Thor star Chris Hemsworth is reportedly in talks to lead the cast of a planned Lethal Weapon remake. Rumours suggest the Australian hunk will play the son of an older cop, thought to be Mel Gibson's Martin Riggs character.
Fast And Furious director Justin Lin is attached to direct the film, titled Lionhunters, according to CinemaBlend.com.
It is not clear if Gibson or Danny Glover, the original stars of Lethal Weapon, will be part of the movie, but Gibson denied involvement in any kind of Lethal Weapon project during a 2012 Total Film interview, stating, "I think the way things are going, they'll just remake those somehow."
The last film in the Lethal Weapon series was Lethal Weapon 4 in 1998. The original film hit cinemas in 1987.
Boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. had two heavyweights in his corner for Saturday night's (03May14) fight with Marcos Maidana - Justin Bieber and rapper Lil Wayne helped escort the sportsman to the ring in Las Vegas. Mayweather prepared for the fight by hanging out with his celebrity pals in his dressing room at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Photos of the trio together were posted on Bieber’s Twitter and Instagram pages minutes before he and Lil Wayne joined the boxer for his walk to the ring.
Lil Wayne performed his new song Believe Me as he stepped out with his pal. Mayweather had previously posted a photo of the rap star recording the track, which was released on Saturday morning, with Drake.
Bieber and Lil Wayne weren't the only big celebrities cheering the boxer on - Rick Ross and 2 Chainz escorted him to the pre-fight weigh-in on Friday (02May14).
Meanwhile, R&B singer and actor Tyrese Gibson performed the U.S. National Anthem before the fight, stating, "This is on behalf of a racist-free America," referencing the recent controversy surrounding Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling following racist comments he made in a leaked audio interview with an ex-girlfriend.
Mayweather, Jr. won the fight by majority decision.
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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From Joss Whedon who parlayed his Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dollhouse cred to directing The Avengers to Alan Taylor, whose Boardwalk Empire and The Sopranos credits led to Thor: The Dark World, we're taking a look at big screen directors who started in TV. To read more, check out the story at Studio System News!
It's a declassified sit-down as we talk to Marvel head and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producer Jeph Loeb. Hear what he has to say about the development and casting of Marvel Studio’s first live-action, one-hour drama - premiering tonight on ABC! To read the interview, we've got it here at Studio System News.
I don't think there has ever been a film title as plainly descriptive as Machete Kills. There's not nuance or irony or symbolism hidden between the letters. It's simple: Machete kills. That's all he does, and that's pretty much the only thing that the latest red band trailer for Machete Kills shows. Machete killing things. And it's glorious.
In this sequel to Robert Rodriguez's mexsploitation thriller, Danny Trejo reprises his role as Machete, an ex-Federale with an unparalleled skill for filling graves. President Charlie Sheen (Carlos Estévez) tasks Machete with killing Mel Gibson, so off Machete goes to heavily increase the murder rate in several U.S states and Mexico. The trailer is a visceral slideshow of the many ways to kill a man. The fact that there isn't just one scene where a man is flung into the spinning blades of a helicopter but two should tell you all you need to know about what kind of movie this is.
We also get a glimpse of the other players in Machete Kills including, Michelle Rodriguez, Lady Gaga, Cuba Gooding Jr., and the lovely Sofia Vergara who is determined to prove that there's still comedic value in screaming at everything really loudly.
We can't be exactly sure how the invetible Machete/Mel Gibson showdown will end, but if we had to guess, Machete Kills will end with both parties walking away amicably, having solved their differences peacefully.
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For concert films of the past 25 years, Michael Jackson’s This is It is tops with $261M in global box office. One Direction’s This Is Us will stand out for the group’s popularity- and its director, Morgan Spurlock - while it looks to beat Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never concert doc, in second place with $99M globally. Check out more on the story, One Direction's sales numbers, and the top grossing concert films at Studio System News.
The Twilight Saga and its cast were the toast of the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday (11Aug13) after scooping seven trophies for the franchise's fifth and final movie. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 landed the Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy prize and Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy for Kristen Stewart while her co-star Taylor Lautner picked up the male equivalent.
Stewart also took home the award for Choice Movie Actress: Romance while her leading man and ex-boyfriend Robert Pattinson scooped the male version. The movie was also awarded the Choice Movie: Romance prize among others.
In the TV categories, Pretty Little Liars and The Vampire Diaries each picked up three awards in the Drama and Fantasy/Sci-Fi categories, respectively.
The Vampire Diaries co-stars and former real life couple Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev were both honoured at the prizegiving, winning the award for Choice TV Actor/Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi.
The cast of Glee took to the stage to pick up the Choice TV Series: Comedy award and series star Lea Michele, who also took home the Choice TV Actress: Comedy prize, paid tribute to her boyfriend and co-star Cory Monteith, who passed away last month (Jul13).
In the music categories, Justin Bieber took three awards including Choice Male Artist, while Demi Lovato picked up the female equivalent.
The stars of One Direction, who opened the show with an energetic performance of new track Best Song Ever, picked up four awards including Choice Group and Favorite Group Single (Live While We're Young).
The ceremony was hosted by Glee star Darren Criss and Pretty Little Liars actress Lucy Hale at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, while double-winner Demi Lovato and Paramore also performed.
A complete list of winners is as follows:
Choice Movie: Action - Iron Man 3
Choice Movie Actor: Action - Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man 3)
Choice Movie Actress: Action - Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises)
Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Taylor Lautner (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2)
Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2)
Choice Movie: Drama - The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Choice Movie Actor: Drama - Logan Lerman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
Choice Movie Actress: Drama - Emma Watson (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
Choice Movie: Comedy - Pitch Perfect
Choice Movie Actor: Comedy - Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect)
Choice Movie Actress: Comedy - Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect)
Choice Movie: Romance - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
Choice Movie Actor: Romance - Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2)
Choice Movie Actress: Romance - Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2)
Choice Movie Villain - Adam DeVine (Pitch Perfect)
Choice Movie Scene Stealer - Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2)
Choice Movie Breakout Star - Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies)
Choice TV Show: Drama - Pretty Little Liars
Choice TV Actor: Drama - Ian Harding (Pretty Little Liars)
Choice TV Actress: Drama - Troian Bellisario (Pretty Little Liars)
Choice TV Show: Fantasy/Sci-Fi - The Vampire Diaries
Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi - Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries)
Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi - Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries)
Choice TV Show: Action - NCIS: Los Angeles
Choice TV Actor: Action - LL Cool J (NCIS: Los Angeles)
Choice TV Actress: Action - Lucy Liu (Elementary)
Choice TV Show: Comedy - Glee
Choice TV Actor: Comedy - Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Choice TV Actress: Comedy - Lea Michele (Glee)
Choice TV: Animated Show - The Simpsons
Choice TV: Reality Competition Show - The X Factor
Choice TV: Reality Show - Keeping Up With The Kardashians
Choice TV Villain - Janel Parrish (Pretty Little Liars)
Choice Male Artist - Justin Bieber
Choice Female Artist - Demi Lovato
Choice Music Group - One Direction
Choice R&B Artist - Bruno Mars
Choice Hip-Hop/Rap Artist - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Choice Rock Group - Paramore
Choice Electronic Dance Music (EDM) Artist - David Guetta
Choice Male Country Artist - Hunter Hayes
Choice Female Country Artist - Taylor Swift
Choice Country Group - Lady Antebellum
Choice Music Breakout Artist - Ed Sheeran
Choice Music Breakout Group - Emblem3
Choice Female Hottie - Selena Gomez
Choice Male Hottie - Harry Styles
Choice Smile - Harry Styles
Choice Comedian - Ellen DeGeneres
Candie's Choice Style Icon - Demi Lovato
Choice Twitter Personality - Justin Bieber.
Congratulations, ABC! You've won the award for Most Random Competition Show on Television for your new series, Sing Your Face Off. So what are you going to do now? Fill it with the most random and motley crew of celebrities we've ever seen, of course. And before you go on assuming that it's American Idol meets the 1997 Nicholas Cage/John Travolta epic Face/Off (lord, we wish), let us show you in all of the ways it decidedly is not.
According to EW, ABC has signed several celebrities to judge, host, and star in this new and totally confounding series. Least weird is the signing of '80s pop star Debbie Gibson (sorry: Deborah! She's an adult now) to tackle judging duties alongside Darrell Hammond of Saturday Night Live fame. Really. To host, actor John Barrowman (of Torchwood/Doctor Who and Arrow fame) has been tapped, which isn't as bizarre as it sounds because he's tackled presenter and hosting duties on several shows (quite successfully) across the pond.
But here's where things get strange: The series follows five celebrity contestants as they perform week after week under the assumed identity of a pre-selected music icon. In homage, one would assume. And those folks include heavy metal singer/former inhabitant of Stars Hollow, Conn. Sebastian Bach, comedian Jon Lovitz, Toronto Raptors player Landry Fields, Disney star China Anne McClain, and Lisa Rinna. Because it isn't a truly spectacular reality television program until Lisa Rinna gets involved.
Scratching your head as much as we are? Confused? Intruiged? Scared? Sing Your Face Off debuts this summer, so we'll just have to wait to figure out what to make of this cacophony of reality television decision-making.
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CBS's long-running series Criminal Minds has been renewed for a ninth season, the network confirmed via Twitter on Thursday.
Following a down-to-the-wire contract negotiation period with the show's top talent, the future of the series was slightly uncertain. Ratings for Season 8 were down from previously years slightly (nothing terribly unheard of in a show with this long of a run, though), but still continues to do well for the network, averaging about 12.5 million viewers episode-to-episode.
#CBS welcomes back #CriminalMinds for its 9th season.Series renewed for 2013/14 broadcast season.
— CBS Tweet (@CBSTweet) May 9, 2013
The entire cast of the FBI-centric drama is set to return, including stars Thomas Gibson, Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Jeanne Tripplehorn. The series, about the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU for short), will come back with its entire cast in tact, no doubt a welcome decision to Criminal Minds fans, who have already dealt with several cast shake-ups during throughout the series' lifespan.
Seems that the cast is also over-the-moon about the news, with Moore tweeting up a veritable storm of excitement (and emojis, not pictured) with the help of one seemingly malfunctioning caps lock key. "CRIMINAL MINDS HAS OFFICIALLY BEEN PICKED UP FOR SEASON 9!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ... THANK YOU FANS FOR SCREAMING LOUD ENOUGH FOR CBS TO HEAR YOU!"
With words that loud, how could they not be heard? Congratulations on having a job for at least one more season, Moore and Co. Here's to many more.
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