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Filmmaker and emerging mogul Brett Ratner disclosed Saturday that he’s moving into cable TV production. “I’m about to close a joint venture with a cable network,” Ratner said in passing at a UCLA conference, adding that he would be deficit financing the programming. Ratner is doing the deal through his RatPac Entertainment, a partnership with Australian billionaire James Packer that supplies $450 million in film slate financing to Warner Bros. “TV is a big focus for us over the next few years,” Ratner said, referencing the company, before then mentioning the new deal. The deal is expected to
- Jonathan Handel
If the Internet can’t convince Eon Productions to cast Idris Elba as James Bond, perhaps his new role can land him a villain gig in Bond 24. Elba is set to voice Shere Khan in Disney and Jon Favreau's take on “The Jungle Book.” Favreau will use live-action and VFX to bring the story to the screen. Expect to see this sooner than later as Disney is neck and neck with Warner Bros. with their own version of Rudyard Kipling’s classic. [Deadline] Warren Beatty’s old friend Martin Sheen just joined the cast of his secretive Howard Hughes movie. Beatty is set to play Hughes, with the picture led by Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins, with Annette Bening and Matthew Broderick already signed up in supporting roles. Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment are co-funding the movie with a bunch of billionaires. [Deadline] Universal Pictures picked up a pitch inspired by »
- Joshua Encinias
Feature Rob Leane 6 Mar 2014 - 06:45
Rob takes a look back at Brett Ratner's X-Men 3, to see if it's better than it's generally given credit for...
Any regular visitors to the growing universes of superhero films will know that X-Men: The Last Stand is one of the least-loved instalments since the genre came back with a bang in 2000.
It is seen by many as a hugely disappointing end to what could have been a near-perfect movie trilogy after all the expert world-building by Bryan Singer in the first two instalments.
Rotten Tomatoes’ consensus on the film is that new director Brett Ratner had ‘replaced the heart and emotion (and character development) of the previous X-Men films with more action and explosions’, averaging the scores of its ‘Top Critics’ at a measly 41%.
However, it cannot be said that it was in any way ‘the last stand’ for mutancy at the movies. »
With all the hoopla about the big Sunday night movie award show, many of you might not have gotten the list of the big winners from Saturday night’s big movie awards show. I’m talking about the 34th Annual Razzie Awards. They were started in 1980 by John Wilson to celebrate the movie year’s worst achievements. The hour-long ceremony was held this past Saturday evening down the street from the site of Sunday’s big show. Without further ado, here’s the nominees and winners for the 2013 film year:
Worst Remake, Rip-off, Or Sequel:
- Jim Batts
Awards season comes to a head tonight as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the winners of the Academy Awards, and - as is traditional - yesterday saw the very worst of cinematic achievement celebrated with the 34th annual Golden Raspberry Awards.
While Adam Sandler dominated the nominations (as usual) with Grown Ups 2, the Razzie favourite went away empty handed for a change as the ensemble comedy Movie 43 and M. Night Shyamalan sci-fi After Earth picked up three gongs apiece, with Movie 43 claiming Worst Picture, Worst Director(s) and Worst Screenplay and Jaden Smith and Will Smith named Worst Actor, Worst Supporting Actor and Worst Screen Combo.
Check out the full list of nominees here, with the "winners" highlighted in red....
Tyler Perry, »
- Gary Collinson
It's game day. The Academy Awards ceremony obviously takes place this evening and so, like clockwork, the ignominious folks that run the Razzie Awards have unveiled their list for the worst movies of the year. The biggest story this year is that the Razzie committee failed to award Adam Sandler anything. Odd, given how much the organization seems to loathe Sandler's many comedies. And oh yes, “Grown Ups 2” was nominated in several worst categories, but the Razzies saw fit to declare many other films as far more egregious in failure. Taking three of the top prizes at The 34th Annual Razzie Awards was the star-studded sketch comedy “Movie 43,” helmed by 13 different directors (among them Brett Ratner, The Farrelly Brothers, James Gunn and several actors like Elizabeth Banks) and 19 different screenwriters. A collection of comedy vignettes that neither critics nor audiences found largely funny, and the Razzies agreed, “gifting »
- Edward Davis
The motion picture academy may have a notoriously short memory, but Razzie Award voters reached back more than a year to decide their Worst Picture. "Movie 43," released Jan. 25, 2013, was the winner of that dubious achievement, as well as Worst Director (for 13 credited filmmakers including Elizabeth Banks, Brett Ratner, and Peter Farrelly) and Worst Screenplay (19 writers were "honored" for their unfortunate contributions). Click here for the complete list of winners. "Movie 43" was a strong contender as soon as it was released to scathing reviews (18 on MetaCritic, 4% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes) and poor box office (less than $30 million worldwide), but it seemed to be overshadowed last summer by the higher profile critical flops "After Earth," "The Lone Ranger," and "Grown Ups 2," which were all ahead of "Movie 43" in our racetrack odds. Despite losing Worst Picture, "After Earth" m »
Shayk plays 'Megara' wife of 'Hercules' (Dwayne Johnson), in the adaptation based on the graphic novel "Hercules: The Thracian Wars", with star Johnson portraying 3 roles, including 'Hercules', his father 'Zeus' and 'Achilles' :
"...'Hercules' was the powerful son of the god king 'Zeus'. For this, he received nothing but suffering his entire life.
"After twelve arduous labors and the loss of his family, the dark and world-weary soul turned his back on the gods, finding his only solace in combat.
"Over the years, he warmed to the company of six similar friends, their only bond being their love of fighting and presence of death.
"These men and women never questioned where they would go to fight or why or whom, just how much they would »
- Michael Stevens
Prompted by who-knows-what reasoning, Alec Baldwin recently decided to bid farewell once more to the public spotlight via a long and meandering essay. Published in the February 24, 2014 print edition of New York Magazine and then online at Vulture yesterday evening, the missive seems to have no catalyst. Instead Baldwin is simply 'fed up' with how the media machine works in the 21st century. So now he's going to take his ball and home..this time for super serious you guys. You can read his rant in its entirety over here but I've saved you the trouble by pulling out the choicest bits. Can you live-blog a written article? Well if you couldn't before today, you can now. Here we go! 'Alec Baldwin: Good-bye, Public Life' Off to a great start. This title sets the tone for the essay. And that tone is a letter scrawled in a notebook, »
- Donna Dickens
It has been 16 years since we last saw a new feature film directed by Warren Beatty, but it seems the wait is now over as Deadline reports he's finally underway on his long-gestating Howard Hughes feature with production already underway. The film won't focus specifically on Hughes (to be played by Beatty), but instead center on Hughes' assistant (perhaps Glenn Odekirk) to be played by Alden Ehrenreich (pictured) and his romance with a young woman (Lily Collins). Also starring are Beatty's wife, Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick and word Jack Nicholson may even find a place among the cast. The casting, as far as I'm concerned, is very interesting. Especially considering Ehrenreich, to me, is something of a cross between Leonardo DiCaprio, who previously played Hughes in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, and a young Nicholson. Should Nicholson sign on to co-star it would create a weird level of familiarity, especially »
- Brad Brevet
The way filmmakers. passion projects always take eons getting from conception to finished product, it seems like we should change it so that passion is measured by time instead of emotions. One of my favorite actors working, Edward Norton, has spent the last 15 years wanting to adapt Jonathan Lethem.s novel Motherless Brooklyn, and his time has finally come. Brett Ratner and James Packer.s RatPac Entertainment are teaming with Norton.s Class 5 Films to make this Norton.s second directorial feature. Considering his first film was 2000.s "a priest, a rabbi and a hottie" comedy Keeping the Faith, I think it.s safe to prematurely call Motherless Brooklyn Norton.s best film yet. Published by Vintage in 1999, the uniquely told novel centers on Lionel Essrog, a Brooklyn private detective with a very noticeable case of Tourette.s syndrome that forces him to bark and use words in an »
It's been about 15 years since Edward Norton started working on an adaptation of Motherless Brooklyn, the crime novel by Jonathan Lethem, and now the project seems to finally be coming together. Norton started trying to make this project happen after he starred in Fight Club in 1999, but the pieces never came together. Deadline reports the film has new life thanks to Brett Ratner and his RatPac Entertainment banner stepping up to fully finance the film with an eye towards production starting later this year in New York. Norton will direct, produce and star in the film which he also wrote himself. Read on! Here's the official synopsis of the book: Lionel Essrog is Brooklyn's very own self-appointed Human Freakshow, an orphan whose Tourettic impulses drive him to bark, count, and rip apart our language in startling and original ways. Together with three veterans of the St. Vincent's Home for Boys, »
- Ethan Anderton
Way back in 1999, Edward Norton had big plans following David Fincher's "Fight Club"—he was going write, direct and star in an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem's acclaimed novel "Motherless Brooklyn." Obviously, that didn't quite happen. Instead, the project become Norton's great white whale, with not much in the way of news since except promises that he was working on it (as of 2010 he stated he was only halfway finished writing the script). But now, it's actually getting ready to shoot. And it's all thanks to Brett Ratner. That's right, the "Rush Hour" filmmaker is throwing his producing power behind "Motherless Brooklyn" with a fall 2014 shoot in the cards. As for the story, it centers on a Brooklyn detective in 1999 who has Tourette's syndrome and displays its symptoms of involuntary tics. Here's the Amazon synopsis: Lionel Essrog is Brooklyn's very own self-appointed Human Freakshow, an orphan whose Tourettic impulses drive him to bark, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Getting your passion project off the ground can be a frustrating grind of networking, failed financing bids and frustration, even if you're a known name in the film business. If you do drag it to the screen, the results – as Akiva Goldsman and A New York Winter’s Tale could testify – don’t always turn out as well as you might hope. Still, people keep trying, such as Edward Norton with Motherless Brooklyn.Norton has been attempting to get his adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s book made since he optioned it around the time he was nominated for an Oscar for American History X (so, 1999). After years of struggling to drum up interest and, more importantly, money, Norton has found a partner in his Red Dragon director Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment.The film version will switch up the time period for the book, sending Lethem’s main character Lionel »
After more than a decade away from the director's chair, Edward Norton will return to helm Motherless Brooklyn, a passion project of his that's been in the making for nearly 15 years. Norton will direct and star in the adaptation of the Jonathan Lethem novel that puts a twist on the detective genre by setting the mob-employed, Tourette Syndrome-afflicted Lionel Essrog at the center of the action. Norton also penned the adaptation of the contemporary novel, choosing to set the stage in 1954 New York. Hit the jump for more. Deadline reports that Norton will direct his adaptation of Motherless Brooklyn, fully financed by Brett Ratner and James Packer’s RatPac Entertainment. Norton will also star as Essrog, "a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette Syndrome, who tries to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend. Armed only with few clues and an obsessive mind, Lionel slowly unravels closely-guarded secrets that have major ramifications. »
- Dave Trumbore
Exclusive: It may have taken him 15 years to get there, but Edward Norton will star in and direct Motherless Brooklyn, his scripted adaptation inspired by the Jonathan Lethem novel. Brett Ratner and James Packer’s RatPac Entertainment have stepped up to fully finance the film for a late 2014 production start in New York. Ratner will join Norton and his Class 5 Films’ cohort William Migliore as producers, and Packer will be executive producer with Class 5’s Stuart Blumberg. While Lethem’s novel is contemporary, Norton has set the story in New York in 1954, a time of great change in the city. He plays Lionel Essrog, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette’s syndrome, who tries to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend. Armed only with few clues and an obsessive mind, Lionel slowly unravels closely guarded secrets that have major ramifications. It leads him through Harlem jazz clubs, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Plot details are being held under wraps, but the project will take place in Macau, China and is said to be in the same vein as Ocean's Eleven. Tom Gormican will be directing from a script he wrote. Scott Aversano, Brett Ratner and John Cheng will produce.
Tom Gormican, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan previously worked together on the director's romantic comedy That Awkward Moment. The pair are also rumored to make up half of Josh Trank's The Fantastic Four, which will begin shooting this summer with a June 19, 2015 release date.
No production schedule has been released. »
Set in Macau, the film is expected to share the light-hearted tone of films such as Ocean's Eleven.
Jordan and Teller are also in line to star together in 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four reboot
That Awkward Moment - which is currently screening in cinemas - was the writing and directorial debut of Gormican.
Watch a trailer for That Awkward Moment below (Warning:: Not safe for work): »
Rising young stars Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan have already teamed up in That Awkward Moment, and we're still waiting to hear if the two will be officially cast in the reboot of Fantastic Four after being rumored to play Mr. Fantastic and The Human Torch respectively. While Fox still figures out their cast of the comic book franchise mulligan, Teller and Jordan have already decided to start together in another film at Warner Bros. The Wrap has word that the two stars will reteam with the Tom Gormican, the writer and director of the aforementioned sex comedy released last month, for an untitled heist film. Details on the plot weren't revealed, but the heist is said to be in the same vein as Ocean's Eleven and will be set in Macau, and Brett Ratner is producing. It would have been smarter to announce this project when That Awkward Moment »
- Ethan Anderton
Here's today's latest casting news: Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan will reunite with That Awkward Moment director Tom Gormican for his untitled heist movie set up at Warner Bros. Elodie Yung is the latest addition to Alex Proyas' Gods of Egypt, starring Gerard Butler, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. James Badge Dale is reported as being in negotiations for Legendary's supernatural thriller, Spectral, directed by Nic Mathieu. Hit the jump for more on both pictures. The Wrap reports that Jordan and Teller will reteam with Gormican for an untitled heist picture. Brett Ratner and John Cheng will produce with Warner's Scott Aversano. The film will be set in Macau and is said to be in line with comedic capers like Ocean's Eleven. The reunion project has been in the works for a few weeks, but was not announced earlier since That Awkward Moment star Zac Efron will not be involved. »
- Dave Trumbore
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