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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. ...
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- 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
He embraced the big green angry one for The Avengers franchise, but it appears Mark Ruffalo has his sights on a lower key character for the future. Taking to Twitter, he has addressed rumours about a forthcoming Columbo movie with a decidedly non-non-committal response:
@MysteryExec @garywhitta Ed Soloman approached me on this about a month ago. We are thinking a movie.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) July 16, 2014
Though he’s shown a lack of detective work in the spelling of screenwriter Ed Solomon (who wrote Now You See Me featuring Ruffalo), the prospect of the legendary shambolic snoop being resurrected with a respected name is a bewildering yet enticing one. Forever associated with the late Peter Falk, the franchise has been routinely prodded with a stick over the past decade since ending in 2003. The A-Team star Dirk Benedict recently took the part in a stage production of 1962′s introductory play Prescription Murder »
- Steve Palace
Filmmaker Joe Carnahan doesn’t mess around. His movies range from gritty thrillers like Narc to big summer tentpoles like The A-Team to thoughtful, existential dramas like The Grey, and recently he’s been delving into television to great success with The Blacklist and the upcoming State of Affairs. Though his latest feature film, a small-scale crazy actioner called Stretch, is currently looking for a distributor, we recently learned that Carnahan is lining up another feature project in Five Against a Bullet. The Wild Bunch-esque story revolves around five bodyguards that are hired to protect a Mexican politician through a contentious election after his father is murdered by a drug cartel. At the TCA Press Tour, Christina interviewed Carnahan in anticipation of his upcoming drama series State of Affairs, and the director touched on Five Against the Bullet, revealing that it will probably be his next film. Check out »
- Adam Chitwood
Patrick Wilson has spent the last fifteen years as a triple-threat on Broadway, film, and TV, garnering two Tony nominations (for The Full Monty and Oklahoma), and Golden Globe and Emmy noms for the groundbreaking Angels In America.
One of our most versatile actors, he’s moved easily from such wildly diverse projects as The Phantom of the Opera, Little Children, Watchmen, The A-Team, Insidious, and Hard Candy, and he even starred in the unfortunately short-lived CBS series A Gifted Man.
Today is his 41st birthday, so let’s take a stroll down memory lane with a gallery of some highlights from Patrick’s career.
The post Birthday Gallery: Patrick Wilson Turns 41 appeared first on thebacklot.com. »
While his action thriller Stretch is still waiting for a new release date after being pulled from the calendar this year, director Joe Carnahan is already setting up his next project. The Wrap has learned that The A-Team and The Grey director is set to write and direct Five Against a Bullet, an action thriller described as calling back to "classic macho movies" like The Wild Bunch and The Magnificent Seven. The film will follow five bodyguards hired to protect a Mexican politician over the course of a contentious election after his father is murdered by a drug cartel. Sounds like it could have been The A-Team sequel. Collider was the first to report on the project after speaking with Transformers franchise producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. The producer said, "It is a tale of a group of men who have become cynical, sort of lost their sense of hope about life and the world, »
- Ethan Anderton
Currently wrangling his low-budget thriller Stretch through a tricky editing process, Joe Carnahan has a number of films in development, and he's a producer and director on Us TV drama The Blacklist. Sony is now hoping he’ll be the man to finally bring action pic Five Against A Bullet to the screen.Five Against A Bullet has been lingering in limbo for a while, ever since Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura brought it to the studio back in 2011. Originally boasting a script by Alex Litvak, it’s the story of a Mexican politician whose father is slaughtered by a drug cartel. In order to stay alive during a campaign to clean up his local area, the canny politico hires the five best bodyguards available.The film attracted Bruce Willis’ attention in 2012, but things have been awfully quiet since then. Carnahan – no stranger to films boasting a high bullet count »
Looking for Alaska
Actress/filmmaker Sarah Polley ("Away From Her," "Stories We Tell") is in talks to adapt "Fault In Our Stars" author John Green's "Looking For Alaska" for Paramount Pictures. Mark Waters and Jessica Tuchinsky will produce.
The story follows a sixteen-year-old Florida boy who moves to a boarding school in Alabama and learns coming of age lessons from his roommate and his beautiful, mysterious and self-destructive best friend Alaska Young. [Source: Deadline]
The story follows five bodyguards hired to protect a Mexican politician over the course of a contentious election after his father is murdered by a drug cartel. [Source: The Wrap]
- Garth Franklin
With Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane, Narc, Smokin’ Aces, The A-Team and The Grey on his resume, writer-director Joe Carnahan has certainly built his career on badass protagonists who fit traditional ideas of masculinity, which makes him a perfect fit for his next project - Five Against a Bullet, which Sony described recently as being in the spirit of The Wild Bunch and The Magnificent Seven.
The flick, which Carnahan will both direct and rewrite, working off an original script from Alex Litvak, follows a group of five bodyguards recruited to keep a Mexican politician alive during a controversial election after the politician’s father is brutally killed by a major drug cartel. Going off that, we can expect a lot of cool-as-a-cucumber badasses and plenty of explosive action.
Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura recently spoke about Carnahan’s involvement with the project, stating:
“Joe [Carnahan] we just put on a project called ‘Five Against a Bullet, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Joe Carnahan is set to write and direct “Five Against a Bullet” for Sony Pictures, TheWrap has confirmed. Described as being in the vein of classic macho movies “The Wild Bunch” and “The Magnificent Seven,” the story follows five bodyguards hired to protect a Mexican politician over the course of a contentious election after his father is murdered by a drug cartel. The project is right up Carnahan's alley, as the filmmaker has done a great job exploring masculinity in both “The Grey” and “Narc.” He also directed “The A-Team,” which brought together four unlikely heroes who save the world. »
- Jeff Sneider
Deploys twisty sci-fi concepts to warp the almost-clichéd dinner-party soap opera into a horror story of the human condition in the face of quantum philosophy. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m hungry for smart science fiction
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Pro relationship tip: Do not go to a dinner party with a bunch of your friends who all have long-term interconnected relationships — with all the unresolved resentments and secret entanglements that can come with that — when there’s a quantum anomaly in the neighborhood. Not when there are important, even life-changing, decisions to be made at the same time.
See, just as Em (Emily Foxler: Ghosts of Girlfriends Past) is having to decide whether to fly off to Vietnam with her boyfriend, Kevin (Maury Sterling: Veronica Mars, The A-Team), for four months to accompany him for his work, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Liam Neeson may have launched his career with serious fare like Schindler’s List, but the moment Taken ignited at the box office, it became obvious that the actor had found his niche. Since that modern action classic, he’s led The A-Team, unraveled an assassination plot in Unknown, faced down wolves in The Grey and once again combatted human traffickers in Taken 2. The actor’s formula for these action flicks is pretty clear-cut. Neeson plays a gruff but likable badass, who’s hurtled into an impossible situation and forced to fight his way out, all the while maintaining his intrinsic dignity. The actor’s latest, Non-Stop, never tries to break away from that formula, though director Jaume Collet-Serra (who previously helmed Unknown with Neeson) does make a cliché-riddled ride enjoyable.
Quickly establishing a sense of claustrophobia and expertly handling a number of close-quarters action sequences, Collet-Serra proves capable »
- Isaac Feldberg
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