies.
And that’s none of it nice. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Directed by David Koepp (screenwriter Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible; writer/director Premium Rush, Sir of Echos) off a screenplay by Eric Aronson, Mortdecai is scheduled for theatrical release next year. Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. Mortdecai stars Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Aubrey Plaza, Jeff Goldblum, Oliver Platt, and Paul Bettany, and will be released in theaters on February 6th, 2015. »
- Pietro Filipponi
The character Charles Mortdecai was created by the late author Kyril Bonfiglioli, and is the latest eccentric protagonist to be brought to life onscreen by Johnny Depp, in the upcoming film Mortdecai. A teaser trailer has been released for the film, ahead of its theatrical debut in early 2015 – and while the footage does include brief appearances from a number of notable supporting cast members, this clip is foremost Depp’s show.
Judging by the movie’s first preview, Depp’s performance can be best summarized as part Depp getting up to his usual oddball antics, part Peter Sellers’ Inspector Clouseau – going by how Mortdecai’s obliviousness and general stupidity often results in some kind of physical comedy gag or slapstick ensuing. Indeed, Mortedecai director David Koepp (Premium Rush) appears to have, in essence, made a modern-day Pink Panther movie under a different name (and with ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.
The film, based on “Don’t Point That Thing At Me,” is from the three-novel anthology by Kyril Bonfiglioli.
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- Michelle McCue
"Bit of a moron actually." If the perpetually drunk antics of Captain Jack Sparrow just aren't doing it for you anymore, than maybe the bumbling, foolishness of art dealer and rogue Charlie Mortdecai will get the job done. Johnny Depp takes the title role in Mortdecai, the adventure comedy from Premium Rush director David Koepp. The first teaser trailer has just arrived and it basically introduces us to the main character from Kyril Bonfiglioli's anthology book series. Mortdecai seems to have a bit of a reputation, and it's not a very good one. Do audiences want another weird, trademark Depp character in action? Watch! Here's the first trailer for David Koepp's Mortdecai, originally from Apple: Mortdecai is directed by David Koepp (Premium Rush, The Secret Window) and written by Eric Aronson, based on the anthology by Kyril Bonfiglioli. Juggling angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, »
- Ethan Anderton
Out of all the actors working today, perhaps none are more skilled at diving into larger-than-life personalities than Johnny Depp. Over the past few years, he’s played a swaggering pirate, an upper-class vampire, the Mad Hatter and a fierce Native American badass, among other nutty creations. And in next spring’s Mortdecai, he’ll be adding “debonair art dealer” to that lineup of delightfully outsized characters.
The first trailer for the film has landed today, putting the focus squarely on Depp’s mutachioed protagonist, who resembles a slick cross between Ralph Fiennes’ Gustave H. in The Grand Budapest Hotel and Steve Martin’s Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther. It’s a little hard to tell whether Mortdecai is more of a bumbling fool or a smooth operator from this early look, but the film looks to blend action and comedy elements. There’s not much by way of plot here, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Based on the beloved novels by Kyril Bonfiglioli - namely Don't Point That Thing At Me, After You With A Pistol, Something Nasty In The Woodshed and The Great Moustache Mystery - Johnny Depp's Mortdecai is a right royal romp of the highest order, with Depp playing an anarchic aristocratic art dealer named Charlie Mortdecai, and Paul Bettany his valet, Jock. Think Jeeves and Wooster, but with more sex, swearing and guns, and you've just about got the new trailer for Mortdecai. brightcove.createExperiences();As you may have spotted from that very brief teaser, the quality of the books (and the characters, and Johnny Depp's moustache) has attracted some pretty starry stars in the shape of Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Goldblum, Olivia Munn and Ewan McGregor. The director is David Koepp, whose most recent writing credits include Men In Black 3, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and Premium Rush (which »
Aaron Tveit has the lead role in Stereotypically You, a romantic comedy from writer-director Benjamin Cox. Tveit plays Charlie, who goes on a hallucination-fueled post-breakup quest in New York City to find new love — and himself. Kal Penn, Shane McRae, Lauren Miller, Abby Elliot, Chris Elliot, Annaleigh Ashford, Lewis Black, Kelen Coleman co-star. Tveit also has landed a role in They Might Be Kennedys, which Neal McDonough is exec producing. The actor’s credits include the upcoming Big Sky and Undrafted along with Les Miserables, Premium Rush and TV’s Graceland. He is repped by CAA and Elin Flack Management. Jeffrey […] »
The cycling movie is an expansive genre, covering everything from sports documentaries like the recent Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist to quirky comedies such as Pee-Wee's Big Adventure and fondly remembered children's adventure movies, like the oh-so-1980s BMX Bandits.
Cycling as a professional sport is also well represented on screen, whether it's the Indiana University Little 500 race in classic comedy-drama Breaking Away, an animated Tour de France in Belleville Rendez-vous or the Paris–Roubaix in Jørgen Leth's stunning documentary A Sunday in Hell.
With the Tour de France about to enter its final week, Digital Spy takes a look at the ten best cycling movies.
1) Breaking Away (1979)
Peter Yates' wonderful small town comedy-drama won an Oscar for Best Screenplay and was nominated for four more, including Best Picture. Dennis Christopher stars as Dave Stoller, an Indiana teenager obsessed with the Italian cycling team, who gets »
Every subculture, niche market, and fringe topic, no matter how minor and specific, will eventually get its own movie. This is something I firmly believe. Bike messengers have “Premium Rush,” food trucks recently got “Chef,” and then there is dodgeball, ping-pong, paintball, and damn near everything else you can imagine. Personally, I’m waiting for a movie about an over-30 co-ed kickball team, and considering that Andrew Disney’s “Intramural” takes on the no-stakes world of college recreational flag football, we’re not too far off. Despite a ridiculous premise, as well as some shortcomings typically associated with low-budget movies, “Intramural” is a goddamn blast. To compare it to the Ben Stiller/Vince Vaughn joint “Dodgeball” is not any kind of stretch because they’re basically the exact same movie. No joke, there’s even a crotchety coach in a wheelchair. It’s all supposed to poke fun at all the clichés of sports movies, »
- Brent McKnight
Noomi Rapace has just signed on to star opposite Will Smith in Brilliance for Nigerian-born director Julius Onah (God Particle, Big Man) with a script from David Koepp (Premium Rush, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit). Adapted from Marcus Sakey's novel (the first in a planned trilogy), the film is set in a world where 1% of the children born are savants (aka "brilliants") with special powers. A federal agent who has become a master hunter of terrorists must track down a savant terrorist who intends to start civil war. Legendary Picrtures wants the movie to go into production by August. Variety Jane Campion will be busy the next couple weeks as she heads the jury at the Cannes Film Festival, but in the meantime she's nearing a deal to direct an adaptation of Rachel Kushner's New York Times bestseller "The Flamethrowers." Here's the Amazon description: The year is 1975 and Reno--so-called because »
- Brad Brevet
Legendary Pictures has brought on Noomi Rapace to co-star alongside Will Smith in their adaptation Brilliance. Will Smith entered early talks back in February, and while it isn't known if his deal has closed yet, Deadline reports he is expected to star.
The project is based on Marcus Sakey's 2013 novel, the first in a planned trilogy, which is set in a world where a rare group of people known as "brilliants" are born with extraordinary abilities. The story follows a government agent who has superb tracking abilities, tasked with hunting down a dangerous terrorist in Wyoming, although the agent comes to learn this wanted man has his own set of special skills. No details were given for Noomi Rapace's character.
Johnny Depp was once labeled the greatest actor of his generation and, like many greatest actors of their generations, he’s gone through a bit of a rough patch, role-wise. Where he was once known for his versatility and indie choices, he’s now become a caricature of his former self, appearing in too many Disney movies and blase thrillers where he basically plays the same quirky character over and over again. Maybe this will all change with the upcoming comic thriller Mortdecai, in which Depp plays a charming international spy/terrorist/art dealer/all around rogue who also sports one remarkable mustache.
The plot of Mortdecai seems like a good one: Depp is Charlie Mortdecai, the aforementioned rogue, who races to recover a stolen painting that supposedly contains a code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. The film is based on the book trilogy by Kyril Bonfiglioli, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Well, the techno-thriller Transcendence may not have worked out all that well for Johnny Depp last month, but fans of the actor needn't worry, because 2015 will put Depp back on the weird side again. Mortdecai is an adaptation Kyril Bonfiglioli's The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery, the author's final novel which remained unfinished until satirist and parodist Craig Brown completed it. In the film, Depp plays the title character, an art dealer setting off from adventure to misadventure via Jersey and Moscow to a final showdown in a Buckinghamshire bungalow of unparalleled hideousness. Sounds pretty wild. And now we have a first look at a blonde, mustachioed Depp in the film, looking like a dashing hipster. Look! Here's our first look at David Koepp's Mortdecai from Lionsgate (via The Playlist): Mortdecai is directed by David Koepp (Premium Rush, The Secret Window) and written by Eric Aronson, based on the anthology by Kyril Bonfiglioli. »
- Ethan Anderton
• Allison Janney (The West Wing) and Morena Baccarin (Homeland) will both play CIA agents in Paul Feig’s Spy, which is currently filming in Europe. The comedy, about a CIA analyst who gets a shot at field work, reunites the Bridesmaids director with Melissa McCarthy and Rose Byrne, while Jude Law, Jason Statham, and Bobby Cannavale round out the ensemble cast. [Deadline; THR]
• Rob Lowe has boarded Monster Trucks. Plot details are being kept under wraps for the live-action/animation hybrid, which will also feature Thomas Lennon, Danny Glover, Jane Levy, Amy Ryan, and Lucas Till. [Deadline]
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- Lindsey Bahr
The Wrap is reporting Will Smith is in early talks to star in Brilliance for Nigerian-born director Julius Onah (God Particle, Big Man) with script from David Koepp (Premium Rush, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit). amz asin="B00AESRRQS" size="small"Koepp adapted the film from Marcus Sakey's book of the same name, described as follows: In Wyoming, a little girl reads people's darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. They're called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. »
- Brad Brevet
A creepy new poster has been released for Sundance contender Cold In July.
Adapted from the novel written by Joe R. Lansdale and directed by Jim Mickle (We Are What We Are), the film stars Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Sam Shepard (August: Osage County), Don Johnson (Django Unchained), Vinessa Shaw (Side Effects), Wyatt Russell (We Are What We Are) and Nick Damici (Premium Rush). Set in Texas in the 1980s, the film focuses on two fathers who must reconcile their differences to uncover a dark truth and take revenge.
Described as featuring ‘guns, stakeouts, an ex-con, a private eye, a porn ring, a shootout’, this is bound to be full of violence from beginning to end. With the poster lacking any plot detail (although it fits perfectly within the noir genre), we’ll have to wait and see what surprises Mickle has in store.
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- Jazmine Sky Bradley
The cast for the upcoming action-comedy Mortdecai was already pretty solid, and now three more great actors have agreed to star in the film. The Wrap is reporting that Jeff Goldblum, Oliver Platt, and Aubrey Plaza have signed on for Mortdecai, joining Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, and Paul Bettany. Mortdecai comes from director David Koepp (Premium Rush, Secret Window, Stir Of Echoes), and is based on Kryil Bonfiglioli's books from The Mortdecai Trilogy. »
- Jesse Giroux
• Bruce Willis (Die Hard) is set to star in the action thriller Captive, taking over for the previously rumored Arnold Schwarzenegger. Simon Brand (Unknown) is directing with a script by Benjamin van der Even (Che: Part Two) and Kario Salem (Chasing Mavericks) from a story by Nicolai Fuglsig. Willis will play a real estate developer who gets kidnapped and held for ransom while at work in Brazil. Production is set to begin in March. [Deadline]
- Jake Perlman
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