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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 »
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…
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 »
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.
- Gary Collinson
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, »
After nearly 20 years in development, seems this is finally really happening.
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.
Source: Deadline »
- Kellvin Chavez
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.
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.
- Justin Kroll
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.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
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 »
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 »
This week, Neil Calloway looks at Superman movies that were planned but never shot…
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.
- Neil Calloway
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. »
- Emilie Sowers
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.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter »
- Gig Patta
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
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 »
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 »
- Mitchel Broussard
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 »
- Kevin Fraser
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. »
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
- Borys Kit
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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