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Remember that awesome bike messenger/crime movie with Joseph Gordon-Levitt called Premium Rush? It also had Michael Shannon in it and followed the best bike messenger in New York as he evaded the cops and criminals using his skills on two wheels? Yeah, that is because it sucked. The concept of a movie about bike messengers should be completely ignored as it is not a subject worth exploring on the big screen. Now, if you throw in parkour, maybe I will watch it. Taylor Lautner, who has been »
- Alex Maidy
As Taylor Lautner’s Twilight co-stars have proven, success is possible after the box office-breaking conclusion of the supernatural teen trilogy. Whereas Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson have each found new career avenues, both landing stellar reviews for their work outside of the franchise, Lautner is still searching for his. After his attempt at acquiring action star status in the 2012 dud Abduction, he’s now literally landed on his feet in the upcoming thriller, Tracers.
Tracers follows the story of Lautner’s bike messenger Cam. A talented lad on two wheels, he’s entangled in a shady deal with a crime gang. His luck changes when he smashes his bike into a delectable stranger, Nikki (Marie Avgeropoulos) and begins to pursue her – and her hobby. Her favourite pasttime is the urban activity of parkour, which leads to Cam’s entry into her gang of runners. However, their athleticism serves a »
- Gem Seddon
“Twilight” star Robert Pattinson has totally reinvented his career by working with auteurs, and Kristen Stewart is on her way by following a similar path, but what about Taylor Lautner? Maybe “Tracers” is his shot? He previously tried to go the action leading-man route with "Abduction," and the results were fairly dismal. Regardless, this pulse-pounding thriller is about a New York City bike messenger (Lautner) who is seduced by the world of parkour, and this first trailer kinda makes it look like a cross between “Premium Rush” and “Brick Mansions." Perhaps what the film has going for it is that it’s backed by Film Nation, the production company that has worked with Steven Soderbergh, Terrence Malick (his two upcoming pictures), Pedro Almodóvar, Jeff Nichols, Sofia Coppola, J.C. Chandor and Anton Corbijn to name a few. So, they generally latch on to projects with some substance, though this logline is »
- Edward Davis
There's a moment in the second trailer for the art heist comedy Mortdecai where Johnny Depp, as the title character, sighs audibly out of exasperation. That's exactly how I feel when watching this latest tease for the film coming in February of next year. Honestly, I don't know how this movie got made. No, I haven't seen the film yet, so I'm not saying that because I know it's terrible. But I'm saying that because I have no idea who this film appeals to beyond people who will see anything that Johnny Depp appears in on the big screen. Maybe that's enough, but this trailer just looks like another Pink Panther remake to ignore. Watch! Here's the second trailer for David Koepp's Mortdecai, originally from Yahoo: If you haven't seen the teaser trailer for Mortdecai yet, you can still watch it right here. Mortdecai is directed by David Koepp (Premium Rush, »
- Ethan Anderton
Never one to shy away from a wacky wardrobe, constructed facial hair and madcap hijinks, Johnny Depp has found another vehicle for his particular brand of thespian-ism in "Mortdecai." And today a brand new trailer for the caper movie has arrived on the scene. The supporting case for the film is pretty solid with Ewan McGregor, Gwyneth Paltrow, Aubrey Plaza, Jeff Goldblum, Olivia Munn, Oliver Platt and Paul Bettany all appearing in the ensemble. We bet that when the press junket interviews find them all saying how much fun the movie was to make, this will be the rare case where that's actually true. But is the movie any good? Well, that's up to David Koepp, whose last few ventures behind the camera ("Premium Rush," "Ghost Town," and "Secret Window" with Depp) don't exactly inspire confidence. Here's the official synopsis: Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Preposterous hamminess, ahoy! Yes, it’s Mortdecai, the decade’s cult classic to-be, landing with four new, moustachioed character posters. If you ever wondered what Gwyneth Paltrow looks like with a moustache – and, frankly, who hasn’t? – just hover your cursor over the strange-looking man with the blond hair below and click. With Johnny Depp in the title role and adapted from Kyril Bonfiglioli’s The Mortdecai Trilogy, the comedy-thriller looks like a goofy but goodhearted caper that shares some DNA with Charade, The Thin Man and Harry Enfield’s Playboys. Depp’s titular art dealer is thrown into a deadly world of raging Russians, lethal terrorists and MI5 agents, with only his wife (Paltrow) and a vast reserve of bonhomie to fall back on. Oh, and his manservant (Paul Bettany).Mortdecai is directed by Jurassic Park screenwriter director David Koepp, who most recently oversaw bike courier actioner Premium Rush. »
There's some good news for Johnny Depp fans. The actor's next film, "Mortdecai," will be released two weeks earlier than initially planned. Lionsgate has announced that it will hit theaters on January 23, 2015. The move will put the film up against the Jennifer Lopez vehicle "The Boy Next Door." The studio is moving "The Age of Adaline" from January 23 to April 24, 2015. It stars Blake Lively and Harrison Ford. "Mortdecai" centers on the dashing Charlie Mortdecai (Depp), who travels the world on the trail of a stolen painting which may contain a clue to a hidden cache of Nazi gold. Based on Kyril Bonfiglioli's book series, "Mortdecai" was directed by David Koepp ("Premium Rush"). He and Depp previously teamed on 2004's "Secret Window." "Mortdecai" also stars Aubrey Plaza, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany, and Olivia Munn. Depp was recently seen in "Transcendence," and will next appear in the musical "Into the Woods. »
- Dave Lewis
Johnny Depp’s upcoming crime-comedy flick about a hapless art dealer was supposed to be released on February 6th but Lionsgate have now reportedly moved the film forward two weeks meaning it will now hit the big screen on January 23rd. Mortdecai will now avoid a head-to-head battle with the Wachowski’s futuristic Jupiter Ascending starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis and will instead duke it out with The Boy Next Door starring Jennifer Lopez as a recently divorced woman who begins an affair with a younger man.
It seems like a fairly sound strategic move from Lionsgate considering the Wachowski’s have a decent following (despite their recent poor efforts) and Lopez hasn’t exactly attracted the masses as of late. It will also avoid the fantasy adventure epic Seventh Son starring Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges and Kit Harrington, which is likely to do decent box-office numbers.
Mortdecai is »
- Gavin Logan
The Joseph Gordon-Levitt film Premium Rush offered moviegoers a small glimpse of what life is like for the thousands of people biking through New York City each day, albeit a highly dramatized glimpse. This video, while featuring little smuggling, crime, or special effects, offers a similar look at the world of urban biking. Uploaded by Andrew Betsch, it shows a journey from midtown Manhattan to Brooklyn on Sept. 4. Betsch's route takes him down 9th Avenue, through the West Village and SoHo via Bleecker Street, through the Lower East Side down Delancey, and then across the Williamsburg Bridge into Brooklyn. He »
Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.
On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »
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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 »
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