Only a few years ago, there was fury among cinema owners at the idea of movie in the US hitting pay-per-view at the same time as the cinema, but it’s now becoming increasingly common for smaller, indie movies to get a premium PPV release before it hits the big screen. That’s what’s happening with The Magic Of Belle Isle, although what’s unusual in this case is that the film has a big star, Morgan Freeman, and a well known director, Rob Reiner (Stand By Me, When Harry Met Sally). There’s no UK date yet, but it hits PPV on June 1st in the US, before a cinema release on July 6th. Here’s the synopsis: ‘Reuniting with his director from the hit film, The Bucket List, Morgan Freeman plays Monte Wildhorn, a famous Western novelist whose struggle with alcoholism has sapped his passion for writing. He takes a lakeside cabin for the summer in picturesque Belle Isle, and befriends the family next door–an attractive single mom (Virginia Madsen) and her young daughters–who help him find inspiration again.’
For quite a while now Summit Entertainment has been mulling over the idea of making a sequel to Red. The Bruce Willis action flick wasn’t a gargantuan hit at cinemas, but it outdid expectation and then did really well on DVD and that seems to have convinced the studio a follow-up is worth it, as THR reports they’ve hired Dean Parisot to direct Red 2.
Robert Schwentke, director of the first film, opted not to return for round two, and so the job’s gone to the Galaxy Quest and Fun With Dick & Jane helmer. Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Morgan Freeman are all likely to return (although if you’ve seen Red, you’ll be wondering how at least one of the actors will manage to make an appearance in the flick, seeing as their character’s supposed to be dead), but no deals are in place yet.
There’s no news on the storyline either, although Erich and Jon Hoeber, who wrote the screenplay for the first film have also penned the sequel. Production is scheduled for later this year, most likely after Willis completes Die Hard 5.
Based on a true story (loosely at least), Dolphin Tale is about a slightly lonely young boy (Nathan Gamble) who comes across a beached baby dolphin that’s managed to get its tale caught in a crab trap. After it’s rescued, the animal is taken to a marine hospital run by Dr. Clay Haskett (Harry Connick Jr.), who realises that the tale is too damaged to recover. While many vets would just put the dolphin down, he decides to amputate the tail and see if the animal, now dubbed Winter, will survive.
Nathan soon becomes Winter’s steadfast companion, and when it appears the dolphin’s lack of a tail could cause permanent nerve damage that will inevitably lead to death, the boy is inspired by a tragedy that’s happened to a member of his family to enlist the help of Dr. Cameron McCarty, to do something that’s never been done before – make a prosthetic tail for a dolphin. [Read more…]
It’s taken quite a while, but Joseph Kosinski is now pulling together the cast for his upcoming film Horizons (formerly known as Oblivion), with the latest to sign on, according to Deadline, being Morgan Freeman.
Horizons follows Tom Cruise’s central character, one of the last people on an uninhabitable Earth who repairs space ships and keeps an eye out for alien attacks. The man goes on a journey of discovery when a mysterious woman crash lands on the planet. Morgasn will apparently play Malcolm Beech, the leader of the human resistance on Earth.
Olga Kurylenko and Andrea Riseborough have been cast as the two female leads. It isn’t known when production will start on Horizons, but it’s believed to be relatively soon.