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NBC have confirmed via an official press release that their superb new series, which has just entered a season break in the Us, will return for a full 22 episode second season. The Blacklist, which follows James Spader’s devious secret-selling former government operative Raymond ‘Red’ Reddington, has had an impressive year and for me, was without a doubt, the most exciting new series of 2013.
The surprisingly violent series was the brainchild of Jon Bokenkamp with Narc and The Grey director Joe Carnahan (who also produces) directing a number of stand-out episodes. However, the series must belong to Spader, who is both slimy and mysteriously sympathetic as the skilled and conflicted character. Homeland’s Diego Klattenhoff, Man Of Steel’s Harry Lennix and rising beauty Megan Boone also star.
NBC Renews Freshman Hit ‘The Blacklist’ For A Second Season
Series Is Broadcast’s No. 1-Rated Drama in 18-49 and Top New Show in Demo, »
- Craig Hunter
Just because the upcoming thriller The Conspiracy on Jekyll Island has been in production for a week now, that doesn.t mean they can.t still bring in someone else to join the cast. The Windward Entertainment production has just added former In Plain Sight actress Mary McCormack to the talented ensemble. The film stars Frank Grillo (The Grey) as an ex-Wall Street enthusiast who gets roped into a plot by the Secretary of the Treasury to try and shutdown a cyber attack that could possibly throw the entire U.S. economy into an uproar. (As opposed to it just collapsing due to all the other reasons our economy is crap, I suppose.) With his wife (Minnie Driver), he forms a team of misfits to help him as he takes on whatever threat is trying to take the world down, one dollar at a time. There.s no mention in »
Over the course of his 25-year-plus acting career — which began with small TV roles when he was just a teenager in the mid-’80s — Paul Walker collected many friends and admirers in the industry. The Fast and Furious series star, who really made a name for himself in the late ’90s with movies like Varsity Blues and She’s All That, died Saturday afternoon in a car accident at age 40, and online reaction poured in from his acting friends and peers.
- Katie Atkinson
After the rather bland and boring Thor: The Dark World, Marvel have a bit of making up to do with their forthcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Thankfully, after witnessing the first trailer and extended footage over at San Diego Comic Con, Steve Rogers’ return is looking damn special. We’re still almost six months away from the film’s release and co-star Frank Grillo, while promoting action-thriller Homefront, has confirmed his villain Brock Rumlow (aka Crossbones) will also return in future Marvel adventures!
“It’s an origin film. You meet people who are going to be around for a while, so they introduce the characters. It’s almost like it’s a series. It’s fun. »
- Craig Hunter
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" will introduce several Marvel superheroes, including Brock Rumlow, a character who's better known as Crossbones. Whie promoting "Homefront," Frank Grillo (The Grey), who plays Crossbones, revealed that "The Winter Soldier" is an origin story for his character and that he'll likely return for future Marvel movies. "It's an origin film," he said. "You meet people who are going to be around for a while, so they introduce the characters. It's almost like it's a series." When asked if Marvel has plans to bring Crossbones back for other films,the actor replied: "They do, actually. We'll see what happens. We'll see if the fans respond to Brock and how it goes." »
Actor Frank Grillo has been slowly making a name for himself, particularly with 2011's Warrior and The Grey and is next primed to become a household name with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, where he'll play Brock Rumlow, who most comic enthusiasts know is the alias for the villain known as Crossbones. Although Grillo has yet to even say the name "Crossbones" in any press (that I've seen, anyway), the actor alludes that there is much more to »
- Paul Shirey
Specifically the studio wanted Bruce Willis in the movie, Carnahan didn't. Once he was out, "Miss Bala" director Gerardo Naranjo was brought in to helm the project which Willis is still being sought to star in.
Now, an e-mail that Carnahan sent to MGM CEO Jonathan Glickman at the time has been mailed around and THR has posted it online for all to see. The mail goes as follows:
You had a potential Oscar-winning film with maybe the best script in Hollywood but because you're a coward and a dumb c--- you now have an untested, second-time director and an arrogant, lazy, aging action star that will run that poor kid into the ground.
Good luck, asshole. You're a spineless, »
- Garth Franklin
Oh, Joe Carnahan, what are we going to do with you? The notoriously outspoken filmmaker has long been a fan favorite thanks to his films Narc, The A-team, Smokin' Aces, and The Grey which all elevate action movies above the rest of the crop. Well, except for The A-team. But Carnahan's involvement with a gritty potential Daredevil movie and the remake of Death Wish had movie fans excited to see what he would deliver next. Unfortunately, both projects are now in the hands of other studios »
- Alex Maidy
Feature James Clayton 15 Nov 2013 - 06:43
The Counsellor has arrived, and with it we find Sir Ridley Scott returning to cinemas. He keeps on returning and will make many more future returns. The fact that he turns 76 at the end of this month is irrelevant because the director shows no sign of stopping, and there's no reason why he should.
At least, that's my personal view as someone who always looks forward to seeing Scott's latest feature at the multiplex. It's good to know that he's still going strong and making films at a prolific rate, because the movie scene would be slightly sorrier without him. A quick sweep across a filmography that includes such eclectic classics as Alien, Blade Runner, Legend, Gladiator and Kingdom Of Heaven (the Director's Cut, »
The rusted-out soul of steel-town America and the ghosts of the 1970s post-Vietnam Hollywood cinema haunt Scott Cooper’s “Out of the Furnace,” a starkly powerful drama that in some ways feels like an Iraq-era bookend to “The Deer Hunter,” with bare-knuckle boxing substituted for Russian roulette. A much darker and less audience-friendly package than Cooper’s Oscar-winning 2009 debut, “Crazy Heart,” but graced by the same lyrical sense of worn-down American lives, this slow-burning drama should earn deserved praise for the top-drawer performances of stars Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and a truly frightening Woody Harrelson, but will need a lot of TLC from distrib Relativity (which opens the pic wide on Dec. 6) to break out commercially in a very crowded holiday frame.
The furnace of the title is literally the Carrie Furnace of Braddock, Penn., the real Rust Belt town where Cooper’s pic is set. But it is also »
- Scott Foundas
The reading of film articles can be a both a great pleasure and an educational experience.
With the wealth of film writing available at the touch of a key, it should be pointed out that there are a number of current trends in film article writing that are lowering the overall bar in terms of quality.
Every film writer has his or her own individual style and approach and this article is not a curmudgeonly attempt to stifle anyone’s efforts, but rather an attempt to call out some bad habits.
Here’s a look at six currently widespread counterproductive film writing trends that need to stop. The following is in no order.
1. Underdeveloped lists
This is a simple one. Whether it’s an article on best films in a particular genre or a list of casting suggestions, three or four selections is not enough. “Always leave them wanting more »
- Terek Puckett
Trevor Hogg chats with Christine Bieselin Clark about the art of dressing for space warfare....
After serving as an assistant on five films to Michael Wilkinson (Man of Steel) and being a co-costume designer with him on Tron: Legacy (2010), Christine Bieselin Clark (The Maze Runner) has been taught well by her mentor. “The most valuable thing I ever learnt from Michael is to remain calm at all times. We are surrounded by endless curveballs and even when you are beyond being overwhelmed, you must, ‘remain calm at all times.’” Having previously worked on Rendition(2007), Bieselin Clark was well acquainted with filmmaker Gavin Hood who recruited her to be his costume designer for the cinematic adaptation of Ender’s Game(2013). “When I sat with Gavin for the first time, in an early concept phase of Eg, and showed him my presentation it was like no time had passed. My ideas were »
Exclusive: James Badge Dale will be joining Cate Blanchett in writer-director David Mamet‘s thriller Blackbird. Dale plays a military major who is trying to discover the truth about the political secrets of a woman’s grandfather who worked for the U.S. special ops during the 1960s. Currently, Dale is performing in the off-Broadway play Small Engine Repair and recently completed filming three pictures: Universal’s Stretch directed by Joe Carnahan (they previously teamed on The Grey), Miss Meadows opposite Katie Holmes, and the Civil War drama Relative Stranger. He’s repped by CAA, Mj Management and attorney Geoff Oblath. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Written by Max La Bella based on a story by Bella and Wan and directed by Will Canon, Demonic was produced by Lee Clay and Wan. The film's stars include Maria Bello, Frank Grillo, Cody Horn, Aaron Yoo, Megan Park, and Dustin Milligan. No release date has been set.
Check out the plot crunch below, and expect more soon!
From producer James Wan (Saw, Insidious) and starring Golden Globe nominee Maria Bello (A History of Violence), Frank Grillo (End of Watch, The Grey), and Dustin Milligan (Slither, TV's "90210"), comes a startling new film that combines found footage with classic genre filmmaking to take you behind the scenes into a modern day »
- Uncle Creepy
We’ve got a number of casting announcements to attend to this afternoon. Briefly: Jake Gyllenhaal is poised to take over the role previously held by Eminem in the long-gestating boxing drama Southpaw. Christopher Walken will play jazz opposite Lenny Kravitz in the upcoming musician drama Little Rootie Tootie. Minnie Driver and Frank Grillo (The Grey) are set to topline the indie thriller A Conspiracy on Jekyll Island alongside Dianna Agron (Glee), John Leguizamo, Maggie Q, and more. Director Matthew Vaughn has added a femme fatale to his graphic novel adaptation The Secret Service in model Sofia Boutella. Hit the jump for more details on the aforementioned projects. First up, it appears the long-in-the-works boxing drama Southpaw is finally getting off the ground. The Wrap reports that Jake Gyllenhaal is currently in negotiations to lead the film in a role that was previously filled by Eminem. The story revolves around »
- Adam Chitwood
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 1 Nov 2013 - 06:28
Next year’s full of potentially great films, so to help, here’s a list of 25 movies we're most looking forward to in 2014...
These lists of anticipated forthcoming movies have become an annual fixture by now, and as ever, our selection has been tricky to whittle down. In restricting our list to just 25, we've tried to create a mix of the high-profile and the less obvious. Movies such as Non-Stop, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Big Hero Six and Edge Of Tomorrow came close but didn't quite make the cut, even though they have much to offer for their own reasons.
Furthermore, given the number of films competing for space, we've left the latest chapters of The Hunger Games and The Hobbit off the list. We're keen to see both, but we're wary of taking up slots with movies »
Feature James Clayton 1 Nov 2013 - 06:42
With Thor: The Dark World out now, James comes up with his own ways of expanding the Marvel Cinematic Universe...
The big blonde thunder god is back! By Thor, it's Thor and he's so Thor-some! Chris Hemsworth's Norse superhero is in cinemas again, wielding his magic hammer and headlining his own standalone-that-isn't-really-standing-alone feature which is, of course, Thor: The Dark World.
He's joined by all his old friends and familial frenemies, including Earthling astrophysicist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), one-eyed Allfather Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and beguiling trickster bastard god Loki (Tom Hiddleston). We like all of them and the supplementary characters that populated the 2011 film directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh. Now for The Dark World we have Alan Taylor at the helm, a fresh antagonist in the form of Dark Elf Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston) and the promise of a lot more Asgard-based action this time around. »
Since the end of the 1990s, lovers of animal attack films have been subjected to copious amounts of uninspired Nu Image, Syfy Channel and Syfy Channel-like dreck like Silent Predators (1999), Maneater (2007) Croc (2007), Grizzly Rage (2007) and a stunning amount of terrible shark attack films to name a few that barely scratch the surface of a massive list.
These movies fail miserably to capture the intensity of the unforgettable films they are imitating and the recent wave seems to carry with it the intent of giving the Revolt of Nature horror film a bad name. »
- Terek Puckett
There are two all-female-cast action/thrillers – inspired by Sylvester Stallone’s hit macho action throwback franchise The Expendables – that are being developed by Hollywood right now. One is an untitled project that producer Adi Shankar (The Grey, Dredd, Killing Them Softly) is currently putting together, with Gina Carano (Fast & Furious 6) and Katee Sackhoff (Riddick) very loosely attached to star… whenever it comes together, that is.
Meanwhile, Expendables franchise producer Avi Lerner is backing a direct spinoff of Sly’s 1980s/90s-inspired action brand, called The ExpendaBelles. Since The Expendables 3 concludes principal photography in Bulgaria this week, Lerner was in the country and spoke to the country’s press about what everyone can expect ...
- Sandy Schaefer
After Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim) abruptly left the Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation, the search was on to cast the lead before the planned start date of November 1st. It seems as if the search is over, as Jamie Dornan (The Fall) is reported as having landed the lead of billionaire and S&M connoisseur, Christian Grey. Dakota Johnson (21 Jump Street) is still on board as Anastasia Steele; Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) will direct. In related non-casting news, THR's Borys Kit also reports that "Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises) passed on the part of Kate, Anastasia's best friend, and Frank Grillo (The Grey) passed on bodyguard, Taylor." The adaptation of E.L. James’ bestselling novel is now set to kick off production and is scheduled to open August 1, 2014. (Via Variety) »
- Dave Trumbore
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