Hitman

Paul Walker Hitman

According to Deadline Hollywood, Fox is looking to take another shot at the world of Hitman despite the relative weakness (box office and quality-wise) of the 2007 video game adaptation starring Timothy Olyphant. Since bad ideas hate rolling solo, the studio has decided to hire Paul Walker to shed his hair and star in the project they’re calling Agent 47. Plus, if this didn’t already sound like an ambitious step toward mediocrity, it comes from screenwriters Skip Woods and Michael Finch. Woods’ Good Day to Die Hard isn’t yet available for judgment (it hits next week), but he wrote the earlier Hitman as well as X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The A-Team. Finch’s sole credit is for Predators. The cherry on top of the coffin is that they’ve hired  So there may be some interesting ideas here, but the decision to cast Walker is about as bad as my Photoshop job up there. There’s a version of studio math here that adds up because of the Fast and Furious franchise, but if Fox thinks that audiences come for anything but the fast cars, they’re in for a surprise here. Walker is about as unnatural an actor as they come, and trying to imagine the guy from Meet the Deedles acting hardcore stretches the imagination too far. Hopefully they leak a screen test soon.

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The Coroner

Opening in select theaters tomorrow and currently available on Video on Demand, Kill List is a clever little film from writer/director Ben Wheatley that’s been garnering a good bit of attention around the ol’ internet. It follows the journey of hitman Jay (Neil Maskell) and his buddy Gal (Michael Smiley) as they take on a contract to kill three men. As you might guess, things don’t go entirely smoothly. If you haven’t yet seen Kill List, you should probably stop reading, go see it, and then come back. You should watch it. It’s good. Don’t read anything else about it. Ignore everything you’ve heard, just walk into it blind and experience it. If you’ve already seen the movie, read on, or if you need extra convincing, read on, but for best results, see it with as little foreknowledge as possible.

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s the movie blogosphere’s diversity action plan. Because too many movie blogs just regurgitate press releases, post POV videos of street luge or bring you the same 25 stories that everyone else already has. We take those 25 stories, smash them together, wipe away the blood and mix ‘em with the best links we can find in a nightly tradition known to its friends as Movie News After Dark… For those Hobbit fans who aren’t completely sold on Peter Jackson doing the thing in 3D, see the above picture. If Gandalf approves, how can the world disagree?

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Guilty pleasure movies are the flicks that you’d probably never seek out or intentionally pop into the DVD player, but sometimes when you’re flipping channels you’ll see one and decide to just watch a minute or two. And end up sucked in through the very end. Hitman is one such pleasure. But to be honest, a healthy chunk of that film’s appeal is a naked Olga Kurylenko.

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With as lightening-fast as Marko Zaror is, we were incredibly lucky to catch him on camera for an exclusive Fantastic Fest interview. We assume the master martial artist and Mandrill director Ernesto Diaz Espinoza were lured in by the promise of free booze and shag carpet on the walls.

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In other news: Fox is working on a Hitman sequel. No word yet on who will have to go bald for it.

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So there I was, watching Isla Fisher’s new film Confessions of a Shopaholic and being a little surprised as how likeable she is on screen in a leading role when it occurred to me… I’m probably never going to see her boobs again

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Please Not Johnny Handsome 2

All signs point to Mickey Rourke staying in the spotlight for the immediate future. His latest upcoming project announced during the thick of the Oscar race will reunite him with Walter Hill, his Johnny Handsome director.

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Jason Statham is back as Frank Martin, the driver with a very particular affinity for driving Audis, solving diabolical plots and using household objects to beat the piss out of bad guys, handfuls at a time.

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DVDs I Bought This Week!

Brian Gibson loves to buy DVDs. Come with him on his weekly journey into the depths of credit card debt as he tells you what to buy, rent and avoid.

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Well, we all know what’s going to be number one at the box office this weekend…

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Nathan Deen

Hitman

Movie Reviews By Nate Deen on November 23, 2007 | Comments (2)

Time and time again we see movies adapted from video games fail miserably.

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The movie may be getting rocked by critics, but there are 3-4 minutes of a nude Olga Kurylenko somewhere in the middle to take the sting off the train-wreck of a story.

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Robert Fure

Hitman

Movie Reviews By Robert Fure on November 22, 2007 | Comments (2)

Blasting its way into theaters this Thanksgiving is the movie adaptation of the critically acclaimed game.

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It’s not a complicated movie, so this isn’t a complicated game.

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Reject Report to all of you, and a big hello again to all you Writers Guild of America people who plan to spend Turkey Day on the picket line. We’ve got a big week of movies ahead.

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The recent furor over who was in control of the Hitman project and what rating it was going to get brought to light the lengths a studio will go to in order to ensure profitability of a movie.

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