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    Tuesday
    Mar252014

    They're Remaking SCARFACE (Again); Expect Mexicans

    Once again in an exclusive from The Wrap, it appears the Howard Hawkes and Brian De Palma tellings of an immigrant's rise to bloody power and corruption weren't enough between Italians and Cubans, so now it appears SCARFACE is getting a do-over with a nice pedigree behind it, set to tell the story of Tony as a Mexican immigrant in Los Angeles in a very modern and relevant context with Pablo Larraín in talks to direct. 

    “Scarface” will reimagine the core immigrant story told in both the 1932 and 1983 films. Universal's update will be an original story set in modern day Los Angeles that follows a Mexican immigrant's rise in the criminal underworld as he strives for the American Dream.

    Two-time Oscar nominee Paul Attanasio (“Donnie Brasco”) wrote the current draft of the screenplay.

    Obviously Latinos are a huge demographic which haven't quite been represented well enough in mainstream films with such a recent examples as Carey Mulligan replacing a would-be Latina part in 2011's DRIVE and Benedict Cumberbatch playing a would-be Latino's part in last summer's Star Trek Into Darkness; it appears films like SCARFACE and the recently released Caesar Chavez are hoping to rectify that. 

    On the casting of the infamous role:

    The filmmakers plan to cast an authentic Latino who is bilingual and bicultural as the lead character, whose name will be Tony, though his last name won't be Camonte (1932) or Montana (1983). While Oscar Isaac, Edgar Ramirez and Michael Pena rank among Hollywood's top Latino stars who are age-appropriate for the role, the producers are also open to casting a complete unknown in the name of authenticity.

    Would frankly love for Diego Luna or Gael Garcia to be possible contenders; but I'd say Pena has the most range that hasn't been really given the chance (sans End of Watch); but is currently starring in the Chavez bio-pic.

    Larraín has won several awards for his films No and Tony Manero so rest assured that SCARFACE will be put into capable hands. 

    This news also means all of your friends with chain-wallets featuring a marijuana leaf and black-lights set up in their rooms can take down the dusty old black and white SCARFACE poster and hang a new one up in-between the one-sheets for Dazed and Confused and The Boondock Saints.

    Tuesday
    Mar252014

    PROMETHEUS 2 Will Be Happening From The GREEN LANTERN Guy; More Fass For Your Dollar

     

    The Wrap; which seems to be on the ball latley; have dropped some details regarding the sequel to 2012's PROMETHEUS, which has probably been the most polarizing main-stream film in recent memory.
    Love it or hate it; one thing is unanimous, and that is that star Michael Fassbender's David android was the biggest draw, and don't worry: he'll be back x20.
    Also, if you're a fan of WB's Green Lantern film from 2011, you'll be pleased to know that Michael Green will write the sequel to Scott's sci-fi horror adventure.

    After working with Ridley Scott on a new “Blade Runner” movie, veteran scribe Michael Green has been hired to rewrite the untitled “Prometheus” sequel for 20th Century Fox, TheWrap has learned.

    Jack Paglen (“Transcendence”) wrote the original draft of the screenplay.

    One of the biggest gripes about PROMETHEUS seemed to have been the script (written by LOSTs Damon Lindelof) and hiring the guy from Green Lantern probably won't quell those fanboy tears any.
    The article goes on:

    “Prometheus” served as an ‘unofficial’ prequel to Scott's seminal 1979 sci-fi movie “Alien,” and the sequel that Green will write aims to be much more “alien-y” and in line with the terrifying tone of past films in the franchise. Additionally, the sequel is expected to feature multiple ‘David’ androids, which means there will be more than one Michael Fassbender on screen at the same time, according to an individual familiar with the project.

    More Michael Fassbender is never a bad thing, given that the previous film ended with him as a talking head going off to find the Engineer homeworld with Noomi Rapace's Dr. Shaw. 

    Despite it's divisive critical impact, the first film made about $400 million total, which is actually pretty amazing for an R-Rated science fiction feature.

    No word on exactly who is cast yet; but I'd expect Rapace to return as well as Fassbender.

    Expect to see PROMETHEUS: 2Fass 2Furious in theaters March 2016. 

    Monday
    Mar242014

    New Trailer & Poster for 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

    When the first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past hit several months back, a good amount of fans were disappointed by the lack of action, specifically, no look at the long-awaited Sentinels.

    Low and behold, the film's newest trailer has been unleashed and not only do we get an almost spoiler-ish look at the big fellas, but also an idea of the level of size and scope Bryan Singer has gone for (and even with this, I'm sure a lot's being held back).

    A new poster has also been released as well which shows the dwindling talent level in this line-of-work nowadays.  Seriously, it looks like a 12 year-old photoshopped this thing.  Posters for both the original X-Men and X2: X-Men United were far better than this, and that was over well over 10 years ago.

    See for yourself.

    The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original "X-Men" film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from "X-Men: First Class," in an epic battle that must change the past -- to save our future.

    The film hits theaters in 2D and 3D May 23rd.

    Saturday
    Mar222014

    'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Cast Humorously Responds to 'Batman/Superman' Situation

    In case anyone didn't know, last week Marvel Studios announced they would be releasing Captain America 3 on May 6th, 2016.

    While that sounds great and all, the problem is that Warner Bros. is also set to release their still untitled Batman/Superman film that same day as well (after originally be scheduled for July 2015).

    A lot's been made about the situation, with many debates raging online over which studio will blink first and movie their film (I personally think Warner Bros. will just move the release date to July 22nd, 2017 as that weekend's been pretty much their bread and butter anyway).

    With all that said, the cast and crew of Captain America: The Winter Soldier was asked about what they think of the whole situation and their response was...amusing to say the least.

    What do you all think will eventually be the outcome of this?

    Sound off below.

    Saturday
    Mar222014

    Universal Moves 'Everest' to September 18th, 2015

    Potentially feeling confident they have an Oscar contender on their hands, Universal Pictures has moved their survival drama, Everest, from February 27, 2015 to September 18th, 2015.

    Directed by Baltasar Kormakur (2 Guns, Contraband) the films centers on two separate expeditions who struggle to scale the world's tallest mountain during one of the worst snow storms ever.

    The film has some big names involved, including Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, and Jake Gyllenhaal (was a first name starting with the letter J a criteria?).

    The studio will also be releasing the film in 3D and IMAX 3D, but considering the type of flick this sounds like, it certainly seems warranted.

    Read the film's official synopsis below:

    Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, EVEREST documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind.  Their mettle tested by the harshest elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival.  The epic adventure stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes and Jake Gyllenhaal.  They are joined by Martin Henderson, Emily Watson, Michael Kelly and Thomas M. Wright.

    EVEREST is directed by Baltasar Kormákur (2 Guns, Contraband) and produced by Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson, as well as Nicky Kentish Barnes and Kormákur.  Universal Pictures and Cross Creek Pictures’ presentation of EVEREST—in association with Walden Media—is adapted for the screen by Mark Medoff (Children of a Lesser God) and Oscar® winner Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire).  The film is shooting on location in Nepal on the foothills of Everest, the Italian Alps and at Cinecittà Studios in Rome and Pinewood Studios in the U.K.  Universal will distribute the film worldwide.

    Source:  Universal Pictures

    Saturday
    Mar222014

    Fox Enlists David James Kelly to Script 'Wolverine' Sequel

    With a release date of March 3rd, 2017 announced just a few days back, 20th Century Fox has now brought in little-known screenwriter David James Kelly (not to be confused with TV producer David E. Kelley) to script the sequel to last year's The Wolverine.

    Looking at Kelly's filmography, he only has a short film called Straw Man back in 2010 to his credit (which he also directed and produced), but he did in fact work on the Daredevil reboot when it was being developed my David Slade in 2012.

    Both franchise star Hugh Jackman and The Wolverine director James Mangold are expected to return.

    I liked The Wolverine, but felt it had a lot more potential to be better than it was.  It seemed as if the studio pushed less down the creative team's throat than say X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but still felt it was a missed opportunity.

    Hopefully Fox gives Mangold and Jackman (and this new screenwriter, Kelly) more creative freedom to do what they wants this time.

    Source:  Deadline

    Thursday
    Mar202014

    David Fincher Will Direct Steve Jobs Biopic On One Condition: Christian Bale Stars

    So it seems all this talk going around David Fincher directing the Steve Jobs biopic for Sony, reteaming him with his The Social Network writer, Aaron Sorkin, was a bit premature.

    Turns out the man has yet to sign on the dotted line, and has a major condition that must be met before he puts pen to paper:  Christian Bale must play Steve Jobs.

    Reportedly, Fincher recently met with the head of Sony, Amy Pascal, and made it very clear that the only way he'll direct the film is if Bale plays Jobs.  Just him, no one else.

    Not for nothing, but that's a pretty damn fine compliment for Bale considering a guy like Fincher could probably pick whomever he wants for the role but has only him in mind.

    It's not known yet if Bale is interested as he's taking a break from acting right now to spend time with his family; however, the actor has a good relationship with Sony after just making American Hustle and scoring an Oscar nom for Best Actor.

    All in all, I say Bale agrees to star by mid-year with production on the film starting early next year with Fincher at the helm for a prime 2016 release.

    We'll keep you posted.

    Source:  The Wrap

    Thursday
    Mar202014

    Sam Raimi To Produce Reboot of the Remake of THE GRUDGE 

     

    It never forgives...it never forgets....until it's rebooted.

    Straight from Deadline comes word that the  2004 horror film The Grudge will be getting the "horror reboot" treatment, produced by Spider-Man 2 and Evil Dead director Sam Raimi. 

    The Grudge, the Takashi Shimazu-directed 2004 film that helped establish the viability of low-cost genre films, is getting a reboot. Ghost House Pictures and Good Universe will relaunch the franchise, and they’ve setMidnight Meat Train scribe Jeff Buhlerto draft the reboot.

    The Grudge was an American remake of the Japanese film, Ju-On, and went on to rake in some big change and spawn a few direct to DVD sequels.

    The film tells the story of a live in nurse who goes to take care of an elderly woman in her home, only to find out the house has more than it's fair share of demons who begin to control and threten the lives of everyone inside.

    The original starred Buffy's Sarah Michelle Gellar and Bill Pullman among others.  

    Thursday
    Mar202014

    Ryan Gosling Might Coreograph Some Dancing in Busby Berkeley Biopic

     

    THR reports that America's favorite manly-man with a soft-spoken effeminate voice might portray multiple Oscar winning dance choreographer Busby Berkely in a biopic for Warner Brothers.

    The studio has optioned Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeleyby Jeffrey Spivak for an adaptation to be produced by Marc Platt and Gosling. The two previously worked together on the indie crime movie Drive.

    A little bit more about Berkeley:

    Choreographer and film director Busby Berkeley became famous for his elaborate dance routines in Hollywood musicals like 1933’s42 Street and Gold Diggers of 1933, two of the many movies he choreographed for Warners. He was especially famous for his overhead shots in which chorus girls began shifting kaleidoscopic patterns, and he earned three Oscar nominations for best dance direction, a category that no longer exists.

    Gosling has been gone from the spot-light a bit with his directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster and last appeared in Only God Forgives which was weird as shit.

    It is also noted Platt has some serious pull in the musical community, producing WICKED as well as Disney's adaption of another Broadway show, Into the Woods.
    His film, Legally Blonde was also adapted into a musical.  

    Thursday
    Mar202014

    STEP UP ALL IN Trailer Promises Shirtless Guys; Dancing

     

    Long gone are the days of rising star Channing Tatum talking in a whisper to an attractive lady while learning to dance, and now the Step Up franchise is more or less focused on big-spectacle dance battles.
    The new trailer for this summer's Step Up All In has enough ethnic women, shirtless men, and dancing to assure fans this is, indeed, a Step Up movie.

    Despite the fact 2012's Step Up Revolution was the lowest grossing in the film franchise, it still made a staggering total profit ($140 million) off of it's meager $33 million budget, so there's still an audience for the franchise which has accumulated a total $200 million so far. 

    The newest chapter in the smash hit STEP UP franchise reunites an all-star cast in glittering Las Vegas. After struggling in Hollywood for over a year, Sean's (Ryan Guzman) crew disbands and moves back to Miami without him. Refusing to give up the dream, Sean stays in LA. When he hears about an upcoming dance competition in Las Vegas that could be the opportunity of a lifetime, he teams up with dance phenoms Moose (Adam Sevani) and Andie (Briana Evigan) to assemble a new dance crew. Reuniting with STEP UP favorites including the Santiago Twins, Jenny Kido and Madd Chadd (aka Robot guy) and a few new faces, the crew must band together in the finale in order to beat the contest at its own game.

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