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There is good news and bad news about Kriv Stenders’ neo-noir film Kill Me Three Times. The good news is that it’s fun to see Simon Pegg enjoying himself as a real scumbag of a hitman. The bad news is that if you’ve seen a handful of crime movies in the last 20 years, you’ve already seen most of what Kill Me Three Times has to offer.
Simon Pegg plays Charlie Wolfe, a contract killer we meet as he chases down and executes some poor sap in the desert. He’s hired to take out Alice (Alice Braga, Predators) for reasons not made clear at first, but when he shows up to do the job he discovers that she’s already been rubbed out by married dentists Nathan (Sullivan Stapleton, 300: Rise of an Empire) and Lucy (Theresa Palmer, Warm Bodies). They’re looking to cash in an »
- Patrick Bromley
Eighteen film and TV screenplays have been shortlisted for the inaugural Gateway La Script Development Program launched by Australians in Film (AiF).
The winner will get a cash prize to facilitate development of the script, a flight to Los Angeles, meetings with producers and executives and table reads.
AiF will announce the winner and runners-up, who will form an .Aussie List., determined by a panel of expert judges, and the value of the cash, in a month.
The projects were selected from more than 500 scripts submitted to the L.A.-based Australian entertainment industry guild. The program aims to provide Australians living and working in the Us with more opportunities for support and resources and to help Australian projects secure exposure to the best networks in the business.
"We're incredibly proud of the projects coming out of Australia and thrilled to be able to offer writers an opportunity to showcase »
- Don Groves
Steven Knight adapted the script from Sam Munson’s 2011 novel about two teenagers who venture into the underbelly of Washington, D.C., to investigate a friend’s murder while falling in love for the first time.
Spwa acquired distribution rights for the film in January; production is under way in D.C., and Beth O’Neil (“Jack Goes Boating”) is producing alongside Erika Olde of Black Bicycle Entertainment and Lotus. Black Bicycle Entertainment is also co-financing the film with Lotus, which is handling remaining international sales.
Following “American Sniper,” Hardrict has already finished filming on the Legendary thriller “Spectral” and the indie drama “Brotherly Love,” starring Keke Palmer. Past credits include “Battle: Los Angeles” and “Warm Bodies.”
He is repped by Paradigm and Luber Roklin Entertainment. »
- Justin Kroll
Following his confirmation of Jack Huston as the title character in "The Crow" reboot, the comic's creator James O'Barr has also confirmed that "Downton Abbey" actress Jessica Brown Findlay has scored the female lead role.
Findlay will play Eric Draven's murdered girlfriend Shelly in flashbacks in the project which Corin Hardy ("The Hallow") will direct. O'Barr confirms that much of the cast will be British with one of them to be a "Game of Thrones" veteran. [Source: Dread Central]
Natalie Martinez ("Secrets And Lies") has joined the cast of Fabrice Du Welz's revenge thriller "Message From The King". Chadwick Boseman plays a South African who descends into the L.A. underworld in an attempt to avenge his younger sister's death and rescue her stepson from the immoral world into which he's been sold.
Martinez will play Trish, the former neighbor of Jacob's missing sister Bianca who »
- Garth Franklin
Teresa Palmer will star in the feature adaptation of short Welcome to Willits: After Sundown.
The Warm Bodies and Knight of Cups star will play the female lead in the horror sci-fi, which follows a group of young campers who get lost in the woods near Willits, California and come across a man obsessed with aliens.
Trevor Ryan will direct the feature based on his own short, which he also wrote with his brother Tim Ryan.
The short premiered at SXSW in the festival’s Midnight Shorts competition.
Mark Webber, who is married to Palmer, will reprise his role from the short as the alien-obsessed man, while Palmer will play his niece. »
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Teresa Palmer will play the female lead in a feature adaptation of the SXSW sci-fi/horror short “Welcome to Willits: After Sundown.”
The story will focus on a group of young campers who get lost in the woods near Willits, Calif. — the heart of “the Emerald Triangle” — while looking for hot springs. They find themselves entangled with a man whose mounting paranoia about alien invaders makes him increasingly dangerous.
Palmer’s real-life husband Mark Webber will reprise his role from the short as the paranoid man and Palmer will play his niece. Director Trevor Ryan and his screenwriter brother Tim Ryan will also return.
“Welcome to Willits: After Sundown” is part of the SXSW’s Midnight Short competition.
- Dave McNary
Flickering Myth caught up with Dave Franco…
Franco plays Mike Pancake, a young, naïve recruit to Dan Trunkman’s struggling company (Vaughn) who, along with the third member of the team, Tim (Wilkinson), set off on a business trip to try and secure a crucial deal that will shore up their futures. But the trio find themselves up against ruthless opposition, what starts out as a short trip to Portland, Oregon ends up in vibrant, bohemian Berlin where Dan, Mike and Tim have a series of hilarious setbacks as they chase their dream. With a G8 summit in town – and a sex fetish event drawing even more exotic characters into Berlin – they mingle with the exotic inhabitants and each, in his own way, will change forever.
“I think it’s great, »
- Luke Owen
By Briggs Briar, Wonderwall
When you want to be an actor, it's not always easy to carve your own path when you have a sibling who's already found success in the spotlight. For every Casey Affleck and Jake Gyllenhaal, there's a Michael Bacon, Frank Stallone or Don Swayze. Not so for Dave Franco, brother of ubiquitous polymath James Franco: Dave is quietly carving out his own niche on the big screen. With supporting roles in films such as "Warm Bodies," "21 Jump Street" and "Neighbors" already on his resume, the 29-year-old actor is primed to inspire even more laughs when he stars alongside Vince Vaughn in the new comedy "Unfinished Business," out March 6, 2015. Keep clicking to find out 10 things everyone should know about this rising Hollywood star. »
In the film, Liam plays a small-town boy living in Cut Bank, Mont., the coldest place in America, but he dreams of escaping rural life. While filming his girlfriend Cassandra (Palmer) shooting an audition tape in an expansive field of wildflowers, he accidentally catches a murder on film in the background. He decides to try to turn a terrifying situation into a way out by leveraging his knowledge of the homicide, but things don’t go according to plan. John Malkovich plays the sheriff investigating the crime, while Billy Bob Thornton and Bruce Dern also co-star.
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Watch our exclusive clip to see the murder as it unfolds. Cut Bank premieres exclusively on Directv Cinema today and arrives »
A mercurial assassin (Simon Pegg) discovers he isn’t the only person trying to kill the siren (Alice Braga) of a sun-drenched surfing town. In this darkly comedic thriller, the hitman finds himself unraveling three tales of mayhem, murder, blackmail and revenge.
Kill Me Three Times is set for release April 10th in the States and features a cast that also includes Sullivan Stapleton (300: Rise of an Empire), Alice Braga (Elysium), Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies), Bryan Brown (Australia), Callan Mulvey (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Luke Hemsworth (The Reckoning).
- Gary Collinson
Magnet Releasing has dropped a new trailer for its upcoming comedy actioner, Kill Me Three Times. The film bowed last year on the festival circuit and has since garnered favorable reviews. Most of that accompanying praise has been directed at the movie’s leading man, Simon Pegg, whose inherent charm and likeability could transform this into a brilliant lil’ indie caper.
Directed by Kriv Stenders from a script by newcomer James McFarland, Kill Me Three Times focuses on Pegg’s morally-bankrupt assassin, Charlie Wolfe, who quickly agrees to a job promising him a 50 grand payday. He soon hightails it to the Aussie surfing town of Eagle’s Nest, where things get interesting. Not only is the hit on a rather attractive woman, but there’s also several other professionals after the loot. Things proceed to twist and turn from there as various secrets come to light.
For the most part, »
- Gem Seddon
It‘s remarkable what a Marvel contract will do for an actor’s profile. Chadwick Boseman has spent over a decade working his way up through episodic television appearances to little seen, excellent lead roles in films such as 42 and Get On Up. Then came his casting as Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and suddenly, Chadwick Boseman has found himself at the top of everybody’s wish-list. The result is that a Chadwick Boseman film now attracts a great deal of attention, and some interesting casting – and Message From The King is no exception.
With an apparent view to begin shooting in March, Boseman is set to headline the action thriller, with Fabrice Du Welz (Alleluia) in the director’s chair. It is the tale of a South African man named Jacob King, who travels to Los Angeles in search of his sister’s stepson, and an appropriate amount of vengeance, »
- Sarah Myles
Happy Valentine's Day, single people! Isn't it depressing? And we all have the demented romantic comedy genre to thank for our feeling of unfulfillment (along with, you know, assorted other factors). But good news! The traditional rom-com has been dying a protracted death for the last five or six years. Sure, the genre still exists. An argument could be made that the genre lives on in its purest form with the recent spate of rom-coms starring African-American actors ("Think Like a Man," "About Last Night," etc.) Recent films like Jenny Slate's "Obvious Child," Lake Bell's "In A World...," Joseph Gordon-Levitt's "Don Jon," "Silver Linings Playbook" and even the zom-com flick "Warm Bodies" could also certainly be categorized as such -- and yet what they all have in common is their failure to follow the once tried-and-true template of their star-driven predecessors. The conventional, old-fashioned studio romantic comedy, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Director: Max Nichols
Running Time: 86 minutes
Synopsis: After an awkward one night stand Megan (Tipton) and Alec (Teller) find themselves snowed in with no option but to keep each other company.
Are you struggling to find a film to watch with your beloved this weekend? Don’t fancy enduring the overegged Fifty Shades Of Grey? Like you rom-coms with a little more edge than sugary sweetness? If you answered yes to any of these questions then Two Night Stand might be just the flick for you. Released just in time for the most romantic of holidays, Two Night Stand is a great choice for Valentine’s viewing. Even better, Two Night Stand will be released in cinemas and on VOD at the same time, meaning it ticks both date-night in and out options.
This writer is not usually a fan of films of this ilk, »
- Kat Smith
Having had its premiere over the last weekend at the Berlin Film Festival, the first poster for Terrence Malick’s (Badlands, Tree of Life) new film Knight of Cups has now been revealed by FilmNation Entertainment…
See Also: Watch the first trailer for Knight of Cups
Rick (Bale) is a slave to the Hollywood system. He is addicted to success but simultaneously despairs at the emptiness of his life. He is at home in a world of illusions but seeks real life. Like the tarot card of the title, Rick is easily bored and needs outside stimulation. But the Knight of Cups is also an artist, a romantic and an adventurer.
In Terrence Malick’s seventh film a gliding camera once again accompanies a tormented hero on his search for meaning. Once again a voiceover is laid over images which also seek their own authenticity. And once again Malick seems »
- Scott J. Davis
We got our first glimpse of Terrence Malick’s latest film Knight of Cups back in December with the release of the first trailer [watch it here], and with the Berlin premiere less than a week away a lengthy new synopsis has arrived online…
Rick is a slave to the Hollywood system. He is addicted to success but simultaneously despairs at the emptiness of his life. He is at home in a world of illusions but seeks real life. Like the tarot card of the title, Rick is easily bored and needs outside stimulation. But the Knight of Cups is also an artist, a romantic and an adventurer.
In Terrence Malick’s seventh film a gliding camera once again accompanies a tormented hero on his search for meaning. Once again a voiceover is laid over images which also seek their own authenticity. And once again Malick seems to put the world out of joint. »
- Gary Collinson
American Sniper easily led the box office for the third weekend in a row, while the three new wide releases flopped with less than $18 million combined.American Sniper added $30.7 million, which fell just shy of a new record for Super Bowl weekend behind Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour ($31.1 million). Unfortunately, it was off 53 percent from last weekend, which suggests that the intense interest surrounding the movie has cooled off quite a bit. Still, that $30.7 million ranks 21st all-time among third weekends, and that's with a hand tied behind its back thanks to the Super Bowl.To date, American Sniper has earned $247.8 million, which ranks sixth among 2014 releases. It could still wind up becoming the highest-grossing movie from 2014 ahead of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay*Part 1, though that no longer seems guaranteed.Playing at 2,893 locations, Project Almanac flopped with $8.3 million. That's the second worst debut »
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Thanks to strong numbers in China, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies reached $900 million worldwide this weekend.It joins the other two Hobbit movies*and the last two Lord of the Rings movies*in that $900-million-plus club. In its second weekend in China, the final chapter in the Hobbit trilogy added $20.3 million, which brings its total there to $92.6 million. Overall, it has now earned $664.4 million overseas and $916 million worldwide.Ultimately, it could wind up passing The Desolation of Smaug's $960 million total; however, reaching $1 billion now seems to be out of the question.Taken 3 added $21.3 million this weekend, which included a solid $3.5 million start in Mexico. To date, the final installment in the action franchise has earned $162.8 million overseas.Playing in 37 territories, Big Hero 6 earned an estimated $20.1 million this weekend. It opened in second place in the U.K. with $6 million ($6.8 million including previews), which is 15 percent lower than Frozen. »
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American Sniper earned more than all three new releases combined on Friday, which sets it up to easily take first place for the third weekend in a row.The Clint Eastwood war drama added an estimated $10.02 million yesterday, which is off 45 percent from the prior week. Considering how well it held last weekend, that's a surprisingly steep drop; with the Super Bowl coming up on Sunday, Sniper now seems poised to fall around 50 percent over the full three-day weekend ($30 to $32 million).Through 15 days in wide release, American Sniper has earned $227.1 million. That ranks ninth among 2014 releases; by the end of the weekend, it will move up to sixth place ahead of Transformers: Age of Extinction.In second place, found footage time travel movie Project Almanac flopped with $3.2 million. In comparison, Chronicle, The Woman in Black and Warm Bodies all opened over $8 million on the Friday ahead of the Super Bowl. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
For the third weekend in a row, American Sniper is going to easily take the top spot at the box office. Even with the Super Bowl monopolizing attention on Sunday, Sniper should still easily add at least $30 million over the three-day period.Among the weekend's new releases, found footage time travel movie Project Almanac should provide decent counterprogramming for teen moviegoers, while Black or White and The Loft will be lucky to earn a combined $10 million.Through 13 days in wide release, American Sniper has already earned $213.4 million. This weekend, it expands to an additional 180 locations, which brings its total count to 3,885; that's a new record for an R-rated movie, ahead of the record that Sniper set last weekend.On fantastic word-of-mouth, the movie dropped a very light 28 percent last weekend. With tough competition from the Super Bowl on Sunday, a similar drop this weekend is out of the question. Still, »
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