17 items from 2015
British director Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Goldeneye), is in talks to direct Jackie Chan in a new thriller that was previously titled The Foreigner. The movie, from China-backed Stx Entertainment, revolves around “a restaurant owner in London’s Chinatown who is tracking down a group of Irish terrorists responsible for the death of his daughter.”
The movie did have actor/director Nick Cassavettes at the helm, but he doesn’t seem to be attached to the project at all now. The movie, which is being produced by China-based backers Stx Entertainment, is based on a book named The Chinaman by Stephen Leather, which was first published back in 2008. We found the full synopsis for it on Amazon.
The Chinaman understood death.
Jungle-skilled, silent and lethal, he had killed for the Viet Cong and then for the Americans. He had watched helpless when his two eldest daughters had been raped and killed by Thai pirates. »
- Paul Heath
Composer James Horner, who won two Oscars for the music of “Titanic” and scored such other blockbusters as “Avatar,” “Braveheart,” “Apollo 13″ and “A Beautiful Mind,” has died, Variety has confirmed. He was 61.
Horner was one of the most popular film composers of the last 30 years, and his “Titanic” soundtrack – with its hit Celine Dion song, “My Heart Will Go On,” written with Will Jennings – became the biggest-selling movie-score album of all time, selling an estimated 30 million units worldwide.
He scored more than 100 films in all and was often in demand for big popcorn movies. Most recent were “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Karate Kid” remake, but he also scored “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “The Perfect Storm,” “Clear and Present Danger,” “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” and “Aliens.”
He was born Aug. 14, 1953 in Los Angeles, the son of production designer Harry Horner. He spent his formative years in London, »
- Jon Burlingame
Will Smith is playing Deadshot in Suicide Squad. Jada Pinkett Smith played Fish Mooney on Gotham. Now the DC Comics world may have hooked another member of the Smith family. Speaking to Flicks and the City about superheroes, actor Tyler James Williams (Dear White People) noted how “it’s great to see Static Shock is happening with Jaden.” We last reported on Static Shock back in October when Warner Bros. announced that its digital division would be developing series based on the DC Comics along with Mortal Kombat and Critters. Django Unchained producer Reginald Hudlin is taking the lead on the Static Shock series, which will feature Virgil Hawkins, aka the superhero “Static”, who has advanced powers of electromagnetism. [caption id="attachment_250342" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Sony Pictures[/caption] We should definitely take Williams’ comment with a grain of salt. It’s possible that a game of telephone has become a little screwy and that »
- Matt Goldberg
In the comics, Static (aka Virgil Ovid Hawkins) is a high school student who gains a variety of electromagnetic powers and becomes a costumed crusader against crime. At the time of the report, it was suggested that "After Earth" and "The Karate Kid" star Jaden Smith was likely to take the role.
"The Walking Dead" actor Tyler James Williams has seemingly confirmed that decision in a recent interview with Flicks and the City. Williams was discussing the lack of young black superheroes in an interview when someone in the crowd suggested Static Shock and Spider-Man.
Williams said: "I don't know...What you're talking about. But yeah no, it's great to see Static Shock is happening with Jaden." There's »
- Garth Franklin
Ah, 1989. The year the Berlin Wall came down and Yugoslavia won the Eurovision Song Contest. It was also a big year for film, with Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade topping the box office and Batman dominating the summer with its inescapable marketing blitz.
Outside the top 10 highest-grossing list, which included Back To The Future II, Dead Poets Society and Honey I Shrunk The Kids, 1989 also included a plethora of less commonly-appreciated films. Some were big in their native countries but only received a limited release in the Us and UK. Others were poorly received but have since been reassessed as cult items.
From comedies to thrillers, here's our pick of 25 underappreciated films from the end of the 80s...
25. An Innocent Man
Disney, through its Touchstone banner, had high hopes for this thriller, »
Hollywood director returning to Norway for war drama following The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Karate Kid reboot.
Nordisk Film’s return to movies continues apace with the Danish major boarding Harald Zwart’s 12th Man.
The long-gestating film is set during the Second World War and centres on Norwegian resistance hero Jan Baalsrud.
It will mark a return to Norway for director Zwart, who scored a hit at the box office with the reboot of The Karate Kid in 2010. He most recently directed Ya adaptation The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which underperformed when released in 2013.
12th Man centres on the true story of Baalsrud and three other commandos who were trained by the British to mount an assault on the Nazis.
They arrived by fishing boat to destroy the German air control tower at Bardufoss in Troms on March 29, 1943. But their mission was betrayed and Baalsrud was the only man to evade capture.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jorn Rossing Jensen)
In case you didn’t know, Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson is a boss lady who plays boss-ass roles. Check out these past credits that prove she’s always been a winner, just like her Empire character.
Here’s looking at you, Cookie Lyon.
1. Shug in Hustle & Flow
We wouldn’t be waiting for Cookie Lyon’s musical moment if we didn’t already know that Taraji has it in her. She starred alongside Terrence Howard in 2005′s Hustle & Flow, as a pregnant prostitute who DJay (Howard) can’t help but love. Shrewd woman that she is, Shug maneuvers her way into joining DJay in his musical endeavors — most notably, by recording the song “Hard Out Here for a Pimp” with him. The song won Three Six Mafia an Oscar for Best Original Song, and Taraji earned a Bet Best Actress Award for her performance.
2. Queenie in The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button »
- Alexa Tietjen
It's hard to believe but it's been 30 years since we spent Saturday detention with a princess, a criminal, a basket case, a jock and a brain.
Watch: Celebrating 30 Years Of 'The Karate Kid'
The film, about five high schoolers gathered on Saturday for a detention session, starred Judd Nelson (John Bender), Emilio Estevez (Andrew Clark), Anthony Michael Hall (Brian Johnson), Ally Sheedy (Allison Reynolds), and Molly Ringwald (Claire Standish), who admitted to Et in 1985 that she didn't feel right for the part of the princess because she was so different from her.
"Am I pretty enough to do this [role]?" Ringwald said. "That was my biggest worry and I'm not what you would call the conventional beauty, at least I don't feel that way. But you know »
The story centers on an artist, destitute and living on the streets, who makes a deal with Death: the power to create with his hands. But after 200 days, his time on Earth is up. Art begins to flow from his hands, but complications ensue when he meets the girl of his dreams. [Source: Heat Vision]
Untitled Blumhouse Family Horror Tale
Harald Zwart ("The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," "The Karate Kid") has signed on to direct Blumhouse Productions' latest micro budgeted horror film, though this one is reportedly being geared toward families. The film presently does not have a title or synopsis available, though Robert Ben Garant ("Jessabelle") wrote the script and will produce alongside Jason Blum. [Source: THR]
"300" writer Michael B. Gordon has been »
- Garth Franklin
Welcome to our latest horror round-up! We have news on Blumhouse Productions' upcoming family-friendly horror film and the event series adaptation of the massive monster comic book, Enormous, as well as a look at a new Videodrome-inspired poster from Cavity Colors and a special Hollywood screening for the Kane Hodder-starring fright film, Muck.
Blumhouse Family Horror Movie: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Harald Zwart (2010's The Karate Kid, Agent Cody Banks, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) will direct an upcoming, untitled family-friendly horror film from Blumhouse Productions.
Robert Ben Garant (who played Deputy Travis Junior in the Reno 911! TV series and has co-penned Hell Baby and scripted Jessabelle and Blumhouse and Universal's upcoming The Veil) wrote the screenplay for the film, the plot of which has not yet been revealed. Jason Blum produces the project with Jeanette Brill and Couper Samuelson executive producing. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for further updates. »
- Derek Anderson
After spectacularly failing to launch a franchise with Screen Gems’ awful The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, director Harald Zwart is scaling down for his next film, having signed on to direct a microbudgeted horror flick for Blumhouse Productions.
Details about the pic are being kept tightly under wraps for now, but one intriguing aspect of the project, scripted by Robert Ben Garant (Jessabelle), is that it’s being aimed at families, not typically a target audience for horror films.
Still, if any studio can pull off a family-friendly horror movie, it’s Blumhouse, which has taken the genre by storm in the past few years with titles like Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious.
Though Zwart’s credibility as a director was somewhat tarnished by City of Bones‘ abject failure at the box office and with critics, he pulled off a huge hit in 2010 with The Karate Kid, and »
- Isaac Feldberg
Blumhouse Productions, the seemingly omnipresenters of current studio horror are teaming with director Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid 2010, The Mortal Instruments) for a family-oriented horror film. Though details, including plot, aren’t revealed, THR reports the script for the family film comes from R. Ben Garant. Garant is likely best known as the screenwriting partner…
The post Blumhouse Producing Family-Geared Horror Film appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
After Earth was a disaster of cataclysmic proportions, and Will Smith knows it. The sci-fi post-apocalypse film that starred the Wild Wild West star and his son Jaden was bashed by critics and audiences alike. Though, recently Smith Sr. had some choice words to say about the film that he calls the "most painful failure in my career." The actor/rapper recently spoke with Esquire for an in-depth interview about his career, during which he let what he really thinks about After Earth be known: Wild Wild West was less painful than After Earth because my son was involved in After Earth and I led him into it. That was excruciating. Will and Jaden have worked together on The Karate Kid (which is currently getting a sequel) and The Pursuit of Happyness. But After Earth only made half as much money as the former release did its opening weekend. The »
The news that Amy Pascal will step down as chairwoman of Sony Pictures is not shocking. In fact, it was expected.* This is how Hollywood works. You spend years running a studio or acting as president of production and then something goes wrong and you segue to a “producing” deal. That’s the way it’s been for almost 30 years and that’s the way it will be for the foreseeable future. Surviving any controversy, even one outside of your own control, is simply impossible. *Although forgive our surprise this wasn’t left to a late Friday afternoon announcement to quell reaction from the cable news talking heads. Pascal’s fate was sealed when numerous E-mail conversations she was a part of were leaked after a massive security breach credited to North Korean hackers took place on Nov. 24. Her E-mail exchange with producer Scott Rudin about the President of the »
- Gregory Ellwood
Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin, best known writing-performing on NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” will write, executive produce and star on the show. “Saturday Night Live” mainstay Lorne Michaels is also executive producing under his Broadway Video banner.
See Photos: 10 ‘True Detective’ Acting Teams We Want to See Next
Rudolph and Smith are said to be recurring guest stars, should the comedy make it to series. The story centers on best friends Langston (Riddle »
- Travis Reilly
By Anjelica Oswald
From the 79 original songs on the Oscar shortlist, five were nominated a week ago on Jan. 15: “Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie, “Glory” from Selma, “Grateful” from Beyond the Lights, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me and “Lost Stars” from Begin Again.
Following a recent trend, none of the nominees have made it to the top of the BIllboard Hot 100 chart, which tracks the success of singles by looking at radio play, online streaming and sales.
Following the announcement of the nominations, “Glory” made its debut at No. 25 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart dated Jan. 31 and is currently No. 92 on the Billboard Hot 100.
When “Everything Was Awesome” debuted in January 2014, the song debuted at No. 7 on the Dance/Electronic Songs chart and peaked at No. 57 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
“Lost Stars »
- Anjelica Oswald
Paul Newman’s salad dressing enterprise is common knowledge, but did you know about these 25 businesses run by Hollywood stars?
What do big-time movie stars get up to in their spare time? While their fictional counterparts might enjoy chopping wood or getting hosed down by friendly females (more on that here), actors themselves have a tendency towards wacky entrepreneurial ideas and hefty industrial investments.
Looking at our findings from some rigorous research (read: Googling), it seems that you can divide famous actors into a handful of groups – those who are trying to do something good for the world, those who are trying to break into internet megabucks and those who like opening restaurants.
Without further chit-chat, here’s a breakdown of which stars are behind which brands which you may or may not know and love…
Here’s a brilliant one to start off with »
17 items from 2015
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