Van Damme & Lundgren Dive Into ‘Black Water’
Daniel Baldwin 01/04/2017
Action legends Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren will reunite once more in Black Water. The action thriller will tell the tale of Wheeler (Van Damme), an undercover operative who awakens to find himself locked away in a CIA black site that is located aboard a submarine. Lundgren will reportedly be playing a fellow inmate named Marco who becomes an ally. JCVD’s son, Kris Van Damme, also stars. The project was penned by Chad Law, who previously scripted Van Damme’s Six Bullets, although there is currently no word on who is directing the film. Production begins later this month in Alabama.
The plot sound decidedly Escape Plan-esque, which is not a problem for me. That Stallone/Schwarzenegger two-hander was pretty entertaining and if Black Water gives us something similar while subbing in Van Damme and Lundgren, I’m all for it. In fact, I’m honestly a bit surprised this project wasn’t scooped up by Emmett/Furla Films and titled Escape Plan 2: Black Water*. After all, that sort of thing is par for the course in Hollywood, especially when it comes to action cinema.
Jean-Claude Van Damme has two completed projects heading our way this year. The first is Kickboxer: Retaliation, the sequel to last year’s Kickboxer: Vengeance. A third entry in the newly rebooted franchise, Kickboxer: Armageddon, has already been announced. 2017 will also see the release of Kill’em All, a “Die Hard meets The Usual Suspects” action thriller that teams Van Damme with Peter Stormare and Daniel Bernhardt (his Bloodsport successor). The actor will also begin work this year on Jean-Claude Van Johnson, his action-comedy TV series that was picked up by Amazon late last year.
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Liz Nord 12/05/2017
Sci-fi requires special effects, but 'Arrival' treats them with more restraint than you might expect.
When we spoke to Bradford Young, the DP of Arrival, earlier this year, he revealed how he and director Denis Villeneuve worked to unshackle themselves from the conventions of science fiction to create a more delicate—even mundane—visual approach. This subtlety permeated the entire production, including visual effects—an atypical choice for contemporary alien movies.
Oblique FX, which created this video showcasing some of their work on the film's effects, also worked on Denis Villeneuve's last film, the Oscar-nominated Sicario, in 2015. Under the supervision of Louis Morin, other effects houses on this project included Hybride, Rodeo FX, Framestore, Raynault VFX, Folks FX and Alchemy FX. You might never suspect the VFX army behind the film when you witness its seemingly organic visuals.
Andrew Lapin 01/31/2017
At the beginning of (and during) each month, Netflix adds new movies and TV shows to its library. Below, you’ll find our February 2017 recommendations. For more comprehensive coverage of the best titles available on Netflix and elsewhere, check out Vulture’s What to Stream Now hub, which is updated throughout the month.
Let us no longer entertain the embarrassingly outdated notion that Kristen Stewart is a bad actress. In advance of her new partnership with filmmaker Olivier Assayas, Personal Shopper, entering U.S. theaters on March 10, watch their first pairing in this exquisite 2014 drama about an aging actress (the wonderful Juliette Binoche) preparing to restage the play that once made her famous, with Stewart, finely nuanced and heartbreaking, playing her loyal assistant. As they vacation through the Swiss mountainscape of the title, these two performers are locked in a ballet out of step with the changing modern world, until they are forced to acknowledge that fame, beauty, and life are fragile, fleeting things. Available February 12.
Watch: 'Arrival' Masters the Art of Subtle VFX
What’s New on Netflix: February 2017
For those of you who are “in the know” please be patient as we inform the rest of the populous. Film no longer has limits. Its boundaries have been permanently removed through creative cinematic wizardry, complex camera angles, and today’s evolving innovations.
This, however, does not mean the art and skill of film making has been replaced. It is the exact opposite. Passion and competition have raised the creative bar to new heights in order to breathe life into the ever increasing power of technology. There has been a paradigm shift. Despite popular belief, Hollywood is not dead. So get excited because the New Hollywood has a fresh face and a Cool Attitude!
Mel Gibson & Vince Vaughn Starring in Dragged Across Concrete
Dan Zinski 02/01/2017
Mel Gibson’s Hollywood comeback is going into overdrive. After serving a long exile on the fringes of the industry, taking roles in B-movies, Gibson burst back onto the scene in 2016 with the release of his WWII epic Hacksaw Ridge. Violent and gut-wrenching, Hacksaw Ridge secured 6 Oscar nominations including one for Best Picture and another for Best Director, catapulting Gibson back onto the A-list.
With his directorial career back on-track, Gibson’s next move is to re-establish himself as a bankable star. To that end, Gibson is reportedly set to sign on for the Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg comedy sequel Daddy’s Home 2. After that, Gibson will return to playing a big-screen cop alongside one of his Hacksaw Ridge actors.
According to The Wrap, Gibson has joined the cast of Dragged Across Concrete, a crime thriller about a pair of cops who get suspended after an excessive-force incident and turn to the criminal underworld. Vince Vaughn will reportedly star alongside Gibson in the film for director S. Craig Zahler and Unified Pictures, Cinestate and Assemble Media. Zahler talked about his vision for the movie and his delight at casting Vaughn and Gibson in the key roles: