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Now playing in theaters is director Michael Bay’s fantastic dark comedy Pain & Gain. The film is based on a crazy true story and stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as two bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong. Pain and Gain also stars Anthony Mackie, Rebel Wilson, Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris, Rob Corddry, Ken Jeong, and Bar Paly. For more on the film, watch some clips or the red-band trailer. At the Miami press junket, I landed an exclusive interview with Ken Jeong & Bar Paly. We talked about what it was like to work with Michael Bay, their reaction to finding out the story was based on real events, the great work by all the actors, and more. In addition, they talked about upcoming films like The Hangover Part III and Non-Stop with Liam Neeson. Hit the jump to watch »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Chalk this one down to the very obvious department.
Morris Chestnut made noise a few weeks back on his twitter and facebook account talking about Marvel’s The Black Panther and then it all magically disappeared. In my experience, that means someone got an ass chewing from Marvel.
But then something else happened during that time period which we will get to in a second but first some inside baseball talk.
Marvel operates a drone program inside Los Angeles county. So if you Angelenos look up in the sky you should spot an Mq-9 Reaper drone within the Beverly Hills/Century City area. The drone’s Hellfire missiles are looking for Heat Signatures on talent within the vicinity. No other movie studio’s drone program chases heat the way Marvel does.
In other words, Marvel Studios are star fuckers. Actually, up and coming star fuckers. So if you pop in »
- El Mayimbe
The first bit of casting news for Guillermo del Toro's FX series project, The Strain, is finally here! It looks like Corey Stoll (House of Cards) will lead the vampire adaptation. The Strain centers on a team of scientists who wage war against an ancient strain of virus that confers vampirism, along with those it infects. Del Toro and Chuck Hogan - who both wrote the original trilogy of novels - have co-written the screenplay which del Toro will direct. Hit the jump for more. A press release reports that Stoll will play the lead role of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, who is New York's head of the Center for Disease Control's "Canary Team." The team investigates the appearance of a mysterious virus and band together with everyday New Yorkers in order to combat the growing threat against humanity. Here's what del Toro had to say about landing their lead: “To me, »
- Dave Trumbore
Guillermo del Toro’s “The Strain”, which the filmmaker and lover of all things monstrous and grotesque is currently developing for the FX Channel with Chuck Hogan (the duo having penned the three books in the “Strain” trilogy together), has found his leading man in Corey Stoll. Stoll is a veteran of TV, with recurring roles on “Law and Order: Los Angeles” as well as “House of Cards”, as well as movie roles in “Salt” and the upcoming “Non-Stop” with Liam Neeson. He will play the show’s lead, the head of the Center for Disease Control named Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, a single father who leads the fight against the emerging vampire threat in good ol New York City. He is joined by a Russian exterminator, a fellow Cdc doctor (who is also his lover), and a World War II Holocaust survivor that has tangled with the vamps before. »
No, Liam Neeson isn't done kicking asses just yet. Later this year we'll see him take to the skies in the thriller Non-Stop, and now he's lined up another action thriller. Deadline has word that the production banner Thunder Road has just set up a deal with Italia Films and the China outfit Fundamental Films to remake of the French film Les Lyonnais, which will now be called Gang Story, with Safe House director Daniel Espinosa attached to helm and Neeson attached to star in the film from David Scarpa, who's writing the reboot of Daredevil at Fox. It's a much better option then Taken 3: Taken Not Stirred, right? Here's the subtitled trailer for the original film Les Lyonnais from director Olivier Marchal: The story follows Edmond "Mormon" Vidal who was part of a crime duo with his friend Serge Suttel that became the most notorious armed robbers of the early 1970s. »
- Ethan Anderton
• For some directors, the more absurd the log line, the better the movie. David Cronenberg’s (Videodrome) next film, which will reunite him with his Cosmopolis star Robert Pattinson, is described as a ghost story that also serves as a withering critique of the fame and celebrity-obsessed culture in Los Angeles. Called Maps to the Stars, Julianne Moore and John Cusack have just signed on to join the film as well. Moore can be seen in a number of big films in the next year including the Carrie remake, Non-Stop with Liam Neeson, and The Seventh Son. [Deadline]
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- Lindsey Bahr
The story will focus on lawman Frank Hamer, who was appointed to lead a posse tasked with bringing down Bonnie, Clyde and their notorious Barrow Gang.
The story of bank robbers Bonnie Clyde is a familiar one, brought most famously to the screen by Arthur Penn in 1967. But what of the Texas Rangers who tracked them down and delivered brutal, bullet-ridden justice? Their story is one that John Lee Hancock and Universal want to tell, and they’re hoping Liam Neeson and Woody Harrelson will be along for the ride in Highwaymen. The director and studio are teaming up with Media Rights Capital (which helped fund Ted) to back the film, based on John Fusco’s script.Highwaymen will focus on lawman Frank Hamer (we’d guess that’s the role they want Neeson to play), who was asked in the 1930s by a consortium of banks to track down Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. After the criminals organized a jailbreak and killed a guard, Hamer assembled a posse to stop them.Neeson has been busy »
Liam Neeson is 60 years old, and it seems as far as he's concerned, he's gonna kick and punch his way until he settles into grandpa roles. Dude is gonna crack skulls in "Non-Stop," hunt people down in "A Walk Among The Tombstones" and run all night in "Run All Night." And now he's facing his greatest foes yet -- Bonnie and Clyde. That's right, even though it seems every producer in town wants to take a run at the storied, young killers (reminder, Emile Hirsch is toplining a new Lifetime/History Channel miniseries on the duo) "The Blind Side" director John Lee Hancock has a wholly different angle to work from. He's courting, sending flowers and love notes to Neeson and Woody Harrelson for "Highwaymen" where the pair would play the Texas rangers who gave a bullet-riddled end to the outlaw kids. Sounds pretty bad-ass. This is a movie Hancock »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It.s been a couple of months since any word on Canadian director Philippe Falardeau.s next project, the inspired-by-true-events drama The Good Lie, passed by our eyes and ears, though Reese Witherspoon.s involvement was enough to keep this one floating around even if nothing became of it. Well the cast just added four more members, and two of them aren.t at all what you.d expect. The most well-known of these actors, Deadline reports, is Corey Stoll, who was most recently seen as the vice-friendly councilman on the Netflix original House of Cards, as well as in the mystery drama The Time Being and The Bourne Legacy. He.ll next be seen in Liam Neeson.s thriller-in-the-air flick Non-Stop, and recently joined the cast of the star-studded adaptation of This is Where I Leave You. The Good Lie has also added Sarah Baker to its cast. Baker »
It should come as no surprise that director Bryan Singer has chosen John Ottman to compose the score for X-Men: Days of Future Past. The duo have collaborated on many films including X2 and The Usual Suspects. Ottman also served as editor on those films and, according to IMDb, is doing the same on Days of Future Past.
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra the flick follows Neeson as “a federal air marshal who starts receiving text messages from someone claiming to be on the same flight, and who is threatening to kill its passengers.”
Source: Film Music Reporter »
- Philip Sticco
70's/80's cult action films have been popular choices for reboots lately. Clash of the Titans, Conan the Barbarian, The Thing, The Karate Kid, and Red Dawn all got their chance. Now, we've learned that the Escape From New York reboot could be moving forward.
A few years ago, a remake was in the works for John Carpenter's 1981 sci-fi post-apocalyptic action film Escape From New York. New Line cinema couldn't get the project off the ground and let the rights expire. Now Joel Silver's Silver Pictures and Studio Canal have picked up the rights. These two production companies are planning to team up in order to create a new franchise based on the original film.
Yes, you read that correctly. A new franchise. Silver is planning an origin story for the first film, and two follow-ups to make a trilogy. The plan is not unlike Rise of the Planet of the Apes, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Of John Carpenter's most well known films, Halloween, Assault On Precinct 13, The Thing, And Escape From New York, his vision of a dystopian future where Manhattan had being turned into a maximum security prison has so far staved off any attempt of a remake. New Line were attempting a remake a few years back, with The Crazies director Breck Eisner at the helm, but they let the rights lapse. Now, the project has been resurrected with The Matrix producer Joel Silver's Silver Pictures and Studio Canal (who have teamed up already for Liam Neeson's Unknown and Non-Stop) planning an origin story and eventual trilogy for the movie's anti-hero Snake Plissken, whose infiltration of said prison island formed the entire basis of the movie. Silver has promised a new take on the material, so this lands the project firmly in reboot territory. There is no word on writer or director yet, »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
It seems as though Snake Plissken is next for the remake block with Deadline reporting that Joel Silver's Silver Productions and Studio Canal are looking to put a new look to the 1981 classic Escape from New York - and even build a trilogy around it.
A remake had been on the cards a couple of years ago with Breck Eisner (The Crazies) directing and Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), Jeremy Renner (The Avengers) or Gerard Butler (300) in the leading role. However the project fell through when New Line let the option lapse two years ago.
The plan now is to reboot the film and give it a Rise of the Planet of the Apes style 'origin story' treatment. Does that mean we'll get to see New York become the prison it is in 1997?
Growing up with John Carpenter’s classic output on constant VHS loop, you’d think the idea of a remake would rub me up the wrong way. However, I’m not the type of movie fan that gets in a pickle when one of his, and others, favourites are remade. I know can always stick the original in and be sucked back into those worlds and not bat an eyelid. We’ve had the good (Assault On Precinct 13), the average (Halloween) and the downright dire (The Fog) and now, after many attempts to kickstart the project, Escape From New York (1981) is moving forward with a reboot.
Joel Silver and Studio Canal are uniting to bring a new futuristic spin on iconic antihero Snake Plissken, previously played with sardonic class by Kurt Russell in both NY and 1997 sequel Escape From L.A. It follows New Line Cinema’s strange decision to let the rights lapse. »
- Craig Hunter
Back in July of 2011, our own Rob Hunter rejoiced with the news that New Line and Warner Bros. had let their option on the rights to that Escape From New York remake no one really seemed to want expire and thus, there would be no remake! Ha! We spoke too soon! Now Deadline Hollywood reports that Joel Silver, along with his Silver Pictures and Studio Canal have teamed up to remake the Kurt Russell-starring, John Carpenter-directed cult classic with all manner of attached buzzwords. The first film will be a “retelling” of the story that will somehow also be “an entirely new take on the material” with an eye to kicking things off with an “origin story” that will launch a new franchise, most likely a trilogy. And that, my friends, is a Hollywood remake bingo. Back when Warner and New Line were making their new Escape with producer Neil Mortiz and director Breck Eisner, a »
- Kate Erbland
Because Hollywood has run dry of ideas for new, original content, and they are digging deep into the vaults for any property that can be rebooted or remade (even if its not needed), John Carpenter’s action-thriller classic Escape From New York is the latest title to be chosen for the process.
Kurt Russell starred in the original film as a bank robbing convict named Snake Plissken who was tasked with rescuing the President from Manhattan, which in this post-apocalyptic world, has become something of a maximum security prison.
The film is a classic and I really can’t see anyone doing justice to it with a remake/reboot but nevertheless, Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures and Studio Canal are teaming up to bring us their vision of the story with plans of turning it into a trilogy. Oh ya, and it could star Liam Neeson, because when you need »
- Matt Joseph
Though director Breck Eisner (The Crazies) and New Line Cinema were attempting to remake John Carpenter's Escape from New York a few years ago, with names like Gerard Butler, Jeremy Renner and more lined up to play Snake Plissken, that project died a couple years ago with the company let the option on the property die out. Now a remake is back in the cards, but this time it's Studio Canal, the company behind Unknown with Liam Neeson (and his forthcoming Non-Stop) teaming with super producer Joel Silver (The Matrix, Lethal Weapon) and his Silver Pictures banner for the project starting from scratch. The original 1981 film was set in the future (then 1997) where New York City has become a maximum security prison in a post-apocalyptic world. When the president's place crashed into Manhattan, a hard-ass, convicted bank robber named Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is sent in to rescue him with »
- Ethan Anderton
Fans of John Carpenter's 1981 classic dystopian action flick Escape From New York – which introduced the world to one of the screen's coolest antiheroes, Snake Plissken – know how often plans for a remake have been kicked around for the past decade, the most recent being New Line's involvement, with Breck Eisner (who helmed the remake of George Romero's The Crazies) in line to direct, and A-listers like Gerard Butler and Tom Hardy in talks for the role of the one-eyed mercenary, memorably played by Kurt Russell in the original. As you also might know, that deal eventually fell through... but according to a breaking story from Deadline.com, the option has been picked up by producer Joel Silver, with his company Silver Pictures partnering with Studio Canal to kick off the franchise at last. The same production partners produced the Liam Neeson action films Unknown and Non-Stop, and Neeson has now joined candidates Butler, »
- Gregory Burkart
Silver Pictures has made a deal with Studio Canal to remake John Carpenter's 1981 post-apocalyptic classic "Escape From New York." Silver is planning an entirely new take on the material with a trilogy of films, the first of which will serve as an origin story. Studio Canal, a longtime partner of Silver Pictures and financier of such Silver pictures as "Unknown" and upcoming Liam Neeson starrer "Non-Stop," controls the rights to the film and will finance development before finding a home at a studio. The original was about a future where New »
- Lew Harris
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