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Jay Mohr to Work Magic In ‘Burt Wonderstone’

21 December 2011 1:30 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Just when you suspect he’s completely vanished from the face of the Earth, TheWrap reports that Jay Mohr will be appearing in Steve Carell‘s Burt Wonderstone. As they report, he’ll play “Rick the Implausible, a magician,” a role that puts him in the company of Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, James Gandolfini, and Brad Garrett; Don Scardino will direct

Written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein — along with a little polish from Jason Reitman — the film centers on “a more traditional magic man (Carell) who is dethroned by a hipper illusionist (Carrey) doing dangerous tricks and breaks up with his partner then must find a way to rediscover his love for magic.” TheWrap goes against the grain by saying that he actually “dies in a risky stunt,” but nobody’s losing sleep over the specifics.

Although Mohr‘s appeared in several high-profile films — among them Jerry Maguire, »

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‘Rampart’ Trailer & Clips: Woody Harrelson Is A Really Bad Cop

14 December 2011 8:42 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Two-time Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson has never been wary of tackling controversial roles, with a resume that includes memorable turns as a psychopathic serial killer (Natural Born Killers), “Hustler” founder Larry Flynt (The People vs. Larry Flynt), a drag queen (Anger Management), a costumed vigilante (Defendor), and an officer who spends his days meeting the families of recently-deceased soldiers (The Messenger), among many others.

Harrelson has been earning a good deal of buzz during the early stages of the 2011 Oscar season for his performance in Rampart, a “dirty cop” drama that reunites the actor with his Messenger director, Oren Moverman, and features a script co-penned by James Ellroy, a celebrated crime drama author/screenwriter whose credits include the original L.A. Confidential novel and the movie Street Kings.

Here is the plot setup for Rampart:

Los Angeles, 1999. Officer Dave Brown (Harrelson) ...

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- Sandy Schaefer

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New Scarface Remake Gets a Writer

30 November 2011 6:27 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

When it was first announced back in September that a new take on Scarface was in development, I don't think anyone really batted an eye. Sure, sure... another potential remake of a classic, so what else is new? However, now that things are starting to move forward, I'm curious to see if people will become a little more vocal about the whole situation. According to Deadline, producers Martin Bregma and Marc Shmuger have hired David Ayer to pen the script, who is best known for writing Antoine Fuqua's Training Day and also for directing Harsh Times and Street Kings. Ayer had this to say about the project: "I see it as the story of the American dream, with a character whose moral compass points in a different direction. That puts it right in my wheelhouse. I studied both the original Ben Hecht-Howard Hawks movie and the DePalma-Pacino »

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David Ayer Confirms He Will Pen Scarface Remake

30 November 2011 1:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The idea of a remake to one of the most influential films of all-time usually has the fans up in arms and itching to be taken off the leash. The film in question is Brian De Palma’s  Scarface, which itself was a remake of the 1932 classic starring Paul Muni albeit updated to reflect the changing times where one individuals power hungry excess eventually leads to his violent downfall. Al Pacino’s performance as Tony Montana is now as iconic as the man himself (I myself even have a pair of Nike trainers sporting his image) and today’s announcement that David Ayer will be writing the screenplay should give fans hope that all is not lost.

Ayer, who seems to specialise in complex characters with a deep destructive nature gave us the screenplays for Training Day, S.W.A.T., and the cruelly overlooked Dark Blue featuring a career best turn by Kurt Russell. »

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'Street Kings' David Ayer Writing a New 'Scarface' Script for Universal

29 November 2011 5:49 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Another day, another remake (or whatever this is). Deadline is reporting today that Universal has hired screenwriter/director David Ayer, who last directed Street Kings with Keanu Reeves and is working on cop drama End of Watch, to write the new version of Scarface. You may remember a couple of months ago we wrote about Universal firing up a new version of Scarface that will not be a sequel or remake, whatever that means. Ayer doesn't shed much light on how that works, saying the film put a contemporary spin on the outlaw tale, but that's about it. Marc Shmuger at Global Produce is producing along with Martin Bregman. If you aren't familiar with the original 1983 Brian De Palma classic Scarface (who isn't?), it's essentially the same story in this new one. The focus is on an outsider, an immigrant who barges his way into the criminal establishment in pursuit »

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‘Fright Night’ Scribe Marti Noxon Boards ‘Ouija’; David Ayer Writing Newest ‘Scarface’

29 November 2011 5:25 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It’s not typically in my nature to rejoice at the failure of something, but the news that Universal was pulling the plug on the Michael Bay-produced, McG-directed Ouija “adaptation” was a nice turn of events. But, because this is Hollywood — and because you let Jack and Jill make more than $8 — it’s not dead yet. We’re now hearing from THR that Fright Night and I Am Number Four scribe Marti Noxon is getting involved, presumably to work with the script that Simon Kinberg had fashioned months ago.

Hasbro has been developing the project themselves, which seems standard by now — they’re taking the same path with Gore Verbinksi‘s Clue and Ridley Scott‘s Monopoly. Yet, although this approach will ostensibly allow for more creative control, the odds that these things won’t turn out to be junk aren’t worth putting money on. It’s »

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'Scarface' update to be written by 'Training Day' scribe David Ayer

29 November 2011 5:06 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

No stranger to crime dramas - having written the films "Training Day" and "S.W.A.T." and written and directed "Harsh Times" and "Street Kings" - writer/filmmaker David Ayer has been chosen by Universal to handle scripting duties on the upcoming "Scarface" update for producers Marc Shmuger and Martin Bregman. The project was initially announced in September. The new version of the title - the third after both the 1932 Howard Hawks/Richard Rosson film and the 1983 movie directed by Brian De Palma - will not function as a remake of either of the previous incarnations but will nevertheless stick to the main »

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Training Day’s David Ayer Will Write the Scarface Remake

29 November 2011 4:56 PM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

A remake of Al Pacino’s “Scarface”? Sounds like sacrilege. But what if you just take the basic foundation of “Scarface” (a gangster’s rise and fall) and do something new with it? Or at least, take it in a completely new direction? Yeah, I think that could work. Of course, most people will still be reminded of the 1983 Pacino film (itself a remake that basically just re-used the plot to go in an entirely new direction), but hey, that’s to be expected. In any case, “Training Day” writer David Ayer, who has made a career out of either writing or directing gritty street crime movies (“Harsh Times” and “Street Kings” being two of his titles), has been hired to adapt “Scarface” for Universal Pictures. What are the chances that he’ll also end up directing it, too? As expected, the remake won’t be so much a remake »

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‘Scarface’ Gets Modern Reimagining From ‘Training Day’ Writer

29 November 2011 4:15 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Since its release in 1983, Brian De Palma's Scarface has evolved into much more than a movie. It has become a way of life. A mantra for the young who to aspire to any kind of American dream. A common, pop culture lightning rod for conversations about sex, violence and machismo [1]. What many of the film's fans don't realize, though, is De Palma's film is actually a remake of a 1932 film co-directed by Howard Hawkes. Both films follow a motivated immigrant on his way up in the world of drugs and organized crime and that through line is going to be the basis of yet another Scarface set in modern day. Originally announced in September [2], this new Scarface just gained a writer, David Ayer. He not only wrote Training Day but also directed Street Kings and Harsh Times. Read about his take on the material and more after the break. »

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David Ayer Writing The New Scarface

29 November 2011 12:57 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

You might recall that, back in September, Universal decided to risk the wrath of the anti idea-recycling crowd by announcing that it was going to take another shot at Scarface, which has been brought to the screen twice already. Back then, only producer Martin Bregman (who helped usher Brian De Palma’s 1983 Al Pacino version to cinemas) was attached, busily meeting with writers to find a fresh take. Well, he’s found one in the shape of David Ayer. The man who wrote Training Day and Dark Blue and has since gone on to write and direct Harsh Times, Street Kings and the upcoming End Of Watch knows a thing or two about criminal types and violent corruption, and chased the job: “This is a fantasy for me, I can still remember when I saw the film at 13 and it blew my mind,” he tells Deadline. “I sought it out; I went after it hard. »

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David Ayer to Write New Scarface

29 November 2011 9:45 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

David Ayer continued post-production work on his L.A. cop drama End of Watch, starring Anna Kendrick, Jake Gyllenhaal and America Ferrera. Ayer remained committed to his sci-fi drama Last Man, a creative switch from his trademark L.A.-set police dramas, but the 42-year-old writer/director made his schedule more hectic by signing on to script the latest remake of the 1932 gangster classic Scarface. Mike Fleming at Deadline reported today that Ayer, who has three directing jobs under his belt, Harsh Times, Street Kings and the recently wrapped End of Watch, joined producers Marc Shmuger, via his Global Produce shingle, and Martin Bregman, producer of the 1983 remake starring Al Pacino, on a new Scarface. »

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David Ayer to Write New Scarface

29 November 2011 9:45 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

David Ayer continued post-production work on his L.A. cop drama End of Watch, starring Anna Kendrick, Jake Gyllenhaal and America Ferrera. Ayer remained committed to his sci-fi drama Last Man, a creative switch from his trademark L.A.-set police dramas, but the 42-year-old writer/director made his schedule more hectic by signing on to script the latest remake of the 1932 gangster classic Scarface. Mike Fleming at Deadline reported today that Ayer, who has three directing jobs under his belt, Harsh Times, Street Kings and the recently wrapped End of Watch, joined producers Marc Shmuger, via his Global Produce shingle, and Martin Bregman, producer of the 1983 remake starring Al Pacino, on a new Scarface. »

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David Ayer to Write New Scarface

29 November 2011 9:45 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

David Ayer continued post-production work on his L.A. cop drama End of Watch, starring Anna Kendrick, Jake Gyllenhaal and America Ferrera. Ayer remained committed to his sci-fi drama Last Man, a creative switch from his trademark L.A.-set police dramas, but the 42-year-old writer/director made his schedule more hectic by signing on to script the latest remake of the 1932 gangster classic Scarface. Mike Fleming at Deadline reported today that Ayer, who has three directing jobs under his belt, Harsh Times, Street Kings and the recently wrapped End of Watch, joined producers Marc Shmuger, via his Global Produce shingle, and Martin Bregman, producer of the 1983 remake starring Al Pacino, on a new Scarface. »

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The Silence: quietly rehabilitating America's crime thriller genre

11 November 2011 7:22 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Can Baran Bo Odar's moody and menacing debut breathe new life into the weary world of Hollywood cop films?

Of all the genres Hollywood has visited and revisited over the years, perhaps it's the police drama that can boast the greatest heritage. For decades, the American film scene has consistently delivered classics – Touch of Evil, Serpico and The Untouchables – and characters with the magnetism of Harry Callahan, Jake Gittes and "Popeye" Doyle. In recent years, though, Hollywood has let us down with its cop films. The same system that not long ago gave us Heat and La Confidential has turned to wheeling out substandard fare such as Street Kings, Brooklyn's Finest and We Own the Night – films that have turned the police procedural into a drowsy rendition of worn conventions as opposed to the weighty, character-driven dramas that mark the genre's finest hours.

Many of Hollywood's cops and criminals »

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The Silence: quietly rehabilitating America's crime thriller genre

10 November 2011 3:21 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Can Baran Bo Odar's moody and menacing debut breathe new life into the weary world of Hollywood cop films?

Of all the genres Hollywood has visited and revisited over the years, perhaps it's the police drama that can boast the greatest heritage. For decades, the American film scene has consistently delivered classics – Touch of Evil, Serpico and The Untouchables – and characters with the magnetism of Harry Callahan, Jake Gittes and "Popeye" Doyle. In recent years, though, Hollywood has let us down with its cop films. The same system that not long ago gave us Heat and La Confidential has turned to wheeling out substandard fare such as Street Kings, Brooklyn's Finest and We Own the Night – films that have turned the police procedural into a drowsy rendition of worn conventions as opposed to the weighty, character-driven dramas that mark the genre's finest hours.

Many of Hollywood's cops and criminals »

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New Film Highlights Ugandan Children Saved By Hip Hop

21 October 2011 8:00 AM, PDT | Look to the Stars | See recent Look to the Stars news »

This November, Documentary Channel (Doc) will present the Us television premieres of the New Orleans-set documentary film Red Bull Street Kings on Thursday, November 3 (8 p.m. Et/Pt) and the award-winning Bouncing Cats on Saturday, November 19 (8 p.m. Et/Pt).

Produced by Red Bull Media House North America, each film offers an uplifting tale of the power of dance and music, and those using them to change lives.

An eye-opening look at the realities of life for the children of Uganda, Bouncing Cats is the moving story of one man’s attempt to create a better life for the struggling children of the country using the unlikely tools of hip-hop and breakdance. With narration by Common, and interviews with K’Naan and will.i.am, the film follows Ugandan b-boy/rapper Abramz and Crazy Legs, one of the founding members of the legendary Rock Steady Crew, on a journey for positive social change. »

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What To Buy This Week: DVD and Blu-ray releases for October 3rd

3 October 2011 4:02 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

It’s the start of another week, so you know what that means – more DVD and Blu-ray releases to swallow up all your hard-earned cash! So here’s the rundown of what’s available to buy from today, October 3rd 2011.

Pick Of The Week

Chuck: Season 4 Box Set (DVD/Blu-ray)

When Chuck Bartowski opens an e-mail subliminally encoded with government secrets, he unwittingly downloads an entire server of sensitive data into his brain. Now, the fate of the world lies in the unlikely hands of a guy who works at a Buy More Electronics store. Instead of fighting computer viruses, he must now confront assassins and international terrorists. With the government’s most precious secrets in Chuck’s head, Major John Casey of the National Security Agency assumes the responsibility of protecting him. His partner is the CIA’s top agent -and Chuck’s first date in years – Sarah Walker. »

- Phil

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DVD Review: Street Kings 2 – Motor City

1 October 2011 4:41 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Street Kings 2: Motor City

Stars: Ray Liotta, Shawn Hatosy, Inbar Lavi, Clifton Powell, Corey Emanuel Wilson | Written by Ed Gonzalez, Jeremy Haft | Directed by Chris Fisher

“Marty Kingston is an undercover narcotics detective who is shot and barely survives a drug bust gone wrong to save the life of his partner. When his partner is killed by a masked gunman four years later, Marty must team up with hothead homicide detective Dan Sullivan to investigate a string of brutal cop murders and hunt down the cop killer. The investigation that ensues is shrouded in deception and loaded with plot twists that question the line between the rules of law and justice.”

The direct to DVD bastard offspring of the original 2008 Keanu Reeves starring crime drama, Street Kings 2, as the title suggests, moves the action to Detroit, the motor city, and this time follows Detectives Kingston and Sullivan, played by »

- Phil

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'Training Day' director Antoine Fuqua attached to 'Hunter Killer'?

30 September 2011 5:26 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Antoine Fuqua has signed up to direct the thriller Hunter Killer. The film centres on an American submarine captain and a group of Navy Seals who have to rescue the kidnapped Russian president, Variety reports. Street Kings writers Jamie Moss, Arme Schmidt and John Kolvenbach have based the screenplay on Don Keith and George Wallace's unpublished book Firing Point. Salt's Philip Noyce and Taken's Pierre Morel have both been attached to the project, which was first optioned by Relativity in 2008. Fuqua is also involved in several (more) »

- By Zakia Uddin

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'Training Day' director Antoine Fuqua attached to 'Hunter Killer'?

30 September 2011 5:26 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Antoine Fuqua has signed up to direct the thriller Hunter Killer. The film centres on an American submarine captain and a group of Navy Seals who have to rescue the kidnapped Russian president, Variety reports. Street Kings writers Jamie Moss, Arme Schmidt and John Kolvenbach have based the screenplay on Don Keith and George Wallace's unpublished book Firing Point. Salt's Philip Noyce and Taken's Pierre Morel have both been attached to the project, which was first optioned by Relativity in 2008. Fuqua is also involved in several (more) »

- By Zakia Uddin

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