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• Emily Blunt (Looper) is reportedly in talks to join the ever-growing ensemble cast of Disney’s Into the Woods to play the role of the Baker’s (James Corden) wife. The main cast also currently includes Meryl Streep (The Witch) and Johnny Depp (The Wolf). Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal are both in talks for two prince roles. Blunt recently appeared with Colin Firth in Arthur Newman and can be seen next with Tom Cruise in Doug Liman’s All You Need Is Kill (out June 4). [Variety]
- Lindsey Bahr
Marton Csokas will square off against Denzel Washington in The Equalizer, Sony's big-screen take on the 1980s TV show. Antoine Fuqua, who directed Washington's Oscar-winning performance in Training Day, is helming the project, which also has Chloe Moretz in the cast. Washington plays Robert McCall, a retired intelligence officer who helps the powerless. In the movie version, he is living a quiet life while working at a Home Depot, when one act of kindness toward a prostitute (Moretz) gets him embroiled with the Russian mob. Video: '2 Guns' Trailer: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg Rob Bank, Fight Bad Guys
- Borys Kit
It may not go down all that well in the world of Michael Bay, but Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim is fast shaping up as the Transformers it's Ok to like. A new extended trailer for the hugely hyped robots v aliens smackdown dropped earlier this week, confirming the Mexican film-maker's determination to show that enormous warring monstrosities can be a thing of surprising beauty.
Co-written by Del Toro himself, the latest science-fiction wannabe blockbuster to hit the big screen in 2013 is being pitched as a film which combines classy atmospheric eye candy with all the furious action one might expect from one of Bay's tortuous explosion-fests. "What we went for is a very, very romantic look," Del Toro told »
- Ben Child
Butler is tipped to play a man desired by both the government and the military for his special powers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Liam Hemsworth was previously in the running for the lead role in the movie before the project stalled.
The project has been in development since 2010, when Ricardo de Montreuil's short film of the same name debuted. Liam Hemsworth was initially attached to star, but he is no longer involved. The story centers on a man with incredible, super-human talents, who is on the run from robotic cop drones in downtown Los Angeles, while a police ship hovers the skies, coordinating the chase.
Gold Circle has come aboard to co-finance with Universal, with Paul Brooks is producing alongside Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson. Scott Niemeyer, Nick Osborne, Trevor Engelson, and Oly Obst executive producing. Production may begin later this year.
Gerard Butler is a bit of a hit or miss actor. For every 300 he makes, he also gives us something like Playing for Keeps. The Scottish actor has had his fair share of ups and downs but after the recent success of his latest film, Olympus Has Fallen, it looks like he’s on the rise again. Today we’re hearing that Butler will step in to replace Liam Hemsworth in the sci-fi action film, The Raven.
The project began as a short film in 2010 before being snapped up by Mark Wahlberg, who planned to remake it. Liam Hemsworth was initially attached to star but that has since fallen through and now Butler will take his place. He’ll play the main role, that of Chris Black “a young man on the run from a robotic police force.” Not sure if Butler can qualify as a young man but now »
- Matt Joseph
As we pointed out when Liam Hemsworth was rumoured as star, no, The Raven is not a remake of the Edgar Allen Poe wannabe period thriller that starred John Cusack. It’s actually based on Ricardo de Montreuil’s ambitious, conspiracy-minded dystopian sci-fi thriller short (see below) and it looks like Gerard Butler is up to take the lead instead.Universal nabbed the rights to make the short into a movie back in 2010 with support from Mark Wahlberg’s production company. Assuming he signs on the dotted line, Butler will be a man who possesses remarkable powers that is hunted by the government and the military, who consider him both a threat and a possible new weapon.De Montreuil is set to direct based on a script that has seen work from Justin Marks and, more recently de Montreuil himself, working with original short scribe Antonio Perez.Butler last saw action in Olympus Has Fallen, »
The short's story focuses on a young man with powers being chased around downtown Los Angeles by robotic police drones, while a giant police ship coordinates the effort from the skies above.
Liam Hemsworth was previously attached, but that is no longer the case. Production aims to begin later this year.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
For a minute, it looked like Gerard Butler might be done. The Scottish actor had never quite cemented his stardom since breaking through with "300," and had a series of painfull and gigantic flops in the last few months, with both "Chasing Mavericks" and "Playing For Keeps" proving to be box office disasters. But then salvation arrived, in the unlikely shape of "Olympus Has Fallen," the White House-set "Die Hard" knock off that proved to be a surprise hit, currently nesting just under the $100 million mark. It was proof that Butler does have an audience in the right kind of picture, and Butler looks to be learning from the lesson, as according to Heat Vision, he's just signed on to the sci-fi actioner "The Raven." Thankfully unrelated to the John Cusack/Edgar Allan Poe train wreck, the long-gestating project began life as a short film back in 2010, and was quickly snapped up for a remake, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
The Emmett / Furla production, announced Thursday at Cannes, has a $60 million budget and a start date of March. “Broken City” writer Brian Tucker is scripting the story of a hitman who is poisoned and has to find a cure before he expires.
Tucker is also producing and Steven Eads is exec producing. Emmett / Furla said it in negotiations for a director and then will present the film to buyers in June.
“Expiration” is the latest in a long line of recent action titles with coin from Emmett / Furla, including ” 2 Guns,” starring Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington, with Universal opening Aug. 2; “Frozen Ground, »
- Dave McNary
Bruce Willis makes a lot of movies. Let's get that out of the way right now. And some of them do better than others, as he bounces between drama, comedy and action movies. The production company Emmett/Furla Films has made quite a mark with their action dramas over the years with the upcoming 2 Guns , starring Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington, being one many are looking forward to. Willis has made three previous films with Emmett/Furla--the action-thriller 16 Blocks , the Stephen Frears-directed Vegas comedy Lay the Favorite and the straight to video Fire with Fire --but now he's going to go for a fourth by starring in their new action-thriller Expiration . This may sound more Willis' speed going by his past movies, as he'll play a hitman who is looking for an antidote »
Paramount Pictures' sci-fi time travel film Almanac from director Michael Bay have have two stars on board as Jonny Weston and Sofia Black-d'Elia are in negotiations to board the film, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Bay produces alongside his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. Dean Istraelite directs the film from first-time scribes Andrew Stark and Jason Pagan, with shooting scheduled to start in Atlanta summer, 2013. Almanac holds a $15 million-or-so budget. Weston was last seen alongside Gerard Butler in the surfing drama Chasing Mavericks while Black-d'Elia had a recurring role in Gossip Girl, and tried out for the lead in Bay's upcoming Transformers 4, starring Mark Wahlberg. »
This week we’re teaming up with 20th Century Fox to hold a contest for Broken City on Blu-Ray. The Allen Hughes directed political-thriller stars Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe in a captivating tale of betrayal, corruption and conspiracy. It was released back in January and though it flew slightly under the radar, Broken City was a thrilling and fully engaging flick that I really enjoyed.
For those unfamiliar with the film, check out the plot summary below:
In a city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure: Mayor Nicholas Hostetler.
If you’re looking for more info, you can always check out our Broken City review to see what we thought of it.
To enter for your chance to win, simply click the button below to Re-Tweet our contest message. Winners will be notified via Twitter Dm on May 20th. »
- Matt Joseph
President Pressures Biz
President Pranab Mukherjee is urging the film industry to provide positive values following rising reports of rapes of minors. Speaking at the National Film Awards in Delhi May 3, Mukherjee said, “The recent incidents of crime and against women and children have shaken the conscience of the nation. I would like to stress the crucial role cinema can and must play in resetting the moral compass .” The film biz has drawn flak for titillating song-and-dance sequences, but TV has escaped unscathed, though kids re-create those sequences for talent shows.
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Study Predicts Pay TV Boom
Media Partners Asia predicts Indian pay TV revenues, a finance stream Hollywood players are eager to tap, will double in seven years to $17 billion. The number of pay TV homes is expected to grow from 128 million to 183 million by 2020. In Asia (excluding heavily regulated China), India will account for 63% of new subscriber growth »
- Variety Staff
"I would love to make Dead Space, I'll tell you that right now," said John Carpenter last week, adding the celebrated director, expert moustache cultivator and avid gamer to the the swelling ranks of reputable film-makers (ie those whose names aren't spelled "Paul Ws Anderson" or "Uwe Boll") who recognise games as another viable well of narrative inspiration – equal in richness, if not yet in popular reputation, to any other artform.
And it's difficult to envisage a director better suited or more qualified to interpret the dank corridors and squelchy, shambling horrors of the Usg Ishimura. The Thing, The Fog and Halloween clearly influenced Visceral's icky franchise, and Carpenter's ideas feeding back into a mythology they helped create gives a pleasing sense of symmetry. His skill with suspense and »
- Luke Holland
A little birdie dropped off potential Blu-ray and DVD release dates for the J.J. Abrams sequel Star Trek Into Darkness and Michael Bay's black comedy Pain & Gain starring Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg.
Before I get into the dates, please remember that these are unconfirmed by the studio and could very well change between now and when the Blu-rays are actually released. Nothing is official until the studio formally announces it.
If the intel is correct, Pain & Gain will arrive first on Tuesday, August 13. That seems like a safe date that avoids the slow month of July and gets a head start on the busier post-Labor Day time for releases.
The Blu-ray and DVD release date for Star Trek Into Darkness that I have is September 10, 2013. Hopefully Amazon.com starts taking pre-orders for this one later this week or next week after it arrives in theaters. »
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Iron Man 3, The Avengers 2 (and 3), Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Justice League, Man of Steel, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Crow, Arrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Superman: Unbound, Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Superheroes Unite, Teen Titans Go!, Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II, Big Hero 6, Avengers Assemble and more...
Marvel's Iron Man 3 continues to dominate at the global box office, with the Shane Black-directed solo sequel having amassed over $800 million by close of play on Friday and is assured of becoming only the third superhero movie to pass $1 billion at the global box office. Having debuted with the second biggest domestic opening of all time, Iron Man 3 is expected to fend off competition »
- Flickering Myth
Iron Man 3 has topped the Us weekend box office charts once again.
The Us weekend box office top ten in full (studio estimates, all figures in Us dollars):
1. (1) Iron Man 3 - $72,472,000
2 (-) The Great Gatsby - $51,115,000
3. (2) Pain & Gain - $5,000,000
5. (3) 42 - $4,650,000
6. (4) Oblivion - »
If second place is the first loser — then this week, that’s a pretty great place to be. Warner Bros.’ literary adaptation The Great Gatsby stunned the industry today with a magnificent $51.1 million debut. Of course, that number wasn’t large enough to take down Disney’s superhero sequel, Iron Man 3, which topped the box office for a second weekend with $72.5 million, but it’s impressive nonetheless. Ah, the summer movie season: when films actually make money! (Provided that they’re not called Peeples.)
Iron Man 3, which had the second best opening of all time last weekend with $174.1 million, »
- Grady Smith
Not too shabby, old sport. Baz Luhrmann's "Great Gatsby" opened to an impressive $51.1 million weekend. The adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's celebrated novel performed strongly at the box office, bringing an estimated $19.37 million on its opening day.
"The Great Gatsby," which stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, has received mixed reviews from critics and a CinemaScore of B from moviegoers. The film also features Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, and Carey Mulligan, among others.
"Gatsby" was edged out for the top box office spot by "Iron Man 3," which won the weekend. The latest in the "Iron Man" franchise made $72.47 million at 4,253 theaters. Starring Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Don Cheadle, "Iron Man 3" has reached a total domestic gross of $284.89 million since its release. The action film had a record-breaking opening weekend, making $175 million. This total gave "Iron Man 3" the second-biggest opening after "The Avengers. »
- The Huffington Post
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