Let’s get ready to…well, you know the drill. But there’s not anything routine about Paramount Animation, the still-fairly untested animation division of Paramount Pictures behind films like Wonder Park and Sherlock Gnomes. But Paramount Animation is starting to kick things into gear in 2020, partnering up with WWE Studios for a new film called Rumble.
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Gemini Man may be Ang Lee‘s most existential action movie. Starring Will Smith as a hitman who becomes the target of a younger clone of himself, Gemini Man is a fairly straightforward sci-fi action flick that has famously become the vessel for Lee’s digital film innovations — shot digitally at an extra-high frame rate of 120 fps, modified for 3D, and featuring a fully CGI recreation of a younger Will Smith. But more than just presenting a new challenge for Lee, who has been experimenting with high frame rates since 2016’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Gemini Man is an action movie that allows him to examine the endlessly fascinating “subject matter of nature versus nurture.”
“The two Will Smith’s coexisting, with one looking so much younger, in this medium the feeling is kind of existential,” Lee told /Film at a roundtable interview for Gemini Man in New York. “It really makes you wonder about your own existence and what would you tell your younger self. And also see your trajectory when you’re young.”
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Posted on Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 by Ben Pearson
Update: Variety reports that Queen and Slim star Jodie Turner-Smith has also been added to the cast. She’ll play Karen Greer, “a possible love interest to Jordan’s character.” In the Tom Clancy literary universe, Admiral Greer (played by James Earl Jones in three movies and Wendell Pierce in Amazon’s Jack Ryan series) recruited both Jack Ryan and John Clark/John Kelly. Karen Greer could be a relative, although she doesn’t appear in the books or previous movie/TV adaptations. Our original story from September 17 continues below.
While most of us would probably rather forget that Fox’s 2015 Fantastic Four film exists, we’re about to see two of that movie’s cast members reunite. Former Ben Grimm/The Thing actor Jamie Bell is the latest to join the Without Remorse cast, meeting up with former Johnny Storm/The Human Torch actor Michael B. Jordan, who’s leading the new spy thriller for Paramount. Learn about Bell’s role in the upcoming film below. Read More »
Hayley Atwell, the once and future Peggy Carter actress in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is going to be joining a different cinematic universe of spies: she’s the latest addition to the next Mission: Impossible film. That’s Mission: Impossible 7, for those keeping track at home, and while it’s rare for a franchise to feel like it’s at its peak after half a dozen films, last year’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout was such a high point that we’re completely amped to see what Tom Cruise and director Chris McQuarrie do with it next – and Atwell has us even more excited for it.
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The beauty industry is about to get a little uglier. Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne star in Like a Boss, a comedy that is not based on The Lonely Island song. Instead it’s about two best friends who find themselves in debt after years of running their cosmetics business and are faced with the prospect of big buyout offer from a notorious titan of the cosmetics industry Claire Luna (Salma Hayek). But all is not as pretty as it appears in the Like a Boss trailer.
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Back in 2015, DMG Entertainment made a huge investment in Valiant Comics in an effort to support their desire to build a cinematic universe based on their own comic book characters. It seemed like Sony Pictures would become the home for this cinematic universe since they picked up the rights to Harbinger and Bloodshot, and those two movies would eventually lead into a crossover event movie called Harbinger Wars. But unfortunately, it sounds like Sony has dealt a blow to yet another cinematic comic book universe.
While Sony Pictures still has a Bloodshot movie on the way in February 2020 with Vin Diesel in the lead role, they are selling off the rights to make a Harbinger movie to Paramount Pictures, and the key talent involved behind the scenes will be going with it. Read More »
In 1997, Hong Kong filmmaker John Woo made his third Hollywood feature film, a ludicrously entertaining action flick called Face/Off. In it, an FBI agent (John Travolta) and a psychotic killer (Nicolas Cage) literally had their faces surgically removed and swapped to adopt the other character’s identity. It’s a totally bonkers movie that’s very much a product of its time, a shining example of the type of off-kilter, idiosyncratic film that would be incredibly difficult to remake with any creative success today.
Now a new report says Paramount Pictures is developing a Face/Off remake. Dust off your Nic Cage impression and read on for the details.
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Coming 2 America has already been filming for a couple weeks, but Eddie Murphy and Wesley Snipes took a break from production for the world premiere of the upcoming Netflix comedy Dolemite Is My Name. During quick red carpet appearances, the two briefly discussed working on the movie, but it was Wesley Snipes who offered up intriguing details about his character and the film’s story. Find out what he revealed about the Coming 2 America plot below. Read More »
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Tom Hanks failed to land on the moon in the real life story of Apollo 13 in 1995. But Paramount Pictures will soon have the Oscar winner spend plenty of time on the lunar surface thanks to a new feature film inspired by a classic Mattel action figure.
Major Matt Mason is an astronaut action figure who was created in the 1960s when the United States was competing with the Soviet Union in the heated space race to be the first to land on the moon. And now Tom Hanks will play the character in a movie based on the popular toy. Find out more about the Major Matt Mason movie below. Read More »
Iko Uwais kicked so much ass in the Indonesian action movie The Raid and the even more brutal sequel The Raid 2, and we’re wondering why no mainstream action movie has yet taken advantage of his incredible martial arts skills to their full potential. But hopefully that’s about the change, because the actor has landed a key role in the upcoming G.I. Joe spin-off Snake Eyes starring Crazy Rich Asians leading man Henry Golding as the titular ninja commando. Read More »