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In the wake of DC Comics' 'Arthur Curry', aka 'Aquaman' appearing in "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice", with screenwriters Will Beall ("Gangster Squad") and Kurt Johnstad ("300") writing separate "Aquaman" spin-off screenplays, Marvel's Kevin Feige clarified whether or not his studio or Universal controls screen rights to Marvel's "Namor: The Sub-Mariner", the first Atlantean comic book superhero, whose origins pre-date Aquaman:
"Yes," said Feige about Marvel controlling screen rights to Namor, "but it’s slightly more complicated than that."
"Let’s put it this way – there are entanglements that make it less easy.
"There are older contracts that still involve other parties that means we need to work things out before we move forward on it.
"...as opposed to an 'Iron Man' or any of the 'Avengers' or any of the other Marvel characters where we could just put them in..."
Debuting in 1939, Namor was created by writer, »
- Michael Stevens
Now before you get all confused, let's just reiterate the fact that Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is working on a reboot of Ghosbusters with The Heat writer Katie Dippold, and it will have an all-female cast of paranormal investigators this time. So how is it possible that these three male stars could end up busting ghosts? Well, there's two very different prospects here. First of all, Sony Pictures wants Ryan Gosling to take a role in their developing Sinister Six (though who knows if that will even get off the ground), but the Crazy Stupid Love and Gangster Squad star has expressed interest in the Ghostbusters reboot instead. The Daily Beast has been sifting through e-mails acquired from the ongoing hack of Sony Pictures, and one e-mail from Amy Pascal to Michael De Luca (co-president of production) indicates that Gosling's manager is interested in the one key male role that will be in Ghostbusters. »
- Ethan Anderton
Unlike some other young actors out there, Ryan Gosling is famous for being notoriously picky when it comes to the projects he works in. Nevertheless, every studio wants him for their blockbusters - especially the superhero franchises. The question has always been which one would be the one he would eventually jump on.
The site apparently has information indicating Gosling is keen on being involved in "Ghostbusters 3". Paul Feig is directing that movie which stars an all-female team, though Pascal indicates the film has one major male role.
- Garth Franklin
Open Road Films has revealed the first trailer for The Gunman, the upcoming actioner from director Pierre Morel (Taken), which sees Sean Penn (Gangster Squad) as s Jim Terrier, an international operative who is betrayed by the organization he worked for, and must go on the run in a relentless game of cat and mouse across Europe.
Based on Jean-Patrick Manchette’s book The Prone Gunman, the film also stars Idris Elba (Thor: The Dark World), Jasmine Trinca (Saint Laurent), Mark Rylance (Bing), Ray Winstone (Noah)and Javier Bardem (Skyfall)
The Gunman is set for release on March 20th.
- Gary Collinson
Lionsgate just unveiled the official trailer for its upcoming "Vice" sci-fi action thriller, starring Bruce Willis, Ambyr Childers (Gangster Squad), and Thomas Jane. Check it out below. Plot: Julian Michaels (Willis) has designed the ultimate resort: Vice, where anything goes and the customers can play out their wildest fantasies with artificial inhabitants who look, think and feel like humans. When an artificial (Childers) becomes self-aware and escapes, she finds herself caught in the crossfire between Julian's mercenaries and a cop (Jane) who is hell-bent on shutting down Vice, and stopping the violence once and for all. The new movie is directed by Brian M. Miller and will be available in theaters and on VOD on January 16th, 2015. Trailer: »
"Gangster Squad" star Haley Strode claims she's being cyber-stalked by an ex-bf she hasn't seen since high school ... who's on a mission from God to help her win an Oscar.Strode claims in court docs ... Brent Jones recently started harassing her online ... creeping her out with messages of love and saying God has directed him to be with her -- even though she hasn't laid eyes on him for 13 years.One message reads, "As long »
- TMZ Staff
Happy 34th birthday, Ryan Gosling! One of Hollywood's hottest hunks is adding another candle to his cake! The super-sexy Crazy, Stupid, Love star turns 34 today. From Gangster Squad to Drive, the actor never fails to bring the heat. Whether it's with shirtless pics or steamy movie rolls, Gosling always looks his best (damn you, Eva Mendes!). In honor of his big day, let's celebrate the new dad's birthday by looking back at all the times he left us breathless with his gifted looks. And happy b-day, Ryan! Stay sexy forever. »
With Ryan Gosling's 34th birthday on Nov. 12, we're looking back on his time in the Hollywood spotlight. He's been winning hearts and weakening knees for two decades, charming fans on screen and off with his witty one-liners and swoon-worthy smirk. Back in the early '90s, he captured the crowd's attention at a talent show before bringing his smooth moves to The Mickey Mouse Club. From there, Ryan became a teen heartthrob, a romantic leading man, and a fan favorite so lovable that people actually petitioned for him to be People's 2011 Sexiest Man Alive. Most recently, Ryan became a dad. Actually, let's rephrase that - Ryan is officially a hot dad. In honor of his approaching birthday, go all the way back to Ryan's adorable days on the Disney channel to see his heartthrob evolution from adorable crooner to Hollywood's hottest Dilf. Source: Getty/Valery Hache/Afp He had the moves early on. »
Solution Entertainment Group has released the first image from the Shia Labeouf-led psychological thriller "Man Down" which also Gary Oldman, Kate Mara and Jai Courtney. Set in a savage post-apocalyptic America, Labeouf and Courtney play a pair who are in search of the former's family.
"Zhang Yimou's first English-language film, 'The Great Wall' at Legendary East, has seen a budget increase to $135 million with filming to begin in February. The period action spectacular with sci-fi elements is currently casting..." (full details)
"Ivanhoe Pictures has picked up the film rights to Ryan Graudin's young adult action-adventure novel 'The Walled City'. The story follows three teenagers who are fighting to survive and escape a lawless, walled city..." (full details)
- Garth Franklin
Source: Sony Pictures It's Emma Stone's 26th birthday this week, and though she's still so young, she's already provided us with a treasure trove of memorable movie moments. You know the kind - the moments so good they have been made into GIFs you keep sharing over and over again. To celebrate the versatile actress's birthday, we've got all her best movie GIFs here, ranging from the funny (and there are so many funny ones) to a few fierce and dramatic ones too. Enjoy! Superbad Remember when we all fell for Emma in her debut film? So does Jonah Hill. Source: Columbia Pictures She was so cute, he almost knocks her out. Source: Columbia Pictures Yes, Emma. With laughter. Source: Columbia Pictures The House Bunny She can be glam, but she also makes a great adorable nerd. Source: Columbia Pictures Zombieland This is how one manages to be adorable with a gun. »
"Zombieland" and "Gangster Squad" helmer Ruben Fleischer will direct an untitled drug drama that's in the works. Based on the recent New York Times Magazine article "The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year-Old Drug Mule," the film tells the true story of "Leo Sharp, the Indiana man who this year was caught running drugs for Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel and was sent to the slammer at age 90." No word yet on who will write the script. [Deadline] "Elizabeth" director Shekhar Kapur is going Ya with "Tiger's Curse." Based on the books by Colleen Houck, the story centers on "teenager Kelsey Hayes, who learns that she has a powerful connection with a beautiful white tiger named Ren, while working at a circus in Oregon. When a mysterious stranger arrives to reclaim Ren and return him to his native India, Kelsey is whisked into an exotic adventure across the far reaches of the globe where »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Gangster Squad helmer Ruben Fleischer has been tapped to direct the story of Leo Sharp, the Indiana man who this year was caught running drugs for Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel and was sent to the slammer at age 90. An award-winning horticulturist and decorated WWII veteran known for his prized day lilies, Sharp was busted by the feds in 2011 while hauling $3 million in cocaine down the Michigan interstate in his Lincoln pickup truck. He had been one of the cartel’s most prolific drug couriers.
Imperative Entertainment acquired rights to Sam Dolnick’s Nyt Magazine article on Sharp, “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year-Old Drug Mule.” They’re looking for a writer to tell the story of how the ex-war hero was tracked down by DEA agents who only had the nickname Tata, or Grandfather, to work with. Sharp’s lawyers convinced a jury his dementia sent him on the wrong path and he got three years. »
- Jen Yamato
Longtime 20th Century Fox exec Chris Goldberg is joining Sony Pictures’ Studio 8 as a development executive. Also officially coming aboard is Jon Silk, formerly of James Vanderbilt, Brad Fischer and Laeta Kalogridis’ Mythology Entertainment. Goldberg will report to boss Jeff Robinov and he and Silk are the second and third creative hires at the new shingle joining Robert Brassel, the former WB exec who became the new outfit’s first hire.
Goldberg was Director Of Literary Affairs at Fox and worked in the New York office scouting books for the feature film divisions including Gone Girl and The Fault In Our Stars and the upcoming The Martian being directed by Ridley Scott. Goldberg moved to La last year.
- The Deadline Team
After Amazon's unsuccessful attempt to turn it into a TV show and director Ruben Fleischer's disappointing follow-ups, 30 Minutes Or Less and Gangster Squad, it makes sense that Sony are nutting up once more. That's right, hold on to all your remaining Twinkies, because Zombieland 2 is a-coming.With Fleischer definitely back on board, you'd hope the writers of the 2009 zom-comedy would be too, but Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have moved on to other things: they're making Deadpool, the Watch Dogs game adaptation and, um, G.I. Joe Retaliation. Taking their place for the zee-quel is David Callaham, hot off doing a rewrite for Ant-Man as well as penning Godzilla.Zombieland's worldwide gross came in at $102 million (off a $23.6 million budget), and until World War Z it was the highest grossing zombie flim ever released in America. Sony and Fleischer will be hoping for something similarly successful second time around, »
Leonardo DiCaprio is to produce American Wolf.
The film will be an adaptation of Nate Blakeslee's book about O-Six, the famous female leader of a wolfpack at Yellowstone National Park.
In 2010, there was an outcry as she was legally shot by a hunter, which led many to campaign for new hunting regulations.
The book has yet to be completed, but the Wolf of Wall Street star has already signed on to produce the film version.
DiCaprio will produce alongside Kevin McCormick (Gangster Squad), but while publishing rights were recently bought for a seven-figure sum by Crown in the Us and Knopf in Canada, no further details of the project have been announced.
DiCaprio has recently been appointed Messenger of Peace for the United Nations.
Just days after a seven-figure book deal was made for American Wolf, Hollywood is now also trapping the canis lupus murder mystery. Leonardo DiCaprio and his Appian Way production banner are partnering with Kevin McCormick's Langley Park to pick up the movie rights to the book proposal by Nate Blakeslee. The book generated plenty of interest on both the publishing side and the movie side, with New Regency and Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers also in on the bidding. McCormick, who spearheaded the hunt for the rights, is the Warners-based producer of Gangster Squad who recently wrapped the independent Mickey
- Borys Kit
Tribeca Film and Well Go USA Entertainment have jointly acquired North American rights to Scott Foley's directorial debut Let's Kill Ward’s Wife. Foley, who also wrote the screenplay, stars alongside Amy Acker (Much Ado About Nothing), James Carpinello (Gangster Squad), Dagmara Dominczyk (The Immigrant), Marika Dominczyk (Brothers & Sisters), Donald Faison (Scrubs), Greg Grunberg (Heroes), Nicollette Sheridan (Desperate Housewives) and Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring). See more 'Scandal': Everything to Know About ABC's Buzzy Drama From A-z Let's Kill Ward's Wife is a dark comedy about helping a friend out of a bad relationship by any means necessary. Everyone hates Ward's wife (Dagmara Dominczyk)
- Tatiana Siegel
Hong Kong – Malaysian actress and martial arts superstar Michelle Yeoh, recently shooting “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II,” and Will Yun Lee will give a significant Asian angle to the fourth season of Cinemax action drama series “Strike Back.”
The final series of ten episodes is now shooting in Europe after a break enforced by an injury sustained off set by returning series star Sullivan Stapleton. Production will continue towards the end of the year with additional filming in Thailand.
Season four is directed by Michael J. Bassett (who also serves as co-executive producer), Julian Holmes and Brendan Maher, and written by Bassett, Jack Lothian, James Dormer, Richard Zajdlic, Ed Whitmore and Tim Vaughan.
The series sees Stapleton (“300: The Rise of an Empire,” “Gangster Squad”) and Philip Winchester (“Crusoe”) return as a pair of counter-terrorism operatives. They are joined by Robson Green (“Wire in the Blood,”), Michelle Lukes (“Doctors”) and »
- Patrick Frater
Indie romcom “Two Night Stand” features a wealth of players on a path to making a bigger name for themselves, from former “America’s Next Top Model” contestant Analeigh Tipton to Scott Mescudi, better known as hip hop artist Kid Cudi. But perhaps the most notable rising star at film’s Tuesday premiere at the Tcl Chinese Theatre was director Max Nichols, son of director Mike Nichols.
“My whole life I’ve had this incredible ongoing conversation with my dad about art and films and life and love,” said the younger Nichols, “and here was an opportunity to take all those amazing years around the dinner table and actually channel it into a specific work.”
“Two Night Stand” marks Nichols’ debut feature effort, having mainly worked on music videos throughout his career. Producer Ruben Fleischer, whose directing credits include “Zombieland” and “Gangster Squad,” felt he was being overshadowed as a »
- Sebastian Torrelio
Studio 8 closed its distribution deal with Sony on Sept. 8 with plans to release six films a year. Robinov, the former Warner Bros. studio chief, said at that point that he expected to raise $1 billion from financiers and a partnership China’s Fosun Group.
Brassel joined Warner Bros. in 1986 and oversaw “The Fugitive,” “Outbreak,” Oliver Stone’s “Alexander” and “Interview With The Vampire.” He became a VP of production at DreamWorks Skg, then returned to Warner Bros. in 2001.
Robinov carries a strong reputation for maintaining strong relationships with filmmakers such as Christopher Nolan and Ben Affleck. He oversaw “Gravity” and “The Dark Knight” franchise during his tenure at Warner Bros.
Prior to taking the Mythology gig, Silk worked at Warner-based Lin Pictures and co-produced “Gangster Squad. »
- Dave McNary
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