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Whatever you think of Jason Statham‘s movies, you can’t deny that Jason Statham works hard. He typically has at least a couple movies per year, and next year he has three. The first is Wild Card, a remake of the 1986 Burt Reynolds-starrer Heat. (Not to be confused with the 1995 Michael Mann movie Heat or 2013′s The Heat.)

Statham stars as a Las Vegas bodyguard who gets in hot water with a powerful mob boss. Michael Angarano, Sofia Vergara, Jason Alexander, Hope Davis, and Stanley Tucci also star. Watch the Wild Card trailer after the jump. Read More »

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the Good Nurse movie adaptation

What will Darren Aronofsky do to follow Noah? What does one do after releasing the film they’ve been dreaming about, in some form, for much of their life? The writer/director has a couple things developing, such as an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam for HBO. Now he’s connected to The Good Nurse movie adaptation, based on the novel by Charles Graeber which follows the true story of a nurse who was also a nightmarishly prolific serial killer, implicated in the deaths of hundreds of people.

Update: Aronofsky’s reps say that his company Protozoa Pictures is developing the project, but that Aronofsky is not currently attached to direct in any formal manner. That could change — given that this is at Protozoa he could take up the project — but as of now the situation is that Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures is attached to produce The Good Nurse.

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Wild Card first look

There’s a new Jason Statham movie coming, and in the first look at the picture, you’ll find that the star looks so much like… Jason Statham. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” must be the mantra of everyone involved with any film starring the guy. So for the film Wild Card, we see Statham appearing, more or less, as himself. The trick this time is that the movie is a remake of a film called Heat — not the Michael Mann movie, but a mid-’80s Burt Reynolds movie scripted by William Goldman (The Princess Bride, All the President’s MenMarathon Man) based on Goldman’s own novel about a bodyguard and gambler who gets into bad stuff with the mob.

In an interesting twist, this film also uses the ’80s-era Goldman script, as the author never thought the original turned out all that well. (He’s right.) So this is a remake, but one that ditches the typical modern remake playbook. Read More »

Now You See Me 2 Title Revealed

Now You See Me 2 cast

Mark Ruffalo has tweeted a photo from the Now You See Me 2 table read, revealing for the first time the Now You See Me 2 title. Find out the name of the sequel, after the jump.

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R-Rated Expendables 4

The Expendables series has shown diminishing returns both for fans and execs. The third movie diverted its focus away from the aging action heroes that were the driving force behind the series to begin with, and also fell vicim to pre-release piracy. (The industry is still debating the effect that leak had on the box office.) The Expendables 3 was also PG-13, and the downgraded level of intense action that followed that ratings change wasn’t viewed well by fans. Sylvester Stallone seems to get it, however, and says that the attempt to broaden the series’ appeal was “a horrible miscalculation” that will be rectified in the future. Will an R-Rated Expendables 4 be the course correct the series needs? Read More »

Hunger Games MockingJay part 1 review

Note: This review was original published on November 10. We’ve bumped it up now that the film is in theaters. 

It’s a shame The Hunger Games series gets filed into the “young adult” category. Sure, there’s some dystopian young romance in there, but with each subsequent film, the series proves it is about much more than unattainable love with sporadic action. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 takes the series to its furthest point from YA stereotypes yet.

However, what’s most interesting about this latest installment — the first part of a two-part finale — is just how different it is from the rest of the franchise. Is that a good thing? Below, read why The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 feels like a different franchise. Read More »

E.L. Katz directing

Cheap Thrills was one of the films on the massive list of 50 great films to see in 2014, and the director of that movie is now signed to do a new film with Lionsgate. E.L. Katz (center, above, with his Cheap Thrills cast) who also did the first entry in The ABCs of Death 2, will make the comedy/thriller You’ll Be the Death of Me, for Lionsgate and Mandeville Films. Read More »

Age of Adaline

You’d think eternal youth and immortality would be gifts, but in TV and movies it’s as often as not a curse. Vampires and mutants alike angst over the unfairness of having to remain young and beautiful while the world spins on. And in The Age of Adaline, Blake Lively joins the pity party.

The Gossip Girl alum plays a 27-year-old woman rendered ageless thanks to a freak accident in the 1930s. As her loved ones start to grow old and die off, she becomes withdrawn — until a handsome man (Michiel Huisman, a.k.a. Daario Naharis v2.0 from Game of Thrones) draws her out of her shell. Ellen Burstyn and Harrison Ford also star. Watch the Age of Adaline trailer after the jump.

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