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Suicide Squad 2 Gets The Accountant Director Gavin O'Connor

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Just a few weeks after Suicide Squad 2 was put on the fast track, a new filmmaker is coming aboard. Warner Bros. has finalized a deal for Gavin O'Connor to write Suicide Squad 2, while also engaging in talks for him to direct the superhero sequel. Still, while the project looks to be finally moving forward, this report claims that filming isn't scheduled to begin until the fall of 2018, giving Gavin O'Connor plenty of time to perfect the story.

The news comes from Variety today, with the report claiming that, after it was confirmed original Suicide Squad director David Ayer won't be returning, this sequel directing gig was among the hottest jobs in town. It did seem at one point that the project was on the fast track, with the studio eyeing Jaume Collet-Serra to direct, with The Legend of Tarzan writer Adam Cozad also coming aboard this summer to write the script,
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The House movie review: burn it down

MaryAnn’s quick take… The hint of a seed of a bitter satire is buried under inept, momentum-free comedy. They should have developed the script’s rough first draft instead of shooting it. I’m “biast” (pro): like Amy Poehler

I’m “biast” (con): not generally a fan of studio comedies

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Somewhere, buried so deep within The House that even it doesn’t seem to know that it is there, is the glimmer of the hint of the seed of a dark, bitter satire on collapsing America, on the suburban malaise and economic anguish that has driven the nation collectively to despair. Desperate parents start an underground casino to pay their daughter’s college tuition, descending into a life of crime and violence that rips the veneer of respectability off the upscale McMansion lifestyles of them and their neighbors.
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The House movie review: burn it down

MaryAnn’s quick take… The hint of a seed of a bitter satire is buried under inept, momentum-free comedy. They should have developed the script’s rough first draft instead of shooting it. I’m “biast” (pro): like Amy Poehler

I’m “biast” (con): not generally a fan of studio comedies

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Somewhere, buried so deep within The House that even it doesn’t seem to know that it is there, is the glimmer of the hint of the seed of a dark, bitter satire on collapsing America, on the suburban malaise and economic anguish that has driven the nation collectively to despair. Desperate parents start an underground casino to pay their daughter’s college tuition, descending into a life of crime and violence that rips the veneer of respectability off the upscale McMansion lifestyles of them and their neighbors.
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Green Hornet Reboot Gets The Accountant Director Gavin O'Connor

Green Hornet Reboot Gets The Accountant Director Gavin O'Connor
There are two things Hollywood is doing a whole lot of right now; reboots and comic book movies. The Accountant director Gavin O'Connor has just signed on for his next project, which is going to be both. News broke today that he will be helming a reboot of The Green Hornet for Paramount, which will be nothing like the 2011 Seth Rogen version.

Deadline is reporting that Gavin O'Connor is set to direct the movie after the rights were acquired by Paramount and Chernin Entertainment. As it turns out, this is not just a filmmaker jumping on the comic book movie bandwagon, because according to the director himself, this has been a lifelong dream and a serious passion project. Here is some of what he had to say while speaking to Deadline about his upcoming reboot of The Green Hornet.

"I've been wanting to make this movie - and create this
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Watch Ben Affleck And Anna Kendrick In The New Trailer For The Accountant

Warner Bros. Pictures has released a second trailer for the upcoming drama The Accountant.

Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town Cpa office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations.

With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.

The film also stars Jon Bernthal (“Fury,” “The Wolf of Wall Street”), Jean Smart (TV’s “Fargo,” “24”), and Cynthia Addai-Robinson (“Star Trek: Into Darkness”), with Jeffrey Tambor (TV’s “Transparent,” “The Hangover” films
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"I Wouldn't Want To Go Through That Kind Of Experience Again": Joel Edgerton Talks Making 'Jane Got A Gun'

To say that "Jane Got A Gun" had issues is an understatement. Originally set to be directed by Lynne Ramsay,  the filmmaker abruptly left the movie after clashing with producers literally moments before cameras were set to roll, thus throwing the Natalie Portman-starring western into chaos. Gavin O'Connor ("Warrior," "Pride And Glory") quickly stepped in to replace Ramsay and keep the movie going, while Joel Edgerton lent a hand in rewriting the script and swapped roles, going from playing the villain (which went to Ewan McGregor), to taking the role of the hero. And even after production was complete, the picture took a long time to reach screens, finally arriving in January, where it flopped. And when Jessica Kiang sat down with Edgerton last month at the Berlin Film Festival, where he was on hand to promote the upcoming "Midnight Special," the conversation turned toward "Jane Got A Gun,
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Watch: U.S. Trailer For 'Jane Got A Gun' Plus New Images And 1-Hour Talk With Natalie Portman

Given that The Weinstein Company are focused on their other big western of the year, "The Hateful Eight," and that the release date is a few weeks away and not much promo has been going on, I was fully expecting the studio to bump "Jane Got A Gun." However, it looks like the Weinsteins are pressing ahead with the Natalie Portman-starring film, and they've finally released the U.S. trailer for the movie. Read More: Relativity Puts 'Jane Got A Gun' And More Up For Sale As They Fight Off Bankruptcy Granted, it's pretty much the same as the international trailers you've already seen, but these new images will provide a fresh look at the former Lynne Ramsay project. Gavin O'Connor ("Warrior," "Pride And Glory") got behind the camera for the film co-starring Joel Edgerton, Ewan McGregor, Noah Emmerich, Rodrigo Santoro and Boyd Holbrook that tells the
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Watch: Natalie Portman Is A Wanted Woman In New Trailer For ‘Jane Got A Gun’

So, are we experiencing a little Western renaissance? This fall we’ve already got “Bone Tomahawk,” “The Hateful Eight” and “The Revenant” riding over the horizon, and not far behind is “Jane Got A Gun.” Natalie Portman’s troubled western has already been released in France, but the rest of the world is waiting, and a new trailer has arrived for the picture's UK bow. Joel Edgerton, Ewan McGregor, Noah Emmerich, Rodrigo Santoro and Boyd Holbrook join Portman in the tale of a woman (Portman) who asks her ex-lover (Edgerton) for help in order to save her outlaw husband (Emmerich) from a gang out to kill him. But things aren’t as simple as they seem. The Gavin O' Connor ("Warrior," "Pride And Glory") directed movie is still without a firm U.S. release date, but The Weinstein Company will get into cinemas sometime in 2016. Watch below. Read More: First
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First Trailer for Natalie Portman's Jane Got a Gun Action Western

Today we have the first trailer for the upcoming "Jane Got a Gun" action Western, starring Natalie Portman, Noah Emmerich, Ewan McGregor, and Joel Edgerton. Check it out below. Plot: After her outlaw husband returns home shot with eight bullets and barely alive, Jane reluctantly reaches out to an ex-lover who she hasn't seen in over ten years to help her defend her farm when the time comes that her husband's gang eventually tracks him down to finish the job. The new movie is directed by Gavin O'Connor (Warrior, Pride and Glory) and is set to hit theaters in February of 2016. Trailer:
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Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler’s ‘The House’ Casts Ryan Simpkins

Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler’s ‘The House’ Casts Ryan Simpkins
Ryan Simpkins is joining Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler in the New Line comedy “The House,” in which she’ll play their teenage daughter.

Ferrell and Poehler will portray parents who lose the money intended to pay for their daughter’s college tuition and open an underground casino out of desperation. “Neighbors” writer Andrew J. Cohen is directing from a script he co-wrote with Brendan O’Brien.

The project marks Cohen’s feature directorial debut; he previously directed short films and “Funny or Die” sketches.

Good Universe is producing with Ferrell and Adam McKay through their Gary Sanchez banner. Jessica Elbaum and Chris Henchy are executive producing.

Simpkins, 17, has been seen in “Pride and Glory,” “Revolutionary Road” and “A Single Man.” She’s repped by Wme, Thruline and Ziffren Brittenham.

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.
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Choreographer Longinus Fernandes on making the stars dance in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Along with his work in Bollywood and in India, you have seen choreographer Longinus Fernandes’ work in Slumdog Millionaire in the ‘Jai Ho’ sequence and in Eat Pray Love among many others. Now Fernandes has brought his unique style and fabulous moves to the movies again for a special sequence in director John Madden’s The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. What makes it so special is that the choreographer worked with some of the best actors in the world including Richard Gere, Judy Dench, Maggie Smith, Lillette Dubey, and Dev Patel to name just a few and got them to dance to the Bollywood beat of the killer song ‘Jhoom Barabar Jhoom’.

I was lucky enough to get the chance to do an email interview with Longinus about The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and more! Check out what he had to say about working on the film, getting
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Selma movie review: the march of time is slow

A magnificent film, vital and alive, with the most profound sense of immediacy I think I’ve ever felt in a historical story. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

There’s not a single word that comes out of the mouth of Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma — yes, even given that the film had to paraphrase his speeches thanks to a copyright issue — that doesn’t still apply today, half a damn century later. This is the beauty, and the tragedy, of Ava DuVernay’s magnificent film. The images it horrifies us with — peaceful protesters whipped in the street by policemen — and inspires us with — peaceful protesters continuing to protest in the face of outrageous offense — are almost identical, in many significant ways, to images we’ve seen on television in recent months, from Ferguson,
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Hayden Christensen to lead WWII Undead Horror, Untöt

Video game producer/director Kris Renkewitz will be jumping into horror film, making his feature directorial debut with WWII-set zombie film, Untöt, set to star Hayden Christensen. Warrior and Pride and Glory‘s Greg O’Connor is producing the film, “set towards the end of World War II in December 1944. During a blizzard, an elite military unit headed…

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First Look at Natalie Portman in Jane Got a Gun Western

Today we have the first photos from the upcoming "Jane Got a Gun" action Western, starring Natalie Portman, Noah Emmerich, Ewan McGregor, and Joel Edgerton. Check everything out below. Plot: After her outlaw husband returns home shot with eight bullets and barely alive, Jane reluctantly reaches out to an ex-lover who she hasn't seen in over ten years to help her defend her farm when the time comes that her husband's gang eventually tracks him down to finish the job. The new movie is directed by Gavin O'Connor (Warrior, Pride and Glory) and is set to hit theaters on September 4th. Photos: (click to enlarge)
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Anna Kendrick and J.K. Simmons in Talks to Join Ben Affleck in 'The Accountant'

The Accountant sounds like an extremely stupid movie to me. Ben Affleck will play a man who is an accountant by day and an assassin by night. I hope the film has a sense of humor about itself, but director Gavin O'Connor's track record (Warrior, Pride and Glory) does not suggest it will. However, this piece of casting news gives me more hope on what the film will be. Anna Kendrick and J.K. Simmons are doing some extremely fine work as of late. Simmons is looking at an Oscar nomination for Whiplash, which he very much deserves for that performance. Kendrick just gave what I think is the best performance of her career thus far in The Last 5 Years (read my review here) and will next be seen in another musical adaptation this Christmas with Into the Woods. The two are operating at high levels and are some
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The Purge: Anarchy movie review: standing up to power and privilege

Doubles down on the first film’s angry approach to class, inequality, and violence, and once again reflects an image of America that is ugly but only slightly distorted. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the first film

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Last year, The Purge astonished me with one of the most daring speculative conceits to come out of a Hollywood studio in maybe forever, or certainly since the dystopic sci-fi of the 1970s. In a near-future America under what appears to be a religious dictatorship called the New Founding Fathers, all crime including murder is permitted — nay, encouraged — one night a year for a 12-hour period called the Purge. Vague religious justifications about “cleansing” smash up against the American “right” to be armed to the teeth and defend oneself against all threats, perceived or actual, with hints
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Exclusive: Listen To The Full Score For 'The Purge: Anarchy' Plus Composer Nathan Whitehead Talks Inspiration & More

This weekend, moviegoers will return for more madness with "The Purge: Anarchy," the sequel to last summer's horror hit "The Purge." The violent and extreme future world of the film, where crime reigns free for 24 hours once a year, is a bit different from other traditional horror films, in that it isn't the supernatural that invokes fear, but humanity's darkest desires. And helping to convey that tone is composer Nathan Whitehead, who has scored both films in the franchise. Starting his career at a sound design company, and working nights and weekends on his own material, Whitehead's persistence eventually paid off, as he contributed music and arrangements to variety of projects including "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," "Pride and Glory," "Your Highness" and more, along with video game work as well. But it's "The Purge" films where Whitehead is really establishing his footprint and musical voice, and you can...
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Potential Powerhouse – How to Fix Pride and Glory

One doesn’t have to be an analyst or expert in all things cinema to note the decline of certain genres and niches within the film-making machine. While comic-book movies and superhero franchises have risen to soaring heights over the last fifteen years, we have seen a dramatic drop in other, classic outputs, seemingly to make way. A perfect example of this would be the procedural crime thriller, tales of murder investigation and corruption, a hallmark of hard boiled fiction from the 1970′s onwards that by now have tailed off. It says a lot that the most recent archetypal release from said field was last year’s Broken City, a box office and critical failure from highly rated scribe Stephen Knight. A production line that once gave us the likes of Chinatown, Serpico and Seven is now decrepit and seemingly unfit for purpose.

Not only is this genre starved, it
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Exclusive: Hear the first sounds from the 'The Purge: Anarchy' soundtrack

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Exclusive: Hear the first sounds from the 'The Purge: Anarchy' soundtrack
Fans of 2013's "The Purge" should ready themselves with round two from "The Purge: Anarchy," to the strains of the same composer from the first scary flick. Nathan Whitehead returned to score the sequel, and HitFix today exclusively reveals the first piece to arrive from the soundtrack: the ominously titled "Don't Do This." Check out the song below. “Scoring ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ was thrilling,” Whitehead said of the new music. “Everything is bigger this time; the action, drama and tension all take place on a much larger scale. I worked hard to incorporate this larger scope in the music, and we went much further combining aggressive electronics and textures with a live orchestra. It was such a satisfying challenge, and I hope my score delivers the intense experience that moviegoers are looking forward to having.” The original soundtrack will be be released on July 15 via Back Lot Music, while the
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Doug Liman May Escape To Victory

Doug Liman May Escape To Victory
For his next movie to follow Edge Of Tomorrow, Doug Liman is already in active development on the Tom Clancy videogame adaptation Splinter Cell, which has Tom Hardy attached to star. That's only one of several projects that Liman has on the boil, however, and he may just have added another to the list. With the World Cup in full swing, it seems appropriate that he's in talks to direct Victory, a remake of the WWII football favourite Escape To Victory.The original film, made in 1981, involves a group of POWs using a propaganda footie match with their German captors as an escape opportunity, with some help from the French Resistance tunnelling in from the sewers outside the Paris ground. John Huston directed, and the film is much loved and remembered for its unusual onscreen mix of actors and professional footballers: Michael Caine and Sylvester Stallone co-star with Bobby Moore and Pele.
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