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From seminal classics like Scorsese’s Casino, to 80’s romps (Showgirls), offbeat adaptations (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) and comedy corkers (The Hangover), casino and film go hand in hand like Robert De Niro and a Cuban cigar.
Typically associated with baddies, bullets and bloodshed, film has had a tendency to give casino gambling a bad rap over the years.
But it’s not all mobsters, dodgy deals and iniquitous gambling dens – casino has a lighter side too. Think of films like What Happens in Vegas, Ocean’s Eleven and Sister Act (that’s right – Whoopie Goldberg rocked that Casino lounge scene, even in a glitzed-up nun’s habit). You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t revel in the riotous escapades in hilarious casino comedies and heists.
And remember, gambling isn’t just dumb luck – a huge amount of skill, perseverance and cunning goes into taking »
- Marc Eastman
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
Jill Scott may have changed her tune about Bill Cosby, but Whoopi Goldberg will not be swayed. After the Associated Press released new details from a previously sealed 2005 deposition — in which Cosby admitted to getting Quaaludes "with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with" — Goldberg and her co-hosts on The View addressed the revelations in a Hot Topics segment on Tuesday, July 7. The Sister Act star, 59, waited for the others to weigh in before adding [...] »
Raven-Symone is now officially a co-host of The View . After 37 appearances as guest co-host on the weekday talk show, she joins the panel alongside moderator Whoopi Goldberg and co-hosts Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez effective immediately. Her co-panelists made the announcement on today's show. Raven-Symone, 29, is widely known for her role in the comedy series That's So Raven for Disney Channel, along with The Cosby Show and Hangin' With Mr. Cooper . In 2012, she headlined the Broadway musical Sister Act , produced by Goldberg, and her recent credits include roles on the ABC comedy black-ish and on Fox's drama »
New York (AP) -- Raven-Symone is now officially a co-host of ABC's "The View." After 37 appearances as guest co-host on the weekday talk show, she joins the panel alongside moderator Whoopi Goldberg and co-hosts Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez effective immediately. Her co-panelists made the announcement on Wednesday's edition. She told them she was happy to be joining what she called her talented mentors and added, "Let's have some fun!" Raven-Symone is widely known for her role in the comedy series "That's So Raven" for Disney Channel. Recent credits include roles on the ABC comedy "black-ish" and on Fox's "Empire" as well as the upcoming animated feature "Animal Crackers." In 2012, she headlined the Broadway musical "Sister Act," produced by Goldberg. "The View" airs weekdays at 11 a.m. Eastern. Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Following the success of American Sniper, Clint Eastwood has found his next project, which will once again be a biopic. Eastwood has signed on to direct a movie focusing on airline pilot Captain Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger. Captain Sullenberger rose to prominence in 2009, when he managed to land a plane on the Hudson River following an engine accident, with no casualties as a result of his actions. The screenplay for the film will come from Perfect Stranger scribe Todd Komarnicki, who will adapt the book Highest Duty: My Search For What Really Matters, which was co-authored by Sullenberger himself.
In their announcement of the film, Warner Bros. had this to add.
it will go beyond Sullenberger’s almost impossible and much-heralded achievement of safely landing a jumbo jet on the water, which was captured on video and viewed around the world. But behind the scenes, a drama was unfolding that could »
- Deepayan Sengupta
A few years ago remaking movies from the '80s was all of the rage -- and while that trend is certainly going to continue for the foreseeable future (the '80s had a lot of great movies, after all), we're already starting to edge into '90s-nostalgia territory. Surprisingly, one of the movies leading that decade's remake charge is none other than the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg classic Sister Act. Yes, the movie where Whoopi Goldberg pretends to be a nun so that she can hide from...
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Fans of '90s classic "Sister Act" have reason to rejoice: A remake of the heavenly comedy is in the works.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney is developing a new version of the 1992 flick, which starred Whoopi Goldberg as a Reno lounge singer who's forced into the witness protection program after her mob boss boyfriend puts a hit on her. She's sent to lay low at a convent in San Francisco, but becomes a local sensation when she joins the choir and updates their repertoire.
THR writes that screenwriting duo Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith and Karen McCullah ("10 Things I Hate About You," "Legally Blonde," "The Ugly Truth") are working on a script, though it's unclear at this point if it will be an exact remake, an updated take on the source material, or a sequel. "Sister Act 2" followed the flick in 1993, starring a pre-fame Lauryn Hill, and the franchise spawned »
- Katie Roberts
The hit 90s comedy Sister Act is up for the remake treatment as Disney, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The original 1992 movie revolves around Whoopi Goldberg‘s character Deloris Van Cartier, a lounge bar singer who witnesses a mob crime and is placed in protective custody in a San Francisco convent.
The movie was entertaining enough, and featured some strong support from the likes of Harvey Keitel, Dame Maggie Smith and Kathy Najimy. It was a huge success for Touchstone, who were owned by the Mouse House, and the film bagged an impress $231 million around the world. It also spawned a slighty mediocre sequel, and a musical that hit both Broadway and London’s West End.
- Paul Heath
We're sure we're supposed to do a joke about remakes becoming a habit or something here. However, the truth is that remake stories seem to be coming two a week now, and sometimes we just stare at the screen and shrug a little instead.
Case in point: 1992's Sister Act is being remade.
The original film is entertaining enough, primarily for being a strong role for Whoopi Goldberg. Furthermore, Dame Maggie Smith and Kathy Najimy (who isn't a dame, but should be) are also in the cast. Those three can lift any film they touch. Less so the sequel, which followed in 1993, but even then, Sister Act was harmless enough.
Since the first movie hit big, a Broadway musical eventually followed, but there was never any sense that a Sister Act 3 was being planned. »
A few years ago remaking movies from the '80s was all of the rage. And while that trend is certainly going to continue for the foreseeable future (the '80s had a lot of great movies, after all), we're already starting to edge into '90s nostalgia territory. Surprisingly one of the movies leading that decade's remake charge is none other than the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg classic Sister Act. Yes, the movie where Whoopi Goldberg pretends to be a nun so that she can hide from the mob is getting a remake. Disney is producing the new version, which will be written by the duo of Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah (Legally Blonde) and produced by Allison Shearmur (Cinderella). Plot details aren't known at this point, nor is the level of Whoopi Goldberg's...
- Peter Hall
Another trip to the convent with Disney's Sister Act series is in the works as the Mouse House has hired screenwriters Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith and Karen McCullah (10 Things I Hate About You, Legally Blonde) to take on a remake of the popular comedy. Allison Shearmur (March's Cinderella) will produce. The original film starred Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg as entertainer Deloris Van Cartier, who goes into hiding with a group of nuns in a San Francisco convent after she runs afoul with the mob. The film earned more than $231 million at the box office in 1992 and led to a sequel, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. A Broadway musical later followed, with Disney vet Alan Menken writing the music. The stage show netted 5 Tony nominations in 2011, including Best Musical. There's no word if Goldberg will be involved in the new film. THR »
- Cory Woodroof
Another day, another remake. This time I simply cannot get excited for this, just no way. THR is reporting that Disney is preparing a new version of Sister Act, but of course. Why not mine their entire collection of past live-action films that made a boatload of money and... remake them! All of them! The only good news is that they're hiring writers Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith and Karen McCullah, of the films 10 Things I Hate About You, Legally Blonde, She's the Man, The House Bunny, The Ugly Truth, Crazy Kind of Love, plus Expendabelles coming up. Disney is putting Cinderella producer Allison Shearmur on-board to develop it. Other than that, they're not sure if Whoopi Goldberg, who starred in the original, will even be back or not. Touchstone Pictures' 1992 film Sister Act starring Whoopi Goldberg was actually a completely original idea pitched by screenwriter Paul Rudnick. His original script »
- Alex Billington
Walt Disney Pictures has announced that its set to remake the hit 1992 comedy Sister Act, with Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah (10 Things I Hate About You, Legally Blonde) set to pen the script and Allison Shearmur (Cinderella) producing.
Sister Act was a huge hit upon release, grossing $232 million around the world; the film starred Whoopi Goldberg (who apparently won’t be involved in the remake) as a signer forced to hide out from the mob at a San Francisco convent, and went on to spawn the 1993 sequel Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, as well as a hit stage musical.
- Gary Collinson
It's been more than 20 years, but our prayers have finally been answered! The 1992 Whoopi Goldberg classic Sister Act is in the works for a Disney remake, multiple sources confirm to E! News after The Hollywood Reporter broke the story. While Goldberg has yet to comment on her involvement in the reboot as Sister Mary Catherine (fingers crossed, though!) the writers from girl power comedies Legally Blonde, She's the Man and House Bunny Kirstin "Kiwi" Smith and Karen McCullah are confirmed to pen the nun-tastic film. Alli Shearmur from Disney's live-action hit Cinderella will produce. In the original flick, Goldberg's character finds refuge in a San Francisco »
Sister Act grossed $230 million worldwide when it premiered in 1992.
It was followed by 1993 sequel Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.
If ever the timing were pitch perfect for a Sister Act remake, it would be now. Universal's Pitch Perfect 2's growing box office haul suggests a strong appetite for musical comedies, so it should come as no surprise that Disney's looking to get back in the habit by bringing Sister Act back for a new installment. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Disney has enlisted writing duo Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith and Karen McCullah to pen a screenplay for a third Sister Act movie. Details on the project are scarce for the time being, as THR notes there's nothing known about the plot just yet, and there's no word on whether or not Sister Act star Whoopi Goldberg would be involved in some way. But the site does refer to this movie as a remake, so we might expect something similar to the original film, in terms of the general story. »
Disney is developing a remake of the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg comedy “Sister Act,” TheWrap has confirmed. Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith, the writers behind 2001’s “Legally Blonde” are attached to write the script. The duo also worked together on the female-centered comedies “10 Things I Hate About You” and “She’s the Man.” Alli Shearmur is attached to produce. She previously collaborated with Disney on this year’s live-action update of “Cinderella,” which grossed $531 million worldwide. See photos: 16 of Anne Sweeney's Disney-abc Hits and Misses In the original “Sister Act,” Goldberg played a lounge singer who goes into witness protection at a convent when. »
- Joe Otterson
We can already hear the “I’ll have nun of that!” jokes forming in the brains of people reading this, but it’s true: Disney is looking to make a new Sister Act.While The Hollywood Reporter calls it a remake, there’s still a chance this could turn into a second sequel to the 1992 smash hit music-crammed comedy that saw Whoopi Goldberg’s singer Deloris go into hiding in a convent after witnessing a mob crime. Though the studio acted quickly to crank out a sequel (1993’s Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit), the returns weren’t quite as impressive and the nascent franchise has been dormant on the big screen since then. It did, however, spawn a Tony-winning musical that played here in 2009 before transferring to Broadway in 2011. Now Disney feels that writers Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah – who have worked on the likes of Legally Blonde »
Disney has apparently decided that the "original" idea is no longer guaranteed to deliver a sizable profit, and so the recycling/remaking/retooling/reimagining/etc of old franchises will continue to thrive... get used to it folks! The studio has announced today that a remake of Whoopi Goldberg's hit 1992 comedy, "Sister Act," is currently in development, although no word yet on whether Whoopi will be involved. I'd assume that a younger actress will instead be cast in what will be a reboot, updated to reflect the present day, and not an extension of the original films, but rather an entirely new film (possibly the beginning of a new franchise). The writers of films »
- Tambay A. Obenson
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