On this episode of Collider Movie Talk, John Campea, Mark Ellis, and Kristian Harloff discuss the following:
Ronda Rousey lands role in Road House
Patrick Dempsey joins Bridget Jones’s Baby cast
Star Wars Episode VIII begins shooting this month
Opening this week (Brought to you by AMC Theatres):
- 90 Minutes in heaven
- The Perfect Guy
- The Visit
Critic scores on religious films
Director Doug Liman and actor Tom Cruise have already worked together on the film Edge of Tomorrow and the upcoming film Mena, and now the two are planning their next project together. According to a report in Variety, Liman and Cruise will next work on a sci-fi film called Luna Park. The story for Luna Park is said to revolve around a group of renegade employees who take a trip to the moon to steal an energy source. Liman has been trying to get the project off the ground since 2011 when he had Chris Evans and Andrew Garfield attached in the lead roles but the film was pulled by the financing partners at the last minute.
UFC champion Ronda Rousey has apparently just landed the lead role made famous by Patrick Swazey in an upcoming remake of Road House. Variety reports she’ll play the bouncer with a keen intellect who is hired to clean up a rough Texas bar. No mention is made if the character’s name will remain Dalton or be changed. Rousey will next be seen in the 2016 Peter Berg film Mile 22 with Mark Wahlberg.
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The two Bridget Jones movies, which started in 2001 with Bridget Jones’s Diary, have made over $540 million dollars at the worldwide box office and is preparing to return to the big screen again. According to a report in Deadline, Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey is now in final negotiations to appear in the third film titled Bridget Jones’s Baby which sees Renee Zellweger reprising the title role along with Colin Firth as love interest Mark Darcy. Actor Hugh Grant, who appeared in the first 2 films is not returning for the third. Shooting on the film is set to begin within the month.
Star of the TV show iZombie and the upcoming Damien, Bradley James, has joined the cast of the upcoming Underworld 5 according to a report in Deadline. James would be taking on the role of the film’s villain opposite the returning Kate Beckinsale. The previous film, Underworld: Awakening was the most successful in the franchise making just over $160 million worldwide.
In an earlier report in Entertainment Weekly it was said that Star Wars Episode VII would be heading back to Ireland later this month to do some reshoots. However, that report has now been updated as Lucasfilm has confirmed that while they are indeed heading to Ireland to do some shooting this month, it isn’t for Episode VII… it’s actually for Episode VIII. Episode VIII is being directed by Looper helmer Rian Johnson and will feature Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro as one of the film’s villains.
OPENING THIS WEEK (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)
First up is 90 Minutes In Heaven. Based on the book of the same name and starring Hayden Christensen and Kate Bosworth, the film tells the story of the true events of Don Piper who died Jan. 18, 1989, when a semi-tractor truck crushed his car. Declared dead by the first rescue workers to arrive on the scene, Don’s body lay under a tarp for the next 90 minutes. Don’s soul, meanwhile, was experiencing love, joy and life like he’d never known before. Don was in Heaven. When another pastor’s prayers helped bring Don back to life, he became a living miracle! Yet this is one miracle Don wished never happened. Heaven’s bliss was replaced by excruciating pain and emotional turmoil. With the support and prayers of his beloved Eva, their three kids and friends near and far, Don clings to his faith in God and fights to regain a semblance of his previous life.
Next up is the new thriller The Perfect Guy. With a fulfilling career and a loving relationship, lobbyist Leah Vaughn (played by Sanaa Lathan) seems to have it all. Things come crashing down when Dave, her long-term boyfriend, questions her future plans for marriage and a family. The resulting breakup leaves Leah heartbroken, until she meets the charming and handsome Carter Duncan (played by Michael Ealy). Soon, the budding romance turns dangerous as Carter reveals his volatile nature, forcing Leah to turn the tables on the man she thought was Mr. Right.
Finally is the new M. Night Shyamalan horror film The Visit. Becca and younger brother Tyler say goodbye to their mother as they board a train and head deep into Pennsylvania farm country to meet their maternal grandparents for the first time. Welcomed by Nana and Pop Pop, all seems well until the siblings start to notice increasingly strange behavior from the seemingly charming couple. Once the children discover a shocking secret, they begin to wonder if they’ll ever make it home.
Jared writes: I listen to you guys everyday and need my fix so never stop uploading videos. My question is why on Earth am I still waiting for the D23 trailers?!!! I find myself searching if they released the Jungle Book trailer as Schmoes Know and John Campea said it stole the show, also the Civil War footage. I do not know why but why wouldn’t they do the what Warner Bros. did with Batman v Superman? To me, releasing the footage after they show it to D23, would not only satisfy the people at the event (mostly press) so they can see it again and the people that were obviously not there.
Verona A writes: My question is about why religious (Christian) movies have a huge difference between critic rating and normal viewer rating on Rotten Tomatoes. War Room, which has 90% viewer rating, has only 36% critic rating. Son of God has 73% user score and again, only 21% critic score. God’s not Dead, while it was okay, has 78% user score and only 16% critic score. I know that a lot of the critics’ scores are genuine opinions of the movies, but I feel like at least some of those ratings are due to the fact that they’re religious. Especially IF the critics are not religious. My question is do you think *SOME* critics give low scores only because they’re religious movies?