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• Boardwalk Empire actor Jack Huston will take the chariot reins as the title role in the upcoming remake of Ben-Hur. Previously, Tom Hiddleston had been in talks for the role of slave Judah Ben-Hur in the Paramount and MGM picture. Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) is directing the film adapted by John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) and Keith Clarke (The Way Back) that is said to be based more on Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ than the 1959 film that starred Charlton Heston. Morgan Freeman has already been cast as Ildarin, the teacher who helps make the slave Ben-Hur into chariot racer champion. »
- Jake Perlman
The face of "Doctor Who" for the last four years, as well as one of the stars of Ryan Gosling's misfire "Lost River," Matt Smith is now bringing this talents to a twisted take on a Jane Austen classic. The actor is joining Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote and Douglas Booth in "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies." Burr Steers will finally get this long developing project moving, and the story follows "Liz Bennett, [who] is pressured by her family to marry into a wealthy upper-class home and chafes at the stiff societal ways of 1800s England. Instead, she feels that she should help defend the countryside against the onslaught of a horrifying zombie plague." Smith will play Mr. Collins, and production starts next week. [THR] "Sons Of Anarchy" star Katey Sagal is joining Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart and Ciarin Hinds in "Bleed For This." The movie tells the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: Katey Sagal has been set to star in Bleed For This. She will play Louise Pazienza, the mother of fighter Vinny Pazienza in the film directed and scripted by Ben Younger. She joins Whiplash star Miles Teller, who’ll play the former world champ known as the Pazmanian Devil, with Aaron Eckhart playing trainer Kevin Rooney, Amanda Clayton playing Doreen Pazienza, and Ciaran Hinds and Tom DeNucci also starring.
Bleed For This deals with Pazienza’s miraculous recovery from a car crash that left him with a broken back. He was told he might never walk again, let alone fight, but no one could stop the Pazmanian Devil, a world champ in two weight classes. Pic is produced by Sikelia’s Martin Scorsese and Emma Koskoff Tillinger, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
• Chris Hemsworth has optioned the film rights to Steve Earle’s novel I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, which he will star in. Benjamin Grayson adapted the novel for the screen, and will be making his directional debut with the indie. The story follows Toby “Doc” Ebersole, who is haunted by Hank Williams’ ghost after his hand in the country singer’s death in 1953. Doc subsequently has his medical license revoked. Ten years later, now in the red-light district of San Antonio, Texas, Doc performs illegal medical procedures in order to purchase morphine, while still experiencing visits from Williams. »
- C. Molly Smith
True-life boxing drama Bleed For This already has Miles Teller attached as slugger Vinny Pazienza. Now we know who will be playing his father, Angelo, because Ciaran Hinds has signed on to co-star.Boiler Room writer-director Ben Younger is scripting and directing this one, charting the story of Pazienza, who broke his neck in three places in a traffic accident in 1991 while he was at the peak of his career. Against doctors’ orders, Pazienza returned to the gym with his neck still encased in a metal halo, began working out and eventually won three more titles. He went on to retire with a 50-10 record.While Hinds worries about his onscreen son’s condition, Aaron Eckhart will be Pazienza’s trainer, Kevin Rooney, an infamous name in the boxing community of the time who pushes him to recover.Hinds, who recently appeared in a recurring role as Mance Rayder on Game Of Thrones, »
Some things are just meant to be.“I’ve been walking on those stars my whole life,” says L.A. native Katey Sagal of the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. Now, to celebrate her 40-plus year career in the business, the actress is getting a star of her own — an honor she calls “humbling.”
“It makes me think of my family, it makes me think of my father,” she says. “What I do is what I was raised around, so there’s something familial about that.” Sagal’s father, Boris, was a TV and film director who gave her a start in the business, along with her SAG card — even though she insisted she had no interest in becoming an actor. “But maybe that’s because I was a very dramatic child,” she jokes.
Back then, she only wanted to play music, and that’s how she made her living. »
- Debra Birnbaum
Under the pact, the Los Angeles-based production, financing and sales company will develop, produce and finance feature projects alongside Fuqua and his producing partner Kat Samick, as well as providing the firm with business affairs and back-office support.
Fuqua, whose latest thriller The Equalizer received its world premiere in Toronto last night, said of Im Global: “They are producing the most exciting projects in the business right now and their enthusiasm and great taste make them the ideal collaborators for us.”
Im Global CEO Stuard Ford said: “Antoine is such a great creative force whose career is going from strength »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Im Global has signed a production partnership deal with Antoine Fuqua’s Fuqua Films, two days after the world premiere of the director’s “The Equalizer,” starring Denzel Washington, at the Toronto Film Festival.
Im Global is in post-production on three thrillers: “Autobahn,” directed by Eran Creevy and starring Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley; “Viral,” directed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost; and “Incarnate,” starring Aaron Eckhart and directed by Brad Peyton. It’s also in pre-production on Billy Ray’s “The Secret in Their Eyes,” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Roberts.
- Dave McNary
Old pals they may be, but David Fincher and James Ellroy have yet to formalise their friendship with a working collaboration. Until now, perhaps. According to Indiewire’s scoop, the pair have plans for an HBO crime noir set in Ellroy’s 1950s La sweet spot.There’s little known by way of plot specifics, but Fincher and Ellroy are in talks with HBO to thrash out a deal and the prospect of a meshing of their hardboiled sensibilities is a tantalising one.Fincher was once attached to adapt Ellroy’s The Black Dahlia, a project that ultimately fell, with mixed results, to Brian De Palma in 2006. Pre-empting the current boom in cable TV, Fincher had looked at transforming it into a $80m miniseries with Mark Wahlberg in the role that would eventually fall into Aaron Eckhart’s lap.For Ellroy fans, there’s been talk mooted in recent years »
Anghus Houvouras on whether Americans are too stupid for subtitles…
Recently Helen Mirren stirred some controversy while discussing her latest film, The Hundred-Foot Journey. Mirren was hoping for the movie to be filmed in French, the native language of where the story is set. Sadly, that was not to be. As the lovely Ms. Mirren put it (courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter):
“The reality is that it’s a Disney movie,” Mirren said. “The other reality is that the vast American public will not accept films with subtitles. People in Ohio have to go and see the movie.”
Are Americans too stupid for subtitles? As the most American writer on Flickering Myth, I believe I am best equipped to answer this question.
Short answer: Yes.
Americans hate work and despise a challenge. Not All Americans, mind you. There are those Type-a go-getters who found Microsoft and take home gold medals at the Olympics. »
- Anghus Houvouras
One of I, Frankenstein's biggest sins was that the creature effects, especially with regard to Frankenstein's monster, were pretty run of the mill. Back in the beginning effects artist Vincent J. Guastini had the reins of this bad boy, but unfortunately it was steered out of his hands.
Now Guastini has uploaded an effects/concept reel of what his vision for the film's creatures would have been like. Gotta say it... we like it so much better. What a shock. Check it out for yourselves, and weigh in below.
About I, Frankenstein
From the producers of Underworld, I, Frankenstein follows Frankenstein's monster (Aaron Eckhart) as he becomes involved in a war between two immortal clans. Also starring Bill Nighy (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest), Yvonne Strahovski (TV's "Chuck," TV's "Dexter"), Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, »
- Steve Barton
For almost 50 years, Batman has graced the silver screen. Whether working solo or accompanied by sidekicks and associates, Gotham City is continually saved by his enduring presence. Even though the eight theatrical live-action films featuring the Caped Crusader have had their ups and downs, there is no denying his appeal as a lead character.
With that in mind, these are all theatrical Batman releases, ranked from worst to best:
8. Batman and Robin (1997)
The dark cloud over a struggling franchise, Joel Schumacher’s second directorial outing in the Batman franchise hammered the last nail in the coffin and became known as one of the worst sequels, nay films, of all time. From the garish set design, poor character development, uninspired casting and hideously unfunny pun-filled script, Batman and Robin was a mistake from the moment it went into production.
7. Batman: The Movie (1966)
Occasionally forgotten as the first theatrical Batman film, this »
- Katie Wong
What seemed like an impossible idea before last year’s financial victory over fellow terrorism thriller White House Down is closer to becoming a reality. The Olympus Has Fallen sequel London Has Fallen just locked in a director. Fredrik Bond, who last shot Shia Labeouf drama Charlie Countryman, will marshal the madness.With Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett, Radha Mitchell and Morgan Freeman returning as Secret Service agent Mike Banning, Us President Benjamin Asher, Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs, Leah Banning and Speaker Trumbull respectively, the sequel’s plot will see the characters headed to London to attend the funeral of our Prime Minister. World leaders from far and wide are in attendance, but it turns out that it's all a dastardly scheme to get them in one place for a mass assassination and a seismic change to the world order. Only Banning, the Prez and a distrustful MI »
Charlie Countryman helmer Fredrik Bond is said to be in talks to direct the follow-up to Olympus Has Fallen which has been named London Has Fallen. He takes over from the first movie’s director Antoine Fuqua. Bond was recently linked to a number of projects, including Pirates of the Caribbean 5.
Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman are all set to reprise their roles from the first movie, and as you can probably guess from the title, the sequel is set to bring the action to London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances.
As you might expect however, his funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the Western world, but what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world’s most powerful leaders and unleash what is described as a terrifying vision of the future. »
- Josh Wilding
The 2013 blockbuster, Olympus Has Fallen, was not without its charms. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, it had a dark grittiness to it, setting it slightly apart from the standard, cookie cutter action films that essentially take the premise of Die Hard and change the setting and circumstance. Inevitably, it was a box office success, too, which meant a follow-up was immediately discussed. The sequel was already named as London Has Fallen, and now it has a director – in the surprising form of Fredrik Bond.
Bond is an unexpected choice to take this franchise forward, as he is relatively inexperienced behind the camera. He has one feature-length credit to his name – Charlie Countryman – which was not exactly an action-packed movie. However, it is Bond that is in the process of stepping up to this plate, looking to call the shots on a script whose final draft was delivered by Christian Gudegast (A Man Apart »
- Sarah Myles
I was pleasantly surprised by 2013's Olympus Has Fallen. I guess going in with low expectations pays off sometimes. While it didn't break any box office records, the film did make a tidy little profit and producers decided to move ahead with a sequel.
The new film is titled London has Falllen and sees the return of Olympus' three main characters.
This time around Secret service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) finds himself in London once again protecting President Asher (Aaron Eckhart) and the Speaker of the House (Morgan Freeman) while they attend the funeral of the British Prime Minister. At some point the shit hits the fan and it's time for Banning to go into John McClane mode.
The Hollywood Reporter announced that Frederik Bond (Charlie Countryman) has signed on to direct the sequel.
London Has Fallen is set to hit theatres on October 2, 2015. »
- Philip Sticco
Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman are all returning for the upcoming "Olympus Has Fallen" sequel, called "London Has Fallen." And now comes word that the film is close to signing a director. Fredrik Bond, who directed Shia Labeouf's "Charlie Countryman," is in final negotiations to helm "Landon Has Fallen." The plan is to begin filming this October and to have the movie ready for an October 2nd, 2015 release. Plot: The three main characters . a Us Secret Service agent (Butler), the Us president (Eckhart) and the speaker of the Us House of Representatives (Freeman) - are attending the funeral of the British prime minister when all hell breaks loose. »
London Has Fallen sees the Us president (Eckhart), secret service agent (Butler) and speaker of the Us House of Representatives (Freeman) attending the funeral of a British prime minister after his mysterious death.
The funeral becomes central to a plot to kill the world's most high-profile leaders.
London Has Fallen will arrive in »
Olympus Has Fallen came out at the same time as White House Down (Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx) and was probably easily dismissed if you saw the latter, like I did, as another one of those patriotic America Yeah! movies. But in reality it was a completely different animal and with the rumours that Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman are all set to returns to their roles for the sequel, they’ve wasted no time pinning down a director to take it to the next stage.
Going for the imaginative London Has Fallen, fallen down, fallen down…the new director has been announced as Fredrik Bond, the man who also directed the Shia Labeouf-starring Charlie Countryman, as they move events from the White House to London.
This time around, the three main characters, U.S. Secret Service agent (Butler), U.S. president (Eckhart) and the speaker of the U. »
- Dan Bullock
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fredrik Bond, the director of 2013′s Shia Labeouf drama Charlie Countryman, has been tapped by Millennium Films to helm London Has Fallen, the sequel to last year’s Olympus Has Fallen, which was directed by Antoine Fuqua.
Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman – who played a Secret Service agent, the U.S. President, and the speaker for the U.S. House of Representatives, respectively – will all reprise their roles for the sequel, which takes the action from the White House to… London. Obviously. The trio are attending the funeral of the British Prime Minister when “all hell breaks loose.” Again.
A Man Apart scribe Christian Gudegast penned the most recent draft of the script for London Has Fallen. Cameras are expected to start rolling in October, with Butler, Alan Siegel, Mark Gill, and Matt O’Toole producing.
Bond’s directorial debut was Charlie Countryman, »
- James Garcia
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