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Upstart talent and literary agency Verve was launched almost a year ago by three former Endeavor agents, Bill Weinstein, Bryan Besser and Adam Levine, who left Wme several months after the Endeavor-wma merger. Because of the trio's pedigree - they are all motion picture lit agents - Verve started building its business on the feature side but has been expanding into TV. And to prove that there is no bad blood between the Verve partners and their former employer, a couple of the TV projects are being done in conjunction with Wme. Here are some notable TV sales by Verve clients: Victoria Strouse (Apostles of Infinite Love, Little Fockers on-set writer) is writing Consulting Adults for NBC, with 20th TV and studio-based Chernin Entertainment producing. It is an office show about a team of corporate consultants who advise people on how to fix their companies, even though their personal lives are quite dysfunctional. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Leonardo DiCaprio’s face smasher gets 2 years in prison…
leonardo dicaprio slaher gets jail time
A Hollywood Hills party in 2005 left Leonardo Dicaprio’s face in stitches after she slashed his face with a broken bottle La Times Reported. Former model Aretha Wilson decided to draw some blood from Leonardo by her crazy moves, for this she will be rewarded with 2 years in prison. Also as a prize she will deported back to Canada.
Funny how often this happens when alcohol gets mixed in the equation. It makes people do things they normally would not do. Leonardo Dicaprio reveiced 17 stitches due to her madness.
Lay off on the alcohol people, also, lay of on switching empty bottles of alcohol on stars faces! Leonardo is one of my favorite actors…nice to see justice working his way this time.
An English-language remake of Oskar Jonasson's Icelandic thriller "Reykjavik-Rotterdam", the plot centers on a security guard and former alcohol smuggler (Mark Wahlberg) who is tempted back into illicit business by his brother-in-law after encountering financial problems.
Foster will play said brother-in-law, Ribisi's role is undisclosed. Aaron Guzikowski ("Prisoners") is adapting the script while the original film's producer/star Baltasar Kormakur will direct the remake.
- Garth Franklin
Wahlberg plays a former smuggler trying to go straight as a night guard. When his wife’s brother (who got him the job) botches a smuggling run, his life is threatened and the night guard is dragged in for one more job. Foster plays the night guard's best friend and right hand man, who helps him take on the dangerous job.
Aaron Guzikowski, the writer behind 2009 Blacklist spec script Prisoners, wrote the script, and the star and producer of the original 2008 film, Baltasar Kormakur, will direct the remake for Working Title. »
The story centers on a security guard and former smuggler on the Iceland-Netherlands route who is tempted back into illicit business by his wife's brother who botches a run and finds his life threatened. The new version will shift the route to somewhere in North America.
Mark Wahlberg is set to star as the guard and Kate Beckinsale is in negotiations to play the female lead. Universal originally planned to finance the film but balked at the $40 million budget, forcing Relativity Media to step in. When the filmmakers brought the budget back down to $30 million and Relativity opted out, Universal jumped back in.
Aaron Guzikowski ("Prisoners") is adapting the script while the original film's producer/star Baltasar Kormakur will direct the remake (Oskar Jonasson helmed the original). Kormakur, Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, »
- Garth Franklin
An English-language remake of Oskar Jonasson's Icelandic thriller "Reykjavik-Rotterdam", the plot centers on a security guard and former alcohol smuggler who is tempted back into illicit business by a dubious friend after encountering financial problems.
- Garth Franklin
Details are still sketchy, but Latino Review are reporting that Kate Beckinsale has come aboard Contraband, the newly-monikered remake of Reykjavik-Rotterdam.The project was announced a year or so ago, with Mark Wahlberg producing and Baltasar Kormákur, who starred in the original, replacing Óskar Jónasson as director. The story revolves around a former smuggler turned security guard, lured back to the wrong side of the law when he finds himself in tricky financial straits: a plan that goes south when violent drug dealers get involved and his family is threatened. The original film won several Edda awards in its native Iceland, and was the country's submission in 2008 for the Best Foreign-Language Oscar, although it didn't end up bagging a nomination.The Working Title remake (with the name-change prompted by a shift in location, like what we predicted) has been adapted from the original by Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners). Wahlberg will play »
Our friends at Latino Review are reporting that Kate Beckinsale has been cast in a new thriller called Contraband in which she will join the previously cast Mark Wahlberg. This film was originally called Reykjavik-Rotterdam.
Contraband is a remake of an Icelandic thriller, the movie centers on a security guard and former alcohol smuggler on the Iceland-Netherlands route who is tempted back into illicit business by a dubious friend after encountering financial problems.
The star and producer of the original 2008 film, Baltasar Kormakur, will direct the remake for Working Title.
It's always great to see Beckinsale cast in any movie, she's solid actress that looks great! »
Back in October of last year, we heard that Mark Wahlberg had signed on to star in the remake of the Icelandic thriller Reykjavik-Rotterdam. That project is still happening but according to Latino Review, the film is now going by the title Contraband and has apparently gotten Kate Beckinsale to join the project as well. The story follows a security guard and former alcohol smuggler on the Iceland-Netherlands route who is tempted back into illicit business by a dubious friend after encountering financial problems. Aaron Guzikowski, who wrote the Black Listed script Prisoners, is writing the American remake. There hasn't been any word on whether or not the remake will change locations from Iceland (the title change mildly suggests such a modification), so I'm not sure how accurate that plot description is currently. Wahlberg's recent ventures into action like Max Payne and Shooter haven't been the most »
- Ethan Anderton
El Mayimbe here... About a year ago, it was reported that Mark Wahlberg has come on board to star in "Reykjavik-Rotterdam," a remake of an Icelandic thriller that has been set up at Working Title. Baltasar Kormakur who starred and produced the original film will direct the Wahlberg version.The name of the remake is now known as "Contraband."I also just learned from my sources that Kate Beckinsale will star opposite Wahlberg in the film. The plot centers on a security guard and former alcohol smuggler on the Iceland-Netherlands route who is tempted back into illicit business by a dubious friend after encountering financial problems. The original, which Oskar Jonasson directed, was Iceland's submission for the 2009 foreign-language Oscar race and won five of that country's film awards. Aaron Guzikowski, the writer behind 2009 Blacklist spec "Prisoners," is penning the script. Source: »
By Eric Ditzian
Photo: Robyn Beck/ Getty Images
The 2010 box office has been very kind to Leonardo DiCaprio. In February, "Shutter Island" delivered his biggest opening to date, with $41 million in ticket sales, and went on to gross $128 million domestically. This past weekend, "Inception" performed even better, grossing $60.4 million, likely setting itself up to rake in even more dough in coming weeks.
Where does the 35-year-old actor, now clearly at the top of his Hollywood game, go from here? He's got a slew of projects lined up, all in various states of development. Let's take a look at some of his most high-profile potential films and see how Leo's cinematic future might shake out.
Next up for Leo is »
-- Rambo won't be fighting monsters in the franchise's previously discussed fifth installment, because that fifth installment is no longer happening. Sylvester Stallone says that he's "99% sure" that "Rambo V: The Savage Hunt" won't see the light of day, as he doesn't want another sequel if it's "not necessary." [Empire Online]
-- What do Ron Burgundy and Derek Zoolander have in common? Both the news man and the former male model could well be jobless, as Ben Stiller recently hinted at financial troubles for "Zoolander 2." Meanwhile, "Anchorman 2" is still fighting for survival, but the film has to overcome a reported budget gap of $30 million first. [RedHourBen and Deadline]
-- Swedish director Daniel Espinosa has drawn some attention for his crime thriller "Snabba Cash." A report suggests that Espinosa is a favorite to direct Fox's "X-Men: First Class," with other rumored projects including "Prisoners" with Leonardo DiCaprio and "Making Jack Falcone" with Benicio Del Toro. [Heat Vision]
- Josh Wigler
Entertainment Weekly broke the news that Vaughn had been in talks to direct 'First Class', not unsurprising as Fox previously pursued him for "X-Men: The Last Stand" and Marvel also talked with him about doing the "Thor" movie. Bryan Singer was initially attached to direct 'First Class' but had to drop out due to scheduling commitments.
Now Heat Vision reports that both Vaughn and Rupert Sanders ("The Low Dweller") have already passed on the project. Others on the short list include Timur Bekmambetov ("Wanted"), Louis Leterrier ("The Incredible Hulk," "Clash of the Titans"), David Slade ("30 Days of Night," "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"), Carl Rinsch and Swedish filmmaker Daniel Espinosa ("Snabba Cash").
Espinosa’s "Snabba Cash" recently got picked up for »
- Garth Franklin
A Director for Fox's mutant prequel X-Men: First Class is to be hired next week, it's been reported.
The studio's shortlist includes Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, Stardust), Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted), Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk, Clash of the Titans), David Slade (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, 30 Days of Night), Daniel Espinoza (who's getting industry buzz for his Swedish crime drama Snabba Cash) and Carl Erick Rinsch (Creature from the Black Lagoon, 47 Ronin, both in pre-production, and accclaimed short The Gift).
Earlier tonight Vaughn (pictured) was said to be the frontrunner after a week of talks and Entertainment Weekly said he had been offered the job.
But, according to Deadline, negotiations with Vaughn haven't worked out and "it's not happening."
HeatVision went further, saying Vaughn had passed on the project days ago.
It added that Espinoza was in great demand in Hollywood. As well as talking to Bryan Singer over the past few »
- David Bentley
Apparently, the Kick-Ass director was offered X-Men: First Class, Fox’s reboot of the 'X-Men' movies, which would have featured teenage superheroes learning to control their powers. But according to The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog, Vaughn has passed on the project, leaving producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Bryan Singer to choose between lesser-known names.
Singer himself had shown an interest in helming X-Men: First Class, but his prior commitment to Jack the Giant Killer for Warner Bros. forced him into the producer’s chair. Now it appears the frontrunners are Daniel Espinosa, the Swedish director behind the crime thriller Snabba Cash; and Rupert Sanders, who directed a Wolverine video game commercial. Depending on which trades you read, it’s possible Sanders is no longer »
You may have seen that tonight's "will he won't he?" debate about Matthew Vaughn potentially directing X-Men: First Class got an extra wrinkle when THR reported that Swedish director Daniel Espinosa was on the shortlist as well. The THR article we cited actually rounds up all the projects that Espinosa is eyeing, and it's a long one. Don't count on X-Men being a done deal. Espinosa is the director of the Swedish crime thriller Snabba Cash, which you may recall has already been picked up by Hollywood for a remake starring Zac Efron. The movie has earned the director some Hollywood attention as well, and apparently several studios are offering him big projects, with the strongest contender Safe House, a Universal thriller about a newbie CIA agent protecting a criminal at a South American safe house. Also in the picture is a Leonardo DiCaprio-starring Prisoners, a kind of Death Wish »
Leonardo DiCaprio spent his weekend with friends in Miami, and on Saturday he was surrounded by ladies for an afternoon of outdoor drinking. He's continuing to lie low and take it easy after wrapping up promotion for his film Shutter Island abroad last month. Things aren't slowing down for his girlfriend Bar Refaeli - we finally got to see the results of her sexy bikini shoot with the Jersey Shore guys in a new spread for Interview. Leo will soon be back to work himself, as he's lining up roles in a Clint Eastwood movie and the film Prisoners. View 5 Photos › »
According to Deadline Hollywood, Leonardo DiCaprio is eyeing to make Prisoners his next feature, an Aaron Guzikowski-scripted thriller/drama that Alcon Entertainment partners Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson bought last year.
In the movie DiCaprio would play a small-town carpenter who kidnaps the person he suspects is behind the disappearance of his young daughter and her best friend. Deadline describes the movie as Mystic River meets Taken.
In the 12 years we’ve run this company, this is the most interesting, morally complex thriller we’ve ever gotten, and we can’t wait to make the movie,
said Andrew Kosove.
- Allan Ford
Martin Scorsese once again steps out of gangster films and thrusts us into Shutter Island. Needless to say, as soon as I heard mention of this being Marty’s next project, I became very enthusiastic. So, before the film was to be released, I decided to pick up the novel, which I read ravenously. Immediately after reading the novel, I began researching Dennis Lehane’s intentions and influences of the novel, which seemed fairly transparent at first. Lehane sought to bring together a combination of pulp, B-movies and gothic horror, which resulted in a bizarre, entertaining novel that toyed with the film noir genre as well. One film in particular, that struck me as surprisingly similar to Shutter Island (which dawned on me the minute I finished watching it), was Hitchcock’s Vertigo. I was not surprised that much of the cinematography from Vertigo can be seen as a strong influence of Shutter Island, »
- Justin Webb
Talking to Arrow in the Head during a press junket for Brooklyn’s Finest, Snipes revealed that he would consider appearing in a fourth Blade installment “if the script was right”.
Blade director Stephen Norrington and actor Stephen Dorff have been reportedly planning a prequel to the trilogy which is said to focus on Deacon Frost, the villain played by Dorff in the original 1998 film.
Brooklyn’s Finest opens March 5 opposite Disney’s Alice in Wonderland. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Shooter), the film made its debut at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival where it was purchased by Overture Films. It also stars Richard Gere, Don Cheadle and Ethan Hawke.
- Reel Loop News Staff
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