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'Wreck-It Ralph' and more fake video games on the big screen

2 November 2012 1:43 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Movies and video games have a weird, inscestuous, and often unfortunate relationship. Dozens of movies take their plots of existing video games. "Silent Hill: Revelation 3D" is just latest example. There's also "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within," "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," multiple "Resident Evil" flicks, "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life" the list goes on. Unfortunately, most of these movies are dreadful, directed by Uwe Boll, or both.

And just about every movie that has elements of action, adventure, superheroes, fantasy, sci fi or a young audience gets repurposed as a video game. Some of these games are fun. Some are slapped-together attempts to make a few more bucks off a hit movie. Are any of them advancing the cause of video games as art? We'll let the gamer geeks fight over that question.

Then there are those movies based on a video game that doesn't actually exist. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Podcast: Our Inner Goddess Comes Out, New DVDs and Blu-rays, Laremy's Fear of Horror Films and More

9 October 2012 12:00 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

As is always the case with our Tuesday edition of the RopeofSilicon podcast, today we'll take a look at the latest DVD and Blu-ray releases as well as discuss the early reactions to Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, talk a little Oscar predictions as a result and we'll do our damndest to get to the bottom of why Laremy refuses to watch horror films as it is certainly something you refuse to accept. Poor guy. Laremy reads a little from the E.T. screenplay, I read a few choice lines from "Fifty Shades of Grey" and we finally discuss the Fall Box-Office Draft a little closer as four movies that were drafted are finally in theaters. Beyond that we answer several of your questions, giveaway David Fincher's The Game on Blu-ray, play a little Over/Under, Buy or Sell and Watch This or Watch That and generally just take part in 86 minutes of merriment. »

- Brad Brevet

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Breck Eisner Confirmed to Direct Stretch Armstrong

20 July 2012 9:29 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Earlier this month, we reported that Breck Eisner (The Crazies) was in talks to direct the live-action adaptation of the disposable toy Stretch Armstrong.  Today, Relativity Media has sent out a press release confirming that Eisner has the gig.  According to the press release, "This original story will be a gritty actioner introducing the character of Lucas Armstrong and the life-or-death consequences he will face after undergoing a transformation granting him superhuman abilities."  That's right: someone is going to make a "gritty actioner" based on a toy that's filled with gelled corn syrup. Hit the jump to read the press release.  Stretch Armstrong opens April 11, 2014. Here's the press release: Relativity Taps Breck Eisner to Helm Stretch Armstrong Targeted for April 11, 2014 Release (Beverly Hills, Calif.) July 19, 2012 – Relativity Media has closed a deal with Breck Eisner (The Crazies, Sahara) to direct its upcoming live-action film based on Stretch Armstrong, it was announced today by Relativity’s President, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Stretch Armstrong Signs Director Breck Eisner; Scheduled for Theatrical Release in April 2014

20 July 2012 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Relativity Media has closed a deal with Breck Eisner (The Crazies, Sahara) to direct its upcoming live-action film based on Stretch Armstrong, it was announced today by Relativity’s President, Tucker Tooley. Relativity partnered with global branded play company Hasbro, Inc. to develop and produce the film which is targeted for an April 11, 2014 release date. Relativity will be the domestic distributor and will release the film internationally through its network of foreign output partners. Eisner, known for directing the remake of George A. Romero’s horror movie The Crazies, will helm the film based on the script written by Dean Georgaris (Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, The Manchurian Candidate). The film will be produced by Relativity’s CEO, Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter), »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Breck Eisner to Direct Stretch Armstrong

19 July 2012 10:59 PM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Looks like Relativity hasn’t given up on that “Stretch Armstrong” movie yet. I have no idea why not, though. Is the world really clamoring for a Stretch Armstrong movie? Apparently Relativity seems to think so, since they’ve now officially attached “Crazies” director Breck Eisner to direct. Official press release ahoy: Relativity Media has closed a deal with Breck Eisner (The Crazies, Sahara) to direct its upcoming live-action film based on Stretch Armstrong, it was announced today by Relativity’s President, Tucker Tooley. Relativity partnered with global branded play company Hasbro, Inc. to develop and produce the film which is targeted for an April 11, 2014 release date. Relativity will be the domestic distributor and will release the film internationally through its network of foreign output partners. Eisner, known for directing the remake of George A. Romero’s horror movie The Crazies, will helm the film based on the script written »

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Press Release: Breck Eisner To Helm Stretch Armstrong; Brief Synopsis Revealed

19 July 2012 5:24 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Relativity Media has closed a deal with Breck Eisner (The Crazies, Sahara) to direct its upcoming live-action film based on Stretch Armstrong, it was announced today by Relativity’s President, Tucker Tooley. Relativity partnered with global branded play company Hasbro, Inc. to develop and produce the film which is targeted for an April 11, 2014 release date. Relativity will be the domestic distributor and will release the film internationally through its network of foreign output partners. Eisner, known for directing the remake of George A. Romero’s horror movie The Crazies, will helm the film based on the script written by Dean Georgaris (Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, The Manchurian Candidate). The film will be produced by Relativity’s CEO, Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter), Hasbro’s CEO Brian Goldner (Transformers) and Bennett Schneir, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Motion Pictures (Battleship). Tooley (Immortals) will serve as executive producer. »

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Stretch Armstrong Confirms Director Breck Eisner

19 July 2012 4:45 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Relativity Media has closed a deal with Breck Eisner (The Crazies, Sahara) to direct its upcoming live-action film based on Stretch Armstrong, it was announced today by Relativity's President, Tucker Tooley. Relativity partnered with global branded play company Hasbro, Inc. to develop and produce the film which is targeted for an April 11, 2014 release date. Relativity will be the domestic distributor and will release the film internationally through its network of foreign output partners.

Eisner, known for directing the remake of George A. Romero's horror movie The Crazies, will helm the film based on the script written by Dean Georgaris (Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life, The Manchurian Candidate). The film will be produced by Relativity's CEO, Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter), Hasbro's CEO Brian Goldner (Transformers) and Bennett Schneir, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Motion Pictures (Battleship). Tooley (Immortals) will serve as executive producer.

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Relativity Taps Breck Eisner To Helm Stretch Armstrong; Targeted for April 11, 2014 Release

19 July 2012 4:15 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Relativity Media has closed a deal with Breck Eisner (The Crazies, Sahara) to direct its upcoming live-action film based on Stretch Armstrong, it was announced today by Relativity.s President, Tucker Tooley. Relativity partnered with global branded play company Hasbro, Inc. to develop and produce the film which is targeted for an April 11, 2014 release date. Relativity will be the domestic distributor and will release the film internationally through its network of foreign output partners.

Eisner, known for directing the remake of George A. Romero.s horror movie The Crazies, will helm the film based on the script written by Dean Georgaris (Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, The Manchurian Candidate). The film will be produced by Relativity.s CEO, Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter), Hasbro.s CEO Brian Goldner (Transformers) and Bennett Schneir, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Motion Pictures (Battleship). Tooley (Immortals) will serve as executive producer. »

- Michelle McCue

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Breck Eisner Confirmed to Direct Stretch Armstrong

19 July 2012 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Relativity Media has closed a deal with Breck Eisner ( The Crazies , Sahara ) to direct its upcoming live-action film based on Stretch Armstrong , it was announced today by Relativity.s President, Tucker Tooley. Relativity partnered with global branded play company Hasbro, Inc. to develop and produce the film which is targeted for an April 11, 2014 release date. Relativity will be the domestic distributor and will release the film internationally through its network of foreign output partners. Eisner, known for directing the remake of George A. Romero.s horror movie The Crazies , will helm the film based on the script written by Dean Georgaris ( Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life , The Manchurian Candidate ). The film will be produced by Relativity.s CEO, Ryan Kavanaugh »

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Morning 5: Trank for 'Fantastic Four', 'Man of Steel' Teaser Coming and Kaufman Goes Stop-Motion

12 July 2012 7:58 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

1.) Fox has officially set Chronicle helmer Josh Trank to direct the reboot of Fantastic Four with expectation it will be the next film Trank directs. Fox has additionally set Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) to direct the family sci-fi film Rust based on the Royden Lepp novel about a struggling farm family and the mysterious robot that shows up and changes their lives. The studio is also now looking to fill the director shoes on a reboot of Daredevil now that David Slade has dropped out. The studio needs to get the film into production by fall or contractually risk having the the property revert to Marvel Studios and Disney. [Deadline] 2.)Breck Eisner (The Crazies) is in negotiations to direct Stretch Armstrong, the movie project based on the classic Hasbro toy and set up at Relativity with a script from Dean Georgaris (Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life). The »

- Brad Brevet

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Breck Eisner To Direct Stretch Armstrong Movie

10 July 2012 11:18 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When Universal Pictures cut its deal with Hasbro to make films based on their toys and games, plans for Stretch Armstrong —  a film that would’ve seen Taylor Lautner as the pliable action figure  — fell through. Many of us thought it safe to assume we wouldn’t be hearing about Stretch for awhile, maybe never again, but it turns out Relativity Media has the rights and THR reports that Breck Eisner is in talks to direct.

Eisner is best known for directing the 2005 adventure film Sahara and one of 2010′s more popular and praised horror flicks, The Crazies. His work on the latter convinced New Line to hire him for a remake of Escape from New York, but there’s been no word on that project for two years now.

Stretch Armstrong debuted in 1976 and  saw a resurgence in the ’90s. Relativity has been mum on its development of the »

- Steven Chaitman

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Breck Eisner Eyes Stretch Armstrong

10 July 2012 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Having announced plans to move forward with the property earlier this year , Relativity Media appears to be interested in having Breck Eisner helm Stretch Armstrong . The Hollywood Reporter has the update, indicating that The Crazies director is in talks to adapt the Hasbro propetty. Dean Georgaris ( The Manchurian Candidate , Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life ) is set to provide the screenplay, aiming for a slightly more serious angle than was the original intention for the character. Still planned for a April 11, 2014 release, Stretch Armstrong is based on the iconic action hero figure first launched by Hasbro in 1976 and re-launched in the '90s. No other talent is currently attached (though a former iteration of the project would have starred Taylor »

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Relativity Media and Hasbro Find A New Writer For Stretch Armstrong

24 April 2012 2:23 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Variety reports that Relativity Media and Hasbro have hired Dean Georgaris (Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, The Manchurian Candidate) to write the planned big screen version of Stretch Armstrong. The film (based on the popular toy) is being lined up as a potential new franchise and will apparently be developed as a, "plausible, action-oriented family pic than a live-action cartoon that'd be strictly for kids." Twilight star Taylor Lautner was attached to star when the property was with Universal and it is unknown whether that will still happen. Stretch Armstrong is currently set to be released on April 11, 2014 (a week after Captain America 2). »

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Dean Georgaris to Write Stretch Armstrong; The Smurfs’ Scribes to Pen The Ringling Brothers

23 April 2012 7:01 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

We have some updates for you today regarding writers of some upcoming feature films.  Here they are at a glance: Relativity and Hasbro have landed Dean Georgaris (The Manchurian Candidate) to pen a treatment of Stretch Armstrong, which opens April 11th, 2014. The writing team of David Weiss and David Stem (The Smurfs) will pen The Ringling Brothers for Paramount. Hit the jump for much more on each of these stories. Variety reports that Georgaris will write Stretch Armstrong, an adaptation of the popular toy that hopes to spark a franchise.  The picture will be more of a family-friendly action movie than a cartoonish kids-only affair.  Taylor Lautner (The Twilight Saga) was previously attached to star with Rob Letterman (Gulliver's Travels) directing, but neither is involved with the project anymore.  Georgaris' other writing credits include Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Paycheck and Tristan + Isolde. Heat Vision reports that »

- Dave Trumbore

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Dean Georgaris to Draft Stretch Armstrong

23 April 2012 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Having announced plans to move forward with the property earlier this year , Relativity Media has brought aboard a new screenwriter for Stretch Armstrong . Variety reports that Dean Georgaris ( The Manchurian Candidate , Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life ) will provide the screenplay, aiming for a slightly more serious angle than was the original intention for the character. Planned for a April 11, 2014 release, Stretch Armstrong is based on the iconic action hero figure first launched by Hasbro in 1976 and re-launched in the 90.s. No other talent is currently attached (though a former iteration of the project would have starred Taylor Lautner), but check back for details as they become available. »

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WonderCon 2012 Schedule Revealed

28 February 2012 11:33 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The full schedule has been released for 2012 WonderCon, which moves from its regular home in San Francisco to the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California this year. The convention runs from March 16 to March 18, and the schedule is chocked full of movie and TV events, as you can see below. You can clickHere to check out the full slate of events, but we have pulled out the movie and TV events below. Take a look at what WonderCon 2012 has to offer.

Friday, March 16

12:30-1:30 TheOneRing.net Hobbit Movie Insider's Preview

Ringers everywhere are eagerly awaiting Peter Jackson's new Hobbit films during the 75th anniversary year of the book's publication! Staff writers and scholars from TheOneRing.net web portal invite you to join this lively panel revealing film production surprises and a zealous shredding of rumors! Led by Clifford Broadway (Ringers: Lord of the Fans), Josh Rubinstein (Star »

- MovieWeb

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Butler Mistaken For Terrorist

27 January 2012 8:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Gerard Butler once caused an airport security scare after officials flagged up special shoes he had worn for his Tomb Raider audition.

The Scottish actor was stopped by security guards who were suspicious of the boots he wore when he tried out for his role alongside Angelina Jolie in the 2003 blockbuster Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.

He tells Shortlist magazine, "Just after the shoe bomber plot in 2001, I flew to London from Montreal to do a screen test for Lara Croft. They'd built this caged floor for the set but they couldn't hear my dialogue properly so they put felt on my boots.

"Straight after the audition I went back to the airport and as I walked through they went, 'Ok, sir, show us your feet.' And then I remembered I had this roughly cut, half inch of felt stuck to the bottom of my soles."

Butler admits he struggled to explain why he had material taped to his shoes, adding, "The guy literally went, 'What the f**k is that? Security!' The next thing I know there are 10 people around me and I'm telling what sounds like the most far-fetched story ever about my audition with Angelina Jolie." »

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De Bont Remaking Five Minutes To Live

22 January 2012 6:42 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Though Johnny Cash is usually more likely to be found on a film's soundtrack than up onscreen, he did notch up a few credits before deciding that music was the world that better suited him. One of his better-known roles was as crazed criminal Johnny Cabot in 1961's Five Minutes To Live, and now someone else will be taking it on as Jan de Bont has been hired to remake the movie.De Bont hasn’t stepped behind the camera since 2003’s less-than-successful action sequel Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life, and while he’s had a few possible projects pop up here and there, we were starting to wonder whether he might be spending the rest of his career in director jail.But producers Joseph and Jack Nasser have now decided he’s the man to make the new version of Five Minutes, for which Transparency’s »

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Jan de Bont to Helm Remake of Johnny Cash Crime Drama ‘Five Minutes to Live’

20 January 2012 4:55 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

If you didn’t know that the legendary Johnny Cash dabbled in acting while he was still alive, it’s okay — I wasn’t aware, either. All blatant ignorance aside, Deadline reports that Dutch filmmaker Jan de Bont will direct a remake of Cash‘s 1961 film Five Minutes to Live.

Both the original and this remake are based on a story by Palmer Thompson; the new film, written by Raul Inglis (Transparency), centers on “two men as they execute a terrifying bank robbery. One guys holds the bank manager’s wife hostage and the other tells the manager she’ll be killed in five minutes unless he transfers money to an account of their choosing.” The Cash-starrer was also director Bill Karn‘s final film. No one has yet been found to replace the beloved musician, but casting will soon begin, under financiers Nasser Entertainment and Nasser Group North. »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Jan de Bont to Direct Five Minutes to Live Remake

20 January 2012 4:10 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Jan de Bont has signed on to direct a remake of the 1961 crime thriller Five Minutes to Live for producers Joseph Nasser and Jack Nasser.

Raul Inglis is writing the screenplay, which follows two men who attempt to rob a bank through an unconventional method. One man holds the bank manager's wife hostage, while the other tells the manager his wife only has five minutes to live unless he transfers money to their account. Musician Johnny Cash starred in the original Five Minutes to Live, which also featured Ron Howard.

Nasser Entertainment Group is financing the drama, which will begin casting immediately. No production schedule was given for Five Minutes to Live.

Jan de Bont, who was a longtime cinematographer before making his directorial debut with Speed, has not directed a movie since 2003's Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life.

Five Minutes to Live was released December 7th, »

- MovieWeb

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