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As confirmed through a photo posted to Lee Daniels’ Twitter feed earlier this week, comedian Mike Epps will play the late iconic stand-up Richard Pryor in the forthcoming biopic directed by Daniels, and produced by media mogul Oprah Winfrey.
As Deadline reports, Epps claimed the role after a phenomenal audition that made it difficult to pass over the actor. He beat out several higher profile young actors, including Marlon Wayans (whom, according to TMZ’s, was the favorite choice of Pryor’s kids), Nick Cannon, and Fruitvale Station’s Michael B. Jordan. Additionally, Deadline has stated that both Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway have been auditioning alongside the potential Pryors, with the actresses being looked to for the role of Richard’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor.
- Zachary Shevich
Robert Downey, Jr. admitted some hard truths this week in Toronto.
Despite having a very obvious loyalty to the Avengers – if you’re living under a rock: he’s Tony Stark in JonFavreau’s Iron Man and its sequels – the actor admitted that James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, the sci-fi opera with “a bunch of a-holes” is the best Marvel movie: “[Guardians of the] Galaxy in some ways is the best Marvel movie ever - and it’s odd for someone with, on occasion, an ego the size of mine to actually say that!”
“We’re talking about how the Iron Mans and the Thors and the Captain Americas and the Avengers movies have afforded Marvel the opportunity to essentially take what was a third-tier, minor, kind of upstart bit of potential from one of their comic books series and say: ‘Look!’” said Downey, Jr.
“It’s like you have a great quarterback, »
- Sasha James
The comedy tells the story of Chip Baskets (Galifianakis), a man who dares to follow his dream of becoming a professional clown, but must join the local rodeo after failing to get into a prestigious clown school in Paris.
Baskets was co-written by executive producers Galifianakis, C.K., and director Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia), who will serve as showrunner. Blair Breard, Dave Becky, Marc Gurvitz, and Andrea Pett-Joseph will also serve as executive producers.
- Natalie Abrams
Daniels confirmed the casting news through his Twitter page, posting an image of himself posing with Epps and Oprah Winfrey, who'll play Pryor's grandmother in the drama.
Get ready y'all- #MikeEpps as #RichardPryor pic.twitter.com/0sothu7yVB
— lee daniels (@leedanielsent) August 24, 2014
Had to kiss the ring of @jennferLpryor for the blessing !you got to be stong to have been with the king! pic.twitter.com/OxvbjvPqHc
— Mike Epps (@TheRealMikeEpps) August 24, 2014
Earlier this month it was reported that Mike Epps (The Hangover, Sparkle) had an explosive screen test for the role of Richard Pryor in The Weinstein Company’s upcoming biopic of the legendary comedian, and now director Lee Daniels (The Butler) has taken to Twitter to confirm his casting, with Epps set to star alongside Oprah Winfrey…
Several actors have been under consideration for the role of Pryor over the years, including Michael B. Jordan, Nick Cannon and Marlon Wayans, with the latter actually signed on to the film when it was at Sony, with Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) then set to direct. As it happens, the biopic won’t be the first time we see Epps as Pryor, as he is set to appear as the late comic in Cynthia Mort’s upcoming Nina Simone biopic Nina, whihc is currently in post-production.
- Gary Collinson
A reboot/remake of the classic 1980s comedy series starring Chevy Chase is on the way, and it has been revealed that New Line are now in talks with Chris Hemsworth (Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Charlie Day (Pacific Rim) for roles in the project (which will seemingly serve as a very loose sequel as well).
Ed Helms (The Hangover) is set to play Rusty Griswold, the son of the original series’ lead Clark Griswold (played by Chase). Vacation will see Rusty take his family on a road trip just the like one he took with his sister and parents as a younger. Christina Applegate (Anchorman) is attached to play his wife.
Both Chase and Beverly D’Angelo will cameo in the Vacation reboot, giving it a tie to the original. Hemworth – who it »
- Josh Wilding
Now that New Line’s reboot of National Lampoon’s Vacation is back on track, the comedy sequel-cum-remake is filling out its supporting cast, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Chris Hemsworth (Thor: The Dark World) and Charlie Day (Horrible Bosses) are both in talks to join the project.
According to the site, Hemsworth will play Stone Crandall, an up-and-coming anchorman and the husband of Audrey Grisworld, who is yet to be cast. Day will appear in a cameo as a river-rafting guide.
The new Vacation will star Ed Helms (The Hangover) as Rusty Grisworld and Christina Applegate (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) as his wife, while Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo are set to return for cameos as Clark and Ellen Griswold. The movie has been written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (Horrible Bosses), who will also make their directorial debut.
The post Chris Hemsworth »
- Gary Collinson
That on-again/off-again Vacation sequel that New Line wants to construct around The Hangover star Ed Helms seems to be back on again, and with a pair of high-wattage co-stars in pivotal roles. The movie, from what we are learning, isn.t a reboot of the classic National Lampoon.s Vacation, but rather a sequel that casts Ed Helms (The Office) as a grown Rusty Griswold, son of Chevy Chase.s Clark Griswold. Now The Hollywood Reporter states that Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers) and comedian Charlie Day (It.s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) are in negotiations for supporting roles in the movie, which begins shooting in September. Hemsworth would play the husband of Rusty.s sister, Audrey, who was played on screen by three different actresses in the three Vacation movies prior to this new film. Though the new Vacation hasn.t cast a replacement Audrey, it.s reported »
Director: Luke Greenfield.
Running Time: 104 minutes.
Synopsis: Two friends attend a costume party as cops and quickly realise they can pass for the real thing. After a few pranks they soon become involved in a serious and dangerous case.
Let’S Be Cops is a one joke movie, luckily it happens to be a very funny joke. With Johnson and Wayans Jr. coming fresh from a few successful years on hit TV show New Girl (granted Wayans Jr. has been more of a guest star), it’s time for these two funnymen to break into the big and beautiful world of movies. Although Let’S Be Cops is far from perfect, it’s a simplistic film that allows the two stars to demonstrate what they are capable of.
Two people impersonating cops »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The Hangover actor Ken Jeong will be gunning for his favorite actor in a desperate bid to win a long-running celebrity death pool in an upcoming comedy for WWE Studios. The actor leads the currently untitled pic, being developed as “Untitled Celebrity Death Pool,” in the role of a struggling night club owner who, after becoming heavily indebted to a loan shark, decides to win the pool by speeding up the demise of his chosen celeb – David Hasselhoff.
The Hoff has a cameo role in the comedy, as does WWE’s Hulk Hogan. Other A-list celebrities are also expected to appear as themselves, being pursued by homicidal death pool participants. Darren Grant (Diary of a Mad Black Woman) will direct from a spec script written by Peter Hoare.
It’s been a pretty terrific 2014 so far for Jeong. On the small screen, his NBC cult comedy Community beat death once »
- Isaac Feldberg
Ken Jeong (The Hangover, Community) has signed on to star in a comedy currently known as Untitled Celebrity Death Pool. In it, he will play a nightclub owner who is in debt to a loan shark, so he sets out to win his long-running celebrity death pool by killing his chosen celebrity... David Hasselhoff.
What makes this even more awesome is the fact that Hasselhoff himself is also on board to co-star in the film. He's also producing it with WWE Studios President Michael Luisi and Hyde Park’s Amritraj, Michele Berk, Patrick Hughes, and Warren Zide.
If you didn't think this news could get any better, you are wrong, because Hulk Hogan also signed on for a role! This film seems like it will be full of cameos, but the actors mentioned here are the only ones that have been revealed so far.
The movie will be directed by »
- Joey Paur
There’s another WWE Films project in the works and this time Hulk Hogan will be a part of it. WWE announced it in the following press release:
Los Angeles and Stamford, Conn. – Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment, Image Nation Abu Dhabi and WWE Studios announced that they are joining up again to co-produce a comedy with the working title “Untitled Celebrity Death Pool.” Ken Jeong (“The Hangover,” “Community”) has signed on to star in the satire, which centers on a struggling nightclub owner whom, after amassing a large debt from a loan shark, sets out to win his long-running celebrity death pool by attempting to kill his chosen celebrity, David Hasselhoff. Darren Grant (“Diary of a Mad Black Woman”) will direct from a script written by Peter Hoare. In addition to Hasselhoff, legendary WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan and an increasing number of other celebrities »
- John Canton
In this edition of movies that might just be crazy enough to work, we have a wild comedy developing between Hyde Park Entertainment, Image Nation Abu Dhabi and the sterling WWE Studios. Deadline has word that The Hangover and "Community" co-star Ken Jeong is being placed in the lead role of a comedy that is currently being referred to as Untitled Celebrity Death Pool. The film will see Jeong playing a struggling night club owner with a massive debt to a loan shark. So in order to get the money he needs to pay them back, he decides to make good on his club's celebrity death pool by killing David Hasselhoff. The Hoff is also on board to co-star in the film, and he's also producing with the rest of the aforementioned companies, because why not? But he's not the only star seemingly stuck in the 90s popping up in the film. »
- Ethan Anderton
Director Darren Grant is the guy who made Tyler Perry well… Tyler Perry (I wrote all about that Here); but has rarely gotten any credit for it. As for his own career, Grant has remained busy, working steadily, as one of top music video directors in the business. However, finally, he’s now going back into feature film directing. Grant will direct the comedy "Untitled Celebrity Death Pool," to be co-produced by Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment, Image Nation Abu Dhabi, and WWE Studios. The film, which will star Ken Jeong of "The Hangover" fame, will play a struggling nightclub owner in debt to a loan shark who sets out to win his »
Quick! Think of the sleaziest, most unseemly way to make money possible. I haven.t the slightest idea what filth you thought of, but I can tell you Ken Jeong.s answer: murdering a celebrity in order to win a death pool. It.s a scheme just crazy enough to work, and it.s the premise of a new comedy The Hangover star just boarded. Currently titled Untitled Celebrity Death Pool, the flick will follow a sleazy nightclub owner, obviously played by Ken Jeong, who falls deeply in debt to a loan shark. Naturally, his solution is to bet big on David Hasselhoff in the title death pool, then set off to California on a mad quest to murder the ex-Baywatch star. You might think this premise would strike David Hasselhoff himself as pretty offensive, but he.s completely on board, both figuratively and literally. He.s given his »
Exclusive: The Hangover‘s Ken Jeong has signed on to star in a comedy currently known as Untitled Celebrity Death Pool, to be co-produced by Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment, Image Nation Abu Dhabi, and WWE Studios. Jeong will play a struggling nightclub owner in debt to a loan shark who sets out to win his long-running celebrity death pool by offing his chosen celebrity: David Hasselhoff.
The Hoff himself is aboard to co-star and also will produce with WWE Studios President Michael Luisi, Hyde Park’s Amritraj, Michele Berk, Patrick Hughes and Warren Zide. Wrestling icon Hulk Hogan also has signed on for a role. Diary Of A Mad Black Woman helmer Darren Grant is directing from a spec script by Peter Hoare. It’s the latest collaboration between WWE Studios and Hyde Park, which pacted last year on the Dwayne Johnson film adaptation of The Fall Guy, »
- Jen Yamato
• Mark Wahlberg may star in the Bp oil rig explosion film Deepwater Horizon from All Is Lost director J.C. Chandor. The movie is adapted from The New York Times article “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour” and is based on the true story of the men who worked on the rig in the Gulf of Mexico when it exploded in 2010, causing one of the worst oil spills in history. Wahlberg would play the No. 2 manager on site. Matthew Michael Carnahan (World War Z) has adapted the latest draft based on an original version written by Matthew Sand. [Deadline]
• Warner Bros. has acquired »
- Jake Perlman
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
You might not know the name Mack Bolan, but the secret agent has been the hero of more than 600 novels. Yeah, that's right. And you thought James Bond was prolific. But while 007 has been tearing it up in 30-some movies based on the Ian Fleming books, Mack Bolan has struggled for decades to make to the big screen. But at long last it looks like this storied spy will get there, thanks to Bradley Cooper. Deadline reports Warner Bros. has secured the rights to Don Pendleton's Mack Bolan book series, buying them from screenwriter/producer Shane Salerno. From here, the studio is developing a vehicle for two-time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper, who is also set to co-produce the pic. Cooper will share producing duties with Salerno as well as Todd Phillips, his director in The Hangover I, II & III. Phillips could ultimately helm this Cooper movie too. Mack Bolan »
Coming off killing terrorists as real-life Navy Seal Chris Kyle in “American Sniper,” Bradley Cooper is continuing his terrorist killing streak by playing the fictional Mack Bolan for Warner bros. The deal for the Don Pendleton series of novels is courtesy of Warner Bros., who is said to have acquired the character for a cool 7-figures to have Cooper produce and possibly star, with “The Hangover’s” Todd Phillips possibly in the director’s chair. Oh come on, you know Cooper is starring in this thing. You don’t shell out 7-figures to buy the movie rights to a book series without the actor already promising you he’ll star in it. That is, unless Cooper’s star fades in a few years, then I can see Warner ditching him and not the other way around. Anyways, “Avatar” writer Shane Salerno is penning the script, and promises a “relevant, grounded and gritty, »
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