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My friend, actor/filmmaker, Jon Lee Brody ("Pawn," "Star Trek Into Darkness"), has created a short film called "Police Guys" that you guys should see! Brody wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the 15-minute film alongside Stephen Kramer Glickman (Big Time Rush), Shawna Waldron (Little Giants), Lester Speight (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls), Lisa Catara (Charlie Valentine), Gonzalo Menendez (Act of Valor), Alex Heartman (Power Rangers Super Samurai) and Christine Lakin (Step by Step, Valentine.s Day).
Here's more info on the project:
A pair of cops (Jon Lee Brody and Stephen Kramer Glickman) on a stakeout get much more than they bargained for! Police Guys is a fifteen-minute short film/pilot that was written, produced and directed by Jon Lee Brody.
The film was shot in 2 days with little to no budget. Brody sites Robert Rodriguez as his inspiration. .The book .Rebel Without a Crew »
Seize your glory! In the midst of all those exciting Man of Steel and Star Trek trailers today, CinemaCon presentations and 21st Century Fox debacle, another first look found its way online. Director Zack Snyder, who moved on to only produce and develop this sequel, tweeted out the very first poster for 300: Rise of an Empire. We saw some of the first footage from the film, which follows the events in 300 directly and brings back Queen Gorgo and Xerxes, at CinemaCon and it's definitely a big step up in terms of epic, stylized historical action. The poster shows an unidentified Spartan warrior posed in front of battle. Not much to it. Noam Murro (Smart People) directs 300: Rise of an Empire (formerly The Battle of Artemisia), based on Frank Miller's upcoming prequel graphic novel Xerxes, and adapted by Zack Snyder (director of 300) and Kurt Johnstad (writer of 300 and »
- Alex Billington
HighRoad Media is eschewing the traditional festival circuit for its war-zone documentary The Hornet’s Nest. The Universal-based production company behind the baseball pic The Perfect Game will instead unveil the film, which is described as in the vein of Act of Valor, at the 7th annual GI Film Festival in Washington on May 11. HighRoad duo Christian Tureaud and David Salzberg pulled Hornet’s Nest out of competition consideration from such film festivals as Toronto and Silver Docs in favor of doing stand-alone events, beginning with the GI Fest. Story: Selling 'Act of Valor': How a Targeted Marketing Campaign Led to a
- Tatiana Siegel
Check out the latest release dates for the following movies: Need for Speed - From director Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) comes this EA video game adaptation starring Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger), Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later) and Michael Keaton (Batman). Need for Speed now opens March 14, 2014. Baggage Claim - Adapted from his own novel for the screen, First Sunday director David E. Talbert's film stars Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol), Taye Diggs (Chicago), Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator) and Adam Brody (Mr. & Mrs. Smith). Baggage Claim now opens September 27, 2013. Fruitvale - Writer/director Ryan Coogler's feature debut starring Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle), Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill), Kevin Durand (Real Steel) and Octavia Spencer (The Help). Fruitvale now gets a summer release date of July 26, 2013. Hit the jump for more on each production. Release date info for Need for Speed »
- Dave Trumbore
The year's first White House movie ahead of early estimates, but is it a bona fide box-office hit? Olympus Has Fallen, featuring Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart (neither of whom has been terribly lucky at the domestic box office of late), will be this March 22-24 weekend's no. 2 movie, behind only the 3D animated feature The Croods and easily surpassing early predictions. Antoine Fuqua, probably best known for Ethan Hawke / Denzel Washington's Training Day (which earned Washington a Best Actor Academy Award), directed the R-rated thriller should earn around $28 million on its debut weekend -- it opened with $10.4 million at 3,098 sites this past Friday as per studio estimates found on the web site Box Office Mojo -- thus boasting this year's second highest R-rated debut and providing relatively new distributing company FilmDistrict with its most impressive opening weekend to date. Early predictions by various pundits had the year's "first »
- Zac Gille
Members of our nation's military, no matter what branch, deserve our respect for fighting for American interests and allies abroad. To that effect, we've seen a number of films in the last decade that have attempted to glorify military service in almost obscene ways; some like Act of Valor are respectful (if clumsily executed) in how they do it, but it's fair to say that The Marine and its latest sequel The Marine: Homefront are more problematic than they are inspiring. The Marine franchise has never been big on brains even from the start when John Cena kicked it off, but at least that first entry had a number of notable action numbers. This time around, in The Marine: Homefront, a stale script, a dry performance by WWE wrestler Mike 'The Miz' Mizanin as the titular hero, and a cliched anti-Wall Street plot happening in the middle of »
- Lex Walker
This should help Barnes & Noble a little as it tries to turn its Nook Video into a viable alternative to iTunes and Amazon for those who want to buy movies and TV shows online. Lionsgate, MGM, Paramount Pictures, Relativity Media, National Geographic, Little Pim, and Film Buff have signed what the companies call “content licensing partnerships” that will “bring thousands of additional movies and TV shows for all ages and interests to the Nook Video catalog.” Movie titles include The Hunger Games, the Twilight movies, Tyler Perry’s Madea Gets a Job, Skyfall, Rocky, Fargo, Flight, Paranormal Activity 4, Act of Valor, Safe Haven, and House at the End of the Street. TV series in the deal include Mad Men, Border Wars, Great Migrations, and Amazing Planet. “Combined with Nook’s seamless UltraViolet integration, we are offering customers one of the most dynamic and accessible movie and TV show stores available, »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor
1.) A lengthy report from HitFix details what Brad Bird's secretive Tomorrowland movie is apparently all about giving the following logline: A teenage girl, a genius middle-aged man (who was kicked out of Tomorrowland) and a pre-pubescent girl robot attempt to get to and unravel what happened to Tomorrowland, which exists in an alternative dimension, in order to save Earth. The details continue in this explanation where George Clooney will play Frank Walker and Hugh Laurie will play David Nix: The "Tomorrowland" that they keep referring to in this break-down appears to be a place where science has blown past the world we live in, and when Frank Walker was a young man, he first encountered the promise of Tomorrowland at the 1964 World's Fair. David Nix was there, showing off his own work, and he told Walker to come back when he was older and his inventions actually worked. »
- Brad Brevet
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Mike Fleming Jr writes for Deadline about a new Robin Hood film, this time titled Merry Men:
"Hollywood’s infatuation with revisionist fairy tales shows no signs of abating. DreamWorks jumped into the fray last night by closing a mid-six figure against seven-figure deal for Merry Men, a pitch for a film that will be scripted by Brad Ingelsby with Act of Valor co-director Scott Waugh attached to direct. Neal Moritz will produce through his Original Film banner. Waugh will also be a producer through his Bandito Bros shingle and Toby Ascher will be exec producer … I’m told that the pitch is for a tentpole re-imagining of the Robin Hood legend."
Read the full story here.
Ever since Alice in Wonderland took a ridiculous amount of money (shortly after Avatar), studios seem to be convinced that fairy tales on the big-screen is the future. »
- Flickering Myth
Back in 2010, Ridley Scott (Prometheus) directed "Robin Hood" that starred Russell Crowe as the title character. The Universal Pictures film grossed $321 million worldwide on a $200 million budget, and was a failure with the critics. Now comes word that DreamWorks is working on its work Robin Hood movie, called "Merry Men," which will be directed by Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) from a script by Brad Ingelsby, who wrote Liam Neeson's "Run All Night" and Christian Bale's "Out of the Furnace." "Merry Men" is a re-imagining of the Robin Hood legend, focusing on Little John, Friar Tuck, Maid Marian and Will Scarlet. The film will have a revenge angle that's tonally reminiscent of "The Dirty Dozen" and "Ocean's Eleven." »
The film is described as a tentpole re-imagining of the Robin Hood legend with a "high-concept revenge angle".
It's also more an ensemble 'mission' piece (ala "Ocean’s Eleven," "The Dirty Dozen") centered around the supporting characters like Little John, Friar Tuck, Maid Marian and Will Scarlet
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Hollywood is gunning for your fables, fairy tales and classic stories. Last night alone, brewing movies "Frankenstein" and "Cinderella" boosted their respective casts with Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, and this weekend "Jack The Giant Slayer" hits theaters (our review) followed by "Oz The Great And Powerful" (our review) next Friday. And now Robin Hood is getting dusted off and reimagined, because, obviously. Producer Neal Moritz (also behind 'Giant Slayer' and the "Total Recall" remake, among other less impressive credits), screenwriter Brad Igelsby ("Out Of The Furnace") and director Scott Waugh ("Act Of Valor," "Need For Speed") are bringing you "Merry Men," with DreamWorks putting their bow and arrow behind the project. This will be a tentpole project (duh), and the twist? It's actually centered around Little John, Friar Tuck, Maid Marian and Will Scarlet, with a heist plot said to be in the vein of "Ocean's Eleven" and "The Dirty Dozen. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
There's plenty of new takes on fairytales hitting the big screen. Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror Mirror arrived last year, Jack the Giant Slayer is in theaters today, Oz: The Great and Powerful arrives next week, and Emma Watson was just cast as Cinderella in a new live-action film from Disney. Now Deadline has word that DreamWorks has picked up Merry Men, a pitch for a film written by Brad Inglesby (who wrote Out of the Furnace for Scott Cooper and the remake of The Raid) with Act of Valor co-director Scott Waugh attached to helm the film which was purchased for quite an impressive amount. The film is yet another reimagining of a familiar tale, this time focusing on Robin Hood. However, rather than rehashing what Errol Flynn, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe (and Cary Elwes for good measure) has already done, this one is an ensemble story »
- Ethan Anderton
DreamWorks is getting into reimagining-legends business. According to Deadline, the studio has closed mid-six figure against seven figure deal for the Robin Hood reimagining Merry Men with Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) attached to direct. Brad Ingelsby (Out of the Furnace) wrote the script, which will reportedly be "an ensemble piece centered around the supporting characters Little John, Friar Tuck, Maid Marian and Will Scarlet. There is a high-concept revenge angle that tonally is reminiscent of The Dirty Dozen and Ocean’s Eleven." I really like the sound of this approach, and I hope they stick to it. For those who don't know, Ridley Scott's forgettable Robin Hood was originally a script entitled Nottingham, which was a detective story told from the perspective of the Sheriff of Nottingham. We don't need another Robin Hood story that's too afraid to play with a centuries-old character. Waugh is currently attached to »
- Matt Goldberg
It's been a few years since the last Robin Hood movie, so why not, DreamWorks is making another! Merry Men will be an Ocean's 11-type of revenge heist where Robin Hood takes no more importance than the rest of his ensemble: Little John, Will Scarlett, Maid Marion and Friar Tuck. Scott Waugh, who impresssed with Act of Valor, will direct from a script by Brad Ingelsby (the upcoming Out of the Furnace starring Christian Bale and Zoe Saldana). Neil Moritz and his Original Pictures (The Fast and the Furious movies) will produce.
Source: Deadline »
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
Exclusive: As New Line today opens Jack The Giant Slayer and Disney readies next week’s Oz The Great And Powerful, Hollywood’s infatuation with revisionist fairy tales shows no signs of abating. DreamWorks jumped into the fray last night by closing a mid-six figure against seven-figure deal for Merry Men, a pitch for a film that will be scripted by Brad Ingelsby with Act Of Valor co-director Scott Waugh attached to direct. Neal Moritz will produce through his Original Film banner. Waugh will also be a producer through his Bandito Bros shingle and Toby Ascher will be exec producer. I’m told that the pitch is for a tentpole re-imagining of the Robin Hood legend. There has been no shortage of movies on him, starring the likes of Errol Flynn, Kevin Costner and most recently Russell Crowe. This is an ensemble piece centered around the supporting characters Little John, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Dreamworks is getting into the "re-imagining" game with Merry Men, an update of the immortal Robin Hood tale that will be directed by Act Of Valor helmer Scott Waugh and written by Brad Ingelsby (Out Of The Furnace). Fast And Furious producer Neal Moritz will oversee the film; his name and Waugh's should give you an idea which direction Dreamworks is going with this new take. Don't worry; this isn't another ponderous telling of the Robin Hood adventure reminiscent of Ridley »
- Eric Walkuski
While Netflix already has a stranglehold on the online streaming business, the company is breaking into the "awards" business in their own unique way. Netflix launched a brand new site for their very own awards dubbed The Flixies. Take a look at this introductory video, then read on for more information.
Voting will be open until March 10 for both subscribers and non-subscribers alike. Unlike typical awards shows, these categories truly cater to everyone, not just an "academy" of voters. Take a look at the categories below, and visit TheFlixies.com to cast your vote.
Best Guilty Pleasure
Which movie or TV show do you publicly condemn but secretly adore? Don't be ashamed, we're all complicit and it's time to come clean...
Hoarding: Buried Alive
Just when you thought awards season was over, Netflix unveiled the “Flixies,” where voters choose favorites in seven categories for movies and TV shows on the online streaming site.
Categories include “Best Guilty Pleasure,” ”Best Pms Drama, “Best Commute Shrtnr,” and more. See full list of the nominees below:
Best Guilty Pleasure
Hoarding: Buried Alive
Toddlers & Tiaras
Best Commute Shrtnr
Louis C.K. Chewed Up
Dreamworks Shrek’s Swamp Stories
- Amanda Taylor
As widely expected, the final weekend of February was another dour one, which brings to an end an extremely disappointing month at the box office. With Sunday's Academy Awards serving as a distraction for many moviegoers, newcomers Snitch and Dark Skies both got off to middling starts. As a result, 2013's first major hit Identity Thief moved back in to the lead in its third weekend.The top 12 earned $88.3 million this weekend, which is down 22 percent from the same weekend last year.Identity Thief fell 41 percent to $14 million this weekend. Through 17 days, the Jason Bateman-Melissa McCarthy comedy has earned $93.6 million, which makes it the highest-grossing movie of 2013 ahead of Django Unchained ($90.5 million). By Friday, Identity Thief will become the first 2013 movie to pass $100 million, and it should have little difficulty matching director Seth Gordon's Horrible Bosses, which ended its run with $117.5 million. Snitch opened in second place with $13.2 million from 2,511 locations. »
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