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Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart circling The Intouchables remake

31 March 2016 1:17 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Deadline is reporting that The Weinstein Company is prepping a remake of the massively successful French film The Intouchables and may have found its leading men.

Bryan Cranston (Trumbo) and comedian Kevin Hart (Ride Along 2) are said to be in advanced talks over starring in the new film, but a deal for either actor is yet to be been finalised.

The Weinstein Company have long wanted to make an American version of the film, and after years of trying they may finally be about to get their wish, especially after Paul Feig (Ghostbusters) was hired to write the script. Previously, names such as Colin Firth (Bridget Jones’ Baby) and director Tom Shadyac (Bruce Almighty) have been linked. Feig himself was set to make the film after Bridesmaids, but instead opted to write the script only.

Released in 2011, The Intouchables (known as Untouchable in the UK) was a massive success internationally, »

- Scott J. Davis

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Intouchables Remake Eyes Bryan Cranston And Kevin Hart For Key Roles

30 March 2016 2:25 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Despite several false starts, it looks as though The Weinstein Company’s Intouchables remake is beginning to set the wheels in motion today, with Deadline reporting that Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart are in negotiations to headline.

It should be noted that, while neither deal is signed and sealed at the time of writing, talks are reportedly at an advanced stage, as The Weinstein Company is eager to fire up production on its remake of Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s French dramedy during the summer. Prior to today’s announcement, both Colin Firth and Tom Shadyac had flirted with key roles in the retelling. Elsewhere, citing sources close to the production, Variety claims that Simon Curtis has closed a deal to helm the western remake.

First released in 2011 by TWC, Intouchables has been ripe for the remake treatment ever since it pulled in a respectable $416 million overseas.

Such success »

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Bryan Cranston & Kevin Hart To Star In Remake Of French Hit 'Intouchables'

30 March 2016 2:21 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Harvey Weinstein has been trying to get a remake of the French hit "Intouchables" off the ground for at least a half decade. Over that time Paul Feig and Tom Shadyac were attached to direct at various points, with Colin Firth set for one of the lead roles, with Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx and Idris Elba rumored along the way to co-star. A couple years ago, the project was shaping up to be a Firth and Kevin Hart jam, and now, yet another change has been made. Deadline reports that Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart are in talks to lead the movie. The original film, co-directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, tells the based-on-a-true-story tale of the relationship of a wealthy quadriplegic and his immigrant caregiver. The picture has a big office hit globally, racked up nine César nominations (with a win for Omar Sy), and earned $426 million worldwide »

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Bryan Cranston & Kevin Hart Circling The Weinstein Co’s ‘Intouchables’ Remake

30 March 2016 1:12 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart are in talks to star in The Weinstein Company’s remake of French smash hit The Intouchables. Although neither deal has closed yet, Deadline understands that these talks are in the advanced stages. TWC has been working on this for some time now, having recruited Paul Feig to write the script. At various points, the likes of Colin Firth and Tom Shadyac were circling to star and direct, respectively. Deadline understands that talks… »

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25 great movie comedies that run for 90 minutes or less

2 March 2016 1:52 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




Need a good laugh, but only got an hour and a half? Might we recommend this little lot...

I’m of the firm belief that films work most effectively when their runtime is 90 minutes or less. It forces an economy of story and dialogue which propels the film into its best self. No bloated middle, extended ending, or wasted stories here. This goes double for comedies. They should never outstay their welcome. But they seem to be getting longer, as we recently pointed out here.

So to refresh your movie comedy palette, here are 25 films that are 90 minutes or under. I’ve tried to avoid the more obvious ones, and shine a light on those comedies which might have gone a bit unappreciated over the years, but are well worth a hour and a half of your time. This lean runtime isn’t a guarantee of greatness of course, »

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Examining Hollywood Remakes: The Nutty Professor

31 January 2016 8:47 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Welcome to another look at the highs and lows of Hollywood remakes. This time, we’ve got one of the better ones, as we compare two of the all-time great screen comedians in two of their best roles. This week, Cinelinx looks at The Nutty Professor.

Jerry Lewis and Eddie Murphy are two of the best big-screen comedians in the history of the film industry. Jerry Lewis’ 1963 hit The Nutty Professor is a comedy classic, which Lewis wrote and directed himself. Eddie Murphy is one of the few comedians talented enough to try to recapture that magic and succeed.  Murphy’s remake is so entertaining that it matches the original in overall comedic quality. Which is better? Let’s look at the two versions.

What’s interesting about this comparison is that both versions of The Nutty Professor are the benchmark for the second half of the careers of the respective stars. »

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Life’s A Happy Song: 10 uplifting moments in film to cheer you up on Blue Monday

15 January 2016 8:30 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Monday, January 18th, has unfortunately been bestowed the most depressing day of the year, now referred to as “Blue Monday.” It’s true that January isn’t usually the happiest time—Christmas has passed, it’s cold and gross outside, and the fun, care-free moments of the holidays are over. In case you're succumbing to those winter blues, however, we have the perfect pick-me-up. 


On Blue Monday, you can redeem only 500 Scene points to see any film currently in theatres! That's already one step to making our day better. The next is to check out the below 10 moments in film, where a smile is guaranteed, and if you're lucky, maybe even a laugh or two. You also may find yourself jumping into a song and dance. Take that, Blue Monday!

Here are 10 of our favourite uplifting moments in film, spoilers and all:

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986); Directed by John Hughes »

- Adriana Floridia

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