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Common Boarding MGM’s ‘Cooley High’ Remake

19 July 2016 4:39 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Common has signed on to produce and star in MGM’s remake of coming-of-age drama “Cooley High” with DeVon Franklin and Tony Krantz also producing.

Seth Rosenfeld will write the script for the remake. The original film, released in 1975 by American International Pictures, was set in 1964 Chicago and focused on a pair of high school seniors who are best friends — played by Glynn Turman and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs — during the final weeks of the school year.

Cooley High,” which had a $750,000 budget, was a major success with $13 million in domestic grosses. Tony Krantz’ father Steve Krantz was the producer with Michael Schultz directing from Eric Monte’s script.

Franklin will produce the remake through his Franklin Entertainment while Common produces under his Freedom Road Productions and Krantz through Flame Ventures. Drew Comins will executive produce for Flame Ventures along with Derek Dudley for Freedom Road.

MGM’s production chief Jonathan Glickman »

- Dave McNary

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First Featurette Takes Us Behind The Scenes Of Ben-Hur Remake

6 July 2016 7:08 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Paramount Pictures has today released the first featurette for Ben-Hur, the remake of the Charlton Heston led Oscar winning classic. Directed by Wanted‘s Timur Bekmambetov, the movie looks surprisingly good (whether or not it will be is another matter) and will hopefully turn talented Boardwalk Empire star Jack Huston into a household name.

This version of Ben-Hur will play up the parallel storyline of Jesus Christ, but the main drama is actually the blood feud between Judah Ben-Hur and Messala, who grew up best friends before the Roman Empire took control of Jerusalem. Ben-Hur was a Jewish prince and Messala the son of a Roman tax collector, but after the latter leaves to be educated in Rome for five years, the young man returns with a different attitude and mocks Judah and his religion.

When a procession passes by Judah’s house and a roof tile accidentally falls and hits the governor, »

- Josh Wilding

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Mark your calendar: the ‘Wicked’ movie just got a release date

16 June 2016 10:38 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Wicked will finally be on the big screen, 16 years after opening on Broadway. The movie musical adaptation of Elphaba’s story will be our Christmas gift when Universal StudiosWicked musical hits theaters on December 20, 2019. The studio revealed the film’s release date today. Producer Marc Platt (Into the Woods, Wanted) had previously said a 2016 release date was a “loose goal.” Platt and Universal (the company’s Stage Productions arm) were also behind the hit Broadway show retelling the story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Since opening in 2003, it’s become the 10th longest-running Broadway show and was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, winning three. Stephen Daldry, known both for his Oscar-winning (The Hours) and Tony-winning (Billy Elliot) work, is set to direct the film. No word on casting yet. Also no word on whether we’ll ever see a non-musical screen adaptation more directly adapted from Gregory Maguire’s Wicked novel. Salma Hayek was previously developing a mini-series based on the 1995 book. »

- Emily Rome

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"Wolverine 3: Weapon X" - More Leaked Set Images

16 June 2016 4:31 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek more leaked images from the New Orleans set of director James Mangold's currently shooting $127 million budgeted, R-rated feature "Wolverine 3" aka "Weapon X", starring Hugh Jackman in his last screen appearance as the mutant 'Logan', with Patrick Stewart as 'Professor Xavier':

The original "Wolverine: Old Man Logan", is an eight-issue storyline from the 'Wolverine' ongoing series by writer Mark Millar ("Kick-Ass) and illustrator Steve McNiven

The series debuted June 2008, ran through "Wolverine" #66–#72 and ended in "Wolverine Giant-Size Old Man Logan", September 2009, set in an alternate universe designated as 'Earth-807128'.

Set fifty years into the future, it uses a similar premise to another Millar book, "Wanted"...

... in which the world's super-villains band together to finally destroy all superheroes.

A new volume of "Old Man Logan" debuted during the 2015 "Secret Wars" storyline, written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Andrea Sorrentino. This was followed by an ongoing series starting January 2016, written by Jeff Lemire amd again illustrated by Sorrentino.

"...the Us has been conquered and divided amongst super-villains, with territories belonging to 'The Abomination', 'Magneto', 'Dr. Doom' and the 'Red Skull' who becomes the President. 

"Heroes have been wiped out of existence, with the few survivors in hiding.

"'Logan' lives with his wife 'Maureen' and young children 'Scotty' and 'Jade' on a barren plot of land in Sacramento, California. Logan.

"Logan's 'Wolverine' persona died the day 40 super-villains attacked the 'X-Mansion'. Unable to locate his 'X-Men' mutant teammates, Wolverine slaughters the attackers to ensure the safety of the mutant children. But Logan then realizes the entire assault was an illusion and his perceived enemies were actually his fellow X-Men.

"This destroyed him emotionally and mentally, and he fled the Mansion..." 

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Wolverine"...

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- Michael Stevens

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‘Captain America: Civil War’s Mark Millar Gives Birth To ‘Reborn’ With DC Comics ‘Batman’ Artist Greg Capullo: Is This The Next Big IP For Hollywood?

6 June 2016 2:33 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Since revamping many of the Marvel characters, the prolific Mark Millar has been creating new comic book franchises that have then been made into movies: Captain America: Civil War, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Kick-Ass and Wanted. Now comes word he is dropping one of his most anticipated comic series after nabbing the talents of DC Comics’ Batman artist Greg Capullo. The property, which has the potential of being another big IP for movie studios and/or the… »

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‘Captain America: Civil War’s Mark Millar Gives Birth To ‘Reborn’ With DC Comics ‘Batman’ Artist Greg Capullo: Is This The Next Big IP For Hollywood?

6 June 2016 2:33 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Since revamping many of the Marvel characters, the prolific Mark Millar has been creating new comic book franchises that have then been made into movies: Captain America: Civil War, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Kick-Ass and Wanted. Now comes word he is dropping one of his most anticipated comic series after nabbing the talents of DC Comics’ Batman artist Greg Capullo. The property, which has the potential of being another big IP for movie studios and/or the… »

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"Wolverine 3" Leaked Set Images

2 June 2016 11:51 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

We have leaked images from the New Orleans set of director James Mangold's currently shooting $127 million budgeted, R-rated feature "Wolverine 3", starring Hugh Jackman in his last screen appearance as the mutant 'Logan', based on Marvel Comics' "Old Man Logan" storyline, opening March 3, 2017:

The original "Wolverine: Old Man Logan", is an eight-issue storyline from the 'Wolverine' ongoing series by writer Mark Millar ("Kick-Ass) and illustrator Steve McNiven. 

The series debuted June 2008, ran through "Wolverine" #66–#72 and ended in "Wolverine Giant-Size Old Man Logan", September 2009, set in an alternate universe designated as 'Earth-807128'.

Set fifty years into the future, it uses a similar premise to another Millar book, "Wanted", in which the world's super-villains band together to finally destroy all superheroes.

A new volume of "Old Man Logan" debuted during the 2015 "Secret Wars" storyline, written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Andrea Sorrentino. This was followed by an »

- Michael Stevens

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Mark Millar’s ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’ Will Be Adapted By ‘Journey 2: The Mysterious Island’ Screenwriters

2 June 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Chrononauts, Starlight, American Jesus, Super Crooks, Empress: The list of in-development adaptations of Mark Millar‘s work goes on and on. Hollywood just can’t get enough of the comic book writer behind Wanted and Kick-Ass. A year ago, it was reported an adaptation of another one of Millar’s properties, Jupiter’s Legacy, was in the works, with a little help from powerhouse producer […]

The post Mark Millar’s ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’ Will Be Adapted By ‘Journey 2: The Mysterious Island’ Screenwriters appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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Latin American Distributor Diamond Films Moves Into Spain

30 May 2016 4:40 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid — Diamond Films, part of Latin America’s Telefilms Group, its biggest independent movie distributor, has expanded to Europe, setting up Diamond Films España, a direct distribution operation in Spain headed by Spanish distrib vet Carles Montiel and Gonzalo Claiman-Versini.

Montiel has held executive positions at multiple Spanish independent distribution houses such as Lauren Films, Universal Pictures and Wide Pictures; Claiman-Versini is a former lawyer at the Buenos Aires and Paris bar.

Diamond Films España, which handles home entertainment and TV rights on movies it acquires, will release five titles in Spanish cinema theaters this year, beginning on July 29 with Stx Ent.’s “Bad Moms.”

Directed by “The Hangover” writers Jon Lucas  and Scott Moore, and starring Mila Kunis (“Black Swan”), Kristen Bell (“Veronica Mars”) and Kathryn Hahn (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”), “Bad Moms” is the first of four titles accessed by Diamond Films España via an output »

- John Hopewell

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Hardcore Henry Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD Release Details & Cover Art

26 May 2016 12:17 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Stx Entertainment have announced the July home media release dates and details for the first-person Pov action thriller Hardcore Henry:

Press Release: Universal City, CA, May 26, 2016 – Brace yourself for one of the most unflinchingly original wild rides when the adrenaline-fueled action hit Hardcore Henry arrives on Digital HD on July 12, 2016 and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on July 26, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Stx Entertainment. Filled with non-stop action and thrilling adventure, Hardcore Henry is the first film shot completely in first-person shooter perspective. The Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD feature even more explosive thrills with deleted scenes and commentary with the director and actor/producer. Be the first to own Hardcore Henry, starring Sharlto Copley (Chappie, District 9, Elysium), and immerse yourself in an exciting new world as you become the title hero!

You remember nothing. Mainly because you’ve just »

- Derek Anderson

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S Korea's Showbox hails 'Taxi Driver'

10 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Song Kang-ho to star in story of a Korean taxi driver who accompanies a German journalist reporting on the 1980 Gwangju Massacre.

South Korea’s Showbox has picked up Taxi Driver (working title) starring top Korean actor Song Kang-ho (The Attorney, Snowpiercer) for local distribution and world sales.

Based on a true story that happened during the 1980 Gwangju Democratization Movement - a.k.a. the Gwangju Massacre, when the military regime declared martial law and slaughtered protestors in the Southern city, the film is directed by Jang Hun, whose credits include Secret Reunion, Rough Cut and The Front Line.

Song plays a Korean taxi driver who accompanies a German journalist who smuggles into the city to report on the scenes and relay the news to the world.

Thomas Kretschmann from The Pianist, King Kong and Wanted is set to feature alongside Song, who previously worked with Jang on Secret Reunion.

The film, in »

- hjnoh2007@gmail.com (Jean Noh)

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Common, Xu Qing Join Ethan Hawke’s ’24 Hours to Live’

10 May 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actor-musician, Common and Chinese actress Xu Qing have joined Ethan Hawke in the cast of thriller “24 Hours to Live.” To be directed by Brian Smrz, the film starts production in South Africa next month.

The announcement was made by China’s Fundamental Films, which is fully financing the movie and has distribution rights in China, and by Basil Iwanyk’s production company Thunder Road Pictures.

Common, who recently won an original song Academy Award with John Legend for “Selma,” has had film roles including “Run All Night” and “Wanted.” Xu (aka Summer Xu) started her film career in Chen Kaige’s “Life on a String” and was recently seen in “Looper” and hit comedy drama “Mr Six.”

Scripted by Zachary Dean and based on an original story from Ron Mita and Jim McClain, “24 Hours to Live” follows a career assassin who is given a chance at redemption after his employer »

- Patrick Frater

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Mark Millar and Stuart Immonen’s Empress heading to the big screen

4 May 2016 12:03 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Another week, another Mark Millar comic heading to the big screen. According to THR, the latest of Millar’s books headed to the silver screen is Empress, which just hit comic book store shelves in April.

Empress, which Millar co-created with artist Stuart Immonen, centers on the wife of a galactic dictator who decides to leave her evil husband and take her three children – ages 15, 10, and 18 months – with her to her home world. Needless to say, he isn’t happy about the idea, and sends his armies after her. The comic includes dinosaurs fighting in gladiator arenas and lots of cool sci-fi stuff, so it could lead to a pretty fun film adaptation.

The story is only the latest in a string of Millar-created projects that are in various stages of development. Just last week, Waypoint Entertainment bought the rights for Supercrooks and American Jesus, while titles like Huck, Chrononauts, »

- James Garcia

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"Supercrooks" and "American Jesus" to The Big Screen

27 April 2016 7:17 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Comic book writer Mark Millar of "Wanted", "Kick-Ass" and "Kingsman: The Secret Service" fame, reports that his creator-owned 'Millarworld' comic book properties "American Jesus" and "Supercrooks" have now been optioned by Waypoint Entertainment and Addictive Pictures to develop for the big screen:

"The level of talent we’re talking about behind the camera has us all ridiculously excited," said Millar about "American Jesus" and "Supercrooks. "Fans of the books are in for an absolute treat."

Millar is also noted as the creator of Marvel Comics' "Civil War", that has been adapted into "Captain America: Civil War"...

...plus the comic book properties "Huck", "Empress", "Superior", "Chrononauts" and "Starlight" that are in various stages of film development.

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- Michael Stevens

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Waypoint picks up two Mark Millar properties

26 April 2016 4:55 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ken Kao and Dan Kao will partner with Addictive Pictures to produce under their first-look deal.

Waypoint Entertainment has acquired rights to American Jesus and Supercrooks from Mark Millar, the comic book writer behind original properties Wanted, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and Kick-Ass.

The Kaos will serve as producers alongside Addictive’s Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder.

American Jesus was drawn by artist Peter Gross and centres on a 12-year-old boy who realises he is the second coming of Jesus Christ sent to save earth

Leinil Francis Yu illustrated Supercrooks, a comic heist story about eight super-villains who attempt to rob the world’s most notorious crime boss.

Millar has worked on comic books including Captain America: Civil War, and The Ultimates.

“I only come to La one week a year and do all my meetings in the pub during those seven days every September,” said Millar.

“On my most recent trip I met these guys and »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Waypoint Developing Two Movies From ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Author

26 April 2016 12:29 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Waypoint Entertainment has acquired movie rights to “American Jesus” and “Supercrooks” — both written by Mark Millar, who authored the “Captain America: Civil War” series.

Waypoint Entertainment’s Ken Kao (“The Nice Guys”) will produce with partner Dan Kao and Addictive PicturesRussell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder under their first-look deal.

American Jesus,” drawn by artist Peter Gross, follows a modern 12-year-old boy who realizes he is the second coming of Jesus Christ who has returned to Earth in the present day in a final effort to save mankind.

Supercrooks,” with illustrations by Leinil Francis Yu, is a comical heist story about eight super-villains forced out of retirement in an attempt to rob the world’s most notorious crime boss.

Several of Millar’s original works — “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “Wanted” and “Kick-Ass” — have been adapted into feature films. He has other comic series such as “Superior,” “Chrononauts,” “Empress,” “Huck,” “Mph »

- Dave McNary

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Waypoint Acquires Properties From Mark Millar, Comic Book Writer Of ‘Captain America: Civil War’

26 April 2016 11:45 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Breaking: Waypoint Entertainment has acquired the rights to two Mark Millar properties: American Jesus and Supercrooks. Millar is the comic book writer of Wanted, Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service as well as Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War. Waypoint's Ken Kao (The Nice Guys) will produce with partner Dan Kao and Addictive PicturesRussell Ackerman (Mama) and John Schoenfelder. Waypoint has a first-look deal with Addictive. American Jesus was drawn by artist… »

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Hardcore Henry Review

9 April 2016 6:21 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Good ideas on paper or in a 10 minute youtube video are generally good ideas. In fact some of them are phenomenal. Turning one of the aforementioned good ideas into a feature length movie is also a good idea. The whole nothing ventured nothing gained cliche springs to mind. And then we have Hardcore Henry. Originally an Indiegogo project, this first person action flick is unfortunately too much of a good thing. Yes, you read that right. This is a first person movie. I repeat, a first person movie, not a video game. And if you don't know what a first person video game is, then this certainly isn't the movie for you. Directed by Ilya Naishuller  and produced by Wanted's Timur Bekmambetov, Hardcore Henry follows the tale of Henry, who wakes up in a Moscow laboratory to learn that he's been brought back from the dead as a half-human, »

- noreply@blogger.com (Vic Barry)

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‘Hardcore Henry’ Producer Timur Bekmambetov on Head Explosions, Cameraman as Lead Actor

8 April 2016 1:26 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ilya Naishuller’s “Hardcore Henry” storms into theaters this weekend courtesy of Stx Entertainment with an inventive gimmick: It’s shot entirely from the first-person point of view of its unseen title character, who goes to violent lengths to rescue his wife (Haley Bennett) from a telekinetic albino warlord (Danila Kozlovsky) with the help of a human chameleon played by Sharlto Copley. The buzzy new film has an unseen force of its own, Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted,” “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”), who produced “Hardcore Henry” after watching Naishuller’s innovative “Bad Motherfucker.” Here, Behmambetov shares his thoughts about the new film, »

- Jeff Sneider

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'Hardcore Henry': Inside the Insane First-Person Shooter Movie

8 April 2016 7:26 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

You're dangling off a van driving at an ungodly speed down a three-lane Moscow highway; suddenly, you hear a raucous, jarring thump. With all the violent jostling, it’s impossible to tell if it was a bump in the road or a tire crushing a stuntman's head. You look everywhere for clues; it's only once the Russian daredevil, previously lying prostrate in the middle of hectic traffic, flashes the thumbs up and yells, "Did you get?! Did you get?!" that you realize no one has died. Not yet, at least. »

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