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In another example of Hollywood’s double vision – think Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman, or even White House Down and Olympus Has Fallen – two competing Mulan reboots have emerged at Disney and Sony Pictures. Both are angled as live-action redos and, in respecting the Chinese heritage at the heart of Hua Mulan’s epic story, will feature predominantly Asian casts.
From what we understand, the House of Mouse is said to be further along with their new treatment, even staking out a late 2018 release date, but Deadline has confirmed today that Sony has appointed Alex Graves of Game of Thrones fame to direct its own interpretation. It’s a Chinese co-production, too, ensuring that the Mulan hailing from Sony Pictures International will feature a Chinese lead when the time comes. Jason Keller will handle script duties, tackling the legend of a young female warrior who takes her »
- Michael Briers
Few actors have balanced blockbuster movies with independent film as successful Aaron Eckhart, who first burst into the public consciousness with a blistering, unapologetic turn in Neil Labute’s 1997 feature debut, “In the Company of Men.” That star-making role earned Eckhart an Independent Spirit Award and set him on a path of complicated but often lovable antiheroes. Since then he’s gone on to appear in such beloved franchises as “The Dark Knight” and the “Olympus Has Fallen” series while delivering acclaimed turns in smaller-budget fare like “Thank You for Smoking” and “Rabbit Hole.”
His current slate is a perfect example; he’s co-starring with Tom Hanks in the Clint Eastwood-directed hit “Sully” as stalwart co-pilot Jeff Skiles. And later this month he’ll be seen in “Bleed for This” from writer-director Ben Younger. It tells the true story of world champion boxer Vinny Pazienza’s determination to get »
- Jenelle Riley
Directed by Ian Truitner.
A deep space mining vessel has been adrift for two years. It is suspected the crew brutally killed each other, but the reason for the bloodbath is unknown. A rescue crew is sent to find if there are any survivors, what happened and why.
This movie is classified as action sci-fi, but it’s more of a sci-fi drama. Genetically altered humans, who are considered perfect, have been created by humans and the best of the best are sent into space to explore the universe. In this instance, the crew of the Teleios has been sent to try and figure out what happened to the crew of a mining ship, the Atromitos. When they discover a lone crewman and his Art (what they call robots- »
- Tai Freligh
The Golden Globe-nominated actor will participate in “A Conversation With…” one of Hiff’s signature events. The chat is scheduled for Friday, October 7 at 1 p.m. at Guild Hall. Variety’s Awards and Features editor Jenelle Riley will present Eckhart with the award during the conversation.
“Aaron Eckhart is the definition of an actor’s actor, someone who consistently delivers standout performances and is admired by his peers,” said Riley. “This year alone he’s shown his range in two wildly different, but equally excellent, roles.”
“The Hamptons International Film Festival is proud to celebrate Aaron Eckhart’s achievement as he is recognized for his consistently impressive work. His performances in ‘Sully’ and ‘Bleed For This’ could not be more different, which is a testament to his incredible range,” added Hiff Artistic Director David Nugent. »
- Variety Staff
Antoine Fuqua is on a roll right now. Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven remake opened strong at the box office this past weekend. The western may be another hit from Fuqua, whose three previous movies — Southpaw, The Equalizer, and Olympus Has Fallen — also performed well. After a few hit-or-miss movies post-Training Day, the director has been connecting with moviegoers again and again […]
- Jack Giroux
“The Magnificent Seven” is targeting an opening weekend in the $32 – 34 million range at 3,096 locations, according to early Friday projections.
The film, from MGM and Columbia Pictures, is aiming for a $12 million Friday after rounding up $1.75 million in Thursday previews. Its biggest competition, Warner Bros. Animation’s “Storks,” looks to push out $5 million on Friday and $18 – 20 million this weekend.
A remake of a remake, “The Magnificent Seven” is an action film set in the Wild West, featuring an ensemble cast of bankable stars including Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt. Antoine Fuqua directs the movie, presented in association with LStar Capital and Village Roadshow Pictures. The film debuted on opening night of the Toronto Film Festival.
“Storks” opens in a year that has rewarded animated films including “Finding Dory,” “Zootopia” and “The Secret Life of Pets.” Andy Samberg voices the lead character Junior, who is the top delivery stork in his company. »
- Seth Kelley
Starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, and directed by Antoine Fuqua, “The Magnificent Seven” is presented in association with LStar Capital and Village Roadshow Pictures. It carries a production cost of $90 million.
Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo also make up the cast of the movie, which is a remake of a remake. Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai” inspired the 1960 John Sturges western of the same name, which then, in turn, spawned the current iteration.
“The Magnificent Seven” screened during the opening night of the Toronto Film Festival. In his review for Variety, critic Owen Gleiberman wrote that the film, “hits all the right buttons but misses the fun of the original.” The film currently has a 63% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. »
- Seth Kelley
On the heels of the worst weekend of the year so far (based on cumulative gross for all titles) this weekend should perk things up a bit as MGM and Sony's The Magnificent Seven remake and WB's animated feature Storks are looking at strong openings. Projecting just how well this weekend's newcomers will perform, however, is something that's raising a few eyebrows in the wake of recent weeks and last week's box office bloodbath where not one, but two of the week's three new wide releases came in well below expectations, and all three failed to open over $10 million. Industry expectations for Magnificent Seven and Storks have both films opening around $30+ million. For Storks this number appears to be about right on target, but for Magnificent Seven it seems grossly conservative. Sony is projecting a $30-32 million weekend, but if it doesn't top $40 million it would be a bit of a surprise. »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The Magnificent Seven, 2016.
Directed by Antoine Fuqua.
Seven gun men in the old west gradually come together to help a poor village against savage thieves.
Since breaking out way back in 2001 with the Training Day Antoine Fuqua’s career has been questionably inconsistent. Last years Southpaw had the grace of a bird attempting to fly whilst attached to a brick, and The Equalizer existed in a nightmare-ish purgatory like state, as if Fuqua himself cared only to hang out with Denzel for a couple of months. In face Olympus Has Fallen, Fuqua’s brainless-Die-Hard-in-the-White-House may be his best work in that time.
So the idea of a perfunctory remake of The Magnificent Seven of which for surely nobody asked, bodes rather poorly. Yet, to Fuqua’s credit, it’s okay, »
- Amie Cranswick
Welcome to another “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide release movies. The fall movie season is in full swing, and as Sully continues to dominate the box office, it looks like we might have our first blockbuster of the fall season in The Magnificent Seven. Warner Bros. looks to cash in on the lack of family options in theaters with their latest animated offering, Storks. Both look interesting for different reasons, let’s break them down.
What we are excited about:
If you’re not excited for this cast, we’re not sure what cast list will ever get you excited. Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Peter Sarsgaard, Vincent D’Onofrio, and more headline this remake of the classic western. The trailers all seem to indicate that the chemistry is going to be loose and fun, which seems to be »
- Scott Davis
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
Yikes. What a terrible weekend we just had, not only for the new movies released but also for the Weekend Warrior’s predictions. Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks’ Sully won its second weekend in a row with just under $22 million, but as far as the new movies, neither Lionsgate’s Blair Witch nor Universal’s Bridget Jones’s Baby did very well, putting the last nail in the coffin (hopefully) for sequels/remakes trying to play upon nostalgia that just isn’t there. (Good luck to the Rings movie opening next month!) Blair Witch ended up with $9.6 million to take second place and both Bridget Jones’s Baby and Oliver Stone’s Snowden ended up with around $8 million, so »
- Edward Douglas
Remember how films sometimes come in twos? Volcano and Dante’s Peak, Antz and A Bug’s Life, White House Down and Olympus Has Fallen. Well, just a week after Bryan Cranston went undercover to fight Columbian drug runners, now Daniel Radcliffe must go undercover to take down white supremacists. Radcliffe clearly has the greater task, despite shedding his boy wizard image (successfully so far), can we really see him as an American FBI agent pretending to be racist? Funnily enough, yes. Imperium fully cements Radcliffe as a force to be reckoned with, even if the film never goes above and beyond.
Radcliffe is Nate Foster, an ambitious FBI agent looking to make his break. After head of undercover operations, Angela »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Director Antoine Fuqua returns to theaters this weekend with a reimagining of The Magnificent Seven, a film that's ferociously engaging in its shoot-'em-up spectacle while also being surprisingly funny throughout. A veteran in the crime genre (see: Training Day, Shooter, Olympus Has Fallen), Fuqua has turned his attention of late toward remakes or reimaginings, beginning with 2014's The Equalizer on through 2016's The Magnificent Seven and, if everything comes together, a new remake of Scarface, which, like Magnificent Seven, would be the third iteration of the Scarface story following versions in 1932 and 1983. For Fandango, I had a chance to talk with Fuqua in advance of The Magnificent Seven arriving in theaters (stay tuned for more of that...
- Erik Davis
Director Antoine Fuqua returns to theaters this weekend with a reimagining of The Magnificent Seven, a film that's ferociously engaging in its shoot-'em-up spectacle while also being surprisingly funny throughout. A veteran in the crime genre (see: Training Day, Shooter, Olympus Has Fallen), Fuqua has turned his attention lately toward remakes or reimaginings, beginning with 2014's The Equalizer on through 2016's The Magnificent Seven and, if everything comes together, a new...
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Check out cover artwork and preview pages for Dark Horse's Aliens: Defiance #5 before its release next Wednesday, September 28th. Also in today's Horror Highlights: screening details and a trailer for Teleios and a sneak peek at Cryptocracy #4.
Aliens: Defiance #5 Cover and Preview Pages: From Dark Horse Comics: "Zula Hendricks and Davis are about to take on the xenomorph threat as well as a squad of hardened Colonial Marines intent on capturing a specimen in a large midspace fueling station. How far is Zula willing to go to stop her fellow combatants?
Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Tristan Jones
Colorist: Dan Jackson
Cover Artist: Massimo Carnevale
Genre: Science-Fiction, Action/Adventure
Publication Date: September 28th, 2016
Format: Fc, 32 pages; Ongoing
Teleios Screening Details and Trailer: Press Release: "Los Angeles, CA - Thousand Mile Media is excited to announce the La festival premiere of Ian Truitner's Teleios. The action-packed sci-fi thriller »
- Tamika Jones
The true story adaptation Sully hits theaters this weekend, with two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks playing Captain Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who averted disaster in 2009 by landing his plane on the Hudson River in what became known as the "Miracle on the Hudson." Both Tom Hanks and the real Sully appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, but the host had a surprise for the actor. Sully and Jimmy Kimmel debuted a fake trailer for the Tom Hanks "biopic" simply entitled Hanks, starring Chesley Sullenberger as the beloved actor.
This four-minute video from Jimmy Kimmel Live goes back to Tom Hanks early acting days, with a producer claiming that Tom Hanks isn't a "movie star name." The video itself even features a surprise appearance from Peter Scolari, Tom Hanks' co-star on the hit 1980s sitcom Bosom Buddies, which helped launch his career. The video also showcases some of the actor's "epic struggles, »
The movie follows that faithful day when Captain Sully was forced to land his disabled Us Airways plane into the frigid hudson river after striking a flock of geese.
Watch the video below and check out Sully when it hits Cineplex theatres September 9th on IMAX!
For more Sully information including showtimes - click here!
- Scott Goodyer
Last month, Warner Bros. debuted the first trailer for their highly-anticipated biopic Sully, which brings two big screen icons, Tom Hanks and director Clint Eastwood, together for the first time. To get fans ready for this incredible true story, Warner Bros. has released a new IMAX trailer, which begins with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Clint Eastwood and the biopic's real-life subject, Captain Chelsey "Sully" Sullenberger. While most people know about Sully's heroics, most may not know how this pilot's life was turned upside down by this ordeal.
On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the "Miracle on the Hudson" when Captain "Sully" Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career. »
Warner Bros. Pictures has released the IMAX trailer for Clint Eastwood's upcoming film Sully, starring Oscar winner Tom Hanks (“Bridge of Spies,” “Forrest Gump”) as Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger.
The film also stars Aaron Eckhart (Olympus Has Fallen, The Dark Knight) as Sully’s co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, and Oscar nominee Laura Linney (The Savages, Kinsey, Showtime’s The Big C) as Sully’s wife, Lorraine Sullenberger.
On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger (Hanks) glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.
- Kellvin Chavez
After coming off what is far and away the biggest success of his career at the box-office, American Sniper, director Clint Eastwood is taking on another biopic of sorts with Sully. The drama follows the true story of Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who glided his plane along the Hudson River, saving the life of all those aboard in an event often referred to as the Miracle on the Hudson. Ahead of a release in a few weeks, an IMAX trailer has now landed.
Tom Hanks stars as Sullenberger, with a cast rounded off by Anna Gunn, Aaron Eckhart, Sam Huntington, and Laura Linney. Shot by long-time collaborating Dp Tom Stern, who has lensed all of Eastwood’s recent efforts, this time they’ve used IMAX cameras for nearly entire shoot. One can now see the results on your relatively tiny computer screen with the new trailer or you can hold off »
- Leonard Pearce
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