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One of the most iconic action characters of the past 35 years is Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley, who has fought various xenomorphs through the course of the Alien quadrilogy. With The Expendables 3 opening in theatres this past weekend, talk had heated up in recent months of an all-female spinoff of the franchise, centred on a similar conceit of reuniting action heroines of yesteryear and present day. With the writers and director set, speculation had turned to the starring roles, with Weaver’s name put forward by many, including producer Sylvester Stallone. However, the Hollywood Reporter has now announced that Weaver has formally passed on the project, leaving the movie without a single confirmed castmember for now.
While this is a setback for the movie, particularly as Stallone himself had expressed interest in Weaver’s involvement, the project is unlikely to die as a result. Weaver’s exit, however, may »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Frank Grillo has made a career out of strong supporting roles, but that’s set to change. Earlier this year he earned praise for his performance in The Purge: Anarchy, and the actor also left an impression as Brock Rumlow in Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Comic book fans will know exactly what’s in store for the character, and the closing minutes of Winter Soldier all but confirm that we can look forward to seeing Grillo develop Rumlow further.
Ahead of the home entertainment release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we got a chance to quiz Grillo on how he’d like Rumlow to evolve in future instalments, other Marvel characters he’d like a chance to play, and his role in the upcoming remake of The Raid. Have a read below.
There’s a lot of characters in the Marvel universe that have already made the jump to live action, »
- Amon Warmann
For many years I was the head of film programming for the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles, a non-profit film group that currently runs the Egyptian and Aero Theatres. As part of my job I tried to keep my finger to the pulse of national cinemas from around the globe, both new and old, by combing through festival catalogues, talking to other programmers and watching as many movies as I could get my hands on (much of these in the old VHS days!)
In the 1990s and early 2000s I saw the rediscovery of some amazing bodies of world cinema such as Italian Horror and Giallo Cinema from the 1960s & 1970s by directors like Mario Bava and Dario Argento, and Japanese Outlaw Cinema from the same period by hard-hitting genre filmmakers like Kinji Fukasaku, Seijun Suzuki and Kihachi Okamoto. But one thing I didn’t see, in repertory film calendars, »
- Dennis Bartok
It’s fair to say that Frank Grillo’s career has taken something of an upward turn of late. The actor, now in his 50s, has been something of a grafter, a journeyman in a career that has lasted over twenty years already. However his recent, more dominant and crucial roles, in big movies as The Grey, End of Watch and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, signify a change in fortunes, and that much is evident with his latest project too, taking the starring role in James DeMonaco’s The Purge: Anarchy.
Grillo discusses what it was about this original concept that attracted him – speaking candidly about getting into the head of his character, and what he would do in a similar position. He also tells us about the benefits in playing such an elusive a role with so little dialogue, and also tells us as much as he can »
- Stefan Pape
Frank Grillo is currently riding high at the Us box office for the second time this summer, courtesy of The Purge: Anarchy. Having also popped up in Captain America: The Winter Soldier - ahead of appearances in more Marvel movies - he's busy, and enjoying well deserved success.
We had the pleasure of interviewing Grillo about The Purge: Anarchy, and you can read the full piece here.
In the course of that interview, he talked about working with director Joe Carnahan on The Grey. And he revealed that they're reteaming again for the long-mooted remake of Death Wish. "Carnahan and I became friends", he told us. "We’re going to do Death Wish together. Death Wish has an amazing script. That’s kind of tied up with Fox. He’s got a film called White Jazz, »
Not being the biggest fan of last year’s home invasion-oriented The Purge, I was hopeful that returning writer/director James DeMonaco would find a way to nail down his promising premise with his follow-upand boy, does he deliver. Not only does The Purge: Anarchy address so many of the questions I was left with after the original, but it also amps up the action, story, and mythology, and gives us likable and engaging characters to root for this time around.
If you saw The Purge, you pretty much already know the basics going into the sequel. As a way to keep crime and unemployment to a minimum, the New Founders of America created the annual Purge where the “haves” in this new world can cleanse their souls with violence against the “have-nots” when killing is made legal for 12 hours throughout the country. This time, DeMonaco takes his story to »
- Heather Wixson
The return of “The Purge” is about to commence for the second consecutive year where all crime is legal and all hospitals, fire stations, poison control centers and police stations in the United States are closed down for 12 hours. This time is not just the neighbors and acquaintances trying to commit purge but there’s a rivalry for survival against the rich towards the poor. People have to defend themselves in order to survive the night. Trust is not an option. For 5 strangers, staying together will be the key for them to survive the night, or will it? The sequel is directed by James DeMonaco ("Assault on Precinct 13") and stars Frank Grillo ( “The Grey,“Captain America:), Carmen Ejogo (“Alex Cross”) , Michael K. Williams ( "The Wire").
After the huge success of the first sequel which started with a $3 million dollar budget and grossed over $64 million at the box office »
- Tairy Ynoa Amador
Filmmaker Joe Carnahan doesn’t mess around. His movies range from gritty thrillers like Narc to big summer tentpoles like The A-Team to thoughtful, existential dramas like The Grey, and recently he’s been delving into television to great success with The Blacklist and the upcoming State of Affairs. Though his latest feature film, a small-scale crazy actioner called Stretch, is currently looking for a distributor, we recently learned that Carnahan is lining up another feature project in Five Against a Bullet. The Wild Bunch-esque story revolves around five bodyguards that are hired to protect a Mexican politician through a contentious election after his father is murdered by a drug cartel. At the TCA Press Tour, Christina interviewed Carnahan in anticipation of his upcoming drama series State of Affairs, and the director touched on Five Against the Bullet, revealing that it will probably be his next film. Check out »
- Adam Chitwood
When a filmmaker as respected as Joe Carnahan makes a movie that never sees the light of day, it’s pretty big news, not to mention tremendously disappointing. But that’s just what happened with Stetch, The Grey director’s action-comedy about “a down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back.”
Though the cast (including Patrick Wilson, Ed Helms, Chris Pine, Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Dekker, James Badge Dale, Shaun Toub, Ray Liotta and David Hasselhoff) was impeccable, and all signs indicated that the film was going to be great, Universal was unwilling to sink $40 million into marketing Stretch. Why, you may ask? According to Carnahan himself, who spoke with Collider during the TCA Press Tour to promote his upcoming NBC series State of Affairs, it had to do with how Stretch was made, but he promises the film »
- Isaac Feldberg
I’m a big Joe Carnahan fan. I’ve enjoyed all of his movies, and his most recent, The Grey, was my favorite film of 2012. I was eagerly anticipating his follow-up Stretch, which stars Patrick Wilson as “a down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back.” The cast for the low-budget film also includes Chris Pine, Ed Helms, Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Dekker, James Badge Dale, Shaun Toub, Ray Liotta, and David Hasselhoff. So it was a bummer when Universal dropped the movie and it fell off the theatrical schedule this year. Since then, we’ve been wondering when and how we’re going to see a movie that’s like “excessive 80’s R-rated action comedies,” according to Wilson. At the TCA Press Tour, Christina interviewed Carnahan (who was there for his upcoming drama series State of Affairs), and »
- Matt Goldberg
In The Purge: Anarchy, Frank Grillo plays Leo, a guy who deliberately heads out after The Purge siren blares seeking vengeance. However, instead of hunting down his own target, he winds up trying to rescue other helpless Purge victims. You know who I'd want to help me survive the night if The Purge became a real thing? Grillo himself. Not only does the guy absolutely kill it in combat heavy films like The Grey and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but he also trains extensively in real life, too. Perhaps his aversion to guns wouldn't serve him well in The Purge, but if life imitates art, hand-to-hand combat certainly wouldn't be an issue. While attending The Purge: Breakout at the tour's Coney Island stop, we got the chance to talk to Grillo about the intensity of his performance in the sequel, his one big fear in life and his hope »
- Perri Nemiroff
While not every actor has the good fortune of rising to stardom while nearing his 50s, that’s what makes Frank Grillo’s rocketing Hollywood stock so intriguing – in a good way. This workhorse of a man has been around since 1993, yet it wasn’t until recently that Grillo’s name became more commonplace around big-budget mainstream blockbusters. While most of you probably know him as Brock Rumlow in this year’s insanely successful Marvel endeavor, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, he’s already making himself known in another growing franchise by leading The Purge: Anarchy. It appears that comic book films are treating our star right – but will the horror genre be as friendly?
Sitting down with Frank in Coney Island one gloomy Friday afternoon, I got to pick the actor’s brain on all things righteous and badass. Branching out from typical questions about starring in a horror sequel, »
- Matt Donato
Right on the heels of Universal moving Fast & Furious 7 up a week from April 10th, 2015, to April 3rd, Focus Features has announced some schedule changes of its own for 2015. Now, horror threequel Insidious: Chapter 3 will open not on April 3rd next year but May 29th. Furthermore, sci-fi drama Selfless has moved from February 27th to April 17th, and Oscar winner Kevin Macdonald’s treasure hunt drama Black Sea has been set for January 23rd.
Now, let’s look at those one at a time.
We don’t know much about Insidious: Chapter 3 other than that it will star The Grey actor Dermot Mulroney and A.N.T. Farm actress Stefanie Scott. Leigh Whannell is both directing and scripting this installment, and he is also expected to reprise his role as Specs. Also returning from previous installments will be Angus Sampson as Tucker and Lin Shaye as Elise Rainier. Unfortunately, Insidious »
- Isaac Feldberg
A-Team director Joe Carnahan is set to rewrite and direct a new action movie for Sony Pictures called Five Against A Bullet. According to THR, the project has kind of been sitting around gathering dust for several years, and during that time several people have come on and off the project. Bruce Willis was one actor that was looking to star in the picture, but it's not clear on if it's something he'd still be interested in doing.
The story centers on a "Mexican politician who, after his father is killed by a drug cartel, hires the five best bodyguards from around the world to protect him through a contentious election."
This sounds like the perfect project for Carnahan to develop. His energetic directing style would translate perfectly to a story like this. The other films he has directed include Narc, Smokin’ Aces, and The Grey. »
- Joey Paur
Joe Carnahan (The Grey) has just been added to the team making an ensemble action film called Five Against a Bullet. The last time we heard about the film was back in 2012, when Bruce Willis was attached to star in the film written by Alex Litvak. The script is about “a Mexican politician who, after his […]
The post Joe Carnahan Directing ‘Five Against a Bullet’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Will Poulter (We're the Millers) has joined the cast of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's The Revenant alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and (reportedly) Tom Hardy. The movie is based on the Michael Punke novel centering on an 1820s frontiersman on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling. Production begins this fall. Variety Joe Carnahan (The Grey, "The Blacklist") has had a tough go in the feature film world as his latest movie, Stretch, is currently sitting in limbo, but that isn't stopping him from moving forward with another project as he's set to direct Five Against a Bullet for Sony Pictures. The story follows five bodyguards hired to protect a Mexican politician over the course of a contentious election after his father is murdered by a drug cartel. Carnahan is expected to do a little rewriting on the script. The Wrap Breck Eisner (The Crazies »
- Brad Brevet
After two extremely profitable films, James Wan’s Insidious series is about to enter a brave new world. For one, Wan has said goodbye to the horror genre, and will not direct Insidious 3; instead, longtime Wan confident Leigh Whannell will take up residence in the director’s chair. It’s been known for some time that previous stars Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne won’t be coming back either, but today brings official confirmation of just who will take over for Wilson as Insidious 3′s male lead.
- Michael Kennedy
I feel like it was just yesterday that I was talking to Leigh Whannell about Insidious: Chapter 3 at SXSW, when all we knew was that Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne weren’t going to return, but since then the project has received nothing but good news. First it was announced that directorial duties would stay in house with Leigh Whannell, then future Jem and the Holograms star Stefanie Scott joined the cast, and today brings more casting news in the way of a leading man.
Taking to the Twittersphere today, Leigh Whannell himself announced that actor Dermot Mulroney will star in Insidious: Chapter 3, making for a choice that many genre fans should love. While audiences will know Mr. Mulroney from recent films like The Grey and August: Osage County, horror fans should remember films like Stoker and The Rambler. If you want to see Mulroney at his most interesting, »
- Matt Donato
The demons of “The Further” now have another human to haunt. We recently shared that Stefanie Scott had joined the cast of Insidious Chapter 3, the directorial debut from the franchise’s co-star and writer Leigh Whannell. Now veteran actor Dermot Mulroney is attached to play a big role in the third entry in the demonic paranormal series.
It’s unknown at this time what type of character Mulroney (The Grey, My Best Friend’s Wedding) will play in the film, but we’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated as more details develop.
Leigh Whannell takes over the director’s chair for the third »
- Derek Anderson
The third film will be directed and written by Leigh Whannell. Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions, which produced both Insidious and Insidious: Chapter 2, is producing the next installment along with Oren Peli and James Wan.
eOne will distribute the picture in Canada, U.K. and Spain. Sony will distribute the picture in the rest of the world. Principal photography of the movie is scheduled to start next month on July 7th. Mulroney was most recently seen in August: Osage County and Jobs and also appeared in The Grey. »
- Michelle McCue
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