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Adaptation of Giant Robot Anime Gaiking Moving Forward!

19 December 2012 11:40 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Guillermo del Toro's next film Pacific Rim is getting a lot of love from the fans these days, and it looks like it inspired Gale Anne Hurd and Valhalla Entertainment to finally move forward on their own giant robot vs. monster movie, a live-action adaptation of Toei Animation's Japanese anime Gaiking. Hurd is currently a producer on The Walking Dead series, and has worked on other films such as Terminator, Aliens, and The Incredible Hulk.

The story follows "a young man who is recruited to serve as the lead pilot for the Super Robot Gaiking. When Earth is threatened by an alien race intent on taking over the planet, he emerges as the only one who can pilot the massive robot. Together with his fellow co-pilots he must fight off the alien force in order to save mankind."

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- Joey Paur

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Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment to Produce Gaiking

19 December 2012 9:00 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

With all of the hype surrounding Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, it’s no surprise that others are looking at bringing more giant robots to the big screen. After the success various studious have had with comic book adaptations, we’ve been expecting more people to look toward anime properties, and it has been announced that Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment will be producing a live-action version of Gaiking:

Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment (“The Walking Dead”) and Toei Animation have teamed with All Nippon Entertainment Works (Anew) to develop Toei’s iconic anime property Gaiking. This marks a new push for Toei into the U.S. marketplace and the first development deal for Anew.

Gaiking follows a young man who is recruited to serve as the lead pilot for the Super Robot Gaiking. When Earth is threatened by an alien race intent on taking over the planet, »

- Jonathan James

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Gale Anne Hurd Will Bring Us ‘Gaiking’

19 December 2012 6:29 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment (“The Walking Dead”) and Toei Animation have teamed with All Nippon Entertainment Works to develop Toei’s iconic anime property Gaiking.  This marks a new push for Toei into the U.S. marketplace and the first development deal for Anew.

Gaiking follows a young man who is recruited to serve as the lead pilot for the Super Robot Gaiking.  When Earth is threatened by an alien race intent on taking over the planet, he emerges as the only one who can pilot the massive robot.  Together with his fellow co-pilots he must fight off the alien force in order to save mankind.

“I’m extremely excited to be working on Gaiking,” said Hurd, “which marks a huge step forward in adapting one of the best Japanese IP for a global audience.”

Valhalla Entertainment recently announced their USA Network pilot Horizon for Universal Cable Productions. »

- Philip Sticco

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‘Gaiking’ Live-Action Adaptation Proves Big Robots Are Go

19 December 2012 1:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Transformers showed how big robots are universally loved, but even us metal-heads were disappointed by the films. Looking much better is Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim, which has stunned us with a trailer and has also had a sequel already confirmed. So what does that mean? It means more giant robot adaptations are coming your way, and thanks to anime, we’ve got a lot to get through. First up looks to be Gaiking, based on an anime from 1976, the films sees a giant robot piloted by a former baseball fighting off alien invaders. The film will be developed by Valhalla Entertainment, Toei Animation, and All Nippon Entertainment Works.

Gale Anne Hurd, the brain behind Valhalla Entertainment, had this to say on the project:

I’m extremely excited to be working on Gaiking, which marks a huge step forward in adapting one of the best Japanese IP for a global audience. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Gaiking Trailer; Live-Action Movie Now in Development

18 December 2012 9:56 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Gale Anne Hurd's Valhalla Entertainment (The Walking Dead) and Toei Animation have teamed with All Nippon Entertainment Works (Anew) to develop Toei's iconic anime property Gaiking. This marks a new push for Toei into the U.S. marketplace and the first development deal for Anew. A teaser trailer featuring early test footage has been released.

Gaiking - Trailer

Gaiking follows a young man who is recruited to serve as the lead pilot for the Super Robot Gaiking. When Earth is threatened by an alien race intent on taking over the planet, he emerges as the only one who can pilot the massive robot. Together with his fellow co-pilots he must fight off the alien force in order to save mankind.

"I'm extremely excited to be working on Gaiking," said Hurd, "which marks a huge step forward in adapting one of the best Japanese IP for a global audience."

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Relativity Media, Casey Affleck At Bat For Slugger Josh Hamilton Biopic

15 November 2012 10:52 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: After clubbing 43 homers including nine in the span of one week, Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton ended his 2012 season as a free agent. The same can no longer be said for his incredible life story, which has been acquired and will be turned into a feature film by Relativity Media. Relativity has closed a rights deal with Hamilton, along with a deal for Casey Affleck to write and direct. Thunder Road PicturesBasil Iwanyk will produce along with The Walsh Company’s Kevin Walsh. Thunder Road’s Kent Kubena will executive produce and Hamilton and his wife Katie will co-produce along with Hamilton’s business manager Steve Reed. Relativity has also closed a deal for rights to the book that Hamilton co-authored, Beyond Belief: Finding The Strength To Come Back. Back in June, I wrote about this feature package that Iwanyk and Affleck were trying to build around Hamilton. »

- MIKE FLEMING JR.

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Bruce Springsteen Flies Air Force One With Obama, Performs With Jay-z (Video)

5 November 2012 12:20 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Win or lose, the last day of campaigning will prove memorable for both President Obama and Bruce Springsteen. The president and the "Born in the USA" singer are touring together on Monday, making an appearance in Madison, Wisconsin before heading to Columbus, Ohio and then finishing their day in Des Moines, Iowa. Springsteen, who has come on strong for Obama after abstaining from much politicking earlier in the campaign, opened for the president's stump speech in Madison with an acoustic set that included the classic tune, "Thunder Road." Story: Obama Taps Springsteen, Hamm, Gyllenhaal and Others for Last-Minute

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- Jordan Zakarin

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DVD Review: Some True Classics in ‘The Robert Mitchum Film Collection’

22 October 2012 12:26 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – They don’t make ‘em like Robert Mitchum any more. Every few years, there’s a DVD collection of classic movies that rises above the others for the holiday season. One of this year’s most star-packed entries includes not only Mitchum but John Wayne, Deborah Kerr, Kirk Douglas, Shirley MacLaine, Richard Widmark, Gene Kelly, Paul Newman, Shelley Winters, Marilyn Monroe, and many more. Mitchum may be the face on the cover but the set is a trip through the golden era of Hollywood through more than just one star.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

With a 10-dvd set, it can be difficult to sum up in one review. The quality of the films, the transfers, and the special features are wildly variable. “River of No Return” looks surprisingly good. “Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison” needs a better remastering (some of the darker scenes look horrendous). The Criterion Blu-ray edition of “Night of the »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Detective Mike Hammer Gets Rebooted

20 October 2012 8:21 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Warner Bros. Pictures, Film 360 and Thunder Road have acquired the film rights to the Mickey Spillane mystery novel series featuring his iconic private investigator character Mike Hammer reports Deadline.

Starting with 1947's "I, The Jury", Hammer was a prototype for the hardboiled tough guy private eye, a physical solitary man who had no qualms killing those who escaped justice.

The studio hopes to resurrect the character and build a potential action franchise. Right now though it's undecided which book to adapt first, and whether to keep the books period or update it to a more contemporary setting.

The nineteen Hammer books have sold 225 million copies globally and several have been adapted for the screen, most notably Robert Aldrich's 1955 noir "Kiss Me Deadly".

Guymon Casady, Ben Forkner, Basil Iwanyk and Ken Levin will produce. »

- Garth Franklin

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Hard Boiled Private Eye Mike Hammer Getting Resurrected

20 October 2012 12:20 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

When it comes to hard-boiled private investigators Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe tend to steal all of the headlines, but Mike Hammer doesn't deserve to be ignored. Created by Mickey Spillane in 1947, Hammer was a harder-edged detective than both Marlowe and Spade, with violent and misanthropic tendencies. The character was famously brought to life by Darren McGavin and Stacy Keach in the television series Mike Hammer and The New Mike Hammer (which came out in the 1950s and 1980s, respectively). The character has been brought to the big screen a few times as well, with Armand Assante playing the role in 1982's I, The Jury, but now Warner Bros. is getting him ready for his comeback. According to Deadline, the studio has acquired the rights to the character and are now working with Film 360 and Thunder Road to bring the detective back. But while the team knows that they want »

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Warner Bros Resurrects Mickey Spillane’s Tough Guy Mike Hammer In Feature Deal

19 October 2012 3:53 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Warner Bros has acquired the feature film rights to the Mickey Spillane series of mystery novels featuring private investigator Mike Hammer. The deal is a co-production between Film 360 and Thunder Road. The producers are Guymon Casady and Ben Forkner for Film 360, Basil Iwanyk for Thunder Road and Ken Levin, the longtime rep for Spillane’s estate. Spillane wrote 13 Mike Hammer novels solo, beginning with the 1947 book I, The Jury.  He wrote another six teamed with Max Allan Collins. Spillane’s Mike Hammer was a prototype for the tough guy private eye, and the studio will try to resurrect the character in an attempt to build an action franchise. What Warner Bros and the producers haven’t yet decided is whether to keep Hammer in the hardboiled period setting of the novels, or turn Hammer loose in a contemporary setting. They will also need to choose one of the books, »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Warner Bros. Brings Mike Hammer Back to the Screen

19 October 2012 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Mickey Spillane's hardboiled detective Mike Hammer is headed back to the back to the big screen. Deadline reports that Film 360 and Thunder Road have teamed with the studio and are in the early stages of determining how best to approach a reboot of the literary character. First appearing in "I, The Jury" in 1947, Hammer's pulp adventures continue across more than a dozen novels written by Spillane prior to his death and to this day, in books authored by Max Allan Collins, based on Spillane's notes. Hammer's exploits have also hit the big screen over the decades in films like My Gun is Quick , The Girl Hunters , Kiss Me Deadly and (adapted in both 1953 and 1982) I, The Jury . Guymon Casady, Ben Forkner, Basil Iwanyk and Ken Levin will produce the new film with »

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Watch: Christie & Fallon Sing Bruce Springsteen

5 September 2012 10:19 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Fresh off his gig at the Republican National Convention, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie stopped by "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" Tuesday night to share his love for his home state's #1 music icon (sorry Jon Bon Jovi).

During the interview, Christie and Fallon bond over their love of Bruce Springsteen. As it turns out, Christie has been to

130 Bruce Springsteen shows in his 50 years. That's an average of 2.6 concerts per year!

To show that Christie isn't the only one who loves The Boss, Fallon invited challenged the Governor to sing "Thunder Road" with him, and Christie accepted. Watch the unlikely pair harmonize in the video above. »

- Katla McGlynn

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Notes for Charlize Theron: What are the challenges to making a journalist biopic?

1 September 2012 2:29 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The lives of war correspondents are ripe with both lulls and action, and they’ve been translated, both truthfully and stuffed full of fiction, onto film for decades.

Charlize Theron is in talks to co-produce a biopic of slain war reporter Marie Colvin, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The story is based on the Vanity Fair article “Marie Colvin’s Private War” optioned by producer Basil Iwanyk and Thunder Road’s Peter Lawson. Theron would not only be taking on the challenge of representing a real-life journalist in a believable yet cinematic way, but a female journalist, which brings added complexities. »

- Solvej Schou

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Charlize Theron Circling Feature About Slain Reporter Marie Colvin

30 August 2012 12:05 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Charlize Theron is in talks to produce and possibly star in a feature film about the slain war reporter Marie Colvin, a rep for Theron told TheWrap on Thursday.  Thunder Road's Peter Lawson and Basil Iwanyk are producing, having optioned the rights to the Vanity Fair article, "Marie Colvin's Private War," written by Marie Brenner.  Also read: Charlize Theron Sells Hatfields & McCoys Project to NBC Colvin was the American reporter who died covering the civil war in Syria last February for the U.K.'s Sunday Times. She was known for her compassionate coverage of »

- Liza Foreman

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Charlize Theron to Produce Marie Colvin Film

30 August 2012 8:14 AM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron is no stranger to different projects in a variety of genres. She has never been afraid of pushing boundaries and now comes word that Theron is joining forces with Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk to produce and, possibly, star in a biopic of determined war journalist Marie Colvin.

The veteran Sunday Times war reporter has been killed in February in the besieged Syrian city of Homs and Iwanyk and Peter Lawson have both optioned the Vanity Fair article ‘Marie Colvin’s Private War’; Theron and her Denver and Delilah Films partners Beth Kono and Aj Dix are in talks to produce the film as well.

The producing team is currently looking for a writer to adapt Marie Brenner‘s heartbreaking must-read article.

The project is being reconceived as a starring vehicle for Theron, but she only confirmed as a producer.

The last time she was involved in telling a real-life tale, »

- Nick Martin

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Charlize Theron to Produce & Possibly Star In Biopic of War Journalist Marie Colvin

30 August 2012 6:17 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There were quite a few questions left unanswered in this summer's "Prometheus," but what was clearly not in question was Charlize Theron's willingness to try different projects in variety of genres. Following a few years off, Theron's performances in "Snow White and the Huntsman" and "Young Adult" proved that the actress can still be as fearless as her gutsy, Oscar-winning turn in "Monster." "Young Adult" also saw Theron do double-duty as a producer and it seems that the actress isn't ready to stop producing her own projects, with plans in place to team up with producer Basil Iwanyk ("The Town," "The Expendables 2") for a movie about the late war journalist Marie Colvin. THR reports that Iwanyk and Thunder Road's Peter Lawson have optioned the Vanity Fair article "Marie Colvin’s Private War," and Theron and her Denver and Delilah Films partners Beth Kono and Aj Dix are in. »

- Ryan Gowland

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Charlize Theron Backing, Possiby Leading Fact-Based War Picture

29 August 2012 6:48 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Ever able to find interesting projects that don’t threaten her own celebrity status, Charlize Theron is now combining forces with Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk to produce and, possibly, star in a biopic of deceased war reporter Marie Colvin. The (currently untitled) project will take cues from “Marie Colvin’s Private War,” a profile which appeared in Vanity Fair earlier this month; there, Marie Brenner — whose 1996 story, “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” was the inspiration for Michael Mann‘s stunning The Insider — covered the Sunday Times reporter’s career, up to her final efforts in documenting political strife across Syria. (Colvin died when a building she had holed up in was shelled.)

Those noble efforts could, in most situations, provide a strong skeleton for compelling drama, yet Colvin encountered a lot more than some recent battles; the 56-year-old woman traveled the world, losing an eye and three husbands »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Hit And Run – The Review

29 August 2012 12:45 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Here’s a new film that’s essentially a nostalgic trip down ‘ grindhouse’ lane. Or perhaps it’s more like a gravel-churning trek to the old drive-in. The “passion pit” was the showcase for the muscle car action-chase flick genre that may have begun with the success of Robert Mitchum’s moonshine-runner epic Thunder Road. This spawned countless imitators over the last few decades with Dirty Mary/ Crazy Larry, the original Gone In 60 Seconds and Ron Howard’s one-two punch of Eat My Dust ( with the immortal ad line ” Ronny Howard pops the clutch and tells Smokey to eat my dust” ) and Ron’s feature directing debut Grand Theft Auto. The genre hit its zenith in 1977 with the monster box office smash, Hal Needham’s Smokey And The Bandit ( and its two sequels ). Well, now comic actor Dax Shepard ( TV’s Parenthood ) has decided to put his own spin ( ouch! »

- Jim Batts

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Charlize Theron, Thunder Road to Produce Film About Slain War Reporter

29 August 2012 12:42 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Charlize Theron and producer Basil Iwanyk are teaming up for a film about the life of recently killed war journalist Marie Colvin. Iwanyk and Thunder Road's Peter Lawson have optioned the Vanity Fair article "Marie Colvin’s Private War," with Theron and her Denver and Delilah Films partners Beth Kono and Aj Dix in talks to join Iwanyk as producers. The project is being eyed as a possible acting vehicle for Theron, though she has not committed to star. A search for a writer to adapt the piece written by Marie Brenner is underway. (Brenner also wrote the article that

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