“Angels & Demons” is much better in scope and style than its predecessor, the unholy but super-successful “The Da Vinci Code.” Yet, for all its action-filled suspense, the sequel failed to reach cinematic heaven.
Based upon the bestselling novel by Dan Brown, Tom Hanks returns to the role of Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon. Once again, he finds that forces with ancient roots are willing to stop at nothing to advance their goals. Read More...
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My super-reliable source, someone very, very close to Walt Disney Pictures, revealed to me that Brad Bird, the fantastic writer/director ("The Iron Giant," "The Incredibles," "Ratatouille") is planning to make a live-action adventure based on Disney's worst, most vicious villain yet, Maleficent from "Sleeping Beauty."
And Bird wants Angelina Jolie to play the sorceress, the self-proclaimed "mistress of all evil."
This got me excited in so many levels! First, it's Bird! He's a writing and directing god who puts characters first above all else! Second, I think Jolie is a perfect casting choice! And third, it's interesting to see "Sleeping Beauty" told from the perspective of the villain.
Much like "Wicked" where "The Wizard of Oz" is retold from the point of view of the Wicked witch, Bird's project will add layers and textures to a story we all know, loved, and grew up with.
Right now, this is still in its planning stages, but I'm just sharing this with y'all, 'cause I can't quite contain my excitement!
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Kevin Spacey will play the disgraced Washington power broker Jack Abramoff in the thriller, yes thriller, "Casino Jack."
George Hickenlooper ("Dogtown," "Factory Girl") is attached to direct from an original screenplay by Norman Snider ("Dead Ringers").
The film will tell Abramoff's fall from grace as a once high-powered lobbyist brought down by his fraudulent dealings with Indian casinos.
Hayden Christensen is in talks to star as Michael Scanlon, a former communications director who plead guilty to corruption charges in connection with Abramoff.
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Jean Claude Van Damme, fresh from his fantastic "JCVD," will star opposite Vinnie Jones in "Weapon." The action stars will play rival assassins.
"Highlander's" Russell Mulcahy will direct for new production company Flagship Films.
The production is set to begin in August and will be shot around Vancouver, California. The film is being shopped right now at the Cannes International Film Festival.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jones will play a master sharpshooter while Van Damme's character is skilled with a knife. The two join forces to take down the head of a drug cartel, backed by the DEA.
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I almost fell out of my chair reading that Johnny Ferraro, the creator of the "American Gladiators" TV show, is bringing his property to the big screen!
All together now...WHAT?
And what will be the plot?
Read on my lovely readers, and start thinking of various plots for this unthinkable project!
According to Variety:
Johnny Ferraro, creator of the "American Gladiators" TV franchise, is bringing a live-action adaptation of the property to the bigscreen.
The film will be based on the TV show that first aired in 1988 and has been on the air every year except one during the past 20 years. Most recently, NBC aired a primetime installment in 2008. The show has aired in more than 90 countries, with the format adapted for the local market in 14 of them.
Former Legendary Pictures chief marketing officer Scott Mednick is producing "American Gladiators." The goal is to create an action story that takes place inside the world Ferraro has created.
"I look forward to creating a compelling story that launches a whole new set of characters," Mednick said.
Development on the film is being funded through Sunset Pictures, with prexy Martin Guigui exec producing "American Gladiators" alongside Ferraro and Joe Allegro.
Ferraro noted "American Gladiators" was originally conceived as a film, but the property "took a detour and became a TV phenomenon." Mednick, who recently began developing a film installment in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, has producing credits including "300," "Superman Returns" and the upcoming "Where the Wild Things Are."
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