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American Assassin – Film Review (2017)

ADAM REVIEWS AMERICAN ASSASSIN THE NEW ACTION THRILLER DIRECTED BY MICHAEL CUESTA AND STARRING MICHAEL KEATON, DYLAN O’BRIEN, SANAA LATHAN, SHIVA NEGAR, SCOTT ADKINS AND TAYLOR KITSCH

American Assassin is rare treat for fans of the action genre; a hard R-Rated action thriller.  One that crafts intriguing characters set upon a world stage of Counter-terrorism.  Expertly directed, staged and crafted for a mature audience wanting more impact than Bourne or Bond have to offer in their sanitary PG-13 worlds.   Based on the long running Mitch Rapp series by novelist Vince Flynn, the film is adapted from the 2010 prequel novel of the same name updated for our modern uncertain times.Director Michael Cuesta and screenwriters Stephen Schiff, Michael Finch, Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz aligning us with Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) quickly.  After a tragedy Mitch heads down a violent path that leads to the attention of Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan), the deputy director of counter terrorism at the CIA (that’s a lot of say). Giving Mitch a chance to prove that underneath his volatile nature beats the heart of a true warrior. Under the harsh tutelage of Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton) Mitch begins to realize his potential but not before they are both thrown into a situation on the global stage that has life and death consequences to the world at large. see more:

 

 


‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ worldwide box-office collection: The Shah Rukh Khan- Anushka Sharma close to Rs 150 crore mark in 20 days

Imtiaz Ali‘s ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ starring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma was one of the most anticipated films of 2017. With unique marketing strategies, the film was the talk of the town since its inception. The film’s journey at the ticket window has been an impressive one with first week’s collections being as high as Rs 57.63 crore. According to a report on BoxofficeIndia.com, the film raked in as much as Rs 20 lacs in its third week taking the total to Rs 61.99 crore. Latest reports suggest that the film has garnered collections of 148 crores in 20 days worldwide.

The Imtiaz Ali directorial is a romantic drama starring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma in lead roles. While King Khan essays the role of a tourist guide named Harinder Singh Nehra aka Harry, Anushka Sharma plays the role of Sejal, a soon-to-be bride in search of her ring. The story revolves around the two and their escapades across Europe to find Sejal’s engagement ring.. See More:

 


Vivegam: Thala Ajith’s spy-thriller expected to create box office history, set for a big release on August 24

Thala Ajith’s Vivegam will hit the screens worldwide on Thursday. The film, which is directed by Siva, has Kajal Aggarwal and Bollywood actors Vivek Oberoi and Akshara Haasan in its cast. Vivegam is releasing amid huge fanfare and expectations. It is also expected to create new box office records.

The single screens in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka have been buzzing as Thala Ajith’s most-awaited film Vivegam is set to hit screens worldwide on Thursday. The film is dominating the advance booking window with no other big film to rival the Ajith-starrer at the box office.

Vivegam will be reportedly releasing on 3000 screens worldwide. The film will open in about 800 screens in Tamil Nadu. In Kerala, the film is getting the biggest launch in Ajith’s career, thanks to Pulimurugan producer Tomichan Mulakuppadam.

Tomichan has managed to secure 300 screens for the much-awaited Tamil film in Kerala, where the film will have a record 1000 plus shows on the opening day itself. It is only the third film to release in these many screens in Kerala after Superstar Rajinikanth’s Kabali and SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali: The Conclusion.

Vivegam will hit 200 plus screens in Karnataka, while in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana it has got 450 screens combined, said reports. The Telugu dubbed version of the film has been named Vivekam. See More:

 

 


Box Office: ‘Despicable Me 3’ Schemes to $241 Million Worldwide

 

Gru and the minions have a reason to celebrate!

Illumination-Universal’s “Despicable Me 3” has grossed $241.4 million at the worldwide box office following the sequel’s launch in the U.S. and 52 foreign markets.

Universal reported Wednesday that the animated comedy grossed $142.1 million at 8,525 sites, while the North American total has hit $99.3 million in its first five days.

“Despicable Me 3” opened in first in 44 of its 46 territories over the weekend. It posted a dominant market share of at least 50% in all those markets.

It had the biggest opening weekend of all time for an animated movie in Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Middle East, Netherlands, Ukraine, and Venezuela. Its $294,000 debut in Estonia and $247,000 launch in Latvia set records as the biggest opening weekends ever in those territories. See More:

 


‘American Assassin’ Red Band Trailer Shoots Movie to Lead Social Media Buzz

Dylan O’Brien’s “American Assassin” easily topped social media buzz last week with 59,000 new conversations, according to media-measurement firm ComScore and its PreAct service.

The activity was spurred by the studio holding a social promotion for fans to unlock the new poster online along with the release of a new red band trailer on Aug. 17. The cumulative number of new conversations for “American Assassin” has hit 245,000.

In the movie, Dylan O’Brien plays Mitch Rapp, a CIA recruit whose fiancee is killed in a terrorist attack moments after he’s proposed to her — motivating him to serve in a black ops mission aimed at stopping World War III in the Middle East. He’s trained by deep cover Cold War veteran Stan Hurley, played by Michael Keaton. The film opens on Sept. 15.

Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” produced 21,000 new conversations last week as the studio released an interview with Tessa Thompson on Aug. 14, an international trailer on Aug. 16, and new set images on Aug. 17. The tentpole has now generated more than 850,000 new conversations and is scheduled for release on Nov. 3. See more:

 

 


Brad Pitt takes Bollywood lessons from Shah Rukh Khan

srk_bradpitt25_1cHollywood actor Brad Pitt says he has great respect for Indian film industry because it has its own unique language, but added that he would never be able to crack the code of Bollywood.

Most of the people in the west associate Bollywood with dancing and singing, and Pitt also carries the same image. He says he can not sing or dance and that is the main reason he will never be able to make it big in Bollywood.

“I have great respect for Indian cinema because it has its own film language, its own stars and has created place of its own… That is what we enjoy over there,” Pitt during a conversation with Indian superstar Shah Rukh Khan here.

Pitt was curious about Indian showbiz as he asked many queries about how it functions, how long the shoots are and other nitty gritties of the Bollywood world.

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ breaks records: Is Emma Watson now Hollywood’s most sought after actress?

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Watson was reportedly offered $3 million upfront to play Belle in the latest Disney live-action film directed by Bill Condon, but the 26-year-old actress also signed a deal that entitles her to a cut of the film’s earnings, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Costing roughly $300 million to make and market, the film pulled in a record $63.8 million on its Friday opening.

It made $174.8 million in North America over the weekend and $180 million overseas, including $44.8 million in China, Disney said —  breaking multiple Hollywood records, including one set last year by “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” for the biggest March opening.

 

 


Dwayne Johnson says he and Jason Statham will deliver “the greatest fight in the history of movies”

fast-and-furious-dwayne-johnson-jason-stathamAlthough reviews for The Fate of the Furious have been mixed leading toward positive, one unanimously agreed upon high point is the camaraderie and banter between the characters of Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. They’re so good that apparently, Vin Diesel got a post-credits scene centered on the two cut from the final version of the film, although that didn’t prevent Universal from confirming a spinoff film with the two action stars.

Either way, we will be getting to eventually see the two duke it out one epic fight, as towards the end of an Instagram post thanking those responsible for the success of The Fate of the Furious, Johnson stated: “And finally, a very very special shout out to a certain bald headed, English tea drinkin’, crumpets eatin’, God Save The Queen singin’ suuuuuum bitch, Jason Statham. One fine day, we will give the audience what they want and fight. And it will be the greatest fight in the history of movies. We will then drink like brothers as you nurse your wounds, because I’m gonna knock your teeth so far down your throat, you’re gonna have to stick a toothbrush up your ass to brush ’em. Thanks for trusting me brotha and cheers to always having fun for audience.”

 


‘The Fate of the Furious’ Beats ‘Star Wars’ for Global Box Office Opening Record

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Universal’s “The Fate of the Furious” has set a new record for the highest worldwide opening weekend in box office history, racking up $532 million from 63 countries to pass the $528.9 million set two years ago by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” That total also exceeds the entire theatrical runs of the first five films in the high-octane car series.

Though the eighth “Fast & Furious” film failed to join “Furious 7” in the $100 million domestic opening club (it made $98.8 million this weekend), “Fate” had a roaring debut in China, setting a new 3-day record for Hollywood releases in the Middle Kingdom with $192 million. “Fate” also now holds the second-highest opening in Chinese box office history, trailing only local hit “The Mermaid,” which had the benefit of being released during the Chinese New Year and had four full days of previews. The big Chinese opening helped “Fate” blow past the $316 million overseas opening record set by “Jurassic World” by a massive margin, racking up $433 million.

 

 


OSCAR WINNERS 2017: La La Land

(FILES) This file photo taken on January 8, 2017 shows actors Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, winners of the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Motion Picture ? Comedy or Musical for 'La La Land'in the press room at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Romantic musical 'La La Land' topped the list of Oscar nominations on Tuesday with 14 nods, including for best picture, actor, actress and director. / AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK

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Moonlight took home Oscars 2017 Best Picture honors after a mishap had La La Land being declared the winner by presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. La La Land did manage to score six total Oscars, including a win for Emma Stone! Casey Affleck, Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali also took home acting Oscars. View the complete list of of winners below from Oscar Sunday. Look for the WINNER mark in each category.

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea – WINNER!

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Emma Stone, La La Land – WINNER!

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Arrival

La La Land – WINNER!

Lion

Moonlight

Silence

DIRECTING

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land – WINNER!

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

Jackie

La La Land – WINNER!

Lion

Moonlight

Passengers

PRODUCTION DESIGN

Arrival

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hail, Caesar!

La La Land – WINNER!

Passengers

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Review: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Revels in Joy and Enchantment

  • New York Times [A. O. Scott]

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To quote a lyric from one of the songs in “Beauty and the Beast,” “there may be something there that wasn’t there before.” The familiar elements are all in place, of course. It’s “Beauty and the Beast,” for goodness’ sake: a tale as old as time, a song as old as rhyme and all that. And there are inspired flights of nostalgia as well, visual evocations of the predigital glory of Busby Berkeley, Ray Harryhausen and other masters of fantastical craft.

But this live-action/digital hybrid, directed by Bill Condon and starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the title roles, is more than a flesh-and-blood (and prosthetic fur-and-horns) revival of the 26-year-old cartoon, and more than a dutiful trip back to the pop-culture fairy-tale well. Its classicism feels unforced and fresh. Its romance neither winks nor panders. It looks good, moves gracefully and leaves a clean and invigorating aftertaste. I almost didn’t recognize the flavor: I think the name for it is joy.

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