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Now playing in theaters is director Roger Donaldson’s (The Bank Job, No Way Out) action thriller The November Man. Based on Bill Granger’s novel There are No Spies from the bestselling November Man book series, the film stars Pierce Brosnan as an ex-cia operative who is lured out of retirement on a personal mission. While on the assignment, he finds himself trying to protect a valuable witness (Olga Kurylenko) while his former pupil (Luke Bracey) is trying to hunt him down. The film also stars Eliza Taylor, Caterina Scorsone, Bill Smitrovich and Will Patton. For more on The November Man, watch the trailer or check out all our previous coverage. A few days ago I landed an exclusive phone interview with Luke Bracey. He talked about what the last year has been like, working with Roger Donaldson, getting to work with Pierce Brosnan and the advice he gave him, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Back in 2011, illustrator and concept designer Anthony Francisco (Ant-man, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) heard Michael Bay wanted to do a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, and to try to land the job at Illusion Industries, created some pitch artwork for the project. Although Francisco and Illusion didn't end up getting the job and wasn't involved with Jonathan Liebesman's movie, he recently posted his concept art for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on his Facebook, giving us »
- Jesse Giroux
Anthony Francisco is a super-talented conceptual illustrator, who has recently worked on Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy and Paramount's G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Back in 2011, Anthony was informed by Martin Astles, the Head Sculptor at Illusion Industries, that Michael Bay was making a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. The special effects makeup studio that Martin worked for wanted to work on the project. So, Anthony lent his artistic talent to help design some pitch art for Illusion Industries. How close did they come? Well, Anthony says, "We did get a chance to meet with the producers and the meeting went well but we did not get the gig." As you can see below, these designs are quite a departure from the traditional look of the Turtles that fans have grown fond of. Anthony gave them smaller shells so that their ninja-like moves would be more fluent. Though, they could've been »
Our weekly round-up of all the latest superhero news and talking points, including Ant-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Doctor Strange, Ms. Marvel, Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Luke Cage, Big Hero 6, The Sinister Six, The Fantastic Four, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Superman Lives, Shazam, Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Constantine, Powers and more….
Marvel Studios kicked off production on the Phase Three launching Ant-Man this week in San Francisco, with director Peyton Reed taking to Twitter to officially announce the start of filming, which was followed by the first official shot of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, a couple of behind-the-scenes images of Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, and a few FM exclusive set photos and a scene description of the first day’s shoot [see here]. And to coincide with the start of production, Marvel released an updated cast list – which also includes Michael Douglas »
- Gary Collinson
2013 wasn’t the best of years for Keanu Reeves, so he’ll no doubt be hoping that the upcoming action thriller John Wick helps to get his career back on track. Ahead of its October release, we now have our first look at The Matrix star in the title role of a former hitman who finds himself back in action and out for vengeance after an old friend takes on a contract to kill him…
John Wick is set for release in the States on October 24th, with David Leitch and Chad Stahelski directing a cast that also includes Bridget Moynahan (Blue Bloods), Michael Nyqvist (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), Bridget Regan (Legend of the Seeker), Willem Dafoe (The Fault in Our Stars), Lance Reddick (The Wire), Daniel Bernhardt (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones), Adrianne Palicki (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Dean Winters. »
- Gary Collinson
Earlier this week it was announced that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has added a superhero to its roster for the upcoming second season, with Adrianne Palicki (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) set to play Mockingbird, and now Marvel has revealed that a new villain will also be joining the ABC show, with Brian Patrick Wade (Teen Wolf) set to play Crusher Creel, a.k.a. The Absorbing Man. Here’s our first look at the character…
Via the official Marvel site: “With his ability to absorb the properties of anything he touches, Creel will put Coulson and his team through their paces when their second season kicks off…but you’ll have to wait until then to see how their battle turns out!”
- Gary Collinson
“Beginning Tuesday, August 19th fans of “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” will get a chance to experience the thrill ride all over again with the launch of the entire 10-episode first season on Netflix. Based on the cult-classic film of the same name, the series from creator/executive producer/ director Robert Rodriguez (who has created such films as Sin City, Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn) premiered on the Rodriguez founded El Rey Network this past March. The first season is already available on the Netflix service in itsinternational markets including: UK, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, and Latin America.
The Netflix launch comes on the heels of a recent announcement from El Rey Network that »
- Jonathan James
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
It’s been rumored for some time that Dwayne Johnson — better known as The Rock of WWE fame — has been attached to star in a potential upcoming DC Comics movie. That film is to be based on the character of Shazam — formerly known as Captain Marvel.
Shazam made his first comic book appearance in Whiz Comics #2, way back in 1940. Since then the character has largely remained the same, possessing powers of flight, superhuman strength and speed, and the ability to wield magic lightning, among others.
Dwayne Johnson has gone on to become a huge box office star beginning with his film debut in 2001′s The Mummy Returns. Since then, he has received top-billing in various blockbusters including the ongoing Fast and Furious film series and G.I. Joe: Retaliation. He also recently starred in the Hercules film, and has accrued a respectable resume with his assorted action and comedy roles.
- Douglas Scarpa
The cast of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues to grow as the McU-set show moves closer to its second season.
A familiar name to comic book fans, who had previously been hinted in a video at San Diego Comic-Con, Bobbi Morse is a spy with exceptional fighting skills, who has teamed up with S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers many times in comics history. She’s been romantically involved with Hawkeye in print, too.
You may well »
After the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the characters on ABC's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. have a lot of changes coming their way in the second season. As the ragtag remnants of the former agency fight for relevancy in the new world order, Coulson looks to be recruiting some new talent. One fan favorite character set to debut is Bobbi Morse, more commonly known as Mockingbird. G.I. Joe: Retaliation star and one time small screen Wonder Woman Adrianne Palicki will portray »
- Alex Maidy
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy held on to the top two spots at the box office this weekend, handily defeating the disappointing Expendables 3.The Top 12 earned an estimated $128.8 million this weekend, which is up six percent from the same frame last year. This August remains on track to be the biggest ever at the domestic box office with around $1 billion.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fell 57 percent to an estimated $28.4 million. The movie avoided the 60-percent-plus drop of many of Summer 2014's blockbusters, which is a solid win considering the poor reviews and mixed word-of-mouth. Turtles has so far earned $117.6 million, and will pass G.I. Joe: Retaliation ($122.5 million) in the next few days.In its third weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy eased 41 percent to $24.7 million. On Saturday, it eclipsed Thor: The Dark World's domestic total; with $222.3 million in the bank already, Guardians is going to have »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Before Gal Gadot landed the coveted role of Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, two other names were in contention for the part – French actress Elodie Yung (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), and Ukranian actress and former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, Oblivion).
For the first time, Kurylenko has spoken up about losing out on playing the iconic heroine, in an interview with Desde Hollywood at the red carpet premiere of The November Man. When asked for her thoughts, Kurylenko said:
“If I could have been [Wonder Woman]? Well, because, everyone was saying that it was a possibility. It did cross my mind. But it’s fine, you know. There are many other roles. I am very happy for the girl that’s got the part. I am looking forward to seeing it.”
A pretty gracious response for someone who lost an iconic role to someone with considerably less exeprience. »
- James Garcia
This weekend will see the release of The Expendables 3, the latest in a series featuring all your favorite action stars from the 80s and 90s in the same movie. This series is a one trick pony – all your favorite action stars from the past reuniting to relive their collective glory days – but it is a trick I’d happily watch for seven more films. I remember when the first film came out I told my dad I went to see it and loved it, and when he asked what it was I just named the cast. He remarked that that movie would sound cool if it was made in the 90s. I replied oblivious to the dig with “Yeah, it’s awesome, right?” – The fact that these were all action heroes past their prime was the point.
One of the reasons why I enjoy writing and thinking about the »
- Dylan Griffin
Friday Am Update: Playing at 2,651 locations, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles earned an estimated $4.6 million from late Thursday shows. Among Summer 2014 releases, that's ahead of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ($4.1 million), Maleficent ($4 million) and Lucy ($2.75 million).While those aren't all apples-to-apples comparisons*Apes opened at 10 p.m., while Turtles started at 7 p.m.*it still suggests that the movie will have no problem earning over $40 million this weekend (Paramount is now expecting mid-to-high $40 millions).Meanwhile, Into The Storm opened to $800,000.Forecast: On what should be another busy August weekend, the latest big-screen version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will attempt to take first place ahead of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.That could be easier said than done. Marvel's last three movies have all dropped between 56 and 58 percent in their second weekends, and there's little reason to expect Guardians will have a steeper decline than that. With strong word-of-mouth, »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The reboot of the shelled warriors franchise leads the Marvel adventure in pre-sales according to Fandango. The Michael Bay-produced action film is expected to debut to roughly $40 million this weekend, but it looks like a witty marketing campaign is resounding with fans for the new Nickelodeon show and the 1990s films, TV series and toys. It’s responsible for 53% of weekend ticket sales, compared to 22% for “Guardians” and 6% each for two other wide-releases, “The Hundred-Foot Journey” and “Into the Storm.”
The picture is outpacing two similar, toy-oriented films, 2009’s “G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra” and 2013’s “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” at the same point in their sales cycle, the online ticketing company reports. “Guardians of the Galaxy” is expected »
- Brent Lang
In April, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions announced that the next installment of The Terminator franchise had started filming. Now, over three months later, filming has wrapped and the movie’s official title has been confirmed.
Via the movie’s official Twitter account and an Instagram post by Arnold Schwarzenegger himself, the fifth chapter in the sci-fi franchise has been revealed to be Terminator Genisys, which is slated for a July 1st, 2015 release. Here’s what Arnold posted on his Instagram account after shooting had concluded:
“Hasta la vista, baby. I want to thank the cast and crew of @TerminatorGenisys for a fantastic shoot. It was challenging, it was fun, and it was rewarding. From our director to the producers, from the camera team to catering, from visual effects to hair and makeup – we couldn’t have done it without you. I can’t wait to see our finished project »
- Derek Anderson
It was rumoured about a month ago that the thought-to-be-titled Terminator: Genesis was going to be renamed to simply Terminator. But now that filming has finished and the movie enters post-production, we can confirm the movie is actually titled Terminator: Genisys.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, who reprises his role as the T-800 for this movie, sent out an image on his Instagram account to let the world knew that filming was done. He wrote:
“Hasta la vista, baby. I want to thank the cast and crew of @TerminatorGenisys for a fantastic shoot. It was challenging, it was fun, and it was rewarding. From our director to the producers, from the camera team to catering, from visual effects to hair and makeup – we couldn’t have done it without you. I can’t wait to see our finished project and I know we’ll remind the fans why they fell in love with the Terminator. »
- Luke Owen
With Marvel's highly-anticipated Comic Con panel taking place tomorrow, there's been another big shake-up in their troubled 2015 film "Ant-Man." A trio of the film's stars -- Patrick Wilson ("Watchmen"), Matt Gerald ("G.I. Joe: Retaliation") and Kevin Weisman ("Alias") -- have reportedly dropped out of the film. Initial director Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead") was recently replaced by Peyton Reed ("Bring It On"). Wright exited the project due to creative differences with Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige, and there's some talk that the three actors left on the same grounds. Marvel, however, is denying it, instead saying that Wilson is facing scheduling conflicts and that Gerald and Weisman's relatively minor characters have been written out of the latest drafts by writer Adam McKay. Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Michael Pena and Evangeline Lilly are still on board. We'll likely find out more tomorrow at Comic Con, where Marvel is also expected »
- Dave Lewis
This Friday will see the release of The Rock’s (None of this Dwayne Johnson nonsense, he’s The Rock) newest action tentpole Hercules, with him playing the historic hero. You’ve probably already made up your mind if you’re going to see this film or not, you’re not anxiously waiting on the fence. You probably haven’t given a second thought to Hercules. But I have, and for the first time in a long time, I’m worried about The Rock.
When you really stop to think about it, The Rock has built a career becoming one of the most unlikely box office superstars. In 2013 Forbes named him the highest grossing actor of the year with his films that year bringing in $1.3 billion. But I say box office superstar with a caveat: He only smashes numbers when he’s part of an ensemble. Put the guy in »
- Dylan Griffin
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