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11 items from 2008

Give 'Em Hell teaser

13 November 2008 2:22 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Fanboys tend to consider Thomas Jane to be a top-notch badass, and this new teaser clip for Give 'Em Hell, Malone would seem to be an argument in favor. The noir-styled shoot-'em-up stars Jane as an infamous hired gun who gets double-crossed on a job, and finds himself caught in a web of intrigue and bullets involving a sexy dame, a mysterious briefcase, a notorious mob boss and a whole bunch of lead-magnet goons. The movie comes from director Russell Mulcahy (Highlander, Resident Evil: Extinction). Check out the brief collection of testosterone-fueled kickassery below. »

- Dave Davis

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Mulcahy to direct Ving Rhames in new action film

11 September 2008 8:16 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Russell Mulcahy, he most famous for directing the classic Highlander original, is set to hook up with Ving Rhames, who is starring in Give 'Em Hell, Malone.

Mulcahy will direct Rhames,Thomas Jane and Elsa Pataky in the action film, which kicks off shooting in Washington state on October 6.

The story, according to Variety, centers on a private eye attempting to retrieve a mysterious case. »

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Tarzan Returns to the Big Screen

3 September 2008 8:45 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Tarzan is returning to the Big Screen but not as an animated musical sequel from Disney but a played-for-straight adventure from Warner Bros, and director Stephen Sommers (The Mummy). Variety reports this morning that Sommers and Stuart Beattie will be co-writing the screenplay. The duo last worked together on 2009’s G.I. Joe film for Paramount, which recently completed lensing.

Producer Jerry Weintraub has been trying to mount a new live-action version of Tarzan since 2003, working from a screenplay by John August (Shazam!) and at one point Guillermo del Toro was in talks to direct the film.

Ever since Edgar Rice Burroughs first wrote about his man raised by the apes in 1912, it has been repeatedly interpreted for serials, movies, radio, television and comic books. Burroughs penned some 23 books featuring his character in addition to creating other fantastic realms and characters including John carter, Warlord of Mars and Pellucidar.  While »

- Robert Greenberger

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Blu-ray Review: The Scorpion King 2: Rise of the Warrior

2 September 2008 1:08 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

This past week I played in a national softball tournament. It was my league's World Series. 4,000 or so athletes descended upon Seattle for five days of competition in six different divisions showcasing players of varying skill levels. Unfortunately, my time out on the field was cut incredibly short, my hamstring partially tearing during the fourth inning of our very first game left me both unbelievably ticked off as well as in an almost indescribable amount of pain. What does this have to do with the new Blu-ray release of Universal Pictures' The Scorpion King: Rise of a Warrior? Nothing, really, other than the fact watching this movie left me in even more pain than tearing my hamstring did. This movie isn't just bad, it's a torture test, and anyone that can make it from start to finish without wanting to shoot themselves is far more forgiving and even-tempered than I. »

- Sara Michelle Fetters

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Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: August 24, 2008

24 August 2008 8:27 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Yes folks it’s that time of the week! Once again we troll through the overlooked movie news to give you a fully comprehensive overview of what’s been happening in Hollywood.

This week:

Nicolas Cage decides to Kick Ass, every-one’s favorite Journeyman Kevin McKidd may be a Highlander, Ben Affleck Extract’s something for Mike Judge, Samuel L. Jackson eyes Red Tails for George Lucas and The Sweeney gets shafted by the British Film Industry.


1. Nicolas Cage, Aaron Johnson and Lyndsy Fonseca have signed on to Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of the Mark Millar comic book Kick Ass. According to The Hollywood Reporter the plot:

“…centers on a high school dweeb named Dave Lizewski who decides to become a superhero even though he has no athletic ability or coordination. Things change when he eventually runs into real bad guys with real weapons.Johnson plays title character, while Fonseca »

- Niall Browne

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Does Kevin McKidd Want to Live Forever?

22 August 2008 1:03 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Action, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Casting, RumorMonger, Remakes and Sequels

One of the few '80s remakes I can get behind is Highlander -- the original is something I always wanted to love, but couldn't. I know! It seems tailor made for me, what with Scotsmen, swords, immortals, and finest power ballads known to humankind. But there are levels of ridiculousness I will accept in film, and somehow Highlander just overruns my tolerance for it when a "Spanish" Sean Connery disdains haggis while speaking in a warm Scottish brogue. A remake has always topped my guilty wish list, and it shocks me that Summit went and green-lit it.

But news has been pretty scarce -- so scarce that the moment I saw this rumor on JoBlo, I took it. It seems one of their faithful readers heard Scottish actor Kevin McKidd on a Dublin radio show, and he mentioned that »

- Elisabeth Rappe

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Is Kevin McKidd the new Highlander? [Casting Couch]

22 August 2008 11:56 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Who wants to live forever? Highlander that's who! A new version of Highlander is in the works according to Summit, the people who will be bringing you Twilight. I guess they have a thing for immortals. In the original film, released in 1986, Christopher Lambert, a Frenchman, played Conner MacLeod, a »

- Robin Ruinsky

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McKidd a Highlander?

21 August 2008 5:10 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

There can be only one! Unless there's another one... As we learned a few months ago, a "reinvention" of the Highlander franchise is in the works courtesy of Summit, the company behind the (soon to be massively successful) Twilight movie. But who might possibly be willing and able to don the kilt and wield the hefty blade once held by Christopher Lambert? JoBlo reader 'Lynchy' tells us that actor - and actual Scotsman - Kevin McKidd (HBO's "Rome", Dog Soldiers) was just »

- Dave Davis

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The Scorpion King 2 Movie Review

10 August 2008 1:51 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

by Brian Corder Title: The Scorpion King 2: Rise Of A Warrior: Cast: Michael Copona as Mathayus, Randy Couture as Sargon and Karen Shenaz David as Layla. Directed by: Russell Mulcahy (Resident Evil: Extinction) Scores: Technical:90 , Story:60 , Acting:60 , Overall Score: 70 After the great success of the original 2002 film The Scorpion King by director Chuck Russell and starring Dwayne Johnson, another film from the producers of The Mummy franchise was inevitable. Director Russell Mulcahy who is best know for his 1980’s classic “Highlander” and who recently brought us “Resident Evil: Extinction” starring Milla Jovovich directs this straight to DVD prequel to The Scorpion King starring Michael Copona as Mathayus. The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior follows Mathayus as a young [...] »

- Brian Corder

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Win Scorpion King 2 on DVD

7 August 2008 8:00 PM, PDT | MoviesOnline.ca | See recent MoviesOnline news »

The fine folks at Universal have come forward with a Scorpion king 2 contest so we are giving away free copies to you readers. The movie sequel stars Mma Fighter Randy Couture and is slated to hit DVD August 18th. From the makers of The Scorpion King comes the highly anticipated prequel, The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior.  Find out how it all began in the latest chapter of the franchise phenomenon, starring Randy Couture, three-time Ufc (Ultimate Fighting Championship) Heavyweight champion and from the director of Resident Evil: Extinction and Highlander, Russell Mulcahy.  A h »

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Summit takes on 'Highlander' redo

20 May 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Who says there can be only one?

Summit Entertainment is bringing back to the big screen the 1986 sci-fi cult hit Highlander, with Iron Man co-writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway on board to pen the reimagining.

The original Highlander starred Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery and Clancy Brown as immortal beings battling among humans, hunting down one another and collecting more power. Lambert played Scottish swordsman Connor MacLeod, Connery an Egyptian and Clancy a barbarian known as the Kurgan. "There can be only one" was a line repeated throughout the film. The movie spawned four sequels and three television series.

Summit acquired the rights to remake the cult classic from Davis/Panzer Prods. Peter Davis, one of the original producers of the 1986 film, also will produce the new film.

By acquiring the rights to the property, Summit gains a recognizable brand and a franchise with worldwide popularity amonng both the young and old.

Summit's president of production Erik Feig, along with the company's senior vp production Geoff Shaevitz and creative executive Gillian Bohrer, will oversee the project for the studio. »

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