Peter Berg to direct high-minded drug cartel story 'Hunt for El Chapo'

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Peter Berg to direct high-minded drug cartel story 'Hunt for El Chapo'
Patrick Radden Keefe's New Yorker story "The Hunt for El Chapo" is a terrifying, bizarre, and occasionally funny look at modern drug trafficking. Delving into the lavish world of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, Keefe finds a quirky character pulling strings for a murderous bunch who love their Instagram. The DEA manhunt for Loera, that ended this past February, lasted a decade. The best kingpins can live a life of luxury and still avert paramilitary. Loera was the best of the best. Those are the types that get movies made about their lives. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Universal has picked up the rights to "El Chapo," for its "Lone Survivor" director Peter Berg to helm. After that gritty military war film earned more than franchise wannabe "Battleship," the studio is in a position to let Berg do whatever the heck he wants. He’ll
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Bad Boys 3 Is Happening…Maybe

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Whatcha gonna do when they come for you? Hand over your money and sit your ass down, that’s what. Bad Boys 3 is happening, according to Martin Lawrence. Appearing on Conan, Lawrence was asked if a third movie was going to happen to which he replied “I believe so. Yes. I just talked to Jerry Bruckheimer yesterday and he said its real, they’re working on the script, they’re getting close and it all looks good.” So, it may be happening. With no official green light status, this could be hanging in limbo for quite some time. And that’s even before you think about Will Smith’s involvement. Whether or not big willie wants some bad boy action again, remains to be seen. With a number of movies in production for the fresh prince, including Selling Time, Hancock 2 and The American Can, the actor is certainly
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Will Smith to adapt The Harlem Hellfighters graphic novel

Will Smith to adapt The Harlem Hellfighters graphic novel
Will Smith has teamed up with Sony Pictures to produce a film adaptation of the upcoming graphic novel Harlem Hellfighters.

Written by Max Brooks, the graphic novel is inspired by the true story of the all African-American 369th Infantry Regiment which fought in the Us Army during World Wars I and II.

Brooks is best known for writing the book World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, which was adapted into last year's successful zombie horror movie starring Brad Pitt.

According to Shadow and Act, Smith has struck a deal with Sony, which owns the rights to the graphic novel, to produce a live-action film.

There is no word yet on whether Smith also plans to star in the new adaptation.

He is already thought to be attached to several films in the works, including Brilliance, Focus, Hancock 2, and Bad Boys 3.

The Harlem Hellfighters
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Denzel Washington maybe-probably turned down 'Fast & Furious 7.' Who should they cast instead?

Denzel Washington maybe-probably turned down 'Fast & Furious 7.' Who should they cast instead?
The Fast & Furious franchise hit a new gear with 2011′s Fast Five when it added in Dwayne Johnson as the anti-Diesel. The addition of the Rock was a net positive for all involved, and this year’s Furious 6 followed suit, with a sequel-teasing mid-credits sequence that introduced a very familiar antagonist for the next film. Universal is bullish on the future of the franchise — understandable, since the sixth film has grossed a franchise-high $740 million so far. It makes sense that they would already be looking towards the future. And if the current hot rumor is to be believed, they’re setting their sights high.
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Bad News For 'Independence Day' Fans

Bad News For 'Independence Day' Fans
"Independence Day" is finally getting the sequel fans have awaited for nearly two decades, but its biggest star won't be coming along for the ride.

Will Smith, whose role in the 1996 alien-invasion blockbuster helped propel him to megastardom, will not be appearing in "Independence Day 2," director Roland Emmerich told the New York Daily News on Saturday. "He's too expensive," Emmerich lamented.

That admission comes hot on the heels of Thursday's announcement that 20th Century Fox would be bringing the highly anticipated sequel to big screens on July 3, 2015. The news capped more than a decade of speculation about the long-gestating sequel, but it was not immediately clear whether or not Smith would be involved. That uncertainty wouldn't last long.

"Will Smith can not come back because he's too expensive," Emmerich told the Daily News, "but he'd also be too much of a marquee name."

"It would be too much," he said.
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Will Smith May Be Giving Up Blockbuster Movies

Will Smith does not like when his movie opens in anything less than first-place, so much so that we may not be seeing him in a blockbuster any time soon.

The actor we've come to know as a blockbuster staple revealed in a recent interview with Digital Spy that he's considering moving away from big-budget movies. Speaking of "After Earth" Smith said, "It's been an absolute necessity that the movie be a blockbuster, but I think I'm going to start moving out of that and finding more danger in my artistic choices."

The only dangerous artistic choice the Fresh Prince has made of late was the aforementioned "After Earth," which opened at No. 3 this past weekend with only $27 million. In the Digital Spy interview, which apparently took place before the weekend ended, Smith said that his biggest filmmaking fear was, "the movie opening at No. 2."

Despite this comments, don't expect
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After Earth: down to earth with a bump for Will Smith

One of America's most popular actors can only scrape in at No 3 with his latest film – is the Smith era officially over?

It is not too often that a Will Smith movie fails to open at No 1 so make a note of the weekend just past, when After Earth arrived in third place on $27m. With the exception of last year's cash-in Men in Black III, Smith has been off our movie screens since the self-righteous train wreck that was Seven Pounds in 2008. Perhaps he should have stayed away, because the box-office career of the man once known as Mr July 4th in homage to his seemingly inexhaustible multiplex magnetism could be in its death throes.

Men in Black III opened at No 1 in May 2012 and did extremely well in theatres, grossing $624m worldwide by the end of its run. Cast iron proof of Smith's enduring appeal, you might say.
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Sequels – Love them or hate them, here’s what’s coming!

Sequels, prequels, reboots and reduxes. The good, the bad, and the downright ugly of those being made… Some we still have no idea what they’re about, or if they will be made, but they are rumoured – chances are, [hopefully] they *won’t* be made.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey- December 14th, 2012

It’s not really a sequel, but rather a prequel which features the cast of The Lord of the Rings in an expanded version of the classic book.

A Good Day to Die Hard- February 14th, 2013

Rumored to be the final in the Die Hard series, Bruce Willis must fight Russian terrorists in Russia with his son.

Oz: The Great and Powerful- March 8th, 2013

This will actually be a prequel to the 1939 classic, depicting the story of how Oz came to be.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation- March 29th, 2013

Starring mostly everyone in the first movie, as
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Will Smith raps 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' theme song at Gabrielle Union's birthday party

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This could be confirmation to the rumors that Will Smith is working to resurrect his rap career. The actor-producer-director took the mic for a seemingly impromptu performance at Gabrielle Union's birthday bash. 

Backed up by Doug E. Fresh, Smith ran through a melody of snippets, including bits of his radio hit with DJ Jazzy Jeff, "Summertime" and the theme song from his hit 90's sitcom, "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air." Isn't it nice to see an artist embrace his roots, rather than shunning the very moments in his career that were stepping stones to his gigantic success? 

Not to worry though; even if Will goes full force back into rap, he's far from leaving his lucrative film career behind. Along with some rumored directorial projects on the horizon, Smith is slated for starring roles in "Hancock 2," "Bad Boys 3" and "I, Robot 2." Cha-ching!
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The Top 10 Actors Who Should Return To TV

By Rachel Bennett

Television Editor & Columnist


Movies used to be gold standard for actors, with George Clooney, Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio leaving the small screen for the big to achieve great professional and financial success.

However, times are changing, and many actors who left TV to work in movies are coming back, including Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams and Michael J. Fox. Due to the addition of cable and subscription-based original programming, better roles are being created that will give actors a chance for the recognition, awards and job security that movies no longer provide. Just look at Claire Danes, who returned to TV to star in Showtime’s Homeland, for which she’s nominated for an Emmy.

There are several actors who should return to TV, but not all of them will. Take a look at the top 10 TV stars who’ve left TV but should return:

10. America Ferrera
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Is Will Smith Returning for “Hancock 2″?

Is Will Smith Returning for “Hancock 2″?
After Will Smith went back and forth recently about returning for another go round with many of his franchises (from Mib to I Am Legend, somehow), we have some speculation concerning Hancock 2 that came from an interview with MTV. Director Peter Berg, who shepherded the first Hancock to the screen, along with the recent bomb Battleship, had this to say about the distinct possibility:

“Will Smith is up for any challenge, and he’s definitely up for discussing it. Whether or not that all comes out and equals us actually doing it is never known, but it’s something that we’ve talked about…We kicked some ideas around. I think we all would like to do it, it’s just a question of getting everybody free at the same time. I think it’s not just Will, but the producers and the studio. We all loved doing Hancock.
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Will Smith Is 'Up For' Another 'Hancock,' Director Peter Berg Says

"Men in Black 3" scored a worldwide tally of $578 million and counting after opening earlier this summer. If the result tells us one thing loudly and clearly, it's this: Will Smith is back, after a way-too-long four-year hiatus from starring in movies.

Smith already has his first post-"Mib" picture lined up in the form of M. Night Shyamalan's "After Earth." But there's another one of his many franchises that fans are dying to see him return to as a "Black" follow-up: "Hancock." The alcoholic god remains one of Smith's most memorable turns in the past decade, and several parties involved — Smith included — have expressed optimism about seeing him return to the role.

In the latest "Hancock 2" update, would-be director Peter Berg told MTV News: "Will Smith is up for any challenge, and he's definitely up for discussing it."

"Whether or not that all comes out and equals
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Locus Award winners, Joe Cornish to helm ‘Snow Crash’ & Will Smith not the “sequel” guy?

While the Locus Award is not as highly coveted as the Nebula or Hugo’s for Science Fiction or Fantasy, they are generally considered to be designed to influence the Hugo’s.

The 2012 Awards for books published in 2011 were handed out over the weekend with Embassytown by China Miéville taking home the science fiction award. Not surprisingly, Dances with Dragons by George R.R. Martin took the top award for fantasy. Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern took the Best First novel, while The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente took honors for Best Young Adult.

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Bryan Fuller is bringing one of regular actors to Mockingbird Lane. Veteran character actor Beth Grant, who played nosy neighbor Marianne Marie Beattle on Fuller’s Wonderfalls and then brought the character over to his Pushing Daises series, will have
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Will Smith Not Yet Ready for Involvement in I Am Legend 2 Sequel

A few months back the word on the movie street was that Will Smith was all ramped up to produce and star in post-apocalyptic sequel 'I Am Legend 2'. But according to BBC news it doesn't appear that the 'Men in Black III' actor is particularly involved at this stage. Arash Amel is currently penning the script which it appears that Smith himself hasn't yet clapped eyes on but in his brief statement he mentions that he doesn't want to become the sequel guy. And what with the recent release of 'MIB3' amongst other rumoured sequels in the pipeline such as 'Hancock 2', 'I, Robot 2', 'Bad Boys 3' perhaps Smith should bypass another repeat performance. Of course if Smith did return no-one can be certain as to what capacity it would be in due to the demise of his character in the first movie.
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Will Smith on “I am Legend 2″ and Other Sequels

Will Smith on “I am Legend 2″ and Other Sequels
In an interview with BBC News via Eurweb, Will Smith discussed the sequel for I Am Legend and the future of other sequels from his other franchises.

I Am Legend: “Producers are working on it….I’m not actually working on it. If it’s great, I’m into it…” But the chance that he’ll get involved looks bleak. Of course, his chances of survival looked bleak to nonexistent at the end of I Am Legend, so that makes sense.

Other sequels: “I don’t want to be the sequel guy…I figure I’ve got about six or seven more years where I can run and jump a little bit and then I’m going butt and gut for the rest of my career. Butt and gut.” But, then he retracts and doesn’t rule out Mib 4, Bad Boys 3 or Hancock 2 if fans demand it,
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Will Smith doesn't want to be "the sequel guy," unless it's sequels to Men In Black, Hancock, or Bad Boys

Though the last several years have seen producers scramble to find a way to further franchise Will Smith beyond merely commissioning more of his children, Smith himself isn’t all that into it: "I don't want to be the sequel guy," Smith said while promoting Men In Black 3, the irony of his statement further compounded by the allowance that he "isn't ruling out" Men In Black 4, Bad Boys 3, or Hancock 2. In fact, the only sequel he doesn't seem all that enthusiastic for is that proposed I Am Legend follow-up, for which he already ...
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Where there's a Will there's a way to a sequel

If IMDb is to be believed, the star of Men in Black 1, 2 and 3 has plans to make Hancock 2, Bad Boys 3 and I, Robot 2. Which films do you want to see Smith revisit?

It's never the most reliable of indicators but, if IMDb is to be believed, Will Smith is going to spend the next few years dwelling exclusively on well-trodden ground. After the success of Men in Black 3 – although that's a relative term, based on whether or not you believe "slightly better than Men in Black 2" to be a valid definition of success – the site would have you believe that Will Smith is only interested in making sequels from now on.

Apparently, after starring in the next M Night Shyamalan movie and a film about a magical horse, Will Smith will make Hancock 2. And then Bad Boys 3. And then, in 2015, I, Robot 2. Add to
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Will Smith Says He Won't Return for I Am Legend Sequel

Back in February it was reported that Warner Bros is developing a sequel to "I Am Legend" with hope that Will Smith will return to play scientist Robert Neville. At the time, Smith said that he'll produce but won't sign on to star until he sees the script. Now, Smith has confirmed that the sequel is still in the works. "Producers are working on it," he said. "I'm not actually working on it. If it's great, I'm into it." When asked if he will once again star, Smith replied: "Probably not." The actor went on to say that he's no longer interested in making sequels. "I don't want to be the sequel guy," he explained. "I figure I've got about six or seven more years where I can run and jump a little bit and then I'm going butt and gut for the rest of my career." Sounds like Smith
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Will Smith Talks I Am Legend 2, Men In Black 4, More Sequels and Passing on Django Unchained

It's a bit ironic that Men in Black 3 star, Will Smith, was recently quoted as saying, "I don't want to be the sequel guy," especially when there are a number of potential franchise sequels with him in the works. Including a possible Men in Black 4, there are also Independence Day 2, Hancock 2, Bad Boys 3, I Am Robot 2 and, of course, I Am Legend 2. While some of you may be confused by Smith's possible return in that last one, I'll point you to the alternate ending of the original 2007 blockbuster. Hit the jump for a few snippets on sequel work from Smith and an anecdote about why he passed up the title role in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. While I wasn't a fan of the 2007 sci-fi flick I Am Legend (being more a fan of the source story), I can understand the studio appeal of a sequel.
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Will Smith's Not That Interested In 'I Am Legend 2,' Explains Why He Bailed On Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

Back in 2007, "I Am Legend" grossed $585 million worldwide for Warner Bros. Costing only $150 million -- kinda modest for a major tentpole these days -- the Will Smith-starring post-apocalyptic actioner also grossed $126.2 million in DVD revenue, making it the sixth best-selling DVD of 2008. Not too shabby, right? Plus, the film plays on cable all the time and those rights must have also cost a pretty penny. So in the logical, brand-obsessed bean-counting world of Hollywood, a sequel would seem like a natural move.

But five years is practically a decade in tentpole years, and very little movement has taken place over the years. Making matters worse (and potentially squashing a potential franchise) in a recent interview with the BBC (via, the actor said he would "probably not" be involved in any subsquent film.

"Producers are working on it. I’m not actually. If it’s great, I’m into it,
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