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The Guardian view on Victoria Wood: funny, northern, female, ours | Editorial

20 April 2016 11:22 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Multitalented, and with an ability to use humour for a serious purpose, she embodied a special sort of Englishness

National treasure is an overused term. But the prime minister was right to use it about Victoria Wood, because it’s exactly what she was. Wood combined Alan Bennett’s ear for dialogue, Noël Coward’s songwriting skills, Ronnie Barker’s comic acting talent and Ken Dodd’s command of gag-cracking. She had the loveability of a Gracie Fields or an Eric Morecambe and at her best she could channel some of the same humanist poignancy as a Chaplin or a Chekhov. Let’s be clear, though, what kind of national treasure Wood actually was. She died in London on Wednesday, but Wood was a northern, English, working-class, Lancastrian and Mancunian female treasure. She was the authentic voice of an optimistic, decent, unpretentious, take-people-as-they-come, mucking-in sort of Britishness that is almost »

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17 movie sequels that are stuck in development hell

19 April 2016 1:51 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Meet the films sequels that might not be dead, but are certainly stuck in some kind of limbo...

Every now and then, a sequel that appears to have been in the cooker for a while – Zoolander 2, Dumb And Dumber To, Anchorman 2 – finally escapes into the wild. But the journey to the screen can be a very lengthy one, and this little lot are still trying to find their way to your local multiplex…

Dick Tracy 2

Disney gambled hard on bringing Dick Tracy to the screen in the summer of 1990, backing the vision of director and star Warren Beatty, and hoping to ape the success that Warner Bros had enjoyed the summer before with Batman. Yet whilst Dick Tracy hit, it didn’t hit too hard. The studio adjusted its-then blockbuster strategy accordingly, and it wouldn’t really be until it got to the likes of »

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Jason Statham to battle a giant prehistoric shark in Meg

17 April 2016 2:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It looks like British action star Jason Statham is set to go up against his biggest challenge yet, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that the actor has signed on to battle a giant prehistoric shark in Meg.

The project, which is based upon Steve Alten’s book Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror, has been in development for close to twenty years. Eli Roth (Knock Knock) was attached to direct until earlier this year, when Warner Bros. decided to overhaul the project, bringing in director Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure).

Meg revolves around the attempts to to track and capture an ancient Megalodon which threatens the California coast. However, the movie will shift the action to China, given the involvement of Chinese company Gravity, who are co-producing with WB.

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Jason Statham's next film has him fighting a giant shark

14 April 2016 10:34 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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The Statham is set to go head to head with a prehistoric shark in Meg. This is not a drill.

Thank you, movie gods.

In a year where Jason Statham movies are scandalously in short supply (we don’t get Mechanic: Resurrection until August), one has been announced that makes us question whether someone has hacked our Christmas list. For Jason Statham is to fight a huge prehistoric shark.

It’s okay. We had to stop at that bit, too.

The film in question is Meg, which is being helmed by Jon Turteltaub (the man behind the National Treasure movies). It follows two men who fight a Megalodon, the ancestor of the great white shark, that happens to be attacking people on the beaches of China. Honestly: there are no words thus far that we don’t like.

There’s no word yet on any co-star, but let’s be honest, »

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Jason Statham Set to Go Up Against A Prehistoric Shark in 'Meg'

14 April 2016 1:56 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

After nearly 20 years in development, seems this is finally really happening.

According to Deadline, action star Jason Statham is in negotiations to star in Meg, the adaptation based on Steve Alten’s novel Meg: A Novel Of Deep Terror.

The site also says that Warner Bros Pictures is moving forward in conjunction with China-based Gravity, while Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing along with Belle Avery and Colin Wilson

The story centers around a 60-foot, 40-ton prehistoric great white shark called Carcharodon Megalodon or simply Meg, who is killing swimmers along the China coast.

Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) is directing the film from a screenplay being written by Dean Georgaris.

Source: Deadline »

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Jason Statham Will Fight a Prehistoric Shark in 'Meg'

14 April 2016 11:28 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Well, this is certainly fun news. After years of struggling to make it to the big screen, it sounds like Meg is finally moving forward with one of the few men who can actually fist fight a giant shark. Yes, action icon Jason Statham is in negotiations to take on the lead in this long-gestating thriller.

Meg has been lingering in development Hell for decades. But it sounds like Warner Bros. is finally ready to move on the project, with Jon Turteltaub in the director's seat. He takes over for Eli Roth, who bailed on the movie earlier this year after being attached for only a very short time. According to Deadline, Warner Bros. is producing the movie in conduction with China-based company Gravity, along with Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Belle Avery and Colin Wilson.

Meg is based on the best-selling book by Steve Alten. Dean Georgaris is writing the script. »

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Jason Statham to Star in Prehistoric Shark Movie ‘Meg’

14 April 2016 10:42 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jason Statham will star in the Warner Bros. shark action movie “Meg,” sources confirmed to Variety.

National Treasure” director Jon Turteltaub is helming.

Dean Georgaris is writing the screenplay based on Steve Alten’s novel “Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror.”

Belle Avery will produce the pic through her banner Apelles Entertainment, and Colin Wilson is producing through Maeday Productions.

Gerald Molen, Wayne Wei Jiang and Randy Greenberg are exec producing. Gravity Pictures will co-produce and co-finance the movie and distribute it in China.

The book revolves around two men who band together to fight an ancient shark threatening the California coast. The Megaladon, considered one of the largest and most powerful predators in history, can reach a length of 60 feet.

This time around the shark will be terrorizing the coast of China rather than California — a change that helped in bringing on Gravity Pictures as a co-financier.

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Jason Statham vs. Giant Shark In "Meg"

14 April 2016 9:07 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Action star Jason Statham has signed on to star in "Meg," the long in the works prehistoric shark creature feature at Warner Bros. Pictures and Chinese company Gravity.

Jon Turteltaub ("National Treasure") is directing the film in which the antagonist is the Carcharodon Megalodon, the 70-foot, 40-ton prehistoric kin to the great white shark.

The film has been in the works for about two decades, beginning life as a book by Steve Alten. Turteltaub and Jamie Vanderbilt penned the latest draft of the script, while Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Colin Wilson will produce.

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Battle of the Brawl: Which Stars Would You Put Your Money On?

8 April 2016 5:55 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

In case you missed it, the one, the only, Nicolas Cage came to Vince Neil's rescue after the singer was involved in an altercation with a female in Las Vegas. Las Vegas Metro Police told E! News that the stars were at the Aria Hotel on the famous Las Vegas strip, and that the woman in question received minor injuries. In video footage obtained by TMZ, you can see the National Treasure grabbing his friend in an attempt to calm him after the scuffle. "Stop this s--t now," Cage can be heard saying. "You're Ok," Cage adds. "I love you." But celebs don't always get so lucky as to have a pal like Cage help you through any situation—brawl and »

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Watch Nicolas Cage Calm Down Vince Neil After Altercation With Fan in Las Vegas

8 April 2016 1:45 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Nicolas Cage and Vince Neil lit up the Las Vegas strip this week, and it wasn't with the help of the city's bright lights. The actor and Mötley Crüe singer were at the Aria Hotel on the Vegas strip, when, according to police, Neil got into an altercation with a female. The woman in question received minor injuries, Las Vegas Metro Police tell E! News. In video footage obtained by the media outlet, the National Treasure star is seen grabbing his friend in order to try to calm him down while standing outside. "Stop this s--t now," Cage can be heard saying. Neil, dressed in a black T-shirt and cargo pants, gives into Cage's embrace. "You're Ok," Cage adds. "I »

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The Superman Films That Were Never Made

20 March 2016 6:38 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week, Neil Calloway looks at Superman movies that were planned but never shot…

When the Christopher Reeve fronted Superman films came to a juddering halt in 1987 it would be almost twenty years before Clark Kent made another appearance on the big screen.

To be fair, between Superman IV: The Quest For Peace and 2006’s under appreciated Superman Returns, Superman was rarely off the small screen, featuring in Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman from 1993 to 1997 and in Smallville from 2001-2010 (proving that Gotham wasn’t the first attempt to show the origins of a DC superhero on TV). However, its near ubiquity on television didn’t stop several attempts to return it to the big screen.

Producer Jon Peters (who had produced Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman film) spent the mid nineties attempting to bring Superman back. Originally titled Superman Reborn, Kevin Smith (such a comic book fan »

- Neil Calloway

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Saturday Night Live Review: Ariana Grande Hosts

13 March 2016 5:01 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Ariana Grande is shiny haired and beautiful and also fully believes in ghosts and one time licked a donut in a display case, and honestly, I’m kind of a fan of her whole weird vibe. Additionally, I enjoy how she has a tiny speaking voice and a huge singing voice, like Sister Mary Robert from Sister Act. And although tonight’s sketches were a little hit or miss, Ariana handled her hosting/musical guest double duty fairly well. Let’s dig in!   Cold Open: CNN reporter Jake Tapper cuts between coverage of Donald Trump’s rally with Ben Carson and an interview with Bernie Sanders. Listen, I was going to miss Jay Pharaoh’s Dr. Ben Carson impersonation as much as the next SNL reviewer, but I would have rather never seen him again than watch another former Republican candidate throw his support behind this orange monster who won’t go away. »

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John Turteltaub May Direct ‘Meg’

7 March 2016 2:38 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Warner Brothers and Chinese-based Gravity hope to sign director John Turteltaub to save the mega-shark movie Meg.

Eli Roth was previously at the helm, but left the project and there are concerns of being over budget. It was rumored to be near $100 million for production.

The story centers around a 70-foot, 40-ton prehistoric great white shark called Carcharodon Megalodon or simply Meg. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this project has been in development for the past 20 years and began with a book written by Steve Alten.

Turteltaub is best known for the National Treasure movies. He last directed 2013’s Last Vegas movie and upcoming TV pilot episode for Rush Hour.

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A Third "National Treasure" Is Still Planned

5 March 2016 7:26 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Nearly a decade on from the sequel's release, talk of a third film in Disney's "National Treasure" franchise seemingly died off a few years ago and it looked as though that franchise was over. Turns out though it's not quite dead just yet.

At the studio's annual shareholders meeting, Disney CEO Bob Iger was asked a question about whether or not we might ever see another film in the series. He reportedly responded (via ComicBook.com) that another film is still being actively considered by both Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer:

"We have done two, and yes they were really fine movies. I know Jerry Bruckheimer who produced them has had conversations with our studio a number of times about it, and there have been some developments along the way, but as of right now we have not green-lit as we say, a National Treasure 3. But I do »

- Garth Franklin

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National Treasure 3 May Still Happen, Get The Latest

4 March 2016 11:00 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It.s been almost a decade since we.ve seen an installment in Disney.s National Treasure series. There have been rumors of a third film in the series since shortly after National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets was released, but thus far rumor is all that it.s ever turned out to be. Well, it looks like the idea of a National Treasure 3 isn.t quite dead... yet. As part of Disney.s annual shareholders meeting, Disney CEO Bob Iger was asked a question about whether or not we might ever see another film in the series. According to Comicbook.com, while he wasn.t able to confirm that the movie was coming, he did admit that the film is still being actively considered by both Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. We have done two, and yes they were really fine movies. I know Jerry Bruckheimer who produced »

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Eli Roth Escapes The Maws Of Shark Flick Meg, Jon Turteltaub Eyed To Direct

4 March 2016 10:20 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Mayhem maestro Eli Roth is getting out of the waters surrounding the long-in-development giant shark movie Meg, with new reports suggesting that Jon Turteltaub might replace him as director on the project.

An adaptation of Steve Alten’s best-selling book “Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror,” Meg has been tossed around Hollywood since it was housed at Disney in 1997. Thanks to the disappointing box office of the similarly-themed Deep Blue Sea, the adaptation got shelved for nearly two decades. Cue that fan-favorite megaladon in Jurassic World and the modest box office success of the Chris Pratt-starring dino movie, and Warner Bros. (the new home of Meg) is eager to get the ball rolling again.

The new screenplay has made a few changes to Alten’s source material, but largely keeps the deep sea terror intact.

Here’s a quick synopsis:

“The book revolves around two men who band »

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Eli Roth drops Meg, National Treasure's Jon Turteltaub may replace him

3 March 2016 6:38 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Last we heard, Eli Roth was all set to direct the feature film adaptation of Steve Alten's "Meg", but it seems like the long-delayed project has undergone yet another snag. Deadline reports that Eli Roth has departed the project, but that Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) is currently circling Meg with the intention to direct. There's no clear explanation as to why... Read More »

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Giant Shark Movie 'Meg' Loses Director Eli Roth, Who's Taking Over?

3 March 2016 3:28 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Many horror fans cheered when it was revealed that Eli Roth had come aboard to direct the big screen adaptation of the best selling novel Meg. But now, the mastermind behind neo-horror classics such as Cabin Fever and Hostel has quietly bail. Warner Bros. is eyeing National Treasure director Jon Turteltaub to take over the long-gestating project.

Warner Bros. is moving forward on the thriller in conjunction with China-based Gravity, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura producing. The film has been twenty-years in the making, with the latest script coming from Dean Georgaris, best known for his work on such varied fare as Life of Pi, The Crazies remake and the comedy What Happens in Vegas. Belle Avery and Colin Wilson are also on as co-producers.

Gravity holds the rights to release the movie in China. The story follows a giant prehistoric shark that has taken to eating swimmers off the China coast. »

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'National Treasure' Director Jon Turteltaub Circling Creature Feature 'Meg'

3 March 2016 3:06 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Warner Bros. and Chinese company Gravity are trying to keep Meg afloat after the departure of director Eli Roth and concerns over budget. Jon Turteltaub, best known as helmer of the National Treasure movies, is in early talks to direct the creature feature which centers on a Carcharodon Megalodon, the 70-foot, 40-ton prehistoric kin to the great white shark. Roth came on board to direct last year and was to have made his studio debut, but Warners, in light of last year’s disappointing box office, has been looking closely at its slate. Rumors swirled that Meg was going

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Turteltaub To Direct Giant Shark Tale "Meg"

3 March 2016 2:31 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"National Treasure" film series director Jon Turteltaub is in early talks to helm the long in the works prehistoric shark feature "Meg" at Warner Bros. Pictures and Chinese company Gravity.

Based on the novel by Steve Alten, the story centers around the 70-foot, 40-ton prehistoric Carcharodon Megalodon shark, a monster that could eat Tyrannosaurs for breakfast.

Eli Roth came on board to direct last year but Warners, currently bruising from a bad year at the box-office last year, has been scrutinising much of its slate and Roth left the film. The costly shark movie, with a budget upwards of $100 million, was rumored to be going back into turnaround yet again.

Instead, producers are looking for a way scale the project down including a major rewrite. The film has been in the works, on and off, for around two decades so no telling when this might go forward.

Source: Heat Vision »

- Garth Franklin

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