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New to Streaming: ‘The Untamed,’ Jean-Luc Godard, ‘Whose Streets?,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Cinema Through the Eye of Magnum (Sophie Bassaler)

When one conjures iconic memories from cinema history, they might be of your favorite shot or sequence, but my mind often travels to behind-the-scenes photos featuring director, cast, crew, and beyond. These photographs often have a unifying connection: they come from Magnum Photos. Since 1947, the photographic cooperative — founded by such iconic names as Robert Capa amd Henri Cartier-Bresson — has been responsible
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Lionsgate Buys Sandra Bullock Thriller ‘Vigilance’

Lionsgate Buys Sandra Bullock Thriller ‘Vigilance’
Lionsgate has purchased U.S. distribution rights to “Vigilance,” an action thriller with Sandra Bullock.

The deal was announced out of the Toronto International Film Festival. “Vigilance” follows an American who gets a job at a London armored car company that was the target of a robbery. Her motivations for working there grow more mysterious and tangled.

Bullock most recently starred in “Our Brand Is Crisis,” a box office flop that premiered at Toronto in 2015. Her other credits include the hits “Gravity” and “The Heat,” as well as her Oscar-winning turn in “The Blind Side.”

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Josef Wladyka (“Narcos”) will direct the picture. Joel Silver, the producer of “The Matrix,” “Lethal Weapon,” and “Die Hard” franchises, is overseeing the production. Despite his earlier run of successes, Silver has had a rough spell of late, with recent films such as “The Nice Guys” and
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John Woo Returns To Action With ‘Manhunt’ – Here’s The First Trailer

In a few weeks, The Hollywood News ventures off to Canada for our annual trip to the Toronto International Film Festival. There are many films playing there this year, but one of the ones I’m personally most excited about is Manhunt, the latest from legendary action filmmaker John Woo, one which is being billed as the ‘Return Of The Maestro’ – his return to the action movie genre. You can watch the first Manhunt movie trailer below.

Manhunt movie trailer – John Woo’s return to action

The first Manhunt movie trailer has landed on to little fanfare, hence the reason I’ve decided to write about it. The minute-long promo is full of Woo goodness – including slo-mo, twin gun fury, circling Jet-skis, and many flying bullets. I just hope there are doves. This really does look to be a throw back to Woo’s films of the late 1980s and
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Walter Hill on How the Action Genre Has Changed and Going Independent for ‘The Assignment’

Premiering back in September at the Toronto Film Festival, Walter Hill‘s The Assignment (formerly known as (Re)Assignment) came not necessarily as a galvanizing work from an old action master, but a charming, off-beat genre exercise as well as show-off for older thespians (chiefly Sigourney Weaver and Tony Shaloub). With the film now in theaters and on VOD, we were able to talk to Hill about the freedom and fun he had in making his first real low-budget film.

The Film Stage: How have action films changed since you returned to directing with Bullet to the Head?

Walter Hill: I think the changes were well in the works before I did Bullet to the Head. Obviously the superhero comic-book film has taken over. They’re now what’s referred to as action films, but I think they’re very different from the kind of movies we used to
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The Assignment Trailer: Michelle Rodriguez Used to Be One Killer Dude

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The Assignment Trailer: Michelle Rodriguez Used to Be One Killer Dude
Saban Films and Lionsgate have released the first trailer for The Assignment, which puts a unique twist on the assassin thriller genre. Sigourney Weaver and Michelle Rodriguez lead a diverse and impressive cast in this thriller, which also includes Tony Shalhoub, Anthony Lapaglia and Caitlin Gerard. If that wasn't enough, we also have the first poster for The Assignment, which you can check out below the trailer.

Legendary director Walter Hill (The Warriors) gives the revenge film a modern neo-noir twist with this electrifying thriller. Hitman Frank Kitchen (Michelle Rodriguez) is given a lethal assignment, but after being double-crossed, he discovers he's not the man he thought he was, he's been surgically altered and now has the body of a woman. Seeking vengeance, Frank heads for a showdown with the person (Sigourney Weaver) who transformed him, a brilliant surgeon with a chilling agenda of her own. The hitman, now a hitwoman,
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Michelle Rodriguez is Out for Revenge in New Trailer for Walter Hill’s ‘The Assignment’

Is it problematic or concerning that a film’s catalytic event is someone outraged over their forced gender reassignment surgery? You decide, as the new trailer for the Michelle Rodriguez-led The Assignment posits that exact question. After a hitman is double-crossed, he is captured by an enigmatic figure known as The Doctor (Sigourney Weaver) and turned into a… woman. Now, obviously, the only course of action is revenge — bloody, violent revenge.

While The Warriors is a cult classic, director Walter Hill has made some rather questionable films in the 40-odd years since, including his most recent effort, Bullet To The Head (a title I love, despite it bearing the content of one I don’t). Whether The Assignment will offer the gleeful iconography of Hill’s glory days, or fall into the $5 dollar bin next month is yet to be seen by this viewer. However, in our review from Tiff we said,
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Michelle Rodriguez Is Out For Revenge In The Assignment Trailer

Walter Hill is a long ways away from his heyday. Though he’s been responsible for bringing us some truly enjoyable films like The Warriors and 48 Hrs., not to mention holding producing credits on the Alien franchise, he hasn’t been terribly active in recent years. His last outing behind the camera was the decent Sylvester Stallone-led actioner Bullet to the Head. That was back in 2012, but now he’s returned with a new movie titled The Assignment, and today we’ve got the first trailer for it.

Premiering back at the Toronto International Film Festival, Hill’s latest has come under some fire in recent months thanks to its subject material and the way it tastelessly handles it. Early reviews have called it trashy and indelicate, and from the footage presented here, we can see where the critics are coming from. Our own Matt Donato didn’t care
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Jason Momoa Climbs ‘Sugar Mountain’ In New Trailer For Thriller

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Ever since his brief run on “Game Of Thrones” ended, Jason Momoa has tried his hand a few different things, ranging from failed tentpoles (“Conan The Barbarian“) to short lived TV shows (“The Red Road“) to grimy genre efforts (“Bullet To The Head“) to weirdo arthouse flicks (“The Bad Batch“). His next big stints will be as Aquaman in “Justice League” next year and in his own standalone effort in 2018, but until then, Momoa is crossing “indie thriller” off this list.

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Walter Hill on Controversial Revenge Thriller '(Re)Assignment'

Walter Hill on Controversial Revenge Thriller '(Re)Assignment'
If you've ever clinked bottles on your fingers while chanting "War-ri-orssss, come and out and pla-ayyyy," dressed as a member of the Baseball Furies for Halloween, watched a Xenomorph scurry around darkened spaceship hallways or enjoyed that foul-mouthed poetry of Deadwood's pilot, then you owe Walter Hill a serious debt. The 74-year-old writer, director and producer has had a hand in some of the more memorable tough-guy films and genre flicks of the past 40 years. He's the man who gave us the colorful New York gang movie The Warriors,
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[Tiff Review] (Re)Assignment

In his heyday, Walter Hill made films of a thirty-year-or-so dissonance, everything he made in the ’80s owing itself to the ’50s, be it Robert Aldrich-Burt Lancaster westerns or the peak of rock and roll. Now there comes the shocking realization, living in the “’10s”, that there’s the exact same distance between now and then. Being in the tentpole era of Hollywood, what seemed in the past like the industry’s bread and butter, the action genre — as in stunts, car chases, and gunfights, not computer-generated cuisinart — i.e. Hill’s specialty, seems strangely a relic. If it’s time to tread in ’80s nostalgia — and, while we’re at it, why not a dash of post-Tarantino ’90s crime-flick remembrance to go with it? — (Re)Assignment speaks to these needs.

Though it seems to come positioned as an old man’s movie with something of a hot-topic twist: a transgender action hero.
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Are Popular Characters Replacing Big Name Actors?

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The long-accepted rule in the film industry is that established names bring in the box office gold. Hollywood has always relied on big-name actors to guarantee them big box office. But is the trend changing now? Are fans now becoming less interested in A-list actors than in the characters they play?

A-List Hollywood stars get the big money because they bring in big profits for Hollywood studios. Or at least, they have up until now. Is the era of the A-Lister starting to fade? It’s possible, because in recent years, it seems that film fans have more interest in the role and less in the person playing the role. Look at what’s been happening to many A-lister in recent years.

Let’s take Johnny Depp, for instance. He used to play a variety of roles and could draw in crowds with his name alone. More recently, however, his
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Ruzanna Kegeyan joins Arclight Films as executive VP of sales and acquisitions

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Ruzanna Kegeyan.

Ruzanna Kegeyan has joined Arclight Films as executive vice president of sales and acquisitions..

.The addition of Ruzanna to our team elevates the status of Arclight Films and increases our global outreach capabilities exponentially., said Arclight's MD Gary Hamilton..

.She brings an immense amount of knowledge and resources to the table including a powerful focus as well as connections in all major markets, from North America to China and beyond. We are delighted she is onboard..

Kegeyan most recently served as President of Synchronicity Entertainment, the vanguard division of The Solution Entertainment Group. In addition to overseeing worldwide sales and acquisitions for the company, she handled sales for key territories for Solution. .

On the Synchronicity side, she sold and packaged such films as Cooties starring Elijah Wood. On the Solution side, she was responsible for sales of films such as Laggies, starring Kiera Knightley, Chloe Moretz and Sam Rockwell,
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Who Will Win (And Who Should Win) at the 2016 Oscars

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The Academy Awards are not for everyone, but, for whatever reason, they are for me. Something about Oscar season puts a smile on my face, which I know is not a popular thing to say in the film community. It’s popular to say the awards mean nothing and that the voters are mostly old white men voting on “artsy” films that are aimed only at them and no one else. With all of the controversy surrounding this year’s nominees, that seems the case more than ever. Yet, I will still be eagerly watching this Sunday night to see what wins each award (yes even Best Documentary Short, I love seeing someone no one knows capture Oscar glory).

This year, more than most, is especially exciting. Many of the races, including Best Picture, are still up in the air. While many see the awards as pointless, I see them
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Michelle Rodriguez in first image from Tomboy, a Revengers Tale

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed the first image from the upcoming revenge thriller Tomboy, a Revengers Tale, which features Michelle Rodriguez doing her best Lara Croft impression…

Tomboy sees Rodriguez as a male hitman who is turned into a woman by a rogue plastic surgeon, played by Sigourney Weaver. Naturally, the hitman isn’t best pleased about this, and sets out for revenge.

The film is directed by Walter Hill (The Warriors, Bullet to the Head) and is slated for release in 2017.
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Through the Looking-Glass…Top 200 Most Anticipated Films of 2017: #6. Walter Hill’s Tomboy, A Revenger’s Tale

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Tomboy, A Revenger’s Tale

Director: Walter Hill

Writers: Walter Hill, Denis Hamill

Following a remarkable year in cinematic transgender representation with films like Sean Baker’s Tangerine, Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, and Gaby Dellal’s About Ray, not to mention prolific public figures such as Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox maintaining notable visibility, positive depictions of the transgender community have marked 2015 as a watershed year. But not unlike the first wave queer theory which bitterly criticized historically negative depictions of Lgbt characters prior to the early 90s New Queer Cinema movement, Trans representation is under increased scrutiny, which results in severe cultural policing. One of the reasons we fail to see queer characters utilized in contemporary genre film is due to an exploitative history we’ve been unable to divorce ourselves from, those unseemly memories of demeaning cinematic representation. Comedy and horror were once the only ‘low
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Top Ten James Bond Villains

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Our month-long focus on James Bond continues with a look at the ten best Bond screen villains. Check it out!

A good Bond villain does not always make for a great Bond film, but it doesn’t hurt. It’s common knowledge that a film with good conflict will be more engaging to watch, and the conflict between the protagonist and antagonist is the driving factor of the James Bond franchise. Therefore, along with one of the most well-known and legendary protagonists of all time, the franchise is also home to some of the most well-known and legendary antagonists as well. This is a list that honors the best antagonists in the Bond franchise. They’re the ones that are the most creative, memorable, or relentless, all characteristics which help make their respected films that much better. They’re the ones that left the biggest impact on audiences and the franchise as a whole.
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Movie News: New Look at DiCaprio in 'The Revenant'; Michelle Rodriguez to Star in Gender Reassignment Thriller 'Tomboy'

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The Revenant: Leonardo DiCaprio is featured in a new image from The Revenant, a wilderness adventure directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman). DiCaprio, seen above carrying a fellow traveler, stars as a fur trapper who is left to die after he is wounded; he must then survive a hostile environment, unfriendly wildlife, and hostile Native Americans. The movie opens in theaters on December 30. [Empire]   Tomboy, A Revenger's Tale: Michelle Rodriguez will star as a hitman turned hitwoman in Tomboy: A Revenger's Tale. The story follows a male assassin who falls under the clutches of a rogue doctor (Sigourney Weaver), who performs a gender-reassignment surgery on the fellow, provoking a desire for revenge. Walter Hill (Bullet to the Head...

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News Briefs: Michelle Rodriguez to Star in Gender-Reassignment Thriller 'Tomboy'

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Tomboy, A Revenger's Tale: Michelle Rodriguez will star as a hit man turned hit woman in Tomboy: A Revenger's Tale. The story follows a male assassin who falls under the clutches of a rogue doctor (Sigourney Weaver), who performs a gender-reassignment surgery on the fellow. Walter Hill (Bullet to the Head) wrote the screenplay, based on a story by Denis Hamill, and will direct. [THR]   The Revenant: Leonardo DiCaprio is featured in a new image from The Revenant, a...

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Michelle Rodriguez To Star Opposite Sigourney Weaver In Tomboy, A Revenger’S Tale

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Michelle Rodriguez (Fast & Furious franchise, Girlfight, Machete) is set to star in the title role in the crime noir thriller feature film Tomboy, A Revenger’S Tale opposite Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe winning actress Sigourney Weaver (Avatar, Alien), it was announced today by producers Saïd Ben Saïd of Sbs (Carnage, Maps To The Stars) and Michel Merkt (upcoming Life, Maps To The Stars).

The film is written and to be directed by Emmy-Award winning filmmaker Walter Hill (48 Hours, The Warriors). The screenplay is based upon a story by Denis Hamill.

The Solution Entertainment Group, co-founded by Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel, is handling international sales on the project and will introduce it to buyers at the upcoming American Film Market. ICM is representing North American rights.

The feature film will begin shooting on November 9th in Vancouver.

Tomboy, A Revenger’S Tale is
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Jason Momoa defends Aquaman: 'Let's just wait a little bit, and then you can make jokes'

Jason Momoa defends Aquaman: 'Let's just wait a little bit, and then you can make jokes'
Jason Momoa has defended his character Aquaman in the upcoming movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, despite jokes at the superhero's expense.

Aquaman is traditionally mocked by many due to his power to talk to sea creatures, but Momoa has said to "wait a little bit, and then you can make jokes".

Momoa expressed his excitement about playing Aquaman during an appearance at Fan Expo Canada, confirming that he will also be a "chill" character in contrast to his fellow superheroes.

"It's cute and funny. People make fun of him. There's a bunch of jokes about him, but I'm like, 'Just wait. Let's just wait a little bit, and then you can make jokes'."

The Game of Thrones star added that director Zack Snyder embraced a marine-inspired tattoo that was already on his arm, and delved a bit further into his process of playing the superhero.

"I like bringing
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