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June 12

'Kill' Is 'Bullet Train' with (More) Knives, and That's in No Way a Bad Thing

by Tony Maglio

"Kill" is Lakshya's Brad Pitt moment.

The upcoming film from Nikhil Nagesh Bhat and starring Indian actor Lakshya (full name Laksh Lalwani) as army commando Amrit is basically "Bullet Train" with (more) knives, only far, far darker. (The "bullet" in "Bullet Train" is a double entendre referring both to the shape and speed of the train itself and the film's gunfire.)

Sounds awesome, right? Also awesome is the movie's tagline: "The End of the Line Starts Here." Hell yes.

"Kill" is stylized as "KILL," because that makes it even awesome-r.

Bhat wrote and directed the film, which in addition to Lakshya also stars Tanya Maniktala and Raghav Juyal. Maniktala is Amrit's true love Tulika, who's engaged to another man against her will. Well, that arranged marriage is about to get cut in half with a machete after Amrit boards a New Delhi-bound train to "derail" it - a beautiful pun from Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate.

Dharma Productions and Sikhya Entertainment also had a hand in this one.

Their synopsis continues: "But when a gang of knife-wielding thieves led by the ruthless Fani (Raghav Juyal) begin to terrorize innocent passengers on his train, Amrit takes them on himself in a death-defying kill-spree to save those around him - turning what should have been a typical commute into an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride."

See the very NSFW red band trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Yahoo News

June 11

Speed at 30: How Keanu on a Bus Became an Action Movie Classic

by Zaki Hasan

When Speed first hit theaters 30 years ago, on June 10, 1994, it's doubtful the talented technicians and performers in front of and behind the camera knew how the film would reset the paradigm for what to expect from action movies in the 1990s. The premise is deceptively simple but unquestionably brilliant: There's a bomb on a bus and it’s set to go off if the bus drops below 50 miles per hour. What do you do? What do you do?

Directed by Jan de Bont and starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, Speed marks a perfect marriage of concept, cast and execution. The proof of its success is that even though it may feel like it's been left behind by time, action flicks today owe an undisputed debt to what the movie achieved.

The project that became Speed sprang from a spec script by writer Graham Yost in the early '90s, just before he took on a short-lived staff job writing for the ABC sitcom Full House and about a decade away from creating such groundbreaking TV dramas as Boomtown and Justified.

It all began with a mistaken recollection of Runaway Train, a 1985 Golan-Globus joint starring Jon Voight and Eric Roberts (featuring a story by Akira Kurosawa!) about… wait for it… a runaway train. Revisiting the film, Yost immediately realized having a bomb on there as well would have heightened the tension and made it even more intriguing story-wise.

Turn the train into a bus, add a terrorist plot (as was common during that era), and thus was born Speed. Or, as he first titled it, Minimum Speed. (He smartly ditched "Minimum" in subsequent drafts, along with upping to 50 his initial idea of the bus not going below 20 miles per hour after a friend's suggestion.)

The action landscape of the 1990s was a very different beast than it is today. Notwithstanding the occasional Batman or Darkman, superheroes were few and far between. Star Wars was a distant memory. And CGI effects, still in their infancy, were far from the ubiquitous presence they are now. Instead, action flicks relied on pyrotechnics, one-liners and the ingenuity of artists pushing the envelope of practical effects. Ah, it's a bygone era.

Watch the original trailer below, and then after Click the Continue Reading at link to read the rest of the article on the making of Speed and its legacy.

Continue Reading at: IGN

June 9

Box Office: Will Smith's 'Bad Boys 4' Delivers Huge Victory for Actor With $56M U.S. Debut, $104.6M Globally

Martin Lawrence (left) and Will Smith in "Bad Boys: Ride or Die" (image courtesy Sony)

by Pamela McClintock

Sony's Bad Boys: Ride or Die jolted the battered summer box office back to life with a better-than-expected domestic opening of $56 million and $104.6 million globally.

Moreover, it puts Will Smith on the road to a career comeback two years after the infamous Oscars slap.

Ride or Die, reuniting Smith with Martin Lawrence, is the fourth outing in Sony's long-running franchise and earned an A- CinemaScore in North America alongside generally positive reviews. Just as promising, 44 percent of the audience was between ages 18 and 34, showing Smith has a following among younger consumers. Black moviegoers made up the largest quadrant of the audience with 44 percent.

Ride or Die is arguably the first film of the summer to come in ahead of tracking, which had it opening in the $48 million to $50 million range. It's also the second biggest domestic launch of the season behind Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, which debuted to $58 million domestically.
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It's good weekend for Sony Pictures Motion Group CEO Tom Rothman, whose studio also commanded the second box office spot with the modestly budgeted The Garfield Movie, which earned another $10 million domestically and $15.3 million overseas for a global tally of nearly $200 million, or $192.7 million, against a net budget of $60 million before marketing.

John Krasinski and Paramount's original fantasy comedy IF continued to display strong staying power after opening to modest numbers a month ago. The pic, starring Ryan Reynolds, placed No. 3 domestically with $8 million. Overseas, it earned another $6.2 million for a global tally of $160.7 million.

Opening in fourth place was Ishana Night Shyamalan's The Watchers. The supernatural thriller, produced by the director's father M. Night Shyamalan, grossed $7 million.

Disney and 20th Century's Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes rounded out the top five with $5.4 million as it grew its global total to $359.8 million, the best of the summer so far.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

June 8

Deadpool & Wolverine New Teaser Seemingly Features Glimpses at Ladypool and Juggernaut

by Michael Cripe

The newest Deadpool & Wolverine trailer is here in honor of Best Friends Day, and it comes with a few Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) Easter eggs for those looking forward to its premiere next month.

It's a one-minute-long trailer that mostly serves to weave the titular duo closer together, as most of the footage comes from moments and scenes we've already seen. However, there are a few blink-and-you'll-miss-it moments that tease some of what is likely to be many cameos in Deadpool & Wolverine. Specifically, we can see what seems to be Ladypool and... is that Vinnie Jones' Juggernaut after all?

Ladypool is the easiest to spot, as a brief shot in the video shows a mysterious figure walking out of what seems to be a portal. Ladypool has been a rumored inclusion for some time, and with other characters like Dogpool already officially in the mix, Deadpool's female doppelganger, a.k.a. Wanda Wilson, is all but confirmed. Some fans even think they know who will play the character, as many have guessed that Ryan Reynolds' real-life wife, Blake Lively, will be under the mask.

Jones' Juggernaut, who previously appeared in X-Men: The Last Stand, has been rumored to appear in Deadpool & Wolverine for some time. However, in March, the actor said he chose not to be included in the upcoming MCU movie because that original suit took a "mental toll" on him.

"Funnily enough I just got asked to do Deadpool, the new one now, and I spoke to the director and I just said it's such a drama putting that suit on mentally and physically," Jones said at the time. "I mean it had its mental toll as well because you're in it and you can't do anything all day, you can only drink through a straw. So we couldn't strike the deal for Deadpool [& Wolverine]."

Jones' comments are interesting considering keen-eyed fans were able to spot an individual that looks like his character did in the 2006 X-Men film. The moment the character appears in the trailer is easy to miss, and if it's not Jones, then it's at least someone who looks quite a bit like him.

Watch the trailer here and see if you can figure out the cameos...

Continue Reading at: IGN

June 7

Ashton Kutcher is getting roasted for his comments about using AI to make feature films in their entirety

by Steve Seigh

That '70s Show and The Butterfly Effect star Ashton Kutcher is making waves online after commenting on the advances of AI and using the tools to create entire feature films with generative assets. Speaking with Google CEO Eric Schmidt at L.A.'s Berggruen Salon, Kutcher went to bat for Sora, OpenAi's generative video tool. Kutcher is a significant fan of the program and thinks the possibilities it presents are limitless. He details the cost-cutting aspects of using AI, saying shots that would typically cost someone thousands could cost significantly less with the use of AI. He's not wrong, but what is the cost to creators and crew members?

"You can create good 10, 15-second videos that look very real," Kutcher said. "It still makes mistakes. It still doesn't quite understand physics. ... But if you look at the generation of this that existed one year ago as compared to Sora, it's leaps and bounds. In fact, there's footage in it that I would say you could easily use in a major motion picture or a television show."

"Why would you go out and shoot an establishing shot of a house in a television show when you could just create the establishing shot for $100?" he continued at the salon, which was touted as a discussion about how "technology is disrupting the film industry and changing the way creativity is approached."

"To go out and shoot it would cost you thousands of dollars," Kutcher continued. "Action scenes of me jumping off of this building, you don't have to have a stunt person go do it, you could just go do it [with AI]."

Kutcher dug his hole deeper when he began talking about using AI to create entire films from scratch, essentially discounting the hard work of industry staff by saying anyone would "be able to render a whole movie. You'll just come up with an idea for a movie, then it will write the script, then you'll input the script into the video generator and it will generate the movie. Instead of watching some movie that somebody else came up with, I can just generate and then watch my own movie."

Unfortunately for Kutcher, former Rick and Morty writer Caite Delaney quickly called him out on social media, saying his way of thinking short-changes below-the-line workers. Delaney publically told Kutcher you're "cannibalizing your own industry because you played Steve Jobs in an inferior movie and think you're a tech genius now."

"When you take ANY humans off of a collaborative and creative pursuit you literally lose the humanity," she continued. "A hollow, dumbass, pointless shell. TV will have the same artistic merit as dish soap," Delaney continued.

Continue Reading at: Joblo.com

June 5

Alien: Romulus Is Going Back to the Franchise's Roots In New Trailer

by Michael Cripe

The official trailer for Alien: Romulus is here, revealing a clearer look at more Xenomorphs and Facehuggers ahead of the film's premiere this August.

This claustrophobic slice of the next Alien movie comes in at two minutes long and gives audiences more from its characters and the creatures out to get them. Not too much from the story is revealed though, as the footage instead focuses more on dark and seemingly endless corrodors. You can see it all in the latest Alien: Romulus trailer below.

Alien: Romulus wants to take fans back to the suffocating settings and dimly-lit hallways the franchise is known for. An official description even says longtime Alien enjoyers can expect to go back to the roots of what made the series special.

"While scavenging the deep ends of a derelict space station," the description says, "a group of young space colonizers come face to face with the most terrifying life form in the universe."

Alien: Romulus comes from Don't Breathe and Evil Dead (2013) director Fede Álvarez and stars Cailee Spaeny (Civil War, Priscilla), Isabela Merced (Madame Web, Transformers: The Last Knight), and David Jonsson (Industry, Deep State). Today's trailer offers a better look at some of the scenes seen in March's teaser trailer, which mostly served to whet the appetite of hungry Alien fans.

Continue Reading at: IGN

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