Jamie Foxx / Kevin Hart

It’s really, really good to be Kevin Hart right now. The rising star is coming off two big hits and has several more comedies lined up for the next few years, one of which is a sequel to this year’s Ride Along. Now he’s booked yet another high-profile gig: The Black Phantom, starring Jamie Foxx.

While the new movie is unrelated to Hart’s burgeoning Ride Along franchise, it re-teams him with many of the same key players. Ride Along director Tim Story is in talks to helm, while Ride Along producer Will Packer is producing. Hit the jump to get all the details on the new project that has this team all hot and bothered.

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Deliver Us From Evil Trailer

Scott Derrickson last brought us the film Sinister, which put Ethan Hawke into the psyche of an increasingly messed-up writer. Now here’s the Deliver Us From Evil trailer, which marks the debut of Derrickson’s new horror, and features Eric Bana and Edgar Ramírez as an unlikely cop-priest duo who deal with demonic possession.

This is a pretty unusual trailer. It begins in typical fashion with a lot of quick cuts and some ominous images tied together with dialogue voiceover. But then it settles down into basically one sequence. The trailer takes its time. We’ve seen a few other horror films do something like this (The Conjuring comes to mind) but this is still stands as an atypical trailer. And this one ends with a real Twin Peaks-worthy moment that worked for me. Read More »

Last of Us

One of the biggest video games of 2013, The Last of Us, is officially getting a movie. Screen Gems has just signed to distribute a live action version of the Naughty Dog game and creative director of the game, Neil Druckmann, is writing. Sam Raimi‘s Ghost House Pictures will produce. Read More »

Bad Santa

Everyone’s feeling a little chatty in this quote-heavy edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • Evan Daugherty talks G.I. Joe 3 and Snow White and the Huntsman 2
  • Julianne Moore‘s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay role has been beefed up
  • The Mortal Instruments author teases some City of Ashes spoilers
  • Simon Pegg says Star Trek 3 is looking to shoot in the UK, possibly
  • Bad Santa 2 will shoot next year, according to Billy Bob Thornton
  • Is Steve Aoki working on the Transformers: Age of Extinction soundtrack?
  • 2016: Obama’s America filmmaker revisits his predictions in an update
  • Keanu Reeves says Bill & Ted 3‘s heavy CG costs are holding it back
  • George Miller confirms Mel Gibson won’t appear in Mad Max: Fury Road

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The Mortal Instruments City of Bones

The combined powers of Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games have opened the floodgates for a tidal wave of sci-fi / fantasy YA adaptations — it seems like a new potential franchise goes into development every week. As with any genre, though, not all of these films are created equal.

The best ones capture the imaginations of young and old alike, while the worst are forgotten almost before they even open. Time will tell where on the spectrum The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones will fall, but feel free to make an educated guess based on the new trailer after the jump.

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Edgar Ramirez / Olivia Munn / Eric Bana

Sinister helmer Scott Derrickson has a few different projects brewing at the moment, including the the steampunk video game adaptation Deus Ex. But first, he’s due to visit the paranormal world once again with Beware the Night. And now he’s enlisted some notable names to take the journey with him.

Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, and Olivia Munn have just boarded Screen Gems thriller, which is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Hit the jump for more info.

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Now that Valentine’s Day is safely behind us for the year, it’s time to turn our attention to… planning for next Valentine’s Day. Apparently. With 364 days to go until its release date, ScreenGems’ About Last Night has revealed its first trailer.

Directed by Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine), the romance stars Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart, and Joy Bryant as four Angelenos navigating love, sex, friendship, and commitment. While it’s actually a remake of Edward Zwick’s 1986 dramedy of the same title (well, the same title plus an ellipsis), the film it really reminds me of is last year’s Think Like a Man, probably because it features three of the same leads.

The video can be found after the jump. Be warned that it’s technically a red-band trailer, though it’s fairly tame as those things go.

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MGM’s been trying to remake Poltergeist for years now, but the project suddenly became much more interesting last summer when David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole) was tapped to pen the script. While the picture is still in the early stages, with no director or stars signed on as of yet, the writer reassured Collider that it is “definitely a priority” for the studio and that it’s continuing to move forward:

I will say that I handed in a second draft and people are incredibly excited about it. They’re not the director, but they’re in search of a director. I will also say that there are very few people who are as obsessed with the original movie as I am, so I would try to write a script that I would want to see as a fan. I will say that.

The big question with any remake is what will change, and what won’t. Despite the current popularity of hard-R horror films, Lindsay-Abaire says his version will retain the original’s more family-friendly feel. “It’s tonally similar to the first movie, and that’s sort of family-friendly-esque with some real, genuine scares in it,” he said. “It’s not Saw if that’s what you’re asking. I’m not trying to turn it into something else.”

After the jump, check out a new viral image from another horror remake, and read about HBO’s plans for an English-language version of a French drama set in a brothel.

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