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Harvey Keitel May Join Scorsese’s “Irishman?

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 2:07pm

Harvey Keitel is rumored to be up for the role of Jimmy Hoffa in Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” according to The Tracking Board.

If true, he would join the likes of Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Bobby Cannavale and Joe Pesci in the film about Frank Sheeran, a family man who led a double life as a hitman for the mob and had at least 25 murders to his name including the then head of the Teamsters union Hoffa.

De Niro will play Sheeran and is the only locked actor at this point. Pacino would play Pennsylvania mafia chief Russell Bufalino, Pesci would be teamster lawyer Bill Bufalino, and Cannavale is a low-level mobster named Skinny Razor.

Steve Zaillian wrote the script, which is based on Charles Brandt’s 2004 book “I Heard You Paint Houses”. The film made headlines earlier today when it was announced that Netflix was closing a deal to acquire all rights to the project which is expected to boast a hefty $100 million price tag due to extensive visual effects to de-age De Niro and others.

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Carnahan Spills More “The Raid” Remake Details

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 1:57pm

A week ago came the news that “The Grey” helmer Joe Carnahan and actor Frank Grillo were set to re-team for a ‘re-imagining’ of the Indonesian action epic “The Raid”.

At the time, it was revealed it would be set in Caracas, Venezuela with the fighting to offer “something no one’s ever seen” along with fewer antagonists. Original “The Raid” director Gareth Evans will produce the film alongside Carnahan.

Carnahan promised to reveal more shortly, and now he and Grillo have done so whilst speaking to Collider. Carnahan says the main reason for the remake is that “most people beyond cinephiles have not seen the original movie”.

He’s writing the screenplay on spec with no studio funding, and both he and Grillo are taking no money upfront to make this project – so the film has to be a success for them to get paid.

Right now the plan is for the budget to be under $20 million and while there is no planned start date as the script is still being worked on, Carnahan wants to make the movie ‘as soon as possible.’

The story will focus on physically damaged special forces operation guys, and the relationship between the two brothers at the center of the movie will go deeper than the original.

One big difference will be the fighting. Like “John Wick,” the original “The Raid” films involve highly choreographed and stylized action – fight scenes almost akin to elaborate dances. This will not be that, instead the action will be so brutal and violent as to be very uncomfortable, and basically cites the “knife fight between Adam Goldberg and the German in Saving Private Ryan” as his model in terms of tone across the whole film.

The original film’s star Iko Uwais could appear, the actor having already reached out and asked about a potential role.

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“Rogue One” Digital HD & Blu Release Details

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 1:37pm

Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm have announced the home video release dates for Gareth Edwards’ “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”.

The first of the “Star Wars” spin-off films comes to Digital HD on March 24th and Blu-ray, DVD and rental VOD from April 4th. Special features include:

A Rogue Idea – Hear how ILM’s John Knoll came up with the movie’s concept – and why it’s the right film to launch the Star Wars stand-alone films.

Jyn: The Rebel – Get to know Rogue One’s defiant, resourceful survivor, and hear what it was like for Felicity Jones to bring her to life onscreen.

Cassian: The Spy – Diego Luna shares insights into his complex, driven character, who becomes a hero through selflessness, perseverance and passion.

K-2SO: The Droid – Explore the development of this reprogrammed Imperial droid, from initial pitch and character design through Alan Tudyk’s performance.

Baze & Chirrut: Guardians of the Whills – Go deeper into the relationship between these two very different characters, with Chinese superstars Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen.

Bodhi & Saw: The Pilot & The Revolutionary – Forest Whitaker and Riz Ahmed reflect on Saw Gerrera, the broken Rebel leader, and Bodhi Rook, the Imperial pilot who defects.

The Empire – Meet a dangerous new Imperial adversary…and cross paths once more with the most iconic villain of all time.

Visions of Hope: The Look of “Rogue One” – The filmmakers describe the challenges and thrills of developing a bold new look for the movie that can fit within the world of the original trilogy.

The Princess & The Governor – See what it took to bring the vibrant young princess of Star Wars: A New Hope – as well as one of her most memorable foes­ – back to the screen.

Epilogue: The Story Continues – Filmmakers and cast celebrate Rogue One’s premiere and look forward into the future, to the Star Wars stories yet to be told.

Rogue Connections – Uncover Easter eggs and film facts hidden throughout the movie that connect Rogue One to the Star Wars universe.

Check out the Blu-ray trailer and box art below:

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Yvonne Strahovski Joins “The Predator”

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 1:35pm

Aussie actress Yvonne Strahovski (“Chuck,” “Dexter,” “24”) is in final negotiations to join the cast of Shane Black’s “The Predator” for 20th Century Fox.

Boyd Holbrook leads an ensemble cast that includes Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Trevante Rhodes, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen and Olivia Munn.

Strahovski will play the mother to Tremblay, a troubled boy who is accidentally drawn into the conflict with the fierce alien creatures by his father and her ex-husband (Holbrook).

Black is directing the movie which began production Monday in Vancouver. Strahovski will next be seen in Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” along with films such as Dennis Iliadis’ “He’s Out There” and Marc Forster’s “All I See Is You”.

Source: Heat Vision

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Charlize Theron Is An “Atomic Blonde”

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 1:33pm

Charlize Theron’s high intensity action thriller “The Coldest City,” has undergone a title change and will now go by the name “Atomic Blonde”.

Set on the eve of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Theron plays Agent Lorraine Broughton, MI6’s most lethal assassin. When a British spy has been killed, Broughton is sent to Berlin to retrieve the priceless dossier he was carrying and smuggle it out of the destabilized city, one simmering with revolution and traitors.

James McAvoy, John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella and Toby Jones co-star. David Leitch (“John Wick,” “Deadpool 2”) helmed the film from Kurt Johnstad’s adapted screenplay based on a comic by Antony Johnston.

The film will premiere March 12th at the upcoming SXSW Film Festival ahead of a theatrical run on August 11th.

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TV News: Dying, Lines, Empire, Blacklist

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 1:28pm

I’m Dying Up Here
Showtime has announced that the world premiere of its new one-hour drama series “I’m Dying Up Here” will take place March 15th at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

The fictional series explores L.A.’s famed 1970s stand-up comedy scene where the careers of legends such as David Letterman, Jay Leno and Richard Pryor were launched. Melissa Leo, RJ Cyler, Michael Angarano, Ari Graynor, Clark Duke, Erik Griffin, Jon Daly, Jake Lacy and more star in the series which premieres on Showtime on Sunday, June 4th.

Behind Enemy Lines
“CSI” veteran Marg Helgenberger will play a Navy admiral in the pilot for “Behind Enemy Lines” at FOX. Loosely based on the 2001 film, the military soap thriller follows a group of U.S. soldiers find themselves trapped behind enemy lines.

The multi-perspective narrative closely follows the soldiers on the ground, and the officers and service men and women on a nearby aircraft carrier, along with intelligence officers in Washington. Helgenberger plays Navy Admiral Bobbie Decker, the most powerful woman in the military. [Source: The Live Feed]

Demi Moore has scored a multiple-episode role for FOX’s hip-hop drama “Empire”. Moore will make her debut on the season three finale as a take-charge nurse with a mysterious past.

Said role will continue into the previously announced fourth season when she becomes more entangled with the Lyon family. Moore’s daughter Rumer Willis guest starred earlier this season. [Source: The Live Feed]

The Blacklist
Enrique Murciano (“Without A Trace”) has been announced as a major new cast addition on NBC’s “The Blacklist” from Sony TV and Davis Entertainment. Murciano will appear in the last four episodes of the current fourth season with an option to be a series regular next season, pending renewal.

Marciano will play Julian Gale, an FBI investigator and former colleague of Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff), whose obsessive tendencies make him both a valuable agent and a potential liability. His new assignment puts him in danger of losing himself. [Source: Deadline]

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Michelle Rodriguez Joins “Alita: Battle Angel”

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 1:26pm

Michelle Rodriguez has quietly signed onto the adaptation of Yukito Kishiro’s famed manga “Alita: Battle Angel” which is being directed by Robert Rodriguez and written and produced by James Cameron.

Alita tells the future-set story of a cyborg girl (Rosa Salazar) rescued from a junkyard by a scientist (Christoph Waltz) who rebuilds her and together they explore her mysterious past.

Rodriguez will play cyborg warrior Gelda. She joins the previously announced cast that also includes Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Jackie Earle Haley, Ed Skrein, and Keean Johnson.

Shooting on the project recently wrapped and will hit cinemas on July 20th. The actress previously worked with Robert Rodriguez on both “Machete” films and with Cameron on “Avatar”.

Source: EW

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Kristen Stewart To Go “Underwater”

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 1:25pm

Kristen Stewart is in talks to take on the lead role in the upcoming action-thriller “Underwater” at 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment.

The story centers on a team of researchers who, after an earthquake devastates their underwater station, have to navigate through two miles in the dangerous depths of the ocean floor to make it to safety.

Stewart will play a jaded member of the crew. Writer/director Will Eubank (“The Signal”) is set to direct from a script by Brian Duffield.

Filming is slated to begin in New Orleans next month. Stewart is coming off a busy 2016 which included “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” “Personal Shopper,” “Cafe Society” and “Certain Women”.

Source: Heat Vision

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Casting: Foster, Brewer, Bloom, Robbins

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 1:22pm

My Abandonment
Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie will star in the family drama “My Abandonment” at Bron Creative and First Look Media. Shooting will begin in Portland in April with Debra Granik (“Winter’s Bone”) directing.

Based on Peter Rock’s novel, the story follows a thirteen-year-old and her father who are found living in Forest Park, a temperate rainforest abutting Portland. When authorities pluck them from their hidden world they must embark on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place to call their own. [Source: Variety]

Captive State
Madeline Brewer (“The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Flesh and Blood”) is attached to co-star in Rupert Wyatt’s sci-fi thriller “Captive State” for Participant Media and Focus Features. Wyatt and Erica Beeney co-wrote the script with filming to begin later this month ahead of a 2018 release.

Set in Chicago decades after the inhabitancy of alien forces, the story explores the lives of two sides of the conflict: the collaborators and dissidents. Brewer plays the role of Rula, the love interest of Ashton Sanders’ character. John Goodman, Vera Farmiga, Kevin Dunn, Jonathan Majors, and Colson Baker co-star. [Source: Deadline]

Most Likely To Murder
Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) and Adam Pally have joined Lionsgate’s dark mystery comedy “Most Likely To Murder” which begins production next month in New York.

Dan Gregor directs and co-wrote the film about a popular high school kid who comes back to his hometown a decade later to find he’s no longer cool and the girl he still has feelings for is now dating the former high school outcast. When the outcast’s mother dies under mysterious circumstances, he becomes obsessed with proving that she was actually murdered. [Source: Deadline]

Untitled Alan Ball Series
Tim Robbins has been tapped to star in Alan Ball’s currently untitled ten-episode family drama for HBO. Ordered straight-to-series, the story focuses on a contemporary multiracial family: a philosophy professor (Robbins), his lawyer wife (Holly Hunter), their three adopted children and their sole biological child.

What seems to be a seemingly perfect, progressive family is in actuality harboring deep rifts. Then, one of the children begins to see things others cannot. [Source: The Live Feed]

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“Fargo” S3 Set To Premiere April 19th

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 11:43am

FX has announced a Wednesday, April 19th premiere date for the third season of Noah Hawley’s “Fargo” anthology TV series.

Currently in production in Calgary, Ewan McGregor stars as twins Emmit and Ray Stussy. Emmit is the parking-lot king of Minnesota, while Ray a balding, pot-bellied parole officer who blames his brother for his misfortunes.

Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and David Thewlis also star with the new season set in the year 2010. The series won three Primetime Emmy Awards in its first season and two in its second season and is executive produced by Hawley, the Coen brothers, Littlefield, and John Cameron.

Source: Variety

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Dancy On An Eventual “Hannibal” Return

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 11:33am

NBC’s “Hannibal” wrapped up its run a while back with the actors and producers moving onto other projects. Fans of the often experimental and highly acclaimed series though are desperate to see it return in some form.

So are those involved. The three key players – actors Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen and showrunner Bryan Fuller – have all expressed a wish to return to the series in the next few years. Speaking with Collider this week, Dancy certainly suggests he’s not ready to let things lie:

“I also am unwilling to let go of that show. I loved it. It was so much greater than the sum of its parts. That’s not to knock any part individually. I loved the experience and I loved the end result.

I’m so grateful to Bryan [Fuller]. Also, I feel like I’m the recipient of this great gift, which is the community that’s been formed around it, and the sense of ownership that so many people have. There’s a feedback loop that I’m the beneficiary of, in some ways, and I’m very grateful for that.”

After saying it’s encouraging to hear that Fuller is also not willing to let go of the show, he was asked if he’d be game to return:

“I’m totally game for that! I think if we were able to come back and make a fourth chapter, whatever that would look like and whether that would be another 13 episodes or a mini-series, or whatever, it would possibly benefit from everybody having stepped away from the show.

Any show that goes on for three years, and into the fourth year, particularly when you’ve got somebody as uncompromising as Bryan, there are battles that are fought along the way and trenches that people get into.

If we could come back fresh, with enthusiasm from every party involved – from myself I know, and Bryan, and I’m sure Mads [Mikkelsen] would be interested – then what could be wrong with that? I’d love it! Keep that hope alive.”

Dancy currently stars in Hulu’s “The Path” which is available Wednesdays on Hulu.

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Jamie Chung Is Blink In “X-Men” TV Series

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 11:32am

Jamie Chung (“Gotham,” “Once Upon a Time”) has been cast as the mutant Blink in Fox’s “X-Men” pilot from Matt Nix (“Burn Notice”) and “X-Men” film series producer/director Bryan Singer.

Blink has the power of teleportation and the popular character has appeared on screen before with Fan Bingbing taking on the role in “X-Men: Days of Future Past”. Her character here is described as a sarcastic tomboy dealing with a traumatic upheaval in her life.

The story focuses on two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.

Chung marks the second series regular to sign onto the pilot, joining Blair Redford as Sam, the strong-headed leader of the underground network.

Nix penned the pilot and will serve as executive producer alongside Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, Jim Chory and Singer with the latter to direct.

Source: Variety

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The New “MST3K” Cast Photo, Launch Date

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 11:31am

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the reboot of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” is readying a launch with an April 14th premiere date announced by Netflix.

Creator Joel Hodgson and his cohorts can also be seen in the first cast photo from the production below. Jonah Ray leads the group with Patton Oswalt and Felicia Day as mad scientists, along with Hampton Yount and Baron Vaughn step as the new voices for Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo.

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Louis C.K. Does Two Specials For Netflix

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 11:30am

Netflix keeps assembling its slate of comedy specials, the streaming service having just signed a deal with Louis C.K. for two new stand-up comedy specials.

The first, titled “2017,” was filmed in Washington D.C. and will premiere April 4th everywhere Netflix is available.

The deal follows in the wake of new specials being done for Netflix by comedians Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle and Jerry Seinfeld.

In the past Louis C.K. has also done specials for HBO, Showtime and Epix.

Source: Variety

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Hulu Nabs Rights To All Of “Black Sails”

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 11:29am

As part of its deal with Lionsgate, Hulu has acquired subscription streaming rights to all of Starz’s big budget pirate drama series “Black Sails”.

The first three seasons are set to become immediately available on the service starting today. The fourth and final season will join them shortly after the finale airs on Starz on April 1st – the final episode count for all four seasons to come in at thirty-eight episodes.

The series takes place twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island” and follows the most feared pirate of the day Captain Flint (Toby Stephens). The first three seasons averaged 3.6 million multiplatform viewers per episode and has been nominated for numerous Emmys.

Source: Deadline

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“Lethal Weapon,” “The Mick” Both Renewed

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 11:29am

FOX has handed out renewal orders to both buddy cop series “Lethal Weapon,” and the Kaitlin Olson comedy “The Mick”.

‘Lethal’ has averaged a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic and up to 11 million multiplatform viewers. “The Mick” has also been a solid performer, the most recent episode scored a 1.0 rating for its most recent outing and averaging eight million multiplatform viewers.

‘Weapon’ is based on the Mel Gibson-Danny Glover action film series. ‘Mick’ is a single-camera comedy that stars Olson as Mickey, an irresponsible woman who is suddenly saddled with raising her spoiled niece and nephews after her wealthy sister and brother-in-law are arrested by the FBI for fraud.

Source: Variety

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Gorgeous “Ghost in the Shell” IMAX Posters

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 9:16am

There’s been some great posters so far for the live-action remake of manga classic “Ghost in The Shell,” but IMAX has outshone them all with these stunning new one-sheets released today.

One boasts The Major (Scarlett Johansson) bursting through a glass window, the other with the robot Geisha. Both have been seen extensively in the trailers, but the art here is simple and phenomenal. Rupert Sanders helms the film which opens March 31st.

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Kinberg Could Helm The Next “X-Men”

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 9:15am

Writer-producer Simon Kinberg has been involved in the “X-Men” series for over a decade and has become a key part of the series through it all from the ‘First Class’ trilogy to spin-offs like “Deadpool,” “Logan” and “Legion”.

Kinberg has never directed a film though, aside from having to tidy up some of the failed “Fantastic Four” reboot, and today comes word that he has emerged as the top contender to direct the studio’s next “X-Men” film to shoot later this year.

Collider indicates there is no official offer in place yet, but it’s an idea both sides have been apparently been dancing around for months.

Kinberg wrote the script for the new film, though there is a big question regarding which actors will be back. Contracted deals for many of them ended with the last one.

Kinberg is also currently in casting mode for the “Deadpool” sequel and is helping Josh Boone ready the “X-Men” spinoff “The New Mutants” to shoot in early June.

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Suotamo Talks Taking Over Chewbacca

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 9:13am

Joonas Suotamo is set to fully take over the role of Wookie companion Chewbacca in the upcoming Han Solo spin-off film which began production this week.

Suotamo will take over from Peter Mayhew who has played the role since the 1977 original. Suotamo and Mayhew effectively shared the role for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and here the quite young Suotamo takes on the role alone. The actor just tweeted a message to Star Wars fans about his role, you can read that below:

I'm ecstatic. It's official. And here is my statement to this terrific piece of news https://t.co/a1DPsNDb2P pic.twitter.com/r4EUZ2r17V

— Joonas Suotamo (@JoonasSuotamo) February 21, 2017

The untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story film will look at the early years of the rogue pilot before the events of ‘A New Hope’. Phil Lord and Chris Miller helm the project which opens in cinemas May 25th 2018.

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Angelina Jolie Planning Two New Film Roles

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 9:11am

After two years off from acting, actress Angelina Jolie is getting ready to get back in the game with two projects in the works at Universal Pictures.

The first is an adaptation of Simon Sebag Montefiore’s “Catherine the Great and Potemkin: The Imperial Love Affair” which explores the romance between the long-reigning Russian ruler and the military leader Prince Grigory Potemkin. Together they seized Ukraine and Crimea for Russia.

The second is based on Clare Mulley’s 2013 WW2 espionage drama “The Spy Who Loved” about agent Krystyna Skarbek (aka. Christine Granville), a Polish aristocrat’s daughter who became one of Britain’s most highly-decorated spies. She also was the inspiration for the James Bond love interest character Vesper Lynd in Ian Fleming’s novel “Casino Royale”.

Jolie is also said to be still considering a “Maleficent” sequel and “The Bride of Frankenstein,” along with prepping her next directing gig “Without Blood”. She recently helmed the Khmer Rouge-themed feature “First They Killed My Father” which will premiere on Netflix this year.

Source: THR

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