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The thriller was universally panned by critics, and took just £46 from 10 cinemas over its opening weekend.
Some films perform below expectations when it comes to the box offices; some movies flop completely; and others are absolute disasters. Morgan Freeman’s new thriller Momentum belongs firmly in the third category, with a UK box office opening weekend of a paltry £46.
Yes, that is correct. Just £46, with average taking of £4.60 per screen on which it was shown. Of course, it never helps matters when just 10 cinemas show a movie, two of which reported no customers whatsoever, but Freeman’s newly released film ranks as one of the very worst of all time in terms of commercial performances.
Morgan Freeman's new thriller 'Momentum' has recorded one of the worst opening weekends in history
Continue reading: Morgan Freeman's 'Momentum' Runs Out At Box Office, Taking Just £46
With a plot so thin that it's barely there, this sleek South African action thriller is surprisingly entertaining simply because the cast is allowed to chomp merrily on the scenery as they try to torment and kill each other. And even though the film's tone is relentless machismo, this is a rare thriller with a female leading character. So there's a bit of attitude and wry humour to undermine the otherwise sadistic violence.
It opens in Cape Town with a ludicrously over-planned bank heist that goes wrong simply because the robbers are all hothead thugs. The gang leader is Alex (Olga Kurylenko), and her clash with one of her cohorts leaves her team in disarray. She's also on the run from Mr. Washington (James Purefoy), the viciously swaggering henchman of top American boss the Senator (Morgan Freeman). It quickly becomes clear that Washington isn't trying to recover the diamonds stolen from the bank vault; he wants a mysterious memory stick instead. After Alex turns to a cohort (Brendan Murray) and a former love-rival (Lee-Anne Summers) for help, she leads Washington on a spectacularly grisly cat and mouse chase across the city.
Cameraman-turned-director Stephen Campanelli certainly knows how to make a movie that looks achingly cool. There isn't a moment when anyone moves or speaks like a normal human being: they strut, pose, shout, leer, scowl and taunt. And of course they all look great doing it. Kurylenko is a steely presence at the centre of the action, with a character intriguing enough to hold the interest even if Campanelli hadn't forced her to do most of her biggest scenes in a state of undress. Purefoy is clearly having a great time deliciously playing with his character's verbose speeches and grisly actions. And even Freeman gets to chew on some scenery in his few scenes.
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James Purefoy - BFI London Film Festival - High Rise - Festival Gala and Premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square - Arrivals at leicester sq, Odeon Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Friday 9th October 2015
Zooey Deschanel must be relieved! Let's take a look at the four lucky shows Fox has chosen to renew for another season.
Fox network has announced that four of it’s current shows will be renewed for another season. The Following, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Mindy Project and New Girl are Fox's Chosen Four, so let’s take a closer look at the lucky shows that won’t end almost as quickly as they started.
The only drama on a list of otherwise comedies, The Following isn’t your regular crime scene investigation show. James Purefoy stars as a college professor turned serial murderer who has escaped from jail and has a score to settle. Eight years after he was imprisoned for murdering a string of teeange girls who attended his college, the FBI agent who had initially hunted him is back on the case. Oh, and did we mention the affair the agent had with the killer’s wife? This show gets sordid, but it’s one of those that always promises to keep you on the edge of your seat.
James Purefoy stars as the murderous professor in The Following
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Kevin Bacon's The Following is currently one of the hottest shows on TV right now, with audiences lapping up to gorefest that is the new Fox thriller. In a recent interview with Vulture, Bacon's co-star James Purefoy discussed his role and the one scene in particular that has women all over going green with envy.
Purefoy, who plays killer Joe Carroll, questioned why the subject of violence in the media is such a heavily discussed topic, citing Shakespeare's King Lear and Titus Andronicus as some of the most gruesome examples he could think of. He said: "I'm surprised that in a society, in a culture that's been watching violence on film, television, and stage for two and a half thousand years, anyone brings it up anymore."
As for his kiss with Bacon, James took the whole thing very lightheartedly, saying, "Yeah, I just remember his tongue flicking gently into my mouth. So forward of him. And in front of all those people. I thought what we had was private." If that kind of description doesn't get ladies swooning then who knows what will.
Continue reading: Kissing Kevin Bacon: The Following Co-Star James Purefoy Tells All
Kevin Bacon has been forced to echo the remarks of Fox chief Kevin Reilly by insisting his new show The Following does not glorify violence. The new series - which premieres in the U.S. tonight (January 21, 2013) -follows Bacon's character, retired FBI agent Ryan Hardy who is pulled back into service to capture an escaped serial killer.
"I don't think it's too violent for everybody," Bacon told Vulture. "Here's the thing: I've done a lot of different kinds of movies, played a lot of different kinds of parts. I was in the very first Friday the 13th. I've been in silly movies and romantic movies and historic movies. My focus is to play the part with as much honesty and integrity as I can and to explore what I want to explore as an actor." Wise words from the Hollywood veteran, though Bacon says he was initially drawn to The Following for its high stakes premise, "I started to realise that the shows that I was watching - Breaking Bad, Homeland, The Killing, Game of Thrones - they're all really life-and-death situations, so I knew that was something I'd want."
The new series also stars James Purefoy and Natalie Zea. Early reviews have been favourable, with Entertainment Weekly's Ken Tucker saying, "Both Bacon and Purefoy are so intensely earnest, The Following quickly supersedes its patent Silence of the Lambs setup." Variety's Brian Lowry said, "There's no pulling punches, and exec producer Kevin Williamson delivers a full-throttle ride that, four episodes in, proves twisty, unpredictable and tense."
Continue reading: Is 'The Following' Too Violent? Kevin Bacon Doesn't Think So
Solomon Kane is a formidable warrior, brutal and unrelenting destroying anything and everything that stands in his way. However, one day, his decision to pillage a castle with his ruthless army ends up with all except Solomon being easily slaughtered by demons. It is only when he narrowly escapes his soul being taken by the Devil's reaper that he realises that he's doomed to hell unless he renounces his violent ways in exchange for a life of peace. It is not a long lasting decision, however, as he soon finds himself facing another challenge; when mankind is threatened by an invasion of Crowthorns he must choose whether to fight or let the creatures pick of the people of the world one by one - killing some, turning the weak into slaves and the strong into murderers. His choice is easily made when he witnesses the slaughter of a family of puritans he has become close to and the kidnap of their daughter. He will lay down his soul to fight for the right reasons, even when that leads him to face hell for a second time.
'Solomon Kane' is the hellish 16th century based fantasy adventure from the 1896 to 1950s Pulp magazine character created by Robert E. Howard in 1928; a man who is better known for creating the character Conan the Barbarian. It has been adapted and directed by Michael J. Bassett ('Deathwatch', 'Wilderness') and has only just reached US movie theaters.
At the end of the American Civil War, John Carter (Kitsch) is in Arizona looking for gold when a strange artefact in a cave transports him to Mars, known locally as Barsoom. Getting used to the lower gravity is one thing, but he's soon captured by green, 15-foot-tall Tharks, who have four limbs plus tusks on the sides of their faces. He earns the respect of leader Tars Tarkas (Dafoe), but when he rescues Helium's Princess Dejah (Collins), he ends up in the middle of the war between red human kingdoms Helium and Zodanga.
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Civil War veteran John Carter wakes up in a strange, barren land with no idea of where he is. He soon discovers that he has been transported to the populated Barsoom, which is more commonly known as the planet Mars. He becomes involved in a massive conflict on the planet, with civilisation on Barsoom dying as a result. The beautiful Princess Dejah Thoris tells John that fate has brought him here and that the population and existence of Barsoom depends on him, which John reluctantly accepts.
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After signing the Magna Carta in 1215, King John (Giamatti) launches a bloodbath of revenge against the barons who forced his signature. So Marshall (Purefoy), a Templar monk who has taken a vow of nonviolence, is forced to take up his sword to defend the people from their king. He joins a rabble mob led by charismatic Albany (Cox) and they head for the pivotal castle of Lord Cornhill (Jacobi). As the king lays siege to their stronghold, Marshall finds other vows tempted by Lady Isabel (Mara) and her heaving bosom.
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