‘Snatch’ TV Show Ordered By Crackle

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Crackle is adapting writer-director Guy Ritchie‘s crime comedy, Snatch, for the small screen. The streaming service, hoping to follow in the footsteps of FX’s Fargo, has greenlighted season one of Snatch. Crackle intends on capturing “the spirit of the original film,” while “creating a new world born from the original movie.”

Learn more about the Snatch TV show below.

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The season 2 finale of Better Call Saul brought all sorts of dramatic developments and gut-wrenching twists, but it turns out the show almost had one more surprise for us. Seres creator Vince Gilligan (who also directed the episode) revealed that he originally planned for a certain Breaking Bad character to make a cameo, only for his team to talk him out of it. Find out who it was, and why the appearance was scrapped, after the jump. Obviously, Better Call Saul season 2 spoilers follow.  Read More »

the infiltrator trailer

Over the course five increasingly intense seasons of Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston‘s Walter White built a drug empire that damaged and destroyed the lives of countless characters. Perhaps Cranston believes in establishing some kind of cinematic karmic balance, because his new movie is all about him attempting to take down a drug empire. The Infiltrator tells the true story of DEA agent Bob Mazur, who went undercover in Pablo Escobar’s network of drug suppliers and corrupt bankers and ended up pulling off one of the largest drug busts in history. The new trailer for the film has the rest of the necessary details.

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Jason Bourne

In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Jason Bourne teases tomorrow’s full trailer.
  • Stephen King chats about a sequel to 11.22.63.
  • J.K. Rowling shows off the wands from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
  • Simon Pegg enlisted Star Trek fans to help with Star Trek Beyond.
  • David Yates says a Legend of Tarzan sequel is a possibility.
  • Screenwriter Justin Marks talks about writing Top Gun 2.

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mel gibson

Mel Gibson‘s first directorial effort in almost a decade, Hacksaw Ridge, comes out later this year. The WWII drama will likely have an awards-friendly release date, but until we find out when exactly we’ll see Gibson’s newest film, at least we already know what he might direct next. The actor is working on an adaptation of Herbert Asbury‘s The Barbary Coast, which is set to star Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson.

Learn more about the Mel Gibson television project below.

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Ang Lee directing Life of Pi

A few years ago, James Cameron started touting higher frame rates — 48 or 60 frames per second instead of the industry-standard 24 — as the future of cinema. “If watching a 3D movie is like looking through a window, then [with this] we’ve taken the glass out of the window and we’re staring at reality,” he boasted at ShoWest 2011. Then we finally got our first look at an actual feature film shot and projected in 48 fps in 2012 in the form of Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The results were spectacularly underwhelming, and the so-called “cinematic revolution” stalled before it even began.

But maybe it’s finally time to give the high frame rate thing another go. This year, Ang Lee brings to screens the first feature film ever shot in 120 frames per second, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. The first footage from the Iraq War drama screened at the National Association of Broadcasters trade show this past weekend, and attendees have begun sharing their impressions of the film itself and the higher frame rate.  Read More »

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hands of stone teaser trailer

Roberto Durán went 103-16-0 as a boxer, with a total of 70 knockouts. Durán, who started his boxing career at the age of 16, was nicknamed “Manos de Piedra” (“Hands of Stone”). Throughout his incredible career, the Hands of Stone faced off against Sugar Ray Leonard a total of three times, but their most famous fight occurred in 1980, known as the “No Más Fight,” in which Durán called it quits.

Now, The Weinstein Company has made a film about Durán, starring Edgar Ramírez and Robert De Niro, and the historic 1980 boxing match looks like a prominent storyline in the biopic.

Watch the Hands of Stone teaser trailer below.

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the night of

HBO’s The Night Of represents screenwriter Steven Zaillian‘s return to the director’s chair. Zaillian hasn’t shot a feature film since All the King’s Men, and although that 2006 remake is a notable misfire, his directional debut, Searching for Bobby Fischer, is reason enough to want to see him direct again. The Academy Award-winning screenwriter responsible for Schindler’s List and American Gangster is, thankfully, back at it, having helmed eight out of the nine episodes of HBO’s upcoming miniseries.

The Night Of, which stars John Turturro and Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), premieres this summer. Watch The Night Of teaser trailer below.

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a successful young(ish) creative type hits the film festival circuit with a semi-autobiographical dramedy about a somewhat less successful young(ish) creative type who struggles to pull his life together, grow up, and move on. That’s the very familiar premise of comedian Demetri Martin‘s directorial debut Dean, which premiered this week at the Tribeca Film Festival. Fortunately, Dean‘s got a few fresher tricks up its sleeve that justify retracing this very familiar pattern.

One is that Dean is less about the precious ennui that all young(ish) creative types seem to suffer from in indie dramedies, than it is about the strange and complicated and even ugly process of grief. Another is a gently played subplot about Dean’s father (played by Kevin Kline). And the third and perhaps most important are the many wry cartoons Martin uses to emphasize and comment on Dean’s mental and emotional state.  Read More »