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‘Adrift’ Review: Shailene Woodley Rescues a True Life Survival Thriller from Drowning at Sea

‘Adrift’ Review: Shailene Woodley Rescues a True Life Survival Thriller from Drowning at Sea
Stories of people stranded in the wilderness have always been natural fodder for movies, as ideas of being lost in the jungle or shipwrecked at sea tap into a natural anxiety about the smallness of our place in the world, and the uneasy need for co-dependence that it inspires. And yet, without diminishing some formative examples, or paving over the past’s most hideous aberrations (George C. Scott’s “The Savage Is Loose” springs to mind), it seems as though the whole “lost adventurers” genre is just starting to find itself. “Adrift” may be the first of these movies that actually explains this recent phenomenon.

And it’s been a long time coming: In just the last eight years or so, we’ve seen mainstream American movies about a dude getting wedged beneath a rock (“127 Hours”), an older dude getting stuck in wolf country (“The Grey”), and an even
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Mads Mikkelsen Can’t Save The Survivor Minimalism Of ‘Arctic’ [Cannes Review]

When a director decides to venture into a well-worn genre, comparisons to far superior films are inevitable. And so, a film like Joe Penna‘s feature-length directorial debut, “Arctic,” a survival drama, will no doubt run the risk of being compared to its spiritual predecessors: Danny Boyle‘s “127 Hours,” J.C. Chandor‘s “All is Lost” and Joe Carnahan‘s “The Grey.” The correlation potentially weakens the film, but like all great art, if imitation can transcend or even equal its inspirations, then all the better.
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Cannes 2018: Mads Mikkelsen Gives Everything in Survival Film 'Arctic'

I love a good survival film. I don't really know what it is about them, even though they're all quite similar, I still enjoy every last one - The Grey, All is Lost, Gravity, Styx, Buried, The Martian, Life of Pi, 127 Hours, The Revenant, Tracks, Cast Away, The Way Back, Kon-Tiki. The latest survival thriller offering which just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival is a film titled Arctic, about a man trying to survive all by himself in the freezing, cold, snowy arctic. Produced in Iceland and filmed in Iceland, the film is the feature directorial debut of Brazilian filmmaker Joe Penna, and features some very real survival tactics. It also has all of the usual survival film tropes: just when you think everything is fine, something else goes wrong. There's always some animal that makes things worse. Rescuers never see them when nearby. Despite these familiar survival aspects,
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Have A Solution For ‘The Simpsons’ Apu Problem? This Contest Is For You

There doesn’t seem to be any end in sight for “The Simpsons” Apu character controversy, but now there’s an opportunity for one lucky fan to possibly solve the problem once and for all. Filmmaker Adi Shankar (he was producer on movies like “The Grey“ and “Lone Survivor“) is looking to crowdsource a “cure” for the Apu issue — that the character
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Producer Adi Shankar Wants to Fix ‘The Simpsons’ Apu Problem, Launches Spec Script Contest to Crowdsource a Cure

Producer Adi Shankar Wants to Fix ‘The Simpsons’ Apu Problem, Launches Spec Script Contest to Crowdsource a Cure
“‘The Simpsons’ is sick and this contest is crowdsourcing the cure.” That’s the pitch for producer Adi Shankar’s spec script competition, which he is launching today in an effort to find a solution to what has become known as the show’s “Apu Problem.” The long-running character, a convenience store owner voiced by Hank Azaria, has become a controversial figure because many believe him to be an inaccurate and hurtful portrayal of Indian Americans.

“Apu is not even a stereotype, that’s what everyone is missing out on,” said Shankar, who was born in India, in an interview with IndieWire. “The stereotype of Indians is we’re doctors, we’re smart people, leaders in tech, the CEO of Microsoft, CEO of Google. We’re high achievers and we are that because to immigrate here from India there were so many restrictions literally only the best of the best
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Mel Gibson’s ‘Boss Level’ Lands at Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios

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Mel Gibson’s ‘Boss Level’ Lands at Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios
Byron Allen’s growing independent outfit Entertainment Studios picked up U.S. distribution rights for action-thiller “Boss Level.”

The film, starring Mel Gibson, Naomi Watts, Frank Grillo and Ken Jeong, cost $45 million and is slated for a 2019 wide theatrical release.

Boss Level” is a co-production by Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Carnahan and Grillo’s War Party, and Scott Free. Written and directed by “The Grey” and “The A-Team” director Joe Carnahan, “Boss Level” has a “Groundhog Day,” “Edge of Tomorrow” vibe.

The film follows a retired U.S. Army Special Forces veteran (Grillo) trapped in a never-ending loop, resulting in his death every day. In order to stop his endless suffering, he must figure out who is responsible and stop them.

Also Read: Andie MacDowell on 'Groundhog Day' at 25: Bill Murray 'Asked Me to Really Slap Him'

“‘Boss Level’ is a powerful, action-packed, and highly-anticipated theatrical release,” Allen, head of Entertainment Studios said in a statement. “‘Boss Level’ combines non-stop action with an all-star cast, including Frank Grillo, Ken Jeong, Academy Award-winner Mel Gibson, and Academy Award-nominee Naomi Watts. We are thrilled to have director Joe Carnahan at the helm to deliver what we believe will be a blockbuster.”

Allen’s Entertainment Studios has made some noise in Hollywood, picking up theatrical rights to films other studios would otherwise relegate straight to DVD.

The studio bought what would go on to be 2017’s highest-grossing independent movie, “47 Meters Down,” from the Weinstein Co. The film, starring Mandy Moore has grossed over $44 million to date. Most recently Entertainment Studios released the Kennedy mystery-thriller “Chappaquiddick.”

Also Read: Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios Buys Weather Channel for $300 Million

Upcoming releases include the Keanu Reeves sci-fi thriller “Replicas” and an animated feature called “Animal Crackers,” starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt.

“Byron and I have been friends for over a decade, and my business partner, George Furla, has known Byron for over 30 years since their USC Film School days. We both believe Byron’s passion and taste are second to none,” producer Randall Emmett said in a statement. “The plan for Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures to give ‘Boss Level’ a wide theatrical release gives our film and writer/director Joe Carnahan’s vision exactly what we had hoped for when we put this project together.”

The deal was negotiated by Entertainment Studios’ Head of Acquisitions, Chris Charalambous, and Wayne Marc Godfrey of The Fyzz Facility on behalf of Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films.

Read original story Mel Gibson’s ‘Boss Level’ Lands at Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios At TheWrap
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Annabelle Wallis and Rob Gronkowski join action thriller Boss Level

Following yesterday’s casting of Naomi Watts, it is now being reported that The Mummy star Annabelle Wallis and New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski (Entourage) have become the latest additions to the upcoming action thriller Boss Level from director Joe Carnahan (The Grey).

The film is based on a script by the Borey Brothers, Boss Level stars Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as a retired special forces officer who is trapped in a never-ending time loop on the day of his death.

Deadline reports that Wallis will play Alice, “a dental hygienist who hates teeth but has a huge crush on her patient Roy Pulver . Since Roy has to repeat this particular day numerous times till he gets it right, Alice is frequently part of the repeating narrative, sometimes in bed alongside Roy as the first assassin of the day tries to murder him, as well as in other encounters with him.
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Naomi Watts joins Joe Carnahan’s action thriller Boss Level

Back in November of last year it was revealed that Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Mel Gibson (Daddy’s Home 2) has signed on to the the action thriller Boss Level from director Joe Carnahan (The Grey), and now Variety is reporting that Naomi Watts (Gypsy) has become the latest addition to the cast.

Described as a Groundhog Day-style thriller, the film follows Grillo, a retired special forces veteran who is trapped in a never-ending loop resulting in his death. In order to stop his endless suffering, he must figure out who is responsible and stop them. Watts’ role is being kept under wraps.

Watts was last seen on the big screen in The Book of Henry and The Glass Castle, while here latest film, the Hamlet reimagining Ophelia, premiered at Sundance earlier in the year. Her upcoming roles include The Luce and The Wolf Hour.
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‘Mr. Rogers: A War Hero’: Adi Shankar’s Bootleg Universe Entry Takes Aim at an Urban Legend

By now, you should know the name Adi Shankar, but how you've heard about him might vary: If you're a fan of excellent video game adaptations / Netflix anime series, you likely know him as the Castlevania showrunner. If you've enjoyed fan-favorite films like The Grey, Dredd, A Walk among the Tombstones, or the upcoming, award-winning film Bodied, you're familiar with his work. Or if you've delved into the skewed take on popular properties that is Shankar's Bootleg Universe, a sort of ongoing series of "video street art", then you know exactly what …
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Joe Carnahan's Producer made his feature debut, The Devil Takes A Holiday- Now on Amazon Prime! An interview w Leon Corcos...

Leon Corcos, though far from a household name, is a frequent Producer and collaborater with Joe Carnahan (The Grey, Stretch) and most recently Exec Produced Garry Marshall's star studded, swan song Mother's Day.  Leon produced Carnahan's debut feature Blood, Guts, Bullets, & Octane, BMW Films Ticker- starring Clive Owen and Don Cheadle, and Stretch starring Patrick Wilson, Ed Helms, and Chris Pine... But, Corcos got his start in the solidly Indie genre of comedic horror a la his first feature, The Devil Takes A Holiday. After cutting his teeth on commercials and political spots in Sacramento, Leon took the plunge on his first feature in 1996 ( which garnered a feature piece in Film Threat magazine) and starred John Carpenter staple Victor Wong, character actors...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...]
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Death Wish Remake Review: Bruce Willis Serves Cold, Bloody Leftovers

Death Wish Remake Review: Bruce Willis Serves Cold, Bloody Leftovers
Eli Roth's remake of the classic vigilante film Death Wish is surprising in several ways. The film is graphically violent, but thankfully devoid of the horrific rape scenes that made the original series so jarring. The script by Joe Carnahan (The A-Team,The Grey) takes a critical view of the gun crimes epidemic sweeping the nation. The update of the setting to Chicago is the perfect environment to address the scourge. The problem is that Roth and Carnahan bring up the issue, but they don't make any effort to answer it. The result is that Death Wish languishes. Eli Roth has delivered something that is really no different than a standard, bloody action flick. Some parts are devastating, others funny, but the overall film lacks the punch of the original.

Bruce Willis stars as Paul Kersey, a wealthy Chicago surgeon with an idyllic life. He has a beautiful wife
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New red band Death Wish trailer is an ode to 70’s Grindhouse

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Author: Zehra Phelan

Eli Roth’s Crypt TV has paid homage to the 70’s Grindhouse movies in releasing a new trailer for the rebooted Death Wish.

Related: Death Wish Trailers

Updated from the original novel by Brian Garfield, and based on the 1974 Motion Picture by Wendell Mayes, Death Wish is directed by Eli Roth from a screenplay by Joe Carnahan (The Grey, Narc). The film also stars Vincent D’Onofrio (The Magnificent Seven, TV’s Daredevil and Law & Order: Criminal Intent), Elisabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas), Camila Morrone, Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) and Kimberly Elise (The Great Debaters).

Death Wish is set for release on November 22, 2017.

Death Wish Official Synopsis Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) is a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of Chicago violence when it is rushed into his ER – until his wife (Elisabeth Shue) and college-age daughter (Camila Morrone) are viciously attacked in their suburban home.
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Bruce Willis' Death Wish Remake Gets a Red-Band Grindhouse-Style Trailer

We've got a grindhouse-style red-band trailer for director Eli Roth's upcoming remake of Death Wish. The movie stars Bruce Willis who is out to prescribe a lethal dose of revenge. The trailer also offers a healthy shot blood and carnage. It also makes sure to make a note that Eli Roth is a "horror master", but I don't agree with that at all. However, Death Wish looks like it might be a decent and entertaining film. It doesn't hurt that Willis stars in it and that it was written by Joe Carnahan (Smokin' Aces, The A-Team, The Grey).

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures presents director Eli Roth’s reimagining of the 1974 revenge thriller Death Wish. Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) is a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of his city’s violence as it’s rushed into his ER – until his wife (Elisabeth Shue) and college-age daughter (Camila Morrone) are viciously attacked in their suburban home.
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‘Bad Boys for Life’ Lands New Directors; Eyes August Start Date

Bad Boys 3 (officially titled Bad Boys for Life) has been in development hell for a long time. There was a stretch when Joe Carnahan (The Grey) was set to direct, but he eventually dropped out of the project. Now Deadline reports that Sony is in talks with directing duo Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah to helm the sequel, which will bring back Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as bickering cops Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett. Jerry Bruckheimer will return to produce, and the production is currently eyeing an August start date. If El Arbi and Fallah sound familiar, …
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The Preview Reel: The Commuter, Proud Mary, and Paddington 2

Last week saw the reign of Star Wars: The Last Jedi come to an end as not one, but two movies placed above the mega blockbuster. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Insidious: The Last Key look to keep their box-office winning streak alive, but will have to deal with three different wide-release films this weekend. We have another Liam Neeson action-thriller in The Commuter, the family-friendly sequel Paddington 2, and Taraji P. Henson’s action flick Proud Mary.

The Commuter

What we are excited about: The trailers seem to offer up an intriguing premise, which isn’t typical of most January releases. Along with star Liam Neeson, the movie boasts a great cast including Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Sam Neill, and Jonathan Banks. Add the director of the fun thriller The Shallows (2016), and this could be a fun distraction of a movie.

What we are worried about: There’s
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The Commuter Review: Liam Neeson Gets Taken on a Crazy Train Ride

The Commuter Review: Liam Neeson Gets Taken on a Crazy Train Ride
Liam Neeson revived his career about a decade ago as an older-than-usual action star with Taken. Since then, director Jaume Collet-Serra has helped to shephard along that career change, collaborating with him on several of his more recent action efforts. Their fourth and latest collaboration, The Commuter, is easily one of their best collaborations and feels like the kind of movie that simply doesn't get made that often anymore. A fun, if imperfect, mid-budget action/thriller.

In The Commuter, Liam Neeson plays an insurance salesman named Michael, who has been working hard for the better part of a decade to provide for his family. This means, commuting on the train from the suburbs to the city every day. However, things take a turn for Michael one day and, on his final daily commute home, it quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced
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Check Out the New Trailer for Death Wish Starring Bruce Willis – Opens March 2nd!

How far would you go to protect your family?

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures has just released a new trailer and poster for Death Wish! Director Eli Roth’s reimagining of the classic 1974 revenge thriller stars Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue, Camila Morrone, Dean Norris and Kimberly Elise.

Death Wish is in theaters everywhere on March 2, 2018!



Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures presents director Eli Roth’s reimagining of the 1974 revenge thriller Death Wish. Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) is a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of his city’s violence when it is rushed into his ER – until his wife (Elisabeth Shue) and college-age daughter (Camila Morrone) are viciously attacked in their suburban home. With the police overloaded with crimes, Paul, burning for revenge, hunts his family’s assailants to deliver justice. As the anonymous slayings of criminals grabs the media’s attention, the city wonders if this deadly avenger is a guardian angel or a grim reaper.
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Bruce Willis Goes on a Rampage of Revenge in The New Trailer For Eli Roth's Death Wish

"Someone took my wife. Everyone involved is going to pay."

MGM has released a new trailer for director Eli Roth's remake of classic 1974 Charles Bronson revenge thriller Death Wish. This time Bruce Willis stars in the film and he goes on a rampage of murderous revenge. It no secret that I'm not a fan of Roth or his films. Bruce Willis is great, though, so for his sake, I hope the movie is good!

The screenplay for the film was written ben Joe Carnahan (Smokin' Aces, The A-Team, The Grey) and the movie looks like it could end up being entertaining. It's definitely going to be action-packed and violent as hell. Eli Roth loves the violence and we know he won't shy away from showing some grusome stuff.

Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) is a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of his city’s violence as it’s
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Death Wish Trailer #2 Has Bruce Willis on a Vigilante Rampage

Death Wish Trailer #2 Has Bruce Willis on a Vigilante Rampage
'How far would you go to protect your family?' That's what the new poster for Eli Roth's Death Wish remake asks. And it's definitely a hard question to answer. But when to comes to Bruce Willis, he has no problem showing off just how far he would go. And as you can probably guess, it's pretty far.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures has just released a new trailer and poster for Death Wish! Director Eli Roth's reimagining of the classic 1974 revenge thriller stars Bruce Willis, Vincent D'Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue, Camila Morrone, Dean Norris and Kimberly Elise.

Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) is a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of his city's violence when it is rushed into his ER - until his wife (Elisabeth Shue) and college-age daughter (Camila Morrone) are viciously attacked in their suburban home. With the police overloaded with crimes, Paul, burning for revenge, hunts his family's assailants to deliver justice.
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‘Death Wish’ Trailer: Watch The New Promo For The Upcoming Remake

MGM has released the brand new trailer for the upcoming Death Wish remake. Eli Roth directs Bruce Willis in the film, which is now expected in cinemas on March 2nd, 2018 Stateside after being pushed back from last November. Watch the new Death Wish trailer below.

Death Wish trailer: Bruce Willis leads the cast of the remake

Here’s the official synopsis for the upcoming redo.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures presents director Eli Roth‘s reimagining of the classic 1974 revenge thriller Death Wish. Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) is a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of Chicago violence when it is rushed into his ER – until his wife (Elisabeth Shue) and college-age daughter (Camila Morrone) are viciously attacked in their suburban home. With the police overloaded with crimes, Paul, burning for revenge, hunts his family’s assailants to deliver justice. As the anonymous slayings of criminals grabs the media’s attention, the
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