18 items from 2015
Paramount Pictures announced the release dates for the two sequels last year, but it didn’t release any casting information. In an exclusive interview with Schwarzenegger, The Arnold Fans asked whether he’d be filming Terminator 6, to which the actor confirmed, “Yes, of course, next year.”
Terminator 6 opens stateside May 19, 2017, and thanks to Schwarzenegger’s comment, we now know production will begin on it sometime next year. Terminator 7 is set to open June 29, 2018.
- Chris Cooper
It was a tough day at the box office on Friday. Fifty Shades of Grey collapsed heading in to its second weekend, while comedy sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2 bombed.It wasn't all bad news, though, as The Duff and McFarland, USA slightly over-performed against very modest expectations.Fifty Shades of Grey added $8 million on Friday, which is off a massive 74 percent from its opening day. Without a Valentine's Day boost, the movie could wind up earning less than $24 million for the three-day weekend. Fifty Shades now seems poised to earn less than the original Twilight movie ($192.8 million) over the course of its run. At the start of its second weekend, Kingsman: The Secret Service fell 49 percent to an estimated $5.3 million. That result is essentially twice as high as A Good Day to Die Hard and This Means War at the same post-President's Day point. For the weekend, Kingsman should wind up around $17 million. »
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For the third week of February, Scream Factory is delivering a double dose of terror in their releases of the recent indie horror flick Animal as well as the 1989 cult classic adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera starring Robert Englund and Jill Schoelen.
Magnolia is also bringing us V/H/S: Viral, the latest edition of their popular horror anthology series, home on Blu-ray, DVD and VHS (which is awesome!), and indie genre fans have tons of new titles to look forward to. And for you Game of Thrones fans out there, season four is making its way on Blu and DVD this Tuesday too.
Animal (Scream Factory, Blu-ray/DVD)
When plans for a weekend getaway hit a dead end, a group of close-knit friends finds themselves stranded in unfamiliar territory, pursued by a menacing, bloodthirsty predator. Holed up in an isolated cabin, they turn on one another as »
- Heather Wixson
<< Continued from "Weekend Report: 'Grey' Makes Green Over Valentine's Day Weekend"Kingsman: The Secret Service was arguably more impressive than Fifty Shades of Grey this weekend. Playing at 3,204 locations, the comic book adaptation opened to $36.2 million, which is in the same ballpark as recent action movies Taken 3 ($39.2 million) and The Equalizer ($34.1 million).For the four-day weekend, it earned $41.7 million, which trounces past President's Day titles like The Wolfman, Constantine, Jumper, and A Good Day to Die Hard.Fox's decision to schedule Kingsman against Fifty Shades of Grey raised some eyebrows: was it really possible for this R-rated action movie to make money against the Valentine's Day juggernaut that is Fifty Shades? In hindsight, this seems like a particularly savvy move: by providing such a stark contrast, the movie wound up being the de facto counter choice over the holiday weekend.Of course, scheduling alone won't do the trick*the »
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To celebrate the release of Dark Planet - coming to DVD 16th February – we have a copy to giveaway courtesy of Bulldog Film Distribution. Dark Planet is a sweeping and action-packed science fiction film set in the year 2157 and based on the writings of the legendary russian authors Arkadiy and Boris Strugatskiy.
Directed by Fedor Bondarchuk (Stalingrad) and starring Yuliya Snigir (A Good Day to Die Hard) the film follows the exploits of a young earthling named Maxim who, after unexpectedly crash landing on an uncharted planet, must learn to survive in this hostile new world while simultaneously bringing about a revolution against an oppressive government that controls its citizens with a sinister form of mind control. Synopsis:
The year is 2157: Maxim is on a mission in deep space when his ship crashes on an unknown planet. Despite the highly advanced weaponry and technology developed by the planet’s tyrannical leaders, »
- Phil Wheat
The first red band trailer (and blimey it’s a red band trailer all right) for the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton has arrived online. The trailer is even introduced by original N.W.A members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre.
Check out the trailer and poster below. Warning – plenty of foul language and nudity.
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 about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.
- Luke Owen
The story chronicles of the deadly assault on the U.S. State Department Special Mission Compound in Benghazi, told from the perspective of the six-member security team that fought to protect the other people stationed there. Dale will play the leader of the security team. [Source: Deadline]
Diane Kruger ("The Bridge") and Norman Reedus ("The Walking Dead") have joined the cast on Fabienne Berthaud’s English-language debut "Sky" which has just begun filming. Berthaud co-wrot the film with Pascal Arnold.
Gilles Lellouche, Q’orianka Kilcher, Lou Diamond Phillips, Lena Dunham and Joshua Jackson also star in the story of a woman’s lifelong wandering that turns into an intimate reawakening in foreign lands. [Source: Screen]
- Garth Franklin
Arts critics tend to get a rough time of it in the movies. Even looking at this year's awards season hopefuls, Birdman casts a wonderfully scabrous Lindsay Duncan as a theatre critic who is determined to kill the hero's play, and Mr. Turner presents John Ruskin as a lisping, pretentious fop, a representation that has led some to take mild umbrage.
To look even further back, at Ratatouille's sneering Anton Ego, or Lady In The Water's film-savvy 'straw critic', or Theatre Of Blood's gleefully murderous tract, there's not a whole lot of love for critics in film. Any of this might give way to the preconception that critics, especially film critics, don't actually like films and that they're out of touch with both the filmmakers whose works they »
On the heels of the theatrical and VOD debut of Vice last Friday, Bruce Willis is re-teaming with the producers of that sci-fi thriller for another movie called Extraction. This one will similarly shoot in Alabama and similarly sounds like another cheap genre flick suited for a direct-to-video release coupled by good box office overseas. According to Deadline, Willis will play a CIA agent who is kidnapped and has to be rescued by his son, who is also a CIA agent, when the government passes on mounting a mission themselves. Is it just a role-reversed remake of A Good Day to Die Hard? Should they just cast Jai Courtney as the younger spy and some foreign markets can actually retitle it A Good Day to Die Hard 2 on their DVD covers? Extraction will be directed by Steven C. Miller, helmer of the 2012 Silent Night, Deadly Night remake, and is written by someone named Umair Aleem, who »
- Christopher Campbell
Nicolas Cage has, unfortunately, become a joke in recent years. For every great performance he gives (Joe) there are a dozen more that are painfully bad (Left Behind, for example). It has also become apparent that former Die Hard superstar Bruce Willis is nearing that same level of bad. In the past decade, while Willis has starred in big studio fare like A Good Day To Die Hard, Red 2, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation, he has had a half dozen films go direct to Redbox/On Demand. Willis' latest, »
- Alex Maidy
Remember when Bruce Willis used to make interesting, original movies, like Pulp Fiction, Twelve Monkeys and The Fifth Element? An air of excitement would surround each announcement detailing which project the actor would get involved with next. It’s been some time since that excitement has been felt, however, because Willis has essentially been making the same movie, repeatedly, for years. The next product from that assembly line will be Extraction, directed by Steven C. Miller (Silent Night).
The plot focuses on a father and son duo of – wait for it – CIA agents, with Willis as the seasoned elder operative who is traumatized by the – you guessed it – murder of his wife. His less-experienced CIA operative son is working with him on the manufacture of a super-weapon known as the Condor, but is thrust into the driving seat when his father, Willis, is kidnapped by terrorists. As he realizes that »
- Sarah Myles
Following the Red and Expendables movies, Bruce Willis seems as comfortable these days as a CIA operative as he used to be as a cop. Continuing that spy-based trend (although likely with tongue less firmly in cheek) he's just signed up for Extraction, which Steven C. Miller (Silent Night) will direct.Willis's character is retired from the Secret Service at the point we meet him, and on despondent form since the murder of his wife. His son is also an operative working on a secret weapon called (ahem) The Condor, and when Papa Bruce is kidnapped by terrorists, Junior mounts his own off-the-books rescue operation. Conspiracies are uncovered.Before you get too excited that this might be an old-school Willis actioner to atone for A Good Day To Die Hard, we'd suggest that set-up is sounding very much like recent Willis output, meaning he'll only be around for part of the shoot. »
Chicago – “Blackhat” is a hacker’s auctioneer of high-tech and low-tech genre jolts, but its construction provides a thrill of its own - that of witnessing the next era of the action movie. With “Blackhat,” director Michael Mann introduces the new standards for the everlasting genre as it continues to reflect modern anxieties, giving leading roles to two entities that Hollywood has previously treated as supporting acts, hackers and the nation of China. Incredibly on-the-moment, “Blackhat” recognizes that computer whizzes are becoming the physical heroes our connected world needs, and China is the partner that Hollywood will increasingly rely on for business, especially in selling films that look like “Blackhat.”
Mann’s film is the story of a co-investigation between the United States and China. A Hong Kong nuclear power plant and Chicago’s Mercantile Trade Exchange have been attacked, nonetheless by a no-name, no-motive menace who has hacked into their systems. »
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A quick preamble. Over the course of the coming weeks and months, we're going to be exploring many of our favourite movie franchises, and ranking the films in order. Mainly because it gives us a further chance to talk about many of our favourite films.
Inevitably, the ordering in these cases isn't always going to come as a surprise - we go into this with the first and last place in most of these lists immediately obvious - but it's interesting to see how the movies stand in the context of each other. Police Academy week in particular should be a hoot.
When it comes to ranking the Die Hard films then, the battle is really between Die Hards 2 and 3 for second place. But »
We started this website back in 2007, and since then, the names of some sequels seem to come up with reasonable regularity, albeit with no sign of the film itself. And in the time we've been going, yet more names have added themselves to the list of follow-ups that are seemingly stuck in development hell.
With the new Ghostbusters film set to escape and become a real thing in the next year or two, here's just a sample of the other projects struggling to get off the ground (with one or two edging closer to a greenlight than others...)
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Still struggling to break free from the confines of the festival circuit, up and coming Russian director Vasiliy Sigarev (pictured above) has premiered his first two films to critical acclaim. His 2009 debut Wolfy played at Karlovy Vary and his excellent 2012 sophomore film, Living premiered at Rotterdam. Also a noted writer, Sigarev’s first two films are pronounced slices of miserablism, which may explain the lack of international distribution, which is unfortunate. His latest, Interesting Ethology, is apparently a comedy. Plot details are limited, but apparently a cut was shown to attract distributors at the Russian Pavilion back at Cannes 2014. Several cast members have notable credits, such as Yuriy Kutsenko, who appeared in two Timur Bekmambetov films, while Yuliya Snigir was featured in A Good Day to Die Hard (2013).
Production co.: White Mirror Film Company
- Nicholas Bell
Paramount have unveiled a new official still from the forthcoming 'Terminator: Genisys' featuring none other than the T-800. Of course we're all very familiar with the look of the original T-800 and this newly revised design doesn't look all that different but with the plot of the latest installment taking the alternate timeline route it's no surprise there would be a few subtle changes here and there. There's just 6 months to go before Arnie returns to reprise argubly his most iconic role to date and here's hoping this is just the first of many new stills from the production. Joining the big man is sexy Brit Emilia Clarke ('Game of Thrones'), Jai Courtney ('A Good Day to Die Hard'), Jason Clarke ('Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'), Byung-hun Lee, Matt Smith ('Doctor Who'), Aaron V. Williamson, Dayo Okeniyi and J.K. Simmons. »
Expect to see ‘Spider-Man’ on the Oscars death roll call.
It’s been a strange 2014, one full of computer hacks (revealing what both celebrities and Sony look like underneath their clothes) and annoyingly-titled franchise reboots (looking at you, Genisys).
As a New Year’s treat, here are the Worst 5 stories as reported on the Movie Newsgasm from 2014. Enjoy…or, more appropiately, watch through your fingers whilst angirly shouting Stop Ruining Spider-man.
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- Oli Davis
18 items from 2015
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