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Relativity Media has revealed this new behind-the-scenes featurette for the upcoming spy thriller ‘The November Man.’ Directed by Roger Donaldson and written by Michael Finch and Karl Gajdusek, the film stars Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey and Olga Kurylenko. The movie is based on Bill Granger’s ‘There Are No Spies,’ the seventh book in Granger’s 13-part ‘November Man’ series.
Code named ‘The November Man’; Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is an extremely dangerous and highly trained ex-CIA agent, who is lured out of quiet retirement on a very personal mission. He must protect valuable witness, Alice Fournier, (Olga Kurylenko) who could expose the truth behind a decades old conspiracy. He soon discovers this assignment makes him a target of his former friend and CIA protégé David Mason (Luke Bracey). With growing suspicions of a mole in the agency, there is no one Devereaux can trust, no rules and no holds barred. ‘The November Man’ opens in theaters on August 27th in US. No details on a UK release date as yet.
From A24 comes this new poster for Lynn Shelton’s (Humpday, Your Sister’s Sister) ‘Laggies,’ which opens on October 10th in the UK and October 24th in the US. In the film, having spent her twenties comfortably inert, 28-year-old Megan (Keira Knightley) reaches a crisis when she finds herself squarely in adulthood with no career prospects, no particular motivation to pursue any and no one to relate to, including her high school boyfriend (Mark Webber). When he proposes, Megan panics and given an opportunity to escape – at least temporarily – she hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year-old Annika (Chloe Grace Moretz) and Annika’s world-weary single dad (Sam Rockwell). The coming-of-age comedy also stars Jeff Garlin, Gretchen Mol and Kaitlyn Dever.
In ‘The Expendables 3,’ Barney (Sylvester Stallone), Christmas (Jason Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet. Opening in cinemas on August 14th, ‘The Expendables 3′ stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell and Kelsey Grammar. Patrick Hughes (Red Hill) directs.
I can imagine coordinating the schedules of a cast that included Terry Crews, Jet Li and Jason Statham as well as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Harrison Ford and Wesley Snipes was a massive undertaking? How difficult was that, and what is like balancing the personalities and characters in the story when you have an ensemble cast like this?
Sylvester Stallone: To have a cast like this is unprecedented. The effort to bring everyone together was herculean and it has paid off in a huge way. To get them all together for one movie is nothing less than miraculous (laughs). And this one I think we got the tone just right, especially with the humor. Plus, there’s not so much “wink wink, we’re being retro”. It’s happening right now and we bring in the young people to keep it fresh. Also, the story is more identifiable in that I think we’ve all been betrayed by somebody. We also have better actors, we’ve got Harrison Ford in it, Wesley Snipes is absolutely fantastic, Antonio Banderas bring so much humor and flair, Kelsey Grammar… these incredible actors.
When I was working with Harrison Ford for example, he’s minimalist. So, I thought initially that I’d just eaten him up on-screen. But then I saw the dailies and I thought, “You were just swallowed, Sly.” (Laughs) He’s good, he’s very, very, very good. I appreciate them coming on board and I think we have eons to go. There are so many other actors who could come into this. We have so many opportunities now because it’s not just athletic actors, there’s an opportunity now for real actors to add different things. We can advance this more and more.
Clint Eastwood’s Bradey Cooper-Starring ‘American Sniper’ Set For December; ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ Delayed
Warner Bros. Pictures send word that they’ve penciled in Clint Eastwood’s Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller-starring ‘American Sniper’ for a limited December 25th US release, a prime Awards Season slot. The biographical film will then expand wider on January 16th, 2015. In ‘American Sniper,’ Cooper stars as Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL who has the most confirmed sniper kills in U.S. military history. The book that the film is based on, ‘American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,’ spent 18 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and 13 weeks at #1. Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Sam Jaeger, Jake McDorman and Cory Hardict co-star. Expect word on a UK release date shortly.
Tom Hiddleston is reportedly being eyed by MGM and Paramount to lead Timur Bekmambetov’s new adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel ‘Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ,’ which in its time outsold every book but ‘The Bible’ until it was eclipsed by ‘Gone With The Wind.’ Judah Ben-Hur was played in the iconic 1959 William Wyler-directed version by Charlton Heston. That adaptation won a record 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, an accomplishment that was not equaled until ‘Titanic’ in 1997 and then again by ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ in 2003.
The beloved Loki actor recently wrapped Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Crimson Peak,’ and he’s currently filming Ben Wheatley’s ‘High-Rise’ alongside the likes of Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy, Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller. Tom Hiddleston is also leading ‘I Saw The Light,’ the story of the legendary country western singer Hank Williams, who in his brief life created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music.
Legendary film, television and stage actress Lauren Bacall has died from a stroke at the age of 89, according to reports. Her acting career spanned seven decades, with a memorable debut aged 19 opposite her future husband, Humphrey Bogart, in ‘To Have and Have Not.’ In 2009, she was selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive an Academy Honorary Award “in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures.” Her performance in the 1996 movie ‘The Mirror Has Two Faces’ earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination. On stage she won Tony Awards for ‘Applause’ in 1970 and ‘Woman of the Year’ in 1981.