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Disney expanded their dominance with the purchase of Marvel in 2009 and scooped up Lucasfilm in a similar deal a few years later. Star Wars: The Force Awakens and a number of spinoffs are the result of the latter, but did you know that the rights to Indiana Jones were also included in the deal?
After leaving him on the shelf for the past couple of years, Disney have set about reviving the Indiana Jones franchise according to Deadline. Things are said to be in the very early stages as of right now, but they already have an eye on a leading man!
Chris Pratt shot to superstardom in 2014 with roles in The Lego Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy, so perhaps it’s no real surprise that he’s being eyed to fill Harrison Ford’s fedora. Whether he will accept is another thing altogether, but it’s hard »
- Josh Wilding
Photoshop art by Rahzzah
This is something fans have been wondering about since Guardians of the Galaxy debuted, but now it's more than just speculation: Deadline is reporting that Disney "has set its sights" on Chris Pratt to play Indiana Jones in a "revival" of the franchise. Whether that means a complete reboot or a sequel with flashbacks (to allow Harrison Ford one more appearance as the famed archaeologist) remains to be seen, and the outlet cautions that things are still very early in the process right now.
Pratt, who became famous for his hilarious work on Parks and Recreation, has become a huge star in the wake of Guardians of the Galaxy. He has Jurassic World coming up this summer, and has lined up a Guardians sequel and The Magnificent Seven remake opposite Denzel Washington. Fans have already been teased with the idea of Pratt as Indy when a »
- Ben Pearson
Alcon Entertainment acquired the film rights to comedic fantasy-adventure book series “Darkmouth” on Tuesday, the production company’s co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove announced.
The books, penned by Irish author Shane Hegarty, focus on Earth’s last remaining town, which is constantly under attack by monsters (called “Legends”). HarperCollins Children’s Books is set to publish the series.
Also Read: Alcon Hires Angela and Catherine Paura as Co-Presidents of Worldwide Marketing
Finn, the 12-year-old protagonist, is son of the last remaining Legend Hunter. The story centers around him as he follows in his father’s footsteps and prepares for an epic battle, »
- Travis Reilly
In what could be described as potentially perfect casting, Deadline is reporting that Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm Ltd. are rumoured to be contemplating a reboot of their Indiana Jones franchise, with Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World) their apparent No. 1 choice to take over from Harrison Ford.
While any official word may be some way off, it would seem like a match made in heaven for a potential reboot, and many fans of Pratt have speculated before that he would make a great Indy.
The last film in the franchise, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, was released in 2008 to mixed reviews, but still managed a worldwide gross of over $780 million, second only that year to The Dark Knight in the yearly box-office charts.
- Scott J. Davis
As much as I do not want it to happen, I know it is only an inevitability for Disney to want to reboot the Indiana Jones series after buying the rights from Paramount in 2013. Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade are two of my favorite movies, and unlike most fans who want to be over saturated with a product until they die, I am happy just having those films. We've already been soiled by Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. So, Disney is looking at someone already under their employment in the Marvel franchise to take over the fedora from Harrison Ford, everyone's new favorite person Chris Pratt. The man already has Guardians of the Galaxy, has Jurassic World coming out later this year, and is starting production on The Magnificent Seven with Denzel Washington. Throw another thing at him. I mean, why notc Look, I have nothing against Chris Pratt. »
- Mike Shutt
We're still waiting for Swedish-raised filmmaker Daniel Espinosa to make good on the promise of his 2010 thriller "Snabba Cash" (aka "Easy Money"). The movie launched the international career of Joel Kinnaman (2013’s “RoboCop”) and made Espinosa a much in-demand filmmaker for Hollywood studios —after juggling several offers, he directed “Safe,” starring Denzel Washington. But will Espinosa become of those acclaimed foreign filmmakers who devolve into the anonymous Hollywood hackwork (like, ahem, Baltasar Kormákur)? Maybe Espinosa will fare a little bit better with his upcoming film “Child 44.” Based on the first novel in author Tom Rob Smith’s trilogy featuring disgraced Mgb Agent Leo Demidov investigating a series of gruesome child murders in Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union, the movie stars Tom Hardy as Demidov and co-stars Noomi Rapace, Kinnaman, Gary Oldman and Vincent Cassel. Here's the official synopsis: A politically-charged serial killer »
- Edward Davis
Here's a juicy bit of scoop: Deadline is reporting that Disney wants to reboot "Indiana Jones" -- and wants Chris Pratt in the lead role.
According to the site, the studio bought the rights to the franchise from Paramount in 2013, and is eager to make good on that acquisition with a reboot or remake of some sort. And who better to lead it than Disney/Marvel's newest superstar, Pratt?
Deadline reports that "things are very early," but Disney "has its sights set" on the "Guardians of the Galaxy" star, who they "hope to build the new franchise around." The site cautions that this is nothing but a rumor at this point, though Pratt continuing his already fruitful relationship with Disney makes plenty of sense.
Stay tuned to see if this pans out.
In the meantime, Pratt is currently starring in the seventh and final season of "Parks and Recreation" on NBC, »
- Katie Roberts
The 51-year-old actor adds another flop to his already long streak, but other actors aren’t betting their careers on only box-office bankability
The actor plays the Wolf in Disney’s ensemble musical “Into the Woods,” but his last leading man hit was 2011’s installment of “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Last year’s “Transcendence” fizzled, as did 2013’s “The Lone Ranger” and »
- Linda Ge
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Running Time: 126 minutes
Fuqua and Washington once again rejoin forces following their unforgettable collaboration on Training Day, for this reinterpretation of the classic TV show of the same name. Only this time Washington is playing Mr. Nice Guy. Many TV adaptations fail in the way they try and pay homage to the original, so it is with great joy we can say that Fuqua has no intention of trying to offer fan service. Although the spirit is very much alive, The Equalizer stands proud as an entirely separate entity.
Playing his calm and lovable self, Washington portrays Robert McCall, a man who lives a simple life free from nonsense or crippling responsibility. He’s far from the cold loner often associated with such films though, as we see »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Brands like Marvel and DC Comics now drive the box office and studio strategies, far more than A-list names
The fact that well-made movies will usually still succeed, and bad ones won’t, hasn’t changed. But it’s superhero brands like Marvel and DC Comics and high concepts that are drawing the biggest audiences to theaters today, replacing the A-list talent that formerly topped the multiplex marquees. »
- Todd Cunningham
★★★☆☆ Despite The Equalizer (2014) reuniting director Antoine Fuqua and star Denzel Washington, Richard Wenk's lacklustre script - based on the 80s TV show - prompts little more than a disappointingly predictable display of bloodthirsty wrath and vengeance. In a disservice to the actor's gift for psychological complexity, Washington's usual wit and charisma are hidden beneath a wooden mask of vacuous discipline. When he isn't at his drab sales associate job, former black-op Robert McCall (Washington) geometrically arranges spoons at a Edward Hopperish diner. His only relief from loneliness a brief exchange over Old Man and the Sea with Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz).
- CineVue UK
Sunday’s telecast saluted films about race, sexuality, addiction, gender issues
In a nod to the Oscar diversity controversy, Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards included a highlight reel of films showcasing social, political and race issues.
When the Academy Award nominations counted a white person in each of the 20 acting categories, social media erupted with complaints over lack of variety, carrying the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite.
See photos: SAG Awards 2015: Red Carpet Arrivals (Photos)
- Matt Donnelly
Chicago – The excellent film “Selma” focuses on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But just as important as King were the marchers from supporting civil rights societies, such as the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (Sncc), and their leaders like James Forman, portrayed in the film by Trai Byers.
Byers is an up-and-coming actor, with “Selma” being his first major film after stints on the daytime drama “All My Children” and the revival of “90210.” But besides “Selma,” Byers has a high profile part as Andre Lyon, the son of lead character Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) on the huge new Fox Network hit, “Empire.” The freshman drama has already been picked up for a second season, and its maneuverings within the Shakespeare-in-the-music-industry vibe has connected with viewers.
Photo credit: Paramount Pictures
Trai Byers was in »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Two new releases, both about missing women, topped the national home video sales charts last week.
The top seller, by far, was 20th Century Fox’s “Gone Girl,” an acclaimed mystery about a man suspected in his wife’s disappearance that grossed more than $167 million in theaters. The film bowed at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, and Nielsen’s Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
Bowing at a distant second, also on both charts was “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” a theatrical underperformer from Universal Studios starring Liam Neeson as a private investigator hired by a drug lord to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife. The film only earned $26.3 million in theaters after opening below expectations on the big screen in September.
Nielsen data shows “Tombstones” sold less than 38% as many copies as “Gone Girl.”
“Gone Girl” generated 38% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, »
- Thomas K. Arnold
To celebrate the release of ‘The Equalizer’ on Blu Ray and DVD, we’re giving 5 lucky WhatCulture.com readers the chance to win a copy of the gritty, action packed thriller on Blu-Ray!
Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by, he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalise the helpless, McCall comes out of his self imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.
- Sam Driver
Even though Taken 3 may have shown that the “old guy fighting a bunch of people” model may be dying out, it seems like Sean Penn will try to revive it with the help of the director of the first Taken film.
The first trailer for The Gunman hit the web on Tuesday and showed that Penn could join the ranks of Liam Neeson and Denzel Washington as aged action stars. Penn stars as a former Special Forces soldier and military contractor suffering from Ptsd who tries to reconnect with his long time love, but first must go on the run from London to Barcelona and across Europe in order to clear his name. Directed by Taken’s Pierre Morel, The Gunman also stars Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, and Javier Bardem.
- Zach Dennis
Brown recounts daily “cocaine, alcohol, weed” use with his late wife in Lifetime interview special
While Lifetime TV’s Saturday event “Whitney” follows superstar Whitney Houston and the toxic romance that destroyed her, the network is directly following the Angela Bassett film with “Bobby Brown: Remembering Whitney” to offer her husband’s perspective.
In an hourlong sitdown with “Access Hollywood” host Shaun Robinson, Brown recounts his life and struggles with the national treasure: addictions that became crippling daily habits, infidelity and raising their daughter Bobbi Kristina in the midst of the chaos.
“There was a lot going on. Bobbi »
- Matt Donnelly
And the Oscar nominees are ... the whitest since 1998.
That's the truth as far as the acting categories are concerned. For the first time in 17 years, not a single person of colour stands to win an acting Oscar. [The Atlantic says the last entirely white Oscar nomination list was in 1995. We'll let them duke out which year it is.]
We here at Moviefone Canada looked at Oscar winners and nominees from the past decade to see how they stack up against the upcoming 2015 ceremony. We restricted ourselves to the acting, directing and screenwriting categories.
The definition of "people of colour," of course, varies widely. But when it comes to Oscar nominations, we largely considered people who don't come from an all-white heritage within the last couple of generations.
We plugged the numbers ... and 47 out of 350 nominees in the past 10 years went to people of colour.
That's 13 per cent ... and it's not enough. Especially when U.S. government statistics show that white people (excluding Hispanics or Latinos) make up only 62.6 per cent of the country's population. »
- Jesse Ferreras
This year Denzel Washington is once again America's Favorite Movie Star, according to a Harris Poll (a product of Nielsen) , making it the fifth time he's held the distinction, with previous wins being a 3-year run from 2006-2008, and 1 more victory in 2012, before spending 2013 in the No. 2 spot. Moving up all the way from No. 7 last year, to a second place finish this year, is the only star who has appeared on the list since it first began in 1994 - John Wayne. He may be long gone, but he's still in the hearts of many apparently. Also, the Civil War epic "Gone with the Wind" was voted America's favorite movie, in the same »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The Oscar nominations have been announced and these are officially the best movies of the year. Apparently. We guess. The Academy nominated them for Best Picture, so they must be.
In case you don’t have time to watch all eight movies between now and Oscar night, Feb. 22, we’ve drafted up this cheat sheet, so you’ll at least be able to pretend that you’ve seen them:
Who's In It: Phil from The Hangover, Bradley Cooper; that girl from that movie, I think she dated Jude Law? Sienna Miller; plus, it was directed by Clint Eastwood (if you don’t know who he is, ask your dad).
What's It About: The most lethal American sniper in U.S. military history, based on the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History (watch the trailer here).
Other Nominations: Cooper for Best Actor, Film Editing »
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