Vincent D’Onofrio Eyed to Play Villain in ‘Magnificent Seven’ Remake (Exclusive)
Sony and MGM are splitting the cost evenly with Sony distributing the pic. MGM will oversee production.
The 1960 film, itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai,” starred Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. It centered on seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws.
Production is expected to start within the next month as Fuqua assembles the remaining cast.
- Justin Kroll
Thailand Release of ‘Furious 7′ Halted by Tony Jaa Contract Dispute
Sahamongkolfilm International, one of Thailand’s leading film groups, obtained a court injunction halting the scheduled release of “F7,” which had been set for April 1.
Jaa was star of several movies produced or distributed by Sahamongkol – including “Ong Bak” and “Tom Yum Goong” (aka “The Protector” in North America) – while under a long term contract with Sahamongkol as his exclusive talent agent.
Sahamongkol is reported to be seeking $49 million (THB1.6 billion) in compensation, a sum it calculates as the sum of previous investments in launching the star, lost future earnings, and 7.5% interest.
Jaa and Sahamonglol have been in »
- Patrick Frater
Box Office: 'Home' Soars Friday for $50M-Plus Debut
Animated offering Home is where the hearth is at the Friday box office. The music-infused family film will earn an estimated $13.5 million for the day, putting in on course for a strong $50 million-plus debut in a needed win for Jeffrey Katzenberg's DreamWorks Animation. Home will have no trouble trumping Get Hard, the new R-rated comedy starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. Home will mark one of the best showings ever for an original title from Dwa, not accounting for inflation, besting the $46 million debut of Megamind in 2010. The voice cast includes Rihanna in
- Pamela McClintock
Sean Young Says She Won't Be Back For 'Blade Runner 2'
Sean Young has been pretty vocal about the brewing "Blade Runner" sequel, particularly across 2013. In January she stated she met with the people making the film, but said she didn't think any of the original cast would be back (as we know, this is untrue, with Harrison Ford reprising his role of Deckard). Then in August, things got more heated when she told fans to boycott the effort as she wasn't in it. Then a month later, Young proclaimed that she should've played Charlize Theron's role of Vickers in "Prometheus." Essentially, she's had very strong opinions about appearing (or not) in the work of Ridley Scott, but as she predicted, she won't be coming back as Rachael in the "Blade Runner" sequel. “I saw Ridley a month ago and not a peep was uttered from his mouth about it and so I left it alone,” she told The Guardian. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Might Be in a Force Majeure Remake
Julia Louis-Dreyfus might flex her dramatic muscles again, The Hollywood Reporter writes. The Veep actress is currently in talks to star in a remake of Force Majeure, the Swedish movie about an avalanche that indirectly ruins a family's vacation. The original cleaned up nicely on the international awards circuit and almost took home a foreign film Golden Globe. Other personnel info is unavailable at the moment, but Louis-Dreyfus will also likely produce the Fox Searchlight project. Might Tony Hale be the cowardly husband? One can only hope. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Spectre Will Open With This Thrilling Scene
It has all been leading up to the Day of the Dead. It.s Sam Mendes. fourth day of shooting the opening sequences of the new James Bond movie, Spectre, on location in Mexico City. Thousands of extras (1,500 to be exact), donning traditional face paint, parade down the street in celebration of the Mexican holiday. They.re moving to the beat of the drummers banging away on an ornamented stage surrounded by acrobats. And emerging from within all the raucous is an epic chase between 007 and his target. This is the only day throughout the entire production of Spectre that members of the media are able to attend. So a barrage of journalists, both foreign and domestic, are crowding the balcony at the Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico to get a glimpse of the action in Zocalo Square below. We were on hand and, trust us, there.s far more »
Helen Mirren Film ‘Woman In Gold’ Aims For New Respect After Critical Brickbats At Berlin Film Festival
Director Simon Curtis’ terrific new film, Woman In Gold opens April 1st and I will have a full video review of it on Monday. But the movie actually had its World Premiere February 9th at the Berlin Film Festival and critics came gunning for it. “A stodgy crusade for justice directed with minimal flair,” said one. “Heavy handed,” said another. “For a while I wasn’t quite sure why I hated Woman In Gold so very, very much,” was another opinion. With only seven reviews… »
Spectre Opening Chase Sequence Revealed: Read a Full Description
With Sony releasing the Spectre teaser trailer, the promotional campaign for the next James Bond movie has kicked into high gear. While you might have thought that you’d have to wait for more Bond news, earlier today I spent the afternoon on the set of the movie, which is still in production, and learned a few secrets about it, like the opening of the film. Shortly after arriving on set we spoke to Heather Callaw (the Spectre unit publicist) and she described the opening chase sequence they were filming in Mexico City. As you can read below, the sequence is absolutely loaded with action, has a helicopter and over a thousand extras (with tens of thousands of additional extras being added using CG in post-production). It really sounds fantastic and it should be between twelve to fifteen minutes of screen time! Here’s what Callaw had to say: This »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Aimee Teegarden Joins Paramount’s ‘Rings'; Clemens Schick To Menace ‘The Lake’
Aimee Teegarden has joined Matilda Lutz and Alex Roe in Paramount’s Rings, the third installment in the horror franchise about a cursed video tape that unleashes a demonic horror which kills the unwitting viewer within seven days. Formerly called The Ring 3D, Rings began principle photography in Atlanta this week. It’s directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez from a script by David Loucka, Jacob Aaron Estes, and Akiva Goldsman. The former Friday Night Lights star will next be seen… »
Leonard Nimoy’s Son Plans Spock Documentary (Exclusive)
The project is aimed at celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek,” which aired for the first time on Sept. 8, 1966. Zachary Quinto, who portrayed the Spock character in last two “Star Trek” films, will narrate the documentary.
David Zappone, the owner and president of Paramount-based 455 Films, will produce.
“This will be a tribute to my dad and Spock,” Adam Nimoy told Variety. “We have plenty to work from because my dad loved telling stories and he was very fond of the role.”
Adam Nimoy said that he and his father began discussing the project began several months ago and agreed that it should focus on the enduring nature of Spock and Nimoy’s portrayal of the relentlessly logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise. »
- Dave McNary
6 Things We Learned About 'Spectre' From the New Teaser
It's fun trying to piece together the clues from the new "Spectre" teaser trailer, in which Daniel Craig's James Bond confronts more demons from the past in his fourth outing that will impact his future course. 1. Personal effects recovered from Skyfall reveal a secret past that Bond has he kept hidden because he "couldn't trust anyone," according to Naomi Harris' Moneypenny: There's a photograph of a man with one arm around a boy, another holding a ski pole and another boy next to him, presumably Bond. 2. We know that Christoph Waltz plays Franz Oberhauser and that it was revealed in Ian Fleming's short story, "Octopussy," that Hans Oberhauser was Bond's ski instructor and father figure. So Franz is probably his son and a boyhood pal to Bond. 3. There's also a document that states "Temporary Guardianship," so apparently this was Bond's family after his parents died. 4. The discovery of »
- Bill Desowitz
New Spectre Images of Daniel Craig on the Mexico City Set
We just posted the very first Spectre teaser trailer a few minutes ago, but we've already got more never before seen material from the film to share. Steve is actually part of a group of journalists visiting the Spectre set right now and they were given access to four new images including a shot of Daniel Craig as James Bond and one of director Sam Mendes on the film's Mexico City set. Check out the new Spectre images below and be sure to keep an eye out for more material from Steve's set visit coming soon. The film opens November 6th and also stars Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as M, Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, David Bautista as Mr. Hinx, Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann and Stephanie Sigman as Estrella. [caption id="attachment_434457" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Sony Pictures and MGM[/caption] [caption id="attachment_434455" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Sony Pictures and MGM[/caption] »
- Perri Nemiroff
X-Men: Apocalypse Is Probably Adding Yet Another Classic Female Mutant Hero
X-Men: Apocalypse has been accumulating a diverse selection of mutants this week. On Tuesday we learned that Wolverine, an adult Storm and Gambit would be making cameo appearances, and the next day it was announced that Lana Condor had been cast as Jubilee. Now Psylocke is the latest female hero that has been added to the 2016 blockbuster.s lineup. Film writer Jeff Sneider said on Meet The Movie Press today that she will be the latest "B-team mutant" that Bryan Singer has added to X-Men: Apocalypse. An actress hasn.t been found yet to play her, but if it.s not leaked by a press outlet beforehand, presumably we can expect Singer to announce the casting on his Instagram account like he did with Condor, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Ben Hardy. Psylocke.s civilian identity Betsy Braddock made her comic book debut in 1976 in the Marvel UK series Captain Britain. It »
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