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In 2002, J.J. Abrams' wrote a Superman movie that was going to be directed by Brett Ratner, but it was never-made. Ratner's first choice for the role of Superman/Clark Kent was Jude Law, and now Law has been asked him why he turned down the role. “At the time, I really didn’t want to,” Law told MTV. “I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life being that guy who played Superman.” Before turning down the role, Ratner had talked Law into testing out the Superman costume. “I go in the bathroom, put it on and look in the mirror, and suddenly, I am Superman,” Law said. “And it is an amazing costume. My chest pops up and the music comes on… That was it. I got it out of my system. I took it off, put it in the bag, and was like, ‘I’m not going to do it. »
At one point, it was going to be Guillermo del Toro directing a live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast over at Warner Bros. with Emma Watson set to star as Belle. Well, at the same time Disney was developing a of their own and now that del Toro is no longer involved at WB, Disney is the only one left in the game and they've got Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, Dreamgirls) directing and Watson now confirmed for the lead role in their feature. It's an interesting turn of events considering Watson had been loosely attached to the WB version since 2011, but it seems she's the right actor for the part no matter where it's being made or who is directing as production on Disney's feature is expected to begin later this year. Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the screenplay with a career that so »
- Brad Brevet
Wesley will play Reba McClane, the blind woman who enters into a relationship with the psychotic Francis Dolarhyde (Richard Armitage) and helps soothe his murderous urges. Wesley takes on a role played by Joan Allen in Michael Mann's "Manhunter" and Emily Watson in Brett Ratner's "Red Dragon".
Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) will come into contact with Dolarhyde from around the eighth episode of the third season. The Tooth Fairy is the latest addition to the cast which this year will also include Nina Arianda as Will Graham's wife Molly, Joe Anderson as the mutilated Mason Verger, Gillian Anderson as Bedelia Du Maurier, and of course Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter himself.
Source: TV Line »
- Garth Franklin
It seemed like the X-Men had narrowly avoided a dystopian future thanks to all the time travel hoo-ha of Days Of Future Past. Turns out, they just put themselves on a path to Apocalypse. The character Apocalypse, that is. Who’s whole bag is bringing about the actual apocalypse. So yeah, things still look pretty dire.
After rescuing what looked like a flagging series off the back of the Brett Ratner-directed third film and a couple of bad Wolverine spin-offs, Days Of Future Past picked up where superior prequel X-Men: First Class left off, and did a damn fine job of it. The box office returns were pretty impressive and all.
Which is why Fox wasted no time in greenlighting a sequel, due for release in 2016. Such is the nature of modern blockbusters, though – and especially ones based off of existing comics – that even with that date still a year off, »
- Tom Baker
It's easy to forget just how important the VHS revolution was not only to the way we watch movies, but how it but how brought (largely American) culture to places around the world in a new and contemporary way. Suddenly, storytelling boldly crossed borders, truly turning film into a global cinematic experience that wasn't just relegated to the movie theater. It's with those themes that "Chuck Norris Vs. Communism" unfolds, and with a premiere at the Sundance Film Festival around the corner, we have an exclusive clip. Produced by Brett Ratner and Mara Adina and executive-produced by John Battsek, and directed by Ilinca Calugareanu, the film chronicles how the age of VHS brought the outside world into 1980s Romania. The story centers on Irina Nistor, who dubbed thousands of blockbusters, provided by a mysterious source, while keeping her activities hidden from the secret police. It's thanks to her secret screenings »
- Kevin Jagernauth
“Our minds can concoct all sorts of scenarios when we don’t want to believe something. We construct fairy tales… and we accept them.” A teaser trailer for Season 3 of NBC’s Hannibal has been released, giving us our first look at Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), and more in the drastically different third season of Bryan Fuller’s serial killer series.
Season 3 of Hannibal will debut this summer. It was recently revealed that Tony award-winning Nina Arianda (Broadway’s Venus in Fur, Rob the Mob, Midnight in Paris) will play a recurring role in the third season. Arianda portrays a character named Molly—a strong single mother who is a romantic interest for one key character.
In other, previously announced Hannibal Season 3 casting news, Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit films) will play The Tooth Fairy serial killer (aka Francis Dolarhyde) from Thomas Harris »
- Derek Anderson
We’re back with another round-up of horror and sci-fi news, including a casting update for Hannibal’s third season, Scream Factory’s new title announcement and their revealed special features for the Exterminators of the Year 3000 Blu-ray, and also an upcoming special screening of Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard that will include a Q&A with director B. Harrison Smith and cast members Billy Zane, Dee Wallace Stone, and Felissa Rose.
TVLine reports that Tony award-winning Nina Arianda (Broadway’s Venus in Fur, Rob the Mob, Midnight in Paris) will play a recurring role on Hannibal in the third season that premieres this summer. Arianda plays a character named Molly—a strong single mother who is a romantic interest for one key character.
- Derek Anderson
Image Courtesy of Newsweek
Alfred Hitchcock made films in which birds attacked mankind, in which a psychopath killed women in the shower, and in which a man holed up in his room could witness a murder about to unfold. Yet his most disturbing film was never seen by the public and has been buried for 70 years.
In 1945, Hitchcock was commissioned to make German Concentration Camps Factual Survey, a documentary to be filmed at the Bergen-Bensen concentration camp during the Holocaust at the end of World War II. Hitchcock and a crew of filmmakers captured unspeakable horrors at the hands of the Nazis. But for a variety of reasons, in part because Billy Wilder was commissioned to make another film, in part because diplomacy was moving forward and in part because the footage was so gruesome, that Hitchcock’s work was buried and unfinished.
- Brian Welk
In 1945, British Allied Forces commissioned director Alfred Hitchcock (circa "Spellbound" era) to supervise a documentary on the liberation of Nazi concentration camps. Titled "German Concentration Camps: Factual Survey," the project foundered under political and artistic pressures. Thus, enter producer Brett Ratner and director André Singer, whose "Night Will Fall" plays HBO on Monday, January 26 at 9pm Est. Watch trailers and clips below. The presentation combines restored, hardly seen archival footage (including pieces of an elusive sixth reel thought to be lost) and eyewitness testimony to offer an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at a film that was never finished. (An incomplete version played the Berlin Film Festival in 1984, and PBS in 1985, under the title "Memory of the Camps.") Newsweek has a fascinating, in-depth look at what went wrong and what this footage looks like: "Two women drag an emaciated female corpse »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Lawrence, who will produce the show, tells NuketheFridge: “New plot, same characters. A little younger, a little different, fish out of water. It’s a cool script. I’m psyched about it.”
So once again we'll see a loud-mouthed Lapd detective teaming up with a reserved Hong Kong Police Force inspector. Will they cast an expert in martial arts in the Chan role? “The character will be a martial artist, but you know how TV works. I’m going to go with the best actor and then I’ll make anything work.”
Brett Ratner, who directed the three films, will also serve as executive producer on the new series. »
- Garth Franklin
Back in September, we reported that Rush Hour director Brett Ratner is teaming up with Cougar Town creators Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick for a TV show based on the hit movie franchise. Just a few weeks later, the project received a pilot commitment from CBS, although we haven't heard much more about the potential series since then. While promoting his new NBC comedy Undateable, Bill Lawrence revealed that the series will revolve around the same characters as the movie franchise, Detective Carter (Chris Tucker), an L.A. cop, and Lee (Jackie Chan) a Hong Kong inspector, who join forces. Naturally, the characters will be re-cast, with Bill Lawrence adding that the show revolves around a new story.
"New plot, same characters, a little younger, a little different, fish out of water. It's a cool script. I'm psyched about it."
He added that the Lee character will still be skilled in martial arts, »
For all of the superhero buzz that has stolen hearts and headlines over the past twelve months or so, there’s also another trend that has once again come to the fore in Hollywood circles: looking to old franchises in an attempt to reboot them. Mind you, it’s a tactic that doesn’t always pay dividends; whether it’s RoboCop, Annie or 2013’s Total Recall, it’s clear that this feat is a tricky butterfly to pin. Nevertheless, with the likes of Mad Max: Fury Road and Jurassic World looming on the horizon, it’s one that looks set to continue unabated.
And one of these properties in question is Beverly Hills Cop 4, which is primed to be the first entry into the crime caper in two decades. At least, that’s what Paramount and director Brett Ratner will be hoping for. But before that, the studio may »
- Michael Briers
It might just be that, after a string of movies that veered not on the side of good, Eddie Murphy has got some quality control back into his film work.
His next big project is set to be Beverly Hills Cop 4, a film that needs to work hard to erase the near-franchise killer that was Beverly Hills Cop 3. Murphy is set to reprise the role of Axel Foley, and Brett Ratner is set to direct. A 2016 release date had been mooted.
There may yet be a spanner in the proverbial works, though.
While producer Jerry Bruckheimer has seemed pretty confident in the past that we'll see the mildly-anticipated Beverly Hills Cop 4 released in March 2016, Eddie Murphy himself isn't so confident. In a new interview with Rolling Stone to promote his Reggae single 'Oh Jah Jah', the comedian-turned-Rastafari revealed that the script for Beverly Hills Cop 4 isn't ready, and he refuses to make another bad sequel. Asked if he thought the franchise reboot was set to shoot soon, he replied:
"Nah, they still trying to get that script right. I'm not doing a 'Beverly Hills Cop' unless they have a really incredible script. I've read a couple things that look like they can make some paper. But I'm not doing a sh*tty movie just to make some paper. The sh*t got to be right."
Michigan Film Office spokeswoman Michelle Grinnell has a conflicting report, though. Back in June, »
A couple of brief status updates have arrived regarding several sequels to major franchises setup at Paramount Pictures.
First up, Platinum Dunes producers Andrew Form and Bradley Fuller have confirmed that the company's second reboot of the "Friday the 13th" franchise is still having its script tinkered with. Form tells Collider: "Just working on the script still. Hoping to make that movie this year and Brad, I'm gonna confirm that Jason is in the movie."
In the same interview, Form also offered a brief update on the sequel to last year's critically reviled but successful reboot of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" franchise. Plans to get the movie into cinemas by mid-2016 seem to still be in effect: “We’re in prep right now. We start shooting in New York in April."
Meanwhile, Paramount is still planning a fourth film in the popular "Beverly Hills Cop" franchise with the Michigan »
- Garth Franklin
One of the most famous killers in the books, next to 'The Silence of the Lambs' 'Buffalo 'it-rubs-the-lotion-on-it's-skin' Bill,' Dolarhyde has been portrayed twice before on the big-screen by actors Tom Noonan (Michael Mann's 'Manhunter'), and Ralph Fiennes (Brett Ratner's 'Red Dragon'). And now British actor Richard Armitage will be next in line to portray the iconic role in NBC's hit series 'Hannibal'. The news was confirmed via a tweet by the network NBC: 'Francis Dolarhyde is going to be a real Thorin Hannibal's side. Ok...we'll stop.' The joke obviously referring to the actors previous role as Thorin in Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit' trilogy. Armitage also recently starred in disaster thriller 'Into the Storm'. »
When we last reported on Beverly Hills Cop 4, the movie was said to be heading back to Detroit during the “warmest winter on record” in a script by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol). The movie was also said to have a 2016 release date which seems more and more doubtful especially after the recent comments Eddie Murphy made about the projects progress. At this point it’s still safe to say that sure Brett Ratner is still »
- Graham McMorrow
Martin Scorsese is known for collaborating with a tight-knit group of actors throughout his career: In his legendary run in the Seventies and Eighties, he worked frequently with Robert De Niro; in recent years, he's found acclaim directing Leonardo DiCaprio. But all three movie icons have never worked together on the same project – until now, under bizarre circumstances. Scorsese directed both actors – and Brad Pitt – in The Audition, a short film created to promote two new Asian casinos (Studio City in Macau, China and City of Dreams in Manila, Philippines »
The pair were directed by Martin Scorsese in the $70 million (£45.9m) commercial, which sees them competing for the same part in a fake movie called The Audition.
Brad Pitt also appears in the teaser in a series of images projected onto the side of the casino. The short film will debut in full at the opening of Macau's Studio City resort in mid-2015.
According to Page Six, each actor has been paid $13m (£8.5m) for their involvement in the promotional campaign.
Brett Ratner, who served as a producer on the project, said: "This short film is a historic event because it is the first film ever to star such legendary actors as Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in one film together.
"Mr Scorsese has collaborated with Mr DeNiro on »
Martin Scorsese finally unites his favourite leading men - Robert De Niro (collaborator on 8 films) and Leonardo DiCaprio (collaborator on 5 films) - in his upcoming short film The Audition. It should be pointed out that this is no regular short, but actually a glorified commercial for the opening of the City of Dreams casino in Manila later this year. Melcro Crown Entertainment is also unveiling the Warner Bros/Batman themed Studio City casino in Macau this year as well, and clearly no expense has been spared on getting the word out there. Produced by Brett Ratner, and reportedly featuring Brad Pitt alongside DiCaprio, De Niro and Scorsese, The Audition will have its world premiere when the casino opens in mid-2015.No question, this was a huge payday...
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