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Hopscotch Films have reportedly shelved plans to theatrically release the $50 million Arnie-Sly team-up action thriller "Escape Plan" in Australia. The title will now go direct-to-disc.
'Escape' fizzled upon release at the U.S. domestic box-office with just $23 million, but has done quite well overseas with a $78 million haul outside North America.
In Australia, both "The Expendables" movies and Arnie's recent "The Last Stand" were solid performers, making the choice all the more perplexing. Fans are understandably unhappy, flooding Hopscotch's Facebook page with complaints.
Hopscotch themselves haven't confirmed it on their social media outlets, though at least two cinema chains have confirmed the pulling of the film which was to score a release on November 28th.
More than ever, films that don't perform well overseas are bypassing theatrical releases here in Australia »
- Garth Franklin
Tai Me Up Tai Me Down: Reeves’ Directorial Debut a B Grade Vanity Project
Keanu Reeves. Hardly as woeful as you might assume, the directorial debut of The Matrix star is capably entertaining, especially if you don’t mind watching an ornate video game. However, his Man of Tai Chi, which was developed as a project to grandstand the martial arts talents of its star, Tiger Chen, has little to offer outside of slickly repetitive fight sequences. Reeves’ insistence on casting himself as an omnipotent baddie swerves the film into high gear camp akin to Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li (2009), and one wishes the star had taken on the less glamorous role of producer and perhaps hired a re-write of a script penned by Michael G. Cooney, whose writing credits consist mainly of dialogue for video games.
A lowly courier by day in Beijing, Tiger Chen Lin-Hu »
- Nicholas Bell
The last movie we saw about cycling was "Premium Rush," so the limited genre that it already is, there's really has nowhere to go but up. We certainly won't argue with a movie led by the excellent Ben Foster, particularly if he's playing disgraced former American hero Lance Armstrong. The actor is leading the Stephen Frears directed biopic that started filming a few days ago, and lo and behold, we now have the first look at Foster shifting gears. Chris O’Dowd, Guillaume Canet and Jesse Plemons co-star in the John Hodge ("Trance," "The Beach," "Trainspotting") penned adaptation of David Walsh's book "Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit Of Lance Armstrong," that will tell the story of journalist's journey to expose the cyclist, while also tracking Armstrong's rise and fall. But what this movie really needs right now is a title, so leave your suggestions below. We like "Livestrong Into The Darkness. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
While Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s crucial role in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises didn’t spawn a franchise for the actor, his work in the billion dollar box office success – and Nolan’s Inception two years prior – helped propel the actor’s career, which up until then consisted mostly of smaller and independent films.
After multiple notable roles in 2012 (Looper, Lincoln, Premium Rush), Jgl is celebrating the theatrical release of Don Jon, a project that represents Levitt’s feature film writing and directorial debut. And what better way to follow these successes than by joining one of the the biggest cinematic franchises ever as a superhero?
Yesterday came the first report on the casting process of Marvel Studios’ ...
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- Rob Keyes
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson deliver laughs and sex in funny romantic comedy Don Jon. He sings and dances ((500) Days of Summer). His action skills are impressive (The Dark Knight Rises) and dramatic talents strong (50/50). When the roles demand it Joseph Gordon-Levitt will sport long, Jesus-like hair and dirty briefs (Hesher) or a super villain get up that hides his face completely (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra). Really, the only thing that limits what Gordon-Levitt can do is when a mediocre script lands on his lap (Premium Rush). He takes full responsibility and creative control with his charming, relationship comedy Don Jon (previously called Don Jon’s Addiction), his latest and perhaps most impressive movie. »
The final weekend of September will be its busiest yet, with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 poised to make a run for a new opening weekend record. Also, romantic comedies Don Jon and Baggage Claim are debuting, while Rush is expanding nationwide after a decent week-long run in New York and Los Angeles.Opening at 4,001 theaters*the widest release ever in September*Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 arrives four years after the first Cloudy movie, which opened to a solid $30.3 million. Loosely based on a popular children's book of the same name, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was generally well-liked by audiences, and ultimately closed with $124.9 million. While that's a modest gross for a major animated movie, it's in the upper-tier for Sony Pictures Animation, which has yet to reach the heights of other animation houses Pixar, DreamWorks and Illumination.For a sequel in any genre to be successful, »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
To paraphrase the Bee Gees, Joseph Gordon-Levitt should be dancing. He's already done it in (500) Days of Summer, where he led an exuberant ensemble routine that out–Dr Peppered any Dr Pepper commercial. Then there was his smashing Saturday Night Live re-creation of Donald O'Connor's "Make 'Em Laugh"—like O'Connor, he has springs where his joints should be. If you can dance on a bike, he's pretty much done that, too, in David Koepp's crackerjack bike-messenger thriller Premium Rush. When we talk about dazzling physical actors, like Douglas Fairbanks or Marlon Brando, we might be thinking about people who use their bodies as brush strokes, as the beats between the notes, or as physical manifestations of submerged feelings, but there's another kind, too: »
It’s hard to sell 4K television sets to people if they have little to watch on them. Sony hopes to break through that dilemma today with the introduction of Video Unlimited 4K, which it says is the only download service with Ultra HD movies and TV shows. It begins with about 70 full length feature films from Sony Pictures Entertainment and “other notable production houses” — with the library expected expand to pass 100 by year end — the company says. Customers can access TV shows including Breaking Bad, and movies such as Moneyball, Think Like A Man, Premium Rush, Ghostbusters, The Amazing Spider-Man, Funny Girl, and The Guns Of Navarone. Recent films This Is The End, After Earth and Elysium also will be available when they hit home video. A 24-hour rental for a TV show costs $3.99 while a movie goes for $7.99. Users can buy a movie for $29.99. Some titles will include »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Financial Editor
It's the dog days of August, the final official week of the summer season, but despite that the top ten this weekend jumped over last year ($86 million, up $11 million). Two strong holdovers -- "The Butler" and "We're the Millers" -- held the top two spots, and the three new openers all placed better than the top new film the same weekend last year (when "Premium Rush" placed only #8). The end of season returns show that audiences can be satisfied with something beyond just the more hyped franchise entries that dominated most of the last few months, many of which failed to satisfy over a period when increased total grosses came with higher budgets. "The Butler" and "We're the Millers" -- both likely $100 million-plus pictures -- are significant August hits, with neither film considered typical summer fare. 1. Lee Daniels' The Butler (Weinstein) Week 2 - Last Weekend #1 $17,018,000 (-31%) in 3,110 theaters (+177); PSA (per screen average): $5,472; Cumulative:. »
- Tom Brueggemann
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 22, 2013
Price: DVD $29.96, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Vaughn’s Billy McMahon and Wilson’s Nick Campbell are salesmen whose careers are torpedoed by the digital age. In an if-you-can’t-beat-’em, join-’em move, Billy and Nick win spots in a coveted internship with Google. But then they must compete with a group of young, tech-savvy geniuses for a chance at employment.
Vaughn came up with the story and co-wrote the screenplay with Jared Stern (Mr. Popper’s Penguins), with Shawn Levy (Real Steel) directing. The film also stars Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids), Aasif Mandvi (Premium Rush), Max Minghella (The Social Network) and Rob Riggle (21 Jump Street).
• Newsroom favorite Olivia Munn is in talks to join Mortdecai, based on the rakish art-dealing anti-hero Charlie Mortdecai created by author Kyril Bonfiglioni. There’s no word on what her part might be, but she would be joining an all-star cast that currently includes Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Ewan McGregor. Writer-director David Koepp (Premium Rush) is helming the project. In addition to her role as Sloan Sabbith on HBO’s The Newsroom, Munn is currently filming the feature Beware the Night with Eric Bana and Joel McHale. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
Acting as something of a spiritual predecessor of 2012’s bike thriller Premium Rush, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon, Thomas Michael Donnelly’s 1986 film Quicksilver has a few similarities but ultimately suffers in comparison. Kevin Bacon gives the lead role his all as a Wall Street investor turned bike messenger after losing every cent in a single bad day on the trading floor, and the rest of the cast holds up their end too. Quicksilver’s problem isn’t the actors playing the parts, it’s the fact that the parts seem jammed into a story that stops and starts and veers all over the board as it struggles to choose what to do with itself as it lurches towards the final showdown between a crazed criminal in a car and Kevin Bacon pedaling like a madman through the back alleys of New York/San Francisco/La (or whatever city »
- Lex Walker
This weekend approximately one hundred movie buffs descended on Tullibole House near Kinross in Scotland for Jam (Just About Movies) film festival.
Invited to the event via the festival’s Facebook page, the attendees acted as willing test subjects ahead of what is hoped to be the event’s official launch at an as yet undetermined date next year.
Split over two screens (one of which was located deep in the surrounding woodland), the line-up included the likes of Premium Rush, The Commitments, Good Vibrations (presented by Glasgow Film Festival), Wrong Turn, Drive and The Cabin In The Woods. The surprise movie, My Cousin Vinny, was chosen and introduced by film critic Paul Greenwood, following a brief film quiz.
With camping encouraged, food and drinks were available throughout the evening, in additional to alternative entertainment. The 17th Century venue also included a small band, stunning grounds and The Witches Maze, »
- Steven Neish
If you walk away from Baltasar Kormakur’s latest actioner, “2 Guns” having learned one lesson it will be this: everyone will betray you, always. That’s the basic point of the movie. Everyone will screw you over in the end, even the people you call your People, and when they do it, that’s when it hurts the most. That’s also why undercover DEA agent Bobby Trench (Denzel Washington) doesn’t have people. In fact, he has as few connections as possible. That’s about as deep as you’ll get in “2 Guns,” which falls into that category of late summer—or at least post-every massive blockbuster of the season—action film that looks groan worthy and generic beforehand, but turns out to be a ton of goddamn fun. Last year “Premium Rush” surprised a lot of people, this year “2 Guns” might just do the same. While he has »
- Brent McKnight
With high-profile releases like Elysium, 2 Guns and The Smurfs 2, the month of August should be a solid end to a record-breaking Summer at the domestic box office. Still, don't expect August to set its own record: the current champ is August 2007 with $920.5 million, and the upcoming lineup probably isn't strong enough to match that.August 2Typically, the biggest August releases are scheduled towards the beginning of the month; this year is no exception, as The Smurfs 2 and 2 Guns both seem poised to do good business.Action comedy 2 Guns stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, and their interplay has unsurprisingly been a big part of the movie's marketing campaign. Both stars have a solid fanbase, though Washington in particular has a very consistent box office track record. While it is his most comedic turn in a while, Washington's role in 2 Guns still seems to align with the anti-hero persona »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Based on a trilogy of books, the story follows Charles Mortdecai, our art dealer antihero. When Charles hears about a stolen masterpiece, whose details hide the code to a bank vault filled with a Nazi fortune, you can guess what he starts searching for…
It hasn’t been announced who McGregor and Paltrow will play, but we believe Depp is to star as Mortdecai himself. Our lead actor will also co-produce the project. David Koepp (Premium Rush) will direct.
The post Two Big Names In Talks For Depp’s ‘Mortdecai’ appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
New cast members announced for upcoming Depp film, a comic crime thriller based on books by Kyril Bonfiglioli
No word has been forthcoming on Paltrow and McGregor's likely roles, but the film – apparently based on the final Mortdecai novel, The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery, which was completed by satirist Craig Brown – will be directed by David Koepp (Premium Rush). Described as "an amoral Bertie Wooster with psychopathic tendencies", Charlie Mortdecai is an unscrupulous art dealer on the track of Nazi treasure.
Depp's participation in Mortdecai was announced earlier this month in the aftermath of the disappointing box-office returns for his most recent blockbuster, The Lone Ranger. He is currently working on the big-screen adaptation of the Sondheim musical Into the Woods, while but »
- Andrew Pulver
Johnny Depp won't be the only A-lister starring in the upcoming mystery film Mortdecai. According to Variety, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor are now both in talks to co-star in the movie, which is being directed by Premium Rush's David Koepp. Based on the book "The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery" by English author Kyril Bonfiglioli and adapted by On The Line screenwriter Eric Aronson, the story centers on a rogue/art dealer named Charles Mortdecai who travels around the world on the hunt for a stolen painting that contains a code that will give him access to a bank account filled with Nazi gold. Along the way he must face off against Russian gangsters, agents from MI5, his wife, and an international terrorist. Unfortunately, the trade doesn't specify what roles Paltrow and McGregor will be playing in the movie. The book the story is based on is actually the »
Where Johnny Depp goes, others will follow. It’s a rule of Hollywood, and so far it has worked out pretty well for Mr. Depp and those he works for. His latest vehicle – the one that will likely follow his appearance in Into The Woods – will be comedy crime film Mortdecai, and his new co-stars are Ewan McGregor and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Mortdecai follows an art dealer/roguish-type who winds up involved with MI5, Russians, and that perennial favorite, Nazi gold. Depp’s going to be the man himself, while the roles of his co-stars are still in question. The film is based on a series of novels by Kyril Bonfiglioli featuring Charlie Mortdecai, a character The Guardian refers to as an ‘amoral Bertie Wooster with psychopathic tendencies’. Well, now I want to read the books.
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Mortdecai, I’m sure you’re familiar with this crime drama? Yeah, yeah, the movie which already stars Johnny Depp as an eccentric art dealer. Good then, here comes another great news – we’ve just learned that Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor are in some serious talks to join Depp, although there’s still no word on which characters they would play in the whole thing. But one thing is for sure – the Lionsgate upcoming pic definitely sounds promising. They already have Premium Rush helmer David Koepp on board to direct the movie from a script written by Eric Aronson, while Depp, Christi Dembrowski and Andrew Lazar are...
- Jeanne Standal
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