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This summer marks the 20th Anniversary of the hit blockbuster Independence Day, which turned Will Smith into a massive superstar overnight. It became the first movie ever to gross more than $500 million worldwide, and, naturally, after that movie started raking it in at the box office, everyone wanted Will Smith in their movies. Over the next few years, Will Smith would go on to star in hits such as Men in Black and Enemy of the State, but the actor recently addressed one of his missteps, the 1999 Western action adaptation of the Wild Wild West TV show which brought in some sci-fi elemenst to boot.
Wild Wild West wasn't an absolute bomb in theaters, but it still came in far below the rest of his hits over the late 1990s. Wild Wild West took in $113.4 million domestically and $222.1 million worldwide, from a hefty $170 million budget back in 1999. Will Smith starred »
Summer 2016 is heating up after last week's massive opening for Disney and Pixar's Finding Dory and its impressive day-to-day performance ever since. Hoping to add some fuel to the box office fire, this weekend's crop of new releases are led by Independence Day: Resurgence, the sequel to the blockbuster hit of Summer 1996. Also opening this weekend, Stx will target adult audiences with Free State of Jones, Blake Lively must survive a killer shark in The Shallows and Broad Green is delivering Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon into just over 780 theaters. It's a crowded marketplace with a little something for everybody. Quelling some of the suspense, the battle for box office supremacy this weekend might not be much of a battle at all. Pixar's forgetful fish should handily take down the alien invaders as Finding Dory is looking at a $70+ million second weekend while Fox's Independence Day sequel carries a big budget, »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Way back in 2012, Warner Bros. announced they were moving forward on a Mandrake the Magician movie, based on the iconic comic strip created by Lee Falk that debuted in 1934. We haven't heard anything further about this project in the four years since then, but now it seems to be moving forward, with Sacha Baron Cohen coming aboard to star. Ethan Cohen, who made his directorial debut last year with Get Hard, is attached to direct.
The original comic strip followed the title character, an illusionist and a powerful hypnotist. He uses his abilities to fight crime with Lothar, one of the strongest men in the world. Universal Pictures produced a 12-part serial based on the comic strip in 1939, but the character has not been seen on the big screen ever since. There was also a 1954 TV movie based on the character that starred Coe Norton, but now it seems Mandrake »
Etan Cohen, who made his directorial debut on “Get Hard” for the studio, is on board to to direct with Atlas Entertainment producing. The studio is seeking a writer for the project, which has been in development for more than a decade.
Mandrake first appeared in Lee Falk’s 1934 comic strip as a stage magician and powerful illusionist who spent his efforts battling gangsters, mad scientists, extraterrestrials and characters from other dimensions. The character was the subject of a 12-part serial Columbia Pictures released in 1939.
Variety reported in 2012 that “Puss in Boots” scribe Tom Wheeler had been brought on to rewrite “Mandrake the Magician” for Warner Bros. and Atlas Entertainment. Hyde Park and Baldwin Entertainment Group were developing the project in 2005.
- Dave McNary
A movie starring Sacha Baron Cohen is being made. Alright now that I have your attention, let me tell you what that movie is going to be. Mandrake The Magician. Yes, I have no idea who that is, and I won't pretend like I'm a Mandrake diehard who can tell you what his first appearance was or who created him. All I know is Sacha Baron Cohen is going to portray the character in a new movie.
The movie is being directed by Etan Cohen, who's only relation to Sacha Baron Cohen is the last name. Don't get mad at me, I read his Wikipedia page, I don't see a single lick of evidence that would prove both men are related, even if I wish that was the case because it'd be cool to have a duo of brothers working on the film with one directing, and one leading. Etan Cohen, »
- Nicholas Williams
First outed during Sony’s calamitous hacking scandal of 2014, that Men in Black/Jump Street movie is on the verge of becoming a reality, having appointed director James Bobin at the helm and nabbed an official title in Mib 23.
Currently doing the press rounds for Alice Through the Looking Glass, Bobin was quizzed about the franchise crossover while speaking with Collider. Considering that Mib 23 is without a firm release date, we’ve only caught fleeting teases of what to expect from Sony’s event film up until now, but Bobin did hint that Jenko and Schmidt – the two sons of bitches that they are – could be going to the Men in Black headquarters before the year’s end.
Bobin began by dancing around specifics, noting that Mib 23 stands as the “working title” for the time being, before addressing the critics that have called the core concept into question. »
- Michael Briers
Despite the fact that Independence Day: Resurgence is bringing back several cast members from the original movie, there is one name absent from the roster of the 1996 blockbuster, with Will Smith opting against a return to the franchise. Speaking to Comic Book, director Roland Emmerich has revealed that Smith was originally set to return, but decided against it following his experience on After Earth and Men in Black 3.
“In the very beginning, [Will Smith] was on board,” states Emmerich. “He was actually very excited to do it but it got a little bit unlucky there. Even I needed kind of like two years to get through two scripts. We wanted to make two scripts because when we have Will we want to have two right away. We sent him the scripts just when he was doing After Earth and wanted to create his own trilogy and had just done Men in Black 3 »
- Gary Collinson
There's only a month to go before Roland Emmerich's "Independence Day: Resurgence" hits cinemas, a film which sees the return of several key cast members from the original film including Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch and Vivica A. Fox.
One name that won't be returning is Will Smith, the actor who was at one time was attached during the sequel's long development phase. At the time, versions of the film both with and without Smith were reportedly being prepared.
Ultimately the actor opted out to star in David Ayer's "Suicide Squad" instead. Meanwhile Emmerich's film effectively killed off Smith's character in a tragic accident that takes place years before the events of 'Resurgence'. Speaking with ComicBook.com, Emmerich revealed how Smith's departure had a massive impact on the overall story of the sequel:
"In the very beginning, [Will Smith] was on board. He was actually very excited to do »
- Garth Franklin
From Bond to Brasco, our love affair with undercover agents in Hollywood has stood the test of time.
In his latest film, Bastille Day, Idris Elba plays a field agent who must team up with a criminal to help solve a large-scale conspiracy. To celebrate the film’s release, in UK cinemas April 22, we take a look at our favourite undercover agents in film.
Sean Briar – Bastille Day (2016)
Whether he’s playing a murder detective or an anti-apartheid revolutionary, Idris Elba can do no wrong. In his latest film, high-octane action thriller Bastille Day we see him partnering up with Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden for a hugely entertaining game of cat and mouse. Michael Mason (Richard Madden) is an American pickpocket living in Paris who finds himself hunted by the CIA when he steals a bag that contains more than just a wallet. Sean Briar (Idris Elba), the field agent on the case, »
- Paul Heath
Meet the films sequels that might not be dead, but are certainly stuck in some kind of limbo...
Every now and then, a sequel that appears to have been in the cooker for a while – Zoolander 2, Dumb And Dumber To, Anchorman 2 – finally escapes into the wild. But the journey to the screen can be a very lengthy one, and this little lot are still trying to find their way to your local multiplex…
Disney gambled hard on bringing Dick Tracy to the screen in the summer of 1990, backing the vision of director and star Warren Beatty, and hoping to ape the success that Warner Bros had enjoyed the summer before with Batman. Yet whilst Dick Tracy hit, it didn’t hit too hard. The studio adjusted its-then blockbuster strategy accordingly, and it wouldn’t really be until it got to the likes of »
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. delivers one of its best episodes to date with season 3’s Spacetime, full of snazzy powers and big confrontations..
This review contains spoilers
When I saw the premise for this episode – essentially 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. does Minority Report' – I was a bit sceptical. Could 45 minutes do justice to a sci-fi concept as massive as precognition? I was worried that the idea may come across as cheesy, like it did in Men In Black 3. Or, worse still, that it would throw up the type of timey-wimey plot holes that always incur internet backlash.
But, I’m glad to report that my doubts were unnecessary. Spacetime – thanks to a ballsy script by the showrunners, and confident direction from the oft-impressive Kevin Tancharoen - felt like one of the most imaginative and well-engineered Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. instalments to date.
Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis this weeekend! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con April 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!
Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. St. Louis show hours are Friday, April 1st, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, April 2nd, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, April 3rd, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor »
- Tom Stockman
Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. has snapped up the rights to the Cannonball Run franchise, tapping Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3 screenwriter Etan Cohen to pen a new film, which is being described as a “relaunch” rather than a “remake”.
Revolving around a cross-country race, the first film was released by Fox in 1981 and was a huge hit at the box office, earning over $72 million from its $16 million budget. Warner Bros. released the 1984 sequel Cannonball Run II in 1984, while Orion released the third film Speed Zone (a.k.a. Cannonball Fever) in 1989.
- Gary Collinson
Rob Bredow has been promoted to chief technology officer of Lucasfilm.
Bredow has long been one of the most respected technologists in Hollywood. He was a visual effects supervisor and chief technology officer at Sony Pictures Imageworks before ankling for Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic in 2014, with the title of vfx supervisor. Within months of the move, he was appointed VP of new media and head of the studio’s Advanced Development Group. In this role, Bredow assisted in the launch of Lucasfilm’s R&D unit ILMxLab, which introduced a “Star Wars” Virtual Reality experience to a group of reporters in San Francisco earlier this week.
In assuming this new role, Bredow says he is striving to uphold Lucasfilm’s signature innovative spirit, and do so in a way that prioritizes storytelling.
“We’re not about technology for technology,” the vfx vet told Variety. “It’s really about creating experiences, »
- Alyssa Sage
Warner Bros. has acquired the rights for the property, citing that the new interpretation isn’t being viewed as an out-and-out remake; rather, Warner is hoping to relaunch the “Cannonball sea to shining sea memorial trophy race” that played out across the 80s comedy flick and its two sequels, Cannonball Run 2 and Speed Zone. Burt Reynolds, Frank Sinatra, Roger Moore, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dom DeLuise were just some of the stars that featured across the cult comedy series.
Cohen (Tropic Thunder, Men in Black 3) will take point to write and direct the modern rendition of The Cannonball Run, flanked by Andre Morgan, Alan Gasmer (Vikings) and Jesse Ehrman who are attached to produce.
Indeed, this isn’t the first time that a potential do-over of The Cannonball Run has flirted »
- Michael Briers
Warner Bros. has been quietly revving up the engines to get a "Cannonball Run" remake/reboot off the ground for a while now. Back in the day, General Motors was apparently willing to lend a vehicular hand with the project, and directors like Guy Ritchie and Shawn Levy were kicking the tires. Nothing happened and the project seemingly ran out of gas, but how things are humming along again. Read More: Review: 'Men In Black 3' Is A Surprisingly Decent Return To Form For The Flagging Franchise Deadline reports that the studio are now turning to Etan Cohen to write and direct the redo of the comedy flick your dad loves starring Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Roger Moore, Dean Martin and a million other actors and actresses. Cohen is the writer behind "Tropic Thunder," "Idiocracy" and "Men In Black 3" who made his directorial debut last year with »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Just when you thought it was safe to get back on the highway, a long-dormant movie franchise just had its rights picked up by a major studio. If you prefer your comedy with only the loosest of plots, and packed to the gills with celebrity cameos, you may be about to get your wish. Warner Brothers just picked up the rights to the Cannonball Run franchise, and they.ve already got a writer and director on board. Warner Brothers has tapped Etan Cohen, the writer of Men in Black 3 and Tropic Thunder to both write and direct the revival of the 1980.s comedy franchise. According to Deadline, the new movie with the title Cannonball is being called a "relaunch" rather than a reboot, which we suppose means it qualifies as a sequel to a series that hasn.t seen a new entry since 1989. Andre Morgan, a long-time producer, including »
Warner Bros has picked up the rights to remake The Cannonball Run, is the remake news of the day. That said, the studio is calling this a relaunch rather than a remake, but either way, a new Cannonball Run movie is on the way.
The original films (there were effectively three of them in all) pitted a broad ensemble of stars together in a huge, illegal cross-country race. We'd imagine the basic setup is likely to be the same, although no stars have been announced thus far.
We do have a writer and director, though. Etan J Cohen made his directorial debut with last year's Get Hard, and his screenwriting credits include Men In Black 3, Tropic Thunder and Idiocracy. He's got the job of writing and directing the new The Cannonball Run. »
After several years in development, Warner Bros. is finally moving forward on a new incarnation of The Cannonball Run. Deadline reports that the studio has secured the rights to the original 1981 classic, hiring Etan Cohen to write the script and direct. This report claims the studio doesn't consider this project a "remake," but rather a "relaunch" of the franchise.
Back in 2011, we reported that Warner Bros. was in discussions to team up with auto manufacturer General Motors for a Cannonball Run remake. At that time, the studio was eyeing directors such as Guy Ritchie (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) and Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian). It seemed that deal never went through, but now the studio has acquired the sequel and remake rights from the copyright holders, original The Cannonball Run writer Brock Yates, the estate of director Hal Needham and Fortune Star Ltd.
The studio recently acquired rights to the film, with Andre Morgan and Alan Gasmer producing. The original franchise, revolving around an illegal cross country race where participants did whatever it took to win, starred Burt Reynolds, Frank Sinatra, Roger Moore, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dom DeLuise.
WB acquired all sequel and remake rights to the franchise from original copyright owners Brock Yates, the Hal Needham Estate and Fortune Star Ltd. Albert S. Ruddy and Raymond Chow are the exec producers.
Cohen broke onto the scene after co-writing the box office hit “Tropic Thunder” with Justin Theroux and has since penned “Men in Black 3” and “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.” He most recently wrote and directed “Get Hard, »
- Justin Kroll
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