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The Cougar Town creator is shepherding a pilot adaptation of the popular British comedy for NBC, our sister site Deadline reports, with Community‘s Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan on board to write and executive-produce with Lawrence. Additional EPs include Jeff Ingold and Craig Cegielski.
As its title suggests, The It Crowd follows the exploits of a British company’s information-technology department.
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• Gal Gadot is in talks for the female lead in Ben-Hur. Timbur Bekmambetov is directing. The work is a remake of the 1959 film of the same name, as well as an adaptation of the Lew Wallace novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. The film follows Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by Messala (Toby Kebbell). Morgan Freeman will play the man who teaches Ben-Hur the art of chariot-racing. If Gadot signs on, she will play Esther, a slave and the love interest of Ben-Hur. Keith Clarke penned the script with a rewrite by John Ridley. »
- C. Molly Smith
Shooting is due to start in New Orleans on November 17. Samuel L. Jackson was originally in talks to play the cook but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. The other cast isn.t confirmed.
.It's a dramatic role and I think Eddie realised it.s a nice change of pace for him,. Beresford told If.
Murphy returns as wise-cracking cop Axel Foley in the fourth edition of Beverly Hill Cop, which »
- Don Groves
You can blame the huge success of Fargo for this. Hollywood, even before that, had been moving more and more to exploiting movie properties on the small screen. But since Fargo married up critical acclaim to a good audience? All bets are off.
Here are 23 - count 'em! - currently in differing stages of production...
The film: Earning Tom Hanks his first Oscar nomination, the beloved 1988 comedy drama Big saw him as Josh Baskin who, courtesy of a Zoltar machine, turns into an adult. Romance, work, and playing on a big piano follow.
Original creator Paul Weitz will head the project, while brother Chris will executive produce, reports Deadline.
The 2004 original followed the story of advertising executive Dan (Quaid), whose new boss is half his age (Topher Grace). Dan then has to deal with the fact that his daughter (Scarlett Johansson) starts to date his boss.
Watch the trailer for In Good Company below: »
Warner Bros. has partnered with Shanghai Media Group, Cmc Capital Partners, Wpp and Brett Ratner‘s RatPac Entertainment to create an investment platform for investing in Chinese and international entertainment content opportunities. The platform, called the Cmc Creative Fund, will focus on individual projects in three key areas: film, television and live events.
Warner Bros., RatPac and Wpp — the world's largest communications services group – will also work with their partners at Shanghai and Cmc to share their production and distribution expertise with up-and-coming »
- Greg Gilman
The Rush Hour TV show that Brett Ratner and Arthur Sarkissian have been developing at Warner Bros. TV, with Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick as creative leads, has now taken another step towards realization. CBS has given a pilot production commitment to the series, which means we’ll start to hear about the casting phase pretty soon. Deadline reports […]
The post ‘Rush Hour’ TV Show at CBS With Pilot Commitment appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
While you might pride yourself on knowing all about the classics and the various arthouse corners of the cinema world, a piece of history that's worth making an acquaintance with is the '80s and '90s output of rogue studio Cannon Films. Built on a foundation of schlocky exploitation and cheap action flicks, the studio was arguably a forerunner to kind of low-budget stuff (think "The Purge" or this past weekend's "Annabelle") that routinely get wide releases (and that make plenty of box office bank). But don't fear if this is all new to you, the upcoming documentary "Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story Of Cannon Films" tells you all you need to know. Directed by Mark Hartley and executive produced by Brett Ratner, the doc is an always involving and entertaining look behind the curtain of the studio, and at the men who ran it: filmmaker/producer Menahem Golan »
- Edward Davis
Maybe encouraged by the attempts to turn the "Beverly Hills Cop" movie franchise into an hourly TV drama series, director Brett Ratner is teaming up with the makers of "Cougar Town" for a new one-hour TV comedy series that will be based on the "Rush Hour" films he directed, starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. Expected to follow a similar story, style and structure as the films, the TV series will follow the misadventures of a straight-laced Hong Kong cop (played by Jackie Chan in the movies) and his not-so straight-laced black Lapd officer (originally portrayed by Chris Tucker). No Eta, nor casting announcements yet, or what »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Increasingly, studios want you to stream or buy your own digital copy of feature films and to entice you, that edition is being made weeks prior to the physical disc being available for purchase. In an effort to direct viewer buying and viewing habits, studios are also shifting review copies from disc to high definition download. My first encounter with this brave new world, ironically enough, comes with 20th Century Home Entertainment’s current release of X-Men: Days of Future Past, the sprawling, epic film from May. The biggest drawback is making certain you have enough hard disc storage for the mammoth file and a set-up that allows you to watch on a huge screen. Lacking that, I watched the film on my 24” external monitor and while the image was crisp and the audio clear enough (although maybe I need to upgrade my speakers); it needs a bigger screen to properly appreciate. »
- Robert Greenberger
Director Brett Ratner and producer Arthur Sarkissian have teamed up again to produce a TV series based on the action comedy film franchise Rush Hour. The series is set up at Warner Bros. TV, and it will be an hourlong show on CBS.
The series will be written by Cougar Town co-creator Bill Lawrence and showrunner Blake McCormick. According to Deadline, the Rush Hour series will stay close to the concept of the first film in the franchise. That will include a by-the-book Hong Kong police officer, who was played by Jackie Chan in the movies, who is assigned to a case in Los Angeles, where he’s forced to work with an arrogant Lapd officer — originally played by Chris Tucker — who is not interested in working with a partner.
I'm not really all that interested in seeing anything that Ratner's name is attached too. I haven't been impressed with anything he's done in years. »
- Joey Paur
It’s a firmly held belief amongst fans that if Bryan Singer had remained attached to X-Men: The Last Stand, the finished film would’ve remained inline with the first two instalments (i.e. not derivative nonsense.) However, Singer chose to bow out of the third part in favour of Superman Returns, and handed over the reins to Brett Ratner. If you’re not a fan of Ratner’s attempt, Singer still waged some influence over the events of the flick as he did rewrite the franchise’s entire history in Days Of Future Past. But, would he have still done that if his original vision for The Last Stand had remained intact?
Thanks to Comic Book Movie (via Screen Crush), we can now get a look at what Singer had intended for his version – eight years after its release. The main focus of the concept art that’s made »
- Gem Seddon
Some insanely cool concept art from X-Men: The Last Stand has surfaced online, and you'll see some pretty spectacular visuals here. These really make me wish that Bryan Singer had directed that film. This film would have been better had anyone other than Brett Ratner directed it. Singer dropped out at the last minute to direct Superman Returns, which ended up not being Singer's best work. The art shows us the devastation and scope of Jean Grey’s (Famke Janssen) transmogrification into the Dark Phoenix. I like Singer's vision of how Dark Phoenix would have looked, and the destruction is so much more epic. I'm so glad Singer is back and making more X-Men movies.
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- Joey Paur
Just days after Warner Bros. Television began shopping a TV series based on the Rush Hour movies, the project has landed a pilot production commitment at CBS. This is the second Wbtv project CBS has picked up in the past few weeks, after the network issued a series commitment to Supergirl.
Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence is co-writing the pilot script with Blake McCormick, who serves as executive producer and showrunner on Cougar Town. The series will stick closely to the Rush Hour movie format, following a brash and outspoken Lapd cop who prefers to work alone being forced to team up with a straight-laced Hong Kong police officer. Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan starred in Rush Hour and its subsequent sequels Rush Hour 2 (2001) and Rush Hour 3 (2007). Warner Bros. is reportedly still interested in making the movie sequel Rush Hour 4, although there are no concrete plans in the works at this time. »
Thanks to Universo X-Men, we have some concept art from what Bryan Singer's take on "The Dark Phoenix Saga" would have looked like had he not chosen to helm Superman Returns instead of X-Men 3. Writer Simon Kinberg has expressed his regret over how the movie turned out (especially as it's one of his favourite story arcs), and it seems clear that Singer's version would have been far superior to what Brett Ratner came up with in the short amount of time he had to prepare when he boarded the project following Matthew Vaughn's last-minute departure. These designs and the level of destruction are vastly superior to what we ended up getting in the final movie, and I strongly recommend heading on over to the site by clicking on the link below for more concept art! »
Lawrence is co-writing the script with Blake McCormick and is exec producing through his Wbtv-based Doozer Prods. The original feature, directed by Brett Ratner, was released by New Line Cinema, a unit of Warner Bros.
Like the original feature, the series’ storyline will revolve around a stoic Hong Kong police officer who is assigned to work a case with a cocky African-American cop. McCormick has worked with Lawrence on the ABC/TBS comedy “Cougar Town” since 2010, rising to showrunner in the past two seasons.
“Rush Hour” is the latest example of networks turning to vintage movies for development fodder. Earlier this week, Fox cut a deal to develop the »
- Cynthia Littleton
Rush Hour is coming to CBS. The network has given a pilot production commitment to the television adaptation of the 1998 film, which hails from Cougar Town co-creator Bill Lawrence, Blake McCormick and Warner Bros. Television, EW has learned. Much like the premise of the film, which starred Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, the drama will follow a stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police officer who is assigned to a case in Los Angeles and forced to work with a cocky African-American Lapd officer who has no interest in a partner. Lawrence and McCormick will write and executive-produce the one-hour action comedy with original director Brett Ratner, »
- Natalie Abrams
Olivia Munn is known for many things in show business. She's dressed as Wonder Woman, served alongside Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer at a fictitious cable news network, and she's roasted Brett Ratner for the colossal douchebag he truly is. And somehow, when almost all of her fellow Mortdecai cast members look downright ridiculous wearing almost exactly the same moustache, she not only makes it work, but she looks really damned good while doing so. Collider showed off the full cast sporting whiskers for the latest Johnny Depp vehicle that has him doing just that. While Depp has definitely worn some weird looks in the past (and gotten away with it) he looks more like a person you shouldn't be taking candy from, much less marrying or seducing. Though investigating is perfectly fine, as he might have priors. As for Gwyneth Paltrow, she almost looks like a confused poodle, and »
The Weinstein Co acquired Russell Crowe‘s feature directing debut at the Cannes Film Festival in May, where 12 minutes of the film was screened. I saw footage of The Water Diviner at Cine Europe in Barcelona in June and there is definitely an epic feel to the picture based on what was shown there. Crowe plays an Australian farmer who travels to Turkey four years after the battle of Gallipoli in search of his sons who have been reported missing in action. Olga Kurylenko plays the hotel owner with whom he forges a relationship and Jai Courtney is a soldier organizing the effort to identify the tens of thousands of soldiers killed. He reluctantly allows the grieving father to stay and look for his sons’ bodies. Written by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastassios, The Water Diviner is a RatPac Entertainment film and is executive produced by Brett Ratner and James Packer. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Rush Hour is to become a TV series.
The television version - co-written by Lawrence and Cougar Town colleague Blake McCormick - will stick close to the original premise, which saw a by-the-book Hong Kong police officer (played by Chan) teamed with a cocky Us cop (played by Tucker).
A fourth cinematic outing was previously mooted in 2012, with producer Arthur Sarkissian hinting at a "more down to earth, more gritty" new instalment.
Watch a clip from 1998's Rush Hour below: »
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