Finally, The Rock has come back to TV! Dwayne Johnson is quickly becoming one of the biggest action stars in the world, but he’ll soon put that aside to headline a new HBO show called Ballers. The half-hour dramedy follow a group of former and current football players and was just picked up to series. It’s being produced by its own all-star team including Mark Wahlberg, Peter Berg, who’ll direct the pilot, and Entourage‘s Stephen Levinson, who wrote the script. Read More »
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Briefly: The spy comedy Grimsby, co-written and starring Sacha Baron Cohen, has just been given a release date by Sony Pictures. Yes, you read that right. Though Paramount (who released his previous films) recently re-upped their first look deal with the comedic genius, his latest film has switched distributors.
Directed by Louis Leterrier, Sony will release Grimsby July 31, 2015. Filming starts this summer on the comedy which stars Cohen as an English soccer hooligan whose (yet to be cast) brother is a secret agent. [Deadline]
Though The Monuments Men wasn’t the hit some people hoped it might be, George Clooney isn’t fazed. He’s still got a Best Picture Oscar for his work producing 2012′s Argo and now he and partner Grant Heslov set up a new project. They’re acquiring the remake rights to the 2013 Norwegian thriller Pioneer. The original film was directed by Erik Skjoldbjaerg and followed two brothers during the Norwegian oil boom in the 1980s. Wes Bentley and Stephen Lang were among the cast of the original; we don’t have any word on casting for the remake. Read More »
Production is now underway on the star-studded mountain climbing drama, Everest. Directed by Baltasar Kormákur (Contraband), Everest features Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes and Jake Gyllenhaal telling the true story of two groups of climbers who attempted to summit the world’s highest mountain in what turned out to be a horrible snowstorm. It’ll be released in IMAX 3D on February 27, 2015. Check out the full first image from the production, and the full press release, below. Read More »
The curse of The Wonder Years was that the show was such a perfect vision of the late Sixties and early Seventies, meaning the rights to the show’s music made it near-impossible to bring to the home market. It was simply too expensive to license the iconic songs originally used in the show, and producers didn’t want to sacrifice anything just to make a quick buck on DVD. The closest it’s come is the full series being on Netflix, but there many of the songs were changed or replaced. Even the opening theme, “With a Little Help from My Friends” by Joe Cocker, was changed.
Well, that’s over and done. StarVista will finally release the complete series of The Wonder Years on DVD in late 2014 with “virtually every song” from the series intact. Read More »
The director of the final four Harry Potter films has finally locked and loaded his follow up. David Yates has been prepping a big screen, big budget, 3D version of Tarzan at Warner Bros. for so long, the company once came close to canceling it. That all went away Tuesday as he finally signed his cast and got his release date. That date is July 1, 2016 and, as previously reported, True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgård will play the lead, Wolf of Wall Street‘s Margot Robbie is Jane, Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz is the bad guy and Samuel L. Jackson is a friend of the hero. Read More »
The journey to May 1, 2015 begins February 11, 2014. Earlier today, Joss Whedon began production on Avengers: Age of Ultron in Johannesburg, South Africa. The crew will film on location for two weeks before going to Italy, South Korea and finally UK’s Pinewood Studios where the majority of the film will be shot.
According to reports, the opening 10 minutes of the film are set in the major South African city. However, none of the film’s stars – Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, etc. – are filming yet. We’ll surely learn more as production rolls along, but for now: it’s on! [SA News & IoL]
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Briefly: By now we all know Star Wars Episode VII news isn’t official unless it comes from the official website. Even so, up until now Lucasfilm and Disney aren’t giving fans anything like the kind of intense minutia we’re all interested in. When it comes to a movie like this, we want to know every little detail. Today, HitFix has a pretty good report, however.
Just as writer director J.J. Abrams hinted at a few weeks back, filming of the new episode will begin in Mid-May and continue through September of this year, leaving about one year for post production. They site has also learned “most principal casting on the film is complete, with many announcements still to come.” [HitFix]