A new movie you’ve never heard of is dominating Netflix

Bruce Willis may be 66 years old, but the star of the new sci-fi action movie Cosmic Sin is still doing, well, the Bruce Willis thing. His latest release, now streaming on Netflix, finds him once again — what else? Strapping on armor of some kind, shooting up a lot of bad guys, and saving humanity from some existential threat. When it works, it really works (a la something like The Fifth Element). We’ll get into more detail about his newest title below, and whether or not his formula works here or not. But, for now, it’s worth pointing out: As of the time of this writing, it’s cracked the Netflix daily Top 10. With Cosmic Sin currently sitting at #8, as I type these words.

Cosmic Sin — now streaming on Netflix

The basics: Directed by Edward Drake, Cosmic Sin stars Willis and Frank Grillo in what wants to be a sci-fi epic, set in the year 2524. Willis plays a retired general, and the time period is four centuries after humanity started colonizing the outer planets.

Willis’ character, General James Ford, is tracked down to secure his help after hostile aliens on a remote planet start attacking soldiers. It all escalates from there into a potential interstellar war.

“We didn’t know whether to burn it, or put it in a museum,” Grillo’s character says at one point in the trailer, about … something, I guess. “I’m sure they said the same thing about me,” Willis’ hero general growls in response.

Should you stream it?

If you ask the opinion of many of the reviewers (and viewers) who’s already watched the movie, it sounds like they’d probably say Cosmic Sin is a great title here. With an emphasis on “sin.” As in, it was a sin against humanity that this movie got made at all.

There’s certainly a ton of entertaining and buzzy film content to watch on Netflix right now. Heck, just check out some of the other titles on the current Top 10 list. You’ve got Netflix originals like Gunpowder Milkshake, for example, which is a thriller about female assassins. As well as the Fear Street trilogy, which is a set of horror movies based on the book series by R.L. Stine. All three of those shot to the top of the Netflix Top 10 list, and viewers are still raving about them online.

And then we come to Cosmic Sin. Which, yes, made it onto Netflix’s Top 10 list. But which one Twitter user lambasted as so awful that somebody needs to check on Willis’ agent (presumably, for recommending this gig to the star).

Source: BGR

“Cosmic Sin” Picked Up by Saban for North America

Saban Films has acquired North American rights to Bruce Willis-starring sci-fi-action project “Cosmic Sin.” One of the hottest projects being pitched at the Berlin Film Festival’s European Film Market, the picture is written and directed by Corey Large and Edward Drake (“Breach”) with Large also producing.

“Cosmic Sin” follows a group of warriors and scientists who must fight to protect and save their race when a hostile alien species with the power to infect and take over human hosts sets its sights on a futuristic human society.

“Saban Films has been partnering on films at earlier stages and this is a project we knew we wanted to be involved with from the beginning,” said Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley, who negotiated the deal, with Large on behalf of the filmmakers.

The film is currently in pre-production, with The Exchange handling international rights in other territories. Stephen Eads is executive producing.

Willis also stars in upcoming “Breach,” another sci-fi action project, featuring an alien force intent on taking control of a space ship. “Breach” is in post-production and was represented by Film Mode Entertainment.

Saban has handled theatrical films such as Hilary Swank-starring “The Homesman,” to two of the biggest Fathom events Rob Zombie’s “3 From Hell” last year and Kevin Smith’s “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.” Saban’s upcoming slate includes: Jason Lei Howden’s “Guns Akimbo,” starring Daniel Radcliffe; Ant Timpson’s “Come to Daddy,” starring Elijah Wood, and “Vivarium,” starring Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg.

Source: Variety

‘Motherless Brooklyn’ To Open Chicago International Film Festival

Edward Norton’s adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s novel Motherless Brooklyn will open the 55th edition of the Chicago International Film Festival.

Motherless Brooklyn centers on Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton), a lonely private detective living with Tourette Syndrome, who ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). Armed only with a few clues and the engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely guarded secrets that hold the fate of New York in the balance. In a mystery that carries him from gin-soaked jazz clubs in Harlem to the hard-edged slums of Brooklyn and, finally, into the gilded halls of New York’s power brokers, Lionel contends with thugs, corruption and the most dangerous man in the city to honor his friend and save the woman who might be his own salvation.

The film’s ensemble cast includes Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bobby Cannavale, Cherry Jones, Michael Kenneth Williams, Leslie Mann, Ethan Suplee, Dallas Roberts, Josh Pais, Robert Ray Wisdom, Fisher Stevens, with Alec Baldwin and Willem Dafoe.

“We’re thrilled to be opening with Edward Norton’s stunning and accomplished new film,” said the festival’s artistic director Mimi Plauché. “Edward is already celebrated for his acting talent, but with his second feature as a director he’s proven himself to be a visionary filmmaker with a highly entertaining movie full of terrific performances that feels both timeless and utterly timely.”

The opening night celebration, sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation, will be held at the AMC River East 21 at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 16, 2019. An after-party at Union Station Burlington Room will follow, with additional support provided by Aberlour, Chloe Wine Collection, Goose Island, and Forza Meats.

Presented by Cinema/Chicago, the 55th Chicago International Film Festival will take place Oct. 16-27 at the AMC River East.

Source: Forbes

Bruce Signs 3-Picture Deal With MoviePass Films

It solidified a long relationship that Willis has had with Emmett/Furla/Oasis. He has made 14 films with them, with 10 Minutes Gone in post-production and past efforts that include the Richard Donner-directed 16 Blocks and the Stephen Frears-helmed Lay the Favorite.

The first in the new three-pic pact will be Trauma Center, written by Paul da Silva. It will begin shooting in February in Miami. Additional casting is underway on the film. Emmett, Furla and Lydia Hull will produce Trauma Center, while Ted Farnsworth, Tim Sullivan and Alex Eckert will executive produce.

Speaking on the relationship between the company and Willis, Emmett said: “We consider Bruce a part of the MoviePass family at this point. Bruce is not only one of the biggest worldwide movie stars but is also a force to be reckoned with, and we look forward to the future with him.”

Said Willis, “After 15 years, I look forward to continuing to work with Randall and George in the coming year.”

EFO is in post-production on Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman along with Willis’ 10 Minutes Gone. The Michael Polish-helmed WWII drama Axis Sally starring Al Pacino is currently in pre-production.

Source: Deadline

Why ‘Die Hard’ is definitely a Christmas movie

A recent poll by the Hollywood Reporter/ Morning Consult found 62% of American adults thought “Die Hard” was not a Christmas film. And even Bruce Willis joined in the debate.

“Die Hard” sits at number 11 on ranking site Rotten Tomatoes’ 50 Best Christmas Movies. It also features on best Christmas lists by Time Out, and tops movie magazine Empire’s list.

The most successful Christmas movie of all time is Home Alone, with a lifetime gross $476,684,675. “Die Hard” has made box office totals of around $141, 278, 197, according to boxofficemojo. This year the British Film Institute includes contemporary comedies in its Christmas line-up, including “Gremlins” and “Home Alone”.

We take a look at different criteria: soundtrack, the time frame the film is set in, viewing habits, music, anti-Christmas element and overcoming of greed. We can prove it IS a Christmas movie. Sort of.


Tiberius Picks Up Bruce Willis Crime Drama ’10 Minutes Gone’

The indie action thriller, from high-octane director and regular Willis collaborator Brian A. Miller, sees the ‘Die Hard’ star playing a man trying to piece together his missing memory during a bank heist gone wrong.

In a deal that shows there’s still an international market for old-fashioned action, distributor Tiberius has picked up 10 Minutes Gone, Bruce Willis’ latest indie action thriller, for the German market.

The crime drama, from high-octane director and regular Willis collaborator Brian A. Miller (Officer Down, The Prince), sees the Die Hard star playing a man trying to piece together a missing 10 minutes lost from his memory during a bank heist gone wrong in order to find out who sabotaged him. Michael Chiklis and Meadow Williams co-star in the feature from EFO Films and MoviePass.

Tiberius also snatched up German rights to the action thriller Last Rampage, starring Robert Patrick as real-life convicted murderer Gary Tison, who staged a bloody escape from Arizona State Prison in 1978. Heather Graham co-stars in the film from Halloween 4 director Dwight H. Little.

Tiberius made it an AFM action three-peat with the pickup of T-34, a Russian war epic from director Aleksey Sidorov that follows a group of Russian soldiers during World War II who escape from German captivity in a wreck of tank.

This story first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter’s Nov. 3 daily issue at the American Film Market.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

‘Glass’ Trailer Pits Supervillains Samuel L. Jackson and James McAvoy Against Heroic Bruce Willis

Even though M. Night Shyamalan made his name with The Sixth Sense’s memorable twist ending, the big reveal at the end of 2017’s Split — namely, that it was a covert sequel to 2000’s Unbreakable — nonetheless took audiences by thrilled surprise. We’ll have to wait until January to see if the filmmaker is capable of once again blindsiding fans with what will be the third entry in his superhero series, Glass. But a new trailer for the film certainly indicates that the sequel is hiding a bombshell or two.

Taking place in the recent aftermath of Split, Glass will focus on indestructible empath David Dunn (Bruce Willis), now dubbed “the Overseer,” and his fragile nemesis Elijah Price, aka “Mr. Glass” (Samuel L. Jackson), as well as multiple-personality-plagued Kevin Wendall Crumb (James McAvoy), aka “the Horde,” who has the ability to transform into the monstrous Beast.

Even more than its initial trailer, this latest promo indicates that Mr. Glass is the one deviously orchestrating events, manipulating his incarceration at a psychiatric hospital alongside Dunn and Crumb to initiate a battle between good and evil. That conflict will rage both inside and outside the facility run by Sarah Paulson’s Dr. Ellie Staple and will eventually involve Anya Taylor-Joy’s Casey Cooke, the only female survivor from Split. It’ll also feature Mr. Glass’s mom, played by Charlayne Woodard — or so the filmmakers promise.

Glass arrives in theaters on Jan. 18, 2019.

Source: The Hollywood News

Bruce Willis & Adrien Brody Lead The Cast Of WWII Epic

“We want you to take this training very seriously,” utters Bruce Willis’ character in The Bombing (A.K.A. Air Strike) trailer, which has just graced the Internet. The film will arrive on DVD and Digital on 29th October, and also stars Adrien Brody. It is set World War II and focusses upon five Chinese people who fight their way through Japanese air attacks to protect a military machine.

The Bombing is known as Air Strike in other territories, but the UK market will get the different title when it releases at the end of the month on the home formats. According to some sources, it is the 10th-most expensive non-English-language film by production cost. The film’s Wikipedia page states that it cost a staggering $65 million to make.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Thrilling airborne dogfights set the sky on fire in an epic untold tale from WWII…

Inspired by the heroic, untold true story of Chongqing, The Bombing stars screen legends Bruce Willis (Die Hard, The Expendables) and Adrien Brody (The Pianist) in an incredible tale of honor and immense bravery.

This pulse-pounding war epic centres around the courage of China’s citizens during WWII. As U.S. Air Force commander Jack Johnson (Willis) trains the Chinese aviators to battle Japanese fighters, a hot-headed pilot begs to fly a powerful bomber that could stop the attacks. Meanwhile, a team of spies and refugees must carry a game-changing decoder device through the war-torn countryside. The Bombing portrays this historic conflict in a thrilling new light.

Source: The Hollywood News

“Die Hard” Prequel/Sequel “McClane” Apparently Moving Forward

Len Wiseman‘s Die Hard 6 aka Die Hard: Year One aka McClane looks like it might actually be happening.

The semi-sequel/prequel would mainly focus on a young John McClane working as an NYPD rookie beat cop during the gritty 1970’s.

However, Bruce Willis’ version of the character is still very much involved as two parallel stories would be taking place.

Wiseman recently spoke to SlashFilm revealing that a young version of Holly (John’s estranged wife) would be featured in the film. Although, he kept mum about when the cameras could begin rolling on it.

“There is [a young Holly],” Wiseman said. “I will tell you there is.”

“Die Hard’s going to be happening fairly soon,” Wiseman said. “No dates. I’ve been asked about dates before and I’m always wrong. The date is when the script is right which is when we all want to go. The script has taken quite a long time. I want it to be right, as everybody does. The truth is we started prepping Live Free or Die Hard when the script was not ready. That process of working on the script as we were shooting the movie is not the funnest thing in the world to do. We pulled it together but nobody wants to go through that again.”

The latest update we have concerning the project is the hiring of a couple of art directors on the film, suggesting that pre-production is already underway.

The new crew additions are art directors Carol Uraneck (Captain Marvel, Netflix’s Daredevil ) and veteran James Truesdale (Venom, Just Mercy, Blade II, Big Little Lies, Mercury Rising). It makes sense they’d hire art directors first as the film will be taking place in the mid-to-late 1970’s for most of the film.

Production dates are currently unknown but there is an assumption it could begin filming sometime next year as Wiseman is expected to first direct the pilot for DC Universe’s Swamp Thing.

20th Century Fox has yet to give McClane an official release date.

Source: Geeks WorldWide