Sean Penn and Javier Bardem Are Frenemies in First THE GUNMAN Trailer

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Open Road Films has released the first The Gunman trailer for the upcoming action-thriller, based on the novel of the same name.  The film stars Sean Penn as a hitman who attempts to leave his job behind for the woman he loves, only to find that the actuality of giving up the professional killing game is much harder than expected.  If you get a strong Taken vibe from this trailer, that’s probably because the film is directed by Taken helmer Pierre Morel.  The cast is certainly impressive, with Javier Bardem giving a slightly over-the-top performance as Penn’s friend-turned-enemy, but it’s tough to shake the feeling that we’ve seen this before and The Gunman isn’t bringing anything new to the table.  On account of the ensemble, though, I’m willing to at least give this one a shot.

Check out the first The Gunman trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Jasmine Trinca, and Mark RylanceThe Gunman opens in theaters on March 20, 2015.

American Remake Of BBC’s LUTHER In The Works At Fox

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Fox, having learned nothing from its Gracepoint/Broadchurch experiment, is developing a remake of the BBC crime series Luther.  Like Gracepoint/Broadchurch, Fox has hired Luther‘s original creator, Neil Cross, to assist in the making of the American version, which will exist because …?  There’s really not a sound reason to remake Luther, especially since the original is readily available for U.S. audiences via Netflix (it also ran on BBC America).  Hit the jump for the who and the what of this remake.

Jude Law in Talks to Play the Villain in Guy Ritchie’s KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE

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Jude Law may soon be reuniting with director Guy Ritchie, but it’s not for another Sherlock Holmes film.  The actor is in talks to play the villain in Ritchie’s ambitious King Arthur take Knights of the Round Table, which has Charlie Hunnam set to star as Arthur in a potential franchise that is planned to go six films deep.  Warner Bros. has been trying to get a King Arthur movie off the ground for a long time now and they previously came close with director David Dobkin (The Judge) who had Joel Kinnaman and Kit Harington set to star before budget issues forced WB to pull the plug.  The project came back together with Ritchie, who brought his own take on the King Arthur tale to table.  And now a key piece of the puzzle is close to coming together with Law circling the antagonist role.

Hit the jump for more, including the news that Idris Elba has dropped out of contention for another role in the film.

Idris Elba Reveals 2 Cameos in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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We’ve already got Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and then some, but apparently there’s still room for more in Avengers: Age of Ultron because it’s just been revealed that we’ve got two additional characters in the mix as well.

Their participation does come with plot spoilers so you’ll have to hit the jump if you want to check out the details.  Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1, 2015 and also stars James Spader, Paul BettanyDon Cheadle and Andy Serkis.  [Last warning!  There are spoilers in this article.]

Box Office: NO GOOD DEED Opens in First with $24.5 Million; GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Hits $300 Million

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It’s September, and that means modest movies doing modest box office business.  With that said, two of the weekend’s new films – No Good Deed and The Drop – look rather impressive, at least in terms  of the modest expectations most of us have for September releases.  In less equivocally impressive terms, Guardians of the Galaxy became the first release of 2014 to pass $300 million in domestic earnings.  The last film to hit that benchmark was Frozen back in January but, because the Disney hit was released in 2013, GotG stands alone as 2014’s one and only triple blockbuster.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  No Good Deed $24,500,000 $24.5
2.  Dolphin Tale 2 $16,550,000 $16.5
3.  Guardians of the Galaxy $8,041,000 $305.9
4.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $4,800,000 $181
5.  Let’s Be Cops $4,300,000 $72.9
6.  The Drop $4,200,000 $4.2
7.  If I Stay $4,050,000 $44.9
8.  The November Man $2,750,000 $22.4
9.  The Giver $2,626,000 $41.3
10.  The Hundred-Foot Journey $2,461,000 $49.4

Full story after the jump.

NO GOOD DEED Review

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No Good Deed is not a good film by any stretch of the imagination.  Yet, I would recommend it highly to almost every single one of my friends.  I’m not typically responsive to the “so bad it’s good” mindset, and that’s not where this review is really coming from.  I don’t beckon you towards this film so you can laugh at it; I want you to laugh with it. Because I think director Sam Miller (working from a script by Aimee Lagos) knows exactly what this film is at this point.  No Good Deed entered post-production over two years ago and, though I have zero inside knowledge or proof that this was the case, it feels like the filmmakers realized they had a disaster on their hands and made the smart move of leaning into the mess rather than shying away from it.  

Idris Elba Talks NO GOOD DEED, Getting to Play a Bad Guy, the Potential Return of LUTHER, and More

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Screen Gems will release director Sam Miller‘s (Luther) new thriller No Good Deed tomorrow.  The film stars Idris Elba as an escaped convict with a dangerous past who makes his way into the home of a devoted wife (Taraji P. Henson) and her young children.    As you can tell from the trailer, Elba isn’t in his usual good guy mode here.  I recently had a chance to sit down with the actor and we talked about how satisfying it was for him to play someone so evil.  We also talked about the physicality of his scenes with Henson and the possibility of more Luther episodes (along with a movie).

Hit the jump to watch my No Good Deed interview with Idris Elba.  The film also stars Leslie BibbKate del Castillo, and Henry Simmons.  No Good Deed opens in theaters on September 12th.

Malin Akerman Joins THE TICKET; Ty Simpkins Heads to MEADOWLAND; Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton to Lead ONE SQUARE MILE

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It’s casting time! Here’s what we’ve got coming at a glance:

  • The Ticket has Malin Akerman locked to star opposite Dan Stevens.
  • Meadowland just added Jurassic World’s Ty Simpkins to the cast.
  • One Square Mile is set to begin production with Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton in the lead roles.

Hit the jump for more.

Guy Ritchie’s KING ARTHUR Might Be Trained by Idris Elba

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About three months ago it appeared that Guy Ritchie had firmed up King Arthur as his next project with the possibility of the tale stretching into six feature films (which sounds absolutely insane and near impossible to me, but whatever).  There’s still no word on this six movie business (which at this point I’m taking as a sign that this will be a standalone film that will leave the option for sequels open).  But now we have our first bit of casting news.

Idris Elba is in talks to join the film, which was written by Joby Harold and will be produced by Akiva Goldsman and Tory Tunnel.  Warner Bros. will be releasing the film in 2D and 3D on July 22, 2016.  Hit the jump for more on Idris Elba possibly joining King Arthur.

First BEASTS OF NO NATION Image Reveals Idris Elba as a Child Soldier Army Commander in Cary Fukunaga’s Drama

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Focus Features has unveiled the first Beasts of No Nation image from True Detective director Cary Fukunaga’s upcoming child soldier drama.  Fukunaga also wrote the pic, which is based on author Uzodinma Iweala’s novel of the same name and revolves around a young boy who is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters when a civil war erupts in his West African country.  Idris Elba, who is also a producer on the film, plays the army’s terrifying commander, and judging by this first-look image he appears to be rather imposing.  Though many may just know Fukunaga as the director of all eight True Detective episodes, his past two features, Jane Eyre and Sin Nombre, have been excellent, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing his passion project Beasts of No Nation realized on the big screen.

Hit the jump to take a look at the first Beasts of No Nation image.  The film is currently in production in Ghana.

NO GOOD DEED Trailer: Idris Elba Goes Bad as a Home Invader

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Screen Gems has released the first No Good Deed trailer for director Sam Miller’s (Luther) upcoming thriller.  The film stars Idris Elba as an escaped convict with a dangerous past who makes his way into the home of a devoted wife (Taraji P. Henson) and her young children.  The pic looks to be a pretty disturbing home invasion thriller, maybe because Elba is just so damn likable in most of his other roles.  Here, though, Elba appears to be playing a character with very sinister intentions.  Stringer Bell this is not.

Hit the jump to watch the No Good Deed trailer.  The film also stars Leslie Bibb, Kate del Castillo, and Henry SimmonsNo Good Deed opens in theaters on September 12th.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Actor Omar Sy Joins JURASSIC WORLD [Update: Jake Johnson Confirmed to Co-Star]

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French actor Omar Sy had a breakthrough role with the French film The Intouchables and landed the part of Bishop in the upcoming blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past.  Now he’s joined another tentpole feature by signing on to co-star in the fourth Jurassic Park movie, Jurassic World.  Unsurprisingly, since we don’t know much about the plot, we don’t know much about his role, but it’s good to see another talented actor join the cast.  The movie also stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Irrfan Khan, Nick Robinson, and Ty Simpkins.

Hit the jump for tweets from Sy and director Colin Trevorrow about the actor joining the film.  Jurassic World opens June 12, 2015. [Update: THR reports that Idris Elba and Jake Johnson have also joined the cast.] [2nd update: THR has quietly removed Elba from their listing of the cast members, and @slashfilm is tweeting that the rumor is "NOT true. I have this 100% confirmed".]

Idris Elba to Voice Shere Khan in Jon Favreau’s THE JUNGLE BOOK

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The race of the two Jungle Book films continues.  Disney’s iteration has a leg up on Warner Bros.’ adaptation since it has both a director and a release date, and now it has a star.  Deadline reports that Idris Elba will provide the voice of the villainous tiger Shere Khan in director Jon Favreau’s adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling book.  Favreau’s film will be a mixture of live-action and CGI, and so it appears that Shere Khan will be brought to life via the latter.  Elba is currently gearing up to go shoot True Detective director Cary Fukunaga’s next film, the child soldier drama Beasts of No Nation, but he feels like an excellent fit for the character of Khan.

Disney’s film is slated for release on October 9, 2015, so production will likely get underway this summer.  Meanwhile, Warner Bros. is on the hunt for a director for its live-action The Jungle Book film after Alejandro González Iñárritu dropped outRon Howard was recently mentioned in connection with the project, but further confirmation has yet to materialize.

Idris Elba and Sam Worthington Board ALIVE ALONE; John Travolta to Voice GUMMY BEAR

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We’ve got a couple of casting announcements to attend to this afternoon.  First up, Idris Elba and Sam Worthington have boarded the dramatic thriller Alive Alone as Matthias Schoenaerts has dropped out of the picture.  Elba will play an ex-detainee of Guantanamo Bay working as a taxi driver whose world collides with a prostitute (Noomi Rapace) on the run from a feared crime boss (Worthington).  The story takes place in New York City and Khurram Longi is making his directorial debut on the feature, which he also wrote.  Per Deadline, production is looking to get underway next month.

Additionally, Deadline reports that John Travolta will lead the voice cast of the insane-sounding independent animated feature Gummy Bear.  The 2D/3D animated pic “sees Gummy and his friends—a vegetarian vampire bat, a cat, and a chameleon—fighting to save an alien planet from destruction.”  A director is not yet attached and Stealth Media Group is aiming to start production on the $30 million pic this September.  That premise is certainly something.

PACIFIC RIM Blu-ray Review

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Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro’s ode to everything a twelve-year-old boy might love, is a massively entertaining film if you’ve ever wanted to see giant robots wrestle with Godzilla-style monsters.  Every effects shot is done with such loving detail that it’s the sort of film that’s absolutely perfect for home viewing.  If you like it, you’ll want to watch it (or the choice parts) over and over again, because there’s so little else out there like it.  My review of Pacific Rim on Blu-ray follows after the jump.

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