April 24, 2014

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“Total Recall” New Trailer

HollywoodNews.com: Total Recall is an action thriller about reality and memory, inspired anew by the famous short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick.
Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he’s got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life – real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man.
Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), the leader of the free world – Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) to find the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy) and stop Cohaagen. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.

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Paramount to re-release Academy Awards nominated “RANGO”

HollywoodNews.com: The now Academy Award®-nominated Rango, from director Gore Verbinski and starring the voice of Johnny Depp, saddles up for a one week limited engagement at the ArcLight Hollywood beginning this Friday, January 27th.
The original animated comedy-adventure from Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies a Blind Wing/GK Films Production that takes moviegoers for a hilarious and heartfelt walk in the Wild West, was this morning nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature Film.
Rango is the winner of the National Board of Review and Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Animated Feature, while top critics’ groups around the country have declared Rango the Best Animated Film of 2011, including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington D.C.
The incomparable Johnny Depp voices Rango, a chameleon living as an ordinary family pet who dreams of being a fearless hero and is challenged to become just that when he inadvertently becomes the sheriff of a lawless desert town called Dirt. Story by John Logan Gore Verbinski and James Ward Byrkit, Written by John Logan, Directed by Gore Verbinski, the visionary behind the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Rango delighted audiences of all ages, earning more than $230 million worldwide. The film also features the voices of Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Ned Beatty, Harry Dean Stanton, Ray Winstone and Timothy Olyphant.
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Rachel Weisz closing London Film Fest, as well, with “Deep Blue Sea” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: This year’s BFI London Film Festival has a fondness for Rachel Weisz.
We already knew the Oscar-winning actress was opening the BFI London Film Festival this October with her new drama “360,” from her “Constant Gardener” director Fernando Mereilles. But Weisz seems eager to place her stamp all over this year’s fest, which announced that it will close with her “The Deep Blue Sea” on Oct. 27.
Directed by Terrence Davies, “Sea” also stars Tom Hiddleston and Simon Russell Beale in the story of privileged wife in 1950s London. She’s married to a judge who leaves after falling in love with a young ex-RAF pilot.
“As a British filmmaker, to get into the BFI London Film Festival at all is bliss,” Davies said in a statement. “To get a Closing Night film is sheer heaven!”
Both “360” and “Deep Blue Sea” will be at the Toronto International Film Festival, and we plan on catching both during our time at TIFF. Ironically, Weisz is closing this year’s TIFF with the thriller “Page Eight,” a British spy movie with Bill Nighy.
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“Total Recall” remake adds Bill Nighy to cast

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Len Wiseman’s “Total Recall” remake continues to take shape.
The sci-fi action thriller, which casts Colin Farrell as a factory worker who begins to suspect he’s a spy in a futuristic society, just added Bill Nighy to its growing cast, THR reports. The Brit will play Quatto, the infamous leader of the resistance. Nighy’s a regular player in Wiseman’s ensemble, having participated in the “Underworld” series. He’ll join Kate Beckinsale, Bryan Cranston and Jessica Biel in the film, which reportedly begins shooting in Toronto next month.
“Recall,” of course, was a very popular vehicle for Arnold Schwarzenegger. At one point, it was believed a cameo from the former Governator would be worth its weight in gold. Now it would probably tarnish a promising production.
The “Recall” remake will be in theaters next year.
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Tom Cruise, “Rock of Ages” land 2012 release date

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: A few anticipated titles are moving around the calendar as studios button up their release dates for 2012. Write everything in pencil, however, as dates are subject to change (which means it definitely will happen).
For now, Warner Bros. plans to release Adam Shankman’s “Rock of Ages” adaptation with Tom Cruise and Alec Baldwin on June 1, 2012. The movie take on the Broadway smash also stars Julianne Hough of “Dancing with the Stars” and Mary J. Blige.
Two weeks later, WB has penciled in Bryan singer’s “Jack the Giant Killer,” which updates the Jack and the Beanstalk myth for a new generation. “Jack” currently stars Bill Nighy, Ian McShane, Stanley Tucci and Nicholas Hoult as Jack.
Not all moves are positive, however. THR reports that Lionsgate is shifting Katherine Heigl comedy crime film “One for the Money” to Jan. 27, 2012. It initially was going to be a summer release for the studio. And while Lionsgate will spin the fact that the adaptation of Jane Evanovich’s bestselling book will play better in January, moves to the first month of the year are never a vote on confidence in your product. Ever.
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“Rango,” featuring Johnny Depp’s voice, has a new trailer

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Johnny Depp appears to be one of the busiest working actors in the business these days (Natalie Portman woud have to be a close second).
Just this morning, Depp scored multiple Golden Globe nominations for his work in “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Tourist.” Yesterday, Yahoo hosted the first trailer for Depp’s fourth excursion as Capt. Jack Sparrow. And today, we get a full look at Gore Verbinski’s animated “Rango,” which has Depp voicing the lead character, a chameleon forced to protect a town from bandits
View the trailer below:

In addition to Depp, you’ll recognize the voices of Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Bill Nighy, the great Ray Winstone, Ned Beatty, Harry Dean Stanton and Alfred Molina. Cartoons get bonus points when they make room for so many beloved character actors.
“Rango” recently screened a piece of footage at Harry Knowles’ “Butt-Numb-A-Thon” in Austin, and received positive buzz on social networks. It will be in theaters on March 4, from Paramount Pictures.
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Rachel Weisz joins “Page 8;” Out of the “Dark Knight” race?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: You might be able to scratch one actress’s name of the list of potential female performers lining up for a part in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises.”
That’s because Rachel Weisz — who yesterday was on a short-list of Batman candidates alongside Keira Knightley, Natalie Portman and every other beautiful starlet in a five-block radius – has flipped over to David Hare’s spy thriller “Page 8, which begins shooting in January.
The title, according to the Daily Mail, refers to the eighth page in a top-secret document. Weisz joins a spectacular cast that reportedly includes Bill Nighy as an MI5 operative, Michael Gambon as the director general of the Security Service, Judy Davis, and Ralph Fiennes, whom she worked with on her Oscar-winning vehicle, “The Constant Gardener.”
David Hare was nominated for two Oscars for penning “The Hours” and “The Reader.” But Hare hasn’t directed a film since 1997’s “The Designated Mourner.” Doesn’t matter. With that cast, “Page 8” already is off to a tremendous start. More on this thriller as it develops.
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14th Annual Hollywood Film Festival unveils line-up

HollywoodNews.com: The 14th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, presented by Starz, has unveiled its line-up of finalists for this year’s festival, founder and executive director Carlos de Abreu announced today. The programming includes features, documentaries and shorts from around the world.
The Hollywood Film Festival, which takes place October 22-25 at ArcLight Cinemas, will open on Friday, October 22, with the feature “RECONCILIATION: MANDELA’S MIRACLE,” a sensitive documentary about how Nelson Mandela saved his country from bloody civil war and dismantled the system of apartheid through the spirit of reconciliation. The documentary was directed by Michael Henry Wilson and stars FW De Klerk, Zindzi Mandela, Clint Eastwood, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Francois Pienaar and The Springboks.
This year’s lineup includes “THE 5TH QUARTER,” a film by Rick Bieber that is based on real events in 2006 and stars Aidan Quinn, Andie MacDowell, and Ryan Merriman; “BENEATH THE BLUE,” directed by Michael D. Sellers and starring Paul Wesley as a young Naval officer who is assigned to “recover” a dolphin that has disappeared from the Navy’s Marine Mammal program; “BLACK, WHITE AND BLUES,” a film by Mario Van Peebles that stars Michael Clarke Duncan, Tom Skerritt, Kiele Sanchez, Taryn Manning, Luke Perry, and Morgan Simpson; “BROTHER’S JUSTICE,” directed by David Palmer and Dax Shepard, and starring Dax Shepard, Tom Arnold, Nate Tuck, Bradley Cooper, and David Koechner; “FORT MCCOY,” a film by Kate Connor and Michael Worth that stars Eric Stoltz, Kate Connor, Lyndsy Fonseca, Andy Hirsch, Camryn Manheim, and Seymour Cassel, and is based on the true story of Kate Connor’s grandparents when they lived next to a Nazi POW camp in Wisconsin during WWII — a coming-of-age story, a romance and the journey of one man struggling to find his worth in a war that does not want him; and “WILD TARGET,” a film by Jonathan Lynn that stars Emily Blunt, Bill Nighy, Rupert Grint, and Rupert Everett. It is the story of Rose, a beautiful, quick-witted con-artist, who makes a killing selling fake paintings. But when she scams an art loving gangster, he sets Europe’s most efficient and expensive assassin on her tail.
For comedic artists around the world, Hollywood has always been the final stop and the festival continues to spotlight those burgeoning cinematic masters of laughs in the second year of the Hollywood Comedy Film Festival, curated by entertainment journalist Anthony D’Alessandro.
Among those films showing this year is [...]

Emily Blunt hits sexy laughs in ‘Wild Target,’ playing at Hollywood Film Festival

HollywoodNews.com: Come meet “Wild Target” Director Jonathan Lynn (“The Whole Nine Yards,” “My Cousin Vinny”) in a Q&A following the Hollywood Film Festival screening on Sunday, Oct. 24, 5 p.m. at the Hollywood ArcLight Cinema. For more info and to buy tickets, click here.
REVIEW: It’s been a while since a breezy, British action comedy has arrived on U.S. shores; their heyday being in the ‘80s when such titles like “A Fish Called Wanda” and “Time Bandits” held their place on the marquee.
When it comes to mobsters, guns and laughs, British director Jonathan Lynn knows a thing or two about crafting a crowd pleasing caper. Lynn is so good at it, Hollywood tapped him for his stylings with “The Whole Nine Yards,” “Sgt. Bilko” and “My Cousin Vinny.” With “Wild Target,” Lynn comfortably returns to the London stomping ground which he made famous with the Eric Idle/Robbie Coltrane chase comedy “Nuns on the Run” in this remake of a 1993 French black comedy.
In “Wild Target,” Bill Nighy stars as Victor, a resilient hitman and marks man who comes from a long line of family assassins. Despite his success, his days of snipering are unfilled. He’s bugged by his mother to get married – a calling Victor has never pursued since he has an identity crisis.
Victor’s humdrum life is turned on its head when his art dealer client Ferguson (Rupert Everett) is double-crossed over a Rembrandt painting purchase by Rose (Emily Blunt), a kleptomaniac who unloads bogus pieces of art. Bill attempts to target Rose in a garage, but as she’s pursued by a plethora of assassins, he winds up becoming her protector. Tony (Rupert Grint), a slacker of sorts and innocent bystander, is scooped up by the duo and taken on the lam.
The chase scenes are hysterically fun in “Wild Target” and the film possesses a kinetic pace. What works here is watching all three actors succeed outside the zones they’ve left impressions with on the big screen. Nighy has carved a reputation for playing zany hams as rocker Billy Mack in “Love Actually” and Davy Jones in “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.” In “Wild Target,” Nighy is winning as a poised, sharp straight man, appearing stiff on the surface, but funny when cracked by Rose’s antics. Long known for playing the [...]

North American Screening for Rupert Grint’s “Wild Target” Announced

By Hanako M. Ricks
HollywoodNews.com: Wild Target, the latest film starring Harry Potter alums Rupert Grint and Bill Nighy, has finally been given a premiere date for North America.
The film will be screened at the Hamptons International Film Festival on October 8 (UA Southampton) and 9 (Guild Hall). Tickets can be purchased via this link.
Star Bill Nighy will be in attendance; no word yet on whether Rupert Grint will make an appearance.
Wild Target is the story of Tony (Grint), an unsuspecting apprentice to hitman Victor Maynard (Bill Nighy), who is hired to kill Rose (Emily Blunt) but ends up falling for her instead. The trailer for the films show a little bit of darkness, but also a bit of humor. The film will be released in limited theaters in the US on October 29.
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