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A new trailer has arrived online for the fifth season of Showtime’s hit drama-thriller Homeland, which you can view below…
In the new season Carrie (Claire Danes) “attempts to live as a private citizen don’t go so well as she’s once again embroiled in a web of geo-politics, which involves hackers and getting tossed into a van among other things.”
Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend and F. Murray Abraham return as Saul Berenson, Peter Quinn and Dar Adal, while new recruits include Miranda Otto (Lord of the Rings), Sebastian Koch (A Good Day to Die Hard) and Brit Max Beesley (Suits).
Homeland season 5 starts on October 4th.
- Scott J. Davis
If Lethal Weapon is to return to our screens at all, it will almost certainly take the form of a reboot. But what if Mel Gibson and Danny Glover were miraculously reunited for a fifth time? Screenwriter Max Landis has one possible answer.
During an interview with Grantland for his latest movie American Ultra, the new action comedy directed by Nima Nourizadeh, Landis was thrown a fun hypothetical question: if you were given $130m to make a new Lethal Weapon, would you do it? Landis' reply was an emphatic yes, which he followed with a remarkably well-formed, off-the-cuff pitch:
The final Lethal Weapon, if I have to pocket-pitch it right now, is Murtaugh and Riggs are asked to work with a group of, like, four cops who are younger, »
Hanna and Her Sisters: The Art of the Persistently Insipid Video Game Reboot
A tip of the hat to 20th Century Fox as they valiantly try to re-launch their failed video-game based franchise with a new chapter of risible artifice, Hitman: Agent 47, which follows the 2007 film Hitman. Recapitulated for a ‘new generation,’ or so it constantly confirms for us, perhaps it would have been beneficial to hire someone other than returning screenwriter Skip Woods for the treatment (who went on to pen franchise material like X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The A-Team, and A Good Day to Die Hard). Staunchly uninterested in providing even one moment of logical comprehension or stage anything resembling an original concept, this derivative slog of action sequences and B-movie tropes tiredly goes through the motions of narrative filmmaking but never quite reveals what the point seems to be.
Jumping immediately into a curdled stew of conventional Cold War espionage, »
- Nicholas Bell
Hitman: Agent 47, 2015.
Directed by Aleksander Bach.
An Assassin teams up with a woman to help her find her father and uncover the mysteries of her ancestry.
2015 hasn’t worked out quite as planned for 20th Century Fox thus far, with the last few weeks in particular arguably some of the hardest the mighty studio has faced in recent times. Whatever happened on Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four remains mostly a secret, but the experience on their newest comic-book reboot can’t have been a happy camp for all involved, and so goes perhaps their final big box-office bonanza of the summer. But onwards and upwards is the name of the game, and on the heels on that reboot comes another, in the form of video-game adaptation Hitman. Can it find provided some much-needed respite from the ‘doom’ and gloom? »
- Scott J. Davis
Directed by Aleksander Bach
Video game adaptations are not only uninteresting, but they can’t possibly be anything close to their source material given that the mechanics and visceral nature of video games aren’t easily recreated on film. Hitman is stealthy, meticulous and never-failing, but because none of those qualities translate to the bigscreen, 20th Century Fox released another loud, dumb action movie into theatres before summer ends.
Agent 47 (Rupert Friend) is a genetically engineered killing machine endowed with the trial and error of 46 past clones. A cold, emotionless killer as a central figure requires a strong supporting cast and an engaging story, but because Hitman: Agent 47 has none of those things, massive retinkering is required. The script by Skip Woods (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, A Good Day to Die Hard), unfortunately treads largely the same steps »
- Colin Biggs
There should be a moratorium on writing “You and I are not so very different,” and its variants in all future screenplays. Screenwriters Skip Woods and Michael Finch didn’t get the memo when writing “Hitman: Agent 47,” treating their audience to that gem of a line as well as dozens of others that are uninspired or sound vaguely familiar if you’ve ever seen another movie. Woods and Finch have a history with franchises, separately penning the scripts for “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “A Good Day to Die Hard” and “Predators” with Finch slated to tackle “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2." Even the last of those films, the sequel to the reviled "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters," likely has a better script than the final product here. “Hitman: Agent 47” boasts everything from flaws in logic to a flood of lines so terrible and unoriginal that they elicited giggles from a room »
- Kimber Myers
Straight Outta Compton emerged as the number one movie in America during its opening weekend, and it helped push Universal past the $2 billion mark at the domestic yearly box office, making it the fastest studio to reach that mark. But you know who.s not all too happy about the film? The real Mc Ren. The original member of N.W.A. spoke out about his depiction in the film, and, according to him, it wasn.t accurate. On the Saturday the 15th, the rapper tweeted the following: True fans know my role in the group as far a lyrics are concerned, don't let the movie fool you about my contribution to the group. . Mc Ren (@mcrencpt) August 15, 2015 Aldis Hodge of A Good Day to Die Hard and The East portrayed Mc Ren in Straight Outta Compton, and his character definitely took a backseat in relation to the other members. »
It’s been getting rather positive reviews (read ours here), and now the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton has become another big money-winner for Universal, who are already having a great year.
Made on a reported budget of just $28 million, Straight Outta Compton went straight to the number one spot with a whopping $56.1 million domestic box office. This would make it the sixth biggest August opening, knocking off Rise of the Planet of the Apes from 2011.
In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally »
- Luke Owen
To coincide with this week’s release of the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, Screen Junkies are coming Straight Outta Detroit with an Honest Trailer for 8 Mile, Eminem’s definitely not biographical tale about a rapper from Detroit who takes care of a cute little girl and has a crazy mom. Check it out here…
See Also: Check out previous Honest Trailers here
Straight Outta Compton stars O’Shea Jackson Jr. as Ice Cube, Corey Hawkins (Non-Stop) as Dr. Dre, Aldis Hodge (A Good Day to Die Hard) as Mc Ren, Jason Mitchell (Dragon Eyes) as Easy E, Neil Brown Jr. (Bayou Tales) as DJ Yella, Keith Stanfield (The Purge: Anarchy) as Snoop Dogg, R. Marcus Taylor (The Gathering) as Suge Knight, Rogelio Douglas Jr. (Whiplash) as Chuck D and Paul Giamatti (San Andreas) as Jerry Heller. It is set to open on August 14th in the States »
- Gary Collinson
The much anticipated biopic of one of hip-hop’s most notorious and influential groups will hit the big screen next weekend in the Us – and two weeks later in the UK – and we have a new extended featurette courtesy of Noisey.
In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth »
- Gavin Logan
Simon Columb on press junket interviews…
I listen to many film podcasts. When I get behind, I’ll try and desperately catch up and inevitably listen to interviews with the same guest on different shows. This means that if Tom Cruise is speaking on various podcasts, then I’ll hear Cruise speak time and again about his new film. Obviously, I’m expecting repetition. This is my film about rogues and this is my film about missions – that’s fine. I can comfortably listen to this minor conversation-filler. But I’ve also noticed a pattern.
It goes a little like this: a ‘Tell us about your role’ question leads to the actor speaking about the aforementioned role. Tell us about the film, they ask. The actor talks about the film. Then we have the more “unique” question. The interviewee has worked, at some point, with an iconic actor or director. »
- Simon Columb
In an interview to promote the N.W.A biopic, Grey was asked about these rumours, which he dismissed, but noted that it would be something that he’s interested in.
“I would love to direct a superhero movie,” he told BlackTree TV. “We’ll see what happens. If [the rumours are] right, I’m there!”
Watch the full interview below:
Ironically enough, F. Gary Gray turned down the chance to direct Captain America: The Winter Soldier so he could go off and make Straight Outta Compton, and its that movie that has now put him back on Marvel’s radar.
- Luke Owen
The Gunman, 2015.
Directed by Pierre Morel.
Eight years after a hit on the Congo mining minister, the assassin finds that he is now the target in a game of cat and mouse.
Spurred on by the inexplicable success of Taken (seriously? Watch it again – it isn’t That good), its sequels and the subsequent fad of middle-aged actors starring in revenge thrillers, Sean Penn (Carlito’s Way/Casualties of War) has joined the likes of Liam Neeson, Kevin Costner and Denzel Washington by starring in The Gunman, directed – funnily enough – by Taken director Pierre Morel.
Penn plays Jim Terrier, a sniper who has been selected to be the shooter in the assassination of the mining minister in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After the hit Jim has to leave the continent as »
- Gary Collinson
Stars Kate Winslet (Jeanine), Miles Teller (Peter), Zoë Kravitz (Christina), Theo James (Four) and producer Lucy Fisher discuss how the relationship between Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four has evolved in our exclusive preview from The Divergent Series: Insurgent, debuting on Digital HD July 21 before its release on Blu-ray and DVD August 4. Both Theo James and Miles Teller discuss how much more at ease the cast was with each other in the sequel, since there is a level of familiarity, while Kate Winslet discusses how much Shailene Woodley has grown as a person since the last film, and how it shows on screen. This exclusive video also offers plenty of behind-the-scenes footage from this beloved sequel.
Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars, The Descendants) and Theo James (Underworld Awakening) pack a powerful one-two punch in the blockbuster action-adventure, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, arriving on Digital HD July 21 and on »
Get ready for 40 stories of sheer awesome and one of the cooler Blu-ray limited edition packages you will ever lay eyes on with the Nakatomi Plaza: Die Hard Collection.
Fox Home Entertainment has announced this amazing set to time with the start of Comic-Con 2015 in San Diego, California. It's the first Blu-ray and Digital HD combo collection that includes all five Die Hard films starring Bruce Willis, from the 1988 original classic to 2013's A Good Day to Die Hard.
What makes this collection special is the Nakatomi Plaza replica that houses all the films in its base. As you may already know, Nakatomi Plaza in real life sits on the Fox Studios lot »
Despite the fact that he’s proven lethal to nearly every project he’s participated in to date, from A Good Day to Die Hard to Terminator Genisys, Jai Courtney is inexplicably still landing plum roles left and right. Now, he’s signed on to lead drama The Kaiser’s Last Kiss, opposite the genuinely talented Lily James and Christopher Plummer.
Written by Simon Burke and based on Alan Judd’s book, the film is set in early WWII in the aftermath of the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands in 1940. The Dutch resistance covertly allies itself with Winston Churchill in order to undermine the Nazis by planting an agent in the home of former German monarch Kaiser Wilhelm (Plummer), who has been living in exile there since 1917.
James plays a young Jewish Dutch woman who embarks on a torrid, treacherous love affair with a German officer (Courtney), which becomes of »
- Isaac Feldberg
(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Film House Germany’s Egoli Tossell Film has tapped Jai Courtney to star opposite Lily James (Cinderella, Wrath Of The Titans) in The Kaiser’S Last Kiss which will be directed by David Leveaux. The film will also star Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer (Beginners, The Last Station, Remember) as the Kaiser.
The Kaiser’S Last Kiss takes place around the 1940 invasion of Holland which brings the Nazis face to face with their former monarch, Kaiser Wilhelm (Christopher Plummer) – exiled to the Netherlands since 1917. In an effort to thwart the Nazis, the Dutch resistance work covertly with Winston Churchill in inserting an agent into the Kaiser’s household. A lethally dangerous love affair ignites between a German officer (Courtney) and a young Jewish Dutch woman (James) with consequences that neither they nor the Kaiser himself could have foreseen. As the Nazis race to identify and eliminate the agent, »
- Michelle McCue
Thn’s Dan Bullock showed you the first trailer for Hitman: Agent 47 back in February but now, we can show you the latest extended trailer and poster artwork for the film right here.
Genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, Agent 47 (Rupert Friend) is the culmination of decades of research and 46 earlier Agent clones. With unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence, Agent 47 is tasked with eliminating a mega corporation with intentions to reveal Agent 47’s secrets and create their own superior Agents.
Hitman: Agent 47 opens in UK cinemas on August 27.
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- Sacha Hall
As a concept, Vixen has been floating around for a while. The basic idea is that of an animated spin-off from The CW’s Arrow and The Flash universe, with a female hero – the eponymous Vixen – in centre stage.
Recently, Megalyn Echikunwoke has appeared in both the Damien TV series and The Following. Previously, she played the on-the-nose-ly named ‘Pretty Reporter’ in A Good Day To Die Hard and recurred in CSI: Miami.
Vixen’s secret identity is Mari McCabe, who ‘inherits a magical totem that bestows upon her the ability to access the inherent attributes of animals, »
Director: Alan Taylor; Screenwriters: Laeta Kalogridis, Patrick Lussier; Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, Matt Smith; Running time: 125 mins; Certificate: 12A
Terminator Genisys says and does nothing new, preferring instead to exhume the past and take one almighty metallic dump on it. Relentlessly dull and lacking any entertainment value beyond a solitary penis-themed one-liner from Arnold Schwarzenegger, it's hard to fathom how badly they've rewired rather than rebooted this ailing franchise.
The plot is an utter mess, throwing together Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), her son John Connor (Jason Clarke) and nondescript soldier Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) in various timelines that rewrite history and feature multiple incarnations of Schwarzenegger's iconic, leather-clad figure. By the end, you'll be wishing he could travel back in time and terminate the franchise after T2. That's if you're still capable of rational thought. It's a very tough two hours.
The unengaging, unintelligible story »
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