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In 1985, MGM brought former cop turned government agent Remo Williams to the screen with Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (a.k.a. Remo: Unarmed and Dangerous), hoping to launch a franchise based upon Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir’s The Destroyer series of pulp novels with Fred Ward (Tremors) in the lead role.
While that effort failed to take off, it looks like Sony is looking to give the character another chance at big screen success, with Deadline revealing that Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3) has signed on to direct The Destroyer from a script by Jim Uhls (Fight Club) and James Mullaney, co-author of several books in the series.
“Shane has been a fan of the original Destroyer book series since its inception and he has an incredible vision for this film,” said Charles Roven (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), who will serve as producer. »
- Gary Collinson
Art by Lee Weeks
Iron Man 3 director Shane Black has signed on to direct a film project for Sony Pictures called The Destroyer, which is based on an adventure book series. Black also recently signed on to direct a Predator sequel for Fox, Doc Savage for Columbia Pictures, and also a film at Warner Bros. called Nice Guys with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. The director is definitely keeping himself busy. The movie will be written by Jim Uhls (Fight Club) and James Mullaney, who is the author of the books. Here's a description of the story and characters:
Newark cop Remo Williams is framed, sentenced to death, then resurrected following a botched execution. The reason? To serve as enforcement arm for Cure, a top-secret, extra-Constitutional arm of the U.S. government. Along with a seemingly ageless – and often hilarious – Asian assassin known only as Chiun, Williams sets out »
- Joey Paur
Though he was ostensibly promoting his role in the upcoming Robert Rodriguez sequel "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," Josh Brolin's Reddit Ama on Thursday was delightfully all over the map, with topics ranging from "The Goonies" ("I've never had more fun on a movie") to his disastrous "Thrashin'" audition ("an 18 wheeler ran over it") to the insanity of working with Paul Thomas Anderson ("It felt like swimming in a Ralph Steadman drawing") to that horrible moment on the set of "American Gangster" with Russell Crowe ("I went back to my trailer waiting to be fired"). But mostly he talked about "The Goonies," and god love him for it. Check out the 21 best moments from the spirited, candid and wildly entertaining Q&A below. 1. His favorite superheroes are the Hulk, Thor and...Richie Rich? @Judomonkeykyle asks: Hi Josh, are you a comic book fan? Who is your favorite superhero/supervillan? »
- Chris Eggertsen
It was pretty much a given that Kiss Kiss Bang Bang helmer Shane Black would have some heat coming off of directing the $1.5 billion-grossing Iron Man 3, but the guy is amassing a seriously stacked docket of upcoming projects. The latest one to be added is an adaptation of the long-running Warren Murphy book series The Destroyer. Sony Pictures announced today that Black will direct a feature film adaptation of the adventure series, with Fight Club scribe Jim Uhls penning the screenplay alongside James Mullaney. The story follows Newark cop Remo Williams, who is framed, sentenced to death, executed, and then resurrected in order to serve as the enforcement arm for a top-secret division of the Us government called Cure. The Dark Knight and Man of Steel producer Charles Roven will produce. Hit the jump for more on The Destroyer movie and Black’s current slate of upcoming projects. In addition to The Destroyer, »
- Adam Chitwood
Yes, Akiva Goldsman is an Academy Award-winning screenwriter, but have you seen Winter’s Tale? That’s the kind of movie that is so bad, it could wind up becoming a warped classic for that very reason. In fact, the group I saw it with still hasn’t stopped talking about it. “I like pecans,” “I have a chicken,” Colin Farrell’s haircut, Russell Crowe’s finger-painting – the list of absurdities could go on and on. Even though A Beautiful Mind is quite the achievement and Goldsman has a number of other strong scripts to his name including Cinderella Man and a personal favorite guilty pleasure, Practical Magic, ever since Winter’s Tale, it’s been tough to get excited about anything he’s working on, and sadly, now that means having more doubts about the future of The Ring franchise as well. Goldsman is currently in talks to pen »
- Perri Nemiroff
Ryan and Mellencamp reportedly broke up after the distance started to take a toll on their relationship. “It was the distance,” a source told People. “She lives in New York and he resides in Indiana. It was the long distance that ultimately was the cause.”
Mellencamp has previously stated that not even his affection for Ryan could lure him to live in Manhattan. The “Jack & Diane” singer has called himself “too sensitive” for the big city and has stated his concern for his girlfriend, who has long called it home.
"I'm too sensitive to live there," he told Rolling Stone in December. "I can't see poor people. I can't see the suffering. I can't see the trash on the streets." As for the paparazzi attention Ryan faces, »
Celebrities just can't stop pouring buckets of ice on themselves.
Celebrities just can't stop pouring buckets of ice on themselves for a good cause.
Though it seemed like every A-list celebrity had participated in the Als Ice Bucket Challenge over the weekend, there were still a few stars left that decided to jump on this charity bandwagon on Monday.
From James Franco ice-bucketing without wearing pants, to Britney Spears giving the best reaction to a bucket of ice being poured on a person, here's a few more of our favorite stars that are participating in this wildly popular charity challenge.
Watch: 12 More Must-See Celebrity Ice Bucket Challenges
6. Garth Brooks
7. James Franco
8. Jimmy Kimmel
9. Ben Affleck
Post by Ben Affleck.
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Since becoming a fully-fledged producer/distributor of drama and comedic content, Amazon has been dealing with some big names. Its upcoming slate features a project from Steven Soderbergh and the company are even courting the indie scene via director Whit Stillman (Barcelona). But the studio’s latest announcement sees them talking to God and entering what could be choppy waters with an epic Biblical pitch called Promised Land. A dramatization of The Book Of Joshua from the Old Testament, their idea is to develop a pilot based around the story of two brothers leading up to the formation of the Israelite nation. An epic saga involving slavery and a perilous journey, the series concept will also no doubt feature the bloody battles that occurred in the name of conquest.
A complex tale to summarize, but it should be intriguing to see Amazon’s approach in this age of historical output like Spartacus, »
- Steve Palace
Hollywood mourns the loss of a comedic genius.
It is truly a devastating day for Hollywood.
Immediately after news broke that Robin Williams was found dead in his home at the age of 63 of an apparent suicide, colleagues, friends and admirers took to Twitter to share their memories of the talented Oscar winner.
The actor and comedian's career spanned from the classic TV spinoff Mork & Mindy to the unforgettable Mrs. Doubtfire to an award-winning role in Good Will Hunting to the animated voice work of everyone's favorite genie in Aladdin. In one way or another, his work touched the life of just about everybody. The below tweets are just a few of those expressing sadness, shock and admiration.
Photos: Remembering Robin Williams Through the Years
Joan Rivers: "I'm terribly saddened. He was an amazing talent and a very kind and giving man. Everyone remembers him as a brilliant comedian but he was much more than that »
Lean, clock-watching western starring Van Heflin as a hard-up rancher hired to get notorious outlaw Glenn Ford on the titular train to jail. While maintaining the wryness and dryness of Elmore Leonard's story, genre specialist Delmer Daves keeps trigger fingers twitching all the way to the seat-edge finale. Remade in 2007 with Christian Bale as the good guy and Russell Crowe filling Ford's villainous boots. »
The 2014 Teen Choice Awards were handed out Sunday evening at the historic Shrine Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles. Here's a complete list of all the nominees and winners as they were announced. Movies Choice Movie: Action "Divergent" - Winner "Edge of Tomorrow" "Godzilla" "Maleficent" "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" Choice Movie Actor: Action Jamie Campbell Bower, "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" Kellan Lutz, "The Legend of Hercules" Mark Wahlberg, "Lone Survivor" Theo James, "Divergent" - Winner Tom Cruise, "Edge of Tomorrow" Choice Movie Actress: Action Emily Blunt, "Edge of Tomorrow" Lily Collins, "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" Elle Fanning, "Maleficent" Angelina Jolie, "Maleficent" Shailene Woodley, "Divergent" - Winner Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" "X-Men: Days of Future Past" "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" - Winner "Thor: The Dark World" Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Chris Evans, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" Andrew Garfield, »
- HitFix Staff
The 2014 Teen Choice Awards are being held tonight (August 10) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Digital Spy will update the list of 2014 Teen Choice Awards winners below as the categories are announced:
Choice TV Show: Drama
Pretty Little Liars - Winner!
Choice TV Actor: Drama
Choice TV Actress: Drama
Choice Summer TV Star: Male
Here's a new movie poster for Son of a Gun (which will be released by A24 at some point) starring our beloved Ewan McGregor as a notorious criminal and rising star Brenton Thwaites as his young protege.
The protege is expected to help his mentor escape from prison.
A happy belated to Brenton who turned 25 yesterday! He leads The Giver next weekend (albeit with ample support from not one but two legends: Bridges & Streep) which is his fourth release already this year... so basically he's this year's version of Male Australian Hollywood is Trying To Make Happen. Australia is just relentless at hogging the male starring roles, yes? I have the sneaking suspicion he's going to be like the boy version of Alison Lohman and his age will be impossible to pin down onscreen for decades to come and maybe he'll play teenagers when he's 40? You'd think it would be »
- NATHANIEL R
Groups boycotting the Beverly Hills Hotel have set their sights on Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), who plans to hold a fundraising weekend at the hotel for his Thoroughbred Pac.
Unite Here Local 11 and the Courage Campaign plan to stage a demonstration across the street from the hotel on Friday evening, just as donors are scheduled to be gathered at the Polo Lounge for an opening reception, according to a copy of the invite obtained by the Sunlight Foundation. Also planned for Saturday is a poolside event, with a cabana reserved.
It’s unclear whether Whitfield and his fundraisers were aware of the boycott, which started on April 17 to protest the sultan of Brunei’s implementation of Sharia law in his country, with harsh punishments including stoning for adultery and homosexual acts. Brunei’s government-controlled investment group owns the hotel, the Hotel Bel Air and other properties.
Although the boycott has faded from the headlines, »
- Ted Johnson
Last year we visited the New York set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and were surprised to learn that even though these characters had existed for 30 years, filmmakers wanted a fresh approach and looked for inspiration from existing movie characters, as well as famous actors and world leaders. So when you watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles this weekend, see if you can spot any similarities between your favorite turtle and the person or character that served as inspiration for his new, updated look. Leonardo According to Visual Effects Supervisor Pablo Helman, Leonardo has Russell Crowe’s eyes and Nelson Mandela’s lips, as well as the leadership sense of Tom Hanks’ character from Saving Private Ryan. Michelangelo When it came...
- Erik Davis
The casting process for True Detective’s second season has become just about as complicated as Rust and Marty’s search for the Yellow King in season one. And if you add in the 21st-century problem of social media—which the Yellow King was not a big fan of—one could argue that it’s an even more complicated puzzle. For months, there have been rumors surrounding the number of leads—two! three! four!—and from there, rumors surrounding who will play those leads—Josh Brolin! Brad Pitt! Jessica Chastain!
At this point, the show’s creator, Nic Pizzolatto, has »
- Samantha Highfill
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Running Time: 138 Minutes
It’s a good job, really, that those behind Noah opted to include a disclaimer that basically said the film was not an exact adaptation of the biblical story – more an ‘inspired by’ kind of adaptation. The story of the man who was charged with building an ark in order to preserve the many different species on planet Earth is one of the better known of the biblical tales and yet in this version there is little to recognise.
It takes a special kind of director to take an assembled cast of very talented actors and make them look incompetent and ridiculous. You can see them trying, really trying, but against the bizarre and distracting special effects and the cheesy, almost comedic dialogue, their attempts at a »
- Amanda Keats
Jane Fonda: From ‘Vietnam Traitor’ to AFI Award and Screen Legend status (photo: Jason Bateman and Jane Fonda in ‘This Is Where I Leave You’) (See previous post: “Jane Fonda Movies: Anti-Establishment Heroine.”) Turner Classic Movies will also be showing the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony honoring Jane Fonda, the former “Vietnam Traitor” and Barbarella-style sex kitten who has become a living American screen legend (and healthy-living guru). Believe it or not, Fonda, who still looks disarmingly great, will be turning 77 years old next December 21; she’s actually older than her father Henry Fonda was while playing Katharine Hepburn’s ailing husband in Mark Rydell’s On Golden Pond. (Henry Fonda died at age 77 in August 1982.) Jane Fonda movies in 2014 and 2015 Following a 15-year absence (mostly during the time she was married to media mogul Ted Turner), Jane Fonda resumed her film acting career in 2005, playing Jennifer Lopez »
- Andre Soares
Darren Aronofsky, the Academy Award-winning director behind Requiem for a Dream (2000) and Black Swan (2010), takes the helm of this epic re-telling of the biblical tale, Noah (2014). Academy Award winner Russell Crowe stars in the film inspired by the epic story of courage, sacrifice and hope. In addition, the supporting cast features such talents as Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Logan Lerman and Ray Winstone. To celebrate the home entertainment release of Aronofsky's bold take on a familiar tale, we have Five Blu-ray copies of Noah to give away. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
Sherryl Clark and Joe Riley will produce along side of Voltage’s Craig J. Flores and Chartier. Muccino will direct from a script by Carter Blanchard, who recently signed on to write a new draft of Fox’s “Independence Day” sequel.
“Near Death” centers on a near-death survivor who starts predicting future events and acting in bizarre ways while his wife notices the world itself changing all around her in impossible ways. Fearing for her sanity, she investigates and uncovers a massive conspiracy that bridges space and time.
Clark, who is producing through her Busted Shark banner, »
- Dave McNary
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