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Highlander has been a reboot fraught with difficulties, as many writers have worked on it (Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, Noah Oppenheim, Melissa Rosenberg) and a few directors having looked into it (namely Justin Lin), with just as many departing. The latest was 28 Weeks Later’s Juan Carlos Fresnadillo who left in November. Now, Ryan Reynolds is the one bailing, and I never thought he was a good fit for a Scottish warrior anyhow.
Where does that leave this property? No idea, but I’m sure we’ll be hearing about a new director and star soon, since Summit Entertainment and producers Peter Davis and Neal Moritz are clearly determined to make this happen, whether »
- Andy Greene
Ryan Reynolds might look like an immortal, but he won’t be playing one in the new Highlander remake after all. Reynolds had been attached to star as Connor MacLeod, a legendary Scottish warrior who’s fought rival gladiators throughout the ages. (Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, and some Queen tunes rocked the 1986 original, a cult fave that made only $5.9 million in theaters.) Summit Entertainment is resurrecting the property, and it thought it had the goods with Reynolds and director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later). But Fresnadillo dropped out of the project last fall, and no new director had come aboard. »
- Jeff Labrecque
The studio has been developing “Highlander” for several years, with director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (“28 Weeks Later”) who left back in November after more than a year’s work on the project. At one point Justin Lin (“Fast & Furious 6″) was originally attached to direct.
Reynolds was attached to play immortal Scottish swordsman Connor MacLeod, who is forced to confront the Kurgan, a brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled “Prize.” Christopher Lambert starred in the original 1986 cult hit along with Clancy Brown and Sean Connery.
Source: The Wrap
- Kellvin Chavez
This follows on from filmmaker Juan Carlos Fresnadillo ("28 Weeks Later") who left back in November after more than a year's work on the project. Justin Lin ("Fast Five") was originally attached to direct.
Reynolds was to play immortal Scottish swordsman Connor MacLeod in this new take on the original 1986 cult hit that spawned a franchise.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
It seems this "Highlander" reboot just can't get moving, can it? Having already gone through a plethora of writers -- Art Marcum and Matt Holloway ("Iron Man"), the Wibberlys, "Twilight" scribe Melissa Rosenberg, and most recently Neal Oppenheim -- and directors, including Justin Lin and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Ryan Reynolds was the most recent piece of talent keeping this forever developing project alive, and now it's back to square one. The Wrap reports that Reynolds has exited the project, which is being spun as good news (kind of). Why? Well, because the thinking goes that a new director can now come onto the project and cast whoever they like to lead the movie, rather than being saddled with Reynolds. Okay, fine. But frankly, given how long this movie has spun its wheels as well as how many people have gone through the turnstiles, we're not holding our breath that this »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Twilight parody trailer: Twiharder (image: John Gearries and Tanya Zoeller in Twiharder) [See previous post: "Twilight Parody vs. Lionsgate and Summit: $500 Million Lawsuit."] Say what you will about the productions values found in (or missing from) the Twiharder clip below, but you must admit that in the first scene leading lady Tanya Zoeller does a really good imitation of Kristen Stewart’s voice and mannerisms (e.g., lip-biting). And I gotta admit that I found kinda kinky-funny watching Christopher Sean’s use of his abs to stop the bleeding on the forehead of Zoeller’s Stella Pond. Edward Cullen parodist John Gearries, for his part, does a pretty good imitation of John Gilbert in His Glorious Night, repeating "I love you" ad nauseam. Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly’s Singin’ in the Rain, by the way, had Kelly parodying John Gilbert in that early talkie. Now, why didn’t anyone try to stop them? Well, a key reason is that the »
- Andre Soares
Although it didn't manage to avoid being killed by ABC, Red Widow is a great crime drama featuring a solid cast and a slow-twisting story - even if it only last eight episodes and ends without tying up all the loose ends. Created by Melissa Rosenberg (screenwriter behind the Twilight films) and based on the 2010 Dutch series Penoza, Red Widow stars Radha Mitchell, Goran Visnjic, Clifton Collins Jr., Luke Goss, Jaime Ray Newman, Rade .erbed.ija, Lee Tergesen, Erin Moriarty, Sterling Beaumon, Jakob Salvati, Suleka Mathew, Wil Traval, and Anson Mount. The series follows the aftermath of the murder of Evan Walraven (Mount), a Northern California smuggler with ties to the Petrov crime family, and the world his »
- Patrick Luce
ABC has canceled its midseason drama "Red Widow" after airing the full first season of eight episodes.
The drama, based on a Dutch series called "Penoza," was executive produced by Melissa Rosenberg and starred Radha Mitchell as a suburban housewife who turns to the family's organized crime business after her husband is assassinated. She takes cues from her own family of known Russian gangsters in order to find her husband's killer and get revenge.
The series debuted in March to over 7 million viewers for the two-hour premiere, but ratings quickly dipped to the 4-5 million range so ABC's decision to cancel "Red Widow" hardly comes as surprise.
In addition to "Red Widow," ABC canceled five other series on Friday: "Body Of Proof," "Happy Endings," "How To Live With Your Parents" and "Malibu Country" join the previously canceled "666 Park Avenue," "Don't Trust The B---- In Apartment 23," "Last Resort," "Private Practice" and "Zero Hour. »
- Maggie Furlong
For the last few years, the "Twilight Saga" fanbase has been a pretty easy mark for April Fool's Day jokery, and this year the punners have given the series at least one last go to celebrate the occasion. Over at The Stir, they've unearthed a faux deleted "Twilight" scene in which Jacob bites off Edward's head, and then Bella glues him back together so they can get married and kills Sam ... the plot's written by a child, apparently, which is part of the joke. View slideshow: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart The site also has a video mock-up of what a Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart-led "Fifty Shades Of Grey" movie might look like. Totally not safe for work, that one. See also: Ten ideas for 'Twilight' April Fool's Day headlines Taylor Lautner Photo credit: Summit Ent. Meanwhile, Fanshare's got a story about Taylor Lautner leading up the much-fussed »
Latest adaptation of a bestselling Meyer novel has received atrocious ratings on the review-aggregator web site Rotten Tomatoes "Dopey, derivative and dull, The Host is a brazen combination of unoriginal science-fiction themes, young-adult pandering and bottom-line calculation," says New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis. And Dargis' opinion is one of the kinder ones that U.S. critics have written about Andrew Niccol's mix of romance, adventure, and science-fiction, starring Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, Max Irons, and Jake Abel, and co-produced by the author of the novel on which the film is based (Niccol himself is credited for the adapation): Stephenie Meyer, best known as the brain behind the Twilight Saga literary and cinematic franchises. (Pictured above: Ronan, a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee back in early 2008, and co-star Abel) Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets The Twilight Saga? In the story, an alien force usurps the »
- Andre Soares
The landscape of "The Twilight Saga" would've looked a lot different if the original script went into effect. Some "Twilight" fans might've been irked by the exclusion of the blood typing scene or the rearrangement of the "lion and lamb" declarations in the 2008 film, but those are minor infractions when compared to what would've been changed with the original go at adapting the book into film. While promoting the upcoming theatrical release of her other story adaptation, "The Host," Stephenie Meyer issued a few more details on what that original script - which was ditched completely as Melissa Rosenberg and Catherine Hardwicke stepped in for Summit Entertainment's nab of the property. Speaking to Crave Online, she elaborated upon what we already knew (see here and here), saying "Oh my gosh, it was vampire 'CSI.' Actually, it would »
It’s just a matter of time, before Disney looked back alongside some lesser-known, but still important example of the genre and now they have plans to remake their 1977 live action/animation hybrid Pete’s Dragon. Indeed, this could be easy one of the first movies you saw in a theater and a staple on VHS throughout your childhood. Then you’ll be glad to hear that the studio and producer Jim Whitaker had hired David Lowery alongside his writing partner Toby Halbrooks to co-pen the screenplay. But if you followed successful Sundance debut of Lowery’s heady, introspective drama Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, this probably would be the... Related posts: Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster in Ain’T Them Bodies Saints David Fincher Remaking The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo New Ending for David Fincher’s Girl With The Dragon Tattoo David Tennant and Christopher Mintz-Plasse Join »
- Nick Martin
Three weeks into its latest season, All-Star Celebrity Apprentice (1.8/5) had a guest appearance by last season’s winner Arsenio Hall last night. For the second week in a row, fast national ratings have the two-hour Donald Trump-led series even with its previous week’s final numbers among adults 18-49. Things were not so rosy for another show in its third week: ABC’s mob family drama Red Widow (1.0/3) was down 9% from last week’s show, a season low for the freshman drama executive produced by The Twilight Saga screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg. ABC’s Sunday night began with America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.4/5) followed Once Upon A Time (2.2/6), which dipped 4% from last week’s series-low tie to hit a new low. At 9 Pm, Revenge (1.8/4) was down 10% from last week’s midseason return. NBC started its night with a two-hour Dateline (1.3/4), which was flat with its last one-hour 8-9 Pm original »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Justice League and the DC Movie Universe, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, The Avengers 2, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 4, Ghost Rider, The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Aka Jessica Jones, S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow, Marvel's Avengers Assemble, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Young Justice, Superman: Unbound and more...
With Marvel dominating the majority of superhero movie headlines lately, DC fans had something to shout about this week as the internet exploded with a new rumour that Warner Bros. has tapped The Dark Knight Trilogy mastermind Christopher Nolan to spearhead its fledgling DC movie universe. According to a report from rumour-maestro El Mayimbe of Latino Review, Nolan is »
- Flickering Myth
From Melissa Rosenberg (screenwriter of the Twilight Saga films), the ABC drama series Red Widow illustrates just what lengths a single mother will go to, to protect her children when she feels as though their lives are threatened. When Marta Walraven’s (Radha Mitchell) husband Evan (Anson Mount) was brutally murdered in their driveway, it changed her idyllic life, in an instant. As a result, she now finds herself navigating the criminal underworld, in order to repay his debt to the formidable international crime boss, Nicholae Schiller (Goran Visnjic), and keep herself and her family alive. The show also stars Rade Serbedzija, Luke Goss, Lee Tergesen, Wil Traval, Jaime Ray Newman, Clifton Collins Jr., Suleka Mathew, Sterling Beaumon, Erin Moriarty and Jakob Salvati. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, executive producer/writer Melissa Rosenberg talked about what immediately stood out for her when she watched the original Dutch »
- Christina Radish
When an actor who was worked with auteurs like J.J. Abrams, Stephen Soderberg and Terrence Malick signs up for a television series, it demands your attention. This year, Clifton Collins Jr. has selected ABC's Red Widow, a drama about one woman's descent into mob-madness following her husband's murder.
Collins plays James Ramos, an F.B.I. agent whose personal struggles could carry their own show, but is tasked with trying to keep the titular bereaved on the straight and narrow. ETonline caught up with Collins to find out what excites him about Red Widow's journey, what fans can expect from his role in this summer's monster mash-up Pacific Rim and why everyone will be talking about Terrence Malick's new movie, in which Collins co-stars with Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling and Natalie Portman.
ETonline: What attracted you to Red Widow?
Clifton Collins Jr: A combination of two things: the authenticity of how the piece was written »
With author Stephenie Meyer's bodysnatching romp The Host due in cinemas shortly, and the underrated Beautiful Creatures sadly failing to fill the Twi-hard gap, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (2012, EntertainmentOne, 12) ships up on disc alongside the boxed set The Twilight Saga – The Complete Collection. The last time I defended Bella, Edward and Jacob in these pages, it provoked a barrage of Guardianista messageboard abuse, so let me say that if you're not already on board, there's nothing here for you – just move along. For everyone else, the second part of this final instalment finds safe pair of hands Bill Condon (who provides a commentary track) having more campy fun than he did in Part 1, with Kristen Stewart's long-suffering heroine finally growing a set of vampire teeth and taking command of centre stage.
- Mark Kermode
Updated: Irish actor Ed MacLiam (EastEnders) has been cast as the lead of ABC’s drama pilot Big Thunder. Also cast in the pilot, written by Jason Fuchs, directed by Rob Bowman and executive produced by Melissa Rosenberg, is Twilight‘s Alex Meraz, reuniting with the movie franchise’s writer, Rosenberg. Additionally, Ruth Bradley and Resident Evil‘s Spencer Locke have been added to the project, based on Disney’s roller coaster ride. It centers on Dr. Grant Carson (MacLiam), a brilliant, late 19th century New York doctor. He and his family are given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to relocate to a frontier mining town run by a powerful but mysterious tycoon, but quickly realize that not everything in Big Thunder is as it seems. Meraz, repped by Innovative and Leverage, plays a handsome Shoshone tribesman. Irish actress Bradley, who played the female lead in ABC/ABC Studio’s pilot Beauty And The Beast last season, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Men Of A Certain Age star Scott Bakula is returning to TNT with a co-starring role opposite Geena Davis in TNT‘s untitled bounty hunter quirky drama pilot from Dean Devlin‘s Electric Entertainment, Ternion Productions and 3 Arts. Written by Scott Prendergast and Amy Berg inspired by the real-life story of bounty hunter Mackenzie Green and directed by Devlin, the drama stars Davis as Mackenzie “Mack” Green, an unconventional bail bondswoman and bounty hunter whose eccentric personality and unusual tactics give her an advantage in a tough and unpredictable business. Bakula will play Mack’s ex-husband Pete, a cop, joining previously cast Gloria Reuben, Marsha Mason and Enrico Colantoni. Bakula, repped by ICM Partners and Anonymous Content, will next be seen in an April episode of Two And A Half Men, HBO’s Liberace biopic, Behind The Candelabra, and indies Elsa And Fred and Snap. British actor Alex Hassell (Anonymous »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Continuing Lionsgate's home entertainment and box office leadership in young adult franchises, Summit Entertainment's global blockbuster The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 sold an estimated 3.85 million combined DVD and Blu-ray units in its home entertainment launch over the weekend, an increase over the debut weekend of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 last year, the Company announced today. The Hunger Games and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 ranked as two of the top four home entertainment releases of 2012. Lionsgate acquired Summit Entertainment in January 2012.
The Company noted that Blu-ray sales accounted for an estimated 27% of first weekend sales, up from 22% of the first weekend sales of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, reflecting continued penetration of the Blu-ray format. Opening weekend estimates for Breaking Dawn - Part 2 also underscored the franchise's continued growth trajectory on digital and on demand platforms, »
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