February 11, 2011 4:00am EST
The film has been in development for the past five years with directors like Robert Rodriguez and Brett Ratner attached to the project.
Shortly after Rodriguez was linked to the film, a poster of his girlfriend McGowan as Red Sonja hit the Internet, but she has since quit the project, as has the Planet Terror moviemaker.
Now, Con Air and The Mechanic director Simon West is in charge of the film and Heard will lead the cast, according to CinemaBlend.com.
February 03, 2011 6:15am EST
Monster star Theron has been cast as the villainous queen in upcoming fantasy film, Snow White and the Huntsman, while Twilight actress Kristen Stewart was linked to the title role - although her representative has denied movie bosses have approached her about the part.
It has now emerged that Roberts is in talks to play the queen in a similar project called The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, according to Variety.
The film will be produced by X-Men: The Last Stand director Brett Ratner.
January 30, 2011 8:16am EST
After long speculation that found actors as wide ranging in age and experience as Jon Hamm and Armie Hammer rumored for the role, Henry Cavill of The Tudors fame has landed the lead in director Zack Snyder's highly anticipated Superman reboot tentatively titled The Man of Steel!
Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have confirmed to Deadline that Cavill, who was once in the running to play James Bond and Batman in their respective recent reboots, emerged victorious in the quest to don the red, yellow and blue spandex in the film, which is due December 2012. He was also on the shortlist of actors to portray the Last Son of Krypton when Brett Ratner and McG were set to helm what turned into Bryan Singer's 2006 film Superman Returns; Brandon Routh wore the cape in that chapter of the superhero legacy.
Cavill just wrapped Immortals with director Tarsem Singh and The Cold Light of Day opposite Bruce Willis. Both films will hit theaters later this year, when the lucky young actor will begin production on the Christopher Nolan-produced sequel being written by David Goyer and Jonah Nolan. All eyes now turn to Clark Kent's favorite lady Lois Lane, a part I've long felt Anne Hathaway would be perfect for had she not taken the role of Selina Kyle in Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises.
What are your thoughts? How do you feel about Henry Cavill as Superman? Who should play Lois Lane? Tell us your thoughts!
January 14, 2011 10:46am EST
The most-anticipated comedy of 2011 is, no doubt, The Hangover 2, which hits theaters on Memorial Day weekend. This week's Entertainment Weekly has the first officially released image from the film, featuring our favorite party dudes doing what they do best -- partying with exotic animals. Check it out below.
Also in this week's EW, we have a first look at another movie we're excited about -- Brett Ratner's Tower Heist. If you haven't heard about the film, it sports a cast that features, well, pretty much everybody (Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Alan Alda, among many, many others). The story centers on an overworked manager of a luxury building who loses his pension, as does his staff, because of a Madoff-like Wall Street crook. Check out the photo of them looking at things below.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
January 07, 2011 12:20pm EST
Paramount Pictures has acquired a pitch from Michael Lerner called Wheeler Dealers, about a recent real-life munitions contract gone awry. The studio has set the project up at Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment and Brett Ratner's Rat Entertainment.
Lerner, a former foreign correspondent for Newsweek and a freelance journalist who covered the war in Afghanistan and the fall of apartheid in South Africa, will also pen the screenplay that will be based on the story of Efraim Diveroli, whose AEY company received a $300 million contract in 2007 to supply ordnance to Afghan security forces. Diveroli pleaded guilty this week to plotting to ship prohibited Chinese ammunition to the war and was sentenced to four years in federal prison.
I'm not sure what to think of this vague premise. Off hand, it sounds a bit like Lord of War, a Nicolas Cage movie that I actually enjoyed very much. As we've seen in recent years, though, any and every film that has anything even remotely to do with the War on Terror/Afghanistan/Iraq/Who knows who else has turned audiences away, which could keep the proposed production in limbo. Even last years Best Picture winner, The Hurt Locker, barely recouped its production budget despite all of the critical acclaim it received.
Lerner also sold a project to Summit last year titled Game Theory, about a college professor and game theorist who gets sucked into a large-scale global incident, so its obvious that Hollywood brass is taking him seriously. I need to know a bit more about the film before getting hyped about it, but having Will Smith on board certainly won't hurt its prospect of getting made.
December 07, 2010 7:24am EST
We haven’t really seen that much of Chris Tucker since he started doing Rush Hour, but that seems to be likely to change soon. Warner Brothers is developing Rabbit, in which Tucker will star as a fugitive Vegas escape artist who is given a choice of redemption by the CIA to bust a reclusive master counterfeiter out of a fortress before the Russian Mob gets to him. Rabbit sounds a thousand times better than the other rumored project he is attached to, which is Brett Ratner's Frank Sinatra biopic as Sinatra’s chauffeur. And it will probably give Jay Pharoah an excuse to break out his Chris Tucker impression. Which will be awesome.
November 09, 2010 4:00am EST
The 1981 sci-fi classic starred Kurt Russell as anti-hero Snake Plissken. Russell returned for the sequel, Escape From L.A., in 1996.
Breck Eisner is the latest director attached to the project - Len Wiseman and Brett Ratner have also been linked to the film.
October 26, 2010 11:35am EST
UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter is now claiming that both Judd Hirsch (Independence Day) and Casey Affleck (Gone Baby Gone) are in talks to joint the production. If Universal Pictures, Brian Grazer and Brett Ratner hire anyone else, I don't know if they'll have any room left in that Tower.
Matthew Broderick is back on the big screen.
Deadline reports that the actor, who's spent much of his recent career performing on Broadway, just joined Tower Heist, the upcoming comedy from director Brett Ratner. He's now part of an interesting ensemble cast that already features Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Alan Alda, Tea Leoni, Gabourey Sidibe, and Michael Pena.
Written by Ted Griffin, Jeff Nathanson and a host of Hollywood's most sought after scribes, Tower Heist tells the story of a Bernie Madoff-like character who is under house arrest in the luxury apartment atop a building. Broderick plays Chase Fitzhugh, a Wall Street guy who had his finances cleared out. Brian Grazer will produce the Universal Pictures release. Filming is set to begin next month in the Big Apple with an eye on a winter 2011 release.
With a stellar cast in place even before Broderick joined, his addition makes Tower Heist that much more promising. Let's just hope that Ratner doesn't screw it up.
Source: Deadline, THR
October 22, 2010 7:20am EST
As we have reported on seemingly ad nauseum, someone else has joined the cast of Brett Ratner’s Tower Heist. Now we’ll get to see Tea Leoni and Nina Arianda join the likes of Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller, Alan Alda, Gabourey Sidibe and Michael Pena. This is turning out to be the most eclectic cast outside of... well, anything.
Leoni is a true class act. I really like everything she has been in, which includes but is not limited to Fun with Dick and Jane and Ghost Town. Wait, actually that is limited to those two movies. Those are the only two films I’ve seen of hers. But they were both good! As for Nina Arianda, well, on IMDB three of her four listed movies are in post production and I haven’t seen the the fourth, so she’s a great choice! She’s amazing! Also she’s pretty cute. I approve!
And because the plot of the movie hasn’t changed, I’m just going to copy and paste my summary of the movie from when I last wrote about it. Which was Tuesday. Anyway, as I said before “these two join the cast as employees of a major residential building who discover their pensions have been swindled by the boss who lives in the penthouse upstairs. And like any dissed employees, they complain to the Better Business Bureau. Just kidding, they hatch a plan to take care of the guy himself.” Funny the first time I wrote, funny the second time I copy and pasted it.
October 19, 2010 1:45pm EST
Brett Ratner is assembling quite the ensemble for his new Tower Heist flick. Having already snagged Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, and Alan Alda, he adds another Oscar nominated actor and one that is currently burning up on HBO. Joining the cast is Precious’ Gabourey Sidibe and Eastbound and Down’s Michael Pena.
Sidibe is, of course, most well known for her breakout role in Precious which earned her an Oscar nomination. She seems nice enough, as a person, but honestly I avoided Precious like it was a glitter filled, MIDI blasting, Myspace page (weird simile, I know).
Pena currently stars on Eastbound and Down as the eccentric owner of Kenny Power’s baseball team. He’s kind of crazy in the show but also kind of awesome. Not to mention what he got to do with Ana de la Reguera last episode (the lucky bastard).
Anyway, these two join the cast as employees of a major residential building who discover their pensions have been swindled by the boss who lives in the penthouse upstairs. And like any dissed employees, they complain to the Better Business Bureau. Just kidding, they hatch a plan to take care of the guy himself. It should also be repeated that Brett Ratner is directing. Take this how you will.