Rugged Irish actor Liam Neeson has become the go-to guy for writer-director Joe Carnahan. Carnahan chose Neeson to play Hannibal, the leader of the group of wrongly-convicted war heroes in his modern adaptation of the classic TV show The A-Team, and also the "oil-rig roughneck" at the center of his latest movie, The Grey, which opens later this month.
Though Carnahan recently admitted that he doesn't think he will be re-teaming with Neeson on a sequel to The A-Team — "I don’t want to get tied up in that whole world of sequels and franchises." — he's not done with the Academy Award-nominated actor just yet. In an interview with Collider in support of The Grey, Carnahan said that Neeson would be "fantastic" as the hero cop in Nemesis, the planned live-action adaptation of Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar's comic book about a white-clad supervillain with the money and skills of Batman in a world without superheroes. what did carnahan say? >> Posted 01.11.12 by BrentJS
Last year's The A-Team suffered lousy reviews from critics who clearly wanted more from a movie based on a 1980s television show. While director Joe Carnahan and his cast didn't make an Oscar winner, the movie was enjoyable enough for those that didn't think the movie had to re-invent the action movie. It seems the biggest crime The A-Team perpetrated was not making enough money.
During an Empire webchat, A-Team actor Bradley Cooper responded to a question about whether a sequel was in the works.
what went wrong? >> Posted 03.11.11 by Ryan
I loved [the movie] too. But unfortunately, outside of you, a few of your friends and myself, there just wasn't enough revenue to supply a second installment of that franchise.
Nit-picky website MovieMistakes.com has crowned Iron Man 2 as the most mistake-ridden film of 2010 (and it's only July) with a whopping 45 flubs ranging from the frivolous to the flagrant. Rounding out the top 5 most problematic movies: Shutter Island had 34 slip-ups, The A-Team 31, Kick-Ass 15, and Alice in Wonderland with 12. But who got the "best gaff" honor? >> Posted 07.07.10 by reelz
For your viewing pleasure, we have a four-minute long clip from The A-Team, focusing on the crazy shenanigans of Murdoch, played by Sharlto Copley of District 9 fame. And, for the record, he definitely lives up to his nickname. watch "Howling Mad" in action >> Posted 06.10.10 by reelz
The strong cast and fun trailer had us really looking forward to The A-Team. So far, some critics are having fun labeling it the D or D- Team. Turns out you need a script, or your movie will end up like Transformers 2.
Posted 06.10.10 by reelz
"...works moderately well as the equivalent of a mindless B-movie..."— Brian Lowry, Variety
"The A-Team is an incomprehensible mess with the 1980s TV show embedded inside."— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...a soulless, sloppy, smirky rerun..."— Robert Wilonsky, Village Voice
"If the television version of The A-Team attracted a wide audience of all ages drawn in by the group's ingenuity and the program's low-key vibe, then [director] Carnahan's big-budget rethink is strictly for little boys."— Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
"The film lurches from one action sequence to another, with little connection between the sequences. The characters move directly from small to big screen with new actors, of course, but little else changed including their famous catchphrases. So the screenwriting as such has been reduced to storyboards, stunt rigging and visual effects."— Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
Isn't there something inherently great about watching people set aside their individual differences, tap their inner resources, and apply themselves to a greater goal?
Well, a large number of moviemakers must think so — they've taken the basic team-building idea and run with it in so many directions that not even a 'copter piloted by The A-Team's "Howling Mad" Murdock could track them all down. If we weren't busy building a tank out of a water cooler and some stuff we found in the stationery closet, we'd provide a comprehensive list. Instead, here are the 10 most-memorable team-ups. See Top 10 "Rally Your Forces" Movies >> Posted 06.10.10 by reelz
Director Joe Carnahan's The A-Team opens this weekend and 20th Century Fox is hyping the movie with the release of another new clip. In the latest, the wrongly-accused team—consisting of Hannibal (Liam Neeson), Face (Bradley Cooper), Murdock (Sharlto Copley) and B.A. (Quinton "Rampage" Jackson)—are on the run from Capt. Charisa Sosa (Jessica Biel), who has been tasked with bringing them to justice. In a deadly game of chicken between a C-130 and a Mercedes SUV, who do you think will win? Posted 06.09.10 by BrentJS
After The Addams Family premiered to big box-office success in 1991, the floodgates opened for classic TV shows to be adapted into movies. Problem is, for every Mission: Impossible, audiences also had to endure Car 54, Where Are You?, Sgt. Bilko, Leave it to Beaver, Lost in Space, and McHale's Navy.
With The A-Team opening this week, could a deluge of movies based on '80s TV shows be far behind? Should The A-Team become a success, we've compiled a list of small-screen shows from the decade of leather ties and hostile takeovers that we'd actually like to see in theaters.See Ten '80s Shows We Want to See as Movies >> Posted 06.08.10 by reelz
Director Joe Carnahan's The A-Team movie opens up this week, but he's already itching to direct another adaptation. In recent conversations with MTV and SHH, Carnahan discussed some of the comic book characters that he would like to bring to life on screen and said that he actually had been in talks with Marvel Studios about directing The Avengers before Joss Whedon was brought on board. Get This Guy A Comic Book Adaptation, Already >> Posted 06.08.10 by BrentJS
Mr. T has seen The A-Team (opening on Friday) and he's slamming it, claiming there's too much sex and violence.
People die in the film and there's plenty of sex but when we did it, no one got hurt and it was all played for fun and family entertainment. These seem to be elements nobody is interested in anymore. It was too graphic for me. I've no doubt it will do big business at the box office but it's nothing like the show we turned out every week.
The 58 year-old actor is definitely not the target demographic, but it's our understanding audiences really like sex and violence. We sure do!
The controversy reminds us of another '80s-TV-show-turned-into-a-movie dust-up in 2005, when the guy who played Cooter in the original Dukes of Hazzard (Ben Jones) called for fans to boycott the movie because it was too sexy and needed to be "cleaned up."
Are these aging actors prudes, or is it sour grapes they didn't get their cameo? Posted 06.07.10 by reelz