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The Weekend Box Office results for 31st July-2nd August are in and the latest installment of ‘Mission Impossible’ reigns supreme.
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation has topped the U.S. Weekend Box Office (31st July-2nd August). The action film, which was released on 31st July, made $56 million in the U.S. and Canada. The film has made over $40 million more than the other newcomer in the office, Vacation, which comes in at number 2 in the Box Office chart.
The latest 'Mission Impossible' movie might do even better than studios predicted, with over $20 million pulled in on just one night.
It looks as though Tom Cruise’s latest action rampage Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is going to exceed the very good commercial performance expected of it this weekend, with the news that the thriller has made a near-record $20.3 million on its opening Friday (July 31st).
Industry insiders who have been able to access pre-release audience surveys predicted that the latest MI instalment would make approximately $40 million over its opening weekend. However, the Friday figure from nearly 4,000 theaters – doubly impressive for one that didn’t debut on a Wednesday, according to Forbes – has revised studio expectations upwards to as high as $52 million.
Cruise as Ethan Hunt in 'Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation'
Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie brings a dark and gritty tone to this larger-than-life franchise. Along with a constant stream of barbed humour, the film has an enjoyably knotted mystery plot and action set-pieces that feel like they're grounded in the real world. It's a terrific shift into earthy believability for a series of movies that has previously indulged in gleefully incoherent narratives and exaggerated explosive chaos.
Right from the start, our hero Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is an outsider. As he searches for a shady assassin (Sean Harris) and his mythical organisation The Syndicate, Ethan's Impossible Mission Force is being dissolved by the US government. CIA Director Hunley (Alec Baldwin) absorbs the IMF team, but tech genius Benji (Simon Pegg) secretly helps Ethan, enlisting Luther (Ving Rhames) and William (Jeremy Renner) as well. Soon, all three are gallivanting from Vienna to Morocco and back to London, as Ethan works with double or perhaps triple agent Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson) to prove that The Syndicate exists and stop its nefarious plan.
The film plays out like an edgy James Bond adventure, as Ethan works with a possibly dangerous woman in exotic locations in pursuit of some very shadowy baddies. McQuarrie's script is unusually lucid for this genre, piecing together the various elements expertly, building a genuine sense of tension without ever letting things tip over into overblown silliness. The chase sequences are remarkably rough and unpredictable, avoiding digital trickery to create moments that are jaw-droppingly authentic. As usual, we can tell that Cruise does his own stunts; the opening hanging-from-an-airplane scene is awesome, and a helmet-free motorbike chase looks even more perilous. With the IMF disbanded, it's never quite clear how Ethan funds his one-man operation, but he has a terrific supply of cool gadgets stashed all over Europe.
Continue reading: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation Review
The Hollywood star was surprised at how exhausting working on 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' was.
It's been nearly twenty years but it seems people still can't get enough of the 'Mission: Impossible' movies, especially Tom Cruise. Returning as Ethan Hunt in the fifth instalment of the spy franchise 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation', he opens up about stunts - and how they don't seem to be getting any easier.
Tom Cruise felt the stakes were higher doing the stunts for 'Mission: Impossible 5'
You'd think after four mega exhausting 'Mission: Impossible' movies plus a host of other visually explosive flicks, another one would be a piece of cake. Well, not exactly. He might have got the hang of using firearms and staged fighting, but he was still surprised to see how much he was trusted, and how much he was yet to learn about stuntwork.
Amy Schumer’s shoot for GQ, in which she was photographed dressed as a ‘Star Wars’ character, was not approved by Lucasfilm.
Amy Schumer’s Star Wars themed GQ shoot was not approved by Lucasfilm. Schumer featured on the cover of GQ’s August edition in a shoot she designed herself. She was pictured in suggestive poses with robots C-3PO and R2-D2, can-can dancing with Storm troopers and partying in a bar with some beloved Star Wars characters. Some Star Wars fans took to Twitter to express their distaste and Lucasfilm was forced to reply, confirming they had nothing to do with the shoot.
Amy Schumer at the 2015 CinemaCin Big Achievements Awards, held in Las Vegas in April.
Continue reading: Amy Schumer’s ‘Star Wars’ Themed GQ Shoot Was Not Approved By Lucasfilm
Simon Pegg had revealed that the Bond actor would be making a very short guest appearance as a Stormtrooper in the new movie.
Daniel Craig has rubbished the notion of making a cameo appearance in the forthcoming Star Wars movie, after Simon Pegg let slip by accident that the big screen icon will be making a brief turn as a Stormtrooper.
The James Bond actor, busy putting the finishing touches on his fourth movie as the British spy Spectre, gave pretty short shrift to the rumour when it was raised in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
Daniel Craig shooting the new James Bond movie Spectre in London in May 2015
Continue reading: Daniel Craig Rubbishes 'Star Wars' Cameo Rumours
The actor also helped announce details of a competition that will see one lucky fan appear in the upcoming movie.
Idris Elba has confirmed he will be starring in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond after appearing in a behind the scenes video for a new fan competition where he showed off his breakdancing skills. Launched today, the 'Star Trek: To Boldly Go' competition offers fans the opportunity to win a walk-on role in the movie, with all funds raised going towards nine different charities.
Idris Elba will be appearing in Star Trek: Beyond
Elba appears alongside returning Star Trek cast members Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin and Karl Urban in the video, which was filmed onboard the Starship Enterprise. At the end of the clip Elba shows off his dancing skills as he busts a few moves in front of his new co-stars.
Continue reading: Idris Elba Breakdances And Confirms He Will Appear In 'Star Trek Beyond'
The IMF (Impossible Mission Force) have been active for years, but it's time has run out. The head of the CIA (Alec Baldwin) informs them that they are to be disbanded, but some people can't actually adjust to that sort of thing. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) can't let go, and soon discovers that the IMF is actually needed more than ever. The Syndicate - a Rouge Nation - has been steadily growing over the years, and is seen as an anti-IMF. Now, Hunt and his team must engage in their most impossible mission to date, and fight an enemy which, officially, does not exist.
Truly enjoyable British romantic-comedies come along so rarely (Four Weddings and a Funeral was more than 20 years ago) that there's cause to celebrate this smart, likeable romp. Director Ben Palmer and writer Tess Morris never try to obscure the predictable plot, but they pack every scene with sharp characters, snappy dialogue and riotous set-pieces. As a result, we're laughing so much that we barely notice that we're also being reeled in emotionally.
The story centres on Nancy (Lake Bell), who is feeling particularly alone while travelling to London and a 40th anniversary party for her parents (Ken Stott and Harriet Walter). Whinging to her sister (Sharon Horgan) on the phone, she is challenged to be more spontaneous. So when she arrives at Waterloo Station and meets Jack (Simon Pegg), who mistakes her for his blind date, she decides to go along with it, assuming the identity of 24-year-old triathlete Jessica (Ophelia Lovibond). As the afternoon and evening roll out, Nancy and Jack get along surprisingly well until they run into both his bitter ex (Olivia Williams) and one of her old school friends (Kinnear), who sees this as his chance to win her over.
While there are plenty of farcical moments on this drunken night out, the filmmakers never play up the slapstick, acknowledging every over-the-top moment with an eye-roll and a pithy comment. Pegg and Bell are simply perfect for these roles: smart, witty, likeable people with questionable social skills. Both characters are a bit beaten down, but they're also open to what life throws at them, so the rather messy journey they take is thoroughly engaging. They also leave much of the crazier comedy to expert supporting players like Williams and especially Kinnear, whose character very nearly steals the movie with his goofy stalker-like antics.
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Simon Pegg says he finds it difficult to write for women.
Simon Pegg, the British actor and filmmake writing the new Star Trek screenplay, says he and long-time collaborator Edgar Wright find it difficult to write for women. Pegg's latest movie, Man Up, is a romantic comedy about a thirtysomething woman who ends up on an impromptu blind date with after a case of mistaken identity.
Simon Pegg says he can't write for women
It's written by Tess Morris - screenwriter behind the Emma Thompson comedy The Love Punch and previous to that, soaps like Hollyoaks - though Pegg says he could never have written for the genre.
Continue reading: Simon Pegg: "Me And Edgar Find It Hard To Write For Women"
If you could change absolutely anything in the world, what would it be? This is the ultimate question that Neil Clarke finds himself faced with when he wakes up with the ability to become whoever he wants to be, have whatever he wants and make the impossible very easily possible. Little does he know that this is a test set up by some disgruntled extra-terrestrial lifeforms, who have given the following ultimatum: use this ultimate power for good, or watch the Earth burn. Unfortunately, Neil has a lot of things in his own life that he would like to change, let alone important things in the rest of the world. He wishes for an easier life, to be more attractive and to win the heart of his neighbour Catherine. But, as Spider-Man once said, with great power comes great responsibility, so if he is thinking of making some big changes, he ought to make sure he's really thought them through first.
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Simon Pegg says sci-fi is dangerous, kids.
Simon Pegg, the celebrated British actor and co-writer of the next Star Trek movie, has warned that an "obsession" with sci-fi is leading to society becoming "infantilized". The 45-year-old also spoke of his reservations about becoming the "poster child" for the "geekdom generation."
Simon Pegg was warned of the dangers of sci-fi
"Obviously," he told the Radio Times, "I'm very much a self-confessed fan of science-fiction and genre cinema. But part of me looks at society as it is now and thinks we've been infantilised by our own taste. We're essentially all consuming very childish things - comic books, superheroes. Adults are watching this stuff, and taking it seriously!"
Continue reading: Simon Pegg Warns Obsession With Sci-Fi Is "Infantilizing" Society
The ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and ‘Star’ Trek star thinks comic book and superhero movies distract adults from real world issues.
He may be a self confessed geek and the co-writer of the next Star Trek movie, but Simon Pegg has said he feels cinema is being ‘dumbed down’ by sci-fi and comic book movies. Speaking to the Radio Times, the actor said society had now become “infantilised” and therefore more challenging movies were no longer able to find sucess at the box office.
Pegg stars as Scotty in the recent Star Trek films.
“Before Star Wars, the films that were box-office hits were The Godfather, Taxi Driver, Bonnie and Clyde and The French Connection – gritty, amoral art movies,” he told the mag.“Then suddenly the onus switched over to spectacle and everything changed … I don’t know if that is a good thing.”
The actor and director Kriv Stenders enjoyed parodying the action genre.
Set to hit theaters this weekend, 'Kill Me Three Times' sees Simon Pegg in yet another violent parody, this time taking on the classic hitman-action drama. Pegg and director Kriv Stenders reveal the paradigms that make the genre so fun to lampoon.
Simon Pegg enjoyed carrying his huge gun
He's mocked the zombie horror, the cop thriller, the sci-fi adventure, the romance drama and the period thriller, but now Pegg has taken on what looks to be one of his most fun roles yet, playing experienced assassin Charlie Wolfe in this complicated tale of betrayal, infidelity and revenge. And it seems Pegg and Stenders were on the same wavelength before filming even started.
A Week In Movies: Starry premieres in Los Angeles and London, plus a glamorous BBC event and new trailers for Mission: Impossible 5, Entourage and Maggie. by Rich Cline
Home premieres in L.A. while in London Helena Bonham Carter and Kenneth Branagh attend both the Cinderella premiere and a BBC anniversary. New trailers appear for films starring Tom Cruise, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lake Bell and the Entourage gang...
The animated adventure Home held its American premiere in Los Angeles this week, with cast members Jim Parsons, Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez all looking glamorous on the red carpet.
Meanwhile in London, the UK premiere of Cinderella brought out cast members Lily James, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter, Sophie McShera, Holliday Grainger, Derek Jacobi and director Kenneth Branagh, plus a flurry of other British celebrities
The British comedy star teams up with Lake Bell in his latest rom-com
Man Up is a phrase many of Simon Pegg’s onscreen characters should have probably heard from Tim in Spaced to Nicholas in Hot Fuzz and all those in between and after.
Simon Pegg and Lake Bell take the lead roles in the romantic comedy, Man Up
But now Pegg has a whole film dedicated to that title, in his latest romantic comedy, Man Up, his character Jack doesn’t seem to need to take the advice quite as much as previous Pegg inhabitations might have done.
Continue reading: Simon Pegg Needs To Man Up In His Latest Film
Despite their countless missions, most of which deemed impossible, the IMF is closing down. Considered an irrelevant and archaic group, the government intends to tie off any loose ends - especially Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise). The problem is, Hunt is a veteran, and a tremendous agent of the IMF, and has uncovered a terrifying secret rouge nation, known as The Syndicate. Hunt plans to track down, expose and destroy The Syndicate through any means necessary. To that end, he recruits his old friends and colleges from the IMF, and plans to take the fight to them. Even if the mission is impossible.
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A simple train journey can have incredibly far-reaching consequences. When Nancy (Lake Bell) meets Jessica (Ophelia Lovibond) on a train, she notices the book she is reading is designed to help with relationship success. Jessica tells her that the book itself is not to be leant, as she is using it to meet up with her blind date. Nancy steals the book, believing that it will work as a serious self-help guide, however she ends up running into Jack (Simon Pegg), who was Jessica's blind date. When Nancy chooses to pose as Jessica, she has the perfect date - only he doesn't know she's lying.
Continue: Man Up Trailer
The British funnyman's latest dark comedy releases its trailer
Kill Me Three Times is funnyman Simon Pegg’s latest comedy in which he plays a professional hitman living in Australia. Directed by Kriv Stenders, this black comedy follows the life of Charlie Wolfe as he kills here and kills there for odd bits of money.
Simon Pegg tries on the guise of a professional hitman
Perfectly content with his life of casually murder, things get suddenly complicated when he realises he isn’t the only person trying to kill the siren (Alice Braga) of a sun-drenched surfing town.
Continue reading: Simon Pegg Wants To Kill Me Three Times
Charlie Wolfe (Simon Pegg) is a professional hit man. Living in Australia, he take the odd job here and there, killing people for money. One day, he is asked to find proof that a man's wife is cheating on him and, not knowing that it will change his life forever, he accepts. Wolfe finds the evidence he needs and receives his payment, but then accepts a job from the same client, who now wants him to kill the wife. The catch? She's just run away with the money that the client intends to pay him with. When Wolfe discovers that he's not the only person hunting for the money, things start to get weird, and Wolfe discovers that his job may not be as simple as he first thought.
Continue: Kill Me Three Times - Red Band Trailer
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