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After a stint in development hell, "The Crow" remake is now flying, for better or worse. Jack Huston is locked down in the lead role, and the movie's big baddie has been found, and it's being given an interesting gender switch. Deadline reports that Andrea Riseborough is in talks to play Top Dollar. A dude in the comics, and played by Michael Wincott in the 1994 movie, the character is the gang boss who murders Eric Draven and his girlfriend. When Draven returns in full goth as The Crow, he sets his sights on Top Dollar seeking justice and revenge. And I have to say, as disinterested in this movie as I am, the little twist on the villain is nifty. Corin Hardy ("The Woods") is directing the film which will land in cinemas probably next year sometime. Thoughts? Does this news make you slightly more optimistic? Hit up the comments section and let us know. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Birdman actress will play villain Top Dollar in the adaptation of James O'Barr's comic book, Deadline reports.
The role was played by Michael Wincott in the 1994 film, but the character will be rewritten as a woman in the updated version.
Corin Hardy is on board to direct the film, which centres around a murdered man who comes back to life to exact his revenge.
The remake will be adapted directly from the graphic novel rather than the 1994 cult film, which starred Brandon Lee. »
I didn't really have much interest in a remake of The Crow to begin with, and watching so many directors and actors join and leave the project certainly didn’t help. However, Luke Evans was attached to star for so long that it was hard not to warm up to the idea of him playing Eric Draven. But, of course, then he dropped out in January and we got Jack Huston instead. I'm sure he scored the role for a reason, but as someone who didn’t watch him in Boardwalk Empire or pay much attention to his big screen work, he certainly doesn't spark the hype that Evans, Alexander Skarsgard, Tom Hiddleston, James McAvoy, etc. did. But, a new casting report just surfaced for a different role and it's actually got me interested in the project again. [caption id="attachment_220529" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Universal[/caption] According to Deadline, Andrea Riseborough is currently in »
- Perri Nemiroff
Long in development, a new iteration of The Crow is finally underway with director Corin Hardy helming, and Jack Huston and Jessica Brown Findlay set to star as the doomed lovers whose deaths the former will return from the grave to avenge. Who will be responsible for their cruel fate? In Alex Proyas’ 1994 favorite Michael…
- Samuel Zimmerman
According to Deadline, Relativity Studios is in negotiations with Andrea Riseborough to play the villain in Corin Hardy's remake of The Crow, which will star Boardwalk Empire's Jack Huston as the doomed Eric Draven. Riseborough ( Birdman, Oblivion, Disconnect, Made in Dagenham, Never Let Me Go) would play a character named Top Dollar, who was originally written as a man and was played by Michael Wincott in the first adaptation back in 1994. Top Dollar runs a crime syndicate, and is indirectly responsible for the deaths or Draven and his fiancée Shelly (Jessica Brown Findlay). The remake is being produced by Edward R. Pressman, Kevin Misher, Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, and Jeff Waxman. James O’Barr is also on board as a consultant. The Crow will take flight in 2016. »
Draven is a man who comes back from the dead to avenge his girlfriend's death after both were killed in a deadly attack.
Riseborough would play Top Dollar, the head of the syndicate responsible for the attack and a role which was played by Michael Wincott in the previous 1994 film adaptation.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
The reboot of comic book movie franchise The Crow just got a lot more interesting. As if the presence of Boardwalk Empire‘s Jack Huston as the title avenger wasn’t enough to thrill you, then how about the actress producers are pursuing as the villain? If they have their way, brilliant character actress Andrea Riseborough will take the role of crime lord and nemesis Top Dollar.
Brit Riseborough has built a reputation as a chameleonic talent over the years, with performances in Brighton Rock, Shadow Dancer and Made In Dagenham as distinctive from each other as it’s possible to get. Should she agree to sign on, she’ll be playing a part last seen in the guise of Michael Wincott in the 1994 original. Seems screenwriter Claire Wilson and director Corin Hardy are reworking the material in more ways than one.
Based on James O’Barr’s graphic novel, »
- Steve Palace
It's been a bumpy road to production for the planned reboot/remake/whatever we're calling it of The Crow. However, with Boardwalk Empire's Jack Huston now locked in the title role, and Corin Hardy set to direct, it looks like it's finally all systems go on the new film.
The latest piece of casting news is that Andrea Riseborough is signing up to play the movie's villain. She's taking on the role of Top Dollar in the movie. Previously Top Dollar has been male, and was played by Michael Wincott in the original film. The character was beefed up for that 1994 movie too, becoming the chief of a drugs syndicate, as opposed to a low level drug dealer as he was in the comics.
Relativity Studios is finally moving forward with a remake of 1994 cult classic The Crow, having set Boardwalk Empire alum Jack Huston to star alongside Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey). Tonight brings intriguing news that the project is about to cast another key role, albeit in a very different way than the original. Andrea Riseborough, hot off a succesful Oscar season with Best Picture victor Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), is in talks to play the villainous Top Dollar in the redo, according to Deadline.
In the novel and the ’94 film, Top Dollar was the (male) leader of a criminal syndicate responsible for torturing then killing the girlfriend (Findlay) of former rock star Eric Draven (Huston). The Crow heats up when Draven comes back from the dead, resurrected thanks to a mysterious bird, to take vengeance on Top Dollar and the rest of the thugs. Michael Wincott played Top Dollar in the original film, »
- Isaac Feldberg
With a new tragic hero firmly on board in the shape of Jack Huston, director Corin Hardy is looking to make an interesting choice for his new version of James O’Barr’s The Crow. He has Oblivion’s Andrea Riseborough in talks to play the main villain.This could be a fascinatingly fresh take on the character of Top Dollar, as portrayed in the 1994 version by Michael Wincott. In the graphic novel, Top Dollar is the head of a crime syndicate responsible for the brutal murder of rocker Eric Draven and his fiancée, with Draven brought back to supernatural life to avenge the killings.Hardy has Claire Wilson working on the latest draft of the script, which will follow the graphic novel even more closely than Alex Proyas’ effort thanks to O’Barr’s contributions as consultant. Relativity Studios is backing this one, with the cameras expected to start »
Exclusive: Relativity Studios is in negotiations with Andrea Riseborough to play the villain in The Crow, the revamp of the fantasy pic that The Hallow‘s Corin Hardy is directing. Boardwalk Empire‘s Jack Huston is already aboard to play Eric Draven, portrayed by Brandon Lee in the 1994 original. Claire Wilson wrote the adaptation based on James O'Barr's graphic novel. Riseborough would play Top Dollar, who in the novel and the original movie was the baddest of the bad… »
Tim Burton, Joel Schumacher, Christopher Nolan, and Zack Snyder have all done what most superhero junkies could only dream of doing: direct a Batman movie. But there was one other filmmaker privileged enough to have suited up the masked manhunter for cinema, achieving almost overnight success in 2003 and a cult classic amongst Batman fans—without the “superpowers” of a million dollar budget or the tyranny of studio executives. The director: Sandy Collora. The film: Batman: Dead End.
“Behind The Mask”, a 90-minute documentary on the life and career of Sandy Collora, was shown recently at Monsterpalooza in Burbank, CA, telling the story of the indie filmmaker’s refusal to “sell out” to major studios and finding satisfaction in directing his own films.
- Holly Interlandi
Many monsters came to Midian seeking shelter from the hate of humanity. That hate brought death and destruction to the supposedly safe haven in the 1988 novel, Cabal, and its film adaptation, Nightbreed (1990), leaving viewers to wonder what Clive Barker's eclectic cast of characters would do next. On July 28th, Tor Books will release a highly anticipated 300+ page answer (in both hardcover and Kindle) to that question with the Nightbreed sequel anthology, Midian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker's Nightbreed. Featuring an introduction by Barker and short stories from a wide range of great writers (including David J. Schow, C. Robert Cargill, and Weston Ochse), this Nightbreed collection explores what happened after the last page was turned and the end credits rolled in Barker's brilliant world of the lost and lonely.
- Derek Anderson
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Chicago – The Hollywood Show is back, and all your favorite TV and movie stars are available to meet, take pictures with and get autographs. The 2015 Chicago edition is May 1 through 3, with Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd the celebrity appearance days. HollywoodChicago.com was there for the 2014 Show, and captured some Exclusive Portraits of the type of celebrities the Hollywood Show brings directly to the fans.
Scheduled to appear at the 2014 Hollywood Show include the dynamic duo from the 1966 Batman TV show, Adam West and Burt Ward (Saturday only); Henry “Fonzie” Winkler (Saturday), “Chips” stars Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada; Louise Fletcher from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”; Linda Blair from “The Exorcist”; secondary cast members from the popular film “A League of Their Own”; and for the first time some legendary sports celebrities like Bobby Hull (Chicago Black »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
El Mayimbe is back with another Marvel scoop, and this one is sure to make Black Panther fans very happy. It looks like the next major role to be cast will be that of King T'Chaka; and according to Mayimbe Ernie Hudson (The Crow, Ghostbusters, Oz) is being looked at to play him. T'Chaka was T'Challa/Black Panther's Father, and in the comics held the title of Chieftain of Wakanda -- pledged to protect the sacred metal known as Vibranium. He was also an ally of Captain America's, and had superhuman strength, speed and agility thanks to a sacred herb that he alone was granted access to. Of course the movie version will probably differ significantly in that regard! Hudson will be best know for playing Winston Zeddemore in the Ghostbusters flicks, but he's appeared in many popular movies since then including The Crow and The Hand That Rocks The Cradle. »
Running Time: 101 minutes
Synopsis: John Wick (Reeves) is a retired hit man who finds himself drawn back into the dangerous world of organised crime after the local mob boss’ son Iosef (Allen) breaks into his home and murders his dog, a gift left to him from his recently deceased wife.
In recent weeks we at Thn have been taking a walk down the memory lane of Keanu Reeves’ career in our series Keanu Classics. The series has looked at past victories Bill & Ted, My Own Private Idaho, Point Break, Speed and The Matrix. Since The Matrix though it’s all been a little quiet on the Keanu front. He popped up in Christmas 2013 release 47 Ronin briefly and then vanished again. All that is about to change this »
- Kat Smith
Just days after the 39th anniversary of the conviction of Patty Hearst back on March 20, 1976, Deadline is reporting that Fox 2000 has acquired the rights to a new, untitled book being written by Jeffrey Toobin about the life and kidnapping of Hearst. The writers behind Big Eyes, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, will be adapting Toobin’s account.
Deadline is also speculating the role might also be in development for Jennifer Lawrence, but those talks are currently preliminary.
Hearst was 20 when she was kidnapped from her wealthy parents in the Hearst Publishing Family. She was later found to have changed her name to Tania and had joined up with her kidnappers, the Symbionese Liberation Army and eventually robbed a bank in San Francisco. Hearst’s story, based on her own novel, was first adapted into a film in 1988 by Paul Schrader, with Natasha Richardson in the role. Hearst is now 61.
- Brian Welk
Evans quit following numerous production delays, but the signing of Huston should get the show back on the road. He’s perhaps best known for his role as scarred veteran and expert sharp shooter Richard Harrow in Boardwalk Empire, but has several high profile projects coming up. These include following in the footsteps of Charlton Heston as Ben-hur.
Based on James O’Barr’s comic book, the original franchise saw tortured rock star Eric Draven brought back from the grave to take revenge on the brutal gang who murdered him and his lover. Star Brandon Lee infamously died in an accident during the shoot for the first movie, and his place was taken in subsequent instalments by Vincent Perez, »
- Steve Palace
*full disclosure: an online screener of this film was provided by Uncork'd Entertainment. Director/writer: Karen Lam. Cast: Kat de Lieva, Richard Harmon, Mayumi Yoshida, David Lewis David Lewis and Kelvin Redvers. Evangeline is a revenge tale, from director Karen Lam. This title was completed in 2013, toured festivals and now, the film is set to release on home video formats. Though, this is one release that might best be forgotten. An homage to Alex Proyas' The Crow (1994), Evangeline is more rock video than a true film. Lam's storytelling style brings lots of characters to the screen, none of whom are really developed. Even the protagonist is shallow and mute, through much of the film. As well, so many ideas are introduced into the story, that Evangeline staggers all over the place. Only the visual style, which is often dark and moody, is consistent and well produced. Almost all other film elements are incongruous, »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
Last month, Jack Huston was revealed to be in talks to play The Crow's Eric Draven, but nothing official was announced. Now, however, the ink has dried on the contracts, the hands have been shaken and Huston can start digging into how he’ll play the tragic hero of The Crow for director Corin Hardy. Hardy was hired as the latest man to call the shots back in December, and it appears that the film is finally back on track after a tortuous spell in development limbo, with a shoot pencilled in for this spring. Claire Wilson is currently on writing duties for the screenplay, which, like Alex Proyas’ 1994 take, adapts James O’Barr’s tale of Draven, a musician murdered by criminals before being brought back from the land of the dead by a mysterious, mystical crow to get revenge against those who wronged him and his fiancée. »
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