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Miami Vice, 2006.
Directed by Michael Mann.
Two Miami Vice detectives go undercover to bring down drug traffickers.
“When I first read Tony Yerkovich’s screenplay for the original Miami Vice [NBC, 1984 to 1989] pilot, my first instinct was to make this as a feature film,” revealed moviemaker Michael Mann who decided to revisit the idea. “It's all Jamie's [Foxx] fault because he talked me into this, starting in 2002, at [Mohammad] Ali's birthday party.” Mann was creatively inspired by the Emmy-winning television show. “If I took you through the first two years' episodes, which I consider to be the real core of Miami Vice, these are exactly the kind of stories that were being told. They were poignant, [and] emotional; they weren't happy endings.” What was really enticing about the project »
Neil Moritz, the man behind brainless action movies like the 'Fast & Furious' franchise, "xXx," "Stealth," "S.W.A.T." and lame rom-coms like "The Bounty Hunter" and "Made Of Honor" wouldn't know an original idea if it hit him in the face. But he does know franchises and adaptations, and the man who has also put his powers behind "I Am Legend," "The Green Hornet" and next year's "21 Jump Street" and "Jack The Giant Killer" has found something else that needs "improving." Vulture reports that Moritz has tasked "Thor" and "X-Men: First Class" writers Edward Miller and Zack Stentz to write a new version of Paul Verhoeven's cult classic "Starship Troopers." Not much else is known about the reboot but the big question is: why? While the original film barely broke even at the box office, it became a phenom on DVD, earning a legion of »
Presenting our weekly round-up of all the biggest news stories from the world of movie superheroes…
As usual, it's Christopher Nolan's final Batman feature, The Dark Knight Rises, that has been grabbing all the headlines this past week, which began with a host of set photos from the epic Wall Street brawl that was filmed in NYC last weekend. This included a dust up between Batman (Christian Bale) and Bane (Tom Hardy) that looks to be a continuation of their earlier showdown in Pittsburgh, along with some shots of Anne Hathaway's stunt double getting involved in the action as Catwoman on the Batpod. We covered most of them last time out, but ComicBookMovie has done a great job of collecting the highlights together, which you can check out here and here, and you also can see Batman and Bane going at it against one another in this spy video. »
Rob Cohen will direct the most expensive movie ever made in Korea, a war epic called 1950. That may not even be the strangest part. The film is based on the true story of Marguerite Higgins, then the New York Herald Tribune's Far East bureau chief, who covered the Korean war from the front lines. A good story, no doubt, but when you make a mental list of directors who seem like a good fit for that particular tale, does the guy who directed Stealth, xXx and The Fast and the Furious jump to the top? No, not for me, either. More info follows. A press release announces that Rachel Long and Brian Pittman wrote the script, and summarizes the subject as such: Marguerite Higgins, the Tribune’s then Far East bureau chief, who had covered the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps at the end of WWII, initially found herself »
- Russ Fischer
According to a press release, Rob Cohen has signed on to direct the $100 million Korean War tale "1950" for Cj E&M Pictures and Grapevine Entertainment. Here is the full press release. Cj E&M Pictures and Grapevine Entertainment have attached Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious) to direct 1950, the largest budgeted project ever undertaken by the Korean film industry, at $100m. Production is expected to begin in May 2012 with a planned release date of spring 2013. An untold story of courage and endurance during the Korean War, 1950 is an epic adventure, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning dispatches from the front line by legendary New York Herald Tribune correspondent Marguerite Higgins.1950 is being produced by Cj E&M Pictures of Korea and Grapevine Entertainment, alongside Brett Donowho and executive producer Paul Hudson. The producers developed the story, and commissioned a screenplay from Rachel Long and Brian Pittman (Silver Falls and Stranded). Marguerite Higgins, »
Director Rob Cohen, whose last journey behind the camera was the abysmally unambitious “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,” is hardly known for feminist cinematic screeds, unless you count all the bits where Jessica Biel opens her mouth in “Stealth.” Added to this his other, self-consciously none-more-macho films--“xXx” and the first “Fast the Furious” picture--while spawning a clutch of sequels between them, aren’t exactly heralded as action genre classics in the way, say, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Predator” are. So he’s probably not the first person you’d think of if you were a hot-shot producer looking for… »
I truly admire Rob Cohen. Despite lacking any discernible talent or sense of style that isn’t taken from an early 2000′s music video, he’s managed to get movies made, and they manage to make money. A press release from Cj E&M Pictures and Grapevine Entertainment brings the wonderful news of a Korean War epic that he’s screwing up helming, titled 1950.
What’s really sad, above all else, is that this is based off the work of New York Herald Tribune reporter Marguerite Higgins, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her work, which also makes her the first woman to win the coveted prize. So, the film based on her great efforts is directed by the guy who made The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Go figure.
- Nick Newman
Director Rob Cohen, the man who gave us the first “The Fast and Furious” movie, is returning to fast cars and faster bullets in “Bullet Run”, a “high-concept” action flick that sounds like “Taken” mixed with the usual kind of fast-moving action films that Cohen does so well, including the aforementioned first “Furious” movie, “Stealth”, and “xXx”, to name just a few. Which, I guess, means he’s perfect for the gig. The plot of “Bullet Run”, from screenwriter Andrew Hilton, goes thusly: The head of an elite private protection team and his former CIA agent wife infiltrate the closed borders of Iran to abduct a man who killed their daughter. The extraction goes awry and they force to rely on their world-class driving skills and a fleet of high-performance street cars to travel 200 miles through a hail of bullets to keep alive the man they really want dead. Zev Foreman »
Director Rob Cohen's output has been relatively minimal these past five years or so. After the cinematic abortions that were The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor and Stealth, that's probably been for the best. Today, Variety is reporting that Cohen has signed on to direct a new revenge thriller with the fabulously generic title Bullet Run. The film, from a script by Andrew Hilton (The Lost Patrol), is "centered on the head of an elite private protection team and his ex-cia agent »
- George Merchan
Master diver Frank McGuire (Richard Roxburgh; Stealth, Van Helsing) has explored the Esa’ala caves in the South Pacific for months and knows them inside out; that is until his one escape route is cut off. When a flash flood leaves Frank and his team trapped in a beautiful yet danger-filled abyss they must fight for survival as they desperately search for another way out of the underwater labyrinth – fighting raging water, deadly terrain and creeping panic, as the reality hits them that they may never see daylight again.
Sanctum uses state of the art filming »
- Matt Holmes
In Day 3 of Wamg’s Week of Panda-monium, you’ll find below a preview of some of the many funny scenes from the upcoming Kung Fu Panda 2. Afterwards, be sure to answer below for a chance at an awesome Panda Prize Pack.
Prepare for epicness when the film opens tomorrow - May 26th!
At Mr. Ping’s restaurant, they’re serving a fresh deal with every Awesome Meal.
How many bean buns can the Dragon Warrior eat? Find out in this awesome clip
That was my fist, as the Furious Five take on Master Shen and the Wolves
“Like Every Family”
In this clip, Master Shifu teaces Po about the value of Inner Peace
Kung fu Giveaway time! How do you find your inner peace? »
- Movie Geeks
Photo credit: Courtesy of DreamWorks Animation. Kung Fu Panda 2 . & (c) 2010 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved.
That Was My Fist
The film features the voice talents of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Michelle Yeoh, Danny McBride, Victor Garber, Dennis Haysbert, Jean-Claude Van Damme
Synopsis: In Kung Fu Panda 2, Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five. But Po.s new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. »
- Melissa Thompson
Lost star Matthew Fox has been cast as a villain in the film adaptation of popular novel, I, Alex Cross. It's a sliver of good, or at least intriguing news for fans of the book, who have so far been critical of the movie's direction. For instance, Stealth and xXx director Rob Cohen is helming the project, while Tyler Perry has been cast as the titular detective, much to the fans' chagrin. »
In his first on screen role since Lost ended (though he can currently be seen in Neil Labute’s play In A Forest Dark and Deep playing at the Vaudeville Theatre in London) – Deadline reports that Matthew Fox has just been tapped to play the serial killer part in the new film reboot of James Patterson’s Alex Cross detective series, formerly starring Morgan Freeman and now led by Tyler Perry.
In an attempt to shake-up his good-guy, heroic image, Fox will be morphing himself into a serial killer known as ‘the Butcher of Sligo’, a brutal and uncompromising assassin for hire who horrifically murders Cross’ wife and kicks off a cat and mouse game between the pair. Apparently Cross fans will know the character well.
- Matt Holmes
If you're a fan of James Patterson's novel I, Alex Cross, the disappointments are starting to pile up. The adaptation is being handled by Rob Cohen (Stealth) and Tyler Perry is playing the titular detective. Now there's another piece of perplexing casting as Deadline reports that Lost's Matthew Fox will play the villain, serial killer Michael Sullivan. This is the same Matthew Fox who looks like he's about to cry every five seconds. Here's how Deadline describes the character: "one bad dude", "kills both for money and thrills", "known as the Butcher of Sligo". Well, Fox will certainly be playing against type. The story centers on Cross trying to catch Sullivan only to have Sullivan brutally murder Cross' wife as retribution (that'll teach 'em!). Ed Burns will play Cross' partner, Tommy Kane. Three studios are reportedly vying for the domestic distribution rights to the project. Hit »
- Matt Goldberg
As evidenced by his lengthy, diverse career, there is literally nothing Morgan Freeman can’t knock out of the park. From sniping bad guys in “Red” to mentoring Batman to waking us weep in “The Shawshank Redemption” to narrating the hell out of everything – Freeman does it all.
Following in his grand footsteps? Tyler Perry, of course.
According to Hollywood Reporter, the writer/director/actor of such films as “Madea Goes to Jail,” “Meet the Browns” and “For Colored Girls,” will next take on the mantle of the James Patterson-created Alex Cross, the famed psychologist/detective previously portrayed by Freeman in “Kiss the Girls” and “Along Came a Spider.”
The announcement kills off another rumor that had actor Idris Elba starring in a new adaptation – one fans were eagerly looking forward to seeing realized.
Can Tyler Perry pull off a hard-nosed mystery man?
Director Rob Cohen thinks so, but after films like “xXx, »
- Matt Patches
Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller took to the Twitter machine this weekend to provide updates on Friday the 13th Part II, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2, The Monster Squad, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Despite director Marcus Nispel successfully rebooting the Friday the 13th franchise back in 2009, in April 2010 Fuller tweeted that the project was dead. Today, Fuller tweets that screenwriters "[Damian] Shannon and [Mark] swift wrote a great script. We are ready to go, when new line is ready. But as of yet, they are not ready." As for Nightmare 2, Fuller says there isn't even talk of writing a new script. That's weird because in May 2010 there was talk of Warner Bros. green-lighting at 3D sequel and Fuller said "Freddy always has a story to tell." In his tweeting today, Fuller explained that studios aren't interested in R-rated horror films and want tentpole films instead. Hit the jump for what Fuller »
- Matt Goldberg
According to Fuller on Twitter, "Since a few people asked, 'Monster Squad' is being written and [we] hope to have a script in the next few weeks".
The charming original film centered on a group of monster lovin' kids (plus one scary German guy) who are tasked with saving the world from Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, the Creature, and the Mummy. No word yet on how close all parties concerned will be staying to the source material, but we do know that Paramount is interested in turning this into a franchise if it is successful. »
- Uncle Creepy
With a year chock full of lackluster movies, whittling down a list of 2010's biggest disappointments is a more daunting task than selecting the most impressive. It's easy to kick movies like Jonah Hex and Extraordinary Measures, which realistically never stood a chance. Some movies' box office performances (Robin Hood, The Wolfman) were unfairly maligned, and perhaps only disappointing to the producers who spent too much to make them. Quite a few movies were so fundamentally off the mark that it's hard to imagine that their producers expected to attract large numbers (Furry Vengeance, Repo Men, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole). The following are some of 2010's lowlights. As with the most impressive movies, these disappointing performers were determined mostly by how effectively the movies courted audiences in regards to their premises, genres, predecessors, release dates and marketing hype (budget size was a tertiary concern, »
- Brandon Gray <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Busy guy, indeed, you might remember that Lucas is also up for the titular role in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
Let’s all check out some facts about this quite interesting character.
J. Edgar Hoover was the first Director of the FBI of the United States and instrumental in founding the FBI in 1935, where he remained director until his death in 1972.
Hoover is credited with building the FBI into a large and efficient crime-fighting agency, and with instituting a number of modern innovations to police technology, such as a centralized fingerprint file and forensic laboratories.
Late in life, and after his death, Hoover became an increasingly controversial figure. His critics have »
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