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“Tron: Legacy” helmer Joseph Kosinski will direct the film, which tells the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of firefighters that faced one of the deadliest wildfires in history in order to save an Arizona town, resulting in the tragic death of 19 crew members.
Ken Nolan developed the story on spec with the producers.
Badge Dale will play one of the firefighters.
Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Erik Howsam, Jeremy Steckler, Dawn Ostroff, Mike Menchel, Black Label Media’s Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill are producing the film. Black Label is financing.
No production start date has been set for the film.
- Justin Kroll
10 Cloverfield Lane is the latest mystery box thriller from J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot and it's looking to top a list of four new wide releases this weekend. Additional new releases include Sacha Baron Cohen's comedy The Brothers Grimsby, the new faith-based feature The Young Messiah and the romantic-comedy The Perfect Match. All four will be competing with some strong holdovers, most notably Disney's Zootopia, which will be holding on to the top spot for a second week in a row, and Deadpool, which could top $10 million in its fifth weekend in release. Zootopia enters its second weekend in release after breaking the The Lorax's March opening weekend record for an animated film. As such, it seems appropriate to use The Lorax's 44.7% second weekend drop as a basis for comparison this weekend. On a daily basis Zootopia has performed well when compared to The Lorax, suggesting the smart money »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Police have arrested the suspect who admitted to accidentally shooting and injuring a woman sitting in front of him at Regal Cinema at The Landing in Renton, according to the Associated Press.
Authorities were called around 8 p.m. after a man, who seemed to be intoxicated, fumbled with a gun and fired a shot about 20 minutes into the film. Police evacuated the theater where the crime occurred, but not the entire cineplex because the gunman had left by the time they arrived.
The 29-year-old returned home after the shooting and called 911 around 9.40 p.m., claiming he had dropped his gun and it fired when it fell to the ground, according to the AP and local station KIRO7. The man reportedly said he had been drinking before the shooting, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
New releases “Ride Along 2” and “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” are expected to hit the ground running over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend at the box office, along with the continued success of holdovers “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “The Revenant.”
“Ride Along 2” should finish the four-day weekend in first place with a haul close to $40 million, according to early studio projections. The sequel, starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, follows the 2014 original, which grossed $135 million at the domestic box office. “Ride Along 2,” a Universal release, cruised to $1.26 million at 2,381 U.S. theaters in Thursday night showings. It expanded to more than 3,175 sites on Friday.
Michael Bay’s “13 Hours” is expected to take in up to $20 million over the holiday. The wartime drama took in a respectable $900,000 at 1,995 locations on Thursday night. It expanded to more than 2,400 locations on Friday. The Benghazi thriller »
- Marianne Zumberge
In other words, not “based on a true story,” but “a true story.”
Given the political controversy that has swirled around the events of the Benghazi attacks for more than three years, the movie is destined to be heavily scrutinized for how it portrays the team of six security contractors housed at a secret CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya. It shows how they put their lives on the line to respond to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the nearby diplomatic compound.
The contractors have said that they wanted to see their story told on screen because the politics surrounding Benghazi have obscured the actual events on the ground that evening as well as the lives that were lost. Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed.
“Probably the biggest challenge was »
- Ted Johnson
Just when you thought Michael Bay was turning over a new leaf with 13 Hours, the filmmaker has confirmed he’ll return to direct “Transformers 5” for Paramount mere days before the studio releases his Benghazi movie. Of course, Bay has threatened to wash his hands of the blockbuster franchise before, and he repeated a familiar sentiment on his latest press tour, telling Rolling Stone that the next “Transformers” movie will be his last one. “I still have a great time. It’s fun to do a movie that 100 million people will see. But this is the last one. I have to. »
- Jeff Sneider
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