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Gale Sayers’ life rights and his memoirs, I Am Third and Sayers: My Life And Times, have been optioned by Nicholas Sparks' production company with the goal being to produce a feature film that will, not strictly tell Sayers' story, but instead one that will focus primarily on the friendship between Sayers and his friend and Chicago Bears teammate Brian Piccolo. You might recall the 1971 made-for-television movie, Brian's Song, which told the story of that friendship - one that shattered racial boundaries (Sayers is black and Piccolo, white, in case it's not obvious) - and Piccolo's final days. Gale Sayers was played by Billy Dee »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Exclusive: Nicholas Sparks and Theresa Park have acquired Gale Sayers‘ life rights and his memoirs I Am Third and Sayers: My Life And Times and have partnered with Michael Costigan to produce a feature film that focuses primarily on the friendship between the NFL Hall of Famer and teammate Brian Piccolo when both started out in the backfield of the Chicago Bears. Although Piccolo led the nation in rushing at Wake Forest in 1964, he was considered undersized and didn’t get drafted but made the Bears as a free agent. Sayers came out of the University of Kansas considered the most talented running back in the draft crop and the Bears made him a first-round draft pick. His career took off immediately and he scored 22 touchdowns as a rookie, while Piccolo struggled just to hang on. In an atmosphere where white players and black players didn’t congregate much, the »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
• Helena Bonham Carter is in final negotiations to reprise her role as the Red Queen in Through the Looking Glass, Disney’s follow-up to 2010′s box office sensation Alice in Wonderland. Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska are also returning as the Mad Hatter and Alice in the James Bobin-directed sequel set for a May 27, 2016 release. [Variety]
• Taraji P. Henson (Person of Interest) will star in Universal’s Term Life, starring Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld. Peter Billingsley is directing the film about a heist man for hire who botched a job and is now on the run from all the »
- Lindsey Bahr
The 13th Tribeca Film Festival has announced its complete lineup for next month’s New York celebration, which runs April 16-27. Culled from more than 6,000 submissions, Tribeca 2014 includes 55 world premieres, 37 first-time filmmakers, and 22 female directors. Half the slate had been announced on Tuesday, with Spotlight, Midnight, and Storyscapes films unveiled today, as well as special screenings. “Spotlight and special screenings are an especially dynamic aspect of this year’s program, both in range of styles and stories,” said Genna Terranova, Tribeca’s director of programming. “Many films feature real-life personalities who’ve accomplished extraordinary feats, while in other films we »
- Jeff Labrecque
Does anybody feel weary of True Blood’s never-ending flow of new vampire characters? For a show that’s on its final leg, you’d think it would want to limit the number of characters it wants to focus on for its seventh and final season. Apparently not, however, as the HBO series has cast 90210’s Riley Smith as yet another good-looking vampire trying to get laid amongst other desires that aren’t nearly as important. It is hard enough keeping track of all the current and important characters, so here’s hoping this new guy feels like he’s actually contributing something to the season. If not, well, I’ll just rant about it later.
The best description HBO could come up with for Smith’s character, named Keith, is a “sexy, rock ‘in’ roll vampire with a romantic side.” Deadline reported Keith is the drummer in James’ (Nathan »
- Brody Gibson
True Blood season 7 new rock n roll vampire to arrive on the scene,new spoilers. According to a recent report from Deadline, the True Blood season 7 folks have casts actor ,Riley Smith (left), to portray a rock n roll vampire named Keith, and it turns out that he'll give Arlene some romance action,and more. Keith is described as being a drummer in James’ (Nathan Parson) band, and will become smitten with Arlene (Carrie Preston) at first sight. Riley Smith's acting credits includes roles in CW's 90210 canceled show. He's also a regular in Lifetime’s original movie/backdoor pilot ,Deliverance Creek, from Nicholas Sparks Productions. The film has no airdate yet but is expected to premiere later this year, with the project still in series contention as a backdoor pilot. Stay tuned. True Blood season 7 is scheduled to premiere this Summer 2014. »
Riley Smith is joining the seventh and final season of HBO’s “True Blood.” The actor has been cast in a major recurring role, a network representative told TheWrap. He’ll play Keith, a rock ‘n’ roll-loving vampire who’s soft for romance. He’s a drummer in James’s (Nathan Parson) band and develops an instant attraction to Arlene (Carrie Preston). Also read: ‘Fifty Shades’ Actor Luke Grimes Exits ‘True Blood’ Smith played a recurring role on The CW’s “90210″ and has appeared on the network’s drama, “Beauty and the Beast.” He stars in Lifetime’s Civil War-era backdoor pilot/TV movie, »
- Jethro Nededog
Exclusive: True Blood is adding a new vampire for its seventh and final season. Riley Smith (90210) is set for a major recurring role. He will play Keith, a sexy, rock ‘n’ roll vampire with a romantic side. A drummer in James’ (Nathan Parson) band, he becomes smitten with Arlene (Carrie Preston) on first sight. Smith, repped by Gersh and Sanders/Armstrong/Caserta, is a regular in Lifetime’s original movie/backdoor pilot Deliverance Creek from Nicholas Sparks Productions. The film has no airdate yet but is expected to premiere later this year, with the project still in series contention as backdoor pilot. Related: Luke Grimes Exits HBO’s ‘True Blood’; Role Will Be Recast »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
It only took two episodes of Star-Crossed for someone to utter the line we’d all been waiting for (and secretly hoping would kick off the pilot): “We’re from two different worlds.” To be fair, in Star-Crossed’s case, that is an accurate statement. Emery is from Earth and Roman is from Atria, a planet we know little about other than that it’s dying and yet somehow superior to Mars. Intergalactic drama, amirite?
But in watching Roman pull the “different worlds” card, I couldn’t help but be transported back to the second episode of The O.C. »
- Samantha Highfill
Luke Bracey (G.I. Joe Retaliation) will join Gerard Butler in Alcon Entertainment's remake of the classic 1991 action-thriller Point Break, as it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
Luke Bracey will play the role of Johnny Utah, originally played by Keanu Reeves in the 1991 film. Johnny Utah is a young FBI agent who goes undercover to infiltrate a criminal gang in the world of international extreme sports.
Alcon's Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson secured rights to the project from Rgm Media, John McMurrick and Chris Taylor. Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson will produce along with John Baldecchi, Chris Taylor and Kurt Wimmer. Rgm Media principal Devesh Chetty and investor John McMurrick, Chairman of Marloss Entertainment, will serve as Executive Producers.
It was revealed last month that 300 and Olympus Has Fallen star Gerard Butler was in final negotiations to join the cast of the upcoming remake of 1991 cult classic, Point Break as Bodhi (a role originally filled by Patrick Swayze). Well, according to a new report, Alcon Entertainment has now found its Johnny Utah in the form of Luke Bracey.
Bracey will take on the role made famous by Keanu Reeves, and the Home and Away actor’s biggest role to date was as the body – not the voice – of Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe: Retaliation. He also stars in Nicholas Sparks upcoming adaptation The Best Of Me.
Invincible’s Ericson Core is directed the remake of Kathryn Bigelow’s action classic, while the screenplay was penned by Salt and Total Recall scribe Kurt Wimmer. Filming begins this summer for a planned 2015 release.
There’s no synopsis for the movie as of yet, »
- Josh Wilding
Kurt Wimmer penned the script for the new film which shifts the action from surfing and skydiving to a more extreme sports angle. Filming aims to begin this Summer.
Bracey played Cobra Commander in "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," was recently cast in the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' "The Best of Me," and was said to be a major contender for the "50 Shades of Grey" film adaptation.
- Garth Franklin
Meet your new Johnny Utah. Australian actor Luke Bracey, whose credits include "Monte Carlo" and last year's "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," has nabbed the role originally played by Keanu Reeves in the forthcoming remake of Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 actioner "Point Break," according to producers. The thesp joins Gerard Butler, who's set for the role of gang leader Bodhi (a part originally played by the late Patrick Swayze). Ericson Core ("Invincible") is on board to direct the film, which will begin shooting early this summer. In the original "Point Break," Utah infiltrated the surfing community in order to nab a gang of violent bank robbers. In the remake, he'll go undercover in the "international extreme sports" world. Bracey will next be seen in the Nicholas Sparks adaptation "The Best of Me" starring Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden. Will you be seeing the new "Point Break"? Let us know in the comments. »
- Chris Eggertsen
The project was first announced back in 2011. Kathryn Bigelow, who went on to win a Best Director Oscar for The Hurt Locker, directed the original. Gerard Butler is set to play Bodhi, the leader of the gang of surfers played by the late Patrick Swayze.
Bracey’s name has been in the headlines recently for another high-profile job: It was announced last week that he’s taking over for Paul Walker, »
- Katie Atkinson
The Point Break remake already has a Bodhi, in the shape of Gerard Butler. It has now locked down another key casting component, with Aussie actor Luke Bracey primed to take over from Keanu Reeves in the role of driven young FBI agent Johnny Utah.Bracey, who comes from the Home And Away school of acting, has only popped up in a couple of films so far – lightweight rom-com Monte Carlo and as Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe: Retaliation. But he does have a few films currently making their way through post-production, including Max Landis’ Me Him Her, indie Amnesia and Pierce Brosnan action thriller November Man. He also scored one of the main roles in new Nicholas Sparks adaptation Best Of Me.In Point Break, with Kurt Wimmer re-imagining Katherine Bigelow’s 1991 film for director Ericson Core, he’ll be Utah, tasked with infiltrating the gang responsible for several daring heists. »
This Kate Winslet-starring, wholly unconvincing tale of a fugitive who turns out to be husband material is pure housewives' kitsch
All the signs pointed to Labor Day being a failure: the shamefaced January release, the place where Hollywood buries its dead; the trailers that laboriously gave away its entire story; a unanimous critical pile-on reminiscent of a biker stomping; and the presence at the helm and behind the typewriter of over-promoted adapter-director Jason Reitman, proof positive of the tyranny of good taste.
Based on a novel by Joyce Maynard (who also wrote To Die For), Labor Day gives us Adele, a depressed, agoraphobic single mother (Kate Winslet), seen from the perspective of her devoted 13-year-old son Henry (Gattlin Griffith) via a fatal overdose of portentous voiceover by Tobey Maguire as the adult Henry. At the supermarket they're accosted by an injured man who's just escaped from a prison hospital after an appendectomy. »
- John Patterson
★☆☆☆☆ Burdened by a plot as saccharine as a Nicholas Sparks novel unceremoniously mashed with all the very worst clichés of teen movie fantasy (looking at you Mortal Instruments), Akiva Goldsman offers his tiresome and bizarre time travel romance A New York Winter's Tale (2014). Opening to twinkly, glassy-eyed narration, the film's tragic heroine Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay) informs us of how all the world is connected and that the battle for good and evil is not fought on a grand stage but through the individual actions of people. Enter Colin Farrell as Irish orphan turned master thief Peter Lake, dwelling in 19th century Manhattan.
- CineVue UK
Here’s the problem with Pompeii – I didn’t hate it. I Know. Paul W.S. Anderson is the poor man’s Michael Bay, I get the hate, but the dude knows how to orchestrate a blockbuster film. Give him some funding and the action flows, whether it be smoke monsters or destructive typhoons – this didn’t have to be a historically accurate film, right? No, Pompeii is exactly the film you’d expect, drawing out a horrific natural disaster far longer than necessary while interjecting a misguided love story so audiences can engage dramatically. The destruction of Pompeii just isn’t enough to hook viewers these days I guess, as Paul guides audiences through the motions of yet another ridiculous mainstream blockbuster – but at least he does so with vigor and chaos.
Pompeii transports viewers back to a time when gladiators were modern-day rockstars, politics usually involved literal backstabbing, and »
- Matt Donato
This just happened to me. Right now. Just before I started writing a different, rather more pretentious post on how to order the ultimate ‘that guy’ Starbucks drink. This, however, is much more interesting. Life can trundle along at a slow, mundane pace until one day, out of no where, someone pops your bubble in Starbucks. They grin at you and ask “if you ever wanna get coffee some time” whilst offering/thrusting their business card to you. It’s the stuff of Nicholas Sparks novels (it get’s Fifty Shades later on I promise *wink*.)
There are two types of people in the world: those who ask strangers out and think absolutely nothing of it- no harm in asking right? Then there are those who splutter and spill coffee on themselves a lot. Namely me. We are the one’s who get instant amnesia when asked of our names, »
- Tom Christopher Riley
Half-term brought Warners' Lego film a strong opening weekend, well ahead of George Clooney's men-on-a-mission movie and the Valentine's Day releases
• The Lego Movie – review
• The Monuments Men – review
Animation is the one film genre that regularly supplies big hits without the benefit of character familiarity, with successes from studios such as Fox/Blue Sky (Ice Age), Universal/Illumination (Despicable Me) and Pixar (everything bar the sequels). Even recent Disney successes such as Tangled and Frozen barely traded on audience affection for their fairytale origins. However, the explosive opening numbers for The Lego Movie suggest brand familiarity can be an asset in animation, just as it invariably is in live action.
Opening with £8.05m including £2.16m in previews, The Lego Movie has achieved the strongest start for a non-sequel animation since The Simpsons Movie in July 2007 – although excluding preview figures, it was beaten by the opening weekend of 2009's Up, »
- Charles Gant
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