Red filmmaker Robert Schwentke will take over from Neil Burger as the director of the sequel to the upcoming movie adaptation of Divergent. Burger took charge of the first sci-fi film, based on Veronica Roth's best-selling novels about life in a dystopian world, but he was forced to scrap plans to helm the follow-up, Insurgent, due to scheduling difficulties - he is still working on post-production for Divergent, which is scheduled for release in the U.S. in March (14).
Schwentke has now been handed the reigns of the franchise, which stars Shailene Woodley, and he will begin pre-production on Insurgent, which is scheduled for release in March, 2015, reports Deadline.com.
The third film in the trilogy, Allegiant, is expected to follow a year later. It is not yet known if Schwentke or Burger will be involved in that instalment.
Warner Bros. R-rated scare-fest The Conjuring takes a heaping helping of The Exorcist, a dash of Amityville Horror and a sprinkling of The Birds, mixes in a terrific cast and comes out on top with a much better-than-expected $41.5 million at very crowded multi-plexes this weekend. A great marketing campaign, counter-programming strategy and an impressive A- CinemaScore certainly paid big dividends. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga star as Ed and Lorraine Warren in the "based on a true story" account of particularly nasty demon that inhabits the newly purchsed home of a married couple (Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor) and how it begins to terrorize them and their young daughters. Packed with great tension and solid performances, director James Wan (Saw, Insidious, Saw III) is one of the most effective helmers working in the genre today and delivered at a $19.5 million production cost, a profit making hit.Universal's Despicable Me 2 continues to charge toward the $300 million mark in North America and $600 million worldwide while taking the second spot after two weeks at number one with $25 million for the weekend.In third place as perfect counter-programming to the scary R-rated The Conjuring, Fox and Dreamworks animation unleashed the animated Turbo. When it opened on Wednesday it grabbed the pole position with a gross of $5.5 million. A five day (Wed. through Sunday) total of just over $31.2 million and a three day weekend of $21.5 million made this a solid debut for a non-sequel animated family film. A remarkable CinemaScore of A+ will ensure the film's success in the coming weeks. According to Fox, internationally Turbo punched it off the line, earning $22.6m from 6,203 screens in 28 markets. The film is #1 in 19 countries. Strong openings in Europe (Russia, Portugal, Greece), Asia (Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand) and Latin America (everywhere) find the film thriving across all cultures and countries. Sony's Grown Ups 2 put in a respectable second weekend performance landing in fourth place with $20 million against a 52% drop and $79.5 million in North America after just 10 days of release.Debuting in fifth place with an expected $18.5 million is the PG-13 rated Red 2 from Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate that shot its way back into 3016 theaters this weekend. Following up on the success of October 2010's first installment which opened with $21.8 million and went on to earn just over $90 million at the North American box office, this latest version features the terrific cast that made the first film an action packed comedy hoot. Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich & Mary-Louise Parker return as mostly-retired black-ops agents who return for yet another over the top mission. Directed by Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest), Red 2 should landed just shy of the box office territory of the first film as it attracted older audiences back to the summer movie marketplace.Sixth place goes to Warner Bros.' Pacific Rim earning nearly $16 million in its second weekend and $68.2 million to date.Universal's R.I.P.D. (Rest in Peace Department) opened in 2,849 theaters and managed a mere $12.762 million for a seventh place debut. The film was directed by Robert Schwentke (who also directed the first Red film) and features Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds in this $130 million production. As an action crime comedy with a supernatural premise, the film had a tough time finding an audience in this very crowded marketplace. The summer movie season of 2013 at this point is performing well despite some high profile big budget flops of late and has managed to outpace every summer since 2010 at the same point and maintain an impressive 10% revenue advantage over last year.Top Movies for Weekend of July 19 - July 21 (Estimates)Rank Movie Gross Theaters Avg.Per YTD Distributor01 The Conjuring $41.53M 2,903 $14,306 $41.53M Universal02 Despicable Me 2 $25.0M 3,820 $6,560 $276.1M Universal03 Turbo $21.5M 3,806 $5,649 $31.2M Fox04 Grown Ups 2 $20.0M 3,491 $5,729 $79.5M Sony05 Red 2 $18.5M 3,016 $6,134 $18.5M Lionsgate06 Pacific Rim $15.95M 3,285 $4,857 $68.2M Warner Bros.07 R.I.P.D. $12.76M 2,852 $4,475 $12.76M Universal08 The Heat $9.32M 2,689 $3,468 $129.3M Fox09 World War Z $5.2M 2,006 $2,592 $186.9M Paramount10 Monsters University $5.0M 2,186 $2290 $249.0M Disn
We knew Ryan Reynolds was one sexy fellow, but who knew his hottness would carry on post-mortem? Well, in his upcoming action-comedy R.I.P.D. alongside Jeff Bridges, Reynolds' hot bod reveals that even ghosts are quite the hunks!
In the Robert Schwentke directed film, Reynolds stars as Nick, a newly deceased cop who joins a crew of undead police officers working under the Rest in Peace Department to hunt down the man who killed him.
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Warner Bros. R-rated horror-fest The Conjuring takes a heaping helping of The Exorcist, a dash of Amityville Horror and a sprinkling of The Birds, mixes in a terrific cast and looks to come out on top with around $30 million at very crowded multi-plexes this weekend. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga star as Ed and Lorraine Warren in the "based on a true story" account of particularly nasty demon that inhabits the newly purchsed home of a married couple (Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor) and how it begins to terrorize them and their young daughters. Packed with great tension and solid performances, director James Wan (Saw, Insidious, Saw III) is one of the most effective helmers working in the genre today and looks to deliver another modestly budgeted hit.As perfect counter-programming to the scary Conjuring, Fox and Dreamworks animation unleashed the animated Turbo on Wednesday and grabbed the pole position with a gross of $5.5 million and in the process knocked the animated juggernaut Despicable Me 2 to second place for the day. Look for a five day (Wed. through Sunday) total of just over $3o million and a three day weekend in the mid-$20 millions for this solidly performing non-sequel animated family film.Next up is the PG-13 rated Red 2 from Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate that shoots its way back into 3016 theaters this weekend. Following up on the success of October 2010's first installment which opened with $21.8 million and went on to earn just over $90 million at the North American box office, this latest version features the terrific cast that made the first film an action packed comedy hoot. Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman & Mary-Louise Parker return as mostly-retired black-ops agents who return for yet another over the top mission. Directed by Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest), Red 2 should land in about the same box office territory as the first film with an expected gross in the low-$20 millions as it draws older audiences back to the summer movies.Universal's 3-D R.I.P.D. (Rest in Peace Department) in 2,849 theaters is directed by Robert Schwentke (who also directed the first Red film) and features Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds in this $130 million production. An action crime comedy with a supernatural premise has two undead cops tasked with the mission of finding destructive souls who are unwilling to go peacefully to the other side. A gross in the mid teens could land this one neck and neck with Warner Bros. Pacific Rim in a battle for fifth place and just behind Sony's Grown Ups 2 which could wind up in fourth with just over $20 million.The summer movie season of 2013 at this point is performing well despite some high profile big budget flops of late and has managed to outpace every summer since 2010 at the same point and maintain an impressive 13% revenue advantage over last year.
After the disappointing Men in Black 3, it's a pretty safe assumption that the alien crime fighter franchise — which seemed to cause more trouble than it was worth — is effectively D.O.A. But for anyone still yearning for a special effects and make-up-heavy sci-fi caper that follows the same exactly formula as every buddy cop comedy from the '80s, you're in luck: someone adapted the graphic comic R.I.P.D for the big screen. (It's Red director Robert Schwentke, to be more specific).
The first trailer for R.I.P.D. was released and it's got exactly the same M.O. as MIB. You've got the wise-cracking, out-of-his element rookie (Ryan Reynolds as a recently deceased police officer) in a secret agency, paired with a crotchety, no-nonsense seasoned vet (Jeff Bridges as a gun-slinging law man in the afterlife), their surprisingly futuristic office (run by a sarcastic boss, played by Mary Louise Parker) and more quippy one-liners, explosions, and other worldly creatures (here it's the undead threatening Earth instead of aliens) that Hollywood must have thought we really had our minds erased and forgotten we've seen this movie before.
The ETA for R.I.P.D. is July 19, which is — no surprise here — smack dab in the middle of the mindless blockbuster friendly summer season. Check out the trailer below:
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In 2010, director Robert Schwentke released the Golden Globe-nominated action-comedy Red, which focused on a group of retired secret agents to "get back in the game" and take on a new threat. As such, the cast was made up of relatively older actors: Bruce Willis was the young gun of the bunch, surrounded by Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, and a senile John Malkovich. The forthcoming sequel Red 2 is opting for a slightly different angle with its newest cast member: Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Zeta-Jones is slated to join Willis, Mirren and Malkovich for the followup to Schwentke's film, which will be directed by Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest.) Additionally, Byung-hun Lee (best known as Storm Shadow in the G.I. Joe film series) is also on board for the sequel.
Of course, neither of these two younger performers (Zeta-Jones is 42, Lee is 40) will be joining the team of retired agents. In the first movie, Mary-Louise Parker (who is also returning for the sequel) played a civilian who got wrapped up in their so-called black-ops. Considering Zeta-Jones' flair for super-humanity, and Lee's experience with the action genre will probably pit each of them as some kind of younger stealth agent and perhaps at odds with the returning team. The AARP crowd loves that kinda stuff!
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James Hong, a veteran character actor best known for his turn as Dr. Chew in the sci-fi classic Blade Runner, has joined the cast of the supernatural action flick R.I.P.D., THR reports. Hong will play an avatar, or digital alter-ego, to star Ryan Reynolds' character, a murdered cop who goes to work for the Rest in Peace Department, a force dedicated to rounding up spirits of the deceased who are unwilling to leave the physical world.
R.I.P.D. also stars Jeff Bridges, Marisa Miller, and Kevin Bacon, and is directed by Robert Schwentke (The Time Traveler's Wife). The film is currently slated for a June 28, 2013, release.
A prolific actor who has over 500 film and TV roles to his credit, Hong has always had a devoted female following. Click on the gallery below for more images of him carousing with the ladies:
A well-acted revenge piece about dead cops traipsing the American West has a lot of appeal, but it lacks something...Victoria's Secret models, maybe?
At least that's what the producers think. Naturally, they got right on this and nabbed Marisa Miller (also a Sports Illustrated model) to play a role in the film. This will be Miller's feature film debut; she has acted, however, in episodes of How I Met Your Mother and the very model-friendly Entourage.Miller will join a cast of Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Mary-Louise Parker and Kevin Bacon.
The film may seem like a surface-value cash-in on the supernatural-craze, jam-packed with big-name stars, eye-candy models, and other hyphenateable phrases. Robert Schwentke will direct this colossal marriage of comedy, horror and philosophy: predict a truly gratifying movie.
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I guess it's only natural when you hear about a movie that can be pitched with the phrase "Zombiecops," to think about drugs. In walks one of today's iconic figures in drug-related fiction, Mary-Louise Parker (who stars as Nancy Botwin on Weeds). Parker is in talks to join the cast of Robert Schwentke's graphic novel-inspired film R.I.P.D., about a troupe of deceased police officers whose undead incarnations attempt to track down and take down the individuals who killed them.
Already cast in the film is a fun fleet of heroes: Jeff Bridges (who has wayward ghost written all over him), Ryan Reynolds, and Kevin Bacon, Parker will be in charge of explaining the nature of the 'organization' of these restless spirits to the newly deceased Reynolds.
Mary-Louise Parker has already made of herself a formidable television star. As Weeds has strayed far from what it set out to be (in very questionable, often disappointing ways), Parker maintains a quality of performance that never dips. All in all, if I was an ambiguous manifestation of existence post-murder, I'd feel a little more comfortable if she were around to tell me just how to deal with that.
Every time Kevin Bacon signs on to do a new movie, I'm drained of good deal of vigor over my favorite game becoming a little less challenging. Life-sapping connotations set aside, the new project in which Bacon is now involved is R.I.P.D. (an acronym for "Rest In Peace Department"): an action zombie film about a police department comprised of undead officers.
The zombie fad is quickly heading in the direction of its vampirious predecessor, but hopefully this will be a quality installment. If nothing else, what the film has going for it is decent casting. In addition to Bacon, the players include Ryan Reynolds, onto whose bandwagon a lot of people seem to be jumping (back), and the jet-powered Clydesdale of a leading man, Jeff Bridges. It had previously been reported that Zach Galifianakis would be joining the cast, but he's not. Deal with that.
Bacon is in the final stages of his deal with the studio. The project will be directed by RED's Robert Schwentke and is being written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, the team who brought us Clash of the Titans.