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The story of Philippe Petit’s daring high-wire walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974 is not a new one to New Yorkers or to film lovers: it was the subject of 2008’s Oscar-winning best documentary feature, Man on Wire (see it if you haven’t already; it’s currently on Netflix and Amazon Prime in the U.S., though not in Canada or the U.K.). But we haven’t seen that story like this before. Robert Zemeckis has been a cinematic fantasist of the highest order, using magical FX to tell wondrous »
- MaryAnn Johanson
There have been dozens of retelling of the story and other actors, including even Cicely Tyson, have played the lead character, so why not Ice Cube? He's just as good a choice as any. What I'm referring to is the news item, first reported by Deadline (Here), that Ice Cube has signed a deal to play Ebenezer Scrooge in a new updated version of Charles Dickens' immortal novel "A Christmas Carol", to be entitled "Humbug" for Universal Pictures. The studio won battle to acquire the script, against three other studios, written Todd R Jones and Earl Richey Jones, which was previously set up at Relativity until it went bankrupt a few months ago. In the film Ice »
- Tom Beasley
There have been countless adaptations of the Charles Dickens holiday classic A Christmas Carol, the story of how a bitter old man named Ebenezer Scrooge is taken on a magical journey through time by the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come turning him into a gentler, more kind man who sets out […]
- Ethan Anderton
With the recent biopic documenting Ice Cube.s life and times with the iconic rap group N.W.A., the actor has been put back in the spotlight. It.s not as if he.s gone anywhere, but it does seem to have been some time since we saw him in a starring capacity. Well now it turns out that Universal Pictures has just purchased a script entitled Humbug and Ice Cube is attached to star. According to Variety, the script from writers Todd R Jones and Earl Richey Jones (Johnson Family Vacation, Rio) is a contemporary retelling of the classic Charles Dickens story, A Christmas Carol. In this new iteration, a wealthy real estate mogul is given the opportunity to redeem himself by traveling with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future to different parts of his life. Sources have confirmed that Tim Story is set to direct »
While the Scrooge of Humbug will be a wealthy real estate mogul rather than a banker, the story will remain otherwise unchanged. Scrooge will be visited by the three ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, who will show him the error of his miserly ways and lead him to redemption.
The Humbug spec script, written by Todd R. Jones »
The rapper-turned-actor, whose early work in pioneering La rap outfit Nwa was recently immortalised in the blockbuster hip-hop biopic Straight Outta Compton, will portray a rich real-estate mogul who receives a festive visit from a trio of moralistic spirits representing Christmases past, present and future. The film, which is called Humbug and has been set up at studio Universal following a bidding war for Todd R Jones and Earl Richey Jones’s screenplay, will see Cube reunite with his director on Barbershop and Ride Along, Tim Story.
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- Ben Child
Ice Cube is set to play Scrooge in a modern retelling of Charles Dickens' immortal tale A Christmas Carol, only instead of being a money lender, he's a real-estate mogul. Prepare yourself for... Humbug.
Deadline reports that the project was fought over by four different studios before Universal won out, resulting in a big paycheque for the writers, Todd R Jones and Earl Richey Jones, and a lot of pressure on its director, Tim Story.
Fingers crossed for some appearances from other Nwa alumni - Dr Dre would make an excellent Ghost Of Christmas Past, while Arabian Prince could do a decent Jacob Marley.
Ice Cube is ready to say "Humbug."
Cube's Scrooge will be visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, who show him how awful his life has turned out - and how to change it for the better. "A Christmas Carol" has been adapted into dozens of films; the last major one was directed by Robert Zemeckis in 2009 and featured Jim Carrey in motion-capture.
Cube can next be seen on the big screen in "Ride Along 2," slated for release on January 15. And of course, he's still raking in »
- Kelly Woo
As sick as some people might be of Charles Dickens' the Christmas Carol, having Ice Cube play Scrooge might be the defining moment for this often told holiday classic. There is no one more suited for the role, and it might prove to be the best character of his long and storied career as an actor. Universal Pictures picked up the spec script for Humbug in a four-studio bidding war, and Ice Cube is set to headline this Christmas comedy.
Tim Story, who directed Ice Cube in such blockbuster hits as Barbershop and Ride Along, is locked in to helm this contemporary retelling of Charles Dickens' most told tale. In this modern version, Ice Cube will play a wealthy real estate mogul who is, in traditional fashion, shown the errors of his ways by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, leading him on a path to redemption. »
Ice Cube and his “Ride Along” director Tim Story are going to reteam for a new kind of ride — Universal’s “Humbug.” The script, a new take on Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol,” will star the rapper-turned-actor as an Ebenezer Scrooge-esque real estate mogul who is visited by ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Todd R. Jones and Earl Ritchey Jones wrote the screenplay, with Story attached to direct. Cube will produce alongside both Joneses and Jeff Kwatinetz. Also Read: Dr. Dre and Ice Cube Want Out of 'Straight Outta Compton' Wrongful Death Lawsuit In addition to “Ride Along, »
- Matt Donnelly
Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" has been adapted to film more times than I can count (obviously I can't count very high) and according to Deadline, yet other version will soon be on the way. Universal has come out on top in a bidding war for Humbug, a contemporary retelling of the Charles Dickens’ tale which is set to star Ice Cube in the lead role. Ice Cube will play... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Currently riding high on the success of Ride Along, the Jump Street films and Straight Outta Compton, Ice Cube is about to have a very happy Christmas. He's reportedly negotiated an eight-figure fee to star in Humbug, a Scrooge-riffing comedy to be directed by his Ride Along and Barbershop honcho Tim Story.Obviously taking Charles Dickens' perennial A Christmas Carol as its inspiration, Humbug will see Cube playing an ultra-capitalist real-estate mogul shown the error of his greedy ways when visited by a succession of didactic ghosts on Christmas Eve. "Any motherfucker who go around saying 'Merry Christmas' deserve a cap in they ass," he probably won't say.MGM, New Line and Disney all wanted the project, but Universal won the bidding war. Todd R. Jones and R. Richey Jones (Johnson Family Vacation, Rio) wrote the screenplay that caused all the buzz. Whether we're talking about an R-rated »
Exclusive: Universal Pictures has won a four-studio bidding battle to acquire Humbug, a spec that is fast coming together for Ice Cube to star in the title role, with Tim Story directing a contemporary retelling of the Charles Dickens’ tale A Christmas Carol. In the modern version, Cube will play a wealthy real estate mogul shown a path to redemption by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Universal prevailed over MGM, New Line and Disney in a script deal… »
Running Time: 100 Minutes
Synopsis: An anthology of horror related Christmas tales sees an investigation into a murder the previous Christmas, a young boy acting strangely after cutting down a tree, a family stalked by Krampus, and Santa fighting off zombies.
Tis the season to be gory! Christmas and horror are a strange combination that always seems to work. Since they days of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (and going back further to different cultures’ tales), ghosts and monsters have been mixed with the time of peace on Earth and goodwill to all men. There’s something about mixing a supposedly joyous holiday with extreme violence and dark goings on. With Christmas being camper than… »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Want to catch up with post-2005 Doctor Who but don’t have 85 spare hours to watch the whole thing? We’ve some tips for you…
Maps To TV Shows: Is there a popular show you’d really like to watch but you just don’t have time to wade through years of it all at once? Do you just want to know why that one character keeps turning up on Tumblr? Do the fans all tell you ‘season one is a bit iffy but stick with it, it gets great!’, leaving you with absolutely zero desire ever to watch the boring/silly/just plain weird season one? Then Maps To TV Shows is for you!
In these articles, we’ll outline routes through popular TV shows focusing on particular characters, story arcs or episode types. Are you really into the Klingon episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation? Do »
Robert Zemeckis with the cast of Flight Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
After the New York Film Festival Opening Night Gala screening of Robert Zemeckis’s The Walk in 3D, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit with Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon and Ben Schwartz had to be rescheduled due to the visit of Pope Francis, the Museum of Modern Art in New York announced today, What Lies Beneath: The Films of Robert Zemeckis.
His feature films, including Romancing The Stone, Forrest Gump, The Polar Express, Contact, Used Cars, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Cast Away, A Christmas Carol, Beowulf and Flight (Closing Night Gala selection of the 2012 New York Film Festival) will be shown. On October 3, screenings of Back To The Future, Back To The Future Part II and Back To The Future Part III in succession celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original film's release.
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- Anne-Katrin Titze
People love classic Christmas movies like Miracle on 34th Street, It.s A Wonderful Life, and A Christmas Carol, but there.s also room for awesome nontraditional holiday fare like Christmas Vacation, Bad Santa, and Die Hard. Now it looks like we have another to add to the latter category with the Seth Rogen-starring The Night Before, which just delivered this hilarious new trailer. This holiday season, three childhood friends become three wise men. Watch the trailer for #TheNightBefore now! https://t.co/HazuYYuAQ0 . The Night Before (@TheNightBefore_) July 28, 2015 The Night Before stars Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Anthony Mackie as three life-long friends who spend every Christmas together. Things are changing, however, and this year that tradition comes to an end. Isaac (Rogen) is about to have a baby, Chris (Mackie) is too famous to go out in public for some reason, and Ethan (Gordon-Levitt) has come to terms »
London — Toby Haynes, who directed and exec produced TV drama “Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell,” is set to direct a new movie version of Lionel Bart’s musical “Oliver!,” which Cameron Mackintosh, Working Title and Sony Pictures are producing, according to the Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye.
“Oliver!” is set to be greenlit in a matter of weeks, once rights deals are completed, and the film will start shooting early next year, with a release penciled in for the end of next year. The film, which will be grittier than the original, will shoot on location in and around London.
Haynes and casting director Lucinda Syson have started to scout for the young British actors who’ll play the title character, the Artful Dodger and the other kids in the musical. Working Title has experience in seeking out young talent as it produced the film and stage versions of “Billy Elliot. »
- Leo Barraclough
In what I can only call a moment of madness, Michael Gambon has said he wasn’t very good as Kazran Sardick. The Fortitude actor appeared in the 2010 festive special, A Christmas Carol, playing a Scrooge-like miser whose life the Doctor changes. But speaking at the London Film and Comic Con this previous weekend, he admitted that...
- Philip Bates
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