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The Meg 2 Is Pulling Ideas from Steven Alten's Other Meg Books?

The Meg 2 Is Pulling Ideas from Steven Alten's Other Meg Books?
The Jason Statham kicks a giant prehistoric shark in the face for two hours motion picture The Meg was one of the more entertaining horror-action movies to hit the screen last year. National Treasure and 3 Ninjas director Jon Turteltaub's big-budget adaptation of author Steve Alten's 1997 blockbuster book Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror was a big enough hit with audiences (and kinda critics) that it seems The Meg 2 is set to swim our way sooner rather than later. But more interesting still is the fact that The Meg 2 may be based on one of Alten's other The Meg books.

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura recently said in an interview.

"I think a little bit and I'm going to reserve comment because until I read it, I don't want to send people off in the wrong direction."

Fair enough, Di Bonaventura. But just saying The Meg 2 might
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Free Solo Star Alex Honnold Awesomely Breaks Down Rock Climbing Scenes in Movies

If you’re a fan of the rock climbing documentary Free Solo and its star Alex Honnold, who climbed Yosemite’s famous El Capitan, a 3,200-foot vertical rock face… without any ropes or gear, you’ll definitely enjoy this video.

In it, Honnold breaks down some of the rock climbing scenes from films such as Mission: Impossible 2, Point Break, Star Trek V, Vertical Limit, and Cliffhanger. It’s actually very informative and entertaining to watch.

The funny thing is, out of all the films that he offers rock climbing commentary for, the scenes in Star Trek V are the most realistic! The most unrealistic are obviously the scenes in Cliffhanger.

Watch the video and let us know what some of your favorite rock climbing scenes in the movies are. Enjoy!
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Watch: Alex Honnold from 'Free Solo' Analyzes Climbing in the Movies

"It seems like a bit of a stretch..." Well, now. This is a rare example of an Oscar campaign actually resulting in something remarkably interesting that will last beyond just the awards season. GQ profiled rock climber Alex Honnold, the subject of the Oscar-nominated (and incredibly tense) documentary Free Solo (watch the trailer). As part of their coverage, they asked Honnold to analyze and break down various iconic rock climbing scenes from Hollywood movies. You know where this is going - it's all so fake and exaggerated. Of course! But nothing everything. Honnold critiques scenes in movies like Point Break, Star Trek V, Failure to Launch, The Dark Knight Rises, Vertical Limit, and Cliffhanger. That last one is known as the epitome of Hollywood fakeness ever since it debuted in 1993, but it's still a fun movie. All these movies are fun anyway. Via GQ's YouTube. Short description: "Professional rock
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The Foreigner Review: Jackie Chan Like You've Never Seen Him

The Foreigner Review: Jackie Chan Like You've Never Seen Him
The Foreigner delivers exactly what it promises, Jackie Chan as you've never seen him. The titan of martial arts and comedy cinema disappears utterly in this gripping thriller. His turn as a bereaved father obsessed with vengeance will have you glued to your seats. The Foreigner is not a brainless action flick with an invincible protagonist. It has a surprisingly complex plot with multiple key characters. Veteran director Martin Campbell (Casino Royale,Vertical Limit) uses his filmmaking acumen to great effect. He reshapes a well known commodity in Chan, but never forgets the importance of the story.

A terrorist bomb in London targets a bank, but also destroys the dress shop beside it. Ngoc Minh Quan (Jackie Chan) watches in horror as his teenage daughter is killed in the explosion. A rogue cell of the Irish Republican Army calls the press to claim responsibility. This attack is just the beginning.
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‘The Foreigner’ Soundtrack: Listen to an Exclusive Track From Cliff Martinez’s Score

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‘The Foreigner’ Soundtrack: Listen to an Exclusive Track From Cliff Martinez’s Score
Cliff Martinez is as consistent as he is prolific. The composer has scored everything from “The Neon Demon” and “The Knick” to “War Dogs” and “Rough Night” in the last few years; he most recently handled the music for the Jackie Chan thriller “The Foreigner.” IndieWire can exclusively premiere the new track “I Wouldn’t Count On It.” Listen below.

Read More:‘American Made’ Review: Tom Cruise Finally Lands a Role Worthy of His Talents

Anyone familiar with Martinez’s electronic soundscapes will instantly recognize his distinct vibe, which vacillates between hypnotic and unsettling. “The Foreigner” is is based on Stephen Leather’s novel “The Chinaman” and stars Chan as a restaurateur who sets out on a quest for vengeance after his daughter is killed in an Ira attack.

Read More:‘American Made’ Trailer: Tom Cruise is a Drug Smuggler Turned CIA Informant in Wild True Story

Martin Campbell (“Casino Royale,
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Tiff Review: ‘The Mountain Between Us’ is a Serviceable Survival Story

Kate Winslet and Idris Elba are two formidable actors that exude immaculate on-screen presence. So having both co-star in a film that basically pits them alone for most of the runtime can lead one to assume we’d be in for something special. The Mountain Between Us, adapted from the book by Charles Martin, is not that special movie. The Hollywood debut of Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad, who made Paradise Now and Omar, turns out to be surprisingly pedantic. Whereas the two aforementioned movies dealt with hefty, substance-driven subject matters, The Mountain Between Us is nothing more than a survival love story set in the far-reaching rocky mountains.

Winslet plays photojournalist Alex and Elba is neurologist Ben. They meet at Salt Lake City airport after their flight is cancelled. Much to their fortune — or lack thereof, it turns out — they meet a pilot (Beau Bridges) that flies them in his private chartered plane.
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Round-Up: Uncanny Q&A with Lucy Griffiths, Emelie, One Eyed Girl Blu-ray / DVD, Vault Of The MacAbre II

Uncanny star Lucy Griffiths was kind enough to answer some questions for us, and the Q&A we conducted with her kicks off the round-up. Also: domestic acquisition news for Emelie, details for One Eyed Girl on Blu-ray / DVD, and Vault of the Macabre II video.

Uncanny: "Rlj Entertainment will be releasing Uncanny on November 3rd, 2015.

Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), David Clayton Rogers (Bloody Sunday), Lucy Griffiths (TV’s “True Blood”) and director Matthew Leutwyler are available for interviews on behalf of the film’s release.

For ten years, inventor David Kressen has lived in seclusion with his inventions, including Adam, a robot with incredible lifelike human qualities. When reporter Joy Andrews is given access to their unconventional facility, she is alternately repelled and attracted to the scientist and his creation. But as Adam exhibits an emergent behavior of anger and jealousy towards her, she finds
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'Kingsman' Director Takes on Spy Thriller 'I Am Pilgrim'

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MGM has brought on filmmaker Matthew Vaughn to direct their spy thriller I Am Pilgrim, based on the novel of the same name by screenwriter/author Terry Hayes. The book was published in May 2014, with MGM acquiring the rights just a few months later. Deadline reports that Matthew Vaughn will also produce and co-finance the adaptation through his Marv Films company.

The story centers on a former spy, the adopted son of a wealthy American family, who used to head up an elite espionage unit. Now retired and living in anonymity, he is lured back to assist with a bizarre investigation, a grisly murder in a New York hotel room, which quickly escalates to a matter of national security. The plot unfolds into a race against time to save America from complete annihilation. In the novel, "Pilgrim" is a code name for a person who doesn't officially exist.

I Am Pilgrim
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Dodgier than the Krays: Two-star film review hidden on Tom Hardy's Legend poster is a bit of a cheat

Dodgier than the Krays: Two-star film review hidden on Tom Hardy's Legend poster is a bit of a cheat
A two-star review from The Guardian (that's just one star per twin) is hiding in this new poster for Tom Hardy's Kray twins biopic Legend, and you've got two seconds to spot it.

The incident was first brought to light by the alarmed Guardian reviewer himself, Benjamin Lee, who tweeted this:

Incredible way of making my two star review seem like I didn't hate the film pic.twitter.com/zvOyIxHQ3h

Benjamin Lee (@benfraserlee) September 8, 2015

A tip of the cap to Legend's marketing team, then, for turning an unfortunate critical assessment into a social media phenomenon.

Lighting up Twitter like it's the second coming of Keyboard Cat, the internet has been snorting into its collective flat whites this morning over this cinematic subterfuge, but it's not the first time it's happened.

Here, for Chris Morris's Four Lions, any instance of the word "funny" was used, which really emphasised something: the film's funny.
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Martin Campbell to Direct Jackie Chan in 'The Foreigner' Adaptation

The next project for Jackie Chan is now in the works, with a new director officially attached. Deadline is reporting that Stx Entertainment is finalizing a deal with director Martin Campbell, who will be at the helm of an adaptation starring Jackie Chan. The film will be titled The Foreigner, adapted from Stephen Leather's novel The Chinaman, first published in 2008. Campbell last made Green Lantern but has been stuck in "movie prison" ever since, and is also responsible for Casino Royale, Edge of Darkness and Vertical Limit. Word is that they're aiming to start production this fall, with deals being finalized with everyone now. Here's the plot description from the book's listing on Amazon: The Chinaman understood death. Jungle-skilled, silent and lethal, he had killed for the Viet Cong and then for the Americans. He had watched helpless when his two eldest daughters had been raped and killed by Thai pirates.
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Ranked: How superhero stars fared after giving up the cape

Ranked: How superhero stars fared after giving up the cape
Donning the cape and tights to play a big screen superhero was often seen as career suicide for actors. This idea is mined to brilliant effect in Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, with a former comic book star looking to relaunch his career with an ambitious Broadway play.

Adding extra spice to Birdman is the casting of Michael Keaton, himself a former Batman whose post-tights career has been somewhat hit and miss. This film, however, is a stunning reminder of just how good an actor Keaton is and proof that careers don't end when on-screen superpowers fade away.

Digital Spy takes a look at 20 ex-superhero stars to see how they fared after leaving an iconic comic book role behind.

20. Billy Zane

The suave American actor looked set for big things in the '90s thanks to impressive roles in Dead Calm and Tombstone, but his time in the purple Phantom
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Bond Director Prepares To Dive For ‘Hunter Killer’

He’s resurrected superspy James Bond twice in Goldeneye and Casino Royale. Now it’s hoped director Martin Campbell will give long-gestating submarine thriller Hunter Killer a shot in the arm. Based on the novel Firing Point by George Wallace and Don Keith, the plot concerns an underwater battle of wits between a rogue Russian commander and American special forces. With echoes of Tom Clancy’s The Hunt For Red October, the film appears to be bringing the clash between Communism and capitalism back to the Hollywood arena. Casting details are yet to be announced but expect some grizzled faces to be lit by blinking radar screens. Gerard Butler is said to be in the frame, though whether he’ll be rolling his R’s or chomping on a cigar remains to be seen.

Campbell cut his teeth on murky political TV drama Edge Of Darkness (which he also remade
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Aussie thriller wins Us fest prize

Nick Matthews. psychological thriller One Eyed Girl has won the jury prize in the .Dark Matters. category at the Austin Film Festival in Texas.

Produce by David Ngo and written by Matthews and Craig Behenna, the South Australian-shot film tells of a psychiatrist, haunted by the death of a former patient, who stumbles upon a Doomsday cult and battles to save a teenage girl from its clutches

Starring Tilda Cobham-Hervey (The Kettering Incident, 52 Tuesdays), Mark Leonard Winter (Healing, Van Diemen.s Land) and Steve Le Marquand (Rake, Vertical Limit), One Eyed Girl will be released in Australian cinemas on April 2, distributed by The Backlot Studios.

The Dark Matters award was introduced last year and was won by Madellaine Paxson.s Blood Punch.

Austin Film Festival screenplay and teleplay competition director, Matt Dy said, "Screenwriters Craig Behenna and Nick Matthews have written a script that, on the page, would very likely
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Get Ready for Exploding Sun with a Supercut of People Yelling "It's Gonna Blow!"

There's a brand new end-of-the-world scenario coming to Reelz, and this time around the apocalypse could be coming courtesy of an Exploding Sun. In the movie, the first ever commercial space shuttle is struck by a solar storm, and as a result the ship is catapulted on a direct course for the sun. Things get dicey for everyone on planet Earth when it's discovered the event will trigger an infinitely larger solar storm that could send us all back into the Stone Age. Will the world survive? Find out when Exploding Sun premieres on Reelz Monday, September 9th at 8p Et/ 5p Pt.

In the meantime, we figured the best way to prepare for the explosion is to study the one line of dialogue that absolutely must be uttered during a big on-screen explosion. Take a moment to watch this "It's Gonna Blow!" supercut to get ready for the big event.
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The Big Chill returns 30 years later to Tiff

The college friends reunion movie with the groovy 1960s soundtrack and had glimpses of Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves) playing a dead body in a casket (all of his flashback scenes were taken out) is returning to the festival responsible for its world premiere back in 1983. The Big Chill is getting the 30th anniversary celebration treatment with a screening and Q&A with the cast and crew moderated by Variety's chief film critic, Scott Foundas on the opening day of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

“In addition to helping its stars break through and its influence on cinema generally, The Big Chill represents a landmark in Tiff’s own history,” stated Piers Handling, Director and CEO, Tiff. “It showcased the Festival’s ability to seek out and attract up-and-coming contemporary classics as well as our audiences’ ability to predict hits through the People’s Choice Awards, and helped the Festival
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Director & Actor Teams: The Overlooked & Underrated (Part 2 of 2)

Following are some supplemental sections featuring notable director & actor teams that did not meet the criteria for the main body of the article. Some will argue that a number of these should have been included in the primary section but keep in mind that film writing on any level, from the casual to the academic, is a game of knowledge and perception filtered through personal taste.

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Other Notable Director & Actor Teams

This section is devoted to pairings where the duo worked together at least 3 times with the actor in a major role in each feature film, resulting in 1 must-see film.

Terence Young & Sean Connery

Must-See Collaboration: From Russia with Love (1962).

Other Collaborations: Action of the Tiger (1957), Dr. No (1962), Thunderball (1965).

Director Young and actor Connery teamed up to create one of the very best Connery-era James Bond films with From Russia with Love which features a great villainous performance by Robert Shaw
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'Longmire's' Robert Taylor 'instantly connected' with the A&E drama

Zap2it: With as many actors as reportedly went after the title role of "Longmire," were you surprised to get it? 

Robert Taylor: I read it and just instantly connected with it. I put down a little test on tape back in Australia, sent it off and then forgot about it. About a month later, it popped into my head that I'd never heard anything back ... and about 30 seconds later, the phone rang. And it was that call from L.A.

I came to Hollywood and did another screen test, and I felt very comfortable in the role. That's happened before, though, and you don't get the job for whatever reason. A lot of things come into play, but I think I put up a pretty good case here.

Q: Since you've been acting for a long time, in such well-known movies as "The Matrix" and "Vertical Limit" but especially in your native Australia,
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'Longmire' Star's Unsual Goal

'Longmire' Star's Unsual Goal
New York — You may not recognize Robert Taylor as anyone other than the title character he plays on the crime drama "Longmire." But he's no newcomer.

"I've been working pretty solidly for a long time," says Taylor, with a wry throwaway: "Not that anyone would notice, you know what I mean?"

But not that he appears to be complaining.

"It's been my goal to work as much as possible, and be as unknown as possible," he insists.

Unknown-ness for the 50-year-old actor may be threatened as "Longmire" begins its second season Monday at 10 p.m. Edt on A&E, where he stars alongside Katee Sackhoff ("Battlestar Galactica") and Lou Diamond Phillips.

Taylor impressed viewers last summer as Sheriff Walt Longmire, who polices the Big Sky sprawl of Absaroka County, Wyo., with a devotion that's steadfast, laconic and sadder-but-wiser (he mourns the recent death of his wife). He is rangy and
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‘The Summit’ Trailer Captures a Deadly Ascension of the World’s Most Dangerous Mountain

From Vertical Limit to Touching the Void and a few inbetween, the history of mountain climbing films won’t lead to an extensive discussion, but at this year’s Sundance it looks like formidable entry has entered the arena. Announced in the line-up yesterday, we’ve already got the first trailer for Nick Ryan‘s intense-looking documentary The Summit. Telling the [...]
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Trailer: G.I. Joe: Retaliation

'tis the season for trailers for the summer movie season. Paramount wants you to start getting interested in seeing G.I. Joe: Retaliation next summer, and they're doing their best to do just that with the first trailer. Wanna watch it?

 

 

For a big, dumb action movie that trailer delivers on several points:

  1. The odds are now way up against the Joe team up. Cobra's in the White House?

  2. Snake Eyes is fighting bad ninjas on a mountainside? Yeah, I'm down with that.

  3. Bruce Willis surprise appearance as the original G.I. Joe!

But I've seen a lot of trailers that looked amazing and it doesn't mean that the final product will live up to that (Vertical Limit, I'm talking about you.)

Fingers crossed that this new G.I. Joe movie makes the first look weak. They need to go above and beyond to make the G.I. Joe movie
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