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One movie to keep an eye out for in January 2013 is Broken City, a crime drama starring Mark Wahlberg as ex-cop Billy Taggart. Now working as a private detective, Billy gets a chance for redemption when New York Mayor Nicholas Hostetler (Russell Crowe) gives him a call. It turns out that the Mayor’s wife, Emily (Catherine Zeta-Jones), may be having an affair and he’s concerned it will interfere with his plans for re-election. But in the process of investigating Emily, Billy ends up stumbling across an even bigger scandal that will lead him into a trap he may not be able to escape from.
Wahlberg recently took the time to talk about the movie with us at the film’s press day. He discussed working with director Allen Hughes, how his character here compares to other cops that he’s played and he even gives an update on Transformers 4. »
- Ben Kenber
If there is one thing that we know and love about Mark Wahlberg, it's that he is very convincing in action-heavy and physically demanding roles that require him to wield weapons, takedown bad guys and just be a general badass.
Not that we don't love his comedic chops, because he's more than proven that he can be just as solid in comedies a la "Ted" but we're always a little extra excited when there is a Wahlberg-led action movie on the horizon, like the forthcoming crime/action/political thriller "Broken City."
MTV News was lucky enough to get our hands on an exclusive new clip from the film, which does a nice job of setting the tone of the film without getting too complicated. Check it out!
Here we meet charming/slightly smarmy city mayor Nicholas Hostetler (Russell Crowe) who has hired Billy Taggart (Wahlberg) to find the man sleeping »
- Kara Warner
Halo 4. Far Cry 3. Borderlands 2. Black Ops 2. In the span of a few weeks, all of these sequel-tastic video games have released web series companions to align with their upcoming or recent releases. We can now add Crysis 3 to the list. Crytek, the game's developer, will work with EA and director Albert Hughes to release The 7 Wonders Of Crysis 3. 7 Wonders, which premieres December 12th on Crysis' official YouTube channel, will be created in machinima style and will release regular installments leading up to the game's release in February. Though it's not stated explicitly, I think it's fair to assume that 7 Wonders will run for seven episodes. Call it a hunch. Hughes is the most notable director associated with this recent crop of video game companions. Together with his twin brother Allen, Hughes has directed big budget Hollywood films such as Menace II Society and Book of Eli. Unless his powers are »
- Sam Gutelle
Crytek has teamed up with filmmaker Albert Hughes to develop a new web series entitled The 7 Wonders of Crysis 3. Fans can watch the first episode, "Hell of a Town," on December 12, 2012, before the Crysis 3 video game releases for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.
From the Press Release
Electronic Arts Inc. and award-winning developer Crytek GmbH today announced a creative partnership with renowned filmmaker Albert Hughes to produce an online video series inspired by the upcoming sandbox shooter, Crysis 3. Entitled The 7 Wonders of Crysis 3, this cinematic series will set the stage for this latest installment in the Crysis series and introduce weapons, enemies, and gameplay features new to the franchise. These cinematic shorts will also showcase the stunning visuals, dynamic environments of the urban rainforest and intense adaptive warfare fans can expect when Crysis 3 ships on February 19, 2013, in North America and on February 21 in Europe.
“When EA and Crytek approached me about »
- Amanda Dyar
Allen Hughes spent the past two decades as one-half of The Hughes Brothers. He makes his solo feature directing debut with Broken City, a political corruption drama that stars Mark Wahlberg as an ex-cop who does a favor for the mayor (Russell Crowe) by following the pol’s philandering wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones). The results are murder and conspiracy, with Fox releasing the Emmett/Furla Films-financed drama January 18. Allen and Albert Hughes burst on the feature scene with 1993’s Menace II Society, a wildly profitable slice of violent inner-city life. Together they’ve co-directed the Vietnam-era crime drama Dead Presidents, the Jack the Ripper thriller From Hell, the documentary American Pimp, and most recently the post-apocalyptic thriller The Book Of Eli. They also direct commercials and videos under their Underworld banner. I’ve known the siblings for about as long as they’ve been making features, and always found them to be strong individuals. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR.
With the “found footage” genre dominating horror movies at the moment it was only a matter of time before king of spoofs Marlon Wayans (writer of the Scary Movie franchise) jumped on board to get a piece of the action. A Haunted House, directed by Michael Tiddes (associate producer on Dance Flick) and written by Wayans, is set for release in January 2013 and Indiewire has unveiled the first look images from the forthcoming movie, which stars Wayans alongside Nick Swardson (Just Go with It), David Koechner (Anchorman), Essence Atkins (Are We There Yet?), Cedric the Entertainer (The Honeymooners), and Dave Sheridan (Horrible Bosses):
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"In an outrageous send up of the Paranormal Activity movies, The Devil Inside and other “found footage” movies, A Haunted House features young couple Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha (Essence Atkins) who have just moved in to their dream house. As they settle in, »
Although they've worked together for years as a single unit, The Hughes Brothers (Menace II Society, The Book of Eli) recently decided to split off and take on two separate projects. Both contain the word "City" in the title, although they don't appear to be connected in any way. First up will be Allen Hughes' Broken City, which is coming to theatres this January, followed by Albert's Motor City later in 2013. Broken City stars Russell Crowe as a corrupt mayor who finds himself butting heads with ex-cop Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg). Catherine Zeta-Jones, Barry Pepper, Jeffrey Wright and Kyle Chandler also appear in the film. Aside from the cast there isn't much here that really stands out to me, but you could probably do a lot worse in the middle of January. Broken City hits theatres on Jan. 18th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think. »
By Ryan Gowland
"There are some wars you fight and there are some wars you walk away from - this is the fighting kind." Such as the ominous words spoken by Russell Crowe in the opening seconds of the first trailer for the upcoming thriller "Broken City."
Directed by Allen Hughes (who has directed "Book of Eli" and "Menace II Society" with his twin brother Albert but is going solo this time), "Broken City" follows ex-cop Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg), who seeks redemption after being double-crossed and framed by the city's mayor (Crowe). Initially asked to find the man sleeping with the Mayor's wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones), but uncovers a much more sinister truth.
This is the first time Wahlberg and Crowe have appeared together on the big screen, and will get help from the fine supporting cast that Hughes has put together, including Kyle Chandler ("Super 8"), Jeffrey Wright ("Source Code »
- MTV Movies Team
Man, it's been raining trailers these past few days, hasn't it? Not that I'm complaining, especially with the quality of the pics coming down the pipe. Now, we have director Allen Hughes Broken City, starring Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, which looks to be the perfect kind of material for all involved. Hughes has done well with the crime thriller genre (Menace II Society, Dead Presidents) and both Wahlberg and Crowe have had their share of gritty, street-level »
- Paul Shirey
One half of the directing duo behing Menace II Society, From Hell and The Book of Eli, Albert Hughes, is set to direct a fast-tracked remake of the seminal Korean gangster film A Bittersweet Life. Anthony Peckham, recently behind Invictus and Sherlock Holmes, has been brought in to polish the script. No word yet on cast or possible release date.There's been a awful lot of news surrounding Korean films being remade in Hollywood or Korean directors making their mark in Tinseltown lately but this is one development I can't get excited about. I'm generally not a fan of foreign films being remade (much less Korean ones) so I'm not one of the people who is excited for Spike Lee's take on Oldboy. However, I do »
Allen Hughes (The Book of Eli) has signed on to direct a remake of the Korean crime drama A Bittersweet Life. The 2005 original revolves around a hotel manager, Sunwoo, who doubles as the right hand man for a mob boss, Kang. Kang turns on his former confidante after he botches a job involving a mistress, and Sunwoo must fight for his life alone against the goons sent out to kill him. Deadline reports that Fox and New Regency are fast tracking the project, and they hired Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) to write a new draft of the script. Albert Hughes is one half of the Hughes brothers who directed the likes of The Book of Eli, From Hell, and Menace II Society. Hughes recently directed his first feature without his brother, Broken City, due in theaters on January 18, 2013. Hit the jump for a trailer and full synopsis for the original Bittersweet Life. »
- Brendan Bettinger
Albert Hughes has been having a rough go of it as of late. While he was originally set up to helm the live-action remake of Akira, he ended up losing that job, and most recently his latest project, Motor City, fell apart and got pushed back. Albert's brother Allen, however, isn't having the same kind of struggle. While in past years that two have made a go at projects together, directing movies like From Hell, The Book of Eli and Menace II Society, Allen is out on his own now and recently completed his solo film Motor City, starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe. The movie won't be coming to theaters until 2013, but today we have our first look. Entertainment Weekly has posted the first official stills from the movie, and while they aren't exactly thrilling, they do at least give us an impression of the characters' individual style. Check »
The actor who played Pinky in two of the "Friday" movies claims he's been falsely accused of raping a woman in Louisiana last year ... despite allegations in a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ. Clifton Powell -- who also appeared in "Rush Hour," "Ray" and "Menace II Society" -- has been sued by a woman using the pseudonym Kiyante Myers ... who claims the actor raped her in a hotel room in August 2011. According to the suit, »
- TMZ Staff
The Hughes Brothers have been in the biz since their entry with Menace II Society in 1993, but in almost 20 years, they've only produced/directed 5 feature films; the last one being The Book Of Eli in 2010. Most recently, the pair was attached to helm (Albert was to direct) a live-action adaptation of Akira, but eventually moved on thanks to creative differences with the studio (Warner Bros). Allen recently wrapped production on Broken City with Mark Wahlberg starring; the movie is scheduled for a Januarty 2013 release. However, Albert, who was scheduled to begin principal photography on Motor City, with Gerard Butler starring, on September 17, hasn't been so lucky. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Albert and Allen Hughes previously co-directed such films as Menace II Society, From Hell, and The Book of Eli, but the siblings are splitting apart with their latest projects. The latter recently finished production on the Chinatown-esque Noir flick Broken City, starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe. However, the road’s been much rockier for Albert Hughes’ similarly-titled crime-thriller Motor City – and now, backer Emmett/Furla Films has slammed its foot on the brakes (apologies for the pun) just two weeks before principal photography was scheduled to begin.
Scroll on down to learn more about the lengthy pre-production process for Motor City, as well as information on why the movie is now on indefinite hold.
Motor City tells the tale of a small-time crook who seeks revenge against the shady people responsible for framing ...
- Sandy Schaefer
The movie industry has never known what to do with rap music. But from Nwa to Odb, the extreme lives of its stars offer epic stories for the big screen
'Are you the one?" asks the trailer. In March last year, the Los Angeles production company Morgan Creek put out an online casting call, seeking an unknown to play the part of "poet … rapper … actor … revolutionary … legend …" Tupac Shakur. Anyone could apply by submitting footage of themselves reading a scene from the script and rapping to one of Shakur's songs. The director is Antoine Fuqua, best known for the movie Training Day, and the movie's producers include Shakur's mother. The casting call received thousands of applications, which makes for some hilarious viewing on YouTube, but the question of who could fill the shoes of one of rap's biggest personalities is indicative of a bigger problem for the movies: that they »
- Steve Rose
So the MTV Movie Awards are tonight. I don't think I've said or typed that phrase in years because really, who cares? I think there was a time (back when MTV wouldn't attempt to diminish or stifle its 30th anniversary, lest it appear too "old" to the young demographic it chases) when these awards had a slightly transgressive place in the world. But that time came and went, likely faster than I remember. I'm talking about a time when films like "Menace II Society" and "Se7en" could win awards for Best Movie and still seem to be a vote from the »
- Kristopher Tapley
Next week Thursday, June 7 at 10 Pm Est, VH1 will premiere Yo: The Story of Yo! MTV Raps, which, as the title suggests, will take audiences on a trip down memory lane, looking at the popular series which ran from 1988 to 1995 with its original Yo! MTV Raps name, then later as simply Yo! until 1999. It was the first hip-hop music show on the network. Expected to be included in Yo: The Story of Yo! MTV Raps are interviews with the show's three hosts (Fab 5 Freddy, Ed Lover and Doctor Dre), as well as the myriad of guests who appeared on the series. And in anticipation of next week's broadcast, and I suppose to get excited for what's to come, VH1 has released a clip (courtesy of Billboard) from 1993, which features Tupac Shakur getting a bit worked up when host Ed Lover brings up the story of his quarrel with the »
What's it like being the voice of the hippo in the Madagascar films and the wife of Will Smith?
Hello! How's Cannes?
It's very busy and very beautiful. Oh my goodness. Usually when I have come it's rainy. The first time here I was 20, for Menace II Society. Oh boy, I didn't know anything then. My outfits were just … woah. (1)
Did you have to sleep on the floor?
No, fortunately not. It was a good time to just be naive and young and know absolutely nothing.
Do you ever feel limited doing cartoons? (2)
You have as much space as you need. If I go into a session and I do something and go: "I wasn't happy with that, I'd like to do that again," they say: "Ok, not a problem." Whereas, in live action, I tell ya what: it's best that you figure it out that day. You can go back, »
- Catherine Shoard
The Mamma Mia! star was initially cast as the lead in the project, about a recently-released felon intent of bringing the men who framed him to justice, but he was forced to drop out due to scheduling difficulties.
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