by DuongApt at 10-16-2020, 08:05 AM
Aman wakes up submerged in an ice bath in the center of an unfamiliar Chinese hotel room. He staggers out, wraps himself in a towel, and scrutinizes his reflection in the mirror. He looks like hell; his skin is somehow simultaneously wrinkly and oily, and rings of sickly purple encircle his eyes. After a moment, he turns around and discovers, to his horror, a gruesome fresh scar across his back. On a shelf near the bath, he finds some bottles of pills, a wad of cash, and a laminated card that reads “PLEASURE DOING BUSINESS WITH YOU.” Someones taken his kidney.

At that moment, viewers know exactly what sort of film to expect over the coming 100 minutes. Because the latest victim claimed by the international scourge of organ theft is no mere man, and this is no factory-issue action potboiler. He is Jean-Claude Van Damme, and this is a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie.

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That isn’t intended as a compliment or an insult. Like most entries in the wild and woolly canon of JCVD cinema. Pound Of Flesh (Diep Vien Bao Thuis defined by the wild disparity in quality between its parts. The aspects of the film that work can all be traced back to Van Damme, and his surplus of screen presence. As he and his fellow action stalwarts of the late 1980s and 1990s have aged into their golden years, Van Damme has only grown more brutal and rocklike. The man takes stoniness to new levels. His severe visage is so devoid of emotion that he resembles a real-life iteration of The Thing. And yet this boulder of a man cracks in a matter of seconds, turning to terrible acts of violence when presented with even a slight challenge.

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Van Damme earned his loyal, rabid fan base through a combination of relentless intensity and jaw-dropping martial-arts mastery. (Yes, he busts out one of his signature full splits midway through the film. And yes, it’s impossible not to break into a goofy smile in response.) As former black-ops agent Deacon Lyle, he spends most of the film in overdrive, whipped into the sort of magnificent frenzy that only organ-theft-motivated revenge rampages can elicit. And yet the script conspires to put a damper on the film’s manic charms and Van Damme’s prevailing magnetism at every turn.

“Jean-Claude Van Damme goes on revenge rampage after Chinese criminals steal his kidney” is a damn fine starting point for a film, but director Ernie Barbarash and screenwriter Joshua James find ways to forestall delivery of the goods. Somewhere along the line, James picked up loftier thematic aspirations for his script. And the script endlessly delays the film’s grungy setpieces with scenes of moral turgidity.

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Deacon isn’t in fury-mode because someone absconded with his kidney; the guy has two, and he isn’t greedy. He only traveled to China in the first place because his brother George’s precocious ailing daughter requires a transplant. Deacon is raring to retrieve the organ from the unlucky sunovabitch who ordered it. But as a man of the cloth, George (John Ralston) has his misgivings. Which he airs over the course of several plodding quasi-theological lectures that only gum up the film’s works. Deacon deals an excess of violence throughout the action film (phim hanh dong my). Even going so far as to punch a woman in the stomach using a Bible. And yet George won’t stop harping on the neat-o philosophical quandary of taking one life to preserve another. Even if it’s his daughter’s.

Barbarash doesn’t do much to compensate for the misshapen script, either. Fumbling camerawork and incoherent editing rob the film’s generous fight sequences of their oomph, and amateurish green screen hobbles a car-chase sequence. In some fights—a shot of a man getting stabbed in the eyeball from the knife’s POV, for instance—the violence veers from the realm of fun into gratuitousness. Just as with Barbarash’s last feature, the Michael Jai White-led Falcon Rising. The leading man’s charisma very nearly compensates for the tactless direction in Pound Of Flesh. Even with a missing kidney, Van Damme has more guts than his director.
by DuongApt at 10-16-2020, 06:51 AM
Rachel Brosnahan is a mom on the run in I’m Your Woman. The new Amazon movie from Fast Color director Julia Hart has Brosnahan as a woman who hits the road with her young baby because of her husband’s secret criminal life. The end result looks pretty damn slick, with Brosnahan’s character slowly learning how to survive her new, unexpected life. Watch the I’m Your Woman trailer below.

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I’m Your Woman Trailer On Youtube

I thought Julia Hart’s Fast Color was a fairly well-made film with some pacing problems. But one thing was clear as I watched: Hart was the real deal. And I couldn’t wait to see what she did next. And now, here it is – I’m Your Woman, a new ’70s-set thriller with a well-cut trailer. Here’s the synopsis:

Quote:Set in America in the 1970s, I’m Your Woman revolves around Jean (Rachel Brosnahan) who must go on the run with her child due to her husband’s crimes. Their lives become intertwined with a man (Arinzé Kene) and a woman (Marsha Stephanie Blake), forming an unlikely partnership that teaches them more than just how to survive

Bill Heck and Frankie Faison also star, with Hart co-writing with Jordan Horowitz. This is an all-around well-made trailer – it sells its premise without giving too much away. I’m intrigued! I’m Your Woman, like Fast Color, is another story of a woman on the run, and speaking with EW, Hart explained what keeps drawing her to this scenario:

Quote:“It’s such a powerful metaphor for what it means to be a woman in the world. I just feel like we are constantly on the run, dodging misogyny and trying to push the glass ceiling up. So much of the world is against women or wants women to fail, or doesn’t want us to succeed or come into our power. I often feel like we’re constantly on the run and having to rescue ourselves, and give ourselves permission to come into our own powers since the world doesn’t always seem to want us to.”

The filmmaker also added: “One of the biggest inspirations for the film was the movie Thief. We actually thank Michael Mann, in the special thanks at the end of the movie, for that. There’s a line in the movie where Tuesday Weld says, “I’m your woman and you’re my man.”

Look, I was already on board for this thing. But throwing out that Thief reference like that just sealed the deal. I’m Your Woman will open in select theaters on December 4 ahead of its global launch on Prime Video on December 11.
by DuongApt at 10-16-2020, 06:45 AM
DC is still developing their upcoming Black Adam movie as it continues to get delayed behind-the-scenes.

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The cast of Black Adam is starting to come into focus. It was just announced earlier today that actress Sarah Shahi will star alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Now, Marwan Kenzari is reportedly being looked at to star as the villainous Sabbac. Over the summer, we learned that the movie was set to include members of the Justice Society of America, but since then, DC fans have been wondering who the villain was going to be. For now, it looks like Sabacc could be the big bad in Black Adam.

Aladdin star Marwan Kenzari is reportedly in talks to play Ishmael Gregor/Sabbac in Black Adam. The villain has been a member of the DC team since the 1940s, along with Shazam! The Ishmael Gregor version of Sabacc was first introduced in 2004, and was created by Judd Winick and Tom Raney. The Gregor version of the character tracked down the original older host of Sabacc and killed him to obtain his powers in the comics.

If Sabbac is officially in Black Adam, it will go a long way in connecting the movie to Shazam!, which is the crossover that DC fans, along with Dwayne Johnson and Zachary Levi, have been hoping for. However, Levi originally thought that Johnson's casting had doomed his audition. "Captain Marvel/Shazam and Black Adam were basically doppelgängers, just with a slightly different color scheme and haircut," said Levi in a recent interview. "I was like, 'No one's gonna hire me to be The Rock's twin. don't think this is going to work out.'" Luckily, DC and Warner Bros. decided to stray away from the comic book image of the characters.

Quote:Zachary Levi has not been shy about wanting to see Shazam and Black Adam meet up on the big screen. In a Facebook Q&A from earlier this year, he teased, "Maybe we'll get to pay off all of those Captain Marvel/Black Adam epic fights and storylines from the comic books." Up first is Shazam 2 though. The movie is aiming to begin production early next year and Levi hopes they can get into it sooner rather than later since all of the young cast members are all growing so fast.

There were plenty of rumors about Dwayne Johnson showing up in Shazam! which ultimately proved to be untrue. David F. Sandberg wanted the hero to have his own standalone story, so he included Sivana instead. Sandberg says he "felt like it needs more setup than you want to spend in the first movie, Shazam! We want to introduce him first before." The same can probably be said for the first Black Adam record, which has been in development for years now. Hopefully the casting news is leading to production finally starting. The Marwan Kenzari as Sabbac news was first reported by The Illuminerdi. Hopefully we'll get an official update from the studio in the near future.
by DuongApt at 10-16-2020, 06:33 AM
Justin Simien‘s horror-satire Bad Hair is headed to Hulu this month. But if you’re craving the theatrical experience, here’s some good news. It’s going to drive-ins, too. Neon will be releasing Bad Hair in drive-in theaters in major markets across the country including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, New Orleans, Detroit, Austin, Sacramento, and Las Vegas. Before hitting Hulu on October 23.

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In Bad Hair, an ambitious young woman (Elle Lorraine) living in 1989 “gets a weave in order to succeed in the image-obsessed world of music television. However, her flourishing career comes at a great cost when she realizes that her new hair may have a mind of its own. Elle LorraineVanessa WilliamsLena WaitheLaverne CoxJay PharoahKelly Rowland, Blair UnderwoodJames Van Der Beek, and Usher Raymond star. The flick comes from writer-director Justin Simien, the filmmaker behind Dear White People, and it generated some good buzz at Sundance this year.

Our own Ben Pearson caught the film there. And wrote: “Bad Hair is overflowing with ideas. And even though it doesn’t devote the time to fully explore all of them. Its ambition is unquestionably impressive. It’s the type of movie that actually deserves the inevitable half-hour video essays that will be made about its themes. And I can’t wait to read all of the longform pieces it will inspire.” High praise, indeed!

Quote:“The best horror films make us laugh one minute, then shriek the next. Only to wake up in a cold sweat some nights later; our subconscious, through nightmares, taunts us with their hidden meanings,” said director Justin Simien, adding: “This is why I wrote Bad Hair, a satirical psychological thriller centered around a dark-skinned girl from Compton named Anna, who has everything she needs to succeed in the burgeoning music television field of Los Angeles, 1989, apart from the right “look”. A look decided centuries before she was born by forces beyond her control and understanding. All of this takes place against the backdrop of the New Jack Swing era. A dramatic acceleration of the assimilation of urban black culture into pop.”

Bad Hair is headed to Hulu at the end of the month. But now, thanks to Neon. It’s also going to be rolling out in drive-in theaters. The drive-in experience will take place in major markets. Including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, New Orleans, Detroit, Austin, Sacramento, and Las Vegas. You can find locations and dates here (and buy tickets) here.
by DuongApt at 10-16-2020, 06:09 AM
In 1999, the Wachowskis changed the face of Hollywood forever with their seminal sci-fi film The Matrix. And its sleek vision of a dystopian future and its game-changing “bullet time” technology. Now Lana Wachowski could be gearing up for another cinematic game-changer with her new filming style for The Matrix 4. Which series newcomer Jessica Henwick said will “change the industry again.”

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In an interview with Comicbook, Henwick teased that Wachowski has another game-changing filming style up her sleeves with The Matrix 4, which is only fitting after the powerful impact that the first three The Matrix films left on the industry, from their “bullet time” technology to the Hong Kong-inspired action. According to Henwick:

Quote:“There are definitely moments on set where Yahya [Abdul-Mateen II] and I look at each other and we just go, ‘Matrix 4.’ Those pinch me moments. Yeah. Lana [Wachowski] is doing some really interesting things on a technical level in the same way that you know, she created a style back then. I think she’s going to change the industry again with this film. There’s some camera rigs that I’ve never seen before that we’re using. That’s probably all I can say for that.”

While it’s hard to tell what Wachowski is up to with just vague descriptors like “never-before-seen camera rigs”. Henwick’s description matches fellow The Matrix 4 actor Neil Patrick Harris’ recent statement that the director, who is going solo this time around, has “shifted visually from what she had done” stylistically.

What could it be this time around? It’s hard to tell whether Wachowski will be inventing a whole new filmmaking technique or whether she’ll be expanding with new cutting-edge technology like 3D filmmaking, which James Cameron has a pretty tight handle on, or high frame rates like Ang Lee or Peter Jackson have been tinkering with. We do know from Harris that The Matrix 4 will be “ambitious” and feature plenty of wirework. Which is a technology that the first film help to revolutionize.

The Matrix 4 has resumed filming in Berlin with new COVID-19 safety measures in place. Production for The Matrix 4 began in San Francisco in February and moved to Berlin in March. But was forced to halt due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Matrix 4 is being directed by Lana Wachowski, who co-wrote the script with David Mitchell and Aleksandar Hemon. Original franchise cast members Keanu ReevesCarrie-Anne Moss, and Jada Pinkett Smith are all set to return, with new cast members including Priyanka Chopra, Jessica Henwick, Neil Patrick HarrisToby OnwumereBrian J. Smith, Eréndira IbarraAndrew Caldwell, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.

The Matrix 4 is currently schedule for theatrical release on December 22, 2021.
by DuongApt at 10-16-2020, 06:07 AM
Amazon has released the first trailer for Sylvie's Love, a new period romance from Eugene Ashe.

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Amazon has released a new trailer for Sylvie's Love. The period-set romance stars Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok, Creed) in the leading role, with filmmaker Eugene Ashe behind the camera. In the movie, which takes place in New York City in 1957. "The jazz is smooth and the air sultry," per the studio. As we can see from the trailer, that appears to be a fair representation of the love story at hand.

The trailer starts with Tessa Thompson discussing a new boy who has just started working at her father's record store. Or rather, she is refusing to talk about him as a friend pester's her for information. Sylvie and this man bond over their shared love of culture, particularly music and TV. Romance naturally follows. Unfortunately, circumstances dictate that they must part ways. But life has a way of bringing them back together again down the line.

Nnamdi Asomugha, Aja Naomi King, Jemima Kirke, Tone Bell, Alano Miller, Wendi Mclendon-Covey and Eva Longoria round out the cast. The movie was written and directed by Eugene Ashe. It was produced by Nnamdi Asomugha, Gabrielle Glore, Jonathan T. Baker, Eugene Ashe and Matthew Thurm, with Tessa Thompson, Bobbi Sue Luther, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Matt Rachamkin, Sidra Smith and Emmet Dennis on board as executive producers. Amazon Prime scooped up the rights to this movie coming out of Sundance. And it's said they paid in the high seven-figure range for it. With a Christmas release forthcoming, it seems they may view this as an Oscar contender.

Sylvie's Love Trailer on Youtube

Sylvie's Love centers on Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha), a saxophonist who spends late nights playing behind a less-talented bandleader as a member of a jazz quartet. Sylvie (Tessa Thompson) dreams of becoming a TV star and spends her summer days helping her father at his record store as she waits for her fiance to return from the war. Robert takes a part-time job at the record store as well and the two spark up a friendship that ignites a deep passion in each of them. As the summer comes to a close, life takes them in different directions and their relationship comes to a close. Years pass by and Sylvie's career in TV blossoms. Meanwhile, Robert must contend with Motown, which is dampening the popularity of Jazz. Sylvie and Robert cross paths again by chance, only to discover that their lives have changed but their feelings for one another haven't.

Tessa Thompson is currently gearing up to reprise her role as Valkyrie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With Thor: Love and Thunder set to begin production in January. At present, Sylvie's Love holds an unblemished 100 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. With very little coming to theaters this holiday season. It may prove to be a wise investment, even if they won't be able to capitalize at the box office. Sylvie's Love arrives on December 25. Be sure to check out the new trailer for yourself from the Amazon Prime Video YouTube channel.
by DuongApt at 10-16-2020, 06:02 AM
Stephen King‘s The Outsider is, for the most part, a self-contained story. And the same goes for the HBO adaptation. However, the HBO show did leave room for a second season – and it looks like that’s actually happening. To be clear: HBO has yet to announce an official second season, but someone in the know – Mr. Stephen King himself – says that scripts for season 2 have been written, and they’re “really great” and “real spooky.” Sounds good to me.

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While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King let the cat out of the bag and announced plans for The Outsider season 2. “There’s going to be a second season of The Outsider as soon as they can get the production going,” the master of horror said. King actually penned a follow-up to The Outsider in the form of the short story If It Bleeds, which follows Outsider character Holly Gibney (played by Cynthia Erivo) investigating another supernatural foe.

However, King says that The Outsider season 2 will not be an adaptation of If It Bleeds. “It’s really complicated because of the difference in the two story lines makes it difficult to figure out how that could possibly be done in the world of [showrunner] Richard Price‘s creation of The Outsider,” King said. And while he would not give away plot details. He did add: “I know exactly where it’s going because I have seen some of the scripts. I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you. I’ll just say that it’s really great and a real spooky paranormal element.”

Quote:The Outsider followed”detective Ralph Anderson (Ben Mendelsohn). As he sets out to investigate the mutilated body of 11-year-old Frankie Peterson found in the Georgia woods. The mysterious circumstances surrounding this horrifying crime leads Ralph, still grieving the recent death of his own son, to bring in unorthodox private investigator Holly Gibney (Cynthia Erivo), whose uncanny abilities he hopes will help explain the unexplainable.”

While King confirms that Holly Gibney will be a character in the second season he doesn’t say anything about Ralph Anderson returning, so it’s unclear if Ben Mendelsohn will be back. Of course, it’s also unclear when the hell we’re even going to see this second season. Like I mentioned at the top of the story, HBO is keeping mum for now. But King obviously has inside info here, so I’m going to take him at his word.

I enjoyed most of The Outsider season 1, although I felt like the pacing was a tad off. There was one episode where two characters take a very long car ride to go get some chicken wings, and honestly. They probably could’ve left that on the cutting room floor. But I enjoyed Erivo’s performance, and if she’s coming back for more, I’m interested to see how it all turns out.
by clarkkenallstar at 10-15-2020, 05:39 PM
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As Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie get ready to battle it out in court over the custody of their six children, latest reports claim that the actor is hoping to spend more time with his kids over the Christmas break.
The estranged couple will appear before a judge in November to discuss custody of their kids, stated a report on Us Weekly.

Brad will reportedly see the children on Christmas Day and is hoping that he will be given more time and even possibly have them stay overnight for the holidays. The decision on the same will be made by a judge in November.

In his custody battle with Angelina, Brad is reportedly pushing for “equal” custody of their kids.

Reports on various international portals claimed that Pitt is keen to pursue a 50-50 custody settlement where he and Jolie can get equal time with their children – Madox, Zahara, Pax, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox.

While reports claimed that the actress is looking to relocate, Brad is keen to have the family based in Los Angeles.
by clarkkenallstar at 10-15-2020, 05:35 PM
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Wrestler turned actor John Cena has tied the knot with girlfriend Shay Shariatzadeh after a year of dating.
The couple tied the knot in a hush-hush ceremony on Monday, in Tampa, Florida, states court documents obtained by Us Weekly.

The couple, who has been painting the town red with their cute PDA and quiet dinner dates, sparked engagement rumours in February. Reports of John popping the question to the beauty began doing the rounds after she was spotted wearing a large diamond ring on her left hand.

Cena further fuelled speculation when he tweeted about love and marriage by quoting Andre Maurois. “A happy marriage is a long conversation that always seems too short,” he tweeted.

John and Shay, first sparked romance rumours in March 2019, less than a year after his highly publicised split from fiancée Nikki Bella.

The star was in a 6-year-long relationship with Bella before they decided to go their separate ways in April 2018.

While John moved on with Shay and is said to be the happiest he has ever been, Nikki recently welcomed her first child with her beau Artem Chigvintsev.
by clarkkenallstar at 10-15-2020, 05:32 PM
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American actor Sarah Shahi has joined Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in New Line/DC's upcoming superhero film 'Black Adam.'

According to a report, Shahi will play a university professor and freedom fighter leading the resistance in the fictional nation of Kahndaq. Previously, the producers announced that Aldis Hodge has been cast as 'Hawkman' and Noah Centineo as 'Atom Smasher' -both members of DC's Justice Society.

Jaume Collet-Serra, who also directed Johnson in Disney's 'Jungle Cruise,' will direct 'Black Adam.' Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Hiram Garcia are producing with Beau Flynn , along with executive producer Scott Sheldon.

Johnson has been attached to play the anti-hero for several years. 'Black Adam' is a spinoff from Warner Bros. and New Line's 'Shazam!' starring Zachary Levy, which grossed USD 365 million worldwide last year.

Reportedly, Warner Bros. had announced 'Black Adam's' release date for December 22, 2021, but recently took it off the release calendar and has not yet dated the movie.
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