Available on VOD and DVD beginning February 5th is the new crime drama Mafia from writer/director Ryan Combs (Caged Animal). The film stars Golden Globe-winning actor Ving Rhames (Death Race 3: Inferno), Robert Patrick (Gangster Squad), and '70s icon Pam Grier (Jackie Brown).
IAR is proud to present an exclusive clip from Mafia.
Available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning January 22nd is the new action film Death Race 3: Inferno, which is the third installment in the popular Death Race franchise. Directed by Roel Reine (The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption), the new film features returning stars Luke Goss (Hellboy II: The Golden Army), Danny Trejo (Machete), Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction), Tanit Phoenix (Lost Boys: The Thirst), and Fred Koehler (TV's Lost), as well as new cast member Dougray Scott (There Be Dragons).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to sit down with Luke Goss to talk about his work on Death Race 3: Inferno. The popular action star discussed his new film, how his character has changed since the last movie, developing the relationship between Frankenstein and Katrina, working with Danny Trejo and Ving Rhames, the addition of Dougray Scott as the villain, doing his own driving stunts, and which cut of the film he likes better - the rated or unrated version.
Remember this most ostentatious day, dear Rogues, for this day shall live on for all time as the day on which IAR proudly debuted the first look at the poster for the upcoming crime thriller Mafia.
As the sequel's IMAX release is less than two weeks away, Paramount Pictures has released yet another new official clip from Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. Unlike past clips, this one doesn't feature Jeremy Renner jumping into a turbine, or two gorgeous women in an all-out fisticuffs, or even Tom Cruise swinging around on the Burj Khalifa. Instead, it has Cruise and Simon Pegg engaging in a little humorous interplay without actually exchanging a word. Pegg is doing all the talking as Benji Dunn, the talkative tech expert introduced in the last film, Mission: Impossible III, while Cruise's Ethan Hunt just threateningly pantomimes at him via a hacked security camera. When Hunt finally holds up a fist, it's rendered all the more effective by the tight white tank top (or "wifebeater," as it's colloquially known) he's wearing.
Paramount Pictures has released a slew of official images and a new clip from Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, which makes sense because the third sequel in the resilient franchise is set to hit theaters in less than a month. As such, you've probably started to notice billboards, posters, television spots, and the like all including espionage action and Tom Cruise swinging around on the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
Okay, first up is the clip, but it requires a bit of context. Last week, we posted a fresh clip that showed Jeremy Renner's Brandt getting all kinds of nervous before making a big leap. The new clip is actually the set-up for the punchline that is that previously-released clip. In this new one, Brandt and brains-of-the-operation Benji Dunn, played again by Simon Pegg, go over the plan in all its ludicrousness. Brandt is understandably concerned, and Benji's flippantly repeated response earns a solid callback in the familiar clip.
In the Mission: Impossible films, Tom Cruise's hero Ethan Hunt is always executing wildly dangerous acrobatic stunts without ever betraying even a hint of fear, but a new clip from the upcoming Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol changes gears just a little bit. Cruise is on hand, as is Simon Pegg playing tech geek and exposition-machine Benji Dunn, but the man in action here is Jeremy Renner as the mysterious Brandt, who might just take over for Hunt s the lead in potential continued sequels. Here, Brandt is about to take a huge, deadly looking leap, with some technology in his outfit meant to save his life. In a refreshing change of pace, Brandt is nervous and freaked out about making the big move, fretting over the possibility of dying a horrific death in the middle of his vertiginous stunt.
The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building on Earth, a $1.5 billion dollar tower that stands 165 stories and 2,723 feet above the city of Dubai. It was only a matter of time before Tom Cruise went crawling and swinging around on its exterior in a Mission: Impossible movie. A new behind-the-scenes featurette on Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol shows Cruise doing just that, under the director of animation-master-turned-live-action-action-director Brad Bird. It's thoroughly ridiculous – and I mean that in the most impressive way possible – to see how casually Cruise dangling and jumping in a scenario that looks pretty thoroughly terrifying to any sensible person.
Paramount Pictures has released a new official poster for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, complete with Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, and Simon Pegg looking debonair with Dubai in the background, reminding us that Ethan Hunt will indeed dangle from the Burj Khalifa tower during the course of the sequel.
In August, a promotional image provided a template for what would be revealed in September as the first official poster, with both featuring Cruise glowering seriously out from beneath a hoodie. Basically, the latter was the former, but closer-up on Cruise's face and with some code-like text running throughout. Earlier this month, an IMAX-specific poster broke from the pattern by showing Cruise in one of the film's vertiginous action scenes shot in IMAX. Now, we've got Ethan back in a hood, but this time, he's got company.
There are two basic types in the current wave of 3D movies*: those event movies that use the format ostensibly to create immersive worlds and impressive visuals, and those that happily revel in the gimmicky potential inherent in 3D. Alexandre Aja's Piranha remake released last, was definitely in the latter category, going so over the top that it was difficult not to enjoy on some level. At last night's SpikeTV Scream Awards, Dimension Films took the opportunity to air the first footage from the sequel, Piranha 3DD, in the form of a teaser TV spot. Based on that title, one could guess that the sequel is taking the self-aware exploitative cheese to the next level, and this spot indicates that one would be correct.
The story, such as it is, finds the prehistoric piranha infiltrating a waterpark, where they encounter a multitude of surgically-enhanced women in bikinis, David Hasselhoff appearing as himself, and Ving Rhames, a holdover from the first film, whose replacement legs are also, conveniently, rifles.
On Monday, Paramount Pictures unveiled an IMAX poster for this December's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, and it turns out now that there was a very specific reason for that, as Paramount and IMAX have announced that roughly thirty minutes of the globe-trotting sequel were shot using IMAX cameras. In the summer of 2008, The Dark Knight became the first blockbuster to include specific shots filmed in IMAX, rather than simply blowing up every image for the extra large scenes. The result lent the film a spectacular scope, particularly in action sequences.
The Mission Impossible franchise has always included vertigo-inducing stuntwork, and director Brad Bird has upped the ante by setting Ghost Protocol's centerpiece action sequence on the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Anyone who remembers the visceral impact of that IMAX shot in which Batman dove off that skyscraper in Hong Kong will naturally assume that we'll be seeing some similarly huge shots of Tom Cruise swinging around above Dubai.