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It sounds like Universal Pictures is really looking for the highest level of A-list talent to headline their upcoming shared monster movie universe as a day after news broke that Academy Award-winner Angelina Jolie (Maleficent) was being courted for Bride Of Frankenstein, Variety has learned that global superstar Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation) is currently in talks to star in Universal's reboot of The Mummy, subsequently lending a helping hand to Universal as they work toward launching their monster universe. Plot details are scarce, but the film has been confirmed to be set in present day, unlike the Brendan Fraser Mummy trilogy. This time around, rumor has it that the Mummy will most likely be a female, and that Cruise may be playing an ex-Navy seal. Alex Kurtzman (People Like Us) is on-board to direct and Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange; Passengers) is currently penning the script. Kurtzman will »
When most people think about The Mummy they picture Brendan Fraser running around a bunch of late '90s CGI in a broad family adventure comedy. A few generations before that, though, The Mummy was a more serious affair; a legit horror movie about archaeologists who carelessly and cluelessly reanimated the corpse of a dark priest who was buried alive centuries ago. Recently Universal has been plotting a reboot for The Mummy (and its other classic monster movies like Dracula and Frankenstein) for yet another new generation, and now they may finally have found the gas to get everything off the ground thanks to negotiations with potential star Tom Cruise. Unfortunately it's currently unclear if he'll be playing a human character or the undead Egyptian priest Imhotep...
- Peter Hall
Update: According to Deadline, the news that Tom Cruise may be in negotiations to star in Universal's upcoming reboot of "The Mummy" is false, with the site claiming that both the studio and the actor's representatives are denying that report's veracity.
As we reported earlier, Variety had the scoop that Cruise was in talks to headline the new version of "The Mummy," and help steer the studio's grand plan to revive all of its classic monster movies. But rival trade Deadline is debunking that report, claiming, "Both Universal and the star's people tell Deadline adamantly that no deal with Cruise is in the works for the film."
Of course, Deadline didn't get either party to go on the record with those statements. (Universal declined to comment on Variety's story.) But the site says that Cruise is simply too busy to take the part -- whatever it may be -- citing »
- Katie Roberts
Tom Cruise is in talks to star in Universal’s reboot of the classic, “The Mummy,” an individual familiar with the negotiations told TheWrap. Unlike the previous films starring Brendan Fraser, the remake will be set in present day, while other plot details remain under wraps. Alex Kurtzman is on board to direct, while Chris Morgan and Sean Daniel will produce alongside Kurtzman. Jon Spaihts is writing the script. Also Read: Christopher McQuarrie to Direct Tom Cruise's 'Mission: Impossible 6' A Universal spokesperson had no comment. The reboot is set for a March 24, 2017 release date, while the »
- Beatrice Verhoeven and Matt Donnelly
The studio tapped Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan last summer to help develop a universe for Universal where its classic monster movie library is front and center. Kurtzman is also on board to direct and will produce alongside Morgan as well as Sean Daniel. Universal is not commenting on casting speculation regarding the project.
Cruise isn’t expected to produce, but he will play a major part in development. Characters from the monster universe films are expected to crop up in each other’s installments before culminating in an “Avengers”-style tie-in film.
Universal’s executive VP of production »
- Justin Kroll
Constance Cummings in 'Night After Night.' Constance Cummings: Working with Frank Capra and Mae West (See previous post: “Constance Cummings: Actress Went from Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill.”) Back at Columbia, Harry Cohn didn't do a very good job at making Constance Cummings feel important. By the end of 1932, Columbia and its sweet ingenue found themselves in court, fighting bitterly over stipulations in her contract. According to the actress and lawyer's daughter, Columbia had failed to notify her that they were picking up her option. Therefore, she was a free agent, able to offer her services wherever she pleased. Harry Cohn felt otherwise, claiming that his contract player had waived such a notice. The battle would spill over into 1933. On the positive side, in addition to Movie Crazy 1932 provided Cummings with three other notable Hollywood movies: Washington Merry-Go-Round, American Madness, and Night After Night. 'Washington Merry-Go-Round »
- Andre Soares
Everything '80s or '90s seems to be getting a reboot nowadays, for better or worse, and the 1995 coming-of-age movie "Now and Then" almost had its own TV series. "Pretty Little Liars" boss Marlene King wrote the movie, which starred Christina Ricci, Thora Birch, Gaby Hoffmann and Ashleigh Aston Moore in the 1970s-set "Then" roles, and Rosie O'Donnell, Demi Moore, Rita Wilson, and Melanie Griffith in the "Now" section.
Marlene talked to Entertainment Weekly about the making of the film, including how Leonardo DiCaprio was originally cast in the Vietnam vet role that went to Brendan Fraser -- and discussed what went wrong with the TV series that was in development at one point.
Here's what she had to say about that:
Yes, we talked about that. It was on ABC Family but they wanted to change it so the "now" was present day and the "then" would be the '90s. »
- Gina Carbone
Hold the phone! Leonardo DiCaprio was supposed to be in Now and Then, screenwriter Marlene King revealed to Entertainment Tonight in honor of the 1995 comedy’s 20th anniversary. "The one role that originally was different was Leonardo DiCaprio was going to play the Vietnam vet, but something happened and he had a conflict," the Pretty Little Liars showrunner dished. "I know, it's crazy!" For those of you who haven’t seen the film, DiCaprio’s role went to Brendan Fraser. "Brendan was like a last minute swap for him," King [...] »
All for one and one for all! Can you believe it's been 20 years since "Now & Then" hit theaters? We can still remember watching the coming-of-age flick like it was yesterday. "Now & Then" tells the story of four childhood friends: Chrissy (Rita Wilson/Ashleigh Aston Moore), Teeny (Melanie Griffith/Thora Birch), Samantha (Demi Moore/Gaby Hoffmann) and Roberta (Rosie O'Donnell/Christina Ricci). The flick was told via flashbacks, after the now-grown women reunited for the birth of one of their kids. During the ladies homecoming, they recount what happened that fateful summer of 1970 -- when each of their lives forever changed. From dealing with parents to puberty, boys and "Crazy Pete," their friendship was the only thing that remained a constant. Needless to say, the core cast has continued to steal the big and small screens since appearing in the 1995 drama, and the movie solidified Devon Sawa's '90s heartthrob status. »
- tooFab Staff
Universal could be heading in a different direction with The Mummy's reboot.
The upcoming movie might see the mummy villain be female with a different background, rather than male as in the previous films.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the gender of the mummy is dependent on the casting.
Earlier this year, the reboot of The Mummy was delayed until March 24, 2017.
Directed by Alex Kurtzman, the project is said to be taking place in the modern day, and is planned to be part of a movie monster franchise.
Watch a trailer for the 1999 movie below: »
Exclusive: Talk about art imitating life. A writer/director who was pronounced clinically dead twice in his life and experienced an unusual phenomenon when he was “dead,” has written a semi-autobiographical film about his experience with Brendan Fraser playing a key role and Marcia Cross playing a character called ‘The Boss’ which is really God. Behind the Curtain of the Night, written/directed by Dalibor Stach, follows a boy who drowns when he is six years-old and has a… »
It’s hard to argue that one of the most shocking Academy Award upsets of all time happened close to a decade ago, when Crash took home Best Picture over Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain (and three other nominated films hailed as more deserving) at the 2006 Oscars. Considering that many were even surprised to see the movie nominated in that category in the first place, its win outraged film fans everywhere.
In a new interview with HitFix, writer/director of the film Paul Haggis, who also garnered an Oscar that night for Best Original Screenplay, admits that even he wouldn’t have picked Crash for the coveted award.
Haggis was asked about the criticism directed at the film, to which he replied, “Was it the best film of the year? I don’t think so. There were great films that year. Good Night, and Good Luck, amazing film. Capote, terrific film. »
- Justin Cook
“Where’s your spirit of adventure?” asks Drax, the film's villain, before setting off in search of the final skull of Touganda. This sums up The Phantom nicely. It might not work, but they went on an adventure and tried something interesting and different. Cinema would be richer with a greater sense of adventure. That said, the spirit of the film being expressed by the villain does serve as an example of what a muddle the team behind The Phantom movie got themselves into.
The 1996 film The Phantom is a bit of an oddity. It gets a lot of stuff really wrong, yet there are other areas where it comes up with a really interesting approach to the challenge of making a comic adaptation. It »
I’m probably one of the few people on the entire planet who genuinely enjoys the Mummy flicks starring Brendan Fraser. Although they’re more Indiana Jones-esque in nature, there were just enough genre elements for some to classify these flicks as… Continue Reading →
The post Director Alex Kurtzman Says Mummy Reboot Is Still a Horror Movie appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Todd Rigney
In the aftermath of this weeks disastrous Fantastic Four release, David Opie argues that reboots are still essential to modern day filmmaking…
Remake. Reimagining. Reboot. The Three dreaded R’s of Hollywood.
Every day, it seems that studios announce plans to launch yet another a new franchise reboot and every day, the internet responds with a collective groan louder than the sound of Fantastic Four crashing and burning at the box office.
See Also: Fantastic Four Clobbered At The Box Office
“How dare they mess with a classic!?”
“Is there no originality left in Hollywood!”
In the harshest backhanded compliment ever given, critics are describing the new Fantastic Four movie as the best so far, yet the reviews are overwhelmingly negative, seemingly confirming the fears that fans held about the project ever since it was first announced. Fantastic Four isn’t the only reboot suffering from a backlash though. »
- David Opie
Michael Caine young. Michael Caine movies: From Irwin Allen bombs to Woody Allen classic It's hard to believe that Michael Caine has been around making movies for nearly six decades. No wonder he's had time to appear – in roles big and small and tiny – in more than 120 films, ranging from unwatchable stuff like the Sylvester Stallone soccer flick Victory and Michael Ritchie's adventure flick The Island to Brian G. Hutton's X, Y and Zee, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Sleuth (a duel of wits and acting styles with Laurence Olivier), and Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men. (See TCM's Michael Caine movie schedule further below.) Throughout his long, long career, Caine has played heroes and villains and everything in between. Sometimes, in his worst vehicles, he has floundered along with everybody else. At other times, he was the best element in otherwise disappointing fare, e.g., Philip Kaufman's Quills. »
- Andre Soares
Imagine what could have been! Before Henry Cavill was cast as Superman in 2013's Man of Steel—a role he is reprising opposite Ben Affleck in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice—there was another actor in the running for the hottest role in Hollywood: Matt Bomer. As the 37-year-old star himself recently revealed in Josh Horowitz's Happy, Sad, Confused podcast, "I had screen tested with Amy Adams in the tights. I think at that session it was Paul Walker, myself and...I can't remember who the other person was. Some other big star. Thankfully [Brett Ratner] chose me for the project. Of all the parts! I mean, talk about just like...Brendan Fraser was the other person! It was a very lengthy »
"Brett chose me for the project and then it all fell apart," Bomer said. "It was a very lengthy process to get the role, I think it was over the course of three months because I went in in a cattle call. It sort of evolved from there.
"It was a month of, 'Okay, looks like this is going to happen'. »
Regrets? Channing Tatum has a few. Chief among them is agreeing to star in Paramount Pictures' G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra, directed by Stephen Sommers and written by Stuart Beattie, David Elliot and Paul Lovett. The action movie, which was released in 2009, grossed $302.4 million worldwide and also starred Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Lee Byung-hun, Christopher Eccleston, Brendan Fraser, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sienna Miller, Rachel Nichols, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, Dennis Quaid, Said Taghmaoui, Arnold Vosloo and Marlon Wayans. "Look, I'll be honest. I f--king hate that movie. I hate that movie! I was pushed into doing that movie, from Coach Carter," Tatum said during an interview on Howard »
Did you know that June 12 every year is Superman Day? We're not sure how this particular day came to be dedicated to the Man of Steel, especially since he seems omnipresent in our lives every day. A pop cultural mainstay since 1938, the Krypton-born hero never seems far away, especially in the movies.
Yet while it seems every boy has dreamed of putting on the red cape and flying, the character has been remarkably hard to cast in movies. For every Christopher Reeve, Brandon Routh or Henry Cavill who said yes, many more have said no. Here are 15 potential Kal-El's that never came to be.
"Yo, Lois!" After the success of "Rocky," it's no wonder that "Superman: The Movie" producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind considered Stallone to play the Last Son of Krypton. Reportedly, he was deemed too ethnic for the part, though other sources have said that Marlon Brando »
- Gary Susman
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