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An exotic vacation takes a dark turn in the suspense thriller Urge, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), and Digital HD September 6 from Lionsgate. From producers of Crank and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Urge is currently available On Demand. Things get out of control when a group of friends try an experimental new drug in this insane thrill ride starring Justin Chatwin (War of the Worlds), Ashley Greene (The Twilight Saga franchise), Alexis Knapp (Pitch Perfect), Bar Paly (Non-Stop), Chris Geere (After Earth), Nick Thune (Knocked Up), with Danny Masterson (TV’s “That ‘70s Show”) and Pierce Brosnan (GoldenEye).
A group of friends take a lavish weekend getaway to an island where a mysterious club owner (Brosnan) introduces them to Urge, a new designer drug that allows them to live out their wildest fantasies. But what starts out as a fun night of partying »
- Tom Stockman
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Warner Bros.' upcoming Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them has added Zoë Kravitz in a secret role that has already completed filming. THR's sources say that Kravitz quietly joined the cast of the David Yates-directed feature shortly after it began production last year and that her role in the first installment will be fairly small, but there is an option in her contract for a return in the sequel with a much larger part. The aforementioned sequel - the second installment in a planned trilogy of films - was dated last week for a November 16, 2018 release. Kravitz is best known to comic book movie fans for her role as Angel Salvadore a.k.a. Tempest in Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class, as Christina in The Divergent Series, and as Toast the Knowing in George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road. »
M. Night Shyamalan's career hit "next Spielberg"-level heat when his 1999 supernatural horror-drama The Sixth Sense won over critics and made nearly $300 million in North America on the strength of its third-act twist. While none of his subsequent films quite lived up to this initial promise -- though Unbreakable and Signs both have their share of ardent defenders -- they continued minting money for the studios until the release of 2006's Lady in the Water, a critically-reviled misfire that ranked as the first bona fide post-Sixth Sense flop of the young director's career. Since then it's been a tough road that reached its arguable nadir with 2013's After Earth, a would-be Will Smith blockbuster that all but destroyed Shyamalan's chances of ever helming a big-budget movie again. And yet remarkably, Shyamalan seems to be on the comeback trail thanks to a considerable scaling-down of his ambitions; smartly sensing an »
- Chris Eggertsen
M. Night Shyamalan’s name doesn’t hold the cultural cachet it once did, and indeed his last two movies (“After Earth” and “The Visit”) were barely advertised as such. That isn’t the case for “Split,” a thriller arriving early next year starring James McAvoy as a man with 23 discrete personalities — and three teenage girls held captive in his basement. Watch the film’s first trailer below.
Anya Taylor-Joy of “The Witch” is the trio’s de facto leader, but “Split” looks to primarily be a showcase for McAvoy as he plays several different roles in one: some young, some female, all unstable. (The part was originally intended for Joaquin Phoenix, who starred in Shyamalan’s “Signs” and “The Village.”) Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula, Haley Lu Richardson and Sterling K. Brown co-star.
- Michael Nordine
The Visit was a notable return to form for M. Night Shyamalan. The found footage take on a very bad case of mistaken identity went a long way to erasing memories of After Earth and his other, less successful projects. Hopes are high then that Split will continue this upturn, and in the first trailer […]
- Jon Lyus
The Visit saw M. Night Shyamalan finally start to claw back some of the good will with audiences he squandered with the likes of Lady in the Water and After Earth, and now he is once again team with horror mega producer Jason Blum (of Blumhouse fame, who produced The Visit) for Split, a creepy and foreboding psychological thriller which sees three teenage girls (including The Witch’s Anya Taylor-Joy) taken and held against their will by Kevin (James McAvoy). But they soon discover their kidnapper suffers from a severe case of Multiple Personality Disorder, and Kevin is just one of twenty three personalities, with a twenty fourth hidden to the world. Until now. With a distinct air of Alfred Hitchcock about it, Split certainly does look promising, providing a neat twist on a very familiar story. The cast is also worth noting, with McAvoy promising a stunning performance basically playing twenty three separate people, »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Baz Luhrmann, director behind The Great Gatsby and Romeo & Juliet, has been deliberating The Get Down for the better part of a decade but soon, his vision for a ’70s musical drama will become a reality.
Set to premiere via Netflix on August 12 as part of the company’s enviable lineup of original series, Luhrmann’s long-in-development show chronicles the rise of hip-hop through the lens of a group of poverty-stricken kids from South Bronx.
Chatting to the Telegraph ahead of The Get Down‘s arrival in three weeks’ time, the filmmaker spoke of his self-proclaimed obsession with the core premise, stating “throughout, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of how a city in its lowest moment, forgotten and half destroyed, could give birth to such creativity and originality in music, art and culture.”
- Michael Briers
HBO may have ordered its blistering rock ‘n’ roll drama Vinyl to an early grave – that is, despite initially unveiling plans for a season 2 – but fans of ’70s music can take solace in today’s first trailer for The Get Down, Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix series that chronicles the spirited rise of a group of South Bronx teenagers who flew in the face of the city’s crumbling economy to help put hip-hop on the map.
Comprising 13 one-hour episodes in total, The Get Down is packed to the rafters with relatively big-name stars, most notable of which are Jimmy Smits (Sons Of Anarchy), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Yolonda Ross (Meadowland) and After Earth star Jaden Smith.
What’s more, Luhrmann and the Powers That Be at Netflix have assembled a flock of promising up-and-comers, too, including Justice Smith, Herizen Guardiola, Skylan Brooks, T.J. Brown Jr, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Mamoudou Athie, »
- Michael Briers
Did you pay good money from your weekend job at Jamba Juice to see the universally-loathed 1999 adaptation of Wild Wild West, which one contemporary critic called “extremely stupid and incompetent” and another deemed a “colossal waste of talent”? If the answer is “yes,” then Will Smith is very, very sorry about that. In a roundup of the actor’s Tuesday talk at the Cannes Lions marketing conference (a.k.a. “the only truly global meeting-place for branded communications professionals to connect, share and discover,” whew!), THR reports that Smith “repeatedly brought up 1999's Wild Wild West as a personal low point,” and they aren’t kidding. Though the superstar has been involved in other notable stinkers such as The Legend of Bagger Vance and After Earth, he clearly holds a special place of unquenchable scorn in his heart for the millennial stinker, which saw him starring opposite such other slumming talents as Kevin Kline, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Independence Day: Resurgence (2016).
Directed by Roland Emmerich.
Humanity won round one. But now, 20 years later, the aliens are back…and then some.
The President of the United States (Sela Ward) walks through a nuclear bunker, flanked by military officials and advisors on either side. It’s been 20 years since the War of ’96 (Independence Day: Resurgence’s name for the events of the first movie), yet despite Earth’s efforts to prepare for another attack, an invading alien force is descending upon the planet.
“The ship will touch down over the Atlantic, ma’am,” one of the high and tight haired men informs.
“Which part?” replies the President.
“All of it.”
It’s the best line in the film, and one delivered with utter straight-faced seriousness. »
- Oli Davis
When Independence Day arrived in theaters in the summer of 1996, the monument-destroying blockbuster was a genuine box office phenomenon, grossing over $300 million domestically and $800 million worldwide by the end of its run. Unfortunately for the coffers of distributor 20th Century Fox, a sequel to the film never materialized -- at least until now, with the extremely-belated followup Independence Day: Resurgence slated to hit theaters next Thursday (sans the original film's breakout star Will Smith). The question now is, can the sequel to one of the '90s biggest hits make an impact in the overcrowded marketplace of 2016 the way Jurassic World managed last summer? Or will its performance be closer to that of Tron: Legacy, which failed to match the heights some had predicted when it hit theaters in 2010? After surveying three box office experts for their thoughts on Resurgence’s box office potential, the answer appears perhaps grimmer than »
- Chris Eggertsen
Welcome to a new installment of “The Preview Reel” where we look at the week’s upcoming wide release movies. This summer has seen its fair share of sequels, and while there are plenty more on the way, this weekend features two from a couple of 2013’s surprise hits. The Conjuring 2 brings back stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, along with director James Wan, for another spooky adventure from the case files of the Warrens, while Now You See Me 2 brings back most of its magicians (and a new wizard) for another magical con job. Then there is the long-delayed, big-budgeted Warcraft, based on the best-selling video game from director Duncan Jones. It’s another busy week, let’s break them down:
What we are excited about:
The Conjuring was one of the best surprises during the summer of 2013 as it provided incredibly tense horror sequences, »
- Scott Davis
Blending genres is nothing new for games, but doing it successfully is rare. The Solus Project attempts to fuse many ideas into one grand vision, but struggles with its identity along the way.
After Earth is destroyed, you are part of a team tasked with finding a new world to colonize. Your ship, Solus 3, mysteriously explodes during re-entry on a potential candidate planet, leaving you as the mission’s sole survivor. With little at your disposal beyond debris from the crash and no sense of direction, it’s up to you to discover what happened to your crew and to get in touch with the last remaining members of the human race.
As the game starts, your tasks firmly revolve around simple survival. You’ll need to eat, drink, sleep, manage your body temperature, and keep yourself dry if you want to survive very long on Gliese. To help accomplish these goals, »
- Josh Holloway
Despite the fact that Independence Day: Resurgence is bringing back several cast members from the original movie, there is one name absent from the roster of the 1996 blockbuster, with Will Smith opting against a return to the franchise. Speaking to Comic Book, director Roland Emmerich has revealed that Smith was originally set to return, but decided against it following his experience on After Earth and Men in Black 3.
“In the very beginning, [Will Smith] was on board,” states Emmerich. “He was actually very excited to do it but it got a little bit unlucky there. Even I needed kind of like two years to get through two scripts. We wanted to make two scripts because when we have Will we want to have two right away. We sent him the scripts just when he was doing After Earth and wanted to create his own trilogy and had just done Men in Black 3 »
- Gary Collinson
There's only a month to go before Roland Emmerich's "Independence Day: Resurgence" hits cinemas, a film which sees the return of several key cast members from the original film including Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch and Vivica A. Fox.
One name that won't be returning is Will Smith, the actor who was at one time was attached during the sequel's long development phase. At the time, versions of the film both with and without Smith were reportedly being prepared.
Ultimately the actor opted out to star in David Ayer's "Suicide Squad" instead. Meanwhile Emmerich's film effectively killed off Smith's character in a tragic accident that takes place years before the events of 'Resurgence'. Speaking with ComicBook.com, Emmerich revealed how Smith's departure had a massive impact on the overall story of the sequel:
"In the very beginning, [Will Smith] was on board. He was actually very excited to do »
- Garth Franklin
I love Vikings. I love the costumes, I love the hair, I love the strong women who take no guff. I love how the show hides education inside interesting character arcs, betrayal, and violence. It’s edutainment for adults. So when I heard yesterday that Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha) had been cast in the film adaptation of Steven King’s The Dark Tower, I was excited. But then I remembered the how Hollywood thinks, and I got nervous. Back in March, Idris Elba (Luthor, Pacific Rim) was announced as Roland Deschain, the Gunslinger in The Dark Tower. A great piece of news. But if Hollywood is known for anything, it’s tempering a good decision with a terrible one. And the track record for casting two black leads in a fantasy-action film is…not good.Off the top of my head, the only one I can think of is Will Smith’s After Earth. »
- Donna Dickens
Combining Sharknado, Sharknado 2: The Second One, and Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! – Sharknado: The Collection is a 3-disc boxset filled with shark-infested splatter-fest action! With the set due for release on May 2nd, here’s our review of all three Sharknado movies…
When a freak tornado swamps Los Angeles, thousands of man-eating sharks are sucked into the swirling vortex, terrorizing the waterlogged populace and flooding the city with shark-infested seawater. Surfer and bar-owner Fin (Ziering) sets out with his friends Baz (Simmons) and Nova (Scerbo) to rescue his estranged wife April (Reid) and teenage daughter Claudia from the sharks raining down from the skies. With nature’s deadliest killer ruling sea, land, and air, they soon realise that »
- Phil Wheat
The Wrap reports that "Game Of Thrones" actor Kristofer Hivju has joined the cast of Universal Pictures' Fast & Furious sequel, "Fast 8." The eighth film in the franchise will be directed by F. Gary Gray ("Straight Outta Compton") with a script by screenwriter Chris Morgan and star Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jason Statham.
Hivju is the only newcomer cast in the film as rumors circulated that the studio wanted actress Charlize Theron for the villain role but their is no confirmation as of yet. The Norwegian actor has appeared in the foreign film "Force Majeure", director M. Night Shyamalan's "After Earth", and Universal Pictures' horror remake "The Thing."
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- Kellvin Chavez
Kristofer Hivju will star as a henchman in the forthcoming action sequel.
Hivju, who plays the character of Tormund Giantsbane on HBO’s huge TV series, will play a bad-guy henchman in the planned action sequel, which will be directed by F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton). The word around the camp-fire is that the villain of the piece will be female this time around, and actress Charlize Theron has been linked to the role, but Universal have not as yet confirmed her casting.
- Paul Heath
With Season 6 of HBO's Game of Thrones debuting in just a few weeks, one of the show's stars is transitioning from Westeros to the the high-octane Fast & Furious franchise. The Wrap reports that Kristofer Hivju, who plays Tormund Giantsbane in Game of Thrones, has joined the cast of Fast & Furious 8. The Norwegian actor is said to play one of the villain's main henchmen, although at this time, we don't know exactly who that villain will be.
Back in February, a report surfaced that the sequel wants Charlize Theron to star as the primary antagonist, which was being created by director F. Gary Gray and writer Chris Morgan. No details were given regarding the character, since the script wasn't ready yet, but hopefully we'll learn more about the villain, since prodcution is scheduled to begin later this month. We reported last week that second unit work will take place in Cleveland in mid-April, »
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