The Harlem Hellfighters heading to the small screen

Way back in March of 2014 it was announced that Sony had picked up the rights to Max Brooks’ World War I graphic novel The Harlem Hellfighters, tapping Brooks to pen the script for a feature film adaptation from Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment.

Although the movie failed to get off the ground, Heat Vision is now reporting that Overbrook, A+E Studios, and Immersive Pictures have retooled the project as a six-hour event series, which has been picked up by the History Channel and has Jeremy Passmore and Andre Fabrizio (San Andreas) working on the script.

Here’s the official synopsis for the graphic novel:

The Harlem Hellfighters is a fictionalized account of the 369th Infantry Regiment—the first African American regiment mustered to fight in World War I. From the enlistment lines in Harlem to the training camp at Spartanburg, South Carolina, to the trenches in France, bestselling author
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Will Smith Is Developing Harlem Hellfighters Graphic Novel for The History Channel

The author of the zombie novel World War Z, Max Brooks, also wrote a great fact-based graphic novel called Harlem Hellfighters, and Will Smith is set to produce an adaptation of it for The History Channel. This is going to make a great series because it will tell an incredible story.

The story is based on the real-life U.S. Army's 369th infantry division, “an African American unit fighting in Europe during World War I. Breaking down racial barriers, the unit spent more time in combat than any other American unit, never losing a foot of ground to the enemy, or a man to capture, and went on to win countless decorations. They faced tremendous discrimination during the war and even when they returned from the front as heroes.

“What changed for the men of Harlem was being assigned to a French command whereupon the Hellfighters first experienced something unknown
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San Andreas 2 still active, but hinges on Dwayne Johnson

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Alexandra Daddario reckons San Andreas 2 is still likely - but Dwayne Johnson's schedule is a problem...

We've not heard anything about the mooted San Andreas 2 now since the start of 2016. But, some 17 months after the last update, its co-star - Alexandra Daddario - has held the door ajar a little for the project.

In a new interview with Collider, that's well worth a read, she was asked if she though the sequel would happen. Bottom line: it's likely, but depends on Dwayne Johnson's schedule.

"If I had to bet money on it, I’d say yes", she told the site, "but it’s still in the pre-production stage of putting it together. You never know with Dwayne Johnson’s schedule. He’s a very busy man. But that movie did very well, and it did very well overseas, so I can see them
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Live-action Astro Boy in development at New Line with San Andreas writers

It was around this time last year that we heard about a live-action version of Astro Boy, and it looks like it’s now heading into further development at New Line Cinema.

New Line, a division of Warner Bros., are heavy into negotiations with Animal Logic Entertainment and Tezuka Productions and have brought in Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore (San Andreas) to pen the script.

Created as a manga in the 1950s by Osamu Tezuka, Astro Boy has been adapted into several anime series, and also made the jump to the big screen with an animated movie in 2009, which featured Freddie Highmore as the voice of the title character. “We’ve seen him as a manga, an anime and an animated movie but we’ve never seen him as a live-action movie or him as a superhero,” said producer Zareh Nalbandian. “We actually see him in the same league as an Iron Man.
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The Astro Boy Movie Just Took A Big Step Forward

The Astro Boy Movie Just Took A Big Step Forward
About a year ago we got word that a live-action film adaptation of the popular Astro Boy comic was being planned. Now, the project has finally added some new players to get it done. A story from The Hollywood Reporter says that writers have been attached to the project. Writers Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore, who worked on San Andreas, will be penning the script.  Astro Boy is a Japanese manga series created by Osamu Tezuka which ran from 1952 until 1968. The science fiction story is set in the future, in a time when robots and humans co-exist. The titular character is an android created by the head of the Ministry of Science, Dr. Tenma. The doctor creates Astro as a replacement for his dead son Tobio, who perished in a car accident. When Dr. Tenma realizes that Astro won.t be able to replace his son, he rejects him and
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'Astro Boy' Headed to New Line, Live-Action Tent-Pole Feature in the Works

The character of Astro Boy may be heading to New Line Cinema, THR is reporting. What's more is that the company has tapped San Andreas writers Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore to write a live-action version of the script. While the manga and anime series was definitely aimed more towards kids back when it came out decades ago, this film will be created as a four-quadrant adventure film, meaning it'll be reworked to appeal to all ages, young and old. As such, they are likely to give the series more an of edgy tone than its creator originally intended, perhaps in the vein of a Transformers and G.I. Joe.

While you may not recognize the character name, chances are you recognize the look of the character himself. Created by legendary manga artist Osamu Tezuka--who was heavily influenced by Walt Disney--Astro Boy definitely has the look of an old-school Disney character.
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San Andreas Scribes Fire Up Live-Action Astro Boy Film At New Line

Osamu Tezuka’s beloved anime character Astro Boy looks set for a new lease of life at New Line.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. has appointed San Andreas scribes Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore to pen a treatment for a new live-action feature based on the popular manga series. Negotiations are still underway for Warner to acquire the IP rights, but if they do so, the deal would see Animal Logic Entertainment, Ranger 7 Films and Japanese firm Tezuka Productions produce an eventual feature film.

News of a live-action Astro Boy movie taking flight first surfaced more than a year ago, when those involved were still on the hunt for writers to steer the iconic 50s manga to the big screen. With Fabrizio and Passmore now on board, THR notes that New Line is pitching the project as a four-quadrant adventure movie, essentially denoting that Astro Boy‘s revival
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"Andreas" Scribes Pen Live-Action "Astro Boy"

New Line is in negotiations to get behind a live-action "Astro Boy" film with "San Andreas" scribes Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore onboard to pen the script.

Animal Logic ("The Lego Movie"), Ranger 7 Films and Tezuka Prods. announced over a year ago that they were developing the project based on the classic 1980s anime and 1950s manga series. Zareh Nalbandian is slated to produce the film which is aiming to be a four-quadrant adventure film.

The story follows a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist in the image of his dead son. Though a cartoon, the series famously dealt with some serious and very dark themes.

The feature follows in the wake of a kiddie-centric $65 million CG-animated film released by Imagi in 2009 which flopped badly, grossing just $40 million worldwide.

Source: Heat Vision
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San Andreas 3-D

California's entire earthquake fault line goes haywire, with 9-point-plus shocks on the Jerry Lee Lewis Rigor Mortis scale! The geological wipeouts include Boulder Dam, downtown Los Angeles and most of the San Francisco peninsula. This expensive-looking Dwayne Johnson disaster spectacle looks sensationally good, with excellent 3-D effects and nearly wall-to-wall fun effects work, even if your Cal-tech experts will turn green at some of the overstated Temblor Tech Talk. San Andreas 3-D Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Warner Home Video 2015 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 114 min. / Street Date October 13, 2015 / 44.95 Starring Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi, Paul Giamatti, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Art Parkinson, Will Yun Lee, Kylie Minogue. Cinematography Steve Yedlin Film Editor Barry Chusid Production design Bob Ducsay Original Music Andrew Lockinton Written by Carlton Cruse, Andre Fabrizio, Jeremy Passmore Produced by Beau Flynn Directed by Brad Peyton

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Computer Generated Imagery has evolved to the
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‘San Andreas’ Review

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi, Paul Giamatti, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Art Parkinson, Will Yun Lee | Written by Carlton Cuse, Andre Fabrizio, Jeremy Passmore | Directed by Brad Peyton

If there was ever a genre of movie that benefited from advances in computer generated effects, it has to be the disaster movie. What better way to destroy cities than to take the real locations then virtually tear them apart?

In San Andreas, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars as Ray Gaines, a helicopter rescue pilot for the Los Angeles Fire Department. When a huge earthquake rips its way up the San Andreas fault and his daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario) finds herself trapped in San Francisco, Ray and his estranged wife Emma (Carla Gugino) must save her before an even bigger impending earthquake rips the city apart.

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San Andreas Blu-Ray Gets Detailed and Dated

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Even The Rock can't keep the world from falling apart in Warner Bros. disaster flick, San Andreas, but you'll be able to see him try in the comfort of your own home this October. WB has revealed their plans for the film's upcoming blu-ray release, including all the bonus features. Come inside to learn more!

If you missed out on the disaster movie (one of my personal guilty pleasure movie genres) in theaters, you'll get your chance in a few months, as San Andreas comes to blu-ray on October 20th. Today, WB has given us a look at all you can expect to come on the disc.

Where will you be, who will you be with and who will you save when “San Andreas” arrives onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. “San Andreas” follows a rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife (Carla Gugino,
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‘Vice’ DVD Review

Stars: Bruce Willis, Ambyr Childers, Thomas Jane, Bryan Greenberg, Johnathon Schaech, Charlotte Kirk, Brett Granstaff, Ryan O’Nan, David Gordon, Colin Egglesfield, Cameron Brexler, Jesse Pruett, Tyler Jon Olson, Don Harvey, Lydia Hull | Written by Andre Fabrizio, Jeremy Passmore | Directed by Brian A. Miller

Take one part The Matrix, one part Surrogates and mix in a dash of video gmae Mirror’s Edge and you have Vice, a Cyberpunk action flick that – for older film fans like myself – plays as little more than a modern-day clone of Westworld and its sequel; which also shares a lot in common with the likes of Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell sequel Innocence.

Designed by Julian Michaels (Willis), Vice is the ultimate resort where anything goes, allowing customers to play out their wildest fantasies and fulfil their deepest, darkest desires with artificial inhabitants who look, think and feel like real humans. Things
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San Andreas Film Hits $300 Million Worldwide – Win A Movie T-Shirt

New Line Cinema, Village Roadshow Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures’ action thriller San Andreas, starring Dwayne Johnson, is making a major impact in the global theatrical marketplace, registering a box office total of more than $300 million worldwide as of Monday, June 8, only its 10th day in release.

San Andreas opened at number one in North America on May 29th, entertaining moviegoers in 2D, RealD 3D and IMAX to earn a stellar A- Cinema Score and a domestic weekend total of more than $54 million. As of Monday, its domestic earnings have reached $101.1 million.

To celebrate these mammoth numbers, Wamg is giving away San Andreas t-shirts to Four lucky readers!

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Do audiences want quality movies? L.A. Earthquake Flick to Pass Domestic $100M Mark Today

'San Andreas' movie with Dwayne Johnson. 'San Andreas' movie box office: $100 million domestic milestone today As the old saying (sort of) goes: If you build it, they will come. Warner Bros. built a gigantic video game, called it San Andreas, and They have come to check out Dwayne Johnson perform miraculous deeds not seen since ... George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road, released two weeks earlier. Embraced by moviegoers, hungry for quality, original storylines and well-delineated characters – and with the assistance of 3D surcharges – the San Andreas movie debuted with $54.58 million from 3,777 theaters on its first weekend out (May 29-31) in North America. Down a perfectly acceptable 52 percent on its second weekend (June 5-7), the special effects-laden actioner collected an extra $25.83 million, trailing only the Melissa McCarthy-Jason Statham comedy Spy, (with $29.08 million) as found at Box Office Mojo.* And that's how this original movie – it's not officially a remake,
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San Andreas Movie Review

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San Andreas Movie Review
San Andreas Warner Bros Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: C Director: Brad Peyton Screenwriter: Carlton Cuse, story by André Fabrizio, Jeremy Passmore Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Alexandra Daddario, Carla Gugino, Colton Haynes, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi, Paul Giamatti Screened at: Regal E-Walk, NYC, 5/27/15 Opens: May 29, 2015 New York may be ground zero, ever-mindful of another attack by our enemies, but at least you can negotiate with the Ayatollahs, can’t you? But you cannot mess with Mother Nature. You might predict what she will do next—tsunami, tornado, hurricane, earthquake, sleet-storm—but you can’t do much to prevent her from having her way. So while an [ Read More ]

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San Andreas Review: Rooting For The Villain?

I love disaster movies. The bigger the better. I've grown up with disaster movies, like The Towering Inferno, The Poseidon Adventure, Airport '77, and even more recent Roland Emmerich films like 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow. There's something inspiring about watching humanity try to overcome an evil so grand that it can take lives and renders our way of life so void in such a flash, that it's compelling. Unfortunately, in the newest disaster film, San Andreas, that important cog is taken out, ripped away by the film's villain -- Dwayne Johnson's Ray, an L.A. Fire and rescue helicopter-pilot. That's right, Dwayne Johnson is the villain in this movie, and any hopes of humanity coming together and overcoming the state of California being ripped in half and then dunked by a huge tsunami is thrown away by one man's selfish gambit.

The script (originally by Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore,
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Film Review: ‘San Andreas’ Loads Its Story with Too Many Faults

Chicago – The best way, perhaps the only way, to enjoy the disaster movie “San Andreas” is to check your brain at the door, or better yet leave it at home for safekeeping. Bringing new meaning to the term mindless entertainment, “San Andreas” dares its audience to turn off their minds, and enjoy the ride.

Rating: 3.0/5.0

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a helicopter pilot and military vet conducting search and rescues in Los Angeles. He’s also a soon to be divorced dad suffering with a sense of loss over a deceased daughter he couldn’t save. Meanwhile, estranged wife Emma (Carla Gugino) has moved in with an insanely rich new boyfriend Daniel (Ioan Gruffudd), just as their daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario) is heading off to school. And just as his world seems to be crumbling around him, cue the earthquake that sends the world (at least L.A. and San Francisco) crumbling around him.
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Film Review: Terribly Scripted ‘San Andreas’ With Dwayne Johnson a Heartless Special Effects Spectacle

Chicago – When the story is as weak as the film’s fault lines and the character development never develops, the problem with blowing $100 million mostly on special effects is all you’re left with is unintelligent disaster porn.

Rating: 2.5/5.0

Aside from the visual spectacle, “San Andreas” fails fantastically to be anything remotely smart. It’s not even a show piece for Dwayne Johnson’s attempt at rebranding himself into a legitimate, dramatic actor. And very little about it is surprising, new or anything most of us couldn’t write in our sleep.

While “San Andreas” is trying to engage our sense of survival, it doesn’t play to an everyday fear that most of us ever experience. At least “Deep Impact,” “Armageddon” and the like had stories that I can actually remember. This one will soon be forgotten.

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“San Andreas” continues to showcase Dwayne Johnson as a top tier action hero

We have more of almost everything at the movies these days, with one glaring exception: we don’t have nearly as many action heroes as we used to. Sure, there are plenty of action films opening with stars or up and comers in leading roles, saving the day, but very few true “action heroes”. One notable modern exception is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, a certified A-list star of the action genre. He’s come a long way from just being The Rock, either in wrestling or his first on screen roles, but even removed from that, he’s a charismatic screen presence that holds the action hero title these days with aplomb. This week, he further cements his status with the disaster movie San Andreas. In San Andreas, we get west coast spin on the disaster movie, leaving New York City alone for a moment to focus in on California.
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'San Andreas' Trailer #3: The Rock Survives Epic Destruction

'San Andreas' Trailer #3: The Rock Survives Epic Destruction
New Line Cinema has debuted the third trailer for their upcoming action-packed thriller San Andreas, which showcases even more destruction caused by a massive earthquake. This 3D disaster movie reunites star Dwayne Johnson with director Brad Peyton and producer Beau Flynn, following their collaboration on the global hit Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. This trailer also shows how everyone first reacts to this quake, and how Paul Giamatti's character saw this coming, but there is no way to stop it.

After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife (Carla Gugino) make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter (Alexandra Daddario). But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning. And when they think the worst may be over... it's just getting started.

The film also stars Ioan Gruffudd,
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