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12 items from 2015

Boardwalk Empire’s Jack Huston linked to The Crow remake

27 February 2015 8:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A seamlessly endless string of Hollywood actors have been linked to one of the longest-mooted screen remakes in recent memory, The Crow. With the latest name, Luke Evans, leaving the role earlier in the year, it seemed as though the people behind the new version would be searching forever.

Well, Deadline is reporting that the hunt for Eric Draven may (again) be over. Boardwalk Empire star Jack Huston is the latest name to be linked with role, and if he signs on, he would star in the film after he finishes work on the Ben-Hur remake for MGM and Paramount.

James O’Barr’s dark comic book antihero was first seen in a 1989 four-issue mini-series, before it was adapted into a feature film directed by Alex Proyas (I, Robot) and starred the late Brandon Lee, who died in an accident on-set. A television show and a few sequels followed, but »

- Scott J. Davis

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The Crow Reboot May Have It's Lead

27 February 2015 5:37 AM, PST | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Many fans of The Crow, myself included, were hopeful that a reboot could do justice to Alex Proyas dark, gothic vision of the James O Barr graphic novel, and Luke Evans seemed like a perfect fit for the lead role. However, after Evans dropped out last month with scheduling conflicts, the project was stalled and there were fears it may not get off the ground at all. Today then, comes good news in the form of Jack Huston, the man who may now don the white facepaint and go on a supernatural revenge spree as murdered musician Eric Draven. Huston is currently filming Ben-Hur with Timur Bekmambetov (that's gonna be one insane movie) and there are hopes he will accept the part and begin filming on The Crow as early as April. Corin Hardy is still on board to direct, and the movie is finally gaining traction again. Like the saying goes, »

- (Dave Higgins)

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Jack Huston Is Up For "The Crow" Reboot

26 February 2015 10:28 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

With Luke Evans having walked the other month, Relativity Studios is now said to be targeting Jack Huston ("Boardwalk Empire") to play the lead character in the upcoming remake of "The Crow".

Huston, who recently scored the title role in the "Ben-Hur" remake, is in early talks to join the Corin Hardy-directed new version of "The Crow" which is expected to be a more faithful adaptation of the James O'Barr graphic novel about a murdered man who comes back for revenge.

Brandon Lee starred in Alex Proyas' 1994 film with various other actors taking on the role in assorted sequels. The Cliff Dorfman-scripted reboot is aiming to begin production this spring.

Edward R. Pressman, Kevin Misher, Ryan Kavanaugh, Jeff Most and Jeff Waxman will produce.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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The Crow Now Looking At Boardwalk Empire's Jack Huston To Star

26 February 2015 9:57 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

When you've had a steady TV gig like Jack Huston did on Boardwalk Empire, it's always nerve wracking when that gig comes to an end. While trying to transfer to films is always an option, it doesn't always work for actors primarily known for their work on the small screen. Lucky for Huston though, he has a gig playing the lead in Ben Hur already lined up. And if Relativity Studios has their way, he could be filling the recently vacated lead in the remake of The Crow. Deadline has the inside track on information that pegs Jack, paternal nephew of Angelica Huston, in the lead role of Eric Draven. Draven, who becomes the eponymous hero after being slain alongside his pregnant fiancee, lives a second life for vengeance against the criminal scum that took away his ultimate happiness. The 1994 Alex Proyas-directed original is a cult classic, with Brandon Lee »

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Jack Huston Eyed As The New Crow

26 February 2015 6:00 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The planned reboot of The Crow, the dark tale of revenge based on James O’Barr’s graphic novel, was hit by yet another setback last month when Luke Evans dropped out of the lead role to focus on other projects. Production company Relativity has scrambled quickly to try to lock in a new choice and it looks like Jack Huston is the man the team wants to don the make-up and face the tragic tale. Corin Hardy was hired as the latest director back in December, and he’ll now be hoping that the film can finally get back on track, with a shoot pencilled in for this spring. Cliff Dorfman wrote the latest draft of the script, which, like Alex Proyas’ 1994 take, adapts O’Barr’s tale of Eric Draven, a musician murdered by criminals who is brought back from the land of the dead by a mysterious, »

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Jack Huston Wanted To Lead The Crow Remake

26 February 2015 4:52 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Deadline is reporting that Relativity Studios is looking at Jack Huston to take the lead in their upcoming Corin Hardy-directed remake of The Crow. Based on James O’Batt’s graphic novel (which already saw an excellent adaptation in 1994 helmed by Alex Proyas), the film will have Huston star as Eric Draven, “a rock musician who is revived from the dead to avenge his murder and death of his fiancée.”

Though it’s been through a bit of a troubled production, what with several actors/directors coming and going (Luke Evans was set to star at one point), it looks as if the project is finally about to take off. And while I’m a big fan of the original and am hesitant to see a remake, I think that Huston is a solid choice to lead it.

The actor has significantly increased his star power ever since appearing »

- Matt Joseph

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Star Wars 7: Apple’s Jony Ive Gave Lightsaber Design Tips

16 February 2015 10:40 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


Whether he likes it or not, Jony Ive’s design sensibilities have infected science fiction. I guess this became abundantly clear when Will Smith and Alex Proyas’ I Robot came along with a lead droid who looked like he’d just shipped from Apple headquarters in Cupertino.

Perhaps the most direct influence, however, will be seen in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as I’ve actually had a few words with Jj Abrams about light saber design. The New Yorker have a new profile on Ive which reveal him to be a friend of Abrams, and which recounts a little about their Star Wars chats.

At first they quote Abrams as saying Ive gave him some “very specific” design tips, but later, there’s Ive’s side of the story and he goes so far as to say “I thought it [a lightsaber] would be interesting if it were less precise, »

- Brendon Connelly

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Movie Review – Jupiter Ascending (2015)

9 February 2015 11:41 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Jupiter Ascending, 2015.

Written and Directed by The Wachowskis.

Starring Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean, Eddie RedmayneDouglas Booth and Tuppence Middleton.


In a bright and colorful future, a young destitute caretaker gets targeted by a ruthless son of a powerful family that live on a planet in need of a new heir, so she travels with a genetically engineered warrior to the planet in order to stop his tyrant reign.

If I subscribed to the adage of ‘so bad it’s good’ then Jupiter Ascending might have been one heck of a fun time at the cinema; however, I do not and will never succumb to that way of thinking; so this latest film from the Wachowskis was an unmitigated disaster of galactic proportions. A film so bad and in which every aspect is so poorly handled, no one walks away unscathed – the most afflicted being the paying audience. »

- Gary Collinson

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Abbey Lee To Star in "Neon Demon"

29 January 2015 1:54 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Australian supermodel Abbey Lee has emerged as "Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn's choice to star with Elle Fanning in his next film "The Neon Demon" at Gaumont and Wild Bunch.

Lee is negotiating to play the role of Sarah, the cool ringleader of a maniacal group of models. Shooting aims to begin at the end of March in Los Angeles.

Lee's face will soon be seen all over the place as she has already filmed roles in George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" and Alex Proyas' "Gods Of Egypt".

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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Australian Model Abbey Lee Revs Up Acting Career in New ‘Mad Max’

23 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Australian actress Abbey Lee won a model-search competition in 2004, and has become one of the world’s best-known fashion faces. Now, she’s broadened her horizons into acting for the upcoming “Mad Max: Fury Road,” directed by George Miller.

Holy Grail

Looking to fill a role in the latest sequel to his apocalyptic thriller, Miller reached out to modeling agencies after he couldn’t find an actor he liked. Lee made a tape in which she and her dad performed a Monty Python sketch. “I guess I had something George needed, because he flew me to Australia not long after,” she says.

Passion Play

Lee says her move into film wasn’t planned, but now she’s discovered what she’s been missing. She credits Miller for helping her to make the transition. “I found my passion, and learned where I was meant to be in life,” she says, adding »

- Paul Chai

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Game of Thrones' Nikolaj Coster-Waldau to join Tina Fey's Taliban Shuffle

12 January 2015 3:44 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau will reportedly join Tina Fey in Taliban Shuffle.

The Game of Thrones star is the "final choice" for directors Glen Ficarra and John Requa's black comedy, reports Showbiz 411.

The film will adapt Kim Barker's memoir of the same name.

It centres around her adventures as a war journalist travelling between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Martin Freeman and Margot Robbie will also feature in Taliban Shuffle.

Coster-Waldau will star as Horus in Alex Proyas's upcoming Gods of Egypt. »

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Interview: Chadwick Boseman Gets On Up to a Big Movie Career

8 January 2015 11:55 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

With the Get On Up DVD just out this week, let's take a look at the fast rise of Chadwick Boseman. He'd already headlined one surprise hit (42) when he delivered his first huge performance as Godfather of Soul James Brown. Critics casually and regularly mentioned "Oscar" in their reviews but the precursor awards didn't bite (the Golden Globes forcing that film into Drama when films of its kind usually compete in Musical surely didn't help). But individual honors aside, there's no arguing that Boseman is at the beginning of a big career.

When I sat down with him last year (though less long ago than that sounds) he was unusually cagey about future career plans. Chalked it up to caution, I did, at the time. But cut to a very short time after the interview: News broke that he'd spend at least a couple of years in a form fitting black lycra (?) costume as T'Challa, »


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