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Movie News Round-Up August 2015

Written By Cheryl Rock
Kushfilms.com
21.08.15

 

 

Here is a round-up of film news we found circuling cyberspace that we thought you may wanna know about so do your thing and enjoy!

 

Fifty Shades of Black
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Starring Marlon Wayans, Mike Epps & Jane Seymour. It is of course a tribute to the popular Fifty Shades of Grey. But Marlon, doesn’t want it to be called spoof. He tells Entertainment Weekly; “I don’t look at these movies like spoofs, as much as comedic remixes. I just approach it as its own original movie, with its own plot and its own characters, and just take them through a similar journey. I just find the jokes where the dramas didn’t.”

He also states; “Like Fifty Shades of Grey if Christian Grey was black and he was rich, but we don’t know exactly how he got his money, he’s a little shady, and he’s a really bad lover….?”

Filming at the moment, the release date is set to hit our screens January 2016.

 


Let’s be Cops 2?
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Keeping it in the Wayans family, will Lets be Cops 2 be in production anytime soon? Well not according to Damon Wayans Jr. He states he won’t be involved, until real officers are held accountable. The first film grossed over $80 million in the box office. There has been talk of making a sequel. But Damon will have no part of it until something is done about police brutality in America.

In a radio interview with Sway in the Morning, a caller dialled in and asked if Damon was down for the sequel, he replied, “I don’t think we’ll make another ’til they stop smoking Black dudes. You know? Until they fix the police brutality. I personally don’t want to make another one because I feel like I would be betraying my people,”



The Hateful Eight
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Never one to disappoint his loyal fans, the man behind “Pulp Fiction”, Quentin Tarantino has now unleashed the first trailer for “The Hateful Eight.” It is about bounty hunters trying to find shelter in a blizzard, in post-civil war, Wyoming.

The film is produced by the Weinstein Company, and the cast includes Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth and Jennifer Jason Lee. The so called blood spattered Western due date is December this year and January 2016 in the UK

Watch the trailer here:


 

The Perfect Guy
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Leah Vaughn (Sanaa Lathan) appears to have the ideal life. Great career and loving long-time boyfriend Dave (Morris Chestnut). However Leah is now wanting to take it to the next level of marriage and family, and Dave isn’t so sure. He has concerns, and things lead to a painful break-up.

Enter Carter Duncan (Michael Ealy), a handsome, charming stranger whose path keeps crossing with Leah’s. Their relationship quickly progresses, and while it seems she has met the perfect guy. A dark personality begins to surface, and what started out as something amazing, soon sadistically goes very, very wrong. In order to escape, she will have to dig deep and find a way out. UK release date 20th November 2015.

Watch the trailer here:


 

Jack Reacher 2:
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It is rumoured that Paramount are eager to keep Tom Cruise busy, especially after the box-office success of the latest instalment of the Mission Impossible franchise and want to start work on Jack Reacher 2. The original was a modest success at U.S box office. Possible female lead name is Cobie Smulders from Marvel’s The Avengers.

Based on the popular novels by Lee Child, its sequel is currently set for late 2016.


 

Independence Day: Resurgence
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Due for release in June 2016, it stars Liam Hemsworth (Thor, Blackhat), Jeff Goldblum (The Fly, Jurassic Park) and once again Vivica Fox (Kill Bill II) & Bill Pullman along with Maika Munroe. With a few of the originals returning, a few eyebrows were raised when Mae Whitman, who portrayed the president’s daughter Patricia Whitmore, aged 8, in 1996’s Independence Day, was announced as not coming back to reprise her role in the sequel, instead Maika will be playing the part, twenty years on. And of course, Will Smith.

While it looks like he won’t be feature. The director Roland Emmerich admitted that the studio was actually developing two distinct versions of the script, one being prepped in case the actor decided to return, the other written just in case he said no.


 

Ghostbusters
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Ghost fighting team are back, only this time it’s all women. Starring Kirsten Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, directed by Paul Feig.

Emma Stone turned down a role as she felt it was too much of a big commitment. While she felt the script was very funny, she decided that being part of another franchise would be too much right now.

The film is due to be released July 2016.

Top 5 Highest Grossing Female led Comedy Movies

Will Ghostbusters be a hit and make its mark as one of the highest grossing female led comedy movies. Below is the top 5, and well it will have to go some to beat what is number 1. However Having Melissa McCarthy featuring may just help it along its way.

  1. – Sex & City: $415.2 million (Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon,  2008)
  2. – My Big Fat Greek Wedding: $368.7 million (Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, 2002)
  3. – Bridesmaids: $288.4 million (Kirsten Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, 2011)
  4. – Spy: $233.1 million (Melissa McCarthy & Jude Law, 2015)
  5. – The Heat: $229.9 million (Starring Sandra Bullock & Melissa McCarthy, 2013)

(According to FemaleFirst.co.uk)

Film Review: Avengers Age Of Ultron

Written by Graeme Wood
03.05.15

 

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Joss Whedon set the bar of expectation high with the first Avengers film in 2012 and the sequel employs a similar palette with a satisfying if mixed results. Presented with a number of seemingly impossible boxes to tick, from pleasing fans, children and adults, introducing new characters, joss-whedonprogressing the threads of Marvel’s TV franchise, pointing the way ahead for character’s individual movies and ensuring some decent action figures along the way you’d be surprised if Whedon didn’t drop the ball somewhere along the line. However, Whedon is a writer who is always able to find a lighter moment to punctuate what could otherwise be a po-faced affair and in the midst of skull crushing and building destruction he’ll add a knowing gag or character beat that reminds us these are (mostly) human heroes not without their flaws. If some of the plot doesn’t necessarily pass rigorous inspection, the sheer momentum of the movie ensures it sails through its lengthy running time like a breeze. It’s never boring, always restless with ideas and frequently thrilling. In contrast to almost every other superhero movie it is perfectly paced too.

We open with the Avengers in full effect and for those who have followed the Marvel characters on AgentsOfShield_Marvelboth small and big screen events tie in neatly with the current story from TVs Agents of Shield, though for those who haven’t been watching both this doesn’t take away from a standalone story in this film.

Here we see what is likely to become the film’s renowned signature shot an especially impressive slow-mo tableau of our heroes united and all leaping in to battle the hordes of Hydra soldiers. The team are attempting to recover Loki’s staff from the first film, having been stolen by Hydra following the collapse of SHIELD in the second Captain America film -The Winter Soldier. With the staff back in their possession its revealed properties open up an intriguing possibility for inventor Tony Stark who driven by a sense of failure wants to protect his friends and more importantly the world.

Stark has always seemed less of a team player and though he comes through in the end there is a sense that he is dismissive of others and always far too pleased with himself. As played by Robert Downey Jr, always a captivating screen presence, this has been a hard act to match though this film sees a more even spread. Stark’s pursuit of a laudable-but impossible-goal drives him to set in motion the creation of a new nemesis in the form of Ultron. It may have a moniker suggesting a 70s floor cleaner but this super adaptable artificial intelligence becomes the most dangerous foe the team has faced because, as one character put it, he is everywhere. Not just a series ofUltron_avengers interconnected and constantly evolving robots but living inside the Internet too. Voiced with casual menace and sardonic pleasure by James Spader Ultron’s intent is to realise Stark’s idealistic vision of a totally peaceful world by wiping out everyone and forcing mankind to evolve over. Not exactly what you might expect a super intelligence to come up with but the parallel here is with Stark who has also evolved himself by creating the Iron Man armour. Cleverly, Whedon uses the mind controlling powers of new arrival the Scarlet Witch to shorthand the fears, doubts and inner feelings of our team so we never have to second guess their motivations.

Conceptually Ulton’s plan may be a stretch and his powers do ebb and flow dependent on the demands of the narrative yet Spader’s fruity vocals and an effectively expressive CGI are sufficient to render it convincingly powerful.

Whedon is also aware enough to second guess some of our doubts and address them in the narrative, there is no doubt that Ultron is a suitably big bad foe able to create divisions within the team an aspect that Whedon returns too never allowing the film to get lost amidst the increasingly big set pieces in the second half.
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Chris Evans’ Captain America proves to be the biggest beneficiary of this approach, his no frills moral stance putting him on a collision course with Stark’s ‘the end justifies the means’ ideals. The difference in their characters means their scenes together provide a cornerstone to the film and a signpost to what will unfold in Marvel’s Phase 3 movies.

Also pleasing is that Hawkeye and Black Widow, characters without their own showcase and who tended to become side-kicks in the first film are given much more satisfying and developed arcs this time around. Scarlett Johansson’s scenes with Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner are touching and subtly played even if the Hulk itself is sometimes a sledgehammer too many. While Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton provides an unsuspecting humanity and heart at the centre of the film which grounds our characters and determines their mission.

Among the new arrivals we’re introduced to the Maximoff twins Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, however due to the X-Men and Mutants belonging to Fox studios the twins are introduced here as AgeUltron_Quicksilverenhanced experiments rather than Magneto’s offspring. While their place in the plot is earned as individuals they fail to make much of an impact as interesting characters, particularly as the cast keeps growing. Making worthwhile cameos and even managing to expand their characters in the brief time on-screen are Don Cheadle (War Machine), Samuel L Jackson (Nick Fury), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Idris Elba (Heimdal) and Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter) Marvel’s watchword – ‘It’s all connected’ – never ringing truer.

The final character to be introduced is a Paul Bettany as The Vision tipping the balance perhaps a little too much as his powers seem to conveniently mop up any gaps in the skills of the others and providing the key to defeating Ultron. Nonetheless the team rally into battle in the final act and the action is impressive. Whedon’s use of Italy, Bangladesh, Johanesburg and Seoul and locations provide a suitably refreshing and global feel to the proceedings which lifts the action sequences far above the norm.

Though the outcome of the battle is rarely in doubt Whedon ensures that it doesn’t come easily and it’s not without a cost, while the cinematography and direction ensures these scenes continue to hold our attention. By the film’s close we see some intriguing story threads laid for the next sequence of Marvel’s cinematic universe and a new team of Avengers ready to continue the good fight under the leadership of Captain America. However, one must wonder if subsequent Avengers movies helmed by Anthony and Joe Russo can possibly ever match the verve of the first because Whedon has ensured these are the cream of an increasingly overcrowded market.