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Exclusive clip from The Hunter’s Prayer with Sam Worthington and Odeya Rush

Thanks to Signature Entertainment, we’ve got an exclusive clip from the action thriller The Hunter’s Prayer, which sees Sam Worthington leading a cast that includes Odeya Rush, Martin Compston, Allen Leech and Amy Landecker. Check it out below or watch it on our YouTube channel here…

Lucas, (Sam Worthington; Hacksaw Ridge, Sabotage) is a solitary assassin who is hired to kill a young woman, Ella, (Odeya Rush; Goosebumps, The Odd Life of Timothy Green). When he can’t bring himself to pull the trigger the plan falls apart, setting in motion a twisted game of cat and mouse with both now marked for death. Forced into an uneasy alliance, the pair is relentlessly pursued across Europe, their only hope for survival lying in the exposure of those responsible for the brutal murder of Ella’s family…

Also starring Martin Compston (fresh from TV’s Line Of Duty) as a dogged,
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Killing Gunther: trailer for Schwarzenegger's new film

Ryan Lambie Aug 29, 2017

Arnold Schwarzenegger heads up the action comedy Killing Gunther. Here's the new trailer...

Action star Arnold Schwarzenegger's return to acting has seen mixed responses over the past few years, whether it's the entertaining yet under-appreciated - The Last Stand - or the disappointing (David Ayer's chaotic murder-mystery action thriller, Sabotage).

See related  Spider-Man: Homecoming - director Jon Watts interview

Here's hoping Arnold's latest movie, the comedy-thriller Killing Gunther, will see him back on surer ground. Schwarzenegger plays an ageing yet effective assassin whose contract killer fraternity turns on him. With a small army of death experts out to collect the bounty, Arnold )sorry Gunther) is forced into action. 

Killing Gunther's evidently a smaller affair than the movies Schwarzenegger was making at the height of his career - but this isn't necessarily a bad thing, given the faux-documentary style. This is the directorial debut
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Sdcc: Netflix’s Will Smith-led Bright gets a full-length trailer

Will Smith and David Ayer started off Netflix’s San Diego Comic-Con panel with a bang by introducing the first full-length trailer for what is rumored to be the streaming service’s most expensive movie to date, Bright. See the footage for the fantasy action crime thriller (that’s a lot of genres) down below…

Smith’s co-stars Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Édgar Ramírez and Lucy Fry eventually joined him on-stage and were greeted to warm applause from the Hall H crowd. In addition to the orcs, elves, fairies and magical artifacts featured in the trailer, the panel promised a “social issue-inspired” story, a grounded approach to this strange alternate universe and a whole lot of “orc nudity.”

Bright seems to be a mish-mash of many of Ayer’s previous works, which, depending on your feelings toward the director, is either a good thing or a bad thing. The film
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Suicide Squad 2 Targets The Shallows Director Jaume Collet-Serra

Just a few months after rumors of Mel Gibson directing Suicide Squad 2 surfaced, it seems the studio has set their sights on another filmmaker. Jaume Collet-Serra, who directed Unknown and Run All Night for Warner Bros., is reportedly the studio's top choice to take the helm on this sequel. Warner Bros. reportedly looked at a number of directors, including Mel Gibson, for this coveted directorial gig, but sources claim the studio is focused on putting Jaume Collet-Serra in the director's chair for this superhero sequel.

Deadline broke the news of Jaume Collet-Serra's potential involvement today, which comes just four months after the studio locked in a new Suicide Squad 2 writer, with Adam Cozad (The Legend of Tarzan) coming aboard to write the screenplay. Original Suicide Squad director David Ayer revealed last summer, just days after the first movie hit theaters, that he was already working on the story for the sequel.
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Movie Review – Aftermath (2017)

Aftermath, 2017.

Directed by Elliott Lester.

Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Scoot McNairy, Maggie Grace, Kevin Zegers, Hannah Ware, and Glenn Morshower.

Synopsis:

Two strangers’ lives become inextricably bound together after a devastating plane crash. Inspired by actual events, Aftermath tells a story of guilt and revenge after an air traffic controller’s (Scoot McNairy) error causes the death of a construction foreman’s (Arnold Schwarzenegger) wife and daughter.

Since returning to movies following his stint as the Governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger has had a mixed bag of films. In truth he spent the late 90’s, and the early part of the new millennium in a steep decline before his political sabbatical. Among a failed attempt at franchise resurrection with Terminator Genisys, Arnold has tried to vary his roles and attempt to branch out into more grounded, human roles. There’s been a distinct and deliberate attempt to acknowledge his age, and to try
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Bright Teaser: Fantasy Meets Reality In New Will Smith Film From Director David Ayer

David Ayer has had quite the career thus far. He had his start writing such films as U-571, and the original Fast and the Furious film. From there, he hit his most high profile picture yet when he wrote Training Day, a film that would go on to be praised as one of Denzel Washington’s best performances yet.

In the mid-2000s, Ayer transition into directing, and over the next decade or so, he would establish himself as a helmer of violent dramas that include Street Kings, End of Watch, Sabotage, and Fury. Last year, his most high profile film yet, Suicide Squad hit theaters, and despite making all kinds of money at the box office, it was met with widespread ridicule from critics and fans. Regardless of what you thought of the film, however, there was little denying that he was a talented director. And like any good director,
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Arnold Schwarzenegger, A Career In Crisis: Why the ’80s Action Icon Can’t Mount a Comeback

Arnold Schwarzenegger, A Career In Crisis: Why the ’80s Action Icon Can’t Mount a Comeback
This can’t be what Arnold Schwarzenegger imagined 2017 to look like: Sure, there’s a reality star in the White House, the Chicago Cubs are World Series champions, and his arch-rival (/best celebrity friend), Sylvester Stallone, is a recent Academy Award nominee. Yet for the ex-governor of California, far more confounding is how he became an ex-celebrity.

Schwarzenegger spent his acting life amassing a domestic box office of more than $1.8 billion. That haul came from comedies, like “Twins” ($111 million); science fiction, like “Total Recall” ($119 million) and “Terminator 2” ($204 million); or — his bread and butter — action flicks a la “True Lies” ($146 million) and “Eraser” ($101 million). But one unfortunate connection for all of Schwarzenegger’s films grossing $100 million-plus: They were all made before the year 2000.

Since the dawn of the new millennium, Schwarzenegger’s name above the title has carried less weight at the box office, resulting in drastically lower figures. How he
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Arnold Schwarzenegger, A Career In Crisis: Why the ’80s Action Icon Can’t Mount a Comeback

Arnold Schwarzenegger, A Career In Crisis: Why the ’80s Action Icon Can’t Mount a Comeback
This can’t be what Arnold Schwarzenegger imagined 2017 to look like: Sure, there’s a reality star in the White House, the Chicago Cubs are World Series champions, and his arch-rival (/best celebrity friend), Sylvester Stallone, is a recent Academy Award nominee. Yet for the ex-governor of California, far more confounding is how he became an ex-celebrity.

Schwarzenegger spent his acting life amassing a domestic box office of more than $1.8 billion. That haul came from comedies, like “Twins” ($111 million); science fiction, like “Total Recall” ($119 million) and “Terminator 2” ($204 million); or — his bread and butter — action flicks a la “True Lies” ($146 million) and “Eraser” ($101 million). But one unfortunate connection for all of Schwarzenegger’s films grossing $100 million-plus: They were all made before the year 2000.

Since the dawn of the new millennium, Schwarzenegger’s name above the title has carried less weight at the box office, resulting in drastically lower figures. How he
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The Death of Good Screenwriting in Hollywood

Tom Jolliffe on the death of good screenwriting in Hollywood…

Awards season is in full swing, so it seems somewhat ironic to come and bemoan the dearth of good screenwriting within the modern studio system, but I’m going to anyway. Putting aside the award nominated films, my focus is more on those films that are more financially motivated or targeted toward genre fans. Let’s face it, La La Land, whilst it won’t redefine screenwriting, is going to be hard to pick apart. There is still good work out there, but it’s fewer and far between, and those films where the returns matter above all else, seem to be becoming increasingly more and more dumbed down. It seems like writers now get hired to write any old guff and the quality of the final draft is of no consequence.

The first subject of my ire is Avi Lerner,
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Joe Manganiello Cast as Deathstroke in Ben Affleck’s Batman Movie

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Following Ben Affleck’s reveal of the character on the set of Justice League, it has been confirmed that mercenary for hire Deathstroke/Slade Wilson will be the big bad of Batfleck’s solo movie (that’s still looking fro a space in the DC Extended Universe's current slate). On top of that, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, DC Comics COO and Dceu overseer Geoff Johns revealed that Joe Manganiello (Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday, Sabotage, Magic Mike) has been cast in the role, though stopped short of confirming if he will be present in Zach Snyder’s upcoming coming together of DC’s iconic heroes. But seeing as Justice League is still in the middle of filming (and our first look at the character was on one its sets), I wouldn’t be surprised if he turned up for a cameo or even a post-credits stinger. Pretty
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The Intervention and There Is a New World Somewhere movies review: women on the verge

Two movies about women at crossroads in their lives explore the sort of personal crisis — lost mojo! — typically reserved for men onscreen. I’m “biast” (pro): desperate for movies about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Women at crossroads in their lives. Women who feel their worlds falling apart and don’t know what to do about it. Women who’ve lost their mojo… or never even found it in the first place. These are not the sorts of personal crises that we typically see women experiencing onscreen (though men have countless cinematic examples to follow when they find themselves in a rut). So I was delighted to discover two films that fall into the sparsely populated subgenre of Women Who Go in Search of a Kick in the Butt (Though They Might Not Realize That’s What They
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Suicide Squad movie review: sh*t squad

Should be grim, bitter, and as horrifyingly alluring as Hannibal Lecter. But it’s nothing but a teen-friendly ad for toys, Ts, and other disposable merch. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Remember that review of Spinal Tap’s album” Shark Sandwich that so exasperated a music journalist that s/he let “Shit sandwich” suffice? I really was tempted to let “Shit squad” be the totality of my review of this pile of cinematic vomit. But that would be too kind to a movie that deserves to be slashed to ribbons, the ribbons burnt, and the ashes swept up into a vat of caustic industrial chemicals (where they will inevitably later spawn the hellish supervillain Fanboy Manbaby when a mildmannered comic-book geek tries to drown himself in his disappointment over how fundamentally terrible this movie
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Suicide Squad: 2016's most cynical summer movie

Ryan Lambie Aug 8, 2016

With spoilers, Ryan looks at Suicide Squad's cynical edge, and asks: who is its true villain?

Right from Suicide Squad's first trailer, it was evident that Warner DC had a heady stew on the way, and so it's proved. Writer-director David Ayer's movie is a comic book movie laced with elements from war and gangster pictures, topped off with a bit of fantasy and science fiction and spiked with a dash of horror.

You hardly need reminding that the reaction from reviewers hasn't been kind, to say the least, though it's arguable that all but the film's harshest critics would agree that it isn't without merit. As his superb screenplay for Training Day or his 2012 cop movie End Of Watch showed, Ayer's far from a hack, even if his films can sometimes fall on the wrong side of brutal and chaotic - such as
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Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Explain ‘Why We’re Killing Gunther’

It’s safe to say that Arnold Schwarzenegger has had a rough go of things since his incumbency as the governor of California. “The Expendables” franchise has seen diminishing returns (both critically and commercially), working with interesting filmmakers Kim Jee-woon (“The Last Stand”) and David Ayer (“Sabotage”) didn’t quite pan out, his zombie drama “Maggie” barely […]

The post Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Explain ‘Why We’re Killing Gunther’ appeared first on The Playlist.
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Joe Manganiello Producing Morrissey-Approved Smiths Movie

Joe Manganiello Producing Morrissey-Approved Smiths Movie
Actor Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike, Sabotage) is producing a film with his company 359 Inc. about rock legends the Smiths, Pitchfork reports. The film, called Shoplifters of the World, is inspired by Smiths legend of a crazed fan holding a Denver radio station staff hostage demanding the station play only Smiths songs. 

The film will take place in 1987, when the band announced their hiatus. Veteran music documentarian Stephen Kijak (Jaco, Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of) will write and direct the project. 

Manganiello will star as the radio station DJ,
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'Suicide Squad' Reshoots Will Add More Jokes and Humor

Warner Bros. and DC are apparently responding to critics who have bashed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for being too dark and humorless by adding more jokes to this summer's Dceu adventure Suicide Squad. According to Bmd, reshoots are currently happening as we speak. And these reshoots will reportedly alter the tone of the movie as it currently exists.

Sources close to the DC Comics adventure alerted Bmd to the fact that the second trailer, released in January and set to Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, contains every single joke seen in the movie. That trailer, which was different from the one released during Comic-Con 2015, doesn't actually represent what is in the finished movie. But fan response to the trailer was overwhelming. This led Warner Bros. to request that director David Ayer go back and reshoot some of the movie.

The idea is to bring more lightness to what is an extremely dark film.
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Will Smith & Joel Edgerton Team For David Ayer's Cop Flick 'Bright,' 'Suicide Squad' Sequel Reportedly In The Works

Will Smith & Joel Edgerton Team For David Ayer's Cop Flick 'Bright,' 'Suicide Squad' Sequel Reportedly In The Works
David Ayer knows cop movies. As the screenwriter of films such as "Training Day," and "S.W.A.T.," and the director of "Street Kings," "Sabotage," and "End Of Watch," the filmmaker knows the milieu of those who wear the badge, and are sometimes corrupted by it, inside and out. And it's a subject he certainly hasn't grown tired of as he's lining up a new movie that will dive into that world again — albeit with a completely wild twist. Will Smith (who stars in Ayer's upcoming "Suicide Squad") and Joel Edgerton will star in "Bright" for the director. Penned by Max Landis ("Chronicle," "American Ultra," "Victor Frankenstein"), the movie will take place in a world where faeries and orcs live with humans, and will center on an orc cop. Uh, okay then. Frankly, I'd rather two talented guys like Smith and Edgerton make a normal cop flick, than one set in a magical world,
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Suicide Squad: How Likely Each Member Is To Die

Warner Bros.

Considering the movie’s called Suicide Squad, you have to expect some amount of casualties when the film is released in August. It’s literally the underlying basis for the film – the members of the Squad are expendable, and therefore dropped into the most high-stakes, high-risk, low-chance-of-success missions there are. It would be counter to the point if there weren’t any fatalities along the way.

It’s literally up to David Ayer how much blood he wants to spill, and how much Warner Bros. want certain characters/actors to stick around for potential returns to the franchise. Ayer – crazy filmmaker that he is – definitely has a penchant for death and gore as he proved with both Sabotage and Fury. It’s easy to presume that the body count on this one will be fairly high with him at the helm.

But who’s in line for the chopping block?
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Triple 9 Channels David Ayer Better Than David Ayer Has Recently

Action/thrillers about cops and robbers have been around for eighty years, but writer/director David Ayer successfully carved out a niche of his own over the past decade and a half with films that ramp up the intensity, immediacy, and authenticity on both sides of the law. Movies like Training Day, Dark Blue, Street Kings, and End of Watch drop viewers into the murky and restless grey area where both the good guys and bad guys move. Ayer’s last effort in this direction, Sabotage, is a ridiculous mess, and since then he’s moved further away with the WWII tank warfare film, Fury, and the upcoming comic adaptation, Suicide Squad. “Who will take up his mantle during this sabbatical?”, ask fans of testosterone-fueled, graphically violent, morally scattershot action films about law and disorder. (Okay, fine, it’s just me asking…) Turns out John Hillcoat is your huckleberry, apparently. Triple 9
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20 Things We Learned From the Street Kings Commentary

John Hillcoat’s Triple 9 opens this Friday, and the fact that it’s not a David Ayer movie doesn’t stop it from being the best David Ayer movie since 2008. That’s not to say it’s necessarily a good movie, but it feels very much like one of Ayer’s testosterone-fueled explorations of man’s unstoppable pull towards violence. So of course I came home and threw in Ayer’s 2008 gem, Street Kings. I don’t care what anyone says, this is fantastic goddamn entertainment. Thrilling action sequences, real suspense, and a strong cast (who occasionally chew the Los Angeles scenery) make it a fun descent into hero-cop hell. Having already seen the film multiple times I decided to check out Ayer’s commentary this time around. He’s no stranger to movies about the blue and the grey — cops and fuzzy moralities — having written and/or directed Training Day, Dark Blue
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