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Total Recall’s Richter: a day in the life of cinema’s unluckiest villain

Ryan Lambie Nov 30, 2017

Brilliantly played by Michael Ironside, Richter is Total Recall’s best villain - and also just a guy having the worst day of his life...

There’s a moment in Total Recall - Paul Verhoeven’s flat-out classic 1990 action film - that perfectly sums up the tension between its hero and villain. Beefy everyman Doug Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger, on top form) has just ‘discovered’ that his entire life is a sham: his wife isn’t really his wife, and his memories are all false - they were somehow implanted by an unknown agency determined to hide his true identity.

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On learning the truth, Quaid finds himself pursued by a group of assassins, led by Richter - played with startling intensity by Michael Ironside. After a blazing gun battle,
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Road Pictures to produce Chinese version of 'Run Lola Run'

  • ScreenDaily
Zhu Zhu will star in the remake of the cult German thriller.

China’s Road Pictures has unveiled a slate of new productions, including a Chinese-language remake of 1998 German breakout hit Run Lola Run.

Announced at the recent Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff), the remake will star Chinese actress Zhu Zhu (Marco Polo), who will also executive produce.

Based in Beijing with an office in Los Angeles headed by Julien Favre, Road Pictures is also co-financing Andrew Niccol’s upcoming sci-fi thriller Anon, starring Clive Owen and Amanda Seyfried, with Germany’s K5 Media Group. The film is currently in post-production for release later this year.

Road Pictures also announced several new projects at the Bjiff event including The Diamond Age, an adaptation of Neal Stephenson’s cult sci-fi novel, produced in association with Lauren Selig, Barry Levine and Mike Bundlie, which is being scripted by Karl Gajdusek.

Other projects unveiled by Road Pictures include English-language TV series
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Spencer Baumgarten to Leave CAA for ICM Partners

Veteran literary agent Spencer Baumgarten has joined ICM Partners as a partner.

“Spencer is an exceptional agent who’s passionate about his role in guiding the careers of his clients,” the ICM partnership said in a joint statement. “He is highly regarded in the entertainment community and will be a great addition to our partnership.”

He comes to the agency from CAA. Although it’s still unknown which of his clients will follow, Baumgarten repped Neil Burger, John Woo, Kurt Wimmer, Zhang Yimou, Michael Polish, Shekhar Kapur, and Pierre Morel.

He was was at CAA for 12 years, and prior to that, he was an agent at Endeavor for six years.

Talent agents Kim Hodgert and Kami Putnam-Heist also recently left CAA to join Anonymous Content.

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Longtime Film Lit Agent Spencer Baumgarten Leaves CAA for ICM Partners

  • The Wrap
Veteran Motion Picture Literary agent Spencer Baumgarten has left CAA for ICM Partners, TheWrap has learned. ICM Partners announced Friday that Baumgarten has joined the agency’s Los Angeles office as a partner. Baumgarten represents a notable roster of film directors, writers, and producers that includes Gore Verbinski (“Pirates of the Caribbean”), Pierre Morel (“Taken”), Kurt Wimmer (“Point Break”), Donnie Yen (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”), and Jon Favreau (“The Jungle Book”). Also Read: Johnny Depp Signs With CAA, Leaving UTA “Spencer is an exceptional agent who’s passionate about his role in guiding the careers of his clients,
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Paramount looking to launch new spy franchise with Alex Hawke

Paramount Pictures is looking to launch a new spy franchise, with the studio snapping up the rights to American author Ted Bell’s bestselling Alex Hawke book series and tapping screenwriter Kurt Wimmer (Salt) and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers) to develop a big screen adaptation.

Launching in 2003 with the publication of Hawke (which has since between followed by a further eight books), the series follows Lord Alexander Hawke, one of Britain’s most decorated naval heroes. As you’d expect, comparisons have naturally been drawn with Ian Fleming’s iconic spy James Bond, although unlike 007 Hawke has found himself in conflict with real people, such as Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Newswire: Paging Idris Elba: There’s a new British spy movie franchise in the works

If the recent casting rumors circling the James Bond franchise have proven anything, it’s that Britain is clearly suffering from a deficit of spy franchises to keep its most handsome actors in suits and shaken drinks. Luckily, it sounds like Paramount might have Q-ed up a solution to this spy-labor crisis, picking up the rights to another Brit-based espionage franchise that’s been compared to Ian Fleming’s Bond books.

Deadline reports that the studio has acquired the rights to Ted Bell’s Sir Alexander Hawke books, a nine-volume series centered on “terrorism’s worst nightmare,” a hard-fighting military man who battles pirates, Vladimir Putin, and, of course, cannibals. Kurt Wimmer, whose last espionage script was the enjoyably dumb Angelina Jolie vehicle Salt, will write the film, while Lorenzo Di Bonaventura is producing. The announcement will presumably come as a relief to the work-starved Idris Elbas and Tom Hiddlestons
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Move Over 007: Paramount Plans Pic Series On Brit Spy Alex Hawke

Exclusive: Paramount Pictures has acquired rights to the Ted Bell action espionage novel series based on British MI6 agent Sir Alexander Hawke. The studio has set Salt scribe Kurt Wimmer to adapt it, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura producing. The series began in 2003 with Hawke, and has spanned nine bestsellers. The most recent, Patriot, pitted Hawke against Russian leader Vladimir Putin, who has been a frequent nemesis in the series. The next book, Overkill, will be…
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‘Point Break’ (2015) Review

Stars: Luke Bracey, Edgar Ramirez, Ray Winstone, Teresa Palmer, Matias Varela, Clemens Schick, Tobias Santelmann, Max Thieriot, Delroy Lindo | Written by Rick King, W. Peter Iliff, Kurt Wimmer | Directed by Ericson Core

Now I’m not that adverse to remakes and reboots as some and, if I’m honest, the 1991 version of Point Break is not as special to me as it is to others – in fact Bigelow’s film never really gelled with me, so I approached this redux with a really open mind. Turns out I shouldn’t have bothered!

Taking its cue from Kathryn Bigelow’s original movie, this remake of Point Break once again tells the story of Johnny Utah (Bracey), a young FBI agent who infiltrates a cunning team of thrill-seeking elite athletes – led by the charismatic Bodhi (Ramirez) – who are suspected of carrying out a spate of crimes in extremely unusual ways…

However Ericson Core
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Stylish Equals Trailer Sees Nicholas Hoult And Kristen Stewart Find Love In A Hopeless Place

Dystopian setting? Check. Futuristic and sterile aesthetic? Check. A young couple fighting for love? You betcha. For in Drake Doremus’ sci-fi romance Equals, it is Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Kristen Stewart (American Ultra) that find themselves revolting against a totalitarian regime.

But whereas the Ya demographic has been bombarded with tales of cruel dystopias and kingdom-shaking heroines, today’s first trailer sheds a clinical white light on the intimate tenets of Equals. Rooted in a similar world to that of Kurt Wimmer’s Equilibrium, Hoult and Stewart live in a world where all emotion has ostensibly been removed, paving the way for a dour and mind-numbing existence.

But there are fleeting signs of hope within the pure white walls of the facility, and despite the fact that any kind of affection is strictly forbidden, Hoult and Stewart’s relationship begins to flourish in the shadows. Written and directed by Doremus,
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Point Break review

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It's no disaster, but there's still not much point to the remake of Point Break...

Kathryn Bigelow's Point Break was fairly successful when it hit cinemas back in 1991, pitting Keanu Reeves' rookie FBI agent against Patrick Swayze's impossibly cool surfing bank robber in a film that landed with audiences but was largely dismissed by critics.

Its uniquely sensitive spin on macho action movies has led to its reappraisal as a cult classic, thus making this remake pretty much inevitable. Few of us would have predicted that director/cinematographer Ericson Core would convert it into an extreme sports movie, but that's one of the only surprises to be had here.

After a tragic accident, former poly-athlete Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey) leaves the adrenaline junkie scene behind and applies to join the FBI. He's still on probation when he discovers that a daring gang of bank
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Point Break review

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It's no disaster, but there's still not much point to the remake of Point Break...

Kathryn Bigelow's Point Break was fairly successful when it hit cinemas back in 1991, pitting Keanu Reeves' rookie FBI agent against Patrick Swayze's impossibly cool surfing bank robber in a film that landed with audiences but was largely dismissed by critics.

Its uniquely sensitive spin on macho action movies has led to its reappraisal as a cult classic, thus making this remake pretty much inevitable. Few of us would have predicted that director/cinematographer Ericson Core would convert it into an extreme sports movie, but that's one of the only surprises to be had here.

After a tragic accident, former poly-athlete Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey) leaves the adrenaline junkie scene behind and applies to join the FBI. He's still on probation when he discovers that a daring gang of bank
See full article at Den of Geek »

‘Point Break’ review: “A huge misfire. Completely pointless”

Point Break remake review: High-octane stunts do not a good movie make. Point Break remake review

There’s an argument that the remake of Point Break shouldn’t really exist – believe me, we’ve had it out here at Thn Towers everyday since the project was announced. 25 years have passed since the Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves original graced our screens, which, let’s face it, was nigh on perfect. Perfect script, perfect direction, bromantic action aplenty, great stunts, and one of the best Swayze performances of all time (bar Road House and Dirty Dancing of course). They say that it’s too soon. They say it ain’t right. They say the original is one of those films that should never be remade. Ever. They say, they say. This argument is irrelevant. This Point Break remake review will see it graded and examined on its own merit.

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Point Break Review

Point Break makes no sense. It doesn’t seem to be trying very hard to make sense, either. A remake of the improbably fun 1991 crime thriller of the same name, 2015’s version only serves to inject excess adrenaline into this updated version of an already flimsy conceit.

After his future in the world of extreme sports takes a cliff dive, Johnny “Utah” Brigham completes a Ged, undergraduate, and law degree before entering the FBI’s training academy. His experience becomes an essential tool when a gang of skydiving thrill-seekers steals a pallet-load of stacked cash from a cargo plane, only to cut the ties and rain money on the poor villagers below. It somehow takes the expressionless lunk Utah to consider that fellow extreme athletes are behind these Robin Hood heists.

Not that the investigation really matters. Utah is assigned to gather information on these philanthropist adrenaline junkies but instead
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New Point Break Movie Received Mixed Reviews From Major Movie Critics

  • OnTheFlix
Warner Bros. Pictures delivered their new action/thriller movie, "Point Break," into theaters today, December 25th, 2015, and the reviews are in from just a few of the major, top movie critics. They ended up with a pretty mixed score of 45 out of a possible 100 across just 4 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Clemens Schick, Édgar Ramírez, Luke Bracey, Matias Padin, Ray Winstone and Teresa Palmer. We've added comments from a couple of the critics, below. Tom Russo from the Boston Globe, gave it a less than stellar 63 score, stating: "For all the adrenalizing positives in this reworked Point Break, inadvertent silliness remains." Elizabeth Kerr over at The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 50 score. She said: "Ericson Core’s Point Break strips the silly fun and relatively straight-ahead narrative from the original for a humorless, if photogenic spin on extreme crime." James Marsh over at Screen International, gave it a 40 grade,
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[Review] Point Break

We’ve officially come full circle. Point Break arrived in 1991 with more cheese than a Green Bay Packers game and ten years later a fresh generation got to enjoy an ambiguous cops and robbers romp that moved the same basic plot from ocean to streets with The Fast and the Furious. It’s probably an obscure connection at best, but the cinematographer of that unofficial remake, Ericson Core, just happens to now be the man to bring a brand new version of the original story to life as his sophomore directorial effort. This time the names are mostly the same—screenwriter Kurt Wimmer realized “Utah” works better as a nickname than given surname—and the waves make a return too even if they aren’t quite as important.

I know this is sacrilege to say, but Kathryn Bigelow’s cult classic dripping in nostalgic testosterone is the perfect property for a big-budget remake.
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‘Point Break’ Sees Solid Chinese Box Office Debut

‘Point Break’ Sees Solid Chinese Box Office Debut
Point Break” has generated $22.7 million at the Chinese box office in its first week of release at 3,700 screens — including five straight days as the top performer.

Alcon Entertainment said Friday the extreme-sports actioner is poised to remain in first place in its second week of release with a projected drop of only 8% going into its second weekend. “Point Break” opened against “Fall In Love Like A Rock Star,” a Chinese film that has grossed $20 million.

The “Point Break” remake was approved last month for a Dec. 4 release date in China — an unprecedented three weeks before its U.S. opening. “Point Break” has a Chinese investor, Dmg Entertainment.

The second weekend of Matt Damon’s “The Martian” won the Chinese box office in the first weekend of December with $27 million, expanding its cumulative Chinese gross to $76.2 million after 12 days.

Alcon Entertainment began developing the project in 2011, when it acquired rights to
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Jason Statham And Kurt Wimmer To Team Up For Action Film

Two Hollywood guys who are best framed for action flicks are getting together. Jason Statham, the master of cool accents and kicking butt, has signed up for a currently untitled film project with Kurt Wimmer. Wimmer made his directorial debut with Equilibrium and is responsible for writing the Point Break reboot (due in theaters later […]

The post Jason Statham And Kurt Wimmer To Team Up For Action Film appeared first on FilmReview.com.
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Point Break To Get The Blood Pumping This Christmas

This Christmas sees the theatrical release of Alcon Entertainment’s fast paced and adrenalin fuelled Point Break.

Based on a screenplay of the book written under the same name by Kurt Wimmer, and featuring top athletes from around the world of extreme sport, the films tells the story of young FBI agent Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey) as he goes undercover to infiltrate a rather unique criminal gang. Convinced that a group of elite athletes is responsible for a recent spate of daring and unprecedentedly high octane heists, the bureau have sent Johnny to get close and uncover the truth.

Featuring death defying stunts from real life athletes and professionals in their respective sports Point Break is laden with awe inspiring stunts and set pieces from the world of big-wave surfing, wingsuit flying, sheer-face snow boarding, free rock climbing, and high-speed motorcycling. With performances from true stars of extreme sport such as Laird Hamilton,
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Point Break Featurettes Take You Behind The Scenes Of The Film’s Eye-Popping Stunts

Strap in, folks: we’re now only a few weeks away from the release of Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment’s Point Break remake, and today’s slew of featurettes take you behind the scenes of the film’s eye-popping stunts.

Releasing across theaters in both 2D and 3D, Warner’s anticipated actioner is a total modernization of the cult 1991 flick, which then starred Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves as the core duo. Now, that torch has been passed down to Luke Bracey and Edgar Ramirez, who will topline the Point Break remake as Johnny Utah, a rookie FBI agent tasked with befriending a suspected criminal Bodhi (Ramirez) in order to gain access to their exclusive gang of high-skilled crooks.

Directing from a screenplay by Kurt Wimmer (Salt, Law Abiding Citizen), the cast will be rounded out by Ray Winstone (The Departed), Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) and Delroy Lindo.

Luke Bracey
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Film Review: ‘Point Break’

Film Review: ‘Point Break’
Showcasing daredevil athleticism in a way that suggests condensed highlights from ESPN, director Ericson Core’s post-millennial take on “Point Break” replaces Californian surfer culture with the globe-trotting world of extreme sports, pitting an athlete-turned-FBI-agent against painstakingly principled Zen eco-activists. Yet what weighs the characters down is not their parachutes or rock-climbing gear, but their sententious First World guilt and bland casting; gone is the free-spirited fun of Kathryn Bigelow’s cult-hit original. Produced partly with mainland coin from DMG Entertainment, which also invested in “Iron Man 3,” the pic (which is being released in 2D and 3D versions) has enough visual dazzle alone to appeal to Asian markets, where it’s opening weeks ahead of its U.S. bow.

Having cut his teeth lensing fast-track blockbusters like “The Fast and the Furious” and “Payback” before helming “Invincible,” Core, who also doubles as d.p. here, has poured his expertise into
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