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If you've ever given over days of your life to a sprawling online computer game involving trolls and orcs, then you're probably looking forward to "Moon" director Duncan Jones's "Warcraft," an adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment's "World of Warcraft" video game. While the leads haven't been locked down (although Colin Ferrell is heavily rumored), four new actors have joined the cast of the epic fantasy adventure.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ben Foster, who stars in this month's harrowing war film "Lone Survivor"; Robert Kazinsky from HBO's "True Blood"; Dominic Cooper from "Captain America" and this year's sorely underrated revenge movie "Dead Man Down"; and Toby Kebbell, who appears in next year's highly anticipated "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," have all secured roles in "Warcraft."
- Drew Taylor
Ahead of its premiere tomorrow, Fox has released an extended trailer for Almost Human, the sci-fi crime drama from J. H. Wyman (Fringe, Dead Man Down) and executive producer J.J. Abrams (Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Wars: Episode VII), and you can check it out right here after the official synopsis...
"Almost Human is a high-tech, high-stakes action drama set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. An unlikely partnership is forged when a part-machine cop (Karl Urban) is forced to pair with a part-human robot (Michael Ealy) as they fight crime and investigate a deeper cover-up in a futuristic new world."
- Gary Collinson
'Tis the season, for holiday-themed movies to bum rush the theaters. But before "The Christmas Candle" burns bright, "Frozen" casts its snowy spell, "Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas" brings in yuletide laughs, or "Black Nativity" lies awake in a manger, we get "The Best Man Holiday." The sequel to 1999's "The Best Man," and written and directed by Malcolm Lee (Spike Lee's cousin), the movie reunites a dynamic cast that includes Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, and Harold Perrineau, and follows a group of friends as they assemble for the holidays.
It's the first holiday movie out of the gate, but is it too early to get into the Christmas spirit? And, perhaps most importantly, does "Best Man Holiday" fill your stocking with goodies or coal?
1. It's a Sequel
If "The Best Man Holiday" seems vaguely familiar, that's because it is -- »
- Drew Taylor
It took no time at all for a comment to pop up on my Google+ posting of a link to my post here “attention, Hollywood: the wild success of Gravity means audiences have no trouble identifying with a female protagonist” scolding me for my ignorance about women in movies. Cuz what would I know? Tim McDonald schools me:
There are plenty of popular movies out there already that have female protagonists.
Not that he named one.
But I figured I would test his hypothesis.
So I took a look at Box Office Mojo and counted how many films will have gotten a wide release in North America by the end of 2013. (This is a way to measure what sorts of movies Hollywood makes, because they make up the vast majority of those wide releases.) The figure is: 141.
Then I counted how many films have women in leading roles. And here »
- MaryAnn Johanson
We first reported on this project back in December 2011, when Norwegian director Morten Tyldum (Headhunters) was attached to make his English-language debut, although he is no long involved. The story is set in an overpopulated world where each family is only allowed one child. Noomi Rapace is actually playing seven different roles as identical septuplet sisters, who try to remain hidden from the government. The lead role/roles were initially envisioned as seven brothers before Noomi Rapace came onboard.
Here's what Tommy Wirkola had to say about his leading lady.
"I was struck by the complexities of having an actor portray seven characters and immediately knew Noomi was the ideal actor - male or female - to bring them to life."
Originally announced for Morten Tyldum to direct back in 2011 , the dystopic sci-fi drama What Happened to Monday? is now moving forward with Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters ' Tommy Wirkola at the helm and, as Deadline has just announced, Noomi Rapace in the lead. Written by Max Botkin, the film follows identical septuplet sisters who struggle to stay hidden in an overpopulated world where a .one child. policy dictates that siblings are against the law. Rapace, who starred earlier this year in Dead Man Down , will play all seven septuplets whose very existence is against the law. She can be seen coming up pulling double duty opposite Tom Hardy in both Animal Rescue and Child 44 . (Photo Credit: WENN.com) »
★★☆☆☆ An Irishman playing an Hungarian, an Englishman playing an American and a Swede playing a Frenchmen all stroll onto a film set. They then proceed to look sombre for two hours whilst exchanging gunfire with some Americans playing Americans. Dead Man Down (2013), the first American production by Swedish director Niels Arden Oplev (helmer of the original Millennium trilogy), is an overly serious, but watchable film. Colin Farrell stars as Hungarian immigrant Victor, who works for mob boss Alphonse Hoyt (Terrence Howard) while secretly planning his own revenge for a brutal past midemeanor.
Also on Alphonse's crew is Darcy (Dominic Cooper), who takes it upon himself to discover who is sending his friend a series of creepy, cryptic messages. Meanwhile, the accident-scarred Beatrice (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace) blackmails Victor to carry out her own revenge plot. Dead Man Down belongs to the always-extant sub-genre of New York crime films. »
- CineVue UK
Victor (Farrell; Total Recall, Seven Psychopaths), a rising gangland player, has infiltrated the crime empire run by Alphonse (Howard; Iron Man, Hustle & Flow), with the single purpose of making him pay for destroying his once happy life. In the midst of this, Victor meets Beatrice (Rapace; The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Prometheus), a mysterious French woman, who lives with her mother, Valentine (Isabelle Huppert; Amour, I Heart Huckabees), in the high rise apartment building opposite Victor’s. As Victor becomes attracted to her, he soon finds out that Beatrice is not the woman she seems be, but rather a crime victim seeking retribution for which she needs Victor’s help. When these two wounded people get together, each obsessed with retribution, their chemistry »
Universal has renamed their upcoming tale of Dracula, going from the simple name only version, "Dracula," to the slightly longer "Dracula Untold." This isn't the first name change for the movie, before it was "Dracula," it was known as "Dracula Year Zero." Whatever it may be called, Luke Evans ("Fast & Furious 6," "Immortals") is playing the title character. Gary Shore is directing the film which also stars Samantha Barks ("Les Miserables") and Dominic Cooper ("Captain America: The First Avenger," "Dead Man Down"). According to Universal this is "the origin story of the man who became Dracula." As the various titles changes and »
- Josh Lasser
No One Lives, 2012.
Directed by Ryûhei Kitamura.
A gang of ruthless highway killers kidnap a wealthy couple traveling cross country only to shockingly discover that things are not what they seem.
Despite its kid-friendly TV shows, WWE Films have been aiming a good chunk of their movies at a more mature demographic. Earlier this year they surprised audiences with the fairly decent Dead Man Down and American Mary directors The Soska Twins are heading into production for the sequel to 2006's See No Evil. And while that could be a blood-soaked slasher movie, it will have its work cut out to top No One Lives in terms of bloodshed.
The movie pits psycho vs. psychos as gang members kidnap a couple who are making their way through town. But when they discover a »
“See No Evil” was the first film that WWE produced through its film division, and went on to earn $19 million worldwide when it was released in 2006 — its biggest hit until this year’s Halle Berry thriller “The Call,” which generated $52 million to date.
Production on “See No Evil 2″ will start in the fall, with identical twin helmers the Soska Sisters Jen and Sylvia (“American Mary”) set to direct. They are also among the directors that will contribute to the anthology series “ABCs of Death 2.”
Kane will return as the reclusive madman Jacob Goodnight, who rises from the dead in the city morgue after his killing spree at the Blackwell hotel and goes after a group of »
- Marc Graser
Exclusive: CAA today signed Noomi Rapace, the Swedish star whose breakout came in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and subsequent installments of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy. Rapace recently left UTA, and while she was expected to come to Hollywood to take meetings, she sparked to what CAA had to offer and signed. After starring in Dead Man Down, Rapace has been working on the Daniel Espinosa-directed Child 44 with Tom Hardy, Joel Kinnaman, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Gary Oldman, and the Michael R. Roskam-directed Animal Rescue with Matthias Schoenaerts. Rapace is managed by Magnolia Entertainment and repped in Sweden by Agent Firman. Related: CAA Signs ‘Blue Is The Warmest Color’ Star Adele Exarchopoulos »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
What is it about revenge that Hollywood finds so compelling? Is it that American audiences, so enamored with violence (God bless ‘em), can’t resist the allure of moral impunity? Or is it simply that lazy screenwriters tend to fall back on the easiest possible motivation for a lead character, one that all but erases the need to create a back-story? Both are possible, but neither would explain Dead Man Down, the first American effort from Niels Arden Oplev (director of the Swedish Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy). Despite the presence of a number of capable actors (Colin Farrell, Terrence Howard, Noomi Rapace), Down is a strikingly joyless, overly complicated affair that offers neither cathartic release nor brainless entertainment. Instead, it serves largely to marvel at just how seriously creative people can take themselves even when they’re not making Schindler’s List.
- Anders Nelson
Chicago – “Dead Man Down,” recently released on Blu-ray and DVD, isn’t the awful movie that you may have heard but it is a misfire from a pretty talented cast and the director of the original “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” The great ensemble and modestly entertaining noir concept are defeated by leaden direction that mistakes tedium for tone. It’s just boring, which is almost difficult to believe given the notable screen charisma of its stars.
Until recently, Colin Farrell had a pretty stellar track record, choosing interesting projects big (“Fright Night”) and small (“Ondine”). “Total Recall” was the first true disaster in some time and now we have this dud, in which Farrell plays a man who goes deep undercover in a notorious crime lord’s gang of thugs to get his overly complicated revenge. When a gorgeous neighbor (Rapace) spots him committing murder, she gets »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Exclusive: Niels Arden Oplev, helmer of the original Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, has signed a one-year overall deal with CBS Studios. The intention is for Oplev to direct a pilot for the studio this coming season. Oplev has history with CBS Studios and its sibling network CBS. In his U.S. debut, the Danish director helmed the pilot of the CBS crime drama Unforgettable, co-produced by CBS Studios and Sony TV. He went on to direct the opening episode of CBS/CBS Studios’ breakout summer series Under The Dome. On the feature side, Oplev, repped by Esa, Resolution and UK’s Curtis-Brown, most recently directed Dead Man Down. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Although it has some problems, Dead Man Down is a decent action/revenge flick and features solid performances from Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace. The film is weighed down by a slow pace and editing problems, but the ending action sequence is worth the wait. Written by J.H. Wyman and directed by Niels Arden Oplev (2009's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), the film sees Farrell and Rapace joined by Dominic Cooper, Terrence Howard and Isabelle Huppert. It features great cinematography from Paul Cameron (Total Recall and Man on a Ledge) - who makes the most of the film's noir style pacing and fills it with a heavy gloom that matches the gritty story. Dead Man Down is set »
- Patrick Luce
Bogota – More than anything else, the 4th Bogota Audiovisual Market underscored the rapid re-positioning of Colombia’s burgeoning film industry.
Late last decade, Colombian movies were a mostly local affair with occasional festival hit breakouts. By mid-2013, at least the high-end of Colombia’s movie production sector is an emerging international film force looking to the U.S. for next phase growth.
This, moreover, is two-way traffic. As top production houses – Rcn Cine, 64A Films, Rhayuela, 11:11 - drive into English-language fare, a clutch of U.S.-based directors, producers and screenwriters are reaching out to Colombia to shoot films there.
Kicking in this Jan, new Colombian Law 1556 rebates – reaching up to 40% of production and Colombian labor expenditures and 20% of spend on accommodation, catering and transport – look set to attract U.S. and Canadian shoots lensing in Colombia.
One of Colombia’s very biggest TV producers, Rti Producciones, used Bam to announce that, »
- John Hopewell
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- Dana Taddeo
Check out what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine's latest comedy/drama/horror; James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine; rated R) Admission (comedy; Tina Fey, Paul Rudd; rated PG-13) Dead Man Down (thriller; Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace; rated R) The Host (Ya sci-fi; Saoirse Ronan, Jake Abel, Max Irons, Chandler Canterbury, William Hurt; rated PG-13) Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (latest Tyler Perry drama; Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Lance Gross...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Dead Man Down, the English-language thriller from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo director Niels Arden Oplev, is out this week on DVD and Blu-ray, and we've got an exclusive clip featuring the film's leads Noomi Rapace and Colin Farrell discussing their emotionally-ravaged characters. From the official synopsis: Niels Arden Oplev, the acclaimed director of the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, makes his American theatrical debut with the new action thriller, Dead Man Down. Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace star as two strangers who are irresistibly drawn to one another by their mutual desire for revenge. The film co-stars Academy Award® nominee Terrence Howard and Dominic Cooper, from a screenplay by J.H.Wyman (Fringe). Dead Man Down is available this week from Sony Home...
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