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Who owns rights to an actor's face? The question seems simple, but it really isn't. Take Bradley Cooper and Liam Neeson, who once sued two home cinema companies for using a screenshot of the duo from the action film The A-Team to promote a large projection screen. Do Cooper and Neeson own the rights to their mugs as presented in A-Team or did the actors transfer those rights to the film's studio, 20th Century Fox? Or take Peter Fonda, who sued Dolce & Gabbana after seeing T-shirts emblazoned with an image of him from the 1969 film Easy Rider. Were those
- Eriq Gardner
Just two weeks after a gag reel surfaced, the first trailer has finally arrived for Stretch, the latest offering from director Joe Carnahan (The A-Team, The Grey). Patrick Wilson stars as a downtrodden man taking on a job as a limo driver to earn some extra money, where he picks up an eccentric millionaire (Chris Pine), who puts him through hell and back.
In addition, we also have the first clip that shows Patrick Wilson interacting with David Hasselhoff, playing himself, who isn't too pleased about the chauffeur being an hour late. Check out the latest footage, then read on for more information.
Back in January, Universal Pictures pulled the plug on Stretch, just before it was set for release on March 21. The studio claimed they didn't want to spend between $20 million and $40 million to promote the movie, which only cost $5 million to make. Our report from last week revealed »
Joe Carnahan’s Stretch has been dealt blow after blow during its post-production. The gritty low-budget offering from the director of The Grey and The A-Team staggered about in limbo after Universal pulled it from its allotted March release. And took away its $40 million marketing budget. Following an extensive recut by Carnahan, the studio now looks set to deliver the fun caper this October and today, they have planted the first trailer online.
Following “a down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back,” Carnahan’s tale distinctly places it in the realms of his earlier works. Except this time it doesn’t venture to the dark, sombre recesses of humanity (Narc), but instead presents like a darker, funnier, edgier version of Driving Miss Daisy. You might expect bonkers behaviour, and you’ll be pleased to hear there’s »
- Gem Seddon
There are two species of Joe Carnahan movie: Pensive monochrome thrillers like Narc and The Grey, and rollicking color-blasted thrillers like Smokin’ Aces and The A-Team. Based on the trailer, Carnahan’s newest film Stretch is very much the latter. Patrick Wilson plays a chauffeur in need of a serious cash injection, who agrees to take kooky billionaire Chris Pine around for a night of general insanity. The film also features Ed Helms, Jessica Alba, and Norman Reedus. It’s on iTunes and Amazon on Oct. 7 and VOD on Oct. 14, but you can watch the trailer right now exclusively on EW. »
- Darren Franich
When rebooting an old television show for the silver screen, it has become tradition in Hollywood to try and find some way to include the original stars. We have seen it happen time and time again, from Johnny Depp and various others showing up in 21 Jump Street to Dirk Benedict and Dwight Schultz showing up in The A-Team. Now that a Power Rangers reboot is on the way, most of us probably assumed that cameos from the original cast were a possibility, but now one of the stars has come forward and admitted that he will be in the film. Jason David Frank, who many of you may remember as Tommy Oliver a.k.a. the Green/White Ranger on the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, has revealed that he has already been having conversations with the people behind the new Power Rangers movie and that he will, at the »
With Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Taylor Kitsch reportedly set for three of the leading roles in season two of HBO’s True Detective, the hunt for the show’s female leads continues. Elisabeth Moss and Rachel McAdams were recently named as favourites, but a new report lists Seven actresses in contention.
While they could still be in the running, it seems as if creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto is casting a wide net to find the right person for the still pretty mysterious role. Here’s the full list of True Detective candidates:
Brit Marling (Another Earth), Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones), Kelly Reilly (Flight), Jessica Biel (The A-Team), Malin Akerman (Watchmen), Jamie Alexander (Thor: The Dark World) and Rosario Dawson (Sin City).
However, a Variety reporter adds to the information in the video below by stating that McAdams and Moss are up for role of Vince Vaughn’s wife, »
- Josh Wilding
It was the huge success of Brian de Palma’s The Untouchables back in 1987 that made Hollywood realise that vast amounts of money could be mined from a middle-aged audience by revisiting their childhood nights spent in front of the television. Fellow 1950s TV stalwart Dragnet arrived the same year to lesser acclaim – pairing Dan Aykroyd’s stoic Joe Friday against Tom Hanks’s impossibly-named Pep Streebeck – but the ball kept rolling.
In the 1990s, the ‘movie version of the classic 1960s TV show’ became a genre of its own. Some were huge hits (The Fugitive, Maverick), some spawned brand new franchises (Mission: Impossible, The Addams Family), some were absolute disasters (The Avengers, Wild Wild West). The best of them cooked up something fresh and new from the old ingredients, creating something with pan-generational appeal. If the recipe was right, there were huge dividends to reap.
Strange then that the »
- Cai Ross
With films such as Narc, The A-Team and The Grey under his belt, you would think it would a little easier these days for director Joe Carnahan to get his films made. However, his latest film Stretch, a low-budget thriller made with small-budget horror specialists Blumhouse, the film was due to bow in March this year, but was dropped by Universal earlier in the year.
The film, which is now set to debut on VOD this month, has some big talent involved, including Chris Pine (Star Trek, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), Patrick Wilson (Watchmen, Insidious), Ed Harris (The Rock, Snowpiercer), Ed Helms (The Hangover), Brooklyn Dekker (Battleship), and Jessica Alba (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), but it seems even they were not enough for the studio to fully back the film.
According to Deadline, Blumhouse is launching a new venture, Bh Tilt, aimed at putting together multi-platform releases »
- Scott Davis
It's only yesterday that we were talking about one movie that got caught in limbo, and now another has come up, or at least resurfaced. "The A-Team" and "The Grey" director Joe Carnahan spent last year working on a low-budget thriller called "Stretch," about a limo driver (Patrick Wilson) who chauffeurs around a billionaire (Chris Pine) who's trying to sell his book of criminal contacts. Produced by micro-budget horror specialists Blumhouse, the film was originally meant to be released by Universal back in March, but only two months ahead of the opening date, it was dropped unceremoniously by the studio, who apparently didn't feel justified in spending the hefty marketing costs on a wide release, despite the small investment. Carnahan shopped the picture to other studios, but no one bit, and little was heard in the meantime. But in the last few days, Carnahan started sharing the first images from »
- Oliver Lyttelton
From rock operas to Wes Craven to Dazzler, here's some Marvel movies that never quite made it...
Recently, we looked at the DC movies that never got the greenlight. We saw hordes of Superman movies which didn’t make it to screen, along with Batman film ideas and whole hosts of other DC heroes whose movies plummeted out of production (You can read that piece here).
On the other side of the superhero cinema fence, we have the seemingly all-encompassing, game-changing Marvel Cinematic Universe at the height of its powers, the X-Men franchise in rude health and the still-fresh memory of Spider-Man’s hasty reboot. You could be forgiven for thinking that not as many Marvel movies have struggled to get made as their DC counterparts.
However, having delved once more into the ancient scrolls of cinema history (still better known as extensive Googling), we can confirm there’s plenty »
The Greatest American Hero was a television series that ran for two seasons in the early ‘80s; it followed a teacher, Ralph Hinkley (William Katt), who is given a suit that grants him superhuman abilities. Ralph, with help from FBI agent Bill Maxwell (Robert Culp) and lawyer Pam Davidson (Connie Sellecca), is tasked with saving the world from its own destruction. Greatest American Hero was created by Stephen J. Cannell, who also developed other popular television series in the ‘80s and ‘90s such as The A-Team and 21 Jump Street, which have been rebooted in recent years.
Now, Greatest American Hero will join The A-Team and 21 Jump Street in receiving the reboot treatment. ...
Click to continue reading ‘Lego Movie’ Directors Producing ‘Greatest American Hero’ Series Reboot
- Molly Freeman
Although Bradley Cooper was not physically onscreen during this summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy as the feisty and volatile Rocket Raccoon, his role voicing the smallest defender of the universe put him squarely on the path to becoming a bonafide action star. That raccoon knew what he was doing around a ray gun. And no, starring in the 2010 reboot of The A-Team definitely does not count. Cooper has never been an actor who has sat idly in his roles, picking parts that run the gamut from comedy, to romance, to drama and satire; it’s a natural progression that transforming into an action star would be next. Warner Bros. has a plan, acquiring the book rights to Mack Bolan, a character created by Don Pendleton, to create a starring vehicle for Cooper. The author chronicled Bolan in 37 novels often referred to as “The Mafia Wars,” but ghostwriters kept him alive in hundred of other serializations over »
- Samantha Wilson
After his award worthy performance as a raccoon, Bradley Cooper looks set to possibly ignite his own franchise as the character of Mack Bolan. Bolan, also known as The Executioner, has appeared in over 600 novels since his first appearance in 1969. Created by author Don Pendleton, Bolan travels the world fighting terrorists, and has also taken on the Kgb and the Mafia. Todd Phillips, whom Cooper worked with on The Hangover trilogy, is set to direct, which may suggest a more comical tone given his track record.
There’s certainly a lot of material to take from, and Shane Salerno is the one responsible for coming up with a script. Salerno wrote Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem and is on board to pen Avatar 4. Cooper is no stranger to action, having been one of the titular The A-team and recently finished work of Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper. Exciting stuff, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Playstation Network’s long-gestating adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming’s Powers graphic novel has finally found its two leads. After a few weeks of on-again off-again negotiations, District 9 star Sharlto Copley and Battlestar Galactica alum Michelle Forbes have joined the 10-episode superhero crime drama.
Copley, who’s been making a name for himself in high-profile projects like Elysium, Maleficent, and The A-Team, will make his small screen debut as Christian Walker, who is described as a “dapper and charismatic faded hero who lost his powers in a battle with a super-human mass killer.” Now a detective who works with law enforcement, he uses his unique experience to investigate crimes in the Powers community with his partner, Detective Deena Pilgrim (Susan Heyward).
Forbes, on the other hand, will take the role of Retro Girl, a world-famous superheroine whose mysterious murder »
- James Garcia
Sharlto Copley is putting in some TV work. Or, well, online TV work, which is basically the same thing these days, right? The star of “The A-Team,” “Elysium,” and most recently, “Maleficent” has signed on to headline the Playstation Network’s reboot of the FX show “Powers,” based on the comic book of the same name by Brian Michael Bendis. He’ll be taking over the role originally played by Jason Patric in the pilot episode, before FX decided they’d rather not do the show, or air the pilot at all. Copley will star as Christian Walker… …a cop with darkness and violence at his surface but with a sense of buried integrity. The character jumps first and thinks later. Dapper and charismatic, he has the dissolute air of a faded rock star and the body of a battered heavyweight. Once possessed of super-powers, Walker lost his powers in »
PlayStation's upcoming Powers adaptation has cast its two leading roles. District 9 breakout Sharlto Copley and The Killing's Michelle Forbes are set to star in the long-gestating adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis' Image/Icon comic, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Powers revolves around Christian Walker, a cop who works in the Powers division of the police force and deals with crimes involving those endowed with special abilities. Sony's PlayStation picked up the drama straight to series with a 10-episode order for the project that spent years in development at FX. Copley (Maleficent, The A-Team) will make his TV
- Lesley Goldberg
A few weeks ago, in anticipation of Guardians of the Galaxy's theatrical release, I wrote about the Curse of Tor Johnson, named after the old-school wrestler (and Ed Wood muse) who may have also been responsible for 50 years of terrible performances from professional wrestlers.
Since I wrote for WWE's Monday Night Raw for about six months, I wondered if the presence of Dave Bautista, a former champion, would jinx Guardians' box-office mojo. Three weeks into its theatrical run (and more than $175 million in receipts later), it's safe to say the Curse has been broken. »
This weekend will see the release of The Expendables 3, the latest in a series featuring all your favorite action stars from the 80s and 90s in the same movie. This series is a one trick pony – all your favorite action stars from the past reuniting to relive their collective glory days – but it is a trick I’d happily watch for seven more films. I remember when the first film came out I told my dad I went to see it and loved it, and when he asked what it was I just named the cast. He remarked that that movie would sound cool if it was made in the 90s. I replied oblivious to the dig with “Yeah, it’s awesome, right?” – The fact that these were all action heroes past their prime was the point.
One of the reasons why I enjoy writing and thinking about the »
- Dylan Griffin
Known for his roles in Kick-Ass, The A-Team, and Bet original series Being Mary Jane, Omari Hardwick’s latest character might be his best yet. As James “Ghost” St. Patrick in the Starz series, Power, Hardwick plays a nightclub owner who doubles as a big-time drug distributor in New York City (think Pablo Escobar or Frank Lucas). Living what seems like the perfect life, Ghost sees his nightclub as an escape from his dark past and a chance at a legitimate business. While many have explored the world of dark drug lords trying to make good, Hardwick believes there’s an innate charisma to his character that draws people in. “I think you’re always going to gravitate toward the bad guy even if you think that means restoring or repairing him,” Hardwick explained. VH1 spoke with the actor as he waxed poetic on his respect for executive producer 50 Cent, »
- Georgette Pierre
Later today we'll get to see some footage from 20th Century Fox's franchise sequel Hitman: Agent 47 during the studio's Comic-Con panel in Hall H. This time it's not Timothy Olyphant in the role, but rather Rupert Friend as the bald, genetically engineered assassin from the video game series of the same name. There are no story details just yet, but we do have some first look photos of Friend in action with co-star Hannah Ware as Katia van Dees. But as of now, no sign of Zachary Quinto in the film. We're not excited about the film yet, especially with a February 2015 release, but maybe some good footage can convince us. Here's the first look photos from Aleksander Bach's Hitman: Agent 47 from 20th Century Fox: Hitman: Agent 47 is directed by Aleksander Bach, making his feature directorial debut with a script from Kyle Ward »
- Ethan Anderton
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