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Chris Pratt Shares A Glimpse Of His Homeless Past

17 August 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Chris Pratt, before he was a successful TV and film actor, was homeless and living in Maui.

Chris Pratt's Homeless Past

Pratt shared a picture of a van – complete with a decal of Shaggy and Scooby-Doo – that he lived out of when he was homeless before he made it big as an actor. “Can’t believe I found this picture!!!!This is the van I lived in!!!” Pratt captioned the throwback snap on Facebook. “In my hand is the script for the movie that got me out of Maui. Crazy.”

After leaving high school, Pratt headed to Maui where a friend of his was living at the time. ”I had a friend who was like, ‘Dude, you’ve got to come out here,”’ Pratt told Entertainment Weekly. ”We set up camp on the beach and lived the dream.”

Post by Chris Pratt.

While living in Maui, Pratt made ends »

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Is Tom Hiddleston Chariot Ready For ‘Ben Hur’?

13 August 2014 3:45 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It looks like Tom Hiddleston is being eyed up for the lead role in Ben-hur with direction coming from Wanted and Night Watch’s Timur Bekmambetov

The Thor actor is said to be a firm favorite with Timur Bekmambetov to play Judah Ben-Hur, in the forthcoming screen adaption of Lee Wallace’s classic 1880 novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ. However, there are rumours that this might not come together at the moment due to Hiddleston’s other work commitments with I Saw The Light and High-rise

Scheduled to be released in cinemas 2016, this new version of the film will follow the younger years of Jewish prince Judah, and his friend Messala, who both grew up in Jerusalem before the Roman Empire took over. The original Ben-hur was a silent film in 1925, which was then remade in 1959 starring Charlton Heston. The film had the biggest sets ever made for a film at the time, »

- Louise Tooth

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Transcendent Entertainment Sets ‘Magdalena’ for the Bigscreen (Exclusive)

13 August 2014 12:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Los Angeles-based Transcendent Entertainment, run by Peruvian-born Danny Rodriguez, will be taking the little-known true story of Peruvian French resistance member Magdalena Truel to the bigscreen.

The drama, tentatively titled “Magdalena,” is based on nonfiction bestseller “Final Stop” by former CNN Espanol journalist Hugo Coya who recounts stories gleaned from five years of research on the 21 Peruvians who perished in Nazi camps. Truel saved hundreds of lives from Nazi persecution during World War II through her forgery skills.

Pic is budgeted at an initial $30 million and will likely shoot in France and Peru, where Truel spent the first 18 years of her life.

New York-based helmer-scribe Francis Delia will pen the screenplay. Production designer Thomas Voth, who worked on “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Wanted” among others, is on board to serve as art director of the pic slated to shoot by next year.

Rodriguez is in talks with potential helmers »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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Tom Hiddleston Wanted for Ben-hur

13 August 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Director Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) is in the process of developing a Ben-Hur film for MGM and Paramount Pictures. According to Deadline, they've set a release date for February 26, 2016, and they are looking to cast Tom Hiddleston as Judah Ben-Hur.

The film will be based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ, so it's more of an adaptation than it is a remake. I think it's great, too. As big a fan as I am of the original movie, I think a new vision of the story with today's filmmaking technology could be incredible. 

No offer has been made yet, so the actor hasn't officially been cast. According to the report, there are other film offers that he's considering, and he can't do them all. A movie like Ben-Hur seems like it would be a huge deal, though. I mean… it's Ben freakin' Hur! 

I think it'd »

- Joey Paur

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Tom Hiddleston Wanted for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

13 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

With a 2016 release date already in place, MGM and Paramount’s Ben-Hur remake is closing in on a lead. Tom Hiddleston is reportedly being courted for the title role, which was played by Charlton Heston in the 1959 movie. Hit the jump for the latest updates on the Ben-Hur remake. Timur Bekmambetov is directing the […]

The post Tom Hiddleston Wanted for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Tom Hiddleston in Talks for Ben-Hur Remake

13 August 2014 3:35 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

About two years ago, it was reported that MGM and Paramount Pictures were working on a remake of "Ben-Hur," which is based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel that outsold every book (outside of the Bible) until it was eventually beaten by "Gone With the Wind." It was then reported that "Wanted" helmer Timur Bekmambetov signed on direct from a script by Keith Clarke (The Way Back) and John Ridley (12 Years a Slave). The film also got a release date of February 26th, 2016. Now comes word that the studios are in talks with Tom Hiddleston, who played Loki in "The Avengers," to take the lead role. The plan is to take more elements from the book than the original film did by focusing more on the storyline involving Jesus Christ. »

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Tom Hiddleston linked with Ben Hur

12 August 2014 10:37 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

It looks like Tom Hiddleston will be inheriting Charlton Heston's chariot in the Ben Hur remake...

The planned remake of Ben Hur already has a director in place, with Timur Bekmambetov - of Wanted fame - lined up to steer the project. But the film, backed by Paramount and MGM, is now homing in on a lead actor. And reports suggest that it has Tom Hiddleston in its crosshairs.

Hiddleston, who is nearing the end of production on Ben Wheatley's High-Rise right now, already has Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak shot. The new Ben Hur has been put together by screenwriters Keith Clarke and John Ridley. The book Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ has been used as the source for their script.

Hiddleston would take on the role of Judah Ben Hur, played by Charlton Heston in the 1959 adaptation of the material. It's not »

- simonbrew

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Tom Hiddleston Wanted For Ben-Hur Remake

12 August 2014 7:25 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Deadline is reporting tonight that MGM and Paramount have their eye on Tom Hiddleston for the lead role in their Ben-Hur remake, which currently has Wanted helmer Timur Bekmambetov attached to direct. If he signs on, the actor would step into the role of Judah Ben-Hur, which Charlton Heston played in the 1959 classic, and also won an Oscar for.

This new version of the biblical epic, which was penned by 12 Years a Slave scribe John Ridley, is said to focus “on the nature of faith,” and follows a “falsely accused nobleman who sets out to take vengeance on the best friend who betrayed him.” It’s also being reported that the story of Jesus Christ will be more prominent in this version of the film, which makes sense seeing as Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, producers of The Bible miniseries, are on board to produce here as well.

As for Hiddleston, »

- Matt Joseph

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Tom Hiddleston Grabbing Sword & Sandals for 'Ben-Hur' Remake?

12 August 2014 5:36 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

After creating chaos in Asgard and on Earth in the Thor franchise and The Avengers, it sounds like British actor Tom Hiddleston might venture into more traditional epic territory. Deadline has word that MGM and Paramount Pictures are courting the man who made Loki one of the most revered villains of the past decade to take the lead role in their remake of the classic Ben-Hur, or rather, the new adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ, directed by Timur Bekmambetov of Wanted. However, this isn't yet anywhere near being a done deal since he's considering other projects. More below! One other project that Hiddleston has on his potential future plate is Me Before You, an adaptation of the Jojo Moyes best-selling novel that is also set up at MGM. That film focuses on a small-town girl caught between dead-end jobs, and Will (the role »

- Ethan Anderton

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Thor Star Tom Hiddleston Eyed for Title Role in Ben-Hur Remake

12 August 2014 5:30 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

MGM and Paramount Pictures are forging ahead with a Ben-Hur remake which will be directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), and a release of February 26th, 2016 has been set.

According to a new report, the studio are hoping to cast Tom Hiddleston (Avengers Assemble) as Judah Ben-Hur in the latest adaptation of 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ which was previously adapted in both 1925 as a silent film and later as the far more famous 1959 version with Charlton Heston.

However, Hiddleston has his hands full with a number of other projects, and it’s not clear whether the British actor has even entered talks as of yet. Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill has also been considered.

This version of Ben-Hur will apparently be much closer to the book, and the site that broke this news have provided a synopsis of sorts giving us an »

- Josh Wilding

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Tom Hiddleston Eyed to Lead Ben-hur Remake

12 August 2014 5:10 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

MGM and Paramount are starting to put together their cast for the Ben-Hur remake, and they have their sights set high for the lead role.  Deadline reports that Tom Hiddleston is being courted to play Judah Ben-Hur in the Biblical epic, which has Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov set to helm.  The pic is based on the original novel by Lew Wallace, which was subsequently turned into a classic 1959 film starring Charlton Heston.  Bemkambetov’s version is described as focusing on the nature of faith, as it follows a falsely accused nobleman who sets out to take vengeance on the best friend who betrayed him.  Hit the jump for more on the prospect of Hiddleston’s casting. The folks at Deadline report that Hiddleston is apparently the top choice to fill Heston’s shoes in the Ben-Hur remake, but they caution that it’s not nearly a done deal. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Tom Hiddleston eyed to lead Ben-Hur remake

12 August 2014 2:19 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

The cast of the upcoming MGM and Paramount remake of Ben-hur is beginning to take shape. Reports indicate that Tom Hiddleston is being sought out to play Judah Ben-Hur in the Biblical epic. The Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) directed remake is based on the original novel by Lew Wallace, which was adapted into the 1959 classic starring Charlton Heston. Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave screenwriter John Ridley wrote the most recent draft of Ben-hur and the »

- Graham McMorrow

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Old Man Logan: a comic that should be a movie

11 August 2014 6:08 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Is Old Man Logan the cinematic future for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine? Rob hopes so…

Despite playing a character that has lived for centuries in Marvel comics, Hugh Jackman is in the unfortunate position of gradually becoming too old to play Wolverine. Whilst it’s generally accepted that Wolverine does in fact age, it’s at a far more reduced rate than Hugh Jackman, who has no mutant powers (that we know of).

In X-Men: Days Of Future Past, this issue was faced (sort-of) head-on by making future Wolverine slightly grey-haired, like a cross between his younger self and Reed Richards, thereby suggesting that Wolverine’s anti-aging gene (which he could surely sell for amazing money to the cosmetics industry) was beginning to let up in the X-Men movie universe’s future timeline. A decent effort was made to hide the age of Hugh Jackman’s 1970s Wolverine, and, to be honest, »

- ryanlambie

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Bart & Fleming: Digital Fascism, William Goldman’s Timeless Line; Print Woes

10 August 2014 8:50 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly Sunday column, two old friends get together and grind their axes on the movie business. Off last Sunday, the boys have a lot on their minds.

Fleming: We have entered an age of digital fascism; render an opinion against the grain, and disagreement is followed by insults and threats to end careers. Because of an opinion.

Bart: Are you referring to Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Pedro Almodovar being attacked for signing that petition charging Israel with practicing genocide in the Gaza? It was certainly not a smart move on their part.

Fleming: I get that. Anyone paying attention can see Israel’s existence comes out of an unimaginable genocide attempt in WWII. I wonder if Bardem and Cruz read the fine print when the petition was put under their noses. Provoked by »

- Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr

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Watch Chris Pratt Predict His Future Role In Jurassic World Back In 2009

4 August 2014 8:01 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Chris Pratt started out as a comedic actor by trade, playing bit parts in movies like Wanted and funny supporting roles like Andy on Parks And Recreation. Eventually, he earned his bad ass stripes with flicks like Zero Dark Thirty and Guardians Of The Galaxy. But there's one project that's so important to him, so high priority on his wish list, that he some how called his own shot five years ago in a behind the scenes video from Parks And Recreation. What you've just seen in the video above is Chris Pratt predicting he'd be in Jurassic World. A Parks And Rec Clips YouTube channel uploaded the video of Pratt basically lamenting that he's been drafted into recording some behind the scenes materials for the show. Such a duty takes a lot of time and dedication from the person who undertakes it, which means that Chris Pratt was going »

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Philadelphia's The Awesome Festival becomes Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival

1 August 2014 11:50 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Philadelphia's Awesome Fest sounds… well… awesome. To be clear, though, it appears this is an evolution of the already-existent event, which is now being called The Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival. As you would expect with a name like that, Bruce Campbell will indeed be there as part of the four-day event in Rosemont, Il, where they'll also be screening a slate of horror titles curated by Scott Weinberg, horror maven and the resident critic at the just-killed FEARnet. They'll also have panels, and they've got some great ones planned. Overall, it looks like a really cool chance to see a fistful of the best of what indie horror has going on right now with bonuses that simply make the weekend better. From August 21 to August 24, you'll be able to check out some great films. How? Well, here's how they put it: Tickets for All screenings are free to attend »

- Drew McWeeny

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Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival Announced as Part of Wizard World Chicago

31 July 2014 2:09 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Horror fans are in for a treat during Wizard World Chicago. It has been announced that the first ever Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival will coincide with Wizard World Chicago, featuring new horror films, special guests, and a screening of the first three Evil Dead movies: 

“Rosemont, Il – July 31, 2014 – Philadelphia’s The Awesome Fest, in partnership with Wizard World Inc. and horror icon Bruce Campbell, announced today the first ever Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival, running August 21-24, 2014 in Rosemont, Il. The four-day event will coincide with Wizard World Chicago Comic Con and will feature the best in independent horror cinema with a full slate of film premieres, panels, special guests, movie marathons, and of course, Bruce Campbell!

“We could not be any more thrilled to partner with Bruce Campbell on this festival”, said fest director & programmer Josh Goldbloom. “From the ground up, we’ve been able to design a »

- Jonathan James

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‘Berliner’ Spec Script Acquired by Universal

28 July 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal Pictures has nabbed the spec script “Berliner.”

The spy thriller was written by F. Scott Frazier, who penned the upcoming “Autobahn,” about an American backpacker on the run from drug smugglers.

The film will be produced by “Fast & Furious” scribe Chris Morgan, who will oversee the film through his Chris Morgan Productions banner. Morgan and Frazier are currently working on a number of films with the studio, including “Day One” and “Heatseekers,” the latter directed by Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted”).

Chris Cowles (“The Numbers Station”) and Dmg Entertainment (“Iron Man 3″) will also produce “Berliner” with executive producer Chris Fenton (“The Vatican Tapes”).

In addition to the “Fast” films, Morgan is working with screenwriter Alex Kurtzman on a new franchise that will draw on monster characters from Universal’s film library. The studio is associated with the Frakenstein, Wolfman and other horror franchises.

Ainsley Davies will oversee development of “Berliner” for Chris Morgan Productions, »

- Brent Lang

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​Box Office: How Scarlett Johansson Beat Dwayne Johnson at the Action Movie Game

28 July 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

In a normal summer, a debut like the estimated $29.0 million opening for Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" would be reason for its creators and distributor to rejoice. After all, the movie did better than pundits had predicted (in the low 20s), and it enjoyed a healthy per-screen average ($8,067 per venue). As an action star with a track record, Johnson would be said to have delivered on his promise, and there would be backslapping and cigars all around for a $100-million PG-13 movie that would surely earn back its investment from both domestic and overseas audiences (who bought an estimated $28.0 million worth of tickets) .

And yet, that opening was good enough only for second place. Coming out more than 50 percent ahead to debut in the No. 1 slot was "Lucy," a French-made R-rated action movie starring petite Scarlett Johansson, shot for a modest (by action standards) $40 million. Playing on 422 fewer screens than "Hercules, »

- Gary Susman

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How ‘The Avengers’ & ‘Lucy’ Turned Scarlett Johansson Into an Action Superstar

27 July 2014 10:18 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Donning a dodgy Russian accent and a skin-tight, leather suit as “The Avengers’” Black Widow is reaping dividends for Scarlett Johansson.

The actress may have benefited more from her work on the Marvel movies than any other member of the superhero ensemble save for Robert Downey Jr., whose work as Iron Man transformed him into perhaps the biggest box office star on the planet. Evidence of Johansson’s raised profile was on display this weekend, as the actress powered “Lucy” to a $44 million debut, the third biggest female-driven action opening of all time.

First and second place belong to “Wanted” and “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” both star Angelina Jolie, who may have a worthy successor in the come-hither glances and gunplay department in Johansson.

“‘Avengers’ turned her into an action star and that’s part of the reason ‘Lucy’ had so much success,” said Jeff Bock, a box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations. »

- Brent Lang

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