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Former WWE champion, Evolution member, and Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista (Batista to WWE fans) has signed on to an upcoming Robert De Niro film, Bus 657, which will also feature former women’s Mma pioneer Gina Carano.
Bautista won rave reviews for his performance as Drax the Destroyer in Guardians, which has surpassed the $600 million mark at the box office worldwide. Kate Bosworth and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Watchmen) also star in the upcoming heist flick.
In Bus 657, Bautista will portray a co-worker of Morgan who together rip off their casino-owner boss, De Niro. While hijacking a bus load full of hostages, the plan goes awry, and, one assumes, everything goes to hell.
According to Deadline, Carano, who had been in serious talks with the Ufc for a potential title fight with bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, will be playing a cop in pursuit of the hijacked bus. »
- Jay Anderson
It may be a low-budget affair, but the $15 million film Bus 657 is attracting quite a cast. Deadline is reporting that, aside from all ready nabbing Robert De Niro, the cast will now also include Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen) and Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns). The film, which is set to start filming next month, will center on a heist and the subsequent hostage situation that ensues after it.
Morgan plays a desperate man with a sick daughter and seemingly no way to pay for her necessary treatment. When a greedy co-worker played by Dave Bautista (Guardians of The Galaxy) suggests that they rob a casino as a way to get the necessary cash, it sets a dangerous plan in motion that eventually includes the two men capturing a bus full of innocent people. De Niro plays the casino owner, and Bosworth is his estranged daughter. Last, but not least, Gina Carano »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
• Twilight: Eclipse star Xavier Samuel has been cast as Adam/The Monster in a new contemporary version of Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein. Danny Huston (Magic City) and Carrie-Anne Moss (Vegas) will star as modern-day Victor and Elizabeth Frankenstein, a husband and wife team of eccentric scientists living in Los Angeles who create the creature. Bernard Rose (Candyman) has adapted Shelley’s work for the picture he is directing. [Deadline]
- Jake Perlman
Exclusive: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kate Bosworth, Dave Bautista, and Gina Carano are joining the Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films production of Bus 657, the ensemble heist pic that Robert De Niro already has boarded. This is the latest pic that is part of E/F/O’s overall deal with Grindhouse/Lionsgate, which will distribute the $15M-budgeted Bus 657 along with Hannibal Classics. Stephen Sepher and Max Adams wrote the action thriller that Scott Mann (The Tournament) will direct. Principal photography is set to begin October 13 in Mobile, Al.
The pic, formerly titled Bus 757, centers on a father (Morgan) without the means to pay for his daughter’s medical treatment. As a last resort, he partners with a greedy co-worker (Bautista) to rob a casino and the two hijack a bus full of hostages and things go awry. De Niro will play Frank “The Pope”, owner of the casino, and Bosworth plays his estranged daughter. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Miranda Bailey’s Cold Iron Pictures has come on board to finance and produce the Sundance Lab project “Swiss Army Man,” written and directed by the filmmaking team the Daniels.
The duo — Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert — recently won the best direction award at the MTV Video Music Awards for “Turn Down for What.” Bailey and Amanda Marshall of Cold Iron Pictures will produce, alongside Blackbird Films’ Lawrence Inglee and Jonathan Wang.
The absurdist comedy, launched at the Sundance screenwriters lab, centers on a hopeless man stranded in the wilderness who befriends a dead body and together they go on a journey. It will shoot in November with ICM Partners handling sales.
Cold Iron is also producing and »
- Dave McNary
The movie, which is sold by TrustNordisk and world premiered out of competition at Cannes, is a 19th-century-set Scandinavian Western starring Mads Mikkelsen as a Danish settler who is on a journey to avenge his family.
“There is no doubt that ‘The Salvation’ has found a perfect home at Upie who we are sure will give the film the best possible launch. This also strongly indicates that the international market place is more than ready for a western of Scandinavian origin”, said Wendt.
- Elsa Keslassy
The film received its world premiere in official selection at Cannes, screening in out of competition as a Midnight screening.
Interview: Kristian Levring
Directed by Levring, who co-wrote the feature with Oscar-winner Anders Thomas Jensen (In a Better World, Love is All You Need), the film stars Mads Mikkelsen as a Danish settler in 19th century North America, who sets out to avenge his family.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
As previously reported, "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" main stars: Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot took the Als Ice Bucket Challenge, which raises money for Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Now, the director ,Zack Snyder, got in on the mix, and also called out a couple of his pals to participate in it. They are: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Carla Gugino, and Malin Akerman (video below). By the way, Zack was on the actual Batman v Superman set when he did it. Check it out,below. As for the movie, it stars: Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent and Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Ma Kent, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ray Fisher as Cyborg ,and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter ,and Scoot McNairy. It hits theaters on March 25th,2016. »
Actor Bill Paxton is heading from the McCoy family patriarch of Kentucky to starring in The History Channel’s eight-hour television event series Texas Rising. Premiering Memorial Day 2015, the series will detail the Texas Revolution and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers.
Two-time Oscar-nominated director Roland Joffé (The Killing Fields, The Mission) is directing with an all-star cast which includes Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martinez, Thomas Jane, Crispin Glover, Rhys Coiro, Jeremy Davies, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Christopher McDonald, Max Thieriot, Chad Michael Murray, Robert Knepper, Jeff Fahey, Rob Morrow and Kris Kristofferson.
In 1836, west of the Mississippi was considered the Wild West and the Texas frontier was viewed as hell on earth. Crushed from the outside by Mexican »
- Melissa Thompson
Not so long ago true family rivalry 'Hatfields & McCoys' won both ratings and Emmys for History Channel, which now reaches 98 million homes. So why not go back to the well, assemble another ensemble of ace character stars and revisit some juicy action-packed American history? Sure enough, the producer of 'Hatfield & McCoys," Leslie Greif, is returning with eight-hour mini-series "Texas Rising," about the Texas revolution and the rise of the Texas Rangers, scheduled to air on Memorial Day 2015. The cast is led by "Hatfields & McCoys" star Bill Paxton and also includes Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martinez, Thomas Jane, Crispin Glover, Jeremy Davies, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Christopher McDonald, Max Thieriot, Robert Knepper, Jeff Fahey, and Kris Kristofferson. (Not too many women in this group.) The director is Roland Joffé, who recreated period history with »
- Anne Thompson
The eight-hour event series from exec producer Leslie Greif (“Hatfields and McCoys”) stars Bill Paxton as Texas legend Sam Houston and follows his fight for Texas’ independence against Mexican general Santa Anna. “The Killing Fields” helmer Roland Joffe directs. Greif’s previous series for History, the Paxton and Kevin Costner-starring “Hatfields and McCoys,” set ratings records for the channel.
“We’re ecstatic with what we’ve seen so far from production,” said Dirk Hoogstra, History and H2 exec VP and general manager. “I can’t think of a better way to kick off summer than with a big television event that’s sure to resonate with our fans.”
- Kevin Noonan
With production still underway on Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" in Detroit, more videos have surfaced from the set featuring car chases, star Ben Affleck and potentially a scene involving an appearance by Superman. There's also a few more rumors that have cropped up over the last few days.
First up, Movieweb suggests the character of Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) will be responsible for much of the city infrastructure damage we've see in the photos and videos so far. How exactly is the big question.
- Garth Franklin
Our weekly round-up of all the latest superhero news and talking points, including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, DC Cinematic Universe, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Batman: Assault on Arkham, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Young Justice, Teen Titans Go!, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America 3, Black Panther, Daredevil, Deadpool, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Venom Carnage, Kick-Ass 3 and more….
Well, the big showdown between Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America 3 is no more, with Warner Bros. blinking and shifting the release of BvS away from Marvel’s May 6th 2016 date to March 25th 2016 (a wise move, considering it will now face very little in the way of competition). The news was followed by the announcement that Warner Bros. has finally pulled the trigger on a DC Cinematic Universe by setting a further Nine »
- Gary Collinson
As long as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice continues to film exteriors in Detroit, bystanders with cell phone cameras will be there to capture at least some of the action. Today, we have three new videos, the longest of which shows director Zack Snyder prepping to shoot a car chase scene in the Motor City, with the following videos showing brief portions of that same chase. Check them out below, then read on for more details about who may have caused the destruction seen in previous set photos.
Warning: Spoiler Alert!
Earlier this week, a set video and numerous photos showed one of Ben Affleck's stand-ins rehearsing a scene where he saves a young girl from being crushed by a collapsing building, which was shot in the Corktown area of Detroit. Today, we have a video report from Click On Detroit, which includes random footage from outside of the set, »
Director Zack Snyder is currently filming "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" in Detroit, where the props department was moving a bunch of paintings. One of those paintings is of an older man, who may be Thomas Wayne, the father of Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck). While we are just guessing that that's Thomas Wayne, there are plenty of clues to support that. The painting looks to be of some rich founder of a major company and the person strongly resembles actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who appeared in Snyder's "Watchmen." So did the director bring back Morgan to play Batman's father? Seems that way. Take a look at the painting below and let us know what you think. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
"Is The Comedian playing Batman's dad?" That's what many people are wondering after a possible set photo from Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice surfaced on Twitter last night. People have been posting a bunch pictures from the Michigan set of the Zack Snyder movie, and one of the most recent images to land online features a painting many think is of Thomas Wayne. If it is Thomas Wayne, he looks a hell of a lot like Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Some believe »
- Jesse Giroux
A new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice casting rumor has hit the web, and I’ve got to say it would be pretty great if it were true. New set photos have been leaking for the film left and right, and an eagle-eyed fan noticed something particularly interesting on Wednesday. Check out the image below…
It sure does look like Morgan, and if it is him, it looks like he’s playing the late Thomas Wayne. It’ll likely be more of a cameo than anything, and may not go beyond that portrait. But it would be a great nod to Zack Snyder’s Watchmen adaptation, and a fun Easter egg for fans. Also, Morgan was one of the names tossed about when casting for Batman was underway. He may not have landed the role, »
- James Garcia
New 'Batman V Superman' set photo reveals a painting that looks like Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Could he be, Thomas Wayne?! pic.twitter.com/w6rgvmzH8H. Superhero Report (@SuperheroReport) August 7, 2014 Spies have been all over the Michigan set for Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, eager to catch a peek at any little snippet or detail for the recently rescheduled superhero mash-up. As such, each small piece of information has been analyzed and scrutinized beyond belief. Which is how we arrive at the photo above, which allegedly shows an interesting portrait being carried around.. Who is That handsome devil? Either Batman is good friends with Ron Burgundy's badass dad, or that's our first glimpse of Mr. Thomas Wayne. And, as noted, he does look quite a bit like Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who last worked with director Zack Snyder on Watchmen. If we're talking about similar facial structure to Ben Affleck, »
Exclusive: After 26 years on his own, manager/producer Craig Baumgarten is becoming a partner at Link, the management and production company formerly known as Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Nilon Entertainment. He becomes the sixth partner in the firm along with Brian Wilkins, Ben Levine, Erik Kritzer, Adam Griffin and Mike Nilon. He moved into the new office over the weekend, and his first day on the job is today. Baumgarten brings with him clients Roland Joffe who is currently directing History Channel’s mini-series Texas Rising starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Brendan Fraiser, showrunner and director Ted Kotcheff (Law And Order […] »
The Last Of Us wowed gamers worldwide when it was first released last June for the PS3, impressing with its tense, bleak tone and cinematic narrative. Now, a feature film adaptation in the works over at Screen Gems, with Evil Dead filmmaker Sam Raimi producing and the game’s creative director/screenwriter Neil Druckmann involved, and there’s no bigger question on fans’ minds than which actors will take on the lead roles of Joel and Ellie, two survivors who band together to survive while travelling across the dangerous, post-apocalyptic ruins of the United States.
Today, at Comic-Con, Druckmann revealed that, though no one has been cast just yet, Maisie Williams, the young actress who plays Arya Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones, is in talks to take on the role of teenage Ellie. Williams has been a fan favorite choice for a while, and news that Druckmann and »
- Isaac Feldberg
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