‘Mission: Impossible 7’ Set To Start Filming Again In September

Hollywood released guidelines for restarting film production this week, and the guidelines are about what we all expected: temp checks, limiting crew, wearing protective equipment, maintaining social distancing when possible, and constant covid-19 tests.

And while it’ll certainly sounds like a lot of work, at least it’s a sign that the world is trying to get back to normal.

Smaller, indie projects will probably be first to return in these summer months, since their crew can be limited. But some bigger projects are already talking about resuming as well.

According to a report from Variety, Mission: Impossible 7 is set to begin filming in September. They shut down production earlier this year due to the pandemic.

They will reportedly start shooting the outdoor scenes first. Actor Simon Pegg, who has a starring role in the franchise, told Variety the following…

That will begin with the outdoor stuff. That feels fairly doable, and obviously there will be precautions put in place. People that are involved in any close proximity stuff, it will have to be determined that they’re safe to do that. I don’t know what the testing situation is, how that works, or whether they’ll be able to be tested regularly.

And that seems to be the major thing here. Will there be enough tests to go around? As long as testing is available, then there shouldn’t be too many problems.

But if there aren’t enough tests, then they’ll be working blindly, and that’s not something studios are going to sign off on.

MOVIE REVIEW: Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation – Delivers Without Trying To Get Too Cerebral

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I want to hate Tom Cruise. I really do. He kind of weirds me out and I heard that he makes actors taller than him (which is just about everyone) squat slightly so they’ll always be the same height as him. Despite that, when I’m faced with movies like Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, I’m forced to admit a grudging respect for his acting skills. Despite the fact that this is the fifth sequel, and the whole series should be floundering by now, this latest installment proves that Cruise is doing the impossible. He’s making sequels that are better than the original.

Cruise returns as Ethan, a man working for IMF, the Impossible Mission Force. The problem this time is that Hunley (Alec Baldwin), the director of the CIA, thinks that the entire department is unnecessary and shuts it down. Despite his unemployed status, Ethan still has buddies like Luther (Ving Rhames), Benji (Simon Pegg), and Brandt (Jeremy Renner). With their help, he decides to continue his pursuit of the Syndicate, and its evil shady leader Solomon Lane (Sean Harris).

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The franchise has the same suspenseful energy that generally gives me hand sweats and heart palpitations. That’s surprising, because you’d think I’d be desensitized to that by now. But I genuinely flinched during the sideways motorcycle scene and had to look away a few times. That’s the sign of a good suspense right there, because I never flinch away from the screen.

Another strong point I’ve always found with this franchise is unlike most action franchises, they actually manage to portray females as more than Madonna saints or ‘fighting f-toys’.  Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), a British spy, is more than just a love interest or damsel in distress. She’s a show stealer in her own right.

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Tom Cruise manages to still come across with the energy of a much younger man and he’s in rare form in this movie. I have to say, the only time I like him is during the Mission Impossible movies and he has not let me down yet. When he does these movies, he stops being that creepy scientologist guy, and instead oozes charisma. In this one, he was pure magic.

Mission Impossible is a franchise that respects the genre. Unlike other action franchises, (James Bond comes to mind) they don’t force complicated storylines and plot twists. Instead, they keep the story simple and deliver exactly what action fans want. Pure escapism.

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Sean Harris with his strangely raspy voice is the perfect villain. Alec Baldwin brings back shades of Jack Donaghy with his corporate portrayal of the most powerful man in the CIA. None of the actors in the movie laid down on the job.

Mission Impossible continues to be both commercially and critically successful because they respect their formula and they stick with it. I don’t want to have to rewind to figure out what the heck is going on in an action movie. I want to watch explosions and people getting beat up. Mission Impossible delivers without trying to get too cerebral. Because of that, I have to give this one a worth the watch.

WE GIVE IT: 4.5 STARS!

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This ‘Absolutely Anything’ Trailer Is Absolutely Hilarious, Simon Pegg And Robin Williams Star

Absolutely Anything‘ is an upcoming British sci-fi comedy directed by Terry Jones. The film, which was written by Jones and Gavin Scott, has an all-star cast behind it.

Simon Pegg and the lovely Kate Beckinsale star in the movie, and you’ll also be hearing the voices of several famous actors, including Eric Idle, John Cleese, and the late Robin Williams. This was Robin’s final work before he died last year, and it looks like he ended things with a hit.

The trailer you see at the bottom of this page is hilarious, but before you watch the trailer, read the official synopsis below…

Absolutely Anything follows a disillusioned school teacher (Pegg) who suddenly finds he has the ability to do anything he wishes, a challenge bestowed upon him by a group of power-crazed aliens (voiced by Cleese, Gilliam, Jones, Palin & Idle), watching him from space.
 
As he struggles to deal with these new found powers and the events that subsequently arise, he calls upon his loyal canine companion Dennis (voiced by Robin Williams) to help him along the way.
 
Mishap after mishap finally leads him to the ultimate conundrum that all men dread and at which many have failed….should he choose the girl….or the dog….?

Absolutely Anything will hit theaters August 14, 2015. Check out the trailer below…

 

Yes, It’s True: Simon Pegg Will Be Co-Writing ‘Star Trek 3’

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This news was certainly unexpected. Deadline reported yesterday that Simon Pegg, the actor who played Scotty in Star Trek: Into Darkness, will be co-writing the new Star Trek film with Doug Jung. And while this news is surprising, it’s actually a really smart move.

Pegg has loads of experience in the writing department (Shaun of the Dead, Run Fatboy Run, Hot Fuzz, Paul, The World’s End), and he’s also a huge sci-fi fan. Plus, he’s actually going to be in the movie! If the film falls flat, he will have to take some responsibility and endure a lot of criticism.

Hopefully this move gets Star Trek 3 back on track for its 2016 release. As we reported last year, things got a little hectic after Roberto Orci decided he wasn’t ready to direct the film. However, after a little bit of searching, Paramount managed to get things rolling again by replacing Orci with Fast & Furious director, Justin Lin.

Now that we have a director and two writers on the ship, things should start progressing at a faster pace. And really, they need to speed things up a bit. As we mentioned, the film is scheduled to be released in 2016. Simon Pegg and Doug Jung have a lot of work to do before then.

We will continue to keep you updated.

Movie Review: Box Trolls (2014) – Intelligent Animation with an Adorable Weirdness

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The Box Trolls have been creeping me out since I was a child, which is why I was hesitant to see them. But as a parent, I feel responsible to review other children’s movies that I think parents might be dragged in too. It is my duty as a reviewer… no matter how much those friggen things might haunt my nightmares.

In this twisted horror movie, an innocent orphan boy named Egg is raised by a family of terrifying monsters made out of cardboard. Ok, so that’s my personal bias shining through. I can’t help it, these things really used creep me out. I don’t know why. When I was a kid, the book that this was based on, “Here Be Monsters” by Alan Snow was enough to give me nightmares for a week.

But something amazing happened when this came to the big screen. I no longer found the Box Trolls terrifying. In fact, they were surprisingly charming. The characters are almost something out of a Dickens novel, with the added weirdness that is simply adorable.

This team of editors had their work cut out for them and they did an admiral job. The stop-motion animation is completely fantastic. This weird, colorful world is creative, interesting and based on reality without being too realistic. Think along the lines of Nightmare Before Christmas in it’s strange, stop-motion take on an alternate universe.

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Even the names of the characters are clever. The troll names are made of the things they’re made up of like Fish, Shoe, Oil Can, Egg, etc. They have a cheese based economy. It’s pretty much child centric world building at its best.

The story is well done and intriguing enough for adults with some potential digs at certain political parties. From Mr. Gristle (Tracy Morgan) who is using the Box Trolls as scapegoats to further his own political career, to the evil Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley) who is intent on exterminating every last one of them, the bag guys are nefarious and surprisingly familiar.

This is one of those rare finds that’s actually enjoyable for adults as well. While it might be a bit scary for younger viewers, it’s still a fun, cute movie with a fish out of water twist.

Most enjoyable is Egg, the human adopted by the Box Trolls who really has no idea how humans interact with each other. Watching him trying to get along in the human world is sweet and hysterical.

It’s weird that I was ever scared of these things when I was little. Of course, part of that is on my mom for reading me a story about a group of monsters that steal children when I was five. But the more I got to know them, the more I got to like them.

It’s surprisingly political for such a simple movie, with a big focus on social standing and social climbing. It has a valuable moral and intelligent, but simplistic dialog. I’d dare call this the smartest animated film I’ve seen in a long time. If you are a parent, or even if you don’t have kids to drag you to this movie, Box Trolls is worth the watch.

WE GAVE IT: 4 Stars – Watch the Official Trailer and Official Movie Poster below!

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‘Mission: Impossible 5’ Begins Shooting: Behind the Scenes Photos and Cruise Takes the ALS Challenge

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Just in case you were wondering if Tom Cruise was getting a little long in the tooth to play Ethan Hunt, think again. This man has found the fountain of youth. These behind the scene photos from the filming of MI:5 has Cruise looking more than ready to reprise the challenging role.

Shooting began on Wednesday as Cruise was strapped to a safety harness practicing and shooting scenes atop the Vienna State Opera House in Austria. At one time he was joined by his co-star in the film Rebecca Ferguson.

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There are high hopes that MI:5 will surpass the success of ‘MI:4 Ghost Protocol’ the most successful of the franchise to date, grossing $694,000 Worldwide. Ving Rhames who played Luther Stickell in previous films, who only had a cameo in MI:4 is reported to be back in this installment. MI:5 will be the first directed by Christopher McQuarrie and is also the reason Christopher appears with Cruise during his ice bucket challenge shown below.

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Mission Impossible 5 is expected to hit theaters on December 26, 2015.