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Atomic Blonde Kicks Ass at Home Nov. 14

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Universal City, California, September 14, 2017 – Double-crossed while sent to collect stolen intelligence in East Germany, elusive secret agent Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Fate of the Furious) unleashes a deadly arsenal of skills in Atomic Blonde, the adrenaline pumping, stylish spy-thriller, coming to Digital on October 24, 2017 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on November 14, 2017, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Adapted from Antony Johnson’s graphic novel, The Coldest City, the explosive film set in the late eighties takes viewers on a high-stakes chase as Theron attempts to escape Berlin. The 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital versions include commentary from the cast, filmmakers, stunt performers and fight coordinators, plus behind-the-scenes features that take viewers inside the making of the film’s intense stunt choreography.

Oscar®-winner Charlize Theron stars as elite MI6’s most lethal assassin and the crown jewel of her Majesty’s secret intelligence service,
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Review: Atomic Blonde (2017)

David Leitch’s cinematic rendition of graphic novel The Coldest City holds true to its roots in genre, styling & characterisation, creating an astounding & brutally fresh view on the spy genre, however often fails to keep its audiences gripped, and falls short of its overarching style.

Set in 1989 Berlin, international tensions are high, as British Intelligence fights for The List, a list of every active agent in the Soviet Union. Having been sent by MI6 to retrieve The List and assassinate a mysterious loose-lipped double-agent, Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) fights her way through Berlin, uncovering secrets and corruption, she can trust no-one.

Sounds familiar right? Atomic Blonde has an underlying plot structure which screams nothing new to a viewer, the Berlin Wall, international espionage, secrets & fight scenes. However, as the film’s opening credits show, this is not that story. Leitch’s graphic and brutal spy flick brings audiences the female John Wick,
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How the ‘Atomic Blonde’ Team Pulled Off the Incredible, 10-Minute, ‘One-Take’ Action Sequence

How the ‘Atomic Blonde’ Team Pulled Off the Incredible, 10-Minute, ‘One-Take’ Action Sequence
From “Children of Men” to the opening scene of “La La Land,” so-called oners are all the rage these days, as directors design scenes (or entire movies, a la “Birdman”) to look as if they were filmed in one continuous take. But surely none has been more complicated than the nearly 10-minute, “single-shot” action scene in David Leitch’s “Atomic Blonde.” In this jaw-dropping set-piece, Charlize Theron’s secret-agent character ushers her “package” inside a rancid old Berlin building, fights her way upstairs and back down, then out into the street, where the sequence continues as a car chase, replete with exploding windows and somersaulting SUVs.

Leave it to Leitch, who served alongside Chad Stahelski as a stunt coordinator and second unit director on movies such as “The Matrix Revolutions” and “Jurassic World,” to attempt something so audacious for his directorial debut. From the get-go, Leitch was inspired by two things: “Children of Men” and a mandate
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‘Atomic Blonde’: How They Turned One Amazing Action Scene Into a Seven-Minute Long Take

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‘Atomic Blonde’: How They Turned One Amazing Action Scene Into a Seven-Minute Long Take
It’s one of the most stunning seven minutes of filmed action in years. Undercover MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) enters an apartment building to find and stop the snipers making it impossible to sneak her asset, Spyglass (Eddie Marsan), out of East Berlin. In one long take — or at least what would appear to be one — she fights a series of well-trained assassins, using both hand-to-hand combat and her gun in a scene that is both viscerally exciting and edge-of-your-seat thrilling.

Read MoreWhat the Success of ‘Atomic Blonde’ Means for the Future of Female-Led Action Movies

IndieWire recently talked with Sam Hargrave, the “Atomic Blonde” second-unit director and stunt coordinator, who both choreographed and shot (camera operator) the scene to find out how they pulled off this remarkable piece of filmmaking.

Why a Oner

Director David Leitch was a legendary stunt coordinator/second-unit director in his own right – with “Bourne,
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‘Atomic Blonde’ Review: Charlize Theron Crunches Bones Through Diet John le Carré Plotting

There’s a bargain underlying the whole of Atomic Blonde, wherein director David Leitch wavers between its more cheeky qualities and its adherence to the conventions of generic spy fare. The film is, by definition, “cool” in every sense. Despite some wonky plotting best described as Diet John le Carré and a heavy-handed soundtrack that occasionally gets in its own way, Charlize Theron plows full steam ahead with a taut precision and a physicality commanding every moment with an icy ferocity. Thankfully, this helps you ignore the moments where Leitch employs a somewhat masturbatory, Nicolas Winding Refn-esque tendency to remind you how fucking “cool” it all is.

Set in Berlin just prior to the collapse of the wall, Theron’s Lorraine Broughton is assigned to track down a much sought-after list of all the double agents deployed by MI6 throughout the Cold War. What worked for Mission: Impossible and
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Charlize Theron kicks major ass in “Atomic Blonde”

There’s a fight sequence almost two thirds of the way through Atomic Blonde that I’m convinced is going to go down as an all time classic. It will rock your socks, plain and simple. The whole movie actually is pretty strong when it comes to action sequences. That being said, the real selling point is Charlize Theron, who turns in her most kick ass performance to date. She’s truly spectacular here, showing that what she did in Mad Max: Fury Road (we can pretend things like Aeon Flux never happened) wasn’t a one off. This week, the film hits theaters and should delight those of you who wish more women would get to kick some ass. Trust me, ass is kicked here, to say the least. Discussing the plot of this movie is kind of dumb, since it makes no sense, but here goes nothing. Told in flashbacks,
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James McAvoy Feels Charlize Theron’s Wrath In New Atomic Blonde Clip

The Coldest City, Antony Johnston and Sam Hart’s graphic novel about the dangerous world of espionage, has been simmering on the back-burner ever since Charlize Theron swooped in to acquire the screen rights a few years back. That’s hardly surprising, either, given the actress’ busy, busy schedule, but we’re now only a few weeks away from welcoming Johnston and Hart’s Cold War thriller onto the big screen in the form of Atomic Blonde.

Universal has been busy promoting the release off the back of extremely positive reviews coming out of SXSW, and their campaign continues apace today with an explosive new clip for David Leitch’s spy thriller, in which Theron’s best-in-class MI6 agent can be seen laying the smackdown on James McAvoy, who doesn’t stand a chance against the lethal blonde headed badass. We’re not sure what exactly it is that he wants from her,
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Charlize Theron Is All Business In This Final Atomic Blonde Trailer

The Coldest City, Antony Johnston and Sam Hart’s graphic novel about the dangerous world of espionage, has been simmering on the back-burner ever since Charlize Theron swooped in to acquire the screen rights a few years back. That’s hardly surprising, either, given the actress’ busy, busy schedule, but we’re now only a few weeks away from welcoming Johnston and Hart’s Cold War thriller onto the big screen in the form of Atomic Blonde.

Universal has been busy promoting the release off the back of extremely positive reviews coming out of SXSW, and their campaign continues apace today with an explosive, and final trailer for David Leitch’s spy thriller, in which Theron’s best-in-class MI6 agent can be seen kicking ass in all kinds of brutal ways. And we use the term ‘kicking ass’ quite lightly.

Lifted from the pages of graphic novel The Coldest City
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Deadpool 2 Set Photos Have Ryan Reynolds Crashing a Birthday Party

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Deadpool 2 Set Photos Have Ryan Reynolds Crashing a Birthday Party
After many months that consisted of a little drama, rumors, some exciting (and unexpected) casting, Deadpool 2 is finally a real thing. What is more than likely the most highly-anticipated sequel hitting theaters next year is officially filming, and we have the latest set photos to prove it. And honestly, this is the perfect batch of images for Deadpool 2 because it looks like Wade Wilson is crashing a children's birthday party.

Earlier in the month, Ryan Reynolds was seen shooting at X-Mansion, though he seemed to be on a lone mission there, as Xavier and his gifted students weren't home. A handful of new photos from Deadpool 2 have now arrived online, clearly showing Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson hanging around at a kid's birthday party. We can only assume he wasn't invited. He is wearing an Expo 86 shirt from the World's Fair, as well as some sweat pants and his signature Deadpool mask.
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Charlize Theron Kicks Ass In New Atomic Blonde TV Spot

The Coldest City, Antony Johnston and Sam Hart’s graphic novel about the dangerous world of espionage, has been simmering on the back-burner ever since Charlize Theron swooped in to acquire the screen rights a few years back. That’s hardly surprising, either, given the actress’ busy, busy schedule, but we’re now only a few months away from welcoming Johnston and Hart’s Cold War thriller onto the big screen in the form of Atomic Blonde.

Universal has been busy promoting the release off the back of extremely positive reviews coming out of SXSW, and their campaign continues apace today with a brand new promo for David Leitch’s spy thriller, in which Theron’s best-in-class MI6 agent can be seen beating up goons in all kinds of brutal ways. And we use the term ‘beating up’ quite lightly.

Lifted from the pages of graphic novel The Coldest City
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Charlize Theron Gets Deadly in New Trailer for ‘Atomic Blonde’

After a hard-hitting first look, Charlize Theron is back to kick some serious ass in the new trailer for Atomic Blonde. The latest feature from John Wick co-director David Leitch, the action-thriller finds Theron’s Lorraine Broughton as an undercover MI6 agent during the Cold War who is tasked with hunting down a secret agent-killer. Teamed up with another agent (James McAvoy), Lorraine must fight her way through hordes of bad guys to save the day.

Penned by Kurt Johnstad (300) and lensed by Jonathan Sela (John Wick), Atomic Blonde looks to showcase Theron’s ferocious energy displayed in Mad Max: Fury Road with the now-signature stylings of John Wick. Following acclaim at its SXSW premiere, see the trailer below, along with a poster and synopsis, for the film that also stars John Goodman, Toby Jones, Sofa Boutella, Bill Skarsgård, and Eddie Marsan.

The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service,
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SXSW 2017 Review: Atomic Blonde Puts Charlize Theron’s Lethal Skills on Full Display

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While stuntman-turned-director David Leitch may be best known for his work on John Wick (and he’s also been tapped to helm the upcoming Deadpool 2), throughout his career he’s specialized in delivering all kinds of incredible action sequences for nearly 20 years. So while it may be easy to connect (on paper) the recent hit actioner starring Keanu Reeves and Leitch’s latest, Atomic Blonde, featuring the always badass Charlize Theron destroying bad guys all over Germany in the late 1980s, the latter confidently and brazenly goes all out, raising the bar for action movies and proving once again that blondes really do get to have all the fun.

The setting for Atomic Blonde is 1989. The Berlin Wall is on the verge of being taken down, and tensions are running high on both the west and eastern sides of Germany, as a list of spies has fallen into the wrong hands,
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They’re Rebooting ‘The Matrix’ and Now I’m Dead

Warner Bros. takes some more red pills and wants to bring the franchise back.

Warner Bros. really wants to see how deep the rabbit hole goes. According to THR, the idea to reboot The Matrix is now being tossed around. I know what you are thinking; how could they possibly do this! Apparently, there has been some talk with screenwriter Zak Penn about writing a treatment, so this could still very much fall apart. There are even rumors that Michael B. Jordan is being considered for the lead. What was once a groundbreaking Sci-Fi film that defied expectations, will now be mined for new entries and destroyed.

What was it about The Matrix that made it so fresh? Specifically you could point towards the stunning special-effects that were imitated for years afterwards. Inspired from Hong Kong martial arts features, The Matrix used a technique known as Wire Fu in order to capture its most thrilling action sequences
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‘Atomic Blonde’ Review: Charlize Theron Kicks Ass In Cold War Action-Thriller — SXSW 2017

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‘Atomic Blonde’ Review: Charlize Theron Kicks Ass In Cold War Action-Thriller — SXSW 2017
Among the many wild fight scenes in “Atomic Blonde,” one finds Charlize Theron as MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton rappelling from a balcony using an incapacitated goon as her counterweight, and that’s not even the craziest bit. Later, she battles her way through another apartment building loaded with Kgb goons, in a single, unbroken shot that careens down several flights of stairs, through the close quarters of a decrepit room, and into the confines of a speeding car. Bullets, knives and fists factor heavily into this spectacular showdown, but nothing hits harder than the camera pressing in close to Theron as she glares at one of the vanquished men and growls, “Now you’re my bitch.”

This is not only the essence of “Atomic Blonde,” but a phenomenal show-stopping moment that makes the whole gambit worthwhile. The first solo effort by “John Wick” co-director David Leitch, “Atomic Blonde” exists in
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SXSW Film Review: ‘Atomic Blonde’

SXSW Film Review: ‘Atomic Blonde’
Toward the end of “Atomic Blonde,” David Leitch’s hyperviolent, hyperstylized action pic set in Berlin just before the fall of the wall, Charlize Theron’s MI6 superwoman Lorraine Broughton is tasked with protecting a Stasi defector. He’s been wounded on the street, and she drags him into a building lobby. “Wait here,” she says, and proceeds to do brutal battle with waves of henchmen up an elevator, down a staircase, into an apartment, out of the apartment, with a gun, without a gun, with an unloaded gun, with stray bits of furniture, back out into the street, into a car, forward in the car, and then in reverse. The scene lasts a good five minutes, and does not contain a single obvious cut. It is worth the price of admission alone.

It’s a good thing, too, because the rest of the film can’t help but feel
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Why John Wick director Chad Stahelski is the perfect choice to reboot Highlander

Tom Jolliffe on why John Wick director Chad Stahelski is the perfect choice to helm the Highlander reboot…

Stunt-man turned director Chad Stahelski has certainly had a good start to his burgeoning career as an action auteur. John Wick began what is now in the process of becoming a hugely successful franchise. Two films in, with a booming and expansive box office appeal. Next up for him is, all being well (as this project has long gestated and had directors come and go, year on year) is a remake of Highlander.

Now I should state two things now. Firstly, I love Highlander. The first film is an underrated piece of brilliance. From the visuals, to the music to the sheer style of it, Highlander is one of a kind. It then spawned four more films (none of which were good) and a TV show, as well as comics, anime and more.
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News Bits: Moms, T5, Katwe, End, Snow

Bad Moms

Stx Entertainment has released the first photo from their summer comedy "Bad Moms" which opens July 29th. Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith and Annie Mumolo star in the film about a mother pushed too far by the alpha moms at her kid's school - prompting her to team with two other misfit moms to get a taste of freedom. [Source: FM]

Transformers 5

Jonathan Sela, the cinematographer on "John Wick," has joined the crew of Michael Bay's fifth "Transformers" film at Paramount Pictures. He takes over from Amir Mokri ("Man of Steel") who serve as cinematographer on the previous two films. [Source: Variety]

Queen of Katwe

Disney has given the Mira Nair-directed chess drama "Queen of Katwe" an awards-season release date of September 23rd. The film will initially score a limited release before expanding the following week.

Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo and Madina Nalwanga
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‘Transformers 5’ Lands ‘John Wick’ Cinematographer to Shoot the Sequel for Michael Bay

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‘Transformers 5’ Lands ‘John Wick’ Cinematographer to Shoot the Sequel for Michael Bay
The most recent Transformers sequels, Dark of the Moon and Age of Extinction, had Man of Steel director of photography Amir Mokri helping Michael Bay behind the camera. But for the filmmaker’s final outing on the franchise with Transformers 5, he’s bringing in some new blood. John Wick cinematographer Jonathan Sela has boarded Transformers 5, […]

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John Wick Blu-Ray Review

It’s interesting that the titular figure (Keanu Reeves) in John Wick, a visceral and vivid actioner of uncommon simplicity, is presented as the fresh face of a brand-new action franchise when he’s actually a throwback to the unstoppable juggernaut in James Cameron’s The Terminator. That’s not a knock so much as a raised eyebrow aimed at the kinds of characters that directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch and writer Derek Kolstad think modern-day audiences want to watch. And after sitting through the slick and stylish feast of action trash they’ve whipped up, it’s easy to nod your head and acknowledge that they’re onto something.

After all, even though Wick – an ex-assassin who goes back to work when the pig-headed son (Alfie Allen) of New York’s uppermost Russian mob boss (Michael Nyqvist) steals his prized Mustang and brutishly kills the puppy that Wick
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‘John Wick’ kicks butt

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John Wick

Written by Derek Kolstad

Directed by David Leitch & Chad Stahelski

China/Canada/USA, 2014

John Wick is a beautiful ballet of death and destruction. It combines the brutal hand-to-hand combat of Jason Bourne with Ridley Scott’s visual sensibilities to create the perfect vehicle for Keanu Reeves. Here, Reeves struts his physicality and underrated comic timing to ratchet up the fun while he amasses a huge body count. It’s an ultra-slick, violence-worshipping extravaganza that will have you eating from the palm of its bloodstained hand.

John Wick tells a story as ancient as time itself…

Boy meets girl. Boy marries girl. Girl gets terminal illness. Girl leaves boy a dog to help him grieve. Russian mafia kills dog. Boy goes on murderous quest for vengeance.

Ah, the classics.

Of course, this merely serves as the framework that allows Keanu Reeves to kick all manner of butt in a
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