Mel Gibson to Star in ‘Sleight of Hand’?

The Beaver may not have been quite the comeback that Mel Gibson wanted, but it was probably the comeback that he deserved. Still, signs point to the fact that the film’s relative under-performance is due less to disdain for the actor and more towards a general sense of disinterest and lack of awareness about the film. For real comeback action Mel Gibson will probably have to work in a genre that has more potential for audience impact. How about some form of buddy comedy — that being the format that defined one stage of his career thanks to the Lethal Weapon films? Indeed, he is now in talks to join the buddy heist comedy Sleight of Hand, which has Kiefer Sutherland, Gerard Depardieu and Thomas Jane set for smaller roles. Read More »

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For the past few months, Tony Scott has been gathering the cast for his next movie, Potsdamer Platz. (Which likely won’t be the film’s release title.) We’ve known that Mickey Rourke would appear in the film, and last time we heard anything about it the potential names new were Javier Bardem and Jason Statham.

At this point we don’t know the status of Statham’s involvement, but Bardem is seemingly now confirmed. And new hires include Christopher Walken and French musician Johnny Hallyday. Read More »

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There is a story in the new print edition of Paris Match in which “The French Elvis”, Johnny Hallyday seeks to dispel recent rumours about his ill health and ease the French public’s concerns over one of their living national treasures. As well as promising we’ve far from seen the last of him yet, Hallyday goes on to tease some potential big screen appearances for the future.

Hallyday, if you don’t know, is a real pop culture icon in the French speaking world. He’s been dragging out the same farewell tour for over two years now, seemingly refusing to let the spotlight dim. He’s also appeared in a number of films both rather good (The Man on the Train), bad (Detective) and ugly (The Pink Panther 2).

The most exciting piece of Hallyday’s new interview is his claim that Quentin Tarantino is currently writing a script with a role set aside just for him. We all know how that worked out for Warren Beatty with Kill Bill, of course, and there’s a whole host of actors that I wouldn’t be in any hurry to discuss Inglourious Basterds with. But will Hallyday get what he is promised? And what will that actually be, anyway?

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Johnnie To’s Vengeance Movie Trailer

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Johnnie To may be one of the most prolific Hong Kong directors working today, having directed at least two films a year since the early 90s, but he’s also one of the most important. With John Woo and many other prominent HK directors crossing the waters to direct films in America during the 90s, things back home started to get a bit stale, especially when it came to modern-day crime films. Johnnie To helped rejuvenate Hong Kong cinema with some stellar crime and action films (see The Mission and Fulltime Killer), and he’s only gotten better over time. 2006′s Exiled (now available on Netflix Watch Instantly) is a prime example of his dedication to characters, slick action, and all-out baddassery.

Now we have a trailer for his upcoming film Vengeance, and it surely doesn’t disappoint. The film stars French actor/musician Johnny Hallyday (wearing the Charles Bronson mask well, I might add), and To regulars Simon Yam and Anthony Wong. If you’ve seen any major HK films in the past ten years, you’ll probably recognize the latter two.

The synopsis:

A father comes to Hong Kong to avenge his daughter whose family was murdered. Officially he’s a French chef. Twenty years ago, he was a killer.

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