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This could work. This could really, really work. Jamie Foxx is now attached to play Mike Tyson in an as-yet Untitled Mike Tyson Movie. Equally good news? Terence Winter is writing the project. Even if you’re not familiar with Winter’s HBO work on The Sopranos or Boardwalk Empire, you’ve surely seen The Wolf of Wall Street by now. Even if this movie follows the standard, tired bio-pic formula can you imagine the panaché they could pull this off with? Winter wrote the hell out of Wolf of Wall Street. It’s true that Tyson is in some ways even more reprehensible than Jordan Belfort, but that doesn’t mean there’s not an interesting story there. There isn’t a director yet, but I imagine it won’t be too hard to find one with this combo. Hopefully they don’t sanitize the less than savory aspects of Tyson’s life but, »
- Evan Dickson
Biopics. They're all the rage. James Brown is about to hit theaters. Richard Pryor is stirring back to life. And now "Iron" Mike Tyson himself will be coming to the big screen, courtesy of Jamie Foxx. Dodgy source, but the Daily Mirror first reported that the actor, who won an Oscar in 2005 for portraying Ray Charles in Taylor Hackford's "Ray," will play the boxing legend in an untitled biopic. Tyson told the outlet that Foxx would in fact play him as a younger man, too, through "this new animation…this new system." So, what, are we talking "Benjamin Button" stuff here? Variety further reported that the project will be penned by "The Wolf of Wall Street" screenwriter Terence Winter. Foxx's manager, Rick Yorn, will produce. There is no studio yet but I imagine someone will bite sooner or later. Obviously Tyson's life is rife with juicy details for the silver screen treatment. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Having already played the corner man to one of the greatest boxers of all-time, Jamie Foxx looks ready to get back in the ring to portray one of the most recognizable boxers and sports figures of this generation.
The package is still coming together and is currently without a studio, but once the final details are ironed out and it is presented to the market, it shouldn’t be hard to interest a distributor.
As one of the most polarizing figures in sports, producers are eager to tackle Tyson’s life story. Known for the power and ferocity he displayed in the ring, Tyson became not just the top boxer at the end of »
- Justin Kroll
Jamie Foxx was a comedy legend, he's got an Oscar, and he was Django. So if you're going to pick anyone to play you in a movie, why not Jamie? He's already brought life to such important figures in black history like Ray Charles, Tookie Williams and Electro, and now he might be bulking up to take on the fiercest boxer in history. Jamie Foxx, one-time star of In Living Color, might end up playing Mike Tyson. The Daily Mirror has the scoop, claiming that Mike Tyson has handpicked Foxx to bring his life to the screen. "Me and Jamie Foxx are in discussion, and we gonna do it. Within a year to 18 months, we.re going to do the Mike Tyson story and he.s going to portray me, and now they have this new animation; because you know Jamie.s pretty much my age so he can.t »
Though there have been numerous documentaries about former heavyweight world champion Mike Tyson, Hollywood has yet to produce a straight-up biopic about the popular sports figure. However, if recent comments from the man himself are to be believed, that’s about to change.
Tyson noted that Martin Scorsese is also involved, though it seems unlikely that the Goodfellas helmer would be stepping behind the camera for this project. And for those concerned about Foxx, 46, portraying Tyson in his glory days (he became the youngest heavyweight champion at the age of 20), the boxer explained that the »
- Isaac Feldberg
Jamie Foxx might be hitting the bag in preparation to play Mike Tyson in an upcoming biopic, according to the former heavyweight champion of the world. “Me and Jamie Foxx are in discussion, and we gonna do it,” Tyson told the Daily Mirror. “Within a year to 18 months, we're going to do the Mike Tyson story and he's going to portray me.” See video: Mike Tyson Channels Scooby-Doo in Adult Swim's ‘Mike Tyson Mysteries’ Trailer Since the 48-year-old boxer's glory days are nearly 28 years behind him after becoming the youngest heavyweight champion at just 20, Tyson says filmmakers will use CGI. »
- Greg Gilman
Way back in 2009, Jamie Foxx shared publicly that he intended to bring Mike Tyson’s life story to the big screen, playing the retired boxing champ in a new biopic. The actor, who won critical acclaim for his portrayal of soul legend Ray Charles in 2004′s "Ray," admitted that he’s actually desperate to portray Tyson in a movie. “I think I would have to play Mike Tyson. I’ve talked to Mike several times and his story is the most tragic American story… Mike’s story is about what America and the world is about today… Coming up at 18 years old and getting his $60 million and not teaching him what taxes are about, about vultures, about people who will »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Mike Tyson told the The Mirror that filmmakers will use CGI to help Foxx capture the boxer at different stages of his career.
"Within a year to 18 months, we're going to do the Mike Tyson story and he's going to portray me, and now they have this new animation; because you know Jamie's pretty much my age so he can't portray me, but they have this new system."
He previously expressed an interest in doing a film about Mike Tyson after impersonating the athlete in comedy skits.
Foxx recently »
Chadwick Boseman does not look likes James Brown. He did not look like Jackie Robinson either before playing #42 in last year’s hit about the barrier-shattering athlete, but Boseman’s magnetism and charm made up for the actor’s leanness and lack of cosmetic similarity. Now, the young actor has mastered another legendary man of the 20th century, the groovy funkster whose howl on “I Got You (I Feel Good)” is still one of the most exhilarating moments in popular music.
As James Brown in Get On Up, Boseman wears a heavy jaw of make-up on his face, which could have been more distracting had the actor not nailed the slurred speech, the electric rasp, and the dazzling dancing feet of the pop music icon. It’s an performance that is as impressive as Jamie Foxx’s show-stopping turn as Ray Charles ten years ago. (Like Foxx, though, Boseman does »
- Jordan Adler
(Cbr) To celebrate Dynamite's tenth anniversary, publisher Nick Barrucci and Senior Editor Joseph Rybrandt brought Quentin Tarantino to Comic-Con International in San Diego to discuss the upcoming "Django/Zorro" crossover, along with co-writers Reginald Hudlin and Matt Wagner. Alan Kistler was on hand to moderate, though with these panelists the dialogue sailed on its own. With the panelists taking the stage one by one, Tarantino took to the stage with tremendous applause. "We're very fortunate that we're able to do the first sequel of a Tarantino film as a comic first," Barrucci said. "We've put out a lot of great comics from a lot of great creators," Barrucci said of Dynamite's ten years, "and we couldn't do it without you readers." Kistler began by asking who approached who about the project. "The person to thank is Nick Barrrucci," Hudlin said. "As Django was about to come out, Nick called me and said, »
- Shaun Manning, Comic Book Resources
Biopics are an actor’s gateway to an Oscar nomination and those that play characters based on real people are often counted as the frontrunner in the awards race. Biographical reenactments are often counted as the highest form of acting talent with great scrutiny to not only the look of the real-life character but also sound and mannerisms of said person. Just look at previous winner Daniel Day-Lewis. Much was made about his uncanny resemblance to Honest Abe in Lincoln, and there was just as much debate over his choice to play Lincoln with a somewhat high-pitched voice.
Since 2000, over 35 performances in biopics have been nominated across the four acting categories at the Academy Awards. Winning roles have included famous people »
- Rachel West
Tarantino and Western film fans are in for a real treat, as Django Unchained will be getting a sequel in the form of a comic book series. To top it off, it will be a crossover with the masked outlaw, Zorro!
Dynamite Entertainment, who publish comics such as The Bionic Woman and Buck Rogers, will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year by releasing the first non-film sequel to Django Unchained. Django will be teamed up with Dynamite’s long running character Zorro who is the secret identity of Don Diego de la Vega. Tarantino fans will notice that Zorro’s last name is shared with the Vega brothers, Vincent (Pulp Fiction) and Mr. Blonde (Reservoir Dogs), which could mean in the director’s ‘Realer Than Real World’ universe, Zorro is a distant relative of the brothers!
Important figures from Dynamite Entertainment and Tarantino himself gathered at Comic-Con in San »
- Louise Tooth
Last week, we reported that filmmaker Quentin Tarantino was heading to Comic-Con 2014 to present his Dynamite comic book series that combines characters from his hit 2012 Western Django Unchained with the iconic Zorro character. During the panel, the filmmaker confirmed that he is moving forward with his new Western The Hateful Eight.
Deadline reported just before the panel began that the filmmaker is eyeing an early 2015 start date, which lines up with a report from earlier this month where Kurt Russell revealed shooting will begin early next year. The director wouldn't divulge any more details about the project at the Comic-Con panel.
As you may know, The Hateful Eight almost never made it off the ground after the script was first completed. We reported in January that the first draft of his script was leaked, which lead to the lawsuit he filed against Gawker Media. After initially talking about shelving the project indefinitely, »
Fans have been wanting to see Luke Cage a.k.a. Power Man make his way to the Marvel cinematic universe for quite some time now, and will finally get their wish when the Marvel Netflix shows start arriving in 2015. Daredevil is first, followed by Jessica Jones and Iron Fist, but Luke Cage is getting his own series as well, and will be part of the TV team-up event The Defenders.
We’ve heard several actors express their interest in playing Cage, from Idris Elba, Isaiah Mustafa, Dwayne Johnson, Terry Crews, and Mars Crain. Now, another has tossed his hat into the ring: The Best Man and Chicago alum Taye Diggs.
Diggs recently appeared on the Conan O’Brien Show, and said that he would like to play Cage if given the opportunity:
“Luke Cage. You ever heard of that? I’ve always liked that. Just you know, growing up a poor black boy, »
- James Garcia
There was a time when Sony’s Spider-man franchise was the most bankable comic book property in Hollywood. However, that (unfortunately) seems like a very long time ago now, with films like The Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier sweeping up the box office a regular basis.
It appeared as if Marvel Studios had all-but-eliminated their competition until this years X-men: Days Of Future Past became a huge critical and financial success. The Amazing Spider-man 2 however, failed to impress audiences or critics and ended up as the lowest grossing entry in the franchise. Many blamed the poor reception of the latest web-spinning adventure on Sony’s effort to establish a cinematic universe (by using multiple antagonists once again), which resulted in an overly bloated script with little room for character development. With interest in the series clearly waning with each successive instalment, Sony clearly need to re-think their »
- Ben Read
Earlier today, Sony Pictures did what many were expecting them to do for months, shift The Amazing Spider-Man 3 into an undetermined 2018 release date slot, while moving The Sinister Six into 2016. Many wondered if this move suggested the studio was planning to scrap The Amazing Spider-Man 3 altogether, and reboot the franchise once again. However, at story from The Hollywood Reporter claims that, while the studio does want to "freshen" the brand, a reboot is not in play, with Marc Webb returning to complete his trilogy with The Amazing Spider-Man 3.
"Privately, Sony admits it is seeking to freshen the brand but has no major overhaul plans, with Webb expected to return to complete the trilogy (as Sam Raimi did with the first three films)."
We’ve seen superheroes band together as a powerhouse group in Marvel’s The Avengers and now Sony is forming their own Marvel-based team of comic book characters, but with a villainous slant. Sinister Six, a movie featuring a host of antagonists from The Amazing Spider-Man universe, has been slated for a 2016 release, and Sony has also pushed back the premiere of The Amazing Spider-Man 3 by two years.
THR reports that Sinister Six is now officially set for a November 11th, 2016 release. With The Amazing Spider-Man spinoff securing a calendar spot, Sony swapped the release date of The Amazing Spider-Man 3 from June 10th, 2016 to a date in 2018, likely in June. The delay of the third Amazing Spider-Man film will in turn postpone the original May 4th, 2018 debut date for The Amazing Spider-Man 4, but the new official release date for that entry has yet to be announced.
- Derek Anderson
Looking to broaden its Spider-Man franchise, Sony has dated spin-off “Sinister Six” for Nov. 11, 2016 as the next tentpole in its key property — while moving back “The Amazing Spider-Man 3″ two years to 2018.
After modest box office results for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” the studio thinks “Sinister Six” will expand the Spider-Man universe by bringing in villains, making Sony a stronger competitor against the likes of Disney/Marvel’s “Avengers” and WB’s Justice League superheroes in the coming years.
The studio has also slated “Uncharted” for June 10, 2016 — which had previously been the release schedule previously held by “The Amazing Spider-Man 3.”
Sony made the announcements Wednesday on the opening day of Comic-Con. The studio first revealed the “Sinister Six” and “Venom” spinoff projects in December, »
- Dave McNary
Looks like slightly underwhleming box office returns for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 weren’t enough to kill Sony’s plans to build an expansive superhero universe. The studio has dated The Sinister Six, a movie that features an all-star lineup of Spider-Man villains, for release on November 11th, 2016. As part of the new release date, The Amazing Spider-Man 3 has been bumped from its June 10th, 2016 slot by two years to May 4th, 2018.
Drew Goddard apparently delivered a take on the Sinister Six project that greatly excited execs at Sony. The Cabin in the Woods helmer is set to write and direct the spinoff, which currently has “a rough script.” Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group’s Doug Belgrad said:
“With Sinister Six in the hands of writer-director Drew Goddard, we feel extremely confident placing the film on a prime date in 2016.”
It’s still unknown which villains will feature into »
- Isaac Feldberg
--Nicky Hilton fueling up a with post-workout smoothie using Bella Housewares Rocket Extract Pro at SoulCycle in Water Mill, N.Y. --Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis and Carole Radziwill cheering on Bruno Mars at his concert at Madison Square Garden in NYC. --Jamie Foxx sipping a Bai5 antioxidant drink while playing in a kickball game with Chris Brown and Quincy Combs in L.A. --Nina Agdal cooling off with a Keurig iced beverage at the Wildfox Pool Party during Miami's Swim Week. --Simon Cowell enjoying dinner with girlfriend Lauren Silverman and a group of [...] »
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