7 items from 2016
This summer marks the 20th Anniversary of the hit blockbuster Independence Day, which turned Will Smith into a massive superstar overnight. It became the first movie ever to gross more than $500 million worldwide, and, naturally, after that movie started raking it in at the box office, everyone wanted Will Smith in their movies. Over the next few years, Will Smith would go on to star in hits such as Men in Black and Enemy of the State, but the actor recently addressed one of his missteps, the 1999 Western action adaptation of the Wild Wild West TV show which brought in some sci-fi elemenst to boot.
Wild Wild West wasn't an absolute bomb in theaters, but it still came in far below the rest of his hits over the late 1990s. Wild Wild West took in $113.4 million domestically and $222.1 million worldwide, from a hefty $170 million budget back in 1999. Will Smith starred »
Because the McU is into “very expensive nostalgia”
Sharon Stone revealed on The Late Late Show last Thursday that she’s joining the McU, and while she had no details to share because of a confidentiality agreement, she said that it’s a “wee” part. Now, that could just be in reference to the size of her role, or it could be a sneaky hint that she’s actually playing a miniaturizing superhero.
Namely Janet van Dyne, aka the original version of The Wasp.
There are good reasons why that guess is a bad one. Ant-Man and The Wasp, which is where the character would appear, doesn’t begin filming until summer 2017 for a July 2018 release, and while it’s possible such a significant part has already been cast, or at least is in the stages of being cast, Stone made it sound like she’s doing the movie “now,” as »
- Christopher Campbell
Chinese entrepreneur Bruno Wu has teamed with veteran Hollywood producer Arthur Sarkissian to launch a new venture, Peak Time Entertainment. The pair plan to leverage their financial and creative skills on an initial slate of five projects.
Among the planned projects is “Titanic Code,” a new take focusing on the conspiracy theory about the sinking of the Titanic,. It is based on a script by David Marconi, who wrote “Enemy of the State” and the screenplay for Martin Campbell’s upcoming “The Foreigner,” starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan.
In addition, the duo plans to collaborate in late Fall on “Knights In Paradise,” a character-driven, romantic action-comedy to be filmed in the U.S., China and the Dominican Republic.
“This is a great »
- Patrick Frater
Here's tonight's Black History Month Minute.https://t.co/rPBKac5fdl— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 29, 2016 Apparently, there is more than one Black History Month. During the 2016 Oscars on Sunday, Angela Bassett appeared in a pre-taped sketch called the "Black History Month Minute: Oscars Edition," to pay tribute to an iconic performer. "Hello, I'm Angela Bassett," the actress said. "The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has long acknowledged people of color, and tonight, we honor someone who has shattered barriers with his groundbreaking performances." She continued, "Whether in serious dramas like Enemy of the State or whimsical animated productions like Shark Tale, »
- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble
The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television has said it will mount a monthlong film festival in honor of producer Jerry Bruckheimer, paying tribute to his impact on film and television. The festival, Take My Breath Away: A Jerry Bruckheimer Film Festival, launches April 1 at the Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood with Top Gun followed by a Q&A with Bruckheimer. Other pics in the mix during the fest: Enemy Of The State, Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pea… »
Triple 9, 2016.
Directed by John Hillcoat.
A group of police-officers use their expert knowledge to rob banks, but a new cop joins the force and becomes the unwitting target of their next job – using the ‘triple 9′ code to draw all the police to the death of another officer…
Remember when John Hillcoat’s The Road was snubbed at the Academy Awards? It’s only a short time since Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kate Winslet were grabbing Oscar and BAFTA statuettes while Aaron Paul and Norman Reedus were picking up, and nominated, for Emmys and Saturns. Then Hillcoat’s Triple 9 arrives. Packaged as a taught thriller, with dirty cops and sincere thieves, Triple 9 mixes a pot of terrific talent and seems to overcook the brew. Something is missing and the fast-action »
- Simon Columb
Following last October’s announcement that the classic 1980’s action series MacGyver would be returning to CBS, news out of a Lionsgate analysts meeting this morning has revealed that the company is simultaneously planning a big-budget movie reboot of the show as well.
The movie will reportedly be produced by the show’s creator, Lee David Zlotoff, with Fast and Furious franchise producer Neal Moritz coming in to help as well. Although there was no confirmation of the plot for the film, since both the TV show and movie reboot will be created by Lionsgate, it seems that the studio is attempting to set up a new shared universe for the action-heavy franchise.
Regarding the television version, director James Wan (Furious 7, The Conjuring) has been chosen to direct the pilot of the show, with writer Paul Downs Colaizzo on script duties. Although Wan was previously attached to a MacGyver »
- Mitchel Broussard
7 items from 2016
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