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USA Today has unveiled three new photos from Rawson Marshall Thurber's action comedy "Central Intelligence" which opens June 17th. Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart team-up from the project as former classmates who reunite at their 20-year high school reunion - the once fat and nerdy Johnson is now a deadly CIA agent who has been framed and has to enlist the help of the once popular turned mild-mannered accountant Hart.
"Star Trek Beyond" co-scribe Doug Jung has been hired to pen a re-write of the modestly-budgeted, Julius Onah-directed, sci-fi thriller "God Particle" which J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk will produce. Oren Uziel wrote the original screenplay which follows an American space station crew who, believing they have destroyed Earth via a Hadron accelerator, allow the crew of hostile nations to board their ship with disastrous results... full details
- Garth Franklin
Kathy Bates is set to play Billy Bob Thornton‘s foul-mouthed mother in “Bad Santa 2,” TheWrap has learned. “Mean Girls” director Mark Waters (“Mean Girls”) will direct the sequel, which was written by “Entourage” creator Doug Ellin, Johnny Rosenthal and Shauna Cross. Tony Cox and Brett Kelly are reprising their roles, though plot details are being kept under wraps. Also Read: Taylor Kitsch Joins Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain in Xavier Dolan's English-Language Debut (Exclusive) “Bad Santa 2” will be co-financed by Miramax and Broad Green Pictures, with the latter company handling its release next year. Production will start in January in Montreal. »
- Jeff Sneider
The Wrap is reporting that Taylor Kitsch has lined up his first project following the second season of True Detective, joining Jessica Chastain and Kit Harington in Xavier Dolan’s English-language debut The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.
The film is described as “a drama that follows a young actor [Harington] who recalls the secretive correspondence he shared as a teenager with an American TV star who died 10 years earlier. The story explores the hardships of fame and the never-ending hurdles of the movie business, and reflects on issues of identity and diversity in Hollywood over the past decade.”
- Gary Collinson
Yesterday, Deadline reported HBO has given True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto an overall deal through 2018. Per Deadline that deal could involve a season three renewal for the in-limbo series, but True Detective could also end up cancelled after only two seasons. The second season cast of True Detective anthology series includes: Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch, Kelly Reilly, and Vince Vaughn. Read More… »
Rising star Bella Thorne is set to join Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain and Taylor Kitsch in Xavier Dolan‘s first English-language feature “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” TheWrap has learned. “Donovan” is described as a drama that follows a young actor who recalls the secretive correspondence he shared as a teenager with an American TV star who died 10 years earlier. The story explores the hardships of fame and the never-ending hurdles of the movie business, and reflects on issues of identity and diversity in Hollywood over the past decade. Harington will play the title character, while Chastain co-stars. »
- Jeff Sneider
Actress Emily Hampshire will also be part of the ensemble, which includes Jessica Chastain, Kit Harington, Kathy Bates, Susan Sarandon and Taylor Kitsch. Production is set to begin this spring, and the film will be the first English-language feature by Dolan, whose recent credits include the Cannes drama “Mommy,” the Venice thriller “Tom at the Farm,” and Adele’s “Hello” music video.
Further details about the actors’ roles have been kept under wraps. “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” tells the story of a American TV star (Harington) who enters into a pen pal relationship with a young man from England.
“Exactly one year ago, we announced Jessica, Susan, Kathy and Kit’s participation,” Dolan told Variety in a statement. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Production on Xavier Dolan’s English-language debut, The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan, has been slated to begin in spring of next year, and the director has been lining the film’s cast list with an impressive array of talent in the interim. At the ripe old age of 26, this is set to be Dolan’s seventh feature film – one that has just recently added True Detective‘s Taylor Kitsch to its burgeoning ensemble.
First picked up by The Wrap, Kitsch will star alongside Jessica Chastain, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates and Game of Thrones‘ Kit Harrington for the drama, telling the tale of a prestigious Hollywood talent who struggles to keep his reputation in check when a series of allegations question his relationship with an 11-year-old actor. While the studio nor The Wrap disclosed any information regarding Kitsch’s new-fangled role, it is one that’s described as “unique. »
- Michael Briers
While the second season of "True Detective" didn't repeat the success of season one, it at least allowed three of its leading actors — Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch — to show some underutilized dramatic skills. And the latter is moving ahead with an already hotly buzzed about movie, with a pretty game ensemble. Kitsch will join Jessica Chastain, Kit Harington, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, and Adele in Xavier Dolan's "The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan." The story follows a young actor, 10 years after the death of an American TV star he had corresponded with as a teenager. He recollects the pen-pal relationship he used to have with his past idol. The film explores the hardships of fame and hurdles of the movie business through the lives of both characters, now and then, reflecting on the issues of identity and diversity in Hollywood over the past decade. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates co-star in the drama about a young actor who recalls the secretive correspondence he shared as a teenager with an American TV star who died ten years earlier. The story explores the hardships of fame and the never-ending hurdles of the movie business.
Harington will play the title character, Chastain co-stars as the editor-in-chief of a gossip magazine. Kitsch's role is under wraps, but is said to be "unique". Adele also has a cameo in the film which is expected to start shooting in the Spring.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
Taylor Kitsch has found his first movie since earning strong reviews for “True Detective,” as he’s set to join Jessica Chastain and Kit Harington in Xavier Dolan‘s first English-language feature “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. “Donovan” is described as a drama that follows a young actor who recalls the secretive correspondence he shared as a teenager with an American TV star who died 10 years earlier. The story explores the hardships of fame and the never-ending hurdles of the movie business, and reflects on issues of identity and. »
- Jeff Sneider
There's a new chapter in the story of "Gambit," the "X-Men" spinoff and Channing Tatum passion project that always threatens to not quite happen: another director! Following Rupert Wyatt's departure in September (the official story is scheduling conflicts, but, according to reports, he wanted to rewrite the film and Fox said no, so he dropped out), Doug Liman is in final talks to direct. Variety said this morning that it was a done deal, but that article has now disappeared, so we're left with The Hollywood Reporter's story that Liman is in "final negotiations." The project has gone through a few ups and downs. Though Taylor Kitsch played Gambit in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," Tatum, a big fan of the character, was announced as the new Gambit last year. Then, in January, we found out that Tatum would star in a standalone Gambit film, set to be released in October »
- Sara Morrison
Will Gambit be able to keep it's October 2016 release date? That's the question on everyone's mind as 20th Century Fox furiously searches for a director to take over the Channing Tatum X-Men spinoff. All eyes are now on Doug Liman. Rupert Wyatt abandoned the movie about a card-throwing mutant earlier in the year, citing creative differences.
Gambit is still holding onto its October 7, 2016 release date. Barely. Things need to move fast for that to still happen. And the studio has gone through a whirlwind of directing choices, but it's been notoriously hard to find anyone who wants to attach themselves to this Cajun superhero adventure. But now, it looks like Doug Liman may be ready to accept an offer. If you're not familiar with the name, he's the man behind the sleeper hit Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise. And he recently reunited with the actor for the upcoming drug smuggling drama Mena. »
Every year, Activision enlists the help of some celebs for a live-action commercial to celebrate the release of the latest entry in the popular "Call of Duty" video game franchise.
Earlier this year Chris Evans starred in an ad for the release of "Call of Duty Online" in China. Last year's "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" had Taylor Kitsch and Emily Ratajkowski starring in an ad helmed by Peter Berg. 2013's "Call of Duty: Ghosts" featured Megan Fox in a promo helmed by James Mangold. Guy Ritchie directed 2012's "Call of Duty: Black Ops 2" which sported Robert Downey Jr. and Omar Sy. 2011's "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" saw an ad which sported Sam Worthington and Jonah Hill.
- Garth Franklin
Several days ago it was reported that the American remake of The Raid: Redemption was stuck in limbo as both its director and production company had vacated the project. Taylor Kitsch was in talks to star alongside Frank Grillo in the remake which was to be directed by Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3), but Kitsch passed in order to board the True Detective train. Now another nail has been driven into... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
The Hollywood remake of Indonesian film The Raid has hit some stumbling blocks, losing its studio, star and director in one fell swoop.
It follows delays in filming back in August as the film tried to cast a major character.
Grillo spoke to Slashfilm about the delays, saying: "The Raid was a go movie and there was one character, the critical character, that they were just not happy with. There's not a lot of 30-something guys out there that… there's a lot of training, a lot of martial arts training.
"They weren't going to remake The Raid, which is a beloved film, if they couldn't find a »
Yikes. It looks like the American remake of Gareth Evans’ Indonesian tower block-set action smash-hit The Raid is in a spot of bother. The Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes was previously signed on to direct, but has now departed the project.
Additionally, one of the film’s two production companies – Sony subsidiary Screen Gems – has parted company with The Raid remake as well. This leaves Xyz films (which executive produced the Indonesian films) as the sole production company attached to the remake, and without a director to helm proceedings.
Although reports said a few months ago that Taylor Kitsch was attached to a role, he’s also now departed. This is beginning to look like a mass exodus, then, with only a handful of known players left on board the production. »
Back in March 2014, it looked like Screen Gems' remake of The Raid was getting back on the right track, with Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3) coming aboard to direct, Frank Grillo set to star and Taylor Kitsch being offered a lead role. Production was scheduled to start in September 2014, but that never happened, and now it seems the remake has hit another major stumbling block. The Tracking Board reports that both director Patrick Hughes and distributor Screen Gems have backed away from the remake, leaving Xyz Films as the sole production company.
The original 2012 Indonesian film The Raid: Redemption centered on an elite police force tasked with raiding a 30-story building filled with the most dangerous villains in the city. Star Iko Uwais and director Gareth Edwards reunited for the 2014 sequel The Raid 2. Neither movie made a huge splash at the box office, with The Raid: Redemption earning »
There was a a large, collective eye-roll when it was announced a Us remake of The Raid: Redemption would eventually be coming our way. No surprise given the popularity of the original (along with the lack of English), but there's been little said on the remake front. The reason for that just may be because the film is now without a director and its star. The names Taylor Kitsch and Frank... Read More »
- Sean Wist
It’s been an awful long time since we learned of any update regarding Screen Gems’ English-language remake of The Raid – so long, in fact, that we’re beginning to question if it’s still a thing. After almost a year of radio silence, The Tracking Board has unearthed a report that suggests both director Patrick Hughes (Expendables 3) and the studio have pulled out of the project, posing serious question marks over its journey to the silver screen.
Up until now, Taylor Kitsch and The Purge: Anarchy star Frank Grillo had been attached to star, and while the outlet doesn’t specify the exact reason for the fallout, it’s clear that continual production delays hampered early signs of progress. Now, it’s understood that Hughes will move onto pastures anew; specifically, boat race thriller The Storm Warning, leaving production company Xyz Films as the only party tethered to The Raid »
- Michael Briers
The English-language The Raid remake may have run into the kind of trouble that no amount of gunplay or fisticuffs can solve. According to a new report, the project has just lost director Patrick Hughes, studio Screen Gems, and star Taylor Kitsch. Frank Grillo, as far as we know, remains on board. Read about The Raid remake […]
The post ‘The Raid’ Remake Loses Director, Studio, and Star? appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
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