RED 2 Blu-ray Review

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Red 2 is a very obvious film.  It’s pleasant enough, but you know what you’re getting, which is old actors engaging in Bond-esque behavior.  It’s all fluffy and light, and seems geared towards Sunday afternoon cable viewing.  On that level it delivers.  But whether it’s demeaning or charming that so many talented performers are doing something so beneath them is up to the viewer.  Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren lead the cast and my review of Red 2 follows after the jump.

Watch 6 Clips From RED 2 Starring Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Helen Mirren

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With the Red 2 press junket happening in New York City this weekend, Summit has provided us with six clips for director Dean Parisot’s (Galaxy Quest) upcoming action-comedy sequel.  The spy follow-up pits ex-CIA operative Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) against Victoria (Helen Mirren) when MI6 greenlights his assassination as Interpol’s “Most Wanted.”  All the while, Moses and his team work to track down a missing nuclear device.  The new clips continue to make the film look like a lot of fun, especially with regards to the very promising interplay between the pic’s talented cast members.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also stars John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung Hun Lee, and Anthony HopkinsRed 2 opens on July 19th.

RED 2 and GALAXY QUEST Director Dean Parisot in Early Talks to Helm HOUDINI

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It appears that Summit has finally zeroed in on a director for the long-gestating magician pic Houdini.  One of several films about the legendary magician currently in development, Summit’s project is based on the William Kalush and Larry Sloman book The Secret Life of Houdini, which portrays the magician as more of an action/adventure hero in the vein of Indiana Jones and Sherlock Holmes and posits that the master magician “acted as a spy for Britain, helped the Secret Service, and was in cahoots with police organizations.”  Gary Ross initially flirted with the project as his post-Hunger Games film but eventually fell off, and now Deadline reports that Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot is in early talks with Summit to take the helm.

Parisot most recently directed Red 2 for Summit, and early word has been incredibly positive on the action-comedy sequel.  Houdini is envisioned as a possible franchise-starter, and I have to say Parisot is quite an inspired choice.  Hit the jump for a synopsis of the source material.

New Trailer for RED 2 Starring Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Helen Mirren

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Summit Entertainment has released a new trailer for director Dean Parisot’s (Galaxy Quest) action-comedy sequel Red 2.  The spy follow-up pits ex-CIA operative Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) against Victoria (Helen Mirren) when MI6 greenlights his assassination as Interpol’s “Most Wanted.”  This trailer introduces us to the film’s new characters, as Anthony Hopkins plays a living MacGuffin (similar to John Hurt‘s character in Crystal Skull) and Catherine Zeta-Jones plays an old flame of Willis’ character who joins the group to combat a common enemy.  Byung Hun Lee appears to bring some freshness to the film’s action sequences, and the humorous tone is spot-on thanks to the sensibilities of Parisot.  All in all, Red 2 looks to be quite the fun ride.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Mary-Louise Parker and John MalkovichRed 2 opens on July 19th.

First Trailer and Poster for RED 2 Starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich

by     Posted 1 year, 89 days ago

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The retired and extremely dangerous gang from Red return in this new teaser trailer for Red 2.  Directed by Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest), the spy sequel pits ex-CIA operative Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) against Victoria (Helen Mirren) when MI6 greenlights his assassination as Interpol’s “Most Wanted.”  Mary-Louise Parker and John Malkovich return in fine form, providing some of the funnier moments in the new trailer.  Joining the sequel will be Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung Hun Lee and Anthony HopkinsRed 2 opens August 2, 2013.  Hit the jump to check out the teaser trailer and poster for Red 2.

First Official Images from THE HANGOVER PART III and RED 2; Todd Phillips Says HANGOVER 3 Is Alan’s Story

by     Posted 1 year, 120 days ago

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Though we’ve seen set photos aplenty from the anticipated upcoming sequels The Hangover Part III and Red 2, the first official images from both films have now landed online.  The images from the third and presumably final entry in the Hangover trilogy promise more madness, as we see an Abbey Road-ish pic of The Wolfpack (ie. Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, and Bradley Cooper) set against the silhouette of Las Vegas.  Though we’ll definitely see the group travel back to Vegas in the sequel, the city is “just one of their stops,” so we’re (hopefully) not in for yet another rehash of the first film.

As for the Red sequel, Galaxy Quest helmer Dean Parisot steps into the director’s chair this time around, and this first image gives us a look at Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, and John Malkovich striking the “cool guys don’t look at explosions” pose.  Hit the jump to check out images from both films and for story details regarding The Hangover 3 from director Todd PhillipsThe Hangover Part III opens on May 24, 2013, while Red 2 hits theaters on August 2, 2013.

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura Talks RED 2, Similarities to GALAXY QUEST, and More; Describes the Film as “An International Road Trip Movie”

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Director Robert Schwentke’s 2010’s action-comedy Red was a fairly sizeable success, grossing nearly $200 million for the ensemble pic.  Production on the sequel is currently underway overseas, and Steve recently sat down with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura who discussed a number of upcoming projects, including Red 2.  Briefly:

  • The film takes place in the U.S., London, Paris, and Moscow and is described as “an international road trip movie.”
  • The story picks up 6-9 months after the events of the first film.
  • Bruce Willis’ character in Red was having trouble coping with retirement, while in this film we’ll see him having difficulty being in a relationship.
  • The story involves the characters being linked to a mysterious thing called “Nightshade” posted on WikiLeaks that puts them and their loved ones in grave danger.
  • Director Dean Parisot was chosen because of his work on Galaxy Quest and Justified.
  • Filming began in September and wraps in late December.

Hit the jump for much more.

New Images from the Set of RED 2 Featuring Bruce Willis, Anthony Hopkins, and Mary Louise-Parker

by     Posted 1 year, 168 days ago

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Production is currently underway on the action-comedy sequel Red 2 in London (doubling for Moscow), and some new images from the set have surfaced.  Galaxy Quest helmer Dean Parisot directs this time around, as the first film’s cast of Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary Louise-Parker, and Helen Mirren is joined by newcomers Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins, and Byung-Hun.  We previously saw some set photos that featured Zeta-Jones, but this new batch gives us our first look at Hopkins in character alongside Willis, Malkovich, and Louise-Parker.

Hit the jump to check out the set photos.  The film also stars David Thewlis and Neal McDonoughRed 2 opens on August 2nd, 2013. [Update: We've removed the unofficial images.]

New Set Photos from WOLVERINE Reveal Silver Samurai and Logan’s Claws, New and Returning Cast of RED 2 and Josh Brolin in Spike Lee’s OLDBOY Remake

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New set photos for James Mangold’s The Wolverine, Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake and Dean Parisot’s Red 2 have emerged today.  From Wolvie, we don’t get more shots of star Hugh Jackman, but we get a glimpse of Silver Samurai and of the actor playing him (Will Yun Lee).  There’s also a stuntman on hand to unleash the first look at Logan’s claws in action.  The Oldboy images put star Josh Brolin front and center and shirtless for the most part.  Red 2 shows off previous cast members Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and Mary-Louise Parker as well as new additions, Catherine Zeta-Jones and David Thewlis.  Pay special attention to Malkovich’s insane attire (he’s fabulous).

The Wolverine bows on July 26th, 2013. Lee’s Oldboy, also starring Samuel L. Jackson and Elizabeth Olsen, opens sometime next year. Red 2 is slated for an August 2nd, 2013 release.  Hit the jump to see the set photos. [Update: We've removed the unofficial images.]

David Thewlis Joins the Cast of RED 2

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You may know him as Remus Lupin from the Harry Potter films, but now David Thewlis is set to join another franchise.  Thewlis will be a newcomer to Red 2, a sequel to director Robert Schwentke’s 2010 actioner.  Dean Parisot (Galaxy Queset) is taking the helm this time around, but original stars Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Mary-Louise Parker will be reprising their roles.  Other new cast members include Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung-hun Lee, Neal McDonough and Anthony Hopkins.  Hit the jump for more on Thewlis’ character and a breakdown of the roles we know so far. 

Keanu Reeves Talks BILL AND TED 3, Plot Finds the Characters “Crushed by Responsibility”

by     Posted 1 year, 245 days ago

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In a recent interview, Keanu Reeves (who is approaching 50 if you can believe that) dropped a few plot details about the in-development Bill & Ted 3.  We previously reported that Ed Solomon (Men in Black) and Chris Matheson’s (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure) script had been finished up and Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) was attached to helm.  We already knew that Reeves and Alex Winter would be reprising their roles, but now we have an idea of what they’ll be doing in the threequel and the role that time travel plays.  Hit the jump to see what Reeves had to say.

GALAXY QUEST Director Dean Parisot to Helm BILL & TED 3

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It’s tough to believe that a third Bill & Ted movie is becoming a reality, but that seems to be the case.  We reported back in March that creators Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson had a finished script, and now Vulture reports that they’ve attached Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) to direct.  Solomon and Matheson wrote the script on spec in order to make sure that the new film wasn’t a reboot or a remake.  Keanu Reeves (Ted Theodore Logan) and Alex Winter (Bill S. Preston, Esq.) are both attached to return.

Hit the jump for more.

Sequel Casting Call: Mike Epps Returning for THE HANGOVER PART III; Neal McDonough in Talks to Join RED 2

by     Posted 1 year, 268 days ago

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We’ve got a couple of casting stories regarding sequels to share today.  First up, Mike Epps in negotiations to reprise his role as “Black Doug” from The Hangover in director Todd Phillips’ upcoming sequel The Hangover Part III.  Original cast members Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis are all set to return, and we recently learned that the debauchery will be taking place in Tijuana this time around.  Ken Jeong is coming back for an expanded role in the third pic, and Variety reports that Epps will be another returning favorite.  The Next Friday actor didn’t appear in The Hangover Part II, but he was great in his few scenes from the first film so this comes as welcome news.

Hit the jump for casting regarding the action sequel Red 2.

Anthony Hopkins May Play the Villain in RED 2

by     Posted 1 year, 326 days ago

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Earlier this month a major casting announcement for Red 2 was made.  We learned that Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and Mary-Louise Parker will all be returning for the follow-up to the 2010 hit, joined by newcomers Catherine Zeta-Jones and Byung-Hun Lee.  Now it appears that director Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) has found his villain.  Heat Vision reports that Anthony Hopkins is in negotiations to join the cast as the film’s baddie, but he has a few scheduling issues to work out first.  He’s set to return as Odin in Thor 2, which is also shooting later this year, but the actor is apparently keen on taking the Red 2 role as well.  Hit the jump for more.

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Byung-Hun Lee Join Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, and Mary-Louise Parker in RED 2

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While we recently learned that Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot would be taking the helm of Red 2 (the sequel to the 2010 hit Red), we still didn’t know which original cast members would be returning for the follow-up.  Well Summit has made one big casting announcement today, confirming that Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, and Mary-Louise Parker will be reprising their roles from the first film alongside newcomers Catherine Zeta-Jones and Byung-Hun Lee.

The story for the follow-up will find the team of retired CIA operatives taking on a new set of enemies all across Europe.  The nature of Zeta-Jones’ role isn’t disclosed, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she plays the film’s villain.  I have yet to see Red, but I love the hell out of Galaxy Quest and this is certainly an impressive cast so I’m definitely going to have to rectify that sooner rather than later. Hit the jump to read the full press release.  Red 2 opens on August 2nd, 2013.

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