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Will Smith: The Wild Bunch remake (photo: Will Smith in After Earth) Will Smith has been mentioned in connection with Focus, the caper tale that was to have starred Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart, and is to star in Edward Zwick’s Hurricane Katrina drama The American Can. But that’s not all. His producing company is working on a remake of the Broadway musical Annie — which got a less-than-satisfactory screen version back in 1982 — and apparently he wants to revive The Wild Bunch as well. Set during the Mexican Revolution of the 1910s, Sam Peckinpah’s ultra-violent 1969 classic Western features William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Edmond O’Brien, and other movie veterans as a group of outlaws fleeing from Robert Ryan while out to do one last job in war-torn northern Mexico. The Will Smith The Wild Bunch reboot, however, is to be set in the present, though the perilous »
- Zac Gille
Will Smith is still in line to star in American Can.
Ed Zwick has entered talks to direct the drama, reports Deadline.
The film will be based on the true story of Gulf War veteran John Keller (Smith), who protected a group of elderly people in the American Can apartment building during Hurricane Katrina.
The project has been in development at Overbook since 2009. Denzel Washington considered the role in 2011.
Smith will play John Keller, a Gulf War veteran looking for a new challenge. He found one after Hurricane Katrina devastated his home city of New Orleans as he helped bring over two hundred elderly people to safety.
Earlier this week came word that Smith had signed onto the grifter feature "Focus" which he will shoot first.
Smith is also said to once again be eyeing "The Accountant" which was previously set up at Warner Bros. Pictures with Mel Gibson directing.
The project is now said to be setup at Media Rights Capital with Sony Pictures, with Gibson no longer involved. »
- Garth Franklin
• Cameron Diaz is in early talks to reunite with her Bad Teacher team, including co-star Jason Segel and director Jake Kasdan (New Girl, Orange County) for the Sony Pictures comedy Sex Tape. The story is about a married couple who makes a sex tape that goes missing by the morning. The Back-Up Plan scribe Kate Angelo wrote the script. [The Wrap]
• Will Smith is making moves. First news broke that he was in final talks to star in Focus from the directors of Crazy Stupid Love, then After Earth got an earlier release date, and now he may be ready to line up a few more projects. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Looking at Will Smith's filmography, it's actually surprising how few films he's actually been in. Since making his feature debut in 1991's Where The Day Takes You he's only made 20 movies, which comes out to an average of only one film per year - far fewer than most A-list stars, who are typically able to pump out as many as three titles every twelve months. Now, however, it seems he's starting to up his game. In addition to having After Earth due out this summer - now one week earlier than previously thought - he has Akiva Goldsman's Winter's Tale in the works and just this week added the crime/romance Focus to his slate. And now it appears two more projects are on his radar. First up, Deadline reports that the actor is now attached to the drama American Can, which is currently targeting Ed Zwick to direct. »
Just after entering negotiations to star in Focus, a romantic heist thriller from John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (now without Kristen Stewart), the duo behind Crazy Stupid Love, superstar Will Smith is also looking at two more projects for his future slate. Deadline has word that Smith is currently reviving a project he's been trying to develop for years called American Can in which he would star for The Last Samurai director Ed Zwick. In addition Smith is also considering The Accountant, another project he once flirted with in the past when it was a Warner Bros. production with Mel Gibson attached to direct. American Can has been in the works for awhile with Smith producing and once looking to Denzel Washington to star in the drama. Written by The Blind Side scribe and director John Lee Hancock, the film follows the real-life harrowing ordeal suffered by the residents of »
- Ethan Anderton
Just two days after signing on to topline Focus, Will Smith seems intent on keeping himself busy, with two films possibly lined up after the grifter pic. The action star is reportedly considering two projects he’s had on his radar for quite a while, the first of which is the drama American Can, where he’d be taking the role of a “reluctant hero” during the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina for director Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai). On top of that, there is the possibility that Smith would also star in the thriller The Accountant. Hit the jump for more. From Deadline comes news that Sony Pictures, in partnership with Overbrook Entertainment, is looking to breathe life into American Can. Smith would be taking the lead role of John Keller, a Gulf War veteran who returns home to his state of Louisiana, only to have his hometown struck by »
- Elena Butler
After picking up the lead role in Focus, Deadline reports that Will Smith will play the lead role in two additional projects.
The next film that Smith has signed onto, The American Can, chronicles the true story of an ex-marine who rescued around 244 people (many of them elderly) who were left stranded after Hurricane Katrina. The American Can refers to the name of a dry building to which the hero transported the stranded. The film is based on John Keller who was seen in the documentary New Orleans My Life, My Home, My Love.
According to Deadline, Focus is expected to shoot before The American Can.
As for his third project (reports Deadline)…
The Accountant, will see Smith play a brilliant autistic man who, »
- Alex Corey
It seems Will Smith is getting jiggy with it, cinematically speaking. Though he's a major box office star, the Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air is super choosy and generally averages about one movie per year. But it looks like he's ready to get much busier. Earlier this week he replaced Ben Affleck on Warner Bros. con man romantic comedy "Focus," and now two more projects are dropping into his lap. The first one has actually been around for a while. Entitled "The American Can," way back in 2009 "The Blind Side" director John Lee Hancock signed up to direct (he co-wrote the script too, but he has since moved on) with Smith to star. Two years later, Smith was going to produce the movie instead, and was eager to get Denzel Washington for the lead role. Now, two more years on, the actor is back in the starring role and has Ed Zwick ("Love And Other Drugs, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: As Tom Cruise today looks to strengthen his box office foothold with Oblivion after a huge overseas opening last weekend, I’ve been wondering when Will Smith was going to start cranking them out again. Looks like he’s chosen this week to really get back into the mix: He signed to do the Warner Bros grifter pic Focus, and I’m told that Sony Pictures and his Overbrook Entertainment partner James Lassiter and Jada Pinkett Smith have revived American Can, and are now looking to Ed Zwick to direct Smith in a reluctant hero role that seems like a tailor-fit. He will play John Keller, a real guy who returned from Gulf War service looking for a new challenge, and found one after Hurricane Katrina devastated his home city of New Orleans. He found a boat and was moving to safety when he saw a blind elderly woman, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Despite being 75 years-old, Morgan Freeman’s career didn’t really start until the late 80s with his Academy Award nominated performance in Street Smart. Since then, he has become one of Hollywood’s most dependable actors. He became a mainstay in pop culture after his iconic performance in The Shawshank Redemption and for his immediately identifiable voice which has led to considerable voiceover work.
One of Hollywood’s busiest men, Freeman is set to appear in five movies this year including the recently released Oblivion and Olympus Has Fallen, both movies currently playing at the same time in theatres worldwide. He’s played everyone from Nelson Mandela to God and has gained significant acclaim and awards recognition over his many years as an actor. Despite his advancing age, he shows no signs of slowing down, even if he hasn’t appeared in a good film for a while.
Freeman can »
- Sam Moore
Edwards is switching gears completely, moving from an incredibly low-budget independent film to one of the biggest blockbusters in development, and we can’t wait to see what he brings to the table. Smart money says this is going to be epic.
Watanabe is perhaps one of the best known Japanese actors beyond Japan’s shores, earning himself an Oscar nomination opposite Tom Cruise in Edward Zwick’s The Last Samurai. We had been hoping that Watanabe would be returning to the big screen in the now-defunct Akira adaptation, but getting to see him on board for »
- Kenji Lloyd
Screen Gems is getting a 364-day jump start on Valentine's Day 2014 as they've released a lengthy red band trailer for About Last Night, a remake of Ed Zwick's 1986 comedy of the same name, both of which used David Mamet's 1974 play Sexual Perversity in Chicago as source material. The studio describes it as a modern reimagining of the classic romantic comedy, this contemporary version closely follows new love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world. Hot Tub Time Machine helmer Steve Pink is directing with a cast that includes Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant, Christopher McDonald and Paula Patton. Like I said, it is set to hit theaters on February 14, 2014. Check out the red band trailer below. »
- Brad Brevet
Screen Gems has debuted the first trailer for Steve Pink's reboot of the classic romantic comedy About Last Night, which will hit theaters next Valentine's day. Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant, Christopher McDonald and Paula Patton star in this remake about two couples that start an affair despite being pressured not to by friends.
About Last Night Red Band Trailer
So, how mega early is this three minute red band trailer for "About Last Night"? The movie doesn't come out until next year. In fact, there isn't even an official still for this, and yet, Sony is opening the gates on this way way, way early in the hopes that this spot is funny enough that it'll stay in your mind for a while. And does it succeed on that front? Not particularly. A remake of Edward Zwick's 1986 film starring Demi Moore and Rob Lowe (which itself is based on the David Mamet play, "Sexual Peversity In Chicago") the template is familiar, focusing on good looking people, going through the ups and downs of modern love and life. This time around, it's been rebooted with all black cast, and everyone is certainly charming enough. Tonally, the film moves from the manic energy of Kevin Hart (who we love, though »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The original “About Last Night” (which is one of my favorites when I was a teenager) starred Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Jim Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins. It was directed by Ed Zwick (Glory) and based on the play Sexual Perversity in Chicago by David Mamet.
The film is modern reimagining of the classic romantic comedy, this contemporary version closely follows new love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world.
“About Last Night” opens on February 14, 2014.
Check out the red-band trailer below and let us know what you think…I still think the original is better…But that’s just me.
Source: Screen Gems »
- Kellvin Chavez
Sony's Screen Gems is giving moviegoers an early look at the Steve Pink-directed About Last Night , which hits theaters on February 14, 2014 and stars Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant, Christopher McDonald and Paula Patton. Check out the Red Band trailer below! A modern reimagining of the classic romantic comedy, this contemporary version closely follows new love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world. Sony's original About Last Night... was directed by Edward Zwick and starred Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, James Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins. It was released in 1986. »
Anthony Hopkins playing Alfred Hitchcock might sound like a match made in heaven, but the results have regrettably proven underwhelming to say the least (you can read my Hitchcock review here). Nevertheless, what better time to look back over the actor’s storied career and chart his highest award-winning peaks, and his critically reviled flops?
Whittling down the “awesome” list thankfully proved a lot more challenging than the “sucked” equivalent, a testament to the man’s enormous talent; he has a knack for elevating even mediocre films with his grand presence (see: Thor), though even he cannot save some of the dreck he misguidedly decided to appear in (especially recently).
If the 1990s was Hopkins’ hot streak of awesome films (and performances), then the last decade-or-so has been his regrettable decline. Here’s to hoping that he might have a few more awesome performances in him, particularly with his upcoming »
- Shaun Munro
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