17 items from 2013
News Glen Chapman 20 May 2013 - 06:26
Now, this is a project that we only caught wind of recently, but it has potential. Granted, it's not often easy to get excited about American remakes of foreign films given the mixed track record of such adaptations, but Brick Mansions - the American remake of District 13 - sounds intriguing.
RZA has been cast as a gang boss who has possession of a weapon of mass destruction that he's hiding in a high rise, with Paul Walker's cop being tasked with infiltrating said high rise and removing the weapon from RZA's possession. He will, of course, be joined by David Belle, the parkour founder who starred in the French original and sequel.
Catalina Denis cast in Paul Walker thriller Model and film actress Catalina Denis has been cast as the female lead opposite Paul Walker (Fast & Furious 6) and David Belle (Malavita) in Camille Delamarre’s Brick Mansions. The action thriller is EuropaCorp and Relativity Media’s English-language remake of the 2004 French-made action / thriller District B13. In Brick Mansions, Paul Walker incarnates an undercover cop out to defuse a bomb in possession of drug warlord RZA. Catalina Denis will play David Belle’s romantic interest. Luc Besson, who specializes in run-of-the-mill, Hollywood-style French-made action thrillers, is one of the film’s producers. Directed by Pierre Morel (Taken, From Paris with Love), and co-written by Luc Besson and Bibi Naceri, District B13 / Banlieue 13 stars David Belle, Cyril Raffaelli, Dany Verissimo-Petit, and co-screenwriter Naceri. The film performed modestly at the French box office; according to Box Office Mojo, District B13 was no. 51 on France’s 2004 box-office chart, »
- Zac Gille
Following recent turns in “Lockout” and “Prometheus,” the actor Guy Pearce continues his tour of science-fiction cinema with a major role in this summer's “Iron Man 3,” the much anticipated sequel to not just “Iron Man 2” but also “The Avengers.” The high-tech and introspective film from Shane Black and Marvel Studios casts Pearce as Aldrich Killian, an endlessly ambitious and wealthy man whose numerous, insurmountable disadvantages -- both physical and, well, socially -- cause him to run afoul of seemingly everyone he meets. Most notable among them is Tony Stark, whose brutal snubbing at the start of the film forms a crucial link in a devastating chain called Extremis. Killian's complex journey was the subject of our candid interview with Pearce, who also addressed what he described as a sometimes hazardous relationship an actor can have with an adaptation's source material, like “Iron Man” comic books. Pearce also discussed »
- Andy Khouri
In "Iron Man 2," "The Avengers," and next spring's "Captain America: Winter Soldier," Scarlett Johansson has exhibited (and will exhibit) her ability to kick, punch, and head-butt with the best of them. And now she's going to get to use those skills again, after just having signed on to Luc Besson's forthcoming thriller "Lucy," according to the Hollywood Reporter. The ludicrously amazing (or is it amazingly ludicrous?) plot of "Lucy" involves Johansson's character having to become a drug mule for some nefarious types. But instead of transporting the drug, it goes into her system and basically turns her into Bradley Cooper from "Limitless" –- according to the report she can "absorb knowledge instantaneously, is able to move objects with her mind and can't feel pain and other discomforts." Presumably she uses these new abilities to get back at the guys who forced her into the drug mule business. »
- Drew Taylor
Remember when Luc Besson said he was retiring? That was pretty funny (and short-lived). Dude has never been busier and is a mogul now, first and foremost, at the head of the very successful production house EuropaCorp. And the Besson brand, for better or worse, now stands in for mid-budget action fare like "Taken," "Columbiana" and "Lockout" that even if they don't do well in theaters, don't cost much to make, and tend to have a long shelf life. And while as a director he's currently working on "Malavita" with Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, it looks like he's ready to return to his familiar milieu of women kicking ass. Besson is lining up his next action flick, entitled "Lucy," and has snagged Scarlett Johansson to lead the movie. Besson penned the script as well and it follows a woman who is forced to become a drug mule -- okay, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 16, 2013
Price: DVD $14.97, Blu-ray 3D Combo $24.97
Studio: Shout! Factory
Rated PG, the foreign romance film tells the story of Franc, a monster created from a reaction between a flea and a crazy scientist’s mystery potion. Despite his strange looks, Franc is a soft-centered soul with a talent for music who becomes the talk of the town with the help of enchanting nightclub singer Lucille. But Franc also attracts the attention of Paris’ egotistical police commissioner, who’s hell bent on securing a big prize to help his battle to become mayor.
A Monster in Paris was produced by Luc Besson (Lockout) and written and directed by Bibo Bergeron (Shark Tale). The movie features the voices of Catherine O’Hara (Frankenweenie), Adam Goldberg (Miss Nobody »
Warning: You could be framed for something you didn't do at any given moment. Maybe even by your own government, whether intentionally or due to a misunderstanding. Will you know what to do if this happens? If not, Hollywood might be able to help, as “wrong man” scenarios have been around about as long as movies have existed, and a lot of them have involved conspiracies within government agencies. In “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” an enemy of the Joes', Zartan, has secretly taken over the White House disguised as the President of the United States. As Potus, he labels the Joes traitors and unleashes a military strike that wipes out almost the entire team. The survivors must then go up against Cobra while being at the top of America's Most Wanted list. Fortunately, Joes are trained for survival, and in this case knowing is even more than half the battle. So, »
- Christopher Campbell
Feature James Clayton 15 Mar 2013 - 06:38
With Welcome To The Punch's striking title in mind, James offers some more interesting film names for recent hits...
Welcome To The Punch. Boom. That is a brilliant film title. It hits you and it hits you hard. It’s an inviting knuckle sandwich to your conscious awareness and its five syllables sucker punch you and say, “Yeah, now you know me. You are watching this film, sunshine.”
Imprinted indelibly on my memory right from the first mention, how could I not follow it up and discover what mysteries lie behind the bombastic moniker? It immediately impresses me with its shocking violence and promises brutal action, intense energy and all the other sadomasochistic kicks I crave in my cinema trips. Welcome To The Punch speaks directly to my psyche and is sold to my subconscious in only four words.
Getting beyond the gut-busting first impression, »
Guy Pearce plays Aldrich Killian, a geneticist from the comic book series that created the Extremis technology, a military tool that allows nanotechnology to become part of human DNA. Of course, Killian goes to the dark side in the series. We can only assume judging from the trailer, the lab rat will play a part in the destruction of Iron Man/Tony Stark with help from Ben Kingsley’s the Mandarin.
Guy Pearce stayed clear of big-budgeted films until last year when he came out with guns blazing in Lockout, then starred under heavy old-man prosthetics as Peter Weyland in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. We’re
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Guy Pearce should have had a breakthrough year in 2012. Ok, yes, he's been a star since the 90s thanks to La Confidential and even Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, but since his promising star career slid into nonsense like The Count of Monte Cristo and The Time Machine, he struggled to snag roles that got him much-deserved attention-- until last year, when he killed it with a supporting turn in Lawless, a very small supporting turn in Prometheus and an insanely charismatic role in Lockout. Yes, two of those movies were seen by almost no one, and Pearce's role in the final cut of Prometheus wasn't nearly as good as his Ted Talk viral video, but he's on an upswing for sure, and ought to only be continuing it with his turn in this summer's Iron Man 3. We haven't been certain how large his role in the superhero movie »
A year and a half after this project was announced with Paul Walker and David Belle starring, it looks like “Brick Mansions” (a remake of of the French actioner “Banlieue 13″) is finally happening. Or, at least, about to happen-ish. Deadline reports that Relativity Media has come onboard the remake as a co-financier and domestic distributor for the Luc Besson film, which means “Brick Mansions” finally has the bucks to get building. The film appears to be a very faithful adaptation of the French original, and would star Walker as “an undercover detective chasing a weapon of mass destruction that was stolen by a drug dealer in the ghetto known as Brick Mansions. He seeks help from the incredibly agile Lino (Belle), who knows Brick Mansions better than anyone and is the only person not cowed by the drug dealers.” Camille Delamarre, who comes from the Luc Besson action movie »
The first episode of The Following was met with much anticipation and speculation. Before it aired, I think most of us were hopeful it would succeed, but in order to do so it had to answer many questions before it won us over.
Would Kevin Bacon be able to make the transition from the underrated film star he is to lead actor in a TV series? Does Kevin Williamson still possess the creative edge and original ideas to build a challenging thriller? Will James Purefoy be convincing as a genius/madman?
Well what do you think? Were most of these questions answered in the first episode with positives? I think they were and I will definitely be returning to see how the drama unfolds in episode two. Here are five reasons why:
5. Maggie Grace’s Early Exit
- Jamie Baker
We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.
Robert Redford called me personally to invite me to Sundance this year, and I had to say no. “Sorry, Bob,” I said to him, turning down his invitation to attend the new year’s biggest film festival, and the promotional birthing grounds for films that range from Sex, Lies, and Videotape to Martha Marcy May Marlene. “I need to stay in Chicago and water my plant.”
Thus, the only coverage I can offer of Sundance this year is that of speculation, but also of extreme curiosity. I hardly know anything about these films, outside of who is in them, and who directs them. Yet, regardless of how these films are received, they stand as some of my most anticipated projects of the future, whether they get distribution for 2013, or even 2014.
With apologies for letting down Bob R., here are the Top 7 Films »
- Nick Allen
Odd List Ryan Lambie Jan 16, 2013
When it comes to action movie heroes, the time doesn't always fit the crime. We look at a few characters who faced wrongful imprisonment...
"Everyone in here is innocent, you know that," Morgan Freeman's character says in The Shawshank Redemption. If a prison were populated with heroes from action movies, that statement would be absolutely true. Looking back over the last quarter century of genre flicks, it soon becomes apparent that if an action protagonist goes to prison, it's usually for a crime he (or she) didn't commit.
This is probably because most action stars don't want to play convicted murderers (a trend bucked by Vin Diesel in Pitch Black), though as the list below proves, there's at least one macho actor who seems to like films which involve being sent to jail in dubious circumstances. What follows isn't an exhaustive list, but it at least illustrates that, »
It appears that the cast for this as of yet Untitled Thriller Project, directed by McG, has been rounded up and that production has also started. If judging by the press release, I think I’ll be looking forward to this one. Here, take a look at the press release yourself and tell us what you think:
(Beverly Hills, Calif.) January 7, 2013 – EuropaCorp and Relativity Media have closed deals with Amber Heard (The Rum Diary, Paranoia), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Connie Nielsen (Gladiator) for their Untitled Thriller project starring previously announced Oscar®-winner Kevin Costner (The Bodyguard, Dances With Wolves, Open Range). McG (Charlie’s Angels, Terminator Salvation) directs the gripping action tale from a screenplay by Luc Besson (Taken, Transporter) and Adi Hasak (From Paris With Love). The film is currently in production in Paris and will continue in Serbia, where it will wrap on April 22nd.
Collaborating with »
- Vesna Sunrider
Having played upon the question of whether Jack the Ripper had returned to Whitechapel, in the first episode ‘I Need Light’, the second episode surely had to introduce a different characteristic of Victorian London, Ripper Street obliged. Stepping away from the depravity of paraphilia and pornography the second episode, ‘In My Protection’ seemingly drew from the characters from Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist; the vicious, barbarianism and sociopathic tendencies of Bill Sikes mixed with the grotesque and creepy, child puppeteer who is Fagin, to create a sinister antagonist to Di Reid (Matthew Macfadyen), DS Drake (Jerome Flynn) and Captain Jackson (Adam Rothenberg).
The episode opened with a toymaker, sixty year old Ernest Manby (David Coon), being brutally beaten to death, with a belt buckle it is later deciphered. It is this case that centres the story. This week, rather than focusing on solving the mystic puzzle of who is the murderer, »
- Stu Whittaker
EuropaCorp and Relativity Media have closed deals with Amber Heard (The Rum Diary, Paranoia), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Connie Nielsen (Gladiator) for their Untitled McG Thriller project starring previously announced Oscar-winner Kevin Costner (The Bodyguard, Dances with Wolves, Open Range). McG (Charlie's Angels, Terminator Salvation) directs the gripping action tale from a screenplay by Luc Besson (Taken, The Transporter) and Adi Hasak (From Paris with Love). The film is currently in production in Paris and will continue in Serbia, where it will wrap on April 22nd.
Collaborating with McG behind the scenes is a creative below-the-line team including: director of photography Thierry Arbogast (The Fifth Element), production designer Sébastien Inizan (Taken 2), sound editor Stéphane Bucher (Taken 2), costume designer Olivier Bériot (Taken) and editor Audrey Simonaud (Taken 2).
This darkly comedic action film tells a story about a secret service agent who's agreed to return »
17 items from 2013
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