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From the Academy Award nominated writer Bill Dubuque who penned The Judge (2014) and The Accountant (2016) comes the drama A Family Man (2016) starring Gerard Butler and Willem Dafoe. It’s available for digital download 5th June 2017 and to celebrate we have 3 iTunes codes to giveaway.
Dane Jensen (Butler) is a driven Chicago-based headhunter, working at a cut-throat job placement firm. When Dane’s boss (Dafoe) announces his retirement, he pits Dane against Lynn Wilson (Alison Brie), Dane’s equally driven but polar-opposite rival at the firm, in a battle for control over the company. As Dane gears up for the professional battle of his life, he learns his 10-year-old son Ryan (Max Jenkins) is diagnosed with an illness. Suddenly, Dane is pulled between achieving his professional dream and his family, who need him now more than ever.
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Joseph Baxter May 30, 2017
Jason Bateman may have another revival season of his sitcom Arrested Development set to arrive on Netflix, but the actor’s next gig with the streaming giant will be Ozark, a 10-episode series showcasing an intriguing mix of tropes as a dark drug-related crime drama that uncharacteristically takes place in the atmospheric arboreal setting of the Missouri Ozark Mountains.
See related Universal confirms its Dark Universe plans
Indeed, the debut trailer for Ozark is an intense showcase of an anti-hero’s desperate attempt to protect his family from the consequences of his own misdeeds.
Here it is...
The Ozark trailer, essentially a minute-long teaser, is a frantically violent montage of escalating events suffered by the family of Marty Byrde (Bateman), a Chicago financial advisor and secret money »
This week, Netflix will launch the final season of “Bloodline,” but if you’re still hankering for a moody familial drama, you can spend your summer with “Ozark.”
Created by Bill Dubuque (“The Judge“), and starring Jason Bateman (who also directed), Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz, and Skylar Gaertner, the show follows a family who tries get out from some very bad business.
- Kevin Jagernauth
MaryAnn’s quick take… Derivative, rote, devoid of heart and hope. Guy Ritchie has found no reason to retell Arthur’s story, or to render a mythic hero as a self-serving thug. I’m “biast” (pro): big fantasy fan
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
There are no heroes anymore. There are self-centered bastards who accidentally stumble into heroics. There are sociopaths who abuse women and are lauded for it. There are criminals who receive official sanction for their antisocial behavior. And we’re meant to cheer for them all. But true heroes in the more traditional meaning of the word? Difficult to find onscreen at the moment.
There are no heroes anymore, just criminals and sociopaths we’re meant to cheer.
- MaryAnn Johanson
Author: Dave Roper
So, we come to the end of this particular series. We’ve covered a number of aspects of the creative input into film-making, including actors, actresses, writers composers, and directors (in two parts). We’ve stopped short of costume, make-up, special effects, art design and others, however our final stop is Cinematography. The Dop exerts plenty of influence over the look of the film. Yes, lighting, production design and the director’s vision are key too, but the consistency and persistence with which certain directors stick with and return to a trusted Dop shows just how much they contribute.
Seven has a unique visual aesthetic. Plenty of films have gone for the “always raining, always dark” approach, but contrast Seven with something like AvP: Requiem for a shining example of how hard it is to pull off effectively. And contrast is the word. Seven »
- Dave Roper
Thanks almost entirely to the “Avengers” series and its various offshoots — this summer’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” will mark his eighth Marvel Cinematic Universe movie in ten years — Robert Downey Jr. is one of the biggest stars in the world these days. But even outside those films, Downey Jr. is a force to be reckoned with — only “The Judge” really underperformed in recent years — especially when he’s in commercial territory like “Sherlock Holmes.”
So you’d think that the recently announced “The Voyage Of Doctor Dolittle,” which will see Downey Jr walk with the animals, talk to the animals as Hugh Lofting’s adventurous hero (previously played by Rex Harrison and Eddie Murphy on screen), would be a somewhat fearless box-office force, and studio Universal had put the movie down for a prime Memorial Day 2019 date a few weeks ago.
- Oliver Lyttelton
Universal Pictures has moved up its untitled “Doctor Dolittle” pic from May 24, 2019 to Apr. 12, 2019. The move is likely being made to avoid “Star Wars: Episode IX”, which Disney recently announced would also be opening that weekend.
The film will be produced by Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum under their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent”), along with Susan Downey (“Sherlock Holmes” films, “The Judge”) for Team Downey. Gaghan wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay from an earlier draft by Tom Shepherd.
The project is based on the 1920s tales by Hugh Lofting, following a peculiar doctor who can speak with animals, shunning human patients in favor of the critters. »
- Justin Kroll
International Sales Agent of the Day: First of an occasional pre-Cannes series highlighting the “sellers” whose lineups in Cannes will bring in buyers and who are breaking the normal boundaries of what an Isa is.Brian O’Shea, CEO of The Exchange, a leading sales and film finance company, has hired producer Tom McNulty (“The Spectacular Now”, “Date Night” ) to launch their first ever film development and production division.
Collaborative and transparent, The Exchange is an international sales and finance company committed to creating strong relationships between filmmakers, film financiers and distributors through the exchange of product, information and commerce. Created Brian O’Shea, the company specializes in high quality, commercial films that appeal to North American audiences and the ever-evolving global film market. Check out his Cannes offerings at Cinando.
With more than $2 billion at the box office under his belt, Tom McNulty’s upcoming projects include Universal’s »
- Sydney Levine
McQueen is co-writing the script with Gillian Flynn, and producing the project with See-Saw Films’ Iain Canning and Emile Sherman. New Regency, 20th Century Fox, and Film4 are co-financing the movie, which Fox will distribute.
The film is based on the British miniseries of the same name, which was penned by BAFTA award-winning writer Lynda La Plante (“Prime Suspect”). The pic opens with four armed thieves being killed during a robbery. Their surviving widows come together to try to finish the failed job.
Duvall will play Farrell’s father who may help the widows complete the gig. Production is expected to start this summer, »
- Dave McNary
27 March 2017 8:08 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Announced last week, the project is a whimsical retelling of Hugh Lofting's tale of a man with the singular ability to speak to animals. The project is being directed by Oscar-winner Stephen Gaghan (Traffic) and is based on a screenplay by Gaghan and Tom Shepherd.
The film will be produced by Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum under their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films (Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent), alongside Susan Downey (Sherlock Holmes franchise, The Judge) for Team Downey.
Doctor Dolittle first »
- Abid Rahman
Stephen Gaghan directs the new take on Dolittle, which will be produced by Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum under their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent”), along with Susan Downey (“Sherlock Holmes” films, “The Judge”) for Team Downey. Gaghan wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay from an earlier draft by Tom Shepherd.
The project is based on the 1920s tales by Hugh Lofting, following a peculiar doctor who can speak with animals, shunning human patients in favor of the critters. The release date news comes two days before Universal’s CinemaCon presentation, where the studio will tout its upcoming release slate to exhibition industry professionals in Las Vegas.
Universal acquired the rights to the beloved character after a heated bidding war, and announced Downey’s casting earlier this month. »
- Alex Stedman
Universal has landed a prime summer 2019 release date for its untitled “Doctor Dolittle” reboot starring Robert Downey Jr. The studio announced on Monday that it will release the new child-friendly adventure film, directed by Oscar winner Stephen Gaghan, on May 24, 2019. Based on the enduring tales imagined by Hugh Lofting about a physician who is able to talk to animals, the new film will be produced by Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum under their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent”), alongside Susan Downey (“Sherlock Holmes” franchise, “The Judge”) for Team Downey. Also Read: Richard Linklater, Robert Downey Jr, Annapurna Partner. »
- Thom Geier
MaryAnn’s quick take… Toilet humor, cars exploding for no reason, random naked boobies, and gay panic… although, weirdly, also lots of awkward, unerotic nearly naked Dax Shepard. I’m “biast” (pro): enjoyed the TV show, but I was like eight then
I’m “biast” (con): enough with the reboots
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
In 2011, the comedian and actor Dax Shepard made his feature debut with the mockumentary Brother’s Justice. In it, he plays a version of himself as — in the words of Gary Goldstein in the Los Angeles Times — “an impulsive, clueless narcissist on a journey to reinvent himself as an action star.” The plot involves Shepard running around Hollywood trying to raise money to make a cash-grab action movie starring himself. His 2012 second feature as writer and director (and star), action comedy Hit and Run, might have looked like a fulfillment of that dream, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Rob Leane Mar 28, 2017
Nightwing is getting his own movie as part of the DC extended universe. Here’s our primer...
The DC Extended Universe continues to add more movies to its slate, and one of the most intriguing prospects to join the big pile of in-development movies is Nightwing. An announcement was made recently that an impressive team was working on the project, which sent the internet into pure fan mode, with dream casting lists popping up all over the shop.
Since then, rumours have surfaced that Warner Bros and DC want to get something in front of cameras by the end of this year. Perhaps Nightwing will be put on this fast track, allowing Blüdhaven’s premier protector to swoop onto our screens speedily.
If the name Nightwing flew straight over your head, though, you’ve come to the right place. This is our primer on the character, to »
It’s hard to pinpoint when Dax Shepard’s “Chips” takes a sharp turn into indefensibly racist humor, but one place to start would be a passing reference to Michael Peña as “the little brown one.” It’s not the only cringe-worthy moment.
It may be unfair to pigeonhole Shepard as endorsing ugly stereotypes, even if he did write, produce, and direct a movie that derives 90 percent of its humor from gay jokes, race jokes, and punchlines about attractiveness that basically amount to a beta version of the pre-Facebook website “Hot or Not.” But they’re all there, in this overblown and completely baffling adaptation of a 1970’s TV series that literally nobody asked for.
Shepard plays Jon Baker, a former professional motorcycle racer who joins the California Highway Patrol »
- Jude Dry
Though the past decade or so of his career has been spent teaming up with the likes of Thor, Captain America, the Hulk and more in order to protect Earth from all kinds of different threats, Robert Downey Jr. still finds time for non-Marvel projects. Admittedly, they’re few and far between, given that his commitment to the superhero franchise is so large, but as his involvement in the McU starts to wind down, he’s now looking to diversify a bit.
We haven’t seen him in a role other than Iron Man since 2014’s The Judge, but that’ll change soon as according to The Hollywood Reporter, Downey Jr. has signed on to star in Stephen Gaghan’s The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle. Yes, the same Dolittle who talks to animals. We’ve already seen the character on screen before, both in the 1967 original, and the 1998 remake with Eddie Murphy, »
- Josh Wilding
The studio, which acquired the project following a heated bidding war, has set up “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle” with producers Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum through their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films, alongside Susan Downey for Team Downey.
British author Hugh Lofting created the Doctor Dolittle character in the 1920s series of children’s books, in which a Victorian-era physician opts to treat animals instead of humans because he’s able to speak with them.
- Dave McNary
Last week, it was confirmed that The Lego Batman Movie director Chris McKay will make his feature live action directing debut with a new Nightwing movie. As is the case with any anticipated movie, some have started "fan-casting" the role, including a few artists who have recently shared their work, showing what two different actors might look like as Nightwing, Zac Efron and Steven Yeun. While it's far too early to tell if these actors are candidates, or if they're even interested in the role, these images are certainly well-crafted.
The first image surfaced from artist BossLogic's Twitter account, showcasing Zac Efron as Dick Grayson, a.k.a. Nightwing. This artwork comes just one day after Supernatural star Jared Padalecki expressed his interest in playing the role on Twitter, although it remains unclear if he is a legitimate contender for the role either. The script is currently being written by Bill Dubuque (The Accountant, »
Just a few days ago, we reported that The Lego Batman Movie director Chris McKay will next tackle a live-action Nightwing movie. Now that we know this movie is actually happening, many are wondering who will actually play the title character. Over the weekend, one potential candidate emerged, with Supernatural star Jared Padalecki responding to a fan on social media, revealing that he would love to play Nightwing.
While this is far from a confirmation that he will take on the role the actor was asked by a fan on Twitter if he would consider playing Nightwing, with Jared Padalecki revealing that he "always wanted to" play this character on the big screen. Although this project is actually moving forward, it may be quite some time before they are ready to start casting, so it seems unlikely that the studio is actually looking to cast this title role quite yet. »
The Nightwing character first appeared in a 1963 DC comic book as an alias used by Superman in stories set in Kandor, a Kryptonian city that was preserved in a bottle. Nightwing was later re-imagined as a vigilante character, taken on by Dick Grayson when he left behind his Robin identity. Michael Cera voiced the Dick Grayson/Robin role in “Lego Batman.”
Bill Dubuque, who wrote “The Accountant,” is writing the “Nightwing” script. The project is part of Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe, which launched with 2013’s “Man of Steel,” followed by last year’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad.” Upcoming films that have been dated include “Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot and opening June 2; “Justice League,” opening Nov. 17; and “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa and opening Oct. »
- Dave McNary
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