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Directed by Timur Bekmambetov
Judah Ben-Hur, a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, an officer in the Roman army, returns to his homeland after years at sea to seek revenge, but finds redemption.
There’s a sad redundancy to Timur Bekmambetov’s wholly inadequate, depressingly futile Ben-Hur. The story, trite for a literal lifetime, still plays trite, even with wholesale changes – characters are removed, back-stories reimagined – and that sense of grandeur so apparent in the Charlton Heston classic is lost amidst attempts at pandering at the meat-headed Fast and Furious audience (why exactly an exec didn’t demand for it to be called The Fast and the Ben-Hurious we will never know.)
- Amie Cranswick
Up until recently, when a movie turned out to be a major bomb — not just a financial failure but a symbol of waste, a legend, a stink bomb — there was usually a movie star’s name imprinted on it. The star became part of the movie’s infamy, and he also took on some of the blame. Just think of a folly like “Ishtar” (1987), in which the combined star wallop of Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty couldn’t add up to a hill of beans in the desert, or “Battlefield Earth” (2000), which proved that John Travolta in the middle of the Travoltassance couldn’t sell a sci-fi epic that was really an obsequious vanity project. “Heaven’s Gate,” the movie that brought down a movie studio, was the exception that proved the rule: No one really thought of it as a Kris Kristofferson film, but that’s because there was »
- Owen Gleiberman
One of the many perks of living in Los Angeles is one's ability to run into actors, filmmakers and other random celebrities at any time. While I get to talk to actors and filmmakers regularly as part of my job, it's always pleasant when you run into someone in public, who is just genuinely nice and cool. In January, while waiting in a concessions line at a movie theater, I realized I was standing in front of Toby Kebbell. I eventually introduced myself, told him I was a fan, and we had a pleasant and brief conversation. Over the weekend, when we met again to chat about Ben-Hur, I was surprised he remembered our conversation from the "candy line," from more than eight months ago.
Robert Rodriguez seems no longer attached to helm that live action PG-13 Jonny Quest adaptation that he co-wrote with Terry Rossio (the Pirates Of The Caribbean series) and Dan Mazeau (Wrath Of The Titans). According to Forbes, Justin Lin (Star Trek Beyond), Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange), and Joe Cornish (Attack The Block) are all in the mix as potential replacements.
It’s unclear why Rodriguez is out as director, but he does like to shoot his films with a $300 budget over the course of 17 hours, so they sometimes come out feeling like straight-to-video knockoffs from the ’80s. And since Forbes’ Mark Hughes—who somehow got his hands on the script—is raving about what a strong adaptation this is and how it’s “a potential tentpole picture capable of spinning off a whole expanded universe of franchises,” you have to wonder if maybe Warner Bros. didn’t want ...
- Dennis DiClaudio
After missing out on the role of young Han Solo in the prequel Star Wars films, Ansel Elgort is reportedly in deep contract negotiations to play the lead in Warner Bros.' live-action Dungeons & Dragons film. Lets face it, with The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies mined for all their worth, there hasn't been a good fantasy film in a few years (though Warcraft wasn't as bad as critics made it out to be). Could Dungeons & Dragons fill that void? Fresh off Goosebumps, Rob Letterman is set to direct from a screenplay written by David Leslie Johnson (Wrath of the Titans). »
Ansel Elgort is in early negotiations to star in Warner Bros.' long-gestating Dungeons & Dragons movie. The Fault in Our Stars actor would star in the film based on the classic role-playing game, which will be directed by Goosebumps helmer Rob Letterman from a script written by Wrath of the Titans scribe David Leslie Johnson. Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis will produce, along with Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman of Sweetpea Entertainment, as well as Roy Lee. The project endured some major hit points when the film rights were caught up in a legal battle. Hasbro, which now owns
- Mia Galuppo
She can be seen in The Conjuring 2, which is playing in cinemas from this week, and now it looks like the ‘Nun’ is getting her own movie. James Wan and Peter Safran are producing a new spin-off to be written by David Leslie Johnson (Aquaman, Wrath of the Titans) which will be called The Nun. It will be the second spinoff from the Conjuring series, following 2014’s Annabelle.
The new spin-off will revolve around the demon nun character who Wan apparently added to The Conjuring 2 very late on in the production. The Conjuring continues to be a profitable franchise for New Line – the second film made $100 million in its first three days of release (worldwide), and officially opens across the UK this week.
We’ll bring you more as it comes in.
The post ‘The Conjuring’ to get spin-off ‘Nun’ movie appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Paul Heath
A pair of sequels in X-Men: Apocalypse and Alice Through the Looking Glass led a soft Memorial Day weekend last week and things aren't looking much better this weekend. Paramount is delivering its own sequel this weekend in the form of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows while Warner Bros. targets the romantics among us with Me Before You and Universal's Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, which is merely hoping to keep its head above water. Over the past five years, the weekend following Memorial Day has seen an average drop of 18.7% for the top twelve. At this time, projections are looking at a drop just a bit higher, right around 20%, a percentage that could easily improve should Turtles 2 or last weekend's newcomers outperform expectations. Opening in 4,071 theaters, Paramount is estimating a $35-40 million opening weekend for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2. It's an estimate that seems just »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Saturday Am Update: The Jungle Book topped Friday with an estimated $16.38 million on its way to what looks like a $60-62 million second weekend. Universal's The Huntsman: Winter's War took second with an estimated $7.27 million as its three-day opening is now looking to be around $19-20 million. For a full look at Friday's estimates click here and we'll be back tomorrow morning with a complete look at the weekend. Friday Am Update: The Huntsman: Winter's War brought in $1 million from Thursday evening previews which began at 7 Pm and played in 2,645 theaters. As a basis for comparison, Jupiter Ascending also brought in $1 million on Thursday night before bringing in $6.3 million on Friday and opening with $18.3 million. Another film that brought in $1 million in previews was Wrath of the Titans before opening with $33.4 million. Both of those films were March openers, as for films that opened in April, Tom Cruise's Oblivion »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Joy is the wild story of a family across four generations centred on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. To celebrate the release on Digital HD, Blu-Ray™ and DVD (out on 25th April) we have 3 pairs of tickets to a very special Q&A with Jacqueline Gold (CEO of Ann Summers) hosted by Rosamund Unwin on Wednesday 27th April at 6pm in central London at Fox HQ and then a screening of Joy, where food and wine will also be served! Enter now for your chance to win this money-can’t-buy experience!
Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, »
- Paul Heath
Following last month’s correct report on who Scoot McNairy was really playing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (spoilers: it wasn’t Jimmy Olsen or Metallo), we’ve now got a Star Wars exclusive for you this morning on the casting of Darth Vader.
It was reported last year that the Sith Lord would feature in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and that Hayden Christensen would be reprising the role for the movie. We teased last month that the rumour was correct, but Christensen would not be playing the part. That’s because our sources are telling us that in fact British actor Spencer Wilding has been cast to play the body of Darth Vader in Rogue One.
- Luke Owen
Tracking-board.com is reporting director Rob Letterman is set to helm the fantasy adventure "Dungeons & Dragons" for Warner Bros. Pictures. Letterman will direct from a script penned by "Wrath Of The Titans" screenwriter David Leslie Johnson.
The film adaptation is based on the popular fantasy-role playing game that centers on players taking on the roles of warriors and wizards to face off against mythical creatures while venturing on a quest.
"Dungeons & Dragons" is considered to be the top selling role-playing game with over 20 million players worldwide and selling $1 billion in book and accessory sales. »
- J.B. Casas
Back in August, Warner Bros., Hasbro and Sweetpea Entertainment finally resolved a long-running legal battle swirling around the rights to Dungeons & Dragons, announcing that a live-action theatrical movie is finally moving forward. We haven't heard much about the project since then, but today The Tracking Board reports that the project has brought on Goosebumps director Rob Letterman to take the helm. The filmmaker will be working from a script by David Leslie Johnson (Wrath of the Titans), who was attached when the project was announced last year.
Dungeons & Dragons was created by E. Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in 1974 as a fantasy roleplaying game and since then has amassed millions of players and fans worldwide. The hugely popular property has also influenced numerous writers, directors, game designers, and other creative professionals throughout its four decades. The game previously spawned the 2000 adaptation Dungeons & Dragons, which famously flopped at the box office, »
Self-proclaimed D&D fan Vin Diesel has previously been rumored for the movie about a warrior and his band of mystical creatures – including a half-dragon and a cunning gnome – as they embark on a dangerous journey to find a mythical treasure.
Roy Lee, Allan Zeman, Brian Goldner, Stephen Davis and Courtney Solomon will produce. The property was adapted for the small screen as an animated television series in 1983 and a much-maligned live-action film in 2000.
Source: The Tracking Board »
- Garth Franklin
Rob Letterman knows a thing or two about directing literature to film adaptations, seeing as he has helmed both 2010’s Gulliver’s Travels (based on a satire by Jonathan Swift) and last year’s Goosebumps (based on R.L. Stine’s popular book series), but he is now setting his sights on something a bit different: a role-playing game to film adaptation. According to The Tracking Board, Letterman has signed on to helm the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons movie at Warner Bros.
Letterman will also co-write the film’s script with David Leslie Johnson, a writer best known for his work on Wrath of the Titans and Orphan; Johnson was also supposedly hired to pen the screenplay for DC’s James Wan-directed Aquaman movie back in November as well.
It’s also worth noting that the report mentions that producers are looking for a “Vin Diesel-type” lead character for the movie. »
- Justin Cook
Since they have their hands on the rights to one of the most popular fantasy games in pop culture history, it.s no surprise to learn that Warner Bros. is currently developing plans for a Dungeons & Dragons film, which they obviously hope will evolve into a franchise. The studio just took a huge step forward, and their vision for this film has become clearer with the revelation that Rob Letterman will direct. We even have an idea of who they want for a leading man. Tracking Board confirmed that Goosebumps director Rob Letterman has been hired by Warner Bros. to oversee this hugely anticipated film. Letterman will work from a screenplay by David Leslie Jones, whose most prominent work came when he wrote Wrath Of The Titans. The studio and the director also reportedly have their eye on a Vin Diesel-type for the lead role, and we.ve even »
Lending a new lease of life to Warner Bros.’ long-in-development Dungeons & Dragons movie today is Rob Letterman who, according to The Tracking Board, is in line to helm the big-budget fantasy feature.
Best known for Monsters vs. Aliens, Shark Tale and, more recently, Goosebumps for Warner, Letterman will reportedly steer the iconic role-playing game onto the silver screen, via a script penned by Wrath of the Titans scribe David Leslie Jones.
Boasting a legacy that stretches all the way back to the mid-70s, few media franchises hold a candle to Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson’s Dungeons & Dragons. In its meandering path to theaters, Warner has cited both J.R.R. Tolkien and James Gunn’s rip-roaring space opera Guardians of the Galaxy as cinematic touchstones.
Now on the hunt for a cast to headline the fantasy epic – reports close to production claim WB is eyeing a charismatic actor in the vein of Vin Diesel, »
- Michael Briers
Over the weekend, director James Wan descended upon WonderCon to promote his upcoming thrillers Lights Out and The Conjuring 2, which both arrive this summer. But the filmmaker also discussed his highly-anticipated Aquaman movie. We don't know when production will begin yet, but the filmmaker teased new details in an interview with /Film, hinting that fans will see new "sea monsters and cool creatures." Here's what the filmmaker had to say about this unique character.
"I think, like most people, we are familiar with Aquaman. We grew up reading or watching this character on the peripheral. I was never so in depth with Aquaman as, let's say, I was with X-Men. I grew up loving X-Men, Spider-Man and Batman. Those are obviously the key big ones, but there's always something kind of cool about Aquaman still, the idea of creating a huge world that is on our planet. That's the »
This weekend's blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice provided DC Comics fans a glimpse of heroes Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher), before they come together in Justice League Part 1. Principal photography will begin on Justice League Part 1 on April 11, although it isn't known when shooting will begin on Aquaman, The Flash or Cyborg yet. Aquaman director James Wan was at WonderCon this weekend to promote his new horror-thriller Lights Out, and he teased in an interview with IGN that it won't have the same dark tone as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and will be much more fun.
"The kind of filmmaker that I am, even my darker horror films are still very fun. And I think that's important for me and the kinds of films I make. The film I'm here to present, Lights Out, is a fun horror film. And »
Gods Of Egypt’s poor performance may well have killed off the swords-and-sandal movie. But it’s far from the only Hollywood staple in mortal danger
Gods Of Egypt, the Gerard-Butler-starring fantasy epic that recently bombed at the box office was mainly notable for inspiring a brief spurt of Twitter outrage over the casting of Scottish and Australian actors as warring Egyptian deities. That rancour, however, obscured a no-less-intriguing story: the rumblings in the movie industry that, what with Gods Of Egypt’s worldwide gross of $72m on a budget of $140m, the fantasy epic had ceased to be a viable genre. In the wake of such duds as Wrath Of The Titans (which made $305m, almost $200m less than its predecessor, Clash Of The Titans) and box office flops Seventh Son and Vin Diesel’s Last Witch Hunter, it’s unlikely that we’ll ever see a muscle-bound Hollywood actor in a loincloth again. »
- Jonathan Bernstein
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