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Review by Mark Longden

The “space / future prison” genre has a long and honourable history. Well, okay, neither of those things are true, but there are certainly plenty of them. From the classic “Escape From New York”, to 1990’s “Moon 44”, to “Alien 3”, both “Fortress” movies, 1997’s “Moonbase”, “Assault On Dome 4”, then getting further down the quality scale to “Starfire Mutiny” and “Total Reality” (there are plenty of others), audiences have been delighted by the implausibility of sending your worst criminals into space when it would be a great deal cheaper and easier to put them in a vault at the bottom of the ocean, or something, for 40 years.

The latest addition is “Incoming”, which first piqued my interest due to its casting of Scott Adkins. Adkins is B-movie royalty – you might recognise him from small roles in “Doctor Strange” and the second “Expendables”, but although his filmography sounds like
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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s City on a Hill starring Kevin Bacon heads to Showtime

Showtime has just ordered the new series City on a Hill from Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. The crime series will star Kevin Bacon (The Following), Aldis Hodge (Underground), Jonathan Tucker (Westworld) and Mark O’Brien (Halt and Catch Fire).

City on a Hill is created by Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler) and based on an original idea by Academy Award winner Ben Affleck. In the early 1990s, Boston was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm — and then it all changed in what was called the “Boston Miracle.” In this fictional account, driving that change is assistant district attorney Decourcy Ward (Hodge), who comes from Brooklyn and forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran, Jackie Rhodes (Bacon). Together, they take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown in a case that grows to involve,
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‘Maze Runner’ Star Dylan O’Brien Joins ‘Education of Fredrick Fitzell’

‘Maze Runner’ Star Dylan O’Brien Joins ‘Education of Fredrick Fitzell’
Dylan O’Brien, whose credits include “The Maze Runner,” “American Assassin” and “Deepwater Horizon,” and Maika Monroe, who appeared in “It Follows,” “I’m Not Here,” “The Guest” and “The Bling Ring,” will star in Christopher MacBride’s “The Education of Fredrick Fitzell.”

Protagonist Pictures will handle international sales and launch the film to buyers in Cannes, with ICM Partners and Endeavor Content handling North America.

The film is written by and will be directed by MacBride, whose last film was the critically acclaimed found-footage thriller “The Conspiracy.” Lee Kim will produce for Resolute Films. Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder of Addictive Pictures are executive producing.

“Fred (O’Brien) is not a detective, a secret agent or a philosopher,” according to a statement. “He’s a normal guy approaching 30 and going through an existential crisis as he finds himself on the precipice of full-blown adulthood.”

It adds: “After a chance
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What Could Possibly Go Wrong on a Space Station Prison? Find Out in the Trailer For The Sci-Fi Film Incoming

Just in case the government wanted to spend even more money taking care of prisoners, they could always build a prison... in space! The trailer for a new sci-fi film called Incoming has been released and it tells the story of a bunch of prisoners that take over their space station prison. The movie stars Scott Adkins (Doctor Strange, American Assassin), and this is the synopsis:

The International Space Station is now a prison -- the ultimate black site. No one's getting out. And no one knows it's there. But when the imprisoned terrorists take over the Station and turn it into a missile aimed at Moscow, only a shuttle pilot and a rookie doctor can stop them. Their task is complicated by a rogue CIA agent (Scott Adkins) who has his own plans for the station and the terrorists within. 

The movie was directed by Eric Zaragoza, who is
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Scott Adkins On Screen: Five Of His Best Movie Roles

Scott Adkins has been tearing up the screen in Hollywood for well over a decade now. His latest film Accident Man hits DVD and digital download on Monday 16th April, and is an absolute blast – a bit of a corker of a British comic-book movie from Pat Mills (creator of the “Judge Dredd” comic) and Tony Skinner, and well worth seeking out.

In the film, Adkins plays the Mike Fallon – aka the Accident Man – a stone cold killer and the best at what he does. But when a loved one is dragged into the London underworld and murdered by his own crew, Fallon is forced to rip apart the life he knew in order to avenge the one person who actually meant something to him. Based on the popular UK comic book, Toxic!, the film also stars Ashley Greene, Michael Jai White, Ray Park, Ray Stevenson, David Paymer, Nick Moran,
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Global Road, Lorenzo di Bonaventura to Team Up on Us-Chinese Co-Production With Tang Media

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Global Road Entertainment will team up with filmmaker Lorenzo di Bonaventura to produce “The Last Masters,” its inaugural U.S.-Chinese co-production with parent company Tang Media Partners, it was announced Monday.

Alex Tse, best known for writing Zack Snyder’s adaptation of “Watchmen,” will write the martial arts action thriller, which will be filmed in China among other global locations. Lynn Harris, Global Road Entertainment’s president of worldwide production, will oversee the project on behalf of the companies.

“I have known and worked with Lorenzo for many years and not only is he one of the best producers in our industry, he also has a passion for making great films with top tier talent,” said Rob Friedman, chairman and CEO of Global Road Entertainment. “Working with him on our first Chinese co-production is a great way to jumpstart this part of our business and is the start of what we hope are many collaborations to come.”

Also Read: China Box Office Sets New Global Record on Chinese New Year - With No Hollywood Movies

Di Bonaventura added, “Alex and I are excited to be collaborating with Rob and his team at Global Road. I love this type of movie, it brings together a sense of tradition, high voltage action, emotional challenges for its characters and speaks to a worldwide audience.”

“The Last Masters” will follow three generations of martial arts fighters who must come together to defeat an international operation that unites legit pharma with powerful drug kingpins.

Also Read: Global Road's Head of Publicity Liz Biber to Exit

Di Bonaventura’s production company, which is based at Paramount Pictures, has produced over 30 films including the “Transformers” series, Angelina Jolie’s “Salt,” “GI Joe,” “Deepwater Horizon” and “American Assassin.” Prior to starting his own production company, di Bonaventura was involved in over 130 productions at Warner Bros., including “Training Day,” “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

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Trump Election Story ‘Russian Roulette’ in Development as Movie at CBS Films

Trump Election Story ‘Russian Roulette’ in Development as Movie at CBS Films
CBS Films has optioned Michael Isikoff and David Corn’s “Russian Roulette,” the story of the Russian attempt to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.

The book is currently on top of nonfiction titles on the New York Times bestseller list. Isikoff and Corn will serve as executive producers. Nick Wechsler, whose credits include “American Assassin,” is on board to produce.

The deal, announced Thursday, came following an auction of the movie rights. It was made on behalf of the Ross Yoon Agency by Hotchkiss & Associates. Wechsler is represented by Carlos Goodman at Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman.

The book’s full title is “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump.” “Russian Roulette” explores Moscow using hackers and trolls on U.S. political targets and exploiting WikiLeaks to disseminate information in order to affect the 2016 election.
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'Black Panther' Preps for Third Weekend at #1 as 'Red Sparrow' & 'Death Wish' Debut

Saturday Am Update: Disney and Marvel's Black Panther continues to lead the charge, pulling in an estimated $16.3 million on Friday with early estimates looking at a $63+ million weekend, which means that $500 million mark by the end of the weekend is going to be close. Leading the weekend's new wide releases is Fox's Red Sparrow pulling in an estimated $6 million, heading toward a $17+ million weekend. The film received a "B" CinemaScore from opening day audiences. MGM's Death Wish brought in an estimated $4.27 million on Friday and is expected to finish with around $11-12 million for the weekend. The film received a "B+" CinemaScore. You can check out all of the Friday estimates right here and we'll be back tomorrow morning with a complete look at the weekend. Friday Am Update: Fox's Red Sparrow brought in $1.2 million from Thursday night previews last night. While preview screenings don't necessarily foreshadow a film's overall weekend performance,
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Film News Roundup: Kristen Bell to Narrate ‘Pandas’ Documentary for Imax

Film News Roundup: Kristen Bell to Narrate ‘Pandas’ Documentary for Imax
In today’s film news roundup, Kristen Bell will narrate “Pandas,” David Rubin joins Global Road, and two documentaries are set for release.

Documentary Release

Imax Corp. and Warner Bros. Pictures have selected Kristen Bell to narrate the documentary adventure “Pandas,” a global story about reintroducing captive-born pandas to the wild.

The film will be released in select Imax theatres starting April 6. David Douglas and Drew Fellman, the filmmakers behind “Born to be Wild” and “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” directed the film, which Fellman wrote and produced, with Douglas as director of photography.

Donald Kushner and Steve Ransohoff also produced the film, with Li Xiao Dong, David Haring, and Elie Samaha executive producing and Neal Allen serving as line producer.

Bell said, “‘Pandas’ not only spotlights the important work being done to protect these beloved and ridiculously cute animals, but it provides us with inspiration and hope and showcases the great things we can achieve when we
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Michael Keaton To Star In ‘What Is Life Worth’

MadRiver Pictures announced today that Academy Award® nominee Michael Keaton (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Spotlight) is in negotiations to star in Academy Award® winner David Frankel’s (The Devil Wears Prada, Collateral Beauty) true-life biographical drama, What Is Life Worth. Additional casting is currently underway. Academy Award® winning producer Michael Sugar (Spotlight) will produce alongside Marc Butan, Sean Sorensen and Max Borenstein and Bard Dorros. Kim Fox will executive produce along with Riverstone’s Nik Bower and Deepak Nayar. Riverstone is financing.

Based on the acclaimed memoir by Kenneth Feinberg, the Black List script is penned by Max Borenstein. What Is Life Worth is an Erin Brockovich/Spotlight-type story of Ken Feinberg, a powerful insider D.C. lawyer put in charge of the 9/11 Fund, who in almost 3 years of pro bono work on the case, fights off the cynicism, bureaucracy and politics associated with administering government funds and in doing so,
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Berlinale: Michael Keaton May Discover ‘What Is Life Worth’

Berlinale: Michael Keaton May Discover ‘What Is Life Worth’
Michael Keaton is in talks to star in biopic “What Is Life Worth” for MadRiver Pictures, the company announced Wednesday. Imr will launch sales on the title at the European Film Market in Berlin.

Based on the memoir of Kenneth Feinberg, the film would see the Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning “Birdman” actor reunite with his “Spotlight” producer Michael Sugar.

The film follows the efforts of Feinberg, a powerful Washington lawyer put in charge of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (also known as the 9/11 Fund), who, in almost three years of pro bono work on the case, fights off the cynicism, bureaucracy and politics associated with administering government funds. In doing so, he discovers what life is worth.

“What Is Life Worth” will be directed by David Frankel (“The Devil Wears Prada,” “Collateral Beauty”) from a 2008 script by Max Borenstein, which featured on The Black List. Sugar will produce alongside Marc Butan, Sean Sorensen, Borenstein
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Michael Keaton in talks for biographical drama 'What Is Life Worth'

Michael Keaton in talks for biographical drama 'What Is Life Worth'
Biographical story to be directed by Oscar winner David Frankel.

MadRiver Pictures has announced that Michael Keaton is in talks to star in What Is Life Worth, a biographical drama to be directed by Academy Award-winner David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Band Of Brothers).

Oscar-nominated for his leading role in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman, Keaton would play Ken Feinberg, the D.C. lawyer in charge of the 9/11 fund who fought through years of bureaucracy and cynicism to administer the money.

Keaton, who last year appeared in Spiderman: Homecoming and American Assassin, has recently wrapped production on Tim Burton’s Dumbo ahead of a scheduled 2019 release.

Additional casting for What Is Life Worth is underway, with Oscar-winning producer Michael Sugar (Spotlight, also starring Keaton) set to produce alongside Marc Butan, Sean Sorensen, Max Borenstein and Bard Dorros.

Riverstone is financing, with Imr launching sales in Berlin on a slate that also includes Sandra Bullock film Vigilance and [link
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Michael Keaton in talks for 9/11 legal drama 'What Is Life Worth'

Michael Keaton in talks for 9/11 legal drama 'What Is Life Worth'
Biographical story to be directed by Oscar winner David Frankel.

MadRiver Pictures has announced that Michael Keaton is in talks to star in What Is Life Worth, a biographical drama to be directed by Academy Award-winner David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Band Of Brothers).

Oscar-nominated for his leading role in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman, Keaton would play Ken Feinberg, the D.C. lawyer in charge of the 9/11 fund who fought through years of bureaucracy and cynicism to administer the money.

Keaton, who last year appeared in Spiderman: Homecoming and American Assassin, has recently wrapped production on Tim Burton’s Dumbo ahead of a scheduled 2019 release.

Additional casting for What Is Life Worth is underway, with Oscar-winning producer Michael Sugar (Spotlight, also starring Keaton) set to produce alongside Marc Butan, Sean Sorensen, Max Borenstein and Bard Dorros.

Riverstone is financing, with Imr launching sales in Berlin on a slate that also includes Sandra Bullock film Vigilance and [link
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Lionsgate Earnings Easily Top Wall Street Forecasts

Lionsgate has reported higher earnings of $193 million, or 87 cents a share, for its third quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with a $30.6 million loss in the same quarter last year.

The studio cited strong performances from its motion picture segment and its Starz premium cable network along with a tax break. It easily beat analyst forecasts of Lionsgate earning 25 cents a share during the latest quarter.

Revenues gained 52% to $1.14 billion — again far above the Wall Street consensus of $1.08 billion. Net income included a one-time income tax benefit of $165 million reflecting the impact of the lower U.S. income tax rate under the new tax laws on net deferred tax liabilities.

“Our strong performance in the quarter, with robust contributions from our motion picture group and Starz, keeps us on track for our fiscal year expectations,” Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said. “With this financial strength, we’re pleased to announce that our board has approved the resumption of our quarterly
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Maze Runner: The Death Cure movie review: cute boys at the end of the world

MaryAnn’s quick take… The Auto-Tuned boy-band version of the apocalypse. You will forgive that every plot point that isn’t a cliché is in fact a plot hole because the hero is so dreamy and impossibly perfect, right? I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of the previous films

I have not read the source material

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

(learn more about this)

So, a bunch of kids — okay, just boys — are trapped in a mysterious Glade at the center of a massive Maze, and there are monsters in the Maze that keep them inside. Also, the Maze is constantly changing configuration. Also too, they all have amnesia so they don’t know who they are. Some of them have been there for years. Then Thomas arrives, and he is the Hero,
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Maze Runner: The Death Cure star Dylan O'Brien on the final installment

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Maze Runner: The Death Cure star Dylan O'Brien on the final installmentMaze Runner: The Death Cure star Dylan O'Brien on the final installmentBob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine1/24/2018 12:17:00 Pm Maze Runner: The Death Cure finally comes out this month.

It almost didn’t. Ever. At all.

While the third chapter in the movie franchise based on James Dashner’s dystopian Young Adult novels was filming in the B.C. interior in March of 2016, its star Dylan O’Brien was severely injured when he accidentally got pulled off of a moving vehicle, then hit by another one. The now 26-year-old actor suffered a concussion and enough facial damage to require reconstructive surgery. So, naturally, there were questions whether the movie could be finished, and whether O’Brien would ever be able to work again.

Happily, the answer to both questions is a resounding yes. The tall, handsome actor recovered well
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Death Cure Review: The Maze Runner Finale We Needed

Death Cure Review: The Maze Runner Finale We Needed
The Maze Runner trilogy comes to an action-packed and somber conclusion with The Death Cure. The final installment of the popular young adult novels scales upwards on all fronts. You will forget this series began as a story about children trapped in a deadly maze. The protagonists are now seasoned fighters in an epic battle for the future of mankind. Their struggle is deeply personal and well conceived. The strong character development props up the vanilla aspects of the script. The Death Cure is a whopper of a finale; bigger and better than expected.

The plot picks up several months after the events of The Scorch Trials. Minho (Ki Hong Lee) has been captured. He is taken, along with another batch of immune children, to the last city, the stronghold of Wckd. Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) is there, continuing the experiments under the guidance of Ava Paige (Patricia Clarkson). Her betrayal
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‘American Made’ Tops DVD, Blu-ray Charts

Universal Pictures’ “American Made” 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 Jan. 6.

The film, which stars Tom Cruise as a pilot working for the CIA who becomes a smuggler for Central American drug lords, earned $51.3 million at the domestic box office.

Warner’s “Dunkirk,” the top seller the previous week, slipped to No. 2 on both charts in its third week on shelves.

Rounding out the top five on both charts were Universal’s “Despicable Me 3” at No. 3, Fox’s “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” at No. 4, and Warner’s “The Lego Ninjago Movie” at No. 5.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 61% of total unit sales for “American Made,” with 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray contributing 12% of the total.

“American Made” also debuted at No. 1 on the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Jan. 7.

Despicable Me 3
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Box Office Democracy: Bottom 6 Movies of 2017

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6. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

If this was just about wasted potential, Valerian would easily be on the top of this list. There are five worse movies this year but none of them have a fraction of the visual artistry displayed here by Luc Besson. Valerian has some of the best design I’ve seen in a movie all year and two of the most inventive chase sequences maybe ever. It also features a terrible script that meanders forever over trivial nothing and merrily skips past dense plot without a moment for inspection. I loved watching the action but I never really understood why any of it was going on. Toss on top some of the worst chemistry I’ve ever seen between an on-screen couple (and honestly maybe Dane DeHaan isn’t ready to be a leading man) and this is an unpleasant movie to watch at any volume above mute.
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‘Dunkirk’ Takes Top Spot on Disc Sales Chart

‘Dunkirk’ Takes Top Spot on Disc Sales Chart
After debuting at No. 2 a week earlier, Warner’s “Dunkirk” in its second week moved into the top spot on the Npd VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales charts, the week ended Dec. 30, displacing Universal Pictures’ “Despicable Me 3,” which had been the top title the previous three weeks.

Dunkirk” also maintained the top spot on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, having debuted at No. 1 the week before.

Overall, following “Despicable Me 3” at No. 2 were Fox’s “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” moving up a spot to No. 3 and Warner’s “The Lego Ninjago Movie” dropping a spot to No. 4. The top newcomer was 20th Century Fox’s “The Mountain Between Us,” a drama starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet that debuted at No. 5 after a $30.3 million run at the domestic box office.

The top five on the Blu-ray chart were unchanged from the previous week: Lining up behind
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