5 items from 2015
We've got it wrong about Adam Sandler's latest comedy, the Netflix-backed Western/comedy The Ridiculous Six. That's what the star/co-writer/producer of the film has to say about it, at least. Turns out the film making gags like "I put my peepee in your teepee" and causing Native-American actors and their cultural advisor to walk off set is actually a "pro-Indian movie" and how they're just "being good people." There's also apparently "no mocking." It appears we've been dealing with the next Smoke Signals and we didn't even have a clue. It was on the red carpet for this weekend's Pixels where the exhausted-looking comedian tried to set the record straight. He told the Associated Press the bad word-of-mouth was all "a misunderstanding" and had the following to say to ScreenCrush. I talked to some of the actors on the set who were there and let them know »
- Will Ashton
Eyre (pictured) won the Sundance Audience Award and Filmmaker’s Trophy for his 1998 entry Smoke Signals and will direct from an adapted screenplay by John Sayles. Villard optioned the 1972 novel from the author’s estate late last year.
Soul Catcher charts the abuse of Native Americans and an activist’s attempt to even the score by kidnapping the son of a Washington politician.
“I’m so excited to have assembled this all-star team to translate Frank Herbert’s brilliant novel to the screen,” said Villard.
“There is no better director of Native American films than Chris; John has an incredibly rich history of writing socially important screenplays and Rene [Hayes] is hands-down the leading casting director of Native American films and actors.
“We now have »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Of the 27 novels and dozens of short stories Frank Herbert wrote, only Dune and its sequels have ever caught the interest of filmmakers. That's about to change, however, with the announcement that Herbert's Soul Catcher is in the process of being adapted. No less a name than John Sayles is writing the screenplay, and Chris Eyre will direct.Relatively unusually for Herbert, Soul Catcher is not a science-fiction novel, although it's still infused with the fascination for ecology and politics that imbues the rest of his work. It revolves around a Native American activist who kidnaps the son of a high-profile Us politician, with the intention of sacrificing the boy to appease the ancient spirits of his ancestors. But as the pair are hunted by the authorities across the Pacific Northwest, they form a surprising bond which changes the abductor's agenda.It's a clear fit for Eyres' own CV. The »
Into the Badlands
AMC has released the first photos from its upcoming martial arts saga "Into the Badlands". Daniel Wu stars as a well-trained warrior who embarks on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment, accompanied on his journey by a young boy named M.K. (Aramis Knight).
Al Gough and Miles Millar created the six-episode series based on the classic Chinese story "Journey to the West". It's currently filming in New Orleans and is targeting a late 2015 airing. [Source: Variety]
The Water Man
Oprah Winfrey and "Selma" star David Oyelowo are in discussions to produce "The Water Man" for Disney Pictures. Oyelowo would star in the project as the young male lead's father who slowly comes to understand his son.
Emily Needell penned the script which follows a young boy in search of a magical figure who is said to have the secret to immortality. In doing to he »
- Garth Franklin
The movie's writer and director David Ayer tweeted a photo of the cast on Wednesday (April 8) for the film's first table read, which included the pair.
Cast read through today! #SuicideSquad pic.twitter.com/yajjcB5aEb
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) April 9, 2015
They sit alongside previously announced stars Will Smith, Viola Davis, Jay Hernandez, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jai Courtney, Jim Parrack, Karen Fukuhara and Cara Delevingne.
Beach is known for his roles as Victor in Smoke Signals and Tommy in Walker, Texas Ranger, while Barinholtz is best known for appearing in The Mindy Project as nurse Morgan Tookers and Eastbound & Down as Ivan Dochenko.
The action film »
5 items from 2015
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