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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)

Jason Statham: ‘Do I want to be the next James Bond? Absolutely’

Original article courtesy of theguardian.com

 

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He’s got the deadliest skills and the maddest stare but has Jason Statham got the chops for comedy? As his new film Spy opens, Britain’s toughest export talks about keeping a straight face, doing his own stunts and having 007 in his sights.

‘You slip on a cape and you put on the tights and you become a superhero? They’re not doing anything!’ … Jason Statham.

“If someone wants me to jump off this balcony,” says Jason Statham, nodding to the window behind him, “and land on a crash pad, that’s a piece of cake for me.” We’re only on the first floor of a Mayfair hotel, but it’s still quite a drop. This isn’t Statham boasting – it’s more a casual aside – but we both know he’s not joking, either. I’m tempted to challenge him to do it without the crash pad, though there’s the possibility he’d win the bet by disabling me with a dinner plate to the throat, hurling me off the balcony with him, and using my body as a human cushion, like he did a few years ago in the movie Safe.

Statham is one of the most distinctive brands in cinema. You know exactly what type of movie you’re getting when you see his name above the credits, and you can be sure that’s really him doing the balcony-jumping, car-chasing and choreographed ass-whupping. He’s the man with the deadliest skills, the maddest stare, the strongest cranium, the graveliest growl. When he punches the air, the air screams in pain.

Except now Statham might have blown his cover. In his new movie, Spy, written and directed by Bridesmaids’ Paul Feig, he’s scene-stealingly hilarious. Melissa McCarthy is the dependably funny and surprisingly physical heroine of this gleeful action comedy, but equally revelatory is Statham, playing a chauvinistic English secret agent. He’s everything James Bond isn’t: sweary, vulgar, not very good at being secret, and by no means the sharpest tool in the agency’s box. He’s confused to learn there’s not actually a “face-off machine” (see clip below) that can change his identity, and he’s given to listing the absurd punishments he’s taken in the line of duty, from ripping off his own arm to impersonating Barack Obama – all delivered with an impeccably straight face. He’s basically a brilliant parody of himself.

“Paul was saying, ‘Look, just don’t try and be funny. That’s not what I want,’” says Statham. “It harks back to Guy Ritchie saying, ‘Don’t try and act. That’s not what I want!’”

There’s no mad staring or growled threats with the real-life Statham. He’s friendly and attentive, even if you get the sense he’d rather jump out of the window than go through another interview. He enjoyed being out of his testosterone comfort zone doing Spy, it seems. If he had any anxieties about playing second fiddle to smart, funny women like McCarthy, Rose Byrne and Miranda Hart, he’s not admitting to them. More challenging was Feig’s way of working. He encourages improvisation, and is in the habit of dreaming up new lines mid-scene and handing them to his actors on Post-it notes.

Statham might have the edge when it comes to leaping from tall buildings, but when it comes to verbal dexterity, he’s happy to bow to McCarthy. “She was just … great,” he says, amused by his own inarticulacy. “For myself, it’s not something I’ve been accustomed to experimenting with.”

Feig wrote the part especially for Statham. He’s a big fan, it turns out. He’d seen all of Statham’s movies – “even the bad ones” – and he clearly recognised something that becomes apparent watching Spy: Statham has been a comedian all along. Many an absurd story would have beenJason-Statham-Crank impossible to buy without Statham’s unwavering deadpan. Like the one where the hero can only survive by committing high-adrenaline acts such as having public sex and driving through shopping malls (Crank). Or keeps his artificial heart charged by attaching jump leads to his tongue and rubbing up against polyester-clad grannies (Crank 2). Or assassinates someone by ambushing them from the bottom of their swimming pool, then moves the corpse’s arms and legs from underneath to make it look like they’re still having a swim (The Mechanic).

Statham has been keeping a straight face for some time, I suggest, half-tensing in case he decides to shove my dictaphone into the side of my neck. He laughs. “I get paid too well not to keep a straight face.”

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Statham’s school-of-life ascent is almost the stuff of legend now. His acting skills were acquired hawking cheap costume jewellery on London street markets. The athleticism was encouraged by his father, who was a boxer and gymnast. “He taught me to do a handstand practically before I could walk. I could do somersaults and backflips from a very early age.” That led to diving, and a place on the national team, but not the success he craved. “You have to start when you’re five years old; when I started at 12, it’s way late. You need pro coaches; my coach was a chartered accountant.”

Guy Ritchie took a chance on him with Lock, Stock …, Luc Besson took another with The Transporter in 2002, and it’s been a succession of strenuous B-movies and increasingly lucrative franchises ever since. His previous movie, Fast & Furious 7, is now the fourth-highest-grossing of all time, having taken more than $1.5bn worldwide.

Statham’s comfort zone has never looked the slightest bit comfortable, mind you. It’s exhausting just reading about his punishing training regiment: rowing machines, circuit training, weights, sprints, rings, trampolines. Having said that, he recently divulged he also likes to get drunk and float about in his Los Angeles pool with his girlfriend, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. “It’s been feast and famine,” he admits. “I’ve had untold years of burning the candle: going out, overeating, over-drinking. Even when you do it, you understand you can’t live that way. As you get older, you get a bit wiser.” He’ll be 48 next month. Given his new comedy direction, could it be he’s easing out of the action game?

He shakes his head. “I really like doing action movies. It’s opened the door for me and I’ve had a great career out of it. Why not continue doing something I’ve always wanted to do?”

Jason-statham1The problem is, in today’s movie landscape, Statham is facing competition from all directions. On the one hand, there’s a conveyor belt of superhero contenders muscling in on his turf; on the other, you’ve got actors such as Liam Neeson, Denzel Washington, even Colin Firth, taking late-life detours into action movies.

Not to mention the Expendables old guard, including Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who refuse to retire. Statham doesn’t begrudge the latter: “They were my heroes growing up. Sly Stallone is a real athlete; he gets stuck in.” But he’s riled by the number of phoneys he sees around him.

“They are not doing what they’re supposed to be doing,” he says, becoming more animated. “I’m inspired by the people who could do their own work. Bruce Lee never had stunt doubles and fight doubles, or Jackie Chan or Jet Li. I’ve been in action movies where there is a face replacement [that “face-off machine” really does exist] and I’m fighting with a double, and it’s embarrassing. But if you really are an aficionado of action movies, you know who’s doing what and who ain’t. To me it’s a little bit sad.”

He’s clearly not impressed by the superhero upstarts, either: “You slip on a cape and you put on the jason-statham-sylvester-stallone-expendables-2tights and you become a superhero? They’re not doing anything! They’re just sitting in their trailer. It’s absolutely, 100% created by stunt doubles and green screen. How can I get excited about that?”

Statham’s next project is something of a change, though: a thriller entitled Viva La Madness. “It’s a completely different thing to what I’ve been doing,” he says. “This is a real jump back to something very serious. It has its own element of black comedy but very slick, very sophisticated.”

At this point certain dots start to join. Viva La Madness is written by JJ Connolly. It’s a sequel to Connolly’s Layer Cake, in which Statham’s character was played by Daniel Craig. Layer Cake was credited as Craig’s audition for James Bond. Craig has announced this year’s Spectre will be his penultimate Bond movie. Statham would be a wild card choice for the next Bond, but why not?

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“Could I do it? Abso-fucking-lutely,” he says. “Would I do it? Abso-fucking-lutely. Is Daniel Craig a great Bond? Abso-fucking-lutely.”

There’s no doubt Statham can walk the Bond walk. And talking his talk can hardly be an issue with a character whose accent has fluctuated between Sean Connery’s Scottish brogue and Timothy Dalton’s Welsh. Added to which, Statham’s self-made, by-the-bootstraps backstory is surely more in tune with modern Britain than the traditional public-school elitist Bond biography. “Yeah, I’d make a decent Bond,” he says. “But it’d be very, very different if I did it.”

What about a Bond villain?

“Er …” he hesitates. “I don’t know if I wanna to do that. That’s not my thing. I’d rather play the other guy.”james-bond-style-jason-statham1

He’s not that bothered, really. He’s doing fine without Bond. After Viva La Madness, work starts on Fast & Furious 8. And Spy will almost certainly be a sequel-spawning success. He’s enjoying himself. “Yeah,” he says. “It’s a good spot. But it’s very unpredictable. It’s inevitable what goes up must come down.” Keeping his feet on the ground might be the wrong expression when it comes to Statham. Let’s just say he’s still landing on the crash pad.

 

Film Review: Spy

Written by Christine Eccelston-Craig
07.06.15

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Desk- bound CIA analyst Susan Cooper, (Melissa McCarthy) has been playing the role of an ear-worm for Bond-like CIA agent Bradley Fine (Jude Law). But with the other agents, including the entire CIA Corporation under threat from a mysterious terrorist organisation, Cooper volunteers to go undercover to put a stop to their diabolical plan of a deadly nuclear explosion.

The plot of the film is clearly just the bed of which to lay the jokes. And believe me there are jokes all throughout this film. From character Cooper’s obsession with cheesy self-obsessed Bradley Fine right down to Rick Ford (Jason Statham) constantly exaggerating what it means to be an “extremeMelissaMcCarthy_spy agent.” It’s comedy gold! With that being said, the plot was entirely predictable. As always defeating the bad guys was inevitable and well films like these are bound to have a happy ending right? I mean we can assume the ending will be a triumphant one but even the segments which were supposed to add an element of surprise or suspense were often ruined by the foreshadowing of previous scenes. It was all just a bit too obvious.

However on a more positive note the jokes did leave the audience roaring with laughter (so I guess that alleviates the plot a little bit). The film also featured gory action scenes which left the audience I was with howling. I suppose it sounds quite disturbing to be laughing at someone’s legs being broken but believe me the way the scenes were done you’ll probably be laughing too!

With other recent action films it’s almost becoming a theme (Kingsman: Secret Service) and now Spy follows in that mould of slow-motion action scenes with booming sound-effects intermingled with Spy_3what could be described as disturbing visual content (for some of us). The lines between general violence and comedy-action are becoming less distinguishable. I wonder what the next Spy-Comedy film will entail!

“Give up on your dreams Susan, my mom used to write that in my lunchbox”

Melissa McCarthy has appeared in films such as Bridesmaids, The Back-Up Plan and even The Hangover Part 3. We cannot ignore her undeniable talent when it comes to making audiences scream with laughter. She is incredibly funny, and makes a rather good spy too. Prior to character Susan Coopers mundane desk job she was a trainee spy and acquired some of the skills needed to be full-blow agent. So what kept her behind the desk I hear you ask? Her unrequited love for Agent Fine! But as the story unfolds and new dangers come to light, Susan finally says enough is enough and plucks up the courage to take her previously learned skills and go undercover in order to track the villain. It’s been a while since I’ve seen McCarthy in an action type role and seemingly doing all these ludicrous stunts and deliberately making a fool out of herself all in the name of acting. We adore her for her bravery and unadulterated efforts to keep audiences smiling. She’s definitely one to watch.

“I once drove a car off a freeway on top of a train while I was on fire”

A character that unmistakeably stood out not only to me but to everyone who’s seen this film is British born actor Jason Statham. He is better known for his action man roles in the Transporter films and a whole raft of other action films (Expendables, Death Race) along with the recent Furious 7 film where he was a straight up villain.
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The role of CIA Agent, Rick Ford in Spy sees Jason in a much more amusing role which is something I haven’t seen from Jason in a while, since Guy Ritchie’s ‘Snatch’. This character is clearly overcompensating as he feels he has to go overboard with his perception on what makes an impeccable spy. Jumping from helicopters, bringing guns to private parties (visible from his back pocket) and disguising himself as what we can perceive as a 70’s disco fanatic in an attempt to catch the villain. I think it’s safe to say Rick Ford is having some sort of mid-life crisis; he surely is insane but also one of the most enjoyably loveable characters of the entire film. Minus his potty mouth and confusion with American and British lingo, he is a ride or die character, always looking out for the team (even if his idea of team is him alone). It is refreshing to see Jason in this role it’s almost as if he set out to make a mockery of his normal on-screen self.

Director Paul Feig has directed films such as Bridesmaids, Bad Teacher and Knocked Up, so is quite commonly known for his romantic comedies. Despite this he did a pretty good job fusing comedy with the spy movie genre. Much like Director Matthew Vaughan did on the film Kingsman: Secret Service. I’d also like to add the casting for this film couldn’t be any better. The fusion of British and US actors is really becoming the standard and was pleasing to watch.

I would 100% recommend to everyone who enjoys comedy spy movies to watch this one! Of course if you have a weak heart or don’t like the sight of blood you might want to sit this one out. But for those of you who can withstand such visual content, this one’s for you.