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MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING Is Getting A Sequel

Posted on 27 May 2014 by Rich Drees

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Writer/actress Nia Vardalos is getting ready to say her vows again. Deadline is reporting that the writer and star of the 2002 hit independent comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding has finished the screenplay for a sequel. Vardalos will be joined on-screen by her Wedding co-star and groom John Corbett as well as various members of her character’s extended, trouble causing family.

In a statement Vardalos said –

Now that I’m experiencing motherhood, I’m ready to write the next chapter of my family story. Of course a few jaded folks in the press corps will claim I ran out of money or just want to kiss John Corbett again. One of these things is true.

Although the film was produced for approximately $5 million, it grossed over $368 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful indie films of all time.

This is not the first time that Vardalos revisited the Portokalos clan of the film. In 2003, the film spun off the television series My Big Fat Greek Life, though it did poorly in the ratings and only lasted one season.

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Jackie Chan Teaming With Renny Harlin And Seann William Scott For SKIPTRACE

Posted on 21 May 2014 by Rich Drees

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Although his work in numerous Hong Kong-produced action films have been rightly praised the world over, his work done in Hollywood has been at best a mixed-bag. But will Chan bringing elements of Hollywood to Hong Kong for a film produce better results? We may just find out as Die Hard 2 director Renny Harlin is in talks to direct the Hong Kong-produced Skiptrace which is set to star Chan and Seann William Scott.

According to the Hollywood Reporter

The story, based on an idea by Chan, centers on a good cop (Chan) whose niece (Fan Bingbing) gets into trouble with a crime syndicate run by a man the detective has been chasing for a decade. The cop is forced to track down the one person who can help save the niece — a fast-talking American gambler (Scott) — and bring him to Hong Kong.

Harlin has had a career that has seen both some highs and lows and hopefully this will be more Die Hard 2 than The Exorcist: The Beginning. What’s more interesting is to see a name director like Harlin being hired for a film not being funded by a Hollywood studio. Instead, the budget is being covered by China’s Talent International Film Co. and Dasym Entertainment. It will be interesting to see if this will lead to more creative freedom for Harlin, Chan and the rest of the production team.

It might be a while though before we may be able to see the end results as there’s no word yet as to any distribution deals for the film in the United States being set.

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Harrison Ford Offered Role In BLADE RUNNER Sequel

Posted on 15 May 2014 by William Gatevackes

Blade-RunnerTypically, when a star is offered a role in a movie, it is done behind closed doors as a private matter between the producers and their agent.This way, if a star says no, the only way the world will find out is if it slips out through the easy-to-deny web of gossip sites.

Alcon Entertainment is taking a different approach. The Warner Brothers-based production company wants Harrison Ford for their Blade Runner sequel and they don’t care who knows it. As a matter of fact, it’s quite the opposite, they want everyone to know it–the news hit the wire via a press release from the company.

This move is quite unorthodox, and one can’t help to think that there is some kind of ulterior motive for making this offer public. The reason that readily comes to mind is that they want some kind of public pressure on Ford to take the role, knowing fans of the original would be clamoring for the actor to return to one of his most iconic roles.

If Ford takes them up on their offer, he wouldn’t be only one connected with the first production involved in the sequel. Blade Runner‘s director Ridley Scott is attached to helm the sequel, and one of the writers of the original film, Hampton Fancher, will be co-writing this one with Michael Green.

Ford has expressed interest in revisiting Rick Deckard in the past, but his now busy schedule, coincidentally stuffed with roles from his past,  might be the only thing standing in his way. As we all know know, Ford has returned to reprise his role as Han Solo in J.J. Abrams new Star Wars trilogy. And there are rumblings that a new Indiana Jones film is being developed. Ford was able to juggle all three franchises back in the early 80s, but there are 30-plus years of extra mileage on him now.

Needless to say, it will be interesting to see what Ford’s response to this public wooing will be.

Via Collider.

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Bob Hoskins, 71

Posted on 30 April 2014 by William Gatevackes

bobhoskinsVeteran British actor Bob Hoskins has died after a bout with pneumonia. He was 71.

Hoskins got his start on the London stage in the late 1960s, and soon found himself with roles in a number of British television shows of the 1970s. His TV work led to film work, with roleds in film,s such as Pink Floyd; The Wall, Lassiter, The Cotton Club, Brazil and Sweet Liberty.

His breakthrough performance came in 1986 when he played the male lead in Neil Jordan’s Mona Lisa, playing an ex-con who get a job driving a high class call girl from appointment to appointment. The role garnered Hoskin a Golden Globe win and an Oscar nomination.

This led to Hoskins gaining the attention of Robert Zemeckis, who cast the actor in his most famous role–as private investigator Eddie Valiant in 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit, a performance that would garner the actor another Golden Globe nomination.

Hoskins’ post-Roger Rabbit roles would switch between kid-friendly fare (Hook, Super Mario Brothers), supporting parts in comedies and dramas (Mermaids, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Maid in Manhattan) and historical figures such as J. Edgar Hoover in Nixon, Eddie Mannix in Hollywoodland, among others.

His last role was in 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman. Hoskins retired from acting soon after due to being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

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Jason Momoa Rumored To Have Joined BATMAN VS SUPERMAN

Posted on 26 April 2014 by Rich Drees

jason-momoa-300Ray Fisher, who was announced as joining the cast of Batman Vs Superman earlier this week, may not be the only new actor signed for Warners’ Man Of Steel sequel this week. There is a rumor starting to circulate that Jason Momoa will also be joining the film as well.

The story has its origins over at Batman News, who is quoting an anonymous source stating that Momoa actually signed for the film months ago for an unspecified part. Last December, Momoa was first rumored to be up for a part in the film, though at the time it was thought he might have been up for the role of the villainous alien Doomsday. The current frontrunner character for Momoa now is Aquaman. If so, that would put the film one step closer to getting the full Justice League on the big screen, which I am sure that Warner Brothers’ brass, having seen the box office grosses on 2012’s The Avengers, is anxious to do as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, I have the feeling that they may be proceeding too fast.

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Fey And Poehler To Play Sisters In THE NEST

Posted on 09 April 2014 by Rich Drees

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Between their work on Saturday Night Live, hosting the Golden Globes and the film Baby Mama, comic actresses Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have shown that they share a great comic chemistry. Now the two will be bringing that back to the big screen in the film The Nest.

Fey signed on to the project late last year and now Deadline is reporting that Poehler is in final negotiations to join the cast of the Jason Moore-directed project. Former Saturday Night Live writer Paula Pell is responsible for the screenplay, which tells the story of two sisters who return to the family home on the eve of it being sold for one last weekend of partying.

No word yet as to when the project will start shooting but I would surmise that it will shoot later this spring/early summer when Poehler is on break from her hit television series Parks And Recreation and will be released sometime in early 2015.

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Toby Kebbell Cast As Doctor Doom In FANTASTIC FOUR Reboot

Posted on 02 April 2014 by William Gatevackes

tobykebbellWhen we last left FOX’s Fantastic Four reboot, it was in danger of being rebooted itself. Sadly, it appears that shake-up will not be taking place, although, apparently, not for lack of trying. So, the abomination is going forward, and they have cast their main villain.

The Hollywood Reporter states that British actor Toby Kebbell has been cast as Victor Von Doom, a.k.a. Doctor Doom, in the upcoming reboot. Kebbell has appeared in films such as RockNRolla, The Sorceror’s Apprentice and The Conspirator. He certainly looks the part.

It is unknown how Doctor Doom will play in the reboot. In the comics, he was a college roommate of Reed Richards (Miles Teller) who was disfigured in an experiment gone wrong, an accident he blamed Richards for. Now, if the rumors about the planned changes to the back story are true, Reed and Ben Grimm would have gotten their powers as teens and gone to work for the government not long after. Hard to see the comic book Doom’s origin fitting in that scenario.

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Patrick Wilson In Talks To Join ANT-MAN

Posted on 27 February 2014 by William Gatevackes

patrickwilsonIt’s an inter-company team-up! Nite Owl is joining forces with Ant-Man!

Variety is reporting that Patrick Wilson is circling the last major role in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man. No word exactly on what that role would be. He’d be joining Paul Rudd as Scott Land and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym. Michael Pena and Evangeline Lilly are also rumored for roles in the film.

If an agreement is made, this will be the second superhero film on Wilson’s resume, after 2009’s Watchmen, where he played Dan Drieberg, a.k.a. Nite Owl.

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Jessie Eisenberg Cast As Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred In BATMAN VS SUPERMAN

Posted on 31 January 2014 by William Gatevackes

eisenbergironsPart of what I love about covering casting rumors here for the site is that while they are not often true, sometimes when the real casting decision is made it is more outlandish and unbelievable than any fake rumor that came before it.

Warner Brothers has announced today that they have cast Jessie Eisenberg to play Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons to play the Wayne Family butler Alfred in the forthcoming Batman vs. Superman.

This is what Warners had to say about Eisenberg’s casting:

Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940. What’s great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He’s a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions.

I don’t know about “new” and “unexpected.”  He’ll probably be playing him as a variation of the smug a-hole that employed in The Social Network and Now You See Me. Don’t get me wrong, he’s great in that type of role, but I don’t really expect much beyond that.

The only other takeaway I have from this casting is that he seems really young for the role. I mean, yes, using Facebook as an example, you can have multimillionaire CEO’s and corporation owners who are only 30. But Lex in the comics was always older. And considering that Tom Hanks and Bryan Cranston were the rumored names for the role, I thought that was the direction the powers that be were going in. You could have me sit in a room and name potential actors for Lex Luthor and I might have ever gotten to Eisenberg.

And while I am willing to see how this casting pans out, I am disappointed that Hanks didn’t get cast. He might not have even been really in the running, but I’d think he’d be fantastic.

And here is what Warners had to say about Irons’ casting:

As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne’s most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure. He is an absolutely critical element in the intricate infrastructure that allows Bruce Wayne to transform himself into Batman. It is an honor to have such an amazingly seasoned and gifted actor as Jeremy taking on the important role of the man who mentors and guides the guarded and nearly impervious façade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne.

You can’t really say anything bad about this casting. Yes, Irons has taken a bunch of dubious roles in bad films for a paycheck in the recent past, but he is an Oscar winning actor who will bring a different take on the iconic character. It is a solid choice.

The only other interesting thing about Irons casting is that this is the smallest age difference between Alfred and Bruce in the films so far. Michael Gough was 40 years older than Michael Keaton, Michael Caine was 41 years older than Christian Bale, but Irons is only 24 years older than Ben Affleck.

Via Collider.

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Anna Paquin’s Rogue Cut From X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Posted on 21 December 2013 by William Gatevackes

XMen3-51RFirst, Entertainment Weekly broke the story that Shailine Woodley’s Mary Jane Watson would be cut from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, now they are telling us that an original film X-Man will spend the next film on the cutting room floor.

Bryan Singer spoke exclusively with the entertainment magazine and told them that a rescue sequence featuring Anna Paquin’s Rogue, Shawn Ashmore’s Iceman, Ian McKellen’s Magneto and Patrick Stewart’s Professor Xavier has been cut from X-Men: Days of Future Past, and, unfortunately, this was Paquin’s only scene in the film.

The cut had nothing to do with Paquin (“She was awesome in the sequence. She’s a brilliant actress. I would work with her in a heartbeat,” said Singer) and a lot to do will cutting unnecessary scenes to keep the film’s run time down. Singer said that the deleted scene would likely end up on the bonus features of the film’s home video release.

This would alleviate the need to explain how Rogue, who had her powers taken away in X-Men: The Last Stand, got her powers back. However, this raises the question as to what other character might not make the final cut.

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