The Girl on the Train movie

Two high-profile actors are looking to board a promising new thriller. We just mentioned The Girl on the Train earlier today when talking about the Liam Neeson movie The CommuterGirl is based on the novel of the same name by Paula Hawkins, and follows a woman whose problems haunt her after she is pulled into a mystery involving a couple that she imagines to enjoy the perfect marriage.

Emily BluntRebecca Ferguson and Haley Bennett are already set to play three of the lead characters, and now Chris Evans and Jared Leto are in early talks for the film.  Read More »


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James Bond Heineken

There is a marked difference between the tough, squinting James Bond played by Daniel Craig and the urbane, quippy Bond incarnated by Roger Moore in seven films released between 1973 and 1985. The two get a little closer, however, in this long James Bond Heineken spot, which vaguely promotes the new film Spectre and definitely promotes the beer.

What you get in this 90-second spot is a boat-based chase scene built out of footage from Spectre with a bunch of ad-agency created footage of a woman whose waterskiing plans are derailed by Bond’s activities, turning her into a not-unwilling beer delivery service.

It’s goofy and cheesy. It’s also kind of fun thanks to the ingenuity of adding the commercial aspects to what I suppose are Spectre shots created for a very different purpose, and also because this is the closest we’re ever likely to see Daniel Craig getting to the winking, colorful Bond of years past.  Read More »

limitless interview

One of the many movies becoming TV series this fall is Limitless. The CBS drama is a spinoff from the film of the same name,, with Bradley Cooper reprising his role of Eddie Morra, who in the show is now a Presidential candidate. The star of the show is Jake McDorman as Brian Sinclair, a man who comes into a stash of the miracle drug NZT, which unlocks the potential of one’s mind. The FBI recruits Brian to use his powers to help them solve cases.

Marc Webb directed the pilot to Limitless, keeping with the style of Neil Burger’s original movie to launch the TV version of the story. Earlier in the summer I had a chance to speak with Webb one-on-one at a CBS party; we discussed the show, and addressed the then-recent news of Spider-Man returning to Marvel after Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man movies. Read More »

heist trailer
We’re in a moment in time where over 30 heist films are in development. And the only one of those thirty movies with the title Heist just got an official trailer. Previously known as Bus 657, the action/thriller stars Robert De Niro as a feared gangster who goes on a hunt for Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen) and Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), two men who attempted to rob his casino. Hit the jump to watch the Heist trailer and see a new poster for the film.

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Minority Report Interview

The movie Minority Report left me with a lot of questions. Or actually, it left me with frustrating answers to their questions. The movie asks: If you can catch someone before they commit a crime, should you still imprison them? It’s supposed to be a moral conundrum, but the way the movie frames it, it’s simple. No, you never have to imprison anyone, because Precrime is 100% effective. The movie states that most criminals don’t even bother anymore because they know they’ll get caught. The only crimes predicted are crimes of passion, and once you stop those, they’re not going to try again. So with John Anderton (Tom Cruise) on the case, it’s the prison system that was unnecessary. He’ll always prevent every crime, even if the same person comes up 100 times.

Fox’s Minority Report TV series shows that there were complications the film didn’t explore. Now that the precogs are free, Dash (Stark Sands) is trying to save people from his psychic visions of their death, but he never gets there in time. So Precrime was only 100% effective under Anderton. Other people aren’t as reliable. It also suggests that telling someone you’re going to catch them won’t necessarily stop them from perpetrating a crime. I got deep into this with series writer Max Borenstein, with producer Kevin Falls sitting in, after the Minority Report panel for the Television Critics Association. Read More »

In the Line of Fire TV series

The 1993 thriller In the Line of Fire is an excellent thriller from director Wolfgang Peterson. The film featured Clint Eastwood, in his first post-Unforgiven role, as a Secret Service agent who had failed to prevent the assassination of JFK, but is given a chance to redeem his own sense of value and responsibility when an assassin (John Malkovich) targets the current US President. The film is good in part because it’s a perfect role for Eastwood, especially as a slightly more accessible companion for Unforgiven.

Now there’s an In the Line of Fire TV series coming to NBC, because how could there not be? Some of the basics are the same — the Secret Service, the assassin — but there are a couple of new wrinkles. For one, there won’t be anyone like Eastwood in the role, because how many actors are there who have the same sort of thing Eastwood did at that point in time? What we know about the developing In the Line of Fire TV series is below.  Read More »

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Jane Got a Gun, starring Natalie Portman, is a western thriller about a woman defending herself and her home from violent attack, but the film itself seems like it has been a lot more vulnerable than Jane herself. Now, after a significant delay — the film shot in 2013 — there’s finally a Jane Got a Gun release date that might stick, as the film is on the Weinstein Company calendar for February 2016. Read More »

‘Bridge of Spies’ Trailer: Tom Hanks Is a Cold War Hero

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Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks reunite this fall for another wartime story, but this one’s of a chillier sort. Based on true events, Bridge of Spies unfolds during the Cold War, as a Brooklyn lawyer (Hanks) is tasked with defending a KGB spy (Mark Rylance) — and then with negotiating to trade him with the Soviet Union a captured American U-2 pilot. Scott ShepherdAmy Ryan, Sebastian Koch, and Alan Alda also star. Watch the Bridge of Spies trailer after the jump. Read More »

Time After Time

Time After Time was a 1979 novel by Karl Alexander that started with the idea that early science fiction author H.G. Wells had actually invented a time machine, and used that concept to throw Wells into the far future of 1979 in pursuit of — no joke — Jack the Ripper.

The novel became a film directed by Nicholas Meyer, with Malcolm McDowell, David Warner, and Mary Steenburgen in the cast. Now those two efforts are inspiring a series from Scream, The Following and Stalker writer Kevin Williamson, and ABC has bought the project. Read More »