Daniel Craig was set to star in a courtroom drama called The Whole Truth, but unexpectedly had to drop out four days before shooting began. Deadline is now reporting that Keanu Reeves has come in to take his place. This will be quite a different role for Reeves than the kinds of films we're used to seeing him in. Lately he's been doing a lot of genre films dealing mostly with martial arts, which is something he obviously has had a passion for since The Matrix.
The actor will play a defense attorney who "fights to get his teenage client acquitted of murdering his wealthy father." He will join the previously cast Renee Zellweger, Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle), and Gabriel Basso (Super 8, Kings of Summer).
This isn't the first time Reeves has played an attorney, he also played one in The Devil's Advocate. I really do like Reeves as an actor, »
- Joey Paur
After a couple of months of scrambling to find someone in the wake of Daniel Craig’s abrupt, days-before-production-started departure from the film, the producers behind courtroom drama The Whole Truth have a new leading man. Keanu Reeves will now approach the bench as a defence lawyer.Deadline reports that Reeves has agreed to step in, playing the man employed to defend a teenage client accused of murdering his wealthy father. He’s joining a cast that already includes Renee Zellweger, Belle’s Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Super 8’s Gabriel Basso.Frozen River director Courtney Hunt can now gear pre-production on the film back up again, aiming to kick off shooting in early July in New Orleans, a switch from the original planned Boston locales. As for Craig, there has been no official statement on why he decided to ditch the film at the eleventh hour, but it might have »
• Maya Rudolph will reunite with her Saturday Night Live alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for Universal’s The Nest. She’ll play a childhood friend of Poehler and Fey’s characters, who are sisters who throw one last blowout in their parents’ up-for-sale house. Greta Lee (Girls) has also joined the cast. She’ll play a woman who gets a “pity invite” to the party. Paula Pell wrote the screenplay, and Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) will direct. [THR; Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
In case you didn't hear, Daniel Craig was previously slated to lead a courtroom drama called The Whole Truth from Frozen River director Courtney Hunt. However, back in April, just days before shooting was to begin, Craig pulled out of the project, leaving them without a leading man. Now Deadline reports Keanu Reeves has stepped up to take the lead role as defense attorney who fights to get his teenage client acquitted of murdering his wealthy father. Production is expected to begin in New Orleans next month, but Richard Suckle and Charles Roven of Atlas Entertainment are only executive producing now. More below! Meanwhile, Anthony Bergman from Likely Story and Kevin Frakes from PalmStar Entertainment are now the sole producers, having previously worked with Reeves on the indie Thumbsucker. As for the rest of the cast, Renee Zellweger is still in place along with Belle star Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Super 8 »
- Ethan Anderton
Directed by William Eubank
Whether or not we are alone in the universe is an age old question that has racked the brains of mankind for millennia. Extraterrestrial life has been explored and researched countless times over. We have not received a definite answer to the question of whether aliens exist or not but it seems that motion pictures and other forms of art have attempted to answer that question for us. Science fiction allows us to create creatures and worlds that reach out into deep space. The Signal attempts to continue this eternal quest for knowledge and present alien life in a believable, sometimes scary fashion. Unfortunately, the film doesn’t do a very good job at answering the questions it asks.
- Randall Unger
Exclusive: Two months after star Daniel Craig unexpectedly dropped out of the project just days before filming was set to begin, Courtney Hunt’s courtroom drama The Whole Truth has reset with Keanu Reeves in the lead. Sources close to the project tell me Reeves will now play the role of a defense attorney who fights to get his teenage client acquitted of murdering his wealthy father. Previously cast Renee Zellweger, Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle), and Gabriel Basso (Super 8, Kings of Summer) are still in place opposite Reeves in what will mark Hunt’s follow-up to her Oscar-nominated debut Frozen River, directing […] »
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This week's Star Wars phrase that pays is: "Hees torona old Jedai mind trick." (He's using an old Jedi mind trick.)
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I love Star Wars and I love writing/talking about movies on the internet. Back when I was younger, I loved other people’s writing on the internet about Star Wars and other pop-culture landmarks of the time. I have a very distinct memory of wanting access to information about The X-Files, information that we’d now consider “spoilers.” Specifically, the memory involves the episode “Small Potatoes,” a fourth-season comedy episode that shows Mulder and Scully hunting down a man with a tail who can control his skin like a voluntary muscle, giving him Mystique powers (shape shifting). The week before, Fox had teased the episode by showing David Duchovny’s Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson »
Boasting the dubious distinction of being the first found-footage adventure made for family audiences, “Earth to Echo” reaches for the stars with its gentle sci-fi shenanigans, but the rote result remains decidedly earthbound. Tyro helmer Dave Green wears his ’80s-era Amblin inspirations on his sleeve in this good-hearted “E.T.”-meets-”Chronicle” hybrid, which never quite finds its own voice. A little picture bravely expected to enter the summer wide-release skirmish a few days after the latest “Transformers” installment, “Echo” looks likely to get steamrolled at the box office by more substantial studio product.
Developed and produced by Disney under a cloud of secrecy as the “Untitled Wolf Adventure” back in summer 2012, the relatively low-budget pic was quietly sold to Relativity last year when the Mouse House reportedly didn’t know what to do with it. Those concerns appear to have been well founded, based on the finished product’s likable »
- Geoff Berkshire
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new sci-fi/thriller “The Signal” starring Brenton Thwaites (“Maleficent”)!
“The Signal,” which is rated “PG-13” and opens in Chicago on June 13, 2014, also stars Laurence Fishburne, Olivia Cooke, Beau Knapp, Jeffrey Grover, Drew Sykes, Lin Shaye and Robert Longstreet from writer and director William Eubank and writer Carlyle Eubank.
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- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Boasting a dubious distinction as the first found footage adventure made for family audiences, the gentle sci-fi shenanigans of “Earth to Echo” reach for the stars but the rote result is decidedly earthbound. Tyro helmer Dave Green wears his ’80s era Amblin inspirations on his sleeve for this good-hearted “E.T.” meets “Chronicle” hybrid that never quite finds its own voice. A little picture bravely expected to enter the summer wide release skirmish a few days after the latest “Transformers” installment, “Echo” looks likely to get steamrolled at the box office by more substantial studio product.
Developed and produced by Disney under a cloud of secrecy as the “Untitled Wolf Adventure” back in summer 2012, relatively low budget pic was quietly sold to Relativity last year when the Mouse House reportedly didn’t know what to do with it. Those concerns are borne out by a likeable but low wattage cast and »
- Geoff Berkshire
Earlier this week, we were treated to a host of leaked set photos from the Abu Dhabi set of Star Wars: Episode VII, followed by yesterday’s reveal of an under-construction Millenium Falcon. I’m sure this really got under the skin of super-secretive director J.J. Abrams, who has spent his career trying hard to keep everything he can in his “mystery box.” In the past, he’s worked on such high-profile projects as Star Trek Into Darkness, Super 8 and Lost, and he’s always succeeded in keeping fans in suspense.
This morning, however, Abrams took matters into his own hands and used the official Bad Robot Twitter account to send a funny note to fans regarding the photo leaks:
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) June 4, 2014
The note itself is funny, but the object fans will get riled up about is what it’s placed on: »
- James Garcia
Despite the mediocre reviews, Disney’s Maleficent took an impressive $170.6 million over its opening weekend in all almost all of its global markets (the film opens in China and Japan in the coming weeks). Not only is this the biggest opening for an Angelina Jolie live-action movie, it also means that Disney has crossed the $2 billion mark in just five months.
Breaking it down, Maleficent took $70 million in the States and $100.6 million overseas.
Read our reviews here, here and here.
From Disney comes Maleficent—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. »
- Luke Owen
"Every Briar Rose has its thorn - Angelina Jolie is both as the title character in Maleficent, the latest retelling of the original "Sleeping Beauty" story. In this retelling, the formerly evil Maleficent is not all that malevolent. If you expect anything similar the original tale of Princess Aurora and the spinning wheel, you will be very surprised - this new take gives the backstory of this beloved villain and adds new twists to the classic tale. The special effects were stunning and quite well done in the film. Jolie was completely transformed into the dark yet beautiful fairy. Also, the fight sequences are incredible, in particular Maleficent's flying is quite phenomenal. Jolie is by far the standout performer »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Joel Courtney and Katherine McNamara)
We’re kicking off a new regular Sunday quiz feature here at Flickering Myth, and with Angelina Jolie returning to the screen this weekend as the Mistress of All Evil in Maleficent, we thought we’d get things underway by putting your knowledge of Disney villains to the test. So, if you think you know your Scar from your Shere Khan and your Hades from your Jafar, then take the quiz below and see if you can match all 20 Disney villains to their respective films…
Question 4 Hercules Aladdin The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Pinocchio
Question 5 Lady and the Tramp 101 Dalmations The Aristocats Frozen
- Gary Collinson
In Maleficent, the incredible Angelina Jolie plays the “evil queen” to the young and innocent Aurora played by Elle Fanning. After watching this magical recreation of the Walt Disney classic Sleeping Beauty, it struck me just how gifted the Fanning family is. Elle – who was outstanding in Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere as well as J.J. Abrams Super 8 – is a perfect princess in this modern tale. She is delightfully charming and gives a sense of »
It’s been a while since Jj Abrams’ Super 8 harked back to Steven Spielberg’s kid-centric sci-fi spectacular E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, so this trailer for Dave Green’s debut feature Earth To Echo will be a welcome sight for many.
The loveable combination of wide-eyed kids and alien contact is given a tech-heavy modern twist here as mobile phones, tiny robots and snazzy special effects all feature heavily.
Earth To Echo reaches UK cinemas on July 25, 2014.
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"We're gonna get you home, all right? We'll find a way." Since Super 8 didn't quite deliver the highest quality sci-fi tale inspired by the work of Steven Spielberg, director Dave Green is going to give it a shot with a modern narrative spin. The theatrical trailer for Earth to Echo showed off the film that feels like a blend of Chronicle, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial and Super 8 all rolled into one. The only new ground that seems to be covered is from the visual spectacle of the powers that Echo seems to have over Earth's machines. These kid actors look to be pretty damn good too, so this may be a summer surprise. Watch it! Here's the quick new trailer for Dave Green's Earth to Echo from YouTube: Earth to Echo is directed by Dave Green and written by Henry Gayden, both short filmmakers in their feature debut. »
- Ethan Anderton
Please leave your desire for a well-rounded story in the lockers provided, and keep your arms and legs inside the ride while it is in motion. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have seen the source material (and I am indifferent about it)
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Beware, children, when attempting to rehabilitate a cartoon villain. Or when updating a fairy tale or beloved classic fantasy story. For you tread on treacherous ground, and a successful completion of your quest is far from certain.
As a warning to you all, behold Maleficent, the “true story” behind Disney’s 1959 Sleeping Beauty, and the lesson not learned from Disney’s previous similar outings, Oz the Great and Powerful and Alice in Wonderland. Unless the lesson is: Throw enough theme-park spectacle at audiences and you don’t need to bother with »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Robert Stromberg started out as a matte painter in 1987 and worked his way up, eventually becoming a production designer on massive, effects heavy movies like Avatar, Alice in Wonderland, and Oz the Great and Powerful. Two years ago Disney hired him to make his directorial debut on Maleficent, giving him a $180 million budget and Angelina Jolie for the starring role. When I spoke to him last week, he was so excited he was weeping. Okay, maybe his eye was just irritated, but still, he seemed a mixture of excited and anxious and relieved that the movie is about to come out. Here are some highlights from our conversation.
On his path to the director’s chair:
I think you could find directors that come up from every path, it’s really about how maybe internally emotionally [sic] they are in how they connect and resonate with characters and people and how »
- Mily Dunbar
Elle Fanning may play Princess Aurora, a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty, in Disney's Maleficent, but off screen, she's a real-life princess. The actress is the granddaughter of England's King Edward III and also a cousin of Kate Middleton. Historians from Ancestry.com have discovered that Fanning, 16, is the 22nd great-granddaughter of King Edward III, who ruled England for nearly 50 years from 1330 to 1376. He was crowned king at the age of 14 after his father was deposed by his mother. The King was married to Philippa of Hainault. Researchers looked through about 700 years' worth of such historical documents as census records, birth and death certificates, »
- Paul Chi
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