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Shaft Writer Rips The Idea Of A Comedic Shaft Reboot In Angry Tirade

30 July 2015 11:36 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Not everything needs a reboot. Particularly when you are a film that already has endured a remake. So when news started to circulate that Gordon Parks. Shaft was inspiring a reboot . even after Samuel L. Jackson slipped into the role for a remake . several people became enraged. But the anger and frustration carried by David F. Walker came with extra significance. Walker has been writing Shaft stories for Dynamite Comics, as well as the novel Shaft.s Revenge, and has a close connection to the badass character, in his mind. When he heard that the creator of Black-ish wanted to do a comedic take of Shaft for New Line, Walker wrote an open letter on his blog claiming that such an approach proves that the studio "is more interested in shitting the bed, than making a good Shaft movie." It only got worse from there. Walker showed real passion for »

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Shaft That Reboot Says "Shaft" Writer

29 July 2015 3:29 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

David Walker is not happy with news about the upcoming second reboot of "Shaft".

Walker is the writer of Dynamite Entertainment's "Shaft" comic series and the recent novel "Shaft's Revenge," the first official and authorized "Shaft" novel in court decades.

Today he posted an open letter on his website objected to reports from earlier this week which indicated New Line is developing a reboot of the blaxploitation hero with Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow penning the script.

Specifically he's not happy that the new version is said to take the franchise in a more comedic direction, saying that the studio is "more interested in sh--ting the bed, than making a good Shaft movie" and that the film will be a flop that will "ruin the chances of there ever being a decent Shaft movie in the remainder of my lifetime."

Walker says a comedic "Shaft" will essentially just be »

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Movie News: Channing Tatum's 'Gambit' in Question; Watch First Red-Band Trailer for Michael Bay's '13 Hours'

29 July 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Gambit: Channing Tatum was confirmed more than a year ago to be starring in the titular role in Marvel's Gambit, but now an unconfirmed report claims that the actor's deal is "in jeopardy of falling apart and he is planning to exit" the project. Tatum has talked about his affection for the character, a Southern gambler and ladies' man, several times in the past, and it's not clear why he may be moving on. Rupert Wyatt is set to direct the movie, which is currently scheduled for release on October 7, 2016. [The Wrap]   Shaft: Private eye John Shaft first roared to life on the big screen in 1971, winning great popular success and an Academy Award (Best Original Song), and inspiring two sequels, as well as a remake in 2000, with Samuel L. Jackson...

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Shaft Remake In The Works With Black-ish Creator

29 July 2015 8:20 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With its Vacation remake out this Friday, New Line is already reaching back to the ’70s to dust off another title. Shaft, the cult 1971 Blaxploitation flick starring Richard Roundtree, is being remade with a new script from Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow, an executive producer-writer on ABC’s The Goldbergs.

John Davis, who produced The Man From U.N.C.L.E. as well as the upcoming Victor Frankenstein, will produce this new take alongside Ira Napoliello.

The plan is for Shaft to adhere to the action roots of the original while adopting a comedic tone – perhaps in line with Sony’s 21 Jump Street remakes.

The original film centered on a private detective (Roundtree) who was hired to find a missing girl in Harlem. It attracted praise and criticism for its place in the Blaxploitation genre – though films like Shaft seemed to empower black individuals and afford black actors the opportunities to »

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Shaft Reboot Scores A Writing Team

28 July 2015 4:35 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Back in February, word arrived that New Line had decided to take yet another crack at the John Shaft character played so memorably by Richard Roundtree in 1971 and (in the form of his nephew) Samuel L. Jackson in 2000. We don’t yet know who will be filling that iconic role, but we do know who will be putting words in his mouth, with TV writer/producers Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow snagging the job. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it looks like the studio and producer John Davis are hewing closer to the 21 Jump Street model this time, though probably not quite as wacky. Still, the presence of two men who are currently working on sitcoms points to the tone that the company is looking for.Barris is the brain behind Anthony Anderson-starring comedy show Black-ish, in which a black family man deals with his kids endlessly adopting the »

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‘Shaft’ Remake Gears Up With ‘Black-ish’ Creator

28 July 2015 3:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

New Line’s reboot of the “Shaft” franchise is gaining traction with a pair of writers on board — “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris and “The Goldbergs” executive producer Alex Barnow.

New Line began developing a new “Shaft” earlier this year by acquiring the remake rights and setting up the latest version with producer John Davis.

MGM’s 1971 blaxploitation film was based on Ernest Tidyman’s novel and directed by Gordon Parks. John Shaft was portrayed by Richard Roundtree, who navigates mob neighborhoods in New York City to find the missing daughter of a mobster.

The film was a major success at the box office, pulling in $13 million on a budget of $500,000. Isaac Hayes’ “Theme from Shaft” won the Academy Award for original song. Parks and Roundtree also teamed on “Shaft’s Big Score” in 1972 and “Shaft in Africa” in 1973. “Shaft” was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry »

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"Black-ish" Creator Plans "Shaft" Remake

28 July 2015 1:47 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Black-ish" creator Kenya Barris and "The Goldbergs" executive producer Alex Barnow are teaming to pen the script for a new reboot of 1970s blaxploitation franchise "Shaft" at New Line.

Richard Roundtree starred in the original as a private detective hired to find a missing girl in Harlem, and became iconic for several reasons including Isaac Hayes' soundtrack.

John Singleton starred in a 2000 reboot with Samuel L. Jackson in the role which was actually the nephew of the character. Whilst that one had a relatively serious tone, this new one is said to be more comedic.

John Davis and Ira Napoliello will produce the new version. Davis opens another franchise reboot - "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." - in two weeks.

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- Garth Franklin

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'Shaft' Getting Remake from 'Black-ish' Creator (Exclusive)

28 July 2015 12:22 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New Line wants to give you the shaft. The company, which opens the reboot of Vacation on Wednesday, is in development on a reboot of Shaft, the cult Blaxploitation movie from the 1970s. Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow, an executive producer-writer on ABC’s The Goldbergs, have been tapped to write the script. John Davis, who is producing the upcoming Man from U.N.C.L.E. reboot and the new take on Frankenstein with Victor Frankenstein, is producing with Ira Napoliello. The original movie told of a private detective named John Shaft, played by Richard Roundtree, who

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Report to the Commissioner | Blu-ray Review

14 July 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Another forgotten gem from the mid-1970s receiving a new Blu-ray treatment is 1975’s Report to the Commissioner, a textured police procedural examining changing social mores and the generalized internal corruptions we’re used to in these scenarios, resulting in tragic circumstances thanks to the sincere ignorance of its protagonist. Yaphet Kotto, a regular supporting player in a number of Blaxploitation features from the decade, is a standout as a weary, sympathetic detective numbed by the machinations of law enforcement. It’s a greatly overlooked title of the era, featuring a variety of recognizable names in early roles as street hoods, and based on a novel by James Mills (The Panic in Needle Park, 1971), adapted for the screen by Abby Mann (Judgment at Nuremberg, 1961) and Ernest Tidyman (Shaft; The French Connection, both 1971). Though its narrative is, at times, a bit rough around the edges, this deliberately paced thriller features rich characterizations and excellent chase sequences. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Truck Turner | Blu-ray Review

14 July 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Kino Lorber resurrects the obscure and fascinating 1974 Blaxploitation gem Truck Turner this month for the first time on Blu-ray. One of Isaac Hayes’ most notable acting performances, it’s a head above the general trend of similar genre titles of the period, even though the film features a familiar narrative already well re-tread by the time of its release. Hayes fashions his own soundtrack for this retro classic, an oddity begging to be rediscovered.

Truck Turner (Hayes) is a football star turned bounty hunter, in the midst of hunting down a vicious, sadistic pimp named Gator (Paul Harris) with the help of his sidekick, Jerry (Alan Weeks). But Gator proves a hard target to pin down, leading up to a dramatic showdown where Truck is forced to kill the pimp in self-defense. His death causes a ripple in the criminal community of Los Angeles and forces the aggressively violent Madame »

- Nicholas Bell

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Child 44 Review

19 April 2015 1:17 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s hard to dislike Tom Hardy as an actor. Whatever cinematic challenge he takes on, from atypically brainy blockbusters like Inception and The Dark Knight Rises to taut dramas like Bronson and Locke, he always gives it his all, digging under his character’s skins with a diligence and canniness that elevates him above possibly any other actor of his generation. Along the way, he’s found particular success in embodying strong, silent types, the kinds of men who more resemble wild animals than well-mannered gentlemen. Hardy’s characters are like caged wolves – as much as you want to reach in and pet them, you might lose your hand if you do.

In Child 44, the actor is up to his usual tricks. As Leo Demidov, a dedicated security officer tasked with cracking down on traitors in Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union, Hardy plays another hardened man’s man, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Jeffrey Wright Bio: In His Own Words

30 March 2015 11:44 AM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Jeffrey Wright (born December 17, 1965) is an American actor and producer. He is known for his roles in movies, television shows, and plays such as Shaft, Boycott, Angels in America (both on television and on stage), Cadillac Records and Boardwalk Empire. He’s also well known for his roles as Felix Leiter in the James Bond films […]

The post Jeffrey Wright Bio: In His Own Words appeared first on uInterview. »

- Ryan McDonnell

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Memorable Highlights From The 2015 TCM Film Festival

29 March 2015 9:04 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

For the sixth consecutive year, thousands of movie lovers from around the globe descended upon Hollywood for the TCM Classic Film Festival. The 2015 festival took take place Thursday, March 26 – Sunday, March 29, 2015 and no matter your favorite genre, attendees were treated to an extensive lineup of great movies, appearances by legendary stars and filmmakers, fascinating presentations and panel discussions, special events and more.

Friday night’s screening of Apollo 13 was definitely one of the most exciting events of the festival. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Ron Howard’s impressive telling of the nearly doomed mission of the 3 astronauts aboard Apollo 13 looked as spectacular as the first time audiences saw it 20 years ago.

Host and long-time Nasa enthusiast Alex Trebek was on hand to introduce the film, as well as introduce fans in attendance to the real Captain Jim Lovell (played in the film by Tom Hanks). Also joining them on »

- Melissa Thompson

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Cult Classic Harley Davidson And The Marlboro Man to Debut on Blu-ray for the First Time

20 March 2015 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

This spring, rev up your engines and get ready to relive the explosive action, daring stunts and high-octane thrills when the 1991 action smash hit Harley Davidson And The Marlboro Man arrives for the first time on Blu-ray on May 19, 2015 from Shout! Factory. Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler, Sin City) and Don Johnson (A Boy and His Dog, TV's Miami Vice) star in this genre collision of biker movie, heist thriller and buddy flick that will take you to the hardline of action and adventure! Co-starring Tom Sizemore (Natural Born Killers), Chelsea Field (The Last Boy Scout), Tia Carrere (True Lies) and Vanessa Williams (Shaft), this relentlessly explosive actioner just may prove that "it's better to be dead and cool than alive and uncool." When their favorite bar is threatened with closure, »

- Pietro Filipponi

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RiverRun to close with David Gordon Green's 'Manglehorn'

17 March 2015 3:30 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

17th edition of festival to open with Quentin Dupieux’s Reality and Sacha JenkinsFresh Dressed.

RiverRun International Film Festival has unveiled the full lineup for its 17th edition, expanding from 10 to 11 days and running April 16-26.

The festival will open with Quentin Dupieux’s Reality and Sacha Jenkins’ hip-hop and fashion documentary Fresh Dressed, while David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn will close this year’s edition.

Overall, the festival will screen 165 films, 74 of which are features, from 35 countries.

Its narrative competition will screen 10 films, including Jessica Hausner’s Amour Fou, Keith Miller’s Five Star and Naomi Kawase’s Still the Water, while Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence and Nick Broomfield’s Tales of the Grim Sleeper are among the 10 films screening in the documentary competition.

Along with its openiing and closing films, RiverRun will host special presentations of Benoit Jacquot’s 3 Hearts, Anne Fontaine’s Gemma Bovery and John Maclean’s Slow West, among »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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‘Seinfeld’ Actor Daniel von Bargen Dies at 64

4 March 2015 1:53 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Daniel von Bargen, a prolific character actor best known for his role as George’s lazy boss Mr. Kruger on “Seinfeld,” as Commandant Edwin Spangler, the military veteran who oversees the cadets at Marlin Academy, on TV’s “Malcolm in the Middle,” and for his role in a two-part episode of “The West Wing” in which he played Air Force General Ken Shannon, died March 1 in Montgomery, Ohio, after a long illness. He was 64 and had been dealing with health issues for the last five years.

Von Bargen was known for roles as irate or defiant cops, district attorneys, judges, and other authority figures. But he also spent a good deal of his time onstage.

The actor had most recently appeared in Thomas Edward Seymour’s 2009 feature “London Betty,” in which he starred.

But mostly von Bargen was relegated to small but frequently memorable supporting roles.

His film credits include “The Silence of the Lambs, »

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‘Seinfeld’ Actor Daniel von Bargen Dies at 64

4 March 2015 1:53 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Daniel von Bargen, a prolific character actor best known for his role as George’s lazy boss Mr. Kruger on “Seinfeld,” as Commandant Edwin Spangler, the military veteran who oversees the cadets at Marlin Academy, on TV’s “Malcolm in the Middle,” and for his role in a two-part episode of “The West Wing” in which he played Air Force General Ken Shannon, died March 1 in Montgomery, Ohio, after a long illness. He was 64 and had been dealing with health issues for the last five years.

Von Bargen was known for roles as irate or defiant cops, district attorneys, judges, and other authority figures. But he also spent a good deal of his time onstage.

The actor had most recently appeared in Thomas Edward Seymour’s 2009 feature “London Betty,” in which he starred.

But mostly von Bargen was relegated to small but frequently memorable supporting roles.

His film credits include “The Silence of the Lambs, »

- Carmel Dagan

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Shaft to be rebooted by The Man from Uncle producer

20 February 2015 7:21 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Shaft franchise is to be rebooted by New Line Cinema.

The studio has acquired the rights to the detective series and brought producer John Davis on board, TheWrap reports.

Davis has previously worked Chronicle as well as reboots for Predators and the upcoming The Man from Uncle.

Shaft began as a novel, before being made into a film trilogy and spin-off television series starring Richard Roundtree as John Shaft.

The franchise was resurrected in 2000 in a movie starring Samuel L Jackson, who played Shaft's nephew.

A comic book series based on the original character's early years launched last year and was announced this week as a finalist for the first Dwayne McDuffie Award.

Watch a trailer for the 2000 Shaft movie below: »

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Shaft Reboot in the Works

20 February 2015 5:51 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

The Wrap is reporting that New Line Cinema has acquired rights to the "Shaft" franchise with plans of developing a new film. It's not clear if it will be a reboot or a loose continuation. The original film is based on the 1970 novel by Ernest Tidyman. It was released in 1971 with Gordon Parks directing and Richard Roundtree playing the lead role, Detective John Shaft. The film spawned two sequels, "Shaft's Big Score" in 1972 and "Shaft in Africa" in 1973. Roundtree also played Shaft in a short-lived CBS TV series. Then in 2000, the actor returned for a cameo in the "Shaft" reboot, which was directed by John Singleton and starred Samuel L. Jackson as Shaft's nephew. The film cost $46 million to make and grossed $107 million worldwide. A new actor is expected to star as Shaft in the new version. »

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'Shaft' Reboot? Shut Your Mouth!

19 February 2015 1:30 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Way back in 1971, John Shaft was a trailblazing character, an assertive African-American private investigator played by Richard Roundtree who never backed down from the police and was catnip to the ladies. Shaft won an Academy Award for Isaac Hayes' iconic theme song and was a big hit at the box office, spawning two sequels. It also inspired a remake in 2000, starring Samuel L. Jackson as the nephew of John Shaft, who faced off against the villainous Christian Bale. Now a new version is under development, with veteran producer John Davis (Predator) and his production company taking charge for New Line studio. No other details have been revealed yet, although The Wrap is reporting that a new actor will be cast in the lead role. While the original Shaft was very much a...

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