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In an interesting mix of filmmaking talent on the page and behind the camera, Andrew Dominik (writer and director of Killing Them Softly and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) is teaming up with Justin Lin (Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6) for a 3D remake of the 1982 Chinese action flick Shaolin Temple. The original film marked the feature debut of martial arts star Jet Li with a story loosely based on Shaolin folklore and set during the transition period between the Sui Dynasty and the Tang Dynasty. Sounds like completely different film territory for Dominik in more ways than one. More below! The film unfolds after the Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, and one of his slave workers who escapes to the temple decides to train in kung fu, and sets out to kill the traitor. This is expected to be pretty »
- Ethan Anderton
A pretty exciting China-backed project is taking shape. It was announced earlier this year that Fast Five director Justin Lin had signed on to helm a $100 million 3D Shaolin Temple remake, and now Deadline reports that The Assassination of Jesse James and Killing Them Soflty writer/director Andrew Dominik will be writing the screenplay. The original 1982 film was Jet Li’s big screen debut and took place during the period between the Sui and Tang Dynasties, revolving around the son of a murdered Tang emperor who trains himself up to enact revenge on the perpetrator. Perfect Storm Entertainment and Beijing Enlight Pictures are producing the project, which Lin intends to direct next after he completes the new Bourne sequel. That film hasn’t even started production yet, so Shaolin Temple is still a few years off. Hit the jump for more on Dominik’s involvement. When the Shaolin Temple remake was first announced, »
- Adam Chitwood
As Warner Bros. continues its slow-but-steady-but-really-quite-fast expansion of the DC cinematic universe, rumors have been swirling that Dwayne Johnson will star in an adaptation of Shazam, playing a character who is confusingly sometimes known as Captain Marvel, which is also the name of a character in the Marvel universe. (Yes, there have been lawsuits.) Johnson himself stoked those rumors last month, and today he apparently confirmed his involvement in the movie. However, according to The Associated Press, Johnson might not be playing the lead–the AP claims that he “has yet to decide” whether he’s playing the superhero or his greatest enemy, »
- Darren Franich
Gal Gadot, who is currently playing Wonder Woman in Warner Bros.' Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, has signed on to star alongside Warner Bros./DC Comics alums Kevin Costner (Man of Steel) and Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight trilogy) in Millennium Entertainment's Criminal.
Ryan Reynolds and Tommy Lee Jones are also set to star in this crime thriller, which follows a prison inmate (Kevin Costner) who is implanted with the memories and skills of a deceased CIA operative in hopes that he can stop an evil plot. Gal Gadot is playing the wife of Ryan Reynolds' character.
Ariel Vromen (The Iceman) is directing from a screenplay by David Weisberg and Douglas Cook (The Rock, Double Jeopardy), with Chris Bender, J.C. Spink and Matt O'Toole producing. No production schedule was given.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson paid tribute to his late friend, Paul Walker, in a very special way.The "Fast & Furious star" took to Instagram on Saturday to share a video clip that honored Walker's dedication to marine life. "[I] Was moved to shoot this very special intro to one of Paul Walker's final missions for shark and marine conservation #DiscoveryChannel #SharkWeek #ProtectingThatWhichILove #MissYouBrotherPaul," he wrote along with the clip.Jimmy Fallon & The Rock Re-Create Hilarious '80s Fitness VideoIn the video shot for Discovery's Shark Week, The Rock looks back at the beloved actor's life. "Paul Walker was not only an incredible actor, dear friend, loving and devoted father to beautiful Meadow Rain, but he was also a champion for shark and marine conservation, whose efforts inspired so many," Johnson said. Johnson costarred alongside Walker in "Fast Five," "Fast & Furious 6" and most recently "Fast & Furious 7," which will be released »
- tooFab Staff
Female Mma star Ronda Rousey is an incredibly tough woman and some of her fighting abilities will be on display in "Expendables 3," which is her first acting gig. But while promoting the movie, she revealed that her dream role is Wonder Woman and was a bit surprised that Gal Gadot (Fast Five) was cast to play the superhero in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." "I should have been Wonder Woman. That girl couldn't curl a two-pound weight, what's so wonderful about that? I don't understand," said Rousey. Question: Is Rousey a better choice to play Wonder Woman than Gadot? »
They've stepped up four times in eight years... but they were never all in. Next Friday, audiences will experience the fifth film in the popular "Step Up" franchise, in which characters from the previous dance competition movies team up, "Fast Five"-style, to win the ultimate prize. But is the ultimate prize really a one-year guaranteed touring gig in Las Vegas? Or is it friendship? »
Director: Trish Sie
Running Time: 112 minutes
Synopsis: After The Mob’s attempt to break La fail, Sean finds himself all on his own. That is until he finds out about a new televised dance contest called The Vortex in Vegas. He then turns to Moose to help create a dance crew that can not only win the contest, but also take down his former troupe who have also entered.
It all started with Step Up and the film that launched Channing Tatum. It was the classic tale of lady and the tramp as Tatum’s boy from the wrong side of the tracks became dance partners with Jenna Dewan’s (who would go on to become real life Mrs Tatum) spoilt princess ballerina. The film was a heck of a success and as such had been followed with four sequels. »
- Kat Smith
Vin Diesel is currently hitting the publicity trail for Guardians of the Galaxy, the movie where he finally plays a talking space tree—but that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten about his roots, because the only thing that really matters in this life is family because without a family a man doesn’t have a code, vroom vroom! Thus, during an interview with France’s Skyrock FM, Diesel revealed a bit of casting news for Fast & Furious 7, which is unquestionably the most important sevenquel coming out in 2015.
Diesel was asked which song he would prefer to dance to: Jason Derulo’s “Wiggle, »
- Darren Franich
Along with premiering a teaser trailer for "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" at the San Diego Comic-Con, director Zack Snyder also unveiled the first photo of Gal Gadot (Fast Five) as Wonder Woman. It's been rumored that Wonder Woman will wear a jacket in the film, but judging by the photo, her costume doesn't include a jacket. Check out the photo below. "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" co-stars Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman. It's set to hit theaters on May 6th, 2016. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
This Friday will see the release of The Rock’s (None of this Dwayne Johnson nonsense, he’s The Rock) newest action tentpole Hercules, with him playing the historic hero. You’ve probably already made up your mind if you’re going to see this film or not, you’re not anxiously waiting on the fence. You probably haven’t given a second thought to Hercules. But I have, and for the first time in a long time, I’m worried about The Rock.
When you really stop to think about it, The Rock has built a career becoming one of the most unlikely box office superstars. In 2013 Forbes named him the highest grossing actor of the year with his films that year bringing in $1.3 billion. But I say box office superstar with a caveat: He only smashes numbers when he’s part of an ensemble. Put the guy in »
- Dylan Griffin
Community has become one of the icons of pop culture skewering in the modern age. Ask anyone online, not in person of course, about the phrase Six Seasons And A Movie and they can place it at the NBC sitcom’s feet, and the vocal fans that used it as an online mantra to see the show reach the goals jokingly mentioned in a season 2 clip show episode with regards to a one season show called The Cape that once aired on the network.
Such is the way that Community integrates itself in the nerdiest areas of the internet, and takes pot-shots at other elements in the zeitgeist, turning them into something entirely brilliant within the show and making one find it hard to watch any attempts at a trope or genre straight ever again. Such examples of Community at its best pop-culture and film/tv skewering are:
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- Andrew Jones
In the latest episode of “What's the Deal With Jeff Sneider,” TheWrap‘s film reporter breaks down Universal's decision to hire Chris Morgan (“Fast Five”) and Alex Kurtzman (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) as creative godfathers of the studio's universe of classic movie monsters, including Dracula, the Wolfman and the Mummy. The studio has high hopes for this series of genre films, which Sneider has dubbed the Ummu for Universal's Monster Movie Universe. Also read: ‘What's the Deal?’ With Jeff Sneider: Hollywood Looks to Barbie, Peeps Candy for New Movie Franchises (Video) While Sneider tips his cap to Morgan for pulling off a tricky balancing. »
- Jeff Sneider
Universal Pictures has brought on Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan to develop a widespread cinematic universe that will connect a number of the studio's classic monster franchises, such as Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man and many more.
It isn't clear yet if Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Transformers, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Chris Morgan (Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, Fast & Furious 7) will write the projects themselves, but the filmmakers will reportedly start scouring for talent soon to bring this massive initiative to life.
The studio has pulled from its extensive library for individual titles such as The Mummy, Van Helsing, The Wolfman and this fall's Dracula Untold, but this is the first time Universal wants to create a universe with all of the characters under the same cinematic roof.
The first project to launch this endeavor will be the Untitled Mummy Reboot, which is already »
In the era of reboots and remakes, if an attempt to bring back a franchise fails, it's cool because you can just try again a few years later. Of even if it was successful, you can still reboot it, even if the next incarnation is a total disappointment (see "The Amazing Spider-Man"). And so it goes with Universal, who four years ago dropped the troubled "Wolfman" into theatres and watched it sink like a stone. So they're giving it another kick at the can and have hired two dudes who know how to make blockbusters of varying quality, but consistent box office. Alex Kurtzman ("Star Trek," the aforementioned Spidey series) and Chris Morgan ("Fast Five") have been tapped to over Universal's monster movie titles, in something that sounds suspiciously like they're going to create a comic-book world style Marvel-verse. Deadline reports that the pair have "begun the meetings to put »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In the latest edition of The Dusty VHS Corner, Tom Jolliffe digs out a trio of actioners from Pm Entertainment…
Between 1989 and 2002, Pm Entertainment was a strong force in the straight to video action arena. Founded by directors Joseph Merhi and Richard Pepin, they set about trying to deliver big thrills on low budgets. At some stages, largely during a peak period in the mid-90’s, they managed to do that.
Certain stars would become synonymous with the company, and they largely worked with the same ethos as other bigger companies and action specialists, in that you need to have a name attached to sell your picture. Pm worked, sometimes repeatedly, with a slew of video action stars such as Gary Daniels, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Cynthia Rothrock, Jack Scalia and Jeff Wincott.
Pm Entertainment would also work largely out of La. Whilst other rival companies decided Canada or Eastern »
- Gary Collinson
Not two weeks ago, famed auteur and Pacific Rim director Guillermo Del Toro set the internet ablaze when he announced the confirmation of a follow up to his 2013 robots vs. monsters film Pacific Rim and dated Pacific Rim 2 for April 7, 2017. The biggest surprise wasn’t the official announcement of the sequel though, it was the announcement of the comics and animated series that would be produced leading up to 2017: They are using all their weapons at their disposal and are really trying to make this franchise stick. They’re in for a tough time though, as there’s no question it’s never been harder to get an original franchise made in today’s day and age of reboots/sequels of pre-existing properties. But maybe Guillermo Del Toro realizes the tagline of Pacific Rim holds some truth. “To fight monsters we created monsters” – or in this case, “to fight franchises, »
- Dylan Griffin
Universal has moved the release of “Fast & Furious 7” up one week to April 3, anointing that movie as the official beginning of the blockbuster season. “Fast 7” had been scheduled for this summer, but was delayed to next year after star Paul Walker died in a car crash. Universal released “Fast Five” in April 2011, helping to establish that month as a viable time for a major release. Disney released “Captain America: The Winter Solider” the first weekend of April this year. Also read: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Wraps ‘Fast & Furious 7' (Photo) “The Conjuring” director James Wan made “Fast 7,” »
- Lucas Shaw
The World Cup, as always, has been a real love affair, unless you are an England or Spain fan and have watched your country crash out in the first round. Pre-World Cup, people were familiar with Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo but thanks to the numerous locations in use (http://www.bet365.com/news/en/betting/ – to find stadium guides) we are now familiar with places as far reaching as Manaus, in the Amazon.
Hopefully this increased exposure will open up the film industry in Brazil and stop making it so Rio biased – most films involving Brazil are set in Rio. However, there are still some phenomenal films to have been set in Rio, here a few below.
City of God (2002)
- David Agnew
The next sequel in the Bourne franchise won't hit theaters until 2016. The fifth installment was originally set to be released on August 14, 2015.
Justin Lin (Fast Five) is set to direct the sequel, with Jeremy Renner returning as Aaron Cross. Though Matt Damon mentioned that he was open to returning to the franchise, chances are he won't be reprising his signature role. The actor said he would consider reprising his role if director Paul Greengrass returned–he's not.
“I've always been open to it if Paul Greengrass is the director. We've just never been able to come up with a story. So if any of your viewers have a story, please call Universal and submit it. It felt like such a good way to end it the last time... But having said that, I love that character and I'd love to see what happened to him.”
The fifth Bourne movie will »
- Laura Frances
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