First Look at Theo James and Emily Ratajkowski in Lying and Stealing

First Look at Theo James and Emily Ratajkowski in Lying and Stealing

First look at Theo James and Emily Ratajkowski in Lying and Stealing

Principal photography has begun on location in Los Angeles this week on the heist thriller Lying and Stealing, directed by Matt Aselton (Gigantic) from his script co-written by Adam Nagata.

Theo James (Divergent franchise, Secret Scripture, War on Everyone) stars as Ivan, a suave, young thief whose specialty is stealing high end art from the LA elite. It’s a dirty business, and business is good, but Ivan wants out. Elyse, played by Emily Ratajkowski (Gone Girl, Entourage) is an aspiring actress with a closet full of skeletons and a mountain of debt. Soon these two clever grifters decide to team up for one last, big daring heist. With money, incarceration, and lives on the line, their edgy plan tests their love and loyalty in this fun heist thriller set in a very contemporary Los Angeles.

The film also stars Fred Melamed (A Serious Man), Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Girls), Isiah Whitlock Jr. (Chi Raq), Evan Handler (Sex and the City, American Crime Story) and John Gatins.

Michael Costigan (Ghost in the Shell, Stoker, Brokeback Mountain, American Gangster, Dumplin’), Naomi Despres (Kill the Messenger, High Crimes, Zero Effect), Mohamed AlRafi (Above Suspicion, Dumplin’) and Asleton are producing. Theo James is Executive Producer. Global Road Entertainment (formally IM Global) has international rights to the film at AFM, with UTA Independent Film Group has North American rights.

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AFF Review: James Franco IS Tommy Wiseau in ‘The Disaster Artist’

The Disaster Artist Review

There’s nothing like The Room, right? A film so bad it’s so good. The Disaster Artist is an attempt to tell the story about the making of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room, and the friendship behind it, and their dream to become famous, and make a movie that everyone would love. Directed by and starring James Franco, this film is much more of an homage to the cult classic that is The Room, as well as a nod to the passion it takes to make something so terrible. To dream so big and yet fail so spectacularly, but still embrace that failure, and revel in the joy it (somehow) brings to some people. It’s not an outright comedy, more of a drama with funny scenes, that also perfectly recreates The Room and pays tribute to the one-and-only Tommy Wiseau. ›››

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Christoph Waltz Is Not Returning for James Bond 25

Spectre - Christoph Waltz not in James Bond 25

Back in August, confirmation finally came that Daniel Craig would return as James Bond from the actor himself. So now everyone is wondering what is in store for 007’s next mission on the big screen. Sadly, for those who enjoyed a certain iconic villain from James Bond history being played by Christoph Waltz, we have some bad news.

During a red carpet interview, Spectre villain Christoph Waltz was directly asked if he would return for James Bond 25, and the actor gave a definitive and firm response in the negative. But his elaboration is what we’re most intrigued by.

News of Christoph Waltz not in James Bond 25 came from the Italian movie news site Talky Movie:

For those who don’t care to watch the video, when asked if he would return for the next sequel in the long-running franchise, Waltz said, “No, I’m sorry. I’m really sad, but that’s the tradition, that there is a new…name. Sorry. I would’ve liked to.” There are a few different ways that we could take his answer, so let’s think about this for a minute.

Bond 25

Could a New Actor Play Blofeld?

First, the tradition that Waltz is referring to is in regards to the casting of Blofeld. When the villain first appeared (albeit partially) in From Russia with Love, he was portrayed by the uncredited Anthony Dawson and his voice was provided by Eric Pholmann, and the same was done with the villain’s appearance in Thunderball.

You Only Live Twice was the first time the villain showed his face, and he was played by Donald Pleasance, who would go on to star in Halloween. After that, he was played by Telly Savalas in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, then Charles Gray in Diamonds Are Forever. Finally, the villain was used in the classic Bond films one more time, with John Hollis playing a wheelchair-bound version of the villain and Robert Rietty providing his voice in For Your Eyes Only.

Christoph Waltz is the most recent actor to play an iteration of the villain, and he makes it sound like the tradition of having a new actor playing Blofeld will continue with James Bond 25, which is an interesting decision to make for a franchise that has made James Bond more grounded than the spy has ever been before. But maybe Waltz meant something different.

Spectre Easter Eggs

Will There Be a New Villain in James Bond 25?

When Waltz speaks of tradition, he could also be talking about the fact that there’s usually a new villain brought into the fray with almost every new James Bond movie. Across the span of 24 movies featuring the secret agent, the only villains to appear multiple times are Blofeld, Mr. White and Jaws. Daniel Craig’s part of James Bond franchise has yet to see a villain recur at all, so if Christoph Waltz were to come back, it would have been a compelling evolution of the series.

Therefore, it could stand to reason that there won’t be a new actor playing Blofeld in James Bond 25, but there will merely be a new villain altogether, making Waltz’s return to the franchise unnecessary. Then again, there’s one other possibility.

Inglourious Basterds - Christoph Waltz

Christoph Waltz Could Be Lying

Leading up to the release of Spectre, rumors were rampant that Christoph Waltz was playing the iconic villain Blofeld. The Inglourious Basterds star denied the rumor multiple times, but as we all saw when Spectre finally hit theaters, Waltz was indeed playing the villain we’d seen James Bond face before. That means Waltz was lying the entire time he denied those rumors.

There is a distinct possibility that Waltz is lying this time, simply to keep up appearances and keep secrets from inquiring minds. That’s not something I’m necessarily opposed to, especially if it allows for a cool surprise appearance of the villain in the next James Bond movie. But no matter what the outcome is, it does make us wonder what’s in store for 007.

Ideally, it would be great if there was a new villain brought to the table, and we found out that somehow Blofeld was orchestrating another villainous plan, just as he had done several times before through the organization called Spectre. Then again, that’s also a bit predictable, and maybe too hokey for this version of James Bond.

Either way, the good news is that we have at least one more round of James Bond featuring Daniel Craig, and hopefully it will make up for how disappointing Spectre turned out to be.

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James Cameron Says Wonder Woman is a ‘Step Backwards’

James Cameron Says Wonder Woman is a 'Step Backwards'

James Cameron says Wonder Woman is a ‘step backwards’

Avatar and Titanic director James Cameron is taking a lot of heat online for comments he made to The Guardian in a new interview he did to promote the 3D re-release of his Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Cameron has had a lot of strong female characters in his films, but when he was asked about the success of Wonder Woman, he replied:

“All of the self-congratulatory back-patting Hollywood’s been doing over Wonder Woman has been so misguided. She’s an objectified icon, and it’s just male Hollywood doing the same old thing! I’m not saying I didn’t like the movie but, to me, it’s a step backwards. Sarah Connor was not a beauty icon. She was strong, she was troubled, she was a terrible mother, and she earned the respect of the audience through pure grit. And to me, [the benefit of characters like Sarah] is so obvious. I mean, half the audience is female!”

Do you agree or disagree with him? Either way, Wonder Woman has been a huge success for Warner Bros Pictures, having earned a massive $ 800 million worldwide on a budget of $ 149 million, so audiences definitely connected with the icon. The film was directed by Patty Jenkins and stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui, Elena Anaya, Connie Nielsen and Lucy Davis.

RELATED: Wonder Woman Digital, Blu-ray and DVD Details Announced

Released in 2009, Cameron’s first Avatar movie remains the highest-grossing film worldwide with over $ 2.7 billion in box office gross. It was dethroned by Star Wars: The Force Awakens as the highest at the domestic box office, pushing past Avatar‘s $ 760 million with a total of $ 936 million. 20th Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment recently announced release dates for Cameron’s four Avatar sequels – December 18, 2020, December 17, 2021, December 20, 2024 and December 19, 2025.

UPDATE: Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins has responded to James Cameron’s comments with the following statement.

(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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New Trailer for Restored Re-Release of James Ivory’s ‘Heat and Dust’

Heat and Dust Trailer

“If it gets too boring, I’ll run away.” Cohen Media Group has debuted an official trailer for the upcoming re-release of the classic romantic adventure Heat and Dust, directed by James Ivory, that was originally released in 1983. Set in India in the 1920s, the story looks back at the life of an English woman named Olivia who becomes fascinated by India and enamored by the local ruler, a nawab who combines British distinction with Indian pomp and ruthlessness. The film’s international cast stars Greta Scacchi, Shashi Kapoor, Julie Christie, Christopher Cazenove, Julian Glover, Susan Fleetwood, Patrick Godfrey, and Jennifer Kendal. This is a brand new, 4K restoration meaning it will look and sound better than ever. I have not seen this film myself, but I have heard it’s certainly worth watching. For now, check out the trailer. ›››

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James Gunn Talks Guardians 3 Title and Completing the Trilogy

James Gunn Talks Guardians 3 Title and Completing the Trilogy

James Gunn talks Guardians 3 title and completing the trilogy

Marvel StudiosGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is coming home to Digital HD on August 8, followed by the DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD on August 22. In anticipation of the release, writer/director James Gunn spoke to Collider about the Guardians 3 title and completing the trilogy begun in 2014.

Gunn noted that production on Guardians 3 would begin in “a little more than year,” and that they do have a release date locked in. He also confirmed that the third film will “probably” be called Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, as expected, and may feature the original team of Ravagers led by Sylvester Stallone’s Stakar (a.k.a. Starhawk).

“It’s been pretty easy,” Gunn said of the scripting process. “The truth is, the first movie is the first act, the second movie is the second act, and the third movie is the third act so I’m tying a lot of stuff together in the third film. We get a lot of answers on a lot of different things, so doing that in an elegant way takes a little bit of grace and elegance. It’s more challenging in that respect writing the third movie than the second movie. I do an incredibly in-depth treatment for every movie. I think of writing a screenplay as creating the body of a human being and you’ve got to start with the skeleton, start with the bones, and you create the bones. You take a lot of time because that’s the actual base of the movie and if you screw that part up, later on down the line, you’re going to have a lot of mistakes. So by creating a really strong foundation for the story, that’s the most important thing. So I write a good treatment that’s probably about 70 pages long. It includes photographs and things like that. So that has been the way I’ve dealt with every movie and this one as well.”

Click here to pre-order Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on Digital HD!

Bonus features include:


  • The Making of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” – A four-part, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, done in the style of classic-rock album liner notes.
  • Visionary Intro – Director James Gunn provides context on how he continues and expands the storylines of these beloved characters in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”
  • Guardians Inferno Music Video – Join David Hasselhoff and special guests for a galactic retro dance party.
  • Gag Reel – Laugh out loud at all the hilarious off-script shenanigans and bloopers that took place on the set of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” featuring all your favorite Guardians.
  • Four Deleted Scenes – Check out four specific scenes that had to be cut from the film, including two extended scenes and two deleted scenes.
  • Audio Commentary – Check out a special narration of the film by director James Gunn, who guides fans through an inside look at the making of the movie.

Digital all the features listed above plus four extra exclusives:

  • Three Scene Breakdowns (Digital Exclusives) – We’ll reveal the anatomy of a few key scenes from the film. Discover the process in bringing these scenes to life. It starts with a doodle and the rest is film history. Audiences will be given the option to view 5-6 layers of specific scenes in the film. Scenes include “Eclector Escape,” “Gamora and Nebula,” and “Rocket and Ravagers.”
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! (Digital Exclusive) – Get an exclusive sneak peek inside the most anticipated ride at Disneyland,
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!. We’ll dig into the concepts and inspiration, and talk about what it took to bring the most epic ride at Disneyland to life.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 stars Chris Pratt as Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Michael Rooker as Yondu and Sean Gunn as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff, who plays Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki as Aesha, Chris Sullivan as Taserface and Kurt Russell as Ego, the Living Planet.

Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

Directed and written by James GunnGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

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‘The Vault’ Trailer: James Franco Unlocks the Horror in a Bank Heist Thriller

the vault trailer

“Crime does not pay,” the trailer for The Vault ham-fistedly declares. But it’s probably a very accurate description for the heist thriller-turned-horror-movie that is The Vault.

In James Franco‘s one-millionth project this year (does the guy never sleep?), he stars as a mild-mannered bank manager with a mustache who finds his bank being robbed by two sisters (Taryn Manning and Francesca Eastwood). But this this isn’t just a nuts-and-bolts thriller as the tables are turned when Franco’s manager unlocks the true horrific nature of The Vault.

It’s a day that starts off like any other for Franco’s weary bank manager: get coffee, stare blankly at the clock, gripe about a quiet bank. Until he’s staring down the barrel of a gun and two on-edge sisters who are robbing his bank. Immediately, he reveals that there’s a secret vault in the basement “where the real money is” that’s off the grid, and the sisters’ accomplice heads down to open it, but finds something…else.

Suddenly, Franco’s mustache (which appears to be from when he was filming HBO’s Deuce) seems a lot more menacing, as he unleashes whatever unseen horror that was lurking in the vault against the robbers — which look a lot like creepy hooded men in masks.

It’s like a bank robbery twist on Don’t Breathe, a film that similarly started off in another genre — in its case, a home invasion of a blind man — and turned it into a horror film where the blind man was the real monster.

While Franco does seem like the mastermind in this reversal of fates, I doubt he’s quiet the monstrous force that Stephen Lang’s blind man was in Don’t Breathe. While the terrorizing forces in The Vault look human, they are more likely to be demonic, or something else supernatural, as evidenced by Q’orianka Kilcher’s quivering description of “something down there.” Or Franco could have just locked up a bunch of psychopathic mask enthusiasts.

Here’s the official synopsis for The Vault below:

“Two estranged sisters are forced to rob a bank in order to save their brother. The heist begins smoothly, but mayhem ensues when the defiant bank manager sends them to a basement-level vault–home to something truly evil.”

The Vault also stars Q’orianka Kilcher, Clifton Collins Jr., and Scott Haze.

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Fireworks & James Bond to Begin the 52nd Karlovy Vary Film Festival

Karlovy Vary Film Festival

I am attending the Karlovy Vary Film Festival for my very first time this year, and I’m already in love with it. This charming, energetic festival takes place in a small spa town called Karlovy Vary (or also known as Carlsbad) about two hours west of Prague in the Czech Republic. The festival is celebrating its 52nd year, and they’ve been gaining more and more recognition in the last few years. Living in Berlin now, Prague is just a short hop away, so I decided to attend Karlovy Vary for my first time and catch up on more great films this year. It’s always exciting to attend a film festival for the first time, and this one is special. I couldn’t be happier to be here and begin watching films, discovering more gems after Sundance, Berlinale, and Cannes. ›››

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‘Terminator 2: 3D’ Trailer: James Cameron Believes It Looks “Spectacular”

Terminator 2

If you never got a chance to see Terminator 2: Judgement Day in theaters, then lucky for you, $ 7 million has been spent on converting James Cameron‘s action movie classic to 3D for a re-release. The director was hoping it’d be in theaters last summer for the 25th anniversary, but that didn’t pan out. The 3D conversion of Titanic was well-received, and in a new trailer for Terminator 2: 3D, Cameron appears confident audiences will embrace his iconic sequel in 3D as well.

Below, watch the Terminator 2 3D trailer.

A major reason this conversion was made possible? China. Terminator 2: 3D was never released in theaters there. Terminator: Genisys, however, was a massive hit in the country; it made $ 113 million. The Terminator sequel made more money in China than it did in the United States. Cameron was confident the box-office receipts in China would be more than enough to justify the cost of the 3D conversion, which was supervised and produced by DMG Entertainment and Studiocanal. StereoD, the conversion house behind Jurassic Park 3D and Titanic 3D, worked on it, too.

In a new trailer for the re-release, Cameron calls them “the best conversion house” in the business:

Terminator 2: 3D is a great opportunity for, as Cameron points out, fans who never got a chance to see the movie in theaters. Cameron’s sequel of holds up great, with its timeless practical action and effects, so I imagine it’ll look beautiful on the big screen and maybe even better than some action movies from recent years. As someone who first watched the movie on LaserDisc, I’m looking forward to experiencing Cameron’s film in theaters the first time, like probably a lot of his fans are.

Here’s the synopsis for Terminator 2: Judgement Day 3D:

It has been 10 years since the events of Terminator. Sarah Connor’s ordeal is only just beginning as she struggles to protect her son John, the future leader of the human resistance against the machines, from a new Terminator, sent back in time to eliminate John Connor while he’s still a child.

Sarah and John don’t have to face this terrifying threat alone however. The human resistance have managed to send them an ally, a warrior from the future ordered to protect John Connor at any cost.

The battle for tomorrow has begun….

James Cameron’s masterpiece starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in his most iconic role, has been converted in immersive 3D by Cameron himself. First hitting our screens in 1991 with groundbreaking special effects, the 3D version will take the seminal blockbuster to the next level of effects and into the 21st century for the next generation of fans.

Terminator 2: 3D opens in theaters August 25.

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