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19 items from 2008


Helgeland on Salt

23 December 2008 12:38 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

It seems Sony isn't entirely pleased with the script Kurt Wimmer wrote for the Phil Noyce directed action thriller Salt, in which Angelina Jolie stars as the titular CIA spy who goes on the run after being accused of being a Russian double agent. According to "Moviehole", they're bringing in Mystic River and La Confidential scribe Brian Helgeland to punch up the script with a little good, old-fashioned "doctoring" before the production start date of March 2nd. Actually, »

- Omar Aviles

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Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: December 21, 2008

21 December 2008 8:39 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

It’s Sunday and therefore it’s Weekend Movie News Wrap Up time.

This week:

Baz Luhrmann gets Gatsby; Brian Helgeland adds Salt; Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise believe that four times is a charm and Parmount Pictures finally get to know Jack!

 

Box Office

It was the battle of the A-Listers at the box office and against all odds Jim Carrey captured the top spot with Yes Man. A weekend take of $19 million should ensue. Will Smith had to vacate his usual number one position and settle for the runner-up place with Seven Pounds. The drama should make around $15 million this weekend. The Day The Earth Stood Still crashed and burned this weekend dropping a mighty 75% and grossing just $10 million. It looks like the Keanu Reeves film will have to make its coin back on DVD. Not good. You hear that Fox?

Four Christmases grossed another $8 million helping the »

- Niall Browne

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"RocknRolla" - A Second Review: A stylish and feverish film from Guy Ritchie

31 October 2008 3:03 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

RocknRollaby Eric Sloss, Writer “RocknRolla” is a stylish and feverish film from Guy Ritchie. Ritchie clearly is inspired by Quentin Tarantino with his filmmaking style. His clever dialogue and camera flourishes can be too much for an average moviegoer, but it gives a straight adrenaline rush for those inclined to go along for the ride.Ritchie once again returns to the crime genre for this flick. The scene is London and Lenny Cole (Tom Wilkinson) is a big deal in the workings of the city. He is a bad ass mob boss who gets things done and doesn’t care who gets screwed over in the process. Wilkinson is on a blazing hot streak. He was nominated for an Oscar this year for his fine work as a troubled lawyer in “Michael Clayton”. Wilkinson also received much praise in the miniseries “John Adams” and the political drama “Recount”. Wilkinson displays »

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Frank Darabont Leaves 'Law Abiding Citizen'

12 October 2008 8:03 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Just three days ago, when we told you that Jamie Foxx was joining Gerard Butler for vigilante thriller Law Abiding Citizen, we were all still under the impression that Frank Darabont remained in the director's seat for the project. Unfortunately, AICN has confirmed word that Darabont has indeed stepped away from the film, for reasons unknown, and I for one share the sentiment that this is a distinctly less exciting prospect now.

What's curious is how descriptions of the film's plot have varied. Our post on Darabont's hiring and the film's IMDb page (at the moment) both shared a synopsis that involved an elaborate scheme by an incarcerated criminal mastermind to control the city. Last week's Hollywood Reporter piece on Foxx coming aboard took it back to an reportedly original, comparably simpler tale of injustice and revenge, which screenwriter Kurt Wimmer (Street Kings) may still be able to spin into something special. »

- William Goss

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Jamie Foxx in final talks to join Gerard Butler in "Citizen"

9 October 2008 1:20 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Jamie Foxx is in final talks to star opposite Gerard Butler in Frank Darabont's psychological thriller "Law Abiding Citizen." Kurt Wimmer ("Equilibrium") writes alongside Darabont. The story follows Butler as a successful assistant District Attorney who ends up in the middle of a vigilante scheme planned by a man whose wife and daughter are murdered and the killer is set free due to a plea bargain. The vigilante hatches a plan to enact his revenge on both the killers and those who schemed up the deal. Butler and partner Alan Siegel will produce via Evil Twin along with Warp Films' Lucas Foster and Film Department's Mark Gill. »

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Jamie Foxx in final talks to join Gerard Butler in "Citizen"

9 October 2008 1:20 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Jamie Foxx is in final talks to star opposite Gerard Butler in Frank Darabont's psychological thriller "Law Abiding Citizen." Kurt Wimmer ("Equilibrium") writes alongside Darabont. The story follows Butler as a successful assistant District Attorney who ends up in the middle of a vigilante scheme planned by a man whose wife and daughter are murdered and the killer is set free due to a plea bargain. The vigilante hatches a plan to enact his revenge on both the killers and those who schemed up the deal. Butler and partner Alan Siegel will produce via Evil Twin along with Warp Films' Lucas Foster and Film Department's Mark Gill. »

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Jamie Foxx in final talks to join Gerard Butler in "Citizen"

9 October 2008 1:20 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Jamie Foxx is in final talks to star opposite Gerard Butler in Frank Darabont's psychological thriller "Law Abiding Citizen." Kurt Wimmer ("Equilibrium") writes alongside Darabont. The story follows Butler as a successful assistant District Attorney who ends up in the middle of a vigilante scheme planned by a man whose wife and daughter are murdered and the killer is set free due to a plea bargain. The vigilante hatches a plan to enact his revenge on both the killers and those who schemed up the deal. Butler and partner Alan Siegel will produce via Evil Twin along with Warp Films' Lucas Foster and Film Department's Mark Gill. Butler was recently in Guy Ritchie's "RocknRolla" which had showed at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. (Read the interview with Gerard Butler, Guy Ritchie and Thandie Newton for "RocknRolla"). Foxx can be seen next with Robert Downey Jr. and Catherine Keener »

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Jamie Foxx in final talks to join Gerard Butler in "Citizen"

9 October 2008 1:20 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Jamie Foxx is in final talks to star opposite Gerard Butler in Frank Darabont's psychological thriller "Law Abiding Citizen." Kurt Wimmer ("Equilibrium") writes alongside Darabont. The story follows Butler as a successful assistant District Attorney who ends up in the middle of a vigilante scheme planned by a man whose wife and daughter are murdered and the killer is set free due to a plea bargain. The vigilante hatches a plan to enact his revenge on both the killers and those who schemed up the deal. Butler and partner Alan Siegel will produce via Evil Twin along with Warp Films' Lucas Foster and Film Department's Mark Gill. »

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Jamie Foxx set for 'Citizen'

8 October 2008 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Jamie Foxx is in final negotiations to star opposite Gerard Butler in "Law Abiding Citizen," a psychological thriller that Frank Darabont is directing for the Film Department.

Written by Kurt Wimmer and Darabont, the script follows a successful assistant D.A. (Butler) who finds himself at the center of a vigilante plot hatched by a traumatized victim of the legal system (Foxx). Foxx's character is devastated to learn that, because of a plea bargain, one of his wife and daughter's murderers will be set free. So he unleashes revenge on the killers and those who made the deal.

Butler and his Evil Twin shingle partner Alan Siegel are producing along with Warp Films' Lucas Foster. Film Department's Mark Gill also is producing.

Executive producing are Film Department's Robert Katz and Neil Sacker.

Foxx, repped by CAA and King Management, next stars opposite Robert Downey Jr. in "The Soloist," directed by »

- By Borys Kit and Gregg Goldstein

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Jolie back on Salt

24 September 2008 11:43 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Earlier this year, Angelina Jolie stepped in to replace Tom Cruise in headlining the Phillip Noyce directed and Kurt Wimmer scripted thriller EDWIN A. SALT but a little while after that announcement, it seemed she was having second thoughts at the prospect of perhaps portraying a character named Edwina. Now it seems any doubts she may have had have abated as Moviehole is reporting that she's already signed on to portray the titular CIA agent on the run after being accused of being a Russian »

- Omar Aviles

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Update: Angelina Jolie for Tom Cruise in 'Edwin A. Salt'

20 August 2008 9:38 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Which one has the stones for Salt? Update: Only minutes after posting what I thought was a rumor I find out via Variety this is actually a done deal and Wimmer will indeed be rewriting the script to satisfy the gender change, but apparently the project won't require that much of an overhaul to suit her. For a long time Tom Cruise has been attached to star in Edwin A. Salt as the title character, a CIA officer who's accused by a defector of being a Russian sleeper spy. He must elude capture long enough to clear his name. On July 1, 2008 Variety announced Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games, Catch a Fire) would direct the vehicle and while Cruise's name was still attached it wasn't confirmed or "official" that he would star. Well, it seems there is good reason to believe Cruise may not be starring as Entertainment Weekly has scored news »

- Brad Brevet

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Angelina Jolie To Get Sex Change

14 August 2008 11:14 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

With the cash registers still ringing to the tune of $250 million from Wanted, it looks like Angelina Jolie is hot again - at the box office at least!

It would appear that Mrs Brad Pitt has landed a role that could be a potential action franchise starter.

What’s so interesting about that?

She will be replacing Tom Cruise in the upcoming movie project Edwin A. Salt!

Confused?

Read on and all will be explained…

Tom Cruise had been eying the spy-thriller about a CIA agent who must try and clear his name when he is accused of being a Russian spy, but I guess Cruise thought that it was too close to Mission: Impossible for comfort. So technically, Angelina Jolie isn’t replacing Tom Cruise - she’s taking a role that was offered to him.

Jack Ryan spy-master Phillip Noyce is still on board to direct, but it »

- Niall Browne

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A Change in Gender for Edwin A. Salt

13 August 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Was someone caught snooping in Brad Pitt's pile of scripts? I'd be curious to know how Angelina Jolie ended up expressing her interest in a role that was designed for a male lead, and until two weeks back had Tom Cruise in the role. I've been reading the trades for a while now, and have no memory of a gender switch occurring during the pre-prod of a high profile project.    Variety reports that Columbia Pictures have assigned scribe Kurt Wimmer to reshape his original screenplay to fit the new measurements. Edwin A. Salt will fall along Jolie' body of work that pack heat --made some decent coin in roles where she is packing heat such as the Lara Croft character, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and most recently, Wanted.    Among the top tier unproduced screenplays as voted by industry folk in the Blacklist gallop poll of 07',  the title character, »

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Jolie replaces Cruise in 'Edwin A. Salt'

12 August 2008 6:16 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Angelina Jolie will replace Tom Cruise in Columbia Pictures' spy thriller Edwin A. Salt, according to Variety. Cruise fell out of the project believing that the eponymous character, a CIA operative who is accused of being a Russian sleeper agent, was too similar to Mission: Impossible's Ethan Hunt. Philip Noyce is still on board to direct the film, with Kurt Wimmer rewriting (more) »

- By Simon Reynolds

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Angelina Jolie is 'Salt' substitute

12 August 2008 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

"Edwin A. Salt" is getting a sex change.

New mom Angelina Jolie is in negotiations to replace Tom Cruise in the Columbia spy thriller.

Screenwriter Kurt Wimmer will redraft the screenplay, about a CIA officer who must prove she is not a Russian sleeper spy out to assassinate the president, to suit Jolie. Phillip Noyce remains attached to "Salt" as director with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Sunil Perkash producing.

The title also will change.

The project has a long history, with directors coming and going, though Cruise has long been tethered to it. The deal for the switch began to fall into place about two weeks ago, though Columbia topper Amy Pascal has been after Jolie for a project for more than two years.

Jolie also is attached to star in "Atlas Shrugged," an adaptation of the Ayn Rand novel. She intends to do both, though in what order remains unclear.

She is repped by Media Talent Group. »

- By Leslie Simmons and Borys Kit

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Angelina Jolie Replaces Tom Cruise in Edwin A. Salt

11 August 2008 10:36 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Yep, you read that right. Angelina Jolie is replacing Tom Cruise in Phillip Noyce's CIA thriller Edwin A. Salt and the title will change and the screenplay will be rewritten for a female character. It was only July that we wrote about this film, announcing that Patriot Games and Catch a Fire helmer Phillip Noyce would be directing. The screenplay was written by Kurt Wimmer, of Equilibrium and Street Kings, and is being rewritten for Jolie instead. The story focuses on a CIA officer who must prove that they're not a Russian sleeper spy out to assassinate the President. The deal only fell into place two weeks ago but is making news this week - and I must say, that kind of headline will definitely shake things up. Although the news has been reported by various outlets, no details on why Cruise left and why Jolie stepped in have been revealed. »

- Alex Billington

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Cruise out, Jolie in

11 August 2008 2:08 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Whaaaaat? It's not that uncommon for a project to go from one high-paid star to another, but it's rare for the star to change gender (without makeup or other procedure). But now Angelina Jolie is stepping in for Tom Cruise on the much-buzzed spy thriller Edwin A. Salt. Philip Noyce (A Clear And Present Danger) is still attached to direct the script from Kurt Wimmer (Equilibrium), which will get a new title (duh) and a few other alterations to accomodate the sudden breasts. Jolie will play »

- Dave Davis

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Noyce and Cruise Get 'Salt'-y

1 July 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- If anybody could use a career boost right now, it's probably Tom Cruise. The past few years have been a public relations nightmare for him, from erratic behavior to problems with releasing Valkyrie. But it looks like 2008 might hold a brighter future for an older (and hopefully wiser) Cruise, as he is in talks to star in Phillip Noyce's Edwin A. Salt. The drama, written by Kurt Wimmer, will star Cruise as CIA agent accused of working as a spy for Russia. He then must set out to save his own life and clear his name. Salt has been through many different rewrites and directors, including Terry George and Peter Berg. Noyce, who is most famous for The Bone Collector and his most recent Catch a Fire, will hopefully be the final director. Cruise has stayed with the picture without officially signing on. Perhaps Cruise's ever-delayed Valkyrie release »

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2008: #93 The Night Watchman

28 January 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- #93.The Night Watchman Director: David Ayer Writers: Kurt Wimmer, Jamie Moss and James EllroyProducers: Lucas Foster (Jumper), Alexandra Milchan (Righteous Kill), Erwin Stoff (A Scanner Darkly) Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures The Gist: Set in Los Angeles in the early '90s, the project is described as being in the vein of Ellroy's "L.A. Confidential". Reeves plays a member of an elite group of Lapd cops who questions the ruthless tactics he has used to become such an effective force in solving murders and battling gang violence and drugs. Fact: Spike Lee and Oliver Stone were once attached to direct the picture. See It: Though Harsh Times was a brilliant mess - I'm expecting Ayer to fully deliver the goods with this contemporary set, L.A crime thriller with Keanu sporting shades once again! Release Date/Status?: An April 11th date has just been set by Fox Searchlight. »

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