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Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson was previously attached to the fact-based gangster thriller based on the life of John Gotti and his ‘family’. However, Jurassic Park 3 and Captain America’s Joe Johnston’s was recently installed as the new helmer.
Real-life couple John Travolta and Kelly Preston have been attached to the project from pretty much day one, with Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Lindsay Lohan, Ben Foster and Chazz Palminteri also set to co-star. Whether or not those names are still interested (well, Pesci has a lawsuit pending against to producers so you can rule him out) following Levinson’s departure remains to be seen but we can at least confirm Anthony Hopkins has joined the cast in the murderous story told from the point-of-view of the late mafia Don’s son. The Academy Award-winning actor has previously worked with Johnston on Universal’s remake of The Wolfman.
- Craig Hunter
Here's today's latest casting news: Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games) will star in the action picture Aurora Rising, which follows a test pilot storyline based on a screenplay by Christian Gudegast (A Man Apart). Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs) has joined the mobster biopic Gotti for director Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger). Kate Hudson (Almost Famous) joins Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here, funded partially from crowd-sourced money via Kickstarter. Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement. First up from THR is news that Hemsworth will lead Aurora Rising. The story centers on "a Southern California surfer who becomes a fighter pilot and after a messy combat mission, is recruited to be part of an elite team to test a new generation of aircraft just as an international conflict begins." Relativity Media will distribute. Hemsworth will also be seen in Relativity's Paranoia, due out August 16th, »
- Dave Trumbore
Making a movie about the John "The Teflon Don" Gotti seems like a no-brainer. Americans love a good (read: gritty) gangster story, and Gotti's reputation still looms large even eleven years after his death. And yet, his son John A. Gotti (A.K.A. Junior) has been struggling to get his father-son story Gotti: In The Shadow of My Father made since 2010. But after repeated delays and bizarre scandals, that included losing Nick Cassavetes as director, a tangle with Lindsay Lohan, and a lawsuit from an enraged and recast Joe Pesci, Gotti is finally coming together.minus its showy subtitle. Variety reports the project that fell off the map in 2011, has made its mark at Cannes, announcing Academy Award-winner Anthony Hopkins has joined the Gotti cast that includes John Travolta, and Kelly Preston. As the pic's international distribution is up for sale at Cannes, Im Global is boasting Hopkins involvement, »
Meyers previously worked with Abrams on "Mission: Impossible III". No word on what role it will be. [Source: Latino Review]
Leo Rossi wrote the screenplay which focuses on the don’s career as a gangster boss and his son, who decides to leave the crime world in order to redeem himself. [Source: Variety]
She is expected to be joined by other well-known Chinese actors as »
- Garth Franklin
Following director Joe Johnston's recent attachment to the mobster biopic Gotti comes word, via Variety , that Anthony Hopkins will be joining John Travolta and Kelly Preston in the cast. The film, which adapts Gotti's life from the point of view of his son, was previously set to star, in addition to Travolta and Preston, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Lindsay Lohan, Ben Foster and Chazz Palminteri. Barry Levinson was previously attached to helm that earlier iteration of the project, which was to have been titled Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father . The rights to the story, which, in reality ended with the death of Gotti in prison in 2002, are held by Marc Fiore and his Fiore Films where actor Leo Rossi supplied the original screenplay. Hopkins, who recently played the title role »
The power of Cannes has brought another tidbit of casting news. The mafia flick which has been gestating for years, Gotti, now has Anthony Hopkins attached. Hopkins will join John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston, both already confirmed to star. Hopkins’ role is as-yet undisclosed, though our guess is he’ll be in the running for an old school mobster. Expect him to hone his vocal skills and bust out his Italian American accent!
Gotti is based on the story of real-life mobster boss, John Gotti. Travolta has snagged the plum role, and his wife Preston will play Gotti’s wife, Victoria. The casting announcements for the project have changed dramatically over recent years. At one time Lindsay Lohan, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci were in talks. From the film’s IMDb page, the only other actors still attached are Chazz Palminteri and Ella Bleu Travolta.
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- Gem Seddon
Jonathan Rhys Meyers to star in Star Wars: Episode VII? Jonathan Rhys Meyers is "in talks" to star in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, according to Latino Review. Best known for his role as King Henry VIII in the Showtime series The Tudors, which also features upcoming Man of Steel Henry Cavill, Rhys Meyers has already been featured in one Abrams movie: Mission: Impossible III (2003), in which he supported Tom Cruise. (Photo: Jonathan Rhys Meyers in The Tudors.) At this stage, it’s unclear which role Jonathan Rhys Meyers would play in Star Wars: Episode VII, now a Walt Disney Studios production. The next installment in the highly popular franchise is reportedly to continue the Star Wars saga where Return of the Jedi left off. Having said that, in case Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, and Anthony Daniels (perhaps a little rustier?) are indeed returning to the Star Wars fold, »
- Zac Gille
The director mingled at one end of Emmett/Furla’s yacht party on Thursday to promote “Silence,” Scorsese’s long-gestating passion project that Im Global is shopping at Cannes. Arguably the market’s highest-profile title, Ford has been putting Scorsese’s star power to work: The helmer spoke at a buyers-only presentation on Wednesday and has been hosting private Q&As with potential bidders.
Cannes: Anthony Hopkins Joins ‘Gotti’ (Exclusive)
Ford’s intensely focused approach is indicative of what it’s taken to make Im Global one of the most muscular sales agencies working today. “Silence” may lead to Ford’s involvement in another Scorsese project, “The Irishman,” in which Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are attached to star. There’s chatter about Im Global shopping that pic, which »
- Rachel Abrams
Despite the fact that the action-comedy sequel Red 2 doesn't hit cinemas until July, Summit Entertainment must be confident that it has another hit on its hands, with Deadline revealing that the studio has hired screenwriting siblings Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber (whose credits include Red and Red 2, along with the 2009 thriller Whiteout and last year's Hasbro board game adaptation-turned-alien actioner Battleship) to pen the script for Red 3.
The Red franchise is based upon the comic book series by Warren Ellis and Cully Hammer and centres on a trio of 'Retired, Extremely Dangerous' ex black-ops agents, portrayed by Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich. The forthcoming sequel sees Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) taking over directing duties from Red helmer Robert Schwentke, while Mary-Louise Parker returns to the cast alongside new additions Byung-hun Lee (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Anthony Hopkins (Thor: The Dark World), and Catherine Zeta-Jones (Side Effects).
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- Flickering Myth
John Travolta and Kelly Preston already star in the pic, which focuses on the teflon don’s career as a gangster boss and his son, who decides to leave the crime world in order to redeem himself. Project is based on an original idea by Gotti’s son, John A. Gotti.
Cannes: Weinstein, Yen Talk ‘Crouching Tiger’ Sequel
Project has had a number of false starts over the years. Nick Cassavetes »
- Rachel Abrams
Summit Entertainment has hired writers for Red 3.
The company has already begun work on a third film ahead of the release of Red 2, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Jon and Erich Hoeber, who wrote both the previous films, have been tapped to return.
No details for Red 3 have been released.
Red 2 will arrive in cinemas on July 19. Watch a trailer for the film below:
Hi guys! The Red 3 update time! Summit Entertainment has hired screenwriting siblings Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber -whose credits include Red and Red 2, along with the 2009 thriller Whiteout and last year’s Hasbro board game adaptation-turned-alien actioner Battleship – to write the threequel. The studio has, meanwhile, moved ahead the releases of Red 2, originally scheduled for release on August 2nd will now hit theaters July 19th, 2013. Sequel Red 2 arrives from director Dean Parisot and stars Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung Hun Lee, Brian Cox and Neal McDonough. Production on Red 3 could »
- Nick Martin
Red 2 isn't due out for another month, but Summit has already tapped the screenwriting duo of Jon and Erich Hoeber to pen the threequel. The siblings certainly know their spy stuff as they've written both the original film and the sequel, which is testing high and giving the studio confidence of another go-round. News of Red 3 may take a bit of the tension out of the plot of Red 2, which sees retired CIA operatives going back into the field in order to track down a portable nuclear device. Heat Vision reports that production on Red 3 could start as early as January 2014, pending script approval; no deals with the cast have been made as of yet. The Dean Parisot-directed sequel stars Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mary-Louise Parker and Byung-hun Lee. Red 2 opens July 19th. »
- Dave Trumbore
Red and Red 2 writers Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber have been hired to write the third installment, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian producing through their Di Bonaventura Pictures company. No story details were given, although insiders claim that the sequel is moving forward largely thanks to the high test screening scores that Red 2 received.
There are no deals in place yet for cast members such as Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren, who starred in both Red and Red 2. However, insiders claim that if the screenplay is approved, production may start as early as January 2014.
Red,which followed a group of retired CIA agents who get back into action, earned $90 million at the domestic box office in 2010, and nearly $200 million worldwide. »
Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion), Luke Bracey (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Bill Smitrovich (Iron Man) are set to join Pierce Brosnan in the espionage action-thriller November Man directed by Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job). The announcement was made by producers Beau St. Clair of Irish Dreamtime and Sriram Das of Das Films. Written by Michael Finch (Predators) and Karl Gajdusek (Oblivion), the script was developed from Bill Granger’s There Are No Spies, the seventh book in Granger’s thirteen-part November Man series.
With shooting set to start in Europe on May 20th, November Man tells the story of an ex-cia operative (Brosnan) who finds himself pitted against his former pupil (Bracey) in a race to find a woman hiding from her past (Kurylenko) who holds the key to an international conspiracy. November Man is financed by Merced Media Partners, Envision Entertainment Corporation and PalmStar Media Capital. Executive Producers include Merced’s Raj Singh and Stuart Brown, »
- Michelle McCue
Here's the french poster and trailer for "Thor: The Dark World", directed by Alan Taylor and starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins. Opening in theaters on November 8, Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel's "Thor" and "Marvel's The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with »
Red 2 won't hit theaters until July 19, but Summit Entertainment is already working on the next installment. The studio has signed Red and Red 2 screenwriters Jon and Erich Hoeber to pen Red 3 , says The Hollywood Reporter . According to the trade, no deals with the cast have been made, but if the script is approved, production could begin as early as January 2014. Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian will produce the third installment via their Dibonaventura Pictures. Erik Feig, Lionsgate.s president of production, will oversee the project for the studio along with Summit.s president of production Geoff Shaevitz. Red 2 stars Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung Hun Lee, Brian Cox and Neal »
On NBC’s Silence of The Lambs prequel Hannibal, which airs Thursdays at 10 p.m., Scott Thompson plays a forensic investigator who says creepy things like “supplication is the most common form of prayer,” while standing over a gutted cadaver. Thompson is best known, of course, as a troupe member of the Canadian cult sketch-comedy show The Kids in the Hall, which ran on HBO from 1989 to 1995. Portraying characters like Buddy Cole, the lisping gay bar owner, Thompson wasn’t just the only gay guy in the village, he was one of the first gay men out on television, period. And what a cool gay he was. Vulture met Thompson for a coffee and spoke to him about Anthony Hopkins’s Hannibal, Kids memories, and why being a gay man today is sort of boring.With Anthony Hopkins’s Lecter, you could imagine him being a psychiatrist one would go to. »
- William Van Meter
Summit Entertainment’s Red 2 is going to bring the some awesome action and comedy to theaters this summer, and in celebration of the upcoming release, a new poster has been released! Check it out below the post. “Red 2″ is directed by Dean Parisot with the screenplay written by Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber. The film stars Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker with Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung Hun Lee, Brian Cox and Neal McDonough. Here’s more about the film: “In Red 2, the high-octane action-comedy sequel to the worldwide sleeper hit, retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for [ Read More ]
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Red 2 is currently scheduled for theatrical release on July 19th. Dean Parisot, who helmed the 1999 Star Trek parody Galaxy Quest directs the film which stars Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mary-Louise Parker and Byun-Hun Lee. In Red 2, the high-octane action-comedy sequel to the worldwide sleeper hit, retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. To succeed, theyll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazed government officials, all eager to get their hands on the next-generation weapon. The mission takes Frank and his motley crew to Paris, London and Moscow. Outgunned »
- Keven Skinner
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