Category: Universal Pictures
Taglines: Survival. Resilience. Redemption.
Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces Unbroken, an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis Louie Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII-only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.
Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s (Seabiscuit: An American Legend) enormously popular book, Unbroken brings to the big screen Zamperini’s unbelievable and inspiring true story about the resilient power of the human spirit.
Starring alongside O’Connell are Domhnall Gleeson and Finn Wittrock as Phil and Mac-the airmen with whom Zamperini endured perilous weeks adrift in the open Pacific-Garrett Hedlund and John Magaro as fellow POWs who find an unexpected camaraderie during their internment, Alex Russell as Zamperini’s brother, Pete, and in his English-language feature debut, Japanese actor Miyavi as the brutal camp guard known only to the men as The Bird.
Unbroken is an American historical biographic war-sports drama film, produced and directed by Angelina Jolie, and based on the 2010 non-fiction book by Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. The film revolves around the life of USA Olympian and athlete Louis “Louie” Zamperini, portrayed by Jack O’Connell. Zamperini survived in a raft for 47 days after his bomber was downed in World War II, then was sent to a series of prisoner of war camps.
The film had its world premiere in Sydney on November 17, 2014, and received a wide release in the United States on December 25, 2014. The film grossed $115.6 million in North America, with a worldwide total of over $161 million.
Directed by: Angelina Jolie
Starring: Finn Wittrock, Jai Courtney, Domhnall Gleeson, Jack O’Connell, Morgan Griffin, Maddalena Ischiale
Screenplay by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Production Design by: Jon Hutman
Cinematography by: Roger Deakins
Film Editing by: William Goldenberg, Tim Squyres
Costume Design by: Louise Frogley
Set Decoration by: Lisa Thompson
Art Direction by: Bill Booth, Jacinta Leong, Charlie Revai
Music by: Alexandre Desplat
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for war violence including intense sequences of brutality, and for brief language.
Studio: Universal Pictures
Release Date: December 25, 2014
Taglines: Keep telling yourself it’s just a game.
After a friend is brutally killed in an accident, by a dark spirit, a group of close teenage friends must confront their most evil and demonic fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board by attempting to contact their friend. They soon realize that the Ouija Board is not just a game; it’s real life.
Stiles White directs the supernatural thriller that is produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller (The Purge, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th) alongside Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series, The Purge), Bennett Schneir (Battleship) and Hasbro. Juliet Snowden and Stiles White wrote the script for Ouija.
Ouija is an American supernatural horror film directed by Stiles White and co-written with Juliet Snowden. The film stars Daren Kagasoff, Douglas Smith, Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Bianca A. Santos, Erin Moriarty, and Vivis Colombetti. The film is set for an October 24, 2014 release. It is the first Hasbro properties to be produced by Platinum Dunes and Blumhouse Productions as well as Hasbro’s first horror film and the first Hasbro properties after the Hub Network as re-branded Discovery Family on October 13, 2014.
About the Story
Young friends Laine and Debbie are playing with a Ouija board, stating a basic rule that you must never play alone. Years later, high school senior Laine’s (Olivia Cooke) longtime childhood friend, Debbie (Shelley Hennig), burns a Ouija board in her fireplace. The board reappers in the bedroom, then Debbie kills herself. Laine and Debbie’s boyfriend, Pete (Douglas Smith), later discover the antique Ouija board in Debbie’s room and try to use it to say “Goodbye” to Debbie.
When the curious teen begins asking questions and stumbles upon the mystery of Debbie’s death, Laine discovers that the board’s resident spirit calls itself DZ and doesn’t want these sessions to end. As stranger and stranger things start happening, Laine enlists her younger sister, Sarah (Ana Coto), to fall down the rabbit hole alongside her and help discover who DZ is and what it wants from them. Joining the sisters in their dangerous game are Pete, Laine’s friend Isabelle (Bianca A. Santos) and Laine’s boyfriend, Trevor (Daren Kagasoff).
Directed by: Stiles White
Starring: Daren Kagasoff, Ana Coto, Bianca A. Santos, Douglas Smith, Olivia Cooke, Shelley Hennig, Lin Shaye, Sunny May Allison, Claudia Katz
Screenplay by: Juliet Snowden, Stiles White
Cinematography by: David Emmerichs
Film Editing by: Ken Blackwell
Costume Design by: Mary Jane Fort
Art Direction by: Jeremy Woolsey
Music by: Anton Sanko
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for disturbing violent content, frightening horror images, and thematic material.
Studio: Universal Pictures
Release Date: October 24, 2014
Taglines: Every bloodline has a beginning.
Almost an entire century after the world’s cinematic introduction to Dracula placed audiences under his haunting spell, the studio that pioneered the genre reawakens one of legend’s most captivating figures in an action-adventure that heralds a pulse-pounding rebirth of the age of monsters.
Luke Evans transforms from the cursed man history knows as Vlad the Impaler to an all-powerful creature of the night in Universal Pictures’ Dracula Untold, the origin story of the alluring immortal we have come to fear as the sun sets: Dracula.
The year is 1462, and Transylvania has enjoyed a prolonged period of peace under the just and fair rule of the battle-weary Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, and his beloved and brave wife, Mirena (SARAH GADON of The Amazing Spider-Man 2). Together, they have brokered peace for their country and ensured its people are well-protected, especially from the powerful Ottoman Empire—an ever-expanding scourge that has its sights on global domination.
But when Sultan Mehmed II demands 1,000 of Wallachia’s boys, including Vlad’s own son, Ingeras be torn from their parents’ homes and forced to become child soldiers in his army, Vlad must decide: do the same as his father before him and give up his son to the sultan, or seek the help of a monster to defeat the Turks but ultimately doom his soul to a life of servitude.
Vlad journeys to Broken Tooth Mountain, where he encounters a foul demon and enters into a Faustian bargain—one that gives the prince the strength of 100 men, the speed of a falling star and enough power to crush his enemies. However, he will be inflicted with an insatiable thirst to drink human blood.
If by the end of three days Vlad manages to resist, he will return to his former self, and perhaps in that time manage to save his people. Though should he drink, he will be forced to dwell in the darkness for the rest of his days, feeding only on the blood of humans…and destroying all that he holds dear.
Directed by: Gary Shore
Starring: Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Art Parkinson, Charles Dance, Diarmaid Murtagh, Paul Kaye, William Houston
Screenplay by: Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless
Production Design by: François Audouy
Cinematography by: John Schwartzman
Film Editing by: Richard Pearson
Costume Design by: Ngila Dickson
Set Decoration by: Paki Smith
Music by: Ramin Djawadi
MPAA Rating: for intense sequences of warfare, vampire attacks, disturbing images, and some sensuality.
Studio: Universal Pictures
Release Date: Octobr 10, 2014
Taglines: People are afraid of all the wrong things.
An ex-NYPD cop and recovering alcoholic haunted by regrets, Matt Scudder (Liam Neeson) has a lot to make up for. When a series of kidnappings targeting the wives of drug dealers escalates to grisly murder, Scudder reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) and his brother (Boyd Holbrook) hunt the two men down and bring them to bloody justice. An unlicensed private detective, Matt gets help from his former colleague (Ruth Wilson) and a homeless 17 year-old artist, TJ (Astro). Operating just outside the law to track down the monsters responsible, Scudder stops just short of becoming one himself.
A Walk Among the Tombstones is an American crime thriller film based on a novel by Lawrence Block of the same name, directed and written by Scott Frank. It stars Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, Boyd Holbrook, and Sebastian Roché. The film was released on September 19, 2014.
About the Production
In 1991 Manhattan, Matthew Scudder, an off-duty New York Police Department (NYPD) officer, is unexpectedly caught up in an armed robbery at a bar where officers drink for free. Scudder guns down the robbers; however, one of his bullets inadvertently strikes a seven year old girl, killing her instantly. Shaken from the experience, Scudder quits the force with full commendations from the police force, and spends the next eight years in Alcoholics Anonymous while moonlighting as an unlicensed private eye.
One night, after an AA meeting, Scudder is approached by the brother of a man named Kenny, seeking to employ the PI to locate his wife’s killer. Kenny explains that his wife was abducted for a ransom and that the kidnappers killed his wife after he paid the $400,000 ransom, cutting her up in small pieces and returning her dismembered. Scudder correctly concludes Kenny is a drug dealer due to his immediate access to a large amount of cash and his being unwilling to call the FBI or local police for help. Reluctantly, Scudder accepts the job.
At a local library, Scudder meets an adolescent named TJ, who helps Scudder locate information on the net concerning similar cases to Kenny’s. Scudder eventually traces the kidnappers’ MO and later meets a cemetery groundsman who discovered one of the victim’s remains. After trailing the groundsman back to his house, Scudder learns that he was an accomplice for one of the murders, and has had trouble getting over his role in the homicide. The groundsman explains that he met the two men whom Scudder is after in a movie store; both men apparently shared a fetish-like interest in death. Scudder learns one of the two men goes by the name Ray, but before he can glean any further information, the groundsman abruptly kills himself by stepping off the roof of his apartment building. Upon further investigation, Scudder determines that the two men he is after were at one point somehow affiliated with the DEA, and have been targeting drug dealers to extort money.
In a residential neighborhood, Ray and his accomplice prepare to abduct another woman; however, Ray cancels the kidnapping at the last minute. As the two prepare to leave, Ray observes the target’s daughter leaving a house, and retools their kidnapping attempt to take the girl. When Scudder learns of the kidnapping, he has TJ bring a box of his old police equipment to the victim’s house, and instructs the victim to refuse payment unless they can prove the girl is still alive, correctly guessing that the kidnappers will kill the girl regardless of whether the ransom is paid. Scudder lures Ray and his accomplice out by forcing them to pick up the ransom in person. After the ransom is paid, a shoot-out occurs, injuring Ray. The kidnappers flee the drop site, unaware that TJ managed to sneak into their van.
A Walk Among the Tombstones
Directed by: Scott Frank
Starring: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, Boyd Holbrook, Sebastian Roché, Luciano Acuna Jr, Kim Rosen, Laura Birn, Dan Stevens, Stephanie Andujar
Screenplay by: Scott Frank
Production Design by: David Brisbin
Cinematography by: Mihai Malaimare Jr.
Film Editing by: Jill Savitt
Costume Design by: Betsy Heimann
Set Decoration by: Cherish M. Hale
Music by: Carlos Rafael Rivera
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, disturbing images, language and brief nudity.
Studio: Universal Pictures
Release Date: September 19, 2014
Taglines: The only way out is down.
Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of explorers ventures into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead. A journey into madness and terror, As Above, So Below reaches deep into the human psyche to reveal the personal demons that come back to haunt us all.
As Above, So Below is a 2014 American found footage horror film directed by John Erick Dowdle and written by Dowdle and his brother Drew. The film was produced by Legendary Pictures and distributed by Universal Pictures, making it the first film in Legendary’s deal with Universal. It was released in selected theaters on August 22, 2014, and everywhere on August 29, 2014. The film stars Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, François Civil, Marion Lambert, and Ali Marhyar.
About the Story
Scarlett Marlowe (Perdita Weeks), a young alchemy scholar, continues her dead father’s (Roger Van Hool) work searching for the philosopher’s stone, a legendary alchemical substance said to be capable of turning base metals such as lead into gold or silver and grant eternal life, discovered by Nicholas Flamel. After finding the Rose Key in a cave in Iran, she travels to Paris. She then enlists the help of George (Ben Feldman), her former lover whom she abandoned in Turkey while in pursuit of the stone. Along with Benji (Edwin Hodge) the cameraman, they translate Flamel’s headstone, which contains a riddle that leads them to a point underneath the streets of Paris.
She then enlists the help of George (Ben Feldman), her former lover whom she abandoned in Turkey while in pursuit of the stone. Along with Benji (Edwin Hodge) the cameraman, they translate Flamel’s headstone, which contains a riddle that leads them to a point underneath the streets of Paris. She then enlists the help of a guide called Papillon (François Civil), his girlfriend Souxie (Marion Lambert), and friend Zed (Ali Marhyar) to search the Catacombs beneath Paris, France. George explicitly refuses to go, but is driven into the caves with the group when they are spotted by a policeman. After crawling through a narrow tunnel which collapses, they find themselves before a door that Papillion is reluctant to breach, as the only people who have gone through, including Pap’s friend the Mole (Cosme Castro), have never been seen again.
Early on in the venture, they encounter some female Cultists whom are singing and have possessed appearances. After proceeding deeper into the catacombs, they encounter the Mole, who agrees to guide them out, and informs them that the way out is down. They eventually find a tomb with a preserved Templar Knight, a mound of treasure, and the Flamel Stone. Removing the stone, Scarlett realizes too late that the treasure is a trap, and the room collapses. The Mole is lost under the rubble and is abandoned by the group.
With the Flamel Stone, Scarlett heals the group’s injuries. They find a drawing of a door on the ceiling along with a Gnostic Star of David, symbolizing “As above, so below,” meaning there is a door hidden in the floor. Going through the opening, they find a tunnel marked with the phrase “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here” in Greek, identical to the entrance to Hell.
Passing through, they find a dark reflection of the room they just left, including the Mole, who attacks and kills Souxie. They realize they must continue and go deeper. Along the way, Benji the cameraman is pushed to his death down a hole by the lead female cultist (Olivia Csiky Trnka), who caught his eye in Paris as well as while singing in the upper levels of the catacombs. Later they encounter a burning car and occupant, an incident from Pap’s past who pulls in Papillon and then sinks into the floor. They attempt to pull Pap out of the ground, but to no avail. As they continue, they see apparitions of terrifying spirits and demons. Statues in the wall come to life and one attacks George, biting open his throat. After trying to drag him further, George murmurs “Vitriol,” another riddle from earlier, and Scarlett realizes the Flamel stone itself is yet another trap, and that only by returning it will she find the real stone.
As Above, So Below
Directed by: John Erick Dowdle
Starring: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, François Civil, Marion Lambert, Olivia Csiky Trnka, Kaya Blocksage
Screenplay by: Drew Dowdle, John Erick Dowdle
Production Design by: Louise Marzaroli
Cinematography by: Léo Hinstin
Film Editing by: Elliot Greenberg
Costume Design by: Annie Bloom
Set Decoration by: Eric Viellerobe
MPAA Rating: R for bloody violence/terror, and language throughout.
Studio: Universal Pictures
Release Date: August 29, 2014
Taglines: The average person uses 10% of their brain capacity. Imagine what she could do with 100%.
It was supposed to be a simple job. All Lucy had to do was deliver a mysterious briefcase to Mr. Jang. But immediately Lucy is caught up in a nightmarish deal where she is captured and turned into a drug mule for a new and powerful synthetic drug. When the bag she is carrying inside of her stomach leaks, Lucy’s body undergoes unimaginable changes that unlocks her mind’s full potential 100%. With her new-found powers, Lucy turns into a merciless warrior intent on getting back at her captors. She receives invaluable help from Professor Norman, the leading authority on the human mind, and French police captain Pierre Del Rio.
Lucy is a 25-year-old American woman living and studying in Taipei, Taiwan. She is tricked into working as a drug mule by her new boyfriend, whose employer, Mr. Jang, is a Korean mob boss and drug lord. Lucy delivers a briefcase to Mr. Jang containing a highly valuable synthetic drug called CPH4. After seeing her boyfriend shot and killed, she is captured and a bag of the drug is forcibly sewn into her abdomen and that of three other drug mules who will also transport the drug for sales in Europe.
While Lucy is in captivity, one of her captors kicks her in the stomach, breaking the bag, releasing a large quantity of the drug into her system. As a result, she begins acquiring increasingly enhanced physical and mental capabilities, such as telepathy, telekinesis, mental time travel, and can choose not to feel pain or other discomforts, in addition to other abilities. She kills off her present captors and escapes.
Lucy travels to the nearby Tri-Service General Hospital to get the bag of drugs removed from her abdomen. The bag is successfully removed, and Lucy is told by the operating doctor of the volatile nature of the drug, based on a substance given to fetuses during prenatal development, and its destructive side-effects. Sensing her growing physical and mental abilities, Lucy returns to Mr. Jang’s hotel, kills his bodyguards, assaults Mr. Jang, and telepathically extracts the locations of all three drug mules from his brain.
At her shared apartment, Lucy begins researching her condition and contacts a well-known scientist and doctor, Professor Samuel Norman, whose research may be the key to saving her. After Lucy speaks with the professor and provides proof of her developed abilities, she flies to Paris and contacts a local police captain, Pierre Del Rio, to help her find the remaining three packets of the drug. During the plane ride she starts to disintegrate as her cells destabilize from consuming a sip of champagne, which made her body inhospitable for cellular reproduction.
Only by consuming more CPH4 is she able to prevent her total disintegration. Her powers continue to grow, leaving her able to telepathically incapacitate armed police and members from the Korean drug gang. With the help of Del Rio, Lucy recovers the drug and hurries to meet Professor Norman, with whom she agrees to share everything she now knows, after he points out that the main point of life is to pass on knowledge. Jang and the mob also want the drug and a gunfight ensues with the French police.
In the professor’s lab, Lucy discusses the nature of time and life and how people’s humanity distorts their perceptions. At her urging, she is intravenously injected with the contents of all three remaining bags of CPH4. Her body begins to metamorphose into a black substance, spreading over computers and other objects in the lab, as she transforms these into an unconventionally shaped, next generation supercomputer that will contain all of her enhanced knowledge of the universe.
She then begins a spacetime journey into the past, eventually reaching the oldest discovered ancestor of mankind, implied to be Lucy, and touches fingertips with her. Meanwhile, back in the lab, after an M136 AT4 anti-tank weapon destroys the door, Mr. Jang enters and points a gun at Lucy’s head from behind, intending to kill her. He shoots, but in an instant before the bullet strikes, Lucy reaches 100% of her cerebral capacity and disappears within the space time continuum, where she explains that everything is connected and existence is only proven through time. Only her clothes and the oddly shaped black supercomputer are left behind.
Del Rio then enters and fatally shoots Mr. Jang. Professor Norman takes a black, monolithic flash drive offered by the advanced supercomputer created by Lucy’s body before the machine disintegrates to dust. Del Rio asks Professor Norman where Lucy is, immediately after which, Del Rio’s cell phone sounds and he sees a text message: “I AM EVERYWHERE.” With an overhead shot, Lucy’s voice is heard stating, “Life was given to us a billion years ago. Now you know what to do with it.”
Directed by: Luc Besson
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, Analeigh Tipton, Amr Waked
Screenplay by: Luc Besson
Production Design by: Hugues Tissandier
Cinematography by: Thierry Arbogast
Costume Design by: Olivier Bériot
Set Decoration by: Evelyne Tissandier
Music by: Eric Serra
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, disturbing images, and sexuality.
Studio: Universal Pictures
Release Date: July 25th, 2014
Taglines: Welcome to America where one night a year all crime is legal.
It is March 21, 2023, hours before the Annual Purge. While television programs credit the Purge for record low unemployment and poverty levels, people across the country are preparing either to commit acts of violence or to barricade themselves indoors against the mayhem. Meanwhile, an anti-Purge resistance group intermittently hacks into television programs to broadcast their own messages that challenge the system.
In Los Angeles, Eva Sanchez, a waitress, rushes home to her daughter Cali and her terminally ill father Papa Rico. As they prepare to lock down for the evening, Papa Rico slips out of the apartment and into a waiting limo. He leaves behind a note explaining that he sold himself to a wealthy family as a Purge offering in exchange for $100,000 which will be transferred to Eva’s and Cali’s bank accounts following the Purge.
A couple named Shane and Liz are driving to the house of Shane’s sister to wait out the Purge. They stop at a market but when they return to their car, Shane is startled by a man with white facepaint, whose gang silently taunts them. They quickly drive away, but their car dies just as the Purge begins.
They discover that their fuel line was cut, and that the gang had tampered with the car. The aforementioned gang then shows up, forcing Shane and Liz to flee on foot. At the same time, police sergeant Leo Barnes goes out into the streets heavily armed in order to get revenge on the man who killed his son while driving under the influence of alcohol twelve months ago.
The Purge: Anarchy
Directed by: James DeMonaco
Starring: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Zoë Soul, Justina Machado, John Beasley
Screenplay by: James DeMonaco
Production Design by: Brad Ricker
Cinematography by: Jacques Jouffret
Film Editing by: Vince Filippone, Todd E. Miller
Costume Design by: Hala Bahmet
Set Decoration by: Missy Parker
Music by: Nathan Whitehead
MPAA Rating: R for strong disturbing violence, and for language.
Studio: Universal Pictures
Release Date: July 18th, 2014
Taglines: Bring Protection
A Million Ways to Die in the West is an American western comedy film directed, produced by and starring Seth MacFarlane, who wrote the screenplay along with Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. The film features an ensemble cast, including Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman and Liam Neeson. It was produced by Media Rights Capital and distributed by Universal Pictures. The film was released on May 30, 2014.
In 1882, in the town of Old Stump, Arizona, a cowardly sheep farmer named Albert Stark (Seth MacFarlane) is dumped by his beloved girlfriend Louise (Amanda Seyfried) as a result of his withdrawal from a gunfight. He prepares to leave for San Francisco, believing that the frontier holds nothing for him. Meanwhile, infamous outlaw Clinch Leatherwood (Liam Neeson) robs and kills an old prospector (Matt Clark) for a gold nugget. He orders his right-hand man Lewis (Evan Jones) to escort his wife Anna (Charlize Theron) to Old Stump to lie low while he continues his banditry.
Lewis and Anna arrive in Old Stump under the guise of two siblings intending to build a farm, but Lewis is arrested after shooting the Pastor’s (John Aylward) son (Dylan Kenin) in a saloon. During the ensuing brawl, Albert saves Anna from being crushed by two of the brawlers, and the two become friends. They attend a County Fair where Louise’s new boyfriend, the foppish Foy (Neil Patrick Harris), challenges Albert to a shooting contest. Albert is defeated, but Anna steps up and defeats Foy. Foy insults Albert, who angrily challenges Foy to a duel in a week’s time.
Anna teaches Albert how to shoot. During a barn dance the night before the duel, Anna slips Foy a Mickey. After leaving the dance, Albert and Anna kiss before heading home. Upon breaking out of jail and murdering the sheriff, Lewis sees the kiss and reports it to Clinch. On the day of the duel, Foy arrives late and goes into convulsions from the laxative he had unknowingly imbibed. Albert, who has decided that Louise is not worth the trouble, once again forfeits the duel.
He retires to the saloon, but Clinch arrives and demands to know who kissed his wife. When no one comes forward, Clinch shoots a nearby cowboy. He reveals that Anna is his wife and threatens to continue killing unless his wife’s lover duels him at noon the next day. Clinch later compels Anna to reveal Albert’s name and then prepares to have sex with her, but she knocks him unconscious and escapes.
A Million Ways to Die in the West is an 2014 American western comedy film produced and directed by Seth MacFarlane and written by MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, and Wellesley Wild. The film will star MacFarlane himself along with Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman and Neil Patrick Harris. It will be produced by Media Rights Capital and distributed by Universal Pictures. The film is scheduled to be released on May 30, 2014.
The film was first announced on December 3, 2012, marking MacFarlane’s second foray into live-action directing, after Ted. On January 30, 2013, it was announced that Charlize Theron had joined the film. On February 11, 2013, it was announced Amanda Seyfried had joined the film. On March 6, 2013, it was announced Liam Neeson and Giovanni Ribisi had joined the film.
A Million Ways to Die in the West
Directed by: Seth MacFarlane
Starring: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman, Neil Patrick Harris
Screenplay by: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild
Production Design by: Stephen J. Lineweaver
Cinematography by: Michael Barrett
Film Editing by: Jeff Freeman
Costume Design by: Cindy Evans
Set Decoration by: Carla Curry
Music by: Joel McNeely
MPAA Rating: R for strong crude and sexual content, language throughout, some violence and drug material.
Studio: Universal Pictures
Release Date: May 30, 2014
Taglines: Family vs. Frat.
A couple with a newborn baby move into a new neighborhood and face unexpected difficulties following the establishment of a fraternity house in the adjacent residence. An intensive conflict between the two parties eventually occurs.
Neighbors is an American comedy film, directed by Nicholas Stoller and written by Andrew Cohen and Brendan O’Brien. The film stars Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, and Dave Franco. The first red band trailer was released on September 3, 2013 and the scheduled United States release date is May 9, 2014.
Shooting for the film started in April 2013 and was completed by the end of May 2013 in Los Angeles, United States (US). On August 26, 2013, the film’s original title Townies was changed to Neighbors.
About the Story
Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) are a young couple with a newborn daughter. The restrictions of parenthood make it difficult for them to maintain their old lifestyle, which alienates them from their friends Jimmy Faldt (Ike Barinholtz) and his ex-wife, Paula (Carla Gallo). One day, the couple finds out that Delta Psi Beta, a fraternity known for their outrageous parties, has moved into an adjacent house. The fraternity’s leaders, Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron) and Pete Regazolli (Dave Franco), aspire to join Delta Psi’s Hall of Fame by throwing a massive end-of-the-year party.
One night, the couple ask Teddy to keep the noise down. Teddy agrees on the condition that Mac and Kelly always call him instead of calling the police. To earn Mac and Kelly’s favor, Teddy invites them to join the party, which the couple agree to. At the party, Kelly meets Teddy’s girlfriend, Brooke Shy (Halston Sage), and Teddy shows Mac his bedroom, which includes a stash of fireworks and a breaker box that controls their power.
The following night, Mac is unable to get in touch with Teddy to ask him to keep it down. Kelly convinces Mac to call the police, but Officer Watkins (Hannibal Buress) identifies them to Teddy. The following day, Delta Psi constantly hazes Mac and Kelly. The couple goes to the college dean, Carol Gladstone (Lisa Kudrow), and learn that the school has a three strikes policy; burning down their old house was Delta Psi’s first strike.
After failing to force the emphasis to move by damaging their house, Kelly manipulates Pete and Brooke into having sex and Mac gets Teddy to catch them. Teddy and Pete fight, which ends with a barbecue grill being rolled into the path of a passing car and injuring a professor, giving Delta Psi their second strike. To acquire evidence of Delta Psi’s hazing schemes, Assjuice (Craig Roberts) stands up to Teddy to record him threatening retaliation. When Teddy instead shows him kindness, he reveals that Mac and Kelly hired him to spy on the fraternity, and also damaged their house. Teddy begins playing violent pranks on the couple.
Directed by: Nicholas Stoller
Starring: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Lisa Kudrow, Craig Roberts, Ike Barinholtz, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, Halston Sage
Screenplay by: Andrew J. Cohen, Brendan O’Brien
Production design by: Julie Berghoff
Cinematography by: Brandon Trost
Film Editing by: Zene Baker
Costume Design by: Leesa Evans
Set Decoration by: Sophie Neudorfer
Music by: Michael Andrews
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language, strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, and drug use throughout.
Studio: Universal Pictures
Release Date: May 9, 2014
Taglines: The Hijacking Was Just the Beginning
Non-Stop is a mystery-action film starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Lupita Nyong’o and Scoot McNairy and directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. This is the first Silver Pictures film to be distributed by Universal Pictures after the end of the production company’s deal with Warner Bros., and the first since Weird Science. The film received mixed reviews from critics.
Liam Neeson stars in Non-Stop, a suspense thriller played out at 40,000 feet in the air. During a transatlantic flight from New York City to London, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the airline to transfer $150 million into an off-shore account. Until he secures the money, a passenger on his flight will be killed every 20 minutes.
About the Story
Bill Marks is an alcoholic U.S. federal air marshal; he enrolled in the Air Marshal service after he was discharged from the NYPD. On a Boeing 767 non-stop flight from New York to London aboard British Aqualantic Flight 10, midway over the Atlantic Ocean, Marks receives text messages on his secure phone stating that someone on the plane will die every 20 minutes unless $150 million is transferred into a specific bank account.
Breaking protocol, Marks consults with Jack Hammond, the other air marshal on the flight. Hammond is revealed to be smuggling cocaine in a briefcase; following an altercation, Marks ends up killing him in a lavatory. This occurs exactly at the 20 minute mark, resulting in the first death. As Marks attempts to stall for time with the texter, he works with Nancy Hoffman, a flight attendant, and Jen Summers, a passenger seated next to Marks, to discover the texter’s identity. When the next 20 minutes expires, the captain suddenly dies of poisoning.
The public becomes convinced that Marks is hijacking the plane, as the bank account is in his name and a passenger uploads video footage of him treating passengers aggressively with no explanation. Co-pilot Kyle Rice has been instructed by the TSA to ignore Marks and land in Iceland, the closest destination; he diverts the plane but continues to cautiously trust Marks. Cell phone programmer Zack White is asked by Marks to design a hack which will cause the texter’s cell phone to ring. It is discovered in the pocket of a passenger, who claims to have never seen the phone before. Following a fight with Marks, the passenger dies in a similar fashion to the captain.
In the lavatory, Marks finds a hole in the wall that allowed someone to shoot a poison dart at the captain; he finds that the deceased passenger was struck with a dart as well. While Marks and Summers try to gain access to the texter’s phone, it suddenly activates, sending automated messages to TSA implying that Marks is suicidal and is going to detonate a bomb on the plane.
Marks finds the bomb hidden in the cocaine smuggled by Hammond. Passengers attempt to disable Marks, convinced he is a terrorist. They overpower Marks but passenger Tom Bowen uses Marks’s gun to make them move away. Marks finally explains the situation and they agree to work with him.
Unable to land the plane in time, he attempts to initiate a protocol of least damage: by descending the plane to 8,000 feet to equalize air pressure, placing the bomb in the rear of the plane, covering it with baggage and moving the passengers to the front to contain the explosion and minimize casualties.
Watching a video clip of himself handling passengers, Marks notices Bowen—whom he had initially cleared of any suspicion—slipping the texter’s phone into the pocket of the second poison victim. Realizing that Bowen is the culprit, he learns that Bowen’s father was killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and that he and White are ex-military. Appalled by the lack of security at U.S. airports after 9/11, Bowen believes framing an air marshal as a terrorist will lead to drastically increased security.
Bowen is prepared to die with the plane and shoots White, who planned to parachute off with the money, after Marks persuaded White to disarm the bomb. Following another fight, Marks shoots Bowen in the head. Marks then fights and defeats White, who survived being shot by Bowen. Immediately afterwards, he escapes from the blast radius of the bomb; White is killed by the subsequent detonation.
Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra
Starring: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Scoot McNairy, Corey Stoll, Bar Paly, Anson Mount
Screenplay by: John W. Richardson, Chris Roach, Ryan Engle
Cinematography by: Flavio Martínez Labiano
Film Editing by: Jim May
Production Design by: Alec Hammond
Costume Design by: Catherine Marie Thomas
Set Decoration by: Regina Graves
Art Direction by: David Swayze
Music by: John Ottman
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some language, sensuality and drug references.