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‘Terror’ Breakout Adam Nagaitis Joins HBO Miniseries ‘Chernobyl’

‘Terror’ Breakout Adam Nagaitis Joins HBO Miniseries ‘Chernobyl’
Adam Nagaitis, who recently earned rave reviews as the villainous Cornelius Hickey on AMC’s “The Terror,” has joined the ensemble of the HBO limited series “Chernobyl.”

Jessie Buckley, Adrian Rawlins, and Con O’Neill have also joined Stellan Skarsgard, Emily Watson, and Nagaitis’ “Terror” co-star Jared Harris, who had been previously announced.

Production on the series began last month in Lithuania. The show will debut on HBO in the U.S. and on Sky Atlantic in various territories, as well as on their streaming service Now TV.

Penned by Craig Mazin, the five-part miniseries dramatizes the true story of
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‘Electric Dreams’: How the Eerie Look of ‘The Commuter’ Best Captured the Philip K. Dick Vibe

‘Electric Dreams’: How the Eerie Look of ‘The Commuter’ Best Captured the Philip K. Dick Vibe
Black Mirror” has some heady competition from “Electric Dreams,” Amazon’s new Philip K. Dick-adapted anthology series. And no episode is as emotionally gripping and visually arresting as “The Commuter.” Timothy Spall stars as a London railway worker, who escapes his boring job and melodramatic home life in an idyllic town in an alternate reality. Trouble is, that’s no solution and he’s induced into confronting painful reality.

Director Tom Harper (“War & Peace”) wanted to convey two very distinct worlds for contemporary London and the mythical Macon Heights, but not too pushed. “It’s about family with a thought-provoking script and quite a dark look, and the sci-fi element is pretty negligible,” said British cinematographer Ollie Downey (“Harlots”).

“Tom wanted the fancy world to be just a slightly improved version of where we are today, a world devoid of suffering and unhappiness. It’s brighter, prettier, and more optimistic,
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Feature: Why Is Liam Neeson Always On The Phone In His Movies?

Have you ever noticed how much Liam Neeson is seen on the phone in his films? To celebrate his latest flick The Commuter releasing this week on Blu-ray and DVD, we’ve pulled together a picture gallery of some of his classic and most iconic phone scenes – enjoy!

The Commuter

Neeson plays an insurance salesman named Michael who – on his daily commute home – is contacted by a mysterious stranger (Vera Farmiga), and forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on his train before the last stop. Unwittingly caught up in this criminal conspiracy, the mysterious stranger rings Michael’s phone numerous times, providing instructions on what he needs to do, working against the clock to solve the puzzle.

Non-stop

Air marshal Bill Marks (Neeson) springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages demanding $150 million into an off-shore account, or someone will die every 20 minutes.
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Liam Neeson in Talks to Join ‘Men in Black’ Spinoff (Exclusive)

Liam Neeson in Talks to Join ‘Men in Black’ Spinoff (Exclusive)
Liam Neeson is in negotiations to join Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson in Sony’s “Men in Black” spinoff, sources tell Variety. F. Gary Gray, who previously helmed “Straight Outta Compton” and “The Fate of the Furious,” is on board to direct.

The studio fast-tracked the project earlier this fall, setting Matt Holloway and Art Marcum to pen the script and dating a May 17, 2019, release.

The original movie followed Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, who played agents of a secret organization known as the Men in Black and protected Earth from intergalactic bad guys. The first film was huge hit in 1997 and produced two more sequels.

Neeson will play the head of the U.K. branch of the agency. Rip Torn portrayed the head of the American division in the original pics.

Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing, with Steven Spielberg executive producing. David Beaubaire is overseeing the film for Sony.
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Redbox Begins Renting 4K Ultra HD Movies for $2.50 per Day in Six Test Markets

Redbox is now offering 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc rentals — but it’s starting with only four titles, available in limited quantities in just six U.S. markets.

The first Ultra HD Blu-ray movies available at Redbox kiosks are: Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther,” Lionsgate’s “The Commuter,” Warner Bros.’ “The Matrix” and 20th Century Fox’s “The Martian.” Those are available starting this week at about 2,500 Redbox kiosks in New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin, Detroit, and Miami. That represents around 6% of Redbox’s total network of 41,500 kiosks across the U.S.

Redbox’s rental pricing for the 4K titles is $2.50 per night. That’s a premium over $1.75 for regular DVDs and $2 for Blu-ray discs. Redbox isn’t offering online reservations for the 4K Ultra HD discs during the test period.

Upcoming 4K titles Redbox expects to add over the next few weeks include “Red Sparrow” starring Jennifer Lawrence,
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Win The Commuter on DVD

The formidable action sensation that is Liam Neeson packs a punch yet again in the exceptionally entertaining action-thriller The Commuter – an exhilarating race-against-time thrill ride with explosive twists around every bend – which will be available on digital download from 14 May 2018 and on DVD, Blu-Ray and 4K Ultra HD from 21 May 2018. Available to pre-order now: http://scnl.co/TheCommuterHE. To celebrate, we are giving away 3 copies on DVD.

Insurance salesman Michael (Neeson) is on his daily commute home when he is contacted by a mysterious stranger, and forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realises a deadly plan is unfolding and is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy. One that carries life and death stakes, for himself and his fellow passengers.

The Commuter is an engrossing mystery plot full of intense action sequences,
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Win The Commuter on DVD

The formidable action sensation that is Liam Neeson packs a punch yet again in the exceptionally entertaining action-thriller The Commuter – an exhilarating race-against-time thrill ride with explosive twists around every bend – which will be available on digital download from 14th May 2018 and on DVD, Blu-Ray and 4K Ultra HD from 21 May 2018. Available to pre-order now: http://scnl.co/TheCommuterHE

To celebrate, we are giving away 2x copies on DVD. All you need to do is answer the question below.

Insurance salesman Michael (Neeson) is on his daily commute home when he is contacted by a mysterious stranger, and forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realises a deadly plan is unfolding and is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy. One that carries life and death stakes, for himself and his fellow passengers.
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First look at William McGregor's 'Gwen' with Eleanor Worthington-Cox (exclusive)

First look at William McGregor's 'Gwen' with Eleanor Worthington-Cox (exclusive)
Maxine Peake also stars in 19th century drama

Screen can unveil a first look at William McGregor’s debut feature Gwen, which was taken to Cannes this year as part of the BFI, BBC Films, Film4 and British Council’s showcase Great 8.

The event, which took place last week, presented eight upcoming UK indie titles to a select group of Cannes buyers. The other titles were: Beats, Eternal Beauty, Ilkley, Only You, Tell It To The Bees, We Don’t Talk About Love, and White Riot. According to an attendee, Gwen was one of the best-received presentations.

The film stars
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Financiers discuss "dangerous" independent landscape at UK Cannes event

Financiers discuss
“We can’t be greedy any more. The stars should not be making so much money.”

The UK Film Centre in Cannes was heaving this weekend for the ’New Dealmakers’ panel, which saw leading financiers discussed the rapidly changing independent film landscape.

“Every single Cannes, we’re all worse off then the previous one. Everyone is complaining every year that it gets worse…and worse and worse,” Head Gear’s Phil Hunt noted of the gloom that sometimes grips the Marché Du Film.

Hunt pointed to the ambivalent impact of the “big digital giants” like Netflix and Amazon on the business.
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‘Breaking In’ Review: Dir. James McTeigue (2018)

Breaking In review: James McTeigue directs this thriller with Gabrielle Union from a screenplay from the writer of The Commuter.

Breaking In review by Luke Ryan Baldock.

Breaking In review

Although it has passed us by, Mother’s Day is coming to the Us, and therefore it is time to churn out an easy to market film for those who haven’t planned for the special occasion. With the tagline ‘Payback is a Mother’, and a stern looking Gabrielle Union on the poster, this is a fantasy thriller for audiences that like to whoop at the protagonist’s ability to overcome her assailants. The plot is simple, home invaders come to house looking for a safe, take children hostage, and suffer retribution from the mother. It’s simple, it’s effective, and it also lacks a single original thought. Anyone who has seen any films with a similar plot has
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Breaking In movie review: setting her house in order

MaryAnn’s quick take… This perfunctory home-invasion flick can’t whip up much suspense, and it strains for a feminism that it doesn’t know how to engage. But Gabrielle Union’s movie-star charisma shines through. I’m “biast” (pro): love Gabrielle Union

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

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The home invasion in coming from inside the house! Shaun (Gabrielle Union: Top Five) takes her kids — teen Jasmine (Ajiona Alexus) and preteen Glover (Seth Carr: Black Panther) — to her family’s Wisconsin lakeside estate for the weekend, to prepare it for sale after the death of her “prominent Chicago businessman” father. The trouble is, bad guys led by Eddie (Billy Burke: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2) got there first: they’re already in the rambling manse, searching for a hidden safe that,
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‘Breaking In’ Film Review: Gabrielle Union Battles Burglars and Script Limitations

‘Breaking In’ Film Review: Gabrielle Union Battles Burglars and Script Limitations
After Wonder Woman, the most famous super-powered woman in America is the mythical mother who can lift a car to save her child. I’ve always wondered where’s the movie about her, that remarkable everymom who’s as strong as Clark Kent and as regimented as Bruce Wayne.

There’s no barehanded raising of vehicles in “Breaking In,” but this home-invasion thriller from director James McTeigue’s (“V is for Vendetta”) more than fills that gap. Starring Gabrielle Union, “Breaking In” is a Mother’s Day movie for the family that already saw “A Quiet Place” together. It feels just as calculated, in fact, as those Garry Marshall-directed holiday-themed ensemble films that no one liked, but everyone saw. But the film’s undisguised mom-power cheerleading is so scarce in mainstream entertainment that it’s difficult to mind.

What does miff about “Breaking In,” though, is how the film’s commercial aspirations seem to get in the way of character and thematic development. Save for a couple of early scenes, Union’s Shaun Russell is largely shorn of history and personality; even the shirt she wears for the entire movie is a plain white tee.

Also Read: Can 'Life of the Party' and 'Breaking In' Carve Out Box Office Success During 'Avengers' Reign?

Shaun attempts to protect her kids from robbers in the house she grew up in after the sudden death of her estranged, seemingly abusive father (Damien Leake). But the screenplay by Ryan Engle (“Rampage,” “The Commuter”) squanders its potential for emotional depth, making “Breaking In” a serviceable, but indistinct product.

Displaying little grief after her father’s hit-and-run murder, Shaun brings her children — adolescent daughter Jasmine (Ajiona Alexus, “13 Reasons Why”) and pre-teen son Glover (Seth Carr, “Bosch”) — to the sprawling estate where she grew up, and on which they’d never set foot until now, to clear out the house for sale. Unbeknownst to the trio, four million dollars sits in a safe inside the house, money that a quartet of thieves (Billy Burke, Richard Cabral, Levi Meaden, and Mark Furze) have come to snatch.

Also Read: Jessica Alba to Star With Gabrielle Union in NBC's 'Bad Boys' Spinoff

The manse is neither drool-worthy nor particularly convincing: immaculate counters and a lack of personal touches, save for a few family photos, make it pretty obvious that the set designer was on a strict budget. That’s fine, except that the too-clean interiors add to the sense of the characters being deliberately buffed out, or never given many details in the first place. Either way, there’s a defensiveness in the film’s less-is-more ethos, as if to make Shaun and her family as unobjectionable as possible — a decision that deprives the storyline of more layered stakes.

While one of the burglars wrestles with Shaun outside, the others kidnap Jasmine and Glover and sequester them in a room. Shaun’s attempts to get back inside of this intensively surveilled building to rescue her children keep shifting the calculus of the criminals’ end game: How many Russell children would it be best to keep alive? The twists and turns are plentiful and effective, but mostly humdrum movie material. Only an early scene, in which Shaun stabs one of the intruders with a broken piece of the wine glass she was sipping from just moments earlier, stands out as an ingenious bit of genre play.

See Photo: Gabrielle Union Shares Throwback Pic From '10 Things I Hate About You' Set

In the midst of all the unease, Union shares a surprisingly moving scene with Alexus, in which the mother, planning a bold gambit, encourages her daughter to go along with the new plan in a speech that doubles as a possible goodbye. Union doesn’t get to exert too much of herself in this role, except physically. But she’s such a genial presence that it’s fun watching her embrace Shaun’s calm relentlessness, as well as her maternal warmth.

Moms can do it all, “Breaking In” proclaims. So why does it give Union only so much to do?



Read original story ‘Breaking In’ Film Review: Gabrielle Union Battles Burglars and Script Limitations At TheWrap
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Liam Neeson to star in thriller Charlie Johnson in the Flames

Liam Neeson has signed on to star in Charlie Johnson in the Flames, a thriller from director Tarik Saleh, which is based upon the Michael Ignatieff novel of the same name and has been scripted by Justin Haythe (Red Sparrow).

The film will see Neeson portraying “a BBC war correspondent covering civil unrest in the Congo. When the death of an innocent woman shakes him to his core, he risks everything to expose the truth, only to find himself embroiled in a network of murder, corruption, and violence that forces him to question his humanity.”

See Also: Liam Neeson on the prospect of a Qui-Gon Jinn return for the Obi-Wan Star Wars spinoff

Neeson was last seen earlier this year in The Commuter; his upcoming films include Steve McQueen’s Widows and the action thriller Hard Powder, while he’s also set to appear in the Coen brothers’ Western anthology
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‘Maze Runner’ Sequel Tops DVD, Blu-ray Disc Sales Charts

‘Maze Runner’ Sequel Tops DVD, Blu-ray Disc Sales Charts
Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, debuted at No. 1 on the Npd VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended April 28.

The third and final film based on the post-apocalyptic “Maze Runner” young adult novels earned $58 million at the domestic box office. A trilogy collection landed at No. 12 overall and No. 10 on the Blu-ray chart.

The musical hit “The Greatest Showman,” also from Fox, dropped to No. 2 after two weeks in the top spot.

The heist thriller “Den of Thieves,” from Universal Pictures, debuted at No. 3 overall and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart after a $45 million haul at the domestic box office.

Another newcomer, Lionsgate’s “Hostiles,” debuted at No. 4 overall and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart. The film, which stars Christian Bale as a U.S. Cavalry officer assigned
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‘The Commuter,’ ‘The Post’ Bow in Top 5 on DVD, Blu-ray Disc Sales Charts

‘The Commuter,’ ‘The Post’ Bow in Top 5 on DVD, Blu-ray Disc Sales Charts
The musical “The Greatest Showman,” from 20th Century Fox, and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” from Walt Disney Studios, repeated as the No. 1 and No. 2 titles, respectively, on the national home video sales charts the week ended April 21.

Two newcomers took the next two spots on both the Npd VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Lionsgate’s “The Commuter,” an action-thriller with Liam Neeson confronting a conspiracy on a New York passenger train, took the third spot after a $36.3 million box office run in U.S. theaters.

At No. 4 was Fox’s “The Post,” a Steven Spielberg-directed docu-drama about the dilemmas facing The Washington Post newspaper around the time of the publication of the controversial Pentagon Papers in the 1970s. Starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, the film earned $81.9 million at the domestic box office.
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Jesse Plemons Is Also Playing A Villain In Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’

Following the news that Edgar Ramirez has signed up for the new live-action Disney movie Jungle Cruise, we hear that Breaking Bad star Jesse Plemons has also joined the cast. Both will play villains in the soon-to-start-production movie, which will be released in 2019.

Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, and Jack Whitehall lead the cast of the Disney film, which is based on their hugely popular Disneyland ride of the same name.

Jaume Collet-Serra, is directing.

Johnson is a boat captain who takes a sister (Blunt) and her brother (Jack Whitehall) on a mission to find a tree believed to posses healing powers. Wild animals and a competing German expedition figure into the proceedings.

Plemons was last seen in the hilarious comedy Game Night.

Shooting kicks off in May. More as we get it.

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Edgar Ramirez Joins Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ As The Villain

He’s currently wowing audiences as Gianni Versace in American Crime Story: The Assassination Of Gianni Versace, and now Edgar Ramirez is set for the Mouse House and the lead villain role in their planned Jungle Cruise movie. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Ramirez is set to join the already cast Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, and Jack Whitehall in the Disney film, which is based on their hugely popular Disneyland ride of the same name.

Jaume Collet-Serra, is directing.

The trade adds some plot details about the planned film, which is set to roll into production soon:

Johnson is a boat captain who takes a sister (Blunt) and her brother (Jack Whitehall) on a mission to find a tree believed to posses healing powers. Wild animals and a competing German expedition figure into the proceedings.

They add that Ramirez will play a man with a conquistador background who is one of the story’s villains.
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Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville to Headline Bankside’s ‘Normal People’

Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville to Headline Bankside’s ‘Normal People’
Academy Award nominees Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville are set to headline romantic drama “Normal People.” Bankside Films, which is handling international sales and will be pitching the project to buyers at Cannes next month, describes the Ireland-set film as “a story of love, survival and the epic questions life throws at each and every one of us.”

Neeson and Manville star as Tom and Joan, a married couple with an easy relationship and a depth of love which expresses itself through tenderness and humor. When Joan is diagnosed with breast cancer, the course of her treatment shines a light on their relationship as the pair face the challenges that lie ahead and the prospect of what might happen in the future. The film is scheduled to begin shooting in early July on location in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Manville joins the production hot off her Oscar and BAFTA nominations for
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Liam Neeson Cast In Romantic Drama Normal People

Liam Neeson has been cast in the forthcoming romantic drama, Normal People. After making a name for himself in films such as Steven Spielberg’s 1993 World War II piece, Schindler’s List, Neeson appeared in several big-budget franchise movies including Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Batman Begins, playing Qui-Gon Jinn and Ra’s al-Ghul, respectively. More recent years have seen the Irish actor earn a reputation for tough guy secret agent-style roles, thanks to his starring turn in the Taken series, Run All Night, Non-Stop, and The Commuter.
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China box office: 'Ready Player One' stays top for second week

With $170.5m total, China is the film’s biggest market so far.

Thanks to the three-day Qing Ming holidays (similar to All Souls’ Day in the West) which ran from Thursday – Saturday, last week’s Chinese box office (Apr 2-8) soared by about 27% week-on-week, the first rise in six weeks post-Chinese New Year.

Ready Player One earned $105.5m in its second week, making it the first Us film to top the charts for two straight weeks in 2018. Standing at $170.5m after 10 days, Warner Bros’ sci-fi adaptation is now the highest grossing foreign film and the fifth highest grossing film overall this year.
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