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Film News Roundup: Edgar Ramirez in Negotiations for Netflix’s ‘Last Days of American Crime’

  • Variety
In today’s film news roundup, Edgar Ramirez is in talks to play a criminal, Kiersey Clemons is in negotiations to portray a flower arranger and finalists have been announced for Universal’s Film Music Composer Initiative.

Castings

Edgar Ramirez is in talks to portray a career criminal in Netflix’s near-future movie “The Last Days of American Crime.”

The project is based on the Radical Publishing graphic novel by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini. Olivier Megaton (“Taken 2”) is directing from an adapted screenplay by Karl Gajdusek, whose credits include “Oblivion” and “Stranger Things.”

The story centers on U.S. government plans to broadcast a signal making it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit unlawful acts. Graham Bricke, a career criminal who was never able to hit the big score, teams up with Kevin Cash and Shelby Dupree to commit the heist of the century and the last crime
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'Downton Abbey' Actor Rade Serbedzija Arrested for DUI

  • TMZ
'Downton Abbey' Actor Rade Serbedzija Arrested for DUI
Rade Serbedzija -- who played Prince Kuragin in "Downton Abbey" and memorable movie villains -- nearly took out several cars before he was arrested for DUI ... according to cops. Santa Monica cops tell us they got calls about a Lexus swerving all over the road last weekend. Once officers pulled him over ... they say they found an open bottle of whiskey, and 71-year-old Rade showed signs of intoxication. We're told his field sobriety testing did not go well,
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Fajr International Film Festival

36th Fajr International Film Festival announces the Winners

Closing ceremony of the 36th edition of Fajr international film festival was held in presence of Iran minister of culture and Islamic Guidance Abbas Salehi, head of cinema organization Mohammad Mehdi Heidarian, festival director Reza Mir Karimi, and prominent Iranian and international cinema individuals including Oliver Stone, Reza Kianian, Oliver Montagon, and many well-known personalities. Reza Mirkarimi director of the festival delivered a short speech and said nothing could be don…

Director Oliver Stone says Iran is the heart of Middle East for me and I’m astonished by its cinema

American movie director Oliver Stone arrived in Tehran Monday morning aiming to attend the 36th edition Fajr international film festival runs April 19–27 in Tehran, Iran. Stone hosted a workshop for filmmakers at Tehran University for the students craving to learn more and benefit from the knowledge and experiences of the prominent individuals.
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Frank Grillo, Luke Grimes and Robert Taylor Set to Star in Thriller ‘Into the Ashes’

Frank Grillo, Luke Grimes and Robert Taylor have been tapped to star in the crime thriller Into the Ashes, which was written and to be directed by Aaron Harvey (The Neighbour, Catch 44). The film also stars James Badge Dale and David Cade, and will be produced by Jamin O’Brien and Daniel Blanc for The Film Community and by Robert Ogden Barnum and Eric Binns, and by Grillo and Joe Carnahan’s WarParty. Into the Ashes will commence production later this month in Alabama.

The film follows Nick (Grimes), an ex-con adjusting to a normal life in rural Alabama. When a past he thought he left behind comes back to haunt him, it forces him to come to terms with his current situation and rectify a relationship he has with his father-in-law (Taylor) – all the while dealing with the one person (Grillo) who threatens to pull his world apart.

Grillo
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The Preview Reel: The Foreigner and Happy Death Day

Welcome to this week’s “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide release movies. Blade Runner 2049 received rave reviews last week, but that did not translate to box-office success as the movie stumbled to a $32.8 million opening against a $155 million budget. The sci-fi flick has a chance to retain the top spot, however, as the competition this week looks relatively weak—there’s the revenge thriller The Foreigner, and the Blumhouse horror flick, Happy Death Day.

The Foreigner

What we are excited about: While it would be easy to say that the thing we are most excited about here is Jackie Chan (and we are excited about that), we are going to go with the film’s director. Martin Campbell is responsible for two of the best James Bond movies of the past twenty-five years in Casino Royale (2006) and GoldenEye (1995). While we will ignore his last movie,
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Liam Neeson Isn't Really Retiring from Action Movies

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Liam Neeson Isn't Really Retiring from Action Movies
Well, that didn't last long. Liam Neeson took a very short-lived retirement from action movies last week, but that is officially over. One might say he has Taken back his recent comments regarding his future in action flicks. Despite the fact that the well-respected actor recently indicated that he's not doing any more movies that utilize his particular set of skills, he now says he's "unretired." So, is it time for Taken 4?

The actor is currently making the rounds for his latest movie, Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House, which looks to be more in line with his more serious work over the years. While speaking with Variety, he was asked about his recent retirement from action movies and revealed that it's not true. As Liam Neeson tells it, he's going to do those types of movies until he's dead. Here's what he had to say about it.
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Liam Neeson Is Retiring from Action Movies

  • MovieWeb
Liam Neeson Is Retiring from Action Movies
Liam Neeson is possibly looking to make on Oscar bid this year with his work in Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House, playing the man known as "Deep Throat" who helped expose the Watergate scandal. For much of his career, those were the kinds of roles that he was best known for. However, once Taken came out in 2008, he managed to find a new life as an older action movie star. But Liam Neeson has had about enough of that and has announced that he is retiring from big action franchises.

As reported by Sky News, Liam Neeson spoke at the Toronto International Film Festival recently and revealed that he is done with movies like Taken. So why is he deciding to hang up his very particular set of skills now? Apparently, he's getting too old. Here's what he had to say about it.

''The thrillers,
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Gear up for Father's Day with our list of Memorable Movie Dads!

Gear up for Father's Day with our list of Memorable Movie Dads!Gear up for Father's Day with our list of Memorable Movie Dads!Zachary Dent6/16/2017 10:01:00 Am

Father's Day is upon us once again! Whether you're getting together with family, heading up to the cottage, or just hitting the park for some fresh air it's always good to mix in a cinematic adventure. We've all got a favourite movie; ok, well at least a top 3. And there's nothing like sitting back with family and friends to take in everyone's favorites. What better reason to check out the Cineplex store's Father's Day sale and earn some extra Scene points!

To inspire your viewing choices, we've got a list of the most memorable movie dads coming at you before the weekend. Take a look, there's something here for everyone.

Marlin - Finding Nemo​/​Finding Dory

"If this is some kind of practical joke,
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Great Job, Internet!: Liam Neeson showed up to a sandwich shop that offered him a free sandwich

Liam Neeson cut his teeth performing in searing dramas, but pivoted to Death Wish-style action in his twilight years, having mowed through a variety of gangsters, thugs, and deadbeats in films like Taken, A Walk Among The Tombstones, Taken 2, Non-Stop, and Taken 3. His latest movie fits snugly in that lineage; it’s called Hard Powder, which stars Neeson as an “upright snowplow driver” whose “vengeful crusade sparks a turf war between a Viking gangster and a Native American mafia boss.”

Anyways, the film was originally set to film in the Canadian cities of Banff and Jasper, but was denied access by Parks Canada after they realized one of the characters was an indigenous gang leader. Now they’re filming in British Columbia, which was very exciting for a New Westminster eatery called Big Star Sandwich.

They never expected the hard-nosed actor to show up when they put
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Nine Actors Who Reinvented Themselves and Revitalized Their Careers

  • Cinelinx
Some actors manage to catch lightning in a bottle twice. It’s impressive enough to find your niche in Hollywood’s A-list even once. Occasionally, an actor will reinvent him/herself and begin a new phase of their careers that will be even more successful than it was before. Here are nine actors who had a cinematic rebirth.

Liam Neeson- Neeson has had a long career, and the early part of it was in dramatic roles. An intense dramatic actor, he apeared in films like The Dead Pool, Dark Man, Schindler’s List, Rob Roy and Les Miserables. His career rebirth came after playing Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars-Episode one: The Phantom Menace. After that, he got more offers for actions parts and recreated himself as an action hero in films like Gangs of NY, Batman Begins, Taken, Clash of the Titans, the A-Team, Unknown, the Grey, Taken 2,
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Margaret Avery, Xander Berkeley & More Join Taraji P. Henson In ‘Proud Mary’

Margaret Avery, Xander Berkeley & More Join Taraji P. Henson In ‘Proud Mary’
Exclusive: Margaret Avery, The Walking Dead‘s Xander Berkeley and Neal McDonough have been cast in Screen Gems’ upcoming thriller Proud Mary, starring Taraji P. Henson as hit woman Mary Goodwin. Danny Glover (Almost Christmas) has also officially joined the film along with Jahi Di'Allo Winston (The New Edition Story), Rade Serbedzija (Taken 2), and previously announced Billy Brown. Babak Najafi is directing from a script by John Stewart Newman and Christian Swegal, with…
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Frozen Sequel Could Change The Way You Look At The First One

Disney spent the late 2000s regaining all the ground they had lost in the previous decade. In the mid-2000s, their name was no longer synonymous with quality, and they had a tendency to churn out dud after dud, with an obvious eye on profit over strong storytelling. Things started to turn around for them around 2008 with the release of Bolt, which was the first Disney animated feature under the new leadership of Pixar’s head honcho and creative genius John Lasseter. And it was quite the step in the right direction.

Disney’s re-ascent to the top, however took a bit longer to gain steam. The films’ qualities and box office performances mostly saw an upward trend, but it wasn’t until perhaps 2013’s Frozen that it became clear that we were witnessing a brand new renaissance for the entertainment conglomerate. Even now, Frozen permeates the pop culture zeitgeist
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Taken: how does the TV series measure up so far?

Craig Thomas Mar 7, 2017

Were we, ahem, taken by Amazon Prime's new TV version of the Liam Neeson action franchise?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock since 2008, you’ll all know about Taken. If anyone wants to point to the starting point of the so-called “geriaction” genre that has been nearly omnipresent for the last decade, they could do much worse than to start here. It was also the film that made Liam Neeson the brilliant but unlikely action star he remains to this day.

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In Taken, Neeson plays Bryan Mills, the former CIA operative with a special set of skills who is in a fight against time (and the entire population of Albania, apparently) to rescue his kidnapped daughter before she disappears forever. It was an unexpected and profitable hit.
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Keanu Reeves' Racing Movie Rally Car Just Made a Terrible Mistake

The Keanu-ssance is in full swing, but here's some news which could cause that upward trajectory to come to a crashing halt.

Before we get to the bad news, let's all get on the same page. We've known for months that Keanu Reeves is set to star in a China-set film racing movie called Rally Car. Here's the synopsis:

Rally Car centers on a hot-shot former champion Nascar driver (Reeves) who doesn’t want to believe his glory days are behind him. When his professional and personal life begin to spiral out of control, he’s forced to take part in a high-stakes international rally race across the face of China, with a young Chinese girl as his co-driver, in order to prove he’s still the badass racer he thinks he is.

That alone might not be so terrible...the bad news is who is going to direct it.
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Olivier Megaton unveils conman doc at the Efm

Olivier Megaton unveils conman doc at the Efm
Exclusive: Paris-based Upside Distribution is screening a teaser trailer at Efm.

French action director Olivier Megaton is hitting the European Film Market (Efm) this weekend with a teaser screening of his upcoming documentary Roc, The World’s Greatest Con Artist, about infamous French con artist Christophe Rocancourt, which is currently in post-production.

The Taken 2 and Taken 3 and Transporter 3 director reveals that between big budget action pictures he likes to make documentaries.

“I started out as a painter, not a director. Documentary helps me return to something more human and artisanal that I had when I was painting,” says Megaton.

“As time goes by the films I make are more and more heavy, complicated and pressured. When I am not making films, I need to do something different as I am addicted to work and find it impossible to stop. Documentary is something perfect for me. There’s not so much pressure and I love
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Megaton unveils conman doc at the Efm

Megaton unveils conman doc at the Efm
Exclusive: Paris-based Upside Distribution is screening a teaser trailer at Efm.

French action director Olivier Megaton is hitting the European Film Market (Efm) this weekend with a teaser screening of his upcoming documentary Roc, The World’s Greatest Con Artist, about infamous French con artist Christophe Rocancourt, which is currently in post-production.

The Taken 2 and Taken 3 and Transporter 3 director reveals that between big budget action pictures he likes to make documentaries.

“I’m started out as a painter, not a director. Documentary helps me return to something more human and artisanal that I had when I was painting,” says Megaton.

“As time goes by the films I make are more and more heavy, complicated and pressured. When I am not making films, I need to do something different as I am addicted to work and find it impossible to stop. Documentary is something perfect for me. There’s not so much pressure and I love
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Film Acquisitions Rundown: Sony Picks Up Tom Hanks’ ‘Greyhound,’ Lionsgate Acquires ‘Rally Car’ and More

  • Indiewire
Film Acquisitions Rundown: Sony Picks Up Tom Hanks’ ‘Greyhound,’ Lionsgate Acquires ‘Rally Car’ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

-Sony Pictures is acquiring the worldwide rights to “Greyhound,” the World War II drama written by Tom Hanks, Deadline reports. Hanks will also star in the film, which will be directed by Aaron Schneider (“Get Low”), and produce with his Playtone partner Gary Goetzman.

In the film, Hanks plays George Krause, the commander of a Navy destroyer called the Greyhound. Sony acquired the rights to the film at the Berlin International Film Festival’s European Film Market.

Read More: Shia Labeouf, Rooney Mara and More: 10 Hot Projects at Berlin’s European Film Market

-Lionsgate has acquired U.S. rights to action film “Rally Car,” starring Keanu Reeves. The film will be directed by Olivier Megaton (“Taken 2,
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Lionsgate Acquires Keanu Reeves-Starring ‘Rally Car’ – Berlin

Lionsgate Acquires Keanu Reeves-Starring ‘Rally Car’ – Berlin
Lionsgate, which is releasing the Keanu Reeves-starring John Wick 2 nationwide tomorrow via its Summit label, has just acquired U.S. distribution rights to Reeves’ film Rally Car. Deadline revealed last month the distributor was in pole position to land the film. The China-centric movie will be directed by Olivier Megaton (Taken 2, Taken 3, Colombiana) and be shot from a script by Jeremy Lott based on a treatment by Stephen Hamel. The film, described as in the vein of Can…
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John Wick Chapter 2 Review: Everything You Want and More

John Wick Chapter 2 Review: Everything You Want and More
It is no secret that Hollywood is a little sequel and franchise happy at the moment. Most studios are leaving no stone unturned in the search for their next franchise, and many are trying desperately to cobble together some kind of cinematic universe in order to really try and cash in. John Wick: Chapter 2 is the latest entry in what looks to be a budding and extremely promising franchise, but prior to 2014, nobody would have suspected a Keanu Reeves action flick to be such a hit. That is where we are, and perhaps not since Die Hard have we come across an action series so deserving of a continued storyline. John Wick: Chapter 2 is everything audiences loved about the first John Wick, but it never feels stale or recycled. It's damn near perfect.

Lionsgate's John Wick: Chapter 2 once again follows legendary hitman John Wick (Keanu Reeves) as
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Taken 4 isn’t happening, confirms Liam Neeson

Simon Brew Dec 20, 2016

Liam Neeson's time with the Taken series is done, he says.

After Taken 2 was made, and before it became a smash hit, Liam Neeson cautioned against talk of a Taken 3, suggesting that the series might have run its narrative course. Many millions of dollars later, Taken 3 was greenlit, with Neeson again suggesting that Taken on the big screen was done after this one.

On this occasion, despite many more millions of dollars heading in the franchise’s direction, it does seem as though the Taken movie boxset is complete.

Neeson is currently on the interview and publicity trail for his new movie, Martin Scorsese’s Silence, and he appeared on Stephen Colbert’s show in the Us as part of that. When quizzed as to whether there would be a Taken 4, Neeson this time was adamant. “No, there’s not”, he said. “There
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