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Days after Jeff Robinov announced his Studio 8 venture with Huayi Brothers and details emerged of the Disney partnership with Shanghai Media Group, longtime Adam Sandler producer Robert Simonds Jr is at the heart of the latest Us-China venture.
Simonds Jr, whose credits include This Means War (pictured), has teamed up with private equity venture Tpg and Shanghai-based Hony Capital to produce films in the $40m range.
The principals said they have established direct distribution agreements with the top Us exhibitors and it is understood that Hony enjoys close ties with the aforementioned Shanghai Media Group.
According to reports the untitled venture reportedly will plough more than $1bn into 10 star-driven features over the next five years.
Former Viacom COO Thomas McGrath, former Crest Animation Noah Fogelson and Sophie Watts comprise Simonds’ initial senior executive team.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The messed-up machinations of bored, oversexed stepsiblings Kathryn Merteuil and Sebastian Valmont aren’t quite as shocking in 2014 as they were when Cruel Intentions was released on March 5, 1999. (Blame Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and a zillion other glitzy/scandalous imitators.)
That said, Cruel Intentions is still an enormously entertaining teen movie, even 15 years (gulp) after its initial release — thanks to an uncommonly sharp script, a killer soundtrack, and, most importantly, an impeccable cast, which featured future Oscar winners and future Sharknado stars alike. Well, one of each, but you get the picture. Whoever headed up this franchise had a »
- Hillary Busis
Way back in 2010, Adam Sandler and his Happy Madison production banner picked up the short film Pixels in order to adapt it into a big screen adventure focusing on a slew of 1980s video game characters like Space Invaders attacking New York City, leaving four champion arcade gamers are called back into action to save the world. At one time, Seth Gordon was eyeing the project as a directing gig with Sandler in the lead, but as we learned last summer, it will be Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Home Alone director Chris Columbus at the helm. Now we have word on two cast members who will be joining Sandler. If you need a refresher, here's the original, cool short film Pixels from Patrick Jean: Columbia Pictures is behind the film with a script from Sandler collaborator Tim Herlihy (Bedtime Stories, Big Daddy) and rewritten by Timothy Dowling (Role Models, »
- Ethan Anderton
Kevin James and Josh Gad have signed on to star in Pixels, which has been in development at Sony since 2010. The project is a feature-length adaptation of Patrick Jean's short film which you can check out below, where New York City is transformed into 8-bit pixels.
The story centers on four champion arcade gamers, who are called upon to save the world when aliens attack by using the Earth to stage versions of classic 1980s video games. No details were given for Kevin James and Josh Gad's characters, although they are said to have lead roles.
Chris Columbus is directing from a script by Tim Herlihy (Grown Ups, Big Daddy) and Timothy Dowling (Role Models, This Means War). Adam Sandler is producing with his Happy Madison producing partner Jack Giarraputo. Production is scheduled to begin this summer.
Chicago – As a director, Kevin Costner comes across as a patient guy who waits for the right material to come along. Considering the last movie he helmed is a little over ten years old (“Open Range”), one might also consider him picky too.
As an actor, it feels like Costner woke up one recent morning and thought, “Hey, I should do a handful of movies in a row. I’m not getting any younger!”, which is why we had that “Jack Ryan” movie last month, “3 Days to Kill” this month and next month’s “Draft Day”, with two more movies still on their way this year. Hopefully he’s planning on taking 2015 off entirely.
It might help McG, the director of “3 Days to Kill”, to take a cue from Costner the director. Here’s a guy who definitely needs to choose his next project wisely. Granted, the man born »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Title: 3 Days To Kill Director: McG (‘Charlie’s Angels,’ ‘This Means War‘) Starring: Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld (‘True Grit,’ ‘Ender’s Game’), Connie Nielsen (‘Gladiator,’ ‘Nymphomaniac: Volume I and II’) and Amber Heard (‘Paranoia,’ ‘Machete Kills‘) Effortlessly killing terrorists and thrillingly thwarting their intense, internationally planned plots to take down their enemies has always been an exciting set-up for espionage thrillers. But the personal tolls these kills have on the heroic spies who stop the dangerous criminal masterminds have rarely been explored in the action-driven dramas. Director McG’s latest entry in the genre, ’3 Days To Kill,’ is a humorous, relatable and thriving story about what happens when a successful agent [ Read More ]
The post 3 Days To Kill Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Karen Benardello
The trailers and credit list for 3 Days to Kill might lead you to believe it’s just another Taken-riffing tale of an American on the warpath in Europe, just with an actual American this time. You’d be right. It’s a tired action vehicle for an equally exhausted-looking star, one that’s still big enough to save the film from VOD obscurity. But under the manufactured surface is a different beast entirely, a film that piles on so many wrongs, that the sum total turns out to be a warped kind of right.
The Schrödinger’s cat of action movies, 3 Days to Kill exists in two different states at the same time: in one, it’s a potboiler mush of bland spy action that works the same Shootout/Car Chase/Fistfight three-step you’ve seen performed dozens of times before. In the other though, 3 Days to Kill is »
- Sam Woolf
Even international spies have trouble balancing work and family life, according to “3 Days to Kill,” the latest lightweight action pic from writer-producer Luc Besson, here forming an unlikely (or perhaps unholy) trinity with director McG and star Kevin Costner. Surely the goal of the resulting tonal mishmash was to reignite Costner’s career a la what happened for Liam Neeson after Besson’s “Taken,” but any possibility of sleeper-hit status has been fatally compromised by watered-down fight scenes and misguided family man dramatics. Three days of decent box office appears the best hope for this Relativity release, likely to continue EuropaCorp’s recent run of non-”Taken” commercial disappointments in the U.S. International prospects look only moderately livelier.
- Geoff Berkshire
It used to be that action blockbusters, populated by familiar names and high profile directors, would be scheduled for the key summer and Christmas slots. Nowadays, though, those seasonal high traffic areas are reserved for four quadrant spectacles designed to appeal to grandma, little Timmy, and everyone in between. That means that a glut of these movies find themselves pushed to the margins of the calendar -- the late summer and early-in-the-year slots that are seen as somewhat less desirable. One such movie is "3 Days to Kill," starring Kevin Costner and directed by one-time big name McG.
In the movie, Costner plays an assassin who is diagnosed with a terminal illness, forcing him to try and reconnect with his petulant teenage daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) and estranged wife (Connie Nielsen) before he dies. Oh, and he is also being contracted to finish the job that he wasn't able to complete due to his illness. »
- Drew Taylor
Saying that “3 Days to Kill” comes “from the director of ‘This Means War’” might feel like a dig on McG, whose previous film scored only $54 million domestically. But it’s actually an apt selling point, since like its predecessor, the Kevin Costner thriller combines tradecraft and relationship hijinks in equally ridiculous measures. Nevertheless a movie primarily distinctive as a jacob’s ladder of choices that make less and less sense, McG’s latest is an ambitious disaster that tries to be two things at once — an action movie and a domestic comedy – but does neither well. Costner (“Jack Ryan”) plays. »
- Todd Gilchrist
Here’s a little piece of ‘90s trivia for you: the guy who co-wrote Sugar Ray’s infectious hit “Fly” is the same man who directed “This Means War.” I can’t be the only one who finds that strange. Today, Joseph McGinty Nichol—aka McG—is best known as the filmmaker behind mediocre action flicks including “Charlie’s Angels” and “Terminator Salvation.” Critics like to rag on McG, and I’m not here to argue with them; there’s a reason why David Edelstein called “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” a “third-rate ‘Austin Powers’ picture cut to the whacking, attention-deficit-disorder tempo of ‘Moulin Rouge.’ ” However, there’s more to the director than middling, uninspired popcorn flicks. Fifteen years ago, McG was in the music business, producing rock albums, writing songs, and directing videos. Mostly he stuck to the third category, thus creating some of the most memorable pop culture moments of the decade. »
- Alex Suskind
Ouch! Kylie Jenner landed in the hospital after a trampoline mishap on Tuesday.
The 16-year-old was injured while jumping on a trampoline with sister Khloe Kardashian.
"In the hospital thanks to @khloekardashian," Kylie captioned a black and white photo posted on her Instagram page on Tuesday, where she is seen covering her nose with her hand. "My mom said, 'Never thought I would take u to the doctor for a trampoline accident at this age.'
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"This means war Khloe," she added. "Ps. It was painful taking this photo."
Khloe quickly took to ...
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)
Kylie Jenner took a bad bounce on a trampoline - and she's calling out half-sister Khloé Kardashian. "In the hospital thanks to @khloekardashian (Look at her page for the reason why)," the reality starlet, 16, wrote on Instagram Tuesday to accompany a photo of her covering half her face. "My mom said, 'Never thought I would take u to the doctor for a trampoline accident at this age.' This means war Khloe. Ps. It was painful taking this photo." But big sis Kardashian, 29, didn't express much remorse for the ailing Jenner. She began with a four-way shot of the ladies tackling each other, »
- Dahvi Shira
Here's hoping you bounce back soon, Kylie! Kylie Jenner had to go to the hospital on Tuesday, Feb. 4, after she injured herself in a trampoline accident with older sister Khloe Kardashian. "In the hospital thanks to @khloekardashian," the 16-year-old reality star captioned a picture of herself covering half her face with her hand. "My mom said, 'Never thought I would take u to the doctor for a trampoline accident at this age.'" Then, in a message to her sister, she wrote, "This means war, Khloe. P.S. It [...] »
Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and redict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? We analyzed this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in the appendix below) over the seven days leading up to their release, when marketing campaigns should be at their peak.
You’d expect a movie named after an Internet meme to have great social stats, and “That Awkward Moment” does not disappoint. The raunchy romcom has a comprehensive social-media presence, with millions of fans and followers across its different accounts. The movie’s marketing has concentrated on engaging the young female demographic, which is very active on social and represents the majority of lead Zac Efron’s fanbase.
Efron has a huge social-media presence himself, with 10.8 million Facebook fans, 7.5 million Twitter followers and 1.3 million Instagram followers, »
- Tobias Bauckhage
His supporting role in this past month’s Tom Clancy reboot Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit reminded us how much we used to enjoy seeing Kevin Costner front and center and calling the shots, and the reception of his pivotal role as Superman’s Earth daddy in Man of Steel proved just how much he’s been missed.
These high-profile roles have led to two releases featuring Costner in the lead. Draft Day places him inside the world of the NFL, but it’s the action-thriller 3 Days to Kill which really piques our interest, and is one of the February releases we’re really looking forward to.
Directed by McG (This Means War), produced by Luc Besson (the Taken franchise) and written by Besson with Adi Hasak (From Paris with Love), 3 Days to Kill stars Costner as Ethan Runner, a dying Secret Service agent who spends his – what else – three ...
- Anthony Vieira
The first trailer and poster launched just before Christmas, and now a new international trailer has landed online, teasing some more from the upcoming actioner.
In this distinctive action-thriller, Kevin Costner plays an elite government hit man who after receiving news that he has a terminal disease, decides to give up his high stakes life to finally build a relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he’s previously kept at arm’s length to keep out of danger. But when his agency offers him an experimental, potentially life-saving drug in exchange for one last mission, it’s an offer he can’t refuse – even if it means juggling his two toughest assignments yet: going after the world’s most »
- Kenji Lloyd
"The question is, kill or die?" While the first trailer for McG's action thriller Three Days to Kill chose to highlight some of the comedy that comes with Kevin Costner trying to keep his estranged daughter safe while completing a mission that could save his life, this new international trailer keeps things pretty serious. This trailer feels much more like a spiritual sequel to Taken (which makes sense since it was written by Luc Besson) than initially thought, and would probably even be a better sequel than the actual Taken 2. Costner looks like a bad ass, and this could actually be a good film from McG. We'll find out next month. Here's the new international trailer for McG's Three Days to Kill, originally from Premiere: Three Days to Kill is directed by McG (This Means War, Terminator Salvation, Charlie's Angels) and written by Luc Besson (Taken, The Transporter »
- Ethan Anderton
Also, is Emily losing her mind?
Everyone took deception to the next level on the Jan. 19 episode of Revenge: Emily (Emily VanCamp) and Daniel (Joshua Bowman) went all War of the Roses on us, Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) revealed a dark secret to Patrick (Justin Hartley), and more shocking truths were uncovered!
Let’s face it: Emily and Daniel’s marriage has tanked. Even before the shooting and the fake pregnancy revelation, Daniel wanted out. He’s apparently in love with Sarah (Annabelle Stephenson) and was fully prepared to use her as bait in his battle against Emily.
One of the first things to brighten Emily’s morning — you know, after ripping her stitches open — was the sight of Daniel and Sarah in bed together. He was a total tool to Emily in front of Sarah, but the look on Emily’s face said he was toast. »
- Avery Thompson
Director: Kenneth Branagh.
Running Time: 105 minutes.
Synopsis: After an injury causes his military career to be cut short, Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) finds himself headhunted by a CIA operative (Kevin Costner). Whilst working as an analyst for the group, Ryan stumbles across a potential worldwide terror attack and must help to stop it.
The character of Jack Ryan is one that many people will be familiar with, having several novels written for him by the late Tom Clancy. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit will be the fifth screen outing for the literary character after previous films The Hunt For Red October, Patriot Games, Clear And Present Danger and The Sum Of All Fears. Whilst all of those dealt with a slightly older version of the character, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit sees a younger take on the role, with the plot »
- Kat Smith
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