Mike Epps Takes the Lead in Richard Pryor Biopic

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Looks like the lead in the Richard Pryor biopic has gone to Mike Epps. Somehow, early on in the process, it looked like Nick Cannon was going to get the gig, and thus be enshrined in proximity to Pryor’s simply by virtue of proximity. But then Mike Epps came roaring up from the back of the pack with a screen test that was reportedly impossible to ignore. (He’d been attached to play Pryor in a previous version of this project.) So now we’ve got a Lee Daniels film about Richard Pryor, starring Mike Epps. That should be nuts. Read More »

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Paramount is still promoting The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and now the studio is encouraging fans to look at Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s creations through the lens of ancient Japanese folk tales. The Legend of the Yokai (http://www.legendoftheyokai.com/) is an online art show in which a variety of artists have created new interpretations of the turtles based on various folk demons.

Below, we’ve got the debut of a new Turtles image by Coke Navarro, along with a set of work in progress images from the artist. Read More »

Prometheus 2 delay

Ridley Scott is busy. He’s got his Moses tale Exodus: Gods and Monsters opening in December and then will shoot The Martian with Matt Damon, with a November 2015 release already set for that novel adaptation.

But Scott also has been announced to direct sequels to two of his sci-fi series: Blade Runner and Prometheus. We’ve been under the impression that Prometheus 2 would hit in 2016, but we’re now wondering if that is even less likely than it once was. Why? Well, because the new Blade Runner film is nearly ready to go, and Scott sounds as if he wants to make it sooner rather than later. Read More »

curse the darkness director

I really like what SpectreVision is doing. The label created by Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, and Josh C. Waller is backing and promoting a set of strange movies from the US and around the world. Their films so far include A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (review), Cooties (review), L.F.O. (review), Toad Road (trailer), and Open Windows (trailer). SpectreVision has been working on a picture that Elijah Wood has described as an “anthropological zombie film.” Now that film, Curse the Darkness, is set with financing and a director, to shoot this fall.

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Chris Hemsworth Vacation

After showing a talent for making people laugh during his gigs as Thor, and in The Cabin in the Woods, Chris Hemsworth is taking a dive into full-on comedy. He’s in talks to play a new role in the sequel and semi-reboot of Vacation. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2) wrote the film and will make their directorial debut on the picture, which follows the continued adventures of the Griswold family as they try desperately to have fun.  Read More »

As Above So Below extended

What if the catacombs segment in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was the setup for a horror movie, rather than an adventure film set piece? Ben Feldman (Mad Men), Perdita Weeks (The Great Fire), and Edwin Hodge (The Purge: Anarchy) star in As Above So Below as a crew of budding urban archaeologists who seek a hidden truth in the catacombs beneath Paris.

They find something else: shadows of their past incarnated in visions that have the power to do more than just spook each kid. This As Above So Below extended red-band trailer features blood, fore, and plenty of weirdness as the crew finds what might be the gate to their own personal hell. Read More »

Shutter Island

Martin Scorsese‘s current HBO series, Boardwalk Empire, is coming to a close soon, and he is now finishing the pilot for a show set in the decadent music scene of ’70s New York, but another plan is coming together to pair the filmmaker and cable network. Ashecliffe is the working title of a Shutter Island TV series that features a pilot script from Dennis Lehane, the author whose novel inspired Scorsese’s original film.

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Ant-Man hulk easter egg

Ant-Man has only been shooting for a week, and fans are already finding easter eggs in the movie, thanks to on-set pictures. The photos don’t show any actual spoilers yet — most simply catch star Paul Rudd walking down the streets of San Francisco — but a couple have an interesting piece of set decoration in the background. The images in question tie Ant-Man to the film that is sort of an outlier in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: 2008′s The Incredible Hulk. Read More »

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