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Bradley Cooper to Star in Mack Bolan Movie; The Hangover’s Todd Phillips to Direct

19 August 2014 7:50 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Everyone from Steve McQueen to Sylvester Stallone, Clint Eastwood and Vin Diesel have been attached to a big screen adaptation of Mack Bolan (a.k.a. The Executioner) over the years, but a movie featuring the character who was introduced by author Don Pendleton in 1969 has never actually happened.

Pendleton wrote 37 novels in the series, while over 600 have since been produced by ghost writers. That gives any filmmaker a lot of material to work with, and it now appears as if it’s finally moving ahead.

Warner Bros. have hired Shane Salerno (Savages, Avatar 4) to pen the screenplay, with The Hangover’s Todd Phillips attached to direct. The project is being lined up for Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) to play the titular character, and the plan is for Salerno’s script to be the first in a trilogy.

Salerno, Phillips, and Cooper are all set to produce this adaptation of Mack Bolan as well. »

- Josh Wilding

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Casting: Bradley Cooper & Todd Phillips To Reteam For 'Mack Bolan,' Keanu Reeves Gets Wet In 'Rain' & More

19 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Todd Phillips and Bradley Cooper continue to bro out in a big way. The two are producing the director's next film, "Arms & The Dudes," recently picked up the rights to Evan Ratliff's The Atavist article "A Thousand Pounds Of Dynamite," and today have announced they'll  bring to life Don Pendelton's paperback action star Mack Bolan. Phillips will direct and Cooper will star. Shane Salerno ("Savages," "Avatar 4") is writing the script about the elite commando dude, but production will only start once his work on James Cameron's series is done. And oh yeah, this will be a PG-13 effort all the way. [Deadline] Keanu Reeves will star in the TV series "Rain," based on the work of writer Barry Eisler. Reeves takes the lead role of "John Rain, a half-Japanese, half-American contract assassin who struggles to find an identity beyond being a killer" in addition to producing the show. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Bradley Cooper to Star in MacK Bolan Movie; Todd Phillips to Direct Action Novel Adaptation

18 August 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Author Don Pendleton introduced Mack Bolan (aka The Executioner) in 1969.  Pendleton wrote 37 Mack Bolan novels, sold the rights in 1980, and ghostwriters have produced over 600 books in the ongoing series.  Over the years, many of Hollywood's burliest leading men have angled to play the Vietnam veteran who fights against international terrorism, including Steve McQueen, Sylvester Stallone, Clint Eastwood, and Vin Diesel.  But a film adaptation has remained elusive. Writer Shane Salerno (Savages) is scripting a new attempt, and Warner Bros. has just acquired the Mack Bolan movie rights as a star vehicle for Bradley Cooper.  Cooper's Hangover director Todd Phillips is on board to helm the adaptation.  More after the jump. Salerno told Deadline his goal is to craft a “relevant, grounded and gritty, real-world PG-13 action-drama film series."  Salerno's script is intended as the first of a potential trilogy.  Salerno, Phillips, and Cooper will also produce. I will be impressed if Warner Bros. »

- Brendan Bettinger

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Blu-ray Release: Salvador

8 August 2014 6:54 AM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray Release Date: Sept. 9, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Twilight Time

James Woods is photo-journalist Richard Boyle in Salvador.

Salvador starring James Woods (Any Given Sunday), the 1986 war drama film directed and co-written by Oliver Stone (Savages) that established him as a take-no-prisoners, in-your-face left-leaning filmmaker, makes its Blu-ray debut courtesy of Twilight Time.

The film tells the story of a real-life American photo-journalist Richard Boyle (Woods)  covering the Salvadoran Civil War who becomes entangled with both leftist guerrillas and the right-wing military. The film is sympathetic towards the left wing revolutionaries and strongly critical of the U.S.-supported death squads, focusing on the murder of four American churchwomen and the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero.

Also starring James Belushi, Michael Murphy, John Savage, Elpidia Carrillo and Cynthia Gibb the film was co-written by Boyle and was nominated for two Academy Awards—one for Woods as Best Actor and one for »

- Laurence

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All the actors rumored to star in 'True Detective' season 2

5 August 2014 1:27 PM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

The casting process for True Detective’s second season has become just about as complicated as Rust and Marty’s search for the Yellow King in season one. And if you add in the 21st-century problem of social media—which the Yellow King was not a big fan of—one could argue that it’s an even more complicated puzzle. For months, there have been rumors surrounding the number of leads—two! three! four!—and from there, rumors surrounding who will play those leads—Josh Brolin! Brad Pitt! Jessica Chastain!

At this point, the show’s creator, Nic Pizzolatto, has »

- Samantha Highfill

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Taylor Kitsch Being Courted for the Lead in the Unnecessary Remake of 'The Raid'

5 August 2014 7:38 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

There a lot of movies I hear or read people rave about, and when I finally watch them I'm underwhelmed.

"The Raid" is not one of those movies. It's every bit the thrill ride people say it is; so it's no surprise Hollywood wants to remake it.

I'm not inherently against remakes, there are several I like quite a bit. "The Departed" and "Last House on the Left" are great examples of remakes that are equal to, and in many ways surpass, the original films. That being said, I'll try to have an open mind watching the American remake of "The Raid," but I'm not terribly optimistic at this point.

The Wrap is reporting that Taylor Kitsch has been offered the lead role. I've seen Kitsch in "Savages", "X-Men Origins: Wolverine", "Battleship" and "John Carter of Mars," and I wasn't exactly impressed. 

What so you think? Can Kitsch pull off the role? »

- Philip Sticco

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Taylor Kitsch Offered ‘The Raid’ Remake Lead Role

4 August 2014 4:06 PM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

It wasn’t long ago that Taylor Kitsch was expected to be the next big box office draw. 2012 saw the Friday Night Lights star headline three major films in the form of John CarterBattleship, and Savages. Unfortunately for the actor, all of those projects failed to connect with audiences, and his career stalled before it even really started.

However, his past failures haven’t caused him to give up hope just yet. A new report suggests that Kitsch is being offered the lead role in the upcoming English-language remake of the action film The Raid - while rumors continue to circulate about his potential involvement with season two of the HBO crime drama True Detective.

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- Chris Agar

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Vince Vaughn Eyes Lead Role in Season Two of True Detective

4 August 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Casting for season two of True Detective continues to take an unexpected route as Vince Vaughn has emerged as a frontrunner for a lead role in the highly anticipated next batch of episodes.

When we last heard some solid True Detective casting rumours, Colin Farrell (In Bruges) was said to be in serious talks, while both Taylor Kitsch (Savages) and Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) were apparently in the running for another of the four leading roles featured in season two of the HBO drama.

It’s unclear which of these four roles Vaughn is up for, but preliminary talks have already begun.

There are still very few details in regards to the direction that the series will take when it returns, but we do know that it will be set in California and that the city’s transport system will play a major role in proceedings. Some reports claim that »

- Josh Wilding

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Emile Hirsch To Star In Just Jim For Craig Roberts

30 July 2014 4:13 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The name Craig Roberts has been high on the list of promising film talent ever since he took the screen by storm in Richard Ayoade’s film, Submarine, in 2010. That role brought with it well-deserved recognition, and a slew of varied offers, including The Double, Bad Neighbors and 22 Jump Street. Now, Roberts is turning all that good will into tangible opportunities behind the camera, by beginning pre-production on his own directorial debut at the tender age of just 23 – Just Jim.

Written by Roberts himself, Just Jim features the lead character realizing that he will be considered part of the socially acceptable group of teenagers, if he can successfully negotiate with his handsome and mysterious American neighbour. While Roberts is expected to play the lead, Emile Hirsch has been cast in the role of his neighbour. The cast is rounded out by Aneirin Hughes (Young Dracula), Nia Roberts (Doctor Who), Richard Harrington »

- Sarah Myles

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Blu-ray 3D, DVD, Digital HD Release: Godzilla (2014)

24 July 2014 3:32 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD Release Date: Sept. 16, 2014

Price: DVD $28.98, Blu-ray $35.99, Blu-ray 3D Combo $44.95

Studio: Warner

The Big G returns in Godzilla.

Godzilla, the Big G himself, returns to stomp on big cities and kick the ass of any other super-sized baddies that may be hanging around in the 2014 science fiction action thriller Godzilla.

In this latest film featuring the overgrown, nuclear halitosis-challenged lizard, Godzilla  (who’s been doing what he does since his 1954 self-titled Japanese debut)  rises from the depths to do battle with a pair of malevolent creatures that, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten the planet’s very existence. The larger-than-life battle takes him to the U.S. mainland this time around, specifically San Francisco.

Directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters) from a screenplay by Max Borenstein and a story by David Callaham, Godzilla features such human cast members as Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Savages), Ken Watanabe (Inception »

- Laurence

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Blake Lively Goes Digital, But Hold Gwyneth Patrow Comparisons!

18 July 2014 10:44 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Blake Lively, naturally beautiful and still searching for the right vehicle to express herself, is going digital, she says in the latest issue of Vogue. But hold the comparisons to Gwyneth Paltrow! Her recent films like “Green Lantern,” “Accepted” and “Savages,” have largely been underwhelming, but she is effortlessly beautiful and captivating in front of a camera, or on the red carpet. ...Read More »

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Colin Farrell in Talks for True Detective Season Two; Taylor Kitsch and Garrett Hedlund Also Eyed

11 July 2014 10:47 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Despite how impressive the first few trailers for True Detective were, it’s fair to say that no one could have ever predicted just how huge the critically acclaimed series would become, creating intense speculation and theories online, and later the extremely funny #TrueDetectiveSeason2 hashtag.

Despite both being nominated for Emmys and a host of other awards, neither Matthew McConaughey or Woody Harrelson will return for season two of True Detective after their stories were wrapped up in the first eight episodes. A number of names have since been suggested and rumoured to replace them.

Well, we finally have something a little more definite as Deadline reports that Seven Psychopaths and Saving Mr. Banks star Colin Farrell is deep in talks for one of what is expected to be three main roles.

The Irish actor looks set to be joined by John Carter and Savages star Taylor Kitsch who The »

- Josh Wilding

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Sigourney Weaver Returning to ‘Avatar’ Sequels as New Character

9 June 2014 6:48 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sigourney Weaver will return to James Cameron’s trio of “Avatar” sequels as a new character.

Cameron and 20th Century Fox made the announcement Monday, noting that Weaver’s Gracey Augustine character perished in 2009′s “Avatar.”

“Sigourney and I have a long creative history, dating back to 1985 when we made ‘Aliens,’” Cameron said. “We’re good friends who’ve always worked well together, so it just feels right that she’s coming back for the Avatar sequels. Her character of Grace Augustine, as fans know, died in the first movie, so she’s playing a different and in many ways more challenging character in the upcoming films.”

Cameron did not specify what role Weaver will be portraying.

“We’re both looking forward to this new creative challenge, the latest chapter in our long and continuing collaboration,” Cameron added.

The “Avatar sequels” will be filmed back-to-back-to-back and produced by Cameron and »

- Dave McNary

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Lone Survivor’s Mark Wahlberg Receives Spike TV’s 2014 “Guys Choice” Troops Choice Award

9 June 2014 11:34 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Lone Survivor star Mark Wahlberg was the recipient of Spike TV’s 2014 “Guys Choice” Troops Choice Award.

Former Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell and actors Charlie Hunnam, Emile Hirsch and Wahlberg attended Spike TV’s ‘Guys Choice 2014′ at Sony Pictures Studios on June 7, 2014 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Spike TV).

Spike TV’s “Guys Choice” program premieres Wednesday, June 11 at 9p Et/Pt on Spike TV.

In keeping with Spike’s year-round efforts to support our nation’s servicemen and women, “Guys Choice” will once again feature inspiring moments saluting our troops and returning veterans.

Four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative face an impossible, moral decision in Lone Survivor, the intense, action-packed story of heroism, courage and survival, on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, including Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™ and On Demand Now, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. »

- Michelle McCue

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10 Actors Who Could Play Edward Snowden In Oliver Stone’s Movie

6 June 2014 4:07 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

In a move that could make for the hottest political thriller since Ben Affleck’s Argo, Oliver Stone has taken on the task of bringing Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden’s story to the big screen.

Never one to shy away from political or controversial issues, Stone’s career heights have seen him tackle the Vietnam War (Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July), Us Presidents (JFK, W., Nixon), Cuban leader Fidel Castro (Comandante, Looking for Fidel), and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez (South of the Border).

Recent efforts like Savages and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps have largely been regarded as minor works from the renowned filmmaker, and taking on a project like Snowden’s story has ignited hope that Stone is about to return to form.

The writer-director has a history of working with some of the biggest names in the industry, and all eyes are turning to who he »

- Kenji Lloyd

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'Lone Survivor' Featurette: Recreating the Firefight | Exclusive

2 June 2014 4:43 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Lone Survivor star Emile Hirsch and director Peter Berg explain how the elaborate and complex gunfight was created in our exclusive featurette for the Blu-ray and DVD release on June 3. The real-life experiences of Marcus Luttrell comes to life in this action-packed adaptation that follows four Navy Seals (Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster) as they embark on a mission in the Afghanistan mountains where they become ambushed and must fight for their lives. Go behind-the-scenes with the cast and crew to see how this explosive firefight was created for the big screen.

Based on The New York Times best-selling true story of heroism, courage and survival, Lone Survivor tells the incredible tale of four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative. The four men must make an impossible moral decision in the mountains of Afghanistan that leads them into an enemy ambush. »

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Oliver Stone to make film about Nsa leaker Edward Snowden

2 June 2014 3:52 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Oliver Stone is tackling a hot-button topic with his latest project. The Oscar-winning filmmaker is planning a film about exiled Nsa leaker Edward Snowden, according to Deadline, after purchasing the rights to the book "The Snowden Files: The Inside Story Of The World’s Most Wanted Man" by Guardian journalist Luke Harding. Harding and other Guardian reporters who worked on the Snowden story will serve as consultants on the film. “This is one of the greatest stories of our time,” said Stone in a statement. “A real challenge. I’m glad to have the Guardian working with us.” Echoed Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger: “The story of Edward Snowden is truly extraordinary, and the unprecedented revelations he brought to light have forever transformed our understanding of, and relationship with, government and technology. We’re delighted to be working with Oliver Stone and [Stone's producing partner] Moritz Borman on the film.” There's no word »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Oliver Stone Pips Bond HQ To The Post With ‘Edward Snowden’ Movie

2 June 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Following news that Eon Productions are gearing up to produce a film based on the story of Nsa lid-lifter Edward Snowden, arch director of conspiracy fiction Oliver Stone has been signed up to make an adaptation of Luke Harding’s book The Snowden Files. This is going to be a case of journo against journo, with Guardian scribe Harding going source to source against Us opposite number Glenn Greenwald (whose No Place To Hide informs the other project). Both were instrumental in bringing Snowden’s revelations to the public but now they are involved in what may well become an undignified race to the box office, with Stone’s take set to open first.

It’s one thing when films about asteroids go into production simultaneously, but do we need dual films about Snowden? Stone certainly has form on the subject of political intrigue, but the man who helmed JFK also brought us Savages, »

- Steve Palace

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Oliver Stone to Direct Edward Snowden Biopic

2 June 2014 11:01 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ready to reveal the 'untold' truth once again, Oscar-winner Oliver Stone is set to write and direct Sony films' Edward Snowden biopic. Adapted from Luke Harden's "The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man," the film will reportedly begin production late this year, according to a story from The Guardian. Backed up by long-serving producer Moritz Borman, Stone plans to throw down the gauntlet, aiming to beat James Bond producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli's rival project "No Place To Hide" by Glenn Greenwald to the market.This will be Stone's first film since his 2012 crime thriller "Savages," that was met with mixed reviews. This time around though, one feels he will be in more comfortable territory. This isn't Stone's first foray into the hard-hitting world of politics. Previously he directed "Nixon," "JFK" and "W.," as well as documentaries on Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez. »

- Oliver MacMahon

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Frozen Filmmakers Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck and Peter Del Vecho To Present At 41st Student Academy Awards

2 June 2014 10:45 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Actors Demian Bichir, Adrian Grenier and Nate Parker, along with the writing/directing/producing team of Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck and Peter Del Vecho, who earned Oscars for Frozen, will present at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 41st Student Academy Awards on Saturday, June 7, at 6 p.m. at the DGA Theater in Hollywood. The awards ceremony caps a week of industry activities for the 15 student filmmakers from the U.S. and abroad who were selected as winners this year.

Lee, Buck and Del Vecho took home Oscars earlier this year for the Animated Feature Film winner Frozen, the highest-grossing animated film of all time. Along with becoming the first female feature director in the history of the Walt Disney Animation Studios, Lee also wrote the screenplay for Frozen and co-wrote the 2012 Oscar nominee Wreck-it Ralph. Co-director Buck’s other animated feature credits include Pocahontas and Tarzan, and »

- Michelle McCue

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