One of the most underrated movies from the last decade was undoubtedly Collateral. The raw thriller from director Michael Mann features two oustanding performances from both Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx. The former delivers one of the best performances of his career as the hitman Vince, while the latter, usually showy, actor disappears into the everyman role of Max perfectly.
Obviously actors like Cruise and Foxx get paid the big bucks for a reason, but you really get a sense for how amazing they are at their craft when you see some rehearsal footage without the ambiance of the city of Los Angeles and the setting of a car around them. Straight from the special features of the home video release, you can watch the Collateral rehearsal footage after the jump. Read More »
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FX’s The Americans will soon wrap up season four. The Cold War-era drama, which first aired in 2013, saw a drop in viewerships with season two and three. The Americans has never been a juggernaut in the ratings, which has often made fans worry the show wouldn’t end on its own terms. FX has remained a major supporter of the show, ratings be damned, and the network will allow the series’ co-runners Joe Fields and Joe Weisberg to complete the drama with two final seasons.
Below, learn more about The Americans final seasons.
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In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:
- Tyler Perry is prepared to undergo a transformation for a sequel to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
- Megan Fox says she is signed on for another TMNT film.
- Nicolas Cage claims that National Treasure 3 is still in the works.
- Idina Menzel endorses Elsa getting a girlfriend in Frozen 2.
- The director of the Men in Black/Jump Street spin-off tries to ease your apprehension.
- A new batch of Star Trek Beyond posters are here.
- Wesley Snipes would like to play Blade again.
- Blumhouse is reviving Benji.
- What’s the deal with the new Friday the 13th movie?
- Many landmarks are destroyed in new Independence Day: Resurgence posters.
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My personal jury is still out on director Mickey Keating, but one thing has become increasingly clear over the past two years or so: he’s here to stay. His new film, Carnage Park, rode a wave of generally positive buzz at Sundance and SXSW this year and the first trailer makes this look like the film that could break him out of his current niche. That is, if he even wants to break out of his current niche. Keating’s work certainly suggests that he is perfectly happy making films directly for already-entrenched horror fans and trash cinema aficionados. Carnage Park looks more accessible than his previous films, but it also looks like it’s in his usual grimy wheelhouse.
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Last year Ridley Scott delivered the crowd-pleasing sci-fi survival drama The Martian, and now he’s busy shooting Alien: Covenant, the first film in what is supposed to be a new trilogy that will lead up to the events of the original Alien from 1979. But before that, Scott had time to produce a promising new sci-fi thriller directed by his son Luke Scott.
The film is called Morgan, and the first teaser trailer just debuted with some flares of Alien, Ex Machina and Firestarter. Plus, it’s a pure teaser that doesn’t give much away, which makes it all the move intriguing. Watch the Morgan trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Netflix giveth and Netflix taketh away. Every month sees a long list of movies ant TV shows depart the streaming service, but each month also brings a new line-up of content to binge at your leisure. We’ve assembled a complete list of everything coming to Netflix next month and we’ve gone ahead and done the heavy-lifting for you already – we’ve already selected what you need to go out of your way to watch.
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Following up the disastrous experience of making Alien 3, director David Fincher made the uncompromising and unforgettable thriller, Se7en. Instead of directing a butchered version of Andrew Kevin Walker‘s hot spec script, Fincher and the film’s stars, Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, fought to preserve one of the script’s most defining scenes–the ending. Fincher was initially sent an old draft of the script, which included the original ending before it was rewritten. After being informed he received the wrong draft, the director said he’d only make it if they used the original script. And thank God he made that decision, because if he hadn’t made Se7en, perhaps we would’ve gotten the watered down version of Detective Somerset’s (Freeman) grueling story. Worst of all, the filmmaker never would’ve won his MTV movie award.
The original Se7en poster with two floating heads is fine, but the custom Se7en poster featured below, inspired by the artist/fan’s theory, does the great thriller justice.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 by Angie Han
The Nice Guys has a lot going for it. It’s got a A-list pairing in Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, and the verve and style of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3 mastermind Shane Black. Oh, and it’s really, really good — a lovable mix of cynicism and sincerity, dropped against a cool ’70s noir backdrop and liberally sprinkled with humor and charisma. What it doesn’t have going for it, however, is a recognizable brand name. It’s not a sequel to an already-beloved movie, like Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising or Captain America: Civil War. It’s not even based on a phenomenally popular property from another medium, like The Angry Birds Movie.
So what are these schmucks to do? In a field like that, how is a scrappy little action-comedy like The Nice Guys supposed to compete? That’s exactly what Nice Guys producer Joel Silver would like to know, as he loudly (and hilariously) rants to Gosling and Crowe in a meta bit of The Nice Guys marketing. They don’t really come up with any good answers, but it sure is fun to watch them try. Read More »
Fox is looking to the past for its 2017 slate, reviving two of the shows that helped shape the network’s identity during the early and mid-’00s. And yet, both are coming back in very different forms. In one corner, you have Prison Break, returning as a special event series that will act as a sequel to the series finale and feature characters fans already know and love. In the other, you have 24: Legacy, which borrows its parent show’s basic format while bringing an entirely new cast into the fray.
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