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The upcoming remake of the classic hybrid live-action/animated Disney film, Pete.s Dragon has just received a quick injection of awesomeness and badassery! In a bit of a casting swap, the film now adds the one and only Karl Urban. He will replace the recently-announced addition, Michael C. Hall. According to a scoop from The Wrap, Urban will join the cast consisting of young Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford for what will be a modernized take on the 1977 musical movie about a young boy.s friendship with a dragon with the unexplainable power to turn invisible, specifically around any adult that would believe he exists. There has been no reported reason given as of yet regarding what made Hall exit the project just over two weeks after he had been initially cast. As of yet, it is unknown what role Urban will play. Yet, »
Karl Urban has signed on to star in Disney's Pete's Dragon remake, replacing Michael C. Hall just weeks after he joined the cast earlier this month. No reason was given for Michael C. Hall's departure, or what character Karl Urban is now set to play. The actor joins a cast that already includes Oakes Fegley, Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard, Wes Bentley and newcomer Oona Laurence.
The plot is based on Disney's 1977 live-action/animation hybrid of the same name, but the remake will discard all of the musical elements from the original. The story centers on young Pete (Oakes Fegley), who has been living in the woods with his massive pet dragon Elliot, after his parents died in a car accident. The remake is set in a logging village instead of a fishing town, with the logging company threatening to destroy the woods that Pete lives in.
Hall was forced to exit the project due to a scheduling conflict, though it remains unclear which role Urban is taking over. A representative for the actor did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
- Jeff Sneider
Title: The Loft Director: Erik Van Looy (‘Loft’) Starring: Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Isabel Lucas, Rachael Taylor, Rhona Mitra The true meaning and value of friendship and family relationships often greatly varies between everyone, even those who are extremely close and vow to protect each other through any harrowing situation, no matter what happens. But it isn’t until people are erroneously placed into a challenging circumstance that they should never have been involved in that their true loyalties and connections are truly tested. That process of figuring out who you can actually rely on during life’s toughest challenges is grippingly presented in director Erik [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
Should that estimate hold, “American Sniper” will become the 87th film to pass the $250 million mark. That should happen during Super Bowl Sunday. That level of business would represent a decline of only 44% from the second weekend, signalling that the Bradley Cooper vehicle will continue generating solid business in coming weeks.
It would not be an enormous surprise should “American Sniper” wrap up the weekend with over $40 million. It’s overperformed significantly from studio projections on its first two weekends in the wake of six Oscar nominations.
“The playability of ‘American Sniper’ has not diminished one bit,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “This film was never trying to be a blockbuster but it’s performing like one. »
- Dave McNary
With the Super Bowl kicking off Sunday, it seems somehow appropriate that we’re looking at another “American Sniper” blowout at the box office this weekend.
The NFL’s biggest game has seen more than its share of lopsided contests over the years, and if Las Vegas set odds on the movies, the breakout hit from Warner Bros. would be a 35-point favorite.
- Todd Cunningham
Warner Bros./Village Roadshow’s American Sniper is expected to continue to dominate this weekend with approximately $35-$36M, off 44%, despite the fact that Super Bowl Sunday will steal away a number of male auds. Years ago, the studios use to consider the Big Game frame to be a deathtrap at the box office, however, distrib execs’ attitudes have changed in recent years as certain films geared toward females and teens have broken through to notables openings, i.e. the two highest openings over Super Bowl weekend are 2008’s Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best Of Both Worlds concerts ($31.1M) and 2010’s Dear John ($30.5M). Even a male-demo pic has a chance during Super Bowl weekend with most of its business being frontloaded on Friday and Saturday. Case in point: During the Super Bowl weekend of Feb. 5-7, 2010, Avatar in its eighth weekend did $22.9M, while 2009’s Taken drew in guys with a $24.7M Fss. »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
Start-up UK and Beijing-based production company Parc Media has unveiled a slate of three China-uk co-productions, two of which will use Douglas Trumbull’s new Magi 3D process.
The new technology is designed to capture and display images at 120 frames per second in 4K and 3D on giant screens using conventional digital projectors.
The first Parc Media project scheduled to shoot with Magi 3D is previously-announced fantasy adventure The Wonder 3D, which will be co-produced by China’s Show + Share Investment.
Parc Media also plans to co-produce $60m sci-fi epic StarSailor, written and to be directed by Trumbull and designed for Magi 3D. The producers are in talks with potential Chinese government financiers.
Finally, Parc Media is also teaming with China’s Central New Film Group (Cnfg) on $30m Sino-uk co-production Angel In The Dark, which is not »
- email@example.com (Liz Shackleton)
Ever since Tom Hardy dropped out of playing the Rick Flagg role in Warner Bros.' Suicide Squad, fans have been wondering who will replace the actor. We're getting closer and closer to the April production start date in Toronto, and still don't have an answer. Today, JoBlo reports that Karl Urban is the latest actor being sought to play Rick Flagg, after Jake Gyllenhaal passed on the role last week. There is another casting wrinkle, though, and with it comes some Spoilers, so you may want to read on at your own risk!
A report from last week revealed that Rick Flagg is essentially an administrator who watches over Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) throughout most of the movie, until he is revealed as a villain, teaming up with his father, Rick Flagg Sr. This new report reveals that the studio is considering Ed Harris and Max Martini to play Rick Flagg Sr. »
Warner Bros. put a bunch of Suicide Squad rumors to rest last month when they officially announced the cast. Since then, though, a bunch of other Suicide Squad rumors have sprung up. The latest indicates that Karl Urban, Ed Harris, and Jason Clarke are also in the mix for various roles, while Gary Sinise‘s character […]
- Angie Han
Plenty of films have documented the salacious nature of infidelity in the past, whether it be a breezy subplot for a romantic comedy or the center of attention in a more drama-oriented project. For The Loft, Erik Van Looy’s thriller very much falls into the latter category, telling the story of five well-to-do men who think they’ve concocted the ultimate plan of deceit when they pitch in to purchase a sleek penthouse in the middle of the city, providing them with a concrete outlet for extra-martial affairs and the like.
But when the dead body of an unknown woman appears in the twisted apartment, their seemingly bulletproof plan begins to fall away at the seems, and their relationship between one and other is also put to the test.
- Michael Briers
David Ayer's Suicide Squad is quickly becoming one of the most talked-about movies of the year, and it doesn't even open until 2016. We've already pointed out how this is a very important project for Warner Bros. and DC to get right in the wake of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and today has brought a whole new round of rumors for us to mull over.
The studio is on the hunt to fill one of the lead roles, since Tom Hardy and Jake Gyllenhaal have both passed on playing Rick Flag. Last week, we heard that Joel Edgerton and Jon Bernthal were being eyed as possible replacements, but now JoBlo has an unconfirmed rumor that Star Trek's Karl Urban is in the mix for the role as well. Urban was just mentioned as a contender for a role in Aquaman, but that deal depends on which script »
- Ben Pearson
“What I enjoy about it is we have a laugh,” the actor said. “We want to make sure it’s embedded in there so having Simon write it is the perfect fit.”
- Luke Owen
Whatever the hell is going on with the casting for the role of Rick Flagg in the upcoming comic book adaptation "Suicide Squad" at Warner Bros. Pictures, director David Ayer isn't letting it get him down.
On Friday, the filmmaker posted a photo of his office whilst he's in the middle of drafting the script and creating storyboards for the movie.
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) January 23, 2015
Then, over the weekend, more casting talk regarding the film emerged over at Joblo. Their sources talked about some potential candidates to play not just Rick Flagg but also his father, along with some of the other potential supporting roles in the film.
They also indicate »
- Garth Franklin
Cameras don't start rolling for Suicide Squad until April, but it seems there are already more plausible rumors out and about than there is concrete information, which is partly due to casting for the DC Comics adaptation still being underway. Nonetheless, the latest "exclusive rumors" are coming from Joblo, whose sources have revealed plausible details regarding certain supporting characters that might be appearing in the film, as well as the multiple actors that Warner Bros. and director David Ayer might be pursuing. For starters, the search for Tom Hardy's replacement as Rick Flag is seemingly still underway, but the studio is also looking to cast his father, Rick Flag Sr., who was previously rumored to appear in the movie. Joblo reckons that veteran actors Ed Harris and Max Martini are currently "under consideration" for that part while Karl Urban is now another contender for Rick Flag Jr. The site »
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Justice League, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Constantine, Batman vs. Robin, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Agent Carter, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Black Cat, Powers and more…
We’ll kick things off this week with Warner Bros.’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which gave us a new shot (well, new angle) of Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight thanks to an image of Batman alongside the previously released promo shots of Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel and Gal Gadot’s Amazon Princess, as well as some promotional artwork of the World’s Finest squaring off, »
- Gary Collinson
The Important News Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner and Tye Sheridan became X-Men's new Storm, Jean Grey and Cyclops. Tye Sheridan was also cast in Christopher Smith's next movie. And Chiwetel Ejiofor is set to join Doctor Strange. Rooney Mara, Kate Mara, Tatiana Maslany and Felicity Jones are up for a role in a Star Wars movie. Emily Blunt will play a new villain in the sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman. Kaya Scodelario will play the female lead in the next Pirates of the Caribben movie. Karl Urban might play the villain in Aquaman. Simon Pegg is cowriting Star Trek 3. Simon West is remaking The Blob. Guardians of the Galaxy is getting a special kind of spin-off sequel. American...
- Christopher Campbell
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, January 16th. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.) Wide The Boy Next Door Director: Rob Cohen Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, John Corbett, Kristin Chenoweth Synopsis: "A psychological thriller that explores a forbidden attraction that goes too far." Cake Director: Daniel Barnz Cast: Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington, Jennifer Aniston, William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Adriana Barraza Synopsis: "While struggling with her own trauma, a woman in a chronic-pain support group begins to investigate the suicide of a fellow group member and develops an unexpected relationship with the woman’s husband." Criticwire Grade Average: B- (16 reviews) The Loft Director: Erik Van Looy Cast: Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Isabel Lucas, Rachael Taylor, Rhona Mitra Synopsis: "The story of five guys who »
- Steve Greene
Doctor Strange: Academy Award-nominated Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) is in talks to join Marvel's Doctor Strange. It's not yet confirmed what role he would play. Benedict Cumberbatch is already set to star as the titular character. Scott Derrickson will direct the movie, which is scheduled for release on November 4, 2016. [THR/The Wrap] Aquaman: Warner Bros. has locked up Jason Momoa to appear as the watery superhero Aquaman in four upcoming movies, with his own solo project due for release on July 27, 2018. Now rumor has it that Karl Urban (Red, above) is being eyed for a key role -- "possibly the villain" -- in the solo movie and Noam Murro (300: Rise of an Empire) has been added to the list of directors under consideration, a list that also...
- Peter Martin
With the launch of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice still over a year away, Warner Bros. is continuing with preparations for the rest of the films they have announced for their DC Cinematic Universe.
One of those announced and already in pre-production is Aquaman, the aquatic hero who can talk to fish, starring Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones), who is reported to have signed a four-picture deal with WB. The solo film is set for a 2018 release, and the cogs are moving quickly on the project.
Rumours abound that there are two scripts in the mix for the film, both of which are are big budget adventures, putting the Aquaman film into a huge, expansive adventure. All of that will of course follow Momoa’s appearance in Dawn of Justice next year, alongside Ben Affleck’s Caped Crusader, Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, »
- Scott J. Davis
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