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Since launching in 2011 through a partnership between theater chains AMC Theatres and Regal Entertainment Group, distributor Open Road Films has amassed a sui generis blend of often genre-leaning product that stands apart from the competition. Movies like Joe Carnahan’s “The Grey” (longtime readers will recall my affinity for that, the best film of 2012) and Steven Soderbergh’s “Side Effects” were favorably received by critics, while others like Jon Favreau’s “Chef” were hits as well. But none truly flirted with the awards season until last year’s “Nightcrawler.”
Nevertheless, Dan Gilroy’s broadcast news thriller came up short, too. It picked up surprise notices from the producers and screen actors guilds and was, for obvious reasons, adored by press and critics groups. But only the writers branch of the Academy spoke up for it come Oscar time. It was a scathing film, one that packed a heavy and cynical punch — perhaps too cynical. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Forget your $250 million budgets and A-list megastars, sometimes all you need to make a good film is a bit of creative thinking and passion for your characters (intellectual property rights optional).
With feature-length fan film Star Trek: Renegades setting fandom abuzz, here's a host of unauthorised movies that put Hollywood to shame.
1. Batman battles Predator
Back in the Dark Knight's movie wilderness years (thanks for that, George Clooney!), short Batman: Dead End made waves online thanks to a mega-twist that saw the Caped Crusader in a rain-soaked showdown against a Predator. If it bleeds, Batman can kill it.
2. A Judge gets back in the saddle
A tepid box office showing from 2012's Dredd means a sequel is probably never going to happen. However, hardcore fans had their thirst quenched by the moody Judge Minty, about an ageing Mega City One Judge striding through the Cursed Earth. Think of this as »
First up, "The Grey" and "Narc" helmer Joe Carnahan is set to direct "Five Against A Bullet," a potential franchise launcher boasting a script by Alex Litvak and Carnahan. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Jordan Schur and Mimran Schur are producing.
Bruce Willis was previously attached to an earlier version of the project which follows five elite bodyguards who are tasked with keeping a Mexican mayoral candidate safe through the elections as a drug cartel kingpin has sent an army of hitmen after him.
- Garth Franklin
Shankar - also acclaimed for his work on high profile fan films such The Punisher: Dirty Laundry, Power/Rangers and Venom: Truth In Journalism - has promised that his Castlevania show will be typically 'ultraviolent.'
"There will be a lot [of gore]" he told Collider. "The goal is to bring hard hitting anime to America and be America’s first animated series for adults," he added, before listing Akira, Ghost in a Shell, Ninja Scroll and Young Justice as inspirations.
The series will be based on Castlevania III, which first reached the Nes in 1989. Shankar answered in the affirmative »
Busan — Liam Neeson is play the role of U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur in “Operation Chromite” (a.k.a. “Incheon Landing Operation”), a Korean-made blockbuster set during the Korean War of the early 1950s.
The film is to be produced by South Korea’s Taewon Entertainment. It will be directed by Lee Jae-han, and scripted by Lee Man-hee, who both have war film experience with hit “71: Into the Fire”.
Although Chinese movies are increasingly incorporating Hollywood talent, it is rare in Korea. Neeson has had a career revival following box office success with “The Grey,” “Taken,” “Battleship” and “The Lego Movie.”
“Operation Chromite” focuses on the heroic Korean troopers who carried out the covert “X-ray” operation that preceded the Incheon landing operation in the Yellow Sea. The landing shifted the momentum of the Korean War.
“We plan to go into the production in late September with a »
- Sonia Kil
After being stuck in development hell over at 20th Century Fox, Nemesis has been put into active development now that Warner Bros. has picked up the project. The Grey director Joe Carnahan is still attached to helm and he’s currently re-writing the screenplay with his brother, Matthew.
No actors have been recruited yet for the adaptation of Mark Millar’s comic series, but now that things are moving, expect some names to start popping up. A big screen version of Nemesis has been talked about for a while now, so I’m sure that many actors have their eye on the character, and we definitely have a few of our own candidates in mind.
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For those unfamiliar with the source material, Nemesis follows Matt Anderson, a man “hell-bent on avenging the death of his parents, who were notorious villains themselves. Traveling the world as a costumed menace, »
- James Garcia
“Breaking Bad” alum Rj Mitte has joined the ensemble cast of “Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets,” which marks the directorial debut of the executive producer behind “Dredd,” “The Grey” and “Lone Survivor,” TheWrap has learned. “Twilight” stars Kellan Lutz and Jackson Rathbone lead an ensemble that also includes “You’re Next” heroine Sharni Vinson, comedian Andy Milonakis, WWE legend ‘Diamond’ Dallas Page (“The Devil’s Rejects”) and, as TheWrap first reported, Denise Richards and Jane Seymour. Shankar and his longtime collaborator Stewart Yost are co-directing “Gods and Secrets,” which explores the darker ramifications of a world filled with superheroes — for the people. »
- Jeff Sneider
At this point, a number of Mark Millar's creator owned comic books have been successfully brought to the big screen, with pretty much every other single one he's written also in various stages of development. One of the best - Nemesis - still hasn't been adapted, though the sad death of original director Tony Scott had at least something to do with that. Since then, The Grey director Joe Carnahan has rewritten the screenplay with his brother Matthew Michael Carnahan, and the former is now confirmed to direct (he was also attached to helm Nemesis when it was at Fox). While it had been at 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros. are now developing the project with Scott Free. It's a little strange to see the movie at the studio considering their ties to DC Comics because Nemesis was actually published through Marvel's Icon imprint in 2010. "Nemesis follows the devious »
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will allow viewers to re-enter The Further from their own couches with the upcoming Digital HD release of Insidious: Chapter 3 on September 22nd and the film's Blu-ray / DVD debut on October 6th:
Press Release: "Culver City, Calif. (August 10, 2015) – From the makers of Paranormal Activity and writer/director Leigh Whannell and producer James Wan comes the newest and scariest chapter of the Insidious franchise.
The prequel Insidious: Chapter 3 debuts on Digital HD Sept. 22 and on Blu-ray™ and DVD Oct. 6 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Leigh Whannell takes the director’s chair for the third installment, which transports viewers back to the beginning for this prequel. Franchise regulars Lin Shaye (Ouija) as Elise, Angus Sampson (TV’s “Fargo”) as Tucker and Leigh Whannell (Saw) as Specs are joined by Dermot Mulroney (Jobs, The Grey), Stefanie Scott (upcoming: Jem and the Holograms) and Hayley Kiyoko (upcoming: Jem and the Holograms) when Elise, »
- Derek Anderson
Kate Mara (Fantastic Four) has signed on to star in Megan Leavey, director Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s film about a real-life war hero and her military combat dog Rex who, together, saved countless lives searching for roadside bombs during two tours in Iraq from 2004 to 2006.
Cowperthwaite will follow up to her universally acclaimed documentary Blackfish, which explored an incident surrounding the death of a SeaWorld trainer who was killed by an orca in 2010.
UTA will be manage sales for North America.
The film is based on the true story of Megan Leavey, a young Marine »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
London — “House of Cards” star Kate Mara, who can currently be seen as Sue Storm in “Fantastic Four,” is set to topline in director Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s film about real-life hero Megan Leavey and her military combat dog Rex, who saved countless lives searching for roadside bombs during two tours in Iraq from 2004 to 2006.
The movie, titled “Megan Leavey,” is Cowperthwaite’s follow up to her acclaimed documentary film “Blackfish,” which explored an incident surrounding the death of a SeaWorld trainer who was killed by an orca in 2010. She will direct from a script written by Pamela Gray (“Conviction”), with additional material by Annie Mumolo (“Joy”), Tim Lovestedt (“Groundlings”) and Jordan Roberts (“Big Hero 6″). The film is produced by Mickey Liddell (“The Grey”), Jennifer Monroe (“Disconnect”) and Pete Shilaimon (“Anthropoid”) on behalf of Ld Entertainment. UTA will be managing sales for North America.
The movie is based on the true story of Leavey, »
- Leo Barraclough
So here's something of a surprise. There have been murmurings for a good few years now of a Bad Boys 3, but the logistical problems of securing some of director Michael Bay's time have been just some of the stumbling blocks facing the project. More recently, it was revealed that Bay was unlikely to direct a new sequel, and that instead, Narc and The Grey's Joe Carnahan was stepping aboard.
It would be fair to say that there has been a bit of progress since then.
Sony has confirmed that Bad Boys 3 is now indeed going to happen, and it's set a February 2017 release date for the new film. We assume that Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are going to return, and we're also »
There has been a lot more chatter recently about the long-gestating and occasionally vaporous third Bad Boys film. A couple of writers have come and gone since around 2009 and The Grey’s Joe Carnahan was the last person talked about as someone who could get it made. It seems Sony is feeling bullish about either his idea or someone else’s, as the studio has announced a release date for not one new film in the franchise, but two.With its results lagging behind some of the other studios at the moment, Sony could certainly use the return (or even reincarnation) of one of its big franchises, and Bad Boys has performed in the past. The big question will be whether the new movies can lure back franchise stalwarts Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, but clearly these films are something Sony is willing to plant flags for, setting Bad Boys 3 »
In the immortal words of Marcus Burnett, shit just got real. While the saga of Bad Boys 3 has been one that has been ongoing for years now, things seemed to be looking up with word coming a few months back that Narc and The Grey’s Joe Carnahan was in talks to write and possibly direct the second sequel to Michael Bay’s insanely popular cop actioner. Now, the movie now seems like a given, with Sony settling on a February 2017 release date for the return of Martin Lawrence’s Burnett and Will Smith’s Mike Lowrey. But that’s not all, because Bad Boys 4 (yes, Bad Boys 4!!!) will be coming our way in June of 2019. Both Lawrence and Smith are expected to return, with the studio wanting to sign Smith on quickly so filming can begin as soon as he is done with Suicide Squad. It’s unknown »
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Very little is known at the time about the next installment in the Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures series, but James DeMonaco, who directed the first two films in the franchise, will be returning to helm the project.
The Purge is without a doubt one of the more popular horror movie franchises among moviegoers today. 2013’s The Purge, which starred Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey, made close to 30 times its budget of $3 million at the worldwide box office. »
- Justin Cook
To celebrate the release of Flutter – available on DVD 3rd August 2015 – we have a copy to giveaway!
Flutter is the unmissable sexy British thriller starring Luke Evans (The Hobbit, Dracula Untold), Joe Anderson (Hannibal, The Grey), Billy Zane (Titanic) and Mark Williams (Harry Potter, The Fast Show). Flutter adds its own dark twist to the urban crime world familiar from films such as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch and Layer Cake – making it a killer addition to one of British cinema’s most entertaining and popular genres!
Dark, gritty and packed with surprises, Flutter is quite simply a modern British cinema gem. Order your copy today: http://amzn.to/1LNnzUX
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- Phil Wheat
Denise Richards and Jane Seymour have joined the cast of “Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets,” which marks the directorial debut of the executive producer behind “Dredd,” “The Grey” and “Lone Survivor,” TheWrap has learned. “Twilight” stars Kellan Lutz and Jackson Rathbone lead an ensemble that also includes “You’re Next” heroine Sharni Vinson, “Transparent” actress Alexandra Billings, comedian Andy Milonakis and WWE legend ‘Diamond’ Dallas Page. Shankar and his longtime collaborator Stewart Yost are co-directing “Gods and Secrets,” which explores the darker ramifications of a world filled with superheroes — for the people they protect and the famous heroes themselves. »
- Jeff Sneider
Following on from his work as a producer on "Dredd" and "The Grey" along with the much talked about "Power/Rangers" fan film, Adi Shankar is set to team with Stewart Yost for his directorial debut effort "Gods And Secrets".
The project is described as a dark drama akin to Alan Moore's "Watchmen" in that it will explore the darker logical underpinnings of superhero tropes in a world in which superheroes exist and the resulting celebrity culture are front and center.
The story deals with what happens when a tragedy strikes the super heroic team Guardians of Justice, and in its aftermath secrets are revealed, lives are changed, and the war to end all wars begins.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Adi Shankar, the producer behind the likes of Dredd and The Grey and the fanmade shorts Punisher: Dirty Laundry, Venom: Truth in Journalism and Power/Rangers, is set to make his directorial debut with the “dark superhero drama” Gods and Secrets.
Deadline reports that the show “will mine territory similar to Alan Moore’s Watchmen, exploring the darker logical underpinnings of superhero tropes. In a world in which superheroes exist, personal foibles and the resulting celebrity culture are front and center. In the story, tragedy has struck the superheroic team Guardians of Justice, and in its aftermath secrets are revealed, lives are changed, and the war to end all wars begins.”
- Gary Collinson
To celebrate the release of “Flutter” – available on DVD 3rd August 2015 – we have a copy to giveaway!
Flutter is the unmissable sexy British thriller starring Luke Evans (The Hobbit, Dracula Untold), Joe Anderson (Hannibal, The Grey), Billy Zane (Titanic) and Mark Williams (Harry Potter, The Fast Show).
Flutter adds its own dark twist to the urban crime world familiar from films such as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch and Layer Cake – making it a killer addition to one of British cinema’s most entertaining and popular genres!
Dark, gritty and packed with surprises, Flutter is quite simply a modern British cinema gem.
You can order Flutter via Amazon here.
The competition closes at midnight on Sunday, August 9th. UK readers only please. To enter, use one of the following methods…
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- Gary Collinson
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